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Avengers: Infinity Bawl – The Most Emotional Moments in the McU

Matt Rodgers on the most emotional moments in the Marvel Cinematic Universe…

There was a phase in my own cinematic universe when I couldn’t tell you who Tony Stark was, let alone a Groot, Thanos, or Stephen Strange. So it’s testament to the mega-budget jigsaw puzzle which Marvel have created, that not only have I been front and centre at press screenings or opening night showings, but the near-decade long adventures have bled into the conversations I’d have with my own parents. “Have you seen the new metal man?” or “Everyone’s talking about that new Pink Panther movie.” For the McU to take up part of their seventy year old memory archive is an impressive feat.

With that in mind I’ve sat through the trailers for Avengers: Infinity War, unmoved by the spectacle, and subsequently hit up my timeline to see the numerous “please don’t kill Cap” Tweets,
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Suspiria Remake Is So Intense It Sent Dakota Johnson to Therapy

Suspiria Remake Is So Intense It Sent Dakota Johnson to Therapy
Anytime that an iconic movie of any genre is being remade, there's a huge amount of skepticism from fans who are worried about ruining the legacy of the original film. That's exactly what happened when it was announced that Academy Award nominated director Luca Guadagnino was taking on Dario Argento's Suspiria. There's still a healthy amount of doubt in the air regarding the Suspiria remake, but star Dakota Johnson has just made a pretty bold claim about how intense it is, revealing that it sent her to therapy.

Dakota Johnson plays the main character, Susie Bannion, in the Suspiria remake, taking on the role that Jessica Harper (who also has a role in the remake) played in the original horror classic. For those worrying about how intense and scary the Suspiria remake will be, Johnson has some comforting news. Apparently, the conditions on the set were perfect for a horror backdrop,
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Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria Remake Sent Dakota Johnson To Therapy

When it was first announced that Luca Guadagnino would be directing the Amazon Studios-distributed reimagining of Dario Argento’s Giallo masterpiece Suspiria, cinephiles were, understandably, a little apprehensive.

The disquiet had nothing to do with Guadagnino himself, mind you, whose credibility has since soared following the release of his Best Picture-nominated drama, Call Me By Your Name. Rather, it was more a knee-jerk reaction resulting from the countless times we’ve witnessed the modernization of a horror classic go awry. Still, there’s no denying that Guadagnino’s filmography, including 2015’s delightful A Bigger Splash, has eased some of the worry.

Currently slated for an autumn release later this year, Suspiria has officially wrapped post-production and is on the prowl, ready for an appearance on the film festival circuit (perhaps Tiff?). In the meantime, one of the leading ladies, Dakota Johnson, disclosed to Elle that production was so intense,
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Movie Review – I Feel Pretty (2018)

I Feel Pretty, 2018.

Written and Directed by Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein.

Starring Amy Schumer, Rory Scovel, Michelle Williams, Aidy Bryant, Busy Philipps, Emily Ratajkowski and Tom Hopper.


A woman finds that all of her dreams come true after a bump to the head convinces her she has transformed into the most beautiful person on the planet.

“What if we didn’t care how we looked?” asks Amy Schumer during the final act of I Feel Pretty, at the end of a two-hour movie predicated entirely on a world in which appearance is literally everything. When the first trailer for the film hit the internet earlier this year, it launched a million thinkpieces about its apparently distasteful premise in which star Amy Schumer – who is, at worst, a Hollywood approximation of imperfect – believes she has suddenly become a beautiful woman, solving all of her problems in the process.

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Ica forms think tank with Tilda Swinton, Laura Poitras, Apichatpong Weerasethakul

13 members join advisory body.

London’s Institute Of Contemporary Arts (Ica), the organisation dedicated to showcasing indie and artist filmmakers, is forming the Independent Film Council, a body of experienced industry that will advise on the Ica’s activities.

There are 13 members of the inaugural council: Tilda Swinton, producer Stanley Buchtal, filmmakers Gerald Fox, Laura Poitras, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Naeem Mohaeimen, James Richards, Martine Syms, academics Erika Balsom and Laura Mulvey, editor Walter Murch, the Nfts’ head of Screen Arts Sandra Hebron, and Sundance Institute’s documentary programme director Tabitha Jackson.

