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Bo Report: Chris Hemsworth helps redeem ‘Men in Black’ reboot in Oz

Men in Black: International.’

Sony Pictures and Amblin’s decision to reboot the Men in Black franchise without director Barry Sonnenfeld or stars Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, whose onscreen chemistry was crucial to the success of the first three editions, now seems questionable.

Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson were a winning combo in Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Endgame but did not attract sizable audiences globally for Men in Black: International last weekend.

The F. Gary Gray-directed sci-fi comedy did open more strongly in Australia than in the Us and most other markets, almost certainly due to Hemsworth’s fan base, particularly among females, but it’s tracking far below all its predecessors.

Meanwhile Damon Gameau’s 2040 advanced to $871,000 after earning $73,000 in its fourth weekend, now on 68 screens, for Madman Entertainment. Wayne Blair’s Top End Wedding topped $5 million after taking $53,000 in its seventh frame for Universal.

The top 20 titles harvested $13 million,
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Full UK Trailer for Survival Film 'Ashes in the Snow' with Bel Powley

"It's not what you see, but how you see it..." Signature Entertainment has debuted a new UK trailer for the WWII survival drama Ashes in the Snow, based on the true story of a 16-year-old aspiring artist and her family deported to Siberia. The film is adapted from Ruta Sepetys' novel "Between Shades of Gray", and that original title was changed to prevent any confusion with the Fifty Shades of Grey series (as you all know). We featured a Us trailer in December before its release in January, but why not another to take a closer look at. Bel Powley stars as Lina, with a cast including Peter Franzén, Sophie Cookson, James Cosmo, Martin Wallström, Timothy Innes, Jonah Hauer-King, Sam Hazeldine. Described as a "beautifully executed yet heart-breaking, captivating and eye-opening war thriller that unveils a forgotten part of history in a way that makes you experience the despair
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Bo Report: Fox’s ‘X-Men’ franchise finale crashes and burns

Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique in ‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix.’

After 12 films in 20 years including sequels, prequels and spin-offs, the final edition of Fox’s X-Men franchise is a global disaster.

The Simon Kinberg-directed X—Men: Dark Phoenix posted the lowest debut ever for the series in the Us and Australia, in the latter entering in third spot behind Aladdin’s triumphant third weekend and Rocketman’s second.

Meanwhile Damon Gameau’s 2040 climbed to $780,000 after making $139,000 from Thursday-Monday on 86 screens in its third weekend for Madman Entertainment, easing by just 17 per cent. Wayne Blair’s Top End Wedding reached $4.9 million after taking $115,00 in its sixth for Universal.

In the Us pundits questioned the wisdom of entrusting the $200 million X-Men finale to a first-time director (albeit an experienced screenwriter and producer) and said the marketing campaign suffered in the handover from Fox to Disney. Apart from the rotten reviews, the fundamental problem
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No film takes more than £1m as good weather hits UK box office

Shazam! tops slow weekend; top new opener is Lionsgate’s Red Joan.

Today’s Gbp to Usd conversion rate: 1.30

RankFilm (Distributor)Three-day gross (Apr 19-21)Total gross to date Week 1 Shazam! (Warner Bros) £976,000 £12m 3 2 Dumbo (Disney) £926,000 £21.6m 4 3 Captain Marvel (Disney) £641,000 £38.1m 7 4 Red Joan (Lionsgate) £430,060 £566,872 1 5 Wonder Park (Paramount) £298,000 £3.1m 2 Warner Bros

The vibrant weather in the UK over the Easter bank holiday weekend spelled bad news for cinemas, with no film taking more than £1m over the Friday-Sunday session and 50%+ drops registered by most of the key holdovers.

For Warner Bros, superhero feature Shazam! dropped 54% this weekend, taking £976,000 for a cume of £12m to date.
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‘Hail Satan?’ Documentary Scores at Indie Box Office on Easter Weekend

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Sundance darling documentary “Hail Satan?” was released just in time for Easter weekend, and it was able to avoid box-office damnation.

