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Directed by Kenneth Branagh.
When her father unexpectedly passes away, young Ella finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother and her daughters. Never one to give up hope, Ella’s fortunes begin to change after meeting a dashing stranger.
Re-boot, Re-imagining, Re-telling, Re-make, Re-hash, regurgitation… There are a lot of “Re’s” in Hollywood lately, some of them work… (Dredd, Evil Dead, True Grit) and some of them don’t… (Spider-Man, Total Recall, any recent Tim Burton films). Unfortunately the latest uh… re-telling, I guess… Cinderella falls into the latter, but its not all bad…
We all know the story so I’m not going to bore you with the glass slipper routine, it’s just a shame that the makers of this »
- Martin Burgoyne
It's been a rocky year for Oscar winners embracing roles in fantasy blockbusters. Eddie Redmayne delivered a pungent ham and cheese performance in The Wachowskis' Jupiter Ascending, while Julianne Moore turns it up to 11 for her role as an evil witch in this week's Seventh Son.
Moore was years away from even setting foot on the set of Still Alice when she made Seventh Son (it's been trapped in post-production hell for a while), but it does make you wonder if there's some truth to the myth that Oscar winners seem destined for an immediate career stumble. Moore at least seems to be having fun with her role as Seventh Son's Mother Malkin. To say she's chewing the scenery would be a slight misnomer seeing as so »
Hailee Steinfeld,, who wowed audiences as a 14-year-old in the 2010 movie “True Grit,” is all grown up now. She turned 18 in December and shows off her maturing sexuality in stunning photos by well-known photographer Dani Brubaker. She next appears in the upcoming sequel to “Pitch Perfect,” a 2012 musical comedy that starred an ensemble cast that included Anna Kendrick, Skylar Astin, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp and Brittany Snow. ...Read More »
After a brief delay, this series has returned. Yes, once again I’m going to be taking a look back at a recent Oscar lineup and explaining what my vote would have been in each of the big eight categories we all follow so intently each season. I previously mentioned that potentially I could do this once a week with previous Academy Award ceremonies, and while I’m going to be truing to do that, time will still tell. Again, if nothing else, this gives you an interesting look into my cinematic tastes. Over the course of the year you can sort of get a feel for what my current favorites are, but now we can look to the past a bit more. Alright then, here goes nothing folks…behold my picks: Best Picture – The Social Network The nominees here for this ceremony were 127 Hours, Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception, »
- Joey Magidson
You probably have to go back to 2008's "Burn After Reading" for the last full-blown, outrageous comedy from the Coen Brothers. "A Serious Man" was more existential in its concerns, "True Grit" was a straight up genre effort, and "Inside Llewyn Davis" was cloaked in beautiful melancholy. But for their star-studded "Hail, Caesar!" it appears the Coens are reaching back to their broader comedy roots, with one of the film's stars referencing one of my personal favorite movies from the sibling directors. "Girls" stars Alex Karpovsky recently stopped by Wtf With Marc Maron and shared a little bit about his experience working on the movie and what we can expect. "...this week they’re shooting a movie called 'Hail, Caesar!' here in La. And it’s set in 1950. Really funny script, kinda more wacky and zany than their last movie, more 'Hudsucker Proxy,' " the actor shared. "And Clooney »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Paul Thomas Anderson's weird and wild noir adventure, Inherent Vice, is making it's way to blu-ray in April, and Warner Bros. has revealed all the details on when you can pick it up, and what to expect on the disc. Come inside for all the details!
Chill out and get groovy when “Inherent Vice” arrives onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD on April 28 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. With an ensemble cast of characters that includes surfers, hustlers, dopers, rockers, and more, “Inherent Vice” is the seventh feature from Oscar® nominee Paul Thomas Anderson and the first ever film adaption of a Thomas Pynchon novel.
“Inherent Vice” stars Oscar® nominees Joaquin Phoenix (“The Master,” “Walk the Line”), Josh Brolin (“True Grit,” “No Country For Old Men”), Owen Wilson (“The Royal Tenenbaums,” “Midnight in Paris”), Katherine Waterston (“Michael Clayton,” TV’s “Boardwalk Empire”), Oscar® winners Reese Witherspoon »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Directed by Kristian Levring
Westerns have never recovered from the oversaturation of the genre that killed off viewer interest decades ago, but every now and then a gem pops up. Recent successes like The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, 2007’s 3:10 to Yuma and the Coen brothers adaptation of True Grit all did well because they tweaked the genre slightly, but director Kristian Levring goes with an old school approach. A faithful recreation of those revenge Westerns made so popular in the 1970s, The Salvation envelopes many elements of previous Clint Eastwood classics and wraps it into a tidy package.
