18 items from 2013
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Hysteria: breezy, gently naughty film with great performances by a superb cast, including Hugh Dancy, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Rupert Everett [my review] [at Netflix] Once Upon a Time in Mexico: it doesn’t make a lot of sense, but there’s stirring mythmaking here, and Johnny Depp exuding gunslinger glee [my review] [at Netflix]
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X-Men: delicious visual popcorn, heartfelt performances, and smart, unexpected depth; a thrilling movie experience [my review] [at blinkbox] X-Men: First Class: like a lost James Bond flick, with mutants, set in a suave 1960s slick with Cold War retro cool [my review] [at blinkbox] X-Men Origins: Wolverine: powerfully fun »
- MaryAnn Johanson
The Victorians really did invent the first vibrator to cure women of various 'afflictions', but the reality probably wasn't anything like as much fun as is depicted here
Director: Tanya Wexler
Entertainment grade: C
History grade: C+
The first mechanical vibrator designed for the massage of men and women was invented in the early 18th century. As the industrial revolution progressed, it was succeeded by devices powered by water, steam and electricity.
Mortimer Granville (Hugh Dancy) is an idealistic doctor in Victorian London, trying to convince his sceptical colleagues of germ theory and the importance of hygiene. This annoys them so much that he keeps getting sacked, and he finally ends up at the upmarket practice of Robert Dalrymple (Jonathan Pryce), treating ladies suffering from hysteria. According to Dr Rachel P Maines of the Cornell University School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, whose enthralling book The Technology of »
- Alex von Tunzelmann
The following press release has confirmed the main cast for Swedish director Daniel Alfredson’s English-language debut. Kidnapping Freddy Heineken will see Oscar-winner Anthony Hopkins star at the title character of the fact-based events of 1983 which saw the largest ever ransom paid for an individual at the time. It’s based on the novel by Peter R. de Vries and now the three main players integral in plotting the crime have been found. Jim Sturgess (Cloud Atlas), Ryan Kwantan (True Blood) and Sam Worthington (Avatar) have joined the project which begins shooting at the end of the month.
Feature Film starts production in late October in Europe; Produced by Informant Media
Jim Sturgess, Sam Worthington, Ryan Kwanten and Anthony Hopkins will star in “Kidnapping Freddy Heineken,” an international action thriller to be directed by Daniel Alfredson (“The Girl Who Played with Fire, »
- Craig Hunter
Swedish director Daniel Alfredson, who helmed “The Girl Who Played with Fire” and “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest,” will begin shooting in late October in Belgium, followed by lensing in Amsterdam and New Orleans.
Netherlands actor Mark van Eeuwen has also come on board. Variety reported on Sept. 17 that Australian newcomer Tom Cocquerel had joined Hopkins in the cast.
Producers are Informant Media partners Judy Cairo and Michael A. Simpson along with Howard Meltzer under the Informant Europe banner. Informant partner Eric Brenner is executive producer along with Darrel Casalino, Sam Solakyan, Grant Guthrie and Sandra Siegal.
Financing comes from Informant Media, Global Film Partners, Three Point Capital, uFilm and the National Bank of Canada. Embankment Films is handling international pre-sales and distribution.
The film chronicles the 1983 kidnapping of Dutch beer magnate »
- Dave McNary
A new trailer for The Invisible Woman has been released.
The Invisible Woman tells the story of Dickens's secret affair with the young Nelly Ternan, who became his secret lover until his death.
Fifty Shades Of Grey. The novel which got millions of people visiting their libraries and bookstores much to the chagrin of every other book written…..is hitting the big screen. But you knew that already. Shortlists have been circulating for months now, guessing who’ll take the helm and direct the piece. Atonement‘s Joe Wright was once at the top of that list, Gus Van Sant shot a test reel and Darren Aronofsky turned it down. Now we know who’s landed the gig as Deadline have announced that Sam Taylor-Johnson will be taking on the job.
Taylor-Johnson’s directorial debut was 2009′s Nowhere Boy, which starred her then-future husband, Aaron Taylor-Johnson. The British filmmaker’s addition to the crew will see her join another Briton Kelly Marcel, who penned the script.
