Archive for the ‘Biography’ Category

Jersey Boys

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

All Genres:
Biography, Drama, Musical

Release Year: 2014

Country: USA

Runtime: 134 min

Languages: English

Director: Clint Eastwood

Tagline: Everybody remembers it how they need to.

 

Writers: Marshall Brickman (screenplay), Rick Elice (screenplay), 2 credits »

 

Cast: Vincent Piazza
John Lloyd Young
Steve Schirripa
Christopher Walken
Kathrine Narducci
Lou Volpe
Johnny Cannizzaro
Michael Patrick McGill
Jacqueline Mazarella
Michael Lomenda
Lacey Hannan
Scott Vance
Steve Rankin
Ivar Brogger
Scott Michael Vance

 

Plot: Jersey Boys is a musical biography of the Four Seasons-the rise, the tough times and personal clashes, and the ultimate triumph of a group of friends whose music became symbolic of a generation. Far from a mere tribute concert (though it does include numbers from the popular Four Seasons songbook), Jersey Boys gets to the heart of the relationships at the center of the group-with a special focus on frontman Frankie Valli, the small kid with the big falsetto. In addition to following the quartet’s coming of age as performers, the core of the show is how an allegiance to a code of honor learned in the streets of their native New Jersey got them through a multitude of challenges: gambling debts, Mafia threats and family disasters. Jersey Boys is a glimpse at the people behind a sound that has managed to endure for over four decades in the hearts of the public. Written by Broadway.com

Million Dollar Arm

Friday, June 13th, 2014

All Genres:
Biography, Drama, Sport

Release Year: 2014

Country: USA

Runtime: 124 min

Languages: English | Hindi

Director: Craig Gillespie

Tagline: From the producers of "Invincible" and "Miracle"

 

Cast: Jon Hamm
Pitobash
Suraj Sharma
Madhur Mittal
Aasif Mandvi
Darshan Jariwala
Lake Bell
Alan Arkin
Bill Paxton
Gregory Alan Williams
Allyn Rachel
Tzi Ma
Rey Maualuga
Bar Paly
Jaspaul Sandhu

 

Plot: In 2008, J. B. Bernstein is a sports agent who finds his business being seriously outplayed by his deep-pocketed competitors. Inspired by reality shows and Indian cricket games on TV, Bernstein gets the bold idea of finding cricket players in India and training them to become pro baseball players in America. After a long search, Bernstein finds two talented, but non-cricket playing, youths, Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel. Together, Berthstein takes his prospects to Los Angeles where they find mastering a new sport in a foreign land a daunting challenge. As these boys struggle amid an alien culture, Bernstein must find a way to make their dream come true. In doing, Bernstein finds a deeper humanity to his work with growing friendships he never expected to have. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

Island of Lemurs: Madagascar

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

All Genres:
Documentary, Adventure, Biography, Family

Release Year: 2014

Country: Canada | USA | Madagascar

Runtime: 39 min

Languages: English

Director: David Douglas

Tagline: A real place you could never imagine. Strange creatures you will never forget.

 

Cast: Morgan Freeman
Patricia Wright

 

Plot: Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman narrates Island of Lemurs: Madagascar, the incredible true story of nature’s greatest explorers – lemurs. Captured with IMAX 3D cameras, the film takes audiences on a spectacular journey to the remote and wondrous world of Madagascar. Lemurs arrived in Madagascar as castaways millions of years ago and evolved into hundreds of diverse species but are now highly endangered. Join trailblazing scientist Patricia Wright on her lifelong mission to help these strange and adorable creatures survive in the modern world. Directed by David Douglas and written and produced by Drew Fellman, Island of Lemurs: Madagascar is a presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures and IMAX Entertainment. Written by Anonymous

The Railway Man

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

All Genres:
Biography, Drama

Release Year: 2014

Country: Australia | UK

Runtime: 116 min

Languages: English

Director: Jonathan Teplitzky

Tagline:

 

Writers: Frank Cottrell Boyce (screenplay), Andy Paterson (screenplay), 1 credit »