The Salvation starts in on the central dilemma, joining Jon (Hannibal‘s Mad Mikkelsen) at the train station where he awaits the arrival of his wife and son. Jon and his brother, Peter (Mikael Persbrandt »
- Colin Biggs
That cult movie you love from 30 years ago? It’s coming back as a remake. Did the last attempt at a movie adaptation of a well-loved comic book hero not go so well? Don’t worry, they’re rebooting it. Does your favorite childhood film no longer appeal to newer generations? One word: remake.
On Wednesday of last week we were greeted with the news that Neil Blomkamp’s next film would be another addition to the Alien franchise. This film will likely be a remake or reboot of the original film based on the confusion of Prometheus that will hopefully be explained by the end of Prometheus 2 (a sequel after Alien: Resurrection 20 years later just doesn’t make sense to me). Fans everywhere were excited for the announcement. Even if you don’t particularly like movies with Xenomorphs in them, the news wasn’t really that surprising. A »
- email@example.com (G.S. Perno)
Directed by Susanne Bier.
In Depression-era North Carolina, the future of a timber empire becomes increasingly complicated when its owner marries.
What a strange Serena Williams biopic this is. There’s practically no tennis.
In its place are breathtaking panoramic shots of the Smoky Mountains. They live up to their name; there’s smoke everywhere. It creeps up hillsides, engulfing trees and wildlife without discrimination. There’s a metaphor in there somewhere: losing sight of your original intention, getting pulled under by the personal, how unedited versions of these landscapes should be uploaded as desktop wallpapers – they are truly majestic, for which cinematographer Morten Søborg deserves considerable credit.
It’s just a shame the rest of the film gets in the way.
Serena is an overwrought, poorly structured melodrama that works against its characters’ relationships. Individually, the players »
- Oli Davis
It's an impressive honor to take home an Oscar. But it's also worth some bragging rights if you can nab an acceptance speech shout-out. Over the decades, winners have created a snowball effect when it comes to the lengthy list of thank-yous they squeeze in. Thanks to some archival digging by Hsbc Bank as part of its "Together, We Advance" campaign, we can pinpoint just who thanked their mom, dad, or even the viewers at home for the first time in Oscar history. Fun fact: Women are more likely to forget their significant others when in a thanking frenzy at the podium! »
- Jacqueline Andriakos, @jandriakos
With the Oscars just around the corner, it’s time to lay down my predictions for all 24 categories. While, as usual, most categories seem like a pretty solid lock, there’s always the possibility of a surprise or two, so let’s get right to it.
Best Animated Short Film
Best Live Action Short Film
Best Documentary Short Subject
“Our Curse” Tomasz Sliwinski »
- Jeff Beck
By Anjelica Oswald
Birdman took home the Cinema Audio Society Award for sound mixing in a live action film on Saturday. The best picture-nominated film is also nominated for both of the sound Oscars (sound mixing and sound editing). The film lost the BAFTA Award for best sound to Whiplash, which is also nominated for both of the Oscars for sound.
Since the Cas Awards began in 1994, all 21 of the live action features that won for sound mixing have also been nominated for the sound mixing Oscar, and 12 have won. In contrast, four of the 14 best sound BAFTA winners — since the BAFTAs have taken place before the Oscars — didn’t win an Oscar for their sound. Of the 10 that did win, five won both of the Oscars for sound, four won the Oscar for sound mixing and one took home the Oscar for sound editing.
Seven of the »
- Anjelica Oswald
[Editor's Note: This post is presented in partnership with Movies On Demand. Catch up on this year’s Awards Season contenders and past winners On Demand. Today's selection is "Inside Llewyn Davis." This article originally ran in November.] A Coen Brothers film has a certain singular rhythm, a certain irreverently acute love for Greek tragedy and Homeric adventures. In "Barton Fink," a Hollywood producer demands that his film have "that Barton Fink Feeling." The Coen Brothers’ films all have that Coen Brothers Feeling: the malaise of modernity, an endless fascination with losers and emasculated men. Since they’ve never helmed a bad film, even the bottom-ranking entries are better than most other filmmakers’ best offerings. Read More: The Films of Alfonso Cuaraon, Ranked From Worst to Best 16. "True Grit" (2010)The Coens remain more faithful to the Charles Portis novel than the 1969 Henry Hathway/John Wayne film, but something feels flat »
- Greg Cwik
After pulling double duty in 2010 with Tron: Legacy and True Grit, it's been a rough few years for Jeff Bridges with duds like R.I.P.D., The Giver and The Seventh Son. But maybe he can turn it around with his new project, an adaptation of Claire Messud's novel The Emperor's Children that will be directed by actress Lake Bell for her sophomore directing effort following In a World a few years ago. The film hails from Imagine Entertainment with Brian Grazer and Ron Howard producing from a script by Noah Baumbach. THR reports Bridges will play legendary journalist and liberal opinion-maker Murray Thwaite. The story follows three entitled but unsuccessful characters, Marina Thwaite, Danielle Minkoff and Julian Clarke, who were buddies at Brown and now orbit the life of the aforementioned famous journalist in the months before and after the events of 9/11. Things are shaken up by the arrival of »
- Ethan Anderton
Exclusive: Best Actress front-runner Julianne Moore playing a victim of early-onset Alzheimer’s in Still Alice has been drawing the lion’s share of attention to that mind-robbing disease this awards season, but it’s a fictional character. There is another Alzheimer’s-related Oscar story that is even more compelling — because it’s real, as one of this year’s most recognizable nominees is deep into his own battle with the horrible disease.
