The Light Between Oceans UK Release Date Moves Up to November, Alicia Vikander & Michael Fassbender Grace First Poster

The Light Between Oceans UK Release Date Moves Up to NovemberAt the start of the year, we got our first glimpse of Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender in Derek Cianfrance’s anticipated follow-up to The Place Beyond the Pines. At the time, The Light Between Oceans UK release date was set for January 2017. Now we’ve got confirmation that it will instead be released in November this year. Continue reading

The Light Between Oceans Trailer: Michael Fassbender & Alicia Vikander Shine in Derek Cianfrance’s Drama

The Light Between Oceans Trailer - Michael Fassbender & Alicia VikanderDerek Cianfrance returns behind the camera with his highly anticipated follow-up to The Place Beyond the Pines, bringing M.L. Stedman’s novel to life on the big screen. The film is expected to be a big player during awards season at the end of next year, and now eOne has launched the terrific first The Light Between Oceans trailer to get the ball rolling. Continue reading

Meet the Brown Family in First Clip from Paddington

Sally-Hawkins-Hugh-Bonneville-Samuel-Joslin-Madeleine-Harris-in-Paddington-sliceThough the film is seemingly embroiled in a bit of hot water for being labelled by the BBFC as having ‘mild sex references’, before subsequently being relabelled ‘innuendo’, the time is almost here for Paddington to get his big screen debut.

The trailers have promised a family-friendly affair that’s full of sugar-sweet happiness with a little danger in the form of Nicole Kidman’s antagonist, the “sinister, seductive taxidermist” likely to be behind or the target of the aforementioned innuendo. And with just over a week to go before the little bear arrives on our screens, StudioCanal has launched the first clip, in which he meets the Brown family for the first time at the station after which he is named.

Paddington has grown up deep in the Peruvian jungle with his Aunt Lucy who, inspired by a chance encounter with an English explorer, has raised her nephew to dream of an exciting life in London. When an earthquake destroys their home, Aunt Lucy decides to smuggle her young nephew on board a boat bound for England, in search of a better life. Arriving alone at Paddington Station, Paddington soon finds that city life is not all he had imagined – until he meets the kindly Brown family, who find him with a label tied around his neck which reads ‘Please look after this bear. Thank you.’ They offer him a temporary home whilst he searches for the explorer who impressed Aunt Lucy all those years before.

But when Paddington catches the eye of a sinister, seductive taxidermist, it isn’t long before his home – and very existence – is under threat…

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The Bear Speaks in New Trailer for Paddington

Paddington-Poster-sliceIn the past few months, Paddington has undergone a pretty substantial change, switching out its leading voice star of Colin Firth for Ben Whishaw.

The early footage teased up to Firth’s departure was without dialogue on Firth’s part, and after recently unveiling Whishaw’s efforts in bringing the young bear to life, StudioCanal has launched a new international trailer that has a lot more of his vocal talents on offer in the family-friendly film.

Paddington has grown up deep in the Peruvian jungle with his Aunt Lucy who, inspired by a chance encounter with an English explorer, has raised her nephew to dream of an exciting life in London. When an earthquake destroys their home, Aunt Lucy decides to smuggle her young nephew on board a boat bound for England, in search of a better life. Arriving alone at Paddington Station, Paddington soon finds that city life is not all he had imagined – until he meets the kindly Brown family, who find him with a label tied around his neck which reads ‘Please look after this bear. Thank you.’ They offer him a temporary home whilst he searches for the explorer who impressed Aunt Lucy all those years before.

But when Paddington catches the eye of a sinister, seductive taxidermist, it isn’t long before his home – and very existence – is under threat…

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LFF 2014: Testament of Youth Review

Testament-of-Youth-UK-Quad-Poster-sliceFirst-time feature director James Kent brings to life a remarkable script from Juliette Towhidi, and both lend huge authenticity and gravitas to Vera Brittain’s life in Testament of Youth, one of the finest British films in years.

Opening on lives full of promise, with Oxford beckoning for Vera (Alicia Vikander), her brother Edward (Taron Egerton), and their friends, Roland (Kit Harington) and Victor (Colin Morgan), the first act lives in this hope for what the future will bring. As an audience, we know that something far worse looms over this young generation’s heads, and Towhidi and Kent carefully balance this sense of impending doom with their more promising outlook.

Vikander is exceptional as the headstrong young Vera, determined from the outset that she will not let her gender and society’s concomitant expectations of her get in the way of her ambitions. Dreams of Oxford, at a time when women were not even granted degrees, are bolstered by young love, involving herself with Roland.

One of the most impressive things about Towhidi’s script is its ability to do so much in such a short space of time, without sacrificing an inch of depth for breadth in this day and age when depth seems so rarely seen on the big screen. She and Kent have a wonderfully faithful vision of early 20th century England, a time distant enough to our own to seem almost alien. It’s a time when young lovers like Vera and Roland needed chaperoning in the midst of their nascent romance; when books and people were the sources of all knowledge; and when women were rarely given the opportunity to rise within the workplace. Continue reading

First-Look Image: Nicole Kidman in Paddington

Nicole-Kidman-in-Paddington-sliceAfter more than fifty years since he made his first appearance, Paddington Bear is making his big screen debut in Paul King’s family-friendly comedy, Paddington.

Ben Whishaw has stepped in to voice the titular bear in place of Colin Firth, and whilst the first trailers have shown us a handful of the supporting cast, one person who’s been missing is Nicole Kidman.

Kidman stars as the villain of the film, Millicent, the evil taxidermist who has her eye on the little bear, and now StudioCanal has released the first-look image. Continue reading