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If ever there was a contemporary entertainment icon that exposed the heart of darkness that lies deep within our celebrity culture, it was Amy Winehouse. Like Kurt Cobain before her, whose own tragic demise and fraught relationship with the media was recently depicted in HBO’s excellent Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, Amy Winehouse was a performer […]
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- Nick Walther
The late Amy Winehouse drew big crowds to cinemas over the holiday weekend with one of the biggest debuts of any specialty release this year and certainly in the top tier for any documentary. In just six theaters, A24’s simply titled Amy grossed just over $222K for a robust $37,002 per-theater average, by far the biggest of any movie reporting grosses today. Sundance Film Festival award-winner Cartel Land also launched with a solid start in a pair of locations, while Sony… »
At the beginning of the year the Fourth of July weekend looked like it would be an epic box office showdown between "Magic Mike Xxl" and "Terminator Genisys." In fact, many pundits (including this writer) believed "Magic Mike" would easily take the frame. How wrong we were. The initial estimates are in and "Jurassic World" snuck by "Inside Out" to win the holiday weekend. Already the no. 1 movie of the year, he Universal Studios blockbuster made another $30.9 million over the three-day frame for a spectacular $558.1 million so far. At this pace it seems inevitable that it will surpass "Marvel's The Avengers" for no. 3 and sit behind "Avatar" and "Titanic" on the all-time domestic grossers list. In fact, surpassing "Titanic's" $658.6 million cume isn't out of the question. Only $795,000 behind "Jurassic" was Pixar's "Inside Out." The animated hit took in another $30.1 million for a stellar $246.1 million so far. The potential Best Picture »
- Gregory Ellwood
The July 4th holiday weekend saw not one but numerous titles fighting it out for honors, though it was the two incumbent champs of June that held off the competition. "Jurassic World" and "Inside Out" took the top spots over the three day holiday, both garnering around $30 million each.
"Jurassic World" continues to break records as domestically its $558 million total has now surpassed "The Dark Knight" to become the fourth highest domestic grosser ever. Worldwide its $1.385 billion haul has it in fifth place of all time, just passing "Avengers: Age of Ultron" ($1.384 billion) but just behind "Furious 7" ($1.512 billion).
"Inside Out" meanwhile has scored a dubious honor - its $246 million total means it's now the highest-grossing film to never reach number one, surpassing "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" with $241 million. It's also the only Pixar feature not to hold the number one position at the box office.
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- Garth Franklin
Scoring strong reviews at various film festivals so far, Asif Kapadia's Amy Winehouse documentary "Amy" avoids the usual format of docos. There's no narrator and no talking head interviews, instead we see an incredible collection of home video combined with a well-edited but nearly invisible structure.
It's a warts-and-all approach, portraying both Winehouse's artistry and addiction problems with equal measure. In taking that approach though, it paints a not so rosy picture of two key men in her life - her father Mitch Winehouse and her on again/off again boyfriend Blake Fielder-Civil.
Speaking with The Sun, Mitch Winehouse is understandably not happy about his portrayal or the doco in general. Along with claims of specific editing that paints him in a bad light, Mr. Winehouse says:
"I felt sick when I watched it for the first time. Amy would be furious. This is not what she would have wanted. »
- Garth Franklin
In a tight race, Disney-Pixar’s animated comedy pulled in an estimated $45.3 million in the U.S. over the five days — giving it $246.2 million stateside in its third week at 4,158 locations. “Inside Out,” with Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, Phyllis Smith, Lewis Black and Bill Hader voicing the emotions of an 11-year-old girl, is showing impressive staying power at multiplexes.
Universal’s fourth weekend of “Jurassic World” remained a solid draw, three weeks after its record-setting opening. The dino thriller, starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, stomped its way to $43.8 million at 3,737 screens and ranks as the fourth-highest domestic grosser of all time with $568.2 million.
