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Yann Demange rumored as frontrunner to direct next Bond film

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26 July, by Jake Nevins[ —]

The ’71 director tops the shortlist of potential directors for the new 007 film, followed by Arrival’s Denis Villeneuve and Hell or High Water’s David Mackenzie

The director Yann Demange is the frontrunner to direct the next Bond movie, which has a tentative release date of 8 November 2019, according to a report in Variety.

Related: James Bond film confirmed for 2019 – but no word on who will play 007

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UK film industry on a roll as it helps keep economy growing

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26 July, by Mark Sweney[ —]

ONS highlights role of sector as foreign movie and TV studios are attracted to Britain by government tax breaks and weak pound

The British film production boom, including the Han Solo spin-off from Star Wars and a live action remake of Disney’s Dumbo, is helping boost services industry growth as other sectors flag.

“Motion picture activities” – including production activity and income from box office hits such as Wonder Woman, Beauty and the Beast and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – were singled out by the Office for National Statistics on Wednesday as playing a significant role in the modest growth in UK GDP reported in the three months to the end of June.

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The incredible Jessica Williams: 'Great comedy comes from feeling like you've gotten punched up'

26 July, by Jake Nevins[ —]

The Daily Show’s ‘senior Beyoncé correspondent’ talks about taking on Fox News, the secret to political comedy – and her new film The Incredible Jessica James, about a woman struggling to find love in the age of Tinder

When Jessica Williams enters the room at Manhattan’s Bryant Park Hotel, her long arm extended for a handshake, she lets out a spontaneous belch. “Excuse me!” she says, hand over mouth, surprised by the untimely salutation.

If anyone can make burps endearing, it’s the former Daily Show correspondent. Williams was in a college cafeteria when she got the call from Comedy Central that made her the show’s first black female reporter. “I was at the Panda Express with my best friend,” she says. “I just started screaming, everybody’s looking at us, rolling their eyes, trying to eat their orange chicken.” She was 22 at the time, a senior at California State University, Long Beach, a 30-minute drive from her childhood home.

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47 Metres Down review – shark-cage thriller sinks to the bottom

26 July, by Peter Bradshaw[ —]

This film labours unpretentiously in the shadow of Spielberg’s Jaws, before it is almost harpooned by an outrageous final twist

This shark-attack thriller will always stay with me for one unprecedented event at the press screening I attended. The drama reaches its climax with an outrageous trick ending, and when the twist revealed itself, someone behind me shouted – and I mean literally shouted – two words, of which the second was “OFF”. I admired the clarity and force of his response, but on his reflection it was a little harsh about an unpretentious film whose destiny it is to toil in the shadow of Steven Spielberg’s Jaws.

Anyway: Mandy Moore and Claire Holt play Lisa and Kate, two super-hot sisters in bikinis who have gone on holiday to help Lisa get over a bad breakup. They are in Mexico, and have a go at lowering themselves in a cage to get up close and personal with sharks. (Mexico is cheerfully portrayed as a dodgy place where safety precautions are neither here nor there.) Needless to say, things go wrong. They are always keening and whining at each other: “Ohmygod, we’re running out of air … stay with me, Kate … stay with me Lisa … ohmygod we’re running out of air.”

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Bloodless, boring and empty: Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk left me cold

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26 July, by David Cox[ —]

Nolan’s celebrated story of the evacuation at Dunkirk trades guts and glory for a 12A airbrushed rendering of history. The true story is much more complex – and moving

Is it just me? Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk has bowled over critics and taken $100m (£77m) at the global box office in barely a week, but it left me cold.

The subject sounds enticing: the legend of Dunkirk tells of an array of unprepared civilians assembling an armada of fishing boats, pleasure craft, yachts, motor launches, paddle steamers, barges and lifeboats to rescue an army from a battle-swept beach. What might cinema reveal of the logistical skills, resourcefulness, courage, doubts, arguments and fears of the citizenry involved?

