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This ranking includes only new theatrical releases viewed for the awards year of 2016 (for eligibility for the Academy Awards and the Ofcs and Awfj awards); some films released in the UK without Us releases (and so ineligible for those awards this year) may also be included, for my own bookkeeping purposes. Links go to my review. Numbers after each entry are Date First Viewed/NYC Release Date/London Release Date; year is 2016 unless otherwise noted.
01.03.17: This ranking is not quite final; I will continue to add films and links to reviews through the awards season that ends with the Oscars ceremony on February 26th.
worth paying multiplex prices for
La La Land (10.07/12.09/01.13.17)
A Monster Calls (10.06/12.23/01.01.17)
The Lobster (07.16.15/05.13/10.16.15)
Zootropolis (aka Zootopia) (02.22/03.04/03.25)
A Bigger Splash (10.08.15/05.04/02.12)
Miss Sloane (11.20/11.25/02.24.17)
London Road (06.03.15/09.09/06.12.15)
The Girl with All the Gifts (07.26/02.24.17/09.23)
I, Daniel Blake (10.22/12.23/10.21)
Hidden Figures (12.14/12.25/02.17.17)
A United Kingdom (10.05/02.10.17/11.25)
Eye in the Sky (04.07/03.11/04.15)
- MaryAnn Johanson
“Moonlight” star Mahershala Ali is a hot commodity within Hollywood right now. Hot off the heels of his Screen Actors Guild award, and more importantly, his first Oscar nomination, Ali is now lining up an exciting project with Tom Hardy and Channing Tatum.
The actor will look to carry on his form into “Triple Frontier.” Produced by Charles Roven (“The Dark Knight”) and Alex Gartner (“Warcraft: The Beginning”), the movie will be directed by J.C Chandor (“A Most Violent Year”), and weave an action/adventure story in the border zone between Paraguay, Argentina, and Brazil.
- Jay Hunter
Warner Bros. has released a new action-packed TV spot for the highly-anticipated Kong: Skull Island, which hits U.S. theaters March 10. Although, it will debut in several international markets a few days earlier. One of these international markets is Singapore, with this TV spot revealing a March 9 release date in that country. It shows new footage of Tom Hiddleston's Captain James Conrad trying to be persuaded as part of an expedition team heading to Skull Island. As it turns out, the Captain isn't too big a fan of uncharted islands.
This TV spot debuted on the Warner Bros. Singapore YouTube channel, with James Conrad explaining all of the ways one can be killed on a mysterious island, such as rain, heat and all of the "things" that want to eat you alive. This TV spot also has Samuel L. Jackson's Lieutenant Colonel Packard telling his troops that it's »
Scarjo Defends Ghost In The Shell
One of the big talking points coming out of the casting of Scarlett Johansson in Ghost in the Shell was the reported “whitewashing” of the role. Many have come out to defend the casting, and now Johansson herself has spoken out about it. “I certainly would never presume to play another race of a person,” she said in an interview. “Diversity is important in Hollywood, and I would never want to feel like I was playing a character that was offensive. Also, having a franchise with a female protagonist driving it is such a rare opportunity. Certainly, I feel the enormous pressure of that—the weight of such a big property on my shoulders.” Read more about that here.
- Luke Owen
Although it didn’t have a great domestic theatrical run, Duncan Jones’ Warcraft was a huge success overseas and became the most successful video game movie ever made. We did hear word late last year that a sequel was in development solely designed for the Chinese market, but now the director has thrown some shade on those discussions.
When asked on Twitter if a sequel was getting made, Jones simply replied, “Id love it to happen! Waiting to hear from [the studio].
.@WellMax81 Id love it to happen! Waiting to hear from @Legendary
— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) February 9, 2017
Me too! Up to @Legendary https://t.co/oa9mHPgTl3
— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) February 9, 2017
@hanimishka Definitely. The hard work is done! The next film would be so much fun!
— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) February 9, 2017
He then retweeted praise from fans of the film, presumably in the hopes to get a sequel off the ground.
Jones did »
- Luke Owen
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2016 was supposed to be the year that Hollywood finally broke the curse of video game adaptations. For too long now, countless filmmakers have tried to adapt their favorite gaming properties to the big screen, only to fail spectacularly each and every time. However, fans were offered hope when both Warcraft and Assassin’s Creed entered development. As we all know, though, neither adaptation managed to impress and we’re still sitting here just hoping that someone will get it right eventually.
