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Hyperactive at the best of times, Martha (Anna Kendrick; Pitch Perfect) has gone full-on manic since her latest breakup. She babbles, parties like a monster, cooks everything in sight — and is looking to do something terrible when she meets Francis (Sam Rockwell; The Way Way Back). To anyone else, Francis’s approach would come across as creepy, but Martha can’t help but be intrigued. They seem a perfect match: she’s bananas, he’s bananas… except he’s a deadly sort of bananas. He’s a professional assassin.
Francis is a hitman with a cause: he unexpectedly kills the people ordering the hits. Just as Martha begins to realize her new beau wasn’t joking when he said he had to step out for a moment to shoot someone, »
- Amie Cranswick
Mexican actor Kristyan Ferrer stars with Tim Roth in the Mexican film 600 Miles directed by Gabriel Ripstein. Ferrer (Buen Dia, Ramon, Sin Nombre), a festival film favorite, plays gun smuggler "Arnulfo" in 600 Miles, and he's telling CineMovie what the movie has to say about gun control. He's also naming the Hollywood A-listers he would like to work if he made an American film. Watch our Spanish interview.
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Marjorie Prime centres on an aging violinist with deteriorating memory who hires a service that provides holographic recreations of deceased loved ones.
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Well, hello there baby, you look so beautiful," Walton Goggins purrs, leaning forward and suddenly going into full-on loverman mode. "Look at you, all done up in that white dress and those white shoes. This is a proper get-up, my dear. You look hot!" The 44-year-old actor is sitting in a downtown Manhattan restaurant, his face hovering inches away from a plate of Burrata; he was sold on the appetizer after being told it's "like Mozzarella's sexier cousin," so he's now whispering sweet nothings at the cheese with an intensity and seductiveness that's almost frightening. »
It’s funny how buzz works. Or in this case, how buzz sometimes doesn’t work. Even though “After Lucia” director Michel Franco’s “Chronic” took home the Best Screenplay prize at the Cannes Film Festival last spring, not much has been heard about the film since. It did the rounds on the festival circuit but has yet to land U.S. distribution. However, the picture is hitting cinemas in the U.K. and a new trailer provides a peek at the potent drama. Read More: Cannes Review: 'After Lucia' Director Michel Franco's English-Language Debut 'Chronic' Starring Tim Roth & Sarah Sutherland Tim Roth leads the cast in this movie that follows a nurse who works with terminally ill patients, but has his own personal demons to deal with. Here’s the official synopsis: Oscar nominee Tim Roth (The Hateful Eight, Selma) is David, a nurse who works with terminally ill patients. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Shakespeare’s portrait of the brooding, potentially psychotic Danish prince Hamlet is arguably the Bard’s most notable play, as well as a veritable support beam within the literary canon. We’ve seen countless cinematic adaptations, contemporized for modern audiences, anachronized for the kitschy crowd, and usually abridged for the medium. But out of this was born an inventive farce which has taken on an iconicity of its own from the perspective of two minor supporting characters with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. Playwright Tom Stoppard penned the intelligent comedy in 1966 and made his solo directorial cinematic outing with the famous 1990 film version which took home the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival (where Gore Vidal was president, no less). Although fans of Shakespeare’s source text will most likely continue to be entertained by Stoppard’s impressive meta-textual accomplishment, this reputable adaptation of his own material often feels a bit flat. »
- Nicholas Bell
Quentin Tarantino can do whatever he wants. At this point in his career, twenty-two years removed from the pop-culture milestone Pulp Fiction (1994), the lowbrow aficionado has dabbled in everything from Kung Fu (Kill Bill, Vol. 1 & 2 [2003/04]) and Blaxploitation (Jackie Brown ) to world war (Inglorious Basterds ) and revisionist westerns (Django Unchained ). Each crucially dependent on their assigned genres, but unmistakably stamped by an artist who loves to screw with the status quo. No other filmmaker can channel the sophistication of Jean-Luc Godard and the violence of John Woo through the veil of a 1970s exploitation flick – much less attempt to in a coherent state of mind. But this is where the Oscar nominated Tarantino resides full time: right on the edge of cinematic sanity.
Proudly marketed as the director’s eighth film, The Hateful Eight is another high-tension affair; punctuated by a script you could bounce a bullet off of. Racial slurs, »
- Danilo Castro
Pulp Fiction, 1994.
Directed by Quentin Tarantino.
Three stories play out in expert fashion in La, with drugs, money and guns all at play in Quentin Tarantino’s incredible second film.
