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Bruce Garrett caught the Latin fever as a young boy, and he could Salsa! The amateur boy wonder was on top of the Junior Salsa world...until it was the evening of the National Championships. Bruce was on his way but he was stopped by a group of bullies and *gasp!* they beat him to a pulp because of his sparkly sequins (“They made me eat it! They ripped off every piece of sequins, from my shirt, and made me eat it!”), and Bruce swore he would never dance again. That is, until Julia Matthews reignites the fire in his heels.

Bruce (played adorkably by Nick Frost), 22 years after he hung up his dancing shoes, now finds himself an overweight, self-loathing doormat for his best frenemy, Drew, (Chris O’Dowd) to berate on the daily. However, with the entrance of the new boss, Julia (Rashida Jones), suddenly Bruce can’t shake the fierce Latin within, and he must bring out the satin shirts, and rubber soles, to get the girl!

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“Transcendence” is timely and prescient, a thoughtful meditation on the dangers of technology and the megalomania of humanity. With talk of artificial intelligence, neuroengineering and regenerative cell mutations, clearly the filmmakers did their research in crafting a feasible sci-fi thriller. They’re also a bunch of fools to intentionally give away the ending in the opening moments, then still try to have dramatic tension leading back to the ending we already know.

It will come as no surprise that Johnny Depp’s character is disheveled, savvy, a mumbler, and never clean cut. Depp hasn’t played a “normal” guy since, well, ever, and there’s no need to start now. His Will is a world-renowned scientist on the verge of a breakthrough in artificial intelligence. Will’s wife/fellow scientist Evelyn (Rebecca Hall), colleague Max (Paul Bettany) and former professor (Morgan Freeman) all support his efforts to create a computer that has emotions and can evolve (in other words, he’s creating Scarlett Johansson’s Samantha in “Her”). 

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Director Hilla Medalia's ("To Die In Jurasalem") documentary, featuring the international Dancing Classrooms program and its director Pierre Dulaine, is undoubtedly conceptually grand. Medalia strives to tell the story of Dulaine's mission: Bringing together the children of warring factions in religiously mixed Israel through the shared experience of ballroom-style dance.

Stiff and overly explanatory at the beginning, the film gets bogged down before gaining any real momentum. It's as if the filmmakers, knowing what comes later, don't mind a start that feels slow and clunky.

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In the opening scene of "Gabrielle," the title character (played by rookie actress Gabrielle Marion-Rivard) treads water in a pool, fascinated by the tension on the water's surface and the echoes of a friend's voice in the cavernous natatorium. It's a subtly lovely way for director/co-writer Louise Archambault ("Familia" [2005]) to show that the signals Gabrielle receives and sends are just a bit different from the ordinary (both the character and the actress have Williams syndrome, a rare neurodevelopmental disorder).

Williams syndrome is a wondrous topic and this film is a perfect introduction to it. Along with some distinctive physical characteristics, people with this disorder, according to the "Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry," exhibit an "unusually cheerful demeanor, an ease with strangers, and developmental delay coupled with strong language skills." 

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/Film has picked up quite the scoop with regard to an upcoming Kevin Smith ("Clerks") film, "Tusk." The film, written and directed by Kevin Smith, centers around an older man (Michael Parks) who’s unhealthily obsessed with walruses. Justin Long ("Jeepers Creepers") plays a journalist who approaches him for a story, and Genesis Rodriguez and Haley Joel Osment play Long’s friends. Justin Long revealed to a news agency with regards to the movie that, "Johnny Depp is in that one." If he is he would likely be playing Guy Lapointe, a French-Canadian investigator that would only require two days of filming. Kevin Smith previously mentioned that he had found a major star to play Lapointe, and called the casting, "The highlight of my career." Since the two of them are friends, their daughters attended school together, it's unsurprising that he was able to land the mega-star for a minor role in what is meant to be one of his last films. Depp loves creepy/quirky/weird roles/films so this is definitely right up his alley.

Deadline has learned that Liev Schreiber ("Ray Donovan") is reducing himself to starring in a flick with the useless Jaden Smith ("The Karate Kid"). The two will lead an adaptation of "The Good Lord Bird," based on a book my James McBride ("Red Hook Summer"). The flick will be about Henry “Onion” Shackleford (Smith), a young slave who links up with radical abolitionist John Brown (Schreiber) in 1856 Kansas and travels the nation with Brown’s motley crew of freedom fighters. The story is told with a satirical bent through the eyes of Onion, who wears a dress and is at first mistaken for a girl, as he bears witness to Brown’s historic campaign and encounters the likes of Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman en route to the bloody Harper’s Ferry raid that helped spark the Civil War. If ever there was a chance for Smith to prove himself, this would be it. I like the story, and I think Schreiber is perfect for that role, but Smith can really make or break this movie. 

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Ice Cube and Kevin Hart are the latest mismatched duo to occupy a buddy movie in “Ride Along.” Here’s the premise: Ben (Kevin Hart) is a high school security guard who dreams of becoming a police officer. He’s engaged to Angela (Tika Sumpter), a sweet girl next door type who loves him even though he’d rather play video games with his friends than pay any attention to her. Angela’s brother--and therefore Ben’s future brother-in-law--James (Ice Cube) is a hard nose cop who doesn’t like Ben due to an incident at a barbecue where Ben’s carelessness injured James. See where this is going yet? Ben gets accepted into the police academy, and in order to show him what it’s like to be on the streets, James takes Ben out for the day on a ride along.

James’s goal is to make Ben quit his dream of being a cop by showing him how crazy things can get, which, he thinks, will in turn make Ben not want to marry his sister. James tells the dispatcher to purposely give him all of the craziest calls that come through. This leads to some funny comic moments where Hart is set free to riff and cut loose, and it’s here where the been there/done that premise is elevated to new heights. The situations that James forces Ben into are way over his head, and it’s entertaining to watch Kevin Hart muster all of his manic energy as he gets into a verbal tug of war with a pre-teen, or mistakes a female biker for a man. In fairness to Ben, she does have a mustache.

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Animated birds went toe-to-toe with a Captain, and Box Office Mojo has the results. Coming in first was "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" with $41.4 million. Domestically the film has grossed over $159 million, but internationally has already crossed the $300 million mark. Flying into second was "Rio 2" with $39 million. Debuting in third was "Oculus" with $12 million, a pretty solid debut for a low-budget horror flick. "Draft Day" managed to take fourth with $9.75 million, and with its 'B+' Cinema Score it's likely to hit $30 million. "Divergent" managed to hang on to the top five with another $7.5 million, and a domestic take of about $124.5 million thus far.

According to Schmoes Know, a director has been found to helm the "Masters of the Universe" remake/reboot. Jeff Wadlow, who is also signed to direct the "X-Force" movie, will helm the reboot for Sony Pictures, and Terry Rossio ("The Lone Ranger") is writing the script. The original with Dolph Lundgren is so cheesy I had to take dairy tablets to keep from getting sick, and hopefully they do things a little different this time.

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Low budget horror films usually carry a stigma of substandard quality. That's not the case with the creepy, inventive “Oculus.” It’s a slow burn to get started, but once we get to the meat of the story, the scare fest keeps you riveted.

Tim (Brenton Thwaits) gets released from a long stay at a mental asylum, when he meets up with his older sister Kaylie (Karen Gillan). Little does he know his beloved sister wants to recruit him to finish what he'd left in the past, and prove the innocence of him and a long line of others. Kaylie wants to prove that a possessed antique mirror is the cause of many deaths and her ultimate goal is to destroy the cursed object. However, the mirror and its inhabitants are not willing to go without a fight.

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