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“The Hitman’s Bodyguard” is about as close to a live-action cartoon as you’re likely to get this year — you know, the kind where someone blows a cannonball-shaped hole through Wile E. Coyote’s abdomen or a stick of dynamite reduces him to a pile of cinders, and the next thing you know, he’s up and chasing the Road Runner again. That’s not a style that works much of the time (see “Shoot ’Em Up” or early Arnold Schwarzenegger flop “The Villain”), but in the hands of “The Expendables 3” helmer Patrick Hughes — and more importantly, owing to the chemistry of stars Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds — it makes for a delightfully ridiculous screwball action comedy.
The premise is simple: Jackson plays the hitman, Darius Kincaid, Reynolds plays his bodyguard, Michael Bryce, and they both need to get from London to the Hague without getting killed. That »
- Peter Debruge
Rashida Jones plays the title role in “Angie Tribeca,” who is a detective in the Lapd. It also stars Hayes MacArthur, Jere Burns, Deon Cole, and Andree Vermeulen. The zany comedy series is executive produced by Nancy and Steve Carell along with Ira Ungerleider, who serves as showrunner. In addition, Bobby Cannavale will join the show in its fourth season.
The series has scored two consecutive seasons of growth among adults 18-49, including growing 13% for last year’s second season and another 8% for the just-completed third season. It also ranks as one of cable’s top 10 comedies for the quarter across all key demos. TBS has ordered 10 episodes for Season 4, which is slated to launch in 2018.
“Animal Kingdom,” based on the 2010 Australian film of the same name, follows »
- Joe Otterson
'Wolf Creek' season one..
John Jarratt reprises the role of Mick Taylor, and will be joined by Tess Haubrich (Alien: Covenant), Matt Day (Rake, Paper Giants, Underbelly, Kiss or Kill), Ben Oxenbould (Comedy Inc., The Kettering Incident, The Code), Laura Wheelwright (Animal Kingdom), Stephen Hunter (The Hobbit, The Leftovers) and Chris Haywood (Shine, Muriel's Wedding, Dogs in Space).
Of the second season McLean said: "We.ll join an amazing cast on a road trip of a lifetime, as they must draw on their inner strength to outwit the terrifying Mick Taylor. John Jarratt returns to take Mick.s dark arts to a whole new level, showcasing the beautiful and dangerous landscapes of the remote outback..
- Staff Writer
War Machine was nearly destined to become another forgotten film on the dust pile of Netflix’s original movies. On paper it doesn’t seem like that would be the case: War Machine was a $60 million Brad Pitt-starring satirical war movie based on a best-selling book and directed by a fairly established director, David Michôd (Animal Kingdom, […]
- Hoai-Tran Bui
You would think a $60 million Brad Pitt star vehicle wouldn’t have a problem stirring up buzz in the summer movie season, and yet Netflix’s “War Machine” has been completely Doa. The War in Afghanistan satire from director David Michôd (“Animal Kingdom,” “The Rover”) debuted on the streaming platform May 26, but from the looks of it absolutely nobody is paying attention. While hardly panned, “War Machine” received forgettable critical notices. It boasts a 58% on Rotten Tomatoes, with IndieWire’s Eric Kohn giving the movie a B- review, and has hardly become a talking point among anyone, really.
Except the Pentagon that is. Netflix already has a huge hit among D.C. workers thanks to “House of Cards,” and it appears the Pentagon is about the only place “War Machine” is making a serious impact. »
- Zack Sharf
New York-based Film Movement has acquired U.S. rights to “Jasper Jones,” hailed by Variety as the best film to date by Australia’s Rachel Perkins (“Bran Neu Dae”) and a “beautifully composed portrait of life in late-’60s small-town Australia,” capturing “the loss of childhood innocence and the suffocating despair of adulthood.”
Based on a beloved same-titled novel by Australia’s Craig Silver, the coming of age tale and murder mystery will celebrate its North America premiere as the closing night film at the Museum of the Moving Image’s tribute to the distributor, Film Movement: A 15th Anniversary Celebration. It screens on July 2.
- John Hopewell
The year is 2010. General Glen McMahon (Brad Pitt) is tasked by a committee of civilian leaders with fixing the mess in Afghanistan. What this actually entails is open to debate. Does it mean winning the hearts and minds of the local populous? Or winning the war against the Taliban? McMahon reckons they’re the same thing.
He and his ego-stroking team take a tour of the country, to see the meagre and underfunded efforts being made by the allies to make good on their promise of roads, schools, democracy, and all that good stuff. McMahon finds a desert of broken dreams.
He requests forty thousand extra troops, so that he might exorcise Helmand Province of its elusive evil. In return he gets minimal reinforcements, »
- Rupert Harvey
War Machine, 2017.
Written and Directed by David Michod.
