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Review: PADDINGTON 2 Leaves the House for the Big House

When we last saw Paddington Bear on the big screen, he had happily settled in with the Brown family, nestled safely in the heart of picturesque London. This was much to chagrin of the evil villain played by Nicole Kidman,...

Review: IN THE HEART OF THE SEA, Old-Fashioned In The Best Possible Way

Billed as the story that inspired Moby Dick, Ron Howard's adaptation of Nathaniel Philbrick's National Book Award winner is a shamelessly old-fashioned sea-faring yarn recounting the true story of the Essex, a Nantucket whaleship that sank after being attacked by...

Review: STONEHEARST ASYLUM Offers Pleasant Darkness But Little Else

Despite a cast that includes Ben Kingsley, Michael Caine, and Kate Beckinsale, and a noteworthy director in Brad Anderson, Stonehearst Asylum feels like a high-class 1970s TV movie. Anderson remains in my mind as a director of independent genre movies...

DVD Review: THE GRAND SEDUCTION Flirts Lightly

Based on its bold title, you would be forgiven for thinking The Grand Seduction, a new comedy starring stalwart actor Brendan Gleeson, is an epic and complex drama comedy. It is in fact quite the opposite; a simmering small-town affair,...

Talking CALVARY With Writer-Director John Michael McDonagh

It was back in January that I had the chance to attend the world premiere of John Michael McDonagh's thoroughly remarkable Calvary at the Sundance Film Festival and came away feeling that I had just shared in something special, a...

AnarchyVision: Jason Gorber Talks EDGE OF TOMORROW And CHEF

While it's under-performing at the box office, the latest whiz-bang sci-fi action romp starring Tom Cruise, Edge of Tomorrow, is a hell of a lot of fun.Also checked out the very tasty Chef by writer/producer/director/star Jon Favreau, the pinnacle of...

Review: EDGE OF TOMORROW Is High Concept Sci-Fi At Its Most Fun

Tom Cruise is on fine form in the high concept sci-fi thriller Edge of Tomorrow, playing a military spin doctor in a war torn near-future, who is caught in a time loop, re-living the same day of mass carnage over...

Chicago Critics Film Festival 2014: Canfield Delivers His 10 Most Anticipated

The second year for the Chicago Critics Film Festival promises big things. 23 Chicago premieres and 14 shorts combined with appearances from a number of filmmakers and film subjects are just part of why. In many ways the most exciting part...

New EDGE OF TOMORROW Trailer Is Cruise-Centric

It makes perfect sense that the new trailer for Doug Liman's Edge of Tomorrow revolves entirely around Tom Cruise. The first trailer established the premise: aliens invade Earth, soldiers die quickly, one is caught in a time loop until he becomes...

Sundance 2014 Review: CALVARY Is A Tragic, Devastating Masterpiece

John Michael McDonagh's 2011 directorial debut The Guard was one of the stronger debut films of recent years, combining as it did McDonagh's fabulous script, a strong but not overwhelming sense of visual style and a blazing performance from leading...

Watch Tom Cruise And Emily Blunt Fight Aliens In First EDGE OF TOMORROW Trailer

Edge of Tomorrow stars Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt and is directed by Doug Liman. My initial reaction is that it looks like Source Code meets Starship Troopers. And I approach it with apprehension because I think the plot of the film...

CALVARY: Watch The Trailer For John Michael McDonagh's Sundance Selected Follow Up To THE GUARD

When writer-director John Michael McDonagh teamed up with star Brendan Gleeson for The Guard the result was a little bit of magic, one of the funniest black comedies I'd come across in quite some time bolstered by some truly remarkable...

Tomm Moore's SONG OF THE SEA Launches Principal Production In January

It's been a little while coming but Tomm Moore's The Song Of The Sea - the latest from the director of Oscar nominated animated feature The Secret Of Kells - is up and running. The voice tracks have been laid...