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Charlize Theron is better than the standard action in Netflix’s The Old Guard: review

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Some actors excel at playing ; Charlize Theron has never really been one of them. Even in rare (and excellent) outliers like Tully or Young Adult, there’s always the sense that she’s biding her time, waiting for the moment her character can break free from some sad basement suburbia and get back to the business of slaying or saving the day.

In other words, squaring up for exactly the kind of role she takes on in The Old Guard, a movie that finds Theron once again playing a life form vastly superior to humans. As Andromach the Scythian — you can call her Andy — she’s the leader of a band of immortal warriors that includes Matthias Schoenaerts and If Beale Street Could Talk’s KiKi Layne.

And she’s great at it, unsurprisingly, even if her lonely enforcer is rarely as fierce as Mad Max: Fury Road’s Furiosa nor as fun as Atomic Blonde’s platinum assassin (though her hair, chopped into a glossy chocolate pageboy, does at least bring back memories of Aeon Flux’s iconic bob.)

Maybe that’s because poor Andy has spent a thousand-plus years fighting for justice and freedom, and now her worst foe is a peevish pharma bro (Harry Potter’s Harry Melling) intent on forcibly extracting the warriors’ deathless DNA for his own nefarious ends. Or maybe it’s that she, and we, have seen so much of this before.

Some fans literally have, at least on the page: Greg Rucka’s script is based on his own cult graphic-novel series of the same name, and he handles the basic mythology breezily enough in a few brief expository flashbacks that show how the crew came to be over millennia (a Crusades battle here, a little Napoleonic warfare there).

Layne’s Nile is the new kid, a nervy young Marine who wakes up in an Afghan field hospital to find a fatal injury mysteriously healed; one moment it’s a gaping flesh wound, the next it’s disappearing like a time-lapsed kitten scratch. That makes her a convenient proxy for the audience, though the story doesn’t leave a lot of room to mourn the life she’s forced to leave behind.

Or to bring much nuance to the much-heralded queer romance between Old Guards Joe and Nicky (Marwan Kanzari and Luca Marinelli); mostly it just marks the spot — a happy flag planted for LGBTQ representation — and moves on. Chiwetel Ejiofor is also largely wasted as the agent who’s been tracking them all for years.

Which seems like even more of a shame considering the kind of intimate storytelling director Gina Prince-Bythewood hails from; her sensitive handling of romantic dramas like Beyond the Lights and Love & Basketball would seem to serve those of the film far better than it does its bloody but mostly quotidian fight scenes.

That leaves a movie that, beneath its strong female presence and few contemporary bits of flair, has a sort of inevitable bog-standard action feel, just entertaining enough in its live-die-repeat machinations to pass the minimal engagement test. But as the lurches toward its climactic showdown, it’s hard not to wish for more of nearly everything but bullets: more banter, more backstory, more scale and visual wit. And more, too, of the fellow warrior (Van Veronica Ngo) who may have been Andy’s only equal before cruel fate (or just a mean screenplay) stole her away.

If The Old Guard doesn’t bring many new tricks, it does have what seems like a pretty sweet deal with Netflix; the final scene slyly opens the door to a sequel, and an opportunity mere mortals are rarely granted in the real world: the chance to rip it all up and start again. B–

The Old Guard begins streaming on Netflix July 10.

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The Crown, Nomadland Win Big at Critics Choice Awards 2021, Here’s the Complete List of Winners

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The 26th Annual Critics Choice Awards saw Chloe Zhaos Nomadland and the series, The Crown, win most of the accolades during the ceremony hosted by Taye Diggs in an in-person/virtual hybrid show on Monday morning according to Indian time. Just like the recently-concluded Golden Globes award ceremony, a few presenters were on a stage in Los Angeles, while nominees appeared on screen from all across the world. The American drama film, Nomadland, starring McDormand, won Best Picture while Chloe Zhao won the Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay. Golden Globes 2021: HFPA Issues Statement Assuring ‘Transformational Change’ After Diversity Controversy at 78th Golden Globe Awards.



Actor Chadwick Boseman, who passed away last year due to colon cancer, won the Best Actor for his role in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and Carey Mulligan won the Best Actress for Promising Young Women. The Crown saw Josh O’Connor and Emma Corrin win in the Best Actor and Best Actress in Drama Series respectively, while Gillian Anderson won the Best Supporting Actress award in Drama Series for her role of former British Prime Minister Margret Thatcher on the show. BAFTA 2021: The British Academy Releases The Nominations For Rising Star Award A Week Before Unveiling The Full List, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Bukky Bakray Nominated.




Jason Sudeikis’ Ted Lasso won big awards in the TV comedy category, winning the Best Comedy award, as well as trophies for Sudeikis (Best Actor in Comedy Series) and Hannah Waddingham (Best Actress in a Comedy Series). The Canadian comedy show Schitt’s Creek continued its good run at award shows and won two awards, both in acting categories. O’Hara won the Best Actress in a Comedy Series, while Daniel Levy won the Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series award.

