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Movie Review – Shaft (2019)

Shaft, 2019.

Directed by Tim Story.

Staring Samuel L. Jackson, Jessie T. Usher, Richard Roundtree, Alexandra Shipp, Regina Hall, Matt Lauria, Avan Jogia, Lauren Vélez, Method Man, Almeera Jiwa, Ian Casselberry, Aaron Dominguez, and Isaach De Bankolé.

Synopsis:

Detective John Shaft, estranged from his son, an FBI agent, joins him as he tries to solve the murder of a childhood friend which soon leads them to confront a large drug-ring conspiracy.

Samuel L. Jackson returns to reprise the role of detective and private investigator John Shaft from John Singleton’s uneven yet vibrant 2000 Shaft. While the character is virtually same, the story world of the last entry seems to have been forgotten with almost no characters from Vanessa Williams to Busta Rhymes except Jackson returning (it also plays with the previous entry with Shaft now officially the son of the original Richard Roundtree Shaft instead of his nephew) But as in
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All 13 Jim Jarmusch Films Ranked, From Worst to Best (Photos)

All 13 Jim Jarmusch Films Ranked, From Worst to Best (Photos)
The man who quietly (and always weirdly) helped to define American Independent Cinema in the 1980s, Jim Jarmusch has stubbornly made his own kinds of films in his own way. If Hollywood ever thought they could make him fit into one of their boxes, they were wrong to try, and eventually, his actor admirers sought him out to be in a series of idiosyncratic and always fascinating films. Here’s our ranking of his singular output:

13. “Coffee & Cigarettes” (2003): Sure, it’s the last one on this list, which technically means it’s the “worst,” but even the least plotted, most indulgent and freely floating Jim Jarmusch film provides memorably weird, comedic pleasures. This brazenly pointless sequence of non-events is 11 segments long, each one starring different actors, all of them talking — most frequently about the Tesla Coil — while drinking coffee and smoking. All except for Gza and RZA, that is,
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Movie Review – Shaft (2019)

Shaft, 2019.

Directed by Tim Story.

Starring Jessie T. Usher, Samuel L. Jackson, Richard Roundtree, Alexandra Shipp, Regina Hall, Matt Lauria, Avan Jogia, Lauren Vélez, Method Man, Almeera Jiwa, Ian Casselberry, Aaron Dominguez, and Isaach De Bankolé.

Synopsis:

John Shaft Jr., a cyber security expert with a degree from MIT, enlists his family’s help to uncover the truth behind his best friend’s untimely death.

Haven’t seen any of the original Shaft films from the 70s or the rebooted continuation from the early 2000s? Fear not, as a pre-screening video to this latest attempted revival of the franchise (this is now the third film in the saga simply titled Shaft) saw the multi-generational family catch us up, specifically Samuel L. Jackson who sums it up better than anyone else ever could; original Shaft (a returning Richard Roundtree) kicks ass, his son John Shaft II (Samuel L. Jackson) kicks ass.
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New Restricted Trailer For Shaft Has Fun Dropping The F-Bomb All Over The Place

Warner Bros. has released a new restricted trailer for director Tim Story’s Shaft movie and it’s littered with vulgar language. I guess we shouldn’t expect anything less from this franchise. The new trailer also leans into the comedy aspect of the film.

Shaft brings together three generations of the Shaft family that includes original Shaft actor Richard Roundtree from the 1970s films; Samuel L. Jackson, who played his nephew. John Shaft II, in the 2000 film; and Jessie T. Usher, who is the newest addition to the Shaft family. He is the estranged son of Jackson's character and a cybersecurity expert.

Shaft is the next chapter in the film franchise featuring the coolest private eye on any New York City block. Jj, aka John Shaft Jr. (Usher), may be a cyber security expert with a degree from MIT, but to uncover the truth behind his best friend’s untimely death,
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Dropping F Bombs All Over in Red Band Trailer for Tim Story's 'Shaft'

"He thinks he's the black James Bond." Warner Bros has revealed a second official trailer for the new Shaft movie – a full red band trailer packed with F bombs and foul language galore. Would you expect anything less? This fresh, funny update on Shaft stars three generations of Shafts - Samuel L. Jackson (from the 2000 movie), Richard Roundtree (the original John Shaft from the 1971 movie and TV show), and Jessie T. Usher as the new John Shaft Jr. The cast also includes Regina Hall, Alexandra Shipp, Matt Lauria, Titus Welliver, Method Man, Avan Jogia, and Isaach De Bankolé. In this new movie, John Shaft Jr., now a cyber security expert with a degree from MIT, enlists his father's help to uncover the truth behind his best friend's untimely death. I'm not sure all this humor really works, but at least they're playing crude jokes off of each other. This Shaft
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Qumra 2019: Production designer Eugenio Caballero talks 'Pan's Labyrinth', 'Roma' and earthquakes

”“I’ve been thinking about why I do a lot of films about destruction,” Caballero told the audience.

