1-20 of 58 items from 2014 « Prev | Next »
Based on the number one 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, 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. Greg Kinnear stars as Todd Burpo a small town pastor trying to make ends meet.
After his son Colton 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 for what happens next, as Colton starts to recount what he says was an amazing journey to heaven and back. The film also stars Thomas Hayden Church and Margo Martindale and is written and directed by Randall Wallace.
Have a look at our exclusive interview »
- Fernando Esquivel
Chicago – It would be easy to dismiss “Heaven Is for Real,” given that it is based on the visions of the afterlife by a child, that just happens to coincide perfectly with Christian doctrine (Jesus, Angels, etc.). But there is more to this film in the sincerity of its spirituality, and it succeeds with that inspiration.
The key was establishing a viable authenticity to the atmosphere of the vision, and get the right cast to deliver it, which director Randall Wallace (“Secretariat,” “We Were Soldiers”) was able to accomplish. He creates a hometown America that is part of the scenario, a luxurious and spacious hinterland of unyielding peace. The juxtaposition of the otherworldly garden of the boy’s vision with the wonder of earth creates a “heaven” that is for real, if we open our eyes. That spirit of simplicity becomes the kingdom.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
When you die and go to heaven will you really see your late loved ones, sit on Jesus’ lap, and get serenaded by angels? That’s exactly how Colton Burp described his trip to the afterworld after an out-of-body experience when he was four years old. His father Todd, a pastor in Imperial Nebraska, shared his son’s experience in the family-friendly book Heaven Is For Real which was a surprise best-seller on the Christian circuit and now here comes the film version. Heaven Is For Real is as wholesome and square as it sounds. No profanity. No sex. No violence. That’s its hook. Unpretentious and plainspoken, it knows its target Christian audience well.
The plot of Heaven Is For Real is disarmingly simple and there appears to be no question regarding the general circumstances themselves. The Burpos are a classic wholesome American family from the heartland, hardworking and faithful. »
- Tom Stockman
After the contentious likes of “Noah” and “God’s Not Dead,” Hollywood’s season of Christian-themed cinema continues in relatively innocuous fashion with “Heaven Is for Real,” a bland, earnest yet appreciably restrained adaptation of Midwestern minister Todd Burpo’s inspirational bestseller about his young son’s miraculous glimpse of eternity. Audiences not inclined to suspend their disbelief, let alone take a leap of faith, will have no use for the film’s corn-fed sincerity or its clean-scrubbed celestial visions. Still, it’s something of a relief to report that the movie isn’t quite the vomitous bucket of spiritual saccharine the ads would suggest, and those willing to engage may be pleasantly surprised by some of its understated virtues: a carefully open-minded appeal to skeptics, a wry sense of humor that wards off sententiousness at key moments, and a fine cast of name actors (led by Greg Kinnear) who »
- Justin Chang
Sony is getting an early start on the Easter holiday weekend with ”Heaven Is for Real,” the big-screen story of a small-town pastor whose son claims to have visited Heaven. The film is slated to arrive Wednesday in more than 2,400 theaters nationwide. The PG-rated family drama is adapted from a 2010 best-selling Christian book written by Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent. It's directed by Randall Wallace (“Braveheart”) and stars Greg Kinnear, Kelly Reilly, Thomas Hayden Church and newcomer Connor Corum. Sony bought the book rights in 2011 and teamed with Joe Roth (“Oz the Great and Powerful”), who produced the $12 »
- Todd Cunningham
Chicago – The actor Greg Kinnear has been known for his neat and tidy image, but never has he portrayed a religious leader. His role as Todd Burpo – a pastor of a church and the father whose son believes “Heaven Is for Real” – brings the energy of spirituality to the movies just in time for the Easter holiday.
Born in small town Logansport, Indiana, Greg Kinnear was the son of a career diplomat, and moved around quite a bit as a child, even living overseas. He is a veteran actor who first came into prominence when he hosted the first version of “Talk Soup” on the E! Network in 1991. Four years later, he made a splashy film debut as David Larrabee in the 1995 remake of Billy Wilder’s “Sabrina,” directed by Sydney Pollack.
