Summary: Cast members from all “Harry Potter” films reunite in a retrospective special to celebrate the anniversary of the first film, including interviews and cast conversations.
Cinema Release Dates: NA
VOD Release Dates: 1st January 2022 (all regions)
Country: Germany, UK, ,USA
Director: Joel Pearlman, Casey Patterson
Cast: Kenneth Branagh (self), Helena Bonham Carter (self), Robbie Coltraine (self/Hagrid), Chris Columbus (self), Alfonso Cuaron (self), Warwick Davis (self), Frances de la Tour (self), Alfred Enoch (self/Dean Thomas), Tom Felton (self), Ralph Fiennes (self), Stephen Fry (self/Narrator), Michael Gambon (self), Richard Griffiths (self), Rupert Grint (self), Richard Harris (self), Ian Hart (self/Professor Quirrell), Josh Herdman (self), David Heyman (self), John Hurt (self), Rhys Ifans (self), Jason Isaacs (self), Toby Jones (self), Matthew Lewis (self), Evanna Lynch (self), Helen McCrory (self), Devon Murray (self), Mike Newell (self), Gary Oldman (self), James Phelps (self/Fred Weasley), Oliver Phelps (self/George Weasley), Daniel Radcliffe (self), Alan Rickman (self), J.K. Rowling (self), Fiona Shaw (self), Maggie Smith (self), Timothy Spall (self), Imelda Staunton (self), David Thewlis (self), Julie Walters (self), Emma Watson (self), Mark Williams (self/Arthur Weasley), Bonnie Wright (self), David Yates (self)
Running Time: 102 mins
Classification: PG (Australia), TV-PG (USA)
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Summary: An orphaned boy enrolls in a school of wizardry, where he learns the truth about himself, his family and the terrible evil that haunts the magical world.
Cinema Release Dates: 29th November 2001 (Australia), 16th November 2001 (UK), 16th November 2001 (USA)
VOD Release Dates: Available in all terrorties.
Country: USA, UK
Director: Chris Columbus
Screenwriter: Steve Kloves
Cast: Terrence Baylor (The Bloody Barron), Sean Biggerstaff (Oliver Wood), David Bradley (Mr. Filch), Richard Bremmer (He Who Must Not Be Named), David Brett (Dedalus Diggle), John Cleese (Nearly Headless Nick), Robbie Coltrane (Hagrid), Eleanor Columbus (Susan Bones), Emily Dale (Katie Bell), Paul Marc Davis (The Ghost Of The Cavelier), Warwick Davis (Goblin Bank Teller/Professor Flitwick/Voice Of Griphook), Alfred Enoch (Dean Thomas), Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), Ray Fearon (Firenze (voice)), Scott Fern (Terrence Higgs), Simon Fisher-Becker (Fat Friar), Richard Griffiths (Uncle Vernon Dursley), Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), Richard Harris (Albus Dumbledore), Ian Hart (Professor Quirrell), Josh Herdman (Goyle), Leila Hoffman (Augusta Longbottom), David Holmes (Adrian Pucey), John Hurt (Mr. Ollivander), Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom), Harry Melling (Dudley Dursley), Devon Murray (Seamus Finnigan), Christina Petrou (Amanda), James Phelps (Fred Weasley), Oliver Phelps (George Wesley), Leslie Phillips (The Sorting Hat (voice)), Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Chris Rankin (Percy Weasley), Adrian Rawlins (James Potter), Alan Rickman (Professor Snape), Fiona Shaw (Aunt Petunia Dursley), Hazel Showham (Septima Vector), Dominic Smith (Phillip), Maggie Smith (Professor McGonagall), Geraldine Somerville (Lily Potter), Leila Sutherland (Alicia Spinnet), Danielle Tabor (Angelina Johnson), Will Theakston (Marcus Flint), Saunders Triplets (Baby Harry Potter), Verne Troyer (Griphook), Julie Walters (Mrs. Weasley), Zoe Wanamaker (Madame Hooch), Emma Watson (Hermoine Granger), James Waylett (Crabbe), Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley), Nina Young (The Grey Lady), Luke Youngblood (Lee Jordan)
Summary: Jo March reflects back and forth on her life, telling the beloved story of the March sisters – four young women each determined to live life on their own terms.
