1-20 of 644 items from 2014 « Prev | Next »
Every so often, in a bizarre coincidence of release date timing, two movies that seem remarkably similar will arrive in theaters at the same time. Remember how Paul Blart and Observe and Report turned early 2009 into the year of the mall cop? It’s happening again this fall with Tracks, in which Mia Wasikowska treks 1,700 miles across the Australian outback, and Wild, in which Reese Witherspoon treks 1,100 miles along the Pacific Crest Trail. These, of course, are not the first films to tag along with those traveling on foot. Nor are they the most ambitious. Even with an average distance walked of 1,400 miles, Wasikowska and Witherspoon aren’t among film history's top five when it comes to distance traveled using nothing but legs and feet. Here’s our list of Hollywood’s longest walkers:The Day After Tomorrow (2004): 225 miles, from Washington, D.C., to New York City Perfume: The »
- Adam K. Raymond,Lindsey Weber
Films from notables Nick Cave, Kevin Smith and Terry Gilliam, and another featuring Downton Abbey vet Dan Stevens are helping fill this weekend’s box office, despite studio blockbuster debuts for The Maze Runner and This Is Where I Leave You.
In all, 14 specialty films are debuting this weekend, at the front edge of awards season and the time of year when “serious” films hit the screens left and right. We have The Guest, with Stevens; The Zero Theorem by Gilliam; Smith’s Tusk; Tracks, the latest from the producers of The King’s Speech; and Cave’s doc 20,000 Days On Earth.
And, like a TV informercial, there’s more: the doc Pump, boundary-jumper Stop The Pounding Heart; and Swim Little Fish Swim. Just to fill out the marquees, we also have Tribeca-winning doc Keep On Keepin’ On; Flamenco, Flamenco; Hector And The Search For Happiness; Iceman; Hollidaysburg; and Not Cool. »
- Brian Brooks
It’s Easier For a Camel: Curran’s Curious Reenactment of a Strange Journey
Early on in John Curran’s Tracks, which charts the 2,000 mile journey of Robyn Davidson across the desert in 1975 Australia, you’re bound to ask yourself, “What’s the reason for all this again?” Inevitably, Curran can’t quite seem to answer that either, positioning Davidson’s rationale as nothing more than a prolonged extension to avoid human contact as she made a beeline for the Indian Ocean. Striking the cultural zeitgeist back in the mid 70’s due to National Geographic’s coverage of her journey, Davidson would go on to write the book upon which this film is based. Still, there doesn’t seem to be any real justification for the resurrection of her adventure, yet Curran’s film somehow ends up being an utterly watchable characterization of a strong-willed woman with little need for human interaction. »
- Nicholas Bell
It’s September, so why wouldn’t we start predicting an Oscar race that won’t finish for another five months?
To be fair, Venice, Telluride, and the Toronto film festivals have all concluded. Many films have screened. Many films have connected with audiences, and a rough draft of the Oscar race is beginning to come into focus. Sure, no Academy member will even begin popping in those screener DVDs for another couple of months, but it’s still worth discussing what has buzz and what is likely to still be on voters’ minds once the weather finally begins to cool off. »
- Nicole Sperling
“Tracks” has been a long time coming. Ever since Robyn Davidson wrote her 1979 memoir of her 1700-mile, eight-month trek across the Australian outback from Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean, and the book became an award-winning best-seller around the world, Hollywood has been sniffing around it. Multiple attempts to mount an adaptation have been made — Julia Roberts was attached to a version for much of the 1990s — but it finally took the producers of “The King’s Speech” and the oft-undervalued New York-born, Australian-based director John Curran (“We Don’t Live Here Anymore,” “The Painted Veil”) to get it made. And for many, it’ll have been worth the wait: it’s a very handsome film with a terrific central performance, even if it’s not quite an unqualified triumph. Mia Wasikowska takes the lead role of Davidson who, haunted by tragedy and far from comfortable around civilization, heads to »
- Oliver Lyttelton
You often hear spiritually elevated people say, “It’s not the destination that matters, it’s the journey,” and that philosophy is implicit in Robyn Davidson’s celebrated 1980 memoir, Tracks, and in the meditative, powerful new film directed by John Curran. This is a work in which the very premise is repeatedly called into question: Just why does Davidson (played onscreen by Mia Wasikowska) move from the big city to trek 1,700 miles across the harsh Australian desert (from dusty Alice Springs in the Northern Territories to the Indian Ocean) with only her dog, Diggity, and four demanding camels? Among the answers: to show that she—a woman—can do it on her own. To see the country and its history—particularly its treatment of the natives—in a new light. To get away from people and the niceties of civilization—to stop having to strike poses. That makes it ironic »
