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Yesterday, we reported that the 2014 Sundance Film Festival had chosen John Michael McDonagh's Calvary to play in the "Premieres" category. The dark comedy stars Brendan Gleeson as a good priest who wants to do well by his community, but his life is threatened by an unknown assailant during confession. Judging by the trailer, this is far less comedic than McDonagh and Gleeson's previous collaboration, The Guard, but still entertaining in its own way. The film also has a strong cast of supporting players, which includes Chris O’Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen, Dylan Moran, and Marie-Josée Croz.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The 2014 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 16 – 26th.
Here's the synopsis for Calvary:
Calvary is a blackly comedic drama about a priest tormented by his community. Father James is a good man intent on making the world a better place. When his life is threatened one day during confession, he finds he has to battle the dark forces closing in around him.
The 2014 Sundance Film Festival just announced its Premieres line-up, along with images and synopses for the movies playing in that category. Briefly:
Calvary – Written and directed by John Michael McDonagh; starring Brendan Gleeson, Chris O’Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen, Dylan Moran, and Marie-Josée Croz.
Hits – Written and directed by David Cross; starring Meredith Hagner, Matt Walsh, James Adomian, Jake Cherry, Derek Waters, and Wyatt Cenac.
I Origins – Written and directed by Mike Cahill; starring Michael Pitt, Brit Marling, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Steven Yeun, and Archie Panjabi.
Little Accidents – Written and directed by Sara Colangelo; starring Elizabeth Banks, Boyd Holbrook, Chloë Sevigny, Jacob Lofland, and Josh Lucas.
Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses. The 2014 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 16- 26th.
Calvary / Ireland, United Kingdom (Director and screenwriter: John Michael McDonagh) — Calvary is a blackly comedic drama about a priest tormented by his community. Father James is a good man intent on making the world a better place. When his life is threatened one day during confession, he finds he has to battle the dark forces closing in around him. Cast: Brendan Gleeson, Chris O’Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen, Dylan Moran, Marie-Josée Croz.
Hits / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: David Cross) — A small town in upstate New York is populated by people who wallow in unrealistic expectations. There, fame, delusion, earnestness, and recklessness meet, shake hands, and disrupt the lives around them. Cast: Meredith Hagner, Matt Walsh, James Adomian, Jake Cherry Derek Waters, Wyatt Cenac.
I Origins / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Mike ...
Ron Howard’s F1 racing drama Rush opens in theaters everywhere this weekend, but the filmmaker is already knee-deep in production on his next film. It was announced today that filming is underway in the UK on Howard’s In the Heart of the Sea, which tells the story of the real life sea disaster of the whaleship Essex, a harrowing ordeal that inspired Herman Melvile’s Moby Dick. In 1819, the ship was rammed by an angry sperm whale in the South Pacific. The surviving crew drifted for 90 days in three tiny whaleboats and encountered disease, hunger, and eventually cannibalism.
We’ve already seen some set photos of Howard’s period-specific sets and ships, and there will likely be a frame story device in the pic since Ben Whishaw has been cast as Melville and Brendan Gleeson is poised to play an older version of Tom Holland’s character. Chris Hemsworth leads a cast that also includes Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy, and Jordi Molla. Hit the jump for the full press release, and click here to watch Steve’s recent interview with Howard.
Here’s the press release:
Production is now underway in the UK on the action adventure “Heart of the Sea.” Oscar® winner Ron Howard (“A Beautiful Mind”) directs from a script by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver (“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”) and Charles Leavitt (“Blood Diamond”), based on Nathaniel Philbrick’s best-selling novel about the dramatic true journey of the whaling ship Essex. The film is a co-production between COTT Productions and Enelmar Productions, A.I.E. for ...
If you learn just one thing from a movie called SAFE HOUSE is that these CIA enforced buildings are anything but safe- at least as depicted here. If you learn two things, the other is either the fact that Denzel Washington can play just about any type of smooth talking bad ass character you give him in his sleep or that when it comes to these types of movies, the villain reveal is wholly unsatisfying. I will say though that despite how generic and clichéd certain aspects of SAFE HOUSE are there are more than just a handful of things the film does right and raises it from simply standard fair to a thoroughly enjoyable thriller.
