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By the Gun

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By the Gun Movie

Taglines: Nick wanted to be a made man until he found a reason to get out.

Ben Barnes plays Nick, an ambitious young man running with the Boston crime syndicate. Once on the inside he realizes that the glory days of the Mafia are long gone. Behind his boss’s (Harvey Keitel) back he decides to strike out on his own and expand the business. Seemingly on top of the world with more money than he could have dreamed of and a great girl (Leighton Meester), Nick soon realizes that by making his own rules he’s put himself and everyone he loves in grave danger.

By the Gun is an American crime drama film directed by James Mottern and written by Emilio Mauro. The film stars Ben Barnes, Leighton Meester, Harvey Keitel, Kenny Wormald, Toby Jones, Paul Ben-Victor and Ritchie Coster.

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By the Gun

Directed by: James Mottern
Starring: Leighton Meester, Ben Barnes, Toby Jones, Harvey Keitel, Kenny Wormald, Julie Ann Dawson, Ritchie Coster, Stacey Queripel
Screenplay by: Emilio Mauro
Production Design by: Jennifer Gerbino
Cinematography by: Jimmy Lindsey
Film Editing by: Banner Gwin
Costume Design by: Honah Lee Milne
Set Decoration by: Kevin C. Lang, Dara Smith
Music by: Nathan Whitehead
MPAA Rating: R for strong violence, sexual content, nudity, language throughout and some drug use.
Studio: Millennium Entertainment
Release Date: December 5, 2014

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The Taking of Deborah Logan

The Taking of Deborah Logan

Taglines: Evil lives within you.

What starts as a poignant medical documentary about Deborah Logan’s descent into Alzheimer’s disease and her daughter’s struggles as caregiver degenerates into a maddening portrayal of dementia at its most frightening, as hair-raising events begin to plague the family and crew and an unspeakable malevolence threatens to tear the very fabric of sanity from them all.

Who is in the mood for an electrocution? Or, how about some neck biting action? All of these bloody events, and many more, take place in the Red Band trailer for The Taking of Deborah Logan. This film, from director Adam Robitel is a found footage film, in which one women succumbs to Alzheimer’s Disease. If that was not enough, Deborah is also tormented by snakes and an evil presence. The Taking of Deborah Logan stars Jill Larson as the protagonist and the focus of study, along with Anne Ramsay and Michelle Lang.

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The Taking of Deborah Logan

Directed by: Adam Robitel
Starring: Jill Larson, Anne Ramsay, Michelle Ang, Ryan Cutrona, Anne Bedian, Tonya Bludsworth, Julianne Taylor
Screenplay by: Gavin Heffernan, Adam Robitel
Production Design by: Danielle Aziz
Cinematography by: Andrew Huebscher
Film Editing by: Gavin Heffernan, Adam Robitel
Costume Design by: Jayme Bohn
Music by: Haim Mazar
MPAA Rating: R for disturbing violent content, language and brief nudity.
Studio: Millennium Entertainment
Studio: October 24, 2014

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Automata

Automata Movie

Taglines: Your time is coming to an end. Ours is now beginning.

Fast forward fifty years into the future, planet earth is in the midst of gradual desertification. Mankind struggles to survive as the environment deteriorates and the slow regression of the human race begins in Automata. On the brink of life and the reality of death, technology combats the prevailing uncertainty and fear with the creation of the first quantum android, the Automata Pilgrim 7000. Designed to bring support to society’s plight, man and robot reveal what it means to co-exist in a culture defined by human nature.

The descent of civilization is juxtaposed by the rise of ROC, the corporation at the helm of robotic intelligence. Despite the demise of humanity, the company has set forth security protocols to ensure mankind always maintains control over the manufactured population. As ROC insurance agent, Jacq Vaucan (Antonio Banderas) routinely investigates cases and complaints surrounding defective androids, he begins to uncover the secrets behind who is really manipulating the Automata Pilgrim 7000. Jacq’s own suspicions propel the mystery— uncovering a truth that is far more complex than the make or model of any machine.

