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Beautiful Thor: Ragnarok Concept Art Takes You Closer To Marvel’s Space Oddity

Blade Runner 2049 notwithstanding, Thor: Ragnarok will be remembered as one of the best-looking movies of 2017.

Between them, writer-director Taika Waititi and Javier Aguirresarobe, the cinematographer tasked with bringing Sakaar’s technicolor vistas to life, created a wondrous space oddity for Thor’s third (and final?) solo adventure, and today brings forth a batch of beautiful concept art that allows you to trace the evolution of Ragnarok – from a nascent idea fastened to the proverbial Marvel whiteboard to the critically-adorned blockbuster that continues to exert its dominance at the global box office.

Thanks to Laurent Ben-Mimoun, whose previous credits include Passengers and Alice Through the Looking Glass, below you’ll see early designs for The Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum) along with Sakaar’s ultra-futuristic skylines. It’s a much more fantastical setting than, say, the grim future-dystopia of Blade Runner 2049, but Ben-Mimoun’s work is no less impressive. There’s
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“Thor: Ragnarok” is Marvel’s funniest film to date

If there’s one black mark on Marvel’s resume to date, it’s that they’ve yet to really get the Thor franchise right. He’s worked as part of the group in The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron, but in solo outings Thor and Thor: Ragnarok, he’s been the blandest character of the lot. Aside from Hulk, he’s essentially been the read headed stepchild of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, feature player wise. On Friday, the McU gets an unexpected jolt of comedy from the God of Thunder when Thor: Ragnarok opens. Not only is this the best of the Thor trilogy by far, it’s also one of Marvel’s better overall works. You’ll see a ranking later on in the piece, but if you’re a fan of the lighter McU works, this will be completely up your alley. The film is the
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The Teaser Trailer for “Thor: Ragnarok” is an absolute hoot

Within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the two Thor films have been among the most forgettable. They’re not bad, but they lack personality and the fun of the rest of the McU. Well, as you’ll see with this Teaser Trailer that debuted yesterday, Thor: Ragnarok certainly seeks to change all of that. As will become apparent, there’s a lighter tone in effect, a larger scale, and a vibe that isn’t at odds with the rest of the McU. It’s very different, almost entirely in good ways. The Teaser Trailer will probably tickle your fancy, but before we get to that, some mild analysis is coming your way! This sequel is the third Thor film and one that works as a sequel not just to Thor: The Dark World, but also to Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America: Civil War as well. Having left Earth, Thor
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Oscar Isaac and Christian Bale Experience Love and War in New Trailer for ‘The Promise’

Shaping up to be the kind of sweeping romantic war epic Hollywood doesn’t seem all that interested in making today, The Promise follows an Armenian medical student (Oscar Isaac), an artist (Charlotte Le Bon), and a worldly American journalist (Christian Bale) who form a love triangle amid the chaos of the First World War. Directed by Terry George (Hotel Rwanda), following a Tiff premiere, it’ll arrive next month, and the new theatrical trailer has arrived.

We said in our review, “Terry George, whose Hotel Rwanda also dealt with a historical genocide, shoots the film with visual care. With the help of cinematographer Javier Aguirresarobe (Vicky Cristina Barcelona, The Road), he sets the scene capturing a vast, alluring Middle Eastern landscape, filled with deserts and mountains. The battle scenes are also immaculately shot by George, giving the film a grit that might be hiding under Aguirresarobe’s romantic photography.
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Christian Bale & Oscar Isaac Fight For Love Amidst War In New Trailer For ‘The Promise’

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Featuring a terrific lead cast, lensing by Javier Aguirresarobe (“The Road,” “The Others,” “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”), and direction by Terry George (“Hotel Rwanda“), it’s a shame that “The Promise” was such a crushing disappointment when we saw it at Tiff this fall. However, there are few films that have been set against the backdrop of the Armenian genocide, which is perhaps one small credit one can give to the film.

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‘The Promise’ review [Tiff ’16]

The Promise review: Oscar Isaac gains leading man status in this extensive historical epic set at the end of the First World War when Turkey executed over 1.5 million Armenians.

The Promise review by Paul Heath, Toronto International Film Festival 2016.

The Promise review

The film opens with a truly eye-opening and terrifying title card – one that states that 1.5 million Armenians were killed by the Turkish during World War I. I was aware of the terrible genocide that occurred during the war, but my sheer ignorance wasn’t aware of its horrific scale.

