January 2012

Part fours are superfluous almost always, but that doesn’t mean they can’t bring something to the party. Every entry below represents a fourth entry in a franchise that is better than it has any right to be. Now, that isn’t saying that these are the best entries of the series; they’re absolutely not (except in the case of the #1 spot). But every movie below has at least something of value to offer, and if they don’t always improve the series, they don’t embarrass it, either.

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Justin Timberlake goes sci-fi in ‘In Time’ and Gus Van Sant showcases more young adults living with heavy problems in ‘Restless,’ this week on DVD and Blu-ray.

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Don’t trust the advertising campaign on ‘The Grey.’ What’s made to look like a simple survival/action movie is actually far more subdued and emotionally taxing.

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‘Man on a Ledge’ is so tired and hackneyed and straight out of a bad 80s TV show that there’s even scene where one of them has to disable a timer with seconds left and Worthington is yelling “Don’t cut the red wire”!

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Albert Nobbs, a passion project for actress Glenn Close, was consistently overlooked or left unfunded for years and only through her tireless struggle has it finally made it to the screen.

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David Cronenberg delivers a character study centered around three people central to the birth of psychoanalysis. Michael Fassbender stars as Carl Jung, who would expand on the ideas of Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen) to create analytical psychology. Jung’s breakthrough comes through his relationship with Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley), a mental patient whom he is able to help by applying Freud’s methods.

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After a few weeks off, Eric Melin, Trevan McGee and Trey Hock are back and entirely hosted on scene-stealers.com. In this week’s episode, the guys talk about The Grey, Albert Nobbs, Man On A Ledge, Shame, and the 2012 Oscar nominations.

… and Trevan was visited by Joey the War Horse.

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The Chicken and the Egg #23: Our bi-weekly movie-reference-happy comic strip here on Scene-Stealers is back. Each week the characters recreate a famous scene from a familiar film. See if you can guess this one…

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We have advance passes to see GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE in Kansas City and we want you to have them! The screening of GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE is Thursday February 16 at the AMC Independence 20 at 7:30pm.

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We have advance passes to see SAFE HOUSE starring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds in Kansas City and we want you to have them! The screening of SAFE HOUSE is Tuesday February 7 at the AMC Mainstreet 6 at 7:30pm.

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The best part of any sports flick is usually the triumphant raising of a trophy (well, unless there’s a sweet-ass training montage), so with the Super Bowl opponents locked in, I thought it appropriate to honor the best sports victories in movie history.

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The 2012 Oscar nominations were announced this morning. Here is the complete list of Oscar nominations for the 84th Annual Academy Awards.

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‘Hard Candy’ is one of those intimate low-budget movie concepts that is so brilliant you can’t help wishing you had thought of it first. What makes the movie more than a great concept, though, is the sure-handed and stylish direction, some whip-smart dialogue, and a towering performance by a then-young newcomer named Ellen Page.

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Two gritty docudramas make their way to Blu-ray and DVD, but each take a different approach to worthwhile bonus content. This review is of the new Rachel Weisz thriller ‘The Whistleblower,’ and Steven Soderbergh’s Oscar-winning ‘Traffic.’

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George Lucas makes another movie aimed at 6-year-old kids, this one about the Tuskegee Airmen. But is there any other reason besides the dogfight sequences to go see it?

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