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Chicago Critics Film Festival – Day Two Report

The Chicago Critics Film Festival Runs May 17th – 23rd. Stephen Tronicek is covering the event for We Are Movie Geeeks

There’s nothing like watching a new film that’s very good. There’s nothing like sitting in the audience of an old one and experiencing it with new eyes. Saturday’s shows provided just that, a survey of the new but also the old.

The day started out with not a screening but rather me moving into my mom’s college roommate’s house for a night. All I can do is thank them and wonder how any of this happened. But after a short ride on the el and a short walk to the theater, I found myself back and ready to go.

The first show of the day was Wild Rose, directed by Tom Harper. A charming little comedy about Rose Lynn Harper’s dream of becoming a country music star,
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Montclair Review: ‘Yesterday’ Plays the Greatest Hits with Little Insight Into What Made Them Great

There’s perhaps no genre Danny Boyle can’t work within. On the opposite spectrum from his darker works, Yesterday is a flawed yet mostly effective light and fluffy departure, examining stardom in a post-Beatles world in which fledging alt-rocker Jack Malik (Hamish Patel) become the vessel for spreading love, joy, and sonic harmony. While the film provides the kind of comfortable formulaic delight that screenwriter Richard Curtis has built his 40-year career on, it’s not destined to be an oft-rewatchable gem like so many of his previous efforts, such as Love Actually, Notting Hill, and Four Weddings and a Funeral–nor may it inspire younger viewers to revisit The Beatles catalog.

A survey of the greatest hits, it forgets what has made those hits so great despite cheeky references to Yellow Submarine and A Hard Day’s Night. If good lyrics were simply enough, many a bar
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Cannes 2019 Review: The Dead Don't Die Is A Nice Place To Live

I’m not sure what possessed Jim Jarmusch to make a zombie film, but I, for one, am so damn glad he did! And, to be clear, this is coming from someone who swore off the subgenre eons ago. Sure, there have been some worthy contributions from folks like Danny Boyle, but I can safely say I haven’t really loved a zombie film since the original Romero trilogy, or its early Italian imitators to a lesser extent. Now to my great delight, in an era where The Walking Dead seemed to assure the irresurectability of the zombie appeal, Jarmusch has somehow restored originality, social satire, and most excitingly, existentialism back into what’s become deeply tired territory. In short, he’s managed to breathe both life and death...

[Read the whole post on screenanarchy.com...]
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25th Anniversary: Danny Boyle's "Shallow Grave"

by Anna

Twenty-five years, a new British filmmaker made a dark splash at Cannes. Danny Boyle’s directorial debut Shallow Grave, which would become a significant sleeper success in 1995, opens with flatmates David (Christopher Eccleston), Juliet (Kerry Fox) and Alex (Ewan McGregor) looking for a new boarder (and subsequently trolling the prospective candidates). They settle on Hugo (Keith Allen) but he dies from a drug overdose within hours of moving in. Then the trio find a suitcase full of money under Hugo’s bed, and that’s where the plot (and the meaning behind the film’s title) really kicks off.

Roughly a decade of award-winning films from the likes of Stephen Frears and David Attenborough, Boyle came and turned British cinema as a whole on its ear...
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Film News: Preview of 7th Chicago Critics Film Festival

Chicago – Tonight what heights we’ll hit. The 7th Chicago Critics Film Festival (Ccff) begins on Friday, May 17th, 2019, and offers a week of 2019 film greatness, selected by Chicago Film Critics from the major festivals so far. This will be a whole week at Chicago’s Music Box Theatre, Click here for the schedule.

7th Chicago Critics Film Festival

Photo credit: Ian Simmons for ChicagoCriticsFilmFestival.com

Patrick McDonald (Pm) and Jon Lennon Espino (Jle) of HollywoodChicago.com has previewed some films, and anticipate others. We’ve divided this overview into Films We’Ve Seen, Films We Want To See (Based On Title Or Description) and Films We Must See. We hope to See You there.