Australian Cinema Release Date: 1st January 2020
Thailand Cinema Release Date: 9th January 2020
Australian DVD Release Date: TBA
Country: United States
Director: Greta Gerwig
Screenwriter: Greta Gerwig, Louisa May Alcott
Cast: Dash Barber (Fred Vaughn), Timothee Charlamet (Theodore ‘Laurie’ Laurence), Chris Cooper (Mr. Laurence), J.M. Davis (Susan Robbins), Laura Dern (Marmee March), Lilly Englert (Kate Vaughn), Sasha Frolova (Mrs. Hummel), Louie Garrel (Friedrich Bhaer), Jayne Houdeyshell (Hannah), Ana Kayne (Olivia), Tom Kemp (Asa Melvin), Charlotte Kinder (Viola), Adrianne Krstansky (Mrs. Dashwood), Tracy Letts (Mr. Dashwood), Bill Mootos (Mr. Davis), Jen Nikolaisen (Evelyn Meriweather), James Norton (John Brooke), Bob Odenkirk (Father March), Maryanne Plunkett (Mrs. Kirke), Florence Pugh (Amy March), Abby Quinn (Annie Moffat), Jared Reinfeldt (Ned Moffat), Hadley Robinson (Sallie Gardiner Moffat), Saoirse Ronan (Jo March), Amber Leanne Rothberg (Young Meg), Eliza Scanlen (Beth March), Meryl Streep (Aunt March), Emma Watson (Meg March), Lewis D. Wheeler (Josiah Workman)
Running Time: 135 mins
Classification: G (Australia) TBC (Thailand)
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Timeless tales never die. That is the only defence you can really use against people who are convinced that the new adaption of Little Women should never have been made. Yes, there have been a number of cinematic versions of Louisa May Alcott’s classic tale that have made it to the big screen over the years, but every adaption has its own tone and feel and that is what makes them unique. I can remember the same being said when Baz Luhrmann re-created Romeo + Juliet… and look how well that ended up turning out. Besides after the quirkiness of Ladybird how could anybody not be curious to see what Greta Gerwig was going to do with Alcott’s classic.
Gerwig does do little to change the basic storyline. The film is set in 1868 with Jo March (Saoirse Ronan – Brooklyn), a budding young writer getting a story published by a local publisher. At the same time her work is heavily criticised by one of her co-workers and in a bid to escape how she feels about it she uses the fact that her sister, Beth (Eliza Scanlen – Sharp Objects) is sick to return home. As she spends time with her mother (Laura Dern – Wild) and her other two sisters, Meg (Emma Watson – Harry Potter & The Philospher’s Stone) and Amy (Florence Pugh – The Commuter) she reflects on their lives and the obstacles they have overcome.
A scathing critic would probably try to point out that Little Women’s main focus is on female empowerment but I would argue that Gerwig’s film goes even deeper than that. This is not simply a film about female empowerment this is the film that explores the notion of how a family pulls together to overcome some of the most turbulent and life-changing obstacles that anybody can face. From the harsh fights between Amy and Jo, through the four sisters having to face numerous struggles with their father is off at war this is more a film about family then it is anything else.
The power of this version of Little Women though is how much the film draws you into the character’s lives. At a quick glance the character of Jo could be considered cold-hearted especially towards the men in her life, including Laurie (Timothee Chalamet – Beautiful Boy). But through the power of Gerwig’s writing and directing the audience gets to see what makes Jo this way and that is something that can’t be said for all versions of Little Women. Gerwig also allows the film to show the struggle of the artist as well – whether it be a writer, a painter or a teacher all find themselves tested during this time of war and this secondary element to the plot adds a powerful element to the film that continues to draw the audience in.
What also drives this film is a repeat of one of the strengths from Lady Bird. As a director it is obvious that Gerwig knows how to draw the best out of her cast. Here Saoirse Ronan is once again in award winning form and she is well supported by Emma Watson and Florence Pugh who both seem to have turned up their acting game several levels as well. In regards to Ronan though she is well directed by Gerwig with the scene of the final confrontation between herself and Laurie being an absolute highlight. The raw emotion that is generated from the screen during the scene is a rarity in modern day cinema and needs to be cherished.
A special mention must also be made to Meryl Streep (The Devil Wears Prada). While she has limited screen time she managed to steal every scene she was in with a truly powerful performance. Her scenes with both Saoirse Ronan and Florence Pugh are some of the best examples of brilliant acting you will all year. There is a real power with those scenes and neither younger actress seems to be over-awed by the fact that they are sharing the scene with acting royalty.
Every adaption of Little Women has something that sets it apart from the others but few have the sheer emotion and power that we see here with Gerwig’s interpretation. Here Gerwig uncovers secret layers to the plot that lesser filmmakers would have not noticed while at the same time she directs one of the most talented younger casts that modern day cinema has ever seen assembled. If you leave in preconceived notions you have about Little Woman at the cinema door you will find yourself totally drawn into this worthy drama.
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A few years the world scoffed when they heard that a film set in the world of social media was about to be released. Those scoffers were soon eating their words because The Social Network ended up being not only a worldwide hit but also a critically acclaimed film. Well now the social media world is getting another go on the big screen with – The Circle.
