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Ten Best: Phil’s Top 10 Movies of 2014

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Well it’s that time of year again – the one where websites across the globe churn out Top 10 list after top ten list. So why should we be any different?! Yet whilst we may be following the predictable end of year lists, I can guarantee that my list is anything but predictable, featuring films from across the globe: including the Us, Canada, Italy, Australia, New Zealand and even good old Blighty!

This year more than ever there has been film after film that knocked it out of the park for me – which is why my Top 10 list has Two sections: the Top 10 and then the pick of 35(!) more brilliant movies (I would have loved this list to be a Top 45, honestly). So what’s my criteria? Well it has to be a movie I’ve seen this year, one that was released this year, i.e. making its UK debut, »

- Phil Wheat

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Tim Burton and Christoph Waltz talk Big Eyes – Flickering Myth Podcast

17 December 2014 5:37 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Flickering Myth Podcast gets Big Eyes

Set for release on Christmas Day in the Us and Boxing Day in the UK, Tim Burton’s Big Eyes is the true-life story of artist Walter Keane, who stole the work of his wife Margaret and claimed it as his own.

On this edition of the Flickering Myth Podcast, Scott Davis sits down for a roundtable discussion with director Tim Burton and Christoph Waltz, who plays Walter Keane, to discuss the movie.

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Big Eyes is based on the true story of Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz), who was one of the most successful painters of the 1950s and early 1960s. »

- Luke Owen

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New poster for Tim Burton’s Big Eyes

1 December 2014 2:25 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of its release this Christmas, a new poster has arrived online for Tim Burton’s new film Big Eyes, featuring Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained) and Amy Adams (Man of Steel). Check it out here…

See Also: Watch the trailer for Big Eyes

Big Eyes is based on the true story of Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz), who was one of the most successful painters of the 1950s and early 1960s. The artist earned staggering notoriety by revolutionizing the commercialization and accessibility of popular art with his enigmatic paintings of waifs with big eyes. The truth would eventually be discovered though: Keane’s art was actually not created by him at all, but by his wife, Margaret (Amy Adams). The Keanes, it seemed, had been living a lie that had grown to gigantic proportions. Big Eyes centers on Margaret’s awakening as an artist, the phenomenal success of her paintings, and »

- Gary Collinson

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‘The Art of the Steal’ Blu-ray Review

26 October 2014 3:04 PM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Kurt Russell, Matt Dillon, Jay Baruchel, Chris Diamantopoulos, Katheryn Winnick, Kenneth Welsh, Jason Jones, Terence Stamp | Written and Directed by Jonathan Sobol

[One of my favourite films of the year, so far, is heist movie The Art of the Steal; with the film set for release tomorrow, here's a reposting of my review from the films very limited cinema run. Why? Because this is one film I think everyone should see!]

I love a good heist (or caper) movie, of course as do many others out there, just look at the success of the “Oceans” franchise and the recent Now You See Me but my love does not end at the mainstream, I really love discovering hidden gems of the genre – films like Flypaper, How to Rob a Bank and The Perfect Score – so when I saw The Art of the Steal pop up on Amazon.com I knew it was a film I had to check out. Even more so considering it stars the legend that is Kurt Russell alongside the always awesome Jay Baruchel. So, thinking this is the type of under-the-radar flick that I’d dig (and that wouldn’t see the light of day »

- Phil Wheat

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First poster for Tim Burton’s Big Eyes

18 October 2014 2:27 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

We got a trailer last month [watch it here], and now we have the first poster for Tim Burton’s new film Big Eyes, which stars Amy Adams (Man of Steel) and Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained)….

Big Eyes is based on the true story of Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz), who was one of the most successful painters of the 1950s and early 1960s. The artist earned staggering notoriety by revolutionizing the commercialization and accessibility of popular art with his enigmatic paintings of waifs with big eyes. The truth would eventually be discovered though: Keane’s art was actually not created by him at all, but by his wife, Margaret (Amy Adams). The Keanes, it seemed, had been living a lie that had grown to gigantic proportions. Big Eyes centers on Margaret’s awakening as an artist, the phenomenal success of her paintings, and her tumultuous relationship with her husband, who was catapulted to »

- Gary Collinson

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'Vikings' Star Katheryn Winnick Joins 'Geostorm'

26 September 2014 12:46 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Vikings star Katheryn Winnick has joined the growing cast of Warner Bros.' environmental disaster thriller Geostorm.

The plot follows Jake (Gerard Butler), a satellite engineer who learns that all of the world's weather satellites are malfunctioning. He is sent into space to fix the satellites and stop a man-made storm from destroying the Earth, while his estranged brother (Jim Sturgess) discovers a plot to assassinate the President of the United States (Andy Garcia).

