'A United Kingdom' is the story of Sir Seretse Khama who, in 1948, caused a stir within both the UK and South African governments when he - as the Prince of Bechuanaland (now Botswana) - fell in love and decided to marry a white woman named Ruth Williams from London.
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Based on a powerful true story from the late 1940s, this drama is packed with present-day resonance as it explores a relationship that sparks intense social and political fallout. And it's made properly engaging with central roles beautifully played by David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike. So it's a shame that the screenplay is so simplistic, failing to generate any momentum in the story with its awkward structure and paper-thin side characters.
It opens in 1947, as Seretse Khama (Oyelowo) has spent 20 years of his life studying in London and is ready to return to Bechuanaland (now Botswana) to take his rightful place as king. But he has fallen in love with white, working-class Englishwoman Ruth (Pike), and they decide to return to Africa together. This causes a crisis for Seretse's uncle Tshkedi (Vusi Kunene), who has been ruling the country while Seretse was away. And there's even more fierce resistance from the British colonial officials (including Jack Davenport and Tom Felton), who refuse to allow the couple to live together in Bechuanaland because a mixed-race marriage undermines the UK's acceptance of South Africa's policy of Apartheid. So they exile Seretse from the country and manipulate the situation to Britain's political benefit. But Ruth stays and fights on.
The film chronicles this astonishing battle with a fascinating attention to detail, although screenwriter Guy Hibbert struggles to avoid repetition as the events shift between Africa and London, leaving main characters off the screen for what turns out to be years at a time. Meanwhile, the British are portrayed as moustache-twirling villains who lie and conspire to undermine the government of Bechuanaland. A bit more complexity might have made the situation compelling on-screen.
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Once upon a time, a handsome, intelligent man fell in love with an equally clever and intelligent woman, the couple married and lived happily ever after. Ruth Williams and Seretse Khama met in Britain in 1947, he was a young man training to be a barrister and she was a clerk working for Lloyds of London.
The pair immediately felt an affinity for one another and courted for a year before Seretse and Ruth married. As well as being an interracial couple, Seretse has a lot more to his past than Ruth ever knew. Seretse is a prince of Bechuanaland and lives a hugely important life in a county that feels a whole world away from the comparatively cosmopolitan London.
Though Ruth and Seretse married - much against the advice of all their peers - apartheid in South Africa, the people of Bechuanaland and the British government all played a part in keeping Sertse from his birth right and went to extreme lengths to have the couple extradited from the country.
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Ben Foster has been cast in 'Hostiles' alongside Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike and West Studi.
Ben Foster has been cast in 'Hostiles'.
The 35-year-old American actor is set to star alongside Christian Bale, 42, in Scott Cooper's tale, which is set in 1892, and follows the story of an army captain who is forced to escort a dying Cheyenne war chief to his tribal land.
The forthcoming production will be just the second time the pair have worked together, after co-starring together in the 2007 blockbuster '3:10 to Yuma'.
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The Foreign Press Association had its say on the best films of the year, and Michael Keaton's 'Birdman' was the big winner.
The Golden Globe nominations are out, and yet again it’s the dark comedy of Birdman that leads the way with nods in seven categories in total. The surreal drama-comedy, by Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, has been nominated for best picture in the comedy / musical category.
Michael Keaton's starring role in Birdman has had the critics purring since its release in October
Michael Keaton, whose flagging career was revitalised by the film, has been selected for the best actor category, and supporting actor Edward Norton and supporting actress Emma Stone have been given the nod in those respective lists. The other three nominations it attracted were best director, screenplay and score.
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David Ficher's 'Gone Girl' has already recouped its production budget from domestic ticket sales alone.
David Fincher's thriller Gone Girl has retained its spot atop the U.S box-office for a second week, out-battling several new releases to pull in a considerable haul of $26.8 million for 21st Century Fox. Horror entry Dracula Untold, a new release from Universal, came in second place with $23.5 million.
Ben Affleck as Nick Dunne in 'Gone Girl'
Elsewhere, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible No Good, Very Bad Day took third-place, while The Judge had to settle for fifth despite a marketing push from Robert Downey Jr last week.
Continue reading: Twisting, Turning 'Gone Girl' Retains No.1 Spot With $26.8 Million
It's all blood, guts and missing people at the box office this weekend.
