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Film Review: Historical Drama is Fortified by Technique in 'Sunset'

Chicago – History is made when you’re often busy making other plans. That is ardently illustrated in “Sunset,” a drama set early in the second decade of the 20th Century in the on-the-brink-of-revolution capital of Budapest, Hungary. A retail store is the town’s centerpiece, plus there is a mysterious woman associated with that store, until she isn’t.

Rating: 3.5/5.0

Juli Jakab portrays the woman, and she single handedly (practically) brings this history to life. The camera focuses on Jakab in a series of episodic vignettes amid the edgy and anarchy-ridden streets of the city, giving the film a sense of confinement from everything going on around her. That is part of the remarkable nature of this film … while the eye of the action is on the woman, squeezed around her in the frame are the events of that moment. This may be as simple as a team of horse thundering by,
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Sunset Movie Review

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Sunset Movie Review
Sunset (Napszállta) Sony Pictures Classics Reviewed for & by: Harvey Karten Director: Lázló Nemes Screenwriter: Lázsló Nemes, Clara Royer, Matthieu Taponier Cast: Juli Jakab, Vlad Ivanov, Evelin Dobos, Marcin Czarnik, Levente Molnr, Julia Jakubowska Screened at: Sony, NYC, 1/31/19 Opens: Tbd The 1950s in America may be looked upon as perhaps the dullest […]

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Box Office: ‘Diane’ Takes Alternative Route in Challenging Specialty Market

Specialty film distributors are playing around with different ways to maximize their films. This weekend, IFC chose to open the year’s best-reviewed opener so far, Kent Jones’ ensemble drama “Diane,” parallel to its Video on Demand release. This film boasts reviews and performances that would ordinarily sustain conventional exclusive theatrical play. “Diane” will still get top arthouse play, and might be a title, like “Roma,” that finds traction despite alternative showings.

Neon, on the other hand, met a disappointing response to taking Harmony Korine’s Matthew McConaughey-starrer “The Beach Bum” to over 1,000 theaters, riding a surge of SXSW media attention, as opposed to taking the limited initial release strategy that A24 used for Korine’s earlier SXSW hit “Spring Breakers,” which in 2013 opened to nearly $300,000 in only three theaters.

Hotel Mumbai” (Bleecker Street), which showed strength as it expanded on its second weekend, joins “Gloria Bell” (A24) as
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Newcomers Bow Mostly Flat; ‘No Manches Frida 2’ at $8M & ‘Gloria Bell’ at $4M: Specialty Box Office

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IFC Films drama Diane starring Mary Kay Place is leading a crowded pack of specialty newcomers this weekend, with no debut limited release title breaking even above a five-figure per theater average as of the initial Sunday morning averages. Diane by writer-director Kent Jones grossed $27,043, averaging $9,014.

PBS Films opened its first narrative feature, The Chaperone, starring Elizabeth McGovern and Haley Lu Richardson in two New York theaters. The title, by upcoming Downton Abbey feature director Michael Engler, grossed $12,150, averaging $6,075 for the weekend’s second best showing among the slow-go specialties.

Magnolia Pictures bowed Sundance ’19 doc The Brink by Alison Klayman in four New York, L.A. and Washington, D.C. theaters for $18,370 for a $4,593 PTA.

Other reporting specialties making their theatrical launches include Comedy Dynamics’ French-language comedy Slut In A Good Way, playing 7 weekend runs for $22K and Greenwich Entertainment’s baseball doping doc Screwball, taking $12K in 13 locations
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Box Office Report For March 22-24

Welcome back to the weekly box office report! Each and every Sunday, expect a look at what made the most money in theaters, as well as just how all of the new releases fared. This week, Jordan Peele put forth his sophomore effort Us, which opened to rave reviews and a record setting haul. Without much else entering the marketplace, it was smooth sailing. How did the holdovers do in competition with Peele? Let us take a look right now at just that… The top spot this weekend, opening way above expectations, was Peele’s second feature Us. Not only did it open big, it made $70.2 million, which made it the second largest opening ever for a live-action original motion picture. Not bad, right? This was way bigger of an opening than Get Out was last time around, so expect massive numbers overall for this one. Coming in at number
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‘Hotel Mumbai’ Earns Solid Opening at Indie Box Office

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‘Hotel Mumbai’ Earns Solid Opening at Indie Box Office
While Jordan Peele’s “Us” had the new release slat mostly to itself this weekend, the limited release front did see the release of Bleecker Street’s “Hotel Mumbai,” the true story thriller about the 2008 attack on the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai.

