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Berlinale ’16: The Patriarch review

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The Patriarch review: Lee Tamahori returns to his homeland for this decent, though slightly overcooked family drama set in 1960s rural New Zealand.

The Patriarch review by Paul Heath, Berlin, 2016. Lee Tamahori, the New Zealand-born director who directed the superb We Were Warriors back in 1994, and then went to Hollywood to helm big-budget action films like Next with Nicolas Cage, xXx 2: The Next Level (aka State Of The Union), The Devil’s Double and even a James Bond film in Die Another Day, returns to his homeland for The Patriarch, a drama/western led by Temuera Morrison.

The film is set in rural New Zealand in the 1960s, based upon the novel by Whale Rider author Witi Ithimmaera‘s novel. Morrison’s character, Grandfather Tamihana Mahana, the mentioned patriarch in the title, leads a family of sheep-shearers and farmers living off the land. Amongst them is 14-year-old Simeon, a »

- Paul Heath

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Belinale ’16: L’avenir (Things To Come) review

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L’avenir (Things To Come) review: A reflective drama featuring a superb central perforance from Isabelle Huppert.

L’avenir (Things To Come) review: A middle-aged woman, Nathalie (Isabelle Huppert), from Paris, is happy with her existence – a great job teaching philosophy; great husband, and two children that have happily flown the nest. Then, there are the two homes, and the holidays in Brittany, but things are about to change as her husband reveals that he has met another woman, and has chosen to be with her; so, after 25 years of marriage, Nathalie must ultimately reinvent herself to accommodate the change.

Mila Hansen-Løve‘s fifth film explores many subjects, some that most can relate to. It explores open roads, pastures new and blank canvasses, as well as heartbreak, loneliness and loss. Key to the story is the wonderful central performance from Isabelle Huppert, a superb actress known to western audiences for »

- Paul Heath

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Berlinale ’16: ‘Fire At Sea’ review

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Fire At Sea review: A haunting and unflinching documentary focusing on a small island in the Mediterranean and the refugee crisis devastating it.

One of the more important films playing at this year’s Berlinale is the in-competition Fuocommare, or Fire At Sea, a co-production between France and Italy, and directed by Gianfranco Rosi.

The film follows a twelve-year-old boy on the island of Lampedusa, 120 miles off the coast of Sicily in the Mediterranean. The child, Samuele, fills his days playing in the rocks with his friends, hunting down birds with his slingshot and generally being a typical child bordering on becoming a teenager. However, Samuele’s world is unlike anyone elses at the same age, as his island, which measures just 20km in diameter, has been the destination of men, woman and children trying to make the crossing from nearby Africa, many, obviously not making it. Gianfranco Rosi’s »

- Paul Heath

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Berlinale ’16: Tempestad review

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Tempestad review: A solid documentary with an interesting subject that suffers from a drifting camera and an overlong running time.

Hailing from Mexico, Tempestad shares a lot with one of 2015’s great documentaries, David Sington’s The Fear Of 13. While that film was guided by the film’s subject on-screen, rather eloquently describing his ordeal, Tempestad almost does the opposite. Here, our subjects describe their past via audio only, the visuals rather skilfully swapped for sometimes random, sometimes relevant footage.

Tatiana Huezo‘s film tackles the subject of ‘Pagadores,’ groups of people that are thrown into jail after being charged with human trafficking, with the authorities that conduct it, declaring that they are paying a debt to society and a blow to organised crime by cleaning up the streets. This is the tale of one of the victims, a young mother who is thrown into a private prison which »

- Paul Heath

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Look this Way: ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 6 still arrive online

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The world waits with baited breath for the return of the HBO phenomena known as Game of Thrones. Since the show ended last May fans of the show have been dying to find out details of what the next series holds. The wait appears to be finally over as the studio have finally started to share some sneaky details, starting with a whole heap of stills.

As great as these images are they serve to tease fans more than answer any questions, and will inevitably be just the first of many releases sent to taunt us and whip us up into a frenzy of anticipation. Even more infuriating is the news that we have to wait slightly longer than usual to get our first Game of Thrones fix, with the show due back on air Sunday 24th April.

Look through our gallery now, if you dare, but be warned they »

- Kat Hughes

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Revenge is served ice cold in new The Huntsman: Winter’s War trailer

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The prequel sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman portends audiences of a power unlike the world has ever seen in the latest trailer for The Huntsman: Winter’s War below.

