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16 items from 2016


Justin Timberlake Talks ‘Trolls,’ Family Life and His New Album with Pharrell Williams

1 November 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Settling into a hotel bar in Soho after a long day shooting a film for Woody Allen in the Bronx, Justin Timberlake wastes no time ordering the first of several Vesper martinis. “I was terrified all day today, dude,” he says.

“All day I’m thinking about what Woody was going to say to me on set, like, ‘Man, he’s gonna annihilate me.’ I think we all have a level of anxiety. I have it. I’ve had panic attacks.”

Timberlake, 35, is hardly a stranger to working with storied auteurs, among them David Fincher, the Coen brothers, and Jonathan Demme, and yet for the rest of the evening he’ll joke about Allen potentially firing him from the production. He also recalls the day the role came his way.

“Literally, it’s embarrassing,” he says of being cold-called by Allen and offered a part. “Woody, Jonathan… I’m literally working with all my heroes. »

- Andrew Barker

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Trolls movie review: you can’t stop the cute

28 October 2016 12:04 PM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

MaryAnn’s quick take…

Cute and sweet and will put you to sleep, like a diabetic coma, and then it will smack you awake with its relentlessly cheery vivid-pastel optimism. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): ugh not another toy movie

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

Might as well just give up and give in. Movies based on toys are here to stay. Lie back and think of, erm, Smurfs? (ewww) Hasbro is now a movie producer — learn how to cope with this fact. Next autumn, you will be dragged by the kids to see the big-screen animated reboot ofMy Little Pony. That’s right: you have a year to muster whatever resources you need to survive.

It’s just sort of there, up on the screen, a 90-minute explosion of rainbow colors and cupcake poop (yes, really) and a ton of glitter. »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Box Office Preview: Ben Affleck’s ‘The Accountant’ Set to Top Sleepy Weekend

13 October 2016 3:14 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

This weekend Ben Affleck adds his star power to the faltering fall box office. His action thriller “The Accountant” (Warner Bros.) boasts the best chance to land atop the Top Ten this weekend, ahead of two other wide openers: comedy “Kevin Hart: What Now?” (Universal) and Mattel actioner “Max Steel” (Open Road). But if it falters, “What Now?” might be an upset winner.

Happily for studio accountants, all three films are at the low end of budget ranges, all economical enough to make profits more likely. But theater revenues could fall  20% or more from the same mid-October weekend last year. Last year’s Top Ten totaled $109 million. This year’s should fall short of $100 million.

Last year also saw three openers—”Goosebumps,” “Bridge of Spies” and “Crimson Peak” (ranging from $24 to $15 to 13 million respectively)— along with strong holdover grosses for “The Martian” and “Hotel Transylvania 2.” Every position this »

- Tom Brueggemann

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The Girl with All the Gifts movie review: I believe the children are our future…

19 September 2016 12:50 PM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

MaryAnn’s quick take…

Stakes out its own fresh place in an Sf subgenre that is well played out, and rehumanizes it ways that are both extraordinarily moving and deeply unnerving. I’m “biast” (pro): desperate for stories about girls and women; big Sf geek

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

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

The Girl with All the Gifts opens with one of the most intense and disturbing sequences I’ve ever seen onscreen. Children kept in a bare, gray prison like Guantanamo Bay, lit only by harsh fluorescence; given disgusting things to eat; shouted at by adult guards with cruelty in their voices; strapped into wheelchairs à la Hannibal Lecter; pushed with careful, fearful precision to be lined up in a grim classroom for their daily lessons… and we dread to discover what those are to consist of. »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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‘The Infiltrator’ review: “Brilliantly performed.”

15 September 2016 9:31 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The Infiltrator review

Strange how some things become popular, but right now it’s the turn of 1980s cocaine culture, and more specifically the battle against Columbian drug baron Pablo Escobar. With Escobar himself being immortalised in the hit show Narcos, The Infiltrator takes a look at what could (and may) make up a subplot in the hit show. It’s a dangerous move when Narcos is so highly praised, but this is a tale with plenty of bite and intrigue of its own. Besides, get Bryan Cranston as your lead and you are good to go.

