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Bleed For This – Review

18 November 2016 8:29 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

 

Let’s return to the ring once more for another true life tale of triumph and tragedy all set in the world of the “sweet science”. Almost a year ago movie audiences were cheering on a re-invention of the fiction franchise began by Rocky with the spin-off Creed. And just a few months ago we watched the rags to riches to rags true tale of Roberto Duran in Hands Of Stone. Now, or should I say, “…and in this corner”, is the saga of Vinnie Pazienza, a scrappy young fighter from a working class East Coast neighborhood. Ah, but he’s not just fighting other contenders. No, his story mixes the standard sports flick with the “struggling against a devastating medical crisis” drama. It’s a story so incredible that it has to be true (who could make it up?), as Vinnie shows the world that to defy the odds »

- Jim Batts

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Miles Teller is committed and intense in “Bleed for This”

15 November 2016 10:39 AM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

When you mix a talented young actor with the Oscar bait that is a boxing film, you almost always get an awards contender. This week, a new one opens in Bleed for This, which has Miles Teller in the lead role. Is it a lot like other recent boxing movies? Yes. Does that mean it’s not able to stand on its own? No, especially with how good Teller is. This flick obviously hopes to make a dent with Oscar at the end of the year, but whether or not that happens, it’s a worthwhile true life sports tale with a tremendous performance at its center. The film is based on the true story of boxer Vinny Pazienza (Teller), who staged one of the sport’s greatest comeback stories. A scrappy fighter who always took too many shots to the head, he also has had to deal with an overprotective family, »

- Joey Magidson

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Bleed for This movie review: entirely bloodless

14 November 2016 12:28 PM, PST | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

MaryAnn’s quick take…

If there is something new to be said about boxing, Bleed for This doesn’t find it. Sucks all the energy out of a story that should have been a can’t-miss. I’m “biast” (pro): don’t mind a good boxing movie…

I’m “biast” (con): …but I’m not a fan of the sport

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

If there is something new to be said about boxing in a movie, Bleed for This does not find it. If there is something new to be said about incredible true-life tales of survival, Bleed for This does not find it. Does Our Hero defy the odds? He does. Does he climb his way back to success and make an unlikely comeback that nobody but nobody could ever have imagined? You bet. Does the human spirit triumph? Of course it does. »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Aaron Eckhart's 'Courage' leads Spotlight slate

10 May 2016 10:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Founder and CEO Matt McCombs and his sales team at Spotlight Pictures head into Cannes with a roster led by Aaron Eckhart starrer Courage.

The film gets its market premiere screening today [May 11] and is based on Jim Dent’s novel Courage Beyond The Game: The Freddie Steinmark Story.

Angelo Pizzo, a sports specialist whose screenwriting credits include Hoosiers and Rudy, directed from his adapted screenplay.

Eckhart stars as the coach of the University Of Texas American Football team whose star player is diagnosed with bone cancer.

The film opened in the Us last November through Clarius Entertainment under the title My All American and Universal handles ancillary rights.

Spotlight is also talking up Bitter Harvest, an epic romance set against the backdrop of the Holodomor – Stalin’s persecution of Ukrainians during the 1930s – that stars Max Irons and Samantha Barks.

The film screens today [May 11] and on Tuesday [16] in Cannes and the producers are in talks for a Us »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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My All American movie review: football fundamentalism

24 February 2016 9:03 AM, PST | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Not an inspirational football movie but the highlights reel from one, with a golden boy who is his own manic pixie dreamboat. The worst sort of hagiography. I’m “biast” (pro): I enjoyed a good sports movie…

I’m “biast” (con): …but I’m not into sports, and especially not American football

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

This isn’t an inspirational football movie so much as it’s the highlights reel from one. It’s got all the rah-rah moments — literally: there are girls in cheerleaders’ costumes tossing pompoms — but none of the mountains to climb or tough rows to hoe or any of the hard stuff. Whatever actual drama there was in the life of the real University of Texas football player Freddie Steinmark — this is based on the nonfiction book Courage Beyond the Game: The Freddie Steinmark Story, »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Spotlight Pictures Secures International Sales Rights For Aaron Eckhart’s Sports Drama Courage

13 February 2016 8:54 AM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Spotlight Pictures has acquired the international sales rights for Aaron Eckhart‘s sports drama, ‘Courage.’ The film is based on an inspirational true story and the novel ‘Courage Beyond the Game: The Freddie Steinmark Story’ by Jim Dent. The film was written and directed by first-time feature film helmer, Angelo Pizzo, who also wrote and produced the iconic sports films ‘Hoosiers’ and ‘Rudy.’ Besides Eckhart, ‘Courage’ also stars Finn Wittrock, Robin Tunney and Sarah Bolger. The film was produced by Paul Schiff and executive produced by Bud Brigham. The drama received a wide U.S. theatrical release last November, under the title ‘My All American.’ Of acquiring the international rights for ‘Courage,’  [ Read More ]

The post Spotlight Pictures Secures International Sales Rights For Aaron Eckhart’s Sports Drama Courage appeared first on Shockya.com. »

- Karen Benardello

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Us Briefs: Spotlight acquires int'l rights to 'Courage'

9 February 2016 11:06 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Plus: Production begins on The Last Word; Keira Knightley circles Collateral Beauty; Music Box acquires Sundance entry The Innocents; and more…

Aaron Eckhart stars in Courage, based on Jim Dent’s novel Courage Beyond The Game: The Freddie Steinmark Story and Spotlight will commence sales at the Efm this week.

Angelo Pizzo directed the film about about a university athlete who receives a shocking diagnosis following an injury. Clarius distributed Courage in the Us last November under the title My All American.

Production is underway in the Los Angeles area on Mark Pellington’s The Last Word starring Shirley Maclaine and Amanda Seyfried. Bleecker Street will distribute the drama in the Us and Myriad Pictures handles international sales at the Efm. Anne Heche, Philip Baker Hall and Scott Speedman and Tom Everett Scott round out the key cast.Kristin Stewart and Helena Bonham Carter are in talks and James Franco is attached to star in Jt Leroy, about »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Us Briefs: Spotlight acquires international rights to 'Courage'

9 February 2016 11:06 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Plus: Keira Knightley circles Collateral Beauty; Music Box acquires Sundance entry The Innocents; Alcon sets writer for The Ice Twins; and more…

Aaron Eckhart stars in Courage, based on Jim Dent’s novel Courage Beyond The Game: The Freddie Steinmark Story and Spotlight will commence sales at the Efm this week.

Angelo Pizzo directed the film about about a university athlete who receives a shocking diagnosis following an injury. Clarius distributed Courage in the Us last November under the title My All American.

Kristin Stewart and Helena Bonham Carter are in talks and James Franco is attached to star in Jt Leroy, about the hoax female blogger who passed herself off as a transgender male. Lbi Entertainment /Aquarius / Rabbit Bandini Productions produce and Fortitude International represents international rights.Keira Knightley is reportedly in talks to star opposite Will Smith in New Line/Village Roadshow’s drama Collateral Beauty. Warner Bros will distribute in the Us on March »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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