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Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues I still plan on watching this, but I don't think I'll be watching all three versions that come on the Blu-ray release, which means I'm torn between the PG-13 theatrical version or the R-rated, super extended version. Considering people don't seem to be over the moon for the R-rated version and seemed, at least, accepting of the PG-13 version, that just might be the way I go. Do you have a suggestionc
47 Ronin I actually think I'll check this one out too. It deserves a look at least... rightc I mean, how bad can it really bec
The Invisible Woman Of today's releases this is the only one I've seen and The Invisible Woman isn't bad at all. In fact, I'd say it's quite good, with a great performance from Felicity Jones and a much better directorial effort for Ralph Fiennes, whose Coriolanus didn't impress me. »
- Brad Brevet
After learning last year that Coriolanus stars Jessica Chastain and Vanessa Redgrave were set to reteam on a new film, one that will have them in more prominent roles, we now have a few more additions to the project, an adaptation of Sebastian Barry‘s The Secret Scripture. According to Independent, Jeremy Irons and Jonathan Rhys Meyers have come aboard in the story that follows Chastain and Redgrave playing the character [...] »
- Jordan Raup
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: April 15, 2014
Price: Blu-ray/DVD Combo $35.99
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Based on the book by Claire Tomlin, the biography drama looks at when Dickens was at the height of his career and met Nelly (Felicity Jones, Like Crazy), a younger woman who became his secret muse and mistress.
The Invisible Woman scored applause from critics, with Seattle Times‘ Moira MacDonald saying, “It’s wonderfully cast… and beautifully designed, a quiet pleasure.” The movie was only in a limited release in theaters, but earned a tidy $1.2 million.
The Blu-ray/DVD Combo pack offers the biggest audience. »
Not a gender swapped re-imagining of H.G. Well's classic tale, or even a spin-off for The Fantastic Four's Sue Richards, The Invisible Woman, based on the novel of the same name by Claire Tomalin, is in fact the story of Nelly Ternan (Felicity Jones), the secret mistress of Charles Dickens (Ralph Fiennes), a woman the renowned author went to great lengths to keep out of the public eye. The second directorial effort for Fiennes, after Coriolanus, it builds on the promise he had shown in his feature debut, coming together as a deeply emotional, and beautifully shot, experience. The first thing that hits you about The Invisible Woman is how unrelentingly bleak it is. This isn't a easy watch, with constantly jarring flash forwards and flash backs, and a suffocatingly dark tone, but it is an extremely rewarding one. It is not you're usual period drama, eschewing the fanciful »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Its main characters were barely known in the UK, but that hasn't stopped this spin-off from the 1960s Us cartoon Rocky & Bullwinkle rocketing to the top spot
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Despite competition from paid previews on The Lego Movie, DreamWorks Animation's Mr Peabody & Sherman posted a decent debut of £3.92m. Mind you, it's worth noting that Mr Peabody & Sherman likewise pursued a previews strategy – likely a knock-on effect of the Lego tactic – and these contributed a considerable £1.39m of the total. The figure compares favourably with previous DreamWorks Animation release Turbo, which landed with £3.89m, including £1.77m in previews, last October.
While Turbo, the story of a motor-racing snail, was one of DreamWorks Animation's lesser appealing titles, Mr Peabody & Sherman might still have struggled to match it. Conceptually, it's not an obvious easy sell – the story of an erudite beagle who adopts a »
- Charles Gant
I love everything about Wes Anderson movies. From the way he creates unique worlds to the unusual characters that occupy the screen, Anderson is a one-of-a-kind filmmaker that always makes something special. His newest film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, which just premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, continues his streak of making exceptional films. The story mostly takes place in early 20th-century, and revolves around the goings-on at a famous European hotel where a legendary concierge (Ralph Fiennes) mentors a young employee (Tony Revolori) against the backdrop of a changing continent. The film also stars Saoirse Ronan, Bill Murray, F. Murray Abraham, Edward Norton, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Lea Seydoux, Jeff Goldblum, Jason Schwarztman, Jude Law, Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel, Tom Wilkinson, and Owen Wilson. For more on the film, here's all our previous coverage. The day after the world premiere, I participated in a great roundtable interview with Fiennes in Berlin. »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
This is the Pure Movies review of The Invisible Woman, directed by Ralph Fiennes and starring Ralph Fiennes, Felicity Jones, Joanna Scanlan, Kristin Scott Thomas and Tom Hollander. Written by Dr. Garth Twa exclusively for @puremovies. Ralph Fiennes has long ago proven to be the foremost actor working today. And, with two features behind him—the bracing Coriolanus and now The Invisible Woman—he’s proven to be one of the most original and invigorating directors. What he brings to his performance he now brings to all the performances: a quiet turbulent emotion—in Coriolanus, the visceral and potent fevers of politics, war, and the media were electrifying; in The Invisible Woman, he presents us with sumptuous tableaux vivant that gasp their way into passionate life. The invisible woman is a mistress. But with an artist, any woman is destined to be the mistress, because first—always—in his heart, »
- Dr. Garth Twa
The Invisible Woman, 2013.
