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What to Watch This Week: 'Godzilla,' 'New Girl,' & More

16 September 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.

New on DVD and Blu-ray

"Godzilla"

Indie director Gareth Edwards got a crack at one of the biggest monsters there is in this summer's blockbuster. Bryan Cranston plays a scientist obsessed with government secrets since the mysterious death of his wife Sandra (Juliette Binoche) after a suspicious nuclear reactor meltdown. Aaron Taylor-Johnson co-stars as his son Ford, a Navy guy who discovers that dear old dad's paranoia might actually be worth checking out. Ken Watanabe and Sally Hawkins co-star as scientists studying the real cause of that nuclear meltdown.

"The Fault in Our Stars"

It Girl Shailene Woodley stars in this adaptation of John Green's Ya weepie about a teen named Hazel dying of cancer. Augustus (Ansel Elgort) is another teen coping with the Big C, »

- Jenni Miller

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More "Trainspotting" In The Works

14 September 2014 10:04 AM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

According to Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle, a sequel to "Trainspotting" is on track for development, with a new screenplay by Oscar-nominated writer John Hodge

Boyle intends to reunite the first film's original cast of Ewan McGregor, Ewan Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle, Kevin McKidd and Kelly Macdonald.

"This has been a long time coming," said Boyle. "There’s always been this long term plan for Trainspotting 2', if John can produce a decent enough script. I don’t think there will be any barriers to Ewan or any of the cast coming back. 

"I think they’ll want to know that the parts are good so they don’t feel like they are letting anyone down. The reason for doing it again is that people cherish the original, people remember it or have caught up with it if they never saw because they were younger. So you want to »

- Michael Stevens

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Filth Blu-ray Review

28 August 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Irvine Welsh made his reputation with both the novel and the filmed version of Trainspotting, with the latter creating the cinematic language that has been borrowed by every adaptation of his work that’s followed.  The most recent big screen Welsh adaptation is Filth, which was written for the screen and directed by Jon S.  Baird and stars James McAvoy as Detective Bruce Robertson, a corrupt cop who’s got some issues at home and in the workforce.  But where it has some of the flash of Trainspotting, it seems more like a Chuck Palahniuk adaptation, replete with a terrible third act twist.  My review of the Filth Blu-ray follows after the jump. The film opens with Bruce’s wife Carole (Shauna Macdonald) who suggests that she loves her husband, but hopes that by teasing his desires he will become the next Detective Inspector.  She then she goes out for »

- Andre Dellamorte

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Like The Giver? Here Are the Best Book-to-Film Adaptations Currently Streaming on Netflix

15 August 2014 9:30 AM, PDT | VH1.com | See recent VH1.com news »

Opening this weekend is the big screen adaptation of Lois Lowry’s The Giver. The 1993 Young Adult novel has quickly become a favorite among readers in the 20 years since it’s been published. While the adaptation is getting mixed reviews, there have been a number of stellar film adaptations that have surpassed readers’ expectations. With that in mind, we oriented our Netflix streaming guide around the best of book-to-film transformations.

Of Total Film’s 50 Greatest Book Movie Adaptations, we found 10 options worth streaming, plus a bonus: The Hunger Games — a film that relates purely based on the idea of being a dystopian novel turn big budget movie starring pretty young things.

Trainspotting (1996) based on the 1993 novel by Irvine Welsh

Starring: Ewan McGregor and Robert Carlyle

Total Film’s greatest change from book to film: “Different story threads are told in the novel by a variety of characters, whereas Renton is »

- Stacy Lambe

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Filth Blu-Ray Review

12 August 2014 1:41 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Since I’ve previously indulged in Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting on numerous occasions, happily stumbling through my very first drug-fueled Irvine Welsh adaptation, Filth isn’t exactly a surprising endeavor by any means. Granted, it’s an absolutely bonkers character study injected with heaping mounds of Columbia’s finest and enough sexual expression to make Hugh Hefner blush, but this is signature Welsh material. Filth isn’t a Danny Boyle flick though, so questions surrounding relative newbie Jon S. Baird’s ability to capture the same “controlled” insanity immediately arise – which he confidently dismisses after a raucous introduction.

