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Gloria
Release: February 20th
Rated: NR
Cast: Sofía Espinosa, Osvaldo Ríos, Marco Pérez
Genre: Biography | Drama | Music 
Synopsis: Based on the life story of controversial Mexican pop/rock icon Gloria Trevi.
The DUFF
Release: February 20th
Rated: PG-13
Cast: Bella Thorne, Mae Whitman, Robbie Amell
Genre: Comedy
Synopsis: A high school senior instigates a social pecking order revolution after finding out that she has been labeled the DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) to her prettier more popular friends.
Hot Tub Time Machine 2
Release: February 20th
Rated: R
Cast: Chevy Chase, Adam Scott, Gillian Jacobs
Genre: Comedy
Synopsis: When Lou, who has become the "father of the Internet," is shot by an unknown assailant, Jacob and Nick fire up the time machine again to save their friend.
Maps to the Stars
Release: February 27th
Rated: R
Cast: Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, Robert Pattinson
Genre: Drama
Synopsis: A tour into the heart of a Hollywood family chasing celebrity, one another and the relentless ghosts of their pasts.
The Lazarus Effect
Release: February 27th
Rated: PG-13
Cast: Evan Peters, Olivia Wilde, Mark Duplass
Genre: Thriller
Synopsis: A group of medical students discover a way to bring dead patients back to life.
Focus
Release: February 27th
Rated: R
Cast: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Rodrigo Santoro
Genre: Comedy | Crime | Drama 
Synopsis: A veteran grifter takes a young, attractive woman under his wing, but things get complicated when they become romantically involved.
It Follows
Release: March 13th
Rated: R
Cast: Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Olivia Luccardi
Genre: Horror
Synopsis: For nineteen-year-old Jay, Autumn should be about school, boys and week-ends out at the lake. But after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter, she finds herself plagued by strange visions and the inescapable sense that someone, something, is following her. 
Run All Night
Release: March 13th
Rated: R
Cast: Genesis Rodriguez, Liam Neeson, Joel Kinnaman
Genre: Action | Crime | Drama
Synopsis: An aging hitman is forced to take on his brutal former boss to protect his estranged son and his family.
Cinderella
Release: March 13th
Rated: PG
Cast: Lily James, Hayley Atwell, Cate Blanchett 
Genre: Adventure | Drama | Family
Synopsis: A live-action retelling of the classic fairy tale about a servant step-daughter who wins the heart of a prince.
In the Heart of the Sea
Release: March 13th
Rated: PG-13
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Brendan Gleeson
Genre: Action | Adventure | Drama 
Synopsis: Based on the 1820 event, a whaling ship is preyed upon by a sperm whale, stranding its crew at sea for 90 days, thousands of miles from home.
Danny Collins
Release: March 20th
Rated: R
Cast: Melissa Benoist, Al Pacino, Jennifer Garner
Genre: Comedy | Drama
Synopsis: An aging rock star decides to change his life when he discovers a 40-year old letter written to him by John Lennon.
The Gunman
Release: March 20th
Rated: R
Cast: Sean Penn, Idris Elba, Javier Bardem
Genre: Action | Crime | Drama
Synopsis: A former Special Forces soldier and military contractor suffering from PTSD tries to reconnect with his long time love, but first must go on the run from London to Barcelona and across Europe in order to clear his name.
Insurgent
Release: March 20th
Rated: PG-13
Cast: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Theo James
Genre: Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
Synopsis: Beatrice Prior must confront her inner demons and continue her fight against a powerful alliance which threatens to tear her society apart with the help from others on her side.
Home
Release: March 27th
Rated: PG
Cast: Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin
Genre: Animation | Adventure | Fantasy
Synopsis: When Oh, a loveable misfit from another planet, lands on Earth and finds himself on the run from his own people, he forms an unlikely friendship with an adventurous girl named Tip who is on a quest of her own.
Get Hard
Release: March 27th
Rated: R
Cast: Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart, Alison Brie
Genre: Comedy 
Synopsis: When millionaire James King is nailed for fraud and bound for San Quentin, he turns to Darnell Lewis to prep him to go behind bars.
Cupcakes
Release: March 27th
Rated: TBD
Cast: Dana Ivgy, Keren Berger, Yael Bar-Zohar
Genre: Comedy
Synopsis: When a group of best friends in Tel Aviv gather to watch 'UniverSong', they are less than impressed by the official Israeli entry. Believing that they can do better, they spontaneously create and record their own song on a mobile phone.