Films We’Ve Seen

Saint Frances

The Opening Night film is a statement of sorts … a statement regarding the pressures on women to manifest certain obligations within their lives in our current world. It is
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Film Review: Satya (1998) by Ram Gopal Varma

by Tanvir Ashraf

“Satya” didn’t create much hype prior to its screenings, trailers didn’t show any superstar in lead, critics didn’t fall over themselves to write, but everything changed upon its release, with the film becoming a critical success, earning money multiple times its budget. Director Ram Gopal Verma often opens up about harbouring burning interest for India’s crime world. His movies range from crime (Shiva) to romantic (Prema Katha), comedy (Mast) and so on, but his greatest successes come with stories about the “underworld”.

Arguably, “Satya” is among his finest 2-3 crime based gems. It was the year 1998 when the movie hit big screen, and people might notice close resemblances to incidents they often read on newspaper, nobody from Satya’s arena stepped forward to clarify to which extent the story is real; nevertheless, an air of reality permeates the film.

The
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Watch an extended clip from Danny Boyle and Richard Curtis’ Yesterday

Universal Pictures has released an extended clip from Danny Boyle and Richard Curtis’ upcoming comedy Yesterday which sees Jack (Himesh Patel) perform the titular classic Beatles track to his astonished friends; watch it here…

See Also: Read our review of Yesterday here

Jack Malik is a struggling singer-songwriter in a tiny English seaside town whose dreams of fame are rapidly fading, despite the fierce devotion and support of his childhood best friend, Ellie. Then, after a freak bus accident during a mysterious global blackout, Jack wakes up to discover that The Beatles have never existed … and he finds himself with a very complicated problem, indeed.

Performing songs by the greatest band in history to a world that has never heard them, and with a little help from his steel-hearted American agent, Debra (Emmy winner Kate McKinnon), Jack’s fame explodes. But as his star rises, he risks losing Ellie — the
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Extended Yesterday Clip Imagines a World Where the Beatles Never Existed

Extended Yesterday Clip Imagines a World Where the Beatles Never Existed
Danny Boyle's Yesterday hits theaters next month and the studio has released an extended clip to help promote the new musical comedy. Himesh Patel's Jack Malik character is living in a world where he is the only one who knows The Beatles ever existed, which puts him in a unique position. Boyle has created a rock and roll comedy about music, dreams, friendship, and the long and winding road that leads to the love of your life.

In Yesterday, Himesh Patel is Jack Malik, a struggling singer-songwriter whose dreams of fame are rapidly fading, despite the support and devotion of his childhood best friend, Ellie (Lily James). When Jack wakes up after a freak accident to discover that The Beatles have never existed... he finds himself with a very complicated problem. In the new clip, Jack performs the hit song Yesterday, which was written by Paul McCartney in 1965, on an acoustic guitar,
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Daniel Craig's Bond 25 Injury Not So Bad, Production Expected to Resume Soon

Daniel Craig's Bond 25 Injury Not So Bad, Production Expected to Resume Soon
Fear not, Bond fans as it appears Daniel Craig's recent on-set injury wasn't nearly as severe as previously expected, meaning James Bond 25 should be moving forward more or less on schedule. We recently got word that the 51-year-old face of the franchise took a spill while filming a scene for the upcoming installment of the long-running series, resulting in an ankle injury. Filming was shut down and it wasn't clear how long things were going to be delayed, given the uncertainty surrounding Craig's recovery time. Now, we have word that it's thankfully not all that bad.

According to a new report, Daniel Craig was flown to the U.S. for X-rays on his ankle. The injury occurred while filming in Jamaica. It's said that he "tweaked ankle ligaments," but that no serious injuries were sustained. An unnamed source close to the production had this to say about the situation.
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‘Yesterday’ Extended Clip: The Titlular Song Is Given The Acoustic Treatment In Danny Boyle’s Beatles Musical

What if you woke up one day and realized that you are the only person in the world that remembers The Beatles? That’s the basic premise for Danny Boyle’s upcoming musical “Yesterday.” And in a new clip from the film, we get a brief listen to one of the hits performed, an acoustic cover of the titular song.

Read More: Summer Movie Preview: 35 Films You Shouldn’t Miss

If “Bohemian Rhapsody” taught us one thing, it’s that good music can overcome a rushed plot, terrible editing, and immense amounts of behind-the-scenes drama, as Queen’s music turned a lackluster, troubled film into one of the biggest hits of 2018.

