5 items from 2014
The story follows a team of U.S. archaeologists who discover they are being hunted by unknown forces after finding a lost pyramid in Egypt. Ashley Hinshaw, James Buckley, Denis O'Hare, Amir K and Christa Nicola star.
- Garth Franklin
Moulin Rouge! is a mixed bag. It’s an idea that looks good on paper, but looks horrendous in execution. It’s a film where it should have the ability to make all the right emotional pivots, but succumbs to an ostentation that exists in its final product, making this a hallmark for director Baz Lurhmann’s career. I appreciate him, in an odd way, for injecting a very strange version of romance in his films, one that, in Moulin Rouge!, is wonderfully cynical and melancholy. In almost all of his work, his maximalism overshadows some of the most interesting aspects of the films (the sole exception being Strictly Ballroom, his first feature): the post-modern comments on capitalism in William Shakespeare’s Romeo+ Juliet, the inherent frivolity of “freedom, beauty, truth, and love” in Moulin Rouge!, and the hollow decadence of the parties in The Great Gatsby. But everything »
- Kyle Turner
Just ahead of its debut as the Cinefest Oz's opener, the first Son of a Gun images have landed online. Julius Avery's directorial debut stars Brenton Thwaites (The Giver) as Jr, a young man who becomes a protégé of Australia's most notorious criminal Brendan Lynch (Ewan McGregor). "Locked up for a minor crime, Jr quickly learns the harsh realities of prison life. There is no survival guide. Keep your head down, do your time, get out. Protection – if you can get it – is paramount." These images don't look like they show much of the lockup, but I'm still intrigued by the premise, and hopefully we'll get to see the film in the U.S. soon. Hit the jump to check out the Son of a Gun images and poster. The film also stars Alicia Vikander, Jacek Koman, Matt Nable, and Tom Budge. Son of a Gun opens in Australia in October, »
- Matt Goldberg
LevelK to handle international distribution on feature adapted from con artist stage show.
Spall, best known for his roles in the Harry Potter franchise and Mike Leigh’s films including the upcoming Mr Turner, will play an conman in the feature.
Luc, who has more than 2 million subscribers on YouTube, will play Lawrence, an 18-year-old Chinese Australian who cheats in his high school final year exams and fails to get into medicine.
Banished to stay with his uncle for the summer, Lawrence meets the Professor (Spall), a colourful, ageing conman and so begins a road-trip with the Professor and his daughter Sarah, played by Lily Sullivan. Other cast members include Kat Stewart and Jacek Koman.
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Luc plays Lawrence, an 18-year-old Chinese Australian who cheats in his high school final year exams and fails to get into medicine. Banished to stay with his uncle for the summer, Lawrence meets Spall.s the Professor, a colourful, ageing conman.
Lawrence begins a road trip with the Professor and his daughter Sarah (Lily Sullivan) as the Professor teaches Lawrence the art of swindling and cheating, while from Sarah he learns a hard lesson in unrequited love.
As Lawrence and the Professor plan their biggest scam, the teenager and Sarah plan a swindle of their own. and Lawrence is forced to make a choice between love, life and lies. Kat Stewart is cast as Sarah.s mother and Jacek Koman »
- Don Groves
5 items from 2014
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