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Chicago - Now playing at Chicago’s Music Box Theater and on Directv VOD, “Slow West,” is a tight genre journey pic that invigorates the western while confirming that its territory remains open, despite the many who have passed through.
It’s a progressive western; recognizable for Fassbender’s Clint Eastwood impression, but offering something new with its ideas of gender and violence. Not for nothing, it also features “The Place Beyond the Pines” actor Ben Mendelsohn in a coat that will change the way you look at fashion.
The story follows a young man (Kodi Smit-McPhee), as he ventures across 19th century America in search of a woman (Caren Pistorius) that he loves. He receives some help from independent traveler Silas (Fassbender), while encountering unpredictable forces of nature (played by Mendelsohn) and brutal inhumanity.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
The last 10 minutes of a movie are often what shapes our opinion most -- a strong ending can soften our feelings about a bad movie, and a weak, tone-deaf ending can spoil a filmgoing experience far more thoroughly than any overly revealing trailer or review. Tomorrowland is often a breathtakingly gorgeous movie with charming performances, but the ending is so unabashedly lesson-driven and heavy-handed that it's difficult to remember anything but its flaws and missteps.
The movie's opening and closing scenes are meant as bookends, but these are bookends created by your clumsy kid brother in shop class on the day the nails ran short. The first scenes in particular feel like a hurried reshoot/restructure to get George Clooney onscreen earlier. Frank (Clooney) and Casey (Britt Robertson) are speaking directly into the camera, making a video for an unknown audience. With interruptions from Casey, Frank begins setting up the »
- Jette Kernion
Sunday night, viewers had a choice: Watch Sansa Stark's horrifying wedding night on HBO's "Game of Thrones," or watch Don Draper and a host of other characters find some measure of tidy fulfillment on the series finale of "Mad Men." Viewers seemed dissatisfied with both, judging by how they proceeded to set the Internet ablaze.
The outrage over Sansa's rape (with new husband Ramsay Bolton forcing himself on her while making her erstwhile stepbrother Theon Greyjoy watch) stems not just from the fact that the show's writers gave Sansa the fate meted out to another character in the books, or even that the violence was especially lurid or graphic. (Indeed, by "Game of Thrones" standards, the scene was fairly brief and discreet.) Rather, it was that Sansa has been a fan favorite, a decent person who's witnessed many ghastly events and lost several family members, but who herself had been »
- Gary Susman
Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress -- at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite. In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments. The Olympic Auditorium Project Tweetable Logline: A documentary about L.A.'s late great fight mecca, told through the voices of fighters, musicians, insiders and fans. Elevator Pitch: We're making a feature-length documentary that chronicles the action at the Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles' late, great boxing, wrestling, roller derby and music arena. The Olympic hosted a who's who of 20th century icons: Muhammad Ali, Andre the Giant, Johnny Rotten, Clint Eastwood, Joan Didion and many more. It was home for roller derby and a tribal gathering point of the hardcore punk scene. "Rocky," "Raging Bull" and "Million Dollar Baby" were shot there. And did we mention that »
Clint Eastwood's American Sniper starring Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller needs little introduction. The Best Picture nominee based on the real life story of Navy Seal sniper Chris Kyle was a box office sensation earlier this year during a seasonal time when ticket sales are historically light. Now the acclaimed film is available to own on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD.
We have teamed up with Warner Home Video to offer three copies of the American Sniper Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD combo pack in this giveaway. For a chance to win one of them and own this emotional film, please fill out and submit the short entry form below. The odds of winning can be increased each and every day you stop back to enter again for as many days as the contest is open.
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Spoiler Warning, obviously...
So there's this theory floating around about Mad Max: Fury Road that I find compelling enough to share here. I guess what I'm saying is I buy it and I kind of like it - even if George Miller himself didn't intend it.
First, let's consider this: In a recent interview, Miller stated that the Mad Max films aren't necessarily "sequels" in the traditional sense, but “they’re kind of like standalones exploring the whole world – like Westerns.”
I think that's very true. The Mad Max films are a series in the same way that Clint Eastwood's Sergio Leone films are a series where the only throughline is "The Man with No Name". The films themselves don't have any major connections other than him.
So the theory g [Continued ...] »
Senior Staff Writer Scott Davis returns with his weekly look at what’s on offer in the world of Blu-ray…
A juggernaut of massive proportions in the Us, American Sniper was 2014’s highest grossing domestic film with a whopping $350 million. Clint Eastwood’s war/sniper epic saw the film earn six Oscar nominations including Best Picture, Director and Actor for Bradley Cooper. Sienna Miller co-stars.
