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David Crow Oct 31, 2016
Westworld stuns with its most intricate (and best) episode to date. Spoilers ahead in our review of Contrapasso...
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This review contains spoilers.
Tonight’s trip into Ford and Arnold’s gun-slinging paradise (or perhaps Hell, as the title Contrapasso implies) was the most astonishing episode of Westworld to date. Intricately plotted and densely challenging, we had shootouts, betrayals, moments of robotic transcendence whereupon a host broke her “modest little loop,” and even confirmation of true artificial sentiency in Maeve.
The Dolores and William subplots jumped deeper down the rabbit hole while elevating the tension to remarkable degrees. The group found themselves »
It’s appropriate that the act of illusion plays such a central role in Inferno, for the film itself spends a lot of time masquerading as though it’s something loftier than a schlocky B-movie thriller. It’s the third in the Tom Hanks-starring, Ron Howard-directed series based on the Robert Langdon novels written by Dan Brown. The first two — The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons — left much to be desired. This one emerges as a marked improvement, though that’s not saying a whole lot.
Simply put, it’s the lightest and shortest of the bunch. Inferno moves at a brisk pace, thanks in no small part to a story device that has Langdon (Hanks) literally learning what’s going on while the audience does. Awoken by young doctor Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones) in Florence, Italy, the esteemed “symbologist” finds himself in a hospital with a »
- Dan Mecca
*full disclosure: an online screener of this film was provided by Terror Films. This critic has worked on some publicity for this title. **there are spoilers here. Director/writer: Tyler Christensen. Cast: Torey Michael Adkins, Laura Coover, Aaron Galvin, Brian Krause and Marika Engelhardt. House or Purgatory is a recent horror release from Terror Films and first time director Tyler Christensen. Filmed partly in Wisconsin, the film's central story is based on an urban legend. At a haunted house attraction, participants can get there money back, if they can get through the scariest attraction, ever built! Christensen sets a consistent dramatic, horrifying tone. However, the moral of his story is muddied along the way. The setting is supposed to be Purgatory, but the evidence suggests that this is Hell. Yet, none of characters are the typical sinners. The film's story would have been more cohesive, if Christensen would have stuck »
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Ryan Lambie Oct 21, 2016
Nb: The following contains major, major spoilers for the book and movie adaptation of Inferno.
Overpopulation, a manmade virus, amnesia, the epic poetry of Dante Alighieri: Dan Brown's fourth Robert Langdon novel gave its academic hero plenty of riddles to solve and crises to avert. But readers of the book may have noticed that the movie adaptation of Inferno - the third Langdon film to reach the big screen after The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons - changes the conclusion quite a bit.
While the build-up is broadly the same - a now-deceased billionaire has hidden a deadly virus somewhere, »
★☆☆☆☆ How do you make the fire and brimstone of The Divine Comedy, the cobbled streets of one of Italy's most beautiful cities and the Renaissance all dull? Simple - get Ron Howard to direct yet another film based on one of Dan Brown's air-headed adventures. This time we contend with Inferno, the third in the film series to date. It's been seven years since we last saw Tom Hanks as the Mickey Mouse watch-wearing Prof Robert Langdon on the big screen and he hasn't been missed. Now he's back, a bit dazed and confused after a mysterious mugging, but still able to waltz into the world's most famous galleries and museums unannounced.
This time Langdon isn't after the scions of Christ or exposing an ancient cabal. Instead, he takes on the somewhat grander task of saving the world by preventing a modern-day Black Death from being unleashed on the »
- CineVue UK
Directed by Ron Howard.
Robert Langdon must regain his memory and his problem solving skills in order to save the world’s population from a deadly new plague.
Full disclosure: I read the book Inferno when it first came out and remember thinking “this is total trash reading but it might work better as a film.” I believe I was right and that it is definitely better as a film but it’s an incredibly low bar which the team more trips over, landing awkwardly with some scrapes and bruises as opposed to leaping over it gloriously.
Inferno brings back the character of Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) however this time he awakes from a hellish nightmare in a hospital bed in Florence, a bullet wound causing short term amnesia as informed by his »
- Amie Cranswick
Tom Hanks once again reprises his role as Robert Langdon in “Inferno,” the third cinematic adaptation of Dan Brown’s book series. This time around Langdon teams up with Dr. Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones) after he wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia. Together they race across Europe against the clock to foil a deadly global plot. The first reviews are in, let’s see what the critics are saying.
IndieWire’s Demetrios Matheou said the “third time’s not the charm” and gave the film a C- in his review.
“After ‘The Da Vinci Code’ and ‘Angels & Demons,’ ‘Inferno’ makes it three duds in a row. Thanks to Tom Hanks, Langdon is a palpable, enjoyable presence. But once again Ron Howard and his screenwriters have failed to satisfactorily adapt the material around him. If the first film was ploddingly, airlessly faithful to its source, this follows the second in being frantically paced, »
- Liz Calvario
Ryan Lambie Published Date Monday, October 10, 2016 - 05:36
He’s the James Bond of problem solving: Robert Langdon, the renowned “symbologist”, scholar and unwitting man of action. The character’s previous silver screen adventures have taken in Vatican conspiracies (The Da Vinci Code) and stolen antimatter (Angels & Demons), with Tom Hanks bringing his affable everyman quality to the riddle-breaking professor.
