Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro are at war with everyone in the Sicario 2: Soldado trailer

The trailer for Sicario 2: Soldado, featuring Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro reprising their roles as morally compromised DEA agent Matt Graver and his shadowy associate Alejandro Gillick, has arrived. The new film—which sees Italian TV director Stefano Sollima taking over for Denis Villeneuve—has been described by…

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Meet Laura Dern’s purple-haired officer and Benicio Del Toro’s “DJ” in The Last Jedi

Perhaps we’re only saying this because the only image we’ve seen of her was shot by Annie Leibovitz, but Laura Dern’s new Star Wars heroine looks like she’s adding a giant dose of fashion to the galaxy. According to Vanity Fair’s story about The Last Jedi, Dern is playing Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo. She’s an officer in…

The Sicario sequel isn’t actually a sequel, but it is very “relevant”

From the moment Lionsgate confirmed that it was developing a sequel to Denis Villeneuve’s 2015 drug war thriller Sicario, the studio has been adamant that it’s not just doing the first movie a second time. For starters, Emily Blunt’s character won’t be returning, and the plot focuses on Josh Brolin and Benicio Del…

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The daring Sicario gives the strong female archetype a shock to the system

Like a lot of movies that use unfamiliar or foreign words as titles, Sicario provides a definition right at the outset: It’s the Spanish word for “hit man,” we’re informed. On the surface level, that refers to a particular character in the film, whose mission involves summarily executing a cartel kingpin; every twist…

Benicio Del Toro plays Pablo Escobar in the dull, then exciting Paradise Lost

It’s a common screenwriter’s ploy—too common, arguably—to begin with the ending, then tell the story as a single gargantuan flashback, revealing all the events that led to that ending. Trickier, but often more fruitful, is what one might term the Goodfellas approach, which kicks things off with an attention-getter…

Going Neeson: 14 aging actors who should star in action franchises

Seven years ago, Liam Neeson appeared in the surprise smash Taken, defying all conventional wisdom about the average age of action stars and the career trajectories of “serious” actors. Though there was some precedent for this casting—Neeson had appeared in blockbusters before, usually as a mentor figure, and had…

Martin Scorsese and Benicio Del Toro are developing a conquistador drama for HBO

Boardwalk Empire may be over, but Martin Scorsese’s relationship with HBO is only growing deeper and more serious. In addition to the show he’s developing alongside Mick Jagger about the New York music scene in the ’70s, the director is also working on a prequel series to Shutter Island set in the early 20th century.…