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Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, April 17. [Synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.] Wide Child 44 Director: Daniél Espinosa Cast: Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Gary Oldman, Joel Kinnaman, Paddy Considine, Jason Clarke, Vincent Cassel, Fares Fares Synopsis: "Set in Stalin-era Soviet Union, a disgraced Mgb agent is dispatched to investigate a series of child murders -- a case that begins to connect with the very top of party leadership." Monkey Kingdom Director: Mark Linfield & Alastair Fothergill Synopsis: "A nature documentary that follows a newborn monkey and its mother as they struggle to survive within the competitive social hierarchy of the Temple Troop, a dynamic group of monkeys who live in ancient ruins found deep in the storied jungles of South Asia." Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 Director: Andy Fickman Cast: Kevin James, Molly Shannon, David Henrie, Raini Rodriguez, Eduardo »
- Steve Greene
Dirty Snow: Espinosa’s Ungainly Yet Enjoyable Soviet Era Mystery
Grazing lightly over the Soviet era politics of the period and featuring a handsome, gussied up cast that features a tad too many problematic instances of accented English, Swedish helmer Daniel Espinosa still manages to make an utterly watchable film out of Child 44, his second studio picture since breaking into Hollywood with 2012’s Safe House. A cadre of diverse actors from Sweden, Poland, France, Denmark, the UK, the Us, Switzerland, and more, portray period Soviets, some to better effect than others.
Based on Tom Rob Smith’s novel, the first in a trilogy, Espinosa and screenwriter Richard Price have clearly tried to retain the source material’s sprawling scope, though the film sometimes gets tripped up in its own skirt layers. Considering the richness of the material, it’s too bad that our seemingly unwavering preference for shorter running »
- Nicholas Bell
The Russian accents in Daniel Espinosa's pitiless Soviet thriller adaptation Child 44 have already got more press than the film itself, which is both unfortunate and illustrative of a familiar problem with putting English dialogue in foreign characters' mouths. Adapted from the first novel in a trilogy by British writer Tom Rob Smith, the film is a pensive and bracingly brutal mystery which takes too long to become emotionally engaging.
Tom Hardy is characteristically compelling as Leo Demidov, a runaway orphan-turned-WW2 soldier transformed into a war hero by his role in the Battle of Berlin. Years after the war, Leo and his comrade-in-arms Alexei (Fares Fares) have taken jobs with the secret police in Moscow, under the command of Vincent Cassell's slippery Major Kuzmin.
"There is no murder in paradise, »
How does a state where 'there is no crime' handle an act like murder when it occurs not once but dozens of times? The answer is that the state – in this case, post-World War II Stalinist Russia – creates an 'official' story and buries the truth as capitalist propaganda.
That’s what happens in Child 44, the new political thriller based on the first in a trilogy of novels by Tom Rob Smith. Tom Hardy stars as Mgb agent Leo Demidov, who is busy at his job of routing out political dissidents when two major challenges come into his life: he is asked to denounce his own wife, Raisa (Noomi Rapace), as a traitor, and also stumbles upon a series of grisly child killings that seem to stretch across 20 years »
Norwegian director takes the reins on A Conspiracy of Faith.
Arcel, best known for directing A Royal Affair, wrote three scripts based on Jussi Adler Olsen’s Department Q novels.
But although Arcel was due to step in to make the third part in Zentropa Entertainment’s franchise, Moland has taken his plance. Arcel has recently been working on numerous projects in the Us.
Speaking of Moland, Jensen added: “I had seen his latest feature, In Order »
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Digital distribution operation inspired by innovative models of Us distributors Radius, A24 and IFC to go live next week.
Wild Bunch is set to officially kick off its new digital distribution operation e-Cinéma next week with the first film in Danish Mikkel Norgaard’s hit thriller Department Q franchise, The Keeper of Lost Causes.
The thriller, which topped the Danish box office at the end of 2013, will be released in France under new initiative on March 27.
Wild Bunch said the film would be available for download on a variety of VOD platforms including its own FilmoTV as well as Club Video Sfr, Google Play, iTunes, MyTF1VOD, Orange, Pluzz Vad, Videofutur and Wuaki.TV.
“The film is available on all the digital service providers — Bouygues, Free, Numéricable, Orange and Sfr – as well as most the Ott operators. It will be available in more than 80% of French households,” said Wild Bunch in a statement.
