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Traveling back from the Toronto Film Festival meant spending a fair amount of time in airports, and in each of those airports, the same revolving barrage of news went by, including discussions of new drone missions over Syria. It made it very unsettling as I had "Good Kill" still bouncing about inside me, one of the last movies I saw at the fest this year, and as timely a film as I could imagine seeing. Written and directed by Andrew Niccol, the film is a close-up character portrait of Tommy Egan, a former fighter jet pilot who has been relocated to a Las Vegas suburban neighborhood. Every day, he reports to a local base where he and his crew file into a small trailer and then spend their shift watching and occasionally killing people on the other side of the world. At the end of their shifts, they get to »
- Drew McWeeny
Read our Toronto International Film Festival review here.
Good Kill reunites Niccol with his Gattaca and Lord of War star Ethan Hawke, who portrays a drone pilot operating out of Las Vegas who begins to question the value of fighting in such a disconnected war. The rest of the cast includes X-Men: First Class stars January Jones and Zoe Kravitz alongside Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek Into Darkness) and Jake Abel (The Lovely Bones).
- Gary Collinson
Good Kill, 2014.
Directed by Andrew Niccol.
A troubled Air Force officer (Ethan Hawke) charged with directing drone strikes enters a moral minefield as the rationale for targeting purported terrorists becomes questionable.
A former fighter pilot is grounded doing drone missions from the safe confines of Los Vegas, Nevada where the military missions resemble a video game except for the images being real; he is bored being able to go home to his family every night and instead wishes to be back up in sky flying missions. Complications arise when the CIA takes control of the operation and starts making decisions which run counter to the usual military protocol. As the questionable deaths and tactics mount so does the emotional toil, particularly on the veteran airman and the new member of the team.
Leading man Ethan Hawke and »
- Trevor Hogg
The current hot-button issue of drone warfare is explored in the latest movie from director Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, Lord of War, In Time), which follows a former fighter pilot (Ethan Hawke) who now spends his days controlling drones from thousands of miles away. January Jones, Zoë Kravitz, Jake Abel and Bruce Greenwood co-star in this upcoming thriller, which doesn't have a domestic release date set at this time.
The film tells the story of a Las Vegas fighter-pilot turned drone-pilot (Ethan Hawke), who fights the Taliban via remote control for half of his day, then goes home to his wife (January Jones) and kids in the suburbs for the other half. But the pilot is starting to question the mission. Is he creating more terrorists than he's killing? »
Cara Delevingne launched her music career in a ''dive'' bar in New York City over the weekend. How did it Go? The Burberry supermodel has delved into the world of music as she performed her first ever solo gig in a small establishment in New York. According to The Sun newspaper, Cara sang several original tracks along with a set of covers, which she performed acoustically in a ''dive pub''. The 22-year-old model was joined by Zoe Kravitz - daughter of the legendary rocker singer Lenny Kravitz - who is acting as Cara's mentor. The budding singer has already proved her skills as a drummer, after she played a surprise set at make-up artist Charlotte Tilbury's 'Makeup House of Rock 'N' Kohl' at Selfridges in June 2013. Yesterday, Cara proved that she's the triple threat, as after her performance in New York. The supermodel showed off her acting skills at the Toronto Film Festival. »
Good Kill, which had its world premiere at the Venice film festival, is set to screen in Toronto later on Monday. And it is expected to continue the political debate about the U.S. approach to drones, which the movie's stars began discussing before they left Italy. Directed by Andrew Niccol, Good Kill stars Ethan Hawke as a fighter pilot forced to pick up a joystick, January Jones as his abandoned Las Vegas housewife and Zoe Kravitz as his young "co-pilot" who immediately questions her orders. Most of the film takes place in a small space as Hawke's and
- Ariston Anderson
Director Andrew Niccol ("Gattaca") once again casts Ethan Hawke as his leading man in Venice entry "Good Kill.” The film, which toes the line between present-day and near-future, focuses on the growing inner turmoil and resultant domestic unrest of a retired fighter-pilot-turned-drone-operator. In this (obvious) commentary on modern tactical warfare, Egan (Hawke), encouraged by his colleague Suarez (Zoe Kravitz), begins to question the ethics of targeted killing. And with moral qualm comes marital discontent, as Egan's wife (January Jones) is irritated to find that her recently reunited home is not a happy one. The Las Vegas backdrop adds to the film's inquiry into the psychology of dissociation—subject matter from which Niccol seems unable to disconnect. The film screens at Toronto this week -- where Hawke screens his own documentary "Seymour: An Introduction"-- and is will generate further discussion among North »
- Elaina Patton
Andrew Niccol‘s Venice Competition title Good Kill has its World Premiere gala here tonight before heading to Toronto. It screened for press this morning to a mix of applause, and some boos. But reviews have thus far been generally positive for the story of an Air Force drone pilot (Ethan Hawke) who spends the day hitting targets halfway around the world from inside a metal cube on a Las Vegas air base before heading home each evening to his family. Hawke’s Tommy Egan, a pilot who did several tours in Iraq, has been grounded and assigned to effecting drone strikes under the seemingly arbitrary command of the CIA, which he questions with increasing desperation. Hawke has gotten strong notices, but one of the issues for audiences here seems to have been in initial reaction that the film is “too American.” That’s somewhat ironic since Niccol is a »
- Nancy Tartaglione
If the acquisitions frenzy and precedent-setting deals struck in Berlin and Cannes is going to continue, it will surprise many of the sellers who’ve come to the Toronto Film Festival to fill slots in their 2015 slates. Maybe it’s because there were so many spectacular deals this year, of perhaps it’s because Toronto 2014 is so stocked with studio films that star the likes of Robert Downey Jr, Bill Murray and Denzel Washington. Whatever the reason, acquisition titles seem to be lower key than last year, when Can A Song Save Your Life and Bad Words prompted overnight auctions and $7 million deals, and just about every movie that played here found distribution.
