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Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) programmers have served up the first picks from what will be a typically daunting menu in September.Scroll down for full list of Galas, Special Presentations
The world premiere of Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven will open the 41st Tiff on Sept 8. The western remake stars Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Byung-Hun Lee, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Martin Sensmeier, Haley Bennett, and Peter Sarsgaard.
Gala world premieres
Unveiling its first wave of titles, Tiff announced that world premieres in its Gala strand »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
The Toronto International Film Festival sounded the opening bell of Oscar season on Tuesday, unveiling a list of high profile films that will use the annual gathering to launch their awards campaigns. Major releases that will be looking to make a splash and score with critics include Denis Villeneuve’s alien invasion thriller “Arrival,” Peter Berg’s disaster drama “Deepwater Horizon,” and Rob Reiner’s historical biopic “Lbj.”
The film festival will kick off on Sept. 8 with the world premiere of “The Magnificent Seven,” a remake of the John Sturges classic that was itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai.” It stars Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt, while marking director Antoine Fuqua’s third time at the festival. He previously screened “Training Day” and “The Equalizer” at Toronto.
“I can’t think of a better place or crowd for the film’s world premiere,” Fuqua said in a »
- Brent Lang
We are six weeks away from the start of the Toronto International Film Festival, and what will effectively be the launch of the awards season. It’s going to be a bounty of offerings for cinephiles, as Hollywood puts summer behind them, and gets ready to show off their prestige pictures. And this morning, organizers at […]
- Kevin Jagernauth
The Toronto International Film Festival — aka Tiff — has announced its first round of picks for this year’s festival, including Galas and Special Presentations, along with the festival’s opening night selection, Antoine Fuqua’s “The Magnificent Seven,” and their closing night pick, Kelly Fremon Craig’s feature directorial debut “The Edge of Seventeen.” Filled with early awards contenders, returning filmmakers and favorites from other festivals from around the globe, it’s a meaty selection of offerings that firmly announces the imminent arrival of the cinematic bonanza otherwise known as the fall festival season.
There are plenty of familiar faces here, including Denis Villeneuve, who will be bringing his “Arrival” to the same festival that has also screened his “Sicario” and “Prisoners” in previous years. The year after debuting his “Being Charlie” at Tiff, director Rob Reiner will return with his Woody Harrelson-starring biopic “Lbj.” Lone Scherfig, who has »
- Kate Erbland
You saw the teaser three months ago, now it’s time to take a look at the awesome first full trailer for western remake The Magnificent Seven. “Seven gun men in the old west gradually come together to help a poor village against savage thieves.” Look, I don’t expect anything groundbreaking from this redo, I want […]
"What a bunch of misfits we are." Sony Pictures has unveiled the second official, full theatrical trailer for The Magnificent Seven, Antoine Fuqua's remake of the action western of the same name (which was originally a reinvention of Kurosawa's Seven Samurai). The new "seven" who come together to defend a town are: Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Byung-Hun Lee, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo and Martin Sensmeier. The villain is played by Peter Sarsgaard; also featuring Haley Bennett, Vinnie Jones and Cam Gigandet. The first teaser trailer was actually pretty good, and this new trailer ups the ante with plenty of wild west action and sly glances from nearly the entire cast. I also dig the introductions to each of the new seven. Feels weird to say, but this doesn't look so bad. Fire this up! Here's the new full theatrical trailer for Antoine Fuqua's The Magnificent Seven, »
- Alex Billington
Called upon when Rose Creek comes under threat from Peter Sarsgaard’s sadistic maniac and his bunch of thugs, the residents of that dusty old town – Haley Bennett’s grieving widow included – decide to fight fire with fire, recruiting Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and their crew of fellow sharpshooters.
Those familiar with John Sturges’ timeless classic, or indeed Akira Kurosawa’s seminal Seven Samurai, will have a fair understanding of what comes next, The Magnificent Seven stage an old-fashioned standoff with Sarsgaard’s goons, and once the action gets going – played against a cover of “The House Of The Rising Sun” – it’s hard not to become sucked up in the fun.
