Catalogue

A Family Man

Drama
Available on VOD: 21 september 2017
Director: Mark Williams
Cast: Gerard Butler (London Has Fallen, 300, The Bounty Hunter), Gretchen Mol (Manchester By The Sea, Boardwalk Empire), Willem Dafoe (The Great Wall, The Grand Budapest Hotel, A Most Wanted Man), Alison Brie (How to Be Single, Mad Men), Alfred Molina (The Da Vinci Code, Prince of Persia)

Dane Jensen (Gerard Butler) is a driven Chicago-based headhunter, working at a cut-throat job placement firm. When Dane's boss (Willem Dafoe) announces his retirement, he pits Dane against Lynn Wilson (Alison Brie), Dane's equally driven but polar-opposite rival at the firm, in a battle for control over the company. As Dane gears up for the professional battle of his life, he learns his 10-year-old son Ryan (Max Jenkins) is diagnosed with an illness. Suddenly, Dane is pulled between achieving his professional dream and his family, who need him now more than ever.

Reviews
  • TheHollywoodNews.com: A really rather enjoyable morality tale from debut director Mark Williams, with some brilliant performances and some wonderfully touching moments.
  • Variety.com: slickly executed.
  • TIFF.net: The film pulses with the thrill of big money and cutthroat career maneuvering, but its heart is in a very different realm. The film is ultimately concerned with domestic stability in crisis, and with the complex question of what really matters in life. The Headhunter's Calling beautifully illustrates how nearly losing everything can redefine what it means to have it all.

Aftermath

Drama, Thriller
Available on VOD: 11 januari 2018
Director: Elliott Lester
Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger (Terminator, Expendables, Maggie), Scoot McNairy (12 Years A Slave, War Machine, Gone Girl), Maggie Grace (Taken, Lost, Twilight Saga), Judah Nelson (Anchorman 2)

Based on real-life events, Viktor's life is rocked when his wife and daughter are killed in a tragic mid-air collision. Heartbroken, Viktor's life take a complete new turn when he decides to take revenge on the person responsible for the death of his family.

Reviews
  • Empire.com: This is a film full of scenes that would be easy to overplay, but which Schwarzenegger tackles with understated perfection. Truly, this is quite unlike anything else he's ever done, and brilliantly so.
  • Blu-ray.com: Strong stuff, but it's meditative enough to welcome a viewing, inspiring interest in the characters and their ultimate destination. The picture also has valuable ideas to share on the cycle of violence and its futility, concluding intelligently, leaving the audience with a concept of revenge that's upsetting, not rousing. It's subversive work with Schwarzenegger and his legacy of brawn around, allowing "Aftermath" to pack quite an unexpected punch.
  • Heyuguys.com: Probably his best role as an actor to date.
  • Joblo.com: Deserves to be discovered. As long as they know what they're in for (and they should) Arnold fans will be delighted to see how good he can still be if given the chance, while everyone else will be amazed by the way he seems to have reinvented himself as a character actor. That he's done such a good job of it is a wonderful surprise, and here's hoping he gets more opportunities to explore this new flair for drama.
  • Wegotthiscovered.com: Arnold Schwarzenegger's reserved performance is a somber turn that keeps drama surprisingly in-tune.
  • TheIndependentCritic.com: A film that is truly one of Schwarzenegger's most thought-provoking and emotionally resonant to date. While Schwarzenegger has struggled to regain his Hollywood foothold since setting his political career aside, Aftermath is a sure sign that, at least critically, his best days may very well be ahead of him.

The Angriest Man In Brooklyn

Comedy, Drama
Available on VOD: 16 september 2014
Director: Phil Alden Robinson
Cast: Melissa Leo (Flight, Oblivion, The Fighter), James Earl Jones (Clear and Present Danger, Cry, the Beloved Country), Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Station Agent), Mila Kunis (Ted, Jupiter Ascending, Friends with Benefits, Black Swan), Robin Williams (Jumanji, One Hour Photo, Night at the Museum)

Some people have bad days. Henry Altmann (Williams) has one every day. Always unhappy and angry at the world including everyone in it, Henry sits impatiently at the doctor's office when he is finally seen by Dr. Sharon Gill (Kunis). Sharon, who is enduring her own bad day, reveals that Henry has a brain aneurysm. This news makes Henry even angrier, yelling at Sharon he demands to know how much time he has left. Faced with Henry's anger and insults, Sharon abruptly tells him he has only 90 minutes. Shocked and reeling by this news, Henry storms out of the office leaving Sharon stunned by what she has just done in a lapse of judgment. As Sharon goes on a city-wide search, Henry struggles with his diagnosis, determined to make amends with everyone he has hurt in his life.

Reviews
  • Moviemeter.nl: Zelfs in een periode dat depressies hem verscheurden wist hij de rol van een man die op het punt staat dood te gaan met kolder te vervullen.
  • MoviesMoveMe.com: This film has an incredibly talented cast that transformed this film into a huge success.
  • Newsblaze.com: The Angriest Man In Brooklyn has a whole lot more on its mind than hysterical end of life antics simply for laughs. Williams impresses mightily with a turbulent tide of conflicting emotions, as a man with deep seated resentment against the world and everybody around him.
  • Screenspotlight.com: The Angriest Man in Brooklyn is the kind of movie that can easily delight audiences if they give it their full attention.

