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Nobody stands up for Britons in the lower class trenches like the fierce, opinionated and outright brilliant Mike Leigh; his unusual writing and directing method yields terrific results in his first feature made for TV. And the early performances of Tim Roth, Phil Daniels and Gary Oldman should be the stuff of acting legend, ’80s style.
The Criterion Collection 890
1984 / Color / 1:66 widescreen / 107 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date August 15, 2017 / 39.95
Cinematography: Roger Pratt
Film Editor: Lesley Walker
Original Music: Andrew Dickson
Produced by Graham Benson
Devised and Directed by Mike Leigh
Mike Leigh is something of an acquired taste, but I have to say that I haven’t forgotten anything of his that I’ve seen. There are of course his ‘special’ period recreations of Topsy-Turvy and Mr. Turner, »
- Glenn Erickson
Game of Thrones added a new face to its already very large cast of characters with Sunday's season seven premiere. At the Citadel, Samwell Tarly is training to be a maester, learning at the hand of Archmaester Marwyn, played by award-winning star of stage and screen Jim Broadbent. Broadbent got his start over 40 years ago, but his first big role came in the 1985 sci-fi classic Brazil, where he played plastic surgeon to Katherine Helmond's vain Mrs. Ida Lowry in the fictional dystopian urban setting. The 68-year-old actor would go on to appear in some of the biggest films of the 1990s, including Enchanted April, The Crying Game, and Bullets Over Broadway, before his critically acclaimed turn as W.S. Gilbert (of the famed musical theater pair Gilbert and Sullivan) in Topsy-Turvy, a role that earned Broadbent a BAFTA nomination. On the heels of Topsy-Turvy, Broadbent had a big year in »
- Andrea Reiher
It’s breaking box office records and winning critical plaudits around the world – but Wonder Woman would be nothing without its threads. Sean Wilson talks to Oscar-winning costumer Lindy Hemming about the movie…
After several false starts the DC Extended Universe has finally got itself on track with Wonder Woman, director Patty Jenkins’ terrific, character-led blockbuster that fuses striking action with humour and surprising levels of pathos and emotion.
There’s lots to admire about the movie, Gal Gadot’s winning central performance for one, and one of its greatest achievements resides in the level of costume design. I caught up with designer Lindy Hemming, responsible for the likes of Topsy-Turvy, Casino Royale and Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, about the challenges of communicating Wonder Woman’s design to a contemporary audience.
So in your words Lindy, how do you define the role of a costume designer and what »
- Sean Wilson
Wonder Woman has proven her strength on the big screen as one of the world’s greatest superheroes, as well as the weekend’s greatest box office draw. Cutting through the competition, director Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman has taken in $223 million globally, and counting. The announcement was made today by Sue Kroll, President of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.
The impressive worldwide total makes Wonder Woman the largest female-lead superhero movie opening of all time, the biggest opening in June for a superhero movie, and the biggest opening in June for a Warner Bros. film. With a Certified Fresh rating of 93% on Rotten Tomatoes, the film is also one of the best-reviewed superhero films ever, and its CinemaScore of A shows audiences agree.
Domestically, the film has grossed $100.5 million and has the highest opening weekend box office of all time for a female director. (Review)
Internationally, it opened day-and-date in 55 markets, »
- Michelle Hannett
When a sinister visitor arrives in her town, sixteen-year-old Laura Chant discovers awesome new powers within herself that she must harness in order to rescue her younger brother from the man’s evil plans.
The supernatural thriller stars Timothy Spall (Mr. Turner, Harry Potter series), Melanie Lynskey (I Don’t Feel at Home in this World Anymore, Up in the Air, The Perks of Being a Wallflower), Lucy Lawless (Parks and Recreation, Battlestar Galactica, Xena: Warrior Princess), Nicholas Galitzine (Handsome Devil, High Strung), Erana James.
In 2014, Spall won the Best Actor award at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival for portraying J. M. W. Turner in Mike Leigh’s biographical film Mr. Turner. He also collaborated with Leigh on Topsy-turvy and the brilliant Secrets & Lies. »
- Michelle Hannett
Warner Bros. Pictures has released a new trailer for the upcoming Wonder Woman.
Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.
- Michelle McCue
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The biopic marks Leigh’s first one in 15 years, following 1999’s “Topsy-Turvy,” in which Spall, a Leigh regular, played a supporting role. He’s front and center in “Mr. Turner.” At 57 years-old, the longtime character actor is finally receiving his due for his towering performance that earned him the Best Actor award at Cannes, where the film world premiered to glowing reviews earlier this year.
“The character is supreme” in all of the British filmmaker’s works, Spall told Indiewire. To prepare for the role, Spall did a ton of research that dated back to the painter’s childhood. “The character dictates how it should be played,” Spall said.
Spall said the »
- Nigel Smith
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