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The 10 Best Overlooked Movies of 2018, So Far

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The 10 Best Overlooked Movies of 2018, So Far
If 2018 ended today, it would have been a very solid year for cinema. From “First Reformed” to “Won’t You Be My Neighbor,” recent theatrical releases have provided plenty of reasons to celebrate the vitality of movies as an art form and an essential conversation-starter. Of course, the fall is just a few months away, and it’s dense with a whole bunch of new possibilities sure to complicate any overview of the year’s highlights. December will look very different, and make it all that harder to recall those hidden gems the hidden gems that deserved more attention than they received.

While we continue to gather an ongoing list of the best indie movies of the year so far, we’re taking this opportunity to point out a handful of titles that have yet to land the appropriate exposure. There were no hard-and-fast rules for qualifications here — festival favorites
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Ray Winstone Packs His Bags for Sicily in Film Star’s First Factual Show (Exclusive)

Ray Winstone Packs His Bags for Sicily in Film Star’s First Factual Show (Exclusive)
Ray Winstone’s career includes hit films “Sexy Beast” and “The Departed,” but making his first-ever doc series has proved as challenging as any movie part. “It’s probably the most difficult work I’ve done to be honest with you,” Winstone told Variety. “You are baring all in a way. The camera is on you more or less 24/7.”

The show is “Ray Winstone’s World: Sicily,” a travel series following the London-born actor on a journey around the popular Mediterranean destination.

“I was coming to Sicily for many years and I fell in love with the place,” he said.
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‘The World Is Yours’ Review: Romain Gavras’ Brilliant Caper Comedy Is the Anti-Scarface — Cannes 2018

Romain Gavras’ “The World Is Yours” might take its title from a certain gangster classic — or its blood-soaked Brian De Palma remake, which only made a life of crime seem that much cooler — but this wildly infectious French heist comedy is pretty much the anti-“Scarface.” A hyper-stylish and unexpectedly sweet rebuke to the idea that screwing people is a good way to get ahead, Gavras’ second feature manages the almost impossible task of mining something nice from the me-first mentality that’s been sweeping across modern Europe. It’s “Sexy Beast,” “Spring Breakers,” and “Little Miss Sunshine” all blended together and served with a lad-rock swagger; it’s the best movie that Guy Ritchie never made.

Whereas Tony Camonte (or Tony Montana) came to the game as a refugee looking to make a name for himself, François (Karim Leklou) was born into a dog-eat-dog underworld full of killers and cheats.
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Guy Ritchie is Returning to His Lock, Stock and Snatch Roots With His New Film Toff Guys

Finally! Guy Ritchie is returning to his filmmaking roots with a new film project he's directing called Toff Guys! Ritchie launched his career with films like Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch. He went on to make big budget films that implemented his signature hyper high energy shooting style, like Sherlock Holmes, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., King Author: Legend of the Sword, and the upcoming Disney film Aladdin.

This next film of his is said to be "set at the intersection of Sexy Beast and Downton Abbey, and follows a very English drug lord attempting to cash out on his highly profitable empire by selling it off to a dynasty of Oklahoma billionaires." Insiders said it’s "about old money, new money, and show me the money."

I've been wondering if Ritchie would ever make a movie like his earlier films again, so it's awesome to see that he's actually doing it!
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Film Review: ‘An Ordinary Man’

Film Review: ‘An Ordinary Man’
Ben Kingsley is not a tall man, but he looms awesomely large in writer-director Brad Silberling’s “An Ordinary Man,” whose slyly misleading title refers to what becomes of a notorious Bosnian Serb general living in what used to be Yugoslavia — a monster guilty of torture, murder, and other unforgivable crimes who has spent the subsequent years attempting to blend in. The versatile actor, whose performances have run the gamut of good and evil from Gandhi to “Sexy Beast” maniac Don Logan, settles somewhere in the middle here, which isn’t at all what one might expect when playing the country’s most wanted war criminal. Still, it’s the right answer in a goulash-heavy character study that’s ultimately more interested in human psychology than unresolved world politics.

