16 items from 2017
The Wall is a deadly psychological thriller that follows two soldiers pinned down by an Iraqi sniper, with nothing but a crumbling wall between them. Their fight becomes as much a battle of will and wits as it is of lethally accurate marksmanship.
Directed by Doug Liman (“Mr. & Mrs. Smith,” “The Bourne Ultimatum,” “Edge of Tomorrow”), The Wall stars Golden Globe Winner Aaron Taylor Johnson (“Nocturnal Animals,” “Kick-Ass,” “Savages” “Godzilla,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron”) and WWE star John Cena (“Trainwreck,” “Sisters,” “Daddy’s Home”), and is written by first-time screenwriter Dwain Worrell from his Black List script. The Wall is produced by Amazon Studios.
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- Michelle McCue
There is an alternate timeline wherein the image of a large wall keeping monsters at bay might not be soured by notions of contemporary xenophobia; where Matt Damon didn’t white-mansplain diversity to a successful black female producer before appearing as the bankable white face in an otherwise predominantly Chinese-cast blockbuster. In that time and place, maybe Zhang Yimou’s The Great Wall feels like a better film. Although even here and now it succeeds a bit more than it should. The Hollywood-infused epic fantasy plays like Warcraft meets The Last Samurai by way of Zack Snyder — but shockingly better than all that sounds.
A large portion of the film’s moderate success is born from its narrative efficiency. Clocking in at 103 minutes, it moves from set piece to set piece with a nimble pace often absent from even the best epic swashbucklers. We’re introduced to Damon’s unkempt »
- The Film Stage
Get ready to hack into the future of blockbuster entertainment. Today, Paramount Pictures has released the action-packed second trailer for the anime adaptation Ghost in the Shell. And it's incredible. All-new footage from this sci-fi thriller arrives with stunning visuals and incredible scenes of bullet -laden mayhem that are sure to get your heart racing.
Coming to theaters March 31, Ghost in the Shell features Scarlett Johansson as Major, a special ops, one-of-a-kind human-cyborg hybrid, who leads the elite task force Section 9. Devoted to stopping the most dangerous criminals and extremists, Section 9 is faced with an enemy whose singular goal is to wipe out Hanka Robotic's advancements in cyber technology.
Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders takes the helm on this exciting release, based on the famous Kodansha Comics manga series of the same name (written and illustrated by Masamune Shirow). The movie is produced by Avi Arad (The Amazing Spider-Man »
Since the dawn of the 21st century, action cinema has undergone a bigger change than perhaps any other genre. As the tools with which filmmakers craft their works have continually advanced, a sort of renaissance has begun wherein action films stepped firmly into their own. Often put in the same category as horror — not taken seriously as a form of artistic expression outside of its core fanbase — action has had to boldly announce itself as a viable medium through which big set pieces, but also big ideas, can be presented and explored.
With the highly anticipated John Wick: Chapter 2 arriving in theaters this Friday, we’ve set out to reflect on the millennium’s action films that have most excelled. To pick our top 50, we’ve reached out to all corners of the globe, choosing an array of films ranging from grand to gritty, brutal to beautiful. The result »
- The Film Stage
The Mission Impossible franchises has truly been revving up with almost every installment. As the sixth film nears production, a shooting location seems to be set.
Tom Cruise's Ethan Hunt has been all over the world for the Imf. Stopping as many world ending catastrophes as he possibly could. Mission Impossible 2 ventured to Australia while M:i 3 hit up America. We famously got Cruise hanging off a building in Dubai for Ghost Protocol, and Rogue Nation was based primarily in London and Vienna. Now it looks like M:i 6 will be shooting in Paris, France.
Christopher McQuarrie returns as the first director to helm two M:i films. While we have no plot details on M:i 6, but at least we know McQuarrie is one of the best writers working today, as well as turning himself into a strong director as well. He has had a great relationship working with Cruise for the scripts for Edge of Tomorrow, »
- email@example.com (B.C.)
