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Set in the English 'Victorian' era, the film centers on the invention of the 'vibrator', with the film's title referencing the once-common medical diagnosis of 'female hysteria'.
Along with Jones, Gyllenhaal and Dancy, cast includes Rupert Everett, Jonathan Pryce, Anna Chancellor, Gemma Jones, Tobias Menzies, Sheridan Smith, Kate Linder, David Ryall, Dominic Borrelli, Georgie Glen, Malcolm Rennie, Jonathan Rhodes, Jules Werner, Elisabet Johannesdottir, Kim Criswell, Leila Schaus, Catherine Meunier and Corinna Marlowe.
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- Michael Stevens
Maggie Gyllenhaall, Hugh Dancy and Jonathan Pryce are mothers of invention in their new film “Hysteria.” It’s about the advent of female orgasms, which women have been faking ever since. The romantic comedy also stars Rupert Everett, Felicity Jones, Ashley Jensen, Gemma Jones, Anna Chancellor, Tobias Menzies and Georgie Glen. The film is also an exploration of the female orgasm as women came into their own during an era that was known for propriety, but was far racier than history suggests. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Keith Girard)
We have added the first trailer for Victorian romantic comedy "Hysteria." The film, based on actual events, is about the invention of the invention of the women's vibrator."Hysteria" stars Maggie Gyllenhaal, Hugh Dancy, Rupert Everett, Felicity Jones, Jonathan Pryce, Anna Chancellor, Gemma Jones, Tobias Menzies, Sheridan Smith, Kate Linder, David Ryall, Dominic Borrelli, Georgie Glen, Malcolm Rennie and Jonathan Rhodes.Watch the trailer below in various definitions;A release date for "Hysteria" is yet to be announced, but it will make its world premiere next month at the Toronto Film Festival.The comedy focuses on the events leading up to the invention of the vibrator in Victorian-era England. »
- Anthony Pearson
Premiering at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival, Hysteria stars Maggie Gyllenhaal, Hugh Dancy, Rupert Everett, Jonathan Pryce, and Felicity Jones. The movie is directed by Tanya Wexler and will hit theaters this fall. Written by Jonah Lisa Dyer & Stephen Dyer, Hysteria is a romantic comedy about the true story of the Victorian era gynecologists who invented a device that freed women sexually and socially: the vibrator. The film is directed by Tanya Wexler (Finding North) and produced by Sarah Curtis, Judy Cairo, and Tracey Becker. It stars Maggie Gyllenhaal, Hugh Dancy, Rupert Everett, Jonathan Pryce, Felicity Jones, Ashley Jensen, Gemma Jones, Anna Chancellor, Tobias Menzies, and Georgie Glen. »
- Eric Whitman
Chicago – I suspect there is a segment of the moviegoing population that will take one look at the title, “Anton Chekhov’s The Duel,” and flee in the other direction, most likely into “The Hangover Part II.” Chekhov is the sort of literary genius whose work is quoted by writers aiming to prove their own level of intellectualism. Yet his work is too good to be merely confined in art houses.
Israeli director Dover Koshashvili has created what is easily the most accessible cinematic adaptation of Chekhov to date. It’s perched delicately on the razor’s edge between wrenching drama and deadpan comedy, allowing several sequences to simultaneously succeed as both. There isn’t a stilted or inauthentic moment in the picture, evoking memories of the best Merchant Ivory productions, particularly 1985’s “A Room with a View.”
Blu-Ray Rating: 4.0/5.0
Like Koshashvili’s acclaimed 2001 drama, “Late Marriage,” Chekhov’s 1891 short story, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Hitting movie theaters this weekend:
Movie of the Week
The Plot: Right after their infamous Las Vegas bachelor party, Phil, Stu, Alan, and Doug jet to Thailand for Stu’s wedding. Stu’s plan for a subdued pre-wedding brunch, however, goes seriously awry.
The Buzz: Like many wines and cheeses before him, Hangover II writer/director Todd Phillips has aged well. With Road Trip, his directorial debut, he made a film just funny enough to facilitate the production of his 2nd film, the far superior, Old School. From there Phillips helmed Starsky and Hutch, which was respected well enough, for what it was, before taking a major misstep with School for Scoundrels. Phillips bounced back big-time from his first flop, »
- Aaron Ruffcorn
Deep End (15)
Where has this movie been for the past 40 years? It's as fresh and stylish a snapshot of late-60s Britain as we've ever seen, and a twisted coming-of-ager to boot. New kid Moulder-Brown wades into the depths of adulthood at the public bathhouse, and develops an unhealthy obsession with his worldlier colleague. The acting is natural, the soundtrack groovy (Can, Cat Stevens) and the visuals bold.
A novel fusion of Bourne and The Wizard Of Oz, this thriller packs some visual punches (aided by a Chemical Brothers score) and trowels on the symbolism. Blanchett relishes her she-wolf role, hunting little teen assassin Ronan across Europe.
13 Assassins (15)
Noble samurai spring a trap for an evil lord »
- Steve Rose
Both sides are playing their own distinct games as the murder of Harvey Wratten is investigated
The Shadow Line's writer and director Hugo Blick has called it a "warning tale": this first episode carries plenty of sinister undertones in dark and shady corners, but as yet, its mystery is intact. We don't yet know what it's warning against, only that with the corruption implied everywhere, it certainly won't be the good guys versus the baddies, in any traditional sense. But at the moment – though connected by the murder of Harvey Wratten and trying to find out whodunnit – both sides are playing their own distinct games.
Heroin baron Harvey Wratten and his nephew Jay have been released from prison under a very unusual royal prerogative of mercy – more typically associated with the release of Irish political prisoners. Harvey doesn't get to enjoy his freedom for very long, »
- Rebecca Nicholson
Anton Chekhov’s The Duel, the acclaimed English-language adaptation of Chekhov’s 1891 novella directed by Dover Koshashvili (Late Marriage), is coming to Blu-ray and DVD from Music Box Films on May 24.
Set during a sweltering summer at a seaside resort on the Black Sea, the 2010 independent film centers on the ne’er-do well Laevsky (Andrew Scott, HBO’s John Adams) and his illicit relationship with his mistress Nadya (Fiona Glascott, TV’s Clone). Laevsky has convinced Nadya to leave her husband for him, but now he wants to abandon her, which doesn’t sit too well with Von Koren (Tobias Menzies, HBO’s Rome), a former friend who can no longer tolerate the morally and financially bankrupt Laevsky’s irresponsibility. The only way for the three to maintain their honor and possibly achieve a modicum of satisfaction is for the men »
The 2010 British romance film Forget Me Not, starring Tobias Menzies (TV’s Rome), Genevieve O’Reilly (The Young Victoria) and Gemma Jones (You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger), comes to DVD on this side of the pond on May 17 courtesy of Cineme Epoch/Entertainment One.
The songs and dances are on in Forget Me Not.
Taking place over a 24 hours, Forget Me Not’s story centers on Will Fletcher (Menzies), a passionate musician (a la the popular Irish film Once), and Eve Fisher (O’Reilly), a free-spirited beauty who works in the local bar. While struggling to cope with a tragic secret, Will saves Eve from a drunken customer at closing time, and their paths become inextricably linked. Intrigued by one another, they journey through London, not knowing what the night holds or what the day may bring. As dawn turns to light and the two draw ever closer, »
10 items from 2011
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