Director Jonathan Demme seemed to have disappeared from the world of feature films after 2008’s Rachel Getting Married, devoting time to documentaries (Neil Young Journeys) and television (two episodes of The Killing).
Aardman team writers Mark Burton (Chicken Run) and Richard Starzak (Wallace & Gromit: The Aardman Collection) co-pilot the company’s latest animated production, the misadventures of a sheep named Shaun (voiced by Justin Fletcher).
Delving into a phenomenon, documentary filmmaker Dana Nachman explores the
startling flashpoint of the rise of a movement surrounding the granting
of one 5-year-old cancer patient’s wish to be Batman for a day.
Screenwriters/producers Scott Neustadter and
Michael H. Weber have made a name for themselves in Hollywood as the
teen-to-YA dramedy guys, having worked together on (500) Days of Summer, The Spectacular Now and The Fault in Our Stars.
Chris Columbus, as a director, has bounced
around the spectrum, although he tends to give audiences movies that are
heavy on manufactured whimsy or
seemingly sure-fire adaptations that never quite take off as they should in his hands.
Expertly merging the
lofty romantic notions we’ve come to expect from stories of lovers blown
apart by the winds of war, veteran television director James Kent captures the literary nuances likely infused in the autobiography of
Peruvian writer-director Claudia Llosa (The Milk of Sorrow) takes audiences on a journey into the seemingly barren spiritual and emotional divide between a mother (Jennifer Connelly) and the now-adult son (Cillian Murphy) she abandoned much earlier in the child’s life.
The line, “I ain’t got the time, and if my daddy thinks I’m fine …” from Amy Winehouse’s breakthrough single, “Rehab,” became her way out of going to rehab for a drug problem that apparently everyone close to her saw but could do nothing to prevent. Listening to the song now, it all seems so obvious, and maybe the song itself was her way of crying out for help.
The Despicable Me sidekicks get their own franchise offshoot, which is explained as a prequel to their time with criminal mastermind Gru (Steve Carell), when they were lowly but eager underlings in search of a super-villain with the right stuff to lead them to nefarious glory.