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14 items from 2014


Robert Downey Jr. Has Father Issues in New The Judge Trailer

17 September 2014 10:17 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Warner Bros. has released a new The Judge trailer for director David Dobkin’s upcoming drama, and it goes rather heavy on the sentimentality.  Robert Downey Jr. plays an attorney who returns home for his mother’s funeral only to learn that his estranged father (Robert Duvall), a judge who suffers from Alzheimer’s, has been accused of murder.  Reviews out of the film’s Tiff premiere weren’t great and this trailer lays on the schmaltz pretty hard, but Downey Jr. still manages to be engaging.  I was also somewhat surprised to find out that Steven Spielberg’s longtime collaborator Janusz Kaminski was the cinematographer on the pic, marking another rare foray outside of his Spielberg partnership. Watch the new The Judge trailer after the jump.  The film also stars Vera Farmiga, Billy Bob Thornton, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jeremy Strong, Dax ShepardLeighton MeesterKen HowardDavid KrumholtzBalthazar Getty, »

- Adam Chitwood

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The Judge Review [Tiff 2014]

6 September 2014 4:08 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

It is appropriate that Robert Downey Jr. burst back onto the A-list by playing a superhero, as the actor’s cunning wit and dry charisma has single-handedly saved or repaired a variety of average films. Efforts like Two Girls and a Guy, The Soloist, Tropic Thunder and his Iron Man installments needed Downey’s caustic touch to be memorable trips to the cinema. Now, the actor is back in top-tier form, taking the mawkish, Grisham-lite drama The Judge and doing everything he can to infuse the story with sheer entertainment. He avenges a mediocre script and uneven storytelling with not only flair, but also deep sincerity.

In this earnest return to drama for Wedding Crashers director David Dobkin, Downey plays Hank Palmer, a hotshot defense attorney who only books expensive clients – “Innocent people can’t afford me,” he snipes at a prosecutor – but cannot book the time to talk with his grade-school-age daughter. »

- Jordan Adler

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Toronto: Deliberating ‘The Judge’ as Awards Contender

5 September 2014 11:15 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Judge” features a great lineup of talent, above and below the line, but the main focus (both to mainstream audiences and awards voters) will be on the two Roberts: Downey Jr. and Duvall.

Duvall seems like the safest bet for supporting-actor recognition. Downey could potentially contend as lead actor, though he’s facing strong competition in a category that’s getting jam-packed with the likes of Michael Keaton (“Birdman”), Benedict Cumberbatch (“The Imitation Game”) and possibly “Boyhood” newcomer Ellar Coltrane.

The project is proudly old-fashioned: Murder trials were once a staple of Hollywood films; not so much now. But “Judge” is less about a courtroom than about family relationships. But what it’s Really about is performances.

The film, from Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow, was opening-night attraction of the Toronto Film Festival Thursday. In his introduction at Roy Thomson Hall, director David Dobkin thanked the WB-Roadshow execs, saying »

- Tim Gray

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'The Judge' (2014) Movie Review

4 September 2014 8:42 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Without the performances of Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall, The Judge would probably end up being a film I would have dismissed outright. Director David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers, The Change-Up) is best known for his comedies, but here he's directing a two hour and twenty minute, Indiana-set, father-son melodrama, working with a script from Nick Schenk (Gran Torino) and Bill Dubuque that was in serious need of trimming from the start. Nevermind the fact the film is largely generic, it's just too long, overstuffed, often repeating scenes and unnecessarily wasting time to add another layer, merely for the sake of drama rather than storytelling. To be fair, Dobkin isn't completely out of his element, he just seems somewhat unsure of himself. The Judge is intensely formulaic, hitting beats at just the "right" time, be they comedic or dramatic, you know something meant for a laugh or a tear is »

- Brad Brevet

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Toronto Film Review: ‘The Judge’

4 September 2014 6:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Gavels are slammed, tempers are lost and bowels are evacuated with great force in David Dobkin’s “The Judge,” Some elements ring truer than others in this ambitious blend of dysfunctional-family melodrama and legal procedural, but all of them are just about held together by the ferocious onscreen chemistry between two Roberts (Duvall and Downey Jr.), playing an overbearing father and a black-sheep son who find their already tense relationship literally put on trial. Refreshing as it is to see Downey step out of the Iron Man suit for a spell, the jury’s still out on whether an impressive talent roster can draw enough grown-up eyeballs to this overlong, resolutely old-fashioned male weepie, set for release Oct. 10 by Warner Bros.