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See Also: Read our review of American Sniper here
Another in a line of comedy sequels that no-one really wanted (see Dumb and Dumber To), Hot Tub 2 sees Craig Robinson, Clark Duke and Rob Corddry return sans John Cusack as they inadvertently travel »
- Scott J. Davis
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods American Sniper (Clint Eastwood-directed action-drama about Navy Seal Chris Kyle; Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Kyle Gallner, Cole Konis; rated R) Seventh Son (fantasy-adventure; Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, Ben Barnes; also available in 3D; rated PG-13) Strange Magic (animated; voices: Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood; rated PG) Leviathan (2014) (Russian drama; Elena Lyadova, Vladimir Vdovichenkov; rated...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
Two years after making his U.S. debut with the crackerjack kidnapping drama “Prisoners,” French-Canadian director Denis Villeneuve ups his own ante with “Sicario,” a blisteringly intense drug-trade thriller that combines expert action and suspense with another uneasy inquiry into the emotional consequences of violence. A densely woven web of compelling character studies and larger systemic concerns, Villeneuve and screenwriter Taylor Sheridan’s bleaker, more jaundiced riposte to Steven Soderbergh’s 2000 “Traffic” may prove too grim and grisly for some audiences and too morally ambiguous for others. But with its muscular style and top-flight cast, this fall Lionsgate release should score solid (if less than “Prisoners”-sized) business from discerning adult moviegoers, along with dark-horse awards-season buzz.
- Scott Foundas
This Week: The box office champ of 2014, a Hot Tub Time Machine sequel even Motley Lou can't save, and the zombie beaver movie the Academy overlooked. ► Hands up if you pegged American Sniper as the biggest movie of 2014. So.everyone then? Clint Eastwood.s out-of-nowhere blockbuster was both blasted and beloved, depending what side of the political debate you sat on. Either way, you and everyone you know had to see it. In that regard, »
- John Law
If you're one of the many out there that are against Clint Eastwood's American Sniper's release, you'll soon learn that you're opinion towards it will not change easily with it's release to Blu-ray and DVD. The politics of war films are inherently messy and with the rise of opposition to U.S. military and government operations, the topic has become more subject to criticism especially among cinephile crowds who don't want their movies to be just a jingoistic affair. But Warner Bros. and all that had a hand in its production didn't make this for the naysayers, they made it for sniper Chris Kyle and his family as well as all that support the troops over seas, and that is only amplified in the special features attached to the Blu-ray release but it's not completely without insight. Looking at the special features on the back, it seems like »
- Sean Cordy
On Demand DVD New Releases May 18-24 American Sniper (pictured below) Chris Kyle felt called upon to enter the Navy Seal program. After rigorous training, he became the deadliest sniper in American military history. Director Clint Eastwood gives us a glimpse into Kyle’s life. Tough decisions, tough emotions and tragedy are waiting around every corner. Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Luke Grimes (R, 2:12) 5/19 Good Kill Ethan Hawke stars in this riveting look at the world of drone warfare, where combat unfolds like a first-person shooter game – only with real lives at stake. Also stars January Jones, Bruce Greenwood … Continue reading →
The post On Demand DVD New Releases May 18-24 appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Meredith Ennis
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
A lot of fans have been waiting for this one to come out. Bradley Cooper plays U.S. Navy Seal Chris Kyle in Clint Eastwood's Oscar-nominated war drama, which arrives on DVD and Blu-Ray on May 19. You'll have to wait until June 16 for Netflix or Redbox, but if you pick up the Blu-Ray you get special features like "One Soldier's Story: The Journey of American Sniper" and "The Making of American Sniper."
