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Sicario movie review: lies, injustice, and the American way

5 October 2015 7:56 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

The “War on Drugs” has never felt more like an actual war in this brutal, scathing condemnation of the lawlessness of the battle… on the “good guys” side. I’m “biast” (pro): love Emily Blunt

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

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

The “War on Drugs” may be a bullshit term invented by our overlords to justify overly aggressive policing on local and national levels, and indiscriminate and excessive imprisonment for minor infractions. It may be a self-perpetuating excuse for a never-ending rain of cash for institutions such as for-profit prisons and federal agencies and individuals like cops on the beat and on the take. But the “War on Drugs” has never felt more like an actual war than in Sicario. Yet this is no bit of propaganda designed to sell us that war; it is a scathing condemnation of the »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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'Assassin's Creed' Movie Lands Jeremy Irons and Brendan Gleeson

2 October 2015 12:31 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

With production already under way on Assassin's Creed, the cast is starting to fill out even more, with Brendan Gleeson and Jeremy Irons signing on to star. Brendan Gleeson has come aboard to play the father of Marion Cotillard's character, with Jeremy Irons playing the father of Michael Fassbender's Callum Lynch. They join a cast that also includes Ariane Labed, Michael K. Williams, Carlos Bardem and Denis Menochet.

The story is about a revolutionary technology that unlocks genetic memories. Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day. Fans got their first look at Michael Fassbender's Callum Lynch back in August with the first official photo.

Justin Kurzel is directing »

- MovieWeb

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Brendan Gleeson And Jeremy Irons Join The Cast Of Assassin’s Creed

2 October 2015 10:38 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The cast of Justin Kurzel’s (Macbeth) Assassin’s Creed continues to get more and more impressive, with Brendan Gleeson (Edge of Tomorrow) and Jeremy Irons (Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice) acting as the latest additions to the video game adaptation.

As the movie is set in the same world as the Assassin’s Creed video games rather than a live-action retelling of one of them, plot details are currently scarce. We do, however, know who the two aforementioned actors will be playing. Gleeson has been cast as the father of Michael Fassbender’s character, while Irons plays the father of Marion Cotillard’s character.

In Assassin’s Creed, Lynch (Fassbender) discovers he is a descendant of the secret Assassins society through unlocked genetic memories that allow him to relive the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. After gaining incredible knowledge and skills, he’s poised »

- Josh Wilding

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Kevin Feige Talks Captain Marvel Casting Process, And Teases Her Other 'Phase 3' Appearances

30 September 2015 8:55 PM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

The upcoming Blu-ray/DVD release of Avengers: Age of Ultron has garnered many updates on the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe today, and the latest from president Kevin Feige is on Marvel Studios' first female-led movie, Captain Marvel. From Edge of Tomorrow's Emily Blunt to Mad Max: Fury Road's Charlize Theron, quite a few actresses have been rumored, or suggested for the role of Carol Danvers, but it seems none of them are actually in contention; at least not now. "There won’t be any announcements about that this year," said Kevin Feige when MTV News asked about casting the lead in Captain Marvel. "I think right now we’re scripting the film, figuring out who we want Carol Danvers to be, and really what the structure of the movie will be and what her part will be in some of our other Phase 3 films. And »

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Sicario (2015) Review – Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro – FM Daily 28.09.15

28 September 2015 9:01 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

On the Monday long read edition of Flickering Myth Daily, we’re reviewing a movie that’s buzzing with Oscar rumours and one that’s already being hailed as a ‘Film of the Year’ candidate – Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario (2015).

Following an idealistic FBI agent is enlisted by an elected government task force to aid in the escalating war against drugs at the border area between the U.S. and Mexico, the movie stars Emily Blunt (Edge of Tomorrow), Benicio Del Toro (Guardians of the Galaxy), Josh Brolin (Inherent Vice), Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead) and Victor Garber (The Flash). Listen to Flickering Myth Daily in the SoundCloud or YouTube links below…

The movie is already out in the Us and will open on October 9th in the UK. Read Robert Kojder’s ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ review, on which this long read is taken from, and Kat Kourbeti’s equally praising ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ second opinion of Sicario here. »

- Oli Davis

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Director Denis Villeneuve talks Blade Runner 2 and Sicario – Exclusive Interview

28 September 2015 7:28 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Director Denis Villeneuve has sat down with Flickering Myth’s Kat Kourbeti to talk about his latest movie – the Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin and Benicio del Toro starring Sicario. He also talks about his next big project, the sequel to Ridley Scott’s science-fiction classic, Blade Runner 2 (which might now be called Androids Dream, after the book it’s based on, Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?).

