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The 90th Academy Awards are still a while away, but with plenty of high quality movies already on voters’ radars, now is the time for studios to start making moves to ensure that their films are given the recognition they deserve.
According to Deadline the first DVD screener sent to the Academy voters is the Fox superhero film Logan, starring Hugh Jackman as the titular hero. Of course, it probably comes as little surprise to many fans that Fox would push this film for Oscar gold, considering the success that it achieved for the studio.
Whilst superhero movies have never fared too well at the Oscars, this may change with James Mangold’s Logan, a film which by all accounts could be in with a shout for Best Screenplay, or for acting nominations for the moving performances of both Jackman and his co-star, Patrick Stewart.
Spelling the end of Jackman’s Wolverine in X-Men universe, »
- George Chrysostomou
Horror was in a weird place in the early 1990s. Most of the big franchises of the ’80s had more or less run their course, and in their place were a handful of new “icons” that would be turned into franchises whether it was warranted or not: the Child’s Play movies continued to be a growing concern, as did Candyman and Hellraiser and Leprechaun. One attempt to launch a new franchise that never quite took was 1991’s Warlock, which inspired two sequels of varying quality before calling it quits. All three films are now gathered together on Blu-ray for the first time as part of the Warlock Collection, the latest in the Vestron Video Collector’s Series from Lionsgate.
The original Warlock is genuinely something special—maybe not a new classic, but certainly a really good version of what it is. It’s a film with an impressive »
- Patrick Bromley
Shepard directed 12 episodes of HBO’s “Girls,” including the “One Man’s Trash,” “American Bitch,” and “Panic in Central Park.” He also directed the pilots for “Criminal Minds” and “Ugly Betty,” winning both an Emmy and Directors Guild award for the latter, and sold his short “Tokyo Project,” starring Elisabeth Moss, to HBO.
Miramax was sold by its private equity owners in 2015 to beIN Media Group, which »
- Dave McNary
Childhood lessons are commonly told through folklore tales; the life lesson often being that it’s what’s on the inside that counts. The messaging, however cliché, is important to learn as we navigate life’s’ hardships. We all know that beauty fades and it is our emotional strength that will stay with us.
To celebrate the theatrical release of Ivan I Tverdovsky’s Zoology on 29th September – we showcase some of our favourite fable stories in films.
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is a well-known example of this metaphor. A young Prince is cursed to remain a beast forever unless he learns how to be selfless and kind. Through this, he finds true love from Belle who accepts and loves him despite his beastly looks. This lesson is about loving someone for who they are and not for what they look like on the outside. »
- The Hollywood News
Professional hitman Darius Kinkaid (Jackson) and executive bodyguard Michael Bryce (Reynolds) have both been around a long time. So when Kinkaid is coerced by the government into testifying against a foreign dictator, he’s dropped into the hands of a reluctant Bryce, who wisely wants nothing to do with the man. Movies being movies, this means that the pair should expect to be spending a lot of time together in the imminent future: from England to the Netherlands, in fact.
Likewise, stars Jackson and Reynolds have both been around awhile too, and they easily slip into their respective roles. The Hitman’s Bodyguard is essentially “Samuel L. Jackson Says Motherfucker: The Movie”, playing off the actor’s usual sweary persona even more than his Snakes on a Plane. »
- Joel Harley
Their Finest is out to buy this week. Starring Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin and Bill Nighy, it tells the story of British propaganda during the Second World War and the strong bond developed between people from all walks of life in the face of conflict.
This warm-hearted and intelligent film is co-produced by the legendary Stephen Woolley (of A Company Of Wolves and The Crying Game amongst others), who with Amanda Posey and Elizabeth Karlsen delved into the archives and uncovered the fascinating truth behind the celluloid war effort. We caught up with Stephen for an in-depth chat about the production…
Thn: How did the project come to your attention?
Stephen Woolley: I was given the book (Their Finest Hour And A Half by Lissa Evans) and I loved it. The humour of it was exactly on my level. People were saying “You’d love it because it’s »
- Steve Palace
Mark Harrison Aug 24, 2017
When have tabloid rumours been spot on about Doctor Who, and when have they been, er, less accurate?
The one-time Sarah Jane Adventures guest star would be the first companion actor to have hosted a quiz show with the same name as a 1960s serial, but beyond trivia, the report has been fairly well received as far as we can see – Walsh is a decent actor, who's worked with incoming executive producer Chris Chibnall before on Law & Order UK, and a fun screen presence. But given the source, might it all be a load of bobbins? »
Director: Lone Scherfig
Going by the publicity Their Finest (based on the novel Their Finest Hour And A Half by Lissa Evans) looks like another bright and breezy prestige project for British film. However, while it concerns the apparently light-hearted subject matter of making “morally clean, romantically satisfying” propaganda for the war effort, it also manages to evoke the fear and cruelty present in this dark period. The way it pulls off such a subtle balancing act is both surprising and very moving.
