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The life, death and resurrection of Jesus has been the subject of many movies and TV series through the years, but Risen is looking to explore a different angle on part that particular story. Check out the first trailer for the film, which features Joseph Fiennes, Tom Felton and Peter Firth. Kevin Reynolds’ film, which he co-wrote with Paul Aiello, follows Roman military tribune Clavius (Fiennes), a firm believer in his empire’s power and someone tasked with removing resistance. But when it appears that Jesus of Nazareth has – in accordance with his followers’ beliefs – risen from the dead after his crucifixion, Pontius Pilate (Firth) assigns Clavius and his aide Lucius (Felton) the task of figuring out the mystery, to avoid an uprising in Jerusalem.It’s certainly a sideways look at the story, and one that hasn’t often been tackled to such a degree. It could prove controversial, »
“Risen” is the epic Biblical story of the Resurrection, as told through the eyes of a non-believer. Clavius (Joseph Fiennes), a powerful Roman Military Tribune, and his aide Lucius (Tom Felton), are tasked with solving the mystery of what happened to Jesus in the weeks following the crucifixion, in order to disprove the rumors of a risen Messiah and prevent an uprising in Jerusalem.
- Gary Collinson
Risen's latest trailer brings you back in time thousands of years to an event said to have changed the world forever.
This sprawling biblical epic takes place in the aftermath of Jesus Christ's crucifixion and resurrection, as the Romans frantically searched for his body.
Centurion Clavius's (Joseph Fiennes) quest to locate Christ's body sets off a crisis of conscience that brings his core beliefs into question.
Risen debuts in the Us on January 22, 2016. A UK release is set for March 18, 2016. »
Next week, expect another slew of thinkpieces about faith-based audiences spending big bucks at the multiplex. Why? Well, micro-budget Christian movie "War Room," being distributed Sony's faith-film outlet Affirm Films, is on track to make a sneak attack at the box office this weekend. In fact, it beat Zac Efron's "We Are Your Friends" in receipts on Thursday night. And not wasting a moment, Sony is using the opportunity to promote their next movie for the holy. There's a metaphor in here somewhere about Jesus turning over the tables of the money changers in the church, but I digress... Read More: Joseph Fiennes Investigates The Resurrection Of Jesus In Trailer For 'Risen,' Which Is Apparently Like 'Chinatown' Anyway, Kevin Reynolds of "Waterworld," "Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves," and "Fandango" fame is behind the camera for this effort that stars Joseph Fiennes as a doubting Thomas (okay, not the biblical doubting Thomas) named. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Opening January 22nd, Fiennes' Clavius is charged by Pontius Pilate to investigate the rumors of a risen Jewish messiah and to locate the missing body of Jesus of Nazareth in order to quell an imminent uprising in Jerusalem. Tom Felton, Peter Firth and Cliff Curtis also star.
The trailer comes as the micro-budget Christian movie "War Room" opening this weekend reportedly pounded the living daylights out of Zac Efron's new film "We Are Your Friends" in Thursday night preview box-office results.
- Garth Franklin
The new film centers on Clavius (Fiennes), a powerful Roman Military Tribune, and his aide, Lucius, played by Felton. The two are given the unenviable task of uncovering what happened to Jesus in the weeks following the crucifixion, in an effort to disprove the rumors of the risen Messiah and prevent an uprising in Jerusalem.
Lots of drama, with Felton front and center, ensue. Watch the trailer below.
"Risen" hits theaters January 2016.
- Phil Pirrello
Want to win “Strangerland” on DVD or Blu-Ray *And* movie poster? Tweet @ShockYa to enter (or comment below) and we’ll pick an entry at random. Entries Must be in by 6Pm Est on Wednesday August 19th and winner will be announced on the 20th. The winner will receive the prize pack in the mail. Sorry U.S. Only. Thanks for entering and good luck!! Nicole Kidman leads the superb cast featuring Hugo Weaving (The Matrix Trilogy, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy) and Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in Love, “American Horror Story: Asylum”) Strangerland is the feature film debut for award-wining director, Kim Farrant,whose short films, The Secret Sid of Me, Alias, [ Read More ]
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- Rudie Obias
A rival sequel to 1981 Best Picture winner "Chariots of Fire" is in the works it seems according to THR.
