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I love a good heist (or caper) movie, of course as do many others out there, just look at the success of the “Oceans” franchise and the recent Now You See Me but my love does not end at the mainstream, I really love discovering hidden gems of the genre – films like Flypaper, How to Rob a Bank and The Perfect Score – so when I saw The Art of the Steal pop up on Amazon.com I knew it was a film I had to check out. Even more so considering it stars the legend that is Kurt Russell alongside the always awesome Jay Baruchel. So, thinking this is the type of under-the-radar flick that I’d dig (and that wouldn’t see the light of day »
- Phil Wheat
The stakes are always high in a con caper where the final revelation can either pay off handsomely, or leave everyone feeling cheated. In this case, Kurt Russell and Matt Dillon are short-changed by a script with a clever denouement that comes at the expense of the rest of the action, which is so self-consciously cool and vacuous, it's practically freeze-dried.
Russell provides the one heartfelt performance as Crunch Calhoun, the wheelman in a heist (badly) organised with half-brother Nicky (Matt Dillon), a too-slick grifter who lands Crunch in a Polish prison to save his own skin when the scam goes pear-shaped. Writer/director Jonathan Sobol cuts to chase straight away, showing off a flair for action while speedily looping around the gaps in logic. Occasionally he'll freeze the »
The Art of the Steal, 2013.
Directed by Jonathan Sobol.
Released after seven years in a Polish prison having been double-crossed by his half-brother Nicky, stunt rider and art thief Crunch Calhoun is tempted back into the game for one final heist that could set him and his old crew up for life.
On the basis of the synopsis alone this is the type of film many people would run long and hard to avoid. Given the nation’s propensity for obesity and, we’re told, diabetes on an epic scale, Brits running at all seems so unlikely as to prove just how high the bar is for yet another movie of just-one-final-job capering.
Never read other reviews before writing your own, we’re told, and though I didn’t it wasn’t easy to avoid the general »
- Gary Collinson
White Child Above the Clouds: Warmerdam’s Dark Classist Comedy a Winner
Alex van Warmerdam’s Borgman has to be the steadily working director’s most accomplished work to date. Known mostly for his droll, sometimes perverse films dealing with families or communities tested by strange situations that range anywhere from a maintained weirdness to potential violence, his latest treat is poised to broaden his appeal to a larger audience. His 1992 film, The Northerners, perhaps his most celebrated film, deals with a group of people living in a 1960’s housing development, while 2003’s Grimm is an off kilter retelling of Hansel and Gretel. Warmerdam’s latest, which also seems to have roots in the fairy tale parable, plays like the strange, neglected cousin to a host of other considerable cinematic references, and yet, it’s a delectable concoction all its own. Incredibly, often wickedly funny, it’s filled with memorable moments, »
- Nicholas Bell
We here at Tfh have always thought of the great Vilmos Zsigmond as one of "our" movie icons, having begun his distinguished cinematographic career in the humble swamps of low budget exploitation before rising on his own merit to a justly celebrated mainstream career. So it is with fond memories of the likes of The Sadist, The Name of the Game is Kill, The Time Travelers and Five Bloody Graves that we congratulate him on this latest award: From The Daily News - The legendary Hungarian-American cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, director of photography of the soon-to-be-released film ‘Atatürk,’ will receive a Life Time Achievement Award today from the 67th Cannes International Film Festival 2014.
In an extraordinary, Academy Award-winning career spanning some six decades, Zsigmond’s outstanding credits include “The Deer Hunter” and “Heaven’s Gate” directed by Michael Cimino, “Close Encounters Of The Third Kind” and “Sugarland Express” by Steven Spielberg, »
- TFH Team
The original movie felt like the pilot for a TV series but the ensuing small screen version became a casualty of studio financing. Now with the concept of inter-species relations everywhere in franchises such as X-men, Fox are banking on another attempt to revive Alien Nation. The 1988 introduction saw James Caan and a heavily made-up Mandy Patinkin (Homeland) as a mismatched pair of cops, one of whom just happened to be from a race of recently-integrated extraterrestrials. Featuring Terence Stamp as the villain, it was a crime thriller with a sci-fi twist that certainly felt fresh back then but was perhaps a little ahead of its time for audiences to get on board.
Alien Nation the series (co-created by V‘s Kenneth Johnson with the film’s scribe Rockne S.O’Bannon) lasted one season in 1989, though the storyline was picked up in telemovies and novels. The single outing was »
- Steve Palace
Beneath the wigs, the film is about quintessential Australian values: self-deprecation, blunt humour and determination in the face of adversity
During the opening scenes of The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert writer/director Stephan Elliotts bright, glitzy and fabulously queer road movie that made a mighty splash when it arrived in cinemas in 1994 two drag queens discuss travelling interstate for a cabaret show.
