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Cannes 2017: You Were Never Really Here Review

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Author: Jo-Ann Titmarsh

We had to wait until the bitter end for Lynne Ramsay’s new film – the last in competition in Cannes and surely a hot contender for the Palme d’Or – and it was certainly worth the wait.

Based on Jonathan Ames’ eponymous novella, the film tells the story of Joe (Joaquin Phoenix), an army vet with some serious issues. If you thought Chris Kyle in American Sniper had Ptsd problems, wait until you see this guy. At first Joe is appears to be some kind of paedophile serial killer for the film opens on him lying on a hotel with a plastic bag over his head. A girl’s jewellery and a bloody hammer are his companions. We are also given a brief glimpse into Joe’s troubled childhood, but the details remain undisclosed for now. And when he leaves Cincinatti for home in New York, the »

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Win a 24” Smart TV and 4K Blu Ray player & more with Rings

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Author: Jon Lyus

To celebrate the release of Rings on Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital on 29th May, and to be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets to a ghost hunting experience with Dusk Till Dawn Events Plus a 24” Smart TV and 4K Blu Ray player, simply watch the following clip and answer the question below:

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Here’s the question:

1.Becoming Samara – How many hours does it take to create Samara?

Here’s the clip…

Did you get it? Keep a hold of your answer and head over to the Rings Facebook page for further details on the next clue / how to submit your full entry!

Please note you need all 3 answers in order to enter.

Rings is available on Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital from Monday 29th May

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Josh Boone to take X-Men spin-off, The New Mutants in an unexpected direction; Rosario Dawson in talks to join the cast

26 May 2017 7:39 AM, PDT

Author: Zehra Phelan

We may be getting a new X-Men Spin-off but don’t expect a handful of “family friendly” fun and games for the project entitled The New Mutants – New Mutants director Josh Boone promises to give you something very different – a horror version of the mutant story.

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In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Josh Boone revealed the film will go in an unusual horror direction and be unlike anything in the X-Men movie franchise so far. “We are making a full-fledged horror movie set within the X-Men universe,” Boone said. “There are no costumes. There are no supervillains. We’re trying to do something very, very different.”

With Fox very much on board with exploring new roads for the X-Men franchise, probably to keep it fresh enough to keep audiences interested, Boone has been doing his research in reading up on some »

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Exclusive: Vin Diesel, Donnie Yen and the cast of xXx: Return of Xander Cage

26 May 2017 7:00 AM, PDT

Author: Jon Lyus

In anticipation of the Blu-ray and DVD release of xXx: Return of Xander Cage this coming Monday we present our exclusive interviews with the cast and director of the action-packed film.

The latest movie in the popular franchise has Vin Diesel returning as Xander Cage, gathering together a team of like-minded thrill-seeking agents to defeat a powerful enemy. This is the third xXx film, and it follows the Ice Cube-led xXx: State of the Union which premiered a decade before. The franchise-heavy action movie landscape is a very different place to the one in which Xander Cage entered in 2002, and having Fast and Furious mainstay Diesel leading the film gives the new film a sense of propulsion.

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The film stars Vin Diesel, Donnie Yen, Deepika Padukone, Ruby Rose, Tony Jaa, Nina Dobrev, Michael Bisping, »

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Sausage Party director, Conrad Vernon to develop The Jetsons

26 May 2017 5:56 AM, PDT

Author: Zehra Phelan

Hands up all those that enjoyed r-rated animation, Sausage Party, come on now don’t be shy! Well, the man who co-directed aforementioned Sausage Party, Conrad Vernon, has jumped on board Warner Animation Group’s much-awaited project to bring space family, The Jetsons to the big screen.

The likes of Paramount and Universal have tried and failed to bring the Jetsons to the silver screen in one form or another but since Warner obtained the rights in the late 90s a number of projects including the family have been attempted with the likes of Adam Shankman and Robert Rodriguez (the latter had a script by The Goldbergs creator Adam F. Goldberg) at the helm but neither panned out.

