Films

The Dinner

Drama, Thriller
Beschikbaar voor VOD: 16 augustus 2018
Regie: Oren Moverman
Cast: Richard Gere (An Officer and a Gentleman, Pretty Woman, Arbitrage, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel ), Steve Coogan (The Trip to Spain, The Other Guys), Laura Linney (Nocturnal Animals, Sully), Rebecca Hall (The Town, Frost/Nixon), Chloë Sevigny (Antibirth, The Snowman)

Twee vervreemde broers Stan (Richard Gere) en Paul (Steve Coogan) en hun echtgenoten Katelyn (Rebecca Hall) en Claire (Laura Linney) gaan een avond uit eten in een trendy restaurant. Ze praten over alledaagse dingen maar vermijden ondertussen de olifant in de kamer, de vreselijke misdaad die hun twee 16 jarige zonen samen hebben begaan.

Hoewel de identiteit van hun zonen nog niet is ontdekt en wellicht nooit aan het licht zal komen, zullen ze deze avond moeten beslissen over de toekomst van hun eigen kinderen.Naarmate de avond vordert, onthult elk persoon hoever ze bereidt zijn te gaan om degenen te beschermen waar ze van houden.

Gebaseerd op de bestseller van Herman Koch.

Reviews
  • Variety.com: Moverman balances the potential for staginess with his flowing cinematic bravura; he keeps surprising you, and he gives the drama a dash of poison elegance.
  • The Playlist.net: This is a film that glories in juxtaposition, as exchanges of bestial ferocity hiss back and forth in an excruciatingly elegant destination restaurant, and as poisonously feral barbs are traded across a table laden with elaborately effete hors d'oeuvres.
  • TheWrap.com: At once a darkly comic social satire, a pitch-black moral thriller and an earnest plea to recognize mental illness, The Dinner is a seven-layer dip overflowing with compelling individual ingredients.
  • Urbancinefile.com.au: All the performances are astonishing. This is an outstanding piece of cinema, provocative and insightful, filled with metaphor and the recognisable flaws of humanity and the world today, yet far from bitter.
  • Blu-ray.com: The film delivers on both emotional and perhaps especially moral grounds, exposing the traumas experienced by a quartet who can't even decide what the right thing to do is, let alone doing it.
  • TheIndependentCritic.com: The Dinner is a riveting adult drama that will have you replaying the film over and over again in your mind as you search for the meaning of it all and come face-to-face with the uncomfortable truths.
  • WeGotThisCovered.com: An imperfect but fascinating film, The Dinner's stellar cast delivers a deeply troubling and psychologically complex treatment of class and family.

Blue Iguana

Komedie, Misdaad
Beschikbaar voor VOD: 4 oktober 2018
Regie: Hadi Hajaig
Cast: Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Oscar!), Moon), Ben Schwartz (How to Be a Latin Lover), Phoebe Fox (Eye in the Sky), Peter Ferdinando (King Arthur: Legend of the Sword), Al Weaver (Love Is Thicker Than Water)

Twee ex-bajesklanten en boezemvrienden - Eddie (Sam Rockwell - Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Moon) en Paul (Ben Schwartz - Parks and Recreation, BoJack Horseman) – slijten hun dagen in voorwaardelijke vrijheid, zwoegend in een New Yorkse eettent. Hun leven zit in het slop tot Katherine (Phoebe Fox - Eye in the Sky), een Engelse advocate, hen voorstelt om in Londen een onschatbare edelsteen te gaan stelen, de Blue Iguana. Hun grootste zorg is echter niet hoe ze de heist van de eeuw zullen waarmaken, maar de concurrentie van een psychotische misdaadbaas (Peter Ferdinando - King Arthur: Legend of the Sword). De zaak wordt er niet minder ingewikkeld op wanneer ook Cupido zich met de zaak gaat bemoeien …

Misdaadkomedie Blue Iguana zet niet alleen de eeuwenoude culture clash tussen VS en UK weer heerlijk in de kijker, maar trekt ook volop de kaart van zwarte humor à la Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels en Snatch. Ook een aanrader voor liefhebbers van films als The Italian Job en The Thomas Crown Affair.

