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Film Review: ‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’

Film Review: ‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’
First it was drugs. “Sicario” captured that threat as few movies have, depicting the brutality with which cartels control the flow of illegal substances across the U.S.-Mexico border, and imagining a no-nonsense response by a shadowy group of American enforcers every bit as corrupt as the criminals they’re attempting to extinguish. Now, the cartels are dealing in human traffic, introducing a toxic dimension to what may once have seemed a simple refugee issue. That’s the dynamic screenwriter Taylor Sheridan wanted to explore in his cold-blooded follow-up, “Sicario: Day of the Soldado,” addressing not only the ultraviolent Mexican gangs who control which people cross the border but also the notion that outlaws and potential terrorists may be able to enter the country with their blessing.

Considering how rare it is that an intelligent, topical action movie comes along, there might be reason to question whether “Soldado” stands
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'Sicario: Day of the Soldado': Film Review

'Sicario: Day of the Soldado': Film Review
Although this sequel to the blistering 2015 drug cartel drama Sicario has lost four of the original's key creative contributors — director Denis Villeneuve, star Emily Blunt, cinematographer Roger Deakins and the late composer Johann Johannson — Sicario: Day of the Soldado emerges as a dynamic action drama in its own right. Making sure of that is writer Taylor Sheridan, who's hatched a compelling new yarn that triggers rugged, full-bodied work from returning leading men Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin. With the first film having grossed just a moderate $85 million worldwide, a follow-up was no ...
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20 4K and Hdr Movies That Are Worth the Upgrade

Now that we’re a couple years into the 4K and Hdr era, the format has really started to come into its own. Movie studios have firmly committed to taking full advantage of everything that Ultra High Definition and High Dynamic Range colors have to offer — and a little assist from Apple, Netflix, Amazon and Vudu make 4K content readily available and affordable.

So if you’re taking the plunge into this beautiful new world of colors you’ve never seen on a TV before, these movies are absolute must-haves. Note: I’m not saying all these movies are good — your tastes are probably different from mine — but I am saying they look spectacular in 4K.

Alien: Covenant” — Fox doesn’t make use of Dolby Vision at all on any of its releases — opting instead for the less dynamic HDR10 format exclusively — so its 4K releases tend to stand out
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‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’ Early Buzz: A Surprisingly Superb Sequel

‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’ Early Buzz: A Surprisingly Superb Sequel
The announcement of a Sicario sequel was met with some raised eyebrows. How do you follow up Denis Villeneuve‘s powerful, gripping drama about the escalating war on drugs – and do so without the return of Villeneuve, cinematographer Roger Deakins, or star Emily Blunt? Early marketing for Sicario: Day of the Soldado was a bit confused as well, […]

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‘Sicario 2’ First Reactions Praise Sequel as ‘Superb’ and ‘Really Amazing,’ Critics Left Wanting Third Movie

‘Sicario 2’ First Reactions Praise Sequel as ‘Superb’ and ‘Really Amazing,’ Critics Left Wanting Third Movie
Making a sequel to Denis Villeneuve’s “Sicario” felt unneeded to most fans when the project was first announced, and the fact Villeneuve, Emily Blunt, and cinematographer Roger Deakins would not be returning created more ill will. Despite some skepticism, it turns out fans have nothing to worry about. First reactions to the film, officially titled “Sicario 2: Day of the Soldado,” have landed on social media and they are all enthusiastic.

“Sicario 2” is being called “amazing,” “superb,” and “fantastic” in the first round of reactions. Uproxx’s Mike Ryan says the movie is “tense and gritty,” while The Playlist’s Gregory Ellwood says the sequel has “unexpected heartbreaking moments,” plus “strong performances” from Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin.

“Day of the Soldado” finds Del Toro’s Alejandro being recruited once again by Brolin’s U.S. government agent Matt Graver to kidnap the daughter of an infamous drug kingpin.
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15 Films to See in June

After wrapping up Cannes Film Festival, the summer season continues with one premiere from that festival, and much more. Including a few studio tentpoles that pique our interest, as well as other festival favorites finally hitting theaters, there’s something for everyone this month.

