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‘Free Fire’ Misfires at Loaded Indie Box Office

2 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

A24 has enjoyed immense success with small-budgeted, limited release films like “Moonlight,” but the studio took a different approach this weekend with Ben Wheatley’s shoot-em-up “Free Fire,” opening the film in a targeted release of 1,070 screens. Unfortunately for A24, the results have not been what they were hoping for. The film — which features Martin Scorsese as executive producer and stars Brie Larson, Armie Hammer and Sharlto Copley as a group of black market arms dealers who whip out their guns when a sale goes south — got decent reviews with a 66 percent Rotten Tomatoes rating. But “Free Fire” »

- Jeremy Fuster

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Armie Hammer’s Downfall is the Name Armie Hammer Itself

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I’m pretty sure that after Armie Hammer’s portrayal of the Winklevoss twins in The Social Network, people assumed he was going to be a star.  I certainly did.  And I think that even Hollywood wanted it to happen.    The guy’s just too charming and handsome looking a guy not to make it right?  All he needed was a little acting ability and we should have easily had ourselves another leading man.  But that’s not the way things have turned out for Armie Hammer.   His role in The Lone Ranger was his chance and I’m not saying it’s his fault, but

Armie Hammer’s Downfall is the Name Armie Hammer Itself »

- Nat Berman

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Hammer’s Time: Can Armie Hammer Finally Turn a Corner with ‘Free Fire’?

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How do you make a charming movie star out of a Winklevoss?

Midway through Ben Wheatley’s new one-long-gunfight movie Free Fire, Armie Hammer’s character picks up a machine gun. This escalation will perhaps elicit an exhale and a “finally” from the audience. Hammer plays a deal broker called Ord in a gun-buy gone south, and to this point every shooter in the ensemble cast has ironically been limited to revolvers. But Hammer’s increased firepower at this moment is as fitting as his tailored wool blazer. In a movie where each crook is initially unleashed with quick and clever characterization, Hammer’s shtick — the fashion-conscious criminal liaison surrounded by goons — has legs and teeth. He’s firing on more cylinders than anyone in this action-comedy, which stars dramatic heavy hitters Brie Larson and Cillian Murphy and UK genre-flick staples Michael Smiley and Noah Taylor. For as long as any of them are allowed to stay »

- Chance Solem-Pfeifer

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How Stars Like Jessica Biel, Josh Duhamel and Gisele Bündchen Went Green in Honor of Earth Day 2017

23 hours ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Earth Day is upon is and that means Hollywood is spending their Saturday reducing, reusing and recycling.  Environmentally conscious celebrities took to social media over the weekend to talk the importance of going green in support of Mother Earth. From enjoying the great outdoors on a hike to taking a dip in the ocean, stars including Jessica BielJulianne Hough and Armie Hammer couldn't help but get in the spirit of sustainability.  So what are you waiting for? Check out all your favorite A-listers celebrating the beauty of planet Earth in the roundup below:  Jessica Biel:  The actress's environmentally conscious message is simple: "Plant a »

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Free Fire: Brie Larson Talks About Being The Lone Female In A Room Full Of Gun-Toting Men

22 April 2017 1:58 AM, PDT | | See recent LRM Online news »

It’s every man for themselves. Or rather every man and woman.

Brie Larson stars in the shoot-em-up comedy action film Free Fire. The story revolves around two gangs trying to make a gun deal in a warehouse, but ends up being a shootout to be the last person standing.

The film also stars Cillian Murphy, Sharlto Copley, Sam Riley, Armie Hammer and Jack Reynor. It is directed by Ben Wheatley.

Lrm had an exclusive sit-down interview with Brie Larson. We discussed moving from an award-winning project like Room into a fun action-comedy Free Fire. We also talked about the 70s look and her experiences on the set.

Free Fire is currently playing in theaters nationwide today.

Check out the exclusive Lrm interview below.

