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20 items from 2015


Second Opinion – John Wick (2014)

13 April 2015 7:57 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

John Wick, 2014.

Directed by Chad Stahelski.

Starring Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Willem Dafoe, Adrianne Palicki, Bridget Moynahan, Dean Winters, John Leguizamo, Ian McShane and Lance Reddick.

Synopsis:

A former hitman comes out of retirement hell bent on revenge for the men who took everything from him.

After a few dud movies and some time away from the spotlight, Keanu Reeves returns to the action genre with the blistering John Wick. A former hitman for the Russian mob, Wick has turned his life on his days of crime and settled down with his wife (Bridget Moynahan). Unfortunately she dies from cancer and he is left alone except for an adorable Beagle puppy which she picked out for him. All Wick has is his dog and his car, until a boisterous young thug called Iosef takes an interest in his car. Wick is beaten, his car stole and his dog is brutally killed. »

- Helen Murdoch

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Movie Review – John Wick (2014)

10 April 2015 10:15 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

John Wick, 2014.

Directed by David Leitch and Chad Stahelski.

Starring Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Willem Dafoe, Adrianne Palicki, Bridget Moynahan, Dean Winters, John Leguizamo, Ian McShane and Lance Reddick.

Synopsis:

An ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him.

Since that fateful day when Keanu Reeves fired his gun in the air and yelled “aaaarrrrgggh” he’s become a regular in the action genre. He dipped his toes with Point Break. He experienced box office and pop culture success with Speed, before ending the century as Neo in The Matrix, arguably the most significant action movie of the last 20 years in terms of cult-following, pop culture reference and blue printing future action films (even if The Matrix pilfered from more sources, than films in turn have since aped The Matrix).

Whilst Reeves has often been dismissed as someone lacking in acting range, »

- Gary Collinson

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John Wick review: Keanu Reeves excels in slick thriller

7 April 2015 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Directors: Chad Stahelski, David Leitch; Screenwriter: Derek Kolstad; Starring: Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Willem Dafoe, Alfie Allen, Adrianne Palicki, Lance Reddick, Ian McShane, John Leguizamo; Running time: 101 mins; Certificate: 15

Overlook the seemingly stale premise of a hitman being lured out of retirement to exact revenge on a gang of nasty buggers. For John Wick is exactly what you'd hope for from a modern action movie - laced with tension, loaded with thrills and not afraid to unleash a few well-timed laughs. It also cleverly harnesses the star persona of its lead Keanu Reeves, without ever resorting to postmodern parody.

The storyline and viewer loyalties are established with a clinical precision that perfectly complements the film's minimalist aesthetic and the unflinching efficiency of Reeves's assassin. We know little of John Wick, but accept he's a Good Guy because he emotes after his wife dies and bonds with an unfathomably cute dog she bought for him. »

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John Wick Review

4 April 2015 1:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Directors: Chad Stahelski, David Leitch

Cast: Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Willem Dafoe, Alfie Allen, Adrianne Palecki, John Leguizamo, Ian McShane, Lance Reddick

Certificate: 15

Running Time: 101 minutes

Synopsis: John Wick (Reeves) is a retired hit man who finds himself drawn back into the dangerous world of organised crime after the local mob boss’ son Iosef (Allen) breaks into his home and murders his dog, a gift left to him from his recently deceased wife. 

In recent weeks we at Thn have been taking a walk down the memory lane of Keanu Reeves’ career in our series Keanu Classics. The series has looked at past victories Bill & Ted, My Own Private Idaho, Point Break, Speed and The Matrix. Since The Matrix though it’s all been a little quiet on the Keanu front. He popped up in Christmas 2013 release 47 Ronin briefly and then vanished again. All that is about to change this »

- Kat Smith

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UK movie release dates: April 2015