Kingsley’s domineering lead performance is worth the price of admission alone, although “An Ordinary Man” is actually a two-hander, divided
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Review: ‘An Ordinary Man’ Finds Ben Kingsley Portraying a Warped Mind

Despite being someone known for family-friendly fare (Casper and A Series of Unfortunate Events), Brad Silberling was always the guy behind the under-rated Moonlight Mile to me. Beyond its sentimentality and contrivances, it cemented his name as one to follow. Besides 10 Items or Less, however, he career mostly shifted from film to television. I’ll admit I eventually forgot this name during the fifteen years since taking note, its appearance as writer and director of An Ordinary Man reminding me of the potential it held. Even so, I can’t say a film about a war criminal that appeared to want to shine a sympathetic light upon him sounded like it could ever legitimately work, but I was pleasantly surprised to discover it did.

Ben Kingsley stars as “The General.” This is how we know him because it is how everyone else does too. Some say it with reverence while
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Who’s your favorite Best Actor Oscar winner of 1980s: Daniel Day-Lewis, Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas … ? [Poll]

Who’s your favorite Best Actor Oscar winner of 1980s: Daniel Day-Lewis, Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas … ? [Poll]
The Best Actor Oscar winners of the 1980s are some of Hollywood’s most beloved acting legends. We saw icons of yesteryear finally winning their first Oscar, like Henry Fonda and Paul Newman, in addition to actors who have endured through decades of film, like Robert De Niro, Ben Kingsley, Robert Duvall, Michael Douglas, Dustin Hoffman and Daniel Day-Lewis. The decade also saw newer stars like F. Murray Abraham and William Hurt step into the spotlight and launch lasting careers of their own.

Who is your favorite Best Actor Oscar winner of the 1980s? Look back on each performance and be sure to vote in our poll below.

Robert De Niro, “Raging Bull” (1980) — The ’80s started off with one of the most memorable performances in movie history — De Niro as troubled boxer Jake Lamotta in “Raging Bull.” De Niro won Best Supporting Actor five years earlier for “The Godfather Part
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Sci-fi Noir Thriller Mute was Originally Written As a Modern-Day Mobster Film

Duncan Jones' 15-year passion project, Netflix's sci-fi noir thriller Mute feels like it could perfectly fit into the Black Mirror universe, but it wasn't originally conceived that way. I recently sat down and talked to the director about the film and he explained that when he and co-writer Michael Robert Johnson first started writing what was supposed to be Jones' first film it was set in modern times.

The project was shelved when Jones and actor Sam Rockwell decided to do what turned out to be Jones' very first film Moon. Then in the years that followed, Jones did two studio films, Source Code followed by Warcraft only to return to his original project to find it slightly dated. 

"We wrote it around the same time that Sexy Beast came out and Layer Cake and these kind of a new wave of British gangster films that were coming out.
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HeyUGuys on set… Our report from Duncan Jones’s sci-fi thriller Mute

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Author: Stefan Pape

Whether it be Moon, Source Code, or to a slightly lesser extent Warcraft, there’s something about Duncan Jones’ work, where the audience just want to exist in the worlds he has created. Needless to say we were absolutely thrilled when invited onto the set of the director’s latest production Mute, which launches on Netflix on February 23rd.

This sci-fi thriller, set 40 years into the future in Berlin, is a companion piece to Moon, set in the same universe (and with a cameo from Sam Rockwell as Sam Bell) and tells the story of a mute bartender, played by Alexander Skarsgard, striving to uncover the whereabouts of his missing partner, which leads him to the eccentric duo of Cactus Bill (Paul Rudd) and Duck Teddington (Justin Theroux).

Set Visit Video Report

Given the futuristic elements, needless to say the set was breathtaking, with so much built,
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‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ Deserves to Win the VFX Oscar

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‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ Deserves to Win the VFX Oscar
The time has come for the Academy to finally give the VFX Oscar to “War for the Planet of the Apes.” Twice denied for “Rise” and “Dawn,” Weta Digital’s remarkable work on Caesar (Andy Serkis) culminated with a Shakespearean finale. It’s undeniably the best of the field. And coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the original “Planet of the Apes” would make it even sweeter. The Visual Effects Society obviously got the importance of the work, honoring the entire Caesar trilogy, now we’ll see if the Academy makes amends with “War.”

However, “Apes” has been denied before (with the acting branch, in particular, having a bias against Serkis and performance capture) and there is other noteworthy character animation to choose from, including the stunning CG Rachael from “Blade Runner 2049,” the creepy Snoke (Serkis) from “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Ego and the de-aged Kurt Russell from
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Paramount Pictures Hires Marketing Veteran Liz West

Paramount Pictures has hired veteran executive Liz West as executive vice president of marketing communications for international theatrical marketing and worldwide home entertainment.

