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In an early flashback in “Submergence,” Wim Wenders’ latest film starring Alicia Vikander and James McAvoy, McAvoy’s James More, a British spy, jogs manfully past Vikander’s Danielle Flinders on a romantic Atlantic beach in France.
He suggests lunch. And that is about the last time in their courtship and seduction that he, a prototype man of action, really makes the moves. It’s Danny who keeps him waiting for lunch, because of her work, moves their table conversation from professional to personal, squeals “chicken!” when she has opened her hotel bedroom door and he doesn’t react, pulls him gracefully into her bedroom; and leads in their foreplay.
That, Vikander said presenting the film at San Sebastian with Wenders, was however par for the course for modern love. “Maybe for a young generation that is reality in the sense that it can be both ways. It’s about personality not gender.”
- John Hopewell and Jamie Lang
This week’s list of horror-themed home entertainment releases is almost exhausting, as we have well over 30 titles coming our way on September 12th. For those who may have missed them in theaters earlier this year, you can now finally catch up with both The Mummy (2017) and It Comes At Night, as they’re both headed home on multiple formats.
Cult film fans should keep an eye out for an array of releases this Tuesday, including The Fox With A Velvet Tail, The Resurrected, the standard two-disc Blu-ray for Dario Argento’s Phenomena, The Creep Behind the Camera, Spider, and Don Coscarelli’s entire Phantasm series comes home in a five-disc DVD set from Well Go USA.
The Fox With A Velvet Tail (Mondo Macabro, »
- Heather Wixson
Hammer will play Marty Ginsburg, husband to Jones’ Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in the film, which is being directed by Mimi Leder and follows the Ginsburgs as they bring the landmark first gender discrimination case before the Supreme Court.
Next up from Hammer is Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name, which opens in the UK in October and in the States in November. He will also appear in next year’s Hotel Mumbai, as well as reuniting with Free Fire director Ben Wheatley for Freak Shift. »
- Gary Collinson
By Rob Hunter
"Oh this is where Michael Smiley was cupping my balls."
- Rob Hunter
The Ghoul, 2016.
Directed by Gareth Tunley.
A cop goes undercover as a patient in order to investigate a psychotherapist involved in a strange murder case.
With Ben Wheatley (A Field in England/Kill List) credited as executive producer you can guarantee that The Ghoul, the directorial debut feature from Gareth Tunley, isn’t going to be an easy or straightforward viewing experience. Opening on a police investigation of a double murder in a suburban house in London, the story centres on Chris (Tom Meeten – Sightseers), a burned-out homicide detective no longer on the force but brought in by his friend Jim (Dan Renton Skinner – High-Rise) to help out as Jim cannot figure out how two people were shot three times each and still managed to walk towards the front door of the house. »
- Amie Cranswick
From executive producer Ben Wheatley (Kill List, Free Fire) comes a mind-bending British psychological thriller to sit alongside such classics of the genre as Nicolas Roeg and Donald Cammell s Performance, David Lynch s Lost Highway and Christopher Nolan s Following.
Chris is a homicide detective called to London to investigate a strange double murder. Both victims appear to have continued moving towards their assailant despite multiple gunshots to the face and chest. On a hunch, and with the help of an old colleague and former girlfriend Chris decides to go undercover as a patient to investigate the suspect s psychotherapist, the mysterious Alexander Morland, who has a taste for the occult…
- Tom Stockman
In what’s been a fairly wretched summer box-office season, Oscar-winners Casey Affleck, Brie Larson, and Matthew McConaughey had some of the worst of it with “A Ghost Story,” “The Glass Castle,” and “The Dark Tower.” Casting didn’t drive those failures, but possessing Hollywood’s most-coveted award offered little or no bottom-line benefit.
Read More:The Most Surprising Movies of the 2017 Summer Movie Season
Beyond creating certain mention in the first sentence of an obituary, the long-term impact of an Oscar is never clear. In the 15 years since Halle Berry won an Oscar for “Monster’s Ball,” her roles have ranged from decorative to derivative — a trend that continued with this late-summer’s release of the low-budget, don’t-mess-with-Mama thriller “Kidnap.”
Still, is it too much to expect a short-term uptick in interest and box office? The summer of 2017 suggests that may be the case.
Best Actress, 2016
Oscar-winning film: “Room, »
- Tom Brueggemann
Author: Stefan Pape
With a host of impressive, eclectic projects to his name – Armie Hammer is an actor you might want to start paying real attention (Call Me By Your Name isn’t far away now, after all). His latest is Final Portrait, where he plays journalist James Lord, who has the pleasure/burden of posing for a portrait for Swiss artist Giacometti (Geoffrey Rush) – in a film directed by Stanley Tucci.