Directed by Ralph Fiennes.
At the height of his career, Charles Dickens meets a younger woman who becomes his secret lover until his death.
The Invisible Woman is a subtle and incredibly quiet affair, almost too quiet in its final product. In Ralph Fiennes portrayal of Charles Dickens, his approach is secretive, flecked with moments of uncomfortable intelligence and intimacy-a shrine of emotions-balanced with subtlety and a silence by Felicity Jones, adding a femme fatal intensity. Fiennes directs with a hushed sense of bravado-an opening shot of Jones walking across a bare beach is uncomfortable and shot beautifully. Yet he fails to exploit these moments.
Subtlety can only go so far. The usually booming Kristin Scott Thomas is relegated into a role used simply as exposition, allowing Fiennes to quietly develop the plot around her. »
- Gary Collinson
The story of Charles Dickens and his secret mistress is no romance, and no modest costume drama, either. It’s a tale of women being practical because they had to be. I’m “biast” (pro): love the cast, love Dickens
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
His novels were full of life, and so was Charles Dickens himself… though not always in the most socially acceptable ways. Not for his restrictive Victorian times, and not necessarily in ways that would considered cool today, either. Dickens had a mistress for the last 12 years of his life, for instance, a fact dug up by biographer Claire Tomalin for her book The Invisible Woman, a relationship all but erased from history at the time in order to hide the scandal of it. Fittingly, then, this adaptation »
- MaryAnn Johanson
The rise of Michael Fassbender has been one of the best things to see in recent years, with his acclaimed performance in 12 Years a Slave earning him the Oscar nomination he was robbed of on Steve McQueen’s Shame. Now the actor is turning his sights to Shakespeare, in Justin Kurzel’s adaptation of the classic tragedy, Macbeth.
StudioCanal have announced that production on Macbeth is officially underway, with ScreenDaily revealing that the film is set to shoot for seven weeks in England and Scotland.
Fassbender takes the lead as the titular general-turned-King of Scotland, with Marion Cotillard, Sean Harris, Paddy Considine, David Thewlis, Jack Reynor, and Elizabeth Debicki starring alongside him.
Cotillard of course takes the female lead as Lady Macbeth, with Harris taking on the role of Macduff and Considine playing Banquo.
Macbeth is the story of a fearless warrior and inspiring leader brought low by ambition and desire. »
- Kenji Lloyd
Review Ivan Radford 7 Feb 2014 - 06:13
The Invisible Woman of the title, she is the secret sweetheart of Charles Dickens (Fiennes), whom he meets just as his career is at its peak - much to the apparent consternation of Nelly's mother, Mrs. Frances Ternan (a delightfully stern Kristin Scott Thomas). Falling for each other over theatre rehearsals of his play No Thoroughfare, the movie follows the couple's gradual romance in the face of society's conventions, which leave Nelly forgotten in the shade of the writer's public life.
That respectable Victorian veneer spreads to Fiennes' direction, swapping his hectic Coriolanus helming for a calmer, »
Upon walking in to the room to interview British actress Felicity Jones, we were casually reminded of the last time HeyUGuys sat down to speak to the talented performer – in the publicity tour for Breathe In, last summer. She claimed the previous meeting was “one of the best” interviews she had ever done. So, no pressure then?
This time around Jones is in town to promote The Invisible Woman, where she stars as Nelly, a young lady who falls in love with Charles Dickens (played by Ralph Fiennes), before entering in to an illegitimate affair, behind the back of the wife of the renowned wordsmith. As Fiennes also directed the picture – his sophomore feature after Coriolanus – Jones tells us that at times it was a bit like being directed by Dickens himself.
