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Movie Review – Papillon (2018)

Papillon, 2018.

Directed by Michael Noer.

Starring Charlie Hunnam, Rami Malek, Roland Møller, Michael Socha, Christopher Fairbank, Tommy Flanagan, Eve Hewson, Brian Vernel, Ian Beattie, Nick Kent, Joel Basman, Andre Flynn, Joe David Walters, Antonio de la Cruz, Luke Peros, and Yorick van Wageningen.


A prisoner detained on a remote island plots his escape. A remake of the 1973 film ‘Papillon‘.

Papillion opens with a sequence set in the bustling city of 1930s Paris, allowing the highly underrated Charlie Hunnam to play up many of his strengths as an actor; he’s a rebellious hustler, suave with the ladies, and exudes charm both in good looks and personality. Within mere minutes, Henri “Papillon” Charrière is separated from his carefree lifestyle and beautiful girlfriend and tossed onto a remote island prison with the reason being framed for the murder of a pimp, which audiences know is bogus. With that said, much like
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‘Blindspotting’ Rides Younger Audience Specialty Box Office Surge

‘Blindspotting’ Rides Younger Audience Specialty Box Office Surge
2018 brings a strange summer full of unexpected surprises, revealing an evolving specialized world that shows resilience beyond the mixed results earlier this year. The box office surge continues with documentaries and narratives with wide appeal not so much to the usual older crowd but more diverse, younger audiences.

Sundance breakout “Blindspotting” (Lionsgate) lead the way this weekend, coming quickly after another Sundance hit from Oakland, “Sorry to Bother You” (Annapurna). And multiple new documentaries, led by fashion biodioc “McQueen” (Bleecker Street), showed strong early interest.

Meantime, “Eighth Grade” (A24) enjoyed an excellent second weekend expansion, while widening “Three Identical Strangers” (Neon) is following the season’s other documentary smashes to higher than expected levels.


Blindspotting (Lionsgate) – Metacritic: 73; Festivals include: Sundance, South by Southwest 2018

$332,500 in 14 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $23,750

With “Sorry to Bother You” already a success, another filmmaker out of the Oakland film community that produced Ryan Coogler
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Timothée Chalamet is on the Road to Recovery in First Trailer for ‘Beautiful Boy’

After a stellar breakthrough year with Call Me by Your Name, Lady Bird, and Hostiles, culminating in an Oscar nomination, Timothée Chalamet is back this fall with Beautiful Boy, the English-language debut from Felix Van Groeningen, who also earned an Academy Award nod, for The Broken Circle Breakdown. Ahead of a fall release, Amazon Studios has now released the first trailer for the drug addiction drama.

Based on David Sheff’s biographical book “Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction,” the film tells the story of a son (Chalamet) struggling with methamphetamine addiction as his father (Steve Carell) watches over him. Produced by Brad Pitt’s Plan B, behind some of the greatest films of the last few years with Moonlight, The Lost City of Z, and more, this one will likely make a debut at Tiff. Also starring Maura Tierney and Amy Ryan, see the heart-stirring trailer below.
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Eiff 2018: ‘Papillon’ Review: Dir. Michael Noer (2018)

Papillon review: Based on Henri Charriere’s memoir from 1969, and re-adapting the classic 1973 film of the same name, Michael Noer directs a star-studded cast in this prison-drama – set to open here in the UK early 2019.

Papillon review by Awais Irfan.

Papillon review

Henri Charriere (Charlie Hunnam), aptly nicknamed ‘Papillon’ because of the butterfly tattoo inscribed across his chest, is a small-time thief for a big-time crook in Paris; one misstep later and he finds himself framed for a murder he didn’t commit and off to serve his sentence at the infamous penal colony on Devil’s Island in French Guiana. Here, he meets the hard-as-nails Julot (Michael Socha) and rich counterfeit forger Louis Dega (Rami Malek), who is smuggling a fair bit of cash in the prison and thus putting a target on his back; when Papi takes it upon himself to protect Dega for a small fee that will help fund his escape,
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Here’s The Trailer For David Lowery’s ‘Old Man & The Gun’

It is a full rumoured to be Robert Redford’s career swansong – we hope it isn’t – and it comes from A Ghost Story‘s filmmaker David Lowery. The film is Old Man & The Gun and we have the very first trailer.

