Julian Barnes' Booker Prize-winning novel is adapted into a remarkably intelligent, gently involving film anchored by a terrific performance from Jim Broadbent. With an unusually realistic depiction of London life, this an introspective story about finding closure, and it's nice that the filmmakers avoid ramping up the narrative to push a big emotional climax. Instead, it's in the small moments that the film rings true.
Broadbent plays Tony, a pensioner who runs a small camera shop as a hobby. His primary distraction is his single daughter Susie (Michelle Dockery), who is in the final stages of pregnancy. So Tony and his ex-wife Margaret (Harriet Walter) are providing whatever support they can. Then out of the blue he is notified of an inheritance from someone in his distant past. This sends him down memory lane, as he remembers his life as a university student (then Billy Howle), falling in love with Veronica (Freya Mavor) and feeling crushed when she fell for his best friend Adrian (Joe Alwyn) instead. So Tony tracks down Veronica (now Charlotte Rampling) in the present day to try to sort out their loose ends.
This is a complex story about how tricky it is to make sense of a messy past. The film refuses to simplify things in any way, leaving the audience to see themselves in the characters and situations as it flickers back and forth between the two timelines, dropping hints and details until the final piece falls into the puzzle. And the message is that you can't get closure until you accept even the more difficult elements of your story.
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One man is plotting to carry out the biggest diamond heist in history in a bid to settle a debt that could otherwise cost him his life. He decides to target one of London's biggest and most secure safe deposit facilitys; the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Company which could bag him up to $200 million. But the youth of today just aren't up for a job of this size; if they want to carry out this theft successfully, they need to get hold of the real veterans of the game. Criminal mastermind Brian Reader, getaway driver Kenny Collins and fixer and supplier Terry Perkins are all roped in to execute the crime. On the other hand, these crooks are the very definition of 'old' school, which means they could be more of a liability than a success.
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The New York premiere for 'The Imitation Game' took place at the Ziegfeld Theatre, with stars of the film and various celebrities including the film's star, Benedict Cumberbatch. Cumberbtach was joined by the rest of the cast, including Kiera Knightly, Matthew Goode, Mark Strong and acting legend Charles Dance.
Benedict Cumberbatch had some significant words to say about Alan Turing.
We can't describe how much we're looking forward to war drama 'The Imitation Game', but lead actor Benedict Cumberbatch has some important words to say about playing the remarkable computer pioneer Alan Turing.
Benedict Cumberbatch plays Alan Turing in 'The Imitation Game'
Five years ago, an official apology was finally issued by the British government regarding the appalling treatment of Alan Turing following his victory in cracking Germany's Enigma Code during World War II. On discovering that he was having a homosexual relationship, he was prosecuted by the courts and ultimately given treatment designed to reduce his ability to have sexual relationships. Now, decades on, his legacy is brought back in film, with the extraordinary Benedict Cumberbatch in the role, who's more than grateful for such an opportunity.
The plot feels like a Jane Austen novel infused with a hot-potato political issue, but this is actually a true story. It's been somewhat fictionalised, but the central facts are accurate, and while the production is perhaps a bit too polished for its own good, the solid acting and filmmaking make the story involving and provocative. And its themes feel just as relevant today.
In 1769 London, a young half-black girl named Dido Belle is taken by her soldier father (Matthew Goode) to live with his uncle, the Lord Chief Justice Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson). With his wife (Emily Watson) and sister (Penelope Winton), he is already caring for another niece, and the two girls grow up as inseparable friends. Hidden from society, Dido (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) inherits a small fortune from her father. And while Elizabeth (Sarah Gadon) is penniless, her white skin makes her a more suitable spouse. Then family friend Lady Ashford (Miranda Richardson) foists her son James (Tom Felten) on Elizabeth. To their horror, his brother Oliver (James Norton) falls for Dido. But she's more interested in an impoverished law student (Sam Reid).
Along with these rather standard period-movie romantic shenanigans, there's a major subplot about Lord Mansfield's imminent ruling in the first court case to take on the slave trade, which could destabilise the entire British Empire. And this is where the film jolts into something significant: the UK's top judge had an adopted mixed-race daughter who probably influenced the first landmark decision against slavery. Meanwhile, director Amma Asante also vividly portrays the gritty realities of this young black woman's precarious position in society.
