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Margaret here, reporting from the warmth of the family home. In between gift-exchanging and major cooking projects, I'm going to be trying to catch up on as many 2014 movies as possible. For those of us without much time to run to the multiplex, there are plenty of options among recent acquisitions on streaming services. While most of the showiest would-be awards contenders are either still in theaters or holding off on their DVD releases, there are plenty of buzzy (and possibly even soon to be Oscar-nominated) movies available for the couch-bound.
Honorable Mention: Slow-burn crime drama Night Moves (Peter Sarsgaard, Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning) and Baltimore dirt-biker documentary 12 O'Clock Boys, both on Amazon Prime; Mind-bending relationship dramedy The One I Love (Elisabeth Moss, Mark Duplass) and low-key Swanberg indie Happy Christmas (Anna Kendrick, Tfe favorite Melanie Lynskey), both on Netflix Instant.
10. Stranger By The Lake (Netflix Instant) This French erotic »
- Margaret de Larios
The wait it over! It's time for us to reveal our favourite movie of 2014. Those who've been following the list will have seen the likes of Guardians of the Galaxy, Gone Girl and 12 Years a Slave already fly by - so what's our number one spot?
Read on to find out Digital Spy's top five, and scroll down to have your say in the comments.
Best movies of the year 2014: 25-21
Best movies of the year 2014: 20-16
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Best movies of the year 2014: 10-6
We said: "Mockingjay - Part 1 is a rare blockbuster that builds on the complex themes and ideas of its predecessors in a thought-provoking and compelling way. The darker, more mature tone, each victory coming at a personal cost and the fact that everything seems to be going to hell for »
The guys of One Direction are revealing their celebrity man crushes! During a recent interview with the London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard, bandmate Louis Tomlinson dished, "David Beckham is just a cool, cool guy but I saw Russell Brand on Jonathan Ross and he just speaks so incredibly. I look up to him, he's cool." 1D's Zayn Malik added, "I wouldn't necessarily say I have a crush on him, but I really appreciate Jake Gyllenhaal's acting. I've seen him in a film called Prisoners. He's so sick." As for Niall Horan, the Irish singer explained, "Johnny Depp is pretty sick, and he's a really nice fella, too." The boy-banders also talked about their »
Photo: Walt Disney Pictures Entertainment Weekly has released several new images from upcoming 2015 releases including the likes of some artwork from Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens as seen directly above as well as pics from Ted 2, The Divergent Series: Insurgent, Furious 7, Jurassic World and many more. Full disclosure, just from looking at these pictures I wouldn't have been able to figure out what some of them are from, but lucky for you this isn't a "Guess the Movies" installment. Here's a look at several of the new pictures along with a little commentary of my own over the course of the next couple pages. I would have guessed this first picture below was for a Baby Mama sequel I didn't yet know existed -- in which case I'd have yelled, "Whoop whoop!" -- but alas, it's for a film called Sisters (previously known as The Nest »
- Jordan Benesh
Latino-Review reports that Viola Davis (Prisoners) has nabbed the role of Amanda Waller in David Ayer's upcoming big screen adaptation of Suicide Squad. She was among those eyed for the role when the cast was announced officially earlier this year, with Oprah Winfrey and Octavia Spencer also said to be in the running at the time. However, it now appears as if The Help star has joined the already amazing cast which includes the likes of Jared Leto, Will Smith, Tom Hardy, and Margot Robbie. The only possible issue is her TV schedule - Davis stars in How To Get Away With Murder - but they will more than likely find a way to work around that. Thoughts on the casting? »
It seems a Hollywood project is never more than one or two steps away from Mark Wahlberg’s involvement. The past decade has seen the actor steadily grow into a producing force (“Entourage,” “Prisoners”) while still maintaining his studio-reliable leading man status (“Transformers: Age of Extinction,” “Ted”), but as with “The Fighter,” the smaller projects sometimes present the harder challenge. The most recent example is “The Gambler,” “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” director Rupert Wyatt’s remake of the 1974 Jimmy Caan original, and it’s easy to see why – it’s an unconventional gambling flick, in which a college Literature professor attempts to burn his finances to the ground to see what’s left. At an AFI Fest screening of the film (our review here) and a roundtable discussion the next day, Wahlberg explained that the title was a bit misleading when it came to his character, Jim Bennett. »
- Charlie Schmidlin
From Academy Award-nominated writer/director Michael Mann (Heat, The Insider), Blackhat is set within the world of global cybercrime and follows a furloughed convict Nicholas Hathaway (Hemsworth) and his American and Chinese partners as they hunt a high-level cybercrime network from Chicago to Los Angeles to Hong Kong to Jakarta.
Blackhat is set for release on January 16th in the States and February 20th in the UK, with a cast that also includes Holt McCallany (Fight Club), Viola Davis (Prisoners) and Lust, Caution stars Tang Wei and Leehom Wang.
