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Gravity: stunningly accomplished space survival adventure: heartstopping and heartbreaking; the best film of 2013; just don’t call it science fiction [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video]
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Behind the Candelabra: utterly riveting true story of showman Liberace’s tormented relationship with a much younger lover, with equal measures of hilarity and tragedy; Michael Douglas and Matt Damon are at their very best [at Amazon UK Instant Video] The Big Year: pleasantly sentimental flick about life, the universe, and everything… and birdwatching; charming performances by Owen Wilson, Steve Martin, and Jack Black [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video] Mud: Matthew McConaughey shines as the tragic outsider in a poignant Southern coming-of-age tale [at Amazon UK Instant Video] Song for Marion »
- MaryAnn Johanson
“The Brink" dark comedy has been given a series order from HBO, reports Variety. Jay Roach directed the pilot, which stars Jack Black and Tim Robins. Kim and Roberto Benabib write with Black playing Alex Coppins, a Foreign Service officer who gets caught in the middle of everything. Robbins plays U.S. Secretary of State Walter Hollander who has no patience for warmongers. Roberto Benabib is also serving as executive producer alongside Jerry Weintraub and Jay Roach. Black was in the effective "Bernie" comedy drama / crime flick of 2011, as well as "The Big Year" bird watching comedy (which wasn't half bad actually). He's up next in "Sex Tape" from director Jake Kasdan, which opens July 25th, 2014, and also includes Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel, Rob Corddry, Ellie Kemper and Rob Lowe. »
Voodoo has always been a creepy subject, and a popular choice for horror films, perhaps most notably with the classic (and first) White Zombie, starring Bela Lugosi as an evil voodoo master. Now, the misunderstood religion finds itself in the spotlight once again, with FX’s hit American Horror Story: Coven. But that’s not the only horror property delving into the Haitian religion. Allow me to introduce you to Walter Boholst’s horror film Voodoo Possession, out today, January 14th, on VOD platforms. Despite the over the top name, the film actually has complicated themes (and Danny Trejo), and isn’t a straight riff on the wacky voodoo doll tropes of bad horror movies. I recently got a chance to talk with actor and star Ryan Caltagirone (The Flip Side, The Big Year), who plays the tortured protagonist Aiden Chase in the film.
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- Andy Greene
3 items from 2014
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