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In the science-fiction non-thriller “Vice,” Bruce Willis plays the CEO of a futuristic resort where perfectly human-looking androids exist to fulfill their clients’ deepest, darkest desires — none of which, it can safely be said, involve watching movies as relentlessly mediocre as this one. Reminiscent of any number of haunting, visionary sources — from Ridley Scott’s seminal “Blade Runner” to Mamoru Oshii’s sex-dolls-with-souls anime “Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence” — this disposable Lionsgate cheapie should pass through theaters as swiftly as it fades from the memory.
Should audiences require some lighthearted relief from “American Sniper,” Clint Eastwood’s serious-minded portrait of the deadliest marksman in U.S. military history, they could probably do worse than “Vice,” which boasts some of the most astoundingly incompetent assassins in the action-pic annals: Fleeing from her pursuers in one hail of machine-gun fire after another, Kelly (Amber Childyrs) never fails to emerge miraculously unscathed. »
- Justin Chang
Nishikubo Mizuho's animated feature film Giovanni's Island won the Excellence Prize in the Animated Films Category of the 38th annual Japan Academy Prizes. This prize now nominates it for the Grand Prize in the same category. Winners will be announced by the Japan Academy Prize Association on February 27th. In the past years, Mamoru Oshii's "The Sky Crawlers" (32nd edition) , Shinsuke Sato's "Oblivion Island" (33rd edition) and Hiroyuki Okiura's "A Letter to Momo" (36th edition) received the Excellence Prize."Giovanni's Island" screened in the official selection of several prestigious film festivals around the world, including the 36th Moscow International Film Festival, the 58th London Film Festival and the 36th Cairo International Film Festival. It was invited as closing film at the 4th Sakhalin International Film Festival, held...
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Last week it was revealed that Scarlett Johansson will star as cyborg agent Major Motoko Kusanagi in DreamWork’s live-action movie adaptation of Mamoru Oshii’s groundbreaking 1995 anime film based on the renowned manga series from Masamune Shirow. We now have another Ghost in the Shell update, as a release date for the film has been selected, bringing the long-gestating project one crucial step closer to the big screen.
Box Office Mojo reports that DreamWork’s Ghost in the Shell adaptation will hit theaters in 3D via Buena Vista on April 14th, 2017. While Johansson (Under the Skin, Lucy, Avengers: Age of Ultron) taking on the lead role is the only revealed casting news thus far, we know that Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) is set to direct the live-action Ghost in the Shell movie off a screenplay by William Wheeler (The Reluctant Fundamentalist). Avi Arad and Steven Paul »
- Derek Anderson
Although she's yet to get a solo Marvel film of her own, Scarlett Johansson's already proved she can open an action film by herself - Luc Besson's completely bonkers sci-fi confection Lucy managed to make more than 10 times its $40m budget at the box office last year.
If the latest reports are correct, Johansson could be about to play a not dissimilar role in another sci-fi action film: DreamWorks' live-action remake of Ghost In The Shell. The original anime feature, directed by Mamoru Oshii and based on Masamune Shirow's manga, is a true classic, influencing numerous other writers and directors and spawning a TV series subtitled Stand Alone Complex.
According to Variety, Johansson has agreed to take the lead as Kusanagi, a cybernetic human who, in the original film, »
4 items from 2015
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