Week of   « Prev | Next »

17 articles


DVD Review: 'The Two Faces of January'

16 September 2014 2:16 PM, PDT

★★★★☆Hossein Amini's The Two Faces of January (2014), based on the Patricia Highsmith novel of the same name, is an atmospheric thriller set in Greece and Turkey during the early 1960s. Chester MacFarland (Viggo Mortensen) and his glamorous wife Collette, (Kirsten Dunst) are holidaying in Athens when they run into Rydal (Oscar Isaac), a young, Greek-speaking American working as a tour guide. Rydal, we discover, likes to con clients unsure of the lingo or local currency. He doesn't even draw the line at short-changing his date, American tourist Lauren (Daisy Bevan). However, Rydal finds he's met his match when he becomes entangled in the shady affairs of Chester, who's on the run for selling fake shares in the Us.

»

- CineVue UK

Permalink | Report a problem


Interview: Kelly Reichardt on her radical 'Night Moves'

16 September 2014 1:59 PM, PDT

Kelly Reichardt's career has thus far seen a string of characters interacting - for better or worse - with the natural landscapes of the Pacific northwest. Whether they be settlers in the mid-19th century or two guys on a weekend road trip, Oregon in particular has proved both a comfort and an obstacle for her characters, and does so again in latest offering Night Moves (2013). The film examines an act of terrorism on a hydroelectric dam and the resulting effect on the three activists that perpetrate the crime. "At the very beginning," Reichardt explains in our interview with the director, "John Raymond [the screenwriter] and his partner spent some time on this farm - the farm we actually ended up shooting on. He was getting pretty fascinated with the small world polities that surround the community."

»

- CineVue UK

Permalink | Report a problem


Interview: Jia Zhangke discusses 'A Touch of Sin'

16 September 2014 1:58 PM, PDT

Violent/controversial are provocative terms that don't seem to faze Jia Zhangke when talking about his latest film, A Touch of Sin (2013) (on DVD and Blu-ray this week). But the ex-breakdancer turned prolific Chinese filmmaker has a relaxed air about him. He greeted us for this interview with a friendly "Hello" in English. Like many Chinese film directors who've experienced a difficult relationship with the censors, Jia is no stranger to having the word 'controversy' slapped all over his work. The trajectory of his entire output has been laden with stories of censorship and struggles with domestic distribution, from the underground filming of his first three films (known as his 'Hometown Trilogy') to A Touch of Sin's sudden withdrawal from last month's China Film Directors' Guild Awards.

»

- CineVue UK

Permalink | Report a problem


DVD Review: 'A Touch of Sin'

16 September 2014 1:47 PM, PDT

★★★★★The promotional material surrounding Jia Zhangke's A Touch of Sin (2013) concocts spurious images of knife play, bombastic explosions and plenty of bloodshed. Could this be a sign that China's foremost independent filmmaker has finally decided to play ball with the state? Anyone familiar with the deliberately languid and meditative approach of the director will know this type of aesthetic is the antithesis of his methodology, yet the threat of violence has always been prevalent within his work. By focusing on four real life incidents of violence, all ignored by the Chinese media, Jia has managed to dexterously work the system to his advantage, appropriating big-action movie tropes to augment his state of the nation address.

»

- CineVue UK

Permalink | Report a problem


DVD Review: 'Sabotage'

16 September 2014 1:26 PM, PDT

★★☆☆☆The last two films in Arnold Schwarzenegger's comeback tour have provided schlocky but enjoyable titillation, with The Last Stand edging out Escape Plan as the better of the two. Directed by David Ayer, Sabotage (2014) has loftier ambitions, but despite some solid work from its leading man the film is tripped up by its messily executed plot. Loosely based on Agatha Christie's novel Ten Little Indians (yes really), Schwarzenegger stars as John 'Breacher' Wharton, leader of an elite team of DEA agents looking to swindle $10 million from a cartel. What initially looks to be a successful heist proves anything but; the stolen loot goes missing, and the team fall under heavy scrutiny from their superiors.

