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Kathryn Bigelow sits very straight and considers events last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia. “It was an atrocity,” she says. “I don’t know where we go from here.” Does the crisis of American racism scare her? She repeats the question back as if peering at it under glass. “Does it scare me? Does it scare me?”
We are in London, a long way from Charlottesville, and a piano tinkles nearby. Bigelow, who is wearing a black top and jeans, is almost 6ft tall, gracefully angular, still the only woman to win an Oscar as best director, for her Iraq war masterpiece The Hurt Locker. The movies she makes – spotted with raw, precision violence – might suggest a certain kind of personality. »
- Danny Leigh
Author: David Sztypuljak
Actors John Boyega (Star Wars), Will Poulter (The Maze Runner), Hannah Murray (Game of Thrones) & Jack Reynor (Free Fire) were all in attendance alongside their Academy Award winning director Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty).
Detroit tells the story of the Detroit Rebellion of 1967 which saw the Michigan National Guard join both the State and local police to attempt to quash the uprising. The second act of the movie focuses on the events at the Algiers Motel which ultimately saw three young African Americans murdered.
Bigelow tells the harrowing story of how the events »
- David Sztypuljak
Limply following in the footsteps of “Munich,” “Zero Dark Thirty” and “Argo” is the terrorist hostage thriller “6 Days,” a dramatization of the Iranian embassy crisis that gripped the UK in the spring of 1980. The core ingredients are all there for an absorbing rehashing of events but, as unveiled — even with a solid cast that includes Jamie Bell in paramilitary gear, Mark Strong turning up the gravity in his voice, and Abbie Cornish as a BBC reporter — it comes off all too often like a routine siege picture with a testosterone insecurity. You don’t need to be »
- Robert Abele
In an age where special effects reign supreme, there’s one aspect of the filmmaking process that hasn’t gone through a radical transformation — music. Some of the best movies in any given year would be sorely lacking without their memorable scores, and this has remained true well into the first two decades of the 21st century.
Film composers play an integral part in the filmmaking process, and there are a handful whose bodies of work stand out in recent years. Of course, this list of 12 major composers only begins to scratch the surface of the talent out there. There are plenty of other worthy contributors to the medium who didn’t make the cut — Danny Elfman and John Williams, we’re looking at you — but rest assured that this top dozen represent the cream of the crop.
- Gabrielle Kiss
'Still-living history' See previous post: “'Detroit' Movie: Kathryn Bigelow 1967 Riots Depiction 'Horribly Real' & 'Deeply Self-Serving'.” But I'm a Black American from the 1960s, who knows this history as a history of the lives of my people in this nation. From uprisings in Philly and Harlem, to those in Watts and Ferguson (where I lived for years), these stories have been lived and told from generation to generation with the specific intention of keeping me and black boys like me alive. The idea that the police could and did kill black folks anywhere, at anytime, for any reason – or no reason at all – has been a baseline of understanding in black communities for 400 years, give or take a week or two during Reconstruction and Bill Clinton's first election. For Black Americans, the events of Detroit '67 are not the events of a “dramatic thriller.” They are the events of a tragedy and still-living history we »
- Tim Cogshell
Detroit movie street riot scene: The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow tackles the 1967 Detroit riots in “horribly real” and “deeply self-serving” 2017 release marketed as a “dramatic thriller.” Kathryn Bigelow's 'Detroit' movie: Horribly real semidocumentary or self-serving Hollywood depiction of 1967 Detroit Rebellion? In the city of Detroit, from July 23 through July 27 of 1967, the people rebelled against the conditions of their existence. Some call this the 1967 Detroit Riot; it's also known as the 12th Street Riot and the 1967 Detroit Rebellion. I prefer the latter. During the rebellion, 43 people died – 33 of whom were black, 10 were white. Twenty-four of the black victims were shot by police officers and National Guardsmen, while six were shot by store owners or security guards. Three of those killings are the subject of Academy Award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow, her itinerant The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty scenario writer Mark Boal (who also wrote Paul Haggis' In the Valley of Elah), and »
- Tim Cogshell
What happened to “Detroit”?
Annapurna’s first major distribution effort got off to a strong start in limited release. But Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal’s latest collaboration collapsed during its expansion — “Detroit” is only expected to take in $7.3 million this weekend, below original estimates.
“We wish more people would have showed,” Annapurna’s distribution head Erik Lomis said on a call Sunday morning. “But when you look at the movie, we’re proud of the film, and we stand behind the message of the film.”
