17 items from 2014
DVD Release Date: Nov. 4, 2014
Price: DVD $24.99
Studio: Screen Media
The Little Chill? A gaggle of college friends reunite for a weekend in About Alex.
After the stress of adulthood takes its toll on a young man—a failed actor who attempts to suicide—a group of old college friends reunite for a weekend of reflection, partying and shared laughs. Together for the first time in years, old crushes and rivalries are rekindled and a combination of wine, weed and an unexpected dog sends the careening off into equally unexpected directions.
Having premiered at last years Frightfest, Dementamania is set for release next month. The film, directed by Kit Ryan and written by Anis Shlewet, follows a frustrated office worker who finds himself caught between the realms of his deranged imagination and the mundane reality of his everyday existence.
Frustrated with the social injustice he faces everyday and the bureaucratic culture of the office where he works, Edward Arkham (Samuel Robertson) is at boiling point. Although a successful analyst with a leading It consultancy, years of routine have taken their toll, and the unbearable daily monotony fuels his frustration and bitterness. When Edward is stung by a mysterious bug, it results in a painful and aggressive rash which unlocks the door to a secret world inside his head causing nightmarish fantasies to manifest themselves within vivid hallucinations. As the rash spreads and threatens to envelop his entire body, his visions become »
- Phil Wheat
“Audiences will have their sense of humanity refreshed.”
Critics are already cheering the film. “Breakout British hit is a warm, witty triumph,” says Digital Spy.
The Hollywood News writes, “Pride really is a thing of beauty.”
Pride is inspired by an extraordinary true story.
It’s the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers’ families. Initially rebuffed by the Union, the group identifies a tiny mining village in Wales and sets off to make their donation in person. As the strike drags on, the two groups discover that standing together makes for the strongest union of all.
- Michelle McCue
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Sept. 23, 2014
Price: DVD $19.99, Blu-ray $24.99
Robert Pattinson (The Twilight Saga franchise, Cosmopolis) and Guy Pearce (Prometheus, Lockout) star in the 2014 Australian production The Rover, the latest entry in the burgeoning post-apocalyptic crime drama genre.
Set in a world 10 years into the general collapse of society, The Rover follows hardened loner Eric (Pearce) as he travels the desolate towns and roads of the outback. When a gang of thieves steals his car, they leave behind a wounded Rey (Pattinson). Forcing Rey to help track the gang, Eric will go to any lengths to take back the one thing that still matters to him.
Inspired by a true story and in the vein of Full Monthy and Billy Elliot, Pride follows two very different communities who found strength by standing together.
Pride is inspired by an extraordinary true story. It’s the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers’ families. Initially rebuffed by the Union, the group identifies a tiny mining village in Wales and sets off to make their donation in person. As the strike drags on, the two groups discover that standing together makes for the strongest union of all.
- Michelle McCue
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Aug. 12, 2014
Price: DVD $20.99, Blu-ray $24.99
Studio: Cohen Media
Guy Pearce (Lockout) and Felicity Jones (Chalet Girl) star in the 2013 drama-romance Breathe In, concerning a restless married man who finds his emotional life rekindled by the arrival of a young apparent soul mate.
Middle-aged high school music teacher Keith Reynolds (Pearce) lives a comfortable if unexciting life in a suburb north of New York City with his wife Megan (Amy Ryan, Escape Plan) and teenage daughter Lauren (Mackenzie Davis, TV’s Halt and Catch Fire). His sleepy life is re-energized when teenage British exchange student and piano prodigy Sophie (Jones) comes to stay with the family. The mutual attraction between teacher and student is immediate – despite the fact that Sophie is the same age as Lauren. When Keith and Sophie’s shared passion for music progresses to the next level, »
How can a film exist somewhere between being an ambitious Hollywood oddity and a wacky hot mess of a film? Days after seeing Luc Besson’s new film Lucy I’m still trying to figure this out. Going into a Besson film you have to expect a strong female-centered action-fest. The French director has made a career of this going back to La Femme Nikita, to The Fifth Element, all the way to his more recent Indiana Jones and Allan Quatermain inspired period piece The Extraordinary Adventure Of Adele Blanc-sec (which exists relatively unnoticed and is worth checking out if you’re a fan of pulp adventure stories). However Lucy kind of exists in a different conversation than these previously mentioned films for a lot of reasons. First of all, despite her stunning features, Johansson’s Lucy is nowhere near as memorable as some of the leads in these other films. »
- Michael Haffner
CBS Films has acquired U.S. rights to “Pride,” which premiered earlier this year at Cannes and will hit theaters on Sept. 19. The dramatic comedy was directed by Tony Award-winner Matthew Warchus (“God of Carnage”) from a screenplay by Stephen Beresford. David Livingstone produced the film, while Cameron McCracken, Christine Langan and Natascha Wharton executive produced. Also read: CBS Films Discovers ‘The Atlantis Gene,’ Secures Rights to Hot E-Book Trilogy The cast is led by Bill Nighy (“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”), Imelda Staunton (“Maleficent”), Dominic West (“The Hour”), Paddy Considine (“Submarine”), Andrew Scott (“Sherlock”), Joseph Gilgun (“Lockout”), George MacKay (“How I Live. »
- Jeff Sneider
Guy Pearce can do swagger (Iron Man 3, The King's Speech), he can do slimy (Lawless), he can do hard-nosed (L.A. Confidential, Animal Kingdom), he can do unhinged (Memento, The Road), he can do heroic (Lockout, The Time Machine), he can do fabulous (The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert). Whatever adjective he's personifying onscreen, there's rarely a trace of “Guy Pearce” to be found. In his new movie, The Rover, a postapocalyptic drama that reteams the actor with Animal Kingdom director David Michôd, Pearce plays Eric, a grizzled silent-type determined to retrieve his car from a thieving trio. The reasons are murky — it's ten years after a global “collapse” and having a car to roam the Australian dust bowl certainly looks like a perk — and Michôd relies on the brunt force of Pearce's conviction to propel the brooding chase along. Pairing Eric with a Boo Radley–like »
- Matt Patches
Blu-ray Release Date: June 3, 2014
Price: Blu-ray $24.97
Studio: Shout! Factory
It’s a cannabilistic fest in 1999 horror movie Ravenous.
