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The Knick, Ep. 2.06 “There Are Rules”

21 November 2015 2:19 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Knick, Season 2, Episode 6, “There Are Rules”

Written by Jack Amiel and Michael Begler

Directed by Steven Soderbergh

Airs Fridays at 8pm (Et) on Cinemax

After a veritable barrage of bad news over the last few weeks, The Knick seems to be on a more redemptive arc this week, and it’s a nice change of pace. This season has undoubtedly been stronger than the first, but it’s also been a lot rougher. “There Are Rules”gives us a small break from that kind of punishment, as it mixes in a bit more good to go with the bad.

The episode opens with Thackery (Clive Owen) trying to broaden his horizons at a sort of carnival-bazaar, where he bears witness to the thrills and thralls of hypnosis, as well as the rare medical occurrence of Siamese twins. While the hypnosis track leads to another great comedic touch when Cleary »

- Mike Worby

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November 17th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Troll / Troll 2, White Of The Eye, The City Of Lost Children

16 November 2015 6:53 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

November 17th is looking to be a great day for genre-related home entertainment releases as we’ve got quite an eclectic array of titles coming out this Tuesday. For those who may have missed it earlier this year, The Stanford Prison Experiment is arriving on DVD this week and the good folks at Scream Factory are keeping busy once again with their HD releases of both Troll films as well as the 1987 thriller White of the Eye.

Olive Films is also resurrecting a bevy of cult classics this week on both Blu-ray and DVD and for those of you Amazon shoppers out there, you can pick up the 20th anniversary edition of The City of Lost Children (which is amazing if you’ve never seen it) exclusively on their site.

The City of Lost Children 20th Anniversary Edition- Amazon Exclusive (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Blu-ray)

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- Heather Wixson

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The Knick, Ep. 2.05, “Whiplash”

14 November 2015 8:22 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Knick, Season 2, Episode 5, “Whiplash”

Written by Jack Amiel and Michael Begler

Directed by Steven Soderbergh

Airs Fridays at 8pm (Et) on Cinemax

As I’ve been noting throughout The Knick‘s entire run, this is a show with a shocking propensity for gruesome imagery, and “Whiplash” is the most egregious and stomach-churning example to date.

Of particular note is a series of scenes that shows Thackery (Clive Owen) pulling back the protective layer which covers the brain and prodding it with a series of electrical currents in order to stimulate certain areas of the brain. It’s worth mentioning, of course, that the patient is alive and awake during the process. While the brain feels no pain, as Thackery reminds his fellow doctors, the scene is particularly disturbing when Thackery exploits the patient’s emotions to demonstrate the operation of the brain. While forceps dangle with scalp tissue firmly clasped, »

- Mike Worby

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The Knick, Ep. 2.04, “Wonderful Surprises”

7 November 2015 11:15 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Knick, Season 2, Episode 4, “Wonderful Surprises”

Written by Jack Amiel and Michael Begler

Directed by Steven Soderbergh

Airs Fridays at 8pm (Et) on Cinemax

There couldn’t be a more apt title for the latest episode of The Knick, as “Wonderful Surprises” delivers a bevy of shocks and revelations at every turn this week.

First up is Dr. Mays (Ben Livingston), whose perversions became enough of a distraction as to cause his own demise in a hideous and fiery flash. The accident spells a surprising end for a character who had scarcely arrived. The same can be said for Lucy’s father, another new addition who has disappeared as quickly as he came. Are we to guess that writers Jack Amiel and Michael Beglar had second thoughts about these new characters while in the creative process? Their quick introductions and sudden exits certainly seem to suggest as much.

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- Mike Worby

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The Knick, Ep. 2.02, “You’re No Rose”

25 October 2015 9:10 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Knick, Season 2, Episode 2, “You’re No Rose”

Written by Jack Amiel and Michael Begler

Directed by Steven Soderbergh

Airs Fridays at 8pm (Et) on Cinemax

As The Knick entered the second episode of its second season, it seems fitting that this is an hour which barters for the notion of second chances. Most notably in the case of Dr. John Thackery (Clive Owen), who makes a (somewhat) triumphant return to the Knick after his unorthodox treatment, but also in the cases of Sister Harriet (Cara Seymour) and Cornelia Showalter (Juliet Rylance), the former of which might escape the legal system yet, and the latter of whom has only just returned to New York herself.

