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Nat Faxon and Jim Rash are the writing team behind one of 2011′s best films, The Descendants. If you enjoyed that film’s quiet humour and solid heart then there’s a good chance that The Way Way Back will appeal to you, even if it requires some patience before really kicking into gear.
Duncan is a quiet, introverted teenager who goes on a trip with his mum. Blinded by love for her new boyfriend, Trent (Steve Carell), who preaches family values but continues to put him down, and a bratty step-sister (Zoe Levin) who thinks he’s just plain weird, the first half an hour or so establishes this to the point where you »
- Esben Evans
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Jim Jarmusch? Check. Tilda Swinton? Check. Tom Hiddleston? Check. That's three of our favourite things already and we haven't even mentioned that this is a vampire story featuring underground rock. Plenty to get your fangs into with this surprise crowd-wower on its first airing at the tail end of Cannes 2013.
Out in the UK on 21 February and the Us on 11 April
Fault in Our Stars
Remember Restless, Gus van Sant's strangely awful drama about a funeral crasher and a girl with a terminal illness? This sounds ever so slightly similar: two quirky outsiders, one toting an oxygen tank, the other a prosthetic leg, »
"Marvel's Agents of Shield" will soon be getting that more Marvel that was promised. A new supervillain will be introduced in the upcoming episode 12 "Seeds."
"Lost" alum Dylan Minnette has been cast as a young Donnie Gill. As Marvel fans will know -- particularly "Iron Man" ones -- Donnie Gill is the alter ego of the villain Blizzard. In the comics, his abilities (which involve cold and water manipulation) are derived from a suit created by Justin Hammer.
It would be easy to make that connection work in "Agents of Shield," since Sam Rockwell played Hammer in "Iron Man 2." Surely the repercussions of his work are still being felt in the world that "Agents of Shield" populates. Though Rockwell has said he's game to reappear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it seems more likely that David Conrad's Ian Quinn will play a similar role instead. He is noted as »
As the old saying goes: the more Kevin Costner, the better. At least that’s what the saying should be, as Costner brought a ton of heart to Man of Steel and will soon appear in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. It’s unclear whether he will get to smack some thugs around in that movie, and if that’s not the case, he’ll have the opportunity to do so a month later in 3 Days to Kill. Costner plays Ethan Runner, a dying ex-secret service agent who, in service for one last mast mission, is handed an experimental drug that’ll give him more time with his estranged daughter (Hailee Steinfeld). Since the movie is directed by McG and co-written by Luc Besson (The Fifth Element), it’s not as serious as it sounds. The first trailer for the film gives a clear sense of what they’re aiming for. Take »
- Jack Giroux
It is that time again when the year is drawing to a close and the cinematic twelvemonth is summed up in a myriad Best Of lists and the trophy cabinets are being prepped from the Academies on both side of the Atlantic to hand out their golden trinkets.
We, too, are continuing our tradition of awarding The Truffles – the annual HeyUGuys movie awards where when we make up the categories in order than the prizes given more accurately reflect our feelings on year in film. The team have given their choices below, if you care to you can click here to see our previous years’ awards, and finally see you all next year!
Fans of Jason Statham (you’re out there somewhere…) will have been thrilled with the amount of ‘Stath’ that illuminated the big screen this year, »
- Jon Lyus
Feature Duncan Bowles 23 Dec 2013 - 06:59
Over the past few weeks, Den of Geek writers have been voting for their favourite films of the year. And we're thrilled that democracy allowed this one to break the top ten. In at number 7, it's The Way, Way Back...
7. The Way, Way Back
Coming of age movies are nothing new, especially those involving life changing moments in time (usually the summer vacation), but they’ve always proved to be an incredibly rich source of nostalgic beauty and great cinema. The first to spring to mind are Rob Reiner’s Stand By Me, Cameron Crowe’s Almost Famous, Sofia Coppola’s Virgin Suicides, which all presented tangibly raw emotions as endured by the main protagonists, while the likes of Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused, »
With his debut feature Moon< director Duncan Jones really only had Sam Rockwell to worry about as far as actors went. He moved onto about four or five major players for 2011.s Source Code, and will undoubtedly be dealing with a lot more for his next film, Warcraft, the potentially epic adaptation of the insanely popular game franchise. The film.s cast has grown by two today, as Hong Kong actor Daniel Wu (The Man With the Iron Fists) and veteran supporting actor Clancy Brown (The Green Mile) have both signed onto the Universal and Legendary Pictures production. The two actors join the previously announced Ben Foster (Kill Your Darlings), Travis Fimmel (Vikings), Robert Kazinsky (True Blood), Toby Kebbell (Wrath of the Titans) and Paula Patton (2 Guns). While there is unquestionably a high level of talent present within this group, it.s not exactly your typical tentpole cast and doesn »
Catch the heart-warming comedy The Way, Way Back and Nicolas Cage thriller The Frozen Ground before they come to DVD - in Sky Store. In The Way, Way Back, available in Sky Store five days before DVD, a shy 14-year-old (Liam James) finds solace from his divorced mother (Toni Collette) and her overbearing boyfriend (Steve Carell) with maverick water park manager Owen (Sam Rockwell). The Descendants writer/directors Jim Rash and Nat Faxon's directorial debut is a sweet, knowing tribute to teenage awkwardness, to divorced parents trying to restore family values and to those who find themselves as unlikely mentors. »
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 19 Dec 2013 - 06:30
Our journey through the lesser-known films of the 2000s continues. This week, it's 2003...