Ryan Reynolds plays Matt Weston who is a young CIA agent tasked with watching over a safe house. Weston finds himself in over his head when a suspected traitor, Tobin Frost, turns himself in to escape another organization trying to kill him and subsequently storm the safe house that Weston is in charge of so he escapes with Frost in custody and must fight off the slew of bad guys that are after them while also keeping Frost from escaping.
I find that more often than not when it comes to these types of thrillers that offer nothing spectacular and nothing horrifyingly bad that I have very little to say about the film in general. In the broadest of stokes I could break SAFE HOUSE down as simple as this- yes I enjoyed the movie, but I don’t picture myself ever watching it again. The reasons for such a simple breakdown are almost as unceremonious as the sentence itself.
I like Denzel Washington as much as the next guy or gal and I enjoyed his performance in this film- though nowhere near as much as I did in a movie like TRAINING DAY. Washington is good, but is he performance of the year good, no- not even if it’s the supporting actor category. Same goes for Ryan Reynolds- he’s good yet he doesn’t have the background that Washington has- in fact it’s the opposite as I’m still trying to shake his performance in GREEN LANTERN out of my head. Everyone else here in the cast are nothing but clichéd action/thriller fodder, there for info dumps and generic boring reveals. Passed the two leads there’s nothing here worth getting too excited about.
The story and action on the other hand is often as generic and uninspired as the character work and operates at nothing more than auto-pilot mode- though I’d give it a little more praise by saying SAFE HOUSE’s auto-pilot mode is at least a step down from high quality and several steps above the low end knock off model. The majority of the action here takes place in shootouts and for the most part some of the opening scenes carry a decent amount of tension especially as Reynolds is waiting in an interrogation room with Washington talking in his ear trying to convince him to get him out of there while you hear muffled shooting and fighting outside the door. The camera work and the cutting of the action serves as the least flattering aspect of the film- there were many moments I either wasn’t exactly sure who was winning or what exactly was even going down. Then again it may have been that I just didn’t care that much.
I wish I could sit work up enough excitement to bring up more of the good or bad that SAFE HOUSE has to offer. The fact of the matter is that it was a movie I sat down, watched, enjoyed and ultimately didn’t have strong feeling for or against it. It’s a film that may just be destined for a low rent bargain bin, but probably deserves a more discerning audience, but just for the sheer been-there-done-that filmmaking and the fact that nothing here really stands out it is at least a bargain bin title that has more bang for your buck. As negative as I may sound toward SAFE HOUSE, I should clarify that it is a film I could buy and watch again, just not one that I’m chomping at the bit to do so.
Written By: Luke (@CrummyLuke on Twitter)
A new trailer for Aardman Animation’s The Pirates! Band of Misfits has gone online. This trailer maintains the delightfully goofy tone we’ve seen from past trailers, and delves a bit more into the plot. The story centers on a pirate captain named Pirate Captain (voiced by Hugh Grant) who’s on a quest to win the Pirate of the Year award. We also get a look at the character voiced by Jeremy Piven here. This trailer didn’t grab me as much as the last two, and it kind of feels like a more Americanized version targeted at audiences here in the States. Nevertheless, I’m still very excited to see the finished film, as Aardman’s next picture Arthur Christmas has been rounding up some very positive reactions.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also features the voices of Salma Hayek, Brendan Gleeson, David Tennant, Imelda Staunton, and Martin Freeman. The Pirates! Band of Misfits opens in 3D on March 30th, 2012.
Here’s the official synopsis for The Pirates! Band of Misfits:
In The Pirates! Band of Misfits, Hugh Grant stars in his first animated role as the luxuriantly bearded Pirate Captain – a boundlessly enthusiastic, if somewhat less-than-successful, terror of the High Seas. With a rag-tag crew at his side (Martin Freeman, Brendan Gleeson, Russell Tovey, and Ashley Jensen), and seemingly blind to the impossible odds stacked against him, the Captain has one dream: to beat his bitter rivals Black Bellamy (Jeremy Piven) and Cutlass Liz (Salma Hayek) to the much coveted ...
Universal has released the first trailer for the thriller Safe House starring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds. The story centers on a young CIA agent (Reynolds) who must team up with the dangerous criminal in order to survive when their safe house is destroyed by mercenaries. The trailer goes heavy on the action, but it looks like director Daniel Espinosa (Snabba Cash) has done a great job. But the biggest hook is the dynamic between Washington and Reynolds. Few actors have as much fun playing the bad guy as Washington and he clearly relishes flipping between charm and malevolence on a dime. My only complaint with the trailer is that it shows a little too much, but overall I like what I'm seeing.
