Mireille Enos, Alan Ruck, Vesper Vivianne Ruck and Sam Ruck - The Killing star, Mireille Enos with husband Alan Ruck take their family Christmas shopping at The Grove in Hollywood - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 21st December 2014
With 'The Captive' having finally arrived in US cinemas, it's worth taking a look at what Ryan Reynold's latest film is all about.
'The Captive' is the latest film from Atom Egoyan, known for 1997's 'The Sweet Hereafter', 1994's 'Exotica' and 2005's 'Where the Truth Lies'. The story follows Reynolds character after he finds his daughter has gone missing. After pulling into the wrong diner at the wrong time, Matthew (Ryan Reynolds) returns to his car to find his daughter Cass (Alexia Fast) no longer there. His wife, Tina (Mireille Enos) blames him for the disappearance. When the police become involved, they steadily uncover a dark mystery surrounding the case.
'The Captive' stars Ryan Raynolds.
Mireille Enos recently starred alongside Brad Pitt as his character's wife in 2013's 'World War Z'. She has also appeared in 'Gangster Squad', and has had a starring role in 'The Killing' since 2011. In 'The Captive', she once again portrays a mother and wife, desperately trying to protect her child. Alexia Fast, who plays the daughter of Enos and Reynold's characters, is probably best known for appearing the 2012 Tom Cruise film 'Jack Reacher'. She also portrayed a leading role in the television series 'Manhattan' and her work in 'The Captive' earned the film its Joey Award.
Matthew is a typical loving father who takes a day trip with his young daughter Cassandra in his truck, stopping off at a roadside diner along the way to pick up pie for lunch. He's only gone a few minutes but by the time he returns to his vehicle he discovers that Cass is gone. She's nowhere to be found, and to make matters worse, when he reports her disappearance as an abduction to the police he is the first suspect in the case. The incident puts a deep strain on his marriage to her mother Tina, who doesn't know whether to blame him for letting her out of his sight or suspect his involvement herself. Some years later, they are still searching, but when detectives Nicole and Jeffrey find new leads, Matthew becomes determined to find out exactly where his daughter is being held.
Continue: The Captive Trailer
Based on the Gayle Forman novel, this teen weepie is wrenchingly emotional and packed with girly fantasies. But the characters and situations have a lot more earthy honesty to them than this summer's other big adolescent tearjerker The Fault in Our Stars. It may be just as relentlessly sentimentalised, but the issues involved are faced with a lot more grit and realism, so the film earns its sob-inducing emotions.
Set in Portland, Oregon, the story centres on the Hall family. Parents Kat and Denny (Mireille Enos and Joshua Leonard) are former rockers who have mildly toned down their wild ways as they have raised their children: 17-year-old Mia (Chloe Grace Moretz) and the younger Teddy (Jakob Davies) to be independent and artistic. Although Kat and Denny are rather taken aback by Mia's obsessive love of classical music and prodigious gift with the cello. Then Mia is shocked to discover that the cool rock-god Adam (Jamie Blackley) at her high school is interested in her. As their relationship develops over the next year, it hits a few bumps along the way. And it's during one of these bad patches that Mia is in a life-threatening car crash with her family. In an out-of-body experience, she watches everyone react to her life-and-death situation, wondering, "Should I stay or should I go?"
Which of course would be a much better title for a rock-n-roll movie than this one. Never mind, since the film is structured as a peeling-onion of flashbacks and out-of-sequence revelations, Mia's conundrum is genuinely complicated, in a movie sort of way. But then everything about this film exists only in the movies, most notably Adam, the most perfect boyfriend in the history of cinema: a bad boy musician with a deep soul, open emotions and thoughtful reactions. He has so clearly been devised to appeal to the teen-girl audience that it's occasionally a bit ridiculous.
Continue reading: If I Stay Review
Mireille Enos and Alan Ruck - An array of celebrities attended the Los Angeles Premiere of 'If I Stay' directed R. J. Cutler held at the TCL Chinese Theatre - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 20th August 2014
The final season of 'The Killing' premiered on Netflix - is it an acceptable end to the series?
