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The Curse of La Llorona tops US box office on deadly slow Easter weekend

The Curse of La Llorona

Story by Jack Foley

HORROR movie The Curse of La Llorona has opened ahead of expectations to top the US box office over Easter weekend – but its performance wasn’t enough to prevent the worst Easter in 15 years.

Overall, revenue came in at an estimated $107 million, the lowest since 2005 (which hit $99 million), largely because so few studios were prepared to release marquee titles a week before Avengers: Endgame lands.

Produced by Conjuring mastermind James Wan, The Curse of La Llorona is based on a Latin-American supernatural tale about a vengeful ghost who tries to steal kids. It stars Linda Cardellini, Raymond Cruz and Patricia Velasquez and is directed by Michael Chaves in his feature debut.

The film took $26.5 million to mark another success for the horror genre.

But elsewhere at the box office, there were only small victories. Superhero holdover Shazam! continued to perform well in its third outing, slipping to second spot with $17.3 million for a US total of $121.3 million.

Overseas, the film earned another $22 million as it topped the $200 million mark internationally and $300 million globally for a worldwide tally of $322.8 million.

The faith-based film Breakthrough, the first Fox title released by new owner Disney, came in third with $11.1 million for a five-day debut of $14.6 million after opening on Wednesday.

Based on the book of the same name, Breakthrough recounts the true story of a mother’s faith and love when her 14-year-old son falls through the ice into the freezing waters of a Missouri lake. As he lies lifeless in the hospital, her steadfast belief inspires those around her to continue to pray for her child’s recovery.

In fourth spot was another superhero title – Disney and Marvel’s Captain Marvel, which made headlines in its seventh weekend as it became the 11th comic book adaptation to clear the $400 million mark in the US. Incredibly, seven are Marvel Cinematic Universe titles.

The film took $9.1 million and $6.1 million abroad for a mightily impressive global haul of $1.09 billion, the eighth-best showing of all time for a live-action superhero pic, not adjusted for inflation.

Universal’s Little rounded out the top five in its second weekend, taking $8.5 million for a US total of $29.4 million and $34.2 million globally.

Pokémon: Detective Pikachu pop-up event coming to London

Pokemon: Detective Pikachu

Story by Jack Foley

A POP-up event themed around Pokémon: Detective Pikachu is coming to London to mark the film’s release in UK cinemas on May 10, 2019.

Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures invite audiences to enjoy the sights, sounds, fun and flavours of the Detective Pikachu Pop-up when it opens its doors in London on Friday and Saturday, May 3 and 4, a short walk away from Covent Garden tube station.

The ground floor, inspired by world-class private eye Detective Pikachu, offers numerous fun photo opportunities alongside bright yellow walls.

As Detective Pikachu loves coffee to recharge and focus his sleuthing skills, fans can enjoy Detective Pikachu-printed coffee and hot chocolate drinks, yellow turmeric lattes or yellow bubble tea at the coffee bar.

The basement space reflects the neon noir style of the movie’s fictional Ryme City, where all the action takes place. Here, visitors can channel their inner Jigglypuff in interactive karaoke booths and visit nail art stands by WAH Nails for a look inspired by the vibrant colours of the film.

The pop-up’s unique activities and opportunities will also include workshops touching on various themes and moments from the film, including recharge yoga with Frame (moveyourframe), Detective Pikachu cupcake icing with Kim-Joy (kimjoyskitchen), Psyduck-inspired relaxation head and shoulder massages with My Beauty Squad (@mybeautysquad), and – for the really adventurous – Mr Mime-inspired miming classes with Electric Cabaret. Spaces in these workshops will be free of charge but ticketed.

At a glance highlights of the Pop-up event

- Two floor pop-up event, celebrating the world of the first-ever live-action Pokémon adventure, POKÉMON Detective Pikachu, to open in Covent Garden May 3.

- Featuring a Detective Pikachu-inspired lounge with coffee bar serving yellow bubble tea and themed coffees, interactive photo opportunities and yellow furry walls.

- Includes a stunning neon space inspired by the movie’s Ryme City setting, with karaoke booths and nail art stations by WAH Nails (@wahnails).

- Plenty of hands-on activities including Detective Pikachu cupcake icing with Kim-Joy (kimjoyskitchen), recharge yoga sessions with Frame (moveyourframe), Psyduck-inspired head and shoulder massages with My Beauty Squad.

