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Close Encounters Of The Third Kind at 40 – an Appreciation

31 August 2017 4:41 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Article by Dane Eric Marti

Sometimes a film will speak directly to a person in an audience:  A preternatural, unearthly tendril of luminous light tapping you on the shoulder, a benevolent yet mysterious voice reminding you of an obligation, or a musical, colorful Dream Message entering your eyes and speaking to your soul with wonder, awe and truth. Like other Art forms, film can do amazing things.

For me, there are definitely a few choice films of overwhelming, pristine power. Yet one cinematic work is not just great, deeply special to me: ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind.’ Directed by the Wonderkind, Steven Spielberg, directly after his landmark suspense-adventure film, ‘Jaws’.

Now, his new flick, released in 1977, also dealt with the fantastic, with riveting moments of terror… but its endgame was something quite dissimilar.

I think it would take either a first-rate Psychologist or an Exorcist with a lot of »

- Movie Geeks

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Why JFK Gave Queen Elizabeth a Modest Gift the Only Time They Met

11 July 2017 6:30 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

When President John F. Kennedy visited Buckingham Palace in 1961, he brought a small token for Queen Elizabeth: a signed portrait in a silver frame from Tiffany & Co.

A full, formal state visit was expected to follow, but JFK’s assassination two years later in 1963 meant that it never took place. Now the portrait, which JFK signed, “To Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, with appreciation and highest esteem, John F. Kennedy,” is on display for the first time at the annual Buckingham Palace summer exhibition. This year’s exhibit focuses on the more than 250 gifts presented to the Queen during her record-breaking 65 years on the throne. »

- Simon Perry

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Churchill review

19 June 2017 8:11 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Brian Cox gives an excellent performance as Winston Churchill in Churchill. He's the best thing about it...

One of the earliest and most foreboding images in Churchill comes as a put-upon Prime Minister stands by the sea. As the tides gently roll in, his famous Homburg hat blows into the water and when he bends down to retrieve it, the tide appears to him to be reddened with blood. Regrettably, it's the first and last cinematic beat in a film that puts its lead character's inner turmoil upfront.

It's June 1944, and Winston Churchill (Brian Cox) cuts a less impressive figure than he did when he was inspiring the people of Britain as they came under attack from Nazi forces years earlier. In fact, he finds himself listing in the margins of an Allied high command led by Dwight D. Eisenhower (John Slattery) as they plan Operation Overlord and the Dunkirk landings. »

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Watch an exclusive clip from Churchill starring Brian Cox and Miranda Richardson

6 June 2017 8:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The World War II drama Churchill is set for release in the UK next Friday, June 16th, and thanks to Lionsgate UK we’ve got an exclusive clip from the film, which features Brian Cox as the legendary British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Miranda Richardson as his wife Clementine. Watch it below, or find it over on our YouTube channel…

See Also: Watch the trailer for Churchill here

Churchill follows Britain’s iconic Prime Minister Winston Churchill in the days before the infamous D-Day landings in June 1944.  As allied forces stand on the south coast of Britain, poised to invade Nazi-occupied Europe, they await Churchill’s decision on whether the invasion will actually move ahead. Fearful of repeating his mistakes from World War I on the beaches of Gallipoli, exhausted by years of war, plagued by depression and obsessed with fulfilling historical greatness, Churchill is also faced with constant »

- Gary Collinson

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Film Review: The Human Being Behind the Greatness in ‘Churchill’

2 June 2017 4:40 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Winston Churchill, except to hardcore history buffs, is fast fading from the cultural radar. Often called the Greatest Briton Ever, the lion who led his people for so many years became a bit toothless during the greatest World War II battle ever conceived, D-Day the Sixth of June. That moment in his life, and the lives of those around him, is the subject of the magnificent new film, “Churchill.”

