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Initially written off as a winter hiatus-filling lark, ABC’s Galavant with its first season surprised and delighted many, marrying broad comedy and manic musical numbers in a manner akin to Robin Hood: Men in Tights or The Life of Brian.
So positive was the reception that the tongue-in-cheek fantasy saga is back this Sunday at 8/7c for five weeks’ worth of back-to-back episodes, picking up with half-baked hero Galavant (played by Joshua Sasse) and unseated King Richard (Timothy Omundson) allying to get back the girl (imprisoned Princess Isabella, »
Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, December 25. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise. Wide Concussion Director: Peter Landesman Cast: Will Smith, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Stephen Moyer, Alec Baldwin, Luke Wilson, Bitsie Tulloch, Eddie Marsan, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, David Morse, Matthew Willig, Hill Harper, Albert Brooks, Richard T. Jones, Mike O'Malley, Arliss Howard Synopsis: "A dramatic thriller based on the incredible true David vs. Goliath story of Dr. Bennet Omalu, the brilliant forensic neuropathologist who made the first discovery of Cte, a football-related brain trauma, in a pro player." Criticwire Grade Average: B- (6 reviews) Daddy's Home Directors: Sean Anders & John Morris Cast: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Linda Cardellini, Paul Scheer, Hannibal Buress, Alessandra Ambrosio, Lamonica Garrett, Cedric Yarbrough, Thomas Haden Church, Kerry Cahill, Scarlett Estevez Synopsis: "The story »
- Steve Greene
When you take a look at the Best Actor race this year, you really do see it as a clash between contenders who seem overdue for an Oscar. There’s of course presumed frontrunner Leonardo DiCaprio, poised to win for The Revenant since predictions for this year began, along with other hopefuls such as Johnny Depp for Black Mass. The other really notable player is Will Smith for Concussion, who is as due an Academy Award as anyone else in the hunt. With Concussion set to open this week, I wanted to take a look at Smith’s chances, as well as that of the film itself… What is Concussion about, you ask? Well, the movie is a dramatized look at an issue the NFL is struggling with right now, namely how dangerous concussions are for their players, centering on the discovery of the problem itself. Smith stars here as Dr. »
- Joey Magidson
© 2015 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Concussion is the film that the NFL won’t want you to see. Not because it has new information about the link between football and a serious form of dementia called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (Cte) but because it serves as a reminder, particularly to young players and their parents, of the risk in playing the nation’s most popular sport. The film dramatizes the NFL’s hostile response to the news and its rough handling of the doctor who discovered the problem. The NFL does not look good in this film, and that is bound to trouble some fans.
Will Smith plays that doctor, Dr. Bennet Omalu, a forensic pathologist originally from Nigeria who discovered Cte. A brilliant man with a string of degrees, Dr. Omalu was working for the Allegheny County Coroner’s office in Pittsburgh when he did an autopsy on »
- Cate Marquis
Head in the Game: Landesman Continues to Plumb the Headlines
Films based on notable or landmark pieces of newsprint tend to face an uphill battle in various phases of assembly, especially when the screenplay relies on tried and true bits of cliché to supply missing links in characterization. Compared to his 2013 Kennedy assassination reenactment Parkland, director and screenwriter Concussion, headlined by none other than Will Smith (in another instance of questionable casting) as a Nigerian born pathologist in the center of a medical controversy involving the NFL in the early 2000s.
Landesman, basing his film an article in GQ by Jeanne Marie Laskas, does his best to convey the seemingly insurmountable challenges Dr. Bennet Omalu, a foreign born immigrant, faced in bringing his discovery of Cte (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy) to light, defying big business America and one its most beloved and brainless pastime, the aggressive, perniciously violent contact sport known as football. »
- Nicholas Bell
Concussion Columbia Pictures Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: B Director: Peter Landesman Written by: Peter Landesman from an article by Jeanne Marie Laskas Cast: Will Smith, Stephen Moyer, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Alec Baldwin, David Morse, Eddie Marsan, Adewale Akinnuove-Agbaje, Luke Wilson Screened at: Critics’ DVD, NYC,12/5/15 Opens: December 25, 2015 The public loves movies that expose corporate misbehavior, efforts to cover up flaws that should be obvious to fairly educated and open-minded individuals. A superb example of an exposé occurs in one of the best satirical films to grace the screen, “Thank You For Smoking,” done in a comical and thoroughly ironic style as lobbyists [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
Villordsutch reviews River…
River is the latest in the line of Nordic Noir to arrive on our television sets. This BBC offering – set in London – brings a “Nordic” element to the shores of Blighty in the form of the rather excellent Stellan Skarsgård. Unfortunately thanks to the Marvel movies most people will possibly recognise him as Erik Selvig or the real thinkers out there “the crazy one from the Avengers”. To the rest of the world you’ll recognise him from Nymphomaniac Vol.1 & 2, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Melancholia and of course from the classic Mamma Mia. Instantly River gains a fair amount of gravitas with Stellan Skarsgård on-board.