It was the year that Arnold Schwarzenegger went from Terminator actor to Governor of California, and when The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King dominated the global box office with a gross of more than $1bn. 2003 was also the year the Wachowskis' Matrix trilogy thundered to a close, the year Freddy Krueger clashed with Jason Voorhees in, er, Freddy Vs Jason, and the year Pixar scored another hit with Finding Nemo.
But as you've probably gathered by now, 2003 was also a year of quite brilliant, less lucrative films. The movies we've included in this week's list were chosen for a variety of reasons - some were ignored in cinemas, while others were harshly treated by critics. Some were modestly popular or given awards on release, »
Two of the key bruisers of contemporary cinema are to square up against each other at this year's Critics Circle awards. In the red corner: Steve McQueen, whose 12 Years a Slave – a devastating drama about deep south slavery – has landed 13 nominations. And in the blue: David O Russell with American Hustle, an exuberant comedy drama about the FBI Abscam con of the 1970s, which has taken the same number.
This leaves Gravity trailing with 10 nominations, while Captain Phillips, Her, Nebraska and The Wolf of Wall Street all take six. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug came in with five, while August: Osage County, Enough Said, Iron Man 3 and Rush took three.
- Catherine Shoard
Nominations for the 2013 Critics Choice Awards were announced earlier today and for those that don't know I think it should be mentioned I am a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (Bfca), the organization that votes on these awards. Leading the way with thirteen nominations each are 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle, both of which are obviously up for Best Picture along with Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Gravity, Her, Inside Llewyn Davis, Nebraska, Saving Mr. Banks and The Wolf of Wall Street. Given the fact there are six nominations in the major acting categories it adds room for the likes of Brie Larson (Short Term 12) in the Best Actress line-up and it's great to see a trio such as Daniel Bruhl (Rush), Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips) and James Gandolfini (Enough Said) in the Best Supporting Actor line-up as one of them would have surely been bumped »
- Brad Brevet
The Online Film Critics Society has announced the winners of their 17th annual awards, and Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" led the pack with wins for Best Picture, actor for Chiwetel Ejiofor, supporting actor for Michael Fassbender, and supporting actress for Lupita Nyong'o.
Here's the complete list of winners (bolded) and nominations of the 17th Online Film Critics Society awards:
12 Years a Slave
The Wind Rises
Best Animated Feature
The Wind Rises
Best Film Not in the English Language
The Wind Rises
Is the new independent comedy-drama All the Light in the Sky about a Malibu-dwelling, 45-year-old actress called Marie and her dealings with the film industry? Or is it about why we need to accept, and engage with, change — be it personal or global? Actually, this latest film from prolific writer-director Joe Swanberg (Drinking Buddies) is technically both. However, star Jane Adams, who cowrote All the Light in the Sky with Swanberg, insists the movie is much more a philosophical rumination rather than a Tinseltown dissection.
- Clark Collis
Did your favorites make the cut? See the full list of Critics’ Choice Movie Award nominees and weigh in!
The critics have spoken! The 2014 Critics’ Choice Movie Awards nominations were announced Dec. 16, and some of HollywoodLife.com‘s favorites — including Jennifer Lawrence and Gravity – are up for major accolades. Browse the full list of nominees, then tell us who you’ll be rooting for when the big show airs Jan. 16 on The CW.
Critics’ Choice Movie Award Nominations — Full List Of Nominees
12 Years a Slave
Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years a Slave
- Andy Swift
The Broadcast Film Critics Association (Bfca) has announced the nominees for The 19th Annual Critics. Choice Movie Awards. Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" and David O. Russell's "American Hustle" led the pack with thirteen nominations each including Best Picture.