Matinees to See: Adrift (6/1), Hotel Artemis (6/8), Hearts Beat Loud (6/8), The Workers Cup (6/8), Gabriel and the Mountain (6/15), Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (6/22), The Catcher Was a Spy (6/22), Love, Cecil (6/29), The Cakemaker (6/29), and Woman Walks Ahead (6/29)

15. Sicario: Day of the Soldado (June 29)

Synopsis: The drug war on the Us-Mexico border has escalated as the cartels have begun trafficking terrorists across the Us border. To fight the war, federal agent Matt Graver re-teams with the mercurial Alejandro.


Why You Should See It: Without the creative contributions from Denis Villeneuve and Roger Deakins, one can’t quite shake the feeling that this Sicario follow-up might be better fitting as a straight-to-Netflix release.
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The Nature Of Humanity Evolves In ‘Blade Runner 2049’

Denis Villeneuve’s “Blade Runner 2049” is an extreme technical achievement. With stunning cinematography provided by Roger Deakins, we revisit the world Ridley Scott built with 1982’s “Blade Runner.” Beyond the visual elements, Villeneuve brings audiences back to the central theme of Scott’s film: humanity or what it means to be human. The nucleus of each film’s moving, neon enshrined cell, ‘2049’ pushes the conceptual idea of soul searching to a very literal level.
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Denis Villeneuve Confirms 'Dune' Will Be Released in Two Parts

Denis Villeneuve Confirms 'Dune' Will Be Released in Two Parts
Esteemed Quebecois filmmaker Denis Villeneuve has quickly shot up the ranks of Hollywood’s top-shelf directors. While “Blade Runner 2049” wasn’t a box office hit, unable to earn even $100 million domestically, it was well respected, earning five Oscar nominations and two wins including the overdue statue for legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins. The movie earned the already-prized director clout, and he’s using it to make his “dream project,” an adaptation of Frank Herbert‘s classic science fiction novel ‘Dune,” which was made into a film by David Lynch back in 1984 (arguably his first and only misstep).
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‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’ trailer: Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin declare war on ‘everyone’ [Watch]

‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’ trailer: Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin declare war on ‘everyone’ [Watch]
Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin are ready to go to war. The first trailer for “Sicario: Day of the Soldado” is here, and the border drug war is more intense than ever.

In the sequel to the 2015 film, CIA operative Matt Graver (Brolin) hires revenge assassin Alejandro Gillick (del Toro) after drug cartels start smuggling terrorists across the U.S.-Mexico border. Their goal? To pit the cartels against each other.

“You’re gonna help us start a war,” Graver tells Alejandro. “With who?” he asks. “Everyone. No rules this time,” Graver replies.

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That war involves kidnapping Isabela Reyes (Isabela Moner), the daughter of drug kingpin Carlos Reyes. Suffice it to say, it won’t go smoothly.

Directed by Denis Villeneuve and starring Emily Blunt, the original “Sicario” was a modest hit, grossing $84.9 million worldwide. It received three
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New Trailer for ‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’ Brings Cartel-Fueled War

Now with a fresh new title, going from Sicario 2: Soldado to Sicario: Day of the Soldado, Sony is really hoping audiences think of the sequel to Denis Villeneuve’s crime thriller as an expansion and less of, well, a sequel. While Emily Blunt, Roger Deakins, and Villeneuve all steered clear of the follow-up, Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro are back, as is writer Taylor Sheridan, and now a new trailer has landed.

