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Film Review: Alita: Battle Angel (2019): A Movie of Moments Undermined By its Own Content (And lack thereof)

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Alita: Battle Angel – Review

Although there are some fun sequences and genuine wonder to behold, director Robert Rodriguez‘ Alita Battle Angel is mostly familiar, noisy, visual mayhem with a thin plot and even thinner characters.

Alita Battle Angel takes place in 2563, 300 years after The Fall, a future where society is split into two halves: those who enjoy the sweet life of Zalem, a bountiful floating city in the sky, and the street-dwellers below in Iron City, who exist suspiciously like those in the world of last year’s Ready Player One, scraping and hustling to make ends meet. Christoph Waltz stars as Dr. Dyson Ido, a scientist who repairs cybernetic human appendages, which appear to be in big demand in the future. He’s introduced scavenging a junkyard for parts, where he digs up the head and torso of a young cyborg girl who, while badly damaged, is still alive. After Ido repairs her,
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“Alita: Battle Angel” Is Visually Splendid But Narratively Inert

Visual spectacle is a wonderful thing. Creating a new world right before our very eyes? At its best, it can literally take you away. When that happens, it’s a transformative cinematic experience. When that doesn’t happen, however, it’s a completely hollow one. Such is the case with Alita: Battle Angel, which looks great but never quite engages you in its story. Hitting theaters this week, it’s a massively budgeted would be franchise starter. Some of the ingredients are there, but the soup just doesn’t taste right. Though hardly the disaster some were speculating it could have been, this is still a mostly unsatisfying experience. The film is a science fiction epic, based on the graphic novel series Gunnm by Yukito Kishiro. Set in the future, it’s a tale of a female cyborg (Rosa Salazar), once left for deactivation, who is revived by Dr. Dyson
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‘Alita: Battle Angel’ Review – Second Opinion

Stars: Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Casper Van Dien, Jackie Earle Haley, Michelle Rodriguez, Jeff Fahey, Ed Skrein, Keean Johnson | Written by James Cameron, Laeta Kalogridis, Robert Rodriguez | Directed by Robert Rodriguez

In 1999, two years after crafting what would be the highest grossing film ever made for over a decade in Titanic, James Cameron was brought to the attention of a Japanese Manga Battle Angel Alita from his young seven-year-old daughter. Engulfed by such a rich and vast property Cameron promised his daughter that one day he would bring the tale of Alita to life on the big screen. Twenty years later Cameron indeed kept his promise. Opting out of the directors’ chair to co-write and co-produce the Robert Rodriquez directed Alita: Battle Angel, but oh boy should it have been left as an empty promise sitting on his desk all these years.

Alita: Battle Angel is
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Movie Review – Alita: Battle Angel (2019)

Alita: Battle Angel, 2019.

Directed by Robert Rodríguez

Starring Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Ed Skrein, Mahershala Ali, Jennifer Connelly, Keean Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Lana Condor, Jackie Earle Haley, Eiza González, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Marko Zaror, Elle Lamont, Leonard Wu, Casper Van Dien, Jeff Fahey, Idara Victor, Sam Medina, and Jai Courtney.

Synopsis:

When Alita awakens with no memory of who she is in a future world she does not recognize, she is taken in by Ido, a compassionate doctor who realizes that somewhere in this abandoned cyborg shell is the heart and soul of a young woman with an extraordinary past.

While it has rightfully become par for the course to criticize stories for acting as stepping stones to future installments rather than an experience that can stand on its own, it’s also important to note that there’s nothing wrong with doing such a thing if the consumer is left awestruck and breathless.
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‘Alita: Battle Angel’ Review

Stars: Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Casper Van Dien, Jackie Earle Haley, Michelle Rodriguez, Jeff Fahey, Ed Skrein, Keean Johnson | Written by James Cameron, Laeta Kalogridis, Robert Rodriguez | Directed by Robert Rodriguez

Director Robert Rodriguez and producer James Cameron collaborate on this sci-fi action adventure that’s intended to kick-start a franchise. The effects work and the action sequences are both spectacular, but the derivative plot feels like a video game version of a dystopian Ya romance novel.

