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Thanks to Empire, we’ve got a new image from Churchill, director Jonathan Teplitzky’s upcoming biopic of the British wartime leader, which explores the 48 hours leading up to D-Day and stars Brian Cox as the legendary British Prime Minister. As you’d expect, he looks like he’s got the weight of the world on his shoulders – perhaps Michael Bay should show send him some dailies from Transformers: The Last Knight to cheer him up…
May 23rd, 1944: as tensions mount in the 48-hours preceding D-Day, the now-beleaguered Prime Minister Winston Churchill, played by Brian Cox (The Bourne Supremacy, X-Men 2, Zodiac, War & Peace, Troy), must prepare a final attempt to crush Hitler’s encroaching army. With the entire War effort ultimately hinging on this decision, the stakes have never been higher. As the Wartime leader clashes with his generals, tension builds with the Americans, and Churchill must wrestle his »
- Gary Collinson
In the movie world, the difference between success and failure will always be measured, to a degree, at the box office. But that can’t be the only measure. What follows is a semi-objective (as in: let’s tote up a few numbers and see what they mean) and critically subjective (as in: here’s what was good, whether or not it made money) compilation of the highlights and lowlights of the 2016 summer movie season. Please feel free to agree, disagree, or call out your own favorites and duds.
Winner: The way to get animated Twenty-one years ago, the launch of Pixar didn’t just herald the age of digital animation. It kicked off a renaissance in mainstream animated filmmaking that, miraculously, has only grown. Nearly all of these films are products for children, yet it’s an exhilarating paradox that the best of them are defined by what we »
- Owen Gleiberman
The Bourne franchise has been a critical and box office win, so it isn’t at all surprising that we found ourselves with The Bourne Legacy a few years ago, but when it was announced that Matt Damon would return to the series after nearly a decade, that had to make you wonder.
Jason Bourne was either a film with a story impressive enough to pull in the requisite cast and crew, or enough people needed money that they were willing to knock something out. You had to imagine it was one of those.
The first twenty minutes of the film let you know what side we’re on, especially if you’re a fan of the series and director Paul Greengrass.
We open with Bourne apparently going about what has become his humdrum life, traveling from one illegal (I guess) mixed martial arts/boxing/whatever match to another. Audiences »
- Marc Eastman
Go back to December 1997, courtesy of whatever streaming service you favor or your vast DVD collection, and head directly to the 22-minute mark of Gus Van Sant's artisanal version of a feel-good movie, Good Will Hunting. Maybe you remember seeing that baby-faced lead actor before as one of the School Ties' anti-Semites, or that wraith of a military-veteran junkie in Courage Under Fire, or that eager-beaver legal eagle in the John Grisham potboiler The Rainmaker.
But chances are good that Hunting is the movie where Matt Damon initially »
The film has had rather mixed reviews, but Jason Bourne certainly came out all guns blazing at the box office.
Going up against Star Trek Beyond in its second week, Jason Bourne earned around $60 million at the domestic box office, which is the second biggest opening for the franchise behind The Bourne Ultimatum‘s $69 million back in 2007. It’s also $22 million more that the Jeremy Renner headlined The Bourne Legacy, which shows audiences are interested in seeing Matt Damon return to the role.
Boxofficemojo are also reporting that Jason Bourne is one of the more successful franchise sequels this year, dropping 13.4% from its predecessor compared to the 2016 standard 14.5%.
Jason Bourne also pulled in another $50 million worldwide, giving the film a total of $110 million. With a production budget of $120 million, Universal will be rather happy with this result.
It will be interesting to see if the studio greenlight another Bourne film. »
- Luke Owen
With Jason Bourne topping the box office with an estimated domestic opening weekend of $60 million [read our reviews here and here], Matt Damon has revealed to Entertainment Weekly that he’s open to another return to the spy franchise, assuming Paul Greengrass once again returns as director.
“Yeah, it’s definitely open,” states Damon, who has starred in four of the five Bourne movies to date, having skipped 2012’s The Bourne Legacy. “I’m tied to Paul, whatever he wants to do.”
“We’re friends, so it would always come up in conversation,” Damon added with regards to how Jason Bourne came about. “We didn’t want to dive into one unless we could make a movie that fit in that family and felt worthy. It’s kind of deceptively tricky, and so I think we were just leery of making it look like a job that was taken on cynically by any of us. To »
- Gary Collinson
Lickety-split is how everything goes in the latest Jason Bourne adventure starring Matt Damon and directed by Paul Greengrass, an old hand at shaping this series (The Bourne Supremacy (2004)); The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)).
For those of you unfamiliar with Mr. Bourne, a hero of Robert Ludlum’s bestselling novels, he was introduced to our local cinemas in Doug Liman’s The Bourne Identity (2002), floating face-up in the ocean, unconscious, with several bullet wounds. Picked up by a foreign fishing boat, Bourne awakens to the fact that he doesn’t know who he is. Just to make sure we get the point, he has an interior monologue that is narrated aloud: “Do you know whom I am?”
Later he asks the same question to a crooked gent (Chris Cooper) at the CIA: “Who am I?”
