13 items from 2014
David Ayer's "Fury" is a movie I want to see. That's because Ayer is a visceral, innovative director who pulls strong performances from his actors, from Christian Bale and Freddy Rodriguez in "Harsh Times" to Michael Pena and Jake Gyllenhaal in hand-held indie "End of Watch," which made my 2012 Ten Best List. But trying to figure out "Fury" as an Oscar contender is another matter. Clearly Sony is pushing the movie into the awards corridor, moving up its release date from November to October 17 in order to accommodate a closing October 19 night berth at the London Film Festival. (It does not appear to be booked at any U.S. fests, and may not be ready to show as yet.) wasn't ready to show to the New York Fest.) Best Actor candidate Brad Pitt, who was exemplary in Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds," plays another hard-ass soldier, a Sergeant called Wardaddy, »
- Anne Thompson
London - On a chilly October day, four Sherman tanks rumble through the mud of the English countryside. They are battle worn and weary, their crews resolute, but they carry scars of a long campaign. For a brief moment the visage makes you believe you've stepped back in time: to April 1945 and the last days of World War II. You haven't, of course; it's just an impressive set for the new period thriller "Fury." Written and directed by David Ayer ("End of Watch"), "Fury" follows members of one heroic tank crew as they embark on a dangerous mission into the heart of Nazi Germany. The tank is lead by Wardaddy (Brad Pitt), who has his loyal soldiers Boyd (Shia Labeouf), Trini (Michael Peña) and Grady (Jon Bernthal) at his back. He also has a young newbie, Norman (Logan Lerman), who will no doubt learn some major life lessons under Wardaddy's watch. »
- Gregory Ellwood
David Ayer has begun to prove himself more and more as a director to be reckoned with. From his gritty crime films Harsh Times and Street Kings through his found footage End Of Watch and the action-packed Sabotage, Ayer has made a name for himself as the go to guy for a very specific type of film. His next movie, the Brad Pitt starrer Fury may also show that Ayer can segue into other genres as well. Maybe that is why he was connected to a remake of Arnold Schwarzenegger's cult classic »
- Alex Maidy
There's been a lot of talk already around "Interstellar," "Birdman," "Unbroken" and "Foxcatcher" in the Best Picture race, but one movie that should not be discounted is David Ayer's "Fury." Based on Ayer's original screenplay, "Fury" is a departure for the "End of Watch" filmmaker. It's a period piece centered on a crew of American soldiers operating a Sherman tank during the last days of WWII. The script was strong enough to entice Brad Pitt to top-line and features an impressive ensemble including Logan Lerman, Xavier Samuel, Michael Peña and, yes, Shia Labeouf. It also promises to differ from Ayer's recent handheld style, which gained him so much acclaim with "End of Watch" in particular. Now, on paper, "Fury" could absolutely be just another war movie thriller. Ayer earned some critical acclaim for his "Training Day" screenplay, for the underrated "Harsh Times" and the aforementioned "Watch." Plus, Pitt is »
- Gregory Ellwood
David Ayer has emerged as a massive talent in Hollywood over the past couple of decades. After writing the Oscar-winning Denzel Washington film Training Day, and the first Fast And The Furious movie, the screenwriter went on to direct a slew of films including Harsh Times with Christian Bale, End Of Watch with Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena, and this year’s Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle Sabotage. Later in 2014, he turns his focus from the mean streets of Los Angeles to the battlefields of World War II with the action-drama Fury.
Fury is set at the very end of World War II, in April 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theater, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. »
- Paul Heath
David Ayer's Harsh Times (2005) and End of Watch (2012) and also his screenplay for Training Day (2001) showed he was the smartest of operators, but this new picture is a tiring and muddled attempt at old-school macho action, with Arnold Schwarzenegger creaking along in the lead role. At 66, Arnie is surely the oldest member of any DEA armed undercover drug squad. The scene in which he has a full-on, with-tongues snog with Olivia Williams should really have earned this an 18 certificate for horror. He and his badass crew are taking down a Mexican druglord's palace, and impounding the huge pile of drug money in the basement. But it seems Arnie and his gang are a bit greedy, and figure on skimming a few mill for themselves, which gets them in trouble with both »
- Peter Bradshaw
Directed by David Ayer.
Members of an elite DEA task force find themselves being taken down one by one after they rob a drug cartel safe house.
