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We know some of your are waiting for Netflix, so if you still haven't seen Iron Man 3 yet, you may want to stop reading, because this story contains Major Spoilers.
One of the lingering mysteries left by Iron Man 3 is the true identity of the evil Mandarin. In the film, Ben Kingsley plays Trevor Slattery, an actor pretending to be the most dangerous terrorist in the entire world. He is soon discovered to be working as a media smokescreen for Aldrich Killian. The character went onto appear in Marvel One-Shot: All Hail the King, where he is incarcerated with a group of true sycophants. He is eventually blasted out of jail by a minion of the 'real' Mandarin. But who is the 'real' Mandarin?
In fact, he »
★★☆☆☆From former Christopher Nolan cinematographer Wally Pfister and packing an all-star cast, there were plenty of reasons to be excited about Transcendence (2014). Sadly, the end result is a disappointing mess of a movie which fails to deliver on its strong premise. Transcendence follows Will Caster (Johnny Depp), one of the leading minds in artificial intelligence research along with his wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall). That makes them the target of anti-tech extremists, and an assassination attempt leaves Will wounded and dying from a radioactive bullet. With time running out, Evelyn and colleague Max (Paul Bettany) hatch a desperate plan to upload Will's consciousness into a sentient A.I. construct.
- CineVue UK
To mark the release of Transcendence on 25th August, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray.
Sci-fi thriller directed by Wally Pfister and starring Johnny Depp. Dr. Will Caster (Depp) is one of the leading scientists in the world due to his pioneering work in creating sentient artificial intelligence. However, with fame and success comes the attention of a technophobic extremist group seeking to put an end to his work before he creates something beyond human control. When Caster is shot by a member of the group and falls victim to radiation poisoning, there is no hope for his survival. With the help of his wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall) and friend Max (Paul Bettany) he decides to continue his latest project by linking his mind with that of the computer and creating technology more intelligent than the collective capability of the entire human race. While his earthly body dies, »
Despite Pirates of the Caribbean being one of Disney’s biggest cash cow franchises, getting the fifth installment, Dead Men Tell No Tales, off the ground has been hard to accomplish. Kon Tiki directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg are attached to helm the film, with Johnny Depp confirmed to reprise the role of Captain Jack Sparrow, but the film has been delayed several times, and is now eyeing a 2017 release date, six years after the previous installment, On Stranger Tides.
Mega producer Jerry Bruckheimer has been saying that the film will begin production in early 2015, and a new report seems to back that up. According to Inside Film, Walt Disney Pictures is currently negotiating with the government of Australia to receive a 30% incentive to shoot “a big budget feature” in the country.
THR suggests that the “big budget feature” in question is actually 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, but the »
- James Garcia
Chicago – The Internet is for real in “Transcendence”, a B-movie with grade-a production quality, loaded with terabyte-size open-ended questions, so long as one can accept it lastly with a scientific mindset. It is a film that perceives technology to be more expansive than a box of wires and computer chips, and actualizes the expanse of the internet as limitless to the realm of spiritual.
Like the notion of titling a wide-released movie “Heaven Is for Real”, the experience of “Transcendence” depends on believing in the possibility of the film’s philosophies, and through a mostly meditative state about what an internet connection can really achieve. Its hyper reality is to be accepted, do-or-discard. For some, it will play off as glossy Ed Wood, but for those who choose to roll with its prophesying, “Transcendence” will challenge and intrigue by raising questions beyond the usual blockbuster scope.
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To mark the release of A Promise on 4th August, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on DVD.
Set in Germany at the outbreak of World War I, A Promise centres on Charlotte Hoffmeister (Rebecca Hall) a married woman who falls in love with Friedrich Zeitz (Richard Madden), a protégé of her husband Karl Hoffmeister (Alan Rickman).
Bound by duty and divided by the impending war, the young lovers pledge their devotion to each other in spite of what their future holds.
A passionate and romantic drama about forbidden love, A Promise marks the English language debut of acclaimed French director, Patrice Leconte and is based on the classic novel ‘Journey into the Past’ by Austrian author Stefan Zwieg (famed for the film adaptations of Letter From An Unknown Woman and The Grand Budapest Hotel).
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When a terrorist lorry bomb wipes out 120 people in London's Borough Market, the British security forces quickly seize a chief suspect. However, his trial could reveal sensitive information so it's split into two - one part taking place in open court and the other in closed session. Barrister Martin Rose (Eric Bana) gets the public hearing while his fellow counsel - and former lover - Claudia (Rebecca Hall) gets the behind-closed-doors division. »
This dreary, drippy period romance is sorely lacking in juicy melodrama and some sizzle among supposed stifled lovebirds. I’m “biast” (pro): love the cast
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
A period romance with Alan Rickman and Rebecca Hall? Oh goody! I thought. What could go wrong? Almost everything, it transpires. Major problem: by the time this dreary, drippy would-be melodrama gets to the titular promise, there’s not enough movie left to do it the sort of heart-rending justice it needs to be as tragically romantic as we’re intended to take it as.