Directed by Stefano Sollima (Suburra, the TV series version of Gomorrah) and shot by Ridley Scott’s frequent cinematographer Dariusz Wolski, the story has now been revealed with this new preview. “This is a man bent on revenge for what the cartels have done, killing his daughter and family. Now he finds himself on a new assignment,” Del Toro tells USA Today. “He has the chance for an eye for an eye, but sees a young
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Best Cinematography Oscar Winners of the 21st Century, Ranked

Cinematography is a vital aspect of great filmmaking. Without a strong director of photography with a point of view, a film can be somewhat lacking even if every other aspect of the movie is firing on all cylinders. Film is a visual medium after all, and great cinematography has the power to transport audiences to a new world, to put audiences in the shoes of a character, or to even relay a theme using visual metaphor. One of the greatest cinematographers who has ever lived is Roger Deakins, whose naturalistic eye has brought unforgettable imagery to films ranging from The …
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Who is most overdue for an Oscar in 2019: Annette Bening, Michelle Williams, Christopher Nolan … ? [Poll]

Who is most overdue for an Oscar in 2019: Annette Bening, Michelle Williams, Christopher Nolan … ? [Poll]
The past few years have seen various frequent Oscar losers finally winning their award, from Julianne Moore (“Still Alice”) to Leonardo DiCaprio (“The Revenant”‘) to sound mixer Kevin O’Connell (“Hacksaw Ridge”) to cinematographer Roger Deakins (“Blade Runner 2049”). With another Oscar season come and gone, the great campaign to get other overdue artists their Oscar begins now. From actresses like Glenn Close and Amy Adams to technical masters like composer Thomas Newman and songwriter Diane Warren, there is always someone out there who many people believe is deserving of the elusive Oscar after multiple losses.

A great number of these overdue Oscar nominees have projects coming out in 2018 that could net them their first win. Here are 10 artists that could finally get lucky at next year’s Oscars.

SEEBest Picture winners sweeping the Oscars may officially be over

Annette Bening – 4 nominations

Bening’s Oscar nominated performances have been as diverse as her career,
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Podcast: Nick's Oscar Adventure!

For the season finale of the podcast Nathaniel R and Katey Rich grill Nick Davis about his First Time Attending The Oscars!

Hear how the room responded to the Coco, Shape of Water, and Get Out wins. Name dropping galore ahead: Justin Paul, Aaron Sorkin, Sandy Martin, Lakeith Stanfield, Roger Deakins, Greta Gerwig, Jordan Peele, etc 

Index (43 minutes)

00:01 Intro: snack boxes, commercial breaks

02:30 Gags, speeches, celebrity sightings

11:00 Wins and spreading the wealth

18:00 Song performances, mistaken identity

21:00 Laura Dern and Timothée Chalamet

24:30 Time's Up and "inclusion riders"

30:00 Los Angeles and Nick's Faye photoshoot

35:30 Moving on from these movies

42:00 Byeeeee 

You can listen to the podcast here at the bottom of the post or download from iTunes. Continue the conversations in the comments, won't you? 
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The Best and Worst moments from the 90th Oscars

Continuing on analysis of the Academy Awards now that the show is over, today will be a look at the highlights and lowlights of the actual telecast. As always, there were great moments and some not so great moments, though the former definitely outweighed the latter. Anyone not named Donald Trump who takes a dig at the show wasn’t paying attention (he never pays attention, so that goes without saying). Below you will find the best and worst moments from the 90th Oscars, which can then sort of close the book on the show. Then, it’s on to setting the stage for early predictions for the 91st… *Best* Roger Deakins wins an Oscar at last – Yes, the best cinematographer in the business finally has an Academy Award. First nominated for The Shawshank Redemption, Deakins at long last took home the prize for shooting Blade Runner 2049. A standing ovation was well deserved.
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The Dude Abides: Revisiting the Peculiar Charms of ‘The Big Lebowski’ 20 Years Later

The Dude Abides: Revisiting the Peculiar Charms of ‘The Big Lebowski’ 20 Years Later
The writing-directing duo of Joel and Ethan Coen have surpassed themselves time and again with Academy Award-winning films like Fargo and No Country for Old Men (the latter of which we revisited in a 10th-anniversary feature last October). On Sunday night, their longtime collaborator, Roger Deakins, finally won a long overdue Oscar for his cinematography. However, […]

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What next for Duncan Jones?

