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While weirdly impressive, Gore Verbinski’s sanatorium shocker runs more on atmosphere than logic
It takes some chutzpah to start a story in the sterile boardrooms and status-clawing world of Wall Street and end it with a gothic macabre grand guignol that has as much in common with the creepy ambiguity of Lucile Hadžihalilović’s Evolution as it does with most mainstream American cinema. There are flashes of icky Cronenbergian body horror; parallels with Park Chan-wook’s Stoker and Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak, but a lack of pacing and focus defuses the meticulously styled atmosphere. However, if nothing else, Gore Verbinski’s A Cure for Wellness is the weirdest thing to come out of Hollywood in a long time.
Dane DeHaan, probably the most authentically unhealthy-looking movie star currently working, is an astute choice for the role of Lockhart, the soul-sick young executive who has traded his ethics »
- Wendy Ide
Between studio offerings and independent efforts, 2016 was a feast of cinema. Filmgoers found a lot to love and to honor: Movies reaped critical praise, prizes at film festivals, honors from Hollywood guilds (including the PGA and WGA), Golden Globes and, of course, Oscar nominations. And moviegoers also paid homage with an all-important criterion: They made these works major hits at the box office.
What follows is a list of 10 films that distinguished themselves in the combination of box office, awards and critical praise.
There are still a few skeptics in the world who are not sure that sci-fi can be both artful and commercial. They need to see “Arrival,” which was both a critical and box office success, and scored a DGA nomination for Denis Villeneuve, and PGA nomination for best picture. Eric Heisserer’s multi-layered adaptation of Ted Chiang’s short story resulted in people returning for multiple viewings, »
- Nick Clement
One of the very best films of last year, Park Chan-wook‘s erotic thriller The Handmaiden, arrives on DVD this week. We’ve teamed with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment to give it away five copies to our readers. All entries must be received by 11:59 Pm Est on Tuesday, January 31st.
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Actor Matthew Goode, who in past years has become a go-to actor of sorts for period films and TV shows, will be adding another one to his list of credits, as TV Line reports that he is joining the cast of Netflix’s The Crown for its upcoming second season.
For those unaware, The Crown is a Golden Globe-winning Netflix show that focuses on the life of Queen Elizabeth II and her reign of the United Kingdom. Goode will play Antony Armstrong-Jones, aka Lord Snowdon, the society photographer who Princess Margaret, the youngest daughter of King Geroge VI, was married to for 18 years before getting divorced. In real life, Snowdon passed away just earlier this year at the age of 85.
- Justin Cook
2016 was another great year for Asian cinema, although S. Korean films were the ones that, once more, stood at the epicenter of international interest, particularly due to Park Chan-wook’s comeback and the box office success of films like “The Wailing” and “Train to Busan.” Japan followed with a number of box office successes of its own, headed by “Your Name” and the new Godzilla film, although indie cinema had a very interesting year also.
Chinese language films also had a very interesting year, with “Ten Years” spawning enormous amount of controversy. Slowly though, filmmakers from other Asian countries, not as well known as the aforementioned, seem to present masterpieces of their own.
With a focus on diversity, here are the best Asian films of 2016, in random order. (Some of the films premiered in 2015, but I took the liberty to include them, since they mostly circulated in 2016).
- Panos Kotzathanasis
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