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The Best Mike Nichols Movies to Rent or Stream at Home Right Now

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by Matt Singer 5 days ago
MGM
We’re thinking a lot today about Mike Nichols, the great film and theater director who passed away yesterday at the age of 83. If you’re new to Nichols’ work, or you’re a longtime fan looking to revisit some old favorites, here are a few of his best films that you can rent or stream right now. Just follow the links below to watch some classic movies.

Review: ‘Horrible Bosses 2’ Was a Horrible Idea

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by Matt Singer 5 days ago
Warner Bros.
Some ideas just aren’t cut out for sequels. ‘The Hangover’ was ingenious and hilarious—for one movie. But another ‘Hangover’? With the same guys? That doesn’t make a ton of sense. ‘The Blue Lagoon’ was striking and exotic. But a ‘Return to the Blue Lagoon’? More castaways? On the exact same deserted island? Sorry, no thanks. To the list of concepts that could not support a sequel but got one anyway, we can now add ‘Horrible Bosses 2,’ a flimsy retread of the 2011 comedy that had barely enough material to fill one film.

Mike Nichols, Oscar-Winning Director of ‘The Graduate,’ Dies at Age 83

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by Matt Singer 5 days ago
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“Mrs. Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me...” That is one of the most famous lines from one of the most famous scenes in all of cinema: Dustin Hoffman’s Benjamin trying not to be seduced by Anne Bancroft’s Mrs. Robinson, his father’s partner’s wife in 1967’s ‘The Graduate.’ The film was just the second directed by Mike Nichols, the enterprising comedian turned theater and cinema director, who died Wednesday at the age of 83.

The Waiting Games: ‘Mockingjay - Part 1’ is Just Passing the Time Before Next Year’s Finale

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by Matt Singer 6 days ago
Lionsgate
‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1’ is a movie comprised almost entirely of deleted scenes. As it says right in the title, this isn’t the final chapter of ‘The Hunger Games’ series; it’s just the first half of the final chapter, and that’s exactly what it feels like. It’s table setting for a meal that won’t be served until next November. ‘Mockingjay - Part 1’ is good-looking, well-acted, and utterly inessential.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Outtake Showcases an Epic Dance-Off Between Good and Evil

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by Matt Singer 7 days ago
The whole Marvel Cinematic Universe is based around the fact that the strongest power in the universe are these magical Infinity Stones, gems of incredible power over time and space. When Ronan the Accuser combines an Infinity Stone with his hammer in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ he becomes nigh-invulnerable and almost unbeatable. The only things left to stop him from destroying the universe are the Guardians… and dance moves. Sweet hot funky dance moves.

A New Viral Site Reveals More About the World of ‘Jurassic World’

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by Matt Singer November 17, 2014 04:46 PM
At a glance, MasraniGlobal.com looks like any other website for a boring technology company, with details on its founder, Sanjay Masrani, his son and successor Simon, and their financial interests in construction, engineering, real estate, health care, and dinosaur theme parks. On second thought, perhaps that last part is a clue that Masrani Global doesn’t exist, except as a fictional company in the story of ‘Jurassic World,’ next summer’s sequel to Steven Spielberg’s ’90s dinosaur classic.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Adds ‘The Running Man’ to His List of Possible Sequels

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by Matt Singer November 17, 2014 10:24 AM
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“I’ll be back,” is no longer just Arnold Schwarzenegger’s most famous movie quote and catchphase. It’s now his main business model. While doing a Q&A in England last weekend, Schwarzenegger announced there was another potential sequel in his future: ‘The Running Man,’ his 1987 sci-fi thriller based on a novel by Stephen King about a dark future where criminals compete for their lives on reality television (that dark future, apparently, was the year 2014).

You Can Buy an “Unlimited Ticket” to See ‘Interstellar’ as Many Times as You Want

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by Matt Singer November 17, 2014 10:01 AM
Paramount
The ‘Interstellar’ Unlimited Ticket will be available at over 300 AMCs around the country. The press release says “ticket price varies by location, ranging from $19.99 to $34.99”; at the AMC Empire in Times Square, the standard admission is $14.99, meaning you’d have to see the film three times to justify the high-end unlimited price. The upside is that the Unlimited Ticket is good for any showtime and format including IMAX. At $20 a pop in New York City, you’d only need to see it twice in IMAX to make your money back.

‘Captain America: Civil War’ Casts Daniel Bruhl as Its Villain

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by Matt Singer November 14, 2014 04:03 PM
Marvel
Even though the upcoming third ‘Captain America’ movie is based on Marvel’s ‘Civil War’ mini-series, where the heroes of the Marvel Universe faced off with one another in a battle over their right to privacy, the ‘Civil War’ film still needs a villain for Chris Evans’ Cap and Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man (and new addition Black Panther, played by Chadwick Boseman) to face off with as well. Although they didn’t reveal the identity of his character, Deadline reports that Daniel Bruhl will play the guy to pester the feuding Avengers.