The deal action got underway yesterday and today with Relativity’s acquisition of The Woman In Black 2 and Saban Entertainment’s deal for fest title Tracers. All the ingredients for a continued buying surge seem to be there, »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Andrew Niccol blasted onto the public and critical consciousness with his imaginative and stunning feature debut Gattaca. With Good Kill, Niccol aims high, is almost on target, but ultimately misfires.
Major Tom Egan (Ethan Hawke) is a fighter pilot in the Us air force, with years of combat service behind him. All he wants is to get back in the cockpit, but now he spends his days ensconced in a portakabin outside Las Vegas, ‘flying’ UAVs – better known as drones – over Pakistan and Afghanistan. Joining him on this mission is his superior, Lt Colonel Johns (Bruce Greenwood), Airman Vera Suarez (Zoë Kravitz), Ed Christie (Dylan Kenin) and Specialist Zimmer (Jake Abel). Johns and Tom come from a different age, when their dream was to fly and to serve. Now they are surrounded by rookies recruited from shopping malls where they showed their skills on video games and not in the sky. »
- Jo-Ann Titmarsh
Sci-fi futures characterized by complex moral and political architecture have long been writer-director Andrew Niccol’s stock-in-trade. Yet while there’s not a hint of fantasy in “Good Kill,” a smart, quietly pulsating contempo war drama, it could hardly feel more typical of Niccol’s strongest work. To many, after all, drone strikes — the controversial subject of this tense but appropriately tactful ethics study — still feel like something that should be a practical and legal impossibility. Those who haven’t considered its far-reaching implications, meanwhile, will be drawn into consciousness by Niccol’s film, which sees Ethan Hawke’s former U.S. fighter pilot wrestling with the psychological strain of killing by remote control. with the right marketing and release strategy.
- Guy Lodge
Coming-of-age drama The Road Within has sold to Well Go USA, which has acquired U.S. rights and is plotting a day-and-date release in theaters and on VOD. Gren Wells scripted and makes her directing debut with the story of three teenage residents at a behavioral clinic — a Tourette’s patient, a rebellious anorexic, and an Ocd patient — and the unexpected but life-changing road trip that takes them all by surprise. Zoe Kravitz (X-Men: First Class), Robert Sheehan (The Mortal Instruments), Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire), Robert Patrick (True Blood), and Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer) star. Pic debuted this summer at the La Film Festival and is produced by Bradley Gallo, Michael A. Helfant, Robert L. Stein, Brent Emery and Guy J. Louthan. Executive producers are William Gallo and Viola Jager and co-executive producers are Philip M. Cohen, Raphael Kryszek Carlos Alberto de Oliveira Junior, Alberto Raposo de Oliveira and Allen Church. »
- Jen Yamato
The distributor plans a theatrical and VOD day-and-date release.
Coming-of-ager “Road,” which world preemed at the 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival, stars Zoe Kravitz, Robert Sheehan, Dev Patel, Robert Patrick and Kyra Sedgwick. The film follows a young man (Sheehan) with Tourette’s Syndrome who embarks on a life-changing road trip with two fellow residents from a behavioral clinic.
Pic is produced by Bradley Gallo, Michael A. Helfant, Robert L. Stein, Brent Emery and Guy J. Louthan. William Gallo and Viola Jager are exec producers, and Philip M. Cohen, Raphael Kryszek Carlos Alberto de Oliveira Junior, Alberto Raposo de Oliveira and Allen Church are co-exec producers.