The popular primetime cartoon show featured the Jetson family living in a utopian future. People live in housing in the sky, work a three-day workweek, drive aero cars that »

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Win movie merchandise from Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul

26 May 2017 5:55 AM, PDT

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To celebrate the cinema release of Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul, the must see family movie this May half term, we are offering 5 lucky entrants the chance to win a Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul merchandise set including pencil toppers, a wimpy kid toy, notebook and more!

Based on the record-breaking book series and starring Jason Ian Drucker, Charlie Wright, Owen Asztalos, Tom Everett Scott and Alicia SilverstoneDiary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul is in cinemas this Friday.

In Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul a family road trip to attend Meemaw’s 90th birthday party goes hilariously off course thanks to Greg’s newest scheme to (finally!) become famous.

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No tight lycra suits in sight for Jeremy Renner and Elisabeth Olsen in Wind River trailer

26 May 2017 5:29 AM, PDT

Author: Zehra Phelan

Taylor Sheridan, the man who penned the brilliance within Hell or High Water and Sicario, is all set to make his directorial debut with Wind River, a tension-filled thriller which met with rave reviews when it premiered at Sundance. Now we mere mortals can get a glimpse of the project in the newly released trailer below.

Related: Our 5 Star review of Wind River from Sundance.

Also written by Sheridan, Wind River stars Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Age of Ultron duo, Jeremy Renner who portrays a local game tracker in Wyoming and Elisabeth Olsen as an FBI agent assigned to the case to find a murderer on a Native American reservation.

The trailer is extremely effective in tension building within a beautiful snowy landscape; the main reason behind its effecting projection comes from the soundtrack which is scored by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis.

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Cannes 2017: L’Amant Double Review

26 May 2017 5:20 AM, PDT

Author: Stefan Pape

François Ozon has an eclectic and varied filmography as a director, veering from the gentle fun of Potiche to the more sinister In the House. L’Amant Double definitely falls into the latter category, but that doesn’t mean there is no fun to be had.

The film opens with an eye-popping scene that we rarely see on the big screen (unless you go to a lot of obs and gynae conferences). And as this film is concerned with a woman’s sexuality, initially under wraps and then unleashed, I suppose it’s fair to take a literal peak at her hidden sex. The woman in question is Chloé (Marine Vacth, who also starred in Ozon’s Young & Beautiful). She’s got stomach cramps and can’t find any physical reason for it. Her gynaecologist suggests therapy and off Chloé goes to the office of Paul Meyer »

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Cannes 2017: In the Fade Review

26 May 2017 5:09 AM, PDT

Author: Jo-Ann Titmarsh

Fatih Akin has had a directorial trajectory that oscillates between the compelling and raw Head-On to the less successful Armenian genocide movie The Cut via the joys of Soul Kitchen. In the Fade sees Akin in his native Hamburg tackling racism and the burgeoning far right extremism.

The film opens with Nuri Sekerci (Numan Acar), wearing a white suit and black shirt reminiscent of Tony Manero, is heading out of his prison cell and into marriage with Katja (Diane Kruger). The jostling and joshing inmates cheering him on his way is a joy. From here we jump ahead a few years and see the two happily ensconced in a beautiful home with a lovely six-year-old son Rocco. Nuri has a legitimate business and Katja is a stay-at-home mum. But when a bomb explodes and kills her family, we wonder how legitimate Nuri was and where all the money came from. »

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Exclusive: Director Chris Smith on road movie Detour

26 May 2017 4:58 AM, PDT

Author: Hannah Woodhead

You might not know the name Chris Smith, but you’ll probably have seen at least one of his films. In 2004 he made the tube (even more?) terrifying with horror movie Creep, and a decade later he took on Father Christmas in the underrated Get Santa. With a varied filmography spanning horror, comedy, and historical action under his belt, Chris has gone stateside for his latest film – a neo-noir road trip movie starring Tye Sheridan, Emory Cohen and Bel Powley. We caught up with him for a quick chat about writing and directing Detour, and what he’s moving onto next.

Were there any films in particular that inspired the stylistic feel of Detour, and how much of the film did you visualise when working on the script?

