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 latest film from the director of Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker follows the 1967 police killing of black teenagers amid a racially charged riot. It could be 2017’s most urgent movie
Kathryn Bigelow sits very straight and considers events last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia. “It was an atrocity,” she says. “I don’t know where we go from here.” Does the crisis of American racism scare her? She repeats the question back as if peering at it under glass. “Does it scare me? Does it scare me?”
We are in London, a long way from Charlottesville, and a piano tinkles nearby. Bigelow, who is wearing a black top and jeans, is almost 6ft tall, gracefully angular, still the only woman to win an Oscar as best director, for her Iraq war masterpiece The Hurt Locker. The movies she makes – spotted with raw, precision violence – might suggest a certain kind of personality. In fact, I’m not the first person meeting her to be reminded of a benign professor.Continue reading...
Six characters go about their faintly ominous business before a mass shooting in Tim Sutton’s artful study of ennui and a dislocated society
Less deft in the title department, Tim Sutton’s enigmatic third feature, after Pavilion and Memphis, takes an equally oblique quasi-art-film approach to the mass shooting as Gus van Sant’s Elephant. Instead of directly dramatising the Aurora massacre at a Batman screening in 2012, on which the film is loosely based, Sutton observes six characters as they go about faintly ominous daily business leading up to the incident: a decompressing Iraq vet at a support group, a smoothie-pounding selfie queen, a disaffected artist in a Freddy Krueger sweater being quizzed by an unseen interviewer.
With fey indie laments wafting through these dispassionate vignettes, it feels like Austrian miserablist Ulrich Seidl has gone on American vacation. Occasionally too emblematic as individuals, the characters collectively mesh into a portrait of a dislocated society elevated by Sutton’s talent for disorienting imagery. Ennui and rage ionise the environment as much as the sentinel-like pylons he can’t keep his eyes off.
A standalone adventure focused on the character played by Alec Guinness and Ewan McGregor is in the works, with Stephen Daldry in talks to direct
A standalone Obi-Wan Kenobi film is set to join the ever-expanding Star Wars universe.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the project is at a very early stage but has already attracted the Oscar-nominated film-maker Stephen Daldry, who is in negotiations to direct. If he joins the film, he will develop from script level with Lucasfilm.Continue reading...
This sly and subversive allegorical body horror from the Mexican director of Heli is about the universal drives and addictions that power us all through life
Mexican film-maker Amat Escalante’s work has included the challengingly violent crime drama Heli (2013). Now he has created a bizarre realist-fantasy parable in which queasy eroticism and body horror are absorbed into life’s many pains and injustices. It is set in Guanajuato in central Mexico, which Escalante’s movie endows with a forbidding remoteness. The original title is La Región Salvaje, or the savage region. A perplexing opening sequence, showing what appears to be a vast asteroid heading for Earth, lays the foundation for the film’s strange premise. The asteroid has brought with it a new life form which its elderly discoverers – retired people who live in a modest woodland shack – find it necessary to keep secret, rather like Mr and Mrs Kent when the baby Superman arrived.
This movie has the spirit of Buñuel in many ways, also Guillermo del Toro, and maybe even Ridley Scott’s Alien. But I found myself thinking of Richard Linklater’s Before Midnight, in which Céline, played by Julie Delpy, wonders what would happen if scientists invented some kind of metal probe that would give lab rats pure sexual pleasure: she imagines the wretched beasts abandoning everything, including food and water, to rub themselves against this probe all day while their little faces become increasingly addled. The Untamed is about what would happen if there was some of kind of organism, kept in captivity, that could deliver exactly this kind of pleasure; an organism in touch with a fiercer, purer, deeper and more primitive sexual pleasure of which our evolved species has up until now only ever had an unsatisfactory and partial glimpse.Continue reading...
Forget Hollywood blockbusters – it’s factual films such as Al Gore’s climate-change exposé An Inconvenient Sequel that are providing the cinema thrills now
No wonder political documentaries are on the rise – the truth is more gripping than fiction.
