NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB Review

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Near the end of Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, Robin Williams talks to Ben Stiller about accepting when it’s time to bid farewell to a loved one. The film is filled with flaccid attempts to pull at our heartstrings, but within the context of Williams’ untimely passing this moment is painfully bittersweet. Unfortunately, the rest of the film’s emotional and comedic moments fall flat as we watch Stiller lazily trudge through another series of museum misadventures.

First KNIGHT OF CUPS Trailer Reveals Terrence Malick’s Hollywood-Set Drama Starring Christian Bale

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If you’re a fan of Terrence Malick, today is a very good day.  Earlier we learned that one of Malick’s films that he shot in 2012, Knight of Cups, is poised to debut at the Berlin Film Festival in February followed by a theatrical release later in 2015, and now the first Knight of Cups trailer has landed online.  The poetic, lyrical nature of Malick is on full display here, but this looks to be a much more hypnotic and chaotic film than his subdued, Oklahoma-set To the WonderChristian Bale leads a stellar cast that includes Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Antonio Banderas, and Brian Dennehy, and the Hollywood-set story marks a pretty major change of location for Malick, whose past two features have followed the lives of people living in the south/Midwest.  And it goes without saying that Emmanuel Lubezki’s cinematography is simply spectacular.  The slot for my most anticipated film of 2015 has now been filled.

Check out the first Knight of Cups trailer after the jump.  The film also stars Isabel Lucas, Imogen Poots, Wes Bentley, Freida Pinto, Teresa Palmer, Armin Mueller-Stahl, and the voice of Ben Kingsley and will be released in theaters sometime next year.

EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS Review

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Set aside biblical accuracy and historical accuracy.  Ridley Scott‘s Exodus: Gods and Kings doesn’t need to be a chapter-and-verse retelling of the Book of Exodus nor does the movie need to back everything up with empirical evidence.  It just needs to tell a compelling story, and it fails miserably.  The Exodus story is a rich narrative filled with betrayal, discovery, destiny, and freedom.  All of these aspects technically exist in Scott’s film, but in the most perfunctory manner possible.  The director couldn’t care less about exploring these emotions and themes in a meaningful way, and it’s only in his desire for big set pieces that he inadvertently stumbles upon the curious viewpoint of seeing the Exodus story as one driven primarily by violence.  The movie is a “biblical epic” not in that it reaches for some grand theme or is willing to consider the role of the divine.  It’s a biblical epic because it’s based off a Bible story and cost a lot of money, and it’s more enthusiastic about letting you know the latter than the former.

EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS Preview; 30 Minutes of Footage Reveals Epic Scope

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Last night I drove down to Fox to attend a special preview of footage from director Ridley Scott‘s upcoming biblical epic, Exodus: Gods and Kings.  While I can’t really offer any opinions on the film since what we saw was both incomplete and a relatively small snippet (around 30 minutes) of the overall experience, I will say that this film looks massive and that they got an impressive amount of ground covered in their relatively brief (for a movie of this scale) 72 day production.  The trailer that hit this morning covers some of this ground, but there’s a lot more that you’re not seeing.

Scott’s epic stars Christian Bale – who was there to answer a few questions – as Moses and Joel Edgerton as Rhamses.  Hit the jump to check out our Exodus: Gods and Kings footage preview.  The film also stars Ben KingsleyAaron PaulJohn Turturro, and Sigourney Weaver.   Exodus: Gods and Kings opens December 5, 2014.

THE BOXTROLLS Review

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Animation studio Laika isn’t just on the cutting edge of stop-motion animation.  They’re also the only studio putting out offbeat stories that unabashedly focus and celebrate true outsiders.  They make movies that are cute without being cutesy, strange without being self-conscious, and funny without being pandering.  Their latest film, The Boxtrolls, is by far their best yet as they’ve created a rich, gorgeous world filled with adorable characters, remarkable detail, and a clever comment on propaganda, which is ambitious for a movie that’s ostensibly a family film.  Laika may have made a name for themselves with Coraline and ParaNorman, but The Boxtrolls feels like the first movie that represents the heart and soul of this oddball studio.