Released on four screens in New York and Los Angeles, the film grossed $86,492 for a solid per screen average of $21,623, the best average for any release this weekend. Directed by Anthony Maras and starring Dev Patel and Armie Hammer, the movie was filmed two years ago and was originally set to be released by The Weinstein Company, but was picked up by Bleecker Street after TWC declared bankruptcy. It has a 73 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Also Read: Jordan Peele's 'Us' Breaks Original Horror Film Record With $70 Million Opening

Also releasing this weekend was “Sunset,” László Nemes’ follow-up to his 2016 Best Foreign Language Oscar winner “Son of Saul.
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‘Hotel Mumbai’ Best Among New Specialized Releases as ‘Gloria Bell’ Reaches Top 10

Gloria Bell” shows some traction and enough heft to reach the Top Ten in its third weekend, and “Apollo 11” continues to grow, but overall the top adult-audience specialized titles see mixed results. This weekend’s releases also includes “Hotel Mumbai” which, like last week’s “The Mustang” and “The Aftermath,” will see wide national releases with hopes of some crossover success. The reality is limited openings with openings similar to “Hotel Mumbai” and others usually don’t break out beyond a modest level.


Hotel Mumbai (Bleecker Street) – Metacritic: 61; Festivals include: Toronto 2018

$86,492 in 4 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $21,623

This recreation of the 2008 terrorist attack on Mumbai’s most famous hotel got the highest theater placement in New York and Los Angeles. Starring Dev Patel, it received mildly favorable reviews. It is expanding quickly, with a limited initial run in contrast to Bleecker Street’s kidnapping thriller “Beirut” last year,
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‘Hotel Mumbai’ Solid in Debut; ‘Gloria Bell’ Expands to $1.8M: Specialty Box Office

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‘Hotel Mumbai’ Solid in Debut; ‘Gloria Bell’ Expands to $1.8M: Specialty Box Office
Bleecker Street opened Hotel Mumbai in four theaters Friday and appears to have caught some attention from audiences not heading to Us. Overall, the specialties were mostly light. Hotel Mumbai, starring Oscar-nominee Dev Patel and Armie Hammer, grossed $86,492 in four theaters, averaging $21,623, by far the best showing among limited release titles this weekend.

Sony Pictures Classics bowed period drama Sunset by László Nemes in 3 New York and L.A. locations Friday. Its three-day estimate is $15K. Nemes’ previous feature, Son Of Saul, took the Oscar for Best Foreign Language film in 2016 and cumed over $1.77M at the box office. In its debut, Son Of Saul grossed nearly $38K in three theaters in its opening three-day, averaging $12,643.

IFC’s Toronto ’18 drama-mystery Out Of Blue went to 35 theaters. The title floundered with a $17,682 gross, averaging $505.

Focus Features’ The Mustang had the weekend’s best PTA among the specialty openers last weekend.
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‘Sunset’ Review: Light Fades on Empires and Evil in Scathing Historical Drama

‘Sunset’ Review: Light Fades on Empires and Evil in Scathing Historical Drama
László Nemes is a filmmaker who keeps his friends close and his cameras closer. The Hungarian director’s devastating 2015 debut, Son of Saul, distinguished itself not just by sticking right next to its main character but virtually breathing down his neck — the fact that our guide was a Sonderkommando at Auschwitz, grimly trying to survive a waking nightmare, only heightened the effect. The actor Geza Rohrig’s face took up most of the frame’s real estate and blocked out the horror you could hear happening offscreen; it also made
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‘Selling Sunset’: Producer Behind Netflix’s First Docusoap on the State of Reality TV

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Netflix crossed another unscripted threshold on Friday with the launch of “Selling Sunset,” an 8-episode series that follows a group of real estate agents on the Sunset Strip. The show is believed to be the streaming service’s first docusoap, the now-ubiquitous format first popularized in the early 2000s by shows like MTV’s “Laguna Beach” and “The Hills.”

Adam Divello was an MTV executive who helped develop “Laguna Beach,” and he later left the network to create and executive produce its even more successful spinoff, “The Hills.” His production company, Done and Done Prods., is behind “Selling Sunset,” along with Lionsgate TV.