Labelled as a dramatic thriller The Circle sees Emma Watson (yes Hermonie from the Harry Potter franchise, but she does have a fair body of work outside of that now) play Mae a young woman who lands her dream job at a social media company called The Circle. There she is taken under the wing by Bailey (Oscar winner Tom Hanks) and soon finds herself engaging in groundbreaking experiments that push the boundaries of privacy. Heavy Mag caught up with Hanks and Watson just to see what is behind this film that will hit cinemas in Australia in August.
Hanks begins by telling that his character, Bailey, is one of the main people behind The Circle. ‘Bailey is one of the three founding fathers of The Circle,” Hanks explains. “He is the visionary, the ideas man, not the financial guy, not the tech guy… he is the guy that dreams big. The Circle is that great thing that the internet hopes to be and wants to be but dear God I hope it never becomes. It is what would happen if you took of the great companies and all of the great ideas – if you took Google and Amazon and Apple and Facebook and Uber and jammed it all into one entity, that is what The Circle is. The Circle is once you’ve become a member, once you’ve entered The Circle everything you need to is in one house on one tablet or one phone. You never have to give faith or allegiance to anyone outside The Circle because The Circle will take care of all of your lifestyle needs.”
It is clear while talking to Hanks that it was the fact that James Ponsoldt was directing that encouraged him to be part of the movie. “He has a very real gift for capturing real life inside the super structure of what the movie has to be. His willingness in the movie to just let people explore, almost to the point of straying, but not quite to the point of that, but just to see where the human behaviour would take to get you there, and I think that is his strength and we all leapt at it… especially on the power of this movie.”
Hanks is also full of praise for his co-star Emma Watson. “Emma is phenomenally untouched and grounded in a lot of ways but she is brilliant at knowing what to do when making movies. I mean she did all those Harry Potter movies so she understands very complicated film making. She also knows that none of that really matters unless you are going to be able to inhabit the moment and her ability to inhabit the moment is pretty profound.”
Like Hanks Emma Watson says one of the reasons that she chose to do the film was because after first reading the script it really won her over. “It really stuck with me,” she explains. “The story, the questions that it raised I found that weeks later they were still there and I was pondering different aspects of it and I think that is a good sign for a story or something that I might potentially work on. It doesn’t leave you quickly. I think Mae finds herself having these big dreams and these big ambitions and she is like ‘WOW, I’m twenty-six and I’m living with my parents, I don’t have enough to pay for my health insurance and I’m working in a job that doesn’t challenge me and doesn’t mean anything to me… is this my life?’ When Annie, her friend, offers her the chance to have a job interview at The Circle this is like this is her ticket, this is her escape and this is her chance to be able to take care of her family. She has this sense of powerlessness is her life and somehow The Circle gives her control and also hope for her future so it’s a very powerful promise that The Circle kind of gives her.”
However, everything doesn’t end up being rosey for Mae while working at The Circle and Watson says that is something that Mae doesn’t see coming. “The expectations that are put on the employees at The Circle are that every aspect of their life will be shared and the socialising that you would normally do has to be done at The Circle within The Circle because The Circle has found a way to commercialise every aspect of people’s lives. So every bit of data, all of that money, all of that content and content sharing that want to have happening on their network. So it becomes a very claustrophobic environment very quickly.”
So would she say the film has a lot to say about modern society and in some way a personal story? “I think the film is about today’s society,” she explains. “You know this isn’t some kind of dystopian future that is a long way off, this is a story that could be happening now. So I think it is incredibly topical and speaks to this moment now. As someone who has been in the public eye since I was very young. I always thought the boundaries between public and private were important, and I think even more so playing this role and exploring this world made me think about it even more than I ever had before. I think that is what is great about this film, it’s not there to preach or to give a certain perspective on it. It forces the audience to ask questions and to ask themselves questions and I think that is the key really – what is difficult about the situation that we are in now is that we give our information away so freely with so little thought any more and I think people will think more about these questions having seen it.”
The Circle will be in Australian cinemas in late August.
This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Adam, Dave, Greg and Nick take a look at new release films ‘Power Rangers,’ ‘The Boss Baby,’ ‘Life,’ ‘The Space Between Us,’ ‘Beauty And The Beast,’ and ‘The Search For Life In Space’.
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Disney have just released the trailer for their live-action version of Beauty & The Beast.
Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within. The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Oscar® winner Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s eccentric, but lovable father; Josh Gad as Lefou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Golden Globe® nominee Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, the candelabra; Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Oscar nominee Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and two-time Academy Award® winner Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.
Directed by Oscar® winner Bill Condon based on the 1991 animated film, “Beauty and the Beast” is produced by Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman with eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken, who won two Academy Awards® (Best Original Score and Best Song) for the 1991 animated film, providing the score, which will include new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Howard Ashman, as well as several new songs written by Menken and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice. “Beauty and the Beast” will be released in U.S. theaters on March 17, 2017.
You can view the Beauty And The Beast trailer below: