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Sicario movie review: lies, injustice, and the American way

5 October 2015 7:56 AM, PDT | | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

The “War on Drugs” has never felt more like an actual war in this brutal, scathing condemnation of the lawlessness of the battle… on the “good guys” side. I’m “biast” (pro): love Emily Blunt

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

The “War on Drugs” may be a bullshit term invented by our overlords to justify overly aggressive policing on local and national levels, and indiscriminate and excessive imprisonment for minor infractions. It may be a self-perpetuating excuse for a never-ending rain of cash for institutions such as for-profit prisons and federal agencies and individuals like cops on the beat and on the take. But the “War on Drugs” has never felt more like an actual war than in Sicario. Yet this is no bit of propaganda designed to sell us that war; it is a scathing condemnation of the »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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The best films of Ridley Scott’s career

2 October 2015 2:45 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

As of today, audiences can finally see Ridley Scott’s new film The Martian, which is one of my favorites of the year so far. Moreover, it’s a return to form for Scott, who has been on a bumpy road for quite some time. I had been all but ready to write him off as a director, but he’s certainly gotten back in my good graces here. That got me thinking about the best movies of his career. He’s made over 20 flicks over the years (without a Best Director win incidentally, despite a handful of nominations), but below you’ll see what I feel to be his ten best, including The Martian, of course. Enjoy! Here now are Scott’s ten best, at least according to yours truly: 10. Hannibal – Not a great film, by any stretch, but there’s a silly bit of fun to have with »

- Joey Magidson

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An Exorcist Remake? Here's What The Rights Holders Say

29 September 2015 10:26 AM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

There.s been a lot of talk lately over the idea of a remake for The Exorcist, the 1973 horror classic. Well, Morgan Creek Productions holds the rights to any remakes, and the company says that just ain.t gonna happen. For the record, we will never attempt to remake The Exorcist. Morgan Creek (@Morgan__Creek) September 28, 2015 While Morgan Creek clearly has a definite opinion about this, their Twitter comment, which came via Bloody Disgusting, doesn.t give us any idea if the company will add to the list of sequels, prequels and off shoots of the enduring property. Just that they.d like to let the original masterpiece stand on its own. The Exorcist (which was based on a 1971 New York Times bestseller of the same name) was released to critical acclaim, and, until Silence of the Lambs in 1991, was the only horror film to ever be nominated for the »

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Movie Review – Solace (2015)

27 September 2015 12:11 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Solace, 2015

Directed by Afonso Poyart.

Starring Anthony Hopkins, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Abbie Cornish and Colin Farrell.


A clairvoyant physician is drawn out of retirement by the FBI in order to help investigate a serial killer who may have precognitive abilities of his own.

The script that would go on to become serial killer thriller Solace originated back in the early noughties as a sequel to David Fincher’s pitch-black 90s classic Se7en. Subsequently, the film spent a long time in development hell throughout the decade and the script by Ted Griffin (Ocean’s Eleven) received several rewrites, most recently from Frost/Nixon scribe Peter Morgan. Unfortunately, the end result suggests that you really can’t polish a cinematic turd.

Investigating a string of murders, FBI agents Joe (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Katherine (Abbie Cornish) are stumped by the killer’s bizarre method of delivering painless death. Joe brings in »

- Tom Beasley

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ABC's Quantico Is Familiar in All the Right Ways

25 September 2015 6:59 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

It's Grey's Anatomy, but at the FBI. It's How to Get Away With Murder, but at the FBI. There's a thread of The Fugitive, a little of Silence of the Lambs (mostly the training montages), a little bit of the 2006-era post-Lost sprawling ensemble dramas where everyone's connected but there's a mystery to unravel. Toss in a few scraps of Homeland in that it attempts to criticize, but might also perpetuate, American anti-Muslim sentiment, and you've got Quantico, one of the better pilots of the fall season. If it's reminiscent of a bunch of good things, that's a good sign … right? Mostly.Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra stars as Alex Parrish, one of the FBI's incoming recruits. She's enthusiastic about casual sex, she has incredibly beautiful hair, she's very observant even though her investigative training has not yet begun, and — dun-dun-duuuuuunnnnnn — she's now a suspected terrorist! Quantico starts with Alex finding »

- Margaret Lyons

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Solace review – Anthony Hopkins hams it up in psycho-killer thriller

24 September 2015 2:50 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Colin Farrell’s the murderous wacko in an almost exoctically ridiculous drama that echoes The Silence of the Lambs

This could be one of those rare and terrifying serial killer cases where the psychotic culprit apparently intends to bore and embarrass everyone to death with bad acting. Anthony Hopkins – in full reptilian ham mode, doing the quiet sonorous voice and musing smile as if tactfully suppressing entirely justified triumph at how much wiser he is than everyone else – plays John Clancy, a troubled psychic who used to help the FBI with murder cases and is now tempted out of retirement.

