The intense competition between innovators and businessmen to expand the energy industry across the United States is an interesting subject, but unfortunately, isn’t well displayed in this feature.
“The Current War” mainly focuses on a time period where George Westinghouse’s (Michael Shannon) company went head-to-head with the business owned by Thomas Edison (Benedict Cumberbatch). The movie explores how both men approached the subject, with Edison seeking a legacy of discovery while Westinghouse was trying to build an empire.
As the situation between the two escalates, more players come into the game, such as futurist Nikola Tesla (Nicholas Hoult) and Edison’s assistant Samuel Insull (Tom Holland). Their influence in the business race is also displayed here.
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Director and writer Pedro Almodovar took inspiration from his own life to craft this impassioned piece of cinema.
Antonio Banderas plays the main character, Salvador Mallo, in “Pain and Glory.” Mallo is an aging filmmaker who’s well known for his talents, but hasn’t made a hit in some time. As he’s become older, both his career and body have slowed down, with the latter causing him back pains.
Additionally, Mallo has become addicted to drugs. His most recent troubles coincides with his meeting again with past colleagues and reflecting deeply on his own past.
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“Cold War” is a movie about trying to escape, but it’s certainly not escapist entertainment.
The picture tells the story of a singer, Zula (Joanna Kulig), and a composer, Wiktor (Tomasz Kot). Zula and Wiktor find themselves as part of a government funded music group in Poland, which is tasked with giving pro-Stalin performances.
The two soon find themselves in a romance, but they’re also in the Soviet Union during the Cold War, making things difficult. As a result, the two consider fleeing Poland. However, the power of the government and life in general throw a lot of issues at the couple.
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Like the very paintings featured in this movie, “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” is a true work of art.
Noemie Merlant portrays Marianne in this film, a young woman who arrives in a secluded area of France to work on a portrait for a family. Marianne soon learns that a woman, (played by Valeria Golino and only known as The Countess), her employer, wants a portrait of her daughter Heloise (Adele Haenel), who’s arranged to be married.
Heloise, though, has no interest in going through with the marriage and refuses to pose for a portrait. In an effort to connect with her, Marianne begins to take walks in the scenic coastal areas of France with Heloise and the two begin to connect. From there, the relationship only grows as the two understand each other more and a romance blossoms.
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“Emma” is a novel rich enough to spawn several on-screen adaptations, but unfortunately, the latest is rather dry.
Anya Taylor Joy plays the titular character here. A wealthy young woman in England, Emma has a reputation as a matchmaker. The movie picks up with her starting a friendship with Harriet Smith (Mia Goth), and eventually, she decides to try and set her up with one of the local suitors.
At the same time, Emma herself is looking at starting her own relationship with someone. However, some of her previous actions make the process somewhat tricky.
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Director James Gunn stated recently that both comic book movies he’s working on are still set to go, despite the coronavirus pandemic.
According to Variety, Gunn said on Twitter that a new “Suicide Squad” picture and a third “Guardians of the Galaxy” are moving ahead.
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After having already been rescheduled from last year, the Disney film “Artemis Fowl” is headed to a digital platform.
According to Variety, “Fowl,” originally set to hit theaters on May 29, will instead debut on the company’s digital platform. A date to launch on Disney Plus hasn’t been announced, though.
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This small Minnesota city on the Canadian border has a few claims to fame. It was the inspiration for Frostbite Falls in Rocky and Bullwinkle, it’s officially known as the Icebox of the Nation for its cold temperatures, the high school hockey team has a rich history winning seven state titles and it was the home of National Football League legend Bronko Nagurski.
I can’t say I was ever really expecting my hometown to be the setting for a motion picture, though. Yes, before leaving for college, the setting of this dramatic comedy was where I was born and raised.
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A daring adventure through the skies is on display in “The Aeronauts,” yet the film as a whole never really takes off.
The picture is a rather loose telling of James Glaisher (Eddie Redmayne), a scientist who took to the skies to obtain a better grasp on how the weather works. In the movie, Glaisher is joined by a hot air balloon pilot, Amelia (Felicity Jones), who agreed to help him reach new heights to advance meteorology.
Their work is dangerous, though, as they come in contact with harsh elements with very little protection.
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The coronavirus pandemic is causing several major studios to freeze production on a variety of movies.
At Disney, for example, James Cameron’s “Avatar” sequel has stopped work, while the live action “Little Mermaid” production has been postponed, according to Deadline Hollywood. Other projects under the Disney umbrella, including Marvel’s “Shang-Chi,” 20th Century Studios’ “The Last Duel” by Ridley Scott, and Searchlight Pictures’ “Nightmare Alley” by Guillermo del Toro, have all been pushed back.
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