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A pregnant teenager flees life with her drug-addicted mother and ends up living on the street before being welcomed into her first real home in this gripping first trailer for Gimme Shelter, an extraordinary tale of survival and redemption inspired by actual events. Starring Vanessa Hudgens, the film will be in theaters January 24, 2014.
For 16-year-old Agnes “Apple” Bailey (Vanessa Hudgens), life has been a constant struggle to overcome the harsh reality of a subsistence existence with her abusive mother, June (Rosario Dawson), and June’s string of lowlife boyfriends. When she finds herself pregnant and alone, Apple temporarily takes shelter with her biological father, Tom (Brendan Fraser), a wealthy Wall Streeter living in a New Jersey mansion with his wife Joanna (Stephanie Szostak) and two young children. But Apple’s inability to adjust to her new circumstances, and her refusal to terminate her pregnancy, soon force her back onto the streets. »
- Michelle McCue
It may be an ill-judged search for a dead body in the woods or the hazy last day of school, it might come after a sudden, unavoidable tragedy or maybe it is the lightning bolt of love finding its mark for the first time but there is a defining moment when the world we know ends and a new one begins. The coming of age film is a staple of cinema, the rites of passage are an essential human experience, spanning centuries and cultures, inspiring directors from Truffaut to Spielberg, Bresson to Besson, and thousands of characters have stood on the cusp on adulthood. And jumped.
Whether the epiphany occurs at the bottom of a heap of drug-addled fellow teens, at the bitter end of a dead relationship or a lawnbound stargazing session keeping the dawn at bay the particular events of countless movies are there solely for that life-changing moment to happen. »
- Jon Lyus
“You can’t explain a painting, you have to feel it”, is a line uttered in Gilles Bourdos’s Renoir. Sadly, such a statement isn’t quite as exclusive to cinema, and here is an example of a film that, although certainly alluring and pleasing on the eye, has very little beneath the surface, in desperate need of some patent definition, as this biopic of two of France’s most renowned artistic talents doesn’t quite match up to the innovation and exceptional capabilities that our subjects had in abundance.
What with Renoir and Thérèse Desqueyroux, it seems that French filmmakers are tapping into the current trend of period dramas, that have proved to be so successful across Europe with the likes of Downton Abbey and A Royal Affair. This takes place on the French Riviera across the summer of 1915, at the picturesque abode of ageing Impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir »
- Stefan Pape
Sundance Selects has acquired domestic distribution rights to "Two Days, One Night," Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's upcoming film starring Oscar-winner Marion Cotillard. The Dardennes, Belgian brothers who have won two Palme d'Ors at the Cannes Film Festival, will write and direct the film, which is in pre-production. Cotillard will star as a woman who spends two days and a night hunting for colleagues who will sacrifice bonuses so she can keep her job. "After a terrific experience working with Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne on their last film, 'The Kid with a Bike,' we »
- Lucas Shaw
The Dardennes are directing from their own screenplay. Cotillard will portray a woman searching for colleagues prepared to sacrifice their bonuses so she can keep her job.
- Dave McNary
Oscar Wilde is uncharacteristically muffled in “The Selfish Giant,” an abstruse contempo interpretation of Wilde’s Christian fairy tale, but writer-helmer Clio Barnard’s voice comes through loud and clear. A jaggedly moving study of a feral adolescent (astonishing newcomer Conner Chapman) on a rough journey to grace, the pic is ostensibly more conventional than Barnard’s acclaimed hybrid-doc debut, “The Arbor,” but exhibits stunning formal progress nonetheless. Though her tender-tough worldview arguably hews closer to that of Shane Meadows, this demanding but eminently distributable art film should elevate Barnard to the bracket of streetwise femme compatriots Andrea Arnold and Lynne Ramsay.