When it comes to the latter, Fox has kept quiet on their plans for a sequel, and given the muted reception to the film, we don’t expect them to re-visit the property again. Or at least, not in the near future. When it comes to Warcraft though, there’s been rumblings of a follow-up almost ever since release, »
- Mark Cassidy
Just days after a new Kong: Skull Island IMAX poster debuted, which paid homage to Francis Ford Coppola's enduring classic Apocalypse Now, three new one-sheets have surfaced. The first is another IMAX poster, which isn't exactly a 1970s throwback like the earlier poster, but it does feature the massive Kong preparing to fight a number of helicopters descending on his home, Skull Island. The second poster features Brie Larson touching the massive ape's face while Tom Hiddleston looks on. The third poster is an insane Japanese Kaiju-inspired poster, which director Jordan Vogt-Roberts shared on Twitter, with the following message.
"Can we talk about how great our Japanese Kaiju poster is?"
The one-sheet was officially unveiled in Japan this week, and director Jordan Vogt-Roberts is clearly a fan of this artistic poster that features some of the "Skullcrawlers" we've seen in the earlier trailers. We first heard about these »
Open Road Films has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to the heist movie “Finding Steve McQueen,” directed by Mark Steven Johnson (“Ghost Rider,” “Daredevil,” “Elektra”) and staring Forest Whitaker, Travis Fimmel (“Warcraft,” “Vikings”), William Fichtner (“The Dark Night,” “Armageddon”) and… Continue Reading → »
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Legendary Entertainment's Kong: Skull Island and 20th Century Fox's Logan have locked in March release dates in China, the world's No. 2 film market.
Logan is set to open in the Middle Kingdom on Friday, March 17, just two weeks after its North American debut, March 3. Skull Island will follow one week later, launching Friday, March 24 — also two weeks after its North American bow.
Legendary, now owned by Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group, has had recent releases that are among the top Hollywood performers in China. Duncan Jones' Warcraft was the third-biggest title of 2016, earning $221 million. »
- Patrick Brzeski
It's been exactly two weeks since production started on MGM's highly-anticipated Tomb Raider reboot, but surprisingly, we haven't seen any photos from the set since director Roar Uthaug shared an image of the first film slate on the first day of filming. That all changed today, with a slew of new images giving us our first look at Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft. While little is known about the scene she is shooting, Alicia Vikander is seen swinging from a long wooden plank, while attached to a stunt harness.
The Daily Mail debuted these photos, which show that Alicia Vikander's hands were tied together during the shoot. It's possible that Lara Croft may be trying to escape from the main villain in this scene, who is played by Walton Goggins. Since Walton Goggins isn't seen in any of these photos, it remains unclear whether or not he's involved in this scene. »
It took its sweet time getting there, but the first season of AMC's Preacher pretty much concluded where Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's acclaimed comic series kicked-off, with the Reverend Jesse Custer, Tulip, and Cassidy hitting the road, and the unstoppable Saint of Killers on their tail. Season 2 is expected to get straight into the mayhem, and that's evidenced by Dominic Cooper's Tweet below. The Warcraft actor shared an image of what appears to be someone's intestines splayed on the road, seemingly from Jesse's perspective. Season 2 begins pic.twitter.com/lfl9urZEPD — Dominic cooper (@dominiccoop) January 31, 2017 Season 2 of Preacher doesn't have a premiere date just yet, but we do know it'll consist of 13 episodes this time. Keep an eye on Cbm for updates. »
On Wednesday, Paula Patton filed a request for a temporary restraining order against Robin Thicke, accusing her ex-husband of domestic violence, infidelity and drug abuse in an explosive court declaration.
The following day, an L.A. judge granted Patton‘s request for a temporary restraining order against the singer; for the time being, Thicke must remain at least 100 yards away from her, their 6-year-old son Julian and her mother, Joyce Patton.
Thicke’s lawyer Angela Pierce di Donato responded to the allegations. “Paula never reported any domestic violence until she was in a position of contempt by violating the custody orders, »
- Jeff Nelson
Warner Bros. and MGM have closed the deal just in the nick of time, too, as Roar Uthaug’s live-action video movie is now on the brink of entering production. Alicia Vikander has been selected as the title archeologist, spearheading a cast comprised of Walter Goggins, Daniel Wu (Into the Badlands, Warcraft) and now West. Best known for his work on The Affair, Money Monster and HBO’s The Wire, Dominic West is a fine choice to play Papa Croft. For those not familiar with the source material, the character is an aristocrat, an archeologist and ultimately an instrumental figure in the Tomb Raider lore, and we understand that the 2018 reboot will involve Vikander’s heroine searching far and wide to locate her missing »
- Michael Briers
Welcome to “Playback,” a Variety podcast.
