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New Atomic Blonde Trailer Features Close Quarters Combat & Espionage

11 April 2017 9:35 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

"I chose this life, and someday, it's going to get me killed... but not today." As Agent Lorraine Broughton, Charlize Theron uses everything at her disposal to survive insanely intense attacks in the new trailer for Atomic Blonde.

Universal Pictures will release Atomic Blonde in theaters this summer. In case you missed it, check out Heather's SXSW review of the film and the movie's previous red band trailer.

"Oscar® winner Charlize Theron explodes into summer in Atomic Blonde, a breakneck action-thriller that follows MI6’s most lethal assassin through a ticking time bomb of a city simmering with revolution and double-crossing hives of traitors.

The crown jewel of Her Majesty’s Secret Intelligence Service, Agent Lorraine Broughton (Theron) is equal parts spycraft, sensuality and savagery, willing to deploy any of her skills to stay alive on her impossible mission. Sent alone into Berlin to deliver a priceless dossier out of the destabilized city, »

- Derek Anderson

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Review: Orson Welles' "Chimes At Midnight" 1966); Criterion Blu-ray Special Edition

8 April 2017 6:11 AM, PDT | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By Jeremy Carr

It’s easy to see why Orson WellesChimes at Midnight is generally regarded as his finest post-Touch of Evil achievement. This Shakespearean mélange is a dazzling showcase for Welles’ ingenuity, his evident appreciation for the film’s literary foundation, and his relentless aptitude for stylistic inventiveness. However, its haphazard production and its rocky release comprise a backstory as complicated as the movie’s multi-source construction (the script, based on the lengthy play “Five Kings,” written and first performed by Welles in the 1930s, samples scenes and dialogue from at least five of Shakespeare’s works, primarily “Henry IV,” parts one and two, “Richard II,” “Henry V,” and “The Merry Wives of Windsor”). Plagued by what were at this point familiar budgetary constraints, Welles shot Chimes at Midnight over the course of about seven months in Spain, with a break when the financial well went dry. »

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