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- Gig Patta

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Free Fire, Born in China and Phoenix Forgotten top Tanner's What to Watch weekend preview

21 April 2017 1:56 PM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Free Fire, Born in China and Phoenix Forgotten top Tanner's What to Watch weekend previewFree Fire, Born in China and Phoenix Forgotten top Tanner's What to Watch weekend previewTanner Zipchen4/21/2017 3:56:00 Pm

This weekend in theatres, we have Free Fire, Born in China and Phoenix Forgotten!

Free Fire is the zany new movie from one of the most visionary directors working today, Ben Wheatley. In this film, he takes us into a weapons trade in the 1970s where the situation gets out of control when a gang attempts to buy new guns. Featuring a stellar cast including Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy, Sharlto Copley and Armie Hammer. A great date night movie!

Now this one is for the entire family! Disneynature's new True Life Adventure film Born In China takes an epic journey into the wilds of China where few people have ever ventured. Following the stories of three animal families, »

- Tanner Zipchen

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Film Club: Free Fire shoots for profane fun, mostly hits its mark

21 April 2017 1:52 PM, PDT | | See recent The AV Club news »

The latest genre exercise from British cult filmmaker Ben Wheatley drops several stars (Brie Larson, Armie Hammer), almost-stars (Sharlto Copley, Cillian Murphy), and character actors (Michael Smiley, Noah Taylor) into a single location for a feature-length shoot-out. Staff critics A.A. Dowd and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky have retreated to their own single location to discuss Free Fire, a fitfully fun encore to Wheatley’s superior High-Rise.

Watch the full episode of Film Club below.


- A.A. Dowd, Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

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Box Office: ‘Fate of the Furious’ Dominates; ‘Unforgettable,’ ‘The Promise’ Tanking

21 April 2017 1:51 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Fate of the Furious” is dominating the domestic office again with around $38 million this weekend while moviegoers are mostly shunning Katherine Heigl’s “Unforgettable,” early results showed Friday.

Open Road’s launch of expensive historical drama “The Promise” has seen estimates from just $4 million to a surprisingly optimistic $10 million at 2,251 locations. Either way, an opening that will likely be in the single digits of millions is a disappointing result for the Armenian genocide story that carries a $100 million price tag, much of it coming from the late Kirk Kerkorian.

Universal’s second frame of “Fate of the Furious” is declining by about 62% from its $98.8 million North American launch but its international performance — which totaled $433 million in its launch weekend — should remain robust for several more weeks. It’s a similar decline to “Furious 7,” which fell 58% two years ago in its second domestic weekend.

Warner Bros.’ thriller “Unforgettable” is »

- Dave McNary

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Everything That Excites Us About Ben Wheatley’s ‘Freakshift’

21 April 2017 11:55 AM, PDT | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

First thing: it sounds awesome.

This weekend, Ben Wheatley will unleash his blood-spattered gunfight film Free Fire into movie theaters around the world. And while I may not be the movie’s biggest fan — I’ll discuss it in-depth on Monday’s episode of After the Credits, but suffice to say it’s five pounds of movie in a ten pound bag — I find myself aggressively rooting for it to succeed based entirely on the premise of Wheatley’s next movie. You see, Wheatley is about to make a movie about soldiers fighting mutant crabs in sewers, and that’s a movie the world desperately needs to see. #MakeAmericaFightGiantCrabsAgain, if you prefer. I know the kids are all about a catchy hashtag.

And in celebration of Free Fire’s release, I thought today might be a good time to run down everything we’ve heard about Wheatley’s upcoming movie. Let »

- Matthew Monagle

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Armie Hammer Keeps Cool During ‘Free Fire’ [Interview]

21 April 2017 11:30 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

If there’s one character who stays calm in most of Free Fire, it’s Ord. The American criminal is as well-composed as his swanky gray jacket and black turtleneck. Rarely is Ord the character shouting and screaming in director Ben Wheatley‘s (High-Rise) new, 85-minute-long shoot ’em up.. Wheatley and co-writer Amy Jump don’t waste a second of Free Fire‘s […]

The post Armie Hammer Keeps Cool During ‘Free Fire’ [Interview] appeared first on /Film. »

- Jack Giroux

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Box Office: ‘The Promise’ Opens With $200,000 in Thursday Night Previews

21 April 2017 10:10 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Open Road’s historical drama “The Promise” has opened quietly with $200,000 in Thursday night previews.

