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The 33 Blu-Ray Review

9 hours ago | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

In 2010, the world sat riveted to its television screens after the news of a mining disaster in Chile that left 33 men trapped 200 stories below ground. As international crews and the Chilean government attempted to find and free the miners, the rest of the world hoped for – but did not expect – a successful rescue. Hitting Blu-ray and digital platforms this February, director Patricia Riggen’s The 33 attempts to tell the story of what went on underground, and the perseverance of the rescuers above.

Antonio Banderas leads the cast as “Super” Mario Sepúlveda, the de facto leader of the trapped miners whose videologs keep the rescuers updated on the status of those underground. The film opens rather predictably, as we’re introduced to the miners and their families via a retirement celebration.

Many of the usual disaster movie clichés punctuate these early sequences: the old miner only two weeks to retirement »

- Lauren Humphries-Brooks

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Why The 33 soundtrack is a testament to James Horner’s memory

5 February 2016 6:30 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Sean Wilson remembers one of film music’s great dramatists James Horner with his instrumentally varied and beautiful disaster movie score…

Chilean mining drama The 33 may have generated mixed reviews, not least for its oddly international cast including Spain’s Antonio Banderas, France’s Juliette Binoche and Ireland’s Gabriel Byrne. However, it’s notable for being one of the final films scored by late, great composer James Horner. Here are five tracks reinforcing the loss a singularly brilliant musical talent.

1) The Atacama Desert

Horner’s flair with ethnic and regionally specific textures becomes immediately apparent in this exotic opening track, one that establishes the movie’s physical landscape with his customary finesse. Subdued strings, woodwinds and electronics anticipate the disaster to come whilst striking pan flutes possess a suitably earthy and authentic air. It’s a reminder not only of his acclaimed works like Legends of the Fall »

- Sean Wilson

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‘Zorro’ reboot falls to Gravity writer Jonas Cuaron

4 February 2016 11:02 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Zorro reboot will be written, produced and directed by Jonas Cuaron.

Jonas Cuaron will write the planned Zorro reboot. Cuaron is mostly known for his work on the Gravity screenplay, which he wrote with his father, Alfonso Cuaron back in 2013. The word on the street is that Cuaron will also direct and produce the project, currently being referred to as simply ‘Z’, for Lantica Media and Sobini Films.

The Zorro reboot will be Cuaron’s biggest project to date, after directing a couple of shorts (including one that tied in with Gravity‘s plot), the film Year Of The Nail, and the movie Desierto, which debuted at last year’s London Film Festival. We managed to catch the film at the festival, and we really quite enjoyed it. The film is essentially a cat-and-mouse movie set on the U.S./ Mexican border where Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s character is picking off illegal immigrants, »

- Paul Heath

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Zorro reboot to be directed by Gravity's writer

4 February 2016 10:18 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Jonas Cuaron comes on board the Zorro movie, Z - and it might not be a post-apocalyptic future reboot anymore...

The big screen reboot of the Zorro movie franchise is pressing ahead, with the news that a writer and director has been recruited for the project. They are the same person, too.

Jonas Cuaron, best known thus far for penning the screenplay to his father's film, Gravity, will be writing and producing the new film, that's thus far known as Z. Production on the new movie is set to begin in the summer, although as of yet there's no word as to who will be taking over from Antonio Banderas and playing Zorro on the big screen.

Cuaron's script will see him starting from scratch on the project, too. There had been talk that the new Zorro film would be a futuristic, post-apocalyptic piece, but it's not »

- simonbrew

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Jonas Cuarón to Write and Direct ‘Z,’ a Zorro Movie Without the Orro

4 February 2016 12:30 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

It’s been a decade since The Legend of Zorro came and went, ending Antonio Banderas’ run as the famed masked hero. Since then, reports of a new movie starring the iconic swordsman have arrived like clockwork, only for the actual film to fail to materialize. Remember when Gael Garcia Bernal was supposed to play Zorro in […]

The post Jonas Cuarón to Write and Direct ‘Z,’ a Zorro Movie Without the Orro appeared first on /Film. »

- Jacob Hall

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Myriad Pictures boards 'Altamira' sales for Efm

4 February 2016 5:07 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Santa Monica-based sales, production and financing company will start talks with international buyers in Berlin on the historical drama starring Antonio Banderas.

