Movies on Board in April

on Apr 1, 2012 in Movies | No Comments

 

We Bought a Zoo

by Cameron Crowe > starring Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson > 124 min.

From the director of Almost Famous, We Bought a Zoo tells the story of Benjamin Mee (Matt Damon), who, after losing his wife, decides to buy a new house with something rather unusual in the back garden – a zoo. Reluctant to meet the challenge, Benjamin and his family wind up renovating and reopening the zoo, with the help of a few friends.

Original version with Portuguese subtitles and Spanish version available

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Hugo

by Martin Scorsese > starring Ben Kingsley, Asa Butterfield > 128 min.

Considered one of the finest films from 2011, Hugo, by Martin Scorsese, garnered five Oscars from a total of 11 nominations. The film tells the story of the young Hugo, who lives in the bowels of a Parisian train station in the 1930s and who, in addition to mending the station clocks, desperately tries to find a way of repairing an old automaton, the only link he has with he departed father.

Original, Portuguese and Spanish versions available

One of the most magical viewing experiences of the decade so far.” Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times

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Sherlock Holmes – Game of Shadows

by Guy Ritchie > starring Robert Downey Jr, Jude Law > 129 min.

After the success of the 2009 film, the world’s most famous detective returns to the big screen, bringing director Guy Ritchie back together with the Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law duo, who played the parts of Sherlock Holmes and his faithful companion Watson. This time round, the villain is the evil Professor Moriarty, who is considered to be Holmes’ most worthy adversary. Loosely based on The Final Problem, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Original version with Portuguese subtitles and Italian version available

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War Horse

by Steven Spielberg > starring Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson > 146 min.

Based on Michael Morpurgo’s book of the same name, and brought to the silver screen by a well-known director called Steven Spielberg, War Horse tells the incredible story of the relationship between a thoroughbred horse and its young owner, against the backdrop of World War I. Nominated for Academy Awards, including Best Film.

Original version with Portuguese subtitles and French version available

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Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol

by Brad Bird > starring Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner > 133 min.

Tom Cruise returns as Ethan Hunt, in the fourth chapter of the Mission Impossible saga. Directed by Brad Bird, who, after making The Incredibles and Ratatouille, made his debut in flesh and blood films, Ghost Protocol sees Ethan and the other FMI agents in a sticky situation, after being accused of being involved in an attack on the Kremlin. Now, they will have to clear their name, with no official help.

Original version with Portuguese subtitles and Spanish version

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The Iron Lady

by Phylida Loyd >  starring Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent > 105 min.

Biographical film about one of the most influential political figures of the 20th century, The Iron Lady boasts Meryl Streep in the role of Margaret Thatcher, who led Great Britain as Prime Minister between 1979 and 1990. The role gained Streep her third Oscar from a total of 17 nominations, as well as the BAFTA and Golden Globe, with the film winning the Oscar for Best Make-up.

Original version with Portuguese subtitles and Spanish version available

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The Artist

by Michael Hazanavicius > starring Jean Dujardain, Bérénice Bejo > 100 min.

The film sensation of the year, this French pearl is unlike anything on the panorama of modern cinema – it’s not only black and white but also silent. A tribute to the classics from the early days of the seventh art, The Artist tells the story George Valentin, and the problems that this film star encounters when talkies arrive and his troubled relationship with Peppy Miller, an up-and-coming star. Winner of five Oscars, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Leading Actor, from a total of ten nominations.

Original version

The Artist is the most surprising and delightful film of 2011.” Tom Long, Detroit News

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J. Edgar

by Clint Eastwood > starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Josh Hamilton > 137 min.

One of the biggest names in world cinema makes a film on one of the most fascinating personalities in American history, with one of today’s finest actors. For almost fifty years, J. Edgar Hoover was the face of the law in the USA. DiCaprio plays the most famous director of the FBI in a film that explores the controversial side of his private life. Nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actor.

Original version with Portuguese subtitles and Spanish version available

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50/50

by Jonathan Levine > starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen > 100 min.

This comedy-drama tells the story of Adam, who is diagnosed with a rare type of cancer at the age of 27 and given a 50/50 chance of survival by his doctors. With the support of his best friend and an inexperienced psychologist, Adam deals with the illness and other of life’s setbacks. Nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Comedy/Musical and Best Actor.

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Em Câmara Lenta

by Fernando Lopes > starring Rui Morrison, João Reis> 73 min.

New film from Portuguese director Fernando Lopes (Belarmino and Uma Abelha na Chuva) about four characters – Salvador, Constança, Santiago and Laurence, whose lives overlap as they individually and collectively seek answers to their existential questions.

Original version with English subtitles

Arquivos

3 things about Hugo

The film is based on the bestseller The Invention of Hugo Cabret, by Brian Selznick. Scorsese fell in love with the book and, re-reading with her daughter, decided to adapt it to the big screen. Interestingly, it’s his first film in twelve years that does not feature Leonardo DiCaprio in the main role and his first film for a younger audience.



One of the biggest influences on the film is French director and cinema pioneer George Méliès. Méliès was responsible for major progress in the world of film, both in terms of the narrative and special effects, with his films causing panic among unsuspecting cinema-goers, stupefied to see men on the moon, men disappearing into thin air and men multiplying on screen. Journey to the Moon, from 1902, is considered to be one of the most important films from the beginning of cinema.



Very well received both audiences and critics alike, Hugo won five Academy Awards – Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing, having been nominated for Best Wardrobe, Best Score, Best Film Editing, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Film.

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