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May 30, 2013

Big name directors sought for next Bond

The rumours are starting to fly about who the director will be for the next Bond film, the sequel to Skyfall (Filmstalker review). While there's speculation that Sam Mendes is in the mix there are other names being mentioned, big names too, but so far it's all talk. Mendes is...

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Cruise out, Cavill in for The Man from U.N.C.L.E.?

With the news that Tom Cruise is not going to star in the film version of Man from U.N.C.L.E. which Guy Ritchie is now directing, along comes news of who might be taking his place. While Armie Hammer remains, so far, the production are off looking for another star. Cruise...

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RED 3 in development

I haven't seen RED 2 as yet, especially since it's not out until August in the UK, but I have seen RED and I loved it and I'm keen to see more. The idea of the retired agents being pulled in against younger, hi-tech equipped ones out to kill them...

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May 29, 2013

Ain't Them Bodies Saints trailer

Rooney Mara, Ben Foster, Casey Affleck and Keith Carradine make up the cast of Ain't Them Bodies Saints, a film written and directed by David Lowery, and which gets a strong first trailer release. It does begin to play out like a few other films you might have seen and...

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Metallica Through the Never trailer

The concept behind Metallica Through the Never takes me back in years and it's something I haven't seen done in ages. The director Nimród Antal, whom you should remember for Kontroll, Vacancy (Filmstalker review), Armored (Filmstalker review) and Predators, has written and directed a film that features a story within...

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We're the Millers trailer, Aniston strips for art

Oh I harp on about this one a lot but it's a worthwhile harping. Jennifer Aniston. Her performance in Derailed was cracking and it made you sit up and realise that she could really act. Of course up until then she'd been delivering post-Friends performances and since then she's been...

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May 24, 2013

Rush new trailer gets dramatic

The new trailer for Ron Howard and Peter Morgan's Rush, the film of the amazing battle between Niki Lauda and James Hunt for the Formula 1 Championship is filled with passion, drama and high octane racing stunts, and it looks both glorious and poor at the same time. It does...

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The World's End full trailer

The full trailer for The World's End, the third in the trilogy of films from the Wright-Pegg- Frost team is not far off and I have to admit that the first trailer I saw I wasn't too taken with. Now this fuller trailer has me more interested. Mind you I...

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Don Jon trailer, laugh out loud funny with style

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a pretty unconventional actor, he's always taking roles you don't expect, well that I don't expect anyway. Now his latest film sees him not only leading but also writing and directing, and from the looks of the trailer it would seem he's producing something rather special. I'm...

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How to Make Money Selling Drugs documentary trailer

Matthew Cooke made an interestingly titled documentary called How to Make Money Selling Drugs last year and I've only just seen the trailer. Now before you get all excited I don't actually believe it is a guide on how to do it and succeed, looking at it more closely it...

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Fast and Furious 6 franchise trailer

Fast and Furious is losing Justin Lin, arguably one of the men responsible for the growth of the franchise and now he's leaving the franchise as the studio wants to increase the turnaround of the films, note that isn't increase the quality just the quantity. Bowing to the ongoing Hollywood...

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Maniac trailer looks far better than the rest

I haven't really been sold on a modern remake of a slasher film, after all the attempts to remake old horror classics and cult films has been far from successful, even with recognisable names in them. Watching the previous Maniac trailers that what I've been thinking and no matter how...

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May 22, 2013

New action packed Man of Steel trailer

There's a much more complete trailer arrived for Man of Steel and one that shows off the effects in the film much more than we've seen to date. This isn't one talking about the origins or skirting around the plot line and characters of the film, here we're straight into...

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Canet's English language, big cast, Blood Ties

There's not a great deal of story to be gleaned from the trailer for Blood Ties but there are three key things you should know up front that should make you leap towards this trailer. One is that it is directed and co-written by Guillaume Canet with James Gray also...

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Europa Report trailer

Sharlto Copley, Michael Nyqvist, Christian Camargo, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Daniel Wu, Karolina Wydra and Anamaria Marinca star in this story about a space mission from Earth to Europa, which as you will no doubt know is one of Jupiter's moons, to investigate the findings from an unmanned probe that has...

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Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance remake moving forward

Last I remember it was Charlize Theron who was working on a remake of Park Chan-wook's Sympathy for Lady Vengeance as both producer and star, well that was some time ago. Now there's news that Chan-wook's Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance has taken a step forward in production. With Oldboy almost...

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Ben Wheatley's A Field in England trailer

I wasn't a big fan of Ben Wheatley's Kill List (Filmstalker review) but then I know the writer and director has a strong following, and so he will have for his latest film, A Field in England. That said the trailer doesn't do him any favours to be honest. The...

