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  • post Mark Hamill calls for Carrie Fisher Walk of Fame star to replace Donald Trump's - 20 June
  • Trump?s star, defaced multiple times, remains a political battleground after council voted for its removal in 2018Star Wars: The Last Jedi actor Mark Hamill has called for Donald Trump?s Hollywood Walk of Fame star to be replaced by one for Carrie Fisher, his co-star in multiple Star Wars movies.Hamill retweeted an article from August 2018 reporting that West Hollywood City Council had voted to remove Trump?s star. Hamill added: ?Good riddance! (and I know just who should replace him...) #AStarForCarrie.? Continue reading...
  • post Mari review ? Georgia Parris' stirring drama about a pregnant dancer - 20 June
  • Bobbi Jene Smith is excellent as a dancer attempting to reconcile motherhood, performance and family in this promising indie filmThe latest triumph from Film London?s Microwave scheme ? the BFI and BBC Film?s programme that has produced such worthwhile investments as Hong Khaou?s Lilting and Eran Creevy?s Shifty ? is an engrossing close study of a thirtysomething woman caught between two worlds, and two states of being.American choreographer Bobbi Jene Smith plays Charlotte, a principal in a contemporary dance troupe whose preparations for a major show are dealt two blows in quick succession. First comes a positive pregnancy test, and the realisation the body with which she so forcefully expresses herself will undergo radical change. Second, there?s a call from her family, gathering round the hospital bed of her dying grandmother. A rehearsal-room prologue has already established Charlotte?s remarkable physical flexibility; what follows is a test of mental and emotional adaptability. Continue reading...
  • post Division 19 review ?emo rebels run riot in a derivative dystopia - 20 June
  • Fun turns from Clarke Peters and Alison Doody enliven this yawn-inducing vision of a futuristic surveillance state Set 20 or so years in the future, this low-budget, colour-drained sci-fi thriller is a curate?s egg ? one that?s been overboiled and well past its sell-by date. It was finished back in 2017 and is only now dripping into cinemas, where it?s sure to last mere minutes before being swept up into some streaming platform?s slipstream.Nothing ages as poorly as a dystopia. Division 19 proves the point by relitigating the anxieties of 2016, positing a surveillance state where an all-powerful TV company called Panopticon (groan) broadcasts 24/7 coverage from prisons to a supposedly enthralled population, although the budget seemingly didn?t stretch far enough for many shots of rapt extras soaking up the show. Continue reading...
  • post Crew member stabbed on set at Harry Potter film studio - 20 June
  • Police called to Leavesden film set and made arrest after man was taken to hospital with a neck injuryA man has been arrested after a crew member was stabbed at a film studio celebrated as the home base for the successful Harry Potter film series.Hertfordshire police said: ?Police were called at around 12.35pm [on Wednesday] to reports of an incident at Warner Brothers Studios in Leavesden. One man sustained a neck injury and was taken to hospital by ambulance. A second man was arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm and is currently in police custody. Continue reading...
  • post Boyz in the Wood review ? macabre rural teen horror-comedy - 19 June
  • A group of youngsters stuck in the Scottish countryside become the hunted in Ninian Doff?s wacky mashup
    Music video director Ninian Doff makes his feature debut with this cheerfully macabre folk horror-comedy set in the rural wilderness. Very often, comedy-horror is a tricky style with each of the two notional genres being alibis for the other?s absence: ie, neither funny nor scary. Not here, though. Boyz in the Wood isn?t perfect (there isn?t really a wood in it as such and the title is a bit strained), but there?s likable wackiness and weirdness, one or two sizable laughs and a very bizarre deus ex machina moment. Doff has mashed up bits of Trainspotting with The League of Gentlemen and some grisly imaginings of his own.

    After burning down their school toilet block during an ill-advised attempt to investigate whether human faeces is flammable, three teenagers are faced with a stark choice: exclusion or a mandatory Duke of Edinburgh?s award-scheme expedition: learning wholesome values by hiking and camping in the Scottish Highlands. Our three amigos ? Dean (Rian Gordon), Duncan (Lewis Gribben) and DJ Beatroot (Viraj Juneja) ? reluctantly opt for the camping but to their horror find themselves joined by a fourth person on the minibus out there: Ian (Samuel Bottomley), a nerdy do-gooder and insufferable DofE enthusiast who has come on this trip of own free will, because he thinks it will look great on his application for uni.