Delving further into the inimical relationship between evil sisters Queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron) and Freya (Emily Blunt), the clip reveals the catalyst for the sisters’ animosity and their ensuing battle for supremacy.

Heartbroken by loss and her sister’s betrayal, Freya escapes their kingdom only to build an ice fortress around her heart.  Without her child to raise, Freya turns to raising and training an almighty army of mighty warriors led by Eric (Chris Hemsworth) and Sara (Jessica Chastain) – her Huntsmen –so as to exact revenge and reclaim her Kingdom.

It’s a classic Grimms folk tale in every macabre sense of the word.

The Huntsman: Winter’s War opens in UK cinemas on April 8th and in Us cinemas from April 22nd, »

- Sacha Hall

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Watch Now: New restricted trailer for Melissa McCarthy’s The Boss

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The latest (and restricted) trailer for The Boss is rude, crude and definitely not for prudes as a former tycoon Michelle Darnell (Melissa McCarthy) attempts to reclaim her empire through Girl Scout Brownies.

Written by McCarthy along with writer/director Ben Falcone and Steve Mallory, the film joins the comedic trio together with cast mates Kristen Bell, Peter Dinklage and Kathy Bates.

Make sure to check out the R-rated trailer and latest poster art before it opens in Us cinemas on April 8th and in UK cinemas on June 10th, 2016.

The post Watch Now: New restricted trailer for Melissa McCarthy’s The Boss appeared first on The Hollywood News. »

- Sacha Hall

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Watch: Calvin’s is back open for business in latest ‘Barbershop: The Next Cut’ trailer

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In preparation for its Us and UK release next month, Warner Bros’ recently released a new trailer for Barbershop: The Next Cut.

With its all-star barbers from Ice Cube and Anthony Anderson to music sensations Common and Cedric the Entertainer, you’ll notice that Calvin’s has undergone some major changes since we last left the shop. Most notably, the invasion of women into their once male-dominated sanctuary thanks to Draya (Nicki Minaj), Angie (Regina Hall), Jennifer (Jazsmin Lewis) and Terri (Eve).

No longer recognising their neighbourhood due to an increase in violent crimes, Calvin’s crew decide to (hash)band the community together with free cuts and styling to #savetheneighbourhood.

Based on Mark Brown’s characters, Barbershop: The Next Cut is written by Kenya Barris who pens the hilarious TV show Black-ish and Tracey Oliver.

Whilst Barbershop: The Next Cut opens in the Us on April 15th, UK audiences »

- Sacha Hall

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First Look at action-thriller ‘Criminal’ starring Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman and Ryan Reynolds

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I’m starting to get the impression that Ryan Reynolds likes to get in the minds of his craft-mates…literally.

Not satisfied with ‘shedding’ Ben Kingsley in Self/Less and his delusional self in The Voices (which may help to explain his sojourn as the Green Lantern), Reynolds finds his deceased memories, secrets and skills as a CIA operative implanted into apathetically dangerous death-row inmate Jerry Stewart (Kevin Costner) in hopes that he will complete the deceased operative mission and prevent a diabolical plot.

Scripted by Double Jeopardy writers Douglas Cook and David Weisberg, the Ariel Vromen directed action-thriller with a hint of sci-fi also stars Gary Oldman and Tommy Lee Jones.

This high-concept offering from Summit Entertainment looks promising at first glance so check the clip and poster art out for yourself and let us know what you think:

Criminal opens in UK and Us cinemas on 15th April, »

- Sacha Hall

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Berlinale ’16: Midnight Special review

13 February 2016 2:23 AM, PST

Midnight Special review: A dark, extra terrestrial treat from Jeff Nichols featuring another stand-out performance from Michael Shannon.

It’s hard to believe that Midnight Special is only Jeff Nichols‘ fourth film. Following his last two hugely acclaimed efforts Take Shelter and Mud, the talented filmmaker switches genres to sci-fi with a movie that captivates from the off.

Featuring Michael Shannon once again in the drivers seat, the film opens to a father (Shannon) and son (Jaeden Lieberher) taking to the road, apparently on the run. The police, and members of an organised sect (headed by the wonderful Sam Shephard) are on their tail, but Shannon’s character, Ron, has enlisted the help of his friend and State Trooper Lucas (Joel Edgerton), to guide them to a special place that will fulfill his son’s destiny.

As with his previous films, Nichols also scripts this intense sci-fi/ drama. With obvious »

- Paul Heath

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Berlinale ’16: ‘War On Everyone’ review

12 February 2016 11:42 PM, PST

War On Everyone review: A film that you know you’re going to love from the opening frames.