The show centers on the real estate brokers at the Oppenheim Group, which focuses on multi-million dollar homes for wealthy clients. Twins Jason and Brett Oppenheim (who have previously been seen on “Million Dollar Listing”) run the company, along with their all-female group of agents. The series
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Resonances beyond by Anne-Katrin Titze

‪Sunset (Napszállta)‬ director ‪László Nemes‬ between Martin Scorsese and Frederick Wiseman: "In my childhood I was incredibly affected by tales, a lot of tales." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

In the second half of my conversation on Sunset (Napszállta) with the director of the Oscar-winning Son Of Saul (Saul Fia), László Nemes spoke about the influence of fairy tales, Fw Murnau's Sunrise, "creating imagery that is in the mind", and the "mission of cinema." He mentioned Michelangelo Antonioni's Blow Up as a film that "would not give you exactly the answers" and I thought of Charles Laughton's Night of the Hunter and John Huston's African Queen for his boat scenes in Sunset.

László Nemes‬ on Írisz (Juli Jakab): "I'm interested in transmitting something and sharing something."

László Nemes mixes memory and desire unlike any other filmmaker today. His latest feature stirs us with the remarkable tale of
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Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Scares Up $7.4 Million at Thursday Box Office

Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Scares Up $7.4 Million at Thursday Box Office
“Us,” the horror follow-up to “Get Out” from director Jordan Peele and released by Universal, earned a massive $7.4 million in its Thursday box office previews from 3,150 screens. It opens on 3,741 screens this weekend.

Independent trackers have “Us” expected to earn between $45-50 million, though Universal is saying that the opening would be considered a success if it was within the range of “Get Out.” Peele’s previous film earned $33.3 million in its first weekend in 2017 following a Thursday preview total of just $1.8 million.

A $50 million opening for “Us” would also put it within the range of the opening for John Krasinski’s horror film “A Quiet Place,” which earned $4.3 million during its Thursday previews. It also eclipsed the total of last year’s horror prequel “The Nun,” which made an impressive $5.4 million on Thursday ahead of a $53.8 million opening.

Also Read: 'Us' Film Review: Jordan Peele Terrifies Again With a
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Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Teaser Drops Timely Clues It Goes Back Way Before the Manson Murders

Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Teaser Drops Timely Clues It Goes Back Way Before the Manson Murders
For almost as long as we’ve been hearing about “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” Quentin Tarantino and Sony Pictures, which will release the film, have tried to dispel the notion that it will be all about the Manson murders.

They couldn’t have made their point better than they did with the teaser trailer released Wednesday. Tarantino signals with the teaser that that the film won’t just be a portrait of one horrible night in 1969, but rather of an entire era, sweeping across at least three years prior to the Manson murders.

Because he’s Quentin Tarantino, he doled out those clues via obscure Bruce Lee knowledge, old TV and movie marquees. Let’s look at all the signs, literal and figurative, that “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” won’t surrender its story to Manson.

First, Some Background

On Aug. 9, 1969, Sharon Tate (played by Margot Robbie
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Dev Patel Checks In To ‘Hotel Mumbai’; Director László Nemes Brings ‘Sunset’ – Specialty B.O. Preview

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Two historic dramas headline a comparatively slow weekend for new Specialty roll outs vs. last weekend’s heavy roster. Bleecker Street/ShivHans Pictures’ Hotel Mumbai with Oscar-nominee Dev Patel and Golden Globe-nominee Armie Hammer will have a minimal start in New York and Los Angeles ahead of a fairly wide release in the coming weeks. The film recounts the true events in 2008 when terrorists laid siege of the Taj Hotel in Mumbai. Sony Pictures Classics is opening Budapest-set Sunset by László Nemes, whose previous feature, Son Of Saul won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language film. Sunset is a fictional drama set amid the tense days leading up to World War I. The film will have a slow roll out, beginning in New York and L.A. Grand Rapids, Michigan, however, will have the theatrical bow for Oscilloscope’s Relaxer by Joel Potrykus. The company is opening the title
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Jordan Peele's 'Us' Looking at a $50M+ Opening Weekend

Saturday Am Update: Universal's release of Jordan Peele's Us is dominating in its opening weekend, delivering an estimated $29.06 million on Friday with current studio estimates anticipating a $67 million three-day debut. Should expectations hold that will be more than double the strong opening weekend for Peele's Get Out in 2017. The film received a "B" CinemaScore from opening day audiences. You can check out all of the Friday estimates right here and we'll be back tomorrow morning with a complete look at the weekend. Friday Am Update: Jordan Peele's Us delivered an absolutely massive $7.4 million from Thursday night previews, which began last night in 3,510 theaters at 7Pm. The performance is more than four times as large as the $1.8 million in previews Peele's Get Out brought in two years ago and is just behind the $7.7 million in previews Halloween brought in last October before going on to open with over $76 million.
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“Sunset” Is A Disappointment From László Nemes