Fans of the barely classifiable “The Arbor,” a biopic of working-class Bradford playwright Andrea Dunbar that inventively fused firsthand testimony with lipsynched performance, may be initially disappointed that Barnard has chosen a more straightforward narrative path for her sophomore effort. However, after a few opening scenes that suggest »
- Guy Lodge
The Talent Family: Bourdos Abandons Genre for Elegant Biographical Period Piece
A summer signifying the encroaching end of one artist and the birth of another within one of France’s most famous families is the subject of Gilles Bourdos’ latest film, Renoir, based on the biographical novel penned by the great grandson of Auguste Renoir, Jacques (himself a notable cinematographer and photographer). A pastoral portrait that often reaches a resplendence with its moving images that evokes the works of its famed subject, this marks an aggressive change of pace for Bourdos, who has thus far seemed most interested in adapting mystery thrillers for the screen (and to middling effect, at least judging from his 2008 English language debut, Afterwards). Managing to avoid the clichés associated with lofty biopics, this straightforward rendering smartly focuses on a slight passage of time and isn’t driven by any overtly dramatic scenarios.
Set on the »
- Nicholas Bell
The Pompatus of Fate: Cianfrance’s Masterpiece an Ode to Ties that Bind
After his gloriously depressing 2010 sophomore film, Blue Valentine, a hellish drama revolving around one couple’s marital strife, Derek Cianfrance somehow manages to top that excellent film with a gloriously staged masterpiece, The Place Beyond the Pines, that’s got all the makings of Greek tragedy. Recalling the classic sagas from American auteurs in the 1970s, anywhere from Sidney Lumet to Coppola, Cianfrance has established himself as a bold, provocative American filmmaker, this latest a boiling, festering portrait of distant fathers and sons and the inextricable possibility of passing on the consequences of one’s actions between generations.
A motorcycle stunt driver in a traveling carnival, Luke (Ryan Gosling) returns to Schenectady, New York to find that a fling with a waitress last year, Romina (Eva Mendes) has resulted in a son. However, Romina now lives with »
- Nicholas Bell
Nuri Bilge Ceylan is a big name in Turkish cinema -- hoovering up awards like they’re going out of fashion, his trail of brainy auterism can be traced back through two decades of European art cinema. Most recently, his cerebral “Once Upon A Time in Anatolia," a broodingly philosophical account of the search for a dead body (think “Stand By Me” for grown-ups), was met with awe, gaining a foothold in the global consciousness with a Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival, which it shared with the Dardennes' “The Kid with a Bike.”It looks as though Cannes 2014 will once again be a Ceylan affair, with his next film “Winter Sleep,” now in production thanks to a contribution from the European Eurimages Fund. The body, a branch of the Council of Europe, promotes the European film industry and provides financial backing for a selection of pictures each year. »
- India Ross
• Marion Cotillard has signed on to work with Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne (The Kid with a Bike) in their upcoming film Deux Jours, Une Nuit. The Oscar-winning actress (for La Vie En Rose in 2008), will play the role of Sandra. Faced with losing her job, she spends a weekend trying to convince her co-workers to give up their bonuses to save her position. The film is expected to shoot in Belgium this summer. Cotillard can be seen next in Blood Ties, written and directed by her partner Guillaume Canet, alongside Zoe Saldana and Mila Kunis. [Deadline]
• Juliette Binoche is in talks »
- Lindsey Bahr
French actor will play opposite Fabrizio Rongione in new drama Deux Jours, Une Nuit
Oscar-winner Marion Cotillard will star in the next film by the Dardenne brothers, according to reports.
The Belgian siblings, Luc and Jean-Pierre, are to follow up their 2011 Cannes Grand Jury-winning film The Kid with a Bike with the drama Deux Jours, Une Nuit.
Luc told the Film Stage that Cotillard would take the female lead, with Belgian Dardenne favourite Fabrizio Rongione as her husband. "We are looking forward to collaborating with Marion," he said. "We are all big fans of each others' work."
