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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The best new movies of 2017

The best new movies of 2017

Lego Ninjago
Lego Ninjago release date: 13 October 2017

Starring: Dave Franco, Justin Theroux, Olivia Munn, Jackie Chan

What we know: We've had regular Lego, and Batman Lego, so now it's time for ninja Lego on the big screen. The company's uber-popular Ninjago sub-brand is its latest to get the cinematic treatment, with an epic tale of fathers, sons, and... giant cats? Oh, and did we mention Jackie Chan is in it? Because Jackie Chan is in it.

Thor: Ragnarok
Thor: Ragnarok release date: 27 October 2017

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Cate Blanchett, Tom Hiddleston, Jeff Goldblum

What we know: Marvel's God of Thunder is back in his third (and potentially final) solo film, and this time he's up against the Norse apocalypse. First though, he'll have to survive a gladiatorial arena that pits him against former teammate The Hulk. Thor: The Dark World was a bit of a disappointment, but new director Taika Waititi brings some very strong comedic chops with him, and the early pitch of a Thor/Hulk buddy movie is easily enough to get us excited.

Jigsaw
Jigsaw release date: 27 October 2017

Starring: Callum Keith Rennie, Laura Vandervoort Tobin Bell

What we know: If you thought the Saw franchise had passed into the great horror movie graveyard in the sky, you'd be forgiven. But against the odds, it's back in the multiplex this Halloween with Jigsaw. Thankfully, this is no reboot or remake - it seems to be a continuation of the story, though hopefully it won't require you to have seen all bazillion of the originals to make sense of it.


Paddington 2
Paddington 2 release date: 10 November 2017

Starring: Ben Whishaw, Peter Capaldi, Hugh Grant, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins

What we know: The first Paddington was an absolute delight from start to finish (we rated it one of the best family films ever), and we can only hope the sequel offers more of the same. This time around, everyone's favourite bear from deepest, darkest Peru is entering the working world to save up for a present for his Aunt Lucy, and no doubt everything will go charmingly wrong.

Justice League
Justice League release date: 17 November 2017

Starring: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, Ray Fisher

What we know: Newcomers Aquaman, The Flash, and Cyborg join together with Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman to tackle a new apocalyptic threat in DC's Avengers alternative. While the company's superhero epics have been box office hits, up until Wonder Woman they hadn't wowed critics - or fans - and Justice League will have to pull out all the stops to impress. Fortunately, director Zack Snyder has promised a lighter tone than his grimdark Batman v Superman, and the Comic-Con trailer even includes a few genuine jokes, while reshoots from Joss Whedon could add more. Could this be the DC movie we've all been waiting for?

Starring: Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Anthony Gonzalez

What we know: Pixar's latest entirely original film takes its inspiration from Día de los Muertos (aka the Day of the Dead), and promises to have an entirely Mexican cast. It boasts one of Pixar's best directors, so we're expecting stunning animation, a lot of laughs, and to be left in floods and floods of tears by the end, while the first trailer sets up some strong musical themes and the adorably manic pup Dante.

Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi release date: 15 December 2017

Starring: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher

What we know: After last year's excellent standalone film Rogue One, Star Wars is going back to more familiar territory this December with a follow-up to The Force Awakens. Director Rian Johnson has promised it will pick up immediately where that film left off - meaning we will finally actually hear Luke Skywalker say something - while Adam Driver will be back as the wonderfully impetuous Kylo Ren. Still, none of that can make up for the fact that this will be our last ever film with Carrie Fisher as Princess (now General) Leia. You'll find us bawling in the back row.

Pitch Perfect 3
Pitch Perfect 3 release date: 22 December 2017

Starring: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Elizabeth Banks

What we know: The Bellas are back in the third outing for one of the least probable comedy franchises of all time. The girls are now out of college, and discovering that being a member of a hit student a cappella group doesn't immediately translate into brilliant job prospects. Who'd a thunk it?

Bright
Bright release date: 22 December 2017

Starring: Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace

What we know: Netflix has made movies before, but nothing quite like this: a $100m fantasy blockbuster starring Will Smith. From Fury and Suicide Squad director David Ayer, Bright sees Smith play a cop who gets a new partner - an orc. It's basically trying to be a gritty cop drama with fairies (who seem to be used as a not-so-subtle allegory for racism), but we'll watch Smith in just about anything.

