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The May 1 release of Avengers: Age of Ultron marks the "official" start of the 2015 Summer Movie Season and with that in mind, it's only appropriate to offer up a look forward at what's ahead over the next four months. What is ahead over the next four monthsc Well, a lot of movies that cost a lot of money with a few smaller features mixed in for good measure, and as much as some of us may lament the fact studios have become so franchise focused, it's hard not to admit a desire to see some of these bigger features. As a means of whittling down the flock of films arriving over the next several months I've chosen to take a look at my 20 most anticipated, which does mean there are bound to be some titles I probably ought to mention, but didn't make the list for a variety of reasons. »
- Brad Brevet
Some critics derided Avengers: Age of Ultron as bloated, bombastic and nonsensical, but Australian moviegoers clearly dismissed or didn.t read the reviews
The Marvel blockbuster directed by Joss Whedon captured $15.7 million last weekend and $17.1 million including Wednesday night previews.
To be fair, the original opened on a Wednesday, Anzac Day, making $6 million on that day, and finished up with a towering $53.2 million.
The Disney release accounted for a whopping 71% of the entire market as nationwide receipts shot up by 34% to $22.1 million, according to Rentrak.s estimates. The four-day tally was up 18.5% on last year.
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- Don Groves
A new U.S. trailer has been released for the World War I drama Testament of Youth, which is based upon the memoirs of Vera Brittain and stars Kit Harington and Alicia Vikander; check it out below after the official synopsis…
Vera Brittain, irrepressible, intelligent and free-minded, overcomes the prejudices of her family and hometown to win a scholarship to Oxford. With everything to live for, she falls in love with her brother’s close friend Roland Leighton as they go to university to pursue their literary dreams. But the First World War is looming and as the boys leave for the front Vera realises she cannot sit idly by as her peers fight for their country, so volunteers as a nurse. She works tirelessly, experiencing all the grief of war, as one by one her closest friends are all killed and the pillars of her world shattered. But, an indefatigable spirit, »
- Gary Collinson
Read More: Alicia Vikander on Playing a Robot in 'Ex Machina' Alicia Vikander's star-making performance as robot Ava in "Ex Machina" (now playing nationwide) is one of the cinematic highlights of the year thus far, and luckily fans won't have to wait long to see the 26-year-old Swedish beauty back on the big screen. Following a successful release in Britain earlier this year, James Kent's Wwi period piece "Testament of Youth," starring Vikander and "Game of Thrones" headliner Kit Harington, will hit domestic theaters this June. Based on the 1933 memoir of the same name by Vera Brittain, "Youth" recounts the promising Oxford student's life and the sacrifice she made to become a Wwi nurse after her fiancé (Harington), brother and friends were all sent to the front lines. Brittain's voluntary service led her from London to Malta and France and forced her to confront the horrors of battle »
- Zack Sharf
If you haven't yet seen Ex Machina get out there and do so as it expands even further this weekend. Along with an overall great film you'll also get to see a great performance from Alicia Vikander whose name first came to most people's attention with A Royal Affair a couple years later, but after Ex Machina and this summer's Testament of Youth her stock is likely to continue to rise and, who knows, maybe an Oscar nomination in the near future. Today we have a new trailer for the latter film I mentioned there, Testament of Youth, a World War I feature adapted from the memoir by Vera Brittain played here by one Alicia Vikander opposite Kit Harrington ("Game of Thrones"). Here's the plot: Vera, irrepressible, intelligent and free-minded, overcomes the prejudices of her family and hometown, to win a scholarship to Oxford. With everything to live for, she »
- Brad Brevet
Now that the film has already seen a release in the UK, it's time for Us audiences to get familiar with director James Kent’s new film Testament of Youth. The film is based on Vera Brittain’s First World War memoir of the same name and stars Alicia Vikander as Vera Brittain. Vikander is joined by Game of Thrones’ Kit Harington who plays her fiancé, Roland Leighton. I'm not familiar with the source material but this seems like a handsomely photographed period piece that's, as far as I can tell, competently executed on just about every level besides that as well. Check out the Us version of Testament of Youth Trailer below. The film also stars Taron Egerton, Emily Watson, Hayley Atwell, Colin Morgan, Joanna Scanlan, Alexandra Roach, Jonathan Bailey, Anna Chancellor, Nicholas Le Prevost, Nicholas Farrell, Dominic West and Miranda Richardson. Trailer courtesy of Yahoo: Here’s the »
- Evan Dickson
First and foremost, what is likely to end up being the biggest blockbuster of the year, Avengers: Age of Ultron, has scored a PG-13 ratings for "intense sequences of sci-fi action, violence and destruction, and for some suggestive comments." This isn't too much different than the PG-13 rating for The Avengers, which was for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action throughout, and a mild drug reference. Sounds like there may be a little more destruction and -- oh, la, la -- some suggestive comments. This week's bulletin also has a PG-13 rating for Cameron Crowe's new movie Aloha starring Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone and we also have a PG-13 for Before We Go, directed by and starring Avengers star Chris Evans and Star Trek Into Darkness co-star Alice Eve. Nancy Meyers has a new movie coming this year called The Intern starring Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway »
- Brad Brevet
★★★★☆ Débutante British feature film director James Kent, along with Calendar Girls (2003) screenwriter Juliette Towhidi, has succulently crafted an emotionally bruising, evocative and smartly streamlined adaptation of one of the greatest rallying cries to pacifism, Vera Brittain's remarkable Testament of Youth (2015). An account of her war years between 1914-18, Brittain's book is unique in a variety of ways and the challenges of adapting for the screen are numerous as a result. Kent, who gathers a cast of extremely bright young things, creates a drama that glides with sorrowful grace, pitching at a respectful and tear-inducing tone.
