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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
Even if you snagged "La dolce vita" on Blu-ray when it was available via Kino Lorber, you'll still want to upgrade to this fancy Criterion edition. This new release received the 4K digital restoration treatment, and the extras include an interview with writer/director (and Ad for "La dolce vita") Lina Wertmüller, an audio interview with star Marcello Mastroianni, and more.
This is a kooky zombie love story about a guy named Zach (Dane DeHaan) whose girlfriend Beth (Aubrey Plaza) returns from the dead. In addition to the whole interpersonal love mishegoss of dating someone who's a rotting zombie, there's also a whole zombie apocalypse to deal with - can their relationship survive? Can they survive? »
- Jenni Miller
If Joel Edgerton has one piece of advice to aspiring actors, it’s this: always be sure to check your inbox.
“I found an email the other day from my old agent in London, that I’d just sort of discarded because I was too busy at the time,” Edgerton recalls on a recent afternoon in New York, looking a tad professorial in full-rimmed glasses and beard. “It was this screenplay for a film by a first-time filmmaker that, if I was interested, I should consider auditioning for.” As it turned out, the filmmaker was Steve McQueen and the movie was “Hunger.”
Well, you win some and you lose some in this business, and lately Edgerton has been chalking up the wins. After back-to-back breakout performances in the Oscar-nominated “Animal Kingdom” (2010) and “Warrior” (2011), the 40-year-old Australian actor and screenwriter has been working nonstop in Hollywood, from his Navy Seal commander »
- Scott Foundas
Concept Art by Steffen Reichstadt Key Frame Art by Gregory Hill We’ve always known that Spider-Man’s most important battle has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Peter Parker finds that a greater conflict lies ahead. It’s great to be Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield). For Peter Parker, there’s no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen (Emma Stone). But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, Peter comes to realize that all of his »
By Anjelica Oswald
Jack O’Connell isn’t going to be a name people forget anytime soon. The 24-year-old English actor is involved with three feature films that have made — or will make — their debuts in 2014 and was the lead in Starred Up, which was released in August after first premiering in 2013. After a decade of acting, O’Connell’s career is heading to the next level.
O’Connell started off with a soccer dream, but after being persuaded to audition for television roles, he appeared in an episode of Doctors, a British soap opera, in 2005. His first film appearance followed in 2006 with This is England.
One of his most recognized roles was as James Cook in the third, fourth and seventh seasons of the British drama Skins.
After some more TV and film roles, O’Connell was cast as the leads in Starred Up (2013) and ’71 (2014), which were shot simultaneously; however, »
- Anjelica Oswald
Dane DeHaan. Molly Shannon. And the great John C. Reilly. All of them in a great deal of pain. All of them mourning the loss of Beth (Aubrey Plaza). So why is it funny? "Life After Beth" is on its way to home video on October 21st, and there will be some deleted scenes included among the extra features on the disc. Today, we've got one of those scenes for you, and it comes from early in the film. At this point, Beth has died, and her boyfriend (DeHaan) and her parents (Shannon and Reilly) are still in shock, still trying to process what's happened. I reviewed the film out of Sundance, and one of the things I like most about it is Plaza's performance. She isn't playing that sort of sullen, sarcastic April Ludgate thing that is her trademark. It's a new comic persona for her, and I'm glad to see her stretch. »
- Drew McWeeny
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Life After Beth (zombie rom-com; Aubrey Plaza, Dane DeHaan; rated R) Camp X-Ray (drama; Kristen Stewart, Payman Maadi; premieres 10/17 on Mod and in theaters; rated R) Extraterrestrial (sci-fi horror; Brittany Allen, Freddie Stroma; pretheatrical release premieres 10/17; not rated) Felony (thriller; Joel Edgerton, Tom Wilkinson, Jai Courtney; premieres 10/17 on Mod and in theaters; not rated) Rudderless (drama; Billy Crudup, William H...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
On Demand DVD New Releases Oct. 13-19 Another Me A gripping psychological thriller about a teenage girl whose once seemingly perfect life is upended when her father becomes ill and a mysterious double begins inserting itself in her life. Rhys Ifans, Sophie Turner (Pg-13, 1:23) 10/14 Life After Beth Beth returns from the grave as a zombie, but that doesn’t mean she and her boyfriend can’t stay together, does it? Life as a couple has some challenges, including Beth’s urge to literally eat her boyfriend. Aubrey Plaza, Dane DeHaan, John C. Reilly (R, 1:29) 10/14 Mr. Peabody & Sherman (3-D) The smartest guy … Continue reading →
The post On Demand DVD New Releases Oct. 13-19 appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Meredith Ennis
On Sunday morning, Variety hosted its annual 10 Actors to Watch panel at the Hamptons International Film Festival, with honorees Tye Sheridan (“The Tree of Life”), Kaitlyn Dever (“Laggies”) and Lola Kirke (“Gone Girl”).