War On Everyone review, Berlin 2016.

War On Everyone come to the screen courtesy of John Michael McDonaugh, the talented filmmaker behind the films Calvary and previously, the superb The Guard. This is the first film not to star Brendan Gleeson in the lead role. That honour this time falls to the feet of two talented, up and coming actors in Michael Pena, hot off of a movie-stealing turn in last summer’s Ant-Man, and Alexander Skarsgard.

War On Everyone focuses on the exploits of Pena and Skarsgard’s characters, Bob Bolero and Terry Monroe, two New Mexico cops who will do anything to get out of good old-fashioned police-work, and to top up their income by any means necessary – even if that means extortion, blackmail, or ripping off their own informants. This very, »

- Paul Heath

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Watch the hilarious new red band trailer and audience reaction for ‘Grimsby’

12 February 2016 7:30 PM, PST

Oscar nominee and Golden Globe winner Sacha Baron Cohen is back at his very best… and worst with his latest character Nobby Butcher: a terminally unemployed, fun-loving football fan and father of nine who is forced to save the world after a disastrous reunion with his long lost brother and now MI6 agent Sebastien (Mark Strong).

Also starring Rebel Wilson, Penelope Cruz, Gabourey Sidibe and Isla Fisher, you can check out Grimsby’s latest red band trailer below.

As an added bonus, we have also included the clip of Sacha Baron Cohen’s appearance on  Jimmy Kimmel live, and the audiences’ reactions to  the clip during its debut.

Grimsby opens in UK cinemas on February 24th and in Us cinemas as The Brothers Grimsby on March 11th, 2016.

The post Watch the hilarious new red band trailer and audience reaction for ‘Grimsby’ appeared first on The Hollywood News. »

- Sacha Hall

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Berlinale ’16: Gallery: ‘Midnight Special’ Press Conference

12 February 2016 8:43 AM, PST

Earlier on this afternoon, we were lucky enough to be granted access to the press conference for Jeff Nichols‘ upcoming film Midnight Special. The film starts to roll out in cinemas over the coming weeks, and we’ll have a full review of it up on the site later this evening. In short; it’s awesome.

Michael Shannon leads the cast, which also includes Kirsten Dunst, Joel Edgerton and Jaeden Lieberher. All of are in Berlin to promote the film at this year’s festival. Check out our gallery of images of them, along with director Jeff Nichols, in the gallery below. Midnight Special opens on 18th March, 2016 in the USA, and on April 8th in the UK.

The post Berlinale ’16: Gallery: ‘Midnight Special’ Press Conference appeared first on The Hollywood News. »

- Paul Heath

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Bill DVD Review

12 February 2016 5:15 AM, PST

Director: Richard Bracewell

Starring: Mathew Baynton, Helen McCrory, Martha Howe-Douglas, Laurence Rickard, Simon Farnaby, Ben Willbond, Jim Howick, Damian Lewis

If thou hast seen Horrible Histories

Or know this troupe from TV’s Yonderland,

Thine eyes hast been treated to comedies

And never hast thou heard a laughter canned.

For Bill is that most rare a lucid dream;

A family film fine for young and old.

And not since Python have we seen a team

Whose humorous tales have been so well told.

These players do play many parts herein

To see them do so well is utter bliss.

And I must thank them for bringing their kin-

Helen McCory, Damian Lewis.

The writing too, is worthy of a king.

Like times before, ‘tis true! The play’s the thing!

For Shakespeare fans, the nods are very clear.

And younger ones will laugh at the word ‘bum.’

If running gags ye seek, »

- John Sharp

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Film Friday Episode 22 [February 12th, 2016]: Deadpool

12 February 2016 4:00 AM, PST

Film Friday is The Hollywood News’ brand new weekly film show which will feature the week’s brand new releases in the UK, as well as looking at the pick of the pics currently showing at your local multiplex.

It’s another big week at the movies, and this week we deliver the Merc with a mouth, Deadpool, which stars Ryan Reynolds, comedy in Zoolander No. 2, comedy-drama with Ralph Fiennes in A Bigger Splash, Will Smith in the real-life drama Concussion, and much more.

The series of Film Friday will run every Friday at 12pm midday, UK time, so make sure that you subscribe to our YouTube channel to get the latest show delivered to your door each week. Otherwise, simply follow us on Twitter or Facebook where we’ll also be posting links each week.

