6 Degrees of Film:@ the Movies

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Mile 22 review – Mark Wahlberg blunders through chaotic action romp

Recently Mark Wahlberg startled us all by releasing details of his daily fitness routine. It involves getting up at 2:30am, a half-hour of golf, but three times that long in the shower. What on earth can he be doing for 90 minutes in the shower? The answer could well be ... very much what he’s …

Mile 22

The House With a Clock in Its Walls review – post-Potter children's fantasy

Shockmeister Eli Roth takes on something cosier and comfier than usual with this family-oriented movie about an orphan boy who goes to live with his eccentric and mysterious uncle in a spooky old-timey house, full of clocks. It is adapted by screenwriter Eric Kripke from a children’s fantasy novel …

Act your age: why Marvel is obsessed with digitally de-ageing Hollywood stars

Marvel’s habit of de-ageing its veteran Hollywood stars is now something of an obsession. First, in 2016, there was Robert Downey Jr as a slightly weird-looking teenage version of Tony Stark in flashback scenes from Captain America: Civil War. Then there was 1970s, Bee Gee-barneted Kurt Russell in …

Captain Marvel

Nicolas Cage expresses 'frustration' with Cage rage internet meme

Nicolas Cage has expressed his frustration with “Cage rage” internet memes, saying they are “frustrating” and unfair to him and the directors of his films.<p>In an interview with Indiewire to promote his latest film Mandy, a gory action-horror in which Cage plays a revenger looking to take down a …

Marlon Brando

Could Captain Marvel Change Superhero Movies Forever?

Still reeling from <i>Avengers: Infinity War</i>? Need a few moments to compose yourself after <i>Ant-Man and the Wasp</i>? Sorry, it’s not going to happen. Just when you thought you could take a breather, Marvel unveils its latest trailer and the start of a whole new phase with <i>Captain Marvel</i>. The film (which …

Captain Marvel

Irish famine film Black 47 wins over the critics

Filmmakers have long steered clear of the Irish famine, a trauma of starvation, poverty and suffering that remains a sacred national topic. It seemed too bleak, too depressing, too fraught – get a historical detail wrong and you risked accusations of insensitivity and exploitation.<p>Now, 170 years …

Film Festivals

The Little Stranger review – Ruth Wilson shines in mournful ghost story

The haunts of childhood are revisited in this oppressively macabre ghost story, set in the miserable austerity of late-40s Britain and in some ways a metaphor for the nation’s complex sense of sacrificial loss. Screenwriter Lucinda Coxon has adapted the 2009 novel by Sarah Waters and Lenny …

Paranormal

The Predator chomps up The Nun at UK box office

<b>The winner: The Predator</b><p>Arriving at the summit of the official UK box-office line-up, Shane Black’s The Predator has given distributor Fox its third chart winner of the year, after The Greatest Showman and Deadpool 2. Including previews, the franchise title opened with £2.39m – just ahead of the …

Box Office

Elisabeth Moss on ‘Her Smell’ and Why She Won’t Do a ‘Mad Men’ Reboot

Elisabeth Moss puts it all out there as the strung-out rock star at the center of “Her Smell.”<p>The Alex Ross Perry drama earned raves for the Emmy …

Mad Men

Brawn again: why Hollywood's muscle heroes are bigger than ever

If global politics had left you in any doubt, the commotion caused by Mark Wahlberg last week was proof that we are truly in the age of the strongman. The publication of the actor’s daily routine – which includes two gym sessions, six meals and one hour cultivating his torso in a cryogenic recovery …

Clint Eastwood

In praise of Miloš Forman’s Amadeus

The time-honoured movie biopic has developed something of a bad name in recent years. Directors and studios appear hell-bent on making sure that …

Filmmaking

At Toronto Film Festival, 'popular' was a relative term

TORONTO (AP) — For a festival that can be a hotbed of Oscar-predicting hysteria, the scuttling of the "best popular movie" category by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences barely registered at the Toronto International Film Festival.<p>Most were too in the thrall of the 254 feature films …

Film Festivals

Captain Marvel trailer - First Captain Marvel trailer is finally here

We have finally got our first proper look at <i>Captain Marvel</i> in action as the first trailer has now arrived.<p>Like previous Marvel trailer debuts, it was …

