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Samuel L Jackson’s IMDb page is endless – 172 credits, to be exact. Flip through TheWrap’s slideshow to see some of his roles you might’ve forgotten about. “RoboCop” (2014) Jackson starred in the 2014 remake of “RoboCop,” which also stared Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman and Michael Keaton. “Out of Sight” (1998) Steven Soderbergh directed the 1998 crime comedy. George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez were the lead actors in the film, while Jackson had a special appearance. He is uncredited in the film. “Goodfellas” (1990) Samuel L Jackson starred as Stacks Edwards, a character overshadowed by Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci and Paul Sorvino. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Close-Up is a column that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. Albert Brooks' Modern Romance (1981) is showing February 17 - March 19, 2017 in the United Kingdom in the series The Rom Com Variations. She’s out of my lifeShe’s out of my lifeAnd I don’t know whether to laugh or cry—Michael Jackson, “She’s Out of My Life”“cras amet qui numquam amavitquique amavit cras amet”—The Magus (John Fowles) Life comes at you fast. As someone recently on the receiving end of an unexpected breakup, I was a little cool on the idea of watching Albert Brooks’ 1981 film Modern Romance—whose premise was summarized, on the one-sheets at the time, in the following terms: “Robert was madly in love with Mary. Mary was madly in love with Robert. Under the circumstances they did the only thing they could do… they broke up.” But then, in that brutal darkness of heartache, »
The worldwide success of last year’s “Deadpool” has apparently opened the door for R-rated superhero adventures, and director James Mangold (“The Wolverine,” “3:10 to Yuma”) takes full advantage. Our hero (played once again by Hugh Jackman) drops an F-bomb in his first line of dialogue, and soon thereafter he’s fighting off some would-be car thieves by sinking his claws directly into their skulls. But the screenplay — credited to Mangold, Scott Frank and Michael Green — feels more like the product of the guy who wrote “Green Lantern” (Green) than the one who wrote “Out of Sight” (Frank). It’s a perfectly. »
- Alonso Duralde
Behold the first image from Lucky Logan which is Soderbergh's first post-retirement theatrical feature. It's yet another heist picture from a director who is very fond of stories about professional thieves and or elaborately planned ambitious crimes. See also Haywire, Oceans franchise, Out of Sight.
Pictured are Adam Driver and Channing Tatum in the background (why are they barely featuring a star as big as Chan in the first still?) and platinum blonde Daniel Craig in the foreground. They're doing an elaborate heist during a Nascar race.
Are you excited to welcome Soderbergh back to the movies? »
- NATHANIEL R
Action icon Liam Neeson is taking his particular set of skills to the Rocky Mountains, signing on to star in a new action-thriller entitled Hard Powder. The project is currently being sold at the Berlin Film Festival market later this month, which is expected to be a "hot ticket" item, now that Liam Neeson has come aboard. Production is currently scheduled to start this coming March in Banff, Alberta and other locations throughout Canada.
Variety reports that Liam Neeson will play Nels, an "upright snowplow driver," who was recently awarded the Citizen of the Year award by the Colorado ski town he lives in. His world gets turned upside down when his young son is killed by a "powerful local drug kingpin." Here's the official synopsis for Hard Powder, which seems to indicate that Liam Neeson's Nels will be using his snowplow as one of of his primary weapons. »
Paris – Liam Neeson, European group Studiocanal and producer Michael Shamberg are teaming for “Hard Powder,” a Rocky Mountains-set action revenge thriller that is likely to prove a hot ticket at next month’s Berlin Film Festival market.
It stars Neeson as Nels, an upright snowplow driver, awarded a Citizen of the Year prize by his glitzy Colorado ski town, whose life is turned upside down when his son is murdered by a powerful local drug kingpin.
“Fueled by an unwavering drive for vengeance and armed with heavy machinery, this unlikely hero sets out to dismantle the cartel with extreme prejudice, and he’s not stopping until he gets to the top of the food chain,” “Hard Powder’s” synopsis reads.
Nels’ vengeance »
- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy
Out of sight, and thus out of mind, I kinda forgot about “Doctor Strange” entirely until the film popped back up in the conversation yesterday when it earned a deserved Oscar nomination for Best Visual Effects (say what you will about the movie, but the VFX were certainly impressive). But one fact you might have forgotten in the run-up to the release of the film is that “Community” creator Dan Harmon was brought into the film at the very last minute to help out with the script.
- Kevin Jagernauth
IndieWire’s Springboard column profiles up-and-comers in the film industry worthy of your attention.
You know Macon Blair’s face. The Virginia native frequently pops up in childhood pal Jeremy Saulnier’s films — including recent offerings like “Blue Ruin” and “Green Room” — and he even has the requisite “Law and Order” credit under his belt (he appeared on “Svu” back in 2008), but these days, Blair is eager for film fans to check out something different: His directorial debut. The new feature, “I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore,” will open this year’s Sundance Film Festival as one of its slew of “Day One” offerings, before popping up on Netflix just a few weeks later.
For fans of Blair’s acting in Saulnier’s films and those familiar with his writing work on offerings like Brett Simmons’ horror feature “The Monkey’s Paw,” the new feature should »
- Kate Erbland
8 items from 2017
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