Cranston plays the opposite to Walter White, Robert Mazur, a hard on drugs undercover agent who forgoes retirement for the most dangerous case of his career. Rather than hitting Pablo Escobar hard in the drug department, he decides it would be wise to go after the money, leading to Mazur setting up the »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Johnny Depp Considers Taking The Lead In Thriller LAbyrinth

7 September 2016 12:39 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Arguably, it is long past time that Johnny Depp selected a good movie project. He presumably has a very lucrative set-up with Disney regarding the ongoing Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise, but lucrative deals and good films are not the same thing. He has, in recent years, filled his time with uncredited appearances (Jack And Jill, 21 Jump Street, London Fields), supporting roles (Tusk, Into The Woods, Yoga Hosers), and poorly received leads (Transcendence, Mortdecai, Black Mass, Alice through The Looking Glass) – but has not had a solid critical and financial success since 2011’s Rango. Could LAbyrinth be the film to turn things around?

The project comes with controversy baked right in. It is the screen adaptation of the overly titled LAbyrinth: A Detective Investigates The Murders Of Tupac Shakur And Notorious B.I.G, The Implication Of Death Row Records’ Suge Knight, And The Origins Of The Los Angeles Police Scandal, »

- Sarah Myles

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The Intervention and There Is a New World Somewhere movies review: women on the verge

25 August 2016 6:18 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Two movies about women at crossroads in their lives explore the sort of personal crisis — lost mojo! — typically reserved for men onscreen. I’m “biast” (pro): desperate for movies about women

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

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

Women at crossroads in their lives. Women who feel their worlds falling apart and don’t know what to do about it. Women who’ve lost their mojo… or never even found it in the first place. These are not the sorts of personal crises that we typically see women experiencing onscreen (though men have countless cinematic examples to follow when they find themselves in a rut). So I was delighted to discover two films that fall into the sparsely populated subgenre of Women Who Go in Search of a Kick in the Butt (Though They Might Not Realize That’s What They »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Why ‘The Infiltrator’ Director Brad Furman Abandoned Studio Films to Make Indies Again

13 July 2016 1:54 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Brad Furman is a competitor. The director of films like the unexpected smash hit “The Lincoln Lawyer” (and, later, the Ben Affleck- and Justin Timberlake-starring disappointment “Runner Runner”) can’t quite pinpoint the source of that motivation — but it’s what’s driven his career since he made his first film, “The Take,” for less than a million dollars way back in 2007.

“I personally feel when somebody tells me I can’t do something, or I’m afraid of something, that’s typically when I dive in,” Furman recently told IndieWire.

The challenges that have pushed Furman haven’t exactly been unique – he’s one of any number of rising directors, mostly male, propelled to big studio features on the strength of one or two smash indie hits – but they have inspired him to do something pretty bold: Return to his indie roots to get films done the »

- Kate Erbland

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The Infiltrator Review: A Brilliant Bryan Cranston Goes Deep Undercover

13 July 2016 7:56 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

If there is one thing that Hollywood has been able to seemingly churn out consistently at a reasonable quality ever since cocaine became a fashionable drug, it is crime dramas about cocaine. The Infiltrator happens to be the latest such movie, and it is another very good one, and that is in large part thanks to the brilliant work of Bryan Cranston in the lead role. When something is based on a true story, it always seems to elevate the material in these circumstances, and that very much happens to be the case here as well.

BroadGreen Pictures' The Infiltrator is based on a famous drug sting operation which was headed up by U.S. Customs official Robert Mazur (Cranston), who after a very long time attempting to slow Pablo Escobar's drug operation, gets the idea to follow the money instead of the drugs. This leads Mazur to dive deep »

- MovieWeb

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The Infiltrator Review

11 July 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The Infiltrator is yet another average biopic carried by a watchable batch of performances and baffling pre-credits scrolling text that sums up how history was made by the acts of a few men. Specifically, how a massive 80s money laundering scheme was busted by one diehard U.S. Customs agent (Robert Mazur, whose tell-all was adapted by writer Ellen Sue Brown). Bryan Cranston stars and produces (a famous face to attract audiences), Brad Furman boasts directorial rights (a proven talent of Runner Runner/The Lincoln Lawyer fame), and period aesthetics strike free-flowing notes of nostalgia – in other words, expectations are set correctly and met with ease.

The story of Robert Mazur is one of espionage, drugs and Pablo freakin’ Escobar. Colombia was smuggling cocaine into America by the boatload, container load – however dealers could sneak it – and Ronald Regan was waging a war against the addicting infestation. This is where Mazur comes in, »

- Matt Donato

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Justin Timberlake Joins Woody Allen’s New Movie

7 July 2016 8:14 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Justin Timberlake and Juno Temple have joined Kate Winslet and Jim Belushi in Woody Allen’s untitled new movie.

The film, written and directed by Allen, is a drama set in New York City in the late 1950s. Allen is producing with Letty Aronson, Erika Aronson and Edward Walson. The pic marks Allen’s 48th feature and begins shooting in New York this fall.

