dunkirk review round up

Dunkirk seemed like a strange choice for Christopher Nolan‘s next feature, since he’s a director known for his abstract sci-fi features and clever plot twists. Box office predictors and audiences didn’t know what to make of the war epic about a relatively obscure (to American audiences) World War II evacuation, with some estimating that it would be his lowest-grossing movie in years.

But if the reviews are anything to go by, Dunkirk may be Nolan’s most stunning achievement yet. Dunkirk is being met by some of the most enthusiastic praise of Nolan’s career — and indeed, many critics are calling it the filmmaker’s best movie so far.

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Dunkirk Trailer

With all the chatter about summer blockbusters this year, it seems like everyone needs a reminder that Christopher Nolan has a new movie coming out this summer. It’s not a comic book sequel or even a heady sci-fi flick, but rather a World War II drama with an impressive ensemble cast.

Dunkirk is based on the true story of a rescue operation where thousands of British and Allied troops found themselves trapped on a beach, pushed into a corner by the enemy, leaving citizens to help them survive and escape. A new trailer has just arrived, pushing the intensity of the war, as well as the special 70mm engagements that viewers will be able to catch when the film hits theaters later this month. Read More »

Murder on the Orient Express Trailer

20th Century Fox has debuted the first trailer and poster for Kenneth Branagh’s new film adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic whodunit mystery, Murder on the Orient Express. And while this train car is packed with a tremendously high-profile cast, the biggest star of them all may be the absurd mustache on Branagh’s face as he portrays one of the most famous detectives in all of literature, Hercule Poirot. Climb aboard and watch the new Murder on the Orient Express trailer below.
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Murder on the Orient Express

Crime stories have been all the rage lately, ranging from the documentary series Making a Murderer to the podcast Serial and the dramatization of one of the most publicized trials ever in The People vs O.J. Simpson. This fall we’ll get another one, but it’ll be a classic that millions have either read or seen before.

Murder on the Orient Express is a new adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic novel or a remake of Sidney Lumet’s 1974 film adaptation, however you want to look at it. The whodunit won’t hit theaters until November, but some first look photos have just arrived showing off the star-studded cast that includes Johnny Depp, Judi Dench, Michelle Pfeiffer, Josh Gad, Daisy Ridley, Penelope Cruz, Olivia Colman, Leslie Odom Jr, Willem Dafoe, Tom Bateman, Derek Jacobi and the film’s director, Kenneth Branagh, with one of the most impressive mustaches the big screen as ever seen.

Our own Peter Sciretta saw some footage at CinemaCon and said it looks promising, complete with some stellar costume and production design. Now you can see what he was talking about in the first Murder on the Orient Express remake photos below. Read More »

murder on the orient express cast

When Willem Dafoe signs up for a movie, that film is pretty much guaranteed to have at least one good performance. We expect nothing less of Dafoe, an actor I can’t think of giving an underwhelming performance in recent memory. Not only is he consistent, he’s also great more often than not, so it’s satisfying to learn he’s joined Kenneth Branagh‘s Murder on the Orient Express remake.

Below, learn more about the Murder on the Orient Express cast.

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Murder on the Orient Express cast

Penélope Cruz is the latest actor to sign up for Kenneth Branagh‘s star-studded remake of Murder on the Orient Express. The cast already includes Dame Judi DenchDerek JacobiMichelle Pfeiffer, Daisy RidleyMichael Peña, and Johnny Depp. We already know the characters they’re all playing, but Cruz’s role is currently unknown.

Below, learn more about the Murder on the Orient Express cast.

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Murder on the Orient Express casting / Daisy Ridley as Rey in Star Wars The Force Awakens

Director Kenneth Branagh seemed to have his work cut out for him when it came to casting his Murder on the Orient Express remake. Sidney Lumet’s 1974 version was a star-studded affair, featuring Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset, Sean Connery, Anthony Perkins, and Vanessa Redgrave. Could any new cast in 2016 possibly compare?

Well, we won’t know for sure until the new film opens in theaters, but it does seem to be off to a great start in terms of star power. Branagh himself is leading the Agatha Christie adaptation as detective Hercule Poirot, and yesterday we learned Johnny Depp and Michelle Pfeiffer had also hopped on board. Today, a new report adds several more big names to the passenger list including Daisy RidleyJudi DenchMichael Peña, and Hamilton star Leslie Odom Jr. Find out who’s playing whom below. Read More »

Murder On The Orient Express cast

Besides its own director, no actors that we know of are officially attached to Kenneth Branagh‘s Murder on the Orient Express remake, based on Agatha Christie‘s novel of the same name. Over the summer Angelina Jolie began circling the role of widowed socialite Harriet Hubbard, but last month she passed on the part. The newest actors to enter the mix are Dark Shadows co-stars Johnny Depp and Michelle Pfeiffer.

Below, learn more about the potential Murder on the Orient Express cast.

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Angelina Jolie in by the Sea

Fox’s Murder on the Orient Express remake has a long way to go if it hopes to catch up to the star power of Sidney Lumet’s 1974 version, which featured Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset, Sean Connery, Anthony Perkins, and Vanessa Redgrave. But getting Angelina Jolie on board is probably a good place to start. The actress has reportedly entered early talks to join Kenneth Branagh, who will both star in and direct the mystery.  Read More »

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Christopher Nolan directing Interstellar

Maybe he doesn’t go on about “mystery boxes,” but in his own way Christopher Nolan is as stubbornly secretive as any filmmaker out there. For example, we’ve known for months that Nolan was working on a new movie to open in 2017 — but until a few days ago, we had no idea what it was about or even what genre it’d be in.

Still, not even Nolan can keep every detail under lock and key forever, and today a few more details have trickled out about his next effort. As it turns out, Nolan’s next directorial effort is indeed a World War II drama. According to a new report, it’s called Dunkirk, and Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh, and Mark Rylance are already in talks to star in it. (There’s no word yet on whether Nolan’s good-luck charm Michael Caine will also be involved, though we wouldn’t bet against it.) Read More »