Lumet still a lu­mi­nary

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Now 83, US di­rec­tor Sid­ney Lumet has been re­ceiv­ing his best re­views in decades for Be­fore the Devil Knows You’re Dead. Philip Sey­mour Hoff­man and Ethan Hawke head the fine cast as amoral brothers so des­per­ate for money that they con­spire to rob the jew­ellery store owned by their el­derly par­ents (Al­bert Fin­ney and Rose­mary Har­ris). What they have planned as a per­fect crime goes dis­as­trously wrong and leads to tragic con­se­quences in Lumet’s com­plex, com­pelling thriller.

Now on US re­lease, the film opens in the UK on Jan­uary 11th and here on Fe­bru­ary 1st. Lumet worked on TV drama be­fore he made an aus­pi­cious cin­ema de­but 50 years ago with 12 An­gry Men. He went on to di­rect such mem­o­rable movies as The Pawn­bro­ker, Fail-Safe, Ser­pico, Prince of the City, The Ver­dict, Daniel and Run­ning On Empty, and two of the out­stand­ing films of the 1970s, Net­work and Dog Day Af­ter­noon.

The Lon­don Ir­ish

Once di­rec­tor John Car­ney and Atone­ment ac­tress Saoirse Ro­nan are both Bri­tish, ac­cord­ing to the Lon­don Film Crit­ics Cir­cle. They have nom­i­nated Once, which was set and shot in Dublin, for best Bri­tish film of the year and short­listed Car­ney in the Bri­tish break­through (film-mak­ing) cat­e­gory.

Ro­nan also gets two nom­i­na­tions, as best sup­port­ing ac­tress and for Bri­tish break­through (act­ing).

Atone­ment and Con­trol top the list with eight nom­i­na­tions each, even though nei­ther is nom­i­nated for best film. The awards will be pre­sented on Fe­bru­ary 8th.

We like the look of your Globes

The Golden Globes film and TV awards will be car­ried live on TV in Ire­land and Bri­tain for the first time next month. Sky One will be­gin cov­er­age at mid­night on Sun­day, Jan­uary 13th, with an hour of chitchat on the red car­pet, fol­lowed by the awards cer­e­mony at 1am. The late hour is due to the eight-hour time dif­fer­ence be­tween here and Los An­ge­les.

Atone­ment leads the field with seven nom­i­na­tions in the film cat­e­gories, in­clud­ing one for young Car­low res­i­dent Saoirse Ro­nan. The Mike Nichols movie, Char­lie Wil­son’s War, which opens here on Jan­uary 11th, has five nom­i­na­tions, in­clud­ing three in act­ing cat­e­gories for Tom Hanks, Philip Sey­mour Hoff­man and, in her first film for four years, Ju­lia Roberts.

The Golden Globes are pre­sented an­nu­ally by the Hol­ly­wood For­eign Press As­so­ci­a­tion. The group’s hon­orary prize, the Ce­cil B DeMille Award, will be pre­sented to Steven Spiel­berg. Mean­while, Sky Movies has ac­quired the rights to broad­cast the Academy Awards live for the fourth con­sec­u­tive year. Os­car night is Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 24th.

Gil­liam’s latest imag­i­nar­ium

Not to be con­fused with Mr Mago­rium’s Won­der Em­po­rium, which is now on re­lease, The Imag­i­nar­ium of Doc­tor Par­nas­sus is the latest movie from re­li­ably quirky di­rec­tor Terry Gil­liam. Af­ter the dis­ap­point­ments of Gil­liam’s Tide­land and The Brothers Grimm, the good news is that the new project re­unites him with Charles McKe­own, his screen­writ­ing col­lab­o­ra­tor on Brazil.

The film, which started shoot­ing this month, fea­tures Christo­pher Plum­mer as Par­nas­sus, a man with an ex­tra­or­di­nary abil­ity to guide the imag­i­na­tion of oth­ers, which, af­ter all, is what the best film direc­tors do.

Par­nas­sus has a trav­el­ling theatre troupe and for cen­turies has been gam­bling with the devil, Mr Nick (Tom Waits). The cast also fea­tures Heath Ledger, Lily Cole, and one of the most promis­ing new ac­tors to emerge this year, Andrew Garfield, who played Robert Red­ford’s ap­a­thetic stu­dent in Li­ons for Lambs and was riv­et­ing as the child killer in John Crowley’s Chan­nel 4 film, Boy A.

Alice in Bur­ton-land

Tim Bur­ton plans to fol­low his mu­si­cal Sweeney Todd, due here on Jan­uary 25th, with an adap­ta­tion of the much-filmed Lewis Car­roll story, Alice’s Ad­ven­tures in Won­der­land. Bur­ton will use live ac­tion and com­puter-gen­er­ated an­i­ma­tion in the movie, which will be screened in 3D.

Cast­ing gets un­der way shortly, but Johnny Depp, who has starred in six Bur­ton pic­tures, must be a shoo-in to play the Mad Hat­ter. “It’s such a clas­sic and the im­agery is so sur­real,” Bur­ton says. “The sto­ries are like drugs for chil­dren.” Happy New Year. md­wyer@irish­times.ie

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