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The Railway Man review: a derailment on the line

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Almost entirely ignores the amazing aspect of this true story that makes it worth telling, and even the very good performances point us in another direction than the intended one. I’m “biast” (pro): like the cast; enjoy stories about WWII

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

The Railway Man starts out like a sweet little romance, when Colin Firth meets Nicole Kidman, somewhere near Edinburgh in 1980, on a train he’s only on because his encyclopedic knowledge of train schedules is allowing him to compensate for an unexpected delay in his travel plans. “I’m not a trainspotter,” he assures her — and us — not that most prototypical of British nerds; “I’m a railway enthusiast.” Later, he is able to contrive a second meeting with her because of his, yes, trainspotting superpower. »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier Remains Box Office Champ

14 April 2014 6:38 PM, PDT | | See recent Worst Previews news »

"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" was able to keep the top spot at the domestic box office for the second week in a row by grossing another $41 million to bring its worldwide total to $477 million. The film already earned back its $170 million budget and surpassed the global earnings of the first installment ($370 million). "Rio 2" had to settle for second place with $39.3 million, which is the exact opening numbers of the first installment. The new animated film was expected to take the top spot with $45 million, but fell short. Thanks to foreign markets, however, it's worldwide total is already $164.2 million. "Rio 2" cost $103 million to make and has a RottenTomatoes fresh rating of 49%. Taking third place was the horror film "Oculus," which cost under $5 million to make and has already earned $12 million in its first weekend. It has a 72% fresh rating. The other new wide release was "Draft Day," starring Kevin Costner. »

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Box Office: Under the Skin & What We Watched

13 April 2014 6:00 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Nathaniel stepping in for Amir this week to look at What People Are Seeing. If you've already seen Captain America: The Winter Soldier (and you should) there wasn't much to get excited about at the mainstream box office this weekend with films like Oculus, Rio 2, and Draft Day not looking much like inspiring new entries in their shopworn genres. So let's shift our focus to the platform films out there. Frankly, I consider it a huge failing of the planet in general that an art film about Scarlett Johansson as an alien trolling for manflesh in Scotland isn't opening wide and selling out at 3,000+ theaters. Where are the world's movie consumption priorities? You disappoint me, Earthlings. 

Scarlett Johansson tops both the mainstream box office and the platform box office

Platform Box Office

01 (54 theaters) Under The Skin $.3 (cum. $.5)  Posters

02 (37 theaters) Island Of Lemurs $.1 (cum. $.4) 

03 (20 theaters) Finding Vivian Maier $.1 (cum. $.3) Amir »


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Us audiences respond to The Railway Man

13 April 2014 3:21 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

The Weinstein Co. launched The Railway Man in four cinemas in New York and Los Angeles last Friday, posting solid but not spectacular figures. One Us film commentator said Jonathan Teplitzky.s drama, which stars Colin Firth, Jeremy Irvine and Nicole Kidman, opened well enough to guarantee it will expand throughout the Us; it.s scheduled to bow in the top 10 markets next Friday and thereafter go much wider. The 3-day gross was $US61,845 for a per-screen average of $15,461. The best of the new limited releases was Only Lovers Left Alive, Jim Jarmusch.s vampire film starring Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston, which raked in $88,000 at four theatres; it opens in Oz on Thursday via Madman Entertainment. Thompson on Hollywood.s Anne Thompson reckoned The Railway Man.s figures show it has the potential of .becoming a higher-than-average general release film.. Thompson added, .Its subject matter - a British WWII »

- Don Groves

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Arthouse Audit: 'Only Lovers Left Alive' Tops Trio of New Big-Name Openings

13 April 2014 1:26 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The heaviest slate of significant new films to open in one week so far this year, all of which had considerable attention from Cannes to Toronto in 2013, opened to variable results this weekend. The clear leader is Jim Jarmusch's "Only Lovers Left Alive" (Sony Pictures Classics) which had respectable numbers in its four New York/Los Angeles theaters. The Weinstein Company's "The Railway Man," starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman, did about two-thirds as well, for a decent if not spectacular start despite more mixed reviews, and also in four theaters. "Joe" (Roadside Attractions) went much wider to complement its main component, a Video On Demand release, with far weaker results overall. With New York being a major share of its grosses, a rare good-weather Saturday might have cut into the grosses somewhat. Two other Spc films led the way among other below-the-top-ten specialized releases, with the "The Raid 2 »

