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Life, uh, finds a way! Big news in the world of dinosaurs tonight: Fan favorite Dr. Ian Malcolm will return. While the character was nowhere to be found in Colin Trevorrow’s “Jurassic World,” The Hollywood Reporter reports that the know-it-all mathematician and beloved character, who somehow survived both “Jurassic Park” and its sequel ‘The Lost World,’ will be heading back to the franchise.
- Edward Davis
Not counting a very elderly T. rex, Mr. DNA, and some night vision goggles, the only real character from the original Jurassic Park to pop up in Colin Trevorrow’s sequel/reboot Jurassic World was B.D. Wong’s Dr. Henry Wu. That’s going to change for Jurassic World 2, though, with The Hollywood Reporter revealing that Jeff Goldblum’s Dr. Ian Malcolm will be making a very ill-advised return to the world of dinosaur-filled theme parks. Goldblum’s character last appeared in 1997’s The Lost World, and though we don’t know anything about what he’ll be doing in Jurassic World 2, he’ll probably have something to say about chaos theory, his distaste for dinosaur droppings, and the fact that life, uh, finds a way.
- Sam Barsanti
In 1997, a film cynic was born.
Seeing Star Wars ruined should have been a sign that 1997 would be the worst year ever for blockbusters. George Lucas’s Special Editions, intended to “improve” the original trilogy but mostly doing the opposite, started arriving in January. By the time of the release of the new version of Return of the Jedi in March, my anticipation for anything ought to have been demolished. But I couldn’t have imagined that was only the beginning.
Actually, the first steps towards the end of an era were made in the early ’90s. That just wasn’t a great time for big movies compared to the prior decade. Some of my biggest letdowns of all time included Hudson Hawk in 1991 and Death Becomes Her in 1992. Jurassic Park wasn’t good enough for me, having read the book. Independence Day put me to sleep in the theater. Beloved »
- Christopher Campbell
A slice of damn fine classic filmmaking.
Director James Gray has quietly been building himself a towering resume. His biggest success came with 2007’s We Own the Night, but the most important thing for Gray is making the films he wants to make. The Lost City of Z is a testament to his abilities and proof that his convictions are worthwhile. Lost City of Z is the kind of film you wish more studios would be making in 2017; there should be more artists being able to craft in this way, but so many are pigeonholed into giant tentpole adaptations.
The film is based on the 2009 novel of the same name by David Grann and tells the story of British explorer Percy Fawcett. Fawcett made it his life’s journey to find the mystery of a secret, highly advanced civilization in the Amazon. It would become what he would call the Lost City of Z (pronounced Zed in »
- Max Covill
MaryAnn’s quick take… An adventure of the intellect and of the heart with the real-life explorer who inspired Indiana Jones, one more about the journey than the destination. I’m “biast” (pro): love a good adventure; love director James Gray
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
He was a real-life Indiana Jones. Literally: the Harrison Ford character was based on British explorer Percy Fawcett, one of the last of those intrepid men (always men, of course) to boldly venture into uncharted (by white people, that is) territory in search of knowledge, and to fill in the blank spaces on the maps. A cartographer and archaeologist, he was obsessed with the idea that remnants of a lost dead civilization were hidden in the Amazonian jungles, and he disappeared — along with his traveling companion, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Michael Crichton was quite the prolific writer before his death nearly a decade ago in 2008. His influence on Hollywood looms large, authoring the novels Jurassic Park and The Lost World, upon which the Steven Spielberg built a franchise, in addition to writing and directing the original 1973 film Westworld, which laid the groundwork for the hit HBO show of the same name. The man has a reputation for putting humans in perilous situations with non-human entities, and his final novel Mirco is no different.
Mirco is another thriller, focusing on a team of graduate students who are lured to Hawaii to work for a mysterious biotech company. That is, until they are miniaturized and released into the rain forest with nothing but their scientific know-how and wits to survive. Hmmm... humans go to a tropical locale and have to face giant monsters? And it is all intended to build a new franchise? »
- Nick Doll
Jurassic World was a huge hit, both for the Millennials and for the people that saw Jurassic Park when it first came out in the theaters. There is something compelling about a world of gigantic ravenous dinosaurs that could devour you in one bite and demolish entire cities. But hey, is that not what most mega blockbusters are these days anyways -- the threat of total annihilation? Jurassic World 2 is sure to follow the trend, but the first picture shared today by Colin Trevorrow, who directed the first installment and co-wrote part two along with Derek Connolly, may tell a different story. Take a look!
First photo from the set. JW2 lives! #JW2 #JurassicWorld pic.twitter.com/ENLQCrlzW6
— Frank Marshall (@LeDoctor) March 8, 2017
What we see here appears to be a gigantic skull of a Triceratops, and at least one Velociraptor (front-left) along with some other dinosaurs, that could possibly be »
- Drew Carlton
2 March 2017 2:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Mix King Kong with The Lost World, spike it with a bracing dash of Apocalypse Now and you've got Kong: Skull Island, in which Warner Bros. finally gets the effects-driven fantasy adventure formula right again after numerous misfires. This highly entertaining return of one of the cinema's most enduring giant beasts moves like crazy — the film feels more like 90 minutes than two hours — and achieves an ideal balance between wild action, throwaway humor, genre refreshment and, perhaps most impressively, a nonchalant awareness of its own modest importance in the bigger scheme of things; unlike most modern »
- Todd McCarthy
1970 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 100 96 min. / Street Date February 28, 2017 / available through the WBshop / 21.99
Cinematography: Dick Bush
Film Editor: Peter Curran
Visual Effects: Jim Danforth
Produced by: Aida Young
Directed by Val Guest
When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth didn’t get much attention when released here early in March of 1971. Only film fanatics obsessed with special effects had much to say about it. Cinefantastique magazine showed a still photo or two of dinosaurs on the rampage, and told us that stop-motion effects notable Jim Danforth, who we knew from mentions in Famous Monsters, was attached. We also learned that an animator named David Allen had worked on one sequence. »
- Glenn Erickson
Amazon Studios has released a new full-length trailer for their upcoming adaptation The Lost City of Z, which boasts a stellar cast including Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller and even the new Spider-Man himself, Tom Holland. This project has been in the works for several years now, with Brad Pitt once in talks to star and Benedict Cumberbatch also circling the project before they both dropped out. Brad Pitt does remain on board as an executive producer, through his Plan B Films company.
Based on author David Grann's nonfiction bestseller, The Lost City of Z tells the incredible true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam), who journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century and discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region. Despite being ridiculed by the scientific establishment who regard indigenous populations as "savages, »
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