Katheryn Winnick is playing Jake's ex-wife Olivia and mother to their daughter, Hannah. Ed Harris is also starring as the Secretary of State, while Abbie Cornish plays a Secret Service agent who is also dating Jake's brother.

Dean Devlin (Independence Day) is directing from a screenplay he co-wrote with Kieran Mulroney and Michele Mulroney (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows). Shooting is scheduled to begin next month in New Orleans.

Katheryn Winnick is best known for »

- MovieWeb

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First look at Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz in Tim Burton’s Big Eyes

4 August 2014 5:14 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Thanks to USA Today, we’ve got our first look at Amy Adams (Man of Steel) and Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained) as artists Margaret and Walter Keane in Tim Burton’s upcoming drama Big Eyes

Big Eyes follows the husband-and-wife team from their first meeting in the 1950s through to their success in the 1960s, when Walter began taking credit for Margaret’s paintings of children with large eyes, leading to a long-running feud between the two that culminated with a court case in the 1980s.

Big Eyes is set for release in the States on December 25th, with a cast that also includes Jason Schwartzman (Moonrise Kingdom), Danny Huston (Hitchcock), Terence Stamp (The Art of the Steal) and Krysten Ritter (Breaking Bad).

The post First look at Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz in Tim Burton’s Big Eyes appeared first on Flickering Myth. »

- Gary Collinson

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How to Train Your Dragon 2 movie review: flying higher

26 June 2014 6:34 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

An absolute delight, even better than the first film; a gorgeously animated ode to peacemaking, nonconformity, and sticking to your principles in the face of ultimate adversity. I’m “biast” (pro): loved the first film

I’m “biast” (con): absolutely nothing

I have not read the source material

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

The world is bigger on dragonback, as Hiccup — dragon whisperer and heir to the tiny throne of the Viking island village Berk — is discovering, joyfully. And we are there with him in a stunningly animated return to this fantastical realm. How to Train Your Dragon 2 isn’t only a glorious narrative expansion of the people and places we met in the first film, it also represents an astonishing leap in computer animation that makes Hiccup’s world even more touchably real than it was before. It seems like a paradox, »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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The Fault in Our Stars tops the UK box office chart

25 June 2014 1:37 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd June 2014….

After enjoying a stellar opening in the States a couple of weeks back, director Josh Boone’s adaptation of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars debuted in first place at the UK box office this past weekend, with the Shailene Woodley / Ansel Elgort romantic drama banking £3,434,334 to end the reign of 22 Jump Street.

Three other newcomers managed to crack the top ten, although both Clint Eastwood’s stage adaptation Jersey Boys (£415,608) and the Kevin Costner thriller 3 Days to Kill (£324,560) will be fairly disappointed with their sixth and seventh-placed openings respectively (although both performed much better than The Art of the Steal, which pulled in just £7,867 from 85 sites, for a miserable £93 screen average). Meanwhile, Bollywood comedy Humshakals propped up the chart in tenth with £129,181.

Number one this time last year: Man of Steel »

- Gary Collinson

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Second Opinion – The Art of the Steal (2014)

21 June 2014 12:54 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Art of the Steal, 2014

Directed by Jonathan Sobol.

Starring Kurt Russell, Matt Dillon, Jay Baruchel, Kenneth Welsh and Chris Diamantopoulos.

Synopsis:

Crunch Calhoun, a semi-reformed art thief, agrees to get his old gang back together to pull off one last heist.

Honour amongst thieves? Trust within a family? Not bloody likely. At least not if your name is Calhoun. Jonathan Sobol’s heist caper has lofty aspirations indeed, but ultimately this falls short of its peers. Big white typeface, natty nicknames and an upbeat jazzy score can work well, but we’ve seen the likes of Clooney, Pitt and Soderbergh do this better already. Confidence tricks only work for an audience when they can understand and appreciate the reveal. Here, it is not so obvious and woe betide the viewer that doesn’t give this effort their full attention. If you’re guilty of this, then you may not »

- Steve Leadbetter

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The Art of the Steal Review

20 June 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

“If you got no trust then what do you got?” muses Kurt Russell’s ex-con Crunch Calhoun. With a name like that he may sound like a Scottish breakfast cereal but imagine a PG version of Stuntman Mike from Tarantino’s Death Proof and you’re nearly there. Lured back into the game by his shifty brother Nicky (Matt Dillon), our poor man’s Evil Knievel can’t resist the temptation of ‘one last job’ in this heist caper.

