DOM HEMINGWAY Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.  Dom Hemingway opens today in limited release.]

If the Oscars had a category for Most Creative Use of Vulgar Language (and they should), writer-director Richard Sheperd would be worthy of a Lifetime Achievement Award for Dom Hemingway. Rarely has the use of dirty words become a virtuoso masterpiece of language, but Dom Hemingway turns swearing into high art. Sheperd provides the words, but star Jude Law brings them to vile, explosive, hilarious life in what may be the best performance of his career thus far. There’s also a story and character development that’s all well and good, but Dom Hemingway is mostly about grabbing us by the throat and pummeling us with filthy, hilarious speeches and one-liners.

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL Review

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By this point, you know whether or not you love the films of Wes Anderson.  He’s a true auteur with an unmistakable style, and unless he undergoes a radical transformation, his fans and his detractors will remain firmly entrenched.  His latest, The Grand Budapest Hotel, won’t change anyone’s mind about the director nor should it.  The movie is almost the platonic ideal of Wes Anderson picture, and yet it’s free from over-indulgence and self-congratulations.  The film is vibrant, witty, pristine, and a wonder to behold.  While it falls a bit short of the emotional impact of a couple of his other movies, Anderson has still crafted a captivating mixture of magic and melancholy.

Jude Law in Talks to Join Melissa McCarthy Comedy SUSAN COOPER

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Director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) is putting together quite the cast for his upcoming spy comedy Susan Cooper.  Feig wrote the project for Melissa McCarthy to star as a female James Bond-type, and the cast has recently been filled out with Jason Statham and McCarthy’s Bridesmaids co-star Rose Byrne.  Now The Wrap reports that Jude Law is in final negotiations to sign on, marking a shift to a purely comedic role for the actor and a casting coup for the Susan Cooper production.  Hit the jump for more.

New Trailer for DOM HEMINGWAY Starring Jude Law, Richard E. Grant, and Emilia Clarke

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Fox Searchlight has released a new trailer for Richard Sheperd’s Dom Hemingway.  The film stars Jude Law and revolves around the titular character being released from prison and going to get the hush money he’s owed.  I saw the film at TIFF, thought it was painfully funny, and I can’t wait to see it again.  I would caution against watching this trailer in order to avoid spoiling the jokes, but this trailer is pretty misleading.  It emphasizes the softer, more uplifting aspects of the story, and while that’s a part of the film, it’s almost an afterthought.  It’s there to provide a character arc.  The meat of the picture is Dom being unhinged, offensive, and swearing up a storm.  But this is a green-band trailer, so it’s tougher to sell that stuff.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Richard E. Grant, Demian Bichir, Emilia Clarke, Kerry Condon, Jumayn Hunter, Madalina Ghenea, and Nathan Stewart-JarrettDom Hemingway opens April 4th.

New Trailer for Wes Anderson’s THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL Starring Ralph Fiennes, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Jude Law and Bill Murray

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A new trailer for Wes Anderson‘s The Grand Budapest Hotel is now online.  The story takes place in early 20th-century Hungary, and revolves around the goings-on at the titular hotel, where a legendary concierge (Ralph Fiennes) mentors a young employee (Tony Revolori).  Like yesterday’s new poster, this trailer is designed to introduce you to the huge cast of characters while still conveying the tone of the picture.  It does both wonderfully.  The performances look diverse, the humor is light but sharp, and it still has Anderson’s familiar atheistic, but it doesn’t feel stale.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film stars  Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, Saoirse RonanF. Murray AbrahamEdward NortonMathieu AmalricAdrien BrodyWillem DafoeLea SeydouxJeff GoldblumJason SchwarztmanJude LawTilda SwintonHarvey KeitelTom WilkinsonBill Murray, and Owen Wilson. The Grand Budapest Hotel opens March 7, 2014.

Red-Band Trailer for DOM HEMINGWAY Starring Jude Law

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The red-band theatrical trailer for writer/director Richard Sheperd’s new film Dom Hemingway has been released online.  The pic stars Jude Law and revolves around the titular character being released from prison and going to get the hush money he’s owed.  The film drew strong marks from its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, with Matt noting that Sheperd’s screenplay “turns swearing into high art” and calling it possibly Law’s best performance to date.  After watching this red-band trailer, it’s tough to argue with either of those statements.

