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The Place Beyond the Pines is an ambitious tale of scope and sequence. It embodies the impact of heritage and the lingering effects of our actions. Director Derek Cianfrance brings the same unrelenting realism to the stark relationships of this film as he did with his last project Blue Valentine. Both films share a sense of moral ambiguity where no choice is a forgone conclusion. The triptych narrative unfolds like a novel coming to life. Every act is distinctly different from the next as it follows a particular set of unique characters. Each storyline progresses from where the last one left off as the life of one character bleeds into the life of the next. Themes are effectually handled and the points certainly come across—sometimes too bluntly. »
- Dan Clark
Here’s the deal. What they are trying to accomplish is to make “The Iceman” or Richard Kuklinski a compelling character that you feel compassion for. The story is based on Kuklinski, so he is the main focus. The murders, unfortunately, fall a bit flat. Despite focusing on his hundreds of kills, they shine more of the limelight on his love for his family. I feel that some might be disappointed with the lack of focus on the murders, but the film itself concentrates more on the man. The script feels a bit weak still. All of the compassion felt for Kuklinski comes from Michael Shannon. He is a fantastic actor who offers a complete dimension of layers. Still, the writing doesn’t begin to do justice to what they »
- Melissa Howland
Directed by: Ariel Vromen
Running Time: 1 hr 46 mins
Release Date: May 17, 2013 (Chicago)
Plot: The real life story of Richard Kuklinski (Shannon), a family man who also claimed to have murdered over a hundred people for the mafia.
Who’S It For? Fans of Michael Shannon might find his performance to be worth a look, despite a weak script saying otherwise.
Read our interview with Director/Co-Writer Ariel Vromen
Michael Shannon is on course to be a huge star. With his lead villain role as Zod only a month away in June’s Man of Steel, this intense Frankenstein of a Chicago actor is about leave a huge impression on a moviegoing public that is attracted to performances that are dark, weird, intense, or some mix of the three. (He has previously provided such performances »
- Nick Allen
Directed by Ariel Vromen
The Iceman exists in a strange kind of cinematic purgatory, in which reside those movies that are both too rushed and too slow. With actors like Michael Shannon, Chris Evans, and Winona Ryder among the key players, this period piece about a particularly sociopathic Mob enforcer’s rise to some level of infamy is, at best, decent. But the script fast-forwards through so much of its lead character’s life and allows seemingly mundane events play out in near-slow motion, making The Iceman a drawn-out experience.
Shannon is Richard Kuklinski, a hulking but quiet young man whose job working at a porno lab circa 1964 leads him to working as a cold-blooded hitman for mid-level mobster Roy DeMeo (Ray Liotta), taking out any number of people who’ve done Roy or his bosses wrong. Kuklinski balances his »
- Josh Spiegel
Chicago – Another great Michael Shannon performance should come as no surprise as everything he touches lately seems to be interesting, from “Take Shelter” to “Boardwalk Empire” to letters written by batshit crazy sorority girls. However, his increasingly impressive ability can’t save “The Iceman,” a misguided, clichéd hitman flick that careens tonally and doesn’t really justify its existence. It doesn’t work as thriller or as drama, serving as little more than a performance piece for its talented star.
“The Iceman” was the alias for the notorious Richard Kuklinski, a seemingly average guy who happened to be a total psychopath. The most successful people find a way to turn their skills into financial assets and Kuklinski became one of the most notorious mob hitmen of the twentieth century after crossing paths with the legendary Roy DeMeo (Ray Liotta). Kuklinski worked at one of DeMeo’s porn production houses »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Directed by Ariel Vromen
It’s kind of baffling that it’s taken this long to make a movie about Richard Kuklinski. Quiet family man is secretly a prolific murderer working as a hitman for the Jersey mob, completely unbeknownst to his family? That’s the kind of thing Hollywood loves, give him nymphomaniac wife and Lou Gehrig’s disease and you got a three picture series with Robert Downey Jr. and Naomi Watts, no problem. Maybe throw in Jerry Stiller as the comedically Jewish dad.
Instead, we’ve got The Iceman, a somewhat under-the-radar thriller starring Michael Shannon, Ray Liotta, Ray Liotta’s increasingly weird hairline, Winona Ryder, Chris Evans and directed by fairly unknown filmmaker Ariel Vromen.
