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Senior Staff Writer Scott Davis continues his weekly look at what’s new in the world of Blu-ray…
One of the biggest films of last year with a worldwide gross of over $670 million, Christopher Nolan’s latest blockbuster opus Interstellar flies its way on to Blu-ray and DVD. Starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine and a whole host of others, Interstellar is a complex but magnificent science-fiction film that deserves to be seen on the biggest screen possible.
You can read our review here.
The world loves Bill Murray. Especially if Bill Murray is doing grouchy comedy, like he is here in the charming St. Vincent, where he plays a loveable grouch who’s humdrum life is turn upside down by the arrival of Melissa McCarthy and her son, who he takes under his wing. Naomi Watts and Chris O’Dowd co-star. »
- Scott J. Davis
Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, and Tom Stockman
The Birds screens at Schlafly Bottleworks (7260 Southwest Ave.- at Manchester – Maplewood, Mo 63143) Thursday, April 2nd at 7pm. It is a benefit for Helping Kids Together (more details about this event can be found Here)
This gives us a perfect excuse to re-run this top ten list from March of 2012. Alfred Hitchcock directed 54 feature films between 1925 and 1976, and here, according to We Are Movie Geeks, are his ten best:
Frenzy, Hitchcock’s next to last feature film from 1972, represented a homecoming of sorts since it was the first film completely shot in his native England since his silents and early ” talkies ” in the 1930’s. By dipping into the then somewhat new territory of serial killers, he took full advantage of the new cinema freedoms and truly earned his ‘ R ‘ MPAA rating. Perhaps ole’ ” Hitch ” wanted to give those young up-and-coming »
- Movie Geeks
Interstellar confirms beyond all doubt that there is no blockbuster filmmaker working today more ambitious than Christopher Nolan. An almost three-hour space epic that combines the theoretical physics of Kip Thorne, cutting-edge visual effects, a dynamite cast led by Matthew McConaughey and a deeply personal, emotional core concerned with the transcendent power of love, Interstellar is a striking anomaly.
It’s certainly the most far-reaching work by a mainstream director since the Wachowskis’ Cloud Atlas and may well bear comparisons to Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (one of the many films Nolan openly cited as an influence). Its story is a jaw-droppingly enthusiastic one, spanning generations and pushing into the further reaches of the universe even as it attempts to tell the much more intimate tale of how one father’s love for his daughter can cut across all of time and space. Interstellar is also, perhaps unavoidably given its goals, »
- Isaac Feldberg
From Christopher Nolan, the director of The Dark Knight trilogy and Inception, Interstellar is yours to own on Limited Edition 2-disc Blu-ray™ digibook, Blu-ray™ and DVD on March 30. To celebrate the release we’re giving you the chance to win an Interstellar goody bag!
With our time on Earth coming to an end, a team of explorers undertakes the most important mission in human history: traveling beyond this galaxy to discover whether mankind has a future among the stars. Interstellar features an all-star cast led by Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine and MacKenzie Foy.
The two-disc Blu-ray™ with UltraViolet™ contains three hours of in-depth, behind-the-scenes bonus content detailing the epic shoot, the scientific realities explored in the film, a look at creating the stunning visuals, plus an extended cut of “The Science of Interstellar” broadcast special and much more.
Pre-order Interstellar on Limited Edition 2-disc Blu-ray™ digibook, »
- Dan Bullock
Christopher Nolan thinks big. There’s little question he has an impressive imagination and his body of work speaks to those larger issues. Often writing with his brother Jonathan, they have produced a series of films with a polish and gravitas that few other big budget spectacles can match.
And yet, in almost every case, the lapses in story logic rob the movie of its power so you always walk out of the theater shaking your head in bewilderment. The great ideas and execution found in Memento and again in Inception are spoiled in his other films, notably The Dark Knight Rises. Such was the case with Interstellar, coming to home video via Paramount Home Entertainment this Tuesday. The larger theme of where we do go when we ruin the Earth beyond repair is a timely one as more and more reports indicate this is the century we hit the ecological tipping point. »
- Robert Greenberger
Titan Books have been producing quality ‘The Making Of…’ coffee-table books for a while and now they’ve utterly upped their game with Mark Cotta Vaz’s Interstellar: Beyond Time and Space. The book looks deep inside Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi exploration with boundless access to filmmakers, set designers, cast and crew to create an amazing insight in the process.
Interstellar as a movie is both complex and accessible, so it’s important for a title like this to give you as much as the film does. If any aspect of Nolan’s work and delving into his ideas and processes interests you, then you’re already in the right place to quench that creative thirst.
Spanning over 153 A4-size pages, there’s no holding back with information alongside deconstruction of the story, sets and real reasons why the cast and crew wanted to be involved and make it look as perfect as possible. »
- Dan Bullock
There are still three weeks to go before the Cannes Film Festival unveils its official-selection lineup, but so far, the latest Pixar 3D animated extravaganza and new films from Woody Allen, Todd Haynes, Jeff Nichols, Denis Villeneuve and Arnaud Desplechin appear to be securing their positions in the event’s 68th annual edition (May 13-24).
