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Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film and TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)
This week’s question: In dubious honor of “Sleepless,” a new Jamie Foxx vehicle that’s been adapted from Frederic Jardin’s “Sleepless Night,” what is the best American remake of a foreign-language film?
Joshua Rothkopf (@joshrothkopf), Time Out New York
Long before I knew and appreciated Jean Renoir, I was in love with “Down and Out in Beverly Hills,” a 1986 comedy based on “Boudu Saved from Drowning” that peppered the flow with some truly eye-opening ideas for Hollywood: class warfare, unequal police treatment, a neurotic dog with its own therapist. The movie holds up beautifully — it’s one of Nick Nolte’s quietest performances, and one »
- David Ehrlich
Being Mary Jane just got a little bit hotter.
Ealy makes quite the entrance as a man from Mary Jane's (Union) past, whose appearance at Great Day USA doesn't go unnoticed.
"What are you talking about? Which guy?" Kara asks back, scanning the newsroom.
"Justin, as in got you fired a**hole Talbot?" Kara says. "Oh my God, what is he doing here?"
"I don't know »
Fox and Chernin Entertainment’s “Hidden Figures” dominated the domestic box office, topping charts for the second straight weekend after earning $26 million. The film’s message of empowerment and triumph over prejudice was amplified by the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend.
“This continues to be a movie for everyone,” said Chris Aronson, Fox’s head of domestic distribution. “It’s not just entertaining. It’s life affirming. It celebrates the triumph of the human spirit and that’s so important in these times.”
“Hidden Figures” is a latecomer to the awards season race, but the film, which stars Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer as African-American scientists and mathematicians in the early days of the space program, ranks as one of the most successful dramas of 2016. So far, it has earned $60.4 million. That commercial success could translate into Oscar attention when Academy Award nominations are announced next week.
- Brent Lang
As far as the box office is concerned, the Martin Luther King holiday weekend might better be dubbed Memorial Day, as six new wide releases are weak or dying. Despite a wide array of product which should have boosted totals, this weekend looks to be down 19 per cent from last year.
School vacation Monday results may boost Universal’s “Sing” and possibly Disney’s “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” to higher positions. Animated musical “Sing” is holding well, with a 33 per cent drop. “Rogue One,” though now the top-grossing 2016 domestic release, is falling far faster than juggernaut “Force Awakens” a year ago.
The Top Ten
$20,450,000 (-10%) in 3,286 theaters (+815); PTA »
- Tom Brueggemann
Often times, if two movies are less than $1 million apart when the box office estimates are released, those movies will swap places when the actual numbers arrive on Monday. Last weekend, it looked like Rogue One would repeat atop the box office with $21.9 million, with the expanding Hidden Figures following just behind with $21.8 million. When the actual figures were released on Monday, Hidden Figures ended up on top with $22.8 million, just ahead of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story with $22.06 million. This weekend, Hidden Figures managed to expand even further, repeating atop the box office for the second weekend in a row with $20.4 million, in a weekend where two more expanding movies didn't even crack the top 10.
This weekend, both the true story adaptation Hidden Figures and Rogue One went up against three new movies, Paramount's Monster Trucks, Stx Entertainment's The Bye Bye Man and Open Road Films' Sleepless. There »
Plot: An unethical cop only has a few hours to rescue his son from the ruthless gangsters he recently stole drugs from. Review: I haven't seen Sleepless Night, the 2011 French film Sleepless is a remake of, but now I feel I must. I'd like to see a good version of this story. There's obviously fun to be had with the concept, which sees a possibly dirty cop frantically search for his... Read More »
- Eric Walkuski
It’s bombs away at the multiplexes.
Family film “Monster Trucks” tanked when it debuted over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, while Ben Affleck’s “Live by Night” and Martin Scorsese’s “Silence” suffered moribund national expansions. Their failures will lead to tens of millions of dollars in red ink for the studios that backed them. “Sleepless,” an action-thriller with Jamie Foxx, also suffered an underwhelming opening, getting lost in the crush of new releases.
“There’s almost an unprecedented number of films out there,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at comScore. “It’s got to be somewhat daunting and overwhelming for moviegoers.”
Fox and Chernin Entertainment’s”Hidden Figures” retained its box office crown in its second weekend of wide release, earning $20.5 million for the weekend and a projected $25.3 million for the long weekend. That will push its total to $59.7 million. The historical drama about African-American Nasa »
- Brent Lang
If Sleepless doesn’t seem like it is doing anything new it’s, well, not. A remake of Frederic Jardin’s 2011 thriller Nuit blanche (Sleepless Night) rebooted as a low-rent Luc Besson-style affair with half the wit, Sleepless isn’t an unbearable experience. It’s just not a terribly original film, one that seems to suffer a fate like many Hollywood-ized imports taken on by foreign directors: they bring all the style, but leave behind the substance and wit. As often happens, something is lost in translation, even if the absurd hand-to-hand combat and action “thrills” in a contained setting remain intact.