Magnolia released Penny Lane’s documentary at the IFC Center in New York this past Wednesday, with Los Angeles receiving the film at the ArcLight Hollywood and The Landmark on Friday. From those three screens, “Hail Satan?” earned a solid $25,700, for a per-screen average of $8,567. The film has earned critical acclaim for its surprising examination of The Satanic Temple, challenging preconceived notions about the organization and documenting the media stunts it performs in the name of religious freedom and the separation of church and state. It has a 96% score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Also Read: 'Captain Marvel' Gets 'Avengers'-Fueled Box Office Bump, Hits $400 Million Domestic

The top per-screen average of the weekend went to A24’s “Under the Silver Lake,” which earned $40,157 from two screens for an average
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‘Red Joan’ Review: Judi Dench Loses Spy Game to Younger Self in Fractured WWII Tale

In certain circles (and in scads of UK tabloids), Melita Norwood was known as the “granny spy.” In 1994, the aging former British civil servant was outed as a former Kgb spy who passed nuclear secrets to the Ussr. That came as quite a shock to her family and friends, who were likely only somewhat soothed by the government’s decision not to prosecute her because of her age.

While Trevor Nunn’s “Red Joan” isn’t an exact biographical treatment of Norwood’s story (her Russian code name was Hola), the spy drama pulls generously from both her life and the Jennie Rooney novel inspired by it. The result is a strange, bifurcated tale of love and espionage, with Judi Dench stuck in a thankless role that does nothing to capitalize on her talents. The film is worse for it.

At least Sophie Cookson, who plays the younger version of Joan throughout the film,
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UK box office preview: 'Red Joan' leads openers; family-friendly holdovers to dominate

UK box office preview: 'Red Joan' leads openers; family-friendly holdovers to dominate
Greta’, ’Dragged Across Concrete’ among new titles.

Holdovers look set to dominate the UK box office this weekend, with Trevor Nunn’s spy drama Red Joan amongst the new openers.

Produced by David Parfitt’s Trademark Films, the Lionsgate-distributed feature is led by Judi Dench and 2014 Screen Star of Tomorrow Sophie Cookson, and based on the novel of the same name by Jennie Rooney. Cookson plays Joan Stanley, a Cambridge physics student in 1938 who falls for a young communist; while Dench takes up the character in 2000 when MI5 come to arrest her.

The film will be aiming to top
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‘Red Joan’ Review: Not Enough Drama, or Enough Judi Dench, in British Spy Story

  • The Wrap
Our first shot of Joan Stanley (Judi Dench) in “Red Joan” is inauspicious enough. A librarian in a cozy cardigan, she’s pruning roses outside her small, neatly kept row house in a London suburb. But then there’s a knock at the door. And a charge of treason.

Unfortunately, director Trevor Nunn can’t match the rest of the film to this intriguing open, in part because he loses Dench for so much it.

Nunn — who usually focuses on the stage, alternating between Shakespearean adaptations and splashy productions like “Cats” and “Les Misérables” — does know how to craft a good-looking movie. He just doesn’t seem motivated to make a particularly challenging one. There’s a sense of missed opportunity hovering around the edges of this curious story, which ought to be tense and complex but rarely is.

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Judi Dench Is Led Astray By “Red Joan”

There are few bigger legends among actresses than Judi Dench. An Oscar winner, almost anything she chooses to be in is with your attention. Whether it’s a prestige Academy Award hopeful or a blockbuster like the James Bond franchise outings, she’s usually able to elevate the material and provide a reason to watch. However, that’s not the case here with Red Joan. This independent drama does her no favors and she’s unable to save it. This is the poorest use of Dench in some time. Boring, meandering, and constantly unsure of how to generate intrigue, it’s a tale that falters almost immediately. The film is a drama, though that posits that anything especially dramatic occurs. The first scene is interesting, as we see Joan Stanley (Dench) arrested by British police. What could they want with a little old lady? Well, it turns out she’s
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Win Red Joan book

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Red Joan starring Dame Judi Dench is releasing in cinemas nationwide from Friday 19 April and to celebrate we are giving 3 lucky winners the chance to win a copy of the novel on which the film is based on.

The year is 2000 and Joan Stanley (Dench) is living in contented retirement in suburbia at the turn of the millennium. Her tranquil life is suddenly disrupted when she’s arrested by MI5 and accused of providing intelligence to Communist Russia.

Cut to 1938 where Joan is a Cambridge physics student who falls for young communist Leo Galich and through him, begins to see the world in a new light.