The original 'Chariots' followed the friendship between Eric Liddell, a devout Scottish Christian runner whose refused to compete on Sundays, and British Olympian Harold Abrahams who endured anti-Semitism. Both ran in the 1924 Olympics.
A while back came word of "The Last Race," a follow-up of sorts with Joseph Fiennes starring as Liddell and the film being a primarily Chinese production. Stephen Shin will co-direct the film which will downplay Liddell's religious beliefs.
Now comes word of "Absolute Surrender," a $20 million independent film which will explore how the Chinese-born Liddell returns to China after the Olympics to follow in the footsteps of his Christian missionary parents.
He also raced sporadically in China and ultimately ended up dying in a Japanese prisoner of war camp in 1945. Eric Eichinger and Howard Klausner are co-writing »
- Garth Franklin
Title: Strangerland Alchemy Director: Kim Farrant Writer: Michael Kinirons, Fiona Seres Cast: Nicole Kidman, Joseph Fiennes, Hugo Weaving, Lisa Flanagan, Meyne Wyatt, Maddison Brown, Nicholas Hamilton Running time: 112 min, Rated R (Nudity, Language, Sex) In theaters and on demand on July 10, 2015 Matthew and Catherine Parker (Joseph Fiennes and Nicole Kidman) have moved their family from Canberra to a small “shithole” town in rural Australia to start a new life after an incident involving their 15 year old daughter Lilly (Maddison Brown) caused them strain and embarrassment. With nothing to do, Lily drags her younger brother Tommy (Nicholas Hamilton) to the skatepark where they meet some older boys. Tommy [ Read More ]
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Continuing the generally positive responses since film premiered in competition at the Sundance Film Festival, Deadline.s Pete Hammond enthused, .Nicole Kidman is the best reason to see Strangerland, an atmospheric and weirdly hypnotic but disjointed feature film debut from director Kim Farrant and screenwriters Fiona Seres and Michael Kinirons.
.Kidman is in fine form with one of her juiciest and most intriguing parts in a while. It is no surprise as this star is one of Hollywood.s risk takers, always interesting to watch and always challenging herself and audiences..
In a similar vein, the Boston Herald.s James Verniere opined, »
- Don Groves
Two young siblings vanish into the Australian outback and send their parents’ marriage into a torturous tailspin in “Strangerland,” a perilously overwrought melodrama that seeks to examine a domestic crisis in all its buried emotional, psychological and (especially) sexual dimensions. A fiercely committed performance by Nicole Kidman distinguishes this despairing debut feature from director Kim Farrant, who mines the harsh, unforgiving desert environs for all the suggestive ambiguity and menacing atmosphere she can muster. But while it fairly reeks of dust-choked misery, the drama turns increasingly wobbly and unpersuasive as it continues, stranding the viewer with a couple whose long-suppressed psychosexual demons feel more like the belabored phantoms of a screenwriter’s imagination. A strong cast led by Kidman will grant the film some commercial visibility, but this is studiously bleak arthouse fare destined for a limited public.
- Justin Chang
Cry in the Dark: Farrant’s Debut an Unnerving Exploration of Carnal Knowledge
Recent critically acclaimed imports from Australia tend to glorify more aggressive genre trends, with names like David Michod, Justin Kurzel, and Jennifer Kent (not to mention, the resurgence of George Miller) tossed about in a heap of horror films, comedies, and social dramas. Kim Farrant’s enigmatic directorial debut Strangerland doesn’t seem destined to strike a resonant chord with movie going audiences. An esoteric narrative unfolds with a menace recalling a previous epoch of Australian cinema, where early titles from Peter Weir or Ted Kotcheff took decades to receive a rightful appreciation for narratives initially criticized for being too ambiguous or disheartening. Capturing the visual splendor of the arid Outback, this is a film of straggling, increasingly dehydrated menace.
The Parker family has recently relocated to an isolated Australian desert town, Nathgari. Mom Catherine (Nicole Kidman »
- Nicholas Bell
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
TV Worth Watching
"7 Days in Hell" (Saturday on HBO at 10 p.m.)
Bless whoever came up with this random 45-minute mockumentary about an epic seven-day tennis match. Andy Samberg -- looking more "Joe Dirt" David Spade than Andre Agassi -- and Kit Harington (Jon Snow + comedy = win) are the players, with real tennis stars like Serena Williams and John McEnroe giving commentary.
"The Spoils Before Dying" (Wednesday on IFC at 9 p.m.)