Check out the interview below:

Following an idealistic FBI agent is enlisted by an elected government task force to aid in the escalating war against drugs at the border area between the U.S. and Mexico, the movie stars Emily Blunt (Edge of Tomorrow), Benicio Del Toro (Guardians of the Galaxy), Josh Brolin (Inherent Vice), Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead) and Victor Garber (The Flash). »

- Oli Davis

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‘Sicario’ is Villeneuve’s biggest effort, but not necessarily his best

25 September 2015 4:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »


Written by Taylor Sheridan

Directed by Denis Villeneuve

U.S.A., 2015

Québec born director Denis Villeneuve has come a long way since breaking onto the scene with 2000’s Maelström, the film that truly put his talent on the map for all to admire. Now, with Sicario, he has an action-thriller, American production starring Emily Blunt, Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin with his signature on it. Villeneuve appears to have succeeded where several other non-American directors that tried to make into Hollywood have failed. José Padhila (Robocop 2014), Jee-woon Kim (The Last Stand), some very, very talented directors collaborating with very talented people did not reach the level of critical acclaim and box office success that Villeneuve has in his relatively short American career. Sicario is as big as his projects have gotten thus far, to say nothing of what is coming next: a Blade Runner sequel in collaboration with his Prisoners partner, »

- Edgar Chaput

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Cartels featurette for Sicario

25 September 2015 1:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Following its Us release, Lionsgate has debuted a new featurette for Denis Villeneuve’s action thriller Sicario which focusses on the Mexican drug cartels. Check it out below after the official synopsis…

See Also: Read our ★★★★★ review of Sicario

In Mexico, Sicario means hitman. In the lawless border area stretching between the U.S. and Mexico, an idealistic FBI agent [Emily Blunt] is enlisted by an elite government task force official [Josh Brolin] to aid in the escalating war against drugs. Led by an enigmatic consultant with a questionable past [Benicio Del Toro], the team sets out on a clandestine journey forcing Kate to question everything that she believes in order to survive.

See Also: Watch the trailer for Sicario

Sicario stars Emily Blunt (Edge of Tomorrow), Benicio Del Toro (Guardians of the Galaxy), Josh Brolin (Inherent Vice), Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead) and Victor Garber (The Flash) and will open on October 9th in the UK. »

- Gary Collinson

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Sherlock Alum Lara Pulver Recruited For Horror Sequel Underworld 5

23 September 2015 7:24 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Despite all signs pointing to the franchise bowing out after 2012’s forgettable Awakening, the vampires vs werewolves saga rages on. Lakeshore Entertainment is poised to continue the cult horror series next year with the as-yet-untitled Underworld 5 – rumors suggest it may be branded as Next Generation – bringing back series stalwart Kate Beckinsale once again for the role of Selene.

She won’t be alone, however, with Divergent alum Theo James poised to star opposite the actress for Anna Foerster’s (Outlander) soft reboot along with, as of today, Sherlock and True Blood‘s Lara Pulver. An actress who is no stranger to the supernatural scene, Pulver is perhaps best known for her part as Claudine in HBO’s sexy horror series, while also appearing on Da Vinci’s Demons and the Tom Cruise-fronted actioner, Edge of Tomorrow.

Plot, story elements and Pulver’s exact role are being kept behind »

- Michael Briers

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Sherlock & Edge Of Tomorrow Actress Lara Pulver Signs On For Underworld 5

22 September 2015 9:15 PM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Following her turn as Irene Adler on the second season of BBC's crime mystery drama Sherlock, actress Lara Pulver has now decided to head to the land of the dead as she's signed on to star in Screen Gems & Lakeshore Entertainment's upcoming fifth installment in their long-running Underworld film series.  She joins a cast that features the return of franchise star Kate Beckinsale (Stonehearst Asylum) and will also feature Theo James (Divergent), Tobias Menzies (Game Of Thrones), and Bradley James (iZombie). Production on the film is expected to kick off this October in Prague with Anna Foerster (Outlander) directing.  Outside of being known for her work on Sherlock, Pulver is also known for her main roles on Starz's Da Vinci's Demons and BBC One's Mi-5. She's also appeared on HBO's True Blood and after having her scenes cut, had a non-speaking cameo in Tom Cruise's Edge Of Tomorrow. »

