7 items from 2016
While Oliver Hirschbiegel is still accurately referred to as the director of the meme-spawning “Downfall,” to be quite blunt, he hasn’t quite made anything worthy of similar note in the dozen years that have passed since the release of that film. His attempt to go Hollywood badly backfired with the trouble-plagued “The Invasion,” his pretty decent low key thriller “Five Minutes Of Heaven” went largely ignored, while the less said about the atrocious “Diana,” the better.
- Kevin Jagernauth
The British director Amma Asante achieved great acclaim with her 2013 film Belle – which greatly boosted the career of excellent lead actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Now, Asante is about to deliver her third feature film, and its cast need no such boost – featuring, as it does, high profile award nominees David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike. The trailer for A United Kingdom showcases powerful performances from these two leads, as well as beautiful direction from the accomplished filmmaker at the helm.
The story is a historical drama that centres around African Prince Seretse Khama (David Oyelowo), who is summoned back to Botswana from London to lead his nation. During his time in London, however, he has met and fallen in love with Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike) – and proposes marriage before he departs. As he returns to Botswana with his wife, the newlyweds find that their union stirs fierce international controversy.
“London, 1947. Jazz lovers Seretse Khama (Oyelowo, »
- Sarah Myles
Arriving on Blu-ray next week is Gavin Hood‘s drone thriller Eye in the Sky starring Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, and Alan Rickman. We’ve teamed with Universal Home Entertainment to give away two Blu-rays of the film. See how to enter below and all entries must be received by 11:59 Pm Est on Sunday, June 26th.
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The moral implications of modern warfare are confronted in Bleecker Street’s powerful drama, Eye in the Sky, coming to Digital HD on June 14, 2016 and Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on June 28, 2016, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Tackling an ethical dilemma in a thought-provoking suspenseful story, the gritty film stars Academy Award® Winner, Helen Mirren (Trumbo, The Queen), Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad, Need for Speed), Academy Award® Nominee Barkhad Abdi (Captain Philips), Iain Glen (Game of Thrones, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider) and the late Alan Rickman (Die Hard, Harry Potter) in his final on-screen performance. Eye in the Sky “holds us in a vise and keeps squeezing” according to Peter Travers of Rolling Stone. Directed by Academy Award® Winner Gavin Hood (Tsotsi, Ender’s Game) and written by Guy Hibbert (Complicit, Five Minutes of Heaven), Eye in the Sky follows Colonel Katherine Powell (Helen Mirren), a UK-based military officer in »
- ComicMix Staff
As entertaining on an escapist level as it is irrefutably engaging on a level that is essential for citizens who are players in our political environment. I’m “biast” (pro): love the cast
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
This is warfare today. It’s a colonel in a bunker in outer London (surrounded by computers) and a general in an office building in Whitehall (surrounded by politicians) and a drone pilot in Las Vegas (flying a robot armed with missiles and also, more importantly, with cameras, from thousands of miles away) and a facial-recognition technician at a workstation in Pearl Harbor and an agent of the Kenyan military on the ground in Nairobi collaborating in an operation to capture most-wanted terrorists in a civilian suburban neighborhood in a country that neither the Us nor the UK is at war with. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
An ambitious and effective east-meets-west thriller; celebrities’ soggy bottoms; and the horse-assisted murder of a squire’s son
Debut of an ambitious miniseries by Guy Hibbert, best known for writing the TV films Five Minutes of Heaven and Omagh. Mei (Katie Leung) is a young Chinese-born woman who has been raised by adoptive parents in Britain. The first she hears from her birth family in Guangzhou is a request to come “home” to help the brother she has never met, who is facing execution for a crime he didn’t commit. It’s both an effective thriller, and a wider parable of the mutual bewilderment that often characterises relations between east and west. Andrew Mueller
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- Andrew Mueller, Julia Raeside, Jonathan Wright, Hannah J Davies, Hannah Verdier, David Stubbs
Pathe Intl. is winding up a bullish Efm market with a diverse slate of French and English-language pics, headlined by Rosamund Pike starrer “A United Kingdom,” Daniele Thompson’s “Cezanne et moi” and Tran Anh Hung’s “Eternity.”
Based on true events, “A United Kingdom” tells the story of Seretse Khama (David Oyelowo), the King of Botswana, who fell in love with London office worker Ruth Williams (Pike, “Gone Girl”) in 1947. Amma Asante directs. Adapted from Susan Williams’ “Colour Bar,” the movie was penned by Guy Hibbert (“Five Minutes of Heaven”).
After showing a promo of “A United Kingdom,” Pathe’s sales team, headed by Muriel Sauzay, sold nearly all key territories, including Germany (Telepool), Italy (Videa), Australia/New Zealand (Transmission), Scandinavia (Mis Label), Portugal (Cinemundo), Greece (Feelgood), Turkey (Bir Film), Middle East (Gulf Film) and Benelux (Paradiso). Deals with Spain and South Korea are still in negotiation.
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- Elsa Keslassy
7 items from 2016
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