Just two weeks after the movie star revealed he sought professional treatment for alcohol addiction, Ben Affleck surprised fans by attending CinemaCon in Las Vegas.
Director, Christopher Nolan says his World War II drama 'Dunkirk' will transport viewers to the heart of the battle in which British led forces freed 330,000 Allied troops from the Nazis.
After the death of his father, and being robbed of his birthright, Arthur endures a hard life. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, he discovers his identity and true legacy.
The hit Marvel adventure has been mentioned more than 35m times, knocking off Star Wars: The Force Awakens from the top spot
Black Panther has become the most tweeted about movie ever.
Twitter revealed news that the Marvel hit has been mentioned more than 35m times, pushing previous record holder Star Wars: The Force Awakens to second place, with Star Wars: The Last Jedi in third.Continue reading...
In Farzad Khoshdast’s documentary, four female inmates in a Tehran prison tell the shocking and often gruesome stories of their crimes in their own words
Farzad Khoshdast’s documentary is one of the few Iranian films to look at the lives of female prisoners. The other notable example is Manijeh Hekmat’s 2002 drama Zendan-e Zanan, or Women’s Prison.) Set in Gharchack, a women’s prison in Tehran, the film interviews four inmates referred to as Doors One, Two, Three and Four about their crimes.
In the opening scene, an unseen woman is heard screaming, crying and begging to be set free. She blames the man who “made her do it” and weeps for her youth, which will be wasted behind bars. One of the inmates describes her confinement cell, which contains “just a bed” and “looks like a grave”.Continue reading...
The follow-up improves on Guillermo del Toro’s patchy robots vs monsters adventure thanks to the Star Wars actor’s charisma and a more cohesive plot
There was a monstrous amount of undeniable glee to be had while watching 2013’s Pacific Rim, a film that played out like a big-budget re-enactment of a seven-year-old smashing his toys together. A procession of scenes featuring giant robots fighting giant creatures proved gloriously fun to behold, recklessly destructive and fantastically silly. But the rest of the film was hopelessly inert, the humans so staggeringly dull that I’d have been content to see them destroyed underneath a public park-sized slimy claw.Continue reading...
Can belated follow-ups to hits like March of the Penguins, An Inconvenient Truth and Fahrenheit 9/11 prove their necessity?
Hey, remember March of the Penguins? It’s been 13 years since a National Geographic-produced documentary about emperor penguin migration grew into a global phenomenon, and in a sense, it feels even longer. The year 2005 now looks like a foreign country, where Labour still ruled Britain, we thought the Bush family was the worst thing that could happen to American politics, and a family-friendly nature doc could become a hot-button topic: lest we forget, Luc Jacquet’s film wasn’t just a popular hit and an Oscar winner, but a beloved cause of conservative politicians, who argued for its cutely anthropomorphised presentation of penguin mating as a celebration of traditional family values. To be clear, the world was insane in 2005 too – just differently so.Continue reading...
Victim suffered cardiac arrest after reportedly attempting to retrieve his phone at screening in Birmingham multiplex
A man whose head became wedged under the electronic footrest of a cinema seat has died.
In a statement from operator Vue International, the cinema said the man died on 16 March, a week after the incident.Continue reading...
The Trainspotting director is working on a script for the 25th Bond film. From nods to #MeToo and Time’s Up to Trainspotting-style sleights of hand, here’s what we might get
If the James Bond film producers Eon really want to shake up 007, they should employ Quentin Tarantino – not Danny Boyle – to take charge of the next film in the franchise. Tarantino has long had designs on Bond, and nobody writes better dialogue for Christoph Waltz – so much so that the latter’s underplayed Ernst Stavro Blofeld in 2015’s Spectre was a pale shadow of the Austrian maestro’s freewheeling, rambunctious turns as SS officer Hans Landa in Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds (2009) and as bounty hunter Dr King Schultz in 2012’s Django Unchained. Imagine Blofeld escaping from jail and going after Her Majesty’s top agent in the forthcoming 25th official Bond flick, this time armed with the dazzling repartee and perfectly poised badinage of a Tarantino script. Now that would be something worth seeing.Continue reading...
Family-friendly bunnies hop to the top in their first week with double the takings of Alicia Vikander’s Lara Croft reboot Tomb Raider
While Black Panther extends its run at the top of the US box office into a rare fifth week, in the UK the Marvel superhero hit succumbs to a well-aimed kick from the family-friendly Peter Rabbit. Very loosely adapted from Beatrix Potter’s children’s tale, this blend of humans (Domhnall Gleeson and Rose Byrne) and digital animals stuns with a £7.27m opening – the second biggest debut of 2018, after Black Panther.Continue reading...
