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Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services 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 The Nut Job (animated family comedy; voices: Will Arnett, Liam Neeson; also available in 3D; rated PG) Philomena (Oscar-nominated drama; Judi Dench, Steve Coogan; premieres 4/15; rated PG-13) The Bachelor Weekend (comedy; Andrew Scott, Amy Huberman; pretheatrical release premieres day and date with the Tribeca Film Festival; not rated) The Invisible Woman (drama; Ralph Fiennes, Felicity Jones, Kristin Scott Thomas; rated R) Patrick...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
Before the Winter Chill, 2013.
Written and Directed by Philippe Claudel.
Lucie presumes that her husband Paul – an older neurosurgeon – has an affair. Indeed, Paul behaves strange lately, but the truth behind it is dark and complicated.
It began as a domestic drama, about a married doctor becoming obsessed with a beautiful young woman, who claims to be a former client. Later, it would take a different direction entirely, its sudden incidental ‘twist’ changing how I viewed the entire preceding film. I left the cinema without the sense of certainty one is required to possess as a film critic. I’d just seen Before the Winter Chill.
What is this unnerving film? An urban thriller? An existential horror? A high society drama veiled in noir and sprinkled with mysticism? Philippe Claudel’s third feature is certainly something unexpected – ostensibly about a surgeon, »
- Gary Collinson
Belfast Film Festival | Bradford International Film Festival | Drive In Film Club | The Double Q+A
Belfast Film Festival
The new films at this eclectic festival encompass everything from an Icelandic human/equine romcom (Of Horses And Men to a Kristin Scott Thomas/Daniel Auteuil marriage drama (Before The Winter Chill) to a Liam Neeson-narrated doc on Northern Irish motorbike racing (Road) – not to mention a Siberian heist movie involving telekinetic dwarves (The Distance). There are cult screenings, social-outreach documentaries, films in choice venues (The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou on the Belfast Barge), Dawn Of The Dead with a live score by giallo greats Goblin, and Mark Cousins and David Holmes sneaking a short snippet of their new film I Am Belfast.
Various venues, Thu to 5 Apr
Bradford International Film Festival
You want international? How about a British film about Chinese women in Dubai? Or a French study of »
- Steve Rose
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: April 15, 2014
Price: Blu-ray/DVD Combo $35.99
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Based on the book by Claire Tomlin, the biography drama looks at when Dickens was at the height of his career and met Nelly (Felicity Jones, Like Crazy), a younger woman who became his secret muse and mistress.
The Invisible Woman scored applause from critics, with Seattle Times‘ Moira MacDonald saying, “It’s wonderfully cast… and beautifully designed, a quiet pleasure.” The movie was only in a limited release in theaters, but earned a tidy $1.2 million.
The Blu-ray/DVD Combo pack offers the biggest audience. »
In the lead-up to the 86th annual Academy Awards on March 2, HitFix will be bringing you the lowdown on all 24 Oscar categories with multiple entries each day. Take a few notes and bone up on the competition as we give you the edge in your office Oscar pool! Of all the acting categories, Best Supporting Actress is generally regarded as the most accommodating to bright young things -- and following on from last year's Anne Hathaway cakewalk, this year's race isn't doing much to change that perception. Two glamorous twentysomethings are slugging it out for the Oscar in a contest that has seen some interesting shifts in momentum (not the least of which saw a once-hyped "frontrunner" omitted at the nomination stage), but the twist is that they're hardly at equivalent stages in their careers. Is the Academy looking to add further glitter to a reigning champ's tiara, or crown a new princess entirely? »
- Guy Lodge
All controversy aside, if this moving story of a pre-war airplane engineer is the animator's last film, it will be our loss
The Wind Rises, the new film from 72-year-old Japanese animation master Hayao Miyazaki, takes its title from a line in a Paul Valery poem ("The wind is rising! We must try to live!") and is inspired by the life of aeronautical engineer Jiro Horikoshi who designed Mitsubishi's A6M Zero fighter. It's probably the gentlest animated feature about an armaments designer you'll ever see.
"Poor countries want airplanes," Jiro (Hideaki Anno) is told, as they watch oxen haul the latest prototype out onto the field for testing. Lacking the power of western engines, Jiro and his fellow engineers must instead work with everything at his disposal – flush rivets, split flaps, retractable undercarriages, the lightest aluminium alloy – to reduce the drag on that aircraft and pluck it into the vast, »
- Tom Shone
“I’m sort of, as the French would say, ‘stuck between two chairs’, because I’m no longer 40 and sort of a seductress, and I’m not yet a granny.” So said Kristin Scott Thomas after declaring that she’s just about had it with the whole acting lark. A couple of weeks ago she was pretty candid in an interview with The Guardian, saying that she’s completely bored with all of the things that go on behind the scenes of film sets and that she’s had it with people telling her what to do all the time on set.
