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Regular readers of the site will know that earlier this year we ran a series looking at the classic films of Keanu Reeves. This was to co-inside with the release of the fantastic John Wick; now we turn our attention to another big name from the nineties, Tom Cruise. Each week from now until the release of the highly anticipated fifth Mission Impossible film, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, we’ll be taking an in-depth look at the films that we feel are his classics. This week’s pick is Minority Report.
Minority Report takes place in 2054 where all crime is predicted and controlled by the PreCrime task force. Trouble brews when one of their best agents, Anderton, finds his name on this list and gets hunted down before he can commit the pre-destined murder.
- Kat Smith
Review by Dane Marti
Starting with a kid zooming through his neighborhood on bike while Cheap Trick blazes on the soundtrack, I was immediately hooked: The year is 1982. Actually, I hoped that most of the film would take place during this time, an era when many of us were coming of age, but…how silly of me! It’s 2015, and as much as I find recent times to be banal and abrasive, this is the age that modern kids live in. The makers of the movie are obviously hoping for many youthful viewers ‘accompanied by their parental units, of course. I also believe this film should and will make a hefty sum at the box office, as long as kids »
- Movie Geeks
Tom Cruise and Scientology and Maverick and Goose are all coming together for one totally ... expected and not the least bit shocking event. The Church's Celebrity Centre in Hollywood is featuring its main wingman in "Top Gun" for summer movie night this week, and they're getting the word out with a few banners around town. They're not even trying to play against type anymore. Coming soon: The 'Mission Impossible' trilogy, "War of the Worlds," "Risky Business »
- TMZ Staff
After a mysterious meteor explosion, residents of a rural area in upstate New York begin to fall into what newscasters call “spontaneously induced narcoleptic states” — and unfortunately, so will audiences — in “H.,” an atmospheric yet impenetrable low-budget twist on end-is-nigh blockbusters, enigmatically crafted by hipster filmmaking duo Rania Attieh and Daniel Garcia. The first and only pic to put this critic to sleep on three separate viewings, “H.” imagines itself a cross between classic Greek tragedy and an M. Night Shyamalan creepfest, but was made in haste to qualify for the Venice Biennale’s College-Cinema Program, with the result that its many original and inspired ideas were forced into a cold, audience-alienating format. Beginning with berths at Sundance and Berlin, and boosted by an Independent Spirit “Someone to Watch” award, the confounding project has found widespread fest support, while commercial prospects look grim.
A giant stone head floats down the Hudson River, »
- Peter Debruge
The centenary of Orson Welles occurred on May 6 this year, but tributes and celebrations for the legendary filmmaker continue throughout 2015.
The play will continue to run at London's Southwark Playhouse until Saturday (July 25).
His 1949 masterpiece The Third Man was re-released in a new 4K resolution at cinemas on June 26, while a DVD and Blu-ray release comes out today (July 20).
New documentary Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles was also released at selected UK cinemas »
Minions, the 3-D prequel to Universal's Despicable Me franchise, opened to $6.2M last night in a reported 2,985 venues for a per-theater take of $2,077. The CG animated flick from Illumination Entertainment marches into 4,301 venues today, the most North American venues in Universal's history. Thus Minions looks on track to replicate the domestic success of its predecessor Despicable Me 2, which opened to $83.5M in 3,997 theaters on the Fourth of July weekend in 2013. Actually, if this third installment can keep Despicable Me 2's same per theater take of $20,895, Minions will leave the weekend closer to the $90M mark, if not higher. It's particularly feasible considering Inside Out opened to $3.7M on its Thursday preview showings putting it on the path to a smashing $91M weekend.Also opening, but not a competitive threat to the little, yellow, pill-shaped creatures, is Focus Features' Self/Less, which is opening in 2,353 venues. The film »
- Keith Simanton <email@example.com>
Chuck Workman’s documentary offers an excellent primer on the maestro’s career
“A magician is just an actor playing the part of a magician.” Released alongside a Welles retrospective at BFI Southbank (Touch of Evil returns to selected cinemas on 10 July), this watchable documentary provides an excellent primer on the maestro’s brilliantly chaotic career. Divided into biographical segments (The Boy Wonder, The Outsider, The Gypsy etc), Chuck Workman’s film intercuts archive interviews with clips of Welles’s work from stage, screen and radio. It’s a heady ride; from the national panic which greeted the War of the Worlds broadcast, through the “confidence of ignorance” of Citizen Kane (“I didn’t know what you couldn’t do”), to the butchering of The Magnificent Ambersons, and Welles’s subsequent status as an accidentally path-breaking indie film-maker. Clips from films in which he appears as a character (Christian McKay in Me and Orson Welles, »
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
Directed by Chuck Workman
A documentary exploring the life and work of Orson Welles…
Vincent van Gogh, famously, sold only one painting in his lifetime. Leonardo Da Vinci struggled to finish many of the commissions he was given – his Last Supper is technically unfinished as he intended to include a roof on the mural. Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles lifts the widely-respected filmmaker to such heights. Akin to van Gogh and Da Vinci, his canon of films includes multiple financial losses, alongside incomplete masterpieces that, even now, are rumoured to be lost in the deepest depths of Southern America. From Citizen Kane to F for Fake, his history is fascinating, and director Chuck Workman, takes us on the bumpy journey through his life.