- Tom Brueggemann

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‘Only Lovers Left Alive,’ Jim Jarmusch's Vampire Tale, Tops Specialty Box Office

13 April 2014 11:22 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Writer-director Jim Jarmusch's vampire tale “Only Lovers Left Alive” topped the specialty box office, taking in $97,000 from just four theaters in its opening weekend. That's a nifty $24,250 per-theater average for Sony Pictures Classic's R-rated drama, which stars Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton as an undead couple. Mia Wasikowska co-stars in the film, which Spc plans to expand next weekend. Also read: ‘Captain America’ Skyrockets Past ‘Rio 2' for Repeat Win at Box Office The Weinstein Company's “The Railway Man,” an R-rated drama starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth, debuted with $64,506 from four theaters, a $16,127 per-theater-average. Jonathan Teplitzky directed the. »

- Todd Cunningham

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"Captain America" Squashes The "Rio" Birds

13 April 2014 10:20 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

You can't keep "Captain America" down. Defying early estimates on Friday, "The Winter Soldier" ended up beating the animated sequel "Rio 2" at the U.S. box-office over the weened.

"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" leapt ahead of the CG-animated blue birds with a second weekend haul of $41.3 million, bringing its domestic total to an impressive $159 million after ten days.

Chuck in the film's several week run already in many international territories and its already sitting on a whopping $476 million worldwide.

"Rio 2" ended up in second place with $39 million, essentially equalling the original film's debut back in 2011. The film also opened worldwide in various markets this weekend where it shot to number one in many territories - bringing the film's global haul to $125.2 million so far.

The low-budget horror tale "Oculus," made for just $5 million and with the only star being a former "Doctor Who" companion and Australian soap hunk, »

- Garth Franklin

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Weekend Box Office Finds 'Captain America 2' On Top of 'Rio 2'

13 April 2014 8:35 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Captain America: The Winter Soldier took the top spot for a second weekend in a row, dropping a little more than I, personally, expected and even more so when you look at Laremy's and the reader's predictions. Dipping 56% from its second weekend, the ninth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe brought home $41.4 million this weekend and has made over $476 million worldwide to this point, which is more than $100 million more than the first film made in its entire global run. In second is Rio 2, bringing in the exact same amount its predecessor opened with back in 2011, which is to say it sold fewer tickets than the last film considering inflation. With $39 million, however, and what I anticipate will be a huge international box office result, this one won't have a problem becoming profitable and it has a long time as the lone, major animated movie in theaters as the »

- Brad Brevet

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12 April 2014 7:52 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – In the latest Hookup: Film, we have 50 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to “The Railway Man” with Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman!

The Railway Man,” which is rated “R” and opens in Chicago on April 18, 2014, also stars Stellan Skarsgård, Jeremy Irvine, Sam Reid, Ben Aldridge, Akos Armont, Tom Hobbs, Bryan Probets, Tom Stokes, Tanroh Ishida and Jeffrey Daunton from director Jonathan Teplitzky and writers Frank Cottrell Boyce and Andy Paterson. Note: You must be 17+ to attend this “R”-rated screening.

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Film Reviews: Opening This Week (April 7-11, 2014)

11 April 2014 5:03 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rio 2

(20th Century Fox)

A rather misleading title is just one reason to be slightly suspicious of “Rio 2” an eye-popping, ear-tickling animated sequel that labors to fold a cheeky family sitcom, an earnest environmental primer, an exotic jungle tour, a broad survey of popular music and an avian remake of “Meet the Parents” into one bright and noisy package. Mining an unwieldy number of domestic and ecological dramas from the continuing saga of a rare Brazilian blue macaw, here venturing with his new family into the perilous Amazon rainforest, this hyperactive toon extravaganza has color, flair and energy to burn. But it’s the sort of relentless juggling act that finally proves more exhausting than exhilarating as it lectures you about respecting Mother Nature one minute, knocks you over with a Gloria Gaynor cover the next, and squeezes in a lot of questionable comic relief in between.