Statement from the board says move is a step towards justice for victims ‘silenced by Harvey Weinstein’
US film and TV studio The Weinstein Company, whose ex-chairman Harvey Weinstein has been accused of sexual harassment and assault, said on Monday it has filed for bankruptcy with an offer from an affiliate of private equity firm Lantern Capital Partners to acquire its assets.
Crucially, the company also said it was releasing all employees from non-disclosure agreements.Continue reading...
The federal court has ruled that a large part of News Corp’s defence lacks detail
The federal court has thrown out large parts of News Corp’s defence in a defamation case brought against it by the actor Geoffrey Rush on the basis it was deficient and lacked detail.
On Tuesday the federal court ruled in favour of Rush’s legal team’s application to have all of News Corp’s truth defence and large portions of its qualified privilege defence struck out.Continue reading...
Actor hits out after Gilliam says anti-sexual violence harassment movement is creating ‘world of victims’
Ellen Barkin has hit out at Terry Gilliam after leading criticism of the director and former Monty Python member’s “mob rule” comments on the #MeToo campaign.
Barkin, who acted in Gilliam’s 1998 movie Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, stated: “My hard won advice: never get into an elevator alone with Terry Gilliam.”Continue reading...
The familiar formula of the high school movie is elevated by warmth, humor and remarkable delicacy surrounding the difficulty of being a gay teenager
It’s easy to forget, given Moonlight’s groundbreaking Oscar haul and the steady stream of acclaimed LGBT indies released since, that queer characters in mainstream films are still barely visible. They make infrequent throwaway appearances in minor roles, providing emotional or comic support while their stories remain secondary, thinly sketched, irrelevant. Attempts to crowbar them into franchise films have been embarrassingly coy and so instead, their narratives have been forced to stay within smaller films, where the risk of offending or alienating an over-catered straight audience wouldn’t be viewed as such a problem.Continue reading...
The rebooted action heroine channels the spirit of Indiana Jones – and creepy daddy issues – in a dull, derivative romp
Dave Allen once said that men know they’re getting older when they watch Sunset Boulevard and realise they find Gloria Swanson quite attractive. Similarly, a certain generation will sense the grim reaper’s presence now that Angelina Jolie is no longer the screen face of Lara Croft, because the mantle has passed to Alicia Vikander.
This Lara is notably more serious and sensitive, and unlike Jolie, or the figure in the 90s video game – or indeed Karen Gillan in the new Jumanji movie – she doesn’t have to wear cute shorts or revealing clothes, which is fair enough. But she does an awful lot of very pathetic and borderline creepy daddy-daughter pining for that all-important man in her life. It’s a fantastically lacklustre appearance from Dominic West as the stately parent from a stately home, the daring anthropologist “Lord Richard Croft” (the son of a duke or earl, perhaps?).Continue reading...
This new version of RC Sherriff’s classic play about the futility and slaughter of the first world war is powerful, passionate and superbly acted
For the 100th anniversary of the first world war’s end, here is an unassumingly excellent new film version of RC Sherriff’s classic 1928 stage play, adapted by Simon Reade and directed by Saul Dibb. It is expertly cast and really well acted: forthright, powerful, heartfelt. The dramatic action is opened out, while always conveying the essential, cramped claustrophobia of this tragic ordeal. Cinematographer Laurie Rose’s coolly observant, dynamic camerawork helps drive the dramatic momentum and the sinuous musical score by Hildur Guðnadóttir and Natalie Holt creates a growing sense of horror and dread.
Asa Butterfield plays the young Second Lieutenant Raleigh, newly arrived at the front in 1918. In all his moon-faced naivety, he asks to join C company in the trenches, because the commanding officer there is Captain Stanhope (Sam Claflin), who was a few years ahead of Raleigh at school and a family friend. The artless innocence of his beamingly casual attitude, so imminently to be ruined, is made even more ironic by the nepotism.Continue reading...
Flashy adaptation of the book is full of pop culture references and striking visuals but a thin plot and shallow characters
With the help of Van Halen’s Jump, Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One launches its video game adventure story at full speed. The year is 2045; the place is Columbus, Ohio. Our hero, Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan), fills in the details while climbing past his grungy homes of his town, “the stacks,” where trailer parks are piled on top of each other sky-high. Things are so miserable in Wade’s world, everyone escapes to play in an immersive virtual reality game known as the Oasis. Its Steve Jobs-like founder, James Halliday (Mark Rylance) is worshipped like a god until his death some years before. However, before he left the mortal world, the benevolent creator left behind a series of games that would reward the winner with the Willie Wonka-like prize of the keys to his virtual kingdom.Continue reading...
