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Limited Release – August 29th
Distributor: Tribeca Film
Awards & Fests: It begin the film festival circuit with back-to-back screenings at 2013′s Telluride and Toronto Int. Film Festival, and added 2014 showings at Tribeca & Karlovy Vary Film Fests. It received festival buzz for its performances — and out of the several British Independent Film Awards noms, it was awarded Best Supporting Actor for Ben Mendelsohn.
What the critic’s are saying?: Among the critics who caught it at Telluride, IndieWire’s Eric Kohn found lineage in Mackenzie’s approach stating his “sharp kitchen sink realism to this haunting setting and directs it toward an ultimately moving family drama that just happens to involve vicious convicts.” Variety’s Peter Debruge found this favorably comparable to one of my recent personal 2009 chart toppers, explaining that “as prison films go, “Starred Up” hits all the usual bases with blistering naturalism: There’s brawling in the corridors, »
- Eric Lavallee
Starred Up, 2013.
Directed by David Mackenzie.
When a young man is ‘starred up’ (moved from juvenile holdings into a full blown prison environment) and winds up on the same wing as his father, he must learn what must be done to protect himself.
On the surface, Starred Up looks to be just another prison movie. Violent in trailers and sold as the next best British movie (with all that that phrase implies), it screams down and dirty men in cells staring long and hard at each other before someone stabs someone else with something.
As easy as a prison shower joke would be to tell right now, that would be taking away from both the seriousness and the quality of Starred Up. Unafraid of its DNA in respect to past prison dramas and all the elements that come with that family, »
- Matt Smith
With Starred Up, David Mackenzie has crafted an instant classic not just of the prison sub-genre, but one of the best dramas of the year so far. As his eight feature, the movie treads new ground for a talent whose last high-profile movie was the Ewan McGregor-starring Perfect Sense, but showcasing astonishing performances from Jack O’Connell, Ben Mendelsohn and Rupert Friend – and proving he can bring out the beauty in the brutality – it’s also his greatest work so far. HeyUGuys had a chat with him about it.
Were you always interested in making a prison-set film? Or was it Jonathan Asser’s screenplay that drew you in?
It’s a hard one; you choose a project on the basis of a number of reasons. All the things that come across your path are a major reason, you know. I definitely think I was interested in trying to make a movie that was, »
- Gary Green
To celebrate the upcoming home entertainment release of the brutal and brilliant film Starred Up, we’ve teamed up with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment to offer 10 lucky winners the chance to win a pair of tickets to an exclusive screening of the film along with a Q&A with Screenwriter Jonathan Asser, hosted by Empire’s very own Damon Wise on Monday 4th August evening in Central London.
Starred Up which is out now on Digital HD and on Blu-ray/DVD on 4th August is the story of Eric (Jack O’Connell: This is England, Harry Brown, Eden Lake) – a teenager whose violent behaviour in a young persons’ borstal results in being ‘starred up’ to an adult prison where his father, Neville (Ben Mendelsohn: The Place Beyond the Pines, The Dark Knight Rises), is also an inmate. Caged amongst the older, more violent prisoners, Eric, disaffected and disengaged, »
- Dan Bullock
With summer starting to wrap up (after "Guardians Of The Galaxy" in two weeks, blockbusters get considerably thinner on the ground), it's time to start looking even further ahead to big movies planned for the fall, or even for next summer. And happily, with Comic-Con just around the corner, the studios have obliged, releasing a slew of images for some new upcoming movies. First up is "Exodus: Gods & Kings," Ridley Scott's first attempt at the Biblical epic. The first live-action big-screen version of the story of Moses since "The Ten Commandments," Scott's picture is taking the big-budget "Gladiator"-style approach, but has drawn controversy due to casting Caucasian actors in Jewish and Egyptian roles, and for casting Australian actor Joel Edgerton as a tangerine with eyebrows drawn on with a magic marker. Christian Bale, Aaron Paul, Ben Kingsley, John Turturro, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Mendelsohn and Indira Varma star alongside Edgerton, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Yes, I suppose you could watch the just-released trailer for Unbroken and be all inspired by the part-Olympic hero, part-wwii hero Louis Zamperini, played by Jack O’Connell. But why would you, when you could see O’Connell melt a razor blade into the backside of a toothbrush and swing it at an authority figure? I vote “prison shanking” every time. This extreme opposite of Unbroken‘s “be inspired until the inspiration pours from every orifice” approach comes from the new prison drama Starred Up, from director David Mackenzie. Well, new-ish – the film released in its native United Kingdom back in March, but it’ll be getting a limited release here this August. So us American folk get a Starred Up trailer all our own. Here, O’Connell plays Eric Love, who decided early on that his name would be an ironic one, and thus spent most of his youth getting in and out of prison. In »
- Adam Bellotto
Watch the trailer for Tribeca Film’s Starred Up. The critically acclaimed film, directed by David Mackenzie and starring Jack O’Connell, Rupert Friend and Ben Mendelsohn, opens in Us theaters on August 29th and VOD on August 26th.