Guy Pearce (Lockout) stars in the independent film as Capt. Boyd, a disgraced war veteran who’s quietly sent to a remote fort inhabited by soldiers half-mad with boredom. Then a frozen stranger (Robert Carlyle, California Solo) arrives and tells them about a group of settlers who are trapped in a cave and forced to eat one another. When Boyd and soldiers go to help, they fall into a deadly ambush.
Critics panned Ravenous, which grossed $2 million when it was in theaters. But moviegoers like it much better. The film scored 40% with critics and 79% with moviegoers, according to Rotten Tomatoes.
This Blu-ray release »
Director: Camille Delamarre.
Running Time: 90 minutes.
Synopsis: An undercover Detroit cop navigates a dangerous neighbourhood that’s surrounded by a containment wall with the help of an ex-con in order to bring down a crime lord and his plot to devastate the entire city.
Luc Besson seems like an incredibly busy man, churning out a couple of scripts or stories per year on top of his directing duties. It seems like the reason for this massive activity could be that he just stops after the first draft and thinks to himself, ‘that’ll do’. At least that’s the evidence on hand in the mess that is Brick Mansions.
The film is a remake of District 13 (also conceived by Besson) and the plot is largely the same, transported from the ghettos of »
- Esben Evans
With the Summer movie season around the corner, the final weekend of April has three fairly modest movies reaching theaters. The Other Woman has the best chance of beating three-time champion Captain America: The Winter Soldier, though holdover Heaven is for Real might also contend for the top spot. Meanwhile, Brick Mansions and The Quiet Ones probably won't reach $10 million.At 3,204 locations, comedy The Other Woman should see solid attendance from female audiences. The movie stars Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton as three women who team up to get revenge on the man who has been sleeping with all three of them. Diaz is easily the biggest star of the bunch, and has a decent track record in comedies like Bad Teacher ($100.3 million) and What Happens in Vegas ($80.3 million).The movie's tagline nicely sums up the focus of the marketing: "The oddest friends are about to get even. »
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Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: May 20, 2014
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.99
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
The action film stars Costner as a CIA agent known for tackling the most dangerous missions. When he finds out he’s ill and dying, he decides to quit and try to repair his relationship with his teenage daughter (Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit).
In comes CIA operative Amber Heard. She wants to bring down a ruthless terrorist, and promises Costner an experimental drug that will cure what ails him if he takes on the case. Trying not to disappoint his daughter, Costner’s Ethan Renner must hide his new mission as he tries to make amends to his family.
Trailer Simon Brew 13 Feb 2014 - 06:36
At the time of his tragic death last November, Paul Walker had two more films that he'd worked on heading for release. Fast & Furious 7 has, of course, been delayed while Universal reworks the film around the scenes he shot before he passed away. And then there's Brick Mansions, a remake of the film District B13, where Walker stars alongside David Belle and RZA.
Brick Mansions lands in Us cinemas on April 25th (it's yet to get a UK release date), and the first trailer for it has now been released.
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Here's the action-packed trailer for "Brick Mansions," which is the last film that Paul Walker completed before his death in November. It's a remake of 2004's "District B13," a French movie starring parkour star and all-around bad-ass David Belle. Belle reprises his role as an ex-criminal trying to go straight despite the brutal environment of Detroit's so-called brick mansions, a walled-off district of the city that the police have basically given up on controlling. (Here his character is called Lino instead of Leïto, though.) Paul Walker takes on the role of the undercover cop who has to infiltrate the brick mansions and take down a ruthless gang armed to the teeth and led by a particularly dangerous guy who's kidnapped Lino's girlfriend.
- Jenni Miller
One of Paul Walker's final film roles is in the District B13 remake Brick Mansions (which we just recently learned will be hitting theaters this spring), and we now have a look at the full trailer. The film also stars RZA and David Belle (one of the actors from the original), and was directed by Taken 2 and Lockout editor Camille Delamarre. A poster for Brick Mansions has also been released, featuring the three leads on the side of the top of a building, and Walker and Belle jumping »
- Jesse Giroux
Paul Walker’s last movie, Brick Mansions, is scheduled for an April 25, 2015 release according to Relativity Media. Earth to Echo, Relativity’s sci-fi adventure collaboration with Disney was originally pegged to this date, but has now been rescheduled for a July 2, 2014 arrival in theaters. Brick Mansions features Walker and Wu-Tang Clan founding member RZA, along with Parkour dynamo David Belle and Catalina Denis. An English-language remake of EuropaCorp’s French actioner Banlieue 13 (District B13), the story follows Walker as an undercover police officer who ventures into the dystopian urban wilds of a future Detroit, tasked with the mission of disarming a neutron bomb set to detonate in a tenement named Brick Mansions. Produced by The Fifth Element and Taken 2 director Luc Besson, who also wrote and co-produced the French original, Brick Mansions will also feature the directorial debut of Camille Delamarre. Delamarre has worked closely with Besson in the past, as »
- Dustin Hucks
17 items from 2014
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