In keeping with his longtime habit of avoiding festival accolades, Allen will likely receive an out-of-competition berth for his 45th feature, “Irrational Man,” starring Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone (who starred in the director’s “Magic in the Moonlight”). Among other U.S. fare, Cannes will get an early start on the summer blockbuster season with Disney/Pixar’s feature toon “Inside Out,” marking a second trip to the Croisette for director Pete Docter (who co-helmed with Ronaldo Del Carmen) after his “Up” opened the festival in 2009. As already announced, George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road, »
- Justin Chang and Elsa Keslassy
Christopher plummer is having “terrible nightmares” about his upcoming hand and footprint ceremony.
“How am I going to walk away?” he quips of the March 27 honor taking place at Tcl Chinese Theatre Imax in Hollywood as part of the 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival. (John Huston’s 1975 “The Man Who Would Be King,” in which Plummer plays opposite Michael Caine and Sean Connery, is also screening.) “Is there a plastic surgeon available to replace my hands and feet? I dream at night that they get stuck in the cement. But it’s a terrific honor and I hope it doesn’t mean that once I’m buried, that’s it.”
The odds that the legendary Canadian-born actor, witty and distinguished and prone to jocular self-doubt, will vanish from the public eye at this point in time are, of course, nil. To the contrary, Plummer, who earned fame as the stoic patriarch »
- Malina Saval
Confused by some of the overwhelming scientific jargon and explanations in Christopher Nolan's Interstellar starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain and Michael Caine? If so, you are from alone.
The mathematical reasoning behind the events of Interstellar confused many moviegoers this past holiday season, and that's why Paramount and Warner Bros. rightfully felt a micro-website dedicated to the Interstellar movie science was an appropriate way to promote the upcoming Blu-ray and DVD release.
Dubbed the "Bite Size Science" micro-site, this single-page basket of Interstellar movie science lesson snippets delves into everything from black holes to towering tidal waves to the spacecraft seen in the film. It uses illustration more so than verbiage as to get the point across in the most simplistic terms possible.
My recommendation is to not read the entire site until after watching Interstellar at least once. Outright narrative spoilers aren't present but some smaller surprises are openly discussed. »
Run Time: 168 minutes
Special Features: Over 3 hours of extras and for details of them, plus the limited edition Digi-book, click here.
For me, the stamp of a great movie is how much your excitement, or self-induced hype, matches positively with the final product and in the case of Interstellar, it captures those desires with absolute assurance.
Love or dislike Nolan’s increasingly extensive films, you’ve got to accept that original work on such an expansive level to a worldwide audience is a Hollywood rarity these days. There’s definitely a growing universe of independent projects being backed by the offshoots of large movie corporations but Nolan and his brother have managed once again, like Inception, to pull off one hell of »
- Dan Bullock
Brazilian indie distributor Tucuman Films is setting up a Paris-based French distribution operation of the same name to distribute films from Brazil and other Latin American countries in France, the world’s biggest art film market.
Bowing its distribution operations in September with “Chronicle of the End of the World,” an intimate father-son drama from first-time Colombian director Mauricio Cuervo, Tucuman Films will also release Geraldine Chaplin starrer “Sand Dollars” and Brazilian Eryk Rocha’s “Sunday Ball.”
Both screening at Toulouse CineLatino Festival, which kicked off Thursday, the FiGa Films-sold fourth feature from Dominican Republic-based scribe-helmer tandem Israel Cardenas and Laura Amelia Guzman has twinned large critical acclaim and sales.
Tucuman’s first distribution slate includes Brazilian screenwriter Luiz Bolognesi directorial debut “Rio 2096, A Story of Love and Fury,” which straddles four periods in Brazilian history and won the top Crystal Award at France’s 2013 Annecy Animation Festival. Tucuman »
- John Hopewell
Last year's blockbuster Interstellar performed quite well at the box office, taking in over $672 million worldwide. But the sprawling and ambitious sci-fi epic had many fans scratching their heads when it came to the ending, which was so complex we even broke it down at length back in November. Screenwriter Jonathan Nolan and producer/science adviser Kip Thorne attended a media event at Caltech's Jet Propulsion Lab to promote the release on Blu-ray and DVD, arriving from Paramount on March 31, where Jonathan Nolan revealed that the original ending was "much more straight-forward." If you haven't seen Interstellar yet, there will be Spoilers below, so read on at your own risk.
At the end of Interstellar, Matthew McConaughey's Cooper launches himself into the black hole known as Gargantua, in hopes of sending the data compiled on the signularity of gravity back to Earth. He ends up in "the 5th dimension, »
Inspired by Paramount's Academy Award®-winning epic, Interstellar, Google Play today announced the release of Emic - a short film comprised of almost 8,000 video submissions from people all around the world, highlighting the human spirit and how that manifests itself around the globe.   From director and editor David Brodie (The Witness, Survivors) and creative director Angus Wall (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Social Network), the short film will be available to audiences for free on Google Play timed to the digital home entertainment release of Interstellar on March 17, 2015 at g.co/Emic: clickHere We also have your first look at this 12 minute short with the trailer.
