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One of the more interesting looking films going into the year was "Child 44," a film adaptation of the acclaimed 2008 novel. Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman and Noomi Rapace starred in the film about a soldier in 1950s Soviet Union who tracks a serial child killer, at the same time facing a communist bureaucracy that would not acknowledge such a ghoul could exist in its midst.
Unfortunately it may leave 2015 with a less ignominious title - as one of the year's biggest bombs. The Daniel Espinosa-directed film opened on 510 screens on April 17th and raked in a woeful $622,000. Things did not improve in the second week, the film dropping 67% on the same number of screens.
Now Deadline reports that the film's release has been shrunk to just 24 screens, and its $3.3 million worldwide total so far is disastrous for a film that cost over $50 million. Reviews haven't been a saving grace »
- Garth Franklin
Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter at the Academy Awards Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter on the Oscars' Red Carpet Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter sported matching hairdos upon their arrival at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Tim Burton's global blockbuster Alice in Wonderland, in which Helena Bonham Carter is one of the featured players (as the Red Queen), won Oscars for Best Costume Design and Best Art Direction. Bonham Carter was a Best Supporting Actress nominee for Tom Hooper's The King's Speech (as another queen, Elizabeth). Helena Bonham Carter: Career boosted by Oscar nomination Helena Bonham Carter's film career began in earnest in James Ivory's 1986 Best Picture Oscar nominee A Room with a View, in which she romanced Julian Sands. She kept on working without creating too much of a stir – e.g., Lady Jane, »
- D. Zhea
Avengers sequel outguns rivals.
Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron lead this week’s social media buzz chart ahead of its release this weekend, according to Way To Blue.
The superhero sequel generated nearly 33,700 comments across social media, news, forums and blogs in the UK from April 16-22. One in four of those comments expressed intent to view, meaning they would look to convert tweets into tickets.
Ranked second this week was online chatroom horror Unfriended, set for release on May 1, which drew nearly 2,700 comments (38% ItV).
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
This article contains major spoilers for Avengers: Age Of Ultron
If Avengers: Age of Ultron is anything, it's dense. It has to spin out of films, spin films out of itself, and tell its own story with a cast of seven heroes and three villains. There's a lot going on, and not everyone will have caught all of it. If you've seen Avengers: Age of Ultron and find yourself confused about any part of it, we've tried to answer the questions you might have about it. Be careful if you haven't seen the film, though – spoilers obviously abound!
1. What's Wakanda?
Visited by Ultron and later the Avengers, Wakanda is a fictional African state which is also the home (and kingdom of) of the Black Panther. Located in northeast Africa, it »
Overly complicated yet somehow anticlimactic, and constructed more with pat Hollywood pomp rather than the authentic grit it demands. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
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Tom Hardy, Soviet hero of World War II, solves murders in 1950s Russia. Well, actually, there could be no murders under Communism, or so everyone tells one another in Child 44, because that’s a crime of decadent Western capitalism. Nevertheless, there are a lot of boys dead under suspicious circumstances all over southwestern Russia. Based on a novel inspired by the same real-life Soviet serial-murder case that the far superior 1995 HBO movie Citizen X details, this is an odd duck of a film: overly complicated yet somehow anticlimactic, more concerned with professional and personal jealousies among elite military investigators in Moscow than with police procedural, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
When a movie’s crap, it really needs all the help it can get to give people reasons to watch it. In terms of the general opinion, crap movies are already pretty much doomed as soon as the reviews come flying from the typewriters of the meanest sons-of-bitches in the literary world: the movie critics.
Crap movies can do themselves favours, at least, by hiring reliable actors to class proceedings up a bit. Take Child 44, as a recent example – critics on the whole didn’t like the film, but almost all the haters at least conceded that the presence of quality actors like Tom Hardy and Gary Oldman rendered it much more watchable than if they hadn’t featured at all.
When a film generally stinks to high heaven, great actors can help to make things bearable, maybe even enjoyable for the time they’re on screen. »
- Brogan Morris
UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 17th April to Sunday 19th April 2015…
Well, not much of a surprise here. Having steamrolled the competition on its way to becoming the first billion dollar instalment in the franchise (and the seventh biggest film of all-time), Universal’s Fast & Furious 7 retained top spot at the UK box office at the third time of asking, banking £3.4 million to push its haul on these shores beyond the £32 million mark.
The highest new entry of the week was the Soviet-era thriller Child 44 starring Tom Hardy and Gary Oldman, which pulled in £505,558 to claim fourth place, followed by Alan Rickman’s A Little Chaos in seventh with £331,530 and teen comedy The Duff in eighth with £326,105.