That’s a very good question. In terms of the visual style, everything starts for me from the narrative style, »

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The Hippopotamus Review

26 May 2017 4:38 AM, PDT

Author: Stefan Pape

 

Based on Stephen Fry’s novel The Hippopotamus, and brought to the silver screen by director John Jencks, the flavour and indelible, idiosyncratic tone of the author is imbued in this faithful adaptation – except in some regards, perhaps too much so. The narration within this endeavour is so prominent, it feels like reading a book, as though we’ve accidentally turned the audio description on. Plus, and much like reading a book, you feel the need to pause for the night and continue on the following day, for there’s plenty here to digest.

Roger Allam plays Ted Wallace, a formerly respected poet, who now masquerades as a journalist, really only in it for the free drinks at events he’s hired to cover. Often seen stumbling around, glass of whisky in hand, offering his opinions for free to anyone who dares listen, he is sacked from »

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Win Blow on Blu-ray

26 May 2017 2:44 AM, PDT

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To mark the release of Blow on 29th May, we’ve been given 2 copies to give away on Blu-ray.

There’s no money in a “real job.” So George Jung deals pot. Lots of it. The blue-collar kid dubbed Boston George spirals up from there, into the riches and excesses of the huge cocaine cartels. And crashes hard. Johnny Depp portrays George, the ambitious outlaw who, perhaps more than any American, transformed powder cocaine from relative obscurity in the U.S. into a 1970s/’80s feeding frenzy. Penelope Cruz co-stars in this riveting, fact-inspired tale of glitz and glamour, fast times and hard time, betrayal and Blow.

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Win Battle of the Bulge on Blu-ray

26 May 2017 2:40 AM, PDT

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To mark the release of The Battle of the Bulge on 5th June, we’ve been given 2 copies to give away on Blu-ray.

Five months after D-Day, most American soldiers think the German army is broken. The Germans think otherwise. In order to buy time to fill the skies with their invincible new jets, they launch one furious offensive.

For this epic recreation of one of World War II’s most crucial confrontations, director Ken Annakin (The Longest Day) captures the explosive action of massive forces squaring off and the individual ingenuity of weary GIs trying to survive a cruel winter. The cast is a starry juggernaut: Henry Fonda, Robert Shaw, Robert Ryan, Charles Bronson, Telly Savalas and more.

Experience the vast panorama of war in all its intensity — and all its heroism.

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Win The Dirty Dozen on Blu-ray

26 May 2017 2:36 AM, PDT

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To mark the release of The Dirty Dozen on 5th June, we’ve been given 2 copies to give away on Blu-ray.

They are convicts, psychos, lunkheads, losers – and champs at the box office and in action movie lore. Lee Marvin portrays a tough-as-nails major volunteered in the Army way to command a squad of misfits on a suicide mission against Nazi brass.

Charles Bronson, Jim Brown, John Cassavetes, Trini Lopez, Telly Savalas, Donald Sutherland and Clint Walker are among the 12 jailbirds who will earn their freedom if they survive. And Robert Aldrich (The Longest Yard) directs, blending anti authority gibes with explosive excitement. Nominated for four Academy Awards, The Dirty Dozen won for Best Sound Effects.

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Win Jeremiah Johnson on Blu-ray

26 May 2017 2:29 AM, PDT

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To mark the release of Jeremiah Johnson on 12th June, we’ve been given 2 copies to give away on Blu-ray.

Soured by civilization, Jeremiah Johnson sets out in the mid 1800s to be a mountain man, seeking solitude in a wilderness whose purity he never questioned. His first Rocky Mountain winter almost kills him. Starving and nearly frozen, he finds refuge with a wily old trapper (Will Geer) whose survival teaching includes going eyeball to eyeball with a grizzly.

Robert Redford and two time Academy Award winner Sydney Pollack teamed for the second of their six films together on this box-office hit shot entirely in Utah. Jeremiah Johnson “gets back to Nature” in a way no film ever has before or since.

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Win Gettysburg on Blu-ray

26 May 2017 2:24 AM, PDT

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To mark the release of Gettysburg: Director’s Cut on 12th June, we’ve been given 2 copies to give away on Blu-ray.

