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Exclusive: New Pics From John Michael McDonagh’s ‘Calvary’ Starring Brendan Gleeson, Chris O'Dowd & Kelly Reilly

15 hours ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

There are few directors who could find comedy in the premise of a priest who has been mysteriously told by an unidentified man that he'll be killed. But then perhaps you're not familiar with John Michael McDonagh, who put himself on the cinematic map with outrageous "The Guard," and returns with "Calvary." And today we have a batch of exclusive pics from the film. A terrific cast has been brought together for this one, with Brendan GleesonKelly Reilly, Aidan GillenIsaach de Bankolé and Chris O'Dowd among the ensemble, in the tale of the man of the cloth, who tries to continue with this churchly responsibilities, even with the looming threat of death. It's one we highly recommend with our critic out of Sundance calling the film "an inventive whodunit in reverse," but if you can't take his word, perhaps the Ecumenical Jury prize from the Berlin Film Festival will sway you. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Cavalry | Review

17 hours ago | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Trials of Faith Without Error; Glesson’s Good Priest Suffers for Sins of the Fathers

Two years after The Guard, the most commercially successful Irish film of all time, writer-director John Michael McDonagh and actor Brendan Gleeson return with considerably darker arthouse fare. Part Two of the unfinished “Glorified Suicide Trilogy”, Cavalry begins inside a shadowy confessional with the announcement, “I first tasted semen when I was seven years old”. To the voice behind the lattice, Gleeson’s priest replies, “Certainly a startling open line” – speaking, more or less, on behalf of Cavalry’s wrong-footed audience. The recollection of sexual abuse precedes a heavy dose of theological and moral insight, but lively, quick-witted dialogue will sweeten the pill.

In McDonagh’s words, it’s “Bresson’s Diary of a Country Priest with a few gags thrown in”. To give a sense of these gags – Father Timothy Leary (David Wilmot) inquires »

- Caitlin Coder

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New VOD and Streaming Movies, Plus: How to Be Part of the Faction That Watches 'Divergent' at Home Now

22 July 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Heaven Is for Real (drama; Greg Kinnear, Kelly Reilly; rated PG) Sabotage (action; Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington, Joe Manganiello, Josh Holloway, Terrence Howard; rated R) Transcendence (sci-fi; Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Cillian Murphy, Morgan Freeman; rated PG-13) The Single Moms Club (Tyler Perry-directed comedy; Nia Long, Amy Smart; rated PG-13) Cesar Chavez (drama; Michael Peña, America Ferrera; rated PG-13...

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- Robert B. DeSalvo

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Watch: Chris O’Dowd Has A Slip Of The Tongue In Clip From 'Calvary' Plus New Pics

14 July 2014 8:42 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The accolades have been rolling in for John Michael McDonagh's "Calvary." It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January to solid reviews, including ours which highlighted the "unwavering commitment to the intelligent thorniness of its themes" and the execution of the material brings "it soaring close to something divine." Things have been a bit quiet since, but the movie is now headed to theatres and a new clip and some images have arrived. Brendan Gleeson leads the film, reteaming with his "The Guard" writer/director, for this tale about a priest who is told by an unseen member of his church that he will be killed. This sets off something of an existential, comic and dramatic journey for the man of the cloth, who continues to try and tend to his flock, even as death looms. And around Gleeson is a pretty great supporting cast including Kelly Reilly, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Film Review: ‘Set Fire to the Stars’

4 July 2014 3:20 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Dylan Thomas knew the transcendent power of great art: “The world is never the same,” he famously said, “once a good poem has been added to it.” The world, it has to be said, does not look terribly different after viewing “Set Fire to the Stars,” a stylized biopic covering the alcoholic poet’s first American tour in 1950. Shot in silky black-and-white, Andy Goddard’s debut feature is an easy, elegant diversion — a kind of “My Week With Dylan” exercise, agreeably headlined by Elijah Wood as John Brinnin, the buttoned-up Harvard grad swiftly overwhelmed by the Welsh hellraiser. Yet its appreciation of Thomas’ work remains superficial, while the polished filmmaking never quite finds its own poetry. Perhaps the most universally distributable of this year’s Edinburgh world premieres, “Stars” should twinkle only modestly in select arthouses.

