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Paul Schrader’s ‘First Reformed’ Is a Hit, and the ‘2001’ Reissue Finds New Box-Office Life

Paul Schrader’s ‘First Reformed’ Is a Hit, and the ‘2001’ Reissue Finds New Box-Office Life
Two very different films — Paul Schrader’s “First Reformed” and a 70mm reissue of Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” — stand out among the new releases this weekend. The first represents a critical career high for a director who made his first film 40 years ago, while the revival is from a director who died 19 years ago, and made one of the the most modern films in 1968.

Standout documentary “Rbg” joins them, but other well-reviewed films are seeing more mixed results. However, there’s enough viable titles to fill screens while Marvel gets nearly all of the theatrical attention.

Opening

First Reformed (A24) – Metacritic: 83; Festivals include: Venice, Telluride, Toronto, New York 2017

$100,270 in 4 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $25,067

Schrader has a long career as a screenwriter (“Taxi Driver”) and director (American Gigolo”), but his career has seen spotty critical and audience reception. “First Reformed,” with Ethan Hawke as a clergyman experiencing spiritual crisis,
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‘On Chesil Beach’ Movie Review: Saoirse Ronan’s Talents Can Only Carry This Romantic Tragedy So Far

It’s been over ten years since Saoirse Ronan received her first Oscar nomination for Atonement, and now she is starring in another adaptation of an Ian McEwan novel, but On Chesil Beach struggles to deliver the same narrative punch. The story centers around a scene that does not go anywhere for nearly the entire running […]

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Interview: Saoirse Ronan on the challenges of her role in On Chesil Beach

Reuniting with the Atonement author Ian McEwan, Saoirse Ronan stars in the big screen adaptation of On Chesil Beach, out in UK cinemas today. She, along with Billy Howle, play a young couple, recently married, and on their honeymoon to discover their attitudes to sex and identity are far from compatible.

Related: Interview: Author Ian McEwan on the film adaptation of On Chesil Beach

In this interview with Kate Donaghy she talks about her role in the adaptation of Ian McEwan book, why she was drawn to the story about the human nature of relationships. She also talks about the pressures of working through the role with McEwan. She also talks about working with Billy Howle on the awkward bedroom scenes, critical to the movie’s message of self discovery.

Related:Exclusive: Billy Howle talks On Chesil Beach and working with Saoirse Ronan

The film stars Saoirse Ronan, Billy Howle, Emily Watson,
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‘On Chesil Beach’ Review: Saoirse Ronan & Billy Howle Navigate Difficult Wedding Night In Touching, Complicated Drama

Just one week after the opening of the excellent indie The Seagull, in which Saoirse Ronan and Billy Howle play star-crossed lovers, they are back at it again. But this time it’s in a much more serious drama, On Chesil Beach. Awkward timing most likely is responsible for the dueling releases starring the young pair, but both movies are well worth seeing, On Chesil Beach, based on the book by Ian McEwan (who also did the screenplay adaptation), is a highly unusual drama…
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‘On Chesil Beach’ Film Review: Saoirse Ronan Drama Only Starts Out Like a Sex Comedy

‘On Chesil Beach’ Film Review: Saoirse Ronan Drama Only Starts Out Like a Sex Comedy
For about an hour, “On Chesil Beach” seems like the most genteel sex comedy ever made. A movie that hems and haws and tries to avoid getting to the wedding-night bed, it starts out an a charming, intimate story of a young couple from the early 1960s whose naïveté and inexperience leads to a string of minor calamities as they approach the moment when two nervous kids will lose their virginity.

And then, in a sharp, shocking moment, “On Chesil Beach” becomes something darker, tougher and more tragic, and yanks it well out of the sex-comedy arena into an uncertain new place.

It’s not always a smooth landing, but director Dominic Cooke, novelist/screenwriter Ian McEwan and stars Saoirse Ronan and Billy Howle make it a touching, bittersweet one.

