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The Darkest Minds – Review

Well, we thought we were finally safe. “We” being movie audiences, in case you wondered. Just a few weeks into the new year saw the final installment of the film franchise culled from the Maze Runner book series. With Divergent and Hunger concluded long ago, the scourge of movies based on young adult novels (or a series) set in a dystopian future seems to have run its course. Looks like we were wrong. With just over a month left in the Summer blockbuster season, the folks at Fox have scooped up the film rights to yet another set of Ya novels (those things gobble up sections of chain bookstores like starving locusts). Here’s another group of plucky, photogenic teens (and pre-teens) ready to outsmart and fight the system run by the evil elders whose dark motives emanate from The Darkest Minds.

The character voice-over narrator fills us in on
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Steve McQueen Teases Heist Thriller ‘Widows’

Steve McQueen Teases Heist Thriller ‘Widows’
Steve McQueen isn’t afraid to defy expectations.

Widows,” a labyrinthine heist story about a group of Chicago women who have to complete a robbery put in motion by their dead husbands, sounds like a departure for the Oscar-winning filmmaker behind “12 Years a Slave” and “Hunger.” However, despite its thriller veneer, “Widows” is also concerned with poverty, prejudice, and power — issues that McQueen has addressed in previous films. It is as concerned with dramatizing the third-act caper as it is with examining how its characters criminality ties into larger urban corruption and exploitation.

“It’s a genre picture,” said McQueen. “I liked the idea of going into a genre, but still having social realism involved. Chicago had all the elements that I wanted to investigate, those of race, class, religion, policing… It’s such a fertile narrative environment. It has this criminality that goes all the way back to Al Capone.
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Steve McQueen Teases Heist Thriller ‘Widows’

  • Variety
Steve McQueen Teases Heist Thriller ‘Widows’
Steve McQueen isn’t afraid to defy expectations.

“Widows,” a labyrinthine heist story about a group of Chicago women who have to complete a robbery put in motion by their dead husbands, sounds like a departure for the Oscar-winning filmmaker behind “12 Years a Slave” and “Hunger.” However, despite its thriller veneer, “Widows” is also concerned with poverty, prejudice, and power — issues that McQueen has addressed in previous films. It is as concerned with dramatizing the third-act caper as it is with examining how its characters criminality ties into larger urban corruption and exploitation.

“It’s a genre picture,” said McQueen. “I liked the idea of going into a genre, but still having social realism involved. Chicago had all the elements that I wanted to investigate, those of race, class, religion, policing… It’s such a fertile narrative environment. It has this criminality that goes all the way back to Al Capone.
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NYC Weekend Watch: ‘Wanda,’ Fernando Birri, Female Pioneers, and More

Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.

Metrograph

Godard’s work in the Dziga Vertov Group is the centerpiece of a new series.

A restoration of Wanda plays alongside McCabe & Mrs. Miller and The Spook Who Sat By the Door.

Bam

A new series highlights the first female filmmakers.

Prints of Raging Bull and a (supposedly) worthwhile companion screen on Saturday.

Quad Cinema
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Steve McQueen Thriller ‘Widows’ Opens London Film Festival

Steve McQueen Thriller ‘Widows’ Opens London Film Festival
Steve McQueen’s contemporary Chicago thriller “Widows”, starring Viola Davis, will open the 62nd BFI London Film Festival. The international premiere will take place on Wednesday October 10 at the Cineworld, Leicester Square, after its stateside fall film festival debut, likely Telluride or New York.

Adapted by McQueen and novelist-screenwriter Gillian Flynn (“Gone Girl”) from Lynda La Plante’s 80s UK television thriller, “Widows” is about a group of women who share a debt left behind by their dead criminal husbands. The film costars Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo, Colin Farrell, Daniel Kaluuya, and Jacki Weaver with Robert Duvall and Liam Neeson.

“This is scintillatingly rich storytelling from a magnificent filmmaker,” stated BFI London Film Festival Artistic Director Tricia Tuttle, “probing issues around race, class and gender, while always delivering immense style and crackingly sharp thrills.”

From Twentieth Century Fox, Regency Enterprises and See-Saw Films in association with Film4, “Widows
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Steve McQueen Thriller ‘Widows’ Opens London Film Festival

Steve McQueen Thriller ‘Widows’ Opens London Film Festival
Steve McQueen’s contemporary Chicago thriller “Widows”, starring Viola Davis, will open the 62nd BFI London Film Festival. The international premiere will take place on Wednesday October 10 at the Cineworld, Leicester Square, after its stateside fall film festival debut.

