“Bully” nixes R-rating, goes unrated

If you follow film at all, you’ve more than likely heard the controversy surrounding the eagerly anticipated documentary “Bully.” Even if you don’t follow movie news, it’s probably hard to scroll through your Twitter feed and not see one celebrity or another promoting the movie.

In case you’ve been living under a rock lately, let me break it down for you. “Bully” was slapped with an R-rating by the MPAA, and many people were outraged that those who should be seeing the movie—kids—would not be permitted to do so in theatres.

The film received an R-rating due to language. Now, let me just throw something out there for the MPAA to mull over. Do you seriously think middle/high school aged kids, the ones who are being bullied, the ones who are responsible for being bullied, the ones who stand by and do nothing while others are bullied, have never heard the “f word” before?

Let me tell you something. They have.

Thank GOODNESS the Weinstein Company is refusing the MPAA’s rating and releasing “Bully” as an unrated film. Not allowing school aged children to see this film would be defeating its entire purpose. The movie was made for kids in order to realize how their actions impact others.

If I were a parent, I would be taking my kid to see it. If I were a schoolteacher, hey kids, get ready for a field trip to the local AMC! If you can’t drag yourself to a theatre this weekend, at the very least, watch the trailer below.

“Bully” hits theatres Friday, March 30.

The Ultimate Marvel Marathon

In order to celebrate the release of “The Avengers” on May 4, AMC Theatres is hosting the biggest Marvel movie event ever.

Starting at 11:30 a.m., the marathon will include six Marvel films in all, leading up to the premiere of “The Avengers” at midnight.

(Image courtesy of AMC Theaters)

If watching superhero movies for 12+ hours until your eyes fall out of your face while simultaneously slipping into a Diet Coke and Sno Cap induced sugar coma sounds like a rockin’ time, then keep reading.

The Ultimate Marvel Marathon will include Iron ManThe Incredible HulkIron Man 2Thor in 3D, Captain America in 3D, and will conclude with The Avengers in 3D.

You can experience the popcorn-flick extravaganza for yourself for the low price of $40 a pop. While showings in major cities have already been announced, screenings at additional theatres will be announced and tickets will go on sale on March 16.

(Image courtesy of IFC)

If you’re dying to get your hands on a ticket, check out AMC Theatre’s official website.

New trailer for “The Avengers”

When the first trailer for “The Avengers” was released, I was less than impressed. Now that about 95 additional versions have made their way to the public’s prying eyes (okay, this is probably only the third I’ve seen, but still), I’ve found one that tells a little bit more of the story.

Unlike the original, this trailer draws me in from the start. The explosives/military action was just about the only thing I appreciated from the first, and that scene is extended here.

Props for that, but then I start to fall asleep a little bit. The trailer then goes on to feature a little bit about each superhero, which I can appreciate more than the messy montage we were given previously. However, there’s far too much ScarJo, who should not be involved in this project in the first place.

After the two minutes and thirty seconds are over, I am still left somewhat unsatisfied. Is it just me? Are any of you excited for this movie?

Check out the latest trailer for “The Avengers” here:

Kick-Ass 2: “We shoot this summer”

EEEEEEEK!

On more than one occasion, I have proclaimed my love for the movie Kick Ass. The good news for fellow Kick Ass lovers is that the sequel is finally on its way!

(Image courtesy of beyondhollywood.com)

I’m really hoping it doesn’t suffer the sophomore slump like a lot of sequels/prequels/whatever usually do these days, but I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

According to creator Mark Millar, the sequel is slated to start shooting in the next few months. In the interview with Scotland’s Daily Report, Millar also said that original director Matthew Vaugh (X-Men: First Class) should be on board as well. However, he will most likely be producing this time, as he is already involved with directing the next X-Men film (yay on that front as well).

In the interview, Millar also mentioned a sequel to Wanted, which in my opinion, would probably be best if it did not happen. The first one was enough, thank you very much.

Anyways, if you haven’t seen Kick Ass, do yourself a favor and SPRINT to your nearest Blockbuster. At the very least, make sure you see it before the sequel comes out in, sadly, probably several more years.

“How come nobody’s ever tried to be a superhero?”

Coming soon: “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World”

I’m not sure if it’s the odd pairing of the two stars, or the storyline itself, but I’m not so sure about this one, folks.

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is a story about just that, the end of the world. When it’s announced that an asteroid is going to strike down on Earth and obliterate everything and everyone on it, everyone gets a little out of sorts.

A man (Steve Carell) has only his cleaning lady for company after his wife leaves him in a panic. He teams up with his neighbor (Keira Knightley) and decides to spend his last days on a cross country journey to reunite with his high school sweetheart.

But really, Steve Carell and Keira Knightley? That’s a pretty odd combo. Odder than Jim Carrey and Zooey Deschanel in Yes, Man. And that was the definition of weird love pairings.

Judging by the trailer, my guess is they’re going to fall in love during their road trip, and by the time they reach their destination, they’ll find out that an asteroid is not actually going to strike the Earth, and they are in fact going to live. They will then either realize that they only glued to one another because they thought they were going to die, or they will set up shop wherever they land and have little Steve Carell-Keira Knightley babies.

In case you still want to see it, even after I’ve laid everything out for you, feel free to catch it at your local theatre on June 22. For now, check out the trailer below:

Now in Theatres: “This Means War”

As I stated long ago, my two favorite genres are horror and rom-coms. They go together like PB&J, right? (Which, subsequently, I hate).

I’ve long been a fan of Reese Witherspoon. She’s a talented actress who I’ve never read about in People magazine (yes, I indulge in People magazine) about partying at a club and losing her dignity. She’s a celebrity who acts and lives a reclusive lifestyle otherwise, which I respect.

Anyways, back to This Means War. It stars Witherspoon as Lauren, a women dating two men (who, unbeknownst to her, happen to be besties) at once.

I’m sure it’ll be a silly movie filled with goofy antics as Tuck (Tom Hardy) and FDR (Chris Pine) fight to win her affections, but I’m willing to go see it nonetheless. I’m a girl, sue me.

It also co-stars Chelsea Handler, who has quite the off color sense of humor, so I’m sure she’ll bring something interesting to the table.

Check out the trailer for yourself below, and catch This Means War when it hits theatres on Feb. 17:

Movie Poster: “The Dark Knight Rises”

Any day that includes Batman related news is a good day in my book. Today, Rotten Tomatoes unveiled the latest poster for Christopher Nolan’s highly anticipated film, “The Dark Knight Rises.”

Compared to the first teaser poster, I would much rather have the new one framed and on my wall. While they’re both awesome, the first one was pretty bland and could be used for any movie in the Batman franchise. The latest features Bane (the villain in “The Dark Knight Rises”) in the background.

As always, I’ll allow you to judge for yourself:

Agree or disagree?

Jason Segel’s “Five Year Engagement”

I like to think that, in general, I have good taste in movies. I wouldn’t be on my third plus year of writing a movie blog if I thought otherwise. But sometimes, in the middle of my usual horror films and movies of substance that make me contemplate my existence, I must throw in a rom-com or two.

“The Five Year Engagement” is one such movie. Starring Jason Segel and Emily Blunt as a couple who keep delaying their trip to the altar, it looks like a typical, cheesy popcorn flick. But one that I’ll be seeing nonetheless, because it just looks so darn cute.

“How’s Michigan?”

“All in all, it’s an adjustment.”

Ain’t that the truth. I’ve been living here for 21 years, and I’m still adjusting…