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To celebrate Simon Bolivar, Venezuela's answer to George Washington, is to mourn the death of a fanciful and impossible idea: the pan–Latin American state. A key figure in Hispanic America's independence from Spain, Bolivar is eye-rollingly romanticized as a wonderful lover and an even better fighter in Alberto Arvelo's lushly produced, dully reverential The Liberator, Venezuela's submission for the Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar. Played by Édgar Ramírez, this Bolivar isn't any deeper than the elementary-school version of the hero: He came, he saw, he liberated. Timothy J. Sexton's bilingual script merely lists the military leader's triumphs and setbacks, with scant attention paid to dramatic structure or character development. The portrait »
Plowing the Sea: Arvelo’s Portrait of Famed Leader Hardly Revolutionary
Arriving with all the earmarks of a truncated and incredibly abridged version of history in order to cram into the corset of a two hour cinematic straightjacket, Alberto Arvelo’s The Liberator unwisely attempts to chart nearly the entire life of Simon Bolivar in one dense chunk. The result is a jack hammered miasma of assorted clichés, conflating events into a romanticized exaggeration of generalization, which collapses, as these types often do, into a hellishly dull exercise more appropriate for a high school history course.
It is September 25, 1828 in Bogota and Simon Bolivar (Edgar Ramirez) has just been chased out of the bed chamber of his lady love to evade members of the Spanish monarchy. We fly back to twenty eight years earlier in time, to his period as a wealthy member of the Venezuelan elite, visiting Spain to »
- Nicholas Bell
Spanish actress María Valverde, Danny Huston, Imanol Arias and Gary Lewis also star in the story of Bolivar’s fight to free South America from Spanish rule and his role in establishing the Hispanic-American republic of Gran Colombia.
The film generated close to 600,000 admissions when it opened in Venezuela on July 24. The Venezuelan committee chose the film for its “artistic and production value, staging/realisation, music and photography.”
The film shot in Venezuelan locations such as Llanos de Acarigua, Parque Nacional de Canaima and Caracas, in addition »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Mundial, Im Global’s joint venture with Canana, is handling international sales at the Toronto Film Festival. Cohen Media Group acquired the North American rights and will be releasing the film on Oct. 3 in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami and other markets.
The film was released in Venezuela on July 24. The Venezuelan committee chose the film for “artistic and production value, staging/realization, music and photography.”
See also: “Liberator” review.
The film is told from Bolivar’s point of view, and features his military campaigns and his vision to unify South America.
“The Liberator” is a Venezuelan-Spanish co-production between Producciones Insurgentes and San Mateo Films. »
- Dave McNary
Austrian entry The Dark Valley stars British actor Sam Riley; Estonia and Venezuela also make their submissions for the Best Foreign-Language Film category.
Austria, Norway, Estonia and Venezuela are the latest countries to submit entries for the Best Foreign-Language Film category at the 87th Academy Awards.
Best Foreign-Language Film Academy Award submissions 2015
The decision was taken by Fama, the Austrian association for the film and music industries.
The film, set in a remote Austrian mountain village in the late 19th century, was first screened at the Berlinale in February. It is based on a bestselling novel by Thomas Willmann.
The Norwegian Film Institute has selected Bent Hamer’s 1001 Grams. The film will receive its world premiere in Toronto before its local release on Sept 26.
Produced, directed and written by Hamer, for his own »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Amazon's leaked October 28 released date for Deliver Us From Evil on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital has turned out to be on the money as Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has officially announced the title's home video debut, complete with verifying the date and all the disc details.
Eric Bana and Edgar Ramirez star in the horror thriller based on the accounts of an NYPD sergeant as told in a book by Ralph Sarchie and Lisa Collier Cool. The film is directed by Scott Derrickson of Sinister and Exorcism of Emily Rose to give you an idea of what to expect.
The Blu-ray edition of Deliver Us From Evil comes bundled with a Digital HD copy. A DVD edition is sold separately.
Sony is presenting Deliver Us From Evil on Blu-ray in 2.4:1 1080p video and 5.1 DTS-hd Master Audio. Bonus features are outlined below with Blu-ray exclusives noted.
Illuminating Evil: »
From the director that brought audiences Sinister and Exorcism of Emily Rose comes the action-packed thriller Deliver Us From Evil, debuting on Blu-ray., DVD and Digital HD Oct. 28 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Deliver Us From Evil is a chilling story inspired by the actual accounts of New York Police Department (NYPD) Sergeant Ralph Sarchie (played by Eric Bana, Lone Survivor), who teams up with .Father Mendoza. (played by Edgar Ramírez, Zero … Continue reading →
July 4th weekend's horror offering, Deliver Us from Evil, is coming home to Blu-ray and DVD soon, and we have all the details you need along with the artwork. Break on through to the other side and dig it!