This being said we need a good story to keep us hooked into six hour long episodes otherwise people will become bored rapidly and Abi Morgan provides just that. Our main plot revolves around the murder of River’s ex-partner »
To make a detective show stand out these days there has to be something a little different about it. It needs to stands out from the huge crowd of ones that already have huge fan bases. River is one that not only has Stellan Skarsgård to catch people’s interest, but a decidedly macabre twist.
John River (Stellan Skarsgård) is a hardened Swedish detective working in London. Searching for the killer of his partner Stevie (Nicola Walker) he struggles to cope with her loss. The twist here though is she is still by his side, as a ‘manifest’ of her memory, seemingly like a ghost but only based on what he knew of her. As he continues with other cases too, the manifests from these cases continue to haunt him until he can put their souls at rest.
When you first see the dead around River, it is easy to »
- Paul Metcalf
The creative process is often spoken of in the context of a never-ending voyage of discovery, alongside which filmmaking is contextualised as a vast collaboration. For Adeel Akhtar who plays John Rivers (Stellan Skarsgård’s) straight laced partner in the BBC One mini-series River, both the learning and collaborative processes are not only embraced, but were acknowledged by the actor when he joined Flickering Myth in conversation to discuss the series. As Akhtar explained: “I think that’s the thing that has impacted me the most – just being with these amazing actors and knowing how to conduct yourself when you are telling a particular story or when you have such a gruelling schedule as we had.”
A series that is difficult to boil down into a simple description, on one level it is a detective, crime and mystery story that looks to »
- Amie Cranswick
Climbing up the ranks with mostly writing and directing television gigs (this includes a handful of “Downton Abbey” episodes), Andy Goddard flew under the radar with the release of this debut film, a set in the 50’s biopic item featuring Elijah Wood called Set Fire to the Stars (read our review) which had a ’14 festival release and was shown in the U.S. this past summer. With Jessica Biel, Patrick Wilson, Haley Bennett, Vincent Kartheiser and Eddie Marsan onboard, his sophomore film will undoubtedly gain a lot more traction. With all the award season hype surrounding Todd Haynes’ Carol, not all of Patricia Highsmith’s work as panned out into winners — for every The Talented Mr. Ripley there are several failed adaptation attempts. Backed by a pair of key indie titan producers, previously entitled The Blunderer and now anointed as A Kind of Murder, this wrapped up a good while »
- Eric Lavallee
All six episodes of “River” are now streaming on Netflix.
Upon first glance, BBC One and Netflix’s River feels a bit like a Mad Libs version of a prestige drama. Part character study and part crime story (with a dash of the supernatural), the series makes use of tropes and character archetypes that are well-tread territory in the hour-long landscape. A Difficult Genius hell-bent on avenging the death of a loved one? Check. A sardonic, eager-to-please (and diverse to boot) sidekick? Check. Add in a wise, compassionate boss able to see past our genius’ eccentricities, and you’ve got all the makings of a successful police procedural – as well as most cable heavyweights.
Despite River’s willingness to exploit the wheel rather than reinvent it, the series does manage to distinguish itself as more than just a carbon copy of shows we’ve already seen.
For starters, River is »
- Samantha White
Writer: Abi Morgan
Running Time: 349 min
You’d be forgiven for presuming Stellan Skarsgård had starred in his fair share of cop shows. With Scandinavian crime dramas all the rage in recent years and the Swedish star possessing an air of gravitas seemingly perfect for a Detective role, it’s an unquestionably fair assumption. Yet despite a career spanning more than five decades and notable roles in the likes of Good Will Hunting, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and Avengers Assemble to name just a few, the Swedish star has managed to avoid that particular genre until now. That being said, River certainly isn’t your standard British crime drama.
- Mike McCarthy
"I am the wrong person to have discovered this." Sony Pictures has debuted a fantastic new trailer for Peter Landesman's Concussion, the upcoming powerful drama starring Will Smith as Dr. Bennet Omalu, the soft-spoken neuropathologist who made the first discovery of Cte, a football-related brain trauma. This story is controversial just based on the subject alone, and the way these trailers seem to indicate that the NFL didn't like what Dr. Omalu was discovering with his investigations. The cast includes Alec Baldwin, Albert Brooks, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Stephen Moyer, Eddie Marsan and more. This looks good, but there's something a bit wonky with this trailer. Still looking forward to seeing Smith at the top of his game. Here's the second official trailer for Peter Landesman's Concussion, found direct on YouTube: You can still watch the first official trailer for Peter Landesman's Concussion here, to see more footage. Will Smith »
- Alex Billington
This review contains spoilers.
As a TV detective, you’re no-one in today’s world if you’re not a) haunted by your past, b) suffering from some form of psychological disorder, or c) Scandinavian. Enter Stellan Skarsgård’s John River, pulling an impressive triple whammy in Abi Morgan’s engrossing new BBC crime series.
