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“Somebody needs to make him talk, or they’re gonna die,” growls Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman), the terrified father of an abducted girl and the searing centerpoint of Dennis Villeneuve’s excellent film Prisoners, to a horrified family friend (Terrence Howard) whose daughter has also been taken. The ‘him’ in question: sinister man-child Alex Jones, played to perfection by Paul Dano, whom Keller has taken hostage in his conviction that Alex can lead him to the missing girls.
The twisted morality play at the center of Prisoners revolves around Keller’s divisive, ends-justify-the-means approach to justice; are his brutal tactics warranted if the girls turn up unharmed? Or is there a limit to how much evil can be done in pursuit of a greater good? Luckily, Villeneuve doesn’t indicate a clear moral high ground, instead choosing to revel in the murky behaviors of his characters. The result is one »
- Isaac Feldberg
With one movie to promote heavily on both sides of the pond ("The World's End") and another major franchise movie gearing up ("Ant-Man"), that Edgar Wright had time to keep watching films enough to put together a top ten of 2013 is pretty impressive. But it comes with a caveat: like many folks, the last-month crush of films makes it hard to catch up with everything, so be forewarned, this list was compiled with Wright, at the time of putting it together, having not yet seen a handful of movies including "12 Years A Slave," "Dallas Buyers Club" or "American Hustle" (all of which open in the U.K. in 2014). Still, there's plenty to choose from in 2013 and Wright's list is a nice acknowledgment that there were great movies outside the awards season too. It's nice to see some love for Ron Howard's overlooked "Rush" and the similarly ignored (at least »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Out December 17 Oscar Bait: The "Not Without My Daughter" Edition Prisoners This bleak bit of Oscar bait stars Hugh Jackman as Keller Dover, a survivalist type whose daughter disappears along with her friend after their families celebrate Thanksgiving together. When the detective on the job (Jake Gyllenhaal) seems to be slacking off in the investigation, Keller takes matters into his own hands. Convinced the creepy man-child who lives nearby with his aunt in a broke-down Rv, Keller essentially kidnaps the weirdo and tortures him within an inch of his life. Revenge fantasy, exploitation cinema or larger statement of... something else? You be the judge. Elysium Director Neill Blomkamp follows 2009's smash hit District 9 with his second...
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Prisoners Blu-ray Suspense thrillers are no strangers to kidnappings, but Prisoners takes many of the elements of a suspense thriller and heightens them, creating a disturbing and graphic film that knows just where to draw the line, even when its characters don.t. Director Denis Villeneuve.s first big English release is likely to cause cringing and a pounding heart, but I doubt you.ll regret delving into it. Prisoners hinges on the emotional complexities inherent when parents. worst nightmares come to fruition. Two young girls are playing together in a relatively safe neighborhood on a holiday when they disappear. It doesn.t take long for the girls. parents, played by Maria Bello, Viola Davis, Hugh Jackman and Terrence Howard, to discover they are missing, but by then the girls are long gone, and a twisted puzzle of a story stands in the way of the children.s safe return. »
Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen joke that they know nothing aboutX-Men: Apocalypse, which probably means they're not in the next X-Men installment that follows Days of Future Past. Stewart also talks about filming scenes with McAvoy while McKellen states his Magento and Fassbender's version are still very much different versions. Related Content: James McAvoy On Days Of Future Past, Reacts To X-men: Apocalypse Hugh Jackman's Wolverine Future In Doubt? Wolverine Time Traveling In X-men: Dofp To Do More Than Stop Giant Robots The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-Men: Days of Future Past. The beloved characters from the original X-Men film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from X-Men: First Class, in an epic battle that must change the past -- to save our future. X-Men: Days of Future Past has wrapped filming, and stars »
Before I go too far with this review of the Blu-ray Combo Pack release of director Dennis Villeneuve’s film Prisoners, I need to make a couple things clear. First, I’m a Hugh Jackman fan. I think he’s a very good actor who’s almost always a pleasure to watch. Even in less-than-stellar movies, he usually stands […]
- Chris Ullrich
With just a few weeks left of voting to go until the final nominees are announced, the talent both in front and behind the camera of this year's most talked about movies continue to give themselves over to the circuit. And today comes two extensive roundtable talks with actresses who have been a big part of the conversation this fall. Variety has posted two separate, 40-minute roundtable discussions with some notable contenders. The first gathers up leading actresses Brie Larson ("Short Term 12"), Julie Delpy ("Before Midnight"), Adele Exarchopoulos ("Blue is the Warmest Color"), Greta Gerwig ("Frances Ha") and Kathryn Hahn ("Afternoon Delight") to talk about the movies they've worked on, their careers and experiences within the industry. Meanwhile, the second group of supporting actresses consists of Jennifer Garner ("Dallas Buyers Club"), Zoe Saldana ("Out of the Furnace"), Melissa Leo ("Prisoners"), June Squibb ("Nebraska"), Julianne Nicholson ("August: Osage County") and. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Denis Villeneuve’s “Prisoners” seems to have been lost in the awards season conversation and that’s a shame. Not only is Richard Deakins’ cinematography some of the best in his career but Jake Gyllenhaal and Hugh Jackman’s emotional work here deserves more credit than it’s been getting. Newly released on a gorgeous Blu-ray (with, sadly, scant special features), “Prisoners” is the kind of adult drama that seems certain to pick up more fans on the home market. It’s really worth your time.