West most recently served as VP of global publicity at the Walt Disney Company. She will report to Mary Daily, president of international theatrical marketing and worldwide home media entertainment. Paramount said the newly created role calls for West to work closely with senior executive teams to drive worldwide key marketing initiatives, including digital and publicity campaigns for international territories.

“As our slate expands and our business grows we are looking to make sure we have a strategic, lifecycle approach to our movies and integrated consumer-facing communications across these areas,” Daly said. “Liz, who is a known strategist with the invaluable combination of both international theatrical and home entertainment experience, is the perfect executive to help lead these efforts.”

West will begin her new role at Paramount on Feb. 26. During her Disney tenure,
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Horror-On-Sea 2018 Interview: Jamie Cymbal & Ryan Simons talk ‘Seizure’

Seizure is new gangster horror from Jamie Cymbal and Ryan Simons, which has been selected to play at the Horror-on-Sea Film Festival on Sunday 21st January. I got chance to ask them a few questions about what we can expect, their influences for the film, and the process of working together both in front and behind the camera.

What can we expect from the film Seizure?

Jamie – A fast paced, entertaining gangster horror that’s well acted and puts people on edge of their seats.

Ryan – A fast paced ghost story seen through the eyes of gangsters who wonder whether they’re losing their minds.

What was your inspiration for writing the film Seizure?

Jamie – Ryan and I had played around with a few scripts ideas over the years and to be totally honest very few were horror. I grew up loving the obvious Robert De Niro classics, Once upon a time in America (1984), Goodfellas,
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’: How Rian Johnson and the VFX Team Created the Porgs, Snoke, and More

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’: How Rian Johnson and the VFX Team Created the Porgs, Snoke, and More
For his first time out with the “Star Wars” universe, Rian Johnson populated “The Last Jedi” with a slew of new and old friends and foes, including several creature standouts: the adorable Porgs, the elegant Vulptices, the majestic Falthiers, the sinister Snoke, and the return of Master Yoda.

Read More:‘The Last Jedi’ Opens to $220 Million, No Matter What Disappointed Fanboys Say

“To the extent that I deal with visual effects, since I don’t have the technical know how, it’s on the design side,” Johnson said. “And I like simplicity of design. You don’t ever want the audience using unnecessary brain power figuring out what they’re looking at. So many of our conversations about the design stuff weren’t about making it look cool, they’re always going to make it look cool [at Industrial Light & Magic]. It was about knowing what we’re looking at.”

The Porgs

While scouting
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'Midnight, Texas' Recap: Can the Gang Fend Off a Succubus?

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'Midnight, Texas' Recap: Can the Gang Fend Off a Succubus?
After four episodes of Midnight, Texas, the writers are getting a little more creative with their "big bad of the week." In the fourth episode, titled "Sexy Beast," the Midnighters have to fight off a succubus posing as a hot blonde while still trying to figure out why all this evil is coming to Midnight. Oh, and there's some kissing too.

Here's a run-down of the most important happenings in this episode of Midnight, Texas.
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Ian McShane Brings Intensity & Legitimacy To Hellboy Reboot

Ian McShane is a revered and accomplished British actor whose career dates back to the early 1960s. His breakout role came in 2000, when he played the amoral, serpentine mob boss, Teddy Bass, in Sexy Beast, a brutal crime thriller that also starred Ray Winstone and Ben Kingsley (in one of his most thoroughly entertaining roles). American audiences probably knew him best as the infamous (and quasi-historical) Al Swearengen in David Milch's classic anti-Western Deadwood -- a role now firmly entrenched in American pop culture.

McShane is undoubtedly one of the greatest character actors working today, he's played everything from pirate to hitman to martial arts tiger to the Norse God Odin himself, all with one thing in common: they're all take-no-shit, total badasses! THR's announcement of McShane joining Neil Marshall's Hellboy reboot is absolutely huge news, which vaults this film to the top of my must-see movies of
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The directors who can take cinema forward over the next decade

Tom Jolliffe on the directors who can take cinema forward over the next decade…

There’s a cinematic crossroads on the horizon. As the market gets swallowed up by a core consumer taste leaning toward spandex and radioactive arachnid bites, there’s a need for modern thinking, engaging directors to offer something different. After all, there’s only so long the Marvel cow can be milked. It will dry out. It’s the way of things. Studios now bank on billion dollar returns. These seem safe bets now, but for how long? Ultimately it will become a huge gamble.

