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The film, penned by Lior Chefetz, Joe Swanson and Harry Winer from a story by Greg Williams and Matt McAllester, follows “an officer in the Marines who encountered traumatic events while serving her country and returns home looking for an opportunity to heal. She seeks refuge as a doorman at a historic New York apartment building until she encounters mercenaries intent upon destroying everything in their way, in order to retrieve precious art hidden in the walls of building.”
Holmes was most recently seen in Steven Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky, and has recently boarded the adaptation of Rhonda Byrne’s bestselling self-help book The Secret, which will be directed by Andy Tennant (Hitch). »
- Gary Collinson
“Borg McEnroe” is the story of one of the great tennis rivalries of all time, between Swedish efficiency expert Björn Borg (Sverrir Gudnason) and explosive American underdog John McEnroe (Shia Labeouf), as defending champion Borg competes for his record-breaking fifth Wimbledon title. But it also is the backstory of one of the great tennis friendships, and for someone like me who knew nothing about the match in question (and cared less about who won), that twist — revealed practically in overtime, after the film has effectively ended — made me want to go right back in and watch the movie a second time.
As in competing tennis picture “The Battle of the Sexes” (which seems a far more commercial prospect, in the U.S. at least, given its added political dimension and likable lead actors), director Janus Metz’s stylish, Scandi-made behind-the-scenes sports movie builds to an extended on-court showdown — in this case, a virtuoso, »
- Peter Debruge
Double Dutch International is handling sales at the Toronto Film Festival. Japanese director Ryûhei Kitamura is helming and will be at the fest with his film “Downrange” as part of the Midnight Madness lineup.
“Doorman,” currently in pre-production, tells the story of an officer in the Marines who encountered traumatic events while serving her country and returns home looking for an opportunity to heal. She seeks refuge as a doorman at a historic New York apartment building until she encounters mercenaries intent upon destroying everything in their way, in order to retrieve precious art hidden in the walls of building.
- Dave McNary
There’s Hollywood’s official history, one adorned with screen goddesses and cinematic icons of masculinity. Then there’s another, less-told tale of the golden age of movies. That’s a story in which Scotty Bowers plays a central role.
For decades, this former marine turned gas station attendant, bartender and handyman, was a sexual rainmaker to the stars. Away from the greasepaint and the glitz, actors like Cary Grant, Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn and Rock Hudson allegedly turned to Bowers to make their sexual fantasies come true. His story is the subject of a new documentary “Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood” from Matt Tyrnauer, a writer, director and journalist best known for “Valentino: The Last Emperor.”
The film, and particularly Bowers’ claims that Grant, Tracy and Hepburn engaged in gay sex, are bound to make headlines and attract controversy as they go against the actors’ carefully cultivated images. Tracy and Hepburn, »
- Brent Lang
LevelFilm has sold a majority stake to investor and entrepreneur Laurie Venning, Variety has learned.
The investment was in cash, and as part of the deal to become its largest shareholder, Venning will take a seat on the indie distributor’s board. Toronto-based LevelFilm was founded by Dave Hudakoc and Michael Baker in 2013. Hudakoc will continue to oversee all of the company’s activities while Baker will continue to play a key role in acquisitions and expanding the company’s development activities.
LevelFilm boasts library of more than 200 films that includes “Edge of Winter” and “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete.” Its upcoming releases include Jordan Canning’s “Suck It Up,” Joyce Wong’s “Wexford Plaza” and Rob Grant’s “Fake Blood.”
“We are excited to have Laurie join LevelFilm and his investment gives us the opportunity to expedite the growth Michael and I set out to achieve just four short years ago,” said »
- Brent Lang
It’s hardly “Heaven’s Gate,” but there’s a similar grandiosity of ambition — and a familiar sense of folly — to Scott Cooper’s “Hostiles,” a $40 million, independently produced, sure-to-be-r-rated Western in a marketplace where even a more broadly appealing oater, like Seth MacFarlane’s tongue-in-cheek “A Million Ways to Die in the West,” can barely earn that kind of money back. But “Hostiles” is no spoof; it’s a deadly serious examination of the strained relationship between white men and Native Americans in this country, one that acknowledges the racism and brutality the U.S. Army showed to frontier tribes, while giving a bigoted cavalry officer played by Christian Bale a chance to redeem himself.
Debuting at the Telluride film festival without a distributor in place, this impressively mounted, intellectually corrupt period piece isn’t your traditional Western, and clearly fancies itself a revisionist take on so many black-and-white us-vs.-them tales, »
- Peter Debruge
Bareilly Ki Barfi and The Adventurers are the International Cinema titles opening this weekend!Bareilly Ki Barfi and The Adventurers are the International Cinema titles opening this weekend!Adriana Floridia8/18/2017 11:36:00 Am
Every week, select Cineplex theatres feature some of the most popular and exciting films from all around the world, from countries like China, India, Korea, The Philippines and more. If you want to try something different at the movies, or simply celebrate your own or a new culture on the big screen, we’re highlighting the International Cinema titles out this weekend that you’ll surely enjoy!
