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Movie Review: “The Layover” Adds An Adult Perspective To Juvenile Shenanigans

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Best friends Kate and Meg find themselves competing for the same man while waiting for their plane to take off from St. Louis.

Most people know William H. Macy as Frank Gallagher from Showtime’s “Shameless.” He is also an Academy Award-Nominated actor for his work in “Fargo” and also other high-quality movies such as “Seabiscuit,” “The Cooler,” “Magnolia,” and “Boogie Nights.” But a lot of people don’t know that he is also a very talented director who has helmed indie favorites “Lip Service,” “Rudderless,” and now “The Layover.” Having worked with such heavyweight filmmakers like Joel & Ethan Coen, Rob Reiner, and Paul Thomas Anderson, Mr. Macy has obviously learned a lot from them as he manages to infuse some genuinely affecting moments along with adult humor and infantile-style antics that actually work.

Meg (Kate Upton), a beauty consultant, and her best friend Kate (Alexandra Daddario), a high school teacher, have both had the week from hell so Meg decides to book them on a flight to Fort Lauderdale for Spring break for a little fun and relaxation. Once they are on board the plane, their dreams are fully realized when Ryan (Matt Barr), a hunky fireman on his way to Florida for a wedding, winds up sitting between them. Naturally, they try to outmaneuver each other for Ryan’s affections but when the captain informs everyone that a hurricane moving into Florida will divert them to St. Louis for the time being, when they land, both girls bid farewell to Ryan and check into their hotel. But as luck would have it, Ryan just happens to be staying at the same abode and with the storm bigger than originally predicted, causing their stay in St. Louis to be prolonged, both women resort to whatever means possible, to claim Ryan as their own.

In the hands of a less-capable director, “The Layover” could have very easily become a hackneyed, insipid bore, filled with clichéd trivialities that typically accompany stories of this ilk but thanks to Mr. Macy’s deft direction, and Ms. Upton and Ms. Daddario’s expert comic timing, the movie rolls along at a crackerjack pace, thus allowing every red-blooded male (and female), the pleasure of watching two beautiful women berate, cut down, and eventually, physically assault each other, all in the name of love. One of the funniest scenes unfolds as Meg, fully aware of Kate’s extreme fear of heights, suggests a balloon trip over St. Louis to Ryan and then feigning concern, acknowledges Kate’s fear and offers her the opportunity to wait on the ground until they return. Kate momentarily hesitates but then quickly composes herself and iterates that her fear is of flying in planes, not balloons, and joins them, much to Meg’s annoyance. Once in the air, their one-eyed balloon pilot tries to make known to them, all of the city’s landmarks but with fear getting the best of Kate, she pops open a bottle of champagne to help calm her nerves and the cork inadvertently hits their pilot in his eye, causing temporary blindness and airborne chaos.

The film will probably play in limited release and then quickly disappear from theaters but if you get the opportunity to see this gem on the big screen, go see it. It was a pleasant way to spend 90 minutes and so much better than a lot of the dreck that is currently passing as entertainment these days.

In theaters Friday, September 1st

Originally from Dublin, Ireland, James is a Movie Critic and Celebrity Interviewer with over 30 years of experience in the film industry as an Award-Winning Filmmaker.

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Coronavirus: Upcoming Movie Titles That Have Been Delayed

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As “Social Distancing” is rapidly becoming the new norm. Streaming services have ramped up their campaign more than ever for watching cinema in the comfort of your own home. On the other hand, theater has taken a hit. Of all the places in the world to be, sitting in a jam packed theater full of movie goers, isn’t the safest place. Many believe, this will be a catalyst for a movement that was inevitable all along. Which is, sending major blockbuster films, straight to streaming. Some companies have already taken the opportunity to do so, as Blumhouse recently moved ‘The Invisible Man‘ to streaming with a $20 household price tag.

As of right now, many of the films scheduled for release and others that were in the process of filming, have now been either delayed or halted indefinitely. Notably, ‘The Batman,’ and ‘Matrix 4’ have both halted production.