We’re still seeing interesting film-makers doing their best to re-invigorate or subvert genres. Edgar Wright just smashed it out of the park with Baby Driver. There was a degree of hyperbole about marking him as a cinematic master (until he improves his depiction of women in films, that may allude
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‘Under The Skin’ Visionary Jonathan Glazer Has Finished Writing His Next Movie

‘Under The Skin’ Visionary Jonathan Glazer Has Finished Writing His Next Movie
English director Jonathan Glazer has been a feature filmmaker since 2000, but he’s only made three movies in 17 years: Breakout debut “Sexy Beast,” the criminally overlooked Nicole Kidman psychodrama “Birth” and the modern classic “Under The Skin.” 9 years separated the releases of his last two movies, so many of us have been worried that it would be another decade until Glazer delivered a follow-up to 2014’s “Under The Skin,” but it appears we won’t have to wait that long after all.

Read More: Why Jonathan Glazer’s ‘Under the Skin’ Took a Decade to Make

Speaking to the Nottingham Post (via The Playlist) after picking up his honorary doctorate from Nottingham Trent, Glazer revealed he is starting pre-production on his new movie after working on the script for the past year. The screenplay is finished and will mark his first solo outing as a writer. Glazer co-wrote “Under The Skin
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DVD Review – Security (2017)

Security, 2017.

Directed by Alain Desrochers.

Starring Antonio Banderas, Ben Kingsley, Liam McIntyre, Chad Lindberg, Katherine de la Rocha, and Gabriella Wright.

Synopsis:

A shopping mall security guard has to protect a female trial witness from a psychopathic criminal and his gang of soldiers looking to stop her testifying against them.

And so the run of direct-to-dvd action movies starring **ahem** older action movie actors continues with Security, a film that stars Antonio Banderas (Desperado/The Expendables 3) and could be neatly summed up as ‘Die Hard in a shopping mall’ and left at that. However, the whole ‘Die Hard in a…’ thing was done with a long time ago and these days not even the Die Hard franchise itself can claim to be anything like those halcyon days of likeable everyday characters taking extraordinary measures to stop the bad guys, so why not delve back into that mindset of late
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Brother Can You Spare a Dime

It’s 1930s America as seen in the movies, through music, and the evasions of newsreels. Franklin Delano Roosevelt preaches prosperity while James Cagney slugs out the decade as a smart-tongued everyman — in a dozen different roles. Director Philippe Mora investigates what was then a new kind of revisionist info-tainment formula: applying old film footage to new purposes.

Brother Can You Spare a Dime

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The Sprocket Vault

1975 / B&W / 1:33 flat full frame / 106 min. / Street Date ?, 2017 / available through The Sprocket Vault / 14.99 (also available in Blu-ray)

Film Editor: Jeremy Thomas

Research by Michael Barlow, Jennifer E. Ryan, Susan Winslow

Produced by Sanford Lieberson, David Puttnam

Directed by Philippe Mora

Years before he was briefly sidetracked into sequels for The Howling, Philippe Mora was an accomplished artist and documentary filmmaker. Backed by producers Sanford Lieberson and David Puttnam, his 1974 documentary Swastika pulled a controversial switch on the usual historical fare about
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The Hatton Garden Job review – a swift and methodical theft of everyone's time

Matthew Goode and Phil Daniels do their best as toughened crims in a story of the real-life 2015 heist, but they can’t rescue this geezer opera from trite tedium

The Hatton Garden safe deposit burglary in 2015 was the largest in English history, carried out by ageing veterans. When news of this caper broke, I – along with every other film journalist in the country – speculated about what the inevitable film version would look like and, in a spasm of sentimental optimism, I even invoked Jonathan Glazer’s masterpiece Sexy Beast, also about a safe deposit job.

A Working Title production with Michael Caine and Jim Broadbent is in the works. In the meantime here is another film – and it’s a most-expense-spared production, ropey and depressing, which fails to keep faith with the grey power ethos by inventing a sexy young crim leader for the older crew: Matthew Goode roughens up his vowels for the part.
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