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Kingsman: The Golden Circle movie review: deliver us from “edgy”

MaryAnn’s quick take… Save us from male artists who think they are dangerously, uniquely innovative. This stew of toxic masculinity and CGI-cartoon violence is nothing but tediously mundane. I’m “biast” (pro): love the cast, mostly

I’m “biast” (con): hated the first film

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

Here’s a phrase I do not recall from Kingsman: The Secret Service: “independent intelligence agency.” This is uttered in Kingsman: The Golden Circle in connection with the American counterpart to Kingsman: Statesman, to which we are introduced here. But what does that mean, precisely? It means they’re mercenary spies, doesn’t it? I have a vague recollection of Secret Service mentioning something about Kingsman being funded by the crown heads of Europe, which at least offers a veneer of governmental authority and fealty to law and order — though of course there
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Philip K Dick’s Electric Dreams episode 1 review: The Hood Maker

Louisa Mellor Sep 17, 2017

Three cheers for grown-up sci-fi anthology series Electric Dreams, which promises to be a real treasure trove. Spoilers...

This review contains spoilers.

See related The Croods 2 has been cancelled

1.1 The Hood Maker

A hunched robot in a Pac a Mac creeps behind a pillar. A quintet of babies with floating umbilical cords dance a ring of roses in mid-air. A neon sign advertises the services of a four-breasted woman. Welcome, say the opening credits, to the world of electric dreamer Philip K. Dick.

Or more properly, a world inspired by Philip K. Dick. Episode one of this ten-part anthology series has taken liberties with Dick’s 1955 short story The Hood Maker, and quite rightly. That was written under the shadow of McCarthyism, when loyalty and betrayal were matters of state. This was written under the shadow of the Snooper’s Charter and corporate data mining. In the fifties,
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Detroit movie review: racism 101 for white people

MaryAnn’s quick take… Tense, gripping, enraging, but only about things that black Americans already know. This is a primer about racism for white people, and we must pay attention. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

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

Detroit is a movie about racism in America for white people. It mostly does not center black characters except as victims. Its villain — a murderously racist white cop — is also its protagonist. A movie about racism in America for white people isn’t the most terrible idea ever: Detroit wants to show us white people how the systematic weight of endless injustice weighs on black people, psychologically as well as physically, because of entrenched racism, not only of the actively vicious kind but also of the “I’m not getting involved, I’m just minding my own business” kind.
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Win Detour on DVD

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To celebrate the release of Detour on DVD 24th July, we would like to give 5 of you the chance win a copy of your very own!

When law student Harper (Tye SheridanX-Men: Apocalypse) wakes with an almighty hangover the last thing he expects at his front door is threatening tough guy Johnny Ray (Emory CohenBrooklyn, The Place Beyond The Pines) and his girlfriend Cherry (Bel Powley – Diary Of A Teenage Girl, A Royal Night Out), but he soon comes to realise that a drunken bar conversation the previous night is about to turn into a dark and dangerous reality.

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Free Fire movie review: guns a-boring

MaryAnn’s quick take… A 90-minute shootout that never makes us care who lives and who dies. In attempting to send up a cinematic cliché, this only becomes a tedious example of same. I’m “biast” (pro): love the cast

I’m “biast” (con): increasingly not a fan of Ben Wheatley

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

Eight people walk into an abandoned warehouse in Boston in 1978. There’s Chris (Cillian Murphy: Anthropoid, In the Heart of the Sea), whom we can presume is Ira because he has an Irish accent and he’s there to buy enough guns to supply a small army. There’s Justine (Brie Larson: Kong: Skull Island, Room), who has brokered the deal with Ord (Armie Hammer: The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Entourage)… or is it Ord who has brokered the deal with seller Vernon (Sharlto Copley: Chappie,
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Shooting begins on The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society by Amber Wilkinson - 2017-03-23 17:50:43

Filming of The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society has begun. The big-screen adaptation of Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows' international bestselling epistolary novel stars Lily James as journalist Juliet Ashton who forms a life-changing bond with an eccentric secret society, when she decides to write about the book club they formed during wartime.

The film is being directed by Four Weddings And A Funeral's Mike Newell from a script by Don Roos (Marley & Me), Kevin Hood (A Royal Night Out) and Tom Bezucha (Monte Carlo).

