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‘Only the Brave’ Review: Josh Brolin and Miles Teller Are Hardworking Firefighters in Emotional Drama

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‘Only the Brave’ Review: Josh Brolin and Miles Teller Are Hardworking Firefighters in Emotional Drama
In June 2013, the Yarnell wildfire in Arizona spiraled out of control and killed 19 firefighters from nearby Prescott, marking the highest death toll for U.S. firefighters since 9/11. Only one member of the group, a lookout stationed elsewhere, survived the massacre. That’s the setting for “Only the Brave,” but it takes almost the entire running time to get there. The movie is so cautious about avoiding disaster movie tropes that you can practically sense the resistance to arriving at the tragic finale. The result is a tasteful, well-acted bore, but so out of sync with traditional studio filmmaking it deserves some kudos anyway.

The two-hour plus working class drama stars Josh Brolin as the hardened leader of the group and Miles Teller as the eventual lookout struggling to find his place in the pack. That makes it stand apart from other approaches to adaptations of real-life catastrophes: Avoiding the morbid
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Review: Stronger

  • Pure Movies
This is the Pure Movies review of Stronger, directed by David Gordon Green and starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany, Miranda Richardson, Richard Lane Jr. and Nate Richman. It’s very easy to look upon film adaptations of real-life atrocities with a healthy degree of cynicism. ‘How can you even think about converting tragedy into commercial product?’ you might think, and sometimes this is a perfectly valid question. More often than not, though, such works can shed an illuminating light on the national psyche, whether it’s a nuanced rumination on the complexity of understanding random acts of violence (Elephant), a visceral dramatisation of one of the defining moments in modern history (United 93) or a simple act of providing a human face to an all-too-common headline (Fruitvale Station). Stronger, David Gordon Green’s contribution to the dialogue, takes a story that could easily become mired in cloying gung-ho American flag-waving and,
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Film Junk Podcast Episode #627: It

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0:00 – Intro 9:40 – Review: It 37:00 – Headlines: Colin Trevorrow Leaves Star Wars: Episode IX 45:55 – Retro Reviews: World Trade Center and United 93 1:49:30 – Other Stuff We Watched: Wind River, The Crimson Kimono, Salem’s Lot, Adaptation, Twin Peaks: The Return Finale, Snatched, Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, Icarus, Kingsman: The Secret Service […]
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How 21 Movies and TV Shows Portrayed 9/11 (Photos)

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How 21 Movies and TV Shows Portrayed 9/11 (Photos)
United 93” (2006) Paul Greengrass took a straight, fact-based approach to tell the story of the passengers who tried to take back the plane. “World Trade Center” (2006) Oliver Stone‘s drama told the events from the perspective of first responders. “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” (2011) Stephen Daldry‘s adaptation of the Jonathan Safron Foer novel followed a kid who lost his father in the attacks. “Reign Over Me” (2007) Adam Sandler played a man who was still struggling five years after the attacks killed his wife and daughter. “Remember Me” (2010) The Robert Pattinson drama stirred controversy by having a twist ending that culminated in the 9/11 attacks.
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Charlie Sheen, Whoopi Goldberg in ‘9/11’ Drama; Nicholas Hoult Is Young Salinger – Specialty B.O. Preview

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Charlie Sheen, Whoopi Goldberg in ‘9/11’ Drama; Nicholas Hoult Is Young Salinger – Specialty B.O. Preview
Atlas Distribution will open 9/11 in several hundred locations this weekend, timed to the 16th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon as well as United Flight 93, which crashed in Shanksville, Pa. The latter was itself detailed in Paul Greengrass’ 2006 film United 93. In 9/11, Charlie Sheen and Whoopi Goldberg are part of a group of people who find themselves trapped in an elevator in the World Trade Center's North Tower. Industry folks will be…
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BFI to award Bourne director Paul Greengrass with Fellowship award

Director Paul Greengrass is to be awarded with the BFI Fellowship later this year.

