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The 25 Best Female Movie Performances of the 21st Century

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The 25 Best Female Movie Performances of the 21st Century
Much has been made about the dearth of strong female roles in contemporary cinema, and the problematic depictions of women in many recent movies, but the past two decades have provided plenty of counterexamples. While the onus is on writers and directors to craft strong female characters, the actresses themselves bring these figures to life, and they’re often the main reason we keep being drawn back to these works.

In no particular order, our favorite — and we’d like to think the best — female performances of the 21st century.

Isabelle Huppert, “Elle

Paul Verhoeven’s “Elle” begins with a laugh that catches in your throat: A wide-eyed cat looks off-screen to the screams of a man and woman in apparent orgiastic bliss. Then comes the cutaway, which reveals a far more nefarious incident: Middle-aged Michéle (Isabelle Huppert), in the process of getting raped by a masked assailant on the floor of her home.
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Doug Liman interview: American Made, Tom Cruise, being a rebel

Ryan Lambie Aug 24, 2017

Doug Liman on Swingers, getting arrested, American Made, Bourne and much more...

It was only a couple of weeks ago that we last spoke to Doug Liman, who in July was promoting his compact, $3 million war thriller The Wall. Now, he's back with another thriller, this one taking place over a much broader canvas. American Made tells the story of Barry Seal, a pilot who wound up running missions in and out of Central America for the CIA; taking covert photographs and smuggling in guns. 

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The film's the perfect vehicle for Cruise, given that he gets to fly lots of planes, but then again, Barry Seal's hardly your typical heroic Cruise lead: Seal earns a fortune running guns for the CIA and cocaine for the cartels, but
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Exclusive: Doug Liman on The Wall, Live Die Repeat & Repeat – and why we never saw a sequel for Swingers

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Author: Stefan Pape

With a staggeringly impressive back catalogue of movies to his name, Doug Liman has returned to his roots somewhat with his latest endeavour The Wall – a lower-budget affair driven the characters that inhabit this brutal landscape.

We discusses the appeal of this narrative, and the pressure that derives from depicting modern warfare. We then got onto the subject of Live Die Repeat and Repeat – a sequel to the immensely popular Edge of Tomorrow. Liman explains what compelled him to return to this world, why the studio weren’t quite so keen to begin with – and exactly why he believes this film will be ever better than the original. On the subject of sequels, he also discusses why he never made a follow-up to Swingers, though admitted it was a thought that crossed his mind…

So what was it about this screenplay which appealed to you as a director and storyteller?
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Doug Liman interview: The Wall, Bourne, Edge Of Tomorrow 2

Ryan Lambie Jul 28, 2017

Director Doug Liman talks to us about his new film The Wall, making The Bourne Identity, and his plans for Edge Of Tomorrow 2...

Director Doug Liman's never been one to back away from a fresh challenge. Whether it was making the leap from low-budget indie movies like Swingers and Go to expensive spy thriller, The Bourne Identity, or the knotty problems of making a time-paradox movie like Edge Of Tomorrow, Liman reliably goes for left-field project choices.

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In The Wall, Doug Liman does something rare among established directors: he goes right back to basics. Shot for just $3m, The Wall is a lean, taut thriller set during the second Iraq war. Aaron Taylor-Johnson and John Cena play a pair of soldiers who, while scoping out an oil
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Akiva Goldsman Signs First-Look Deal With Paramount, Leaves Warner Bros.

Akiva Goldsman Signs First-Look Deal With Paramount, Leaves Warner Bros.
Akiva Goldsman has signed a two-year first-look deal at Paramount Pictures for his Weed Road production company, leaving Warner Bros. after many years.

Goldsman has been one of Hollywood’s most prolific screenwriters and producers for the past two decades. He won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay in 2001 for “A Beautiful Mind” and has writing credits on “Batman Forever,” “Batman & Robin,” “I Am Legend,” “Cinderella Man,” “The Da Vinci Code,” “Angels & Demons,” “I Robot,” “The Divergent Series: Insurgent,” and “Transformers: The Last Knight.”

Goldsman shares screenwriting credit for Sony’s upcoming “The Dark Tower” with Jeff Pinkner, Anders Thomas Jensen and Arcel. He is a producer along with Ron Howard, Erica Huggins and Stephen King. The film, starring Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba, opens Aug. 11.