Reviews
  • RogerEbert.com: Achieves a certain goofball charm. Rockwell and Fox, in particular, do wonderfully well.
  • Filmthreat.com: Sam Rockwell can do no wrong in the fast-paced action-caper genre and fans will love his performance. Ben Schwartz, on the other hand, holds his own portraying a decidedly different contrast to Rockwell. His performance is meant to be a little quirky as the hapless criminal. He’s fun to watch and never annoying. It gets a recommendation for Rockwell and Schwartz’s performance alone.
  • Carlosdev.wordpress.com: A solidly entertaining and often fun piece of work.
  • Thecriticalcritics.com: There are many hilarious aspects at work here, and there is enough creativity and technical know-how awash throughout the film to keep audiences pinned to their seats. Snappy dialogue and technical innovation, enough to garnering several small laughing fits.
  • Eyeforfilm.co.uk: The great British crime caper is alive and kicking in the 21st Century. An enjoyable evening's entertainment.Fanboynation.com: Fun to watch this cast as a crew of often inept criminals.
  • JBSpins.blogspot.com: A lot of fans will be very curious to see Rockwell in such a different context, so it is nice to be able to assure them that he does not disappoint. Hajaig wrote and helmed a breezy romp that actually skips over the Tarantino era, drawing inspiration from the uber-cool 1980s and the colorfully tacky 1970s. It is a nice balance of attitude and nostalgia that should garner enthusiastic word-of-mouth. Recommended for caper movie fans.
  • Punchdrunkcritics.com: The budding romance between Sam's character, Eddie, and Phoebe's character, Katherine, that due to their chemistry is fun to watch.
  • Thatmomentin.com: The cast is all up for the gig, with Schwartz working hard and a delightfully unhinged Peter Ferdinando as the mullet-wearing Deacon Bradshaw chewing up every scene he’s in. Rockwell is of course great fun to watch, earning some good moments with Fox and being the best reason to give this a look.

The Bachelors

Drama, Komedie
Beschikbaar voor VOD: 11 oktober 2018
Regie: Kurt Voelker
Cast: J.K. Simmons (Spider-Man, Juno), Julie Delpy (2 Days In Paris, Before Midnight), Josh Wiggins (Max, Hellion, Mean Dreams), Odeya Rush (Goosebumps, The Giver)

Na de dood van zijn vrouw verruilt Bill Ponder (Oscarwinnaar J.K. Simmons – Whiplash, Juno) zijn kleinsteedse omgeving voor de grote stad. Samen met zijn 17-jarige zoon Wes wil hij met een schone lei herbeginnen. Met vallen en opstaan proberen ze hun ontwortelde leven weer op de rails te krijgen. Maar ondanks alle pijn, loert er voor allebei een nieuwe liefde om de hoek. Wes raakt in de ban van Lacy, een introverte, enigmatische meid, en Bill valt voor Carine (Julie Delpy - 2 Days In Paris, Before Midnight), een lerares Frans die haar eigen verleden meetorst. Relaties worden op de proef gesteld, ruzies en verzoeningen volgen elkaar in snel tempo op en gaandeweg ontdekken vader en zoon hun ware ik.

Ontroerende, maar vaak ook onweerstaanbaar grappige, indie over verlies en verwerking, liefde en verzoening, met schitterende vertolkingen van Simmons en Delpy, maar ook van jong talent Josh Wiggins (Max, Hellion, Mean Dreams) en Odeya Rush (Goosebumps, The Giver).

Reviews
  • TheHollyWoodReporter.com: Voelker excels at guiding the cast through some complicated emotional territory and maintains strong arcs for each of the principal characters.
  • Latimes.com: Deftly balancing humor and grief, "The Bachelors" is fueled by wonderfully human performances and fully realized characters. We can also hope that The Bachelors serves another function as well: to further the careers of its two exceptional young performers: Wiggins and Rush.
  • Filminquiry.com: A thoughtful, timely gem that normalizes mental health treatment. The Bachelors is a scarcity of a film, one that transcends several genres to create an affecting orotundity through its singular voice.
  • Blu-ray.com: Voelker doesn't pour on the syrup, creating an approachable but deeply felt picture that's curious about behavior and therapy.
  • EyeForFilm.co.uk: The Bachelors is just a snapshot of a moment in life, but it's the sort of picture you'd want to keep.
  • Filmjournal.com: The story is simple, how a father and teenage son cope with the sudden loss of their wife and mother, and the acting is brilliant.
Awards
  • Heartland Film Festival 2017 - Audience Choice Award
  • San Diego International Film Festival 2017 - Festival Award

Ideal Home

Komedie
Beschikbaar voor VOD: 18 oktober 2018
Regie: Andrew Fleming
Cast: Steve Coogan (The Trip to Spain, The Other Guys), Paul Rudd (Ant-Man, This is 40, Fun Mom Dinner), Jack Gore (Problem Child), Alison Pill (Milk, Hail Caesar!), Jake McDorman (American Sniper, Live Free or Die Hard)

