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October Gale movie review: islands in the scream

9 March 2015 7:27 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

It’s not very suspenseful or romantic, but the always awesome Patricia Clarkson remains calm and kicks some ass, so that’s something. I’m “biast” (pro): love Patricia Clarkson

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

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

Well, it’s a different sort of damsel-in-distress flick, at least. It’s not very suspenseful or thrilling or exciting, and it’s entirely romantically inert, which is not what it intends, but hey, Patricia Clarkson (The Maze Runner) is as awesome as always. She is Helen, a doctor from Toronto who is spending some alone time at her remote lakeside cabin on an island reachable only by boat, still grieving for her husband (Callum Keith Rennie [Fifty Shades of Grey] in flashbacks) who died the year before. But there’s always a mysterious stranger! When William (Scott Speedman: The Vow) washes up on her solitary femaleness, bleeding from a gunshot wound, »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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October Gale Review

7 March 2015 9:00 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Patricia Clarkson is one of those indispensable character actors that is too rarely delegated to leading lady status. However, she makes the most of a meandering script in a new film she headlines, October Gale, which also reunites her with Cairo Time director Ruba Nadda.

The actress plays Helen Matthews, a recently widowed woman in her fifties returning to the Ontario cottage she used to enjoy with her husband, James (played in flashback by Callum Keith Rennie). It’s hard for Helen to let go, especially when remnants of James are everywhere: in the picture frames on the wall, in the deck of cards she shuffles tenderly, in the year-old sports section of the newspaper left by the fireplace.

Helen could use something to pre-occupy her as she lounges around the cabin, tenderly coveting the things her husband used to own, and that distraction soon comes in the form of »

- Jordan Adler

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'Ride' Poster: Helen Hunt & Brenton Thwaites Hit the Surf | Exclusive

6 March 2015 6:48 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

'When her son dropped out, she dropped in.' Academy Award winning actress Helen Hunt returns to the big screen in the coming-of-age comedy Ride, which finds her rediscovering herself while learning to take on the ocean. We have the first poster for this funny and heartbreaking release, heading to theaters just in time for summer. Helen Hunt is wet suited up, and ready for the next big wave life has to offer.

In Ride, when an editor from The New Yorker (Helen Hunt) follows her son (Brenton Thwaites) to La after he drops out of college to surf and find himself, she ends up being the one thrust into a sea change of self-discovery.&#160 In this comedy written and directed by Helen Hunt, she befriends a limo driver (David Zayas), rediscovers her sexuality with a younger surf instructor (Luke Wilson), and begins to heal her fractured relationship with her son and herself. »

- MovieWeb

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October Gale | Review

4 March 2015 12:00 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Perfect Storm: Mystery Tinged Romance from Nadda Gets Blown Away in Gusts

There’s much to admire in Montreal-born director Ruba Nadda’s latest film, October Gale, which reunites her with the Patricia Clarkson, star of her generally well-received 2009 film, Cairo Time. Nadda once again provides Clarkson with a melancholy tinged lead role that provides us with a framework that recalls classic ‘women’s pictures’ of the studio era, something we’d most likely have seen from a Cukor or Negulesco and starring the embittered likes of a Joan Crawford or Barbara Stanwyck. Clarkson evokes a softer sentimentality than those references, which may explain why many will be dismayed when the film suddenly becomes a romance tinged mystery thriller, only one that doesn’t want to sacrifice any of these particular elements and therefore tends to seem watered down on all fronts.

A Toronto doctor still grieving over the tragic »

- Nicholas Bell

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October Gale Is a Character-Driven Thriller

3 March 2015 9:00 PM, PST | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

Ruba Nadda followed up her breakthrough film Cairo Time with thrillers for its two leads: Inescapable for Alexander Siddig, and now October Gale for Patricia Clarkson. Both rely on character-driven drama more than traditional action, exploring the intricacies of family relationships and the repercussions of loss. Dr. Helen Matthews (Clarkson) was accustomed to peaceful getaways with her husband, James, in the Hamptons of northern Ontario, a lake district that's long been a retreat for affluent Toronto residents. James died during an October gale on Lake Joseph, and Helen is still submerged in grief as she opens up their island cottage the following spring. Tidying the house triggers memories of James (Callum Keith Rennie), and Nadda uses these flashbacks to »

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October Gale Review

2 March 2015 9:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Ruba Nadda

Cast: Patricia Clarkson, Scott Speedman, Tim Roth, Aidan Devine, Callum Keith Rennie

Run Time: 91 minutes

Synopsis: Whilst mourning the death of her husband on their island retreat, a widowed doctor is forced to treat a mysterious man who washes ashore during stormy weather with a gunshot wound. 