Leading Mexican production designer Eugenio Caballero touched down in Qatar to talk about his work on Pan’s Labyrinth, The Limits Of Control, The Impossible, A Monster Calls and Roma for the Doha Film Institute’s Qumra event this weekend (March 15-20).

Caballero acknowledged production designers are rarely in the limelight - by comparison with other key crew such as cinematographers and costume designers - and joked this was one of the perks of the job.

However he was keen to promote
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First Trailer for New 'Shaft' with Samuel L. Jackson & Jessie T. Usher

"Please tell me you did not get our son involved in your bullshit!" Warner Bros has launched the first trailer for the new Shaft movie, which is indeed a real movie and is really coming to theaters in the summer. This fresh, funny update on Shaft stars three generations of Shafts - Samuel L. Jackson (from the 2000 movie), Richard Roundtree (the original John Shaft from the 1971 movie and TV show), and Jessie T. Usher as the new John Shaft Jr. The full cast also includes Regina Hall, Alexandra Shipp, Matt Lauria, Titus Welliver, Method Man, Avan Jogia, and Isaach De Bankolé. In this new movie, John Shaft Jr., now a cyber security expert with a degree from MIT, enlists his father's help to uncover the truth behind his best friend's untimely death. This looks really goofy, like it's one big parody of itself, which somehow just work. Here's the first
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Crime thriller A Violent Man gets a poster, trailer and images

Ahead of its release next month, a trailer, poster and images have arrived online for director Matthew Berkowitz’s upcoming crime thriller A Violent Man which stars Thomas Q. Jones, Isaach De Bankolé, Bruce Davison, Chuck Liddell, Denise Richards, Khalilah Joi, Jon Skarloff, and Mike Sorrentino; take a look below…

An unknown Mma fighter, Ty Matthews, beats the undefeated champion at a local gym. Overnight, Ty becomes the underdog champion of the world – with a title fight on the horizon. But when the female reporter covering the story is found dead, Ty becomes the murder suspect; as he was last seen with her leaving a bar late at night. His only alibi is his girlfriend who is aware of him arriving home late that night.

A blackout, a dead body, and incriminating circumstances puts Ty in the middle of a mystery. Like Bogart in “In a Lonely Place” he finds
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Thomas Q. Jones in First Trailer for Crime Mystery Film 'A Violent Man'

"I had to lie to the police for you." Gvn Releasing has debuted an official trailer for an indie crime mystery titled A Violent Man, from writer/director Matthew Berkowitz. This premiered at Oldenburg Film Festival and will finally be released next month. The film is about a struggling Mma fighter who becomes an underdog champ overnight. But he finds himself in a fight for his life after his one night stand is found dead in her home. A blackout, a dead body, and incriminating circumstances puts Ty in the middle of a mystery. The description compares this to Humphrey Bogart's noir classic In a Lonely Place, which should raise an eyebrow. Starring former football star Thomas Q. Jones, Ufc hall of fame legend Chuck Liddell, and legendary actors Bruce Davison and Isaach De Bankolé, A Violent Man "delivers hard hitting punches." Also starring Denise Richards, Khalilah Joi, Jon Skarloff,
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Ryan Coogler on How ‘Black Panther’ Broke Barriers Below-the-Line, Too

  • Variety
Ryan Coogler on How ‘Black Panther’ Broke Barriers Below-the-Line, Too
With more than $1.3 billion at the global box office, “Black Panther” was one of the year’s biggest hits. Though some people expected just another superhero film, the project turned out to be much deeper and more complex than that. Many called it a social turning point because it was the first blockbuster with a mostly black cast. And below the line, the film’s three top department heads were women. Director and co-scripter Ryan Coogler talked about his team and the challenges members faced in preparing the critically acclaimed movie.