Below, is a list of upcoming films that have been delayed via – Los Angeles Times.

“Minions: The Rise of Gru” (Universal)
Original release date: July 3, 2020 (wide)
New date: TBD

“The Painted Bird” (IFC Films)
Original release date: April 17, 2020 (wide)
New date: Summer TBD

“Antebellum” (Lionsgate)
Original release date: April 24, 2020 (wide)
New date: TBD

“Run” (Lionsgate)
Original release date: May 8, 2020 (wide)
New date: TBD

“Spiral” (Lionsgate)
Original release date: May 15, 2020 (wide)
New date: TBD


“Mulan” (Disney)
Original release date: March 27, 2020 (wide)
New date: TBD

“New Mutants” (Fox)
Original release date: April 3, 2020 (wide)
New date: TBD

“Antlers” (Searchlight)
Original release date: April 17, 2020 (wide)
New date: TBD

“The Truth” (IFC)
Original release date: March 20, 2020 (N.Y., L.A.)
New date: Summer 2020, TBD

“The Artist’s Wife” (Strand)
Original release date: April 3, 2020 (N.Y.); April 10, 2020 (L.A.)
New date: TBD

“F9″ (Universal)
Original release date: May 22, 2020 (wide)
New date: April 2, 2021

“A Quiet Place: Part II” (Paramount)
Original release date: March 20, 2020 (wide)
New date: TBD


“Blue Story” (Paramount)
Original release date: March 20, 2020 (limited)
New date: TBD

“The Lovebirds” (Paramount)
Original release date: April 3, 2020 (wide)
New date: TBD

“Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway” (Sony)
Original release date: April 3, 2020 (wide)
New date: Aug. 7, 2020

“Slay the Dragon” (Magnolia)
Original release date: March 13, 2020 (N.Y., L.A.)
New date: April 3, 2020

“No Time to Die” (MGM)
Original release date: April 10, 2020 (wide)
New date: Nov. 25, 2020

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Director Matt Reeves Drops Our Fist Look At The New Batmobile

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“It’s going to allow his character to have an arc so that he can go through a transformation”

In the modern era of cinema, the internet is no stranger to leaks and set photos. Most Directors are faced with the difficult challenge of deciding when and when not to release official photos. Recently, an onslaught of set photos have hit the web, showing the newly re-designed batman look, along with a glimpse of the “Batcycle” and possibly a look at catwoman.

Today, Matt Reeves decided to break the internet, giving us our first look at the new batmobile. Reeves describes ‘The Batman’ as a noir style film, told squarely on the shoulders of the dark knight. It would appear that Reeves is going with a truly grounded approach to the character. A “Year two” Batman, taking on Gotham’s criminal underworld, with a rogues gallery of villains.

“It’s very much a point of view-driven, noir Batman tale,” he said. “It’s told very squarely on his shoulders, and I hope it’s going to be a story that will be thrilling but also emotional. It’s more Batman in his detective mode than we’ve seen in the films. The comics have a history of that. He’s supposed to be the world’s greatest detective, and that’s not necessarily been a part of what the movies have been. I’d love this to be one where when we go on that journey of tracking down the criminals and trying to solve a crime, it’s going to allow his character to have an arc so that he can go through a transformation.”

‘The Batman’ hits theaters June 25, 2021 | Stars: Robert Pattinson, Zoe Kravitz, Colin Farrell, Andy Serkis, Paul Dano, Peter Sarsgaard, Jeffrey Wright 

 

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Jordan Peele Produced ‘Candyman’ Official Trailer – HD Drops Thursday

A hook-handed boogeyman spits out swarms of bees and haunts a housing project in Chicago.

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Genre:

Horror, Thriller

Release Date:

June 12, 2020

Director:

Nia DaCosta

Cast:

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Tony Todd, Teyonah Parris, Colman Domingo, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett

Plot Summary:

A “spiritual sequel” to the 1992 horror film ‘Candyman’ that returns to the now-gentrified Chicago neighborhood where the legend began.

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