kin trailer

Netflix and streaming platforms have been rolling out so much vaguely cyberpunk-inspired science-fiction lately that it’s easy to be overwhelmed. But Lionsgate is bringing a new sci-fi film to theaters, and it’s one that boasts an impressive cast.

Kin stars Dennis Quaid, Zoe Kravitz, Jack Reynor, Carrie Coon, and newcomer Myles Truitt in a promising sci-fi film about a boy who stumbles upon a strange weapon, and the chaos that ensues after he does.

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I can only imagine box office

I Can Only Imagine, a faith-based film from Roadside Attractions, is a surprise box office hit. The film ended up in third place over the weekend, just below reigning box office king Black Panther and new release Tomb Raider, and above Disney’s A Wrinkle In Time. How did this happen? I can only imagine.

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a dog's purpose sequel

A Dog’s Purpose may have found its calling: in China.

The heartwarming tale of a dog (voiced by Josh Gad) who gets reincarnated multiple times before he finds its way back to his owner (Dennis Quaid) may have had middling success in the States, but it was all the rage at the Chinese box offices, bringing in $88 million compared to the domestic $64 million haul. And it’s the power of Chinese pet-lovers that has helped greenlight A Dog’s Purpose sequel.

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Hanna gun

In this edition of TV Bits:

  • That Hanna TV series is definitely happening
  • Our first look at Penelope Cruz as Donatella Versace in American Crime Story
  • Jon Stewart’s HBO series goes up in smoke
  • Comedy Central’s The President Show earns more episodes
  • And more!

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A DOG'S PURPOSE

You probably had no idea today was National Dog Day until you signed on to Twitter or Facebook this morning, but no matter — it’s as good an excuse as any for Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment to drop the first A Dog’s Purpose trailer. Josh Gad voices a dog who keeps getting reincarnated and, over the course of his many lives, finds meaning in his relationships with various humans played by Dennis QuaidK.J. Apa, John Ortiz, and more. Is that cute or creepy? Judge for yourself with the A Dog’s Purpose trailer below. Read More »

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bradley cooper talking dog

Bradley Cooper has convincingly portrayed a sniper, a coked-up FBI agent, a camp counselor, a talking raccoon with an anger problem, and, many times over his career, the generic wisecracking best friend in romantic comedies. If he can accomplish all of that, why couldn’t he pull off playing a dog? Learn more about the Bradley Cooper talking dog movie, A Dog’s Purpose, after the jump.

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Truth trailer

Prepare to relive very recent history with Truth, James Vanderbilt‘s drama about the “Rathergate” scandal. Robert Redford plays CBS News anchor Dan Rather, and Cate Blanchett his producer Mary Mapes. Toper Grace, Elisabeth Moss, Dennis Quaid, Bruce Greenwood, and Stacy Keach also star. Watch the Truth trailer after the jump. Read More »

Half a decade after Zac Efron‘s last High School Musical outing, he’s still working on the challenging transition from Disney dreamboat to serious adult actor. And while he’s not quite there, he seems to be getting a little bit closer with every passing film. Neither The Lucky One nor The Paperboy were particularly well received, but they at least allowed Efron to try his hand at more mature material, and his supporting role in Liberal Arts earned some critical appreciation.

Perhaps Efron’s best shot yet at proving his chops comes from At Any Price, the latest drama by Goodbye Solo and Man Push Cart director Ramin Bahrani. Reactions to the film were all over the place after its Telluride debut last year, but for what it’s worth, our own Peter Sciretta called it his favorite of the festival — better, even, than Argo. Dennis Quaid, Kim Dickens, Heather Graham, Maika Monroe, and Red West also star. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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Fifteen years after Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown hit theaters, Dan Schechter is making plans to travel back fifteen years before that movie took place. The writer-director has been amassing quite a cast for his sorta-prequel The Switch, including John Hawkes, Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def), Jennifer Aniston, and Isla Fisher. But now he’s making a few tweaks to that lineup. Dennis Quaid and Ty Burrell have now departed the project, to be replaced by Will Forte and Tim Robbins. Read more after the jump.

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Ramin Bahrani‘s most accessible film to date ends up being my favorite film of the 2012 Telluride Film Festival (yes, besting Ben Affleck‘s Argo).

Ramin has developed a cult following from his three minimalist slice-of-life micro-budget films starring non-professional actors (if you havent yet seen Man Push Cart or Goodbye Solo, put them on your “to see” list). But with At Any Price, Bahrani is gearing up to step out of the film festival shadows and find an audience beyond cinephiles. Indie filmgoers may be turned off by this but I welcome Bahrani’s attempt to tell more expansive stories.

Dennis Quaid plays a fourth generation farmer trying to survive in a time when big corporations are pushing in and devouring the American heartlands. Fighting to keep his family afloat, and losing the battle of keeping his family unit together, Henry comes face to face with the consequences of his amoral actions.

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