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Writer / Director Gabe Ibáñez was driven to tell a story that blurs the lines between science fiction and reality. Ibáñez gives audiences a compelling look into the theory of evolution and what life might be like for mankind in the not too distant future. With powerful performances from a cast including Antonio Banderas, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Melanie Griffith, Dylan McDermott and Robert Forster, AUTÓMATA is a sci-fi film noir that explores the potential dangers and complexities when mind and machine merge.

Automata is a science fiction film starring Antonio Banderas. The film is directed by Spanish director Gabe Ibáñez and co-written by Ibáñez with Igor Legarreta and Javier Sánchez Donate. Along with Banderas, the film stars Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Melanie Griffith, Dylan McDermott, Robert Forster and Tim McInnerny.

About the Story

In the future, solar flares make the earths surface radioactive, killing many people. People build robots, the Automatas, to help them rebuild in harsh environments. The robots have two inalterable protocols: the first obliges them to preserve human life; the second limits them from fixing themselves. Jacq works as insurance claim checker for the company that makes the robots, ROC. One day he investigates a report from a cop, Wallace, who shot a robot claiming it was fixing itself and looked alive. The next day, he follows a robot which was stealing parts, and when Jacq finds it hiding outside the walls, it intentionally burns itself. He takes the burned robot’s brain core. Jacq’s friend Robert tells him that there might be someone, a clockmaster, who somehow succeeded in altering the second protocol.

Jacq shares this with Wallace. He brings him to a place with robots as prostitutes. When Jacq mentions that he need to contact a clockmaster, the cop shoots at the hostess robot Cleo, saying it will lure Cleo’s clockmaster. Jacq meets Cleo’s clockmaster Dr. Dupre but gets no valuable info, so he leaves the parts he found to her. The next day however, Dupre calls Jacq and shows that Cleo has began repairing herself after she installed the used core in her. Jacq messages Robert about it, but ROC intercepts it and sends a hit squad to kill them. Dupre dies but Jacq hops into the car as Cleo escapes with it. Jacq wakes up the next morning in the radioactive area with two other robots. They don’t obey his command to take him to the city, but the first protocol makes them carry him with them and save him from dehydration.

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Automata

Directed by: Gabe Ibáñez
Starring: Antonio Banderas, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Dylan McDermott, Robert Forster, Tim McInnerny
Melanie Griffith
Screenplay by: Gabe Ibáñez, Igor Legaretta Gomez, Javier Sanchez Donate
Production Design by: Patrick Salvador
Cinematography by: Alejandro Martínez
Film Editing by: Sergio Rozas
Costume Design by: Armaveni Stoyanova
Art Direction by: Kes Bonnet
MPAA Rating: R for violence, language and some sexual content.
Studio: Millennium Entertainment
Release Date: October 10, 2014

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Good People

Good People Movie

Taglines: A little money changes everything.

Young American couple Tom and Anna Reed (James Franco and Kate Hudson) fall into severe debt while renovating Anna’s family home in London. As the couple faces the loss of their dream to have a house and start a family, they discover that the tenant in the apartment below them has been murdered and he left behind a stash of cash—$400,000 worth. Though initially hesitant, Tom and Anna decide that the plan is simple: all they have to do is quietly take the money and use only what’s necessary to get them out of debt. But when they start spending the money and can’t seem to stop, they find themselves the target of a deadly adversary—the thief who stole it—and that’s when very bad things start happening to good people.

Good People is an American drama thriller film directed by Henrik Ruben Genz and written by Kelly Masterson, based on a 2008 novel of same name written by Marcus Sakey. The film stars James Franco, Kate Hudson, Omar Sy, Tom Wilkinson and Sam Spruell. The film’s shooting began on 1 June 2013 at Shepperton Studios and also filmed in London. Franco and Hudson were spotted filming a scene in London on 2 July. The film was released in select theaters and on demand on 26 September 2014.

