Movie Review: ‘Burnt’

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Box Office: Bradley Cooper’s ‘Burnt’ Cooks Up $250,000 on Thursday.

The 40-year-old “American Sniper” actor said he thought being one of those was “cool”, as he found chefs similar to rock stars, reported E! online. “I just sort of thought it was cool and that chefs were cool when I was a kid and I just thought that chefs were like rock stars. Burnt is the latest of a recent surge in cooking movies, and most certainly the juiciest — after Chef and The Hundred-Foot Journey — thanks to the presence of Bradley Cooper in the leading-man role.Bradley Cooper is the type of actor who could make an interesting film about a man who sat around and read the Yellow Pages out loud everyday. (Are there still Yellow Pages?) He never gives a bad performance.Bradley Cooper’s “Burnt” has cooked up a modest $250,000 in Thursday night previews while “Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse” scared up $140,000 at 690 locations, portending a mild Halloween weekend at the U.S. box office.In this week’s new releases, “Suffragette” explores the story of early 20th century British activists fighting for women’s right to vote, and Bradley Cooper stars as a troubled chef looking to rebuild his career in “Burnt.” ★★★ “Suffragette” (PG-13) “With its sepia tones and stirring themes, ‘Suffragette’ arrives in theaters with the full weight of history and topical resonance behind it.

Coming off last year’s smash hit “American Sniper” and the disaster “Aloha,” Bradley Cooper trades a high-powered rifle and military togs for chef’s knives and a toque in “Burnt,” a histrionic, not-very-convincing drama about the food world’s formerly hottest chef turned recovering drug addict who is taking a shot at redemption. In “Burnt,” he plays an internationally renown Chef, Adam Jones, who loses a fast lane career as one of Europe’s best and most talented culinary stars because of his addiction to drugs, and the resultant self-destructive behavior. “Burnt” is a redemption movie. Directed by John Wells (“August: Osage County”) and scripted by the usually reliable Steven Knight (“Locke,” “Eastern Promises”), “Burnt” begins when Cooper’s ex-master Adam Jones arrives in London from Paris, where he has burned his bridges, and tries to assemble a new team to transform a hotel’s restaurant run by his ex-friend and co-worker Tony (Daniel Bruhl) into London’s most exclusive place to eat. I also thought I wanted to be a ninja, you know what I mean, but then I realised that I only wanted to play them in movies,” Cooper said. “Growing up in an Italian household, my grandmother was an incredible cook and we just grew up with basically food being all that we talked about.

Once upon a time, Cooper’s Adam Jones was the toast of Paris, but a meltdown and multiple addictions forced him to the relative backwater of New Orleans while he licked his wounds. Among the disciples Adam recruits are beautiful single mother and sous-chef Helene (Sienna Miller), former rival Michel (Omar Sy, “The Intouchables”), ex-convict Max (Riccardo Scamarcio) and struggling Brit novice David (Sam Keeley).

You either talked about what you were going to eat, what you just ate, and what you’re going to eat tomorrow.” “They came over and I would just love to test out stuff. In the John Wells directorial, his character cleans up and returns to London, determined to redeem himself by spearheading a top restaurant that can gain three Michelin stars. “Whether I could have gone to the level that these characters are at and the people that I interviewed, god knows? Forecasts have pegged “Burnt” for a $7 million launch, edging “Crisis” at $6 million. “Scouts Guide” is expected to come in at about $4 million. It’s not pretty, but it captures something that few cooking movies do: reality.” – Stephanie Merry ★★ “Our Brand is Crisis” (R) “Both director David Gordon Green (‘Pineapple Express,’ ‘All the Real Girls’) and screenwriter Peter Straughan (‘Frank,’ ‘Wolf Hall’) have skillfully dished out comedy and drama before. Fox’s space adventure should bring in $10 million in its fifth weekend, while Sony’s family film is looking at $8 million to $9 million in its third frame.

Download the all new Zee News app for Android and iOS to stay up to date with latest headlines and news stories in Politics, Entertainment, Sports, Technology, Business and much more from India and around the world. How else will they know you’re a genius? … The first half … is so stuffed with bad-boy clichés and arias of egomania it felt like a MAD magazine parody of Top Chef season 6. Director Hou Hsiao-hsien flips that setup in ‘The Assassin,’ and not just because the film is about a reluctant female killer in 9th-century China. I almost felt bad for Bradley Cooper.” “Every thoughtful story beat and every well-observed character moment happens with such predictability and slick professionalism that the whole project seems smothered in bland sweetness. The cast includes Billy Bob Thornton, Anthony Mackie, Joaquim de Almeida, Ann Dowd and Scoot McNairy. “Scouts Guide” and the studio’s “Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension” are part of an experiment that allows Paramount to debut films digitally 17 days after they leave most theaters in return for giving exhibitors like AMC a cut of the home entertainment revenue.

This mesmerizingly beautiful drama ponders themes of duty, patience, isolation and compassion.” – Mark Jenkins ★½ “Nasty Baby” (R) “‘Nasty Baby,’ the latest film by Chilean writer-director Sebastián Silva, is provocative to the point of unpleasantness. Though the cast is full of recognizable character actors and the Bohemian urban setting is instantly familiar from a host of similar films, ‘Nasty Baby’ is an awkward and grim affair.” – Alan Zilberman ★★ “I Smile Back” (R) “Viewers who witnessed her (Sarah Silverman’s) supporting performance in the 2012 drama ‘Take This Waltz’ won’t be surprised that she has the chops to sustain a lead performance. Still, this feels like a breakout for an actress poised to join Kristen Wiig as another famous funny lady capable of plumbing astonishing depths of vulnerability and inner sadness. If ‘I Smile Back’ accomplishes anything, it proves that Silverman is no joke.” – Ann Hornaday ★★★ “The Cut” (Unrated) “In an epic that stretches from eastern Turkey in 1915 to North Dakota eight yars later, ‘The Cut’ presents a haunting portrait of what has come to be known as the Armenian genocide and its aftermath.

Cardiff-born Matthew Rhys is quite good as Adam’s rival chef. “It Girl” Alicia Vikander comes and goes as Adam’s ex-girlfriend and the daughter of his French mentor. Written and directed by Turkish-German filmmaker Fatih Akin — best known for his fervid 2004 romantic drama ‘Head-On’ — it’s the first film by a director of Turkish heritage to candidly take on this historical tragedy.” – Vanessa H. I actively loathed this asshat for most of the movie, which made his comeuppance (a truly inspired one) more delicious….” “The movie has a problematic penchant for extremes, first asking us to appreciate its subject’s off-putting artistic perfectionism, then to root for his clichéd redemption.

Rob) Schenck, a longtime anti-abortion activist and founder of the Washington religious outreach group Faith and Action, had a epiphany after the 2013 Navy Yard shootings: It was no longer possible — for him, at any rate — to reconcile his beliefs with pro-gun politics.” – Michael O’Sullivan ★★★½ “Difret” (Unrated) “The film’s prominence is due in no small part to Angelina Jolie, who served as executive producer. Guilty as charged.)” “Miller stands out — though there’s something dispiriting about the way she simply melts into our hero’s arms like butter in a sizzling pan.

These two actors do their best to generate legitimate romantic chemistry with underwhelming material, but Burnt gives them little to chew on aside from the usual scraps of undercooked material (and plenty of excuses for bad puns).”

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