Based on the Japanese manga series Gunnm (by Yukito Kishiro), the story is set in the year 2563, three centuries after an apocalyptic war, where the majority of the survivors live in Iron City, beneath a floating metropolis known as Zalem. When Doctor Dyson Ido (Christoph Waltz) finds the core of a young female in a scrapheap, he attaches her to a cybernetic body and reboots her, naming her Alita
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Second Opinion – Alita: Battle Angel (2019)

Alita: Battle Angel, 2019.

Directed by Robert Rodriguez.

Starring Rosa Salazar, Mahershala Ali, Jennifer Connelly, Michelle Rodriguez, Ed Skrein, Christoph Waltz, Jackie Earle Haley, Keean Johnson, and Edward Norton.

Synopsis:

An action-packed story of one young woman’s journey to discover the truth of who she is and her fight to change the world.

Robert Rodriguez’s Alita: Battle Angel is – how does the 311 song go? A “Beautiful disaster?” No, that’s a bit harsh. 2019’s Yukito Kishiro manga adaptation stuns something *spectacular* in 3D, spikes adrenaline highs during futuristic Motorball competition/combat (Rollerball meets BattleBots), but is yet another casualty to the “hopeful franchise” cause. My business background permits insight into studio logic behind franchise investment where robust existing properties are considered – but as a cinema fan? If your focus strays from the film and consequences at hand, dumping exposition and speeding through universe architecture in favor of sequel teases,
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Film News Roundup: Reese Witherspoon to Team With MGM on ‘Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine’

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Film News Roundup: Reese Witherspoon to Team With MGM on ‘Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine’
In today’s film news roundup, Reese Witherspoon is collaborating with MGM, Jonathan Nolan gets an honor for visual effects, canine comedy “Patrick” finds a home and Forrest Films launches as a distributor.

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Reese Witherspoon is teaming with MGM to produce a movie version of Gail Honeyman’s bestselling novel “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine.”

Witherspoon and Lauren Levy Neustadter will produce for their Hello Sunshine production company, which picked up the rights last year. The book is the winner of the 2018 Costa Debut Novel Award and is told from the point of the protagonist, a socially awkward 29-year-old in Glasgow, Scotland, with suppressed memories of a brutal childhood. The adaptation is being written by Liz Hannah, who wrote Steven Spielberg’s “The Post.”

“Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” is a potential star vehicle for Witherspoon but no deal has been signed and no director is attached. Witherspoon
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Saving the Best for Last? Fourth Trailer for Sci-Fi 'Alita: Battle Angel'

"I don't know what I am... I'm just an insignificant girl." Does this finally look good? 20th Century Fox has debuted a fourth trailer, labeled as an "international" trailer, for Alita: Battle Angel, about a deadly cyborg humanoid named Alita, played by Rosa Salazar, who is found in a scrap heap by Dr. Dyson Ido. This CGI-heavy sci-fi movie is finally being released in February, and despite the lack of interest or buzz so far, the VFX are looking much more polished now. Originally developed by James Cameron for years before this, they're still using his and Laeta Kalogridis' original script, and Cameron is also a producer along with Jon Landau. The film's cast includes Jennifer Connelly, Eiza González, Michelle Rodriguez, Christoph Waltz, Jackie Earle Haley, Jeff Fahey, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, and Casper Van Dien. This trailer has some of the best action beats and best CGI out
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Today in Soap Opera History (November 29)

1985: General Hospital's Robert and Anna explained to Robin why

they hadn't told her the truth about being her parents.

1995: Stone Cates died. 2006: Sonny and Robin remember Stone

on the anniversary of his death. 2011: Robin talked to Stone

on the bridge."History speaks to artists. It changes the artist's thinking and is constantly reshaping it into different and unexpected images."