Swedish director Baran bo Odar helms from a script by Andrea Berloff (Straight Outta Compton) that, truth be told, could have been adapted into a tense little thriller in the right hands. One sequence involving a stabbing had me nostalgic for Park Chan-wook and what he might have brought to the table. »
- John Fink
“Hidden Figures” faced tough competition from horror film “The Bye Bye Man” on Friday the 13th, but looks to easily hold of all newcomers including Ben Affleck’s “Live by Night” and “Monster Trucks” on its way to a second straight box office victory over the four-day holiday weekend.
After narrowly beating out “Rogue One” last week, Fox’s “Hidden Figures” earned $5.5 million on Friday from 3,286 locations on its way to four-day total of $28 million. Stx’s “Bye Bye Man” made $5.4 million on Friday from 2,220 theaters and should end up with about $15 million by the holiday weekend’s end. The horror film is in the mix with returners “Sing,” “La La Land” and “Rogue One” which should all end up in the $15 to $16 million range.
Film Review: ‘The Bye Bye Man’
- Seth Kelley
“Hidden Figures” is dominating Ben Affleck’s “Live by Night” and a monster-budgeted family pic for its second win in a row at the North American box office with at least $24 million at 3,286 sites during the four-day Martin Luther King holiday weekend, early estimates showed Friday.
Fox’s historical drama, starring Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monae and Octavia Spencer, is emerging as the clear leader. “Patriots Day” is eyeing about $18 million in its expansion to wide release, just ahead of “La La Land” and “Sing” which look in the $15 million to $17 million range.
Stx’s launch of horror film “The Bye Bye Man” will be a player as it’s outperforming expectations with forecasts in the $14 million to $16 million range. The fifth weekend of Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is also heading for the same territory and should finish the weekend with around $500 million in its first month. »
- Dave McNary
Sleepless stinks of disrepute: generic title, mid-January release, no advance screenings. But it’s not like today’s Hollywood has a surplus of watchable B-pictures. A beat-for-beat remake of a relatively diverting French thriller called Sleepless Night, the film shifts the action from a nightclub in the Paris suburbs to a hotel casino off the Vegas strip and ramps up the sadism, but otherwise follows the same breathless, potentially nihilistic narrative. A seemingly dirty cop named Vincent (Jamie Foxx) rips off the wrong guys, who kidnap his teenage son and hold him for ransom in exchange for their missing coke, which they are supposed to deliver to a murderous crew of traffickers the same night—a dog-eat-dog situation made worse by the arrival of internal affairs investigator Bryant (Michelle Monaghan), who intends to catch Vincent red-handed. As to the question of whether Vincent is really that bad or just deep »
- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Someday, when you least expect it, you’ll hear someone singing the praises of Sleepless. Not now, but once it inevitably enters syndication rotations on TBS or Fxx. That’s where this dad-thriller is destined to find glory – playing in the background during chores or between naps. In a theater, Baran bo Odar’s darkened kidnapping thriller charges forward like a billion other Taken wannabes before it. But without investment or attentive demand? You can come in-and-out of this Sleepless Night remake without being weighed down by the heavy generics that plod with sluggish commitment. That’s not meant to be a backhanded compliment, just a realistic assessment and expectation-setter.
Jamie Foxx stars as Vincent Downs, a dirty Vegas cop who gets tangled-up with the wrong underworld bosses. His partner, Sean Cass (T.I.), hears of a 25 kilo drug shipment coming in, so the two pull an off-hours smash-and-grab heist. Unfortunately, »
- Matt Donato
In the new action pic Sleepless, Jamie Foxx stars as an underground cop working the streets of Las Vegas who may or may not be a bit on the shady side himself. As he gets entrenched in the world of casino mobsters and police corruption, his son is suddenly kidnapped in a heist that turns south. Can he find his son, catch the kidnappers and save his own reputation -- in one night? Check out this exclusive fight scene from the movie, as Foxx's character Vincent Downs and another police...
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The CBS Films-Lionsgate title has performed well in limited release with more than $900,000 at seven screens in three weeks. “Patriots Day,” which expands to 3,120 locations on Friday, is expected to take in about $18 million during the four-day Martin Luther King Jr. weekend.