Terry George directs this epic, ambitious depiction of this horrific mass genocide from one hundred or so years ago. Set in Turkey, the film follows medical student Michael (Oscar Isaac), a brilliant young man who takes the firm decision to settle down with a local girl (Angela Sarafyan) to secure his position at a prestigious school in Constantinople (now
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Toronto Film Review: ‘The Promise’

Toronto Film Review: ‘The Promise’
“Our revenge will be to survive, and have children,” rallies the mayor of an Ottoman city whose Armenian population is targeted for annihilation in Terry George’s “The Promise” — “…and one day, to make movies,” he might as well add, since that is ultimately what “The Promise” is about: Aiming to do for the 1915 Armenian Genocide what “Doctor Zhivago” did for the Russian Revolution, this sweeping romantic epic intends to dramatize a dark chapter so often denied and so seldom depicted onscreen — and yet, the events in question deserve better than a sloggy melodrama in which the tragedy is forced to take a backseat to a not especially compelling love triangle.

Willed into being by Armenian investor-philanthropist Kirk Kerkorian, who established Survivor Pictures in order to finance this project before he passed away last year, “The Promise” was conceived as a glossy, English-language entertainment — not to be mistaken for the
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[Tiff Review] The Promise

Terry George‘s The Promise begins with a title card that appears on-screen stating that 1.5 million Armenians were killed by the Turkish government during World War I. It’s a tragedy that has been depicted before in film, perhaps most notably in Atom Egoyan’s underwhelming Ararat, with ample room still made available to deliver the definitive version. Despite formidable talent on both sides of the camera, unfortunately we’ll have to wait longer for such a drama to arrive.

The film takes place on the brink of World War I in Turkey. Michael (Oscar Isaac), an intelligent, compassionate Armenian, decides to settle down and marry a girl (Angela Sarafyan) that he’s not completely smitten by, but claims that with time he will indeed love her. He lives in Armenia, but opts to journey to Turkey, without his wife, to study medicine at the Imperial Medical School and become
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[Review] The Finest Hours

When at the end of Casablanca, Rick puts his unexpected sense of duty before love and tells Ilsa that their problems “don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world,” he might as well have been describing the biggest issue in Craig Gillespie’s The Finest Hours, a lush disaster film that assumes audiences will undoubtedly root for love at all costs, even if it’s just a device used to avoid constructing a solid dramatic structure. Gillespie allegedly set out to tell the story of the greatest small boat rescue mission in Coast Guard history, but in the process ended up making a film about the dullest marriage proposal of all time.

When the film begins it’s 1951 and shy Coast Guard officer Bernard Webber (Chris Pine) is en route to a blind date where he will meet Miriam Webber (Holliday Grainger). Miriam is introduced with
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Film Review: ‘The Finest Hours’

Film Review: ‘The Finest Hours’
The Finest Hours” tells the story of a little-known yet fairly incredible 1950s rescue mission, in which a four-man band of Coast Guard troops went above and beyond the call of duty, steering out into impossible sea conditions in the dead of night to reach a crippled oil tanker. So perhaps the worst one could say about Craig Gillespie’s film is that, rather than their finest hours, the whole cast and crew all put in a solid shift at the office making the movie, producing a perfectly entertaining, sometimes quite well-crafted disaster drama that nonetheless retreats from the memory almost as soon as the credits roll. The disappointing returns for Ron Howard’s recent seafaring saga “In the Heart of the Sea” should give the producers pause, but the film certainly offers enough to provide a modest-sized audience with some respite from the horrors of the January multiplex.