The Adventurers (Mandarin w/Chinese and English subtitles)
The Adventurers follows three of the world's top thieves trying to pull off an incredible heist. This becomes difficult when they become followed across Europe by a legendary French detective (Jean Reno), meaning that they will have to take their game to new heights. »
- Adriana Floridia
Robert De Niro picks up a gun once again as a highly paid spy-mercenary-thief hired for a bit of international larceny, the robbing of a courier of some undisclosed secrets of one kind or another. Juicing up a Melville- like stoic crime fantasy with superb car stunt work puts director John Frankenheimer back in the game, with a worthy project.
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1998 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 122 min. / Street Date August 29, 2017 / Available from Arrow Video 39.95
Cinematography: Robert Fraisse
Film Editor: Tony Gibbs
Original Music: Elia Cmiral
Produced by Frank Mancuso Jr.
Directed by John Frankenheimer
- Glenn Erickson
Directed by John Frankenheimer.
A group of mercenaries are hired by Irish terrorists to retrieve a case to stop it falling into Russian hands.
In case you didn’t know, ronin are Samurai warriors whose masters have been killed, leaving the warriors free to roam the land as swords-for-hire to anybody willing to pay them. The movie Ronin informs you of this in the title cards so you could be forgiven for thinking this is going to be a bloodthirsty martial arts epic in the vein of Shogun Assassin until you are thrown into a Paris bistro as a ragtag group of shifty characters are assembling. We don’t know them, they don’t know each other and only one person knows why they are there – that person being »
Ronin: Noun, historical. A samurai who no longer serves a daimyo, or feudal lord.
From director John Frankenheimer (Reindeer Games, The Manchurian Candidate) comes Ronin, a pulse-pounding, action-packed crime thriller featuring an all-star cast headlined by Robert De Niro (Taxi Driver, Heat) and Jean Reno (Léon: The Professional).
On a rain-swept night in Paris, an international crack team of professional thieves assembles, summoned by a shady crime syndicate fronted by the enigmatic Deirdre (Natascha McElhone, The Devil’s Own). Their mission: to steal a heavily guarded briefcase from armed mobsters, its contents undisclosed. But what begins as a routine heist soon spirals into chaos, with the group beset by a series of double-crosses and constantly shifting allegiances, and it falls to world-weary former CIA strategist Sam (De Niro) and laconic Frenchman »
- Tom Stockman
This August, Arrow Video enters the deranged mind of Herbert West with their limited edition 4K restoration of Stuart Gordon's Re-Animator (which was initially slated for a July 25th release), and we now have the full list of special features for the anticipated release, along with two other horror Blu-rays coming out this month from Arrow: The Slayer and a limited edition steelbook of Society.
Press Release: The summer really hots up in August, as Arrow Video releases a special edition of an 80s classic, a white-knuckle thriller, a splatter horror masterpiece, a box set of crime classics, a rare Italian sword-and-sandal epic, and an amazing new limited edition steelbook.
First up, one of the most wildly popular horror movies of all-time, Stuart Gordon's enduring splatter-comedy classic Re-Animator returns to Blu-ray in a stunning restoration packed with special features. According to the distributor (Mvd), this awesome package is officially sold out already, »
- Derek Anderson
"The operation is compromised." Well Go USA has debuted an official Us trailer for the Chinese action heist movie called The Adventurers, from director Stephen Fung. The action-packed film is about three of the world's top thieves, played by Andy Lau, Tony Yang, and Shu Qi, who band together to pull off the "heist of a lifetime." But hot on their trailer is a French detective, played Jean Reno of course, who chases them all over Europe. The full cast Jingchu Zhang, Eric Tsang, Tony Yo-ning Yang, David Bowles, and Yi Sha. This definitely looks slick, kind of like a Hollywood action heist movie with some cool set pieces and locations, but I hope it's actually good. Seems like it's going to be super cheesy, a little too much Hollywood. Here's the official Us trailer (+ international poster) for Stephen Fung's The Adventurers, from YouTube: In this slick, high-stakes action-adventure, »
- Alex Billington
After a six-month break forced by a serious horse-riding injury, Andy Lau is back with the treasure-hunt action drama The Adventurers, set to release in China on August 11. Directed by Stephen Fung (Tai Chi Zero, House of Fury), the film boasts of an international star cast of Shu Qi (The Assassin), Zhang Jingchu (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation), Tony Yang (Where the Wind Settles), Eric Tsang (Ip Man: The Final Fight) and Jean Reno.
