The very best of 2018, from Black Panther rewriting the rules for superheroes, Gary Oldman going to war as Churchill, and Maxine Peake blazing her way through 70s sexism
All the Money in the World
“Raucous thriller about the real-life 1973 kidnapping of J Paul Gettys grandson, and the billionaires subsequent refusal to pay the ransom a film that became notorious in its own right after reshooting scenes featuring disgraced actor Kevin Spacey.
What we said: With the help of Plummers tremendous villain-autocrat performance, Ridley Scott gives us a very entertaining parable about money and what it cant buy.
Avengers: Infinity War
Third in the powerhouse Marvel series, bringing together a whole gallery of comic-book characters including Doctor Stranger, Iron Man and Black Panther for an epic showdown with supervillain Thanos.
What we said: Colossal, cataclysmic, delirious, preposterous and always surreally entertaining in the now well-established Marvel movie tradition.
BPM: 120 Beats per Minute
Eighties-set account of the Act-Up protest movement in France, which took on the medical and political establishment over the Aids crisis with guerrilla campaigns and direct action.
What we said: A passionately acted ensemble movie [that] compellingly combines elegy, tragedy, urgency and a defiant euphoria.
Princess Diana was set to star in sequel to The Bodyguard with Kevin Costner
Actor has confirmed the late Princess of Wales was keen to play role after conversations instigated by Sarah Ferguson
“Kevin Costner has confirmed that the late Princess of Wales was set to star alongside him in a sequel to 1992 hit The Bodyguard, in which he starred as an agent assigned to protect a pop star played by Whitney Houston.
Speaking to PeopleTV, Costner said that he, Diana and producers were eager to get the project off the ground.”
The 10 best films of 2019 (so far)
“It’s been a rough ride, but here we finally are at the end of a long year. Pop the champagne! Raise your glasses! We’ve done it, guys! We’ve suffered and struggled and lived to tell the tale!
Except, wait… what’s that you’re telling me? We’re only halfway through 2019? And we need to do all of this all over again before we’re finally done with this year?
Well, at least we’ve got the movies to help pass the time. The first half of 2019 has already given us so many new films to treasure — to laugh at, marvel at, ponder, or feel omg-so-SEEN by. Here are some of our favorites so far:
10. John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum
The third entry in the John Wick saga digs ever deeper into the gloriously absurd mythology of this particular underworld, turning up killer dogs, gold-minting factories, punctilious bureaucrats, and even a handful of gushing John Wick fanboys………………………”
Why the dance numbers in the new ‘Aladdin’ are so disappointing
‘Remember the steps. Remember your training. Do not embarrass us.’
“Disney’s highly anticipated Aladdin is here, but we know better than to expect anything groundbreaking from another needless live-action adaptation. While remake has pleasantly surprised most critics with colorful costumes and charismatic leads, Aladdin‘s signature songs are its biggest disappointment.
From Mashable’s own Angie Han: “Guy Ritchie and his team seem to have no idea how to stage and shoot a musical number,” which is precisely the opposite of what you want to hear about the director of a movie musical (much less one who was married to Madonna).
So, where and how did Aladdin botch its opportunities for movie musical greatness? Let us count the ways.
Aladdin is tricky to negotiate from a representational standpoint because it was never based on one specific culture. The animated film was an amalgam of Middle Eastern and South Asian visual inspirations, and the live-action takes this at face value, doing the same and adding literally nothing to it. This piece references Bollywood dance numbers a few times, not because of any confusion about where Aladdin takes place, but because India has a booming film industry that thrives on movie musicals that Disney would’ve done well to study…………………………………………………”