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If cinema is itself art, then what better medium to really explore the lives of some of the greatest artists of our time? With cinematographers using their palette of light and shadow, and screenwriters drawing entire worlds with their fine-tipped words, they work together to depict these master painters, as they bestow upon the world some of the most important examples of skill and craftsmanship in history.
Writer-director Mike Leigh is the latest cinematic artist to tackle a biographical tale of a great master, with Mr. Turner heading for theatres soon (October 31st 2014 in the UK, December 19th in the Us). Exploring the life and times of Joseph Mallord William Turner – an especially prolific English romantic landscape painter working in the 1800s – the film premiered at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, where cinematographer Dick Pope won a special jury prize and lead actor Timothy Spall won Best Actor. Often referred to as “the painter of light, »
- Sarah Myles
I think I may be saying something very controversial here, but Edgar Allen Poe was a really great writer. Not a lot of people want to admit it, but it is true. He has the ability to make a story bone-chillingly creepy as well as quite funny. His stories have been the basis for countless films, usually starring Vincent Price, though lately the number is decreasing steadily. Some filmmakers out there are still struck by his work and are compelled to give their interpretation, which brings me to Stonehearst Asylum. The film is very loosely based on the short story "The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether" and has very good intentions of being a classically told Poe thriller, sporting a great cast and the look is very appropriate, but the script fails this film greatly, stretching its material very thin and always opting for the conventional route. Jim Sturgess plays Edward Newgate, »
- Mike Shutt
Stonehearst Asylum has released a new clip.
Based on an Edgar Allan Poe short story, it sees a young doctor (Sturgess) taking up a post at a remote asylum.
He begins to fall for his patient (Beckinsale), but at the same time comes to realise that the original staff may have been ousted by the inmates.
The film was originally titled Eliza Graves.
Stonehearst Asylum will be released on October 24. »
Brad Anderson’s Stonehearst Asylum features Jim Sturgess as Edward Newgate, a recent medical school graduate who accepts a position at the title mental institution. At first, he’s taken by the superintendent’s warm welcome and more modern approach to caring for his patients, but that’s only because he knows nothing of the disturbing recent staffing changes. Want to know more about what Newgate just walked into? The film doesn’t hit theaters until October 24th, but we’ve got an exclusive clip that offers up a nice tease of exactly what he’ll be dealing with. Hit the jump to check out that brand new Stonehearst Asylum clip. The film also stars Michael Caine, Ben Kingsley, Kate Beckinsale, Brendan Gleeson and David Thewlis. [complextv contentid="1ucWQ1cTprpJOB5EWMjRykCVVf8UDJwa" sitename="collider" playerid="26aa5f02d93f4c05a4546f6d5ecb59b7" adsetid="67a3ff9d3a842ae818bb9de1badc5b0" width="600" height="360" keywords=""] Here’s the official synopsis for Stonehearst Asylum: England, 1899. When young doctor Edward Newgate (Jim Sturgess) arrives at Stonehearst Asylum in search of an apprenticeship, »
- Perri Nemiroff
Focus Features just unveiled some brand new promotional material for The Theory of Everything, paving the way to the film’s limited release on November 7th. The clip is a bit on the schmaltzy side, but Adam’s predicating that both Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones could score some Oscar nods, so I’m going to take his word for it and assume that both will do big things with the material in the full feature. In addition, we’ve also got a brand new featurette for the film in which Redmayne and Jones discuss Stephen Hawking and Jane Wilde’s loving relationship. Hit the jump to check that out as well as the new The Theory of Everything clip. The film also stars Charlie Cox, Emily Watson and David Thewlis. Here’s the synopsis for The Theory of Everything: Starring Eddie Redmayne ("Les Misérables") and Felicity Jones ("The Amazing Spider-Man 2 »
- Perri Nemiroff
The lunatics have seldom taken over the asylum so literally, yet to so little reward, as in “Stonehearst Asylum.” Not exactly qualifying as horror, costume drama, mystery, parable or satire, this well-mounted Gothic meller — as much as it’s anything — arrives top-heavy with prestige British acting talent but never quite finds its footing, or a discernible point. Arriving the week before Halloween in a half-dozen territories including the U.S., the pic’s familiar faces and promise (however empty) of a moderately scary good time should generate more idle curiosity than B.O., with word of mouth unlikely to help. Ancillary prospects are likely to be healthier, but this fairly expensive-looking production will face a long slog recouping its costs.