Maybe it shouldn't have ended so soon, but at least it got the ending it deserved. After being canceled twice by its network AMC, cult-detective thriller 'The Killing' has ended its run with its fourth and final season premiering exclusively on Netflix.
Joel Kinnaman plays Stephen Holder in ‘The Killing’
'The Killing' may have dug its own grave early back in season one when it failed to wrap up the murder storyline in its finale. It arguably never recovered, and it was one of the reasons the show never reached expectations when it came to ratings. However, even though it took a second season to find out who killed Rosie Larsen, the show continued to improve on what it does best - even if the ratings said otherwise. Season three took the show to a different level, expanding on its story with an emphasis on character development. It was unpredictable in the best ways possible, and it ended with a cliffhanger that, for a while, was looking like it would never be resolved.
Continue reading: The Final Season Of 'The Killing' - What's The Verdict?
Detectives Linden and Holder fall on desperate times in the final season of "The Killing"
Four seasons in, Netflix’s The Killing is getting the axe in 2015. Judging from the first trailer for the final season though, the show is going out with a bang, or in The Killing terms, the biggest mystery Detective Linden (Mireille Enos) and Detective Holder (Joel Kinnaman) have faced so far. Watch the trailer, complete with moody music and gray-ish filter.
Joel Kinnaman returns to The Killing, after an unsuccessful turn in the rebooted RoboCop.
The trailer picks up some time after the events of season three, with Linden and Holder doing some damage control after their rash actions. But there’s no time to dwell on the past, as the detectives are assigned a new case. All the members of a seemingly perfect family are murdered, except for the son, Kyle Stansbury (Tyler Ross), who was shot in the head during the massacre. This is the only synopsis offered by Netflix, via RTE.
'The Killing' is back for a fourth season on Netflix on August 1. What should we expect from the final six episodes?
‘The Killing’ just can’t be killed. AMC’s cult crime drama thriller premiered on the network in 2011, but was quickly canceled following its second season. Ultimately, it was revived for a third, but then canceled for a second time in September 2013. Two months after its cancellation, Netflix had announced it would be picking ‘The Killing’ up for a fourth and final season consisting of six episodes, because Netflix always saves the day. Joel Kinnaman, who stars on the show as Stephen Holder, recently spoke with the Los Angeles Times on why the switch to Netflix was a good thing. “The viewership of the show wasn’t as big as AMC might have hoped, but what I think Netflix and everybody realized was that the people that watched it really appreciated it. It meant something to them,” he said.
Joel Kinnaman says the final season of 'The Killing' was "liberating"
Because of the show’s dedicated following, online petitions surfaced to bring back the show for season four. One reached over 10,000 signatures. Now with the move to Netflix, how will it affect the show in general? For what it’s worth, the main roles are returning, as well as showrunner Veena Sud, so the main core isn’t going to change. What is going to change, however, may be the overall tone of the show. Now that it’s no longer on a network, ‘The Killing’ can basically do whatever it wants, and it’s planning on taking full advantage of that. "This season Holder gets to talk like Holder should have been talking," Kinnaman said regarding his character. "We can use whatever words you want to use. There's no rating. Sometimes you could feel a little held back by those limitations that were set up."
Continue reading: What To Expect From The Final Season Of 'The Killing'
Based on the events documented in West of Memphis and the Paradise Lost trilogy, this drama takes an almost clinical approach to the story. By filling in so many details and covering so many perspectives, skilled Canadian director Atom Egoyan sometimes loses the emotional connection, simply because there are too many punches to the gut. But it's utterly riveting.
The events took place in 1993 in rural West Memphis, Arkansas. After three 8-year-old boys go missing, suspicion immediately falls on four goth 16-year-olds: Chris (Dane DeHaan) has just left town, but the fiercely charismatic Damien (James Hamrick), hapless Jason (Seth Meriwether) and mentally disabled Jesse (Kristopher Higgens) are arrested and charged with murder. The victims' parents (including Reese Witherspoon, Alessandro Nivola and Kevin Durand) band together in outrage. But private investigator Ron (Colin Firth) thinks the police have wrongly accused these teens of being killers.
