Diana

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Welcome back to This Week In Discs! If you see something you like, click on the title to buy it from Amazon. All Is Lost Robert Redford stars as a man sailing solo who encounters trouble out at sea. He awakens to the impact of his sailboat colliding with a derelict shipping container and quickly sets about trying to fix the damage before catastrophe occurs. His experience grows increasingly precarious, and soon he’s fighting against nature and circumstance for his very life. Writer/director J.C. Chandor‘s follow-up to the excellent Wall Street drama Margin Call is even more engaging, but it accomplishes the feat through an opposite degree of dialogue. While that film was filled with fast-talk and lots of it, Redford’s character is the only one onscreen here leaving him no one to talk to but himself. (Sure, that didn’t stop Sandra Bullock from being a lonely chatterbox in Gravity, but this is a smarter movie.) The drama and suspense build naturally here as we work alongside the sailor in his efforts, and the script treats viewers as intelligent enough to follow along without needing every detail spelled out. This is a beautiful film about strength, resiliency, and the will to survive. [Blu-ray/DVD extras: Commentary, featurettes]

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Ender

The first weekend of November is hallmarked by a continuing wave of prestigious Oscar contenders and pockmarked by the chaff that studios are still dumping into a handful of contractually obligated theaters. How else do you explain Last Vegas and Dallas Buyers Club landing on the same week? Beyond those we’ve got a boy vying to be the last starfighter, a pair of biopics that look difficult to swallow and a ton of limited releases that show promise. Get up off your knees, reach for the stars, and check out the trailer-ized list of movies coming out this weekend.

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Naomi Watts in Diana

People have been making films about Princess Diana since long before her death in 1997, and people will continue to make films about her for years to come. But Oliver Hirschbiegel‘s Diana may be the biggest Princess Diana movie so far. Starring Naomi Watts as the eponymous princess, Diana was picked up at Cannes this spring with the intent to market it this fall. Presumably, the idea is for Diana to rake in several dump trucks worth of statuettes, one of which would be an Oscar for Watts.

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diana trailer

It’s the classic story of boy meets girl, when the girl happens to be the most famous woman in the world. The full-length trailer for Oliver Hirschbiegel’s Diana is giving us a little more to work with than the teaser, showing Naomi Watts step into the role of the beloved Princess of Wales during the tumultuous time after her divorce from Prince Charles. Rather than focusing on her time in the palace, the film will depict the princess as a single gal, navigating her first post-Charles love affair with heart surgeon Hasnat Khan (Lost’s Naveen Andrews) as the media scrutinizes her every move. And if the soaring, inspirational score is any indication, we are supposed to feel very bad about this happening and quite frankly ashamed that we didn’t let her be a normal (yet still inspirational) woman in love. How dare us?

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Naomi Watts in Diana

In August of 1996, Her Royal Highness became Diana, Princess of Wales when her divorce from Prince Charles stripped her of the style. This was after years of media interest into the marriage, its various problems and adulteries threatened to strip her of just about everything else. Regardless, she remained an immensely beloved figure, and her life (and death in 1997) still resonate greatly today. One echo is Downfall director Oliver Hirschbiegel‘s new film, Diana, which sees Naomi Watts playing the princess in the final two years of her life. While it chronicles her crusade against landmines, it’ll most likely be her relationship with Dr. Hasnat Khan (Naveen Andrews) and conspiracy-theory-laden demise that will cause the biggest explosions. It’ll see theaters on August 29th (almost exactly 16 years after her death), and the new teaser trailer gives us a moving glimpse of Watts in the lead role:

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Naomi Watts in Diana

In celebration for its newly-acquired U.S. distribution rights, the first official look at Naomi Watts as Princess Diana in Oliver Hirschbiegel‘s biopic, Diana (previously known as Caught in Flight), has just hit the web. And…she looks suitably blond and hair-helmeted! She also looks dead serious, and considering the film follows the end of the princess’ life and her love affair with Dr. Hasnat Khan, such calm focus is to be expected. It’s not the first time Watts has changed up her look to play a famous blonde – remember that “first look” at her as Marilyn Monroe from (seemingly) a million years ago? Yeah, still holding out on that one, Andrew Dominik. Diana will be released in time for Oscar season, so get ready to see plenty more of those hair wings in the coming months. [Deadline Hollywood, via /Film]

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