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May 21, 2013


Film Four Stars
Matthew McConaughey is a strange actor. He's one of these actors who have bags of talent but have been happy enough to pick romantic roles and earn money and recognition from the light hearted fare that offers little and probably taxes him even less. So it’s always exciting to see...

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May 19, 2013


Film Three Stars
Deadfall opens fast and hard with quite a bang, it's something that you find bookends the film but between the two it is a much quieter thriller and one that offers a bit more than the standard fare. You would expect that with it starring Eric Bana, Olivia Wilde, Charlie...

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May 17, 2013

Superb 2 Guns trailer

I’m getting really excited about the film 2 Guns, not only is Denzel Washington looking like he’s in charge and still managing to deliver style and grab the ladies, Paula Patton’s character has fallen for his, but there’s Bill Paxton in the background who is undoubtedly going to deliver the...

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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sequel finally happening?

According to reports the Weinstein Company’s plan to create sequels to its 2000 hit Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is actually going ahead. Marred by a lengthy legal battle and delays it looks like we’re finally seeing the project move forward with a script, two leads and a director announced. What’s...

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Blanchett in Mamet’s Blackbird

David Mamet has just cast the lead in his next film that he plans to write and direct. The film is called Blackbird, and while some of that might get your attention for a few moments it’s the plot of the film that is the most interesting part. Sold as...

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New big Pacific Rim trailer

There’s a new trailer for Pacific Rim online and it’s being touted as the big one. Pacific Rim is the film from Guillermo del Toro that sees massive monsters from another realm attacking Earth and humanity fighting back with giant robots. The new trailer does give us a bit more...

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Butler as The Raven?

Today a rumour has arrived about the lead for The Raven, a film that will be developed from a short online film which to me seemed just like the PlayStation videogame Infamous. The lead being rumoured is a strong name and would suggest that the production, if the lead is...

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May 16, 2013

Last Vegas trailer looks fantastic

I've just watched this promotional trailer for Last Vegas and I'm hooked. The idea of Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline going on a bachelor party in Las Vegas is kind of appealing, and then seeing their characters starting to get into it does promise that...

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New Riddick trailer reveals much more

Still it does look a lot like Pitch Black and while that's not a bad thing, we needed to move a little in that direction after Chronicles of Riddick, I wonder if it's gone too far, after all it does almost look identical in a lot of story beats to...

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Iron Man 3

Film Four Stars
I have to admit to going into Iron Man 3 not expecting to like it as much as I have the previous two in the series, the trailer had some things that just rubbed me up the wrong way - the multiple suits, the American-Chinese terrorist, I just didn't feel...

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May 15, 2013

About Time trailer, Curtis' sci-fi comedy

The writer and director Richard Curtis isn't often associated with science fiction, in fact not at all, he's usually more the natural and hilarious comedy that touches the heart guy, and in a way he's still doing that with his new science fiction film. About Time, which shouldn't be confused...

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Wild Bunch remake from Will Smith

Will Smith is apparently eyeing a remake of the classic western Wild Bunch, looking to produce and star in the film. It's not going to be a Wild Wild West version though, thankfully, it plans to modernise it and relocate it in time, following plans that Tony Scott had before...

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Iron Man 3 writer tackling Mission: Impossible IV

A writer has been found for Mission: Impossible IV and it's one of the writers from the recent Iron Man 3 film who also wrote on Pacific Rim. The scale of both films fits well with the scale required for Mission: Impossible IV but it's not all about action. It...

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Carpenter likes Dead Space for film

John Carpenter is sixty-five, he's a great horror director and has created some films that have captured by imagination and stay with me to this day, and he plays videogames. Is he the coolest guy about? He's been talking about some of his favourite videogames and revealed that he has...

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May 14, 2013

Stalingrad trailer looks stunning

I hadn't appreciated just how grand the film Stalingrad was going to be but after seeing this trailer I can see it's epic and it looks glorious. The production grabs me for a number of reasons, not just because it looks so great in the trailer but because it's also...

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Robin Wright in fascinating The Congress trailer

Wow. There are two parts to this trailer, one is a fascinating and intriguing idea that seems to expose the actress Robin Wright and highlight the whole issue of ownership of one's image and self in Hollywood, and the other is a rather strange film that, well I'm not sure...

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Behind the Candelabra dramatic trailer

There's a new, more dramatic trailer for Behind the Candelabra, the last film from Steven Soderbergh which features Michael Douglas as Liberace, the amazing showman and pianist and charts his relationship with his lover Scott Thorson played by Matt Damon. While the previous trailer we saw was all glitter and...