However, with all  of that said, it is Tom Cleary (Chris Sullivan) who shines best in The Knick‘s sophomore effort. While his idea to upgrade the Knickerbocker’s ambulance service may have initially seemed like a solid one, »

- Mike Worby

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How One Actor Tanked His Audition For George Miller's Justice League

20 October 2015 5:38 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

In the era of the superhero blockbuster, where a single role can keep you working in films for years, it.s difficult to believe that anybody would actively avoid a role like that. But that.s exactly what The Knick's Michael Angarano did, as he had to be practically forced to screen test for George Miller.s Justice League movie. The former Will & Grace child star spoke with The Huffington Post about his career in front of the camera, including his experience testing for an unnamed role that he really didn.t want. Back in 2007, when Warner Brothers was trying to get Justice League: Mortal off the ground, Angarano was called in to screen test with George Miller himself. While many movie fans would have jumped at the chance, the actor wasn't as enthusiastic. Having already been in a superhero movie of sorts with Disney's Sky High, the »

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Superhero Bits: The Avengers, Captain America, Gotham, Ant-Man, Supergirl, Batman & Robin

20 October 2015 2:30 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

What happens when The Avengers have to get a new job? Why is Fox & Friends mad at Captain America? Which superhero roles has Michael Angarano auditioned for? Did Ant-Man make a splash in China? What shocked Burt Ward in the Robot Chicken DC Comics Special 3? All that can be found in this edition […]

The post Superhero Bits: The Avengers, Captain America, Gotham, Ant-Man, Supergirl, Batman & Robin appeared first on /Film. »

- Ethan Anderton

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Michael Angarano Talks Playing Superheroes, And His Reluctant Audition For George Miller's 'Justice League Mortal'

20 October 2015 8:34 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The story is already part of superhero movie lore, but in case you missed it, here's the short version. Gearing up to film in 2008, George Miller's "Justice League Mortal" was eventually scrapped due to complications from the writer's strike and a budget that wound up soaring when tax breaks couldn't be secured in Australia. The cast would've included Armie Hammer as Batman, D.J. Cotrona as Superman, Adam Brody as The Flash, and Megan Gale as Wonder Woman, but alas none of it came to pass. However, Michael Angarano reveals was in the mix for the movie at one point, but his ego got in the way.  "I’ve auditioned for a couple [of superhero movies] in my life. I screen-tested, or came very close, for '[The Amazing] Spider-Man,' the Andrew Garfield one. There was another one when I was really young. I auditioned for 'Justice League' and I got called »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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The Knick: Cinemax Season Two Premiere; Watch Trailer

15 October 2015 4:40 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Cinemax's period hospital drama, The Knick, is back for a second season, Friday, October 16, 2015 at 10:00pm Et/Pt. The Knick stars Clive Owen, Andre Holland, Jermey Bobb, Juliet Rylance, Eve Hewson, Michael Angarano, Chris Sullivan, Cara Seymour, Eric Johnson, David Fierro, Maya Kazan, Leon Addison Brown, Grainger Hines, and Matt Frewer.

The Knick's second season kicks off with, "Ten Knots." Below, please find Cinemax's description of the season two premiere episode, then scroll down to watch the season two trailer.Read More… »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Review: Steven Soderbergh's direction continues to dazzle with 'The Knick'

15 October 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

I spent much of the first season of "The Knick" wondering why Steven Soderbergh had chosen this, of all shows, to be his next passion project. Here was an Oscar-winning director, doing his first TV project in a decade (following HBO's short-lived "K Street"), understandably being given carte blanche by Cinemax to direct, shoot, and edit every episode himself, and he had for some reason picked a show with a relatively novel setting (a New York hospital circa 1900) but filled with stock characters, including a drug-addled anti-hero in Clive Owen's surgeon John Thackery, and other devices familiar from the last 15 years of cable drama. It looked fantastic and had great performances from Owen, Andre Holland (as a black surgeon whose skills aren't properly appreciated in a less enlightened era), and others, but it was hard to shake the feeling that the writing (mainly by creators Jack Amiel and Michael Begler »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Watch the First Clip from 'The Knick' Season 2

14 October 2015 3:05 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

In just one season, Dr. John Thackery (Clive Owen) has gone from a highly-regarded surgeon to a drug-addled mess when Cinemax's critically-acclaimed series The Knick returns for Season 2 with the premiere episode Ten Knots, debuting Friday, October 16 at 10 Pm Et. While we wait for the season premiere to arrive in just a few short days, the network has released the first clip from this upcoming episode, which shows that Thackery has become quite unhinged. After a surprise visit by Dr. Everett Gallinger (Eric Johnson), Thackery becomes obsessed with the time.

