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Review: Brit Heist Flick 'Wasteland' Starring Luke Treadaway

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 25, 2013 8:07 PM
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Every six months or so it seems the British film industry cranks out another modestly budgeted crime flick. Usually identified by a cast of recognizable but not quite famous faces, a desaturated color scheme, working class setting and familiar plot machinations, these are comfort food for genre fans that provide a distraction for a couple of hours and little else more. However, every now and then a film breaks out of the mould, offers up a higher standard of filmmaking verve and storytelling inspiration to become something that stretches beyond its genre trappings. "Wasteland" is not one of those movies.

Exclusive: Luke Treadaway Lays Out The Plan In Clip From Heist Flick 'Wasteland'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 24, 2013 3:58 PM
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The heist film is a genre that is practically as old as the cinematic medium itself, dating all the way back to the famed silent "The Great Train Robbery." And over the decades we've seen all manner of lowlives, thugs and hoods plot, plan and steal all manner of loot big and small (and you can check out the ones we love in our feature, Casing 'The Town': Our All-Time Favorite Heist Movies). Sometimes it's one last score before they disappear for good, and other times it's an act of simple revenge. But we'd wager that not many films find a gang embarking on a break-in so they can raise money for...a coffee shop.

Review: Lightweight '30s British Romance 'Cheerful Weather For The Wedding' Mostly Wastes Its Young Stars

  • By Cory Everett
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  • December 4, 2012 7:05 PM
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There's nothing more frustrating than wasting talent. Seeing a promising young filmmaker turn in a movie that just doesn't work is as disappointing as seeing a good cast squandered by lesser material. Unfortunately, both are common but unavoidable side effects of attending film festivals and the latter is true of "Cheerful Weather for the Wedding," a lightweight British romance that had its World Premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival last night. The film squanders not one but two young actors who turned in breakout performances in two of last year's most acclaimed indies. "Like Crazy" lead Felicity Jones stars as Dolly, an anxious bride on the day of her wedding while "Attack the Block" thesp Luke Treadaway is Joseph, an old friend and possibly unrequited romance.

Watch: Trailer For TIFF-Bound British Thriller 'Wasteland' With Luke Treadaway, Iwan Rheon & Matt Lewis

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 7, 2012 2:28 PM
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We must say that we have a certain soft spot for hardboiled British crime thrillers (everything from "The Long Good Friday" to "RockNRolla"), so it's not going to take a lot to sway us to the particular charms of "Wasteland," the debut feature from writer/director Rowan Athale, which is set to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival tonight. (You guys have your tickets?)

Watch: Trailer For Brit Pic 'Cheerful Weather For The Wedding' Starring Felicity Jones & Luke Treadaway

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 4, 2012 3:17 PM
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Some movies just feel achingly British – period costumes, brittle accents, the fact that the whole movie looks like it was shot through a glass of iced tea – and "Cheerful Weather for the Wedding" is one of those movies. Please keep in mind that it's called "Cheerful Weather for the Wedding," which might be the most British title of anything since Hugh Grant's notorious "The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain." And even though "Cheerful Weather for the Wedding" looks like the kind of movie you put a doily under before watching, we kind of want to see it, mostly due to its two leads (Felicity Jones and Luke Treadaway) and the pleasurably Masterpiece Theater vibe of this first trailer.

Watch: 2 Clips From The Tribeca Film Festival Pic 'Cheerful Weather For A Wedding' Starring Felicity Jones

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 20, 2012 12:42 PM
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Bigger things are just around the corner for "Like Crazy" star Felicty Jones. With the period-based vibrator comedy "Hysteria" on the way to theaters, and her untitled movie with Drake Doremus sure to arrive at the festival circuit later this year, her star is only going to continue to rise. And later on in 2012, she'll team up with Ralph Fiennes for "The Invisible Woman." But coming first is another festival apperance by the actress, this time at Tribeca with her latest effort, "Cheerful Weather For A Wedding."

Review: David Mackenzie's Music Festival Rom-Com 'You Instead' Has A Tin Ear

  • By Sam Price
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  • September 12, 2011 6:45 AM
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Not many films are set at music festivals. D.A. Pennebaker’s documentary, “Monterey Pop” is vital, we’ll grant you, and other rock docs that expose something fundamental about the artists they’re profiling (“Don’t Look Back,” “Gimme Shelter”) remain compelling portraits of some of the most important artists of the twentieth-century. But, much like stand-up comedy or running for high office, fictional recreations of what compels a human being to get up onstage in front of thousands of people and expose themselves to the public at large, are far and few between.

Watch: Trailer For David Mackenzie's Music Festival Rom-Com 'You Instead'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 14, 2011 1:17 AM
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David Mackenzie's an interesting sort of director. Ever since his debut a decade ago or so with the British indie "The Last Great Wilderness," he's created a series of solid, consistently interesting dramas, none of which are bad (though "Spread" comes close), but none of which are truly excellent either (the underrated "Hallam Foe" is the next best thing, however). But he's always had interesting taste, been able to get strong performances out of his casts, and marched to the beat of his own drum, and we've always believed that he'd knock something out of the park one of these days.

"It's Too Much Madness To Explain In One Text"; First Trailer For 'Attack The Block' Rocks

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 3, 2011 1:17 AM
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Plus Watch Two Clips From The FilmAlien invasion is very much in vogue at present, with "Battle: Los Angeles" imminently following on the footsteps of "Skyline," and "Cowboys and Aliens" and "The Darkest Hour" on their way later in the year, among others. But there's one film we've been looking forward to over and above all the others: "Attack the Block," the directorial debut of British comedian/screenwriter Joe Cornish.

Luke Treadaway & Felicity Jones To Star In British Period Drama 'Cheerful Weather For The Wedding'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 30, 2010 2:37 AM
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Mackenzie Crook and Elizabeth McGovern Also On Board A couple of years back, Focus Features proved that, if you found a mostly forgotten comic novel from the early 20th century, cast it right, and displayed a light enough touch with it, you could end up with a modest sleeper hit like "Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day." There hasn't exactly been a deluge of copycats so far, but filming's just kicked off on a new British film that hopes to repeat the formula.

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