 

Cast: Nicole Kidman
Stellan Skarsgård
Hiroyuki Sanada
Colin Firth
Jeremy Irvine
Marta Dusseldorp
Sam Reid
Tom Hobbs
Masa Yamaguchi
Tanroh Ishida
Ewen Leslie
Akos Armont
Byron J. Brochmann
Charlie Ruedpokanon
Anteo Quintavalle

 

Plot: Eric Lomax was one of thousands of Allied prisoners of war forced to work on the construction of the Thai/Burma railway during WW2. His experiences, after the secret radio he built to bring news and hope to his colleagues was discovered, left him traumatised and shut off from the world. Years later, he met Patti, a beautiful woman, on a train and fell in love. Patti was determined to rid Eric of his demons. Discovering that the young Japanese officer who haunted her husband was still alive, she faced a terrible decision. Should Eric be given a chance to confront his tormentor? Would she stand by him, whatever he did? Written by Anonymous

For No Good Reason

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

All Genres:
Documentary, Biography, History, Music

Release Year: 2014

Country: UK | USA

Runtime: 89 min

Languages: English

Director: Charlie Paul

Tagline:

 

Cast: Johnny Depp
Terry Gilliam
Patrick Godfrey
Richard E. Grant
Ralph Steadman
Hunter S. Thompson
Jann Wenner
Hal Willner

 

Plot: Johnny Depp pays a call on his friend and hero Ralph Steadman and we take off on a high-spirited, raging and kaleidoscopic journey discovering the life and works of one of the most distinctive radical artists of the last 50 years. Written by Anonymous

The Monuments Men

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

All Genres:
Action, Biography, Drama, War

Release Year: 2014

Country: USA | Germany

Runtime: 118 min

Languages: English

Director: George Clooney

Tagline: It was the greatest art heist in history

 

Writers: George Clooney (screenplay), Grant Heslov (screenplay), 2 credits »

 

Cast: George Clooney
Matt Damon
Bill Murray
Cate Blanchett
John Goodman
Jean Dujardin
Hugh Bonneville
Bob Balaban
Dimitri Leonidas
Justus von Dohnányi
Holger Handtke
Michael Hofland
Zahary Baharov
Michael Brandner
Sam Hazeldine

 

Plot: Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, The Monuments Men is an action drama focusing on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. It would be an impossible mission: with the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these guys – seven museum directors, curators, and art historians, all familiar with Michelangelo than the M-1 – possibly hope to succeed? But as the Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1000 years of culture, they would risk their lives to protect and defend mankind’s greatest achievements. From director George Clooney, the film stars George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville, and Cate Blanchett. The screenplay is by … Written by Sony Pictures Entertainment

Kaze tachinu

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

All Genres:
Animation, Biography, Drama, History, Romance, War

Release Year: 2014

Country: Japan

Runtime: 126 min

Languages: Japanese | German | Italian | French

Director: Hayao Miyazaki

Tagline: Ikineba. (We must live.)

 

Writers: Hayao Miyazaki (comic), Hayao Miyazaki (screenplay)

 

Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Emily Blunt
Mae Whitman
Jennifer Grey
Stanley Tucci
Elijah Wood
John Krasinski
William H. Macy
Mandy Patinkin
Eva Bella
Darren Criss
Werner Herzog
Martin Short
Zach Callison
Madeleine Rose Yen

 

Plot: Jiro dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni. Nearsighted from a young age and unable to be a pilot, Jiro joins a major Japanese engineering company in 1927 and becomes one of the world’s most innovative and accomplished airplane designers. The film chronicles much of his life, depicting key historical events, including the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, the Great Depression, the tuberculosis epidemic and Japan’s plunge into war. Jiro meets and falls in love with Nahoko, and grows and cherishes his friendship with his colleague Honjo. Written by Official site

One Chance

Monday, December 30th, 2013

All Genres:
Biography, Comedy, Drama

Release Year: 2013

Country: UK | USA

Runtime: 103 min

Languages: English

Director: David Frankel

Tagline: The incredible true story of an underdog who never gave up

 

