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New films hitting the big screen Summer (July – Aug) 2015

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As we enter the final phase of summer there are still a few blockbusters to be entertained by and even some more eclectic fare to look out for at the cinema. First up on Friday July 3rd is the much anticipated Amy Winehouse documentary “Amy”, celebrating the life and career of the much missed singer. Directed by Asif Kapadia the film has already provoked an angry response from Winehouse’s family who complained they have been portrayed unfairly though critic’s early reviews have heavily praised the film.

Watch the teaser trailer:


Channing Tatum is back this weekend (3rd July) in “MAGIC MIKE XXL the sequel to 2012’s smash hit featuring Tatum as a male stripper; the film finds Mike and the remaining ‘Kings of Tampa’ stripping team hitting the road for one final blow-out performance.

Reviews have been fair and it appears well worth watching ladies even if it’s just for the grinding!

Watch the trailer:

 

Also on release now from the British Film Institute is “Magician-The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles”, an entertaining and illuminating portrait of Orson Welles with contributions from those who knew him and rarely seen film clips illustrating the genius of one of cinema’s greatest writer/directors.

Check out the trailer:

 

He said he’d be back and he is! The much anticipated “Terminator Genisys opens Today 2nd July, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clark, Matt Smith, Jason Clarke and Jai Courtney the film reboots Terminator the film that bought sci-fi action films onto a whole new level back in the 1980’s and then with CGI laden Terminator 2 in the 90’s. This film goes back to the beginning and follows those first two classic Terminator movies thus side-stepping the lack-lustre 3rd and 4th vehicles, so we’re back in 1984 as Kyle Reese arrives once more to protect Sarah Connor but this time things are different as he is expected, they then jump to 2017 and mayhem breaks loose with alternate realties, new terminators and three different ageing versions of T1 (Arnie), everywhere you turn things are not what they seem!

Enjoy the trailer:

 

Arriving July 10th is “Love and Mercy the biopic of 60’s pop group Beach Boy Brian Wilson, starring John Cusack, Paul Dan, Paul Giamatti and Elizabeth Banks. It’s the 1960s and as Beach Boys leader Wilson struggles with his psychosis he attempts to craft his avant-garde pop masterpiece. In the 1980s, he is a broken, confused man under the 24 hour watch of shady therapist Dr Eugene Landy. This promises to be an interesting if unconventional look at Wilson’s life set against an unforgettable soundtrack of Beach Boys sounds.

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Also opening the same weekend (July 10th) is “TED 2“ Director Seth McFarlane’s follows the original hit with a sequel that promises more laughs as the living teddy bear attempts to prove his personhood in a court of law so that he and his wife can adopt a baby.

Starring: Mark Whalberg, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman & American football quarterback Tom Brady.

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Marvel’s latest super-hero arrives July 17th, although not the biggest name on Marvel’s roster of heroes “Ant-Man” could well provide the fast, furious, fun that summer hits require. While some have written this off following director Edgar Wright’s departure, incoming director Peyton Reed seems to have delivered what Marvel required for the next phase of their cinematic saga. Starring Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly and Corey Stoll and showing on big IMAX 3D screens around the country, this could be the next big-box office hit for Marvel.

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Also opening July 17th is director Tarsem Singh’s intriguing “Self/Less”, starring Ryan Reynolds, Ben Kingsley, Matthew Goode and Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery. The film offers the premise of a wealthy billionaire who, dying from cancer, attempts to cheat death by using a radical medical procedure to transfer his consciousness into the body of healthy young man.

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July 24th brings the latest summer offering from Disney and Pixar with “Inside Out”, a tale of emotion as 11 year old Riley’s life is turned upside down when her parents move to San Francisco. Riley’s emotions try to guide her through this difficult life changing event utilising the voice talents of Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, Phyllis Smith, Lewis Black and Bill Hader.

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July 24th also sees Arnold Schwarzenegger’s second summer offering “Maggie” arrive in cinemas, after witnessing his daughter become infected with a virus that transforms her into a zombie, small town farmer Wade (Schwarzenegger) will stop at nothing to save her. The film also stars Abigail Breslin, Joely Richardson and Mattie Liptak.

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Also opening this weekend is the eagerly awaited authentic boxing film “Southpaw” from director Antoine Fuqua starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, Forest Whitaker, Rita Ora and Naomie Harris. Gyllenhaal undergoes an amazing physical transformation to play boxer Billy ‘The Great’ Hope when his impressive career is destroyed by tragedy Billy must fight his way back to save himself and his daughter.

