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Newish Viewing: Concussion, Hateful 8, and Reader Poll

Here's what's new or newish for home viewing over the past two weeks for DVDs, BluRays, or Streaming. Now you can...

• see if the Pinkett-Smiths had any reason to be upset about the lack of Oscar interest in Concussion (hint: no)

• stab your eyes out while watching Daddy's Home

• find out if The Hateful Eight is Tarantino's worst (hint: yes)

• discover the stuff they left out of Pt 1 in order to make another billion with Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt 2

• watch Juliet Stevenson be Mother Teresa in The Letters

• endure yet another Paranormal Activity movie because they will never stop making those

• use Point Break (2015) discs for coasters because who needs a remake when Point Break (1991) is still such a knockout?!

Reader's Choice Streaming

We kicked off the biweekly reader's choice series with Gattaca (1997) and Cruel Intentions (1999). Time for another on Wednesday April 6th only I'm forcing a move away from
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Juliet Stevenson On ‘The Letters,’ Mother Teresa, Her Doubts About God [Exclusive Video]

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British actress Juliet Stevenson stars as Roman Catholic sister and missionary Mother Teresa in William Riead‘s The Letters, which explores the truths of one of the most beloved religious figures of the modern day. Juliet Stevenson On ‘The Letters’ Throughout her life, Mother Teresa confided solely with a priest named Father Celeste van Exem, telling him of […]

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Juliet Stevenson on Demystifying Mother Teresa

Four-time BAFTA nominated British actor Juliet Stevenson stars as Mother Teresa of Calcutta in “The Letters.” The intimate biopic from writer-director William Riead pulls back surprising layers from the Nobel Peace Prize–winning humanitarian. On working on “The Letters.”“I must say, I don’t know why me, particularly. Will Riead called me at home, and I honestly thought he made a mistake. On the face of it, I couldn’t be more wrong for it. I’m 5’8” and she’s 5’1”, I’m strongly built and she’s tiny, I’m not a Catholic. I thought he may have made a mistake. But once I realized he hadn’t, I was intrigued by the idea, really. I was obviously interested because of her legendary status and I thought it would be interesting to find out who she was behind the image. It was fascinating.” On being an atheist playing a devout Catholic.
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Film Review: ‘The Letters’

Film Review: ‘The Letters’
The Letters” spends its first seven minutes jumping among four time periods and five locations — a scattered start emblematic of this Mother Teresa biopic’s general shoddiness. Prefacing scenes with spoiler-ific framing sequences that notify us of what’s immediately to come, and discussing issues it fails to even superficially dramatize, writer-director William Riead’s film is guided by the misconception that its subject matter is so inherently uplifting that it requires almost no artistic effort. Consequently, what it delivers is mere Hallmark Channel-grade inspiration of the most sluggish sort, with Juliet Stevenson’s lead performance as one-note as the peripheral supporting turns from Max von Sydow and Rutger Hauer. No matter its famous historical topic, this turgid retelling of the nun’s story is destined for a swift box office demise.

Riead’s film begins by skittering haphazardly between 1931 Dublin, 1998 India and the Vatican, and then a 2003 Catholic Retirement Rectory,
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The Letters movie review: utter nunsense

A fatuous argument for Mother Teresa’s sainthood; credulous and willfully ignorant, and disregards everything about her beliefs that was nasty or skeptical. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): not a fan of Mother Teresa

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

We talk about films being hagiographic, but this one wins it. Not that that’s a good thing. The Albanian nun Mother Teresa has already been “beatified” by the Vatican, and will be declared a saint once a second miracle has been attributed to her. This fatuous movie thinks it has mounted some sort of support for her sainthood… though it has no choice but to do so by being wholly credulous, absurdly reverent, willfully ignorant, and disregarding absolutely everything to do with the life and beliefs of the former Anjezë Bojaxhiu that is nasty,
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‘The Letters’ Review: Mother Teresa Biopic Makes Unconvincing Case for Sainthood