»

- CineVue UK

Permalink | Report a problem


DVD Review: 'Pompeii'

16 September 2014 1:06 PM, PDT

★★★☆☆The pride of the Roman Empire is brought to its knees by director Paul W.S. Anderson and a small army of screenwriters in silly disaster flick Pompeii (2014). Kit Harington, of Game of Thrones fame, stars as Milo, the last survivor of a tribe of Celts. As a child, Milo saw his family slaughtered by Roman forces led by Corvus (Kiefer Sutherland, chewing the Italian scenery for all his worth) and his lackey Proculus (Sasha Roiz); Milo now finds himself in Pompeii as a gladiator-slave, where Corvus is negotiating a trade agreement with the city's patrician, Severus (Mad Men's Jared Harris). Corvus is also pursuing Severus' daughter, Cassia (Emily Browning), who is enamoured with Milo after a chance meeting on the road.

»

- CineVue UK

Permalink | Report a problem


Blu-ray Review: 'The 'Burbs'

16 September 2014 8:10 AM, PDT

★★★★☆In director Joe Dante's endearing 1989 horror comedy The 'Burbs, starring Tom Hanks and Carrie Fisher, "love thy neighbour" is a term mostly adhered to by the residents of Mayfield Place. Living out a relatively peaceful existence in their quiet cul-de-sac, save for the odd lawn care disputes, the arrival of the mysterious Klopeks threatens to shatter the peaceful suburban bliss, particularly for immediate neighbours Ray Peterson (Hanks) and wife Carol (Fisher). The trio of unidentifiable Eastern Europeans ("Klopek - is that a Slavic name?") keep themselves to themselves, spending all night using their basement furnace and paying zero attention to the general upkeep of their property.

»

- CineVue UK

Permalink | Report a problem


Toronto 2014: 'Venice' review

16 September 2014 7:35 AM, PDT

★★★☆☆Despite its title, Kiki Álvarez's Venice (2014) is very much about Cuba. Specifically, it's a rarely seen independent film from the country, marking its director's first appearance at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival. Named after a city to which its characters will never travel, it is clearly imbued with an aspirational spirit, but largely this is a social realist work that attempts to shine a light on the lives of three women living, loving, and striving for agency in modern Havana. It's a low-key affair that makes for engrossing viewing taking in three fascinating characters and the fine performances that breathe life into them. A fan whirs in the otherwise stifling air of small salon as, one by one, a trio of stylists arrive.

»

- CineVue UK

Permalink | Report a problem


Toronto 2014: 'Li'l Quinquin' review

16 September 2014 5:40 AM, PDT

★★★★☆Bruno Dumont is a director strongly associated with serious, spiritual, and metaphysical European art house cinema. What a surprise it was, then, when his latest project was announced as not only being a first foray into the world of long-form television, but a comedy to boot. The result is the four part mini-series, Li'l Quinquin (2014), which is due to premiere on French television this week and has screened in its entirety as a single film at both Cannes and more recently Toronto. Set in a coastal town in the Boulonnais, recognisably Dumont to regulars, it is a wonderfully strange and wickedly humorous tale involving a meandering murder investigation. "You will cause me grief/If you don't sleep until tomorrow."

»

- CineVue UK

Permalink | Report a problem


Competition: Win 'Frank' on DVD

16 September 2014 5:17 AM, PDT

Written by Jon Ronson and Peter Straughan, Lenny Abrahamson's Frank (2014) is based on the memoir by Ronson himself. It's a fictional story loosely inspired by Frank Sidebottom, the persona of cult musician and comedy legend Chris Sievey, as well as other outsider musicians like Daniel Johnston and Captain Beefheart. To celebrate the home entertainment release of Frank this coming Monday (15 September), we've kindly been provided with Three DVD copies of Abrahamson's oddity to give away, courtesy of the hardworking team at indie cinema specialists Curzon Film World. 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

Permalink | Report a problem


Competition: Win 'Only Lovers Left Alive'

16 September 2014 5:16 AM, PDT

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

Permalink | Report a problem


DVD Review: 'Only Lovers Left Alive'

15 September 2014 10:06 AM, PDT

★★★★☆Implanting the dark heart of Gothic fiction into his signature cinematic carcass of deadpan humour and beatnik contemplation, indie provocateur Jim Jarmusch's Only Lovers Left Alive (2013) is the story of two misanthropic vampires who have been in love for centuries, witnessing the humanist revival of classical art and literature and its sad decline into the vulgar and uncouth yield of contemporary populist culture. Vampires have never seemed as stylish and refined as they do here, inhibiting the poise and self-assurance of a Shoreditch hipster with the style and grace of classically-trained concert pianist. Adam (Tom Hiddleston) is a musician who once gave Schubert a String Quartet, but is now a suicidal romantic.