Thank you so much to Cineworld for all of their help in making this week’s episode possible. »

- Paul Heath

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Thn Pick Our Dream Fictional Valentine’s Dates

12 February 2016 2:30 AM, PST

Thn’s Dream Valentine’s

Valentine’s Day is this coming Sunday and love is well and truly in the air. It’s a day that’s great if you have somebody, and a bit rubbish if you don’t. No matter whether you do or don’t have a special someone, there’s always the wonderful worlds of film and television.

Everyone at some point has sat and watched a movie or television show and thought – ‘if only they were real…’. We all have our dream boys and girls and we at Thn have decided to share with you our perfect fictional Valentines.

The post Thn Pick Our Dream Fictional Valentine’s Dates appeared first on The Hollywood News. »

- Kat Hughes

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The Survivalist review: “Considerate and profound.”

11 February 2016 10:45 PM, PST

The Survivalist review: A haunting debut picture looks at surviving the fall of society without adding monsters or huge action set-pieces. The Survivalist review

A great way to exploit a low budget and still get powerful results is to limit locations and cast while still tackling a universally recognisable idea at the core. The Survivalist does this by taking us to a dystopian future where something has ravaged mankind and society as we know it has fallen. There’s no Hunger Games, zombies, monsters, or tyrannical governments here though, just man and woman; the most dangerous monsters of them all.

Martin McCann is the titular survivalist who lives out in the woods in a small cabin. He spends his days growing his own vegetables and filtering his own water while constantly on guard for trespassers or threats. The opening is a slow build up, but a very much appreciated one. »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Win ‘Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Road Chip’ Goodies!

11 February 2016 10:41 PM, PST

To celebrate the release of Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Road Chip, out in cinemas This Friday, we’re giving five lucky readers the chance to win a bundle of Chipmunks goodies, including car stickers, picture Frame, cowboy hat, cuddly toy, lunch bag, microphone toy, T-shirt and headphones!

Through a series of misunderstandings, Alvin, Simon and Theodore come to believe that Dave is going to propose to his new girlfriend in New York City…and dump them.  They have three days to get to him and stop the proposal, saving themselves not only from losing Dave but possibly from gaining a terrible stepbrother.

Starring Jason Lee as Dave (Alvin and The Chipmunks franchise), Tony Hale (Arrested Development, Veep), Kimberly Williams-Paisley (Father of the Bride, Josh Green (The Good Wife), Bella Thorne (Disney’s Shake It Up, The Duff) and Justin Long (He’s Just Not That Into You) as Alvin, »

- Paul Heath

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Concussion review: “A solid film with an excellent performance from Will Smith…”

11 February 2016 10:40 PM, PST

Concussion review: Delivers a welcome glimpse of Will Smith’s acting prowess. Worth a watch

Following a rather disappointing turn in the dire M. Night Shyamalan sci-fi movie After Earth, and the decent enough Focus, Will Smith goes ‘serious’ for his latest role as Dr. Bennet Omalu, a Nigerian pathologist now living in Pittsburgh, who uncovers a rather worrying truth involving former American football players who develop brain damage years after their careers have ended.

Omalu uncovers the truth after performing a relatively straight-forward autopsy on former NFL player Mike Webster (David Morse). He finds a rather worrying neurological deterioration that is similar to Alzheimer’s disease, only it seems to be hitting a number of people from the same sports background, and at an alarmingly worrying early age. After confirming his findings, Omalu names the disorder chronic traumatic encephalopathy and publishes his findings in a medical journal.More athletes »

- Paul Heath

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Berlinale ’16: Watch the ‘Hail Caesar!’ press conference highlights

11 February 2016 10:38 PM, PST

We’ve arrived, and the 2016 Berlin Film Festival (with the hastag #Berlinale) is now in full swing. The Coen brothers’ Hail Caesar! officially opened the festival last night, and George Clooney, Channing Tatum, Josh Brolin, Tilda Swinton, along with writer-directors Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, lined up on the red carpet to official get the ball rolling on what looks to be another exciting year.

Earlier on in the day, the actors and filmmakers took part in a press conference for the film next to the famous Berlinale Palast in the heart of the city. You can watch highlights from that press conference in our player below.

We’re live from Berlin for the entire festival, so keep it Thn until Feb. 21st.

The post Berlinale ’16: Watch the ‘Hail Caesar!’ press conference highlights appeared first on The Hollywood News. »

- Paul Heath

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