- (@mybeautysquad) and Mr. Mime-inspired miming workshops with Electric Cabaret.

About Pokémon: Detective Pikachu

The world of Pokémon comes to life! Pokemon: Detective Pikachu stars Ryan Reynolds as Pikachu, the iconic face of the global Pokémon phenomenon – one of the world’s most popular, multi-generation entertainment properties and one of the most successful media franchises of all time.

Fans everywhere can now experience a Pikachu on the big screen as never before, as Detective Pikachu, a Pokémon like no other. The film also showcases a wide array of beloved Pokémon, each with its own unique traits and personality.

When ace detective Harry Goodman goes mysteriously missing, his son Tim wants to find out what happened. Aiding in the investigation is Harry’s former Pokémon partner, Detective Pikachu: a hilariously wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth who is a puzzlement even to himself.

Finding that they are uniquely equipped to work together, as Tim is the only human who can talk with Detective Pikachu, they join forces on a thrilling adventure to unravel the tangled mystery.

Chasing clues together through the neon-lit streets of Ryme City – a sprawling, modern metropolis where humans and Pokémon live side by side in a hyper-realistic live-action world – they encounter a diverse cast of Pokémon and uncover a shocking plot that could destroy this peaceful co-existence and threaten the whole Pokémon universe.

Clint Eastwood linked to The Ballad of Richard Jewell

Clint Eastwood, director of Letters From Iwo Jima

Story by Jack Foley

CLINT Eastwood is being linked with Fox’s long-gestating Atlanta Olympics movie, The Ballad of Richard Jewell.

The film would follow the true story of Richard Jewell, the security guard who went from hero to suspect at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

Jewell was working as a security guard at the Games when he discovered a backpack containing pipe bombs. He sounded the alarm and helped to clear the area. But the bomb did detonate, killing one person and injuring dozens of others.

Initially hailed as a hero, Jewell quickly then became the prime suspect, with the FBI searching his home twice.

The media frenzy that followed painted him as an overweight failed cop and mother’s boy and he was vilified by many Americans.

In spite of this, he was ultimately cleared but despite receiving apologies from the FBI and other agencies, he couldn’t escape the decline of his life and died in 2007 at the age of 44 due to health issues linked to his weight.

The film has been at Fox for some years, with Ezra Edelman, of Oscar-winning documentary OJ: Made in America, formerly attached to direct Jonah Hill in the role of Jewell.

Hill’s Wolf of Wall Street co-star Leonardo DiCaprio will produce the movie with partner Jennifer Davisson Killoran.

If Eastwood boards the project, it would mark the first time since he directed Changeling in 2008 that he has directed for another studio other than Warner Bros.

His last film appearance was in front of the camera in box office hit The Mule.

Sam Claflin, Eleanor Tomlinson and Freida Pinto join rom-com Love, Wedding, Repeat

Journey's End

Story by Jack Foley

SAM Claflin, Eleanor Tomlinson and Freida Pinto have joined the cast of writer/director Dean Craig’s romantic comedy Love, Wedding, Repeat.

Allan Mustafa, Jack Farthing, Joel Fry, and Tim Key are also set to appear in the film, which has previously cast Olivia Munn in one of the lead roles.

On his sister Hayley’s wedding day, Jack is determined to ensure that his only living family member has the wedding of her dreams to the man she loves.

But when fate lends a hand and the table seating is re-arranged, we see how one small change can drastically alter destiny leading to disastrous and hilarious consequences.

The UK and Italian co-production is due to start principal photography on location in Rome on May 6, 2019.

Munn recently starred in The Predator and will next be seen with Helen Hunt in the romantic drama Die in a Gunfight.

Claflin recently starred in box office hit Me Before You opposite of Emilia Clarke. His other credits include Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and The Hunger Games trilogy, as well as last year’s critically-acclaimed WWI drama Journey’s End.

He will next be seen in the new Charlie’s Angels, directed by Elizabeth Banks, Jennifer Kent’s The Nightingale, which had its world premiere at the 2018 Venice Film Festival and which IFC is releasing on August 2, and the fifth season of Peaky Blinders, to air later this year.