Arriving six years after John Maybury’s “The Edge of Love” — a portrait-of-the-artist-as-a-young-man romance that also, »

- Guy Lodge

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Rewind: ‘Eden Lake’ Review

2 July 2014 1:01 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Kelly Reilly, Michael Fassbender, Jack O’Connell, Tara Ellis, Finn Atkins, Jumayn Hunter, Thomas Turgoose, James Burrows, Lorraine Bruce, Shaun Dooley | Written and Directed by James Watkins

James Watkins, a British director who has gone on to stand behind the lens on the Hammer-produced horror film, The Woman in Black, made his directorial debut in 2008 with a film he also wrote, this tense and nasty little thriller called Eden Lake.

Jenny and Steve (played with conviction by Kelly Reilly and Michael Fassbender) take a trip for a romantic weekend away in the country in which Steve is planning to propose. They reach a secluded beach that is surrounded by forest land, and all seems peaceful and ideally as our loving couple set up a tent and lay back on their beach towels, watching the water drift calmly along. Their peace and quiet is quickly soiled as a group of »

- Chris Cummings

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Eiff 2014: Set Fire to the Stars Review

27 June 2014 2:03 PM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Never meet your heroes. Or so states the tagline for Andy Goddard’s feature-length debut. Far from a paint-by-numbers biopic, the Downton Abbey alumnus makes the leap to silver screen with an understated elegance, only snowflakes and the swirling of cigarette smoke fracturing Chris Seager’s crisp black and white casing. This may be a world of post-war dreamers, but the choice of monochrome certifies Set Fire to the Stars worthy of timeless status.

Harvard graduate and poetry teacher John Brinnin’s (Elijah Wood) precise opening steps accompany his equally meticulous repetition of tour dates prepared for literary hero, Dylan Thomas (Celyn Jones, also on writing duties). But it is clear from the initial jazz-dowsed introductions that Brinnin will remain the steady bassline, Thomas the improvising drums and brass. Recounting the celebrated Welsh poet’s first trip to America, breaking their first host’s Crock-Pot is the least of this magnificently cast duo’s worries. »

- Emma Thrower

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Eiff 2014: Set Fire To The Stars review

24 June 2014 8:24 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Andrew finds lots to like in this thoughtful movie about Dylan Thomas

The first time I saw Andy Goddard's work, it was in the 2006 Torchwood episode Countrycide, which featured John Barrowman kneecapping cannibals with a shotgun.

Set Fire To The Stars, directed and co-written by Goddard with actor Celyn Jones, is visually impressive, but also immeasurably more lyrical and thoughtful than you might be expecting. This is less of a surprise considering its subject matter: the story of Dylan Thomas's first visit to New York (his death in the city was dramatised in the recent BBC drama A Poet in New York, with Ewen Bremner playing the same role Elijah Wood does in this film).

Here, Jones plays Dylan Thomas, visiting 50s New York (Swansea), Connecticut (Swansea) and Yale (also Swansea) at the request of Elijah Wood's lapsed poet, the academic John Malcolm Brinnin. Through a combination of monochrome, »

- sarahd

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Film Review: 'Chinese Puzzle'

20 June 2014 7:37 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★★☆Cédric Klapisch's lively romantic comedy, starring Romain Duris and Audrey Tautou, is the final chapter in his 'Spanish Apartment Trilogy', which began with the titular The Spanish Apartment (2002). As the name suggests, Chinese Puzzle (2013) is a colourful mishmash of different characters' stories, sub-plots and intersecting timelines. There's also a clever meta-textual commentary running through the film. Writer Xavier Rousseau is approaching 40 when his wife of ten years, Wendy (Kelly Reilly), announces that she is leaving him and moving to New York City with their children. Inconsolable without his family, Xavier decides to follow them to the Big Apple, where he hopes to finish his latest book.

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- CineVue UK

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Works takes Elijah Wood drama Stars

19 June 2014 12:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Dylan Thomas drama starring Elijah Wood gets UK sales company.

UK sales outfit The Works International has picked up rights to Dylan Thomas drama Set Fire to the Stars, which will receive its world premiere at the Edinburgh Film Festival next week (June 23).

Based on John M Brinnin’s account of the hell-raising poet’s first visit to New York in 1950, the film is the feature debut of director Andy Goddard (Downton Abbey) and stars Elijah Wood, Celyn Jones, Kelly Reilly, Stephen Mackintosh and Shirley Henderson.

Written by Andy Goddard and Celyn Jones and produced by A J Riach (Battle of the Sexes) and Andy Evans, the drama is a Mad as Birds Films presentation.