Rotten Tomatoes, which has fallen under scrutiny from some studio executives for having the capability to keep viewers away who might otherwise enjoy a movie, can’t be blamed for this one. “Detroit’s” aggregate score gleams 88 percent fresh. It wasn’t really for lack of audience enthusiasm either. Exit polls show over 80 percent of the audience gave the movie positive marks, and over 60 percent indicated that they would definitely recommend »
- Seth Kelley
Kathryn Bigelow’s “Detroit” is not an easy movie to watch. An hour is devoted to the brutal depiction of the 1967 Algiers Motel incident, in which racist police officers murdered several innocent black men — all while protests against police brutality dominated the streets. However, the film’s unflinching portrait of racism has a real-time resonance that could generate new conversations about the struggle to address these problems today.
However, as “Detroit” opens wide in theaters across the nation, it has already shown potential to impact something even bigger than a post-screening debate: legislation.
On July 20, Michigan’s longtime U.S. Representative John Conyers Jr. screened the movie in Washington D.C. for an event that commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Detroit uprising.(He’s also a character in the film, played by Laz Alonzo.) In 2001, Conyers introduced a bill to establish the the Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans, »
- Eric Kohn
Sony and Mrc’s adaptation is projected to win the weekend with about $18 million at 3,449 locations for the Friday-Sunday period while Christopher Nolan’s World War II epic “Dunkirk” should finish a close second with about $16 million at 4,014 sites. Should the estimate hold, “The Dark Tower” will post the second-lowest total of a weekend winner this year, above only the Feb. 3 to Feb. 5 Super Bowl frame, when the third weekend of “Split” won with $14.4 million.
Sony’s second weekend of “The Emoji Movie” appears headed for third place with $12 million to $14 million. Aviron’s launch of Halle Berry’s “Kidnap” is pegged for a fourth-place battle with Annapurna’s expanded run of Kathryn Bigelow’s “Detroit” in the $8 million to $10 million range. Universal’s third weekend of “Girls Trip” and Focus Features’ second »
- Dave McNary
The Dark Tower, Detroit and An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power top Tanner's What to Watch weekend previewThe Dark Tower, Detroit and An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power top Tanner's What to Watch weekend previewTanner Zipchen8/4/2017 12:40:00 Pm
Stephen King’s The Dark Tower is the most ambitious and expansive story from one of the world’s most celebrated authors. Now, the story makes its long-awaited launch on the big screen, starring Idris Elba as Roland Deschain and Matthew McConaughey as Walter O’Dim. The film is being directed by Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair). The action in this is pretty epic and a must-see on the big screen!
- Tanner Zipchen
Kathryn Bigelow has tackled controversial subject matter before: the Iraq War in “The Hurt Locker” (2009), which earned her the distinction as the first woman ever to win Best Director at the Oscars, and then the hunt for Osama bin Laden in “Zero Dark Thirty” (2012), which earned rave reviews from most critics but faced […] »
- Daniel Montgomery
“The Dark Tower” shot to $1.8 million at 2,770 North American locations on Thursday night.
Sony and MRC’s adaptation is projected to win the weekend with about $20 million to $25 million at 3,449 locations. The studio is being slightly more conservative with a $19 million forecast for the action fantasy, based on Stephen King’s series of eight novels.
The Thursday night previews started at 7:19 p.m., in keeping with King’s use of the time “19:19” and the number 19 in his works. The $1.8 million total is equivalent to Paramount’s “Ghost in the Shell,” which opened with $18.7 million on the March 31-April 2 weekend.
“The Dark Tower,” which cost $60 million to make, stars Idris Elba as the Gunslinger — a sort of supernatural law enforcement officer protecting the Dark Tower. Matthew McConaughey portrays the Man in Black, who’s on a mission of total destruction.
- Dave McNary
In Detroit, director Kathryn Bigelow spotlights the civil unrest that shook Detroit in the summer of 1967, and particularly the infamous events that took place at the Algiers Motel, when police abused a group of mostly black men and killed three. One would have hoped that 50 years on, we would be looking back those events and noting how far we have come. Sadly, that is not the case.
The award-winning director of The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty tackles an event that took place 50 years ago yet seems timely now, in the light of Michael Brown and Ferguson, and other recent incidents of police violence and public outrage. It is certainly a worthy subject but the film itself has some flaws. Like in Zero Dark Thirty, Bigelow takes awhile to bring the subject into focus, »
- Cate Marquis
Not only is Jessica Chastain one of the best actresses of her generation, what with her incredible turns in “Zero Dark Thirty” and “The Tree of Life,” among many other great performances, but she has also been an outspoken activist when it comes to the discrimination faced by women in Hollywood. One of the more important issues she has fought for has been equal pay in the industry, for which she had this to say just last year: “I think people know if they’re going to hire me I’m not going to just be grateful.
