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Michael Stevens for 'The Good':
Taking his cue from Kubrick, director Christopher Nolan's jump into deep space has some great new VFX, including an ominous tidal wave sequence...
...new planetary adventures, a breakneck drive through a country cornfield and several plot twists to make this space thriller worth exploring.
Matthew McConaughey gives a laid-back performance as 'Cooper' an interplanetary pilot, grounded by his responsibilities as a single father.
The boxy robot 'Tars' also makes his film debut here in some great and unexpected action sequences.
Being the sentimentalist I am, I admit »
- Michael Stevens
We really shouldn't be having this conversation. It's just too soon. Isn't it? When Meryl Streep won her third Academy Award for "The Iron Lady," the collective media mindset was that the acting icon had finally joined the three-timer club and any other nominations from that point on would be icing on the cake. A fourth Oscar win? Considering how many times she'd been overlooked since winning no. 2 for "Sophie's Choice" in 1982, it just didn't seem realistic that it would happen anytime soon or at all. Even after landing another Best Actress nod for "August: Osage County," the concept of Streep conceivably winning another statue just didn't register. That is, until now. To say that Streep is the standout in Rob Marshall's "Into the Woods" is somewhat of an understatement. Chris Pine does steal almost every scene he's in as the Prince (more on that in a moment), but »
- Gregory Ellwood
While the Oscar race for Best Actor has heated up to a frenzy with, as previously reported here, at least 30 viable candidates and only five slots, most observers have labeled this year’s Best Actress crop from weak to thin with not even enough sure things at this point to make a list of five.
That’s a bit of an overstatement as pundits generally agree there are at least three, possibly four near-certainties for nominations: Julianne Moore for the still-unreleased Still Alice (out Dec. 5), Felicity Jones for The Theory Of Everything and Reese Witherspoon for Wild (also out Dec. 5).
When Gone Girl opened earlier this fall, it not only became by far the biggest awards contenders with a female lead released this year, it stirred up talk of an inevitable nod for Rosamund Pike. In terms of the campaign though, she has been a bit out of sight/out »
- Pete Hammond
Neil Calloway speaks on the ‘Comic Book Guy’ mindset of some cinema-goes with film errors…
They’re out there, waiting. They’ve watched and dissected the trailer, they’ve worked out which opening day screening they’re going to, and they may even have booked their ticket. Then, the big day comes. They see the film. They power up their smartphone before they’re out of the multiplex. Straight away they’re onto a messageboard to complain about something.
The lead character’s hair changes between shots. The chase sequence starts in daylight but ends at night. The International Space Station is not in the same orbit as the Hubble telescope.
It would perhaps be obvious to compare them to The Simpsons’ Comic Book Guy, and also be cruel, but he’s such a good character because these people exist. They’re not watching the film, they’re just looking »
- Oli Davis
Interstellar, Christopher Nolan’s dystopian space odyssey starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain, is in many ways the Nolan movie we’ve had coming since the director first stepped into the realm of blockbuster filmmaking. It’s ambitious, loud, unapologetically intellectual, occasionally awe-inspiring and narratively twisty, and confidently, proudly so on all counts.
It’s also po-faced, ham-fisted, over-long and pretty much hollow. These are aspects that represent the worst of Nolan, and they’ve never been as prominent as they are in Interstellar. The film has some great features: there’s a wonderful score from Hans Zimmer and his church organ, an achingly emotive performance from McConaughey in the lead role, and a collection of space sequences to rival those of last year’s Gravity. It’s also probably Nolan’s most personal film.
The positives in the film are challenged, however, by »
- Brogan Morris
"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay" isn't quite keeping the first two films in the series at the box office, but is nonetheless on its way to a massive opening weekend. Powered by Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, "Mockingjay" soared to $55 million on Friday, making it the biggest Friday opening of the year. "Transformers: Age of Extinction" earned $41.9 million on its first Friday. "Mockingjay" will likely earn around $130 million for the weekend, again topping "Age of Extinction's" $100 million weekend debut. However, "Mockingjay" is doing much slower business that last year's "Catching Fire," which opened to a staggering $158.1 million last year, as well as the first "Hunger Games," which bowed to $152 million in 2012. The first film went on to gross a huge $408 million domestically, while "Catching Fire" topped it with $424 million. The threequel -- the first part of the two-part finale -- will have to make up some ground next week »
- Dave Lewis
Matthew McConaughey, Morse code, a book shelf, and a spaceship traveling through a spherical worm hole… What do those things have in common? Nothing, really. That is, unless, you’ve seen Interstellar, where all of those things are significant elements in Christopher and Jonathan Nolan’s spectacular sci-fi story. Artist Edgar Ascensão’s simple looking, mostly black and white posters inspired by the movie are deceivingly complex and layered with those important objects and imagery from the film. There are a few more things incorporated/hidden in the posters, but that would take us into heavy spoiler territory. Don't worry, I won't leave you hanging like the Nolans so expertly and joyfully do. I'll point them out below the bottom poster.