The short version is that the film is a fairly average mob/thriller/drama affair that wisely focuses on the human »
- Thomas O'Connor
I'm not sure if this is a story or not, it all depends on how Joe Carnahan's new action-thriller/comedy Stretch is set up as it focuses on a down-on-his-luck chauffeur played by Patrick Wilson (Insidious) who is attempting to relieve his debt by driving around a mysterious billionaire who drags him to hell and back. Low budget genre king Jason Blum and his newly formed Blumhouse Productions is launching Blumhouse International with the title at Cannes alongside Sinister 2 and to help bolster sales, Carnahan has cast Chris Pine (Star Trek Into Darkness) in a cameo role, reuniting the director with his Smokin' Aces co-star for the first time since Pine played one of the Tremor brothers in Carnahan's 2006 film. The question is to wonder whether Pine will be one of a series of cameos that steps into the backseat of Wilson's limo or simply be a passer-by »
- Brad Brevet
The ever-so-intense Michael Shannon plays true life hitman Richard Kuklinski in The Iceman, a bloody drama about the family man who claimed to have murdered over 100 people for the mafia. In the biopic, Shannon is joined by an ensemble cast that includes Chris Evans, Winona Ryder, Ray Liotta, James Franco, David Schwimmer, Robert Davi, and Stephen Dorff.
The film is co-written and directed by Ariel Vromen, who has his biggest project yet with Iceman. Vromen has directed two films previously, Danika with Marisa Tomei in 2006, and Rx with Colin Hanks, Lauren Grahan, and Eric Balfour in 2005, which he also co-wrote.
In a phoner interview, I talked with Vromen about his film, the rising star the drives it, the question of secrecy that it asks, the incredible moments of tension between Michael Shannon and Ray Liotta, and more.
The Iceman opens in Chicago on May 17.
Kuklinski has a very staggering line »
- Nick Allen
It's the true story of mafia hit-man Richard Kuklinski.
The Iceman, as he was nicknamed - partly from his stone-cold demeanour and partly because he used to store bodies on ice, was interesting because he was also a devoted family man. He loved his wife and kids, and in the movie, claimed he didn't kill women or children. Quite a trait/code for a contract killer, wouldn't you say?
Michael Shannon portrays Kuklinski in an eerily intimidating, appropriately cold-as-ice way. His co-stars include a barely recognizable Chris Evans, David Schwimmer, James Franco, Stephen Dorff, Ray Liotta as mob-boss Roy Demeo and Winona Ryder as Kuklinski's wife Deborah.
We had a chance to sit down with Liotta and Ryder in September during the Toronto International Film Festival to talk about their movie. »
- Melissa Sheasgreen
Last night on the Late Show, Tom Hanks sang praises to steroids. Apparently, they cure the cold, and since the show (Lucky Guy) must go on, "You take a steroid." Besides, "the only repercussion is you will not be in the Hall of Fame, but you do get back on that horse, and you feel Great! [Evil laughter.]" Plus: Scary Ray Liotta and goofy Craig Ferguson didn't mesh well, and that interview produced a bunch of awkward silences. Also, Jennifer Love Hewitt pointed out the injustice between David Beckham's huge, bulging underwear ad — "I felt like he came at me in traffic" — and her own modified, boob-diminished Client List billboards; and Ken Jeong and Jimmy Fallon danced in sync with each other. Watch our compilation to see what you missed. »
- Caroline Shin
It's the little things, they say, that count. The details, one might even posit.
If that's the case, then this giveaway counts bigtime: To celebrate the DVD release of "The Details," starring Tobey Maguire, Elizabeth Banks and Ray Liotta, we're happy to present a very "Detail"-oriented DVD bundle giveaway.
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- NextMovie Staff
5/10/13 12:46 p.m. update: Due to popular demand, we’ve increased this Hookup from 30 pairs to 50 pairs!
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“The Iceman,” which is rated “R,” also stars James Franco, Stephen Dorff, Ray Liotta, Chris Evans, David Schwimmer, Danny A. Abeckaser, John Ventimiglia, Ryan O’Nan, McKaley Miller, Megan Sherrill, Hector Hank and Robert Davi from writer and director Ariel Vromen and writer Morgan Land.
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
It’s time to play the music, it’s time to light the lights, it’s time to get things started on the …. sequel to Disney’s 2011 reboot of The Muppets, as The Muppets… Again! kicks off its filming schedule with the old familiar faces reconvening for a road trip adventure across Europe.
The Muppets… Again! has been filming on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles this week, and L.A. resident Jon Klaft snapped a photo of the shoot in progress, showing that the production is recreating the final scene from the end of the last movie, with Gary (Jason Segel), Mary (Amy Adams), Walter, ...
- H. Shaw-Williams
Last weekend’s Iron Man 3 kicks off a blockbuster summer movie season packed with big budget sequels, prequels, and, of course, remakes. But if you're looking for a little counterprogramming to a summer full of superheroes and explosions, here's what we suggest—hopefully it's playing in a theater near you. The Movie: The Iceman The Director: 2012 Capri Breakout Director Award winner Ariel Vromen The Cast: Future "General Zod" and Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon (Best Supporting Actor, Revolutionary Road); Captain America himself, Chris Evans; James Franco (127 Hours); Ray Liotta (Goodfellas); David Schwimmer (Friends); Goonie chaser Robert Davi; and last but not least, our favorite Heather, Winona Ryder. The Story: Inspired...