Pinto is best known for her role in Academy Award® winning film, Slumdog Millionaire, where she received a BAFTA® nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Her other film credits include Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and the TV series Guerilla.

Her upcoming films include Only, which is premiering at the upcoming Tribeca Film Festival, and John Ridley’s Needle In a Timestack.

Craig is a screenwriter and film director, who wrote box office hit comedy Death at a Funeral, starring Peter Dinklage. Craig is also credited with writing A Few Best Men, directed by Stephen Elliot and starring Rebel Wilson and Olivia Newton-John, and Moonwalkers, starring Rupert Grint and Ron Perlman.

Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw - New trailer

Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw

AFTER eight films that have amassed almost $5 billion worldwide, the Fast & Furious franchise now features its first stand-alone vehicle as Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham reprise their roles as Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw in Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw.

Ever since hulking lawman Hobbs (Johnson), a loyal agent of America’s Diplomatic Security Service, and lawless outcast Shaw (Statham), a former British military elite operative, first faced off in 2015’s Fast & Furious 7, the duo have swapped smack talk and body blows as they’ve tried to take each other down.

But when cyber-genetically enhanced anarchist Brixton (Idris Elba) gains control of an insidious bio-threat that could alter humanity forever — and bests a brilliant and fearless rogue MI6 agent (The Crown’s Vanessa Kirby), who just happens to be Shaw’s sister — these two sworn enemies will have to partner up to bring down the only guy who might be badder than themselves.

Hobbs & Shaw blasts open a new door in the Fast universe as it hurtles action across the globe, from Los Angeles to London and from the toxic wasteland of Chernobyl to the lush beauty of Samoa.

Directed by David Leitch (Deadpool 2) from a script by long-time Fast & Furious narrative architect Chris Morgan, the film is produced by Morgan, Johnson, Statham and Hiram Garcia.

Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw is released in UK cinemas on August 2, 2019.

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Child's Play (2019) - Full trailer

Child's Play

THE full trailer for Child’s Play is finally here…

From the producers of IT comes a contemporary re-imagining of the 1988 horror classic.

The film follows Karen (Aubrey Plaza), a single mother who gifts her son Andy (Gabriel Bateman) a Buddi doll, unaware of its more sinister nature.

Child’s Play also stars Brian Tyree Henry and Mark Hamill as the voice of Chucky. It is directed by Lars Klevberg.

The film is released on July 21, 2019.

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Sundance London 2019: Late Night to open event as line-up confirmed

Late Night

Feature by Jack Foley

THE European premiere of Late Night, written by and starring Mindy Kaling alongside Emma Thompson, will open the Sundance Film Festival: London 2019.

Taking place from May 30 to June 2, 2019, at Picturehouse Central, the festival will close four days later with the UK premiere of Penny Lane’s Hail Satan?

General ticket sales open at 12pm on Tuesday, April 23, with priority booking for Picturehouse Members opening at 12pm on Friday, April 19.

You can become a Picturehouse member now here and you can purchase your tickets from today with a Sundance Festival pass. Buy yours now here.

Commenting on this year’s London selection, Robert Redford, President and Founder of Sundance Institute, said: “Society relies on storytellers. The choices they make, and the risks they take, define our collective experience.

“The slate at this year’s Sundance Film Festival: London is full of storytellers who offer challenges, questions and entertainment. In telling their stories, they make difficult decisions in the pursuit of truth and art; culture reaps the reward.”

John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival, added: “These films and artists tell the truth: whether documentaries that illuminate hidden histories or fiction features that spotlight diverse, human experiences. We’re thrilled to bring these layered, intense and authentic stories to the Sundance Film Festival: London.”

By continuing to champion underrepresented voices and empower brave artists, this year’s Sundance London will showcase innovative cinema and encourage filmmakers, audiences and the wider British film community to embrace everything that the provocation ‘Risk Independence’ entails.

The festival honours its commitment to gender parity by featuring an equal number of male and female directors in this year’s feature film selection, allowing a range of British, Australian and American filmmakers to tell their authentic stories.

Alongside the inspiring film selection, the festival will also highlight the work of industry pioneers with a series of panel discussions, Q&As and special guest appearances.

As well as providing audiences invaluable insight into the filmmaking process, this year’s special events programme will focus on breaking boundaries and defying expectations, as our speakers discuss what risk-taking means to them.

