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Few film festivals in the world create bidding wars for titles quite like the Sundance Film Festival. Last year, Sundance saw the biggest deal in its history when Fox Searchlight bought “The Birth of a Nation” for $17.5 million. Though some of the films in the upcoming slate have already been acquired, many are looking to find a home during the 2017 festival, which takes place between January 19 and January 29 in Park City, Utah.
Read More: Sundance 2017 Announces Competition and Next Lineups, Including Returning Favorites and Major Contenders
Which movies are likely to have buyers lining up in the cold this year? Here are seven hot titles from the lineup that could be prime targets for acquisition execs.
- Graham Winfrey
Paramount’s sci-fi thriller “Arrival” has topped $100 million in worldwide box office in less than a month.
The film has grossed $65.8 million in the U.S. and Canada and $35.1 million internationally through Thursday. Paramount Pictures handled distribution in North America with FilmNation Entertainment as the international sales agent for all territories.
Film Review: ‘Arrival’
“Arrival” received 10 nominations on Thursday from the Critics’ Choice Awards, including for best picture, director, actress and adapted screenplay. Adams received the best actress award from the National Board of Review, which named the movie as one of its 10 best films of 2016.
“Arrival” has grossed $9.6 million in the U.K., making it the top grosser in that market for director Denis Villeneuve. It’s also achieved that distinction in Spain with a $2.5 million total and in Australia with $4.4 million to top Villeneuve’s “Sicario” in that market.
“Arrival” premiered at the Venice Film Festival and »
- Dave McNary
With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
With the excess of low-budget, retreat-in-the-woods dramas often finding characters hashing out their insecurities through a meta-narrative, a certain initial resistance can occur when presented with such a derivative scenario at virtually every film festival. While Sophia Takal‘s psychological drama Always Shine ultimately stumbles, the chemistry of its leads and a sense of foreboding dread in its formal execution ensures its heightened view of »
- The Film Stage
Miss Sloane asserts itself with awards season bravado, but as aggressive political takedowns give way to crackerjack-box conflict resolution (never know what’s inside), an almost B-movie vibe gains control. I’m not sure if EuropaCorp knew what they had here besides an absolutely on-fire performance by an un-extinguishable Jessica Chastain.
Director John Madden and writer Jonathan Perera set their sights on corrupt governmental practices, but go the route of bug-tapping bugs (not a typo) and emotional gigolos where other films have remained embroiled in D.C. espionage. Chastain never wavers in her steely, iron-fist poise, yet there’s no denying the utter ridiculousness that goes down in the name of kinda wrong do-gooding. I still don’t know what kind of tone Miss Sloane is aiming for – all I know is Chastain knocks her titular role into outer-f*#king-space.
Elizabeth Sloane (Chastain) is a pill-popping lobbyist who can crush »
- Matt Donato
Earlier today, we reported that Marvel's Phase 3 adventure Doctor Strange passed the $600 million worldwide box office milestone, in its fourth frame in theaters. Now we have new concept art that features an unused design of the religious zealots that follow the villain Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen). This design was discarded at some point during the production process, since those who followed Kaecilius looked nothing like this in the finished film.
Comic Book Movie came across this concept art. They first posited it might be for Mistriss of Death rumored to be featured in Avengers: Infinity War. That story was updated, explaining that it's actually an unused design from Doctor Strange. It hasn't been revealed where this image came from, or who drew it.
It’s easy to appreciate great acting. You know it when you see it. Especially during this part of the year, it pops up often. Well, let me tell you that Jessica Chastain shows you how it’s done in Miss Sloane. Out this weekend, it’s among her very best performances to date. Not only is it the sort of work that demands consideration from awards and such, it’s a timely film that is only more relevant now. Give or take a terrible ending, it’s a really strong movie that deserves to find an audience. Standing tallest in Miss Sloane, of course, is Chastain. She’s just terrific here. The film is a political drama with elements of a thriller as well. Elizabeth Sloane (Chastain) is known as one of the best lobbyists in the business. A superstar at her giant firm, she does anything and everything in order to win. »
- Joey Magidson
Miss Sloane EuropaCorp Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B Director: John Madden Written by: Jonathan Perera Cast: Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Stuhlbarg, Alison Pill, Jake Lacy Screened at: Park Avenue, NYC, 11/14/16 Opens: December 9, 2016 We in the audience presumably like to cheer the good guys, whether in politics or family relations, but we’ve come a long way from the great but naïve movies like “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.” In that 1939 picture, director Frank Capra positions James Stewart’s character, Jefferson Smith, an innocent gent, to fill a Senate vacancy with the thought by corrupt politicians that he can easily be manipulated. Smith turns [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
Directed by Denis Villeneuve.
A linguist is recruited by the military to assist in translating alien communications
If aliens landed on earth, how would we react and how would we try to communicate with them? This is the question posed in Denis Villeneuve’s sublime sci-fi thriller Arrival. Based on the short story Story of Your Life by Ted Chiang; Eric Heisserer’s screenplay delves into the concept of time, space, alien life and humanity.
