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Watch: Full-Length Super Bowl Jaguar Ad With Tom Hiddleston, Ben Kingsley & Mark Strong, Directed By Tom Hooper

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 28, 2014 12:37 PM
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Tom Hiddleston, Ben Kingsley & Mark Strong Jaguar
They've played hard all season, endured injuries, survived the competition and now are waiting to be crowned the best: that's right, advertisers are rolling out their wares for the Super Bowl this Sunday. We presume there is something happening between all the commercials but we're not quite sure, but if you won't be on the couch for nine hours this weekend, the good news is that brands aren't waiting to show off their goods.

Watch: Trailer For 'Inception'-Esque Thriller 'Mindscape' Starring Mark Strong

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 28, 2013 4:24 PM
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While jumping into the minds and memories of people to see what makes them tick isn't necessarily a new narrative idea, it's hard not to argue that Christopher Nolan's "Inception" took that concept to the kind of blockbuster heights that few could've imagined. Which makes it all the more difficulty for similarly styled movies to play in that territory—they will forever been trying to reach that bar. So as much as we like Mark Strong, "Mindscape" just doesn't stack up.

Listen: Track From Clint Mansell's 'Filth' Score, Will Also Tune Up 'The Imitation Game' Starring Benedict Cumberbatch

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 13, 2013 11:12 AM
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Filth James McAvoy Imogen Poots
Perhaps other than Cliff Martinez, there are few modern film composers who have crossed over into recognition from the regular music world, quite like Clint Mansell. Creating iconic scores for all of Darren Aronofsky's films, along with "Moon," "Last Night" (one of his more underrated efforts) and this year's "Stoker," his work is distinctive and other unlike anything else out there. And he's continuing to spread his wings in interesting directions.

Rumor: Mark Strong & Bryan Cranston In The Mix For Lex Luthor In 'Superman Vs. Batman'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 9, 2013 9:59 AM
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Cranston, Strong, Superman And Batman rumors
With the dust settled on "Man Of Steel" (an awful lot of dust, given how much of Metropolis was totalled by film's end) it's fair to call it a successful reboot of the Superman franchise. Sure, it divided fans and critics, and didn't hit the giddy billion-dollar heights of the "Dark Knight" films (yet), but $650 million and counting isn't anything to be sniffed at for a franchise starter, and Warner Bros made clear that they're pushing forward at Comic-Con by bringing out Zack Snyder to announce that he'd be returning to direct the film's sequel, which would feature Henry Cavill's Kal-El face off against a new iteration of Batman.

Review: Cop Thriller 'Blood' Starring Paul Bettany, Stephen Graham, Brian Cox & Mark Strong

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 6, 2013 8:04 PM
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The history of the British police movie is not a glorious one. Perhaps it's because (for the most part) U.K. coppers aren't allowed to carry firearms, which somewhat reduces the capacity for squib-happy action sequences. Or maybe it's the lack of glamorous locations for said shootouts, which can hardly compete with Manhattan or L.A. But after Edgar Wright imported the cop movie to rural Britain with "Hot Fuzz," we've seen a string of more straight-faced takes on the genre from the U.K., including the Jason Statham vehicle "Blitz," '70s remake "The Sweeney," and this spring's "Welcome To The Punch."

Can 'Low Winter Sun' Replace 'Breaking Bad'? Watch The Trailer For The New AMC Series Starring Mark Strong

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 21, 2013 1:48 PM
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In case you've been living under a rock, or were somehow unaware, we hate to break it you: "Breaking Bad" is done this summer. The acclaimed, hit series wraps up the fate of Walter White in just a few months time, and after that, AMC will be left with a considerably big hole in their schedule that they'll need to fill. Could "Low Winter Sun" be the next show we're all going to be talking about?

Review: 'Welcome To The Punch' Is A Stylish & Smart British Spin In On The Action-Thriller

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 11, 2013 11:19 AM
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The terms "British cinema" and "action movie" tend not to go together particularly well. Maybe it's the smaller budgets at play, maybe it's an awareness that our American and Asian cousins do it better, maybe it's cultural -- most British cops don't carry weapons, for example. It's not that it hasn't been tried, it's more that the examples we do have -- "The 51st State," "Centurion," "The Sweeney" -- tend to be bad enough to dissuade too many others from giving it a shot, and so the idea of an action movie set in the U.K. remains incongruous enough that it can form the central joke of an entire film, like Edgar Wright's "Hot Fuzz."

5 New Photos From 'Welcome To The Punch' Starring James McAvoy, Mark Strong & Andrea Riseborough

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 1, 2013 3:43 PM
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"Hot Fuzz" aside, the history of the British cop/action film is not a glorious one. Indeed, it's hard to think of a truly successful one that plays it straight, especially with recent disappointments like "Blitz" and "The Sweeney" fresh in the memory. But there's one sneaking up that we've had high hopes for for some time.

'Black Gold' With Antonio Banderas & Tahar Rahim Now Called 'Day Of The Falcon,' Hits VOD In February, Theaters In March

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • January 16, 2013 10:44 AM
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It was way back in the fall of 2011 when the trailer for Jean-Jacques Annaud’s “Black Gold” was released, as the film started to hit the festival circuit. Now, in 2013, the epic film is finally seeing a release in North America with the brand new (and somewhat bland) title of “Day Of The Falcon.”

Watch: James McAvoy & Mark Strong Trade Bullets In Trailer & Clip For 'Welcome To The Punch'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 11, 2012 11:00 AM
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Looking for the next candidate to fit into that British-indie-director-who-goes-A-list-Hollywood category? Someone to follow in the footsteps of Christopher Nolan, Rupert Wyatt, and "The Disappearance Of Alice Creed" director J. Blakeson? A strong contender is emerging in the shape of Eran Creevy, who made a storming debut with the microbudget "Shifty" a few years ago, a low-key drama that featured top-notch performances from Daniel Mays and Riz Ahmed, and oodles of filmmaking talent behind the camera.

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