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Pics: ‘The Bodyguard’ returns to London’s West End

22 July 2016 2:11 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The musical version of the hit movie The Bodyguard returned to the West End stage last night for its new run with Beverley Knight reprising the role of Oscar-nominated superstar Rachel Marron, opposite Ben Richards as Frank Farmer, Marron’s bodyguard.

Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don’t expect is to fall in love.  A romantic thriller, The Bodyguard features a whole host of irresistible classics including Queen of the Night, So Emotional, One Moment in Time, Saving All My Love, I’m Your Baby Tonight, Run to You, I Have Nothing, I Wanna Dance With Somebody and one of the greatest hit songs of all time – I Will Always Love You.

The stars came out to celebrate the return of the West End favourite, which we reviewed »

- Paul Heath

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‘Our Kind Of Traitor’ Movie Review: A Spellbinding, Psychological Thriller

9 July 2016 5:46 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Our Kind of Traitor is the spellbinding, psychological thriller of the summer. It will keep you guessing until winter arrives. An otherwise ordinary British couple are on holiday in Marracech, Morocco, when fate stumbles upon them. Ewan McGregor plays Perry, a professor of poetics and Naomie Harris plays his wife Gail, whom is a successful lawyer. […]

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- Kevin Xavier

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‘In Order Of Disappearance’ Trailer: Stellan Skarsgård Brings Laughs To Norwegian Dark Comedy — Watch

9 July 2016 12:16 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

“In Order of Disappearance” premiered at the Berlin Film Festival back in 2014, and is finally now arriving to Us theaters this year. Directed by Norwegian filmmaker Hans Petter Moland, the dark comedy stars Stellan Skarsgård as Nils, an introverted and hard-working snow plow driver who receives news that his son has died of a heroin overdose. Disbelieving of the official report, he soon uncovers that his son was killed by a drug cartel and begins his quest for revenge.

The movie was written by Kim Fupz Aakesonl and also stars Bruno Ganz, Pål Sverre Hagen, Jakob Oftebro and Kristofer Hivju. Upon its premiere, “In Order of Disappearance” received positive reviews.

Read More: Berlin Review: Stellan Skarsgard Is a Killing Machine In Enjoyable Dark Comedy ‘In Order Of Disappearance

IndieWire’s Eric Kohn wrote in his review that it “cleverly magnifies the way each man is trapped in the mazes of »

- Liz Calvario

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Movie Review: Our Kind of Traitor

3 July 2016 8:36 PM, PDT | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

The new thriller, Our Kind of Traitor, is worth the visit. Just the right amount of action, adventure, and intrigue. The dynamic cast was spot on and is sure to please.

The story starts out with Perry (Ewan McGregor) and his girlfriend Gail (Naomie Harris) in a bit of a tumultuous relationship with Perry having to try and make amends after a sorted affair he had some time back. As chance would have it, Gail storms off in a restaurant while on holiday, leaving Perry open to befriend a member of the Russian mafia, the very charismatic Dima, played by Stellan Skasgard. He is extremely boisterous, full of life, and in great need. We come to learn that Dima is in trouble and is petrified of the mafia putting a new man in charge, “The Prince” (Grigoriy Dobrygin), who is going to kill his family. Dima enlists Perry to get »

- Betsy Russo

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Film Guide: What Movie Should I Watch This Weekend? (July 1, 2016)

1 July 2016 8:41 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

To help sift through the increasing number of new releases (independent or otherwise), the Weekly Film Guide is here! Below you’ll find basic plot, personnel and cinema information for all of this week’s fresh offerings.

Starting this month, we’ve also put together a list for the entire month. We’ve included this week’s list below, complete with information on screening locations for films in limited release.

See More: Here Are All the Upcoming Movies in Theaters for July 2016

Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, July 1. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.


The Bfg

Director: Steven Spielberg

Cast: Bill Hader, Jemaine Clement, Mark Rylance, Penelope Wilton, Rebecca Hall, Ruby Barnhill

Synopsis: The Bfg is no ordinary bone-crunching giant. He is far too nice and jumbly. It’s lucky for Sophie that he is. Had she been »

- Steve Greene

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Our Kind Of Traitor – Review

30 June 2016 8:16 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

John le Carré incorporates many of the same ingredients in each of his literary recipes: espionage, intrigue, and corruption. How he uses these ingredients and a few others sprinkled in is what makes each of his dishes satisfying. Our Kind Of Traitor might be the author’s least complicated recipe. There are fewer players and even fewer entanglements than some of his recent film adaptations, such as A Most Wanted Man and the acclaimed Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. As a result, Our Kind Of Traitor might be the most easily digestible for those looking for a more straight-forward approach to his world of international crime.

