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This week’s list of movies to watch is not inspired by a single new release, because there isn’t anything big enough out this weekend to warrant such a focus. Instead, I’ve got a year-end feature for you inspired by the entirety of 2013 in film. I can’t sum up every title released this year with only ten recommendations, but the movies I’ve selected are, I believe, the best representatives of the more notable titles and trends seen in the past dozen months. Most of the selections are familiar. Chances are you’ve seen more than a few. But obviously this edition has to involve more popular fare because they have to be influential movies to have informed so much of this year’s crop, even if unintentionally. Just take it as a call to watch them again, along with whatever you haven’t seen before, as a special sort of year in review »
- Christopher Campbell
The Family, 2013.
Directed by Luc Besson.
A Mafia boss and his family must relocate to France under the FBI's witness protection program. Instructed to keep a low profile, the Manzoni's end up attracting more attention then they want as their old habits rear their ugly heads. Inevitably, chaos ensues as 'The Family' try to tame their violent ways.
Oh dear. That's what you might say when you leave the cinema. It's understandable that you had high hopes for The Family: great cast, fun trailer, good director. But I bet you thought the same about Last Vegas... Full of ridiculous stereotypes and thoroughly unlikeable characters, you should only go and see this if you've seen every other film out at the cinema, are eager for an afternoon nap or just love Robert De Niro. »
- Gary Collinson
A "Goodfellas"-esque epic of wealth, debauchery and ambition, "The Wolf Of Wall Street," is headed to theaters in just a few short weeks. And in the lead up to the movie, much has been made about Martin Scorsese's struggle to get the movie finished in time, editing the picture to avoid an Nc-17 rating and simply taking the breadth of footage that was assembled and shaping it into a finished product that could be released in theaters. The final result is a movie that runs two hours and fifty nine minutes, making "The Wolf Of Wall Street" Scorsese's longest movie to date. And unsurprisingly, his first cut was much, much longer. "It was over four hours," Scorsese recently told THR about his initial version of the movie. But as fans of the filmmaker know, he doesn't do "director's cuts" and don't expect one here either. He doesn't want »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The director of Silver Linings Playbook returns with a simmering and intriguingly confected black comedy
• Oscar predictions 2014: American Hustle
• News: American Hustle wins over NY critics
David O Russell's brazen, nerve-jangling, irresistibly watchable black comedy American Hustle is loosely based on a true story from the 1970s of how the FBI forced a notorious New Jersey conman to help entrap corrupt politicians with the offer of bribes from a "fake sheikh", a scam later beloved in British tabloid circles.
It blends the wiseguy voiceover nostalgia of Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas with the cheeky imposture of George Roy Hill's The Sting, and the headbutting and faintly surreal non-sequiturs in the dialogue have a little of David Mamet. But there is also something unmistakably Russell-esque in the neurotic, shrill and often very funny drama: a kind of neo-noir farce. Russell distils his own toxic kind of nitrous oxide and pipes it into the cinema. »
- Peter Bradshaw
We've highlighted one of the awards season roundtables from The Hollywood Reporter featuring the directors of some of the likely Oscar contenders, and the trade has plenty more extended talks that you can check out with writers, actors, actresses, cinematographers and more right here. Now we have a roundtable focusing on one specific film: The Wolf of Wall Street. Legendary director Martin Scorsese sits down with Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill and screenwriter Terrence Winter for a 26-minute chat about the film, including the difficulty of cutting down the film from an initial 4-hour cut and much more. Watch! Here's the 26-minute roundtable for Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street from THR: The Wolf of Wall Street is directed by legendary Academy Award winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese, of everything from Taxi Driver to Raging Bull to Cape Fear to Goodfellas to Casino to Aviator to Departed to Shutter Island and Hugo recently. »
- Ethan Anderton
The wolf is almost upon us. Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf Of Wall Street,” that is, the director's “Goodfellas”-esque look at the gangster-like cheats and liars in the New York stockbroker world in the mid 90s. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey, Jean Dujardin, Margot Robbie, Kyle Chandler and many more (including directors Rob Reiner and Spike Jonze) as a tease, a new poster and TV spot have been unveiled along with a almost 30 minute THR roundtable interview with Scorsese, DiCaprio, Hill and screenwriter Terence Winter (the creator and head writer of Scorsese’s “Boardwalk Empire”). What do we learn in the Q&A? Lots. We know the movie almost got an Nc-17 rating, and the 3-hour-long movie underwent "multiple rounds" of cuts with the MPAA. Though Paramount chairman Brad Grey says, "There were really not major cuts in this movie; there were trims." DiCaprio calls it a “hard R [rated]” film. »
- Edward Davis
I am loath to compare any movie to Martin Scorsese’s 1991 masterpiece “GoodFellas,” one of the most singularly vibrant films in the history of cinema. In the case of “American Hustle,” however, I will say that this latest triumph from director and co-writer David O. Russell has the kind of throbbing pulse, wicked snap and sheer moviemaking bravado that makes it one of a very few films that can be mentioned in the same breath as that earlier classic. As with his previous gem, “Silver Linings Playbook,” Russell takes an idea that on paper absolutely shouldn’t work — four different. »
- Alonso Duralde
You don't have to think of them as awards contenders, but the remaining movies vying for Oscar and other honors consideration are being released this month, and that means there are a lot of highly anticipated movies arriving in the next four weeks. Not only that, but a number of them have already been seen by some critics and have some incredible buzz. Those would include the two being compared to Goodfellas: David O. Russell's American Hustle (limited opening December 13; wide expansion December 20) and Martin Scorsese's own The Wolf of Wall Street (wide opening December 25). Also starting out on just a few screens before arriving nationwide are the other Christian Bale film, Out of the Furnace (limited opening: December 4; wide expansion: December 6), the highly...
