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Utøya 22. juli (2018)
****** - I give this film a score of 10 in the hope that many people will also watch this film and also make the thought that the application of murders and violence for the expression of extreme (ultra) ideology no place and unacceptable is in our world, I AM ONE WITH THE NORWEGIAN PEOPLE, I also give this score to commemorate and support the victims of the bomb attack and attack on the island of Utøya but also to victims elsewhere in the world of extreme ideological violence. *** ***
War Room (2015)
Life with God.
-War Room is a 2015 American Christian drama film directed by Alex Kendrick and co-written and produced by Stephen Kendrick. War Room is the Kendrick brothers' fifth film project and their first film project through Kendrick Brothers Productions. Provident Films, Affirm Films and TriStar Pictures partnered with the Kendrick brothers to release the film.
-Regarding the title of the film, director Kendrick says "We called it 'War Room' because, like the military, we should seek God for the right strategy before going into combat. By combat, I mean daily issues we face in our culture." The film was released in North American theaters on August 28, 2015, and received generally negative reviews from critics, but became a box office success and a sleeper hit. Regarding War Room's box office performance, CNN said "some might call it a faith-based David versus the secular Goliaths in the entertainment industry".
--African-American portrayal: -Initial plans had the main characters being white; however, Alex began having dreams about a predominantly African-American cast and, believing that God was trying to tell him something, the brothers switched the characters to make it more in line with Alex's dream. Early on, Sony expressed some concerns over a film with a mostly African-American cast produced by a white-led production company, but the brothers stuck to the premise.
-Several characters in the film are African-American and being released only months after the Charleston church shooting, those involved with the film claim to believe that the timing of release is no coincidence. According to director Kendrick, when Affirm Films first saw the film, they claimed, "If this had been told with a different race, it would be a different movie." -Stallings, who plays a major role in the film, says, "There are many people out there—white and black—who stay with their families and work through their problems. They aren't thugs or gang leaders. 'War Room' tells the truth about society by showing the reverse of that stereotype. Racial tension is dangerous and people are dying and a lot of us want to see that stopped. We protest and speak out and tweet out, but this problem is much bigger than human beings. This movie will give people a way to take these problems to the Lord and show them that prayer is the best weapon to fight back."
--Critical response: -War Room has received mostly negative reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a rating of 34%, based on reviews from 32 critics, with an average rating of 4.4/10.Metacritic gives the film a score of 26 out of 100, based on reviews from 11 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".
-The Christian Post praised the film, calling it better than Courageous and Fireproof. According to Crosswalk.com "it comes as good news that War Room is a step up for the Kendricks, who continue to develop as filmmakers." Nick Olszyk of Catholic World Report similarly praised the film, writing it successfully portrayed "prayer... forgiveness, temptation, conversion, and, most importantly, the cosmic struggle between God and the devil that occur in every home and every heart." -The Los Angeles Times called the film more of a Bible study than anything else and "so heavy on broad pulpit pounding that it's challenging to get swept away by the story's message."
Our Kind of Traitor (2016)
One from the dozen ..
-Our Kind of Traitor is a 2016 British spy thriller film directed by Susanna White and written by Hossein Amini, adapted from John le Carré's novel of the same name. Starring Ewan McGregor, Naomie Harris, Stellan Skarsgård, Damian Lewis, and Alicia von Rittberg, the film was released in the United Kingdom on 13 May 2016 by Lionsgate.
--Production: -Principal photography began on 26 March 2014 and continued for ten weeks, locations included London and its suburbs, Finland, Bern, Paris, the French Alps, and Marrakech.
--Critical reaction: -Film which is carried by the cast in particular by the good performance of Stellan Skarsgard and other has not as a depth of story.
Me Before You (2016)
If the will is there
-Me Before You is a 2016 American-British romantic drama film directed by Thea Sharrock and adapted by Jojo Moyes from her 2012 novel of the same name. The film stars Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin, Jenna Coleman, Charles Dance, Matthew Lewis, Ben Lloyd-Hughes and Janet McTeer. The film was released on June 3, 2016 in the United States, received mixed reviews and has grossed over $72 million.
--Critical response: -Me Before You has received mixed reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes the film has a rating of 57%, based on 118 reviews, with an average rating is 5.6/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Me Before You benefits from Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin's alluring chemistry, although it isn't enough to compensate for its clumsy treatment of a sensitive subject." On Metacritic the film has a score of 51 out of 100, based on 36 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". On CinemaScore, audiences gave the film an average grade of "A" on an A+ to F scale.