Renowned linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) is recruited by the military after 12 alien crafts descend on Earth and hover above the surface in random countries across the world. Slowly Banks begins to communicate with the aliens; supported by charming scientist Ian Donnelly (Renner). Louise sets out on a mission to prevent the World’s leaders from declaring war and destroying the human race. »
- Helen Murdoch
Dramatic Hollywood takedowns of maligned professions—big bad lawyers, banks, politicians—tend to be overdone portrayals that are good for a thrill yet bad as a civics lesson. But in our truth-is-stranger-than-fiction world, one where reality TV and government have merged, all bets are off. In this new universe, the otherwise metastasized film Miss Sloane, focused on vilifying the profession of lobbying, is unavoidably relevant and eerily prescient.
The titular character, played powerfully by the talented Jessica Chastain, is a ruthless lobbyist hired to take on the grandest lobby of them all: the gun industry. Chastain’s Sloane is so manipulative, so conniving, and so bereft of all human morality, that she makes Gordon Gekko look like Mother Theresa.
At the outset, the ambitious Sloane condescendingly walks out of her position at a right-wing lobbyist firm after her equally merciless boss, the demonic Sam Waterson, orders her to find a »
- J Don Birnam
Earlier today, we reported that Marvel's Doctor Strange solidified its status as a box office hit by winning its second weekend in a row with $43 million. That tally has put this Marvel Phase 3 adventure past the $150 million mark domestically, bringing its total to $153 million. The movie is also closing in on another box office milestone, $500 million worldwide.
Deadline reports that Doctor Strange's foreign total of $339.6 million has pushed its worldwide box office total to $492.6 million worldwide. It will most likely pass the $500 million mark when the final weekend numbers come in tomorrow, or possibly on Tuesday. At this point in its release, Doctor Strange has grossed 37% more internationally than Ant-Man and 34% more than Guardians of the Galaxy.
From Marvel Studios comes Doctor Strange, the story of world-famous neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange whose life changes forever after a horrific car accident robs him of the use of his hands. When traditional medicine fails him, »
After easily taking the box office crown last weekend, Marvel's Doctor Strange went up against three newcomers, Paramount's Arrival, Universal's Almost Christmas and EuropaCorp's Shut In. While our original projections had the race much closer, Doctor Strange had no trouble repeating at the top, taking in an estimated $43 million. Trolls also remained in second place with $35 million, dropping just 24.8% in its second weekend, while Doctor Strange dropped just 49.8%, both of which are impressive in their own right.
Doctor Strange remained in 3,882 theaters this weekend, the same as its opening frame, earning a respectable $11,085 per-screen average, down from its $21,911 per-screen average on opening weekend. This superhero adventure will likely be playing in roughly more than 1,600 theaters than its new competitors this weekend. Box Office Mojo reports that Arrival debuted in 2,317 theaters, while Almost Christmas arrived in 2,376 theaters and Shut In arrived in 2,058 theaters.
As of now, Arrival was the only movie »
Directed by Denis Villeneuve.
Dr. Louise Banks, a celebrated linguist reeling from personal tragedy, is called in by the military to decode the language of an alien civilisation when a strange spacecraft lands in Montana…
There’s a human message in Arrival which doesn’t just feel timely, but rather essential as we draw to an end of a year which will, sadly, be remembered as infamous. Denis Villeneuve’s picture almost feels like a cinematic elegy to communication and understanding, symbolically representing a period in history where communication, language and interpretation are being eroded by the fabric of history. Adapted from Ted Chiang’s award-winning novella ‘Story of Your Life’, Villeneuve’s film is his logical extension into the world of science-fiction; arresting while nonetheless stripped of brightness and colour, distancing while »
- Tony Black
“Doctor Strange” continues to dominate the the box office after earning $14.9 million on Friday at 3,882 locations en route to $45 million in its second frame.
The film, from Marvel and Disney, is only challenged by Fox’s “Trolls” which earned $12.2 million at 4,066 theaters on track for a second weekend in the $34 million range.
After finishing in the top two slots last weekend as well, the two films greet newcomer “Arrival,” which is posting numbers that exceed expectations. The Paramount film scored $9.3 million on Friday and is looking at a $24 million opening weekend at 2,317 locations.
“Almost Christmas” should finish fourth with about $16 million this weekend after a $5.9 million Friday at 2,376 theaters.
“Arrival” has received strong critical support with a 93% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The film, which centers on a dozen mysterious alien ships touching down on Earth, is directed by Denis Villeneuve and stars Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg and Tzi Ma. »
- Seth Kelley
Well “Miss Sloane” certainly picked an interesting weekend to make its world premiere. A barnstorming political thriller about a fiercely intelligent woman who breaks men over her knee and brings Washington D.C. to heel, the latest film from “Shakespeare in Love” director John Madden may have been conceived as a story of empowerment, but in the wake of President-Elect Donald J. Trump. it can’t help but feel like a feminist fantasy from a more hopeful time when the glass ceiling seemed ready to shatter into 160 million tiny pieces — a time that I like to call “last Monday.”
