Film Review: ‘Kung Fu Yoga’

Film Review: ‘Kung Fu Yoga’
An archaeological adventure set in Tibet, Dubai, and India, Jackie Chan-starrer “Kung Fu Yoga” proves that despite a decade-long hiatus, Hong Kong action director Stanley Tong (“Rumble in the Bronx”) still has some juice left, in a movie that combines kinetic stunts with exotic locations on a very grand scale. It would have been even more fun to see Chinese martial arts infused with yoga poses, or fights between Chan and yoga masters, but Tong’s screenplay is too heavily skewed toward mainland Chinese tastes to explore such ideas, marking a missed opportunity for an original mashup of Bollywood and Chinese entertainment styles.

Still, mainlanders out for family entertainment won’t feel shortchanged. Opening domestically on the Lunar New Year, Jan. 28 (day-and-date in U.S.), the film competes head-to-head with”Buddies in India,” the directing debut of popular comedian/martial artist Wang Baoqiang. Overseas ancillary should be robust.

Kung Fu
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Horror Channel FrightFest announces 2017 Glasgow Film Festival line-up

Horror Channel FrightFest has announced its line-up for the 2017 Glasgow Film Festival next month, bringing a record fourteen films, including ten UK premieres. Check out the full line-up here…

Thurs 23 Feb – Gft Screen 1

21:00 A Cure For Wellness (Special screening)

An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company’s CEO from an idyllic but mysterious “wellness centre” at a remote location in the Swiss Alps. He soon suspects that the spa’s miraculous treatments are not what they seem. When he begins to unravel its terrifying secrets, his sanity is tested, as he finds himself diagnosed with the same curious illness that keeps all the guests here longing for the cure.

Director: Gore Verbinski. Cast: Dane DeHaan, Mia Goth, Jason Isaacs, Celia Imrie. USA 2017. 18. 126 mins, Thanks to 20th Century Fox.

23:40 Phantasm: Remastered (Scottish Premiere)

Set to introduce a new generation to the deranged charms of the cult classic,
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Frightfest announce Glasgow 2017 line-up of Fourteen films!

Horror Channel FrightFest celebrates 12th year at Glasgow Film Festival with record-breaking fourteen titles – including Ten premieres and a screening of the 4K restoration of Phantasm!

FrightFest Passes are £70 and available from noon on Mon January 16th 2016. Passes cover all films on Fri 24 and Sat 25 Feb Only. Tickets for A Cure for Wellness and Phantasm: Remastered. Individual tickets for the Fri/Sat films are on sale Mon January 23rd from 10am.

To book tickets: +44 (0)141 332 6535 / boxoffice@glasgowfilm.org / www.glasgowfilm.org/festival

From the press release:

Monstrous stories, unspeakable urban legends, brutal acts and fearsome folktales dominate as the UK’s favourite horror fantasy event returns to the Glasgow Film Festival with a record fourteen films, including ten UK premieres, screening from Thurs 23 Feb to Sat 25 Feb 2017 at the iconic Glasgow Film Theatre.

Kicking off with a special screening of A Cure For Wellness, an intense psychological ride from Gore Verbinski,
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This Is Us Season 1 Episode 10 Review: Last Christmas

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That was truly unexpected.

I would never have guessed This Is Us Season 1 Episode 10 would deliver the most intense hour we'd seen to date. 

After all, it was our first Christmas with the Pearson family. Surely we were in for some sweet memories, right? Wrong! Although we learned "nothing bad ever happens on Christmas Eve," even that may be coming to an end this year.

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This one was even delivered to us a little differently, with our venture into the past coming at the beginning and right at the very end of the hour. 

The year was 1989, and although that particular Christmas Eve featured a trip to the emergency room so Kate could have her appendix removed, the focus was more on Randall than Kate, as Dr. K. was also admitted for wrapping his LeSabre around a tree. 

What really threw
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‘Fresh Off the Boat’ Creator Reveals How Taiwan, Clinton and Tupac Relate to Identity in Season 3

‘Fresh Off the Boat’ Creator Reveals How Taiwan, Clinton and Tupac Relate to Identity in Season 3
If the Huang kids thought Orlando was a culture shock, wait until they hit Taipei.

On the Season 3 premiere of “Fresh Off the Boat,” the Huang family takes a trip to Taiwan, so that Louis (Randall Park) can mend fences with his soon-to-be-married brother Gene (Ken Jeong). While Jessica (Constance Wu) is excited to return to her home country, her boys aren’t so sure what to expect.

Read More: How ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ Tells the Untold Story of ‘90s Sitcom Moms

Creator Nahnatchka Khan told IndieWire about the importance of the Huangs making the trip. “For us it was really, the Asian-American, the Taiwanese-American experience,” Khan said. “That hyphen in there is really important because the kids were born in America. That is part of their identity. We really wanted to explore what that meant when they were going back to their parents’ country for the first time.
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‘Fresh Off the Boat’ Celebrates Chinese New Year for the First Time on Network TV

Pretty much every holiday on the calendar has had its own themed sitcom episode — from the classics like Thanksgiving and Christmas to the more inventive Festivus and Chrismukkah.

Except for Chinese New Year.

ABC’s “Fresh Off the Boat” aims to change all that — and clear up a few misconceptions about the holiday — with the episode titled “Year of the Rat,” airing February 2nd. Louis (Randall Park) and Jessica (Constance Wu) and the kids are planning to fly to Washington, D.C. to spend the holiday with the rest of their family, but a ticket snafu leaves them stuck in Orlando. Their efforts to find other Asians — any other Asians — lead them to the Asian-American Association of Orlando, which is staging a less-than-authentic celebration. Cue frustration.

That “fish out of water” feeling is part of the DNA of the show, says showrunner Nahnatchka Khan. “They can’t go back home,
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Casting Net: Jim Sturgess, Sam Worthington sign on for 'Kidnapping Freddy Heineken'; Plus, Milla Jovovich, more

Casting Net: Jim Sturgess, Sam Worthington sign on for 'Kidnapping Freddy Heineken'; Plus, Milla Jovovich, more
Jim Sturgess (Cloud Atlas), Sam Worthington (Avatar), and Ryan Kwanten (True Blood) have signed on to join the cast of Kidnapping Freddy Heineken, starring Anthony Hokpins as the kidnapped beer heir. Daniel Alfredson (The Girl Who Played with Fire) is set to direct the true story of the 1983 kidnapping of Heineken and his chauffeur which resulted in the largest ransom ever paid for an individual at that point (about $50 million today).• Randall Park (Colin on The Mindy Project) and Timothy Simons (Jonah on Veep) have joined the cast of Seth Rogen’s comedy The Interview about a talk show host
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[Review] The Five-Year Engagement

Writer/actor Jason Segel and writer/director Nicholas Stoller have been working with each other for years now, both cementing their membership in Judd Apatow‘s comedic entourage on “Undeclared”. It was their first cinematic collaboration—Forgetting Sarah Marshall—however, that put them on the map as a creative team worth keeping in the recesses of your mind for light bulbs of clarity to illuminate when hearing their names in trailers. The film was a perfect mix of charm, hilarity, and crude behavior that was sadly unmatched with Stoller’s solo endeavored sequel Get Him to the Greek‘s lack of story and their partnered script for The Muppets entrenched with a thirty year tradition. As a result, The Five-Year Engagement had its work cut out for it to prove their debut wasn’t a fluke.

All trepidation washed away, though, as the opening frames showed Segel’s trademark gentle giant’s insecure nerves,
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