What would you do if your loved ones were in jeopardy? Is there anything that would stop you from torturing the person you thought responsible for your daughter’s kidnapping? And could you sleep at night if you the detective in charge of saving young lives? “Prisoners” is not just an intense drama, it is an expertly crafed one from Deakins’ beautiful camera work to great editing, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
What's It About? This little Texan indie is part romance and part dramatic thriller. Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara, and Ben Foster headline this top-notch cast about a man on the run, the woman he loves, and the sheriff who tries to get between them. (Not in a romantic way, just, you know, because he's a man of the law and Affleck's character broke out of jail.)
Why We're In: It's a slow and sweet Sundance favorite, and the Texas weather looks a whole lot hotter than the snow most of us are dealing with every day.
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"Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde" (1920) - Deluxe Edition
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- Jenni Miller
Prisoners I still need to set aside the time to watch Prisoners again, but I've been listening to J?hann J?hannsson's score quite regularly as it is undoubtedly one of the year's best. I won't deny Prisoners has a few narrative hiccups that may have made it an otherwise better film, but it's still a good one and one of the best films 2013 has had to offer, especially one of the best studio films. Great performances from Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal and some mean cinematography from Roger Deakins.
The Lone Ranger As much as everyone (myself included) railed on The Lone Ranger and as much as it has been considered the biggest flop of the year, I expect it's a film that will live on on TV and home video and ultimately break even and eventually garner a profit. Once we all get beyond judging it with an extreme critical eye, »
- Brad Brevet
Directed by: Denis Villeneuve
Running Time: 2 hrs 33 mins
Due Out: December 17, 2013
Own Prisoners on Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital Download 12/17
Plot: After two girls disappear in a quiet Pennsylvania neighborhood, one of the fathers (Jackman) kidnaps a potential suspect previously released from police custody (Dano). Meanwhile, a detective (Gyllenhaal) obsessively seeks to find the children before time runs out.
Who’S It For? Moviegoers ready for a tense story that will take them to very dark places.
Enabled by the success of movies like Mystic River and Gone Baby Gone, Prisoners does some special things with the tension it easily acquires (making children disappear has an incredible effect on the audience, certainly). Thanks to Villeneuve’s pacing, we are embedded with Jackman as he descends into desperation, and we feel the »
- Nick Allen
Two of the key bruisers of contemporary cinema are to square up against each other at this year's Critics Circle awards. In the red corner: Steve McQueen, whose 12 Years a Slave – a devastating drama about deep south slavery – has landed 13 nominations. And in the blue: David O Russell with American Hustle, an exuberant comedy drama about the FBI Abscam con of the 1970s, which has taken the same number.
This leaves Gravity trailing with 10 nominations, while Captain Phillips, Her, Nebraska and The Wolf of Wall Street all take six. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug came in with five, while August: Osage County, Enough Said, Iron Man 3 and Rush took three.
- Catherine Shoard
Nominations for the 2013 Critics Choice Awards were announced earlier today and for those that don't know I think it should be mentioned I am a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (Bfca), the organization that votes on these awards. Leading the way with thirteen nominations each are 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle, both of which are obviously up for Best Picture along with Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Gravity, Her, Inside Llewyn Davis, Nebraska, Saving Mr. Banks and The Wolf of Wall Street. Given the fact there are six nominations in the major acting categories it adds room for the likes of Brie Larson (Short Term 12) in the Best Actress line-up and it's great to see a trio such as Daniel Bruhl (Rush), Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips) and James Gandolfini (Enough Said) in the Best Supporting Actor line-up as one of them would have surely been bumped »
- Brad Brevet
Over the weekend I had the opportunity to sit down and chat with writer/director Adam McKay and producer Judd Apatow about Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, the upcoming sequel to the 2004 comedy Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.
The film follows San Diego’s top rated newsman, Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell), who returns to the news desk in “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.” Also back for more are Ron’s co-anchor and wife, Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate), weather man Brick Tamland (Steve Carell), man on the street Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd) and sports guy Champ Kind (David Koechner) – All of whom won’t make it easy to stay classy…while taking New York’s first 24-hour news channel by storm.