— Justin »

- Variety Staff

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Posterized: His Majesty Colin Firth Makes a Lot of Movies

11 April 2014 2:47 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

The King speaks. Often in motion pictures, in point of fact. Colin Firth has been a mainstay in British and Hollywood cinema since his terrific debut opposite Rupert Everett in the boy's school classic Another Country (1984). But it's not all stiff homoerotic upper-class Brit movies (though there's a fair share of that). He seems to have no ego whatsoever working in large ensembles, occasionally headlining, and (we assume) gets along with everyone given how often he returns to the same co-stars and directors (multiple films with Kidman and Everett and Egoyan and more). This year Us audiences are getting not one not two but Six Colin Firth films: Gambit (released a couple of years ago in the UK), Atom Egoyan's Devils Knot, Woody Allen's Magic in the Moonlight, and three (!!!) with Nicole Kidman: Paddington (he's the voice of the bear), the thriller Before I Sleep and the »


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Five Films to See or Not-to-See This Weekend, from 'Joe' to Jarmusch's 'Only Lovers Left Alive'

11 April 2014 12:27 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

This weekend, don't miss what is arguably the best film of director Jim Jarmusch's storied career, "Only Lovers Left Alive," starring Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston as exquisitely cool, ancient vampires still in love after centuries. That film hits La and NY, along with David Gordon Green's Nicolas Cage starrer "Joe," and "The Railway Man" with Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth. In wide release arrive the horror film "Oculus" and Ivan Reitman's "Draft Day," with Kevin Costner. (Trailers below.)In "Only Lovers Left Alive," vampires Eve (Swinton, icily perfect) and Adam (Hiddleston, dead-sexy) maintain a long-distance relationship. As she roams the streets of Tangiers in between meetings with her blood supplier Christopher Marlowe (John Hurt, who plays, indeed, that Christopher Marlowe), Adam is a mopey, down-and-out musician living in Detroit and disenchanted with the mortal world. Sensing her lover's ennui, Eve heads to his homestead, but the ill-timed arrival of her flighty. »

- Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio

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The Railway Man Review

11 April 2014 10:55 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

[This is a re-post of my The Railway Man review from the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. The Railway Man opens today in limited release.] War is an undeniable certainty.  For as long as there is civilization, there will be war.  With conflict comes tragedy, but it does not end when the war concludes; the effects a human being are long lasting and not easily forgotten.  We’ve see countless aspects of war explored onscreen in various films, some focusing on the battles at hand, some zeroing in on the psychological experience, and some chronicling the lasting effects years after the actual conflict.  The Railway Man tries to have it both ways by telling two stories: one of atrocities during World War II and one of the after effects on man’s psyche nearly half a decade later.  By splitting its focus in two, though, the film fails to wholly capture either story, resulting in a disappointing feature all together.  Hit the jump for my full review. Based on a true story, The Railway Man »

- Adam Chitwood

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'The Railway Man' (2013) Movie Review

11 April 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Directed by Jonathan Teplitzky and based on the autobiography of Eric Lomax, the man behind the nickname of the title character, The Railway Man is yet another traditionally told period piece, elevated due to a wonderfully effective story and strong lead performances from Colin Firth and Jeremy Irvine. We're first introduced to Lomax (Firth) as a middle-aged British Army veteran of World War II. He's obviously a quiet man, but there are no visible physical or emotional scars, and for the time being his life is about to take a turn for the better. A chance meeting with a woman, Patti (Nicole Kidman), aboard a train results in love at first sight. The two eventually marry and find a house together, but the horrors of war can't elude him forever. It's never quite clear if Eric told Patti about his time in the British Army, but she's soon made well »

- Brad Brevet

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Exclusive Featurette on The Railway Man with Colin Firth

11 April 2014 | | See recent news »

Director Jonathan Teplitzky's The Railway Man opens in select theaters today and we've got an exclusive featurette on the building of the Thai-Burma Railway, also known as the Death Railway, as depicted in the film. Based on a remarkable autobiography, The Railway Man tells the extraordinary and epic true story of Eric Lomax (Colin Firth), a British Army officer who is tormented as a prisoner of war at a Japanese labor camp during World War II. Decades later, Lomax discovers that the Japanese interpreter he holds responsible for much of his treatment is still alive and sets out to confront him, and his haunting past, in this powerful tale of survival, love and redemption. Nicole Kidman, Jeremy Irvine, Stellan Skarsgard, Sam Reid, Tanroh Ishida and Hiroyuki Sanada co-star. »

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Box office preview: Captain America takes on 'Rio 2,' 'Oculus,' and 'Draft Day'

10 April 2014 2:36 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

Last week, Captain America flew into competition-free skies and collected a cool $95 million across its first three days in theaters. The Marvel super-sequel won’t be so lucky in week two, as it goes up against three vastly different genres (a sports pic, a horror film, and an animated romp), but The Winter Soldier will still dominate the weekend.

