Category: Open Road Films
In 2009, London-based journalist Maziar Bahari (Gael García Bernal) was detained in Iran for more than 100 days because of an interview regarding the country’s presidential election. Bahari was arrested and, while his pregnant fiancée waited for him, spent four months at Evin Prison, being brutally interrogated.
When Maziar Bahari left London in June 2009 to cover Iran’s presidential election, he assured his pregnant fiancée, Paola, that he’d be back in just a few days, a week at most. Little did he know, as he kissed her good-bye, that he would spend the next three months in Iran’s most notorious prison, enduring brutal interrogation sessions at the hands of a man he knew only by his smell: Rosewater.
For the Bahari family, wars, coups, and revolutions are not distant concepts but intimate realities they have suffered for generations: Maziar’s father was imprisoned by the shah in the 1950s, and his sister by Ayatollah Khomeini in the 1980s. Alone in his cell at Evin Prison, fearing the worst, Maziar draws strength from his memories of the courage of his father and sister in the face of torture, and hears their voices speaking to him across the years.
He dreams of being with Paola in London, and imagines all that she and his rambunctious, resilient eighty-four-year-old mother must be doing to campaign for his release. During the worst of his encounters with Rosewater, he silently repeats the names of his loved ones, calling on their strength and love to protect him and praying he will be released in time for the birth of his first child.
Rosewater is an American drama film written and directed by Jon Stewart, based on the memoir Then They Came for Me by Maziar Bahari and Aimee Molloy. Bahari’s imprisonment is connected to an interview he conducted on The Daily Show in 2009; the authorities presented the interview as evidence that he was in communication with an American spy. Due to the content of the film, Stewart has been accused by Iran’s State TV of being funded by Zionists and working with the CIA. The film is scheduled to be released in theaters on November 14, 2014.
Directed by: Jon Stewart
Starring: Gael García Bernal, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Golshifteh Farahani, Dimitri Leonidas, Kim Bodnia, Haluk Bilginer, Nazanin Nour
Screenplay by: Jon Stewart
Production Design by: Gerald Sullivan
Cinematography by: Bobby Bukowski
Film Editing by: Jay Rabinowitz
Costume Design by: Phaedra Dahdaleh
Set Decoration by: Karim Kheir, Nasser Zoubi
Art Direction by: Samy Keilani
Music by: Howard Shore
MPAA Rating: None.
Studio: Open Road Films
Release Date: November 14, 2014
Taglines: The city shines brightest at night.
Lou Bloom, an ambitious young man desperate for work, discovers the world of L.A. crime journalism. When Lou learns of a group of freelance camera crews who film crashes, fires, murder and other mayhem, Lou muscles his way into the dangerous realm of night crawling, where a police siren wail means a possible windfall, and victims are converted into dollars and cents. Aided by Nina, a local TV news veteran, Lou blurs the line between observer and participant.
Nightcrawler is an American crime thriller film written and directed by Dan Gilroy. The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Riz Ahmed, and Bill Paxton. Marking Gilroy’s directorial debut, it tells the story of a driven young man who stumbles upon the underground world of Los Angeles freelance crime journalism.
About the Story
Caught stealing from a Los Angeles construction site, Louis Bloom is confronted by a security guard for trespassing. He attacks the security guard, steals his watch and leaves with the stolen material. After negotiating a price for the material at a scrap yard, Bloom asks for a job, but the foreman says he does not hire thieves.
Driving home, Bloom sees a car crash and pulls over. Stringers—freelance cameramen—arrive and shoot the crash. Inspired, Bloom steals a racing bicycle and trades it for a camcorder and a radio scanner. That night, Bloom shoots the aftermath of a carjacking. When he moves closer to get a better shot of the victim, he and a rival stringer are kicked off the crime scene. Bloom eavesdrops on his rival’s phone conversation about selling his footage to a news station.
Bloom goes to the same station to sell his footage. He meets the morning news director of a local TV station, Nina Romina, who tells him the station is most interested in footage of violent incidents in affluent neighborhoods. Bloom hires an assistant, Rick, a young man desperate for money, and begins shooting incidents. To get better footage, Bloom tampers with crime scenes and in one case moves a body. Bloom’s rival Joe Loder has better equipment and beats Bloom to several important stories. As Bloom’s work gains traction, he buys better equipment and a sports car.
Bloom takes Nina to dinner and threatens to end his business with her unless she has sex with him, knowing her job depends on his footage. The next day he turns down a business offer from Loder, who beats him to an important plane crash story later that night. Nina explodes in anger at Bloom, demanding he get better footage and keep his end of their bargain. Bloom sabotages Loder’s van, causing him to suffer a severe injury in a car crash, which Bloom arrives on scene to film.
Directed by: Dan Gilroy
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton, Anne McDaniels, Ann Cusack, Riz Ahmed, Michael Hyatt
Screenplay by: Dan Gilroy
Production Design by: Kevin Kavanaugh
Cinematography by: Robert Elswit
Film Editing by: John Gilroy
Costume Design by: Amy Westcott
Set Decoration by: Meg Everist
Music by: James Newton Howard
MPAA Rating: R for violence including graphic images, and for language.
Studio: Open Road Films
Release Date: October 31, 2014
A team of Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) operatives, led by John Wharton (a.k.a “Breacher”) is sent to bust the safe house of a drug cartel, although the main and actual motive is to pocket millions of dollars worth of loot. With the money safely hidden, the squad thinks that their secret is safe – until a mysterious assassin starts assassinating the team members one by one.
Sabotage is an American action film written and directed by David Ayer, co-written by Skip Woods, and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington, Olivia Williams, Mireille Enos and Terrence Howard. The film was released in the United States on March 28, 2014.