Early Man
Early Man release date: 26 January 2018

Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams, Timothy Spall

What we know: The latest film from Wallace & Gromit and Chicken Run creator Nick Park is taking us back to the Stone Age as Eddie Redmayne's Dug has to lead his tribe to victory against some local Bronze Age upstarts. It's an Aardman animation, so expect over-sized teeth, wacky animals, and oodles of slapstick humour - something the trailer delivers in spades:

Black Panther
Black Panther release date: 9 February 2018

Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira

What we know: After debuting in Captain America: Civil War, Chadwick Boseman is back as Black Panther, Marvel's all-African superhero who just also happens to be a king. The mostly black cast looks like a huge step forward for superheroic diversity, and it doesn't hurt that the action is probably going to be pretty top-notch too.

Maze Runner: The Death Cure
Maze Runner: The Death Cure UK release date: 9 February 2018

Starring: Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Katherine Emmanuel

What we know: The third (and final?) Maze Runner movie finally arrives after lengthy delays caused by an on-set injury to star Dylan O'Brien, promising answers once and for all about just why maze running is so great anyway. Will there be mazes? Maybe. Running? Probably. Improbably attractive young stars wooing each other in the midst of it all? Absolutely.

The Shape of Water
The Shape of Water UK release date: 16 February 2018

Starring: Sally Hawkins, Doug Jones, Michael Shannon, Octavia Spencer

What we know: The latest creature feature from renowned director Guillermo Del Toro looks likely to be more weepy than scary, focussing on the forbidden love between a deaf woman and a mute fish man who lives in a government facility. It's a tale as old as time and all that. Still, it looks lovely, it won the top prize at the Venice Film Festival, and critics have been raving.

Pacific Rim: Uprising
Pacific Rim: Uprising release date: 23 February 2018

Starring: John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Burn Gorman

What we know: Giant robots meet giant monsters. Again. This sequel to Guillermo Del Toro's masterpiece of monster mayhem comes from TV veteran Steven S. DeKnight, and stars John Boyega (of Star Wars fame) as the son of the first film's Idris Elba character. This time the robots are sleeker, the monsters are bigger, and it's gonna be bloody great.

Red Sparrow
Red Sparrow UK release date: 2 March 2018

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Charlotte Rampling, Jeremy Irons

What we know: Jennifer Lawrence is a super-spy in this new thriller which sees her trained as a 'Sparrow', a Russian agent who uses every tool at her disposal to seduce and eliminate her targets. That all sounds pretty familiar, but the trailer suggests a welcome dark tone to the film, so there might be more here than the plot summary suggests.

The First Tomb Raider
The First Tomb Raider release date: 16 March 2018

Starring: Alicia Vikander, Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu, Hannah John-Kamen

What we know: The First Tomb Raider stars Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft, aged here at just 21. The film is set seven years after her eccentric adventurer father's death, and shows her determined to go against his wishes and discover what really happened to him. She sets off on a perilous adventure to his last-known destination, a fabled tomb on an island off the coast of Japan, and it's here that she earns herself the name Tomb Raider.

Ready Player One
Ready Player One release date: 30 March 2018

Starring: Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn

What we know: Based on the best-selling novel by Ernest Cline, Ready Player One is a pop culture-soaked tribute to the '80s. Set in 2045, it centres on a virtual reality contest with a fortune as the prize - and the answer is almost certainly hidden in its creator's obsession with the music, films, TV, and most importantly videogames of the '80s. Steven Spielberg is in the director's chair, so hopefully it should be in safe hands.

Isle of Dogs
Isle of Dogs UK release date: 30 March 2018

Starring: Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Scarlett Johansson, Jeff Goldblum

What we know: The latest film from auteur director Wes Anderson sees him return to stop-motion animation for one of his strangest stories yet. Imagining a future where Japan is overrun by dogs, the excess canines are shipped off to an island rubbish dump, which one young boy journeys to on a quest to reclaim his own missing pooch. It's all very, very Wes Anderson - make of that what you will.

Deadpool 2
Deadpool 2 release date: 1 June 2018

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin

What we know: Ryan Reynolds is back as the Merc with a Mouth in the sequel to 2016's surprise R-rated hit. We barely know anything about the film, and there's no trailer yet, but what we do have is a short teaser released alongside Logan, the latest Wolverine movie. It's a look at Deadpool's own take on a superhero staple, which goes predictably awry.

Paddington 2
Paddington 2 release date: 10 November 2017

Starring: Ben Whishaw, Peter Capaldi, Hugh Grant, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins

What we know: The first Paddington was an absolute delight from start to finish (we rated it one of the best family films ever), and we can only hope the sequel offers more of the same. This time around, everyone's favourite bear from deepest, darkest Peru is entering the working world to save up for a present for his Aunt Lucy, and no doubt everything will go charmingly wrong.