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Detroit review – Kathryn Bigelow rages against brutal chapter in US race struggle

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26 July, by Peter Bradshaw[ —]

Amid the erupting 1967 Detroit riots, John Boyega plays a security guard drawn in to a grotesque showdown with racist cops at the Algiers Motel

A pulse of heat and fear rises from Kathryn Bigelow’s new film Detroit: a throb of desperate rage at black lives not mattering. It begins with a brief, deadpan animated history of African Americans’ internal emigration in the 20th-century United States and then comes to the Detroit riots of 1967, interweaving fictional scenes with news footage. The movie is dynamically shot by cinematographer Barry Ackroyd; like Bigelow’s previous pictures Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker, it is written by Mark Boal and like those movies it has a painfully fraught attitude to men in uniform.

The action runs from a heavy-handed police crackdown on an unlicensed drinking club that triggered the disorder to an incident the movie regards as the main event, which incarnates all the violence, racism and bad faith: the “Algiers Motel incident” in which three white police officers were accused, along with one black security guard, of murdering three black civilians and savagely beating many more, including two white women. Unlike the security guard, the three white cops signed confessions which were ruled inadmissible in court and all four were acquitted. Bigelow and Boal plausibly surmise that the security guard was caught in the wrong place at the wrong time, the victim of a stitch-up and further mired in well-meaning attempts at exemplary respectability which earned him cynical contempt from the white authorities and laid him open to charges of Uncle Tom-ism from the black community.

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True crime plunderers: the dark truth about Hounds of Love and Australia's new gorefest

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26 July, by James Robert Douglas[ —]

A violent new breed of Australian thriller plays on suburban murder and the terrors of hitchhiking in the outback. They’ve been a hit at the box office – but does such harrowing realism come at a chilling cost?

One of the most startling what-ifs in the story of Australia’s worst serial killer couple is that the only survivor of their crimes was in danger of being ignored by police. On 10 November 1986, when a 17-year-old girl arrived at a small suburban police station in Perth with a story of kidnapping and abuse at the hands of a local couple, sceptical officers passed her over to one of their most inexperienced staff members, who was also the only woman on duty.

Constable Laura Hancock was 22 and had never even taken a statement before, but she quickly established that the teenager’s story was too clearly and emphatically told to dismiss. She described getting a lift from the couple while walking home the night before; once in the car a knife was held to her, and she was imprisoned and chained in the couple’s home on Moorhouse Street. She had escaped in the morning by breaking through a window, facing off a vicious dog in her flight to help.

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James Bond film confirmed for 2019 – but no word on who will play 007

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26 July, by Dan Carrier[ —]

New York Times have quoted anonymous sources saying Daniel Craig will reprise his role, but neither lead actor nor director have been confirmed

He is the original international man of mystery – so perhaps it is not surprising that there is still a cloak of secrecy over who will take on the mantle of James Bond in the secret agent’s next outing.

Film company Eon Productions, which produces Bond movies, and Metro Goldwyn Mayer, which owns the rights to the long-running franchise, said on Tuesday that the latest instalment would be released in November 2019.

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Dunkirk: how the Guardian reported the evacuation - archive, 1940

25 July, by Richard Nelsson[ —]

The Dunkirk evacuation, codenamed Operation Dynamo, saw the rescue of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) and other allied soldiers from the French seaport of Dunkirk. By 4 June 1940, nearly 350,000 troops had been saved

The basic facts of how the BEF came to be cut off in northern France was explained by the Guardian’s Evelyn Montague on 29 May 1940. Two days later, he was watching the rescued troops arriving back on British soil:

The miracle of the BEF’s return: Stories of the ordeal on Dunkirk beach
by EA Montague
1 June 1940

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Daniel Craig, Judi Dench and Idris Elba lead British invasion of Toronto film festival

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25 July, by Gwilym Mumford[ —]

Strong showing for UK-produced films in first batch of titles announced, along with US indie favourites such as Darren Aronofsky and Alexander Payne

The 42nd annual Toronto international film festival has a distinctly British flavour, with a number of UK films included in what is fast becoming one of the major events in the festival calendar.

Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Idris Elba and Kate Winslet are some of the homegrown names whose films are featured at the festival, which is regarded in the industry as a launchpad for Oscar hopefuls. They are are joined by an international cast of actors and directors that includes Emma Stone, Guillermo del Toro, Angelina Jolie and George Clooney.

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