Saturday, October 22, 2016

'Rogue One' will have a 133 Minute running time

According to

"Event Cinemas has revealed the run time for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The film will be 133 minutes (two hours and 13 minutes). This time could be inaccurate but if memory serves, last year when Star Wars: The Force Awakens run times hit in this form they were accurate."

Past "Star Wars" films:

"Attack of the Clones" 144 Minutes
"Revenge of the Sith" 140 Minutes
"Return of the Jedi" 137 Minutes
"The Force Awakens" 135 Minutes
"The Phantom Menace" 136 Minutes
"The Empire Strikes Back" 127 Minutes
"A New Hope" 125 Minutes

It's been a pretty crazy last few weeks here at "World of Reel" in terms of "Rogue One"

An insider exclusively reported to us about the shooting problems director Garth Edwards had to face on and off the set (HERE) We received a great new trailer hiding any of the reported 'problems' the film might be having (HERE) AND star Felicity Jones tried to defend the reshoots to Variety (HERE). All this in a span of less than 14 days. 

The film gets released on December 16th

'Deadpool 2' director, Tim Miller, exits sequel over creative differences

Little did he know ....

Friday, October 21, 2016

Donald Glover will play Lando Calrissian in 'Star Wars' spinoff

If you haven't yet caught up with FX's new series "Atlanta" then you are missing out on some of the best, most original TV ever produced in the medium. It is up to episode 8 at the moment, but it doesn't take much time to catch up to it since each episode is around 20 minutes in length. The show was created by and stars Donald Glover, he's a Jack of all trades talent of the highest order. If you know him by face, but can't pinpoint where you might have seen him then try maybe his comedic, but brilliant turn in Ridley Scott's "The Martian" just last year.

Via press release it was announced late this afternoon that Glover will have his shot at the big time nabbing the role of Lando Calrissian in the upcoming Hans Solo spinoff film. That film is set for a 2018 release. 

Press release read as follows:

Hello, what have we here?
Lucasfilm announced today that Donald Glover, an acclaimed actor, award-winning writer, and Grammy-nominated artist, will be playing the part of Lando Calrissian in the still-untitled Han SoloStar Wars film, helmed by directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. Glover will join Alden Ehrenreich — previously cast as Han Solo — in bringing two iconic Star Wars characters back to the big screen, but at a time in their lives previously unexplored. This new film depicts Lando in his formative years as a scoundrel on the rise in the galaxy’s underworld — years before the events involving Han, Leia, and Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back and his rise to Rebel hero in Return of the Jedi.
“We’re so lucky to have an artist as talented as Donald join us,” said Lord and Miller. “These are big shoes to fill, and an even bigger cape, and this one fits him perfectly, which will save us money on alterations. Also, we’d like to publicly apologize to Donald for ruining Comic-Con for him forever.”
Glover is best known for creating and starring in the critically acclaimed FX series Atlanta (which had the highest premiere numbers for any basic cable comedy show since 2013), as well as for starring in four seasons of the showCommunity, and for his Grammy-nominated album Because the Internet, performed under the name Childish Gambino. In addition, Glover appeared in the Academy Award-nominated The Martian, and will be seen in the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming.

JJ Abrams confirms he cut a Vader vs Skywalker duel in 'The Force Awakens'

Frank & Lola' is a mix of 'Eyes Wide Shut,' 'Blue Velvet' and Hitchcock

Check out today's just released "Frank & Lola" trailer HERE.

"Frank & Lola" slyly snuck into its Sundance premiere this past January. In fact, I don't think I wrote anything about it, almost too consumed with the bigger films that premiered over there. That's not fair. "Frank & Lola" is an engrossing, narratively patchy, but visionary work from writer-director Matthew Ross. It didn't deserve the shrug it got in Park City, but I do hope people will get a chance to see this film. Its take on male jealousy, but more specifically the male psyche, is hauntingly rendered. Notice I said narratively patchy, that's because you've never seen a film quite like this one. It's a very hard film to absorb in just one sitting. Ross manages to balance various different tones and moods that it's very easy to be taken off guard by the film. Ross is a talent to watch.

Frank (Michael Shannon) and Lola (Imogen Poot) are lovers that, after an old flame of Lola's reappears, have their lives shaken up and delivered into a surreal nightmare: think "Eyes Wide Shut" meets "Blue Velvet." The film has all the familiar elements of a noir turned inside out to reveal a story that is so frightening all based on the sheer fact that you really have no idea what's coming next - a rarity these days. It starts off as a "boy meets girl" romance, but shocks you in its change of style and pace with twist after twist slowly being peeled off.

