Molly's Game Review - Jessica Chastain

Aaron Sorkin has had some trouble when it comes to his female characters. It’s not that Sorkin has never written a good female character; he has – C.J. Cregg on The West Wing immediately springs to mind. But more often than not, Sorkin has a tendency to reduce women to roles in which their biggest character trait is how well they stand beside powerful, smart men.

So it’s interesting that for his directorial debut Molly’s Game, Sorkin chose to helm a feature about a woman. Perhaps the writer was issuing a challenge to his critics – “I’ll show you once and for all that I can tell a story about a strong female character without resorting to mansplaining.”
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A Bad Moms Christmas Trailer

Hot on the heels of yesterday’s new trailer for Daddy’s Home 2, which sees parents visiting their grown up kids for the holidays to silly comedic results, this year’s other Christmas comedy has debuted a trailer, but with much raunchier laughs.

A Bad Moms Christmas is the follow-up to the R-rated comedy Bad Moms from last year. After the movie raked in $113.2 million on a budget of just $20 million, STX Entertainment fast-tracked a sequel and added some holiday spice. This time, Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn have to contend with the arrival of Christine Baranski, Cheryl Hines and Susan Sarandon as their respective mothers.

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Luc Besson interview

When filmmaker Luc Besson was 10 years old, he was reading the comic book he’d adapt into a massive feature film 48 years later. Based on Pierre Christin and artist Jean-Claude Mézières‘ “Ambassador of Shadows,” published in 1975, Besson has brought their colorful, wacky world to to the big screen with his personal touch on every frame. From the complex, clever set pieces to the jokes to the colorful environments, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is pure Besson.

In a race against the clock, Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) will have to save the city of Alpha, where alien species from all over the galaxy come together to share knowledge. The world feels endless, full of all sorts of aliens, characters, and environments. It took many years it took to build this world piece-by-piece, and the French director behind La Femme Nikita and The Fifth Element recently told us about the process.

Below, check out our Luc Besson interview.

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Valerian 2

French filmmaker Luc Besson (The Fifth Element) has Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets coming out this week, but he’s already hard at work writing the script for Valerian 3. What’s that, now? Oh, Valerian 2? Pssh, that script is already done. Who do you think you’re dealing with, here? This is Besson, baby! He finished that sucker a month ago, got bored in the interim, and started crafting yet another sequel.

While he may or may not ever get to make those films, Besson is secure in the knowledge that the first Valerian movie can’t bomb because of the way he and his wife, producer Virginie Besson-Silla, raised the financing for it. Or, perhaps more accurately, he knows that even if the first film becomes a notorious flop, he’s not in danger of being locked in director’s jail because of it.
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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Clips

Arriving later this month will be a brand new sci-fi adventure from director Luc Besson, the filmmaker behind The Fifth Element, and some new clips from the film have just arrived to show off the lush, diverse alien universe from the movie.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is based on an acclaimed, beloved graphic novel set in the 28th century, where a city called Alpha has a massive metropolis of species from across the universe. One of the new clips gives us a proper introduction Alpha and some of the unique aliens who inhabit the city while the rest offer up some of the exciting action we’ll see Dane De Haan (Chronicle) and Cara Delevingne (Suicide Squad) partaking in.

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Valerian opening scene

Update: A new clip from the film has arrived online and we’ve added it below.

Ever since the first trailer for The Fifth Element director Luc Besson’s sci-fi film Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets premiered, I had a sinking feeling that the movie could be one of those films that’s beloved by the people who seek it out, but had the potential to be largely ignored by general moviegoing audiences. I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if it bombs at the box office but ultimately gains a cult classic reputation on home video.

But it looks like the film’s distributor is doing everything it their power to avoid that outcome, and they’ve made a pretty savvy move to make sure as many people as possible know that Valerian exists: the entire unedited opening scene will play in front of Marvel and Sony’s Spider-Man: Homecoming in select theaters next week.
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valerian

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets may prove to be a tough sell for audiences unfamiliar with the source material: the French comic book series Valérian and Laureline by writer Pierre Christin and artist Jean-Claude Mézières. However, those eye-popping trailers should grab the attention of regular moviegoers and the involvement of Leon, The Fifth Element, and Lucy director Luc Besson should ensure the attention of cinephiles.

But now, the film has begun to screen for critics and the social media embargo has come down. What are the first reactions? Is Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets going to be a breath of fresh air for a summer where even the best movies feel a little familiar? Or is it just going to be more of the same?

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a bad moms christmas trailer

Who said that only men were allowed to star in raunchy comedies that hit big at the box office and receive sequels faster than you can blink? A Bad Moms Christmas, the follow-up to the 2016 hit Bad Moms, arrives later this year and as the title implies, Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Kathryn Hahn are back and are prepared to behave badly during the most wonderful time of the year.

You can watch the first A Bad Moms Christmas trailer below, but be forewarned: this is the red band trailer and foul language, shouted by both adults and children, is on full display. If you’re at work, plug in some headphones.

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the foreigner trailer

Every aging action star will someday try to get their own Taken. And now, it’s Jackie Chan‘s turn. The legendary martial artist looks to be trying something very new with The Foreigner, a thriller that discards his Buster Keaton-esque comedic sensibilities in favor of brooding and vengeance and more “realistic” action. And on the receiving end of Chan’s violence is former James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan, making this movie a potentially intriguing clash of fading titans.

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elizabeth debicki valerian

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets wrapped production back in June 2016, but with a month and a half to go before its release, it looks like it’s still not quite done yet.

Elizabeth Debicki, who was recently seen in another fantastical space romp Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, was just cast in a voice-over role in Luc Besson‘s sci-fi epic. The movie is set to be released at the end of July.

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