Number one this time last year: The Amazing Spider-Man 2
1. Fast & Furious 7 – £3,39,720 weekend (3 weeks)
2. Cinderella – £1,083,245 weekend (4 weeks)
3. Home – £854,377 weekend (5 weeks)
4. Child 44 – £505,558 weekend »
- Gary Collinson
It’s less than twenty-four hours until Marvel‘s latest juggernaut The Avengers: Age Of Ultron arrives in cinemas. Ahead of the release the cast, minus Chris Hemsworth, stopped into London as part of their exceptionally hectic press tour. We spent thirty minutes sharing the same oxygen as director Joss Whedon and cast members Elizabeth Olsen, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Paul Bettany. And what a marvellous (pardon the pun) half hour it was.
The group revealed their inspirations; Bettany loves John Lennon, Taylor-Johnson likes Gary Oldman, Elizabeth Olsen looks up to Faye Dunaway and Chris Evans admires his dad, a man who incidentally Joss claimed as his inspiration too. Robert Downey Jr. insisted on a wardrobe change at half time switching from his suit jacket to a much more rock and roll leather jacket and shades. Scarlett Johansson confirmed she »
- Kat Smith
Over the course of film history, we've seen plenty of long-time actors step behind the camera to take up their directorial ambitions. Clint Eastwood did it. Mel Gibson did it. George Clooney did it. What do these three have in commonc Well, for starters, they are all men, so there's that. Further, they are all white, but more on that later. More to the point of the article, these men all eased into their directorial careers by starring in their respective debuts, using their presence on screen to help market their talents off it. And with his feature directorial effort The Water Diviner, which hits limited theaters this week, Russell Crowe is just the most recent addition to a growing list of actors who have decided to try their hand behind the camera. Like Eastwood, Gibson, and Clooney before him, the Best Actor winner stars in his first feature as director, »
- Jordan Benesh
These days, we're used to the marketing hype for a major film building up about two years ahead of release. Visitors to Comic-Con got a preview of Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, for example, more than two years ahead of its due date. Our collective hunger for a first look at major forthcoming films is such that, it seems, studios are keen to show off their work-in-progress earlier and earlier.
But there are ways of teasing a forthcoming movie without showing a frame of the finished product, which is where the following list comes in. They're all examples of promos that manage to get across the flavour of a future film without going into story details. Some of them were made before a foot of celluloid was exposed, »
Child 44, 2015.
Directed by Daniel Espinosa.
A disgraced member of the military police investigates a series of nasty child murders during the Stalin-era Soviet Union.
Based on Tom Rob Smith’s 2008 novel; Child 44 proves how difficult it can be to effectively adapt such meaty material. Charting the life of Ukranian orphan Leo (Hardy) as he climbs the ranks within Soviet Russia, the story then briskly moves to him investigating a series of child murders. The film’s main idea that “there is no murder in paradise” is a compelling one and sets up the twists and turns of the story. However, the narrative is badly handled and the film plods along at a snail’s pace. There is some redemption in its final act but not enough to make up for the convoluted story that proceeds it. »
- Helen Murdoch
Tom Hardy and Gary Oldman have quite the cinematic partnership. Whether it’s Cold War dramas in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy or venturing into the superhero mainstream for Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, the acting duo have tinkered and tailored in a variety of genres. For their latest outing, Hardy and Oldman will circle back to the Cold War for Daniel Espinosa’s adaptation, Child 44.
Lifted from the pages of Tom Rob Smith’s novel, the thriller centers on a search for sinister serial killer circa 1953. As we alluded to before, Tom Hardy will play the part of Leo Demidov, a well-respected agent who loses his badge and honor when he stands by his wife (Noomi Rapace) as she comes under question for being a traitor. With a cast list that also boasts Joel Kinnaman, Paddy Considine, Jason Clarke and Vincent Cassel, Child 44 is certainly one »
- Michael Briers
James Wan’s Furious 7 continued defending its position this weekend as the year’s first blockbuster as it earned $29.1 million, winning the box office for the third weekend in a row. The feature also widened its lead as the highest grossing film of 2015 to date, earning more than 2014’s fourth place finisher Captain America: The Winter Soldier in the process.
However, the film was joined by two newcomers in the top 10, as the comedy sequel Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 and the horror feature Unfriended finished in second and third place respectively. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, the sequel to the 2009 Kevin James vehicle, took in $24 million, while Unfriended finished with $16 million to round out the top three. The two were joined in the top ten by fellow newcomer Monkey Kingdom, as the Disney documentary took in $4.7 million to finish in seventh place.
Last week’s second, third, and »
- Deepayan Sengupta
It’s hard to dislike Tom Hardy as an actor. Whatever cinematic challenge he takes on, from atypically brainy blockbusters like Inception and The Dark Knight Rises to taut dramas like Bronson and Locke, he always gives it his all, digging under his character’s skins with a diligence and canniness that elevates him above possibly any other actor of his generation. Along the way, he’s found particular success in embodying strong, silent types, the kinds of men who more resemble wild animals than well-mannered gentlemen. Hardy’s characters are like caged wolves – as much as you want to reach in and pet them, you might lose your hand if you do.