Rating: 5.0/5.0

In the past of film history – closer to when Winston Churchill absolutely mattered to his generation – this movie might have been a major event, because of its grand psychological profile of the Prime Minister. The director Jonathan Teplitzky (of the underrated WWII film “The Railway Man”) takes the highly intelligent and thrilling script by Alex von Tunzelmann and creates a historical masterwork, even though the chains of “period movie” and “World War II” shackles the impression of rendering such subject matter today. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Churchill – Review

2 June 2017 6:14 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Brian Cox as “Winston Churchill” in Churchill, directed by Jonathan Teplitzky. Photo courtesy of Cohen Media Group (c)

Brian Cox portrays Winston Churchill in a dramatization of the events just prior to the D-Day invasion of France by Allied forces during World War II in Churchill. Directed Jonathan Teplitzky (The Railway Man, BBC’s Indian Summers television series) from a script by historian Alex Von Tunzelmann, Churchill aims to get beneath the usual familiar image of Churchill as a gruff, cigar-chewing British bulldog to create a fuller human portrait of the man who grappled with deep depression and fears of failure while leading his country through its darkest hours.

It is an admirable aim but unfortunately the film falls far short of its goal. Led by an overheated performance by Cox, Churchill stages a last-minute attempt to stop the 1944 Normandy Invasion, gripped with fear that it would fail. Less than a week before D-Day, »

- Cate Marquis

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Review: Churchill, Roaring Like a Lion

1 June 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Years of warfare have taken their toll on the old lion. Beginning one week before D-Day is set to launch in June 1944, Churchill finds the British Prime Minister (and Minister of Defence) haunted by an epic military failure during the Great War three decades before that cost many lives and scarred his psyche permanently. An early tirade in front of King George VI (James Purefoy), Allied Supreme Commander Dwight D. Eisenhower (John Slattery), and British General Bernard Montgomery (Julian Wadham) thus sets the tone for Churchill's reasoning. In his mind, history will inevitably repeat itself. Who else will protect the thousands of young British soldiers who will inevitably die in the planned invasion? He must act to prevent this atrocity! He is adamantly opposed...

[Read the whole post on screenanarchy.com...] »

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'Churchill' Review: Brian Cox Shines in Biopic of British Leader on the Brink

1 June 2017 8:04 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Brian Cox is a marvel of an actor, and to watch him tear into the role of Winston Churchill is not to be missed. This is a version of the venerable British Prime Minister we haven't seen before – no longer the lion of British fortitude ("We will fight them on the beaches!"), but a man on the ropes. He's hobbled not just by his alcoholism and "the black dog" of depression, but by his conviction that the D-Day landing, just days away on June 6, 1944, will be a disaster.

Directed by Jonathan Teplitzky, »

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Film Review: ‘Churchill’

29 May 2017 3:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In a historical biopic, nothing can shed light on a legendary figure — or, at least, knock him off his plaster-saint pedestal — quite like being depicted as a stooge, a bully, and a fool. In “Churchill,” a drama that unfolds during the 96 hours leading up to D-Day, Brian Cox plays Winston Churchill with roaring conviction, all fire and bluster and lion-of-Britain piss and vinegar. Yet for most of the film, he isn’t a valiant leader charting a course toward victory — he’s the one man standing in the way of it.

Churchill, the Prime Minister of Britain, is absolutely sure that the massive plan code-named Operation Overlord, which is set to kick off on June 6, 1944, with 250,000 Allied troops storming the beaches of Normandy, is a disaster in the making. He’s convinced that it will result not only in massive casualties, but in the Allied forces losing the war. “Churchill” is a small, »

- Owen Gleiberman

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From ‘The Crown’ to ‘Darkest Hour,’ Wealth of Churchill Projects Signals Hunger for Leadership

24 May 2017 9:45 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

On the big and small screens — from Netflix’s hit series “The Crown” to the upcoming Oscar season entry “Darkest Hour” — Winston Churchill is having a moment. The sheer number of current projects focused on the man who proved to be one of the most stalwart leaders in history is particularly noteworthy given the political unrest and upheaval sweeping the globe.

As the U.K. reels from last summer’s Brexit vote, as France regroups in the wake of an intensely polarized presidential runoff, and as President Trump courts controversy with every new pen stroke and tweet, film and television dramas have found inspiration in the individual who stood up to fascism when no one else would. It’s something actor John Lithgow, who stars as Churchill in “The Crown,” sees as a hunger for nobility in our leadership.

“All these projects were underway long before the storm clouds gathered, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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From ‘The Crown’ to ‘Darkest Hour,’ Wealth of Churchill Projects Signals Hunger for Leadership

24 May 2017 9:45 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

On the big and small screens — from Netflix’s hit series “The Crown” to the upcoming Oscar season entry “Darkest Hour” — Winston Churchill is having a moment. The sheer number of current projects focused on the man who proved to be one of the most stalwart leaders in history is particularly noteworthy given the political unrest and upheaval sweeping the globe.