Hannah Beachler, Production Designer

“She came to the initial meeting and blew everybody away. She was so detailed in her research, bringing in photos and other images. She wanted to make Wakanda [the film’s fictional location in Africa] a living, breathing place. She has a great eye and works well with visual effects. The set for the coronation-challenge sequence was overwhelming. Everything you saw was built,
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Starz Acquires Matt Tyrnauer’s ‘Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood’ and 8 Other Docs

  • The Wrap
Starz announced Thursday that it has acquired the rights for nine documentary films, including Matt Tyrnauer’s “Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood,” about closeted gay stars, spanning four decades.

The doc follows Scotty Bowers, a World War II Marine combat veteran who became a legendary bisexual male hustler and all-purpose date-arranger for Hollywood movie stars from the 1940s through the beginning of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s. Bowers first shared his experiences in his best-selling memoir, “Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars.”

The film premiered to strong reviews at the Toronto International Film Festival last September and was released theatrically this past April. It will premiere on Starz early next year.

Also Read: 'Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood' Review: Sex Abounded in Hollywood's Golden Age

The other eight docs that Starz will premiere later this
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‘Scotty And The Secret History Of Hollywood’ Among Nine Documentaries Acquired By Starz

  • Deadline
Starz has added nine documentaries to its slate, including Matt Tyrnauer’s critically praised Scotty and the Secret of History of Hollywood, which will premiere in early 2019.

In addition, Starz has acquired Fail State, executive produced by news legend Dan Rather, which investigates the dark side of American higher education; Half the Picture, about gender bias in Hollywood as told by leading female film directors; This is Congo, an unflinching look into Africa’s longest continuing conflict; and Always at the Carlyle, which reveals the untold stories of Manhattan’s 87-year-old legendary hotel. All will premiere this fall or early 2019.

Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood recently premiered theatrically to rave reviews with this year’s second-highest opening per theater average for a documentary behind Neon’s Three Identical Strangers. It tells the scandalous story of Scotty Bowers, a handsome ex-Marine who landed in Hollywood after
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NYFF55 Revivals Includes Restored Films By Godard, Hou, Costa, Tarkovsky & More

It’s a given that their Main Slate — the fresh, the recently buzzed-about, the mysterious, the anticipated — will be the New York Film Festival’s primary point of attraction for both media coverage and ticket sales. But while a rather fine lineup is, to these eyes, deserving of such treatment, the festival’s latest Revivals section — i.e. “important works from renowned filmmakers that have been digitally remastered, restored, and preserved with the assistance of generous partners,” per their press release — is in a whole other class, one titanic name after another granted a representation that these particular works have so long lacked.

The list speaks for itself, even (or especially) if you’re more likely to recognize a director than title. Included therein are films by Andrei Tarkovsky (The Sacrifice), Hou Hsiao-hsien (Daughter of the Nile, a personal favorite), Pedro Costa (Casa de Lava; trailer here), Jean-Luc Godard (the rarely seen,
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All of the Films Joining FilmStruck’s Criterion Channel this August

Each month, the fine folks at FilmStruck and the Criterion Collection spend countless hours crafting their channels to highlight the many different types of films that they have in their streaming library. This August will feature an exciting assortment of films, as noted below.

To sign up for a free two-week trial here.

Tuesday, August 1

Tuesday’s Short + Feature: These Boots and Mystery Train

Music is at the heart of this program, which pairs a zany music video by Finnish master Aki Kaurismäki with a tune-filled career highlight from American independent-film pioneer Jim Jarmusch. In the 1993 These Boots, Kaurismäki’s band of pompadoured “Finnish Elvis” rockers, the Leningrad Cowboys, cover a Nancy Sinatra classic in their signature deadpan style. It’s the perfect prelude to Jarmusch’s 1989 Mystery Train, a homage to the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll and the musical legacy of Memphis, featuring appearances by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins and Joe Strummer.
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Trailer for ‘Casa de Lava’ Restoration Plunges Us Into Pedro Costa’s Dark, Mysterious World

Before diving deep into the slums of Fontainhas for his epochal trilogy and its follow-up, Horse Money, Pedro Costa applied his lens in a significantly different way — though no less impressively and, I do not think it’s at all unfair to say, far more accessibly. To my mind, the best display of his early talents is 1994’s Casa de Lava, a mystery of mistaken (or forged) identity — and a reworking of Jacques Tourneur’s classic I Walked with a Zombie — grounded in Portugal’s stunning Cape Verde islands. It’s understandable that something from a filmmaker with Costa’s marginalized status would go so long without a U.S. release, yet still disappointing in sight of the entrancing thing itself.

