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If you're stuck for something to do waiting for Santa to show up this Christmas Eve then why not treat yourself to an early Crimbo present in the form of Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego's new mystery thriller 'Open Grave'. Shock To You Drop have unveiled an exclusive motion poster from the release set to land in unison on 24 December on Cable/Telco, Satellite, most VOD platforms, iTunes, Amazon Watch Instantly, Vudu, Playstation and Google Play! But if you can hold out for your seasonal thrills until after the New Year then 'Open Grave' will be dropped into Us theatres on 3 January 2014. Sharlto Copley ('Elysium'), Joseph Morgan ('The Originals'), Thomas Kretschmann ('Dracula 3D'), Erin Richards ('Being Human'), Josie Ho ('Contagion') and Max Wrottesley all star. Check out the coll poster below. »
A supercharged Korean take on the disease disaster movie, with almost every element of the narrative and visuals at full throttle
When a lethal outbreak of avian flu sweeps through the Korean suburb of Bundang, less than 20km from Seoul, the area is quarantined, troops are sent in and the most extreme containment measures are executed. Coming on like a ramped-up version of Steven Soderbergh's Contagion, this full-throttle thriller/disaster movie boasts an emergent love story, a child in peril, a sociopolitical subtext and ever-expanding vistas of apocalyptic destruction. One minute, the sick are coughing and spluttering; the next, they're being rounded up with their uninfected neighbours, en route toward some hideous final solution.
Returning to the director's chair after a 10-year hiatus, Kim Sung-su rallies the crowd and action scenes with ease, although the intertwining strands of the overcooked narrative occasionally threaten to unravel.
- Mark Kermode
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Feb. 25, 2014
Price: Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.95
The 1993 drama King of the Hill represented the first Hollywood studio production for Steven Soderbergh (Contagion), whose independent debut, sex, lies, and videotape, had won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival a few years earlier.
Set in St. Louis during the Depression, King of the Hill follows the daily struggles of a resourceful and imaginative adolescent (Bring It On’s Jesse Bradford) who, after his tubercular mother is sent to a sanatorium, must survive on his own in a run-down hotel during his salesman father’s long business trips.
An evocative period piece about growing up, the film is faithfully adapted from the memoir by the novelist A. E. Hotchner. Among the ever versatile Soderbergh’s most touching and surprising films, it features a strong supporting cast that includes »
Hollywood history always makes for fascinating reading. Hindsight and whatnot. During a month in which Sound on Sight takes an opportunity to tip a collective hat in the direction of recently ‘retired’ workhorse auteur Steven Soderbergh, there is a further chance to reel back the years and examine a period of time when one of modern cinema’s finest acolytes was transforming from indie hero to mainstream heavyweight. Of course, it all seems so predictable now that he would follow up his 2001 Oscar win with 12 years of financial and critical success with unmatched versatility. What is more interesting are two fellow directors sharing the limelight with him that year, the trio hailed as the hottest directorial properties in the business. Chances are many of you do not remember the name Richard Kelly. It’s likely most of you have no wish to recall the work of M. Night Shyamalan. 2001 was a strange year. »
- Scott Patterson
Ehle, whose recent credits also include The King’s Speech and Contagion, will play Dame Geraldine Maltby of intelligence service MI5.
Shine Pictures’ Stephen Garrett said: “We’ve set out to make a gripping, cinematic, contemporary spy thriller - one that builds on the history of the show and its legacy of questioning the world around us, but which also »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Exclusive: Longtime Double Feature Films partners Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher are amicably splitting up. They formed their shingle in 2003 after splitting with Danny DeVito and Jersey Films, and they have spent the last 22 years together. Between those two companies, they are the kind of understated producers where you look at their resume and go, wow, they made a lot of good movies. That encompasses everything from Get Shorty to Pulp Fiction, Reality Bites, Garden State, Gattaca, Out Of Sight, Man On The Moon, World Trade Center, Contagion, Erin Brockovich and Django Unchained. Shamberg and Sher continue as partners in their television company which has a first-look deal at AMC. They decided they want to pursue film projects individually, but they will remain partners on they Double Feature projects they have percolating – a list that includes Zach Braff’s crowd-funded indie Wish I Was Here and the Scott Frank-directed »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Next, she'll star in The Apostles, which landed on our radar courtesy of 24fps. The poster art is eye-catching, if not a bit You're Next-ish. While we await more details on this project, check out the synopsis.
Lorraine is a young novelist who has been suffering from severe headache, nightmares and occasional short-term memory loss from a car accident. Daily medication has become a part of her life. One day, a plane crash killed Lorraine's husband Kenny.
