When Mafia is involved, most of us feel some mixture of fear and curiosity. Italian photojournalist Letizia Battaglia started exposing Cosa Nostra at age 40. She was the first female photographer, employed by an Italian newspaper back in the 1970s to do that. Despite of regularly receiving death threats because of her work, the brave woman, born and raised in Palermo, brings to the public close-ups of the everyday life of people living with constant fear. Showing an original perspective to Sicilian Mafia, Battaglia confesses that her pictures have stamped so much pain, brutality and death that she sometimes want to put them all on fire. It was a good thing she didn’t demolish her archives, because today, through Battaglia’s arresting black-and-white photographs, we become witnesses of the brutal truth about Italian Mafia without the artificial romantic veil.
Efter Oscarshowet sidste år kørte af stablen uden en vært, har Oscar Akademiet besluttet at gentage succesen. Showet oplevede nemlig for først gang i fire år et stigende seertal. Lederen af tv-stationen ABC Television Entertainment Karey Burke, der står bag showet udtalte: ”Lad mig bekræfte det nu. Sammen med akademiet har vi besluttet, at der ikke bliver nogen traditionel vært i år”. Showet bliver afholdt den 9. februar.
Who’s in trouble? A pampered dog with a loving owner whose name is Trouble. One day, the death of the old lady who took him as a puppy and raised him, changes Trouble’s life from luxury to poverty. He is forced to hit the road and find his own way into the hostile world he never new before. When it appears that the cute dog has actually inherited his kind owner, her greedy relatives start chasing him. A dog catcher manages to lock up our furry friend but Trouble is not the kind of canine that will allow someone to deal with his life. While the street may be a frightening place, there are also friends out there that care for out little Trouble. An accident turns into a happy occasion when a friendly human saves the dog.
“Yes, I will bring honour to us all!” this promise is made by the young maiden Mulan to her loved ones. The brave Chinese girl disguises herself as a man and joins the army to save her father, an honourable, but already old and weak warrior. Being the elder daughter in a house with no sons, she is forced to do that and live in a lie because of a decree, issued by the Emperor of China (Jet Li). The decree states that since the country is threatened by Northern invaders, every family is obliged to give one man to serve in the Imperial Army. Being treated as all other soldiers, Mulan goes through a major transformation that makes her strong, skilful and fearless. In this journey of a lifetime, the young woman turns into a respected warrior, capable of defending her country from intruders and making her father proud of her.
Based on Donna Tartt’s 2013 novel of the same name, “The Goldfinch” centres around Theodore "Theo" Decker, a young man with a troubled childhood. Theo was only 13 years old when a tragedy marks him forever - his mother dies in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York while he manages to survive the attack. In the chaos and debris around him, Theo gets something that goes with him through his entire life, full of misery, guilt and pain. It is the vision of his mother favourite work of art from the Dutch Golden Age, “The Goldfinch”. While the painting becomes famous thanks to Donna Tartt’s novel, the story of its artist, Carel Fabritius, is even stranger than a fiction could create.
Set in colonial Australia, this film is based on Peter Carey’s novel “True History of the Kelly Gang” that won the Booker Prize in 2001. It follows the young bush ranger Ned Kelly (George MacKay) who decides to revenge for the unfair arrest of his mother Ellen by causing chaos and destruction among the colonisers from the British Empire. Taught where to find hideouts and advised how to use various strategies by another bushranger, Harry Power (Russell Crowe), Kelly sets ambitious goal against the rulers. The fact that he is a descendant from “The Sons of Sieve”, a line of Irish rebels who used to strike terror on their oppressors in Ireland, fuels Kelly's anger and impatience to act. He raises a small army of daredevils and with their help organises one of the most courageous attacks of rebellion Australia will always remember.
The English author Charles Dickens described “David Copperfield” as “a favourite child” among the collection of his novels. Now, please forget what you know about this classics. Director and Co-writer Armando Iannucci has taken it and turned it upside down, keeping only the Victorian era setting. Wonder what might be the result of such audacious experiment? Watch to find out. In the meanwhile, we can give you some jokers, like the fact that Iannucci’s choice for the role of the grown-up David is Dev Patel. Same as young Mr. Copperfield, the “Slumdog Millionaire” star is born in London. However, that's all the resemblances. So, what’s the story about? After surviving a miserable childhood, David’s alteration from an unhappy boy into an accomplished storyteller is amazing. Through tears and laughter, his life maybe be burdensome at times but never without fire and strong emotions.
Based on Richard Connell’s short story "The Most Dangerous Game" from 1924, “The Hunt” shows twelve strangers who wake up without having the faintest idea where they are or how exactly they’ve got at that place. Sometimes it’s better to be uninformed about certain circumstances because you may not like the truth. And truth is that these people have been randomly selected for a very peculiar, twisted purpose. They will have to participate in “The Hunt”. No, not as contestants in a show, but.. as prey. A group of elite globalists gather in a remote locate to.. hunt people for sports and (probably?!) pleasure. However, among the men and women whose are going to be chased and eventually - killed, there is a brave and skilled modern warrior, Crystal. She is a master in this game and her plan works perfectly fine - the hunters become the prey.
The six-time Academy Award nominee Amy Adams is starring in this adaptation of Daniel Mallory’s successful début novel, written under the pen name A. J. Finn. She portrays the child psychologist Dr. Anna Fox who thinks she has witnessed a crime. However, it is not easy for her to tell the police about what (might) have happened because Dr. Fox was actually spying on her neighbours when the frightening act of violence happened. What was this woman doing there, at that time of the day, you may wonder… Well, it appears that few months before the strange occasion she has developed an agoraphobia. The fear of open spaces has forced Anna to spend more time in her five-story brownstone house in Manhattan. There’s also a husband and a young daughter somewhere in the picture but Anna doesn't find her own family as interesting as other people's families.
Rosamund Pike is Maria Skłodowska-Curie (Marie Curie), the eminent French physicist and chemist of Polish origin. The genius scientist was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize for her pioneering research achievements related to radioactivity. Together with her husband and fellow scientist, Pierre Curie, they jointly win the Nobel Prize for the discovery of the element radium in 1903. Marie Curie’s devotion to science is worth filming and the plot is based on true events of her extraordinary life. Along with the research work of the talented woman, it is important to mention also her valuable radiological work at field hospitals during World War I. Rebel at heart, Marie Curie is among the scientist who dare to challenge the old thinking of conservative people and point out that a new era begins.