The film is a raw look inside prison life that features an authentic dialogue of UK prison slang from screenwriter Jonathan Asser.
Starring Jack O’Connell (star of the upcoming Unbroken), Ben Mendelsohn (The Dark Knight Rises) and Rupert Friend (“Homeland”), Starred Up focuses on 19-year-old Eric, arrogant and ultra-violent, who is prematurely transferred to the same adult prison facility as his estranged father.
As his explosive temper quickly finds him enemies in both prison authorities and fellow inmates — and his already volatile relationship with his father is pushed past breaking point — Eric is approached by a volunteer psychotherapist, who runs an anger management group for prisoners.
Torn between gang politics, »
- Michelle McCue
It seems that there are one or two films like David Mackenzie's Starred Up every year: Films that rack up an impressive array of festival selections - in this case Telluride, Toronto and Tribeca - and nearly universal critical acclaim and yet somehow seem to run strangely under the radar. Here's hoping Tribeca Film can stir up the sort of attention Starred Up deserves for its release.19-year-old Eric (Jack O'Connell, star of the upcoming Unbroken), arrogant and ultra-violent, is prematurely transferred to the same adult prison facility as his estranged father (Ben Mendelsohn, The Dark Knight Rises). As his explosive temper quickly finds him enemies in both prison authorities and fellow inmates -- and his already volatile relationship with his father is pushed past breaking...
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Before he becomes Louis Zamperini in Angelina Jolie‘s “Unbroken,” audiences will have the chance to discover rising star Jack O'Connell in “Starred Up,” the British prison drama that's already won him raves across the film festival circuit. O'Connell plays Eric, a juvenile delinquent whose violent outbursts have the authorities “upgrading” him to the adult prison, where he's in for a tense family reunion with his father (Ben Mendelsohn), also an inmate. Rupert Friend also stars as a concerned prison psychologist who tries to help Eric control his temper and turn his life around before he ends up like his dad. »
- Linda Ge
Performer Ben Mendelsohn has, over the course of his 30-year career, garnered acclaim for supporting turns in numerous movies, including The New World, Australia, Animal Kingdom, Killing Them Softly, and The Place Beyond The Pines. His involvement in a feature thus raises interest in it for many film fans, and this held true for his latest project as well. Titled Starred Up, the film is directed by David Mackenzie, and marks the screenwriting debut of Jonathan Asser. Mendelsohn stars alongside Jack O’Connell, Rupert Friend, and David Ajala, and a Us trailer for the film has now been released. The trailer can be seen below. Sound on Sight was able to see the film at Tiff 2013, and our review can be read here.
- Deepayan Sengupta
David Mackenzie’s Starred Up is more or less an exemplary entry in the prison drama genre. Narratively speaking, there isn’t anything wildly original at work, as the hotheaded protagonist Eric Love (Jack O’Connell) is starred up from juvie to the same higher security prison as his estranged father (Ben Mendelsohn). There, he is quick to make enemies amongst both the incarcerated and the administration, with the one exception being a puppy-eyed counselor (Rupert Friend), who claims to see something in Eric worth healing. What sets Starred Up apart are the performances (the charismatic O’Connell has received much notice, but Mendelsohn yet again proves he can do […] »
- Sarah Salovaara
Tribeca film has released the Starred Up trailer and poster. The drama centers on Eric (Jack O'Connell), a 19-year-old who has been in the prison system most of his life, but is now incarcerated in a penitentiary for adults. Once inside, he must confront his violent tendencies and a renewed relationship with his estranged father (Ben Menedelsohn). I really liked the film when I saw it at Tiff, and this trailer does a good job of highlighting O'Connell's excellent performance without giving away too much of the plot. This is definitely an indie to keep on your radar when it's released next month. Hit the jump to check out the Starred Up trailer and poster. The film hits iTunes on August 26th and will be released in theaters on August 29th. Starred Up also stars Rupert Friend. Click over to Apple to see the trailer in HD. Here's the official »
- Matt Goldberg
If you've had your ear to the ground, you've likely heard the faint rumbling of buzz behind "Starred Up." The prison drama steadily made its way through the festival circuit last year and into 2014, picking up acclaim wherever it stopped, including from our own team, with "Starred Up" making our 21 Best Films We've Already Seen list for the year. And now it's finally coming to theatres and the first U.S. trailer is here. Directed by David Mackenzie, and powered by what we called "a stunning, incendiary performance" by Jack O'Connell (who has since, unsurprisingly, landed the lead Angelina Jolie's "Unbroken"), the movie tells the story of what unfolds when a 19-year-old gets transferred to the same prison where his estranged father is serving time. It's gritty stuff with strong supporting turns by Ben Mendelsohn and Rupert Friend. "Starred Up" opens on August 29th. Watch below. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Having tackled the future with Prometheus and the present via The Counsellor, Ridley Scott is doing an inverse Scrooge for his next film and dipping into the past. The biblical past, in fact, with Moses tale Exodus: Gods And Kings. Scott's latest charts the relationship between Moses (Christian Bale) and Pharaoh Ramses (Joel Edgerton), one that is quickly sent packing with demands, plagues, suffering and a very long walk. Yes, it’s the old story of Moses demanding that pharaoh sets his people free so he can lead them to the Promised Land. Pharaoh, of course, has no intention of releasing his largely slave workforce, and the stage is set for an epic showdown.Scott has opted for old-school scale on this one, constructing massive sets for his Egyptian story, which pumps up the story to match the ambition of the designs, with it all on display in this initial promo. »
Right on the heels of Universal moving Fast & Furious 7 up a week from April 10th, 2015, to April 3rd, Focus Features has announced some schedule changes of its own for 2015. Now, horror threequel Insidious: Chapter 3 will open not on April 3rd next year but May 29th. Furthermore, sci-fi drama Selfless has moved from February 27th to April 17th, and Oscar winner Kevin Macdonald’s treasure hunt drama Black Sea has been set for January 23rd.