In a pretty predictable turn of events this weekend, David Fincher’s critically acclaimed baby Gone Girl has gone on to top Dracula Untold. Gone Girl’s second weekend saw a 29% drop, but even so, it was an easy win over Dracula, which can already be counted as a flop at this point.
David Fincher's powerhouse Gone Girl easily smoked the competition for the second weekend in a row.
Through Sunday, its 10th day in release, Gone Girl's domestic total is $78.3 million for 20th Century Fox and New Regency. Dracula, meanwhile, came in second with $29,5 million. Movie of the year it ain’t, but it could have been a lot worse.
It was a tight race this weekend, but the big winner (so far) is "Gone Girl".
Over the weekend, David Fincher’s suspenseful thriller Gone Girl breezed past box office competition, including the supernatural prequel Annabelle. Fincher's mystery flick about a husband, who finds himself the prime suspect in the disappearance of his wife, did better than any of the director’s previous films and scored a $38 million debut – much hire than industry experts originally predicted.
Ben Affleck plays the anti-hero in Fincher's Gone Girl.
Gone Girl easily blew past Fincher’s previous personal best – the Jodie Foster starrer Panic Room, which opened to $30 million in 2002. Starring Affleck as Nick Dunne and Britain’s Rosamund Pike as missing wife Amy, with Neil Patrick Harris and Emily Ratajkowski in supporting roles, the film was a favorite of critics and a commercial hit for the time of year.
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New York Film Festival premieres Gone Girl, Maps to the Stars and more, while Mission: Impossible 5 films in London. A much more detailed trailer for Christopher Nolan's Interstellar arrives, plus first glimpses of big new films with Joaquin Phoenix, Liam Neeson and Chris Hemsworth...
A week before it arrived in cinemas, the anxiously awaited thriller Gone Girl had its world premiere at the New York Film Festival, where Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry and more turned up to walk the red carpet.
During the 52nd New York Film Festival the world premiere for David Fincher's 'Gone Girl' took place, with many celebrities and members of the film festival community appearing on the red carpet. Amongst these, were Ben Affleck who plays the main character Nick Dunne in the film, as well as Rosamund Pike who plays Dunne's wife. Also in attendance was the novel's writer, Gillian Flynn, who arrived with a special guest.
Rosamund Pike and David Tennant strike a pose on the red carpet in London, as Elle Fanning takes Los Angeles by storm and Antonio Banderas returns home to Spain. Trailers tease with glimpses of Camp X-ray, Days and Nights, The Woman in Black 2 and Nativity 3...
At the premiere of the new British comedy What We Did on Our Holiday in London this week, David Tennant strolled the red carpet in a kilt while Rosamund Pike looked stunning in a lacy black dress that only barely concealed her baby bump. She's also been out promoting her upcoming blockbuster Gone Girl. Browse our Rosamund Pike and David Tennant photos at the 'What We Did on Our Holiday' premiere on Monday 22nd September 2014. Read our 'What We Did on Our Holiday' review.
Meanwhile in Los Angeles, The Boxtrolls held a family-friendly premiere at which Elle Fanning surprised fans with a new brunette hairdo. She was accompanied by costars Ben Kingsley and Nick Frost, plus Ian Ziering, Kathryn Hahn, Molly Ringwold and Garcelle Beauvais, who were accompanied by their families. View our photos from the premiere of 'The Boxtrolls' - Sunday 21st September 2014. Read our 'The Boxtrolls' review.
Ahead of its wide release, "Gone Girl" already looks like a (very) early Oscar 2015 contender.
So Gone Girl, the movie, is a thing now, out there in the world for audiences to enjoy (selected audiences, for the moment). The David Fincher adaptation of a Gillian Flynn thriller received a lot of critical praise ahead of its release and stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike managed to squeeze in a little extra promotion on premiere night – without going into too much spoiler-y detail, of course.
David Fincher's film-making philosophy - hire the right people and stand back.
Affleck in particular had some praise to heap on Fincher. In an interview for Entertainment Weekly, the actor said: “It was great to work with David and I learned a great deal from him. David’s also, despite his reputation, a very funny and nice guy. Not just a demon.”
'Gone Girl' opened the New York Film Festival on Friday 26th September. In addition to the film's cast - some of whom include Ben Affleck, Neil Patrick Harris and Rosamund Pike - other famous faces who attended the event included Reese Witherspoon, Lisa Banes and David Clennon.
