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Kung Fu Panda 3's cinema release has been moved up by two months.
DreamWorks Animation had previously scheduled the animated sequel for March 18, 2016, but is shifting it to January 29, 2016.
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“Kung Fu Panda 3” is on the move again. DreamWorks Animation and distributor 20th Century Fox have shifted the 3D sequel up two months — to Jan. 29, 2016 from March 18, 2016. The third installment in the powerhouse family franchise was originally set for release on Dec. 23 of this year, but was pushed after the release of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” was set for Dec. 18, one week earlier. Sony’s “The 5th Wave,” starring Chloe Grace Moretz, and “The Finest Hours,” a Coast Guard drama starring Chris Pine from Disney, will be the competition on the new date for “Kung Fu Panda »
- Todd Cunningham
Here is a film that feels its age, the age of its maker. But this doesn't mean a young hotshot's film or that of an old master. French director Olivier Assayas is 59, and his Clouds of Sils Maria feels it. A unique thing, a movie that feels an expression of middle age, of considerate maturity, of a medias res—a favored storytelling technique for the director—movie very much aware of this age between the entitled, risk-taking energy of the young and the settled, comfortable wiseness the senior artist.Yet it's not about him, the auteur, it's about a woman, an actress, a veteran: Juliette Binoche as an actress of Binoche's age (50), caliber and reputation. After the death of the playwright and director who made her acting name as the young girl in a psychosexual play opposite an older woman, she is moved to star in a theatrical revival now »
- Daniel Kasman
There is a scene around two thirds into Clouds of Sils Maria, the latest film from French filmmaker Olivier Assayas, where forty-something actor Maria Enders (Juliette Binoche) and her twenty-something personal assistant Valentine (Kristen Stewart) go to see a goofy sci-fi epic. That film is set on a spaceship and features characters with neon hairdos and colorful costumes shouting inane dialogue. Valentine and Maria gaze at the screen, the former wearing a grin of goofy enjoyment, the latter bored, even taking off her 3D glasses to see if they are worth wearing. Discussing the junky blockbuster afterward, Maria snorts at the headache-inducing flick. Valentine responds, saying that even if the movie is full of simplistic sci-fi pop psychology, it is no deeper than a more serious film.
Of all the meta comments to spill out of the thematically overbearing Cannes favorite, that may be its most telling. Clouds of Sils Maria »
- Jordan Adler
Director: Thomas Vinterberg
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In "Clouds of Sils Maria," French director Olivier Assayas explores the ups and downs of celebrity culture with a complex dynamic. Juliet Binoche plays a once-great actress struggling to recapture her fame while engaging in soul-searching conversations with her young assistant (Kristen Stewart). Eventually cast in a play opposite the hot young star of the moment (Chloe Grace Moretz), Binoche's character must come to terms with her evolving identity. The English-language drama premiered in competition at the Cannes Film Festival in May and screens in Toronto this week ahead of dates at the New York Film Festival. IFC Films will release it early next year. In August at the Locarno Film Festival, Assayas spoke to Indiewire about the inspiration for the story, working with Stewart and Binoche, and why he's afraid of directing movies with bigger budgets. Your last two films were focused on strong male characters. What was it »
- Eric Kohn
The actress plays a woman who is haunted by a brutal incident from her past in the movie adaptation of Gillian Flynn's second novel.
Theron touched upon a harrowing episode from her own past, when her mother Gerda shot and killed her abusive father Charles in an act of self-defence back in 1991.
Speaking on TF1, the 39-year-old star explained: "I did experience a very traumatic experience, an event, in my life. And somehow it's formed me.
"My character goes through this ordeal when she's 8 years old, and it really is examining what trauma does to a child, especially when she's expected to speak about it.
"And that's definitely something I can relate to, that's definitely something I've experienced in my life.
"As far as events go, they're very similar. There's »
This weekend, the lives of a young couple intertwine with an older man as he reflects on a lost love in "The Longest Ride," and Oscar Isaac stars as a tech genius developing a groundbreaking experiment in artificial intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breathtaking female A.I. in "Ex Machina."
