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Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
What's It About? Jude Law dons impressive chops and gold teeth to play a sleazy
safecracker fresh out of jail. Dom took the fall without ratting out his boss (Demián Bichir), and now it's time to pay the piper. Richard E. Grant co-stars as his best friend, whom Dom enlists on his quest to get paid. Emilia Clarke (the mother of dragons!) plays Dom's estranged daughter, Evelyn.
Why We're In: We love darkly funny crime thrillers, and it's cool to see Jude Law back in action.
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
The Essential Jacques Demy (Criterion)
What's It About? This box set comes with the most beloved movies by the French auteur: "Lola," "Bay of Angels," "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg," "The Young Girls of Rochefort," "Donkey Skin," and "Une Chambre en Ville."
Why We're In: In addition to the digital restorations of these delightful classics, »
- Jenni Miller
You’d think any movie that an all-powerful deity had a hand in would be awesome, right? Turns out, not so much. There’s barely even a story here. I’m “biast” (pro): always want to love Greg Kinnear and Kelly Reilly
I’m “biast” (con): total atheist
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Heaven is for real? Proven by a movie?! Well, no. At best, this cinematic sermon almost humbly acknowledges that even Christians know their fairy tale about a heaven of fluffy white clouds and Jesus in a bathrobe sounds like, you know, a fairy tale that is hard to accept at face value. At worst, it’s a shameless money grab by a family in desperate financial straits cashing in on the fantasies of their little boy. I don’t see how either option — or »
- MaryAnn Johanson
After seeing the first trailer yesterday for Heaven Is For Real, today we’ve got a first clip to share and some brand new stills. Based on the #1 New York Times best-selling book of the same name, Heaven Is For Real brings to the screen the true story that has inspired millions across the globe — that of a little boy’s extraordinary, life-changing experience, and his father’s search for the courage and conviction to share his son’s discovery with the world.
The versatile Greg Kinnear stars as Todd Burpo, a small-town businessman, volunteer firefighter and pastor struggling to make ends meet in a tough year for his family. After his bright young son Colton (newcomer Connor Corum in his feature film debut) is rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery, Todd and his wife Sonja (Kelly Reilly) are overjoyed by his miraculous survival. But they are wholly unprepared »
- Dan Bullock
The international trailer for Heaven Is For Real, a film based on a book of a similar name (Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back) hit the web earlier today. The film, if you couldn’t guess already, details a little boy’s trip to heaven and back again. Quite the skill there, lil’ fella.
The film is already notably out in select regions, but the U.K. won’t get the film until later this month, so for any one of our regular britons, the trailer below might be of interest! It’s pretty powerful and admittedly it’s nice to see Greg Kinnear, Kelly Reilly and Thomas Haden Church back in something major and Randall Wallace back on the ball.
Heaven Is For Real comes out in U.K cinemas on the 30th May, is directed by »
- Matthew Ceo
‘The Other Woman’ 2014 box office: Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann comedy to top North American box office chart despite mostly bad reviews (photo: Kate Upton, Cameron Diaz, and Leslie Mann in ‘The Other Woman’) Starring Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Kate Upton, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, the Nick Cassavetes-directed comedy The Other Woman will easily top the North American box office this weekend, April 25-27, 2014. The story of three women who gang up to take revenge on their cheating husband/lover, The Other Woman — which would have been more accurately titled "The Other Women" — opened with a solid $9.3 million at 3,205 U.S. and Canadian locations on Friday, according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. As the old saying goes, "If you give them trash, they’ll gobble it up (and ask for seconds)" — or something along those lines. Anyhow, 20th Century Fox’s $40 million-budgeted The Other Woman, which has »
- Zac Gille
A current movie trend is the True Story. The Railway Man, Philomena, the upcoming Million Dollar Arm and Walking with the Enemy are some of the April and May titles. Just released is Heaven is for Real, and KidsPickFlicks' Movie Star Movie Crix Joel Courtney (Super 8) and Katherine McNamara (Contest) say it's a film that will get you thinking:
"What happens after we die? This age old question is tackled by an adorable 4 year old named Colton in Heaven is for Real. The film follows the story of the Burpo family, headed by Renaissance man Todd, the towns pastor, wrestling coach, fireman, and garage door repairman, as they struggle with questions of life, death, faith, family, and community surrounding the near death of their son Colton. The cast of this film was quite brilliant creating an ensemble that had a genuine thread of connectivity and community between each character. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Joel Courtney and Katherine McNamara)