Premiering during a special presentation at the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff), October Gale is a dramatic thriller that’s too devoid of tension to be considered thrilling and far short of emotional and relatable characters to be considered dramatic.

All this is a shame because the opening sequence of sweeping Parry Sound long shots and Steadicam shots of Helen (Patricia Clarkson) opening and cleaning the family’s vacation cottage offered a promising segue into what appears to be (on the surface), a study in normative bereavement with a murderous twist. Likewise, the film’s setting is a beautiful contradiction »

- Sacha Hall

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Fifty Shades Of Grey Review

18 February 2015 10:08 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

 

Director: Sam Taylor-Johnson

Cast: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Jennifer Ehle, Eloise Mumford, Luke Grimes, Marcia Gay Harden, Victor Rasuk, Rita Ora, Max Martini, Andrew Airlie, Callum Keith Rennie

Certificate: 18

Run Time: 125 minutes

Synopsis: When an unworldly college student steps in for her sick roommate to interview a prominent businessman, she unexpectedly falls for the enigmatic interviewee whose sexual proclivities are more singularly focussed. 

I know why you’re reading this, so let’s cut to the chase shall we? To be honest, Jamie Dornan’s Christian Grey summarised it better than I ever could when he snarled on screen that he’s ‘Fifty shades of fucked up!’ Damn right Jamie – although I was thinking more along the lines of the film’s ‘Fifty shades of fucking boring’. Yeah, folks. It’s boring, underwhelming but not all doom and gloom and we’ll get to that later.

It also makes you »

- Sacha Hall

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New Fifty Shades Of Grey Movie Delivered Extreme Drama,Lots Of Nudity,Sex & More

14 February 2015 9:25 PM, PST | OnTheFlix | See recent OnTheFlix news »

Focus Features released their new, highly anticipated drama movie, "Fifty Shades Of Grey," into theaters this weekend. I just checked it out, and thought it was highly entertaining with plenty of passion, drama and just outright dirty and rough sex with plenty of nudity, and more! I mean, it really treaded the edges of being softcore porn! It stars Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson, Jennifer Ehle, Luke Grimes, Victor Rasuk, Eloise Mumford, Max Martini, Rita Ora, Marcia Gay Harden, and Callum Keith Rennie. In the new flick, a shy and reserved Anastasia Steele captures the eye and interest of a very experienced and very rich Christian Grey while giving him an interview for a student paper at her college. From there, Christian starts to lightly pursue her by showing up at her hardware store job, taking her out for coffee ,and what not. Eventually, Christian ends up taking Anastasia back to »

- Andre Braddox

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Film Review: Beneath its Curious Surface, ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ a Dangerous Menace to Society

14 February 2015 2:29 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Strike one of far too many: “Fifty Shades of Grey” author Erika Leonard (better known as E.L. James) has never lived the Bdsm lifestyle. And therefore, nor should she be writing about, romanticizing and profiteering on it. On a $40 million budget, the film earned $30.2 million on its opening Friday and is on track for a record-breaking international weekend grab of $158 million.

But this is as irresponsible as an author writing about rape who has never been. Anne Rice wrote “The Sleeping Beauty Quartet” (four erotic Bdsm novels under the pseudonym A.N. Roquelaure), but she was actually engaged in Bdsm with her husband. Experienced with it, Rice also wrote the Bdsm romance novels “Exit to Eden” and “Belinda” under the pen name Anne Rampling.

Rating: 2.0/5.0

While “Fifty Shades of Grey” is every trashy novelist’s dream, there are much better ones including Sylvia Day’s “Bared to You,” Leah Brooke’s “Crescendo, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Fifty Shades Of Grey Jamie Dornan & Dakota Johnson Talk Steamy Sex Scenes & More

14 February 2015 1:31 PM, PST | OnTheFlix | See recent OnTheFlix news »

Recently, Fifty Shades Of Grey main stars, Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan (left), chatted up the BBC Breakfast news outlet in this new clip (below), and talked about how it was to film the sex scenes, working with each other, and more, along with serving up new scenes from the movie. In the clip, we see new scenes from the movie, along with Jamie and Dakota talking about how it was to shoot the intimate sex scenes. It turns out that the sex scenes were shot towards the end of filming after they were quite comfortable with each other, plus they were very choreographed and well thought out a head of time. They revealed that Dakota giggled a lot during the scenes, and more. Check it out,below. The movie stars: Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson, Jennifer Ehle, Luke Grimes, Victor Rasuk, Eloise Mumford, Max Martini, Rita Ora, Marcia Gay Harden, »

- Andre Braddox

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New Fifty Shades Of Grey Movie Received Mixed Reviews From Major Critics

