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'The Hobbit' Star Luke Evans Joins Tom Hiddleston In Ben Wheatley's 'High Rise'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 13, 2014 11:10 AM
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Luke Evans, The Hobbit, Desolation of Smaug
Four movies into his career, and there are certain things we've come to expect from Ben Wheatley movies. Eerie sound design, for instance. A generally unsettling mood. A jet-black sense of humor. Top-notch filmmaking. Above all else, a head getting smashed into smithereens at one point or another. One running motif that hasn't yet appeared in Wheatley's work, but which looks to make an appearance in his next film? Very handsome British men.

Review: Muscular Genre Entry 'Solomon Kane' Unpacks Choice Atmosphere & A Superbly Moody James Purefoy

  • By Mark Zhuravsky
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  • September 27, 2012 12:04 PM
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It’s frankly absurd that Michael J. Bassett’s “Solomon Kane,” which premiered in U.K. theaters back in February 2010, is only tiptoeing into American theaters two years later. Credit to The Weinstein Company for picking up what is clearly a B genre picture, trading in grime-streaked foggy atmosphere and featuring a memorable turn from an ever-reliable actor frequently confused with Thomas Jane. Perhaps it’s the modern-day obscurity of Robert E. Howard’s sword-and-sorcery malefactor that prevents the assured film from coming across as a sure thing. Then again, we did get “John Carter,” so why not 'Kane'?

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