After a medical-school prologue in which a Victorian-era surgeon instructor (Brendan Gleeson, seen only here and at the end) parades a distraught female sufferer of “hysteria” before his students, we »
- Dennis Harvey
Little was expected from Stephen Hawking, a bright but shiftless student of cosmology, given just two years to live following the diagnosis of a fatal illness at 21 years of age. He became galvanized, however, by the love of fellow Cambridge student, Jane Wilde, and he went on to be called the successor to Einstein, as well as a husband and father to their three children. Over the course of their marriage as Stephen’s body collapsed and his academic renown soared, fault lines were exposed that tested the lineaments of their relationship and dramatically altered the course of both their lives. Eddie Redmayne stars as Hawking, featuring alongside Felicity Jones, David Thewlis, Emily Watson, Charlie Cox, Simon McBurney, Maxine Peake and Harry Lloyd.
If the rest of the film is as touching and sweet as »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
Realizing you’re about to watch a new movie by the director of Point Blank, Deliverance and Zardoz is an odd experience. In his 81st year, we find John Boorman in a reflective mood, gazing into his own past and trying to assemble fragmented memories into a coherent whole. The result is Queen & Country, a loose sequel to his award-winning 1987 classic Hope & Glory.
That film followed Bill, a fictionalized childhood analogue of Boorman, through the chaos of London Blitz. Queen & Country picks up his story a decade later in 1951. Bill (Callum Turner) has just turned 18, making him eligible to be conscripted for two years of national service. Though just six years since Ve Day, the mood in the country has perceptibly shifted; the vague rumblings from Korea feeling inconsequential in comparison to the previous threat of wartime bombardment.
The majority of the film takes place within a training camp for conscripts somewhere near London. »
- David James
Best British movies of all time? (Image: a young Michael Caine in 'Get Carter') Ten years ago, Get Carter, starring Michael Caine as a dangerous-looking London gangster (see photo above), was selected as the United Kingdom's very best movie of all time according to 25 British film critics polled by Total Film magazine. To say that Mike Hodges' 1971 thriller was a surprising choice would be an understatement. I mean, not a David Lean epic or an early Alfred Hitchcock thriller? What a difference ten years make. On Total Film's 2014 list, published last May, Get Carter was no. 44 among the magazine's Top 50 best British movies of all time. How could that be? Well, first of all, people would be very naive if they took such lists seriously, whether we're talking Total Film, the British Film Institute, or, to keep things British, Sight & Sound magazine. Second, whereas Total Film's 2004 list was the result of a 25-critic consensus, »
- Andre Soares
Queen & Country, 2014.
Written and Directed by John Boorman.
An Englishman who grew up in London during World War II joins the military to fight in the Korean War.
In 1987, Hope and Glory was released to a crescendo of positive praise, both commercially and critically. After many awards and nominations at the time, the film is now considered a British classic and now almost three decades later, writer/director John Boorman has returned behind the camera for Queen & Country, a semi-sequel that again is semi auto-biographical of the directors experiences when he was a young man.
Queen focuses on young Englishman Bill Rowan (Turner), a London-born man who grew up during World War II and decides to join the military soon after. Along with his best friend Percy (Landry Jones), they join »
- Scott Davis
A new trailer has been released for the Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything. The film stars Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables), and it looks like it could win him an Oscar nomination. It really looks like it would be a challenging role for anyone to take on, but Redmayne seems to just disappear into it. It's really amazing to see. In an interview with Yahoo, the actor said,
"The story of Stephen dwarfs the illness. For him, it is of no importance. He didn’t ever want to see a doctor again after he was diagnosed. He is someone that lives forward and lives optimistically. So, for me, what this film was about was an unconventional love story, a film about loving in all its guises."
- Joey Paur
Universal Pictures has released a new trailer for the upcoming Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything, which is directed by James Marsh (Man on Wire) and stars Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables) as the physicist and Felicity Jones (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) as his first wife Jane Wilde.
Also featuring in the cast are Emily Watson (War Horse), David Thewlis (Harry Potter), Charlie Cox (Stardust), Harry Lloyd (Game of Thrones), Tom Prior (Kingsman: The Secret Service), Charlotte Hope (Game of Thrones), Maxine Peake (Silk) and Adam Godley (Breaking Bad).
The Theory of Everything is set to open in the States on November 7th and will arrive here in the UK on January 2nd 2015.
- Gary Collinson
A new trailer for The Theory of Everything has been released.
The film was inspired by Wilde's memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen and follows the couple as she struggles to care for her husband, who eventually leaves her for his nurse.
The Theory of Everything is due for release on November 7 in the Us and January 1, 2015 in the UK.
The first trailer for the film was revealed back in August.
Redmayne previously admitted that he was apprehensive about taking on the role of Stephen Hawking. »
The extraordinary life of physicist Stephen Hawking comes to life in a domestic trailer and an international trailer for the critically-acclaimed biopic The Theory of Everything, following the first footage released in August.
Ever since debuting at the Toronto Film Festival last month, this biopic has become an instant Oscar contender, with rave reviews for stars Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables) and Felicity Jones (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) as Stephen Hawking and his wife Jane Hawking.
