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New to Streaming: ‘Hell or High Water,’ ‘Kubo and the Two Strings,’ ‘Dog Eat Dog,’ and More

11 November 2016 7:43 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Dog Eat Dog (Paul Schrader)

Paul Schrader might want to consider expanding his thematic scope a little. Decade after decade, film after film, regardless of whether he’s been writing scripts for others (Martin Scorsese, first and foremost), or sitting in the director’s chair himself, the erstwhile Calvinist has come back to the theme of redemption with obstinate persistence. His protagonists are almost always men, they’re almost »

- The Film Stage

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Brad Pitt vs. Brad Pitt: Why ‘Allied’ Has An Awards Release, But ‘War Machine’ Doesn’t

8 August 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Why has Netflix quietly moved their much-ballyhooed acquisition of David Michôd’s “War Machine,” a satiric comedy starring Brad Pitt as a general based on Afghan star Stanley McChrystal, back to 2017?

Netflix is making room for another Brad Pitt movie with awards in its sights, they confirmed. Paramount is releasing Bob Zemeckis’s World War II espionage romance “Allied,”starring Pitt and Marion Cotillard, on November 23. Pitt likes this period: he played military men in both Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds” and David Ayer’s “Fury.”

Produced by Pitt’s Plan B with Ian Bryce, “War Machine” marks Netflix’s highest-budget movie commitment to date—Ted Sarandos paid a reported premium higher than its $60-million budget because when the online streamer buys all world rights to a property, it’s a flat acquisition. They pay no overages in success.

But clearly, reaching viewers directly through Netflix is the goal for »

- Anne Thompson

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Brad Pitt vs. Brad Pitt: Why ‘Allied’ Has An Awards Release, But ‘War Machine’ Doesn’t

8 August 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Why has Netflix quietly moved their much-ballyhooed acquisition of David Michôd’s “War Machine,” a satiric comedy starring Brad Pitt as a general based on Afghan star Stanley McChrystal, back to 2017?

Netflix is making room for another Brad Pitt movie with awards in its sights, they confirmed. Paramount is releasing Bob Zemeckis’s World War II espionage romance “Allied,”starring Pitt and Marion Cotillard, on November 23. Pitt likes this period: he played military men in both Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds” and David Ayer’s “Fury.”

Produced by Pitt’s Plan B with Ian Bryce, “War Machine” marks Netflix’s highest-budget movie commitment to date—Ted Sarandos paid a reported premium higher than its $60-million budget because when the online streamer buys all world rights to a property, it’s a flat acquisition. They pay no overages in success.

But clearly, reaching viewers directly through Netflix is the goal for »

- Anne Thompson

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Rock the Kasbah review – dog’s dinner of an Afghan music biz comedy

20 March 2016 12:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Even Bill Murray and Barry Levinson cannot rescue this confused rags to rock riches story, inspired by a real-life talent show contestant

One presumes that veteran director Barry Levinson envisaged this Mitch Glazer-scripted comedy about a has-been rock promoter working his shtick in Kabul as Good Morning Afghanistan, although the phrase “Good Night, Vienna” better describes its reception in America, where it tanked spectacularly last year. No wonder: it’s a dog’s dinner of a movie which not even the usually reliable Bill Murray can raise above the level of confused, cliched claptrap. Murray plays Richie Lanz, who comes to Kabul on the promise of rich pickings, and winds up attempting to help Leem Lubany’s Pashtun prodigy Salima defy death threats by singing on national TV.

Kate Hudson plays a toe-curlingly generic hooker with a heart of gold, Scott Caan and Danny McBride are salesmen for weight-loss firm Herbalife turned wacky gun-runners, »

- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

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Rock The Kasbah review; “Bill Murray, not so funny”

16 March 2016 11:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Rock The Kasbah review: This sluggish comedy/ drama falls way short of the mark of what we’d expect from the likes of Bill Murray. Rock The Kasbah review

Rock The Kasbah review by Paul Heath. Dumped in the release schedules in the U.K. post-Oscars and pre-blockbusters is Rock The Kasbah, a film that was received very poorly in the U.S. late last year.

Bill Murray plays the role of a down on his luck, faded music manager Richie Lanz, a Los Angeles resident who is not only on the lookout for the next big thing, but also the next big small thing that he can quickly extract some cash from to pay his bills, something that is clearly demonstrated in the film’s opening scenes. A string of rushed events see Lanz head to Afghanistan with his best act, a lounge singer played by the brilliant Zooey Deschanel. »

- Paul Heath

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UK trailer for Rock the Kasbah starring Bill Murray

15 March 2016 3:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of its UK release this Friday, a new trailer has arrived online for director Barry Levinson’s upcoming comedy Rock the Kasbah which sees Bill Murray lead a cast that includes Kate Hudson, Zooey Deschanel, Danny McBride and Bruce Willis. Check it out below after the official synopsis…

A has-been rock manager from Van Nuys, California stumbles upon a once-in-a-lifetime voice in a remote Afghan cave in Rock the Kasbah, a dramatic comedy inspired by stranger-than-fiction, real-life events and directed by Oscar winner Barry Levinson. Richie Lanz (Bill Murray), dumped and stranded in war-torn Kabul by his last remaining client (Zooey Deschanel), discovers Salima Khan (Leem Lubany), a Pashtun teenager with a beautiful voice and the courageous dream of becoming the first woman to compete on national television in Afghanistan’s  version of “American Idol.”  Richie partners with a savvy hooker (Kate Hudson), a pair of hard-partying war profiteers »

- Amie Cranswick

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Rock the Kasbah movie review: whitemansplaining, the movie

22 February 2016 6:14 AM, PST | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Behold Bill Murray as the white savior barreling into a foreign land and teaching the ignorant natives how to be better people. Obnoxious and tone deaf. I’m “biast” (pro): love Bill Murray

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Bill Murray is Richie Lanz, a sleazy Los Angeles music manager. He’s the kind of guy who takes money from a wannabe singer with no talent and no chance of even the most measly sort of success but who is also naive enough to believe that it’s normal to pay him upfront. And he’s clearly been stringing along his assistant, Ronnie (Zooey Deschanel: Your Highness, Yes Man), who has been working for him in the expectation that she will get a boost to her own singing career. So when he takes her to Kabul — yes, in Afghanistan — to perform for U. »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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