- CineVue UK
London Critics’ Circle reveal top 10 films of 2014. Scroll down for full list of winners
The evening’s other big winner was Under the Skin, for which Jonathan Glazer was on hand to collect the Attenborough Award for British Film of the Year, and composer Mica Levi accepted the Technical Achievement Award for her score.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
The London Critics’ Circle Film Awards took place at the May Fair Hotel in London tonight, with Boyhood taking home the top honour, Film of the Year, as well as Director of the Year (Richard Linklater) and Supporting Actress of the Year (Patricia Arquette).
Under the Skin was named British Film of the Year and also collected the Technical Achievement Award, while other winners on the night included Michael Keaton (Actor of the Year – Birdman), Julianne Moore (Actress of the Year – Still Alice), J.K. Simmons (Supporting Actor of the Year – Whiplash), Timothy Spall (British Actor of the Year – Mr. Turner) and Rosamund Pike (British Actress of the Year – Gone Girl and What We Did On Our Holiday).
Here’s the full list of nominations, with the winners highlighted in red…
Film Of The Year
The Grand Budapest Hotel
- Gary Collinson
The classic war memoir deserves a more adventurous retelling
Vera Brittain’s 1933 source text may be one of the key works of 20th-century English literature (an authentic feminist voice amid a cacophony of male war novelists and poets), but James Kent’s handsomely well-behaved film has the air of a footnote about it. Certainly the true-life story of this independent young woman abandoning her hard-earned Oxford studies to tend to the wounded and dying (both British and German) during the first world war is invigorating and inspiring. The mercurial Swedish actor Alicia Vikander overcomes an only slightly wobbly accent (in a role originally earmarked for Saoirse Ronan) to hold her own against a barrage of all-too familiar elements: the prewar romance; the Brief Encounter parting; the derailed family celebrations, etc.
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- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
The British Wwi drama is already showing in cinemas across the UK, and now it looks like Vera Brittain’s memoir will reach an even bigger audience. Her 1933 book follows her experiences as a Vad nurse after Brittain put her Oxford degree on hold to contribute to the war effort.
Alicia Vikander stars as Vera, and Game of Thrones actor Kit Harington plays Vera’s beau, Roland. It’s funded by a number of companies, including BBC Films, Screen Yorkshire’s Yorkshire Content Fund and the BFI.
Testament Of Youth is currently showing in UK cinemas.
- Claire Joanne Huxham
Sony Pictures Classics has announced the acquisition of North American rights to "Testament of Youth," directed by James Kent. Based on Vera Brittain’s World War I memoir of the same name, the story, adapted by Juliette Towhidi, follows Vera, an irrepressible, intelligent and free-minded young woman, who overcomes the prejudices of her family and hometown to win a scholarship to Oxford. The synopsis continues: "With everything to live for, she falls in love with her brother’s brilliant friend Roland Leighton as they go to University to pursue their literary dreams. But the First World War is looming and as the boys leave for the front, Vera realizes she cannot sit idly by as her peers fight for their country, so volunteers as a nurse and sets off for France. " The film stars Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, Taron Egerton, Dominic West, Emily Watson, Colin Morgan, Miranda Richardson, Joanna Scanlan, »
- Casey Cipriani
Sony Pictures Classics has acquired the North American, Latin American and Asian distribution rights to Testament of Youth. The studio has not announced a release date at this time for director James Kent's adaptation of Vera Brittain's autobiography, although the film was released today in the U.K. Here's what the director had to say about the acquisition in a brief statement.