It truly is a testament to Pulp Fiction how it remains a timeless joy to watch on every viewing, over twenty years after it’s 1994 release. That definitive shot of Travolta and Jackson, two guns raised, is the iconic image Banksy decided to parody, replacing guns with bananas. The soundtrack, stuffed with songs eternally attached to Tarantino’s second film, include the standout ‘Pulp Fiction’ track, Miserlou. “Royale with cheese”, “Ezekial 25:7”, “Zed’s Dead Baby, Zed’s Dead” – endlessly quotable lines, reinforcing how poetic and punchy Tarantino’s writing can be. It’s laid back sloucher’s, donning dressing gowns and »
- Simon Columb
Aside from being a great and individual filmmaker, Quentin Tarantino also has a knack for reintroducing forgotten actors to the world. Working with up-and-coming talent can be his forte, too (he gave Michael Fassbender something of a mainstream break with Inglourious Basterds, while Tim Roth got a boost from Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction), but no one utilizes underrated and under-used actors like Qt.
It’s something he’s done his entire career, from his first film (Dogs) to his last (The Hateful Eight). Each Tarantino movie has its merits, and each one invariably finds Tarantino bringing an actor – figuratively, of course – back from the grave.
All of the following were considered box office duds when Tarantino gave them prominent billing in one (or more) of his films. Given the opportunity, all of them gave career-defining performances for the director.
So, join us as we take a look at ten »
- Brogan Morris
This year marks 50 years since the debut of Tom Stoppard’s “Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead” and 25 years since the release of the play’s film adaptation. Stoppard himself took on the challenge of scripting and directing a film adaptation of his celebrated absurdist comedy that depicts what’s going on “off-stage,” so to speak, during Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.” Then relative unknowns in the U.S., English actors Gary Oldman and Tim Roth starred as the Danish prince’s untimely death-bound friends, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. And for the Player — who, with a twinkle in his eye, schooled us on death and exits and entrances — Stoppard turned to Richard Dreyfuss. Packed with wordplay, super-speedy banter, existential musings, slapstick, and silly anachronisms, “Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead” got its big screen premiere at the 1990 Venice International Film Festival, with a release in U.S. theaters the following February. Today the film is available on Blu-ray for the first time. »
- Emily Rome
Despite the ridiculousness of the story, Roth hasn't shared it publicly until recently. As the actor told host James Corden, Tupac took him and their co-star Thandie Newton to see his usual workplace, "which was hilarious because a little pasty-faced London boy walking into Death Row Records was … well, people were just laughing at me."
Paris – Paris-based Other Angle Pictures, headed by Olivier Albou and Laurence Schonberg, has entered movie production, boarding Solange Cicurel’s contempo relationship comedy “Don’t Tell Her,” boasting a French-Belgian ensemble cast including French singer Jenifer Bartoli, one-woman show star Camille Chamoux (“Les Francis”) and comedy actor Arie Elmaleh (“Caged”).
In another sign of growth at Other Angle, which launched in 2008, one of its comedy flagships, Gerard Depardieu-starrer “A Mighty Team,” will open 2016’s 18th UniFrance Rendez-Vous with French Cinema.
Pushing from the get-go its brand as the go-to sales company for French comedic movies. The Other Angle diversified into English-language movies selling John Hay’s post World War II espionage thriller “Lives in Secret,” with Tim Roth and Kelly Reilly, Zoe Cassavetes’ “Day Out of Days,” starring Alexia Landau and Eddie Izzard; and Sam Friedlander’s “Larry Gaye, Renegade Male Flight,” starring “Royal Pains” Mark Feuerstein, Rebecca Romijn and Stanley Tucci. »
- John Hopewell
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Unfortunately, the poster on this one was misleading -- they never actually let us bring Matt Damon home after seeing the movie. (His wife would probably disapprove.) You can, however, take home Ridley Scott's acclaimed Mars mission movie "The Martian" on DVD and Blu-ray starting January 12. The Blu-ray editions include more than 90 minutes of special features, including five "in-world" pieces, and featurettes from the cast, director, and producers. There's also a gag reel, which should be fun.
Drac's Pack is back in the sequel to "Hotel Transylvania," as they put the son of Mavis and Johnny through a "monster-in-training" boot camp to bring out his vampire side. The DVD, out January 12, includes feature commentary with the director and vocal cast, »
- Gina Carbone
Inexcusably self-indulgent. Tarantino gratifies his enormous self-love and his amusement at his own genius at the expense of all else. I’m “biast” (pro): loved Tarantino’s last two films…
I’m “biast” (con): …but really hate some of his films, too
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Damn. So after the marvels of Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino has swung back to the Kill Bill style of filmmaking, which I described in my review of Basterds as a cinematic “circle jerk in which he and his fans get off on one another and how clever they all are to be such rapacious film geeks.” With the inexcusably self-indulgent The Hateful Eight, Tarantino has returned to the gratification of his enormous self-love and his amusement at his own genius at the expense of all else.
