LOCKE Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.  Locke opens today in limited release.]

When a film is executed under a series of conditions, it can feel like an exercise. It can come off like a director running a test rather than telling a story. But restrictions can also spur creativity and yield unexpected results. Steven Knight’s Locke sets its conditions: a story told in real time where the protagonist is stuck behind the wheel of a constantly moving car, he’s the only character on screen, and he only talks to other characters over the phone. Under these conditions, Knight and star Tom Hardy have created a surprisingly captivating picture where adultery and concrete maintenance carry the same dramatic weight.

Exclusive Images From CUBAN FURY Starring Nick Frost, Rashida Jones, and Chris O’Dowd

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Today, we’re pleased to bring you two exclusive Cuban Fury images.  The film stars Nick Frost as a former salsa-dancing prodigy who attempts to regain his dancing form in order to impress his new American boss (Rashida Jones).  He runs across formidable competition by way of his co-worker, played by Chris O’Dowd.

Hit the jump to check out the images, and click here for our interview with Frost and Jones.  The film also stars Ian McShane and Olivia ColemanCuban Fury is now in theaters.

Crazy Synopsis for DOGTOOTH Director Yorgos Lanthimos’ Latest, THE LOBSTER, Starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz

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A few days ago, we reported that Colin Farell and Rachel Weisz would be starring in the English-language debut of Dogtooth director Yorgos Lanthimos.  At the time, the logline for the film stated, “an unconventional love story set in a dystopian future where finding a partner is a matter of life or death.”  If you’ve seen Dogtooth or Lanthimos’ follow-up, Alps, you know his films are far stranger than that one-line synopsis.  Today, we have a longer, more detailed synopsis, and it doesn’t disappoint when it comes to Lanthimos’ bizarre stories.  Simply put, it sounds like Logan’s Run meets The Island of Dr. Moreau.

Hit the jump to read the synopsis.  The film also stars Ben Whishaw, Lea Seydoux, Olivia Colman, Ariane Labed (Alps), and Aggeliki Papoulia (Dogtooth).  Shooting begins on March 24th in Ireland.

Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz to Star in THE LOBSTER, the English-Language Debut of DOGTOOTH Director Yorgos Lanthimos

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Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz are set to lead The Lobster, which will mark the English-language debut of Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos.  I’ve only seen Lanthimos’ previous two films, Dogtooth and Alps, and they’re incredibly weird.  Their plots’ defy easy description, and judging by THR’s synopsis, The Lobster sounds like it will be only slightly less nuts: “an unconventional love story set in a dystopian future where finding a partner is a matter of life or death.”  If you’re a fan of Lanthimos’ work, that probably makes you giddy, and I hope I’ll enjoy this one more than Dogtooth and Alps.

He’s certainly got a strong cast, which also includes Ben Whishaw, Lea Seydoux, and Olivia Colman.  Lanthimos will also be re-teaming with actresses Ariane Labed (Alps) and Aggeliki Papoulia (Dogtooth).  Shooting begins on March 24th in Ireland.

Sundance 2014: LOCKE Review

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When a film is executed under a series of conditions, it can feel like an exercise.  It can come off like a director running a test rather than telling a story.  But we also know that restrictions can spur creativity and yield unexpected results.  Steven Knight’s Locke sets its conditions: a story told in real time where the protagonist is stuck behind the wheel of a constantly moving car, he’s the only character on screen, and he only talks to other characters over the phone.  Under these conditions, Knight and star Tom Hardy have created a surprisingly captivating picture where adultery and concrete maintenance carry the same dramatic weight.

I GIVE IT A YEAR Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2013 SXSW Film Festival.  I Give It a Year opens tomorrow in limited release.]

Dan Mazer‘s I Give It a Year is the rom-com in reverse and two rom-coms in one. Mazer takes the difficult task of showing a marriage fall apart, and turns it into a surprisingly funny and witty comedy that never feels cynical. And it’s absolutely easy to be cynical when it comes to marriage because of the 50% divorce rate. But like any good comic writer, Mazer finds the humor in an unlikely topic, and succeeds with sharp dialogue, talented actors, and wisely keeping the tone of the film the same as an average romantic comedy.

BROADCHURCH Review: A Haunting and Addicting British Crime Drama Starring David Tennant

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The news that the legendary Peter Capaldi has been named the new Doctor was one of two great Doctor Who-related treats this week; the other is that Broadchurch, starring David Tennant (a.k.a. the Tenth Doctor) has finally arrived on American shores.  The crime drama originally aired on ITV in Britain earlier this year to great acclaim as well as frenzy regarding the mystery of who murdered a young boy in a sleepy coastal England town.  The dark series (originally conceived as a one-off, but which will return with a second season next year) is engrossing and emotional, and is sure to enrapture American audiences as it did English ones.  Hit the jump for more on the series, and why there is so much more to Broadchurch than just the mystery.

SXSW 2013: I GIVE IT A YEAR Review

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Dan Mazer‘s I Give It a Year is the rom-com in reverse and two rom-coms in one.  Mazer takes the difficult task of showing a marriage fall apart, and turns it into a surprisingly funny and witty comedy that never feels cynical.  And it’s absolutely easy to be cynical when it comes to marriage because of the 50% divorce rate.  But like any good comic writer, Mazer finds the humor in an unlikely topic, and succeeds with sharp dialogue, talented actors, and wisely keeping the tone of the film the same as an average romantic comedy.

