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Film News Roundup: Eddie Murphy to Star in Biopic ‘Dolemite Is My Name’ for Netflix

Film News Roundup: Eddie Murphy to Star in Biopic ‘Dolemite Is My Name’ for Netflix
In today’s film news roundup, Eddie Murphy is starring in a Dolemite biopic for Netflix, Mark Ivanir joins Miranda July’s movie and the third Johnny English movie is set for October.

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Eddie Murphy is producing and starring in the biopic “Dolemite Is My Name” for Netflix, with production starting June 12 and Craig Brewer directing from a script by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski.

John Davis and John Fox are also producing. The project centers on the life of Rudy Ray Moore, who recorded the Dolemite comedy albums in the early 1970s and used the proceeds to finance the 1975 film “Dolemite,” in which he starred as a pimp and ghetto hero. Moore also starred as Dolemite in “The Human Tornado,” “The Monkey Hustle,” and “Petey Wheatstraw: The Devil’s Son-in-Law.” He died in 2008.

Murphy began performing stand-up comedy at the age of 15 in 1976 and gained acclaim in
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Shelter – Jff 2018 Review

St. Louis Jewish Film Festival at Plaza Frontenac Cinema

Monday, June 4, at 7 pm

Israel • English, Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles

Director: Eran Riklis

Feature: 83 minutes

The Israeli thriller Shelter is a film that has been getting a lot of buzz in film circles as it make the rounds of international film festivals. Writer/director Eran Riklis’ drama is a mix of psychological and spy thriller mostly in English although the action takes place primarily at a Mossad safe house in Germany

Naomi (Neta Riskin) is a former Mossad agent who has been out of service for a couple of years. She is lured back by her former boss (Lior Ashkenazi) to take what she is told is a simple two-week assignment, guarding a female Lebanese informer in Germany while she heals from facial plastic surgery to give her a new identity. But the assignment becomes more complex than originally expected,
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Harvey Keitel, Pavel Lungin Talk Russia and Israel on Set of ‘Esau’

Harvey Keitel, Pavel Lungin Talk Russia and Israel on Set of ‘Esau’
Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov missed the premiere of his film “Leto” in Cannes this month because he is under house arrest. In January, authorities banned “The Death of Stalin” from being screened in Russia, complaining that Armando Iannucci’s satirical movie depicted “ideological warfare” and extremism.”

But acclaimed Russian-French director Pavel Lungin thinks that such crackdowns under Vladimir Putin could end up being a creative blessing.

“Censorship always brings about some kind of force among the cultural society,” Lungin said. “We have the great experience of the Soviet Union, where Soviet censorship created such wonderful films, like [those of Andrei] Tarkovsky. Perhaps a little bit of difficulty only makes an artist stronger.”

Lungin spoke to Variety on the Israeli set of “Esau,” his English-language debut, an adaptation by author Meir Shalev of his novel of the same name. The film follows a 40-year-old writer who returns to his family home after half a
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Exclusive Interview: Rosamund Pike, Daniel Brühl & José Padilha on Real Life Hijack drama Entebbe

This week sees the release of Entebbe (or 7 Days in Entebbe depending on where you are), the most recent retelling of the events of July 1976 in which an Air France plane was hijack by terrorists.

The film stars Rosamund Pike, Daniel Brühl, Eddie Marsan, Kamil Lemieszewski, Ben Schnetzer, Nonso Anozie, Denis Ménochet and Lior Ashkenazi.

The blurring of the life between good and evil was of paramount interest to both actors and director, and the film tries to find the human motivations behind both sides of the conflict. The nuanced voices of the film convey an understanding of the characters and the actors talk about the underlying belief of the actions their characters carry on. This film takes great pains to be provocative and challenging for its audience, and it is all the better for it.

The director talked about how the script took a different perspective to other films made about the same event.
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Second Opinion – Entebbe (2018)

Entebbe, 2018.

Directed by Jose Padilha.

Starring Daniel Bruhl, Rosamund Pike, Eddie Marsan, Denis Menochet, Ben Schnetzer and Lior Ashkenazi.


Over 200 passengers on an Air France flight are held hostage over seven days in the summer of 1976. Nearly half of them are either Israeli or Jewish. The plane lands at Entebbe in Uganda, then under the rule of Idi Amin, and the Israeli government faces the unpalatable prospect of having to negotiate with terrorists. Based on real events.