'They did not save her life. They stole it.' That's the tagline that accompanies the exciting new Ghost in the Shell TV trailer that will debut on the small screen this Sunday during the big game. Yes, it's Super Bowl time. And that means exciting new footage from some of the year's biggest and best movies. The excitement starts with Scarlett Johansson appearing on the roof of a very tall building only to take a giant leap of faith.
At first glance, Scarlett's Major Motoko Kusanagi appears to be stripping down to the flesh, which is sure to get a few blurry-eyed couch quarterbacks excited after a few too many Bud Lights. But upon closer inspection, we're looking at the body of a one of a kind human-cyborg hybrid. Not another Janet Jackson slip-up.
Ghost in the Shell follows the Major, a special ops, one-of-a-kind human-cyborg hybrid, who leads »
Groundhog Day and 10 more films about time, dreams, and perceptionGroundhog Day and 10 more films about time, dreams, and perceptionAdriana Floridia2/2/2017 10:30:00 Am
Today is Groundhog Day, where the myth lives on that a groundhog who sees his shadow will doom us to a longer winter than we deserve. Then there is Harold Ramis’ Groundhog Day, the film in which Bill Murray’s weatherman, Phil Connors mysteriously finds himself living the same day over and over again. On a traditional level the movie is a comedy, but it actually touches upon some really dark philosophical themes. It’s estimated by the filmmakers that Phil lives the same day for 10 years.
In honour of Groundhog Day, we’re taking a look back at ten other films that deal with time, memory, dreams, and repeated experiences. While there may be no film that tackles the topic as precisely as Groundhog Day, these »
- Adriana Floridia
It's one of those quiet stories that goes under the radar, but when Mission: Impossible 6 comes out in 2017, that'll make it a 21 year old franchise. Tom Cruise will have played Ethan Hunt for far longer than any actor has ever been James Bond, and he'll be able to look over at Hugh Jackman and say, "What? You stopped playing Wolverine after only 17 years? Lightweight." Yes, the Mission: Impossible series, with its penchant for quasi-rebooting itself with different directors tackling their respective installments with their own unique flare, has quietly become one of the most dependable staples in Hollywood.
That's no easy task when you have a star that's been as embattled as Cruise has been at times, and when you share a Hollywood landscape where everyone has an itchy trigger finger when it comes to rebooting and resetting franchises.
While, at one point, the status of Mission: Impossible 6 »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Alternate Ending of the Day: What if Stephen Strange hadn't gotten in an accident? What if he would have saved the Ancient One? Those and other ways Doctor Strange should have ended are animated here: Mashup of the Day: Deadpool and Wolverine team up in an '80s buddy cop style movie in this fake retro trailer that you'll wish was real: Reworked Movie of the Day: With Groundhog Day being this week, CineFix has recut Edge of Tomorrow so it's even more like the Bill Murray classic: Movie Comparison of the Day: Speaking of movies that are similar, One Perfect Shot shows the symmetry between Roman...
- Christopher Campbell
Harold Ramis certainly didn’t invent it, but his Groundhog Day made the narrative loop device a mainstream mainstay, lovingly aped in everything from Source Code to Edge of Tomorrow to 50 First Dates. In Before I Fall, the loop treatment is utilized rather intelligently by director Ry Russo-Young, from Maria Maggenti screenplay adapted from Lauren Oliver‘s novel.
It’s February 12th, and high school senior Samantha Kingston (Zoey Deutch) is excited for what Cupid Day may bring. She and her fellow students exchange roses, all determined to be gifted as many as possible. Before long, it becomes clear that Sam and her friends are the mean girls at their high school. They are popular and pretty, but mean and petty. Sam’s got the hunky jock boyfriend, Rob (Kian Lawley), who doesn’t care and the clever childhood friend, Kent (Logan Miller), who really cares. Her best friend, Lindsay »
- Dan Mecca
New King Arthur trailer: Warner Brothers have debuted a very brief new look at the forthcoming re-invention of the classic story from Guy Ritchie.
The new King Arthur trailer has debuted online. The 45-second promo for the film, which has a the full title King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword, finally comes to cinemas this coming May.
Charlie Hunnam leads the cast of the film, which also includes Jude Law, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Djimon Hounsou, Aidan Gillen and Eric Bana. Guy Ritchie directs from a screenplay by Joby Harold and Ritchie and frequent collaborator Lionel Wigram.
