1917 is set to smash UK box office records, while Bad Boys for Life pulls it out of the bag despite Will Smith's waning star power, writes Charles Gant in his weekly bulletin The winner: 1917 Sam Mendes’s First World War film 1917 already made an impressive mark when it debuted at UK cinemas with £7.45m including £100,000 previews – but was that simply a triumph of marketing of the film’s ambitious “continuous-shot” execution? Now the numbers are in for 1917’s second weekend of play, and they suggest that the film is genuinely connecting with audiences. … [Read more...] about UK box office report, Jan 17-19: 1917 will set record as UK cinema’s biggest grossing First World War film
Mangrove director Steve McQueen said: “I couldn’t be happier that Mangrove will open this year’s BFI London Film Festival. Although the themes are universal, Mangrove is a London story. It may have happened 50 years ago, but it’s as relevant today as it was then.” … [Read more...] about BFI London Film Festival 2020 full line-up, dates, opening and closing galas, virtual screenings
With one significant exception, the five characters delivering these soliloquies of privilege are well-off and left-leaning. They live in the big, important cities, the ones with booming industries and beach access. They’re mostly involved in entertainment, whether as a diehard theatre-lover, an actor or a YouTube self-help guru. They listen to NPR and read the New York Times and own multiple tote bags acquired as donation incentives. Their problems, such as the awkwardness of being so rich you can’t avoid running in Republican circles or the frustration of auditioning for a blockbuster, look less than pressing from a middle-class point of view. They mean well, up to a point. … [Read more...] about Coastal Elites review – is this the worst film of the year?
International/North American PremieresTo The Wonder (Terrence Malick)Anna Karenina (Joe Wright)The Reluctant Fundamentalist (Mira Nair)The Company You Keep (Robert Redford)Jayne Mansfield’s Car (Billy Bob Thornton)A Royal Affair (Nikolai Arcel)Dangerous Liasons (Hur Ji-Ho)Thermae Romae (Hideki Takeuchi)Caught In The Web (Chen Kaige)Dormant Beauty (Marco Belloccchio)Everybody Has A Plan (Ana Piterbarg) w/Viggo MortensenKon-Tiki (Espen SandbergReality (Matteo Garrone)A Few Hours Of Spring (Stephan Brize)The Hunt (Thomas Vintenberg)The Iceman (Ariel Vromen)Lore (Cate Shortland)No (Pablo Larrain)Outrage Beyond (Takeshi Kitano)Rust And Bone (Jacques Audiard)The Sapphires (Wayne Blair)Tai Chi O (Stephen Fung) … [Read more...] about Toronto Film Festival Lineup:
“She wasn’t too sure that her husband would have approved her involvement in the film so we had to have little secret meetings – I think the first one was at the National Portrait Gallery in London,” recalled Woolley, who cast Rice-Davies three years earlier in Absolute Beginners. “She wanted to act at the time, in the mid-80s. By the time we had got to make Scandal she had remarried and was sort of moving in different circles, but she couldn’t resist the limelight and so we had these little secret meetings so that Bridget could imitate her walk and accent and so on.” … [Read more...] about Mandy Rice-Davies had secret meetings with Bridget Fonda over film portrayal