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This gorgeous Oscar-nominated animated feature is about a girl named Saoirse and her brother Ben, who discovers that the fairy tales his mother told him about selkies -- half human, half seal creatures -- are all too true.
Here's another animated feature, albeit one with a much more modern flair. The bumbling penguins of previous "Madagascar" films are recruited for a wild espionage adventure. Voice actors include Benedict Cumberbatch, John Malkovich, Chris Miller, and plenty of others.
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- Jenni Miller
Today we have a trailer from the Berlin Film Festival for the upcoming "A Perfect Day," starring Benicio del Toro, Tim Robbins, Olga Kurylenko, and Melanie Thierry. Check it out below. Plot: The film follows five aid workers given the simple task of getting a dead body out of a well that's used for drinking water. But in times of war, even the easiest jobs are needlessly complicated. "A Perfect Day" is directed by Fernando Leon de Aranoa (Princesas). It has yet to be picked up for distribution or get a release date. Trailer: »
Though it is apparently still in post-production, a trailer for A Perfect Day has hit the web ahead of WestEnd Films packaging it for sale at the European Film Market next week.
Written and directed by Fernando Leon de Aranoa (Mondays In The Sun), who adapted the story from the novel Dejarse Ilover, by Paula Farias, A Perfect Day tells the tale of five conflict zone aid workers who all have various agendas. They find themselves having to work together to left a dead body out of a well, so a community can have access to water. The film stars Academy Award winners Benicio Del Toro (Traffic) and Tim Robbins (Mystic River), who are ably supported by Olga Kurylenko (Oblivion) Melanie Thierry (The Zero Theorem), and Fedja Stukan (In The Land Of Blood And Honey)
Variety reports that writer-director Fernando Leon de Aranoa explained his view of the project to the press last year:
- Sarah Myles
If you want to know what it feels like to be a buyer at the Berlin International Film Festival, look no further than "A Perfect Day." It's a conflict zone comedy boasting a pretty decent cast and a unique comic tone that's different than most movies set in this milieu. And the first trailer, which is being shown to buyers in Berlin as they decide whether or not to pick it up, provides the first peek at the movie. Starring Benicio del Toro, Tim Robbins, Olga Kurylenko, and Melanie Thierry, the film follows five aid workers given the simple task of getting a dead body out of a well that's used for drinking water. But in times of war, even the easiest jobs are needlessly complicated, and as you'll see events soon tip toward the absurd. Spanish director Fernando León de Aranoa is behind this one, and he seems to »
- Kevin Jagernauth
London — “Welcome!” a soldier shouts at B (Tim Robbins), Mambru (Benicio del Toro) and interpreter Damir (Fedja Stukac) as their jeep approaches a military checkpoint. “Tell them not to wash the car: We don’t have any money. It’s a joke, tell them,” B urges Damir, who hesitates then does; the soldiers, 30 years younger than B or Mamru, who are grizzled vets, stare back eyes glazed, light automatic weapons in hand.
Joining Del Toro and Robbins, Oscar winners for “Traffic” and Mystic River” respectively, are Olga Kurylenko (“To the Wonder,” “Quantum of Solace”), Melanie Thierry (“The Zero Theorem”) and Stukac (“In the Land of Blood and Honey”), who round up a top-notch ensemble cast. »
- John Hopewell and Leo Barraclough
This week is a big one for sci-fi fans, as several fantastic films from 2014 are making their home entertainment debuts, including The Zero Theorem, Lucy and Coherence. Horror fans have a lot to look forward to as well with the releases of several notable titles like Wolves, Annabelle and Gnome Alone, which looks to be a hoot of a genre send-up.
From La Femme Nikita and The Professional to The Fifth Element, writer/director Luc Besson has created some of the toughest, most memorable female action heroes in cinematic history. Now, Besson directs Scarlett Johansson in Lucy, an action-thriller that tracks a woman accidentally caught in a dark deal who turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic. Lucy also stars Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman.
Wolves (Ketchup, DVD)
- Heather Wixson
I loved Terry Gilliam’s Brazil when it first came out 30 years ago, but tried watching it again and didn’t feel it aged well at all. To me, the film now seemed bloated and unnecessarily complex, pushing self-indulgence to the limit. Gilliam’s newest film The Zero Theorem is the Gilliam film most akin to Brazil, another surreal comic take on Orwell’s 1984 focusing on a bureaucrat in a retro-future world. While Gilliam’s troubles with studio interference regarding Brazil are the stuff of legend (and even the subject of a book), it at least received a wide theatrical release. The Zero Theorem had a spotty release, screening in St. Louis just two nights at Webster University, but it makes its way to DVD and Blu-ray from Well Go USA on January 20th.
Explaining the plot of The Zero Theorem is kind of pointless. Something about a computer hacker »
- Tom Stockman
U.S. distributor Baxter Brothers Film Releasing has undergone a rebrand to become Monument Releasing and has just acquired Oscar-winner Denys Arcand’s latest film, "An Eye for Beauty." The film follows Luc (Éric Bruneau), a brilliant young architect who lives a peaceful life with his wife Stephanie (Mélanie Thierry) in the countryside of Charlevoix, Quebec. When he travels to Toronto to serve on an architectural jury, he meets Lindsay (Melanie Merkosky), a mysterious woman who turns his life upside down. "An Eye For Beauty" will be released in U.S. theaters later this year. Read More: Tiff List 2014: The Complete Toronto International Film Festival Lineup With Grade Averages »
- Casey Cipriani
8 items from 2015
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