- Steve Palace
Last year was a real turning point in the career of Ryan Reynolds. He found all sorts of acclaim for his turn in Deadpool, a passion project of his for years now. That’s launched the already successful star into the stratosphere, with bigger things set to come his way. This week, Reynolds goes the action comedy route with The Hitman’s Bodyguard, pairing him with the one and only Samuel L. Jackson in the process. More important than this somewhat disposable seeming flick is the fact that, post Deadpool, Reynolds is finally the A-lister that Hollywood was always trying to make him into. This film is, as mentioned above, an action comedy. Reynolds stars as Michael Bryce, the world’s top bodyguard. After a high profile embarrassment puts his career in jeopardy, he’s given a shot at redemption when a job protecting a hit man named Darius Kincaid (Jackson) comes along. »
- Joey Magidson
The Hitman’s Bodyguard, 2017.
Directed by Patrick Hughes.
A top-rated bodyguard struggling to rebuild his reputation after a calamitous mistake, is forced to help deliver an infamous hitman to testify at the trial of a murderous dictator.
The Hitman’s Bodyguard is a feature exactly as advertised, meaning that if the prospect of Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson teaming up in a buddy action-comedy playing exaggerated versions of their most iconic personalities (Reynolds delivers all the snarky retorts and juvenile humor while Jackson finds a way to insert the word “muthafucka” into every line of dialogue), then you honestly don’t need to read too much more of this review. In a way, it’s a rare movie that someone can gauge whether they will like it »
- Robert Kojder
The Hitman’s Bodyguard review by Paul Heath.
I have absolutely no idea as to why, but I expected The Hitman’s Bodyguard to be horrible. It has been a really disappointing year in terms of big studio movies, and an action film set in Manchester, Coventry and eventually Holland, looked absolutely set to join a season full of duds, but The Hitman’s Bodyguard, starring an on-form Samuel L. Jackson and a post-Deadpool Ryan Reynolds, could be the saviour of the summer.
Our story begins in London, some time in the past. Reynolds’ bodyguard Michael Bryce is on a job protecting a VIP. The lavish opening suggest that Bryce has it all; the luxury home, beautiful girlfriend, »
- Paul Heath
Warlock Collection Blu-ray Review Warlock (1989) Blu-Ray Review, a movie directed by Steve Miner, starring Julian Sands, Lori Singer, and Richard E. Grant. Release Date: July 25, 2017 Plot “A warlock flees from the 17th to the 20th century, with a witch-hunter in hot pursuit.” Disc Specifications Run Time: 103 Minutes Format: Blu-Ray Resolution: 1080p Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Language: English 2.0 Stereo Audio (DTS-hd Master [...]
- Kyle Steininger
Lionsgate have released a brand new clip from the upcoming The Hitman’s Bodyguard, the action comedy that’s due in cinemas in August.
The Hitman’s Bodyguard is an action comedy about the world’s top protection agent (Reynolds) and his new client: a notorious hitman (Jackson). They’ve been on opposite ends of a bullet for years but now must come together for 24 hours to get from England to The Hague. The only thing standing in their way is the murderous dictator (Oldman) who uses his power to create trouble for the pair at every stop along their way.
- Paul Heath
Each month, the fine folks at FilmStruck and the Criterion Collection spend countless hours crafting their channels to highlight the many different types of films that they have in their streaming library. This August will feature an exciting assortment of films, as noted below.
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Tuesday, August 1
Tuesday’s Short + Feature: These Boots and Mystery Train
Music is at the heart of this program, which pairs a zany music video by Finnish master Aki Kaurismäki with a tune-filled career highlight from American independent-film pioneer Jim Jarmusch. In the 1993 These Boots, Kaurismäki’s band of pompadoured “Finnish Elvis” rockers, the Leningrad Cowboys, cover a Nancy Sinatra classic in their signature deadpan style. It’s the perfect prelude to Jarmusch’s 1989 Mystery Train, a homage to the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll and the musical legacy of Memphis, featuring appearances by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins and Joe Strummer. »
- Ryan Gallagher
The Hitman’s Bodyguard, the upcoming action-comedy starring Ryan Reynolds opposite Samuel L. Jackson, has received another new trailer courtesy of Lionsgate. The film debuts in cinemas next month, and also stars the likes of Gary Oldman, Salma Hayek, Elodie Yung, Joaquim De Almeida, Kirsty Mitchell, with Richard E. Grant. The new trailer, titled ‘Sorry’, can be seen below.