Marking the 150th-anniversary commemoration of the Civil War, Ronald F. Maxwell’s acclaimed fi lm now arrives in a Director’s Cut featuring 17 minutes of compelling additional footage. Filmed at actual battle locations and full of authentic details, this rousing and soulful movie plunges you into the heat of the bloodiest battle fought on American soil. History comes alive with intense and spirited battles as well as the dilemmas, motivations and fears of the leaders.

Tom Berenger, Jeff Daniels, Martin Sheen, Stephen Lang, Sam Elliott, Richard Jordan and more star in this magnificent epic based on Michael Shaara’s Pulitzer Prize winning The Killer Angels.

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Win Best (George Best: All By Himself) on Blu-ray

26 May 2017 12:00 AM, PDT

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To mark the release of Best (George Best: All By Himself) on 29th May, we’ve been given 5 copies to give away on Blu-ray.

Described by The Irish Football Association as the “greatest player to ever pull on the green shirt of Northern Ireland”, George Best was the charismatic, Belfast boy who could thrill the crowds with every turn of the ball. But with such extraordinary fame came a fatal temptation towards drink and depression.  Jointly presented by Espn Films, the BBC and Northern Ireland Screen, the revealing 30 for 30 documentary delivers fascinating, new insights into the rise and fall of one of football’s greatest players, featuring never-before-seen interviews with his close family including Angie Best and Ani Rinchen Khandro, as well as former footballers and friends Bobby McAlinde, Bill McMurdo and Harry Gregg.

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Cannes 2017: Jeune Femme Review

25 May 2017 11:43 AM, PDT

Author: Jo-Ann Titmarsh

Showing in the Cannes Un Certain Regard section, Léonor Serraille makes her directorial feature debut with Jeune Femme; and what a debut it is. In a year that Cannes purportedly aims to focus on women directors, Serraille is surely one that we’ll be seeing plenty of on the festival circuit and beyond in the future. And as she said when presenting the film, hopefully the gender factor and the term ‘female director’ will become a discussion point of the past. That said, Jeune Femme is an unashamedly woman’s film with a predominantly female cast and crew. But don’t let the words ‘woman’s film’ deter you: this is a fantastic film on all levels, not least its lead, Laetitia Dosch.

Dosch plays Paula and we first meet her trying to bash down her ex’s door, head-butting it and landing herself in hospital. As »

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Cannes 2017: Good Time Review

25 May 2017 11:31 AM, PDT

Author: Jo-Ann Titmarsh

From the exhilarating and curious opening of Josh and Benny Safdie’s aptly titled Good Time, the audience is aware that they are about to be in for one. The same cannot be said for its protagonists. In Daddy Longlegs the Safdie brothers focused on father-child relationships and here they have shifted to a fraternal one.

The film opens on a psychiatrist’s office as we watch the apparently autistic and hard-of-hearing Nick (Benny Safdie) unwillingly responding to a series of psychological quizzes. The session is abruptly brought to an end by the interruption of Connie (Robert Pattinson), Nick’s older brother. In just a couple of minutes, we learn about the boys’ tormented past with their grandma (parents are never mentioned) and that Connie has always got Nick’s back. Whether that’s a good thing is called into question in the next scene, which sees the boys robbing a bank. »

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First trailer and images arrive for Netflix’s new show Ozark with Jason Bateman & Laura Linney

25 May 2017 9:33 AM, PDT

Author: Scott Davis

Netflix has unveiled the first look at their new show Ozark, which debuts on the subscription service later this summer – you can check out the first trailer and debut images below!

The new show is directed and executive produced by Jason Bateman (The Family Fang, Office Christmas Party), who also stars in the show as Marty Bird, a financial planner who relocates with his family from a Chicago suburb to Missouri Ozarks, a summer resort community. The move has to do with Marty also being a top money launderer and after a job backfires, the second biggest Mexican drug cartel comes for them.

Bateman will direct half the episodes of the 10-episode series and marks a return to television series directing for the actor, who previously directed episodes of Arrested Development amongst others, as well as 2013’s Bad Words and 2015’s The Family Fang, which co-starred Nicole Kidman and Christopher Walken. »

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