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Lara Pulver Joins Underworld 5

22 September 2015 5:54 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Kate Beckinsale, Theo James and Tobias Menzies are the confirmed cast members for Underworld 5 so far, and they'll now be joined by Lara Pulver. Sherlock's Irene Adler has signed up for the sequel - still listed on the IMDb as Underworld: Next Generation, although nobody else can quite believe it's called that.It's far from Pulver's first brush with the undead, since she played Claudine for half a dozen episodes of True Blood a few years ago. She was also Sherlock's Irene Adler, Da Vinci's Demons' Clarice Orsini, and Karen Lord in Edge Of Tomorrow. Most recently she's been on stage in the Savoy Theatre's run of Gypsy, with Imelda Staunton.Her role in the vampires-vs-lycans saga remains under wraps, since not much is known about the plot yet (although we know Menzies is a new werewolf leader). It's fairly natural to assume that it'll pick up »

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Arya Stark in talks for ‘The Walking Dead’ of Ya movies

22 September 2015 2:31 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Maisie Williams, who most will know from her portrayal of the unbreakable Arya Stark on HBO’s “Game of Thrones” is in talks to join the ranks of the Ya movie franchises, Variety reports. This time it’s zombie-themed, so if you have some “Walking Dead”/”Game of Thrones” mash-up fan fic lurking in your drawer, this one’s for you. Based on Carrie Ryan’s 2009 novel of the same name, “The Forest of Hands and Teeth” tells the story of a young woman with the fate of humanity in her hands, and zombies in her trees.  According to the outlet, it is set "sometime in the future, in a world where most of the human race has been taken by a bloodthirsty virus that leaves them roaming the planet as cannibals. Mary (Williams) seeks a world beyond the fenced-off village of survivors. The survival of the human race soon »

- Roth Cornet

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Game Of Thrones Starlet Maisie Williams Circling Zombie Ya Film The Forest Of Hands And Teeth

22 September 2015 1:44 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Taking a break from worshipping the Many-Faced God in Braavos, Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams is reportedly in contention to topline Kate Maberly’s adaptation The Forest of Hands and Teeth, according to Variety.

Lifted from Carrie Ryan’s 2009 novel of the same name, the project is a zombie Ya film by design, set in a not-so-distant future where the remnants of humanity struggle for survival in the wake of a devastating virus – one that reduces humans to bloodthirsty cannibals. With Doug Liman of Edge of Tomorrow fame on board to produce, writer-director Maberly noted that the thought of “collaborating with such a brilliant creative mind as Doug’s” is enough to spur the project into action.

As for the actual plot, here’s a brief synopsis from Ryan’s source material.

“The story is set ‘sometime in the future,’ in a world where most of the human race »

- Michael Briers

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Warner Bros.’ Production Exec Roy Button on Working with Hollywood Directors

21 September 2015 3:51 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — At the Production Guild of Great Britain’s annual awards on Saturday, Roy Button, executive VP and managing director, Warner Bros. Productions Ltd., received an award for his contribution to the industry. Variety spoke to him about his 46-year career.

Button started as a runner, rising up through the ranks of 1st and 2nd assistant director, production manager and producer. In his assistant director roles he worked with such filmmakers as Richard Attenborough (“Cry Freedom,” “Gandhi,” “A Bridge Too Far”), Steven Spielberg (“Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Empire of the Sun”), Sydney Pollack (“Out of Africa”), Richard Marquand (“Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi”) and Richard Donner (“Superman”).

As head of physical production for Warner Bros. Productions Ltd., Button is responsible for all the studio’s movies based out of the U.K., Europe, Africa and the Middle East. »

- Leo Barraclough

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’24: Live Another Day’ Team Wins U.K. Production Guild Award

20 September 2015 9:42 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — The U.K. production team behind Twentieth Century Fox Television’s TV series “24: Live Another Day” was named team of the year at the Production Guild of Great Britain awards on Saturday. The awards, which took place at The Grove in Hertfordshire, recognize achievements made by guild members working in film or television within the production office, production accounts, location management, VFX, post-production or assistant directing roles.

