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Five reasons to watch M. Night Shyamalan’s “Signs” tonight

Article: Five reasons to watch M. Night Shyamalan’s “Signs” tonight

Following the smash hit “The Sixth Sense” and the follow-up “Unbreakable,” directorial upstart M. Night Shyamalan takes the audience for another paranormal outing. In “Signs,” Shyamalan explores the eerie implications of a 500-foot crop circle that mysteriously appears on the Bucks County, PA farm of reverend Graham Hess. Hess and his family struggle to make…

Some of our favorite quotes from “Lethal Weapon”

Article: Some of our favorite quotes from “Lethal Weapon”

Tuesdays may have a reputation as the most boring day of the week, but we are changing all of that with a double feature of “Lethal Weapon” followed by “Lethal Weapon 2″ at 10:30/9:30c. In case you somehow missed this comedy action masterpiece, the “Lethal Weapon” franchise features the indomitable combination of Danny Glover as…

Five reasons to watch “Lethal Weapon” this Saturday

Article: Five reasons to watch “Lethal Weapon” this Saturday

The Dream of the 90s isn’t just for Portlandia anymore! The dream is alive on IFC when we bring 90s nostalgia to our network with a double feature of 90s action classic “Lethal Weapon 3″ and “Lethal Weapon 4″ starting at 8/7c on Saturday. So comb your mullet and practice saying “I’m too old for…

The best flops of 2011

Article: The best flops of 2011

The end of the year is a cruel time for movies. Everything gets broken down into winners and losers: this film got a nomination, this one didn’t; this film is the best, this one isn’t. But movies aren’t nearly so black and white. A film can win over the hearts of every person who sees…

Mel Gibson to bring his keen sense of irony to the story of Jewish hero Judah Maccabee

Article: Mel Gibson to bring his keen sense of irony to the story of Jewish hero Judah Maccabee

Despite having had a wildly successful Hollywood career, Mel Gibson has a somewhat prickly relationship with the Jewish people. Whether on account of the perceived anti-Semitism of “The Passion of the Christ,” or the quite obvious anti-Semitism of Gibson’s drunken rants, an outsider might assume that Gibson has something against God’s chosen people. He’ll be…

“The Beaver,” Reviewed

Article: “The Beaver,” Reviewed

A version of this review originally appeared as part of our coverage of South by Southwest 2011. If you can disassociate yourself from your personal feelings about actor Mel Gibson — a fitting gesture for a film about a man who invents an alternate personality — it’s not hard to admire his performance in Jodie…

Jodie Foster Hands it to “The Beaver”

Article: Jodie Foster Hands it to “The Beaver”

The movie Jodie Foster described to me as the “biggest challenge” of her professional career started with another movie, 1994′s “Maverick.” That’s where she met, co-starred and became friends with Mel Gibson. Funny to think that such a lighthearted film about con men and women in the Old West could ultimately lead to such a…

‘Apocalypto’: Who Is Up For The End Of The World?

Article: ‘Apocalypto’: Who Is Up For The End Of The World?

Anyone feeling Apocalypse-y? It is Thursday after all. Luckily tonight at 8 p.m. ET we have just the thing for you. From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Mel Gibson (“The Passion of the Christ”, “Braveheart”), comes “Apocalypto”: a heart stopping, historically-accurate, mythic action-adventure set against the turbulent end times of the once great Mayan civilization. The Mayan…

What to Watch on IFC: April 18 – 24

Article: What to Watch on IFC: April 18 – 24

As you wait for the Easter Bunny to drop off some chocolate at your door, you better not leave the house. You wouldn’t want to miss the delivery would you? Here’s what to watch on IFC: Monday Watch Academy Award winning actor Christian Bale get in touch with his inner crazy person in “American Psycho”…

“The Beaver,” Reviewed

Article: “The Beaver,” Reviewed

If you can disassociate yourself from your personal feelings about actor Mel Gibson — a fitting gesture for a film about a man who invents an alternate personality — it’s not hard to admire his performance in Jodie Foster’s new film “The Beaver.” But that’s a pretty big if, since so much of film plays…