Filth is far more than a Scottish dark comedy about the most crooked cop in history, as Bruce Robertson (James McAvoy) slowly reveals an entire army of inner demons over the course of this sinisterly tragic downward spiral. Everything starts out cheekily enough when Robertson reveals his plan to sabotage every other »

- Matt Donato

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New on DVD Blu-ray August 12: 'Locke,' 'The Blacklist,' 'Bedknobs and Broomsticks'

11 August 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week

"Locke"

What's It About? Tom Hardy stars as a construction foreman who's driving to London to attend the birth of his child. You really shouldn't have stressful conversations on your cell while driving, but Ivan (Hardy) doesn't care. He has to make sure his big job tomorrow goes as planned, confess to his wife that he cheated on her with a co-worker, and coaching the aforementioned co-worker through the premature birth of their baby. Yikes.

Why We're In: Hardy is more than capable of commanding the screen for the entirety of the movie. Although you hear other characters' voices, it's all Hardy, all the time. Who could argue with that?

Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week

"Love Streams" (Criterion)

What's It About? John Cassavetes and real-life wife Gena Rowlands star as siblings who turn to each other for support after being left by everyone else in their lives. »

- Jenni Miller

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Review: Filth

5 June 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

My first thought on how to describe Filth, which opens Friday for a nightly late-night run at Violet Crown, was that it felt something like Trainspotting meets Fight Club. Then I saw the credits and learned indeed it was based on the novel by Irvine Welsh, who also wrote Trainspotting. (I watched the movie before seeing any publicity materials that clearly indicate this fact.) That it stars James McAvoy (who bears some resemblance to Ewan McGregor) following a self-destructive path of crime and debauchery plays into this comparison.

Filth begins with a murder, which Bruce (McAvoy) is assigned to investigate. Success will lead to a promotion, which Bruce is hell-bent on achieving in hope of winning back the love of his estranged wife and eliciting the return of her and their child. Possessed of a mean streak, however, he spends more time pranking his fellow police in hope of ruining »

- Mike Saulters

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Don’t waste your time with ‘Filth’

3 June 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Filth

Written for the screen and directed by Jon S. Baird

UK, 2013

Attention all aspiring writer and directors: do not, under any circumstances, adapt a novel with an unreliable first-person narrator. It rarely works. And if for some reason you do want to give it a try, please use the source material as a loose guide, and resist the urge to strategically hit certain major plot points, because important setup material will be lost – especially when it comes to a character’s back story. Sure, you can throw in all the voice-over you want, and you can present scenes from the perspective of the protagonist, but it will be pointless if you do not provide enough evidence for the protagonist’s outlook.

In regards to Jon S. Baird’s Filth, the film is a complete and utter failure both as an adaptation and as a stand-alone film. Adapted from an »

- Griffin Bell

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‘Filth’ gets you dirty but leaves you empty inside

2 June 2014 12:22 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Filth

Written for the screen and directed by Jon S. Baird

UK, 2013

Though infused with an infectious anarchic energy, Filth confuses rudeness with rebellion. Even the gleeful excesses can’t save the film’s muddled script as it loses its narrative steam and plummets into melodrama. The wickedness feels less like provocation and more like a diversion to hide the wafer-thin story. In other words, Filth is all talk and no shock.

Adapted from the Irvine Welsh novel of the same name, Filth plunges us into a poisonous world of sex, drugs and the rottenly droll. Desperate characters lurk around every corner, some fueled by fear and others by addiction. An intoxicating mix of nihilism and ambition makes everyone corruptible in Welsh’s Edinburgh, especially the police. And if anyone is drunk on nihilism and ambition, surely it’s Detective Bruce Robertson (James McAvoy).