Click over to Apple to see the trailer in HD, and we'll update with an embed as soon as one is available. Hit the jump to check out the larger version of the poster and image released yesterday, plus two new images. The film also stars Brendan Gleeson, Sam Shepard, Vera Farmiga, Fares Fares, Robert Patrick, Nora Arnezeder, Liam Cunningham, Joel Kinnaman, and Ruben Blades. Safe House opens February 10, 2012.
Here's the official synopsis for Safe House:
Oscar® winner Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds star in the action-thriller Safe House. Washington plays the most dangerous renegade from the CIA, who comes back onto the grid after a decade on the run. When the South African safe house he’s remanded to is attacked by mercenaries, a rookie operative (Reynolds) ...
The international trailer for The Pirates! Band of Misfits has been released. This may be my favorite trailer for the film yet, as it delves more into plot and maintains that delightfully goofy tone that Aardman (the studio behind Wallace & Gromit) does so well. We also get some good stuff from the character Charles Darwin (yes, that Charles Darwin) and lots of kooky pirates. The story centers on a pirate captain named Pirate Captain (voiced by Hugh Grant) who’s determined to win the Pirate of the Year Award. This one is definitely high on my most anticipated list for 2012.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also features the voices of Salma Hayek, Brendan Gleeson, David Tennant, Imelda Staunton, Martin Freeman, and Jeremy Piven. The Pirates! Band of Misfits opens in 3D on March 30th, 2012.
Here’s the trailer (via Empire):
Here’s the official synopsis for The Pirates! Band of Misfits:
In The Pirates! Band of Misfits, Hugh Grant stars in his first animated role as the luxuriantly bearded Pirate Captain – a boundlessly enthusiastic, if somewhat less-than-successful, terror of the High Seas. With a rag-tag crew at his side (Martin Freeman, Brendan Gleeson, Russell Tovey, and Ashley Jensen), and seemingly blind to the impossible odds stacked against him, the Captain has one dream: to beat his bitter rivals Black Bellamy (Jeremy Piven) and Cutlass Liz (Salma Hayek) to the much coveted Pirate Of The Year Award. It’s a quest that takes our heroes from the shores of exotic Blood ...
The first trailer for James McTeigue's The Raven has gone online. The story takes place in 1840s Baltimore where a series of grisly murders appear to have been inspired by the works of Edgar Allan Poe (John Cusack). Poe and a detective (Luke Evans) must team up to find the killer before he takes out the woman Poe loves. While I think the premise is intriguing and I'm always up for a crime thriller that pulls the setting out of the modern day, this trailer comes off like "Hey, remember From Hell? Let's try that again." Hopefully McTeigue's film will play far better than the unfortunate adaptation of Alan Moore's graphic novel.
Hit the jump for the trailer. The film also stars Alice Eve, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, and Brendan Gleeson. The Raven opens March 9, 2012.
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Here's the official synopsis for The Raven:
In this gritty thriller, Edgar Allan Poe (John Cusack, Being John Malkovich) joins forces with a young Baltimore detective (Luke Evans, Immortals) to hunt down a mad serial killer who’s using Poe’s own works as the basis in a string of brutal murders. Directed by James McTeigue (V for Vendetta,Ninja Assassin), the film also stars Alice Eve (Sex and the City 2), Brendan Gleeson (In Bruges) and Oliver Jackson-Cohen (Faster).When a mother and daughter are found brutally murdered in 19th century Baltimore, Detective Emmett Fields (Luke Evans) makes a startling ...
Sony Pictures Classics has released the domestic trailer for John Michael McDonagh's The Guard. A couple weeks ago, we showed you the international trailer for the film and at the time I speculated that the US trailer would dial back the racial humor. But it actually included more! Hooray! This new trailer does a good job of delivering laughs and hopefully it will entice people to check out this solid small flick that features a winning performance from Brendan Gleeson.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The Guard opens in limited release on July 29th.
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Here's the official synopsis for The Guard:
THE GUARD is a comedic, fish out of water tale of murder, blackmail, drug trafficking and rural police corruption, and the two cops who must join forces to take on an international drug-smuggling gang, an unorthodox Irish policeman and a straitlaced FBI agent.