The film co-stars by Michiel Huisman (The Age Of Adaline), Glen Powell (Hidden Figures), Matthew Goode (The Imitation Game), Jessica Brown Findlay (Victor Frankenstein) with Tom Courtenay (45 Years) and Penelope Wilton (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel).

Studiocanal is financing the project and will distribute in its own territories, the UK, France, Germany, Australia and New Zealand.

In the aftermath...
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‘Carrie Pilby’ Trailer: Bel Powley Takes On Another Offbeat Ya Heroine With New Adaptation — Watch

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‘Carrie Pilby’ Trailer: Bel Powley Takes On Another Offbeat Ya Heroine With New Adaptation — Watch
The first official international trailer for “Carrie Pilby” has been released. Following her 2015 big screen breakout, “The Diary of a Teenage Girl,” and the subsequent “A Royal Night Out,” Bel Powley returns with yet one more unconventional young adult role. The indie drama is an adaptation of Caren Lissner’s 2010 coming-of-age novel of the same name.

Read More: First Looks Released for Bel Powley–Starring Drama and Lucky McKee’s Latest

In the film, Powley plays the eponymous Carrie Pilby, an extremely intelligent young woman, who, at age 19, speaks seven languages and has already graduated from Harvard. However, she doesn’t have any friends or a boyfriend, and has “a reputation for being a bit of a hermit.” But all that is about to change, as her therapist makes her create a list of goals that include making a friend and going on a date before the end of the year.
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First look image of Elle Fanning as Mary Shelley emerges

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Author: Zehra Phelan

The first look at Elle Fanning as English novelist, Mary Shelley, who is best known for the Gothic novel Frankenstein, has emerged via The Hollywood Reporter. The drama is currently under offer to buyers from Hanway at the Berlin Film Festival, Berlinale.

At the tender age of just 18 (19 come April), Elle Fanning has just been seen in an appearance in the sinister yet beautiful trailer for the upcoming The Beguiled alongside Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell. She eems to have surpassed her elder sister, Dakota Fanning, through numerous projects which have not only gained critical acclaim (read our review of The Neon Demon here) but has many flocking to have her lead their pictures. Most recently we have seen her in Live by Night alongside Ben Affleck and just last week saw the release of 20th Century Women.

In the image Elle Fanning is lost deep in
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Sarah Gadon, Rosanna Arquette to Star in Ghost Story ‘Octavio Is Dead’ (Exclusive)

Sarah Gadon, Rosanna Arquette to Star in Ghost Story ‘Octavio Is Dead’ (Exclusive)
Sarah Gadon, Raoul Trujillo and Rosanna Arquette are starring in Sook-Yin Lee’s ghost story “Octavio Is Dead!” Variety has learned exclusively.

“Octavio” will shoot in and around Toronto between Jan. 22 and Feb. 13. Written and directed by Lee, the film is produced by the Film Farm’s Jennifer Weiss, Simone Urdl and Jamie Manning.

Gadon is also acting as an exec producer on the project. She portrays the daughter of her overbearing mother (Arquette) and enters the rich and strange world of her deceased father (played by Trujillo) — a man she never knew. Sexual identity, the occult, and the power of will versus imagination confront her on the journey. Dimitris Kitsos also stars as Octavio’s student Apostolis.

The film is produced with the participation of Telefilm Canada and the Ontario Media Development Corporation. It’s represented internationally by sales agent WTFilms.

Gadon will be seen in the title role
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9 Regal Shows and Films to Binge After Finishing The Crown

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9 Regal Shows and Films to Binge After Finishing The Crown
Two months after The Crown was released on Netflix, we’re in the thick of the holidays, with plenty of time for binge watching … and nothing to watch since we devoured The Crown. If you, too, have already made it through the addictive series, try one of these royally inclined hits instead.

Downton Abbey

An obvious choice for anyone who loves period pieces, England and big, elaborate houses. While not about royalty exactly, Downton Abbey follows the trials and the tribulations of the aristocratic Crawley family against the backdrop of the early 20th century, World War I and the 1920s.
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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children movie review: infodump, the movie

MaryAnn’s quick take…

Relentlessly dull. A tour of a strange world and “characters” little more than their “peculiar” abilities isn’t enough to whip up fantastical excitement. I’m “biast” (pro): I was a peculiar child, and I remain a peculiar adult; love the cast

I’m “biast” (con): mostly disappointed by Tim Burton lately

I have not read the source material

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

So it’s Harry Potter Lite. Very lite. No, wait: It’s X-Men Babies. In the land of Groundhog Day, or maybe in a Doctor Who-ish timey-wimey chronic hysteresis. Where they’re haunted by Slenderman. Later, there is a Bill & Ted reference. Remember the days when Tim Burton made movies that took your breath away with their originality? Where has that Tim Burton gone?