Split into small, bite size chunks such as ‘The Boy Wonder’ and ‘The »
- Simon Columb
After starring opposite Charlize Theron in Gillian Flynn adaptation Dark Places, which opens August 7, Chloë Grace Moretz is reteaming with the Oscar winner for indie memoir adaptation Brain on Fire, replacing Dakota Fanning in the lead role.
Thomas Mann, who’s breaking big this summer in Me & Earl & the Dying Girl, and We’re the Millers star Will Poulter are attached to the lead male roles, but both will play second fiddle to Moretz, for whom the pic is already drawing awards chatter. IMDb also reports that Jenny Slate (Obvious Child) is on board to play a supporting part.
Fanning was forced to drop out over scheduling conflicts. Though the War of the Worlds actress hasn’t toplined »
- Isaac Feldberg
Although the ratings have remained reasonably good, one suspects a contingent of “Falling Skies” viewers have stuck with this Steven Spielberg-produced drama the last few seasons just waiting to see its conclusion. That heightens the interest level as the TNT series launches into its final run, with the prospect of the human rebellion at last overcoming the alien invaders who have killed, brainwashed and otherwise tormented them for so long that even Noah Wyle’s good-natured character is angry enough to support torturing prisoners. Mindless fun, “Falling Skies” has clearly reached the point where it’s time to bring the curtain down.
Actually, the show has gone through several contortions along the way, from a slightly clunky start to a stronger and more action-driven second season to bouts of ridiculousness as the war has dragged on, unearthing a hybrid baby who aged impossibly fast, and a rival extraterrestrial force. »
- Brian Lowry
The entertainment industry is constantly changing, and it's important to stay aware of what’s going on. Want to find out who’s casting? What projects are happening? What’s coming up? Call Sheet highlights will help you stay in-the-know: Start practicing your smoldering looks because Linda Robirds and Marlyn Klaarmond, formerly of Brand Model and Talent Agency, have opened their own agency. It Model Management will now be home to the veteran agents whose combined work spans 30 years. Take one part David Bowie, a dash of Michael C. Hall, and sprinkle on some extraterrestrial and prepare to have an out of this world musical experience. Telsey + Co. is casting “Lazarus,” the newly adapted movie-turned-musical set to hit New York this November. Engine Casting wants you to meet “The Bye Bye Man.” The film produced by Intrepid Pictures is sure to guarantee many spooks when it starts filming this November in Cleveland. »
Exclusive: Tony Hale, Heather Burns, Anna Camp and Raymond J. Barry are set to star in Brave New Jersey, an indie comedy that tells the story of a small New Jersey town on the night of Orson Welles' famed 1938 War of the Worlds radio broadcast, which led millions of listeners to believe the U.S. was being invaded by Martians. Jody Lambert (People Like Us) is helming a script he penned with Michael Dowling. Production is already underway in Tennessee. Dan Bakkedahl, Sam… »
Like all superheroes (or anyone else who uses a secret identity), there came a moment when someone finally cracked the code and published my real name. To be fair, my identity was a pretty poorly-kept secret by that point. The first time I went to an actual press event, I used my real name, and anytime I met someone, I used my real name. "Moriarty" was a fun identity to slip into, and especially in the early days of the site, we played up the mythology of things. My friends all got their own spy names and would show up in the reports in the form of Henchman Mongo and Segue Zagnut and Harry Lime and more. From my end, it was silly and fun, and not something to be taken seriously. But when Film Threat ran a fairly vicious hit piece on Harry, I was also a target, and »
- Drew McWeeny
Sound on Sight undertook a massive project, compiling ranked lists of the most influential, unforgettable, and exciting action scenes in all of cinema. There were hundreds of nominees spread across ten different categories and a multi-week voting process from 11 of our writers. The results: 100 essential set pieces, sequences, and scenes from blockbusters to cult classics to arthouse obscurities.
If you’ve seen a film montage in the last 10 years, then you’ve been witness to at least one of the scenes mentioned on this list: the vibrating water glass from Jurassic Park signaling the T-Rex prowling nearby. It’s the perfect type of image to tell the audience: something is coming. These flashes of exhilaration are fan-favorites, and it’s no surprise to see them featured prominently as the centerpieces for some of the greatest films ever. It’s the invasion when the aliens come out of the sky, the »
- Shane Ramirez
We look at the films that slipped through Hollywood's net, from biblical epics to a time travelling Gladiator sequel...
