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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Three

17 December 2009 11:42 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Dinner for Schmucks

Opens: July 23rd 2010

Cast: Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Zach Galifianakis, Bruce Greenwood, David Walliams

Director: Jay Roach

Summary: A renowned publisher encourages his friends to invite the most pathetic guests possible for their weekly dinner party. Just as they find the most pathetic man yet, the host is injured and ends up trapped with the man all night long.

Analysis: A remake of director Francis Veber's 1998 César award-winning "Le Diner des cons", 'Schmucks' is one of the highest profile comedies of next year with one of the strongest casts for the genre in recent memory. It also marks the return of "Austin Powers" and "Meet the Parents" helmer Jay Roach who has produced several films in recent years but hasn't directed since 2004's "Meet the Fockers".

The question now lies not in the performers or director but the material itself and whether a Gallic comedy can »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Three

17 December 2009 11:42 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Dinner for Schmucks

Opens: July 23rd 2010

Cast: Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Zach Galifianakis, Bruce Greenwood, David Walliams

Director: Jay Roach

Summary: A renowned publisher encourages his friends to invite the most pathetic guests possible for their weekly dinner party. Just as they find the most pathetic man yet, the host is injured and ends up trapped with the man all night long.

Analysis: A remake of director Francis Veber's 1998 César award-winning "Le Diner des cons", 'Schmucks' is one of the highest profile comedies of next year with one of the strongest casts for the genre in recent memory. It also marks the return of "Austin Powers" and "Meet the Parents" helmer Jay Roach who has produced several films in recent years but hasn't directed since 2004's "Meet the Fockers".

The question now lies not in the performers or director but the material itself and whether a Gallic comedy can »

- Garth Franklin

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Who do you read? Good Roger, or Bad Roger?

15 December 2009 9:18 PM, PST | blogs.suntimes.com/ebert | See recent Roger Ebert's Blog news »

This message came to me from a reader named Peter Svensland. He and a friend have been debating about my qualities as a film critic, and they've involved a considerable critic, Dan Schneider, in their discussion. I will say that he has given the question a surprising amount of thought and attention over the years, and may well be correct in some aspects. What his analysis gives me is a renewed respect and curiosity about his own work.

Dear Roger,

A friend and I would like to have your opinion. It's basically so that we can settle an argument (and small side bet) with a friend over what your opinion would be. My friend and I have carefully co-drafted this email to try to eliminate one or the other of our biases. I hope we succeeded!

I have read your columns and watched your tv shows for many years now »

- Roger Ebert

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Downfall (2004) Movie Review

2 December 2009 1:12 AM, PST | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

It seems to me that there is a metaphor embedded somewhere in Downfall, transforming what is at first glance just another World War II film into a provocative account of the final days of the Nazi party, anchored by a genuinely great performance from Bruno Ganz, who plays Adolph Hitler as a man that seems hunched over and sickly, his voice rough and haggard. The withering emaciation of ruthless and unchecked power makes him appear like a man whose soul is corroded away and his body denigrated, whose ideologies have obviated compassion and understanding and set him on the course toward total annihilation. Occasionally he effects a moment of warmth and affection, as if the evil is the corruption of all that’s good and true within him, but his obsession with conquest (or, at least, holding Berlin from the oncoming Russians) drags him down again into a dark place within his soul. »

- Jacob

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Five Minutes of Heaven

13 November 2009 4:06 AM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Five Minutes of Heaven

Directed by:  Oliver Hirschbiegel

Cast: Liam Neeson, James Nesbitt

Running Time: 1 hr 30 mins

Rating: Unrated

Release Date: November 13, 2009

Plot: A murderer (Neeson) who killed for the Ulster Volunteer Force (sort of the opposing force to the Ira) prepares to meet with the brother of his victim (Nesbitt).

Who’S It For? Come on, it has Liam Neeson!  Assuming you’re not tired of “the troubles”, you want to see it.

Expectations: I’m a fan of Nesbitt after seeing his performance in Bloody Sunday, and how can you not expect great things from Liam Neeson?  So yeah, I was hoping for a tour de force two man acting showdown.