In 2005, screenwriting guru Blake Snyder published what would become his magnum opus. Save the Cat! is a screenwriting manual that lays out, plainly and beat by beat, how almost every blockbuster is put together. In 2013, Slate’s Peter Suderman blamed Save the Cat! for, essentially, ruining Hollywood. “Intentionally or not, it’s become a formula – a formula that threatens the world of original screenwriting as we know it,” he wrote, suggesting the book was why almost every blockbuster had started to feel predictable and familiar. It may not be unrelated that Hollywood is suffering its worst summer in 25 years.Continue reading...
Director Christopher McQuarrie says the action star broke ankle during the filming of a stunt which required jumping between buildings and hitting a wall
The studio behind Mission Impossible 6 has confirmed that production of the film has been put on hiatus while Tom Cruise recovers from a broken ankle suffered during filming.Continue reading...
There are some fun satirical observations in this animation about a somnolent schoolgirl’s imaginary world, but it winds up feeling mechanical
A fake-out opening establishes the twinned realms through which Kenji Kamiyama’s midlist anime meanders: patriarchal kingdom Heartland is revealed as the recurring dreamscape of somnolent schoolgirl Kokone, who is trapped at home with a grief-stricken mechanic father in a town some distance from Tokyo.
Toggling between the two realms, Kamiyama demonstrates a pleasing, Kore-eda-like eye for suburban specifics, but the charm diminishes upon the segue into corporate conspiracy involving missing tablets and giant robots. There are some fun satiric footnotes early on – Heartland’s compulsory auto industry employment leaves it gridlocked for days – but it starts feeling fairly mechanised itself, every clank of those boysy Transformer knock-offs further drowning out its wistful
Craig’s sensitive and sometimes scary take on 007 morphed the franchise into a sleek supercar. No wonder its producers were so set on him staying
For decades the James Bond series has been the Rolls Royce of British cinema: deluxe film-making that maintains a reputation for excellence, while simultaneously acting as a classy-but-discreet national-esteem enhancer. From its early-60s inception it has been a solid box-office presence and a middlebrow tastemaker – but no one could ever accuse the Bond films of reinventing the wheel. That changed dramatically with the release of Skyfall – aka Bond 23 – which became the highest-grossing film in the UK (until the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and the second biggest British film ever worldwide (behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2). With its giant box office take, Bond morphed from a Rolls into a supercar: a Ferrari, or a Lamborghini.Continue reading...
This medium-octane buddy movie has the distinction of featuring a certain West Midlands city centre, but is too slow to turn into the romp promised
This fumbled buddy movie throwback touts some only-here-for-the-money stars as compensation for leaden pacing and a futzing, bum-obsessed script. Any remaining life in its tired set-up – security operative Ryan Reynolds drags assassin Samuel L Jackson to The Hague to testify against a Belarusian war criminal (Gary Oldman, inevitably) – is soon stifled by pointless flashbacks and detours, and a suicidally phlegmy palette.
It earns the distinction of being the first shoot-’em-up to reroute its leads via Coventry city centre, but that’s the problem: only belatedly, with its medium-octane chases around Amsterdam, does this dopey endeavour become the freewheeling romp the trailers promised. For an action-comedy, its timing is lousy.Continue reading...
The Oscar-winning star of La La Land was placed ahead of Jennifer Aniston and Jennifer Lawrence on Forbes’ annual list of Hollywood’s top earners
Emma Stone has been named Hollywood’s best-paid female actor in Forbes’ annual list of top earners.
The 28-year-old made $26m in the last 12 months, the majority of which was earned from her Oscar-winning performance in the musical romance La La Land. The film made over $445m worldwide.Continue reading...
New challenges – and a science-dismissing US President – make Gore’s sequel to his 2006 film feel both cinematic and compelling
Eleven record-breaking summers on from An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore doubles down. Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk’s galvanising documentary accompanies the former US vice-president throughout 2015 and 2016, by which point he had pivoted from touring pro-bono slideshows to addressing the Climate Reality Leadership Corps programme initiated by the first movie’s success.Continue reading...
