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Trouble in Mind: Onah’s Homage to Neo Noir an Indie Echo of Device
In development for the past five years since it was initially announced, director Julius Onah’s directorial debut The Girl is in Trouble at last reaches a theatrical release. Impressive as a first feature, Onah’s homage to vintage New York noir looks to explore modern examples of urban fugue in the fluctuating metropolis. In several regards, this is a refreshing example of tried and true tropes, focusing on the perspective of a black character (an uncommon element in noir) and conveying Onah’s familiarity with his inspirations. However, like many of the titles it invokes, style can’t compensate entirely for substance, and third act inevitabilities find the film’s initial energy plummeting before the end credits.
August (Columbus Short) is a down-on-his-luck DJ, desperately in need of a job after a series of »
- Nicholas Bell
Summer doesn't officially begin until Sunday, June 21. But don't tell Hollywood that. Looking to get an earlier jump on things every year, it appears that the Hollywood Summer Season officially starts in April. And that's apparent in the fact that we're getting one very big blockbuster next week. To get you fully prepared for the month ahead, we've pulled together 7 other big movies coming your way that you don't want to miss! Things kick off with what will surely be one of the biggest movie of the year, followed by a slapstick comedy, a teen slasher flick, a romantic drama, a sci-fi thriller, a time travel adventure and a kung fu action masterpiece! You could say that April has a little bit of everything to offer. Take a look:
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Dominic Torretto and his crew thought they left the criminal mercenary life behind. They defeated an international terrorist »
Swedish filmmaker Daniel Espinosa proved he had an eye for the thriller genre with 2012’s Safe House, and now the director has a meaty subject matter on his lap with the upcoming adaptation, Child 44.
Based on Tom Rob Smith’s eponymous novel, the story centers around Soviet Russia circa 1953, a time when the Cold War was beginning to spread its tentacles and corruption was rife. Playing the part of Leo Demidov is Mad Max: Fury Road star Tom Hardy, a secret police agent who soon finds himself in political hot war after he refuses to denounce his wife, Rasia (Noomi Rapace).
Thereafter, the pair find themselves exiled from the country and crossing paths with Gary Oldman’s General Mikhail Nesterov, who together must uncover the government conspiracy surrounding a number of child murders in the country.
- Michael Briers
A politically-charged serial killer thriller set in 1953 Soviet Russia, Child 44 chronicles the crisis of conscience for secret police agent Leo Demidov (Tom Hardy), who loses status, power and home when he refuses to denounce his own wife, Raisa (Noomi Rapace), as a traitor. Exiled from Moscow to a grim provincial outpost, Leo and Raisa join forces with General Mikhail Nesterov )Gary Oldman) to track down a serial killer who preys on young boys.
Child 44 opens nationwide April 17, 2015.
- Melissa Thompson
Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman and Noomi Rapace are determined to seek justice against a depraved child serial killer in the newly released character posters for their upcoming crime thriller, ‘Child 44.’ The posters for the politically-charged drama were unveiled by the film’s distributor, Summit Entertainment, which is set to release the movie in theaters nationwide on April 17. The script for ‘Child 44,’ which is based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Tom Rob Smith, was penned by ‘Freedomland’ scribe, Richard Price. The thriller was directed by ‘Safe House’ helmer, Daniel Espinosa, and produced by Ridley Scott. Besides Hardy, Oldman and Rapace, the drama also features Paddy [ Read More ]
- Karen Benardello
Lionsgate has released three new Child 44 posters. Based on the novel by Tom Rob Smith, the film takes place in 1953 Soviet Russia and stars Tom Hardy as Leo Demidov, a secret police agent who is exiled to a provincial outpost when he refuses to denounce his wife, Rasia (Noomi Rapace). While working at the outpost, he and Raisa team up with General Mikhail Nesterov (Gary Oldman), and must investigate a string of child murderers that are being covered up by the government. I’m not sure why this movie is flying so low under the radar. It’s got a great premise, the trailer looks solid, and it’s got an excellent cast. While I wasn’t a fan of director Daniel Espinosa’s previous movie, Safe House, I’ve got some hope for Child 44, and maybe it will be a nice bit of counterprogramming as we charge into blockbuster season. »
- Matt Goldberg
Summit has released a trio of noirish, character posters for the upcoming thriller Child 44 starring Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman and Noomi Rapace adapted from the novel by Tom Rob Smith. Set in 1953 Soviet Russia, the movie chronicles the crisis of conscience for secret police agent Leo Demidov (Hardy), who loses status, power and home when he refuses to denounce his own wife, Raisa (Rapace), as a traitor. Exiled from Moscow to a grim provincial outpost, Leo and Raisa join forces with General Mikhail Nesterov (Oldman) to track down a serial killer who preys on young boys. Their quest for justice threatens a system-wide cover-up enforced by Leo's psychopathic rival Vasil (Joel Kinnaman), who insists "There is no crime in Paradise." The movie hits theaters on April 17, check out the posters below. sb id="1399843" height="272" width="640" »