Friday, August 28, 2015

All Is Well

All Is Well (film)


All Is Well is a 2015 Bollywood romantic comedy-drama film directed by Umesh Shukla and produced by Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Shyam Bajaj and Varun Bajaj and co-produced by Ajay Kapoor. It stars Abhishek Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor, Asin and Supriya Pathak in lead roles. The film tackles a thorny issue with a social message similar to Shukla's previous venture OMG – Oh My God!. The film released on 21 August 2015 The official trailer of the film was released on 1 July 2015


Filming
Following the two week workshop from 1 October 2013 involving lead actors Asin and Bachchan, the shooting of the film began on the auspicious Eid on 16 October 2013 which was confirmed by Abhishek Bachchan on Twitter. Director Shukla shot the film in Nasik, Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Dubai, London, and throughout different cities in India. A part of the filming with Asin was also done in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh.


Development
Director Shukla spotted many locations for filming in Dubai and different cities in India. After the location was fixed, the whole team including lead actors Abhishek Bachchan and Asin were part of a workshop to prepare shooting for the film.



Soundtrack
All Is Well
Soundtrack album by Himesh Reshammiya, Mithoon, Meet Bros Anjjan, Amaal Mallik
Released 20 July 2015
Genre       Feature film soundtrack
Length      26:55
Language    Hindi
Label         T-Series
The music for All Is Well is composed by Himesh Reshammiya while lyrics are by Shabbir Ahmed (lyricist), Mayur Puri and Kumaar. The music rights for the film are acquired by T-Series. The full audio album was released on 20 July 2015.

No.       Title     Lyrics               Singer(s)          Length
1.  "Chaar Shanivaar"      Amaal Mallik  ,Vishal Dadlani, Armaan Malik, Rap by Badshah 
2.         "Baaton Ko Teri"         Shabbir Ahmed           Himesh Reshammiya  Arijit Singh     
3.         "Nachan Farrate"        Kumaar           Meet Bros Anjjan        Kanika Kapoor, Meet Bros Anjjan      
4.         "Mere Humsafar
(Recreation of Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak's song)"    Amitabh Verma
(Original lyrics by Majrooh Sultanpuri)          Mithoon
(Original composition by Anand-Milind)        Mithoon, Tulsi Kumar
(Originally sung by Alka Yagnik and Udit Narayan)   
5.         "Tu Milade"     Mayur Puri      Himesh Reshammiya  Ankit Tiwari     

6.         "YOLO"            Kumaar           Himesh Reshammiya  SreeramaChandra



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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Furious 7

Furious 7

Directed by James Wan
Produced by
Neal H. Moritz
Vin Diesel
Michael Fottrell
Written by Chris Morgan
Based on Characters
by Gary Scott Thompson
Starring
Vin Diesel
Paul Walker
Dwayne Johnson
Michelle Rodriguez
Tyrese Gibson
Chris Bridges
Jordana Brewster
Djimon Hounsou
Kurt Russell
Jason Statham
Music by 
Brian Tyler
Cinematography
Stephen F. Windon
Marc Spicer
Edited by
Christian Wagner
Leigh Folsim Boyd
Dylan Highsmith
Kirk M. Morri
Production
company
Original Film
One Race Films
Media Rights Capital
China Film
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates
April 1, 2015 (TCL Chinese Theatre)
April 3, 2015 (United States)
Running time
137 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $190 million
Box office $1.512 billion




Furious 7 (often stylized as Furious Seven and alternatively known as Fast Seven and Fast & Furious 7) is a 2015 American action film directed by James Wan and written by Chris Morgan. It is the seventh installment in The Fast and the Furious franchise. The film stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris Bridges, Jordana Brewster, Kurt Russell, and Jason Statham. Furious 7 follows Dominic Toretto (Diesel), Brian O'Conner (Walker) and the rest of their team, who have returned to the United States to live normal lives after securing amnesty for their past crimes in Fast & Furious 6 (2013), until Deckard Shaw (Statham), a rogue special forces assassin seeking to avenge his comatose younger brother, puts them in danger once again

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Skyfall Movie Review

Skyfall starts off in vintage Bond style, with a doozy of a fight/chase. It's long, fairly bloody, gleefully inventive, and at the end of it, Bond is in the perfect position to vanish off the face of the earth forever. And really, why wouldn't you? The poor sod has been thrashed, bashed, shot, stabbed, bitten, and widowed for England for half a century now. He has been sacked, racked, and hacked about. He has even had to endure the vast indignation of being played by an Australian. Small wonder then, that Skyfall finds Bond in a pensive frame of mind, and genuinely wondering whether it's all been worth the bloody effort.