Set in the year 1901, The Knick faces an upheaval, as Dr. John Thackery's absence (due to his hospitalization for cocaine addiction), a dearth of affluent patients, and financial missteps have led to the board's decision to shutter The Knickerbocker Hospital in favor of a new building uptown. In this world of corruption, invention and progress, everyone is searching for the »

- MovieWeb

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The Knick Ticks In With A Season 2 Trailer

15 September 2015 10:52 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Coming across as a sort of turn-of-the-century House, albeit with Clive Owen as the driven, self-medicating medic and Steven Soderbergh dictating the look and style of the show, The Knick roared through its first run of chaos, corruption and corpses last year. The new series on the way and the teaser trailer has arrived. Owen is back as Dr. John W. Thackery, the complicated surgical genius who works – when he’s not sleeping with nurses or injecting/sniffing/snacking on illegal intoxicants – at the Knickerbocker Hospital in 1900s New York. He knows he has what it takes to develop new procedures and save more lives at a time when medicine was still part savagery, but he can’t always seem to get out of his own way.The show, boasting a kinetic energy from Soderbergh and show creators Jack Amiel and Michael Begler, was praised for its look and feel. »

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Unusual Craven Film: Sentimental 'Music' Is Superlative Streep Show

1 September 2015 7:01 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'Music of the Heart' cast: Meryl Streep, Gloria Estefan, Aidan Quinn and Angela Bassett. 'Music of the Heart': Unusually bloodless Wes Craven movie works as Meryl Streep showcase Wes Craven, the director of the Scream franchise and of the original A Nightmare on Elm Street, is hardly the kind of filmmaker from whom one would expect a syrupy motion picture about a determined violin teacher who wins the hearts and minds of her inner-city school students. Yet Craven is the man responsible for Music of the Heart, a film utterly devoid of slashed faces, lethal stabbings, and deadly fingernails. Instead, this distaff version of Mr. Holland's Opus – with touches of To Sir with Love – offers loads of sentiment, some classical music (violinists Isaac Stern, Itzhak Perlman, and Mark O'Connor appear as themselves), plenty of bad pop tunes, and a superb performance by Meryl Streep as a »

- Andre Soares

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Movie Review – The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015)

13 August 2015 10:46 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Stanford Prison Experiment, 2015.

Directed by Kyle Patrick Alvarez.

Starring Billy Crudup, Ezra Miller, Michael Angarano, Tye Sheridan, Thomas Mann, and Olivia Thirlby.


Twenty-four male students out of seventy-five were selected to take on randomly assigned roles of prisoners and guards in a mock prison situated in the basement of the Stanford psychology building.

The only thing separating prisoner from guard was a heads or tails flip of a coin; probably the most alluring detail in regards to how The Stanford Prison Experiment played out. It’s a harrowing study in what temporary power coupled with no repercussions could do to the psyche of average citizens, but most importantly everyday people with good intentions in the real world that seemingly could never harm another fellow human being. By the end of the movie, the most startling aspect is that none of the subjects were diagnosed with long-term psychological effects, »

- Robert Kojder

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Movies That Changed My Life: ‘Stanford Prison Experiment’ Director Kyle Patrick Alvarez

30 July 2015 10:37 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

One of the more intense films to emerge from the Sundance Film Festival, Kyle Patrick Alvarez's gripping "The Stanford Prison Experiment" (read our review) is a dramatization of a notorious 1971 psychology experiment that went very, very wrong. It's a potent piece of work, featuring a terrific ensemble cast (Michael Angarano, Ezra MillerLogan Miller, Keir Gilchrist, Tye Sheridan, Ki Hong Lee, Thomas Mann, Moises Arias, Johnny Simmons, Olivia Thirlby and Billy Crudup), and which takes the filmmaker into different territory following his first two pictures, "Easier With Practice" and "C.O.G." Like any filmmaker who can easily switch gears, Alvarez's cinematic tastes are wide ranging. In the latest entry in our series Movies That Changed My Life, Alvarez discloses how films as diverse as "Vertigo," "Showgirls" and "Terminator 2: Judgement Day" left an impression. "The Stanford Prison Experiment" »