Mitzi (Hugo Weaving) pitches the idea to venture to Alice Springs to Bernadette (Terence Stamp), a tart-tongued trans woman with a sense of humour as dry (to use the sort of Australian colloquialisms the film embraces) as a dead dingos donger.
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- Luke Buckmaster
Fond as I am of the 1967 John Schlesinger adaptation of Thomas Hardy's "Far From the Madding Crowd," which stars Terence Stamp, Peter Finch and Alan Bates as the three men who love headstrong "adventuress" Bathsheba Everdeen (Julie Christie)--the movie is far better than the hilarious trailer below--i am eager to see the new one from writer David Nicholls ("Starter for Ten") and director Thomas Vinterberg ("The Hunt"), starring Carey Mulligan as Bathsheba. Matthias Schoenaerts takes on the farmer role once played by Bates, Michael Sheen is the more mature gentleman who proposes marriage (Finch), and Tom Sturridge is the rakish sergeant (Stamp). I figured the movie would play Cannes May 2014, as it should be finished. Fox Searchlight is dating the period romance for May 1, 2015, so it looks like Vinterberg will take more time with this and skip this year's awards corridor. So we'll have to wait for a while. »
- Anne Thompson
In the film, Adams portrays Margaret Keane and Waltz plays her husband Walter Keane, who was credited with revolutionizing popular art in the 1950s and 1960s with portraits of waif-like children with huge eyes. However, Margaret Keane was the actual painter, leading to the breakup of their marriage when the ruse was discovered.
This is the fifth title set to open this Christmas. The others are Paramount’s “Hot Tub Time »
- Dave McNary
The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby goes out on September 26 and Tim Burton’s Big Eyes on December 25. All films open initially in limited release except Big Eyes, which will open in a “moderate” release pattern.
Morten Tyldum directs The Imitation Game, the true story of British maths and computing genius Alan Turing, who cracked the German Enigma code in WWII and was driven to possible suicide in 1954 two years after he was prosecuted for being gay. Keira Knightley and Matthew Goode also star.
Writer-director Ned Benson conceived of The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby as a two-part his-and-her account of the disintegration of a romance. The drama debuted in Toronto last autumn as two separate films and discussions are ongoing as to what form the release will take.
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Tim Burton's next movie is called Big Eyes, and The Weinstein Company has announced that it will be released on December 25th. The film is a biopic that centers on a artist named Margaret Keane, a "painter whose distinctive creations featuring big-eyed children became one of art's first mass-market success stories in the 1950s. The drama covers Keane's personal awakening at the onset of the feminist movement, leading to a lawsuit she filed against her husband, Walter, who claimed credit for her works. He lived the high life while she toiled in relative anonymity in the Bay Area."
This seems like it will be a great project for Burton. He's been needing to change things up a bit and do something different. This seems like a different kind of movie than we're used to seeing him make, so my hopes are high.
I'm a huge fan of Burton's early work, »
- Joey Paur
The Weinstein Co. have set a few of their fall release dates lately and while I suspect a couple of them will likely change, as is par for the course when it comes to the Brothers 'stein, we at least can gauge their intentions as Tim Burton's Big Eyes, Eleanor Rigby and The Imitation Game have all landed late year release dates as the studio plots their awards season course. First off, Big Eyes, starring Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz, seems to be a title most everyone believes will be a major player at the Oscars this year and given it has now landed a Christmas Day release it would seem the Weinstein Co. agrees. Centering on the story of painter Margaret Keane (Adams), the story focuses on her success in the 1950s, and the subsequent legal difficulties she had with her husband (Waltz), who claimed credit for her »
- Brad Brevet
The Weinstein Company has revealed that Tim Burton's biographical drama Big Eyes will be hitting theaters December 25, 2014. Director Morten Tyldum's Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game has been given a November 21, 2014 release date.
Big Eyes stars Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz. It tells the true story of artist Margaret Keane, who because famous for painting big-eyed children in the 1950s. It also explores the relationship between her and her husband, Walter, who took credit for her work. He lived the high life while she toiled in relative anonymity in the Bay Area.
Exhibitor Relations made the announcement on Twitter yesterday afternoon.
— Exhibitor Relations (@ERCboxoffice) May 1, 2014
The Weinstein Company has revealed that Big Eyes will be released for the 25th December this year.
Like most Burton outings, the film boasts an impressive cast featuring Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, Krysten Ritter and Terence Stamp, to name a few. The film is based on 1950s artist Margaret Keane whose work always featured large-eyed children. It follows her involvement with the feminist movement and a high profile lawsuit filed against her husband for claiming credit for her work.
