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The Snowman review

Michael Fassbender stars in the adaptation of Jo Nesbo's best-selling thriller, The Snowman. A satisfying mystery for the autumn? Well...

“I apologise for Oslo’s low murder rate,” says a police chief when boozy detective Harry Hole (Michael Fassbender) complains about a lack of satisfying mysteries to solven one bitter winter morning. Fortunately for Hole, the renewed activity of an elusive serial killer soon gives him a case to wrap his big brain around. Unfortunately, the killer also has a macabre interest in Hole’s personal life.

Seemingly triggered by snowfall, a serial killer is kidnapping women across Norway’s cities, leaving their dismembered bodies to be found lying face down in a drift several days later. The killer’s calling card: a snowman in the victim’s front garden, usually oriented to face the house. To crack the case, Hole joins forces with new recruit Katrine Bratt (Rebecca Ferguson
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Oscar Isaac might finally break through with the Academy in 2017

It seems like every year there’s a reason to revisit Oscar Isaac and the work that he’s done so far. This year, he may actually get that elusive first Academy Award nomination if things break the right way, but regardless of that, he remains an incredibly exciting actor. Oscar wise (no pun intended), he seems likeliest to contend with George Clooney’s directorial outing Suburbicon, though he also will be seen in a few days in what previously was seen as an awards player in The Promise. Throw in Star Wars: The Last Jedi and he’s an in demand actor, to say the least. As such, another repeat tribute to the man is certainly in order. Isaac deserves it, that’s for sure. This is how I would rank his ten best performances so far: 10. Robin Hood 9. The Two Faces of January 8. In Secret 7. Mojave 6. Star Wars
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Hidden Figures movie review: triumph of the black girl geeks

MaryAnn’s quick take… The it’s-about-damn-time true story that puts paid to the notion that only white men had the Right Stuff. Often funny, ultimately feel-good, hugely exhilarating. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m desperate for stories about women

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Once upon a time, such as during the early years of America’s space program, computer meant not “machine very good at doing math stuff superfast” (those were only just starting to roll out) but “person who does manual calculations.” This was considered rather menial labor, particular when a woman did it… and lots of women did it. (Obviously women had to do it: it was menial labor.) Though these women were as smart and as educated as the men they worked alongside, and often did much
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Gary Oldman And Kristin Scott Thomas To Star As Winston And Clementine Churchill In Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour

“We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.”

Winston Churchill

Continuing creative collaborations that began over a decade ago, premier specialty label Focus Features is reteaming with both Working Title Films, one of the world’s leading film production companies, and director Joe Wright on Darkest Hour. Focus will hold worldwide rights to the film as part of the company’s renewed global initiative; Focus will release Darkest HOURdomestically on November 24th, 2017 in the U.S. and Universal Pictures International (Upi) will distribute the film around the world, beginning with the U.K. on December 29th, 2017.

Production on Darkest Hour begins this fall.

Mr. Wright will direct Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour.
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Review: Our Kind Of Traitor, Slick Yet Simple Spycraft

Veteran screen adapter Hossein Amini (The Two Faces of January, Drive) teams up with famed author John le Carré for yet another big screen espionage thriller joint with Our Kind of Traitor. Le Carré, who serves as executive producer, brings his typical granular approach to Government and institutional betrayal his novels are famed for. The focus is on Dima (Stellan Skarsgård), a career criminal for the Russian mob who has decided to betray his comrades when he learns that his financial know-how of the business has put him and his family in the cross-hairs of Prince (Grigoriy Dobrygin) his ruthless leader. When a chance encounter in Morocco with the unhappily married British couple Perry and Gail (Ewan McGregor and Naomie Harris) gives Dima the chance...

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Cannes 2016: Captain Fantastic review

Captain Fantastic review: Matt Ross brings this Sundance favourite to the south of France. Viggo Mortensen leads an impressive cast.

Captain Fantastic review from the Cannes Film festival, 2016.

Captain Fantastic review

Captain Fantastic debuted at Sundance back in January, but this week receives its European premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, and goes up for the prizes in the Un Certain Regard programme.

