Movie Review – Pan

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In the century long retelling and revisioning of J.M. Barrie’s classic tale of the boy who could fly, Joe Wright’s version may be the most depressing. Early on we’re told (or warned) that this isn’t the story we’ve been told before. That could be problematic, but hopefully Pan captures the essence of the character, despite the subtle changes to the story. Well, no. Though it’s never really been discussed, how Peter got to Neverland; this origin story doesn’t really mesh with the story we do know. It starts off with young Peter (Levi Miller) surviving the London Blitz in an orphanage that’s barely hospitable for barn animals. But, the curious (or defiant) Peter with his friend Nibs (Lewis MacDougall) have reason to believe, that the bullish Mother Barnabas (Kathy Burke) is hoarding the goods while the kids eat a rationing of gruel. In the night, some of the kids go missing. Presumed to be adopted, Peter and Nibs continue on the hunt for treasure, but are startled when they discover the true cause of the missing kids. 

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Movie Review – X Men: Days of Future Past

X-Men: Days of Future Past is ambitious, maybe even too ambitious. The direct sequel to X-Men: First Class, Days of Future Past also ties into the original X-Men trilogy from the early 2000’s. For some of you comes the harsh realization that X Men: The Last Stand (2006) actually happened. Deal with it. On paper the dual story line, time traveling double sequel for two series six years apart, will confound the unfamiliar. For the X fanboy and fangirl, Days of Future Past is the movie fans have been longing to see.

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THE WOLVERINE Debuts A New Trailer!!

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20th Century Fox has released the second trailer to the superhero sequel, THE WOLVERINE.  Starring Hugh Jackman as the title character (in the role that made him famous), the new film follows the rapidly-healing mutant as he journeys to Japan.  Though Continue reading “THE WOLVERINE Debuts A New Trailer!!”

Beast From Upcoming X-Men Sequel, DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, Revealed!

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Since joining Twitter back in June, director Bryan Singer has been on a tear, providing little teases (i.e. production photos, casting news, etc.) on his current project, X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST.  Perhaps you have heard it? Continue reading “Beast From Upcoming X-Men Sequel, DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, Revealed!”

MOVIE REVIEW: Les Misérables

It doesn’t require a love of the theatre – or necessarily even a like of it – to be completely consumed by this adaptation of Les Misérables, which is the most moving piece of musical cinema I’ve seen in some time. By itself, Anne Hathaway’s performance as the destitute, demoralized factory worker Fantine, particularly when singing ‘I Dreamed a Dream’, is just about enough to give your eyes a perma-glaze. That’s an obvious highlight – one of the more universally recognized songs from the 1985 English language play – but it was more than enough to wash away my skeptical predisposition. Continue reading “MOVIE REVIEW: Les Misérables”

MOVIE REVIEW: Les Miserables


In 1990, my father bought my two older sisters and me tickets to Les Misérables at the National Theater in Washington, D.C. as consolation for the middle sibling being jilted by her Sadie Hawkins date that day. As I recall, it was an afternoon performance, and for nearly three hours in that theater, we sat transfixed by this musical, the likes of which we’d never experienced. As a fourteen-year-old boy just learning to be a musician, I found the score and the singing to be of the highest caliber I’d heard to that point in my life, and it has rarely been surpassed since. Also, of note, the program booklets given to the audience contained one small ad in the very back that excited me to no end – it was the image of Cosette with words announcing a filmed version to be coming soon, with the Tri-Star Pictures logo in the bottom corner. Finally, after 22 years and a lot of studio problems later, Universal Pictures is releasing the filmed adaptation of the Les Misérables musical… and it is, for all intents and purposes, every bit worth the wait.
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First Official Pic of Hugh Jackman In THE WOLVERINE!

20th Century Fox has released the first official picture of Hugh Jackman as mutant Logan/Wolverine, in the pseudo-sequel/reboot to 2009’s X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE, aptly titled THE WOLVERINE.  According to ComingSoon, the film, set hit Continue reading “First Official Pic of Hugh Jackman In THE WOLVERINE!”

RADiUS TWC Serves Up The Butter Trailer

 

Today Radius TWC, of The Weinstein Company, has released a trailer to their upcoming film, BUTTER.  You can check out the trailer after the break… Continue reading “RADiUS TWC Serves Up The Butter Trailer”

Mangold Reveals Tidbits Regarding Wolverine Sequel

 The X-Men franchise has received a resurgence of late thanks largely to the prequel, X-Men First Class, released earlier this year.  Now that the production for The Wolverine (sequel to the 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine) prepares to commence early next year, the question in many minds is, can it continue the momentum provided by Matthew Vaughn’s prequel/quasi-reboot or struggle to appease hardcore fans as well as mainstream audiences?  Continue reading “Mangold Reveals Tidbits Regarding Wolverine Sequel”

MOVIE REVIEW – Real Steel

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It’s “Rock’em Sock’em Robots: The Movie.”  Well, that’s what I heard before I walked into the theater from everyone I knew who had seen the film including some fellow critics.  But this isn’t a movie that’s just about boxing robots.  This is a movie that is about a lot more. 

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MOVIE REVIEW – Real Steel

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What do you get when you take a down and out boxer, a son meeting his dad for the first time, some rock’em sock’em robots and a little Osamu Tezuka for flavor. You get Real Steel. A nice big screen boy movie full of toys and fighting and CG all over the place but at it’s heart is it’s a movie about a father connecting with the son he never knew and didn’t know he wanted to know.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Real Steel

If Real Steel were to read as a recipe, it’d probably look something like this:
INGREDIENTS:
1 cup Paper Moon
1 cup Over The Top
1 cup The Iron Giant
3 cups Rocky
Liberal sprinkles of charm and heart
INSTRUCTIONS:
1)  Incorporate all ingredients well in blender.
2)  Enjoy immensely for 2 hours and 7 minutes.
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Aronofsky Abandons Wolverine

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Back in October, while still in the midst of completing Oscar-nominated film, The Black Swan, the film and comic book comunities were both intrigued to hear that Darren Aronofsky would be directing the sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine, aptly titled The Wolverine.  However, by virtue of a press release issued by 20th Century Fox today, it appears that that is no longer the case.  Read after the break to hear what both parties had to say….. Continue reading “Aronofsky Abandons Wolverine”