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A Cure For Wellness review: Dir. Gore Verbinski (2017)

23 February 2017 11:30 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

A Cure For Wellness review: Gore Verbinski returns to horror for his latest, a film that revolves around a Swiss-based spa which has a hidden secret.

A Cure For Wellness review by Paul Heath, February 2017.

Dane DeHaan leads the cast of Gore Verbinski’s big-budget horror-thriller which takes us to the Swiss Alps and a mysterious “wellness center”, where rich folk travel from all corners of the Earth to pay through the nose to reach a peak of health.

DeHaan plays Wall Street banker Lockhart, a wealthy twenty-something climbing the ranks at a New York financial outfit. There’s been an issue at the firm and Lockhart must travel to Switzerland to retrieve CEO Harry Groener and bring him back to the Big Apple so that he can aid an investigation. However, when Lockhart reaches the shadowy outfit, full of old folk looking for some quality rest and relaxation, he »

- Paul Heath

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A Cure for Wellness review – cult status beckons for mesmeric chiller

23 February 2017 3:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

There are shades of Stanley Kubrick and Stephen King in this operatically claustrophobic horror film about a sinister alpine spa

Gore Verbinski’s macabre conspiracy horror A Cure for Wellness is long. Very long. It is two and a half hours long, but you can’t be sure if it isn’t two and a half days, or two and a half months, or if some of the scenes unfolding on screen may in fact be hallucinations you are having privately. Yet there is something eerily mesmeric in it.

The action is set in a creepy Swiss alpine spa where rich people take the waters. In one scene, a male nurse is seen reading Thomas Mann’s Magic Mountain. Maybe he was finished with Ian Fleming’s Thunderball. Dane DeHaan plays Lockhart, an arrogant young Wall Street hotshot tasked by his hatchet-faced superiors with journeying to this very spa and »

- Peter Bradshaw

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Get Out Producer Jason Blum on Jordan Peele’s Directorial Debut

23 February 2017 8:00 AM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

There are few producers who have had the overwhelming success of Jason Blum and his Blumhouse Productions from their early days turning Oren Peli’s low-budget Paranormal Activity into a hugely profitable franchise, followed by the equally successful Insidious and The Purge movies. Jason Blum also has an Oscar nomination notched onto his career belt for his involvement in getting Damien Chazelle’s Oscar-nominated Whiplash made, and Blumhouse were involved with bringing Jem and the Holograms to movie theaters. (Sorry, but I actually kind of liked it, even though it bombed… big time.)

Jordan Peele’s directorial debut Get Out will be the third time Blumhouse has worked with an actor making their transition into directing, as Jason Blum handled the same duties on Joel Edgerton’s The Gift and Leigh Whannell’s Insidious: Chapter 3 a few years back.

Get Out is a very different movie in which Daniel Kaluuya »

- Edward Douglas

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Interview: How Gore Verbinski and Dane DeHaan turned their nightmares into A Cure For Wellness

23 February 2017 2:45 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Dan Jolin chats with Gore Verbinski and Dane DeHaan about A Cure for Wellness

During the summer of 2015, while shooting A Cure for Wellness in Germany, Dane DeHaan went through what he describes as “my month of torture”. In the space of a few weeks, the then-29-year-old star of Chronicle and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was strapped down and subjected to drill-induced dental abuse; had a tube rammed down his throat; and was immersed in a huge, water-filled sensory-deprivation tank.

They call it ‘suffering for your art’, but DeHaan has taken it to a whole new level.

“The dentist scene was more or less shot in a day, but for me it was just a terrifying circumstance to be in,” he explains, a good year and a half later and now sitting very comfortably in a London hotel suite. “That was fast and psychologically demanding.” The tube-gagging sequence, meanwhile, »

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Review: Don't Drink the Water—Gore Verbinski's "A Cure for Wellness"

22 February 2017 11:38 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Jason Isaacs as Dr. Volmer in A Cure for WellnessIt starts with a whispered melody. It will send frissons of familiarity, of a kind of upsetting longing for clarity. You know that song the odd English girl is singing, but you can't place it. Neither can Lockhart (Dane DeHaan, who they might have called Lockjaw, as he can barely seem to spit his words out), which is what draws him into the guts of a mystery. And it draws the film into a slithering spiral, compels us to observe an autopsy of modern horror. What half-remembered giallo fugue is Gore Verbinski spooning up for us like medicine, pinioned to our chairs like one of the zombie patients in the film’s sinister clinic? A puzzle picture, a conspiracy thriller, a kind of baroque classical nightmare, A Cure For Wellness is too sturdy, busy and sure of itself to be much of a horror film. »

