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I just spent 108 minutes catching up with Jesse and Celine. We've met them twice Before... and I spent the first 2/3rds of the movie grinning like a damn fool I was so happy to be marinating in their always passionate detour-filled conversations. It's too early to say how much I loved the movie (though I did) but it got me to thinking what an achievement this series is and got me to thinking of true movie magic and how much of it we've had lately. So while so many of my fellow critics enjoy their mad rush through Auteursville at Cannes tonight I'm remembering the time I fell in love with this movie...
...and that one
...and that one
...and that one.
Here's my ten favorite movies of the 'Teens (2010-2019) ... so far of course
the bonafide masterpieces -it'd be tough to imagine them not being on the decade best »
- NATHANIEL R
The Place Beyond the Pines is an ambitious tale of scope and sequence. It embodies the impact of heritage and the lingering effects of our actions. Director Derek Cianfrance brings the same unrelenting realism to the stark relationships of this film as he did with his last project Blue Valentine. Both films share a sense of moral ambiguity where no choice is a forgone conclusion. The triptych narrative unfolds like a novel coming to life. Every act is distinctly different from the next as it follows a particular set of unique characters. Each storyline progresses from where the last one left off as the life of one character bleeds into the life of the next. Themes are effectually handled and the points certainly come across—sometimes too bluntly. »
- Dan Clark
Actor/musicians who are massive in one field are often ridiculed when they dare to step across this all-important borderline. Some make it and become huge international stars but others don’t fare so well. When films like Jennifer Lopez’s Maid In Manhattan and Britney Spears’ Crossroads exist in the world, we can be forgiven for being sceptical of these cross-genre adventures. Miley Cyrus has also become too eponymous with this concept for my liking. Surely we can remember more actor/musicians who aren’t aimed purely at twelve year-old girls?
The actor/musician pattern used to be much more common, with stars like Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby even starring in High Society together amongst their other innumerable projects, but there has since been plenty of critical ridiculing of actors trying to sing (and vice versa). The cliché is for such ventures to be immediately passed off as vanity projects and nothing more, »
- Charlotte Tobitt
Hey girl: Even if you think you’ve hit Ryan Gosling Meme exhaustion (the cure? Watch Drive, then you’re good to go again) you’re going to want to check out what the entire Internet has been obsessing about for the past 24 hours: Ryan Gosling Won’t Eat His Cereal Vines. The Vines (which, for the Internet clueless, are six-second looping videos) are exactly what they sound like: Just a spoonful of cereal slowing inching towards Gosling’s beautiful – but also sometimes tortured, angry, bloodied, hurt – face on a television screen.
Below, check out one of our favorites and »
- Erin Strecker
Oz the Great and Powerful is coming home pretty quickly, and on June 11th you’ll be able to catch the magic. There’s plenty to recommend about this release just based on the film (catch our podcast review here), but here’s one that looks to be filled with interesting extras as well.
Not only are there several featurettes – catch the full list below – and a Second Screen offering, but you also get My Journey in Oz, a personal story produced and directed by James Franco. Something like a super production diary, this looks to be more than your normal bonus material. You can check out a clip of that extra below.
Unlike many recent releases, which seem to be showing a trend towards a downturn in bonus content, this one is packed. Music featurettes, character and creature featurettes, Zach Braff takes you behind-the-scenes of his own personal adventure working voice magic, »
- Marc Eastman
The story of “Chef” is rather complicated, but let’s have a go at it. And before we get there, do not confuse this with the very-similarly sounding “Chef” project that Jon Favreau is now attached to. Written by “Eastern Promises” screenwriter Steven Wright, “Chef,” is a cooking comedy/drama that’s been in development for some years. It interested David Fincher and Keanu Reeves for a while a few years back, but the project never gained enough traction (Fincher’s short attention span went elsewhere). Owned by the house of Weinstein, Bradley Cooper became involved in the lead after Harvey Weinstein figured their “Silver Linings Playbook” went swimmingly well (Oscar noms for Cooper, over $100 million domestically, etc.). Cooper then tried to enlist his “Place Beyond The Pines” director Derek Cianfrance, and while he toyed with the idea of making it his next film, the “Blue Valentine” filmmaker eventually decided »
- Edward Davis
Disney's Oz: The Great and Powerful will once again provide audiences with a magical entertainment experience when it debuts for in-home release on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, Digital and On-Demand, June 11, 2013.