Sir Ben Kingsley Talks THE BOXTROLLS, What Convinced Him to Voice an Animated Villain, His Opinion of the Shakespearean Snatcher, and More

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Sir Ben Kingsley lends his extraordinary voice to the diabolical Archibald Snatcher in LAIKA’s breathtakingly beautiful 3D stop-motion animated adventure, The Boxtrolls, loosely based on Alan Snow’s best-selling children’s book Here Be Monsters!  The mischievous, trash-collecting creatures known as Boxtrolls live beneath the cobblestoned streets of Cheesebridge where they struggle to elude the evil Snatcher who claims they have stolen an orphan (Isaac Hempstead Wright).  Snatcher is determined to exterminate them in exchange for admittance into the town’s elite White Hats.  Opening September 26th, the film also stars Elle Fanning, Nick Frost and Tracy Morgan.

At our roundtable interview, Kingsley revealed what convinced him to bring to life an animated villain, why he found Snatcher a great character to play, how the script rang true as a refreshing family film, his unique approach to voicing his character, how he found the recording experience very freeing, why he appreciated a narrative that revealed the darker side of life, his satisfaction at seeing what the animators did with his character, the parallels between Snatcher and tragic Shakespearean characters like Richard III and Iago, and his enthusiasm for his upcoming films Learning to Drive and Robot Overlords.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Brie Larson and Ben Kingsley Set for BROOKLYN BRIDGE; LEFTOVERS Star Joins Shane Black’s NICE GUYS; PAPER TOWNS Finds Female Lead

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We’ve got a few casting stories to attend to this afternoon.  Briefly:

  • The excellent Brie Larson and Sir Ben Kingsley have been set to star opposite Daniel Radcliffe in the real-life drama Brooklyn Bridge.
  • The Leftovers actress Margaret Qualley has landed a role in writer/director Shane Black’s 1970s-set crime drama The Nice Guys.
  • Model/actress Cara Delevingne has been set to play the female lead in Fox 2000’s upcoming adaptation of the John Green novel Paper Towns.

More on the aforementioned casting after the jump.

Sir Ben Kingsley Talks THE BOXTROLLS, His Career, Voicing Bagheera in THE JUNGLE BOOK, The Mandarin, EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS, and More at Comic-Con

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Produced by Laika and based on the children’s novel Here Be Monsters by Alan Snow, the stop-motion animated feature The Boxtrolls is about a young orphaned boy named Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead Wright), who is raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors who he must save from evil exterminator Archibald Snatched (voiced by Ben Kingsley).

While at Comic-Con for a presentation in Hall H, actor Ben Kingsley spoke at a roundtable interview about why he was so taken with this film, how freeing he found the voice recording experience, voicing the leopard Bagheera for Jon Favreau’s live-action feature The Jungle Book, starting his career with the Royal Shakespeare Company, how much he enjoyed playing The Mandarin in Iron Man 3, how Sexy Beast changed people’s perception of him, what he learned from the experience of making Gandhi, being a part of Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings, where his desire to keep working comes from, and how he’s always wanted to play a man in uniform.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

The Inmates Take Over in the STONEHEARST ASYLUM Trailer and Poster

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One weird thing about Stonehearst Asylum is that I had never heard of the film before today, despite a cast featuring Michael Caine, Ben Kingsley and Kate Beckinsale, but suddenly it’s a real entity with a trailer and poster and everything. Of course that can happen when you’ve been operating under the name Eliza Graves (a film I had been aware of) for several years and haven’t announced a title change.  Brad Anderson (The Call) directed it from a screenplay by Joe Gangemi.  The film is based on the Edgar Allan Poe story The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether.

In the film Jim Sturgess plays a recent medical school grad who takes a position at a mental institution soon finds himself taken with one of his colleagues, though he has no initial idea of a recent, horrifying staffing change.  The film also stars Brendan Gleeson and David Thewlis.  Hit the jump for the Stonehearst Asylum trailer and poster.

NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB Trailer: The Action Moves to London to Bring One Last Museum to Life

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The very first Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb trailer is here.  After saving the day (or night) at the Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian, Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) is off to the British Museum in London where he hopes to uncover more secrets about the mysterious tablet that brings the museum figures to life.  I’ve only seen bits and pieces of the previous two films so I can’t speak to how this trailer stacks up to the rest of the franchise, but there are some genuinely funny bits throughout.  Rebel Wilson looks to be a scene stealer as a British security guard, and there’s an amusing running joke involving a caveman that looks exactly like Stiller.  The British setting is also a smart move, as it should provide plenty of fresh opportunities for the series as a whole.  The Museum franchise has always skewed younger, though, and I imagine kids will find Secret of the Tomb to be a swell new adventure.

