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April 23, 2013

The Place Beyond the Pines

Film Two Stars
Reading the blurb for The Place Beyond the Pines I was expecting a film very similar in nature to another we've seen from Ryan Gosling recently, Drive (Filmstalker review). It didn't really sound a lot different and since I'm not one of the huge fans of Gosling it seemed odd...

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Evil Dead

Film Three Stars
Remaking cult or classic films hasn't worked very well so far, especially when those remakes are in the genre of the horror film. I believe there's a specific reason for that but I'll come to that in a moment. So it was with much hope for the future of the...

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April 22, 2013

Disney announces new Star Wars films every two years after culling jobs

I was sitting on a story about Disney cutting jobs back, shutting down LucasArts and halting its active projects for when I had time to write it up properly but then the story arrived that Disney has promised three new Star Wars trilogy films every two years from 2015, and...

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Weird Science remake to be harder

Back in 2009 I wrote about a horrendous idea for a film about the famous doll Barbie, suggesting that their idea might just be better served as a remake of Weird Science. Barbie the film hasn't happened, or if it has I've successfully blanked it from my entire life, Weird...

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Passengers finally gets director

It's been ages since I read the script for Passengers, a film that Jon Spaihts wrote and was to see made into a film with Keanu Reeves as one of the two leads, over three years in fact. Now it looks like the film is finally moving forward as a...

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April 18, 2013

The Stone Roses: Made of Stone trailer

I was never a Stone Roses fan so I'm in no position to talk about how their popularity has endured and how far it has reached but it is fair to say that despite the huge absence their music has still endured and there has been a massive and loyal...

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R.I.P.D. trailer, too much like M.I.B.?

Yes is the answer you're looking for. Watching this trailer there's everything about Men In Black that worked, just hopefully nothing that didn't. The good news is that the effects look amazing and there's an equally strong coupling up front with Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges, and behind them there's...

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The Lone Ranger trailer goes big

Another over the top trailer relying massively on special effects and over the top stunt sequences with a strangely dressed Johnny Depp has arrived. No it's not another Pirates of the Caribbean, it's Cowboys of the American West. The more I see of The Lone Ranger the less I'm taken...

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Bourne sequel in development, but which Bourne?

A little bit of news has arrived from Cinema-Con that perked my ears up, but the problem is that it really is a little bit of news and has raised more question than anything. Coming from the Chairman of Universal Pictures himself we hear that there's more life in the...

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Cruise continues on science fiction and Mission Impossible

How old is Tom Cruise? Does it matter? Not to the actor who is powering on without a second thought. Having just watched him in Oblivion, which I thought was rather good, he's just been attached to another science fiction film, and he's been on UK television confirming that there...

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April 17, 2013

New Man of Steel trailer tells us what the S means

I really do like Zack Snyder as a director and David Goyer is a superb writer, and so I have been hoping high for Man of Steel since it was announced. At the same time though there's been a niggle in the back of my mind, how can they successfully...

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Byzantium trailer looks glorious

Neil Jordan's Byzantium has a trailer and finally a release date for the 31st of May in the UK, Ireland and Romania, spreading across the world in June and July. The film is written by Moira Buffini who also wrote Jane Eyre and Tamara Drewe, and stars Gemma Arterton, Saoirse...

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New Star Trek Into Darkness trailer shows darkness

I had thought that the previous trailer had hinted a little at how dark the new Star Trek Into Darkness film was going to be for Captain Kirk and his new crew and that despite the one scene of frivolity, i.e. Alice Eve in her underwear, this was going to...

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Carlei and Fellowes' Romeo and Juliet trailer

Italian writer and director Carlo Carlei has directed Julian Fellowes adaptation of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, and now there's a trailer to give us a look. The talent doesn't end there though as there's a good cast in front of the camera as well. Hailee Steinfeld and Douglas Booth...

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire teaser trailer

I haven't seen The Hunger Games as yet, to be honest I wasn't sold by it since it was pushing the teen friendly series through the marketing I expected little, but it did well and now the sequel is taking it in an interesting direction. Now I think I might...

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Wachowski's Jupiter Ascending plot revealed

I don't want to hear a bad word about the Wachowski brothers after seeing the wonderful Cloud Atlas, and that means I now have every hope for their next film Jupiter Ascending. There's a few good names already on the production and word is that the filming has already begun,...

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April 16, 2013

Olympus Has Fallen

Film Three Stars
When I first saw the trailer for Olympus Has Fallen I was left with a distinct taste of Die Hard. Of course a film being like Die Hard is no bad thing but after that previous Die Hard, whatever it was called, perhaps we needed another attempt at a Die...