--Controversy: -The film has suffered a backlash from many people in the disabled community due to what they perceive as an underlying message that people with disabilities are a burden on their families and careers, and claim the film promotes the view that people are better off dead than disabled. They view the film as advocating suicide so that their loved ones can "live boldly". The #MeBeforeEuthanasia backlash has been led by celebrities with disabilities such as Liz Carr, Penny Pepper, and Cherylee Houston.
The Neon Demon (2016)
Devils good (especially for horror fans).
-The Neon Demon is a 2016 internationally co-produced psychological thriller film directed by Nicolas Winding Refn and co-written by Mary Laws and Refn and starring Elle Fanning, Christina Hendricks and Keanu Reeves. The plot follows an aspiring model in Los Angeles whose beauty and youth place her in significant danger amongst the women she becomes associated with in the industry, who are murderous and dangerous.
-In April 2016, it was announced that the film would compete for the Palme d'Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, making the film the third consecutive film directed by Refn to compete for the Palme d'Or, following Drive and Only God Forgives.
--Soundtrack: -Composer Cliff Martinez, who collaborated with director Refn on Drive, stated the films have similar styles, musically speaking, noting that for The Neon Demon he sought a "sparse electronic score." stated in an interview that the first half of the film resembles "a melodrama like Valley of the Dolls, and the second half is like The Texas Chain Saw Massacre." The soundtrack for the film will be released on June 24, 2016, physically and through digital download, before being released on Vinyl on July 8, 2016, by Milan Records. Sia composed an original song for the film titled Waving Goodbye. On 24 May 2016 at the Cannes Soundtrack 2016 awards, Cliff Martinez was recognised best composer of the Cannes film festival for his soundtrack to The Neon Demon.
--Critical response: -The Neon Demon received mixed reviews from film critics. It holds a 47% approval rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 34 reviews, with an average rating of 5.8/10. On Metacritic, the film has a score of 57 out of 100, based on 12 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
-Owen Gleiberman of Variety gave the film a positive review writing : "A horror film is what The Neon Demon is (sort of). It's set in the Los Angeles fashion world, and it's the kind of movie in which models look like mannequins that look like slasher-film corpses, and corpses look like love objects. Beauty mingles with mangled flesh, and each fastidiously slick image seems to have come out of Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me or The Shining or a very sick version of a Calvin Klein commercial. Every scene, every shot, every line of dialogue, every pause is so hypnotically composed, so luxuriously overdeliberate, that the audience can't help but assume that Refn knows exactly what he's doing — that he's setting us up for the kill."
Drumming to the utmost.
-Whiplash is a 2014 American independent drama film written and directed by Damien Chazelle. Starring Miles Teller and J. K. Simmons, the film depicts the relationship between an ambitious jazz student (Teller) and an abusive instructor (Simmons). Paul Reiser and Melissa Benoist co-star as the student's father and love interest respectively. The film opened in limited release domestically in the US and Canada on October 10, 2014, gradually expanding to over 500 screens and finally closing after 24 weeks on March 26, 2015. Over this time the film grossed $49 million, against a production budget of $3.3 million.
-Whiplash premiered in competition in the US Dramatic Category at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival on January 16, 2014, as the festival's opening film. Sony Pictures Worldwide acquired the international distribution rights. At the 87th Academy Awards, Whiplash won Best Film Editing, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Supporting Actor for Simmons, and was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture.
--Critical response: -Whiplash received critical acclaim, with Simmons' performance receiving universal praise. The film has a score of 94% on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 256 reviews, with a rating average of 8.6/10. The site's critics consensus states, "Intense, inspiring, and well-acted, Whiplash is a brilliant sophomore effort from director Damien Chazelle and a riveting vehicle for stars J. K. Simmons and Miles Teller." On Metacritic, another review aggregator, the film has a score of 88 out of 100, based on 49 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".
-Forrest Wickman of Slate accused the film of distorting jazz history and promoting a misleading idea of genius, writing." In The New Yorker, Richard Brody argued that "Whiplash honors neither jazz nor cinema". The term "Whiplash backlash" has been used to describe the reaction to the film by those who disliked it.
A film of a game.
-Warcraft (alternatively known as Warcraft: The Beginning) is a 2016 American fantasy film directed by Duncan Jones and written by Jones, Charles Leavitt and Chris Metzen. It is based on the Warcraft video game series and novels set in the world of Azeroth. The film stars Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper, Toby Kebbell, Ben Schnetzer, Robert Kazinsky and Daniel Wu. The film portrays the initial encounters between the humans and the orcs and takes place in a variety of locations established in the video game series. The film was first announced in 2006 as a project partnership between Legendary Pictures and the game's developer, Blizzard Entertainment.
