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Movie Review: The Snowman

51 minutes ago | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

From Silence of the Lambs (1991), to Zodiac (2007), to Se7en (1995), detective thrillers can prove to be a great escape for the moviegoing audience. It puts us in the shoes of a profession we’ll probably never be in and most of the time it asks us to participate in actively solving the mystery at hand. You usually receive the clues at the same time the characters do and it can be endlessly engaging to help solve the puzzle. When the genre works, it works well. When it doesn’t, you get movies like The Snowman. The intentions might have been to produce a film in the same vein as the previously mentioned thrillers, but The Snowman completely misses the mark. With a plot that is scattered, a terribly miscast group of actors, and shaky direction, The Snowman is a slow-burn that eventually melts from its own stupidity.

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- Scott Davis

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53rd Chicago International Film Festival Capsule Review – I, Tonya (2017)

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Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street gave Margot Robbie a huge opportunity that she fearlessly seized, dressing up as Harley Quinn broke her into the mainstream as a Hollywood star, and now  I, Tonya should net her a first-time Oscar nomination. Directed by Craig Gillespie (last year’s The Finest Hours), the biopic depicts the figure skating career of the infamous Tonya Harding, allowing for Margot Robbie to undergo a drastic physical and personality transformation shedding all that starlet glamour to bring out some old-fashioned white trash Americana. The makeup effects which present Tonya Harding at three different critical points in her life are nothing short of astounding; Robbie is absolutely unrecognizable and a tour de force. It’s still early in her career, but this will go down as her performance to beat, and much like pulling off a triple axle, it won’t be easy to surpass. »

- Robert Kojder

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Review: ‘The Snowman’ is a Fractured Mess Absent of Suspense and Substance

16 hours ago | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

The biggest mystery within Tomas Alfredson’s The Snowman concerns its own creation. How exactly did a movie like this get made by the people involved? It’s not a rhetorical question. If anyone reading knows something more than has been reported, please reply in the comments.

Starring Michael Fassbender as Detective Harry Hole, this yarn (from the novel of the same name by Jo Nesbø) concerns a serial killer with a penchant for making… well you know… and butchering women of a certain sort. Rebecca Ferguson serves as Hole’s colleague in a performance that feels so brutally fractured by whatever happened in the editing process that it demands an explanation.

The action is set in Norway, with flashbacks (starring a badly re-recorded Val Kilmer) meant to connect certain motivations to the present day. Like most of the film, it doesn’t really work. The central mystery never feels »

- Dan Mecca

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Classics Film Fest Unspools in Colombia (Exclusive)

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With Sean Baker, Trey Edwards, Chris Newman, Ed Lachman, Peter Webber and Mike Hausman among its board members, a new film festival of classic films will unspool from Nov. 10 -13 in Bogota, Colombia.

Dubbed The Classics – Festival of the Films That Will Live Forever, the new film fest is founded by producer Ivonne Torres and Juan Carvajal, co-founder and artistic director of the three-year old Bogota Independent Film Festival, IndieBo.

Buoyed by sell-out crowds at IndieBo last July when the festival screened restored classics via a new pact with Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation, Carvajal said: “I saw how these movie gems – rescued and restored with the support of the Film Foundation – deserved nothing better than to be enjoyed where they belong: the big screen.”

For many moviegoers in Bogota, it was the first time to see such classics as Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s “All About Eve,” Elia Kazan’s “On the Waterfront,” and [link=nm »

- Anna Marie de la Fuente

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The Snowman Review: So Horrible, I Wish I Could Unsee It

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The Snowman is a huge disappointment. The film is painfully slow and disjointed with a nonsensical plot. The mystery at its core seems to have been strung together with masking tape. It boggles the mind that a well-regarded source novel, fantastic cast, and veteran production team ended up with such an unmitigated disaster. It is the latest example of how great ingredients do not always lead to a tasty cake. The Snowman is abysmal at best.