This slightly off-beat American drama, revolves around Ben (Viggo Mortensen), a devoted father of six who has raised his children rather unconventionally; in a self-created environment deep in the wilderness. Home-schooling the kids through an extremely rigorous physical and intellectual education, Ben is suddenly forced to bring them into civilisation following a tragic incident, and the children are introduced to a world they do not know and situations they may not be ready for.

Captain Fantastic review

Frequent actor turned filmmaker Matt Ross (his latest roles include Gavin Belson in Silicon Valley,
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Our Kind of Traitor review – Ewan McGregor gets smart in Le Carré potboiler

This is meat-and-potatoes Le Carré given a generic spy-movie treatment, but still it reels you in

The insecurity of the modern world has brought John le Carré back out of the shadows. Following Tinker Tailor redux, A Most Wanted Man and the crackerjack hokum of TV’s The Night Manager, this mid-list potboiler finds the author trading shamelessly on western suspicions about Mother Russia, tossing troubled couple Naomie Harris and Ewan McGregor into the geopolitical cut-and-thrust after they befriend vodka-gulping heavy Stellan Skarsgård during a make-or-break Moroccan getaway.

Director Susanna White favours a generic spy-movie look: those chilly blue filters surely need resting now. Yet she works smartly with her actors: while Skarsgård wolfs down great handfuls of scenery, McGregor effectuates a thoughtful transformation from ineffectual tourist to man in the field. Not even the gifted adaptor Hossein Amini (The Two Faces of January) can convince us it’s anything
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Film Review: ‘Our Kind of Traitor’

Film Review: ‘Our Kind of Traitor’
In British television director Susanna White’s Cold-War-rekindled thriller “Our Kind of Traitor,” Ewan McGregor plays a character named Perry Makepeace, whose moniker is only slightly more subtle than those of classic Bond girls Pussy Galore, Plenty O’Toole and Xenia Onatopp. A tweedy college professor roped into brokering the defection of Russia’s “No. 1 money launderer,” Makepeace would appear to be making good on his name, were this not the latest espionage thriller from cynic extraordinaire John le Carré, who might have done better to christen his unwitting protagonist Patsy McGullible.

Makepeace is vacationing with girlfriend Gail Perkins (Naomie Harris) in Marrakesh, when he takes the bait, accepting the invitation of boisterous Russian oligarch Dima (Stellan Skarsgård) to attend the sort of party where revelers dance among the fireworks and high-dollar prostitutes roam the halls on horseback. This is pretty much the lifestyle taxpayers figure Gerard Depardieu left France to enjoy,
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U.S. Trailer and Clip For John le Carré Adaptation ‘Our Kind of Traitor’ Starring Ewan McGregor

With a staggered worldwide release, those in the U.K. recently had the opportunity to se a John le Carré adaptation on their television thanks to the Tom Hiddleston-led The Night Manager, ahead of a bow on AMC starting this Sunday. However, it’s not the only work from the thriller expert coming to screens this year as Our Kind of Traitor will arrive in U.S. starting on July 1st. Led by Ewan McGregor, Stellan Skarsgard, Damian Lewis and Naomie Harris, we now have a new trailer and clip.

Directed by Susanna White (Boardwalk Empire, Generation Kill) and adapted by Hossein Amini (The Two Faces of January, Drive), it follows a couple drawn into a dangerous game of international espionage, caught between a money-launder, the Russian mafia, the British government, and a ruthless MI6 agent. Check out the trailer, clip, and poster below.

While on holiday in Marrakech,
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Midnight Special movie review: let the children use it

Intensely gripping drama full of smart, thoughtful, personal twists on some familiar sci-fi ideas. Hums with the hope that a better world is within reach. I’m “biast” (pro): love Michael Shannon; big sci-fi geek

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

There’s some very good storytelling advice that applies no matter what medium you’re telling your story in (film, novel, comic book, whatever): Jump into the action as late in the game as possible. And wow, did Jeff Nichols take that advice to a delicious extreme with Midnight Special. We are dumped right into the middle of what would be, in a more conventional movie, the third act — that is, the final sequence that is racing the story toward its resolution. There is no setup here because we don’t need it: we’ve seen enough stories
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Ewan McGregor and Damian Lewis Play a Spy Game in Our Kind Of Traitor Trailer

Author John Le Carre provided the basis for the exceptionally cast Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy a few years ago, and that trend is continuing with upcoming adaptations of his work. The Night Manager, which stars Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie, looks fantastic, but this new trailer for Our Kind of Traitor looks just as good (if not better), and it features a cast that includes Ewan McGregor, Naomie Harris, Damian Lewis, Stellan Skarsgard, and Sherlock's Mark Gatiss.