Good People Movie

Good People Review

Despite the proverbial suggestion of the title, bad things mostly happen to less-than-upstanding citizens in “Good People,” a capable crime caper that nonetheless disappoints, considering the flavorful talent involved. With off-kilter Danish genre specialist Henrik Ruben Genz (“Terribly Happy”) making his English-language debut from a script by “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead” writer Kelly Masterson, it’d be reasonable to expect a few more blackened twists in the tale of a hard-up Yank couple (James Franco and Kate Hudson) dragged into the Cockney underworld after pocketing a stash of dirty money from their deceased tenant. Both stars are in agreeable if uncharacteristically muted form, doing little to distinguish Genz’s pic from any amount of formula-following filler in the same B-movie ballpark; commercially, “VOD People” is the more apt moniker for this multi-platform release.

If nothing else, “Good People” serves as a relatively novel entry in Franco’s wilfully unpredictable filmography: There’s a tendency among critics to refer to his more eccentric characterizations as feats of performance art, yet the affably weak-willed, plaid-clad everyman he plays here seems further outside his wheelhouse than most roles he takes on. The last time we saw Franco in this kind of pulpy programmer — last year’s Jason Statham vehicle “Homefront” — he was on methed-up, reptilian villain duty, and he’s having visibly less fun as the ostensible hero here. Still, with his affectations on hold, he projects the imperfect, fidgety decency of a John Garfield — not a bad match for material that at least nods to transplanted James M. Cain-style noir before taking off on an absurd action tangent.

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In fact, Masterson’s screenplay is based on a 2008 novel by Chicago-based author Marcus Sakey, who specializes in blue-collar crime narratives set in and around his hometown. For reasons of funding, presumably, the film relocates the narrative to London, with Franco and Hudson as Windy City emigres Tom and Anna Wright, trying their luck in the British capital’s oversubscribed property development racket.

The switch should work well enough, placing this ordinary pair even further out of their element when the chips are down, but is incompletely imagined: The London criminal world here isn’t even recognizable from the Cockney cartoons of Guy Ritchie. Only a tonier accent separates Tom Wilkinson’s dogged vice detective from a stock Hollywood gumshoe; a wood-paneled fleabag motel that serves as a temporary sanctuary to the couple feels more New Mexico than New Cross.

Quite why the Wrights, seeking a fresh start after losing everything in the U.S. economic crisis, chose to do so in one of the world’s most expensive cities is one of the film’s deeper mysteries. In a token nod to realism, they’re at least paying the price: Construction manager Tom has romantic dreams of renovating a derelict family property outside the city center, but it’s proving a financial sinkhole, while broody schoolteacher Anna requires IVF treatment that is beyond the couple’s means. Threatened with eviction from their South London apartment, they receive a dubious gift from the gods when their shady sublet tenant Ben (Francis Magee) is found dead downstairs, with £220,000 in cash secreted in his studio.

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Desperately reasoning that money is only made bad by those in possession of it, they hide the loot from suspicious cop Halden (Wilkinson, coasting through), who’s on the trail of the cross-Channel drug ring double-crossed by Ben. It’s not long before Tom and Anna are pinpointed by deranged Limey gangster Jack (Sam Spruell) and an urbane Parisian dealer (“The Intouchables” star Omar Sy) who goes by the unprepossessing name of Genghis Khan.

The ensuing cat-and-mouse chase is swiftly paced but markedly short on surprises, culminating in an inevitable showdown at Tom’s rickety building site that plays like an especially grisly round of “Home Alone” for grown-ups. Between this and Antoine Fuqua’s simultaneously released “The Equalizer,” DIY power tools appear to be the good guys’ new weapons of choice — a down-home solution one might count as a marginal victory for the gun control lobby. “Guns are for pussies,” spits Hudson, in by far her feistiest moment of the film.

Tangy dialogue is in generally short supply, with the regional idiom barely in evidence. Sy gets the script’s most amusingly odd riff, channeling his historical namesake as he muses on his expanding criminal empire, but the charismatic Frenchman is otherwise given little to do but pick his teeth with sinister poise. Anna Friel is even more egregiously wasted in a throwaway best-friend role, though the film isn’t particularly beholden to its leads either. Franco and Hudson (a more inquisitive, empathic dramatic actress than is generally recognized) have a comfortable, unfussy chemistry together, and make some effort to probe the moral ambiguities of the script. They can’t, however, do much to enliven characters whose most distinctive quirk is their icky shared euphemism for sex — “sushi night,” incidentally.