From the Press Release
From the director that brought audiences Sinister and The Exorcism of Emily Rose comes the action-packed thriller Deliver Us From Evil, debuting on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD October 28th from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
Deliver Us From Evil is a chilling story inspired by the actual accounts of New York Police Department (NYPD) Sergeant Ralph Sarchie (played by Eric Bana, Lone Survivor), who teams up with Father Mendoza (played by Edgar Ramírez, Zero Dark Thirty) to investigate a series of strange events that are taking over and terrorizing their city. Olivia Munn (Magic Mike) co-stars as Sarchie’s wife, and Joel McHale (“The Soup”) co-stars as Sarchie’s NYPD partner. »
- Steve Barton
A demon has traveled from the sands of Iraq to the streets of New York City and is possessing people with a body-bending, tongue-hissing intensity. Only a world-weary police officer and an unconventional priest stand in its way, and you can see them face off in a spiritual smack-down when Scott Derrickson’s Deliver Us From Evil hits home media just in time for Halloween.
Deliver Us From Evil comes out on Blu-ray and DVD on October 28th with the following special features (via Blu-ray.com!):
“In Deliver Us From Evil, New York police officer Ralph Sarchie (Eric Bana), struggling with his own personal issues, begins investigating a series of disturbing and inexplicable crimes. He joins forces with an unconventional priest (Edgar Ramirez »
- Derek Anderson
Joaquin Phoenix has been circling the title role in Marvel’s Doctor Strange for a while now, and he was supposedly nearing a deal just before San Diego Comic-Con in July. Late last week, we heard that after some long talks with the studio, the three-time Academy Award nominee was in final negotiations for the role… but a new report suggests that he may be getting cold feet.
Not only is Phoenix reluctant to sign one of those famous multi-film Marvel contracts, but he’s supposedly uncomfortable with the way big-budget blockbusters like this are made and may in fact back out of his talks altogether.
The report comes from Badass Digest’s Devin Faraci, whose sources tell him that Collider’s report about the final negotiations last week may have been premature. Marvel wanted to get Phoenix to sign on for the role in time to announce it at Comic-Con, »
- James Garcia
Paris — Following months of speculations, Netflix has finally unveiled details about its first French drama commission: “Marseille,” a sprawling crime skein created and penned by “Carlos” co-scribe Dan Franck.
Shot entirely in France, “Marseille” will debut exclusively in all Netflix territories in late 2015.
A tale of power, corruption and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the French port city, “Marseille” focuses on the story of Robert Taro, mayor of the city for 25 years. The coming elections have him face the man he chose as his heir, an ambitious youngster aiming high. Both candidates will fight mercilessly.
“Marseille” stages a fight around revenge, animated by drug lords, politicians, unions and the political players of the city.
“‘Marseille’ is an ambitious, diabolically smart fictitious exploration of local politics in one of the world’s most vibrant and fascinating cities.” said Netflix content chief Ted Sarandos. “We are delighted to be working »
- Elsa Keslassy
The trickle of foreign film submission info has become and soon it will be a flood. Over the new few days I'll be filling out a lot more of the foreign language submission charts which are written by me and my multi-lingual friend A.D. who knows so much about foreign cinema in so many atypical places he sometimes makes my head spin. But before all that charty speculation a handful of actual news items.
Jhola from Nepal
New Official Submissions
Jhola is the official submission from Nepal. Nepal enjoyed one previous nomination in this category for Caravan (1999) but they haven't submitted regularly. Jhola is a period piece about the Nepali society custom of the wife having to set herself on fire when her husband dies and go with him. Horrific! Actress Kanchi Garima Panta is said to be very good in the lead role.
Beloved Sisters was announced today to represent Germany. »
- NATHANIEL R
While the up-and-coming actor’s reps refused to comment, the site claims that its sources “confirm that Jack Huston is under consideration to take the Doctor Strange lead and is definitely in the running.”
If true, Huston is now one of many in contention for the role. Over the last few months, several names have been added to the mix, including Benedict Cumberbatch (who has denied involvement), Tom Hardy, Johnny Depp, Jared Leto, Deliver Us From Evil‘s Edgar Ramirez, Joaquin Phoenix, and Jon Hamm, who This Is Infamous actually claimed had been cast with their last Doctor Strange scoop.
Who would you like to see take the role of Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme? Do »
- James Garcia
Boardwalk Empire star Jack Huston was one of the actors up for the role of Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy before Chris Pratt landed it. But, according to the site This Is Infamous, Huston is now in the running for Doctor Strange.