But maybe that will change. Maybe tomorrow — after the smoke clears and our anger coalesces into action — this fierce, over the top, and wholly entertaining saga of lobbyists run amok won’t be seen as a nostalgic throwback so much as a cautionary tale about what’s to come.
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- David Ehrlich
Chicago – The film genre of aliens from other planets is as old as the movies. But it hasn’t been told as boldly and humanely as the new film “Arrival.” Its theme is communication, and how this interaction relates to the concept of the life cycle. Yes, it’s lofty, but it is also edge-of-the-seat engaging.
The film celebrates science, and the subtlety of the human mind, but it is also empathetic and relatable. Our thoughts and our memories are all based on the language that we learn, or what we accept from the language of others. The human beings are trying to find out why a series of a dozen alien crafts have come to earth, but in that that panic they may be missing the point. Sometimes different questions have to be asked, and different roads need to be taken. That is part of thought process, and »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Sci-fi thriller “Arrival” is heading for as much as $20 million in its opening weekend at 2,317 North American locations while “Doctor Strange” and “Trolls” continue to dominate moviegoing, early estimates showed Friday.
Universal’s launch of comedy “Almost Christmas” should finish the weekend with as much as $17 million at 2,376 sites as it battles “Arrival” for the third spot. “Doctor Strange” is pegged to bring in around $40 million during the weekend, followed by a surprisingly strong “Trolls” at about $36 million, as both are expected to take in more than $12 million on the Veterans Day Friday.
Mel Gibson’s “Hacksaw Ridge” is heading for fifth with as much as $11 million in its second weekend. But mystery-thriller “Shut In,” starring Naomi Watts, is generating minimal traction with about $3 million at 2,050 locations.
Thanks to the holdovers, »
- Dave McNary
Paramount’s sci-fi thriller “Arrival” has opened with a solid $1.5 million domestically in preview screenings on Thursday night at 1,944 locations, while Universal’s comedy “Almost Christmas” grossed $507,000 in late night shows in 1,885 theaters.
The alien-contact saga “Arrival,” starring Amy Adams as a linguistics expert, will be playing at 2,317 locations this weekend. Paramount has been forecasting a launch in the low-to-mid teens — comparable to last fall’s $15 million opening of Steven Spielberg’s “Bridge of Spies,” which wound up with $72 million by the end of its run.
“Arrival” premiered at the Venice Film Festival and has received strong critical support with a 96% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The film, which centers on a dozen mysterious alien ships touching down on Earth, also stars Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg and Tzi Ma.
- Dave McNary
Directed by Denis Villeneuve
A linguist is recruited by the military to assist in translating alien communications.
Director Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Prisoners) continues his hot-streak of English language speaking films (and his hot-streak of film-making in general) with Arrival, possibly one of the most restrained and nuanced offerings from the science fiction genre of all time. There is quite literally about three seconds of action in the entire movie, so if that frightens you maybe you should rent Independence Day: Resurgence off your local cable provider. For everyone else that is actually intrigued by an alien invasion film built around the central idea of language, more specifically being the importance of communication between different lexicons then step right up because Arrival successfully manages to squeeze the most out of its themes presented.
- Robert Kojder
Title: Arrival Director: Denis Villeneuve (‘Sicario,’ ‘Prisoners’) Starring: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker and Michael Stuhlbarg The perplexities of life are always plaguing people’s sense of humanity and identity, as they struggle to find the true meaning of their purpose on Earth. Exploring the true nature of life as they contend with conflict and knowingly approach death is often the best way for people to maintain their humility. That’s certainly the case with the protagonist and the supporting characters of the new sci-fi movie, ‘Arrival,’ which grippingly points out how disconnected many people truly are from society. The drama, which was directed by ‘Sicario’ helmer, Denis Villeneuve, features actress [ Read More ]
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- Karen Benardello
It’s no secret that science fiction has a hard time at the Academy Awards. This year, the latest contender to hopefully buck that trend in a notable way is Arrival, which pairs director Denis Villeneuve with star Amy Adams. It hits theaters this week and is an interesting mix of independent sensibilities and mainstream blockbuster entertainment. Alien invasions tend to be large scale action flicks, but this film is a cerebral drama, and a very human one at that. When sci-fi is good, there’s always the chance that Oscar takes notice, despite its iffy history. With this one, there’s a chance, no doubt about that. Once again, the film is a sci-fi drama centering on well regarded linguist Dr. Louise Banks (Adams) who is recruited by the military to assist in translating alien communications when mysterious spaceships arrive at various locations on Earth. Working with a scientist »
- Joey Magidson
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