While the top five remains unchanged from yesterday's box office report, the real items of interest are the religious films that populated the top ten. (An argument can also be made for just how poor a showing Wally Pfister's Transcendence has had.) While Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Rio 2 were once again the only competition for the top spot, newcomer Heaven Is for Real made a real push into the top three, nearly bumping the animated family-friendly sequel from its perch. Though they dropped off from their position's in last week's box office, God's Not Dead and Noah managed to hang in the top ten, perhaps helped by the holiday weekend. Take a look at the top ten box office estimates below: Title Weekend Total 1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier $26,200,000 $201.0 2. Rio 2 $22,700,000 $75.6 3. Heaven is for Real $22,200,000 $29.3 4. Transcendence $11,000,000 $11.0 5. A Haunted House 2 $8,800,000 $8.8 6. Divergent $5,900,000 $134.1 7. Draft Day $5,890,000 $19.5 8. Oculus $5,200,000 $21.2 9. God's Not Dead »
- Dave Trumbore
It's Johnny vs. Jesus at the box office this weekend, but which should you see? Depp dulls in Transcendence, but Greg Kinnear makes a real case for Heaven. Skip ThisTranscendence var brightcovevideoid = '3482679943001'; Unfortunately for Johnny Depp, he is not Her. That is to say, his largely vocal performance as Dr. Will Caster, an artificial intelligence pioneer who uploads his mind into a computer, isn't nearly as evocative and rich as Scarlett Johansson's in last year's similarly themed Spike Jonze film. Where Johansson was effervescent and engrossing as the operating system Samantha, Depp's Caster seems bored and detached »
- Alynda Wheat and Patrick Gomez
This Easter weekend, the based-on-a-true-story movie "Heaven Is for Real" opens in theaters across the country. As the title would imply, and just like the novel and children's book of the same titles, the story focuses on a young boy (Connor Corum) who comes out of emergency surgery claiming that he took a side-trip through heaven and met Jesus (on a multi-colored horse, no less). Greg Kinnear plays his preacher father who must decide how ...
By Kase Wickman »
"Heaven is for Real" is a real success at the box-office. The faith-based drama starring Greg Kinnear wowed with a $3.7 million take on 2,400 screens over its opening day Wednesday, good enough for a No. 1 finish over the blockbuster sequels "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" and "Rio 2." The film's long-term prospects are looking promising as well, with audience exit polling resulting in an "A" CinemaScore for the film, which was made for a reported pricetag of only $12 million. Based on the bestselling non-fiction book by Todd Burpo, "Heaven is for Real" centers on a young boy (Connor Corum) who comes back from a near-death experience claiming he experienced Heaven. The film's box-office triumph follows on the success of other recent faith-based films including "God's Not Dead" ($42 million to date), "Son of God" ($62 million) and Darren Aronofsky's "Noah" ($249 million) starring Russell Crowe. Other wide releases this weekend include “Transcendence" starring Johnny Depp, »
- Chris Eggertsen
“Heaven Is for Real” is really dividing critics, but at least none of them seemed to hate it. Although, not very many were impressed by the depiction of the club in the clouds that it's promoting. The faith-based film stars Greg Kinnear and Kelly Reilly as the parents of a young boy (Connor Corum) who, after suffering a near-death experience, swears that he met Jesus in Heaven. Currently, “Heaven” holds a 54 percent “rotten” rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with a little over half of its 48 reviews reflecting positively on Sony's Easter weekend release. Also read: ‘Heaven Is for Real’ Review: Even. »
- Greg Gilman
Chicago – It would be easy to dismiss “Heaven Is for Real,” given that it is based on the visions of the afterlife by a child, that just happens to coincide perfectly with Christian doctrine (Jesus, Angels, etc.). But there is more to this film in the sincerity of its spirituality, and it succeeds with that inspiration.
The key was establishing a viable authenticity to the atmosphere of the vision, and get the right cast to deliver it, which director Randall Wallace (“Secretariat,” “We Were Soldiers”) was able to accomplish. He creates a hometown America that is part of the scenario, a luxurious and spacious hinterland of unyielding peace. The juxtaposition of the otherworldly garden of the boy’s vision with the wonder of earth creates a “heaven” that is for real, if we open our eyes. That spirit of simplicity becomes the kingdom.
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
The film Heaven is For Real begs the question, is heaven for real? The film is based on the true story of a four-year-old boy’s account of heaven as told by his pastor/father Todd Burpo played by Greg Kinnear.
The story takes place in small town America. The Burpoes are a beautiful family, struggling financially while going through life with just about the best attitude possible. In the face of typical life adversities, we learn the importance of love and faith to this family. When the unthinkable happens, their community comes together in prayer for the beyond adorable Colton Burpo (Connor Corum) after he has fallen devastatingly ill. I cannot begin to describe just how super cute this boy is. Those that have read the book will not be disappointed at just how perfect and true to character this young actor has played his role.
