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Directed by Kevin Reynolds.
Joseph Fiennes stars as a world-weary Roman tribune leading the mother of all manhunts. The body of the crucified Christ has up and vanished, talk of the risen Messiah is spreading like wildfire and a flustered Pontius Pilate (Peter Firth) fears a potential Judean insurrection. Up against the clock and with very little to work with, Fiennes’s Clavius must root out Jesus’s disciples and get to the bottom of things before it’s too late. Biblical drama with Tom Felton and Cliff Curtis, directed by Waterworld’s Kevin Reynolds.
Reimagining a well-worn Biblical tale as a hard-boiled cop drama is an unquestionably excellent idea and – at least for a little while – Risen pulls it off. There’s a decidedly playful touch to the early proceedings, a bestubbled Joseph Fiennes playing seasoned tribune Clavius as a brooding, »
- Amie Cranswick
To celebrate the release of the thriller Strangerland – on DVD and Download on 4th July 2016- we have teamed up with Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment to give away a copy on DVD.
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- Gary Collinson
Now that Pennywise and the preteen Losers Club’ (with the exception of Beverly) have been cast in Andres Muschietti’s It remake, the secondary roles are starting to fill out. Case in point: Henry Bowers — the sadistic, racist, anti-Semitic, misogynistic and every other bad thing you can think of high school bully who torments the “Losers” throughout the summer of 1958 and is driven insane under the title demon’s influence — will be played in his early years by Australian actor Nicholas Hamilton. He portrayed Nicole Kidman and Joseph Fiennes’ son in last year’s Strangerland and will next be seen in Captain Fantastic opposite Viggo Mortensen. Here he is showing some playful 'tude at Captain Fantastic's Cannes premiere back in May: Photo Credit: Ian Gavan/Getty Images I just love his commitment to this character. You can check out the rest of the It cast here, which is being led by Bill Skarsgard (a. »
- Chris Eggertsen
Twentieth Century Fox’s “Deadpool” remained the top home video seller for the third consecutive week, despite four new theatrical films coming to Blu-ray Disc and DVD last week – all of which ended up in the top 10 on the national sales charts for the week ending May 29.
Sony Pictures’ “Risen,” the latest Biblical epic about the resurrection of Jesus Christ, debuted at No. 2 on both the Npd VideoScan overall disc sales chart and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.
“Risen” stars Joseph Fiennes as a Roman “Tribune” charged with tracking down rumors of a Nazarene who rose from the dead. The film, directed by Kevin Reynolds (“Fandango,” “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves”), earned $36.9 million in U.S. theaters.
Close behind, with a No. 3 debut on the overall disc chart (and a No. 7 bow on the Blu-ray Disc chart), was Warner’s “How to Be Single,” a romantic comedy with $46.8 million in domestic box office earnings. »
- Thomas K. Arnold
It's Memorial Day weekend and Hollywood has rolled out some big films at the box office including X-Men: Apocalypse and Alice Through the Looking Glass. Neither of those films have seen their Blu-ray pre-order crack the Amazon top Blu-ray bestsellers on Memorial Day weekend, though a recently released Marvel flick has.
Counting down the top five current hot sellers at Amazon.com in the Blu-ray department starts with Risen, Sony's biblical epic starring Joseph Fiennes. Sony has been promoting the home video release of Risen hard so it's no wonder sales are strong during its first release of availability.
