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  • post Roman Polanski files case to have Academy membership restored - 19 April
  • Film director was removed last year from organisation behind Oscars after sexual misconduct Roman Polanski has asked a judge to restore his membership in the organisation that awards the Oscars nearly a year after he was expelled for sexual misconduct.Lawyers for the 85-year-old fugitive on Friday petitioned Los Angeles Superior Court to compel the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to make him a member in good standing again. Continue reading...
  • post Let There Be Light ? the Christian film taking on the secular-industrial complex - 19 April
  • Kevin Sorbo?s Godsploitation flick features a cynical atheist finding religion with help from Sean Hannity. Is it as bad as it sounds? We speak to its creators
    Imagine a film in which Christopher Hitchens has been born again as The Simpsons? Ned Flanders. And that he gets endorsement from Donald Trump?s preferred blowhard, Fox News?s Sean Hannity, for a Christian phone app to be deployed against the forces of darkness. You would watch that, right?Let There Be Light is that movie. Released in the US in 2017, but only now getting a UK release, it stars Kevin Sorbo as Sol Harkens, the self-styled ?world?s biggest atheist?, who undergoes a cinematic conversion that for sheer verve rivals Michael Caine?s in The Muppets Christmas Carol. Continue reading...
  • post Kalank review ? an opulent attempt to save the Bollywood melodrama - 19 April
  • Abhishek Varman spares no expense in this tale of forbidden love ? but heavenly visuals are marred by clunky storytellingWith the oddly titled Kalank (Blemish), we find Bollywood in something of a pickle. Since the runaway global success of the two-part Telugu epic Baahubali, Indian producers have followed a bigger-is-better credo, drumming up a succession of thunderous historical throwbacks such as Manikarnika, which summoned multitudes of extras but precious little poetry or wonder.Audiences have started to gravitate instead towards more personal stories and pithier genre fare, such as surprise-pregnancy comedy Badhaai Ho and horror Stree. Continue reading...
  • post Chloë Grace Moretz: 'People said: You're going to lose your career over this' - 19 April
  • She shot to fame with Kick-Ass, then was almost derailed by a film co-starring Louis CK. Now she?s back with the bold film Greta ? and a desire to remain ?the outspoken girl?Chloë Grace Moretz could make almost anyone she met feel old. She pitches up for our 10.30am coffee date fresh from breakfast yoga: bright eyed and eager, with newly pierced ear cartilage. She makes straight for the brightest table in the place. At 22, with about 60 films and TV shows under her belt, Moretz still has the face of a child star, which is to say she is a star who looks like a child, with golden hair and cartoon-size features seemingly forever on the verge of a pout. She also has the PR-buffed poise of a long-term A-lister. Continue reading...
  • post Once Upon a Time in London review ? unconvincing gangland saga - 19 April
  • This true crime-inspired trudge through the cockney underworld is both misleadingly romanticised and too cheaply producedSomehow, this true-crime-inspired gangster film brings to mind the 80s/90s concept of ?heritage cinema?, a phrase that back in the day was applied to films by Merchant Ivory and any literary adaptation of the era. This particular period drama, however, has no ladies in crinolines sipping tea. Indeed, this recounting of the rise and fall of London mob boss Jack ?Spot? Comer (Terry Stone) and his protege-cum-rival Billy Hill (Leo Gregory) mostly features lairy cockney men swearing and slicing each other up with cut-throat razors or finding even more inventive ways to inflict pain. (At one point, supporting character Frankie Fraser, played by Roland Manookian, ties a victim to the wall and throws darts at his face.) But the film?s nostalgic posturing ? where boozy nights in the pub were soundtracked by skiffle-band covers, £80 was a lot of money and all prostitutes were pretty ? is just as misleading and romanticised as anything that Helena Bonham Carter might have starred in before she became cool.If the intended audience for this is people who like true crime books with retro cover art then this will probably scratch their itch. But it?s not hard to see that the budget was modest and spread as thin as it possibly could be. Apparently, it was all shot in and around London, but the final effect isn?t always convincing; for example, what?s supposed to be a street corner in Soho where a key fight takes place looks more like an empty anonymous stretch of Croydon pavement. All the way through, the characters reference London landmarks, like notorious East End pubs, only for the locations used to look slightly off. Continue reading...
