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Save for a pesky snake problem, the Garden of Eden had a lot going for it, including lush greenery, a farm-to-table diet and a perfect male-female ratio. The post-apocalyptic Eden at the center of Craig Zobel’s “Z for Zachariah” offers many of the same amenities, only here there are two Adams vying for the attention of one Eve, with predictably fraught consequences. It’s a scenario with obvious appeal for Zobel, whose love-it-or-hate-it 2012 “Compliance” subjected a gaggle of characters to a psychological crucible modeled on Stanley Milgram’s controversial obedience experiments. This time, the stakes are even higher — the repopulation of the planet — but the dramatic tension considerably less, in a movie that feels stranded somewhere between serious artistic ambition and the dystopian franchise-building of “The Hunger Games,” “Divergent,” et al.
Like those movies, “Z For Zachariah” also sports a literary pedigree: a posthumously published 1974 novel by Newbery-winning Ya author Robert C. »
- Scott Foundas
Two months before In The Heart Of The Sea was set to open, Warner Bros has pushed its Ron Howard-directed high-seas drama all the way to December 11, setting it squarely in Oscar’s cross hairs. The Village Roadshow Pictures film — which had been set for a March 13 bow for more than a year — is based on Nathaniel Philbrick’s book about how the whaleship Essex was attacked by a sperm whale nearly two centuries ago, leaving the crew adrift for three months and forced to turn to cannibalism. Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy, Ben Whishaw, Tom Holland, Brendan Gleeson and Jordi Molla star.
Warners also said today that the Liam Neeson actioner Run All Night is moving up a month from its April 17 slot into the March 13 date vacated by In The Heart Of The Sea. The move comes days after Neeson’s Taken 3 scored the third-biggest January debut ever. »
- Erik Pedersen
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