Myriad holds sales rights to Altamira excluding Spain/Andorra, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Latin America – where Fox International will distribute – to the true story about an archaeologist and his daughter whose discovery of historic cave paintings sparks a firestorm.

Hugh Hudson (Chariots Of Fire) directed and Rupert Everett, Golshifteh Farahani, and Pierre Niney also star.

Olivia Hetreed and José Luis López-Linares wrote the screenplay about the father and daughter, whose achievement earns academic plaudits but scandalises their family for its empirical contradiction of the teachings of the Catholic Church.

Myriad Pictures will be showing exclusive first-look footage from the English-language film that shot on location in Spain.

Lucrecia Botín and Alvaro Longoria from Spain’s Morena Films produced Altamira with Andy Paterson from the UK’s Sympathetic Ink.

Alexandra Lebret of France »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Freeheld | Blu-ray Review

2 February 2016 7:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Released two weeks after premiering at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, Peter Sollet’s awards-baiting Lgbt drama Freeheld failed to command an Oscar campaign. Raking in just under six hundred thousand at the domestic office following a demure roll-out from distributor Lionsgate, this depiction of Laurel Hester’s 2005 fight for equality plays like a civil rights footnote eclipsed by more meaningful instances from the past decade. Despite some honorable performances from the likes of Julianne Moore and Michael Shannon (not to mention some woefully clichéd support from Steve Carrell), the film is fettered by its desperation to remain relevant and appealing, though it never captures the gravity clearly seen in Cynthia Wade’s documentary short, which provided the basis for this film.

As far as the importance of awareness and acceptance goes, these films are still important, now that some distance from the period allows the chance for significant introspection »

- Nicholas Bell

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What's New on Netflix, TV, Digital, and DVD/Blu-ray This Week: February 1-7

1 February 2016 8:55 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.

New on DVD and Blu-ray

"Bridge of Spies"

Steven Spielberg's mid-20th Century Cold War drama is nominated for six Academy Awards -- Best Picture, Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Mark Rylance), Original Score, Production Design, Sound Mixing, and Original Screenplay. Tom Hanks stars as Brooklyn lawyer James Donovan, who is sent by the CIA on a near-impossible mission to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot. The movie is out on DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital HD on February 2. Blu-ray bonus featurettes, which go behind-the-scenes of the film and showcase the real-life historical events, include "A Case of the Cold War: Bridge of Spies," "U-2 Spy Plane: Beale Air Force Base," "Spy Swap: Looking Back on the Final Act," and "Berlin 1961: Recreating the Divide. »

- Gina Carbone

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The 33 review – historic rescue minus the drama

31 January 2016 12:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Cod Latino accents don’t help this lacklustre account of the 2010 rescue of 33 trapped Chilean miners

Patricia Riggen’s pedestrian true-story film about 33 men trapped in Chile’s San José mine in 2010 is told through a melange of cod accents, with Irish Gabriel Byrne, French Juliette Binoche and American Bob Gunton all doing non-specific Latino-inflected English. Antonio Banderas and Lou Diamond Phillips make solid fists of their roles as Mario Sepúlveda and Don Lucho, pulling the disparate team together when disaster strikes. Meanwhile, Riggen methodically juxtaposes crises above and below ground level, the only stylistic surprise being a scene that recalls a hallucinatory moment from Oliver Stone’s wholly superior World Trade Center.

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- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

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Win a true story DVD bundle with The 33

29 January 2016 3:50 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

In 2010, 33 Chilean miners were trapped underground for 69 days before the world watched the greatest rescue attempt in history as it was broadcast around the globe. To celebrate the release of the incredible true story of The 33, starring Antonio Banderas, Juliette Binoche and James Brolin, we’re giving you the chance to win

The post Win a true story DVD bundle with The 33 appeared first on HeyUGuys. »

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The 33 review – feelgood take on the Chilean mining disaster

28 January 2016 2:45 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Antonio Banderas plays the trapped miners’ leader in a big-hearted, good-natured treatment of the rescue story that gripped the world

Six years ago, the Chilean San José mining disaster left 33 men trapped underground; the whole world was gripped and the 93-year-old Hollywood actor Kirk Douglas remarked that he was reminded of his movie Ace in the Hole, in which he played an unscrupulous reporter covering a similar situation, scheming to delay the rescue and spin the story out.