Deux Jours, Une Nuit reportedly centres on a woman (Cotillard) who has just one weekend to convince work colleagues to give up their bonus so that she can keep her job. The film is due to shoot this summer in the Wallonia region of Belgium.
Cotillard won an Oscar for her turn as »
- Ben Child
Marion Cotillard is set to star in the Dardenne brothers' "Deux Jours, Une Nuit" ("Two Days, One Night"), scheduled to begin production in Belgium this summer. Cotillard will play a woman tasked with convincing her colleagues over the course of one weekend to give up their bonuses so that she can keep her job. Longtime Dardenne collaborator Fabrizio Rongione ("The Kid with a Bike," "Lorna's Silence") will play Cotillard's husband. All other details are still under wraps. After starring in 2012's "Rust and Bone" as an irrevocably injured whale trainer and in "The Dark Knight Rises" as Batman's femme fatale, Cotillard has James Gray's "Lowlife" in the 2013 pipeline, with Jeremy Renner and Joaquin Phoenix, as well as hubby Guillaume Canet's thriller "Blood Ties," with Zoe Saldana and Mila Kunis. Cotillard is also reportedly circling Benoit Jacquot's adaptation of »
- Beth Hanna
Marion Cotillard won Best Actress as Edith Piaf in La vie en rose five years ago, but Rust & Bone star didn’t make the final five this year. Nevertheless, French actress has signed on to star in the Belgian filmmakers Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne’s upcoming feature Deux jours, une nuit (Two Days, One Night). The ever-brilliant Cotillard will play Sandra, a young woman who, with a bit of help from her husband has only one weekend to convince her employers to turn down their bonuses so she can keep her job. Belgian thesp and long-time Dardennes collaborator Fabrizio Rongione (The Kid with a Bike) will »
- Nick Martin
Chicago – All this fuss about Ben Affleck not getting nominated by the Academy after directing three decent flicks is even more inane in light of the fact that Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, arguably the greatest directing duo in modern cinema, haven’t garnered any Oscar attention. At all. Their latest naturalistic triumph, “The Kid with a Bike,” snagged a mere Golden Globe nod several months before it even premiered on U.S. screens.
The alleged edge-of-your-seat suspense in “Argo” has all the tautness of a snail race compared to the blistering tension conjured by the Dardenne Brothers as their camera confines the audience within the solitude, desperation and mounting dread of their troubled protagonists. “The Kid with a Bike” is the Dardennes’ most excruciatingly suspenseful and emotionally galvanizing effort since their 1996 breakthrough, “La Promesse.” Both films center on self-sufficient boys in danger of deteriorating into destructive products of their environment, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
This week on Blu-ray the latest James Bond film hits home video, a swell new coming of age pic is released, and the final season of a Showtime staple hits HD. Briefly: Skyfall (Blu-ray/ DVD + Digital Copy) - $19.99 (50% off) The Perks of Being a Wallflower [Blu-ray] - $16.99 (32% off) Bully [Blu-ray] - $12.99 (57% off) The Kid with a Bike (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] - $30.38 (24% off) The Man with the Iron Fists (Two-Disc Combo Pack: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet) - $22.99 (34% off) Nurse Jackie: Season Four [Blu-ray] - $24.99 (37% off) The Sessions [Blu-ray] - $19.99 (33% off) Silent Hill: Revelation (Two-Disc Combo Pack: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet) - $22.99 (34% off) Weeds: Season Eight [Blu-ray] - $19.99 (50% off) Hit the jump for special features details. Bully [Blu-ray] The anti-bullying documentary comes with the theatrical cut and a “special version” of the film that’s edited for a younger audience, though this new cut is only available on the Blu-ray. The extras also include a batch of deleted scenes, »
- Adam Chitwood
