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  • post First trailer for Stephen King's It: the child-devouring clown is back - 29 March
  • The first look at a new adaptation of the horror classic suggests a nightmarish update with a hint of Stranger ThingsThe first trailer for the latest version of Stephen King?s It has landed, suggesting that yet another generation of children will be haunted by visions of an evil, sewer-dwelling clown.It?s the first of a proposed two-part adaptation of the 1986 novel that was originally turned into a mini-series in 1990, starring Tim Curry as Pennywise, a clown that kidnaps and eats children. Continue reading...
  • post The 10 greatest second world war films you haven't seen - 29 March
  • Some lesser-known wartime stories, such as Japan?s The Burmese Harp and the German-made Generation War, rank alongside the classicsNo recent historical cataclysm has eclipsed the magnitude of the second world war. And thank God for that: the war was horrible! Its aftershocks are still felt in many current conflicts. The war touched every life differently, so it?s no wonder authors and film-makers keep returning to it, finding new stories to tell. Related: The Zookeeper's Wife review ? Jessica Chastain drama is wildly inconsistent Continue reading...
  • post Chris Addison to direct gender-swap Dirty Rotten Scoundrels remake - 29 March
  • The Thick of It actor to make big-screen directorial debut with Nasty Women, which stars Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson as con artistsThe Thick of It actor Chris Addison is to direct the film Nasty Women, the gender-swapped remake of the 1980s comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. According to Variety, Addison will make his big-screen directorial debut with the film, which stars Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson as two con artists who plot to swindle a tech prodigy out of his fortune. TiMER director Jac Schaeffer will write the screenplay. Continue reading...
  • post Emma Thompson attacks 'evil' Hollywood pressure on women to be thin - 29 March
  • Thompson reveals she almost quit 2008 film Brideshead Revisited after a co-star was asked to lose weightEmma Thompson has criticised Hollywood for the pressure it puts on female actors to be thin, saying that she almost quit Brideshead Revisited because another actor was asked by the film?s producers to lose weight.Thompson made the comment during an interview on Swedish talk show Skavlan, after another guest brought up the subject of weight loss. Thompson didn?t reveal the name of the actor, but confirmed that she confronted producers of the film over the issue. Continue reading...
  • post Ghost in the Shell review ? Scarlett Johansson remake lacks mystery - 29 March
  • Johansson does cyberbattle in a westernised reimagining of the Japanese anime classic that proves watchable but doesn?t have the spirit of the originalIn all her un-nippled robotic nudity, Scarlett Johansson swoops down from a high building, ready to do cyberbattle with hackers, criminals, terrorists and the concept of human identity itself. Here is the top-dollar adaptation of the Masamune Shirow manga serial and the resulting 1995 anime gem by Mamoru Oshii.It has been standardised and westernised with hardly any actual Japanese characters left in it, and effectively reimagined as a superhero origin myth, with tropes derived from the existing templates laid down by Metropolis, Robocop, Blade Runner and Total Recall. The film incidentally makes some play with rudimentary Hawking-style robot voices. There are some stately cameos from Juliette Binoche and Takeshi Kitano.It?s a spectacular movie, watchable in its way, but one which ? quite apart from the ?whitewashing? debate ? sacrifices that aspect from the original which over 20 years has won it its hardcore of fans: the opaque cult mystery, which this film is determined to solve and to develop into a resolution, closed yet franchisable. As for Johansson, she carries off the deadpan cyber-eroticism of her role with that ghost-in-the-shell of a smile of hers: although none of the other cyber-creatures are required to get quasi-nude in the same saucy way. Her otherworldly creature from Jonathan Glazer?s classic horror Under the Skin was a thousand times more disturbing and the obvious superhero quality of the role here, sometimes makes her seem like a more solemn version of Black Widow, her character in the Avengers movies. Continue reading...
  • post Cristian Mungiu: ?We were called the sacrifice generation ? and so were our parents' - 29 March
  • He grew up in post-communist Romania and his films capture the fears of a society emerging from Soviet rule. Cristian Mungiu talks freedom, corruption and parenthoodSlight of stature and soft of voice, Cristian Mungiu is an unlikely leader of a cinematic revolution. But ever since his second film, the harrowing abortion drama 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, won the Palme d?Or at Cannes film festival in 2007, Mungiu has become the best-known director, and de facto leader, of a group of film-makers who emerged a decade ago from post-communist eastern Europe ? and most particularly, the new wave that exploded from Romania, the country that experienced the toughest transition from Soviet domination in the late 1980s.Now, almost 30 years after the revolution that led to 1,100 deaths and ended with the overthrow of Nicolae Ceau?escu, Mungiu has a new film in cinemas, only his third since that breakthrough a decade ago. Called Bacalaureat, or Graduation, it?s a knotty fable, thick with disillusion and shabby compromise: a surgeon in Romania?s second city, Cluj, is desperate to get his daughter to university in Britain, but just before she takes her crucial exams, she is attacked and sexually assaulted. Fearful that, despite her hitherto excellent academic record, the trauma will mean she won?t get the required grades, he resorts to back-slapping, payoffs and favours to try to secure the right result. Continue reading...
  • post So many cinemas, yetso few films to see | Letters - 29 March
  • Philip Clapp (Letters, 28 March) writes that there were 900 titles released in 2016, but fails to advise where film fans can see even half of them. In Leeds city centre there is a multiplex and a multi-screen ?video lounge?; there are two single screen independent cinemas near the centre, and a second multiplex. Within reasonable travel by public transport , there are three more multiplexes and a Picturehouse. Yet in January and February they were dominated by the same films, honoured by the Academy, such as La La Land or Moonlight. The more varied titles like The Salesman were also award winners. For the excellent Japan Film Centre programme, one had to travel to Manchester or Sheffield. Distinctive titles such as The Olive Tree suffer that exasperating programming technique ? the single screening. Variety is the spice of life: film fans needs greater spice.
    Keith Withall
    Leeds? Join the debate ? email guardian.letters@theguardian.com Continue reading...
  • post An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power trailer: climate change has new villain ? video - 29 March
  • Former US vice president Al Gore has produced a follow-up to his award-winning 2006 documentary, An Inconvenient Truth. Watch the first official trailer Continue reading...
  • post Darlene Cates dies aged 69: ?Best acting mom I ever had,? says Leonardo DiCaprio - 29 March
  • Oscar-winning actor pays tribute to ?endearing personality and incredible talent? of What?s Eating Gilbert Grape co-star Leonardo DiCaprio has paid tribute to Darlene Cates as ?the best acting mom I ever had? following her death at the age of 69.The Oscar-winning actor worked with Cates on the 1993 film, What?s Eating Gilbert Grape. Cates died in her sleep at her home in Forney, Texas, on Sunday, her family confirmed. Continue reading...
  • post Beauty and the Beast magic helps UK box office survive the spring sunshine - 28 March
  • Not even the weather could stop the family-friendly fairytale, but the outlook was less bright for CHiPs, The Lost City of Z and Jake Gyllenhaal sci-fi LifeA sunny weekend and a dearth of strong new releases should have created a tough environment at UK cinemas. But business remained sturdy almost entirely thanks to Beauty and the Beast. Declining a gentle 37% from the opening frame, the Disney musical delivered 12.33m, for an awesome 10-day total of 39.9m. The Jungle Book had reached 21.7m at the same stage of its run last April. Continue reading...

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