Continue reading ‘Yesterday’ Extended Clip: The Titlular Song Is Given The Acoustic Treatment In Danny Boyle’s Beatles Musical at The Playlist.
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Daniel Craig Expected to Return to ‘Bond 25’ Set ‘Within the Week’ (Report)

  • Variety
Daniel Craig Expected to Return to ‘Bond 25’ Set ‘Within the Week’ (Report)
Daniel Craig is expected to return to shooting the latest James Bond film “within the week” after suffering an injury during a stunt, it has been reported. According to British newspaper The Sun, which broke the story of Craig’s ankle injury suffered on set in Jamaica last week, which caused a temporary halt to production, the actor will be able to resume production while being careful not to aggravate the injury.

The newspaper cited an unnamed source as saying Craig’s injury was not as bad as initially feared. “Things were deemed to be a disaster at first,” the source said. “But the injury is not as severe as believed, and he will be able to film while not over-exerting his ankle. He will be back on set within the week.”

The Bond star suffered the injury after slipping while sprinting during filming towards the end of the production’s shoot in Jamaica,
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Rumour: Bond 25 production is “a well-polished sh*t show”

It’s no secret that Bond 25 has had a troubled development; amid incessant rumours surrounding Daniel Craig’s contract, the producers have been chopping and changing between scripts (and directors), leading to delays to the film’s production start and release dates.

Originally, the plan was to shoot a script from Bond veterans Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, but this was jettisoned in favour of a brand new take from Danny Boyle and his regular collaborator John Hodge. However, Purvis and Wade were brought back in following Boyle’s departure over creative differences, with Scott Z. Burns (Contagion) and Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Killing Eve) then enlisted for rewrites by new director Cary Joji Fukunaga (True Detective).

See Also: Bond 25 set photos feature 007 and Felix Leiter

Despite all that turmoil, filming on the still-untitled Bond 25 did get underway last month, but it appears the issues are far from over with
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Bond 25 Delayed Again After Daniel Craig Injury

Joseph Baxter May 14, 2019

Yet another setback has hit Bond 25, which has suspended shooting after star Daniel Craig sustained an injury on the set.

Bond 25 may not sport an unlucky number, but the escalating series of shaken-not-stirred setbacks experienced by the next entry of the venerable film franchise might make one, in the very least, toy with superstitious explanations. Indeed, in the latest development in the film’s dilatory difficulties, Daniel Craig has sustained an ankle injury; one that’s apparently serious enough for the production to suspend shooting.

James Bond star Daniel Craig, while draped in a trademark suit, was filming an action scene in Jamaica – what was to be one of the last shots of the island shoot – at which point he slipped while running, injuring his ankle severely, reports the U.K.’s The Sun. Consequently, the Bond 25 production has been left in a standstill after
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Daniel Craig Injury Halts James Bond 25 Production

James Bond 25 just can't seem to catch a break as star Daniel Craig has reportedly sustained an injury while filming, which has delayed production. This movie has been put through the wringer up to this point, with a lengthy and troubled development process. But fans were given hope when production finally got underway last month. However, there has been trouble in paradise as Craig's injury is going to, at the very least, mess with the filming schedule a bit.

According to a new report, Daniel Craig was running during a scene and took a bit of an awkward tumble. Filming had been taking place in Jamaica and this was supposedly one of the final scenes needed before the production moved on. Filming that was scheduled to take place at Pinewood Studios in London this weekend has been delayed as a result. An unnamed source close to the production reportedly had this to say about it.
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‘Bond 25’ Suspends Shooting After Daniel Craig Injury

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‘Bond 25’ Suspends Shooting After Daniel Craig Injury
The difficult road to production on the latest James Bond film has hit another hurdle after shooting was reportedly suspended following an injury to star Daniel Craig. According to British newspaper The Sun, the actor fell while sprinting on the set in Jamaica last week and has been flown to the U.S. for X-rays, resulting in a suspension of the shoot.

The newspaper cited an unnamed source as saying that Craig was shooting one of his final scenes in Jamaica. “He was sprinting during filming when he slipped and fell quite awkwardly,” the source said. “He was in quite a lot of pain and was complaining about his ankle.”

While it is unknown how long the production might be delayed, The Sun reports that filming at London’s iconic Pinewood Studios, which had been scheduled to begin at the end of the week, has been canceled.