Een succesvol kookprogramma en feestjes voor de elite, maar ook willetjes en grilletjes en wrijvinkjes... Hoe dan ook staat het luxeleventje van homokoppel Erasmus (Steve Coogan -  The Trip to Spain, The Other Guys) en Paul (Paul Rudd – Ant-Man, This is 40) in schril contrast met dat van Erasmus’ vervreemde biologische zoon Dale (Jake McDorman) en diens tienjarige zoontje Bill (Jack Gore). Wanneer de politie Dale inrekent, weet het pientere kereltje te ontsnappen. Gewapend met het adres van zijn grootvader, bezorgt hij Erasmus en Paul de verrassing van hun leven. Hoewel Paul niet blaakt van enthousiasme, besluiten ze zich toch over Bill te ontfermen. Erasmus en zijn kleinzoon groeien naar elkaar toe, maar hun band drijft een wig tussen zijn relatie met Paul. Tot overmaat van ramp komt Dale op vrije voeten en eist hij het hoederecht over zijn zoontje weer op … het ideale thuis, wat was dat ook alweer?

Ideal Home is een heerlijke komedie, vaak grof in de mond, maar met het hart steeds op de juiste plaats. Topkomieken Coogan en Rudd schitteren als het ruziënde koppel dat dringend aan een verrijking en herijking van zijn waarden en liefde toe is.

Reviews
  • Empireonline.com (****!): Coogan and Rudd work their asses off to make Erasmus and Paul the most memorable screen gay men since The Birdcage. It’s caustic, authentic, and very, very funny.
  • Variety.com: A cozy duet of tit-for-tat bitchery. 
  • Gay-Themed-Films.com: Fleming's film is a warm and fuzzy lighthearted comedy that successfully updates conventional depictions of queerness and family in a comedy film. A heartwarming closing montage of real-life LGBTIQ families also reminds us that it's time to update the universal notions of domesticity and re-define what makes a home 'ideal'.
  • Janksreviews.com: While somewhat unconventional, it takes no stretch of the imagination to see why there is so much love between Erasmus and Paul and how they can offer Bill the stability he desperately longs for. Families come in many shapes and forms, as is the case for this threesome. Ideal Home is a must-see film!
  • Popculture-y.com: Beware coming into this film looking for a romp of any kind. While there are jokes throughout the film, the best part of it are the moments of real human connection and real human folly between Steve Coogan, Paul Rudd and Jack Gore. Overall, a beautifully constructed film full of wonderful performances.
  • Screen-space.squarespace.com: Ideal Home represents the kind of quick-witted, meaningful writing that was once sought after by the big studios. Andrew Fleming's dialogue crackles and zings in the mouths of an appreciative cast, his scene structure and pacing skilful and refined.
  • Maketheswitch.com.au: Steve Coogan and Paul Rudd know how to deliver, whether it's scathing rebuttals or rip-snorting one-liners. A huge amount of fun, with some dark, real moments peppered throughout for a real kick. With just enough sweetness to balance the mixture out, this is a surprisingly endearing film.

The Con Is On

Komedie, Misdaad
Beschikbaar voor VOD: 1 november 2018
Regie: James Oakley
Cast: Uma Thurman (Kill Bill, Pulp Fiction, Percy Jackson & the Olympians), Tim Roth (Reservoir Dogs, The Hateful Eight), Stephen Fry (Gosford Park, V for Vendetta, A Bit of Fry and Laurie), Sofia Vergara (Modern Family, Chef), Maggie Q (Divergent, Nikita, Mission Impossible III ), Alice Eve (Star Trek Into Darkness, Men in Black 3), Parker Posey (For Your Consideration, Superman Returns, The Oh in Ohio)

Harriet (Uma Thurman - Kill Bill, Pulp Fiction) en Peter (Tim Roth – Reservoir Dogs, The Hateful Eight), een Brits oplichterskoppel, zijn ten dode opgeschreven als ze hun gokschulden bij de meedogenloze gangster Irina (Maggie Q - Divergent, Nikita, Mission Impossible III) niet kunnen inlossen. Hun overlevingsmissie voert naar Hollywood, waar ze een juweel van onschatbare waarde willen ontfutselen aan Peters geschifte ex Jackie (Alice Eve - Star Trek Into Darkness, Men in Black 3). Zeggen dat dit niet van een leien dakje loopt, is een understatement. Er is zelfs geen leien dakje...

