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There’s something very satisfying about films that follow professionals tested by extraordinary situations – movies like Paul Greengrass’s United 93 for example. Director Peter Berg has already delivered one such celebration of the skilled everyman with Deepwater Horizon. He reunites with Deepwater star Mark Wahlberg for Patriots Day, a taut, multi-stranded account of the Boston marathon bombing.
As a police procedural, this is first-rate: unflinching, briskly paced film-making that pieces together the fast-moving investigation in a wholly satisfying manner. The nature of the terror attack means that there are distressing images of injuries. Berg doesn’t shy away from this, but he pulls back out of a sense of decency when it comes to the fatalities. Boston-born Wahlberg is strong in the central role, a tough-guy cop with a temper and a »
- Wendy Ide
Simon Brew Feb 24, 2017
It’s Oscar weekend! But how well do the Academy Award choices of ten years ago hold up? We’ve taken a look...
The Academy Awards are the highest profile snapshot of what films are highly rated within 12 months of their release. What they can’t predict, however, is how well regarded their choices will age, and only time can tell you that. Which is why I thought it’d be interesting to go back a decade, and see how the winners of the 79th Academy Awards, handed out on February 25th 2007, stack up ten years on…
Best Picture: The Departed
Patriots Day, 2016.
Directed by Peter Berg.
Starring Mark Wahlberg, Kevin Bacon, John Goodman, J.K. Simmons, Michelle Monaghan, Christopher O’Shea, Rachel Brosnahan, Alex Wolff, Themo Melikidze, Jimmy O. Yang, Jake Picking, and Melissa Benoist.
April 15th, 2013. As the Boston Marathon is in full swing, two brothers set off homemade bombs in an act of terrorism. In the chaotic aftermath, the local police join forces with the FBI to identify the perpetrators and track them down. The resulting manhunt shuts down the entire city. Based on true events.
Making a film just three years after the tragic events of the Boston Marathon might seem like undue haste. But there’s no sign of that in Peter Berg’s Patriots Day, his third collaboration with Boston native, Mark Wahlberg.
After their success with the true life story of Deepwater Horizon, it was no surprise that they looked for similar inspiration for their next project together. »
- Freda Cooper
Venezuelan actor Edgar Ramirez had been working quite steadily with small roles in films like Steven Soderbergh’s Che and Paul Greengrass’ The Bourne Ultimatum. Things really took off for Ramirez when he was cast in Olivier Assayas’ television mini-series Carlos, playing a ruthless kingpin. The five-hour film allowed Ramirez to show a wide range of what he could do as an character, earning him Golden Globe and Emmy nominations.
Now, Ramirez appears opposite Matthew McConaughey in Gold, the Stephen Gaghan-directed film, in which he plays geologist Michael Acosta, who is pulled into the schemes of McConaughey’s Kenny Wells in trying to find gold in Indonesia. The plan almost kills them as they spend days in the hot, tropical »
- Edward Douglas
By: Carson Blackwelder
Mel Gibson has a chance at being nominated in the best director category at the 2017 Oscars for Hacksaw Ridge — but there is definitely some competition. While the 61-year-old multihyphenate has already received nominations at the Critics’ Choice Awards and the Golden Globes, snagging one from the Academy is not certain. How often have directors been gotten those two precursor nominations only to fall short of the all-important Oscar nomination?
Over the course of his lengthy career, Gibson has primarily been an actor. That being said, the New York native has stepped behind the camera and directed five feature films to date: 1993’s The Man Without a Face, 1995’s Braveheart, 2004’s The Passion of the Christ, 2006’s Apocalypto, and 2016’s Hacksaw Ridge — with the announcement of another, Berserker, on the horizon. The most successful of the bunch, »
- Carson Blackwelder
Keep up with the glitzy awards world with our weekly Awards Roundup column.
– Jeffrey Katzenberg, Chairman of DreamWorks New Media, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 54th Annual International Cinematographers Guild (Icg, Iatse Local 600) Publicists Awards Luncheon to be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 24, 2017.
In making the announcement, Henri Bollinger, chairman of the Publicists Luncheon Awards Committee, commented, “.From the outset of his career, Jeffrey has demonstrated an ability to incorporate the essence of entertainment into a wide spectrum of projects. This has led to an unprecedented track record which continues to evolve with each passing year..”
Icg national president Steven Poster Asc added, .”Jeffrey Katzenberg is one of the giants of our industry, a man who has brought us some of the greatest films of our generation, be they live action or animation..”
.”I am thrilled and honored by this recognition,.” Katzenberg said of the honor. »
- Kate Erbland
The 20 top-grossing films of 2016 include two non-fantasy titles in the Us and four in Britain
Only two of the 20 best-performing films in the Us in 2016 was a “real world” story, compared with four in the UK.
Jason Bourne, Paul Greengrass’s triumphant return for Matt Damon’s amnesiac spy, came in at No 12 in the North American year-end charts, amid a sea of superhero movies, sci-fi space yarns and family films. At No 20, Dwayne Johnson/Kevin Hart comedy Central Intelligence also sounded a battle cry for semi-realism.
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- Catherine Shoard
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