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After nearly 15 years apart, Morris Chestnut (Identity Thief), Taye Diggs (Baggage Claim), Regina Hall (Scary Movie franchise), Terrence Howard (Hustle & Flow), Sanaa Lathan (Contagion), Nia Long (Soul Food), Harold Perrineau (Zero Dark Thirty), Monica Calhoun (Love & Basketball) and Melissa De Sousa (Miss Congeniality) reprise their career-launching roles in The Best Man Holiday, the long-awaited next chapter to the film that ushered in a new era of comedy.
In the closing frames of The Best Man, the groundbreaking movie from then first-time writer/director Malcolm D. Lee, Lance (Chestnut) and Mia (Calhoun) had just gotten married, and Harper (Diggs) proposed to a very shocked Robyn (Lathan). Murch (Perrineau) found the nerve to break up with Shelby (De Sousa) and begin dating Candy (Hall), the fantasy girl who’d become the love of his life, while the industrious Shelby rebounded and found herself in bed with lothario Quentin (Howard). And although Jordan »
- Movie Geeks
Written by Scott Z. Burns
Directed by Steven Soderbergh
The most unsettling element of Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion (which is, by any metric, a deeply discomfiting film) is its plausibility. The film has a clinical approach that underlines how possible its central crisis is and how powerless we would be to stop it. The film has a global scope and an all-star cast, but what resonates most is the idea that this could happen. Anywhere. Anytime. To any one of us.
Contagion is a film about connections, the ways they can harm us, and how they may ultimately be the key to our salvation. It is Beth’s (Gwyneth Paltrow) connection to a former lover that helps the disease spread more quickly. It is her betrayal of her husband (Matt Damon) that facilitates his developing paranoia and isolation during the outbreak. The connections help a global cadre of doctors (including Marion Cotillard, »
- Jordan Ferguson
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“The Best Man Holiday,” which is rated “R” and opens on Nov. 15, 2013, also stars Morris Chestnut, Terrence Howard, Regina Hall, Sanaa Lathan, Nia Long, Harold Perrineau, Monica Calhoun, Melissa De Sousa, Harold Perrineau, Eddie Cibrian, John Michael Higgins, Richie Lawrence and Millie Davis from writer and director Malcolm D. Lee. Note: You must be 17+ to attend this “R”-rated screening.
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Scott Burns ("Contagion") penned the script which follows how Crowhurst (Firth) duped his family, race organisers and the public into believing that he had spent eight months circumnavigating the globe in a prestigious, single-handed, round-the-world yacht race.
The least qualified of nine competitors in the race, he quickly fell behind the others and so secretly abandoned the race, He then set out on a plan to deceive the world by falsifying his locations on the ship-to-shore messages sent from his radio.
As the race drew to a close and he became increasingly aware his logs would be examined by experienced sailors and his lies exposed. Gorwing increasingly unstable and irrational, he ceased radio transmissions. Nearly two weeks later, his ship was found adrift and abandoned, »
- Garth Franklin
Jude Law seems to be on a career upswing and we couldn't be happier. After being poised as the next big thing, Law starred in a number of huge (and hugely forgettable) movies like "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow" and "Alfie." But now, he seems to be finding his footing again, costarring in two wildly successful "Sherlock Holmes" movies with Robert Downey, Jr. and getting a creative shot-in-the-arm from a pair of collaborations with Steven Soderbergh ("Contagion" and "Side Effects"). His next movie looks like a lot of fun, too.
The movie is "Dom Hemingway," and in it Law stars as the title character, a boozy, druggy criminal who has just been released from prison after serving 12 years. The film recently played at the Toronto International Film Festival and opens in the U.K. on November 15 and the in the U.S. in April 2014. In this new clip from Total Film, »
- Drew Taylor
Hollywood needs to remain focused on cultivating promising creative talent even as the international demand for genre films grows, according to veteran producer Michael Shamberg, speaking at Virginia's Middleburg Film Festival over the weekend. In conversation with Vanity Fair's Maureen Orth, Shamberg reaffirmed his belief that Hollywood "has to be forward-looking"with its talent, not just with its tentpole films. "It has to take the new filmmakers and promote them,"he said. Shamberg knows a thing or two about how to promote filmmakers, having produced dozens of auteur-driven independent films. His credits include Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction" and "Django Unchained"; Steven Soderbergh's "Out of Sight," "Erin Brockovich" and "Contagion"; and Zach Braff's "Garden State" and upcoming Kickstarter-funded project "Wish I Was Here." Pointing to the success former indie filmmaker Christopher Nolan found directing tentpoles, Shamberg noted, "The system renews itself from the outside »
- Andrew Lapin
Another week, another clutch of classics being performed by this year's X Factor contestants.
This week is Movies Week, which in the past has meant massive tunes from The Lion King and, er... indie flick Gummo. The suspicious might think the mentors just picked a song they wanted and had a quick Google for any movie in which it featured.