Greengrass, who brought his distinctive style to mainstream with The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, will receive the BFI Fellowship at this year’s 61st BFI London Film Festival.

The BAFTA winning director will be presented with the honour at the festival’s opening ceremony on October 14.

The BFI Fellowship is awarded in recognition of a person’s outstanding contribution to film and television.

Josh Berger, chair of the BFI, said Greengrass was “a director, writer and producer whose skill for storytelling is as powerful and courageous as the stories and figures he brings to life in the cinema and on the small screen.”

“As a filmmaker, Paul has been a true pioneer, bringing his instinct and experience from making hard-hitting programs into the world of cinema,” said Berger in a statement. “His distinct ability
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Paul Greengrass To Receive BFI Fellowship

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Paul Greengrass To Receive BFI Fellowship
Paul Greengrass will receive the BFI Fellowship. The presentation will be made at the upcoming London Film Festival to honor the documentary filmmaker who transitioned to write, direct and produce films that mixed the commercial kinetic action of the Jason Bourne pictures with the topical hot button subjects found in United 93, Green Zone, Captain Philips and Bloody Sunday. The presentation will be made October 14. The director’s last appearance at the BFI London Film…
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‘Bourne’ Director Paul Greengrass to Receive BFI Fellowship

‘Bourne’ Director Paul Greengrass to Receive BFI Fellowship
Oscar-nominated director Paul Greengrass will receive the BFI Fellowship at this year’s 61st BFI London Film Festival. The BAFTA-winning filmmaker will be presented with the British Film Institute’s highest honor – awarded in recognition of a person’s outstanding contribution to film and television – at the festival’s award ceremony Oct. 14.

Josh Berger, chair of the BFI, said Greengrass was “a director, writer and producer whose skill for storytelling is as powerful and courageous as the stories and figures he brings to life in the cinema and on the small screen.”

“As a filmmaker, Paul has been a true pioneer, bringing his instinct and experience from making hard-hitting programs into the world of cinema,” Berger said in a statement. “His distinct ability to combine the visceral with the cerebral and offer a nuanced picture of heroism has injected a bold new realism into action thriller movies, leaving audiences around the world transfixed and eager for more
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Paul Greengrass to Receive BFI Fellowship

Paul Greengrass to Receive BFI Fellowship
Paul Greengrass is set to be unveiled as the latest recipient of the British Film Institute's highest honor, the BFI Fellowship.

The BAFTA-winning director, producer and screenwriter — whose distinct style of documentarian-style filmmaking has spawned a career spanning three hugely successful Jason Bourne titles, plus the likes of United 93 (2006), Green Zone (2010) and Captain Philips (2013), not to mention his acclaimed, Golden Bear-winning breakthrough Bloody Sunday (2002) — will receive the award at the BFI London Film Festival's upcoming awards ceremony on Oct. 14.

“I am incredibly proud to be presenting this year’s BFI Fellowship to the...
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Paul Greengrass' next film is heading to Netflix

David Crow Aug 22, 2017

Paul Greengrass of United 93 and Bourne fame will make a Netflix film about a right-wing Christian terrorist attack in Norway.

Netflix is becoming brazen about their business model for releasing original films. While they have had some gems in the past like Beasts Of No Nation and Barry, this summer had their first bonafide hit: the wonderful Okja. And with Will Smith and David Ayer’s Bright just around the corner, their talk about making the theatrical model obsolete is emboldened with yet another filmmaker joining Ayer, Martin Scorsese, and other heavy hitters on the small screen.

Thus enter Deadline announcing Monday afternoon that Paul Greengrass of the Bourne movies and United 93 is making his next true story drama about terrorism for the streaming giant. In an unnamed film, Greengrass will give a dramatic account of the far-right Norwegian terrorist Andres Behring Breivik, who in
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Film News Roundup: David Dastmalchian, Kevin Pollak to Star in Bullying Drama ‘Teacher’ (Exclusive)

Film News Roundup: David Dastmalchian, Kevin Pollak to Star in Bullying Drama ‘Teacher’ (Exclusive)
In film news today, David Dastmalchian has been cast as a high school teacher, Paul Greengrass is directing a film about terrorism for Netflix and Pearl Jam is releasing a documentary.

