‘Trip To Spain’ Is Another Treat In The Delightful Food, Travel & Improv Franchise [Tribeca Review]
As a sort of litmus test, noted film critic Gene Siskel would ask of a film, “Is it more interesting than a documentary of the actors having lunch?” Michael Winterbottom’s trilogy of “The Trip”films effectively turn the question inside out, rendering the act of watching a pair of actors have lunch as something riotous, a touch melancholic, and yes, infinitely interesting. Limey comic virtuosos Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon have hit the road yet again, bringing their egos, insecurities, and fully-loaded arsenals of celebrity impressions with them.
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- Charles Bramesco
‘Citizen Jane’ Tops New Limited Releases, and ‘Lost City of Z’ Makes the Top 10
Two specialized releases made the top 10 this week: “Gifted” (Fox Searchlight) came in #8 with $4.5 million, while the second weekend of “The Lost City of Z” (Bleecker Street) managed to place 10th in only 614 theaters.
Specialty distributors are pushing their films to more theaters; at nearly 2,000 theaters in its third week, “Gifted” is a wide release. This strategy doesn’t always work: A24 went to over 1,000 theaters initially for “Free Fire” with Brie Larson. It flopped across the board despite its pedigree.
Documentaries continue to stand out among niche limited openers. “Citizen Jane: Battle for the City” (IFC) scored a strong New York two-theater response despite its parallel VOD option. And food scored again as “Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent” (The Orchard) worked with targeted marketing in its first two cities.
Free Fire (A24) – Metactritic: 64; Festivals include: Toronto 2016
$1,040,000 in 1,070 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $972
Clearly a disappointment considering its »
- Tom Brueggemann
‘Dark Phoenix’ Confirmed as the Next ‘X-Men’ Movie
The phoenix is once again rising from the ashes. 20th Century Fox has confirmed that the follow-up to last year’s “X-Men: Apocalypse” will be “Dark Phoenix,” which is due in theaters on November 2, 2018; also on the studio’s superhero docket are “New Mutants (April 13, 2018) and “Deadpool 2” (June 1, 2018).
Centered around the powerful mutant Jean Grey, Aka Phoenix, the storyline was previously the focus of 2006’s poorly received “X-Men: The Last Stand.” Famke Janssen played Grey in the original trilogy, while Sophie Turner of “Game of Thrones” now portrays the iconic mutant. Writer/producer Simon Kinberg previously told Entertainment Weekly that he “definitely would love to take another stab at the Dark Phoenix story.”
Read More: Fox’s ‘X-Men’ TV Show: Creator Matt Nix on How He’ll Introduce New Characters and Avoid the Wolverine Question
- Michael Nordine
‘Fast & Furious 8’ Hits $900 Million Worldwide In Just Two Week, Repeats #1 Spot [Box Office]
The fastest film to reach $1 billion ever? That distinction goes to “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” which hit the mark in all of 12 days. “The Fate Of The Furious” isn’t quite there yet, but revving to a $908 million haul in 10 days is still super impressive. So yes, in case you were wondering “The Fate Of The Furious” is the number one movie in the country yet again, but the real story is being told overseas.
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- Rodrigo Perez
‘Wonder Woman’ Director Patty Jenkins Wants to Help a Woman Battling Stage IV Cancer See the Movie Early
Every so often, the internet isn’t terrible. The latest example of social media being used as a force for good comes from Twitter, where a woman named Karyn Bradley has been attempting to help her cancer-stricken sister see “Wonder Woman” early. Following a tweet from Patty Jenkins, the upcoming superhero film’s director, it seem she may get her wish.
Melissa Bradley has stage-iv ovarian cancer, prompting her younger sibling to start the #melswish hashtag. Through persistence and some help along the way, her plea — “she’s waited her entire life for a #WonderWoman movie. She’s stage 4 now, #melswish is to see it,” which she directed at DC Comics and Jenkins — eventually caught the director’s attention: “Hi Karyn. Want you, and all those forwarding, that I’ve been trying hard all week to figure this out. »
- Michael Nordine
New Release Dates: Jennifer Lawrence’s ‘Red Sparrow’ & Films By Steven Spielberg, Steve McQueen & More
Guys, why just not deliver all these release dates at once? 20th Century Fox has been a leaky faucet this weekend with its announcements. The first drip came Saturday morning revealing the released dates for four “Avatar” films going through 2020-2025 (ha, like we’ll be alive by then). In the afternoon, Fox then unveiled details on three more “X-Men” films all arriving in 2018. Now, several additional films have been dated or shifted around.
- Edward Davis
Hillary Clinton Makes Surprise Appearance at Kathryn Bigelow’s Vr Event to Speak Out Against Elephant Poaching – Tribeca 2017
On Earth Day, the environment was front and center at the Tribeca Film Festival as Hillary Clinton made a surprise appearance at filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow’s talk about the need to protect elephants against poachers.
“Here it is Earth Day and we are marching on behalf of science,” Clinton said to the Tribeca crowd. “And part of science is understanding the intricate relationships that we share with all those on this planet and in particular large mammals, like elephants.”
Read More: 10 Must-Attend Events at This Year’s Tribeca Film Festival
Clinton says she first became really engaged on this issue as Secretary of State because it was becoming clear this was not only a horrific slaughter of elephants that endangered their survival, but also a national security issue as the funds from the lucrative trafficking of ivory was funding “a lot of bad folks,” including terrorist activity.