The full programme is as follows…

Films

After the Wedding / U.S.A. (Director/Screenwriter: Bart Freundlich) – Seeking funds for her orphanage in India, Isabelle travels to New York to meet Theresa, a wealthy benefactor. An invitation to attend a wedding ignites a series of events in which the past collides with the present while mysteries unravel. Based on the Academy Award®-nominated film by Susanne Bier.

Principal cast: Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams, Billy Crudup, Abby Quinn

European premiere

Animals / United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia (Director: Sophie Hyde, Screenwriter: Emma Jane Unsworth) – After a decade of partying, Laura and Tyler’s friendship is strained by Laura’s new love and her focus on her novel. A snapshot of a modern woman with competing desires, at once a celebration of female friendship and an examination of the choices we make when facing a crossroads.

Principal cast: Holliday Grainger, Alia Shawkat

European premiere. Presented in Association with Time Out

Apollo 11 / U.S.A. (Director: Todd Douglas Miller) – A purely archival reconstruction of humanity’s first trip to another world, featuring never-before-seen 70mm footage and never-before-heard audio from the mission.

UK premiere

Winner – U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Editing

Ask Dr. Ruth / U.S.A. (Director: Ryan White) – A documentary portrait chronicling the incredible life of Dr. Ruth Westheimer, a Holocaust survivor who became America’s most famous sex therapist. As her 90th birthday approaches, Dr. Ruth revisits her painful past and her career at the forefront of the sexual revolution.

European premiere

The Brink / U.S.A. (Director: Alison Klayman) – Now unconstrained by an official White House post, Steve Bannon is free to peddle influence as a perceived kingmaker with a direct line to the President. After anointing himself leader of the “populist movement,” he travels around the U.S. and the world spreading his hard-line anti-immigration message.

UK premiere

Corporate Animals / U.S.A. (Director: Patrick Brice, Screenwriter: Sam Bain) – Disaster strikes when the egotistical CEO of an edible cutlery company leads her long-suffering staff on a corporate team-building trip in New Mexico. Trapped underground, this mismatched and disgruntled group must pull together to survive.

Principal cast: Demi Moore, Ed Helms, Jessica Williams, Karan Soni

European premiere

The Death of Dick Long / U.S.A. (Director: Daniel Scheinert, Screenwriter: Billy Chew) – Dick died last night, and Zeke and Earl don’t want anybody finding out how. That’s too bad though, cause news travels fast in small-town Alabama.

Principal cast: Michael Abbott Jr., Virginia Newcomb, Andre Hyland, Sarah Baker, Jess Weixler

European premiere

The Farewell / U.S.A., China (Director/Screenwriter: Lulu Wang) – A headstrong Chinese-American woman returns to China when her beloved grandmother is given a terminal diagnosis. Billi struggles with her family’s decision to keep grandma in the dark about her own illness as they all stage an impromptu wedding to see grandma one last time.

Principal cast: Awkwafina, Tzi Ma, Diana Lin, Zhao Shuzhen, Lu Hong, Jiang Yongbo

UK premiere

Hail Satan? / U.S.A. (Director: Penny Lane) – A look at the intersection of religion and activism, tracing the rise of The Satanic Temple: only six years old and already one of the most controversial religious movements in American history. The Temple is calling for a Satanic revolution to save the nation’s soul. But are they for real?

UK premiere

The Last Tree / United Kingdom (Director/Screenwriter: Shola Amoo) – Femi is a British boy of Nigerian heritage who, after a happy childhood in rural Lincolnshire, moves to inner London to live with his mum. Struggling with the unfamiliar culture and values of his new environment, teenage Femi has to figure out which path to adulthood he wants to take.

Principal cast: Sam Adewunmi, Gbemisola Ikumelo, Denise Black, Tai Golding, Nicholas Pinnock

European premiere

Late Night / U.S.A. (Director: Nisha Ganatra, Screenwriter: Mindy Kaling) – Legendary late-night talk show host’s world is turned upside down when she hires her only female staff writer. Originally intended to smooth over diversity concerns, her decision has unexpectedly hilarious consequences as the two women separated by culture and generation are united by their love of a biting punchline.

