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Top 100 Most Anticipated American Indie Films of 2018: #88. Nia DaCosta’s Little Woods

Little Woods

With POTUS45 somewhat peeved with it’s neighbor to the north, Canada nonetheless remains a sanctuary and is more friend than foe especially when it comes to providing basic healthcare. Pitched as a modern western, Nia DaCosta‘s Kickstarter supported project was also aided by Sundance Screenwriter and Director labs back in 2015, the New York Film Festival, the San Francisco Film Society and the Time Warner Foundation. Little Woods promises to be a harrowing item and perhaps is carved into it, is a little Thelma & Louise spirit. Filming took place in January of 2017.

This tells the story of two sisters, Ollie (Tessa Thompson) and Deb (Lily James), who are driven to work outside the law to better their lives. For years, Ollie has illicitly helped the struggling residents of her North Dakota oil boomtown access Canadian health care and medication. When the authorities catch on, she plans to abandon her crusade,
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Video: iTom – Ep 4 – Darkest Hour UK Premiere

I had the chance to attend the UK premiere of Churchill biopic Darkest Hour starring Gary Oldman. Check out the video above for footage from the red carpet event including some interesting insights into the film by one of the film’s stars Kristin Scott Thomas and screenwriter Anthony McCarten.

You can also read my thoughts on the film below.

London, 1940. Nazi Germany is decimating Europe. Britain’s ruling Conservative Party leader, Neville Chamberlain is ousted from power by a parliamentary vote of no confidence. The party’s chosen successor: a middle-aged, overweight, boozer, with a questionable military record – Winston Churchill. The country’s darkest hour, indeed.

In the opening minutes of Neville Chamberlain (Ronald Pickup) being unceremoniously ousted from the prime-ministership because of his lack of nerve in the war effort. It is abundantly clear from the elaborate camera setup, which glides seamlessly from a birds-eye view to a
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Darkest Hour movie review: a surrender to open-and-shut history

MaryAnn’s quick take… A feature-length Oscar clip, two hours of Gary Oldman stomping around in a Winston Churchill suit. There’s too little drama and too much inevitability in what amounts to a reanimated Madame Tussaud’s waxwork scene. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto) women’s participation in this film

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Like a feature-length Oscar clip, Darkest Hour is two hours of Gary Oldman (The Hitman’s Bodyguard, Child 44) stomping around in a Winston Churchill suit. Cigars are chomped, put-upon secretaries are shouted at with studied histrionics, and less iconic politicians are smote verbally. It’s all fine as impersonations go, I guess, but there’s not much drama in what amounts to a Madame Tussaud’s waxwork scene that’s somehow been magically animated.

We should feel the
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Review: Darkest Hour (2018)

As awards season gets underway it is that time of year where Drama reigns, historical figures are brought to big screens and Meryl Streep gets prepared to embarrassingly look away when the host makes a crack or two about her being nominated yearly because she is so brilliant. It seems that with every awards season you get a lot of fresh and emerging talents trying to break into the Hollywood hierarchy but every so often you get some long overdue recognition of a great (see Michael Keaton for Birdman). Throughout history many superb actors never received big awards – especially Oscars – and some were not even nominated…until 2012 this was the case for the excellent Gary Oldman. Known for his range and commitment, Oldman has missed out on Oscar acknowledgement for years until being nominated for Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Little gold awards, of course, ultimately means nothing next to the power of a fantastic performance,
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Darkest Hour review

Gary Oldman takes on the role of Winston Churchill, in Joe Wright's Darkest Hour. Here's our review...

World War II movies have taken all sorts of forms. While many of them deal with the actual warfare on the battlefield, there have been only a few that look into the decisions behind the scenes like Darkest Hour. Now, just a few months after Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, we get another look at a similar time around 1940 as the German forces are bearing down on theUK and newly appointed Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman) has to figure out how to deal with them.