Allen’s “Cafe Society,” which opened the Cannes Film Festival, will be released by Lionsgate and Amazon in the U.S. on July 15. The romantic drama stars Kristen StewartJesse EisenbergBlake LivelySteve CarellParker Posey, Corey Stoll, Jeannie Berlin and Ken Stott.

Allen is in post-production on his first-ever television show — an untitled six-episode series he wrote and directed for Amazon starring himself, Miley Cyrus and Elaine May. It will premiere exclusively on Amazon Prime Video later this year.

Timberlake has won nine Grammys as a singer. »

- Dave McNary

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Bryan Cranston Is 'The Infiltrator' In First Trailer For Drug-Cartel Drama

20 April 2016 9:12 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Bryan Cranston is on a roll. He's coming hot off an Oscar nomination for "Trumbo;" he hits HBO next month in "All The Way," where he'll be reprising his Tony Award-winning role as Lyndon B. Johnson; and then he'll step into the heat of the summer with "The Infiltrator," for which its first trailer has dropped. Read More: Review: 'Trumbo' Starring Bryan Cranston Is An Incredibly Fun Leap Back To Old-Fashioned Hollywood Directed by Brad Furman ("The Lincoln Lawyer," "Runner Runner"), the true-story drug-cartel drama finds Cranston playing a federal agent who goes undercover into Pablo Escobar's cartel. Wait, isn't this the plot of Neflix's "Narcos"? Here's the synopsis:  Based on a true story, Federal agent Robert “Bob” Mazur (Bryan Cranston) goes deep undercover to infiltrate Pablo Escobar’s drug trafficking scene plaguing the nation in 1986 by posing as slick, money-laundering businessman Bob Musella. Teamed with »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice movie review: sucker punch

28 March 2016 2:31 PM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Like a movie from the world of Watchmen: cold, cruel, borderline incoherent in its testosterone-fueled rage, misogynist, paternalistic… fascist, even. I’m “biast” (pro): didn’t hate Man of Steel

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

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

I really liked Man of Steel, Zack Snyder’s 2013 reboot of Superman: I liked how it gave him soul and tragedy and inner conflict like we had never quite seen before in the character. (At least onscreen. I cannot claim to have in-depth knowledge of the character’s long and varied history in print.) The son of Krypton we saw there didn’t enjoy the powers he possessed, and he hesitated to wield them. If it seemed as if he went overboard in the end, finally acquiescing to use his strength and abilities to fight Zod — laying waste to much of Metropolis in »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Ben Affleck Reflects on How Good Will Hunting Changed His Life for the Better: I'm Now on People's Lists

24 March 2016 3:00 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

If Ben Affleck is starring in your movie, something good is about to happen! Whether it's his critically acclaimed roles in Argo and Runner Runner or the box office success from He's Just Not That Into You and Gone Girl, Hollywood can't get enough of the A-list celebrity. On the heels of the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, E! News decided to travel back in time to 1997 when Ben was starring in Good Will Hunting. Before the film's release, the actor couldn't help but address how much the project was going to change his life. "Your life changes within your work. That all happens like way in advance of the movie coming out.  So like the word on this movie »

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13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi movie review: American mercenary

29 January 2016 7:43 AM, PST | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Michael Bay propagandizes for a right-wing idea of “true America,” seething with disdain for anyone who isn’t a former elite soldier turned mercenary. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): not a Michael Bay fan

I have not read the source material

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

This purportedly true account of the 2012 “Battle of Benghazi” opens with American military contractors Jack Silva (John Krasinski: The Wind Rises, Monsters University), who has just arrived in town, and his old buddy Tyrone “Rone” Woods (James Badge Dale: The Walk, Parkland) bluffing their way past a roadblock by armed Libyans. It doesn’t matter what side the Libyans are on; in the chaos that erupted after Gaddafi’s death: the point is that they are Libyans — suspiciously lawless violent folk, that is, who cannot even get their own nation under control — and not Americans. »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Justin Timberlake to Pen New Music for Animated 'Trolls' Movie

5 January 2016 1:14 PM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Justin Timberlake will write and perform new songs for the upcoming animated film, Trolls, in which he's also slated to voice one of the characters, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Timberlake will also serve as executive music producer for the DreamWorks Animation film, which is based on the famous, frizzy-haired toys. "I have always envisioned bringing the two worlds of film and music together for one epic event," Timberlake said in a statement.

In the movie, Timberlake will voice Branch, previously described by the studio as "a hardcore survivalist who hides his surprising true colors. »

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