It will be a battle for the ratings as Big Eyes will go up against comedy Hot Tub Time Machine 2, an untitled project from Cameron Crowe, Unbroken, which will be Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut, and Rob Marshall’s ensemble piece Into The Woods featuring Burton favourite Johnny Depp.
- Lucinda Holt
The Weinstein Company has unveiled the release dates for three key titles slated to hit this Fall.
First up, "The Disappearance of Eleanor Ribgy" has been scheduled for September 26th. The story explores a New York City couple (James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain) and their relationship during a difficult time in their marriage. The project was originally going to be a two-film work, it's unclear if that's still the case.
Next is a November 21st release for Morten Tyldum's "The Imitation Game" a biopic about famed computer pioneer Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) whose team at Bletchley Park cracked the German Enigma code and significantly shortened the war. Instead of being hailed a hero, he became the eventual victim of an unenlightened British Establishment.
- Garth Franklin
News Simon Brew 2 May 2014 - 07:15
Two of the awards frontrunners for 2015 have had their Us release dates confirmed, and both films are in prime position for gongage.
The first is Tim Burton's eagery-awaited Big Eyes. This is his biopic of the artist Margaret Keane, with the film starring Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, Jason Schwartzman and Terence Stamp. The script has been penned by Scott Alexander and Larry Laraszewski, who previously wrote Burton's wonderful Ed Wood movie. And we now learn that The Weinstein Company has scheduled the movie for December 25th 2014. A pound says it gets lots of Oscar nominations.
Another film that's likely to is the long-in-gestation The Imitation Game. This one stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing (the man, of course, credited with cracking the Enigma code during World War II, »
Tim Burton may have made some serious duds over the last few years, but hopefully he’ll give his career a much-needed course correction with Big Eyes, a biopic about real-life couple Walter and Margaret Keane. Walter became rich and famous in the 1950s and 60s for his paintings of big-eyed children, until it came out that his wife Margaret was the one doing all the work.
While we’re still waiting to see some footage from the film, we now know when we can expect it, as Exhibitor Relations is reporting that Big Eyes will open on Christmas Day 2014.
As always, several other films will also be arriving on Christmas. Disney’s Into the Woods, Cameron Crowe’s untitled romantic comedy, Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken, and Hot Tub Time Machine 2 will all give Burton some competition that day. Luckily for the director, he’s gathered quite the cast for this one. »
- James Garcia
Tim Burton's Big Eyes is set for a December 25 release, The Weinstein Company revealed today. They've also slated their Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game for November 21 and writer/director Ned Benson's The Disappearance of Eleanor Ribgy for September 26. Big Eyes , starring Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, Danny Huston, Krysten Ritter, Jason Schwartzman and Terence Stamp, is a biopic of artist Margaret Keane, the painter whose distinctive creations featuring big-eyed children became one of art's first mass-market success stories in the 1950s. The drama covers Keane's personal awakening at the onset of the feminist movement, leading to a lawsuit she filed against her husband, Walter, who claimed credit for her works. He lived the high life while she toiled in relative »
‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ cast announced (photo: ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ cast member Max von Sydow in ‘Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close’) Star Wars: Episode VII cast members have been announced. The world had been waiting with bated breath. Who will The Force be with? Well, not with humankind and its fellow Earth dwellers (apart from cockroaches and various types of worms) — if news reports about the eventual fate of the planet are accurate. But don’t despair. The End credits for Planet Earth should come after Lucasfilm and Walt Disney Studios (instead of former Star Wars film distributor 20th Century Fox) amass a few more billion dollars following the release of a whole array of new Star Wars sequels in the coming years. So, the announced (mostly European) Star Wars: Episode VII cast members are, to date, the following: Oscar Isaac (Sucker Punch, widely praised for his performance in Joel »
- Zac Gille
Jeremy Irons will be the recipient of the Peter J. Owens Award for excellence in acting at the upcoming 57th San Francisco International Film Festival, kicking off this week and running April 24 through May 8. The award will be presented on May 1. The Sf Film Society and its year-round programming will be the beneficiary of the star-studded fundraiser honoring Oscar winner Irons (“Reversal of Fortune”), who will be filling the shoes of Bruce Wayne's trusty butler Alfred in the upcoming "Batman vs. Superman" mashup from Zack Snyder.Meanwhile, Richard Linkater is the recipient of the Founder’s Directing Award; Stephen Gaghan the recipient of the Kanbar Screenwriting Award; and John Lasseter the recipient of the George Gund III Craft of Cinema Award. Previous recipients over the past decade of the Owens Award are Harrison Ford (2013), Judy Davis (2012), Terence Stamp (2011), Robert Duvall (2010), Robert Redford (2009), Maria Bello (2008), Robin Williams (2007), Ed Harris »
- Beth Hanna
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