Nicole Kidman gets her Serpico moment in the gritty LA cop drama Destroyer

Although the idea of Nicole Kidman showing up for a bucket of Shiner Bock and some karaoke at Fantastic Fest is, frankly, rather absurd, the festival has been good to Karyn Kusama. In 2015, Fantastic Fest was one of a handful of festival dates for Kusama’s film The Invitation, and the Alamo’s (now dormant) Drafthouse…

Amazon orders new shows from Lena Waithe, Nicole Kidman, and Greg Daniels

Amazon decided to dump a big rush delivery of new TV news on our doorsteps today, taking advantage of its day in the spotlight at the TCA summer press tour to roll out all sorts of new info—some expected, some not—about its upcoming and ambitious slate of shows. We already talked a bit about the company’s continuing…

Wannabe punks meet real aliens in the vapid Neil Gaiman adaptation How To Talk To Girls At Parties

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How To Talk To Girls At Parties, John Cameron Mitchell’s fourth feature and first in seven years, tries to be many, many things. It’s a coming-of-age tale about wading through the murky waters of adolescent sexuality. It’s a painfully sincere love story between a sensitive boy and a mysterious girl from out of town…

What the hell were any of us thinking making the terrible Batman Forever a huge hit?

You can see how it happened. The executives at Warner Bros. didn’t set out to destroy the Batman mythos or to make unwatchably shitty Batman movies that would put both the character and the superhero movie genre at large into a state of prolonged stasis. They just wanted a hit. Tim Burton’s Batman Returns, from 1992,…

Practical Magic director Griffin Dunne got an exorcism after being cursed by a “witch consultant”

Practical Magic is a perfectly fine late ’90s rom-com, with two charismatic leads (Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman), strong supporting turns by Stockard Channing and Dianne Wiest, and the added fun of witchcraft against the backdrop of a lovely seaside town. Yet the movie got lousy reviews—it topped out at 20…

The director of The Lobster trades humor for horror in the nightmarish Killing Of A Sacred Deer

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The first thing we see and can never unsee in The Killing Of A Sacred Deer is a gaping chest cavity: flesh and bone parted to expose the organ inside, pumping frantically away in extreme close-up. To open with open-heart surgery sends an awfully clear message: Abandon all hope/concern that Yorgos Lanthimos, the now…

Nicole Kidman to play LAPD detective in Karyn Kusama-directed crime thriller

According to Deadline, Nicole Kidman is set to star in a “modern Los Angeles crime thriller” from Girlfight director Karyn Kusama called Destroyer. Kidman will be playing LAPD detective Erin Bell, who goes on a “moral and existential odyssey” when the leader of a “cult-like gang” that she went undercover with years…

Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell get creepy in trailer for The Killing Of A Sacred Deer

With 2015’s The Lobster, Greek weirdo auteur Yorgos Lanthimos achieved a surprising level of mainstream success in the States, given his film was about a dystopian alternate reality where people are turned into animals if they fail to find a mate in 45 days. But whereas that film was a darkly comic drama, bordering on…

Sofia Coppola twists an old Clint Eastwood vehicle, The Beguiled, into arty pulp

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Beneath the incessant chirp of crickets, explosions rumble like distant thunder. Somewhere nearby, cannons are firing away. For the girls and the women of Sofia Coppola’s elegantly spare, psychosexual Civil War drama The Beguiled, this daily broadcast from the front lines—muffled by the foliage, accompanying the…

The Square wins the Palme D’Or and Nicole Kidman gets a special award at Cannes

Early today, Pedro Almodóvar and his Cannes jury announced the winners at the film festival’s annual awards ceremony, but since it wouldn’t be the Cannes awards without some surprises, they threw in a couple of bonus awards just for fun. Specifically, Nicole Kidman was awarded a special prize simply for ubiquity, with…

Big Little Lies proves that “women’s pictures” are for everyone

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From the start of the series, the murder framing Big Little Lies—the intended draw—somehow became its least compelling element, in favor of exposing the intimate lives of this group of first-grade moms. Some of the things they turned out to be hiding were psychological, like Renata’s abject fear of failure. Some were…