McGregor plays a professor who gets caught in a web of international espionage, and it looks like a terrific little thriller that will scratch the itch of anyone yearning for an adult spy drama. The movie has a May 6th release date in the U.K., but Lionsgate hasn't set a U.S. release date yet. We'll keep you posted.

Who can you trust with the truth? Ewan McGregor and Naomie Harris
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UK Trailer Hits for Spy Thriller Our Kind Of Traitor Starring Ewan McGregor

Studiocanal UK has released the trailer for Our Kind Of Traitor, which is based on John le Carré’s best-selling spy novel, and stars Ewan McGregor, Stellan Skarsgard, Damian Lewis & Naomie Harris.

The film is directed by Susanna White (Boardwalk Empire, Generation Kill) from screenplay adapted by Hossein Amini (The Two Faces of January, Drive) .

Who can you trust with the truth? Ewan McGregor and Naomie Harris are a couple drawn into a dangerous game of international espionage, caught between Stellan Skarsgard’s money-launder, the Russian mafia, the British government, and Damian Lewis’ ruthless MI6 agent.

Have a look at the trailer below.

The film will hit UK cinemas May 6, 2016.

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First Trailer For John le Carré Adaptation ‘Our Kind of Traitor’ Starring Ewan McGregor

Shot back in mid-2014, we’ve been waiting for the latest John le Carré adaptation for some time, and now we finally have news on when at least some audiences can see Our Kind of Traitor. Led by Ewan McGregor, Stellan Skarsgard, Damian Lewis and Naomie Harris, it’ll hit U.K. theaters on May 6th and today brings the first trailer.

Directed by Susanna White (Boardwalk Empire, Generation Kill) and adapted by Hossein Amini (The Two Faces of January, Drive), it follows a couple drawn into a dangerous game of international espionage, caught between a money-launder, the Russian mafia, the British government, and a ruthless MI6 agent. After A Most Wanted Man was well-received, hopefully this follows it up strongly. Check out the trailer, synopsis, and batch of images below.

While on holiday in Marrakech, an ordinary English couple, Perry (Ewan McGregorThe Impossible, The Ghost) and Gail (Naomie HarrisSpectre,
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Win ‘A Bigger Splash’ prizes

A Bigger Splash is a dazzling, sensuous portrait of desire, jealousy and rock ‘n’ roll under the Mediterranean sun. From Luca Guadagnino, director of the Academy Award-nominated I Am Love and starring Ralph Fiennes (Spectre), Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey), Matthias Schoenaerts (Far From the Madding Crowd) and Tilda Swinton (The Grand Budapest Hotel).

To celebrate the film’s release in cinemas this Friday, one lucky winner will receive a signed poster and Blu-ray set (containing The Talented Mr Ripley, The Two faces of January, L’Eclisse and Rust & Bone). Two runner-ups will each receive a signed poster.

When a high-profile couple – a rock star and a filmmaker decide to vacation on the remote Italian island of Pantelleria, their rest is disrupted by the sudden visit of an old friend and his sexy, yet mysterious daughter. Suddenly, what was supposed to be an ideal getaway turns into a whirlwind of jealousy,
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Giveaway – Win A Bigger Splash signed poster and DVD bundle

A Bigger Splash is a dazzling, sensuous portrait of desire, jealousy and rock ‘n’ roll under the Mediterranean sun. From Luca Guadagnino, director of the Academy Award-nominated I Am Love, and starring Ralph Fiennes (Spectre), Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey), Matthias Schoenaerts (Far From the Madding Crowd) and Tilda Swinton (The Grand Budapest Hotel).

To celebrate the film’s release in cinemas on this Friday, three lucky winners will receive a signed poster and Blu-ray set (containing The Talented Mr Ripley, The Two faces of January, L’Eclisse and Rust & Bone).