11 March 2015 8:23 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

April 3

Fast & Furious 7

Director: James Wan

Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson

Running time: 140 mins

Certificate: Tbc

The Water Diviner

Director: Russell Crowe

Starring: Jai Courtney, Olga Kurylenko, Russell Crowe

Running time: 111 mins

Certificate: 15

While We're Young

Director: Noah Baumbach

Starring: Amanda Seyfried, Naomi Watts

Running time: 97 mins

Certificate: 15

April 10

The Duff

Director: Ari Sandel

Starring: Bella Thorne, Mae Whitman

Running time: 110 mins

Certificate: Tbc

Cobain: Montage of Heck

Director: Brett Morgen

Starring: Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl, Courtney Love

Running time: 132 mins

Certificate: 15

Force Majeure

Director: Ruben Östlund

Starring: Johannes Bah Kuhnke, Lisa Loven Kongsli

Running time: 119 mins

Certificate: 15

Good Kill

Director: Andrew Niccol

Starring: Ethan Hawke, January Jones

Running time: 102 mins

Certificate: 15

Hot Tub Time Machine 2

Director: Steve Pink

Starring: Adam Scott, Craig Robinson

Running time: 93 mins

Certificate: 15

John Wick

Director: Chad Stahelski

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist

Running time: 101 mins

Certificate: 15

Lost River

Director: Ryan Gosling

Starring: Saoirse Ronan, »

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‘John Wick’ Review

10 March 2015 12:01 PM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Willem Dafoe, Dean Winters, Adrianne Palicki, Omer Barnea, Toby Leonard Moore, Daniel Bernhardt, John Leguizamo, Ian McShane, Lance Reddick | Written by Derek Kolstad | Directed by Chad Stahelski

Keanu Reeves has, in recent years, seemingly been making headway in to the action genre with films like 47 Ronin and Man of Tai Chi.Gone are the days of Keanu the funny mam, Keanu the heartthrob leading man love-interest and in has come a stone-faced bearded bad-ass. Yet, whilst both the aformentioned films have there fans – me included – neither really set the genre alight. However all that changes with John Wick – a return to the R-rated, arse-kickery of the genres heyday, that isn’t afraid to get bone-crunchily violent and bullet-riddled with blood…

John Wick features Keanu Reeves in the titular role – a hitman who left the business five years ago after finding the love of a good woman. »

- Phil Wheat

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New UK poster for John Wick

26 February 2015 1:18 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Despite opening at Christmas in the States, we’ve still got six weeks to go until the UK release of the Keanu Reeves action thriller John Wick, and following last month’s trailer, a new UK one-sheet has arrived online, which we have for you here…

An ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him. With New York City as his bullet-riddled playground, John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is a fresh and stylized take on the “assassin genre.”

See Also: John Wick directors in development on a sequel

Joining Keanu Reeves in the cast of John Wick are Bridget Moynahan (Blue Bloods), Adrianne Palicki (G.I. Joe: Retaliation), Michael Nyqvist (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol), Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter), Bridget Regan (Legend of the Seeker), Willem Dafoe (The Fault in Our Stars), Lance Reddick (The Wire), Daniel Bernhardt (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones »

- Gary Collinson

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Ben Kingsley Joins ‘Wake’ Opposite Bruce Willis, ‘Frank And Lola’ Deal Set & More – Berlin Briefs

6 February 2015 9:06 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Ben Kingsley has joined the cast of Wake opposite Bruce WillisJohn Pogue directs the action thriller about a sociopath with no fear (Willis), who returns to his childhood home on a remote island for his brother’s wake.  When the island comes under siege, he must save the very family that banished him from his ancestral home years ago. Michael Benaroya, Tobin Armbrust, David Alpert and Chris Cowles are producing. International Film Trust is handling international sales in Berlin at the European Film Market. CAA is representing domestic rights. …

Arclight Films has acquired worldwide rights to Frank And Lola, starring Michael Shannon and Imogen Poots. Writer-director Matthew Ross’s romantic thriller also stars Michael Nyqvist, Justin Long, Rosanna Arquette and Emmanuelle Devos. The film was produced by Parts & Labor, The Supply Company and Lola Pictures. Preferred Content and Killer Films are executive producers. The film was fully financed and »

- Ali Jaafar

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Lionsgate Planning ‘John Wick’ Sequel

6 February 2015 7:57 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lionsgate is planning a sequel to Keanu Reeves’ action-thriller “John Wick.”

