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  • post Will Tom Hardy's Venom be the darkest ever Marvel movie? - 25 April
  • The trailer for Sony?s first step into its new movie universe hints at a visceral grisliness very different to the Avengers? smiling saviours? Sign up for Film Today and get our film team?s highlights of the dayA penny for the thoughts of Sam Raimi, director of the original Spider-Man movies, should he have happened to watch the new trailer for Sony?s Venom this week. For the first instalment in the studio?s own Marvel universe (not to be confused with Marvel?s own Marvel Cinematic Universe, owned by Disney) looks like just the sort of movie Raimi would have chopped his own hand off to be given the chance of directing.Raimi was cast aside by Sony after the critical drubbing received by 2007?s Spider-Man 3, even though that movie?s well-documented problems (mainly involving Venom) were allegedly not all of his making. He appears to have been in the directorial sin-bin since 2013?s middling Oz the Great and Powerful, so it is ironic that the studio now seems to be moving its superhero movies in the kind of comedy-horror direction that would have been second nature to the creator of Evil Dead II and Drag Me to Hell. Continue reading...
  • post The Deminer review ? heartstopping tale of heroic bomb disposal expert - 25 April
  • Hair-raising moments punctuate this home-movie-like documentary about a Kurdish officer disarming booby-trap devices set by jihadis in IraqThere are moments of great tension in this film about the work of an extraordinarily brave mine-disposal expert, or ?deminer?, in Iraq. It is of real value in the raw archive material it presents, though often frustrating in that its footage is mostly presented without editorial perspective, almost like a rough assemblage of videotape. Col Fakhir Berwari was a Kurdish army officer who was a US military liaison officer in Iraq between 2003 and 2008, disarming booby-trap devices set by jihadi insurgents using little more than a pair of pliers to snip the wires.With no small sense of his own heroism, Fakhir got a subordinate to film him with a videocamera (though this documentary never comments on the secondary heroism of this camera operator) and it gives us some hair-raising moments from this video cache that his son Abdulla later discovered. Continue reading...
  • post Avengers: Infinity War review ? colossal Marvel showdown revels in apocalyptic mayhem - 25 April
  • Supersized set pieces, sharp one-liners and surprising deaths abound in the Russo brothers? utterly confident comic-book movie mash-up ? Sign up for Film Today and get our film team?s highlights of the dayNot infinity perhaps, but a really, really big finity war. Colossal, cataclysmic, delirious, preposterous ? and always surreally entertaining in the now well-established Marvel movie tradition. It?s a gigantic showdown between a force of cosmic wickedness and a chaotically assembled super-team of Marvel superheroes made more complicated by Doctor Strange?s tendency to multiclone himself in moments of battle stress. There are some very unexpected family relationships that we had no idea about ? potentially compromising unity in the face of encroaching evil. There are also some very surprising deaths ? of which, of course, the less said the better. There are, moreover, some surprising omissions in the cast list. Or are there? Continue reading...
  • post Beast review ? serial killer mystery offers a masterclass in slow-burn chills - 10 September
  • Michael Pearce?s feature debut is a smartly layered thriller that draws haunting drama from a creepy location and an array of plausably shady charactersBritish TV director Michael Pearce makes a commanding feature debut with this psychological drama-thriller that puts an eerily windswept island location to fine use and features an excellent lead performance from Jessie Buckley, whose open, intelligent face transmits thought and feeling with piercing clarity. Pearce has also written a well-carpentered screenplay; there are some very big scenes and big moments here ? sometimes too big ? but he gives us a carefully crafted dramatic setup, an intriguingly curated selection of suspects for the crime and all of it building to a fascinating, finely balanced ambiguity in the movie?s climactic stages.The scene is Jersey, where a serial killer has murdered several young girls; in their tense, clenched way the citizens are carrying on, only rarely acknowledging this elephant of horror in their living room. Buckley plays Moll, a delicately beautiful and unhappy young woman and put-upon daughter (the character reminded me of her Marya Bolkonskaya in the BBC?s recent War and Peace), who has a terrible job that she hates: a tourist bus-trip guide. Continue reading...
  • post William Friedkin: 'You don?t know a damn thing, and neither do I' - 24 April
  • The Exorcist director returns to his demonic roots with a new documentary, but he?s not interested in discussing your skepticism? Sign up for Film Today and get our film team?s highlights of the dayA video clip featuring William Friedkin recently experienced a small level of virality among online film circles, in which the film-maker dresses down Nicolas Winding Refn after the younger director declares his own film Only God Forgives to be a masterpiece. Friedkin repeatedly calls for a medic, compares Refn?s film unfavorably to Citizen Kane, and most memorably, uses a vivid metaphor that puts the ?anal? in ?analogy?. Friedkin, speaking on a drizzly afternoon in his suite at New York?s Carlyle Hotel, wants to make it clear that he bears no ill will to Refn. ?I like him! He?s a nice guy. I like him very much.? But the larger truth underlying their charged exchange persists: William Friedkin simply does not give a damn. Continue reading...
  • post Warwick Thornton to hand-deliver Sweet Country to Dubbo after snub by town's cinema - 24 April
  • Local film producer led campaign to bring film to NSW town after learning its cinema will not screen it ? Sign up to receive the top stories in Australia every day at noon The filmmaker Warwick Thornton will hand-deliver a copy of his critically acclaimed western, Sweet Country, to the community of Dubbo this Friday, following a months-long campaign to bring the film to the regional New South Wales city.More than 400 tickets have been sold to a one-off screening at the Dubbo Regional Theatre & Convention Centre, to be held on 27 April. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Thornton. Continue reading...
  • post Verne Troyer, actor who was Mini-Me in Austin Powers films, dies aged 49 - 22 April
  • Family announces death on social media sitesStatement: ?Verne was an extremely caring individual?The actor Verne Troyer has died, according to a statement posted to his social media pages on Saturday. He was 49. Related: Verne Troyer: a cult star who sustained a career with dignity and good humour | Peter Bradshaw Continue reading...
  • post Jaws at a swimming pool, Gladiator at a castle: how outdoor cinema seduced Britain - 22 April
  • Despite the fickle British weather, ticket sales to watch films in the open air have tripled in three years? Sign up for Film Today and get our film team?s highlights of the dayBritain is in the middle of a boom in outdoor cinema, as people brave the unpredictable British climate to watch films ?on location? in castles, aircraft hangars and even beach huts.George Wood, founder of Britain?s biggest outdoor film company, the Luna Cinema, says ticket sales have tripled in the past three years. ?You strike gold when you can actually pair the film to the venue,? said Wood. Continue reading...
  • post Verne Troyer: a life in pictures - 21 April
  • Verne Troyer, who at 2ft 8in was one of the world?s shortest men, racked up 30 film credits in a career spanning 24 yearsActor who played Mini-Me in Austin Powers films dies age 49
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  • post Natalie Portman pulls out of Israel award due to 'distressing recent events' there - 20 April
  • Jerusalem-born actor was due to receive 2018 Genesis prize but cancels saying she ?cannot in good conscience? attend ceremony
    ? Sign up for Film Today and get our film team?s highlights of the dayNatalie Portman has pulled out of a major award ceremony due to take place in Israel, citing her ?distress? at recent events in the country.Portman, who was born in Jerusalem and holds dual Israeli and US citizenship, was named in November as the recipient of the 2018 Genesis award, a yearly prize for ?outstanding achievement by individuals who have attained excellence and international renown in their chosen professional fields [who] embody the character of the Jewish people?. Continue reading...

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