Goldsman’s producing credits date back to the 1990s with “Lost in Space” and “Deep Blue Sea” and include “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” “Starsky and Hutch,
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Exclusive Interview: Doug Liman Talks The Wall, Gambit And Live Die Repeat And Repeat

Doug Liman seems to be one of the hottest directors in the game at the moment, with his name attached to numerous big projects like Justice League Dark and Chaos Walking (starring Daisy Ridley and Tom Holland). The filmmaker, who delivered beloved comedy Swingers in just his second try at the helm, most recently proved to fans that he can direct a great sci-fi outing, too, with Edge of Tomorrow aka Live Die Repeat, and thankfully, he’s back in the director’s chair for the sequel.

Liman’s latest is The Wall, which features Aaron Taylor-Johnson and John Cena as American soldiers under attack by a legendary Iraqi sniper by the name of Juba, the Angel of Death. The film is a tense exercise in psychological and physical torment on the battlefield as a cat and mouse game is played out in the extreme heat of the desert.

While
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Doug Liman on Making ‘The Wall’ as a Reaction to ‘Edge of Tomorrow’

Though Doug Liman has built much of his blockbuster filmography on memorable action set-pieces, from The Bourne Identity all the way through Edge of Tomorrow, his earlier work (Swingers, Go) speaks to a more efficient, character-driven filmmaker. His new picture The Wall feels like a little bit of both. We got a chance to chat with the director about the film, the intricate design of the titular wall and how he deals with his short attention span while making movies.

You’ve worked on a decent amount of action thrillers. What jumped out to you when you read this script?

The reason why I’m drawn to making action movies is because I love pinning characters down in impossible situations and then seeing how they survive. And, you know, I’ve created some pretty outrageous situations; spies with amnesia or aliens and time travel in Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow.
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Homeland season 6 episode 1 review: Fair Game

David Crow Jan 23, 2017

The Homeland season 6 premiere is more prescient than ever as an intelligence community and a new president cross paths...

This review contains spoilers.

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6.1 Fair Game

Not since perhaps its first year has a Homeland season premiered at a more appropriate time. Debuting in the shadow of Osama Bin Laden’s death, which had in turn released a massive cultural sigh of relief after the anxiety that haunted the Bush years, season 1 of Homeland came out a time when Americans were taking some perspective on the incomprehensible tragedy that was 9/11, and deciding they wanted to turn a page as the Obama era came into full-swing.

With its freshman effort, Homeland provided a
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25 underrated political dramas

Rebecca Clough Jan 20, 2017

As America gets its new President, we look at some excellent political drama films that may have slipped under your radar...

Political dramas can be entertaining, informative and even educational, opening up debates and offering new points of view. (When experiencing a year of tumultuous change like the one we’ve just had, they can also be a comforting reminder that, no matter what your situation, it could always be worse...) With the full whack of corruption, war, and conspiracy, here are 25 political dramas which deserve to be better known.

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When teenager Mohamed (Tewfik Jallab) is shot by police, his friends want revenge, but he has a better idea: peaceful protest. Marching from Marseille to Paris, they band together with quite an assortment of characters along the way.
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The Least Profitable Films Of The Year Prove The Star Is Dead

This week Neil Calloway argues that big name film stars alone are no longer a guarantee of box office return…

This week the least profitable films of the year were announced, with films starring household names such as Chris Hemsworth, Bill Murray and Sean Penn all appearing in movies that made the list.

At first glance, it might seem unusual that such big names would appear in a list of the least profitable films of the year. Really looking at it though, and looking at their respective filmographies, it shouldn’t come as a surprise.

Bill Murray has the dubious honour of not only starring in Rock The Kasbah, the film that appears at the top (or bottom depending on your point of view) but also appearing in Cameron Crowe’s much derided Aloha, which appears at number 9 in the list. With a budget of $15 million, a box office of
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Hidden Agenda | Blu-ray Review

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Shortly before news broke of British auteur Ken Loach’s latest production (a surprise since his 2014 title Jimmy’s Hall was intended to be his last film) his 1990 film Hidden Agenda received a Blu-ray release. An interesting footnote in Loach’s extensive filmography, the film is a definite departure from a director whose work is usually invested in portraits of British Socialist realism. Sandwiched between 1986’s Fatherland (a co-production with West Germany, also seeing a Blu-ray release this November courtesy of Twilight Time) and 1991’s Riff-Raff, Loach tried his hand at a political thriller based on actual events. It took home the Jury Prize at that year’s Cannes Film Festival (of the many times Loach has competed for the Palme d’Or, he’s won this particular distinction three times, and the Palme itself in 2006) and caused a significant furor in the UK thanks to its blunt references to
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Naomi Watts Is In "Vogue"