Scorecard (0-10)

Actors:

Liam Neeson as Alistair Little:  Neeson plays the adult version of Little, after his time in prison.   Despite the set up of the film, the two leads spend very little time together, so »

- Megan Lehar

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Five Minutes of Heaven (review)

12 November 2009 1:51 PM, PST | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

After a disastrous foray into Hollywood with the tepid sci-fi potboiler The Invasion German director Oliver Hirschbiegel returns to the realms of uneasy morality he explored in his portrait of Bunker Hitler in Downfall... and this difficult, uncomfortable film, which similarly deconstructs the notion of what “evil” is, hits even closer to home for today’s mess of a culturally fractured world. Back in 1975, a teenaged Protestant hitman (Mark Davison) killed a Catholic man, because that’s what “good” Protestant men did in Northern Ireland back then, in front of the man’s 11-year-old brother. Now, today, the two men are brought together by a television show seeking a sort of Irish version of the South African truth-and-reconciliation plan: Liam Neeson (Taken) is the former hitman who has put his life, since he got out of prison for that murder, to better use; James Nesbitt (Bloody Sunday) is the grownup »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Resident Evil: Afterlife Officially Begins Production

29 September 2009 10:16 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

After weeks of talking about it, and casting news coming from the weirdest of places, ScreenGems and Constantine Film have announced today that filming has officially begun on Resident Evil: Afterlife.

From the press release:

Screen Gems and Constantin Film announced today that “Resident Evil: Afterlife,” the next installment in the widely successful “Resident Evil” film franchise, has begun production in Toronto, Canada. The fourth film, which will be shot and released in 3D, is a first in the “Resident Evil” film franchise. Most of the key creative players who turned the “Resident Evil” film franchise into a global phenomenon will be reprising their roles in “Afterlife”.

Actress Milla Jovovich returns as the zombie-fighting heroine Alice. Ali Larter reprises her role as Claire Redfield from “Resident Evil: Extinction”. Spencer Locke, who played K-Mart in “Extinction,” is also set to return. New to the film franchise is leading man Wentworth Miller, »

- Uncle Creepy

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Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D Begins Production

29 September 2009 5:57 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Screen Gems and Constantin Film has sent out a press release announcing that “Resident Evil: Afterlife,” the next installment in the “Resident Evil” franchise, has begun production in Toronto, Canada with Paul W. S. Anderson writing, directing and producing. The fourth film will be shot and released in 3-D. While story details are being kept under wraps, they did provide us with a tease by saying, “Alice’s battle with The Umbrella Corporation isn’t finished. Last time we saw Alice, she let them know she was coming after them. It’s time to settle the score.” They also confirmed the cast and it’s Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Spencer Locke, Wentworth Miller, Shawn Roberts, Boris Kodjoe and Kim Coates. Who they play and the full press release after the jump:

Here’s the full press release:

(Los Angeles) September 29, 2009 - Screen Gems and Constantin Film announced today that “Resident Evil: Afterlife, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Resident Evil: Afterlife Begins Production in Toronto

29 September 2009 11:35 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Screen Gems and Constantin Film announced today that Resident Evil: Afterlife, the next installment in the widely successful Resident Evil film franchise has begun production in Toronto, Canada. The fourth film, which will be shot and released in 3-D, is a first in the Resident Evil film franchise. Most of the key creative players, who turned the Resident Evil film franchise into a global phenomenon, will be reprising their roles in Afterlife.

Actress Milla Jovovich returns as the zombie-fighting heroine Alice. Ali Larter reprises her role as Claire Redfield from Resident Evil: Extinction. Spencer Locke, who played K-Mart in Resident Evil: Extinction is also set to return. New to the film franchise is leading man Wentworth Miller, who has signed on as Chris Redfield - Claire's brother and a popular character from the game series. Shawn Roberts will take over the role of Alice's nemesis Wesker. Boris Kodjoe and Kim Coates have also been cast. »

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Review: ‘The Baader Meinhof Complex’

18 September 2009 5:23 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

West Germany’s Baader Meinhof group (also known as the Red Army Faction or Raf) was formed in the late 1960s and named after two of its ringleaders, Andreas Baader and Ulrike Meinhoff. With its logo of a gun set against a red star, the Raf was a terrorist organization made up of young left-wing revolutionaries who railed against a current political establishment with bombings, bank robberies, and murder and is the subject of the ambitious new movie The Baader Meinhoff Complex. Director Uli Eddels’s film is a long but engrossing look at a fascinating chapter of recent German history.

