Final Assassin’s Creed trailer suggests the movie won’t hide from the games’ lore

The ongoing mythology in the Assassin’s Creed video games is, to put it mildly, bonkers. Oh, it may seem like it’s a relatively straightforward story about people stabbing other people throughout history, but there’s a whole present-day angle to it that the trailers for the movie version have wisely highlighted (so as…

Jeremy Irons says Batman V Superman was “overstuffed”

In Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, Jeremy Irons’ Alfred Pennyworth is pretty much the only character who sees through Bruce Wayne’s bullshit. He’ll look after the Batcave while Ben Affleck’s Wayne is killing criminals by blowing up their cars or branding them so they’ll be killed in prison, but when the cowl comes…

The Man Who Knew Infinity is a brainy snack in popcorn season

Releasing a film like The Man Who Knew Infinity on the cusp of summer blockbuster season—which, like Christmas, seems to come earlier every year—is an odd choice. This is the very definition of the kind of movie people complain that “they” don’t make anymore: a modestly budgeted, character-driven drama for adults that…

Dead ringers: 21 pairs of cinematic twins

In upcoming movie release Legend, Tom Hardy portrays both villainous Kray brothers. In doing so, he tackles that favorite high-wire feat of those in the acting profession: playing two separate characters in the same movie who happen to be identical twins. A variety of actors have gone before Hardy to take on this type…

Jeremy Irons and Brendan Gleeson to dad it up in Assassin’s Creed

Continuing to put together a cast that suggests they don’t realize they’re making a movie based on a video game about historical parkour fanatics—and could thus stand to maybe coast a little bit—the producers of Assassin’s Creed have announced that Brendan Gleeson and Jeremy Irons have signed on to appear in the film.…

Harold Pinter nobly fails to adapt The French Lieutenant’s Woman for the screen

Novels that traffic heavily in metafiction present a unique set of problems when it comes to film adaptations. One option—the best, usually—is just to leave that material on the page, where it belongs; nobody has yet been foolish enough to make a movie of Nabokov’s Pale Fire, for which we all should be grateful.…