Filming started on October 12, 2012 and was completed by December 13, 2012. While the initially released poster for the film gave a release date of April 11, it was released on March 28, 2014.
About the Story
John “Breacher” Wharton (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is the leader of an elite team of DEA agents from the Special Ops Division, which includes James “Monster” Murray (Sam Worthington) and his wife Lizzy Murray (Mireille Enos), Joe “Grinder” Philips (Joe Manganiello), Julius “Sugar” Edmonds (Terrence Howard), Eddie “Neck” Jordan (Josh Holloway), Tom “Pyro” Roberts (Max Martini), Bryce “Tripod” McNeely (Kevin Vance), and “Smoke” Jennings (Mark Schlegel).
Sabotage is an4 American action film written and directed by David Ayer, co-written by Skip Woods, and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington, Olivia Williams, Mireille Enos and Terrence Howard. The film was released in the United States on March 28, 2014.
During a raid on a cartel warehouse, in which Smoke is killed, the team steals $10 million of the cartel’s money, hides it down in sewer pipes for later collection and splitting amongst themselves, and blows up the rest of the cartel’s cash to cover their tracks. However, the money disappears, and their superior Floyd Demel (Martin Donovan) finds out about it and suspends them for several months, during which they are investigated for the theft. With no concrete evidence of their participation, however, Demel reinstates them.
Breacher later finds out that Lizzy has become addicted to drugs and that her marriage to Monster is failing. Pyro is killed when his trailer is rammed by a train, after someone drives it onto the tracks while he’s unconscious. Atlanta Police homicide detective Caroline Brentwood (Olivia Williams) and her partner Darius Jackson (Harold Perrineau) are assigned to the case and interrogate Pyro’s teammates.
Brentwood notes Neck is aggressively avoiding interrogation, and Breacher accompanies her to his house in the hopes of getting him to cooperate. When they arrive, they find him nailed to the ceiling and disembowelled. Brentwood recognizes the execution as the modus operandi of the cartels, leading Breacher to assume the cartel is hunting them down over the stolen money.
Breacher and Brentwood visit Tripod, who left the DEA after being suspended, and find him dead after a shootout in which he killed an assailant Breacher identified as a cartel enforcer. Monster later visits Brentwood, who is suspicious of Breacher, and tells her that Breacher’s family was kidnapped by the cartels, who videotaped their murders and later sent the tape to Breacher along with the severed body parts of his wife and son. Breacher spent months searching for his family’s killers before the team convinced him to move on. Brentwood apologizes to Breacher, and they wind up having sex.
Directed by: David Ayer
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington, Terrence Howard, Mireille Enos, Olivia Williams, Angela Kerecz
Screenplay by: Skip Woods
Production Design by: Devorah Herbert
Cinematography by: Bruce McCleery
Film Editing by: Dody Dorn
Costume Design by: Mary Claire Hannan
Set Decoration by: Jennifer M. Gentile
Music by: David Sardy
MPAA Rating: R for strong bloody violence, pervasive language, some sexuality/nudity and drug use.
Studio: Open Road Films
Release Date: March 28, 2014
Surly, a curmudgeon, independent squirrel is banished from his park and forced to survive in the city. Lucky for him, he stumbles on the one thing that may be able to save his life, and the rest of park community, as they gear up for winter – Maury’s Nut Store.
Set in fictional Oakton, The Nut Job follows the travails of Surly (Will Arnett), a mischievous squirrel and his rat friend Buddy, who plan a nut-store heist of outrageous proportions and unwittingly find themselves embroiled in a complicated adventure.
About the Story
In the fictional city of Oakton City in 1959, a selfish purple squirrel named Surly (Will Arnett) and his rat partner Buddy who does not talk much reside in Liberty Park and their thieving reputation has made them outcasts. A group of urban animals led by Raccoon (Liam Neeson) and his Cardinal assistant (who mostly chirps) store food for winter in a giant tree in the park called Liberty Park.
Raccoon is informed by his servant Mole (Jeff Dunham) that there is a food shortage in the park. Surly and Buddy’s attempt to rob a peanut cart goes haywire when it is impeded by Raccoon’s helpers, a compassionate red squirrel named Andie (Katherine Heigl) and the “park hero”, a gray squirrel named Grayson (Brendan Fraser) whose heroic antics prove to be incompetent. The selfish Surly ignores Andie’s help and tries to get a bag of nuts while the owner Lucky and his associate Fingers gets distracted by a bratty girl scout customer and a police officer that the girl issues her complaint to.
The heist also gets invaded by Lucky’s pet pug named Precious (Maya Rudolph). After fending her off by having her bite the pipe of a propane tank, Surly and Buddy escape with the cart and Andie manages to guide it to Liberty Park. Surly threatens Andie and Grayson with a torch, unwilling to share the food, but accidentally causes it to ricochet across the park.
Although the animals (except for Grayson) get off safely, the cart is sent into the tree, where it explodes along with the tree and the animals’ food supply. Grayson however, survives the ordeal. When Surly is identified as the culprit by the Groundhog Bruisers Jimmy (Gabriel Iglesias), Johnny, and Jamie, Raccoon banishes him from Liberty Park following a unanimous vote forcing him to survive in the city.
The Nut Job
Directed by: Peter Lepeniotis
Starring: Will Arnett, Katherine Heigl, Liam Neeson, Brendan Fraser, Stephen Lang, Sarah Gadon
Screenplay by: Peter Lepeniotis, Lorne Cameron
Film Editing by: Paul Hunter
Art Direction by: Ian Hastings
Music by: Paul Intson
MPAA Rating: PG for mild action and rude humor.
Studio: Open Road Films
Release Date: January 17, 2014