Are you ready for this three-night television event? Not possible! But it's coming anyway. "The Spoils Before Dying" is the comedy follow-up to "The Spoils of Babylon" miniseries. This spoof once again stars Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, Haley Joel Osment, Val Kilmer, Michael Sheen, Maya Rudolph and more, this time following a 1950s jazz pianist »
- Gina Carbone
Nicole Kidman is one of our most fearless actresses, from her Oscar-winning role as a depressed Virginia Woolf in "The Hours" and warbling woman of the night in "Moulin Rouge!" to the grieving mother in "Rabbit Hole," aggressive newswoman on the rise in "To Die For," and sexy turn in "Paperboy." I talked to her on a chilly Sundance balcony right before her latest film "Strangerland" made its debut in the World competition. "Strangerland" is a gorgeously moody outback thriller shot in Alice Springs about a pharmacist (Joseph Fiennes, replacing originally cast Guy Pearce) and his wife (Kidman) who move to a new town after their sex-crazed 15-year-old daughter has an affair with a teacher. They haven't had a chance to settle down when the girl and her younger brother vanish during a dust storm, presumably into the desert, spawning all sorts of talk and suspicion as the town police chief (Hugo Weaving) tries to. »
- Anne Thompson
Nicole Kidman could have taken her career in a number of different directions, but after dipping her toe in some studio misfires in the mid-2000's she continues to make daring choices that many other actors with her notoriety would shy away from. In the past two years she's starred in the polarizing "Stoker," the art house hit "The Railway Man," took on "Grace of Monaco" (a film that had a dramatically different original screenplay), made kids tremble as the villain in the family blockbuster "Paddington" and played Gertrude Bell in Werner Herzog's "Queen of the Desert" which debuted at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival. But, wait. There's more. Kidman has already finished shooting the big screen adaptation of "Lion," has a significant role in Billy Ray's remake of "The Secret in Their Eyes" and stars opposite Jason Bateman in his highly anticipated drama "The Family Fang" (which has »
- Gregory Ellwood
In a joint marketing exercise between the festival and Transmission Films dubbed Sff Presents, Farrant.s feature debut starring Nicole Kidman, Hugo Weaving and Joseph Fiennes opened on about 25 screens on June 11.
.We played very limited festival sessions at each location, rather than traditional seasons. We've had numerous sell-outs, which is why many locations carried the film over. It continues this week..
- Don Groves
I caught the original Vacation on TV over this past weekend, and the scene with the Griswolds arriving at Wally World, constructed as a parody of the beach race from the British film Chariots of Fire, left me wondering about the lasting impact of the great 1981 film. In 1983, anyone seeing Clark and Rusty Griswold […]
- Russ Fischer
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- Christopher Campbell
While not going so far as to call itself Chariots Of Fire II: God’s Own Athlete, The Last Race is aiming to serve as a kind of sequel to the Oscar-winning classic, telling more of Scottish runner Eric Liddell’s story. Joseph Fiennes is now in place to play the man himself.Ian Charleson was Liddell in Chariots, and now Fiennes is aboard to star in The Last Race, which follows his life after the 1924 Paris Olympics and his work as a missionary in China. And that location gives a clue to where this new film is being backed – as it’ll have financial backing from Chinese companies and shoot in the country from a script by Stephen Shin, who also co-directs with Michael Parker. “It is not only the perfect movie theme, but it should also make younger generations more aware of their past,” Shin tells The Independent. »
London — Joseph Fiennes, who was BAFTA nominated for “Shakespeare in Love,” has taken the role of Scottish runner and devout Christian Eric Liddell in “The Last Race,” which plays like an unofficial sequel to “Chariots of Fire.”
Liddell’s feats as an athlete, and his rivalry with Harold Abrahams, were immortalized in “Chariots of Fire,” which won four Oscars, including best picture. “The Last Race” portrays Liddell’s life after the events depicted in “Chariots of Fire,” when he worked as a teacher and missionary in China, the Independent newspaper reported. He was interned by the Japanese in 1943, and died in the prison camp of a brain tumor.
The film is written and directed by Stephen Shin, and co-directed by Michael Parker. It also stars Chinese-Canadian actor Xiao “Shawn” Dou, who plays Liddell’s friend Xu Niu, and British actress Elizabeth Arends. It will be distributed in China by Alibaba Pictures. »
- Leo Barraclough
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