ABOUT TIME Blu-ray Review

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Time travel is a tricky concept to pull off in any medium, especially film.  If the movie is “about” time travel, it can easily get bogged down in trying to explain the mechanics and paradoxes involved in said time traveling.  The best time travel films (like Back to the Future and Looper) aren’t really about time travel at all, but instead put the focus on the characters and story so that any specifics regarding how it all works become secondary.  This is true of writer/director Richard Curtis’ third directorial effort About Time, which is a surprising turn from the director behind Love Actually and Pirate Radio that manages to balance humor, heart, and time travel in equal measures, resulting in an effectively emotional gut punch.  Read my review of About Time on Blu-ray after the jump.

New to Blu-ray: DALLAS BUYERS CLUB, ABOUT TIME, ESCAPE PLAN, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include a serious Oscar contender, an emotional father-son story, an 80s throwback, and more.  Briefly:

Year in Review: Best Performances, Direction, and Other Miscellany of 2013

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Over the past week, we’ve been looking back on 2013 and trying to whittle down what we thought were the “best” of the year.  Obviously, this is all subjective.  There is no mathematical formula at work.  I feel I shouldn’t have to state this, but there are people in the comments section who feel that everything should be appraised “objectively”, which in this case would simply be “These are five actors who starred in movies” or “These are five people who directed movies”.  The debate comes over who can be considered the best in their respective fields.  Who gave a performance that we still can’t shake?  Who put together a powerhouse of a picture?  Who created the score we’re still humming?  Who was the bane of our protagonists?  Who’s on the cusp of the A-list?  These are fun questions to ask, and hopefully they’ll stir up some fun (and respectful) debate.

Hit the jump for my miscellaneous “Best of 2013″ picks.  Check back from December 28 – 30th for the Top 10 Films of 2013 lists from me, Adam, and Dave.

Year in Review: Top 15 Movie Moments of 2013

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Forgettable films are a waste of time because they leave us with nothing.  Being completely inoffensive is arguably worse than being terrible because at least terrible movies give us something to talk about.  We may be ragging on it, but at least it’s not something like After Earth, a film where the only thing I remember about it is how forgettable it is.  But to focus on the positive, the best movie moments move us in a positive way.  They provide more than a target for snarky putdowns or jaw-dropping examples of complete incompetence.  The best movie moments can inspire us, shock us, exhilarate us, and bring us absolute joy.

Adam, Dave, and Matt have written about five movie moments that jumped out at them in 2013.  They’re unranked and there could have been far more selections, but these 15 moments are as good as any that came out this year. [Spoilers ahead, obviously]

Ben Folds Talks ABOUT TIME, His Song “The Luckiest”, Hearing His Music in the Wrong Context, Missed Opportunities, and His Upcoming Symphony Tour

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From writer/director Richard Curtis (Love Actually), About Time is charming, endearing, heart-warming and, at times, a real tear-jerker. The story follows Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson), whose father (Bill Nighy) tells him, at the age of 21, that the men in their family have always had the ability to travel through time. He can’t change history, but he can make his world, and the life that he shares with his beautiful girlfriend Mary (Rachel McAdams), a better place.

At the film’s press day, singer/songwriter Ben Folds, whose song “The Luckiest” is prominently featured, talked about what it’s like to have the song in the movie, how often people use his music in the wrong context, the times he’s had missed opportunities because of some licensing issue that he wasn’t aware of, what he likes about Richard Curtis’ movies, his favorite movie soundtrack, and preparing to head out on tour with symphony orchestras.  Check out what he had to say after the jump. 

Weekend Box Office: THOR: THE DARK WORLD Thunders Past $86 Million

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Thor: The Dark World earned an estimated $86.1 million from 3,841 locations on its first weekend in theatres.  That might seem like a step down for the Thunder God after appearing in The Avengers but, Disney will be quick to note, the debut marks a 31% improvement over Thor’s first solo outing, in 2011. And, as for all those predictions that put the sequel in the $100 million range? I’m not sure what we were thinking…