In August 2017 a
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Montclair Film Festival: Danny Boyle's Beatles-Inspired 'Yesterday' Among Audience Award Winners

Montclair Film Festival: Danny Boyle's Beatles-Inspired 'Yesterday' Among Audience Award Winners
The Montclair Film Festival concluded its 8th annual edition over the weekend, presenting awards to Danny Boyle's Beatles-inspired Yesterday as well as to multiple prize winners Mickey and the Bear, Mossville: When Great Trees Fall and Premature.

Yesterday, which was a surprise screening on May 5, won the audience award for world cinema, which honors films produced outside of the U.S. The prize comes amid multiple festival screenings for the title about a struggling singer-songwriter who wakes up to a world that has forgotten The Beatles, becoming a superstar as he reintroduces audiences to their hit songs. The Richard Curtis- and Jack Barth-written ...
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Insiders Say Bond 25’s Production Is Total Chaos

What on earth is going on with James Bond? Daniel Craig had an amazing start to his tenure as the British superspy with Casino Royale and had one of the best Bond movies of all time with Skyfall, but ever since 2015’s Spectre the franchise has been in development hell.

The still untitled Bond 25 at one point boasted the Oscar-winning director of Trainspotting and Slumdog Millionaire Danny Boyle at the helm, but ever since he left over script disputes, the movie’s been on wobbly ground. That’s been compounded by Craig saying he’s all but done with the character, famously stating that he’d rather “slash his wrists” than play Bond again.

True Detective director Cary Fukunaga has since taken the reins in an attempt to get the franchise back on course, but the latest set reports indicate that things aren’t going well. The Daily Mail
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We Know Rami Malek Is Playing the Villain in Bond 25, but, Damn, Is He Being Coy About It

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We Know Rami Malek Is Playing the Villain in Bond 25, but, Damn, Is He Being Coy About It
Mr. Robot may be morally ambiguous, but there's no ambiguity when it comes to the morality of Rami Malek's latest role - he's playing a certifiable bad guy. The cast and details of Daniel Craig's final Bond film, Bond 25, were recently released, and one of the most exciting details revealed was that the Bohemian Rhapsody star is taking on the role of the villain. Though we'll have to wait until April 3, 2020, to see him in action, Malek has revealed a bit about the baddie he'll be portraying.

Malek was previously in talks to star as the villain before, but it was initially reported that he had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts with the fourth and final season of Mr. Robot, the Emmy-winning series that he stars in as the titular character. Malek's team successfully negotiated his shooting schedule to accommodate both projects, though uncertainty struck again after director Danny Boyle,
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‘Annabelle Comes Home’ Shifts Release Date To Midweek – Update

Updated, 10:29 Am: Warner Bros said Thursday that its next installment in The Conjuring/Annabelle francise, Annabelle Comes Home, will now be released on June 26, 2019, a Wednesday. That’s two days earlier than its original Friday launch date.

The horror pic’s competition that week includes Universal’s Danny Boyle-Richard Curtis pic Yesterday, which bows that Friday.

Previously, February 21: Warner Bros set a release date for one sequel tonight and moved up a couple of its franchise pics.

The studio’s Space Jam 2 will hit the court on July 16, 2021, taking the slot that had been penciled in as Untitled WB Event Film. Meanwhile, New Line’s Annabelle sequel was bumped up by a week from this year’s Fourth of July frame to June 28, while Legendary’s Godzilla vs. Kong moves up by nine weeks to March 13, 2020.

The latter two also will be shown in Imax,
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We Know Rami Malek Is Playing the Villain in Bond 25, but, Damn, Is He Being Coy About It

Mr. Robot may be morally ambiguous, but there's no ambiguity when it comes to the morality of Rami Malek's latest role - he's playing a certifiable bad guy. The cast and details of Daniel Craig's final Bond film, Bond 25, were recently released, and one of the most exciting details revealed was that the Bohemian Rhapsody star is taking on the role of the villain. Though we'll have to wait until April 3, 2020, to see him in action, Malek has revealed a bit about the baddie he'll be portraying.

Malek was previously in talks to star as the villain before, but it was initially reported that he had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts with the fourth and final season of Mr. Robot, the Emmy-winning series that he stars in as the titular character. Malek's team successfully negotiated his shooting schedule to accommodate both projects, though uncertainty struck again after director Danny Boyle,
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