A refugee family is trying to reach more peaceful lands illegally inside trucks. Read More »
A fraud investigator falls in love with his suspect, though they may be closer than they think. Read More »
A stonemason steadfastly pursues a cousin he loves. However, their love is troubled as he is married to a woman who tricked him into marriage and she is married to a man she does not love. The film is based on the novel Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy. Read More »
“This neo-noir British crime drama, set at a decaying English beach resort, begins with a body dropped from a pier. Hairdresser Helen (Rachel Weisz) goes with local deejay Bob (Ben Daniels), but mute bicyclist Honda (Luka Petrusic), who secretly tapes people’s conversations, meets Helen at the beachfront and begins sending her flowers. Honda’s sad nympho sister Smokey (Macedonian-born Labina Mitevska) sings at a local club. A figure from Helen’s past, the enigmatic, mysterious Martin (Alessandro Nivola) checks out Helen but keeps his distance. Read More »
Documentary mini-series about the rise and fall of the European silent film industry.
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One man’s small empire threatens to collapse under the weight of his greed and deceit in this drama that transplants the story of Thomas Hardy’s The Mayor of Casterbridge to 19th century America. In 1867, Dillon (Peter Mullan) is an Irish immigrant who settled in California during the Gold Rush of ’49 and has done quite well for himself. Dillon owns nearly every business of consequence in the town of Kingdom Come; if someone wants to dig for gold, rent a room, open a bank account, or even order a drink, they have to go to Dillon to do it. One of the few profitable enterprises in town that he doesn’t own is the brothel, which is operated by Lucia (Milla Jovovich), Dillon’s lover. But Dillon sees his hold on the town threatened when Dalglish (Wes Bentley) arrives in Kingdom Come. Dalglish is a surveyor with the Central Pacific Railroad, which wants to put a train line through Kingdom Come. Dillon believes that Dalglish’s plans could pull control of Kingdom Come out of his hands, and he’s willing to go to any lengths to see that this doesn’t happen. Arriving in town the same time as Dalglish are two women, the beautiful but ailing Elena (Nastassja Kinski) and her lovely teenage daughter Hope (Sarah Polley); their presence is deeply troubling for Dillon, for they are the keys to a dark secret Dillon has kept from the people of Kingdom Come. The Claim is Michael Winterbottom’s second adaptation of the works of Thomas Hardy; his 1996 feature Jude was adapted from Hardy’s final novel, Jude the Obscure. — Mark Deming Read More »
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New Order’s album ”Power, Corruption and Lies” would make just as fitting a title for the magnificent ode to Factory Records, ”24 Hour Party People,” which tracks the rise and fall of that postpunk label.
Factory Records was the home of New Order and the flamboyantly self-destructive Happy Mondays, whose hot-to-the-touch song gives the film its title. The intersecting point of both these groups, and the story that comes in between, is the film’s central figure: the Factory Records co-founder and journalist turned postpunk impresario, Tony Wilson, played with a stinging, unctuous vitality by Steve Coogan. Read More »