“Getaway,” “Closed Circuit” Movie Reviews! And a Bit About “One Direction: This Is Us” Too! 

It’s Selena Gomez versus Eric Bana by way of One Direction at the box-office this Labor Day weekend. We have “Getaway,” “Closed Circuit,” and “One Direction: This Is Us” vying for your movie money!

In “Getaway,” Gomez stars as The Kid who must help Brent Magna (Ethan Hawke) save his kidnapped wife. In order to do so, Brent must get behind the wheel of a Shelby Mustang Super Snake and follow the orders of a mysterious man (Jon Voight).

Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall play ex-lovers in “Closed Circuit.” They must team up as part of the defense team in this legal thriller from director John Crowley (“Intermission,” “Boy A”) and screenwriter Steven Knight (“Eastern Promises,” “Dirty Pretty Things”).

And then we have a movie made especially for 1D fans called “One Direction: This Is Us.” It’s a special look inside the lives of Niall, Zayn, Liam, Louis, and Harry and their meteoric rise to fame! Here’s the more interesting part, it’s directed by Morgan Spurlock, the guy who gave us the quasi-documentary “Super Size Me.” Intriguing!

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My Fun Interview with Eric Bana for "Closed Circuit" 

It’s always a pleasure interviewing Eric Bana. The Australian actor is always sweet and knowledgeable when it comes to the themes of his films. In “Closed Circuit,” Bana stars as a defense attorney who must team up with his ex (Rebecca Hall) acting as the Special Advocate. But in the U.K., it’s a law that when it’s a closed trial, both the defense attorney and the special advocate must not communicate when evidence is presented. John Crowley directed the film from the script written by Steven Knight.

In this interview, we talked about:

*** How did he get attracted to playing a defense attorney for “Closed Circuit?”
*** The interesting concept of the film about closed proceedings in the U.K.
*** The drag of the U.K. lawyers – the wig and the cape! How does it truly work?
*** How did he prepare for the role?
*** What about the physicality of the role? Rowing a boat all across the Thames River?

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The Lovely Rebecca Hall Talks About "Closed Circuit" 

I loved meeting Rebecca Hall! She’s a down-to-earth actress who is able to match Eric Bana, nuance by nuance, in director John Crowley’s “Closed Circuit.” In the film, Hall stars as Special Advocate to the defense, while Bana stars as the defense lawyer. In the U.K. post 9/11 and 7/7, closed proceedings are regarded heavily and both defense and Special Advocates cannot communicate once evidence is presented. So what happens if they were ex-lovers?

In this interview, we talked about:

*** What attracted her to making the film?
*** How did she prepare for the role?
*** What did she learn from hanging out with the U.K. lawyers?
*** The U.K. lawyers’ drag – wigs and cape – and how it’s powerful!
*** Her courtroom scene!

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Director John Crowley Interview for “Closed Circuit” 

John Crowley (“Intermission,” “Boy A”) directs “Closed Circuit” from a script written by Steven Knight (“Eastern Promises,” “Dirty Pretty Things”). The film gives us a rare glimpse inside the world of closed trials in the U.K. post 9/11 and 7/7. Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall star as ex-lovers who must team up for the defense of an international terrorist.

In this interview, we talked about:

*** What inspired him to make “Closed Circuit”
*** The unusual closed-trial proceedings in the U.K.
*** The balance of being a taut thriller yet still entertaining
*** The film’s 70s political thriller roots
*** London plays another character in the film
*** The meaning of “Closed Circuit” the title

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"The Frozen Ground" and "The World's End" Movie Reviews 

This weekend at the box-office, it’s Nicolas Cage versus the end of the world! First, we have “The Frozen Ground,” starring Cage as an Alaska State Trooper out to get serial killer Robert Hansen (John Cusack). His one and only lead is an unreliable teenage prostitute played by Vanessa Hudgens. Based on true events, “The Frozen Ground” will be released in theaters and video-on-demand.

And also out is “The World’s End” from the Three Flavours Corneto trio of writer/director Edgar Wright, writer/actor Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost. This one’s about aliens, friendship, and drinking…lots of drinking! Is “The World’s End” as good as “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz?” Find out!

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