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‘The Letters’ Review: Mother Teresa Biopic Makes Unconvincing Case for Sainthood
Critics often call biopics overly adulatory of its subjects “hagiographies,” but “The Letters” is an actual case for sainthood on behalf of its protagonist, Mother Teresa. As an opening scene recounts, the Catholic nun (played by a wrinkle-free Juliet Stevenson) allegedly cured one woman of cancer. But the Vatican requires a minimum of two miracles for sainthood, and thus efforts to canonize Mother Teresa have stalled since her death in 1997. “The Letters” strives to restart the nun’s candidacy for canonization. Written and directed by William Riead (“Island Prey,” “Scorpion”), the feature is as dramatically comatose as it sounds, focusing.
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Us Briefs: Costume Designers Guild honours for Quentin Tarantino, Ellen Mirojnick

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Us Briefs: Costume Designers Guild honours for Quentin Tarantino, Ellen Mirojnick
Plus: Freestyle sets Mother Teresa drama The Letters release date; Kathy Bates joins Bad Santa 2; Momentum picks up word rights to Milton’s Secret; Stx Entertainment wraps The Space Between Us… and more.

The 18th Costume Designers Guild Awards on February 23, 2016 will honour Quentin Tarantino with the Distinguished Collaborator Award and veteran costume designer Ellen Mirojnick with the Career Achievement Award

Mirojnick’s credits include Chaplin, Cocktail, Wall Street, Fatal Attraction, Basic Instinct and Behind The Candelabra

Freestyle Releasing will distribute Mother Teresa drama The Letters starring Juliet Stevenson on December 4 in more than 1,000 theatres. Max von Sydow and Rutger Hauer also star and William Riead directed the life story of the late nun.

Kathy Bates has joined Bad Santa 2 for Miramax and Broad Green and will play Sonny Soke, the “foulmouthed, tough-as-nails mom” to Billy Bob Thornton’s lead. Miramax and Broad Green Pictures co-finance and co-produce the sequel, while Broad Green
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Mother Teresa Movie ‘The Letters’ Set for Sept. 5 Release in U.S. (Exclusive)

Mother Teresa Movie ‘The Letters’ Set for Sept. 5 Release in U.S. (Exclusive)
CinemaWest will launch “The Letters,” a biopic based on the life and legacy of Mother Teresa, in the U.S. on Sept. 5 in honor of Mother Teresa’s Feast Day.

The film stars Juliet Stevenson, Max von Sydow and Rutger Hauer.

The drama, filmed primarily in India and the U.K., explores the life of Mother Teresa through letters she wrote to her longtime friend and spiritual advisor, Father Celeste van Exem (played by von Sydow) over a nearly 50-year period.

“The movie became a labor of love and a real passion for me over the last 14 years because of Mother Teresa’s lasting impact on all of our lives,” said producer-director William Riead.

Other producers are Lisa Riead and Tony Cordeaux.

Mother Teresa was working in Calcutta during the 1950s when she founded the Missionaries of Charity after hearing a call from the Lord to begin ministering to the poorest of India’s poor.
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Nun on the run for Arclight

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Exclusive: Arclight Films has been at Afm talking up The Letters starring Juliet Stevenson as Mother Theresa.

Max Von Sydow And Rutger Hauer round out the key cast in the drama about the efforts to turn the late nun into a saint.

William Riead directs the recently completed drama which shot in a number of locations including India.

“We are quite fortunate to be able to bring The Letters, a film that is both life-affirming and heartfelt with a message that will deeply touch and inspire audiences from all walks of life, all around the world,” said Arclight Films managing director Gary Hamilton. “It’s high production value and powerful story will move anyone who sees it.”
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Rutger Hauer joins UK thriller Kickback

Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner, Batman Begins) has joined the cast of the UK crime thriller Kickback. Written and directed by Raza Mallal, the film follows a renegade Moscow detective investigating the murder of a female war journalist.

Mallal is also co-producing with Kevan Van Thompson and executive producer Ilja Rosendahl of Scene Bridge Entertainment. The film is due to start filming in March in Prague.

Also attached to star are John Cusack, Sean Young, Karen David, Sean Astin, Mischa Barton, Michael Biehn, Tom Sizemore and John Hannah. Kickback will be the first on-screen reunion for Hauer and Young since they starred together in Blade Runner in 1982.

Hauer can next be seen in the sci-fi Real Playing Game, followed by drama The Letters with Juliet Stevenson and Max von Sydow, and the romance Drawing Home.
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