Cast: Mackenzie Crook
Julie Walters
Jemima Rooper
Colm Meaney
James Corden
Simon Cowell
Alexandra Roach
Kathryn Drysdale
Dilyana Bouklieva
Reggie Yates
Chris Cowlin
Alessandro De Marco
Barrie Martin
John Duggan
Gino Picciano

 

Plot: The true story of Paul Potts, a shy, bullied shop assistant by day and an amateur opera singer by night who became a phenomenon after being chosen for — and ultimately winning — “Britain’s Got Talent”.

The Invisible Woman

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

All Genres:
Biography, Drama, Romance

Release Year: 2013

Country: UK

Runtime: 111 min

Languages: English

Director: Ralph Fiennes

Tagline:

 

Writers: Abi Morgan (screenplay), Claire Tomalin (book)

 

Cast: Felicity Jones
John Kavanagh
Tom Attwood
Susanna Hislop
Tom Burke
Tommy Curson-Smith
David Collings
Michael Marcus
Kristin Scott Thomas
Perdita Weeks
Ralph Fiennes
Richard McCabe
Gabriel Vick
Mark Dexter
Joseph Paxton

 

Plot: At the height of his career, Charles Dickens meets a younger woman who becomes his secret lover until his death.

Saving Mr. Banks

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

All Genres:
Biography, Comedy, Drama, Family, History, Music

Release Year: 2013

Country: USA | UK | Australia

Runtime: 125 min

Languages: English

Director: John Lee Hancock

Tagline: Where her book ended, their story began.

 

Writers: Kelly Marcel, Sue Smith

 

Cast: Tom Hanks
Colin Farrell
Emma Thompson
Ruth Wilson
Paul Giamatti
Jason Schwartzman
Bradley Whitford
Rachel Griffiths
B.J. Novak
Steven Cabral
Victoria Summer
Dendrie Taylor
Kathy Baker
Mia Serafino
Ronan Vibert

 

Plot: When Walt Disney’s daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, P.L. Travers’ “Mary Poppins,” he made them a promise – one that he didn’t realize would take 20 years to keep. In his quest to obtain the rights, Walt comes up against a curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine. But, as the books stop selling and money grows short, Travers reluctantly agrees to go to Los Angeles to hear Disney’s plans for the adaptation. For those two short weeks in 1961, Walt Disney pulls out all the stops. Armed with imaginative storyboards and chirpy songs from the talented Sherman brothers, Walt launches an all-out onslaught on P.L. Travers, but the prickly author doesn’t budge. He soon begins to watch helplessly as Travers becomes increasingly immovable and the rights begin to move further away from his grasp. It is only when he reaches into his own childhood that Walt discovers the … Written by Walt Disney Pictures

Flores Raras

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

All Genres:
Biography, Drama, Romance

Release Year: 2013

Country: Brazil

Runtime: 118 min

Languages: English | Portuguese

Director: Bruno Barreto

Tagline: Two iconic women. One passion.

 

Writers: Matthew Chapman (screenplay), Julie Sayres (screenplay), 2 credits »

 

Cast: Glória Pires
Miranda Otto
Tracy Middendorf
Marcello Airoldi
Lola Kirke
Tânia Costa
Marianna Mac Niven
Marcio Ehrlich
Treat Williams
Anna Bella
Griffin Addison
Anna Bella Chapman
Neil Hellegers
Chris Hietikko
Tommy McInnis

 

Plot: A chronicle of the tragic love affair between American poet Elizabeth Bishop and Brazilian architect Lota de Macedo Soares.