Looking for something a little more highbrow than a "Hot Tub" sequel? »
- Gina Carbone
'Mad Max: Fury Road' poster with Tom Hardy as Max Rockatansky 'Mad Max: Fury Road' review: 'A good movie on its own terms' Mad Max, the first feature film of director George Miller and the second for the then 23-year-old Mel Gibson, premiered in North America in Feb. 1980. I was 17 years old, crazy about cars and revenge movies, and generally ripe for the picking. Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, followed in 1981, deepening devotees' affection for the character and his car. Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985), was the third film in the series and was equally anticipated, though it has worn over time. It co-starred the Silent Dancer herself, Tina Turner, and her current hit of the day, the name of which I cannot remember and don't want to look.* I saw each of them at the time of its respective North American release and relished in them all. Yet I »
- Tim Cogshell
We originally reviewed Slow West when it premiered at Sundance in January. This piece has been updated upon the film's official wide release. As a cigarillo-chomping, preternaturally cool bounty-hunter helping a young Scots boy navigate the American frontier, Michael Fassbender does a pretty mean Clint Eastwood. Slow West, written and directed by musician turned director John Maclean (formerly of the Beta Band), is no ordinary Western, though Fassbender's Silas Selleck does seem at times like he’s wandered out of our collective dreams of the genre; he’s as much a comment as he is a stand-alone character.Veering between the iconic and the bizarre, Slow West, which won the coveted World Cinema Dramatic Jury Prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, is an absurdist, episodic road movie; it owes more to surreal art films like Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man than it does to surrogate father Westerns like »
- Bilge Ebiri
Amy Adams drop dead gorgeous on Oscars' Red Carpet Amy Adams at the 83rd Academy Awards Looking drop dead gorgeous, Amy Adams is pictured above donning a scintillating blue dress while arriving at the 2011 Oscar ceremony, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in the fast-thumping heart of Hollywood. Adams was – for the third time in six years (more info below) – a Best Supporting Actress nominee. This time around, she was shortlisted for her performance in David O. Russell's The Fighter, a generally well-regarded and surprisingly successful (in the U.S.) boxing drama that earned fellow supporting actress Melissa Leo the evening's Oscar. Another The Fighter actor, Christian Bale (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight), took home the Best Supporting Actor Oscar statuette. In fact, the film's only major cast member left without an Oscar nomination in the acting categories was lead Mark Wahlberg (pictured with wife) – though he did »
- D. Zhea
'JFK' movie with Kevin Costner as Jim Garrison 'JFK' assassination movie: Gripping political drama gives added meaning to 'Rewriting History' If it's an Oliver Stone film, it must be bombastic, sentimental, clunky, and controversial. With the exception of "clunky," JFK is all of the above. It is also riveting, earnest, dishonest, moving, irritating, paranoid, and, more frequently than one might expect, outright brilliant. In sum, Oliver Stone's 1991 political thriller about a determined district attorney's investigation of the assassination of U.S. president John F. Kennedy is a slick piece of propaganda that mostly works both dramatically and cinematically. If only some of the facts hadn't gotten trampled on the way to film illustriousness. With the exception of John Williams' overemphatic score – Oliver Stone films need anything but overemphasis – JFK's technical and artistic details are put in place to extraordinary effect. Joe Hutshing and Pietro Scalia's editing »
- Andre Soares
The Doctorate of Fine Arts degrees will be presented at AFI’s commencement ceremonies at the Tcl Chinese Theatre.
Previous recipients include Robert Altman, Maya Angelou, Kathryn Bigelow, Mel Brooks, Anne V. Coates, Clint Eastwood, Roger Ebert, Nora Ephron, James Earl Jones, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Kathleen Kennedy, John Lasseter, Spike Lee, David Lynch, Helen Mirren, Robert Towne, Cicely Tyson, Haskell Wexler and John Williams.
Lansbury began her career at the age of 17, earning her first Academy Award nomination for 1944’s “Gaslight” and her second a year later for “The Picture of Dorian Gray.” She earned a third nomination in 1962 for “The Manchurian Candidate.”
- Dave McNary
Michael Fassbender is having such a busy year, he can’t even keep all his projects straight. This week, A24 releases “Slow West,” the Sundance indie in which he plays a cowboy (he produced the film with his company Dmc and developed the script with director John Maclean). Then next week, he jets to the Cannes Film Festival for the premiere of Justin Kurzel’s adaptation of “Macbeth” on May 23. He just finished playing Steve Jobs for Danny Boyle’s high-profile biopic, and he’s about to reprise Magneto in “X-Men: Apocalypse.” He also revealed to Variety that he wants to direct.
“Slow West” is the first feature you’ve produced. How did the idea come about?
John and I started working together in 2007 or 2008 on this thing [a short film] called “Man on The Motorcycle.” That worked out really well, and we thought, “Let’s continue this, and we’ll aim one »
- Ramin Setoodeh
There may be no more reliable leading actor working in Hollywood today than Bradley Cooper, who recently led Clint Eastwood's excellent, woefully misunderstood mega-hit American Sniper and provided the voice of Rocket Raccoon in some movie called Guardians of the Galaxy. This year, he's already been seen in the slightly underrated Serena and will lead both Cameron Crowe's Aloha and David O. Russell's Joy. On top of this, he will be co-starring in Netflix's Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp and, as Deadline has reported, will be featured in a recurring supporting role in CBS's full-series adaptation of Limitless, the 2011 supernatural thriller starring Cooper. As reported awhile ago, Cooper will be producing the series as well, which casts relative newcomer Jake McDormand as Brian Finch, a young man who discovers and starts taking Nzt, a drug that unlocks untapped potential in the human brain. [caption id="attachment_81235" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via Relativity[/caption] »
- Chris Cabin
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