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Cine-Sunday: ‘Detective Dee – Mystery of the Phantom Flame’ Review

26 February 2017 4:01 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Andy Lau, Tony Leung, Catrina Lau, Lee Bingbing, Deng Chao | Written by Chen Kuofu & Lin Qianya | Action Director: Sammo Hung | Directed by Tsui Hark

Review by Baron Fortnightly

“When a series of mysterious murders prevents the inauguration of China’s first Empress, Detective Dee, the greatest investigative mind and Kung Fu Master of his generation, is brought back from exile to embark on a manhunt that will forever change the course of history! With a matchless performance from leading-man Andy Lau (Warlords and House of the Flying Daggers) and breathtaking action from the martial arts director of Ip Man and Ip Man 2, Detective Dee is non-stop, heart-racing entertainment in the highest traditions of Asian Action Cinema.”

Detective Dee: Mystery of the Phantom Flame is a 2010 Chinese martial arts/whodunit movie based on the Chinese folk hero and celebrated Tang Dynasty official Di Renjie, otherwise known as Judge Dee »

- Guest

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Our Favorite Faces Of Andy Lau

20 February 2017 7:00 AM, PST | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Last weekend, Zhang Yimou's fantasy epic The Great Wall premiered in North America, and while it's silly as hell, it is undeniably gorgeous-looking. While he did call it "nonsense", our J. Hurtado also said in his review that it's a "surprisingly ambitious siege movie that is hard not to enjoy at least a little bit". Of course, any movie will increase its watchability when it includes Chinese superstar Andy Lau. While enjoying immense success as a singer, he first and foremost is one of the finest actors in the world, and one whose charisma can almost keep any film afloat all by itself. So, what are your favorite performances by Andy Lau? Do you like him better as a good guy, or as a bad...

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Lego Batman Wins Weekend #2 at the Box Office with $34.2M

19 February 2017 11:16 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

After easily conquering highly-anticipated sequels Fifty Shades Darker and John Wick 2, Warner Bros.' animated spin-off Lego Batman Movie faced three newcomers in its second weekend at the box office. The animated spin-off will go up against Universal's big budget action epic The Great Wall, starring Matt Damon, Warner Bros.' comedy Fist Fight starring Ice Cube and Charlie Day and 20th Century Fox's A Cure For Wellness starring Dane DeHaan. As expected, The Lego Batman Movie retained its spot atop the box office with a better than expected $34.2 million

While there are certainly many factors that lead to The Lego Batman Movie staying on top of the box office, one of these factors is that it is still playing in hundreds of more theaters than any of these newcomers. The Lego Batman Movie debuted in 4,088 theaters last weekend, which, according to Box Office Mojo, remained unchanged this weekend. reporting »

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Giveaway – Win The Great Wall Prizes!

19 February 2017 4:30 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

To celebrate the release of epic adventure The Great Wall, which is out now in UK cinemas, we have five sets of film merchandise to give away including the official art of the film book and a novelisation of the story.

Starring global superstar Matt Damon and directed by one of the most breathtaking visual stylists of our time, Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of Flying Daggers), Legendary’s The Great Wall tells the story of an elite force making a valiant stand for humanity on the world’s most iconic structure. The first English-language production for Yimou is the largest film ever shot entirely in China. The Great Wall also stars Jing Tian, Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe and Andy Lau.

The competition closes at midnight on Sunday, March 5th. UK readers only please. To enter, use one of the following methods…

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Box Office: ‘Lego Batman’ Blocks Trio of Newcomers to Win Friday

18 February 2017 7:21 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In its second frame, “The Lego Batman Movie” knocked down fresh films “The Great Wall,” “Fist Fight” and “A Cure For Wellness” to win the Friday box office.

Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment’s animated adventure picked up an additional $7.5 million from 4,088 theaters on its way to a four-day estimate in the $38 million range. Universal’s “Fifty Shades Darker,” which came out on top last Friday, looks to land solidly in second for the weekend after earning $6.8 million this Friday from 3,714 locations.

Universal’s “Great Wall” starring Matt Damon earned $5.9 million on Friday from 3,325 theaters, landing it in third. The Legendary production’s holiday weekend estimate stands between $19 and $20 million.