Hit the jump to catch the trailer for the third and final installment of the Night at the Museum series.  The film also stars Robin Williams, Dan Stevens, Ben KingsleyRicky GervaisRami MalekSteve CooganOwen WilsonPatrick GallagherMizuo PeckBill CobbsDick Van Dyke, and Mickey Rooney, and is due in theaters on December 19th.

THE BOXTROLLS Comic-Con Panel Recap: Getting Lost in the Lovable, Grimy World of Underground Scavengers

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The Boxtrolls is one of my most-anticipated films of the fall.  LAIKA is one of the most exciting studios working today because they’re the only one wholly committed to the beautiful art of stop-motion animation.  But beyond their medium, they’re telling rich, interesting stories about weird outsiders traveling through strange worlds.  The Boxtrolls looks like their most ambitious yet, and today’s Comic-Con panel made me even more eager to see this strange, gorgeous movie.

Hit the jump for The Boxtrolls Comic-Con panel recap.

First Images from THE HUMBLING, THE KEEPING ROOM, THE LAST FIVE YEARS, and LEARNING TO DRIVE

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Earlier today, the Toronto International Film Festival announced additions to their Galas and Special Presentations programs.  Among the films with new images and synopses are:

  • The Humbling (Directed by Barry Levinson) starring Al Pacino, Mandy Patinkin, Dianne Wiest, and Greta Gerwig.
  • The Keeping Room (Directed by Daniel Barber) starring Sam WorthingtonBrit Marling, Hailee Steinfeld, Muna Otaru, and Kyle Soller.
  • The Last Five Years (Directed by Richard LaGravenese) starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan.
  • Learning to Drive (Directed by Isabel Coixet) starring Patricia Clarkson and Ben Kingsley.

Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses.  The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 4 – 14th.

EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS Trailer: Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton Square Off in Ridley Scott’s Biblical Epic

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20th Century Fox has released the first Exodus: Gods and Kings trailer for director Ridley Scott’s upcoming Biblical epic.  The film stars Christian Bale as Moses, focusing on the figure’s struggle to free his enslaved people from their ancient Egyptian rulers as Joel Edgerton fills the role of Ramses.  The trailer is, well, curious.  The eyeliner is very heavy, and it almost feels like there was no effort whatsoever put into making Bale and Edgerton look like they fit into the time period (or, you know, anything resembling Egyptians).  That said, the visuals are striking and Scott certainly appears to be going all-out with the whole “Biblical epic” moniker.  I have a feeling this movie might be pretty weird.

Hit the jump to watch the first Exodus: Gods and Kings trailer.  The film also stars Ben KingsleyAaron PaulJohn Turturro, and Sigourney Weaver.  Exodus: Gods and Kings opens December 5, 2014.

New EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS Images Feature Christian Bale Getting Old Testament as Moses

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20th Century Fox has unveiled some new Exodus: Gods and Kings images ahead of the film’s trailer debut, which will come with next week’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.  Directed by Ridley Scott, the epic retells the Moses story, with Christian Bale taking on the lead role and Joel Edgerton playing the Pharaoh Ramses.  From these debut images, its clear that Bale’s Moses won’t be pulling any punches.  With Ben Kingsley, Aaron Paul, Sigourney Weaver, and John Turturro also a part of the cast, the film certainly has a solid supporting lineup, and the last time Ridley Scott took on a period epic, the result was the excellent Kingdom of Heaven (well, the Director’s Cut at least).  I’ll admit the image of Weaver as Ramses’ mother is, uh, striking, but the prospect of the actress reteaming with her Alien and 1492 director is nonetheless exciting.

Hit the jump to take a look at the Exodus: Gods and Kings images, and look for the first trailer here on Collider soon.  The film opens in theaters on December 5th, just in time for the awards/holiday season.

Ben Kingsley Joins THE JUNGLE BOOK; Rooney Mara to Produce and Star in HOUSE IN THE SKY; Elisabeth Moss and James Purefoy Climb HIGH-RISE

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We’ve got a few casting stories to attend to this afternoon.  Briefly:

  • Sir Ben Kingsley will voice the character of Bagheera in director Jon Favreau’s live-action/CG adaptation of The Jungle Book.
  • Rooney Mara has been set to produce and star in an adaptation of the harrowing memoir A House in the Sky for Annapurna Pictures.
  • Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) and James Purefoy (The Following) have joined Tom Hiddleston in director Ben Wheatley’s thriller High-Rise.

Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned casting.

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