We sat down with Hammer at the Berlin film festival to speak about the role at hand – and what it was like collaborating with both Rush and Tucci. He speaks about his own ambitions to one day direct, his struggles in becoming the actor he is today, and why he’s started to turn to independent features. He also goes on to discuss his nomadic upbringing, his future project Freak Shift with Ben Wheatley, and the downsides to being famous. »
- Stefan Pape
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A British micro-budget nerve-jangler that keeps viewers guessing to the final frame, The Ghoul is a noir-flavored mood piece with grand ambitions beyond its minimal means. It marks the feature debut of actor-turned-director Gareth Tunley, known for his roles in Ben Wheatley’s early films Down Terrace and Kill List, with which it shares a certain threadbare retro-horror aesthetic. Wheatley is credited as executive producer here, while the cast and crew include several of his regular collaborators, notably co-star Alice Lowe (Sightseers, Prevenge) and editor Robin Hill.
Currently playing in British theaters after picking up positive festival buzz, The Ghoul also has »
- Stephen Dalton
Speculation is always fun. Especially with top tier projects, it’s enjoyable to let your imagination take over. Even more so with the James Bond franchise, who doesn’t love designing your ideal 007 film? Picking the actor (or actress) to take up the mantle, selecting a director, etc. It all is like fantasy sports, and I dig it as well. Producers currently are doing this for real though, as Bond 25 (though it will be called something else by the time it comes out, obviously) is slowly coming into the world. The pieces are beginning to come together, and that’s what we’ll be going over today. Order up a martini (shaken, not stirred) and let us get on with it… With the official announcement coming recently that Daniel Craig is back, attention can be turned towards the empty director’s chair. Sam Mendes is no longer handling those duties, »
- Joey Magidson
It’s always fun to learn the nitty-gritty about how a director and his cast/crew prepared for a film shoot. Of course, some filmmakers barely prepare due to time constraints and lack of space in their tight schedules, whereas others prepare extensively. A fine example of the latter would be what Ben Wheatley did by creating the space and environment needed for his movie “Free Fire” on, of all things, Minecraft.
Continue reading ‘Karate Kid’ Sequel Series Announced, Plus Full VHS Rehearsal Footage Of The Original Film at The Playlist. »
- Jordan Ruimy
From A Field in England to a High-Rise in London to a warehouse in a Us dockland, you cannot say writer-director Ben Wheatley is predictable. Except Free Fire does feel distinctly familiar – comfortingly and enjoyably so, perhaps, but do not expect the unexpected. The heightened ‘70s aesthetic is retained from Wheatley’s previous film, instantly eliminating the issue of mobile phones, while also feeling like a throwback to a simpler cinematic time.
In what is more premise than plot, a bunch of idiotic guys and a slightly less idiotic woman (Brie Larson) descend upon a warehouse to complete a weapons deal. Frank (Wheatley regular Michael Smiley) leads the buyers; Vernon (Sharlto Copley) is the unhinged dealer. Mediating the deal is Ord (Armie Hammer) – but despite »
- Rupert Harvey
Ben Wheatley is fast becoming a director whose work is simply a must see occasion. Whether it is a haunting success (The Kill List – this writer’s personal favourite Wheatley offering so far) or a far reaching stumble (the sadly pretentious High Rise), you feel compelled to see what Wheatley has come up with next on the big screen. In the case of his latest (Martin Scorsese exec produced) film, Free Fire, Wheatley strips down the plot to one basic – but no less ambitious – idea. A movie that consists almost entirely of a shootout! It sounds crazy, it sounds unattainable, it sounds frantic, in a way it is all three of those things but my goodness is it a sight to see.
The simplistic plot is of course the gateway to an array of themes in which retro male machismo clashes and results in pure chaos. Free Fire is a »
- Jack Bottomley
Chris (Tom Meeten) is a homicide detective called to London and shown around an old murder scene by a colleague. The victims seemed to keep moving despite taking bullets to the chest and head. On a hunch and with the help of an old colleague (and ex) Kathleen (Alice Lowe), Chris decides to go undercover as a patient to investigate a suspect’s psychotherapist, the mysterious Alexander Morland (Geoff McGivern) But, as his therapy sessions continue, the lines between fantasy and reality begin to blur and he begins to question his own identity..