When the chips come down and the guns are drawn, »
- Michael Briers
The new trailer for “The Magnificent Seven” proves it was high time Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt starred in a movie together. Their on-screen chemistry in director Antoine Fuqua’s remake of John Sturges’ 1960 Western is palpable, and the movie looks like one hell of a ride.
Here’s the official synopsis: With the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard), the desperate townspeople employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns – Sam Chisolm (Washington), Josh Farraday (Pratt), Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), Jack Horne (Vincent D’Onofrio), Billy Rocks (Byung-Hun Lee), Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), and Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier). As they prepare the town for the violent showdown that they know is coming, these seven mercenaries find themselves fighting for more than money.
While rap music and Westerns can make an odd pairing, the sexy, action-packed new trailer for “The Magnificent Seven »
- Graham Winfrey
Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt lead the ragtag band of outlaws and gunslingers that band together to keep the Old West town of Rose Krick safe from the likes of no-good varmint Peter Sarsgaard in the film, due September 23rd. John Sturges' 1960 original was a who's who of macho movie stars, collecting the likes of Charles Bronson, Steve McQueen »
Even though the blockbuster summer will be over in just a few weeks, that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of excitement yet to come this fall. In fact, the arrival of the forthcoming remake of The Magnificent Seven looks just as good if not better than some of the best releases this summer has seen. […]
The post ‘The Magnificent Seven’ Trailer: You Gotta Hate What You’re Firing At appeared first on /Film. »
- Ethan Anderton
Antoine Fuqua and Denzel Washington team up again for MGM’s long-in-development remake of “The Magnificent Seven” (the 1960 American western directed by John Sturges, which itself was a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai”). As recently as 2012, Tom Cruise was attached to star… Continue Reading → »
- Tambay Obenson
Remakes are still all the rage, but summer 2016 has sure been a kick in the teeth for blockbusters, requels, and all kinds of branded I.P. Many of them have grossly underperformed, but it’s pretty much too late for the remaining studios to change course. So Sony and MGM are banking on “The Magnificent Seven,” a remake […]
The post ‘The Magnificent Seven’ Ride Into Town In 2 New Trailers For The Revamped Western appeared first on The Playlist. »
- Edward Davis
With Scarlett Johansson’s live-action Ghost in the Shell and a new version of The Magnificent Seven, Hollywood hasn’t stopped looking east for inspiration. But it’s not the Japanese who are getting uptight about cultural plundering
The story goes that Akira Kurosawa was none too impressed by The Magnificent Seven, John Sturges’ rip-roaring 1960 reworking of the Japanese director’s 1954 classic Seven Samurai, labelling efforts to relocate the epic to old west-era Mexico, a “disappointment”, albeit an “entertaining” one.
Critics of the time were unable to see past Sturges’ failure to match the original’s obsession with rigid Japanese social forms: Howard Thompson of the New York Times called the remake a “pallid, pretentious and overlong reflection of the original” that lacked the “ice-cold suspense” and “superb juxtaposition of revealing human vignettes” of Kurosawa’s film.
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- Guardian Staff
Do you like your noir heroes bitter and bruised, and your noir dames daring and resourceful? Phil Karlson's gem of a thriller pits two-fisted John Payne against murderous hood Brad Dexter, with Peggie Castle the unfaithful, unlucky wife who decides to run off with the wrong guy. And star Evelyn Keys is a pulp noir adventuress to admire, with a roving eye of her own. 99 River Street Blu-ray Kl Studio Classics 1953 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 83 min. / Street Date June 21, 2016 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring John Payne, Evelyn Keyes, Brad Dexter, Frank Faylen, Peggie Castle, Jay Adler, Jack Lambert, Glenn Langan. Cinematography Franz Planer Film Editor Buddy Small Original Music Arthur Lange, Emil Newman Written by Robert Smith, George Zuckerman Produced by Edward Small Directed by Phil Karlson
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
99 River Street is a top noir title in all respects -- a great cast, a literally hard-hitting »
- Glenn Erickson
September and October have become fascinating months on the movie calendar. They represent this window after the summer movie season, but before awards season truly kicks in -- so you have a riskier mix of movies. Last year films like Sicario, The Martian, Crimson Peak, Goosebumps, and The Visit dropped during this timeframe. In 2016 we'll get stuff like Before I Wake, The Woods, The Magnificent Seven, A Monster Calls and Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. And if you live in the UK (we're still awaiting its domestic release date), you get to watch an adaptation of The Girl with All the Gifts, which, yes, is about zombie kids. The first trailer for the inventive zombie movie has dropped -- watch it below. Okay, so it's got a little more than the...