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We enter the story with a Churchill who is 66-years-old and mostly bedridden. He meets his new secretary Miss Layton (Lily James), who has been hired to
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Interview: Kristin Scott Thomas on her role as Clementine Churchill in Darkest Hour

Author: Jon Lyus

This week sees the release of Joe Wright’s World War II drama Darkest Hour, featuring an unrecognisable Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill opposite Kristin Scott Thomas as his wife Clementine.

Hayley Donaghy interviews Kristin Scott-Thomas for her role in Joe Wright’s movie and she talks about what she learned about Clemmie and Winston and what it was like playing opposite Gary Oldman. The film also stars Lily James and Ben Mendelsohn and comes recommended. Our review from Toronto is here.

You can see all our coverage from Darkest Hour including interviews with Gary Oldman from Toronto Film Festival in our playlist here.

Darkest Hour is out in UK cinemas on the 12th of January, 2018.

Kristin Scott Thomas Darkest Hour Interview

Darkest Hour Movie Synopsis

A thrilling and inspiring true story begins at the precipice of World War II as, within days of becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain,
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Exclusive: Lily James on working with Gary Oldman in Darkest Hour + her role in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

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Author: Stefan Pape

While it’s near-impossible to recognise Gary Oldman in Winston Churchill biopic Darkest Hour, supporting lead Lily James is somewhat easier to identify, in what is yet another accomplished turn in her fledging career.

James plays the Prime Minister’s secretary Elizabeth Layton, and we asked the actress about her research for the role, and whether she read the autobiography the real Layton penned, and just how much help that proved to be. James also discusses the unique, nuanced relationship between her character and Churchill, and how she went about understanding the dynamic.

We also discuss Oldman’s remarkable turn, and what it was like working alongside him on this project (and just how strange it was hearing the actor’s distinctive voice come out of that somewhat unrecognisable body). Finally, we couldn’t help but end on Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, as we ask
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Second Opinion – Darkest Hour (2017)

Darkest Hour, 2017.

Directed by Joe Wright.

Starring Gary Oldman, Kristen Scott Thomas, Lily James, and Ben Mendelsohn.

Synopsis:

Chronicling a pivotal period in World War II, Joe Wright’s biopic pitches Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman) amongst warring politicians and nations, as he wrestles with the decision to fight Adolf Hitler against insurmountable odds.

The thought of another awards season biopic, especially one with the omnipresent figure of Winston Churchill as its focus, following Michael Gambon (Churchill’s Secret) and Brian Cox’s (Churchill) recent portrayals, is enough to make you slump in your seat like a minor backbencher.

However, Darkest Hour brings some major players to the strategic planning table; the awards buzz garnered by Gary Oldman’s prosthetic heavy performance as one corner of Parliament Square, and in its director, Joe Wright, a filmmaker whose unique visual DNA is woven into every one of his movies. Which makes it
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‘Darkest Hour’: Recreating the Sounds of Churchill’s War-Torn London

‘Darkest Hour’: Recreating the Sounds of Churchill’s War-Torn London
The challenge of sonically recreating the world of London in 1940 for Joe Wright’s “Darkest Hour” not only involved historical accuracy but subjective license. After all, the psychological warfare utilized by Gary Oldman’s Winston Churchill to mobilize a reluctant Parliament against Hitler was crafted as a thrilling procedural.

“The first thing was to set the scene in 1940 sonically,” said sound editor Craig Berkey (nominated for the Coen brothers’ “True Grit” and “No Country for Old Men”). “The reality ranged from such obvious things as what a car or a phone sounded like, or the fact that church bells were not allowed to ring back then, only Big Ben. Or what the sounds of paper waving or foot stomping was like in Parliament.”

