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‘Hobbit’ Storms China; ‘Sniper’ Takes Out More Records: International Box Office

6 hours ago | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Highlights: The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies (WB) plants $49.5M footprint in China debut; American Sniper (WB) picks off more records for Clint Eastwood as it approaches $50M; Mortdecai (Lgf/Var) is less with lackluster start; Taken 3 (Fox/Eur) sets Neeson milestone; Big Hero 6 (Dis) still big in Japan; Penguins (Fox) holds fast to Latin American No. 1s…

With a record-breaking China bow of $49.5M, The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies was the top movie this frame internationally, followed by Taken 3, American Sniper, Big Hero 6 and Penguins Of Madagascar. New were day-and-date releases of Johnny Depp-starrer Mortdecai and Jennifer Lopez vehicle The Boy Next Door; as well as the debut of Alex Garland’s Ex Machina. Below are the weekend estimates on each of those along with The Theory Of Everything, Into The Woods and more. I will be back a »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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A Most Violent Year Review

16 hours ago | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: J.C. Chandor

Cast: Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Albert Brooks, Alessandro Nivola, Elyes Gabel, Catalina Sandino, Peter Gerety, Jerry Adler, Annie Funke

Certificate: 15

Run Time: 125 minutes

Synopsis: During the cold winter of 1981, an honourable and ambitious immigrant is forced to fight and protect his business and family from the corruption and unscrupulousness sweeping New York City.

 

Margin Call’s J.C Chandor continues to prove how masterful he is at balancing understated boldness with restrained menace in his latest film A Most Violent Year. The film’s metaphoric contradictions will have you transfixed from the get go: attentively attuned to the thrilling, fast-paced action one second and then… Bam! You’re frustrated beyond belief because the pace of this gripping film is so sluggishly steady it’ll have you begging the screen ‘C’mon – give me something’! It’s The Godfather in warm yellow tones, but not. It’s about principled capitalism, »

- Sacha Hall

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‘Ex Machina’ Review

24 January 2015 2:11 PM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Domnhall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Alicia Vikander | Written and Directed by Alex Garland

It’s rare these days to find a sci-fi that doesn’t bog you down in condescending exposition for the first half an hour, boring you senseless with background and character history to the point that you’re unlikely to care all that much when the story proper kicks in. Last year’s Lucy was a prime example of this: the movie kept explaining its ridiculous plot to you despite the fact that no-one’s ever gone into a Luc Besson movie expecting complex, intelligent storytelling. 2014′s other sci-fi starring Scarlett Johansson, Under The Skin, however, is a masterclass in understatement and trusting the audience to comprehend the story without it being spoon-fed to them.

I say all this because, thankfully, Ex Machina is much closer to the latter than the former in its storytelling. Though there is a lot more dialogue. »

- Mark Allen

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James Marsden on Tye Sheridan playing young Cyclops in X-Men: Apocalypse

24 January 2015 1:16 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A few days ago Bryan Singer announced who would play the younger versions of Jean Grey, Storm and Cyclops in X-Men: Apocalypse., with Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones), Alexandra Shipp (House of Anubis) and Tye Sheridan signing on to the 2016 film.

Now James Marsden has shared his thoughts on Tye Sheridan playing Cyclops – the role he portrayed in the original X-Men films as well as a brief cameo in X-Men: Days of Future Past – telling HitFix “I think he’s a wonderfully talented actor who blew me away in Mud, I’ve never seen a kid that young be that present and that powerful. So, I think he’s a perfect fit and I congratulate him.”

X-Men: Apocalypse is set for release May 19th, 2016 with James McAvoy (Professor X), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Nicholas Hoult (Beast) and Evan Peters (Quicksilver) all returning from X-Men: Days of Future Past »

- Thomas Roach

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'X-Men: Apocalypse': James Marsden Praises New Cyclops

24 January 2015 12:53 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Earlier in the week, it was announced that Joe and Mud star Tye Sheridan had won the role of Young Cyclops in X-Men: Apocalypse. The news hasn't exactly swayed fans either way, as the actor is relatively unknown. But he does have one supporter in his corner, and it maybe the only voice that counts at the moment. James Marsden, who originated the role of Cyclops in 2000's X-Men, and played him in three more films, is quite happy with the choice 20th Century Fox has made.

"I think he's a wonderfully talented actor who blew me away in Mud. I've never seen a kid that young be that present and that powerful. So, I think he's a perfect fit and I congratulate him."