The opening of the New York Film Festival on Friday (26th September) was attended by many of the great and the good from the acting community. Check out the pictures from the red carpet!
Ben Affleck stars in Gone Girl.
Child actors' improvisation techniques are a star turn in 'What We Did On Our Holiday'.
The new British comedy 'What We Did on Our Holiday' carries on a fine tradition of lively romps with serious undercurrents, blending a cast of comedy stars and solid actors to create hilariously offbeat characters. But what sets the film apart is its approach to its child stars.
Writer-directors Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin perfected their methods on the long-running UK television sitcom 'Outnumbered', for which they script the adult characters' dialogue but allow the children to improvise based on last-minute instructions just as a scene begins filming.
'Gone Girl' star Rosamund Pike has been chatting about her sex scenes with Neil Patrick Harris.
The British actress Rosamund Pike who stars in David Fincher's forthcoming drama Gone Girl has suggested the sex scenes that she shares in the movie with Neil Patrick Harris were "inappropriate." While the majority of the movie press has taken this as Pike damning the scenes on moral grounds - she was probably just joking around in an otherwise pretty interesting interview with Glamour.
The 35-year-old, best known for her work in Die Another Day, plays the female lead Amy Dunne in Fincher's adaptation of Gillian Flynn's best-selling novel of the same name. However, when it came to working with her co-stars, Pike suggested things got a little awkward.
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'Hector and the Search for Happiness' hasn't impressed the critics.
Hector and the Search for Happiness, the latest of Simon Pegg's movies that has nothing to do with Edgar Wright, is out on Friday (August 15, 2014) - and it ain't looking good. It's sort of familiar territory for Pegg - he plays a quirky British psychiatrist who becomes increasingly tired with the humdrum of dating Rosamund Pike, having a well-paid job and owning a nice flat in London.
So Hector does what anyone in his situation would do: he embarks on a global quest in the search for happiness. It's based on the novel of the same name - which doubled as a bit of a self-help hit in 2010 - though the movie appears to have bombed with the critics. It currently holds a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, albeit with the big-hitters yet to wade in.
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Simon Pegg and a bunch of celebs attended the UK premiere of 'Hector And The Search For Happiness' in London on Tuesday night.
Pegg’s character – Hector – has everything you could ostensibly want in life: an interesting job with a comfortable salary and a beautiful girlfriend, Clara (Rosamund Pike). But it soon dawns on Hector that there’s more to life than living in London, attending dinner parties and earning a decent wage – he wants to travel the world in the search for happiness.
But that doesn’t leave his friends and girlfriend feeling too great, and problems soon ensue. Hector has to appease Clara, reeling from the recent discovery that her boyfriend isn’t happy, while simultaneously attempting to find that very happiness.
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Simon Pegg stars in Hector & The Search For Happiness, a feel good comedy about a London-based psychiatrist who suddenly realises that his inner-city professional life adds up to one thing: unhappiness.
Simon Pegg is searching for happiness in his new movie
So he decided to take off and try and find it for himself, leaving his wife (Rosamund Pike) behind in London as he traverses the earth in persuit of something close to happiness. Christopher Plummer, Toni Collette, Stellan Skarsgård, and Jean Reno also star.
Gillian Flynn is rewriting 'Hamlet' for a new Shakespeare series.
Gillian Flynn, the author of the bestselling thriller Gone Girl - which is set for a Hollywood adaptation starring Ben Affleck - is writing a modern version of William Shakespeare's Hamlet. Flynn will rewrite the tragedy as part of the forthcoming Hogarth Shakespeare series.
Ben Affleck in the movie adaptation of Gillian Flynn's 'Gone Girl'
According to the Independent, the series will be marked in 2016 to mark the 400th anniversary of the bard's death, retelling Shakespeare's plays from other authors.
Continue reading: Gone Girl' Author Is Rewriting Hamlet - But Is There Any Point?
Book adaptions are all the rage for movie-makers, we can't wait to see this lot finally make it to the big screen.
Film adaptions of books are currently the hottest ticket in film making. Studios seemed to have realised that with popular books comes a ready made fan base, although this can be a double edged sword. Sure, you’re attracting big crowds, but they’re also going to be much more scrutinising when it comes to the plot lines and characters that they know and love. These upcoming book adaptions have got a lot of draw, let’s hope they live up to fan expectations.