The council will convene once a year as a think
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Chaz Ebert on 20th Anniversary of Ebertfest, Where Roger Was Like Beyonce (Guest Column)

When Roger was asked to start a film festival by Kim Rotzoll, the dean of the College of Communications at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, we had no idea it would exist 20 years later. The idea was to do a one-time festival as a follow up to the successful Cyberfest, the birthday party for Hal 9000, the computer in Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey,” who says in the movie that he was born in Urbana, Illinois. Roger had something in common with Hal 9000, he too was born in Urbana. And so Roger agreed to undertake the task. Besides, Roger was a proponent of the civilizing effect that watching movies communally could have. He said that movies are a giant machine that generates empathy, letting us know about the different hopes, aspirations, dreams, and fears of others and helps us to identify with the people who are sharing this journey with us.
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Are These 4 2018 Films on Your Movie Radar? They Damn Well Should Be

Samuel Brace with four 2018 films that should be on your radar…

In weeks gone by, I have made it a habit to purposefully highlight some of the smaller or lesser known films that movie fans should be aware of in the year 2018. It seems to me that we spend so much of our mental bandwidth focusing on the obvious hits, the looming presence of upcoming blockbusters that permeate our cinematic consciousness, that we often find ourselves turning a blind eye to the underdog, the films with budgets and name recognition that can’t quite compete with their titanic competitors. Past articles of mine on this subject have included some truly exciting prospects, the latest of which you can read here, but as this year is replete with reasons to be gripped with cinematic anticipation, it wasn’t hard to locate four more movies to showcase here today. So, if you will allow it,
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Scott Adkins On Screen: Five Of His Best Movie Roles

Scott Adkins has been tearing up the screen in Hollywood for well over a decade now. His latest film Accident Man hits DVD and digital download on Monday 16th April, and is an absolute blast – a bit of a corker of a British comic-book movie from Pat Mills (creator of the “Judge Dredd” comic) and Tony Skinner, and well worth seeking out.

In the film, Adkins plays the Mike Fallon – aka the Accident Man – a stone cold killer and the best at what he does. But when a loved one is dragged into the London underworld and murdered by his own crew, Fallon is forced to rip apart the life he knew in order to avenge the one person who actually meant something to him. Based on the popular UK comic book, Toxic!, the film also stars Ashley Greene, Michael Jai White, Ray Park, Ray Stevenson, David Paymer, Nick Moran,
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Netflix Bails on Cannes Over Theatrical Release Mandate

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Netflix will not submit its original films to this year’s Cannes Film Festival, following a 2017 mandate that all eligible titles must get a theatrical release in France to be included in the festival’s main competition, TheWrap has learned.

Netflix’s prospective competition titles included Jeremy Saulnier’s Jeffrey Wright drama “Hold the Dark,” Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma” and potentially David Mackenzie’s Chris Pine period drama “Outlaw King.” Paul Greengrass’ “Norway” is also on the horizon at the streaming service, though not all are thought to be completed or ready for screening.

The company also had Orson Welles’ “The Other Side of the Wind” — a film the legendary director never finished before his death in 1985. Netflix did it for him, with some change they found in the couch.

The entry would have been a lock for Cannes Classics category, along with Morgan Neville’s documentary about their completing it.

The Cannes rule requiring a French theatrical release did not apply to out-of-competition sections like Cannes Classics, and Netflix could have submitted its films for consideration in those sections. But it opted not to do so.

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News of Netflix’s withdrawal was first reported in a Variety Q&A with Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos. A Netflix spokesperson would not comment further.

Representatives from Netflix’s feature film acquisitions team are expected to attend the festival, according to an individual familiar with their plans, thought it’s unclear if film division head Scott Stuber will be among the attendees.

The prestigious festival made its rule change following protests from European theater owners, who hit the ceiling last year when Netflix strutted titles like Tilda Swinton’s “Okja” in the main competition despite the company’s plans to only stream the film on its digital service and bypass a traditional theatrical release.

“Netflix has been avoiding French regulation and fiscal obligations. These rules allow for the financing of our strong film industry and ecosystem which in turns allows for many French and foreign movies selected at Cannes to get made,” French theater owners said in a joint statement at the time.

Steve Pond contributed to this report.

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Netflix Pulls Out of Cannes Following Rule Change (Exclusive)

Netflix Pulls Out of Cannes Following Rule Change (Exclusive)
Ted Sarandos says Netflix won’t be going to Cannes this year.