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May 13, 2013

McQuarrie writing and directing Ice Station Zebra

Ice Station Zebra is a cracking book and it's also a cracking film, and now it's set for a Hollywood remake and while that might fill you with some dread, after all that can often be the sign of a terrible film that captures nothing of the original. However there's...

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The Equalizer gets female lead and book deal

After so much inactivity on the project it seems that The Equalizer is racing ahead with a new purpose. In March Antoine Fuqua was mentioned as being interested in directing The Equalizer and Denzel Washington was still on for the leading role, and now we're hearing word of the leading...

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May 10, 2013

Gravity trailer delivers fast paced excitement

The trailer for Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity has arrived and it's surprisingly fast paced and action packed. I have to admit that the first thing that hit me was "Is that how fast things really are in space?". The film leads with Sandra Bullock and stars George Clooney and was co-written...

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Captain Phillips trailer, an American hijacking

It wasn't long ago that I saw A Hijacking (Kapringen), a very good foreign film showing the events of Somali pirates taking a vessel and the protracted negotiations with the company who own it. Now we're seeing the trailer for a dramatic reconstruction of a recent hijacking, that of an...

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New World War Z trailer looks epic

A new trailer for World War Z has arrived and while there's not too much in the way of new footage there is a huge sense of scale of the story and just how this is more of an end of the world disaster film than anything else. The only...

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Hummingbird trailer suggests more drama

As there are a few new trailers out there, here's a new one for Hummingbird, the latest Jason Statham film that so far has appeared as not that much of a step away from some of his action films. This trailer changes that a little and injects more drama into...

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May 8, 2013

Star Trek Into Darkness

Film Four Stars
I love the original Star Trek films and it was with great surprise that I saw J.J. Abrams pull off the reboot of the franchise. Not only did he change the crew but he changed the entire universe they lived in and set about an entirely new and separate franchise...

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The World's End trailer arrives

Not sure what The World's End is? Well it's the third film from the team who brought us Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, and after watching Hot Fuzz again just the other day I really can't wait to see this one. The plot is pretty simple, it's an...

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Ender's Game gets a trailer

There's a lot expected from the trailer to Ender's Game, the film adaptation of the novel from Orson Scott Card, and so the first trailer should have delivered something exciting and different from the norm. Well apart from seeing a kid in the military there's not that much there that...

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The Butler trailer delivers power

There's a trailer been released for The Butler, the Lee Daniels directed film that focuses on the Presidential head butler who served no less than eight different Presidents, a man who had, and forgive me the pun, unprecedented access to the President of the United States of America. The film...

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Cruise confirms old news for M:IV

Official word has arrived that Tom Cruise will be in Mission: Impossible V. Unsurprising since I wrote on the 18th of last month that Cruise himself announced it on British television. Anyway it's now official and the press release has no information yet on a writer or director but they...

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May 5, 2013

Radcliffe's interesting role in Tokyo Vice

It's hard these days to think of Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter although I doubt he will ever truly escape the character that shot him to fame, mind you he's doing a damn good job of diversifying to shake him off and his next role is another one of those...

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Second Man From U.N.C.L.E. found

We were waiting to see who would be teaming up with Tom Cruise in the Guy Ritchie directed Man From U.N.C.L.E. film, and now we know. It's an interesting choice to be standing next to Cruise, and if I'm being honest it isn't someone I expected. That said, it does...

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Passengers finally gets director, second lead in talks

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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Fantastic Four changing for reboot

You might have forgotten about the Fantastic Four reboot but Hollywood hasn't, unfortunately, and if you listen to the rumour of possible casting it seems that they might be taking a huge break from the traditional storyline and changing the race of some of the characters. I'm not sure if...

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Nolan gains Chastain for next film

Christopher Nolan is building a strong cast on his next film Interstellar, and typically for Nolan it's a film we know little about but what we do know sounds intriguing. Now there's some new casting that's adding a little excitement to it, as if we didn't have enough at it...

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Violet & Daisy trailer catches the eye

Violet & Daisy was one of those trailers I thought I would take a look at without any real idea of what it was offering, after all it was made in 2011 and hasn't seen a release until it appears in the US in June. That's a surprise considering it...

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New details on The Crow remake

It's more than just some details though, the news is that there's a director on board the project and that means that The Crow remake really is going ahead, and that's s surprise considering the up and down nature of the project. However with a director on board we should...