Rosamund Pike is cast as Amy in Gone Girl
The actress will be joined behind the microphone by David Graham, who will reprise his role as chauffeur Parker
Rosamund Pike has been selected to provide the voice for Lady Penelope in an all-new version of the hit puppet adventure show Thunderbirds. Pike will join the likes of Kayvan Novak, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, David Menkin, Sandra Dickinson and Rasmus Hardiker as the newest voices behind the Tracy Island rescue team, and they will be joined in the recording booth by a familiar voice from the first incarnation of Thunderbirds.
Rosamund Pike will voice Lady Penelope in the new version of Thunderbirds
David Graham, who provided the voice for the ever-reliable chauffer Parker in the original 1960's series, has been hired to once again lend his voice to the pink Rolls Royce driving companion of Lady Penelope for the new series. He is the sole returnee for the new Thunderbirds series, which will be titled Thunderbirds Are Go! and will be a mixture of live-action, miniature sets and CGI animation.
Ever-reliable, Graham is back as the driver, Parker
The sole member of the original Thunderbirds cast returning for the ITV remake is Parker, and what a fitting return it is. Parker was always there, always reliable, and when the franchise came knocking for a contemporary reboot, who was there? Well it was Parker of course.
Rosamund Pike is set to voice the iconic role of Penelope
"I am triple chuffed to be on board the new series of Thunderbirds Are Go! and reprising my role of dear old Parker with such a distinguished cast," said Graham. "My driving skills are in good nick and I am delighted to be behind the wheel again with M'Lady. (BBC)
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Tyler Perry is the latest name to be announced in the ever growing ensemble that is the cast of David Fincher's 'Gone Girl'
Tyler Perry is the latest in a long list of big-names to be cast in the upcoming thriller from David Fincher; Gone Girl. The adaptation of Gillian Flynn's bestselling novel of the same name already features a strong cast, including Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck in the main starring roles, and given Fincher's history of hiring the exact actor needed for a role, Perry's addition will hopefully be a fruitful one. Flynn is also writing the screenplay.
Tyler Perry has been cast as defence attourney Tanner Bolt
According to Deadline, Perry will play the role of Tanner Bolt, a defense attorney who is hired to represent Affleck’s character, Nick Dunne, after he is accused of having a part in the disappearance of his wife Amy Dunne (Pike) on the day of their wedding anniversary.
Is Rosamund Pike the correct casting?
Rosamund Pike has landed the key role of Amy in David Fincher's adaptation of the mystery thriller Gone Girl. She will star opposite Ben Affleck as a wife who goes missing on her fifth wedding anniversary, with her husband Tom becoming the main suspect.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Pike - who starred in The World's End - "has been offered and is expected to accept the starring role" in the movie, which is being co-financed by 20th Century Fox and New Regency.
It marks a major turning point in the career of the British actress who has impressed in numerous supporting roles without landing lead parts. She fended off competition from several of Hollywood's major players, including two Oscar winners in Charlize Theron and Natalie Portman, as well as Emily Blunt, Abbie Cornish and Olivia Wilde.
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Pike is set to star alongside Ben Affleck in the David Fincher-directed movie.
Rosamund Pike has beaten out some illustrious competition in Charlize Theron, Natalie Portman and Emily Blunt for the lead in Gone Girl. Pike will play Amy Dunn in the cinematic adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s thriller novel of the same name.
Rosamund Pike at the World's End Premiere (click for more photos)
The story sees Dunne and her husband Nick amidst a difficult marriage. Nick, a former high-profile journalist, risks their future by relocating to Missouri and opening a bar with his wife’s trust fund, or what’s left of it anyway after he lost his lucrative job.
Continue reading: Rosamund Pike Lands Role In David Fincher's 'Gone Girl': Good Casting?
It's (almost) official!
Rosamund Pike might turn out to be David Fincher’s Gone Girl. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actress, who co-starred alongside Tom Cruise in this year’s Jack Reacher, has been rumored to take on the role of Amy Dunne in the Fincher directed movie. The story sees Pike’s character kidnapped on her wedding anniversary, shortly after she and her husband move to a new city. Naturally, the blame initially falls on the husband and he takes on the double mission of locating Amy and clearing his name.
Pike plays the part of the kidnapped wife.
Earlier this year it was announced that Ben Affleck was to play Nick Dunne. According to The Reporter, audience favorites Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry are being considered for supporting roles. It would certainly be a new experience to see those two in dramatic roles, but for now the big topic is Pike’s alleged appointment.