It seems that Bruce is bucking »

- J.R. Kinnard

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Ebiri on Filth: An Incoherent Movie Electrified by James McAvoy

30 May 2014 10:30 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

A hallucinatory, fragmented, bizarre adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s hallucinatory, fragmented, bizarre novel, Filth is a fascinating puzzle of a movie – one without much of a solution, it seems. It involves the depraved machinations and inner torment of a Scots police detective, played by James McAvoy, as he seeks a promotion, plots against his colleagues, attempts to solve a murder case, tries to win back his family, and makes his way through mountains of drugs and sex. How much of what he’s seeing and experiencing is real, the movie leaves up to us. There’s no hand-holding here. Watching the movie is at once electrifying and maddening.The electricity comes mostly from McAvoy himself, finally living up to the promise of parts like those he played in Atonement and The Last King of Scotland. Here’s a movie star whom we’ve all suspected could do a lot more. »

- Bilge Ebiri

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The Many Faces Of Eddie Marsan

30 May 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

This week sees the premiere of Jon S. Baird's Filth, an adaptation of the novel by Irvine Welsh, him of Trainspotting fame. The film stars James McAvoy as a corrupt and addicted police detective, who screws everything and everyone to get his shot at a promotion. But as one of the supporting actors, we see the great Eddie Marsan pop up, and he will be the subject of this quiz! Eddie Marsan is one of those actors who you've seen plenty of times, often without being able to put a name to the face. Which is a bit surprising, as he has a very remarkable and recognizable face, leprechaun-ish even. And he's not exactly a bland actor either. When necessary, he melts into his role,...

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James McAvoy on Getting 'Filth'-y for a Career Redefining Performance

30 May 2014 6:25 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

If you consider James McAvoy to be a heartthrob, get ready to have your heart broken. In Jon S. Baird's extremely dark comedy "Filth," based on a novel by "Trainspotting" writer Irvine Welsh, the "X-Men: Days of Future Past" and "Atonement" star plays Bruce Robertson, a detective you don't want to cross. When he's not doing his job (which is barely ever), Robertson beds minors, does every drug imaginable, and partakes in some seriously kinky sex with women who can stomach the guy. The role marks a huge leap for the Scottish actor in a direction his fans probably never saw coming. Robertson is as unleashed as characters come, and McAvoy doesn't hold back in bringing Welsh's grotesque creation to the screen. You have to see it to believe it. Indiewire spoke with the actor about the career-redefining performance. "Filth" opens May 30 in select theaters and is currently available to view on video-on-demand platforms. »

- Nigel M Smith

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James McAvoy on Cross-Dressing in His Indie ‘Filth’ and ‘X-Men’

29 May 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

After “X-Men,” James McAvoy sheds his inhibitions — and most of his clothes — in “Filth,” which Magnolia releases May 30, based on the novel by Irvine Welsh, about a misanthropic cop with a secret.

Filth” lives up to its name. 

I knew what kind of performance I wanted to give. It’s the best script I’ve ever read, bar none. And I was not certain if we would pull it off. Even less challenging things fall by the wayside during filming.

Did the director think of you?

When I met Jon [S. Baird], I thought they had come to me. But I found out a couple months ago that my agent went to them, to which they replied, “Nope!” I’m not obvious casting for the part. I didn’t audition. I just chatted. I understood the character, and they offered me the part that afternoon.

Do you feel like you’ve been typecast? »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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Filth | Review

28 May 2014 7:30 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Bad Detective: Baird Adapts Welsh for (Sometimes) Outrageous Effect

Danny Boyle’s 1996 classic Trainspotting set the bar for Irvine Welsh adaptations (Boyle is apparently at work on a sequel), and several filmmakers afterward have followed in his footsteps without the same success. But director Jon S. Baird’s sophomore film, Filth comes close to the same wild energy and outrageous affection with the help of a notable cast and an uncomfortable turn from a sallow James McAvoy. Certainly, the film isn’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea, a loosely followed plot frittered away on episodic craziness that only becomes more compounded as the film progresses. But despite the crassness, the degradation, and various other offensive counts that rightfully earns the story title, there’s an undeniably enduring quality to Baird’s adaptation as something you won’t be soon to forget, filled with moments that, by the surprisingly pithy final frames, »

- Nicholas Bell

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Interview: James McAvoy Loved Wallowing for Filth

27 May 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

James McAvoy knows not to trust the British tabloids. While flogging his grotty drama Filth, based on the Irvine Welsh novel about a coke-addicted, double-crossing cop, they breathlessly reported that the Scottish actor had dived so deep into method acting that he'd convinced a German hooker to punch him in the face.

