Eighth Grade review – the exquisite agony of growing up. From Quentin Tarantino to Hilary Duff: why Hollywood’s ‘Tatesploitation’ rush is wrong. Sharon Tate suffered a terrible fate, but it keeps getting worse.
Hers is the most horrific death imaginable, repeatedly stabbed by Charles Manson’s followers in her Los Angeles home, aged 26, and eight-and-a-half months pregnant with Roman Polanski’s baby. Now, as we approach the 50th anniversary of her death this August, it is being restaged again and again. The highest-profile example is Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, due for release this summer, with Margot Robbie as Tate, and the Manson murders the focal point for a sprawling Tinseltown survey. Review: Jennifer Lawrence and Joel Edgerton Fizzle in ‘Red Sparrow’ Jennifer Lawrence in Red Sparrow.
Murray Close/Twentieth Century Fox Unbearable violence so graphic you endure most of it with your hands covering your eyes, over-written script and hysterical direction so over-the-top it’s incomprehensible, and Jennifer Lawrence wallowing in full-frontal nude scenes—the trashy, convoluted Red Sparrow has plenty of everything it doesn’t need and very little of what it does. It’s an espionage cartoon sideshow that is inarguably nasty and pointless, with occasionally entertaining moments.
Color it preposterous. The encyclopedic plot, culled from one of three novels by former C.I.A. operative Jason Matthews, is so demented that trying to figure it out is hardly worth the strain on the brain to bother. Why 'Get Out' Is the Best Movie Ever Made About American Slavery. Watch this Great Explanation of Blade Runner 2049's Themes and Ending. Why Buckaroo Banzai is Today's Most Important Superhero. ‘Summer Solstice’ Review: Michal Rogalski’s Powerful – Variety.
A nuanced and compelling historical drama/coming-of-ager, “Summer Solstice” provides a searing portrait of the summer of 1943 in provincial Poland under German occupation.
The story unfolds through the eyes of two 17-year-old boys, the Polish railway worker Romek (Filip Piotrowicz) and the German military policeman Guido (Jonas Nay), who both experience a shocking loss of innocence. Bowing at the Montreal World Film Festival (where it nabbed the screenplay award) before its upcoming stops at Poland’s Gdynia and Germany’s Hof fests, this impressive sophomore effort from writer-director Michal Rogalski should be a hot title for sales agent Wide Management. Simple country boy Romek tries to help his mother (Agnieszka Krukowna) eke out a living during this time of uncertainty and anxiety. His father, who was an engine driver for the railway, has been missing for several years.
Cate Blanchett: artists are being silenced. Here’s Cate Blanchett as you’ve never seen her before: as a bearded old man pulling a shopping cart through a post-industrial wasteland.
The Florida Project review – a wondrous child's-eye view of life on the margins. The Florida Project is a song of innocence and of experience: mainly the former.
It is a glorious film in which warmth and compassion win out over miserabilism or irony, painted in bright blocks of sunlit colour like a child’s storybook and often happening in those electrically charged magic-hour urban sunsets that the director Sean Baker also gave us in his zero-budget breakthrough Tangerine. This also has the best child acting I have seen for years; in its humour and its unforced and almost miraculous naturalism it reminded me of British examples like Ken Loach’s Kes or Bryan Forbes’s Whistle Down the Wind. Steven Spielberg once said: “If you over-rehearse kids, you risk a bad case of the cutes.”
But these kids don’t look cute or over-rehearsed or rehearsed at all; they look as if everything they do and every word that comes out of their mouths is unscripted and real. Marjorie Prime review – Jon Hamm is a haunting presence in potent sci-fi parable. Marjorie Prime is an affecting and audacious chamber piece: a futurist meditation on memory, mortality and the self.
There is a certain sci-fi strangeness that doesn’t preclude an audience being moved, and the continuous thread of Mica Levi’s orchestral score maintains a heightened sense of awareness and even exaltation. Michael Almereyda directs his own adaptation of a play by Jordan Harrison, and 87-year-old Lois Smith gives a tremendous performance in the lead, having originally played the part in the theatre. You can only imagine the tumultuous curtain call Smith must have received every night, and my slight reservation is that the authentic physical presence of actors on stage might have made this drama’s themes even more effective.