- Christopher Campbell
The Society of Camera Operators has announced the recipients of its Lifetime Achievement Awards for 2014. The Camera Operator Award goes to Chris Haarhoff, whose credits include Saving Private Ryan, Fight Club and Almost Famous. Other honorees are William Coe (Jersey Boys, The Avengers, J. Edgar), Lifetime Achievement as Camera Technician; Barry Wetcher (GoodFellas, Quiz Show, Sherlock Holmes), Lifetime Achievement as Still Photographer; and Jack Carpenter of Carpenter Camera Cars (Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Crash, The Matrix Reloaded), Lifetime Achievement as Mobile Camera Platform Operator. The society’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Service goes to Stan McClain, founder of Filmtools Inc., and the President’s Award for Lifetime Achievement will be presented to Leonard Chapman, founder of Chapman–Leonard Studio Equipment, for his support of the camera operator. The awards will be handed out February 15 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Television is the new cinema — or something. In continuing trend of bringing big-screen stories to the boob tube, megaproducer Bob Weinstein has revealed that a Sin City and The Mist miniseries are in the works. Miramax recently announced its intent to expand its many properties to the TV market, which is how MTV snatched up the Scream franchise for a show. The upcoming series follows in the footsteps of network programs like Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Hannibal and Bates Motel — and the many film-to-tv series still in the works, such as the Coen brothers’ Fargo adaptation and the Nicholas Pileggi-written (again) Goodfellas. Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s August 22 neo-noir sequel Sin City: A Dame...
- Alison Nastasi
We know that Robert Rodriguez is bringing one of his previous films to the small screen, with a TV adaptation of From Dusk Till Dawn currently filming, and now it's being reported by The New York Times (via ComicBookMovie) that The Weinstein Company is looking to branch out into the TV business and could be planning a Sin City series to follow the theatrical release of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For next year.
Apparently, Sin City is one of several movies that Bob Weinstein is looking to adapt for TV, with Rodriguez is said to be involved alongside with comic book creator and co-director Frank Miller. Meanwhile, in addition to the previously announced Scream pilot for MTV, Weinstein is also said to be working with director Frank Darabont on a 10-part series based upon Darabont's 2007 feature adaptation of the Stephen King tale The Mist.
- Gary Collinson
Ben and Gabe Turner's football documentary The Class of 92 puts Manchester United's treble-winning team of 1999 under the microscope, specifically the six players - David Beckham, Gary Neville, Phil Neville, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs - who graduated from the club's youth academy and became some of the most decorated players the English game has ever seen.
Simply put, the Turners' film is funny and moving - essential viewing for football fans. Contributions from the likes of Tony Blair and Danny Boyle put the time period of The Class of 92 into a wider cultural context, but at its heart this is a Stand by Me-like tale of six young friends growing up together and sharing many ups and downs.
With The Class of 92 on the horizon, Digital Spy takes a look at eight soccer stories that could make incredible movies...
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The Family, 2013.
Directed by Luc Besson.
The Manzoni family, a notorious mafia clan, is relocated to Normandy, France under the witness protection program, where fitting in soon becomes challenging as their old habits die hard.
Once one of the most influential directors to break into Hollywood from Europe, filmmaker Luc Besson is now more recognisable as a producer of low to mid budget B movie action trash like Taken and The Transporter, but he has made some fantastic films as a director. The Family is not one of them; in fact, it’s the worst film of his I’ve seen by quite some margin.
