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It’s good business to cast strong women in lead movie roles. Last summer’s opening weekend was a master class on femi-nomics when “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “Pitch Perfect 2” faced off on May 15 — and both films came out ahead.
“Mad Max: Fury Road,” directed by George Miller, starred Charlize Theron as Imperator Furiosa, a rebel opposite Tom Hardy’s Max. No distressed damsel, the character with her own story arc was so tough the choice ignited a backlash that the franchise had gone fanatically feminist. As for “Pitch Perfect 2,” the sequel directed by co-star Elizabeth Banks featured Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and Hailee Steinfeld in a femme-friendly musical comedy.
By the numbers, “Mad Max” cost an estimated $150 million to make. Opening weekend reaped $44 million, with worldwide grosses at $375 million and $153 domestically. Meanwhile, “Pitch Perfect 2” cost an estimated $29 million to make, opened to a $70 million weekend, »
- Thelma Adams
The anniversary package will be made available on November 9, celebrating three decades since the release of the classic movie.
The release will also include commentary by director Richard Donner and cast members, a 'Making Of The Goonies' featurette, and Cyndi Lauper's 'The Goonies 'R' Good Enough' music video, as well as the soundtrack and theatrical trailer.
A special Collector's Edition also includes art cards, a 1985 'Making of' mini magazine and Empire's 'Cast - Where Are They Now' mini magazine.
Elsewhere, it was recently revealed that the classic movie will return next year as an immersive theatre experience.
Sadly, the owners of "The Goonies house" this year »
Jake Gyllenhaal takes big risks for the new 'Everest' movie. The 34-year-old actor stars as mountaineer Scott Fischer in the adventure drama and admits it was his most intense shoot yet. He told ABC Radio: ''We were in the elements all the time, and we were at risk all the time. [Director Baltasar Kormákur] gathered a whole group of people who were down to take risks all the time. He'd say, 'Go down there,' you know, and you'd be like, 'Can I get a rope?''' Meanwhile, the 'Southpaw' star recently revealed he spent time in an altitude simulator to get into character alongside co-star Josh Brolin, who stars as climber Beck Weathers, and also admits there is a ''tremendous responsibility'' recreating a real story. He shared: ''Josh and I decided to stay longer. We thought we could handle it, and we were feeling good. We were laughing »
Welcome back to Almost Arthouse. After a lengthy hiatus, hosts Ty Landis and Tom Stoup are back with a review of Denis Villeneuve’s latest thriller Sicario (which premiered at Cannes). The film stars Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, and Benicio del Toro. Warning: Spoilers included.
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- Ty Landis
“Sicario” was released in theaters nationwide over the weekend, and the reception so far has been very positive. The movie features excellent performances from Emily Blunt and Josh Brolin, but it’s the outstanding acting work from Benicio del Toro that has really gotten people talking in particular. Del Toro stopped by The Landmark Theater in Los Angeles after a screening last Saturday evening for a fascinating Q&A session. Read More: Cannes Review: Denis Villeneuve's 'Sicario' Starring Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin & Benicio del Toro For twenty minutes, del Toro gave the audience some insight into his working relationship with director Denis Villeneuve, the chemistry he developed with co-stars Blunt and Brolin, and how he prepared himself before playing such a violent, complex character in Alejandro Gillick. **There are quite a few spoilers and major plot points discussed below** in the Q&A so, if you haven’t seen the movie yet, »
- Ken Guidry
The “War on Drugs” has never felt more like an actual war in this brutal, scathing condemnation of the lawlessness of the battle… on the “good guys” side. I’m “biast” (pro): love Emily Blunt
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
The “War on Drugs” may be a bullshit term invented by our overlords to justify overly aggressive policing on local and national levels, and indiscriminate and excessive imprisonment for minor infractions. It may be a self-perpetuating excuse for a never-ending rain of cash for institutions such as for-profit prisons and federal agencies and individuals like cops on the beat and on the take. But the “War on Drugs” has never felt more like an actual war than in Sicario. Yet this is no bit of propaganda designed to sell us that war; it is a scathing condemnation of the »
- MaryAnn Johanson
It’s officially the fall film season. With various festivals already in the books and this year’s New York Film Festival still very much in full swing, fall is here in full force, and with it comes a cavalcade of intriguing art pictures, lauded foreign features and films from some of today’s most interesting auteurs.
And then there’s director Denis Villeneuve.
Best known for the award winning Incendies and the pair of startling 2013 pictures Prisoners and Enemy, the Canadian filmmaker has become one of cinema’s most beloved directors, at least critically. Culturally, he’s been lauded as a craftsman of the highest order, a director who has a distinctive voice and one that may rely on relatively hamfisted screenplays, but dig deeply into the heart of humanity.
