Tom Hanks to star in remake of Swedish comedy A Man Called Ove

With Will Ferrell already set to star in the American adaptation of the Forrest Gump-esque Swedish novel The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared, original Forrest Gump star Tom Hanks has had to find a different American version of a Swedish thing he can star in. Luckily, Deadline is reporting…

Martin Sheen doesn’t think celebrity qualifies you for the presidency

It’s hard to believe that, with an acting career that spans five decades and multiple genres, there are some movies Martin Sheen has struggled to get made. 2011’s The Way, a family collaboration with his son Emilio Estevez and grandson Taylor Estevez, was only completed after Sheen mortgaged his home to provide the…

Kingsman gets dumber in the lurching, incoherent Golden Circle

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Dumber and less stylish than its predecessor, Kingsman: The Secret Service, the cartoonish secret-agent pastiche Kingsman: The Golden Circle is also even more of an incoherent right-wing text, an exaggeration of the James Bond movies’ violence, fashion sense, and sex that keeps trying to pass off its ham-fisted…

Stronger is strongest when letting Jake Gyllenhaal play up the human flaws of a famous survivor

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Jeff Bauman can be a fuckup. That, anyway, is how Stronger sometimes opts to portray him: not just as a courageous survivor, not just as a symbol of perseverance, but as an immature knucklehead, too. Bauman was there at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in April of 2013, when two homemade bombs detonated; he…

Sandler, Stiller, and Hoffman get dysfunctional in the new Meyerowitz Stories trailer

The first teaser for Netflix’s new Noah Baumbach film The Meyerowitz Stories (New And Selected) was all based around stars Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Elizabeth Marvel, Emma Thompson, and Dustin Hoffman singing a fun family song together. This new trailer features a similar amount of family fun, but it also hints at…

Still waters aren't all that deep in the stultifying Woodshock

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Woodshock directors Kate and Laura Mulleavy got their start in the world of fashion design, which explains a lot. What’s enchanting and enigmatic in a fashion-themed short film can be downright coma-inducing stretched to full length, and the sisters’ feature directorial debut is, unfortunately, the sort of overly…

The many Bond references in Kingsman, explained

One of the most heated debates circling The A.V. Club offices at the moment is whether to see Kingsman: The Golden Circle, the sequel to 2015’s Kingsman: The Secret Service premiering this weekend. Our own film editor, A.A. Dowd: not a fan of the original. But some of the rest of us either think it’s a great movie,…

Taika Waititi now in talks for the live-action Akira movie

Warner Bros. controls the rights to make a live-action version of iconic anime film/manga series Akira, and the studio is clearly getting so desperate to do something with those rights that it seems to just be throwing the project at any cool filmmaker with some buzz in hopes of getting them to direct it. Earlier this…

Johnnie Walker will bring futuristic Blade Runner whiskey to the public

When a futuristic cop is trying to kill you and your friends but you need a little extra confidence before you take off your clothes and start pushing your head through a few walls to intimidate him, nothing gets the job done quite as well as a special Blade Runner-themed bottle of Johnnie Walker Black Label. Warner…

Battle Of The Sexes turns an outrageous tennis match into a modest crowdpleaser

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The Battle Of The Sexes, which pitted the 29-year-old top-ranked women’s tennis player Billie Jean King against the 55-year-old retired men’s pro Bobby Riggs, was a circus. Riggs, in the part of the avowed male chauvinist and opponent of women’s lib, entered the Houston Astrodome—about as un­-tennis a setting as…

Matt Damon to play doctor who claimed to cure impotence with goat testicles

According to Birth.Movies.Death., Matt Damon has signed on to star in Charlatan, a movie about a man named John Romulus Brinkley who claimed to be a doctor in the early 1900s and ended up killing a number of people with his fraudulent—yet oddly crowd-pleasing—medical advice. As spoiled by the headline up there, his…

The Force gains, then loses insider access to an embattled police department

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Documentary filmmakers who tackle current events need to be open-minded and flexible, following the story wherever it leads them. Sometimes, this results in a movie that bears little resemblance to what the director imagined when shooting began. (Most famously, the harrowing sexual-abuse doc Capturing The Friedmans…

Thirst Street puts a smart stalker spin on  ’70s-style European erotica

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One of the more endearing quirks of 1970s European erotica is the persistent sense of danger. Adjust the lighting a bit, tweak the score just a few degrees from “dreamy” to “nightmarish,” and the typical French, Italian, Swedish, or Spanish skin flick from 40 years ago could just as easily pass as horror. After all,…

Five Foot Two gets surprisingly intimate with Lady Gaga

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Lady Gaga has constructed her own reality over the last decade, building a larger-than-life persona via elaborate costumes, gigantic stage shows, and an army of “little monsters” that found common ground, strangely, as outcast acolytes of one of the world’s biggest pop stars. She’s been a meat-dress-wearing fashion…

Take a trip through cinematic history with these totally accurate titular movie lines

The best movie lines resound through cinematic history. They sum up a character’s development, the purpose of a story, or make a scene instantly memorable. Some, by referring to their film’s title, encapsulate their movie in an instant. “Forget it, Jake. It’s Chinatown,” plays in the head of viewers every time the…

The Island Of Dr. Moreau screenwriter details what a "monster" Marlon Brando was on set

The documentary Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey Of Richard Stanley’s Island Of Dr. Moreau chronicled the colossal clusterfuck that was the 1996 film adaptation of The Island Of Dr. Moreau. The film follows the bizarre process and eventual firing of director Richard Stanley, the douchebaggery of Val Kilmer, the militant…

Elisabeth Moss to follow Emmy win with abortion drama Call Jane

Though she just won an Emmy for her work on The Handmaid’s Tale, it doesn’t sound like Elisabeth Moss has any intention of kicking back and taking on something lighter for her next role. According to Variety, Moss is set to star in the feature film Call Jane, a drama about a group of women who organized an underground…

Judi Dench is queen for yet another day in the tepid Victoria And Abdul

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Is Victoria And Abdul a genteel arthouse version of the 20-years-later sequel? It’s not from the same creative team that delivered 1997’s Mrs. Brown, in which Judi Dench played Queen Victoria in a close relationship with a Scottish servant. But it does feature Dench playing Queen Victoria again—and again forging an…

Weekend Box Office: Mother! fucked

Well, that didn’t go well. Surprising absolutely no one who’s seen the batshit crazy thing—even, apparently, the suits at Paramount—Darren Aronofsky’s chaotic, allegorical chamber thriller Mother! flopped hard at the box office this weekend. Unleashed onto a whopping 2,368 screens, and onto an audience that was surely…

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