New to Blu-ray: THE ACT OF KILLING, ARCHER Season Four, RUNNER RUNNER, and More

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Here’s a brief look at this week’s new Blu-ray releases:

Eric Bana Talks CLOSED CIRCUIT, Working in London Locations, Today’s Privacy Issues, LONE SURVIVOR, and BEWARE THE NIGHT

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The international suspense thriller Closed Circuit tells the story of two ex-lovers, Martin Rose (Eric Bana) and Claudia Simmons-Howe (Rebecca Hall), who are bound together on the defense team for a high-profile terrorism case that turns out to be such a far-reaching conspiracy that it places both of their lives in jeopardy.  From director John Crowley, the film also stars Ciarán Hinds, Jim Broadbent, Riz Ahmed, Anne-Marie Duff and Julia Stiles.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Eric Bana talked about how much of a page-turner this script was, how much fun he had working with his co-star Rebecca Hall, training for the rowing scenes, working in and around London in real locations, and the lack of privacy we all have now.  He also talked about what made him want to do Lone Survivor with director Peter Berg, and what drew him to the horror thriller Beware the Night, from Scott Derrickson (Sinister).  Check out what he had to say after the jump. 

CLOSED CIRCUIT Review

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Sometimes a film perfectly fits into current events.  The filmmakers can perhaps glean the zeitgeist, but there’s no way of knowing that the release of the finished product will coincide with the day’s headlines.  John Crowley‘s Closed Circuit could clearly see the privacy-versus-security argument through the Closed Circuit Televisions (CCTV) that dominate London.  Someone is always watching, and that’s supposed to lower crime, but it can also be seen as a way of seeing every citizen as a potential criminal or victim.  Crowley and screenwriter Steven Knight couldn’t have known that someone like Edward Snowden would come forward and reveal a massive surveillance program being conducted by the NSA and CIA.  They also couldn’t know that the partner of the journalist who assisted Snowden would be detained at the airport by British authorities several months later.  With Closed Circuit, Crowley hasn’t just made a tense, mature thriller, but one where the story’s immediacy is felt throughout.

Rebecca Hall Talks CLOSED CIRCUIT, Working in and Around London, and What Attracted Her to TRANSCENDENCE

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The international suspense thriller Closed Circuit tells the story of two ex-lovers, Martin Rose (Eric Bana) and Claudia Simmons-Howe (Rebecca Hall), who are bound together on the defense team for a high-profile terrorism case that turns out to be such a far-reaching conspiracy that it places both of their lives in jeopardy.  From director John Crowley, the film also stars Ciarán Hinds, Jim Broadbent, Riz Ahmed, Anne-Marie Duff and Julia Stiles.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Rebecca Hall talked about why she found this story so gripping and intriguing, making sure the complicated issues in the film were easy for audiences to digest, how much fun she had working with Eric Bana, what made their characters’ romantic relationship so interesting, how exciting it was to get to work in and around London in real locations, and how she feels about the concept of being spied on.  She also talked about what attracted her to Transcendence, and what it was like to work with acclaimed cinematographer Wally Pfister on his directorial debut.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

Watch 5 Clips from John Crowley’s CLOSED CIRCUIT Starring Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall

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Today, we’re bringing you five clips from Focus Features’ new thriller, Closed CircuitJohn Crowley (Boy A) directs Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall as “two ex-lovers, Martin and Claudia, [who] find their loyalties tested and their lives at risk when they are joined together on the defense team in a terrorism trial.”  The plot works in aspects of a legal drama along with MI-6 and terrorist cell elements, drawing its title from the closed-circuit cameras blanketing London.

Hit the jump to watch the clips.  The film also stars Riz Ahmed, Jim Broadbent, Kenneth Cranham, Anne-Marie Duff, Ciarán Hinds, and Julia Stiles.  Closed Circuit opens August 28th.

Trailer and Poster for CLOSED CIRCUIT Starring Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall

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Focus Features has released a trailer and poster for the thriller Closed Circuit.  Per the official synopsis, “Two ex-lovers, Martin (Eric Bana) and Claudia (Rebecca Hall), find their loyalties tested and their lives at risk when they are joined together on the defense team in a terrorism trial.”  That may be the simple plot description, but judging by the trailer, the film looks far more complicated.  The title comes from the closed-circuit cameras that litter London, and the plot also involves the legal drama as well as the machinations of MI-6 and terrorist cells.  I’m curious to see if director John Crowley has found a way to bring all of these aspects together into a solid flick.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer and poster.  The film also stars Riz Ahmed, Jim Broadbent, Kenneth Cranham, Anne-Marie Duff, Ciarán Hinds, and Julia StilesClosed Circuit opens August 28th.

ZERO DARK THIRTY Debuts in December, Opens Wide in January; New Release Dates for RIDE ALONG, THE GUILT TRIP, STAND UP GUYS, GETAWAY and More

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Check out a slew of new release dates below:

  • Zero Dark Thirty, from director Kathryn Bigelow and starring Chris Pratt, Jessica Chastain and Joel Edgerton, will now open in L.A. and New York on December 19th, with a wide release on January 11th, 2013.
  • Ride Along, the cop-centered action comedy starring Ice Cube, Kevin Hart and John Leguizamo, will open January 17th, 2014.
  • The Guilt Trip, directed by Anne Fletcher and starring Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogan as mother and son, now avoids Christmas crowds by opening almost a week earlier on December 19th, 2012.
  • Stand Up Guys, from director Fisher Stevens and starring Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin, has been pushed back to February 1st, 2013.
  • Getaway, starring Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez and Jon Voight, now opens August 30th, 2013.
  • Closed Circuit, the John Crowley thriller starring Rebecca Hall, Eric Bana and Jim Broadbent, now opens August 28th, 2013.

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