- Brad Brevet
It’s Tom Hardy versus the Soviet Union circa 1953 in Child 44 – Bane versus Stalin, if you like - and it could go either way. Hardy’s Soviet police office find himself spun in a web that may have no obvious exit, bar the gulag or cemetery, as the movie’s new TV spot shows. It’s debuting here courtesy of Entertainment One.brightcove.createExperiences();Adapted from the first of a book trilogy by Tom Rob Smith, Child 44 finds Soviet police officer Leo Demidov (Hardy) investigating a serial killer who is targeting children. The twist? Stalinist Russia doesn’t recognise the existence of crime, so Demidov’s enquiries only arouse the suspicions of dangerous apparatchiks. And as he digs deeper into the case, his government begins to suspect him of treason when a colleague frames him.Noomi Rapace is playing his conflicted wife, Raisa, and Gary Oldman is the »
Next month we'll see how Daniel Espinosa fares with his latest thriller Child 44 starring Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman and Noomi Rapace (watch the trailer right here). But the director of Safe House is already looking ahead to his next project, and it's going to take him into the realm of sci-fi. The Wrap reports that Espinosa is in talks to be at the helm of Morningstar, a secretive sci-fi flick set up at Warner Bros. Pictures. Details are being kept under tight wraps, but the script from David Birke is said to have the potential for some world-building (which means potential franchise) and has a story in "the tradition of a Cold War thriller." That doesn't give us much to go on, but original science fiction ideas at the studio level are hard to come by, so count us intrigued for the time being. Espinosa hasn't exactly blown me »
- Ethan Anderton
He flirted with the Assassin's Creed movie for a while, but Daniel Espinosa's desire to move off real-world thrillers and into something with a bit of a sci-fi tinge has ultimately led him in a different direction. He's in talks to direct Warner Bros.' top secret Morningstar project, from a screenplay by David Birke (13 Sins).Espinosa previously made the international hit Snabba Cash, followed by his mainstream debut Safe House, with Ryan Reynolds and Denzel Washington. Most recently he's been at work on Child 44, based on Tom Rob Smith's novel and sporting the pitch-hitting cast of Tom Hardy, Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Noomi Rapace and Vincent Cassel. Ridley Scott is among the producers.In short, his is becoming an increasingly safe pair of hands where real-world thrillers are concerned, so something fantastical that calls for "world building" is a surprising tangent. While nothing is known about Morningstar's story, »
Director: Michaël R. Roskam
Run Time: 106 minues
Michael R. Roskam, best known for Bullhead, directs Dennis Lehane’s The Drop and presents us with a finely paced crime-drama that’s wrapped up with tempestuous grittiness. Lehane wrote the screenplay for his own short story ‘Animal Rescue’ and is the man behind Gone Baby Gone and Shutter Island, so you know you’ll get deep inside the characters.
Intensely brooding, Hardy plays New York bartender Bob, a simple and lonely guy who’s family runs the establishment that occasionally doubles up for a ‘drop’ bar, which means that sometimes it’s part of a circuit that exchanges money and nobody asks questions.
One day, when walking home from his job, he hears the whimpers of a dog and discovers a Pit-bull puppy in some bins, covered in blood. Picking the dog up, »
- Dan Bullock
Anyone worried Alien 5 might take Prometheus 2 off course shouldn't be. The upcoming Xenomorph thriller from Neill Blomkamp will actually help tell the story of Prometheus 2 in the long run, as the director promises not to 'step on' Ridley Scott's toes. It also helps that Scott is producing both entries in the long running sci-fi horror franchise. Neill Blomkamp recently chatted with Empire, where he discussed how welcoming Ridley Scott was to the whole project. He also revealed more about the impending title reveal, and that he has changed his Alien so that it will fall in line with what is being planned for Prometheus 2:
"I changed the one thing [Scott] felt was bumping 'Prometheus' a little bit. One thing that makes me feel good about it is that Ridley is producing it. He likes the idea of what I want to make."
By now we should all know that District 9 and Chappie director Neill Blomkamp is planning to make a fifth Alien movie. He released some concept art via Instagram earlier this year and bam! Shortly after, the sequel was officially announced. But with Prometheus 2 in the works for 2016, will the new Alien overlap with what Ridley Scott.s planning? Blomkamp recently opened up about his endeavor in the latest issue of Empire magazine, and he promises he won.t "tread on the toes" of Prometheus 2. To keep from doing so, he had to make a change to his story. I changed the one thing [Scott] felt was bumping Prometheus a little bit. One thing that makes me feel good about it is that Ridley is producing it. He likes the idea of what I want to make. Hmm. What could it be? Prometheus ended with Noomi Rapace.s Elizabeth »
Senior Staff Writer Scott Davis continues his weekly look at all things Blu-ray…
Talk about your Christmas blockbusters. One of the UK’s biggest films of last year, Paddington charmed the crowds to the tune of £37 million, and became Studio Canal’s biggest film ever beating out last year’s Non Stop with a worldwide gross of $236 million. A wonderful family adventure, Paddington is set to be one of the year’s best sellers on Blu-ray and DVD.
