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'Still Alice' and 'Maps to the Stars' box office: Julianne Moore Oscar helps only one movie (photo: Kristen Stewart and Julianne Moore in 'Still Alice') (See previous post: "'The Lazarus Effect' Box Office: Olivia Wilde Horror Movie Arrives Comatose.") The Oscars do matter. As mentioned in the previous post, Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman was up an estimated 125 percent this weekend, Feb. 27-March 1, 2015, following its four Academy Award wins – including Best Picture. Also up a hefty 24 percent – after adding 553 locations – is Sony Pictures Classics' Still Alice, which earned Julianne Moore the year's Best Actress Oscar for her performance as a woman in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. True, an Oscar win – or key nominations – may not create mammoth blockbusters like Francis Lawrence's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, Sam Taylor-Johnson's Fifty Shades of Grey, or Clint Eastwood's American Sniper. For that, »
- Zac Gille
How about that Julianne Moore? The red-headed actress followed up her Best Actress win at last year’s Cannes Film Festival with a win for the big one at The Oscars. But the two wins were for different films! Maps To The Stars was the film she won at Cannes for. We Are Movie Geeks has not seen this latest thriller from cult director David Cronenberg, but we won’t miss it when it plays in St. Louis starting Friday exclusively at The Chase Park Plaza Cinema (212 N. Kingshighway in the Central West End)
Maps To The Stars is about the Weiss family, who are making their way in Hollywood rife with money, fame, envy, and relentless hauntings. Stafford Weiss (John Cusack) is a famed TV self-help therapist with an A-list celebrity clientele. Meanwhile, Cristina Weiss (Olivia Williams) has her work cut out managing the career of their disaffected child-star son, »
- Tom Stockman
What’s the Matter with Havana?: Cronenberg’s L.A. Story a Hot Mess of Tangled Ideas
Couched within its episodic instances of harpooning Hollywood stereotypes, there is a rather interesting tale in Maps to the Stars contending as a wobbly family saga of vacuous types tainted by their desperate attempts to maintain a certain visibility within celebrity culture. But it’s an idea lost in its own maddening attempt at actually engaging in the mythos pointedly laid out in its own subtext as pertains to provocative motifs like incest, nepotism, and (literally) ghosts from the past. The result is a maudlin brew of wacky circumstances and over-the-top flourishes that sometimes work, but, more often than not, fall flat the longer running the time wears on. While it very much feels like a Cronenbergian endeavor, its pointed critique of a particular empty headed culture ends up feeling like a series of wink-wink potshots, »
- Nicholas Bell
A movie that for a long time seemed stuck in development with folks like Dakota Fanning, Juno Temple, Olivia Williams, Paddy Considine, and Jeremy Irvine attached at various points, "A Royal Night Out" eventually rolled in front of cameras with a no less promising ensemble of actors. And the result looks like a pretty frothy little period piece that's a bit of spirited fun. Julian Jarrold ("Kinky Boots," "Becoming Jane," "Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1974") directs Sarah Gadon, Bel Powley, Emily Watson, Rupert Everett, and Jack Reynor in this comedy that takes place just at the close of World War II, and follows the teenage Princess Margaret and the future queen of England, Elizabeth II as they are granted one night from Buckingham Palace to join a celebrating London. And of course, comedic misadventure follows as they step out of the royal world they've always known »
- Kevin Jagernauth
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Writer/director Gina Prince-Bythewood's triumphant return is a labor of love worth your love. This romantic drama stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Noni, a self-destructive pop singer who's tired of the limelight and all it entails. An off-duty cop named Kaz (Nate Parker) steps in to save Noni from making a terrible decision, and naturally, they fall for each other hard and fast. Mbatha-Raw and Parker have great chemistry. Plus, Minnie Driver is excellent as Noni's stage mom.