The Snowman takes place in present day Oslo, Norway; but flashbacks in time periodically. Michael Fassbender stars as Detective Harry Hole. He's a blackout drunk, but established as "legendary" investigator. Rebecca Ferguson costars as Katrine Bratt, a new detective chasing a mysterious cold case. A young mother disappears. The pair investigates, but have few clues except for a snowman left outside her home. This coincides with an anonymous, cryptic letter Hole received from "the »

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'Wonderstruck' Review: Todd Haynes Turns Kids' Book Into Eye-Popping Wonder

19 October 2017 7:12 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Todd Haynes creates movies that feel like part of his DNA. Whether they're originals (Safe, Velvet Goldmine, Far From Heaven, I'm Not There) or adapted from other works (Carol, the HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce), they seem to course from his bloodstream into ours. Wonderstruck, gorgeous as it is, feels like something a little less personal, a little less transgressive. Haynes has said he wanted to make a smart film for kids, and as source material, he chose a juvenile-fiction novel illustrated and written by Brian Selznick, whose work also inspired Martin Scorsese's Hugo. »

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The Snowman: what on earth went wrong?

19 October 2017 6:34 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Oct 20, 2017

Panned by critics, mystery thriller The Snowman is a curious misfire from some great actors and filmmakers. So what happened?

Nb: The following contains major, major spoilers for The Snowman movie and the original novel.

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Most great crime thrillers hook us in with a mystery: who's the killer? The Snowman, released earlier this month to a blizzard of chilly reviews, offers another conundrum that lurks just outside the frame: how did a film with such a sterling pedigree go so bafflingly wrong?

The plot, as laid out in Jo Nesbo's best-selling novel of the same name, sounds like decent fodder for a disturbing thriller in the vein of Seven or The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. »

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The Snowman: its director explains what went wrong

18 October 2017 9:45 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Simon Brew Oct 19, 2017

The Snowman arrived in cinemas in pretty odd shape. It director, Tomas Alfredson, has been explaining why...

With the people involved in the new screen adaptation of Jo Nesbo’s book The Snowman, it was something of a surprise that the film itself was so muddled. Michael Fassbender stars in the film, that’s directed by Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’s Tomas Alfredson. The movie has received poor reviews, though, and Alfredson has given an interview to the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation where he explains what went wrong.

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Bottom line: he didn’t get to shoot 10-15% of the film’s script, because of how quickly the film got started.

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‘Hangman’ Trailer: Al Pacino Stars In Off Brand ‘Se7en’

18 October 2017 11:51 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

While we’re all excited that Al Pacino is finally working Martin Scorsese on “The Irishman,” let’s not forget that he’s immune to making low-rent trash (much like his co-star, Robert De Niro). Case in point: “Hangman.”

Co-starring Karl Urban and Brittany Snow, the film seems to play like an off brand “Se7en” or “Mindhunter,” with a very grizzled Pacino plays a detective who is joined by a criminal profiler as they track a serial killer that murders people in a version of the children’s game, Hangman.

Continue reading ‘Hangman’ Trailer: Al Pacino Stars In Off Brand ‘Se7en’ at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘The Snowman’ Director Says They Didn’t Get to Shoot 10-15% of the Script

18 October 2017 11:44 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

It sounds safe to assume that The Snowman will probably not be up to the same quality as director Tomas Alfredson’s previous two films, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Let the Right One In. The Jo Nesbo adaptation is intended to start a Girl with the Dragon Tattoo-esque franchise following Michael Fassbender’s detective character Harry Hole, and at one point Martin Scorsese was attached to direct. But when Alfredson signed on, the director tells Nrk (via The Independent) the production was very rushed—to the point that they didn’t shoot 10% to 15% of the script: “… »

- Adam Chitwood

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Bright Sneak Peek Introduces Will Smith's Fairy Tale Cop

18 October 2017 8:10 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Netflix has released a new sneak peek at their fantasy crime thriller Bright, which will be streaming in time for the holidays. So you definitely have something awesome to sneak watch under the table while the rest of the family bickers over dry turkey and runny cranberry sauce. The movie reunites Will Smith with his Suicide Squad director David Ayer, and it's one of the most exciting and expensive movies Netflix has released yet.

