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When we asked our staff to vote on the best comic book movie adaptations, we were afraid the results would consist only of superhero films. While there are many superhero movies listed below, it is great to see a bulk of non-Hollywood films appearing on the list as well. We set out to compile a list of 50 movies but as it were, we ended up with 5 ties, and so the list consists 55 films instead. Let us know if you think we missed something. Enjoy!
Spielberg’s first venture into animation is one of his best. Taking notes from the classic Raiders of the Lost Ark playbook, Spielberg crafted another spirited, thrilling, and always entertaining adventure. The Adventures of Tintin is one of the most pleasurable, family-friendly experiences, that boils down to one grand treasure hunt. There’s much to admire on-screen, but it is the spectacular »
The San Diego Film Festival has announced the Gala, Competition, Spotlight and Short Film sections for its 14th year celebration.
Screenings leading the program include Daniel Alfredson’s “Go With Me,” starring Anthony Hopkins, Julia Stiles and Ray Liotta; Paolo Sorrentino’s “Youth,” starring Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Paul Dano and Jane Fonda; Reed Morano’s “Meadowland,” starring Olivia Wilde, Luke Wilson and Juno Temple; Tony McNamara’s “Ashby,” starring Mickey Rourke, Nat Wolff, Emma Roberts and Sarah Silverman; Lawrence Roeck’s “Diablo,” starring Scott Eastwood, Camilla Belle and Danny Glover; Adam Salky’s “I Smile Back,” starring Sarah Silverman and John Charles; and the documentary “He Named Me Malala.”
“We are excited to debut this year’s diverse selection of films to our enthusiastic film loving community,” said Tonya Mantooth, executive VP, San Diego Film Festival. “Our 2015 fillm slate has it all, from Hollywood’s most buzzed »
- Jacob Bryant
Acting as the director’s directorial debut, the film stars Nat Wolff as a teenager struggling to assimilate with the folks of his new town. As the archetypal new kid, Wolff’s Ed Wallis tries his hand at a variety of different activities to get in with the cool kids, but when an assignment tasks him with writing an expose about someone from an older generation, he strikes up an unlikely friendship with Mickey Rourke’s Ashby Holt.
Dishing out life lessons for our awkward lead, Rourke’s wise old man happens to be a former CIA assassin. From learning the tricks of the trade on how to survive the minefield that is high school to becoming a surrogate getaway driver, Ed’s assignment soon falls »
- Michael Briers
The first trailer has been released for the upcoming indie comedy-drama Ashby, starring Paper Towns’ Nat Wolff alongside Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler), Emma Roberts (Scream 4) and Sarah Silverman (A Million Ways to Die in the West).
Awkward Ed Wallis (Nat Wolff) moves to a new town with his single mom (Sarah Silverman) and needs help fitting in. Brainier than his peers, Ed figures playing high school football might be good way to make more friends, but his only new friend Eloise (Emma Roberts) thinks it’s odd. When Ed gets an assignment to write an essay about someone from an older generation, he introduces himself to his neighbor Ashby Holt (Mickey Rourke) and the two embark on an unlikely, immediate friendship. Ashby’s style of tough love takes some getting used to but, over time, Ed learns a lot from Ashby, including how to be courageous… which is very »
- Scott J. Davis
Read More: Mickey Rourke, Nat Wolff and Emma Roberts Unite in Exclusive 'Ashby' Poster Mickey Rourke has taken a step back from starring in action films, but that doesn't mean that he's given up on playing action-driven character. In his latest film "Ashby," the comedy feel doesn't take away from Rourke's character's assassin past, which creeps into the present. In the film, Ed Wallis (Nat Wolff) is the awkward new guy in town that lives with his single mom. Ed decides that playing high school football would be a good way to befriend people, but his sole new friend Eloise (Emma Roberts) finds that to be an odd move. When Ed gets a school assignment to write an essay about someone from an older generation, he strikes up a friendship with his neighbor, Ashby Holt (Rourke). Ashby believes in tough love, and although its an adjustment, Ed learns important lessons from Ashby, »
- Kaeli Van Cott
Writer/director Tony McNamara made his feature-length debut this spring with the Tribeca Film Festival dramedy, “Ashby,” and the film was met with a good reception. Starring Mickey Rourke, Nat Wolff, Emma Roberts, and Sarah Silverman, it’s a coming-of-age high school film that fits in nicely with the mentor/protector/father figure genre. Our review from Tribeca wrote, "Ashby” [has a] consistently humorous and light tone... and it works well enough to keep the film entertaining and bouncy." Read More: Review: 'Ashby' Starring Mickey Rourke, Nat Wolff, Emma Roberts, And Sarah Silverman Here's the synopsis: Awkward Ed Wallis (Nat Wolff) moves to a new town with his single mom (Sarah Silverman) and needs help fitting in. Brainier than his peers, Ed figures playing high school football might be good way to make more friends, but his only new friend Eloise (Emma Roberts) thinks it's odd. When Ed gets an »
- Edward Davis
Blunt Force Trauma Movie Trailer and Poster. Ken Sanzel‘s Blunt Force Trauma (2015) movie trailer stars Ryan Kwanten, Mickey Rourke, and Freida Pinto. Blunt Force Trauma‘s plot synopsis: “Follows the journey of John and Colt, gunfighters and sometimes lovers, on parallel but very different journeys through an underground dueling culture.” Mickey Rourke is one of my favourite actors of all time. […] »
- Marco Margaritoff
Sarah Kernochan has signed with Apa, Variety has learned.