When a high-profile couple – a rock star and a filmmaker decide to vacation on the remote Italian island of Pantelleria, their rest is disrupted by the sudden visit of an old friend and his sexy, yet mysterious daughter. Suddenly, what was supposed to be an ideal getaway turns into a whirlwind of jealousy, passion and danger for everyone in the group.
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie review: a new hope

Charts a path to a future that refuses to get mired in nostalgia. Yet all the Star Wars notes are here, remixed into a glorious new arrangement. No Spoilers! I’m “biast” (pro): huge Star Wars fan…

I’m “biast” (con): … but was deeply worried about this new film

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

There’s no 20th Century Fox fanfare this time, of course, which is weird, because to this day, whenever I hear it, no matter what film it’s allegedly attached to, the excitable eight-year-old inside me pops up to whisper, “Maybe it’ll secretly turn out to be Star Wars. Thankfully, there is no Disney ident, either. X-wing fighters doing a flyover of Cinderella’s castle would have been an unpleasant reminder of how worried I was about the Mouse’s takeover of this franchise.

All those worries have been laid to rest.
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Serkis Tackles Rumplestiltskin In "Steelskin"

His first film as a director, "Jungle Book: Origins," isn't out until 2017 and yet Gollum actor Andy Serkis already has his second feature in the works - "Steelskin" according to The Tracking Board.

A retelling of European folk tale Rumplestiltskin, about a cunning little man who can transform straw into gold, Serkis will take on three key roles in the updated fairy story along with directing and producing it.

Oscar-nominated scribe Hossein Amini ("Drive," "The Two Faces of January") is penning the script. Serkis can next be seen as Supreme Leader Snoke in this week's "Star Wars: The Force Awakens".
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Screen Film Summit: Working Title's Tim Bevan in conversation

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Screen Film Summit: Working Title's Tim Bevan in conversation
Tim Bevan, co-chairman of Working Title Films, was the Producer In Focus talk at the Screen Film Summit on December 10.

As co-head of the UK’s most successful production company, which has accrued $6bn at the global box office across more than 100 films, Bevan engaged summit attendees with anecdotes from the company’s past and discussion about future projects, diversity, wanting to make “bigger films” and how the company’s deal with Universal has evolved since the 2008 financial crisis.

This year alone, Working Title productions include Everest, Legend, The Program and The Danish Girl, while the Coen brothers’ Hail, Caesar! has been selected to open Berlin, the third Bridget Jones recently wrapped and a big-budget version of The Little Mermaid is about to have a new director attached.

Evolution of the Universal deal

Working Title has operated under the Universal umbrella since 1998, when early backer PolyGram Filmed Entertainment was folded into the studio. While the early
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Watch the first trailer for Todd Haynes’ ‘Carol’

It’s extremely hard to believe that it’s been eight years since Todd Haynes’ last film I’m Not There was released, which boasted stellar performances from Cate Blanchett, Heath Ledger, Christian Bale, Richard Gere, and many others. But now Haynes is back with a new film, Carol, that has already gained attention this year at the Cannes Film Festival, and today has received its first trailer. Revolving around Carol (Cate Blanchett) and Therese (Rooney Mara) who go from friends to lovers, the film also stars Kyle Chandler, Jake Lacy, and Sarah Paulson. Here’s the synopsis:

Set in 1950s New York, a department-store clerk who dreams of a better life falls for an older, married woman.

Based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith (who has also penned the novel versions of The Talented Mr. Ripley and The Two Faces of January) and adapted for the screen by Phyllis Nagy,
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"Two Faces Of January", And Neither Is Pretty

In 2002, Hossein Amini penned the Heath Ledger epic remake The Four Feathers, then passed nine years before reappearing on the scene with screenwriting turns on Drive, Snow White and the Huntsman, and 47 Ronin in rapid succession. Riding the wave of success, he switched gears and made his feature directorial debut with The Two Faces of January, starring the powerhouse trio of Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst, and rising star Oscar Isaac. Borrowing heavily from classic Hitchcockian tropes, the slow-burning thriller endeavors to be a location period film of love, intrigue, and danger in the great tradition of To Catch A Thief.

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