What to Watch on IFC: January 10 – January 17

Article: What to Watch on IFC: January 10 – January 17

It’s cold and flu season! Bring the remote control into your hermetically sealed plastic bubble and watch the world from a safe distance. Here’s what to watch this week on IFC: Monday Arrested Development + Arrested Development + The Larry Sanders Show = Monday Night done right. The perfect beginning to your week starts at…

Trailering: Mel Gibson’s “The Beaver” Prepares to Bite Back

Article: Trailering: Mel Gibson’s “The Beaver” Prepares to Bite Back

When it became obvious that “The Beaver,” a black comedy that had been the source of so much interest in Hollywood when it the 2008 Black List for best unproduced scripts, would become collateral damage of its star Mel Gibson’s ugly, infamous phone messages over the summer, my immediate thoughts went to Robert Downey Jr.…

Mel Gibson Won’t Get a “Hangover”

Article: Mel Gibson Won’t Get a “Hangover”

Easy come, easy go. As first reported Monday by The New York Post, Mel Gibson had lined up a juicy cameo in the upcoming sequel to the surprise hit “The Hangover,” playing the role of “Celebrity Whose Image Has Gotten So Tarnished, He’ll Do Anything Todd Phillips Asks To Fix It” (The Post story says…

Mad Max: Mel Gibson’s Good Old Days

Article: Mad Max: Mel Gibson’s Good Old Days

Let’s address the elephant in the room: Mad Max is awesome. Mel Gibson, not so much. But are we going to pretend the brilliant post-apocalyptic masterpiece doesn’t exist just because the star has gone off his rocker? I’m voting no. George Miller’s dark thriller takes place in Australia after the apocalypse has ravaged the world.…

Clooney going to court vs. the Mel Gibson tapes.

Article: Clooney going to court vs. the Mel Gibson tapes.

There was something refreshingly old-fashioned, in this week of Mel Gibson, in the sight of George Clooney arriving at a Milanese courtroom to a press corps cluster so big the judge had to get a bigger space to accommodate all the journalists and paparazzi. Clooney showed up in his usual natty style, offering 90 minutes…

“Hey old man, you home tonight?”: Seven cinematic atheists.

Article: “Hey old man, you home tonight?”: Seven cinematic atheists.

Friday sees the release of Alejandro Amenabar’s “Agora” (alliteration!), which stars Rachel Weisz as a philosopher/scientist and courageous atheist suffering at the hands of rabid Christians in fifth-century Alexandria. The Catholic Church, predictably, is not pleased: “Your film is going to awaken hatred against Christians in today’s society,” wrote Antonio Alonso Marcos, president of the…

“Valhalla Rising,” Mads Mikkelsen as the nutcracker.

Article: “Valhalla Rising,” Mads Mikkelsen as the nutcracker.

It seems that Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn (“Pusher,” “Bronson”) is set to engage Mel Gibson in a contest to see which can outdo the other in onscreen ultra-violence. The few moments of Refn’s “Valhalla Rising” that I’ve seen contain more scalping, decapitation and intestinal evisceration than were in the entirety of “Braveheart” and it’s…

Martin Campbell’s short memory about “Edge of Darkness.”

Article: Martin Campbell’s short memory about “Edge of Darkness.”

The number of Americans who know that “Edge of Darkness” — this Friday’s Mel Gibson-vs. everyone conspiracy actionfest — is actually a remake of a beloved landmark BBC miniseries is very small; almost no one I’ve talked to who wasn’t working press was aware of it (not even some of the latter knew; then again,…

In defense of Mel Gibson.

Article: In defense of Mel Gibson.

The trouble-prone Mel Gibson has gone off and made it hard to defend himself again. There were early rumors that Gibson was preparing to use some personal muscle to clear out a Mexican prison in order to shoot his latest movie, reportedly to be action flick “How I Spent My Summer Vacation,” which Gibson wrote…

The Unbearable Rambo-ness of Being

Article: The Unbearable Rambo-ness of Being

     God didn’t make Rambo; I made him! In the ’80s, Americans found a new brand of movie hero that corresponded precisely with Reagan-era conservative values. Ripped, vengeful and violent, action stars like Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mel Gibson and a beefed-up Bruce Willis helped reestablish myths of rugged individualism, militarism and machismo through an awesome…

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