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★★☆☆☆ With a homicidal big game hunter as its chief antagonist, Jean-Baptiste Léonetti's Beyond the Reach (2014) has a ripped from the headlines topicality, but unfortunately this plodding thriller consistently fails to engage. Michael Douglas plays John Madec, a high-flying finance mogul who likes to relax by taking trophies of wild, rare, if not actually endangered species. He doesn't particularly enjoy hunting, he assures his young tracker Ben (Jeremy Irvine), finding it tedious - he just likes to have heads on his walls. Madec turns up in the small town bordering the Mojave Desert in his $500,000 SUV with his specialist rifle and greases the palms of the local constabulary into letting him hunt a bighorn sheep.
- CineVue UK
It starts off promisingly, suggesting a moody existential two-hander under blazing skies, then gets increasingly silly, hitting its nadir with the sight of Douglas taking aim at Irvine while sipping dry martinis among the mesas. Even more dastardly than his Gordon Gekko – and by now, considerably more lizard-like – Douglas’s embodiment of plutocrat amorality all but cackles “Mwaah-ha-ha!”, as the whole affair increasingly resembles a human Road Runner cartoon. Blankly candid, Irvine works hard, but the film is content to let his torso do most of the talking.
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- Jonathan Romney
Michael Douglas is suitably villainous in this modern Western about a wealthy hunter gone rogue in the California desert
Related: Michael Douglas: ‘It’s more fun to be bad!’
Michael Douglas serves up an enjoyably villainous performance for this survival thriller in the classic 70s style of Deliverance and Duel, based on the 1972 novel Deathwatch by Robb White. It’s certainly tense, with some nice touches, though with plausibility issues and an odd, unnecessary coda. Douglas plays Madec, a rich and thoroughly obnoxious asshole who’s come to the Mojave desert basin for some hunting, driving a flashy Mercedes SUV and using a customised Austrian hunting rifle. For a guide, he hires Ben (played by Jeremy Irvine), a young local guy with excellent knowledge of the terrain. But while out there in the burning heat there is a terrible incident caused by Madec’s arrogant irresponsibility; Ben refuses to »
- Peter Bradshaw
Over the course of the past few years, it’s fair to say British cinema has gathered some momentum on the worldwide stage with young actors making an impact in Hollywood. One such actor making their presence known is Jeremy Irvine. To date the young Brit has worked with massive names in the business such as
- Thomas Alexander
UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 24th to Sunday 26th July 2015…
It was Joy at the UK box office for Disney this past weekend, as Pixar’s Inside Out topped the chart with an opening weekend of £7,376,513, while Marvel’s Ant-Man enjoyed a healthy second weekend of £2.52 million to leave its UK haul just short of £10 million after ten days on release.
Aside from Inside Out, only one other newcomer managed to make an impact in the top ten, with the Antoine Fuqua-helmed boxing drama Southpaw claiming fourth palce with £1,662,296 and giving star Jake Gyllenhaal his best opening on these shores since 2006’s Jarhead.
Number one this time last year: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
1. Inside Out, £7,376,513 weekend (New)
2. Ant-Man, £2,520,129 weekend; £9,616,486 total (2 weeks)
3. Minions, £2,268,007 weekend; £37,097,156 total (5 weeks)
4. Southpaw, £1,662,296 weekend (New)
5. Jurassic World, £1,004,125 weekend; £61,500,833 total (7 weeks)
6. Ted 2, £729,103 weekend; £8,754,916 total (3 weeks)
7. Terminator Genisys, »
- Gary Collinson
The 40th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival now has something of a slate. Festival toppers Cameron Bailey and Piers Handling presided over a press conference Tuesday morning where more than 34 films were announced including the world premieres of "The Martian," "The Family Fang" and "Demolition." It's an intriguing initial lineup for the venerable Canadian institution and something of a steadying the ship after losing some major debuts to Venice, Telluride and the New York Film Festival over the past few years. Well, maybe. The most impressive world premieres include the aforementioned "Demolition" with Jake Gyllenhaal (officially the best opening night film in recent memory), "The Family Fang" with Nicole Kidman, "Legend" with Tom Hardy, "Trumbo" with Bryan Cranston, "The Martian" with Matt Damon and Lance Armstrong doc "The Program" with Ben Foster and Michael Moore's latest documentary, "Where to Invade Next." Notable films that will have premiered »
- Gregory Ellwood
The initial lineup for the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, taking place from September 10 to 20 this fall, has been revealed, with Dallas Buyers Club director Jean-Marc Vallee’s dramatic romance Demolition, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts, having been selected to open the prestigious fest.