The Benefactor

Drama
Available on VOD: 1 september 2016
Director: Andrew Renzi
Cast: Richard Gere (An Officer and a Gentleman, Pretty Woman, Arbitrage, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel ), Dakota Fanning (Man on Fire, War of the Worlds, The Twilight Saga, Voor ik doodga), Theo James (The Inbetweeners Movie, Insurgent, Divergent, Underworld: Awakening)

After a hedonistic philanthropist survives a car accident that kills his married best friends, he ingratiates himself into their daughter’s life in order to relieve his guilt and recreate the friendship he lost.

Reviews
  • WeArePublic.nl: Richard Gere is aan een renaissance bezig met een aantal bejubelde rollen op rij. In deze complexe rol gaat hij zich helemaal uitleven!
  • Variety: flamboyant turn by Richard Gere is the heart and soul of The Benefactor, an off-kilter character study of a Philadelphia philanthropist whose eccentricities both mask and manifest a dark side. The movie ends in a more conventional place than the one where it begins, yet it still marks a surprising and graceful first fiction feature for writer-director Andrew Renzi. There are moments of indulgence that make you wish someone would walk in from off camera and hand the actor an Oscar, just to get it over with.
  • Hollywoodreporter.com: Renzi's conception of the man's oncoming collapse is sharp in some ways: for instance, how both of his crutches, drugs and the assumption that generosity buys love, fail him simultaneously. (While one doubts such a rich man would have much trouble finding narcotics when his doctor cuts him off, the smarmy desperation of his attempts is one of the film's most compelling elements.) Similarly, Franny's ability to be genuinely empathetic with a frightened child despite his trouble connecting with adults rings true.
  • Eyeforfilm.co.uk: Richard Gere is exceptional, pulling off the flamboyant style and exuberant nature of Franny, but also managing to make him feel three dimensional. There would have been a real danger here that The Benefactor could have been written too much like a Willy Wonka style figure, friend to children and stuck in childhood intimacies, but Gere effortlessly grounds him by making him exactly the kind of larger than life character that is actually comfortably believable. His performance is stellar.
  • Filmfracture.com: Gere is fantastic as Franny, and he manages to steal the show time and again with his eccentricities and overzealousness. When his addiction overtakes him the anger and pain that comes through demonstrate the talent Gere possesses.
  • Iheardthatmoviewas.com: Richard Gere brings a performance that is wonderful yet excruciating to watch, especially for the final act of the film.
  • Roboapocalypse.blogspot.nl: The Benefactor is an entertaining and unusual piece of work that played extremely well on this past Friday evening at its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. For fans of Gere, this is a must-see, and for people looking to "find" a director before they're big, this is also a must-see. Renzi should have a very successful career ahead of him.
  • Thefilmstage.com: As a fast-talking, boisterous individual with the right quip for every exchange, Gere embodies this entertaining side, but also excels in dealing with the character's darker vices. With a loneliness behind his eyes even when he's around his closest acquaintances, it's a tender performance that helps keep one invested.

Child of God

Drama, Thriller
Available on VOD: 15 juni 2015
Director: James Franco
Cast: Fallon Goodson (L!fe Happens), Scott Haze (As I Lay Dying), Tim Blake Nelson (Lincoln, The Incredible Hulk, The Astronaut Farmer, O Brother, Where Art Thou?), James Franco (127 Hours, This Is the End, Veronica Mars)

Based on a book by Cormac McCarthy. Set in mountainous Sevier County, Tennessee, Child of God tells the story of Lester Ballard, a dispossessed, violent man whom the narrator describes as "a child of God much like yourself perhaps." Ballard's life is a disastrous attempt to exist outside the social order. Successively deprived of parents and homes and with few other ties, Ballard descends literally and figuratively to the level of a cave dweller as he falls deeper into crime and degradation.

Reviews
  • Variety.com: A galvanizing portrait of social and sexual deviance.
  • FilmThreat.com: Profoundly intense .. [an] incredible and fierce performance.
  • TheGuardian.com: Multi-hyphenate renaissance man James Franco has finally delivered the goods with this great, grisly Cormac McCarthy adaptation. Child of God is a shocking tale of backwoods lunacy and one man's descent into hell.
  • HollywoodReporter.com: A pitch-dark hillbilly fever dream... A character study of a figure said to be partly inspired by Wisconsin murderer and body snatcher Ed Gein (also an influence on the killers in Psycho and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), the film succeeds on its own terms. That is in large part down to Haze's unstinting commitment to the role.
  • Film-forward.com: In a character actor/star making performance, Scott Haze leads a ferocious cast. Macabre but memorable.
  • Filmleaf.net: A well-made film, dominated by a once-in-a-lifetime, balls-out performance by Scott Haze as Lester Ballard, the crazed outcast, the titular, protagonist "child of God" (testing the range of that concept) who in the course of the story becomes a cave-dweller, murderer, and necrophiliac.
  • Cine-vue.com: Franco (through the excellent Haze) has created a dark portrait of an outcast, lacing it with his own bleak poetry and black humour. 4 out of 5 stars.
  • Rollingstone.com: The film's protagonist is Lester Ballard, played by Scott Haze in a performance that can be described for starters as phenomenal. This is ambitious, challenging filmmaking, elevated by Franco's compassion and Haze's revelatory acting. OK, the film trips up on its attempt to lace tragedy with gallows humor. But Franco is out there trying something, balancing literature and cinema in a tightrope act that is never less than exciting to watch.
Awards
  • Hamptons International Film Festival 2013: Breakthrough Performer - Scott Haze
  • Venice Film Festival 2013: Nominated for Golden Lion.