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- Peter Bradshaw

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Diane Baker Reflects on Alfred Hitchcock’s Directing Methods and the State of Acting

24 September 2015 8:15 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

This Sunday, actress Diane Baker will appear at Film Forum in New York to discuss her 50-plus year career in film and television with film historian Foster Hirsch. On Monday at 8:00pm she will again be at Film Forum to introduce a screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1964 film Marnie.

Still just in her mid-twenties, actress Diane Baker found herself one morning in the unfamiliar surroundings of Alma and Alfred Hitchcock’s Brentwood kitchen. They ate peaches around the kitchen table and discussed director Hitchcock’s next picture – Marnie. “I was offered the part without reading the script,” Baker told me on the phone from an apparently sunny San Francisco. “I just happily accepted. Whatever it was, I was going to do it.” But looking back who can blame her? This was, of course, the director whose five previous films had been The Birds, Psycho, North by Northwest, Vertigo and The Wrong Man, »

- James Knight

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24 September 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »


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Cancelled: "Crazy Mama" 40th Anniversary Screening, L.A., September 24

23 September 2015 1:55 PM, PDT | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Notice: The Royal Laemmle Theatre In L.A Has Announced That This Screening Has Been Cancelled! Click Here

Jonathan Demme’s 1975 film Crazy Mama, which stars Cloris Leachman, Stuart Whitman, Ann Southern, and Jim Backus, celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. The Royale Laemmle Theater in Los Angeles will be holding a special one-night-only showing of the 83-minute film on Thursday, September 24th, 2015 at 7:30 pm.

Actress Cloris Leachman is scheduled to appear at the screening and is due to partake in a post-screening Q & A for a discussion on the making of the film.

From the press release:

Crazy Mama was one of the early movies directed by Oscar winner Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs, Melvin and Howard, Married to the Mob, Philadelphia, Rachel Getting Married). Produced by Roger and Julie Corman, the film follows three generations of women (played by Cloris Leachman, Ann Sothern as her mother, »

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Westworld Casts Selma Star Tessa Thompson in Mysterious Role

18 September 2015 12:49 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Westworld is beefing up its cast. The upcoming HBO sci-fi drama has added Selma and Dear White People star Tessa Thompson as a series regular. Thompson will play Charlotte Hale. No details are known yet about the character except that she has a “unique perspective” on Westworld and that she will be a type of “investigator” in the series. In addition her recent starring roles in films, Thompson has appeared on many TV series in the past. Her credits include HeroesDetroit 1-8-7, 666 Park Avenue, and Copper. She joins Westworld‘s all-star cast, which includes Anthony Hopkins (The Silence of the Lambs), Thandie Newton (Rogue), Jeffrey Wright (Boardwalk Empire), James Marsden (30 Rock), Ed Harris (The Rock), Eion Bailey (Once Upon a Time), and Evan Rachel Wood (True Blood). Westword is based on Michael Crichton’s 1973 film and will be written by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy. The series will focus on a futuristic, »

- Chris King

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Daredevil season 2: Scott Glenn returning as Stick

17 September 2015 12:44 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Mr Scott Glenn will reprise the intimidating mentor role of Stick in Daredevil season 2…

After his brilliant turn in season 1, Scott Glenn will be sticking around for Daredevil season 2. Sticking, geddit? Arf.

Marvel broke the news via Twitter, where they released this picture alongside the caption “the old man is back. Stick is returning to Hell’s Kitchen for season 2. #Daredevil”:

In the comics, Stick also trained Elektra, who is known to be popping up in this new season of Daredevil on Netflix. Perhaps that’s how he’ll factor in, but only time will tell on that one.

"Just in terms of acting, it's such an interesting, complex, fun character to play," Mr Glenn – who has been seen in Silence Of The Lambs, The Hunter For Red October and The Bourne Ultimatum - has said to Cbr.

"And then to have the demands also of being blind and physical on top of that, »

- rleane

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16 September 2015 4:38 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »


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Marvel’s ‘Daredevil’: Scott Glenn Returns As Stick In Season 2

16 September 2015 2:00 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Stick will be back. Marvel has confirmed that Scott Glenn (The Bourne Ultimatum, Training Day, The Silence Of The Lambs) will reprise his role as Stick in Daredevil on Netflix. Stick will return for three episodes in the upcoming second season. The mysterious and sardonic character of Stick crashes into Daredevil’s life right when he needs him the least. Responsible for training young Matt and then abandoning him, Stick returns with a new mission that Matt wants no part… »

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Remembering Microsoft Cinemania

16 September 2015 1:28 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

It's been nearly 20 years since the demise of CD-rom movie resource Cinemania. We dug it out for another go...

To readers of a later vintage than I, the words Microsoft Cinemania may be somewhat baffling. A product that existed for a few years in the 1990s, it came about as PCs were finally being sold with CD-rom drives, and as such, Microsoft put together a multimedia encyclopedia, just about films. Cinemania was thus born in 1992, and was published annually until the final version was released five years later. It was a short life in the scheme of things, but before the days of broadband internet, it felt like a new world.