A couple other things Ascensão worked into the poster at the very top are the colored lines representing the fifth dimension, which Cooper (McConaughey) is able to navigate through in the film's climax. »
- Eli Reyes
Filmmaker Christopher Nolan's Interstellar still has fans talking two weeks after first hitting theaters, with many continuing to overthink the ending. During an interview with The Daily Beast, the filmmaker shed some light on a pivotal scene.
There will be Spoilers below, so read on at your own risk.
One of the biggest surprises for audiences was the reveal that Matt Damon portrays Dr. Mann, one of the original astronauts sent out during the Lazarus missions to find a new home for humanity. Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) and the rest of the Endurance crew head to Mann's planet because the data from beacon readings were promising, but they come to realize that Mann faked the data so he could be rescued. Mann ultimately attacks Cooper and leaves him to die, leaving to set up "Plan B" on Edmunds' planet.
When asked about Mann's motivations for this actions, Christopher Nolan had this to say. »
I wonder aloud if Jason Clarke, the still rising breakout star of Zero Dark Thirty, is feeling a little overscheduled these days. Is he scheduled in 20 minute increments at this point? He claims he's taking a little time off to enjoy himself in the days surrounding our 20 minutes on the telephone, but I'm not sure I quite believe him. Which is a strange feeling because onscreen, the fortysomething Aussie is never less than believable whether he's torturing prisoners in Zero Dark Thirty, totally unnerved by talking armed apes on horseback (who wouldn't be?) in Dawn of the Apes, bootlegging with his Bondurant brothers in Lawless, and so on.
Perhaps more surprising than his authenticity onscreen is his modesty. He didn't so much steal his scenes in Zero Dark Thirty as oxygenate then, detailing the emotional and intellectual and moral gaps between his hardened CIA operative and the newbie in his »
- NATHANIEL R
“Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.
Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.
After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.”
During her recent visit to The Daily Show, the Oscar-nominated »
- Michelle McCue
Whether you love him or hate him, filmmaker Christopher Nolan has continued to find new ways to challenge his audience, and paradigms of filmmaking as a whole, throughout his remarkable career. His breakout hit Memento shattered audiences' expectations of a traditional narrative story, while The Dark Knight trilogy redefined the superhero genre in ways nobody even knew they wanted, until they saw it with their very eyes. Inception proved that one does not need to induce hallucinogenic drugs to get the head trip of a lifetime, and even his more straight-forward films like Insomnia and The Prestige are exceptionally bold. Regardless of what you might think of his latest offering Interstellar, most will likely agree that Christopher Nolan has outdone himself, offering truly outstanding visuals coupled with a mind-shattering narrative that still has filmgoers talking weeks after opening day.
With all that being said, Interstellar, all 169 minutes of it, isn't »
The James Franco-produced “The Color of Time” (formerly titled “Tar” when it premiered at last year’s Rome Film Festival) examines the life and work of Pulitzer Prize winning poet C.K. Williams. The film takes an unusual approach to the material, in that an ensemble of 12 directors (all are New York University students) collaborated with the main cast. But this is not an anthology film —the directors worked together to create a single narrative. The story follows a young Williams, living with his wife and young son and grappling with both the dark and idyllic memories of his past as he prepares for a reading in New York City. Judging from the U.S. trailer, the directors decided to really go for the Terence Malick look. But unfortunately, the all-star cast including Franco (as Williams), Mila Kunis, Jessica Chastain, Zach Braff, Bruce Campbell and Henry Hopper can't make the dreamy material work. »
- Anthony Nicholas
A24 Films has released a new clip from director J.C. Chandor’s (All Is Lost) upcoming crime drama A Most Violent Year which sees Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis) teaching us the ‘art of the sell’, check it out after the official synopsis…
A Most Violent Year is a searing crime drama set in New York City during the winter of 1981, statistically the most dangerous year in the city’s history. From acclaimed writer/director J.C. Chandor, and starring Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain, this gripping story plays out within a maze of rampant political and industry corruption plaguing the streets of a city in decay.
