17 items from 2015
The Good Dinosaur asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? Pixar Animation Studios takes you on an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo (voice of Raymond Ochoa) makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of.
Mychael Danna is an Academy Award-winning film composer recognized for his evocative blending of non-western traditions with orchestral and electronic music. Among his body »
- Michelle McCue
Foregoing the emotion at the core of Juan José Campanella’s Oscar-winning drama The Secret in Their Eyes, Billy Ray’s cold procedural remake (titled Secret in Their Eyes, evidently taking advice from Justin Timberlake’s Sean Parker) walks the walk, transplanting the story to a post-9/11 Los Angeles from 1970’s Argentina. The motivations are somewhat different this time around. Instead of writing a novel, Ray (Chiwetel Ejiofor) returns to his old stomping grounds to pay a visit to the one that got away: both his work crush Claire (Nicole Kidman) and a murder suspect whom he thinks he’s located.
The murder in question occurs adjacent to a mosque under surveillance by the joint counter terrorism task force. This partnership between the local FBI field office, in 2002, is led by a prosecutor with political ambition named Morales (Alfred Molina). The women raped and murdered is Carolyn Cobb (Zoe Graham »
- John Fink
The Eyes Have It: Ray’s Unnecessary Remakes Pales Next to Source
Thanks to mainstream America’s huffy dismissal of subtitles when it comes to cinema, we continue with another unnecessary remake of a foreign film, Secret in Their Eyes, an English language, celebrity studded face-lift of Argentinean Juan Jose Campanella’s 2009 title (which won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film that year). Screenwriter Billy Ray, after snagging his own Oscar nod in 2014 for penning Captain Philips, makes his third directorial effort here, following 2007’s Breach and 2003’s Shattered Glass. Reworking Campanella’s pulpy subtext into a post 9/11 Los Angeles neo noir, kudos to Ray for revisiting a particularly awkward moment within a provocative framework. But the result is a glossy, Hollywood reworking which never feels better than a subpar rehash of something much greater. To be fair, Campanella’s original has its own set of problems, with »
- Nicholas Bell
Written and Directed by Billy Ray
Thrillers that contain no thrills aren’t exactly a rarity in Hollywood. It comes as no surprise, then, that Secret in Their Eyes fails to quicken a pulse. More surprising is its complete inability to establish tone, mood, or any sense of escalating tension. Everyone, including writer-director Billy Ray and leading man Chiwetel Ejiofor, does acceptable work, but there’s just no pop here. The bar was simply set too high with Campanella’s 2009 Oscar Winner, making this tepid remake feel both ill-advised and ill-conceived.
“Passion always wins,” is an ironic mantra for Secret in Their Eyes considering what a dispassionate film it truly is. Perhaps a more accurate theme would be, “The past determines the present.” Every character seems doomed to travel »
- J.R. Kinnard
The next 2015 blockbuster is upon us. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 marks the final installment in the adaptation of Suzanne Collins' novels and looks to become the first $100+ million opener since Minions back in July. Joining the pre-Thanksgiving fray is the Secret in Their Eyes remake and The Night Before starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen and Anthony Mackie. Meanwhile, Spectre hopes to maintain some kind of a foothold as audience competition heats up. Ending any kind of made up suspense, yes, Mockingjay 2 will become 2015's fifth $100+ million opener. Part 1 opened with $121.8 million last year and Part 2 should be in that same vicinity this year. The plus-minus, however, is up for debate. The first Hunger Games opened with $152.5 million back in 2012 and Catching Fire topped that by six million a year-and-a-half later and still holds the November opening weekend record with $158 million. Mockingjay - Part 1 was unable to match that, »
- Brad Brevet <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Long-buried truths are exhumed, and a foreign-language Oscar winner gets a clever but workmanlike Hollywood retooling, in “Secret in Their Eyes,” a time-shuffling tale of murder, corruption, paranoia and the many varieties of obses sion. Neatly swapping in post-9/11 counterterrorism for late-’70s Argentinean political upheaval, writer-director Billy Ray’s thriller-procedural plays like a serviceable feat of narrative surgery, though it does boast one masterstroke in the reworking of a key role, played here by Julia Roberts with a piercing restraint that silences any lingering doubt that she was born to be more than just America’s sweetheart. This second major release from Stx Entertainment (after the recent sleeper hit “The Gift”) should parlay its cast names, including Nicole Kidman and Chiwetel Ejiofor, into solid year-end counterprogramming.