13 February 2015 2:10 PM, PST | OnTheFlix | See recent OnTheFlix news »

Focus Features released their new, highly anticipated drama flick, "Fifty Shades Of Grey" into theaters today, and the top, major movie critics have submitted their reviews. It turns out that it got a mixed response with an overall 47 score out of a possible 100 across 41 reviews at the Metacritic.com site. The movie stars : Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson, Jennifer Ehle, Luke Grimes, Victor Rasuk, Eloise Mumford, Max Martini, Rita Ora, Marcia Gay Harden, and Callum Keith Rennie. We've added blurbs from a few of the critics,below. Sara Stewart at the New York Post, gave it a 75 score. He stated: "The film never pretends to be other than what it really is: soft-core porn for the ladies, diluted with an “R” rating." Sheri Linden from the The Hollywood Reporter, gave it a 70 grade, stating: " With a loose-limbed naturalness, she conveys naiveté, intellectual curiosity and romantic yearning, and shows the unassuming »

- Chris

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Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, February 13; What Will You See?

13 February 2015 7:28 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Wide Fifty Shades of Grey Director: Sam Taylor-Johnson Cast: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Jennifer Ehle, Eloise Mumford, Luke Grimes, Victor Rasuk, Max Martini, Rita Ora, Marcia Gay Harden, Callum Keith Rennie Synopsis: "A literature student Anastasia Steele meets a handsome, yet tormented, billionaire named Christian Grey." Criticwire Grade Average: C (9 reviews) Kingsman: The Secret Service Director: Matthew Vaughn Cast: "Jack Davenport, Sofia Boutella, Samuel L. Jackson, Colin Firth, Mark Hamill, Mark Strong, Michael Caine, Taron Egerton, Sophie Cookson, Corey Johnson, Neve Gachev, Geoff Bell, Tom Prior, Samantha Zoe Womack, Jaymes Butler" Synopsis: "The story of a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency's ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius." Criticwire Grade Average: B- (7 reviews) Old Fashioned Director: Rik »

- Steve Greene

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New Fifty Shades Of Grey ‘The Story’ Featurette,Movie Clip Released

12 February 2015 2:58 PM, PST | OnTheFlix | See recent OnTheFlix news »

Recently, Focus Features dropped this new featurette/movie clip (below) for their upcoming "Fifty Shades Of Grey" hardcore drama flick. It's titled "The Story," and serves up a lot of new-look scenes, along with small interview clips and spoilers from the main stars and crew that worked on the film. Check it out,below. The movie stars : Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson, Jennifer Ehle, Luke Grimes, Victor Rasuk, Eloise Mumford, Max Martini, Rita Ora, Marcia Gay Harden, and Callum Keith Rennie. In the new movie, Christian Grey, a young billionaire will take the virginity of Anastasia Steel and she falls in love with him. However, his insistence that she take the role of submissive and open herself to his S&M fantasies, will leave her emotionally torn ,because otherwise, he is the perfect guy. It will finally show up in theaters, nationwide, tomorrow, February 13th, 2015. »

- Chris

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New Fifty Shades Of Grey Valentine’s Day TV Spot,Movie Clip Released

12 February 2015 2:22 PM, PST | OnTheFlix | See recent OnTheFlix news »

Recently, Focus Features delivered this new TV spot/movie clip (below) for their upcoming "Fifty Shades Of Grey" hardcore drama flick, and it gives us new looks at Anastasia serving up the probing questions that enable her to worm her way into Christian's affections, and ultimately into the freaky bedroom, and more! Check it out,below. The movie stars : Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson, Jennifer Ehle, Luke Grimes, Victor Rasuk, Eloise Mumford, Max Martini, Rita Ora, Marcia Gay Harden, and Callum Keith Rennie. In the new flick, Christian Grey, a young billionaire will take the virginity of Anastasia Steel and she falls in love with him. However, his insistence that she take the role of submissive and open herself to his S&M fantasies, will leave her emotionally torn ,because otherwise, he is the perfect guy. It's scheduled to hit theaters, nationwide, tomorrow, February 13th, 2015. »

- Megan

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Fifty Shades of Grey Movie Review

12 February 2015 12:48 PM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: Fifty Shades of Grey Director: Sam Taylor-Johnson Starring: Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson, Jennifer Ehle, Luke Grimes, Marcia Gay Harden, Max Martini, Eloise Mumford, Dylan Neal, Rita Ora, Victor Rasuk and Callum Keith Rennie People are often faced with shocking and surprising realities after they finally achieve their anticipated transition into the real world. Anastasia “Ana” Steele, the somewhat reserved main protagonist in the long-awaited film adaptation of author E. L. James’ first entry in her provocative Bdsm book trilogy, ‘Fifty Shades of Grey,’ faces a startling revelation when she graduates from college, and witnesses how relationships with older, professional men truly work. The movie, which fans of the novel  [ Read More ]