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Dido Elizabeth Belle is the mixed race daughter of Royal Navy officer Captain John Lindsay resulting from his affair with an African woman. Desperate for his only child to receive a comfortable upbringing, he takes her back to England and begs his uncle, Lord Mansfield, to take her in and care for her as their own. As much as she is treated well and enjoys the company of her cousin Lady Elizabeth Murray, she finds herself an outcast with no specified social status and disallowed from dining with her family on social occasions all because of her colour. While she is shunned by almost everybody, one man takes an interest in her; John Davinier, the apprentice of Lord Mansfield. However, both her great-uncle and John's parents are averse to the idea of their marriage - though their shocking love story forces Mansfield to re-think his own feelings about race and family.
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Who will play Batman in the 2015 Superman: Man of Steel sequel? Speculation is already rife with actors including Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin and Joe Manganiello suggested by media outlets as possibilities.
The question on every DC fans lips since director Zack Snyder announced plans for the next Superman film, which will feature Batman, is who will play the caped crusader? Christian Bale, who starred in the Dark Knight trilogy, is definitely out of the running as he has no interest in reprising the role.
Ryan Gosling at a special screening of Only God Forgives at the BAM Harvey Theatre, New York.
Here's what we know about the film so far: Snyder announced at last month's San Diego Comic-Con that a sequel is in the works and will star Henry Cavill as Superman. The script is currently being written by David Goyer, who wrote Man of Steel. The film is due to be released in cinemas in 2015, with filming scheduled to begin next year. Owing to the film's tight schedule, reports are suggesting Snyder's casting decisions will be revealed in the next few weeks.
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You could argue that this film is all lurid style over substance, but there's actually a lot going on behind the stunningly gorgeous imagery. Korean director Park (Oldboy) beings his lavish visual approach to this Hitchcockian story about a family infiltrated by a predator. Packed with references to iconic movies and books, the film is heightened and deranged, and its intense moodiness gets under the skin.
It centres on 18-year-old India Stoker (Wasikowska), distraught after the death of her beloved father (Mulroney). Without him to soften her, she's also even angrier than usual at her needy mother Evie (Kidman). Then the charming, handsome Uncle Charlie (Goode) turns up at the funeral and moves in to help them grieve. Actually he seems to be trying to seduce Evie, who is flattered by his attention. But the housekeeper (Somerville) and an auntie (Weaver) don't stick around long enough to see what's really going on, and it becomes clear that Charlie actually has his sights set on India.
Both the script and the direction continually echo familiar literary and cinematic icons, from the family's name to the Shakespearean family plot to the prowling interloper (see Robert Mitchum in the 1950s classic The Night of the Hunter). Director Park's camera prowls through the house like a ghost, catching tiny details in every lushly designed scene while finding all kinds of shadings in the performances. Wasikowska is terrific as the sensitive, rather cruel young woman at the centre of the storm, while Kidman steals her scenes with a haunted, conflicted performance. Between them, Goode is almost painfully seductive. And clearly dangerous.
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Nicole Kidman maybe isn't quite as high profile as she was in her Moulin Rouge pomp these days, but there's no denying that when she hits the red carpet, she'll still draw the eyes of the world's paparazzi. The Australian actress was in London for the premiere of Stoker, the last film produced by Tony Scott before his death, and also starring Mia Wasikowska and Matthew Goode.
The BBC executives who commissioned new drama Dancing on the Edge - presumably as a direct response to ITV's hugely successful Downton Abbey - will have felt pretty good about themselves, following its premiere on Monday evening (January 4, 2013) The drama follows a black jazz band in London in the early 1930s - a time of remarkable social change.
The first episode saw music journalist Stanley Mitchell (played by Matthew Goode) befriending The Louis Lester Band - whom he helps rise from basement jazz clubs to the illustrious Imperial Hotels. The band meets early hostility from audiences whom have never seen black musicians before, though a couple of young aristocrats fall in love with the new sound and invites them to play a swanky garden party. Early reviews were full of praise for Stephen Poliakoff's drama, with Sam Wollaston of The Guardian writing, "There are marvellous performances, plus fascinating characters whose motives aren't yet clear. It's beautiful to look at and artfully crafted." Tom Sutcliffe of The Independent said, "Chiwetel Ejiofor and Matthew Goode are excellent as Louis and Stanley, and it looks and sounds gorgeous. Possibly just a little too gorgeous in fact."