Working outside his native tongue, Genz’s taste for semi-absurdist deadpan comedy doesn’t get much of an airing here. He does, on the other hand, bring a modicum of frowzy visual panache to proceedings, with an assist from Danish d.p. Jorgen Johansson’s rainy-day lensing and the tinnily thin, peelingly papered walls of Kave Quinn’s production design. In a film already experiencing some transatlantic identity issues, the helmer’s imprint of Scandi-noir style hardly feels out of place.

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Good People

Directed by: Henrik Ruben Genz
Starring: James Franco, Kate Hudson, Tom Wilkinson, Anna Friel, Omar Sy, Diarmaid Murtagh, Diana Hardcastle, Oliver Dimsdale
Screenplay by: Kelly Masterson, Marcus Sakey
Production Design by: Kave Quinn
Cinematography by: Jørgen Johansson
Film Editing by: Paul Tothill
Costume Design by: Keith Madden
Set Decoration by: Niamh Coulter
Music by: Neil Davidge
MPAA Rating: R for bloody violence and language.
Studio: Millennium Entertainment
Release Date: September 26, 2014

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Are You Here

Are You Here Movie

Ben Baker is a man-child who lives on his friend’s couch getting high. His friend, Steve Dallas, is a moderately successful weather reporter who is living a superficial life. When Ben receives word that his father has died, Steve drives him home and they re-connect with Ben’s successful and driven sister Terri and hippie step-mother Angela who is the same age as they are. The reading of the will drives Ben to come up with a new purpose in life, but those around him don’t prove to be very supportive, and then they all re-examine their own life.

Are You Here is an American comedy film directed by Matthew Weiner. The film stars Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis and Amy Poehler.. Filming began on May 7, 2012, in Yadkinville, North Carolina. On April 11, 2014, it was announced that Millennium Entertainment is near to close the distribution deal of the film.

Two childhood best friends embark on a road trip back to their hometown after one of them learns he has inherited a large sum of money from his recently deceased estranged father.

Ben Baker is a man-child who lives on his friend’s couch getting high. His friend, Steve Dallas, is a moderately successful weather reporter who is living a superficial life. When Ben receives word that his father has died, Steve drives him home and they re-connect with Ben’s successful and driven sister Terri and hippie step-mother Angela who is the same age as they are. The reading of the will drives Ben to come up with a new purpose in life, but those around him don’t prove to be very supportive, and then they all re-examine their own life.

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Are You Here

Directed by: Matthew Weiner
Starring: Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis, Amy Poehler, Melissa Rauch, Melanie Ratcliff, Lauren Lapkus, Alana De La Garza
Screenplay by: Matthew Weiner
Production Design by: Dan Bishop
Cinematography by: Chris Manley
Film Editing by: Christopher Gay
Costume Design by: Wendy Chuck
Set Decoration by: Carla Curry
Music by: David Carbonara
MPAA Rating: R for language, drug use and some sexual content / nudity.

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Fading Gigolo

Fading Gigolo Movie

Fioravante decides to become a professional Don Juan as a way of making money to help his cash-strapped friend, Murray. With Murray acting as his manager, the duo quickly finds themselves caught up in the crosscurrents of love and money.

Fading Gigolo is an American film directed, written by and starring John Turturro, co-starring Woody Allen, Sharon Stone, Sofia Vergara, Vanessa Paradis, and Liev Schreiber. It was screened in the Special Presentation section at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.

About the Story

Dr. Parker (Sharon Stone), a wealthy dermatologist, mentions to her patient Murray (Woody Allen) that she and a woman friend (Sofía Vergara) wish to experience a ménage à trois and asks if he knows a willing man. Murray, whose used bookstore has failed, convinces his friend and former employee Fioravante (John Turturro) to take the gig, as both are short of money.