The post Fifty Shades of Grey Movie Review appeared first on Shockya.com. »

- Karen Benardello

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New Fifty Shades Of Grey Interview Scene Movie Clip Released

11 February 2015 12:39 PM, PST | OnTheFlix | See recent OnTheFlix news »

Recently, Focus Features dropped this new movie clip (below) for their upcoming "Fifty Shades Of Grey" hardcore drama flick. It's titled, "The Interview Scene," and it gives us a new look at Christian winding up offering Anastasia an internship has his company. However, Ana doesn't seem to think she would fit it well in there. Check it out,below. The movie stars : Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson, Jennifer Ehle, Luke Grimes, Victor Rasuk, Eloise Mumford, Max Martini, Rita Ora, Marcia Gay Harden, and Callum Keith Rennie. In the new flick, Christian Grey, a young billionaire will take the virginity of Anastasia Steel and she falls in love with him. However, his insistence that she take the role of submissive and open herself to his S&M fantasies, will leave her emotionally torn ,because otherwise, he is the perfect guy. It'll be hitting theaters, nationwide, this Friday, February 13th. »

- Andre Braddox

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Fifty Shades of Grey sequels on the way

9 February 2015 5:33 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of its release this Valentine’s Day weekend (because nothing says flowers and romance like an erotic drama), there was some news coming out of a special fan screening of Fifty Shades of Grey. Some fans tweeted and revealed that the book’s sequels Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed would also be going into development.

So far, none of this is confirmed by Universal, but excited fans (via MTV), who attended the “Fifty Shades First” event in New York said that author E.L. James and director Sam Taylor-Johnson confirmed the sequels.

Fifty Shades of Grey has broken box office records in terms of pre-booked tickets for an R-rated movie, and industry experts reckon it will easily take the box office next weekend with around $61 million. Should the movie meet those numbers, expect Universal to announce the sequels pretty sharpish.

See Also: Fifty Shades of Grey gets an »

- Luke Owen

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New Fifty Shades Of Grey Featurette Clip Released Today

8 February 2015 1:20 PM, PST | OnTheFlix | See recent OnTheFlix news »

Recently, the Today Show dropped this new featurette clip (below) for the upcoming "Fifty Shades Of Grey" hardcore drama flick, and it doesn't show any scenes from the movie. It just features a lot of interview clips with some of the fans and stars of the movie. The fans speak about how much they really enjoyed it while the actors express how much they desired to make it a good film and more. Check it out,below. The movie stars: Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson, Jennifer Ehle, Luke Grimes, Victor Rasuk, Eloise Mumford, Max Martini, Rita Ora, Marcia Gay Harden, and Callum Keith Rennie. In the new flick, Christian Grey, a young billionaire will take the virginity of Anastasia Steel and she falls in love with him. However, his insistence that she take the role of submissive and open herself to his S&M fantasies, will leave her emotionally torn ,because otherwise, »

- Andre Braddox

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Fifty Shades Of Grey Releases New Images Which Aren’t Revealing But Reveal Much About The Effort

8 February 2015 10:09 AM, PST | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

Fifty Shades of Grey is about to hit theaters, and a new set of images have been released. You’d expect that to mean that some pretty provocative things are in store for you, but the film is committed to avoiding the idea that there is any plot. Also, it understands that you don’t care if there is any plot, and thus, relaying any hints about a plot have no bearing on who is showing up to fill the coffers.

Now, you might think I’m just ranting, because the book is laughably-written, and not smart enough to realize the extent to which it insults the intelligence of its readers (and I am), but the film has already established its position on “having plot,” and whether or not this is a subject worthy of discussion for a really bad romance/chick-porn novel turned movie.

Really. It’s not just me. »

- Marc Eastman

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New Fifty Shades Of Grey ‘Christian Surprises Anastasia’ Movie Clip Released

7 February 2015 1:25 PM, PST | OnTheFlix | See recent OnTheFlix news »

Recently, Focus Features served up this new movie clip (below) for their upcoming "Fifty Shades Of Grey" hardcore drama flick. It's titled, "Christian Surprises Ana" and it gives us a new look at Christian showing up at the hardware store where Anastasia works, and has her get him all the things he needs to, most likely, set up his crazy, sexual playground, and more! Check it out,below. The film stars: Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson, Jennifer Ehle, Luke Grimes, Victor Rasuk, Eloise Mumford, Max Martini, Rita Ora, Marcia Gay Harden, and Callum Keith Rennie. In the new flick, Christian Grey, a young billionaire will take the virginity of Anastasia Steel and she falls in love with him. However, his insistence that she take the role of submissive and open herself to his S&M fantasies, will leave her emotionally torn ,because otherwise, he is the perfect guy. It's due to »

- Derek

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