The Adventurers (2017) (Source: maactioncinema.com)
Loosely based on the 1991 John Woo action comedy Once a Thief, the film follows a trio of thieves led by Lau’s Cheung Tan, who hatch a plot to steal precious jewels in Europe. Reno is the very imaginatively named French detective Pierre, who has been hot on Cheung Tan’s trail for many years. Thrown into the mix are a criminal mastermind played by Tsang and Cheung Tan’s scorned ex-girlfriend played by Jingchu, »
- Arnav Sinha
Just looking at Jean Reno for the first time you wouldn’t think that he’d really be the type to play the role of a master assassin, or a cleaner as he liked to call himself. But watching Leon: The Professional was a different kind of treat that we don’t get very often. Fans are used to the ninja-like antiheroes that creep through the shadows and know six or seven martial arts disciplines and could kill you with a pencil. Leon is thankfully a breath of fresh air in that his methods are simpler and just as effective. Plus, he’s not
17 Awesome Facts about “The Professional” »
The stories of doctors working in dangerous regions of the world is rich with cinematic potential, that’s likely what drew Sean Penn to “The Last Face.” His latest directorial effort brings together a star-studded cast and dives right into a drama set in the midst of conflict.
Charlize Theron, Javier Bardem, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Jared Harris, Jean Reno, and Denise Newman, star in the film about a romance that unfolds between two people who are committed to helping those face war and strife.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Confession: There are times when I've been loyally in Luc Besson's corner – the visual splendor of Subway (1985), The Big Blue (1988) and La Femme Nikita (1990) established him as a master of what the French call Cinéma du Look. And 1994's The Professional – with Jean Reno teaching the assassin's game to a very young Natalie Portman – went deeper, blending style with a nurturing sense of humanity. Plus, there's a lot to be said in favor of both his sci-fi extravaganza The Fifth Element (1997) and last year's next-level ScarJo-evolution whatsit Lucy. »
"It's too dangerous to stay here..." I'm going to be very upfront about the truth - The Last Face is one of the worst films I have ever seen. No really, it's that bad, just awful. Avoid at all costs. The Last Face is a film directed by Sean Penn about the humanitarian crisis in Africa, that is all about white people and their ridiculously not-so-perfect lives. It premiered at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival last year to raucous booing and some of the worst reviews you'll ever read. Charlize Theron stars along with Javier Bardem, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Jared Harris, Jean Reno, and Denise Newman. Even the performances are terrible. No matter what you may think of this trailer, trust the critics on this one and just stay away. Far, far away. Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Sean Penn's The Last Face, originally from USA Today: A director (Charlize Theron »
- Alex Billington
Lucida Entertainment, the multifaceted film company headed by veteran producer Terence Chang, celebrated its first anniversary by boarding “The Invisible Guard.” The film is to be directed by Yuen Woo Ping, the celebrated action choreographer of “The Grandmaster” and “Kill Bill” and director of “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny.”
The film is to be a live action adaptation of one of the hottest animated properties in China, a Tang Dynasty-set martial arts action series which in two seasons has amassed more than 6.6 billion views across all of China’s major online video platforms. Chang is set as executive producer.
The project, unveiled on the margins of the Shanghai International Film Festival, adds to a five-film slate announced this time last year when the company launched. Three of the five are now in advanced stages of production, including “The Adventurers,” starring France’s Jean Reno, Hong Kong’s Andy Lau »
- Patrick Frater
At the shiny Lyric Theater in the heart of China’s biggest city, the Shanghai International Film Festival celebrated its 20th edition Saturday in relatively low-key fashion.
There were the usual speeches, parades of past award winners, and hordes of local media. But the star wattage on the red carpet (which was strewn with gold cups and an oversized Cadillac) was a couple of notches lower than in previous years. And on the industry side, there is similarly little expectation of a deals-announcement frenzy.
Last year the corridors and conference rooms of the festival-owned Crowne Plaza throbbed with slate announcements of jaw-dropping proportions. Numerous new connections were being made between Chinese companies and overseas filmmakers, many from Hollywood.
But the intervening year has been an instructive one. In hindsight, the 2016 Shanghai festival looks like the last hurrah of an old era when everything and anything seemed possible.
Soon after the festival, »
- Patrick Frater
Exclusive: Chinese buyer Apollo are hungry for European movies.
The company has secured a non revenue-sharing quota slot for the recent French hit, which Pathe is handling internationally.
The film played at the Beijing International Film Festival last month with Boon and his co-star Alice Pol in attendance. Red Apollo is also in talks with Boon about Chinese co-productions.
While Red Apollo has focused on digital distribution in recent years, Raid: Special Unit kicks off a drive to increase its slate of Chinese theatrical releases to around three to four titles a year.
The company is also hoping to secure a quota slot for Snd’s Family Heist (Mes Tresors), starring Jean Reno, before the end of 2017.
“We believe French comedies have a lot of potential »
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