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Directed by Ariel Vromen
Chronicling the complicated balance between work and family that prolific real life contract killer Richard Kuklinski carried on for decades, The Iceman paralyzes the audience purely with Michael Shannon’s unrelentingly intense performance. When cloaked in silence his unnerving stare speaks volumes more than any of the periphery characters who happen to drift in and out of scenes around him. He is a force of terror and subtle affection to behold. While Kuklinski claimed to have murdered over 100 people, the far more remarkable part of his story is how vehemently he insulated his family from his criminal underworld and true nature. Director Ariel Vromen conveys here how he didn’t use them as a cover but as emotional security against the monstrous people he was in business with, people seemingly less monstrous than himself. Iceman details »
- Lane Scarberry
Millennium Entertainment connected with two limited releases -- "The Iceman" and "What Maisie Knew" -- at the specialty box office this weekend. "The Iceman," which features Michael Shannon as real-life mob killer Richard Kuklinski, opened in four theaters and took in $93,149 for a glossy $23,287 per-screen average. Winona Ryder and Ray Liotta co-star in the film, directed and co-written by Ariel Vroman. "What Maisie Knew" debuted in a single New York theater and brought in $23,248. Also read: 'Iron Man 3' Zooms to 2nd-Best U.S. Debut Ever Alexander Skarsgard, Julianne Moore and Steve »
- Todd Cunningham
So a cop walks into an all night diner…No, this isn’t the beginning of a tired joke, this is how the new direct-to-video crime thriller “Pawn” kicks off. Said cop, played by Forest Whitaker, walks smack into the middle of an armed robbery. From this simple set up spools out a twisted web of story threads, layered narrative, and constantly shifting points of view. Though the film starts off strong—not great, but solid—it comes off the rails not far down the line. “Pawn” is one of those movies where you’ve heard of almost everyone in the cast, but never even heard mention of the film. Beyond Whitaker, the credits include Michael Chiklis (“The Shield”), Ray Liotta (“Goodfellas”), Common (“Hell on Wheels”), and actors from “Twilight,” “Gossip Girl,” and many more. Still, despite all the familiar faces, it never adds up to much. One of the »
- Brent McKnight
While most box office reports this afternoon are reasonably freaking out about "Iron Man 3," there was also a notably strong debut at the specialty box office. Instead of iron, it was ice as Ariel Vromen's "The Iceman" debuted on 4 theaters. "Iceman" -- which stars Michael Shannon, Winona Ryder, Chris Evans and Ray Liotta -- is based on the true-life story of notorious Mafia hitman Richard Kuklinski. It managed a promising $93,149 gross from 4 theaters in New York and Los Angeles, averaging $23,287. That's the second best debut in Millennium's three-year history, behind only last summer's "Bernie." It was also was a nice dose of good news for the distributor after a string of disappointments in films like "Upside Down" and "The Paperboy." And it wasn't the only good news. On one screen, Millennium also debuted Scott McGehee and David Siegel's "What Maisie Knew." Starring Julianne Moore and Alexander Skarsgård, »
- Peter Knegt
Until his arrest in 1986, most people believed Richard Kuklinski to be an all-American family man. In reality this suburban New Jersey "banker" made his fortune working as a hit man for the Mafia, killing over 100 people and often freezing and dismembering their bodies to obscure the time of death. Depicted in the tone of a film noir and tinged with the tensions of a horror movie, Ariel Vromen's The Iceman follows this sociopath over the course of his career. Michael Shannon portrays Kuklinski in his dual lives, the highs of success spliced with acts of brutal murder, from the courtship with his wife, Barbara (played by a doe-eyed and anxious Winona Ryder), to his induction into a mob run by Ray Liotta, and a temporary partnership with a bohemian hit man who drives a Mr. Freezy »
The Iceman looks at the life of infamous contract killer Richard Kuklinski, beginning with the first date with his future wife, Deborah (Winona Ryder). At first “Richie” (Michael Shannon) seems a gentle giant, offsetting his imposing physique and stone-faced demeanor with a shy attitude and quick wit; however, a bad exchange of words soon after in a bar quickly reveal that the Grim Reaper tattoo on Kuklinski’s hand is no mere symbol – but rather a warning of his psychotic nature and penchant for ruthlessly efficient murder.
It’s that monster hiding behind the man that mob boss Roy Demeo (Ray Liotta) recognizes when he comes to rough-up Richie and his buddy Dino (Danny A. Abeckaser) for not having a porn film shipment ready. Roy puts a gun and a promise of money ...
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- Kofi Outlaw
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