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Having earned the right to be selective and turned into a fine director in her own right, Jodie Foster hasn’t appeared in a film in five years because at this stage in her life; she doesn’t have to do anything she doesn’t damn well please. One then pre…

You may remember Sofia Boutella from that small, independent remake of “The Mummy” starring Tom Cruise that flopped both critically and financially. Of course, if you remember, the studio film cost approximately $125 million to make, and on…

If there’s one defining quality of the cinema of Gaspar Noé, aside from shots of ejaculating penises in 3D, it’s definitely impatience. His new film, “Climax” even begins impatiently, interrupting its Arte logo with a staticky v…

This summer has seen audiences turn away from tired franchise fare (with a couple of exceptions), and embrace movies that are saying something new. That, coupled with strong buzz out of SXSW, must have Universal feeling pretty good about the prospects for “Atomic Blonde.” Starring Charlize Theron, directed by David Leitch (“John Wick“), and based on the graphic novel “The Coldest City” written by Antony Johnson and illustrated by Sam Hart, the actress plays an MI-6 agent dispatched to Berlin to find a double agent. Continue reading New Trailer For ‘Atomic Blonde’ Takes Charlize Theron To Berlin at The Playlist.

I’m not sure I really understand Universal‘s marketing strategy for “Atomic Blonde,” which sees one big clip from the film released each week, but I guess whatever works. I’d prefer just to get a taste from the trailer and watch the action movie unfold at the multiplex, but I suppose when you’re competing against mega-franchises like Marvel, you can’t play coy. Either way, a new preview from the movie has landed. Continue reading Charlize Theron Discovers The Politics Of Dancing In Clip From ‘Atomic Blonde’ at The Playlist.

How presumptuous is Universal, who haven’t earned an ounce of goodwill with an audience yet, and still has the stones to flash a title sequence announcing Dark Universe, a giant film franchise that begins with “The Mummy.” You can’t fault ambition, but unfortunately for the studio, their confidence that you’ll love the film and want future monster movie installments is only matched by a total unawareness that the picture is a dreadful mess, tonally incoherent, and often unintentionally funny. Continue reading ‘The Mummy’: Gods & Monsters Can’t Save This Dreadful Dark Universe [Review] at The Playlist.

The reboot is counting on a strong run overseas — where Cruise still has huge sway — to make up for a probable deficit in the U.S. Case in point: ‘The Mummy’ scored the biggest opening day of all time in South Korea on Tuesday with $6.6 million. read more …