Photo credit: TriStar Pictures
A couple years later, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Greg Kinnear is the perfect actor to star in Heaven is for Real, an adaptation of the nonfiction best-seller of the same name. The guy from Flash of Genius and Little Miss Sunshine is the one you want for another character struggling in life and trying to convince people of something. He has sad eyes but a charming smile. And in movies like this, no matter how you feel about the message at its core, you’ll like the person he’s playing and want him to succeed. If Tucker: The Man and His Dream or Field of Dreams were remade today, Kinnear would be a great choice to play either’s protagonist. Heaven is for Real is actually quite reminiscent of the latter. It’s set in the Midwest farmlands and deals with a man about to lose everything, it involves a father/son relationship and, most importantly, it involves the afterlife. Yet »
- Christopher Campbell
Title: Chinese Puzzle (Casse-tête chinois) Cohen Media Group Reviewed for CompuServe ShowBiz by Tami Smith (Guest Reviewer). Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade: B+ Director: Cédric Klapisch Screenplay: Cédric Klapisch Cast: Romain Duris, Audrey Tautou, Cécile De France, Kelly Reilly Opens: May 18, 2014 Those of us who ever wandered what life brought to L’Auberge Espagnole’s characters Xavier (Romain Duris), Wendy (Kelly Reilly), Martine (Audrey Tautou) and Isabelle (Cécile De France) are in for a great treat. There is a third part to this story, which director Cédric Klapisch is eager to tell. Living in Paris for ten years Xavier have been married to Wendy and is now an adoring father [ Read More ]
The post Chinese Puzzle Movie Review appeared first on Shockya.com. »
- Harvey Karten
"It's funny that you find life so complicated." Today's indie trailer is for a film called Chinese Puzzle, or Casse-tête chinois in French, another third film in a charming romantic comedy trilogy about a couple and their lives over the years. The film features the same cast/characters from Cédric Klapisch's Russian Dolls and The Spanish Apartment, including Romain Duris as Xavier Rousseau, along with Audrey Tautou, Kelly Reilly, Toshiko Onizawa, Cécile de France and Sandrine Holt. While it is a French film, they do speak English and it takes place mostly in New York City, and doesn't look that bad at all. I'll check it out. Watch the official trailer for Cédric Klapisch's Chinese Puzzle, found via YouTube: A 40-year-old father of two, still finds life very complicated. When the mother of his children moves to New York, he can't bear them growing up far away from »
- Alex Billington
Review Simon Brew 11 Apr 2014 - 08:40
The first pairing of Brendon Gleeson with writer/director John Michael McDonagh resulted in something of a treat: the hugely entertaining, occasionally bumpy The Guard. Bustling with brilliant lines and grounded by an excellent turn from Gleeson, it's a film that holds more than steady on repeated viewings.
The pair's reunion, in Calvary, finds neither looking to retread old ground. Whilst not short of sprinkles of wit, this is a darker piece of work, but no less well told. Gleeson this time takes the role of a priest, Father James Lavelle, who we discover is a heart of good in a society of troubled people. In fact, one of them, right at the start of the film, reveals that he's going to kill Father Lavelle during confession. We don't »
“Heaven is For Real,” which is rated “PG” and opens on April 16, 2014, also stars Thomas Haden Church, Kelly Reilly, Margo Martindale, Connor Corum, Lane Styles, Jacob Vargas, Thanya Romero, Danso Gordon, Rob Moran and Nancy Sorel from writer and director Randall Wallace and writer Chris Parker. The film is based on the No. 1 New York Times best-selling book “Heaven is For Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven & Back” by Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent.
To win your free “Heaven is For Real” passes courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our unique Hookup technology below. That’s it! This screening is on Monday, April 14, 2014 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. The more social actions you complete, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Director: John Michael McDonagh.
Starring: Brendan Gleeson, Kelly Reilly, Chris O’Dowd, Dylan Moran, Aidan Gillen, David Wilmot, Orla O’Rourke, Killian Scott, Isaach De Bankole, M. Emmet Walsh, Marie-Josée Croze, Owen Sharpe, Domhnall Gleeson.
Running Time: 100 minutes.
Synopsis: A normal day in the parish turns into a week of second-guessing and paranoia as a kind, genuine priest’s life is threatened by an unknown member of his congregation.
Sea, sand and serial killers. You’ve got to love the Irish coast. John Michael McDonagh returns after a three-year hiatus, once again penning and directing an Irish-set black comedy starring Brendan Gleeson. Considerably darker than previous effort, The Guard, McDonagh has written an allegoric, hard-hitting piece that isn’t afraid to point fingers at the place in which its lead character finds sanctuary – the Church.
Opening to the claustrophobic refuge of confession, we meet Father James Lavelle, the local priest. »
- Emma Thrower
Already megawatt stars in France, Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris have seen their star shine across international borders too. And together they make a pretty attractive package. While they most recently teamed for Michel Gondry's "Mood Indigo," the duo are perhaps best known for their ensemble dramedies with director Cédric Klapisch, "Pot Luck" and "Russian Dolls." And they've once again teamed with the filmmaker for another tale in the saga started in those movies. "Chinese Puzzle" brings together a cast that also includes Kelly Reilly, Cecile De France, Sandrine Holt and more, for the story of a 40-year-old father of two, who splits from his wife who moves with the kids to New York City. He follows along to be closer to his children, but in order to stay in the country, he becomes the father of a child to two lesbians, marries a Chinese woman and also winds »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Brendan Gleeson and writer/director John Michael McDonagh (big brother of Martin 'In Bruges' McDonagh) are back in the wild west of Ireland following their hit 2011 cop caper The Guard. Calvary is just as dark and wickedly droll, but there is no revelling in the cynicism that surrounds Gleeson who is, this time, playing a priest - one of the good ones.
