Dogman is one of the best Italian films of recent times, a modern day neorealist fable that bears comparison with the great work of Fellini, Rossellini, De Sica et al. Its main character, the dog groomer Marcello (Marcello Fonte), is a wonderful creation: loveable, vulnerable, seedy and comic all at the same time. Marcello also does a little low-level drug dealing on the side, to earn extra money to spend on his teenage daughter.
David Gordon Green’s new addition to the Halloween “slasher” franchise, launched by John Carpenter 40 years ago, is a very creditable update of the grisly old series. It is considerably bolstered by the presence of Jamie Lee Curtis, playing the same character, Laurie Strode, as in the original film.
Venom is a mess of a movie, a baffling mishmash of sci-fi, horror and comedy elements and one which squanders most of the resources at its disposal. Prime among these are the two stars, Tom Hardy and Michelle Williams, who are giving intriguing and appealing performances before the parasite gets into the system and sucks out all the juice from the drama. Hardy plays Eddie Brock, a San Francisco-based investigative reporter with his own TV show.
Fortunately, in the past half-century, there have been numerous great movie trilogies made that have been so beloved as to become classics. While narrowing down a favourite can be difficult, a new survey conducted by Vudu Movies and TV asked 2,000 Americans to do just that - and the results are surprising. The winner of the trilogies was revealed to be the original Indiana Jones trilogy, followed by the Jurassic Park movies, and The Godfather trilogy in third place.
A new trailer The Girl in the Spider's Web has arrived, which introduces The Crown's Claire Foy as Stockholm's own avenging angel, the hacker vigilante who stalks the pages of Stieg Larsson's beloved book series. Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight has penned the screenplay, previously telling Collider: "With The Girl in the Spider’s Web, the girl [Lisbeth Salander] is really the central character.
Burt Reynolds, the actor known for his starring roles in Deliverance, Smokey and the Bandit, and Boogie Nights has died. Reynolds had received an Oscar nomination for his role in Boogie Nights, the Paul Thomas Anderson film in which he played an adult film director, and was a top box-office celebrity for a consecutive five years in the late 1970s. At the time, his manager told CNN that Reynolds "has a great motor with brand new pipes".
Earlier this week, actress Rosamund Pike made an appearance on Amazon's Audible Sessions, where The Independent reports she recalled being asked to strip for an audition in her early 20s. Pike, who's built her career starring in films like Gone Girl and A United Kingdom, revealed that she was asked to (and, ultimately, refused to) strip down into her underwear before auditioning for the 2002 James Bond film, Die Another Day. "My first audition was for a Bond film, and I remember them saying I was to drop my dress and appear in my underwear," she said, according to The Independent.
Disney has unveiled the first image from its much-anticipated live-action Mulan film, showing Liu Yifei, also known as Crystal Liu, in the starring role. Production has started on the remake of the 1998 animated film and will take place in China and New Zealand. Finding an actress to play Mulan, a young woman who disguises herself as a man in order to stop her father from joining the military, involved interviewing nearly 1,000 candidates across five candidates for the role.
Michael Moore’s newest documentary Fahrenheit 11/9 sees the left-wing filmmaker turn his eye on President Trump’s America - juxtaposing Mr Trump’s presidency with neo-nazi riots and school shootings. Referring to Mr Trump as “the last president of the United States,” the documentary preview includes references to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, as well as the Flint water crisis. The documentary comes as a sequel of sorts to Moore’s previous George W Bush documentary, Fahrenheit 9/11 - the highest-grossing documentary ever - which was released in 2004 and depicted the then President’s war on terror.
MoviePass was revolutionary in getting people to the movies again, thanks to its subscription-service model that let customers see one movie a day, every day, for less than $10 a month. Unfortunately, the incredible deal doesn’t appear to be sustainable as MoviePass grapples with outages and outraged customers. AMC Theatres is the largest theatre chain the world - and it has its very own MoviePass-esque subscription service.
Rear Window might just be the greatest film Alfred Hitchcock ever made. Not as revered as Vertigo nor as influential as Psycho, the 1954 classic nonetheless has a perfect conceit and is executed flawlessly, all the while passing comment on the inherently voyeuristic nature of cinema. Disturbia (2007) is a rare exception, a kind of adolescent younger brother to Hitchcock’s masterpiece.
Ving Rhames has revealed he was held at gunpoint by police officers in his own home after a neighbour reported a “large black man” had broken in to the property. Appearing on radio station Sirius XM, the Mission Impossible star recounted the incident after being asked to describe his personal experiences of racism. Rhames, 59, said his ordeal occurred one afternoon earlier this year while relaxing at his home in Santa Monica, California.