Working at a top-secret nuclear research facility during WWII, Joan comes to the realisation that the world is on the brink of mutually assured destruction. Confronted with an impossible question – what price would you pay for peace? – Joan must choose between betraying her country
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Red Joan Review: Judi Dench Is Wasted in Dull Spy Drama

Red Joan turns an incredible espionage story into a lethargic and boring film. Melita Norwood was a British woman who spied for the Soviet Union during and after World War II. The information she smuggled was directly responsible for the Soviets acquiring the atomic bomb. Red Joan, adapted from the novel by Jennie Rooney, is a fictional account based on Norwood's activities. What should be a riveting thriller is told with a plodding delivery.

Dame Judi Dench stars as the older Joan in modern times. A white-haired, genteel grandmother, she is arrested by the British government for espionage and treason. Her son (Ben Miles) is outraged by the charges. This must be a mistake. His mother spent her life as a librarian. It's only when he sits through her interrogation is the shocking truth revealed.

Sophie Cookson co-stars as the younger Joan. In the mid thirties, she was a reserved student studying physics at Cambridge.
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Judi Dench Plays an Elderly Widow Giving Intelligence to the Russians in New Clip from Red Joan

After leaving the James Bond franchise in Skyfall, Judi Dench returns to the spy genre in her new movie Red Joan.

In a People exclusive clip of the thriller, the Oscar winner, 84, portrays the elderly Joan Standley, a widow living in retirement when she is arrested by the British Secret Service.

Suspected of providing classified information — including details on the building of an atomic bomb — to the Soviet government for decades, Joan is interrogated and relives the moments in her life that led her to commit treason.

Facing a group of reporters following her arrest, Joan defends herself by saying,
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Movie Review – Red Joan (2019)

Red Joan, 2019.

Directed by Trevor Nunn.

Starring Judi Dench, Sophie Cookson, Tom Hughes, Tereza Srbová, Laurence Spellman, Kevin Fuller, Ciarán Owens, Stephen Campbell, and Moore Ben Miles.


The story of Joan Stanley, who was exposed as the Kgb’s longest-serving British spy.

Scientists and physics experts being exploited for the purposes of war generally make for fascinating character studies, and on paper the story of Joan Stanley/Red Joan appears to be a worthwhile exploration of a relatively unknown figure. Rather than functioning as a spy movie about a betrayal of one’s country, it operates on the basis of morality and doing what one feels is right to prevent the very makers of catastrophic destruction from being eager to drop atomic bombs on one another willy-nilly. There’s also promise in casting the great Judi Dench and the rising Sophie Cookson playing the parts of Joan at respective points in her life.
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Red Joan Movie Review

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Red Joan IFC Films Reviewed for & with a Rotten Tomatoes link by: Harvey Karten Director: Trevor Nunn Screenwriter: Lindsay Shapero based on Jennie Rooney’s novel Cast: Judi Dench, Sophie Cookson, Stephen Campbell Moore, Tom Hughes, Ben Miles, Tereza Srbrova Screened at: Digital Arts, NYC, 3/13/19 Opens: April 19, 2019 Tom Lehrer sang […]

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Canneseries: Watch Pulse Films’ Star-Studded But Unseen ‘Do Not Disturb’ (Exclusive)

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Canneseries: Watch Pulse Films’ Star-Studded But Unseen ‘Do Not Disturb’ (Exclusive)
One of the favorites heading into this year’s Canneseries Short-Form Competition has to be the star-studded anthology series “Do Not Disturb,” spearheaded by the U.K.’s Pulse Films in association with Blackpills Studio.

Michael Haussman and Larry Volpi created the series, and its nine, 10-minute episodes were written by the two along with Olivia Poulet, Mike O’Leary, Nida Manzoor and Davey Spens.

Do Not Disturb” takes the audience behind the little plastic placards we hang on hotel-room door handles when we need a nap, want to be left alone, or perhaps up to something a bit more adult, as is often the case in this show.

Some episodes are comedies, some terrifying and others sultry, but each explores the darker side of humanity that is often kept behind closed doors.