- Erik Davis
While it's incredibly popular to hate on remakes and reboots these days, you don't quite hear a lot of negativity surrounding Antoine Fuqua's take on The Magnificent Seven. The film, a re-do of the classic 1960 Western, which itself was a re-do of Kurosawa's Seven Samurai, has sort of flown under the radar a bit. Perhaps it's being given a... Read More »
- Billy Donnelly
Hollywood has already proved that it has no qualms about rebooting films that are 10, 20 or even 30 years old. In 2016 alone, we’re going to see reboots of Pete’s Dragon, Ben-Hur, The Magnificent Seven and Ghostbusters, the latter of which has especially led fans to react rather uproariously. So it shouldn’t surprise anyone that producer Brian Grazer is developing a remake of his 1984 classic Splash. However, Brian Grazer has insisted that there will be one major change to this version, as it will come from the mermaid’s point of view. Brian Grazer made this revelation while talking with CNBC’s Carl Quintanilla about his hugely impressive CV as a producer, which saw him pick up the 2002 Best Picture Oscar for A Beautiful Mind. Brian Grazer was actually also nominated for the Best Original Screenplay of 1984 after he co-wrote Splash. Still, Grazer& »
Stars: Brian Thompson, Oliver Reed, George Kennedy, José Ferrer, Michelle Moffett, Barbara Niven, Jordana Capra, Kendall Conrad, Kim Lonsdale, Jude Mussetter, Penelope Reed, David Sawyer, Angela Gerekou | Written by Fred Perry, Kirk Ellis | Directed by Nico Mastorakis
What would you think if I pitched a version of The Magnificent Seven to you, but the seven were women? In the days when we are looking at a female Ghostbusters (not a bad thing) you’d probably nod and think it was a good idea (or complain). Fact is, it has already been made decades ago and directed by Nico Mastorakis. Hired to Kill is an interesting cult gem, so it’s no wonder Arrow Video have released it on Blu-ray.
Mercenary Frank Ryan (Brian Thompson) is tasked with taking out a South American dictator, and freeing a revolutionary leader by the CIA. Knowing that the countries ruler, Michal Bartos’ (Oliver Reed »
- Paul Metcalf
By Lee Pfeiffer
Sony has released Walter Hill's 1975 directorial debut, Hard Times, on on DVD through their Sony Choice Collection. Hill was an up-and-coming screenwriter with Peckinpah's The Getaway to his credit as well as solid thrillers like The Drowning Pool, The Mackintosh Man and Hickey and Boggs. There is no evidence in Hard Times that Hill was a novice behind the camera, either. This is one of my favorite films of the period, though many retro movie fans probably haven't seen it. The story is set in 1933. Chaney (Charles Bronson) is a middle-aged drifter who ends up crossing paths with Speed (James Coburn), a fast-talking promoter of "street fights" (no holds barred matches between local tough guys with no rules or regulations). Needing some quick cash, the soft-spoken, low-key Chaney forms a partnership with the mercurial Speed. In his first match, they win big when Chaney knocks the »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
The Timber, 2015.
Directed by Anthony O’Brien.
In the wild west, two brothers embark on a journey to collect a bounty: alive or dead, but what they find along the way is more than they bargained for.
The Western genre has given cinema some epic, sprawling and beautifully short films. Whether it’s The Magnificent Seven, or one of Sergio Leone’s classic Westerns, it’s a genre that captures the desolate beauty of the old American West (or at least when it’s done right). When you think of the best Westerns you conjure images of Panavision lensed vistas and grizzled, rugged cowboys on galloping horses. The 50’s and 60’s remain the golden era, and seemingly in more recent years, films about the old west have become a little rarer. There have been decent »
- Amie Cranswick
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