Arrival is deeply human, superbly realized sci-fi

Arrival is deeply human, superbly realized sci-fi

You can stop staring at the skies. They’ve arrived. Arrival movie that begin with confounding aliens on the loose have been around for awhile (at least since 1951’s “Man From Planet X” and “The Day the Earth Stood Still”) and they invariably share a family resemblance even if the space visitors themselves never look the same way twice. Where do these beings come from, baffled scientists and frightened government officials inevitably want to know. Are…

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Arrival – Amy Adams has a sublime word with visitors from outer space

Arrival – Amy Adams has a sublime word with visitors from outer space

Arthur C Clarke famously said there are just two possibilities: that we are alone in the universe, or we aren’t, and both are equally terrifying. The first terror is more challenging to put on Arrival movie, but director Denis Villeneuve brings the second to life with this wacky and audacious contact sci-fi – and makes it something other than terror. Screenwriter Eric Heisserer has adapted the novella Story of Your Life by the SF author Ted Chiang;…

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1: Preparing For The Final Brutal Battle

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1: Preparing For The Final Brutal Battle

This first part of the last installment of the Harry Potter series finds Harry in immense danger as the Dark Lord seeks to end his existence. In fact, the most part of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1, finds Harry hiding out with his best friends, Ron and Hermione, while also trying to find the way to thwart Voldemort’s evil scheme. In the middle of the confusion, Harry, too, must try to piece together clues…

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Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 – It’s a Magical World

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 – It’s a Magical World

And so we’ve now come to the end of a decade-long magical journey that may constitute the most ambitious feat of both literary and cinematic story-telling in memory, with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. Literarily, it all springs from the imagination of J.K. Rowling, who took what started as a children’s story and created a multi-volume tale for young and old, about the intertwined nature of good and evil, the perils and…

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 – A Triumphant End To The Magical Saga

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 – A Triumphant End To The Magical Saga

You need an actor with the dramatic heft of Ralph Fiennes to deliver the four words that vile Lord Voldemort hisses here with such lip-smacking, syllable-stretching relish: “Harry. Potter. Is. Dead.” Say what? You know that’s not true. What is dead is the Harry Potter movie saga that drained Brit author J.K. Rowling’s seven bestseller novels for eight films, a global box-office take of $6.3 billion, and the Hollywood heavyweight status as the most lucrative…

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Harry’s on the back of a fire-breathing dragon

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Harry’s on the back of a fire-breathing dragon

Who doesn’t love a good dragon and the one Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) has to deal with this time around is a ripper. With two nozzles in its throat shooting out twin jets of fire – talk about attention to detail – the fight starts in a rocky pit and ends atop a castle tower. As Harry hangs on for dear life the dragon gingerly feels for purchase across the unstable tiles of a severely sloping…

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2: Concise, rousing and utterly moving

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2: Concise, rousing and utterly moving

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, the final film in the series adapted from the books by JK Rowling, is concise, rousing and frequently moving. The end of the Harry Potter saga, like getting kids out of a swimming pool or troops out of Afghanistan, has been an exhausting business. With JK Rowling’s final volume having been sliced in two, the first part of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was long, sombre and often…

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HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 2 – Dark, Gloomy and Full of Shadows

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 2 – Dark, Gloomy and Full of Shadows

After seven earlier films reaching back a decade, the Harry Potter saga comes to a solid and satisfying conclusion in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. The finale brings up enough awe and solemnity to serve as a fine finale and a dramatic contrast to the lighthearted (relative) purity of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” all those mystical years ago. Harry, Hermione and Ron are grown up now, and Harry has even…

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An Overview Of That’s My Boy

An Overview Of That’s My Boy

Adam Sandler portrays a former reality TV star while Andy Samberg plays his son in the comedy directed by Sean Anders. By now a well-recognized brand unto themselves, Adam Sandler and his Happy Madison production company represent a firmly entrenched comedy formula that can claim a global fan base prepared to follow wherever the laughs may lead. With a bucketful of wedding-related stunts to pull in the date crowd, the guffaw-to-gag percentage is quite respectable, even…

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Baywatch – alpha-male muscle-flexing is not worth the Hasselhoff

Baywatch – alpha-male muscle-flexing is not worth the Hasselhoff

Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron go chest to chest in a limp big-screen update of the 90s TV show that doesn’t have the wit or stamina to stay afloat. Just as nobody ever bought a Pirelli calendar simply to find out the date, the world didn’t tune into Baywatch for over a decade purely for the lifeguarding instruction. Let’s face it: Baywatch was all about the fantasy American lifestyle of sun, sea and semi-naked flesh…

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HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX: Threats are unraveling upon Hogwarts

HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX: Threats are unraveling upon Hogwarts

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix the fifth movie in the series, begins, as most of the others have, with a spot of unpleasantness at the Dursleys, and ends with Harry facing down Lord Voldemort. The climactic duel between the young brave wizard (Daniel Radcliffe) and the Dark Lord (Ralph Fiennes) foreshadows the final, perhaps fatal battle we all suspect is coming in Book Seven. Anticipation of that event may be stealing some thunder…

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All the reasons given why Arrival is the best movie of 2016

All the reasons given why Arrival is the best movie of 2016

Here are 11 reasons why Arrival, the astonishing sci-fi drama starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner and directed by Denis Villeneuve, is currently the best film of 2016: 1) It’s as emotionally intriguing, immediately from the beginning, as any film since Pixar’s Up (2009). Pixar might never be topped for its ability to move an audience to tears within the first five minutes of a film, but this opening sequence comes close. 2) The visual design of the alien…

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Arrival – What Are The Aliens Up To?

Arrival – What Are The Aliens Up To?

In what’s probably the first science-fiction film — Georges Méliès’s 1902 marvel “A Trip to the Moon” — a group of astronomers lands in the Man in the Moon’s eye. They’re soon taken prisoner by moon men, but a quick-witted astronomer clobbers the king and they escape, with one earthling vanquishing moon men with an umbrella. Humans have been zapping extraterrestrials ever since. It’s so easy to battle against the unknown, at least as films…

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Review: Purely Entertaining

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Review: Purely Entertaining

When Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire comes to films based upon popular literary events – and let’s be honest, the Harry Potter books have become events in and of themselves – it’s often hard to separate the one from the other. Even though Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire film is a completely different medium when a movie has been extracted from a hugely popular book, the fans of the latter are going to…

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2: A Fine End To A Beloved Franchise

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2: A Fine End To A Beloved Franchise

Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson finish a 10-year journey with The Deathly Hallows Part 2 directed by David Yates. It ends well. After eight films in 10 years and a cumulative global box-office take of more than $6.3 billion, the most successful franchise in the history of movies comes to an obligatory – and quite satisfying – conclusion in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. Fully justifying the decision, once thought purely mercenary,…

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