Adapted by McQueen and novelist-screenwriter Gillian Flynn (“Gone Girl”) from Lynda La Plante’s 80s UK television thriller, “Widows” is about a group of women who share a debt left behind by their dead criminal husbands. The film costars Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo, Colin Farrell, Daniel Kaluuya, and Jacki Weaver with Robert Duvall and Liam Neeson.

“This is scintillatingly rich storytelling from a magnificent filmmaker,” said BFI London Film Festival Artistic Director Tricia Tuttle in an official statement, “probing issues around race, class and gender, while always delivering immense style and crackingly sharp thrills.”

From Twentieth Century Fox, Regency Enterprises and See-Saw Films in association with Film4, “Widows” is
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Hear Florence and the Machine Cover Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Silver Springs’

Hear Florence and the Machine Cover Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Silver Springs’
Florence and the Machine pay tribute to Fleetwood Mac, a crucial influence, with a stripped-down cover of “Silver Springs” that was recorded during a special radio session for The Spectrum at the SiriusXM Studios.

Singer Florence Welch commands the track with her fluttering vibrato, occasionally adopting a light twang as she channels Stevie Nicks. The arrangement opens with subtle piano and acoustic guitar, building with layered backing vocals and a faint tambourine.

Welch spoke about Nicks as a creative inspiration in a 2010 interview with Huffington Post. ““I’m pretty obsessed with Stevie Nicks,
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Hulu schedule: Here’s what is coming and leaving in July 2018

Hulu has confirmed that several of its original series will be debuting new episodes on the streaming service in July, including the first season of the highly anticipated Stephen King thriller “Castle Rock” as well as season 2 of the costume drama “Harlots” and season 4 of the comedy “Casual.”

And there will also be new to Hulu seasons of some of your favorites from other networks, including season 2 of “The Strain,” season 4 of “The Vikings” and season 8 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” Likewise, there will be plenty of movies making their first Hulu appearances including the first five films in the “Star Trek” franchise and the Oscar-winning “Rosemary’s Baby.”

See Netflix schedule: Here’s what is coming and leaving in July

Available July 1: TV

Alaska: The Last Frontier: Complete Season 4 (Discovery)

Deadliest Catch: Complete Season 11 (Discovery)

Deadly Women: Complete Season 6 (ID)

Dual Survival: Complete Season 5 (Discovery)

Elementary: Complete Season
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Florence and the Machine (‘High as Hope’) reviews: Is it the ‘most rewarding’ album yet from the English band?

Florence and the Machine (‘High as Hope’) reviews: Is it the ‘most rewarding’ album yet from the English band?
The English rock band Florence and the Machine has returned with their fourth studio album, “High as Hope,” which was released on June 29. What do the critics have to say about by the latest from the group led by the full-throated Florence Welch? And will it win them their first Grammy?

The reception has been generally positive. It has a MetaCritic score of 72 based on 7 reviews. That’s only a few ticks below their previous efforts: their 2009 debut “Lungs” scored 79, followed by “Ceremonials” (2011) with 75 and “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful” (2015) with 77.

Many reviewers are truly high on “Hope,” describing it as “the realization of a singular talent” and “the most rewarding” album yet from the band thanks to Welch’s “magnificent emoting” and “intimate lyrics.” But a few other critics are more ambivalent, saying that “transcendent moments are “few and far between” and that Welch should tone down
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Viola Davis leads a heist in first trailer for Steve McQueen's Widows

  • JoBlo
Director Steve McQueen has delivered some incredibly powerful, humanist movies over his career, including Hunger, Shame and the classic 12 Years A Slave. With his new movie Widows, he’s still delivering on the introspective drama that showcases the triumph of the human spirit – only this time with more guns and a few explosions. The first trailer for the heist thriller is here and puts stars Viola... Read More...
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First Trailer for Steve McQueen's Heist Thriller 'Widows' Set in Chicago