Country superstar Glen Campbell, now living in a facility in Nashville and suffering from an advancing case of Alzheimer’s, received his first Oscar nomination for the remarkable song, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” from the documentary Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me, which chronicles his final concert tour as the disease closed in on him. The song, serving as a goodbye to his loved ones, wryly and knowingly gets to the heart of what it »
- Pete Hammond
After the massive success of the 2012 original, it was no surprise that Universal Pictures would green-light a sequel to their hit comedy Pitch Perfect. And after a Super Bowl spot debuted at last weekend’s game, Universal has now released the second official trailer for Pitch Perfect 2, which you can view below along with a new poster…
Elizabeth Banks makes her directorial debut on the film, which sees her reprise her role from the first film alongside returning players Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp and John Michael Higgins, with Oscar nominee Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) joining the movie.
Perfect 2 sees the Barden Bellas suspended from championships in the Us, with their only way of retaining their crowns and being reinstated is to win the the World Championships of A Capella against a host of competing countries, a competition which no American team has ever won.
- Scott J. Davis
It wasn’t that long ago that Jeff Bridges and Nicolas Cage were known as Academy Award-winning actors with talent to burn, but time and poor judgement (and in Cage’s case, tax bills) have turned the two into shallow, mumbling shadows of their former selves. Cage has been saying yes to every single offer he receives for a decade or more (seriously, the guy is averaging 2-3 movies per year, and most aren’t even hitting theaters), and Bridges has found himself in an odd rut of variations on True Grit‘s Rooster Cogburn. Seventh Son has had something of a troubled road to theaters — it was originally scheduled to release in February of 2013 — and now that it’s finally here you’d be hard-pressed to believe the delays added much to the final project. The hero is bland, the story plays out exactly as you’d expect and the action sequences are rarely all that »
- Rob Hunter
Seventh Son is the Chicken McNugget of movies. You know there are better options out there when it comes to your chicken-eating selections, but something about the greasy simplicity and drive thru nature of the McNugget calls to you. Before you take a bite you know what you're going to get and to hide the actual taste of the nugget you drench it in a dipping sauce. As your teeth crack the crisp (if it just came out of the frier) outer shell and squish through the processed meat inside, your mouth is covered with a viscous layer of... something, preventing the taste from leaving your mouth long after you've swallowed. In an effort to fix this you take another bite, this time dipped in even more sauce, but the result is the same. The McNugget is a mirage. It isn't chicken and no amount of sauce is going to »
- Brad Brevet
In "Seventh Son," Ben Barnes plays the seventh son of a seventh son, a mystically indebted apprentice who goes on the road with Jeff Bridges, who plays a Spook, the last of a dying breed of knights who defends the innocent from the ghastly forces of darkness (led, in this case, by an incredibly over-the-top Julianne Moore as a fearsome witch). Barnes's Tom follows the Luke Skywalker trajectory of starting off as a slightly above-average farm boy to becoming the savior of the land.
And Barnes has some history with this kind of thing, having starred in the "Chronicles of Narnia" movies (with far more benevolent beasts). When we got to speak to Barnes about "Seventh Son," we asked him about how he came aboard the project, what it was like working with Bridges and his comely costar Alicia Vikander (don't worry - if you don't know who she is, »
- Drew Taylor
Michael C with a roundup of three Sundance titles we haven't discussed yet.
Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini’s Ten Thousand Saints makes the mistake of thinking that merely by placing their characters adjacent to interesting times, interest will rub off them. Saints does a beautiful job evoking Manhattan in the 1980’s touching on the Tompkin’s Square Park riots, the Cbgb music scene and more. The problem is that foreground is populated with a singularly uninteresting cast of characters working through a coming-of-age formula we’ve seen executed with more spirit and vitality in countless better films. The lead actors do what they can with their thin wisps of character, none too successfully. There is Hugo’s Asa Butterfield, True Grit’s Hailee Steinfeld, and Emile Hirsch as the front man for a hardcore straight edge band. Together they deal with unintended pregnancy, drug overdoses, »
- Michael C.
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