The “24” team, which was led by producer and British Film Commission chairman Iain Smith, included unit production manager Kathy Nettleship, location manager Casper Mill and production accountant David Jones. “The production team delivered on every count, achieving a fast-paced, challenging shoot with precision. The speed of turnover of writing, shooting and going to air was unprecedented in British production with filming taking place around the clock and Fox’s U.S. air dates rolling as the team worked,” the guild said. »

- Leo Barraclough

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The 10 Greatest Female Action Characters Of All-Time, Ranked

19 September 2015 5:47 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

The action genre has been dominated by male actors since it was first created. That.s not to say there aren.t some incredibly awesome male action characters, of course there are. But female action characters tend to be a bit more rare. But, there are always the one.s that stick out--female action characters that to this day we still are talking about, the iconic ones that newer action stars are inspired by. Those are the women that needed their own list.  Lately we.ve seen some awesome female action heroes from Emily Blunt.s Rita in Edge of Tomorrow to Jennifer Lawrence.s Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games. While both are forces to reckon with, they can.t even compare to some of these great female action characters. These are the characters that have held guns, swords, but most of all intelligence. These are the women who »

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Emily Blunt May Be The Frontrunner For Mary Poppins

17 September 2015 2:11 PM, PDT | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

You may have heard that further evidence has appeared that nothing is sacred, because Disney has its eye on a sequel to Mary Poppins. Well, things are still in the rumor phase, but the word is that Emily Blunt may be who Disney, and Into the Woods director, Rob Marshall, want for the role of Poppins herself.

Mary Poppins 2 may seem a strange choice, especially if you watched Saving Mr. Banks, which doesn’t sell the whole affair of getting the first one made as a story that is itself filled with sunshine and rainbows. It is a strange choice, but Emily Blunt certainly isn’t. You don’t have to stretch your imagination to see her as Poppins, though Edge of Tomorrow, and the recent Sicario don’t exactly sell you on the cheery soul.

Of course, Marshall is more familiar with Into the Woods Emily Blunt.

We’ll see what happens, »

- Marc Eastman

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Could an Edge Of Tomorrow sequel be on its way after all? Emily Blunt drops some hints...

17 September 2015 9:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Emily Blunt can't confirm that Edge of Tomorrow 2 is on its way, but she can say there have been discussions - including a story outline from her co-star Tom Cruise: "It's a seedling of an idea..."

Last year's little blockbuster that could, the original Edge of Tomorrow has developed a strong fan following after a decent - but not spectacular - box office haul ($369 million worldwide), and Blunt has been fielding questions about a sequel in every interview since.

Speaking to MTV News during her current Sicario press tour, Blunt said: "Tom Cruise has a semblance of an idea. He e-mailed me, basically saying: 'Are you in?'

"And the others, like [writer] Chris McQuarrie and [producer] Erwin Stoff, and I think.... There are 'Would everyone be up for this?' kind of conversations."

This tantalising titbit - that there is an outline already, and Tom Cruise's people are genuinely »

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Emily Blunt, Killer Films to be Honored at Hamptons Film Festival Awards Dinner

17 September 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Hamptons International Film Festival will launch a new annual awards dinner with an inaugural event honoring actress Emily Blunt, 20-year-old independent film production company Killer Films, the late documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles and Hiff board chair Stuart Match Suna.

As part of the dinner, Blunt will receive the Variety Creative Impact in Acting Award. A decade ago Blunt was featured as one of Hiff’s rising stars (a program that is now called Ten Actors to Watch) for “Gideon’s Daughter,” in a performance that won her a Golden Globe. Her work has included “The Devil Wears Prada,” “Edge of Tomorrow,” “Into the Woods” and the upcoming “Sicario.”

Also to be honored at the dinner are Christine Vachon and Pamela Koffler, who co-founded Killer Films in 1995 and have produced a string of indie buzzmagnet titles including upcoming fall release “Carol” as well as “Still Alice,” “Far From Heaven,” “Boys Don’t Cry” and “Kids. »

- Variety Staff

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