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What Are You Seeing This Weekend? Go 'To The Wonder' And 'Disconnect' With '42' & 'Scary Movie 5'

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • April 12, 2013 5:13 PM
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It seems we have a weekend of disaster on our hands. Besides the apocalypse - set during a couples' brunch, of all places - this batch of films details the dystopic effects of modern technology, a futuristic world where diseases are commodified, a battle for survival at the ends of the earth (aka, the Norwegian tundra), and a study of man's inability to relate. And, of course, the cataclysmic "Scary Movie" franchise makes its reappearance. The lone light at the end of the tunnel is a heartwarming come-together-sports movie, a good pick-me-up and strong antidote to the hopelessness of life everywhere else. We're pretty pumped. And you, faithful cinephiles: which Armageddon flick gets your blood pumping?

Review: Ken Loach's 'The Angels' Share' Is Slight, Sitcom-y & Suspense-Free

  • By Simon Abrams
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  • April 9, 2013 5:24 PM
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The working class are a little funny in “The Angels’ Share,” English director Ken Loach’s new bluecollar comedy. “The Angels’ Share” is Loach’s (“Kes”) premiered at Cannes last year after his “The Wind That Shakes the Barley” won the 2006 Palme d’Or and both "Route Irish" and "Looking for Eric" played in competition in 2010 and 2009, respectively. Tonally, Loach’s latest is more of a piece with “Looking for Eric” than “Sweet Sixteen,” though all three films concern young people looking for a way to find a loophole and rise above their lousy social stations in life.

Michael Haneke's 'Amour' Wins Palme d'Or At Cannes; Cristian Mungiu's 'Beyond The Hills' Other Big Winner At Fest

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 27, 2012 2:11 PM
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On rainy evening in the south of France, Nanni Moretti and rest of the Cannes Film Festival jury gathered at the Lumiere theater for a star-studded ceremony to hand out the awards for this year's fest. And there were some big surprises in store.

Kino Lorber Picks Up Hong Sang-Soo's 'In Another Country' & Ken Loach's 'Angels' Share' Finds Distribution With Sundance Selects

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 25, 2012 12:20 PM
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Tracking the festival circuit can sometimes be a frustrating venture as distribution deals (or lack thereof) can negate anticipation and excitement. For smaller-name films, foreign ones in particular, it's sometimes a matter of years before a far away festival hit is released locally. American fans of South Korean helmer Hong Sang-soo and Scotsman Ken Loach can rejoice, however, as the duo's latest films from Cannes have now secured stateside distribution deals.

Cannes Review: Ken Loach's 'The Angel's Share' Is Slight, Sitcom-y & Suspense-Free

  • By Simon Abrams
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  • May 21, 2012 6:36 PM
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The working class are a little funny in “The Angels’ Share,” English director Ken Loach’s new bluecollar comedy. “The Angels’ Share” is Loach’s (“Kes”) latest film to play Cannes after his “The Wind That Shakes the Barley” won the 2006 Palme D’Or and both "Route Irish" and "Looking for Eric" played in competition in 2010 and 2009, respectively. Tonally, Loach’s latest is more of a piece with “Looking for Eric” than “Sweet Sixteen,” though all three films concern young people looking for a way to find a loophole and rise above their lousy social stations in life.

Watch: First Trailer Arrives For Ken Loach's Latest, 'The Angels' Share'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • April 4, 2012 10:24 AM
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It seems we’re never far away from seeing a Ken Loach film in theaters, with the director consistently churning out a film every two years for the lion’s share of his career. Perhaps churned is a poor choice of words though, because it’s rare that a Ken Loach film receives anything but praise – the only variable seems to be whether they are good or great. Loach’s last effort, “Route Irish,” was one of the good but not great ones, and from the first look we’ve had at his latest feature we’re tempted to say this looks like it may be of a similar quality.

Ken Loach To Direct Post-WWII Doc 'Spirit of 45' Plus New Photos From His Upcoming 'The Angels Share'

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • March 30, 2012 10:20 AM
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Director Ken Loach has always strived for realism in his socially-conscious films, so it's no surprise that his next project is a documentary about socialism. Enjoying the most prolific decade of his long career, the 75-year-old director's last film, the 2010 drama-thriller "Route Irish," examined the corruption of private contractors working in Iraq, while his foray into documentary, titled "Spirit of '45," will be an even broader affair — focusing on the changes to the social and political landscape of Britain immediately following the end of World War II.

First Look At Ken Loach's Upcoming Dramedy 'The Angels' Share'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 20, 2012 11:28 AM
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The word "legend" gets thrown around a lot, but it's a mantle that filmmaker Ken Loach fully deserves. We're not going to recap the many accomplishments and honors his lengthy career has seen so far, but in the last few years his energy and curiousity have shown no signs of abating. His work has ranged from early 20th century drama ("The Wind That Shakes The Barley"), footballer dramedy ("Looking For Eric") and post-Iraq War meditations ("Route Irish") and for his next effort, we'll see another change of focus.

Ken Loach Goes With The Strong Stuff For Next Film 'The Angel's Share'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 22, 2011 3:20 AM
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In his mid-70s, with a decades-spanning career behind him, director Ken Loach continues to be a strong cinematic voice. His last few films "The Wind That Shakes the Barley," "Looking for Eric" and "Route Irish" commanded solid critical notices and found the helmer's talents still firing on all fronts. And he continues to work at a prolific pace as he's already lined up his next gig.

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