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New Line’s “Fist Fight” should round out the top five behind the second weekend of “John Wick: Chapter 2.” The comedy took in $3.8 million on Friday from 3,185 locations on its way »

- Seth Kelley

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Box Office: ‘Lego Batman’ to Tear Down ‘The Great Wall,’ Beat ‘Fist Fight’

17 February 2017 3:21 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Holy, box office champ! “The Lego Batman Movie” is heading for a dominant $41 million at the North American box office this Presidents Day weekend, taking in more than the combined haul of three new entries, early estimates showed Friday.

Action-fantasy “The Great Wall” was heading for $18 million at 3,325 sites for the Friday-Monday period, while high school comedy “Fist Fight” looks likely to finish around $14 million at 3,185 locations. Meanwhile, horror-thriller “A Cure for Wellness” was scaring up a modest $5 million at 2,704 screens.

The second weekend of “Fifty Shades Darker” appeared likely to challenge “The Great Wall” for runner-up as the erotic sequel saw patronage plunge by about 67% from its opening weekend. The follow-up to “John Wick” may also contend for second with a projection of $16 million.

“Lego Batman,” Warner Bros.’ spinoff of 2014’s “The Lego Movie,” is playing at 4,088 sites and will wind up the weekend with more than $103 million in its first 11 days. »

- Dave McNary

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Box Office: Matt Damon’s ‘Great Wall’ Topples ‘Fist Fight,’ ‘Cure for Wellness’ on Thursday

17 February 2017 7:56 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Action fantasy “The Great Wall” took in $970,000 at 2,470 North American locations in Thursday night shows that began at 7 p.m., easily topping high school comedy “Fist Fight” with $600,000.

Fox-New Regency’s psychological horror movie “A Cure for Wellness” grossed a quiet $300,000 at 2,215 locations from Thursday previews that began at 8 p.m.

Universal’s “The Great Wall,” starring Matt Damon as a European mercenary joining the fight against monsters during China’s Song Dynasty, is expected to take in about $17 million at 3,326 sites during the upcoming weekend. The Legendary production has already grossed a hefty $171 million in China since its Dec. 16 opening and another $50 million in other international markets. It’s opening in 21 more markets this weekend.

The Great Wall,” directed by Zhang Yimou, carries a $150 million budget and is co-financed by Le Vision Pictures and China Film Group. It’s the most expensive movie ever shot in China. Damon stars along with Jing Tian, »

- Dave McNary

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'The Great Wall' Review: Matt Damon Battles Monsters, Blockbuster-Audience Boredom

17 February 2017 7:24 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Matt Damon has earned his action bona fides with The Martian and the Bourne films; veteran Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou (Raise the Red Lantern, House of Flying Daggers), doing his first film in English, is a world-class master. (It's hard to forget his 2008 staging of the opening and closing ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics.) So it's exciting just to think of the two teaming up. Reality, sad to say, is a bitch. This co-production between the U.S. and China, the two leading spots on the map for mining gold at box office, »

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The Great Wall movie review: not to be torn down

17 February 2017 3:21 AM, PST | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

MaryAnn’s quick take… Plain pure fun. At its best, it’s Lord of the Rings meets Aliens, with incredible imaginative grandeur and genuinely breathtaking 3D depth. I’m “biast” (pro): love a good fantasy action movie

I’m “biast” (con): was worried about the apparent whitewashing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

The Great Wall, set somewhere around a thousand years ago, opens with a rather incongruous zoom in from orbit down onto that impressive structure. Nobody was watching from up there back then, but it’s kind of a joke, I guess, a reference to the not-true “fact” that the wall is the only human-made object visible from space.

Also not true: Matt Damon’s whiteness blinds the viewer to the Chinese-ness of The Great Wall.

On the scale of how badly it could have gone, what we ended up with is fairly inoffensive. »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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The Great Wall Review

17 February 2017 2:33 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Emily Breen

There are precious few things in this world which cannot be improved by a measure of silliness – and Zhang Yimou’s not entirely historically accurate story of a legendary alien battle at The Great Wall of China is no exception. In combining his trademark gravity defying fight sequences with thousands of green blooded CGI monsters, Zhang has contrarily crafted a very beautiful and wildly expensive B-Movie.

William (Matt Damon) and Tovar (Pedro Pascal) are soldiers for hire, wandering the wilds of China in search of a source of black powder – gunpowder – to sell to the highest bidder upon their return to the west. When their group is ambushed late one night William’s mercenary training ensures the pair’s safety and grants them a gory and unusual get-out-of-certain-death-free card as they stumble across a secret army preparing for the fight of their lives.