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A relatively small release in the UK for this indie crime drama, but certainly worth a watch. Directed by Michaël R. Roskam, The Drop is a hugely compelling film which stars Tom Hardy as a Brooklyn barman who gets embroiled in some mob dealings with the late James Gandolfini. Noomi Rapace also stars.
You can read our thoughts on the film here.
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- Scott J. Davis
See Also: Watch the trailer for Child 44 here
A politically-charged serial killer thriller set in 1953 Soviet Russia, Child 44 chronicles the crisis of conscience for secret police agent Leo Demidov (Tom Hardy), who loses status, power and home when he refuses to denounce his own wife, Raisa (Noomi Rapace), as a traitor. Exiled from Moscow to a grim provincial outpost, Leo and Raisa join forces with General Mikhail Nesterov (Gary Oldman) to track down a serial killer who preys on young boys. Their quest for justice threatens a system-wide cover-up enforced by Leo’s psychopathic rival Vasili (Joel Kinnaman), who insists “There is no crime in Paradise.”
- Gary Collinson
A little bit of a lackluster ratings update today as Daniel Espinosa's Child 44 is probably the most recognizable title on the board for most. Starring Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman and Noomi Rapace, this adaptation of the Tom Rob Smith novel hits theaters on April 17 and it will do so with an R-rating. Next is the sequel to 2010's Monsters, Monsters: Dark Continent, which also receives an R-rating, though Radius-twc has not yet set a release date, though it is expected some time in April. Finally we have Claudia Llosa's Aloft, which Sony Classics picked up out of the Berlin Film Festival. The pic, which stars Melanie Laurent, Jennifer Connelly and Cillian Murphy, is Llosa's English language debut and it doesn't yet have an official release date. Check out the complete bulletin below. Aloft Rated R For language and some sexuality. Note: Edited For Re-rate. Previous "R" Rating, »
- Brad Brevet
Paris– Film i Väst, Nordisk Film and Swedish Television (Svt) are joining forces to co-finance and co-produce bigger-budgeted Swedish movies with international potential.
A rep from each company will meet once a month to review projects. Although the three shingles have not set a limit on the number of projects they will support, they will give out a maximum of 25 million Swedish Kronor ($3 million) from the three co-producers.
Selected projects, which don’t have to be entirely show in Swedish, will be sold by Scandi powerhouse TrustNordisk and distributed by Nordisk Films in the Nordic countries.
Tomas Eskilsson, CEO of Film i Väst, said the idea behind the initiative was to finance between 50% to 65% of film budgets in order to deliver movies in the $4 million-$5 million range, which is two times higher than the average budget of a Swedish pic.
“Our effort can be seen as a vitamin shot into »
- Elsa Keslassy
There are plenty of notable spy crossovers at play in the BBC’s five-part espionage thriller series London Spy. For one, Q branch himself, Ben Whishaw, appears in another covert guise; for another, it’s the creation of novelist Tom Rob Smith, whose bestselling potboiler Child 44 is winging its way to the big screen with Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace and Gary Oldman in tow. Would a cameo from Moonraker’s double-taking pigeon be too much to ask for? Well, probably but we do have an exclusive first look at London Spy’s protagonist to share with you. Click on the image below for a much closer look. Whishaw’s chief character is Danny, a fun-loving and charismatic man drawn like a moth to the bright lights of the city’s hotspots and fleshpots. Playing the more serious spy to his flighty, hedonistic Guy Burgess type is Alex (Wolf Hall’s Edward Holcroft). The pair, »
It was a best-selling phenomenon. It spawned a trilogy of hit Swedish movies which turned Noomi Rapace into a global star. It also generated an American adaptation helmed by David Fincher that scored good notices and a decent $232 million worldwide.
Yet with a budget of $90 million, Fincher's R-rated English language adaptation of Stieg Larsson's best-seller "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" wasn't a runaway hit. As a result, progress on the sequel has stumbled since the first film's release over three years ago.
Sadly it now appears the project may well be dead. Rooney Mara, who took on the iconic role of Lisbeth Salander in the first movie, has indicated in an interview with E! Online that the second novel in the series "The Girl Who Played with Fire" isn't likely to get a U.S. screen treatment:
"I don't think it's going to happen. I'm sad never to do it again, »
- Garth Franklin
Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy of books introduced the world to hacker whiz Lisbeth Salander, who rose to prominence in the original adapted movie series. In that first trio of pics, Noomi Rapace played Salander, and was eager to pass on the torch to another actress for the U.S. remakes. Enter Rooney Mara, who confidently picked up the mantle for David Fincher’s 2011 remake – The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.
Sadly, that first stab at rebooting the material for American audiences flopped. Mostly a critical and financial failure, it seemed all hope was lost for igniting a sequel. Until, strangely enough, the project began to gather traction in 2013. Seven scribe Andrew Kevin Walker was enlisted to draft a script for the follow-up – The Girl Who Played With Fire – and late last year, Fincher himself suggested the franchise still had life.
While his comments pointed to an entirely new direction for the second movie, »
- Gem Seddon
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