Principal cast: Emma Thompson, Mindy Kaling, John Lithgow, Paul Walter Hauser, Reid Scott, Amy Ryan

European premiere

The Nightingale / Australia (Director/Screenwriter: Jennifer Kent) – 1825. Clare, a young Irish convictwoman, chases a British officer through the Tasmanian wilderness, bent on revenge for a terrible act of violence he committed against her family. On the way she enlists the services of Aboriginal tracker Billy, who is marked by trauma from his own violence-filled past.

Principal cast: Aisling Franciosi, Sam Claflin, Baykali Ganambarr, Damon Herriman, Harry Greenwood, Ewen Leslie

UK premiere

SURPRISE FILM – Following on from the last two Surprise Films, Bart Layton’s crime flick American Animals and the hit rap story Patti Cake$, Sundance Film Festival: London will again feature an unannounced screening. Details will only be revealed as the opening credits roll. With just one screening, this will be one of the festival’s hottest tickets.

SHORT FILM PROGRAMME

Two wide-ranging collections of new short films from the UK and around the world.

2019 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour – A 96-minute theatrical program of seven short films selected from this year’s Festival, widely considered the premier showcase for short films and the launchpad for many now-prominent independent filmmakers for more than 30 years. Including fiction, documentary and animation from around the world, the 2019 program offers new audiences a taste of what the Festival offers, from sharply-written comedy and drama to edgy genre and an intimate family saga.

Brotherhood / Canada, Tunisia, Qatar, Sweden (Director/Screenwriter: Meryam Joobeur) – When a hardened Tunisian shepherd’s son returns home after a long journey with a new wife, tension rises between father and son.

Crude Oil / U.S.A. (Director/Screenwriter: Christopher Good) – Jenny breaks free from a toxic friendship and learns to harness her magical, useless superpower.

Fast Horse/ Canada (Director/Screenwriter: Alexandra Lazarowich) – The Blackfoot bareback horse-racing tradition returns in the astonishingly dangerous Indian Relay. Siksika horseman Allison Red Crow struggles with second-hand horses and a new jockey on his way to challenge the best riders in the Blackfoot Confederacy.

Winner – Short Film Special Jury Award for Directing

The Minors / U.S.A. (Director/Screenwriter: Robert Machoian) – A slice of life about a grandpa and his grandsons, the future and the past.

Winner – Short Film Special Jury Award for Directing

Muteum / Estonia, Hong Kong (Director/Screenwriter: Äggie Pak Yee Lee) – In an art museum, we learn — from outer to inner, from deep to its deepest, seriously and sincerely.

Sometimes, i think about dying / U.S.A. (Director: Stefanie Abel Horowitz, Screenwriters: Stefanie Abel Horowitz, Katy Wright-Mead, Kevin Armento) – Fran is thinking about dying, but a man in the office might want to date her.

Suicide By Sunlight / U.S.A. (Director: Nikyatu Jusu, Screenwriters: Nikyatu Jusu, R. Shanea Williams) – Valentina, a day-walking Black vampire protected from the sun by her melanin, is forced to restrain her bloodlust to regain custody of her estranged daughters.

UK Short Film Programme

A selection of new shorts with diverse styles and unique stories, including animation, drama, romance, documentary and comedy, showcasing the vibrant talent creating short films in the UK today.

Alan the Infinite / United Kingdom (Directors/Screenwriters: Mikey Please and Dan Ojari) – Today, is the first day of the rest of your internship. Keen to prove himself and secure a Job for Life, Alan discovers there is more to Lamin’8 than sharp ties and flashy printers.

The Field / France, United Kingdom, India (Director/Screenwriter: Sandhya Suri) – A poor agricultural laborer leads a double life in the village’s last remaining cornfield. But the harvest is approaching.

Life in Miniature / United Kingdom (Director/Screenwriter: Ellen Evans) – A celebration of one woman’s mission to document the everyday as she carves a place for herself in the precious world of miniatures.

Reneepoptosis / U.S.A., Japan (Director/Screenwriter: Renee Zhan) – Three Renees go on a quest to find God, who is also Renee. As they traverse the mountains and valleys of Renee, they discover all the great joys, sorrows, and mysteries of being Renee.