A lot has been written about Arnold Schwarzenegger’s return to the acting game. After his political stint, many were excited by his return to what he does best, blowing bad guys away and gracing us with some new one-liners. But despite his choice of roles being decent, and more in keeping with his age, it has largely been ignored by the current crop of moviegoers.
Sabotage, his third major role since his return, was seen as the film that would stand the best chance of both reacquainting Schwarzenegger fans with their hero, but allow the new generation to his rare and unsurpassed talents. »
- Scott Davis
*As always, these From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series reviews will feature quite a few spoilers, so you’ve been warned*
As if the last two episodes weren’t enough to keep you on the edge of your seats, From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series begins to heat up even more with the Eduardo Sanchez (The Blair Witch Project, V/H/S/2)-helmed third episode, “Mistress“. Introducing more characters, giving us even more backstories to the characters already established, and setting things up for one epic season ahead of us. Read on!
When the last episode, “Blood Runs Thick” left off, The Gecko brothers were looking for a place to lay low, until their middle man Carlos (who’s secretly a vampire) could arrange a meeting point, where the geckos would be safe, and rich. Richie had taken a hostage with them (Samantha Esteban, Harsh Times), shows us viewers (and »
- Jerry Smith
The Arnold Schwarzenegger comeback continues apace, though if you've already forgotten that "Escape Plan" and "The Last Stand" came out in the last year, no one would blame you. Can "Sabotage" make a more lasting impression? Not if the critics have anything to do with it: reviews of the DEA task-force thriller have been largely dismissive, which is disappointing considering the promise of director David Ayer ("End of Watch," "Harsh Times") and a classy supporting cast. I haven't seen it myself, so let's open the floor to you: Are the critics right, or does "Sabotage" deliver? Share your thoughts in the comments, and vote in the poll below. »
- Guy Lodge
Few writers or directors in Hollywood have stuck to, and mastered, their respective genre niches as much as David Ayer (Training Day, Harsh Times) in recent years. The man has been making gritty action movies about men in uniforms for over a decade, and he's shown no sign whatsoever of wanting to abandon that track. If anything, his last big hit - 2012's End of Watch - was him doubling down as the most reliable name in the business when it comes to cop thrillers. And now his new film Sabotage looks to keep that streak going. Featuring the fantastic cast of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Olivia Williams, Mireille Enos, Sam Worthington, Harold Perrineau, Terrence Howard, Joe Manganiello, Max Martini and Josh Holloway, Sabotage is about an elite DEA task force (four of our...
- Peter Hall
Filmmaker David Ayer definitely has a thing for telling stories about law enforcement. While his career began writing the 2000 submarine drama U-571, his career since has exclusively filled with cop movies like Training Day, The Fast and the Furious, Dark Blue, S.W.A.T., Harsh Times and End of Watch. He'll finally be breaking this pattern later this year with the release of Fury, his passion project about a tank crew serving in World War II, but before that he'll be departing the genre with a bang, dropping the new film Sabotage - which has just released a brand new extended red band trailer over on IGN. Co-written by Ayer and X-Men Origins: Wolverine/A Good Day To Die Hard screenwriter Skip Woods (uh oh), the new movie follows the members of an elite DEA task force who not only have an exceptional work record together, but have bonded »
Open Road Films has landed on a March 28, 2014 theatrical release date for the action film Sabotage, moving the Arnold Schwarzenegger starrer up from its mid-April spot. Sabotage is the latest film from David Ayer, writer of U-571, The Fast and the Furious (2001), Training Day, Dark Blue, and S.W.A.T. Ayer also wrote and directed Harsh Times and End of Watch.
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Tomorrow will bring us my top ten most anticipated movies of 2014, but we must first look at the ten films that fell just out of reach, though I must say this is a rather impressive grouping and it's rather obvious how much more excited I am about each one of these lists the closer we get to the top. Today's list includes a couple of comedies, my highest ranking studio franchise feature, a directorial debut we've all been looking forward to, an On Demand release and more than a few directors whose names alone get us into the theater. Check it out and if you missed either of my two previous installments there is a navigation directly below and on the final page of this post. Most Anticipated 2014 Navigation #1-10 | #11-20 | #21-30 | #31-40 #20 Knights of Badassdom January 21 Peter Dinklage and Ryan Kwanten in Knights of BadassdomPhoto: eOne Films Knights of Badassdom »
- Brad Brevet
13 items from 2014
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