Like “The Perfect Storm,
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Review: R.L. Stine's monsters all come to life in successful 'Goosebumps' movie

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By the time the "Goosebumps" publishing phenomenon began, I was well past the age of the target audience. I worked at a bookstore for a little while in the '90s, and watching the way kids went berserk about the series, I was always curious about what made them so addictive. Now I've got a voracious reader in my house, and he's burning his way through the series, which made us the perfect pair to watch Sony's new big-budget "Goosebumps" movie. Sony has several films on their slate that follow the "Jumanji" model, including an actual "Jumanji" reboot, and the script credited to Darren Lemke, from a story by Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski, is certainly efficient at setting up and unleashing the bad guys here. What once would have seemed avant-garde, blending the author of the series with his own creations, is now a big fat commercial hook. After all,
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Academy Award Film Series: Bardem Fights for Right to Die in Amenábar's 'Sea'

'The Sea Inside': Javier Bardem and director Alejandro Amenábar. 'The Sea Inside': Outstanding supporting cast help to lift flawed Right to Die drama Alejandro Amenábar's The Sea Inside often verges on melodrama, featuring as its centerpiece a showy performance by Javier Bardem as a tetraplegic man eager to end his life “with dignity.” Its not inconsiderable flaws notwithstanding – including a simplistic “right to die” debate – this real-life-inspired drama is in and of itself both compelling and touching enough to merit a look; but what makes The Sea Inside a must-see are the superb performances of those in Bardem's periphery. The story revolves around Ramón Sampedro (Javier Bardem), a middle-aged man who has been bed-ridden and dependent on the care of others since a diving accident in his early 20s. (Hence the original Spanish title “Into the Sea.”) Yearning for freedom from his mostly immobile body,
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Shohreh Aghdashloo Joins Christian Bale’s ‘The Promise’

Shohreh Aghdashloo Joins Christian Bale’s ‘The Promise’
Shohreh Aghdashloo has joined Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac in the historical romance “The Promise,” Variety has learned exclusively.

Terry George (“Hotel Rwanda”) is directing from a script he wrote with Robin Swicord, centering on a love triangle in 1922 with a medical student, an American journalist based in Paris and a beautiful and sophisticated woman, portrayed by Charlotte Le Bon. Bale will play the reporter, and Isaac will portray the student, conflicted by old-world traditions.

Aghdashloo will play the strong-willed mother of Isaac’s character. The story is set amid the final days of the Ottoman Empire.

Javier Aguirresarobe (“Blue Jasmine”) has come on board as cinematographer. Angela Sarafyan, Daniel Giminez Cacho and Marwan Kenzari (“Ben-Hur”) also star.

Shooting will begin in Spain in early September.

Eric Esrailian will produce on behalf of Survival Pictures with Mike Medavoy for Phoenix Pictures, Ralph Winter and William Horberg (“Milk”). Survivial was unveiled
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New Poltergeist 2015 Movie Received Mixed Reviews From Major Critics

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20th Century Fox and MGM released their new horror/thriller film, "Poltergeist," into theaters today, May 22nd,2015, and all the reviews are in from the top, major movie critics in the biz. It turns out that only about half of them liked it, giving it an overall 49 score out of a possible 100 across 19 reviews at the Metacritic.com site. The film stars: Sam Rockwell, Jared Harris, Rosemarie DeWitt, Saxon Sharbino and Jane Adams. We've supplied blurbs from a couple of the critics,below. Justin Lowe from The Hollywood Reporter, gave it a 70 grade. He said: "While Hooper favored shock value and jump scares, Kenan and cinematographer Javier Aguirresarobe construct far more fluid sequences as the camera glides and hovers over its subjects, reserving the most impactful shots for the climactic scenes, particularly a concluding sequence that’s particularly thrilling." Clark Collis over at Entertainment Weekly, gave it a 67 grade, stating:
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'Poltergeist' (2015) Movie Review

What made Tobe Hooper's -- or Steven Spielberg's, depending on whom you ask -- Poltergeist so iconic was how it blended a mix of humor, heart and character with the same atmosphere and tension. It became the rare mainstream Hollywood thriller with just the right technical and creative talent to shine. In turn, Gil Kenan's 2015 remake is disappointing in how it's basically the opposite: cold, generic and entirely ho-hum. It's by no means the worst horror remake of late, but that it has the skills behind-and-in-front of the camera to exceed and only settles on mediocrity makes this re-imagining almost as degrading. Kenan's take follows the Bowen family, which includes the recently unemployed Eric (Sam Rockwell), his wife Amy (Rosemarie DeWitt) and their three children -- older daughter Kendra (Saxon Sharbino), son Griffin (Kyle Catlett) and youngest daughter Madison (Kennedi Clements) -- as they've just moved into a new suburban home.
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Netflix to Launch “The Perfect Dictatorship” in the U.S.