Kay Cannon’s film parodies helicopter parents to often hilarious results – but the film tries too hard to make its point
At some point in the last generation, parents who “just don’t understand” morphed into parents who need to be their kid’s best friend. In Kay Cannon’s Blockers, such helicopter parenting gets a hilarious send-up.
Despite an element of gross bodily fluid-laden gags, Blockers manages to be heartfelt and endearing – even if the film’s message is sometimes heavy handed.Continue reading...
Impressive stunts and occasional flashes of wit can’t save this strained comedy drama starring Theron, David Oyelowo and Thandie Newton
Stuntman-turned-director Nash Edgerton takes the helm of this international crime caper, a film yearning and striving to be loved – there are some good lines and a couple of very impressive stunts.
The director’s brother Joel plays Richard Rusk, a crooked and obnoxious pharma exec running a secret Mexican cannabis-pill factory from his US base by arrangement with the terrifying local cartels. Charlize Theron produces the film and has a worryingly humourless role as Rusk’s super-sexy and ruthless lover Elaine, while David Oyelowo does his considerable best with the role of Harold, the likably innocent and trusting Nigerian guy in the office whom our dastardly duo intend to make the patsy for their illegalities. Thandie Newton is wasted in the uninterestingly and ungallantly written role of Bonnie, Harold’s wife. A couple of twentysomethings get mixed up in all this – played by Harry Treadaway and Amanda Seyfried – and their subplot goes pretty much nowhere in particular.Continue reading...
A follow-up to the nastily effective 2008 hit about a family of masked killers is competently made but devoid of tension
Loosely inspired by the Manson Family murders, 2008’s low-budget home invasion horror The Strangers took a familiar set-up and turned it into something grimly effective and horribly memorable. It was a no-nonsense 85-minute shock to the system about a couple, played by Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman, who find themselves tormented by three masked killers. The scariest thing about the film wasn’t the delicate buildup or the third-act gore but a simple, chilling exchange that was widely used in its marketing campaign. During the climax, while tied up, Tyler’s character asks her aggressors why they’re torturing them. Then follows an emotionless reply: “Because you were home.”Continue reading...
An unconvincing crime tale from the streaming giant sees the Oscar winner in murky territory taking a shallow, tourist-friendly view of Japan
Blood is thicker than water, and as pulp fiction would have it, that viscosity is never denser than in the bustling underground of organized crime. They don’t call it a capital-F Family for nothing; trust is the only currency with any worth among gang types, and the type of alpha-male mentality lending itself to mob life favors members of its own pack. In Goodfellas, Henry Hill’s half-Irish lineage prevents him from ever graduating to a full-fledged “made man” in the mafia to which he pledges himself, no matter how hard he tries. (Not that pure Italian blood can save Tommy DeVito from the doom awaiting him.)Continue reading...
Selma director stumbles with a messy adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s much-loved adventure starring Oprah Winfrey
Quantum physics crumples in Ava DuVernay’s rainbow bright adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time, allowing preteen science geek Meg (Storm Reid), her crush (Calvin) and her five-year-old genius brother Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe) to blerp from earth to the screensaver fantasy-lands at the end of the galaxy in search of her missing father (Chris Pine). Everything else is shiny and smooth, including the ancient faces of the three witch-angels who guide the kiddies’ adventure. Mrs Whatsit, the youngest of the trio at two-billion-years-plus, has gotten made-over since L’Engle catalogued her thin gray bun and “mouth puckered like an autumn apple”. Now she looks like Reese Witherspoon – wait, she is Reese Witherspoon – though it can he hard to tell under her hip-length red locks and pleated ballgown fashioned from pilfered sheets.Continue reading...
Mirren and Donald Sutherland head off along Route 1 for a well-constructed, but not especially original, study of a long-married couple in their golden years
It’s an average morning in the town of Wellesley, Massachusetts, when a middle-aged man flips up the garage door outside his parents’ quiet home. What he sees there freezes his blood and has him fumbling for his phone. The garage is empty; the camper-van has vanished. “Mom and Dad are gone!” he wails. “And you won’t believe this – so is the Leisure Seeker!”