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Thor: The Dark World $86,100,000 $86.1
2.  Bad Grandpa $11,300,000 $78.7
3.  Free Birds $11,180,000 $38.1
4.  Last Vegas $11,100,000 $33.5
5.  Ender’s Game $10,800,000 $44
6.  Gravity $8,405,000 $231.1
7.  12 Years a Slave $6,600,000 $17.3
8.  Captain Phillips $5,800,000 $90.9
9.  About Time $5,172,000 $6.6
10.  Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 $2,800,000 $109.9

Director Richard Curtis Talks ABOUT TIME, Deleted Scenes, Retiring from Directing, Writing an Episode of DOCTOR WHO, and More

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From writer/director Richard Curtis (Love Actually), About Time is charming, endearing, heart-warming and, at times, a real tear-jerker.  The story follows Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson), whose father (Bill Nighy) tells him, at the age of 21, that the men in their family have always had the ability to travel through time.  He can’t change history, but he can make his world, and the life that he shares with his beautiful girlfriend Mary (Rachel McAdams), a better place.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, Richard Curtis talked about why he waited to make this film, editing it down from a three-hour cut, the casting process for the lead roles, how challenging it was to set a scene in a restaurant that serves in complete darkness, and whether this will really be his last film as a director.  He also talked about the two projects he’s written since this – Esio Trot for the BBC, with Dustin Hoffman and Judi Dench, and Trash, directed by Stephen Daldry – and how he ended up writing the “Vincent and the Doctor” episode of Doctor Who.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Bill Nighy Talks ABOUT TIME, Working with Richard Curtis, BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL 2, Looking Back on SHAUN OF THE DEAD, and More

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From writer/director Richard Curtis (Love Actually), About Time is charming, endearing, heart-warming and, at times, a real tear-jerker.  The story follows Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson), whose father (Bill Nighy) tells him, at the age of 21, that the men in their family have always had the ability to travel through time.  He can’t change history, but he can make his world, and the life that he shares with his beautiful girlfriend Mary (Rachel McAdams), a better place.

At the film’s press day, actor Bill Nighy spoke to Collider in both a 1-on-1 and a roundtable about the appeal of this script and character, how he might have reacted, if he’d been told at 21 that he could travel through time, what he thought of working with  Domhnall Gleeson and Rachel McAdams, and the unspoken connection he’s developed with director Richard Curtis.  He also talked about which roles in his career he gets approached about most often, what it’s like to have been a part of Shaun of the Dead, how much he enjoyed voicing The Network for The World’s End, shooting the final two films in The Worricker Trilogy, playing a bad guy in I, Frankenstein, and returning to India to shoot The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

ABOUT TIME Review

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From time to time, I like to fantasize about how my life would be different if I could relive certain moments knowing what I know now.  Would my life be any better?  We are, for good or ill, the sum of our experiences.  We may come out stronger because of failure, but it would be nice if we could repair those failures to steer our lives towards a better future.  About Time takes a little bit of time travel to provide a wonderful fantasy about getting the chance to make things right.  However, the real magic is how writer-director Richard Curtis takes this concept and uses it not only to create a charming love story, but a powerful life story that will have you tearing up not at the fantasy of reliving your past, but the reality of cherishing the present.

Rachel McAdams Talks ABOUT TIME, Why She Loves Love Stories, Working on Cameron Crowe’s Next Movie, and More

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From writer/director Richard Curtis (Love Actually), About Time is charming, endearing, heart-warming and, at times, a real tear-jerker.  The story follows Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson), whose father (Bill Nighy) tells him, at the age of 21, that the men in their family have always had the ability to travel through time.  He can’t change history, but he can make his world, and the life that he shares with his beautiful girlfriend Mary (Rachel McAdams), a better place.

At the film’s press day, actress Rachel McAdams spoke during a roundtable about having done three time travel films now (the others being The Time Traveler’s Wife and Midnight in Paris), whether she has any time travel envy, which moments she’d like to relive in her own life, what a special experience it was to make this film, and what it was like to shoot a scene in the dark.  She also talked about how she’s currently shooting with director Cameron Crowe, why she loves stories with love in them, how The Notebook will always hold a special place in her heart, and her favorite holiday movies.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

Collider’s Most Anticipated 2013 Movies: October to December

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The summer movie season has come to a close, and it’s now time to turn our focus towards what this fall has in store for us.  Unsurprisingly, there are a number of very promising character-centric pics headed our way, and on paper these next few months look to be an embarrassment of riches.  We saw more than a few disappointments this summer (especially with regards to the sci-fi genre), so hopefully the end of the year will have a higher success rate when it comes to delivering the goods.  Regardless, it’s sure to be a nice change of pace from the effects-driven onslaught of the summer.