In Langdon’s third movie adventure, again directed by Ron Howard and again adapted from a Dan Brown best-seller, a virus generated by a crazed billionaire (Ben Foster) threatens to wipe out half the world’s population - unless Langdon can solve a series of clues that will lead him to its hiding place. The problem is, Langdon’s just woken up in a Florentine hospital with a head injury and no idea how he got there. Fortunately for him, the doctor who wakes him up, Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones »
The Girl on the Train, The Accountant, Moonlight, and more of what to watch in OctoberThe Girl on the Train, The Accountant, Moonlight, and more of what to watch in OctoberAdriana Floridia10/3/2016 10:23:00 Am
October is one of our favourite months of the year, because we can start wearing sweaters, leaves are falling, and we can justify horror movie marathons all month long.
In theatres, however, we are getting a very interesting mix of thrills, scares, laughs, and some indie gems that caught our eye when they played the Toronto International Film Festival last month. That’s right, awards season is on the verge of beginning, and October features a couple of those highly buzzed titles. Among these are Moonlight and The Birth of a Nation, as well as some good old fun at the movies, like Tom Cruise returning as Jack Reacher, or Tom Hanks’ reprisal of Robert Langdon in Inferno. »
- Adriana Floridia
In the new trailer for “Inferno,” Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones try to uncover a deadly plague that has the potential to wipe out half of the world’s population. The trailer reveals new footage showing professor Robert Langdon (Hanks) being briefed on a situation, analyzing the map of Dante’s Hell and traveling to Florence to find the death mask of Dante Alighieri. The problem is, it seems that someone stole the mask — and that someone is Langdon. Hanks and Jones star in the third movie based on Dan Brown‘s series of novels, following “The Da Vinci Code »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Today brings about our first real look at Inferno, the next Dan Brown book adaptation that has Tom Hanks reprise the Robert Langdon role from The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons. Come inside to watch the teaser trailer!
Personally, I never cared for The Da Vinci Code movie adaptation, though I know many enjoyed it. Angels & Demons, however, was pretty damn impressive and resparked my interest in the Robert Langdon adventures in general. Even so, my interest in Dan Brown's books have waned, and his last few didn't make much of an impression. So I'm not entirely sure how to feel about the Inferno movie at this point:
It's not really a bad trailer, but certainly makes it look more action-packed than the story really is. What's more intriguing to me, however, is so much of this trailer seems to use footage from the last act of the story, »
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Tom Hanks reprises his role of Harvard symbologist Professor Robert Langdon in the new film following his work in the adaptations of "The Da Vinci Code" and "Angels and Demons". The filmmakers are skipping Brown's third Langdon novel, 2009's Washington-centric "The Lost Symbol," for the more internationally flavored 2013 effort "Inferno".
In the story Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with no memory of the events that led him to be in Italy. Soon he realizes that someone is trying to kill him and must prevent a biological attack in the form of a new strain of the Bubonic plague being pulled off by a madman employing allusions to the works Dante Alighieri.
- Garth Franklin
Last week, Sony Pictures debuted the first poster for Inferno, the third adaptation of Dan Brown's blockbuster novel series starring Tom Hanks as Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon. Many assumed that the first trailer wouldn't be too far behind, and they were right, with the studio debuting a brief trailer preview, which reveals the first full trailer will be released tomorrow, May 9. This preview gives us a new look at Tom Hanks' Robert Langdon, who is presented with a terrifying scenario.
The trailer preview, courtesy of the movie's Twitter page, reveals that Robert Langdon is faced with his biggest mystery yet, following 2006's The Da Vinci Code and 2009's Angels & Demons, which have both earned over $1.2 billion worldwide to date. The trailer preview reveals a mysterious voice stating that there is a switch that, when flipped, will kill half the world's population right now. However, if this switch isn't flipped, »
Last month during Sony Pictures' CinemaCon presentation in Las Vegas, the studio revealed the first look at Inferno, the third adaptation of Dan Brown's blockbuster novel series starring Tom Hanks as Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon. While we don't know when that footage, or the first official trailer will debut, the studio has debuted the first poster, featuring Tom Hanks and the tagline "Every clue will take him deeper." Hopefully this one-sheet will be followed by the first trailer in the near future, so stay tuned.
The poster, courtesy of IMDb gives us our first official look at Tom Hanks, who returns as Robert Langdon, reprising his role from 2006's The Da Vinci Code and 2009's Angels & Demons, which have both earned over $1.2 billion worldwide to date. The Inferno story centers on Langdon, as he wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, with no recollection of who he is, »
Sony Pictures has released the two posters for the hotly-anticipated sequel Inferno, the fourth novel in Brown's popular series. The Da Vinci Code hit the big screen in 2006, followed by 2009's Angel's & Demons. The Lost Symbol is the third book in the series, but it's being skipped for some reason.
Tom Hanks will reprise his role as Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon. The film also co-stars Felicity Jones, Irrfan Khan, Omar Sy, Ben Foster, and Sidse Babett Knudsen. Inferno is directed by Ron Howard from a script written by David Koepp,
In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks), is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history's most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces... Dante's Inferno.
Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. »
- Kellvin Chavez
★★★★☆ British director Ken Russell passed away in 2011 leaving behind a life's work devoted to filmmaking at its most exuberant and vital. Russell made a number of films in the early part of his career which depicted artists brimming with the same enthusiasm of expression as the director himself. The Great Passions is one of two collections which the BFI are releasing to honour his distinctive approach to the biographical form. The three films collected here are dedicated to Dante Gabriel Rossetti (Dante's Inferno), Isadora Duncan (Isadora) and Henri Rousseau (Always On Sunday) - three artists whose eccentricity provide a perfect foil to Russell's own bravura style.
- CineVue UK
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