Winner – Short Film Jury Award: Animation

To Know Him / United Kingdom (Director/Screenwriter: Ted Evans) – When a tragic accident leaves Sarah grieving for her deaf partner Rob, she is forced to track down and engage with his estranged hearing father. To lay the man she loves to rest, Sarah must overcome a barrier far greater than language.

Special events

Discussions with renowned guest speakers providing incredible insights into the filmmaking process.

Embracing Risk: Be Bold, Be Brave

Coinciding with the festival’s emphasis on risking independence, join leading documentary and narrative filmmakers for a discussion across genres about the art and necessity of risk-taking in their work, the ways in which they’ve eschewed conventions, and the advantages of leaving comfort behind in order to tackle urgent and daring stories.

Panellists: Stephen Kijak (Director, We Are X); Alison Klayman (Director, The Brink); Marie Therese Guirgis (Producer, The Brink); Daniel Scheinert (Director, The Death of Dick Long); others to be announced.

Shorts to Features: A Two-Way Street

Join Sundance Senior Programmer Mike Plante in conversation with UK filmmakers about the process of moving into feature filmmaking after working on shorts, the differences in craft with each medium, and the ways in which one has informed the other.

Panellists: Shola Amoo (Director/Screenwriter, The Last Tree); William Oldroyd (Director, Lady Macbeth).

Comedy and Collaboration

Join leading directors and writers as they share and discuss their process of crafting comedy and keeping their material fresh and provocative. Director Patrick Brice, who was first at Sundance with the uproarious The Overnight, and writer Sam Bain, co-creator of the BAFTA award-winning television sitcom Peep Show, discuss their collaboration on their new film, Corporate Animals, a sharp dark comedy that satirises and pushes office culture to its unexpected, side-splitting limits.

Panellists: Sam Bain (Screenwriter, Corporate Animals); Patrick Brice (Director, Corporate Animals).

Creative Risk – It Takes A Village…

It takes a village to make an independent film, and the freedom that risk-taking unlocks can be found across disciplines in every stage of the creative process, and one that confident filmmakers embrace. Artists and key contributors to some of the films in our line-up will participate in an open conversation about how risk-taking and pushing limits has influenced their work and outlook in their respective crafts.

Panellists: Shaheen Baig (Casting Director, Animals, The Last Tree); Todd Douglas Miller (Director, Apollo 11); Mdhamiri Á Nkemi (Editor, The Last Tree); Stil Williams (Cinematographer, The Last Tree); Renee Zhan (Director/Screenwriter, Reneepoptosis); others to be announced.

Women and Independence

As streaming platforms and digital viewership continue to reshape the way we experience films and the industry looks towards expanding inclusivity through a new wave of voices, what does the future of independent film look like for women from across the industry now, both on and off screen?

What does it mean to be independent in this changing media landscape? Join us for an engrossing conversation with a cross-section of industry and artists who will unpack what independence has come to mean to them, and the ways in which we can catalyse meaningful change.

Vital UK industry players will join Sundance Director of Programming Kim Yutani, novelist and critic Kate Muir and festival filmmaker Sophie Hyde (Animals) alongside other special guests.

Panellists: Sophie Hyde (Director, Animals); Kate Muir (Writer, activist for Time’s Up UK and Birds’ Eye View); Kim Yutani (Director of Programming, Sundance Film Festival); others to be announced.

Special event – Sundance Ignite programme

Sundance Ignite: London Sundance Ignite continues its partnership with Adobe with a special event at Sundance Film Festival: London for emerging filmmakers ages 18-25.

The all-day programme takes place at Picturehouse Central on May 31 and includes free screenings, workshops and meet-and-greet opportunities with UK-based industry members. For more information, please go to Sundance.org/Ignite.

Triple Threat

In keeping with the festival’s diverse selection of women on screen who don’t automatically conform to the restrictive model of ‘strong female heroine’, this year’s repertory strand presents three films from past editions of the Sundance Film Festival in Utah that honour a tradition of complexity and nuance in representation.

52 Tuesdays / Australia, 2013 (Director: Sophie Hyde, Screenwriter: Matthew Cormack) – In Animals, director Sophie Hyde’s moving and conceptually daring debut feature, a young woman comes of age messily in Adelaide against the backdrop of her mother’s gender transition.

Winner – World Cinema Dramatic Directing Award at Sundance 2014.