Also in theaters this weekend: "Kill Me Three Times" stars Simon Pegg as a professional hit-man who finds himself in three tales of murder, blackmail, and revenge after a botched contract assignment. Directed by Ryan Gosling, "Lost River" follows a single mother who is swept into a dark underworld, while her teenage son discovers a road that leads him to a secret town. In "Desert Dancer," a dancer risks everything to start a dance company amidst his home country of Iran's politically volatile climate and that nation's ban on dancing. In "Clouds of Sils Maria," a veteran »
- Jonny Black
The French writer-director Olivier Assayas has a genius for using ephemeral, gossip-magazine ingredients — wealth, fashion, celebrity — as a springboard for that most timeless of themes: the ephemerality of us. An aging international movie star is the center of his latest triumph, Clouds of Sils Maria, a high-flown title for a film of countless earthly pleasures, chief among them the faces of three very different but fascinating actresses: Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart, and Chloë Grace Moretz. If the juxtaposition of “fascinating” and “Kristen Stewart” stopped you cold, this is the film that should, by rights, warm you up to her. KStew seems unusually comfortable onscreen — ironically by plumbing her own discomfort, using her squirmy, twisty-mouthed, almost fatally thoughtful (for an actress) presence to generate an amazing amount of sympathy. Her American candor turns out to be the perfect foil for Binoche’s lyrical French elusiveness.Stewart plays Valentine (pronounced Valenteen), »
- David Edelstein
No matter how you feel about “Gone Girl,” there’s no denying that Gillian Flynn’s second bigscreen adaptation is a relative disappointment. While the raw ingredients — thick with serial killings, satanic cults, true-crime obsessives and twisted family secrets — certainly make “Dark Places” deserving of its title, the mystery itself can’t hold a candle to the much higher-profile David Fincher pic that sparked the town’s wave of Flynn-terest (though rights were sold as far back as 2010, the greenlight waited till “Girl” went). On the bright side, with Charlize Theron as its damaged-goods heroine, this more routine Kansas-set chiller should still rake in some decent cash for the U.S. distrib duo of A24 and DirecTV, which still haven’t dated the release.
Despite whatever forces have delayed “Dark Places” on the domestic front, where such “gritty” R-rated offerings once earned between $60 million and $120 million starring the likes of »
- Peter Debruge
When actors make it big and they are winning awards, we tend to forget just how much hard work it took to get them where they are today. Jennifer Lawrence is a household name, often hailed as one of the best actresses working right now but she, as with everybody else, has a history of movies that range from the good to those they want to forget. Behind Closed Doors is one sucjh movie – a new release of a 2008 movie also known as The Poker House, which besides Lawrence, also stars Chloe Grace Moretz (Kick Ass, Carrie). The question is does it hold up against their more recent work, or would they rather forget it?
- Paul Metcalf
At this point I have no real idea why Dark Places doesn't have a domestic release date in place (the film opens in France this weekend). It's got a stellar cast and is based on the quite good book by Gillian Flynn. While the material isn't up to the level of Gone Girl's insightful skewering of the cool girl syndrome, it's a highly functional crime thriller. I haven't seen director Gilles Paquet-Brenner's film Sarah's Key, but it was well reviewed. And in general I think it's poor form to speculate on a film's quality in these distribution situations because they often have little to do with each other. So what's the deal? Don't ask me. I thought the trailer was serviceable, and this new clip is very much in that vein. Functional, without hitting that Gone Girl level of quality. It makes the interesting choice to introduce the »
- Evan Dickson
Plot: Twenty years after playing a controversial part on stage, veteran actress Maria Enders (Juliette Binoche) is asked to star in a new mounting of the play – albeit this time in a supporting part with her former role taken over by a Hollywood starlet (Chloe Grace Moretz). She prepares for the part by secluding herself in Sils Maria, Switzerland, with her combative, independent young assistant (Kristen Stewart). Review: A few months ago, »
- Chris Bumbray
Following on from last month’s first trailer [which you can watch here], a huge batch of images has arrived online for Dark Places, director Gilles Paquet-Brenner’s adaptation of Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn’s 2009 novel Dark Places, which sees Charlize Theron leading a cast that also includes Christina Hendricks, Chloe Grace Moretz, Nicholas Hoult, Tye Sheridan, Drea de Matteo and Corey Stoll. Check them out…
The sole survivor of a home invasion where she famously witnessed the death of her mother and sisters, Libby Day (Theron) lives with the knowledge that her testimony as a 7-year-old sentenced her brother to life in prison for the horrific crime. When a group of true-crime enthusiasts find Libby twenty-five years later and convince her to re-examine the events of the night, new memories and old suspects suddenly flood back into her life. As shocking information comes to light, Libby begins to question her own key testimony »