Open Road’s Jamie Foxx thriller “Sleepless” took in $410,000 in Thursday night previews while Stx’s horror film “The Bye Bye Man” grossed $400,000 in preview showings. Warner Bros. saw $325,000 in preview showings Thursday for Ben Aflleck’s action-thriller “Live by Night,” which is being expanded into wide release.
Film Review: ‘Patriots Day’
Fox’s “Hidden Figures” is expected to capture the top slot for the second consecutive weekend as it boosts its run by more than 800 screens. The historical drama, »
- Dave McNary
The listless, shoddy sort of remake where it feels like all of the characters have already seen the movie they’re in, “Sleepless” reduces one of the best action films of the 21st century into one of the most benign. Released in 2011, Frederic Jardin’s severely under-seen “Sleepless Night” is a French-language brawler with universal appeal — bruising, relentless, and blissfully frenetic, it remains a masterclass in how to layer cinematic mayhem so that every new punch lands where the last one left off.
Needless to say, a lot has been lost in translation. Directed by Baran bo Odar (“The Silence”) and designed to swindle money from starry-eyed January theatergoers who’ve been shut out of “Hidden Figures” or “La La Land” but might as well see something because they’ve already trekked to the multiplex and paid the babysitter for the night, this lifeless photocopy proves that American exceptionalism is »
- David Ehrlich
In the new movie Sleepless, Jamie Foxx’s son gets kidnapped. If the trailer is any indication, Jamie Foxx then spends the remainder of the film engaged in a series of car chases, fistfights and shootouts that presumably result in the retrieval of his missing son.
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- Stuart Heritage
If HBO aired a show called “Fake Detective,” the results might resemble “Sleepless,” a cop movie so utterly riddled with cliché as to verge on parody. You could pretty much play American Police Film bingo, checking off squares like “undercover badass,” “tough-as-nails Internal Affairs lady,” “bug-eyed drug kingpin,” and “hero KOs guy twice his size and then magically fits into his jumpsuit.” Remaking the French thriller “Nuit Blanche,” screenwriter Andrea Berloff (“Blood Father,” “Straight Outta Compton”) and Swiss director Baran bo Odar transpose the action to Las Vegas, but Sin City adds little sizzle. Much of the action takes place. »
- Alonso Duralde
"I'm gunna make this right." Open Road Films has unveiled one final red band trailer for Sleepless, the American remake of the French action film Sleepless Night. This violent action movie stars Jamie Foxx as an undercover cop who angrily heads into a nightclub to search for his kidnapped son. The cast features Michelle Monaghan, David Harbour, Dermot Mulroney, Gabrielle Union, Scoot McNairy, T.I. and Sala Baker. This isn't much of a red band trailer, there is barely anything to it, which is probably a metaphor for this movie. Early word is that it's really bad. You're better off just watching the original film. Here's the new red band trailer (+ poster) for Baran bo Odar's Sleepless, direct from YouTube: A cop with a connection to the criminal underworld scours a nightclub in search of his kidnapped son. Based on the 2011 French film Nuit Blanche, also known as Sleepless Night. »
- Alex Billington
In “Sleepless,” a stylishly hollow crime thriller set in Las Vegas, Jamie Foxx plays an undercover cop named Vincent Downs who is up to his goatee in Big Problems. He and his partner (played by the rapper T.I.) just killed two crooks they shouldn’t have, and they also ripped off a more dangerous drug dealer than the one they thought they were working. Vincent is now carrying 25 kilos of cocaine (street value: $7 million) that could get him killed. To secure and retrieve the drugs, Stanley Rubino (Dermot Mulroney), a natty weasel of a casino owner, has kidnapped Vincent’s 16-year-old son, Thomas (Octavius J. Johnson). But since Vincent is supposed to be delivering the kid to a high-school football game, he has to keep lying to his ex-wife (Gabrielle Union) about the son’s whereabouts (it beats saying, “Uh, sorry, he’s tied up in a kitchen closet somewhere »
- Owen Gleiberman
12 January 2017 7:28 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
This remake of the 2011 French thriller Sleepless Night (Nuit blanche) is remarkably faithful to its source material. But despite its strenuous attempt at replicating the original film’s frenetic action, much has been lost in translation along the way. Never rising above the level of generic B-movie, Sleepless represents the sort of disposable fare typically dropped into theaters in January.
Jamie Foxx plays the central role of corrupt Las Vegas cop Vincent Downs, who gets more trouble than he bargained for when he and his partner (Tip “T.I.” Harris) rob a cocaine shipment. The crooked casino boss (Dermot Mulroney) to »
- Frank Scheck
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