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.

Full Cast and Synopsis Revealed for THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL 2

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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was one of 2012′s sleeper hits.  It was the perfect summer counter-programming to the blockbusters inundating theaters.  John Madden‘s film is a nice, fluffy piece that has charming actors in a story featuring a solid balance of comedy and romance with a little bit of drama thrown in for good measure.  This mixture ended up yielding $136 million worldwide on a reported budget of $10 million, and that’s good enough for Fox Searchlight to make The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2 the first sequel in the company’s history.  Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel, Celia Imrie, Ronald Pickup, Penelope Wilton, Diana Hardcastle, Tena Desae, and Lillete Dubey are all set to return, and they’ll be joined by Richard Gere, David Strathairn, and Tamsin Greig (Episodes).

Hit the jump for the press release, which contains the synopsis for the movie.  Ol Parker and Madden will return to write and direct, respectively.

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.

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.

First Trailer for I, FRANKENSTEIN Starring Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Miranda Otto and Yvonne Strahovski

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The first trailer for director Stuart Beattie’s I, Frankenstein is now online.  The film revolves around Victor Frankenstein’s creation, Adam Frankenstein (Aaron Eckhart), having to fight an army of demons in order to protect mankind.  I don’t mean to pick on the trailer, but it may not be the best idea to cut from Frankenstein with long, gangly hair to a shot of him sporting a hairstyle that looks like it was done in a salon.  Also, early in the trailer, Frankenstein says “I am like none other,” and then later in the trailer he points out “an entire army of monsters like me.”  That being said, there are some very cool shots, especially the one of the Frankensteins descending from a rooftop.  Also, I have to admit that the concept of Frankenstein fighting demons sounds like some goofy fun.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Bill Nighy, Yvonne Strahovski, Miranda Otto and Jai CourtneyI, Frankenstein opens January 24, 2014.

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.

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.

JACK THE GIANT SLAYER Blu-ray Review

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Bryan Singer’s Jack the Giant Slayer was doomed to failure.  The film was delayed from summer of 2012 until March of 2013, and the advertising could never find the right tone to sell the film.  And so its eventual release was met with yawns.  But it’s actually a moderately entertaining little adventure film.  Nicholas Hoult stars as the titular Jack, who comes across some magic beans that change his life.  The film also stars Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Bill Nighy, Eleanor Tomlinson, and Ian McShane, and my review of the Blu-ray follows after the jump.

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.]

3 New Featurettes from JACK THE GIANT SLAYER Highlight the Film’s Digital and Practical Effects with Commentary from the Cast and Crew

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Up until this point, I wasn’t entirely clear on the tone of Bryan Singer’s Jack the Giant Slayer, but these three new featurettes help to clarify that issue.  In terms of recent fairy tale movies, Jack the Giant Slayer appears to be more tonally in line with the lighter Mirror Mirror than the more “gritty and realistic” Snow White and the Huntsman.  Approaching the film with this expectation (and knowing that Ewan McGregor gets rolled up in dough like a pig in a blanket), one would probably enjoy it more for the fun family adventure film that it is.

Also starring Nicholas Hoult, Eleanor Tomlinson and Ian McShane, Jack the Giant Slayer opens in 3D on March 1st.  Hit the jump to watch three new featurettes. 

Over 50 New High-Resolution Images from Bryan Singer’s JACK THE GIANT SLAYER

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Warner Bros. has released a slew of high-resolution images from director Bryan Singer’s upcoming fantasy adventure epic Jack the Giant Slayer.  The images highlight the film’s massive scale and large amount of visual effects, as well as the impressive ensemble cast which includes Nicholas Hoult, Eleanor Tomlinson, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Ian McShane, and Bill Nighy.  There’s a lot to sift through, but they definitely give us a good idea of what to expect from the full film.

Hit the jump to take a look at the images.  If you missed any of Steve’s set visit coverage, be sure to check out 15 things to know plus a video blog recap, and his interviews with SingerNicholas HoultEwan McGregor, and Eleanor TomlinsonJack the Giant Slayer opens in 3D on March 1st.

New Trailer for JACK THE GIANT SLAYER

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A new trailer has been released for director Bryan Singer’s Jack the Giant Slayer.  This trailer takes on a wildly different tone than the previous trailer and TV spots, as the film is painted as more of an “intense actioner” rather than a “fantasy adventure,” complete with pulsating rock music fast-cut fight sequences.  Though I’m all for a new adventure film from Singer, something still feels a bit off with Jack the Giant Slayer.  The CG giants don’t necessarily look all that convincing or threatening, and I’m hoping there’s more fun to be had than the trailers are letting on.  Nicholas Hoult more than proved his ability at leading a film with the swell Warm Bodies and Ewan McGregor looks to be having a blast, so hopefully the full feature delivers on the adventure aspect.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer, and if you missed any of Steve’s set visit coverage, click here. The film also stars Eleanor Tomlinson, Stanley Tucci, Ian McShane, and Bill Nighy. Jack the Giant Slayer opens in 3D on March 1st.

New Trailer and Poster for Bryan Singer’s JACK THE GIANT SLAYER Starring Nicholas Hoult

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A new trailer for director Bryan Singer’s Jack the Giant Slayer has been released.  Based on the classic tale, the film tells the story of an ancient war that is reignited when a young boy (Nicholas Hoult) unknowingly opens a gate between the world of humans and the world of giants.  This trailer is much more effective than the previous one, as it does a nice job of teasing the epic scope of the fantasy world while also highlighting some of the pic’s promising humor.  Some of the CG still looks a bit spotty, but the performances from Ewan McGregor and the always reliable Stanley Tucci look particularly promising.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Eleanor Tomlinson, Ian McShane, and Bill Nighy.  Jack the Giant Slayer opens in 3D IMAX on March 1, 2013.

Sequel to THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL in Development; Principal Cast Eager to Return

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As we whippersnappers start watching movies on our TVs and phones, a desperate Hollywood has turned their attentions to their steadiest and most solid base of theatergoers: the AARP crowd.  In that vein, Fox Searchlight is looking to make a sequel to this year’s surprise hit The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, based on a novel, that starred a host of, well, gray-haired actors: Judi Dench (Casino Royale), Bill Nighy (Love Actually), Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey) and Tom Wilkinson (Batman Begins), and others, including one young gun in Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire).

Ol Parker (who wrote the screenplay for the first film) will send in a treatment to the eager studio soon, the eagerness stemming from the original film having grossed thirteen times its nearly $10 million budget.  The eagerness also rests with the actors, as the principal cast is apparently keen on returning.  For more on the “gray is green” trend, hit the jump.

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