A must-own for any home entertainment collection, the Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) of Oz: The Great and Powerful brings the epic adventure to life with its vibrantly colorful picture and sound, and boasts a sensational variety of never-before-seen bonus materials including: "The Magic of Oz: The Great and Powerful Second Screen Feature" that provides viewers with an immersive opportunity to journey into the fantastical lands of Oz; James Franco's personal story of his journey to the land of Oz that is produced and directed by the Oscar nominated star himself; Golden Globe nominee Mila Kunis' makeup metamorphosis which is hosted by Academy Award-winning makeup artist Howard Berger; A back-stage journey through each of the »
There's no place like home video: Oz The Great and Powerful Blu-ray and DVD details have been released!
No need to click your heels together folks - your wish is coming true sooner than you think. Disney has released details on the upcoming Oz The Great and Powerful Blu-ray and DVD sets. It streets June 11 and the details straight from the House of Mouse follow, after this clip from the disc's special features:
Disney’s “Oz The Great and Powerful” will once again provide audiences with a magical entertainment experience when it debuts for in-home release on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD, Digital and On-Demand, June 11, 2013.
A must-own for any home entertainment collection, the Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) of “Oz The Great and Powerful” brings the epic adventure to life with its vibrantly colorful picture and sound, and boasts a sensational variety of never-before-seen bonus materials including: “The »
- email@example.com (Victor Medina)
Before children, my husband and I went to the movies every week –- and not just for whatever media screenings I was assigned to see. We'd frequent the multi-level, multi-screen chains for popcorn flicks as well as the artsy independent cinemas for foreign and award-caliber fare. But ever since the kids arrived, we've stopped going to the movies together unless it's a release my husband was dying to see. I still go for work, but for us to make a date night out of it requires us to arrange childcare for at least three hours, and who wants to pay for a sitter for a meh movie –- especially when we need to save our pennies to take the kids to family-friendly fodder like the latest Pixar or Blue Sky offering. For those of you in a similar situation, we're here to help. We know how rare it is for »
- Sandie Chen
There are some really sad Bluegrass songs out there, but none of them come anywhere close to the morose depths of The Broken Circle Breakdown. Let's just say that it starts with the realization that Elisa (Veerle Baetens) and Didier's (Johan Heldenbergh) 6-year-old daughter (Nell Cattrysse) has cancer, and it all goes downhill pretty quickly from there. The Broken Circle Breakdown thankfully takes a cue from Blue Valentine and offsets the horribleness of the present with flashbacks to the idyllic happiness of the recent past. If we were to reorganize the film into linear form, it would start with Elisa and Didier's first meeting. Elisa tries to convince Didier to get a tattoo while Didier tries to convince Elisa of the significance of American Bluegrass music. By the end of the conversation, Didier's enthusiasm wins Elisa over. It is not long before Elisa is fronting Didier's Bluegrass band... They are hopelessly in love. »
- Don Simpson
Directed by Derek Cianfrance
Derek Cianfrance, the writer and director of The Place Beyond the Pines, wrote and directed a movie that came out a couple of years ago called Blue Valentine, a movie that I like to put into a category called recommend/don’t recommend. Blue Valentine is a really good movie and doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to showing a marriage that has reached the end of the road. So I recommend it on that front, but the movie is a real downer and real tough to watch. Not as rough as a movie like Precious, but it’s up there. Because of that, I don’t like to recommend that people watch it. The Place Beyond the Pines doesn’t fall into that category, it only falls into one: recommend. »
- Craig Dietz
Tom Cruise's sci-fi thriller drew mixed reviews, but provided the fifth biggest opening weekend of his career
After Harrison Ford's table-topping antics last weekend it was the turn of Tom Cruise to strike a blow for the A-list old guard. Cruise's sci-fi thriller Oblivion debuted at number one in North America as an estimated $32.8m opening salvo posted the fifth biggest opening weekend of his career. Only War of the Worlds in June 2005 ($64.9m), and the first three Mission: Impossible films – MI2 with $57.8m, MI3 with $47.7m and MI1 with $45.4m – have performed better in their first weekend. And the last time Cruise held the number one spot was in December 2011 when Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol expanded wide in its second week to capitalise on the holiday season.
