7 items from 2017
This ranking includes only new theatrical releases viewed for the awards year of 2016 (for eligibility for the Academy Awards and the Ofcs and Awfj awards); some films released in the UK without Us releases (and so ineligible for those awards this year) may also be included, for my own bookkeeping purposes. Links go to my review. Numbers after each entry are Date First Viewed/NYC Release Date/London Release Date; year is 2016 unless otherwise noted.
01.03.17: This ranking is not quite final; I will continue to add films and links to reviews through the awards season that ends with the Oscars ceremony on February 26th.
worth paying multiplex prices for
La La Land (10.07/12.09/01.13.17)
A Monster Calls (10.06/12.23/01.01.17)
The Lobster (07.16.15/05.13/10.16.15)
Zootropolis (aka Zootopia) (02.22/03.04/03.25)
A Bigger Splash (10.08.15/05.04/02.12)
Miss Sloane (11.20/11.25/02.24.17)
London Road (06.03.15/09.09/06.12.15)
The Girl with All the Gifts (07.26/Tba/09.23)
I, Daniel Blake (10.22/12.23/10.21)
Hidden Figures (12.14/12.25/02.17.17)
A United Kingdom (10.05/02.17.17/11.25)
Eye in the Sky (04.07/03.11/04.15)
- MaryAnn Johanson
It doesn't really matter how you look at it, Star Wars: Rogue One is officially a big success for Disney and Lucasfilm. Even though this is the first ever live-action, theatrically released Star Wars movie to take place outside of the main saga, it is still a Star Wars movie, so expectations were huge. Despite the great results at the box office so far, there is one place where Disney can't seem to make Star Wars work; China. Now we have a pretty good idea why that is.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has, as of this writing, grossed $916 million worldwide and is well on its way to $1 billion. However, outside of the U.S., China is the second most important market for movies these days and for some reason, Star Wars has had trouble there. Last week, Rogue One opened to just $31 million in China, which is »
Last week, I published a rough-looking forecast for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story's Chinese premiere. In that report, I pointed to two key issues affecting the predictably gloomy outlook for the film in China. One had to do with the history of Star Wars in the country, and the other had to do with something I affectionately referred to as Star Wars: Attack of The Smog. Now that we're a few days removed from the film's opening weekend in China, we can have a better look at how that all panned out and we can also get some insight from an industry analyst about why Star Wars fares the way it does there.
So, how did Rogue One: A Star Wars Story end up doing? The film's opening weekend in China scored a $31 million haul. »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Now that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is out and Star Wars: Episode VIII has finished filming, Disney and Lucasfilm can focus on the next movie they have set in a galaxy far, far away. That happens to the be the young Han Solo spin-off, and as production nears, the cast is starting to fill out. Now it looks like Woody Harrelson may be the next big name to join the Star Wars universe.
A report from Variety claims that Woody Harrelson is in early negotiations with Lucasfilm for a role in the upcoming Han Solo Star Wars spinoff. According to their sources, he will be playing something of a mentor to the legendary smuggler. The report notes that this is still in the very early stages, but he appears to be the studio's top choice for the part. Variety states that executives wanted an actor with "considerable clout »
Author: Josh Wilding
With Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, and Emilia Clarke already cast in the Han Solo movie, the upcoming Star Wars spin-off just got even more impressive with the possible addition of Woody Harrelson. While details are being kept under wraps, The Hunger Games star is said to be the top choice to take on the role of Han Solo’s mentor (presumably a new creation).
Apparently, Disney and Lucasfilm wanted to cast a big name for this role, and former Batman Christian Bale was among those previously considered. Harrelson has impressed again and again in recent years with performances in the likes of True Detective, Now You See Me 2, and The Edge of Seventeen, and he will be an incredible addition to this Galaxy Far, Far Away.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has set the bar pretty high as the reviews have been extremely positive, and »
- Josh Wilding
Kathleen Kennedy and Allison Shearmur are producing the spinoff film, which is expected to begin production in January. The movie is slated to hit theaters on May 25, 2018. Harrelson and Shearmur have close ties from their work on “The Hunger Games, »
- Justin Kroll
A total of 145 scores were recently announced as being eligible for this year’s Academy Award, with everything from perceived frontrunner “La La Land” (Justin Hurwitz) and “Jackie” (Mica Levi) to outliers like “Sausage Party” and “Elle.” The final five will be nominated on January 24. In the meantime, avail yourself of this Spotify playlist featuring selections from 110 of the eligible scores — as well as the full list of every eligible score.
The Abolitionists,” Tim Jones, composer
“Armenia, My Love, »
- Michael Nordine
7 items from 2017
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