Coming in at number four is the pre-order for Marvel's Captain America: Civil War. The latest Marvel hit that recently surpassed Deadpool atop the domestic box office charts in 2016 has been a mainstay in Amazon's top 10 Blu-ray bestsellers list since the pre-order went live.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens continues to »
Benedict Cumberbatch. Kenneth Branagh. Joseph Fiennes. David Tennant. Sir Ian McKellan. Patrick Stewart. Dame Judi Dench. Helen Mirren. Only one man could bring together these renowned British actors, and more - William Shakespeare. To honor the greatest playwright who ever lived, the Royal Shakespeare Company in London put on a spectacular staging of Shakespeare's "greatest hits" featuring the biggest talents to ever grace a stage (or screen). In this remarkable and ambitious event, recorded live at Stratford-Upon-Avon, the very best of Shakespeare's works is celebrated through unforgettable perfomances. Not in England during this once-in-a-lifetime event? Not to worry! Cineplex has encore showings of this incredible night, at select theatres on May 26 and June 5. Watch the trailer below and click here for ticket and showtime information: »
- Jenny Bullough
On Demand DVD New Releases May 23-29 Risen After crucifying a Jewish man, Pilate is worried by stories that the man has risen from the dead. He dispatches his tribune, Clavius, to search for the body. Clavius, who doesn’t believe the reports he’s hearing, may be confronted by the facts and need to decide if the man is the risen Messiah. Joseph Fiennes, Tom Felton, Peter Firth (PG-13, 1:47) 5/24 Zoolander No. 2: The Magnum Edition (pictured) Derek Zoolander — the mugging model who made Blue Steel a thing — and his fellow man-mannequin Hansel find themselves on a mission … Continue reading →
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- Meredith Ennis
• Cannes 2016 week two: zany dads, wild youth
Kendall Jenner, the only certifiable supermodel of arguably the world’s most famous clan, hasn’t shown evidence of aspirations to be an actor - but that didn’t stop the TV reality star from being ubiquitous at Cannes this year. In town as the official mascot for Magnum, the popular ice-cream bar brand, the leggiest of the Jenners swanned into the company’s packed beach party on the first weekend of the festival, wearing a Versace dress with a plunging neckline that would make Jennifer Lopez blush. She was, of course, accompanied by her mother and manager Kris, who looked on like a proud parent as her daughter posed glumly for the swarm of paparazzi. Afterwards, the »
- Nigel M Smith
Joseph Fiennes is to make his feature directorial debut on the Virginia Woolf adaptation Flush, one of several titles from London-based production company Genesius that The Little Film Company is touting to Cannes buyers.
Flush is scheduled to shoot in the UK at the end of the year and centres on a jealous cocker spaniel that tries to come between its owner and her lover when they plan to elope.
Gray produces with Cole and Chris Whiteside, while Gleek handles executive producer duties.
Lesley Manning will direct sci-fi thriller Extrasensory, about twins involved in a secret Russian space mission. Gray produces with Gleek on board as executive producer.
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- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
The actor, in Cannes to promote follow-up to the 1981 Oscar-winning sensation, says he consulted original’s director, Hugh Hudson, and that Eric Liddell’s legacy was a duty of care not exclusive to his Christianity
Despite The Last Race being billed as an “unofficial sequel” to Hugh Hudson’s Oscar-winning 1981 film Chariots of Fire, Joseph Fiennes, who headlines the follow-up, said he sought the support of Hudson before embarking on the project.
“I know Hugh well,” said Fiennes, on Saturday at the Cannes film festival, where he took part in a press conference to tout the Chinese production. “He’s a friend of mine.”
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- Nigel M Smith
Twenty years ago, the Shakespeare in Love star had Hollywood at his feet – then he all but disappeared. So what happened?
Joseph Fiennes is currently specialising in second acts. This weekend he is in Cannes to promote his film The Last Race, the unofficial Chinese-made sequel to Chariots of Fire. Fiennes plays Eric Liddell, the Flying Scotsman who in 1924 famously refused to run on an Olympic Sunday because of his religious beliefs. The film is concerned with the little-known years after that in which Liddell gave up on sporting fame to become a Christian missionary in China.
To open that film, Fiennes is taking a couple of days away from rehearsing the comparable afterlife of that other Boy’s Own legend, Lawrence of Arabia. Fiennes takes the lead in Adrian Noble’s Chichester Festival revival of Terence Rattigan’s play Ross, which finds Lawrence home from the desert after something »
- Tim Adams
Maria Botto has been cast in the TNT drama “Good Behavior.” Also in today’s roundup, Showtime has released a new trailer for crime drama “Ray Donovan” Season 4 and Fuse has set a premiere date for its horror film “Zoombies.”
Hannah Marks will play the female lead in BBC America’s new scripted drama “Dirk Gently,” where she’ll star opposite Elijah Wood and Samuel Barnett, Variety has learned. Marks will play Todd Brotzman’s (Wood) sister, Amanda Brotzman, a former rebellious punk and fun gal, now sick, sidelined by a genetic disorder. Todd and Amanda are deeply connected. Marks is represented by UTA, Untitled Entertainment and Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal Laviolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodman.
Maria Botto has been cast in TNT’s “Good Behavior,” Variety has learned exclusively. The sister of series regular Juan Diego Botto, Maria joins the Michelle Dockery-starring drama in a recurring guest role. »
- Alyssa Sage, Rick Kissell and Elizabeth Wagmeister
The Guardian film team’s round-up of Tuesday’s news and reviews
Your daily update of the latest news and reviews from the Guardian film team. Now showing: Arnie claims Terminator’s one-liners are great because of Arnie, Margot Robbie slides towards a biopic of Olympic ice skater Tonya Harding and we review Joseph Fiennes as a Roman tribute who finds Jesus, literally in Risen.