Okay, so lots of things are derivative. That’s not necessarily a dealbreaker.
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Newish to DVD & Streaming. What will you make me watch?

It's that time again. If you missed it in theaters or merely want to revisit here are some newish options from the past couple of weeks or just now.

New to DVD & BluRay

The Choice - In which Broadway's favorite bloody bloody musical star, Benjamin Walker, tries his hand at the Sparksverse and even an annoying catchphrase "bother me"

Jane Got a Gun - Does all the trouble that production had (director walk out / cast changes / delays) show up on screen? With Natalie Portman

• Joy - Decide for yourself if JLaw deserved a fourth Oscar nomination for this drama about a female entrepeneur

Krampus - This horror flick got surprisingly good reviews. With Toni Collette & Adam Scott

A Royal Night Out -If Diary of a Teenage Girl had you intrigued about Bel Powley check out her other introduction. Co-starring ubiquitous Sarah Gadon

• Son of Saul - This drama about a
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Flirt With History In This 'A Royal Night Out' Making-Of Clip (Exclusive)

Mother's Day is right around the corner (May 8th, in case you've forgotten) and if you're still scratching your head over trying to figure out what to get that special someone, we've got you covered. Grab her a copy of A Royal Night Out, which is on Digital HD now and hits DVD on May 3, 2016. Trust us, it'll put a smile on everyone's face. Why A Royal Night Out, you ask? Because it's an incredibly charming, creative romantic comedy inspired by the night Princess Elizabeth (Sarah Gadon) and Princess Margaret (Bel Powley) gave their guards the slip and slunk out into the streets of London to celebrate the Allied victory in Europe during World War II.   If you don't believe us, though, just press play on this exclusive clip from the...

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New DVD Releases: May 2016 In Home Entertainment

As the box office heats up, a slew of winter favorites are finally heading to DVD and Blu-ray, and while we.re a little early to catch stuff like Batman V Superman, there are a ton of critically acclaimed movies and big box office releases that are out this month. Plus, the Merc with the Mouth is finally getting a Blu-ray release, so if you haven.t already splurged on the Digital copy, you can certainly check out all of the excellent bonus features with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.s newest set. There.s a ton of other stuff you can shell out dollars for, though, so check out the full list below.  If you.re looking for the April releases, you can see them all here. May 3 May 3 Blu-ray and DVD Releases Joy The 5th Wave A Royal Night Out The Last Ship: The Complete Second Season
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What's New on Netflix, TV, Digital, and DVD/Blu-ray This Week: April 18-24

At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's new on Netflix and TV, we've got you covered.

New on DVD and Blu-ray

"The Revenant"

Leo's ready to come home with you this week. Leonardo DiCaprio had a bear of a time making this historical drama, but he won his first Oscar for it, and Alejandro Inarritu won his second in a row for directing. "The Revenant," which also picked up an Oscar for Cinematography, is finally out on DVD/Blu-ray on April 19. Blu-ray extras include "A World Unseen," a documentary of "The Revenant."

"The Lady in the Van"

Maggie Smith plays Miss Shepherd in this British dramedy based on the true story of an eccentric elderly woman who "temporarily" parks her van in Alan Bennett's driveway and proceeds to live there for 15 years. The critically acclaimed film, based on Bennett's memoir,
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Little Boy movie review: faith-based bomb

A shamefully miscalculated tale of whimsy and come-to-Jesus inspiration with a bizarrely inappropriate haze of Norman Rockwell-esque nostalgia. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): not a fan of “faith-based” movies

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

In a seaside town “like you see in postcards” in 1940s California, eight-year-old Pepper Flynt Busbee (Jakob Salvati: Escape from Tomorrow) is sad, because his best friend — his father (Michael Rapaport: The Heat, Hitch) — has gone off to fight against the Japs in the Pacific. Mom (Emily Watson: Everest, A Royal Night Out) was always the one to bring the two buddies back down to Earth from their pretend adventures, but she cannot stop Pepper now: he has been convinced by comic-book and movie-serial hero Ben Eagle the Magician (Ben Chaplin: Cinderella, War Book) and local priest Father Oliver (Tom Wilkinson: Unfinished Business,
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Berlinale ’16: Alone In Berlin review

Alone In Berlin review: Some superb acting from its main players, but the film is let down by its overall tone its under-cooked ending.

