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All the nominees for the 76th Golden Globe awards in both film and TV categories, from A Star Is Born to The Good PlaceGolden Globes 2019 nominations analysis: Vice leads the pack. Best film - dramaBlack PantherBlacKkKlansmanBohemian RhapsodyIf Beale Street Could TalkA Star Is Born Continue reading..
Redford's swansong film, in which he plays an audacious real-life bank robber, makes light of the heists but offers a sad, sweet farewell performance Robert Redford bows out of his extraordinary movie-acting career at the age of 82 with this homely, folksy, feelgood-bittersweet dramedy: a slightly gussied-up version of a startling true story. Forrest Tucker, played here by Redford, was a bank robber and serial prison-escaper who around the turn of this century hit the headlines as a dapper seventysomething by pulling off a series of bank heists, always impeccably courteous and well-dressed, flashing the gun inside his jacket to the astonished bank teller who would be almost hypnotised by his casual aplomb. Tucker would often be in the company of a couple of other old rascals: they became known to chortling TV newsreaders as the The Over-the-Hill Gang.
With Marvel's track record of diversity-orientated rethinks for their comic-book staples, Brie Larson's hero looks to be the biggest upgrade yet It is hard to imagine, a score of movies and $17bn of box office wonga into the Marvel era, that anyone could ever have accused the studio's superheroes of being just a little obscure next to DC counterparts such as Superman and Batman. But prior to 2008, when Iron Man blasted on to the scene with a zippy performance from Robert Downey Jr, that's just how many of the publisher's more minor characters were seen - it certainly would have taken something of a Marvel aficionado to identify Groot and Rocket Raccoon prior to their hitting the big screen. Yet the relative anonymity of the studio's cavalcade of costumed titans has turned out to be one of its major plus points.
Lakeith Stanfield plays a black call-centre worker whose fortunes improve when he adopts a 'white voice' in Boots Riley's cheerfully anarchic satireFrom Beyonc to Sorry to Bother You: the new age of Afro-surrealism. 'Why can't the English teach their children how to speak? asked Professor Henry Higgins, prior to elevating a flower girl to the condition of a duchess, merely by fixing her elocution. The Anglo-Saxon verities of class and speech, as proclaimed in Shaw's Pygmalion via the stage musical, are transferred to race in this anarchic satire on capitalism from the Chicago rapper and film-maker Boots Riley.
Academy still sending message that it's big bucks, not talent, that will win you the top prize This year's Australian film and TV awards, the Aactas, took place before a backdrop of controversy: at the weekend the Australian revealed that the academy's board last year sent a grovelling apology to its former president Geoffrey Rush, begging him to return to the position under any terms you may like to propose. The veteran actor is at the centre of a legal case involving allegations of inappropriately touching his co-star of a Sydney Theatre Company production of King Lear, which he denies. The ensuing defamation case comes at a time of heightened concern about gender issues in Australian film and television, with Screen Australia's Gender Matters initiative addressing the underutilisation of female talent, and an Aacta member, Andy Hazel, questioning the industry's support of misogyny-filled stories.
A festive gathering turns nasty when a warring family become trapped following a mysterious incident somewhere outside There's armrest-clutching brilliance in the way this sweatily tense low-budget British horror lays out a family Christmas from hell, and then cranks it up into something truly gruesome. Sam Gittins is Nick, who is home for the holidays for the first time in a few years, bringing with him his millennial attitudes and new-ish British-Indian girlfriend Annji (Neerja Naik). Poor Annji: the family are awful enough without the impending apocalypse - Nick's dad is a controlling bully, his sister is small-minded (in that I'm not being funny but .
The top prices for Mary Poppins Returns at Odeon Leicester Square have left many wondering whether the luxury cinema movement has gone too far Rising cinema prices are not a new matter of concern - least of all in London's West End, where paying the equivalent of a mid-budget restaurant meal to see the disposable blockbuster of the week (add popcorn at your peril) has been standard for years. But the venerable Odeon Leicester Square, back in action after an extensive and expensive refurbishment - which, crucially, shrank the number of seats in its main auditorium - has taken bold new steps in testing cinemagoers' moth-like attraction to the city lights. Twitter erupted on Monday as a slew of comments pointed out that a single ticket to the swanky cinema's top festive draw, Mary Poppins Returns, could set you back as much as 40.
ABC miniseries Riot wins best telefeature or miniseries with Mystery Road taking out best drama series Indigenous talent and queer politics dominated the Australian film and television industry awards in Sydney on Wednesday night. The Warwick Thornton-directed Sweet Country swept the film categories, winning a total of six gongs at the 60th annual Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (Aacta) awards, including the coveted award for best film, beating Boy Erased, Breath, Cargo and Ladies in Black for the top award, while Thornton won the award for best direction. Continue reading.
Hart, who starred in 2017 film Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, follows talk show host Jimmy Kimmel Comedian Kevin Hart will host the next Academy Awards ceremony in February 2019, the Ride Along actor said in an Instagram post on Tuesday. I am so happy to say that the day has finally come for me to host the Oscars, Hart wrote. The Academy Awards are the film industry's highest honours.
