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Mad Max: Fury Road – what the new trailer teaches us

5 hours ago

We still don’t know what relation Tom Hardy’s Max is to Mel Gibson’s, but we do get a Thunderdome flashback, multiple angry desert Nazis, more bald Charlize Theron – and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley as a slave maiden

Mad Max: Fury Road has been in development for a quarter of a century. So the buzz has had some time to build. After disappointing remakes of futuristic classics such as Total Recall and Robocop, you’d be forgiven for hoping we just might be finally getting the bombastic return to the glory days of madcap 80s sci-fi fans of this sort of thing have been waiting for. Luckily, the latest trailer for George Miller’s return to the post-apocalyptic Aussie outback doesn’t disappoint.

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- Ben Child

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Cinderella sweeps up at the UK box office in a strong week for kids' movies

5 hours ago

Disney’s live action remake is a pre-Easter hit but audiences are cold on Julianne Moore’s non-fairytale witchery Seventh Son

With kids breaking up last Friday for the two-week Easter holiday, family films dominated the UK box office, nabbing the top three places. King of the heap is Cinderella, with an encouraging debut of £3.80m, ahead of Home and The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. Cinderella’s opening number compares with £3.59m including £976,000 in previews for Snow White and the Huntsman three years ago, and £6.59m including previews of £2.77m for Maleficent last May. Cinderella’s tally, in fact, approaches Maleficent’s number, once the latter’s previews are stripped out: £3.82m. With Cinderella and Home occupying the top two spots, the market is demonstrating the power of female protagonists.

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- Charles Gant

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Helen Mirren: 'My great ambition is to be in a Fast and Furious movie'

14 hours ago

The Oscar-winner declares her love for Vin Diesel, says she always does her own movie driving and praises the likes of Divergent for presenting empowered female teen characters

She has an Oscar, four Baftas, four Emmys and a damehood to her name. But Helen Mirren has revealed a burning desire to star in a Fast and Furious film.

Related: Fast and Furious 7 review: Paul Walker's final film is fitting tribute

Related: Berlin 2015 review: Woman in Gold - Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds, a partnership the world wasn’t waiting for

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- Ben Child

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The film that makes me cry: Fantastic Mr Fox

15 hours ago

Wes Anderson’s sophisticated hero hides a dark secret beneath his starched collar – he’s neither fully man nor beast. But then, all of us share this tragic quality

Mr Fox sits down to breakfast. He’s turned his back on a life of crime and now works as a columnist on a local newspaper. He wears a tie to work, he drops French aphorisms into conversation; he’s upwardly mobile.

His wife slips a stack of toast onto his plate, he tucks napkin into collar and, shunning the laid silverware, he devours it with hilarious, undignified ferocity. I like to think of Wes Anderson as quite similar to Mr Fox; they’re both dapper perfectionists, well-spoken with continental manners, but both of them have teeth, whether or not they want you to see them.

Related: Wes Anderson's Fantastic, 21st-century Mr Fox

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- Kit Buchan

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'Can’t we just show a load of movie trailers to chickens and rabbits?'

30 March 2015 6:37 AM, PDT

Want to know what small fluffy animals think of the latest movies? Now, thanks to the genius of cinema marketing, you can

When it comes to holidays commemorated in cinema, Easter is a desperately poor cousin. Christmas, if it wants, can go schmaltzy or biblical. It can go sweet or sad or funny. And then there’s Halloween, churning out endless incarnations of horror every year. But what are you left with if you want to watch an Easter film? A movie in which Jesus gets his head kicked in for two hours? Or, worse, the animated Russell Brand Easter Bunny vehicle Hop. Neither exactly spells a fun time.

So, really, you can’t blame Odeon for doing what it’s just done. You can picture the room in the PR company headquarters, full of trashed moodboards and upturned flipcharts, as staff struggle forlornly with the idea of scheming up »

- Stuart Heritage

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Good Night, and Good Luck: attack on McCarthyism simplifies but satisfies

30 March 2015 5:17 AM, PDT

George Clooney’s film of the battle between journalist Edward R Murrow and senator Joseph McCarthy is Hollwood’s revenge on the 1950s witch-hunts

Good Night, and Good Luck (2005)

Director: George Clooney

Entertainment grade: B+

History grade: A–

The American journalist Edward R Murrow became famous for his radio broadcasts from London during the second world war. On Christmas Eve 1940, during the blitz, he finished his programme: “Merry Christmas is somehow ill-timed and out of place, so I shall just use the current London phrase – so long and good luck.” The variant “Good night, and good luck” became his sign-off in later television reports.

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- Alex von Tunzelmann

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£25k to share a plane with Al Pacino: who have you flown with for free?

30 March 2015 3:49 AM, PDT

The Oscar-winning actor is charging £24,500 a seat to fly with him from Glasgow to London. Yet it is possible to find yourself up in the air with celebrities by accident. Which superstar have you had as an aisle buddy?

Al Pacino (The Godfather, Jack & Jill) is no stranger to inviting fans to pay for his presence. The actor was the star of 2013’s An Evening with Al Pacino, an expensively ticketed night where hardcore superfans could listen to him talk on stage about stuff.

But while £250 might have seemed a bit steep, it’s nothing compared to his latest stunt. Pacino will be taking his private plane on a flight from Glasgow to London and he’s offering seats for £24,500, which also includes a flight to Glasgow, a hotel stay in London and tickets to his show in both cities. If that’s too pricey then you can also pay »

- Benjamin Lee

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Ron Mann’s Robert Altman doc: ‘Affectionate but inch-deep’

30 March 2015 1:00 AM, PDT

A new documentary attempts to grapple with the late, great American auteur. You’d learn a lot more by rewatching his films…

I wish that Ron Mann’s affectionate but inch-deep Altman was the great documentary biography that Robert Altman warrants, but it isn’t. Mann’s biopic would make a fine accompanying documentary to my fantasy box set of The Complete And Utter Works Of Robert Altman, and its use of clips from a solid majority of the director’s movies makes it a mouth-watering appetiser for anyone eager to reacquaint themselves with the master’s entire oeuvre. Sadly, its main effect is repeatedly to seize the viewer with the urge to press eject and slot in any one of the Altman movies invoked – major or minor (still a fluid distinction) – and watch the real thing in lieu of the largely third-hand and obvious insights here gathered.

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- John Patterson

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