Whether driven by PR tactics or a need for some creative downtime, an increasing number of film-makers are playing retirement hokey-cokey
If anyone’s earned the right to do whatever he likes in retirement, it’s Hayao Miyazaki. This includes un-retiring, as the venerable 76-year-old animation master has now done four years after his swansong film. After rumours earlier in the year, Studio Ghibli recently confirmed it had reopened to begin making a 12th Miyazaki feature. He is thought to be expanding Boro the Caterpillar, a 12-minute short he had been making for the Ghibli Museum, which he was unsatisfied with.Continue reading...
The contemplative indie Marjorie Prime is the latest in a long line of sci-fi films and TV shows that explore how we might date and love in the future
In the opening scene of Marjorie Prime, we first meet Marjorie, an 85-year-old struggling with memory loss, as she listens to Walter Prime, a computerized hologram version of her husband, describe the second dog that she and her real husband adopted.
“Toni II, but that was soon shortened to just Toni,” Walter Prime explains, as if he were actually there. “And of course it wasn’t exactly Toni, but the longer they had her the less it mattered which Toni it was that ran along the beach and which Toni it was that dug up all the bulbs in the garden. The more time that passed, the more she became the same dog in their memories.”Continue reading...
This handsome, very conventional film tells the story of one of the last great adventurer-superstars – but it’s hard not to pine for The Life Aquatic
Ignore the title. This conventional, unadventurous biopic ploddingly tells the story of the French ocean explorer and film-maker Jacques Cousteau – though the underwater sequences are stunning.Continue reading...
Actor tells Stephen Colbert on The Late Show he ‘couldn’t be happier’ to resume 007 role despite previous comments
He once said he would rather take his own life than reprise his role as 007. But Daniel Craig may now be regretting his words, as he has confirmed he will, for one final time, play James Bond.
Speaking on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on US TV on Tuesday night, the actor finally put an end to the long-running saga of will he/won’t he play the character for a fifth time.Continue reading...
Singer whose chance of fame was killed off by the Mob and his famous rival is subject of biopic produced by Merchant Ivory
He was an American shoeshine boy with a romantic singing voice that made even mobsters weep.
Jimmy Roselli was known as “the other Sinatra”, but the Mob and Frank Sinatra, his lifelong rival crooner, killed off his chances of finding the fame that he deserved. Now, six years after his death, this unheralded singer is about to receive due recognition with a film in which he will be portrayed by John Travolta.Continue reading...
A woman, identified only as Robin, has said she was ‘sexually victimized’ by the film director in 1973, when she was 16 years old
A third woman came forward Tuesday to accuse Roman Polanski of sexual assault when she was a minor, 40 years after he went on the run for raping another girl.
The woman, identified only as Robin, told a news conference in Los Angeles she was “sexually victimized” by the legendary French-Polish film director when she was 16, in 1973.Continue reading...
Christopher Nolan’s war drama is still going strong in its fourth week, while the sequel to the animated comedy barely cracks the top 10
Despite dropping another 43% from the previous weekend, Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk holds on to the top spot in the UK for a fourth week in a row – a feat that eluded monster hits of the last year, including Beauty and the Beast and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The last film to pull it off was Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in November and December 2016.Continue reading...
Vancouver police are investigating the death of a female stunt driver during production of the Ryan Reynolds-starring comedy sequel
Stunt driver Joi “SJ” Harris has died on the set of Deadpool 2 after a scene involving a motorcycle went wrong.
The accident happened on Monday morning. The victim is the first African American female professional road racer.Continue reading...
Actor filmed mistiming leap between two buildings and crashing into wall, but it is not known how serious his injuries are
Tom Cruise has been filmed in apparent pain after a stunt for his new film Mission: Impossible 6 went awry.
Cruise was performing a scene for the latest instalment of the long-running franchise in London. It involved him jumping between two buildings with the assistance of a safety harness. Footage recorded by TMZ shows him mistiming his leap and crashing into the side of the second building. The actor was able to pull himself up onto the roof of the building but was then seen limping heavily before collapsing next to members of the film’s crew. It is not yet known what the extent of Cruise’s injuries are or whether he received hospital treatment.Continue reading...