There are no characters to like in Eight. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
At the brunch, introduced by Harvey Weinstein and Uma Thurman and following the discussion with Samuel L Jackson, Walton Goggins and Jennifer Jason Leigh of Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight, I spoke with the man who may or may not be the new sheriff of Red Rock about Sergio Leone's The Good, The Bad And The Ugly with Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef and Eli Wallach and the Golden Globe winning composer Ennio Morricone. Goggins, who was in Steven Spielberg's Lincoln with Bill Raymond and Daniel Day-Lewis, had a special treat for us. Weinstein had Django Unchained star Leonardo DiCaprio on his mind when he noted that Alejandro González Iñárritu's Golden Globe winner The Revenant was experiencing the same global warming in Vancouver, »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Samuel L Jackson as Major Marquis Warren in The Hateful Eight
Before Harvey Weinstein introduced "Quentin Tarantino's leading lady, Uma Thurman" at The Hateful Eight brunch with Jennifer Jason Leigh and Walton Goggins, I spoke with Samuel L Jackson on John Huston's The Unforgiven with Burt Lancaster, Audie Murphy and Audrey Hepburn and he charmingly reminded me of his evil character as the power behind Leonardo DiCaprio's throne in Django Unchained. Thurman and Jackson were in Pulp Fiction together, as was Tim Roth and she remembers the meeting that eventually led to Kill Bill: Vol. 1 and Kill Bill: Vol. 2. Jackson also starred in Jackie Brown and was the narrator in Inglourious Basterds.
Samuel L Jackson: "I took what he wrote and tried to put flesh on it …" Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
As one of the Hateful Eight, bounty hunter Major Marquis Warren (Jackson) first emerges hitching »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
The Hateful Eight is Quentin Tarantino‘s eighth film, a fact made quite clear even in the opening credits of his new western opus. It follows Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill (Vols 1 and 2), Death Proof, Inglourious Basterds, and Django Unchained to the screen in both a 70mm Panavision (roadshow) format, and your regular digital version, the format from which we are reviewing it.
The set-up is relatively simple. A bounty hunter named John “The Hangman” Ruth (Kurt Russell) is transporting his prisoner (Jennifer Jason Leigh) across country to be executed in the town of Red Rock. Along the way they encounter another bounty hunter (Samuel L. Jackson), and a wandering man (Walton Goggins) who claims »
- Paul Heath
Quentin Tarantino is a director unlike any other, and it certainly shows when you go see one of his movies. His latest, the revenge Western The Hateful Eight, is currently playing nationwide, after a successful roadshow release. Longtime Qt collaborator Tim Roth recently appeared on NBC's late-night talk show Late Night with Seth Meyers, where he revealed the two things that no one working on a Quentin Tarantino movie is allowed to do on set: fall asleep, and bring your cell phone to work. Here's what the actor had to say about the first rule, and what will happen if this rule is broken.
"There are two things you're not allowed to do. One is fall asleep on set, and the other is bring a cell phone on. If you fall asleep on set, the camera crew are ready for you. They've got Big Jerry in a bag. Big Jerry »
I spent four years in film school, so let me tell you one definitive thing I learned during that period of my life: making a movie can prove to be a long and grueling process. After a strenuous shoot sometimes all you want to do is close your eyes and get some rest. If you ever find yourself on a film set, try to fight that urge. For one thing it’s incredibly unprofessional, and if you’re on one of Quentin Tarantino’s sets, you will receive an even worse form of embarrassment. Frequent Tarantino collaborator Tim Roth recently opened up to EW about the director’s tactics for shaming those who fall asleep on his set: If you fall asleep on set, the camera crew are ready for you. They’ve got Big Jerry in a bag. Big Jerry is a dildo »
See Also: Check out our interview with Quentin Tarantino here
In The Hateful Eight, set six or eight or twelve years after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. The passengers, bounty hunter John Ruth (Kurt Russell) and his fugitive Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh), race towards the town of Red Rock where Ruth, known in these parts as “The Hangman,” will bring Domergue to justice. Along the road, they encounter two strangers: Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson), a black former union soldier turned infamous bounty hunter, and Chris Mannix (Walton Goggins), a southern renegade who claims to be the town’s new Sheriff. Losing their lead on the blizzard, Ruth, Domergue, »
- Amie Cranswick
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