a star is born review

Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga revitalize A Star is Born into a powerful, emotional drama. The familiar story of an aging performer discovering a rising star gets a fresh coat of paint, and excels thanks primarily due to the performance (and musical talents) of Lady Gaga.

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a star is born early buzz

After a glowing review of A Star is Born prematurely hit the web, many wondered whether the Bradley Cooper remake of the cautionary tale of fame and romance could really be that good. The 2018 A Star is Born marks the third (!) remake of the story, so wouldn’t the newest film starring Cooper and an untested Lady Gaga creak under the familiar trappings? According to the first reviews coming out of the Venice International Film Festival, it really is that good.

A Star is Born early buzz praises Cooper’s directorial debut while gushing about pop star Lady Gaga’s first turn as a feature film lead. See what critics have to say about A Star is Born below.

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The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot - Sam Elliott

There are few actors whose voice and mustache are revered more than those possessed by Sam Elliott. From Road House and We Were Soldiers to The Big Lebowski and last year’s heartfelt The Hero, Elliott is often cast as the voice of authority and righteousness in role after role, including the current Netflix series The Ranch and the upcoming Bradley Cooper-starring/directed A Star Is Born (in this latest adaptation, Elliott plays Cooper’s manager/brother).

And while the 74-year-old performer is often cast as a hero, it’s difficult to remember a time when he’s played a character who has killed both Hitler and Bigfoot in the same movie. Then again, there’s never been a film quite like The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot, from writer/director Robert D. Krzykowski, making his feature debut.

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The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot review

Even if the feature film debut from writer/director Robert D. Krzykowski was the single worst film of the year, it would still win the award for the greatest and most honest title of any movie ever: The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot. While this may seem like the title of a winking, silly send up of adventure movies, it is in fact a quite ambitious and straight-ahead action work that also finds ways to weave in more contemplative ideas on aging, missed opportunities, and painfully broken dreams. Read More »

The Hero review

The Hero centers on an aging movie star who’s best remembered for his performance in a beloved western forty years earlier. It’s a vehicle written specifically for actor Sam Elliott, who, of course, has his own storied history in that genre and has embraced that vibe as a key part of his acting persona, even in films as divergent as Ghost Rider and The Big Lebowski. While The Hero doesn’t offer any particularly insightful observations about what it means to get older in Hollywood, it’s still a pleasure to watch Elliott – a perennial ensemble player since his made-for-TV movie heyday of the ’80s and ’90s – do terrific work as the clear lead of a film that lasers in on his sensibilities as a performer.

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The Hero Trailer - Sam Elliott

Now that summer is getting closer, not only will we get the usual onslaught of studio blockbusters looking for box office dollars, but we’ll get plenty of indies looking to attract the niche audiences, including plenty of films that debuted at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. One of those indies just debuted its first promising trailer.

The Hero follows Sam Elliott as Lee Hayden, a former western star past his prime at a point in his career when he’s receiving lifetime achievement awards while he’s still looking for one more career-defining role. Funnily enough, this leading turn for Sam Elliott is getting plenty of praise for being just that.
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The Ranch Trailer

So far Netflix has had a pretty good track record when it comes to their original programming, whether it’s dramas like House of Cards, comedies like Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, or animated series like BoJack Horseman. But just like Pixar stumbled after a long series of fantastic programming, Netflix seems to have finally lost some steam.

In addition to the nostalgic cash grab of Fuller House, Netflix is getting a little old-fashioned with a new multi-camera comedy series called The Ranch starring Ashton Kutcher and Danny Masterson, and it has one of those annoying laugh tracks to let you know when it’s time to laugh at the terrible jokes. But the only difference is that there are no censors to hold back the language.

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Making of The Good Dinosaur

Next week brings the perfect movie for the whole family to see after a tasty Thanksgiving feast, Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur. The film hits theaters everywhere on November 25th, bringing us the story of a lost dinosaur named Arlo who befriends a wild little boy who he names Spot and tries to survive in the wild on his own.

We’ve already got a good idea of just how much we’re going to cry at this movie thanks to the most recent trailer, so why not take a look at the hustle and bustle behind the scenes of making a feature length animated movie. Below we have a few videos looking at the making of The Good Dinosaur, from recording sessions with the actors to a scoring session for the soundtrack and even director Peter Sohn brainstorming and storyboarding with the crew. Read More »

Good Dinosaur images

With Thanksgiving just a couple weeks away, we don’t have much time before we get our second Pixar Animation film of the year, The Good Dinosaur. Everything we’ve seen from the prehistoric adventure looks like it packs another fantastic adventure with an unlikely friendship that will make tears come out of our faces.

Now we have a new The Good Dinosaur clip that doesn’t get the waterworks flowing, but does show off what an asset Sam Elliott‘s voice can be. The Big Lebowski and Prancer star plays the tyrannosaurus rex Butch, the patriarch of a family who has seem some scary things in his time, and he tells Arlo (Raymond Ochoa) around a campfire of just how he got that big scar on his face. Read More »

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Good Dinosaur images

A new trailer for The Good Dinosaur just arrived this week, giving us an even better look at Pixar Animation‘s latest original tale, focusing on a lost dinosaur named Arlo and his feral young human friend he meets along the way. It teases exactly the kind of high quality storytelling and animation we’ve come to expect from Pixar.

And now you can marvel at just how gorgeous the animation truly is as some high resolution The Good Dinosaur images have surfaced online. Pixar has certainly come a long way since Toy Story hit the big screen 20 years ago. Read More »