“I’m very »
- Chris O'Falt
‘Sweet Virginia’ Review: Christopher Abbott Is a Millennial Anton Chigurh in Nerve-Shredding Neo-Noir — Tribeca 2017
Christopher Abbott essentially has two modes: Intense, and way more intense. The former “Girls” star, whose blooming career is still often seen as a response to his brief time on (and tumultuous exit from) that epochal HBO show, has spent the last few years playing one brooding knuckle-dragger after another, like he’s trying to rid himself of whatever cooties Lena Dunham may have left behind.
From “James White” to “Katie Says Goodbye,” the Greenwich, Ct native seems exclusively drawn to characters who could punch a wall at any moment — you can’t take your eyes off the guy, but it’s hard to shake the feeling that he picks his roles by imagining what might happen if Marlon Brando’s Stanley Kowalski walked off the screen and started wandering through the modern indie landscape.
- David Ehrlich
“Watch The Queen Conquer” – Margot Robbie Cast As Queen Elizabeth I in ‘Mary Queen of Scots’
Margot Robbie is in talks to play Queen Elizabeth I opposite Saoirse Ronan (“Brooklyn”) as Mary Stuart in Focus Features and Working Title’s “Mary Queen of Scots.” Josie Rourke (“The Vote,” “Saint Joan”) is set to direct, with Working Title stalwarts Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Liza Chasin (“Fargo,” “Atonement,” “The Theory of Everything”) to produce.
- Elizabeth MacLeod
‘Veep’ Review: A Big List of the Ways Women in Politics Get F***ed, and Not in a Good Way
Oh, Amy. After warning Selina against Andrew’s toxic charms, Buddy Calhoun’s campaign manager and girlfriend became the “Lobotomy Barbie” she cautioned her old boss about, standing by her man as he apologized for making an ass of himself — and a joke of their sex life in the process. Both women got screwed by their chosen men, and not in a way they enjoy.
But the fuck-over-y (ovary?) didn’t end there. Selina was spurned by her fellow ex-presidents (all male) at the opening of President Hughes’ library. She, in turn, dismissed the idea of a female architect, telling Gary, “We’re not redoing a kitchen here,” while Marjorie and Catherine lamented the fact they need a man to have a baby. And of course, Selina ended up getting doubly boned by Andrew, first upon learning of his betrayal and then by the woman he cheated with, »
- Ben Travers
‘Doctor Who’ Review: Bill Continues to Make Us ‘Smile’ Despite Creepy-Cute Emojibots
[Editor’s Note: The following review of “Doctor Who” Season 10, Episode 2, “Smile,” contains spoilers.]
The Doctor and Bill’s chemistry continued to be perfect even though this was only their first official adventure together. Taking place millennia into the future and on a far-off planet that appeared ideal except for its lack of inhabitants, the episode sneaked in an examination of human nature and cultural fluency within its murder-mystery trappings. This jaunt wasn’t so much about whodunit but why, and despite the “robots taking over” plot, it was the human colonists’ reaction the gave us chills.
What’s worse than a man telling a woman to smile? A robot demanding you smile or else it will kill you and use your bones for calcified fertilizer. Regardless, forcing a smile under duress is just psychologically disturbing even if you don’t factor murder into it. »
- Hanh Nguyen
Tracy Letts and Debra Winger Are Brilliant As a Couple Who Rediscover Passion In Azazel Jacobs’ ‘The Lovers’ — Tribeca Review
The concept of “The Lovers” is almost too cute: Middle-aged married couple Michael (Tracy Letts) and Mary (Debra Winger) lost interest in each other long ago, and have both launched extramarital affairs, promising their paramours that a divorce is on the horizon. In the midst of planning breakups, however, Michael and Marry suddenly rediscover the passion of their marriage, delay their secret plans to split, and the cheating dynamic twists around. The very notion of faithfulness is turned on its ear.
It’s enough to fuel a lightly satisfying studio romcom, and it already has — Nancy Meyers’ “It’s Complicated” — but “The Lovers” writer-director Azazel Jacobs has a more delicate approach. The movie deals less with awkwardness of this comedic scenario than the emotions it creates for its central duo, and the psychological struggle when words can only go so far.
If it was made 70 years ago, “The Lovers” would »
- Eric Kohn
‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Is a Riveting, Relevant, and Political Drama, So Why Won’t the Creators Say So?
Last night, Hulu’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. A frightening and incredibly gripping piece of visual storytelling from cinematographer-turned-director Reed Morano, it stands as a remarkable piece of art that speaks to atrocities committed against women around the world and throughout history.
While writer and executive producer Bruce Miller began developing the 33-year-old novel before the rise of Donald Trump, the story of women who have been stripped of all agency to exist solely as breeding vessels for the patriarchy seems all too prescient in a 2017 when immigrants are being separated from their children, facts are “alternative,” and women are losing access to healthcare at the hands of a president who’s admitted sexual assault on audiotape.
As IndieWire’s Liz Shannon Miller noted in her grade-a review:
“Could ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ really happen?” isn’t the question anymore. »
- Chris O'Falt
Engrossing Doc ‘A River Below’ Dives In Search Of Dying Amazon River Dolphins [Tribeca Review]
In the first 15 minutes of the documentary “A River Below,” director Mark Grieco introduces two unforgettable characters and one mystery. First up is Fernando Trujillo, a conservationist who’s spent years leading a team that tracks the population of Amazon river dolphins—a.k.a. “pink dolphins” or “botos”—in order to warn Brazilians that careless native fisherman are endangering one of their country’s most beloved native animals. Trujillo is one of many conscientious scientists who work behind the scenes to collect data, file reports, and safeguard the world’s natural resources.
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