- Thomas Roach
This is a reprint of our review from the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. Have you ever Xeroxed a picture repeatedly until the image became so degraded that only the highest-contrast elements of the original remained? Imagine doing that with Denis Villeneuve’s “Prisoners,” the other Canadian-directed, child abduction movie, and you’d get something like Atom Egoyan’s “The Captive.” Retreading "Prisoners" territory to an extent that at times makes you wonder if they’re two parts of some sort of Canadian auteur experiment that no one else is in on, what is lost in the transfer, however, is any of the Villeneuve film’s subtlety or shading, and we are left only with its most lurid, credulity-stretching highlights, with all other texture blasted out to snowy blankness. Populate this sketchy version with the bargain-basement versions of the other film's leads (Ryan Reynolds instead of Hugh Jackman, Scott Speedman instead of »
- Jessica Kiang
The Academy Award for Best Original Score is one of the categories I find most interesting and most frustrating. First, the good: I love the awarding of film music, which can immeasurably improve the experience of a film and can become iconic in its own right. There is also much about the music branch that I love, particularly its international flavor, both in terms of the composers cited and the types of music rewarded. Moreover, while the category tends to favor Best Picture nominees and epic movies, it is not excessively exclusionary in this respect. But that love of epics can sometimes lead to simply rewarding "most music." More importantly, this branch is infamously insular. Unless a composer is aboard a major Best Picture contender or has otherwise composed a simply iconic score, it is unusual to earn a first nomination. And even those features are not always enough for first-timers. »
- Gerard Kennedy
Most of you seemed to be Ok with Universal's plans for a shared cinematic universe featuring their classic movie universe...that is until it was revealed they will be action-adventure flicks instead of horror. Last month the studio hired Prisoners screenwriter Aaron Guzikowski for The Wolfman reboot, and now Deadline is reporting Monsters: Dark Continent co-writer Jay Basu will also be involved with one of Universal's new monster movies. No word on which movie/monster Basu »
- Jesse Giroux
British screenwriter Jay Basu (Monsters: Dark Continent) has joined the Universal Monster Universe team that is busy putting together this new, rebooted franchise. He joins Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan, who are spearheading this massive initiative, and previously-confirmed writers such as Noah Hawley (Fargo TV series), Aaron Guzikowski (Prisoners) and Ed Solomon (Men In Black). It isn't clear which project Jay Basu will be writing at this time.
After this shared monster universe was first announced in July, Universal Pictures later confirmed in October that this fall's Dracula Untold is part of this series. The first official project will be the Untitled Mummy Reboot, directed by Alex Kurtzman, which is already set for release on June 24, 2016. Another unspecified project within the franchise has been given an April 21, 2017 release. The only other confirmed title is a reboot of The Wolf Man, which Aaron Guzikowski is writing, with other possible titles including Dracula, »
Last month, Universal hired Prisoners screenwriter Aaron Guzikowski to work on their reboot of The Wolf Man, which will be apart of their classic monster cinematic universe and today Deadline reports that Universal has also hired Monsters: Dark Continent co-screenwriter, Jay Basu, to work on their monster-verse. Though, no details were provided about which monster(s) Basu will be working on. Universal is one of the few major studios that doesn't have any superheroes, so they are hoping they can build their own cinematic universe with their classic monsters. Alex Kurtzman ("Star Trek Into Darkness") and Chris Morgan ("Fast & Furious") are overseeing the interconnected stories, which will focus on "action-adventure" instead of horror. This summer's Dracula Untold kicked things off, and the next film in the universe will be the reboot of The Mummy, which will be in theaters June 24, 2016. Do you guys and gals like the addition of British »
As Universal powers full steam ahead with its plans to relaunch its library of classic movie monsters, red-hot writer Jay Basu (Monsters: Dark Continent) has become the latest scribe to join a brain trust being set up to mastermind the studio’s ambitious endeavor. It’s unclear which entry in Universal Monsters Basu will be personally heading up (if any), but his feedback will be incorporated into all projects under the banner.
Super-producers Alex Kurtzman (Transformers, The Amazing Spider-Man) and Chris Morgan (the Fast & Furious franchise) are serving as the architects of Universal Monsters, which will expand and join together a network of classic monsters. So far, Universal has also recruited Fargo scribe/creator Noah Hawley, Prisoners screenwriter Aaron Guzikowski and Now You See Me scribe Ed Solomon to help with the effort. Out of those writers, only Guzikowski has been tasked with a specific script – for The Wolfman.
- Isaac Feldberg
Did the Prince of Persia get on a shredding regimen? Is Jake the new Christian Bale in terms of weight loss/gain yo-yoing? A troubled teenager, a paranoid reporter, a gay cowboy, an easily scared interviewee, a James Baldwin connoissieur, and now a jacked middleweight champion; is there anything Jake can’t do? Is Jake still this ripped? Will he look like this as he makes his Broadway debut?
