5 items from 2015
A classy crime thriller, with edgy suspense and twists that can't be predicted. Mike Hodges directs Paul Mayersberg's script about a frustrated writer who returns to casino work to find material for a book. A young Clive Owen shines as the rakish but sensible roulette & blackjack dealer, who documents his own criminal activities. Croupier Blu-ray Hen's Tooth Video 1998 / Color / 1:78 widescreen / 95 min. / Street Date November 3, 2015 / 24.95 Starring Clive Owen, Gina McKee, Kate Hardie, Alex Kingston, Nicholas Ball, Paul Reynolds, Ciro de Chiara, Rhona Mitra, Loretta Parnell. Cinematography Michael Garfath Production Designer Jon Bunker Art Direction Ian Reade-Hill, Alexander Scherer, Gernot Thöndel Film Editor Les Healey Original Music Simon Fisher-Turner Written by Paul Mayersberg Produced by Jonathan Cavendish, Marlow De Mardt, Jake Lloyd, James Mitchell, Brigid Olen, Christine Ruppert Directed by Mike Hodges
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
He: "You're my conscience." She: "Don't you have a conscience of your own?" If »
- Glenn Erickson
After earning an Oscar nomination for her chilling portrayal of maybe-sociopath Amy Dunne in David Fincher’s Gone Girl, Rosamund Pike has landed another role that may be worthy of her formidable talent. The actress has signed on to star opposite Jon Hamm in Brad Anderson’s political thriller High Wire Act, which boasts a script by The Bourne Identity screenwriter Tony Gilroy.
Set in 1980s Beirut, the thriller will follow a former U.S. diplomat named Mason Skiles (Hamm) who is called back into action in order to prevent the murder of a former colleague from the group that may be responsible for his own family’s death. Pike will take on the role of a CIA field agent working undercover at the American embassy, who makes it her mission to keep Mason alive and ensure his top-secret mission goes off without a hitch.
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- Isaac Feldberg
With Mad Men‘s final episodes upon us, the show’s star is looking up for his next film gig and now, he seems to have found it. Jon Hamm has signed on to star in High Wire Act, a political thriller written by Bourne Identity scribe Tony Gilroy.
Brad Anderson, the in-demand helmer behind Transsiberian, The Call and last year’s Stonehearst Asylum, will take the reins on the pic, which is set in the tumultuous political climate of Beirut circa 1980. Gilroy, of course, wrote the scripts for all entries of the Bourne franchise as well as Michael Clayton, Duplicity and State of Play (the first two of which he also directed).
As per Deadline, Hamm is set to star as a former U.S. diplomat who must handle a case that requires the utmost professionalism but simultaneously conjures up personal demons: the kidnapping of a colleague by the »
- Isaac Feldberg
Fans of challenging, pitch-black filmmaking were rewarded last year by the dazzling "Nightcrawler," a film that saw nice guy Jake Gyllenhaal take up a cheap digital camcorder and chase around car accidents and hijackings in the twilight of Los Angeles as a heat-seeking freelance journalist. It was undoubtedly one of the more original, energetic cinematic confections of the past year, and if you missed it, you're getting your chance to catch up, since it is making its debut on home video this week. To mark the occasion, we recently chatted with Dan Gilroy, who made his feature directorial debut with "Nightcrawler" after years of being one of Hollywood's most in-demand screenwriters. We asked him about comments that his brother, writer/director Tony Gilroy (who made "Michael Clayton," "Duplicity" and "The Bourne Legacy") has made about the mid-sized movie being eradicated from Hollywood, quizzed him on the status of the »
- Drew Taylor
By Anjelica Oswald
Screenwriter Dan Gilroy made his directorial this year with Nightcrawler, which stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a corrupt freelance crime reporter who will do anything to get a story. Since the film’s premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, it’s garnered Oscar buzz and has been compared to best picture winner Crash (2004). It holds a 95 percent positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes, was named one of AFI’s top 10 films of the year and received four BAFTA nominations, as well as three Critics’ Choice Awards. Gyllenhaal has earned Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and Critics’ Choice acting nominations. If Gilroy were to earn a nomination for best director, like Crash did, he would become the sixth director in the 21st century to achieve that accolade.
- Anjelica Oswald
5 items from 2015
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