Disney animation draws in family audiences to top the chart in its first week as the Rocky spinoff sequel debuts at No 2 Knocking Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald off the top spot after its two-week reign is the latest animation from Walt Disney: Ralph Breaks the Internet. The Wreck-It Ralph sequel begins with a solid debut of 4.03m.
Goodbye Pork Pie director helped put his country on the cinematic map in the early 80s before moving to Hollywood Geoff Murphy, the film-maker who was a key pioneer in the development of the modern New Zealand film industry, has died aged 80, the New Zealand film commission has confirmed. With hits such as Goodbye Pork Pie and The Quiet Earth, Murphy stood alongside Roger Donaldson as a central figure in the creation of a homegrown industry. Born in Wellington in 1938, Murphy made his mark playing the trumpet in travelling performance co-op Blerta in the 70s, performing at festivals and living as part of a commune.
Fun addition to the zombie mashup canon, with secondary-school pupil Anna battling the undead with showtunes This good-natured Scottish horror movie set in a rundown secondary school adds a potentially hellish new dimension to the zomcom mash-up: song and dance numbers, High School Musical-style. It just about gets away it, coasting on cheerfully gruesome zombie kills and some decent jokes - in response to the threat of flesh eaters wiping out civilisation, the hashtag #evacselfie goes viral as self-absorbed teenagers post photos of themselves pouting in front of cages of shambling zombies. Related: Spawn of the dead: a history of strange zombie movie mashups Continue reading.
Dogs, sea creatures and a coven of witches kick off this year's countdown of monstrously good movies, updated every weekday. Check our critics' picks and find out what you missed - from a sci-fi spectacle to La BinocheMore on the best culture of 2018 Continue reading..
Restoration romp wins 10 awards including best British independent, with best actress for Olivia Colman; while Joe Cole takes best actor for A Prayer Before Dawn The Yorgos Lanthimos-directed black comedy The Favourite has come out on top at the British independent film awards (Bifas), winning a record 10 gongs, including best British independent film and best actress for Olivia Colman. Related: The Favourite review - Olivia Colman is priceless in punk Restoration romp Continue reading..
From Macaulay Culkin's violent traps in Home Alone to Tim Allen's harrowing body horror in The Santa Clause, festive classics are often surprisingly unsettling The most recent episode of Honest Trailers dealt with the beloved Christmas movie Elf. And, while it struggled to land any decent hits on what has now become an immovable piece of beloved festive furniture, it did make a good point about the film's central romantic relationship. Because, after all, Elf is the film where Zooey Deschanel falls in love with what is basically a toddler trapped inside an adult body.
Sweet Country, Warwick Thornton's neo-western film, and Ladies In Black, starring Rachael Taylor, pick up three awards each Warwick Thornton's neo-western film has been recognised for its stunning visuals of Australia's outback, winning three gongs at the first half of the Aacta awards - the highest accolades in Australia's film and TV industries, which are split over two days this week. Sweet Country was nominated in 11 categories at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts awards, and has been making waves around the world, picking up prizes at international film festivals in Venice and Toronto. Continue reading.
As a tale of two mutts stole the show, Orwa Nyrabia's first year at the helm of the world's biggest docfest brought a refreshing broadening of horizons This year's 31st edition of the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, the world's biggest showcase for the genre, was the first under its new artistic director, Orwa Nyrabia. A brilliant thinker and activist, the Syrian film-maker was always likely to introduce a different feel to IDFA, and, sure enough, by emphasising geographical and social diversity he brought fresh perspectives to a programme that has sometimes lacked coherence. All film festivals are facing pressure to account for their demographic makeup.
His new film, the typically shocking The House That Jack Built, is supposed to be the director's big comeback. But his demons seem to have the upper hand Lars von Trier has a new film coming out and, no surprise, it is a full-blown assault on the senses. The House That Jack Built casts Matt Dillon, that 80s beefcake, as a smirking psychopath who views his killings as performance art and his grisly trophies as stand-alone installations.
The German director on stunning 15th-century art, the magic of Nick Cave, and the spirituality of a Franciscan friar. Born in Dsseldorf in 1945, Wim Wenders directed his first film, Summer in the City, in 1971. He has since directed more than 60 films and documentaries, including the Palme d'Or- and Bafta-winning Paris, Texas (1984), and Wings of Desire (1987), for which he won the best director award at Cannes.
Macaulay Culkin is nearly incandescent with confidence in the yuletide rerelease of Chris Columbus' box-office smash The well-known 1990 Christmas romp from screenwriter John Hughes and director Chris Columbus gets a yuletide rerelease. For me, it is a cutesiness overload, but it was a phenomenal box-office smash and made a megastar of angelic 10-year-old Macaulay Culkin doing his famous Aaaaaaaah! face as he slapped his palms to his cheeks. His face was, in fact, stinging with the cologne he was putting on, a symbol of his unwonted grownup audacity and jeopardy.