The series’ directors include Haussman, Jude Law, Jake Chapman, Mounia Akl, Dylan Southern, Will Lovelace, Zoe Casavettes and Matthew Huston.
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Watch The First Trailer For Red Joan Starring Judi Dench

Here’s your first look at Oscar-winner Judi Dench in Red Joan. The film is inspired by the True Story of the Granny Spy Melita Norwood.

Joan Stanley (Judi Dench) is a widow living out a quiet retirement in the suburbs when, shockingly, the British Secret Service places her under arrest. The charge: providing classified scientific information—including details on the building of the atomic bomb—to the Soviet government for decades. As she is interrogated, Joan relives the dramatic events that shaped her life and beliefs: her student days at Cambridge, where she excelled at physics while challenging deep-seated sexism; her tumultuous love affair with a dashing political radical (Tom Hughes); and the devastation of World War II, which inspired her to risk everything in pursuit of peace.

Based on a sensational true story, Red Joan vividly brings to life the conflicts—between patriotism and idealism, love and duty,
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Shudder’s February 2019 Releases Include Eli Roth’S History Of Horror, Horror Noire, The Loved Ones, Bloody Birthday

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Shudder is looking to warm the hearts of horror fans in the Us this February with a wide range of titles, including the new documentary Horror Noire, Eli Roth's History of Horror TV series (for those that missed it on its initial AMC run), 1981's Bloody Birthday, Frank Henenlotter's Brain Damage, and Sean Byrne's The Loved Ones.

Below, check out the full list of titles coming to Shudder in the Us this February, and visit Shudder online to learn more about the streaming service.

"Horror’s past comes to life this month on Shudder, first in the new Shudder Original documentary Horror Noire: A History Of Black Horror, and then in the seven-part series Eli Roth’S History Of Horror. After that, step into horror’s future with the Shudder Exclusive films The Crucifixion, offering a new take on the demonic possession genre from the director of Frontier(s),
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Sophie Cookson & Judi Dench in First Trailer for Spy Drama 'Red Joan'

"I was fighting for the living! I loved my country!" Lionsgate UK has debuted the first official trailer for a modern spy drama titled Red Joan, telling the true story of Joan Stanley, who was exposed as the Kgb's longest-serving British spy. This premiered at the Toronto and Zurich Film Festivals last year and is opening in the UK this spring, but still doesn't have a Us release yet. Judi Dench stars as "Red Joan", who first became a spy as a Cambridge physics student after falling for a young communist. Working at a top-secret nuclear facility during WWII, she realizes it's perhaps better for her to work as a mole in order to hopefully reach peace. That's a very intriguing premise, and I'm curious to see how the film portrays the challenging decisions she had to make. In addition to Dench, the cast stars Sophie Cookson as the younger version of Joan,
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‘Red Joan’ Trailer: Dame Judi Dench/Sophie Cookson May Or May Not Be A Spy For Communist Russia

By all accounts, Dame Judi Dench seems to be an upstanding member of society. Of course, she’s also an acting legend and one of the most recognizable names in Hollywood. But in the new film “Red Joan,” she plays a woman that is being accused of being a communist spy, and it’s a role that you probably wouldn’t expect the lovely Dench to play.

Read More: Judi Dench Briefly Enlivens The Dreary Spy-Jinks Of ‘Red Joan’ [San Sebastian Review]

In the first trailer for the film, we meet Joan Stanley, an older lady with a family and a humble life in the UK.

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Judi Dench revealed as former Spy in trailer for ‘Red Joan’

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Lionsgate has debuted the trailer for the adaptation of Jennie Rooney’s best-selling novel ‘Red Joan’ starring Judi Dench.

Directed by Trevor Nunn, the cast is led by multi-award winning actress Judi Dench (Skyfall, Shakespeare in Love) and Sophie Cookson (Gypsy, Kingsman: The Secret Service) who star as the eponymous central character, Stephen Campbell Moore (The Child in Time, Goodbye Christopher Robin) as Max, a physics professor and Young Joan’s mentor, Tom Hughes (Victoria, London Town) as Leo, a young communist and Young Joan’s first love, Ben Miles (The Crown, Woman in Gold) as Joan’s son and lawyer Nick and Tereza Srbova as a fellow Cambridge University student and Young Joan’s confident.

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The film is out in cinemas April 19th

Red Joan Synopsis

The year is 2000 and Joan Stanley (Dench) is living
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