-Warcraft will premiere in Los Angeles on June 6, 2016 and is set to be released by Universal Pictures in the United States on June 10, 2016. It has received negative reviews from critics and has grossed over $70 million.
--Filming: -Principal photography began on January 13, 2014 and lasted for four months, finishing on May 23, 2014. Filming took place primarily in Vancouver among other locations. Post-production lasted twenty months. Regarding the use of computer-generated imagery, Jones said, "It's a tool like any other. It can be done well and it can be done bad. The best CGI has you forgetting (that) it's CGI, and accepting the visual as whatever it is supposed to be—like props. No one has an issue with props in film, do they?"
--Production: -Development: -Duncan Jones also faced personal struggles during filming as his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer soon after Jones took over, furthermore his father, David Bowie, also died from cancer late in production. Jones thus summed up the challenge by telling The New York Times. "My film started and ended with cancer".
--Critical response: -Warcraft has received negative reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes the film has a rating of 19%, based on 42 reviews, with an average rating of 4.2/10. On Metacritic, the film has a score of 31 out of 100, based on 13 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews." -Dave Robinson of Crash Landed meanwhile praised the films depiction of the Orc race and the motion capture performances portrayed by the actors.
L'économie du couple (2016)
To the Separating.
-After Love (French: L'Économie du couple) is a 2016 French-Belgian drama film directed by Joachim Lafosse. It was screened in the Directors' Fortnight section at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.
Bérénice Bejo as Marie Cédric Kahn as Boris Marthe Keller as Christine Catherine Salée
-After a relationship of ten years and the birth of twins Thierry and Marie decide to separate. Thierry does not have sufficient financial resources to move and Marie would the apartment which they bought together and by Thierry was fully renovated, do not sell. That is why they need to take the difficult decision after the separation under the same roof to continue to live.
-Remember is a 2015 Canadian-German drama thriller film directed by Atom Egoyan and written by Benjamin August. Starring Christopher Plummer, Bruno Ganz, Jürgen Prochnow, Heinz Lieven, Henry Czerny, Dean Norris, and Martin Landau, the film was theatrically released in Canada on October 23, 2015, in Germany on December 31, 2015, and in the United States by A24 on March 11, 2016.
--Critical reception: -Remember received positive reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a 71% score based on 78 reviews, with an average rating of 6.4/10. The site's consensus: "Remember risks wandering into exploitative territory, but it's bolstered by some of Egoyan's best latter-day directing and a typically stellar performance from Christopher Plummer". Metacritic reports a 52 out of 100 rating, based on 25 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
--Release: -On May 11, 2015, A24 Films acquired distribution rights to the film. Remember was screened in the main competition section of the 72nd Venice International Film Festival on September 10, 2015, and also screened at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. The film was released in Canada on October 23, 2015. The film was released on DirecTV Cinema in the United States on December 17, 2015. The film was originally scheduled to open in the U.S in a limited release on January 15, 2016, but was delayed to February 12. It was then delayed again to March 11, 2016.
The Conjuring 2 (2016)
Second film from the Warren experiences.
-The Conjuring 2 (alternatively known as The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist) is a 2016 American supernatural horror film directed by James Wan. The film was written by Carey Hayes, Chad Hayes, Wan and David Leslie Johnson. It is the sequel to the film The Conjuring, which was released on July 19, 2013. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga reprise their roles as paranormal investigators and authors Ed and Lorraine Warren. The Warrens travel to the United Kingdom to assist the Hodgson family, who are experiencing poltergeist activity at their Enfield council house in 1977.
-The film was released in the United States on June 10, 2016, by Warner Bros. Pictures.
--Filming: -Principal photography for The Conjuring 2 began on September 21, 2015, in Los Angeles, California. Due to inexplicable eerie events during production of the first film, a priest from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Santa Fe was brought in to bless the set of the sequel by the film's producers. Production moved to London on November 18, 2015, with filming taking place in and around The Warrington, a pub in the residential district of Maida Vale. On November 22, filming took place at Marylebone station. Filming concluded on December 1, 2015. Production lasted for 50 days, with 40 days filming on sets and locations in Los Angeles, and 10 days on location in London.
-In early July 2015, lead actors Farmiga and Wilson visited Lorraine Warren at the New England Paranormal Research Center in Connecticut in preparation for their roles.
