14 January 2020 05:12

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It's a holiday weekend, which means you're going to need stuff to watch. When people bring up the great works of the Coens, I rarely ever see them mention this film, and I'd like that to change. Beautifully filmed by the legendary Roger Deakins, True Grit unfolds across shadowy, harsh landscapes, like some sort of faded Western painting come to life. Minority Report takes the time to ask questions about police surveillance while also staging stunning action sequences – like a fight scene in the midst of an automated car factory. This somewhat forgotten comedy-drama from Marc Forster was sold with rather silly trailers, but the film itself is a bit more serious (although, yes, there's funny stuff here).

The House That Jack Built arrived at last year's Cannes Film Festival riding a wave of controversy, and that didn't let up once people watched the thing. To be clear: The House That Jack Built is frequently unpleasant, to the point where it's going to anger viewers. Paul Thomas Anderson and Thom Yorke came together to create this 15-minute film scored to music from Yorke's new album. Yorke rolls and falls and tumbles through the film like a silent movie star while Anderson's camera follows it all across several surreal and realistic landscapes. Before The Old Man and the Gun came out, Robert Redford announced it would be his final film.

Lords of Chaos is a truly strange film – you get the sense that director Jonas Åkerlund wants the proceedings to be funny, but the actions are too bleak and brutal for that tone to work. In The Spy Who Dumped Me, Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon play two besties who get caught up in the world of espionage when they learn that Kunis's ex-boyfriend (Justin Theroux) is actually a spy (bet you didn't see that coming…unless you looked at the title). It's a fact that all of us have grown up getting in the rain without a care in the world. In this movie, he shows how prepared Keller Dover is for a storm that may or may not arrive in the future, just like how we stack up on supplies upon getting a distressing news about the future. This forgotten horror classic is probably the perfect movie to watch during the monsoon because it shows what can happen to someone who is trapped in her house because it is absolutely pouring outside.

Yes, it's a tad bit long and unintentionally goofy, but once you put yourself in the situation, it turns into a great watch. Director Denis Villeneuve is bringing Dune to screens everywhere in 2020. This is the second time Frank Herbert's six-book sci-fi saga has been adapted into a feature-length film, with David Lynch's 1984 version preceding it. Villeneuve's adaptation of Dune will stick closely to Herbert's novels as it tells the story of noble families warring for control of the planet Arrakis. Dune has been in production since summer 2018, but there hasn't been too much revealed about the film's look, the design of the world of Arrakis, or the actual characters.

That will likely change as the film's 2020 release date draws closer and as the planned Dune-iverse comes together. Let's review what we actually know about the forthcoming, revamped Dune, including the release date, plot, cast, and more. Dune will mark the third time Villeneuve has adapted a literary work for the film, previously adapting Ted Chiang's short story "The Story of Your Life" into Arrival and Jose Saramago's Enemy in the film of the same name starring Jake Gyllenhaal. This includes working with cinematographers like Roger Deakins on Blade Runner 2049 to imbue a film with a distinct visual look and feel which makes the viewing experience all the more arresting, or commissioning a score, as he did on Arrival, that is as much a character as the actual characters. Dune audiences should certainly buckle up because whatever Villeneuve serves up, it is going to be very exciting to behold.

Dune tells the story of Paul Atreides, a young nobleman whose family is just one of a number of several noble families clashing over the control of the planet Arrakis. Who Is in the Cast of Dune? The real question is: Who isn't in the cast of Dune? From July 2018 to February 2019, it felt like there was new Dune casting news. If there was ever a reason to run to the theater to see this film, the cast is a hell of a selling point. If you want more, check out Lynch's adaptation of Dune as a way of familiarizing yourself with the characters and the relationships while getting a uniquely Lynchian perspective on this sci-fi world. The Skyfall filmmaker, who won the best direction of a play prize for The Ferryman at the ceremony on Sunday, was hard at work filming First World War drama 1917. Director Sam Mendes with actors Mark Strong and George MacKay on the set of his new film 1917 (Andrew Milligan/PA) The animated series based on the lives of eight-year-old boys was created by Trey Stone and Matt Parker, two of the funniest people on the planet and, while its kindest fan would have to admit its humour is adolescent, scatological, often offensive and doesn't scale the philosophical heights of their Book of Mormon stage show, it consistently provokes a high ratio of belly laugh-to-runtime. Through immaculate pacing and genius editing – a series of cuts from Cartman's self-assured naked creep across the stage to the open-mouthed audience in their chairs, who, clearly, can see him, despite his confidence in his power of invisibility –the director milks the scene for everything it's worth, even although it is a cartoon,. (My wife, e.g., a woman of great discernment, despite her taste in men, just doesn't get South Park, and stared as dumbfounded and silent as the audience watching Cartman the Ninja in the episode.)