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There’s something unmistakably poignant about the sight of Michelle Monaghan and James Marsden circling each other with barely concealed romantic longing in “The Best of Me,” though not for reasons anyone probably intended. The latest soap product to roll off the Nicholas Sparks assembly line, this tale of two former lovers reuniting after a 21-year separation also functions as a study of two terrific actors struggling to overcome the relentless mediocrity of their material. With its ill-motivated swerves into violent tragedy and the near-fatal miscasting of one pivotal role, the Relativity release seems likely to jerk as many laughs as tears from its target audience, though Sparks fans might still turn out in sufficient date-night droves to continue the author’s string of Hollywood hits.
Sparks has cranked out a fresh slab of romantic hokum every year or so since 1996, and the studios have largely kept pace with his output, »
- Justin Chang
"I blame you for thinking you knew what was best for me when it was you who was best for me." Since the first trailer for the Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Best of Me only gave a tease of the time-spanning romance, the full trailer is here to give the whole movie away. From the young love of Liana Liberato and Luke Bracey (who looks far too old to be in high school) to the rekindled romance 20 years later between their older selves played by James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan. There's kissing in the rain, intense conversations about love lost, and all the Nicholas Sparks hits. It basically shows the whole movie. Here's the full trailer for Michael Hoffman's The Best of Me from the film's YouTube channel: The Best of Me is directed by Michael Hoffman (The Last Station, One Fine Day) and written by J. Millis Goodloe (Pride, »
- Ethan Anderton
I just learned this morning that Paul Walker was apparently supposed to star in the Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Best of Me opposite Michelle Monaghan until his unfortunate passing. The role was then offered to James Marsden who stars as Dawson to Monaghan's Amanda for director Michael Hoffman (The Last Station). Today we have the brand new trailer for the upcoming romance. Amanda and Dawson are two former high school sweethearts who find themselves reunited after 20 years apart, when they return to their small town for the funeral of a beloved friend. Their bittersweet reunion reignites the love they've never forgotten, but soon they discover the forces that drove them apart twenty years ago live on, posing even more serious threats today. Spanning decades, this epic love story captures the enduring power of our first true love, and the wrenching choices we face when confronted with elusive second chances. Liana Liberato, »
- Brad Brevet
The Notebook pulled at the heart-strings of a generation and now we’ve got – what looks like – Volume 2 of that saga with another romantic drama adapted from a Nicolas Sparks novel, but this time with James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan taking those lead roles.
The Best Of Me is split across 20 years with the younger years telling the story of Dawson and Amanda, two former high school sweethearts who find themselves reunited when they return to their small town for the funeral of a beloved friend.
The younger lives are played by Luke Bracey and Liana Liberato, with the 20-years later roles being taken on by Marsden and Monaghan with direction by The Last Station and One Fine Day’s Michael Hoffman. I’m always eager to give every film a chance but visually, this looks tremendously familiar to The Notebook with the scenes they’ve chosen for the trailer but, »
- Dan Bullock
Two of the rising stars over the past few years have been Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy. Chastain has garnered critical acclaim for her work on The Tree of Life, Take Shelter, and Zero Dark Thirty, and McAvoy has similarly gained a number of fans for films such as The Last King of Scotland, Wanted, The Last Station, and Trance. Many were thus excited to learn that an upcoming proejct would see the two performers work together. Titled The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, the film is written and directed by Ned Benson, and McAvoy and Chastain star alongside Bill Hader, Viola Davis, William Hurt, Archie Panjabi, and Isabelle Huppert. A trailer for the film has now been released, and can be seen below.
- Deepayan Sengupta
Nicholas Sparks is at it again, with his darn heart-tuggin' ways. In "The Best of Me," high school sweethearts are reunited after 20 years apart. James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan star as Dawson and Amanda, whose dreamy small-town love is cut short by Amanda's dad. (Liana Liberato and Luke Bracey play teenage Amanda and Dawson.) Dawson never quite got over their affair, but Amanda's moved on -- until they see each other again, and boom! You know how that goes.
Except, since it's a Sparks novel, there will be plenty of weird twists thrown in to keep our not-so-young lovers on their toes. This trailer emphasizes the soft-focus romantic bits, but nothing is ever that easy in Nicholas Sparks' world. If you saw last year's "Safe Haven," you know just how crazy things can get, so perhaps brace yourselves for something truly bananas to come out of left field.