Alone In Berlin review by Paul Heath, Berlin Film festival, 2016. Alone In Berlin is the latest directorial effort from Vincent Perez, the actor-turned-director who most people will know as the man that replaced Brandon Lee in Tim Pope’s follow-up to The Crow, The Crow: City Of Angels. The Spanish-German filmmaker has come a long way since then with this, his sixth directorial effort.

Alone In Berlin tells the true story from 1940 Berlin where Anna and Otto Quangel (Emma Thompson and Brendan Gleeson) have just learned that their only son has been killed on the front line during World War II. The two previously supported Hitler’s politics, but now, after the regime has taken control following victory against the French, they realise that his promises are nothing but lies.
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BFI Awards National Lottery Funding to Yorkshire Screen Industries Hub

The BFI has awarded National Lottery funding to the Yorkshire Screen Industries Hub through its Creative Clusters Challenge Fund which aims to support the growth of emerging screen sector centers outside London and the South-East and enable the UK film, TV and games industry to expand and maintain its competitiveness in a global industry.

The Yorkshire Screen Industries Hub which comprises a consortium of organizations in Yorkshire and the Humber will receive £127,000 through the BFI’s Creative Clusters Fund as seed funding for a plan to expand the region’s creative sector infrastructure and skills base, attract further private investment and enable the region to complement Media City and the North East in expanding its growing and vibrant screen and media industries. The BFI Award is matched by regional partners to create a total investment of £254,000.

Leeds has the greatest digital and creative business growth in the region; the creative industries represent York’s fastest growing sector; Sheffield is an international hub for documentary and digital media; and Hull features as one of the top 16 digital clusters in the Tech Nation 2015 report Powering the Digital Economy.

The Yorkshire Screen Industries Hub consortium partners Screen Yorkshire, Game Republic and Sheffield International Documentary Festival (Sheffield Doc/Fest) have drawn match funding from the cities of Bradford, Hull, Leeds, Sheffield and York; the local authorities for Calderdale, Harrogate and Kirklees and six leading UK universities – Bradford, Huddersfield, Hull, Leeds Beckett, Sheffield Hallam and York. Lead industry bodies including Creative Skillset, Tiga and Ukie are supporting the creative cluster bid alongside industry partners and businesses including Warp Films, True North, Daisybeck Studios, Prime Studios, Fettle Animation, 104 Films and Revolution Software.

Amanda Nevill, Chief Executive of the BFI says, “There’s something exciting happening in Yorkshire’s screen sector and there is huge potential in this dynamic region, so we’re thrilled to support such a range of fantastic partners who have come together with one common goal: to ensure Yorkshire’s burgeoning screen industries continue to grow and flourish. The UK’s screen industries are thriving and if we are to support future growth it is vital that more areas outside London become international hubs - this support for Yorkshire is significant and we look forward to announcing further Creative Clusters in the coming months.”

Sally Joynson, Chief Executive at Screen Yorkshire says, “This is fantastic news for everyone working in the film, TV and gaming sectors in Yorkshire, now and in the future. It’s a huge vote of confidence in our screen industries and will enable us to build a compelling case for further investment in the sector. Over the last three years alone, Screen Yorkshire has invested more than £14 million into 38 feature films and TV programs, including the new feature film 'Dad’s Army,' award-winning TV drama 'Peaky Blinders' and BAFTA™ nominated feature '’71.'

“We’ll be embarking on a program of work from January 2016, in partnership with industry leaders Game Republic and Sheffield Doc/Fest, to shape the region’s screen landscape for years to come; stimulating economic growth, creating new jobs and helping us to nurture a new generation of talent helping to establish Yorkshire as a global center for film, television and gaming.”

Yorkshire has seen a surge in production of major feature films and TV productions establishing a strong reputation for the region’s production facilities, crews, talent and locations. Screen Yorkshire’s own investment in 38 film and TV productions through the Yorkshire Content Fund has generated over £40 million of spend on the region’s businesses, services and talent. Major films which have been made in Yorkshire include "Dad’s Army" currently number one at the UK box office following its release on Friday (5 February) and the upcoming adaptation of "Swallows and Amazons" as well as "Testament of Youth," "A Royal Night Out," and the award-winning "’71." Major TV productions made in the region include the multi award-winning TV series "Peaky Blinders," "Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell," "An Inspector Calls," "Jericho," "Victoria," "Happy Valley" and "This is England."

