After a few years of will-they-won’t-they Pacific Rim Uprising is finally on its way to the big screen. A sequel to what many critics deemed a flop, Pacific Rim Uprising sees Jake Pentecost, son of Stacker Pentecost, reunited with Mako Mori to lead a new generation of Jaeger pilots, including rival Lambert and 15-year-old hacker Amara, against a new Kaiju threat.
Stories of larger-than-life humans battling colossal creatures are far from new, but Pacific Rim plays with the formula by maintaining subtle similarities between the extradimensional Kaiju and the humans’ mechanized Jaegers. “To fight monsters, we created monsters of our own,” the washed-up Jaeger pilot Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam) explains in the film’s opening. Rather than being mindless destroyers, the Kaiju are ultimately revealed to be the products of strikingly deliberate alien engineering — they walk on two legs and possess vaguely anthropomorphic bodies, and their mission is not merely to annihilate, but to facilitate the processes of colonization and resource harvesting across countless worlds… read more from filmschoolrejects.com
Excited as we are to see the latest in the Tomb Raider movies hit the big screen, Alicia Vikander who plays Laura Croft told the BBC The One Show that the movie does not feature enough women.
Lara Croft, the fiercely independent daughter of a missing adventurer.
In this edition, Alicia Vikander, flashing her washboard abs takes over the mantle of Lara Croft from Angelina Jolie. And unlike Angelina’s Lara, this one is more vulnerable, kind and compassionate, minus guns and superhuman abilities. She establishes herself as a proficient cyclist, kick-boxer, archer and at the apt moment even displays cold-blooded killer instincts.
Seven years after the disappearance of her father Lord Richard Croft (Dominic West), Lara leads a reckless and carefree life, working as a courier girl. She is cash-strapped, yet she refuses to accept her vast inheritance as this would mean accepting the fact that her missing father is dead… Read more from The Day After magazine
Christine “Lady Bird” MacPherson is a high school senior from the “wrong side of the tracks.” She longs for adventure, sophistication, and opportunity, but finds none of that in her Sacramento Catholic high school. Lady Bird follows the title character’s senior year in high school, including her first romance, her participation in the school play, and most importantly, her applying for college.
The movie everyone’s talking about – Lady Bird. Greta Gerwig’s cool and confident directorial debut is brilliant. Saorise Ronan is amazing in the lead role of Lady Bird. This coming-of-age movie captures the sugared joys and sensational adversities of adolescence more than most pop songs ever could.
Warm, funny and, occasionally, heartbreaking, it’s everything you could possibly hope for from a film about growing up. The teenagers talk like real teenagers. The pre-Twitter setting is perfect. The pretentious prat (Kyle) gets called out for being a pretentious prat. Gerwig’s delightful offering is the genuine article… read more from this Independent review
As the excitement builds for the 2018 Oscars this weekend, there are definitely some ‘must see’ movies loaded with nominations.
Darkest Hour stars Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill during World War 11, with nominations in six categories.
Get Out stars Daniel Kaluuya as a black photographer tackling racism in America through smart satire and horror tropes. It is also an entertaining movie for a broad audience. Kaluuya is nominated for best actor.
Lady Bird, nominated for five awards finds universal quirkiness amid a year in the life of free-spirited Sacramento teen Lady Bird played by Saoirse Ronan, who can’t wait to escape her Catholic school, her hometown and her overbearing mom.
The Shape of Water is a fantasy romance with thirteen Oscar nominations. An emotional fairy tale about a voiceless janitor played by Sally Hawkins, and a fish-man from South America has cool underwater scenes that have made a splash in Oscars’ technical categories.
For more on ‘must see’ movies nominated for 2018 Oscars read this USA Today article
From the proverbial wrong side of the tracks in Portland, Oregon, former competitive figure skater Tonya Harding was never fully accepted in the figure skating community for not inherently being the image of grace, breeding and privilege that the community wanted to portray, despite her being naturally gifted in the sport athletically.
Tonya found her career derailed after she was implicated in a brutal assault on one of her skating rivals.
In I Tonya, the new comedy biopic, Margot Robbie, who plays Tonya, is as wide-eyed and crazy as figure skater herself, who is essentially bullied from an early age into developing tunnel vision, with only a career on the ice capable of lifting her from her deprived roots – one character calls it her “super power”. The bullying is largely perpetrated by Allison Janney, who has been hoovering up awards as Harding’s mother and, later, by Sebastian Stan as the abusive husband who would later play into his wife’s very public downfall.
Margot Robbie has spoken at length about how she practically ‘became’ Tonya Harding while filming I Tonya. The Australian actress even did a lot of the live skating scenes, although naturally, would not be attempting to follow in Harding’s footsteps in performing a triple axel… The Daily Mail on how Margot, 27, jokingly attempting and ‘nailing’ the stunt on solid ground… Read more
This new comedy tells the story of a group of friends who regularly meet up for game nights. One of their game nights goes horribly wrong when the fun murder mystery game they think they’re playing turns into a very real kidnapping.
The film’s directing team of John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein told IGN that one of the biggest challenges in making Game Night was striking the right tone between the comedy and thriller aspects of the film.
“It was probably the hardest thing in putting the movie together, was walking that line,” said Goldstein. “Because if you lean too much into the comedy, then the thriller aspect feels like nothing, and if you get too dark with it, then nobody feels like laughing. And so it was always finding that right balance, and some of that, you know, we accomplish with our score, and some of it with the pacing of the scene or the editing. But we think it worked out well. I mean, the screenings we’ve had, people are getting it. They’re laughing, and they’re gasping at the right moment.” Read more from IGN
The world premier for the latest Marvel movie, Black Panther took place in Los Angeles last week. One of Marvel’s most anticipated movies didn’t disappoint.
Although proper reviews are being held off until the release of the latest superhero title, the social media embargo for the film was lifted shortly after the world premiere screening — and those lucky enough to see it with the entire cast in attendance have been tweeting up a storm about Ryan Coogler’s “revolutionary” film.
Black Panther, the first major superhero film directed by a black man and starring a predominantly black cast is a new benchmark for representation and storytelling.
‘Black Panther was STUNNING. The movie itself tackles a lot of different issues, including a complex villain and the moral struggles that come with being king.’
‘Black Panther is exceptional – the James Bond of the MCU. You’ve seen nothing like this in a superhero movie – it’s bold, beautiful & intense, but there’s a depth & spiritualness that is unlike anything Marvel has ever done.’
Check out some of the early Black Panther reactions… Read more social media reviews in this MTV News article