Hit the jump to watch the NSFW trailer and click here to read Matt’s full review.  The film also stars Richard E. Grant, Demian Bichir, Emilia Clarke, Kerry Condon, Jumayn Hunter, Madalina Ghenea, and Nathan Stewart-JarrettDom Hemingway opens in the US on April 4, 2014.

First Look at Jude Law in Director Kevin Macdonald’s BLACK SEA

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Between his narrative and documentary features, director Kevin Macdonald is well on his way to banging out six films in the span of three years, and we now have our first look at the Last King of Scotland helmer’s 2014 submarine thriller Black Sea.  The film stars Jude Law as a rogue captain who goes on a hunt for sunken treasure, but as greed desperation begins to take hold of his misfit crew, tensions cause the men to fight for their survival within their claustrophobic vessel.  Law apparently went through a bit of a physical transformation in order to play the down-on-his-luck blue collar captain, putting on weight, shaving his head, and growing out his stubble.  As evidenced by these first images, though, it’s tough to make someone that handsome look ugly.  What a bummer.

Hit the jump for more, including the first images from Black Sea.

First Trailer for Wes Anderson’s THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL Starring Ralph Fiennes and Saoirse Ronan; Film Shot in 3 Different Aspect Ratios

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Fox Searchlight has released the first trailer for writer/director Wes Anderson’s new film The Grand Budapest Hotel.  The story takes place in early 20th-century Hungary and revolves around the goings-on at the titular hotel, where a legendary concierge (Ralph Fiennes) takes a young employee (Tony Revolori) under his wing to become his trusted protégé.  The movie looks absolutely delightful, and there are some great laughs in this trailer.  It’s also refreshing, unexpected, and exciting to see Fiennes in a comedic role.  [Update: On a side note, Refocused Media tweets that Anderson shot the movie in three different aspect ratios (1.33, 1.85, and 2.35) for reference during it's three time periods.  I'm not sure if that means personal reference, or if it will be a reference for the audience.]

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Saoirse Ronan, F. Murray AbrahamEdward NortonMathieu AmalricAdrien BrodyWillem DafoeLea SeydouxJeff GoldblumJason SchwarztmanJude LawTilda SwintonHarvey KeitelTom WilkinsonBill Murray, and Owen Wilson.  The Grand Budapest Hotel opens March 7, 2014

First Trailer and New Images for DOM HEMINGWAY Starring Jude Law

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I loved Dom Hemingway when I saw it at the Toronto International Film Festival a couple weeks ago.  I thought it was blisteringly funny, I was laughing throughout, and Jude Law was absolutely brilliant.  I’m actually a little upset I can’t see it again until it opens in the spring in the U.S.  The movie centers on the eponymous character (Law) being released from prison, and going to get the hush money he’s owed.  The U.K. trailer has gone online, and it’s got so much good stuff that I almost hesitate in recommending that you watch it.  The whole film is hilarious, so there are plenty of great jokes that aren’t in here including all the ones that involve the vulgar language.  But if you need some convincing about how hard you’ll laugh during this film, it’s worth watching.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer along with new images.  The film also stars Richard E. Grant, Emilia Clarke, Jumayn Hunter, Madalina Diana Ghena, and Demian BichirDom Hemingway opens in the U.K on November 15th, and in the U.S. on April 4, 2014.

TIFF 2013: DOM HEMINGWAY Review

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If the Oscars had a category for Most Creative Use of Vulgar Language (and they should), writer-director Richard Sheperd would be worthy of a Lifetime Achievement Award for Dom Hemingway.   Rarely has the use of dirty words become a virtuoso masterpiece of language, but Dom Hemingway turns swearing into high art.  Sheperd provides the words, but star Jude Law brings them to vile, explosive, hilarious life in what may be the best performance of his career thus far.  There’s also a story and character development that’s all well and good, but Dom Hemingway is mostly about grabbing us by the throat and pummeling us with filthy, hilarious speeches and one-liners.

