Murder On The Orient Express- A Cumbersome Old Relic

Murder On The Orient Express- A Cumbersome Old Relic

After watching Murder on the Orient Express, it’s not hard to see why murder mysteries just aren’t a thing anymore. I was cautiously optimistic to see this one, the trailer promising an old classic rejuvenated with a sleek, shiny coat of modernity. Well, as stylish and star-packed as it is, Murder On The Orient Express seems creaky and outdated from the get-go. For some reason, we don’t start the story on the train. Instead, we get…

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That’s My Boy Review: Is Adam Sandler truly the Man?

That’s My Boy Review: Is Adam Sandler truly the Man?

His core fans are likely to love him as a rude, crude and socially unacceptable dad to son Andy Samberg in That’s My Boy. Leave it to Adam Sandler to explore the comic potential of a 13 year-old being deflowered by a middle school teacher. In That’s My Boy, which is a thousand times better and more entertaining than Jack and Jill, Sandler’s last feature, yet still falls short of really being good, Sandler is Donny Berger, a lout…

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Arrival Review: The Earth is under a great threat

Arrival Review: The Earth is under a great threat

Planet Earth is thrown into chaos when 12 mysterious, extra-terrestrial craft appear around the world. Their inhabitants want to talk, so it’s up to linguistics professor Dr. Louise Banks (Amy Adams) to try to decipher their mind-bending language before global panic turns into inter-species war. If you need a deeply thoughtful and impressive new take on a familiar old genre (and in this era of identikit sequels, we clearly do), then Denis Villeneuve is your…

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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 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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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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Arrival 2017 movie- Intriguing Alien Alphabet

Arrival 2017 movie- Intriguing Alien Alphabet

Arrival  2017 movie is, to be sure, an alien flick. But under that sci-fi cover is a movie about communication, and the effort needed to understand someone (or, in this case, something) who looks and speaks differently than you do. In Arrival  movie, this patient work applies to linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams), who is called to Montana, by the US Military, to contact with an alien race known as the “heptapods.” (Heads up: Minor spoilers lie ahead.) The aliens write with “logograms,”…

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Arrival: Heartfelt Alien-contact Movie Communicates Spectacular Ideas

Arrival: Heartfelt Alien-contact Movie Communicates Spectacular Ideas

Arrival movie 2017 is both heartfelt and very entertaining, and it brings back hope for sci-fi movie, which has been lost since the overwrought disappointments of Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar and Jeff Nichols’s Midnight Special. Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi contact drama is dreamy, freaky and audacious. Arrival movie skirts the edge of absurdity as anything like it must but still manages to keep the story clear. The movie includes a big flourish in the manner of early movies by M. Night…

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