After the Q&A moderated by Variety executive editor Steven Gaydos, the actors joined Hilary Swank at a brunch presented by Montblanc at the Maidstone Hotel. Swank received Variety’s Creative Impact in Acting Award.
“It’s truly an honor to be able to tell people stories in a couple of hours,” Swank said. “I became an actor because I love people. It gives me an opportunity to stretch myself, but it makes my life richer because of it.” Swank gave the young actors in attendance some advice. “I hope that you don’t ever feel afraid to fall on your face,” she said.
The panel featured stories about breaking into acting at an early age and »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Peter Parker can’t seem to catch a break. He’s constantly hunted by powerful villains, battling inner turmoil, and working through typical teenage angst, all while trying to solve the mystery of his parents’ death. Unfortunately, he has to add “surviving a mediocre Blu-Ray release” to his long list of life struggles. In director Marc Webb’s second installment of the retooled franchise, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Peter Parker, A.K.A. Spider-Man (played astonishingly well by Andrew Garfield), once again finds himself struggling to maintain a balance in both this super-hero and alter ego lives. Hit the jump for my The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Blu-ray review. While donning his costume, he batters his body against Russian mobsters, which inevitably takes a toll on his relationship with girlfriend Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), who is struggling to find a place in Peter’s life. This balance becomes even more »
- Brad McKay
Life After Beth, 2014.
Written and Directed by Jeff Baena.
A young man’s girlfriend returns from the dead, only she’s not exactly like she used to be.
What would you do if your dead partner suddenly came back to life? This is the question posed by writer and director Jeff Baena with Life After Beth. After suffering a snake bite on a hike, Beth (Plaza) dies and we see her heartbroken boyfriend Zach (DeHaan) go through the various stages of grief. The film opens with her funeral, the packing up of her possessions and a heartfelt conversation between Zach and Beth’s parents. Then we get our twist when Beth shows up alive, seemingly resurrected with no recollection of her death.
Life After Beth has breathed new life in to a genre that hadn »
- Helen Murdoch
Somewhere in the world right now, Tobey Maguire and Sam Raimi are sipping cocktails and laughing gleefully to pleasant memories of the early noughties as Sony watch their once prized franchise slowly burn to the ground.
This time last year, many (including myself) believed that Sony’s Amazing Spider-man 2 would be the movie to finally break the web-slinging superhero franchise into billion dollar territory to rival that of Marvel Studios. However, flashforward to now and the future of Peter Parker’s big screen adventures looks more uncertain than ever. Despite the fact that Marc Webb had cast Academy Award winning actor Jamie Foxx as his main antagonist and terrifically talented newcomer Dane DeHaan as his new Harry Osborn, The Amazing Spider-man 2 still couldn’t be saved from old pitfalls. Unfortunately, the big budget sequel repeated the mistakes of Spider-man 3 (albeit without any jazz clubs or silly dancing »
- Ben Read
In what's bound to be the latest in a string of enormously successful Ya adaptations, R.J. Palacio's debut novel, Wonder, is getting the big-screen treatment. Kill Your Darlings helmer John Krokidas has signed on to direct the film with a script by Jack Thorne, EW has confirmed. The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news. Palacio's 2012 novel follows the story of Auggie Pullman, a 10-year-old boy with a severe facial deformity and the struggles he faces when he attends public school for the first time after being home-schooled his entire life. Krokidas made his feature directorial debut with 2013's Kill Your Darlings, »
- Emily Blake
One of the buzziest films of the year is Whiplash, starring Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons, who go head-to-head in a story about a young jazz drummer and his ruthless instructor. The film takes off from its opening scene, building both the tempo and tension for much of its 106 minutes before leaving audiences stunned by the pair’s relentless nature.
Whiplash first wowed Sundance audiences back in January, and the film is finally opening in theaters nationwide on Oct. 10. Before you head out, we’re breaking down the most important elements so you know exactly what you’re getting into.
The film was blacklisted
In 2012, Damien Chazelle’s screenplay was featured on film executive Franklin Leonard’s annual round up of unproduced scripts. The Black List, which was created in 2004, has been responsible for catapulting several stories to the screen big. Some of the biggest films to come out of the list are American Hustle, »
- Stacy Lambe
Life After Beth, 2014.