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April 12, 2013

The Shining prequel looks to ex-Walking Dead writer

Who would have thought that anyone would really have gone forward with a prequel to The Shining. Well Stephen King did, and if the original author writes a story for a prequel, even a partial story, then all bets are off on the iconic film version, surely? So the question...

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American Rush F1 trailer

It's usually the non-American trailers that are the ones that contain the stories while the American trailers concentrate less on story and more on content and what it looks like. With Rush it's the other way around, mainly because America isn't a huge F1 fan base, especially historically, and they...

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Filth trailer, McAvoy's filthy

Irvine Welsh's novel Filth has finally made it to the big screen with the help of the writing and directing of Jon S. Baird who I last saw on the excellent Cass. The film stars James McAvoy along with plenty of British talent including: Imogen Poots, Jamie Bell, Eddie Marsan,...

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Fast and Furious 7 sees director change

Justin Lin is done with the Fast and Furious franchise and a new director is already waiting in the wings for the seventh film, well he's in negotiations at least, and at first glance he might not seem the perfect choice. This franchise is all about the team, the camaraderie...

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Point Break remake gains director

It's surprising that Point Break is being remade but it is. The Kathryn Bigelow directed film starring Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves that tells the story of an FBI agent on the trail of a gang of bank robbers who are also adrenaline seeking surfers is seen as a cult...

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So this is what The Hangover Part III is about

Ah so now we know what The Hangover Part III is all about, not a night after the night before but an intervention for one of the characters who is clearly going well over the top, and over the top for these characters is right over there. The trailer looks...

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April 10, 2013

Cinema attendance to drop, prices to rise?

A report has arrived ahead of the annual trade show for the American cinema industry, CinemaCon, which has some rather depressing words that will no doubt affect cinema owners and audience members the world over. It seems that 3D is “maturing” again, tickets sales are expected to drop once again...

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Elysium trailer arrives

The Neil Blomkamp written and directed film Elysium has a trailer and everyone's excited about it. I have to say I'm excited but the trailer hasn't completely blown me away as I had hoped, perhaps there was just too much hype beforehand for it. Don't get me wrong though, it's...

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Rourke who? Java Heat trailer isn't good

You know I see a lot of bad trailers, but this one made me think of Mickey Rourke and his amazing comeback. I was talking to someone just the other day about that and if his comeback was on a par with Robert Downey Jr.'s, well it maybe once was...

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April 9, 2013

Rush trailer, Formula 1 battle of Hunt and Lauda

Being a big Formula 1 fan I often find it frustrating that Hollywood hasn't really been able to capture the sport since the wonderful film Grand Prix. Not just the on track racing or the on track rivalries that often hide respect and friendship off track, but also the huge...

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Behind the Candelabra full trailer

The full trailer for the film about Liberace and his six year relationship with his younger lover Scott Thorson has been released, and it carries much more drama and complexity than we might have first thought. There are a few surprising moments in the trailer that offer an insight into...

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A Single Shot trailer, Rockwell, Macy and Reilly

Sam Rockwell, William H. Macy, Ted Levine, Kelly Reilly, Jason Isaacs, Joe Anderson, Jeffrey Wright, Melissa Leo and W. Earl Brown. That's a list of the top names in the film A Single Shot, directed by David M. Rosenthal and adapted from his own novel by Matthew F. Jones. Surely...

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The Kill Team documentary trailer, murder in war

I imagine that there are many soldier's stories from war yet to come to light. There are many more books in publication from soldiers than there are films about them and it's hard to give them all attention, but they deserve it. After putting themselves in harm's way and fighting...

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April 7, 2013

In the House (Dans la Maison)

Film Five Stars
I'm sure it's no surprise to anyone that I'm a huge Kristen Scott Thomas fan, especially of late as I've watched a number of her recent French films and talked about how great she is even in the smallest of the roles. So while I was drawn to this film...

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April 5, 2013

The Black Hole remake back

There has been talk about remaking The Black Hole since 2009 but nothing has really happened since then. The good news is that the same director is still attached to the project, and considering what he's made since the initial news that's pretty exciting, but the most exciting news is...

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Carrie remake trailer arrives

The full trailer for the remake of Carrie has arrived and I'm disappointed, very disappointed. There's no suspense or build-up coming through the trailer and it feels like we're seeing far too much. It's more like a collection of cool scenes from the film with a few character explanations on...

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April 4, 2013

DreamWorks making Church sex abuse film

Religious groups do like to complain about films, the Catholic Church especially, so wait till they hear about this one. According to reports the real life story of the priests who sexually abused children in Massachusetts which the Church covered up for decades is about to become a film and...