Based on a nonfiction book by Stefan Aust, The Baader Meinhoff Complex takes a look at the origins and heyday of the Raf and the violent acts they carry out, each more bold than the last: the bombing of a newspaper office, murders of prominent judges and prosecutors, the »

- Tom

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The Motion/Captured Review: 'Five Minutes Of Heaven'

5 September 2009 11:30 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Revenge is probably one of the most common dramatic engines of all time, in all its varied forms.  As such, it would seem like there couldn't be any new stories to tell about revenge no new ideas to contribute to the conversation. And yet, year after year, season after season, revenge is a subject that filmmakers return to, and it's sort of amazing how it continues to yield results, both dramatically and thematically.  Oliver Hirschbiegel, whose movie "Downfall" gave birth to that Hitler YouTube meme that keeps getting recycled (the joke getting thinner every time), was damn near swallowed by Hollywood »

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Trailer Mash: Downfall Keeps on Giving

28 August 2009 10:33 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The scene where Hitler berates his officers in Downfall is the gift that keeps on giving. Here’s the latest in a series of alternate subtitles to accompany Bruno Ganz’s climactic tirade. The latest object of Hitler’s wrath: the bad reaction to James Cameron’s Avatar trailer: In August of 2008, Hitler was channeling the head of Universal Studios reacting to the news of what was destroyed in the Universal backlot fire. (Icm’s … »

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Hitler's fed up with the Avatar hype

26 August 2009 11:19 AM, PDT | Corona's Coming Attractions | See recent Corona's Coming Attractions news »

By now anyone that's spent more than twenty minutes online will have seen the many parodies using a now infamous clip from Downfall, the German 2004 film that starred Bruno Ganz in a riveting performance as Adolf Hitler in his final days. If you haven't seen the film there's a scene where Hitler is given the news that the war is over for Germany. Hitler then proceeds to chew out his commanders for letting this happen.

Back when the Blu-ray versus HD-DVD war was on, this clip from Downfall was used to illustrate the victory of Blu-ray over HD-DVD. The video was a huge viral hit and since then, whenever the next big subject of interest to the online crowd pops up, someone boots up their copy of Final Cut and slaps new subtitles on the sequence. And now it's been done for the geek flavor of the moment, James Cameron's Avatar! »

- Patrick Sauriol

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Review: Five Minutes of Heaven

23 August 2009 11:02 AM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

By Scott Weinberg (reprint from Sundance Film Festival 2009)

The latest film from Downfall director Oliver Hirschbiegel is a simple, straightforward, and very sincere story that covers some rather fascinating issues: The cyclical nature of violence, the difficulties inherent in forgiveness, and the importance of being able to defeat tragedy and go on to live a happy life. If it sounds like a dark and slightly depressing story to hear, well that's the good news. For all its stark honesty and confrontational emotions, the messages found in Five Minutes of Heaven are refreshingly humane and hopeful.

We open in mid-'70s Belfast, and a very young Alistair Little is about to commit a heinous act. Fueled by streetwise fury and a need to prove himself, Alistair assassinates another young man, leaving his little brother as the horrified witness to the act. Poor Joe Griffen has just began a cycle of tragedy »

- Cinematical staff

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'The Baader Meinhof Complex': Student Unrest, By Kurt Loder

21 August 2009 7:00 AM, PDT | MTV Movie News | See recent MTV Movie News news »

From Germany, a fiery action film with lots more on its mind.

Vinzenz Kiefer, Bernd Stegemann and Hannes Wegener in "Baader Meinhof Complex"

Photo: Vitagraph Films

"The Baader Meinhof Complex" is a smart and explosively powerful movie about a German student terrorist gang of the 1970s, and the wave of arson, robbery, kidnappings and murder with which they shook their country's government — in the process triggering exactly the sort of right-wing repression against which they claimed to be crusading. The picture was a deserving Oscar nominee earlier this year for Best Foreign Language Film, and in its weaving-together of the intricacies of social ferment and the bullet-riddled reality of what the gang wrought, it's a fascinating achievement.

