Wednesday , October 17 2018


Garner seeks revenge in ‘Peppermint’

‘Bloody, gruesome but psychotically theatrical’ The insane revenge movie “Peppermint” starts to make a lot more sense when you realize that it was directed by the man who brought us “Taken” (Pierre Morel) and written by one at least partially responsible for “London Has Fallen” (Chad St. John). It’s a …

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‘Hotel Mumbai’ recounts horrors, courage in 2008 attack

Redford bids farewell to acting with throwback crime caper TORONTO, Canada, Sept 11, (Agencies): A hard-to-watch telling of the 2008 attacks in Mumbai, India in Anthony Maras’ “Hotel Mumbai” provoked tears and cheers at its world premiere at the Toronto film festival. It is an “anthem of resistance,” the Australian …

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John starts long goodbye

McCartney not done yet Paul McCartney, “Egypt Station” (Capitol) Let’s get the titillation out of the way: Yes, Paul McCartney has a song on his new album in which he sings, “I just want it fuh you,” but it certainly sounds like something else. Maybe it is. And, no, the …

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Cuaron’s ‘Roma’ wins Venice fest

‘Thunder Road’ scoops grand prize at Deauville festival LOS ANGELES, Sept 9, (Agencies): Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma”, a black-and-white drama drawn from the director’s memories of growing up in Mexico City in the early 1970s which marks his return to Spanish-language filmmaking, is the winner of the Venice Film Festival’s Golden …

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Japan’s pacifist samurai film ‘scream’ against violence

‘Hotel Mumbai’ dubbed an ‘anthem of resistance’ VENICE, Sept 9, (Agencies): Cult Japanese director Shinya Tsukamoto said Friday that his new film about a pacifist samurai who refuses to kill is “a scream” at the current state of the world. The actor-director with a huge following for his cyberpunk horror …

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Reynolds, film & TV star, dead at 82

‘He was a trailblazer’ LOS ANGELES, Sept 8, (AP): Burt Reynolds, the handsome film and television star known for his acclaimed performances in “Deliverance” and “Boogie Nights”, commercial hits such as “Smokey and the Bandit” and for an active off-screen love life which included relationships with Loni Anderson and Sally …

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Syrian war documentary wins top Venice prizes

‘The Announcement’ focuses on Turkey’s past VENICE, Sept 8, (Agencies): A film that follows two friends through four nightmarish years of the Syrian civil war has lifted some of the top prizes at the Venice Film Festival, which ends Saturday. “Still Recording”, a documentary by Ghiath Ayoub and Saeed Al …

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Moore shines in elegant ‘Gloria’

Lelio’s film more relatable Sebastian Lelio’s “Gloria Bell” is the second film this year to end with the Laura Branigan song “Gloria” – the kind of high-energy empowerment anthem that re-casts its leading lady in a different light – the other being Netflix’s recent Gloria Allred docu “Seeing Allred”. Speaking …

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Docus, politics dominate Toronto fest

Oscar voters sure to go gaga for Cooper’s ‘Star’ TORONTO, Canada, Sept 5, (Agencies): Hot documentaries, reboots of classic horror franchises, plenty of politics, and of course Oscar-bait galas will be served up at this week’s Toronto International Film Festival. More than 300 feature and short films from 74 countries …

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Arab cinema makes its mark at Venice Film Festival

Doha Film Institute repped by several pics at Venice fest LOS ANGELES, Sept 5, (RTRS): After its strong presence earlier this year in Berlin and Cannes, Arab cinema is represented at Venice by six titles hailing from Syria, Palestine, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia, which all reflect the region’s politics albeit …

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