“The other part was to reflect what’s going on with Gary and his performance throughout the film,” added Berkey. “This part of the soundscape had to do with atmospherics,
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Film Feature: The 10 Best Films of 2017, By Patrick McDonald

Chicago – It’s time to choose the Ten Scariest Donald Trump Tweets, excuse me, The 10 Best films of 2017 (got a lot on my mind). Selected by HollywoodChicago.com’s Patrick McDonald, the “Über Critic,” it is a list that celebrates redemptive spirit, love of the love and just all-out fun at the flickers.

In keeping with list-o-mania, and the need for fuller disclosure, here are the films – according to the Über – that came at 25th-11th (click highlighted titles for reviews/interviews)… 25th - Patti Cake$, 24th - Wonder Wheel/I Love You, Daddy, 23rd - Norman, 22nd - Novitiate, 21st - Free Fire, 20th - Coco, 19th - mother!, 18th - Beatriz at Dinner, 17th - Their Finest, 16th - Wonder Woman, 15th - Call Me By Your Name, 14th - Happy End, 13th - Bpm (Beats Per Minute), 12th - The Square, 11th - Beauty and the Beast.
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Golden Globes: Gary Oldman Wins Best Drama Actor for 'Darkest Hour'

Golden Globes: Gary Oldman Wins Best Drama Actor for 'Darkest Hour'
Gary Oldman took home the Golden Globe for best performance by an actor in a motion picture, drama, on Sunday night. It was his first win (and nomination) at the annual awards show.

The Darkest Hour actor beat out Timothee Chalamet (Call Me by Your Name), Daniel Day-Lewis (Phantom Thread), Tom Hanks (The Post) and Denzel Washington (Roman J. Israel, Esq.).

In the film, Oldman transformed — thanks to hours of makeup work, prosthetics and a fat suit — into former U.K. Prime Minister Winston Churchill as he navigated a world at war. The film also stars Lily James, Kristin Scott Thomas...
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Some of the Most Memorable Scenes of 2017

Some of the Most Memorable Scenes of 2017
It was a year full of true stories, epic battles and quiet moments on the big screen. We asked our staff to pick some of the most memorable moments from their favorite films of the year — obviously, spoilers abound.

All the Money in the World

When John Paul Getty III is kidnapped and held for a $17 million ransom, your heart breaks for his mother, Abigail Harris, a woman who walked away from the Getty fortune years earlier to raise her family. She is desperately trying to reach her former father-in-law, the richest man in the world, to help facilitate the return of her son. Then she sees on the television, in black-and-white, the infamous Getty talking to reporters. Saying he won’t pay the ransom, Harris is gutted. Asked how much he will pay, Getty coolly responds: “Nothing.” Director Ridley Scott cuts between Harris (Michelle Williams) watching on her television and Getty (Christopher Plummer) talking to the
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Flickering Myth’s Top Ten Movies of 2017

Flickering Myth’s writing team present our top ten movies of 2017…

With 2017 drawing to a close in just a few hours, the writers here at Flickering Myth have been voting on our favourite films of the past twelve months, in order to present our top ten movies of the year.

As with previous years, our writers each presented their own individual top tens, which we used to collate the overall list. We’ve gone by U.S. release dates, and as many of our writers are U.K. based, films such as The Shape of Water and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri may well have featured much higher had we all had a chance to see them.

Anyway, without further ado, here’s the Top Ten…

The Disaster Artist

Directed by James Franco.

Starring Dave Franco, James Franco, Seth Rogen, Alison Brie, Zac Efron, Zoey Deutch, Josh Hutcherson, Sharon Stone,
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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Lily James

For TV and movie fans, Lily James is recognized as a rapidly rising star that has massive appeal across genres. She is stunningly gorgeous and she has unbelievable range. Despite being a native of Great Britain, the star has mastered the American accent, which has contributed tremendously to her success in Hollywood. She has taken on roles that include the lead in Cinderella, Downtown Abby, Wrath of the Titans, Fast Girls, and more. While serious movie fans are definitely aware of Lily James, there are some things that they will likely not be aware of, so we decided to share

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Lily James
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These Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again Photos Are Basically a Ticket to Kalokairi