The story is a shocking account of a miscarriage of justice, as the community turns on kids who simply look a bit funny and the police and judicial authorities refuse to admit that they may have made some serious mistakes. The rush to judgement is terrifying, accompanied with explanations that falsely link the teens to satanic rituals and death-metal music. Egoyan cleverly builds a sense of outrage from the start, as the film mourns not only the young boys' death but also the horror of carelessly ruining three innocent teens' lives in response.
Continue reading: Devil's Knot Review
Devil's Knot is a biographical thriller drama based on the events of the West Memphis Three case directed by Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter, Chloe) and written by Paul Harris Boardman and Scott Derrickson (Sinister, The Exorcism Of Emily Rose).
Devil's Knot tells the chilling story of three young boys, Stevie Branch, Christopher Byers and Michael Moore, going missing in the town of West Memphis, Arkansas. When the bodies are found beaten and murdered, the police and religious people of the town put the blame to a group of teenagers they believed to be Satanists, due to the dark nature of their appearance. After police investigation, three young adults, Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley Jr., are arrested for suspicion of the crime. These three youths claim to be innocent of the murders, but the citizens of the town want justice for the murdered children and the punishment of the teenagers, innocent or not, seems to be their best answer.
The film will star academy award winner Reese Witherspoon portraying Stevie Branch's distraught mother, Michelle Enos (World War Z, Gangster Squad) as Vicki Hutcheson who was key in the arrest of the teenagers, Academy Award winner Colin Firth as private investigator Ron Lax and Dane DeHaan (The Amazing Spider Man 2, The Place Beyond the Pines) as Chris Morgan, who was a suspect in the murder case.
Arnold Schwarzenegger gets one of his most complex roles yet in this messy, violent thriller, another trip to the dark side for filmmaker David Ayer. As in Training Day and End of Watch, Ayer is exploring that moral tipping point where the people charged with protecting society become a danger. But the formula sags badly in this sloppily written script, which relies on grotesque violence instead of a coherent plot.
Schwarzenegger plays Breacher, the head of an elite DEA squad that has just stolen $10m in drug-bust cash. But someone takes it from them, after which the team members start turning up murdered in increasingly vicious ways. So Breacher and his colleagues - hothead Monster (Sam Worthington), prickly Lizzy (Mireille Enos), beefy Grinder (Joe Manganiello), hotshot Next (Josh Holloway) and smoothie Sugar (Terrence Howard) - band together to find the killer. Meanwhile, two local Atlanta cops (Olivia Williams and Harold Perrineau) are also on the case, clashing with Breacher at every turn. And shadowy goons hired by a drug cartel are lying in wait.
For about two-thirds of the running time, this is actually an intriguing whodunit, complete with clues and red herrings, suspicions and surprises. There's also a sense of urgency, as we never know who's going to get it next. Although the escalating grisliness is hard to stomach (it even reduces seasoned cops to retching wrecks), as is a hint of unnecessary romance. Then when the truth is revealed, the whole movie collapses into utter nonsense, desperately straining for moral resonance but undermining its own point with gratuitous brutality.
Continue reading: Sabotage Review
When one day the most scary thing you can contemplate is an important cello recital at Juilliard and the next you are fighting for your life, you're bound to feel a little messed up. Mia didn't realise just how much she had; her close family, her amazingly cool and loyal boyfriend Adam and a sparkling future in music; until a fateful family car journey in the snow forced her to see. She finds herself having an out of body experience, looking over her comatose body in hospital with her family and friends surrounding her. She understands that she is going to be an orphan with a future more uncertain than ever, but those who love her have to convince her to come back to them nonetheless. Will she brave it and return to the world? Or is it really her time to leave?
Continue: If I Stay Trailer