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The Weekend Warrior 2/24/17: Get Out, Collide, Rock Dog

22 February 2017 11:00 AM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.  

This Past Weekend:

Presidents' Day weekend was an interesting one at the box office, and as with most holiday weekends, it was particularly difficult to figure out how things might fare, other than The Lego Batman Movie, which remained at #1 with almost $45 million over the four-day weekend. Fifty Shades Darker followed with $21.3 million, about a 50% drop.  Last week, I thought that the Ice Cub comedy Fist Fight would beat The Great Wall, although it seemed like it could be a close race. Nope. Matt Damon’s action epic came in third place with $21.6 million, which is a couple million more than my original prediction, but The Fist Fight fell short of my prediction by almost $10 million, grossing $14.5 million in its first four days. »

- Edward Douglas

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Movie Review – A Cure for Wellness (2017)

22 February 2017 10:05 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A Cure for Wellness, 2017.

Directed by Gore Verbinski.

Starring Dane DeHaan, Mia Goth, Jason Isaacs, Adrian Schiller, Celia Imrie, and Susanne Wuest.

Synopsis:

An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company’s CEO from an idyllic but mysterious “wellness center” at a remote location in the Swiss Alps, but soon suspects that the spa’s treatments are not what they seem.

If only all vanity projects were as masturbatory and hysterically overwrought as Gore Verbinski’s A Cure for Wellness. It’s a 150-minute homage to Dario Argento, a critique of modern capitalism, a grotesque flamboyant fairy tale and in the current climate of turgid, machine made, a copy of a copy of a copy horror cinema, it’s a refreshing excursion to somewhere new. It’s a frantic exercise in absolute excess.

It’s hard to imagine how the film was bankrolled following Verbinski’s attempt at »

- Amie Cranswick

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Get Out: Jordan Peele Explores Race With His Social Horror Flick

21 February 2017 7:00 AM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

After many years establishing himself as a comedian--first on Mad TV and then teaming with that show’s Keegan--Michael Key for the equally successful Comedy Central show Key and Peele--Jordan Peele has decided to go behind the camera to make his directorial debut with the horror-thriller Get Out.

It stars Daniel Kaluuya (Sicario) as Chris Washington, whose girlfriend Rose Armitage (Allison Williams of Girls) wants to take their relationship to the next level by having him meet her parents, who she hasn’t told that her boyfriend is black. At first, it doesn’t seem to matter, but as they spend the weekend together at her parent’s remote house, they’re joined by family friends who are acting equally oddly around Chris.  As Chris tries to figure out what is happening, he is led down a dark path towards something quite malevolent and deadly.

It’s »

- Edward Douglas

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A Cure For Wellness Review

20 February 2017 9:16 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Stefan Pape

To live for the weekend is a lifestyle and routine so many get unwittingly caught up in, and while Gore Verbinski’s latest endeavour A Cure For Wellness thrives in its supernaturalism, it’s grounded, persistently, by its commitment to the sheer mundanity of every day life, and it’s what makes this such an absorbing, contemporary horror.

Dane DeHaan plays Lockhart, an ambitious executive striving to get to the very top, by any means necessary, and when caught up in fraudulent activity, he can escape punishment by thrusting the company’s CEO into the limelight, and so is sent on a brief vacation to the Swiss Alps, to retrieve his boss from an elusive, idyllic wellness centre, run by the shady doctor Volmer (Jason Isaacs). The spa retreat specialises in treatment by water, though as Lockhart discovers, the methods are far from pure, and though initially anticipating a brief, »

- Stefan Pape

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Lego Batman Wins Weekend #2 at the Box Office with $34.2M

19 February 2017 11:16 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

After easily conquering highly-anticipated sequels Fifty Shades Darker and John Wick 2, Warner Bros.' animated spin-off Lego Batman Movie faced three newcomers in its second weekend at the box office. The animated spin-off will go up against Universal's big budget action epic The Great Wall, starring Matt Damon, Warner Bros.' comedy Fist Fight starring Ice Cube and Charlie Day and 20th Century Fox's A Cure For Wellness starring Dane DeHaan. As expected, The Lego Batman Movie retained its spot atop the box office with a better than expected $34.2 million

While there are certainly many factors that lead to The Lego Batman Movie staying on top of the box office, one of these factors is that it is still playing in hundreds of more theaters than any of these newcomers. The Lego Batman Movie debuted in 4,088 theaters last weekend, which, according to Box Office Mojo, remained unchanged this weekend. reporting »

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Titan publishing The Death of Stalin to coincide with Armando Iannucci movie

18 February 2017 10:00 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Titan Comcis has announced that it is set to bring Fabien Nury and Thierry Robin’s acclaimed graphic novel The Death of Stalin to a brand new audience this year, to coincide with the release of the upcoming Armando Iannucci movie.

