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Based on Lawrence Block’s bestselling series of mystery novels, the films stars Neeson as Matt Scudder, an ex-nypd cop who now works as an unlicensed private investigator operating just outside the law.
When Scudder reluctantly agrees to help a heroin trafficker (Dan Stevens) hunt down the men who kidnapped and brutally murdered his wife, the Pi learns that this is not the first time these men have committed this sort of twisted crime. Scudder races to track them through the backstreets of New York City before they kill again.
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Back in 2008, when actress Diane Lane brought her daughter, Eleanor (then 14) to Rwanda with Heifer International it was strictly as a mom not a movie star. "Sometimes I have a gift of flipping a switch and just disappearing into a crowd," says Lane, 49. "It's also a blessing because I was the only mom who brought her daughter and that's more how I was known." Lane, who's currently filming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice wanted her daughter to see their efforts to end hunger and poverty firsthand. "It was unforgettable," she says. "And to travel to Africa was already something »
- Liz McNeil
The Brothers Hawkins have arrived on the scene with a loud bang that could be seen as an ode to a favourite weapon of choice in the crime genre. Now as their feature directorial debut, We Gotta Get Out of This Place, makes its way into UK cinemas, HeyUGuys had the opportunity to lightly interrogate the filmmaking duo, as they shared with us their thoughts on the creative process and the first film in their directorial canon.
Why a career in filmmaking? Was there that one inspirational moment?
Zeke Hawkins: We grew up at the movies. Whilst our parents were trying to deal with having two boys, we would go to the cinema four times a week throughout our childhood. So we have always loved movies. In terms of a seminal moment, I remember when I was eighteen and I first saw Steven Soderbegh’s Out of Sight. It »
- Paul Risker
This piece was originally published on January 27, 2013. Steven Soderbergh has directed 26 films since his 1989 debut, sex, lies, and videotape — the behind-closed-doors portrait of yuppie Louisiana often credited with kick-starting the indie-film revolution of the nineties, released when he was only 26. In the 24 years since, he’s been a remarkably prolific chameleon, managing arguably more than any other director of his generation to successfully bounce between the low- and high-budget, not only directing but often editing and shooting his own films, each, in its way, an audacious experiment. In one extraordinary three-year streak — 1998 to 2001 — he directed two noirish classics (Out of Sight, The Limey), pulled an Oscar performance out of Julia Roberts (Erin Brockovich), earned an Oscar of his own (Traffic, the same year he was also nominated for Brockovich), and launched a lucrative franchise (Ocean’s Eleven, followed by Twelve and »
- Mary Kaye Schilling
Early in the new Cinemax drama "The Knick," Dr. John Thackery boasts of "the astonishing modern world in which we live," insisting that "We now live in a time of endless possibility. More has been learned about the human body in the last five years than in the previous 500." What is such an astonishing time to him is a very quaint one for us, since "The Knick" (it premieres Friday at 10) takes place in Manhattan in the year 1900. Viewed through a modern lens, Thackery's surgical techniques seem primitive, even barbarous, but in the context of his time — when a procedure we take for granted like an appendectomy is still considered dangerous and experimental — he and his colleagues are miracle workers. "The Knick" arrives in an era where the possibilities for television drama are as limitless as they were for medicine in 1900. It's a period where a Matthew McConaughey can commit »
- Alan Sepinwall
A few months back, I reported that James Mangold (The Wolverine) was set to direct an adaptation of John D. MacDonald's "The Deep Blue Goodbye." At the time, I noted that based on the description of the book's title character Travis McGee, it sounded like a good gig for Matthew McConaughey.
Here's my description of the character, who would become the protagonist for several more adaptations if Hollywood can successfully launch him with Deep Blue Goodbye:
"The character is described as something of a beach bum in Florida that lives on his houseboat, The Busted Flush, and doesn't do much of anything until he needs money. When he needs to make some cash, he does for-hire jobs helping people get back their missing property as a "salvage consultant," helps and seduces women along the way, and gets himself into various misadventures while on assignments."
Sounds like it would require someone who has the charming, »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Let us play the “Name Game”, shall we? Since we all are part of the experience here at the entertainment website known as Sound on Sight maybe we should pay homage to our online destination by celebrating it in an unconventional manner? Specifically, we can recognize Sound on Sight by acknowledging movie names that contain the words “sound” and “sight” in their titles.