That will change this fall as Grasshopper Film release Casa de Lava on Blu-ray and DVD, in advance of which there is a brief, appropriately enigmatic teaser that gives
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Africa in Cannes

Africa in Cannes
Kenya

Films Without Borders is a non-profit which works with African youth from troubled backgrounds to make short films. Supported by Swarovski, in partnership with Nairobi City County Government, Fwb is building a hub in Nairobi within walking distance from the Kibera slums offering free filmmaking and post-production workshops and other film-related activities.

At the Shorts Film Corner, Kenyan Russel Bonguen and his short crime thriller,“Who Murdered Judge Dunia Kafir?” are making the rounds with his feature script. Russel is a graduate of Conservatoire Europeen decriture audiovisuelle, the best screenwriting school in Paris, but has returned to his home in Nairobi where he now lives. He has written “News Diva” a feature script with the potential of becoming a series or franchise. Imagine “Broadcast News” as “Chinatown” wherein the station’s lead anchor and Woman of the Year partners in crime with an ex-cia agent to smuggle blood diamonds from the Congo to Nairobi.
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Philippe Lacôte to shoot 'Zama King' in 2018

Philippe Lacôte to shoot 'Zama King' in 2018
Exclusive: The film follows the Ivorian director’s well-received debut Run.

Ivorian director Philippe Lacôte will shoot his second feature Zama King about a young Abidjan street bandit called Zama next year.

The film follows Lacôte’s well-received debut Run, set against the backdrop of Ivory Coast’s decade-long civil war, which premiered in Un Certain Regard in 2014.

Ivorian actor and Jim Jarmusch collaborator Isaach de Bankolé has signed up for a role in film and Abdoul Bah, who played the central character of Run in Lacôte’s last film, will play 17-year-old Zama.

“We’re gearing up to shoot in Abidjan in June 2018,” Lacôte told Screendaily.

Ernest Konan’s Abidjan-based Wassakara Productions and Delphine Jaquet’s Paris-based Banshee Film are co-producing.

Lacôte was in Cannes for the announcement of a €300,000 investment in the production by the Fonsic film fund of the Ivory Coast’s ministry of culture, which the producers hope will encourage the backing of other
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In a fix, part 2 by Anne-Katrin Titze

Michael Sheen, Lior Ashkenazi and Richard Gere in Norman: The Moderate Rise And Tragic Fall Of A New York Fixer

Joseph Cedar for his latest film (his previous two having been Oscar-nominated) has assembled an outstanding cast - Lior Ashkenazi, Harris Yulin, Hank Azaria, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Dan Stevens, Michael Sheen, Steve Buscemi, Josh Charles, and Isaach De Bankolé - to work with Richard Gere in Norman: The Moderate Rise And Tragic Fall Of A New York Fixer.

Joseph Cedar on the costumes: "Michelle Matland is the person I should be crediting. We did these wardrobe trials at Ann Roth's studio." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Meeting me for breakfast, the director spoke about Gere's films - Rob Marshall's Chicago, Adrian Lyne's Unfaithful, and Oren Moverman's Time Out Of Mind and The Dinner, screening at this year's Tribeca Film Festival. An aside to Terry Jones's Monty Python's Life Of Brian
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In a fix, part 1 by Anne-Katrin Titze

Brooklyn Diner - Norman's (Richard Gere) tip to Jo Wilf (Harris Yulin): "That meeting happens here." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Richard Gere and Lior Ashkenazi give Oscar caliber performances in Joseph Cedar's Sony Pictures Classics and Tadmor Entertainment's Norman: The Moderate Rise And Tragic Fall Of A New York Fixer, with a very strong supporting cast that includes Harris Yulin, Hank Azaria, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Dan Stevens, Michael Sheen, Steve Buscemi, Josh Charles, and Isaach De Bankolé.

Joseph Cedar: "Luxury in general, at least from my point of view, has to come with a certain kind of wink." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

On Sunday morning, the director of the Oscar-nominated Footnote (Hearat Shulayim) met with me at the Brooklyn Diner, one of the locations used in his latest film. We discussed his production designers Kalina Ivanov and Arad Sawat, costume designers Ann Roth and Michelle Matland, Harvey Weinstein and Otto Preminger's Exodus,
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