Diana

Friday, November 1st, 2013

All Genres:
Biography, Drama, Romance

Release Year: 2013

Country: UK | France | Sweden | Belgium

Runtime: 113 min

Languages: English

Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel

Tagline:

 

Writers: Stephen Jeffreys (screenplay), Kate Snell (book)

 

Cast: Naomi Watts
Naveen Andrews
Douglas Hodge
Geraldine James
Charles Edwards
Daniel Pirrie
Cas Anvar
Juliet Stevenson
Jonathan Kerrigan
Laurence Belcher
Harry Holland
Leeanda Reddy
Art Malik
Michael Hadley
Rose O’Loughlin

 

Plot: During the last two years of her life, Princess Diana embarks on a final rite of passage: a secret love affair with Pakistani heart surgeon Hasnat Khan.

The Wolf of Wall Street

Monday, October 28th, 2013

All Genres:
Biography, Crime, Drama

Release Year: 2013

Country: USA

Runtime:

Languages: English

Director: Martin Scorsese

Tagline:

 

Writers: Terence Winter (screenplay), Jordan Belfort (book)

 

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio
Jonah Hill
Matthew McConaughey
Jon Bernthal
Cristin Milioti
Margot Robbie
Spike Jonze
Jean Dujardin
Ethan Suplee
Jon Favreau
Kyle Chandler
Shea Whigham
Rob Reiner
Joanna Lumley
Kenneth Choi

 

Plot: In The Wolf of Wall Street DiCaprio would play Belfort, a Long Island penny stockbroker who served 20 months in prison for refusing to cooperate in a massive 1990s securities fraud case that involved widespread corruption on Wall Street and in the corporate banking world, including mob infiltration. Written by anonymous

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Monday, October 28th, 2013

All Genres:
Biography, Drama, History

Release Year: 2013

Country: UK | South Africa

Runtime: 152 min

Languages: English | Afrikaans | Xhosa

Director: Justin Chadwick

Tagline:

 

Cast: Idris Elba
Naomie Harris
Tony Kgoroge
Riaad Moosa
Jamie Bartlett
Lindiwe Matshikiza
Terry Pheto
Deon Lotz
Rohil Aniruth
Armand Aucamp
Carl Beukes
Garth Breytenbach
Gys de Villiers
Mark Elderkin
Nomfusi Gotyana

 

Plot: A chronicle of Nelson Mandela’s life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa.

Kill Your Darlings

Friday, October 18th, 2013

All Genres:
Biography, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Release Year: 2013

Country: USA

Runtime: 104 min

Languages: English

Director: John Krokidas

Tagline:

 

Writers: Austin Bunn, John Krokidas

 

Cast: Elizabeth Olsen
Daniel Radcliffe
Michael C. Hall
Dane DeHaan
Jack Huston
Ben Foster
Jennifer Jason Leigh
David Cross
Kyra Sedgwick
Erin Darke
David Rasche
John Cullum
Finise Avery
Michael Cavadias
Craig Chester

 

Plot: A murder in 1944 draws together the great poets of the beat generation: Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs.

Captain Phillips

Monday, September 30th, 2013

All Genres:
Action, Biography, Drama, Thriller

Release Year: 2013

Country: USA

Runtime: 134 min

Languages: English

Director: Paul Greengrass

Tagline: Out here survival is everything

 

Writers: Billy Ray (screenplay), Richard Phillips (based upon the book “A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea” by), 1 credit »

 

Cast: Tom Hanks
Barkhad Abdi
Barkhad Abdirahman
Faysal Ahmed
Mahat M. Ali
Michael Chernus
Catherine Keener
David Warshofsky
Corey Johnson
Chris Mulkey
Yul Vazquez
Max Martini
Omar Berdouni
Mohamed Ali
Issak Farah Samatar

 

Plot: The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.

The Fifth Estate

Monday, September 30th, 2013

All Genres:
Biography, Drama

Release Year: 2013

Country: USA | Belgium

Runtime: 124 min

Languages: English

Director: Bill Condon

Tagline: You can’t expose the world’s secrets without exposing yourself.

