Jim Bennett (Academy Award®-nominee Mark Wahlberg) is a risk taker. Both an English professor and a high-stakes gambler, Bennett bets it all when he borrows from a gangster (Michael Kenneth Williams) and offers his own life as collateral. Always one step ahead, Bennett pits his creditor against the operator of a gambling ring (Alvin Ing) and leaves his dysfunctional relationship with his wealthy mother (Academy Award®-winner Jessica Lange) in his wake. He plays both sides, immersing himself in an illicit, underground world while garnering the attention of Frank (John Goodman), a loan shark with a paternal interest in Bennett’s future. As his relationship with a student (Brie Larson) deepens, Bennett must take the ultimate risk for a second chance...
There's a John Goodman featurette at the link above which also includes interviews from Mark Wahlberg and director Rupert Wyatt. The Gambler is out now.
[24 Jan 2015 at 10:16]
The Book of Life
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment invites you and your family to join Manolo, Maria and Chuy as they embark on a journey that takes them on an adventure through the Land of the Remembered in THE BOOK OF LIFE available on Digital HD, 3D Blu-ray™, Blu-ray™ & DVD on 16th February. This culturally-based Day of the Dead themed animated feature is written and directed by Jorge Gutierrez and produced by Guillermo del Toro.
THE BOOK OF LIFE is a breathtaking animated comedy with a dazzling visual style unlike anything you’ve seen before. Torn between the expectations of his family and the desires of his heart, a young man named Manolo sets off on an epic quest, that spans three spectacular worlds, in order to reunite with his one true love and defend his village. Not your ordinary fairy tale, THE BOOK OF LIFE is a wondrous fantasy-adventure filled with magic, music and fun!
Regarded as the finest work from the first great era of Chinese filmmaking, Fei Mu’s quiet, piercingly poignant study of adulterous desire and guilt-ridden despair is a remarkable rediscovery, often compared to David Lean’s Brief Encounter. Following its theatrical release last year as part of the BFI’s major season A Century of Chinese Cinema, Spring in a Small Town will be released on DVD by the BFI on 23 February 2014.
After eight years of marriage to Liyan – once rich but now a shadow of his former self following a long, ruinous war – Yuwen does little except deliver his daily medication. A surprise visit from Liyan’s friend Zhang re-energises the household, but also stirs up dangerously suppressed longings and resentments.
Focusing on people rather than politics, director Fei Mu’s greatest achievement perfectly captures the dilemma of desire raging against loyalty, and sits alongside both the tender family dramas of Japan’s Yasujiro Ozu and the wonderful post-war humanist realist cinema of René Clément, Satyajit Ray and Vittorio De Sica. It has been acknowledged as a formative influence by Zhang Yimou (House of Flying Daggers), Chen Kaige (Farewell My Concubine), Jia Zhangke (Still Life), and Wong Kar-wai (In the Mood for Love). A trailer is above.
[15 Jan 2015 at 22:08]
Scar Tissue on DVD
Terrible man, terrible man, terrible terrible terrible man
Detective Sam Cross (Charity Wakefield – Sense & Sensibility, Mockingbird Lane, The Raven) never got the chance for revenge. Twenty years ago, her sister became the last victim of serial child killer Edward Jansen, moments before he was shot dead by a police SWAT team.
But now, decades later, he's back…
Luke Denham (Danny Horn - Doctor Who) is a normal guy living a normal life until he wakes up one morning to find a mutilated corpse in his bathroom. When the police find Jansen’s DNA all over the crime scene, Luke and Sam are thrown together on a mission to uncover the truth and stop the long-dead psychopath who stalks and taunts them. SCAR TISSUE is a shocking, gripping and stylish thriller from the producer of The Seasoning House that reminds us how the past can be impossible to escape – evil leaves its mark.
SCAR TISSUE will be available on DVD 16th FEBRUARY 2015.