Now, let’s look at those one at a time.
We don’t know much about Insidious: Chapter 3 other than that it will star The Grey actor Dermot Mulroney and A.N.T. Farm actress Stefanie Scott. Leigh Whannell is both directing and scripting this installment, and he is also expected to reprise his role as Specs. Also returning from previous installments will be Angus Sampson as Tucker and Lin Shaye as Elise Rainier. Unfortunately, Insidious »
- Isaac Feldberg
Focus Features made some changes to its 2015 release slate today, issuing new dates for Insidious Chapter 3 (May 29, 2015) and Selfless (April 17, 2015), while handing out a January 2015 date to Black Sea.
Insidious Chapter 3 was pushed into the summer today after initially receiving an April 3, 2015 date, which is also occupied by The Longest Ride. The horror sequel, which marks the directing debut of Insidious and Insidious Chapter 2 co-writer Leigh Whannell, will now go up against Paramount's Monster Trucks.
The move was likely made due to Universal Pictures shifting Fast & Furious 7, directed by original Insidious filmmaker James Wan, from April 10, 2015 to April 3, 2015 earlier today. No story details have been released for Insidious Chapter 3 at this time, although Stefanie Scott and Dermot Mulroney have recently joined the cast.
Selfless moves from February 27, 2015, where it would have faced Warner Bros.' Focus and 20th Century Fox's Agent 47, to April 17, 2015, squaring off against the Sony comedy sequel »
A couple of key new release date announcements and changes today, here's the list:
"Fast and Furious 7" will open April 3rd 2015, one week earlier than previously announced.
"Insidious: Chapter 3" has been pushed back several weeks and now opens May 29th 2015.
Finally, Warners' Whitey Bulger film "Black Mass" has scored a September 18th 2015 release.
Source: Box-Office Mojo »
- Garth Franklin
Oscar winner Kevin Macdonald’s treasure hunt adventure Black Sea starring Jude Law as a submarine captain with a mutinous misfit crew will get a limited release January 23, Focus Features said today. Written by Dennis Kelly, Black Sea also stars Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn, Konstantin Khabenskiy and Michael Smiley. The only wide release dated that weekend is Universal’s Blumhouse thriller The Boy Next Door, directed by Rob Cohen and starring Jennifer Lopez. Focus also unveiled two date changes today: Tarsem Singh’s sci-fi drama Selfless starring Ryan Reynolds and Michelle Dockery moves from February 27 to April 17, while Leigh Whannell’s Insidious: Chapter 3 slides from its spring date of […] »
Take a look at the latest release date announcements: Fast & Furious 7 - James Wan's first foray into the Fast & Furious franchise will open a week earlier on April 3, 2015 Little Boy - Open Road Films' inspirational family picture will open in the U.S. on February 27, 2015. Insidious: Chapter 3 - Writer-director Leigh Whannell's horror film starring Dermot Mulroney will now open a few weeks later on May 29, 2015. Selfless - Tarsem Singh's film about a dying man who transfers his consciousness into a young man's body, starring Ryan Reynolds, has been pushed back yet again to April 17, 2015. Black Sea - Kevin Macdonald's adventure-thriller starring Scoot McNairy, Jude Law, and Ben Mendelsohn as submarine-traveling treasure-hunters opens January 23, 2015. Hillsong: Let Hope Rise - The Christian band documentary from Alcon Entertainment and Warner Bros. directed by Michael John Warren will open on April 3, 2015. Hit the jump for more on each picture. »
- Dave Trumbore
Picking the best movies that come out in any given year is no easy feat. For film fans, a quality feature can come out at any time, from any one, and discovering an enjoyable and well-crafted feature is truly a pleasure. As we reach the halfway point of the year, many excellent films have already made their way to theatres, films that are well worth a watch. Below, you shall find the list of the top 30 films of 2014 to date, a list that ranges from science fiction thrillers to period dramas.
A few notes to keep in mind when reading our entry: Certain films from our 2013 list make a second appearance on this list. This is because the movies, while technically released this year, were seen by a select few in time for last year’s list, due to the benefit of film festivals and press screenings. The list itself is in no particular order, »
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