The Man Who Invented Christmas

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We all know the Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol; this festive season brings us a new movie, The Man Who Invented Christmas, starring Christopher Plummer as Ebenezer Scrooge, and Dan Stevens as Charles Dickens. The movie tells of the magical journey that led to the creation of Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and other classic characters from A Christmas Carol. The film shows how Charles Dickens mixed real life inspirations with his vivid imagination to conjure up unforgettable characters and a timeless tale, forever changing the holiday season into the celebration we know today.

The Man Who Invented Christmas is not your typical Christmas Carol and its not trying to compete. Instead of retelling Dickens’s fictional tale, Director Bharat Nalluri (Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day) takes the baton from author Les Standiford and tells us the story of Dickens himself as we watch him slowly overcome his writer’s block.

Don’t worry – all the familiar faces are still there. The Fezziwigs are still charming, Jacob Marley is still creepy, and Scrooge (given a refreshing, comedic twist by Christopher Plummer) is still grumpy. The catch with The Man Who Invented Christmas is we learn how these characters came to life. Each one mirrors a figure in Dickens’s own life. The Ghost of Christmas Past is one of his inquisitive housekeepers who also serves as a muse, The Ghost of Christmas Present is his dear friend Forster, Jacob Marley is his stingy lawyer, etc. read more…

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The New Heroes in Justice League

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Gal Gadot and Ben Affleck are heading up the team of metahumans, with new heroes Aquaman, the Flash and Cyborg when Justice League hits the Movie Junction screen this week.

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince (Gal Gadot), to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes-Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and the Flash-it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

DC and Warner Bros announced Momoa as Arthur Curry, the Atlantean king and underwater hero, more than three years ago, planning to introduce him in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Although the three metahumans who join Batman and Wonder Woman in Justice League didn’t figure into the plot of the 2016 Superman sequel, the filmmakers wanted to give fans a glimpse of their upcoming versions of Aquaman, the Flash and Cyborg.

They shot one scene of Momoa as Aquaman, and then enlisted Ray Fisher as Cyborg and Ezra Miller as the Flash during production of Dawn of Justice.

“It was a learning experience because we actually shot that underwater,” Deborah Snyder told the Los Angeles Times. “After we shot it Zack said, ‘Are you kidding me? We can’t shoot all these [underwater] scenes.’… read more

Murder on the Orient Express

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With plenty of star quality on board the remake of Murder on the Orient Express, Judi Dench was the actress they were most in awe of…  Michelle Pfeiffer (who plays Mrs. Hubbard in the film) admitted she felt emotional when she first saw the British actress, who portrays Princess Dragomiroff. “I wept when I met Judi Dench” she said at the film’s premiere at the Royal Albert Hall in London. “The first day of filming was a little intimidating.”

In this retelling of Agatha Christie’s classic murder-mystery, a shady businessman (Johnny Depp) is stabbed to death aboard an opulent train service, and everyone among the eclectic array of first-class passengers is a suspect. It is up to the meticulous mind of Belgian detective Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh) to solve the riddle.

When Agatha Christie watched Sidney Lumet’s celebrated 1974 adaptation of Murder On The Orient Express she said that while she liked it, she felt that Hercule Poirot’s moustaches were not quite luxuriant enough. If she’d lived to see Ken Branagh’s adaptation she would have been delighted with the bristles; Poirot’s ’tache lies atop his lip like a silvery feathered boa… Read more from Empire Movies

An impressive sequel in Paddington 2

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Just in time for Kids movie season at Movie Junction, Paddington 2, the follow up to the first Paddington movie in 2014, is an impressive sequel. This sweet-natured, charming, unassuming and very funny film has a storyline that rattles along with a nonstop sucession of Grade-A gags conjured up by screenwriters Paul King (who also directs), Simon Farnaby and Jon Croker. Their screenplay perfectly catches the tone of the great master himself, Michael Bond, author of the original books, who died a few months ago at the age of 91.

The film is pitched with insouciant ease and a lightness of touch at both children and adults without any self-conscious shifts in irony or tone: it’s humour with the citrus tang of top-quality thick-cut marmalade. There’s a sight-gag involving the spurious breaking of a valuable vase that I particularly enjoyed. And although one could say its work on diversity is not complete, the film has a fair bit of material – now more pertinent than ever – about the way a confident, happy nation welcomes immigrants. The day-glo primary coloured design gives the movie a storybook feel, at some places a little like Wes Anderson… read more from Peter Bradshaw at The Guardian

A Jigsaw copycat or the real deal?

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The gruesome horror movie Jigsaw is the eighth movie in the Saw series, picking up 10 years after the original reign of terror overseen by Tobin Bell’s titular homicidal maniac. “Bodies are turning up, and they’re linked to Jigsaw — or a Jigsaw copycat,” says Peter Spierig co-director of the movie.

There was a time when the Saw franchise was synonymous with Halloween. Now Jigsaw hopes to capture that horror magic again by reviving the series with a brand new blood-drenched installment. A new clip from Jigsaw has just arrived to give us a glimpse of the terrors that await audiences, like walls covered in saw blades and people with buckets over their heads. Are you brave enough to watch Jigsaw?

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The Funny side of the Latest Thor Movie

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Taika Waititi, director of the latest Thor movie, Thor: Ragnarok has used the comic talent humour of Chris Hemsworth to make this latest instalment of the Thor movies more humorous. With a touch of humour Thor, the God of Thunder, will be a ‘cooler’ character to the fans.

Taika told Spectrum that Chris Hemsworth’s funny side is underappreciated in Hollywood. ‘He’s a real comic talent and I feel like that was something that needed to be showcased,’ he added, saying his pitch to Marvel was based on showing Chris’ funny side.

Taika also spoke about the idea of directing another Hollywood film, and took a swipe at some of the big ‘egos’ in Hollywood.

‘There’s definitely a lot of egos out there that I’m not very interested in working with,’ he said, referring to some ‘celebrity actors’… read more

The Ritual: One of the most terrifying movies of the year

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October is always the prime time for new horror movies… just in time for Halloween. So can The Ritual, a British film about a bunch of men in the Swedish Woods, stand up against the American big boys?

The Ritual has a lot going for it in its opening scene. Luke, played by Rafe Spall, and old University buddies discuss an upcoming lads holiday with ideas from Ibiza to hiking in Sweden thrown around. As Luke and Rob (Paul Reid) enter an off-license, they unwittingly disturb a robbery. Luke hides, but Rob finds himself in an altercation which results in him being brutally killed.

This whole opening sequence defines the film in many ways. It’s the cowardice of Luke that defines his arc, but one where we totally understand his actions. The sudden violence is shocking, and also contrasts nicely with the later serene Nordic landscapes. This isn’t about the violence of man or the savageness of nature, but a depressing reminder that anywhere can be horrific in the wrong circumstances… Read more from The Hollywood News