Also Read: 'Borg/McEnroe' Toronto Review: Shia Labeouf Tennis Movie Mixes Backhands With Psychoanalysis

Adapted from his own work by
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'On Chesil Beach' Review: Lit Adaptation Suffers From Sexual Frustation, Stuffiness

'On Chesil Beach' Review: Lit Adaptation Suffers From Sexual Frustation, Stuffiness
Saoirse Ronan, the 24-year-old Irish actress and three-time Oscar nominee, seems anointed to make every film she's in exponentially better – and On Chesil Beach is no exception. She's glorious, as she always is. But even Ronan can't totally cut through the academic stuffiness that comes with this posh literary adaptation. It's based on a superb 2007 novel by acclaimed author Ian McEwan, who also wrote the screenplay – which means he shows a tad too much regard for the source material. This is the sort of period-piece material that needs to break
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Exclusive Interview: Author Ian McEwan on the film adaptation of On Chesil Beach

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Originally published in 2007, On Chesil Beach stands out prominently in novelist Ian McEwan’s catalogue of work due to its deeply personal examination of love in 1960’s England. Taking some years to build as a screenplay, McEwan’s work on the script successfully imbues the confluence of difficult emotions from the novel to the screen.

Related: We interview Billy Howle about his role in On Chesil Beach

Sitting down with the author, HeyUGuys sought to unravel the creative process behind the screenplay. Interlinking Atonement to the film, the casting of Saoirse Ronan proved fortuitous as McEwan and formerly attached director Sam Mendes literally ‘forgot about the whole thing for years’. Emotionally subdued as Florence Ponting, the words of the author are transformed into pure emotion on screen by Ronan. Further, he reveals the minimal dialogue in the novel’s first section was initially tough to translate towards the big screen.
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Benedict Cumberbatch to star in political drama Brexit

According to Deadline, Benedict Cumberbatch will follow up his current Patrick Melrose series with another return to the small screen, signing on to star in Brexit, a political drama at Channel 4.

The site reports that Brexit will see Cumberbatch as Dominic Cummings, the leading strategist and Campaign Director of Vote Leave, with the one-off drama unpacking the anatomy of the historic, high-stakes campaign to win the hearts and minds of the British people during 2016’s EU Referendum.

“I am particularly pleased to commission James Graham’s hard-hitting and compulsive drama on how the Brexit vote was won with Benedict Cumberbatch in a new role,” said Channel 4’s Ian Katz. “It will be broadcast just ahead of our formal [exit] from the EU in March, assuming that we actually get around to leaving.”

“I’m so excited – not to mention a little nervous – to have this chance to try and get
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Box Office Preview: ‘Deadpool 2’ to End ‘Avengers: Infinity War’s’ Reign

Box Office Preview: ‘Deadpool 2’ to End ‘Avengers: Infinity War’s’ Reign
Avengers: Infinity War” will pass the box office baton to a fellow Marvel Comics character this weekend.

20th Century Fox’s “Deadpool 2” is expected to end “Infinity War’s” three-week rule, eyeing a release between $130 million and $150 million on 4,200 screens in North America. Should it open toward the end of that range, it would top its own record of the biggest opening weekend for an R-rated film. The original “Deadpool” was a surprise hit, launching with $132.4 million in 2016. It went on to earn $363 million in North America and $783 worldwide, making it the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time.

Ryan Reynolds stars as the wisecracking mercenary known a Deadpool, whose real name is Wade Wilson. David Leitch directed from a script by Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, and Reynolds.

The superhero sequel sees Deadpool forming a team called the X-Force — comprised of Zazie Beetz’s Domino, T.J. Miller’s Weasel, Terry CrewsBedlam,
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Movie Review – On Chesil Beach (2017)

On Chesil Beach (2017)

Directed by Dominic Cooke

Starring Saoirse Ronan, Billy Howle, Sam West, Emily Watson, Anne-Marie Duff, Adrian Scarborough and Bebe Cave.

Synopsis:

It’s the early 1960s and newly-married couple, Florence and Edward, have arrived to spend their first night together at a hotel near Chesil Beach in Dorset. Their first attempt at intimacy is a disaster and leaves both of them wondering if their marriage has any future.

At first sight, adapting a novella for the big screen, as well as for a full length feature, looks like a huge challenge. But it’s been known to work. The Shawshank Redemption, anybody? And, in the case of On Chesil Beach, it meant that pretty much everything from its original 166 pages was used in the screenplay, penned by the book’s author, Ian McEwan. And a bit more.