Little Boy
Release: April 24th
Rated: PG-13
Cast: Emily Watson, David Henrie, Kevin James
Genre: Comedy | Drama | War 
Synopsis: A 7-year old boy is willing to do whatever it takes to end World War II so he can bring his father home. The story reveals the indescribable love a father has for his little boy and the love a son has for his father.


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Unfinished Business
There was a time when Vince Vaughn was like a comedy God both in ruling box office numbers and in the opinions of comedy snobs like myself. I remember when I was 17 and saw him in Swingers for the first time; it was like he was everything that "cool" and "hilarious" embodied. That was in 1996 though and a lot has happened since then. When sitting in a screening of Unfinished Business, also starring Dave Franco (Neighbors, 21 Jump Street) and Tom Wilkinson (The Grand Budapest Hotel, Batman Begins), I started thinking back to how long it's been since Vaughn was the leading man in a really, really funny movie. Brace yourselves because it's been ten years and that's giving him the benefit of the doubt that Wedding Crashers was really, really funny (which is kinda wasn't). That losing streak continues with Unfinished Business, sadly. The movie stinks of The Hangover at first with the premise of three guys going on a trip together where you know insanity will ensue but you get the vibe early on that they didn't want to go down that road. I respected that and paid more attention as the story of guys trying to start their own sales company was interesting enough to see where it goes. I was wrong though because it goes down the Hangover road eventually and when it does it's not funny at all and feels so crammed into a story that didn't have it originally that it's like watching a totally different film. This was directed by Ken Scott, who directed Vaughn once before in Delivery Man, and written by Steve Conrad, who wrote The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and The Pursuit of Happyness. I honestly can't imagine how these guys let a film like this go so far off the rails at times. Watching it is like watching a student film; you can see good intentions and ideas in there somewhere but the execution is just bizarre and terrible. It's almost as if no one saw the film as a total unworkable package until it was released in theaters because no seasoned Hollywood eye could have missed so many unfunny and misguided mistakes. I'm all for offensive comedy but there are things in the film that are taboo subjects but are not played for laughs and because they're not played for laughs they come across as very offensive. Franco's character is mentally disabled in some way and makes reference to the fact that he has to live in a group home for people with his condition. At the end of the film, he's picked up at the airport by guys he lives with who are clearly disabled mentally as well. This isn't played for laughs at all and is in fact supposed to be sweet. The problem is that we were just given permission to laugh at (not with) his character the entire film so adding that element just makes us feel ashamed. This mistake is made several times over with subjects like bullying, homosexuality and depression. I'm still a fan of Vaughn and I'm not sure why. He seems to still embody "cool" and "funny" just has chosen a nonstop parade of awful for his movie career. His next project is the second season of HBO's True Detective, which I'm looking forward to a lot. The rumor is that he's going to be the villain and maybe that's where he should be with his career now. Franco will be just fine in what is shaping up to be a career as big as his brother's. Wilkinson is very respected and I'm sure everyone will forget he was even in this or assume he just needed the money. Unfinished Business, however, will go down as a terrible and forgettable film that will go as quickly as it comes and hopefully not sucker too many people out of their money. Listen to Gavin's intervew with one of the actor's from Unfinished Business, Nick Frost:
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Gavin's Top 10 Films of 2014
 
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2015 Academy Award Predictions