However you may perceive this experimentation as being rather gimmicky and silly please realize that this movie column is also a means to recognize a few movie titles that are unfamiliar or perhaps a first-time discovery to some of you out there that never heard some of these cinematic selections. There may be a couple of well-known films in the bunch but collectively the features being mentioned in Sound on Sight: Top 10 Random “Sound” and “Sight” Movie Titles are aptly presented based on the theme at hand. »
- Frank Ochieng
Starz today announced the greenlight of The Girlfriend Experience, a 13-part anthology series produced by Transactional Pictures. Inspired by the 2009 Magnolia Pictures film of the same title, Steven Soderbergh and Philip Fleishman will serve as executive producers along with independent filmmakers Lodge Kerrigan and Amy Seimetz, who will also write and direct on the series.
The scripted anthology series will feature 13 half-hour episodes.
The Girlfriend Experience explores the relationships of the most exclusive courtesans who provide their clients with far more than just sex. These purveyors - or GFEs (Girlfriend Experience) - share intimacies more common to romantic partners or husbands and wives, becoming quasi-lovers and confidants who are richly paid for their time.
Chris Albrecht, CEO of Starz had this to say in his statement.
"We are all »
There were a lot of great scenes in Justified’s fifth season: Art being badass in the diner, the United Nations of A–holes, and Dickie Bennett’s map monologue come to mind. But it’s Danny Crowe (Aj Buckley) finally testing the 21-Foot Rule on Raylan (Timothy Olyphant) that made Entertainment Weekly’s list of the 50 best TV scenes of the year, which can be found in the issue now on stands.
At last we were going to see if a knife-wielding nutjob really would win a duel with a gunslinger if he charged him from a distance of 21 feet or less. »
- Mandi Bierly
The crime thriller casts the Taken star as a private investigator hired by a drug dealer to find out who kidnapped and killed his wife.
A Walk Among the Tombstones will open in cinemas on September 19. »
While you may not know writer/director Scott Frank by name, there's a very good chance that you're familiar with his work. In addition to writing the screenplays for great movies like Barry Sonnenfeld's Get Shorty, Steven Soderbergh's Out Of Sight, Harold Becker's Malice, Steven Spielberg's Minority Report and James Mangold's The Wolverine, he also made his directorial debut with the tightly-scripted, tense Joseph Gordon-Levitt thriller The Lookout. While that last film was all the way back in 2007, finally Frank is coming back with his latest directorial effort, A Walk Among The Tombstones, starring Liam Neeson. The movie won't be arriving in theaters until the fall, but from the look of this debut trailer above it can't get here soon enough. Based on the novel of the same name by Lawrence Block, A Walk Among The Tombstones stars Neeson as Matt Scudder, a former cop »
Liam Neeson really could use something like Scott Frank's "A Walk Among the Tombstones." The word "paycheck" is becoming synonymous with his name lately (not that things like "The Grey" and Martin Scorsese's upcoming "Silence" don't do a lot to mitigate this), but it would be good to see some serious, solid, consistent flexing from him again. In this adaptation of Lawrence Block’s bestselling series of mystery novels, Neeson stars as Matt Scudder, an ex-nypd cop who now works as an unlicensed private investigator operating just outside the law (naturally). He agrees to help find the people who kidnapped and murdered a drug dealer's wife and the story unfolds from there. Frank has worked wonders on the page in his time ("Get Shorty," "Out of Sight," "Minority Report") and his directorial debut, "The Lookout," was very well-received in 2007. I've been looking forward to this one for a while, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Yeah, we know, it's practically a routine at this point. Here's yet another movie, with yet another grizzled Liam Neeson, with more special skills that he uses to get the bad guys or whatever. But if there's one reason we're interested in "A Walk Among The Tombstones" it's this — Scott Frank. He's the writer/director of "The Lookout," and the pen behind "Out Of Sight," "Minority Report," "Get Shorty" and more, so we're hoping that this genre exercise is a bit of a cut above. And certainly the source material is pretty good, with the movie based on the novel by Lawrence Block, centering on private detective Matt Scudder, hired by a heroin trafficker (played by a very angry Dan Stevens) to find the men that killed his wife. Morals! But seriously, on the page, the character is a pretty great one with lots of big screen potential, so we hope they got it right. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Universal Pictures has released the first A Walk Among the Tombstones trailer, poster, and images for director Scott Frank’s (The Lookout) dark crime thriller. The film stars Liam Neeson as an alcoholic ex-cop who investigates the kidnapping of a heroin drug lord’s wife, teaming up with a heroin trafficker (Downton Abbey's Dan Stevens) and his brother to hunt down the men responsible for the crime. Despite a pretty awful-looking wig on Neeson at the beginning of the trailer, this actually looks like a much darker, more interesting film than your standard “above the law” actioner. Frank has a number of excellent credits as a screenwriter (Minority Report, Out of Sight), and I was a big fan of his previous directorial effort The Lookout, so I’m certainly looking forward to seeing what he’s put together here. So far so good. Hit the jump to check out »
- Adam Chitwood
Elmore Leonard is widely known for writing great crime stories that have paved the way for some solid cinema (Out Of Sight, Get Shorty, Jackie Brown). If you fear it's been too long since you've gotten your Leonard fix, you can put those fears to bed. Life Of Crime, the latest film based on a novel of his (The Switch), will be out before you experience withdrawals. Check out some illegal activity here: The cast is really enough to get me through the theater door and it »
- Sean Wist
Over the course of his career, novelist Elmore Leonard has seen many of his works adapted to the big screen, resulting on movies such as 3:10 To Yuma, Get Shorty, Out of Sight, and Jackie Brown. While the writer’s passing in 2013 saddened many, they were glad to hear that feature film adaptations of his works continue to be made. The latest among these, titled Life of Crime, comes from Daniel Schechter, who takes on directing duties as well as adapting the screenplay from the Leonard story The Switch. The cast includes Jennifer Aniston, Yasiin Bey, John Hawkes, Tim Robbins, Will Forte, and Isla Fisher, and the film’s first trailer has now been released. The trailer can be seen below. Sound on Sight was also able to see the film at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, and our review can be read here.