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TRON 3 first draft soon, more on plot

Joseph Kosinski has been talking about the possibility of another TRON film, a sequel to TRON: Legacy (Filmstalker review), and has revealed that Disney are rather keen on the idea and that there's a script not too far away. It's all sounding very positive and there's a damn good chance...

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Only God Forgives trailer, Gosling being Gosling

I don't get it, I really don't. Everything I've seen Ryan Gosling in he's playing a similar character. I've not yet been captured by his performances as others have been and perhaps that's because I've not seen the right film yet, and the trailer for Only God Forgives doesn't win...

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Burton directing non-Burton film

There's news about directors and stars picking up new jobs every single day and while some may offer excitement for the coming project it's not really until writers, actors and actresses come along that everything really gets worth writing more about. This is one of those stories. The idea of...

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Whitaker on Pryor biographical film

A Richard Pryor biographical film has been a long time in the making but it's never actually been made. We've heard stories before of different names behind and in front of the camera but the film has never managed to get made. Now there's a new effort to get a...

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Fincher's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea gains funding

The 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea film looks like it might be taking another step forward after being sunk for some time. Some might wonder why it hasn't stepped forward sooner, after all David Fincher and Scott Z. Burns are behind it just now, as are Disney. Disney might have...

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The Purge trailer, silly concept exciting film?

The Purge does sound like a silly idea for a film to me. Hearing the outline for the film my brain starts racing off thinking about the story possibilities and instantly loads of "ifs" and "buts" start appearing and break holes in the concept, it's why I sometimes hate myself...

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The Conjuring trailer looks scary

The Conjuring is getting a lot of praise of late, another spooky ghost horror story that comes from the director James Wan of Saw, Dead Silence, Death Sentence and Insidious, and writers Chad and Carey Hayes who wrote The Reaping and Whiteout. The trailer looks pretty scary and comes with...

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Arthur Newman trailer, Firth and Blunt at the Fore

Colin Firth and Emily Blunt starring together, well that gets my interest up immediately. The fact that it's written by Becky Johnston of Under the Cherry Moon, The Prince of Tides and Seven Years in Tibet is an interesting aside too. However it's the trailer that gets me. The film...

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Venus and Serena, a documentary

After watching the trailer for Venus and Serena I admit to being very surprised that there hasn't been one made before now, after all they are the most amazing pair of sisters who have dominated women's tennis and overcome amazing odds at the start of, and during their careers, and...

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Ragnarok trailer promises Viking myths come to life

Gåten Ragnarok or Ragnarok is a Norwegian film that follows a team of archaeologists visiting an old Viking ship and uncovering a terrible secret that is contained there, a secret that shows Viking myths are not just that. There's little else said about what this myth is, but there's the...

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April 2, 2013

Behind the Candelabra teaser, Douglas is Liberace

The teaser for the HBO film Behind the Candelabra does look interesting, it's the latest film from Steven Soderbergh that stars Michael Douglas as the great pianist and showman Liberace and Matt Damon as his lover. What a cracking combination and what a stylish trailer that makes Douglas look just...

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Washington and Wahlberg in 2 Guns trailer

I am completely in love with this trailer and the cast. Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg on form and looking perfect as the odd pairing with names like Edward James Olmos, Bill Paxton and Fred Ward in the background, in a story with DEA and Special Forces versus the CIA...

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The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones new trailer

While the new trailer for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones may look very similar to the first one, at least to begin with anyway, there's something rather different about this cut and that's the fact that we get much more depth to the story. It does remind me of...

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Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters trailer, they've made another

I was rather surprised that they've made another Percy Jackson film, I hadn't really through that the original had made a lot of impact. The trailer for the new film looks like it's trying to make an impact though, and while it doesn't have the stellar cast that The Mortal...

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This is the End trailer confirms it's the end

…at least for some of the stars involved in the film, deaths that might have been better saved for the film, but then they do sell the film well too. This is the film from writers and directors Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg brings together a number of their old...

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April 1, 2013

The Gatekeepers

Film Five Stars
Any film that looks at the Israel-Palestine conflict is one worth visiting for it tells us a lot not just about the issues in the region but about conflicts between groups of people everywhere. The Gatekeepers is one of those films. In fact the film offers a never before seen...

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Dormant Beauty

Film One Star
Dormant Beauty was the last film I caught at the Glasgow Film Festival, deciding to dodge out of the credits of the excellent film Welcome to the Punch (Filmstalker review) and the Q&A which followed. I was hoping it was going to live up to the promise from the festival...

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