10 items from 2015
★★★★☆ Denis Villeneuve, the Canadian director behind Prisoners (2013) and Enemy (2014), returns with Sicario (2015), a bleak, powerful and beautifully realised trip to Hell, bowing in competition at the 68th Cannes Film Festival. It's a significant film - a French Connection (1971) for the drug-fuelled Mexico-us border war - full of pessimism, moral ambiguity and tension. With a ponytail and dressed-down intensity, Emily Blunt plays Kate Macy, an FBI officer fighting a losing battle against the encroachment of the Mexican cartels in Arizona. We first meet her as she and partner Reggie (Daniel Kaluuya), along with a platoon of officers, raid a safe-house only to find a host of mutilated corpses hung up in the dry walling.
- CineVue UK
In white writing on a black screen we're taught that Sicario was the name given to Hebrew Zealots (the name means "dagger men") who fought to expel the Romans in Judea. Now the name is used in Mexico to refer to a hitman, a particularly prominent role given the enormous stakes of the Cartel-run drug war. We hear the low beating drums of Johann Johannson's splendid score, and are thrust into a police raid on a Suburban Arizona home. Guns blazing, the FBI are led by Kate Macy (Emily Blunt) and her partner Reggie Wayne (Daniel Kaluuya) into the fracas, only to discover a true horror within. Macy is then tasked on a very different mission, coming into contact with a seemingly lackadaisical agent named...
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Two years after making his U.S. debut with the crackerjack kidnapping drama “Prisoners,” French-Canadian director Denis Villeneuve ups his own ante with “Sicario,” a blisteringly intense drug-trade thriller that combines expert action and suspense with another uneasy inquiry into the emotional consequences of violence. A densely woven web of compelling character studies and larger systemic concerns, Villeneuve and screenwriter Taylor Sheridan’s bleaker, more jaundiced riposte to Steven Soderbergh’s 2000 “Traffic” may prove too grim and grisly for some audiences and too morally ambiguous for others. But with its muscular style and top-flight cast, this fall Lionsgate release should score solid (if less than “Prisoners”-sized) business from discerning adult moviegoers, along with dark-horse awards-season buzz.
- Scott Foundas
The Cannes Film Festival begins in just two days and as a result more and more pictures, posters, trailers and clips from the films showing in the festival will be arriving and now we have some pictures and the first poster for one of the more anticipated films, Sicario, from Denis Villeneuve (Enemy, Prisoners) with a screenplay from first timer Taylor Sheridan. The story centers on a young female FBI agent (Emily Blunt) joins a secret CIA operation to take down a Mexican cartel boss, a job that ends up pushing her ethical and moral values to the limit. Jon Bernthal, Josh Brolin, Benicio del Toro, Jeffrey Donovan and Daniel Kaluuya round out the cast. Along with a batch of pictures, all of which have been scattered around the Internet for the last week or so, today we get our first look at the film's poster, which definitely offers up »
- Brad Brevet
With the one-two punch of Prisoners and Enemy, Denis Villeneuve (pictured above) delivered two of the most tense, visually engrossing thrillers in years, and there’s no reason to suspect that the director’s next project, drug runner drama Sicario, will break his winning streak. Lionsgate has set a September 18th limited release for the pic, with plans to expand into more theaters a week later.
Emily Blunt stars as an idealistic FBI agent who gets in over her head when she is introduced to the shadowy world of international drug trafficking by two members of a government task force (Josh Brolin and Benicio del Toro). Enlisted in a daring plot to take down a Mexican cartel boss, the agent must rely on her wits and training to stay alive, even as the specifics of the mission lead her to question what ethical and moral lines she’s willing to »
- Isaac Feldberg
Tom Rothman, head of TriStar and the former longtime co-leader of 20th Century Fox, is officially set to take over Amy Pascal's position as Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment's Motion Picture Group. At the same time, Sony Pictures Entertainment Chairman and CEO Michael Lynton has scored an extension of his position thanks to Sony’s Japanese owners. [Source: Deadline]
Lionsgate have announced a September 18th limited release ahead of a September 25th wide release for "Prisoners" director Denis Villeneuve's drug cartel thriller "Sicario". Emily Blunt, Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin, Jon Bernthal and Daniel Kaluuya star.
Blunt plays idealistic FBI agent (Blunt) who is enlisted by a government task force to take out a Mexican drug cartel leader in the lawless border area between the U.S. and Mexico. Taylor Sheridan wrote the script. [Source: THR]
Giant Under the Snow
- Garth Franklin
Egerton will star as Edwards, with Jackman as ski expert Chuck Berghorn, who helps the down-on-his-luck skier prepare for the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary.
Despite placing last, he was remembered as the UK's first Olympic ski jumping entrant.
Egerton's Kingsman director Matthew Vaughn will produce the project.
Take That's Gary Barlow is reportedly writing a song for the Edwards film.
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Hugh Jackman has signed on to join Kingsman: The Secret Service star Taron Egerton in the languishing biopic Eddie the Eagle. Taron Egerton won the title role after a "magical screen test" with Hugh Jackman, beating out several other actors such as George MacKay, Jamie Bell and Daniel Kaluuya. Eddie the Eagle is based on the true story of Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards, the first British ski jumper in Olympic history.
Although he took last place in both of his ski jumping events at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Eddie the Eagle Edwards became a media sensation. Hugh Jackman will play Chuck Berghorn, a ski jumping expert from Lake Placid who helps Eddie train for the Calgary Olympics. This project has been languishing in development for several years, with actors such as Steve Coogan and Rupert Grint once attached to play Eddie.
While we're waiting to see what Hugh Jackman does as the pirate villain of Neverland in this summer's release of Joe Wright's Pan, it looks like he'll take a break from fantasy and comic book blockbusters for an Olympic skiing drama. Baz Bamigboye, the master scooper of James Bond news, has word that Jackman will star in an untitled film about Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards, an Olympic ski jumper who competed in the 1988 Winter Games in Calgary, and achieved sports glory despite coming in dead last in his two events. Jackman will play Chuck Berghorn, a ski expert from Lake Placid who helped Edwards train for the games. In addition, young Kingsman: The Secret Service star Taron Egerton is taking the role of the Oympian himself. Egerton beat out actors like George MacKay, Jamie Bell and Daniel Kaluuya for the role after he partook in what was reportedly described »
- Ethan Anderton
What’s more harrowing than police work? Try dealing with spin from the public-relations quagmire that regularly surrounds it. As premises go, it’s hard to be much timelier than “Babylon,” which washes onto U.S. shores by way of England. Devoted to the pitfalls of running Scotland Yard, the six-part series arrives on SundanceTV with director Danny Boyle among its exec producers, yielding a scabrous, profane and darkly funny satire, ostensibly told from the perspective of the American assigned to help put out fires amid the tinderbox of big-city policing — including, before its over, the controversial shooting of a black teenager.
Brit Marling plays PR maven Liz Garvey, the wide-eyed Yank whose Ted talk caught the eye of Scotland Yard’s Chief Constable Richard Miller (James Nesbitt, sporting an even more forbidding scowl than he does on “The Missing”), the walking incarnation of thinly contained rage. Comparing the job to car maintenance, »
- Brian Lowry
10 items from 2015
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