Captain Marvel

Broadway Produced Mulligan an Official Selection at the 2018 Los Angeles Film Festival | Times Square Chronicles

Broadway Produced Mulligan an Official Selection at the 2018 Los Angeles Film Festival<p>Ashley Kate Adams<p>Executive Producers AKA Studio Productions …

Los Angeles

Nicole Kidman opens up about her 'strong sexuality' and the game she plays with Keith Urban

Nicole Kidman has had a lengthy, celebrated career, and much of that is due to her instincts. The 51-year-old actress opens up in the October issue of <i>Marie Claire</i> about the emotions that can occasionally rule her life.<p>Kidman shares that she and husband Keith Urban like to play a game with one …

Keith Urban

‘Green Book’ Review: A Charming But Safe Crowd Pleaser

It’s lonely at the top. This being a cliche doesn’t mean it’s not true. It certainly rings true for Dr. Don Shirley (<b>Mahershala Ali</b>), a …

Filmmaking

Who is Thandie Newton?

SHE'S been the toast of Hollywood for a few years now but Thandie Newton will always remain a national treasure.<p>Here's her story so far of the Emmy …

Mid90s Review: Jonah Hill's Directorial Debut

<i>This is an advance review out of the Toronto International Film Festival.</i><p>Jonah Hill's impressive directorial debut Mid90s is full of heart, fun and a …

Film Festivals

Oscars: Thailand Selects 'Malila: The Farewell Flower' for Foreign-Language Category

Anucha Boonyawatanya's daring gay-themed romance won best director at the Singapore IFF last year.<p>Thailand has selected Anucha Boonyawatanya's daring …

Los Angeles

Oscars: Lebanon Selects 'Capharnaum' for Foreign-Language Category

The film premiered in the official selection at Cannes and won the Jury Prize.<p>Lebanon has selected <i>Capharnaum</i> as its entry for the best …

Film Festivals

The 10 Best Horror Movies of 2018 Will Give You Major Chills, Guaranteed

It’s often argued real life is scarier than fiction, but 2018 has brought a number of horror films to make you reconsider what being scared really …

Horror Movies

The Apostle Trailer Is Going to Mess You the Hell Up

The director of The Raid has made a horror film, and we're very scared.<p><i>Apostle</i> is the latest film from Gareth Evans, who, first of all, you must not confuse with Gareth <i>Edwards</i>. Gareth Evans is the man responsible for <i>The Raid</i> and <i>The Raid 2</i>, two of the finest action films you will ever see in your …

Charisma

First trailer for The Little Mermaid horror movie released

Disney has a live-action version of <i>The Little Mermaid</i> in the works.<p>This movie is very much <i>not</i> that.<p>This is <i>Mermaid’s Song</i>, an upcoming horror film …

Horror Movies

‘Birds of Passage’ to Open Miami Film Festival’s GEMS Event

The Miami Film Festival’s fall edition, called GEMS, has unveiled its lineup including Colombia’s Oscar entry “Birds of Passage” as opening night …

Film Festivals

Halloween: The complete timeline and how to watch the horror series in full

It's nearly October, which can only mean one thing: Halloween is coming. Not to mention <i>Halloween</i>.<p>Yep, a whopping 40 years after John Carpenter's …

Michael Myers

Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding to unite on festive film Last Christmas and it’s the stuff of rom-com dreams

This year, Christmas holiday feels will be brought to you by Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding.<p>Me Before You star Emilia is set to team up with the …

Venice Film Review: ‘The Summer House’

There are precious few things we know about Valeria Bruni Tedeschi after watching her film “The Summer House” that we did not know before. But here’s …

Nicole Kidman

Toronto Film Review: ‘Vita & Virginia’

One reason that the great Virginia Woolf has proven resistant to the flattening instincts of the straight-ahead, birth-to-death biopic to date is …

Nicole Kidman

Powerful And Inspiring New Film From Tom Shadyac, ‘Brian Banks’ To Premiere At Los Angeles Film Festival – Exclusive First Look

<b>EXCLUSIVE:</b> The Los Angeles Film Festival is on the move from June to this month where it opens on Thursday with the World Premiere of the music …

Los Angeles