7 items from 2016
Intense action; smart, funny nods to its roots while moving in a new direction; and explicit confrontation of a problem always at the heart of Star Trek. I’m “biast” (pro): totally devout Trekkie
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
The United Federation of Planets starship Enterprise visits a place of my science fiction dreams in Star Trek Beyond, and it is a place I didn’t even know I longed to spend time in until I saw it here: Starbase Yorktown. Forget the toy-tops-in-space that were the starbases of the 1960s TV show. This Yorktown is a gemlike sphere floating in infinity, with no up or down except as dictated by the local gravity of the many curved planes that crisscross its internal bubble: it’s those wheeled-city-in-space illustrations of the 1970s expanded into a whole artificial world, a »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Are you prepared for the battle between man and machine? To celebrate the release of British sci-fi thriller Kill Command, which comes to cinemas, iTunes and Sky Store May 13, we’re giving 3 of you the chance to win an action-packed DVD bundle including Monsters, Monsters: Dark Continent, Maggie and The Facility. Set in the
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Starring the legendary Jean Reno, The Sweeney: Paris smashes into cinemas and exclusively on Sky Store from April 15. To celebrate, we are giving 3 of you the chance to get your hands on a thrilling DVD bundle, containing action-packed films such as The Sweeney, Bronson, A Second Chance, Monsters: Dark Continent and Maggie. Buren
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• only 22% of 2015’s movies had female protagonists
• best and worst representations of women on film in 2015 (and the average Watw score for the year)
• critics are slightly more likely to rate a film highly if it represents women well
• mainstream moviegoers are not turned off by films with female protagonists
• movies that represent women well are just as likely to be profitable as movies that don’t, and are less risky as business propositions
The Where Are the Women? project was designed to drill deep down into the films of 2015 in order to determine how well — or how poorly — they represented women. The project has now come to its end, and you can examine the final ranking here. The ranking includes 270 films released in the Us, Canada, and the UK, in both limited and wide release (including every wide-release North American film and most of the UK wide-release films). The »
- MaryAnn Johanson
10 Cloverfield Lane (2016).
Directed by Dan Trachtenberg.
A woman awakes in an underground bunker after being knocked unconscious in a a car accident. Two men are with her, claiming the world up above has been devastated by a chemical attack.
With 10 Cloverfield Lane and Room being released within months of each other, expect your new favourite Netflix sub-genre to appear by the end of the year: home imprisonment movies with female protagonists.
Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) doesn’t start out locked in an underground bunker like Room’s ‘Ma’. She’s driving away from New York after breaking up with her fiancé (played oddly by Bradley Cooper for all of two lines over the phone), where she’s involved in a car accident. When she wakes up, she’s chained to a wall in a cell-like room and doted over »
- Oli Davis
The Universal Shared Monster Universe is coming together quite nicely, with Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella set to star in their Untitled Mummy Reboot, which is set for release in the summer of 2017. Many have wondered what project will be next for this shared universe, and it seems we may now have our answer. Deadline is reporting that the studio has signed on Johnny Depp to star in their remake of The Invisible Man.
Back in November, we reported that Universal plans to release a new horror movie every year, starting with the Mummy Reboot, which Alex Kurtzman is directing. Production is scheduled to begin in early 2016, with the studio already setting a June 9, 2017 release date. The report also revealed that other movies centering on Dracula, Van Helsing, The Bride of Frankenstein and The Wolf Man are set to follow. There was a rumor last year that The Wolf Man »
How would you program this year's newest, most interesting films into double features with movies of the past you saw in 2015?Looking back over the year at what films moved and impressed us, it is clear that watching old films is a crucial part of making new films meaningful. Thus, the annual tradition of our end of year poll, which calls upon our writers to pick both a new and an old film: they were challenged to choose a new film they saw in 2015—in theatres or at a festival—and creatively pair it with an old film they also saw in 2015 to create a unique double feature.All the contributors were given the option to write some text explaining their 2015 fantasy double feature. What's more, each writer was given the option to list more pairings, with or without explanation, as further imaginative film programming we'd be lucky to catch »
7 items from 2016