“I am here now because of you – you created me.”
The film is an iconoclastic take on the classic Excalibur myth, tracing Arthur’s journey from the streets to the throne.
When the child Arthur’s father is murdered, Vortigern (Jude Law), Arthur’s uncle, seizes the crown. Robbed of his birthright and with no idea who he truly is, »
- Paul Heath
Welcome back to another edition of Fantasy Fridays here at Lrm, where two real-life best friends put their heads together and pretend to be studio execs as they try to cast and hire other pertinent talent for upcoming geek properties.
This week, we turn our attention towards Green Lantern Corps, since there were recent developments on that front recently. The film recently snagged David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight, Blade) and Justin Rhodes (Grassroots) to write the script, with DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns producing and overseeing the project. There's also been talk that it'll have a sort of Lethal Weapon vibe to it, and that it'll sort of base itself off of the Sinestro Corps Wars.
Naturally, this news got all of us here at Lrm talking, »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Edge of Tomorrow, Groundhogs Day, two examples of how living the same day over and over make for a great film. And now we have our first look at a new installment that looks to be a great film.
The Sundance Film Festival is home every year to countless amazing films. It's an event I hope to one day cover. This year is no exception. With so many incredible films already announced to debut, Before I Fall is on a lot of critics watch lists. Directed by Ry Russo-Young (Nobody Walks) brings to life the best selling young adult novel of the same name, written by Lauren Oliver.
Vampire Academy and Everybody Wants Some!! breakout star Zoey Deutch stars as the films lead Samantha Kingston who is stuck reliving the same terrible day over and over. A story point we've seen before, but if used properly makes for a very »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (B.C.)
Academy Award nominee Michael Fassbender and Golden Globe nominee Brendan Gleeson star in the action-filled crime thriller Trespass Against USavailable on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD March 7 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.
Academy Award® nominee Michael Fassbender (Best Actor, Steve Jobs, 2015) and Golden Globe® nominee Brendan Gleeson (In Bruges) star in the riveting action-filled crime thrillerTrespass Against Us on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD March 7 from Lionsgate. Premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival, the movie examines the tension between family loyalty and personal salvation. Theatrically released by A24, the film features an original score by the Grammy® Award-winning Chemical Brothers. The Trespass Against Us Blu-ray and DVD include two behind-the-scenes featurettes and will be available for the suggested retail price of $24.99 and $19.98, respectively.
The trailer looks amazing!:
Trespass Against Us is set across three generations of the Cutler family who live as outlaws in their own anarchic corner of a rich countryside. »
- Tom Stockman
Simon Brew Jan 16, 2017
The Gambit movie is still active, confirms its producer. And Channing Tatum is still on board...
A project that never seems to get a great deal closer is the proposed X-Men spin-off movie, Gambit. Not for the want of trying. Rupert Wyatt, of Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes fame, was attached to direct at one stage, but departed when creative differences reared their head. Then Doug Liman, off the back of Edge Of Tomorrow, landed the job. He’s since hot-footed it to DC land, to work on the Justice League Dark film.
A new director hasn’t yet been appointed, but at least there’s the one constant to the project: Channing Tatum. There were rumours at one stage that even he was off, but after some renegotiation, he’s still on board. Turns out too, in spite of there being no new updates for some time now, »
What happens when our closest guarded secrets are exposed by someone with an ulterior agenda? That question is at the heart of the new thriller “A Patch of Fog,” about a sinister security guard (Stephen Graham) who blackmails a famous TV host (Conleth Hill) into friendship after he catches him shoplifting and threatens to expose it to the world. It co-stars Lara Pulver (“Edge of Tomorrow”), Arsher Ali (“Remainder”), Stuart Graham (“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”) and Ian McElhinney (“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”). Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.
The film is directed by Michael Lennox, who’s best known for his short films. He was nominated for an Oscar for directing the 2014 short “Boogaloo and Graham,” about two boys who raise baby chicks amidst major changes in their family. »
- Vikram Murthi
16 items from 2017
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