(Source: First Showing)
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- Deepayan Sengupta
Though the world lost crime writer Elmore Leonard last year, his legacy lives on via adaptations of his work. The latest to arrive on the big screen is a version of his 1978 novel The Switch, which, thanks to the fact that lead Jennifer Aniston already made a film of that name, is now called Life Of Crime.The story finds criminals Ordell Robbie (Yaslin Bay) and Louis Gara (John Hawkes) deciding to kidnap Mickey Dawson (Aniston), the wife of wealthy, corrupt real estate tycoon (Tim Robbins). It’s a seemingly solid plan with just one tiny drawback: it turns out their mark doesn’t particularly want his wife back, and is happier hanging out with his mistress (Isla Fisher).Everything soon becomes that much complicated, as revenge plots spiral and Mickey decides she’s going to find a little payback herself. It remains to be seen whether this will stand »
"You tell him he's never gonna see his wife again? He doesn't want to see his wife again." Following in the footsteps of Get Shorty, Out of Sight and Jackie Brown comes another film based on the darkly funny work of the late author Elmore Leonard. Life of Crime is based on his novel The Switch, the tale of a kidnapping gone wrong when the husband (Tim Robbins) whose wife (Jennifer Aniston) has been kidnapped by a couple of small-time criminals (John Hawkes and Yasmin Bey), doesn't actually want his wife back. This doesn't quite look all that great, but there's some solid dark comedy here and there. Watch the trailer now! Here's the first trailer for Daniel Schecter's Life of Crime, originally from Yahoo: Life of Crime is written and directed by Daniel Schecter (Goodbye Baby), based on Elmore Leonard's novel The Switch. The wife (Jennifer Aniston) of »
- Ethan Anderton
Multiple Emmy-winning Canadian documentary veteran John Kastner offers a companion piece to his “Ncr: Not Criminally Responsible” with “Out of Mind, Out of Sight.” Where the 2013 film followed one patient’s difficult readjustment to society after release from Ottawa’s Brockville Mental Health Centre, this latest focuses on the personalities and care of four criminally violent inmates still residing at said forensic psychiatric hospital. This engrossing closeup look at people hardly in control of their emotions or actions has been presold to local network Tvo for a May 7 broadcast bow, and could attract further smallscreen sales as it travels the festival circuit.
The unit in question is home to 59 patients who have committed crimes but were judged mentally unfit, and thus were sent here rather than to a standard penal institution. What Kastner’s two male and two female protagonists have in common is a diagnosis of some type of schizophrenia, »
- Dennis Harvey
John Kastner's "Out of Mind, Out of Sight" won the award for Best Canadian Feature Documentary at this year's Hot Docs, which wrapped its 21st annual edition yesterday after a week of screening 197 documentaries from all over the world. Last night, at the festival's awards reception, 13 awards and $66,000 in cash and prizes were presented to filmmakers, including Kastner. "Out of Mind, Out of Sight" is the director's follow-up to "Ncr: Not Criminally Responsible," which screened at Hot Docs last year. In both films, Kastner filmed gained rare access to the Brokville Mental Health Centre in Ontario, Canada. In a jury statement, the documentary was praised "for finding deep empathy and humanity in one of the most physically and emotionally harrowing environments imaginable, and for bringing insight to the emotional complexity surrounding the issue of mental illness." Here's the full list of this year's winners (descriptions courtesy of Hot Docs): Best Canadian Feature. »
- Paula Bernstein
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