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Check out what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, and, of course, Netflix. Cable On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pre-theatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Warm Bodies (zombie rom-com; Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, John Malkovich; rated PG-13) A Good Day to Die Hard (action sequel; Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney; rated R) Identity Thief (comedy; Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy; unrated) Escape from Planet Earth (animated adventure; voices of Jessica Alba, Brenda Fraser; rated PG) Broken (drama; Tim Roth, Cillian Murphy; pretheatrical release; not yet rated) V/H/S/2 (found-footage horror sequel; Kelsy Abbott, Hannah Al Rashid...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
Shane off his head
Trash wasn't quite at the premiere of Shane Meadows's Made of Stone last Thursday. Instead, I attended a very buzzy satellite premiere of the Stone Roses doc at the Hackney Picturehouse, where the raucous atmosphere of the Victoria Warehouse in Manchester was well captured by the live feed (one of 200 such events round the country) of the red carpet and post-screening Q&A. Mick Jones of the Clash described the Stone Roses as "a generational band" and said he wished Shane Meadows had been around to have filmed the Clash. The loyal band of This is England stars – shortly to star in another instalment, set in 1990 – were out in force, including Thomas Turgoose and Andrew Shim. Shimmy »
- Jason Solomons
From the moment an upturned aeroplane clips the steeple of a church as it plummets Icarus-like towards Earth, it's clear that Flight (2012, Paramount, 15) is more interested in cod metaphysics than spectacular aerodynamics. Opening with sozzled jumbo-jet pilot Whip Whitaker knee-deep in the sins of the flesh (drugs, booze, lust), this moves us briskly to the cockpit from whence he will attempt to save the lives of his passengers with a head full of cocaine and vodka and an oxygen-mask chaser on the side.
The question is: does Whip manage to do something miraculous despite being as high as a kite or because of it?
As the conflicted anti-hero at the centre of the drama, Denzel Washington does a bang-up job of juggling the charismatic and the bedraggled in a manner that effectively captures the spirit of a soul in torment. »
- Mark Kermode
Directed by Craig Viverios, dark comic crime thriller The Liability sees the ever-excellent Tim Roth lead as an aging hit man, forced to pair up with Jack O’Connell’s boisterous teen Adam on ‘job’ in the North East of England, after the youngster gets on the wrong side of step dad mobster, Peter Mullan. However, unlike a host of British genre efforts, the well-paced road movies boasts a number of surprises as the mismatched duo’s road trip turns somewhat sinister with the arrival of Talulah Riley’s mysterious Latvian stunner.
Check out this exclusive and intense clip from the film just released on DVD and Blu-ray in the UK.
Why not click on the following links to read our review, as well as our interview with the director.
- Craig Hunter
And here we go... the acting categories you've all been very impatiently waiting for in Tfe's first wave of Oscar predictions for the year.
Will Previously Honored Movie Stars With Weird Character-Actor Hairdos Rule This Year?
As faithful readers know I like to keep my crystal ball risky with the bouncing and hope it doesn't shatter. In the first wave of predictions "what if" scenarios and "wild cards" are espectially compelling in the Supporting races. I mean why not? So little is yet known about future important matters like Amount of Screen Time, Nature of the Ensemble Roles, Best in Show Scene Stealing and even Post-Production "we'll fix it in post" Switcheroos where a film is rethought to better spotlight its MVPs. This early on there's no point in making boring predictions in which Oscar favorites hog all the categories though sometimes they do -- witness last year's All Previous Winner boredom in this category. »
- NATHANIEL R
Ticket sales at Australian cinemas this year are running at about 7 per cent below the same period in 2012 despite strong trading in January and April, weighed down by relatively soft results in February and March.
Takings for the May 16-19 frame totalled just under $9.5 million, down 22 per cent on the prior weekend, as Star Trek Into Darkness and Iron Man 3 dominated the business. .The market is rather shallow with no robust depth below the top two titles,. observed one distributor.
- Don Groves
Cannes Film Festival 2013: Harvey Weinstein’s Academy Awards Preview Show (Photo: Fruitvale Station, with Michael B. Jordan) Harvey Weinstein’s Cannes Film Festival Coming Attractions Special, a showcase of upcoming The Weinstein Company releases, is now regarded as one of the Croisette’s key film events. Because it provides a hint at who or what will win the Palme d’Or? Get real. Even at Cannes, it’s all about the Academy Awards. This year, Cannes Official Competition Jury Member Nicole Kidman was Weinstein’s co-presenter. And no, there wasn’t any influence peddling involved. Kidman was there because she is the star of The Weinstein Company’s upcoming Grace of Monaco, in which she plays another K-named movie star, Grace Kelly. And let’s not forget that 11 years ago Kidman won a Best Actress Oscar for The Hours, distributed by — at the time — the Weinstein-ruled Miramax. Two movies »
- Andre Soares
The films of Quentin Tarantino offer many potential choices when you’re compiling a collection with the title you see above.