    And so the four of them trudge off into great outdoors, with would-be hip-hop star DJ Beatroot nervous that his mates will discover that his given name is William DeBeauvoir and that he is quite as middle-class as Ian. But they have greater problems than that: a sinister figure in upper-class ?laird? clothes and a mask appears with a hunting rifle, keen to cull delinquent post-millennials the way he culls deer. The terrified boys get it into their addled heads that he is the Duke of Edinburgh himself, and his masked and similarly murderous wife figure ? well, who on earth can she be? It is an entertaining idea. The four guys in Deliverance faced vicious hillbillies; the four kids here face vicious posh people. And Ian has some nice lines. At one particularly horrible moment, he stammers: ?I?ve never seen a murder before ? I?m homeschooled.? There is also an entertaining misunderstanding when Ian says how keen he is on ?orienteering? and DJ Beatroot takes some serious umbrage at his racism because he thought Ian said ?orientalism?.

    I was a bit less keen on the subplot about the farcically incompetent police played by Kate Dickie, Alice Lowe and Kevin Guthrie, who are on the trail of what they imagine to be a terrorist gang, having previously investigated a local bread thief. As so often in indie British films, the comedy here comes a bit close to kids? TV circa 1971, but the performances are game enough.

    It?s also nice to see James Cosmo in the role of a farmer with unexpected musical tastes ? Cosmo is virtually a talismanic figure ? and Eddie Izzard, who has a very honourable track record of supporting independent Brit cinema with his presence. A high-energy start to the Edinburgh film festival. Continue reading...
  • post Cherie Blair signs on as executive producer of Middle East film - 19 June
  • Barrister and campaigner hopes The Rock Pile, about a journalist who uncovers a tale of friendship, can ?trigger action for change? in regionCherie Blair is to become the latest political figure to get involved in film production, following in the footsteps of Barack and Michelle Obama and Hillary and Chelsea Clinton by agreeing to act as executive producer for a film called The Rock Pile.Set in the Middle East, The Rock Pile will tell the story of a Jerusalem correspondent for Time magazine who discovers three boys of different faiths who become friends through their love of football. Continue reading...
  • post Sorry We Missed You: first trailer released for Ken Loach's gig economy drama - 19 June
  • After rave reception at Cannes, Loach?s follow-up to I, Daniel Blake is set for UK release on 1 NovemberThe first trailer for Ken Loach?s latest film, Sorry We Missed You, has been released. The film is a tonal and topical follow-up to his previous feature, I, Daniel Blake, and tackles the impact of working in the gig economy on families. It premiered at the Cannes film festival in May.Sorry We Missed You stars Kris Hitchen as a builder whose employment prospects plummeted after the 2008 financial crisis and who is persuaded to work on a freelance ? yet perilously indebted ? basis for a major delivery company. His wife (Debbie Honeywood) is a contract nurse and in-home carer to elderly and disabled people. Both are under enormous pressure during the day at work, and again at night, dealing with their troubled son and his sister. Continue reading...
  • post Murder Mystery breaks Bird Box's Netflix viewing record - 19 June
  • Adam Sandler comedy was watched by 31m accounts in its opening weekend, according to streaming giant?s own figuresAdam Sandler?s latest film in his eight-movie deal with Netflix has broken the streaming giant?s record for opening weekend views.Murder Mystery is a Europe-set comedy in which Sandler stars as an American cop who becomes embroiled in a homicide case while on a belated honeymoon with his hairdresser wife (Jennifer Aniston). Continue reading...
  • post John Cusack under fire for antisemitic 'follow the money' tweet - 18 June
  • Actor posts message alongside popular far-right motto before backtracking amid barrage of criticismJohn Cusack has apologised after coming under fire for an antisemitic tweet.Cusack retweeted a quotation, accompanied by a Star of David image, popular among the far right: ?To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.? It is often misattributed to Voltaire but is in fact a reworking of a quotation from American neo-nazi Kevin Alfred Strom. Cusack then added: ?Follow the money.? He has since deleted the tweet. Continue reading...
  • post 'It's important to be nice': Dwayne Johnson urges compassion in MTV awards speech - 18 June
  • ?The most powerful thing we can be is ourselves? says actor on an evening where inclusivity was celebratedDwayne Johnson told fans of the power of compassion and ?being ourselves? while accepting a top honour at the MTV Movie and TV awards.?The most powerful thing we can be is ourselves,? said Johnson on receiving the icon generation award, given to actors who have had a positive impact on society. ?When I first got to Hollywood, they didn?t know what the hell to do with me. I was a half black, half Samoan, six-foot-four, 275-pound pro wrestler. Continue reading...

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