That said, it wasn't so much just the rise of the consumer world wide web that brought about the end for Microsoft Cinemania. Rather, the all-conquering movie website (Internet Movie Database, to give it its longer name »

- simonbrew

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Film Review: 'Ricki and the Flash'

7 September 2015 12:17 PM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★☆☆ What does a Jonathan Demme film look like? From features to docs to television, he has an old studio player's utilitarian work ethic; restless and unfussy. Aside from the musical fixation, there's little in the way of recurring thematic concerns or visual tics. To rephrase the question, where is the auteur in Jonathan Demme? His new film, Ricki and the Flash (2015), gives us the answer almost immediately. The camera tracks a man into a bar then pulls up to find the band playing on stage. We switch between band and audience throughout the song - the shared bonhomie of musical communion. It is a kind of unspoken, unassuming connection that makes a Jonathan Demme film.

It's there in his great concert films - David Byrne practically can-canning his way through the jauntier numbers of Stop Making Sense (1984), engerising the band around him. It's in the trajectory of his three Neil Young films, »

- CineVue UK

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Mistresses Finale: EPs Talk Crazy Killer Reveal, Karen's Alternate Fate and (Fingers Crossed) Season 4 Plans

3 September 2015 6:59 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Holy mother of caftan-covered cliffhangers!

Mistresses‘ Season 3 (and possibly series) finale ended with a heartbreaking death; a sweet (and mutual) declaration of love (without any running-through-the-airport ridiculousness); the strong suggestion of an impending suicide attempt; the introduction of a reality TV crew; and — yes, we’re saving the “whoa, Nelly!” for last — a startlingly creepy reveal of Luca Raines’ actual killer.

RelatedGrey’s, Scandal and Htgawm Casts Wine and Shine in New Tgit Promo

To recap, Karen said a tearful, thankful goodbye to her erstwhile lover Vivian — who, before she succumbed to sepsis of the liver, made a deeply touching »

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‘Hannibal’ could live on in movie form, creator says

31 August 2015 7:58 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

A day after it ended, the creator of Hannibal says it could live on in movie form.

In an interview with HitFix on Saturday, Bryan Fuller spoke about the possibilities of the show living on in different forms — namely a mini-series or movie. According to Fuller, it is all about financing and finding the right story.

“[Producer] Martha De Laurentiis is looking into financing for a feature film. The season 4 that we were going to tell is such a restart and reimagining that I still hope in some way that we get to tell a version of that, if not ‘Silence of the Lambs’ itself, as a miniseries. I would love to return this cast to the big screen from whence they came, and Hannibal Lecter to the big screen, from whence he came. It seems perfectly symmetrical.”

Fuller also mentions that the likelihood of a movie or mini-series is probably »

- Zach Dennis

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How Would "Hannibal" Employ "Silence"?

30 August 2015 6:12 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

In the wake of the end of "Hannibal" on NBC, series creator Bryan Fuller has given several interviews discussing where the show might go next if they are able to continue it. One issue has always been that Fuller did not have the rights to use the most famous of the Lecter novels - "The Silence of the Lambs" and the character of Clarice Starling.

Were the show to continue, he still hopes they could do it one day. Speaking with Crave Online, Fuller says:

"I absolutely do hope and would love to tell Silence of the Lambs with this cast. I love that novel and I think there's fantastic ways to reimagine it for thirty years later, and… yes. Period."

As the show has often shifted around plot points from the books, how would a season of the 'Silence' storyline work on "Hannibal":

"I am imagining a parallel »

- Garth Franklin

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Hannibal Creator Bryan Fuller on The Silence of the Lambs Season That Might Have Been

30 August 2015 2:52 PM, PDT | | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Hannibal creator Bryan Fuller on The Silence of the Lambs season that might have been Ever since the ax came down on Hannibal earlier this summer, it’s been a big question mark about what the future holds for the fan-favorite series. Would another network pick it up? Would a feature film follow? Would they ever…

The post Hannibal Creator Bryan Fuller on The Silence of the Lambs Season That Might Have Been appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »

- Spencer Perry

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Justin Timberlake teams up with director Jonathan Demme for 20/20 concert film

30 August 2015 12:36 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Justin Timberlake is heading to the big screen with a concert film focusing on his 20/20 Experience World Tour.

The musician is working with Philadelphia director Jonathan Demme on the project, EW reports.

Demme filmed Timberlake's show at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas – his final tour on the 134-date tour - for the movie on January 2.

Speaking to EW, Demme said: "It's very emotional, very exciting. It's a space age music film!"

He added: "There's tremendous dancing in this piece.

"[Timberlake has] got an extraordinary band called the Tennessee Kids. Huge horn section, two lead guitars, two drummers, eight dancers, four exquisite background singers. And we caught them on their last performance."

Justin Timberlake and Alfonso Ribeiro do the Carlton Dance together and it's amazing

Demme is well known for his work on such films as The Silence of the Lambs, The Manchurian Candidate and Philadelphia – as well as Talking Head »

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