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Why Oscar-Winning Stars Flopped at the Summer Box Office

16 August 2017 10:13 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

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.

Brie Larson

Best Actress, 2016

Oscar-winning film: “Room, »

- Tom Brueggemann

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Armie Hammer on Final Portrait, perpetual self-doubt and the burden of fame

15 August 2017 7:48 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

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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'The Ghoul': Film Review

10 August 2017 6:42 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

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

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Who might be in the running to direct the next James Bond film?

10 August 2017 8:04 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

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

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‘Karate Kid’ Sequel Series Announced, Plus Full VHS Rehearsal Footage Of The Original Film

7 August 2017 12:26 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

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

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‘Free Fire’ Blu-ray Review

7 August 2017 6:01 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Cillian Murphy, Armie Hammer, Brie Larson, Sharlto Copley, Michael Smiley, Sam Riley, Jack Reynor | Written by Ben Wheatley, Amy Jump | Directed by Ben Wheatley

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

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Review: Free Fire (2017)

4 August 2017 7:25 PM, PDT | The Cultural Post | See recent The Cultural Post news »

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

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Interview: Gareth Tunley talks ‘The Ghoul’

4 August 2017 3:01 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

In his latest podcast/interview, host Stuart Wright talks to writer/director Gareth Tunley about his mind bending murder hunt directorial debut The Ghoul.

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

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Tiff’s Platform Selection: How the Festival’s Buzziest Slate is Pivoting After Launching ‘Moonlight’

3 August 2017 7:49 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

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

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The Ghoul review – brooding Brit indie withholds too much information

3 August 2017 2:30 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

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

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Movie Review – The Ghoul (2016)

2 August 2017 4:52 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Ghoul, 2016

Directed by Gareth Tunley

Starring Tom Meeten, Alice Lowe, Rufus Jones, Niamh Cusack, Geoffrey McGivern


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

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Watch an exclusive clip from psychological thriller The Ghoul

31 July 2017 8:03 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

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

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10 films to beat the 2017 franchise fatigue

31 July 2017 4:29 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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. »

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Five reasons to watch Free Fire

27 July 2017 8:03 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

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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Free Fire: Sharlto Copley Plays With Guns, Fire And Crazy South African Accent

26 July 2017 8:39 AM, PDT | | See recent LRM Online news »

There’s not enough cover to protect you from a hail of bullets.

In this over-the-top shoot-em up film, Free Fire is a dedication of love towards guns, insults and plenty of craziness.

It stars Brie Larson, Sharlto Copley, Armie Hammer, Sam Riley, Cillian Murphy, Babou Cessay and Jack Raynor. The film is directed by Ben Wheatley.

The story follows a group of two violent gangs meeting in a warehouse to conduct a gun deal when it suddenly went awry into a game of survival.

Lrm had a phone interview last week with Sharlto Copley to talk about his experiences on this fine project. He discussed with us about the South African accent, gunplay and even setting himself on fire.

Free Fire is available on Blu-ray and DVD today.

Read our conversation with Copley below:

Lrm: Let’s get down to it. Why were you attracted to this film and »

- Gig Patta

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Kevin Smith, self-distribution, and the future of cinema

25 July 2017 1:56 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Thomas Hetherington Aug 9, 2017

How Kevin Smith challenged the distribution model for cinema, and what happened next...

Kevin Smith’s career has taken some interesting turns over its three decades and counting. He’s criticised Bruce Willis, parted ways with the Weinsteins, sewn Justin Long into a Walrus suit, given us the spectacle of Johnny Depp with a penis shaped nose, and even picketed his own releases. And he did those last two things twice over. He’s one of the most unpredictable filmmakers working today, he’s made podcasting a filthily brilliant art form and his projects frequently reach fever dream levels of brilliance and bizarre. But possibly the most interesting occurrence in Smith’s career was the furore and fallout, or lack thereof, surrounding his 2011 release Red State.

After the critical mauling Smith received for his studio project Cop Out in 2010, he returned to his indie roots with the »

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Wamg Giveaway – Win the Free Fire Blu-ray

21 July 2017 11:28 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Free Fire crosses the irreverent cheekiness of Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs with the ruthless spirit of 1970s B-Movies” — Variety  

From Executive Producer Martin Scorsese Comes the Bloodiest Shootout of the Year Starring Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy, and Oscar® Winner Brie Larson was released on Blu-ray™ & DVD on July 18.

Now you can own the Free Fire Blu-ray. We Are Movie Geeks has Four copies to give away. All you have to do is leave a comment answering this question: What is your favorite movie starring Brie Larson? (mine is Kong Skull Island!). It’s so easy!

Good Luck!

Official Rules:

1. You Must Be A Us Resident. Prize Will Only Be Shipped To Us Addresses.  No P.O. Boxes.  No Duplicate Addresses.

2. Winners Will Be Chosen From All Qualifying Entries.

The bold action thriller, Free Fire, arrives on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital HD) and DVD July 18 from Lionsgate. Winner of the People »

- Tom Stockman

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Poster and trailer for the Ben Wheatley-produced thriller The Ghoul

20 July 2017 7:40 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A new poster has debuted for the upcoming Ben Wheatley-produced British thriller The Ghoul. Directed by Gareth Tunley the film stars Alice Lowe, Tom Meeten, Paul Kay and Geoffrey McGivern and Niamh Cusack; check it out here…

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..

Update: And here’s the trailer…

The Ghoul is set for release on August 4th. »

- Amie Cranswick

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Exclusive: Learn about the real-time editing of Free Fire in this Bts clip

19 July 2017 10:51 AM, PDT | | See recent JoBlo news »

Free Fire still stands as one of this year’s craziest, most unique films – and in large part that’s thanks to the fact the movie plays out in real time. If you haven’t seen the movie then no more should be spoiled for you, but that doesn’t mean you can check out this exclusive clip we have that takes you behind-the-scenes and into the mind of Ben Wheatley, whose... Read More »

- Matt Rooney

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Longtime George A. Romero Collaborator Vows To Finish Four Of The Director’s “Fantastic” Projects

18 July 2017 1:58 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The film industry was left in mourning on Sunday evening when horror mastermind George A. Romero passed away at the age of 77.

Often cited as the founding father of the zombie genre, Romero was a creator ahead of his time, and his living dead defied convention to inspire a generation of actors and filmmakers including Edgar Wright (see: Shaun of the Dead), Ben Wheatley, and Alice Lowe.

What makes George A. Romero’s death particularly saddening is that the illustrious filmmaker was due to attend the annual Fantasia Film Festival to promote Road of the Dead, an apocalyptic thriller from the mind of Matt Birman that blends Fast and Furious, Mad Max, and the undead. Romero had planned to produce the film, prompting Birman to relay a heartfelt message to IndieWire.

The second unit director and stuntman had worked for George A. Romero aboard Survival of the Dead, Diary of the Dead, »

- Michael Briers

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