Soon they build a thriving gigolo trade with Murray as the pimp. Murray lives with an African-American woman (Tonya Pinkins) and her children, one of whom gets head lice. Murray takes the boy to Avigal (Vanessa Paradis), the attractive widow of a Hassidic rabbi, for treatment.

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Murray tells her Fioravante is a massage healer who can help her and takes her to see him. Too observant to even shake hands with him, she nonetheless allows Fioravante to massage her back and that touch, the first since her husband died, brings her to tears.

Meanwhile, Dovi (Liev Schreiber), who works for Shomrim, a Williamsburg, Brooklyn neighborhood patrol, becomes suspicious and follows Murray. Dovi is in love with Avigal, but she does not encourage him. Fioravante and Avigal meet several more times, culminating in a kiss in the park.

Fioravante is summoned to the long planned ménage, but is unable to finish. The two women cheerfully realize the truth—he has fallen in love. Murray is kidnapped by a group of Hassids, taken to a Rabbinic Court, and interrogated. Avigal interrupts the court and confesses to violating the laws of modesty, but nothing more, explaining she was lonely.

Avigal now accepts Dovi, but has him drive her to Fioravante to say good bye. Fioravante tells Murray he is leaving, but reconsiders after an encounter with a beautiful woman (Loan Chabanol).

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Sharon Stone Cozies Up With Sofia Vergara
Most actresses who are approaching their 56th birthday would probably shy away from a sexually adventurous role that involved revealing lingerie, hiring a male prostitute, and engaging in a ménage à trois with another woman. But then again, most actresses aren’t Sharon Stone.

In the upcoming film “Fading Gigolo,” Stone plays Dr. Parker, a successful dermatologist who is looking for a different way to encounter some skin. Stone calls her character “a flower which hasn’t bloomed… a bud, a very tightly closed bud.” But when Parker lets her client Murray (Woody Allen) know she’s looking to broaden her horizons, he suggests his pal Fioravante (John Turturro, who also writes and directs) could help her out for the right price.

Stone, of course, is not known for playing sexually repressed characters. She became a household name 22 years ago in the notorious “Basic Instinct,” which lead to a series of uninhibited leading roles. But Stone says she relishes her new role because her character is experiencing new passions for the first time.

Stone says Parker gets introduced to “feelings of attraction, feelings of jealousy, feelings of wonder, feelings of hopefulness, that delicious feeling of ‘ooh I might know how to get to be sexy.’” And, she says, the fact that this new awareness comes later in life makes it all the more appealing. “It’s all delightful because she’s 50, not 20,” says Stone, “and it’s so touching to see that at any age we can discover ourselves anew.”

A major part of Parker’s awakened sense of adventure is the prospect of bringing her friend Selima, played by Sofia Vergara, in on the fun. Vergara describes Selima as “a little cuckoo… she’s not afraid of screaming, crying, saying and doing whatever she wants.”

But there’s another woman in Fioravante’s world who he finds himself drawn to for reasons other than money. Vanessa Paradis plays Avigal, the widow of a Hassidic rabbi who has no experience with real intimacy. Paradis, the French singer-actress who was formerly attached to Johnny Depp, makes her English-language debut here. Turturro says that while her background couldn’t be further from that of her character, Paradis connected with the role in a very personal way: “Sometimes a role just resonates with somebody, because of whatever they’re going through, or their age, or anything at all, and you can’t separate the performance from the reality.”

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Fading Gigolo

Directed by: John Turturro
Starring: John Turturro, Woody Allen, Sharon Stone, Sofia Vergara, Vanessa Paradis, Liev Schreiber
Screenplay by: John Turturro
Production Design by: Lester Cohen
Cinematography by: Marco Pontecorvo
Film Editing by: Simona Paggi
Costume Design by: Donna Zakowska
Set Decoration by: Sheila Bock
Music by: Abraham Laboriel, Bill Maxwell
MPAA Rating: R for some sexual content, language and brief nudity.
Studio: Millennium Entertainment
Release Date: April 18, 2014

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