- Gary Collinson
After the critical and commercial success of David Fincher's Gone Girl, expectations for Dark Places, adapted from Gillian Flynn's second novel, have been swelling steadily. Directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner (the French love the freaky stuff) and starring a coterie of great actresses (Charlize Theron, Christina Hendricks, Chloë Grace Moretz, and Drea de Matteo), as well as Corey Stoll and Tye Sheridan, the film appears to be keeping in spirit with Flynn’s tar-black novel. The newest clip, or extrait, shows Theron approaching a seedy building while she says, via voice-over, "I'd been offered all sorts of twisted deals over the years." Abruptly, the shrill feedback of an underground nightclub cuts in. We’re told this is a Kc — Kill Club. Sounds fun. Between the trailers and this clip, the film looks like a dark entity indeed. »
- Greg Cwik
The fact Dark Places is another adaptation of a Gillian Flynn ("Gone Girl") novel and it doesn't yet have a stateside release, but will be hitting theaters in France on April 8 is a bit baffling to me. It's even more baffling when you consider Charlize Theron leads the picture with co-stars including Chloe Grace Moretz, Nicholas Hoult, Christina Hendricks, Tye Sheridan, Corey Stoll and Drea de Matteo. I mean, names alone should get people to see this rightc So, is it a problem with the moviec It has to be... rightc Well, today you get a closer look at the film in the following three minute clip as Theron, playing a woman who survived the brutal killing of her family as a child, is taken on a tour by Hoult of the "Kill Club", a place where people apparently gather out of a shared interest in murderersc Or, as the synopsis tells it, »
- Brad Brevet
It was supposed to be a big deal: a film adaptation of a book by Gillian Flynn, the author and screenwriter behind David Fincher’s “Gone Girl," boasting a stacked cast featuring Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Christina Hendricks and Chloe Grace Moretz. It made two of our most anticipated lists in 2014 and 2015 (it took that long to come out) and sounded like an awards contender. But “Dark Places” will be released quietly in France soon with very little buzz. So is it a clunker? We'll see when A24 drops it stateside later this year. Here’s the official synopsis: A feature adaptation of Gillian Flynn's best-selling novel, "Dark Places" tells the story of Libby Day, a woman who, at the age of 7, survives the massacre of her family and testifies against her brother as the murderer. Twenty-five years later, a group obsessed with solving notorious crimes confronts her with questions about the horrific event. »
- Edward Davis
Over 11,000 people have signed a petition campaigning for the release of Carrie: The Extended Cut.
The campaign, which was launched on petitionbuzz.com, reads: "This petition is for those avid Carrie fans who hope to see an Extended Director's Cut of Carrie released on DVD and Blu-ray.
"It has come to the attention of fans that there were many scenes filmed, but later dropped from the theatrical cut - many of which were also, unfortunately, not included in the Deleted/Alternate scenes on the Blu-ray release."
It continues: "On behalf of the fans, we are petitioning for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Sony Pictures, Screen Gems, 20th Century Fox, and Misher Films to release an Extended Director's Cut of Carrie. We really hope that this petition will bring forth a Special Edition release.
"Each of us »
#1 Ex Machina (April 10) (Film Page) Director: Alex Garland Cast: Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Alicia Vikander, Corey Johnson, Deborah Rosan Criticwire Average: A- Why is it a "Must See"? This is the first film directed by Alex Garland, the writer behind wonderful projects like "Never Let Me Go," "Sunshine," and "28 Days Later." In "Ex Machina," Garland takes his knowledge and love of sci-fi to new heights. The story focuses on Caleb, a young coder at the world's largest internet company, who is the lucky winner of a competition to spend time at the CEO's exclusive mountain retreat. But when Caleb gets there, he is made to participate in a bizarre experiment with a beautiful robot girl, the world's first true being of artificial intelligence. #2 Clouds of Sils Maria (April 10) (Film Page) Director: Olivier Assayas Cast: Chloe Grace Moretz, Kristen Stewart, »
Academy Award nominees David Strathairn (Good Night, and Good Luck) and Catherine Keener (Capote) will feature in the cast alongside Chloë Grace Moretz (Kick Ass) and Ansel Elgort (The Fault in Our Stars), with another Academy Award nominee Steven Knight (Locke) writing the screenplay.
November Criminals follows two teenagers into the dangerous underbelly of Washington, D.C. as they investigate the murder of their friend while falling in love for the first time.
November Criminals will be released in 2016.
- Scott J. Davis
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