In this big-hearted, good-natured movie treatment of “the 33” and their ordeal, the media are not the villains. Neither are the politicians, not really. The bad guys would appear to be the mine’s owners who neglected safety, but their iniquities are not dwelt on. This is a feelgood disaster movie.

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- Peter Bradshaw

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The 33 movie review: swallowed up by the earth

27 January 2016 9:11 AM, PST | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

A missed opportunity to tell what should be a captivating real-life disaster tale that is instead plodding, scattershot, and lacking in dramatic impetus. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

In 2010, as you may recall from the news, 33 men were trapped thousands of feet underground when the Chilean gold mine they were working in collapsed. They had minimal supplies, and, at first, no way of even letting those aboveground know that they were still alive. When they finally emerged 69 days later, it was the result of a global effort, and was seen on TV around the planet by more than a billion people. Basically, it’s The Martian times 33, except real. So it’s a shame that The 33 is a missed opportunity to tell what should be a »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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New poster for Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups featuring Christian Bale

27 January 2016 8:20 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A new poster has arrived online for acclaimed director Terrence Malick’s upcoming film Knight of Cups featuring Christian Bale; take a look below…

See Also: The latest trailer for Knight of Cups

Rick (Bale) is a slave to the Hollywood system. He is addicted to success but simultaneously despairs at the emptiness of his life. He is at home in a world of illusions but seeks real life. Like the tarot card of the title, Rick is easily bored and needs outside stimulation. But the Knight of Cups is also an artist, a romantic and an adventurer.

In Terrence Malick’s seventh film a gliding camera once again accompanies a tormented hero on his search for meaning. Once again a voiceover is laid over images which also seek their own authenticity. And once again Malick seems to put the world out of joint. His symphonic flow of images contrasts cold, »

- Amie Cranswick

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Christian Bale Is On A Quest In Knight Of Cups Poster

26 January 2016 4:58 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Check out the official Us poster for Knight Of Cups.

The 7th film from director Terrence Malick (The Thin Red Line, Tree of Life), Knight Of Cups (the title refers to the Tarot card depicting a romantic adventurer guided by his emotions) offers both a vision of modern life and an intensely personal experience of memory, family, and love.

Opening on March 4, watch the trailer below.

Knight Of Cups follows writer Rick (Christian Bale, The Fighter, American Hustle) on an odyssey through the playgrounds of Los Angeles and Las Vegas as he undertakes a search for love and self. Even as he moves through a desire-laden landscape of mansions, resorts, beaches and clubs, Rick grapples over complicated relationships with his brother (Wes Bentley) and father (Brian Dennehy). His quest to break the spell of his disenchantment takes him on a series of adventures with six alluring women: rebellious Della (Imogen Poots); his physician ex-wife, »

- Michelle McCue

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Lou Diamond Phillips talks The 33

26 January 2016 12:45 PM, PST | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

After a decent release in Stateside, The 33 arrives in Irish and UK cinemas this Friday. n 2010, the eyes of the world turned to Chile, where 33 miners had been buried alive by the catastrophic explosion and collapse of a 100-year-old gold and copper mine.  Over the next 69 days, an international team worked night and day in a desperate attempt to rescue the trapped men as their families and friends, as well as millions of people globally, waited and watched anxiously for any sign of hope.  The international cast is led by Antonio Banderas, Rodrigo Santoro, Academy Award winner Juliette Binoche (“The English Patient”), James Brolin, and Lou Diamond Phillips, with Bob Gunton and Gabriel Byrne.  Check out an exclusive interview with Lou Diamond Phillips below who has some gives some great insight into the movie, his performance and much more. »

- noreply@blogger.com (Vic Barry)

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Spiritual New Knight Of Cups Poster Flips Christian Bale’s World On Its Head

26 January 2016 9:23 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

For Terrence Malik’s latest experimental film, Knight of Cups, Christian Bale is set to play Rick, a man in possession of everything and yet nothing. One who constantly chases after the next big thing as a screenwriter, yet yearns for something to paper over the crippling emptiness in his life. It’s a intriguing paradox for a lead character, and one that is illustrated to wonderful effect in today’s new poster for the film.