Martin Rosen's emotionally devastating animated film, based on the novel by Richard Adams, has gotten a spiffy Criterion restoration. There aren't a ton of bells and whistles on this Blu-ray, but those little bunnies have never looked so good. »
- Jenni Miller
Quite hilarious in a deeply disturbing way that you won’t want to look straight on at, lest it forever ruin you as a lover of movies. I’m “biast” (pro): mostly like Cronenberg’s work, love the cast
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Oh, did you have dreams of going to Hollywood, becoming a star, and living happily ever after? Maps to the Stars will put paid to them. This is one of Canadian horror auteur David Cronenberg’s (Cosmopolis, Eastern Promises) least trippy films: it’s hardly surreal at all. Which makes it all too plausible as it looks askew at the living nightmares that are the lives of the Weiss family of Los Angeles, all of whom are deeply entrenched in the industry. Except the one thing they think is horrific — and it’s pretty bad »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Maps To The Stars Focusworld Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: B Director: David Cronenberg Screenwriter: Bruce Wagner Cast: Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, John Cusack, Robert Pattinson, Olivia Williams, Evan Bird Screened at: Universal, NYC, 1/14/15 Opens: February 27, 2014 Though the audience for annual film awards is diminishing, there is still a great deal of excitement to the shows put on by the Golden Globes, the Academy, Critics’ Choice, and others. In fact far more people watch the celebrities than attend the movies, which means that we are more interested stars, noting what they wear, perhaps gossiping about the scandals. As for scandals, you [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
Title: Maps to the Stars Director: David Cronenberg Starring: Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, John Cusack, Evan Bird, Olivia Williams and Robert Pattinson The Hollywood and celebrity lifestyle is often presented as a desirable ambition for American society to strive for, as it offers fame and wealth to the most deserving and talented people who are determined to reach their goals. But the high-society lifestyle isn’t as glamorous and enticing as many people may believe-the select few who do obtain it have to contend with such issues as relentlessly struggling with the mistakes of their past, the fading opportunities once they reach a certain age and no longer fitting into the [ Read More ]
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- Karen Benardello
David Cronenberg’s oft-copied but rarely bettered visual techniques are what enabled his shift from body horror expert to twisted auteur, and his eye for the unusual is front and center in the the latest trailer for Maps To The Stars. An expose on the bizarre inner workings of Hollywood, it’s garnered a wealth of strong advance reviews since it debuted at last year’s Tiff. With this, its Sixth trailer in the space of a year, is there really anything else new we need to see in order to be convinced of its madness?
This latest preview completely harnesses the tedious idea of a blow-by-blow story breakdown. Instead, some staccato editing and pushy soundtrack choices elevate this into a jarring glimpse at the crazy underbelly of the industry.
For those who don’t know, the movie stars Mia Wasikowska as a young ingenue who arrives in Hollywood eager to make it in Tinseltown. »
- Gem Seddon
Robert Pattinson may not have known what he was getting himself into when he signed on for David Cronenberg’s film “Maps to the Stars” but judging by a new “red band” trailer, it may be his raciest film ever. The film has been slapped with a R-rating for “strong disturbing content,” which includes violence and graphic sex. The trailer provides snapshots of the movie’s stars, which include Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, John Cusack, Olivia Williams, Sarah Gadon and Evan Bird. Carrie Fisher also makes a cameo appearance playing herself. ...Read More »
Stars: Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, Robert Pattinson, John Cusack, Evan Bird, Olivia Williams, Sarah Gadon, Kiara Glasco, Dawn Greenhalgh, Jonathan Watton, Jennifer Gibson, Gord Rand, Justin Kelly, Niamh Wilson, Clara Pasieka | Written by Bruce Wagner | Directed by David Cronenberg
Maps to the Stars is a film which explores the effect of our celebrity-obsessed society. Following a variety of famous characters who are trying to hide their secrets from the lime light, worlds come crashing down around them as Agatha Weiss comes to town. Recently freed from a psychiatric hospital she has arrived to search for her family who abandoned her a long time ago.
Well. Yes. I am not really sure how to start with Maps to the Stars. So let’s start with the obvious. Julianne Moore is crazy. In this film I mean, I couldn’t describe her sanity in real life because I don’t know her. »
- Richard Axtell
Following the first domestic trailer that debuted last month, Focus World has released the new red band trailer for Maps to the Stars, which features adult language and sexually-suggestive situations. Fresh off her Oscar nomination for Still Alice, Julianne Moore leads an all-star ensemble cast in director David Cronenberg's Hollywood drama, alongside Mia Wasikowska, John Cusack and Robert Pattinson.
Meet the Weiss family, who are making their way in Hollywood rife with money, fame, envy, and relentless hauntings. Stafford Weiss (John Cusack) is a famed TV self-help therapist with an A-list celebrity clientele. Meanwhile, Cristina Weiss (Olivia Williams) has her work cut out managing the career of their disaffected child-star son, Benjie (Evan Bird), a fresh graduate of rehab at age 13.
Yet unbeknownst to them, another member of the Weiss family has arrived in town - mysteriously scarred and tormented Agatha (Mia Wasikowska), just released from a psych ward and ready to start again. »
It’s a pretty decent week for horror lovers, with the February 17th release of not only the latest in the popular V/H/S series hitting DVD/Bluray, but also the wonderfully entertaining documentary Life Itself, as well as various other genre and film-related entries. Thankfully, the gang at Icons of Fright have had the chance to take a peak at a few of this week’s titles, and there really aren’t any films Not worth picking up. Read on!