The streets of Los Angeles will never be the same. This December, Will Smith and Joel Edgerton bring the heat (and some hardcore deadly magic) to fans across the world in the Netflix film, Bright. Directed by David Ayer, known for the box-office hits such as Suicide Squad and Training Day, this action-thriller follows the story of two Lapd police officers played by Smith (Officer Ward) and Edgerton (Officer Jakoby). In Bright, the unlikely duo are »

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It’s Time to Shatter the Harvey Myth: Weinstein Was Shitty at His Job

18 October 2017 7:07 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

When Harvey Weinstein was trying to lose weight and visited one of his sets, handlers advised the crew to remove certain foods from the craft service table. With a crew of well over 100 people, the solution wasn’t to provide an enticing, healthy alternative for the visiting boss, who had to be followed with cans of diet soda like a nurse with an oxygen tank. The solution was to eliminate any food that could be a possible temptation. The assumption was clear: Weinstein’s appetite was huge, his discipline nonexistent, and the entire company needed to cater to his shortcomings.

This isn’t meant to be a metaphor to explain the avalanche of sexual assault accusations against Weinstein. It is one of thousands of examples that show how an entire business was built around his failings as a human being. The traits that he forced his staff to account for »

- Chris O'Falt

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Lumière Festival: Bertrand Tavernier on His Lifelong Love of Classic Westerns

17 October 2017 10:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

This year’s 9th Lumière Festival includes a section dedicated to classic American Westerns, selected by French helmer Bertrand Tavernier (“The French Minister”), who is also curating a collection of books dedicated to the genre, published by Actes Sud.

The fourteen films to be screened span the period between 1943 and 1962, including titles such as William A. Wellman’s “The Ox-Bow Incident” (1943), John Ford’s “My Darling Clementine” (1946), Howard Hawks’ “Red River” (1948), Delmer Daves’ “Broken Arrow” (1950), King Vidor’s “Man Without a Star” (1955) and John Ford’s “The Man who Shot Liberty Valance” (1962).

Tavernier will personally present each film. He has been a fan of American Westerns since he was a teenager and became an avid reader of Western novels as soon as he learned how to read English, in his early twenties.

Through this section and also a book collection published by Actes Sud, Tavernier is paying his own personal tribute to this quintessentially American genre. He is »

- Martin Dale

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Netflix aims to release 80 original movies in 2018

17 October 2017 6:10 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Netflix has plans on releasing 80 original movies in 2018.

It wasn’t all that long ago that eight original movies coming out of the streaming giant might sound like a little much, but now 80 seems to be the figure they are aiming for.

Hoping to match the scale and ambition of its TV department – ever increasing its stake in that particular niche – Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos has explained the company’s plans for the next calendar year (via Variety).

“They range anywhere from the million-dollar Sundance hit, all the way up to something on a much larger scale,” such as the Will Smith feature Bright, Sarandos said during an investors interview on Monday.

2017 has managed its own impressive number with 50 original Netflix films being released. This figure includes dramas, anime, comedies, documentaries, and foreign films.

Two of the larger scale movies that audiences can expect out of Netflix in »

- Samuel Brace

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Netflix Is Planning 80 Original Movies for 2018

17 October 2017 12:47 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Netflix may be raising their prices, but they're putting that money to use. Whether or not you consider that to be good use is more of an issue of personal taste, but they're certainly happy to spend the money. As revealed during a recent quarterly earnings report, Netflix plans to release a staggering 80 original movies next year, which is up significantly from the 50 they've released in 2017. Here's what Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos had to say about it.

"They range anywhere from the million-dollar Sundance hit, all the way up to something on a much larger scale...I think people will start seeing the potential for this original movie initiative, that it could be done on the enormous scale we have on the television side."