Liegen, stelen en bedriegen - onze emoties bespelen en de illusie in stand houden, zeg maar - is nu éénmaal waar acteurs crimineel goed in zijn en de sterrencast uit deze lichtvoetige misdaadkomedie trekt alle registers open! U herkent ook nog Parker Posey (Superman Returns), Sofia Vergara (Modern Family) en Stephen Fry (Gosford Park, V for Vendetta).

Reviews
  • LATimes.com: A stylish caper with enjoyably wry, martini-soaked dialogue and a terrific comedic turn by Uma Thurman as a glamorous British scam artist.
  • RogerEbert.com: Excellent cast. It's great to see Thurman in a movie star part again.
  • Flickeringmyth.com: While the characters are all over-the-top caper archetypes, the cast seems to be having the time of their lives. Tim Roth is trying his hardest to beat Gary Oldman's nicotine poisoning in Darkest Hour by drinking ALL the martinis and straight vodkas in the world, to the point where it seems of if he doesn't have a drink in his hand. He also shatters, drops, and otherwise breaks so many glasses I would not be surprised to hear their alcohol and glassware budget was comparable to the cocaine budget in Blues Brothers. Stephen Fry is a delight as usual, and he seems to be amused by all the other characters to really give a damn about the story.
  • Reeltalkreviews.com: Thurman (Kill Bill) oozes so much glamour playing her morality-challenged character that she holds our interest in all of her scenes. Plus, Maggie Q (Divergent) makes a very relentless villain.
  • Thatmomentin.com: Good work from Thurman and Roth, who both do well as curiously likable terrible people.

The Lodgers

Horror
Beschikbaar voor VOD: 8 november 2018
Regie: Brian O'Malley
Cast: Bill Milner (Dunkirk, X: First Class, Locke), Charlotte Vega (American Assassin, Another Me), David Bradley (Harry Potter, Game of Thrones), Eugene Simon (Game of Thrones, Ben Hur)

De tweeling Rachel (Charlotte Vega - Another Me) en Edward (Bill Milner - X: First Class, Locke) deelt een gruwelijk familiegeheim. Elke nacht valt hun afgelegen landgoed ten prooi aan de sinistere Lodgers, die hen drie regels opleggen: voor middernacht in bed liggen, geen buitenstaanders binnenlaten, elkaar nooit alleen laten. Wie probeert te ontsnappen, zet het leven van de andere op het spel. Dan keert de getroebleerde oorlogsveteraan Sean (Eugene Simon – Game of Thrones) naar het nabijgelegen dorp terug. Hij voelt zich aangetrokken tot de mysterieuze Rachel, die de regels van de Lodgers aan haar laars begint te lappen. Ze wordt meegezogen in een dodelijke confrontatie met haar broer… en de vloek die van oudsher op hen rust.

Regisseur Brian O'Malley (Let Us Prey) verfijnt zijn beklijvende gothic horror-stijl door het beste uit de klassieke en hedendaagse griezelfilm met elkaar te verzoenen: sfeervolle fotografie in prachtige decors, psychologische terreur en ijzingwekkende plotwendingen. En de karakterkop van veteraan David Bradley (Harry Potter, Game of Thrones…) past perfect in het plaatje…