This article contains a spoiler for Gladiator.
If you're one of those frustrated over the quality of many of the blockbusters that make it to the inside of a multiplex, then ponder the following. For each of these were supposed to be major projects, that for one reason or another, stalled on their way to the big screen. Some still may make it. But for many others, the journey is over. Here are the big blockbusters that never were...
The late Michael Crichton scored another residential on the bestseller list with his impressive thriller, Airframe. It was published in 1996, just after films of Crichton works such as Jurassic Park, Rising Sun, Disclosure and the immortal Congo had proven to be hits of various sizes.
So: a hit book, another techno thriller, »
There’s arguably as much expectations to be found in the kids of “Jurassic World” (read our review) as your latest comic book franchise lead. First cemented by Joseph Mazzello and Ariana Richards in Steven Spielberg’s “Jurassic Park,” the character types are essential, serving as the audience portal to the wonder and terror of the latest dinosaur outbreak. In “Jurassic World” director Colin Trevorrow’s latest installment, which also stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Jake Johnson, that responsibility falls to young actors Ty Simpkins and Nick Robinson. Read More: Over 30 New 'Jurassic World' Photos, 2 New Clips & Lots Of New TV Spots Simpkins, who recently appeared in “Iron Man 3” as Tony Stark’s sidekick and the first two “Insidious” films, is no stranger to big-budget filmmaking, or even the directorial vision of Spielberg, having worked with him on 2005’s “War of the Worlds” at age »
- Charlie Schmidlin
By Mark Cerulli
After a 14-year cinematic hibernation, the dinosaurs of Jurassic Park roar back with a vengeance. This fourth installment in the franchise had a lot to get right – it had to stand alone as entertainment for the masses who haven’t seen the 1993 original and make the series seem fresh and relevant, while fanning the flames of awe with which we (well, most of us anyway) hold dinosaurs. It also had to acknowledge that today’s world is far darker, more commercial and more cynical than 1993. Jurassic World succeeds on all counts. Instead of picking up where Jurassic 3 left off way back when, Jurassic World creates a new narrative – the park has been open for years and is a thriving tourist destination. But like any theme park, it needs to be updated to keep the public coming back. Although they have herds of Triceratops, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
As director and producer, few storytellers have utilized the wonderment and fascination (and sometimes horror) of children as points-of-entry into the wonderment and fascination of the adult world more effectively than Steven Spielberg has. Conversely, Spielberg has also masterfully used the normalized responses of children to the abnormal as an approach to disarm world-weary grown-ups. From Cary Guffey in "Close Encounters" to Henry Thomas and Drew Barrymore in "E.T." to Heather O'Rourke in "Poltergeist" to Christian Bale in "Empire of the Sun" to Haley Joel Osment in "A.I." to Dakota Fanning in "Taken" and "War of the Worlds," Spielberg has always know that there's something pure and primal in the reactions of children and that those reactions can be used to steer the reactions viewers of all ages. Steven Spielberg is one of the executive producers of ABC's new "the kids are not alright" drama "The Whispers," but his participation »
- Daniel Fienberg
Joining the long list of recent remakes and reboots, Variety is reporting Fox has decided to move forward with plans to make a new League of Extraordinary Gentlemen film. Normally, I would be weary of a reboot of a film that was released so recently, but in this case, I'm all for it. Just give me something to help remove the bad memories I have from the disastrous 2003 Sean Connery movie, a film that, consequentially, would serve as Connery's last live action feature. "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" has always been a property full of potential. The series features a group of legendary Victorian-era literary heroes joining forces to combat evil. Created in 1999 by legendary comic writer Alan Moore (Watchmen, V for Vendetta), the League battled Moriarty (sworn enemy of Sherlock Holmes), aliens from "War of the Worlds," and experienced the fall of the Big Brother government (from "Nineteen Eighty Four »
- Charles Dean
Just recently, it was reported that The Theory of Everything Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne was in talks for the lead role of Newt Scamander in Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and now an intriguing shortlist has emerged of actors and actresses contending for the other main roles. According to separate reports by TheWrap and Variety’s Justin Kroll, a bevy of talented thespians, along with some unusual choices, are up for the two female leads and the part of Newt’s male rival.
Saoirse Ronan, Dakota Fanning, Lili Simmons and Alison Sudol are all in consideration for the role of a character named Queenie, while Katherine Waterston, Elizabeth Debicki and Kate Upton are being looked at to play Queenie’s older sister Tina. Meanwhile, Steve Zissis, Zack Pearlman and Dan Fogler are apparently testing for the role of Jacob, Newt’s main rival in the field of magizoology. »
- Isaac Feldberg
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