 

Writers: Daniel Domscheit-Berg (book), David Leigh (book), 2 credits »

 

Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch
Daniel Brühl
Stanley Tucci
Carice van Houten
Anthony Mackie
Peter Capaldi
Laura Linney
Dan Stevens
Alicia Vikander
David Thewlis
Moritz Bleibtreu
Jamie Blackley
Pascaline Crêvecoeur
Jeany Spark
Hera Hilmar

 

Plot: The story begins as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and his colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl) team up to become underground watchdogs of the privileged and powerful. On a shoestring, they create a platform that allows whistle-blowers to anonymously leak covert data, shining a light on the dark recesses of government secrets and corporate crimes. Soon, they are breaking hard news than the world’s most legendary media organizations combined. But when Assange and Berg gain access to the biggest trove of confidential intelligence documents in U.S. history, they battle each other and a defining question of our time: what are the costs of keeping secrets in a free society-and what are the costs of exposing them? Written by DreamWorks Pictures

12 Years a Slave

Monday, September 30th, 2013

All Genres:
Biography, Drama, History

Release Year: 2013

Country: USA

Runtime: 133 min

Languages: English

Director: Steve McQueen

Tagline:

 

Writers: John Ridley (screenplay), Solomon Northup (based on “Twelve Years a Slave” by)

 

Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch
Brad Pitt
Michael Fassbender
Paul Dano
Sarah Paulson
Paul Giamatti
Chiwetel Ejiofor
Michael K. Williams
Garret Dillahunt
Taran Killam
Quvenzhané Wallis
Ruth Negga
Scoot McNairy
Lupita Nyong’o
Alfre Woodard

 

Plot: Based on an incredible true story of one man’s fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty (personified by a malevolent slave owner, portrayed by Michael Fassbender), as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt) will forever alter his life. Written by Fox Searchlight

Muscle Shoals

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

All Genres:
Documentary, Biography, History, Music

Release Year: 2013

Country: USA

Runtime: 111 min

Languages: English

Director: Greg ‘Freddy’ Camalier

Tagline: The incredible true story of a small town with a big sound.

 

Cast: Gregg Allman
Bono
Clarence Carter
Jimmy Cliff
Aretha Franklin
Donna Godchaux
Rick Hall
Roger Hawkins
David Hood
Mick Jagger
Jaimoe
Jimmy Johnson
Alicia Keys
Ed King
Spooner Oldham

 

Plot: Located alongside the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Alabama is the unlikely breeding ground for some of America’s most creative and defiant music. Under the spiritual influence of the ‘Singing River’ as Native Americans called it, the music of Muscle Shoals changed the world and sold millions upon millions of copies. At its heart is Rick Hall who founded FAME Studios. Overcoming crushing poverty and staggering tragedies, he brought black and white together in Alabama’s cauldron of racial hostility to create music for the generations while giving birth to the ‘Muscle Shoals Sound’ and ‘The Swampers’. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Percy Sledge, Gregg Allman, Clarence Carter, Etta James, Alicia Keys, Bono, and others bear witness to Muscle Shoals’ magnetism, mystery, and why it remains influential today. Written by Anonymous

Rush

Sunday, September 1st, 2013

All Genres:
Action, Biography, Drama, Sport

Release Year: 2013

Country: USA | Germany | UK

Runtime: 123 min

Languages: English | German | Italian | French

Director: Ron Howard

Tagline: Everyone’s driven by something.

 

Cast: Chris Hemsworth
Natalie Dormer
Olivia Wilde
Daniel Brühl
Tom Wlaschiha
Alexandra Maria Lara
Rebecca Ferdinando
Jamie Sives
Joséphine de La Baume
Pierfrancesco Favino
Julian Seager
Patrick Baladi
Lee Asquith-Coe
Rain Elwood
Christian McKay

 

Plot: Set against the sexy, glamorous golden age of Formula 1 racing in the 1970s, the film is based on the true story of a great sporting rivalry between handsome English playboy James Hunt (Hemsworth), and his methodical, brilliant opponent, Austrian driver Niki Lauda (Bruhl). The story follows their distinctly different personal styles on and off the track, their loves and the astonishing 1976 season in which both drivers were willing to risk everything to become world champion in a sport with no margin for error: if you make a mistake, you die. Written by P. Morgan