Tom Jolliffe looks at the career of Duncan Jones, and where he can go next after his latest critical mauling…

If you’re like me, and you see an exciting director breaking through into the industry, then you get that sense of anticipation as to what they’ll come out with next. Occasionally they continue to push out good work, slowly developing as an artist. On the flipside, occasionally a director of promise craps out after their opening gambit and never recovers. It’s not to say that a single bad film is the death knell, and nor should a strong opening guarantee the next Spielberg.

I recall, along with many others, being overwhelmed by the engrossing, thoughtful, odd and unique tale of Donnie Darko. Film buffs, particularly those with a penchant for sci-fi, were cartwheeling with joy at the film. A film with such thought and depth that it
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Has The Shape of Water smashed the Oscars glass ceiling for fantasy and horror cinema?

The whimsical fantasy won best picture and horror satire Get Out was rewarded, but this is unlikely to be a turning point for the genre movie

Ever since 2009, when the Academy expanded the number of best picture nominees from five to 10 following the failure of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight to register with voters the previous year, the Oscars has been waiting for a breakout genre movie. Now, suddenly, it has two: Guillermo del Toro’s whimsical period-fantasy The Shape of Water, which took best picture, and Jordan Peele’s satirical horror Get Out, which picked up best original screenplay.

You might even argue that Frances McDormand’s tour de force performance as a grieving mother in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri should also count towards the genre movie’s trophy count, so heavily does the Coen brothers alumnus channel that titan of the western John Wayne. And then
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Blade Runner 2049 Dp Roger Deakins Breaks Long Oscar Losing Streak

Blade Runner 2049 Dp Roger Deakins Breaks Long Oscar Losing Streak
Legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins has finally won a sorely-deserved Oscar for his work on Blade Runner 2049. Deakins has been one of the most respected talents working in the industry for a very long time now and has helped bring some of the greatest movies of the last few decades to life. At the 2018 Oscars, he finally won after having been nominated 13 times previously. 14th time's a charm, apparently.

Roger Deakins was seen as the favorite at this year's Oscars for his stunning work on Blade Runner 2049, the long-awaited to sequel to Ridley Scott's original 1982 sci-fi classic. The movie may have been a bit of a financial flop, but it was critically beloved and a true visual achievement, which was in no small part thanks to Deakins' work. Blade Runner 2049 also walked away with the Best Visual Effects Oscar last night. Here's what Deakins had to say in his acceptance speech,
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Inside the Governors Ball, From Frances McDormand’s Stolen Award to Oscar Engravings

Just because the big show ended didn’t mean the excitement was over on Oscar night, with the night’s winners heading to the Governors Ball to celebrate with new golden statues in hand.

Frances McDormand, who won best actress for her performance in “Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri,” was the talk of the ball after her statuette was temporarily stolen when she put it down on a table. Celebrity photographer Alex Berliner chased down the thief, identified as Terry Bryant, before he could get too far, returning the award to its rightful owner, and Bryant was later booked on grand theft charges.

Prior to the theft, McDormand got her Oscar engraved at the Governors Ball and posed with her award alongside her son, saying “that’s my baby boy!” and that he would inherit her statue one day.

"That's my baby boy!" Frances McDormand and son pick up
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Breaking down the most exciting Oscar race in recent memory

Last night, the 90th Academy Awards came and went, with another set of Oscar winners in the books. Yours truly went 20 out of 24 with predictions, which is certainly at least a respectable showing. As you no doubt saw, either in our post or during the actual telecast, it was a night of mystery that turned out to confirm many initial expectations. More on that below, though for starters, it was actually refreshing to see almost now winners be played off during their speeches. It did more to help the flow than arbitrary limits. Throw in another winning turn by Jimmy Kimmel and the show itself was really quite smooth. Kudos to the producers for not allowing a repeat of last year’s concluding fiasco. Of course, Best Picture went to Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water. It also took Best Director for del Toro, Best Production Design, and Best Original Score.
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