"In this city, you reap what you sow." 20th Century Fox has released the first official trailer for the new film by highly acclaimed director Steve McQueen titled Widows. Set in contemporary Chicago, amidst a time of turmoil, four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands' criminal activities, take fate into their own hands, and conspire to forge a future on their own terms. McQueen co-wrote the script for this with "Gone Girl" author Gillian Flynn, and put together an incredibly impressive ensemble cast here. Widows stars Elizabeth Debicki, Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Cynthia Erivo as the four primary women, along with Garret Dillahunt, Liam Neeson, Carrie Coon, Daniel Kaluuya, Jon Bernthal, Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall, Brian Tyree Henry, Jacki Weaver, Kevin J. O'Connor, and Lukas Haas. This looks incredible already, way more major than McQueen's past work, way more thrilling. But we
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‘Widows’ First Trailer: Steve McQueen and Viola Davis Pull Off a Heist for the Ages

‘Widows’ First Trailer: Steve McQueen and Viola Davis Pull Off a Heist for the Ages
Steve McQueen is known for tackling challenging subject matter in his movies, be it the Irish hunger strike (“Hunger”), sex addiction (“Shame”), or American slavery (“12 Years A Slave”), but he’s lightening things up somewhat for his fourth feature, “Widows.” Based on the first trailer below, the heist thriller looks like it has the potential to be McQueen’s biggest commercial hit to date.

Widows,” co-written by McQueen and “Gone Girl” author Gillian Flynn, stars Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, and Cynthia Erivo as four women who decide to finish the heist that killed their four husbands. McQueen has assembled an impressive ensemble cast for the film, including Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell, Carrie Coon, Daniel Kaluuya, and Andre Holland.

While “Widows” will no doubt get a box office boost from its cast, especially with Davis front and center, the film is also notable for being McQueen’s first
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Florence & the Machine Announce North American Tour Dates

  • Variety
Florence + the Machine, whose fourth studio album “High as Hope” is out June 29, have announced dates for a 23-city North American fall headlining tour. The tour, which is produced by Live Nation, launches August 5 in Montreal and including stops at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl and New York’s Barclays Center, as well as Seattle, Portland, Nashville, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Chicago and more. Full dates appear below.

Support acts at various dates include St. Vincent, Kamasi Washington, Billie Eilish, Beth Ditto, Grizzly Bear, Perfume Genius and Wet.

Tickets are on sale to the general public beginning Friday, June 1 at 10 a.m. local time . American Express Card Members can purchase tickets for select dates before the general public beginning Tuesday, May 29 at 12 p.m. local time, through Thursday, May 31 at 10 p.m. local time.

“High as Hope” was entirely written by frontwoman Florence Welch, and marked her first time co-producing (alongside
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The Voice Finale Recap: Was the Right Singer Named the Winner of Season 14?

The Voice Finale Recap: Was the Right Singer Named the Winner of Season 14?
Going into Tuesday’s Season 14 finale of The Voice, the question seemed to be less “Who’s going to win?” and more “Was Kyla Jade or Brynn Cartelli going to win?” (Which was still more suspenseful than the ending of Season 13, since a victory by Team Blake’s Chloe Kohanski had been a foregone conclusion well ahead of the finish line.) Before Monday’s performances, I’d been pretty sure that Team Blake’s Kyla was a lock to take the title. She had the pipes, the charisma, the momentum. But then her original song had the same effect on me as Tylenol Pm,
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Florence and the Machine Releases New Single, Announces Album

  • Variety
Florence and the Machine Releases New Single, Announces Album
For the first time since 2015, Florence and the Machine is back with new music.

The band released a new single, “Hunger,” on Thursday, accompanied by a music video, and announced that a new album is also on the way this summer. “High As Hope,” Florence and the Machine’s fourth studio album, will be released June 29 on Republic Records.

The 10-track record was entirely written by frontwoman Florence Welch, and marked her first time co-producing (alongside Emile Haynie) one of her band’s albums. She recorded the majority of “High As Hope” in solitude and later brought in collaborators Kamasi Washington, Sampha, Tobias Jesso Jr, Kelsey Lu and Jamie xx.

“There’s a lot of love in this record, loneliness too, but a lot of love,” Welch said in a statement.“It’s always a work in progress, and I definitely don’t have everything figured out. But this feels
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Good Deed Launches Genre Label Cranked Up Films (Exclusive)

Good Deed Entertainment is launching a new genre-focused label dubbed Cranked Up Films, Variety has learned.

“Don’t Leave Home,” a horror film about an American artist who becomes obsessed with an urban legend, will be the label’s first release. It will debut in late 2018.

