From bachelor party shenanigans to card counting to elopements in cheesy chapels, there are plenty of reasons why Las Vegas is the perfect backdrop for a movie. In honor of this week's release of The Hangover Part III, we thought we'd rewind back to the first film, which takes place in Sin City. The 2009 comedy embodies some of the biggest Vegas clichés (sex, drugs, and tons of booze), but that doesn't make it any less memorable. Along with the original Hangover, take a look at some of our favorite movies set in Vegas.
Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara star in Ain't Them Bodies Saints, which has been getting good buzz since it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year. Fresh after playing again at the Cannes Film Festival, a trailer has been released for the powerful-looking film. Affleck plays a man who takes the fall for a crime spree, protecting his pregnant wife (Mara), who may be at fault. When he breaks out of prison years later, he finds reuniting with her is not as simple as he thought it would be.
The trailer for the movie is beautifully done, and even though it looks like a pretty emotional investment, I think it might be worth it. Affleck is usually reliable for turning in a good performance, and this is just the kind of dramatic nail-biter he excels in. The movie opens Aug. 16, and you can watch the trailer after the jump.
While the Cannes Film Festival continued this week, brand-new casting deals have us excited for upcoming projects. Amanda Seyfried will play opposite Adam Driver and Josh Hutcherson will produce and star in an upcoming thriller. Find out details of their new roles, plus what's next for Hayden Christensen, Antonio Banderas, and more!
When The Hangover was released in 2009, nobody was expecting much from the comedy starring three under-the-radar actors — which is exactly why the surprisingly hilarious and original film took the world by storm and killed it at the box office. Fast-forward four years, and we're upon the release of The Hangover Part III, which suffers from the opposite effect. The film is highly anticipated by fans hoping to re-create the magic of the original (and forget Part II), but aside from a few sporadic laughs, the film is another disappointing installment in a franchise that should have quit while it was ahead.
I have to give some credit to director Todd Phillips, who at least tried to go in a new direction with Part III. The "what happened last night?" formula showcased in the first two films is left behind this time, favoring a straight plotline centered on Alan (Zach Galifianakis) hitting rock bottom and the Wolfpack setting off on a road trip to get him to rehab. You don't need me to tell you that the plan goes terribly awry when Doug (Justin Bartha) is taken hostage and the guys are tasked with tracking down the elusive Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong). What you may not expect is that the story is so uneven that I actually found myself missing all the blacked-out-drunken drama. Without that element, it feels like one of the characters is missing from the movie.
To see what else I thought of The Hangover Part III, just read more
Even if The Hangover Part III doesn't live up to expectations, there's no denying that Bradley Cooper still provides some pretty sweet eye candy. The sexy actor is reprising his role as Phil, the member of the wolfpack who rocks a pair of aviators like you wouldn't believe. Just in case you need a reminder of how much hotness Cooper brings to the Hangover movies, we have you covered with 20 photos of him scorching the screen in The Hangover Part III.
In case you thought it couldn't get any faster or more furious than Fast Five, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, and co. are ready to prove you wrong in Fast & Furious 6. The original stars — including a resurrected Michelle Rodriguez — return for the sixth film in the speedy series, directed by Justin Lin. Things have changed for the crew since we last saw them: Brian (Walker) and Mia (Jordana Brewster) are now parents, while retired "Uncle Dom" (Diesel) is moping around, but they're soon enough cast back into the world of extreme racing. This time they're legal, working on the same side as the government with federal agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson). The story may be different, but the energy and edge-of-your-seat action is familiar in the best way possible.
The movie opens with a montage of the previous films, so even if you're not a seasoned viewer, you'll still get a little tutorial on the characters. Fans should be pleased to see all the crew members (Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, and Sung Kang) assemble after spending time in different tropical paradises — after Fast Five's heist, they're not exactly welcome in the United States. When Hobbs comes knocking, he makes them an offer they can't refuse: help him track down criminal mastermind Owen Shaw (Luke Evans), head of a dangerous racing crew not unlike their own. In exchange, not only will he clear their names, but also, he'll lead them to Dom's former girlfriend, the presumed-dead-but-now-very-much-alive Letty (Rodriguez). There are several solid plot twists to keep you interested, but the real star of the movie is the action. Find out why after the jump.
The promise of Michael Douglas and Matt Damon playing lovers — not a burning fascination with Liberace's life — will probably entice most people to watch HBO's Behind the Candelabra. But if you do tune in, then you'll find yourself intrigued by the flamboyant performer's story. After a few minutes of seeing Douglas in a pompadour wig and stage makeup, you'll forget it's him playing Liberace. And Damon's evolution from innocent farm boy to drugged-up Liberace lover and stage prop is subtly stunning. If you plan to watch when it airs Sunday at 9 p.m., then here's what to expect from Steven Soderbergh's look behind Liberace's famous candelabra. Just keep reading.
The Cannes Film Festival is under way, and the South of France is bustling with très chic stars and filmmakers. If you're feeling the love for the country of berets and baguettes this week, we've got some French romance movie recommendations for you. From the serious to the lighthearted — with witty and passionate thrown in — here are some romantic French movies you can stream on Netflix!
If you were hoping to see more of Jennifer Aniston's naughty side after her turn in Horrible Bosses, then the trailer for her new film, We're the Millers, is probably up your alley. Aniston stars as a stripper who agrees to go along on a mission with her drug-dealing neighbor (Jason Sudeikis), posing as said neighbor's wife. They also enlist a couple of random kids (one of which is played by Emma Roberts) to help them cross the border into Mexico.
The preview has a few laughs, and also feels a bit like a who's who of the comedy world, with appearances by Ed Helms, Kathryn Hahn, Ken Marino, and Nick Offerman. I support any project that breaks Aniston out of the typically cheesy romantic comedy formula, and let's face it: we all know she has a bikini bod that's worth flaunting, and there's plenty of that here. Plus, she and Sudeikis just might make a dysfunctional pair worth rooting for.
We're the Millers hits theaters Aug. 9, but check out the trailer when you read more
This week's new release of The Hangover Part III finds the Wolfpack heading to Las Vegas again. Thus, we're celebrating Sin City with movies that take place or have a prominent scene in Las Vegas. See if you can match the picture to the movie we borrowed it from!