Ewan McGregor stars as a poetry teacher who dips his pen into the wrong inkwell. After a vacation in Morocco with his wife turns sour (Naomie Harris), the “professor” ends up going out on the town with a man he meets one night at a restaurant, »

- Michael Haffner

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Review: ‘Our Kind of Traitor’ Shows Why John le Carré and Hollywood Don’t Mix

30 June 2016 4:22 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

When John le Carré’s name is attached to a movie or television series, you already know what to expect. An author whose firsthand experience in the intelligence world informs his work, the novelist has developed a singular approach to spy stories. The films and series based on his work have attracted sizable budgets and A-list casts despite the labyrinthine governmental entanglements and devastating, feel-bad endings that come with le Carré’s territory. But where some of those other projects managed to preserve the author’s grounded approach, “Our Kind of Traitor” represents a Hollywood pivot to a film that, while entertaining at points, dilutes le Carré’s potency.

The aforementioned star power here comes from Ewan McGregor, playing unassuming poetry professor Perry (introduced kissing and caressing a woman’s naked back, lest you think he lacks mainstream movie spy bona fides), who becomes an unlikely pawn in a cross-continent informational tug-of-war. »

- Steve Greene

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Here Are All the Upcoming Movies in Theaters for July 2016

30 June 2016 2:00 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It’s never too early to start planning a trip to the movies. Now that July is upon us, we wanted to have a place for movie fans to see every film opening in theaters for the entire month. We’ve separated the wide releases from the arthouse/specialty offerings for each week, giving you the best of both worlds. (Synopses are provided by festivals and distributors.)

For more of what’s on the horizon, you can also bookmark our calendar page, where we’ll update releases for the rest of the year. In the meantime, enjoy your time at the theaters!

Week of July 1 Wide

The Bfg

Director: Steven Spielberg

Cast: Bill Hader, Jemaine Clement, Mark Rylance, Penelope Wilton, Rebecca Hall, Ruby Barnhill

Synopsis: The Bfg is no ordinary bone-crunching giant. He is far too nice and jumbly. It’s lucky for Sophie that he is. Had she been »

- Kate Halliwell, Kyle Kizu and Steve Greene

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Oscars: With Massive Invite List, Academy Redirects Diversity Debate

30 June 2016 12:47 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

This year’s robust class of Academy invitees is an exciting first step in addressing the industry’s diversity problem. Yet it’s one already being criticized in some quarters, with the rage pendulum having swung from “too exclusive!” to “too inclusive!”

Certain names, whether they made their mark in television or trigger a “too soon” response, are already being targeted. But you can’t really point a finger at presumably dubious choices while acting like the bar for inclusion hasn’t been notably low for long stretches of the Academy’s history, stretches some might say have led to the org’s currently problematic social makeup.

You also can’t argue that TV-heavy resumes ought to rule out inclusion. TV is where the opportunities are. Should working artists with the kind of worldview sorely needed in the Academy really be punished for that? Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs long »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Moonlight Gets a Release Date

30 June 2016 6:51 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Yesterday Mahershala Ali got invited to be an Academy member and now he has a movie that might get him nominated next year. Barry JenkinsMoonlight, based on the play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue (what a great title, why change it?)  by Tarrell Alvin McCraney, is scheduled to open limited on Oct. 21. The movie tells the story of a young man who comes of age in 1980s Miami, focusing on on his quarter-life crisis, challenging environment and awakening sexuality. 

The ensemble cast includes many fantastic actors we’ve all loved and wished they’d get the movie showcase that their talents calls for. In addition to Ali we get Naomie Harris and Andre Holland. Playing the lead character, at different times of his life, are newcomers Trevante Rhodes and Ashton Sanders. The movie not only has good buzz (word is that Harris in particular is a revelation) but also excellent pedigree. »

- Murtada Elfadl

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Our Kind Of Traitor Review

29 June 2016 3:52 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Our Kind Of Traitor doesn’t dazzle, nor does it seduce – Susanna White’s John le Carré adaptation merely explores the predictably familiar world of international spies. While that’s not a glowing endorsement, there’s enough technical know-how to guide audiences through a tense-enough tale of Russian mobs, corrupt officials and dirty money. You’ll never be blown away, yet certain segments do raise an eyebrow or two thanks to Stellan Skarsgård’s lovably Soviet Don personality. Ewan McGregor may play the film’s unlikely lead, but it’s Skarsgård who steals every scene through his larger-than-life, bearish mannerisms. Come for the undercover espionage, stay for a jovial Russian man calling his children assholes.