.Gravity. also impressed with ten nominations for Best Picture, Best Actress for Sandra Bullock, Best Director for Alfonso Cuarón, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Editing, Best Visual Effects, Best Actress in An Action Movie for Sandra Bullock, Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie and Best Score.
The winners will be announced live at the Critics. Choice Movie Awards ceremony on Thursday, January 16, 2014 from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. The show will be broadcast live on The CW Network at 8:00 Pm Et/Pt. Two hour pre-show coverage will also air in various local markets before the awards ceremony. Aisha Tyler will grace the show as this year.s host. »
With 13 nods each, 12 Years A Slave and American Hustle led nominations for the 19th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. 12 Years received nods for Best Picture, Best Actor for Chiwetel Ejiofor, Best Supporting Actor for Michael Fassbender, Best Supporting Actress for Lupita Nyong’o, Best Acting Ensemble, Best Director for Steve McQueen, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Editing, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup and Best Score for Hans Zimmer.
American Hustle’s nominations include Best Picture, Best Actor for Christian Bale, Best Supporting Actor for Bradley Cooper, Best Supporting Actress for Jennifer Lawrence, Best Acting Ensemble, Best Director for David O. Russell, »
- Erin Strecker
With “12 Years a Slave” and “American Hustle” leading the pack (13 bids each), plenty of films have reason to celebrate their nominations from the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, because it’s one of the more reliable Oscar gauges around.
The best pic contenders are: “American Hustle,” “Captain Phillips” (six nominations), “Dallas Buyers Club” (three), “Gravity” (10 noms), “Her” (six), “Inside Llewyn Davis” (four), “Nebraska” (six), “Saving Mr. Banks” (four), “12 Years a Slave” and “The Wolf of Wall Street” (six).
Last year, eight of the org’s 10 best-picture nominees also earned Oscar nominations, a great batting average considering the Academy Awards only had nine best-picture slots. From 2009-2011 (when Oscar had more than five contenders for best pic), the Film Critics Assn. saw nine, nine and seven out of their 10 proceed to Oscar noms. From 2003-2008, when Oscar had five slots, all five of them had been included in the critics’ 10 choices.
- Tim Gray
I count down the days to Game Of Thrones. I love the way they mix the supernatural and the magical with history and the dragon lady. I'm still mourning the loss of Sean Bean, it's really sad. He might come back as a ghost. A headless ghost.
First TV memory?
Even now, whenever there's an I Love Lucy marathon, I can't turn it off. You don't know what you've done with your weekend; you're supposed to have done a bunch of stuff, and you're just sat there watching I Love Lucy. Yeah, that's my love.
I cried when…
I cry all the time. The last time? I cried when I was watching The White Queen. She loses her mom and it was just really, really sad. Then again, I cry at commercials, too. »
- Lanre Bakare
‘Her’ movie tops 2013 San Diego Film Critics Awards (Joaquin Phoenix in ‘Her’) The San Diego Film Critics Society has released its list of 2013 nominees and winners. The nominations themselves were quite eclectic, ranging from Best Actress nominee Brie Larson for Short Term 12 to Best Film nominee Gravity. The list of winners, however, tended to be more mainstream. For instance, Warner Bros.’ Spike Jonze-directed Her, starring Joaquin Phoenix as a man who falls in love with a Scarlett Johansson-voiced computer, was chosen as the Best Film of 2013, in addition to receiving honors for Best Original Screenplay (also Spike Jonze) and Best Score (Arcade Fire). Alfonso Cuarón was the Best Director for another Warner Bros. release, Gravity, a 3D space action melodrama about an astronaut and bereaved Mom (Sandra Bullock) who learns that, no matter what, Life Is Worth Living. George Clooney co-stars. Among the other San Diego Film »
- Andre Soares
A divorced father looking for new love, a woman dealing with a relationship that turned from romance to routine years ago, a charismatic drug dealer who spies something new in his web, half of the most fascinating cinematic relationship of the year, and a slave & her brutal owner — 2013 featured numerous memorable performances but these are just a few of the ones that will stand the test of time.
It was difficult to whittle down to my 20 favorite. Sorry to those who missed the cut. These are simply my 20 favorites today (and come back tomorrow the accompanying lead performances, and Monday for the best films of the year.)
The Best Supporting Actors of 2013
Five Runner-ups (in alphabetical order): Will Forte (“Nebraska”), Jared Leto (“Dallas Buyers Club”), Jeremy Renner (“American Hustle”), Sam Rockwell (“The Way Way Back”), and Keith Stanfield (“Short Term 12”).
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
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