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Digital Tuesdays: What’s good this week

Live By Night

Ben Affleck tackles gangsters and prohibition, and the whole glorious, beautiful affair almost works.

Too well-intentioned to miss, but too mismatched in tone to wholly recommend, I can say it pales in comparison to his earlier works, but it’s not the worst thing you could see this week.

The final sequence is truly fantastic.

3/5 Stars


Sing

This animated triumph is no Zootopia or Moana, but was it ever funny.

The voice cast is witty and upbeat, and the music keeps the whole shiny production going the entire run-time.

3.5/5 Stars


Assassin’s Creed

To call this the best video game adaptation I’ve seen isn’t really saying much. Frankly, how the hell did Cotillard, Fassbender and Irons all get mixed up in this half-rate B-movie?

Disappointing for lovers of the game and cinephiles alike.

2/5 Stars


Miss Sloane

Jessica Chastain dominates this film in her Golden Globe-nominated performance as a lobbyist at the brink of chaos.

A well-oiled political film with one hell of a cast, you won’t regret this one.

4/5 Stars


Julieta

This film is a wonderful story about a woman who tries to find her disappeared daughter after years.

It’s difficult, emotional and funny at the same time. If you can take subtitles, honestly, it’s a great film.

4/5 Stars

 

Also out this week:

Fire At Sea

A Kind Of Murder

In Dubious Battle

Bakery In Brooklyn

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Netflix this weekend: What’s new? What’s good?

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I’ve curated some of my absolute favourites to bring to you this weekend.

Whether you’re looking for a gut-busting laugh, a gripping drama or something a bit more intense, it’s all here for you on display.

 

Rudderless

Perhaps the most surprising, come-out-of-nowhere film in the last five years, Rudderless is a modern classic that most sadly haven’t seen.

After the death of his son, a man (Billy Crudup, in his best role ever) finds his old lyrics and tapes, and begins to play the late teenagers music in bars across the area.

With the help of another musician (the late, great Anton Yelchin), he’s able to bring his son’s music to life, but his son’s legacy may be more sinister than the audience can imagine.

4/5 Stars


 

Hell or High Water

One of the most accessible Oscar-nominated films in recent years, 2016’s quiet hit is a triumph for writer-director Taylor Sheridan.

Two brothers (Chris Pine and Ben Foster) begin robbing banks in the midwest in order to keep the family farm.

With an officer (Jeff Bridges, nominated for an Oscar in this supporting role) hot on their tail, they must question whether breaking the law for the right reasons makes their conduct alright.

It’s a gem, and one of the best of last year. Don’t miss it.

4/5 Stars


 

Goon

With a sequel currently in theatres, if you haven’t caught the original, its entry onto Netflix this weekend is well worth the watch.

A hockey player named Doug (Seann William Scott) discovers he has a penchant for fighting, despite his good nature.

Mix this Halifax-set hockey film’s brutality with some raunchy humour and good-spirited film-making, and you’ve got this little cult classic.

See this, then see Goon 2. It improves on the original.

Warning: not for those with weak stomachs.

3.5/5 Stars


 

High Fidelity

This 2000 film represents the best entry into the John Cusack lexicon since the 1980s.

Rob (Cusack) is a record store owner whose girlfriend leaves him. As we get to know Rob and his trials and tribulations, he also takes us through his top five, Desert Island worst break-ups ever.

This film is tailor-made for anyone who has ever had a broken heart, and you’ll find a little bit of yourself or an ex in Rob and any of his five former lovers, no matter what.

P.S. Tim Robbins as a hippie and Jack Black in his least annoying role are both wonderful in this.

4.5/5 Stars


 

The Town

Ben Affleck writes, directs and stars in this Boston-set bank robbery thriller, and it’s one of the best crime films since 1995 classic Heat.

A personal best for Affleck, a star-making (and Oscar nominated) performance from Jeremy Renner and one of the best-cast films of the last 10 years is on Netflix, and well worth your time.

With supporting performances from an unbelievable Blake Lively, a terrifying Chris Cooper, John Hamm as a foul-mouthed FBI agent, and Pete Postlethwaite just prior to his death, this is a modern classic.

5/5 Stars

Film Review: Life

At first glance, you might think Life breaks no new ground.

The truth is, you’d be absolutely right:

But the evocative, terrifying sci-fi thriller doesn’t just tread old territory. It rips it to shreds.

Life is half Gravity, half Alien, and its trapped-in-space concept and game cast allow for one of the most entertaining films in recent years.

Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds and Rebecca Ferguson give humanity to the characters trapped in peril, and from break point, it does nothing but satisfy.

Full of “holy shit” moments and a gripping climax, this one will be a whole lot better than you could ever expect.

4/5 Stars

Robert Rodriguez hatching Escape From New York remake

Cult classic Escape From New York is set to get the remake treatment from Grindhouse director Robert Rodriguez.

The 1980s original, starring Kurt Russell, has had a remake in the works for some time, but Rodriguez may finally get it off the ground.

John Carpenter directed and co-wrote the original, and is executive producing the project.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Channing Tatum eye musical

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt is in talks to star and direct in a comedy musical with Channing Tatum.

The film, called Wingman, would be an R-rated comedy from Gordon-Levitt and 21 Jump Street writer Michael Bacall.

 

Colin Farrell circling the Dumbo circus

Irishman Colin Farrell is in talks for Disney’s live-action adaptation of animated hit Dumbo.

He would play Holt, the widowed father of two kids from Kentucky, alongside Eva Green and Danny DeVito.

Tim Burton is set to direct the new iteration, based on the 1941 original.

Will Smith was touted to be a part of the film, but recently dropped out.

Amy Schumer bows out of Barbie

Amy Schumer will no longer star in the upcoming Barbie movie.

The comedian, whose 2015 film Trainwreck was a hit critically and with fans, is not going to be the star of the live-action hit due to a scheduling conflict.

“Sadly, I’m no longer able to commit to Barbie due to scheduling conflicts,” the actress said in a statement to Variety.

“The film has so much promise, and Sony and Mattel have been great partners. I’m bummed, but look forward to seeing Barbie on the big screen.”

The film was due to start shooting in June, but she has two upcoming films, including Snatched in May and a shoot opposite Steve Carell in She Came To Me.

“We respect and support Amy’s decision,” a spokesperson for Sony said in a statement.

“We look forward to bringing Barbie to the world and sharing updates on casting and filmmakers soon.”

Baywatch flaunts abs and action in new trailer

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The new trailer for the Baywatch movie is out, and it offers a little more than the original teaser.

The summer film, featuring Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron, may be a hit this tentpole season.

The comedy is slated for a May 26, 2017.

Official Justice League teaser is here!

Warner Bros. film Justice League has a teaser trailer, and it teases a full-length one on Saturday.

The film, featuring a plethora of comic-book characters, will be released in November 2017.

It’s directed by Zack Snyder, and stars Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Henry Cavill and more.

Kyle Chandler joins up for Game Night

Coach Taylor is readying for a Game Night.

Kyle Chandler — former star of NBC series Friday Night Lights — will join Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams in the comedy

FNL alum Jesse Plemons is also on board, as well as Kylie Burnbury, New Girl star Lamorne Morris and Billy Magnussen.

Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley are directing.

It revolves around couples who have a game night, but it goes terribly wrong one evening.

Chandler is also readying for the 2019 sequel, Godzilla: King of Monsters.

The comedy will be released Feb. 16, 2018.

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