Directed by Jeff Baena.
A young man’s recently deceased girlfriend mysteriously returns from the dead, but he slowly realizes she is not the way he remembered her.
It could almost certainly be argued that zombie films are far past their resurgence. Beginning with 28 Days Later in 2002 and exploding thanks to 2004’s Dawn of The Dead remake the current wave of zombie appreciation has taken root in all popular forms of media; comics, videogames, books and movies. The upside of complete saturation is that it’s not long before somebody takes that well-worn concept and shapes into something that is at least original. Warm Bodies was one such example, and if there’s a big-budget mainstream film twisting an established convention then you can be sure there are dozens of independent films that got there earlier. »
- John Lucking
After the shocking death of girlfriend (Aubrey Plaza), suburban teen Zach (Dane DeHaan) bonds with her parents (John C Reilly and Molly Shannon) to help with the grieving process. When Beth suddenly appears alive (if not entirely well), Zach's prayers for a second chance seem to be have been answered. But there's something not quite right about his resurrected love »
Director: Jeff Baena.
Running Time: 91 minutes.
Synopsis: Zach (DeHaan) is devastated by the death of his girlfriend Beth (Plaza). That is until she turns up alive and well. Beth’s parents (Reilly & Shannon), are in denile about teh whole issue but Zach suspects she could very well be a zombie. As Beth and Zach start to patch up their relationship, something is turning rotten.
More romantic comedy antics featuring zombies arrives in the form of Life After Beth. I’m always a sucker for a film with a pun in the title, and that title should let you know that this isn’t a serious affair. But is this a zombie film with romance or a romance film with zombies? Personally I’d go for the latter. The posters depict »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Of all the monsters that lurk amongst the shadows zombies have somehow prevailed, enduring where other ghouls have fallen, and in the process ambling and groaning their way through a myriad of cultural, political and economic anxieties. Jeff Baena's Life After Beth (2014) is another, in a long line of contemporary zombie films attempting to inject the reanimated corpse of the sub-genre with a fresh and invigorating slant. However, what begins as a buoyant reflection on the emotionally paralysing nature of grief, ultimately struggles to shake of the shackles of the genre. When Zach's (Dane DeHaan) girlfriend Beth (Aubrey Plaza) dies of a snakebite his grief takes on various forms, from moping to playing chess. »
- CineVue UK
Many people will be aware that The Amazing Spider-Man 3 has now been pushed back to 2018 which is a very long wait for fans. Four years for a sequel is too long to wait considering that the gap between the first and second movie was only two years. We do have a Sinister Six movie coming in 2016 to break up the long wait but many fans are nervous about the Sinister Six movie. Frankly, because we know very little about The Sinister Six, we don’t know what to expect. One big question is will Spider-Man be in it?
Andrew Garfield has teased his involvement in the past, but then why not make The Amazing Spider-Man 3 with the Sinister Six? Are we supposed to believe that The Sinister Six movie will have the villains as protagonists? »
- Thomas Roach
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Oct. 21, 2014
Price: DVD $19.98, Blu-ray $24.99
The 2014 film Life After Beth is a romantic comedy fused with a horror movie involving a zombie – or a “zom-rom-com” for short.
Zach (Dane DeHaan, The Amazing Spider-Man 2) is devastated after his girlfriend Beth (Aubrey Plaza,TV’s Parks & Recreation) dies unexpectedly. After Beth suddenly and mysteriously returns to life, Zach is overjoyed to have the second chance to prove his love for her. But when Beth starts developing some bizarre tendencies – including a rather disturbing taste for flesh – Zach has to confront the facts. Can love survive among the living dead?
Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. the film still didn’t fare all to well with the critics, received a 5.3/10 rating at Rotten Tomatoes based on 64 reviews that appeared upon its limited theatrical release in August. »
People of London: we're putting on a free preview screening of Life After Beth on Thursday. Fancy coming?
Arriving in cinemas on Wednesday 1st October in the UK is the terrific zombie romantic comedy, Life After Beth. The movie stars Aubrey Plaza, Dane DeHaan and John C Reilly, with Jeff Baena writing and directing. It's a real treat: we've reviewed the film here, and it's just the kind of smaller release that needs lots of support. We're hoping you can give it some.
Hence, we're putting on a special preview screening, just for Den Of Geek readers.
Therefore, this Thursday, the 25th of September, you can come and see the film with us early and for free. It's a 6 for 6.30 start, at a screening room around the Oxford Street area of London. And we only have a limited number of seats, so you'll need to move quite quickly if you fancy joining us. »
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