In an exclusive interview with Variety, Netflix’s chief content officer says that the festival sent a clear message with a new rule that bans any films without theatrical distribution in France from playing in competition. Netflix could screen some of its upcoming movies out of competition, but Sarandos says that doesn’t make sense for the streaming service.

“We want our films to be on fair ground with every other filmmaker,” Sarandos says. “There’s a risk in us going in this way and having our films and filmmakers treated disrespectfully at the festival. They’ve set the tone. I don’t think it would be good for us to be there.”

Netflix made a big splash at the prestigious film festival last year with two movies that showed in competition: Bong Joon-ho’s “Okja” and Noah Baumbach’s “The Meyerowitz Stories.
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‘Isle of Dogs’ Making of: Puppets

Isle of Dogs is playing in limited theaters, but will be expanding nationwide this weekend. If you haven’t caught the flick yet, you’re in for a treat. While I wouldn’t put Isle of Dogs at the top of Wes Andersons filmography, the animation alone is worth the price of admission.

There were over 800-900 different characters in the film, with thousands of different faces needed for the puppets. That’s an impressive amount of work, and really makes you appreciate the craftsmanship and commitment needed to construct the puppets.

Check out the behind the scenes look at the construction of the puppets:

The official plot synopsis:

Isle Of Dogs tells the story of Atari Kobayashi, 12-year-old ward to corrupt Mayor Kobayashi. When, by Executive Decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump called Trash Island, Atari sets off alone in a
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'Isle Of Dogs' scoops top prize at Fido Awards

'Isle Of Dogs' scoops top prize at Fido Awards
The prize was presented at an exhibition of the film’s craft in London.

Wes Anderson’s stop-motion animation Isle Of Dogs has been awarded the first ever Fi-Dogmanitarian award at the Fido Awards (For Incredible Dogs On Screen).

The film, which depicts a group of dogs fighting extermination on an island of trash in Japan, was recognised for its ‘celebration of the human bond with canines in the Year of the Dog’.

The award is modelled on the Palm DogManitarian Award at sister ceremony the Palm Dog awards, which take place during Cannes Film Festival.

Andy Gent, head of
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Doctor Strange Has A “Wonderful Role” In Avengers: Infinity War

Similar to how Black Panther introduced viewers to Wakanda and its rich history, Scott Derrickson’s standalone Doctor Strange movie had the unique responsibility of unlocking the door to Marvel’s Multiverse and all of its many dimensions.

And at the center of that trippy and truly mind-bending journey was Stephen Strange, Benedict Cumberbatch’s best-in-class doctor who graduated from a master of medicine to a master of the mystic arts, no thanks to Tilda Swinton’s Ancient One.

That is, in a nutshell, the origins of Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme, who is now primed for a big evolution with Joe and Anthony Russo’s Avengers: Infinity War. In fact, according to Cumberbatch himself, Strange will enjoy a “wonderful role” in the forthcoming Marvel sequel in that his on-screen character is very much the lynchpin holding Marvel’s many dimensions together.

Chatting on Gma earlier today, here’s what he
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Video Movie Review: Isle Of Dogs (2018): A Stop Motion Film That Is All Bark And Bite

Isle of Dogs Review

Isle of Dogs (2018) Video Movie Review, a Fox Searchlight movie directed by Wes Anderson and starring Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Greta Gerwig, Frances McDormand, Courtney B. Vance, Fisher Stevens, Harvey Keitel, Liev Schreiber, Bob Balaban, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, F. Murray Abraham, Frank Wood and Yoko Ono.

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'You Were Never Really Here': Joaquin Phoenix and Lynne Ramsay's Sweet Revenge

'You Were Never Really Here': Joaquin Phoenix and Lynne Ramsay's Sweet Revenge
Joaquin Phoenix is smiling. "Was that an earthquake?!" he asks excitedly. At first, it's imperceptible, but he's right: He and director Lynne Ramsay are sitting in a Los Angeles office discussing their titanic thriller, You Were Never Really Here, when, suddenly, the ground begins shaking. It's just a mild temblor, but enough of a jolt that Phoenix announces, "That was pretty good!" before checking to make sure people in the next room are Ok. In comparison to her animated star, the Scottish filmmaker takes a beat to absorb what's happened
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Movie Review – Isle of Dogs (2018)

Isle Of Dogs, 2018.