Here’s how things might play out:

1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier — $45 million

The first Captain America dropped a steep 60 percent in its second weekend in theaters in 2011, but this is a post-Avengers world and the game has changed for our non-Iron Man Marvel fellows. »

- Lindsey Bahr

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Firth & Kidman Sign On For ‘Genius’

10 April 2014 12:16 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman are set to collaborate together again (after recently starring in The Railway Man) in Genius, alongside Michael Fassbender.

Directed by John Logan (the writer behind Skyfall), this biopic will focus on literary editor Max Perkins (Firth) and his friendship with Thomas Wolfe (Fassbender). It is currently unclear which role Kidman will take on. Adapted from Perkins’ biography, Max and Thomas were said to have a mentor/mentee partnership, so Colin and Michael will be working closely together.

As for Firth and Kidman, they’ve cemented themselves as an ‘onscreen husband and wife’. In Colin’s words:

“Once you develop a connection with somebody, it helps you from job to job. I think her versatility is extraordinary. It’s not just about the extraordinary results she produces, but also the choices she makes are a testament to the kind of mentality she has.”

We now pronounce »

- Jazmine Sky Bradley

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Review: The Railway Man, Confused And Emotionless

10 April 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Japan's involvement and subsequent denial in its atrocities of World War II has always been a difficult point to convey. The Railway Man, which is based on the incredible true account of soldier Eric Lomax, attempts to tell this story and honour his book and memory. Unfortunately the results are so middling and inadequate compared to the book, and so emotionless compared to the phenomenal searing tones of director Jonathan Teplitzky's previous work Burning Man, that it lets the complex story down considerably. The setting could be any time and place, given the lack of period detail, but it is in fact years after the war. Teplitzky's eye for vivid and emotional colour certainly does not go astray and from dreary England to exotic jungle,...

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Weekend Movies & TV: 'Rio 2,' 'Draft Day,' 'Mad Men,' & More (Video)

10 April 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

This weekend, "Rio 2" flies into the wilds of the Amazon, Kevin Costner fights for his team in "Draft Day," Karen Gillan takes on malevolent forces in "Oculus," Conan O'Brien hosts (and Eminem performs) at the MTV Movie Awards, and "Mad Men" returns for its seventh and final season.

Also in theaters this weekend: From director Jim Jarmusch comes "Only Lovers Left Alive," a new take on the vampire love story that stars Tom Hiddleston, as a reclusive musician, and Tilda Swinton, his love. Directed by David Gordon Green, "Joe" stars Nicolas Cage as a hot-tempered ex-con in the midst of reforming until he meets a young boy who brings out the fierce protector in him. Starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman, "The Railway Man" follows a WWII prisoner of war suffering from trauma years later and his desire to find the man behind his ill treatment. In "Hateship Loveship, »

- Jonny Black

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Nicole Kidman Joins Genius; Adrien Brody Boards The Septembers Of Shiraz; Mark Rylance Is the Mad Hatter’s Father in Alice In Wonderland 2

9 April 2014 7:17 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

A few casting notices to report: Nicole Kidman will reportedly join the cast of Genius, which centers on the relationship between author Thomas Wolfe (Michael Fassbender) and his editor Max Perkins (Colin Firth). Adrien Brody will star opposite Salma Hayek and Shoreh Aghdashl in the thriller The Septembers of Shiraz, set during the Islamic revolution in Iran. Mark Rylance is in negotiations to play the Mad Hatter's father in the Alice in Wonderland sequel. Hit the jump for more on each project. Kidman and Forth have joined forces for three 2014 releases: The Railway Man, Before I Go to Sleep, and Paddington.  The Daily News spoke to Firth and casually notes that Kidman is on board for Genius too.  Michael Grandage will direct Genius.  Here is the press release synopsis: Based on the National Book Award winning biography Max Perkins: Editor of Genius, by A. Scott Berg, Genius centers on the »

- Brendan Bettinger

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