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Movie Review - War Horse (2011)

24 December 2011 3:04 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

War Horse, 2011.

Directed by Steven Spielberg.

Starring Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, Peter Mullan, David Thewlis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston and Toby Kebbell.


A horse is separated from its owner and thrust into the midst of World War I when it is sent into action on the Western Front.

In Jurassic Park, there is a scene whereby Palaeontologist Dr Alan Grant (Sam Neill) finds an ill Triceratops. He is transfixed - "It's so beautiful. It's the most beautiful thing I ever saw". This same line could be applied to the War Horse, our protagonist in Steven Spielberg's latest War film. Spielberg's fascination with the idea that Dinosaurs, Animals and Aliens tell us more about ourselves that about themselves, is a theme further explored in War Horse.

Michael Morpugo released the children's novel in 1982, but it was in 2007 when the success of the play on the London South Bank meant that Hollywood became interested. »

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War Horse review

20 December 2011 2:34 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The Great War seen through the eyes of a heroic nag from Devon. What could possibly go wrong? Lots, Michael writes, in his review of Spielberg’s War Horse...

While his films don’t come out with the clockwork reliability of those directed by Woody Allen or Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg works to his own halting, arrhythmic beat. Years of silence often give way to flutters of wild activity, with the Hollywood superstar sometimes stuffing more than one of his new flicks into the cinema calendar.

This has been done to calculated effect on more than one occasion, where blockbusters have shared space with bids for dramatic respectability. Most successfully, in 1993 Spielberg ruled both the box office and the Academy with the one-two punch of Jurassic Park and Schindler’s List. The twinning of popcorn adventure and super-serious historical drama continued with both The Lost World and Amistad, and War Of The Worlds and Munich, »

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Steven Spielberg Says Jurassic Park 4 Is On His Schedule

12 December 2011 6:15 PM, PST | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

If there's going to be a Jurassic Park 4, let's hope that Steven Spielberg is the person directing it. While The Lost World wasn't as good as its predecessor, it was still better than Jurassic Park III, which was the only movie in the series not helmed by Spielberg. In June it was reported that Spielberg was actively developing an idea for another Jurassic Park movie with screenwriter Mark Protosevich and confirmed at Comic Con that a script is being written. Since then, however, Spielberg has started shooting Lincoln and reported that Robopocalypse would be his next film. So where does that leave Jurassic Park 4? The Oscar winning filmmaker spoke with Styd today and confirmed that work is still being done to develop a third sequel to his 1993 blockbuster. Said Spielberg, "I haven't been active in the last year because I've been so busy obviously on War Horse, Tintin and now »

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New Slick TV Spot for Fox’s Alcatraz

29 November 2011 7:51 AM, PST | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

According to this new promo for Fox’s upcoming “Alcatraz”, one of J.J. Abrams’ latest TV offerings (among a dozen or so he’s apparently working on, or thereabouts), the show arrives next year in January. So what’s it all about? Well, there are time-travelin’ shenanigans afoot, and that fat guy from “Lost” is in it. Plus, the smart doctor guy from “The Lost World”. Other than that? Here’s the official synopsis: When San Francisco Police Department Det. Rebecca Madsen (Sarah Jones, “Sons of Anarchy”) is assigned to a grisly homicide case, a fingerprint leads her to a shocking suspect: Jack Sylvane (guest star Jeffrey Pierce, “The Nine”), a former Alcatraz inmate who died decades ago. Given her family history – both her grandfather and surrogate uncle, Ray Archer (Robert Forster, “Jackie Brown”), were guards at the prison – Madsen’s interest is immediately piqued, and once the enigmatic, knows-everything-but-tells-nothing »

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Jafo #014: Early Review Of The Adventures Of Tintin

11 November 2011 5:49 AM, PST | | See recent LRM Online news »

J.A.F.O. #014 - Just Another F-ing Observer: Early Review of The Adventures Of TINTINRating: A-   Every so often throughout his long career, director Steven Spielberg has managed to surprise me. I had a feeling that The Adventures of Tintin, his take on the classic comic strip created by Belgian illustrator Georges Remi aka Herge, would be good, but after Spielberg's last foray with Indiana Jones, I did have some doubts. That fourth installment in the popular action-adventure franchise he developed with George Lucas was not only a disappointment to fans, but an embarrassment to all involved. It truly looked like Spielberg had lost his touch and no longer knew how to make an exciting film in the genre. Twenty years ago, when Spielberg expressed his desire to make powerful dramas, I didn't think he could pull it off. Schindler's List not only made me eat my words, but »