Continue reading Jessica Chastain Slams CBS Over Lack Of Female Representation at The Playlist. »
- Jordan Ruimy
Ever since Kathryn Bigelow became the first — and, so far, only — woman to win the best director Oscar for “The Hurt Locker” in 2009, her career has been perceived in a different light. The filmmaker behind such beloved escapism as “Point Break,” “Strange Days,” and “Near Dark” took a sharp turn into bracing, topical thrillers culled from real-life events, continuing that focus with the masterful “Zero Dark Thirty” and now the racially charged “Detroit,” which opens wide this week.
Still, the specter of her earlier work continues to work its way through popular culture, most notably when Warner Bros. released a remake of “Point Break” in 2015. The movie was a box-office failure in the U.S. and faced poor reviews. Bigelow’s opinion? She never watched it.
“I didn’t see it,” she said and laughed, declining to elaborate. »
- Eric Kohn
The Dark Tower, Logan Lucky, Brigsby Bear and more films to see in theatres this AugustThe Dark Tower, Logan Lucky, Brigsby Bear and more films to see in theatres this AugustAdriana Floridia8/3/2017 9:27:00 Am
This August in theatres, we're getting a wide variety of Hollywood and indie films that range from topics like Instagram, TV shows about bears, and creepy dolls.
Basically, there's a lot of diversity in theatres this month, and you'll surely want to check out some of these great August titles.
These are our ten picks for what to see in theatres this month!
Release Date: August 4th, 2017
See it with: Your dad
- Adriana Floridia
Eli Roth hasn’t really had a hit as a director in quite some time. His last two efforts, “Knock Knock” and “The Green Inferno,” came and went from theaters without much fan fare, but that probably won’t be the case for the director’s next movie. Roth is resurrecting “Death Wish,” the film series that started in 1974 and made a movie icon out of Charles Bronson, and he’s getting some help from Bruce Willis.
The actor will be returning to his hard-hitting action roots as Paul Kersey, a mild-mannered father who becomes a stone cold killing machine after his wife is murdered and his daughter is raped and left in a coma. The original “Death Wish” series included four films released between 1974 and 1994, all of which starred Bronson as Kersey. The remake co-stars Vincent D’Onofrio, Dean Norris, Kimberly Elise, and Mike Epps.
The most surprising part about “Death Wish” might just be that it’s being distributed by Annapurna Pictures, the indie powerhouse behind such titles as “Her,” “Zero Dark Thirty,” “American Hustle,” and this weekend’s “Detroit.” The movie marks their biggest genre push to date. MGM is handling international distribution.
“Death Wish” opens in theaters November 22. Watch the first trailer below.
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- Zack Sharf
After last weekend, the summer domestic box office was down more than 8% from last year, and 1.3% behind 2016 for the year so far. Well, it gets worse.
This time last year “Suicide Squad” overcame a critical thrashing to break August records with a $133.7 million domestic opening. One year later, several mid-budgeted offerings don’t look to make such a splash.
‘The Dark Tower’: Clashing Visions, Brutal Test Screenings Plagued Journey to Big Screen
Starting with Columbia Pictures and Mrc’s “The Dark Tower,” which is poised to take in about $20 million to $25 million during its opening frame at 3,449 locations. The studio is being slightly more conservative with $19 million. It’s the widest new release of the weekend, from a film that cost $60 million to make. Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey star in the adaptation from Stephen King’s series of novels. The action film, bridging multiple genres, centers on a boy (played by Tom Taylor) who »
- Seth Kelley
The movie focuses specifically on the summer of '67 when three young African-Americans were murdered at the Algiers Motel. The incredible cast includes John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Will Poulter, Algee Smith, Hannah Murray and Anthony Mackie.
We caught up with Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty) and the cast on the red carpet at the world premiere of the movie at the legendary Fox Theatre in Detroit, Michigan to talk about what makes this movie so relevant today on the 50th anniversary of the riots.
Watch the video below and »
- Scott Goodyer
Director Kaythryn Bigelow‘s (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty) upcoming film Detroit is based on a true tragedy that occurred in a Detroit motel during the Detroit Riots of 1967, one of the deadliest police/civilian clashes in American history. While the riot began after police raided an unlicensed bar in on 12th street in Detroit, Michigan, on July […]
- Jacob Kaye
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