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The Grandmaster trailer does it a terrible injustice

Here's a sign of how Hollywood can ruin a potentially good trailer. They've taken what could be a very strong film with The Grandmaster from Wong Kar-wai and starring Tony Leung and Zhang Ziyi and added a terrible voice over, a poor cut and some ill-fitting music. It just doesn't...

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A Hijacking (Kapringen) trailer, a powerful film

There haven’t been many films that have explored the area of modern day pirates but a couple are on their way. A Hijacking (Kapringen) is a film that looks at it from the point of view of those taken aboard a ship and held for ransom and from those at...

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Thor: The Dark World teaser trailer

I missed this when it came out but it’s still worth mentioning, the teaser trailer for Thor: The Dark World which brings us right back to the universe and delivers a twist in the tale with a return of the original faces including Loki. There’s a lot of talk of...

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Whedon's New Much Ado About Nothing trailer

Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing isn’t being released in the UK until the 14th of June hitting the US just a week earlier, and there’s a new trailer to start getting audiences interested in the idea, although it doesn’t really seem like they need much stirring up. I’ve seen...

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New The Bling Ring trailer

I’m glad that the new trailer for Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring gives us more of the story, when it first started I feared it was going to be more like the teaser which gave us nothing but a little bit of style and a sexed up Emma Watson. Of...

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May 3, 2013

White House Down trailer looks fun

After watching Olympus has Fallen I wasn't really expecting much from White House Down other than a copy that had bigger explosions and effects set pieces, after all this is a Roland Emmerich film. While this new trailer says very squarely that there are going to be loads of similarities,...

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Spielberg directing Cooper in American Sniper

Steven Spielberg's next film will be another portrait of a real life person, this time though he's downsizing and American Sniper will be based on the autobiography of the Navy SEAL member Chris Kyle, the man who was recently shot and killed at a gun range by another ex-soldier suffering...

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Nymphomaniac campaign to win audiences

A few posters and shots have been coming out from Lars von Trier's upcoming films entitled Nymphomaniac, films which are already courting controversy well before we see them on screen, and all because they're about sex. To win audiences over there's going to be a steady eight month media campaign...

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May 2, 2013

Sixth Die Hard being written

Was it any surprise really? Well of course it was, after all A Good Day to Die Hard wasn't that great a Die Hard film was it, something you could see coming from pretty early on. So a while it's no surprise that a sixth would have been in the...

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Portman joins Fassbender in Macbeth

Lady Macbeth has been announced for the new production of Macbeth from director Justin Kurzel and writers Todd Louiso and Jacob Koskoff. We already heard that Michael Fassbender was taking the role of Macbeth himself well now we hear that Natalie Portman is set to play his Lady Macbeth. There...

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Hillary Clinton biographical film gains director

Here's an interesting idea, a biographical film of someone whose life is still untold. By that I don't meant that they aren't dead yet but it's clear that there could still be something still rather amazing to come out of their life, so why go for a film on their...

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The Wolverine CinemaCon trailer

Now this is a big trailer. There's not much to say in terms of analysis other than the music is epic, the titles are epic and the shots are epic. The question is which way is The Wolverine going to go? Will it end up becoming a little bit silly...

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May 1, 2013

Guys and Dolls remake really happening

March 2006, that's when I first wrote about the possibility of a remake of Guys and Dolls, the wonderful 1955 musical starring the unlikely pairing of Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra vying for the Samaritan played by Jean Simmons. It's a fantastic musical and it seemed rather fitting that the...

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Red 2 trailer brings new blood

A new trailer has arrived for the sequel to Red (Filmstalker review), Red 2. The original was about a bunch of retired CIA operatives who are marked to be killed so that the old guard could be permanently removed along with all their secrets. They teamed up, killed the young...

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Alternate ending to Phase IV

It seems that the 1974 Saul Bass film called Phase IV has an alternate ending, and the most surprising thing about the story is that it has just turned up now, almost thirty years after the film was first released. If you haven't seen Phase IV then you should. It's...

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Pacific Rim WonderCon trailer

There's a fantastic trailer for Pacific Rim that's been released and it shows off exactly what the film is about, big robots battling big creatures and nowhere is it better summed up than when we see a robot dragging a trawler behind it and then picking it up to swing...

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Action heavy Fast and Furious 6 trailer

I have been looking forward to Fast and Furious 6 not just because of my love for the franchise but also for the renewed direction and drive - if you'll pardon the pun - which Fast and Furious 5 (Filmstalker review) brought to the franchise. I've said it a lot...

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Fassbender playing Macbeth

There's going to be another version of Macbeth on the big screen and if it was anything other than a film based on a famous play there would be screams of "not another remake" and so on, but because it's a play it's acceptable, it's accepted. It's what happens in...

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