- Justin Chang
Emmy-winning writer Adam Mazer (“You Don’t Know Jack”) has started work on his next two TV projects: a limited series at TNT, plus a drama at Starz set in the corruption and scandal-filled world of college football and the Ncaa.
The TNT six-episode limited series “Dark Net” is based on the true story of the illegal Silk Road website and its 29-year-old creator Ross Ulbricht who was recently sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The limited series will track Ulbricht’s rise from former Eagle Scout and master’s degree recipient to his shocking ascension to the world’s biggest online drug kingpin. While his high-profile trial earlier this year was expected to challenge the future of Internet commerce, federal prosecutors, using much of the evidence obtained from Ulbricht’s own laptop, proved the many digital slip-ups Ulbricht made during his creation and oversight of Silk Road. »
- Justin Kroll
USA Network announced a pilot pick-up for the hour-long scripted drama Shooter and has locked in Ryan Phillippe (Secrets & Lies) to star. Shooter is based on the best-selling Bob Lee Swagger novel by Stephen Hunter, Point of Impact, and the 2007 Paramount film starring Mark Wahlberg. The co-production with Paramount Television and Universal Cable Productions comes from executive producers Mark Wahlberg (Boardwalk Empire, Entourage) of Closest to the Hole Productions; Stephen Levinson (Boardwalk Empire, Ballers) of Leverage Entertainment; and Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers, The Real O'Neals). John Hlavin (The Shield) wrote the pilot and will also executive produce. Simon Cellan Jones (Ballers) is set to direct the pilot.
Ryan Phillippe is a producer on the project and will star as Bob Lee Swagger, an off-the-grid former Marine sniper who is coaxed into action to thwart the killing of the President. Ultimately double-crossed and framed for the attempt, he must call upon »
Remaking a classic foreign film can make any true movie fan shudder. What's the point if original was so good in the first place? Remaking a recent Academy Award winner for Foreign Language Film is almost worse. After Stx Entertainment released the first trailer for the Hollywood version of "The Secret in Their Eyes" we may have have to reconsider those initial judgements. Written and directed by Billy Ray ("Captain Phillips," "Breach"), this new version of the 2009 Argentinian art house hit looks much more like an "inspired by" endeavor than a straight adaptation. The original took place over 25 years and the political context of the different eras in Argentinian history were a key part of the movie's compelling mystery. Ray's version looks much more like a straight up revenge tale (or at least that's what Stx is selling) and makes us wonder if the twist that so delightfully stunned audiences »
- Gregory Ellwood
It takes a certain kind of responsibility to carry a badge and a gun. In law enforcement, one must trust in their own moral compass enough to remain impartial and just – even when the circumstances of a particular crime are deeply, devastatingly personal. That’s the dilemma faced by Julia Roberts in this fall’s remake Secret in Their Eyes – an FBI investigator, she’s suddenly faced with her worst nightmare when someone found savagely murdered in a dumpster turns out to be her own daughter. The first trailer for the star-laden thriller fully imparts the horror of her situation.
Chiwetel Ejiofor and Nicole Kidman co-star as the investigator’s partner and presiding district attorney, respectively, both of whom agonize over being forced to let the suspected killer walk free. Neither can let it go – and 13 years later, the partner comes back to the case, having gathered what he believes »
- Isaac Feldberg
A star-studded remake of the Oscar-winning Argentinian thriller, also starring Nicole Kidman, has Roberts out for revenge against the man who killed her daughter
But with a stellar cast and Billy Ray, the director of Shattered Glass and Breach, on board, it might not be the disaster that many expected. The first trailer for the remake has landed and has Chiwetel Ejiofor and Julia Roberts as FBI investigators working with their Da supervisor, played by Nicole Kidman.
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- Benjamin Lee
The original The Secret in Their Eyes Juan Jose Campanella won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language film, swept the Argentinian equivalent of the Oscars, and now sits comfortably in the IMDb Top 250. Though it didn’t make our list of Top 10 Foot Chases, it has one of the best long takes around and was an incredible mix of romance, suspense, and revenge.