Anselm Kiefer

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1946: The Guiding Light aired for the final time on NBC Radio, sponsored by General Mills. Irna Phillips had been in a prolonged lawsuit with Emmons Carlson over rights to the show, leading NBC to cancel the series for the second time.
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Third Official Trailer for Robert Rodriguez's Sci-Fi 'Alita: Battle Angel'

"I do not standby in the presence of evil." 20th Century Fox has debuted a third trailer for Alita: Battle Angel, about a deadly cyborg humanoid named Alita, played by Rosa Salazar, who is found in a scrap heap by Dr. Dyson Ido. This CGI-heavy sci-fi movie was set to be released in December, but they delayed it until February - Valentine's Day - in 2019. Giving them more time to finish the VFX and get away from bad buzz. Originally developed by James Cameron for years before this, they're still using his and Laeta Kalogridis' original script, and Cameron is also a producer along with Jon Landau. The film's cast includes Jennifer Connelly, Eiza González, Michelle Rodriguez, Christoph Waltz, Jackie Earle Haley, Jeff Fahey, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, and Casper Van Dien. I'm honestly still excited to see this, even if it does look a bit weird. Give
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American Dresser – Review

Review by Matthew Lowery

In 1986, Vietnam veteran turned filmmaker Oliver Stone brought us the war film Platoon based on his wartime experiences. Among its cast was Tom Berenger as Sgt. Barnes, who has been driven crazy from the shellshock of the conflict. In addition to Charlie Sheen and Willem Dafoe, the film also featured early appearances from Johnny Depp and Keith David. Even 30 plus years after release, the film still holds up and is a classic Vietnam war film. I bring this up because American Dresser features both Berenger and David who happen to have served in Vietnam. I’m not entirely sure if this was just a coincidence, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was somewhat intentional. Also, given that this film concerns two guys driving through the continental Us on motorcycles, it feels like Easy Rider. Honestly, the fact that this reminded me of better movies is not promising.
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‘American Dresser’ Revs Up For September Release With Cinedigm Deal

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‘American Dresser’ Revs Up For September Release With Cinedigm Deal
Exclusive: Cinedigm has acquired North American rights to American Dresser, a motorcycle road movie written and directed by Carmine Cangialosi and starring Tom Berenger, Keith David, Bruce Dern, Gina Gershon, Penelope Ann Miller, Katherine Narducci, Jeff Fahey and Cangialosi. The company will release the pic September 21 in theaters and on VOD.

The plot centers on John Moore (Berenger), a hard-edged Vietnam veteran recently widowed and estranged from his adult daughters. After discovering a decades-old secret his wife kept for years, John finds himself at a crossroads and decides to confront the mistakes of his past by fulfilling a lifelong dream: He fixes up his American Dresser motorcycle and sets out on a cross-country trip with his best friend, Charlie (David). They hit the highway, meeting a series of offbeat characters, and learn that life is about moving forward one mile at a time.
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‘Alita: Battle Angel’ Trailer Takes You To A Harsh, Futuristic World

Directors James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez have teamed up for what looks like to be a fantastical and wild film in Alita: Battle Angel. While people are still dealing with their San Diego Comic-con hangover from this past weekend, 20th Century Fox releases an all-new trailer for the film which is based off of the popular Manga series “Gunnm.”

The trailer looks absolutely insane. It has a blend of great looking live-action stunts and heavy use of CGI which looks amazing at times, and at other times looks a bit too much like a video game. But while we are on the subject of CGI, the film has already seen its share of controversy. When the film’s first teaser came out, fans of the Manga series were none too pleased when 20th Century Fox decided to cast a non-Asian actress in the main role but rather casted a Canadian-American
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Second Trailer for Robert Rodriguez's Robot Sci-Fi 'Alita: Battle Angel'

"She is threatening the natural order..." 20th Century Fox has released the second official trailer for Alita: Battle Angel, about a deadly cyborg humanoid named Alita, played by Rosa Salazar, who is found in a scrap heap by Dr. Dyson Ido. This new trailer was originally shown in Hall H at Comic-Con last week, and now available for everyone else to watch. They used James Cameron and Laeta Kalogridis' original script that has been going around, and Cameron is also a producer along with Jon Landau. Cameron was supposed to direct for years, but handed it over to Rodriguez. The film's full cast includes Jennifer Connelly, Eiza González, Michelle Rodriguez, Christoph Waltz, Jackie Earle Haley, Jeff Fahey, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, and Casper Van Dien. I know this will be debated and argued endlessly - but I think this looks awesome! A very heavy CGI futuristic world, fully realized,
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The Strangers: Prey at Night Review

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While gaps between classic horror films and their sequels have tested fans’ patience in the past, it’s hard to imagine anyone eagerly waiting for a follow-up to The Strangers. The sub-par bag-head home invasion horror from 2008 had the privilege of being granted a theatrical run back in the day but seemed unlikely to spawn a sequel then, let alone ten years later. What’s more surprising than a belated follow-up being green lit, is that it’s also debuting in cinemas and not being banished to online screening platforms or supermarket bargain bins next to VHS rips of Jeff Speakman’s Timelock or Wild Fishing with Henry Gilbey.