Just after the events surrounding the Entebbe hi-jack of 1976, there was an unseemly rush to capture it on film. The result was no less than three movies. Two were for TV, both with all-star casts but little else to recommend them. Victory At Entebbe (1976) boasted Kirk Douglas, Burt Lancaster and Elizabeth Taylor, while Raid On Entebbe (1977) was less glittery with Peter Finch and Charles Bronson. Inevitably, Cannon Films’ Golan and Globus got
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Movie Review – Entebbe (2018)

Entebbe, 2018.

Directed by Jose Padilha.

Starring Rosamund Pike, Daniel Brühl, Eddie Marsan, Denis Ménochet, Nonso Anozie, and Lior Ashkenazi.


In July 1976, two terrorists (Rosamund Pike and Daniel Brühl) linked to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, hijacked an Air France passenger plane, forcing it to land at Entebbe airport in Uganda. Chronicling the rising tensions within the terminal, alongside the geopolitical mechanics of negotiating hostage release, Entebbe covers the seven days before the Israeli commandos stormed the airport while the world watched on.

As an integral part of a conflict that continues to echo through to this day, Entebbe is a gripping history lesson, albeit one with an accuracy disclaimer at the start. As a piece of cinema, it is brilliantly acted by a diverse cast, and intense in a ticking clock fashion, but almost fails to stick the landing with some strange creative choices.

Jose Padilha
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Shelter Movie Review

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Shelter Menemsha Films Reviewed by: Harvey Karten Director: Eran Riklis Screenwriter: Eran Riklis based on the novel Cast: Golshifteh Farahani, Meta Riskin, Lior Ashkenazi Screened at: Critics’ link, NYC, 3/15/18 Opens: April 6 in L.A. before a national rollout “Shelter” gets its impetus from the world-wide terror situation, a phenomenon too well known in Israel, […]

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Foxtrot (2017) – Review

Despite the title of this film’s association with the dance world, its subject is not the stuff of bouncy, bubbly musicals. It concerns the struggles and challenges faced by a military family. This was explored last year in a couple of films, most notably Thank You For Your Service. Though sharing a similar service setting, the Middle East, this new film comes from Israel, where a stint in the military is mandatory for citizens (we learned that from the media frenzy surrounding one of last year’s biggest stars, Gal Gadot). The story bounces back from the home front to just a few hours away. Watching the drama unfold, the title makes sense. This particular dance is highly structured, with an exact number of steps which leads you right back to where you began. That’s the basics of the Foxtrot.

The film is structured much like a play
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Official Trailer for Israeli Drama 'Shelter' Starring Golshifteh Farahani

"I'm here to protect you..." Menemsha Films has debuted a new Us trailer for an Israeli psychological drama titled Shelter, from veteran Iranian filmmaker Eran Riklis (The Syrian Bride, Lemon Tree). Golshifteh Farahani (from Paterson) and Neta Riskin star in this "high-stakes game of deception", about a Mossad agent sent to protect their informant in Hamburg. "The intimacy of the relationship that develops between Mona and Naomi is exposed to the threat of terror that is engulfing the world today... Beliefs are questioned and choices are made that are not their own. And yet their fate takes a surprising turn in this suspense-laden, elegant neo-noir." The cast includes Lior Ashkenazi (from Foxtrot), Yehuda Almagor, Doraid Liddawi, and Haluk Bilginer. The bandages on the face are cool, a bit like Phoenix or The Skin I Live In. Here's the official Us trailer (+ poster) for Eran Riklis' Shelter, direct from YouTube:
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Harvey Keitel to Star in Pavel Lungin’s ‘Esau,’ Modern Retelling of Biblical Story

Harvey Keitel to Star in Pavel Lungin’s ‘Esau,’ Modern Retelling of Biblical Story
Harvey Keitel, Lior Ashkenazi (“Foxtrot”) and Mark Ivanir (“Homeland”) will headline “Esau,” the first English-language film from acclaimed Russian-French director Pavel Lungin.

“Esau,” which is being adapted from the novel of the same name by Israeli author Meir Shalev, follows a 40-year-old writer who returns to his family home after half a lifetime to face the brother who stole both his love and livelihood. The story is a modern twist on the biblical story of Jacob and Esau in the book of Genesis.

“My film is a story of great love, return and merciless time,” said Lungin, who first revealed that he was working on the project about a year and a half ago. “It tells us that there are things in life when time is not a great healer at all, and there are sorts of mistakes that simply shouldn’t be made.”

“The conflicts and jealousies of loving
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Movie Review – Foxtrot (2017)

Foxtrot, 2017.