New Trailer for I GIVE IT A YEAR Starring Rose Byrne, Rafe Spall, and Stephen Merchant

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A new trailer for the British romantic comedy I Give It a Year has been released online.  The film stars Rose Byrne (Bridesmaids) and Rafe Spall (Prometheus) as a mismatched couple and centers on their struggle to survive their first year of marriage.  While the logline and “romantic comedy” description may sound a bit trite, this actually looks like a solid comedy.  The new trailer features some great stuff from Stephen Merchant and even a solid Justin Bieber joke for good measure.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  Written and directed by Dan Mazer (Borat), the film also stars Minnie DriverJason FlemyngOlivia Colman, and Jane Asher.  I Give It A Year opens in the UK on February 8, 2013. 

HYDE PARK ON HUDSON Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.  Hyde Park on Hudson opens today in limited release.]

Hyde Park on Hudson is two stories: one is a bizarre, deeply misguided “love story” about a mistress; the other is a charming fish-out-of-water story set on a historical stage. Blended together, they make a film that’s unintentionally funny in its brazen schizophrenia where the plotlines overlap in terms of setting and nothing else. Director Roger Michell doesn’t seem to notice how different these stories are, and instead of choosing the superior one, his vacillation makes the picture a captivating train wreck where I couldn’t help but wonder if Michell was being subversively hilarious. How else do you explain a scene featuring cinema’s most romantic handjob?

First Trailer for I GIVE IT A YEAR Starring Rose Byrne, Rafe Spall, and Stephen Merchant

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The promising first trailer for the British romantic comedy I Give It a Year has been released online.  The film focuses on a mismatched couple as they struggle to survive their first year of marriage.  Rose Byrne (Bridesmaids) and Rafe Spall (Anonymous) star as the newlywed couple, while Simon Baker and Anna Faris appear in supporting roles as temptations for the duo.  The pic actually looks really funny, with strong turns from Byrne and Spall and some big laughs from Stephen Merchant.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer, and click here for images and a synopsis for the film.  Written and directed by Dan Mazer (Borat), the film also stars Minnie Driver, Jason Flemyng, Olivia Colman, and Jane AsherI Give It A Year opens in the UK on February 8, 2013. 

3 HYDE PARK ON HUDSON Clips Feature Bill Murray as Franklin D. Roosevelt, Laura Linney as Margaret Suckley & Olivia Williams as Eleanor Roosevelt

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Three new clips have gone online for director Roger Michell’s Hyde Park on Hudson.  Starring Bill Murray as Franklin D. Roosevelt, the film centers on a visit of England’s King George VI (Samuel West) and Queen Elizabeth (Olivia Coleman) to Roosevelt’s upstate New York home, Hyde Park on Hudson.  The monarchs’ concerns over German aggression must compete with Roosevelt’s wife, mother and mistress who are all vying for attention.  The following clips do a nice job at establishing the relationships between the various parties.  You can read Matt’s review of the film here.

Hyde Park on Hudson opens domestically on December 7th.  Hit the jump to view the new clips.

TIFF 2012: HYDE PARK ON HUDSON Review

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Hyde Park on Hudson is two stories: one is a bizarre, deeply misguided “love story” about a mistress; the other is a charming fish-out-of-water story set on a historical stage.  Blended together, they make a film that’s unintentionally funny in its brazen schizophrenia where the plotlines overlap in terms of setting and nothing else.  Director Roger Michell doesn’t seem to notice how different these stories are, and instead of choosing the superior one, his vacillation makes the picture a captivating train wreck where I couldn’t help but wonder if Michell was being subversively hilarious.  How else do you explain a scene featuring cinema’s most romantic handjob?

Release Dates for Lee Daniels’ THE PAPERBOY and CUBAN FURY Starring Nick Frost

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A couple of new release dates have been announced.  First up, Lee Daniels’ adaptation of The Paperboy will hit theaters on October 5th (per Deadline).  The film stars Matthew McConaughey and Zac Efron as two brothers who team-up to investigate the potential wrongful conviction of a death-row inmate played by John Cusack.  The film was met with a less-than-enthusiastic response at the Cannes Film Festival, but I’m still interested in seeing the pic based on the impressive cast.  The drama faces considerable competition on that October release date, as Frankenweenie, Taken 2, the a capella comedy Pitch Perfect and the horror film Sinister all open on the same day.

Additionally, Studio Canal and Big Talk Pictures have set the salsa dancing revenge comedy (how’s that for a genre?) Cuban Fury for release on March 22nd in the UK and Ireland.  Nick Frost plays a burgeoning salsa dancing star alongside Rashida Jones, Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids), Olivia Colman (Hot Fuzz) and Ian McShane.  Production begins next week in London, and hopefully we’ll get a US release date announcement soon.  Hit the jump to read the press release.

Stephen Colbert and Allison Janney Lend Their Voices to MR. PEABODY AND SHERMAN, Pic Moves up to Nov. 8th, 2013 Release; Ian McShane Joins CUBAN FURY

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Casting news updates at a glance:

  • Stephen Colbert (Monsters vs Aliens) and Allison Janney (Phineas and Ferb) have been cast in the DreamWorks animated production of Mr. Peabody and Sherman, starring Ty Burrell (Modern Family) and Max Charles (The Amazing Spider-Man) voicing the title roles.
  • Ian McShane (Snow White and the Huntsman) will join Nick Frost (Shaun of the Dead), Rashida Jones (Parks and Recreation) and Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids) in dance-off comedy, Cuban Fury.

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