The Death of Stalin is the story of a dictatorship plunged into madness. And it’s all based on truth. Joseph Stalin, the “Father of the People,” the man who reigned in absolute power over the people of Russia, had a stroke in the middle of the night on March 2nd 1953. He was declared dead two days later. Two days of fierce competition for the supreme power, two days that encapsulated all the insanity, the perversity and the inhumanity of totalitarianism.

The Death of Stalin is set to hit comic shops and bookstores in the Fall. The movie is also slated to arrive later this year, and features an »

- Gary Collinson

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Comics: Titan Announces Plans To Publish The Death Of Stalin Graphic Novel

18 February 2017 9:45 AM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Titan Comics in excited to announce it will publish The Death of Stalin, which is the original graphic novel that inspired the upcoming Armando Iannucci (Veep, In The Loop) film of the same name. Fans can expect the novel to hit comic stores and bookstores in the fall.  The film will feature an all-star cast of household names including, Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire), Simon Russell Beale (Into the Woods), Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter), Michael Palin (A Fish Called Wanda), and Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development). Titan describes the novel: The Death Of Stalin is the story of a dictatorship plunged into madness. And it’s all based on truth. Joseph Stalin, the “Father of the People,” the man who reigned in absolute power over the people of Russia, had a stroke in the middle of the night on March 2nd 1953. He was declared dead two days later. Two days of fierce competition for the supreme power, »

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Exclusive Video Interview: Jason Isaacs On A Cure For Wellness

18 February 2017 8:50 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

A Cure For Wellness is one of the most twisted, ambitious genre movies to grace mainstream theaters in quite a while. Honestly, I have to ask – how did Gore Verbinski get this wicked fairy tale made? Call it Lovecraftian Shutter Island, or come up with an equally descriptive identifier. No matter what you say, Verbinski deserves acclaim just for pushing cognizant limits of gonzo absurdity far past blockbuster boundaries. It might have been a better 100-minute movie versus the current 140-something-minute running time, but faults be damned. If you love your mysteries slippery, wet and deranged, check out my review of Verbinski’s latest to get the spoiler-free skinny.

This past week, I was able to sit down with the cast and crew to discuss their new spa-getaway nightmare. Participating in video interviews in New York City were stars Dane DeHaanJason Isaacs and Mia Goth, along with director Gore Verbinski. »

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Review: A Cure For Wellness [Monte’s Take]

17 February 2017 2:19 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Director Gore Verbinski has crafted quite an interesting career. After striking genre gold with the remake of the Japanese horror film Ringu, orchestrating one of Disney’s most successful franchises with Pirates of the Caribbean, and continuing his collaboration with Johnny Depp on the animated film Rango and the reboot of The Lone Ranger, Verbinski was poised to do whatever he wanted to do with his next film, and it doesn’t take long to realize this quality in the director’s new film, A Cure for Wellness.

For nearly two and a half hours, Verbinski compiles a beautiful, confounding, and chaotic medley of his favorite and most influential film scenes recreated. One moment you are whisked away on a train ride through the Swiss Alps in a moment of stunning scenery, the next you are offered images of unnerving and repulsive situations. It’s undeniable that Verbinski and director »

- Monte Yazzie

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Film Review: ‘A Cure For Wellness’ Provides a Much-Needed Temporary Fix

17 February 2017 9:56 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Gore Verbinski is no stranger to the spooky. He always creates these tense, terror-filled scenes that effectively frighten us. His films, from “Ring” to “Rango”, each are compelling enough to keep our attention, not matter how absurd they transform into. Boy, does he ever deliver in the gorgeously grotesque “A Cure for Wellness.”