If you’ve not heard of the film or the book then we can only assume you »
- Gem Seddon
Caring Across Generations - a movement of 3 million people across the country uniting to ensure that all Americans have access to quality homecare - has partnered with actress Adepero Oduye (Pariah), Tony nominees Kathleen Chalfant (Wit), Josh Young (Jesus Christ Superstar), Micki Grant (Having Our Say), and filmmaker Tanya Wexler (Hysteria) to present "Care Is...", a series of 4 video PSAs that portray moments of care that many will find familiar. Launching on Mother's Day, the series was written in collaboration with award-winning Off Broadway playwrights Winter Miller, Alex Beech, Leila Buck and Eric Lockley, and »
- Tambay A. Obenson
A Scandalous Method: Winocour’s Debut a Rich Case Study
Celebrated filmmaker Alice Winocour, renowned for several of her short films, makes a compelling debut with Augustine, based on the real life case study of a highly publicized teenage patient of a 19th century French neurologist. Subtle and sharply observed, unlike the shrill and spurious 2011 David Cronenberg A Dangerous Method, which shares similar unprofessional patient and doctor themes, Winocour creates an entrancing, impressionistic portrayal of historical sexism and exploitation.
In 1885 Paris, Augustine (Soko), an illiterate housemaid, suffers from a series of seizures, which usually results in partial paralysis of various body parts. After one such violent and very public display, Augustine awakens to find one of her eyes shut tight, and so her cousin, who works in the same household, shuttles her off to the Hospital of Pitie Salpetre and there she is placed under observation by the famed Professor »
- Nicholas Bell
Previously announced Palme d'Or recipient Mads Mikkelsen (A Royal Affair, The Hunt) is joined by Eva Green (Casino Royale, Dark Shadows), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen, Red Dawn, Eric Cantona (Looking for Eric), Mikael Persbrandt (In a Better World, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug), Douglas Henshall (The Eagle), Michael Raymond-James (True Blood, Jack Reacher) and Jonathan PrycePirates of The Caribbean: The Curse of The Black Pearl, Hysteria, G.I. Joe Retaliation) among others for The Salvation.
The film has just begun an 8-week shoot on location in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Paying tribute to the classic western with inspiration from the Nordic sagas, The Salvation takes place in the 1870s America. When settler John kills his family's murderer, he unleashes the fury of notorious gang leader Delarue. Betrayed by his corrupt and cowardly community, the peaceful pioneer must turn vengeful hunter, slay the outlaws, and cleanse the town's black heart. The Salvation »
The Gavin & Stacey star defies stereotypes with her range of award-winning roles on stage and screen
Sheridan Smith used to flog burgers to bikers from a van off the motorway up north. It was, so far, the only job for which she wasn't paid to perform, but that didn't stop her. "Do you want sauce with that, love?" she'd ask. It's easy to imagine Smith delivering that line, one eyebrow rising to a circumflex, lips pursing, more than a hint of cleavage and loads of cheek.
But those who suspected that the 31-year-old actor was a kind of northern Barbara Windsor capable of only blonde sass, and could cite as evidence a decade of knockabout performances in TV sitcoms (including Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, Love Soup and Gavin & Stacey) and her award-winning turn as jilted-bimbo-turned-Harvard-hotshot in the stage musical Legally Blonde, have spent the past »
- Stuart Jeffries
DVD Release Date: May 7, 2013
Price: DVD $19.95
Studio: Hen’s Tooth
Set in England in 1932, the film focuses on Guy Bennett (Everett), an upper classman attending an elite British boys’ school. Amid an atmosphere of wealth and privilege, the flamboyant Guy embraces awareness of his gay identity just as his best friend Tommy (Firth) faces a growing preoccupation with Karl Marx. Each rebels in his own way against the demands of social conformity. But it is Guy’s infatuation with an underclassman (Cary Elwes, No Strings Attached) that takes center stage as his contempt for authority clashes with the school’s rigid code of conduct.
The PG-rated Another Country was »
Jason Bateman will produce and star in the story of a group of couples who get together regularly to play games. On this night, things get real and it becomes a murder mystery. [Source: Deadline]
Parkland Matt Barr ("Hatfields & McCoys") has joined the cast of JFK assassination ensemble drama "Parkland" which is set at Dallas' Parkland hospital in the hours following the fatal shooting of the President.
Barr will play surgeon Paul Mikkelson, a workmate to Zac Efron’s doctor character. The duo is in the trauma care unit when the wounded President is brought in. [Source: Deadline]
Belly Dancing for Beginners Sheridan Smith ("Quartet," "Hysteria") is to star in writer-director Debbie Isitt's new comedy "Belly Dancing for Beginners". An eight week shoot on location in Turkey begins in June. »
- Garth Franklin
Chicago – If a film were meant to be judged purely on the basis of its final shot, then Daniel Barnz’s “Won’t Back Down” would be an unqualified success. The image of a little girl finally learning to pronounce the word “hope” could’ve easily been a cheesy contrivance straight out of a Feldco commercial. Even on paper, the shot sounds downright silly.