From the first minutes of "The Kid with a Bike," marked by an energetic shot of its young protagonist, Cyril, careening through a field and climbing over a fence, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's latest is an exercise in kinesis. It's not just that Cyril's always running: he's running away. The Belgian duo's 2012 Cannes Grand Prix-winner, available this week on Blu-ray and DVD from the Criterion Collection, stars Thomas Doret as the tough-minded, frustrated adolescent desperate to reconnect with the father (Jérémie Renier) who's abandoned him. He also wants his bike back: his father sold it to make some quick getaway cash, and with it Cyril's sense of possibility. It's as though Cyril, always streaming before the camera, believes that to stop moving is somehow to give up the chance to escape to a better life. Yet for being somewhat lighter on its feet than the Dardennes' other work, moving fluidly alongside. »
- Matt Brennan
This month the Criterion Collection has an eclectic mix heading to Blu-ray and DVD, reminding us once again just how fun their mission to preserve the best and most important works of classic and contemporary cinema can be. In one corner you have the Japanese classics The Ballad of Narayama, by Director Shôhei Imamura, and Kenji Mizoguchi's Sansho the Bailiff. In another you have the lauded, and 8 Academy Award-winning On the Waterfront by Elia Kazan and starring Marlon Brando and Karl Malden. And finally, in the third corner we turn to France for two films separated by 50 years: Edgar Morin and Jean Rouch's Chronicle of a Summer, and 2011's The Kid with a Bike, a powerful drama by Luc Dardenne and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, with one of the best performances by a child actor in recent memory.
For details on all of these releases, keep reading.
- Lex Walker
There’s an extraordinary moment in Rosetta, the Dardenne Brothers’ Palme d’Or winning slice of grungy life from 1999. About 22 minutes in, Emilie Dequenne’s sooty faced street urchin turns her ballistics up to eleven, and savagely cusses out her mother’s would-be John, then immediately greets her romantic interest by tearing him off his moped and trying to kick the living snot out of him. It’s a stunning display of unfocused rage, and firmly establishes Rosetta as a young woman capable of shockingly violent hysteria; a baby-faced waif consumed by anger and frustration that’s set on a hair trigger.
The Dardennes’ latest, The Kid with a Bike, is a grueling 87 minutes of such moments, as the Brothers reassert their mastery of desperate stories about screwed up young people. Set once again in the environs of Liege, Belgium, the film introduces us to, and quickly immerses us in, »
This week on DVD/Blu-ray: The latest from the Dardenne brothers; one of the most buzzed-about documentaries of last year; a moving coming-of-age drama that ranks as one of the best high school movies released in a good long while; a charming Sundance character study about a man and his robot; and a "Dangerous Liaisons" adaptation that proves the classic tale has lost none of its bite. #1. "The Kid With a Bike" The Palme d'Or winning Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenn ("Rosetta," "L'Enfant") return with this acclaimed French-language drama about an 11-year-old boy (remarkable newcomer Thomas Doret) who turns to a stranger (Cécile de France) after his father (Dardennes' mainstay Jeremie Renier) abandons him. Winner of the Grand Prix (the runner-up prize to the Palme d'Or) at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, "The Kid With a Bike" packs an emotional whallop that feels warranted given the »
- Nigel M Smith
Wow, this is actually a pretty great week for new DVD and Blu-ray releases. Before we get to the list, I want to direct your attention to the amazon asin="B006U1J5ZY" text="Bond 50: The Complete 22 Film Collection" which is the Blu-ray Deal of the Week at Amazon for $129.99, $170 off the retail price. You can buy that amazon asin="B006U1J5ZY" text="here", but I also want to direct your attention to the "Even More" section below as several of the previously unreleased James Bond Blu-ray titles are available today as Blu-ray singles. So, if you don't want the complete collection, you can buy individual titles such as Diamonds Are Forever, Octopussy, GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, You Only Live Twice, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Spy Who Loved Me or my personal favorite, The Living Daylights individually rather than in the complete collection. Of course, »
- Brad Brevet
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