Rating: 3.0/5.0

I grew up in what can easily be considered the golden era of fucked up cartoons. My formative years were filled with outrageous, absurdist shows like “Ren & Stimpy,” “Rocko’s Modern Life,” “Aaahh!!! Real Monsters,” and “Courage the Cowardly Dog.“ Each of them probably has something to do with my macabre sensibilities and Gore Verbinski perfectly mirrors my own predilections. The most powerful part of any Verbinski is the visual storytelling and “A Cure for Wellness” proves that he works best when the camera tells the story for him. The best way to describe his »

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A Cure For Wellness Poster & Video Created with Pills

17 February 2017 8:48 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

What exactly is the cure? Viewers can find out for themselves now that Gore Verbinski's A Cure for Wellness is in theaters via 20th Century Fox, and to celebrate the release, a new video and poster made completely with pills have been revealed.

Synopsis: "An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company's CEO from an idyllic but mysterious "wellness center" at a remote location in the Swiss Alps. He soon suspects that the spa's miraculous treatments are not what they seem. When he begins to unravel its terrifying secrets, his sanity is tested, as he finds himself diagnosed with the same curious illness that keeps all the guests here longing for the cure. From Gore Verbinski, the visionary director of The Ring, comes the new psychological thriller, A Cure For Wellness."

Directed by Gore Verbinski from a screenplay by Justin Haythe (based on a story by Haythe »

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Box Office: Matt Damon’s ‘Great Wall’ Topples ‘Fist Fight,’ ‘Cure for Wellness’ on Thursday

17 February 2017 7:56 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Action fantasy “The Great Wall” took in $970,000 at 2,470 North American locations in Thursday night shows that began at 7 p.m., easily topping high school comedy “Fist Fight” with $600,000.

Fox-New Regency’s psychological horror movie “A Cure for Wellness” grossed a quiet $300,000 at 2,215 locations from Thursday previews that began at 8 p.m.

Universal’s “The Great Wall,” starring Matt Damon as a European mercenary joining the fight against monsters during China’s Song Dynasty, is expected to take in about $17 million at 3,326 sites during the upcoming weekend. The Legendary production has already grossed a hefty $171 million in China since its Dec. 16 opening and another $50 million in other international markets. It’s opening in 21 more markets this weekend.

The Great Wall,” directed by Zhang Yimou, carries a $150 million budget and is co-financed by Le Vision Pictures and China Film Group. It’s the most expensive movie ever shot in China. Damon stars along with Jing Tian, »

- Dave McNary

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We interview Dane DeHaan, Gore Verbinski & more for A Cure For Wellness!

17 February 2017 6:31 AM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

A Cure For Wellness is the kind of movie you find out one of your friends has never seen and immediately sit them down to watch it, just to see them experience the cringe-worthy sequences, the visual masterwork on display, and the ominous mystery that surrounds it. Directed by Gore Verbinski (Pirates Of The Caribbean trilogy, Lone Ranger, The Ring) and starring Dane DeHaan, Mia Goth, and Jason Isaacs,... Read More »

- Paul Shirey

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'A Cure for Wellness' Review: Wtf Spooky-By-Numbers Horror Loses Its License to Ill

16 February 2017 10:05 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

A room full of studio executives sit around a table. Each of them has a small pile of paper scraps and a pen. They jot down dozens of things that they believe fit the definition of universally creepy: "Old, European Art Deco health spas"; "lank-haired girls with Vitamin E deficiencies"; "stern-faced people speaking German"; "iron lungs"; "eels." They then proceed to take round-robin turns pulling these concepts out of a hat, depositing a random handful picks into a manila envelope. When the package's recipients – let's call them screenwriter Justin Haythe »

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Exclusive Video Interview: Dane DeHaan On A Cure For Wellness

16 February 2017 7:42 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

A Cure For Wellness is one of the most twisted, ambitious genre movies to grace mainstream theaters in quite a while. Honestly, I have to ask – how did Gore Verbinski get this wicked fairy tale made? Call it Lovecraftian Shutter Island, or come up with an equally descriptive identifier. No matter what you say, Verbinski deserves acclaim just for pushing cognizant limits of gonzo absurdity far past blockbuster boundaries. It might have been a better 100-minute movie versus the current 140-something-minute running time, but faults be damned. If you love your mysteries slippery, wet and deranged, check out my review of Verbinski’s latest to get the spoiler-free skinny.

This past week, I was able to sit down with the cast and crew to discuss their new spa-getaway nightmare. Participating in video interviews in New York City were stars Dane DeHaanJason Isaacs and Mia Goth, along with director Gore Verbinski. »

- Matt Donato

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