For the three days covering Friday through Sunday, “Jurassic World” has the edge on »
- Dave McNary
Amy A24 Reviewed by: Tami Smith, Guest Reviewer for Shockya. Grade: B+ Director: Asif Kapadia Cast: Amy Winehouse, Janis Winehouse, Mitchel Winehouse, Nick Shymansky, Blake Fielder, Juliette Ashby, Lauren Gilbert, Andrew Morris, Salaam Remi, Sam Beste, Tony Bennett, Yasin Bey Release date: July 10, 2015 During the final segment of Amy we watch a duet of Tony Bennett and Amy Winehouse in a recording studio. Why would Tony bother appearing with Amy? Maybe because she was an unusual young English jazz singer and a songwriter, known for her deep vocals and eclectic mix of musical genres? Amy Winehouse applied a mix of soul, blues and reggae in her songs. She [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
Amy is more than just a behind the scenes look at the life of one of the most iconic singers of this millenum; it is an emotionally charged, sometimes harrowing, and always gripping look at how addiction can destroy even the brightest of talents. Crafted by Asif Kapadia, the man behind the masterful Senna, the documentary comprises of unseen archive footage and previously unreleased tracks to give us a fly on the wall look at her life, from a working class childhood to stardom, and then her inevitable downfall. Amy Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23rd 2011, and tragically it did not come as a surprise to anyone who had been a fan of the singer during her time with us. She became a breakout star with her album Back to Black in 2006 and from that time until her death had a tumultuous relationship with the media, who charted her many highs and lows. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Dave Higgins)
Confessional with punchlines – that’s how Amy Winehouse described her songwriting, providing the key to Asif Kapadia’s sober, unsensational and overwhelmingly sad film about her short and volatile life. In the absence of narration, Winehouse’s lyrics tell the story, floating onscreen in a handwritten font that creates the illusion of a coherent diary, from childhood to stardom.
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- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
We all knew Amy Winehouse, the wildly famous singer. But as a new documentary about her life proves, we really didn't know much at all about the real young woman behind the soul-deep voice, pile of beehive hair, and scandal-fueled headlines. Amy premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last month - where I had a chance to see it - and inspired an emotional outpouring from critics and fans alike. I sat down with director Asif Kapadia recently in La to talk about the incredibly revealing footage he found and used to shape the movie. He also addressed the wide fissure he uncovered between the singer's public image and personal story. One of the film's biggest revelations: just how scary smart and wickedly funny Amy was. "I think there was a word she used a lot: bored. She was just so clever," Asif told me. "Her friends would be playing Hide and Seek, »
Late multi-Grammy Award-winning singer Amy Winehouse gets the spotlight in a new film by BAFTA-winner Asif Kapadia, simply titled Amy, which A24 will open in New York followed by a national rollout beginning Friday. The title uses never-before-seen footage of the artist and features previously unheard tracks. The doc will be joined by Sundance winner Cartel Land by Matthew Heineman, which The Orchard is also opening in New York followed by a national rollout. The title… »
He said that he wants to "tell the truth" about Amy's life, in particular the final few years before her death from alcohol poisoning in 2011.
He said: "We're making an alternative film, [Amy's former fiancé Reg Traviss] and I. We're going to invite everyone that's spoken on the other film and we're not going to edit it - like they've edited me - and we're going to tell the truth about Amy's life because this is not.
"My grandson, who is 9 months old, is going to look at this - and he's a lovely boy - and he's going to say 'Granddad what were you doing? What exactly were you doing?' If I »
Terminator Genisys tops chart ahead of release.
Magic Mike Xxl has been heating up social media ahead of its UK release this weekend.
But it could not quite match the might of Terminator Genisys, according to social data analyst Way To Blue.
The latest in the Terminator franchise generated more than 5,000 mentions across social media, news, forums and blogs from June 25 to July 1 as Arnold Schwarzenegger and Emelia Clarke hit the publicity trail.
Of those comments, 20% expressed intent to view, meaning they would look to convert tweets into tickets.
Male stripper sequel Magic Mike Xxl drew nearly 4,800 mentions (20.6% ItV) ahead of its release in the UK this weekend.
Still generating attention after a week on release was animation Minions, which managed nearly 4,800 mentions and a strong intent to view of 38%, suggesting the Despicable Me spin-off will continue to generate strong box office.