The film is based on a New Yorker short story by ‘The Lost City Of Z’ author David Grann. Lowery scripted the film based on that article and also directs.

Old Man & The Gun is based on the true story of Forrest Tucker (Robert Redford), from his audacious escape from San Quentin at the age of 70 to an unprecedented string of heists that confounded authorities and enchanted the public. Wrapped up in the pursuit are detective John Hunt (Casey Affleck), who becomes captivated with Forrest’s commitment to his craft, and a woman (Sissy Spacek), who loves him in spite of his chosen profession.

Danny Glover, Tom Waits,
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Rami Malek and Charlie Hunnam Plan Their Escape in First Trailer for ‘Papillon’ Remake

First premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival last fall, Papillon is now slated for a theatrical release later this summer, and the first trailer has arrived. A remake of the 1973 film of the same title (which itself was based on the autobiographical novel by the French writer Henri Charrière) Papillon depicts the real-life experience of Charrière, played by Charlie Hunnam (who recently gave a career-best performance in The Lost City of Z), as he teams up with unlikely partner Louis Dega, played by Rami Malek, in attempt to escape prison after being put there for a murder he didn’t commit.

Directed by Michael Noer (Northwest) and scripted by Aaron Guzikowski, the film boasts action-crime genre veterans at the helm. The trailer teases the expected abrasive action along with promising a strong duo between Hunnam and Malek, which will likely be elevated with Guzikowski’s intimate character work. These
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First ‘Papillon’ Trailer Promises a Riveting, Real-Life Parisian Prison Drama

Charlie Hunnam might be best known for ridin' through this world on the small screen, but his big-screen roles have been as diverse in character and style as they have been in critical reception. He punched the sky in Guy Ritchie's take on King Arthur, fought the hurricane and ghosts alike in Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim and Crimson Peak, and ventured into the jungles of the early 20th century in James Gray's The Lost City of Z(ed). Hunnam time-jumps a bit from that film to the mid-20th century for what might be …
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‘Papillon’ Trailer: Rami Malek and Charlie Hunnam Try to Escape History’s Most Infamous Prison Colony

‘Papillon’ Trailer: Rami Malek and Charlie Hunnam Try to Escape History’s Most Infamous Prison Colony
Before Rami Malek enters Oscar season with his upcoming performance as Freddie Mercury in the Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody,” he’s starring opposite Charlie Hunnam in a new adaptation of “Papillon.” The movie, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last year, is based on Henri Charrière’s autobiographies “Papillon” and “Banco,” plus the famous 1973 film of the same name starring Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman.

Papillon” stars Hunnam in the title role of Henri “Papillon” Charrière, who is sent to a penal colony on Devil’s Island after being framed for murder. Charrière forms an alliance with a convicted counterfeiter named Louis Dega (Malek), who agrees to finance the innocent man’s escape from the colony. Roland Møller, Tommy Flanagan, and Eve Hewson co-star.

Hunnam and Malek both rose to stardom as the stars of cable dramas “Sons of Anarchy” and “Mr. Robot,” respectively, the latter winning Malek a best actor Emmy trophy.
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First look at Harry Michell's dark comedy 'Ilkley' (exclusive)

Independent handling sales in Cannes.

Screen can unveil an exclusive first look at Chubby Funny director Harry Michell’s upcoming comedy Ilkley.

The film, about an attempted assassination of a controversial secularist at a literary festival, stars Roger Allam (The Lady In The Van) Derek Jacobi (Tolkien) and Anna Maxwell-Martin (Philomena), alongside Harry Melling (The Lost City Of Z) and Tom Brooke (The Death Of Stalin). Vinette Robinson and Flora Spencer-Longhurst also star.

Michell (Chubby Funny) directed from a script he co-wrote with Jamie Fraser. Helen Simmons produced. The film is now in post-production after shooting in Yorkshire, UK.

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James Gray Replaces Matthew Vaughn as Director of Spy Thriller ‘I Am Pilgrim’

One of the greatest American directors working today, James Gray’s classical style is a welcome reprieve in a Hollywood that’s increasingly less interested in mid-budget adult dramas. Following The Lost City of Z, he’s currently in post-production on his Brad Pitt-led sci-fi film Ad Astra, due for a qualifying run later this year and January release, and now a new project has been announced.

