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Why disaster movies are leading the way for age-appropriate relationships

10 hours ago

In San Andreas, the leading couple are both the same age, a rarity in a Hollywood blockbuster. But why is an earthquake movie blazing a trail?

The most shocking thing about San Andreas, the earth-shifting new disaster movie starring Dwayne Johnson (we’re not allowed to call him The Rock anymore – hugely frustrating given the film’s subject matter), isn’t the slightly ropey dialogue or Kylie Minogue’s cameo role as “bitchy woman of indistinct nationality” but the film’s casual choice to break a cardinal rule of blockbuster cinema.

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- Benjamin Lee

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Pitch Perfect 2 and Mad Max: Fury Road continue UK box office domination

12 hours ago

George Clooney’s Tomorrowland fails to budge Anna Kendrick and Tom Hardy from the top while François Ozon’s latest opens well

The photo finish

Pitch Perfect 2 held on to the top spot over Friday, Saturday and Sunday, beating Mad Max: Fury Road by a narrow margin (£2.67m against £2.64m). But take Bank Holiday Monday into consideration, and over the four days Fury Road pipped Pitch Perfect 2, with £3.49m against £3.48m. The cumulative totals put Pitch Perfect 2 modestly in front (£10.59m against £10.54m), though it’s worth noting that Fury Road was released one day earlier.

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- Charles Gant

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Tomorrowland's flop recalls past Disney disaster movies

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In this week’s round-up of the global box office scene:

• Slow start for $180m fantasia casts doubt over George Clooney’s star leverage

• Aamir Khan’s Pk sets new Bollywood high in China

Pitch Perfect 2 star Anna Kendrick in harmony with film-musicals revival

Still no serious competition for Marvel’s superhero partypack Avengers: Age of Ultron, with Tomorrowland flopping (see below) and Mad Max: Fury Road – perhaps because of its adult rating – not comporting itself exactly like a global blockbuster. Ultron hasn’t had the seismic Us box-office impact of the first film, but has been holding well for a CGI action spectacle nonetheless: it dropped a commendable 46.1% on this particular frame, benefiting from the Memorial Day crowd who weren’t fired up by Tomorrowland. A take of $1.27bn (£849m) sees it in sixth place on the all-time list, just below Frozen, and it’s not running on empty just yet: Japan, »

- Phil Hoad

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David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike set for racially charged African drama

16 hours ago

Oyelowo will play Seretse Khama, a royal exiled from Bechuanaland by the British in 1951 after he controversially married a white English office clerk

He was an Oxford-educated African king, while she was a white Englishwoman working as a clerk at Lloyd’s of London. Now their 1948 marriage, which caused scandal in Apartheid-stricken South Africa and the British protectorate of Bechuanaland (later Botswana), is to be the subject of a new period drama starring Britain’s David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike.

Oyelowo is in talks to play Seretse Khama, who in 1965 became independent Botswana’s first black president. He was also the country’s kgosi (king) having been crowned at the age of four in 1925. Pike is in line to star as Ruth Williams, who would go on to be the first lady of Botswana between 1966 and 1980.

Related: Belle review – a ripe costume drama with teeth

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- Ben Child

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Fans reach breaking point over Point Break remake trailer

16 hours ago

Twitter backlash over first look at extreme sports-packed redo of Kathryn Bigelow’s fan favourite

“I believe that these people, like me, are extreme athletes, using their skills to disrupt the international financial markets.”

Any trailer which can get away with dialogue like that suggests giddying nerve, and despite Twitter backlash, the newly released look at the frenzied Point Break remake looks like it could be a wave of a time.

Point Break remake looks god awful. Original is $5 on blu-ray. Make the right choice.

The Point Break remake is the worst thing ever. Ever!

Now I know how my grandparents felt when they colorized Casablanca. - Trailer for "Point Break" Remake. No President Masks. No Interest.

Point Break remake just means Hollywood is a creatively bankrupt dumpster (but there's 4 Transformers movies so you should know this by now)

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- Benjamin Lee

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Jurassic World set for monstrous $100m opening

17 hours ago

Experts predict Colin Trevorrow’s film is on course to mimick the barnstorming financial success of the early Steven Spielberg-directed Jurassic Park movies

Dinosaur disaster movie Jurassic World looks set to be one of the year’s biggest films at the box office after experts predicted a T-rex-sized opening of more than $100m next month.

The latest instalment in Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster sci-fi saga about rampaging reptiles on a remote island theme park is due for release on 11 June in the UK and a day later in Us cinemas. It stars Guardians of the Galaxy’s Chris Pratt opposite Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio and a brand-new CGI-generated “genetically modified” dinosaur known as Indominus Rex.

Related: Avengers: Age of Ultron hits $1bn after huge $156.3m China debut

Related: Fast & Furious 7 becomes fastest film ever to reach $1bn globally

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- Ben Child

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Mad Max: Fury Road is less radical than its B-movie influences

26 May 2015 1:10 PM, PDT

The film draws on ‘women in prison’ exploitation films, but its feminism and attitudes toward race are far less bold (Warning: spoilers)

Who would have thought that “women in prison” films, one of the most despised exploitation movie subgenres, would become so influential? And yet, stealthily, the films have permeated popular culture in recent years. Orange is the New Black has garnered widespread acclaim for both its storytelling and its diverse cast; the Australian series Wentworth set new standards for brutality on the small screen. And now, Mad Max: Fury Road is winning accolades from virtually everyone for its high-octane vision of feminist heroism and patriarchy upended.

Fury Road hasn’t generally been thought of as a Wip film. But much of it has been lifted directly from that genre. The whole movie is organised around a prison escape. Furiosa (Charlize Theron) is freeing a group of women from sex »

- Noah Berlatsky

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