The sort of things that filmgoers don’t even think about as they slurp down their oversized soft drinks (or sip their wine, in case they’re watching a Kristin Scott Thomas film.) But, she also raised an interesting point when she started talking about those French »
- Nikola Grozdanovic
Other high profile pics already greenlit by the revamped Trip tax rebate scheme include NBC’s mini-series “Rosemary’s Baby” and Bill Mechanic-produced “The Moon and the Sun.”
Cnc topper Frederique Bredin expects 2014 to be a record year in terms of international productions. “It’s still very early to tell, because decisions on location shooting are taken in a very short timeframe, and projects are kept confidential,” she explains. “But I can already tell you that 5 international productions, recently approved by the Trip scheme, will generate 100 days of filming in 2014, which is a very good start for the year.”
Since the scheme was introduced in 2009, more than 70 foreign productions from 14 countries have benefited from Trip.
In 2013 Trip-qualified foreign shoot spend in France exceeded $136.7 million – 7% of global French production spend.
A total spend of $497 million has been »
- Martin Dale
This is the Pure Movies review of The Invisible Woman, directed by Ralph Fiennes and starring Ralph Fiennes, Felicity Jones, Joanna Scanlan, Kristin Scott Thomas and Tom Hollander. Written by Dr. Garth Twa exclusively for @puremovies. Ralph Fiennes has long ago proven to be the foremost actor working today. And, with two features behind him—the bracing Coriolanus and now The Invisible Woman—he’s proven to be one of the most original and invigorating directors. What he brings to his performance he now brings to all the performances: a quiet turbulent emotion—in Coriolanus, the visceral and potent fevers of politics, war, and the media were electrifying; in The Invisible Woman, he presents us with sumptuous tableaux vivant that gasp their way into passionate life. The invisible woman is a mistress. But with an artist, any woman is destined to be the mistress, because first—always—in his heart, »
- Dr. Garth Twa
Dallas Buyers Club (15)
What McConaughey loses in body mass he gains in compassion in this drawn-from-real-life drama, which cleverly disguises its awards-friendliness beneath thespian commitment and non-issue-movie storytelling. Diagnosed with Aids in 1980s Texas, McConaughey's rodeo-loving electrician takes matters into his own hands and devises his own grey-market treatment programme for the ravaged gay community (in partnership with Leto's lovable transgender cohort, Rayon). The authorities don't approve; the Academy probably will.
The Invisible Woman (12A)
Working to Claire Tomalin's biography, Fiennes gives us a tale of two Dickenses: the charismatic literary celebrity and the self-absorbed love rat. But the passion of his secret affair with Jones's teenage actor is smothered by repression, »
- Steve Rose
New York – February 7, 2014 – Producers and writing partners Todd Slavkin & Darren Swimmer have signed on to Syfy’s new supernatural drama Dominion as Executive Producers and to be co-Showrunners along with Executive Producer Vaun Wilmott, the channel announced today. The series is from Universal Cable Productions and Bold Films, and is slated to premiere on Syfy in June of this year.
In joining Dominion, Slavkin & Swimmer extend a long-running creative working relationship with Syfy and Universal Cable Productions. They are Executive Producers and writers on the upcoming second season of Defiance, having been consulting producers for groundbreaking show’s first season in 2013. They were also consulting producers »
- Erin Willard
The Invisible Woman, 2013.
Directed by Ralph Fiennes.
At the height of his career, Charles Dickens meets a younger woman who becomes his secret lover until his death.
The Invisible Woman is a subtle and incredibly quiet affair, almost too quiet in its final product. In Ralph Fiennes portrayal of Charles Dickens, his approach is secretive, flecked with moments of uncomfortable intelligence and intimacy-a shrine of emotions-balanced with subtlety and a silence by Felicity Jones, adding a femme fatal intensity. Fiennes directs with a hushed sense of bravado-an opening shot of Jones walking across a bare beach is uncomfortable and shot beautifully. Yet he fails to exploit these moments.
Subtlety can only go so far. The usually booming Kristin Scott Thomas is relegated into a role used simply as exposition, allowing Fiennes to quietly develop the plot around her. »
- Gary Collinson
Piercingly intimate and intelligent, this new movie shows how Ralph Fiennes is going from strength to strength as a director, and his on‑screen presence, sometimes rather desiccated and chilly, is here richly sanguine, as he plays Charles Dickens – the preening peacock of emotional pain. Screenwriter Abi Morgan adapts Claire Tomalin's pioneering investigative biography of Dickens's secret lover, Nelly Ternan, and cleverly builds in echoes of John Fowles's The French Lieutenant's Woman.