In a directorial upgrade for the ages, THR reports that Gray is set to replace Matthew Vaughn on the spy thriller I Am Pilgrim. Based on the Terry Hayes novel, the MGM project follows a former head of an espionage unit in the U.S., who now lives an anonymous life under the radar, and is pulled back into a mission that finds him facing a terrorist.

A first for Gray, the studio hopes this first film will kick off a franchise.
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James Gray Will Direct The Film Version Of ‘I Am Pilgrim’

Filmmaker James Gray will direct the movie version of Terry Hayes’ novel I Am Pilgrim for MGM. Gray, who last helmed the brilliant The Lost City Of Z, will take charge of the project, which has been in-development for several years now. Gray will tackle the project once he’s finished up on Ad Astra, a sci-fi film with Brad Pitt.

The source novel, which Hayes will adapt himself, is a beast – truly exceptional writing but is an epic read, but indeed one of the best and most gripping spy novels we’ve read in recent times.

Here’s the official synopsis.

Pilgrim is the codename for a man who doesn’t exist. The adopted son of a wealthy American family, he once headed up a secret espionage unit for Us intelligence. Before he disappeared into anonymous retirement, he wrote the definitive book on forensic criminal investigation.

But that book
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James Gray Has His Sights Set On The Spy Genre For His Upcoming Film ‘I Am Pilgrim’

Director James Gray is still obsessed with melodrama and themes of class, but he is broadening his scope. The first half of his career was always laser-focused on crime stories and family dramas set often in the outer boroughs of New York; emotionally big, tragic melodramas. But as of late, while playing with the same themes, Gray has expanded the palette; “The Immigrant” was a New York period piece set in 1921, “The Lost City of Z” was set in the Amazon jungle at the turn of the 20th century, and his latest, still unfinished film, is a futuristic sci-fi movie called “Ad Astra.
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James Gray to Adapt Spy Thriller ‘I Am Pilgrim’

James Gray is keeping busy. Last year saw the release of his adaptation of The Lost City of Z, and he recently wrapped his sci-fi film Ad Astra starring Brad Pitt. Now he’s turning his attention to his next project, which will likely be an adaptation of the spy novel I Am Pilgrim for MGM. According to Deadline, screenwriter Terry Hayes (Payback) has adapted his own novel. Here’s the official synopsis from Amazon: A breakneck race against time…and an implacable enemy. An anonymous young woman murdered in a run-down hotel, all identifying characteristics dissolved …
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‘Birds of Passage’ Trailer: ‘Embrace of the Serpent’ Director Ciro Guerra Returns

One of the most visually distinct, transportive cinematic journeys of the last few years was Embrace of the Serpent, which would make a fine pairing with The Lost City of Z. After earning an Oscar nomination for his last film, director Ciro Guerra is now back, teaming with Cristina Gallego for the Colombia-set Birds of Passage. Ahead of a likely premiere at Directors Fortnight at Cannes, the first trailer has now arrived.

The drama follows an indigenous family who gets involved in the drug trade in 1970s Colombia as the marijuana business booms. Described as a film noir, western, and Greek tragedy, we can’t wait to see what one of international cinema’s most exciting directors has in store. Check out the trailer below courtesy of IndieWire for the film scripted by Maria Camila Arias and Jacques Toulemonde.
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Review: To the Victims of Expectation—Lucrecia Martel's "Zama"

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Ten minutes into Zama, the central character, Don Diego de Zama (Daniel Giménez Cacho), is called to the shore to receive an unexpected visitor, a trader from Montevideo. Cut to an establishing shot of several unfamiliar people moving and milling about Zama—an image that does not establish (in the conventional mode of narrative exposition) very much at all. Then the film transits to a close-up of a wary Zama, placed on the left-hand side of the frame, bringing to his lips the drink that his associate, Indalecio (Germán de Silva), has just poured for him. Various shouts, from off-screen, ping around the sound mix. Indalecio, also off-screen, presents his request for administrative help with the visitor’s business affairs (“Your relationship with the Treasury Minister is good?”) to Zama, who is still in his off-center close-up. Several subjects are elliptically raised in their conversation as the shot churns on:
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Mpse Golden Reel winners: ‘Blade Runner 2049’ wins over Oscar frontrunner ‘Dunkirk’ in key category

All five of Oscar nominees for Best Sound Editing numbered among the contenders for the Golden Reel Awards bestowed by the Motion Picture Sound Editors on Sunday (Feb. 18). Oscar frontrunner “Dunkirk” lost the category equivalent — Sound Editing (Effects and Foley)– to “Blade Runner 2049.” The WWII epic did win for music over the sci-fi film.

