Spanning over five decades, ‘Bride Flight’ is inspired by the true story of the 1953 “Last Great Air Race” London-Christchurch (NZ), and follows Esther (Anna Drijver), Ada (Karina Smulders) and Marjorie (Elise Schaap), three young women who, eager to escape post-WWII Holland, emigrate to New Zealand for what they hope will be a better life. On the plane trip overseas — dubbed the “Bride Flight” — the three become fast friends and meet Frank, a dashing young man (played by Waldemar Torenstra and Rutger Hauer – in his later years) who will come to play a critical role in each of their lives. They all part ways on arrival in their new country as two of the women’s fiances await them — but their paths continue to cross in the years to come in life-altering ways. (Source)
The brutal and bloodthirsty King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) and his murderous Heraklion army are rampaging across Greece in search of the long lost Bow of Epirus. With the invincible Bow, the king will be able to overthrow the Gods of Olympus and become the undisputed master of his world. With ruthless efficiency, Hyperion and his legions destroy everything in their wake, and it seems nothing will stop the evil king’s mission.
As village after village is obliterated, a stonemason named Theseus (Henry Cavill) vows to avenge the death of his mother in one of Hyperion’s raids. When Theseus meets the Sybelline Oracle, Phaedra (Freida Pinto), her disturbing visions of the young man’s future convince her that he is the key to stopping the destruction. With her help, Theseus assembles a small band of followers and embraces his destiny in a final desperate battle for the future of humanity. (Source)
The politics of the past and present begin to merge during the making of a motion picture in this drama from director Iciar Bollain. Spanish movie director Sebastian (Gael Garcia Bernal) and his producer Costa (Luis Tosar) have arrived in Bolivia to shoot a picture about Columbus’s exploration and exploitation of the New World. While Sebastian has come to Bolivia for realistic scenery, Costa has chosen the location for the cheap and abundant supply of labor. An open casting call for extras attracts far more people than the picture needs, but when Costas tries to send them away, one would-be actor, Daniel (Juan Carlos Aduviri), makes a strong and eloquent case for fair treatment of the locals, and Sebastian casts him as Hatuey, the chief of a native tribe who fought the invading Spaniards. As Sebastian stages scenes of revolt against would-be colonists, a real battle is brewing in Colombia — the government has privatized the national water works, and the price of water has jumped by three hundred percent, leading to protests and riots in the streets of Cochabamba. Daniel is one of the activists protesting price gouging for something as essential as water; will Sebastian and his colleagues join him in speaking out against this injustice? Tambien La Iluvia (aka Even The Rain) was an official selection at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. – Mark Deming, Rovi (Source)
Robert Redford mines the chaotic moment in history directly following President Lincoln’s assassination in this period drama. Robin Wright Penn stars as Mary Surratt, a member of a group convicted and put to death over their taking part in the conspiracy to kill the President. James McAvoy, Tom Wilkinson, Evan Rachel Wood, Kevin Kline, Alexis Bledel, and Justin Long co-star. – Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi (Source)
Tangshan, 1976. Two seven-year-old twin children are buried under the rubble of the devastating earthquake. The rescue team explains to their mother, Li Yuanni, that freeing either child will almost certainly result in the death of the other. Forced to make the most difficult decision of her life, she finally chooses to save her son Fang Da, the male twin. Li Yuanni has no idea that her decision is overheard by her daughter Fang Deng, the female twin. Although she has been left behind as dead, the little girl miraculously survives for several more days before being pulled clear by another rescue team who believe that she is simply a corpse. She wakes up in the pouring rain next to the dead body of her father. Suffering from the emotional shocks of the disaster and the painful memory of her mother’s choice, Fang Deng refuses to reveal her identity. She is adopted by a middle-aged Chinese couple and years later moves to Canada to marry. Shadowed by the traumatic experiences of the earthquake and devastated by her mother’s decision to abandon her, she continues to be emotionally withdrawn throughout her adult years. Sichuan, 2008. 32 years later, when the Sichuan earthquake takes more lives, Fang Deng returns to China as a volunteer with a rescue team. The process of witnessing other people’s suffering at the time of a natural disaster helps her to overcome her own trauma and forgive her mother. She finally reunites with her family after 32 years apart. (Source)
Director Jean-Marc Vallée takes the helm for this look at the turbulent early years of Queen Victoria (Emily Blunt), who was crowned at the age of 18, and whose ill-fated marriage to Prince Albert (Rupert Friend) would later prompt her into a life of mournful seclusion. Graham King and Martin Scorsese… produce a film penned by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Julian Fellowes. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide (Source)
A vibrant beauty and celebrity of her time is trapped in an unhappy triangle with her husband and his live-in mistress. She falls passionately in love with an ambitious young politician, and the affair causes a bitter conflict with her husband and threatens to erupt into a scandal. (Source)