--Critical response: -The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reports an approval rating of 73%, based on 92 reviews, with an average rating of 6.6/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "The Conjuring 2 can't help but lose a bit of its predecessor's chilly sting through familiarity, but what remains is still a superior ghost story told with spine-tingling skill." Metacritic assigned the film a weighted average of 64 out of 100, based on 34 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
-In her review for The Hollywood Reporter, Sheri Linden praised the film, saying: "Three years after The Conjuring rattled the multiplex with old-school horror, director James Wan ups the ante with an excellent sequel." Owen Gleiberman of Variety gave the film a mixed review, writing: "On one level, The Conjuring 2 is just a not-bad megaplex funhouse movie, no more and no less, but on another level it offers its potential fans a helping of reassurance to go along with the fear. If there are ghost demons out there, then God must be out there as well. Audiences, it was long ago proved, will pay to see both." TheWrap's Alonso Duralde gave the film a positive review, stating: "Frightening rarely strikes twice in the same place, despite the efforts of so many horror sequels, but even if The Conjuring 2 doesn't deliver the delightful jolts of its predecessor, it maintains a consistent chill throughout, with a slow and steady dread that creeps up on you over time." -In a mixed review, Chris Nashawaty of Entertainment Weekly gave the film a B-, writing: "There are some solid scares (Wan is too gifted in the dark art of gotcha manipulation to not make you leap a few times), but there's nothing on par with the first film's brilliant hide-and-clap scene with Lili Taylor." Pete Hammond of Deadline.com wrote that he was "pleasantly surprised" by the sequel and what Wan has accomplished with the film, stating: "Wan knows the tricks of this trade (heightened sound effects, moving furniture, dark corners) but somehow miraculously he really puts a fresh spin on it all here. It's riveting stuff, even if in a familiar cinematic environment." He added: "It is one hell of a movie."
--Possible sequel: -Director James Wan has said that a third Conjuring film is possible if response to The Conjuring 2 warranted it. He said: "There could be many more (Conjuring) movies because the Warrens have so many stories." Screenwriters Chad and Carey Hayes have also expressed interest in working on a story for another sequel. However, Wan stated that he may not have time to direct a third film because of his commitment to other projects.
The Program (2015)
Win by doping.
-The Program (working title Icon) is a 2015 British-French biographical drama film about Lance Armstrong directed by Stephen Frears, starring Ben Foster as Armstrong and Chris O'Dowd as journalist David Walsh.
-The film is based on Walsh's book Seven Deadly Sins. It premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival on 14 September 2015 and was theatrically released in France on 16 September and the United Kingdom on 14 October.
--Development: -Screenwriter John Hodge has said that he primarily based his screenplay on Seven Deadly Sins, in addition to other journalism and affidavits from cyclists. Hodge says he ruled out using Armstrong's own accounts of his behavior during this period, and that scenes shown from Armstrong's perspective are fiction.
--Casting: -Lee Pace joined the cast in November 2013. Dustin Hoffman joined the cast in December 2013.
-To better understand his role, Foster took performance enhancing drugs while shooting the film.
Quite pleasant third part The Divergent series.
-The Divergent Series: Allegiant (also known simply as Allegiant, as credited on screen) is a 2016 American science fiction adventure film directed by Robert Schwentke with a screenplay by Stephen Chbosky, Bill Collage, Adam Cooper, and Noah Oppenheim. It is the first of two cinematic parts based on the novel Allegiant, the final book in the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth, and the third installment in The Divergent Series, produced by Lucy Fisher, Pouya Shabazian, and Douglas Wick.
-The film stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Jeff Daniels, Octavia Spencer,Ray Stevenson, Zoë Kravitz, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q, Bill Skarsgård, and Naomi Watts. It is the sequel to Insurgent and will be followed by the concluding entry, Ascendant (Allegiant and Ascendant were originally to be titled Allegiant – Part 1 and Allegiant – Part 2).
-Allegiant was released on March 18, 2016 in theaters and IMAX and was panned by critics. The film also was a box office bomb, grossing $66.2 million domestically and $110.7 million in foreign markets. This led to budget cuts on the fourth and final installment in the series, Ascendant, set to be released on June 9, 2017.
--Filming: -Filming began on May 18, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia and concluded on August 23, 2015. From June 11 to June 23, filming took place at the Lindale Mill in Lindale, Georgia, where the set was being built in late May.