“I love this movie for its performances, but also for its humor and sense of hope,” said Pfardrescher. “It’s »
- Jennie Punter
Well Go USA has acquired U.S. rights to Gren Wells’ debut film “The Road Within,” which stars Robert Sheehan, Dev Patel, Zoe Kravitz, Robert Patrick and Kyra Sedgwick, TheWrap has learned. The movie had its world premiere earlier this year at the Los Angeles Film Festival, and Well Go USA is planning a day-and-date theatrical/VOD release. “The Road Within” is a lighthearted coming-of-age story about three teenage residents at a behavioral clinic and the unexpected but life-changing road trip that takes them all by surprise. Also read: Well Go USA Acquires ‘Kid Cannabis'; Drug Drama Expected to »
- Jeff Sneider
As we look in the rearview mirror of the summer blockbusters, September heralds the start of the fall movie season. Filled with Hollywood heavyweights and A-listers, here’s our Big list of the most anticipated movies coming to cinemas this autumn and during the holidays.
Our exhaustive list includes films that are playing at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival as well the ones that already have a theatrical release date. With the awards season on the horizon, we also added a few bonus films at the end to keep your eye out for in the months ahead.
Pull up a chair, grab a pen and paper and get ready for Wamg’s Guide to the 100+ Films This Fall And Holiday Season.
We kick it off with what’s showing in Toronto at the film festival that runs September 4 – 14.
- Movie Geeks
Variety has announced its annual list of 10 Actors to Watch, an honor the publication has been bestowing since 1998.
Past honorees include many future Oscar-winners and nominees such as Adrien Brody, Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Patricia Clarkson, Samantha Morton, Lupita Nyong’o, Viola Davis, Michael Shannon, Melissa Leo.
This year’s honorees will be featured in the Oct. 7 issue of Variety and for the third year, several of the honorees will participate in Variety Ten to Watch activities at the Hamptons Film Festival, which runs Oct. 9-13.
This year’s 10 Actors to Watch are:
Dakota Johnson, star of the upcoming »
- Jenelle Riley
Based on the young adult bestseller by Veronica Roth, Divergent (2014) is a dystopian sci-fi set in a future America divided into trait-based factions. Shailene Woodley stars as heroine Beatrice 'Tris' Prior, with ample support from Theo James, Zoe Kravitz, Miles Teller and British actress Kate Winslet. To celebrate the home entertainment release of Divergent this coming Monday (11 August), we have Three Blu-ray copies of the film to give away to our returning readers, courtesy once again of our friends at UK distributor Entertainment One. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.
- CineVue UK
Divergent is the action-packed adventure starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James and British icon Kate Winslet based on the No.1 Bestseller from Veronica Roth. Directed by Neil Burger the film is the first of what is sure to be one of the slickest and most exciting movie adventures of it’s generation.
To support the release of Divergent out on DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-Ray Steelbook and for download this week, we have a Blu-Ray copy to give away! Read on for a synopsis and details of how to enter…
In a futuristic Chicago, society is divided into five factions based on personality type, created to bring everlasting peace: Abgenation (Selfless) Amity (Peaceful) Candor (Honest) Dauntless (Brave) Erudite (Intelligent)
On a given day each year, all sixteen year olds must take a test and choose where they belong. For Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) the choice is not an easy one. In a divided existence where everyone must conform, »
- Gary Collinson
I don’t get it. From time to time, a film will land at the box office and get derided by critics for reasons beyond me. Divergent is one of those films – with its strongly individualistic messages, appealing cast and refreshingly intelligent script, it is far and away the best of the post-Hunger Games Ya crowd, and it even surpasses that franchise in some respects. So why did the critics savage it so? Perhaps it’s simply because they’re sick and tired of dystopia as a whole. Regardless, don’t let the negative buzz keep you away. Divergent is an immensely enjoyable watch, as well as a typically polished and atypically progressive one.
Based on the series by Veronica Roth, it takes place in a future Chicago, in which people are split up into factions based on their personality traits, including Erudite (intelligence), Amity (kindness), Abnegation (selflessness), Candor (honesty) and Dauntless (bravery). Our protagonist, »
- Isaac Feldberg
After what seems like an eternity in development, we’re now less than a year away from the arrival of the fourth instalment in George Miller’s post-apocalyptic action series Mad Max, with Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) taking over from Mel Gibson as Max Rockatansky in Mad Max: Fury Road.
Considering Gibson’s troubles over the past few years, it comes as little surprise that the series has found itself with a new leading man, however according to Miller – who directed Mel in the first three movies – the decision to bring in another actor was purely down to Gibson’s age.
“I have a great affection for Mel. I was really heartbroken to see him go into [the scandals],” said Miller, who initially planned to stick with Gibson when he started devoping Fury Road over a decade ago. “But it’s a new time. I hope Mel gets to act »
- Gary Collinson
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