Since his release of The Seventh Seal and Wild Strawberries in 1957, Ingmar Bergman has been one of the leading figures in international cinema. In a career that spanned 60 years, he wrote, produced, and directed 50 films that defined how we see ourselves and how we interact with the people we love, through works like Persona, Scenes from a Marriage, and Fanny and Alexander. Before his death in 2007, Bergman gave Taschen and the Swedish publishing house Max Strom complete access to his archives at the Bergman Foundation as well as permission to reprint his writings and interviews, many of which have never been seen outside of Sweden.
Not now that our very own public intellectual of film, Mark Kermode, has started delivering his illustrated lectures in film studies on BBC4. This week though, Kermode made a raid on the conventions of the heist movie, and I think we can say with some confidence that he got away with it.
Get ready, because the phenomenon that is Frozen is gearing up for a whole new round. Both new actors to the cast are likely best known for their TV work, with both landing Emmy nominations last week: Wood for HBO's Westworld and Brown for NBC's This is Us and Fox's Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Also returning are directing duo Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, with Lee writing the film's screenplay, and Peter Del Vecho on board as producer.
Scarlett Johansson will no longer play a trans male character in the upcoming film Rub and Tug after receiving widespread backlash for the casting decision. “In light of recent ethical questions raised surrounding my casting as Dante ‘Tex’ Gill, I have decided to respectfully withdraw my participation in the project,” the actor said in a statement provided to LGBT+ focusing news outlet Out Magazine. Ms Johansson was lined up to star in the film as Dante “Tex” Gill, a real life crime kingpin who was born a woman but identified as male.
Nearly three years since the death of dictator Francisco Franco, politicians are intensely debating the new constitution at the Palacio de las Cortes. Will the right accept abolishing the death penalty and omitting any reference to the Catholic church? Today’s crowd awaits a much more explicit celebration of cinematic sexuality: Las eróticas vacaciones de Stela (Stela’s Erotic Vacations).
Superman has been voted the greatest superhero movie of all-time by Brits. The classic 1978 flick starred Christopher Reeve as the man of steel and featured Gene Hackman as the villainous Lex Luthor, alongside the legendary Marlon Brando as Superman's dad, Jor-El. Second spot was secured by The Dark Knight which featured Christian Bale as Batman and an Oscar-winning performance from the late Heath Ledger as the Joker.
Using ultra-high definition restoration techniques, classic films from the 20th century are now being brought back to life. After six months of painstaking restoration work, one of the biggest films of the 1950s – The Dam Busters – will be released by one of the key organisations involved in film restoration - the Paris and London-based company StudioCanal.
Cold War (a world premiere in the Cannes competition) is a glorious throwback – a film made with a verve and lyricism which rekindles memories of the glory days of European New Wave cinema. Notable as one of the few films in Cannes this year with any British involvement, this is decades-spanning romantic drama that never loses its ironic edge. In telling a story reportedly inspired by the experiences of his own parents, Polish-British director Pawel Pawlikowski invokes memories of Milos Forman, Jiri Menzel and François Truffaut at the start of their careers.
To coincide with the anniversary a new film by Raoul Peck, The Young Karl Marx, looks at how the philosopher and his collaborator on The Communist Manifesto, Friedrich Engels, came to meet and form such a strong bond in Germany in 1844. The Young Karl Marx is a kindred spirit to Walter Salles’ The Motorcycle Diaries, about another Communist icon, Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara. Both films are more interested in the youthful antics of the protagonists than their later work and exploits.
Several big names in Hollywood are speaking out after Kevin Spacey’s controversial apology to an actor who alleged he had sexually assaulted him as a teenager. After actor Anthony Rapp alleged that Spacey had sexually assaulted him when he was a teenager, the House of Cards star released a statement saying that he did not remember the incident, but that he was “beyond horrified to hear his story”. “If I did behave then as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology,” Spacey wrote.
Actress Julianne Moore has voiced her hopes that movie mogul Harvey Weinstein will face "prosecution" following accusations of sexual harassment. The US star said it was important to recognise the recent wave of allegations against the producer as claims of "criminal behaviour" rather than just "salacious conversation". Moore, who has previously worked with Weinstein, but said she was never in a situation where she was alone with him, told NBC News: "I think it's really, really important when we discuss this that, rather than it being salacious conversation, this is criminal behaviour.
Korean actor Lee Byung Hun looks immaculate in a dark suit as he sits comfortably across the sofa from me. The Korean actor was invited by the London East Asia Film Festival (LEAFF) to attend the international screening of his new epic period drama, The Fortress, at the Odeon Leicester Square.