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Tom Hardy. Gary Oldman. Noomi Rapace. A tale of Soviet intrigue. We know a lot of you have been looking forward to Child 44, so we’re happy to be offering a first look at the new UK poster for the movie, in one-sheet and quad flavours, because choice is good. Adapted from the first of a book trilogy by Tom Rob Smith, Child 44 finds Soviet police officer Hardy investigating a serial killer who is targeting children. But as he digs deeper into the case, his own government begins to suspect him of treason when a colleague frames him. Rapace is playing his conflicted wife and Oldman is the chief of police eventually assigned to investigate Hardy. Safe House director Daniel Espinosa is behind this one, working up a tale of paranoia, treachery and crime that is loosely based on real events. With Richard Price handling script chores and Joel Kinnaman, »
Controversial director makes rare appearance and speeches at Danish film awards.
Lars von Trier has once more broken his “vow of silence” to accept an armful of prizes at Denmark’s Robert awards.
The controversial Danish filmmaker’s Nymphomaniac: Director’s Cut scooped eight trophies including best feature and best director at the Danish Film Academy’s awards last night (Feb 1) – and von Trier was in attendance at the ceremony for the first time.
Accepting the Robert for best feature, von Trier said: “From Peter Aalbæk Jensen (his producing partner at Zentropa Entertainments), I know that some of the Robert awards are won by five votes, so I would like to thank those five persons in the auditorium. Thank you very much.”
The director of Antichrist and Dancer in the Dark has rarely spoken in public after being expelled from the Cannes Film Festival in 2011, where he brought Melancholia, after publicly joking that he was a Nazi »
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One of the more intriguing sounding of the pre-Summer films this year is Daniel Espinosa's "Child 44," the film adaptation of the first book in Tom Rob Smith's acclaimed trilogy which is set in Stalinist-era Russia.
Tom Hardy plays a Soviet police officer investigating a serial killer who is targeting children. But as he digs deeper into the case, his own government begins to suspect him of treason when a colleague frames him. Gary Oldman, Noomi Rapace, Joel Kinnaman, Charles Dance, Vincent Cassell, Tara Fitzgerald, Paddy Considine and Fares Fares also star in the film with the trailer due out shortly.
Today though, the first one-sheet for the film has been released through Hitfix and you can check it out below. The movie hits cinemas on April 17th:
Source: Hitfix »
- Garth Franklin
Child 44 looks like it will promise moody drama and solid turns from such respected acting types as Gary Oldman, Noomi Rapace and Tom Hardy. We’d put good money on the first trailer making its way online soon, especially since the poster for the film has arrived via Hitfix. Adapted from the first of a book trilogy by Tom Rob Smith, Child 44 finds Soviet police officer Hardy investigating a serial killer who is targeting children. But as he digs deeper into the case, his own government begins to suspect him of treason when a colleague frames him. Rapace is playing his conflicted wife and Gary Oldman is the chief of police eventually assigned to who investigate Hardy.Safe House director Daniel Espinosa is behind this one, working up a tale of paranoia, treachery and crime that is loosely based on real events. With Richard Price handling script chores and Joel Kinnaman, »
Jamal (Ashraf Barhom) seeks the help of Ziad (Amir Boutrous) in finding the traitors trying to overthrow him in our exclusive clip from Tyrant: The Complete First Season, which is currently available on DVD from Fox Home Entertainment. We reported in September that FX has renewed Tyrant for Season 2, with the 13-episode season slated to debut sometime this summer. If you haven't caught up with this riveting drama from the producers of Homeland quite yet, you have plenty of time to watch Season 1 on DVD before the new episodes debut.
The series centers on Barry Al-Fayeed (Adam Rayner), whose western views are pitted against his brother Jamal's wife, Leila (Moran Atias), who wants her husband to rule with an iron fist. As a national political crisis threatens to explode, Barry finds himself torn between the seductive lure of absolute power and sympathy for his country's courageous freedom fighters. Jennifer Finnigan, »
After the payoff of the successful reception of 2012’s The Hunt, looks like we’re going to get a double dose of Dane Thomas Vinterberg this year. With his adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s Far From the Madding Crowd pushed back (here’s hoping he can enliven the material a bit more rousingly than Schlesinger’s famed version), Vinterberg has already begun production on different kind of period piece, the 1970s set The Commune. Co-written by fellow Dane Tobias Lindholm (who is also working on his own new feature we hope to see next year), who also worked with Vinterberg on Submarino and The Hunt, the exciting cast is headlined by notables Ulrich Thomsen (The Celebration), Trine Dyrholm, and Fares Fares. Based on some autobiographical elements from his own life, which inspired a play he also co-wrote, the film follows a young academic couple, »
- Nicholas Bell
12 items from 2015
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