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Review: 'Closed Circuit' Starring Eric Bana & Rebecca Hall

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • August 27, 2013 9:02 AM
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Focus Features is starting to build their own exclusive tentpole weekend each year. Marvel usually claims the opening May slot of every summer, and different studios trade off the lucrative July 4th period. But Focus has rubber-stamped the under-attended Labor Day weekend as theirs, with middlebrow adult pictures that raise some interesting socio-political issues before delving into melodramatic gibberish by the third act. These films are surprise financial successes, and portray a certain artfulness at times, with “The Constant Gardener” and “The Debt” modest potboilers with similar weaknesses ("The American" is somewhat more of a success in that regard, but cut from a similar cloth). Joining that group is the latest in that tradition, “Closed Circuit,” which delivers the same deceptively empty pleasures as the latter two, a formula that’s beginning to show its cracks.

Review: 'Redemption' Starring Jason Statham

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • June 28, 2013 1:14 PM
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Redemption, Jason Statham,
In recent years Jason Statham, with his stocky frame, bald head and gravelly voice that makes him sound like he’s always gnawing on broken glass, has become a kind of one-man wrecking crew, and not just because of his appearance in the “Crank,” “Transporter” and “Expendables” franchises. A rough, sexually viable action star in the mold of Charles Bronson, Statham is an actor whose mere presence in a movie almost guarantees mass destruction and piles of bloodied, bruised, and beaten bodies. But as he proved in last year’s criminally underrated “Safe” and again in this week’s weirdly buried “Redemption,” it’s when he’s quiet that Statham is the most powerfully devastating, like an undetonated bomb in a church square. The promise of violence is its own kind of allure.

Director Steven Knight Says David Fincher Suggested Jason Statham For 'Redemption'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 18, 2013 4:28 PM
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Here's a fun fact that you might not realize -- there's a new Jason Statham movie coming to theaters and VOD next week. You might not know that because there doesn't seem to be any marketing campaign at all behind it. Anyway, once titled "Hummingbird" it has been given the far blander name "Redemption" stateside (something that only guarantee to make it sound even more generic than it actually is), but the main selling point around this one is that it's the movie where Jason Statham Actually Acts (but yes, he does punch things too). And to thank for that? David Fincher it seems.

Watch: Jason Statham Shows His Acting Chops In Trailer For Steven Knight's 'Hummingbird'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 22, 2013 1:21 PM
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Jason Statham's known for pretty much one thing: cracking heads. From "The Transporter" to his most recent film "Parker," if you see his big bald mug on the poster, you can be pretty sure that the film's going to involve the actor kicking seven shades of shit out of anyone and everyone that crosses his path (with the possible exception of "Gnomeo & Juliet."). If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Or ideally, hit it with an iron pipe until it's broke.

Tom Hardy To Star In Steven Knight's Shot-In-Real-Time Thriller 'Locke,' Produced By 'Anna Karenina' Director Joe Wright

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 7, 2013 8:13 AM
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It feels like it's been quite a long time since we saw Tom Hardy on screen. But in fact, he's been working consistently, with five films in the last eighteen months, and the actor's such a chameleon that it's hard to draw a line between Ricky Tarr in "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" and Bane in "The Dark Knight Rises," especially as Hardy spent most of 2012 in Africa shooting the Mad Max movie "Fury Road."

Patrick Wilson Will 'Stretch' In Action Flick For Joe Carnahan; 'Eastern Promises' Scribe Steven Knight Penning Wild Chef Flick

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 1, 2012 10:21 AM
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It's AFM time, which means lots of projects are being announced, but whether or not they actually get made anytime soon continues to be up in the air. In fact, there is such a glut of films being tossed around the sales floor, only the barest scraps of info about some of them are making it out.

Lisa Cholodenko To Direct D.C. Set Mystery 'November Criminals'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 23, 2012 8:48 PM
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With Lisa Cholodenko's "The Kids Are All Right" now a couple of years in the rearview, she has yet to get behind the camera of her next feature. But it's not as if she's short of options. Among the projects she has been linked to in the past little while are the family film "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" with Steve Carell, the indie dramedy "The Abistence Teacher," and the outdoors drama "Wild." While those continue to percolate, she's lined up another pic that looks like a bit of a gear shift.

Cillian Murphy To Play Ruthless Gangster In 'Peaky Blinders' Created By 'Eastern Promises' Writer Steven Knight

  • By Simon Dang
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  • August 1, 2012 9:17 AM
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Severely underutilized in recent film such as "In Time" and "Tron: Legacy," though he had a more prominent role in the the thriller "Red Lights" which no one saw, Irish thesp Cillian Murphy is headed to the small screen for a leading role, teaming with "Eastern Promises" and "Dirty Pretty Things" scribe Steven Knight and BBC2 for the six-part period gangster drama "Peaky Blinders" (Memo to BBC: you might want to change that godawful title).

'Eastern Promises' Sequel Moves Forward With Vincent Cassel Joining Viggo Mortensen, David Cronenberg Will Direct

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 8, 2012 12:24 PM
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Over the last five years or so, reports have kept cropping up of a relatively unlikely sequel: a follow-up to 2007's gangster thriller "Eastern Promises," which was directed by David Cronenberg, and starred Viggo Mortensen as a heavily tattooed low-level Russian mobster who helps a nurse (Naomi Watts) protect a baby targeted by the criminals, including his near-psychotic pal (Vincent Cassel). Given that the film had a slightly-too-neat twist whereby it was revealed that Mortensen's character was actually an undercover FSB agent, it was certainly set up for a follow-up, and recently, both Cronenberg and his star have both said that there's a script that they like, and that they were keen to make the film.

Jim Broadbent Joins Eric Bana & Rebecca Hall In John Crowley's Untitled Thriller, Because Jim Broadbent Is In Everything

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 23, 2012 9:23 AM
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It's a little known fact, but in the mid 1980s, in a bid to fight underemployment in certain aspects of the entertainment industry, the British government passed the Broadbent Act, which set up a quota that one in four British movies would have to cast British character actor favorite Jim Broadbent, while providing tax cuts to any Hollywood movies that employed him. Sometimes, this has led to some overlap, such as last year, when Broadbent accidentally gave the exact same performance in "The Iron Lady" as he did a decade ago in "Iris."

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