- Edward Davis

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Wild Card DVD Review

24 July 2015 10:59 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Simon West

Starring: Jason Statham, Sofia Vergara, Stanley Tucci, Milo Ventimiglia, Michael Angarano, Dominik Garcia-Lorido, Anne Heche, Hope Davis, Max Casella

Certificate: 15

Running Time: 92 minutes

Special Features: Original Sin – Las Vegas and the Characters of Wild Card / The Script / The Stunts

It’s been a while since we’ve seen William Goldman‘s name on a script. The now-legendary writer brought us Marathon Man and All The President’s Men, before going on to write industry bible Adventures In The Screen Trade and fantasy classic The Princess Bride. Now he’s back with Wild Card, an adaptation of his novel Heat. It’s an Elmore Leonard-style tapestry of world weary characters seeking vengeance or enlightenment in the neon jungle of Las Vegas. You could easily see an actor-director combo like Clint Eastwood and Don Siegel taking on the material – though of course the book was published in the Eighties, »

- Steve Palace

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Tye Sheridan on Getting Locked Up in 'Stanford Prison Experiment' and Joining the 'X-Men'

24 July 2015 8:35 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Ezra Miller and Michael Angarano on the Dark Side of Human Nature in 'The Stanford Prison Experiment'  At 18 years old, Tye Sheridan has a career that would make even the most accomplished actor jealous. In the four years since making his acting debut opposite Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain in Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life," Sheridan has continued to work with some of the biggest and most acclaimed names in the business, including Jeff Nichols and Matthew McConaughey on "Mud," David Gordon Green and Nicolas Cage on "Joe," Rodrigo Garcia and Ewan McGregor on "Last Days in the Desert" and more. Joining Indiewire over the phone from the Montreal set of another envious project -- Bryan Singer's "X-Men: Apocalypse," where he's taking on the role of a young Cyclops -- Sheridan spoke about working on his latest heralded indie, "The Stanford Prison Experiment, »

- Zack Sharf

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The Stanford Prison Experiment Review

23 July 2015 2:59 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Are people inherently evil? Is society just a barrier between us and our worst impulses, preventing us from exacting violence on one another, albeit through laws enforced with the thinly veiled threat of comparable violence? Must absolute power always corrupt absolutely? If left to our own devices, without checks to our authority, would we abuse it? The Stanford Prison Experiment, director Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s chilling dramatization of the infamous Philip Zimbardo study, posits a painfully pessimistic response to those questions. Not only would abuses of power occur without safeguards in place – they would occur almost immediately.

In the 1971 study at the center of this relentlessly grim thriller, volunteers (college guys, earning $15 a day) are separated by a coin flip into “prisoners” and “guards.” In the basement of a campus building, the guards are given free reign to watch over the prisoners and assert their authority in whatever manner seems most appropriate to them. »

- Isaac Feldberg

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25 Essential Prison Movies

23 July 2015 11:03 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Kyle Patrick Alvarez's "The Stanford Prison Experiment," now playing in limited release, took fourteen years to get made, and finally arrived at Sundance 2015 with a stellar ensemble including Billy Crudup, Ezra Miller, Olivia Thirlby, Tye Sheridan and Michael Angarano. Perhaps unsurprisingly, given the uncompromising nature of the film, the reception was divided (our own rave is here) but even those on the more negative end of the spectrum tended to use words like "compelling," "vivid" and "effective" in their critiques. And those are adjectives that this film (which scooped the Screenwriting award for Tim Talbott) shares with the best in the wide and variegated genre of the prison movie. The microcosmic possibilities of life on the inside have been mined many times for dramas, comedies, spoofs and thrillers that, while set in penal institutions or situations that resemble them, actually comment on human psychology or on the society outside. »

- The Playlist Staff

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Ezra Miller and Michael Angarano on Going Method and The Stanford Prison Experiment

20 July 2015 1:46 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

The pioneering 1971 Stanford Prison Experiment may have been hell for its participants, but that's exactly why the new movie based on it was enticing for its many up-and-coming young actors. Foremost among them are Ezra Miller and Michael Angarano, who play two Stanford students drafted to participate in a psychology study that will split young men into groups of prisoners and guards. The experiment was meant to last two weeks, but less than a day in, it had already devolved into an eye-opening treatise on abuse of power, as the guard played by Angarano and the prisoner played by Miller locked horns and were pushed to psychological extremes. Vulture recently caught up with both actors to talk about how well they'd known each other before they found themselves screaming at each other on set for weeks.The experiment in this movie kind of doubles as a metaphor for acting, so »

- Kyle Buchanan

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