Father James looks increasingly out of place in small-town Sligo and is warned that his time is almost up. It's not a divine prophecy but a death threat he receives in the confession box, prefaced by one of the boldest opening lines in film history: "I first tasted semen when I was 7 years old..." The anonymous man goes on to explain that he »
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.
Academy Award® nominee and Emmy® Award-winner Greg Kinnear (Little Miss Sunshine) 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, Flight, Sherlock Holmes) are overjoyed by his miraculous survival. But they are wholly unprepared for what happens next — Colton starts to matter-of-factly recount what he says was an amazing journey to heaven and back. »
- Movie Geeks
For your chance to receive two (2) complimentary passes to see the film at the Uptown Palladium 12 Theater in Birmingham, Michigan on Thursday, April 10th at 7:00Pm, just look for the “Contest” box on this page.
There you’ll be directed to a variety of methods by which you can enter the contest. You’ll be asked to provide a valid email address, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter, and Tweet the contest. That’s it. That’s all you have to do to enter. We’ll contact you to let you know if you’ve won. But hurry, because the contest ends at 12:00Am on Tuesday, April 8th!
About The Film
Heaven Is For Real: Inspired by the #1 New York Times »
ABC has set its summer schedule, announcing premiere dates for four new series and returning favorites. Limited series Black Box, starring Kelly Reilly, will kick off the season on Thursday, April 24, taking over the slot occupied by Shonda Rhimes' red-hot Scandal, which will have ended its run the week prior. Story: TV Finale Dates 2014: The Complete Guide The network's lineup includes five scripted series as broadcasters increasingly add original programming to summer rosters previously dominated by unscripted fare as part of the larger push for year-round originals. ABC's big singing competition series Rising Star will get
- Lesley Goldberg
Black Box, a medical procedural starring Kelly Reilly, Vanessa Redgrave and Terry Kinney, has been picked up by broadcasters in multiple territories ahead of its premiere on ABC in the U.S. April 24. Sierra/Engine Television, which is handling worldwide sales for the small screen drama, inked deals with Rtl in the Netherlands, Belgium network Vmma, Zon Lusomundo in Portugal, Dbs in Israel and Blue Sky Media for Russia/Cis; Central & Eastern Europe and Greece and Cyprus. Photos: The Faces of Pilot Season 2014 The first 13-episode season of Black Box has already been picked up by Tele Munchen Group
- Scott Roxborough
Fox Searchlight picked up at the Sundance Film Festival "Calvary," writer-director John Michael McDonagh's follow-up to the masterful "The Guard," also starring Brendan Gleeson. The distributor has now booked an August 1 release date, in limited theaters. (Our Berlin Film Festival review is here.) That suggests that the film might go to Cannes. In August a movie can build a head of steam with audiences (Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine" came out July 26, "The Butler," August 16). But it's a tad early for a movie that carries Oscar hopes--it means skipping the fall fests. Official Synopsis: Calvary’s Father James (Brendan Gleeson) is a good priest who is faced with sinister and troubling circumstances brought about by a mysterious member of his parish. Although he continues to comfort his own fragile daughter (Kelly Reilly) and reach out to help members of his church with their various scurrilous moral - and often comic - problems, »
- Anne Thompson
The opening thirty minutes of Robert Zemeckis’s Flight (2012) represents some of the most exhilarating studio filmmaking of recent years. When the movie begins, certain parameters have been suggested for the film: the poster comes bearing a reassuring subtitle (“from the Academy Award-winning director of Forrest Gump and Cast Away”); the trailer remains curiously elusive, but still proposes some sort of redemptive hero’s journey; and the 100th-anniversary Paramount logo, when combined with Alan Silvestri’s somber piano score, seems to promise an almost unrivaled level of year-end, November-release prestige. What Zemeckis gives us in the film’s first scene is mischievously, immeasurably different: a 7 a.m. cigarette, a swig of stale beer, a joint, a stark-naked Nadine Velazquez, a bitter phone call between a drowsy alcoholic and his off-screen ex-wife, and a line of cocaine (captured in a wicked, formidable Steadicam thrust).
The enormous gulf of difference between what »
- Danny King
1-20 of 58 items from 2014 « Prev | Next »
IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.See our NewsDesk partners