Written and Directed by Samuel Maoz.

Starring Lior Ashkenazi, Sarah Adler, Yonaton Shiray, Shira Haas, Yehuda Almagor, and Karin Ugowski.


A troubled family faces the facts when something goes terribly wrong at their son’s desolate military post.

From its opening frame, it’s evident that Foxtrot (written and directed by Samuel Maoz of Lebanon reverence) is boasting elegant photography (shot by frequent collaborator Giora Bejach, who is the real star of this work of art) servicing the narrative of a grieving family mourning the untimely loss of their son, a sergeant in the Israeli Defense Forces named Jonathan. Mother Daphna faints and is sedated upon hearing the news directly after the military knocks on the door, while father Michael (accomplished and consistently busy Israeli actor Lior Ashkenazi) enters a state of shellshock so transfixing and startling (the effects of these expressions are compounded by an unbroken shot
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Film Review: ‘7 Days in Entebbe’ is Surprisingly Effective

Chicago – What would you expect from an event subject that has been already rendered four times on film, and deals with terrorism, hijacking and government negotiation? “7 Days in Entebbe” contained all of this, and yet still maintained a separate energy and cinematic artistry. In many ways, it’s one of the most surprising films of the young year.

Rating: 4.0/5.0

The story combines some very interesting use of cinema with analogous casting. Character actors Daniel Brühl and Rosamund Pike portray hijackers in conflict, willing to stand up for their leftist beliefs until it comes to actual combat. Actual people are portrayed who were involved in incident (the film is set in 1976), and are treated with a respect to the reality of the situation. The tension of the decision making – should an Israeli task force raid the terrorist camp or should the government negotiate for the release of the hostages? – was
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7 Days In Entebbe – Review

Though the Oscar ceremony is less than two weeks old, the studios are returning to real-life subject matter with a non-fiction flick usually released toward year’s end for awards consideration. Oh, and this true tale from nearly 42 years ago has been dramatized multiple times. It all really depends on this film maker’s take, their perspective. Big battles of WWII have been the source of several films. Just last year the story of Dunkirk was the backdrop for three films: the propaganda romance Their Finest, the acclaimed Churchill profile The Darkest Hour and Christopher Nolan’s same titled multi-story thriller. Now, returning to theatres is the tale of a hijacked airliner and the secret rescue of its passengers back in 1976. Shortly after the incident, the broadcast networks rushed out two dramatizations (later released theatrically overseas), “Raid on Entebbe” and “Victory at Entebbe” were multi-starred TV events that echoed the
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Movie Review – 7 Days in Entebbe (2018)

7 Days in Entebbe. 2018

Directed by José Padilha

Starring Rosamond Pike, Daniel Bruhl, Lior Ashkenazi, Eddie Marsan, Ben Schnetzer, Nonso Anozie, Denis Ménochet, Brontis Jodorowsky, Zina Zinchenko, Mark Ivanir, and Peter Sullivan


Inspired by the true events of the 1976 hijacking of an Air France flight en route from Tel Aviv to Paris, and the most daring rescue mission ever attempted.

All three movies inside of 7 Days in Entebbe are intriguing, but director José Padilha (most known for directing episodes of the hit Netflix series Narcos and infamously responsible for helming the unnecessary updated version of Paul Verhoeven’s classic sci-fi sociopolitical satirical masterpiece Robocop) is apparently completely oblivious as to what to home in on. Call it an identity crisis as the script from Gregory Burke fails juggling three different perspectives; a World War 2 guilt-ridden radical left-wing German couple carrying out the true story based 1976 Air France flight traveling from
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Glasgow Film Festival: ‘Foxtrot’ Review: Dir. Samuel Maoz (2018)

Foxtrot review: Samuel Maoz’s Israeli drama debuts at the Glasgow Film Festival; a work that deserves analysis and years of unpacking.

Foxtrot review by Awais Irfan.

Foxtrot review

Whilst it may not have picked up the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy-Awards last night, it’s safe to say that you won’t see any film this year quite like Samuel Maoz’s Israeli drama Foxtrot.

The story revolves around the Feldman family; when Daphna (Sarah Adler) and Michael (Lior Ashkenazi) find out the tragic news that their son, Jonathan (Yonaton Shiray), was killed in the line of duty, the pair have to come to terms with this news. That is, in essence, the bare bones of the premise of Foxtrot but to reveal any more wold be a disservice to the film. Why? Because Foxtrot is one of the most surprising films of the year
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Frightfest Glasgow: ‘The Wanderers: Quest of the Demon Hunter’ Review: Dir. Dragos Buliga (2018)

The Wanderers: Quest of the Demon Hunter review: You know Van Helsing and Buffy, now acquaint yourself with the latest vampire slayer on the block.