New Posters and Image for Richard Shepard’s DOM HEMINGWAY Starring Jude Law

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Richard Shepard‘s Dom Hemingway will be making its debut at TIFF next month, and so Fox Searchlight has released a couple new posters along with a new image.  The film stars Jude Law as a safe-cracker who gets out of prisoner and sets out to obtain what he’s owed.  However, a near-death experience leads him to try and re-connect with his estranged daughter (Game of ThronesEmilia Clarke).  Based on the posters, the movie has the potential to a delightfully irreverant British crime comedy even if it does have to swipe Chevy Chase‘s Weekend Update joke for the tagline.  But when you look past the tagline, you still have a poster of a very dignified-looking baboon, so you really can’t go wrong.

Hit the jump to check out the posters and image. The film also stars Richard E. Grant (Withnail & I) and Demián Bichir (A Better Life).  Dom Hemingway opens April 4, 2014.

Production Begins on Kevin Macdonald’s BLACK SEA Starring Jude Law, Scoot McNairy, and Ben Mendelsohn

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Production has commenced in the U.K. on Kevin Macdonald‘s submarine thriller, Black Sea.  The film stars Jude Law as a rogue captain who goes on a hunt for sunken treasure, but as greed desperation begins to take hold of his misfit crew, tensions cause the men to fight for their survival within their claustrophobic vessel.  As I’ve stated before, I love submarine movies and there aren’t enough of them.  Macdonald’s film has a great premise, and it doesn’t hurt that the cast also includes Killing Them Softly co-stars Scott McNairy and Ben Mendelsohn.

Hit the jump for the full press release.  Black Sea is set for release in 2014.

First Images from THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ELEANOR RIGBY, DOM HEMINGWAY, ENOUGH SAID, HATESHIP LOVESHIP, and PHILOMENA

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The Toronto International Film Festival announced its stellar line-up for their 2013 Galas and Special Presentation programs.  Among the films with new images and synopses are:

  • The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her (Directed by Ned Benson) Starring Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Nina Arianda, Viola Davis, Bill Hader, Ciarán Hinds, Isabelle Huppert, William Hurt, and Jess Weixler.
  • Dom Hemingway (Directed by Richard Shepard) Starring Jude Law, Richard E. Grant, Demian Bichir, Emilia Clarke, Kerry Condon, Jumayn Hunter, Madalina Ghenea, and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett.
  • Enough Said (Directed by Nicole Holofcener) Starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Catherine Keener, James Gandolfini, Toni Collette, Ben Falcone, Eve Hewson, and Tavi Gevinson.
  • Hateship Loveship (Directed by Liza Johnson) Starring Kristen Wiig, Guy Pearce, Christine Lahti, Nick Nolte, Hailee Steinfeld, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Sami Gayle.
  • Philomena (Directed by Stephen Frears) Starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan.

Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses.  The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 5 – 15th.

SIDE EFFECTS Blu-ray Review

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In what may be Steven Soderbergh’s last “film” (his retirement has been greatly exaggerated, he’s suggested he may focus more on television after a break, and he already made Behind the Candelabra for HBO), Side Effects is very much a perfect note for him to go out on.  It’s well shot and put together, it’s got a great cast (including Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum, Jude Law and Catherine Zeta-Jones), it’s stylish, and it’s slightly less than meets the eye.  Our review of Side Effects on Blu-ray follows after the jump. 

Fox Searchlight Picks up DOM HEMINGWAY Starring Jude Law; Official Synopsis Released

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Fox Searchlight has picked up the North American distribution rights to Richard Shepard‘s dark comedy crime film Dom Hemingway.  The film stars Jude Law as a safe-cracker who gets out of prisoner and sets out to obtain what he’s owed.  However, a near-death experience leads him to try and re-connect with his estranged daughter (Game of ThronesEmilia Clarke).  I really enjoyed Shepard’s 2005 flick The Matador, so I’ll be keeping this flick on my radar when it opens next year.

Hit the jump for the press release.  The film also stars Richard E. Grant (Withnail & I) and Demián Bichir (A Better Life).

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