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Take a look at some of the pictures from last night's London premiere.
Who would have thought “Cornetto” as a response to “Want anything from the shop” would herald one of the most popular comedy trilogies in British history. The last film in the trio – The World’s End – sees five buddies reunite to tackle a pub crawl, only to find out that 12 pints is the least of their problems.
Look at Pegg in his electric blue suit - a proud man
It premiered last night in Leicester Square, and we’ve got loads of snaps, which you can check out here.
The World Premiere of Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright's 'The World's End' took place last night (9th July). The majority of the cast attended the event held in London and were supported by many well-known British comedians.
The World's End World Premiere took place in London last night (Wednesday 9th July). The stars of the upcoming comedy attended: Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead), Rosamund Pike (Pride and Prejudice), Nick Frost (Hot Fuss), Eddie Marsan (Sherlock Holmes) and Martin Freeman (The Hobbit). Joining them on the red carpet was a vast array of actors, musicians and other celebrities.
From L-R: Nick Frost, Rosamund Pike and Simon Pegg at the premiere.
The film centres on five friends, reunited after several years apart, who must prevent the end of the world. Following in the same fashion a Shaun of the Dead, a considerably amount of these unlikely heroes time is spend in the pub.
"Tom and I had a very easy chemistry," says British actress Pike, who plays defense attorney, Helen in the film. "We manage to get the satisfaction of a love affair without ever touching," she continued to the audience of a New York press conference. Considering the fictional Reacher is a blonde, six foot, five inch hunk, many fans of the character were disappointed to see Cruise innvoled. He's, well, not 6"5 (more like the other way round) and certainly isn't blond, but to some... people; he is a hunk.
"When we started to compile the list of six foot-five, 250 pound, blond-haired, blue-eyed, American actors, we discovered that not only were there none, but there had never been one and there were none in the pipeline," explained McQuarrie. "We knew very early on that fans were going to have a reaction no matter who we cast."
Continue reading: Rosamund Pike Talks Of Great Chemistry With Tom Cruise As Jack Reacher
Sophie Dahl and Jamie Cullum are adding to their brood! The Mirror have pictured Sophie and Jamie together at the Harper’s Bazaar’s Women of the Year awards bash at Claridge’s in London. Sophie was sporting not only a beautifully patterned green, blue and black dress but was also sporting a bit of a baby bump, too. The actress and TV cook confirmed that she and jazz singer Jamie are indeed awaiting a new arrival. They already have a daughter, Lyra, who was born in March 2011.
The couple attended the glamorous awards ceremony, which also boasted guests such as Erin O’Connor and Yasmin Le Bon, with whom Sophie is already familiar, from her modelling days. The former X Files star Gillian Anderson was also in attendance, as was Rosamund Pike and Daisy Lowe.
Amongst the winners at the Woman of the Year awards were Team GB Olympics athletes Jessica Ennis, Victoria Pendleton and Ellie Simmonds, who were all awarded a British Ambassador of the Year prize. Emily Blunt, Marion Cotillard and Stella Mccartney were all also awarded prizes during the star-studded ceremony. It’s been a successful week for Jessica Ennis, in particular, who was crowned the Ultimate Olympian at the Cosmopolitan’s own awards the nigt before, at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Jack Reacher is a former military police officer who with the ability to make himself untraceable; i.e. it's only possible to find him when he chooses to be found. However, he shows himself readily when he is recruited to investigate a quadruple murder when the suspect they rope in specifically requests him to be involved. The suspect is James Barr, a former sniper who once got away with shooting four people in a similar crime; a man who Reacher insisted he would kill should an incident like this ever occur again. Initially, he is determined to prove this guy's guilt, however as he delves deeper into the investigation he starts to believe the evidence shown to him by defense lawyer Helen Rodin points to his innocence and finally starts to see that there is a different perpetrator who deliberately set Barr up. Reacher is determined to find out the truth no matter how many laws he breaks on the way; though when Rodin is kidnapped by a cohort of the real killer after they get too close to the truth, the stakes are increased no matter how much Reacher tries to insist he has nothing to lose.
This gritty crime thriller is based on the 2005 novel 'One Shot' by Lee Child and has been entirely filmed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. With a first class director and writer, Christopher McQuarrie ('The Usual Suspects', 'Valkyrie', 'The Tourist'), Jack Reacher looks definitely set to become a huge hit when it hits movie theaters on December 26th 2012.