The obvious choices spring gleefully to mind: the countless bodies falling at the sword of The Bride in the slaughter of The Crazy 88, the final stand off between Mr White, Nice Guy Eddie and Joe Cabot, dance time at Jack Rabbit Slims, the final curtain call at Le Gramaar and so on.
Each new film brings a number of show stopping scenes to Tarantino’s stockpile and with Django Unchained out on DVD and Blu-ray today there are many great moments to be enjoyed as Christoph Waltz and Jamie Foxx seek revenge in Tarantino’s self-dubbed ‘Southern’, one of which we have included below.
Without further ado here are the six scenes from Mr. Tarantino which we enjoyed the most.
The making of Mr. Orange.
We become »
- Jon Lyus
Watching on mobile? See the trailer here
The hit man has been a recognisable figure in our dramatic literature since at least the time Richard III and Macbeth hired anonymous murderers to do their dirty work, though the actual term didn't become widely used outside the American underworld until the 1960s. There are now so many around that they take in apprentices, especially when they start ageing. In serious Hollywood thriller The Mechanic (1972), hitman Charles Bronson offers informal indentures to Jan-Michael Vincent, as does Jean Rochefort to Guillaume Depardieu in the French comedy Wild Target (1993). A tradition of sorts is now developing. In Stephen Frears's The Hit (1984), dead-keen pupil Tim Roth is taken on as assistant to jaded hitman John Hurt, Thirty years later, in The Liability, Roth has become Roy, a middle-aged hitman who engages a teenager to help him carry out his final killing.
The Liability is a black comedy, »
- Philip French
Harvey Weinstein previewed some of his company's most anticipated upcoming releases at the Cannes Film Festival on Friday. He's made a habit of such previews, doing the same in 2012 for the Oscar-winning films "Django Unchained" and "Silver Linings Playbook." Last year, Weinstein said, was "as good as any year at Miramax" – the first film company run by Weinstein and his brother Bob.
Nicole Kidman, a jury member at the festival, was on hand to introduce footage of "Grace of Monaco," in which she stars as Kelly after wedding Prince Rainier III (played by Tim Roth). It looks to be the kind of grand, alluring performance that often leads to an Oscar nomination.
"She has to go to a jury meeting to hopefully decide which of »
The Great Gatsby (12A)
No one's disputing that Luhrmann can put on a show, but can he tell a story? In a way, F Scott Fitzgerald's 1920s parable is a perfect fit: a study of surfaces and seduction and the hollowness of the wealthy. The hedonism and vulgarity are ravishing to behold and the hand-tinted-photo aesthetic is gorgeous. When the fireworks die down, however, that artificiality works against the romantic tragedy, and the characters are too flat to really stir any great emotions. Maybe that's the point.
Beware Of Mr Baker (15)
(Jay Bulger, 2012, Us) 92 mins
- Steve Rose
Anant Singh, Yuen Wo Ping, Harvey Weinstein, Rooney Mara, (unknown), Octavia Spencer, Melonie Diaz, Michael B. Jordan, Naomie Harris and Ryan Coogler at the Majestic Hotel This evening I attended the Weinstein Co.'s Cannes presentation in which they revealed information, footage and trailers from all of their upcoming 2013 releases, both domestically and abroad. For the most part what was shown has already been seen such as trailers for The Butler, August: Osage County, The Grandmaster and Fruitvale Station plus a clip from Nicolas Winding Refn's Only God Forgives, all of which I have included below in this recap of events, which did also feature some new footage from a selection of films. Weinstein himself seemed most proud of the upcoming, Shane Salerno-directed portrait of J.D. Salinger, which is aptly titled Salinger and 2013 Cannes jury member Nicole Kidman was on hand to offer a few words on Grace of Monaco, »
- Brad Brevet
Helmed by Olivier Dahan (“La Vie en Rose”) and penned by Arash Amel, the 1962-set pic portrays the part Grace Kelly played in the political conflict between French prexy Charles de Gaulle and Monaco. The same year, Alfred Hitchcock attempted to tempt Kelly back to Hollywood.
Gaumont will release the pic, which is in post, on Jan. 29.
The Weinstein Company, which is positioning the film as an Oscar contender, is unveiling the first footage at Cannes. »
- Elsa Keslassy
Director: Craig Viveiros.
Running Time: 82 minutes.
Synopsis: Adam (Jack O’Connell), 19, agrees to do a day’s driving for his mum’s gangster boyfriend and is soon pulled into a world of deceit, violence, murder and sex trafficking. Who knew being Tim Roth’s chauffeur was so demanding?