The Wanderers: Quest of the Demon Hunter review by Kat Hughes.

The Wanderers: Quest of the Demon Hunter review

Set in modern day Romania, The Wanderers: Quest of the Demon Hunter follows famed ghost and demon hunter, Louis (Armand Assante), as he embarks on a new case. Convinced by Israeli journalist and friend Robert (Lior Ashkenazi), and joined by Korean reality television stars, Louis must unearth the deadly secrets of Zalesky Castle. As the investigation unfolds it soon becomes clear that there is a very evil secret lurking at its heart.

Armand Assante is great in the lead role. Equal parts Crocodile Dundee and Derek Acorah, Louis is an very interesting and charismatic character. He’s so intriguing in fact, that he really doesn’t need all the supporting entourage.
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'Foxtrot' Review: Israeli Drama About Life, War and Grief Is One of 2018's Best

This emotional knockout from Israel isn’t nominated for Best Foreign-Language Film at the 2018 Oscars – another strike to add to the tally of Academy fuck-ups. From first shot to last, Foxtrot takes a piece out of you. Director Samuel Maoz (Lebanon) begins with a devastating moment of grief: Soldiers arrive at the home of a middle-aged couple to tell Dafna (Sarah Adler) and Michael Feldman (Lior Ashkenazi) that their son has been killed in the line of duty. As his mother is tranquilized, his father is told about funeral arrangements.
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‘Foxtrot’ Film Review: Israel’s Oscar Entry Doesn’t Dance Around the Complexities of War

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‘Foxtrot’ Film Review: Israel’s Oscar Entry Doesn’t Dance Around the Complexities of War
Samuel Maoz’s Israeli drama “Foxtrot” is willfully confusing, emotionally chaotic, and occasionally anarchic. It makes complete sense from one angle, but no sense at all from another. In other words, it reflects its subject perfectly. As the movie opens, Michael Feldmann (Israeli superstar Lior Ashkenazi, “Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer”) has just learned that his soldier son was killed on duty. But is Jonathan (Yonaton Shiray) actually dead? No. Maybe. Yes? Maoz (“Lebanon”) isn’t going to make this easy for anyone. He shoots the story in three uncomfortably interconnected acts, with multiple perspectives and...
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Chaos theory by Anne-Katrin Titze

Director/screenwriter Samuel Maoz on Foxtrot: "The hero is creating his own punishment. And fights against anyone who tries to save him." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Foxtrot, Silver Lion winner at the Venice Film Festival and Israel's shortlisted Oscar submission, begins with every parent's worst nightmare happening to the Feldmann family. We see a mother fainting because she knows that the Israeli military officers who have come to her home are here to inform them that their son Jonathan (Yonaton Shiray) had fallen in service.

The mother, Dafna (Sarah Adler) is given morphine to make her sleep, as we get to follow the father Michael's (Lior Ashkenazi) response to the devastating news. He descends into a private and national hell with fine subtleties of suffering and broad kicks of sadism. It is a marvelous, wickedly truthful performance because it balances so many emotions.

Michael Feldmann (Lior Ashkenazi) with his wife
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‘7 Days in Entebbe’ Review: Rosamund Pike Stars in a Hijacking Docudrama that Never Takes Off — Berlinale 2018

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‘7 Days in Entebbe’ Review: Rosamund Pike Stars in a Hijacking Docudrama that Never Takes Off —  Berlinale 2018
The sooner Jared Kushner brokers peace in the Middle East, the sooner we’ll stop being forced to suffer through an endless stream of casually entertaining, cable television-worthy movies about the region’s cyclical violence. Films like José Padila’s “7 Days in Entebbe” — a competent but highly compromised dramatization of the 1976 hijacking of Air France Flight 139 — may not be the most dire consequence of the ongoing turf war between Israel and Palestine, but they’re enough to make you wish that Trump’s beleaguered son-in-law would get to work on the negotiation process, no matter his dubious qualifications.

Actually, when you get right down to it, sending Kushner to get the job done in real life isn’t all that different from sending the director of 2014’s “Robocop” remake to do it on screen. At this point, there’s only so much left to say about the most knotted political conflict in modern history,
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