Six years later an American remake has arrived from Billy Ray (Breach, Shattered Glass) starring Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman, and Chiwetel Ejiofor, and the first trailer looks promising. I would’ve never guessed Julia would ever take the role of the hardened detective out for revenge, but here she is. Here’s the full synopsis:
A tight-knit team of rising FBI investigators – Ray (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and Jess (Julia Roberts), along with their District Attorney supervisor Claire (Nicole Kidman) – is suddenly torn apart when they discover that Jess »
- Brian Welk
Stx Entertainment has released a new trailer for the upcoming thriller Secret in Their Eyes. Based on the 2009 Argentine film of the same name, the movie stars Julia Roberts and Chiwetel Ejiofor as FBI agents Jess and Ray, respectively, whose lives are turned upside down when Jess’ daughter is found murdered, for seemingly no reason. Years later, their inability to bring the killer to justice still haunts Ray—until he finds a new lead that may prove integral to catching the murderer and giving his colleague (and himself) some peace. The dramatic thriller is the third directorial effort from Billy Ray, who previously wrote and helmed Shattered Glass and Breach but is best known for penning the screenplays for films like The Hunger Games and Captain Phillips. I’ve not seen the original Secret in Their Eyes so I can only speak to Ray’s iteration, but the film looks »
- Adam Chitwood
The first trailer and pictures for Secret in Their Eyes, the English-language remake of the Oscar winning foreign language film has arrived. Directed by Billy Ray (Breach) and starring and impressive cast led by Chiwetel Ejiofor, Julia Roberts and Nicole Kidman, the pic is set to release in theaters on Oct. 23. The story centers on a retired legal counselor who writes a novel hoping to find closure for one of his past unresolved homicide cases and for his unreciprocated love with his superior - both of which still haunt him decades later. Check out the trailer below. A tight-knit team of rising FBI investigators - Ray (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and Jess (Julia Roberts), along with their District Attorney supervisor Claire (Nicole Kidman) - is suddenly torn apart when they discover that Jess's teenage daughter has been brutally and inexplicably murdered. Now, thirteen years later, after obsessively searching every day for the elusive killer, »
- Brad Brevet
Today we have the first photo from the upcoming "The Secret in Their Eyes" remake, starring Julia Roberts, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman and Dean Norris. Check it out below. Plot: A retired legal counselor writes a novel hoping to find closure for one of his past unresolved homicide cases and for his unreciprocated love with his superior - both of which still haunt him decades later. The new movie is an English language remake of the 2009 movie "El Secreto de Sus Ojos," which won the Oscar for best foreign film. The remake is set to hit theaters on October 23rd. Billy Ray (Breach) directed. Photo: (click to enlarge) »
UK music festival Creamfields has never been one to skimp on their lineup, and 2015 looks to be no different. Taking place at Daresbury Estate on August 28-30, the event boasts over 100 acts across multiple stages hosted by the likes of Armada, Revealed, Size and more.
With names like Above & Beyond, Avicii, Armin van Buuren, Hardwell, Martin Garrix and more all set to headline, rest assured that this year’s Creamfields is going to be absolutely massive. Tickets for the fest go on sale this Friday at 10am over on the official website, and they will most definitely sell out.
Check out the full lineup below and let us know what you think. Will you be attending this year? Sound off below!
Friday 28th August
Rebel Sound Arena
Rebel Sound w/ Chase & Status, David Rodigan and Shy FX
Sigma ft. Justyce
Dimension B2B »
- Matt Joseph
The urge to remake successful foreign films as Hollywood movies continues, with the news that Dean Norris (Breaking Bad, Under The Dome) is joining the powerhouse cast of The Secret In Their Eyes. The original, 2009 Argentinian film won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and was directed by Juan Jose Campanella (House).
This U.S version of the story will also be adapted from the source novel by writer-director Billy Ray. As a director, Ray previously helmed the thriller Breach, and his literary adaptation skills have been demonstrated particularly by his last three projects – State Of Play, The Hunger Games and Captain Phillips. While synopsis reports of The Secret In Their Eyes are slightly conflicting, it does seem clear that the new version will differ from the book somewhat in its premise.
The original story saw a former judiciary employee and a judge recount their unsuccessful attempts to solve a brutal crime, »
- Sarah Myles
17 items from 2015
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