Much of the story is set in the early 60s,
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Exclusive Interview – Director Dominic Cooke talks On Chesil Beach and his next film Ironbark

Director Dominic Cooke made his name in the theatre, with much-praised stints at The Royal Court, The Royal Shakespeare Company and The National Theatre. TV’s award winning The Hollow Crown (2012) followed and he now arrives in cinemas with his first movie, On Chesil Beach, adapted from the novella by Ian McEwan.

A self-confessed constant student of cinema, he’s relished the challenge of bringing the story of a young, newly-married couple to the big screen. Set in the early 60s, it follows the courtship of Florence (Saoirse Ronan) and Edward (Billy Howle), culminating in their marriage and their first night together as man and wife. It doesn’t go as they’d hoped.

Talking to Flickering Myth’s Freda Cooper, Cooke reveals that one of the sets on the film is based on somewhere he knew well as a teenager – and that some of the food in the film
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Bleecker Street Buys Mads Mikkelsen’s Cannes Survival Drama ‘Arctic’

Bleecker Street Buys Mads Mikkelsen’s Cannes Survival Drama ‘Arctic’
Bleecker Street has purchased North American and select international distribution rights to Joe Penna’s directorial debut “Arctic.” The movie premiered in the Cannes 2018 Midnight section.

“Arctic” stars Cannes favorite Mads Mikkelsen as a man stranded in the Arctic who is finally about to receive long-awaited rescue. The man’s plan is disrupted after a tragic accident forces him to decide whether or not he should stay in the safety of his camp or head out on a deadly mission through the unknown in order to be saved.

The U.S. deal was negotiated between Kent Sanderson and Avy Eschenasy on behalf of Bleecker Street with CAA Media Finance and UTA. Xyz is handling international sales on behalf of the filmmakers.

“Arctic” joins Bleecker Street’s upcoming slate, which includes Sundance favorites “Leave No Trace” and “Colette.” The indie distributor released “Unsane,” “Beirut,” and the acclaimed “Disobedience” this year. The
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‘The Seagull’ Film Review: All-Star Cast Flourishes in Chekhov Adaptation

‘The Seagull’ Film Review: All-Star Cast Flourishes in Chekhov Adaptation
Every part in a Chekhov play, no matter how small, is a great part and filled with potential, and Elisabeth Moss proves that in this new screen version of “The Seagull,” which has been adapted by the playwright Stephen Karam.

Moss plays Masha, which is a small role in relation to the lead roles of the famous actress Arkadina and the ambitious ingénue Nina. At the start of “The Seagull,” Masha famously says, “I’m in mourning for my life,” but Karam cleverly begins his screenplay with the set-up of the last scene in the play and then flashes back to the beginning, when there still seems to be some hope for everyone.

Moss reads that well-known line about being in mourning for her life in a way that exactly catches the tone of Chekhov: deeply anguished yet also somehow comic. Chekhov considered “The Seagull” a comedy and called it that in his text, even though it is filled to the brim with the sadness of what can happen between people who love unrequitedly and compete with each other.

Watch Video: Saoirse Ronan, Annette Bening Row Into This Year's Oscar Race in 'The Seagull' Trailer

There have been other films of “The Seagull,” and many different contemporary stage productions. Sidney Lumet directed a movie adaptation with Vanessa Redgrave as Nina in 1968, and the 1975 Williamstown production was filmed for PBS with Blythe Danner as a very spontaneous, in-the-moment, and heartbreaking Nina. And anyone who saw Meryl Streep play Arkadina in “The Seagull” in Central Park in 2001 will remember her in it, especially the way she did an expert cartwheel on stage.

Arkadina is played by Annette Bening here, and her celebrated literary lover Trigorin is played by Corey Stoll. In the first scenes, which are presented as a flashback, Arkadina’s son Konstantin (Billy Howle, “On Chesil Beach”) has prepared an avant-garde play starring his girlfriend Nina (Saoirse Ronan), and Arkadina keeps interrupting the performance with rude remarks. Bening plays Arkadina in a much crueler way than she is usually portrayed in this scene; she is very cutting, and yet Bening is believable later when Arkadina wonders, “Why did I hurt him?”