Thankfully, The Strangers: Prey at Night isn’t quite the derivative botch-job one would have expected considering the original’s insignificance and the genre’s tendency to emit cut-price cash-in/ franchise silage. The first act is robust with instant, albeit clichéd,
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Video: Virtual Reality in Movies

Virtual reality is a dividing subject that has half of the population excited and the other half droning on about how it is going to come and go, ‘just like 3D did’. Like it or not, the hype around Ready Player One is proof that virtual reality is captivating the public’s imagination. However, Ready Player One is adding to a rich history of virtual reality in cinema which has developed drastically as our technology has advanced. So we thought we’d take a look at some of the most wonderful, imaginative and craziest depictions of Vr in film and how it will change our future…

Tron (1982)

It might look old to us now as one of an early examples of Vr in movies, but Tron was way ahead of its time back in 1982 – both visually and imaginatively. In fact, Tron portrayed the mental experience of ‘Virtual Reality’ five years
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Laura Hypponen's ‘Quadraturin’ to have World Premiere at Tampere Film Festival

Film noir adaptation of Soviet author Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky’s fantasy short stars Brit Edward Franklin (Dr. Thorne, Brain Hack) and features cameos from an international ensemble cast including Jeff Fahey (Lost, Miami Vice, Lawnmower Man), Branko Tomovic (Fury, 24: Live Another Day), Neil Bell (Dead Man’s Shoes) and Olga Fedori (Holby City, Wolfman). The darkly humorous story follows Sutulin, a law-abiding resident of a cramped communal flat, as he experiments with a room-enlarging miracle substance, Quadraturin – with unexpected results. “We are incredibly proud and excited for Quadraturin to receive its world premiere at this prestigious A-list event. We can’t wait to share it with audiences in Finland and beyond” says London-based Finnish director Laura Hypponen. Producer Patrick Hart of Ain’t Transcending Enterprises says: “After reading Krzhizhanovsky’s...

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Blu-ray Reviews: Darkman II: The Return Of Durant and Darkman III: Die Darkman Die

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When Sam Raimi directed the original Darkman back in 1990, it was an impressive feat, especially for the time: he created a big-screen superhero out of whole cloth—part comic book, part Universal monster, part Gaston Leroux, part ’80s action movie. It’s the kind of movie that should have launched a host of sequels—or, even better, a weekly series—but because of Sam Raimi’s own difficulties in making the film and because of the box office climate of the time, it didn’t happen. Not right away, at least.

Unwilling to let a potentially lucrative property disappear, Universal did put a pair of direct-to-video sequels into production in 1995. Though Raimi did not return to direct, he did remain on board as an executive producer, with directing duties on both movies turned over to Bradford May. The first of the sequels, 1995’s Darkman II: The Return of Durant recasts
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Must Watch: Official Trailer for Robert Rodriguez's 'Alita: Battle Angel'

"It's a harsh world. The strong prey on the weak down here." Whoa. You have to see this! After almost a decade in development, Robert Rodriguez finally went off and made James Cameron's adaptation of Alita: Battle Angel, based on the popular manga series. 20th Century Fox has debuted the first trailer for Alita: Battle Angel, about a deadly cyborg humanoid named Alita, played by Rosa Salazar, who is found in a scrap heap by Dr. Dyson Ido. Rodriguez used James Cameron and Laeta Kalogridis' script that has been floating around for years, and Cameron is also a producer along with Jon Landau. So this still has the James Cameron touch (since he was originally supposed to direct), but Rodriguez is at the helm instead. The film's full cast includes Jennifer Connelly, Eiza González, Michelle Rodriguez, Christoph Waltz, Jackie Earle Haley, Jeff Fahey, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, and Casper Van Dien.
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