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Blood Ties, 2014.
Directed by Guillaume Canet.
Two brothers – one a cop, the other a con – discover that not everything is black and white when it comes to family loyalty.
Coming from the same place as Goodfellas and Carlito’s Way, Blood Ties is a crime drama set against the backdrop of 1970s New York and centres around the relationship between brothers Chris and Frank Pierzynski. Chris (Clive Owen) has served nine years for murder when he is released on the condition that he can get a job and go straight. His younger brother Frank (Billy Crudup) is a detective in the NYPD and sets him up with a job and a place to live but old habits die hard and Chris returns to his old ways to make ends meet. »
- Gary Collinson
Principal photography on Spotlight, the next movie from writer/director Thomas McCarthy (The Visitor), began today in Boston. Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, Stanley Tucci, John Slattery, Brian d’Arcy James, Billy Crudup, and Jamey Sheridan star in the drama. The script by McCarthy and Josh Singer (The Fifth Estate) centers on the Boston Globe investigative team who in 2001 fought "to expose the Boston Archdiocese’s systemic cover up of sexual abuse of children by ordained priests." Hit the jump for the press release with all the details. Participant Media’S “Spotlight” Starring Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber And Stanley Tucci Goes To Camera In Boston Before Lensing In Toronto John Slattery, Brian d’Arcy James, Billy Crudup And Jamey Sheridan Join Cast (September 25 – Boston, Ma) Principal photography begins today on Academy Award®-nominee Thomas McCarthy’s riveting drama Spotlight, starring Mark Ruffalo (The Normal Heart, »
- Brendan Bettinger
Toronto — “Titanic” was a seminal moment in Kate Winslet’s career, but she made it clear even during the film's Oscar run and in the years following that it was a more grueling experience than she ever expected. In the years since she’s avoided anything that came close to those shooting conditions, when she spent weeks in water tanks and wading through water. That is until her new period drama, “A Little Chaos,” which screened for the press at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival Wednesday before its Saturday night premiere. In the film, Winslet and her stunt person are drenched when her character tries to manually close an aqueduct from flooding a massive garden she’s been building at Versailles (yes, that Versailles). The long and the short of it is that the sequence found Winslet in a ton of water. And for her to do that, she must simply adore her co-star and director, »
- Gregory Ellwood
I’m back with another mix tape, only this time the compilation consists solely of the best music from movies released in 2014 (January to the end of August). As per usual, I’ve also included some fun movie clips. Here are tracks from the best soundtracks and scores of the year so far. Be sure to check back in December for part two.
The Band – “The Weight” (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes)
Superhuman – “Where It Ends” (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes)
James Brown – “Papas Got A Brand New Bag” (Get On Up: The James Brown Story)
Get On Up Movie Clip
Elvis Presley – “You’re »
- Sound On Sight Podcast
What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.
streaming now, while it’s still in cinemas
streaming now, before it’s on dvd
The Amazing Spider-Man 2: suffers badly by comparison with the cogent, witty Avengers flicks — this feels like a campy Saturday-morning cartoon left over from the 1970s [my review] [iTunes UK]
new to stream
Captain America: The Winter Soldier: stuns me with its scathing commentary on what is happening in the real world today, wrapped up in what is some of the most delicious, most comic-booky fantasy ever [my review] [iTunes UK] Tracks: romantic in the grandest sense, a visceral and hypnotic experience of idealistic aspirations set against the desolate beauty and danger of the »
- MaryAnn Johanson
With everything under the sun being remade these days, it was only a matter of time before Rosemary’S Baby would see the dreaded redux. With Polanski’s 1968 film adaption of the great Ira Levin novel being considered a horror classic, obviously the NBC miniseries would be met with some skepticism, and though a decent amount has been changed for the 2014 version, what hinders the film aren’t its changes, but the lack of life in it.
While the novel and Polanksi film greatly succeeded at giving their readers/viewers a sense of building tension and one hell of a payoff, the 2014 version almost instantly seems as if it doesn’t know what type of film it wants to be. Part melodrama, part horror film, Rosemary’S Baby (2014) immediately does what a lot of films have to wait for at least quarter of their running time to do: lose its audience. »
- Jerry Smith
Blood Ties, 2013.
Directed by Guillaume Canet.
Chris (Clive Owen) has just been released from prison on good behaviour, several years after he was involved in a gangland murder. Waiting for him reluctantly outside is his younger brother, Frank (Billy Crudup), a cop with a bright future. Hoping that Chris has changed, Frank is willing to give his brother a chance – he shares his home, finds him a job and helps him reconnect with his children and ex-wife. But Chris’ past quickly begins to catch up with him and his descent back into a life of crime becomes inevitable.