Also Read: Annette Bening Joins Cast of Marvel Studios' 'Captain Marvel'

As played by Bening, Arkadina is a vain woman and a ruthless winner who is disgusted by her son’s weakness and pretentiousness and jealousy. In the big scene where Arkadina dresses Konstantin’s head wound after he has attempted suicide, Bening smiles at Howle more like a girlfriend than a mother. Bening’s Arkadina is a woman without a shred of maternal feeling, and this makes her very different from Streep’s Arkadina, who was angry with her son but still tied to him.

Stoll is an extremely sexy Trigorin, especially when he looks at Ronan’s Nina with bedroom eyes as he takes her on a boat ride and rows her along, but the tone of his voice sounds jaded and cruel, and this matches what we have seen and heard of Arkadina. (Never has Bening’s throaty voice sounded more deadly and more heartless than it does here.)

When Bening plays her second big scene, in which Arkadina has to do anything she can think of to hold on to Trigorin, director Michael Mayer keeps the camera steadily on her face as she flatters Trigorin out of his urge to leave her for the younger Nina. After Arkadina has won, Stoll’s Trigorin sits back and says, “I am weak and spineless…is that what women want?” This is a very funny line as delivered here, and it hits just the right tragic-comic note.

Watch Video: Saoirse Ronan Is a Confused Newlywed in the First Trailer for 'On Chesil Beach'

The Seagull” has been “opened up” so that some scenes play outdoors, and that works well because these characters are supposed to be amidst nature on a country estate. This mobility helps keep the material fluid, as does the very hard-working score by Nico Muhly and Anton Sanko, which becomes particularly ominous before Konstantin’s attempted suicide (what sounds like a mixed male and female chorus starts to shriek on the soundtrack). But the most impressive thing about this film of “The Seagull” is that every role has been ideally cast.

Moss somehow manages to dominate the whole film and stay most in the memory in spite of limited footage, but Bening plays her last moment here extraordinarily well, and this closing scene with Arkadina generally gives actresses trouble. (Streep didn’t seem to know how to play it, as if it were a puzzle that she couldn’t figure out.)

Bening is physically fluttery throughout most of the film, which expresses Arkadina’s desperate need to never face the facts. But in our last view of this woman, Bening decides to keep very still, her eyes glassy and fixed on some distant point, and the effect is like a surprisingly bold move in an otherwise circumspect poker game. The PBS version of “The Seagull” with Blythe Danner is still the best film adaptation of this play, but this movie has much to recommend it.



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No sex please we’re British: exploring On Chesil Beach's chaste state of mind

Repressed, stiff-upper-lipped Englishness is en vogue again. But should we be encouraging it?

“They were young, educated, and both virgins on this, their wedding night, and they lived in a time when a conversation about sexual difficulties was plainly impossible.” Ian McEwan’s 2007 novel On Chesil Beach sets out a familiar stall in its opening lines. The story revolves around a fateful night of non-consummation between newlyweds, played in the new movie adaptation by Billy Howle and Saoirse Ronan. We have seen their condition many times before: it’s called Englishness. It begins with a stiffness of the upper lip but soon extends to the entire host organism.
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Benedict Cumberbatch to star in Ironbark

FilmNation Entertainment has announced that Benedict Cumberbatch is taking on the lead role in Ironbark, the new film from director Dominic Cooke (On Chesil Beach).

Based on a true story, the film will see Cumberbatch as Greville Wynne, a British businessman who helped the CIA penetrate the Soviet nuclear program during the Cold War. Wynne and his Russian source, Oleg Penkovsky, provided the crucial intelligence that ended the Cuban Missile Crisis.

“We are delighted to be working with Benedict again and to have his abundant creativity on both sides of the camera,” said Glen Basher, CEO of FilmNation Entertainment. “Dominic is a master director and he and Benedict’s work together on The Hollow Crown produced breathtaking results. We anticipate a very exciting second collaboration on Ironbark.”

Cumberbatch can currently be seen on the big screen reprising his role as Doctor Strange in Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War, while he
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Benedict Cumberbatch to star in Cold War drama 'Ironbark' for FilmNation

The film is based on the true story of a British businessman who helped the CIA.