Smith is Marjorie, an old woman in the middle stages of dementia; she was once a celebrated violinist before arthritis compelled her to abandon her vocation. What is the scariest movie ever? The Killing of a Sacred Deer, reviewed. Under fire: how cinema's new breed of cowboys are taking aim at the old west. Always changing, the western never changes.
Whatever era it is, the essence remains. If I told you about a pivotal scene in which a gunslinger turns to the camera and stares, hard-eyed, at the audience, I might be describing The Great Train Robbery, made in 1903, a silent cinema milestone whose star, Justus D Barnes, was a middle-aged stage actor. Or I could mean My Pure Land, a new film about three women in rural Pakistan defending their home from bandits.
Its star is Suhaee Abro, a classically trained dancer in her first major role. Thousands of miles and more than a century apart, she and Barnes share a western moment. Westerns in 2017 are politically open-minded, geographically flexible – cinematic Lego to be assembled as you like. The Snowman review – Michael Fassbender plays it cool in watchable Jo Nesbø thriller. Of course it is a letdown to discover that Michael Fassbender is not actually playing the lead in Raymond Briggs’s The Snowman and that he is not, in the words of the song, walking in the air, wearing a white costume and carrot nose, his feet softly pedalling in the magically Christmassy night sky, and his calloused hand in that of a child.
In fact, the film he’s in ironically sports with precisely these images of childhood innocence. Fassbender is playing a serial-killer-catching cop in a chilly Scandi procedural, on the trail of a murderer calling himself the Snowman. The officer himself has the borderline ridiculous name of Harry Hole. He is grizzled, alcoholic, rulebook-shredding. Blade Runner 2049: does it live up to the critical hype? Discuss with spoilers. There will be better-reviewed films than Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049 in 2017, but most of them will be little-seen art-house confections rather than bona fide blockbusters.
This belated sequel to Blade Runner, released 35 years after the first movie hit cinemas, boasts a barely believable rating of 95% “fresh” on the reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. In a five-star review, Guardian film critic Peter Bradshaw described it as a “gigantic spectacle of pure hallucinatory craziness”, and there is already talk of its awards-season potential. Did Blade Runner 2049 offer satisfying answers to all of the first movie’s nagging questions, and is there potential for more films in the series?
How much did we truly learn about this future world where man and replicant walk the streets hand in hand? Watch How the Key Elements of Noir Manifest in the Original Blade Runner. An Analysis of A Clockwork Orange's Glamorous Psychopath, Alex DeLarge. The Most F**ked Up Sci-Fi Movie of the Year. While it was clear during the 1970s and 1980s that genre cinema was thriving, it wasn’t wholly obvious that the era’s horror and science-fiction efforts would, thirty-plus years later, prove such fertile inspirational ground for ensuing generations.
Nonetheless, as evidenced by the blockbuster success of IT, the hype-building for October’s second season of Netflix’s Stranger Things, and the announcements that Jamie Lee Curtis will reprise her role as Laurie Haddonfield in a new Halloween reboot, and that Linda Hamilton will be returning to the Terminator franchise, those decades continue to loom large over our current pop-culture landscape. And their spirit has perhaps never been channeled in such a uniquely off-kilter way as it by Before We Vanish, a Japanese alien invasion saga (making its stateside debut this Friday at Fantastic Fest, followed by its Saturday, September 30 showing at the New York Film Festival) that’s as interested in humanity as its not-of-this-world visitors.
20 Facts About Your Favorite Coen Brothers Movies. Join me. Perhaps you will learn some things you didn't know about the wonderfully spooky Unsolved Mysteries, a show that aired is finale 15 years ago, but still creeps people out to this day. The three specials, called Missing… Have You Seen This Person? , were hosted by David Birney and his wife Meredith Baxter and aired on NBC in April 1986. Psmag. Tomb Raider: is the Alicia Vikander reboot just Gap Yah: The Movie? Remember White Saviour Barbie? It was big on Instagram last year. White Saviour Barbie only had one joke, but it was a doozy: it followed the adventures of a wide-eyed Barbie doll as she travelled through the developing world on a gap year in the naive assumption that she was somehow helping. “What better way to bless the villagers than a fresh coat of paint?!” She asked in one post. 'mother!': What's the Meaning of Jennifer Lawrence's Film? - The Atlantic. This story contains spoilers throughout for the plot of mother!
