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Cannes Review: Matthew Warchus' Moving, Progressive Crowd-Pleaser 'Pride' Starring Bill Nighy, Dominic West & Paddy Considine

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 26, 2014 8:03 AM
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It sometimes feels that the British film industry only makes about three or four different kinds of movies: dreadful gangster films that rarely get a release abroad, gritty social realism pictures, period costume dramas, and semi-quirky comedies with a tearjerking side, exemplified by something like "Billy Elliot" or "The Full Monty," but more often turning out like "Calendar Girls" or "Song For Marion."

Review: 'I, Frankenstein' Starring Aaron Eckhart, Yvonne Strahovski & Bill Nighy

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • January 25, 2014 11:26 AM
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I, Frankenstein
Over the years, Frankenstein's monster, originally brought to vivid life in the pages of Mary Shelley's classic horror novel "Frankenstein," has been many things—a hulking brute, a tortured poet, a comic foil, a Marvel superhero. But in Stuart Beattie's colorless new sci-fi mishmash, "I, Frankenstein," the creature created by the mad scientist Victor Frankenstein is blandly recast as a biblical savior, tasked to even the playing field in an eternal struggle between (would you believe) hellish demons and stoic gargoyles (yes, gargoyles), with Earth hanging precariously in the balance. Or something. For all of "I, Frankenstein"'s wooshy visual effects and sexy brooding (not to mention its overtly convoluted plot), it's hard to find much of a pulse.

Review: Domnhall Gleeson Uses Time Travel To Romance Rachel McAdams In 'About Time'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 30, 2013 7:05 PM
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We’ve sat through an entire generation of fantasy and science fiction films about a protagonist gifted with extraordinary powers who first Resists, then Accepts The Call, which almost always involves saving the world, defeating a powerful villain, and re-establishing the status quo. Very rarely does anyone seek a cause beyond preventing the apocalypse, placing them within a narrative where they are rewarded not for being proactive, but rather reacting to the latest large-scale disaster. Imagine where we’d be as a film society today if Tobey Maguire’s Peter Parker fully dedicated himself to wrestling. Right off the bat, the young lad at the center of Richard Curtis’ “About Time” does what any of us would do if we were gifted with extraordinary powers: he tries to romance Rachel McAdams.

NYFF Review: Time Travel Rom-Com 'About Time' Starring Rachel McAdams & Domnhall Gleeson

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 23, 2013 11:07 AM
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We’ve sat through an entire generation of fantasy and science fiction films about a protagonist gifted with extraordinary powers who first Resists, then Accepts The Call, which almost always involves saving the world, defeating a powerful villain, and re-establishing the status quo. Very rarely does anyone seek a cause beyond preventing the apocalypse, placing them within a narrative where they are rewarded not for being proactive, but rather reacting to the latest large-scale disaster. Imagine where we’d be as a film society today if Tobey Maguire’s Peter Parker fully dedicated himself to wrestling. Right off the bat, the young lad at the center of Richard Curtis’ “About Time” does what any of us would do if we were gifted with extraordinary powers: he tries to romance Rachel McAdams.

Casting: Miles Teller Gets 'Whiplash'; Sam Rockwell Scares Up 'Poltergeist' & More

  • By Kristen Lopez
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  • August 7, 2013 1:45 PM
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As always, the wheelers and dealers in Hollywood are inking contracts and getting movies made, and quite a bit of movement has happened over the last week and a bit, so let's just dive right in...

Watch: First Trailer For Time Travel Rom-Com 'About Time' Starring Rachel McAdams

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 14, 2013 8:32 AM
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What if you could jump back through time to say the perfect line, make a better first impression or perform better in the sack? That's the ambitious central premise of "About Time," the latest from "Love Actually" writer/director Richard Curtis, that takes the traditional rom-com and adds a little does of time travel in for good measures. Does it work? Well, let's take a look at the first trailer...

Review: 'Total Recall' A Derivative, Dim & Substance-Free Remake

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • August 2, 2012 8:00 AM
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A pastiche of almost too many movies to count as a remake of just one, “Total Recall” is mindless, middling fare that fails to utilize – much less expand – the provocative concepts at the core of its iconic 1990 predecessor. Len Wiseman, whose “Die Hard” sequel effectively betrayed every one of the central tenets of that franchise (save for the casting of Bruce Willis), applies his personality-free technical proficiency to a re-imagining whose focus on what’s cool in the moment consistently undermines what any of it collectively means, not to mention why the hell audiences should care. Passable but uninspiring except for a standout performance from the never-better Jessica Biel, “Total Recall” plays directly into the hands of metaphor-wielding critics eager to highlight how a movie about a man recovering his memory can manage to be quite so forgettable.

It's 'About Time' For Rachel McAdams & Richard Curtis; Actress Lines Up Anton Corbijn's 'A Most Wanted Man'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 10, 2012 11:04 PM
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It looks like Rachel McAdams is going to continue the one-for-them-one-for-me approach. The actress has been oscillating between more indie minded/less commercial fare (relatively speaking) like "The Lucky Ones," "Midnight In Paris" (who would've predicted it would have been a smash hit?) and "State Of Play" and bigger/schlockier stuff like "Sherlock Holmes" and this year's "The Vow." But it looks like the actress is getting a bit more risky and frisky. She's currently lensing "Passion" with Brian De Palma and the provocative first image was unveiled recently, and it looks like the rest of her year will be dominated by a rom-com and a thriller.

Interviews: 'Arthur Christmas' Star Bill Nighy & Director Sarah Smith Discuss Their New Holiday Movie

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • November 23, 2011 11:01 AM
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There is, in short order, going to be a family movie blood bath at the box office this holiday weekend, with "Arthur Christmas," "Hugo" and "The Muppets" all arriving in theaters. While all three films certainly deserve merit, "Arthur Christmas," with its surprisingly complex themes and glittery animation, is probably the most unexpected and the least pre-sold (since it's not based on a best-selling book or long-running franchise). But don't let its underdog status fool you: this is big, bright, bristling piece of entertainment and totally deserves your Thanksgiving dollars. We got a chance to speak to "Arthur Christmas" co-writer/director Sarah Smith and co-star Bill Nighy (who plays Grandsanta) about what it was like to be part of a new holiday classic.

Bill Nighy Says The 'Total Recall' Remake Is In "Brilliant Hands"

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • November 22, 2011 4:18 PM
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