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Steven Spielberg's mid-20th Century Cold War drama is nominated for six Academy Awards -- Best Picture, Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Mark Rylance), Original Score, Production Design, Sound Mixing, and Original Screenplay. Tom Hanks stars as Brooklyn lawyer James Donovan, who is sent by the CIA on a near-impossible mission to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot. The movie is out on DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital HD on February 2. Blu-ray bonus featurettes, which go behind-the-scenes of the film and showcase the real-life historical events, include "A Case of the Cold War: Bridge of Spies," "U-2 Spy Plane: Beale Air Force Base," "Spy Swap: Looking Back on the Final Act," and "Berlin 1961: Recreating the Divide. »
- Gina Carbone
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi review: Michael Bay tells the true life story of the 2012 attack on a U.S. compound – and it’s actually pretty good. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi review
It would be quite easy to dismiss Michael Bay‘s latest effort after the damp squibs that were the overblown Pain & Gain, most, if not all of the Transformers movies and, not forgetting, the awful Pearl Harbor – but 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi could just be his best film – yes, better than The Rock and Armageddon.
Okay, so we’re not measuring this up against much, as Bay has not had the best of luck when it comes to critical reception, but his films have grossed a combined amount of $5.7 billion worldwide. With 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi, Bay tells a true story about a group of six ex-miltary operatives who find themselves »
- Paul Heath
Michael Bay brings a true story to the big screen in 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi. Here's our review...
“This is a true story,” Michael Bay tells us via one of those military telex-style captions at the start of 13 Hours. Then he blows a lot of stuff up. It’s a misreading of the supposed impact of letting the viewer know they’re witnessing an account of true events. The point is that you then deliver something remarkable, stranger than fiction, leaving us shaking our heads in wonder that this really happened. But I can easily wrap my head around the premise that, in a collapsed Middle Eastern state with no government, overrun by mercenaries and Islamist extremists, a fair bit of stuff might get blown up. As early as the opening captions, Michael Bay has failed.
Some context: I think Michael Bay is great when »
The living dead-induced action and palpable apocalyptic emotions of The Walking Dead continue to spread around the globe, as NBC Universo will air the Spanish-language debut of the AMC series this Wednesday:
Press Release: Miami – Dec. 17, 2015 – NBC Universo, the modern entertainment and sports cable channel for Latinos, announced today the network will premiere the Spanish-language debut of “The Walking Dead” on Wed., Jan. 20, at 10 p.m. Et/Pt. Subsequent airings of new episodes dubbed into Spanish will air weekly on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. Et/Pt.
“The Walking Dead” tells the story of the months and years that follow after a zombie apocalypse. Following a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, the series explores the challenges of life in a world overrun by “walkers” or zombies. Over time, the characters are changed by the constant exposure to death and willingness to do anything to survive. The »
- Derek Anderson
Too late for Michael Bay to pivot into government? Nasa has announced the establishment of the Planetary Defense Coordination Office, which is set up to defend Earth from asteroids, comets and presumably, should the need arise, aliens? Unclear. (Probably more of a CIA thing, though.) The office, which includes the incredibly named position of "Planetary Defense Officer," operates out of D.C., and is primarily concerned with the early detection of potentially hazardous objects (PHOs), which are asteroids and comets of a certain size (98 to 164 feet) that get within a certain range of Earth (.05 Astronomical Units, or about 93 million miles »
- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl
No Escape starts out with Jack and Annie Dwyer (Wilson & Bell) and their two daughters emigrating to an unspecified Southeast Asian country for Wilson’s work. This work is somehow connected to the country’s water supply and it’s hinted that the company may have had some shady dealings in the past. This notion becomes somewhat inconsequential when violent revolutionaries seize power from the government and beginning tearing through the city, killing any foreigners they find. This makes life difficult for the young family as they’re staying at the richest, most foreigner-friendly hotel in town…
Owen Wilson might seem like an unlikely action hero, but there was a time when he looked primed to become America’s next golden-haired champion of good and kicking ass. »
- Mark Allen
6 items from 2016
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