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Matt Bomer to play iconic actor in biopic


The star of White Collar is set to play classic actor Montgomery Clift in an indie film.

White Collar star Matt Bomer has signed on to play Montgomery Clift in an upcoming biopic that could start production next year, a representative for the actor has told TheWrap.

Pier 3 Pictures' Michael Din, who is producing with Janine Giaime and Juri Henley-Cohn, is currently shopping the film for financing with the Magic Mike hunk attached. Larry Moss will direct from a script by Christopher Lovick.

Clift was a major Hollywood star best known for his lead roles in From Here To Eternity and Judgment At Nuremberg.

Bomer, who will soon be seen in Ryan Murphy's HBO movie The Normal Heart, was a fan favourite to play Christian Grey in Fifty Shades Of Grey, though he was never in serious contention for the role, which went to Charlie Hunnam. — Reuters

Mini reviews of movies


A mob family, undercover agents and espionage provide the twists and turns in our three mini movie reviews.


EVERY family has its ups and down, doubly so when there is an extended family in the picture.

In the case of the Manzonis – who used to be part of the Mafia family in New York – things turn really bad when Giovanni Manzoni (Robert De Niro) snitches on his boss.

Put under the witness protection programme, he and his family end up in a small town in France.

Of course, old habits die hard, so whoever crosses this family suffers some lasting injuries – like the French boys who are taught a lesson on how to respect women by the tennis racquet-wielding daughter, or the plumber who receives the brunt of his own tools when the father doesn't get the proper answers he's looking for.

There are sparks of fun when the scenes are commanded by De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer and Tommy Lee Jones, and whenever the Manzonis are depicted as a normal family.

While the film is not to be taken seriously — obviously since there is always a touch of ridiculousness in it, be it in the performances or a scene itself – its narrative does dip to low points.

This is apparent when it focuses on Giovanni's daughter (Dianna Agron). It's just amazing how Agron can make any role dull and colourless.

She's not doing herself any favours by playing a silly girl here – someone who considers suicide because the man she loves does not feel the same way. We're suppose to find this funny?

Even when director Luc Besson shifts the story to an explosive action sequence, he stretches it really thin.

In the end, Malavita – or, The Family – is like a relative that you never, ever, want to see again. — Mumtaj Begum (**)

2 Guns

Denzel Washington is an actor who'd have chemistry with a table. Luckily for him, his partner in 2 Guns is Mark Wahlberg, an actor who can play a thug like he is one.

These two actors do have fun with their characters and ask the audience to hop on the ride. Unfortunately, the film operates on convenient storytelling, which has too many scenes in which the audience has to suspend disbelief. The movie works only when the focus is on the two main characters together.

Washington and Wahlberg play two undercover agents from different agencies. Not knowing that they are on the same side, they hatch a plan that gets them into trouble with both the bad guys and the so-called good guys.

Besides the two actors and more than decent action scenes, the only thing you can glean from the film is that corruption and disloyalty are rife within government agencies.

The CIA, Naval Intelligence and DEA all have members who are as dirty as a drug cartel, or just plain ignorant. It's scary that these people have the most power in the country then. — MB (**)


This is a serviceable movie.

By that, I mean that it's an OK movie to watch if you just want something to do, but there's really nothing outstanding about it at all.

The whole paranoia thing? Not really happening.

It's just the occasional interspersed surveillance scenes and security camera footage – ho-hum, I say. There are other films that have tackled this subject way, way better.

The actors, including lead Liam Hemsworth (Adam Cassidy), Gary Oldman (Nick Wyatt) and Harrison Ford (Jock Goddard), do an OK job, but they never really draw you into the story.

Cassidy's love interest, Emma Jennings (Amber Heard), has the weakest story of them all, what with her sudden turnabout from viewing Cassidy as a one-night stand to serious boyfriend material.

Basically, the film is about industrial espionage, with Cassidy being blackmailed by his boss Wyatt, into stealing a revolutionary new phone from arch-rival Goddard.

And that's about the most exciting thing you can say about it.

I was more amused by the observation that Cassidy and his best friend and smarter sidekick Kevin (Lucas Till) actually have the same type of relationship that Goddard and Wyatt have. Intentional or coincidence, I wonder?

I'd probably have been better off reading the book by Joseph Finder.

Watch only if there's nothing else available. Tan Shiow Chin (**)

Movies coming soon


Check out some of the movies that will be opened in Malaysia next week.

Runner, Runner – A thriller depicting the life of Ivan Block, a businessman who takes Richie Furst, a Princeton University graduate under his wing as he runs illegal online gaming website.

Starring Ben Affleck, Justin Timberlake, Anthony Mackie, Oliver Cooper and Gemma Arterton.

The Butler – This Lee Daniels' directed film, and starring Oprah Winfrey, is already getting Oscar buzz. As the title reveals, the film revolves around a butler (played by Forest Whitaker) who worked in the White House under eight presidents, and was a silent witness to the historical moments in the United States.

Young Detective Dee 3D – Directed by Tsui Hark, this is a prequel to the 2010 film Detective Dee And The Mystery Of The Phantom Flame. It tells the story of when Dee Renjie joins the police force as a detective. His first case involves a sea monster. If the older Dee was played by Andy Lau, the younger version falls in the hands of Taiwanese actor Mark Chao. It also stars Carina Lau, William Feng and Lin Gengxin.

Rush – Director Ron Howard recreates the intense rivalry between Formula One drivers James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl). The two couldn't be more different, in person – one is an English playboy and the other is a methodical driver from Austria – and on the track.

About Time – A British romantic comedy directed and written by Richard Curtis (Love, Actually and Notting Hill). Tim discovers on his 21st birthday that he has a unique ability — he can time travel. Like everyone else who has had a few regrets, he decides to make his life a little better by erasing his mistakes and getting a girlfriend. But life could never be that easy.

Starring Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy and Lydia Wilson.

3096 Days – Based on the true events in which a young Austrian girl, Natascha Kampusch, is kidnapped and held in captivity for eight years. Antonia Campbell-Hughes and Thure Lindhardt lead the cast.

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