“It did feel when we were doing scenes with Ralph as Dickens, it was like being directed by Dickens, »
- Stefan Pape
Wolf pulls ahead
A week ago, contenders for the best picture Oscar American Hustle, 12 Years a Slave and The Wolf of Wall Streetstood more or less neck and neck with around £11m apiece. Now the Scorsese comedy has pulled ahead with just shy of £15m, compared with £13.69m for Slave and £12.2m for Hustle. The Wolf of Wall Street is already the ninth-biggest 18-certificate movie at the UK box-office, behind Hannibal (£21.6m), American Beauty (£21.3m), Seven (£19.5m), Silence of the Lambs (£17.1m), Bruno (£15.8m), Django Unchained (£15.7m), Basic Instinct (£15.5m) and Fatal Attraction (£15.4m). Wolf will very soon overtake the last four films on that list, and has a good shot at £20m lifetime. The Bruno figure includes some box-office for the 15-certificate version. Including Monday takings, Wolf is now at £15.17m. »
- Charles Grant, Charles Gant
★★★☆☆ Ralph Fiennes began his directorial career with aplomb courtesy of an impressive Eastern Bloc adaptation of Shakespeare's compelling yet dense Coriolanus (2011). After playing the role of the eponymous Roman general in the aforementioned drama, Fiennes finds himself portraying a character no less iconic in his second feature behind the camera, appearing as Victorian wordsmith Charles Dickens in The Invisible Woman (2013). It's Dickens' heart rather than his highly regarded prose that is the subject of this particular tale - more specifically, the novelist's secret extramarital relationship with a beautiful young actress.
- CineVue UK
In town to accept an honorary Dragon Award from the Göteborg International Film Festival (which seriously has the coolest mascot, I mean, Lions, and Leopards and Bears, oh my, but Dragons), actor, director and Dark Lord Ralph Fiennes also presented his latest directorial offering “The Invisible Woman.” And strangely, I found much the same thing happening that occurred with his debut “Coriolanus,” in that I’d been excited for it in advance, then heard mixed reports which dampened my enthusiasm somewhat, only to like it a great deal when I finally did see it. I'm not quite sure why both his directorial films have followed this pattern, as ordinarily, the industry loves an actor-turned-director, especially one who, as a thesp, is as universally admired as Fiennes. And both times he’s pulled double duty and appeared in a central role as well, and both times his efforts have been in »
- Jessica Kiang
After moving behind the camera in 2011 with a striking adaptation of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus Ralph Fiennes’ second directorial outing had its UK premiere this evening, following a very successful festival run.
The Invisible Woman has Fiennes taking on the role of Charles Dickens in a turbulent time in the author’s life, when he embarked on a secret affair with a young actress (played by Felicity Jones). The film has garnered positive reviews already and Fiennes’ charisma and aptitude as a director allows the film to breathe, something which was lacking in the suffocating miasma of Coriolanus.
We’ll be adding our interviews below, check back for more as the night goes on.
- Jon Lyus
After years of enlivening adapted work in front of the camera and on the stage, only recently has the prolific actor Ralph Fiennes taken to directing films; in 2011 he gave the world a version of Shakespeare’s “Coriolanus,” which included the odd treat of watching Gerard Butler espouse the Bard’s words from his mouth, and a sporadically-lauded performance from Vanessa Redgrave.
Not long after the completion of that film, Fiennes has returned with a second directorial bid, “The Invisible Woman,” which finds a focus within the world of another praised artist of the word, but within a much more intimate setting.
“The Invisible Woman” is the story of Charles Dickens’ #2, a fan-turned-mistress named Nelly (played by Felicity Jones from “Like Crazy”). Providing a refreshing perspective to stories set within the social confines of the Victorian period, it is told from the specific recollection of Jones’ “other woman,” making »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Two-time Oscar nominee Ralph Fiennes will be this year's winner of the Honorary Dragon Award, the lifetime achievement honor handed out every year by Sweden's Goteborg International Film Festival. Fiennes, who celebrated his international breakthrough in Stephen Spielberg's Schindler's List (1993), has appeared in a range of global blockbusters, from his eponymous role in The English Patient (1997) to playing Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter films to his supporting role in Sam Mendes' Bond film Skyfall. The British actor made his directorial debut with the Shakespeare adaptation Coriolanus in 2011. Fiennes next appears in Wes Anderson's The Grand
- Scott Roxborough
18 items from 2014
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