Wood will attend the Eiff premiere, along with Jones and Goddard. Following the screening there will be a performance from Gruff Rhys, lead singer of the Super Furry Animals, who composed the original score for the film.

Clare Crean, head »

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

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Chinese Puzzle Review

17 June 2014 2:30 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

So often we see a Hollywood film begin with a swooping, aerial shot of a glorious Manhattan, with the Empire State Building gracefully standing tall, while the Statue of Liberty looks out knowingly into the distance. However when our protagonist Xavier arrives in New York, in Cédric Klapisch’s Chinese Puzzle, it’s a grey, miserable day, and the peak of the aforementioned skyscraper is hidden by clouds. This lone image sets the precedence for the rest of this title, as an authentic, foreigner’s take on New York, as not always being the romanticised, cinematic setting we’re often led to believe it is.

As the third – and seemingly final – chapter in the life of Xavier, played Romain Duris, following on from the actor’s previous collaborations with the filmmaker, L’Auberge Espagnole and Russian Dolls, the author is now going through something of a crisis, when his partner »

- Stefan Pape

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Interview with Cédric Klapisch about Chinese Puzzle

16 June 2014 7:26 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Romance on the run: Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris in Chinese Puzzle

He first went to study film in New York when he was 23. French director Cédric Klapisch, now 53, returned to the city for Chinese Puzzle, the third part of the comedy trilogy that started with Pot Luck (L’Auberge Espagnole) in Barcelona in 2002 and continued three years after in St Petersburg and London for Russian Dolls (Les Poupées Russes), all featuring the same characters falling in and out of love. Now Xavier, economics student turned writer and played by Romain Duris, heads for the Big Apple to be near his children who live with his ex Wendy, portrayed by Kelly Reilly. Former girlfriend Martine (Audrey Tautou) turns up – and there’s also Cecile de France from the original as Xavier’s lesbian friend Isabelle. How did Klapisch sustain the momentum of the characters and what does it feel like to grow old with them? »

- Richard Mowe

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Chinese Puzzle Review

6 June 2014 10:07 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Capturing basic human interactions on film isn’t as easy as you’d think. Too often screenwriters and directors retreat into cliched dialogue and stock characters to the point where the people on screen feel as artificial as any rampaging CG monster. Cédric Klapisch’s Chinese Puzzle is different though, effortlessly serving up a blizzard of well observed moments, shifting relationships and fragments of honest emotion. This is that annoyingly rare thing: a film that really understands the complexities – the soaring joys and the crushing miseries – of modern love.

Our hero is Xavier Rousseau (Romain Duris), a 40 year old writer navigating some pretty choppy relationship waters. Framed through a Skype conversation with his publisher, we track his friendships and romances with three women; businesswoman and old flame Martine (Audrey Tautou), his lesbian best friend Isabelle (Cecile de France), and Wendy (Kelly Reilly), his estranged ex-wife and mother of his two children. »

- David James

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Chinese Puzzle | Review

4 June 2014 6:15 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Tuft of Fluff: Klapisch Bids Adieu to Globetrotting Crew

Diehard fans of Cedric Klapisch’s L’Auberge espagnole (2002) and its sequel, Russian Dolls (2005) should be happy to see the director round out his Romain Duris headlining films into an actual trilogy with Chinese Puzzle. Though it potentially stands as a piece on its own, audiences may feel a bit lukewarm toward this outing without having experienced the meandering yet considerable baggage the quartet of main characters have carried through two other films. Coasting mostly on the affable charm of its stars and likeable characters, this final chapter manages to walk a fine line between hopeful and melancholy as we at last leave them all behind. However, the most potent aspect of the film is perhaps the nostalgia one might feel as they’re forced to recollect the wonderful, scrappy charm of that first entry from over a decade ago.

Now nearing or entering their 40s, »

- Nicholas Bell

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Film Review: Pieces Fit Together in Sublime ‘Chinese Puzzle’

31 May 2014 6:08 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Life is chaos. We in the human race can all agree on that. The new film “Chinese Puzzle” allows that chaos to happen, and the results are funny, affecting and warm. Writer/director Cédric Klapisch completes his “Spanish apartment trilogy,” bringing back the characters from “L’Auberge Espagnole” and “Russian Dolls,” to place them squarely in middle age.