When you read a synopsis like the one for Blood Ties, you can’t help but think that it’s a fairly generic and familiar story. Thankfully it’s nowhere near »
- Gary Collinson
Having made films in the English language as an actor, Guillaume Canet is yet to make a film in the States as a director, but now remakes a film he once starred in, to bring us Blood Ties. We had the great pleasure in speaking to Canet, who discussed why he chose this particular story, why he has turned down big Hollywood scripts in the past years, and what it was like directing his partner, Marion Cotillard.
No, to be honest, it was the first time in my life I was reading a script as an actor and that I had this weird feeling when I was reading it, I really wanted to direct it. Which was weird for me. »
- Stefan Pape
★★★☆☆French actor-turned-director Guillaume Canet's first foray into English-language cinema, Blood Ties (2013) is a self-consciously styled paean to 1970s cinema - namely the New York crime yarn. Though adapted from Bruno and Michel Papet's novel Les liens du sang, it bears many of the trademarks of co-writer James Gray's own work as a director; namely fraught sibling relationships and the testing loyalty between family and the law. It's nothing that hasn't been seen numerous times before, and despite the injection of a starry line-up of some of the finest actors working today (and Clive Owen), the creative duo fail to bring anything particularly innovative or new to an already crowded table.
- CineVue UK
Considering the acclaim that French director Guillaume Canet has rightly received for his previous endeavours, Tell No One and Little White Lies, it became increasingly likely that he would make the move across the Atlantic, and test his abilities in the States – a move he has now made with his first English production, Blood Ties. However here is a film overwhelmed by its influences, feeling more like a homage to the work of Sidney Lumet and John Cassavetes, rather than find its own, unique voice.
Blood Ties is a remake of the 2008 production Les Liens Du Sang – which Canet himself took s starring role in – and the director has since moved this story to New York in the 1970s, where we meet cop Frank (Billy Crudup), who unwittingly puts up his brother Chris (Clive Owen) following the latter’s release from a lengthy jail sentence. The pair have a distinct conflict of interests, »
- Stefan Pape
The term “box office poison” is one synonymous with actors who, for a multitude of reasons, just can’t seem to catch a break. Despite each of these performers having a significant enough profile with audiences, there’s something about them that just doesn’t entice people to go catch their latest movies, and as a result, they’ve endured a string of financially unsuccessful efforts, regardless of the critical acclaim they may have acquired (in some cases, at least).
Hiring these actors will, for the most part, result in a movie failing to gather any financial traction whatsoever, and while we can’t discount the fact that some of these actors willfully picked art over commerce, there’s no denying the fact that a string of monetary flops will do little to help any actor’s career.
Some of these performers are at least lucky enough to do well from animated fare, »
- Jack Pooley
Just another rote space adventure. It’s not actively awful, but there isn’t a single damn thing in the least bit surprising or memorable about it. I’m “biast” (pro): love the Marvel films
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
I know: Blasphemy!
But look: It’s a bunch of 80s stuff jammed up into a package that’s only just barely distinguishable from its progenitors, and only that thanks to “awesome” CGI FX that can cram more crap onscreen than your brain knows what to do with. Okay: that’s some 90s and early 2000s stuff, via George Lucas and his Add approach to “awesome,” which has no focus and no point and considers those lacks a virtue becauselook at all the spaceships! »
- MaryAnn Johanson
It’s hardly an original concept this one, but let’s be honest, there are many men across the globe who would fight amongst themselves to get close to Olivia Wilde (Tron: Legacy). Her new film, The Longest Week, takes that concept and runs with it. Check out the first trailer below…
Jason Bateman (Bad Words), Billy Crudup (Blood Ties) and Jenny Slate (Obvious Child) star alongside Wilde star in this one about Conrad Valmont, heir to a vast fortune who has been doing not much of anything, living on a handsome weekly allowance. But suddenly he gets cuts cut off—oh no!—and has to move in with his best bud, Dylan. The problem? Conrad immediately falls for his Dylan’s girlfriend Beatrice, played by Wilde.
The Longest Week is set for a September 1st DVD release in the UK, with a limited Us release on September 5th.
- Scott Davis
The 1970s-set crime drama Blood Ties is a redundant American adaptation (by the French director Guillaume Canet) of the French film Les Liens du Sang based on the French novel of the same name. As can be inferred by the inane title, the film focuses on a familial relationship tested by criminal activities. In this case, it’s two estranged brothers: the cop Frank (Billy Crudup) and the criminal Chris (Clive Owen).
