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It’s rare these days to find a sci-fi that doesn’t bog you down in condescending exposition for the first half an hour, boring you senseless with background and character history to the point that you’re unlikely to care all that much when the story proper kicks in. Last year’s Lucy was a prime example of this: the movie kept explaining its ridiculous plot to you despite the fact that no-one’s ever gone into a Luc Besson movie expecting complex, intelligent storytelling. 2014′s other sci-fi starring Scarlett Johansson, Under The Skin, however, is a masterclass in understatement and trusting the audience to comprehend the story without it being spoon-fed to them.
I say all this because, thankfully, Ex Machina is much closer to the latter than the former in its storytelling. Though there is a lot more dialogue. »
- Mark Allen
I am at my second Sundance Film Festival. These are my reviews.
Sundance Film Festival 2015 Reviews
Director/Screenwriter: David Robert Mitchell
Plot (courtesy of Sundance): After a strange sexual encounter, a teenager finds herself haunted by nightmarish visions and the inescapable sense that something is after her.
Review: As a parent of a 2.4-year-old, I am nowhere near the “sex talk.” Hopefully, I will remember to make It Follows part of my educational material. The “it” in It Follows is a presence that transfers through (unprotected I assume) sex, and lingers with terrorizing results.
Horror films are typically at their best when they under explain exactly what and how the evil works. That’s just one of the things this film gets right. The music is spine-tingling techno that reminds me a little »
- Jeff Bayer
Based on the David Lipsky memoir, the film premieres Friday night at the Sundance Film Festival.
Lipsky’s memoir is titled “Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace,” about a five-day interview with the novelist in 1996. The book was written after Wallace’s 2008 suicide.
Ponsoldt says, “I’m thrilled the film will be in the trustworthy and inspired hands of A24,” said Ponsoldt in a statement.
Ponsoldt’s “The Spectacular Now,” also released by A24, won a special jury award at Sundance in 2013 as did his drama “Smashed” the year before. A24 released films including “Obvious Child” and “Under the Skin” in 2014 and has “A Most Violent Year” currently in release. »
- Pat Saperstein
Director: Alex Garland
Running Times: 108 minutes
Synopis: Caleb (Gleeson), a computer coder, wins a work lottery. The prize? A week with company head, and recluse, Nathan (Isaac) who wants him to test his latest invention, an embodied artificial intelligence known as Ava (Vikander).
2015 film has started off strong, The Theroy Of Everything, and Birdman have had audiences captivated since their New Year’s Day release, and now in week four comes another spark of brilliance from EX_MACHINA. Finally amongst all the remakes and reboots, sequels and prequels, comes a truly original story. Written by Alex Garland, the scribe responsible for 28 Days Later, Sunshine. The Beach and Dredd, EX_MACHINA is a beautifully thought-out tense philosophical thriller that will keep the grey-matter engaged for the duration. The title is clearly inspired by the latin phrase ‘Deus Ex Machina’ which translates roughly to »
- Kat Smith
There’s a fine line between psychological thrillers and horrors and this has elements of both but the thriller side, and the sure brutal darkness to come, shows itself off in full effect here.
Catch Me Daddy is the debut feature film from brothers Daniel and Matthew Wolfe, and stars Gary Lewis, Connor McCarron and Sameena Jabeen Ahmed who was awarded ‘Best British Newcomer’ at the 2014 BFI London Film Festival and ‘Most Promising Newcomer’ at the 2014 British Independent Film Awards – so pretty impressive on both sides.
This trailer holds a lot of what’s best about British films and indie filmmakers, there’s always something new coming up. Watch it for yourself now and scroll down for some images, plus don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments or over on our Twitter:
Catch Me Daddy opens in UK cinemas on February 27th.
Nb: Catch Me Daddy »
- Dan Bullock
The film mostly focuses on Lopez herself — a decision that robs it of the symbiosis of fear and attraction that makes an erotic thriller...
