14 items from 2015
The middle of Spring actually means a new selection of summer blockbusters to look forward to, and with a ton of big-budget films slated to come out within the next few months and beyond, the summer of 2015 looks like one to remember.
From the new Mad Max (which is already on our end-of -year top ten list event though we haven’t yet seen it) to Avengers, Poltergeists, male strippers, talking teddy bears, and a reboot of the Jurassic Park franchise, this summer’s trips to the theaters will be jam-packed with sequels and new tales. From May 1st right through to the end of August, some of the movies on our list could wind up on year-end “best of” lists or even receive some Oscar talk by December.
Grab your calendar, because Wamg has a rundown of this summer’s films we’re most excited about, so check them out below! »
- Movie Geeks
Sherlock tries desperately to recall the events of 30 years ago that ultimately led to his retirement.
In 1947, the world famous sleuth has retired to a remote Sussex farmhouse, living in relative anonymity with only his housekeeper Mrs Munro and her young son Roger for company. Cantankerous, demanding and frustrated with the mis-representation of him in Watson’s best-selling novels, he diverts his attention to an unsolved case. As the mystery deepens, Sherlock tries desperately to recall the events of 30 years ago that ultimately led to his retirement.
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Mr Holmes is a new twist on the world’s most famous detective. 1947, an aging Sherlock Holmes returns from a journey to Japan, where, in search of a rare plant with powerful restorative qualities, he has witnessed the devastation of nuclear warfare. Now, in his remote seaside farmhouse, Holmes faces the end of his days tending to his bees, with only the company of his housekeeper and her young son, Roger. Grappling with the diminishing powers of his mind, Holmes comes to rely upon the boy as he revisits the circumstances of the unsolved case that forced him into retirement, and searches for answers to the mysteries of life and love – before it’s too late.
- Michelle McCue
Ian McKellen leads a stellar cast including Laura Linney, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hattie Morahan, Patrick Kennedy, Roger Allam, Frances de la Tour, Phil Davis and newcomer Milo Parker in Bill Condon’s Mr Holmes. The film reunites McKellen with director Bill Condon after their collaboration on the Academy Award-winning Gods And Monsters.
Based on the novel A Slight Trick of the Mind by Mitch Cullin, the intriguing premise for Mr Holmes reimagines Sherlock Holmes as a real person whose adventures have been turned into best-selling novels by his friend and partner Dr John Watson. Now old and in failing health, the famously rational detective is forced to engage for the first time with his emotions as his mental powers dwindle.
- Michelle McCue
The first trailer for Ian McKellen's Sherlock film Mr Holmes has been revealed.
The 50-second teaser sheds light on the final case for the Baker Street sleuth, who is living in anonymity on a Sussex farmhouse after retiring some 30 years previous.
Set in 1947, McKellen's Holmes will be a cantankerous 93-year-old living with his housekeeper Mrs Munro and her young son Roger.
Years of misrepresentation in John Watson's novels leads him to switch his attention to an unsolved case from decades ago.
The film premiered at the Berlin Film Festival last month to rave reviews from critics.
Mr Holmes will »
Roadside has released the first trailer for Mr. Holmes in which Ian McKellen plays the long-retired Sherlock Holmes, now 93. Set in 1947, Holmes lives in a remote Sussex farmhouse with his housekeeper and her young son. He tends to his bees, writes in his journal, and grapples with the diminishing powers of his mind. But in the twilight of his life, as people continue to look to him for answers, Holmes revisits a case that may provide him with answers of his own to questions he didn't even know he was asking-about life, about love, and about the limits of the mind's ability to know. Bill Condon (Dreamgirls) directs and the film co-stars Laura Linney, Hiroyuki Sanada, Roger Allam and Frances De La Tour with plans for an unspecified 2015 release after receiving some quality reviews out of the Berlin Film Festival last month. Watch the trailer below. sb id="1492211" height="360" width »
- Brad Brevet
"Would you like to push me up the street?" Today's trailer selection is for an adaptation of a play about an elderly woman named Mary Shepherd who lived in a battered car on the driveway of the writer Alan Bennett for 15 years. Oscar winning actress Maggie Smith plays Miss Shepherd, a character she has played before on stage and on the radio, and she looks like quite a hoot. She's joined by Alex Jennings as Alan Bennett, with appearances by Dominic Cooper, James Corden, Jim Broadbent, Frances de la Tour and a few others. The film won't be released for another 8 months, so this is more of our first teaser, but it's also just a fun introduction (for those unfamiliar) to an odd story that should make for an amusing film. Enjoy. Here's the first UK trailer for Nicholas Hytner's The Lady in the Van, from Sony's YouTube (via »
- Alex Billington
Dame Maggie Smith is beyond a national treasure, she’s an international star and here it looks like she’s picked up another top role and is heading towards a wonderful performance. With a script from legendary playwright Alan Bennett, Maggie Smith stars as Miss Shepherd in The Lady In The Van, a woman of uncertain origins who originally meant to park in Bennett’s driveway for 3 weeks but ended up staying for 15 years.
