14 items from 2016
Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.
“Body of Work” presents Madonna’s more-impressive-than-you-think filmography, including the 25th-anniversary restoration of Truth or Dare. This weekend offers A League of Their Own, Desperately Seeking Susan, Shadows and Fog, and Dick Tracy.
Fantastic Mr. Fox screens on Saturday.
Double-billings continue with Hitchcock-Polanski, Reed-Welles, and Kelly- / Donen-Minelli.
A restoration of Howards End has begun its run. »
- Nick Newman
Further cast announced for sporting biopic.
Principal photography has begun on Borg/McEnroe, which will centre on the famous rivalry between Us tennis champ Jon McEnroe and Sweden’s Bjorn Borg, which came to a head at Wimbledon 1980.
Shia Labeouf will play McEnroe while rising Swedish talent Sverrir Gudnason plays Borg in the film directed by Janus Metz - director of Cannes-winning documentary Armadillo and episodes of the acclaimed HBO drama True Detective.
The part of Borg’s coach Lennart Bergelin will be played by Stellan Skarsgård (The Avengers, Mamma Mia), making his first Swedish production in more than a decade, while Björn’s fiancée Mariana Simionescu is to be played by Swedish actress Tuva Novotny (A War, Eat Pray Love).
The part of Us tennis playboy Vitas Gerulaitis will be played by Robert Emms (Mirror Mirror, War Horse) while McEnroe’s father will be portayed by Ian Blackman (The Bourne Legacy, Hail Caesar!, House of Cards). »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Like many outside Sweden, I first saw Joel Kinnaman sometime in 2010 when Easy Money made its way across the international waters into North America. In it, Kinnaman plays Jw, a good kid attending an elite school who finds himself bending the law to fit in with the right crowd. It was a great performance that spanned over three movies but by the time the third came around, Kinnaman was already a known commodity with a couple of North American movies under his belt not to mention an award worthy turn as Stephen Holder in "The Killing."
Kinnaman's star continues to rise. He's worked with some of the most sought after talents both behind and in front of the camera and while those choices have landed him some pretty big projects, the actor still makes time for smaller productions. [Continued ...] »
In the taut wilderness thriller Edge of Winter, Joel Kinnaman plays an unemployed, single dad with seething personal issues and more than a bit of a mean streak. It's another complex character in an increasingly long line of layered performances by Kinnaman, who always manages to bring humanity to his roles, no matter how flawed the characters may be. After his breakout role in the Swedish crime thriller Easy Money (aka Snabba Cash), Kinnaman came to widespread attention for his portrayal of detective Holder in AMC's The Killing. Now, like many actors these days, he seems comfortable sliding between Hollywood tentpoles like Robocop and Suicide Squad, independent productions like Edge of Winter and even television with roles on House of Cards and the streaming service's upcoming cyberpunk show...
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Joel Kinnaman isn’t starring in the most beloved blockbuster of the summer. But even if “Suicide Squad,” the latest entry into the burgeoning DC cinematic universe, doesn’t really work — and the majority of critics agree that’s the case — Kinnaman remains its main voice of reason, both onscreen and off. He plays super-solider Rick Flag, a highly skilled military man who, unlike the members of the supervillain squad he’s expected to control and lead into battle, doesn’t have any special abilities to fall back on.
No matter what audiences think about it, director David Ayer’s first foray into the world of big screen superhero battles serves as a bridge between moody, dark DC properties like “Batman v Superman” and the promised “fun” of the upcoming “Justice League” feature — and Kinnaman is eager to defend its aspirations.
In a recent conversation, the actor was gracious and engaged, »
- Kate Erbland
The remake of a remake.Don’t worry, I counted. There‘s seven.
Westerns always put an extra giddy-up in my canter. It’s easily the most enjoyable genre of film for me. I think it has something to do with manly men doing manly men things. You know, like twirling a six-shooter around the shooting finger and placing it perfectly in its holster without even looking. I can’t even put my phone in my pocket without dropping it at least four times a day, easy. The Magnificent Seven — based on the 1960 film of the same name which was based on Seven Samurai — just had its second trailer released, which is of the more official variety and less the teaser kind. Take a little break from reading and watch it in all its magnificence:
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- Colton Ledford
Grim treats, mining suspense and urgency from intensely plotted dual timelines of brutal criminality. A must for fans of rumpled, cynical, bitter detectives. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
What’s the biggest movie — by a long shot — in Denmark at the moment? It’s not Zootopia or Batman v Superman. It’s A Conspiracy of Faith, the third in the series based on Jussi Adler-Olsen’s internationally bestselling Department Q crime novels… and that’s in its sixth week of release. Danish moviegoers love brooding, tenacious Copenhagen cop Carl Mørck so much that they made the first two films,The Keeper of Lost Causes (Kvinden i buret) and The Absent One (Fasandraeberne), among the biggest hits the country’s film industry has ever seen.