In the last two decades, the once-disreputable genre of the erotic thriller has improbably gone arthouse, resulting in critically lauded but largely unseen indies like last year’s “Under the Skin” and “Stranger by the Lake.” A throwback to such racy but scolding Adrian Lyne movies as “Unfaithful” and “Indecent Proposal,” “The Boy Next Door” returns the mainstream erotic thriller to the multiplex, but its thin T-shirts and thinner characterizations fail to make a convincing case for the genre’s resurrection. »
- Inkoo Kang
Did "Under the Skin's" absence from this week's list of Oscar nominees represent a glaring oversight? Hardly. Despite being beloved by critics, Jonathan Glazer's unsettling sci-fi wasn't expected to rack up any nods. Which is fine! Some of the best movies never get their due come awards season. Me? I can't get it out of my brain. I've previously mentioned "The Babadook" as the year's best horror movie, and from a conventional standpoint it certainly is. But while "Under the Skin" is far from a traditional fright flick, it disturbed me in a deeper way than any pureblood horror film in recent memory. The beach scene alone! Haunting, horrifying, utterly unforgettable. Director Jonathan Glazer is one of the true visionaries working in film today. With the help of cinematographer Daniel Landin and his special effects team he conjured up a collection of the most striking images I saw »
- Chris Eggertsen
Richard Linklater’s drama named Film of the Year and Amazon’s transgender comedy picks up five awards from gay and lesbian entertainment critics
The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association named “Boyhood” Film of the Year Tuesday, while also honoring Julianne Moore and Eddie Redmayne with its top acting prizes. Amazon’s “Transparent” picked up five Dorian Awards on the television side, including TV comedy of the year.
Also Read: 21 Non-White Actors »
- Travis Reilly
The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (Galeca) has announced the winners of the annual Dorian Awards! Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" took the top honor of Film of the Year. But in a surprising turn of events, Ava DuVernay beat Linklater for her stellar work in "Selma!" Way to go!
Galeca is comprised of over 110 movie and TV critics nationwide, including yours truly, and is one of the few critics associations awarding the year's best in both film and TV.
George Takei took home the Timeless star tribute because, well, he's just pure and simply timeless! This award is given to .an actor or performer whose exemplary career is marked by character, wisdom and wit.. And we all can agree that Takei takes the cake!
A private Winners Toast will be held on Sunday, March 1, in Hollywood.
Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" picked up more trophies! This time from the the London Critics' Circle Film Awards. "Boyhood" took the Film of the Year honor as well as Director of the Year for Linklater and Supporting Actress for Patricia Arquette.
Here's the full list of winners of the 2015 London Film Critics' Circle Film Awards:
Film Of The Year
Foreign-language Film Of The Year
British Film Of The Year
Documentary Of The Year
Actor Of The Year
Actress Of The Year
Supporting Actor Of The Year
Supporting Actress Of The Year
British Actor Of The Year
British Actress Of The Year
Young British Performer Of The Year
Director Of The Year »
Until recently, my reason for paying for Amazon Prime was merely about being able to get diapers in two days without having to leave the house. The streaming service attached to that two-day-shipping deal was also good for my kid’s Dora the Explorer addiction, but that’s about it. Then Transparent came along and gave me something to watch “free” on Amazon Instant Video, too. As for movies, though, it’s never been of interest, especially since it hardly ever seems to have anything that Netflix doesn’t also have (by the way, they’ve noticed the concern enough to have a page for “Not on Netflix” offerings, including Under the Skin and Cheap Thrills), and anyway Netflix is a whole lot easier to watch on a mobile device or tablet. Amazon Studios is likely to develop more original series as good as Transparent or good enough, and given that they’ve already secured Woody Allen for »
- Christopher Campbell
'Boyhood' was the big winner at last night's London Critics' Circle Film Awards. The gong for Film of the Year was handed to the coming-of-age drama, which beat off competition from box office hits including 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' and 'The Theory of Everything'. Two members of the cast and crew picked up awards for their roles in the film. Richard Linklater received the honour of Director of the Year whilst Patricia Arquette was given an award for Supporting Actress of the Year. The Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Film was handed to Miranda Richardson whilst Jonathan Glazer picked up the gong for 'Under the Skin', which received the Attenborough Award for British Film of the Year. Composer, Mica Levi, accepted the Technical Achievement Award for her score on the 2013 film starring Scarlett Johansson. The star-studded event - which was held at London's »
The Lego Movie has earned prizes far beyond an Oscar nomination. But the snub still hurts...
The dust has settled somewhat on last week's Oscar nominations, and as is the norm, controversy has not been in short supply. The more Oscar-friendly films - such as The Imitation Game - have already arguably been over-rewarded, whereas edgy, genuinely brave and daring movies such as Nightcrawler have been all but blocked out. To be fair, that's a surprise to virtually nobody: rarely have the Oscars ventured too far out of a mainstream comfort zone when it comes to giving out main prizes.
Yet the snub this year that's got people talking the most is the bizarre failure to nominate The Lego Movie for a Best Animated Feature Oscar.