This isn't the first time that another actor has taken over the role. Tim Pocock also played a younger version of Scott Summers in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. »

- MovieWeb

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Watch Oscar Isaac's incredible Ex Machina dance scene

24 January 2015 4:40 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

A new clip has been released of Oscar Isaac dancing with a female robot in Ex Machina.

The actor, who plays Nathan in the sci-fi film, performs the dance routine alongside a robot he has invented.

Ex Machina review: A sharp and exhilarating sci-fi horror

Written and directed by Alex Garland, Ex Machina stars Domhnall Gleeson as Caleb, a programmer who is invited to take part in a groundbreaking artificial intelligence experiment.

When Caleb arrives to begin work on Nathan's experiment, he is tasked with evaluating the consciousness of Ava (Alicia Vikander), an incredibly advanced AI.

Garland was inspired to write about consciousness and robotics by a debate he had with a friend, whose main interest was in neurology.

Ex Machina is out now in UK cinemas, and will be released in the Us on April 10.

Watch the trailer for Ex Machina below: »

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A Most Violent Year Review

24 January 2015 2:46 AM, PST | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

Heating Oil isn’t exactly what you’d call a riveting subject. Truck pulls up, fills your tank and that’s it. But, Hollywood, ever looking to make movies about anything that might make a buck, has decided that a movie about heating oil is just what the accountants ordered. Set in New York city in 1981, an immigrant, Abel Morales (Oscar Isaac) risks everything on a deal that will either be the making of him, or will be his downfall. Throw in gangsters and big dollops of corruption, all trying to crush Morales, and you have a story that is exciting, at least on paper. On the big screen translation however, it is like trudging through oil as Isaac delivers a performance that never really elevates above flat. His line delivery is monosyllabic and he just seems to go from scene to scene, with little or no conviction. On occasion »

- noreply@blogger.com (Vic Barry)

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'X-Men' Casts 'Game of Thrones' Star as a Young Jean Grey

23 January 2015 3:23 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Sansa Stark is joining the mutant world in the new X-Men sequel!

Director Bryan Singer tweeted the good news Thursday that Sophie Turner, Alexandra Shipp, and Tye Sheridan will become the newest crop of young mutants in X-Men: Apocalypse.

Meet our new and brilliant young mutants: @Alexshipppp as #Storm @SophieT as #JeanGrey and @TyeSheridan as #Cyclops. #XmenApocalypse

Bryan Singer (@BryanSinger) January 23, 2015

Turner is best known for her role as Sansa Stark in the HBO hit series Game of Thrones. While she’ll still be able to keep that red hair we’ve grown so fond of, next year she'll transform into a young Jean Gray. Adult Grey is portrayed by Famke Janssen.

Watch: 12 Movie Sequels We Can't Wait to See in 2015

Shipp is filling Halle Berry's shoes as a young Storm. You might recognize Shipp from her recent portrayal of Aaliyah in the Lifetime biopic Aaliyah: Princess of R&B.

Sheridan will star »

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Sophie Turner Cast as Jean Grey in X-Men Apocalypse

23 January 2015 12:05 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

When fandoms collide! Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner will be joining the cast of X-Men: Apocalypse, director Bryan Singer confirmed on Twitter on Thursday. While Sansa Stark is definitely a strong character in her own right, we wouldn't mind watching Turner, 18, suit up and unleash some mind-control powers on her enemies. Also announced was the casting of Alexandra Shipp as Storm and Tye Sheridan as Cyclops. Shipp, 23, is best known for her titular role in Lifetime's Aaliyah biopic, and Sheridan, 18, is best known for his role as Steve in the Oscar-nominated 2011 film Tree of Life. Apocalypse, which begins filming in Montreal in April, »

- Amanda Michelle Steiner, @amandamichl

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Batman v Superman photo! George Lucas on Star Wars! – Watch Fmtv’s Movie Newsgasm

23 January 2015 11:20 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ever heard of second-tier DC superhero Fatman? Because he might be starring in the new Zack Snyder film.

Oooh, it’s just Ben Affleck with a ‘six pack’ (or ‘beer gut’) as Batman in the latest photos from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Speaking of that epic team-up film, we also have the thoughts of its fight choreographer (he reckons it’s the best movie ever) And George Lucas, the Star Wars daddio, finally gives his thoughts on Jj Abrams’ The Force Awakens.