CEO Jon Feltheimer made the announcement Friday during a conference call with analysts to discuss the studio’s earnings for the third quarter ended Dec. 31.

“We see ‘John Wick’ as a multiple-title action franchise,” Feltheimer said.

The movie grossed $43 million domestically and $35 million internationally following its October launch. Feltheimer noted that the title had performed well in ancillary markets.

John Wick,” directed by Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, also starred Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Adrianne Palicki, Bridget Moynahan, Dean Winters, Ian McShane, John Leguizamo, and Willem Dafoe. In the action pic, Reeves plays a retired hitman seeking vengeance for the killing of his puppy, a gift from his late wife.

The film was produced by Basil Iwanyk of Thunder Road Pictures, Leitch, Eva Longoria and Michael Witherill. Stahelski and Leitch previously worked with Reeves as stunt doubles on The Matrix trilogy. »

- Dave McNary

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Berlin: Arclight Launches Robert Halmi-Backed ‘Frank And Lola’ (Exclusive)

5 February 2015 10:08 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Los Angeles and Sydney-based Arclight Films has picked up international rights to “Frank and Lola,” a romantic thriller starring Imogen Poots and Michael Shannon.

The Robert Halmi-backed film is the directorial debut of Matthew Ross, who is a consultant on Larry David’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” and managing editor of Filmmaker magazine.

Arclight Films represents all rights outside of North America, while CAA and Wme Global are co-representing North America.

The story follows the love affair between a Las Vegas chef and a promising fashion designer that is badly derailed when the woman’s past and present demons resurface.

Other cast include Michael Nyqvist, Justin Long, Rosanna Arquette and Emmanuelle Devos.

The film, which is now in post-production, was produced by Parts & Labor, the Supply Company and Lola Pictures. Preferred Content and Killer Films are executive producers. The film was fully financed and produced in association with Great Point Media, »

- Patrick Frater

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John Wick directors in development on a sequel

5 February 2015 11:09 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

After a couple of subpart efforts in 47 Ronin and Man of Tai Chi, Keanu Reeves kickstarted his comeback over the holiday season with the release of the critically acclaimed action thriller John Wick, and it seems that directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch are already working on a follow-up, with the duo revealing to Movies.com that they’re in the early stages of development now on John Wick 2.

“We’re in development right now,” states Stahelski. “If we could work with Keanu Reeves for 10 movies you’d have a really cool career. We have ideas for days and without blinking twice we know we can outdo the action from the original. It’s the matter of story and how much you like the character. That’s always the most important. If there’s great action but you have a character that no one likes and doesn’t have charisma »

- Gary Collinson

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Giveaway: Win 'John Wick' on Blu-ray

2 February 2015 10:25 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Lionsgate is bringing the action-packed thriller John Wick home on Blu-ray and DVD formats February 3. Action icon Keanu Reeves stars as John Wick, the ultimate hitman, in this heart-pounding revenge thriller from Summit Entertainment. Directed by Chad Stahelski and produced by David Leitch, p.g.a., masters of Hollywood action, and written by Derek Kolstad, John Wick was Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes and took in over $76 million worldwide from just a $20 million budget.

John Wick's legendary cast also includes Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Adrianne Palicki, Bridget Moynahan and Dean Winters, along with Ian McShane, John Leguizamo (The Lincoln Lawyer, Gamer) and Willem Dafoe (Spider-Man trilogy, The Grand Budapest Hotel). When sadistic young thugs senselessly attack John Wick - a brilliantly lethal ex-assassin - they have no idea that they've just awakened the boogeyman. With New York City as his bullet-riddled playground, Wick embarks on a merciless rampage, hunting »

- MovieWeb

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Nordic industry calls for more commissioners, platforms

29 January 2015 4:27 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Goteborg: Nordic territories will need to see an increase in the number of local commissioners and platforms if they are to adequately showcase flourishing scripted drama, industry experts agreed yesterday in Gothenburg.