The response: “You're U.S. Government property. You're a malfunctioning $30 million weapon. You're a total goddamn catastrophe. »
- Brandon Judell
With 2004’s espionage sequel The Bourne Supremacy, director Paul Greengrass changed the face of popcorn thrillers, combining the docudrama grit of Bloody Sunday with super-slick thrills that left the Bond franchise in the dust. So successful were the Bourne movies that when Greengrass and leading man Matt Damon walked away from the Robert Ludlum-inspired series after the perfect ending of 2007’s The Bourne Ultimatum, the studio cooked up The Bourne Legacy, an empty actioner with a gaping hole where its star and soul should be, idly trading on the memory of past glories.
Now, after reuniting on 2010’s underrated Green Zone, Damon and Greengrass are back with Jason Bourne, a breathlessly confident thriller with a self-consciously modern edge that casts its antihero adrift in a post-Snowden world of surveillance and social media. »
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
That’s more than double its closest rival, raunchy comedy “Bad Moms” with about $27 million and as much as $30 million at 3,215 locations.
Universal’s fifth film in its sturdy Bourne franchise is performing well above forecasts with an opening day taking in about $23 million at 4,026 sites. Stx’s “Bad Moms” grossed $9.6 million on Friday at 3,215 locations.
Lionsgate’s thriller “Nerve,” which opened Wednesday, took in $3.2 million on Friday at 2,538 theaters for a weekend of up to $9 million and a five-day total of about $15 million.
“Jason Bourne” is Damon’s fourth film as a former CIA assassin dealing with memory loss. The franchise launched with 2002’s “The Bourne Identity,” followed by 2004’s “The Bourne Supremacy” and 2007’s “The Bourne Ultimatum.” Damon did not appear in 2012’s “The Bourne Legacy,” which starred Jeremy Renner. »
- Dave McNary and Seth Kelley
Universal’s actioner is performing slightly above forecasts with an opening day taking in about $20 million at 4,026 sites, while Stx’s “Bad Moms” will earn as much as $12 million on Friday at 3,215 locations.
Lionsgate’s thriller “Nerve,” which opened Wednesday, will gross an estimated $3 million on Friday at 2,538 theaters for a weekend of up to $9 million and a five-day total of about $15 million.
“The Bourne Supremacy” and “The Bourne Ultimatum” helmer Paul Greengrass returns to direct “Jason Bourne,” which also stars Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel, Julia Stiles, and Riz Ahmed.
Should the early estimates hold, »
- Dave McNary
Universal’s “Jason Bourne” has opened with a solid $4.2 million on Thursday night.
The actioner screened at 2,928 locations in North America in showings starting at 7 p.m.
Stx Entertainment’s raunchy comedy “Bad Moms” took in $2.1 million in Thursday night previews.
Matt Damon’s fourth “Bourne” movie is expected to dominate the weekend with about $50 million at 4,025 theaters. He’s returning to the signature role as a former CIA assassin for the first time since “The Bourne Ultimatum,” which launched with $69.3 million in 2007.
Paul Greengrass directs “Jason Bourne,” which also stars Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel, Julia Stiles, and Riz Ahmed. Greengrass also directed “The Bourne Supremacy” and “The Bourne Ultimatum.”
Tom Cruise’s “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” opened with $55.5 million over the same weekend last year, including $4 million from Thursday night previews. “The Bourne Legacy,” starring Jeremy Renner, debuted with $38 million in 2012 with Damon not appearing.
- Dave McNary
Coinciding with Matt Damon’s return to the franchise for Jason Bourne [read our review here], Screen Junkies has debuted the latest Honest Trailer, which revisits the original trilogy of The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum. I guess, like everyone else, they either forgot about The Bourne Legacy, or just thought it was pointless…
See Also: Watch previous Honest Trailers here
Jason Bourne is out now and reunites Matt Damon with Paul Greengrass, director of The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum. Julia Stiles is also back alongside new additions Alicia Vikander (The Man from U.N.C.L.E.), Vincent Cassel (Trance), Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln), Ato Essandoh (Django Unchained), Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler) and Scott Shepherd (Bridge of Spies).
- Gary Collinson
Just in time for the release of “Jason Bourne,” the fourth Matt Damon-starring film in the “Bourne” franchise, Screen Junkies has released the Honest Trailer for The Bourne Trilogy. Consisting of “The Bourne Identity,” “The Bourne Supremacy” and “The Bourne Ultimatum,” the video pokes fun at the “badass assassin with the skills of Liam Neeson in ‘Taken’ but with the brain of Dory in ‘Finding Nemo.’”
The trailer notes that “the kid from ‘Good Will Hunting’ can kick some serious ass” and adds that he “makes James Bond look really, really old.”