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- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
This special live edition of the Guardian film show comes from the Prince Charles cinema in London, where our critics review Arnie's comeback, Terminator Genisys, male-stripping soap Magic Mike Xxl, Orson Welles documentary Magician and Amy, the documentary about the late singer Amy Winehouse. Plus, Amy's director Asif Kapadia and producer, James Gay-Rees are interviewed, as is cinematographer Phil Méheux, who speaks about the restoration of 1980 crime classic The Long Good Friday Continue reading »
- Xan Brooks, Peter Bradshaw, Catherine Shoard and Dan Susman
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We all know how Amy Winehouse’s story goes, and this documentary puts you right in it, through a combination of key-witness oral history and rigorously sourced archive images – the same technique Kapadia deployed with Senna. Perhaps as a result of this reliance on existing material, the film dwells far longer on the fall than the rise. Viewers get a sense of Winehouse’s promise and personality during the early years, but are then uncomfortably aligned with the paparazzi in spectating her tragic, protracted demise.
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- Steve Rose
Amy, Asif Kapadia’s at times harrowing chronicling of the rise and untimely fall of British singing sensation Amy Winehouse, is released in both the U.K. and U.S. this weekend. Since it first bowed in Cannes, the film has received near unanimous acclaim, lauded for capturing Winehouse’s artistry and addictions through intimate clips and interviews with many of those who knew her and worked with her. But one almost lone critical voice has come from Mitch Winehouse, the late musician’s father. Here’s a collection of what he’s had to say on the matter so far. On seeing the documentary
- Alex Ritman
“I’m old, not obsolete,” mutters Arnold Schwarzenegger’s aging android in “Terminator Genisys,” and his words could be a wishful mantra for this nervy, silly, almost admirably misguided attempt to give the 31-year-old franchise a massive cybernetic facelift. More or less rewriting everything we thought we knew about the Connor genealogy, the properties of liquid metal, and the rules of post-1984 time travel, this f/x-encrusted reboot feels at once back-to-basics and confoundingly revisionist, teeming with alternate timelines and rejiggered character histories (the most perplexing of which finds Sarah Connor now continually referring to Schwarzenegger’s Terminator as “Pops”). Consider it the 3D blockbuster equivalent of disruptive technology, and while online fans have already voiced their displeasure, the movie’s willingness to veer crazily off-course feels less objectionable than the monotony and sense of self-parody that kick in long before the whimper of a finish. (Justin Chang »
- Variety Staff
Amy Winehouse was famous all her adult life, or at least on the way there. You can track her decline, which culminated with her death at age 27, through her stage performances in the excellent new documentary “Amy.” Early on, as a nominal adult in her late teens with baby fat still clinging to her cheeks, Winehouse is visibly absorbed in the music that soars out of her mouth, even while possessing the stage presence of someone well beyond her years. A few years later, performing “Rehab” for the umpteenth time, she’s hollow-gazed and far less present, practically rolling her. »
- Inkoo Kang
Without question one of the best movies I saw at May’s Cannes Film Festival was one I resisted at first. I really wasn’t all that interested in seeing Amy, Asif Kapadia’s documentary on the life of singer Amy Winehouse. Her unnecessary death at age 27 after a life played out in front of the prying cameras of the paparazzi was just too tragic and sad in my view to live through in a cinema. But as I say in my video review (click the link above), boy was I ever… »
With over 40 flicks hitting theaters in July, it’s not likely you’ll make it out to all of them so make the ones you do see count! We’re excited to see big-budget, buzzy movies like “Magic Mike Xxl,” Marvel’s star-studded “Ant-Man,” and “Paper Towns,” starring Nat Wolff and Cara Delevingne, but if you want to see a few other films everyone will be/should be talking about, check out these six trailers below! “Amy” (July 3)This documentary film from director Asif Kapadia chronicles the life and career of late singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse, famous for her hits “Rehab,” “Tears Dry On Their Own,” and “Back To Black,” among others. The Grammy-winning artist never thought she’d be famous, and “just wanted to be loved,” according to the film’s trailer. See a preview of the heartbreaking story below. “10.000 Km” (July 10)This Spanish film follows a couple’s long-distance relationship after Alex (Natalia Tena, »
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