Experimenter

Drama
Available on VOD: 22 augustus 2016
Director: Michael Almereyda
Cast: Peter Sarsgaard (Black Mass, The Killing, Blue Jasmine, Jarhead), Winona Ryder (Black Swan, Homefront, The Iceman, Edward Scissorhands), John Leguizamo (The Lincoln Lawyer, John Wick, Kick-Ass 2, Ride Along), Kellan Lutz (Twilight Saga, The Expendables 3, Immortals), Anthony Edwards (ER, Top Gun, Zodiac)

Based on the real events…

Yale University, 1961. Dr. Stanley Milgram PhD, designs a psychology experiment in which people think they’re delivering electric shocks to an affable stranger strapped into a chair in another room. Subjects are told it’s about memory, but the experiment is really about conformity, conscience, and free will.

Dr. Milgram is trying to come to terms with the Holocaust and to test people’s tendency to comply with authority. The experiment yields disturbing results: 65 per cent of Dr. Milgram’s subjects deliver voltage that may be fatal, obeying polite commands from a lab-coated authority figure .

When working at Harvard, his obedience findings are announced in the New York Times. He is accused of being a deceptive, manipulative monster. Dr. Milgram re-ignites debate with his 1974 book, OBEDIENCE TO AUTHORITY. With the support of his wife he continues to fight distortions of his work, which includes a made-for-TV movie starring William Shatner.

EXPERIMENTER’S tone is celebratory, and the film’s style will be as playful and provocative as a Dr. Milgram experiment, with our protagonist often talking directly to the camera.

What would you do? is the underlying theme of major Dr. Milgram research. He spent his life exploring how to adjust and transcend pre-programed behavior. EXPERIMENTER will show how Dr. Milgram’s conscience and his creative spirit continue to be resonant, and inspire us.

Reviews
  • De Volkskrant (vier sterren): Het is knap dat de film ondanks de opzettelijke kunstgrepen evenwichtig blijft en nooit in pretenties ontspoort. Prikkelend eerbetoon. Milgram-biopic is ongewoon en intrigerend. Lees het hier.
  • Trouw (vier sterren): Experimenter is het fascinerende portret van Stanley Milgram, sterk gespeeld door Peter Sarsgaard.
  • Vier sterren in de NRC: Originele biopic. Lees de review hier.
  • Biosagenda: Intelligente en speelse film, vier sterren! Lees de hele review hier.
  • De Filmkrant heeft Michael Almereyda geinterviewd, lees het hier. En geeft de film maar liefst 4.5 sterren!
  • De Filmkrant: Films over wetenschappers drukken de wetenschap meestal naar de zijlijn, en zoeken het drama in het persoonlijke. Michael Almereyda bewijst met Experimenter, een eigenzinnige biografie van socioloog Stanley Milgram, hoe zonde dat is.
    Lees de hele recensie hier.
  • Filmkijker.com: Sarsgaard is goed in zijn rol, maar ook Winona Ryder die zijn vrouw Sasha speelt is een plezier om naar te kijken. De manier waarop Experimenter het verhaal uit de doeken doet is opvallend en dan met name de vorm waarin. Milgram praat regelmatig direct tegen het publiek en achtergronden zijn soms simpele zwart wit foto's in plaats van echte sets, waardoor de film een kunstmatige uitstraling krijgt die goed bij het onderwerp past. Als kijker ben je daardoor meer betrokken en vraag je jezelf ook af wat jij bij zo'n experiment zou doen. Ben je sterk genoeg om nee te zeggen of ga je gehoorzaam verder? Welke factoren spelen bij die keuze een rol? Verlies je jezelf in zo'n situatie of kan je het relativeren? Experimenter weet een belangrijk onderzoek op fascinerende wijze tot leven te brengen. Lees de hele recensie hier.
  • Variety.com: Experimenter offers a heady brew of theories about the essence of human nature, and a Peter Sarsgaard performance that catches Milgram in all his seductive, megalomaniacal brilliance.
  • TheHollywoodReporter.com: Technically puckish where appropriate but grounded by strong performances from Peter Sarsgaard and Winona Ryder, the film is not awards bait but makes some Big Thinker biographies that are look staid. It seems certain to be the deliberately fringe-dwelling auteur's most commercially successful film, and may be his most aesthetically satisfying one as well.
  • New York Times: Among the most original selections (Sundance) this year are Michael Almereyda's "Experimenter," a conceptually exciting, intellectually searching portrait of the social psychologist Stanley Milgram (a superb Peter Sarsgaard), whose famous 1960s obedience experiments. Mr. Sarsgaard, occasionally addressing the camera and sometimes accompanied by an elephant that materializes in the room, delivers a forceful yet intimate performance that expresses his character's sincerity and the sinister undertow of his methods. Sundance could use more movies, like "Experimenter," that are adventurous in form and thought, not just in subject.
  • New York Magazine: Experimenter is uncannily beautiful. Milgram talks to us, shows us things. He puts his work in historical context. He expounds on the role of obedience in turning individuals into instruments of the state — as in Nazi Germany. The word reflective suggests a slowdown or cessation of action proper, but Experimenter is busily, thrillingly reflective. Its artificiality makes it seem even more alive, more in the present tense.
  • TheGuardian.com: Sarsgaard stars in this smart and unsettling exploration of Stanley Milgram's questionable experiment testing people's allegiance to malevolent authority, and potentially exposing the dark heart of mankind.
  • Villagevoice.com: The movie is itself a rat-maze of one-sided mirrors, windows upon windows, anonymous hallways, compartmentalized instances of watching, being watched, seeing and not-seeing.
  • Screendaily.com: Almereyda has created an experiment of his own: a kind of cinematic Rorschach test, prodding viewers to consider what they would do if sitting in the same seat as Milgram's subjects. Ultimately, Almereyda's smartly written script attempts to make up for its lack of traditional dramatic elements with continuous questions about Milgram's - and everyone's - ability to make a choice in society. These queries, about choice, will and morality, form the backbone of Experimenter, a film that, like the best of science, asks questions it can't always answer.
  • Sean Axmaker, Parallax View: The committed work of Anthony Edwards, John Leguizamo, Anton Yelchin, Taryn Manning and others as the test subjects provides some of the most gripping and discomforting profiles in human anxiety and willing resignation to authority. And the contrast with the odd, almost forced joviality of Milgram's team (Jim Gaffigan, Edoardo Ballerini, Winona Ryder) makes it all the more lacerating. And that doesn't even begin to address the Twilight Zone debate over test morality with Dennis Haysbert and Kellan Lutz as alternate universe versions of Ossie Davis and William Shatner. I put this ensemble up against all that have been awarded by critics groups or nominated by the Screen Actors Guild.

