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

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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…

Who will Spider Man team up with in the 2019 sequel to Spiderman: Homecoming?

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As we eagerly await the release of Spiderman: Homecoming, movie star, Tom Holland, told Screen Rant he would like to see a Spider-Man and Ant-Man team-up in the 2019 sequel. “Ant-Man would be my favourite. I want to have like a bug bros session. I think it’d be really cool.”

Clearly, Ant-Man would make sense considering that both superheroes are insect related and are known for wise-cracking remarks, but let us below in the comments who you’d like to see Spider-Man paired with for his next outing… Read more

Baby Driver – a fresh funny spin on the classic heist movie

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This is an action movie that is constructed around the music it features. Edgar Wright, Director and Writer of the new comedy-action-romance movie Baby Driver said he could not create a scene until he had found the perfect music track for it.

After being coerced into working for a crime boss, a young getaway driver finds himself taking part in a heist doomed to fail. The story is told through the eyes, and, most importantly, the ears of Baby (Ansel Elgort) this youthful getaway driver who relies on a pulsating beat in order to perform. Working behind the wheel to pay off a debt to Kevin Spacey’s snarky, self-satisfied crime boss Doc, Baby is a young man of few words but an extensive array of Ipods and sunglasses.

Like Ryan Gosling in Drive, he telegraphs most of what he needs to with his eyes. Flashbacks reveal a childhood accident which has left him with severe tinnitus, and he uses music to drown out the constant ringing, as well as to “help him move”… read more