--Critical response: -The Divergent Series: Allegiant was met with mostly negative reviews by critics, who criticized the lack of originality and character advancement. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 12%, based on 160 reviews, with an average rating of 4/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Allegiant improves on previous entries in The Divergent Series on a few superficial levels, but they aren't enough to counteract a sense of growing boredom with a franchise that's gone on too long." Metacritic gives the film a score of 33 out of 100, based on 33 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B" on an A+ to F scale.
--Sequel: -The final film in the series, The Divergent Series: Ascendant, will be released on June 9, 2017. It was originally scheduled to be released on March 24, 2017, but in December 2015, Lionsgate placed the upcoming reboot of Power Rangers in Ascendant's former release date.
-On February 8, 2016, it was confirmed that Schwentke would not return to direct the final film. Three weeks later, Lionsgate announced that Lee Toland Krieger would replace Schwentke as the director of the film.
A Danish drama war story.
-A War (Danish: Krigen) is a 2015 Danish war drama film written and directed by Tobias Lindholm, and starring Pilou Asbæk and Søren Malling. It tells the story of a Danish military company in Afghanistan that is fighting the Taliban while trying to protect the civilians, and how the commander is accused of having committed a war crime. The film was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards.
--Production: -The film was produced by Nordisk Film with support from DR TV and received eight million Danish kroner from the Danish Film Institute. Filming took place in Copenhagen, in Konya, Turkey and in Almeria, Spain. It ended in January 2015. With the exception of the main characters, the soldiers are played by actual Danish soldiers who had served in Afghanistan.
--Reception: -A War received critical acclaim. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a 90% "Certified Fresh" score based on 72 reviews, with an average rating of 7.7/10. The site's consensus states: "Tense, intelligent, and refreshingly low-key, A War is part frontline thriller, part courtroom drama -- and eminently effective in both regards." Metacritic reports an 81 out of 100 rating based on 29 critics, indicating "universal acclaim". Olly Richards from Empire magazine gave the film four out of five stars saying "It's a riveting, complex film that asks one simple question: what do you do when there's no right answer?"., while Clayton Dillard from Slant Magazine gave it a mixed review: two out of four stars saying "Tobias Lindholm stages his claims through cluncky dramaturgical scenarios, with the seams exposed at every turn."
Money Monster (2016)
A good directing of Jodie Foster.
-Money Monster is a 2016 American thriller film directed by Jodie Foster and written by Alan Di Fiore, Jim Kouf and Jamie Linden. The film stars George Clooney (who also co-produced) as Lee Gates, a TV personality who advises his audience on commerce and Wall Street, and who is forcefully interrogated by Kyle Budwell (Jack O'Connell), a grief-stricken bankrupt viewer who lost his money after a previous tip; the film also stars Julia Roberts, Dominic West, Giancarlo Esposito and Caitriona Balfe.
-Principal photography began on February 27, 2015 in New York City. The film was released by Sony Pictures Entertainment through TriStar Pictures on May 13, 2016, received mixed reviews from critics and has grossed over $66 million.
--Critical response: -Money Monster has received mixed reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 54%, based on 196 reviews, with an average rating of 5.9/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Money Monster's strong cast and solidly written story ride a timely wave of socioeconomic anger that's powerful enough to overcome an occasionally muddled approach to its worthy themes." On Metacritic, the film has a score of 55 out of 100, based on 44 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B+" on an A+ to F scale.
The Boy (2016)
-The Boy (previously known as The Inhabitant) is a 2016 American-Canadian psychological horror film directed by William Brent Bell and written by Stacey Delay. The film stars Lauren Cohan and Rupert Evans. Filming began on March 10, 2015, in Victoria, British Columbia. The film was released by STX Entertainment on January 22, 2016.
--Filming: -On March 10, 2015, principal photography on The Boy officially begun in Victoria, British Columbia, at Craigdarroch Castle, announced by the studios.
--Critical reception: -On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 28%, based on 46 reviews, with an average rating of 4.3/10. Metacritic gives the film a score of 42 out of 100, based on 10 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B–" on an A+ to F scale. Joe Leydon criticised the average story line in Variety.com and commented that "Despite game efforts by the cast, this tepid horror opus is never scary enough to overcome its silly premise." A reviewer for RogerEbert.com wrote that a "moody atmosphere and committed performances can't conceal the fact that this is one dumb flick." -Film where some elements from other films recognizable slightly forward and that leave you specific more or less in the tenterhooks about its outcome.
Beautiful movie and 3D experience.
-Alice Through the Looking Glass is a 2016 American fantasy adventure film, directed by James Bobin, written by Linda Woolverton, and produced by Tim Burton. It is loosely based on Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll, and is the sequel to the 2010 film Alice in Wonderland. The film stars Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Rhys Ifans, Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen, and features the voices of Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen and Timothy Spall.