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Kevin Reynolds’ biblical detective story Risen is out now in the UK, and we have an exclusive featuring which features the director alongside stars Joseph Fiennes and Tom Felton. Check it out below, or over on our YouTube channel…
“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
The messiah is ‘beamingly benign’ and Pilate a ‘harassed fusspot’ in this Passion of the Christ-lite
In 2004, Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ became an astonishing Easter hit, depicting in horrifyingly graphic fashion the torture and crucifixion of Jesus. This “faith-based” offering from Waterworld director Kevin Reynolds picks up where Gibson’s film left off (albeit in less brutal fashion), with Joseph Fiennes’s Roman tribune Clavius investigating reports that the man whose death he witnessed has risen from the grave. It’s solidly middling fare, soft of heart and script, and given to moments of foolishly miraculous folly. Peter Firth plays Pilate as a harassed fusspot, while Cliff Curtis (so brilliant in 2014’s The Dark Horse) is beamingly benign as the resurrected “Yeshua”.
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- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
Fresh on the heels of the surreal romance Anomalisa, Dan Harmon is bringing that stop-motion-animation magic to tackle another kind of relationship: the one between Michael Jackson and his pet chimpanzee.
As Deadline Hollywood reports, the Community creator recently picked up the screenplay for Bubbles, which tells Jackson's life story through the eyes of the famous chimp who lived in style at the Neverland Ranch after the singer adopted him from a research facility in 1983.
The script by Isaac Adamson topped the most recent Black List, a survey of Hollywood's best unproduced screenplays. »
Initially intriguing detective tale of ancient Rome hops genres into fantasy, with a strange manic-preacher-dream-boy seduction of its pragmatic protagonist. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): not a fan of “faith-based” movies
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Here’s something we don’t see often on the big screen: a detective story set in the ancient world. There are lots of novels, but I can’t think of a single other movie in the mold of Risen, an initially intriguing mystery tale in which a politically ambitious Roman soldier, Clavius (Joseph Fiennes [Hercules, Running with Scissors], who is terrific here), is set to a policing task by Pilate (Peter Firth: Spooks: The Greater Good, Pearl Harbor), the Roman governor of the province of Judea in the Middle East. It seems that the followers of a local rabble-rousing preacher who was just executed believe that »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Hitting U.K. cinemas from today is the Joseph Fiennes-led sword and sandals adventure, Risen. The film is the epic Biblical story of the Resurrection, as told through the eyes of a non-believer. Clavius (Fiennes), a powerful Roman military tribune, and his aide, Lucius (Tom Felton), are tasked with solving the mystery of what happened to Jesus (referred to by the Hebrew name Yeshua in the film) in the weeks following the crucifixion, in order to disprove the rumors of a risen Messiah and prevent an uprising in Jerusalem.
We have an exclusive featurette which goes behind the scenes of the film, as well as an exclusive clip too.
Risen opens in U.K. cinemas from today, March 18th, 2016. Watch our exclusive featurette, which features interviews with the main cast, including Joseph Fiennes and Tom Felton, and our exclusive clip from the film below.
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- Paul Heath
The trailer for Risen declares it “the most important manhunt in history”, which means they obviously haven’t seen The Fugitive. Let’s tread a bit carefully, though. I’m not about to knock anyone’s religion, but if Risen has a problem, it’s that it takes a stance on the divinity of Christ.
This isn’t a theological or ethical problem; it’s a narrative one. See, Risen bowls along quite agreeably as a sort of police procedural, benefiting from the mystery of whether a man really has risen from the dead or not. But when it makes a decision on this, the intrigue is lost and your interest wanes a bit.
Yes, a police procedural. Battle-scarred Roman tribune Clavius (a beefed-up Joseph Fiennes) is busy shoving his sword through people »
★★★☆☆ From Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and Waterworld director Kevin Reynolds, Risen provides an alternative viewpoint on the Resurrection and its aftermath. A film that starts out with earnest intentions ends up falling somewhere between a two-thousand-year-old episode of Silent Witness and an educational video R.E. teachers might play to schoolchildren. That's not to say that Risen is without its virtues; the production values are solid, the soundtrack not overly intrusive and whilst the characterisation leaves something to be desired, Joseph Fiennes does his best with a lot of middle-distance staring.
- CineVue UK
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