With the action played out in 90 derivative minutes across Canada and Detroit it’s “America lite” jokes one character. Though it might as well be ‘Ocean’s Eleven lite’ as Crunch enlists the help of his apprentice Francie (Jay Baruchel) to ‘get the old gang back together’ for a multi-million dollar art scam involving several MacGuffins including a 3ft cubist sculpture of a vagina (no, really). Meanwhile with Interpol (or in »

- Daniel Brightmore

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The Art of the Steal Review

20 June 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

“If you got no trust then what do you got?” muses Kurt Russell’s ex-con Crunch Calhoun. With a name like that he may sound like a Scottish breakfast cereal but imagine a PG version of Stuntman Mike from Tarantino’s Death Proof and you’re nearly there. Lured back into the game by his shifty brother Nicky (Matt Dillon), our poor man’s Evil Knievel can’t resist the temptation of ‘one last job’ in this heist caper.

With the action played out in 90 derivative minutes across Canada and Detroit it’s “America lite” jokes one character. Though it might as well be ‘Ocean’s Eleven lite’ as Crunch enlists the help of his apprentice Francie (Jay Baruchel) to ‘get the old gang back together’ for a multi-million dollar art scam involving several MacGuffins including a 3ft cubist sculpture of a vagina (no, really). Meanwhile with Interpol (or in »

- Daniel Brightmore

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Kurt Russell's 5 best movie roles - from Plissken to Elvis Presley

20 June 2014 1:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Like a long-lost childhood friend returning after years in the wilderness, Kurt Russell is finally back on leading man duties in new heist caper The Art of the Steal. To celebrate the perennially-mulleted icon's return to the big screen, here's a look at five of his classic roles...

Elvis Presley - Elvis (1979)

Made just two years after the American icon's tragic demise and therefore placed under intense scrutiny by a still-devastated public, John Carpenter's TV movie Elvis managed to win over those suspicious minds with a terrific portrayal of the hip-shaking star by the Emmy-nominated Russell.

Such an iconic, identifiable, and effectively deified figure was never going to be a simple task to imitate - just look at the casting issues over Freddie Mercury in the planned biopic. It speaks volumes for Russell's versatility that he donned the blue suede shoes with such assurance to deliver a rousing performance »

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‘The Art of the Steal’ Review

19 June 2014 4:21 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Kurt Russell, Matt Dillon, Jay Baruchel, Chris Diamantopoulos, Katheryn Winnick, Kenneth Welsh, Jason Jones, Terence Stamp | Written and Directed by Jonathan Sobol

I love a good heist (or caper) movie, of course as do many others out there, just look at the success of the “Oceans” franchise and the recent Now You See Me but my love does not end at the mainstream, I really love discovering hidden gems of the genre – films like Flypaper, How to Rob a Bank and The Perfect Score – so when I saw The Art of the Steal pop up on Amazon.com I knew it was a film I had to check out. Even more so considering it stars the legend that is Kurt Russell alongside the always awesome Jay Baruchel. So, thinking this is the type of under-the-radar flick that I’d dig (and that wouldn’t see the light of day »

- Phil Wheat

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22 Jump Streets holds on to first place at the UK box office

18 June 2014 4:05 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 13th to Sunday 15th June 2014….

With the World Cup in full swing, the UK box office tumbled almost 60% from the same weekend last year, with the comedy sequel 22 Jump Street managing to retain first place with a second-weekend haul of £2.25 million.

Despite a lack of big releases, three newcomers managed to crack the top ten, with the Karen Gillan-headlined horror Oculus taking fifth place with £413,578, followed by Belle in sixth with £407,120 and Devil’s Knot in ninth with £122,892.

Number one this time last year: Man of Steel

1. 22 Jump Street, £2,255,100 weekend; £9,771,503 total (2 weeks)

2. Maleficent, £1,570,437 weekend; £13,620,598 total (3 weeks)

3. X-Men: Days of Future Past, £902,146 weekend; £24,793,554 total (4 weeks)

4. Edge of Tomorrow, £744,496 weekend; £5,688,796 total (3 weeks)

5. Oculus, £413,578 weekend (New)

6. Belle, £407,120 weekend (New)

7. Godzilla, £223,407 weekend; £16,876,460 total (5 weeks)

8. A Million Ways to Die in the West, £167,143 weekend; £3,003,210 total (3 weeks)

9. Devil’s Knot, £122,892 weekend (New)

10. Rio 2, »

- Gary Collinson

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Movie Review – The Art of the Steal (2013)

17 June 2014 5:15 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Art of the Steal, 2013.

Directed by Jonathan Sobol.