The Baader Meinhof Group, as the gang was called in the press (they styled themselves the Red Army Faction, or Raf), was actually led by Gudren Ensslin (played here by Johanna Wokalek), a »

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Exclusive: 'Five Minutes of Heaven' Poster Premiere

19 August 2009 1:32 PM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Do not be confused by the title of the film Five Minutes of Heaven, as it does not refer to the game you played as a middle-schooler where a boy and girl were chosen at random and locked in a closet together. (I believe that was "Seven Minutes in Heaven.") Five Minutes of Heaven is, rather, a thriller from the U.K. in which a man confronts the guy who killed his brother many years ago. James Nesbitt plays the bereaved, and Liam Neeson plays the killer.

The film debuted at Sundance this year, where it won awards for its director, Oliver Hirschbiegel, and screenwriter, Guy Hibbert. Cinematical's Scott Weinberg gave it a rave review, saying it's "bolstered by a smart, insightful screenplay, directed with low-key style and restraint, and supported by two fantastic performances." Hirschbiegel's last film was the Nicole Kidman flop The Invasion, but before that he made the Oscar-nominated Downfall, »

- Eric D. Snider

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Exclusive Interview: Oliver Hirschbiegel Talks 'Five Minutes of Heaven'

19 August 2009 1:00 AM, PDT | CinemaSpy | See recent CinemaSpy news »

Alistair Little was 16 years old in Northern Ireland in 1975. Tensions between Unionist and Nationalists were at boiling point, not only in Belfast but also in many violently segregated small towns. Riots erupted every week in the street and petrol bombs caused the deaths of fathers, sons and brothers.

 

When Little, a Protestant, learned that Jim Griffin, a Catholic, had been stoking trouble, something, he believed, had to be done. He could no longer sit around and passively wait for matters to improve. With a group of friends, Alistair hotwired a stolen car, donned a ski mask and drove to 37 Hill Street, Griffin’s home. Through the living room window, he shot 19-year-old James Griffin. As he turned to leave, he locked eyes with a boy playing with a soccer ball on the pavement outside. He spared the boy's life.

 

The boy was Jim Griffin’s brother, Joe. The strain of »

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Basterds, the Ira and the real Mad Men

17 August 2009 7:01 AM, PDT | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

Another monster release slate this week finds, amongst other things, interpretations of the Irish troubles, both real and imagined. Also, we meet the real life Mad Men, Qt's Basterds and the godfather of African-American indie film as a bearded ten-year-old boy.

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"Art & Copy"

Filmmaker Doug Pray ("Surfwise") goes inside the advertising industry to uncover the creative minds behind such iconic slogans as "Got Milk?" and "Just Do It," encountering a multitude of contrasting viewpoints, from those who feel they have whored themselves out in the name of commerce to those hopelessly addicted to the rush of satisfying the constantly changing needs of the modern world. Don Draper, eat your heart out.

Opens in New York.

"The Baader Meinhof Complex"

This year's German nominee for the best foreign-language film Oscar, Uli Edel's adaptation of »

- Neil Pedley

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"Five Minutes of Heaven" - First poster in.

1 July 2009 | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

We have the first poster in from "Five Minutes of Heaven," the winner of the Directing Award World Cinema as well as the Screenwiring Award at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. Oliver Hirschbiegel ("The Invasion," "Das Experiment," "Downfall") helms from the writing by Guy Hibbert ("Saigon Baby," "The Russian Bride"). The film sees theatres on August 21st and stars Liam Neeson, James Nesbitt, Juliet Crawford, Conor MacNeill, Jonathan Harden, Mathew McElhinney, Diarmuid Noyes, Mark Davison and Katy Gleadhill. »

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Popular Picks at This Year's Sydney Film Festival

23 June 2009 12:32 AM, PDT | FilmInk.com.au | See recent FilmInk.com.au news »

Louie Psihoyos' stirring documentary The Cove has won the Showtime Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2009 Sydney Film Festival. The Cove follows a group of activists determined to expose the horrors behind the capturing of dolphins in the world's biggest supplier of dolphins, the town of Taijii in Japan. The Cove will open in cinemas on general release from August 20.   Festival jury member and director Oliver Hirschbiegel's study of the cyclical nature of violence in Belfast with Five Minutes of Heaven won the audience award for Best Fiction at the State Theatre, marking a great return for Hirschbiegel (Downfall) after the disaster that was The Invasion. »

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