The Last Elvis

Drama
Available on VOD: 8 oktober 2013
Director: Armando Bo
Cast: John McInerny, Griselda Siciliani, Margarita Lopez

Carlos Gutierrez is an Elvis impersonator with a young daughter, which he almost never sees. His complete belief in his reincarnation of Elvis leads to a complete denial of his own reality. By night, in Buenos Aires' glamorous celebrity-impersonator scene, he is a star. By day, he is a dead-end factory employee. Feeling more connected to the King than his own family, Gutierrez continues to retreat from reality until a tragic accident forces him to accept his real-world responsibilities.

Reviews
  • NRC Handelsblad (5*): Een gitzwarte film over crisis en wat die doet met een individu.
  • VPRO Gids (4*): Bo debuteert als liefdevolle regisseur met een fijn oog voor detail (..) McInerny acteert zoals zijn personage imiteert, vol prachtige nuances'.
  • Het Parool (4*): Imiteert The King verbluffend goed (..) Als Elvis terugkeert en vergeten is hoe hij zong en bewoog, kan hij bij McInerny terecht.
  • Trouw: (4*): Prachtig doorleefde vertolkingen (..) liedjes over de liefde die tot tranen roeren.
  • Filmkrant.nl (4*): In deze uitstekende Argentijnse film hoopt een gescheiden Elvis-imitator te versmelten met zijn idool. De Argentijnse Elvis-imitator in The Last Elvis is ook in het echt een Elvis-imitator, in de band Elvis Vive, en dat merk je. Zijn hele ziel en zaligheid legt hij in zijn vertolking van Unchained Melody. Daar kunnen Elvis en The Righteous Brothers nog een puntje aan zuigen.
  • Volkskrant (3*): Gefilmd als een documentaire over een popster, compleet met stiekem om de hoek glurende camera en optredens waarbij je door de close-ups het bezwete gezicht bijna kunt aanraaken (..) samenspel met dochter Lisa Marie ontroerend.
  • GPD Bladen (5*): Hoewel hoofdrolspeler John McInerny architect is van beroep en geen geschoold acteur, is hij briljant in zijn rol. Iedereen kan een pak aantrekken en een gouden bril opzetten, maar McInerny weet ook moeiteloos de bijbehorende emotie over te brengen. Deze 'reallife' Elvis-imitator roert tot tranen toe. Elvis lééft, in elk geval voor 90 minuten.
  • OOR: Waar pareltje (..) sympathieke en gevoelige film.
  • Moviescene.nl (4*): The Last Elvis is een hartverscheurend mooie film die de kijker overrompelt met bikkelharde poëzie om lang over na te kunnen praten.
  • Cultuurbewust.nl: Cultuurbewust.nl: Regisseur Armando Bo slaagt erin om het verhaal van een Elvis imitator te vertellen zonder hem belachelijk te maken. Sterker nog: de film is meest aangrijpend wanneer 'Elvis' (John Mc Inerny) het podium beklimt. Bo portretteert zonder te veroordelen of te verheerlijken, wat een prestatie. Humoristisch, melancholisch en compromisloos portret.
  • Variety: A solid, likable and consistently engaging fantasy (...) Elvis songs performed by McInerny, are tops.
  • Hollywoodreporter.com: A riveting performance, onstage and off, is the soulful center of this drama about an Elvis impersonator facing the emptiness of his life.
  • Todaslascriticas.com.ar: El último Elvis ultimately succeeds: it is not as much about an Elvis impersonator as it is an exploration of the true self behind every individual.
  • Moviesharkdeblore.com: buoyed with McInerny's incredible singing and indelible performance, some magical on-stage camerawork, a solid script and some to die for celebrity impersonator cameos that will have you 'caught in the trap' of THE LAST ELVIS, one of my favorite Must See Festival Films.
  • Straight.com: El Último Elvis is weird, wonderful and heartbreaking.
  • Soundsandcolours.com: And it's in the performance of the King's back catalogue which the film excels.
  • Deformerfilms.Wordpress.com: Overall, 'El Ultimo Elvis' was a splendid film. Fast paced, witty and stylish it showed the power of Bo as a new director and current Argentinian Cinema and indicates many more interesting works to come.
Awards
  • Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Argentina : 6 awards, including Best New Actor.

