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Deepwater Horizon movie review: blood for oil

26 September 2016 11:42 AM, PDT | | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

MaryAnn’s quick take…

Immensely intense and suspenseful. Disaster filmmaking at its most gripping, yet there is nothing in the least bit exploitive or sensationalized about it. 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)

Wait, what? “Based on a true story of real life heroes”? Wasn’t the Deepwater Horizon that total cluster-you-know-what of incompetence and corporate greed that killed 11 people and spilled an ungodly amount of oil all over the Gulf of Mexico, oil that is still killing seabirds and fish and cute baby dolphins to this day, six years later? Yes, it is. But this is not that story, at least not anymore than it can make some Bp executives look wolfish and blundering (which they well deserve). This movie doesn’t even get into the oil »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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'The Magnificent Seven' to open Toronto film festival

26 July 2016 9:05 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

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 September 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.

It marks a third visit to the festival for Fuqua, who previously screened Training Day and The Equalizer at Tiff.

The festival will close on September 17 with The Edge Of Seventeen, starring Hailee Steinfeld, Woody Harrelson and Kyra Sedgwick.

The coming-of-age comedy-drama marks the feature debut of writer-director Kelly Fremon Craig and is produced by Oscar-winner James L. Brooks (Jerry Maguire, As Good As It Gets).

Gala world premieres

Unveiling its first wave of titles, Tiff announced that world premieres in its Gala strand would include »

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Horizon: Sports Doping review – like a Cbbc version of a grown-up documentary

19 July 2016 11:20 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Neither Xand van Tulleken’s charm nor an appearance from his twin brother can save this superficial sprint through a serious scientific subject

Xand van Tulleken is a handsome man – chiselled face, designer beard, eyebrows that would give Cara a run for her money. He is a doctor and a TV personality with a rhyming name; he has a Usp (his identical twin brother, also a TV personality) and oodles of charm. Lucky fella! But all this doesn’t ensure great, grown-up television.

Horizon: Sports Doping – Winning at Any Cost? (BBC2) is more of a romp than an exposé. It’s such a rich subject, yet it suffers from that classic British documentary failing: lack of self-belief. You can imagine the producers’ conversation: “Maybe if we tart it up with jokes and stunts, people will watch.”

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- Simon Hattenstone

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Wednesday’s best TV: Horizon: The Immortalist; My Family at War; Scruffts

15 March 2016 11:10 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

A billionaire tries to find out how to make us all immortal; Brendan O’Carroll looks at his family’s part in the Easter rising; the best mongrel dogs in the country. Plus: last in the series of Occupied

“My name’s Dmitry Itskov. Within the next 30 years, I’m going to make sure we can all live for ever.” Like some real-life sci-fi mastermind, billionaire Itskov has assembled the best neuroscientists and AI experts money can buy, to figure out how to upload human consciousness, as tonight’s mind-boggling Horizon explores. Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro, for one, might sound like a nitwit (“Someday, I want to talk about the soul with an android”), but will he have the last – metallic-sounding – laugh? Ali Catterall

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- Ali Catterall, John Robinson, Julia Raeside, Jonathan Wright, Andrew Mueller, David Stubbs, Mark Gibbings-Jones and Paul Howlett

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