Reviews
  • IMAGINE Film Festival: The Lodgers is een beeldschone aanvulling op de canon van gothic horrorfilms. 
  • Variety.com: Enchantingly gloomy and lustrous, this lushly staged costume chiller is a fragrant beauty indeed.
  • Cineuropa.org: O'Malley creates a lurid atmosphere by using cinematographer Richard Kendrick’s gentle camera movements and Tony Kearns’ measured editing to maximum effect, and even elevating the elements of the production design, such as the house and the menacing water, to the level of lively characters. The old, beautiful and broken mansion, with all its creaking noises and its huge wooden staircase, is allegedly a real-life haunted house, while the water the ghostly creatures live in, emerging from down below and rushing up to the ceiling in drops, looks impressive in CGI, making The Lodgers a must-see for fans of gothic horror cinema.
  • Comingsoon.net: here hasn’t been a more effective, disturbing and sensorially pleasing film of this kind since Alejandro Amenabar’s The Others and, like that masterpiece, O’Malley’s artful, lurid and meticulously orchestrated exercise in atmosphere, pretty misery and dread seeps deep under your skin. And it stays there. For keeps.
  • Digitaljournal.com: ‘The Lodgers’ is a chilling, gothic tale of co-dependent twins imprisoned by a family curse.
  • Dreadcentral.com: Delicately crafted, The Lodgers is a richly woven tapestry of classically inspired gothic horror. Smart, scary, and undeniably beautiful, it will no doubt be considered one of the pinnacles of its genre.
  • Thefilmstage.com: So we let the atmospheric mood draw us into the horror as mystery makes way towards scares. The whole looks gorgeous from the macabre carcasses of long-dead pets to the image of two bodies silently floating above the lake as O’Malley holds our attention with the rising malevolence executed by Milner and inspiring desire to take hold of her destiny imbued by Vega. That which frightens them is left shrouded in secrecy beyond the connection to their blood and the result their disobedience secures.
  • Blu-ray.com: The Lodgers presents some strong visual filmmaking from O'Malley, who has a distinct battle plan to present the enigmatic threat, creating some striking imagery along the way (with cinematographer Richard Kendrick) that increases eeriness, delivering satisfying payoff for troubling events. Turpin contributes some mental illness to lubricate the terror, with the twins adding to a long line of family rituals that contribute to their hellish existence. Mystery is present, along with Hammer-style gothic environments and numerous threats to the safety of the lead characters, and once The Lodgers finally gets going, there’s much to appreciate dramatically and cinematically. 
  • Eyeforfilm.co.uk: One of the better Gothic films of recent years, The Lodgers blends beauty and creepiness sublimely. It will delight genre fans and deliver pleasing chills to others.
Awards
  • Molins de Rei Horror Film Festival 2017 - Jury Prize Best Film
  • FANCINE Festival de Cine Fantastico de la Universidad de Malaga 2017  - Best Actress
  • FANCINE Festival de Cine Fantastico de la Universidad de Malaga 2017  - Best Special Effects

Dark Crimes

Thriller
Beschikbaar voor VOD: 15 november 2018
Regie: Alexandros Avranas
Cast: Jim Carrey (The Truman Show, Ace Venture, Bruce Almighty), Marton Csokas (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, The Equalizer, The Amazing Spider-Man 2), Charlotte Gainsbourg (Nymphomaniac, Melancholia, Antichrist)

Wanneer misdaadauteur Kozlow (Marton Csokas: Noah, The Lord of the Rings) in zijn boek intieme details over een onopgeloste moordzaak de wereld instuurt, ziet de in ongenade gevallen rechercheur Tadek (Jim Carrey: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Bruce Almighty) een ultieme kans om zijn carrière alsnog positief af te sluiten. Maar zijn doelwit blijkt een zelfverzekerd, nihilistisch provocateur die – al dan niet schuldig – met duivels genoegen de strijd met hem aanbindt. Hun kat-en-muisspelletje ontaardt in een sinistere hellevaart waarbij ook Kozlows vriendin Kasia (Charlotte Gainsbourg: Nymphomaniac, Melancholia, Antichrist) een dubbelzinnige rol speelt.

Jim Carrey, die met Man on the Moon en The Truman Show al bewees dat hij meer in zijn mars heeft dan gekke bekken trekken, zet in deze bloedstollende thriller opnieuw een doorleefde vertolking neer. Prachtig in beeld gebracht en op een waargebeurd verhaal gebaseerd misdaaddrama van de mensen achter The Revenant en Black Mass.

Reviews
  • San Francisco Chronicle: The cast is game, the production design is impressive and a few surprises await.
  • Backtothemovies.com: A fusion of Hostel and The Snowman but does an admirable job emulating the taut narrative and pristine aesthetic of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. As the transgressive and perverse story unfolds, the shadow of the ax grows larger as the impending doom looms larger. It is a film that is for a select group of cinephiles; those who champion the works of Lars von Trier and Abel Ferrara, those who fear not where their minds may trek while watching the film. Jim Carrey gives the performance of his career.
  • DVDFever.co.uk: Dark Crimes shows that as much as Jim Carrey can be a great comedian, he excels in drama. Dark Crimes contains fantastic and stunning cinematography.
  • Crypticrock.com: Dark Crimes was incredibly impressive on so many levels, and undeniably immersing. The plot was interesting enough, but it was actually the performances and cinematography that really tipped the scales in favor of this dark and gritty Film Noir.
  • Screendaily.com: Carrey throws himself into the role with a grim-faced dedication.
  • Hollywoodreporter.com: Spicy real-life ingredients and a terrific international cast.
  • Los Angeles Times: Carrey's quietly exacting, uncharacteristic performance hints at some promising new career directions in the same manner Robin Williams successfully tapped a darker side with "One Hour Photo."
  • Consequenceofsound.net: A bizarre, fascinating turn for Carrey.
  • Villagevoice.com: A startlingly poignant and genuinely surprising bit of cinematic artistry. 
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