Starring Brad Pitt, Scoot McNairy, Anthony Michael Hall, Rj Cyler, Topher Grace, Anthony Hayes, John Magaro, Emory Cohen, Meg Tilly, Alan Ruck, Will Poulter, Aymen Hamdouchi, Daniel Betts, Lakeith Stanfield, Nicholas Jones, Justin Rosniak, Josh Stewart, Kola Bokinni, Griffin Dunne, Pico Alexander, Derek Slow, Tilda Swinton, and Ben Kingsley.
An absurdist war story for our times, writer-director David Michôd (Animal Kingdom) recreates a U.S. General’s roller-coaster rise and fall as part reality, part savage parody – raising the specter of just where the line between them lies today. His is an exploration of a born leader’s ultra-confident march right into the dark heart of folly. At the story’s core is Brad Pitt’s sly take on a successful, charismatic four-star general who leapt in like a rock star to command Nato forces in Afghanistan, only to be taken »
- Robert Kojder
It might be hard to believe based on his movies, but David Michôd isn’t all doom and gloom.
“I feel now quite zen about the impending void,” the “War Machine” writer/director said during a recent interview about his new Netflix drama starring Brad Pitt, which takes a farcical approach to the absurdities of our unending War in Afghanistan. It’s not that Michôd is optimistic about where things are headed — it’s just that he isn’t surprised.
Like a lot of movies, TV shows and books released in the last six-odd months, the “Animal Kingdom” and “The Rover” director’s latest feels especially timely given current events. Set in 2009 and based on Michael Hastings’ book “The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan,” it serves to remind that perception mattering more than reality is neither a new phenomenon nor one »
- Michael Nordine
The nicest thing one can say about David Michôd’s maladroit, Netflix-produced Afghan War satire War Machine is that despite the high statistical likelihood of its existence (A-list star, bestselling source material, obvious political angle, semi-established writer-director), nothing in the movie suggests that it was made to please anyone. Whether it’s intentionally off-putting is a different matter. An adaptation of the late Michael Hastings’ non-fiction book The Operators: The Wild And Terrifying Inside Story Of America’s War In Afghanistan (itself expanded from Hastings’ 2010 Rolling Stone article “The Runaway General”) that bears almost no resemblance to Michôd’s earlier films Animal Kingdom and The Rover, the film casts Brad Pitt as General Glen McMahon, a fictional stand-in for Stanley McChrystal, the onetime commander of Nato forces in Afghanistan whose career was destroyed by Hastings’ all-access profile. This is the most bizarre lead performance of Pitt’s career, as »
- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Brad Pitt is really nailing the rugged, understated look.
On Sunday, the 53-year-old actor showed up to a press conference for his upcoming Netflix movie, War Machine, in Tokyo, Japan, and was casually dressed in a trendy black jacket and green T-shirt. While Pitt has been rocking baggy pants for many of his recent appearances, this time he was wearing a pair of more fitted, off-white trousers and matching sneakers.
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War Machine, directed by David Michôd (Animal Kingdom), is a half parody, half reality movie that has Pitt starring as U.S. General Glen McMahon, and shows the military leader's rise and fall during the war in Afghanistan. During this weekend's press conference, which was attended by The Associated Press, Pitt opened up about what attracted him to the role.
"I saw at the center of it was »
Everyone has a different idea of what’s funny, but it’s hard to imagine anyone being amused by “War Machine,” a colossally miscalculated satire about a U.S. general who thought he could “win” the war in Afghanistan at precisely the moment President Obama announced he would be pulling troops out of the country. A costly flop from Netflix’s newish “Originals” division, “War Machine” stars a cockeyed Brad Pitt — who spends the entire film with his left brow cartoonishly arched and his right eye squinched half-shut — in the sort of role that really ought to have gone to John Goodman, or some comparably gifted character actor.
But bless their hearts, the execs at Netflix still believe in stars, which is sort of a radical notion in an era when the old-school studios have consistently hyped visual effects ahead of the interchangeably handsome hunks selected to play Spartan warriors, »
- Peter Debruge
Netflix’s new feature film is a big deal in many ways. Called War Machine, it combines the star power of Brad Pitt and the indie credibility of David Michôd, the director of Animal Kingdom. It boasts big themes: the absurdity of war and the ambition of men. Based on The Operators, a book about controversial Us army general Stanley McChrystal, the film takes place on a big scale, across Afghanistan and along the corridors of power in DC. An investment in the range of $60m also makes it Netflix’s biggest-budget feature to date. Most of all, though, War Machine is big on expectation: this »
- Ellen E Jones
Movies about modern military conflicts, whether action, drama, or comedy are tough nuts to crack. For every epic war film like Black Hawk Down, American Sniper, or Zero Dark Thirty there are clunkers like Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Jarhead, or The Delta Force. Part of the problem, speaking as an Army veteran, is that it's very hard to capture the nuances and idiosyncrasies of the military and how our troops interact on-duty/off-duty.