Felicity Jones plays Ternan, first seen as a lone, cloaked figure striding across the beach, boiling with memories, and then in flashback as the teenage thespian whose delicate beauty and heartbreaking professional uncertainty bewitch the conceited Dickens at the height of his celebrity. Joanna Scanlan gives a shrewd and sensitive performance as Dickens's neglected wife, Catherine, »
- Peter Bradshaw
The story of Charles Dickens and his secret mistress is no romance, and no modest costume drama, either. It’s a tale of women being practical because they had to be. I’m “biast” (pro): love the cast, love Dickens
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
His novels were full of life, and so was Charles Dickens himself… though not always in the most socially acceptable ways. Not for his restrictive Victorian times, and not necessarily in ways that would considered cool today, either. Dickens had a mistress for the last 12 years of his life, for instance, a fact dug up by biographer Claire Tomalin for her book The Invisible Woman, a relationship all but erased from history at the time in order to hide the scandal of it. Fittingly, then, this adaptation »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Don't Leave! Don't check out of the movies now.
I'd like to speak to your manager."
As you may have heard the great Kristin Scott Thomas, who first broke through as Hugh Grant's deliciously tart unfortunately platonic friend in 4 Weddings and Funeral and was Oscar nominated way back when for her ice hot sand- blasted eroticism in The English Patient and who has elevated countless films since has rather casually tossed off a 'good riddance' to cinema.
I just suddenly thought, I cannot cope with another film. I realised I've done the things I know how to do so many times in different languages... I can't do it any more. I'm bored by it. So I'm stopping
Oh come on Kristin, Only God Forgives wasn't that bad. [More...]
- NATHANIEL R
Review Ivan Radford 7 Feb 2014 - 06:13
The Invisible Woman of the title, she is the secret sweetheart of Charles Dickens (Fiennes), whom he meets just as his career is at its peak - much to the apparent consternation of Nelly's mother, Mrs. Frances Ternan (a delightfully stern Kristin Scott Thomas). Falling for each other over theatre rehearsals of his play No Thoroughfare, the movie follows the couple's gradual romance in the face of society's conventions, which leave Nelly forgotten in the shade of the writer's public life.
That respectable Victorian veneer spreads to Fiennes' direction, swapping his hectic Coriolanus helming for a calmer, »
It’s a big week for releases this week with Robocop, Dallas Buyers CLub and The Invisible Woman all vying for the top stop at your local multiplex. We’ve already heard from Director Ralph Fiennes and Felicity Jones but now it’s the turn of acting legend Kristin Scott Thomas who spoke to James Kleinmann about her role as Mrs. Frances Ternan.
In the interview, we find out what it was about the character that drew her to the role, what she loved about Abi Morgan’s script and why she wanted to work with Ralph Finnes so much. She also talks about how actresses were seen at the time in which the movie was shot and finally what she thinks of the performance given by her co-star Felicity Jones.
The Invisible Woman is released 7th February.
- David Sztypuljak
Upon walking in to the room to interview British actress Felicity Jones, we were casually reminded of the last time HeyUGuys sat down to speak to the talented performer – in the publicity tour for Breathe In, last summer. She claimed the previous meeting was “one of the best” interviews she had ever done. So, no pressure then?
This time around Jones is in town to promote The Invisible Woman, where she stars as Nelly, a young lady who falls in love with Charles Dickens (played by Ralph Fiennes), before entering in to an illegitimate affair, behind the back of the wife of the renowned wordsmith. As Fiennes also directed the picture – his sophomore feature after Coriolanus – Jones tells us that at times it was a bit like being directed by Dickens himself.
“It did feel when we were doing scenes with Ralph as Dickens, it was like being directed by Dickens, »
- Stefan Pape
Ralph Fiennes directs himself in a smudgy portrait of Charles Dickens, as seen through the eyes of his young mistress Nelly Ternan. As this so-called invisible woman, Felicity Jones has great presence and yet the passion that would drive Dickens to compromise his moral standing is never fully expressed and the "great man" remains a remote figure.
Ironically, the story (based on Claire Tomalin's biography of Nelly) begins with a Dickens quote, observing that "every human creature is a profound secret and mystery to every other". The intimacy that develops between Dickens and Nelly doesn't disprove this. When she first steps into his life - performing in a show written by his friend and fellow scribe Wilkie Collins (Tom Hollander) - he only takes notice when she delivers »
As an actor, you know the thrill is gone when verbally emasculating Ryan Gosling whilst wearing a leopard-print dress just doesn’t cut it for you anymore. And Kristin Scott Thomas may have reached that point, if the acclaimed actress’s recent comments during an interview with the Guardian are to be believed.
Speaking during a promotional tour for her upcoming film The Invisible Woman, Scott Thomas revealed that her Hollywood career is at an end after snarking that she considers herself to be a “recovering actress.” She added:
I realised I’ve done the things I know how to do so many times in different languages, and I just suddenly thought, I can’t do it any more. I’m bored by it. So I’m stopping.
Apparently, Scott Thomas has had her fill of acting in the movie biz, both on big and small productions. Regarding her problems with shooting bigger-budget projects, »
- Isaac Feldberg
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