The two-time Academy Award winner, who moves from Gersh, wrote “What Lies Beneath,” starring Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer. Her other feature writing credits include “9 ½ Weeks,” starring Kim Basinger and Mickey Rourke, plus “Sommersby” with Richard Gere and Jodie Foster.
The writer, producer and director made her feature film directorial debut with 1998’s “All I Wanna Do,” which she also wrote.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Today we have the trailer for the upcoming "Blunt Force Trauma" action film, starring Mickey Rourke, Ryan Kwanten and Freida Pinto. It's set to be released on DVD and VOD in the UK on October 5th. Check out the trailer below. Plot: From cockfighting rings and train yards, to basements and barns across South America, modern-day warriors put on bulletproof vests and battle one another in underground gunfights to gain riches and respect. It’s known only as “The Game” and Zorringer (Rourke) is its elusive champion. Professional dueler John (Kwanten) is losing the rush of excitement that once fueled his desire to succeed in his sport of choice. Only one man remains as his next worthy opponent, the legendary Zorringer, so John sets out on a journey for the ultimate contest. Along the way he meets Colt (Pinto), a female duelist who is seeking revenge for the death of her brother. »
Read More: Meet the 2015 Tribeca Filmmakers #20: Nat Wolf Befriends Mickey Rourke for a School Assignment in 'Ashby' Mickey Rourke, Sarah Silverman, Emma Roberts and Nat Wolff are all coming together for Tony McNamara's Tribeca comedy-drama "Ashby." The film will debut in select theaters and VOD starting September 25, courtesy of Paramount Home Entertainment and The Film Arcade. The film's official synopsis reads: "Ed Wallis (Nat Wolff) and his spirited single mom (Sarah Silverman) are new in town. At school, Ed struggles to fit in. He secretly desires to make the football team although the jocks disapprove, and he connects with only one other student, brainy Eloise (Emma Roberts). Given an assignment to interview someone 'old,' Ed approaches his new neighbor Ashby Holt (Mickey Rourke), a man facing troubling news he’d rather avoid. Although Ashby pretends to be a retired salesman, Ed soon learns that he »
- Zack Sharf
An expert professional dueler named John is losing the rush of excitement that once fueled his desire to succeed in his sport of choice. Only one man remains as his next worthy opponent, the legendary Zorringer, but the picky legend might not want to go against John for reasons of his own. So John sets out on a journey for the ultimate contest. Along the way he meets Colt, a female duelist, and together they embark on a quest of self-discovery.
Blunt Force Trauma is set for release on October 5th in the UK.
- Gary Collinson
Blunt Force Trauma trailer
The Blunt Force Trauma trailer has just landed. The film stars Mickey Rourke, Ryan Kwanten and Freida Pinto, and has quite the interesting plot. Revolving around underground gun-fights, the movie echoes the likes of 13 Tzameti from a few years back. This film, directed by Ken Sanzel will be going straight to DVD and the VOD channels, but we thought it was worth a look.
From cockfighting rings and train yards, to basements and barns across South America, modern-day warriors put on bulletproof vests and battle one another in underground gunfights to gain riches and respect. It’s known only as “The Game” and Zorringer (Rourke) is its elusive champion. John (Kwanten) is looking for the ultimate duel with Zorringer while Colt is seeking revenge for the death of her brother. The two gunslingers travel from one shootout to another on a dangerous journey of love, violence, »
- Paul Heath
"This one feels different." The official UK trailer has debuted for a new film called Blunt Force Trauma, starring Mickey Rourke, Ryan Kwanten and Freida Pinto. Despite that rather interesting cast, this is actually going straight-to-dvd and looks a bit like a low budget clunker with some very underlit scenes. The film is about gunfighters, or modern day gun-slingers who actually fight with pistols and bulletproof vests. You know what, that is a cool idea I'll give them that, but this has other problems. Anyway, the cast includes Jon Mack, Jason Gibson, Carolina Gómez and Maruia Shelton. Check it out below if you're curious. Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Ken Sanzel's Blunt Force Trauma, direct from YouTube: From cockfighting rings and train yards, to basements and barns across South America, modern-day warriors put on bulletproof vests and battle one another in underground gunfights to gain riches and respect. »
- Alex Billington
Bringing together Slumdog Millionaire star Freida Pinto and Ryan Kwanten as John, the film opens with the latter character, a dueller disillusioned after he no longer feels the adrenaline rush from his daring sport of choice. That leaves Kwanten’s protagonist with one choice: to seek out and find the elusive Zorringer (Mickey Rourke) and challenge who many consider to be the true expert in the field. Along this journey he’ll cross paths with Pinto’s Colt, and the pair have been described as “gunfighters and sometimes lovers, on parallel but very different journeys through an underground dueling culture.”