This cat-and-mouse British thriller manages to separate itself from the pack just long enough to entertain, largely thanks to its principal cast and dry script. Jack O’Connell heads up proceedings as typical lout and layabout Adam, who, after smashing up his mum’s boyfriend’s car, agrees to a driving job to make amends. Unluckily for him, said mum’s boyfriend is actually a gangster who sends Adam to drive for ageing assassin Roy (Tim Roth).
Craig Viveiros treads a fine line between light humour and serious drama in his second feature film as director, »
- Chris Wharfe
Empire was lucky enough to be invited to the Weinstein Company's slate preview event, with a number of snippets and trailers from Harvey and co.'s future projects shown to a jam-packed auditorium at the Majestic. Here below are a few notes on what we saw...Grace Of Monaco Nicole Kidman took some time off from her jury duties to introduce a five-minute extended trailer for Oliver Dahan’s (La Vie En Rose) Grace Kelly biopic before making her excuses and heading back to Steven Spielberg and the rest of her Cannes colleagues. As seen in the new stills that arrived online earlier this week, there’s not all that much physical similarity between Kidman and the late Princess, but Kidman’s voice is spot on, and the costume design and direction combine to make you almost forget the visual differences. Tim Roth, who plays the Prince of Monaco in this tale of Ms. »
A downbeat Brit thriller that shows some flair but doesn't really come together
Craig Viveiros, who made the prison drama Ghosted, has concocted a flawed but interesting downbeat Brit thriller with some creepy, leftfield jolts, calling to mind Mike Hodges with a twist of Tarantino. Jack O'Connell plays clueless 19-year-old Adam, the "liability", whose mum Nicky (Kierston Wareing) is living with Peter (Peter Mullan) a scary villain. Peter dislikes his gormless and annoying stepson but, for reasons that become clear, gives him a job in his organisation driving a hitman around. This is the gloomy and ill-tempered Roy (Tim Roth) who has to be chauffeured up to the north-east to kill a Latvian bad guy and make it look like the work of a local serial killer who is cutting off his victims' hands. Of course, Peter and Roy are not telling Adam the whole truth. It doesn't entirely work, »
- Peter Bradshaw
As director Olivier Dahan's Grace of Monaco gets prepared for this year's Academy Award race, set to be released by The Weinstein Company on December 27th, it's working with a bit of a handicap. Back in January, when the film was still in production, Price Albert of Monaco and the royal family denounced the project, saying that the story has been "pointlessly glamorized and contains important historical inaccuracies as well as scenes of pure fiction." Given how some Oscar voters are sticklers for accuracy in historical dramas, at the very least the new stills from the movie suggest that it will be a strong competitor in the cinematography category. The Hollywood Reporter has gotten their hands on three new stills from Dahan's film, each one featuring star Nicole Kidman as famous Hollywood actress-turned-princess Grace Kelly. Kidman has a solid supporting cast behind her, including names like Tim Roth, Prker Posey, »
Ryan Coogler is the real deal. There's a reason why Harvey Weinstein scooped up "Fruitvale Station" at Sundance. He saw Oscar potential in it. This rookie Bay Area filmmaker grabbed a story he cared about and made it real. Audiences wept in Sundance and will do so again in Cannes. On May 17, the Weinsteins are previewing their awards line-up again at Cannes, as they did last year; front and center will be John Wells' film adaptation of Tracy Letts' "August: Osage County" (November 8, limited), starring Oscar perennial Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, which looks like an Oscar natural; they will likely show footage from Justin Chadwick's "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," written by William Nicholson, starring Idris Elba ("The Wire") in the title role (November 29), as well as Olivier Dahan's "Grace of Monaco" (December 27), starring Oscar-winner Nicole Kidman as the Hollywood star who married Prince Rainier »
- Anne Thompson
Skins graduate Jack O'Connell stars in this lean Brit thriller as the screw-up of the title, a 19-year-old layabout who gets a taste of the gangster life when his mum's dodgy boyfriend (Peter Mullan) sends him on a job with a veteran hitman (Tim Roth). But after being spotted in the woods with blood on their hands, the killer and his hapless apprentice must hunt down the witness (Talulah Riley) to keep her quiet. Unfortunately, their target isn't going down without a fight »
The Liability, 2012.
Directed by Craig Viveiros.
When a nineteen-year-old crashes the car of his gangster stepdad, he is forced to drive a hitman to his next job as payback.
Gangsters in real life are, inherently and on the whole, a seemingly unlikeable bunch that you wouldn’t want to meet. But on the other hand, everyone has their good and bad points. Whether it is, for example, because they’re doing bad things for a heroic end, or maybe they’ve been forced into a position with no exit. Trying to find the good in someone, or something, is what I found myself doing with The Liability.
Adam (O’Connell) smashes a car up while checking his phone, gleefully takes a photo of it and walks off without injury or lesson learnt. So we have unlikeable character number one. »
- Flickering Myth
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