The first selections lineup reads like a who’s who list of Oscar contenders. Ridley Scott’s The Martian, Roland Emmerich’s Stonewall and Stephen Frears’ Lance Armstrong biopic The Program all have world premieres, and other huge titles screening include Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl, Cary Fukunaga’s Beasts of Nation, Tom McCarthy’s Spotlight, Scott Cooper’s Black Mass, Peter Sollett’s Freeheld, Brian Helgeland’s Legend and Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth.
Check out the full lineup below, and let us know what you’re most excited for in the comments section.
Opening Night Film.
In Demolition, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Starring Jeremy Irvine, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Ron Perlman, Emmerich’s film tells the story of the Stonewall riots of June 1969, a series of violent protests by members of the Lgbt community that were sparked by a police raid on a popular Greenwich Village gay bar, the Mafia-owned Stonewall Inn.
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- Henry Barnes
Emmerich directed from Jon Robin Baitz’s script. The story is set at a local watering hole, the Stonewall Inn, where a rage begins to build among gays, lesbians and drag queens over discrimination and repeated police harassment. Jeremy Irvine, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Ron Perlman and Jonny Beauchamp star.
Producers are Emmerich, Michael Fossat, Marc Frydman and Carsten Lorenz, and executive producers are Kirstin Winkler, Adam Press and Michael Roban. The film also stars Joey King, Karl Glusman and Vladimir Alexis.
“I was always interested and passionate about telling this important story, but I feel it has never been more timely than right now,” Emmerich said. “It was the first time gay people said ‘Enough!’ They didn’t do it with leaflets or meetings, they took beer bottles and threw them at cops. »
- Dave McNary
Get ready for the riots. Before Roland Emmerich brings us the new Independence Day: Resurgence sequel, the director will be releasing his indie drama about the 1969 Stonewall riots. Emmerich already shot the film, mostly around Montreal, and it's ready for release this September. Roadside Attractions announced a September 25th release date for Stonewall, starring Jeremy Irvine and newcomer Jonny Beauchamp, with Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Ron Perlman. Stonewall is a drama about a fictional young man caught up during the 1969 Stonewall riots, "which became the start of the Lgbt rights movement." More info below. Here's a quote in the press release that covers background on the Stonewall riots and Emmerich's interest: Emmerich, who also produced the film, says, "I was always interested and passionate about telling this important story, but I feel it has never been more timely than right now." Less than 50 years ago, in 1969, being gay was considered »
- Alex Billington
Courtesy of Roadside Attractions
Emmerich, who also produced the film, says, “I was always interested and passionate about telling this important story, but I feel it has never been more timely than right now.” Less than 50 years ago, in 1969, being gay was considered a mental illness; gay people could not be employed by the government; it was illegal for gay people to congregate, and police brutality against gays went unchecked. Today, thanks to the events set in motion by the Stonewall riots, the gay rights movement continues to make incredible strides towards equality. In the past several weeks alone, the »
- Michelle McCue
Roland Emmerich directed Stonewall from Jon Robin Baitz’s screenplay, which follows a fictional man caught up in the Greenwich Village riots sparked by ongoing police brutality at a mafia-run watering hole.
The riots triggered the Us Lgbt rights movement at a time when there was scant recognition of gay rights in the Us.
“I was always interested and passionate about telling this important story, but I feel it has never been more timely than right now,” said Emmerich, who also produced the film.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Roadside Attractions will release Roland Emmerich’s Lgbt rights drama “Stonewall” on Sept. 25, the company announced Tuesday. The film stars Jeremy Irvine, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Caleb Landry Jones, Joey King, Ron Perlman, Matt Craven and newcomer Jonny Beauchamp. Written by Jon Robin Baitz, the story chronicles the 1969 Stonewall riots that started America’s Lgbt rights movement. Irvine plays Danny Winters, a fictional young man who’s forced to leave behind friends and loved ones when he is kicked out of his parent’s home and flees to New York. Alone in Greenwich Village, homeless and destitute, he befriends a group of street. »
- Jeff Sneider
Director Roland Emmerich took a break from otherwise high-octane action tentpoles to shoot "Stonewall," his labor-of-love set in the gay civil rights milieu of 1969. Adapted from Jon Robin Baitz's script, the film will be released on September 25, 2015 from Roadside Attractions. It stars Jeremy Irvine, Jonny Beauchamp, Caleb Landry Jones, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Ron Perlman, alongside a cast of newcomers. Shot in and around Montreal and Quebec, "Stonewall" depicts the 1969 Stonewall riots, an Lgbt turning point that launched a fight for equality still waging today. Emmerich and his crew recreated the village in Manhattan circa 1969, including the Christopher Street neighborhood where the riots went down. Read More: Cast Shakes Out for Roland Emmerich's "Stonewall" The film finds Irvine, breakout star of "War Horse," playing Danny Winters, who's kicked out of his parents' home and flees to New York. Alone in Greenwich Village, and »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Roadside Attractions has announced a September 25th release date for Roland Emmerich's Lgbt rights drama "Stonewall" which deals with the 1969 Stonewall riots. Jeremy Irvine, Jonny Beauchamp, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Ron Perlman star in the film
Irvine plays a young man living in Greenwich Village, homeless and destitute, who befriends a group of street kids. As he his friends experience discrimination, endure atrocities and are repeatedly harassed by the police, rage begins to build and with the toss of a single brick, a riot ensues and a crusade for equality is born. [Source: Roadside Attractions]
Mexican filmmaker Luis Mandoki ("When a Man Loves a Woman") is set to direct the historical drama "Castro's Daughter" which John Martinez O'Felan and Joe Lamy are producing. Bobby Moresco and Nilo Cruz penned the script.