The best thing is that it’s a true story and shows their relationship between family, friends and…my introduction isn’t doing this fantastic trailer any justice at all…just watch for yourself below.
The Lady In The Van opens this November in the UK. »
- Dan Bullock
Sir Ian McKellen has shared a preview of his new film Mr Holmes.
Set in 1947, Mr Holmes follows the detective living out his twilight years in a Sussex village with his housekeeper and her son, haunted by an unsolved case from 50 years before.
Early this week, we got to see the first clip from Mr. Holmes, which finds an aging Sherlock recounting his true story to a young boy. Now the official one-sheet has been released, which finds Ian McKellen standing in the shadow of this once-famous sleuth and his legacy. Meet the 'man behind the myth' as he prepares for his final case this summer.
Mr. Holmes is based on the novel "A Slight Trick of the Mind" by Mitch Cullin, and was adapted for the screen by Jeffrey Hatcher. The story begins in 1947 when an aging Holmes returns from Japan, where, in search of a plant with powerful restorative qualities, he has witnessed the devastation of nuclear warfare. Now in his remote seaside farmhouse Holmes faces the end of his days tending to his bees with only the company of his housekeeper (Linney) and her young son, Roger.
Grappling with the diminishing powers of his mind, »
Mr. Holmes will be premiering at the Berlin Film Festival in the next few days and Roadside Attractions is doing what it can to raise awareness for the film, which finds Ian McKellen playing an aging Sherlock Holmes in a story that provides a new twist on the world's most famous detective. After a clip from the film arrived a couple days ago, today we get the first teaser poster as the film will be hitting theaters some time later this year. Set in 1947, Mr. Holmes finds the famed detective returning from a journey to Japan, where, in search of a rare plant with powerful restorative qualities, he has witnessed the devastation of nuclear warfare. Now, in his remote seaside farmhouse, Holmes faces the end of his days tending to his bees, with only the company of his housekeeper and her young son, Roger. Grappling with the diminishing powers of his mind, »
- Brad Brevet
An aging Sherlock shares his story with a young boy in the first clip from Mr. Holmes, which stars Ian McKellen as the iconic sleuth. Based on Mitch Cullin's novel A Slight Trick of the Mind, this mystery thriller catches up with Holmes in his later years, irritated by the inflated tales of his past victories, yet ready to take on one last case.
Mr. Holmes takes place in England, in 1947. The famous detective is now 93 years old, and lives in his Sussex country house. When he goes to the cinema and sees a film about himself, he mostly shakes his head. For much of what he is purported to have done in the heroic stories has simply been made up. He never wore the legendary hat and, rather than the pipe, he always preferred a cigarette. Long since retired, he steers clear of people and dedicates himself chiefly to bee-keeping. »
Stars: Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick, Emily Blunt, Chris Pine, Tracey Ullman, James Corden, Daniel Huttlestone, Christine Baranski, Tammy Blanchard, Lucy Punch, Lilla Crawford, Simon Russell Beale, Johnny Depp, Billy Magnussen, Richard Glover, Frances de la Tour | Written by James Lapine, Stephen Sondheim | Directed by Rob Marshall
Rob Marshall has had plenty of success in the world of musical motion picture. His 2002 film adaptation of Chicago won Academy Awards and boosted Marshall’s name into the Hollywood “it crowd” in the process. Following up Chicago with a lovely adaptation of the Arthur Golden novel, Memoirs of a Geisha, showed Marshall was an accomplished director who was capable of more than musicals. Those two films showed style, heart and confidence. Since then, Marshall has directed Nine, a less well-received musical in 2009, On Stranger Tides, the latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie, in 2011, a film that many thought was unnecessary and failed in comparison to its prior instalments, »
- Chris Cummings
The Restoration Man tries to turn a ruin into a home, there are 24 emotional Hours In A&E and Mark Lawson Talks To Frances De La Tour. Plus: salesmen switch jobs in Supercars Vs Used Cars, it’s back to Celebrity Big Brother and Weekend Warriors re-enact the siege of Marlborough
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14 items from 2015
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