The Countdown

This week in movies…

It’s been a whirlwind week of trailers, news and nominations in the film world – far too much to keep track of. Lucky for you, we’ve rustled up this handy primer which will fill you in on everything you’ve missed. First up…

  1. Glass gets a kicking Admit it, you were up for this. James McAvoy in full headcase mode; Bruce Willis with his shirt off; Samuel L. Jackson doing, well, Samuel L. Jackson? It looked awesome. Unfortunately, the critics haven’t been kind. Currently sitting on 36% from 36 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, the M. Night Shyamalan horror is headed straight for the scrapheap. But hey, what do critics know?
  2. Dune remake spices up cast Not only has Legendary nabbed Oscar-nominated director Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Bladerunner 2049) to helm the remake, but several huge stars have signed up as well. First, Stellan Skarsgård was announced as series villain Baron Harkonnen (boils and all). Then, MCU stalwart Dave Bautista joined Timothée Chalamet and Rebecca Ferguson on the burgeoning cast list. Colour us very excited indeed.
  3. Young Tony comes centre stage Get yourself a gun, ‘cos The Sopranos is coming back. Set in 1967 – against the backdrop of some very violent race riots – The Many Saints of Newark tells the story of Dickie Moltisanti (Chris’s dad). Alessandro Nivola, who played that character, spoke about the new prequel movie to Variety, revealing that Tony Soprano will also feature as a youngster.“Dickie, as he’s mentioned throughout the Sopranos series, was an important figure in Tony’s life,” Nivola said. “He was a real mentor figure, because Tony’s dad was is in prison a lot and Dickie didn’t have any children until later in his life until his early 40s, and so he treated Tony like a surrogate son.”
  4. BAFTAs: The Favourite is the favourite Royalty reigned supreme at the BAFTA nominations party earlier this week. Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody racked up four nods, Steve McQueen thriller Widows stole a solitary nomination for Best Actress (Viola Davis), Alexander McQueen documentary racked up a pair and finally, the Queen came home with a ceremony-leading 12 nominations for The Favourite. God save the Queens.
  5. Art comes alive in Velvet Buzzsaw While Bird Box scared its way through many Christmas living rooms over the festive period, we didn’t expect Netflix to tease another horror-thriller so soon. Silly us, eh? Velvet Buzzsaw dropped its first trailer on Thursday evening, frightening the pants off keyboard warriors everywhere. Reuniting writer-director Dan Gilroy with Nightcrawler stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo, Velvet Buzzsaw brings new meaning to the term ‘interactive art installation’. After a series of paintings by an unknown artist are discovered, a supernatural force enacts revenge on those who have allowed their greed to get in the way of art. Tate Modern, are you listening?