Sad News: Young talent, Anton Yelchin has passed away at 27

Reel News Daily is very sad to report the passing of Anton Yelchin. Most of you may know Yelchin’s work from the Star Trek reboot but we are particularly fond of his vast array of indie work in titles like Charlie Bartlett, Odd Thomas, Only Lovers Left Alive, 5 to 7, Rudderless, Cymbeline, The Driftless Area and many, many more. Our thoughts go out to his family, friends and the film community. Anton had a maturity about his performances that was a rarity for his age, unafraid to tackles roles in any genre, big or small. He will be sorely missed.

Liz’s Review: ‘CYMBELINE’- True in text, new in vision.

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Hamlet, Romeo & Juliet, Twelfth Night… Ghostly apparitions, star-crossed lovers, mistaken identity… If you mashed up all three of these Shakespeare plays, you would get the plot of his work Cymbeline. We’ve seen modernized versions of Shakespeare in the past, with films like Baz Luhrmann‘s Romeo + Juliet, O (for Othello), Hamlet,  10 Things I Hate About You, which was a modern incarnation of The Taming of the Shrew, and She’s The Man, meant to resemble Twelfth Night. Only R+J and Hamlet made the bold decision to use the original text. This can be a hindrance in getting audiences through the door. Some might look at this as too much of a challenge when stepping into a movie theater versus going to see a live play. Let alone the general understanding of the language, it’s not the easiest to follow for some. Cymbeline knocks it out of the park in both use of text and understanding. With a glorious cast, filled to the brim with talented celebrities, this version of Shakespeare’s work is pretty spot on. Read More →