The Last Five Years

Drama, Musical, Romantic Comedy
Available on VOD: 2 november 2015
Director: Richard LaGravenese
Cast: Anna Kendrick (Twilight Saga, Pitch Perfect 1 & 2, Up in the Air, Into the Woods, 50/50), Jeremy Jordan (Smash, Joyful Noise), Bettina Bresnan (Vamps), Charly Bivona (Cymbeline)

Cathy and Jamie’s five-year relationship is full of passion and heartache. As novelist Jamie is propelled to the top of the New York literary scene, Cathy struggles in low paid acting jobs, and their diverging careers prove too much for their young love to handle.

PITCH PERFECT’s Anna Kendrick (Academy-Award® nominee) stars alongside Jeremy Jordan (Tony-Award® nominee) in this highly anticipated adaptation of Jason Robert Brown’s award-winning musical from the director of P.S. I LOVE YOU. A cult phenomenon in the musical theatre world, the film remains true to the original production, with spellbinding performances, an incredible pop music soundtrack and a unique storytelling technique. It will have you captivated from start to finish and back again.
Reviews
  • Variety.com: It's easy to fall in love with Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan in this heart-breaking musical two-hander, as they retrace a love affair from opposite ends. It's he sang/she sang as a Gotham couple moving in opposite directions lead us through half a decade of ups and downs in "The Last 5 Years," Jason Robert Brown's beautifully written Off Broadway tuner. Two terrific lead performers — and what a pair they make!
  • Cinemagazine.nl: Kendrick en de liedjes houden ‘The Last Five Years’ met gemak overeind.
  • Redeyechicago.com: Instantly enjoyable and eventually crushing, "The Last Five Years" is a musical for people (like me) who can't stand musicals but are open to ones that are intimate, smart and surprising rather than loud, overdone and obvious. It's remarkably perceptive about love and commitment, anchored by two stars who only make the excellent songs better. Shockingly good.
  • New York Magazine: The camera moves with heightened sensitivity, as if on currents of emotion, and Kendrick is infinitely winning. She's that rare thing, a movie star with a trained soprano.
  • NYPost.com: A great showcase for Kendrick. So utterly wonderful that this adaptation of an off-Broadway musical deserves better than a token theatrical release to support its distribution via video-on-demand.
  • Avclub.com: The Last Five Years provides Anna Kendrick the musical showcase she deserves.
  • VillageVoice.com: The words are sharp, the melodies memorable, and the performances a beauty. This Last Five Years might not have the penetrating clarity of Brown's original show, but it offers miles and piles of compensation.
  • Filmfracture.com: As far as Hollywood musicals go, they don't get much better than The Last Five Years. Those who don't mind most of the story being told through song will enjoy it thoroughly. The Last Five Years is a unique romance movie for the jaded and heartbroken as well as the hopelessly in love.
  • Slantmagazine.com: Whether wryly funny, annotating Jamie's rendition of "The Schmuel Song" with snide remarks, or stirring, as in the lovely "Still Hurting," Kendrick manages to convey both the nostalgic and the regretful notes.
  • TheIndepoendentCritic.com: While Kendrick nails the vocals, she's also got a strong cinematic sensibility about her and understands how to make it all work on the big screen. Kendrick infuses Cathy with all the heart and soul and remorse and regret that we'd hope for.
  • Reelfilm.com: Kendrick delivering a knockout performance that's made all-the-more-impressive by the realization that she sings almost all of her dialogue.
  • Blu-ray.com: Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan share a closely-knit chemistry in the film. She's particularly strong, capable of displaying a broad range of emotion not only through her lyrical vocalizations but in the eyes that, scene to scene and moment to moment, convey her feelings as strongly as, if not more deeply than, the lyrics. Whether deep, loving affection; unbridled passion; growing unease and discomfort; anger and resentment; or unhinged sorrow; she delivers a fully capable, emotive, and nuanced effort as a person who, in the span of five years, journeys through a familiar arc of high spirits brought by love but slowly pushed down to the lowest feelings of despair.
  • Examiner.com: At its heart, the film is a pure and true love story, all involved give everything to make it a success.

Mountain Men

Comedy, Drama
Available on VOD: 6 juni 2016
Director: Cameron Labine
Cast: Tyler Labine (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, A Good Old Fashioned Orgy), Chace Crawford (What to Expect When You're Expecting, Gossip Girl), Britt Irvin (The Vow)

When Cooper, who is now a big city lawyer, returns home to a small northern town for his mother’s wedding, he plans to be in and out without a scratch. But his deadbeat brother, Toph, has other ideas. He coerces Coop into driving to the remote alpine cabin where they spent their childhood summers. Their plan goes from bad to worse, as bruised egos and buried resentments bubble to the surface. Cars explode, cabins burn, pot cookies are consumed, and when the smoke clears, the brothers find themselves stranded in the punishing Rocky Mountain winter, fighting for both their relationship and their lives.

Reviews
  • Nextprojection.com: This film delves into comedy, delivers heartfelt human moments and turns into a tale of survival. The elements involved are delicate. Tonal shifts in a film are a tricky business and all involved are up to the task. There is a fine balance in this film. There is much to enjoy in Mountain Men.
  • Quietearth.us: Mountain Men could easily have lost its way by broadening the comedy or playing the drama with a heavy hand but the movie is perfectly balanced, never falling too far in either direction. The result is a hugely enjoyable drama that challenges expectations and works as both an affecting family drama, a tale of personal discovery as well as an effective thriller which doesn't skimp on laughs.
  • Truomega.ca: I highly suggest watching this film whenever you may get a chance. The audience, myself included, seemed to love Mountain Men.