Speaking at Nordic TV conference TV Drama Vision, held under the auspices of the Gothenburg Film Festival (Jan 23-Feb 2), local TV execs agreed that while the Nordic markets continue to produce top-notch local (often crime) drama series they must see new platforms and players in order to maximize growth.

“As a consumer I’m frustrated by a business as usual approach in Sweden,” said Goran Danasten, project manager at Swedish broadcaster Svt.

“There are still so few places to put quality drama. The world is exploding with platforms but in Sweden, and Scandinavia, it’s still all about the linear broadcasters and that’s not enough. It’s like everyone is hesitating and waiting.”

Helena Danielsson, executive producer of the Fjallbaka Murders series, agreed and said: »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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John Wick Blu-Ray Review

27 January 2015 9:23 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

It’s interesting that the titular figure (Keanu Reeves) in John Wick, a visceral and vivid actioner of uncommon simplicity, is presented as the fresh face of a brand-new action franchise when he’s actually a throwback to the unstoppable juggernaut in James Cameron’s The Terminator. That’s not a knock so much as a raised eyebrow aimed at the kinds of characters that directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch and writer Derek Kolstad think modern-day audiences want to watch. And after sitting through the slick and stylish feast of action trash they’ve whipped up, it’s easy to nod your head and acknowledge that they’re onto something.

After all, even though Wick – an ex-assassin who goes back to work when the pig-headed son (Alfie Allen) of New York’s uppermost Russian mob boss (Michael Nyqvist) steals his prized Mustang and brutishly kills the puppy that Wick »

- Isaac Feldberg

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New UK trailer for John Wick starring Keanu Reeves

17 January 2015 2:30 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

It’s been out in the States since last month, but with UK audiences still having a few more months to wait until the Keanu Reeves action thriller John Wick arrives on these shores, Warner Bros. has released a new trailer for the film, which you can check out below after the official synopsis…

An ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him. With New York City as his bullet-riddled playground, John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is a fresh and stylized take on the “assassin genre.”

See Also: Read our review of John Wick here

Joining Keanu Reeves in the cast of John Wick are Bridget Moynahan (Blue Bloods), Adrianne Palicki (G.I. Joe: Retaliation), Michael Nyqvist (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol), Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter), Bridget Regan (Legend of the Seeker), Willem Dafoe (The Fault in Our Stars), Lance Reddick (The Wire), Daniel Bernhardt (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire »

- Gary Collinson

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New image from Colonia featuring Emma Watson and Daniel Bruhl

16 January 2015 4:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With principal photography wrapping, a new image from Oscar-winning filmmaker Florian Gallenberger’s latest offering Colonia has arrived online, featuring Emma Watson (Harry Potter) and Daniel Bruhl (Rush)…

See Also: First look at Emma Watson and Michael Nyqvist in Colonia

Colonia tells the story of Lena and Daniel, a young couple, who become entangled in the Chilean military coup of 1973. Daniel is abducted by Pinochet’s secret police and Lena tracks him to a sealed off area  in the South of the country, called Colonia Dignidad. The Colonia presents itself as a charitable mission run by lay preacher Paul Schäfer but, in fact, is a place nobody ever escaped from. Lena decides to join the cult in order to find Daniel. 

Colonia is set for release in October, with a cast that also includes Mikael Nyqvist (John Wick), Richenda Carey (Separate Lies), Vicky Krieps (A Most Wanted Man), Julian Ovenden »

- Gary Collinson

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New Still For Colonia Sees Daniel Brühl And Emma Watson Up Against It

15 January 2015 10:13 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Principal photography has all but wrapped up on the production of Florian Gallenberger’s Colonia and to celebrate, the studio has unveiled a new image for the period drama that sees stars Emma Watson and Daniel Brühl on the run.