As time goes by, »
- Betsy Russo
After the contentious likes of “Noah” and “God’s Not Dead,” Hollywood’s season of Christian-themed cinema continues in relatively innocuous fashion with “Heaven Is for Real,” a bland, earnest yet appreciably restrained adaptation of Midwestern minister Todd Burpo’s inspirational bestseller about his young son’s miraculous glimpse of eternity. Audiences not inclined to suspend their disbelief, let alone take a leap of faith, will have no use for the film’s corn-fed sincerity or its clean-scrubbed celestial visions. Still, it’s something of a relief to report that the movie isn’t quite the vomitous bucket of spiritual saccharine the ads would suggest, and those willing to engage may be pleasantly surprised by some of its understated virtues: a carefully open-minded appeal to skeptics, a wry sense of humor that wards off sententiousness at key moments, and a fine cast of name actors (led by Greg Kinnear) who »
- Justin Chang
It’s no secret that Christian-themed films have the potential to be box office gold, but even though faith-based audiences are starved for more material, it doesn’t always pan out the way studios might hope.
While Paramount’s expensive and provocative Darren Aronofsky-directed Noah continues to climb the steep slope toward domestic profitability and Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s Son of God failed to reach Passion of the Christ heights (after seven weeks in theaters it still hasn’t even made Passion’s opening weekend numbers), the independently released God’s Not Dead came out of nowhere »
- Lindsey Bahr
Sony is getting an early start on the Easter holiday weekend with ”Heaven Is for Real,” the big-screen story of a small-town pastor whose son claims to have visited Heaven. The film is slated to arrive Wednesday in more than 2,400 theaters nationwide. The PG-rated family drama is adapted from a 2010 best-selling Christian book written by Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent. It's directed by Randall Wallace (“Braveheart”) and stars Greg Kinnear, Kelly Reilly, Thomas Hayden Church and newcomer Connor Corum. Sony bought the book rights in 2011 and teamed with Joe Roth (“Oz the Great and Powerful”), who produced the $12 »
- Todd Cunningham
Chicago – The actor Greg Kinnear has been known for his neat and tidy image, but never has he portrayed a religious leader. His role as Todd Burpo – a pastor of a church and the father whose son believes “Heaven Is for Real” – brings the energy of spirituality to the movies just in time for the Easter holiday.
Born in small town Logansport, Indiana, Greg Kinnear was the son of a career diplomat, and moved around quite a bit as a child, even living overseas. He is a veteran actor who first came into prominence when he hosted the first version of “Talk Soup” on the E! Network in 1991. Four years later, he made a splashy film debut as David Larrabee in the 1995 remake of Billy Wilder’s “Sabrina,” directed by Sydney Pollack.
Photo credit: TriStar Pictures
A couple years later, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Greg Kinnear is the perfect actor to star in Heaven is for Real, an adaptation of the nonfiction best-seller of the same name. The guy from Flash of Genius and Little Miss Sunshine is the one you want for another character struggling in life and trying to convince people of something. He has sad eyes but a charming smile. And in movies like this, no matter how you feel about the message at its core, you’ll like the person he’s playing and want him to succeed. If Tucker: The Man and His Dream or Field of Dreams were remade today, Kinnear would be a great choice to play either’s protagonist. Heaven is for Real is actually quite reminiscent of the latter. It’s set in the Midwest farmlands and deals with a man about to lose everything, it involves a father/son relationship and, most importantly, it involves the afterlife. Yet »
- Christopher Campbell
“Heaven is For Real,” which is rated “PG” and opens on April 16, 2014, also stars Thomas Haden Church, Kelly Reilly, Margo Martindale, Connor Corum, Lane Styles, Jacob Vargas, Thanya Romero, Danso Gordon, Rob Moran and Nancy Sorel from writer and director Randall Wallace and writer Chris Parker. The film is based on the No. 1 New York Times best-selling book “Heaven is For Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven & Back” by Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent.
To win your free “Heaven is For Real” passes courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our unique Hookup technology below. That’s it! This screening is on Monday, April 14, 2014 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. The more social actions you complete, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Based on the #1 New York Times best-selling book of the same name, Heaven Is For Real brings to the screen the true story that has inspired millions across the globe – that of a little boy’s extraordinary, life-changing experience, and his father’s search for the courage and conviction to share his son’s discovery with the world.
Academy Award® nominee and Emmy® Award-winner Greg Kinnear (Little Miss Sunshine) stars as Todd Burpo, a small-town businessman, volunteer firefighter and pastor struggling to make ends meet in a tough year for his family. After his bright young son Colton (newcomer Connor Corum in his feature film debut) is rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery, Todd and his wife Sonja (Kelly Reilly, Flight, Sherlock Holmes) are overjoyed by his miraculous survival. But they are wholly unprepared for what happens next — Colton starts to matter-of-factly recount what he says was an amazing journey to heaven and back. »
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