The third film in the V/H/S series, V/H/S: Viral takes some of the genre’s up and coming directors and sets them loose, with the result being either entertaining or lacking in some parts. The Benson/Moorhead segment “Bonestorm” is one that features skateboarders with GoPro camers »
- Jerry Smith
Recently, Focus World dropped this new featurette/movie clip (below) for their upcoming "Maps To The Stars" drama/thriller flick, and offers up a couple of new clips from the movie, along with some interview action with director, David Cronenberg in a limousine. One of the clips gives a new glimpse at Twilight Saga main man, Robert Pattinson, doing his limo driving thing with Julianne Moore's character, and more. Check it out,below. The movie stars: John Cusack, Robert Pattinson, Julianne Moore, Olivia Williams, Sarah Gadon, Mia Wasikowska and Evan Bird. The official plotline for the movie, reads like this: "Meet the Weiss family, who are making their way in Hollywood rife with money, fame, envy, and relentless hauntings. Stafford Weiss is a famed TV self-help therapist with an A-list celebrity clientele. Meanwhile, Cristina Weiss has her work cut out managing the career of their disaffected child-star son, Benjie, »
- Andre Braddox
A solid cast faces supernatural peril in Altar, coming to DVD and digital HD next week, and one of them—Steve Oram from Sightseers, The World’S End and others—discovers a gruesome omen in an exclusive clip you can see past the jump. Matthew Modine (pictured above), The Sixth Sense’s Olivia Williams, Antonia Clarke, Richard Dillane and Adam Thomas Wright […] »
- Michael Gingold
Chicago – I can’t decide which is worse: the “fake deep talk” from Jeff Bridges in “Seventh Son” or the “angry whisper talk” from Eddie Redmayne in “Jupiter Ascending,” which also opened on Friday. Both speech impediments are ugly fish out of water, both films are getting punished by critics and both are underperforming at domestic box offices.
Ironically, both movies have also also been quite delayed and now we see why. “Jupiter Ascending” opened two days ago after initially being slated to open in July 2014. That film’s push back was justified to finish its extensive special effects, which “The Matrix” creators did without remembering to fix its laughable acting and weak story.
Also knowing it was in trouble, “Seventh Son” was originally supposed to open way back in Feb. 2013, but the film was pushed back once and then a second time to Feb. 2015. It even changed distribution »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
On Friday, we brought you an exclusive look at General Sir Thomas Of The Royal Hiddelstonians in Ben Wheatley’s latest, High-Rise. There is exciting news to report about the director’s next film, crime thriller Free Fire. In a move that should boost the Sightseers filmmaker’s already growing profile in America, Martin Scorsese has come aboard as an executive producer.Free Fire is described as a hard-boiled crime film set in 1970s Boston. A secluded meeting between two gangs in a warehouse suddenly explodes into a shoot-out and a fight for survival. Wheatley already has Luke Evans, Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy, Olivia Williams and regular collaborator Michael Smiley aboard to star, and intends to start the cameras rolling in a few months. Knowing the director, he’s probably got three more movies ready to go after that.And while he’s cited some of Scorsese’s output such »
Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures released their new action/fantasy film, "Seventh Son" into theaters this weekend, and all the top,major movie critics have turned in their reviews. And it turns out that it didn't quit hit the mark with most of them as it only was able to muster up an overall 30 score out of a possible 100 across 25 reviews at the Metacritic.com site. The film stars: Julianne Moore, Olivia Williams, Djimon Hounsou, Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes, Antje Traue, Alicia Vikander and Kit Harington. We've supplied blurbs from a couple of the critics,below. Glenn Kenny from RogerEbert.com, gave it a 63 score, stating: "Surprise! One doesn’t want to damn the movie with faint praise by saying “it’s not that bad,” but that’s kind of the most objectively accurate description of it, in all honesty." Thomas Lee from the San Francisco Chronicle, gave it a 50 score, »
- Andre Braddox
Sometimes, you know with one shot, one line, one choice. With "Seventh Son," it happened for me the moment Jeff Bridges opened his mouth. He's made a choice here that takes him further down that Rooster Cogburny RIPDy road with that gravel voice mush mouth thing, and it's genuinely ill-advised. It is embarrassing. It's like someone's grandfather wandered onto the set, and no one has the heart to tell him he's not in the movie. He is Grandalf. And it does not work. Now, if everything else about "Seventh Son" was exemplary, there's a chance it wouldn't matter, or there's a chance it might make the Bridges performance somehow work better in context. But this is tone-deaf train crash from start to finish, cast poorly, shot in a way that might as well include title cards reading "Meanwhile, On A Soundstage" at the start of some scenes, and packed with »
- Drew McWeeny
Seventh Son, 2015.
Directed by Sergey Bodrov.
Young Thomas is apprenticed to the local Spook to learn to fight evil spirits. His first great challenge comes when the powerful Mother Malkin escapes her confinement while the Spook is away.
Seventh Son is so bad I don’t even know where to begin. Picture every cliché of high fantasy narratives centered on witches and monster slayers, and toss in some of the most atrocious special effects of modern-day cinema along with high profile actors phoning in such awful performances that it’s clear the only reason they are in the movie in the first place is to cash a paycheck.
Based on the novel The Spook’s Apprentice, Seventh Son does indeed follow a Spook (fancy term for dude who hunts monsters) seeking a replacement, »
- Robert Kojder
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