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Somewhere, somehow, the X-Men franchise became the only superhero period films. Rebooting the series in the sixties was a way to isolate the more contemporary trilogy, but it showed little as far as long-term planning. Sure, it wasn.t as bad as relegating Gambit to the seventies in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but any further plans for these characters and actors was going to involve going back in time. Add to this the fact that X-Men: First Class was the lowest-grossing X-film domestically (until The Wolverine, not a great sign), and beyond the sweet styles and groovy music of the period, there was little allure for fans to return to that era for further adventures of the young X-crew. Fox.s solution was to march ahead with X-Men: Days Of Future Past , which unites the X-Men of yesterday with those of today, creating a paradox where the heroes of the original »
Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Batman vs. Superman, Wonder Woman, Shazam, Arrow, The Flash, Justice League: War, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and more...
So here we are with the final Week in Spandex of 2013 - a year that has seen Marvel Studios kick-off Phase Two of its Cinematic Universe with Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World, Fox lay to rest the ghost of X-Men Origins: Wolverine with The Wolverine and Warner Bros. kick-start its DC Cinematic Universe with Man of Steel. Oh, and Universal released Kick-Ass 2, although that went largely unnoticed. Overall, it's been another strong year for the superhero genre, and that will look to continue in 2014 as Marvel continues to build towards The Avengers: Age of Ultron »
- Gary Collinson
For many fans, including myself, Bryan Singer’s first mutant-filled sequel X2 is without doubt the finest in the franchise (so far). There is certainly fun to be had with some of the others, while even the much-maligned The Last Stand and X-men Origins: Wolverine had their moments (albeit all too few). As we await the outcome of the forthcoming Days Of Future Past (which is looking damn epic) Singer already has his eye on X-men: Apocalypse.
We know little to nothing of the plot of the most recently announced adventure, although the title suggests all may not end well for the survivors of Dofp. However, Singer has tweeted a story-storming session with himself and current writer Simon Kinberg alongside a couple of familiar faces. Yes, X2 screenwriters Mike Dougherty and Dan Harris have come aboard and are helping devise the story to follow next summers all-star sequel. It’s »
- Craig Hunter
Digital Release Date: Jan. 28, 2014, Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Feb. 11, 2014
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.99
After decades of directors and studios taking on the film adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s ground-breaking and best-selling novel, Ender’s Game finally came to the screen with Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) and Summit.
In the PG-13 movie, young Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield, Hugo) is recruited by the International Military to train to lead a fight against an alien race that nearly annihilated the human race in a previous invasion.
Harrison Ford (Cowboys & Aliens) stars as the colonel who leads Ender’s training, Abigail Breslin (New Year’s Eve) plays his sister, Ben Kingsley (Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time) is a legendary fighter, Viola Davis (The Help) is the psychiatrist who helps Ender and Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) and Aramis Knight (Crossing Over) are fellow trainees.
Ender’s Game grossed $60.5 million at the box office, »
Action icon and Academy Award nominee Harrison Ford (Indiana Jones franchise, Star Wars franchise, Best Actor, Witness, 1985), Asa Butterfield (Hugo), Academy Award nominee Hailee Steinfeld (Best Supporting Actress, True Grit, 2010), two-time Academy Award nominee Viola Davis (Best Supporting Actress, Doubt, 2008; Best Actress, The Help, 2011), Academy Award nominee Abigail Breslin (Best Supporting Actress, Little Miss Sunshine, 2006) and Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley (Best Actor, Gandhi, 1982) star in the epic adventure Ender's Game, arriving on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD UltraViolet), DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet), Video on Demand and Pay-Per-View February 11th from Summit Entertainment, a Lionsgate company. The film will also be available on Digital HD January 28, two weeks prior to the Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD release. Based on the award-winning best-selling novel by Orson Scott Card, and written and directed for the screen by Gavin Hood (Rendition, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Tsotsi), Ender's Game is a visually »
We think that Wolverine is the coolest member of the X-Men (and presumably we are far from the only ones,) and with two films of his own, it would seem Hollywood agrees.
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The Wolverine is the stand-alone epic-action adventure set in modern day Japan that reveals the untold story of Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), the most iconic character from the X-Men universe, and evolves the character saga to new levels of depth, intensity and visceral action. »
- Simon Gallagher
The 2006 romantic comedy, starring Audrey Tautou, proved a box-office smash in France on its original release and went on to be sold in more than 60 international territories.
The remake has been greenlit for production early summer 2014, shooting on location on the French Riviera.
It will centre on Alec, a shy and hard-working English waiter at a grand hotel on the Riviera, who is mistaken for a millionaire and seduced by Lauren, an American girl with expensive tastes, whose lifestyle is made possible only by the generosity of very wealthy men.
When Lauren discovers Alec’s true identity and limited resources, she bolts - but Alec, determined to woo Lauren no matter what the cost, pursues her along »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Ruairi Robinson’s The Last Days on Mars (review here) is available now On Demand and in limited theatrical release, and on tap we have the first five minutes for you cats. Wanna see the rest? You know what to do!
