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The Journey: McGuinness v Paisley and other odd movie couples

1 May 2017 2:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The Northern Irish politicians make an intriguing cinematic pairing, but there are even more fiery duos that film could fictionalise

Nick Hamm’s new film The Journey tells of the decades-long enmity, followed by the highly surprising friendship, between Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness as they laboured towards the Anglo-Irish agreement. It slots neatly into a favourite mini-genre of mine, mostly cornered by screenwriter Peter Morgan, who has made half a career of creating dramatic face-offs between real-life figures with diametrically opposed worldviews: Lord Longford and Myra Hindley (Longford); Brian Clough and Don Revie (The Damned United) and James Hunt and Niki Lauda (Rush). Other film-makers have taken up the format, too, in My Week With Marilyn, The King’s Speech and now The Journey.

Related: How Paisley and McGuinness's journey to peace ended at Venice film festival

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- John Patterson

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Daniel Brühl on Finding Fascination with His Nazi Character in ‘The Zookeeper’s Wife’

30 March 2017 2:56 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Among the many horror stories that sprung from WWII, one of the lesser-known, at least in terms of popular culture, is the pillaging of the Warsaw Zoo, which the Germans bombarded so that they could steal what they considered the most valuable animals. The operation was led by zoologist Lutz Heck, who intended to use the animals to bring back to life species that had long been extinct. In Niki Caro’s The Zookeeper’s Wife, Heck is played by Daniel Brühl, who begins as a noble scientist who seems interested in helping zookeepers Jan (Johan Heldenbergh) and his wife Antonina (Jessica Chastain) with their preservation mission, but slowly reveals his true colors, for his obsession with science only helps reveal his lack of empathy and humanity.

Brühl is no stranger to playing characters who defy audience sympathy, having played supervillain Helmut Zemo in Captain America: Civil War, Nazi hero Fredrick Zoller in Inglourious Basterds, »

- Jose Solís

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Bleed For This: Sporting Injuries On Film

30 March 2017 8:09 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that every sensible person loves a good sports movie. Hell, even people who can’t abide actual sport can’t fail to be roused by the Rocky overture or, um, The Mighty Ducks. An occupational hazard in a sports film, though, is the increased likelihood of a bone-crunching or leg-snapping injury, something that is never more clearly illustrated than in the brilliantly visceral, utterly absorbing boxing thriller Bleed For This, available digitally and on Blu-ray and DVD from March 27th courtesy of Icon Film Distribution, and as showcased in the below list of ‘look away now’ moments from sporting cinema:

Bleed For This (2016)

This underdog story starring Miles Teller as you’ve never seen before, documents one of sport’s most incredible comebacks. The film follows the cocky and sure footed Vinny Pazienza (Teller), who teams up with one of the sport’s most »

- The Hollywood News

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