Fmtv will be back next Friday with our that week’s edition of the Movie Newsgasm. Exciting. Subscribe here to be notified first when they are live and to impress your friends.

Here’s some more information on the film’s discussed…

Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice

…hits theaters on March 25th, 2016 with Zack Snyder directing a cast that includes returning Man of Steel stars »

- Oli Davis

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‘A Most Violent Year’ Is a Beautiful Deconstruction of the American Dream [Video Review]

23 January 2015 10:30 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

A Most Violent Year is a slow burn of a film, primarily centered around a simple land deal that entrepreneur Abel Morales (Oscar Isaac) is trying to put together to sustain and grow his young oil business. Yet somehow, writer/director J.C. Chandor is able to up the stakes until they are almost unbearably tense. What […]

The post ‘A Most Violent Year’ Is a Beautiful Deconstruction of the American Dream [Video Review] appeared first on /Film. »

- David Chen

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Review: A Most Violent Year

23 January 2015 9:30 AM, PST | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

We may currently be in the midst of a pop-cultural infatuation with the antihero archetype, but A Most Violent Year presents us with a more elusive figure. Abel Morales (Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis) is surrounded by those who want to bring him down to their level, where firearms and shady business practices abound. A wealthy owner of a heating oil company in 1981 New York, his trucks are carjacked, his workers attacked, and his business investigated by a power-hungry Da (David Oyelowo, Selma). Morales is determined to stay above it all, working hard to respond in a way that’s legal and yet still gets results.

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- Elizabeth Stoddard

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Jessica Chastain Would "Absolutely Love" To Be In A Star Wars Movie

23 January 2015 8:27 AM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Jessica Chastain has been on many a fan's wishlist for a variety of different roles for quite a long time, but, unless you count Christopher Nolan's Interstellar, she's yet to make the leap into a big tentpole/Cbm type property -- no matter how much she may want to. Chastain has previously expressed her desire to play a superhero after turning down a couple of comic book movie roles that she didn't think were up to much, but it turns out she's just as interested in Star Wars. Digital Spy asked her about it since her friend and A Most Violent Year co-star Oscar Isaac will be seen piloting an X-Wing in The Force Awakens, and she responded very positively to the idea. So Disney/Lucasfilm, I think I speak for everyone when I say: get this woman in a future Star Wars film. The relevant chat comes in »

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Jean Grey, Cyclops, and Storm Cast in X-men: Apocalypse

23 January 2015 7:56 AM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Director Bryan Singer made some big casting announcements on his Twitter last night for his upcoming film X-Men: ApocalypseSophie Turner (Game of Thrones) is set to play Jean Grey, Alexandra Shipp (House of Anubis) is taking on the role of Storm, and Tye Sheridan (Mud) will play Cyclops.

Meet our new and brilliant young mutants: @Alexshipppp as #Storm @SophieT as #JeanGrey and @TyeSheridan as #Cyclops. #XmenApocalypse

Bryan Singer (@BryanSinger) January 23, 2015

We knew that would see younger versions of these characters in this film that is set to take place in the 1980s, and it seems like they've cast some solid young talent. They will join James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Isaac, and Nicholas Hoult in the film.

We still don't know all of the details about the movie, but we've heard that it will involve ancient mutants and explore a deeper relationship between Magneto and Mystique. Quicksilver »

- Joey Paur

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The Guardian Film Show: Ex Machina, The Gambler, Mortdecai and A Most Violent Year - video reviews

23 January 2015 6:14 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Guest host Paul MacInnes joins Catherine Shoard and Peter Bradshaw to review this week's big releases. On the conveyor belt this week, Alex Garland's robot romance, Ex Machina, the other Oscar Isaac movie out this week, A Most Violent Year, Mark Wahlberg's turn as a literature lecturer in The Gambler and Johnny Depp's reportedly terrible 'tache comedy, Mortdecai

• Don't fancy slogging through the whole show? Now you can see standalone reviews – here's Ex Machina, The Gambler, Mortdecai and A Most Violent Year Continue reading »

- Catherine Shoard, Peter Bradshaw, Paul MacInnes, Paul Frankl, Joan Portillo and Mona Mahmood

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Sansa Stark Is the Latest Addition to 'X-Men: Apocalypse'

23 January 2015 4:56 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Well, there are going to be some new mutants on the block when "X-Men: Apocalypse" opens next summer. And by new mutants we mean new version of old mutants (this is getting confusing). Last night on Twitter, "X-Men: Apocalypse" director Bryan Singer announced that Alexandra Shipp will be playing Storm, Sophie Turner will be Jean Grey, and Tye Sheridan will be Cyclops. The movie will open on May 27th, 2016.