- Joshua Brunsting
Going into the weekend, many box office prognosticators were wondering if director Ridley Scott's The Martian could break the October opening weekend record set two years ago by Gravity, which earned $55.7 million in its first weekend in theaters. As it turns out, The Martian gave a valiant effort, but came up just short, taking in an estimated $55 million, according to Box Office Mojo. Of course, the film is still in great shape, earning back nearly half of its $108 million budget after just three days in theaters.
The Martian was widely beloved by critics, earning a 94% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, opening in 3,831 theaters for an impressive $14,357 per-screen average. If these estimates hold true when the actual numbers roll in tomorrow, The Martian will have fell just $700,000 short of Gravity's October box office record, but it is still an impressive showing nonetheless. The Martian was the only new movie opening wide this weekend, »
Cinema has a love affair with mental illness. A shut-in with mommy issues. An insurance assessor with dissociative identity disorder. A Nobel-winning mathematician suffering from paranoid schizophrenia. And then there are those who decide to climb Mt. Everest. Certainly more daunting a lifelong pursuit than selling soap or managing a hotel, the prospect of summiting 9,000 meters above Earth’s surface attracts a rare breed of thrill-seeker, mountaineers willing to put their life or “merely” their lungs and limbs on the line against suffocating elevation and Nepalese snowstorms. In terms of mental disorders, scaling the tallest point on the planet can be filed under “psychosis.”
Baltasar Kormákur’s Everest depicts two such climbing expeditions, albeit without recognizing the crazier elements of the venture. That’s likely because many perished in the 1996 climb up Everest, including New Zealand good guy Rob Hall (Jason Clarke) and Scott Fischer »
- David Klein
By Cate Marquis
“Sicario” means “hitman” in Mexico, as the audience learns at the start of the film of the same name. Although there is indeed a hitman in Mexico, little is straightforward in this mysterious thriller from Denis Villeneuve, the director of “Prisoners” and “Incendies.”
Those films are filled with shades of gray and uncertainties, and pivot on unexpected twists. Those who saw his previous films will know what to expect in pacing and tone, and that this Canadian director has a taste for murky, unsettling almost-horror film-like suspense. However, people who have seen the movie trailers for Sicario and are expecting a straightforward action film with Emily Blunt kicking butt likely will be surprised. Blunt does play the central character, and she is indeed tough stuff, but the film she is in may not be the one you expect.
Blunt plays Kate, a fast-rising young Arizona policewoman who »
- Movie Geeks
The following review originally ran as part of Tiff 2015 Plot: After a routine bust unearths a houseful of corpses related to the cartels, an idealistic FBI agent (Emily Blunt) is recruited by a shadowy government operative (Josh Brolin) to be part of a deadly operation in Mexico, which seeks to unearth a well-insulated drug lord. Review: Sicario is exactly the kind of movie I hope to see anytime I visit a film... Read More »
- Chris Bumbray
Emily Blunt won't do nudity unless it's absolutely necessary for the movie's plot.
The actress revealed that she blocked a topless scene for her cartel thriller Sicario after consulting her own body on the matter.
"[A nude scene] was in there originally but it came out because we didn't agree with it," Blunt told The Howard Stern Show.
When Stern pushed her to say who "we" was, Blunt replied quickly: "My tits!"
"Benicio [del Toro] backed me up," she added. "It was a scene between he and I. He's like my brother now."
It will open in the UK on October 8. Watch the trailer below: »
Ever since Marvel started rolling out TV shows like ABC's Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Marvel's Agent Carter, there have been subtle connections between those programs and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Those shows, along with the four Netflix series' Marvel's Daredevil, Marvel's Jessica Jones, Marvel's Luke Cage and Marvel's Iron Fist have been confirmed as a part of the McU, but we still haven't seen any of these TV characters cross into the McU. During a recent Q&A event (via Collider) to promote the Blu-ray and DVD release of Avengers: Age of Ultron, producer Kevin Feige revealed that more crossovers between these properties are "inevitable," although there will certainly be issues with scheduling.