Rating: 4.0/5.0

The beauty of the film is that it works as a separate element, there is no need to have prior knowledge of the other films – although it probably the enhances the enjoyment. Cédric Klapisch creates lives that are challenged by turning age 40 (gasp!), an odd transition point when dealing with kids, divorce and multiple locations. The story is fresh, highly comic and propels itself due to the result of the organic decisions by the characters. There are also some parallel circumstances regarding fatherhood that are neatly applied, and a twist »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Heaven Is for Real movie review: extraordinary claims, no evidence

30 May 2014 1:56 PM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

You’d think any movie that an all-powerful deity had a hand in would be awesome, right? Turns out, not so much. There’s barely even a story here. I’m “biast” (pro): always want to love Greg Kinnear and Kelly Reilly

I’m “biast” (con): total atheist

I have not read the source material

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

Heaven is for real? Proven by a movie?! Well, no. At best, this cinematic sermon almost humbly acknowledges that even Christians know their fairy tale about a heaven of fluffy white clouds and Jesus in a bathrobe sounds like, you know, a fairy tale that is hard to accept at face value. At worst, it’s a shameless money grab by a family in desperate financial straits cashing in on the fantasies of their little boy. I don’t see how either option — or »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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First Clip & Ten Images Revealed For ‘Heaven Is For Real’

30 May 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

After seeing the first trailer yesterday for Heaven Is For Real, today we’ve got a first clip to share and some brand new stills. Based on the #1 New York Times best-selling book of the same name, Heaven Is For Real brings to the screen the true story that has inspired millions across the globe — that of a little boy’s extraordinary, life-changing experience, and his father’s search for the courage and conviction to share his son’s discovery with the world.

The versatile Greg Kinnear stars as Todd Burpo, a small-town businessman, volunteer firefighter and pastor struggling to make ends meet in a tough year for his family. After his bright young son Colton (newcomer Connor Corum in his feature film debut) is rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery, Todd and his wife Sonja (Kelly Reilly) are overjoyed by his miraculous survival. But they are wholly unprepared »

- Dan Bullock

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Brand New ‘Heaven Is For Real’ Trailer!

30 May 2014 1:33 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The international trailer for Heaven Is For Real, a film based on a book of a similar name (Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back) hit the web earlier today. The film, if you couldn’t guess already, details a little boy’s trip to heaven and back again. Quite the skill there, lil’ fella. 

The film is already notably out in select regions, but the U.K. won’t get the film until later this month, so for any one of our regular britons, the trailer below might be of interest! It’s pretty powerful and admittedly it’s nice to see Greg KinnearKelly Reilly and Thomas Haden Church back in something major and Randall Wallace back on the ball.

Heaven Is For Real comes out in U.K cinemas on the 30th May, is directed by »

- Matthew Ceo

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We've Hit The Emmy Eligibility Wall. Who Are You Rooting For?

29 May 2014 10:53 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Saturday May 31st marks the final day of Emmy eligibility for the 2014 ceremony. Given the wildly varying schedules of television series in our modern 1,000+ channel world, episodes airing after this date will still apply if the season has enough episodes out to qualify. Eligibility periods can get confusing. Take Penny Dreadful on cable and Black Box (with Kelly Reilly and Vanessa Redgrave) on ABC for perfect examples. Both debuted before the cutoff date but neither of them have aired more than half their first season episodes yet so do they qualify or do they have to wait until next year? (Any Emmy trivia experts out there know?) 

Simpler examples that can still be a bit headscratching to the flow of the calendar happen over at Netflix. [Lots more after the jump...]

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- NATHANIEL R

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Line-up announced for Edinburgh International Film Festival 2014

28 May 2014 9:45 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Hyena

The full line-up has been announced for this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival, which runs from Wednesday 18th to Sunday 29th June. In total, 156 features from 47 countries will be screened, with 11 world premieres, 7 European premieres and 95 UK premieres.

The festival opens with the world premiere of British drug trafficking thriller Hyena from writer-director Gerard Johnson, starring Peter Ferdinando, Stephen Graham, Neil Maskell, and MyAnna Buring. The closing night gala is the international premiere of romantic comedy We’ll Never Have Paris, directed by husband and wife team Jocelyn Towne and Simon Helberg (best known for The Big Bang Theory). Written by and also starring Helberg, it features Melanie Lynskey, Maggie Grace, Zachary Quinto, and Alfred Molina in its cast.

We’ll Never Have Paris

The American Dreams strand highlights cutting-edge new works from American independent cinema. Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring featured last year, and now Gia Coppola »

- Josh Slater-Williams

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