Each branch of the military is a culture unto itself, heavy with jargon, rivalries, and living conditions that are difficult to translate on-screen and generally opaque to the general public. Try explaining the mutual dislike between the Army and the Marines to someone who's never served, it's one of those "you'd have to be there" kind of things to explain.
Military comedies, are perhaps the most challenging sub-genre to get right. »
- David Kozlowski
In July of 2010, an article appeared in Rolling Stone that effectively ended the military career of United States Army General Stanley McChrystal, the commanding general in Afghanistan. The article found McChrystal and his staff critical of then President Barack Obama and caused a media frenzy for a solid week as pundits debated whether or not McChrystal acted unprofessionally. McChrystal tendered his resignation one day after the article was released online, the author of the article — the late Michael Hastings — expanded it into a book, The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan, and the rest is history. And now it’s entertainment, too.
Netflix, who may or may not make real movies depending on who you ask at Cannes, will release War Machine later this month. Animal Kingdom director David Michôd helms this satire, presented as fictionalized take on McChrystal and his unconventional tactics. »
- The Film Stage
Netflix have debuted a new War Machine trailer and poster. The Brad Pitt-led film arrives on the streaming service later this month where the screen legend plays hot-shot General McMahon, a veteran who endeavours to cut through the politics of war only to be reminded, time and time again, that this is one machine that can’t be stopped.
Here’s the new poster followed by the official synopsis:
In a film for our times, writer-director David Michôd (Animal Kingdom) recreates a U.S. General’s roller-coaster rise and fall as part reality, part savage parody – raising the specter of just where the line between them lies today. His is an anti-establishment, pro-soldier exploration in the form of an absurdist war story of a born leader’s ultra-confident march right into the dark heart of folly. At the story’s core is Brad Pitt’s sly take on a successful, »
- Paul Heath
Brad Pitt stars in War Machine, which follows the rise and fall of a military leader after he takes command of Nato forces in Agahanistan. A new trailer showcases Pitt's bold, brazen, real-life character, General Glen McMahon. Here's the official verbiage: In a film for our times, writer-director David Michôd (Animal Kingdom) recreates a U.S. General’s roller-coaster rise and fall as part reality, part savage parody – raising the specter of just where the line between them lies today. His is an anti-establishment, pro-soldier exploration in the form of an absurdist war story of a born leader’s ultra-confident march right into the dark heart of folly. At the story’s core is Brad Pitt’s sly take on a successful, charismatic four-star general who leapt...
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With a little over two weeks to go until War Machine arrives on Netflix, the streaming service has released a new poster and trailer for writer-director David Michod’s upcoming dramedy which sees Brad Pitt lead a cast that includes Tilda Swinton, Ben Kingsley, Anthony Michael Hall, Topher Grace, Will Poulter, Lakeith Stanfield, Emory Cohen, John Magaro, Rj Cyler, Alan Ruck, Scoot McNairy, and Meg Tilly; check them out below…
An absurdist war story for our times, writer-director David Michôd (Animal Kingdom) recreates a U.S. General’s roller-coaster rise and fall as part reality, part savage parody – raising the specter of just where the line between them lies today. His is an exploration of a born leader’s ultra-confident march right into the dark heart of folly. At the story’s core is Brad Pitt’s sly take on a successful, charismatic four-star general who leapt in like a »
- Amie Cranswick
Lifted from the pages of The Operators: The Wild & Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan – the late journo Michael Hastings is the brains behind the non-fiction novel, which hit store shelves back in 2012 – Netflix has elected David Michôd to write and direct the feature-length adaptation, one which places Brad Pitt in the grubby boots of General Glen McMahon. He’s a brash, overly confident war machine ready to crack the whip within the political cauldron of Afghanistan, only to become a victim of his own hubris.
Pegged to arrive in two weeks’ time, you’ll get a sense of that dramatic rise and equally dramatic fall via today’s new trailer, which »
- Michael Briers
Netflix has released the third and final trailer, along with a new poster, for their upcoming film War Machine, starring global superstar Brad Pitt. A film for our times, this satire takes on hot-shot General Glen McMahon (Brad Pitt), a man caught up in a modern-day war machine that keeps on churning, seemingly to no end. War Machine, a Netflix original film, will be released globally on Netflix and in select theaters in New York and Los Angeles on May 26, which will make for an interesting holiday weekend.
One of the biggest movie-going holidays of the year is Memorial Day weekend, where some of the biggest movies hit theaters to vie for your box office dollars. This year is no exception, with Paramount's Baywatch and Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, but with Netflix debuting War Machine in both limited release, and on their popular streaming service, »
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