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Jurassic Park And Its Sequels Go Hi-Def (Blu-ray Review)

4 November 2011 8:00 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Jurassic Park and its two sequels arrived on Blu-ray recently, with can gleefully be described as a s***-ton of of special features and extras. That's the good to great news. The not-so-great news is that not only is the terrible The Lost World included in the package (it can't be avoided, it was a trilogy), but that the second entry in the franchise has a distractingly weak transfer, almost as though no one loved this gag-filled, technologically inferior, confused mess of a movie. But if you can get past the ill-treatment of this unloved and un-loveable movie, then this set is actually essential for fans of Spielberg's alternately brainy and brawny love letter to dinosaurs. Jurassic Park (1993) Nearly 20 years after its initial release, »

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Adapt This: ‘Secret Window’ – The Koepp vs. The King

1 November 2011 10:05 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

For movie freaks, Halloween naturally makes us think of… Halloween – the classic John Carpenter flick and it’s Rob Zombie-helmed remake. Since neither movie was directly based on previously published material, the subject won’t work for Adapt This… unless we start counting remakes, but that’s a whole other idea.

Anyway, for horror-loving movieheads of my generation, Halloween equals horror flicks and in the deepest chamber of my heart, horror equals Stephen King. We’ve covered Stanley Kubrick‘s The Shining, and while it’s generally considered to be a horror classic, King himself never cared for the flick, and executive produced a slavishly faithful remake years later for ABC. Has King’s attitude toward his film adaptations changed? Judging by King’s positive reaction to Frank Darabont‘s radical change to the ending of The Mist, (based on a great novella), maybe he has.

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Jurassic Park: Ultimate Trilogy Blu-ray Review

1 November 2011 8:03 AM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Prior to the summer of 1993, everything in the movie world was as it had always been.

After that summer, everything was different.

The difference-maker was a simple monster movie. Yup. That's all it was - a simplistic, almost paint-by-numbers tale of ordinary people on the run from giant monsters. On the surface, that really doesn't sound like enough to get worked up about.

Then again, the name of this monster movie was Jurassic Park. And its director was Steven Spielberg.

And a monster movie is exactly what audiences were expecting when they filed into movie theaters that summer. When they emerged two hours and seven minutes later, their eyes were open to a brand new world of filmmaking.

A world in which dinosaurs and humans could share the screen; it was a world where within a few years it was conceivable that you might be able to look at a »

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Blu-Ray Review: Incredible Set For Spielberg’s ‘Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy’

31 October 2011 2:38 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – Universal’s three-disc set for the incredibly-influential “Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy” is one of the best multi-film sets of the season, a glorious combination of stellar HD transfers, incredible audio tracks, amazing new & old special features, and films that have held up remarkably well over the years. “Jurassic Park” gets nowhere near the credit it deserves either as pure entertainment or as a film that would massively influence works to come. Hopefully, this set will go some way to correct those mistakes and introduce the films to a new generation.

Blu-Ray Rating: 5.0/5.0

Doesn’t it make you feel old to think that “Jurassic Park” needs to be introduced to a new generation? It’s stunning to think that it’s been eighteen years since Steven Spielberg gave Hollywood one of his most notable one-two punches with “Jurassic Park” in the Summer of 1993 and “Schindler’s List” in the Fall. »

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Blu-ray Giveaway – Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy

27 October 2011 11:35 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

The wait is finally over to experience one of the most anticipated motion-picture trilogies of all time like never before when Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park III debut as a trilogy set on Blu-ray. October 25, 2011 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Wamg has Two special copies to giveaway!

Official Rules: 1. You Must Be A Us Resident. Prize Will Only Be Shipped To Us Addresses. 2. Fill Out Your Real Name And Email Address Below. 3. Answer The Following Question:  In a battle, who do you want in your corner and why – Velociraptor or T-Rex? Best answer wins… Winners Will Be Chosen From All Qualifying Entries. No Purchase Necessary. Prizes Will Not Be Substituted Or Exchanged. Contest Will End On Friday, November 4th 11:59pm Cst.

