Why does a hitman need a bodyguard?

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A reasonable question to ask – the hitman is a key witness in a trial against one of the world’s worst dictators. Perhaps you don’t buy that – either way The Hitman’s Bodyguard starring Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson with their foul-mouthed chemistry results in a live-action cartoon-like comedy… the kind where someone blows a cannonball-shaped hole through Wile E. Coyote’s abdomen or a stick of dynamite reduces him to a pile of cinders, and the next thing you know, he’s up and chasing the Road Runner again. This style doesn’t always work of course but the chemistry between Reynolds and Jackson makes for a delightfully ridiculous screwball action comedy.

The premise is simple: Jackson plays the hitman, Darius Kincaid, Reynolds plays his bodyguard, Michael Bryce, and they both need to get from London to the Hague without getting killed. That’s easier said than done as a seemingly inexhaustible army of Belarusian mercenaries do their best to rub them both out (to the extent of firing bazookas down Amsterdam canals) in order to prevent Kincaid from giving testimony against genocidal warlord Vladislav Dukhovich (Gary Oldman, projecting pure evil from his eyes, while the rest of his face is hidden behind prosthetic facial scars)… read more from Variety.com

Calling all Frozen Fans!

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While we all wait patiently for Frozen 2, not due for release until 2019, Disney are bringing us Olaf’s Frozen Adventure to give us our Frozen fix!

The 21 minute featurette which sees the snowman, voiced by Josh Gad, on a quest to find the perfect holiday tradition for the sisters as he learns about Christmas trees, candy canes and dreidels.

Disney are delighted to anounce a unique Disney programme of OLAF’S FROZEN ADVENTURE with the Oscar winning cultural phenomenon FROZEN for two days only 25th & 26th November.

It’s the first holiday season since the gates reopened and Anna and Elsa host a celebration for all of Arendelle. When the townspeople unexpectedly leave early to enjoy their individual holiday customs, the sisters realize they have no family traditions of their own. So, Olaf sets out to comb the kingdom to bring home the best traditions and save this first Christmas for his friends. Directed by Emmy®-winning filmmakers Kevin Deters and Stevie Wermers-Skelton (“Prep & Landing”), produced by Oscar® winner Roy Conli (“Big Hero 6”), and featuring a screenplay by Jac Schaeffer and four original songs by Elyssa Samsel and Kate Anderson.

 

Atomic Blonde – another kick-ass role for women

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Atomic Blonde, directed by David Leitch, Brad Pitt’s long-time stunt double, features some of this year’s most entertaining action scenes. While there have been kick-as heroines in movies in the past, like, Uma Thurman in Kill Bill, Sigourney Weaver in Alien, and more recently Gal Gadot in Wonder Woman, there is still a push for change in the industry for women to have more centre-of-the-action roles.

If Atomic Blonde is a success at the box office, it will go a long way toward swaying industry opinion. Word-of-mouth for the film has been strong. It has an 80 out of 100 Fandango Fanticipation rating, which measures excitement for films by analyzing advance ticket sales, web traffic and social media buzz.

A lot of the conversation surrounding Atomic Blonde has focused on Theron doing her own stunts.

The film, which cost an economical $30 million to produce, is expected to pull in $21.0 million in its opening weekend at the box office.

“We don’t need to lose a child, or lose a husband, or to have some sort of revenge story to become a warrior. I think that’s so not today,” Theron said during Entertainment Weekly’s Women Who Kick Ass panel at San Diego Comic Con. “When a story doesn’t quite work I find that the female characters in the movie will always be the ones that are used to then emotionally manipulate in a way that men don’t get used… Read more

Funny, good-time ladies out on a Girls Trip

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Starring Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett Smith, Girls Trip is a raucous, foul-mouthed yet warm-hearted comedy about four friends reconnecting with their wild younger days.

Director Malcolm D Lee wanted Girls Trip to counteract the sometimes  negative stereotypes of black women cat-fighting their way through reality shows like Love & Hip Hop and The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Throughout Girls Trip, there’s a genuine warmth underlying the crudeness and a chemistry between the women, the kind that is often absent from films pushing long-time best friends on us.

A wide-releasing comedy focused on four black women in their 40s is remarkably uncommon, but this infectious, crowd-pleasing concoction deserves to make a big enough impression that going forward we see more movies that give women actors a more level playing field, especially black women… read more

Dunkirk –is it the biggest blockbuster movie of 2017?

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The war epic, Dunkirk has movie buffs on the edge of their seat in anticipation of the first screenings. The film shows the extraordinary, harrowing Operation Dynamo, which saw the Allied troops escape from the iron clasp of the Nazis as May crossed over to June, 1940. The situation had looked hopeless, dubbed by Churchill as ‘a colossal military disaster’, but extraordinary spirit, grit and the luck of German mistakes meant a staggering 338,226 troops were rescued from the beaches as they held off attacks from several German divisions. A fleet of 800 boats helped, not merely of warships but of anything that could make it across the Channel and back, including Tamzine, a fishing boat just 14ft long.

Dunkirk has a blockbuster cast with Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy and the acting debut of ex-One Direction star, Harry Styles. While director Christopher Nolan wasn’t aware of Style’s popularity, we’re sure that One Direction fans will be along to cinemas in droves to see him in action.

Read more about the caste and first reactions after the premiere screenings…

Spiderman: Homecoming – who is the voice inside Peter Parker’s suit?

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Have you seen the amazing new Spiderman movie, Spiderman: Homecoming yet? Wondering who is the voice inside Peter Parker’s suit?

In quite a change from previous Spiderman movies, homemade sweaters are gone, replaced by a suit fit for a superhero – and this Stark Superhero suit talks!

At one point, a strong female voice begins talking to Peter, offering him up — sometimes unnecessary — Stark upgrades, such as hundreds of web shooter combinations, an enhanced interrogation mode and an instant kill function.

At first, Peter just calls her “Suit Lady,” but at one point asks her name, which she offers up as Karen.

Karen is voiced by Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Connelly… Read more

“War for the Planet of the Apes” could be the greatest ending of a film trilogy ever

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War for the Planet of the Apes, the third film in the rebooted Planet of the Apes franchise, is receiving rave reviews from critics in advance of its July 14 release. As of Friday, the film boasted a 96% rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes (48 positive reviews to just two negative ones).

War for the Planet of the Apes is a summer blockbuster that treats its audience as primates of a higher order. As War for the Planet of the Apes opens, Caesar and his cohorts defend their forest world against a battalion of human intruders. They’re able to corner this particular group of soldiers, though instead of killing them, they send the troops back alive to their colonel, as a message of peace. But the Colonel (Woody Harrelson), a war-hardened loon with rogue ambitions of his own, will have none of it. He unleashes more violence against the peaceful apes, who are simply trying to rebuild their war-torn home. Caesar realizes he must fight back, though the real demon he struggles against is the angry legacy of Koba. (Koba, killed off in the last film, reappears in spirit in this one.) Read more…