British horror comedy is a broad church, and when it comes to the cinema, you could end up with anything from Shaun Of The Dead to Lesbian Vampire Killers. Happily, Double Date, a blokey thriller written by its star Danny Morgan (BBC Three's Ideal) is quite funny and has a certain amount of visual panache, so it lands comfortably in the better end of the spectrum.
Arriving in UK cinemas fresh off a crowd-pleasing premiere at FrightFest earlier this year, the film follows Jim (Morgan), a painfully shy young man who's on the verge of becoming a 30 year old virgin. His best mate Alex (Michael Socha) seems even more exasperated about this than he does. And so, neither of them can believe their luck when stunning sisters Kitty (Kelly Wenham) and Lulu (Georgia Groome
Patriots Day exposes the stories of the everyday heroes involved in the manhunt for the Tsarnaev brothers following the devastating Boston Marathon attack in 2013. To celebrate the release of Peter Berg’s latest ‘based on true events’ film we’ve pulled together a list of the best manhunt movies currently at large.
Zero Dark Thirty
The exhausting hunt for Osama bin Laden was something the world was certainly aware of, but the cloak and dagger operation kept things under wraps until the evening of 1st May 2011 when in a seemingly sudden move, at least to the general population, bin Laden
Paranoid is the engrossing brainchild of Tom Sherry, the producer of Scott & Bailey, Prey and Ordinary Lies, that will leave you on the edge of your seat and holding your breath…
The sleepy town of Woodmere is devastated when a doctor is murdered in a children’s playground in broad daylight. Three detectives embark on what they initially believe to be a straightforward murder investigation, but when the main suspect is found dead in an apparent suicide, the police are drawn deeper. As the ever-darkening mystery leads the detectives on a dangerous and beguiling journey across Europe, personal demons are brought to the fore and the foe becomes increasingly formidable.
From Red Productions, one of the UK’s leading production companies, this exceptional TV mini-series stars Lesley Sharp (Scott & Bailey, The Full Monty,
Written and Directed by Ben Affleck.
Starring Ben Affleck, Elle Fanning, Zoe Saldana, Sienna Miller, Chis Messina, Robert Glenister, Remo Girone, Chris Cooper, Anthony Michael Hall, Clark Gregg, Max Casella, Miguel J. Pimentel, Titus Welliver, Matthew Maher, and Brendan Gleeson.
A group of Boston-bred gangsters set up shop in balmy Florida during the Prohibition era, facing off against the competition and the Klu Klux Klan.
Writer, director, star Ben Affleck’s (The Town, Argo) Live by Night suffers from an identity crisis. It doesn’t know if it wants to be a tale of Robin Hood style Prohibition-era mobsters, a classic revenge story, a war between gangsters and the Ku Klux Klan, a battle over turf between Irish and Italian mobs, the startup of a casino, or whatever the other subplots are that I’m forgetting. The point is that Live by Night is a mess structurally and narratively,
Though thriving in its set-up, Ben Affleck’s return to the director’s chair for the first time since the Oscar winning Argo, falls short in its pay-off, becoming needlessly convoluted as we progress throughout the narrative. Attempting to cover so much ground and a myriad of characters and themes, the complexity proves detrimental, which is a shame, for when this feature is simple, it makes for an engaging cinematic experience.
The tale begins in Prohibition Era Boston, and whether he likes it or not, Joe Coughlin (Affleck) is married to the gangster life, mostly due to the fact he’s having an affair with Emma Gould (Sienna Miller), the partner of the uncompromising crime lord Albert White (Robert Glenister), head of the Irish mafia. An outlaw with a cop for a father (Brendan Gleeson), Joe’s secret is uncovered by a rival gang leader, and if
Read our Live By Night review below.
Live By Night is Ben Affleck‘s fourth film as director after cutting his teeth with his debut feature, the impressive Gone Baby Gone, followed by the slightly superior The Town ,and then the Oscar-winning Argo. One might say that he’s on a cinematic roll, at least behind the camera, so it’s no surprise that he has aimed high for his latest, the period gangster epic Live By Night.
The film opens in 1920s Boston where Affleck’s character, local hoodlum Joe Coughlin is introduced as the son of the local chief of police (and Wwi veteran) Thomas Coughlin, played by Brendan Gleeson. Joe is carrying out petty crimes to finance his lifestyle, gradually moving up the crime food chain.
Written by, directed by, and starring Affleck, the Prohibition era drama concerns low-level criminal Joe Coughlin (Affleck) and his band of nitwits (including scene-stealer Chris Messina) taking down scores in late 1920s Boston. Unfortunately, Joe is in love with the wrong dame: Emma Gould (Sienna Miller, mostly wasted), lover of Irish kingpin Albert White (Robert Glenister). Once blackmailed by the rival Italian mobster Maso Pescatore (Remo Girone), Joe finds himself between a rock and a hard place.
From the opening voiceover, we are informed by Joe himself that he is a Wwi veteran disillusioned by the state of things, forgotten by the country he fought for, and pushed into a life of crime.
The film follows petty thief Joe Coughlin (Ben Affleck), who also happens to be the son of Boston police captain Thomas Coughlin (a consistently solid Brendan Gleeson) and involved in a steamy love affair with Emma Gould (an unrecognizable Sienna Miller). She’s Albert White’s (Robert Glenister) girlfriend, the current leader of the Irish mob. So yeah, that’s a problem.
That’s a sterling track record, which is why I’m far from
UK sales outfit Film Constellation has boarded international rights to recently wrapped UK comedy-horror Double Date, the directorial debut from UK filmmaker Benjamin Barfoot, written by UK actor Danny Morgan.
The co-production between Dignity Group and Stigma Films stars Michael Socha (This is England), Georgia Groome (London to Brighton), Danny Morgan (On The Road) and Kelly Wenham (Merlin).
The film follows the story of Jim, aided by his obnoxious but charming best friend Alex, on his quest to lose his virginity before he turns 30. The night before the big day they meet Kitty and Lulu, two beautiful sisters who seem determined to seduce them, but who secretly have another darker agenda for Jim’s birthday – virgin sacrifice.
Cameos include Dexter Fletcher (Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels), Tom Sturridge (Far From The Madding Crowd), Olivia Poulet (Sherlock), [link
Just a few hours before the trailer hit the web, the film’s official landscape poster was unveiled, and it can be seen here; additionally, a new version of the poster was also released, so feel free to take a gander at it down below…
With Live By Night, Affleck looks to continue his feature-length directorial winning streak, which began in 2007 with Gone Baby Gone and has continued ever since.
Judging based off of the trailer alone, Live By Night looks like a real winner, boasting an outstanding cast, gorgeous cinematography and superb writing. Affleck is wearing more hats this time around than ever before, as this marks the first feature film that he is starring in,
Adapted from the Dennis Lehane novel of the same name, Live By Night followers bootlegger and gangster Joe Coughlin (Affleck) and his rise through the criminal underworld in the 1920s.
Joining Affleck in the cast of Live By Night are Chris Messina, Zoe Saldana, Sienna Miller, Brendan Gleeson, Titus Welliver, Robert Glenister, Chris Cooper, Elle Fanning, Remo Girone, Max Casella and Anthony Michael Hall. It is set for release on January 13th, 2017.
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