Posts Tagged ‘Rhys Ifans’

This week’s releases include: a stoner holiday special; a case of mistaken identity; a family from hell; a real-life terrorist hi-jacking; a classic K-9 love story; an ill-fated relationship; a space parody; a philosophical debate; and a severe cop drama. (more…)

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This week’s release include: a rom-com about finding Mr. Right; the real-life tale of a drug dealer; a sequel to a bizarre, almost all-girl adventure; a wrong place, wrong time spy flick; and the quarter-century anniversary release of a film about growing up. (more…)

This week’s releases include: the implosion of an Aussie crime family; an historical epic told through the eyes of an unlikely character; a sketch comedy bonanza; a science fiction drama that takes alternate realities to the extreme; an epic gangster narrative that spans 35 years; countless bloody deaths caused by ancient fish; and an account of a creation that changed the world. (more…)

Emma Thompson as Nanny McPheeFor those of all ages who enjoyed the first chapter, Nanny McPhee Returns is more of the same with a new family in a different decade.

Nanny McPhee (Emma Thompson) arrives to help an extremely stressed young mother, Isabel (Maggie Gyllenhaal), who is trying to run the family farm while her husband is away at war. Adding to her troubles, Isabel’s brother-in-law (Rhys Ifans) is trying to convince her to sell the farm so he can settle his own debts. Nanny uses her magic to teach the woman’s three children (Asa Butterfield, Lil Woods and Oscar Steer) and their two spoiled cousins (Eros Vlahos and Rosie Taylor-Ritson) five new lessons and help them get their lives back in order.

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Chloe (DVD)
When Catherine (Julianne Moore), a successful doctor, begins to question her husband David’s (Liam Neeson) fidelity, she sets out to resolve her suspicions with the help of an alluring young woman, Chloe (Amanda Seyfried). Soon caught in a web of sexual desire, Catherine finds herself on a journey that places her family in great danger.

Special features include: commentary by Egoyan, Seyfried and writer Erin Cressida Wilson; a making-of featurette; and deleted scenes. (E1 Entertainment) (more…)

Noah Baumbach’s The Squid and the Whale was a smart and touching look at a family struggling to deal with separation and change in the 1980s. Greenberg is about one man’s efforts to reacquaint himself into a world he left about a decade earlier.

Roger Greenberg (Ben Stiller), single, fortyish and at a crossroads in his life, finds himself back in Los Angeles, house-sitting for six weeks for his more successful, married-with-children brother. In search of a place to restart his life, Greenberg tries to reconnect with old friends including his former bandmate Ivan (Rhys Ifans). But old friends aren’t necessarily still best friends and Greenberg soon finds himself spending more and more time with his brother’s personal assistant Florence (Greta Gerwig), an aspiring singer and also something of a lost soul. (more…)

Pirate Radio may not be entirely historically accurate, but it is an enjoyable peek into a moment in history.

It’s an irreverent yet fact-based tale of a seafaring band of rogue rock and roll deejays whose pirate radio captivated and inspired 1960s Britain. When a group of rebellious deejays decide to defy the UK government’s ban on rock music, they take to the seas to broadcast music and mayhem to millions of adoring fans.

It goes without saying the soundtrack to this film is astounding, ranging from The Who, The Kinks, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie and The Rolling Stones; though as one informed viewer points out, the songs are not chronically accurate by release date. Nonetheless, even when the storyline weakens slightly, there is a rock classic there to pick up the slack and push the narrative forward.

The cast is fantastic and very well chosen. Nighy rarely disappoints and his flair for music has been captured on screen here again. Hoffman is equally absorbed by his role in a period that seems to hold great appeal for him. In addition, Pirate Radio is the newest ensemble comedy from filmmaker Richard Curtis (screenwriter of Four Weddings and a Funeral and Notting Hill, and writer/director of Love Actually).

Special features include: feature commentary with Curtis, producer Hilary Bevan Jones, actors Nick Frost and Chris O’Dowd; and deleted scenes.