Hopefully you've got a pair of platform boots at the ready, because the Mamma Mia sequel is on the way! Ten years after 2008's Mamma Mia! The Movie sang its way into theaters and charmed fans, a sequel, Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!, will grace us with its presence next Summer. While most of the main cast is returning - Amanda Seyfried, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgard, Julie Walters, and Christine Baranski (we're still waiting to hear about Meryl Streep) - Baby Driver's Lily James has come on board to play a younger version of Streep's character, Donna. The Ol Parker-directed sequel, which recently dropped its first trailer, will shift back and forth in time on the beautiful Greek island of Kalokairi, which we recently got a glimpse of thanks to some adorable behind-the-scenes photos. James posted a few cute snaps on board a boat (in which
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Meryl Streep's Donna Might Be Dead in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again and Fans Are Furious

Meryl Streep's Donna Might Be Dead in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again and Fans Are Furious
The first full-length trailer for Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again dropped on Thursday morning and featured a major surprise: Meryl Streep‘s character, Donna, might be dead.

In the opening seconds of the preview, when a pregnant Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) calls on the help of her mother’s friends and former bandmates Tanya and Rosie, she’s told that “your mother is the bravest person we ever met.” Later, Sophie talks about Donna as if her mother’s no longer there. Plus the footage of Streep in the trailer is all from the 2008 original.

The movie — which goes back
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‘Mamma Mia 2’: First Trailer for the Musical Comedy Spans Multiple Generations

If you're a fan of the 2008 musical-comedy hit Mamma Mia!, then the arrival of the prequel/sequel's first trailer should come as a bonus holiday gift for you. If you're unfamiliar with the family-focused film that builds on the hit music of "Abba" in order to tell its tale, then the following trailer, images, and poster for NBCUniversal's Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again should be a good introduction for you. Starring Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Julie Walters, Dominic Cooper, Amanda Seyfried, Christine Baranski, Lily James, Josh Dylan, …
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Watch Exclusive 'Darkest Hour' Video: Transformation

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The first time we see Winston Churchill on screen in the stirring historical drama Darkest Hour, it takes several moments to kick in: that's Gary Oldman! Even knowing in advance that the acclaimed actor is portraying the famed political figure, it's a startling transformation. It's not just the outstanding hair and makeup design, either, as explained by director Joe Wright and fellow actors Ben Mendelsohn, Lily James, Kristin Scott Thomas, Ronald Pickup and Stephen Dillane in...

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'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again' First Trailer: Watch Cher's Grand Entrance

'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again' First Trailer: Watch Cher's Grand Entrance
Cher makes a dramatic entrance in the first trailer of the Mamma Mia! sequel as Sophie's (Amanda Seyfried) grandmother. Wearing a pearly blond wig, Cher's character announces that it's time to "get the party started." Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again comes out July 20th. 

The sequel shows the lead character, Sophie, pregnant and welcoming her mom's best friends Tanya (Christine Baranski) and Rosie (Julie Walters) back to Greece to help her get ready for baby. "I'm pregnant, but I don't know how to do this by myself," she says.
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Fans Have 1 Heartbreaking Question About the Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again Trailer

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The first wildly exciting trailer for the Mamma Mia sequel, Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, dropped on Thursday, but one moment from the new footage has fans worried. Although it's full of glorious new music, a fresh young cast, and Cher (yes, Cher!), the trailer also appears to hint that Donna (Meryl Streep) has died. That can't be true, right?! In the clip, we find out Sophie, played by Amanda Seyfried, is pregnant, and her mother's life-long friends are right by her side. "Your mother is the bravest person we ever met," Rosie (Julie Walters) says. That begs the question: is Donna really dead, or what? The trailer also doesn't seem to feature any new footage of Streep in the movie but instead shows Lily James playing a younger Donna in flashbacks. Watch the trailer below to decide for yourself, and then check out what fans are saying on
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