All three actors are up-and-coming stars, with Shipp having recently starred in the Lifetime "Aaliyah" movie (and since "X-Men: Apocalypse" is set in the '80s, we hope that she rocks that awesome mohawk), while Sheridan has starred in "The Tree of Life," "Mud," "Joe," and has a role in the upcoming "Scouts vs. Zombies." Turner, of course, stars as Sansa Stark on "Game of Thrones" and has a number of buzz-worthy projects opening in the next year, including the action thriller "Barely Lethal, »

- Drew Taylor

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Ex Machina movie review: damselbot in distress

23 January 2015 4:50 AM, PST | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

There’s nothing fresh or even usefully true in its cartoonish dichotomy about men, but this pseudo-sf flick will expound upon it with pretentious tedium. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m a big science fiction geek

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

There’s a moment, Ex Machina’s big visual smack in the face, in which writer-director Alex Garland, probably unwittingly, reveals his hand. It’s imagery that, I would be utterly unsurprised to learn, was something that popped into his head disconnected from anything else, imagery he deemed so cool, so you-guys-gotta-see-this!, that he set himself then and there to building a story around it. I’m not, of course, going to spoil what this moment consists of, but suffice to say that it could have just as readily been slotted into a story about a serial killer. »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Ex_Machina Review

23 January 2015 2:45 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Alex Garland

Cast: Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Alicia Vikander

Certificate: 15

Running Times: 108 minutes

Synopis: Caleb (Gleeson), a computer coder, wins a work lottery. The prize? A week with company head, and recluse, Nathan (Isaac) who wants him to test his latest invention, an embodied artificial intelligence known as Ava (Vikander).

2015 film has started off strong, The Theroy Of Everything, and Birdman have had audiences captivated since their New Year’s Day release, and now in week four comes another spark of brilliance from EX_MACHINA. Finally amongst all the remakes and reboots, sequels and prequels, comes a truly original story. Written by Alex Garland, the scribe responsible for 28 Days Later, Sunshine. The Beach and Dredd, EX_MACHINA is a beautifully thought-out tense philosophical thriller that will keep the grey-matter engaged for the duration. The title is clearly inspired by the latin phrase ‘Deus Ex Machina’ which translates roughly to »

- Kat Smith

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A Most Violent Year review: Oscar Isaac in brooding crime drama

23 January 2015 2:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Director: Jc Chandor; Screenwriter: Jc Chandor; Starring: Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Albert Brooks; Running time: 125 mins; Certificate: 15

It's often the case that period stories can tell us more about our current society than those set in the present day. In his first non-contemporary script, writer-director Jc Chandor probes at urgent ideas about gun control and proportional response within the framework of a brooding, meticulous crime drama.

In the grim winter of 1981, statistically one of the most crime-ridden years in New York's chequered history, principled oil entrepreneur Abel (Oscar Isaac) is trying to forge a righteous path amidst the chaos. His oil trucks are being hijacked at gunpoint, attracting the kind of attention he doesn't need from the district attorney (David Oyelowo), and he's on the brink of losing a crucial real estate deal thanks to his snowballing misfortune.

The idea of man wrestling with forces beyond his control is common throughout Chandor's work, »

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Ex Machina: The making of Alex Garland's science fiction thriller

23 January 2015 1:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Alex Garland's taut, tense directorial debut Ex Machina is many things: it's a claustrophobic thriller, a high-concept science fiction story, a character-driven chamber play, an exploration of the possibilities of artificial intelligence and a treatise on human consciousness.

It's also breathlessly entertaining, representing a very smooth transition to directing for veteran writer-producer Garland, whose past CV highlights include Danny Boyle's Sunshine, Kazuo Ishiguro adaptation Never Let Me Go and 2012's good-against-the-odds Dredd reboot.

The film is essentially a three-hander - with another key character coming into play later on - centred on everyman programmer Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson), who is selected to take part in a groundbreaking artificial intelligence experiment. The AI in question is Ava (Alicia Vikander), created by the reclusive Nathan (Oscar Isaac) to be the world's first genuinely conscious machine.

Digital Spy sat down with Garland, Vikander and Gleeson to discuss how Ex Machina came to be, »

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