- David Edelstein
'I think you have a problem with people," Rick Smolan (Adam Driver) informs Robyn Davidson (Mia Wasikowska) in the middle of the desert. The utterance comes midway through Tracks, John Curran’s true-story narrative of Davidson’s 1,700-mile 1977 trek across Australia. As Davidson engages more with her animals (four camels, one dog) than any human, viewers might be inclined to agree. Yet the film’s strength derives from how Wasikowska makes Davidson’s seemingly suicidal wanderlust relatable. Here is a woman who wants something even more rare in 2014’s world of perpetual connections than in ’77: privacy! Trekking without means of communication, Davidson’s journey genuinely seems to be after that all-too-often-mocked goal of f »
With an all-star cast including Tom Hiddleston, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Mia Wasikowska and Anton Yelchin, Only Lovers Left Alive (2013) is the apotheosis of American independent cinema and underground music combined, from acclaimed director Jim Jarmusch (Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, Dead Man). To celebrate the DVD and Blu-ray release of Jarmusch's latest this coming Monday (15 September), we've kindly been provided with Three DVD copies of Only Lovers Left Alive to give away, courtesy of the our friends at UK distributors Soda Pictures. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.
- CineVue UK
September tends to be a relative dead spot at the theaters. Multiplexes are still housing the last vestiges of the onslaught of the summer and quietly preparing for the slow march of prestige pictures that come with the fall and winter months. So instead of spending the time and effort to make your way out to your local theater to catch a screening of Dolphin Tale 2, why not stay in and watch one of these stellar movies from earlier this year on demand?
Director Pawel Pawlikowski made not only the most somber road movie of the year, but shot it in gorgeous black and white. The film follows its titular character (Agata Trezbuchowska), an orphaned nun, who must travel to visit her only living relative before she is allowed to take her vows. Pawlikowski uses this fish out of water tale to explore the complexity and sinful nature »
- Jj Perkins
Adapted from Robyn Davidson's memoir of the same name, "Tracks" -- which bowed at Venice 2013 and hits theaters this weekend -- is a vastly engaging chronicle of the author's 1700-mile journey across the Australian Outback in 1977 with her dog Diggity, four ornery camels and infinite clouds of dust, beginning in Alice Springs and ending at the Indian Ocean. Along the way, she naturally encounters all manner of danger, from wild bull camels (Australia has 50,000 of the feral beasts roaming its interior) to her own physical and emotional limitations. Julia Roberts was one of many actresses attached to "Tracks" during its long, difficult journey to the big screen, but it's Mia Wasikowska who impressively rises to the challenge of portraying Davidson, an unremarkable 27-year-old who mostly remains an enigma throughout the story. She has baggage - her mother hanged herself when she was nine - but Davidson's reasons for making this extreme, »
- Matt Mueller
It’s fair to say that after Twilight many horror fans thought it was time to retire the vampire for a while. The fact is the point about the fanged ones is that they tend not to die when they are meant to, so what they need is something to make them a little more relevant in the world of monsters. A very good way to do just that is to take Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston and make one of the best vampire movies in years, though don’t expect too much horror in Only Lovers Left Alive, it’s much too sophisticated for that.
- Paul Metcalf
Only Lovers Left Alive, 2013.
Written and Directed by Jim Jarmusch.
A depressed musician reunites with his lover, though their romance – which has already endured several centuries – is disrupted by the arrival of uncontrollable younger sister.
Christopher Marlowe, 16th century playwright, lives in modern day Tangier. He reminisces about his plays and discusses his former friends and contemporaries like Byron and Shakespeare. He also looks great for a man over 400 years old and drinks blood because he is a vampire. Welcome to a new kind of vampire tale, Jim Jarmusch style.