Here is what McKay and Apatow had to say about the sequel.
In the first one the parody was local news and in this one it’s all about »
- Kellvin Chavez
While 2013 was certainly a banner year for women in film, let's look back at eight career-best and breakthrough male performances that have been critically unsung at the tail-end of this year as awards roll in and showier performances chew the spotlight. Clips after the jump.Also, check out my list of eight unheralded female performances in 2013 films now streaming here.Paul Dano and Jake Gyllenhaal, "Prisoners" (iTunes) Best Supporting ActorsNo doubt the highlight of this flawed yet exceptionally crafted American thriller by Canadian director Denis Villeneuve, Paul Dano and Jake Gyllenhaal deliver some of the finest work of their careers in "Prisoners." Dano, a disturbed and mentally handicapped young man, and Gyllenhaal, a hardened police detective, share few scenes together, but they are the pulse of the movie. While Dano spends much of his running time locked in a makeshift prison cell in the hands of Hugh Jackman's loudly grieving father, »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Did your favorites make the cut? See the full list of Critics’ Choice Movie Award nominees and weigh in!
The critics have spoken! The 2014 Critics’ Choice Movie Awards nominations were announced Dec. 16, and some of HollywoodLife.com‘s favorites — including Jennifer Lawrence and Gravity – are up for major accolades. Browse the full list of nominees, then tell us who you’ll be rooting for when the big show airs Jan. 16 on The CW.
Critics’ Choice Movie Award Nominations — Full List Of Nominees
12 Years a Slave
Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years a Slave
- Andy Swift
The Broadcast Film Critics Association (Bfca) has announced the nominees for The 19th Annual Critics. Choice Movie Awards. Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" and David O. Russell's "American Hustle" led the pack with thirteen nominations each including Best Picture.
.Gravity. also impressed with ten nominations for Best Picture, Best Actress for Sandra Bullock, Best Director for Alfonso Cuarón, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Editing, Best Visual Effects, Best Actress in An Action Movie for Sandra Bullock, Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie and Best Score.
The winners will be announced live at the Critics. Choice Movie Awards ceremony on Thursday, January 16, 2014 from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. The show will be broadcast live on The CW Network at 8:00 Pm Et/Pt. Two hour pre-show coverage will also air in various local markets before the awards ceremony. Aisha Tyler will grace the show as this year.s host. »
With 13 nods each, 12 Years A Slave and American Hustle led nominations for the 19th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. 12 Years received nods for Best Picture, Best Actor for Chiwetel Ejiofor, Best Supporting Actor for Michael Fassbender, Best Supporting Actress for Lupita Nyong’o, Best Acting Ensemble, Best Director for Steve McQueen, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Editing, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup and Best Score for Hans Zimmer.
American Hustle’s nominations include Best Picture, Best Actor for Christian Bale, Best Supporting Actor for Bradley Cooper, Best Supporting Actress for Jennifer Lawrence, Best Acting Ensemble, Best Director for David O. Russell, »
- Erin Strecker
With “12 Years a Slave” and “American Hustle” leading the pack (13 bids each), plenty of films have reason to celebrate their nominations from the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, because it’s one of the more reliable Oscar gauges around.
The best pic contenders are: “American Hustle,” “Captain Phillips” (six nominations), “Dallas Buyers Club” (three), “Gravity” (10 noms), “Her” (six), “Inside Llewyn Davis” (four), “Nebraska” (six), “Saving Mr. Banks” (four), “12 Years a Slave” and “The Wolf of Wall Street” (six).
Last year, eight of the org’s 10 best-picture nominees also earned Oscar nominations, a great batting average considering the Academy Awards only had nine best-picture slots. From 2009-2011 (when Oscar had more than five contenders for best pic), the Film Critics Assn. saw nine, nine and seven out of their 10 proceed to Oscar noms. From 2003-2008, when Oscar had five slots, all five of them had been included in the critics’ 10 choices.
- Tim Gray
On Demand DVD New Releases Dec. 16-22 It’s all about Hugh Jackman this week (well, not all) with both Prisoners and The Wolverine premiering. Matt Damon shares the space, with the debut of Elysium and Robert De Niro joins the fun with The Family. If you are a fan of One Direction (or, you’ve got a fan in the household) the documentary about the band, One Direction: This Is Us, also becomes available this week. Elysium Matt Damon stars in director Neill Blomkamp’s (District 9) sci-fi allegory about an ex-con who must find passage to the orbiting space station housing the rich … Continue reading →
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- Meredith Ennis
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