In Child 44, the actor is up to his usual tricks. As Leo Demidov, a dedicated security officer tasked with cracking down on traitors in Joseph Stalin’s Soviet Union, Hardy plays another hardened man’s man, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Furious 7 fended off solid newcomers Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 and Unfriended to top the domestic box office for the third weekend in a row.More importantly, the movie had another stunning weekend overseas. Specifically, it continued to do massive business in China, where its earned nearly $250 million through its first eight days.Furious 7 has now grossed $1.15 billion worldwide, which ranks seventh all-time. Even if it falls off quickly from here, it still has a real chance of making it past $1.4 billion by the end of its run.Domestically, Furious 7 fell 51 percent to $29.2 million. In comparison, the last two Fast movies dropped 44 percent and 37 percent at the same point. To date, Furious 7 has earned $294.5 million; it could still reach $350 million, but would need to hold up well against Avengers: Age of Ultron in two weeks.Playing at 3,633 locations, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 opened to $23.8 million this weekend. »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
Another weekend for Furious 7 on top and it just might be four in a row with a lackluster lineup next weekend before Avengers: Age of Ultron officially kicks off the summer season on May 1. With $29 million this weekend, Furious 7 is up to $294.4 million domestically ($1.15 billion globally) as it already became the fastest film to cross $1 billion worldwide on Friday this past week. It's also Universal's first film to ever cross $1 billion during its initial release (Jurassic Park achieved that mark in 2013 during its 3-D re-release) and it took only 17 days to do it, besting the likes of The Avengers, Avatar and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, all of which took 19 days to join the billion dollar club. The studio was also sure to share several other milestones the film has crossed such as: Second-biggest worldwide opening of all time ($397.2 million) behind only Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. »
- Brad Brevet
Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, April 17. [Synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.] Wide Child 44 Director: Daniél Espinosa Cast: Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Gary Oldman, Joel Kinnaman, Paddy Considine, Jason Clarke, Vincent Cassel, Fares Fares Synopsis: "Set in Stalin-era Soviet Union, a disgraced Mgb agent is dispatched to investigate a series of child murders -- a case that begins to connect with the very top of party leadership." Monkey Kingdom Director: Mark Linfield & Alastair Fothergill Synopsis: "A nature documentary that follows a newborn monkey and its mother as they struggle to survive within the competitive social hierarchy of the Temple Troop, a dynamic group of monkeys who live in ancient ruins found deep in the storied jungles of South Asia." Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 Director: Andy Fickman Cast: Kevin James, Molly Shannon, David Henrie, Raini Rodriguez, Eduardo »
- Steve Greene
The London-born actor got his start in supporting roles, appearing in two of the most memorable productions of the early 2000s, but it would be a few years until Hardy became the star we now know. After dealing with alcohol addiction and the end of his first marriage, Hardy has become one of Britain's brightest talents. Now, the actor stars in the thriller "Child 44" opposite Gary Oldman and, later this summer, takes over for Mel Gibson in the summer blockbuster "Mad Max: Fury Road."
From his acting debut to his favorite actor, here are 15 things you probably don't know about Tom Hardy.
[Sources: IMDb, Wikipedia] »
- Jonny Black
★★☆☆☆ The prospect of a drama starring Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke and Noomi Rapace based on Tom Rob Smith's bestselling novel Child 44 suggested that it would be a great film. Sadly, in the hands of Daniel Espinosa, who was responsible for the "Martin Scorsese Presents" gangster flick Easy Money, that prospect dwindles into tedium, laced with out-dated, dodgy foreign accents and sloppy narrative structure. The story opens with a quote, stating "There is no murder in paradise," a mantra handed down by Stalin and the Kremlin insisting that they have created an idyllic state, far removed from the corruption of the capitalist West, where it's impossible to consider the idea of murder.
- CineVue UK
You’re unlikely to see a more star-studded film this weekend – unless you go in for your umpteenth viewing of Furious 7, and nobody would blame you – than Child 44. Tom Rob Smith’s bestelling novel of a few years ago hits the big screens thanks to future Assassin’s Creed director Daniel Espinosa, who tells a story of child murder in Stalin-era Soviet Russia with Tom Hardy, Vincent Cassel, Noomi Rapace, and Gary Oldman as General Timur Nesterov.
After spending a good couple of decades as an “actor’s actor”, the sort of performer whose best work is done on the stage or in smaller films (whilst occasionally dipping into the mainstream to pay the bills), Oldman has comfortably settled into the Golden Middle Age of his career. His talent is universally recognised, he’s a household name, and he’s getting more work than ever.
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- Tom Baker
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