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Take another look @ images of actress Naomi Watts, posing for photographer Nathaniel Goldberg in the October 2015 issue of "Vogue" (Australia) magazine:

Watts covers Vogue Australia’s October 2015 issue wearing a 'Burberry Prorsum' dress from the Autumn/Winter 2015-2016 collection.

After years as a struggling actress, Watts came to attention in David Lynch's psychological thriller "Mulholland Drive" (2001). The following year she enjoyed box-office success with "The Ring" (2002), the remake of a successful Japanese horror film.

Watts then received nominations at the Academy Awards and the Screen Actors' Guild Awards in the Best Actress categories for her portrayal of 'Cristina Peck' in Alejandro González "21 Grams" (2003).

Her subsequent films include David O. Russell's comedy "I Heart Huckabees" (2004), the 2005 remake of "King Kong", the crime-thriller "Eastern Promises" (2007) and the Tom Tykwer-directed thriller "The International" (2009).

Since then, Watts portrayed 'Valerie Plame Wilson' in the biographical drama "Fair Game" (2010) and 'Helen
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Domestic Weekend Box Office Expectations: Depp Gangster to Trail 'Scorch Trials'

'Maze Runner 2: The Scorch Trials' with Dylan O'Brien. 'Maze Runner 2' to beat Johnny Depp 'Black Mass' The 20th Century Fox release Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, the sequel to the 2014 hit The Maze Runner, and Warner Bros.' Johnny Depp star vehicle Black Mass will be battling it out at the North American box office this coming weekend, Sept. 18-20, the last (astronomical) summer weekend of 2015. According to Variety, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials will “likely” end up at the top of the U.S. and Canada box office chart. In fact, more than just “likely,” in case tracking is on target. Including Thursday evening shows, Maze Runner 2 is expected to collect somewhere around $35 million from 3,790 sites, while Black Mass should take in $22 million or so from 3,188 theaters. 'Maze Runner 2' vs. 'The Maze Runner' Maze Runner 2 will then open only about 10 percent ahead of the original,
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Naomi Watts In "Vogue"

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Sneak Peek new images of Brit actress Naomi Watts, posing for photographer Nathaniel Goldberg in the October 2015 issue of "Vogue" (Australia) magazine:

Watts covers Vogue Australia’s October 2015 issue wearing a 'Burberry Prorsum' dress from the Autumn/Winter 2015-2016 collection.

After years as a struggling actress, Watts came to attention in David Lynch's psychological thriller "Mulholland Drive" (2001). The following year she enjoyed box-office success with "The Ring" (2002), the remake of a successful Japanese horror film.

Watts then received nominations at the Academy Awards and the Screen Actors' Guild Awards in the Best Actress categories for her portrayal of 'Cristina Peck' in Alejandro González "21 Grams" (2003).

Her subsequent films include David O. Russell's comedy "I Heart Huckabees" (2004), the 2005 remake of "King Kong", the crime-thriller "Eastern Promises" (2007) and the Tom Tykwer-directed thriller "The International" (2009).

Since then, Watts portrayed 'Valerie Plame Wilson' in the biographical drama "Fair Game" (2010) and
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Five Film Composers that Hollywood Needs Back

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Hollywood has no shortage of talented composers crafting mostly serviceable tunes for the next young adult literary adaptation or prestige awards tearjerker. But for every auteur like Hans Zimmer and John Williams, you have musical yes men pounding out ominous notes in anticipation of the next horror movie jump scare or making ratatat noise to underscore a superhero chase scene. The film world screams for diverse sounds, but is often left wanting when scores become interchangeable to feed the Hollywood machine. The current film decade is no different from any other in terms of talent, mediocrity, and ingenuity, but could always use a boost from professionals who bring specificity to the table. These five forgotten or diminished artists, each among them with varied yet singular skills, are screaming to be brought back into the Hollywood fold to create their signature sounds.

