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'Churchill': Film Review
5 hours ago
A robust star vehicle for Brian Cox, but otherwise underwhelming, Churchill dramatizes the agonizing private doubts that Britain’s wartime leader felt during the buildup to the D-Day landings in June 1944. As with his previous World War II-themed feature, The Railway Man, Australian director Jonathan Teplitzky has fashioned a small-scale chamber drama from huge historical events, with a functional script and modest budget that fails to match the grand sweep of its story.
That said, Cox fans will enjoy seeing the veteran Scottish bruiser give a powerhouse, mischief-laced performance that feels too big for the flimsy production around him. Historians and »
- Stephen Dalton
'Back to the Future' Fan Gets Speeding Ticket for Hitting 88 Mph in DeLorean
8 hours ago
A Southern California man wanted to get his newly acquired DeLorean up to 88 mph, but all he got for his effort was a speeding ticket from the California Highway Patrol — and a great anecdote.
Spencer White did, in fact, hit the special Back to the Future number on Friday in his 1982 DeLorean while blazing down Highway 14, but he was not transported to the future nor the past. He just got a citation, according to The Signal, a Santa Clarita newspaper.
Still, White's achieved goal did put a smile on the face of the Chp officer who »
- Ryan Parker
'Pirates of the Caribbean': What's Really Missing from 'Dead Men Tell No Tales'
11 hours ago
Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl surprised a lot of people. Few were predicting that a high seas adventure, based on a theme park ride, with zombie pirates and a quirky side-kick named Jack Sparrow would actually work. But a 79 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, more than $650 million at the worldwide box-office, and an Oscar nomination for Johnny Depp proved otherwise.
Since then however, the magical formula that made that first film sail so successfully seems to have eluded the franchise. Rake in millions of dollars though they continue to do, critic and audience members alike seem »
- Chris Hartwell
'The Dragon's Defense' ('La Defensa del dragon'): Film Review | Cannes 2017
11 hours ago
A downbeat ensemble drama about three luckless old friends adrift in lives of quiet desperation, The Dragon’s Defense delivers more subtle pleasures than it might initially promise. But Colombian writer-director Natalia Santa’s debut feature, which premiered in Cannes in the Directors' Fortnight, is still a little too understated for its own good. Commercial prospects will be slim, but indulgent festival audiences are more likely to embrace this wry, compassionate female perspective on some uncomfortably familiar midlife male traits, which demands patience and perseverance before it repays the viewer in deadpan charm.
Named after a chess move, Santa’s low-voltage mood piece »
- Stephen Dalton
'Can't Say Goodbye' ('No Se Decir Adios'): Film Review
12 hours ago
A trio of sterling performances and an unwavering eye on emotional authenticity are the hallmarks of Spaniard Lino Escalera's intense feature debut, Can't Say Goodbye. This grim but moving study of two daughters' differing reactions to the news of their father's impending death is direct and unvarnished in its portrayal of uncomfortable emotions, yielding a family drama about the damage that can be done when feelings long unexpressed finally have to be confronted. Austere, thought-provoking and wonderfully acted, the film took several awards at Spain's Malaga festival, including best actress for cast standout Nathalie Poza; it merits, at the least, further »
- Jonathan Holland
Box Office: 'Pirates 5' Clears $77M in U.S.; 'Baywatch' Capsizes With $23M
12 hours ago
Memorial Day weekend was no picnic this year for Hollywood at the domestic box office.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales may have won the holiday frame with a four-day haul of $77 million from 4,276 theaters, but it is the lowest start for any Pirates movie outside of the first film. It did make up ground overseas, where it found plenty of treasure with a $208.4 million launch.
While Dead Men Tell No Tales wasn't sunk by bad reviews, the same can't be said for Baywatch. In a surprise twist, Paramount's R-rated adaptation »
- Pamela McClintock
Diane Kruger May Have to Get Tattoo After Losing Cannes Bet to 'Into the Fade' Director
13 hours ago
Diane Kruger might be taking more home from Cannes than just an award.
The German star, who won best actress at the French film festival on Sunday for her performance in In the Fade, may also have to to make room for some ink.
According to In the Fade director Fatih Akin, Kruger made a bet with him months ago that their film would never make it to competition in Cannes, much less win an award. If it did, Kruger agreed she'd get a traditional anchor tattoo, done in Akin's home town of Hamburg, Germany.
Speaking to »
- Scott Roxborough
Rep Sheet Roundup: 'Lady Macbeth' Star Florence Pugh Signs With Shelter PR
14 hours ago
Who got signed, promoted, hired or fired? The Hollywood Reporter’s Rep Sheet rounds up the week in representation news. To submit announcements for consideration, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rising star Florence Pugh has signed with Shelter PR. The English actress won critical praise for her first leading turn, as the title femme fatale in Lady Macbeth, based on the 1865 Russian novel of the same name (inspired by the notorious Shakespeare character). In THR’s review of the drama, which premiered in Toronto last September and will be released in the U.S. by Roadside Attractions in July, critic »
- Rebecca Sun
George Clooney Says People Can "Make a Difference" Amid Humanitarian Crises
17 hours ago
George Clooney renewed his endorsement of a million- dollar peace prize Sunday when he spoke of the power of "individuals to make a difference" in addressing the world's various humanitarian crises.
In a video address at the awards ceremony of the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity, held late Sunday in Yerevan, Armenia, the Oscar-winning actor, humanitarian activist and father-to-be, to laughter and applause quipped: "I really would have been [in Yerevan] but if I came there and my wife had twins while I was there, I could never come home."
Clooney's wife, Amal, a prominent international human rights lawyer whom he »
- Nick Holdsworth
South Korean Filmmakers Mourn Late Busan Co-Founder Kim Ji-seok
22 hours ago
South Korean filmmakers gathered in Busan on Monday for the memorial service of Kim Ji-seok, co-founder, deputy director and head programmer of Busan International Film Festival who passed earlier this month. He was 57.
The noon service began with a moment of silence at one of the main theaters of Busan Cinema Center, the official festival venue. Over 400 guests from near and far, including Japan, Taiwan and other Asian neighboring countries, arrived for the solemn occasion.
"It seems like yesterday when you [Kim Ji-seok] asked me to officiate your marriage, and but it pains me that you are making »
- Lee Hyo-won
China Box Office: 'Pirates 5' Sails Off With $67.8M in Treasure
28 May 2017 6:32 PM, PDT
Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales has thrown open its sails to strong winds in China, making off with $67.8 million in treasure during its first three days along the Middle Kingdom's shores.
The three-day total is already more than the entire local runs of the preceding two Pirates pictures. And with China celebrating the annual Dragon Boat Festival — a major national holiday in the country — through Tuesday, the latest installment should hit $100 million this week.
Local word of mouth for the Johnny Depp-starring juggernaut has been effusive. The film currently has a »
- Patrick Brzeski