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After a disastrous mission in Mozambique, disgraced spy Johnny English (Atkinson) joined a Himalayan monastery. But MI7 boss Pegasus (Anderson) calls him back into service, and soon he stumbles into a nefarious plan to assassinate China's prime minister. But he's also of course causing havoc. Now the lead suspect, only the agency's sexy shrink Kate (Pike) and his sidekick Tucker (Kaluuya) still have faith in him. And as the murderous plot unfurls at a mountain-top Swiss hideaway, English makes a daring attempt to save the world and clear his name.
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Finding love has never really been a problem for Barney. Having been married once before, he thinks his marriage to 'the second Mrs P' is going to be it, he's finally ready to settle down. After all, you couldn't hope for more when you're marring a beautiful princess with 'a wonderful rack'; however when Barney lays eyes on Miriam, a guest at his wedding, he knows his marriage is a total sham and a huge mistake.
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Jenny (Carey Mulligan - Public Enemies) is a schoolgirl with very high hopes in a considerably bleak post war Britain. Her thoughts of a place at Oxford University are fuel to her 'study-intensive' life as she forever tries to excel. Until just a short time before her 17th birthday she meets David (Peter Sarsgaard- Jarhead) who is considerably older than her, and she soon finds herself in the middle of a whirlwind romance.
Enticed by the lifestyle that it seems David can offer her, her dreams of Oxford start to slowly dissipate as the idea of an easy life becomes her new fascination. But as she makes the transition from enthusiastic schoolgirl to a lady of sophistication, she starts to question David, herself and the path in life she has chosen to take.
Directed by Lone Sherfig (Hjemve) and with a screenplay from Nick Hornby (Fever Pitch, About A Boy), and featuring a performance from Academy award winner Emma Thompson, the film received great critical acclaim when it premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival.
Cast: Peter Sarsgaard, Carey Mulligan, Alfred Molina, Dominic Cooper, Rosamund Pike, Olivia Williams and Emma Thompson.
Screenplay: Nick Hornby.
Director: Lone Sherfig.
Fracture has no excuse to be so lazy, given the actors at its disposal and a setup that should have made this an easy slam-dunk. Hopkins plays Ted Crawford, an aeronautics engineer who's found out that his wife Jennifer (Embeth Davidtz) is having an affair with police detective Rob Nunally (Billy Burke). Confronting her at home, Crawford shoots her in the head and calmly waits for the cops to arrive. When they do, it's with none other than Nunally at the lead, who's shocked and enraged at finding Jennifer in a pool of blood and Crawford standing there as though nothing had happened. After a quickly-interrupted beating from Nunally, Crawford later confesses and even waives his right to a lawyer. When it's all dropped in the lap of assistant district attorney Willy Beachum (Gosling), the case couldn't seem more airtight, which is good since Beachum can't wait to slip the bonds of lowly civil employment for a well-paying private sector job.
Continue reading: Fracture Review
Until director Lee Tamahori blasts right past a perfectly good ending, only to burn a superfluous 20 minutes on an all-action, all-gimmick epilogue that leaks suspension of disbelief like a sieve, "Die Another Day" is as stimulating and heart-rate-raising as any James Bond thriller.
It has fresh new stunts (Bond goes surfin' surfin' MI6) set to energetic renditions of the Bond theme. It has an exhilarating sword fight (things get out of hand at a fencing club) and an awesome gadget car chase across a vast frozen inlet in Iceland (Bond drives an Aston Martin V12 Vanquish with missiles, pop-up machine guns, ejector seat and invisibility). It has a slithering, credibly psychotic bad guy (Toby Stephens, "Possession") who literally never sleeps, and a henchman (Rick Yune, "The Fast and the Furious") whose face is scarred by diamonds that became embedded in his skin when Bond almost blew him up with a briefcase full of jewels and C-4.
"Die Another Day" also has a modicum of success updating the series' style (slick, kinetic cinematography with swing-perspective camera tricks works well but virtual reality sequences and rock tunes on the soundtrack do not), and it takes risks with 007's invincible image. Bond is captured in the film's requisite action-packed pre-credits sequence and his torture by North Korean interrogators is blended into the sexy title song (a throwaway rave-mix tune from Madonna).
Continue reading: Die Another Day Review
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