The Last of Us Part II Review

Let’s start with something you don’t see in a lot of video game reviews: an accessibility disclaimer. There is unprecedented depth to the number of accessibility options within The Last of Us: Part II. This is intended for those visually/sonically impaired, those with physical disabilities (something that I personally am glad is being addressed), or people that simply don’t play video games enough to properly work a controller but that still want to experience a riveting narrative. With that said, I strongly urge someone to read this review even if they have never played a video game before, as maybe this would be a good starting point and that, from this point forward, games will further keep inclusivity in mind and eradicate gatekeeping.

With that out of the way, it must be set upfront that the bar is already set astronomically high for Game of the Decade, as Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us: Part II (directed by the sole writer of the first game, Neil Druckmann, scribing the decidedly more female-focused sequel alongside Westworld‘s Halley Gross) delivers on its mountainous ambition.

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Almost Famous Reunion Podcast

In the time of coronavirus, we’ve enjoyed plenty of reunions, albeit virtually thanks to the magic of the internet. But we’re about to have a cinematic reunion that rings true to the act of “getting the band back together” more than any other.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Cameron Crowe‘s semi-autobiographical film Almost Famous, and Cadence13’s Origins podcast series brought in the filmmaker, as well as cast members like Billy Crudup, Patrick Fugit and Kate Hudson, to take a look back at the movie about a teen writer whose dreams come true when he joins an emerging rock band on tour as an assignment for Rolling Stone magazine. Read More »

Penny Lane Manic Pixie Dream Girl Criticism

Almost Famous is a favorite among many of the /Film staff members (both present and past), but the movie hasn’t been beyond criticism despite being loved by many entertainment journalists since its release nearly 20 years ago. In the years since, contemporary views have called out the movie for being one of many in the 21st century to utilize what has come to be called the “manic pixie dream girl,” a cliche female character often used in films to teach broodingly soulful young male characters to embrace life and its infinite mysteries and adventures. But director Cameron Crowe doesn’t see the character Penny Lane, played by Kate Hudson, as fitting into that criticized trope. Read More »

outcast trailer

The new Outcast trailer has answers for all of your burning questions. What show will Cinemax add to its line-up to actually make you tune in when The Knick isn’t airing? When will The Walking Dead mastermind Robert Kirkman take advantage of his TV clout and bring another series based on his work to the small screen? Where did that kid from Almost Famous go? The short answers: “Outcast,” “just about right now,” and “right here and ready to battle demons on weekly basis for your amusement.”

And with those pressing queries out of the way, you can watch the new Outcast trailer for yourself after the jump.

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Dickens Perry Fugit

Before Ben Affleck plays Batman, he’ll be playing a husband accused of something terrible. He and Rosamund Pike are the stars of David Fincher‘s upcoming thriller, Gone Girl, based on the best-selling book by Gillian Flynn. Pike plays a seemingly perfect American wife who goes missing and her husband is instantly blamed. From there, things get incredibly surprising and frightening.

With filming set to start soon, Fincher has just revealed the actors who’ll be playing the main supporting roles. Tyler Perry is officially Tanner Bolt, a scumbag lawyer who represent’s Affleck’s character, newcomer Carrie Coon will play Affleck’s sister, and Kim Dickens (Treme, Friday Night Lights) and Patrick Fugit (Almost Famous) will play the detectives investigating the case. Read More »

Thanks for Sharing

In The Avengers, Mark Ruffalo played a seemingly mild-mannered man waging a constant internal battle against his predilection for anger. In the upcoming Thanks for Sharing, he plays a guy who’s a lot like that, only he’s fighting sex addition, not anger issues. And Pepper Potts — I’m sorry, Gwyneth Paltrow — is along for the ride.

Adam (Ruffalo) is five years sex-sober when he meets and falls for beautiful Phoebe (Paltrow). Encouraged by his pals at the sex-addiction group (including Tim Robbins), he pursues a relationship with her, struggling to maintain a healthy romance without spiraling into self-destructive behavior.

Thanks for Sharing was directed by The Kids Are All Right scribe Stuart Blumberg, so it’s no surprise that there’s a sweet, honest feel to the proceedings. Check out the new trailer after the jump.

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Thanks for Sharing

Despite sharing a theme and a location — sex addiction and New York City, respectively — Stuart Blumberg‘s Thanks for Sharing couldn’t look more different from Steve McQueen’s Shame. Whereas the latter was a dark, depressing portrayal of one man’s downward spiral, the former looks like a lighter, more hopeful affair about a group of sufferers helping each other get better.

One of the afflicted is Adam (Mark Ruffalo), an environmental consultant tentatively wading back into the dating pool after five years sober. He quickly meets Phoebe (Gwyneth Paltrow), a pretty foodie with issues of her own. Tim Robbins, Josh Gad, and Alecia Moore (you probably know her as Pink) play other members of Adam’s support group, and Joely Richardson and Patrick Fugit round out the cast. Hit the jump to watch the first trailer.

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Cameron Crowe‘s We Bought a Zoo unfolds in the kind of universe where characters say things like “If you do something for the right reasons, nothing can stop you,” and indeed, it turns out that if your heart is in the right place, Mother Nature herself will stop and part the clouds to make your dreams come true. It’s a place where “Why not?” is a perfectly valid response to the question “What on earth possessed you to buy a zoo?” and where “insane courage” guarantees a desirable outcome. If all of that sounds cringingly sappy, well, it kind of is. But Crowe tells the tale with such genuine feeling that it’s tough not to fall for the movie’s charms all the same.

Based on the memoir by Benjamin Mee, the film follows a freshly widowed father (Matt Damon) who, in an unconventional attempt at self-therapy, moves himself and his two children Dylan and Rosie (Colin Ford and Maggie Elizabeth Jones) into a decrepit zoo. With the help of a small but devoted staff (Patrick Fugit, Elle Fanning, Angus Macfadyen) led by zookeeper Kelly (Scarlett Johansson), the family sets about renovating the park for a grand reopening.

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We’ve already expressed our eagerness to check out Cameron Crowe‘s We Bought a Zoo, and it seems Fox is equally excited to show it to us. The studio has teamed up with social media service TOUT to offer sneak preview screenings of the drama on Saturday, November 26, four weeks before its official release date of December 23. And as if the mere fact of getting to see Crowe’s latest in advance weren’t motivation enough, attendees will also have the opportunity to enter a contest for a trip to San Diego by posting reviews of the film.

Based on a memoir by Benjamin Mee, We Bought a Zoo stars Matt Damon as a single dad who moves his family to a dilapidated zoo. Scarlett Johansson, Thomas Haden Church, Elle Fanning, and Patrick Fugit also appear. More details after the jump.

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Zach Gilford, best known as sensitive QB Matt Saracen on Friday Night Lights, will be starring opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Last Stand. Described as “a combination of Die Hard and High Noon,” the action film revolves around a border town sheriff (Schwarzenegger) who finds himself tasked with stopping a drug kingpin from crossing the U.S. border. Gilford will play one of the cops working under Schwarzenegger’s character.

The Last Stand marks the English-language debut of South Korean filmmaker Kim Ji-woon (I Saw the Devil), as well as Schwarzenegger’s return to acting. Given the kind of work that Schwarzenegger and Gilford have each done in the past, I’m having a little trouble imagining them starring next to each other. But Gilford’s a wonderful actor who deserves to get way more work than he does, so I’m just happy to see him pick up a higher-profile gig for once. The Last Stand is due out January 18, 2013. [Deadline]

After the jump, pop star Pink tries her hand at acting, while actor Derek Luke gives music a shot.

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