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Paddington 2 breaks Rotten Tomatoes reviews record
Until recently, Greta Gerwig's Lady Bird held the Rotten Tomatoes record for the most unbroken positive reviews for a film. It sustained a perfect 100% rating with 217 reviews in total, beating prior record holder Toy Story 2's 164. However, one additional negative write-up brought Lady Bird's overall rating down from 100% to 99% (still, that's nothing to be sniffed at).
Now, a very different type of film has taken up the mantle: Paddington 2, which has sustained its 100% RT rating with 169 reviews. That officially makes it RT's best reviewed movie of all time.
"It’s incredibly gratifying," director Paul King tells Deadline. "It’s such a strange process making these films which are preposterously labor-intensive. Normally you feel a film is coming into shape fairly quickly, but when it’s semi-animated so much of it evolves over the following year and you spend so many dozens of hours in darkened rooms looking at incredibly small details. You get incredibly meticulous and controll-y over every last frame. But there’s a danger you entirely lose your mind — and there’s an extraordinary moment when your head comes above water and the first response is from critics."
It just goes to show that reviewers on both sides of the Atlantic (the film has only just been released in America) can't get enough of the marmalade-loving Peruvian hero. What did you think of Paddington 2? Let us know @Cineworld.
Gary Oldman and Frances McDormand win big at the SAG awards
It may be time for Gary Oldman to start clearing some space for that Oscar. The Darkest Hour star walked away with last night's Screen Actors Guild award for Best Actor, the latest in a long line of prizes honouring his performance as Winston Churchill. Oldman has now opened up a significant lead in this year's awards race and an Oscar seems more of a dead cert than ever. (The nominations are announced tomorrow.)
It wasn't just Oldman's night. Frances McDormand, star of coruscating black comedy-drama Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, nabbed Best Actress. McDormand's performance as a bereaved mother on a crusade against her local police force has received unanimous critical acclaim, and it looks increasingly likely she'll pick up her second Oscar (her first came in 1996 for the Coen brothers' Fargo).
The Three Billboards victories didn't stop there: Sam Rockwell won Best Supporting Actor and has subsequently boosted his own Oscar chances.
Steven Spielberg takes us behind the scenes of Ready Player One
Are you ready to enter the OASIS? You soon will be when you watch this latest Ready Player One video. Director Steven Spielberg, currently gathering plaudits for The Post, introduces us to the breathtaking virtual reality world of his new adventure. It's a place of boundless imagination where all manner of pop culture icons (everyone from Lara Croft to the Iron Giant) are mashed up together.
Ready Player One is adapted from Ernest Cline's bestselling book, stars Tye Sheridan, Ben Mendelsohn and Mark Rylance, and hits Cineworld on 30th March. Check out the video below.