The Mourning

Drama, Thriller
Available on VOD: 20 april 2015
Director: Marc Clebanoff
Cast: Michael Rene Walton (20 Ft Below: The Darkness Descending), Louis Mandylor (My Big Fat Greek Wedding, One in the Chamber), Dominique Swain (Face/Off, Lolita), Sally McDonald

Aaron returns to his small Michigan hometown, inexplicably not having aged since his disappearance in Desert Storm 20 years prior. Unable to speak initially, Aaron must confront the evolution of his loved ones in his absence, while they come to terms with the reappearance of the boy who they let go years prior.

As Aaron assimilates himself back into the lives of his family and childhood love, it becomes apparent that his homecoming is not permanent. A conspiracy theorist determined to prove that Aaron was abducted by aliens and a mysterious metaphysical guardian help build toward a finale in which Aaron must tie up loose ends before returning to his other worldly existence.

Reviews
  • Filmthreat.com: In the end, you can certainly find value in the sci-fi aspects of The Mourning, but for me the real meat is in the core of a man returning after a life-altering experience. You could tell this story as is with a potential alien connection, but it would be just as valid and strong if it was simply Aaron returning after being at war. The impact and power of the piece is in the interpersonal relationships, and how those must adapt, evolve and heal.

Nobody Walks

Drama
Available on VOD: 1 oktober 2013
Director: Ry Russo-Young
Cast: John Krasinski (It's Complicated, The Office), Olivia Thirlby (Dredd, Being Flynn, No Strings Attached), Rosemarie DeWitt (The Odd Life of Timothy Green, The Company Men), India Ennenga (Treme, The Women), Dylan McDermott (The Practice, Olympus Has Fallen, American Horror Story), Justin Kirk (Weeds)

Family man and professional sound designer, Peter, agrees to help a sexy aspiring director finish her art film. With a surge of confidence emerging from their collaborative work, Peter succumbs to his desires and the two share a blissful rendezvous. But this new woman's sexual presence affects more than just Peter and his previously tight-knit family begins to unravel.

Reviews
  • Variety.com: A fine cast and [script] give such navel gazing a palatable, commercially viable shape.
  • DVDTalk.com: Some have complained that Nobody Walks doesn't go anywhere, and it's true that its narrative doesn't follow the expected discovery/blow-up/lesson learned schematic. This is one of its most commendable qualities. Sometimes things happen, and people don't yell and scream and throw things--they deal with them, and then they press on.
  • Iheartthetalkies.com: A well-crafted drama ... roles are impeccably acted.

Price Check

Comedy, Drama, Romantic Comedy
Available on VOD: 1 april 2014
Director: Michael Walker
Cast: Parker Posey (For Your Consideration, Superman Returns, The Oh in Ohio), Eric Mabius (Ugly Betty, Resident Evil), Annie Parisse (Definitely, Maybe, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, National Treasure), Josh Pais (Arbitrage, Phone Booth, The Station Agent)

Pete Cozy has found himself a house in the suburbs and a job in the pricing department of a middling supermarket chain. Pete's job allows him to spend quality time with his wife and young son and, despite the fact that they are drowning in debts, they appear happy. Everything changes when Pete gets a new boss, the beautiful, high powered, fast talking Susan Felders. With Susan's influence, Pete finds himself on the executive track. Something that both surprises and excites him. The more his salary increases, the more he has to perform at work... and the less time he gets to spend with his family. At the same time, his relationship with his boss begins to cross the line of professional etiquette. Both become enamored with one another – creating tension in the workplace and in his personal home life. PRICE CHECK is a smart and honest comedy that examines who we think we are and what we're willing to do for the life we think we deserve.

Reviews
  • Variety: Parker Posey grabs the role of marginally psychotic supermarket schemer Susan Felders and squeezes it like an overripe organic cantaloupe. A terrific showcase for indie princess Posey, leading a topnotch cast. Its graceful swing from giddy to sobering could appeal to a wide-ranging audience.
  • TheHollywoodReporter.com: A prime example of the type of well-produced, smartly cast independent features that Sundance has been helping launch into the theatrical marketplace over the past few years.
  • Latimes.com: Writer-director Michael Walker keeps a firm grip on his smart material, offering up big laughs, lots of recognizable behavior and, in the end, a wistful glimpse at life's inevitable priorities.
  • Nypost.com: A hilarious Parker Posey provides her customary blast of brittle energy in 'Price Check,' an engaging corporate comedy.
  • NYTimes.com: The indie film goddess Parker Posey cuts a ferociously funny swath through Michael Walker's 'Price Check'. With its portrait of a passive-aggressive staff under the thumb of a slightly loony boss, 'Price Check' is similar to 'The Office,' though it has a sharper bite and shows a keener awareness of recession-era anxieties.
  • Slantmagazine.com: Urgent, persuasive, and funny. The film's talented troupe members make a convincing, bizarro staff, exploiting the airless setting with continuous laugh-out-loud results. And front and center, of course, is one faithfully avid comedienne, whose mercurial performance is a picture of multi-tasking.
  • JoBlo.com: The actors are strong and have palpable chemistry. Posey can do faux-happy bordering on dementia like no one else, and as mentioned before, this is the role she was born to play.
  • FilmDilettante.com: For it's outrageously funny situations, Parker Posey's dead-on performance, a full comic cast in the tradition of The Office, and a provocative subject matter, I rate Price Check three out of four cappuccinos.
  • Blu-ray.com: Guided by a fireball performance from Parker Posey, 'Price Check' is uncomfortable to watch in all the good ways, finding authenticity from an ugly situation, while working through 'Office Space' particulars with a sly sense of humor and an appreciation for the humiliation and anxiety of an exhaustive 9-5 life.
  • EntertainmentWeekly.com: Posey, her attention divided up into slivers, is funny as hell, but she's also terrifying in her evocation of a kind of moment-to-moment PowerPoint existence.
  • TVGuide.com: Price Check makes its unstable employer a woman, and with Parker Posey in the lead, the character is also quite funny and multidimensional for all of her abundant flaws.
Awards
  • Offical Nomination Sundance 2012

