8 items from 2015
About 20 minutes or so into the bizarre European/Asian/Middle Eastern fusion cuisine that is “Last Knights,” Morgan Freeman delivers a speech as only Morgan Freeman can — the sort of blazingly eloquent, morally fiery declaration of principles that usually precedes a character’s righteous victory or his agonizing defeat. Freeman exits far too soon, but his presence is enough to momentarily jog your interest in this cut-rate, off-Hollywood debut for Japanese action helmer Kaz I Kiriya, starring Clive Owen as a medieval fighter who seeks to avenge his master’s death. Rapidly tilting into so-clever-it’s-stupid territory, the story hinges on the sort of dramatic plot twist that exists mainly to delay the inevitable bloodletting for as long as possible, though when it finally arrives, the mayhem is engaging enough on its own workmanlike terms. Following a brief theatrical window, the Lionsgate release should swing and parry its way into respectable VOD play. »
- Justin Chang
A young woman (Stewart) joins the military to be part of something bigger than herself and her small town roots. But she ends up as a new guard at Guantanamo Bay instead, where her mission is far from black and white. Surrounded by hostile jihadists and aggressive squadmates, she strikes up an unusual friendship with one of the detainees. A story of two people, on opposite sides of a war, struggling to find their way through the ethical quagmire of Guantanamo Bay. And in the process, they form an unlikely bond that changes them both.
While the Blu-ray will be presented in 1080p with DTS-hd Master Audio 5.1 surround, »
- Scott J. Davis
Before Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi made international waves with his breakout, Oscar-winning "A Separation" (which topped our 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far list) and his most recent picture "The Past," he was already getting on radars with "About Elly." First released in 2009, the movie picked up a brace of awards on the festival circuit, including a Silver Bear for Best Director at the Berlin International Film Festival, and Best Narrative Feature at the Tribeca Film Festival. It has taken a little while, but the film is finally getting a stateside release via Cinema Guild, and today we have the exclusive U.S. trailer and poster. Starring Golshifteh Farahani, Taraneh Alidoosti, Mani Haghighi, Merila Zarei, Peyman Moaadi, and Shahab Hosseini, the mystery-thriller follows a group of college friends who reunite for a weekend by the Caspian Sea, only to have things take a dark turn when one of them goes missing. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
American Ultra stars Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg will be reunited later this year in another project: Woody Allen's next as yet untitled feature. Bruce Willis is the third cast member whose name has been publicly announced. The source for this information is an "exclusive" report via Deadline.com's Mike Fleming Jr. So far, as Fleming explains in his brief piece, Woody Allen and "his people" haven't confirmed the casting. In other words, things could change in the not-too-distant future. See also: Kristen Stewart Joins Kelly Reichardt Movie Project, also featuring Laura Dern and Michelle Williams. Unsurprisingly, no plot details about the upcoming Woody Allen project have been forthcoming. In fact, one wonders if Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg, and Bruce Willis – in case they have indeed joined the fold – know what the movie is going to be about. Allen's latest collaborators – Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum and Edward Walson – will be producing the film. »
- Zac Gille
Kristen Stewart joins Untitled Kelly Reichardt Project (photo: Kristen Stewart in 'Clouds of Sils Maria') This news bit has been everywhere online, but just in case you've missed it: History-making César Award winner Kristen Stewart has joined three-time Oscar-nominee Michelle Williams and two-time Oscar nominee Laura Dern in an as yet untitled drama set in Montana and to be directed by Kelly Reichardt.* Deadline.com first broke the story last week (Feb. 27, 2015). If all goes as planned, Kristen Stewart will play Boise lawyer Beth, who, nervous after accepting a teaching position in a small Montana town, befriends a local woman, Jamie, auditing her class.† Kelly Reichardt's usual partners Neil Kopp and Anish Savjani are producing the project, which is supposed to consist of a series of vignettes based on short stories by Maile Meloy. Also in the cast: James Le Gros (Point Break), Jared Harris (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows »
- Zac Gille
The feudal action film centres on Owen portraying the knight Raiden, who has a fierce loyalty to his master Bartok (Morgan Freeman).
When Bartok is betrayed by a corrupt emperor (Peyman Moaadi), Raiden leads a group of knights into a battle of vengeance.
Last Knights's international cast includes Iranian actress Shohreh Aghdashloo (Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters), Norwegian actor Aksel Hennie (Hercules), South Korea's Ahn Sung-ki (The Tower) and Italian star Giorgio Caputo (The Hideout).
Last Knights opens on April 3 in the Us. »
ComingSoon has exclusively unveiled the first poster for Last Knights, the new action-adventure film from Lionsgate.
Clive Owen (Closer, Blood Ties) stars as a fallen warrior who rises against a corrupt and sadistic ruler to avenge his dishonored master, played Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman (Million Dollar Baby, The Dark Knight Trilogy) in “this epic, sword-clashing adventure of loyalty, honor, and vengeance.”
Last Knights is directed by Kazuaki Kiriya (Casshern) and also stars Cliff Curtis (Training Day), Aksel Hennie (Hercules), Payman Maadi (Camp X-Ray), Ayelet Zurer (Man of Steel), Shohreh Aghdashloo (24), and Sung Ki Ahn (The Warrior).
- Scott J. Davis
Kristen Stewart, Catherine Deneuve make César Award history (photo: Kristen Stewart in 'Clouds of Sils Maria,' with Juliette Binoche) Kristen Stewart and Catherine Deneuve are two 2015 César Award nominees making history. The French Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Crafts announced the nominations on Jan. 28, 2015; the César Awards ceremony will take place on Feb. 20, 2015, at Paris' Théâtre du Châtelet. Kristen Stewart is in the running in the Best Supporting Actress category for Clouds of Sils Maria / Sils Maria. Catherine Deneuve has been shortlisted as Best Actress for In the Courtyard / Dans la cour. So, how are Stewart and Deneuve making César history? Well, let's begin with "the expected one": Deneuve. Catherine Deneuve One of the biggest film icons ever, Catherine Deneuve is one of those relatively rare international film superstars who has never bothered with – or needed – a Hollywood career. Deneuve, who turned 71 last October 22, has been »
- Steve Montgomery
8 items from 2015
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