Liev Schreiber (Scream 2, X-Men Origins: Wolverine) stars alongside Olivia Williams (The Sixth Sense, Rushmore), Romola Garai (One Day, Atonement), Elias Koteas (Shutter Island, Zodiac), Tom Cullen (Weekend), Goran Kostic (In the Land of Blood and Honey, Taken), and Johnny Harris (Snow White and the Huntsman).
On the last day of the first manned mission to Mars, a crew member of Tantalus Base believes he has made an astounding discovery: fossilized evidence of bacterial life. Unwilling to let the relief crew claim all the glory, he disobeys »
- Uncle Creepy
Of all the summer blockbusters released in 2013, the one that stood out for myself was X-men spinoff The Wolverine. Part of that had to do with the rather inspiring promotional campaign which made the film look pretty poor (along with the fact it followed the truly awful X-men Origins: Wolverine). So, I was rather surprised to learn James Mangold’s adventure was indeed a blast!
It was confirmed weeks ago that lead Hugh Jackman was brainstorming with Mangold on another Wolverine film. Of course, that super conclusion leading into Bryan Singer’s upcoming X-men: Days Of Future Past was near perfect and yesterday’s news that X-men: Apocalypse is next up, the future looked bright for Jackman’s adamantium-clawed mutant.
Well, he’s now clarified a few things about a possible return to the character post X-men:Dofp:
“I don’t know whether or not I will do this next movie. »
- Craig Hunter
This is the age of the Superhero movie.
With the success of films like Man of Steel, the enormous Avengers franchise, The Dark Knight Trilogy and The Amazing Spider-Man the genre couldn’t be more popular. However while many franchises were born and have died since it first started in 2000, there’s one series of films that has kept going on after 13 years, 6 films and at least three potential sequels in development: the X-Men Franchise is with any doubt one of the best ones out there.
After the failure that X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine meant to the franchise, and a much needed shot in the arm, things are going pretty well for Fox’s superhero movies. First Class was an excellent film and The Wolverine is definitely one of the most badass films of the year, and with Days of Future Past meaning the return of »
- Alejandro Montanaro
The final day of Amazon.com's holiday sales, and arguably the biggest after Black Friday, is here. Cyber Monday offers the biggest discounts you'll see all year in Blu-ray films, Blu-ray TV boxsets and console game sales. Below are the best bargains on offer so far in those categories.
As usual the 'Hot Daily Deals' section points out the must-see biggest bargains to be had today - the kind that sell out quickly so keep an eye on it. This is your last chance to nab a bargain, it all goes back to normal prices tomorrow.
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- Garth Franklin
Amazon is offering some Incredible DVD/Blu-ray deals today, including over a dozen Blu-rays at $3.99 each and tons of others at 80% off! I haven't seen prices this low in a very long time. Like all amazing deals, they will only last for so long so do not wait to buy. $3.99: Rise of the Planet of the Apes (Two-Disc Edition Blu Ray + DVD/Digital Copy Combo) [Blu-ray] - $3.99 (84% off) The Sandlot [Blu-ray] - $3.99 (80% off) Beetlejuice (20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) - $3.99 (73% off) X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Two-Disc Edition + Digital Copy) [Blu-ray] - $3.99 (80% off) Wedding Crashers [Blu-ray] - $3.99 (73% off) The Boondock Saints [Blu-ray] - $3.99 (77% off) The Crow [Blu-ray] - $3.99 (73% off) Fargo [Blu-ray] - $3.99 (80% off) Kill Bill: Volume 2 [Blu-ray] - $3.99 (73% off) The Passion of the Christ (Definitive Edition) [Blu-ray] - $3.99 (80% off) Drive (+ UltraViolet Digital Copy) [Blu-ray] - $3.99 (80% off) Limitless (Unrated Extended Cut + Digital Copy) [Blu-ray] - $3.99 (80% off) Moneyball (+ UltraViolet Digital Copy) [Blu-ray] - $3.99 (80% off) Fight Club (10th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray] - $3.99 (80% off) Pulp Fiction [Blu-ray] - $3.99 (74% off »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
★★★☆☆ Hugh Jackman returns to the franchise that made his name for a fifth time in The Wolverine (2013), a serviceable if somewhat anaemic entry that continues to investigate the X-Men series' chief protagonist in a more personal fashion, all the while bogging itself down in customary comic book tropes. Whereas the dire X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) looked to divulge previously alluded-to answers to Logan's (Jackman) chequered past whilst attempting to set up a roster of fan-favourite characters, James Mangold's The Wolverine consciously shifts the action to refreshing territory by tackling more distinctive material.
- CineVue UK
The new film based on controversial writer Orson Scott Card’s seminal work of science fiction, Ender’s Game, does an admirable job of translating the dense book’s heart and morality. While fans may find the long-anticipated film somewhat lacking the book’s scope as well as aspects of the tortured titular character of Ender Wiggin, it does deliver a surprisingly effective sci-fi adventure that even manages to slip in a moral ambiguity or two along the way.