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"That's not true!" insists McAvoy with a laugh. The German was an actress, though she did pack a wallop. While director Jon S. Baird kept the cameras rolling, McAvoy tilted his mouth away from the lens and secretly begged her to hit him in the face. Finally, sh »

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Review: James McAvoy Shines In Otherwise Disappointing 'Filth'

27 May 2014 4:31 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

One thing we resolved early on, having read around on the subject a little: to try, try, try to get through just the first sentence of our review of “Filth,” the Jon S. Baird-directed adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s novel, without mentioning “Trainspotting.” So, obviously, we’re pretty disappointed with ourselves. But disappointment is somewhat the order of the day, unfortunately, as it’s a comparison that occurred to us, not often to the benefit of "Filth," throughout our viewing of the film. However, Danny Boyle’s modern classic doth bestride the world of the Irvine Welsh adaptation like a colossus, its shadow seemingly impossible to escape from, so there is a glass-half-full way of looking at it: “Filth” is undoubtedly better than also-rans “The Acid House” and “Ecstasy.” In fact, when it comes to capturing some of the gonzo, amoral, substance-fueled verve that Welsh’s novels can display, »

- Jessica Kiang

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James McAvoy talks about going to dark places in 'Filth'

26 May 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

I imagine that, like many moviegoers this summer, you might be excited to see Bryan Singer's "X-Men: Days of Future Past." And you should be. It's a pretty great installment of a franchise that has seen its ups and downs, and at its center, actors Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy make for a brilliant combination. But, uh — pssst! — McAvoy has another movie coming out this summer, and it features his most electrifying, committed and passionate work as an actor to date. That movie is called "Filth," and it's sitting there waiting to be watched via video-on-demand services if you're eager to see it now. It'll make its way to theaters a week after "X-Men" if you prefer the big screen, but however you manage to view it, you're going to be met with a creative and daring burst from director Jon S. Baird (adapting a novel by »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Review: Filth

25 May 2014 7:42 PM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Plot: Bruce Robertson (James McAvoy) is a detective in Scotland investigating a racially motivated murder while attempting to gain an important promotion at work. However, Bruce leads a double life. While he pretends to be an upstanding officer, he's actually a raging drug addict who uses his powers as a cop to score drugs, gain sexual favours, and generally wreak diabolical havoc on his friends and colleges (which he calls, .The Games.). Review: Scottish writer Irvine Welsh is a »

- Chris Bumbray

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Your summer blockbuster survival guide: 10 must-see art-house movies with no aliens, robots, or superheroes

24 May 2014 7:30 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

It’s Memorial Day weekend — the unofficial start of summer — and the holiday’s top movies at the box-office will likely be X-Men, Godzilla, and Adam Sandler’s Blended, with Spider-Man 2 still swinging through multiplexes. Ever since Jaws sunk its teeth into the sweltering months of 1975, summer has been blockbuster season, and studios now jockey years in advance to lock up the best dates between Memorial Day and Labor Day for their big-budget blockbusters. A few of them turn out to be quite good, but just about all of them tend to be very, very loud.

Perhaps your eyes »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Exclusive Video Interview With James McAvoy On Filth

23 May 2014 12:16 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Though most of the chatter about James McAvoy this week will be in regards to his role in Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, the actor actually has another film releasing this month as well. Expanding on May 30th (it’s already begun its limited run), Jon S. Baird’s Filth is a far cry from 20 Century Fox’s superhero outing, but it’s an equally impressive film that features the Scottish actor like you’ve never seen him before.

In Filth, which is an adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s (the man who wrote Trainspotting) novel of the same name, James McAvoy plays Bruce Robertson, a “bipolar, bigoted junkie cop” who is just about the most repulsive man you’ll ever meet. Choosing to spend his time dabbling in drugs, alcohol and sexually abusive relationships, the film follows his attempts to receive a coveted promotion to Detective Inspector »

- Justine Browning

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