No, I’m serious.

McGregor stars as Perry Makepeace (eye roll for “descriptive” last name), a poetry teacher who becomes embroiled in a Russian mafia subplot. While visiting Morocco with his prestigious lawyer better half, »

- Matt Donato

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[Review] Our Kind of Traitor

29 June 2016 6:50 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Gorgeous and deliberate, Susanna White‘s Our Kind of Traitor, adapted from the John le Carré novel, exists in that ever-so murky, gray area of international politics, and ultimately crumbles under the weight of those complexities.

We’ve got a hero couple, Perry (Ewan McGregor) and Gail (Naomie Harris), trying to save their marriage with a vacation in Marrakech when they meet Dima (Stellan Skarsgard), a hammy Russian oligarch who happens to handle a whole lot of mafia money. When Dima asks Perry to pass along classified intel to the British Secret Service to bargain for his and his family’s escape, wheels of intrigue are set in motion.

Though the stakes are raised early and we’re reminded of the consequences often, there’s not much to grasp on to. Perry’s strange motivation in wanting to help a man he’s never met is interesting, but quickly abandoned. »

- Dan Mecca

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Shia Labeouf’s ‘American Honey’ Gets September Release

28 June 2016 5:15 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A24 has set an awards-season release date of Sept. 30 for Shia Labeouf’s road drama “American Honey.”

The movie, directed by Andrea Arnold from her own script, premiered at last month’s Cannes Film Festival and won the jury prize. Labeouf, Riley Keough and newcomer Sasha Lane play hard-partying characters selling magazines in the Midwest amid a lifestyle of sex, intoxication and occasional law-breaking.

The film will open in New York and Los Angeles on Sept. 30, then expand nationwide.

“Even viewers who find this traveling circus of cheap thrills and cheaper booze wearying would be hard pressed to deny the iridescent vitality with which it has been put on screen,” Variety film critic Guy Lodge wrote in his review of “American Honey.”

Parts & Labor, Pulse Films and ManDown Pictures are the producers. The project was co-developed by Film 4 and jointly financed by Maven Pictures’ film fund, BFI and Film 4.

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- Dave McNary

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Our Kind of Traitor Movie Review

25 June 2016 9:05 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Our Kind Of Traitor Lionsgate/ Roadside Attractions Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B+ Director:  Susanna White Written by: Hossein Amini from John le Carré’s novel Cast: Ewan McGregor, Naomie Harris, Damian Lewis, Stellan Skarsgård Screened at: Dolby 24, NYC, 7/6/16 Opens: July 1, 2016 College professors are sometimes said to be living in an ivory tower, but those who teach sciences and business administration would hardly be in the same room as poetry teachers.  Poetry professors together with members of the philosophy department, though, would have adjoining rooms in the tower penthouse.  They are about the last people you would suspect to get involved with the Russian mafia, particularly  [ Read More ]

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- Harvey Karten

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Claire McCarthy to direct Naomie Harris in The Personal History of Rachel DuPree

25 May 2016 6:46 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Claire McCarthy.

The Waiting City's Claire McCarthy is attached to direct The Personal History of Rachel DuPree, about black frontier women in the American Old West.

Doubt's Viola Davis is exec producing after buying the rights to the original novel by Ann Weisgarber, with Skyfall's Naomie Harris set to star.

Su Armstrong and Brian Rosen are producing for their SixtyFourSixty banner, with Julius Tennon exec producing with Davis..

London-based Gfm were shopping the film to buyers in Cannes; Idris Elba was briefly announced as being attached but dropped out.

McCarthy had a busy Cannes, with her Ophelia, starring Naomi Watts and Daisy Ridley, another hot market title.