SAF3 - A New Series!

Action, Drama
Available on VOD: TBA Q3 2014
Cast: Dolph Lundgren (The Expendables 1/2, Universal Soldier, SAF3), J.R. Martinez (All My Children), Texas Battle (The Bold and the Beautiful, Dragonball Evolution, Coach Carter), Lydia Hull (Van Wilder, Empire State, Broken City), Jocelyn Oscorio, Travis Burns, Katie Meehan, Danielle Anderson

Co-created by Gregory J. Bonann (Creator of Baywatch) who also serves as Executive Producer, the series follows Southern California's elite multi-agency task force, SAF3, which consists of the cream-of-the-crop from Los Angeles Lifeguard, Firefighter and Coast Guard agencies. They are the heroes who answer the most challenging calls. Specialists who collaborate, coordinate, and initiate daring rescues in the most dangerous venues (air, fire, water) to save human life.

Each episode will center on big-action rescues involving all three services lead by a reluctant leader, Lifeguard John Mathews, who has stepped in for his mentor and friend. The agency is the brainchild of Hal Dunnigan (Mathew's mentor) who dies heroically in the first episode saving a life.The inter-agency cooperative effort will not be without its challenges, but will provide for extremely dramatic personal conflict and still yield an effective and efficient public service. There is enormous competition between them as they uphold the pride of their individual services. BUT, when emergency life and death circumstances arise, they check their egos at the door and do whatever must be done to save human life, aware of the harsh reality that one of them, like Dunnigan, may not return.

With beauty, danger, deception, and redemption, SAF3 brings blue skies and action-adventure back to broadcast television in 20 episodes of 43'.

Series Bible: Click here to download.

What We Did On Our Holiday

Comedy, Drama
Available on VOD: 22 oktober 2015
Director: Andy Hamilton & Guy Jenkin
Cast: Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl, Jack Reacher, The World's End), David Tennant (Broadchurch, Doctor Who, Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire), Billy Connolly (The Hobbit, Quartet, Gulliver's Travels), Annette Crosbie (One Foot in the Grave, Into the Woods), Emilia Jones (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Utopia), Bobby Smalldridge (Foster), Celia Imrie (Bridget Jones's Diary, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason , Love Punch), Ben Miller (Johnny English, The Prince & Me)

A hilarious journey through an unforgettable family holiday as a couple attempts to keep their impending divorce secret from their extended family.

Doug (David Tennant) and Abi (Rosamund Pike) and their three children travel to the Scottish Highlands for Doug's father Gordie's (Billy Connolly) birthday party, where it's soon clear that when it comes to keeping their secret under wraps their children are their biggest liability.

From nine year old Lottie's notebook to keep track of the lies so she remembers which ones to tell, to four year old Jess's perverse attachment to a brick named Norman, for their parents a week has never seemed such a long time.

But it's middle child Mickey and his granddad's shared passion for Vikings which gives rise to the most far-reaching and unexpected consequences. When a day at the beach turns to tragedy, the children take matters into their own hands.

From the creators of hit BBC comedy series Outnumbered – What We Did On Our Holiday is funny, honest and ultimately uplifting....