»

- CineVue UK

Permalink | Report a problem


DVD Review: 'Frank'

15 September 2014 9:58 AM, PDT

★★★☆☆After impressing both audiences and critics alike with previous feature What Richard Did (2012), a slow-burning drama that put him front and centre on the filmmaking map, Irish director Lenny Abrahamson takes a decidedly different approach for his next project, Frank (2014), a fictional story loosely inspired by Frank Sidebottom, the persona of cult musician and comedy legend Chris Sievey. A story of a band made up of a ragtag group of outsiders and their newbie keyboardist, Frank has winsome curiosity in spades, yet does little with a tried and tested formula. Domhnall Gleeson plays Jon, a weary office drone who dreams of being a musician yet struggles with finding inspiration when it comes to writing his own music.

»

- CineVue UK

Permalink | Report a problem


DVD Review: 'Benny & Jolene'

15 September 2014 9:58 AM, PDT

★★☆☆☆The feature debut from Welsh filmmaker Jamie Adams, Benny & Jolene (2014) - or, to give it its original title, Jolene: The Indie Folk Star Movie, is a diminutive and largely improvised British comedy that takes a look at the fictional uphill struggles of an amateur band desperate to make it big. Purportedly made for as little as £12,500 and shot in less than a week, Adams' film, in an attempt to make it into the annals of classic low-budget British cinema, assembles a cast of high quality who are clearly game, yet it suffers from the very thing it treats as unique. The film opens with protagonist Jolene (played by TV's Fresh Meat star Charlotte Richie) directly addressing the camera and surmising, "It's been a really weird year".

»

- CineVue UK

Permalink | Report a problem


Toronto 2014: 'Return to Ithaca' review

15 September 2014 9:20 AM, PDT

★★★☆☆One of two films at Toronto 2014 that take in a group of friends over the course of one balmy Cuban evening, Return to Ithaca (2014) is the new film from French director Laurent Cantet. After the Palme d'Or-winning The Class (2008) and 2012's somewhat clunky Foxfire, this is another dialogue heavy character piece. Though more intentionally languid affair than both of those two films, it retains a political edge, exploring the country's recent history through the diverging lives of these five comrades. It is slow going for the majority of its runtime, but with such a fine ensemble cast, patience does pay dividends as rifts and secrets surface amidst pensive self-reflection and regret, both national and personal.

»

- CineVue UK

Permalink | Report a problem


Toronto 2014: 'Force Majeure' review

15 September 2014 3:56 AM, PDT

★★★★☆The awkward skirmishes of a growing marital rift are the thrust of Ruben Östlund's hilarious and deadpan Swedish satire Force Majeure (2014). Snow-laden peaks are often the setting for cinematic peril and disaster, but in Östlund's latest - which understandably picked up the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival - the director is far more concerned with travails on the inside of a pinewood ski resort than the surrounding slopes. A filmmaker interested in perception and characters' fears of judgement for their actions, he navigates familiar terrain with impeccable precision, sending up a well-heeled family as resentment is fostered during a vacation.

»

- CineVue UK

Permalink | Report a problem


Competition: Win 'Two Faces of January'

15 September 2014 3:53 AM, PDT

Kirsten Dunst, Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis) and The Lord of the Rings star Viggo Mortensen make up the central triumvirate of The Two Faces of January (2014), a handsome sixties-set thriller adapted from The Talented Mr. Ripley scribe Patricia Highsmith's novel of the same name by Hossein Amini, who makes his directorial debut. To celebrate the eagerly anticipated DVD and Blu-ray release of The Two Faces of January this coming Monday (15 September), we have Three Blu-ray copies of Amini's film to give away, kindly provided by the fine folk at StudioCanal. 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

Permalink | Report a problem


17 articles



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