As the U.K. reels from last summer’s Brexit vote, as France regroups in the wake of an intensely polarized presidential runoff, and as President Trump courts controversy with every new pen stroke and tweet, film and television dramas have found inspiration in the individual who stood up to fascism when no one else would. It’s something actor John Lithgow, who stars as Churchill in “The Crown,” sees as a hunger for nobility in our leadership.

“All these projects were underway long before the storm clouds gathered,” Lithgow »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Readers' competition: win one of 15 double passes to a preview screening of Churchill

23 May 2017 11:27 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Transmission Films and Guardian Australia celebrate the release of Churchill, with the opportunity to win one of 15 double passes to a preview screening

Churchill, the new drama directed by Jonathan Teplitzky (The Railway Man), looks at the actions of the British wartime prime minister in the days before the 1944 D-day landings, at a time when his uncertainty over invading Normandy clashed with the gung-ho spirit of his political opponents.

Brian Cox (The Bourne Identity, Braveheart, Troy) stars as Sir Winston Churchill and Golden Globe-winner Miranda Richardson plays his headstrong wife Clementine, while Mad Men’s John Slattery makes for a spiky General Eisenhower.

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- Guardian Staff

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JFK’s White House Also Had One of Its Own Going Rogue With the Russians – The President’s Mother!

16 May 2017 10:03 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The Trump administration isn’t the first to have unsanctioned dealings with Russia.

Amid reports that President Donald Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador to the White House – which he seemingly confirmed on Tuesday – the John F. Kennedy Library revealed that the former president once had to reprimand his own mother for tangling with the country’s leader.

According to the library, Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy was collecting signatures from dignitaries and world leaders – like President Dwight D. Eisenhower – in 1962 when she reached out to then Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev for an autographed photo.

After Khrushchev obliged her request, »

- Lindsay Kimble

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New trailer for Churchill starring Brian Cox

3 May 2017 7:15 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of its release next month, a new trailer has arrived online for the upcoming biographical drama Churchill., which is directed by Jonathan Teplitzky and stars Brian Cox as the legendary British wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill; watch it below after the official synopsis…

Churchill follows Britain’s iconic Prime Minister Winston Churchill in the days before the infamous D-Day landings in June 1944.  As allied forces stand on the south coast of Britain, poised to invade Nazi-occupied Europe, they await Churchill’s decision on whether the invasion will actually move ahead. Fearful of repeating his mistakes from World War I on the beaches of Gallipoli, exhausted by years of war, plagued by depression and obsessed with fulfilling historical greatness, Churchill is also faced with constant criticism from his political opponents; General Eisenhower and Field Marshal Montgomery. Only the unflinching support of Churchill’s brilliant, unflappable wife Clementine can halt the »

- Amie Cranswick

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Brian Cox Prepares For Battle In New Trailer For Churchill

25 April 2017 10:52 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

As one of the most iconic, intimidating figures in world history, Winston Churchill has been depicted in film many times. Played by actors ranging from Richard Burton to Albert Finney; from Christian Slater to Michael Gambon – the former British Prime Minister is as recognizable in fictionalizations as he is in real, historical footage. Though interest in his story has never really waned, there has been a notable surge in Churchill-based projects recently, with two heading for theatres this year. One is the more high profile Darkest Hours, starring Gary Oldman, and the other is Churchill, starring Brian Cox, which has had a new trailer released this week.

By the time of his passing in 1965, Sir Winston Churchill had been a prominent and influential British politician for half a century. The former British Army Officer served his government in trade, home affairs, and defence – as well as having held the »

- Sarah Myles

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New poster for Churchill featuring Brian Cox and Miranda Richardson

20 April 2017 8:27 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A new UK poster has arrived online for director Jonathan Teplitzky’s upcoming biographical drama Churchill featuring Brian Cox as the legendary British wartime Prime Minister and Miranda Richardson as his wife Clementine; take a look below…

