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Point/Counterpoint Review: 'Edge Of Tomorrow' Starring Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt And Bill Paxton

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • May 22, 2014 5:00 PM
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Edge Of Tomorrow
Masks have always fascinated Tom Cruise. There are masks in "Minority Report," "Eyes Wide Shut," and "Vanilla Sky," and they serve a key purpose in all four "Mission: Impossible" movies (movies, it just so happens, that Cruise also produces). In films like "Interview with the Vampire," "Valkyrie" and "Tropic Thunder," Cruise transforms himself physically with the help of advanced prosthetics, to the point that these augmented bits become a part of him; he is the mask. It's very apparent that Tom Cruise is obsessed with the idea of being anyone but Tom Cruise. This idea reaches its logical zenith in his latest movie, the brilliant sci-fi extravaganza "Edge of Tomorrow," in which Cruise plays a man who dies on the battlefield and is instantly reborn. Every day, Cruise could be someone else. The fact that he chooses to be himself is what's really impressive.

Sundance Review: John Michael McDonagh’s ‘Calvary’ Starring Brendan Gleeson, Chris O'Dowd & Kelly Reilly

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • January 22, 2014 1:20 PM
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Something black and acidic runs through the veins of those McDonagh brothers; there’s just something not quite right with these lads...and thank goodness for that. Playwright and younger sibling Martin McDonagh made a splash in Ireland’s theater scene with his hilarious, tart, pitch-black plays and then impressed film audiences with two wicked black comedies (“In Bruges” and “Seven Psychopaths”). Older bro John Michael McDonagh possesses a similar talent, and an ear for devilish dialogue, and having penned “Ned Kelly,” he made his feature-length debut with the cheeky, underrated black comedy “The Guard” (underrated internationally, that is; the film is the most successful Irish film of all time in Ireland). If you don’t know these guys, you need to remedy that immediately.

Review: 'The Smurfs 2' Starring Neil Patrick Harris, Katy Perry, Anton Yelchin & Brendan Gleeson

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 30, 2013 7:06 PM
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Smurfs 2
For those without small children and only a passing interest in registering what plasters New York City bus stops: yes, there is a movie called "The Smurfs 2." It's a sequel to an unreasonably successful movie called "The Smurfs" from way back in the year of our lord 2011. The original film starred Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays as a pair of modern day New Yorkers who are visited by The Smurfs, a clan of tiny blue humanoids who battled an evil wizard (Hank Azaria under rubbery prosthetics), who caused all sorts of mischief and kind of made the movie into an unofficial remake of "Gremlins 2: The New Batch." The sequel finds the same humans and a couple of the same Smurfs, only the location has been changed to Paris, France, and for some reason noted Irish actor Brendan Gleeson is along for the ride. We suspect that a house payment was due. Or he wanted to buy a new boat.

'The Guard' Writer/Director John Michael McDonagh Reteaming With Brendan Gleeson For Drama 'Calvary'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 21, 2011 2:41 AM
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Also Has U.S.-Set Comedy 'War On Everyone' And French Crime Flick 'The Bonnot Gang' In WorksReleasing a foul-mouthed black comedy full of thick Irish accents and taboo-busting jokes at the height of summer was always going to be something of a risk. But John Michael McDonagh's "The Guard" has proved to be something of a sleeper hit; the film became one of the biggest-grossing home-grown movies of all time in Ireland, and has managed decent grosses in other English-speaking territories, including the U.S, where it's proved to have more legs than most speciality releases since it hit theaters back in August.

Anna Kendrick & Terrence Howard Are Part Of 'The Company You Keep' With Robert Redford

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 11, 2011 2:44 AM
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Brendan Gleeson, Sam Elliott & 11 Year-Old 'America's Got Talent' Finalist Jackie Evancho Round Out CastThe way it probably works with Robert Redford is that he calls you up, says he wants you for his movie and then you just ask when and where to show up. Quickly following up his musty Abe Lincoln assassination legal drama "The Conspirator," Redford is going behind the camera for the thriller "The Company You Keep." It will also mark his first onscreen appearance since 2007's "Lions For Lambs," and yes, this one has a political backbone to it as well.