-The films tells the story about Alice spending her past few years following her father's footsteps and sailing the high seas, she comes across a magical looking glass that takes her to the fantastical realm of Wonderland and finds that Tarrant Hightopp who is acting madder than usual and wants to discover the truth about his family's survival of the attack of the Jabberwocky. Alice borrows a "Chronosphere", a metallic object inside the chamber of the Grand Clock which powers all time. Returning to the past, she comes across friend and enemies at different point of their lives and embarks on a race to save the Hatter before time runs out.
-The film was released by Walt Disney Pictures on May 27, 2016 and is Rickman's final film role, following his death in January 2016. Upon the release, the film received generally negative reviews from critics.
--Production: -Principal photography began on August 4, 2014, at Shepperton Studios. In August 2014, filming took place in Gloucester Docks which included the use of at least four historic ships: Kathleen and May, Irene, Excelsior and the Earl of Pembroke, the last of which was renamed The Wonder for the filming. Principal photography ended on October 31, 2014.
--Critical response: -Alice Through the Looking Glass has received negative reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes the film has a rating of 29%, based on 148 reviews, with an average rating of 4.5/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Alice Through the Looking Glass is just as visually impressive as its predecessor, but that isn't enough to cover for an underwhelming story that fails to live up to its classic characters." On Metacritic the film has a score of 34 out of 100, based on 42 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews". On CinemaScore, audiences gave the film an average grade of "A–" on an A+ to F scale, the same grade earned by its predecessor.
Beautiful Spanish life movie.
-Julieta is a 2016 Spanish film written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar based on three short stories from the book Runaway (2004) by Alice Munro. The film marks Almodóvar's 20th feature and stars Emma Suárez and Adriana Ugarte as older and younger versions of the film's protagonist, Julieta, alongside Daniel Grao, Inma Cuesta, Darío Grandinetti, Michelle Jenner and Rossy de Palma. The film opened on 8 April 2016 in Spain to mixed, but largely positive, reviews and a smaller box-office opening than most of the director's films. It made its international debut at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, where it was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or, and will be released across the world throughout the summer of 2016.
-Reviews for Julieta were mixed, but largely positive, and generally much less critical than those Almodóvar received for his previous film I'm So Excited (2013). Rotten Tomatoes gave Julieta a score of 66% based on reviews from 29 critics; Metacritic gave the film a weighted score of 63/100, based on 10 critiques, which indicates "generally favourable reviews".
-The film drew praise from critics in Spain, including La Vanguardia, who compared Julieta to the female-centric films of George Cukor and Kenji Mizoguchi while noting hints of Alfred Hitchcock in Almodóvar's screenplay.
-Julieta had a warm reception at the Cannes Film Festival, which was followed by extremely positive reactions from French film critics, including Le Monde who called it "a beautiful film of very pure sadness" and La Croix who thought the theme of guilt was a welcome new addition to Almodóvar's work, calling Julieta "a beautiful and intense film".
-The British press were very positive about the film: Screen Daily labelled the film "an anxious, tantalising creature which returns the Spanish director to the exclusive world of women" and stated that Almodóvar's "distinctive voice (grows) in texture and depth with each new production".
-American critics tended to have more mixed feelings, like Variety, who stated that while the film was "a welcome return to the female-centric storytelling that has earned Almodóvar his greatest acclaim, it is far from this reformed renegade's strongest or most entertaining work".
Miles Ahead (2015)
Davis Miles on the playful and impressionist manner.
-Miles Ahead is a 2015 American biographical film directed by Don Cheadle, which Cheadle co-wrote with Steven Baigelman, Stephen J. Rivele, and Christopher Wilkinson, based on the life of jazz musician Miles Davis. The film stars Cheadle, Emayatzy Corinealdi, and Ewan McGregor, and closed the New York Film Festival on October 11, 2015. The film takes its title from Davis' 1957 album.
--Reception: -Miles Ahead received generally positive reviews from critics. Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating in the 0–100 range based on reviews from top mainstream publications, calculated an average score of 64, based on 21 reviews. Based on 83 reviews collected by Rotten Tomatoes, the film received a 72% approval rating from reviewers, with an average score of 6.4/10. The site's consensus reads, "Miles Ahead is worth watching for Don Cheadle's strong work on both sides of the camera, even if this unconventional biopic doesn't quite capture its subject's timeless appeal".