The second episode of Dancing On The Edge airs on Monday (February 11, 2013). It runs for five episodes in total.
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As the Sundance Film Festival continues in Utah, buzz is emerging about the new Nicole Kidman movie Stoker, in which she plays the widowed mother of teen Mia Wasikowska as they deal with the arrival of the unexpectedly sexy Uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode). From the director of Old Boy, a new trailer depicts the film as a stylish, warped and very black comedy. It comes to cinemas on March 1st.
Here in Britain, two leading awards contenders open this week. Steven Spielberg's Lincoln stars Daniel Day-Lewis, the front-runner in the Best Actor race. This would be his unprecedented third win in the category. And Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty stars Jessica Chastain, who is currently the favourite for Best Actress, although Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook is giving her some serious competition.
But no one should write off iconic French actress Emmanuelle Riva's astonishing turn in Amour. She won the London Critics' Circle Film Award for Best Actress on Sunday. The London critics also gave Amour their Film of the Year title, and it's up for Best Picture at the Oscars as well.
The star-studded horror movie Stoker has been in the pipeline for over two years. With an almost unrecognisable Mia Wasikowska in the ever so creepy lead, along with Nicole Kidman, Matthew Goode and Jacki Weaver as support, Stoker has already begun to make waves, enjoying a successful premier at the Sundance Film Festival.
Prison Break's Wentworth Miller wrote the script way back in 2010, along with a potential prequel, which he sent out under a pseudonym, reportedly due to him wanting to hear a fair verdict rather than one based on his fame. The outcome was it being listed as one of 2010's 10 best screenplays gone un-produced. All that has been put to rights, with a great cast and an exemplary director, Oldboy's Park Chan-wook.
Continue reading: Nicole Kidman Stars In 'Stoker', Sundance Reviews Are In (TRAILER)
India Stoker is a reclusive young artist with no friends at school due to her many peculiarities and idiosyncrasies. Her only friend is her father, and when he dies in a unexplained car accident she finds herself even more isolated as she is forced to stay with her unhinged mother Evie who shows her nothing but contempt. It isn't long before the mother and daughter are joined by India's uncle Charlie; a man whom India has never been told about before despite him being the brother of her beloved father. He is handsome, charming and mysterious and Evie wastes no time in falling in love with him - seeing him as a blessing since the death of her husband. Her contempt for her daughter increases, however, when she finds that Charlie has become much more interested in India and, although she initially suspects him of having dubious intentions, the interest is soon reciprocated when she becomes infatuated with his sinister games.
'Stoker' is a psychological thriller with a star studded cast directed by Chan-wook Park ('Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance', 'Oldboy') and written by first-time screenwriter Wentworth with additions from Erin Cressida Wilson ('Secretary', 'Chloe'). It is set for release in the UK on March 1st 2013.
Director: Park Chan-wook
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India Stoker is a plain young artist whose peculiarities isolate her from others in high school leaving her friendless. When her loving father dies in unknown circumstances after a car accident, she is forced to remain with her cold, unloving and unhinged mother Evelyn. Soon, however, India is introduced to her handsome and charming Uncle Charlie - someone who she has never before been told existed. Evelyn falls for him and attempts to have him fill the place of her deceased husband, however he seems less interested in her and more interested in India. India suspects him of having a dark motive for coming to live to them but instead of fearing him, she begins an increasing obsession for him that he in turn reciprocates.
This psychological thriller features stunning acting performances from an award-winning star studded cast that is bound to pull you to edge of your seat next Spring. Directed by Chan-wook Park ('Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance', 'Oldboy') and written by first-time screenwriter Wentworth with contributions from Erin Cressida Wilson ('Secretary', 'Chloe'), 'Stoker' is a story of corruption, vengeance and bloodlust with a hint of illicit romance. It will be released in across the UK from March 1st 2013 by Fox Searchlight UK.
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Moore is Anna "Liberty" Foster, the 18-year old daughter of the overly protective President of the United States (Mark Harmon). She's in search of a life outside the White House, yet her dad refuses to let her leave home without an entourage of Secret Service agents (in today's world, I can hardly blame him). When her latest date bails on her because the agents are "way to out of control," she demands that her dad grant her some space while on their upcoming trip to Prague. He relents slightly, because unbeknownst to her, he has conveniently found a young secret service agent named Ben Calder (Matthew Goode) to befriend her and watch over her activity.
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