Complete Winners List of  26th Annual Critics Choice Awards

Best Picture: Nomadland

Best: Director: Chloe Zhao, Nomadland

Best Actor: Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Best Actress: Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman

Best Supporting Actor: Daniel Kaluuya, Judas And The Black Messiah

Best Supporting Actress: Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Gillian Anderson, The Crown

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Michael K. Williams, Lovecraft Country

Best Supporting Actor in a Movie Made for Television or Limited Series: Donald Sutherland, The Undoing

Best Supporting Actress in a Movie Made for Television or Limited Series: Uzo Aduba, Mrs. America

Best Young Actor or Actress: Alan S. Kim, Minari

Best Actor in a Drama Series: Josh O’Connor, The Crown

Best Actress in a Drama Series: Emma Corrin, The Crown

Best Actress in a Movie Made for Television or Limited Series: Anya Taylor-Joy, The Queen’s Gambit

Best Actor in a Movie Made for Television or Limited Series: John Boyega, Small Axe

Best Comedy: Palm Springs



Best Comedy Special: Jerry Seinfeld: 23 Hours to Kill; and Michelle Buteau: Welcome to Buteaupia

Best Acting Ensemble: “The Trial Of The Chicago 7

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Daniel Levy, Schitt’s Creek

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Hannah Waddingham, Ted Lasso

Best Actor in a Comedy Series: Jason Sudeikis, Ted Lasso

Best Actress in a Comedy Series: Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek

Best Comedy Series: Ted Lasso

Best Drama Series: The Crown

Best Talk Show: Late Night with Seth Meyers

Best Limited Series: The Queen’s Gambit

#SeeHer Award: Zendaya

Best Movie Made for Television: Hamilton

Best Short-Form Series: Better Call Saul: Ethics Training With Kim Wexler

Best Cinematography: Joshua James Richards, Nomadland

Best Film Editing: Mikkel E.G. Nielsen for Sound Of Metal and Alan Baumgarten for The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Effects: Tenet

Best Hair and Makeup: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Best Costume Design: Ann Roth, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Best Production Design: Donald Graham Burt, Jan Pascale for Mank

Best Original Screenplay: Promising Young Woman

Best Adapted Screenplay: Nomadland

Best Foreign Language Film: Minari

Best Song: Speak now (One Night In Miami)

Best Original Score: Jon Batiste, Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross for Soul

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Mar 08, 2021 01:46 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).





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Rhea Chakraborty Returns to Social Media With Heartwarming Insta Post on International Women’s Day 2021

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Actress Rhea Chakraborty, who was named the Sushant Singh Rajput death case, has made a comeback on social media on the occasion of International Women’s Day on Monday, months after she was released from jail. Rhea posted a picture on Instagram, where she is seen holding her mother’s hand. “Happy Women’s Day to us .. Maa and me .. together forever … my strength, my faith, my fortitude – my Maa #love #faith #fortitude #strength#mother #womenwhoinspire#womenempowerment,” she captioned the image, which has 92.8K likes. Rhea Chakraborty’s Lawyer Reacts to NCB’s 12,000-Page Charge Sheet on the Actress, Says ‘All Efforts Have Been Directed Towards Her’.



Her last update on the photo-sharing website was on August 27, 2020, shortly after which she went off social media following the controversy that has hounded her after the death of her boyfriend, actor Sushant Singh Rajput. Her last post in August was a video clip of media personnels mobbing her father Indrajit Chakraborty as he tries to enter their Rhea Chakraborty’s Lawyer ‘Satisfied’ with Bombay HC’s Decision on Sushant Singh Rajput’s Sister Priyanka Singh.




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Rhea was recently named in the first NCB charge sheet along with 32 others, icluding her brother Showik, in a drug-related probe into the Sushant’s death case.






(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Mar 08, 01:28 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).

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The Crown Funny Memes And Jokes Go Viral Post Meghan Markle And Prince Harry’s Explosive Interview To Oprah Winfrey

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry sat down with Oprah Winfrey for a tell-all on their time as a Royal couple and what happened after they decided to exit the monarchy. It was expected to be a expose but how big it could get only became apparent when the excerpts from the chat show went viral on Twitter. Everything the couple disclosed about the royal family got shocking reactions from people. It was only time before memes flooded Twitter and they did. The target here is Netflix and The CrownMeghan Markle Accuses the British Royal Family of Racism in Oprah Winfrey Interview, Claims She Had Suicidal Thoughts During Pregnancy



The Crown chronicles Queen Elizabeth II’s reign as the sovereign monarch of England and already had four seasons. The last one saw a lot of because it was promoted as the Lady Diana season with Emma Corrin playing the controversial and yet the most loved royalty ever. Now after Meghan Markle’s statements, Twitterati is wondering if Netflix would sign her to play her in the upcoming seasons of The Crown.




Check out the funny memes on The Crown…

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Just watching The Crown for real…

Question Of The Century: Will she, won’t she?

Buckingham Palace trying to buck !

And the possibilities have already been predicted!

We can only say one thing after going through these memes and jokes, is Netflix listening?

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Mar 08, 2021 01:26 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).

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