The world’s top protection agent [Ryan Reynolds] is called upon to guard the life of his mortal enemy, one of the world’s most notorious hitmen [Samuel L. Jackson]. The relentless bodyguard and manipulative assassin have been on the opposite end of the bullet for years and are thrown together for a wildly outrageous 24 hours. During their raucous and hilarious adventure from England to the Hague, they encounter high-speed car chases, outlandish boat escapades and a merciless Eastern European dictator [Gary Oldman] who is out for blood. Salma Hayek joins the mayhem as Jackson’s equally notorious wife. »
- Paul Heath
With a month to go until The Hitman’s Bodyguard arrives in cinemas, a new trailer has been released for Patrick Hughes’ upcoming action comedy which stars Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, Salma Hayek, Elodie Yung, Joaquim De Almeida, Kirsty Mitchell, and Richard E. Grant; check it out below after the official synopsis…
The Hitman’S Bodyguard is an action comedy about the world’s top protection agent (Reynolds) and his new client: a notorious hitman (Jackson). They’ve been on opposite ends of a bullet for years but now must come together for 24 hours to get from England to The Hague. The only thing standing in their way is the murderous dictator (Oldman) who uses his power to create trouble for the pair at every stop along their way.
The Hitman’s Bodyguard is set for release on August 18th. »
- Amie Cranswick
The film is being directed by Lasse Hallstrom and will star Mackenzie Foy as a young girl who discovers the titular four realms – The Land of Flowers, Land of Sweets, Land of Snowflakes, and Land of Spice.
In addition to Foy, the cast includes Keira Knightley as The Sugar Plum Fairy, Helen Mirren as Mother Ginger, Morgan Freeman as Drosselmeyer, Eugenio Derbez as the Flower Realm King and Charles ‘Lil Buck’ Riley as the The Mouse King. Richard E. Grant and ballet stars Misty Copeland and Sergei Polunin also feature in the cast.
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is set for release on November 2nd 2018. »
- Gary Collinson
The Hippopotamus, 2017
Directed by John Jencks.
Ted Wallace, a washed up, alcoholic theatre critic, is recruited by his estranged god-daughter to establish if a miracle has occurred at the ancestral home of his oldest friend, leading him on a journey of misadventure…
There aren’t many actors who can take a role tailor-made for Stephen Fry’s prosaic, upper middle class cutting wit and make it their own, but Roger Allam makes the trick work with The Hippopotamus. Adapted from Fry’s 1994 book of the same name, Allam is Ted Wallace, an embittered, middle-aged theatre critic who lives alone inside a bottle most of the time, and makes a living tearing apart poorly made drama. We see such a tirade at the beginning before Ted goes too far, ends up with the sack, and gets »
- Tony Black
Based on the best-selling novel by Lissa Evans, the delightful and heartwarming period piece, Their Finest, arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD on July 11 from Lionsgate; Digital HD on June 30 and On Demand on July 11 from EuropaCorp.
Now you can own Their Finest Blu-ray. We Are Movie Geeks has Four copies to give away. All you have to do is leave a comment answering this question: What is your favorite movie co-starring Gemma Arterton (mine is Hansel And Gretel – Witch Hunters!). It’s so easy!
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- Tom Stockman
Based on the best-selling novel by Lissa Evans, the delightful and heartwarming period piece, Their Finest, arrives on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital HD) and DVD on July 11 from Lionsgate; Digital HD on June 30 and On Demand on July 11 from EuropaCorp. From the producers of Brooklyn and Carol, Their Finest takes place in Britain during World War II and tells the story of a film crew as they create a movie to boost the country’s morale after the Blitz. Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin and Golden Globe winner Bill Nighy (2007, Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television, Gideon’s Daughter) lead an all-star cast in what Andrew Barker at Variety considers “a relentlessly charming romantic comedy.” Directed by Lone Scherfig (An Education, One Day), the Their Finest Blu-ray and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $24.99 and $19.98, respectively.
1940, London, the Blitz. With England’s morale at stake, Catrin (Gemma Arterton), an untried screenwriter, works under fire with a makeshift cast and crew to make a film to lift the nation’s flagging spirits, and inspire America to join the war. Catrin and a fellow writer, Buckley (Sam Claflin), reluctantly joins forces with fading matinee idol Ambrose Hilliard (Bill Nighy) on a movie to warm the hearts of the nation and capture the imagination of the American public.
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- Tom Stockman
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