A few years ago, filmmaker László Nemes blew festival audiences away with his Holocaust tale Son of Saul. Starting with an award winning debut at the Cannes Film Festival, the movie more or less swept the awards season, culminating in an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Feature. Nemes was immediately a new name to watch on the international cinema stage. Now, after screening a bit last year, his follow up effort Sunset hits theaters this week. Unfortunately, he’s not able to repeat the success from last time out. This is a definite letdown of an experience and a real big disappointment. Alas. The film is a drama set in Budapest during the year 1913, before World War I would devastate Europe. When Irisz Leiter (Juli Jakab) first arrives in the Hungarian capital, she aims to work at a special hat store that once belonged to her late parents. Despite the desire to become a milliner,
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‘Sunset’ Film Review: ‘Son of Saul’ Director Keeps His Characters, and Audience, Off Balance

‘Sunset’ Film Review: ‘Son of Saul’ Director Keeps His Characters, and Audience, Off Balance
By about an hour into Laszlo Nemes’ period drama “Sunset,” you may have lost count of just how many times the lead character, a young woman in 1910 Budapest, has been told “don’t go there” by a succession of glowering, bearded men, plus the occasional glowering woman.

Irisz, the central character, keeps going where she’s not supposed to — and you could say the same about Nemes, who thrives on creating chaos onscreen and rarely feels compelled in “Sunset” to let the audience get its bearings.

That makes “Sunset” audacious and confounding, a movie that takes on the fall of an empire through the prism of a hat shop and challenges viewers to keep up at every murky turn.

Nemes had one of the most auspicious feature film debuts in recent memory: His first film, “Son of Saul,” was one of the rare debuts to land a spot in the
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Sunset Interview: László Nemes on His Challenging, Mesmerizing New Film

I saw Hungarian director/writer László Nemes' sophomore film Sunset at this year's Film Comment Selects series and was blown away by it. It is just as strong as his phenomenal debut film Son of Saul, a riveting Holocaust drama that brought him awards and international recognition. Layered, complex and technically brilliant, Sunset is a challenging film that will leave an indelible mark on many year-end lists as one of the best films of 2019. I missed the chance to talk to him in New York due to his flu symptoms, but he graciously granted a Skype interview at a later date. This is the how the interview went down: Screen Anarchy: Sunset is co-written by Clara Royer and Matthieu Taponier. How was the writing process...

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Innocent and ominous by Anne-Katrin Titze

László Nemes‬ (looking at Martin Scorsese) on the stiff collar worn by Írisz in Sunset, costumes by Györgyi Szakács: "And it goes down with the film." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Sunset (Napszállta) is cinema at its astute and enchanting finest. Max Ophüls and Jean Renoir may come to mind and the scene in the shoe department of Romanze in Moll, Helmut Käutner's take on Guy De Maupassant. In a similar mode to the way László Nemes chained us to the back of the neck of Géza Röhrig's Saul Ausländer in his groundbreaking, Oscar-winning Son Of Saul (also shot by Mátyás Erdély), he attaches us firmly to his Sunset heroine Írisz Leiter (Juli Jakab), a young woman who returns, after years of apprenticeship in Trieste, to her native Budapest in hopes of working as a milliner at the famous Leiter department store her deceased parents used to own.

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Ready for her Oscar: Fans are confident ‘Sunset Boulevard’ will ‘finally do the trick’ for Glenn Close

Ready for her Oscar: Fans are confident ‘Sunset Boulevard’ will ‘finally do the trick’ for Glenn Close
The “Sunset Boulevard” musical is months away from staring production, but 42 percent of our readers believe that this film adaptation will finally bring Glenn Close her elusive Oscar, and her name ought to be engraved now.

“This performance could very well be a career topper for her! And if the movie is really excellent, that could finally do the trick for her,” user Jack Mahanes wrote. “And I hope it does the trick for her, because she’s an amazing actress who should have an Oscar!”

In development limbo for decades, “Sunset Boulevard” finally made some movement last week when Tony-winning choreographer Rob Ashford was tapped to direct the film, which is set to start filming in the fall. It surely isn’t a coincidence that this happened days after seven-time nominee Close lost the Best Actress Oscar for “The Wife” to Olivia Colman (“The Favourite”). Close won a Tony
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