- Jeremy Kay
As the only brand-new movie in nationwide release, sci-fi adventure Oblivion easily took first place with an estimated $38.2 million. Unfortunately, overall box office was down around 19 percent from the same frame last year, and it now appears that April 2013 will wind up about even with April 2012.Oblivion's $38.2 million start ($5.5 million in IMAX) is the highest non-sequel debut for star Tom Cruise since 2005's War of the Worlds, and it's his fifth-best ever behind that movie and the first three Mission: Impossible outings. It was a bit higher than 2002's Minority Report ($35.7 million), though with ticket price inflation it likely had noticeably lower attendance. Oblivion's solid (but not spectacular) opening can be attributed at least in part to smart scheduling. Bracing for the Summer box office season, studios typically avoid releasing big-budget fare during the month of April; Universal Pictures, however, successfully stretched the calendar in April 2009 and 2011 with Fast and Furious »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
While it recently expanded its theatrical release, Derek Cianfrance's The Place Beyond the Pines deserves a bit more awareness. A new TV spot and six new images featuring star Ryan Gosling are now available for your enjoyment. Steve recently talked to Cianfrance in an extensive interview that breaks down the director's process scene by scene. We've also got more conventional interviews with Emory Cohen, Dane DeHaan, Eva Mendes, Ryan Gosling and Derek Cianfrance, plus Matt's review of the film here. Hit the jump to check out the images and new TV spot. The film also stars Bradley Cooper, Ray Liotta, Ben Mendelsohn and Rose Byrne. The Place Beyond the Pines is now playing. Check out the new images from The Place Beyond the Pines after the new TV spot below: [gallery link="file" order="Desc" columns="1"] Here’s the official synopsis for The Place Beyond the Pines: The daring new movie from the director of Blue Valentine, »
- Dave Trumbore
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The Place Beyond the Pines is an epic crime thriller exploring the unbreakable bond between fathers and sons, following two generations as they fight to overcome a legacy of blood. Starring Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, Ben Mendelsohn, »
- David Sztypuljak
The Place Beyond the Pines, 2012.
Directed by Derek Cianfrance.
A motorcycle student rider finds himself on a collision course with an ambitious cop after taking to robbing banks in order to provide for his lover and their newborn child.
Derek Cianfrance’s follow-up to Blue Valentine has broken critics down into two distinct groups: those that admire its generation-sized ambition and those that baulk at what they feel is overreaching pretension. Our previous reviewer was in the latter camp; I’m in the former. I can’t tell you that you’ll love it as much as I did, but cinema that reaches so far beyond what’s expected and risks ridicule in order to best tell its story just demands to be seen. There will be those that hate it, »
- Flickering Myth
Studio bosses are left wondering what went right as the science-fiction story brings home a surprise result
Reviews were mixed, and the early April release date suggested a movie falling short of the blockbuster premier league, but there was nothing puny about the opening-weekend box office for Oblivion: £3.36m, plus Wednesday/Thursday previews totaling £1.60m. The five-day £4.96m debut compares with £2.79m for GI Joe: Retaliation from a couple of weeks ago, and a previews-inflated £3.58m opening for star Tom Cruise's previous effort Jack Reacher in late December. Oblivion director Joseph Kosinski's earlier Tron: Legacy debuted with £1.97m back in 2010. Cruise also has a strong track record in the sci-fi genre. War of the Worlds debuted in July 2005 with £8.64m, and Minority Report in July 2002 with £4.51m.
Studios always review results for all their releases, and now Universal is in the happy position of wondering what went right with Oblivion. »
- Charles Gant
Ryan Gosling reteams with Blue Valentine director Derek Cianfrance for a sprawling, ambitious crime story that packs an unexpected emotional wallop. Gosling is a funfair motorbike stunt rider, turning to crime to care for one-time fling Eva Mendes and the son she had by him, while joint lead Bradley Cooper is a rookie cop facing his own battles. Fathers and sons, atonement for past wrongs and the inevitability of history repeating itself through generations; it's all here in a bold and daring movie likely to end up on lots of annual Top 10 lists. »
When Luke finds out he is a father, he decides to take responsibility and provide for his lover Romina and young son Jason by using his specialist skills to pull off a number of bank heists. However, when Romina tells Luke that he should leave them alone he - as movie lore dictates - carries out one final heist in order to leave some sort of legacy with his offspring. This last raid inevitably goes wrong and puts Luke face to face with Bradley Cooper’s police officer Avery. From this point on the film shifts gear as we are introduced to the murky world of corrupt policemen and the lengths to which people go to get ahead in politics.
Opening with »
Paolo here. I am the bearer of bad news. Apparently there are Blue Valentine' haters out there, two of whom are close writer friends of mine. One of these friends has repeatedly criticized the movie through Twitter, especially its director Derek Cianfrance's melodramatic tendencies.
At first I disagreed with this minor yet tolerably vocal crowd, since that movie evinces hard-hitting, unquestionable emotions. I finally admit that yes, its saturated colours do evoke a hispter version of a Todd Haynes picture (nothing wrong with that!). And as it pains me to write this, Young Dean's (Ryan Gosling) appearance and actions are reminiscent of the cartoony, blinding spark on a boyband member's smile.
Maybe it's Cianfrance's new movie, The Place Beyond the Pines, that allowed me come to terms with the director's melodrama leanings. This release is being sold as an epic crime drama and sure, it delivers on that »
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