While his peers are only figuratively haunted by dead partners and unsolved cases, Det. River literally sees dead people. They’re not quite ghosts—he doesn’t believe in ghosts—but rather Six Feet Under-style ‘manifests’ only visible to him. (Trauma-induced hallucinations is probably the technical term, but when was the last time you booked into a Lucky Voice booth with your trauma-induced hallucination and belted out a disco classic?)
River’s manifests are both pals and pests: former partner Det. »
The troubled detective is nothing new, but in her first police drama Abi Morgan has mixed procedural with a Plato-quoting Victorian poisoner. We go behind the scenes of her hallucinatory new TV show
Stellan Skarsgård is pacing down a corridor in a dank building in London’s Docklands. The rooms on either side of him are full of random clusters of unloved office chairs, the floor tiles are grim. Menace seems to hang in the air. As the cameras roll, the Swedish actor makes occasional stops, in order to speak to no one at all. Or at least no one who can be seen.
A second take: this time, he is talking to a person walking beside him. Next, he’s waiting for a lift, again conversing with thin air. And then suddenly the lift pings unexpectedly – and out wanders Eddie Marsan, straight into the shot. He stops in his »
- Ben Arnold
“Masters of Sex” and “Ray Donovan” ended their third seasons Sunday, largely heading in different directions. While the former started out slowly, it gained intensity as the season progressed, deftly weaving together its subplots in a manner that left half of its central duo humbled. By contrast, its Showtime companion (and Spoiler Alert if you haven’t watched) largely squandered big-name guest casting and a “Chinatown”-like story line, before getting drawn back into its title character’s twisted family in ways that felt more overwrought than usual, leaving not one, but two of them nursing bullet wounds.
“Masters of Sex” certainly recovered spectacularly from its rocky start, which, by leaping several years ahead, involved a deflating focus on the now-older children of Masters (Michael Sheen) and Johnson (Lizzy Caplan). Not only that, but those episodes included a rather squirrelly disclaimer stating that the sex researchers’ kids were wholly fictional, »
- Brian Lowry
Ray Donovan wrapped its most creatively satisfying season to date Sunday with a three-years-in-the-making moment. In the episode’s closing minutes, Liev Schreiber’s titular fixer at long last opened up about the childhood sexual abuse he suffered at the hands of Father O’Connor (the fact that his sounding board was also a man of the cloth and the setting of his emotional breakthrough was a church heightened the sequence’s potency).
RelatedRay Donovan Renewed for Season 4 at Showtime
The epic catharsis marked a major turning point for the psychologically tortured character, one that, according to exec producer and new showrunner David Hollander, »
A Brilliant Young Mind tells the story of a mathematically gifted British teen on the autism spectrum as he prepares to compete in an international math Olympics.
Nathan (Asa Butterfield) is gifted at math but struggles with relationships, including with his caring but overwhelmed mother Julie (Sally Hawkins). Nathan has the more functional form of autism once known as Aspergers but he is also still struggling with the trauma of the accidental death of his father Michael (Martin McCann), who was killed in a car wreck while Nathan was in the car. His mother has done her best to raise him as a single parent but Nathan was never as close to her as his dad and it has been difficult for them both. A chance to enter the International Math Olympiad brings an unconventional math coach into Nathan’s life and introduces him to other mathematically gifted kids.
- Movie Geeks
Over the weekend, Walt Disney Pictures released a brief trailer preview for their highly-anticipated adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book, arriving in theaters April 15, 2016. The brief 15-second video didn't offer much in the way of new footage, but the studio did reveal that the first full trailer would debut yesterday, Monday, September 14, during Access Hollywood. Now, Disney has debuted our first full look at The Jungle Book online for all to enjoy.
The Jungle Book marks the feature film debut of young actor Neel Sethi, who plays Mowgli, the only character portrayed through live-action. The rest of this star-studded cast will only provide the voices for their animated characters, including Bill Murray (Baloo), Idris Elba (Shere Khan), Ben Kingsley (Bagheera), Scarlett Johansson (Kaa), Giancarlo Esposito (Akela), Lupita Nyong'o (Raksha) and Christopher Walken (King Louie). The film was originally set to debut this October, before being pushed to its current April 15, 2016 release date. »
Fans who attended the D23 Convention in Anaheim, California last month got their first look at Disney's The Jungle Book, where the first footage was presented by director Jon Favreau and stars Neel Sethi, Ben Kingsley and Lupita Nyong'o. Earlier today, Walt Disney Studios released a brief preview of the full trailer through their Instagram page, revealing that the full trailer will debut Monday, September 14 on Access Hollywood. This brief teaser doesn't offer much footage, but gives us our first glimpse at Mowgli, played by Neel Sethi.
Aside from concept art and set photo revealed by director Jon Favreau last year, we haven't seen much from The Jungle Book. Last month, a poster debuted that teased a confrontation between Mowgli and the nefarious Bagheera, voiced by Ben Kingsley. Neel Sethi's Mowgli will be the only character portrayed through live-action, with the rest of the cast merely providing their voices for the rest of the characters. »
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