"I think that's inevitable at some point, as we're plotting the movies going forward and they're doing the shows. The schedules don't always quite match up to make that possible-it's easier for them, they're more nimble »
Coinciding with its U.S. home entertainment release, Screen Junkies has given the Honest Trailer treatment to this year’s blockbuster Marvel superhero sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron. Check it out here…
See Also: Marvel releases second Avengers: Age of Ultron gag reel
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Avengers: Age of Ultron sees Joss Whedon directing a cast that includes Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Mark Ruffalo (The Incredible Hulk), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Don Cheadle (War Machine), Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Paul Bettany (Jarvis / The Vision), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Quicksilver), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter), Idris Elba (Heimdall), Anthony Mackie (Falcon), James Spader (Ultron), Stellen Skarsgard (Erik Selvig), Thomas Kretschmann (Baron Strucker), Josh Brolin (Thanos), Claudia Kim (Dr. Cho), Andy Serkis (Uylsses Klaw), Henry Goodman (Dr. List), Julie Delpy (Madame »
- Gary Collinson
Although there is only one new movie opening in wide release, plus another that expands nationwide, it is already shaping up to be a big weekend at the box office, following the record-breaking numbers put up by Hotel Transylvania last week. The animated sequel took in $47.5 million during its first few days, the highest opening ever in the month of September. But this weekend, Ridley Scott's The Martian is looking to set the box office on fire. According to the projections at BoxOffice.com, the outer space thriller is eyeing a massive $52 million debut, although it will face some competition from Lionsgate's Sicario, which goes wide after an incredible run in limited release. Still, The Martian has a shot of breaking some fall box office records of its own, if it opens higher than these projections
The Martian is expected to open in approximately 3,750 theaters nationwide starting October 2, with »
If you haven’t gotten around to checking out Denis Villeneuve’s shattering “Sicario” yet, then you are really missing out one of the year’s best films. His last two pictures —the grim kidnapping drama “Prisoners” and his twisty “Enemy,” which tipped its hat to the body horror classics of fellow Canadian David Cronenberg— are nothing to sneeze at. Yet “Sicario” might be his finest outing to date: it’s a harrowing, impressionistic journey into a modern-day heart of darkness, and one of the year’s most visually striking films. There’s a lot to admire about Villeneuve’s soul-sick morality tale, including first-rate performances from Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin and a casually terrifying Benicio Del Toro, as well as a script that pulls the rug out from underneath the viewer at every conceivable opportunity without ever seeming contrived. But perhaps the film’s biggest asset comes from renowned British cinematographer Roger Deakins, »
- Nicholas Laskin
Written by Taylor Sheridan
Directed by Denis Villeneueve
Tightly wound from the opening frame, Denis Villeneueve’s Sicario opens to the gripping sounds of Jóhann Jóhannsson’s gripping electronic score, as FBI agent Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) rides in an armored vehicle to an Arizona house linked with drug traffickers. Clad in full combat armor herself, as are her partner Reggie Wayne (Daniel Kaluuya) and the dozens of other agents with them. Like the viewer, Macer doesn’t know what exactly she’s getting herself into, but the foreboding look on her face as she takes deep breaths and tries to relax suggests that she has some idea of the danger lying ahead.
It comes as soon as she enters the house in the form of a brief and brutal shootout, but the worst doesn’t arrive until she and her fellow agents clear what appears to be the most imminent danger. »
- Max Bledstein
Everest has climbed to the top of the UK box office for a second weekend running.
Elsewhere, Solace lands at number six, and Pixels re-enters at number nine.
The UK box office top 10 in full:
1. (1) Everest - £1,996,439
2. (2) Legend - £1,812,808
3. (3) Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials - £1,150,888
4. (-) Miss You Already - £487,247
5. (5) Inside Out - £423,204
6. (-) Solace - £340,537
7. (4) The Visit - £310,988
8. (7) The Empire Strikes Back (Secret Cinema) - £294,775
9. (Re) Pixels - £163,732
10. (10) Bill - £159,734
Source: Rentrak »
Only days away from the Us release of the Avengers: Age of Ultron Blu-ray and DVD (October 2nd), Marvel has unveiled a second gag reel for the high-grossing summer film. Following the first gag reel, which hit the web earlier this month, this new one features more hilarious mistakes and behind-the-scenes action. Watch your favorite Avengers goof off down below…
Avengers: Age of Ultron sees Joss Whedon directing a cast that includes Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Mark Ruffalo (The Incredible Hulk), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Don Cheadle (War Machine), Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Paul Bettany (Jarvis / The Vision), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Quicksilver), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter), Idris Elba (Heimdall), Anthony Mackie (Falcon), James Spader (Ultron), Stellen Skarsgard (Erik Selvig), Thomas Kretschmann (Baron Strucker), Josh Brolin (Thanos), Claudia Kim (Dr. Cho), Andy Serkis »
- Justin Cook
The most engaging thing about Denis Villeneuve‘s Sicario is the sheer vehemence of its ferocity. It is no lackluster portrayal of what the American Dream isn’t – the lack of liberty, freedom or rights, nor what the heartbreaking reality of Mexico’s harsh streets is. It is content with sprawling the graphic, and at times what might be considered unnecessary, violence across the screen but ultimately, is a reflection of the core themes that it so brashly explores; perhaps even offering a social commentary on that which is so infrequently discussed.
We follows Kate (Emily Blunt), a hard-boiled and even harder working FBI Agent as she and her partner Reggie (Daniel Kaluuya) get unequivocally dragged into the cut-throat world of the lucrative, albeit deadly, Mexican Cartel. Perhaps the bestpart of the film is Blunt in her entirety, she is an absolute unflinching triumph who provides a mesmerising performance as »
- Matthew Ceo
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