I finally caught »
- MaryAnn Johanson
“By seeing London, I have seen as much of life as the world can show,” said Samuel Johnson in 1773, as quoted by biographer James Boswell. By seeing “London Has Fallen,” on the other hand, Johnson may conversely have marveled at a veritable cornucopia of death — the grisly, indiscriminate slaying of world leaders and common men, the swift pulverization of city infrastructure, and the slower decimation of any unsuspecting viewer’s brain cells. Aiming low and still managing to limbo its way under that bar, Babak Najafi’s cement-headed sequel to 2013’s Potus-in-peril thriller “Olympus Has Fallen” shifts and expands the battleground from the White House to the Big Smoke, while maintaining a cozily American jingoism in its narrative scope and stakes. Cruddily crafted, grimacingly performed and effortlessly racist, this sloppy dish of Gruel Britannia may just go down well enough to green-light a continuing franchise of global destruction. World capitals quiver. »
- Guy Lodge
London Has Fallen review by Paul Heath, March, 2016. Gerard Butler returns for the sequel to his Die-Hard-in-the-White-House actioner Olympus Has Fallen. London Has Fallen relocates the carnage to the streets of London for 100 minutes of utter chaos, carnage and cheesy cliché.
In the lead up to the release of the big budget action sequel that is London Has Fallen, there have been arguments that its content has gone a step too far. The $100 million Hollywood dynamo features explosions on the capital’s river Thames, gunfights and car chases down the Victoria Embankment, a bomb going off and completely destroying Westminster Abbey, and a bloodbath of killings on the steps of St. Paul’s Cathedral – and that’s all in the first twenty minutes. »
- Paul Heath
The first trailer has arrived online for the upcoming comedy horror Smothered. The film is written and directed by John Schneider, who also stars alongside Kane Hodder, Bill Moseley, R.A. Milhailoff, Don Shanks and Malcolm Danare; check it out below after the official synopsis…
When a bunch of horror icons are at a crappy horror convention, they get offered a bunch of money to scare a bunch of fans at the local park. Easy money for a weekend gig, right? Wrong. When they get there, they meet the woman who runs it, as well as her incredibly well-endowed daughter, Dee Dee, but little do they know that they are not just the stars of the weekend, but the intended victims! Watch as your favorite horror icons battle for their lives.
Smothered is set for release on April 8th.
- Amie Cranswick
With Deadpool doing unexpectedly huge business over the past few days, we should imagine all kinds of projects have already been poked under the nose of its star, Ryan Reynolds. And according to reports floating in across the Atlantic, one of the major offers on the table is a lead role in Life, a forthcoming sci-fi film from Skydance Productions and Paramount.
While Reynolds has been in talks for the project for some time, it'll probably look an awful lot more attractive to him after the events of the past few days: Life is written by Deadpool's scripting duo Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese. The director's no slouch, either; Daniel Espinosa signed up last year, and he's the chap behind such films as the Swedish thriller Easy Money »
If you miss James Purefoy on your TV screen, prepare to get Hap-py.
The Following alum, along with Michael Kenneth Williams (Boardwalk Empire) and Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) stars in Sundance’s upcoming dark comedy Hap and Leonard — and we’ve got your exclusive first look at the series’ key art.
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Hap and Leonard follows Hap, a plantation worker in 1980s Texas who did time in federal prison for dodging the Vietnam War draft. Michael Kenneth Williams (Boardwalk Empire) is Hap’s best friend, an angry, openly gay Vietnam vet named Leonard. Hendricks plays Trudy, »
Babak Najafi will direct the thriller for Nordic studio Svensk Filmindustri.
Horizon Line is a a suspense thriller that follows a couple on a small airplane that loses its way over the Pacific Ocean.
The film will soon start casting ahead of an autumn shoot.
Campbell and Stuecken reunite with Wikstrom Nicastro after having written the English-language remake Easy Money.
Wikstrom Nicastro said, “I am thrilled to continue the fruitful and creative collaboration with director Babak Najafi and such talented writers as Josh Campbell and Matt Stuecken. Horizon Line is one of the most suspenseful, original scripts »
- email@example.com (Wendy Mitchell)
Babak Najafi has come on board to direct “Horizon Line,” an English-language suspense thriller penned by Josh Campbell and Matt Stuecken, the scribes behind the J.J. Abrams-produced “10 Cloverfield Lane.”
Nordic major Svensk Filmindustri is producing and handling international sales to the movie, which follows a couple on a small airplane that loses its way over the Pacific Ocean.
The film is set to go into production in the fall of 2016 and will soon start casting.
“I am looking forward to working with my friend and producer Fredrik Wikström Nicastro again and making an international movie for Svensk Filmindustri,” said Najafi, who won Berlin’s best first film award for “Sebbe” and previously directed “London Has Fallen ” with Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman.
- Elsa Keslassy
14 items from 2016
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