-In The New York Times, Manohla Dargis wrote that while Davis purists may complain about the imagined sequences in the film, but "they'll also miss the pleasure and point of this playfully impressionistic movie." She was particularly impressed by Cheadle's ability to shift between "times, moods and modes effortlessly".
Café Society (2016)
Pleasant movie, brave recognizable by the hand of Woody Allen.
-Café Society is a 2016 American romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Woody Allen. The film stars Jeannie Berlin, Steve Carell, Jesse Eisenberg, Blake Lively, Parker Posey, Kristen Stewart, Corey Stoll and Ken Stott. The film had its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on May 11, 2016, and will be released in the United States on July 15, 2016 by Amazon Studios and Lionsgate.
--Filming: -Principal photography on the film began on August 17, 2015 in and around Los Angeles. On September 8, 2015, filming moved to New York City, where it was shot in Brooklyn. Woody Allen has moved to digital for the first time, using a Sony CineAlta F65 camera for his 47th film.
--Critical response: -On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 73%, based on 37 reviews, with an average rating of 6/10. On Metacritic, the film has a score of 68 out of 100, based on 10 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
Retour chez ma mère (2016)
Recognizable for each.
-Retour chez ma mère is an upcoming 2016 French comedy film directed by Éric Lavaine.
-This is the story of a woman of forty, Stephanie, who loses her job in an architectural firm and is forced to move back in with her mother. For her, it's double pain : she must leave with her mother every day and face the jealousy of her brothers and sisters.
Josiane Balasko as Jacqueline Alexandra Lamy as Stéphanie Mathilde Seigner as Carole Jérôme Commandeur as Alain Philippe Lefebvre as Nicolas Didier Flamand as Jean Pascal Demolon Cécile Rebboah as Charlotte Alexandra Campanacci as Sylvie Nathan Dellemme as Roger Patrick Bosso as The Agent job center
The Everest conquer.
-Everest is a 2015 British-American biographical disaster survival drama film directed by Baltasar Kormákur and written by William Nicholson and Simon Beaufoy, starring an ensemble cast which features Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, Sam Worthington, Keira Knightley, Emily Watson, and Jake Gyllenhaal. It is adapted from Beck Weathers' memoir Left for Dead: My Journey Home from Everest (2000).
-The film opened the 72nd Venice International Film Festival on September 2, 2015, and was released theatrically on September 18, 2015. It is based on the real events of the 1996 Mount Everest disaster, and focuses on the survival attempts of two expedition groups, one led by Rob Hall (Jason Clarke) and the other by Scott Fischer (Jake Gyllenhaal). Kormákur, Universal, Walden Media, Cross Creek and Working Title dedicated the 3D film to the late British actress Natasha Richardson.
--Filming -Additional portions of the film, including scenes that take place just above the icefall to camp 3, were filmed at 10,000 feet at Schnalstal/Val Senales in South Tyrol, Italy.
-In November 2013, the film was set for a January 13, 2014 production start date in Italy. Co-financier Brian Oliver told Variety they would shoot in Ötztal Alps in Italy for six weeks, a month in Iceland, and then move to Nepal for another month's shoot. In early January 2014, actors Gyllenhaal and Brolin were practicing for climbing mountains in the Santa Monica Mountains, to train for their roles.
-English actor Clive Standen has said that filming on location in freezing temperatures has been "tough but fun". On March 24, 2014 the shooting was said to be taking place at the Everest Base Camp in Nepal. Base camp exteriors were filmed on the backlot at Cinecitta Studios in Rome, where bright sunlight could be achieved to resemble the lighting at base camp.
--Critical response: -Everest has received generally positive reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a rating of 72%, based on 195 reviews, with an average rating of 6.7/10. The site's consensus reads, "Everest boasts all the dizzying cinematography a person could hope to get out a movie about mountain climbers, even if it's content to tread less challenging narrative terrain." On Metacritic the film has a score of 64 out of 100, based on 39 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
-Jon Krakauer, author of Into Thin Air, denounced the movie, stating some of its details were fabricated and defamatory. He also expressed regret regarding Sony's rapid acquisition of the rights to the book. Director Baltasar Kormákur responded, claiming Krakauer's first-person account was not used as source material for the film and alleging that Krakauer's version conflicted with actual events.
-Elle (French: She or Her) is an upcoming French psychological thriller directed by Paul Verhoeven and written by David Birke, based on the novel Oh... by Philippe Djian, and starring Isabelle Huppert. The film tells the story of a businesswoman, Michèle (Huppert), who is raped in her home by an unknown assailant and stalks him back. It is Verhoeven's first feature film in ten years after his 2006 film Black Book, and his first French language film. It has been selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.