Titled Emic - after the anthropological term referencing the analysis of culture - the film asked this generation to archive their moment in time by submitting memorable and inspiring photos, music performances, poetry and artwork to give future generations a way to »
Adding another $6.2 million domestically over the weekend, Kingsman: The Secret Service now now sits on $257.6 million with $107.3 million of that from the Us. This makes it the fourth biggest movie of 2014, but with the movie yet to be released in China, it could catch-up with and pass The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water ($270.9 million), which has yet to open in the UK, and Taken 3‘s $289.5 million. But it certainly won’t catch up with Fifty Shades of Grey, which sits on $546.5 million.
Still, this can only be good news for 20th Century Fox and Matthew Vaughn, who had hoped for a sequel to Kingsman: The Secret Service so long as this one delivered at the box office. Having now made over $250 million against an $80 million budget, »
- Luke Owen
Smack dab in the middle of his fourth decade as a filmmaker, auteur John Frankenheimer would release what would stand as one of his last notable titles with 52 Pick-Up in 1986. The 80s were not really kind to the veteran director, having knocked out one of his silliest titles in 1979 with the environmental horror film Prophecy prior to helming some other oddities, like the Scott Glenn/Toshiro Mifune film The Challenge (1982), the Michael Caine thriller The Holcraft Experiment (1985) and then Dead Bang (1989) with Don Johnson. But it would be his adaptation of this Elmore Leonard novel, a black mail neo noir that really stands out amongst his later works.
Harry Mitchell (Roy Scheider) is a Los Angeles entrepreneur. He’s got a great life, lots of money, a beautiful wife (Ann-Margret) about to enter into the political arena, and a sprawling home. But when three criminals led by pornographer Alan Raimy »
- Nicholas Bell
American Ultra stars Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg will be reunited later this year in another project: Woody Allen's next as yet untitled feature. Bruce Willis is the third cast member whose name has been publicly announced. The source for this information is an "exclusive" report via Deadline.com's Mike Fleming Jr. So far, as Fleming explains in his brief piece, Woody Allen and "his people" haven't confirmed the casting. In other words, things could change in the not-too-distant future. See also: Kristen Stewart Joins Kelly Reichardt Movie Project, also featuring Laura Dern and Michelle Williams. Unsurprisingly, no plot details about the upcoming Woody Allen project have been forthcoming. In fact, one wonders if Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg, and Bruce Willis – in case they have indeed joined the fold – know what the movie is going to be about. Allen's latest collaborators – Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum and Edward Walson – will be producing the film. »
- Zac Gille
Jude Law is reportedly in advanced negotiations to play the lead role in Italian Oscar-winning director Paolo Sorrentino’s high-concept TV series, working-titled “The Young Pope,” about an imaginary pontiff who is the first Italian-American pope in history.
Italian media is abuzz with unconfirmed news that Sorrentino has found his pope and Law is on board. Wildside, the Italian shingle that is producing the skein, has issed a “no comment.”
Law would play a hard-line conservative American pontiff recruited by a Vatican fed up with liberals, co-scribe Tony Grisoni recently told Variety. “No one, even at the Vatican, is prepared for how hard-line this American pope really is,” he said.
- Nick Vivarelli
Written by Jane Goldman Matthew Vaugh
Directed by Matthew Vaughn
United States/United Kingdom, 2015
Matthew Vaughn’s latest zany endeavour into the world of violent and brash comic book movie adaptations begins with a strange bit of backstory transpiring somewhere in the Middle East in 1997. Amidst significant gunfire and bombings, Harry Galahad (Colin Firth) and his band of Kingsman, a very secretive agency of assassin spies that masquerade in London as a men’s tailor shop, are interrogating a hooded prisoner in their grasp. Much to their surprise, the prisoner has a grenade on him, but before the villain can take all their lives along with his own, one of the Kingsman risks his life, jumping on the explosive device, thus saving Harry and Merlin (Mark Strong). Harry, distraught at the fact that he could not better protect his team, offers the departed’s son a special neck chain, »
- Edgar Chaput
In Focus, Will Smith's first film since 2013, the superstar plays Nicky, a long-time conman who is planning his last big score, but ends up reuniting with a con woman who he trained years before.
The film, which performed mildly at the box office in its debut this weekend, joins the ranks of Hollywood's long love affair with the art of the con.
In celebration of this newest entry in the grifter genre, here are nine of the best conman movies ever made.
(Note: This list doesn't include movies about heists that happen to involve conmen -- i.e. Ocean's Eleven or The Heist -- just films that celebrate the age of tradition of swindling.)
9. Matchstick Men (2003): Nicholas Cage and Sam Rockwell play con artists who are planning one of the biggest scams of their careers. Things get complicated when Cage's teenage daughter shows up and »
Sneak Peek new images of actor Michael Caine looking 40 years younger, similar to his classic spy movie character 'Harry Palmer', from a VFX-tweaked deleted sequence that will be available on the Blu-ray release of director Matthew Vaughn's "Kingsman: The Secret Service":
"...the images show Caine's character 'Arthur' the head of the spy agency in 'Kingsman: The Secret Service', when he was a young ruthless spy...
"...'Funeral in Berlin'...
- Michael Stevens
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