The Promise” is expanding to 2,251 venues Friday amid forecasts in the $5 million range. The film is set during the Armenian Genocide in 1915 and centers on a love triangle made up of characters played by Oscar Isaac, Charlotte Le Bon, and Christian Bale. Terry George directed “The Promise,” which was financed partly by the late Kirk Kerkorian, three-time owner of MGM.

The second weekend of “The Fate of the Furious” will dominate the frame with somewhere around $40-$50 million domestically and easily outgross the combined take of the five newcomers. The eighth installment in the “Fast and Furious” franchise opened last weekend in North America with $98.8 million at 4,310 sites as part of its record-setting $532.5 million worldwide launch.

Warner Bros.’ thriller “Unforgettable” has been forecast to do the most business among the new films. Starring Katherine Heigl and Rosario Dawson, »

- Dave McNary

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'Free Fire' Review: Ballistic Crime Thriller Brings Out the Big Guns

21 April 2017 9:54 AM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

A wise man once said that all you need to make a movie is a girl and a gun. British filmmaker Ben Wheatley doesn't let his entry in the tough-guy canon tweak that formula per se – he just ups the ante substantially on the second part. Set in a Seventies Boston of mile-wide lapels and John Denver 8-tracks, this high-concept, high-caliber crime thriller maneuvers a handful of round-the-way hoods, a couple of Ira gents (Cillian Murphy, Michael Smiley), some dapper arms dealers (Armie Hammer, Sharlto Copley, Babou Ceesay) and their »

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Free Fire Review: A Dark, Violent, Fun — Albeit Uneven — Ride

21 April 2017 8:51 AM, PDT | | See recent LRM Online news »

It’s very easy to have doubts going into a film like Free Fire. As portrayed in the trailers, it’s a film that chronicles a weapons deal gone wrong — and the resulting conflict is one long, extended firefight sequence between ten or so characters. It seems great in concept, but maybe for a short film. Could a full feature actually keep the attention of audiences for the duration of its runtime?

The answer is a definite yes, though it’s not a perfect experience.

Free Fire comes from the minds of Amy Jump and Ben Wheatley, and is also directed by the latter of the two. If you’re unfamiliar, Ben Wheatley is the man behind such films as Kill List and High-Rise, and his style tends to be dark, nihilistic, and violent. The same is true of Free Fire. If you’re a fan of dark humor and painful-looking violence, »

- Joseph Medina

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Exclusive: Armie Hammer and Sharlto Copley on 'Free Fire,' Gun Violence and Being Set on Fire

21 April 2017 7:45 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

It's impossible to talk about Free Fire without talking about guns. Apart from a plethora of pithy one-liners from the cast -- which includes Armie Hammer, Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy and Sharlto Copley -- that is essentially what Free Fire is. Hell, the tagline on the poster is even, "All guns. No control." The plot of the '70s-set action flick (out now) revolves around a gun deal gone south, with each player trying to shoot their way out alive over two hours of bullet-blazing mayhem. Et sat down with both Copley and Hammer at the film's press day to talk leading man status, going method and glorifying guns in movies.

"There's not a lot of people in the movie and everybody is shooting at somebody. So, there wasn't a single day that you were going to work where you weren't getting shot at or blown up or something," Hammer said of the shoot. "It was all »

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Armie Hammer Had a Middle School Business Selling Playboy and Lotion

21 April 2017 5:40 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Armie Hammer comes from a long line of entrepreneurs. When he appeared on The Late Late Show Thursday, fellow guest Rob Delaney revealed he and Hammer share a common bond. "I would steal Playboy and Penthouse magazines," the Catastrophe actor recalled. "Then I would bring them into school and sell them to my friends." Hammer did that, too—but as James Corden pointed out, he "took it one step further." "Oh, God. My wife is going to kill me," Hammer said. "Basically, we would have the Playboy magazines you'd buy. You know those little hotel lotions—the small, individual size lotions?" "You would sell pornographic magazines and a small bottle lotion to »

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Armie Hammer Used To Sell ‘Playboys’ And Lotion In Middle School: ‘I Was Just An Entrepreneur!’