In the latest installment of our Most Anticipated series, Matt, Adam, and Dave run down what films they’re most looking forward to between October and December.  Hit the jump to read on.

New Featurette and 31 High-Resolution Images from ABOUT TIME Starring Domnhall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, and Bill Nighy

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A bevy of new high-resolution images and a new featurette for director Richard Curtis’ (Love, Actually) romantic comedy About Time have been released.  The film puts a time travel spin on the classic romantic comedy conceit, as Domnhall Gleeson (Anna Karenina) plays a man who has inherited the ability to travel through time from his father (Bill Nighy).  Naturally, Gleeson’s character uses his time travel prowess to woo the girl of his dreams (Rachel McAdams), but as with all time travel stories, the powers come with grave consequences.  The pic really looks like a lot of fun, and if Curtis’ last two directorial features (Love, Actually and Pirate Radio) are any indication, then About Time will have plenty of replay value.

Hit the jump to check out the images and featurette.  The film also stars Tom Hollander, Margot Robbie, Lydia Wilson, and Vanessa Kirby.  About Time opens in the UK on September 6th and in the US on November 1st.

Full New York Film Festival Lineup Includes INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS, NEBRASKA, THE IMMIGRANT, and More

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Each year, the fall film festival season is where studios present their awards fare and kick off months of rigorous campaigning in hopes of Oscar glory.  We recently examined this year’s contenders in the inaugural installment of our new column Oscar Beat, and at the time it appeared that the Toronto International Film Festival was poised to once again be the heavy hitter.  However, the 2013 New York Film Festival has now announced its full lineup, and it definitely gives TIFF a run for its money.

In addition to previously announced films Captain Phillips, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, and Her, NYFF will play host to screenings of Joel and Ethan Coen’s Inside Llewyn Davis, Alexander Payne’s Nebraska, James Gray’s The Immigrant, J.C. Chandor’s All Is Lost, Hayao Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises, and plenty more.  Hit the jump to check out the full lineup.  The 2013 New York Film Festival runs from September 27th – October 13th.

New Trailer for Richard Curtis’ ABOUT TIME Starring Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, and Bill Nighy

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A new trailer has been released for the romantic dramedy, About Time.  The film puts a time travel spin on the classic romantic comedy conceit, as Domnhall Gleeson (Anna Karenina) plays a man who has inherited the ability to travel through time from his father (Bill Nighy).  Naturally, Gleeson’s character uses his time travel prowess to woo the girl of his dreams (Rachel McAdams), but as with all time travel stories, the powers come with grave consequences.  The trailers we’ve seen have cast the film as a serious drama and as a light-hearted comedy, and this new one is definitely the latter.  But rather than lay out the whole plot, it boils down the time travel device into one scene, and it works wonderfully.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  About Time opens in the U.K. on September 6th, and in the U.S. on November 1st.

First Two Trailers for Time Travel Romantic Comedy ABOUT TIME Starring Rachel McAdams and Domnhall Gleeson [Updated with Poster and Images]

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Working Title has released the first trailer for director Richard Curtis’ (Love Actually) new film About Time.  The pic puts a time travel spin on the classic romantic comedy conceit, as Domnhall Gleeson (Bill Weasley from Harry Potter) plays a man who has inherited the ability to travel through time from his father (Bill Nighy).  Naturally, Gleeson’s character uses his time travel prowess to woo the girl of his dreams (Rachel McAdams), but as with all time travel stories, the powers come with grave consequences.  Curtis has a knack for making familiar stories interesting and endearing, and About Time looks to be no different.  I like the earnestness with which the film is approached, and Gleeson seems poised to break out in a big way.

Hit the jump to watch the debut UK trailer.  The film also stars Tom Hollander, Margot Robbie, Lydia Wilson, and Vanessa KirbyAbout Time opens on September 6th in the UK and November 1st in the US. [Update: We've added the just-released US trailer (which gives away too much), poster, and images.]

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