According to the site, "out of all the properties that have been incorporated into Marvel’s big screen model, Doctor Strange is Feige’s baby, and he is handling this project with care to make sure it is about as close to perfect as possible. As a result, him and director Scott Derrickson have been kicking over a lot of rocks, seeing what they may turn up as they look for the ideal candidate."
They go on to say that the studio is very close to choosing their leading man, and Huston is definitely a great actor to throw in the pool of other actors that have included Jared Leto, »
- Joey Paur
After Sinister and The Exorcism of Emily Rose, director Scott Derrickson returns to tingle more spines with this supernatural chiller based on the accounts of New York cop-turned-occultist Ralph Sarchie. Eric Bana plays the streetwise officer who is forced to put skepticism aside after making an unholy connection between a series of disturbing calls. Unable to explain what he's seeing, Sarchie hooks up with a young priest (Edgar Ramirez) who convinces him that the offenders are merely the vessels of darker forces »
Director: Scott Derrickson
Running Time: 118 minutes.
Synopsis: NYPD detective Ralph Sarchie (Bana) stumbles across a series of cases which all seem linked. As things appear to become stranger and stranger, Sarchie must confront the fact that perhaps these cases have a supernatural link.
When the trailer for Deliver Us From Evil hit, it came across as a cop procedural with elements of an exorcism film. Fortunately, the film earns its SE7EN meets The Exorcist comparisons by offering up a very tight and sinister film which effortlessly mixes genres throughout.
The first point to discuss concerning Deliver Us From Evil is the age-old “based on a true story” set-up. Cleverly, the film changes this to “based on accounts”, which seems to wash the film’s hands of any responsibility and even opens the door for much unexpected humour. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
It’s another film involving an exorcism; something that writer-director Scott Derrickson is passionate about, having penned and directed none other than The Exorcism of Emily Rose, and the relatively comparable horror Sinister. The problem with dealing with the same supernatural subject matter, is Derrickson gets compared with his last demon-exercising flick, creating a rod for his back in having to up his game. Sadly, it’s not enough in this day and age to throw out the usual moniker “based on a true story” because it currently feels like every scary movie is. However, Derrickson has tried something a little different by blending the cop and horror genres and positioned the ever solid Eric Bana as the lead.
Based on real-life cop/occult investigator Ralph Sarchie’s accounts, Bana is Sarchie, the NYPD cop, too. Things get a whole lot sinister for father-of-one Sarchie after a dead baby is »
- Lisa Giles-Keddie
German actress Alexandra Maria Lara, who recently starred in Ron Howard‘s “Rush,” has signed on to join Gerard Butler in Dean Devlin's sci-fi adventure movie “Geostorm,” an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. Warner Bros. and David Ellison‘s Skydance are teaming on the project, which will start production in October in New Orleans. Also read: Edgar Ramirez in Negotiations to Replace Gerard Butler in ‘Point Break’ Remake Butler stars as a satellite designer who must team up with his estranged younger brother to save the world from an epic man-made storm when the world's climate-controlling satellites malfunction. »
- Jeff Sneider
Director Scott Derrickson likes his horror movies. His latest film, Deliver Us From Evil, isn't strictly an outright horror, yet it builds on his success with Sinister, and makes unhidden gesticulations in the direction of The Exorcist for a start. But this isn't a tribute act, as instead, he's uncovered a story inspired by a real life account, which he's subsequently shaped into an interesting, bumpy, but generally effective piece of cinema.
It centres on Eric Bana's Sergeant Ralph Sarchie, a New York cop who's had his fair share of dark days. Married to the job, but with a wife and child back home, Sarchie finds himself called to investigate an event you could best describe as not normal. Along with his partner, played by Community's Joel McHale, »
Demonic possession is no laughing matter in Deliver Us From Evil, the 2014 horror thriller from director Scott Derrickson that is based on accounts from an actual NYPD sergeant. Deliver Us From Evil is next headed to Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD on an October 28 release date based on an updated listing at Amazon.com, just in time for Halloween.
Sony produced Deliver Us From Evil starring Eric Bana, Edgar Ramirez, Olivia Munn and Joel McHale for around $30 million and the film has gone to earn that same amount at the domestic box office. Worldwide ticket sales have reached $42.3 million.
I was anticipating Sony Pictures Home Entertainment formally announcing the home video debut of Deliver Us From Evil this morning after the release date appeared on Amazon over the weekend. It looks like the full announcement could take another week or more, and we'll be sure to pass along all the details once its out. »
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