Yorkshire and Humber also has a strong video games ecosystem which includes business network Game Republic, as well as major internationally-recognized games studios including Team17, Sumo Digital and Revolution Software, as well as informal groups such as GaMaYo, and smaller independent start-ups such as Red Kite Games and Boneloaf. Yorkshire and Humber is also home to Games Britannia, an award-winning video games education festival hosted by Sheffield Hallam, and the innovative and exciting Platform Expos in Hull.

The region also has strong international business and cultural links including with emerging markets for the creative sector. Sheffield Doc/Fest, a world leading documentary festival that celebrates the art and business of documentary, welcomes over 30,000 documentary-makers and film lovers each June, including 3,500 industry delegates from more than 60 countries. Bradford is the first city in the world to be a Unesco City of Film; Bradford and York are connected with 69 cities in 32 countries through the Unesco Creative Cities Network; the region’s university and college partners have forged partnerships with Mumbai, Malaysia and China; and York is also a member of the Connecting Cities media arts network which encourages collaboration with cities spanning Berlin to Sao Paulo and Helsinki to Melbourne.

The screen industries are one of the UK’s biggest success stories delivering significant economic and cultural benefits to the UK - the BFI’s statistics for last year showed that over £1.4 billion was spent on film and high-end TV production in the UK alone. London and the South East are central to the UK’s success as it is where the vast majority of screen businesses are based but to sustain growth in this fast-growing sector and maintain the UK’s international competitiveness, developing capacity outside the capital and the South East is essential. Capitalising on the creative, technological and business development opportunities that are generating growth elsewhere in the UK is central to the BFI’s UK-wide ambitions and strategy for the UK’s film and screen sector.

The BFI’s Creative Cluster Challenge Fund was launched in summer 2015 to encourage and support emerging screen industry clusters (film, television, animation and video games) outside London and the South East. The award to the Yorkshire region follows a competitive applications process. The BFI intends to re-open applications to the fund, for a second round of awards, in May 2016.

The North of England is home to 15 million people comparable to 17 million in London and the South East combined.
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Parkland Pictures takes UK thriller 'Love Me Do'

Parkland Pictures takes UK thriller 'Love Me Do'
Exclusive: Parkland will introduce thriller to buyers at the Efm.

London-based Parkland Pictures has taken worldwide sales rights on Martin Stitt’s feature debut Love Me Do and will introduce the film to buyers at the Efm later this week.

Produced by Island Peak Films, Love Me Do stars Rebecca Calder (Youth) and Jack Gordon (A Royal Night Out) as a city-trader and an out-of-work actor who find their romantic relationship distorted as they both battle personal demons.

The film marks the feature debut of director Stitt, who was Bifa-nominated for his 2007 short film What Does Your Daddy Do? Stitt also penned the screenplay, while Ian Prior of Scala Productions produced the project.

Love Me Do premiered at London’s Raindance Film Festival in September 2015. It also played at the 2016 Idyllwild International Film Festival in California, where it was awarded Best Foreign Film.

The film is screening at the Berlin Independent Film Festival (Feb 11-17).
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Variety Unveils 10 Europeans to Watch for 2016

Variety Unveils 10 Europeans to Watch for 2016
Variety has unveiled its second 10 Europeans to Watch list, throwing a spotlight on diverse talent across the continent. The group will be honored Feb. 13 at a reception hosted by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg at the upcoming Berlin Intl. Film Festival.

The 2016 10 Europeans to Watch:

Joel Basman


Swiss thesp and 2008 Efp Shooting Star has appeared in many critically acclaimed projects, including Martin Zandvliet’s “Land of Mine.”

Paula Beer


German thesp earned critical praise for her turn in the Alpine Western “The Dark Valley,” and will next star opposite Pierre Niney in Francois Ozon’s “Frantz.”

Mea dols de Jong


The Dutch filmmaker’s doc “If Mama Ain’t Happy, Nobody’s Happy” screened at the Idfa festival and at Slamdance.

Omer Fast


Israeli transplant to Germany whose directorial feature debut, the adaptation of Tom McCarthy’s “Remainder,” plays in Panorama.

Roman Kolinka

He toplines Berlin Competition film “L’Avenir” from Mia Hansen-Love,
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