Ig Perrish (Radcliffe) is accused of the violent rape and killing of his girlfriend, Merrin Williams (Temple). After a hard night of drinking, Ig awakens, hungover, to find horns growing out of his head; they have the ability to drive people to confess sins and give in to selfish impulses. Ig decides to use this effective tool to discover the circumstances of his girlfriend's death and to seek revenge by finding the true murderer.
HORNS is a film that takes elements of horror, dark fantasy, comedy and romance and uses them to great effect to create a deliciously off-beat and often gruesome tale that demands further viewings. With colourful characters against the haunting Vancouver backdrop, Horns is as gorgeous to look at as it is entertaining and horrifying and features a mature performance from Daniel Radcliffe who, building on his starring role in Woman in Black, returns to horror and proves that he is one of Britain’s best and most diverse acting talents.
HORNS comes to DVD, Blu-Ray and On Demand from Monday 9th March 2015 and download to own from Monday 23rd Feb 2015. Check out the trailer above.
Critically acclaimed directorial debut Hinterland from Award-winning Actor/Director Harry Macqueen will be released in UK cinemas and On Demand from 27th February 2015. Nominated for Best UK Feature at Raindance Film Festival 2014, the film will open at Curzon Cinemas and will be simultaneously available on Curzon Home Cinema from 27th February through Soda Pictures, before touring UK cinemas.
Shot in 13 days in February and March 2013 in London and Cornwall and set over one February weekend, Hinterland is an original and visually stunning British road-trip and a tender and honest exploration of love and change.
Hinterland follows two old friends who escape the city for a trip of nostalgia, love and new beginnings. When Harvey (Harry Macqueen) hears that his old friend Lola (musician Lori Campbell) has been forced to return home after years abroad he arranges to take her away for a weekend to the seaside cottage where they spent so much of their youth. What follows is a touching and beautiful story of an old friendship rekindled within a new context. Hinterland is a poetic journey of self-discovery and heartbreak in contemporary Britain. The trailer is at the link above.
Anita Ekberg, the former Miss Sweden who became one of the most glamorous leading ladies of her era, has died, it has been announced. Her success as a beauty queen led to a Hollywood contract where she appeared in such films as Abbott and Costello Go To Mars, Blood Alley, Artist and Models (first of a few collaborations with Jerry Lewis), War and Peace, Hollywood or Bust and Screaming Mimi, though it was her classic dance in Rome's Trevi Fountain in Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita that made her an icon of the era's most captivating women.
After that, she spent increasing amounts of time in Italy which she made her home, appearing in Bocaccio '70 (as a giant billboard), 4 For Texas, The Alphabet Murders, Way... Way Out, Woman Times Seven, French Sex Murders, Killer Nun, and Fellini's penultimate, Intervista as herself. She had endured much hardship over recent years, but was still sought for her frank and open views on life and movies, and she will be missed.
Rod Taylor, the strapping Australian who became one of the biggest draws from his country in the nineteen-fifties and sixties, has died, it was announced today. He moved to Hollywood to start a career in television, but movies soon beckoned for a performer of his masculine charm and capability and he appeared in World Without End, Giant, Raintree County and Separate Tables.
By the sixties, he was a major star, appearing in perhaps his signature role in The Time Machine, voicing the hero in Disney's 101 Dalmatians, working with Hitchcock in The Birds, part of the celebrity ensemble in The V.I.P.s, and so forth with successes as Fate is the Hunter, 36 Hours with James Garner, The Liquidator, Do Not Disturb and The Glass Bottom Boat with Doris Day, and the still-tough Dark of the Sun following. Come the seventies he headlined Darker Than Amber, Antonioni's Zabriskie Point, The Train Robbers and The Deadly Trackers, but his stardom waned around this time, and he spent most of the remaining years in television until Quentin Tarantino offered him a fine cameo as Winston Churchill in Inglourious Basterds. Not a bad way to go out as one of the screen's most admirable heroes.