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You know you’re in for a good time when a trio of nuns turn to the genial farmer who greets them one morning with the retort, “Don’t fucking talk to us!” That’s the underlying charm of “The Little Hours,” in which every joke stems from people talking the last way you’d expect of them. Matching a crackling wit with the absurd dissonance of time and place found in the best of Monty Python and Mel Brooks, “Little Hours” is so eager to please that its one-note humor lands with ease.
Writer-director Jeff Baena’s improv-laden twist on “The Decameron,” in which wily 13th-century nuns speak in raunchy contemporary dialogue and engage in sexual deviance, milks its premise for as many jokes as possible and then keeps going, with uneven but mostly hilarious results. Overall, it’s a perfectly satisfying snapshot of subversive comedy that delivers where it counts. »
- Eric Kohn
What for American satirist Jeff Baena (“Life After Beth,” “Joshy”) must have felt like a radically innovative idea — take a medieval piece of literature, such as Giovanni Boccaccio’s “The Decameron,” and recreate it with an irreverent modern sensibility — is in fact a strategy that Euro auteurs have been doing for decades. Not that a somewhat overinflated sense of novelty makes Baena’s twisted nuns-gone-wild comedy “The Little Hours” any less entertaining.
Only the most ascetic of filmmakers sets out to create a starchy period piece about naïve maidens pining away in airless old castles. The trouble is that even when such racy directors as Benoit Jacquot and Catherine Breillat attempt to modernize such material, between the subtitles and cultural differences, too much is lost in translation. “The Little Hours” is, then, a medieval convent comedy for the megaplex crowd, one that dispenses with the notion of nuns as prim-and-proper »
- Peter Debruge
This article originally appeared on EW.com.
Keaton, Offerman, B.J. Novak, Patrick Wilson and director John Lee Hancock sat down with People and Entertainment Weekly editorial director Jess Cagle for a SiriusXM town hall, and since the movie is about McDonald’s, Cagle asked the group to share what their own first jobs were.
Keaton recalled his gig as a lawn cutter for his neighbor. Though she paid him $1.25, he said he spent »
Though it sounds like a cooking-themed romp a la Ratatouille, My Life As A Zucchini is more interested in somber coming-of-age drama than food. The stop-motion animation film centers on a little boy nicknamed Zucchini who winds up in an orphanage when his deadbeat mom unexpectedly dies. He befriends a police officer named Raymond and falls for a girl named Camille, all while grappling with his new parentless reality. The American voice cast bringing that melancholy story to life include Will Forte, Ellen Page, Amy Sedaris, and Nick Offerman.
My Life As A Zucchini (originally Ma Vie De Courgette) is the first full-length feature for Swiss director Claude Barras, and it’s become a bit of a critical darling in a packed year for animation. In addition to being nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature Film, My Life As A Zucchini is also on the shortlist of »
- Caroline Siede
Take a portion of The Devils, add a splash of The Witch, a heaping of Monty Python, and then douse it in the comedy of today and you have The Little Hours. Set in a 1347 medieval Italy, Jeff Baena’s follow-up to Joshy packs an even bigger cast — including Alison Brie, Dave Franco, Kate Micucci, Aubrey Plaza, John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon, Nick Offerman, Fred Armisen, Jemima Kirke, Adam Pally, and Paul Reiser — and marks a step forward in his directorial style, even if the comedy ends up running out of steam. As our trio of nuns over-indulge in sacramental wine and take part in God-forbidden sexual desires, the cast exudes a lovable charm, despite the nagging sense they had more amusement making it then the audience has watching it.
- Jordan Raup
“I loved his work ethic, I loved his vision, I loved his enthusiasm and his drive and his focus,” the actor said during a SiriusXM Town Hall discussion with People and Entertainment Weekly editorial director Jess Cagle. But later on when the character becomes increasingly more sour, Keaton said that’s when the role becomes “really, really interesting as a human being and kind of mind-blowing.”
Keaton portrays Ray Kroc, the man who didn’t start McDonald’s, »
People and Entertainment Weekly editorial director Jess Cagle asked Keaton and Wilson during a SiriusXM Town Hall about playing supervillains in Spider-Man: Homecoming and Aquaman, respectively. Not that either could talk about much, except Keaton reveals how much his villainous Vulture resonates.