Though the plot doesn’t exactly leap off the page, the international trailer harbors enough gritty action and stylized set-pieces to hold our interest. »
- Michael Briers
Sometimes, we can't explain why movies get made. Maybe there's a tax credit that needs to used, to a production company that has some cash lying around that needs to be written off. Either way, something compelled Mickey Rourke, Frieda Pinto, and Ryan Kwanten to make a movie called "Blunt Force Trauma," and now the trailer is here. Looking every bit as straight-to-dvd as the release will probably get, the movie from Ken Sanzel (whose most notable credit is some episodes of "Numb3rs"), the movie follows a couple of dudes who swing their....guns....in some kind of underground fight club that involves shooting people. But then Johnny Law comes knocking, and ethical dilemmas start to surface, and whatnot. Here's the synopsis: Following the journey of John and Colt, gunfighters and sometimes lovers, on parallel but very different journeys through an underground dueling culture. No word yet on release dates, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
25 years after Arnold Schwarzenegger first yelled at some kids as Detective John Kimble, Kindergarten Cop 2 has suddenly gone into production. This time it's Dolph Lundgren, playing a different undercover cop who has to infiltrate a different nursery in pursuit of Albanian bad guys because of reasons. Heartwarming hilarity will no doubt ensue.This isn't the first time Dolph has appeared in a sequel to a film that first starred a fellow Expendable. A few years ago he also turned out for Uwe Boll's In The Name Of The King: Two Worlds, taking the lead from Jason Statham. At the time he told Empire he did that film for some divorce cash. Lance Henriksen also once told us that he'll occasionally take an "alimony film". So maybe that's what's going on here.Or maybe Dolph just wanted some light relief after grimly violent recent efforts like Skin Trade (with Michael Jai White »
Early this morning I left the cinema from one film on the way to another when a friend said why not this instead of that? Since nothing was driving me in my original direction more than curiosity, and my friend's own sparked more than enough for this other possibility, my path was diverted, as can happen so serendipitously at a film festival. And indeed I owe my friend thanks, as what I saw, Thithi, the debut feature by 25-year-old independent Indian director Raam Reddy, is the best new film I've so far seen in Locarno.Its beginning already promised greatness: a crumpled down, cranky old man sits in his village thoroughfare hilariously heckling and insulting every man, woman and child passing him by, each of whom pay him no mind. Walking to the nearest alley to relieve himself, this venerable citizen keels over, sending the story after his elderly son, »
- Daniel Kasman
Spanish director José Luis Guerín is best known in the States for his pseudo-fictional love letter to women-watching In the City of Sylvia, but in fact is a prolific documentary filmmaker and has brought with him to Locarno the lovely and elegant pseudo-documentary L’Accademia delle Muse. Playful and clever as ever, Guerín has collaborated with Professor Raffaele Pinto and several actresses, perhaps students, to stage a false course in philology. The class, populated almost entirely by women, discusses the nature, influence and meaning of muses in poetry, and what starts as seemingly a documentary on this classroom, its teacher and a few select students, subtly evolves into a drama of words and unseen actions.The issues at stake as discourse in the class—what desire means, if it has to be sexual, the difference between a woman and a muse, how a lover influences the beloved and vice versa »
- Daniel Kasman
Omar Sharif in 'Doctor Zhivago.' Egyptian star Omar Sharif, 'The Karate Kid' producer Jerry Weintraub: Brief career recaps A little late in the game – and following the longish Theodore Bikel article posted yesterday – below are brief career recaps of a couple of film veterans who died in July 2015: actor Omar Sharif and producer Jerry Weintraub. A follow-up post will offer an overview of the career of peplum (sword-and-sandal movie) actor Jacques Sernas, whose passing earlier this month has been all but ignored by the myopic English-language media. Omar Sharif: Film career beginnings in North Africa The death of Egyptian film actor Omar Sharif at age 83 following a heart attack on July 10 would have been ignored by the English-language media (especially in the U.S.) as well had Sharif remained a star within the Arabic-speaking world. After all, an "international" star is only worth remembering »
- Andre Soares
Disgraced World War 2 Army Captain Jack Wosick (Luke Goss) is given the opportunity for redemption when asked to lead a rag-tag unit of misfits known as the War Pigs on a secretmission to go behind enemy lines to uncover and capture a Nazi developed Super Weapon the V3, a massive artillery canon that would give the Nazis an insurmountable advantage against the Allies.
With the help of Captain Hans Picault (Dolph Lundgren), a German Anti-Nazi serving with the FrenchForeign Legion and Colonel Aj Redding (Mickey Rourke), a battle hardened WW1 veteran, Jack must train, lead and earn the respect of his new squad to become a functioning reconnaissance unit.
- Gary Collinson
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