The fact that it works so well is a testament to the strength of Roman Osin’s cinematography (which visually brings the picture full circle), the tender performance by Emily Alyn Lind (of “Enter the Void” fame) and editor Kristina Boden’s impeccably timed cut to black. Indeed, the shot is a small triumph, but it is regrettably preceded by a great many other shots that don’t work at all.
Blu-ray Rating: 2.0/5.0
This picture was a critical and financial flop that likely was further damaged »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
The trailer for Freestyle's upcoming indie drama The Playroom is now online and you can check it out in the player below. Directed by Julia Dyer ( Late Bloomers ), The Playroom stars Academy Award-nominee John Hawkes ( Winter's Bone , The Sessions ) and Molly Parker ("Dexter," "The Firm"). The film, which premiered in the gala/spotlight section of this year's Tribeca Film Festival, was produced by Stephen Dyer ( Hysteria ) and Angie Meyer (Wuss), and is slated for a day and date release on theatrical and DVD/VOD February 8, 2013. Set in the suburbs during the 1970s, the story unfolds like a dream wrapped around a family drama, one in which all members of the Cantwell family struggle to find their way in a rapidly changing world. Maggie (newcomer Olivia »
Felicity Jones has to be one of the most talented young actresses in British cinema at the moment.
During the last few years she’s impressed in the likes of Cemetery Junction, Hysteria and Albatross, while scoring mainstream success with Chalet Girl and being met with great critical recognition for her part in the Sundance breakout Like Crazy.
This month she can be seen in the lead role in Cheerful Weather For The Wedding (Out Now) which she stars in alongside an impressive British cast which includes Elizabeth McGovern, Luke Treadaway, Ellie Kendrick and MacKenzie Crook. We spoke to Felicity about her new film and some of the other projects she’s been working on.
You play Dolly in Cheerful Weather For The Wedding. Could you tell us a little bit about her and the situation she finds herself in?
Dolly is a young woman and we find her on »
- Joe Cunningham
There's a divided verdict on whether that archetypal dystopian judge, jury and executioner has been well-served (or otherwise) by the British fantasy actioner Dredd (2012, Entertainment, 18). A disappointment at the box office, the film nevertheless won praise from fans of the 2000Ad comic strip, who admired its gritty edge and fittingly nihilistic tone.
Certainly it does much to restore the cosmic balance after the bloated 90s misfire Judge Dredd, which replaced the comic with the comedic (who could forget Rob Schneider's tooth-grating turn as a slappably whacky sidekick?) and left audiences laughing at, rather than with, the picture.
Unlike his superstar predecessor Sly Stallone, whose face was too famous to be hidden beneath Dredd's trademark helmet, Karl Urban proudly embraces below-the-nose acting, playing it with a stiff jaw and curled upper lip, which authentically replicate the source material. Whatever its faults, Pete Travis's tightly »
- Mark Kermode
In an age of invention, one man set out to find a medical cure for what ails women … and accidentally electrified our love lives forever. Coming to DVD on January 14th courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Hysteria is a light-hearted, romantic comedy that tells the surprising story of the birth of the electro-mechanical vibrator at the very peak of Victorian prudishness. Maggie Gyllenhaal and Hugh Dancy lead an accomplished cast, including Rupert Everett, Jonathan Pryce, Sheridan Smith, Ashley Jensen and Felicity Jones in this charming yet irreverent untold tale of discovery.
Check out the trailer here:
To celebrate the release we’re giving away Three copies of the film on DVD. To be in with a chance of winning, just answer the following question:
In the trailer, what’s the first name they come up with?
A: The Feather Duster
B: The Squealer
C: The Good Time
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- Dan Bullock
In an age of invention, one man set out to find a medical cure for what ails women … and accidentally electrified our love lives forever. Coming to DVD on January 14, 2013 courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Hysteria is a lighthearted, romantic comedy that tells the surprising story of the birth of the electro-mechanical vibrator at the very peak of Victorian prudishness.
Academy Award® nominee Maggie Gyllenhaal (Best Supporting Actress, Crazy Heart, 2009) and Hugh Dancy (Adam, Confessions of a Shopaholic, The Jane Austen Book Club) lead an accomplished cast, including Rupert Everett (My Best Friend’s Wedding, The Importance of Being Earnest) Jonathan Pryce (Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Evita), Ashley Jensen (TV’s “Ugly Betty”) and Felicity Jones (Like Crazy, Brideshead Revisited) in this charming yet irreverent untold tale of discovery.
- Matt Holmes
18 items from 2013
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