Which makes as fine a place from which to re-launch and re-invigorate the series as I could imagine.

Bond, of course, snaps out of his ennui the moment he realises his beloved M (Judi Dench) is in peril. What ensues, across a pleasing array of locations, is a classic Bond yarn, with all the sillinesses that implies. There are gunfights, deaths by giant lizard, beauteous women and hideous henchmen at every stop along the way, just as there should be. And in Javier Bardem, with a haircut he's nicked from an old Patrick Swayze movie, and an accent that can only be described as the world's first menacing lisp, Skyfall has found one of the truly great Bond villains.

Skyfall is a film that has a lot of fun with it's own heritage, and which does everything it needs to be remembered fondly as one of the good'uns. And then it does one thing more. Via a very extended third act (you could easily argue that this is actually a four act film) Skyfall takes us somewhere we have never been before: into Bond's childhood and upbringing. For half an hour or so, we are on Bond's turangawaewae. Secrets are revealed, an old acquaintance is remade, and a suitably epic battle is waged by Bond and co against Bardem's criminally insane and utterly implacable old queen. It makes for a fine way to salute everything that has gone before, and to usher in a whole new generation of films.

Whether it's the ''best'' Bond movie is a question of taste. Personally, I think Casino Royale offered still more thrills and spectacle, while Thunderball will always be my sentimental favourite. But Skyfall is perfect proof that this series has grown up proper, and is in as good a shape as ever.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Transformers 2011 Breaks Records

LOS ANGELES - "Transformers" robots have lost some of their money-making power but still have delivered the biggest opening weekend domestically so far this year.

Distributor Paramount Pictures said Sunday that "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" took in $97.4 million domestically in its first weekend. That beat the $90.2 million debut of Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides."

But the domestic haul for the sci-fi sequel was down from the $127.9 million first weekend for 2009's "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen."

Since opening Tuesday night, the new "Transformers" pulled in $162 million through Sunday, a drop from $200.1 million for "Revenge of the Fallen" in its first five days.

Paramount estimates "Dark of the Moon" will hit $180.9 million domestically by the end of the long Fourth of July weekend Monday.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Doomsday synopsis

hree decades after a major country is quarantined in hopes of containing a lethal and highly contagious virus nicknamed "Reaper," signs that the super-bug has resurfaced in a major city prompt desperate specialists to race back into the infected zone to find a cure in director Neil Marshall's (The Descent) miasmic speculative sci-fi thriller. Few could have foreseen the terror that the microorganism known as "Reaper" would unleash upon the unsuspecting population, and when terrified authorities quarantined the entire country in hopes of saving the human race, the streets immediately descended into chaos. Thirty years later, the inhabitants of planet Earth think that they've seen the last of the merciless killer disease, but they couldn't be more wrong. When "Reaper" reappears more powerful than ever in a major city, an elite group of professionals led by Eden Sinclair (Rhona Mitra) are forced to travel back into the sealed-off country where the virus first broke out in order to create a cure and save humankind from certain doom. Now, as the rest of the world anxiously awaits word of their ultimate fate, Eden and her brave team are about to find out that there is indeed a hell, and they are about to journey directly into its black, envenomed heart. Also in the cast are Bob Hoskins and Malcolm McDowell, as well as a host of veterans from Marshall's past productions, including Sean Pertwee, MyAnna Buring, Craig Conway, and Nora-Jane Noone. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Hollywood Bumps

Canadian rocker Bryan Adams is about to become a father for the first time at the age of 51, his spokeswoman said on Monday.

The "Summer of '69" musician is expecting the baby in May with his personal assistant, a long-time employee who helps run his charitable efforts.

"Alicia Grimaldi and I are expecting a baby," Adams said in a statement. "She helped me start my foundation years ago and it looks like she'll be running the family now."

His spokeswoman declined to describe the nature of their personal relationship. Adams maintains strict secrecy about his private life. Britain's Sunday Telegraph, which broke the news, quoted an unidentified source as saying many of Adams' friends did not know he was in a relationship.

Grimaldi, a Briton, helped set up the Bryan Adams Foundation in 2004, three years after graduating from Cambridge University, according to Adams' Web site.

Adams, famed for such rock songs as "Summer of '69," "Cuts Like a Knife," and "Everything I Do (I Do It For You)," is in the middle of a U.S. theater tour.