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Cinema: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close - Vital Connection

 - Thursday, 01 March 2012, 00:00

Adapted from the acclaimed bestseller by Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close is a story that unfolds from inside the young mind of Oskar Schell, an inventive 11-year-old New Yorker whose discovery of a key in his deceased father’s belongings sets him off on an urgent search across the city for the lock it will open.

A year after his father died in the World Trade Center on what Oskar calls The Worst Day, he is determined to keep his vital connection to the man who playfully cajoled him into confronting his wildest fears. Now, as Oskar crosses the five New York boroughs in quest of the missing lock – encountering an eclectic assortment of people who are each survivors in their own way – he begins to uncover unseen links to the father he misses, to the mother who seems so far away from him and to the whole noisy, dangerous, discombobulating world around him.

Three-time Academy Award nominee Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Reader, The Hours) directed Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close from a screenplay by Academy Award® winner Eric Roth (Forrest Gump, The Insider), based on Jonathan Safran Foer’s novel.

The film stars Academy Award winners Tom Hanks (Forrest Gump, Philadelphia) and Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side) along with newcomer Thomas Horn in the role of Oskar, and was produced by Scott Rudin (No Country for Old Men, The Social Network, True Grit). Celia Costas, Mark Roybal and Nora Skinner served as executive producers, with Eli Bush and Tarik Karam as co-producers.

The film also stars Academy Award nominees Max von Sydow (Shutter Island, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Pelle the Conqueror) and Viola Davis (Doubt, The Help), John Goodman, Jeffrey Wright and Zoe Caldwell.

The behind-the-scenes creative team includes Oscar-winning director of photography Chris Menges (The Mission, The Killing Fields), production designer K.K. Barrett, Academy Award-winning editor Claire Simpson (Platoon), and Oscar-winning costume designer Ann Roth (The English Patient). The music is by four-time Academy Award-nominated composer Alexandre Desplat (The King’s Speech).

Warner Bros. Pictures presents a Scott Rudin Production of a Stephen Daldry film, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. The movie will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Classification PG

Ghost Rider Spirit Of Vengeance In 3D - World’s darkest hero rides again

Renowned stunt motorcycle rider Johnny Blaze (Nicolas Cage) did a deal with the devil that saw him transformed into the legendary vigilante known as The Ghost Rider.

Now in an attempt to keep his soul sucking alter ego at bay, Blaze has isolated himself in the remotest of locations, but, when Moreau, a spirited monk (Idris Elba) implores him to save a young boy from the devil himself (Ciarán Hinds), Blaze must put aside his reluctance to bring out the Ghost Rider in order to face his own demons and possibly rid himself of the curse forever.

From the writers/directors of Crank, Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, comes the adrenaline filled Ghost Rider Spirit Of Vengeance, loaded with action and incredible 3D special effects.

Based on the Marvel comic book and a story by David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight Rises, Man of Steel), Ghost Rider Spirit Of Vengeance In 3D sees Nicolas Cage return as Johnny Blaze alongside British talent Idris Elba (Thor), Ciarán Hinds (The Debt), Christopher Lambert (Highlander), Johnny Whitworth (Limitless), Violante Placido (The American) and introducing Fergus Riordan.

Classification 14

Haywire - Few options

In the gripping new spy thriller from Academy Award-winning director Steven Soderbergh (Traffic, Ocean’s Eleven), a female covert ops specialist goes rogue when she discovers that the very people she has trusted with her life have double-crossed her, putting her and everything she values in jeopardy.

Mallory Kane (Gina Carano) is a highly trained operative working for a government security contractor in the dirtiest, most dangerous corners of the world. After successfully freeing a Chinese journalist held hostage in Barcelona, she discovers the man has been murdered – and all the evidence points to her as the main suspect. Suddenly the target of skilled assassins who know her every trick, Mallory realizes someone deep inside has betrayed her. But who? And why?

Far from home and on the run, Mallory executes a series of daring maneuvers to throw the local SWAT team off her trail, only to find herself pursued by far deadlier forces. Crossing multiple international borders, she eludes a powerful web of law enforcement and private operatives until she finds herself left with few options. Increasingly desperate to clear her name and reveal the real traitor, Mallory uses her black-ops military training to devise an ingenious – and dangerous – trap. But when things go haywire, Mallory realizes she’ll be killed in the blink of an eye unless she finds a way to turn the tables on her ruthless adversary.

Mixed martial arts champion Gina Carano stars opposite Channing Tatum (G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra, Dear John), Michael Fassbender (Shame, Inglourious Basterds), Ewan McGregor (The Ghost Writer), Michael Angarano (Red State), Antonio Banderas (Desperado), Michael Douglas (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps) and Bill Paxton (Titanic).

Steven Soderbergh directs from a script by Lem Dobbs, (Kafka, The Limey). The film is produced by Gregory Jacobs (Contagion, The Informant!). Production designer is Howard Cummings (The Underneath, Wind Chill) Costume designer is Shoshana Rubin (The Informant!). Original music is by David Holmes (the Ocean’s Trilogy, Out of Sight). Counter-terrorist specialist Aaron Cohen is the technical advisor. Ryan Kavanaugh (Immortals, Cowboys and Aliens), Tucker Tooley (Immortals, Limitless) and Michael Polaire (Contagion, The Informant!) serve as executive producers on the film. Alan Moloney (Albert Nobbs, Breakfast on Pluto) is co-executive producer.

Classification 14

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