Cranked Up Films will specialize in high-concept horror, science fiction titles that are more firmly grounded in reality, and speculative fiction, which typically contains supernatural or futuristic elements. The announcement comes on the heels of Good Deed’s Oscar nomination for the animated hit “Loving Vincent.”

Written and directed by Michael Tully (“Septien”), “Don’t Leave Home” follows its protagonist as his investigation into the origin of the myth leads him to the eerie estate of a reclusive painter in Ireland. The picture was acquired in partnership with Shudder, AMC Network’s genre streaming platform. The film stars Anna Margaret Hollyman (“Sleeping with Other People
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Good Deed Launches Genre Label Cranked Up Films (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Good Deed Entertainment is launching a new genre-focused label dubbed Cranked Up Films, Variety has learned.

“Don’t Leave Home,” a horror film about an American artist who becomes obsessed with an urban legend, will be the label’s first release. It will debut in late 2018.

Cranked Up Films will specialize in high-concept horror, science fiction titles that are more firmly grounded in reality, and speculative fiction, which typically contains supernatural or futuristic elements. The announcement comes on the heels of Good Deed’s Oscar nomination for the animated hit “Loving Vincent.”

Written and directed by Michael Tully (“Septien”), “Don’t Leave Home” follows its protagonist as his investigation into the origin of the myth leads him to the eerie estate of a reclusive painter in Ireland. The picture was acquired in partnership with Shudder, AMC Network’s genre streaming platform. The film stars Anna Margaret Hollyman (“Sleeping with Other People
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Cannes 2018: Ursula Meier named Caméra d'Or jury president

Cannes 2018: Ursula Meier named Caméra d'Or jury president
Last year’s winner was Léonor Serraille’s Montparnasse Bienvenüe.

Swiss filmmaker Ursula Meier has been named president of the Caméra d’Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival (May 8-19).

Meier and the jury will award a prize to a director’s first work from the Official Selection, the Directors’ Fortnight or Critics’ Week.

Her work includes Home (2008), Sister (2012), which won the Silver Bear at the Berlinale, and Shock Waves - Diary of My Mind (2018). In 2014 she took part in Bridges of Sarajevo, a collective work by 13 European filmmakers presented at Cannes in the Official Selection.

The jury will present
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Roxane Gay Offers to Write ‘Batgirl’ Movie After Joss Whedon’s Departure

Author Roxane Gay has thrown her hat into the ring of potential writers for the upcoming “Batgirl” movie, and DC Comics appears to be interested.

After Joss Whedon stepped down as the film’s writer and director on Thursday, Gay tweeted saying, “Hey [DC Comics] I can write your ‘Batgirl’ movie, no prob.”

Hey @DCComics I can write your batgirl movie, no prob.

— roxane gay (@rgay) February 22, 2018

The tweet quickly garnered attention, leading Michele Wells, a Warner Bros. vice president who also works on DC films, to respond to Gay’s message.

“If you’re serious… contact me,” Wells wrote, providing her email address. Gay responded saying, “Yes I am serious. I will email you.”

Yes I am serious. I will email you.

— roxane gay (@rgay) February 22, 2018

Whedon, who has worked on comic book films like “The Avengers” and “Justice League,” cited story issues for his reasoning behind leaving “Batgirl.”

“‘Batgirl’ is such an exciting project, and Warners
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Michael Fassbender: After a Year of Flops, Here’s How He Can Recover from ‘The Snowman’

Michael Fassbender: After a Year of Flops, Here’s How He Can Recover from ‘The Snowman’
Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors and those who hope to get there. In this edition, we take on Michael Fassbender.

Bottom Line: Fassbender is an asset in any ensemble, from the “X-Men” franchise to “Inglourious Basterds.” Those franchises inflate his bankability in foreign territories, and he’s had two Oscar nominations, but he lacks marquee value. He was the biggest star in well-reviewed $97-million sequel “Alien: Covenant” (Metacritic: 65), which scored just $240 million worldwide, down dramatically from the $430 million earned by its predecessor, “Prometheus.” Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin didn’t even know who Fassbender was when his name came up to play the lead in hot project “Steve Jobs” (Metacritic: 82); and sure enough, even with a full-tilt Oscar push that brought him his first Best Actor nomination, the $30-million movie tanked with just $34 million worldwide. Fassbender tends to be cast as troubled antiheroes (Magneto, Macbeth,
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