Situated in the midst of the harrowing Chilean military coup of 1973, the film will follow Watson and Brühl’s young couple, Lena and Daniel, who inadvertently find themselves in the thick of the conflict. When Daniel is abducted by the covert, corrupt police force of General Pinochet, it’s up to Lena to track down her significant other — a valiant and brave venture that will lead her to an infamous anti-communist area of the country.

Joining Brühl and Watson for the drama is Mikael Nyqvist, who starred as shamed journalist Mikael Blomkvist in the Swedish rendition of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. In this case, he will step into »

- Michael Briers

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Emma Watson, Daniel Bruhl thriller Colonia wraps shoot

15 January 2015 8:09 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Florian Gallenberger’s thriller is set during the Chilean military coup of 1973.

Florian Gallenberger’s Colonia, starring Emma Watson and Daniel Brühl has wrapped principal  photography after 47 days of shooting in Luxembourg, Munich, Berlin and South America.

It marks Watson’s first lead role since Harry Potter. Alongside Brühl and Mikael Nyqvist, the supporting cast includes Richenda  Carey, Vicky  KriepsJulian  Ovenden, August Zirner and Martin Wuttke.

The film tells the story of Lena (Watson) and Daniel (Brühl), a young couple, who become entangled in the Chilean military coup of 1973.

When Daniel is abducted by Pinochet’s secret police, Lena tracks him to a sealed off area in the South of the country, called Colonia Dignidad. The Colonia presents itself as a charitable mission run by lay preacher Paul Schäfer (Nyqvist) but, in fact, is a place nobody ever escaped from. Lena decides to join the cult in order to find Daniel.

Benjamin Herrmann produced »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Hot projects on Screenbase

9 January 2015 4:20 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

New films on Screenbase this week include a film about Valérie Trierweiler and a Hungarian drama set to star Michael Nyqvist.Romarin Films’ Thank You For This Moment

Saida Jawad’s Romarin Films is set to produce a feature, currently in development, about Valérie Trierweiler’s relationship with French president François Hollande.

A shoot date is as yet undetermined.

Balint Kenyeres’s Hier

Young Hungarian auteur Kenyeres is about to direct his debut feature—starring Michael Nyqvist—about a wealthy businessman who goes to North Africa, where he is suddenly overwhelmed by memories of his youth.

The $1.2m film will shoot in Morocco this spring. Kenyeres made a name for himself at Cannes in 2009 with his short History of Aviation.

Bonded By Blood sequel

The sequel to UK 2010 drama will welcome new cast, as well as former actors reprising their roles. The screenplay is based on the crime book Essex Boys: The New Generation by Bernard »

- maud.le-rest@sciencespo-toulouse.net (Maud Le Rest)

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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2015: #78. Mika Kaurismaki’s The Girl King

6 January 2015 6:30 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

The Girl King

Director: Mika Kaurismaki // Writer: Michel Marc Bouchardt

Swedish director Mika Kaurismaki, brother of famed auteur Aki Kaurismaki, has often resided in the shadows of his sibling. Directing a steady output of films since the late 1980s, he doesn’t seem to snag international distribution, but his latest is a profile international co-production, The Girl King, penned by award winning Canadian writer Bouchard. German and Swedish backers also explain the presence of names like Nyqvist and Gedeck, plus throw in some French faces, such as Hippolyte Girardot. Swedish actress Malin Buska will bear the brunt of expectation, as the film revisits the tale of Swedish Queen Christina, portrayed famously in 1933 by Greta Garbo in the Rouben Mammoulien directed film. Here’s to openly being able to discuss her sexuality in this version, famously coded in the Garbo picture often championed as one of the first defiant examples of acknowledged homosexuality in the cinema. »

- Nicholas Bell

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