Directed By Wes Anderson.

Featuring the voice talents of Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Edward Norton, Bob Balaban, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Kunichi Nomura, Akira Takayama, Frances McDormand, Greta Gerwig, Scarlett Johansson, Yoko Ono, Harvey Keitel, F. Murray Abraham, Tilda Swinton, Akira Ito, Ken Watanabe, Liev Schreiber, Courtney B. Vance, Fisher Stevens, Kara Hayward, Roman Coppola, and Anjelica Huston.


Set in Japan, Isle of Dogs follows a boy’s odyssey in search of his lost dog.

For his second stop motion adventure, West Anderson delivers a seemingly simple story of a young boy Atari (Rankin) searching for his lost dog Spot. After an outbreak of snout fever, all the dogs in Japan are sent to Trash Island and live in exile and eventually die. Whilst this is extremely dark, as with all Anderson films there’s a sense of whimsy and offbeat humour to accompany the material.
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Joanna Scanlan: ‘Who would play me in the film of my life? A Nick Park claymation’

The actor on crying at Blue Planet, being unable to say no and driving Tilda Swinton’s car without insurance

Raised in Wales, Joanna Scanlan, 56, became an actor in her mid-30s. Her TV work includes the comedy series The Thick Of It, Rev and No Offence, and she was nominated for a Bafta for Getting On, an NHS comedy that she co-wrote and starred in. Her film roles include Notes On A Scandal, In The Loop and Testament Of Youth. Most recently, she starred in the BBC drama Requiem, which is out now on DVD. She is married and lives in London.

When were you happiest?

Swimming down the Thames on a full moon night 10 years ago. It was dangerous, but extremely joyful.

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Film Movement to re-release Derek Jarman’s 'Edward II' (exclusive)

Film Movement to re-release Derek Jarman’s 'Edward II' (exclusive)
Tilda Swinton stars in Venice 1991 Golden Lion nominee.

Film Movement has acquired North American rights to Derek Jarman’s Edward II and plans to give the 1991 drama a limited theatrical release on its Film Movement Classics reissue label, with digital and home entertainment releases to follow.

Tilda Swinton and Steven Waddington star in Jarman’s highly stylised adaptation of Christopher Marlowe’s 16th century play about Britain’s only openly gay monarch.

Featuring modern costumes and settings, the film relates how Edward II, a weak monarch with a tenuous grasp on the throne, rejects his wife Queen Isabella and takes a male lover,
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Movie Review – Isle of Dogs (2018)

Isle Of Dogs, 2018.

Directed By Wes Anderson

Featuring the voice talents of Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Edward Norton, Bob Balaban, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Kunichi Nomura, Akira Takayama, Frances McDormand, Greta Gerwig, Scarlett Johansson, Yoko Ono, Harvey Keitel, F. Murray Abraham, Tilda Swinton, Akira Ito, Ken Watanabe, Liev Schreiber, Courtney B. Vance, Fisher Stevens, Kara Hayward, Roman Coppola, and Anjelica Huston


Set in Japan, Isle of Dogs follows a boy’s odyssey in search of his lost dog.

In such politically divided times, arguably the greatest accomplishment of Isle of Dogs (Wes Anderson’s second foray into stop-motion animation having previously directed 2009’s Fantastic Mr. Fox) is his blunt foreign-policy allegory regarding refugees by using man’s best friend as stand-ins. Everyone in the world may not swoon over dogs, but at the very least it is quite the challenge to find someone that actively hates their presence. Who
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‘Isle of Dogs’ Review

Stars: Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Kunichi Nomura, Greta Gerwig, Liev Schreiber, Jeff Goldblum | Written by Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, Kunichi Nomura | Directed by Wes Anderson

Isle of Dogs? I love dogs, too. There’s something about their wide-eyed inquisitive faces that makes them an ideal fit for Wes Anderson, the modern master of deadpan whimsy. Using stop-motion puppetry techniques (as simultaneously ultra-modern and old-fashioned as the name of his hero, Atari) Anderson crafts an animated odyssey which is wholly original in art design and conception, if not its broader structure.

Anderson and co-writers Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman and Kunichi Nomura throw in a ton of world-building exposition, but the film is visually compelling and strange enough that it never feels like a drag.

Though the chronology hops about like an excited puppy, the basic story – set twenty years in the future – is that dogs have been outlawed in the Japanese archipelago,
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