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To whomever coined the term, “Sweet Sixteen”, you sir or madam are a liar. I remember my sixteenth year being one of the worst years of my life. It all started a couple months shy of my sixteenth birthday when my mother told us that our father had been abusing some substances, which I will remain nameless. She told us that there may be a slight chance of us moving to Texas to live with my aunt. That’s how serious the condition of my father’s addiction really was. That was just my home life. That’s not to mention the subjects in school I was failing and the issues with the girl I was dating at the time. All of this started coming down and weighting on me pretty darn heavy.
So I thought and pondered over a few sleepless nights and broke up with that girlfriend and »
- Joshua Burkey
Winner of the Jury Prize at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, Ken Loach’s The Angels’ Share revisits the themes the prolific director first explored in 1969’s Kes and later in 2002’s Sweet Sixteen. With the number of unemployed young people reaching more than a million in Britain, here is a heist comedy set in the harsh reality of contemporary Glasgow, where youth who get off to a rough start see no way out and harbor no hope for the future. In an indirect indictment of a society that fails them, a small crew of petty criminals gets a fresh start »
A critical digest of the week’s latest U.S. theatrical releases. Where applicable, links to longer reviews have been provided.
Distributor: Warner Bros.
The Jackie Robinson who titled his 1972 autobiography “I Never Had It Made” — and meant it — is scarcely present in “42,” a relentlessly formulaic biopic that succeeds at transforming one of the most compelling sports narratives of the 20th century into a home run of hagiography. Thick with canned inspirationalism and heroic platitudes, but only occasionally pushing past the iconic to grapple with the real human drama of Robinson’s life, this personal passion project for Legendary Pictures chairman-ceo Thomas Tull should enjoy a decent first inning with audiences, but won’t surpass Robinson’s famed jersey number in box office millions.
— Scott Foundas
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- Variety Staff
The working class are a little funny in “The Angels’ Share,” English director Ken Loach’s new bluecollar comedy. “The Angels’ Share” is Loach’s (“Kes”) premiered at Cannes last year after his “The Wind That Shakes the Barley” won the 2006 Palme d’Or and both "Route Irish" and "Looking for Eric" played in competition in 2010 and 2009, respectively. Tonally, Loach’s latest is more of a piece with “Looking for Eric” than “Sweet Sixteen,” though all three films concern young people looking for a way to find a loophole and rise above their lousy social stations in life. In Loach’s recent films, capitalism is like a ponzi scheme and his well-intentioned protagonists are all victims looking to get out with a little something for themselves. In “The Angels’ Share,” members of a Scottish, court-mandated community service group plot to make a little money for themselves and are generically rewarded for their efforts. »
- Simon Abrams
Big dogs of both human and fanged varieties played big parts in this week's episode. Let's jump right in!
We start the episode running through the woods at ground level - either I'm rewatching Evil Dead, or we're in one of Bran's kooky dreams again.
Sure enough, Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) - who can walk in his dreams, like the kid from A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors - sees the Third Eye Blind Raven, and he tries to shoot it with Jon Snow's (Kit Harington) help. He misses. He hears Ned's voice, then some bratty kid who looks like a Muppet Baby version of Tate from American Horror Story shows up to tell him that he can't kill the raven because the raven is Him. Is this like that "one set of footprints" thing?
Hey - speaking of Brandon Stark, it's time to catch up on »
Today’s battles determined the final eight spots in the Sweet Sixteen. There’s been a surprising amount of variety in the winners—no single approach seems to be working better than others, but execution is everything. From simple, single-note hops to more complex and unusual flavor combinations—when done well there’s nothing like an Ipa. Even at this stage, the Southeast was still the weakest of the four brackets, but you won’t hear us complaining about having to drink these beers. And at least one of them looks to have a shot at going all the way to the finals. The Southwest, on »
A message promoting weight loss popped up on the 28-year-old's page Monday, reports contactmusic.com.
Visibly upset with the hacking, in a post, he wrote: "As you've probably guessed folks I'm not a diet expert some t**ser hacked the account great to find after finishing work! Apologies."
However, Compston was quick to take action, asking his followers: "How do you change the password on Twitter from your iPhone?"
- Anita Agarwal
Last week we mentioned that you couldn't swing a dead cat on TV these days and miss hitting a hot shirtless dude, and to prove the point we asked our readers to name the TV shows they think provide the best BpB (Beefcake per Broadcast). Based on your comments we were able to narrow the well-muscled field down to just sixteen TV scripted TV shows. These programs run the gamut from broad comedy, horror, fantasy, police procedural to straight up drama, but they all share one rather obvious quality -- they really know how to highlight their gorgeous male cast members. (And we love them for that!)
But now that we've identified your Sweet Sixteen, we figured it was time to turn it back over to our readers. We've arranged these sixteen hot shows in a March Madness style bracket tourney - in each match up, you decide who has the hunkier cast! »
- AfterElton.com Staff
British filmmaker Ken Loach has never been one to hide his politics. In fact the throughline to his long, exemplary career, whether on TV or in theaters, whether documentary or narrative, whether small-scale domestic drama (“Sweet Sixteen,” “Kes,” “Ladybird, Ladybird”) or sweeping historical epic (“The Wind that Shakes the Barley,” “Land and Freedom”), has always been one of social awareness and overtly left-wing sensibilities. His characters are often working class people chafing against the injustice and disenfranchisement of their societal roles in the face of powerful contemporary or historical forces. And nowhere is this more in evidence than in his latest film, documentary “The Spirit of ‘45,” which details the rise and fall of the British welfare state: the post-war socialist program of social reform and nationalization of industry, and the subsequent partial or total dismantling of these moves »
- Jessica Kiang
This week's snow and ice meant big drops for every title, despite a decent crop of new releases including Django Unchained
The winner: snow
The first properly sunny weekend of the year usually proves devastating to cinemagoing in the UK, but snow and frost can also have an impact, as has just been witnessed. Despite the arrival of a decent crop of new releases – notably the latest Quentin Tarantino flick and the 3D reissue of a Pixar hit – takings overall fell 36% from the previous weekend. All the films in the top 10 that were already on release fell by at least 40% from the previous frame, with Quartet's 60% drop in particular suggesting that the older audience was especially discouraged by icy pavements and dangerous driving conditions.
- Charles Gant
Treat Williams barely survived carnivorous sea monsters in Deep Rising and Ronny Cox famously fell victim to Robocop. Together they will now face a prehistoric threat reborn when bioengineered dinos threaten to transform Los Angeles into a new Age of Dinosaurs.
Using breakthrough flesh-regeneration technology, a biotech firm creates a set of living dinosaurs. But when the creatures escape their museum exhibit and terrorize Los Angeles, a former firefighter must rescue his teenage daughter from the chaos brought on by the Age of Dinosaurs.
I’m going to take a wild guess and speculate that Treat Williams plays the former firefighter and Ronny Cox is cast as the hard ass head of the flesh-regeneration technology, because who better to play the executive officer of a corporation that suffers the consequences when playing God than Robocop’s boss?
11 items from 2013
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