Tomorrow, we'll get renditions of 'Moon River', 'Skyfall', 'Oh, Pretty Woman', 'Kiss From A Rose', 'Dreams', 'Angel', 'Everything I Do (I Do It For You)', 'My Heart Will Go On', 'All I Want Is You' and 'Listen'.
We've assumed that the 'All I Want Is You' being performed by Sam Callahan is U2's 1989 single, which featured on Rattle and Hum and more recently in Contagion, as it was covered by X Factor alumus Mary Byrne on her 2011 debut Mine & Yours.
Missing from our »
I was hesitant returning to Nicolas Winding Refn's Only God Forgives, so instead of just watching it outright I listened to the commentary track on which Refn discusses the film with Empire film critic Damon Wise (read his five star review of the film here). Yet, considering the film features a scant amount of dialogue, I did throw on the film's subtitles as I knew they'd be of little distraction. I saw Only God Forgives in Cannes earlier this year (read my review here) and wasn't particularly moved, but sufficiently intrigued. After discussing it with several of my fellow critics in town and attempting to work our way through the intentionally oblique narrative. After writing my review, I then read through an early draft of the screenplay, which, as you may expect, is far more detailed than the end product, most of which was stripped out of the final product. »
- Brad Brevet
Jude Law has certainly transformed his image over the past few years with careful film choices such as Sherlock Holmes, Contagion and Anna Karenina. Now the first stills have been released from Kevin Macdonald’s (The Last King Of Scotland) Black Sea, in which Jude Law will star. In the film Law has once again changed his image from what audiences have become accustomed to from the talented actor, by bulking up and sporting a buzz cut.
Here is the plot for forthcoming film from Macdonald:
‘In Black Sea, Law’s character Robinson is definitely down on his luck. He’s been kicked out of the British Navy. He loses his job at marine salvage, too. But then, Robinson discovers a Russian U-boat that he believes to contain Russian gold sent to Hitler as a bribe — and he has his mission’.
He also had this to say:
‘I wanted somebody »
- Ben Read
While Matthew McConaughey continues to be deservedly praised for his career turnaround, how about a little shout out to Jude Law? He too has put together a pretty nice string of pictures over the past few years, teaming twice with Steven Soderbergh ("Contagion," "Side Effects"), logging time with Martin Scorsese ("Hugo"), Wes Anderson ("The Grand Budapest Hotel") and Joe Wright ("Anna Karenina"), and taking a big bite out of next spring's delightfully raunchy "Dom Hemingway" (review here). And oh yeah, he's got the thriller "Black Sea" coming too, and some first look images have arrived... The movie teams Law with director Kevin Macdonald in a tale that follows Robinson, an unemployed submarine captain and former British Navy man who is hired to lead an expedition to find a sunken sub supposedly loaded with gold, supposedly sent as a bribe to Hitler. So he puts together a ragtag crew to take on the gig, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Ten years ago, I encountered a congenial middle-aged fellow at the Cannes Film Festival who, after an exchange of pleasantries, proceeded to confide his plan to build an entertainment company. I’d been told he was a billionaire, albeit an unimposing one — no entourage, no bodyguards, not even a jeweled earring — so I listened respectfully before confiding my reaction: I thought his business plan was ill-conceived. I didn’t even like his company’s name, Participant. It sounded too, well, participatory.
Today, Jeff Skoll and his company are still around; clearly my advice did not resonate, and just as well. His buoyant shingle has been involved in making (and co-funding) some 40 films including “Lincoln,” “The Help” and, opening this weekend, “The Fifth Estate,” along with building a formidable digital platform for social advocacy.
This year, in yet another flight of optimism, he’s launched a new TV channel, Pivot, which »
- Peter Bart
Jude Law is a handsome man. He’s got the look of a wealthy, privileged playboy and has been cast as such more than a few times in his career. So when The Last King of Scotland director Kevin Macdonald started looking for a blue-collar guy to take on the lead role in his submarine thriller Black Sea, it’s easy to understand why he was hesitant to even consider the golden boy.
“I wanted somebody in their middle age and who was British and who could convincingly be a blue-collar guy,” Macdonald told EW. “If you look around Hollywood, »
- Lindsey Bahr
The documentary Project Wild Thing hopes to get kids off computers and embracing nature. But do protest films ever change anything – and who actually watches them?
What are you doing about global warming? Or fracking? Arab democracy? Diminishing bee populations? Nuclear energy? Gun control? Repression in Uganda? Russia? Burma? Increasingly, what we're doing about the world's problems seems to be watching documentaries on them – which does feel like doing something, while at the same time being very close to doing nothing. Now, at least, we can do nothing about more issues than ever before. The current cinema landscape is saturated with documentaries and fictionalised movies highlighting important political, humanitarian or environmental issues. That should be a good thing, but somehow, it doesn't always feel like it.
In the past month we've already had films on bees (More Than Honey), the internet and children (InRealLife), and climate change denial (Greedy Lying »
- Steve Rose
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