See Also: Watch the trailer for Churchill here

Churchill follows Britain’s iconic Prime Minister Winston Churchill in the days before the infamous D-Day landings in June 1944.  As allied forces stand on the south coast of Britain, poised to invade Nazi-occupied Europe, they await Churchill’s decision on whether the invasion will actually move ahead. Fearful of repeating his mistakes from World War I on the beaches of Gallipoli, exhausted by years of war, plagued by depression and obsessed with fulfilling historical greatness, Churchill is also faced with constant criticism from his political opponents; General Eisenhower and Field Marshal Montgomery. Only the unflinching support of Churchill’s brilliant, unflappable wife Clementine can halt »

- Amie Cranswick

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Looking back at Oliver Stone's JFK

29 March 2017 2:29 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Robert Keeling Apr 19, 2017

Kevin Costner headlined an all-star cast in Oliver Stone's JFK. It was a film that led to an act of Congress being passed...

Oliver Stone’s epic conspiracy-thriller JFK, surrounding the assassination of John F. Kennedy and the case brought about by New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison in relation to his murder, was released in 1991 to an astonishing level of critical backlash. Even before JFK arrived in theatres it was being pilloried and attacked by many in the media. The attacks were kick-started by Washington Post correspondent George Lardner, an investigative reporter who wrote a piece called On the Set: Dallas In Wonderland; How Oliver Stone’s Version Of The Kennedy Assassination Exploits The Edge Of Paranoia, which was actually based solely on a leaked copy of Stone’s first draft of the script.

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First trailer for Churchill starring Brian Cox as the legendary British Prime Minister

21 March 2017 4:40 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Lionsgate has released the first trailer for Churchill, the upcoming biopic of the legendary British wartime Prime Minister, which is directed by Jonathan Teplitzky (The Railway Man) and sees Brian Cox leading the cast alongside Miranda Richardson, John Slattery, Ella Purnell, Richard Durden, Julian Wadman and James Purefoy. Take a look at the trailer here…

Churchill follows Britain’s iconic Prime Minister Winston Churchill in the days before the infamous D-Day landings in June 1944.  As allied forces stand on the south coast of Britain, poised to invade Nazi-occupied Europe, they await Churchill’s decision on whether the invasion will actually move ahead. Fearful of repeating his mistakes from World War I on the beaches of Gallipoli, exhausted by years of war, plagued by depression and obsessed with fulfilling historical greatness, Churchill is also faced with constant criticism from his political opponents; General Eisenhower and Field Marshal Montgomery. Only the unflinching support of Churchill’s brilliant, »

- Gary Collinson

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First look images from Churchill starring Brian Cox

16 March 2017 2:08 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Entertainment Weekly has debuted three first look images for the upcoming biographical drama Churchill featuring Brian Cox as the legendary British wartime Prime Minister, Miranda Richardson as his wife Clementine, and John Slattery as future Us President, General Dwight D. Eisenhower. Directed by Jonathan Teplitzky, the film follows Winston Churchill in the 48 hours leading up to D-Day; take a look below…

May 23rd, 1944: as tensions mount in the 48-hours preceding D-Day, the now-beleaguered Prime Minister Winston Churchill, played by Brian Cox (The Bourne Supremacy, X-Men 2, Zodiac, War & Peace, Troy), must prepare a final attempt to crush Hitler’s encroaching army. With the entire War effort ultimately hinging on this decision, the stakes have never been higher. As the Wartime leader clashes with his generals, tension builds with the Americans, and Churchill must wrestle his inner-demons in order to navigate the Allies to victory.

Miranda Richardson (Harry Potter, Testament of Youth »

- Amie Cranswick

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Oscars: What Should Have Won – JFK for Best Picture over The Silence of the Lambs

10 February 2017 1:40 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Graeme Robertson on why JFK should have won Best Picture at the 64th Academy Awards…

The Oscars celebrating the best of 1991 was a little more business as usual when compared to the stellar line-up of a year like the 1976 nominations. We had some good films, but not many that would go on to be iconic. The winner for Best Picture at this ceremony was The Silence of the Lambs, a win that I love because it demonstrated that even horror films could be Oscar worthy – and don’t go saying it’s a thriller, it’s a horror film. End of story.

However, while I love The Silence of the Lambs and the actors were more than deserving of their statuettes, I still feel that it wasn’t deserving of the top award.

In my view, the film that deserved the award was Oliver Stone’s controversial political thriller JFK. »

- Graeme Robertson

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