Thanks to such films as Henry V, Hamlet, and Much Ado About Nothing, Kenneth Branagh is known for successfully bringing William Shakespeare’s works into the silver screen. Now he takes it one step further by actually playing the bard in All Is True. Judi Dench, who worked with Branagh last year in Murder on the Orient Express, co-stars as Shakespeare’s wife Anne Hathaway.
Set in 1613, Shakespeare returns to Stratford after the renowned Globe Theatre burns down, and he now spends his final days in seeming respite with his family. Years of neglect has understandably caused a rift between him and his loved ones, and Shakespeare must make amends as well as find the inspiration to write once more. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!
All Is True hits Los Angeles for a one-week Oscar qualifying run on December 21.
Rachel Weisz reteams with The Lobsterdirector Yorgos Lanthimos in The Favourite, a look into Queen Anne’s (Olivia Colman) relationships with Lady Sarah (Weisz) and a cunning servant named Abigail (Emma Stone). The picture is getting huge awards buzz, and Weisz may get her first Oscar nomination since her Best Supporting Actress win for The Constant Gardener.
“Sandy Powell’s costumes are incredible,” said Weisz. “She used the silhouettes from the period but she used materials that wouldn’t have been used then. So she used black and white leather and denim and things that are very anachronistic and all the female characters are wearing black and white so we look like a chess board.”
Click on the media bar to hear Rachel Weisz discuss a pivotal scene in The Favourite which displays Olivia Colman’s prodigious acting talents:
The Favourite is now playing in select theaters and will open nationwide in January 2019.
After finishing up The Hobbittrilogy, filmmaker Peter Jackson has also spent time co-writing and producing the upcoming feature Mortal Engines. The post apocalyptic tale centers on scribe Philip Reeve’s young adult book series, and Jackson initially read the books for pleasure. After finishing the series, Jackson was determined to get these stories on the silver screen.
“These massive cities is something I’ve never seen before,” said Jackson. “How often do we go to the movies today and see things that we genuinely seen before in any form whatsoever and I’ve never seen a city the height of the Empire State Building and the length of 10 football films rumbling along the ground and chasing other smaller cities. That factor alone makes it visually appealing from a movie point of view.”
Peter Jackson talks about what appealed to him about Philip Reeve’s vision of the future in Mortal Engines (click on the media bar to hear Jackson):
Katherine Waterston, seen in this year’s Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, stars in the presumably tiwsity thriller State of Sleep. The narrative center on Katherine (Waterston), a widow whose celebrity husband (Michiel Huisman) committed suicide a year ago. A fateful phone call leads Katherine to revisit her past and discover some dark truths about her husband. Luke Evans and Michael Shannon co-star in the feature. Shannon and Waterston both worked on the HBO series Boardwalk Empire.
Directed and penned by Meredith Danluck, State Like Sleep hits theaters January 4 and is available on On Demand starting January 1. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!
On the latest episode of CinemAddicts we cover two films that definitely will be remembered come awards time. Both Roma and Cold War come straight from the heart, as the directors used inspiration from their own lives to helm their respective features. The relationship of his parents inspired Pawel Pawlikowski (Ida) pen and direct Cold War, the story of two lovers (Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot) who spend years attempting to solidify their relationship. Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma centers on a maid named Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio) and her life in Mexico City. The project, which was also penned by Cuaron, is inspired by his own childhood and it’s his most personal project to date.
Take a listen to our review of both films in the episode below!
Cold War opens in select theaters on December 21, with Roma landing a December 14 premiere on Netflix.
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-verse is an animated film that opens up a whole new world for the webslinger. Peter Parker (Jake Johnson) is not the only crimefighter in this world, as he ends up being a tutor to a new Spider-Man named Miles Morales (Shameik Moore). In this alternate universe, Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld) is also part of the collection of Spider-Men (and women of course).
“I think the holidays are a great time for this movie,” said Johnson, best known for his work on the TV series New Girl. “It’s inspirational, It’s got a lot of heart to it. (And) It’s pretty funny.”
Click on the media bar to hear Johnson and Morales talk about “Spider Gwen”:
Spider-Man Into The Spider-verse hits theaters December 14.