Starring Kurt Russell, Matt Dillon, Jay Baruchel, Kenneth Welsh and Chris Diamantopoulos.

Synopsis:

Released after seven years in a Polish prison having been double-crossed by his half-brother Nicky, stunt rider and art thief Crunch Calhoun is tempted back into the game for one final heist that could set him and his old crew up for life.

On the basis of the synopsis alone this is the type of film many people would run long and hard to avoid. Given the nation’s propensity for obesity and, we’re told, diabetes on an epic scale, Brits running at all seems so unlikely as to prove just how high the bar is for yet another movie of just-one-final-job capering.

Never read other reviews before writing your own, we’re told, and though I didn’t it wasn’t easy to avoid the general »

- Gary Collinson

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what’s on Netflix and Amazon Instant Video (from Jun 10)

10 June 2014 1:05 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.

streaming now, while it’s still in theaters

A Long Way Down: a suicide-club meet-cute? it shouldn’t work, but it does, as wonderfully sardonic British humor and as a reminder that you’re not alone in being messed up in this insane world [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

Tim’s Vermeer: must-see, chills-inducing documentary looks at the intersections of art, craft, and technology [at Amazon Instant Video]

new to streaming

Omar: Palestine’s official submission for the Best Foreign Language Oscar is terse, tense suspense drama, and less overtly political than you might expect [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video] Visitors: a weirdly beautiful film, eerie in its complicated simplicity, and open to seven billion interpretations, all of them valid [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video] The Missing Picture: a blend of documentary and memoir that’s like a dream and a nightmare, though it’s »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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6 New Indies Streaming on Netflix Now: 'Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy?,' 'Escape from Tomorrow' and More

6 June 2014 6:50 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Nearly every month, Netflix adds new films and TV shows while its licensing deals for others lapse. We recently listed all of the movies coming to Netflix this month, but here's a curated look at select indies that are new to the streaming service -- including the Sundance hit "Escape from Tomorrow" and the animated Noam Chomsky documentary "Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy?" They're listed below in alphabetical order, along with their average Criticwire rating. Perfect weekend viewing! "The Art of the Steal" (Dir: Don Argott) Average Criticwire Rating: B+ "Beware of Mr. Baker" (Dir: Jay Bulger) Average Criticwire Rating: B+ "Escape from Tomorrow" (Dir: Randy Moore) Average Criticwire Rating: B- "Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy?" (Dir: Michel Gondry) Average Criticwire Rating: A- "The Triplets of Belleville" (Dir: Sylvain Chomet) Average Criticwire Rating: N/A "These Birds Walk" (Dir: Omar MullickBassam Tariq) Average Criticwire Rating: »

- Paula Bernstein

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Trailer Park: Art of the Steal with Hercules Among the Tombstones

4 June 2014 4:47 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Welcome to the latest installment of Trailer Park, our regular look at the latest trailers to hit the interwebs. This “volume” is features a bevy of the latest trailers, movie and video game alike, including The Art of the Steal, The Book of Life, A Walk Among the Tombstones, Mortal Kombat X, Hercules, Love Rosie, and Homefront: The Revolution.

The Art of the Steal

Crunch Calhoun (Kurt Russell), a third rate motorcycle daredevil and semi-reformed art thief, agrees to get back into the con game and pull off one final lucrative art theft with his untrustworthy brother, Nicky (Matt Dillon). Reassembling the old team, Crunch comes up with a plan to steal a priceless historical book, but the successful heist leads to another far riskier plan devised by Nicky. They fail to realize each other’s separate agendas when their plan goes awry in this con movie about honor, revenge and the bonds of brotherhood. »

- Phil Wheat

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Here's What's New on Netflix in June

30 May 2014 7:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Usually June is associated with the first real month of summer -- a time to go out and frolic through the wilderness like a snowman that doesn't know any better. But it also gets really, really hot, which has people retreating to their local multiplex or, even better, their luxuriously air-conditioned living rooms. With that in mind, take a look at the television shows and movies that will be available on Netflix's steaming service come June (via Vulture).

Thought the snail-who-dreamed-of-being-a-racecar saga ended with last summer's DreamWorks Animated joint "Turbo?" Think again. Apparently there's a television spin-off. And you can watch it on Netflix. We also have to give it up for a pair of wonderful sequels that are going to be on in June: the obviously-shot-in-Canada-even-though-it's-set-in-New York robo-epic "Short Circuit 2" (a favorite since childhood) and the far darker and more sinister "Wolf Creek 2," a sequel to the »

- Drew Taylor

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