The film takes place in a future where an alien race called the Formics have attacked the Earth resulting in the near annihilation of the human race. Only the heroics of International Fleet Commander Mazer Rackham saved the planet from what seemed like inevitable destruction. Now, years later and in preparation of a Formic retaliatory onslaught, the international Military, led by Colonel Hyrum Graff (Harrison Ford), are searching for the next »
- Mike Tyrkus
After a few years of making tepidly-received cop dramas like Harsh Times and Street Kings, director David Ayer turned a lot of heads last year with the release of End of Watch - a surprisingly powerful, small-scale Lapd story featuring powerful performances from stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena. One potentially dangerous side effect of that success, though, is raised expectations for the filmmaker's next work - and today, thanks to Yahoo! we are getting a first glimpse at what that feature will look like. Based on a screenplay by Skip Woods, whose track record includes worrisome titles like X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and A Good Day To Die Hard, Sabotage follows the team members of a elite DEA task force. The group works like a family and as a result they have had a great deal of success together. Things start getting really dangerous, however, when the team takes out »
With Thor: The Dark World still smashing the box office worldwide, Marvel are no doubt overjoyed that Chris Hemsworth’s latest bout as the ‘God of Thunder’ is yet another success for the unstoppable studio. Now some interesting news has hit regarding the spectacular prologue set 5000 years prior to the film featuring Thor’s grandfather Bor fighting Malekith The Accursed (Christopher Eccleston) for the first time.
As it turns out, the sequence was created by special effects artist Tim Miller, who has been attached to make his directorial debut for 20th Century Fox’s Deadpool for over two years now. Impressively, the prologue was created using almost entirely computer generated imagery which shows Miller’s skill and that he could quite easily craft a visually interesting product for the eventual Deadpool film. Miller has contributed to three of Fox’s films previously having worked on the visual effects for X-men, »
- Ben Read
Director: James Mangold
Running Time: 126 minutes
There’s no denying that when most of us originally heard The Wolverine was on its way that there was a little scepticism, especially after the dreadful X-men Origins: Wolverine that tailed off after X-men:The Last Stand and then Darren Aronofsky abandoned the project, which left us in limbo regarding what might be coming up.
Nevertheless, when X-men: First Class reignited the series with a slick, controlled and smart addition to the franchise and then James Mangold came on board to take the directorial reigns, there was a glimmer of hope and so I’m pleased to say that The Wolverine is one of the best main character-focused X-men stories we’ve had so far.
The Wolverine kicks off with the atomic bomb being dropped on Nagasaki, »
- Dan Bullock
What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream on Netflix, blinkbox, Curzon on Demand.
new to stream
Hysteria: breezy, gently naughty film with great performances by a superb cast, including Hugh Dancy, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Rupert Everett [my review] [at Netflix] Once Upon a Time in Mexico: it doesn’t make a lot of sense, but there’s stirring mythmaking here, and Johnny Depp exuding gunslinger glee [my review] [at Netflix]
new to stream
X-Men: delicious visual popcorn, heartfelt performances, and smart, unexpected depth; a thrilling movie experience [my review] [at blinkbox] X-Men: First Class: like a lost James Bond flick, with mutants, set in a suave 1960s slick with Cold War retro cool [my review] [at blinkbox] X-Men Origins: Wolverine: powerfully fun »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Slim Pickens was an actor known for One Eyed Jacks, Blazing Saddles and of course Dr Strangelove. What you get this week is not Pickens the actor iconically riding the bomb down to the ground in the Stanley Kubrick classic or any kind of online retrospective of his work, but slim pickings in terms of new streaming choices. So it’s Netflix’s time to shine….
Netflix has added more or less all of the low-key interesting independent films from last year with real gems like Safety Not Guaranteed and Maniac and even the lesser likes of Excision and Some Guy Who Kills People. It’s entirely possible that Lovefilm/Amazon is behind closed doors after last week’s Marvel/Netflix news, plotting something with DC comics but we will see…
Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)
One of the most charming and inventive indie films of last year was this time travel »
- Chris Holt
We can all agree that The Wolverine was a vast improvement on its predecessor, X-Men Origins: Wolverine. While the ending followed the usual comic-book-movie cluster of too much CGI, a contrived twist that was telegraphed an hour before the movie was released, and action that went on for way too long, the rest of the film felt like a more focused and intimate experience. Even if the story was a tad on the dull side.
Wolverine wasn’t required to save the world, but was instead tasked with dealing with his own inner demons. The more personal story was the perfect counter balance to the action. Like Dredd, The Wolverine proved that smaller stories carry more punch than watching New York be destroyed for the 150th time.
But for all its good points, there were many things that kept dragging me out of the experience. Things that didn’t make sense or just seemed really, »
- Amarpal Biring
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