For all the creakily elaborate Tennessee Williams-meets-John Grisham machinations cooked up by screenwriters Nick Schenk and Bill Dubuque (working from a story by Dobkin and Schenk), “The Judge »

- Justin Chang

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Podcast: Fall Box Office Draft, Reviewing 'Starred Up', Kirk Cameron and Much More

29 August 2014 9:15 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

We cover a lot of ground in today's podcast and yet it still fell just short of the two hour mark and we really tried. That said, today we hold the Fall Box Office Draft, we review Frank and Starred Up and revisit The Trip to Italy as Laremy caught it this week and had a few things to say. We also play our regular assortment of games including the longest "Buy or Sell" edition ever, plus clear out a backlog of "Watch This or Watch That". Also included is a conversation as to whether you can be too apologetic in reviews, a listen to the trailer for Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas and even a voicemail sneaks in. We hope you enjoy. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that »

- Brad Brevet

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Luke Bracey Talks The November Man, Working With Pierce Brosnan and Roger Donaldson, the Point Break Remake, and More

28 August 2014 3:25 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Now playing in theaters is director Roger Donaldson’s (The Bank Job, No Way Out) action thriller The November Man.  Based on Bill Granger’s novel There are No Spies from the bestselling November Man book series, the film stars Pierce Brosnan as an ex-cia operative who is lured out of retirement on a personal mission.  While on the assignment, he finds himself trying to protect a valuable witness (Olga Kurylenko) while his former pupil (Luke Bracey) is trying to hunt him down.  The film also stars Eliza TaylorCaterina ScorsoneBill Smitrovich and Will Patton.  For more on The November Man, watch the trailer or check out all our previous coverage.  A few days ago I landed an exclusive phone interview with Luke Bracey.  He talked about what the last year has been like, working with Roger Donaldson, getting to work with Pierce Brosnan  and the advice he gave him, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Robert Downey Jr. Gets Emotional In 'The Judge' Trailer (Video)

20 June 2014 6:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

For the past few years, Robert Downey Jr. has been so entrenched in the world of high concept franchise movies that you almost don't know what he looks like outside of the "Iron Man" armor or "Sherlock Holmes'" deerstalker hat. (No one is counting "Due Date" or his cameo in "Chef," sorry.) So the fact that he has a big movie opening this fall, and that big movie is not a franchise picture but rather a small-scale dramatic thriller, well, it's certainly something to get excited about. And after you see the brand new trailer, you'll be excited to.

The trailer for Downey's new movie "The Judge" was debuted on his twitter account (yes, apparently Iron Man tweets), with Downey explaining, "This is the kind of movie I grew up wanting to make. Only took 49 years. Enjoy." Awww. In the movie Downey plays a successful lawyer who returns to »

- Drew Taylor

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Robert Downey Jr., Vera Farmiga And Robert Duvall Star In First Trailer For The Judge

19 June 2014 5:52 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The Judge brings two-time Oscar nominee Robert Downey Jr. (Chaplin, Tropic Thunder) and Oscar winner Robert Duvall (Crazy Heart) together for the first time on the big screen.

In The Judge, Downey stars as big city lawyer Hank Palmer, who returns to his childhood home where his estranged father, the town’s judge (Duvall), is suspected of murder. He sets out to discover the truth and along the way reconnects with the family he walked away from years before.

Catch the first trailer below for the film that bows during the upcoming awards season.

The film also stars Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga (The Conjuring) and Oscar winner Billy Bob Thornton (Sling Blade), and is directed by David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers).

The film also features Vincent D’Onofrio, Jeremy Strong, Dax Shepard, Oscar winner Melissa Leo, Leighton Meester, Ken Howard, Emma Tremblay, Balthazar Getty, David Krumholtz, Sarah Lancaster, Grace Zabriskie and Denis O’Hare. »

- Michelle McCue

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‘South Park’ Exec Producer Anne Garefino Wins AFI Alumni Medal

28 May 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The American Film Institute has selected producer Anne Garefino as the recipient of the 2014 Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal.

She will be presented the award as part of the AFI Life Achievement Award tribute for Jane Fonda at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on June 5.