--Plot: -Michèle LeBlanc seems indestructible. Head of a successful video game company, she brings the same ruthless attitude to her love life as to business. Being attacked in her home by an unknown assailant changes Michèle's life forever. When she resolutely tracks the man down, they are both drawn into a curious and thrilling game-a game that may, at any moment, spiral out of control.
-Verhoeven's mise-en-scène for the film was influenced by three films: Federico Fellini's 8½, Jean Renoir's The Rules of the Game and Orson Welles' Touch of Evil.
-Stéphane Delorme of Cahiers du cinéma wrote the film was "a striking return for the Dutchman. We didn't dare dream of such an audacious, generous film."
Inflate reality or .
-Tabloid is a 2010 American documentary film directed by Errol Morris. It tells the story of Joyce McKinney, who in 1977 was accused of kidnapping and raping Kirk Anderson, an American Mormon missionary. The incident, known as the Mormon sex in chains case, became a major tabloid story in the United Kingdom and triggered a circulation battle between two popular tabloid newspapers, the Daily Mirror and the Daily Express.
-The film is based on interviews of McKinney, journalist Peter Tory (1939-2012), and photographer Kent Gavin conducted by Morris. The film makes reference to Mormon culture, such as temple garments.
--Legal action against Morris: -In November 2011, Joyce McKinney filed a lawsuit with the Los Angeles Superior Court against Errol Morris, claiming that Morris and his producer Mark Lipson told her they were filming for a TV documentary series about the paparazzi. McKinney is suing on the grounds that she was defamed, as the film portrays her as "crazy, a sex offender, an S&M prostitute, and/or a rapist."
Fight for society rights of gay couples in America.
-Freeheld is a 2015 American drama film directed by Peter Sollett and written by Ron Nyswaner. The film stars Julianne Moore, Ellen Page, Steve Carell, Luke Grimes, and Michael Shannon. It is based on the 2007 documentary short film of the same name about police officer Laurel Hester's fight against the Ocean County, New Jersey Board of Chosen Freeholders to allow her pension benefits to be transferred to her domestic partner after being diagnosed with terminal cancer.
--Critical reception: -Freeheld received mixed reviews from critics. Review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reports a 47% rating based on 88 reviews, with an average rating of 5.7/10. The consensus states: "Freeheld certainly means well, but its cardboard characters and by-the-numbers drama undermine its noble intentions." On Metacritic, the film has a 50 out of 100 rating based on 29 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
Good story line and 3D experience.
-X-Men: Apocalypse is a 2016 American superhero film based on the X-Men characters that appear in Marvel Comics. It is the ninth installment in the X-Men film series. Directed by Bryan Singer, with a screenplay by Simon Kinberg from a story conceived by Singer, Kinberg, Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris, the film features an ensemble cast starring James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Isaac, Nicholas Hoult, Rose Byrne, Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner, Olivia Munn and Lucas Till. In Apocalypse, ancient mutant Apocalypse awakens and plans to take over the world, so the X-Men need to stop him and defeat his team, the Four Horsemen of Apocalypse.
--Critical response: -On Rotten Tomatoes the film has a rating of 59%, based on 61 reviews, with an average rating of 5.8/10. On Metacritic the film has a score of 51 out of 100, based on 24 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
-Mike LaSalle from the San Francisco Chronicle gave the film a positive review, calling it "a thinking person's action movie" and complimenting the movie for its high stakes. Bruce Kirkland from the Toronto Sun gave the film a positive review, acknowledging "Piece by piece, Singer fits this ninth film in the franchise (which includes Deadpool) into the X-Men universe like a master puzzle maker. He does it so well, at least in terms of storytelling, that the X-Men franchise still has a vigorous future." -Mike Ryan of Uproxx gave the film a negative review, noting it felt redundant and stale, writing, "I get it: Life is hard for mutants. We all get it. It's literally the only thing mutants ever seem to talk about. It is odd that other superheroes seem to get to have some fun, but never the X-Men. Here we are, 16 years later, and everyone involved is still sad. It feels repetitive." Scott Mendelson of Forbes noted the series felt repetitive, writing, "X-Men: Apocalypse is the kind of weightless, soulless trifle of a bore that makes comic book superhero movies look bad and makes me not look forward to the next installment." --Sequel: -In May 2016, Kinberg stated that the next X-Men film will be set in the 1990s. Kinberg has talk about redoing The Dark Phoenix Saga and Singer did want to do an X-Men movie in space.