See, Friedrich Zeitz (Richard Madden: Game of Thrones) is the new engineer-slash-clerk at the steel factory in 1912 Germany, and has caught the eye of ailing tycoon-owner Karl Hoffmeister (Rickman: Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Gambit), who takes the »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Dutiful wife Lotte Hoffmeister (Rebecca Hall) find herself drawn to young steel works engineer Friederich (Richard Madden) when he is brought under the wing of her older, industrialist husband Karl (Alan Rickman). However, their love is tested when Friederich is sent abroad to oversee a Mexican mine and the arrival of World War 1 means puts paid to a swift reunion. French director Patrice Leconte - in his first English language movie - adapts Stefan Zweig's sensual novella Journey into the Past. »
Across the illustrious career of French auteur Patrice Leconte, he’s won a BAFTA, been nominated for two others – he has multiple Golden Bear, Palme d’Or and Golden Lion nominations, not to mention the two César wins in his home nation. So, if you were to throw Alan Rickman and Rebecca Hall into the mix for his latest production A Promise, you’re on to a winner, right? Wrong.
Set in Germany in the years leading up towards the First World War, Rickman and Hall play aristocratic husband and wife Karl and Lotte Hoffmeister, respectively, who welcome the former’s ambitious new work colleague Friedrich Zeitz (Richard Madden) into their home. Though within just a few days, the guest discovers he has strong feelings for his employer’s wife, and while she feels exactly the same way, they remain reluctant to act upon it. However when Friedrich is ushered »
- Stefan Pape
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Heaven Is for Real (drama; Greg Kinnear, Kelly Reilly; rated PG) Sabotage (action; Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington, Joe Manganiello, Josh Holloway, Terrence Howard; rated R) Transcendence (sci-fi; Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Cillian Murphy, Morgan Freeman; rated PG-13) The Single Moms Club (Tyler Perry-directed comedy; Nia Long, Amy Smart; rated PG-13) Cesar Chavez (drama; Michael Peña, America Ferrera; rated PG-13...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
In a shocking and dispiriting turn of events, Wally Pfister, the talented cinematographer of Inception, The Dark Knight and practically every other Christopher Nolan film, chose Transcendence, surely one of the most jaw-droppingly brainless sci-fi movies in years, as his first directing gig. And Pfister will hopefully get out just about unscathed from this agonizing trainwreck, because his consistently stylish and visually pleasing direction is the only reason Transcendence should get any stars.
But I still must ask, what was he thinking? How is it possible that an Academy Award winner who worked on one of the best and most thoughtful sci-fi films of the last decade could have looked at the story of Transcendence and thought, “Yup, sounds good”? I can’t think of a wannabe blockbuster in recent memory that has ever been as gruesomely mauled to death by its script as Transcendence – after learning that screenwriter Jack Paglen »
- Isaac Feldberg
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
What's It About? Jude Law dons impressive chops and gold teeth to play a sleazy
safecracker fresh out of jail. Dom took the fall without ratting out his boss (Demián Bichir), and now it's time to pay the piper. Richard E. Grant co-stars as his best friend, whom Dom enlists on his quest to get paid. Emilia Clarke (the mother of dragons!) plays Dom's estranged daughter, Evelyn.
Why We're In: We love darkly funny crime thrillers, and it's cool to see Jude Law back in action.
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
The Essential Jacques Demy (Criterion)
What's It About? This box set comes with the most beloved movies by the French auteur: "Lola," "Bay of Angels," "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg," "The Young Girls of Rochefort," "Donkey Skin," and "Une Chambre en Ville."
Why We're In: In addition to the digital restorations of these delightful classics, »
- Jenni Miller
"This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is Thor. This is the Thor of the Marvel Universe." So ran this week's statement from Marvel Comics, announcing that hammer-wielding Norse god Thor will be female in a new comic series. While a number of reactions from fans and industry folk have been dead on, others have been predictably hostile.
Coupled with the imminent release of Guardians of the Galaxy, which is the first Marvel Studios movie to date with a female screenwriter, this announcement has reignited an ever-brewing debate about women in superhero movies. More to the point, the lack thereof.