The starting pistol fired, Paolo Virzi’s film springs out of the gate with all the urgency of a well-fed housecat. Ella and John Spencer are ambling out of New England in their 1975 Winnebago, pointed south on Route 1 on a mission to visit Hemingway’s house in Key West. They’re cruising through red-state USA at the peak of the presidential election campaign with the sounds of yesteryear (Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin) playing on the tape-deck. But they are in no particular hurry to reach the end of the road, rarely nudging the camper-van above 50. They’re enjoying the ride and we, by and large, are enjoying it too.Continue reading...
Eli Roth’s bloodthirsty take on Michael Winner’s 1974 thriller is a banal misfire that goes too far too soon and has arrived at a particularly inopportune time in the US
Death Wish is a fantasy about a 62-year-old bald man who can flip up his hoodie and suddenly become cool. By day, Paul Kersey (a somnambulant Bruce Willis) is a respected trauma surgeon. At night, the grieving widower is a vigilante dubbed the Grim Reaper. In a showy diptych, we see the two weapons of his trade: scalpels on top, bullets on bottom, a contradiction that ultimately means nothing to the script. The film, too, is simply focused on the power of tools. The zip-up sweatshirt lets Paul strut into the hippest Chicago clubs without anyone offering him a Metamucil. And his gun gives him confidence. Director Eli Roth spares us a hottie giving Paul a come-hither pucker. Instead, when a young woman spots Paul executing a car thief, she pegs the killer as in his mid-to-late-30s. Sweet, bro.Continue reading...
Experiment 20 dramatises the stories of three women who took part in the psychologist Stanley Milgram’s ‘Obedience to Authority’ experiments in 1962, and insisted on being heard. More than 800 people were recruited for what they were told was a study about learning and memory. The scenario they took part in urged them to inflict electric shocks on another person. This film by Kathryn Millard is the last in Guardian Australia’s Present Traces series, presented by Macquarie University and linked by archive material
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Frances McDormand uses her best actress speech for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri to ask all the female nominees in the audience to stand up together. She tells the audience: 'Meryl, if you do it everybody else will … OK look around everybody ... because we all have stories to tell and projects we need to finance.' She then urges industry figures to speak to them in the next few days to make the projects happen. Her speech ended with: 'I have two words to leave with you tonight, ladies and gentlemen: inclusion rider.'Continue reading...
The imagination of suburban Sydney in the late 1950s was seized by a series of horrifying and sometimes savagely violent night-time attacks, the work of a mysterious figure the tabloids dubbed 'the Kingsgrove Slasher'.
Slasher Patrol – part of our Present Traces series of films from Macquarie University based on archive material – tells the inside story of the
long investigation and eventual arrest of the Slasher, and of the crack team of cops
led by the film-maker’s uncle, Detective Sergeant Brian Doyle
John Connors won best actor at the Irish Film and Television Awards recently for his role in Cardboard Gangsters. His speech addressed a number of issues including discrimination against Travellers, suicide and how creativity saved his life and has been watched over 1 million times on Facebook alone. He speaks with Guardian journalist Iman Amrani about class, his journey into acting and what he plans to do next.
Warning: contains strong language
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Begley to share recommendations as a nationally acclaimed reviewer at UB's Necessary Voices lecture series about the arts and ideas
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The inaugural screenwriting competition will bring three grand prize winners to Los Angeles to attend a private writing workshop, mingle with Industry Insiders, and see their work read on stage at an...
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Award winning singer, dancer, and actress Rita Moreno will take the stage at the Weinberg Center for the Arts on Friday, April 6 at 7:30pm as part of the 2018 Frederick Speaker Series. Moreno belongs...
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Our Daily Bread Films is proud to announce the upcoming release of their groundbreaking video series, In Pursuit of Peter – filmed entirely on location in Israel, Turkey and Rome. Part documentary,...
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“It’s On Us” is the latest release from Blue Records artist, NativeOrigin303.
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DEAR DICTATOR is the story of a ruthless dictator who flees political turmoil from his country and seeks refuge with a rebellious teenage girl in suburban America.
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Treefort Music Fest has something for everyone to discover. Spend five days experiencing 400+ bands, local food, craft beer, yoga, emerging tech, comedy, stories and more in downtown Boise, Idaho.
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Mobius harnesses award-winning planar magnetic technology combined with leading-edge head-tracking, room emulation, and sound localization technologies to unlock the full potential of gaming audio.
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NEXCOM will be exhibiting at NAB Show at Las Vegas Convention Center, April 9-12, 2018.
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The official North American release on Digital and DVD Film on March 13, 2018
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