The story revolves around Alina Fernandez, Fidel Castro's love child with a wealthy socialite who co-financed Castro's »
- Garth Franklin
Director: Tom Harper
Running Time: 98 mins
For many years British horror brand Hammer Films lay seemingly dormant, its blood curdled and its back catalogue of famous monsters consigned to nostalgia territory. However today the studio coffin is open for business, down in no small part to the success of 2012’s The Woman In Black, starring Daniel Radcliffe. Using the classic novella by Susan Hill as a starting point, it was the perfect Gothic chiller with which to help revive their fortunes.
Of course Hammer were never ones to shy away from a sequel, and just as the late, great Christopher Lee put in numerous appearances as Dracula, so the ghostly “heroine” has been »
- Steve Palace
Last week's MPAA bulletin had two titles and both were notable releases, this week has nine titles and only one of them really moves the dial... at all. That one being Stonewall, which I'm sure most people drooling over Roland Emmerich's current project, Independence Day: Resurgence, forgot all about. Well, if you're in that camp, let me remind you. Stonewall is a drama centered on the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York, an event widely considered the starting point for the modern gay civil rights movement. The movie stars Jeremy Irvine, Caleb Landry Jones, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Ron Perlman, Joey King and Karl Glusman. Here's the synopsis: Kicked out of his own home, young Danny Winters (Jeremy Irvine) flees to NY, leaving behind his beloved sister (Joey King). Homeless and destitute, he befriends a group of street kids who soon introduce him to the watering hole of the local drag queens, »
- Brad Brevet
Principal photography for the film, directed by Simon Aboud, starts this week in London.
Ambi Pictures’ Monica Bacardi and Andrea Iervolino and Christine Alderson of Ipso Facto Productions have greenlit This Beautiful Fantastic, Simon Aboud’s contemporary fairtytale set in the heart of London.
Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey) has been announced in the lead role. Other members of the cast include Tom Wilkinson (In The Bedroom), Andrew Scott (Pride), Jeremy Irvine (War Horse) and Anna Chancellor (What A Girl Wants).
Findlay plays Bella, a young woman with dreams of writing and illustrating children’s books, who forms an unlikely friendship with a reclusive widower and horticulturalist (Wilkinson).
The film’s funding comes from Medinah, the UK tax credit, Head Gear, Lip Sync Post, The Project Post, and private investment. Ambi Distribution will handle global sales. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Madison Antus)
Simon Aboud, who last brought us 2012’s Comes A Bright Day, is kicking off production on his next film, This Beautiful Fantastic. And he’s rounded up another impressive cast, led by Jessica Brown Findlay and Tom Wilkinson.They’re at the head of an ensemble that also features Andrew Scott, Jeremy Irvine, Anna Chancellor and Sheila Hancock in the story of Bella Brown (Findlay), a young woman who dreams of writing and illustrating children’s books. But she’s dealing with various issues, including her abandonment as a child, her Ocd and her dictatorial boss at the library. Things start to change when her landlord orders her to deal with her neglected garden, which doesn’t exactly gel with a paralyzing fear of flora and fauna. But it brings her into contact with the cantankerous, loveless, rich old Alfie Stephenson (Wilkinson), who lives next door and just so happens »
London — “Downton Abbey” actress Jessica Brown Findlay, Tom Wilkinson, who was Oscar nominated for “In the Bedroom” and “Michael Clayton,” and Andrew Scott (“Sherlock,” “Pride,” “Spectre”) have joined the cast of Simon Aboud’s “This Beautiful Fantastic,” which starts to shoot this week in London.
Others in the cast include Jeremy Irvine (“War Horse,” “Now is Good,” “The Railway Man”), Anna Chancellor (“What a Girl Wants,” “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”) and Sheila Hancock (“The Boy in the Striped Pajamas,” “3 Men and a Little Lady”).
“This Beautiful Fantastic” is a contemporary fairy-tale revolving around the most unlikely of friendships between a reclusive young woman with dreams of being a children’s book author and a cantankerous widower, set against the backdrop of a beautiful »
- Leo Barraclough
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