5 items from 2014
Stars: Luke Moran, Sean Astin, Sara Paxton, Omid Abtahi, John Heard, Michael Welch, John Robinson, Elijah Kelley, Scott Patterson, Jermaine Williams, Cru Ennis, Bernhard Forcher, Luis Bordonada, Jerry Hernandez | Written and Directed by Luke Moran
This dramatic war thriller follows soldier Jack Farmer (Luke Moran) from small town America to Iraq’s most infamous prison, Abu Ghraib, where he’s tasked with guarding the Army’s highest priority detainees. Pressured by his superior (Sean Astin) into using harsh techniques on a seemingly innocent detainee (Omid Abtahi), the seductive allure of war quickly turns to a haunting reality that threatens to break him.
War. What is it good for? Well seemingly it’s good for churning out war film after war film. Some bad. Some good. Thankfully Prisoner of War falls into the latter camp. Produced by the same people behind Traffic and Blood Diamond, the films is loosely based »
- Phil Wheat
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50. Dancer in the Dark (2000)
Directed by Lars von Trier
Signature Song: “I’ve Seen It All” (http://youtu.be/d9zFt6M_GLo)
Who says people in a musical have to be able to sing? The list starts with a film directed by the director of Melancholia, Antichrist, and the recent Nymphomaniac films. Starring Björk, Dancer in the Dark takes place in the fantasy world of Selma, an immigrant from the Czeck Republic living in a blue-collar town in the United States. She lives on the property of a local police officer named Bill (David Morse) and his wife. She finds herself the object of a shy co-worker’s affection (Peter Stormare), but doesn’t entirely reciprocate, partly because she knows that she is slowly going blind. Terrified that her disease is hereditary and her son most certainly will get it, she works long hours at the factory, »
- Joshua Gaul
From the Producers of Blood Diamond and The Last Samurai, the dramatic war thriller Boys of Abu Ghraib follows soldier Jack Farmer (Luke Moran) from small town America to Iraq's most infamous prison, Abu Ghraib, where he's tasked with guarding the Army's highest priority detainees. Pressured by his superior (Sean Astin) into using harsh techniques on a seemingly innocent detainee (Omid Abtahi), the seductive allure of war quickly turns to a haunting reality that threatens to break him. Based on the true events that shocked the world in 2004. Check out our exclusive clip as it welcomes newcomers to the wondrous world of Iraq.
Boys of Abu Ghraib comes to theaters March 28th, 2014 and stars Sara Paxton, Sean Astin, John Heard, Michael Welch, Scott Patterson, Omid Abtahi, John Robinson, Elijah Kelley. The film is directed by Luke Moran. »
The images from the atrocities committed in Abu Ghraib still scar the national memory, and unsurprisingly, it has proven to be fodder for both documentaries and feature films, from storytellers trying to understand what happened in corridors and cells or the notorious Iraqi prison. And the latest is from writer/director Luke Moran with this debut film, "Boys Of Abu Ghraib." Starring Sara Paxton, Elijah Kelley, Sean Astin and Scott Gordon-Patterson, the story follows a small town soldier assigned to Abu Ghraib, where he’s pressured by his superior into using harsh techniques on a seemingly innocent detainee. It's a powerful awakening for the young man, and as you'll see in this exclusive, the elusive nature of truth in the context of torture adds an extra layer to how he handles his assignment, and deals with prisoners who may have the blood of innocent lives on their hands. "The Boys »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
"20 Feet From Stardom"
What's It About? Being a back-up singer is no easy task, especially when you're working so hard and getting so little credit. Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Judith Hill, and other singers take front and center in this doc about the women who've revolutionized the music we listen to.
Why We're In: The doc features fantastic footage of performances from every era of modern music -- we dare you not to get teary when you see and hear Luther Vandross doing backup with Fischer and others for David Bowie. Interviews with Mick Jagger, Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, and Bette Midler are icing on the cake.
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
What's It About? Director Jules Dassin snagged the Palme d'Or for this film noir about four guys going in on one last heist -- and we all »
- Jenni Miller
5 items from 2014
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