Read More: ‘Jason Bourne’ Review: A Useless Sequel Makes the Case For Its Own Irrelevance
Making fun of the movies’ sound effects, camera work and Bourne’s signature move, “the ol ‘Come alone,'” the video essentially concludes that all three films are basically the same. “Bourne tries to figure out who he is, has a cool »
- Liz Calvario
Almost every A-list actor seems to have a franchise these days. In the case of Matt Damon, his is the Bourne series, of which he’s starred in three of the four outings (only missing The Bourne Legacy). On Friday, Bourne is back in Jason Bourne, with Damon back as well, alongside filmmaker Paul Greengrass. After a successful trilogy for Damon in The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, and The Bourne Ultimatum, he and Greengrass, who helmed Supremacy and Ultimatum, left for other interests. They’re in the fold again though, making this a summer action blockbuster that’s been hotly anticipated. Saw the film earlier this week and while I wasn’t blown away, I suspect fans of the franchise will be satisfied. Jason Bourne is made for them, after all. The movie is a continuation of the franchise, with Jason Bourne (Damon) living off the grid and mostly »
- Joey Magidson
Opening Friday, July 29th is Jason Bourne. Paul Greengrass, the director of The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, once again joins Matt Damon for the next chapter of Universal Pictures’ Bourne franchise, which finds the CIA’s most lethal former operative drawn out of the shadows.
On Wednesday July 20 at The Village in Meridian, Idaho, Damon and producer Frank Marshall treated moviegoers with a first look at the movie. Matt Damon walked the red carpet while fans of the films posed for selfies with the actor.
The two brought the fifth film in the black-ops thriller series to the Boise suburb for an advance screening and to help raise money for the Treasure Valley Ymca’s new South Meridian Family Ymca.
Frank Marshall again produces »
- Michelle McCue
Jason Bourne is returning to action in the appropriately titled Jason Bourne. This will be the fourth time Matt Damon plays the highly trained assassin with a memory problem, but it’s the first time since 2007 he’s headlined a Bourne flick.
If you have amnesia when it comes to the Bourne series, don’t worry, we are here to help. Here are mission briefs (with some spoilers) on the previous installments of the Jason Bourne franchise to get you ready for Friday’s release of Jason Bourne.
Year of Mission: 2002
Mission Cost: $60 million
Recouped Budget (Box office): $214 million worldwide
Mission Recap: In Jason Bourne’s first big screen adventure, Bourne is found in middle of the Mediterranean Sea with no memory of who is. After learning about a safe deposit box in Germany, he finds numerous passports, a large amount of money, and a gun. »
- Scott Davis
To celebrate the release of Jason Bourne in UK cinemas on Wednesday 27th July 2016, we’re giving away an exciting bundle of prizes including a branded ladies’ T-Shirt, men’s T-Shirt, rucksack, Bluetooth keyboard and a watch.
Matt Damon returns to his most iconic role in Jason Bourne. Paul Greengrass, the director of The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, once again joins Damon for the next chapter of Universal Pictures’ Bourne franchise, which finds the CIA’s most lethal former operative drawn out of the shadows.
For Jason Bourne, Damon is joined by Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel and Tommy Lee Jones, while Julia Stiles reprises her role in the series. Frank Marshall again produces alongside Jeffrey Weiner for Captivate Entertainment, and Greengrass, Damon, Gregory Goodman and Ben Smith also produce. Based on characters created by Robert Ludlum, the film is written by Greengrass and Christopher Rouse.
To be in »
- Paul Heath
Welcome to another “Preview Reel” column, where we look at the week’s upcoming wide release movies. The theme of the summer seems to be bringing back old franchises with a new, big budget installment. We had Independence Day: Resurgence, The Legend of Tarzan, Star Trek Beyond, and even Finding Dory. That trend continues this week as Matt Damon returns as Jason Bourne in Jason Bourne. There are also two other releases hitting the screen as the Emma Roberts/Dave Franco thriller Nerve, and the female ensemble comedy Bad Moms, both debut. Let’s break them down to see if any of them are worth the price of admission.
What we are excited about:
- Scott Davis
Note to Hollywood: July 4th was weeks ago, so screw you for making us wait so long for the real-deal action-movie fireworks. They show up big time in Jason Bourne, that rare summer thrill ride that doesn't sell out to stupid. After nine years, Matt Damon returns to the role of the amnesiac assassin that made him an icon in 2002's The Bourne Identity, 2004's The Bourne Supremacy and 2007's The Bourne Ultimatum. Damon and Paul Greengrass, who directed the hell out of the last two Bourne epics — not including the 2012's The Bourne Legacy, »
The posters state authoritatively, “you know his name.” And then there’s Matt Damon, half of his all-American visage cloaked in shadow, back in the role that solidified his place on Hollywood’s A-list.
Still, it’s been nearly a decade since Jason Bourne unpacked Treadstone and slowly pieced together the parts of a life story that a nasty case of amnesia wiped away. The promotional campaign aside, audiences could be forgiven if it takes them a minute to recall the Bourne moniker. Though Damon has left the butt-kicking to others, the influence of the Bourne movies and their handheld intensity remains omnipresent, helping to shape the action sequences in everything from the latest James Bond films to “Captain America: The Winter Solider.” But will audiences, increasingly fixated on comic book movies, still have a place in their hearts for one of cinema’s most durable super spies?
- Brent Lang
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