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Wonder Woman, Weinstein and Beauty and the Beast: a year in the cinema

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Wonder Woman, Weinstein and Beauty and the Beast: a year in the cinema

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Our cinema review of the year kicks off with the passing of Jerry Lewis.

Our cinema review of the year kicks off with the passing of Jerry Lewis. With Dean Martin the 91-year-old formed one of the most succesful entertainment duos after the second world war before forging a solo career.

Roger Moore
My name is Moore, Roger Moore. The British actor took over the role of 007 James Bond from Sean Connery in 1972. He was also known as Simon Templar in the TV series The Saint and as Lord Brett Sinclair in The Persuaders Moore passed away in May aged 89.

Jeanne Moreau
Jeanne Moreau who was 89 when she died in May – was probably one of France most iconic actresses. In a career spanning sixty years, she worked in more than 70 films.

George A Romero
Romero was the godfather of Zombie movies and one of the most influential pioneers of the horror film genre. The Amercian-canadian film director was 77 when he lost his battle against lung cancer.

Martin Landau
Charlie Chaplin inspired American actor Martin Landau to go into acting. He made his first major film appearance in Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest“and received many awards for his acting. He was 89.

Jean Rochefort
Jean Rochefort was one of France’s most familiar actors, having appeared in more than 160 films.He was 87.

Michael Ballhaus
German cinematographer Michael Ballhaus, who has died aged 81 in August, started his career in the 70s working for German film director Rainer Werner Fassbinder before going to Hollywood. There worked with Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Robert Redford and Wolfgang Petersen.

Bud Spencer
The whole world knew Italian actor Carlo Pedersoli as Bud Spencer and everybody knows his punchy style. He is known for action-comedy roles with his long-time film partner Terence Hill.

Harvey Weinstein
The Harvey Weinstein scandal dominated the cinema news worldwide this autumn. The career of Hollywood’s most powerful film mogul was destroyed after The Times and The New Yorker published scathing reports accusing him of intimidating, sexually harassing, abusing and raping women for decades.

Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey’s career collapsed like a house of cards after numerous men alleged that Spacey had sexually harassed or assaulted them, some of them were even minors at the time. Spacey was removed from the cast of the last season of House of Cards. Ridley Scott cut out all scenes with Spacey playing the industrialist J Paul Getty in the biographical film “All the Money in the World, replacing him with Christopher Plummer.

Beauty and the Beast
Beauty and the Beast (La Belle et la Bête) was made with a budget of $160 million, but grossed over $1.2 billion worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing live-action musical film. It’s the 10th-highest-grossing film of all time.

Despicable Me 3
There was huge critical and comercial success for the American 3D computer-animated action comedy film Despicable Me 3. Its $80 million budget was dwarfed by the $1.032 billion takings at the box office.

Logan
Superheroes film had a very stong comeback on the cinema screens – Hugh Jackman back in the movie Logan as Wolverine. The $100m film recouped six times its budget at the box office.

It
It proved that the horror genre is healthier than ever. The $35 million film set numerous box office records and has grossed $694m worldwide.

Dunkirk

Christopher Nolan’s World War II drama Dunkirk made with $100 million became the highest-grossing second world war film of all time, taking $525m in all markets.

Valerian
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets was made by Luc Besson for an estimated budget of almost $200m – But so far the French 3D science fiction adventure film has only made $225.2m.

Wonder Woman

Girl power is more and more appreciated by cinema goers. With Gal Gadot as the lady with the lasso, it was the top superhero movie of the year making $821m worldwide