“The character actually has more relevance. I know there’s this issue that comes up about how timely The Founder is, in terms of where we are now in this country. My character, »
Universal is expanding “Split,” starring James McAvoy as a man with 24 personalities, to 3,037 sites on Friday. The Thursday night figure for “Split” doubled the $1 million in previews from Shyamalan’s found-footage horror movie “The Visit,” which scored an opening weekend of $25.4 million two years ago.
Shyamalan produces and directs from his own script in a story of McAvoy’s character capturing three young women. It’s the 12th movie that Shyamalan has directed with 1999’s “The Sixth Sense” remaining the most successful with more than $650 million in worldwide grosses.
Film Review: ‘Split’
“Split” is poised to battle “xXx: Return of Xander Cage” for the top »
- Dave McNary
Plot: A servant (Dave Franco) in 14th Century Italy, who’s being hunted by his vengeful master (Nick Offerman) takes refuge with a kindly priest (John C. Reilly) who puts him to work at a convent he over-sees, populated by three young nuns (Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza, & Kate Micucci). In order to pass unnoticed, he poses as a deaf mute, but the ruse can’t keep passions from... Read More »
- Chris Bumbray
Directed by Garth Jennings.
Featuring the voice talents of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Seth MacFarlane, Taron Egerton, Peter Serafinowicz, Tori Kelly, Garth Jennings, Rhea Perlman, Nick Kroll, John C. Reilly, Jennifer Saunders, Nick Offerman, Leslie Jones, and Adam Buxton.
Set in a world of anthropomorphic animals, a failing theatre owner attempts to turn things around by hosting a singing/talent competition.
In a part of a nameless city of a world of anthropomorphic animals that closely resembles ours, a koala named Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey) is a failing theatre impresario but is also an optimistic con-artist (koala, con; I see what you did there Illumination Entertainment). After a charming introduction of Buster skirting responsibility by not paying his theatre techies (our hero), the film then introduces us to a plethora of other characters. A bored housewife pig mother of 25 piglets named Rosita (Reese Witherspoon), a teenage »
- Matthew Lee
Here’s a most unusual entry in a genre that’s now becoming a cinema staple: the origin story. Now that term may be most associated with comic books, and many of the superhero blockbusters are just that, the story of how he, she, or they came to get their powers, whip up a costume, and so on (the recent Doctor Strange is an excellent example). Ah, but this is a true tale, almost an autobiography. There have been many “bio-origins”, from Young Mr. Lincoln to Southside With You (hmm.. both about future presidents). Yes, there’s the individual’s journey, but this flick is also about a product. The Social Network concerned Mark Zuckerberg and the creation of that website, and Steve Jobs was as much about the man as it was about the personal computer. This new movie focuses on Ray Kroc and chronicles the evolution of the fast food restaurant industry, »
- Jim Batts
Chicago – Michael Keaton is the real reason to see “The Founder” – it’s a movie that probably wouldn’t work at all without him. Keaton portrays Ray Kroc, the man who turned McDonald’s into a multinational fast food behemoth. But “The Founder” is an origin story of both the man and the brand…and Kroc is not the genius of American business he’s been made out to be.
When the story opens, Kroc (Keaton) is a traveling salesman going from drive-in to drive-in peddling milkshake machines. You can almost see the sweat stains under his shirt as he tries to drum up a sale, but to no avail. He’s sold many things over the years, and is worried he’s about to run out of road on this particular trip, before he gets to the American Dream. He learns of McDonald’s when the small burger »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Today, Gkids, the American film distributor that specializes in the release of worldly-wise animated features has unveiled the official English-language trailer for My Life As A Zucchini. The Golden Globe nominated film features an impressive voice acting cast, which includes the talents of Will Forte, Nick Offerman, Ellen Page, and Amy Sedaris. Furthermore, we’ve also got nine beautiful images to share with you... Read More »
- Steve Seigh
Gkids has released the trailer for the English-language version to the French animated film My Life as a Zucchini featuring the voices of Will Forte, Nick Offerman, Ellen Page and Amy Sedaris. Helmed by Swiss director Claude Barras, the film was nominated for a Golden Globe and was selected as Switzerland’s entry for the Foreign Language Film Oscar. Here’s the synopsis: After his mother’s sudden death, Zucchini is befriended by a police officer, Raymond, who accompanies… »
The evolving nature of the film biopic has recently become quite interesting to me. Insofar as Pablo Larraín's Jackie is as much about Theodore H. White's Life magazine article as it is about the iconic First Lady, so John Lee Hancock's The Founder is as much about the process of business franchising across the United States in the 1950s as it is about the man who made McDonald's the corporate empire it is today. That is not to say that Michael Keaton's performance as Ray Kroc, nor the delightful duo of John Caroll Lynch and Nick Offerman, who portray the McDonald brothers Mac and Dick (respectively), are not important or excellent. Of course they are. Kroc innovated the franchise model and was the driving force behind...