Director Michael Hoffman, »
- Jenni Miller
If the work of sappy author Nicholas Sparks had a cinematic universe akin to that of Marvel Studios, fans would be freaking out that The Notebook supporting actor James Marsden is starring in the latest adaptation The Best of Me. But alas, they'll just go on accepting whatever sentimental, melodramatic story the author throws on shelves for movie studios to adapt for endless date nights. Michelle Monaghan also stars in the film which focuses on two former high school sweethearts who are reunited after 20 years. It's a funeral that brings them back home, and the tragedy just may be the spark that reignites their love. Watch! Here's the first trailer for Michael Hoffman's The Best of Me, originally from Fandango: The Best of Me is directed by Michael Hoffman (The Last Station, One Fine Day) and written by J. Millis Goodloe (Pride, The Age of Adaline), based on Nicholas Sparks' novel. »
- Ethan Anderton
The cinematic and literary equivalent of Thomas Kinkade, the work of Nicholas Sparks is all formulaic golden hues and Hallmark sentiments, seemingly spoon-fed annually to a consistent audience of folks who believe in love conquers all. You already know if you'll be seeing "The Best Of Me," but if you're still somehow on the fence or simply curious, the first trailer has arrived. Michael Hoffman ("The Last Station," "One Fine Day," "The Emperor's Club") directs this one, which stars Luke Bracey, Liana Liberato, James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan, and tells the story of two attractive young people who love each other but can't be together because... the south?... but wind up reunited twenty years later for more jumping in lakes or whatever and definitely more sex. Hot. But really, this is more margarine-lensed hokum with surely a Sparks-ian twist somewhere in there. But don't ask us, because we never read the book and never will. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Before we get to the new releases, I wanted to remind you Amazon has all of Wes Anderson's films on sale this week, which means all the following Blu-rays, click on any of the titles for purchasing information: Bottle Rocket ($19.49) my review Rushmore ($19.99) The Royal Tenenbaums ($18.99) The Darjeeling Limited ($20.99) my review Fantastic Mr. Fox ($20.99) And with that we get to... The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (Criterion Collection) The initial DVD release of Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou was a collaboration between Criterion and Buena Vista Home Entertainment, but now it's getting an official Blu-ray and DVD release from Criterion with a new 4K transfer and a bounty of additional features: New, restored 4K digital film transfer, approved by director Wes Anderson, with 5.1 surround DTS-hd Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition Audio commentary by Anderson and cowriter Noah Baumbach This Is an Adventure, a »
- Brad Brevet
Exclusive: German outfit readies Hoffman, Plummer, Chelsom films, preps Us tie-up.
German production outfit Egoli Tossell Film and parent company Film House Germany, is in Cannes talking to investors about an impressive slate of projects in addition to market announcement Ivanhoe, the ambitious adventure film they are producing with Thunder Road founder Basil Iwanyk.
Based on the true story of the daring performance of Dmitry Shostakovich’s 7th Symphony during the 900-day siege of the city by Nazi troops, Egoli »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: May 27, 2014
Price: DVD $26.99, Blu-ray $30.99
This season’s “How Could This One Have Possibly Gone Wrong” DVD and Blu-ray release is Gambit, a 2012 crime comedy starring the impressive likes of Colin Firth (The King’s Speech), Cameron Diaz (Bad Teacher), Alan Rickman (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2) and Stanley Tucci (Jack the Giant Slayer).
In the movie, fine art curator Harry Deane (Firth) spends most of his days taking abuse from his boss, something that’s about to change. Pushed to the brink, Deane decides to show his employer (Rickman), England’s richest man, that his real expertise is in the art of revenge. The plan – trick the avid art collector into buying a fake Monet painting with the help of an eccentric Texas rodeo queen (Diaz). The risks are huge, but so is the payback… »
Between films like Hitchcock, The Last Station, The Madness of King George and The Queen, heralded English actress Helen Mirren has established a storied history of portraying historical figures with grace and gravity. So it's little wonder that she's been tapped to co-star in the upcoming biopic about blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. Variety reports Mirren has entered into negotiations to appear opposite Bryan Cranston in the biopic, which will simply be titled Trumbo. Should she sign on to the film, Mirren would play wife Cleo to Cranston's titular protagonist. Surprisingly, this biopic that seems suited to rousing drama is set to be helmed by Jay Roach, best known as the director of Meet the Parents and Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. Dalton Trumbo was an accomplished screenwriter in the 1930s and '40s, penning pictures like the romantic drama A Man To Remember and the biopic The Flying Irishman. »
Echo of the Mountain also scoops a top prize at the film festival in Mexico.Scroll down for full list of winners
Matias Lucchesi’s debut feature Natural Sciences (Ciencias naturales) scooped a top prize, the Golden Mayahuel and €14,700 ($20,000) in cash, in the Ibero-American competition of the 29th Guadalajara Film Festival (Ficg), March 21-30.
The Argentinian production follows an adolescent girl’s quest to reconnect with her estranged father and was launched last month at the Berlin International Film Festival, where it won the Generation Kplus Grand Prix.
Sold by Urban Distribution, it beat competition from 18 other titles to take the top prize and also received the best screenplay award and the Feisal (Latin American Film Schools) trophy.
Lead stars Paula Herzog and Paola Barrientos shared the best actress prize.