Acclaimed filmmaker Steven Spielberg.s award-winning cinematic franchise, based on the best-selling book by Michael Crichton, generated nearly $2 billion combined at the worldwide »

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Paranormal Activity 3 haunts box office with $80m worldwide

27 October 2011 5:11 AM, PDT | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

Scaring away the 'threequel' challenge that regularly afflicts third chapters in franchises - Matrix: Revolutions, Alien 3, Spider-Man 3, Superman III, Terminator 3 and Jurassic Park: The Lost World being classic examples - the newly-released Paranormal Activity 3 not only scored 71 per cent on review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes but it also earned $80million worldwide on its first weekend.

The critical reception was an improvement over the 59 per cent average for the second film though not quite at the 82 per cent of the first.

And, as it was made for just $5million, this latest endeavour's profit margin will already have studio executives reaching for the champagne glasses.

The movies in this series have always managed excellent returns. The first instalment, created as an indie 'found footage' flick for just $15,000 before being acquired by Paramount, became one of the most profitable films ever made with a total global take of $193million, »

- David Bentley

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My favourite film: Swingers

27 October 2011 4:51 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Henry Barnes continues our writers' favourite films series by laying it down for Swingers

• Tell us your version of Swingers by posting your review, or join the other cool cats in the comments

About two years ago I came home to the house I shared with my three best friends from school. We were drunk. We'd been drinking a lot. We needed orange squash and tea and a sofa (each). And telly. Swingers was on. We came in just as Mike (Jon Favreau) is calling Nikki (Brooke Langton) – a girl he's just met in the Dresden, one of the many kitsch La bar-restaurants that Mike and his friends drink in. That Mike has Nikki's number at this point is a victory of sorts. He's heartbroken: six months into the aftermath of leaving a six-year relationship in New York to make it as a comedian on the west coast. He's bitter, »

- Henry Barnes

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New this Week: ‘In Time,’ ‘The Rum Diary’ and ‘Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy (Bd)’

26 October 2011 6:00 AM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Hitting movie theaters this weekend:

AnonymousRhys IfansVanessa RedgraveDavid Thewlis

In TimeJustin TimberlakeAmanda SeyfriedCillian Murphy

Puss in BootsAntonio BanderasSalma HayekZach Galifianakis

The Rum DiaryJohnny DeppGiovanni RibisiAaron Eckhart

Movie of the Week

The Rum Diary

The Stars: Johnny DeppGiovanni RibisiAaron Eckhart

The Plot: American journalist Paul Kemp (Depp) takes on a freelance job in Puerto Rico for a local newspaper during the 1950s and struggles to find a balance between island culture and the ex-patriots who live there.

The Buzz: Where to begin? Have you seen the trailer? There’s a lot to digest in there.

In all honesty, I’d be a lot more excited than I am, (presently my excito-meter is at about a 6/10) if I’d never caught wind of the many negative rumblings about this film (I have a close »

- Aaron Ruffcorn

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Mondo’s ‘Jurassic Park’ Poster Series Continues With Jc Richard

24 October 2011 1:00 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

In honor of Jurassic Park (and The Lost World and Jurassic Park 3 too I supposed) hitting Blu-ray Tuesday [1], Mondo has revealed the second poster in their ongoing series based on Steven Spielberg's blockbuster. While the first poster by [2] Aaron Horkey was criticized by some for not being "movie poster" enough, that won't be an issue with Jc Richard's work. In fact, it looks like something Universal would have killed for in 1993 and unlike anything Mondo has released before. Richard has created a gorgeous, almost photo realistic glimpse of Lex, Tim and Dr. Grant's calming moment with the "veggiesaurus" inhabitants of the park, the Brachiosauruses. As a result, fans of the film will be F5'ing like crazy to get their hands on this one. Find out when you'll have a shot and see the full, high resolution image after the jump. Here's Jc Richard's poster for Jurassic Park. »

- Germain Lussier

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'Jurassic Park' Ultimate Trilogy Blu-ray Review: An Absolute Must Own

24 October 2011 12:15 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

How are the movies? Jurassic Park is an absolutely marvelous piece of filmmaking, one of the best of its kind ever created. There's nothing I - or anyone else - is going to say that's going to change what you first thought of the film upon seeing it some 18 years ago. You either love it or don't, and if you don't, you are a very rare breed. Not loving either The Lost World or Jurassic Park III is a little more understandable, but, again, opinions on those films were cemented long ago. There's just something about all three of these films that's timeless; each are as awe-inspiring (Jp), as mixed-bag (JP2) or as playful (JP3) in 2011 as they were when you first saw them. The Jurassic Park Trilogy doesn't get better or worse with age, each film...