Our introduction to Commander »

- Emily Breen

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The Great Wall review

16 February 2017 9:32 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Matt Damon stars in the hugely expensive The Great Wall, an American and Chinese co-production that fails to really impress.

While it's arguably insensitive to release a movie about a big wall given the current news cycle, this hasn't deterred Universal. The Great Wall, whose title and very being invites accusations of hubris, is as big, daft, paper-thin and transparently China-chasing as you expected it to be, but on the plus side it might make you feel like 3D’s finally had its day.

It takes a certain type of Western arrogance to make a play for the Chinese market through a fantasy reimagining of its greatest landmark’s history, but hey, this is Hollywood, baby. Consider the implications of a Chinese blockbuster pitched aggressively at American theatres, telling how Mount Rushmore was attacked by aliens but only survived because Michelle Yeoh defended it. But then: this is a Us-Chinese co-production, »

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The Great Wall Review

16 February 2017 10:35 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

When I think about China’s Song dynasty, the first thing that comes to mind is Matt Damon. You too, right? A movie like The Great Wall is just screaming for a “William” to save the day, because native warriors surely can’t fend for themselves (duh). A little whitewashing, a dash of CGI monsters and voilà! You’ve got yourself a generic slash-em-up atop, in front of and behind China’s most wondrous landmark. Director Yimou Zhang splatters rocky landscapes with colorful costumes and fiery explosions, but it’s not enough to salvage snooze-worthy drama whenever characters start to jabber. Did you expect something more than swift monster mutilation? I seriously hope not, you crazy loon.

Damon’s William is but a weary mercenary looking for some magical weapon known as “black powder.” The Chinese possess it, so he sets out with a party to “barter.” After a harsh spell of travel, »

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Win movie merchandise with The Great Wall

16 February 2017 2:40 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Competitions

To celebrate the release of epic adventure The Great Wall, which is released in UK Cinemas on February 17th, we have five sets of film merchandise to give away including the official art of the film book and a novelisation of the story.

Starring global superstar Matt Damon and directed by one of the most breathtaking visual stylists of our time, Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of Flying Daggers), Legendary’s The Great Wall tells the story of an elite force making a valiant stand for humanity on the world’s most iconic structure.  The first English-language production for Yimou is the largest film ever shot entirely in China.  The Great Wall also stars Jing Tian, Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe and Andy Lau.

Please note: This competition is open to UK residents only

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Movie Review – The Great Wall (2016)

16 February 2017 12:49 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Great Wall, 2016.

Directed by Yimou Zhang.

Starring Matt Damon, Jing Tian, Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe, Hanyu Zhang, Eddie Peng, Lu Han, Kenny Lin, Junkai Wang, Zheng Kai, Cheney Chen, Xuan Huang, and Andy Lau.

Synopsis:

European mercenaries searching for black powder become embroiled in the defense of the Great Wall of China against a horde of monstrous creatures.

Don’t buy a ticket with great expectations coming into The Great WallYimou Zhang is certainly a gifted director (most known for Hero and House of Flying Daggers) now making his English-speaking film debut, but he’s unfortunately working with a highly generic and cliché story. Will dishonorable mercenary William (Matt Damon in one of his weakest and little defined roles ever) change his selfish ways and begin fighting for honor over greed? Will Willem Dafoe’s completely superfluous and useless character betray everyone at some point? Will the beastly »

- Robert Kojder

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The Weekend Warrior 2/17/17: Fist Fight, The Great Wall, A Cure for Wellness

15 February 2017 7:00 AM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.  

This Past Weekend:

The Lego Batman Movie won the weekend as expected, but not with nearly as much money as I had predicted, not besting the opening of The Lego Movie as expected, but instead ending up with a reasonable and not so bad $53 million.  Fifty Shades Darker proved that the audience for movies based on the popular books was still great enough for it to win Friday with $21 million (to Lego Batman’s $15 million) and end up second for the weekend with a strong $46.6 million. That was still almost $40 million less than the opening of the previous movie Fifty Shades of Grey, but the sequel also didn’t have the benefits of Valentine’s Day and a four-day holiday. Coming in »

- Edward Douglas

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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 40 Pairs of Passes to ‘The Great Wall’ With Matt Damon

14 February 2017 9:51 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 40 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the highly anticipated new film “The Great Wall” starring Matt Damon!