Related: do you think the Gyllenhaal siblings made it a point to be on Broadway at the same time? Between Prisoners, Enemy, Nightcrawler and now Southpaw, will we need to come up with a portmanteau for his resurgence? Jakeaissance? Gyllenhawakening? Where are his co-stars Naomie Harris and Rachel McAdams? Related: why does IMDb’s “star meter” (also: »
- Manuel Betancourt
Welcome to the The Gyllenaissance. As we documented in our feature 5 Recent Roles That Have Re-Established Jake Gyllenhaal's Career, the young actor has been blazing a path of late of complex roles in equally complex films. "End Of Watch," "Prisoners," "Enemy," and this fall's "Nightcrawler" couldn't be more different from each other, with Gyllenhaal flexing exciting new acting muscles each time out. And now he's going to flex some actual muscle for his next flick. From the gaunt, scarecrow frame of his current turn in "Nightcrawler," Gyllenhaal has bulked up considerably for his role in the boxing flick "Southpaw," as this first look reveals. Directed by Antoine Fuqua, and co-starring Rachel McAdams, Forest Whitaker, and more, the story chronicles the rise of a lefty welterweight all the way to a championship title as he battles various tragedies in his personal life, and wins back the love of his »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Jake Gyllenhaal appears to be taking a page out of Matthew McConaughey’s book. After dropping 25 pounds to play a gaunt, nocturnal photojournalist in the brilliant Nightcrawler, the actor has once again transformed himself physically. This time, Gyllenhaal has bulked up, packing on 15 pounds of pure muscle to portray a championship prize fighter in next year’s Southpaw.
In the Antoine Fuqua-directed drama, which was penned by Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter, Gyllenhaal plays Junior Middleweight Champion Billy “The Great” Hope, a skilled fighter whose personal life implodes after a tragedy. Grief-stricken but unbroken, Hope begins to fight his way back to redemption. The film co-stars Rachel McAdams and Forest Whitaker.
Judging by that first image, Southpaw will show us Gyllenhaal as we’ve never seen him before – and that’s tremendously exciting. The actor has undergone his own sort of McConaissance over the past few years, going »
- Isaac Feldberg
The first ever big screen adaptation of R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps book series is heading into cinemas in August next year and following some official images of the movie, we now have our first look at the cast of monsters that will be frightening audiences around the world.
Check out the images below:
Upset about moving from a big city to a small town, teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) finds a silver lining when he meets the beautiful girl, Hannah (Odeya Rush), living right next door. But every silver lining has a cloud, and Zach’s comes when he learns that Hannah has a mysterious dad who is revealed to be R. L. Stine (Jack Black), the author of the bestselling Goosebumps series. It turns out that there is a reason why Stine is so strange… he is a prisoner of his own imagination – the monsters that his books made famous are real, »
- Luke Owen
Seven months after the first trailer landed, A24 Films has now issued a second teaser and new poster for The Captive ahead of its December theatrical release. From director Atom Egoyan, the abduction thriller officially bowed during this year’s awards season and has so far gathered a mixed bag of reviews. Will this newly crafted preview dispel any bad word of mouth?
Tackling the obvious comparison first, the long-gestating pic revolves around a similar story to last year’s Prisoners. After a read of the synopsis, it seems the film follows the same story as depicted in Denis Villeneuve’s haunting, twisting thriller. The story begins when Matthew (Ryan Reynolds) stops off at a pie shop for only a moment, leaving his daughter in the car. He returns to the vehicle to find her gone without a trace. Thus, the film’s main plot revs its engine, delving into »
- Gem Seddon
There’s been a lot going on with Universal’s Classic Monsters lately, now that the studio has brought together a team of veteran producers and writers to spearhead a new chapter of Universal Monsters that will reintroduce iconic characters to modern audiences. Recently, we heard that Fargo showrunner Noah Hawley and Prisoners scribe Aaron Guzikowski had been brought into the fold to pen entries in the new cinematic universe, and now we have another name to add to that growing lineup: Now You See Me and Men in Black screenwriter Ed Solomon.
Hawley, Guzikowski and Solomon will form a sort of brain trust with producers Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan, both well-respected scribes in their own right. All of them will work on one another’s movies and help out where needed to ensure that the new Universal Monsters installments feature the kind of serialized storytelling that the studio is looking for. »
- Isaac Feldberg
A new writing team is assembling at Universal to resurrect classic monsters and apparently create a credible universe to compete for years with the slates of Marvel and DC Comics films. Recently, Noah Hawley (TV's Fargo), Aaron Guzikowski (Prisoners) and Ed Solomon (Now You See Me) were added to work on this new cinematic universe, as The Hollywood Reporter confirmed on Nov. 12. So, perhaps in a few years time, moviegoers will see an Avengers-style film with Frankenstein, Wolf Man, Invisible Man and the Creature From the Black Lagoon clamoring around to join forces and wreak havoc. For now, with the
- Erik Hayden
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