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Contest: Win Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy Blu-ray Set

21 October 2011 8:23 AM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

We're winding down the week with a "killer" contest that will award five of you Universal's upcoming Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy on Blu-ray Disc. The set includes Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park, his sequel The Lost World - Jurassic Park, and Joe Johnston's Jurassic Park III, all in 1080p high definition video and DTS-hd Master Audio.

For a chance to win one of the Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy Blu-ray sets up for grabs, please fill out and submit the entry form below. You can increase the odds of winning each or every day you stop back to enter again. The more entries you put in, the greater the odds of being chosen a winner.

Experience one of the biggest movie trilogies of all time like never before with the Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy! From Academy Award-winning directors Steven Spielberg (Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park) and Joe Johnston »

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Contest: Win Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy Blu-ray!

21 October 2011 12:48 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy marks the Blu-ray debut of this blockbuster series on October 25, with DVD and Limited Edition Blu-ray Trilogy Gift Set's available as well. We have to celebrate this groundbreaking trilogy, and we have a contest lined up where we're giving away these amazing Blu-ray sets to our readers. These boxed sets will go incredibly fast, so enter this contest today.

Winners Receive:

Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy Blu-ray set

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Just "Like" (fan) the MovieWeb Facebook page (below) and then leave a comment below telling us why these prizes must be yours!

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One of the most thrilling & groundbreaking motion picture trilogies of all time roars onto Blu-ray, Jurassic Park. Enjoy all three epic adventures from filmmaker Steven Spielberg, plus more than two hours of all-new bonus features! »

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‘Jurassic Park’ Is Open For Business Again (On Blu-Ray)

12 October 2011 8:59 AM, PDT | Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal | See recent Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal news »

(c) Universal/courtesy Everett Collection “Jurassic Park,” Sam Neill, Ariana Richards, 1993,

As much because of its groundbreaking special effects as its box-office busting theatrical haul, “Jurassic Park” is perhaps one of the most significant blockbusters of the modern era. It combined practical effects with computer-generated ones in a game-changing way that immediately and lastingly affected not just the way filmmakers made films, but the way audiences watched them. Appropriately, Universal Studios Home Entertainment’s newly released “Jurassic Park: Ultimate »

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Wamg At The Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy (Bd) Special Effects Press Day

11 October 2011 12:29 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

In celebration of the the Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy being released on Blu-Ray and DVD, Wamg was invited to a special effects press day. Melissa (that would be me) from Wamg sat down with Ariana Richards, who plays Lex Murphy in Jurassic Park and The Lost World : Jurassic Park, and three of the top special effects professionals in the world, Dennis Muren,  Phil Tippett, and John Rosengrant to talk about their experiences working on the film. Muren, Tippett, and Rosengrant worked on the special effects of the films, create things such as the giant tyrannosaurus rex! Pretty neat, huh?

From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg, the Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy is one of the most successful film franchises in worldwide box-office history. On a remote tropical island, an amazing living theme park becomes a game of survival for humans foolhardy enough to set foot on it. Meticulously recreated dinosaurs »

- Melissa Howland

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Shocking Moments In U & PG Rated Movies

6 October 2011 3:05 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

The Exorcist, Nightmare On Elm Street, The Shining, The Thing, Halloween and The Evil Dead.

Some of the scariest films ever made……

Yet none of these films are as terrifying as Watership Down – also known as the Hampshire Bunny Massacre.

As part of our 31 Days Of Horror celebration of all things macabre, we take a look at some of the most frightening and shocking moments in family friendly movies.

Star Wars: The Original Trilogy (1975-1983)

Shocking Moment: A Farewell to Arms

Despite all being rated U, the original Star Wars trilogy features plenty of violent scenes – most of which involving the frequent dismemberment of hands or arms.

During the battle between Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) on Cloud City in The Empire Strikes Back, Luke’s hand is lopped off at the wrist by a well placed lightsabre swipe. It’s clearly a painful moment for Luke… »

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