Reviews
  • Mooie recensie van FilmVandaag!
    Hartverwarmende komedie
    Tegen de achtergrond van de prachtige Schotse natuur is de uitkomst vooral dat na de onverwachte wending aan het strand de kinderen het meest volwassenen zijn en dat hun ouders uiteindelijk inzien dat ze zich de hele tijd als kleuters gedragen hebben. What We Did on Our Holiday is een echt Britse komedie geworden met soms heerlijke zwarte humor, maar waarin ook plaats is voor een hartverwarmend verhaal.
    Lees de hele recensie op http://www.filmvandaag.nl/recensies/182-what-we-did-on-our-holiday
  • Filmdomein.nl: What We Did on Our Holiday is een sterk familiedrama, dat doordrenkt is met zwarte humor. Het acteerwerk is van hoog niveau, waarbij het vooral opvalt dat de kinderen de acteurs van naam weten te overtreffen en de film eigenhandig naar een hoger niveau brengen. Leuk is hoe dat onbedoeld letterlijk in de film terugkomt als de ouders luisteren naar hoe de kinderen hun en de wereld zien. Lees de hele review op Filmdomein!
  • Cinemagazine.nl: Konden we deze zomer maar één mainstreamfilm bezoeken, dan maakte deze grappige, lieve en slimme komedie een grote kans! What We Did on Our Holiday is een komedie met een opvallend hoge grapdichtheid. Die grappen zijn meestal nog geslaagd ook. Dat het duistere onderwerp niet vloekt met de grappen, komt door het perspectief. We kijken voornamelijk door de ogen van de kinderen, en dan zijn zo'n stervende opa en zo'n echtscheiding – behalve een beetje droevig – toch ook wel erg interessant. Bovendien neemt opa, een ouwe hippie met een grijze paardenstaart, dat sterven niet al te zwaar op. Hij is voor 84% Viking, misschien dat dat iets verklaart.
    Wat sterk in het voordeel spreekt van deze komedie is zijn totale Britsheid. De afgelopen decennia keken de meeste mainstreamkomedies uit het Verenigd Koninkrijk met een schuin oog naar de overkant van de oceaan. Steeds weer moest er een Amerikaanse acteur opduiken en steeds weer werd de typisch Britse humor overgoten met een flinke Hollywoodsaus, inclusief dikke Hollywoodmoraal. In 'What We Did on Our Holiday' niets van dat alles. De moraal is nonchalant Brits en de humor is (meestal) scherp en oneerbiedig.
    Ook in zijn uitwerking scoren de makers een dikke voldoende. Het acteren is van hoog niveau, met onze favoriete Schotten David Tennant en Billy Connolly en de geweldige Rosamund Pike ('Gone Girl') voorop. Maar ook de kinderrollen zijn prima bezet, met de 13-jarige veterane Emilia Jones als grootste attractie. De beelden van het ruige Schotland wekken vakantiegevoelens en de heerlijke folkdeuntjes van The Waterboys geven de film iets feestelijk nostalgisch.
    Lees de hele recensie op Cinemagazine!
  • Filmtotaal.nl: Luchtige en amusante familiekomedie over het ophouden van de schijn. Met een glansrol voor Billy Connolly als vrijgevochten grootvader die met één been in het graf staat, maar desondanks nog alles uit het leven wil halen.
    Lees de hele recensie op Filmtotaal
  • Mark Kermode (BBC) reviews What We Did on Our Holiday: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p027bks4
  • TheGuardian.com: It's impossible not to enjoy this big-hearted and sweet-natured British family movie from Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin – effectively a feature-format development of their smash-hit BBC TV comedy, Outnumbered, which pioneered semi-improvised dialogue from the children. It creates a terrifically ambitious (and unexpected) narrative with a tonne of sharp gags. Very impressive and likable stuff.
  • wegotthiscovered.com: I'm happy to say that I stepped out of the cinema stunned that What We Did On Our Holiday worked so well. This is an important lesson in not prejudging films and proof that worthwhile movies can come from some pretty unlikely places. Very Good.
  • Radiotimes.com: David Tennant and Rosamund Pike, as an unhappily married couple, are the headline names in this disarming comedy drama, but it's the kids who are the real stars. The tonal shifts can be a touch jarring, but there is a thin line between comedy and tragedy that is all the more poignant seen through innocent eyes.
  • Popcornaddiction.com: Even the sentiment works rather well, with everything and everyone settling into place in time for a really quite touching finale. What We Did On Our Holiday doesn't just concern itself with the daily hassles of raising a family, but towards the end it dares to deal with the big stuff too — divorce, depression and death. Before long audiences will be able to enjoy What We Did On Our Holiday at home, where it belongs — for there really is quite a bit to enjoy.
  • Empireonline.com: This is a cute, gently arch comedy about a splintering couple (Rosamund Pike and David Tennant) taking their three children to their grandad's (Billy Connolly) birthday party and trying not to let on that they're divorcing. Mostly it's hugely likable, with particularly good scenes between the kids and Connolly. A cute and charming comedy.
  • Dailystar.co.uk: A terrific feat of sparkling comedy and sentiment. Hilarious and touching, this is one of the best British comedies in years. 5* review.
  • Dailymail.co.uk: Little terrors and big laughs. 4* review.
  • Cine-vue.com: Connolly, Tennant and, especially, Rosamund Pike are terrific, the latter a masterful still point amongst the chaos, playing it just straight enough to keep us believing. As with Outnumbered, of course, the true stars are the children - and Emelia Jones, Bobby Smalldridge and Harriet Turnbull do a good job, with the majority of the best lines. What We Did on Our Holiday emerges as a hugely likeable, original and even daring example of British family film-making.
  • RogerEbert.com: “Holiday” does a good job of making the young characters look terrifically spontaneous, and the adult cast is rife with expertise: Pike is both frazzled and dry, while Tennant proves that his wide-eyed intensity works as well as a comic tic as it does when he’s playing an existentially tortured bloke in more serious fare.
  • Filmreview.com: Written and directed by Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin, who are legends of British television, the screenplay sneaks in its most impressive efforts wonderfully, leaving them on the level of things we aren’t pretentious enough to think we need to explain. Mostly a film about what we do and don’t say to people, and why, it is perhaps only one young girl’s struggle to figure out that “honest,” and, “honest with someone,” are different things, and one of them is kind of crap.
  • Villagevoice.com: Jones and Connolly have terrific chemistry, particularly as Lottie works through the fact that adults encourage dishonesty and lying when it suits their own needs, and that secrets are more pervasive than openness.
  • AVClub.com: At times, What We Did On Our Holiday even resembles a peacetime version of John Boorman’s 1987 child’s-eye World War II memoir Hope And Glory, with its disarming mix of death and euphoria. That’s high praise indeed.
  • GamesRadar.com: Bright, lively and funny.
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