5 items from 2015
A Brooklyn Baby: Crowley’s Simple Immigration Tale Buoyed by Strong Emotional Core
Director John Crowley returns with Brooklyn, his strongest film in years, based on the well-received novel by Colm Toibin, and adapted by the respected pen of Nick Hornby. Recalling the emotional prowess of his 2007 film, Boy A, which similarly focused on the perspective of a lone protagonist, Crowley captures an expressive and emotional performance from Saoirse Ronan, weathering the simplicity of the sturdy narrative like a dependable, all-purpose frock. A host of well-known supporting players enhance the crowd pleasing tendencies, though sometimes in its lighter moments the films jumps the rails and slams into overdone sentiment or desperate humor. But the moments are fleeting, and quite forgivable considering the poise with which the film navigates the emotional arc of its lead character.
In 1950s Ireland, Eilis Lacey (Ronan) is able to secure a placement in a boarding »
- Nicholas Bell
Park City — Sometimes the elements of a movie just gel together so well and you find yourself enjoying the ride so much that you instantly forgive the material for any of its inherent limitations. Case in point: John Crowley's new drama "Brooklyn," which premiered Monday night at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. After 20 minutes I'd written the not-so positive words "earnest" and "cutesy" in my notebook. Almost an hour and a half later I was so moved by what had transpired I was fighting back the tears. The picture isn't the achievement expected festival grand prize jury winner "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" is, but it's a damn good movie on its own terms. "Brooklyn" is based on the popular novel by Colm Tóibín and was adapted by another celebrated author, Nick Hornby ("About a Boy"). It begins in the early 1950s where Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan) doesn't see »
- Gregory Ellwood
The vast column inches and pixels dedicated to Clint Eastwood's American Sniper of late may have questioned its celebratory portrayal of a man who took hundreds of lives and how it racked up an astonishing $90 million box office debut, but one aspect of the film's fallout has been overlooked entirely: Bradley Cooper is now a bona fide A-list movie star.
American Sniper's financial records keep stacking up. Best ever three-day opening for a Best Picture Oscar nominee, biggest ever January opening, an IMAX bow that beats 2012 blockbuster Prometheus and a career best for its 84-year-old director.
All this is vindication for Cooper, who picked up the film rights to Navy Seal sharp-shooter Chris Kyle's memoir in 2012 with a view to producing a film starring Chris Pratt in the lead role. Warner Bros backed the project on the proviso that Cooper himself play Kyle, while the star's Silver Linings Playbook »
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Justin Bieber shocked the world by putting his (potentially photoshopped) manhood on full display for Calvin Klein. Everyone needs a little bulge in their life, because it makes fantasies about our favorite male celebrities so much more exciting. And don’t confuse this with the male version of camel toe, aka the moose knuckle.
Jon Hamm, Matt Bomer, and David Beckham are just a few who have given us full bulge in their everyday lives. In rare and beautiful occurrences, bulges are supersized on the big screen. We never fancied tighty whities until we saw a very tight pair on Jake Gyllenhaal in Love & Other Drugs. Or on Ryan Gosling in The Place Beyond the Pines (why that scene was deleted, we’ll never know). Hop into the gallery to see the celebrity bulges that put Bieber’s to shame, and will make your day a little brighter. »
- Taylor Ferber
Derek Cianfrance surfaced to the forefront of the best new American directors with his 2010 film Blue Valentine, which saw him swiftly reunite with Ryan Gosling for a slow-burning crime saga The Place Beyond the Pines in 2012. His fourth feature, The Light Between Oceans, is an adaptation of the bestselling and critically acclaimed novel by M.L. Stedman. We’re curious to see what Cianfrance does with such a hot commodity, as Dreamworks snapped up the rights back in 2012. He was able to amass an exciting cast, with Michael Fassbender and leading ladies Rachel Weisz and Swedish beauty Alicia Vikander (last seen in Anna Karenina and The Fifth Estate, but due for a fantastic 2015 with seven or eight new releases due to hit theaters). The tale concerns a lighthouse keeper that survived the ravages of Wwi, living on the remote »
- Nicholas Bell
5 items from 2015
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