The streaming service has some huge titles coming down the pipeline, such as Bright, which stars Will Smith and Joel Edgerton and reportedly comes »

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Todd Haynes explores the world of children with “Wonderstruck”

17 October 2017 10:56 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

When a filmmaker known for adult fare tackles something more geared at kids, there’s always a fascination. As we saw with Martin Scorsese and Hugo, there’s also the chance for something that can be widely embraced. It doesn’t happen all that often though, as it can feel limiting. This week, Todd Haynes goes that route with Wonderstruck, which opens in limited release and also like Hugo is an adaptation of a Brian Selznick book. Ever since it debuted at the Cannes Film Festival, there have been fans of Haynes’ work here, which extended to the New York Film Festival recently, where it was the Centerpiece Selection. It doesn’t have the usual Oscar buzz of his movies, but honestly…that remains to be seen. The film is a coming of age tale, in a way. It tells the story of a young boy in the Midwest named »

- Joey Magidson

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‘The Snowman’ Director Knows Why Critics Hate His Movie: He Didn’t Shoot the Whole Script

17 October 2017 7:36 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Swedish director Tomas Alfredson has earned acclaim for efforts like “Let the Right One In” and the Oscar-nominated “Tinker Tailor Solider Spy,” but his new film, “The Snowman,” is better off forgotten. The murder mystery from Universal Pictures opens in theaters Friday and has earned abysmal reviews from critics, with IndieWire slamming its “laughable missteps” in a C- review. The film currently has a 24% on Rotten Tomatoes after 24 reviews, and Alfredson is well aware his film is bombing with critics.

In an interview with Nrk, the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation, Alfredson explained why the movie ended up being a misfire: “Our shoot time in Norway was way too short, we didn’t get the whole story with us and when we started cutting we discovered that a lot was missing.”

Read More:‘The Snowman’ Review: Michael Fassbender’s Detective Can’t Solve This Scandinavian Adaptation’s Laughable Missteps

By Alfredson’s estimates, »

- Zack Sharf

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‘Hebrew Hammer’ Sequel: Adam Goldberg Wants to ‘Make America Kosher Again’

17 October 2017 7:11 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Hebrew Hammer is coming out of retirement, and he needs your help to make it happen. Nearly 15 years after the original film — an amusing send-up of blaxploitation films and superhero tropes starring Adam Goldberg as the eponymous hero — bowed at Sundance, and the team behind the be-yarmulked crime fighter is back for another big time fight. Goldberg, director Jonathan Kesselman, and producer Harrison Huffman announced earlier this week that they opened up crowdfunding for their long-planned sequel: “The Hebrew Hammer vs. Hitler.”

Goldberg and Kesselman have promised a “bigger, funnier sequel” that will somehow involve both time travel and original leading lady Judy Greer, a project at least partially inspired by the current political climate.

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“We are bringing the Hebrew Hammer out of retirement because of a clarion call for us to do »

- Kate Erbland

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Netflix to produce 80 original films in 2018

17 October 2017 4:13 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Kayti Burt Oct 18, 2017

The streaming giant Netflix is increasing its original output significantly in the coming year.

Netflix's original content production continues to grow at an exponential rate. According to Variety, the streaming giant plans to release 80 original films in 2018. For context, Netflix released eight original films in quarter three of this year.

This slate will include all different genres of all different budgets, from more 'indie'-like films to bigger budget fare like, Bright, a $90 million movie starring Will Smith and set for release on December 22nd, or The Irishman, the Martin Scorsese gangster film that cost Netflix more than $100 million and will be released in early 2019. It's official: Netflix is starting to compete with some of the biggest Hollywood studios when it comes to both budget and talent.

"I think people will start seeing the potential for this original movie initiative, that it could be done on the »

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Ant-Man and the Wasp set photos, Jared Leto praises Suicide Squad 2, Black Panther trailer and more – Daily News Roundup

16 October 2017 11:53 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Tight Costumes

Some set photos from Ant-Man and The Wasp landed online yesterday, showing off the tight costumes for Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang and Evangeline Lilly’s Hope Van Dyne. Check them out here.

Fincher Is No Fan Of Marvel

After some harsh words from An American Werewolf in London director John Landis, it’s the turn of Fight Club helmer David Fincher to shoot down the work of Marvel Studios. In an interview with Yellow King Film Boy, Fincher took issue with the often light-hearted, and less-risky storytelling of Marvel’s ongoing shared universe. “Look, there’s a very large talent pool of people who don’t feel there’s much for them in terms of sustenance working for Marvel. And I think that if we can make a playground for them that is thoughtful, adult, interesting, complex, challenging stories and figure out ways to pull them into it, »

- Luke Owen

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