Brendon Gleeson Says Michael Fassbender Was Cast In 'Swim-Two-Birds' A Year Ago & No One Noticed

  • By Edward Davis
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  • August 4, 2011 9:51 AM
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Says The Complex Meta-Adaptation Will Include "Three Separate Worlds"One of the more anticipated films around these parts, likely not hitting theaters until 2012 or even 2013, is Brendon Gleeson's directorial debut, “At Swim-Two-Birds.” No, we don't run a Gleeson fanclub, nor are we obsessive fans of Flann O’Brien‘s classic 1939 Irish novel, but the all-Irish cast circling this is too great to ignore.

'The Guard' Star Don Cheadle Says Funding Announcement For Miles Davis Biopic Could Come Very Soon

  • By Kimber Myers
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  • July 29, 2011 6:45 AM
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Director John Michael McDonagh Says The Film Is A Reaction Against The Works Of Mike Leigh & Ken Loach & More From The FilmmakersUsually, when a film's biggest stars decide to do press interviews together, there's a collective groan among the writers since time its sometimes even more of a challenge to interview two actors at once then individually. But pairing the two actors in "The Guard" together reveals that Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle's killer chemistry isn't just limited to what we see in the movie. Gleeson stars as Sergeant Gerry Boyle, a crusty, crass cop bored by life in County Galway. When murder and drugs infiltrate the small town, he has to work with visiting FBI agent Wendell Everett (Cheadle) to solve the case. Luckily, working together seemed far easier for Gleeson and Cheadle than it was for their at-odds on-screen counterparts. We've already covered our exclusive interview with Gleeson, but we wanted to share what we learned from this writer's entertaining afternoon chat with Gleeson, Cheadle, and their director John Michael McDonagh.

Interview: 'The Guard' Star Brendan Gleeson Says The McDonagh Brothers Have a Friendly Rivalry

  • By Kimber Myers
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  • July 28, 2011 3:26 AM
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Fueled by an Ennio Morricone-style score by Calexico, "The Guard" is essentially a classic Western set in Connemara, Ireland. If "The Guard" is "High Noon," then that makes star Brendan Gleeson the (much fouler) equivalent of Gary Cooper. Gleefully provoking with comments like, "Why don't you fuck off to America with your Barack O'Fucking Bama?" Gleeson's Gerry Boyle may say--and do--villainous things, but he's the good-hearted soul of this black comedy from director John Michael McDonagh, brother of Martin McDonagh of "In Bruges" fame. Surrounded by corruption, Sergeant Boyle is forced to pair up with a visiting FBI agent (Don Cheadle) to investigate murder and drug trafficking in his small Galway Country town.

Michael Fassbender Joins Brendan Gleeson's Directorial Debut 'At-Swim-Two-Birds'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • July 10, 2011 1:05 AM
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Pic Finds Funding For Spring 2012 Shoot; Gabriel Byrne, Colin Farrell, Cillian Murphy Still AttachedAfter rumors swirled of his involvement in Brendan Gleeson's long-gestating adaptation of Flann O'Brien's classic 1939 Irish novel, "At Swim-Two-Birds" last year, man-of-the-moment Michael Fassbender is the latest addition to join the cast.

'Albert Nobbs' With Glenn Close Set For Fall Awards Season Release

  • By Catherine Scott
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  • July 5, 2011 10:25 AM
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Liddell Entertainment & Roadside Attractions Snag U.S. RightsSummer hasn't even started to wind down yet, and blockbusters are already getting looked over in favor of Oscar predictions and upcoming fall festivals. It seems like every other day this year's Oscar race is picking up with the "War Horse" trailer hitting last week and The Weinstein Company already staking out their fall dates. Though it's small news, it looks to be big for the Best Actress category as earlier today it was announced that "Albert Nobbs," starring Glenn Close was picked up for distribution by Liddell Entertainment and Roadside Attractions with a fall awards season release and campaign in the works.

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