This is the extraordinary story of one of the world's greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde. Once a healthy, active young man, Hawking received an earth-shattering diagnosis at 21 years of age. With Jane fighting tirelessly by his side, Stephen embarks on his most ambitious scientific work, studying the very thing he now has precious little of - time. Together, they defy impossible odds, »
Focus Features has released a new The Theory of Everything trailer for director James Marsh’s (Man on Wire) biopic of genius physicist Stephen Hawking. The film stars Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables) as Hawking, chronicling his budding relationship with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wide (Felicity Jones), heartbreaking motor neuron disease diagnosis at the age of 21, and groundbreaking scientific work in the field of time. I caught the film at Tiff and it's one of my favorite films of the year. Led by phenomenal performances by Redmayne and Jones, The Theory of Everything will definitely be a player in awards season and I strongly recommend seeing it for yourself when it opens November 7th. Hit the jump to watch the new The Theory of Everything trailer, and click here to read Phil’s review from Tiff and here’s my video interview with Felicity Jones. The film also stars David Thewlis, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Name and focus changes for every section, which are now all competitive, resulting in the festival’s structure being “slimmer’.
The ninth Rome Film Festival (Oct 16-25) has revealed a diverse line-up including the Italian premieres for potential awards contenders including David Fincher’s Gone Girl. the world premiere of Takashi Miike’s As the Gods Will and Burhan Qurbani’s We are Young, We are Strong and European premiere of Oren Moverman’s Time Out of Mind, Toronto hit Still Alice and Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet.
This year for the first time the award-winners in each section of the programme will be decided by the audience on the basis of votes cast after the screenings.
Each section has changed name and focus for 2014 and are all competitive, resulting in the festival’s structure being “slimmer’.
Italian comedies Soap Opera and Andiamo a Quel Paese bookend the line-up.
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- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
Terry Gilliam's new film The Zero Theorem touches on a lot of his established aesthetic signposts while exploring new thematic ground with its questions about the universe and how we all wait for permission for the wrong things. The film stars Christoph Waltz as Qohen Leth, a computer hacker who searches for the meaning of life while being distracted by Management, a shadowy figure from an Orwellian corporation. Melanie Thierry, Tilda Swinton, and David Thewlis also star. I recently hopped on the phone with Gilliam to talk all things The Zero Theorem, his reaction to the film's philosophy as well his take on why people do what they do without thinking ahead. Be sure to check out the trailer and hit the jump for my Terry Gilliam interview. Collider: Watching this movie it became kind of clear to me that this Sisyphean sort of task that the protagonist has »
- Evan Dickson
Black Holes and Revelations: Gilliam’s Cluttered Dystopia a Mixed Return to Form
In what stands as his best film since 1998’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, director Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem still isn’t quite the dystopic juggernaut one might have hoped for, though it does slightly resemble one of his most noted works, 1985’s Brazil. However, this isn’t quite that state of mind, though it does in fact revolve mightily around the state of its protagonist’s conflicted existence and his unrequited search for meaning in a world that instead contends there absolutely is none. Being treated to a demure theatrical release over a year after its premiere at the 2013 Venice Film Festival, it’s being handled as a boutique title, likely to wallow into the same nether regions as Gilliam’s last several titles, like the valiant exercise The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus »
- Nicholas Bell
From the opening minutes of The Theory of Everything, Eddie Redmayne has you in his hands, expertly playing a young Stephen Hawking in the early 1960s, studying cosmology at Cambridge University. Then, just as soon as we meet Hawking, we're introduced to Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones), the young woman that would become his first wife. Benefiting the film greatly, director James Marsh (Man on Wire) allows us some time with the couple before turning the focus to the dramatic revelation of Hawking's motor neurone disease and the two years he's told he has left to live. As we all know, Hawking has more than exceeded the two year timeline and, according to a Q&A that followed my screening of the film, Hawking shed a tear after seeing the movie, saying it's "broadly true". It would also seem he gave the film his blessing by loaning his voice, as »
- Brad Brevet
The intricate workings of a rare and remarkable mind are rendered in simple, accessible terms in “The Theory of Everything,”. Striving to pay equal tribute to Hawking’s first wife, Jane (on whose memoir the film is based), and her tireless devotion to him until their 25-year marriage ended in 1995, director James Marsh similarly attempts to find intimate, personal applications for Hawking’s grand cosmic inquiries, tracing the story of how the author of “A Brief History of Time” came to defy time itself. Still, what’s onscreen is less a cerebral experience than a stirring and bittersweet love story, inflected with tasteful good humor, that can’t help but recall earlier disability dramas like “My Left Foot” and “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.” Superb performances from Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones should stand the Focus Features release in good critical and commercial stead when it bows Nov. 7 Stateside. »
- Justin Chang
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