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Watch: First Trailer For 'God Help The Girl' Directed By Belle & Sebastian Frontman Stuart Murdoch

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 17, 2014 5:59 PM
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God Help The Girl
The musical oeuvre of Belle & Sebastian frontman Stuart Murdoch has been one of detailed songs about people on the fringes, with an observant eye on the tiny details that make up the bigger picture. And musician brings that background to his debut feature film as a director with "God Help The Girl," and after premiering at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, it's now ready to start rolling into cinemas.

Felicity Jones Answers ‘A Monster Calls,’ Emily Browning Joins Tom Hardy In 'Legends' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 24, 2014 9:22 AM
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"The Impossible" filmmaker J.A. Bayona is prepping his next project, and it's a doozy, with an adaptation of Patrick Ness' fantasy novel "A Monster Calls," and he's now putting his cast together. And the first one on board is Felicity Jones, with the actress joining the Black List approved story that follows an adolescent boy with a terminally ill single mother begins having visions of a tree monster, who tells him the truths about life in the form of three stories, helping him to eventually cope with his emotions over his dying mom.

Review: Paul W.S. Anderson's 'Pompeii' Starring Kit Harington & Emily Browning

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 20, 2014 9:43 AM
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Pompeii
With a reported budget somewhere in the neighborhood of $80 to $100 million dollars, there is no doubt where the money went in "Pompeii," the ancient Italian city laid to no uncertain waste in Paul W.S. Anderson's film. When you plunk down your $12, you will get the destruction you promised. But it's too bad it's such a repetitive, unengaging, glaringly digital experience and worse than that, you'll have to sit through the disaster that is the rest of movie, a turgid gladiator drama, with acting so wooden, we'd wager that the script co-credited to "Downton Abbey" scribe Julian Fellowes (who we can only imagine saw his draft thoroughly rewritten by the other three writers on this into something more pedestrian) is good for kindling. Lots of things burn in "Pompeii," but nothing resembling drama, tension, excitement or entertainment.

Watch: 4 Fiery And Brawny Clips From 'Pompeii' Starring Kit Harington & Emily Browning

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 7, 2014 4:49 PM
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Pompeii
'Tis the season for shirtless bronzed dudes running and yelling, in olden times, as CGI effects fill the screen. Last month, Kellan Lutz beefed up "The Legend Of Hercules," next month Eva Green and Sullivan Stapleton will shout a lot in "300: Rise Of An Empire" and this month, cinematic auteur Paul W.S. Anderson brings us the volcanic "Pompeii."

Sundance Review: Belle & Sebastian Frontman Stuart Murdoch's Musical ‘God Help The Girl’

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • January 19, 2014 2:11 PM
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God Save The Girl
The apogee of cinema that experienced filmmakers have either struggled to make (Steven Soderbergh, Danny Boyle) or tripped over on their first and only attempt (Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese), the musical has long been a holy grail quest of ambitious filmmaking. Beguiling for its challenging nature and degree of difficulty to pull off, many have tried and many have failed to successfully climb this desired genre-peak. Due to its cultural currency plummeting over the years, finding the finances for such a project is rare, hence a confluence of reasons why audiences seldom see the musicals (Lars Von Trier and Baz Luhrmann come to mind as recent exceptions).

Review: 'Summer In February' A Picturesque & Dreary Love Triangle Romance

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 14, 2014 7:06 PM
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Summer In February
There is no doubt that setting can inform character, with the surroundings and mood of a time and place, coming to bear on those living and interacting with those elements. But there needs to be some dimension to the characters on the page first, as no amount of costume design, set decoration or beautifully composed landscape shots can mask thin writing. And it's a lesson that veteran TV and movie director Christopher Menaul seemed to have forgotten when making "Summer In February," a handsomely dull romantic drama penned by author Jonathan Smith (based on his own book), in which characters totter around the beautiful English countryside wringing their hands over their lot, but without doing much about it.

Watch: 'Pompeii' Burns In New Trailer For Paul W.S. Anderson's Latest Starring Kit Harington & Emily Browning

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 4, 2013 3:55 PM
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If you like dudes and ladies in olden times yelling, facing peril, and speaking gravely, then 2014 will be your year. Two "Hercules" movies are on the way, along with "300: Rise Of An Empire" and, in case you forgot, auteur Paul W.S. Anderson's "Pompeii."

Olga Kurylenko Is Russell Crowe's 'Water Diviner,' Rose Byrne Reteams With Melissa McCarthy & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 18, 2013 1:15 PM
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Russell Crowe is a busy, busy dude. Not only does he have "Father and Daughters" casting up, he's busy working on his directorial debut "The Water Diviner" as well, and he's now landed a co-star. Olga Kurylenko has joined the period drama that will find Crowe playing Connor, a father and farmer who searches for his sons who went missing-in-action in Turkey following the Gallipoli war.

Watch: Teaser Trailer For Paul W.S. Anderson's 'Pompeii' Blows....Up

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 21, 2013 8:35 PM
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Guys, it's the trailer for the new film by Paul Anderson! . . . No, not that one. Instead, it's the auteur behind a couple "Resident Evil" movies, "The Three Musketeers" and "Death Race," and he's back once again. And this time, he's getting volcanic. Literally.

Watch: Red-Band Trailer For Catherine Hardwicke's 'Plush' Starring Emily Browning Plus New Pics & Poster

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 20, 2013 6:37 PM
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It has been well over a year since we heard anything about Catherine Hardwicke's rock 'n roll flick "Plush" but not only is it in the can, it's hitting theaters in less than a month. Really. So it's no surprise that a wealth of promo material is now hitting the internet, with the teaser trailer, poster and a batch of new pics all surfacing for the movie.

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