"I am thrilled to see Sony Pictures Classics partner on our journey in bringing Testament of Youth to the screen. I am so proud of this heartfelt, beautifully performed film of youthful hope and searing love that speaks across the ages."
"I have known Michael and Tom for many, many years and have admired their vision, integrity and passionate support of great films and original voices for even longer. »
Based on Vera Brittain’s World War I memoir of the same name, the film is directed by James Kent and adapted by Juliette Towhidi. Alicia Vikander stars as Brittain along with Kit Harington, Taron Egerton, Dominic West, Emily Watson, Colin Morgan and Miranda Richardson.
“Testament” premiered in October at the London Film Festival, where Guy Lodge called it “rousing” in his Variety review.
“Testament” is co-produced by Celia Duval, and executive produced by Christine Langan and Joe Oppenheimer of BBC Films, Richard Mansell, Zygi Kamasa of Lionsgate UK, Hugo Heppell of Screen Yorkshire, and Henrik Zein of Nordisk. The film was funded by BBC Films, Screen Yorkshire’s Yorkshire Content Fund, BFI, Nordisk Film Production, »
- Dave McNary
Sony Pictures Classics has acquired the North American, Latin American and Asian rights to Protagonist Pictures’ World War I drama “Testament of Youth,” starring “Game of Thrones” actor Kit Harington, the company announced on Friday.
The film, based on Vera Brittain’s memoir of the same name, follows the open-minded author’s journey to overcome prejudices of her family and hometown to win a scholarship to Oxford University, only to join her peers’ fight for their country by volunteering to be a nurse helping the wounded in France.
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- Greg Gilman
First World War drama sold by Protagonist Pictures to North America, Latin America and Asia.
Sony Pictures Classics announced has acquired the rights in North America, Latin America and Asia to Testament of Youth. Based on Vera Brittain’s First World War memoir of the same name, the deal was negotiated with Mike Goodridge and Vanessa Saal for Protagonist Pictures and Spc.
Vikander plays Brittain, who idyllic life in the countryside is shattered when the First World War sees those closest to her called to the front line. It follows her story as she abandons a Oxford University scholarship to enter the fray as a nurse and deals with the struggle of love and loss during wartime.
Speaking of the deal, director Kent said: “The prospect of this extraordinary story being cherished by an American audience is extremely »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North American, Latin American and Asian rights to James Kent’s Testament Of Youth starring Alicia Vikander (The Man From U.N.C.L.E.) and Kit Harington (Game Of Thrones). The film is an adaptation of Vera Brittain’s epic First World War romantic drama. Juliette Towhidi wrote the script.
Testament Of Youth is produced by David Heyman and Rosie Alison of Heyday Films, co-produced by Celia Duval, and executive produced by Christine Langan and Joe Oppenheimer of BBC Films, Richard Mansell, Zygi Kamasa of Lionsgate UK, Hugo Heppell of Screen Yorkshire, and Henrik Zein of Nordisk. The film was funded by BBC Films, Screen Yorkshire’s Yorkshire Content Fund, BFI, Nordisk Film Production, Lipsync and Ingenious.
“I have known Michael and Tom for many, many years and have admired their vision, »
- Ali Jaafar
• Reel history: Testament of Youth
Screenwriter Juliet Towhidi’s confident adaptation of Vera Brittain’s classic first world war memoir Testament of Youth, directed by James Kent, has won golden opinions since it arrived at last year’s London film festival, and certainly anyone can appreciate how decently intentioned it is, and how respectfully performed. But for me it remains worryingly close to the inertia of heritage cinema, replete with emotional solemnity. The drama shows a dreamy and slightly torpid drift towards pathos and tastefully contoured commemoration: all the rage and agony of war never quite come into focus.
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- Peter Bradshaw
Testament of Youth star says strong female roles are “rare” today.
Swedish actress Alicia Vikander has said she “fought hard” for the role of iconic British writer Vera Brittain in World War One biopic Testament of Youth, in part due to the rarity of strong female film roles today.
Speaking at the BFI Southbank last night as part of the ‘BFI Presents’ series, the in-demand actress said: “I fought hard for this role…I met James [director James Kent] just before Christmas 2013. We went for dinner and I just came in there ready saying ‘I know that I’m Swedish but I can do this so please give me the chance’.
“You know, it’s rare, it’s so rare to find strong female roles in film nowadays”, she continued.
“So when you get one of those scripts on your table it’s just an instant love.”
Actress Vikander, director James Kent and producer Rosie Allison were joined at the »
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