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  • post Is anyone really desperate to see Solo: A Star Wars Story? - 22 May
  • The Han Solo prequel is one Star Wars movie we don?t really need. No wonder excitement levels around it are unexceptional, to say the leastThis week marks the release of a new Star Wars movie, focusing on arguably the most loved character in the history of the franchise ? swashbuckling cosmic bad-boy Han Solo. Everything about Solo: A Star Wars Story suggests it should be steaming into cinemas on the back of a roaring hype train, but that?s not so. Compared with the rabid fan anticipation that preceded The Force Awakens in 2015 and last year?s divisive The Last Jedi, the publicity build-up to Solo is muted, like Chewbacca with a sore throat. Related: Solo: A Star Wars Story review ? Han Solo origins film is boisterous bromance Continue reading...
  • post Ibiza review ? breezy and raucous Netflix comedy is a fun night in - 22 May
  • Gillian Jacobs heads up a strong trio of female comic actors in a knockabout trip around Europe that squeezes moments of hilarity into a barebones plotLast year, in a belated attempt to redress the balance, a party busload of films was released that saw women drinking, partying and casual sexing in ways that have usually been reserved for their male counterparts. There was Scarlett Johansson dealing with the death of a stripper in the dark, intermittently funny Rough Night, Toni Collette and Molly Shannon leaving the kids at home in Fun Mom Dinner, the cast of Bad Moms returning with diminishing returns in A Bad Moms Christmas and Tiffany Haddish transforming into a one woman comic phenomenon in crowd-pleasing box office hit Girls Trip. The results were mixed but the message was clear: the post-Bridesmaids boom in comedies fronted by groups of very funny women was finally happening. Related: Life of the Party review ? Melissa McCarthy's college comedy fails the grade Continue reading...
  • post Gaspar Noé: 'Six people walked out of Climax? No! I usually have 25%' - 22 May
  • The director?s violent, sexually charged films repel as many viewers as they entrance ? but at Cannes, almost everyone loved his latest, LSD-soaked dance drama Climax. So where did he go wrong?The Cannes equivalent of a Sunday service is the 8.30am screening of Gaspar Noé?s Climax, in a basement cinema beside the casino. Once inside, the congregation (all sleep-deprived, many hungover) are treated to the complete matins, a kind of prolonged grand-mal seizure set to music. There?s sex and there?s violence. There?s coke-snorting and mouth-frothing. A corridor is patrolled by a lumbering giant wearing a fright wig and a kilt. A utility closet contains a hysterical child screaming about cockroaches. And then, near the end, we get a sermon printed on the screen in letters 10ft tall. ?Death is an extraordinary experience,? it says.The Franco-Argentine director has grown used to outraging audiences, driving punters from the theatre like a shepherd chasing his flock. But here?s the thing: Climax is promptly greeted by almost uniformly glowing reviews. Critics are claiming it?s his most fully realised, purely exciting film to date. And now, for perhaps the first time in his life, it?s Noé?s turn to be outraged. He says: ?I must be doing something wrong. I have to take a long holiday and rethink my career.?
    Continue reading...
  • post The seminal film posters of Bill Gold ? in pictures - 21 May
  • Throughout his illustrious career, designer Bill Gold was one of Hollywood?s most defining poster creators, behind the designs for everything from Casablanca to The Exorcist. He died at the age of 97 on 20 May and to celebrate his work, here are some of his greatest posters with quotes from Gold himself Continue reading...
  • post How we made The Blair Witch Project - 21 May
  • ?We were listed as deceased on IMDb. Our parents started getting condolence calls? Continue reading...
  • post My Friend Dahmer: is it time to stop glamorising the serial killer? - 21 May
  • The new film about Jeffrey Dahmer may be an unglamorous portrayal of a damaged soul - but it still adds to the legendMy Friend Dahmer is about as unglamorous a serial-killer movie as you could hope for: it doesn?t even feature any murders (not of humans, at least). Instead, it lays out the warning signs that all was not right with the teenage Jeffrey Dahmer: his unstable parents, his repressed sexuality, his high-school victimisation, his unwholesome interest in anatomy. And yet, by its very existence, the movie can?t help but glamorise its subject, who went on to variously rape, murder, dismember, violate and cannibalise his 17 male victims. It doesn?t matter if you portray them as damaged souls or psychopaths; you?re still adding to the legend. Faced with this realisation, much of our current serial-killer fare has cast realism aside to embrace the glamour. That was certainly true of Ryan Murphy?s miniseries The Assassination of Gianni Versace, whose glitzy Miami settings, A-list cast and 90s couture made for a more appealing watch than such grubby classics as, say, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer. Meanwhile, Zac Efron is set to play Ted Bundy in a big-screen thriller that suggests that, with the right breaks, Bundy could have had a fruitful career as a lifeguard. And who knows what Quentin Tarantino?s forthcoming Manson flick has in store? He?s described it as ?probably the closest to Pulp Fiction that I have done?. Continue reading...
  • post Patricia Morison, star of Broadway and Hollywood, dies aged 103 - 20 May
  • Morison found fame in Kiss Me, Kate, The King and I and moreMovie roles included many femmes fatale and villainsPatricia Morison, who originated the role of an overemotional diva in the Broadway musical Kiss Me, Kate, starred on stage opposite Yul Brynner in The King and I and appeared in films with Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, died on Sunday at the age of 103.
    Morison died of natural causes at her home in Los Angeles, publicist Harlan Boll said. Morison?s death was first reported by the Hollywood Reporter. Continue reading...
  • post Luc Besson under investigation over rape allegation - 20 May
  • French director denies ?fantasist accusations? that he drugged and raped womanFrench police are investigating the film director Luc Besson after a 27-year-old woman filed a rape complaint against him.The unnamed woman, a film actor, went to police on Friday morning alleging she had been raped by Besson, 59, in a Paris hotel on Thursday night. Continue reading...
  • post Cannes 2018: unfancied Japanese film Shoplifters takes Palme d'Or - 19 May
  • Spike Lee and Jean-Luc Godard were also among the prizewinners at the 71st annual film festival
    In a surprise verdict, the Japanese film Shoplifters, directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda, has been awarded the Palme d?Or for main feature at the close of the Cannes film festival. ?The ending blew us out of the cinema,? said jury president Cate Blanchett.Beating a field of 21, including two or three titles that had been hotly tipped for the top by the critics, the film took the prestigious prize on Saturday night ahead of the screening of the final film of the festival, Terry Gilliam?s long-awaited adaptation of Cervantes, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. Continue reading...
  • post Cannes 2018: Hirokazu Kore-eda's Shoplifters wins the Palme d'Or ? as it happened - 19 May
  • Spike Lee?s Trump-baiting comedy BlacKkKlansman takes runner-up grand jury prize, while Capernaum, by Lebanese director Nadine Labaki, comes in third 8.40pm BST Things are quieting down here, so I?ll be heading off. Pop over to Guardian film in the next hour or so for our full report on this year?s winners, as well as Peter Bradshaw?s reaction to the awards. Burning was snubbed, I say! Thanks and good night. 8.31pm BST So, after 71 editions of the film festival Jane Campion remains the only female director in Cannes history to have won the Palme d?Or. Given this year?s jury was female-majority, we?re unlikely to hear as much criticism over the decision to not reward a female director as we have in recent years. However, there remains a pretty striking disparity between men and women here, one underlined by the red carpet protest that took place last weekend, and which you can read about here: Related: Cate Blanchett and Kristen Stewart join silent women's protest on Cannes red carpet Continue reading...

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