Turning Rick’s world upside-down in every sense of the word, the one-sheet arrives by way of Fandango, and is stylized in the vein of a tarot card. While they’re often associated with spiritual readings and impending doom, tarot cards are said to be “powerful sources of information [that] come from within; the Tarot aids in coming in contact with one’s Higher Self.” At least, that’s according to How Stuff Works.

Circling back to Knight of Cups, »

- Michael Briers

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Watch: Christian Bale And Natalie Portman Ruminate In New Footage From Terrence Malick's 'Knight Of Cups'

14 January 2016 1:38 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

"I think right now, he’s just so excited about making films and he's just panicked that he's not getting enough done," production designer Jack Fisk recently told us about Terrence Malick's stretch of diving right into new projects. While some will debate that the filmmaker's works have dipped in quality since he's ramped up production, Malick's movies are always an event, and this spring his latest, "Knight Of Cups," will arrive. Read More: Review: Terrence Malick's 'Knight Of Cups' With Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, And More Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Brian DennehyAntonio Banderas, Freida Pinto, Wes Bentley, Isabel Lucas, Teresa Palmer, and Imogen Poots star in the drama about a man adrift personally and spiritually within the movie industry of Los Angeles. These new snippets of footage from Broad Green Pictures and Indiewire key on Malick's marriage of visuals and deep voiceover. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Kate del Castillo: Meet the Star Playing a Big Part in El Chapo’s Real-Life Drama

10 January 2016 9:06 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Mexican actress Kate del Castillo is suddenly starring in a real-life telenovela as details surface about her role in orchestrating the October meeting between Sean Penn and the then-fugitive Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

Guzman was recaptured by Mexican authorities on Friday after escaping federal prison in July through a tunnel dug from his cell. Del Castillo and Penn are under investigation by Mexican authorities, who indicated that their visit to Guzman helped them capture one of the world’s most-wanted men.

Penn’s story in Rolling Stone makes it clear that del Castillo was the key instigator of the meeting thanks to Guzman’s appreciation for the 43-year-old telenovela star. Del Castillo came into contact with El Chapo after after declaring polemically on social media in 2012 that “today I believe more in Chapo Guzman than in governments.” She called on him to become a kind of Robin »

- Cynthia Littleton and John Hopewell

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Kate del Castillo: Meet the Star Playing a Big Part in El Chapo’s Real-Life Drama

10 January 2016 9:06 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Mexican actress Kate del Castillo is suddenly starring in a real-life telenovela as details surface about her role in orchestrating the October meeting between Sean Penn and the then-fugitive Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

Guzman was recaptured by Mexican authorities on Friday after escaping federal prison in July through a tunnel dug from his cell. Del Castillo and Penn are under investigation by Mexican authorities, who indicated that their visit to Guzman helped them capture one of the world’s most-wanted men.

Penn’s story in Rolling Stone makes it clear that del Castillo was the key instigator of the meeting thanks to Guzman’s appreciation for the 43-year-old telenovela star. Del Castillo came into contact with El Chapo after after declaring polemically on social media in 2012 that “today I believe more in Chapo Guzman than in governments.” She called on him to become a kind of Robin »

- Cynthia Littleton and John Hopewell

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Check Out The Two New Clips From Terrence Malick’s Knights Of Cups

8 January 2016 3:55 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Broad Green Pictures has released two brief clips, more like seconds, from Knight Of Cups.

The never-before-seen footage was created by filmmaker Terrence Malick and his team.

The film opens in cinemas on March 4.

Knight Of Cups follows writer Rick (Christian Bale, The Fighter, American Hustle) on an odyssey through the playgrounds of Los Angeles and Las Vegas as he undertakes a search for love and self.

Even as he moves through a desire-laden landscape of mansions, resorts, beaches and clubs, Rick grapples over complicated relationships with his brother (Wes Bentley) and father (Brian Dennehy). His quest to break the spell of his disenchantment takes him on a series of adventures with six alluring women: rebellious Della (Imogen Poots); his physician ex-wife, Nancy (Cate Blanchett); a serene model Helen (Freida Pinto); a woman he wronged in the past Elizabeth (Natalie Portman); a spirited, playful stripper Karen (Teresa Palmer); and an »

- Michelle McCue

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