- John Keith
He’s shown us the babysitting gig from hell and what happens when causal paranormal investigating actually yields results. With his latest film, The Sacrament, writer/director Ti West gives viewers a look into the disturbing events happening at one seriously creepy cult commune. Magnolia Home Entertainment has announced a Blu-ray and DVD release date for The Sacrament, allowing viewers to visit “Eden Parish” from their couches before summer’s end.
Coming to Blu-ray and DVD on August 19th, The Sacrament will come with the following bonus features:
“From acclaimed writer/director Ti West (The Innkeepers, The House Of The Devil) and master of horror Eli Roth (The Last Exorcism, Hostel, Cabin Fever), The Sacrament follows two Vice Media correspondents as they set out to document their friend’s journey to find his missing sister. »
- Derek Anderson
A pair of titles from Warner Bros. dominated the home video sales charts the week ending June 29, as “300: Rise of an Empire” and “The Lego Movie” accounted for 58% of all disc sales among the top 20.
The historical actioner “300: Rise of an Empire,” a follow-up to the 2007 film “300,” debuted at No. 1 on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart — which tracks overall DVD and Blu-ray Disc combined sales — while the previous week’s top title, “The Lego Movie,” dropped to No. 2 after selling 97% as the “300″ sequel.
The two titles also topped VideoScan’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart, with “Lego Movie” selling 73% as many copies of the high-definition format as “300: Rise of an Empire.” Universal’s “Lone Survivor” landed at No. 3 on both charts, dropping a spot from a week earlier.
Rounding out the top five on First Alert, Disney’s megahit “Frozen” moved up to No. 4, with Universal’s “Non-Stop” at No. »
- Thomas K. Arnold
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
"Masters of Sex: Season One"
Why We're In: There's a fair amount of onscreen sexiness, but the nuanced look at humanity and sexuality is what has made this a must-see cable drama.
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
"A Hard Day's Night (Criterion)"
What's It About? This movie musical stars the Beatles as goofier versions of themselves, just as they're becoming the legendary band we all know and love.
Why We're In: Fancy digital restoration, fancy audio updates, interviews, a making-of doc, and more make this a must-have for fans of the Beatles or musicals or anything that's fun and cool.
New on DVD & Blu-ray
"300: Rise of An Empire"
What's It About? Based on Frank Miller's graphic novel, this »
- Jenni Miller
Featuring a sprawling cast — Clive Owen, Billy Crudup, Marion Cotillard, Zoe Saldana, Mila Kunis, Matthias Schoenaerts, Noah Emmerich, Lili Taylor, Domenick Lombardozzi, John Ventimiglia, Griffin Dunne, Jamie Hector, Yul Vazquez and James Caan — a gritty 1970's New York City (shot on location too), and co-written by James Gray, there are a lot of reasons to give Guillaume Canet's "Blood Ties" a look. And if you didn't get a chance to catch it in theatres, we've got a few copies for some lucky readers. But to recap, the film follows Frank (Crudup), a cop with an aspiring future, who has to toe the line between family and the badge, when his ex-con brother Chris (Owen) gets out of the jail. Will Chris fall back into his old ways? And if he does, can Frank look the other way? It's tale of sons and siblings, but it wasn't necessarily always an easy shoot. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Fox Searchlight has released a new poster and trailer for The Drop, the upcoming crime drama from Belgian filmmaker Michaël R. Roskam (Bullhead) and screenwriter Dennis Lehane (author of Mystic River and Gone Baby Gone), which stars Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) alongside the late James Gandolfini (The Sopranos) in his final screen role; check them out courtesy of Empire….
The Drop also stars Noomi Rapace (Prometheus), Elizabeth Rodriguez (Orange Is the New Black), Matthias Schoenaerts (Blood Ties), John Ortiz (Silver Linings Playbook) and James Frecheville (Animal Kingdom) and is set for release on September 12th in the States, before opening here in the UK on November 14th.
- Gary Collinson
Annecy– Marion Cotillard is set to topline “Mal de Pierres,” a period romance drama directed by critically-acclaimed auteur Nicole Garcia and produced by Alain Attal’s Les Productions du Tresor, one of France’s top independent film companies.
An adaptation of Milena Agus’ eponymous novel set after WWII, “Mal de Pierres” (“Mal di pietre”) spans 20 years, following the destiny of a passionate, free-spirited woman who is in a loveless marriage and falls for another man.
A bestseller, the book has been translated in more than 15 languages.
Cotillard will play the leading role. Garcia co-wrote the script with her regular co-scribe, Jacques Fieschi.
“It’s a passion project for both Nicole and us,” Attal told Variety.” It’s a very romantic and intense story about a woman whose quest for absolute love is the essence of life, her ‘raison d’etre.’” Attal added that Cotillard was taken by the script, the »
- Elsa Keslassy
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