Since it was announced, the prime selling point of Darren Aronofsky’s new film mother! Has been two-fold: that it stars one of the most famous actresses working today, Jennifer Lawrence, and that the particulars of its plot are an utter mystery. Well, after months of secrecy, the movie hit theaters in wide release last weekend, and audiences are finally getting the chance to puzzle over this bizarre, chaotic work of horror. Aronofsky’s tale is blunt, fantastical, and obviously laden with symbolism, but for me, the biggest delight about mother!
Is how many people have shared with me their different takes on the film’s message. What the F? How Mother! joined the 'bad movie' club. At the very beginning of last week’s Toronto film festival, all I wanted to talk about with anyone was the movie I had just seen: Darren Aronofsky’s crazily brilliant and audacious horror-thriller Mother! , all about the couple, played by Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem, to whom bad stuff happens at an exponential rate. My friend Col Needham, founder and chief executive of the Internet Movie Database, smiled and told me: “Do you know, I think it’s a Schrödinger’s movie. Inside the box, there’s a film that is very good and very bad at the same time.” Perhaps in that spirit, the Toronto Globe and Mail noncommittally settled on two different star ratings for Mother! Mother! Review - Jennifer Lawrence's New Movie Is Endless.
***WARNING: This review contains spoilers for mother! Mother! Flops on Opening Night, Maybe Because It's Too Smart for You, Maybe Because It's Bad. Mother! review – no gob left unsmacked in Jennifer Lawrence's anxiety dream of horror and dismay. Let Me Go review – Juliet Stevenson excels at showing shame of a Nazi past. Toronto 2017: Louis C.K.'s Secret Movie 'I Love You Daddy' is a Minefield - Rolling Stone. "We were working to get it right for you guys," Louis C.K. says, addressing the crowd at the sold-out Saturday afternoon premiere of I Love You Daddy, the "secret" movie the stand-up/showrunner/filmmaker slipped into the Toronto International Film Festival's lineup without build-up or warning. By "you guys," he didn't mean the public at large, or even the overall populace of this fine Canadian metropolis, though he did give the city a shout-out ("I come here, and I tour, and I'm not just saying that to make you like the movie, but I like playing here.
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A young woman named Lucy (Brittany Snow), on her way to visit her grandmother, finds herself caught up in a new civil war. The Top 40 Sci-Fi Movies of the 21st Century. The Author's Files: Alien: Covenant – A Litany of Reasons Why It Is Just the Worst. Alien: Covenant is the most disappointing thing since my father’s son. In an ideal universe, I would be able to go to sleep and wake up in a world where Ridley Scott had discretion and gentility enough not to go ahead with its script, a rare breed of prequel/sequel that by its very existence manages to lessen the merits of its titanic forebears.
As with Prometheus, its title refers to thinly concealed religious themes, and while Covenant certainly sustains that film’s concern with creation and epistemology, there’s not a single covenant made or broken in the movie aside from the one between Scott and all his viewers who thought his films bore some seal of quality. Marjorie Prime review – melancholy sci-fi offers poignant tale of love after life. While multiplex-dwelling sci-fi has spent a lot of time, and a lot of money, pondering how many buildings, robots and Tom Cruises can be smashed into one another, craftier film-makers have found room to explore the more humanist details of what the future might hold.
In The Lobster, Yorgos Lanthimos crafted a savage parable borne from the societal pressures placed upon single people to match up; in Her, Spike Jonze imagined a future where artificial intelligence could act as a stand-in for a flesh-and-blood partner; and on the small screen, Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror episodes San Junipero and Be Right Back have offered heart-swelling and heartbreaking views of future romance.
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