It is, to be fair, a fairly staggering omission. For many people, The Lego Movie was the finest animated production of last year; a film bubbling with ideas, »
London Critics’ Circle reveal top 10 films of 2014. Scroll down for full list of winners
The evening’s other big winner was Under the Skin, for which Jonathan Glazer was on hand to collect the Attenborough Award for British Film of the Year, and composer Mica Levi accepted the Technical Achievement Award for her score.
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
The London Critics’ Circle Film Awards took place at the May Fair Hotel in London tonight, with Boyhood taking home the top honour, Film of the Year, as well as Director of the Year (Richard Linklater) and Supporting Actress of the Year (Patricia Arquette).
Under the Skin was named British Film of the Year and also collected the Technical Achievement Award, while other winners on the night included Michael Keaton (Actor of the Year – Birdman), Julianne Moore (Actress of the Year – Still Alice), J.K. Simmons (Supporting Actor of the Year – Whiplash), Timothy Spall (British Actor of the Year – Mr. Turner) and Rosamund Pike (British Actress of the Year – Gone Girl and What We Did On Our Holiday).
Here’s the full list of nominations, with the winners highlighted in red…
Film Of The Year
The Grand Budapest Hotel
- Gary Collinson
And the winners: 35th London Critics’ Circle Film Awards Winners Film Of The Year Boyhood (Universal) Foreign-language Film Of The Year Leviathan (Curzon Artificial Eye) British Film Of The Year »
- Sasha Stone
Boyhood was the big winner at the London Film Critics' Circle Awards.
The movie collected the gong for Film of the Year at tonight's ceremony (January 18).
Elsewhere, Under the Skin received the Attenborough Award for British Film of the Year, with the score also winning a Technical Achievement Award.
Boyhood recently received six Oscar nods, including nominations in the Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay categories.
The winners of the London Film Critics' Circle Awards are presented in full below:
Film Of The Year
Foreign-language Film Of The Year
Leviathan (Curzon Artificial Eye)
British Film Of The Year
Under the Skin (StudioCanal)
London — American movie talent triumphed Sunday at the London Critics’ Circle awards, which took place at London’s May Fair Hotel, while local pics, like “The Theory of Everything,” “Mr Turner” and “The Imitation Game,” were shut out of the main categories.
Other top honors were shared among some of the other leading American contenders in the awards season. Wes Anderson took the screenwriter prize for “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Michael Keaton was crowned top actor for “Birdman,” Julianne Moore was named best actress for “Still Alice” and the supporting actor prize went to J.K. Simmons for “Whiplash.”
(For the nominations story click here.)
Film of the Year »
- Leo Barraclough
The London Film Critics Circle dished out kudos across the pond Sunday, with top honors going to — what else? — "Boyhood." Richard Linklater and Patricia Arquette also picked up hardware, while in the British-specific categories, "Under the Skin," Timothy Spall and Rosamund Pike were among the winners. Check out the nominees here, the full list of winners below and all the rest of the season's offerings at The Circuit. Film of the Year "Boyhood" Director of the Year Richard Linklater, "Boyhood" Screenwriter of the Year Wes Anderson, "The Grand Budapest Hotel" Actor of the Year Michael Keaton, "Birdman" Actress of the Year Julianne Moore, "Still Alice" Supporting Actor of the Year J.K. Simmons, "Whiplash" Supporting Actress of the Year Patricia Arquette, "Boyhood" British Film of the Year "Under the Skin" British Actor of the Year Timothy Spall, "Mr. Turner" British Actress of the Year Rosamund Pike, "Gone Girl" and "What We Did on Our Holiday »
- Kristopher Tapley
With many American critics' groups having now set out their awards lists, Sunday afternoon saw the turn of the London Critics’ Circle Film Awards. And, as it has been through those stateside awards, Boyhood once more won a hefty trio of gongs.This being the London film critics, British film was represented more strongly, with the likes of Mr. Turner – via leading man Timothy Spall – and Under The Skin got some well deserved recognition, even for a year in which both proved divisive for audiences and critics.Russia’s Leviathan came away as foreign language film of the year, while Edward Snowden documentary Citizenfour won its category and Julianne Moore took home another Best Actress award for Still Alice, in a line-up that saw her competing against herself for Maps To The Stars.Here’s the full line-up of winners:film Of The Year BoyhoodBirdman The Grand Budapest Hotel Ida LeviathanMr. »
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