Benedict Cumberbatch is set to star in Cold War drama Ironbark for director Dominic Cooke (On Chesil Beach).

FilmNation Entertainment is handling international sales and will launch the project to buyers in Cannes. UTA Independent Film Group will handle the Us sale.

Ben Pugh and Rory Aitken from 42 will produce the feature, alongside Adam Ackland, SunnyMarch and FilmNation.

Cumberbatch and director Cooke will executive produce alongside Tom O’Connor (The Hitman’s Bodyguard), Josh Varney (In Darkness) from 42 and SunnyMarch’s Leah Clarke. O
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Benedict Cumberbatch to Play Cold War Spy in FilmNation's 'Ironbark'

Benedict Cumberbatch to Play Cold War Spy in FilmNation's 'Ironbark'
Benedict Cumberbatch may have had a minor role in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, but the British star is set to up his espionage credentials thanks to upcoming thriller Ironbark.

The film, to be directed by Dominic Cooke (On Chesil Beach) from a script by Tom O'Connor (The Hitman's Bodyguard), is based on the true story of Greville Wynne (Cumberbatch), a British businessman who helped the CIA penetrate the Soviet nuclear program during the Cold War. Wynne and his Russian source, Oleg Penkovsky, provided the crucial intelligence that helped end the Cuban Missile Crisis. 

FilmNation is financing and will handle international sales,...
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Summer Movie Preview 2018: ‘Infinity War,’ ‘Crazy Rich Asians,’ ‘Jurassic World’

Summer Movie Preview 2018: ‘Infinity War,’ ‘Crazy Rich Asians,’ ‘Jurassic World’
Avengers: Infinity War

Release date: April 27

Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chadwick Boseman, Elizabeth Olsen, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Pratt, Scarlett Johansson, Zoe Saldana, Tom Holland

Why we want to see it: Okay, so “Infinity War” technically releases in late April, but that won’t stop the third installment in Marvel’s star-powered ensemble franchise from going down as the superhero event of the summer. Say goodbye to Loki and Ultron and hello to Thanos, the Avengers’ newest arch nemesis. Even if “Infinity War” turns out to be a heroic hodgepodge mess, it’s worth seeing for the Avengers debuts of the Guardians of the Galaxy and Black Panther alone. Disney, just take our money.

— Christi Carras

Tully

Release date: May 4

Stars: Charlize Theron, Mackenzie Davis, Mark Duplass, Ron Livingston

Why we want to see it: This one’s for the moms out there resorting to frozen pizza dinners and
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Tribeca Film Review: ‘The Seagull’

Tribeca Film Review: ‘The Seagull’
Why is it that in cinema, remakes are so often reviled, whereas in theater, each new production of a classic play brings a fresh wave of anticipation, as we wonder how the director and cast might choose to interpret the characters this time around, and thrill to the idea of watching the material brought to life again? That question is further complicated in the case of Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull,” since no definitive big-screen adaptation of the 1896 play exists. Sadly, that will not change with the arrival of director Michael Mayer’s latest attempt, despite the tantalizing prospect of seeing actresses as great as Saoirse Ronan, Elizabeth Moss, and Annette Bening in the three leading female roles.

Whether you know the play well or are experiencing it for the first time, you may well find yourself asking, What was Mayer hoping to achieve? Despite the gift of Chekhov’s
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Rupert Everett’s The Happy Prince debuts its first trailer

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Following on from its UK premiere at BFI Flare: London Lgbtq+ Film Festival, Rupert Everett’s The Happy Prince – which focuses on the final years of Oscar Wilde, and the ghosts that haunted him – has debuted its trailer.

Written, directed by and also starring Everett, British actors including Colin Firth, Emily Watson, Colin Morgan and Edwin Thomas (Endeavour) make up the cast.

Also in trailers – Elle Fanning is the woman behind Frankenstein in trailer for Mary Shelley

The film opens in the UK June 15th. Here’s the first trailer.

The Happy Prince Official Synopsis

The film opens in Paris, where Wilde, by now in his forties, penniless and in poor health, is still reeling after being imprisoned in England for his love affair with Lord Alfred ‘Bosie’ Douglas (Morgan). Out of prison but a pariah, Wilde swings between grief and a determination to wrest whatever pleasure and beauty he
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