Shannon is phenomenal in the film, his Frank is the only person you can trust and he lets you ride along with all the emotional shifts that happen in his head and there are PLENTY. Shannon is one of the best working actors at the movies right now. He's had three exquisite performances this year in "Frank & Lola" "Loving," and "Nocturnal Animals" where he completely steals the show from the leads. That role should nab him the second Oscar nomination of his career this coming January.

As previously mentioned Ross does a great job balancing the various moods and does manage to maintain coherence with his story. His influences are all over the map, but Polanski comes to mind for the way the Ross continuously has you second-guessing the motivations of his characters, I'd also add in De Palma, and since we have both of these directors mentioned, I might as well add the man that influenced them: Alfred Hitchcock. Now that I think about it, what Ross has done here is not completely different from the way Hitchcock toyed with his audiences many decades ago. What bigger compliment can you ask for as a filmmaker? [B+]

The film opens on December 9th, seek it out.

'Doctor Strange' Roundup of Critical Reactions after NY, LA screenings

Thursday, October 20, 2016

"Keeping Up With the Joneses" (**)

I had high hopes for this film, after all Greg Mottola directed it. Mottola is the creator behind both "Superbad" and "Adventureland" two of the best coming of age movies of the 21st century. So what went wrong? The idea of "Keeping Up With the Joneses" itself is decent enough, but the execution is atrocious.

2017 Oscar Predictions: The "Goodbye 'Billy Lynn' Edition"

I usually update these every few weeks or whenever something happens, such as last week's disappointing NYFF screening of Ang Lee's "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk." (HERE) Also Scorsese's "Silence" actually being confirmed for release has it now as a contender (HERE). I took off "Patriot's Day" after the "America rah rah" trailer premiered last week (HERE).

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A list of Paramount's alternate title suggestions for "Vertigo" (1958)

'Logan' teaser looks - shock - meditative and sublime

We Finally Have Our First Look at Old Wolverine in <i>Logan</i>

Tim Burton's Gothic vision created the successful "Batman" series, but after "Batman & Robin" choked out any hope that was left when Burton left, we had 3 years of Hollywood being quiet and trying to reassess the superhero question. Cue in the year 2000 and Bryan Singer's "X-men" which started the new wave of Superhero movies, Hugh Jackman's Wolverine was born and the rise of the comic book movie into a billion-dollar Hollywood money-making machine was created. 

Final trailer for Denis Villeneuve's brilliant 'Arrival'

From my TIFF review 9.19.16

"Toronto was a kind of homecoming for Canadian boy Denis Villeneuve whose “Arrival” had very successful showings at both Telluride and Venice just a week prior. Amy Adams plays Louise Banks, a linguist who is recruited by the military after enormous Alien pods show up across the globe. Many countries are prepared for war, but Louise believes that the visitors might actually be on earth for non-violent reasons. Adams, in one of her very best performances, gives a touching and rewarding performance in a film that feels like a better version of Christopher Nolan’s well-known sci-fi blockbusters. The sentimentality is somewhat stripped down for a more concrete and profound look at the ties that bind us all on earth. It’s a thought-provoking adventure that isn’t about war, but communication instead. Villeneuve once again proves to be the real deal. The 49-year-old Quebecois filmmaker is building up a solid, loyal fan-base that could one day rival Nolan’s. The fact that his next movie is “Blade Runner 2” only gets us more excited about his future."

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Barry Jenkins' 'Moonlight' deserves to be called a 'cinematic milestone'


An excerpt from my 9.19.16 thoughts for Sasha Stone's AwardsDaily. Full article HERE.

"What can be said about Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight” that hasn’t already been said? Set during three transformative periods in the life of an African-American  gay man, the film is not only a mesmerizing journey into the “African-American experience,” but it also shatters cinematic taboos that not many have dared touch before it. This was the first major film I can recall to feature two black men who kiss onscreen. Unheard of, but an incredibly important landmark moment and the very definition of a film that can change lives. Jenkins splits the film into three different time frames as he follows his protagonist Chiron’s struggle for self-identity in a society that refuses to acknowledge his sexual freedom. The three actors playing Chiron (Alex R. Hibbert, Ashton Sanders and Trevante Rhodes) were all revelatory and Jenkins (a former Telluride Film Festival volunteer) makes good on the promise of his first feature “Medicine for Melancholy.” His “Moonlight” deserves to be called a milestone."
The film opens this Friday, October 19th.

