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Brave new worlds: what can we learn from film's utopian visions?
From eco fantasies to dystopian nightmares, cinema has long explored how life might be different. Our post-lockdown existence could look to them for pointers

Anna Smith

31, Jul, 2020 @7:00 AM

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Clive James: ‘The Death Star is threatening me with a lethal dose of boredom’
All the special effects are bigger now, but you can’t bring on another Han Solo just by pressing a button

Clive James

20, May, 2017 @7:00 AM

Summer blockbusters 2015: how much can you remember? - quiz
The sun has retired and the ice cream has melted. Which means this year’s city-saving, helicopter-crashing, cinematic universe-expanding multiplex-fillers have come to an end. Were you paying attention? (spoiler warning)

Benjamin Lee

18, Aug, 2015 @11:55 AM

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Jurassic World success drives monster audiences before Spectre and Star Wars
The year began with pundits predicting record-breaking numbers for a trio of blockbusters – Avengers: Age of Ultron, Spectre and Star Wars – one of which the returning dinosaurs have already squashed

Charles Gant

16, Jun, 2015 @3:49 PM

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Disney set to lose up to $140m on Tomorrowland
Loss would be biggest since studio’s $150m financial misfire The Lone Ranger in 2013 and John Carter’s $200m loss in 2012

Ben Child

11, Jun, 2015 @7:20 AM

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The Spy who everyone loved: Melissa McCarthy comedy tops UK box office
Paul Feig’s third film with the Oscar nominated star tops the opening of their last action comedy The Heat, while Secret Cinema strikes back

Charles Gant

09, Jun, 2015 @3:09 PM

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Dwayne Johnson cracks the disaster movie as San Andreas hits the UK
Pitch Perfect 2’s top spot crumbles as The Rock’s earthquake thriller shakes up the UK box office chart

Charles Gant

02, Jun, 2015 @4:11 PM

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San Andreas rocks US, but Cameron Crowe does not have audiences at Aloha
The earthquake disaster movie performed well in cities on the fault line, while Crowe’s controversial romance Aloha opened in sixth place

Ben Child

01, Jun, 2015 @8:45 AM

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Pitch Perfect 2 and Mad Max: Fury Road continue UK box office domination
George Clooney’s Tomorrowland fails to budge Anna Kendrick and Tom Hardy from the top while François Ozon’s latest opens well

Charles Gant

27, May, 2015 @2:19 PM

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Tomorrowland's flop recalls past Disney disaster movies
Brad Bird’s $180m fantasia suffers a slow start, sowing doubts about George Clooney’s A-list leverage, while Pitch Perfect 2 makes sweet music internationally

Phil Hoad

27, May, 2015 @12:09 PM

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Worrying future for Tomorrowland as it tops US box office with weak $40.7m
Disney fantasy starring George Clooney may struggle to earn back $180m budget after slow start in North America and elsewhere

Ben Child

26, May, 2015 @8:23 AM

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Tomorrowland: A World Beyond review – a gorgeous, flawed utopia
Disney’s future-retro adventure has grand ideas and is amazing to look at, but the storytelling is not so sleek

Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

24, May, 2015 @7:00 AM

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