21 April 2017 4:47 AM, PDT | ET Canada | See recent ET Canada news »

Armie Hammer has quite the bad boy past! The 30-year-old actor admitted to some middle school delinquency on his part during an appearance The Late Late Show on Thursday night. Turns out, Hammer started a “business” of sorts where he would sell copies of Playboy along with small bottles of hotel lotion to the boys […] »

- Sylvia Ogweng

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Armie Hammer Used to Sell ‘Playboys’ and Lotion in Middle School: ‘I Was Just an Entrepreneur!’

21 April 2017 2:05 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Armie Hammer has quite the bad boy past! The 30-year-old actor admitted to some middle school delinquency on his part during an appearance The Late Late Show on Thursday night.

Turns out, Hammer started a “business” of sorts where he would sell copies of Playboy along with small bottles of hotel lotion to the boys in his school.

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“It sounds so much worse when you say it out loud!” he insisted to host James Corden. “In my head it wasn't that bad, I was just an entrepreneur.”

But Hammer’s business was short-lived after one of his first customers turned him into the school’s administration.

“I get called into the principal's office and they're like, 'We hear that you're selling Playboy magazines,' and I was like, 'I have no idea what you're talking about,' and they're »

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Movie Review – Free Fire (2016)

21 April 2017 1:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Free Fire, 2016.

Directed by Ben Wheatley.

Starring Brie Larson, Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy, Sharlto Copley, Babou Ceesay, Enzo Cilenti, Jack Reynor, Sam Riley, Noah Taylor, and Michael Smiley.



1978, Boston, Massachusetts. Justine has brokered a meeting between two Irishmen and a gang selling them a stash of guns. But when shots are fired, a heart-stopping game of survival ensues.

Anyone up in arms over the fact that there is very little consequence for who gets shot (repeatedly and somewhat shaking the damage off) or dies throughout the 60-minute shootout stretch of Free Fire (for reference the film is only around 85 minutes without accounting for the ending credits) is missing the point and generally walked into a movie that simply isn’t for them… at all.

Laughter ensues on point at the sight of any physical damage, even regardless of gender. Early on, the two warring factions inside the dirty abandoned »

- Robert Kojder

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Free Fire – Review

20 April 2017 9:01 PM, PDT | | See recent news »


Hold on to your wallets and purses, here comes the creeps and crooks because it’s crime time once again at the multiplex (and I’m not talking about those concession prices). This week’s flick is more of an offshoot of the crime genre: it’s the heist flick, or more specifically, the heist “gone wrong” flick. Now, this isn’t a sophisticated caper thriller, say like the Oceans 11 franchise (that all-female “spin” is on its way) or even The Thomas Crown Affair (68′ and 99′). The dudes (and dame) in this movie could never pass in “high society” (like that suave Cary Grant in To Catch A Thief), they’re “working class” criminals. These types have been a very frequent source for “indie” films, from Blood Simple and Reservoir Dogs to, well, last year’s critical “darling” Hell Or High Water. This tale varies from the caper formula since they »

- Jim Batts

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“Free Fire” is a blast with another top notch Brie Larson performance

20 April 2017 10:37 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

It’s a little bit of an understatement to say that filmmaker Ben Wheatley has not made mainstream movies so far. His films are niche items, albeit sometimes incredibly compelling ones. This week, he makes what might be his most mainstream flick possibly, an action comedy of sorts in Free Fire. Although still decidedly independent, this is like the Mexican standoff sequence in Reservoir Dogs, but if that was an entire 90 minute movie. It’s a riot of a film. A literal blast, if you will. Helping to lead the charge is Brie Larson, who seems incapable of not turning in very solid work when the camera starts rolling. She’s just dynamite. The movie centers around an arms deal gone bad. Taking place in Boston in 1978, two gangs meet in an abandoned warehouse, ostensibly to buy/sell some guns. Set in motion by middle man Ord (Armie Hammer) one »

- Joey Magidson

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