Animal Kingdom / Australia, 2010 (Director/Screenwriter: David Michôd) – David Michôd’s striking debut, a moody Aussie crime thriller, features an Oscar-nominated performance from Jacki Weaver as the monstrous matriarch of a crime family.

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Winner – World Cinema Jury Prize: Dramatic at Sundance 2010.

Precious / U.S.A., 2009 (Director: Lee Daniels, Screenwriter: Geoffrey Fletcher) – Lee Daniels’ blistering first feature stars Gabourey Sidibe as a mixed-up teen who finds a way out of drudgery and abuse.

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Winner – Grand Jury Prize: U.S. Dramatic, Audience Award: U.S. Dramatic and Special Jury Prize for Acting (Mo’Nique) at Sundance 2009

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X-Men: Dark Phoenix (Sophie Turner) - Final trailer

X-Men: Dark Phoenix

In X-Men: Dark Phoenix, the X-Men face their most formidable and powerful foe: one of their own, Jean Grey.

During a rescue mission in space, Jean is nearly killed when she is hit by a mysterious cosmic force. Once she returns home, this force not only makes her infinitely more powerful, but far more unstable.

Wrestling with this entity inside her, Jean unleashes her powers in ways she can neither comprehend nor contain. With Jean spiraling out of control, and hurting the ones she loves most, she begins to unravel the very fabric that holds the X-Men together.

Now, with this family falling apart, they must find a way to unite – not only to save Jean’s soul, but to save our very planet from aliens who wish to weaponize this force and rule the galaxy.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Evan Peters and Jessica Chastain.

The film is released in UK cinemas on June 7, 2019.

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Avengers: Endgame - Russo brothers interview (Behind the Scale of Endgame)

Avengers: Endgame IMAX poster

PART of the journey is the end…

As the release date for Avengers: Endgame inches ever closer, further footage has been released in the form of a new interview with co-directors the Russo brothers.

Avengers: Endgame is only the second Hollywood film to be shot exclusively with IMAX cameras (the first was for Avengers: Infinity) and it features IMAX expanded aspect ratio.

That means only in IMAX will audiences experience the full scale and emotion of this finale – the way the Russo Brothers intended. The crystal-clear images will fill the IMAX screen for the entire film, showing up to 26% more picture than what audiences see in standard cinemas.

Add IMAX’s heart-pounding audio to the mix, and this is one cinematic event that fans cannot afford to miss.

The Making of Avengers: Endgame Part Two is the newest interview with directors Joe and Anthony Russo that gives fans exclusive insight into how they created such a huge film for fans while closing out this epic chapter in the MCU.

“For movies like this with cosmic settings and larger-than-life characters, there is no better way to shoot it, and there’s no better way to display it for an audience,” says director Joe Russo.

“The epic scale of these movies requires a canvas like that,” adds director Anthony Russo.

Avengers: Endgame will be released on April 26, 2019.

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John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum - Taxi clip

In John Wick, he came back to seek revenge. In John Wick: Chapter 2, he was forced to repay a debt. And now, after grossing a combined total of nearly $300 million at the worldwide box office, The Boogeyman returns for John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum.

In this third instalment of the adrenaline-fueled action franchise, super-assassin John Wick returns with a $14 million price tag on his head and an army of bounty-hunting killers on his trail.

After killing a member of the shadowy international assassin’s guild, the High Table, John Wick is ex-communicado, but the world’s most ruthless hit men and women await his every turn.

Returning to the John Wick universe are Keanu Reeves (The Matrix Trilogy, Speed) as the eponymous John Wick; Laurence Fishburne (Boyz n the Hood, The Matrix Trilogy); Lance Reddick (White House Down, American Horror Story); Tobias Segal (Sneaky Pete, Mindhunter) and Ian McShane (Deadwood, American Gods).

They will be starring alongside new cast members Halle Berry (Monster’s Ball, The X-Men franchise); Mark Dacascos (Brotherhood of the Wolf, Only the Strong); Asia Kate Dillon (Orange Is the New Black, Billions); Jason Mantzoukas (The Dictator, The Lego Batman Movie); and Angelica Huston (The Royal Tenenbaums, The Addams Family).

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum is directed by Chad Stahelski (the John Wick series) and written by Derek Kolstad (the John Wick series).

The film is released in UK cinemas on May 17, 2019.

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