Both films lost the dialogue & Adr race to “War for the Planet of the Apes,” which was snubbed by the sound branch of the academy. The other three Oscar nominees were shut out at the Golden Reel ceremony. “Baby Driver and “The Shape of Water” contended in those same three races while “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” was only nominated for its sound editing.

The 65th annual edition of these awards took place at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles. Sound wiz John P. Fasal was feted for his lifetime of achievement and Kathryn Bigelow received the Filmmaker Award.
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Robert Pattinson on why he's now 'cautious' about appearing in franchise films

Robert Pattinson on why he's now 'cautious' about appearing in franchise films
Actor was talking at the Berlin film festival to promote new film Damsel.

Robert Pattinson said he is now “cautious” of appearing in big-budget films during a press conference at the Berlin Film Festival.

The actor was promoting Berlinale competition title Damsel, directed by David and Nathan Zellner and co-starring Mia Wasikowska.

He said: “The only reason why I’m cautious about big franchise things is you can’t make them ‘R rated’. It’s [also] the budget restrictions. If you have a really big budget, there’s more people on you saying: ‘you have to do it this way or your fired’. Whereas if you keep a budget contained within a certain level, and people think they are okay getting their money back, then you can experiment more with your performance.”

The actor, who has segued from the Twilight franchise to indie fare such as Good Time, Cosmopolis and The Lost City Of Z in recent years, said he
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Robert Pattinson joins Willem Dafoe for seafaring horror The Lighthouse

Robert Pattinson has lined up yet another interesting indie role, having signed on to join Willem Dafoe in The Lighthouse – a fantasy horror from The Witch director Robert Eggers.

Deadline reports Pattinson has joined the project in “a lead role” alongside Dafoe, who was previously announced.

Dafoe will play an aging lighthouse keeper, called Old, in the film, which is set in the early 20th century.

The story is said to take place in the world of “sea-faring myths” and will be a horror movie with fantasy elements.

Pattinson has proven himself as an indie darling in recent years, working with David Cronenberg on several projects, as well as taking on challenging roles in The Lost City of Z and Good Time last year.

Eggers, meanwhile, is lining up an intriguing slate of projects following the success of The Witch, including a remake of horror classic Nosferatu.

The post Robert
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Robert Pattinson joins The Witch director's new horror

David Crow Feb 16, 2018

Robert Pattinson will be joining Willem Dafoe in the New England set horror, The Lighthouse, the next film from The Witch's Robert Eggers.

At least in the world of indies and 'micro-budget' studio efforts, we’re experiencing something of a horror and thriller renaissance. In the last few years alone, films like It Follows, Get Out, and The Babadook have broken through. And then there's also The Witch, a self-described New England folktale whose passion for historic accuracy (and mythological fidelity) made you believe that goats could speak. It made us wonder what its writer-director Robert Eggers does next. And now we've got the answer.

Eggers has cemented his relationship with indie studio A24 with the upcoming “seafaring” horror, The Lighthouse. And the film has now lured Robert Pattinson to live deliciously on its shores.

As relayed via Deadline, Pattinson has signed on to star alongside
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Robert Pattinson Joins ‘The Witch’ Director Robert Eggers’ ‘The Lighthouse’

Robert Pattinson Joins ‘The Witch’ Director Robert Eggers’ ‘The Lighthouse’
Robert Pattinson has taken a strong post-“Twilight” turn into arthouse films, and it has resulted in arthouse box office. While the films may be acclaimed, the receipts have tended to be small. “Good Time” ($2 million) and “The Lost City Of Z” ($8.5 million) didn’t exactly pack them in domestically, while fare such as “Life” barely made a ripple at cinemas.
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