Starting June 1st, Netflix will be streaming Luis Estrada’s biting political satire “The Perfect Dictatorship” (“La Dictadura Perfecta”) in the U.S.

Released in Mexico in October, the tragi-comedy quickly racked up ticket sales to become 2014’s highest grossing local pic, attracting 4.2 million admissions and earning some $13 million (189.2 million pesos) to become the fourth top grossing pic in Mexican film history.

Box office was likely stoked by the controversy around Estrada’s latest opus, a thinly veiled critique of the Mexican media, specifically media giant Televisa, and its alleged collusion with the dominant political party in Mexico, the Pri. Televisa’s distrib Videocine backed out of its agreement to release the satire after seeing a cut. Estrada had to distribute pic himself along with indie distrib Alphaville.

Estrada is no stranger to controversy. His previous pics “Herod’s Law” (“La Ley de Herodes”) and “Hell” (“El Inferno”) skewered the
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Film Review: ‘Poltergeist’

Film Review: ‘Poltergeist’
The closing credits for Gil Kenan’s remake of the 1982 horror classic “Poltergeist” feature the band Spoon covering the Cramps’ 1980 punk classic “TV Set.” Spoon is a tasteful, studious yet largely anodyne indie rock outfit that has become an NPR staple; the Cramps were a scuzzy, unhinged psychobilly band whose most famous gig took place in an actual mental hospital. It’s hard to think of a more fitting postscript for this professionally executed yet bloodless film, itself an act of homage that hews reverently to its source material while missing the essential spirit and vitality that once powered it. Generally entertaining yet fundamentally unnecessary, this tribute-band take on one of the genre’s greatest hits should score decent opening weekend numbers before finding its way into the light.

In addition to being one of the most unsettling PG-rated films ever made, the original “Poltergeist” — directed by Tobe Hooper, with
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Principal Photography Begins on Goosebumps, Starring Jack Black; Rob Letterman Directs

Principal photography has commenced on Goosebumps, starring Jack Black. Rob Letterman directs the film from a screenplay by Darren Lemke and Mike White and a story by Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski and Darren Lemke, based on the Goosebumps book series published by Scholastic and written by R. L. Stine. The producers are Neal H. Moritz and Deborah Forte. Executive producers are Bill Bannerman and Tania Landau. The film will be released on March 23, 2016.

Also starring in Goosebumps are Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush, Amy Ryan, Jillian Bell, Ryan Lee, and Ken Marino.

In Goosebumps, upset about moving from a big city to a small town, teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) finds a silver lining when he meets the beautiful girl, Hannah (Odeya Rush), living right next door. But every silver lining has a cloud, and Zach’s comes when he learns that Hannah has a mysterious dad who is revealed to be R.
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Goosebumps Movie Begins Filming

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Another project we’ve been covering that started filming today is the feature film version of Goosebumps, starring Jack Black as R.L. Stine. Here’s a look at the press release from Sony that includes the main cast list and official synopsis:

“Principal photography has commenced on Goosebumps, starring Jack Black. Rob Letterman directs the film from a screenplay by Darren Lemke and Mike White and a story by Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski and Darren Lemke, based on the Goosebumps book series published by Scholastic and written by R. L. Stine. The producers are Neal H. Moritz and Deborah Forte. Executive producers are Bill Bannerman and Tania Landau. The film will be released on March 23, 2016.

Also starring in Goosebumps are Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush, Amy Ryan, Jillian Bell, Ryan Lee, and Ken Marino.

In Goosebumps, upset about moving from a big city to a small town, teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette
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The top 25 underappreciated films of 2009

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Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 20 Feb 2014 - 05:40

The unloved films of 2009 provide the focus in our final list of the 2000s' overlooked greats...

The year 2009 will partly be remembered as the year Avatar dominating the box office, with audiences flocking to see James Cameron's leafy pulp epic in shimmering 3D. Making almost $2.8bn worldwide, Avatar was a true behemoth, besting Cameron's own Titanic as the highest-grossing film of all time (not adjusted for inflation) and hastening a rush of 3D films in the years that followed.

Films such as 2012, Sherlock Holmes and boozy comedy The Hangover were also among the top 10, but as always, some of the most memorable and individual films of the year were far from the most financially successful. So to round off our series of underrated flicks of the 2000s, here's our selection of 2009's overlooked films...

25. A Perfect Getaway

A really good,
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