Elliot Goldenthal

One of the most prolific composers from the 90’s,
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'James Bond 24' Brings in 'Edge of Tomorrow' Writer

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'James Bond 24' Brings in 'Edge of Tomorrow' Writer
With Bond 24 gearing up to start production in December, the production has brought on Edge of Tomorrow writer Jez Butterworth to perform a final polish on the screenplay.

The writer revealed in an interview with The New Yorker that he actually performed a similar polish on 2012's Skyfall, but he didn't receive screen credit for his work. Here's what he had to say about his contributions to the Bond 24 script.

"You know, like Bond doesn't have scenes with other men. Bond shoots other men-he doesn't sit around chatting to them. So you put a line through that."

John Logan was initially brought on to write the script, with Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who have co-written previous 007 adventures The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day, Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace and Skyfall, later brought in to rewrite the script back in June, when production was pushed to this December.
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New Images For The Cobbler Released

Full disclosure: I am a frustrated Adam Sandler fan. Before you gasp in horror and dismiss everything I’ve ever written, hear me out. The operative word here is ‘frustrated.’ What is the cause of my discontentment? Well, about 95% of his film output, to be precise. I have exactly zero interest in Grown Ups, or its sequel. You could not pay me to invest time in Don’t Mess With The Zohan, and I have no intention of watching Blended, ever.

Punch-Drunk Love, however, is one of my favourite movies – largely due to Sandler’s performance – and I have a deep appreciation for Funny People. I even have a soft spot for Spanglish, since we’re sharing details. What do these films have in common? They require Sandler to act with real emotional depth – and that is something I have been waiting for him to do again since 2009. I
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Get On Up | Review

  • ioncinema
The F in Funk: Brown’s Biopic Lodged in a White Man’s World

For all the preliminary grumbling about white actors portraying Egyptians in a certain upcoming Ridley Scott Bible farce, there’s been a disappointing lack of apprehensiveness as concerns the behind-the-scenes whitewashing of black character narratives in prolific, mainstream films. It’s a platform where many features are still filtered through and for a particular palette, calibrated to make unseemly material comfortable to please all tastes. At the modern forefront of these recuperations is Tate Taylor’s widely acclaimed 2011 film, The Help, a highly sanitized account of 1960’s black women adapted by a white, male director. Taylor is back with a highly anticipated follow-up, a biopic of James Brown, the Godfather of Soul. Inarguably one of the most prolific and important musical artists of all time, Taylor’s studio financed production, penned by Jez and John-Henry Butterworth
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International Star You Should Know: Khaled Nabaway

International Star You Should Know: Khaled Nabaway
Career Breakthrough

Actor Khaled Nabawy’s starring turn in the 1994 film “The Emigrant,” the Egyptian equivalent of the biblical tale of Joseph, from auteur Youssef Chahine, put Nabawy on a larger stage, and has made him one of Egypt’s best-known actors, landing him roles in Hollywood pics such as Ridley Scott’s “Kingdom of Heaven” (2005) and Doug Liman’s “Fair Game” (2010).

Playing For Peace

The 47-year-old Nabawy looks nothing like the nation’s late president, Anwar Sadat, but that didn’t stop him from drawing glowing reviews earlier this year for “Camp David,” at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., opposite Richard Thomas and Ron Rifkin. Nabawy says he was surprised he was chosen for the role, but welcomed the challenge “Everyone has his own secret” of getting into character, he says. “I believe in studying — and listening.”

Testimonials

Writing in the Washington Post in April, Peter Marks
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Album review: Sia shines brightly on '1000 Forms of Fear'

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Album review: Sia shines brightly on '1000 Forms of Fear'
Sia has had more success as a guest on other artists' records-- such as David Guetta’s “Titanium” and Flo Rida’s “Wild Ones” or during her stint with Zero 7 on tunes like “Destiny” --than as a solo artist, but with “Chandelier,” the first single from “1000 Forms of Fear,” out tomorrow (8), the Australian singer/songwriter is finally breaking out as a pop star on her own. “Chandelier” reached the top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100, in large part driven by its compelling video featuring 11-year old dancer Maddie Ziegler. Though Sia has had several strong songs on her previous albums, “Chandelier” is her first bona-fide hit as a solo artist. The good news is there’s plenty more on “Fear,” produced by Greg Kurstin, to continue that path, even if there is nothing that’s quite as striking as “Chandelier,” a tune that sounds similar to Rihanna’s “Diamonds”—a
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