The Great Wall,” which opens on Feb. 17, 2017 and is rated “PG-13,” also stars Jing Tian, Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe, Hanyu Zhang, Eddie Peng, Lu Han, Kenny Lin, Junkai Wang, Zheng Kai, Cheney Chen, Xuan Huang and Andy Lau from director Yimou Zhang and writers Carlo Bernard and Doug Miro.

To win your free passes to “The Great Wall” courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning! Completing these social actions only increases your odds of winning; this doesn’t intensify your competition! »

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Can The Great Wall Overtake Lego Batman at the Box Office?

14 February 2017 9:26 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

After easily conquering highly-anticipated sequels Fifty Shades Darker and John Wick 2, Lego Batman Movie has its sights set on three more newcomers hitting theaters this weekend, to retain its box office crown. The animated spin-off will go up against Universal's big budget action epic The Great Wall, starring Matt Damon, Warner Bros.' comedy Fist Fight starring Ice Cube and Charlie Day and 20th Century Fox's A Cure For Wellness starring Dane DeHaan. We're predicting that, at least for this weekend, The Lego Batman Movie finds a way to stay on top at the box office, with a projected $29.6 million.

One reason that The Lego Batman Movie will likely stay on top is because it will still be playing in hundreds of more theaters than any of these newcomers. The Lego Batman Movie debuted in 4,088 theaters last weekend, a number that will likely remain unchanged this Friday, with Box Office »

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Win Passes To The Advance Screening Of The Great Wall In St. Louis

6 February 2017 8:53 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Between courage and fear. Between monsters and men. A wall stands that must never fall.

Academy Award® winner Matt Damon (The Martian, The Bourne franchise) leads humanity’s greatest fight for survival in The Great Wall, from Legendary and Universal Pictures. When a mercenary warrior (Damon) is imprisoned within The Great Wall, he discovers the mystery behind one of the greatest wonders of our world.

As wave after wave of marauding beasts, intent on devouring the world, besiege the massive structure, his quest for fortune turns into a journey toward heroism as he joins a huge army of elite warriors to confront this unimaginable and seemingly unstoppable force.

Directed by one of the most breathtaking visual stylists of our time, Zhang Yimou (Raise the Red Lantern, Hero, House of Flying Daggers), the action-fantasy marks his first English-language production and the largest film ever shot entirely in China.

To create The Great Wall, »

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Zhang-Damon Collaboration: Globalization the Unfortunate Big Loser

27 January 2017 9:09 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

The Great Wall movie with Matt Damon: awkward-accented British mercenary fights the Taotie in costly Chinese-American collaboration. 'The Great Wall' movie: Zhang Yimou-Matt Damon collaboration evidence that – for better or for worse – countries can work together In this divisive age, when countries are turning inward with a nationalist, xenophobic fervor, it's comforting to know that the United States and China, their relationship mercurial and wary, can work together and, in the spirit of cooperation and unity, make a terrible movie. A co-production between Legendary East (the Chinese arm of Burbank, California-based, Legendary Entertainment) and China Film Group, The Great Wall is reportedly the most expensive film ever shot in China, a nation with aspirations to make films that rival Hollywood in their scope and success. Hollywood is willing to help if it ultimately leads to the release of more of its films in the tightly controlled Chinese market, »

- Mark Keizer

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Watch: The Teaser Trailer For Andy Lau’s ‘Shock Wave’

27 January 2017 10:54 AM, PST | AsianMoviePulse | See recent AsianMoviePulse news »

A few days ago, we reported that Hong Kong superstar Andy Lau went into hospital after suffering from multiple pelvic fractures. The estimated recovery time of 6-9 months would make it difficult for the actor to promote his upcoming films, one of which being the big-budget action thriller ‘Shock Wave’.

Shock Wave Poster

Shock Wave’ is directed by Herman Yau (‘The Untold Story’, ‘Turning Point’, ‘The Legend Is Born: Ip Man’). Lau is both the star and producer of the film and the supporting cast includes Jiang Wu (‘Monster Hunt’), Philip Keung (‘Unbeatable’), Ron Ng (‘Turning Point’), Louis Cheung (‘Keeper Of Darkness’) and Babyjohn Choi (‘Ip Man 3’).

Synopsis (via Wikipedia): Cheung Choi-san is a senior inspector of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Bureau (Eod). Seven years ago, he went undercover and became the protégé of Hung Kai-pang, a top wanted criminal specializing in bombs. Cheung successfully disintegrated Hung’s criminal gang, »

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