Echo of the Mountain (Eco de la Montana), a documentary directed by veteran Nicolas Echevarria, won the prize for best Mexican film, which included »
- email@example.com (Alexis Grivas)
What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.
streaming now, before it’s on dvd
Don Jon: smart, wise romantic drama about how gender stereotypes hurt men and women alike; excellent debut from writer-director (and star) Joseph Gordon-Levitt [at Amazon UK Instant Video] Dom Hemingway: Jude Law is wonderfully deranged and utterly plausible as a rage-filled moron, but the movie leaves him adrift amongst unrealized satire [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video]
good for a laugh
Raising Arizona: the Coen Brothers let Nicolas Cage kidnap a baby for Holly Hunter; comedy ensues [at Amazon UK Instant Video] Sideways: if anyone orders merlot, Paul Giamatti is leaving [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video] Tower Heist: a sharper satire on class warfare than we have any right to expect from a Brett Ratner flick, with a clever heist at its center [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video]
streaming now, before it’s on dvd
Parkland: poignant and painful ensemble drama about the lesser-known figures caught up »
- MaryAnn Johanson
• Helena Bonham Carter is in final negotiations to reprise her role as the Red Queen in Through the Looking Glass, Disney’s follow-up to 2010′s box office sensation Alice in Wonderland. Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska are also returning as the Mad Hatter and Alice in the James Bobin-directed sequel set for a May 27, 2016 release. [Variety]
• Taraji P. Henson (Person of Interest) will star in Universal’s Term Life, starring Vince Vaughn and Hailee Steinfeld. Peter Billingsley is directing the film about a heist man for hire who botched a job and is now on the run from all the »
- Lindsey Bahr
The tenth International Documentary Film Festival ZagrebDox (Feb 23 – Mar 2) wrapped with Chilean-German co-production The Last Station by Cristian Soto and Catalina Vergara winning main award the Big Stamp in the International Competition.
The observational documentary set in a Santiago nursing home was developed through the Idfa Bertha Fund and previously competed at Edinburgh, Hot Docs, Cph:dox and Leipzig.
Venice winner Sacro Gra by Gianfranco Rosi won the Big Stamp in the Regional Competition, while Life Almost Wonderful by Bulgaria’s Svetislav Draganov and Stream Of Love by Hungary’s Agnes Sos received special mentions.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Vladan Petkovic)
Directed by Philip Martin (BAFTA and Emmy Award winner – Prime Suspect, Mo, BBC’s Wallander) and written by Richard D’Ovidio (The Call, Exit Wounds), the film stars two-time Academy Award nominee and two-time Golden Globe winner John Travolta (Pulp Fiction, Get Shorty) , Oscar winner Christopher Plummer (Beginners, The Last Station), Tye Sheridan (Mud, upcoming Joe).
The Forger tells the story of a former child art prodigy and second generation petty thief, Ray Cutter (Travolta) who arranges to buy his way out of prison to spend time with his ailing son, Will Cutter (Sheridan). Ray and his father, Joseph Cutter (Plummer), must come together to carry out one last big job for the syndicate who financed his early release.
The heist film is still in the post-production stage, so no word yet on a release date. »
- Michelle McCue
As acquisitions and sales at the Berlin Film Festival continue, the first image and synopsis have been released for Philip Martin's The Forger. According to the synopsis, the movie" tells the story of a former child art prodigy and second generation petty thief, Ray Cutter (John Travolta) who arranges to buy his way out of prison to spend time with his ailing son, Will Cutter (Tye Sheridan). Ray and his father, Joseph Cutter (Christopher Plummer), must come together to carry out one last big job for the syndicate who financed his early release." I'm a bit confused by this synopsis. If you were an art prodigy, then wouldn't you commit counterfeiting instead of petty thievery? That's like being a guitar prodigy and deciding to play the slide whistle. Hit the jump for the image and press release. Here's the press release: Genre: Heist Status: Post-production Producers: Al Corley, Bart Rosenblatt, »
- Matt Goldberg
Screen International is working with Berlin’s European Film Market on the industry panel Producers’ Lessons Learned.
The panel, to be held Saturday Feb 8 from 4:30-5:30pm, is one of four official Efm Industry Debates.
The panel is described as: “We talk to some of the top producers working across the globe today about the secrets to their successes, and the lessons they have learned from the bumps along the way. Hear practical advice about navigating finance, packaging, creative differences and on-set dramas from these producers still active on the frontlines of filmmaking. Get the experts’ first-hand advice that every up-and-coming producer should hear - as well as guidance on how producers can best work with directors, actors, financiers, sales companies, festivals and distributors.
The panellists are:
• Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) is attached to star in Blood Mountain, a thriller from director Sergei Bodrov about a military contractor whose team is ambushed, leaving him solely responsible for bringing a terrorist to safe grounds. The Morocco shoot is supposed to begin in April. Cumberbatch’s Alan Turning biopic The Imitation Game is currently in post production, and he’s also attached to star in the adaptation of The Lost City of Z. [Variety]
- Lindsey Bahr
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