Castings

David Dastmalchian and Kevin Pollak will star in the independent psychodrama “Teacher” with shooting set for this month in Chicago, Variety has learned exclusively.

Dastmalchian, whose credits include “Ant-Man” and the upcoming “Blade Runner: 2049,” will portray a high school English teacher who goes to disturbing lengths to protect his favorite students from bullies. Pollak and Dastmalchian will be joined by local Chicago talent that includes Curtis Edward Jackson, Esme Perez, Helen Joo Lee and Matthew Garry.

The film is helmed by writer and director Adam Dick, who previously co-wrote and produced the feature “NightLights” and spent nearly three years developing “Teacher” for screen. Matthew Helderman of BondIt Media Capital and Buffalo 8 Productions are producing along with Zachary Kamen.

“We
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Paul Greengrass to direct film about Norwegian terrorist attack for Netflix

  • JoBlo
Aside from helming the most successful of the Bourne movies, Paul Greengrass is known for directing movies about troubling, real-life scenarios – such as Bloody Sunday, United 93 and Captain Phillips. Clearly, these troubled waters are where Greengrass feels most at home, as his next project will tackle one of the deadliest terrorist attacks of the 21st century. And, no, it will not star Matt Damon.... Read More...
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No Matter How Well Made, Bigelow Depiction of Detroit Rebellion Both Condescending and Self-Serving

No Matter How Well Made, Bigelow Depiction of Detroit Rebellion Both Condescending and Self-Serving
Detroit movie street riot scene: The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow tackles the 1967 Detroit riots in “horribly real” and “deeply self-serving” 2017 release marketed as a “dramatic thriller.” Kathryn Bigelow's 'Detroit' movie: Horribly real semidocumentary or self-serving Hollywood depiction of 1967 Detroit Rebellion? In the city of Detroit, from July 23 through July 27 of 1967, the people rebelled against the conditions of their existence. Some call this the 1967 Detroit Riot; it's also known as the 12th Street Riot and the 1967 Detroit Rebellion. I prefer the latter. During the rebellion, 43 people died – 33 of whom were black, 10 were white. Twenty-four of the black victims were shot by police officers and National Guardsmen, while six were shot by store owners or security guards. Three of those killings are the subject of Academy Award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow, her itinerant The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty scenario writer Mark Boal (who also wrote Paul Haggis' In the Valley of Elah), and
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Charlie Sheen’s ‘9/11’ Thriller Looks Like One of the Most Offensive Films Ever Made — Watch

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Charlie Sheen’s ‘9/11’ Thriller Looks Like One of the Most Offensive Films Ever Made — Watch
There are really no words to describe how disgraceful and offensive the trailer is for Charlie Sheen’s “9/11.” We know you shouldn’t necessarily judge an entire movie based on the trailer, but that motto doesn’t apply for a drama that turns the tragedy of September 11, 2001 into a survival thriller and uses the impending collapse of the towers as a ticking-time clock against which your main characters must escape if they want to live.

Sheen’s involvement with such tragedy exploitation is hardly surprising given his career nosedive in recent years, but what exactly co-stars Whoopi Goldberg and Gina Gerhson saw in this material remains to be seen. Movies like “United 93” and “World Trade Center” have used the tragedy of 9/11 to tell real stories of American heroism. Sheen’s “9/11” turns the event into a disaster thriller.

“9/11” is co-written and directed by Martin Guigui, who will hopefully not go
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Why Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner Are the Best Indie Producers in the World Right Now

Why Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner Are the Best Indie Producers in the World Right Now
Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors, and those who hope to get there. In this edition we take on Working Title producers Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, whose latest hit is Edgar Wright’s wheel-and-disc-spinning breakout “Baby Driver” (June 28, Sony), which has tracked $64 million worldwide to date.