BEST PICTURE American Sniper The Imitation Game Birdman The Grand Budapest Hotel Whiplash Selma Boyhood The Theory of Everything SHOULD WIN: Selma.  The film has lost all its momentum and not getting nominated in any other key category ruined its chances but it was more powerful and important than any film this year. WILL WIN: Boyhood.  The Academy is a sucker for the dedication of 12 years of filming. BEST ACTOR:  Steve Carrell - Foxcatcher Bradley Cooper - American Sniper Eddie Redmayne - The Theorgy of Everything Michael Keaton - Birdman Benedict Cumberbatch - The Imitation Game SHOULD AND WILL WIN: Michael Keaton.  The man has given us some amazing performances in all different genres and has never even been nominated.  Here he's in the role of a lifetime and he knocks it out of the park. BEST ACTRESS: Julianne Moore - Still Alice Reese Witherspoon - Wild Rosamund Pike - Gone Girl Marion Cotillard - Two Days, One Night Felicity Jones - The Theory of Everything SHOULD AND WILL WIN: Julianne Moore.  She's been nominated five times and never won and probably should have a long time ago. BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:  JK Simmons - Whiplash Mark Ruffalo - Foxcatcher Ethan Hawke - Boyhood Edward Norton - Birdman Robert Duval - The Judge SHOULD AND WILL WIN: JK Simmons.  Besides the fact that he's been a super recognizable character actor for decades, he IS that movie.  He's absolutely terrifying yet you find yourself wanting his love and approval in every frame. BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:  Laura Dern - Wild Patricia Arquette - Boyhood Meryl Streep - Into the Woods Emma Stone - Birdman Keira Knightley - The Imitation Game SHOULD WIN: Emma Stone.  Going way against what we've known and loved about her, she plays Keaton's estranged daughter with fiercness and vulnerability. WILL WIN: Patricia Arquette.  Someone has to win from Boyhood for acting and it might as well be her.  She's a sad character and watching her age 12 years in three hours makes it sadder. BEST DIRECTOR: Bennet Miller - Foxcatcher Wes Anderson - The Grand Budapest Hotel Richard Linklater - Boyhood Alejandro G. Innarittu - Birdman Morten Tyldum - The Imitation Game SHOULD WIN: Wes Anderson.  His style isn't for everyone but it's a marvel to behold.  This is his greatest film and every frame is a feast for the eyes. WIIL WIN: Richard Linklater.  You simply can't deny a man who had the vision and discipline to hold a cast and crew together for 12 years to make a film. If you disagree with any of these...leave a comment and don't forget to watch Sunday night!
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Hot Tub Time Machine 2
It was four years ago that Hot Tub Time Machine came out.  It scored a 63% on Rotten Tomatoes.  It made $61 million.  It performed shockingly better financially and critically than anyone expected.  It was directed by Steve Pink (Accepted).  It starred John Cusack, Rob Corddry (Warm Bodies, Comedy Central's The Daily Show), Craig Robinson (This Is The End, NBC's The Office) and Clark Duke (The Croods, Kick-Ass).  It was a science-fiction comedy about time travel.  Um...yeah...that's all I can really remember about it.  Just like the rest of you, I saw it once and remember vaguely liking it but I couldn't tell you anything about the plot, quotable lines, memorable scenes...nothing.  It was the very definition of a forgettable movie.  A sequel to it was completely unnecessary and that's exactly how it feels. Ensemble comedies are killing it at the box office right now.  Almost every season there is a comedy that comes out that features a cast of actors that have worked together before, who feel like actual friends in real life, and they go on a crazy adventure.  The Hot Tub Time Machine movies feature a cast that are very funny together but never once feel like actual friends.  The entire thing feels like it was manufactured in a Hollywood lab but the concept is so stupid that I'm honestly shocked any major studio would make it let alone twice.  The only bit of chemistry you get from the cast is from Duke and Corddry (who I interviewed and can you can listen to it below).   Cusack had the sense to not show up for this sequel and instead he's replaced by Adam Scott (Step Brothers, NBC's Parks and Recreation).  Scott is a generally funny guy but is the weak link among the foursome.  His character is simply annoying and so is Corddry's.  Perhaps that was one of the biggest problems with this film is that none of them are actually likable.  The idiotic plot, the scenes that go on too long, the gratuitous d**k jokes can all be overlooked in a comedy like this but at its core there simply isn't anything to like about any of them. I could explain to you what the plot is but let's be honest, it doesn't matter.  It's dumb because it's the plot to a movie called Hot Tub Time Machine 2.  There are moments that are absolutely hilarious and they made me laugh out loud to the point of coughing, however those moments are as rare as Bigfoot sightings and the 90-minute run time ends up feeling far longer.  By the end of the film, you've run out of honest laughter and pity laughter and you find yourself looking around the theater for a hot tub time machine of your own so you can go back to before the movie started and see something else. Listen to Gavin's interview with one of the stars from Hot Tub Time Machine 2, Rob Corddry:   Listen to Gavin's interview with another one of the stars from Hot Tub Time Machine 2, Clark Duke:   Want to win a copy of the Oscar Nominated Film The Theory of Everything? Click HERE to enter!
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