On today’s show, Jenelle Riley and I react to this week’s Oscar nominations. Surprises included Amy Adams missing the cut for “Arrival” and, of course, “La La Land” tying the all-time record with 14 nominations. But where do we go from here? Will Damien Chazelle’s musical sweep on through and tie (or even break) another record, for wins? Also, what to expect from the Producers Guild and Screen Actors Guild Awards this weekend?
Later (00:00) I’m talking to Ruth Negga, the star of “Loving” and a bit of an unexpected Oscar nominee herself. After seemingly fading down the stretch in the heat of a very contentious best actress race, she roared back with a surprise mention.
- Kristopher Tapley
Legendary Entertainment’s Chinese owner, Dalian Wanda, said Friday that the abrupt exit of founder Thomas Tull is part of its larger restructuring plans but that the change at the top did not reflect dissatisfaction with Tull or the recent release of “The Great Wall,” which some have described as disappointing.
“Legend’s personnel adjustments are due to Wanda Pictures’ overall structure” and are part of Wanda Chairman Wang Jianlin’s previously announced expansion plans, a brief statement from the Chinese conglomerate said.
“‘The Great Wall’ has just begun its worldwide release, and it has not yet been released in the North American region,” the statement added. “Its so-called failure is a fiction.”
The Zhang Yimou-directed action film, which reportedly cost $150 million to make, has generated slightly more than $200 million at the box office, most of that in China, since its December release. How it performs in the U. »
- Patrick Frater
Warner Bros. has released a new banner for their highly-anticipated Kong: Skull Island, which is gearing up for release on March 10 and could very well be one of this spring's most highly-anticipated movies. The banner reveals a very interesting image, with Brie Larson's Weaver getting so close she can actually touch King Kong's face. While this massive beast doesn't necessarily seem too thrilled about being touched, Weaver is still alive, after all, so perhaps this ape has a soft spot for her. If you want an even closer look at this banner, then you're in luck.
The banner debuted on the movie's official Twitter, but on Facebook there is an interactive 360 version, where you can get a closer look at the imagery on this poster. It's worth noting that the cast members at the top of this banner includes Terry Notary, who may not be a household name, »
Chicago – Film reviewing can be a blood sport – not everything is a highfalutin art night at the cinema. The three reviewers of HollywoodChicago.com – Patrick McDonald, Spike Walters and Jon Espino – did spend some time wasting energy on some really bad movies in 2016, and lived to tell about it.
There are no rankings, because they are all rank. The ten are listed in descending levels of dread, with stars like Bobby De Niro and George Clooney representing, as well as superheroes and overwrought CGI epics making the “grade.” The persons responsible for the descriptive honors are marked accordingly, Pm for for Patrick, Sw for Spike and Je for Jon. Cover your eyes and gird your loins, these are the 10 Worst Films of 2016, by HollywoodChicago.com.
Photo credit: Lionsgate
To this day, even while writing this, I get a stomach ache recalling how prodigiously disgusting “Dirty Grandpa” turned out to be. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Almost from the moment it was announced a year ago, Wanda’s $3.5-billion acquisition of Legendary Entertainment drew criticism that the deal was too expensive, the company was still loss-making, and the best assets walked out of the building each night.
The exit with immediate effect of Legendary founder Thomas Tull now serves to emphasize the “risk” side of the high-risk, high-reward company responsible for “Inception” and “Pacific Rim” as Jack Gao, the senior Wanda executive who was instrumental in acquiring Legendary, takes over as interim CEO.
Gao’s twin challenges will be to prove that his acquisition strategy is still intact and to find a replacement for Tull who combines Tull’s fanboy instincts with the sensitivities needed to stay tuned in to the fast-evolving Chinese audience. It may be a narrow field.
Tull, who shuns Hollywood socializing, has had an eye on China since Legendary was founded. He »
- Patrick Frater
Duncan Jones is no stranger to Twitter, frequently using the social-media platform to connect with fans and share his thoughts. But surely he must’ve known the potential hornet’s nest of blowback he might receive by casually dismissing Green Lantern as “dumb.”
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- Kevin Jagernauth
It is quite possible that the most exciting thing the Dceu fans have to look forward to is the announced Green Lantern Corps movie. Honestly, it may be the best thing after I am sure we all will take a huge dump on Justice League, The Flash, The Batman, Cyborg (unlikely it will ever happen) and gees what else is there? Oh Ya, Wonder Woman -- and this may be the exception, as we learned that Ares will be the villain, and I think that alone may make this film decent'ish. Ok, I get it, I am being a fanboy here, but I still have high hopes for 2020+ as David Goyer is co-writing Glc with Geoff Johns behind the wheel, and already one notable actor is clamoring for the John Stewart role.
- Drew Carlton
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