Starring Tom Meeten, Alice Lowe, Paul Kaye, Niamh Cusack, Geoffrey McGivern and Rufus Jones; and exec produced by Ben Wheatley (Free Fire, Kill List), The Ghoul is in UK cinemas from today, Friday 4th August. »
- Phil Wheat
The Toronto International Film Festival is often seen as a launchpad for major Oscar contenders, but when “Moonlight” premiered there in the fall of 2016, few deemed it a frontrunner for best picture. That was partly because the movie premiered in Tiff’s Platform section. The two-year-old, tightly-curated selection of a dozen auteur-driven works was designed to highlight a range of international filmmakers, which strikes a sharp contrast to the flashy gala premieres; it’s also the festival’s sole juried competition section.
But those prestige factors ultimately helped “Moonlight” stand out in the crowded fall season, and as Platform enters its third year, the movie’s track record has inevitably raised expectations for its potential.
Read MoreTIFF Announces Platform Lineup, Including ‘The Death of Stalin,’ ‘Euphoria,’ and ‘Brad’s Status’
However, even as the section’s third edition features a range of promising films, artistic director Cameron Bailey emphasized that »
- Eric Kohn
This exasperating psychological thriller, executive produced by Ben Wheatley, is moody on the surface but glib on the subjects of depression and paranoia
Initially interesting but heartsinkingly pointless, this brooding Brit indie takes us on a journey to nowhere. Accomplished TV director Gareth Tunley makes his feature debut; as an actor, he has appeared in the films of Ben Wheatley, who has an executive producer credit here.
Like the Möbius strip that the screenplay invokes, this film finally leads us back to where we started without us gaining or learning anything very much along the way. The movie turns on an ambiguous question of reality and illusion, the full truth of which is exasperatingly withheld until the end.
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- Peter Bradshaw
The Ghoul, 2016
Directed by Gareth Tunley
A detective investigating an unusual double murder, goes undercover as a mental patient in order to get closer to a psychotherapist, but soon finds his very perceptions of reality crumbling away.
Another bracing new talent, rising through the ranks of the Cult British Cinema Class of the 2010s (the movement lead by none other than Ben Wheatley, Alice Lowe and Steve Oram), Gareth Tunley’s feature debut is a really startling piece of work. Backed in some capacity by Wheatley himself (the fabled executive producer credit is always a little ambiguous), The Ghoul certainly boasts shades of Kill List and the other low-rent Brit-thrillers that put him on the map. But by its second act, Tunley begins to unlock something very, very different. The Ghoul is an expertly executed exercise in precisely »
- Ben Robins
Ahead of its UK release this Friday, August 4th, we’ve got an exclusive clip from the psychological thriller The Ghoul. Directed by Gareth Tunley and executive produced by Ben Wheatley, the film stars Tom Meeten, Alice Lowe, Rufus Jones, Paul Kaye and Dan Renton Skinner. Take a look at the clip here…
Chris (Tom Meeten) is a homicide detective called to London and shown round an old murder scene by a colleague. The victims seemed to keep moving despite taking bullets to the chest and head. On a hunch and with the help of an old colleague (and ex) Kathleen (Alice Lowe), Chris decides to go undercover as a patient to investigate a suspect’s psychotherapist. But as his therapy sessions continue, the lines between fantasy and reality begin to blur and he begins to question his own identity…
The Ghoul opens in the UK on August 4th. »
- Gary Collinson
Mark Harrison Aug 1, 2017
Bored with massive films and special effects? Then here are 10 smaller movies well worth your consideration...
It's that time of year when we usually give you a list of films playing in cinemas during August, as the summer blockbuster season winds down, that will help cleanse your palate after all the tentpoles and sequels that have proliferated throughout the year so far. But to be honest, this summer has been so good to us, we're more refreshed than usual.
Even aside from originals like Edgar Wright's Baby Driver and Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk, this year's blockbusters have been of an unusually high standard. Wonder Woman pulled the Dceu out of its critical nosedive, War For The Planet Of The Apes is a gorgeous and emotional conclusion to the reboot trilogy, Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 and Spider-Man: Homecoming proved that Marvel's ever expanding continuity is still going strong. »
Five reasons to watch Free FireFive reasons to watch Free FireJenny Bullough7/27/2017 10:03:00 Am
So far 2017 has really been an embarrassment of riches at the movie theatres, with a multitude of excellent films to choose from! So much so that we've already decided our top ten of the year to date, with many more to come that we're excited for. Sometimes there are just so many movies to see—from highly anticipated blockbuster sequels like Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2, to buzzed-about indies like Get Out—that a true gem can be sadly overlooked.
Which brings us to Free Fire. Set in the 1970s, it takes place inside a warehouse as two criminal groups meet to make an illegal firearms deal. When the deal suddenly goes sideways, it's every man for himself. One of our most anticipated movies of 2017, it mysteriously seemed to come and go without much fanfare. »
- Jenny Bullough
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