Tired, lifeless, predictable, and utterly without purpose, Besson’s film is a cluster of clichés with maybe 45 minutes worth of story stretched over 100 minutes. Telling the story of the Blakes, »
- Gary Collinson
You might think that, given his standing in the cinematic community, Martin Scorsese would be able to escape the censor’s scissors. But Us ratings board the Motion Picture Association of America cares naught for the man who made Taxi Driver and GoodFellas, and the director has had to make some small trims to his latest, The Wolf Of Wall Street, to avoid a box office-bothering Nc-17 rating. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the filmmaker snipped a few moments of the film’s drug use and sex in order to get the desired rating for the movie, which is based on Jordan Belfort’s memoir about his wild party days as a stockbroker before the federal authorities came calling.Still, the edits haven’t stopped the new film, which features Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie and Matthew McConaughey, becoming the longest Scorsese release by a minute, clocking in at 2 hours 59 minutes. »
"Hey listen, I quit - I'm going into stocks." This looks so damn good! Paramount has debuted two new TV spots online for Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street, getting a marketing push to build buzz for its December release coming up soon. Early buzz from Darren Aronofsky is glowing: "hilarious, gutwrenching. @LeoDiCaprio fearless, brave, brilliant @JonahHill revelation. quaalude mayhem!" With Jonah Hill on the rise, the actor gets just as much time in these new TV spots as Leonardo DiCaprio. Based on that kind of buzz, it's a smart move. And it's working - I cannot wait to see this, even if it's almost 3 hours long. Enjoy! Here's the two latest TV spots for Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street, direct from YouTube: The Wolf of Wall Street is directed by legendary Academy Award winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese, of everything from Taxi Driver to Raging Bull »
- Alex Billington
Spike Lee's remake of Park Chan-wook's South Korean cult classic feels like it's violently treading water, says Tom Shone. Oldboy is out in the Us this Friday and is released in the UK on Friday 6 December
Spike Lee's Oldboy is as far from a Spike Lee Joint as could be imagined. It's actually a Park Chan-wook Joint — a remake of his 2003 South Korean cult classic about a man held in solitary confinement for 15 years before being loosed to wreak vengeance on his captors. Adapted from a manga comic-book, which was in turn adapted from an overwhelming desire to see what damage hammers do to foreheads, Chan-wook's film was a matt-black vengeance riff, decked out in playful camera angles, sicko violence, and one live octopus, which its hero ate, still wriggling – although I like to think that afterwards, its cameo over, the octopus simply called "Cut!" and resumed its position behind the camera. »
- Tom Shone
Robert De Niro dials in his performance as a mafia boss living in witness protection in a scrappy, corny action comedy
He plays former mob boss Giovanni Manzoni, now renamed Fred Blake, ordered by Tommy Lee Jones's baggy-eyed federal agent to keep a low profile even as his wife (Michelle Pfeiffer) blows up the local supermarket and his kids run rackets and break heads in the school. It's throwaway stuff, packed with corny gags about rich French cooking and annoying Gallic manners, in which light relief is offered by the sight of our hero torturing a plumber; think The Whole Nine Yards with cheese. Eventually De Niro winds up at the local film society watching Goodfellas – presumably »
- Mark Kermode
Ever hear a piece of news that made you tear up and cheer? Robert De Niro has confirmed that he is planning to reunite with Martin Scorsese for the first time since Casino almost two decades ago, and that's not all - the movie will be... you guessed it... a gangster film.
This is great news because Scorsese and De Niro have had an excellent run together, which includes the classic gangster films Mean Streets, Goodfellas and Casino. Even separately De Niro has Heat and The Godfather Part II and Scorsese has The Departed and Gangs of New York. This will be a return to familiar territory for both of them and once the project gets some steam there'll no doubt be plenty of buzz surrounding it.
For me, Goodfellas is not only the best movie ever made, but the one film I'd consider perfect. De Niro's movies haven't been »
- Gary Collinson
Update! Get all of today's deals right here! Amazon's week long deals for 2013 Black Friday and Cyber Monday started today and I have the schedule of deals for Sunday, November 24 directly below and will be updating throughout the week. As of now I have a few deals outside the scheduled events you may be interested in, but other than that pay attention to the deal start times so you don't miss out. Today's deals include a great price on the complete "Sex and the City" and "The Wire" collections, Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove, Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas on Blu-ray and the Godzilla collection seems particularly intriguing at the end of the day. Outside of what's below you can find the current upcoming scheduled deals for the week right here, which I will be updating as more titles and deals are announced. Otherwise, start shopping. Right Now! The Brady Bunch »
- Brad Brevet
Amazon's week long deals for 2013 Black Friday and Cyber Monday started today and I have the schedule of deals for Sunday, November 24 directly below and will be updating throughout the week. As of now I have a few deals outside the scheduled events you may be interested in, but other than that pay attention to the deal start times so you don't miss out. Today's deals include a great price on the complete "Sex and the City" and "The Wire" collections, Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove, Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas on Blu-ray and the Godzilla collection seems particularly intriguing at the end of the day. Outside of what's below you can find the current upcoming scheduled deals for the week right here, which I will be updating as more titles and deals are announced. Otherwise, start shopping. Right Now! The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy Blu-ray »
- Brad Brevet
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