  • post Wheely review ? shameless Cars rip-off skids along the hard shoulder - 19 April
  • This uninspired animation drives in Pixar?s slipstream and holds an ethos dangerously out of step with the timesThe makers of this brash and blaringly noisy family animation from Malaysia give the hot-rod rookie storyline from Pixar?s Cars a hasty respray and set it off so fast they hope nobody notices the similarities. But it really is such a blatant copycat job, ripping off Cars note for note and lifting so many elements ? from talking driverless cars to the dim-witted, buck-toothed sidekick ? they might as well have called it Carz.Ogie Banks cheerfully voices Wheely, a cocksure young racing car who crashes badly, busting his axel beyond repair. His speeding days over, Wheely takes a job as a taxi ? and with his career go his chances of impressing supermodel Bella (Frances Lee), a lipstick-red Ferrari-like sporty number. Besides, she?s already hooked up with a preening posh-boy motor. Oh bolts! The plot goes a bit Fast & Furious when an international criminal racket run by truck Kaiser (Brock Powell) car-naps Bella. Continue reading...
  • post Going, going, Goon: letters by Sellers and Milligan turn air blue - 20 April
  • Previously unseen correspondence between the two comedians and musician Alan Clare is to be sold at auctionThey were never known for their sense of decorum and linguistic restraint, but a cache of previously unpublished letters by Spike Milligan and Peter Sellers proves ? if there were ever any doubt ? their humour was not for the fainthearted.The comic geniuses, who along with Harry Secombe and Michael Bentine made up the cast of the wildly popular Goon Show, deployed their anarchic wit and eccentric punctuation to wincing effect in the letters, which were written to their friend, the jazz pianist Alan Clare. Continue reading...
  • post Robert De Niro calls Donald Trump a 'wannabe gangster' - 20 April
  • Oscar-winning actor says US president has proven himself to be a ?total loser? with no morals
    Robert De Niro has criticised Donald Trump again, calling the US president a ?total loser? and ?wannabe gangster?.The actor has been involved in a long-running dispute with Trump, saying ?fuck Trump? at the Tony awards last year. Continue reading...
  • post Cannes festival 2019: full list of films - 18 April
  • All the films screening at the 72nd edition of France?s celebrated film festivalCompetition
    The Dead Don?t Die (dir: Jim Jarmusch) ? opening film
    Atlantique (dir: Mati Diop)
    Bacarau (dir: Kleber Mendonça Filho & Juliano Dornelles)
    Frankie (dir: Ira Sachs)
    A Hidden Life (dir: Terrence Malick)
    It Must Be Heaven (dir: Elia Suleiman)
    Les Misérables (dir: Ladj Ly)
    Little Joe (dir: Jessica Hausner)
    Matthias and Maxime (dir: Xavier Dolan)
    Oh Mercy! (dir: Arnaud Desplechin)
    Parasite (dir: Bong Joon-ho)
    Portrait of a Lady on Fire (dir: Céline Sciamma)
    Sibyl (dir: Justine Triet)
    Sorry We Missed You (dir: Ken Loach)
    Pain and Glory (dir: Pedro Almodóvar)
    The Traitor (dir: Marco Bellocchio)
    La Gomera (dir: Corneliu Porumboiu)
    The Wild Goose Lake (dir: Diao Yinan)
    The Young Ahmed (dir: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne) Continue reading...
  • post Cannes 2019: new films from Terrence Malick and Ken Loach ? but no Tarantino - 18 April
  • Lineup includes usual big-name auteurs including Herzog and the Dardennes brothers, but only four films by women in competition?Full list of filmsThe film world?s big beasts, including Terrence Malick, Ken Loach and Werner Herzog, have films premiering in May at the Cannes film festival ? but Quentin Tarantino?s will be conspicuous by its absence after it was declared ?not ready?.A Hidden Life, Malick?s study of Austrian second world war conscientious objector Franz Jägerstätter, will be the first time the elusive auteur will have his work at Cannes since he won the Palme d?Or for The Tree of Life in 2011. Loach?s Sorry We Missed You is the story of a delivery driver?s struggle to provide for his family, and takes aim at the gig economy. Herzog will bring his new documentary Family Romance LLC. Continue reading...

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