Marlowe is a friend of Eve (Tilda Swinton), a vampire who is parted from her lover Adam (Tom Hiddleston) when the film begins. Adam lives in Detroit, an underground musician, unwilling to move on to the digital age but this isn’t the only aspect in which he is disgruntled. »
- Gary Collinson
Much like I took a look yesterday at veterans in contention for Oscar love the year, today I’m going to be turning my attention to the newbies who hope to receive some awards love. As I mentioned in the last piece, this is leading up to me doing a re-ranking of the contenders in all of the major categories beginning next week, but right now it’s just going to be a preview of which rookies to the Oscar season are gearing up to hopefully make their big debuts on the awards circuit. Some are even in a position to win Academy Awards. First up is Best Actor. In this race, the highest profile would be first time nominee would be either Steve Carell for Foxcatcher or Michael Keaton for Birdman. They’ve been frontrunners to many for basically this entire season. A tiny level down are more recent »
- Joey Magidson
A trailer for David Cronenberg's new film Maps to the Stars has been released. Ss you might expect from a Cronenberg movie, it looks insane and weird in the best possible ways. The film is described as a "contemporary tale exploring the demons of celebrity obsession in our society."
The film follows the lives of the Weiss family, an archetypical Hollywood dynasty. Dr. Stafford Weiss is a psychotherapist who has made a fortune with his self-help manuals, and his wife Cristina manages the career of their thirteen-year-old son, child star Benjie, who recently came out of a drug rehabilitation program that he entered at the age of nine. Their daughter Agatha, completely shunned by her family, has recently been released from a Florida sanatorium, where »
- Joey Paur
Julianne Moore looks like she steals David Cronenberg’s upcoming movie “Maps to the Stars” She’s featured in a new trailer that reveals the film’s dark, twisted side and more about her tormented character. The ensemble film also stars Mia Wasikowska, John Cusack, Robert Pattinson, Olivia Williams and Sarah Gadon. The film is billed as a dark comedy that probes the underside of life in Hollywood, scarred by obsession, ego, greed and insanity. ...Read More »
By Anjelica Oswald
As films make the festival circuit this fall, some of the cast and crew members are busy traveling with the movies, attending premieres and promoting their work. A number of actors visiting Toronto this year are there with multiple films, and this isn’t an uncommon occurrence.
- Anjelica Oswald
The a new trailer for David Cronenberg‘s “Maps to the Stars” makes it look like Julianne Moore‘s character might be in danger when she hires a personal assistant, played by Mia Wasikowska. Audiences, however, may end up rooting for Wasikowska, because Moore plays a narcissistic actress who complains more about her job than actually doing it. Also read: Julianne Moore and Robert Pattinson Lay Waste to Hollywood in David Cronenberg's ‘Maps to the Stars’ John Cusack co-stars as a rich self-help guru who counts Moore as a client, and Wasikowska as a daughter. “I don't know if she's dangerous, »
- Greg Gilman
When you’ve got a film featuring a Cannes Film Festival Best Actress awarding winning performance from Julianne Moore, you better put it to good use and this new trailer for David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars does just that. The first 25 seconds of the piece is just Moore whining on the phone, but her work is so amusing and commanding that it instantly sparks a desire for more. And best of all, we’re going to get to see more Moore (sorry, I had to) because earlier this month, Focus Features’ alternative distribution initiative, Focus World, snatched up the U.S. distribution rights to the film and plans to release it in early 2015. Hit the jump to check out that new Maps to the Stars trailer. The film also star Mia Wasikowska, Olivia Williams, Evan Bird, Sarah Gadon, John Cusack and Robert Pattinson. Here’s the official synopsis »
- Perri Nemiroff
A tale of fame and obsession set in the Hollywood Hills, David Cronenberg's Maps To the Stars looks absolutely stunning, and features an amazing cast that includes John Cusack, Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, and Robert Pattinson, all on top of their game. The latest trailer delves more into the extremely compelling story, and promises the usual slice of Cronenberg brilliance. Released: 26th October (Irl/U.K.) »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg has made a reputation for himself over the course of his career with a filmography that includes Videodrome, The Fly, and Eastern Promises. With his last movie coming in 2012, Cronenberg’s new feature has now made it to festival circuit, playing most recently at the Toronto International Film Festival. Titled Maps to the Stars, Cronenberg reunites with his Cosmopolis lead Robert Pattinson in a look at a number of characters circling Hollywood, including an actress and her family, a personal assistant, and a driver, among others. The script comes from Bruce Wagner, with Pattinson joined onscreen by the likes of John Cusack, Mia Wasikowska, and Julianne Moore. In the Us, the film was originally slated for an October release but has since been pushed back to a Spring 2015. It will however be released in Canadian theatres on October 31st, and a new trailer for the film »
- Deepayan Sengupta
1-20 of 644 items from 2014 « Prev | Next »
IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.See our NewsDesk partners