Bottom Line: This brainy duo with plummy British accents have been turning out a consistent slate of smart global hits since the ’80s. The London-based co-chairmen of Working Title boast the best taste in the business. They chase mainstream quality fare. That’s their gig. But even so over the years, partnering with Universal Pictures, with freedom to greenlight movies up to $35 million, their films have grossed an impressive almost $7 billion dollars worldwide.

Career Peaks: From the start, Working Title founder Tim Bevan gravitated to local stories with global potential like “My Beautiful Laundrette,” Stephen Frears’ searing
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Why Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner Are the Best Indie Producers in the World Right Now

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Why Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner Are the Best Indie Producers in the World Right Now
Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors, and those who hope to get there. In this edition we take on Working Title producers Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, whose latest hit is Edgar Wright’s wheel-and-disc-spinning breakout “Baby Driver” (June 28, Sony), which has tracked $64 million worldwide to date.

Bottom Line: This brainy duo with plummy British accents have been turning out a consistent slate of smart global hits since the ’80s. The London-based co-chairmen of Working Title boast the best taste in the business. They chase mainstream quality fare. That’s their gig. But even so over the years, partnering with Universal Pictures, with freedom to greenlight movies up to $35 million, their films have grossed an impressive almost $7 billion dollars worldwide.

Career Peaks: From the start, Working Title founder Tim Bevan gravitated to local stories with global potential like “My Beautiful Laundrette,” Stephen Frears’ searing
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It could only happen in the movies, or could it? Cinematic Depictions of Real Life Tragedies

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Author: Zehra Phelan

It comes as no surprise that some of our most heinous historical world events have become the subject of a cinematic depiction. As audiences wanting their thirst for great cinema and intrigue in world issues grow we have had, in the naughties alone, Roman Polanski deliver The Pianist in 2002 and more recently László Nemes’ Son of Saul to quench our desire. Even this week, we have the release of Terry George’s The Promise which tells the story of the Armenian Genocide in the final years of the Ottoman Empire with Oscar Isaac, Charlotte LeBon and Christian Bale hitting our cinemas.

Whether these events are genocides, horrific murders, acts of terrorism or even demonic paranormal activities, our quest for knowledge, understanding and feeling has inspired filmmakers for years. Their films set out to shine a light on the atrocities and suffering of man, and act to empower
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Tribeca 2017 Critic’s Notebook: Performance Anxiety

Ever searching for an identity, the Tribeca Film Festival returned — for a 16th time last week — to Midtown, the Upper West Side, Chelsea and, yes, the neighborhood for which it’s named. These days the festival never opens with a genuinely great (and thematically appropriate) film like Paul Greengrass’s United 93 or a goofy overstuffed blockbuster like J.J. Abrams’s Mission Impossible III, but usually with a low-key doc centered on iconic New York stuff: comedy (Bao Nguyen’s 2015 SNL doc opener Live from New York!), fashion (Andrew Rossi’s The First Monday in May, which opened last year’s edition) and music — the Nas doc which […]
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‘Five Came Back’ Review: A Cinephile’s Dream Documentary Becomes Enthralling for Everyone on Netflix

‘Five Came Back’ Review: A Cinephile’s Dream Documentary Becomes Enthralling for Everyone on Netflix
War is driven by conflict, and conflict is an endless source for new narratives. So that many of our greatest filmmakers, at some point, find reason to tell a war story makes all the sense in the world. Their greatness and their films’ greatness feels equally preordained. Steven Spielberg made “Saving Private Ryan” and “Schindler’s List”; Francis Ford Coppola made “Apocalypse Now”; Lawrence Kasdan wrote “The Empire Strikes Back”; Paul Greengrass had “Green Zone” and “United 93”; and Guillermo del Toro took war into the future with “Pacific Rim.”

These five filmmakers would have plenty to say regarding the motivations of making war films all on their own, but “Five Came Back” isn’t focused on these five legendary filmmakers. The three-hour documentary written by Mark Harris (and based on his book) features these legendary men paying homage to the legends who preceded them; not only as directors or directors of war movies,
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