J.C. Chandor’s third feature examines one immigrant’s determined climb up a morally crooked ladder, where simmering rivalries and unprovoked attacks threaten his business, family, and – above all – his own unwavering belief in the righteousness of his path. With A Most Violent Year, »
- Gary Collinson
Paramount has pacted with Google Play to promote space thriller “Interstellar,” with the companies launching a website soliciting contributions from fans about what they’d want to preserve from human civilization for future generations.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
At the Google-operated website, users are invited to submit photos and videos of memorable events. Some of those submissions will be selected to be part of a short film made and produced by filmmakers David Brodie (“The Witness,” “Survivors”) and Angus Wall (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” “The Social Network”) and curated by Christopher Nolan, who directed “Interstellar.”
“Interstellar,” which opened widely Nov. 7 in the U.S., has rocketed above $300 million at the box office worldwide.
Google Play’s “Interstellar” website is accepting user submissions through Dec. 15. The time-capsule project with Paramount is Google’s first on a film that features initiatives spanning the Internet giant’s multiple platforms, »
- Todd Spangler
After wowing critics and audiences alike last year with his role in the Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis, Oscar Isaac is quickly becoming one of the most sought after stars in Hollywood — a rise that has landed him a place in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But before jetting off to a galaxy far, far away, Isaac has another, more drama-oriented role ahead of him in J.C. Chandor’s A Most Violent Year, which recently debuted a new two-minute clip that effectively justifies the actor’s place among the Oscar buzz.
In the footage, Isaac’s character educates some potential employees on the etiquette he wants them to exude as part of his ambitious oil heating company. Set within the Big Apple during the winter of 1981, A Most Violent Year is a tale of love, violence and ultimately, the fabled American Dream, as Isaac’s Abel runs »
- Michael Briers
From cave paintings and hieroglyphics, to folk tales and film, mankind has always passed along stories to preserve the past, and in that tradition, the time capsule project asks this generation to take its turn by submitting the memorable and inspiring moments of today to give future generations a way to remember where they came from.  Submissions will be selected to then be part of a short film made and produced by award-winning filmmakers David Brodie (The Witness, Survivors) and Angus Wall (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Social Network) and curated by Christopher Nolan.
Whether it's a favorite photo, a music performance, a diary entry or a dance, this effort calls upon the public to submit videos, photos, sounds, poetry »
We have added a set pictures from the event Matthew McConaughey Honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on November 17, 2014. Guests included Anne Hathaway, Camila Alves and Matthew McConaughey, Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Mackenzie Foy, Christopher Nolan, Matthew McConaughey and Vida McConaughey. Photos are copyright by Billy Bennight / PR Photos. Anne Hathaway, Camila Alves and Matthew McConaugheyas Matthew McConaughey is Honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on November 17, 2014 at the Tcl Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, CA, USA. Photo is copyright by Billy Bennight / PR Photos. »
- James Wray
We all know what we have to talk about with this new clip from A Most Violent Year. Oscar Isaac's hair is unbelievable. I have very thick hair and can only dream someone would style my hair like that. I do not have the budget to hire that person. If I was Oscar Isaac, I would keep that hairstyle for as long as I possibly could. Now I got that out of the way, we can move on to the point of this article. I am eagerly awaiting to see the latest from J.C. Chandor. He is establishing himself as an incredibly versatile and exciting director. All is Lost was quite an impressive feat and taking a massive shift over to a 1980s set thriller (which also stars the immaculate Jessica Chastain) is really interesting. At this point, Chandor has proven himself as someone to respect and admire, so »
- Mike Shutt
After a long and exciting built-up to the release of Christopher Nolan’s first flick since the controversial Batman finale The Dark Knight Rises, Interstellar – starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine and Jessica Chastain – blasted off, launched itself into the depths of space, disappeared through a wormhole and has… found itself met with middling reviews? Surely not?
At least, there has been a noticeable lack of “super positive” reviews; a lot less than Nolan fans presumably expected, what with even the movie’s most adamant fans – critics inducing – citing plot holes and a confusing ending amongst the many reasons why Interstellar failed to provide movie-goers with the totally immersive and modern day 2001: A Space Odyssey they’d desperately hoped for.
Which means that a lot of the coverage on Interstellar over the course of the past two weeks has focused on the negative aspects – the things »
- Sam Hill
The flick, to be based on Walter Isaacson's bestselling biography of the late Apple co-founder, has already gone through its fair share of upheaval recently, losing star Christian Bale and original director David Fincher. And while current director Danny Boyle has been scrambling to replace Bale after the actor abruptly left the production earlier this month, it seems that all that trouble was just too much for Sony, which decided to part ways with the project this week.
One silver lining for this development, though, is that since Sony is abandoning the project, another studio is free to pick it up, and it looks like there's already heavy interest from at least one party. Deadline reports »
- Katie Roberts
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