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Review: Promising Alcoholism Drama ‘Flight’ Often Hits Rock Bottom

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • November 1, 2012 2:56 PM
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After 12 years immersed (lost?) in the world of motion capture, Robert Zemeckis re-emerges into live-action filmmaking for “Flight,” an engaging and initially very promising drama about alcoholism, redemption and forgiveness that grows uneven and long-winded as it progresses, eventually clocking in at just under 2 hours and 20 minutes. Featuring a thrilling, terrifying opening, plus many of the potent, moving elements that a conventional but admirable morality drama might boast, “Flight" is often undone by its very unsubtle choices and its problematic, strained last act.

Robert Zemeckis Says 'Roger Rabbit' Sequel Will Still Go On Despite Bob Hoskins' Retirement

  • By Edward Davis
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  • October 15, 2012 12:25 PM
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Director Robert Zemeckis made his long-belated return to live-action filmmaking this weekend after a 12-year stint in the world of motion-capture with his latest drama, "Flight,” starring Denzel Washington as a commercial airline pilot struggling with alcohol (read our review here). It’s about as far away as you can get from the mo-cap world of "A Christmas Carol" with Jim Carrey. But with 300-some digital shots in the drama to pull off some of its dazzling aerial sequences, it’s not like Zemeckis has completely abandoned technology. A pioneer in the field of motion capture with "The Polar Express" and "Beowulf,” Zemeckis also blazed trails in the late ‘80s with his now-classic live-action animation hybrid, "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?"

NYFF: Robert Zemeckis And Cast Discuss The Making Of 'Flight'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 14, 2012 3:25 PM
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In "Flight," Robert Zemeckis makes a return to the world of live-action filmmaking with the story of Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washington), a pilot who performs a heroic task in engaging in risky aerial manuevers to save a crashing plane. But the morality is not that simple, as Whitaker saves one hundred lives while inebriated. However, misconception has dogged the project since its inception, and screenwriter John Gatins was on hand during the New York Film Festival screening to clarify that the story is not based on the 2009 crash where a plane was preserved by controversial pilot Chealsey "Sully" Sullenberger.

NYFF Review: Promising Alcoholism Drama ‘Flight’ Often Hits Rock Bottom

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • October 14, 2012 2:35 PM
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After 12 years immersed (lost?) in the world of motion-capture, Robert Zemeckis re-emerges into live-action filmmaking for “Flight,” an engaging and initially very promising drama about alcoholism, redemption and forgiveness that grows uneven and long winded as it progresses, clocking in just under 2 hours and 20 minutes. Featuring a thrilling and terrifying opening, plus potent and moving elements of a conventional but admirable morality drama, “Flight" is often undone by its very unsubtle choices and its problematic and strained last act.

Fall Movie Pros & Cons: Robert Zemeckis' 'Flight' Starring Denzel Washington

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 9, 2012 4:23 PM
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Over the next couple of weeks, we're casting an eye on the unknown quantities of the fall season; the films which haven't yet been unveiled at festivals, and are set to big news in multiplexes between now and the end of 2012. From what we know about them already, do they have the potential to be masterpieces, or disappointments? After starting off with a peek at Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," with the verdict on the film following soon after, we're with another NYFF film from a legendary director.

Robert Zemeckis Takes Over Former David Gordon Green Barefoot Bandit Film 'Taking Flight'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 6, 2012 6:40 PM
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Somewhere between "The Sitter" and his soon to be shooting remake of "Suspiria," David Gordon Green dropped the movie he'd been developing about the Barefoot Bandit. Another filmmaker is now taking on the film and it's a choice that may surprise some.

Posters For Robert Zemeckis' 'Flight,' Cate Shortland's 'Lore' & David Ayer's 'End Of Watch'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • June 8, 2012 11:39 AM
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Here's a trio of posters from three very different helmers: one from a seasoned pro returning to live action after a stint in mo-cap, one following up a superb directorial debut with a foreign-language novel adaptation and the last a genre specialist tackling what he knows best.

Watch: Denzel Washington Saves Lives, Loathes Self In Trailer For Robert Zemeckis' 'Flight'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 6, 2012 7:29 PM
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While most people would be thankful to be alive after surviving a horrific plane crash, in "Flight," the newest drama from Robert Zemeckis (and his first live action film in over a decade), it's just the start of the story about a man who is either very skilled, very lucky or both.

Universal Buys Novel Manuscript 'Demonologist' For Robert Zemeckis' ImageMovers

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 23, 2012 1:20 PM
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In a preemptive bid sure to send any number of struggling novelists scrambling back to their word processors, Deadline notes that Universal has acquired an unpublished manuscript by Andrew Pyper called "Demonologist," which is set to be produced by ImageMovers partners Robert Zemeckis, Jack Rapke and Steve Starkey.

Great Scott! 'Back to the Future' Headed For Broadway?

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 3, 2012 11:21 AM
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Broadway shows are hugely expensive propositions, and more and more producers are hedging their bets with high profile stage adaptations of beloved films. In the next couple of months alone we're getting Broadway musical versions of "Newsies" and "Ghost," and in the past few years we've seen everything from "Catch Me If You Can" to "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" make it to the great white way. They're even launching an off-Broadway revival of the infamously doomed "Carrie" musical. Now comes word from Deadline that none other than "Back to the Future" might be coming back... but this time, to Broadway. That's right -- Marty, Doc Brown, and all your favorites will be back! And singing!

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