He directed Merchant-Ivory classics such as The Remains of the Day, Howards End and A Room with a View, but American director James Ivory is struggling to interest investors in his latest project. The problem, it seems, lies with his writer: William Shakespeare. For more than five years, Ivory has tried in vain to raise money for a cinema adaptation of Richard II.
Despite 50 years of critical acclaim and Oscar recognition, plus British actors Tom Hiddleston and Damian Lewis lined up to star in his production, financiers are refusing to part with their money. “They look at you like you’re crazy,” he said. “There is an assumption that there is no money to be made from such an investment.”Continue reading...
The Sherlock Holmes director has conjured up an entertaining rollercoaster that crashes through Arthurian legend, with only the occasional stall
Guy Ritchie’s cheerfully ridiculous Arthur is a gonzo monarch, a death-metal warrior-king. Ritchie’s film is at all times over the top, crashing around its digital landscapes in all manner of beserkness, sometimes whooshing along, sometimes stuck in the odd narrative doldrum. But it is often surprisingly entertaining, and whatever clunkers he has delivered in the past, Ritchie again shows that a film-maker of his craft and energy commands attention, and part of his confidence in reviving King Arthur resides here in being so unselfconscious and unconcerned about the student canon that has gone before: Malory, Tennyson, Bresson, Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle etc. Instead, Ritchie launches into an all-purpose tale of medieval brigands and scofflaws. It’s more of a laugh than Antoine Fuqua’s solemn take in 2004.Continue reading...
Simon Pegg plays a teacher endowed with godlike powers and Robin Williams, in his final film role, supplies the voice of a dog. But it’s far from funny
The second word of the title should be “appalling”. It sure isn’t the best way to mark the first anniversary of Robin Williams’s death: this was his very last screen credit, as the voice of an unfunny dog.
There’s a blue-chip cast here, and it’s directed by Terry Jones; the Pythons have cameos, as creepy alien creatures. But this low-budget Brit film is just depressing, a sub-Douglas Adams sci-fi comedy which looks like mediocre kids’ TV with a dismal script and cheap’n’cheerless production values.Continue reading...
Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne
The words of Futurists, Dadaists and Communists are stolen from the page and given new life by Blanchett playing a teacher, homeless man, mourner and mother in the Berlin-based artist’s latest multi-screen installation
There’s a clinking of champagne glasses, and Cate Blanchett moves to address an affluent crowd. Reading from cue cards in her hand, she praises the great art vortex and describes the poor as detestable animals. “The past and future are the prostitutes nature has provided,” she adds. The crowd chuckles politely.
The scene plays out on one of 13 screens dangling from the ceiling at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) in Melbourne for the world premiere of Julian Rosefeldt’s multi-channel video work Manifesto.Continue reading...
Gillies MacKinnon’s remake of the classic postwar Ealing comedy is light on laughs and feels out of place in 2016
The Edinburgh film festival kicked off with Tommy’s Honour, a gently old-fashioned yarn about a 19th-century Scottish golf champion that may have induced mild stirrings of patriotism. Now the festival is aiming to repeat the trick with a remake of Alexander Mackendrick’s fondly remembered 1949 Ealing comedy Whisky Galore!, an adaptation of Compton Mackenzie’s novel that itself drew on real events.
Like the original, it sets out to be a celebration of canny Scots outwitting humourless (and partly English) officialdom: a ship runs aground on a fictional Hebridean island during the second world war and the locals do their best to liberate some of the thousands of whisky bottles in its cargo. Cue cat-and-mouse shenanigans as the home guard try to reinforce wartime discipline and prevent imbibement above and beyond the quota level. Two weddings are simultaneously planned, involving the daughters of the leading whisky filcher.Continue reading...
Film Screenings of 80 Documentary Films to be Presented October 4 to 8, 2017
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