Michael Moore's next documentary will be about Donald Trump

Michael Moore has been giving us hints on Twitter of a possible new film being in the works. We didn't think it would come out this soon, what with his last film "Where to Invade Next" having been released just a few months ago, but "Michael Moore in Trumpland" will be coming out in three weeks time.

Scorsese's 'The Irishman' starring De Niro, Pacino, Pesci and Keitel might start shooting in February

'Assassin's Creed' will be heavy on subtitles


I'm still on the fence with "Assassin's Creed." It is based on a video game after all, however the trailer does reveal some very cinematic elements at play. Also director Justin Kurzel is no slouch, he doesn't come from any fanboy background, hell, he directed 2015's adaptation of "Macbeth" starring Michael Fassbender and Marillon Cotillard. They both are back and ready to boogie woogie down the Assassin's Creed. One look at the just released trailer and you see some hallmarks of potential. Also, Kurzel revealed recently to Total Film magazine that the film is heavy on subtitles:

Monday, October 17, 2016

Steven Shainberg's 'Rupture' [TRAILER]

Back in the summer I wrote for The Playlist a REVIEW oft Steven Shainberg's "Rupture" which had its premiere at the Fantasia Film Festival, which just had its trailer released today. The following are a few excerpts from my review:

"Sacrificing character for action, Shainberg’s film does hold onto to its luridly devilish pace until its final third when the director decides to add the supernatural into the mix. The conflicting mixture of the real and the surreal ends up being a decidedly failed opportunity to accentuate Renee’s horrific psyche. All this time we were in her head and ready to go anywhere to taste that final bit of freedom with her. What Shainberg does is add an unnecessary and uninvolving twist to the story that, instead of feeling fresh and original, becomes frustratingly distant and cold."
"The Swedish-born Rapace, has been slowly but surely building up a career in American movies and making a real mark. The 36-year-old actress has also done sci-fi/horror before, starring as Dr. Elizabeth Shaw in Ridley Scott’s “Alien” prequel “Prometheus and in the currently filming sequel, “Alien: Covenant.” Her facial gestures and looks can sometimes be filled up with an innumerable amount of emotions, and her physical prowess — she’s no slouch in the muscle department — builds considerable heroism to a story that needs it."
"Premiering at Montreal’s Fantasia Film Festival, “Rupture” places a gripping hold on its audience for nearly two-thirds of its 102-minute running time before stumbling slight in the final act. It might not be as risk-taking as previous Shainberg gems, but his knack for expertly crafted drama remains."

What really happened on-set of 'Rogue One'?

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Final poster for 'Nocturnal Animals' gets all the details right about Tom Ford's original, exciting new film


Taken from my 9.19.16 Review:

"Tom Ford’s follow-up to 2009’s “A Single Man” turned out to be the love it or hate it movie of the fest. Heated debate raged post-screening, with the film’s champions touting it as a provocative depiction of 21stcentury masculinity, whereas the haters couldn’t look past what they saw as its lurid fiction-within-fiction B-movie plot device. Amy Adams, on fire this fest, plays art gallery owner Susan Morrow, a woman haunted by an old flame (Jake Gyllenhaal) who sends her his latest violent novel “Nocturnal Animals.” Something in the book touches a nerve in Susan and, through flashbacks recounting their failed relationship, we get to see why. To mention any plot points in Ford’s film would be to ruin a nastily satisfying thriller that refuses to balk away from conventions. This wasn’t an easy film to swallow for many, and some of the people I spoke to did in fact have real distaste for it. But it has just enough intrigue and artfulness to prove to the world that, yes, Tom Ford is an extraordinary filmmaker."

Box-Office: 'The Accountant' debut at #1 with $25 Million, 'The Birth of a Nation' continues to plunge.

I liked "The Accountant" when I saw it 3 weeks ago. It's thrilling, mindless fun. I felt the same way watching it as I did watching Keanu Reeves kick ass in "John Wick" or Liam Neeson take names in "Taken." Mind you, "The Accountant" is not a stone-cold classic like the aforementioned Neeson film, but it gets the job done. You can read what I had to say about it HERE.

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