A new trailer has been released for A Good Day to Die Hard, the latest Die Hard sequel starring Bruce Willis – this one set in Russia, and involving nuclear terrorism. Check out the trailer above. A Good Day to Die Hard stars Willis, Jai Courtney, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Amaury Nolasco and Yuliya Snigir and opens on February 14th.
Posted on December 4th, 2012 at 12:37pm.
It’s been a busy year here at Libertas and we wanted to take a moment to thank all of our readers, contributors, and media colleagues for all their support. We hope you’ve all had a wonderful Christmas and Hanukkah, and that the New Year brings you all the very best!
We wanted to thank The Huffington Post and The Atlantic for featuring our work so frequently on their front pages. Jason and Govindini have had twenty-six pieces published at The Huffington Post and nine pieces at The Atlantic in a little over a year. Twenty-five of these pieces have been featured on the front page of these sites, bringing significant exposure to the pro-freedom, pro-democracy message of Libertas.
We also wanted to thank Indiewire for having Joe Bendel, Jason, and Govindini as part of their Criticwire community and for giving us the chance to contribute our reviews, letter grades, and critic’s picks to their critics’ polls.
We would like to give a very big thank you to Gretchen Brooks and her family for all of their friendship and support. Gretchen has made it possible for us to cover the Sundance Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, LA Film Festival, AFI Festival, and other major film events this year and we couldn’t be more grateful to her for her graciousness and kindness.
We would also like to thank Lars Larson for having Govindini on his nationally-syndicated radio show weekly to discuss movies. Lars and his whole team are always courteous and professional and we truly appreciate the exposure they have given to our ideas.
A very big thank you as well to Joe Bendel for his extraordinary contributions to Libertas this year. Joe’s knowledge of independent cinema is second to none, and his insightful and witty posts have been a tremendous asset to Libertas. Many thanks as well to Patricia Ducey, David Ross, and all our contributors, readers, and colleagues for everything they have added to Libertas! Best wishes to you all and here’s to a successful and productive 2013!
Posted on December 26th, 2012 at 5:16pm.
A new trailer has been released for G.I. Joe: Retaliation, which was pulled from release this past summer just a month before it was set to open. This new, makeover edition of Retaliation will apparently be in 3D, and feature more of Channing Tatum.
G.I. Joe: Retaliation otherwise stars Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis, Adrianne Palicki, Jonathan Pryce and Ray Park and opens in 3D on March 27, 2013.
Posted on December 13th, 2012 at 10:34am.
A new clip has been released from Kathryn Bigelow’s forthcoming SEAL Team 6/Osama bin Laden raid movie, Zero Dark Thirty, which is already receiving awards-season accolades. The film stars Jessica Chastain and Joel Edgerton. Special engagements for Zero Dark Thirty start December 19th, and the film opens wide on January 11th.
Posted on December 6th, 2012 at 11:01am.
FX has released a trailer for its 1980s-era Cold War spy drama series The Americans. In the series, Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys play KGB spies posing as a married couple (complete with kids) living in America, who attempt to maintain their cover and their fake marriage while avoiding FBI counterintelligence agents. The Americans debuts on FX January 30th.
Posted on December 6th, 2012 at 10:59am.
We wanted Libertas readers to know that the superb documentary film Klitschko is now available on DVD. Klitschko tells the story of the famous boxing brothers Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko, covering the brothers’ upbringing in the socialist Ukraine (their father served in the Ukrainian Air Force, and was a first-responder to the Chernobyl nuclear disaster), to their early successes as amateurs, to their move to Germany and subsequent rise as international boxing stars and holders of the championship titles of all five boxing federations. Vitali (the older brother), of course, also recently entered politics and ran for President of the Ukraine – capturing 14% of the vote.
LFM’s Joe Bendel reviewed Klitschko at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival, and gave it an A grade, calling it “[b]riskly paced and quite informative … highly recommended.” The movie is available now from Corinth Films here.
Posted on November 13th, 2012 at 3:46pm.
The first trailer for SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden has gone online. Important note: this film is not Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty, but a different film produced in collaboration between The Weinstein Company and National Geographic.
The film stars Cam Gigandet, Anson Mount, Freddy Rodriquez, Xzibit, Kathleen Robertson, Eddie Kay Thomas, Kenneth Miller, Robert Knepper and William Fichtner. Written by Kendall Lampkin, SEAL Team Six premieres on the National Geographic Channel Sunday November 4th.
Posted on October 5th, 2012 at 11:58am.
We like to keep an eye on short films here at Libertas, so check out this interesting new short above from director Dennis Liu and writer Ryan Condal called Plurality. It went live earlier this week and as of this post has already received over 110,000 views.
Here’s the official synopsis of the film: “After the state of New York gives the police access to ‘The Grid,’ a new technology that allows people to purchase anything with a quick scan of their fingerprint, crime drops almost instantly. However, they also discover that certain people are popping up in two places at once.”
Although the film’s references to Michel Foucault and Jeremy Bentham are a bit on-the-nose (somebody’s been reading Discipline and Punish), Plurality otherwise does a nice job of illustrating how technology may already be leading us down a road to dystopia. Congratulations to the filmmakers, and a hat tip to the folks at io9.
Posted on October 5th, 2012 at 11:55am.
The Black Tulip, Afghanistan’s entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards, comes to Comcast, Time Warner, Cox, iTunes, Amazon, Xbox, Vudu, and Google Play on October 26th.
Set after the Taliban was routed from Afghanistan in early 2001, The Black Tulip tells the story of how the Mansouri family took advantage of the new window of freedom by opening a restaurant called “The Poet’s Corner” – with an open microphone and an inviting platform for all to read poetry, perform music and tell their stories. A modern portrait of Afghanistan that captures the current plight and resilience of its people, The Black Tulip gives a voice to the people of Afghanistan by telling their story through the eyes of an everyday family from Kabul, who remain hopeful despite constant struggle and tragedy.
Watch the trailer for The Black Tulip above, and read here what LFM’s Joe Bendel said about the film.
Posted on October 4th, 2012 at 10:35am.