Garefino is a 1988 graduate of AFI. The Schaffner award recognizes a graduate of the AFI Conservatory or AFI Directing Workshop for Women. Previous recipients include Darren Aronofsky, Stuart Cornfeld, Amy Heckerling, Patty  Jenkins, Janusz Kaminski, David Lynch, Terrence Malick and Edward Zwick.

Garefino has been the executive producer of the animated series “South Park” since 2007 and produced two films with Trey Parker and Matt Stone — “South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut” and “Team America: World Police.” She made her Broadway debut as a producer on “The Book of Mormon,” winning a Tony and a Grammy.

Garefino was a producing fellow at AFI. Before moving to Los Angeles, »

- Dave McNary

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‘South Park’ Exec Producer Anne Garefino Wins AFI Alumni Medal

28 May 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The American Film Institute has selected producer Anne Garefino as the recipient of the 2014 Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal.

She will be presented the award as part of the AFI Life Achievement Award tribute for Jane Fonda at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on June 5.

Garefino is a 1988 graduate of AFI. The Schaffner award recognizes a graduate of the AFI Conservatory or AFI Directing Workshop for Women. Previous recipients include Darren Aronofsky, Stuart Cornfeld, Amy Heckerling, Patty  Jenkins, Janusz Kaminski, David Lynch, Terrence Malick and Edward Zwick.

Garefino has been the executive producer of the animated series “South Park” since 2007 and produced two films with Trey Parker and Matt Stone — “South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut” and “Team America: World Police.” She made her Broadway debut as a producer on “The Book of Mormon,” winning a Tony and a Grammy.

Garefino was a producing fellow at AFI. Before moving to Los Angeles, »

- Dave McNary

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Review: Stones For The Rampart Is A Serviceable Ode To Young War Heroes

11 March 2014 5:30 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

There are two conflicting perspectives on how to approach Robert Glinski's Stones for the Rampart (Kamienie na szaniec). The first, and the more advisable one, makes the viewing experience increasingly pleasurable. It's based on an assumption that the forenamed film is nothing more than a surprisingly approachable based-on-facts historical drama about friendship, honor and sacrifice during the tumultuous times of World War II. The second one predetermines the perception of the film not as a dramatized version of real life events, but as an uncalled-for adaptation that somehow undermines the importance of a precious myth that surrounds the fallen heroes of a beloved wartime story.Based on Janusz Kaminski's legendary 1943 book of the same name, Stones for the Rampart pays homage to a group of...

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The top 25 underappreciated films of 2007

4 February 2014 8:21 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 6 Feb 2014 - 06:08

Our series of lists devoted to underappreciated films brings us to the year 2007, and another 25 overlooked gems...

For some reason, the number three was a common factor in several blockbuster movies of 2007. The third film in the Pirates Of The Caribbean series (At World's End) dominated the box office, Spider-Man 3 marked Sam Raimi's last entry as director in the series, while Mike Myers went for a hat trick of hits with Shrek The Third.

I Am Legend was the third and most financially successful attempt to bring Richard Matheson's classic novel to the big screen, Rush Hour 3 marked Jackie Chan's last action pairing with Chris Tucker, while Zack Snyder's musky sword-swinger 300 was notable for having the number three in the title.

Iffy attempts at numerology aside, 2007 was also a superb for year for movies in general - particularly underappreciated ones, »

- ryanlambie

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TCM Unveils Lineup for 31 Days Of Oscar, Including New Documentary “And the Oscar Goes To…”

14 January 2014 7:41 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

When Turner Classic Movies (TCM) kicks off 31 Days of Oscar®, the network’s annual celebration of the Academy Awards® in February, it will be embarking on one of the most ambitious and comprehensive editions of the month-long festival yet.

Each night’s primetime lineup from Feb. 1 through March 3 will be devoted to showcasing all the movies nominated in a particular category in a given year. Meanwhile, daytime programming will focus on specific categories, with winners and nominees from multiple years.

TCM’s 31 Days of Oscar is one of several events celebrating the network’s 20th year as a leading authority in classic film. Making the 2014 edition of 31 Days of Oscar even more spectacular will be the world premiere of And the Oscar® Goes To…, a brand-new documentary tracing the history of the Academy Awards, slated to premiere Saturday, Feb. 1, at 8 p.m. (Et/Pt). CNN Films will encore the documentary onThursday, »

- Michelle McCue

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