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The Sundance Film Festival has been the launching pad for some of the greatest indie films ever made. The likes of “Reservoir Dogs,” “Little Miss Sunshine,” and last year’s “Manchester by the Sea” all got their starts at the mountainside festival. That track record of finding new talent and fresh stories is what keeps studio executives and fan lovers flocking to Park City. So as Sundance gets ready to kick off on Thursday, hope springs anew.
There are a number of films that are already generating massive buzz, sight unseen. They range from Oscar contenders to crowd pleasing comedies to ripped-from-the-headlines documentaries. If they live up to the hype, all of them should score big paydays. Here’s a look at the films that are most likely to spark all-night bidding frenzies.
Director: Dee Rees
Sales agent: Wme »
- Brent Lang
Fox’s historical drama “Hidden Figures,” which has won the past two weekends, is likely to remain a solid contender in the $15 million to $18 million range.
“Split” has been building buzz among its core fans since its debut screening at September’s Fantastic Fest in Austin, followed by an official screening at November’s AFI Festival in Los Angeles and 24 word-of-mouth screenings on Friday the 13th last week, mirroring the 24 personalities of McAvoy’s character. Critics seem to be embracing “Split,” which so carries an 75% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Shyamalan is self-financing the $5 million project. »
- Dave McNary
The Founder has a mesmerizing sequence wherein a pair of restauranteurs train their staff in proper kitchen procedure by having them run through it repeatedly on a tennis court covered in chalk outlines. Over a montage, the troop of clean-cut lads master the intricate choreography of the “Speedee Service System,” going from bumping into one another to pirouetting along the lines with industrial grace. It’s like Martha Graham, Dogville, and Ronald McDonald had a beautiful cinematic child. And then nothing interesting happens in the movie again.
In an earlier scene, traveling salesman Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton) visits the first McDonald’s location in Bakersfield, curious as to what kind of small restaurant needs so many milkshake machines. (This is the 1950s, at a point when “McDonald” is just another Gaelic name.) Kroc is enchanted by the Speedee Service System, which treats food preparation as an assembly line that delivers orders in record time. »
- Daniel Schindel
18 January 2017 8:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
The renowned, sonorous tones of Sam Elliott are back in The Hollywood Reporter’s exclusive clip of The Hero.
Elliott plays Lee Hayden, a washed-up Western film icon, who today makes a living through voiceovers, while leading a sedentary life accompanied by copious amounts of weed and former co-star turned dealer (Nick Offerman). Upon being struck with a surprise cancer diagnosis, he quickly prioritizes, and commits to proving his self-worth through a reprisal of his most iconic role, The Hero, in a sequel to the beloved Western film. In addition, he attempts to mend the relationship with his estranged daughter and »
- Kili Bell
Bidding wars have already begun for the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Buyers snapped up six titles in the days leading up to the fest, including one that A24 purchased sight unseen: David Lowery’s “A Ghost Story,” starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara. Other movies acquired in the past two weeks are “Berlin Syndrome” (Netflix), “Call Me By Your Name” (Sony Pictures Classics), “Casting JonBenet” (Netflix), “Cries From Syria” (HBO for television rights) and “Long Strange Trip” (Amazon).
Read More: Sundance 2017: Netflix, Vertical Acquire ‘Berlin Syndrome’
With 120 features playing at Sundance, there are plenty of hot titles remaining for acquisition executive, though it will be tough for any film to exceed last year’s $17.5 million purchase of “The Birth of a Nation” by Fox Searchlight, the biggest deal in the festival’s history.
Which movies are likely to have buyers lining up in the cold this year? Here are 14 hot »
- Graham Winfrey
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