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- Michael Stevens
After having been picked up for a cool 7 million dollar and some change price tag by the Weinsteins at the Toronto Int. Film Festival back in 2013 and closing the Tribeca Film Fest the following year, in its July release, Begin Again performed quite well at the indie box office and generally well revered. A good will tour for a revitalizing look at Keira Knightley, as well as another exuberant performance from Mark Ruffalo. Luckily the scandal erupting over CeeLo Green happened afer it could have a potential detrimental effect on driving audiences away from the theater.
Though trudging through a somewhat ungainly and slightly anachronistic set-up, John Carney’s latest, (originally titled Can a Song Save a Life?) manages to gain a momentous degree of charm in its latter half, ending on a note that’s as satisfyingly untethered as its opening moments are rigidly formulated. Inexplicably, Carney is also »
- Nicholas Bell
How To Save a Life: Carney’s Anticipated American Film a Pleasantly Loveable
Though trudging through a somewhat ungainly and slightly anachronistic set-up, John Carney’s latest, Begin Again (originally titled Can a Song Save a Life?) manages to gain a momentous degree of charm in its latter half, ending on a note that’s as satisfyingly untethered as its opening moments are rigidly formulated. Inexplicably, Carney is also able to squeeze some magic from a cast that seems staggeringly opposed to such a stunt, at least judging from a multitude of similar packaged deals in a squalid market of workmanlike indie films featuring such flora and fauna. While the music is hardly as catchy as the Academy Award winning compilations from his 2006 film, Once, a buoyant attitude sometimes fills in here, at least enough to make for an emotionally satisfying final act.
Reluctantly taking the stage of a dive »
- Nicholas Bell
With ex husband Ashton Kutcher set to marry Mila Kunis (she's pregnant, too), Demi Moore wants to ''reinvent'' herself. The actress is ready to re-establish her acting career and is looking for a spark. She blames Ashton for the slow acting roles she has seen, The 51-year old brunette embraced a ''reclusive lifestyle'' after seeking treatment in rehab following her split from ex-husband Ashton Kutcher in 2011, amid rumors he cheated on her, but is eager to take on more roles and connect with her fans again. A source told gossip website RadarOnline.com: ''Demi is loving her new reclusive lifestyle because she realizes how overexposed she was when she was with Ashton. Now there's a real demand for her. She's learning that female fans really identify with her and hate the way Ashton behaved.'' The 'The Joneses' star, who has daughters Rumer, 25, Scout, 22, and Tallulah, 20, with her ex-husband Bruce Willis, »
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 20 Feb 2014 - 05:40
The unloved films of 2009 provide the focus in our final list of the 2000s' overlooked greats...
The year 2009 will partly be remembered as the year Avatar dominating the box office, with audiences flocking to see James Cameron's leafy pulp epic in shimmering 3D. Making almost $2.8bn worldwide, Avatar was a true behemoth, besting Cameron's own Titanic as the highest-grossing film of all time (not adjusted for inflation) and hastening a rush of 3D films in the years that followed.
Films such as 2012, Sherlock Holmes and boozy comedy The Hangover were also among the top 10, but as always, some of the most memorable and individual films of the year were far from the most financially successful. So to round off our series of underrated flicks of the 2000s, here's our selection of 2009's overlooked films...
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5 items from 2014
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