The director, who contributed a segment to 2013's The Turning but hasn't made a feature since 2009's The Waiting City, is repped by Rgm Artists in Sydney and CAA in the U.S. »

- Staff Writer

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Our Kind of Traitor review – spy thriller without the wow

15 May 2016 12:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Though solid enough, this John le Carré adaptation has too little tension and too many visual cliches

After the exemplary chill of Tomas Alfredson’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and Susanne Bier’s slick, sexy television adaption of The Night Manager, this latest John le Carré adaptation feels a little workmanlike by comparison. The story of an academic (Ewan McGregor) and his wife (Naomie Harris) who are drafted in to broker a deal between a Russian gangster (Stellan Skarsgård, excellent) and British intelligence, the film is solid but rarely achieves the tension for which it is clearly aiming. One of the main problems is the look of the picture. Director Susanna White relies heavily on the cliched teal, orange and acid yellow colour palette that has become a visual shorthand for thrillers in the absence of any more interesting ideas.

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- Wendy Ide

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Cannes 2016 Market Roundup: Marion Cotillard, Idris Elba and More Set New Projects (Updated)

14 May 2016 5:59 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: 5 Ways the Cannes Market Will Impact Indie Film The Cannes Market is an oftentimes overwhelming source of breaking news stories, so we're sorting through the clutter this year to present a roundup of the biggest and best breaking news stories. From major casting announcements to filmmakers boarding exciting new projects, you can find a complete rundown of the stories below. Content will be updated as news breaks straight from the Cannes Market.  Wednesday, May 11 - Antonio Banderas will play the lead in Simon West's action-comedy "Salty." The actor will play an aged rock star and sex addict who must save his supermodel wife after she is kidnapped by pirates. According to THR, the film is being billed as "'The Hangover'-meets-'Spinal Tap'" West is best known as the director of "Con Air" and "Tomb Raider."  - Idris Elba and Naomie Harris are teaming up to star »

- Zack Sharf

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Our Kind of Traitor review – Ewan McGregor gets smart in Le Carré potboiler

12 May 2016 1:30 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

This is meat-and-potatoes Le Carré given a generic spy-movie treatment, but still it reels you in

The insecurity of the modern world has brought John le Carré back out of the shadows. Following Tinker Tailor redux, A Most Wanted Man and the crackerjack hokum of TV’s The Night Manager, this mid-list potboiler finds the author trading shamelessly on western suspicions about Mother Russia, tossing troubled couple Naomie Harris and Ewan McGregor into the geopolitical cut-and-thrust after they befriend vodka-gulping heavy Stellan Skarsgård during a make-or-break Moroccan getaway.

Director Susanna White favours a generic spy-movie look: those chilly blue filters surely need resting now. Yet she works smartly with her actors: while Skarsgård wolfs down great handfuls of scenery, McGregor effectuates a thoughtful transformation from ineffectual tourist to man in the field. Not even the gifted adaptor Hossein Amini (The Two Faces of January) can convince us it’s anything »

- Mike McCahill

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Our Kind Of Traitor review: “Keeps the heart pounding.”

12 May 2016 7:03 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Our Kind Of Traitor review: Relegated from an overcrowded 2015 in terms of spy films, can the latest Le Carre match his previous work?

Reports suggest that Our Kind Of Traitor was being test-screened back as early as 2014. Based on a novel by John Le Carre and featuring an excellent cast, such a delay would suggest a tricky or sub-par film just waiting to be dumped somewhere. Then we remember that 2015 was overloaded with spy films, completely saturating the market. We had Spectre, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, Kingsmen, Spy, Bridge Of Spies, and The Man From U.N.C.L.E. So, it’s probably in Our Kind Of Traitr’s best interest to give itself a little more breathing space, but that’s not to say it wouldn’t have held its own.

The unsubtly named Perry Makepeace (Ewan McGregor) is on a reconciliation holiday with his lawyer wife Gail Perkins (Naomie Harris). While »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Naomie Harris to Star in ‘The Personal History of Rachel Dupree’

11 May 2016 3:58 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Naomie Harris is attached to star in writer-director Claire McCarthy’s indie drama “The Personal History of Rachel Dupree,” which is based on the novel by Ann Weisgarber, TheWrap has learned. Harris will play a heavily pregnant woman on an isolated, drought-stricken ranch who is forced to take matters into her own hands when she begins to doubt whether she can trust her husband to put his starving family before his own ambitions. Su Armstrong and Brian Rosen are producing for SixtyFourSixty, while Viola Davis and Julius Tennon serve as executive producers. The film is an Australian/Canadiana co-production, and Gfm will begin shopping. »

- Jeff Sneider

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