After Black Widow proved to be more or less second lead in Captain America: The Winter Soldier earlier this year, many were hoping that Marvel would finally bite the bullet and announce a standalone movie for Scarlett Johansson as part of their Phase Three plans. »
The fine track record that Seattle filmmaker Lynn Shelton had established with “Humpday” and “Your Sister’s Sister” met a speed bump “Touchy Feely,” which attracted mixed reviews. (Here's Toh's interview with Shelton and star Rosemarie DeWitt.) Her latest title “Laggies" was scooped up by A24 at Sundance and marks a return to form. Significantly, "Laggies" is the first Shelton film based on someone else's writing, in this case Andrea Siegel. No question Sam Rockwell marks an improvement over originally cast Paul Rudd, while Keira Knightley eventually replaced Rebecca Hall. Check out the first trailer, which showcases another mix of fish-out-of-water tropes and angst-ridden adults. Megan, 28, (Keira Knightley) enjoys hanging out with Annika (Chloë Grace Moretz), 16, who she meets outside her old high school at a class reunion gone wrong. After her boring boyfriend (Marc Webber) proposes, Megan escapes from her life by shacking »
- Anne Thompson and Nick Newman
“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder” has been enjoying more recognition as awards season rolls on. The musical comedy has garnered four wins at the 64th annual Outer Critics Circle Theatre Awards, including nods for actor Jefferson Mays and director Darko Tresnjak; “Bullets Over Broadway” and “The Glass Menagerie” are close as well, with three each.Nick Cordero and Marin Mazzie both took outstanding featured actors in a musical for their performances in “Bullets Over Broadway.” Bryan Cranston took outstanding actor with his Broadway debut “All the Way” (outstanding new Broadway play winner), wherein he plays the former United States president Lyndon B. Johnson; he beat out Ian McKellen in “No Man’s Land.” Cherry Jones from “The Glass Menagerie” was the winner in the outstanding actress category beating out Rebecca Hall (“Machinal”), Jessica Hecht (“Stage Kiss”), Estelle Parsons (“The Velocity of Autumn”) and Tyne Daly (“Mothers and Sons »
"Basically, there are a few early concepts of the “Bdc” (Brightwood Data Center) - the lab set up by Johnny Depp’s character “Will Caster”, who is at the forefront in the development of sentient computers. It’s a lab set in the near future that utilizes some very forward thinking technology (not to give any spoilers away). There is also the “Pinn Computer Core” - which was a quantum computer core developed by Caster in order to create the foundation for a sentient computer system that could become self-aware. As well, I’ve included some early concepts for the small town of “Brightwood”, where “Evelyn Caster” (Rebecca Hall) has set up shop in order to carry out her husband’s work. I had a great time working with Production Designer Chris Seagers and Director Wally Pfister, who's vision for the film was a blur between the seductive, bright, shiny »
The 2014 honorees for the 70th Annual Theatre World Awards Ceremony have been announced. Winners for Outstanding Broadway or Off-Broadway Debut Performance, the Dorothy Loudon Award for Excellence in the Theatre for an Outstanding Performance in a Broadway or Off-Broadway Production, and the John Willis Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre will be presented with awards at the June 2 ceremony, hosted by Peter Fillichia, being held at Circle in the Square. The Theatre World Awards are presented at the end of the theatre season to 12 actors for “their significant, reviewable, debut performances in a Broadway or Off-Broadway production.” A full list of the winners is below: 2014 Theatre World Award winners:Paul Chahidi, “Twelfth Night,” or “What You Will”Nick Cordero, “Bullets over Broadway”Bryan Cranston, “All the Way”Mary Bridget Davies, “A Night with Janis Joplin”Sarah Greene, “The Cripple of Inishmaan”Rebecca Hall, “Machinal”Ramin Karimloo, “Les Misérables”Zachary Levi, »
The relationship between humankind and technology has long been fertile ground for filmmakers. Feeding easily into a variety of dynamics – good guys and bad guys, the mighty oppressing the weak, corporate facelessness versus heartfelt creativity – the opportunities for story-telling are endless. The latest entry to this catalogue is Transcendence, written by Jack Paglen.
As the directorial debut of Wally Pfister – best known for his work as cinematographer for Christopher Nolan – Transcendence is an update on the ‘technology tries to take over the world’ trope, incorporating global issues such as environmentalism and healthcare into its narrative. Starring Johnny Depp as Artificial Intelligence researcher Dr. Will Caster, we discover that he and his wife, Evelyn (Rebecca Hall) are trying to create a machine able to achieve sentience and collective intelligence, which Will refers to as ‘Transcendence.’ During a fundraising event, Will is shot by an Anti-ai extremist, with a bullet coated in »
- Sarah Myles
Directed by Wally Pfister.
As Dr. Will Caster works toward his goal of creating an omniscient, sentient machine, a radical anti-technology organization fights to prevent him from establishing a world where computers can transcend the abilities of the human brain.
Do you remember when movies were turned into novelizations to tie-in to their release? Watching Transcendence it dawned on me around the hour mark that this film would probably make for an engaging and fascinating read over the course of 500 pages or more, but when you’re left thinking this, it’s clear the film playing in front of you isn’t working. In a reverse logic to how Hollywood works, this is one film which someone should adapt into a book because the screenplay is essentially unfilmable if the goal »
- Gary Collinson
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