Be excited by the trailer:

 

Arriving 30th July is “Mission Impossible-Rogue Nation” which sees Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt up against The Syndicate an anti-IMF rogue force. Directed by Christopher McQuarrie this action sequel should provide those much needed essential summer thrills. Also in the cast are Simon Pegg, Alec Baldwin, Jeremy Renner and Rebecca Ferguson.

Enjoy the ride:

 

On August 6th and a decade on from their first attempt to conquer the big screen Fox bring us Marvel’s first family “The Fantastic Four”. Director John Trank’s attempt looks to try something different as four young outsiders acquire amazing abilities following a trip to an alternate universe. While the trailer promises some amazing visuals it seems to lack the charm and fun that fans might expect from the Fantastic Four. The cast includes Michael B Jordan, Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell and Toby Kebbell.

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Opening August 7th is director Joel Edgerton’s mystery horror ‘The Gift’, following a young married couple whose lives are thrown into a tailspin when an acquaintance from the husband’s past delivers a mysterious gift and a horrifying secret! The cast features Jason Bateman, Joel Edgerton and Rebecca Hall.

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August 12th brings director Chris Columbus ‘Pixels’ to screens from a story by Adam Sandler. When aliens intercept video feeds of classic arcade games and misinterpret them as an act of war they attack Earth using the games as models. In order to defeat the aliens the President enlists the aid of former video game champ, Brenner (Sadler), to lead a team of players to save the planet. Starring Adam Sandler, Peter Dinklage, Kevin James, Josh Gad and Michelle Monaghan.

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August 14th sees talented British director Guy Ritchie’s big screen version of small screen classic “The Man From U.N.C.L.E in cinemas. Man of Steel’s Henry Cavill takes on the famous role of Napoleon Solo and actor Arnie Hammer plays Illya Kuryakin. A big screen U.N.C.L.E. movie has been in development for many years but no one has yet been able to deliver something that could satisfy the studio and fans alike. Ritchie has a good track record with his Sherlock movies so let’s hope he can deliver something that is true to the spirit of the original while being action packed and fun.

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August 27th sees ‘Straight Outta Compton hit theatres, a biographical drama directed by F. Gary Gray that revolves around the rise and fall of the Compton, California hip-hop group N.W.A. (N**gers With Attitude) In 1980s California, a group of young men form the hip-hop group N.W.A. and their journey sees them revolutionize music and pop culture with their brutally honest songs about life in the ‘hood’. The film stars Jason Mitchell, Paul Giamatti, Aldis Hodge, Keith Stanfield and Alexandra Shipp.

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Finally, August 28th sees another sequel “Hitman:Agent 47” arrive, originally based on the video game series, the first Hitman was a hit with fans. This time another genetically engineered assassin targets a mega-corporation that wants to use his genetic code to create an army of killers.

Directed by Aleksander Bach and starring British actor Rupert Friend (Starred Up), Zachary Quinto, Hannah Ware and Ciaran Hinds.

View the trailer:

*All opening dates correct at time of writing.

Have a great cinematic summer!

Film Review: The Equalizer

 

 

 

Review by Michael Dequina
Oct 2014

 

The Equalizer was released in the UK on 26th September 2014 and was well received by critics, so far after 4 weeks in UK cinemas the film has grossed £6,370,768 which is fairly decent but not overly fantastic but overall it has done well globally, last check taking over $79,885,000 and still going.

I must say when I saw the film I loved it, it is extremely violent & brutal but I loved that it had a few surprises and did not play out in the usual formulaic revenge action picture fashion, the film definitely had me hooked to the screen throughout, seems Denzil could be back (well I in particular thought he was on his way out, like DeNiro!).

Read our American film critic Michael Dequina review of the film; below.

 

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The Equalizer’ sees Denzel Washington in action-hero mode as Robert McCall, a former government agent who is forced out of retirement after a chance encounter with a young girl.

After faking his own death, former black ops commando Robert McCall is trying to leave his past behind him. But when he witnesses a young girl in trouble, he finds himself unable to turn the other way and deploys his skills to save her. This act of kindness has huge consequences and McCall soon finds himself squaring up against some ultra-violent Russian mobsters.

‘The Equalizer’ reunites Denzel Washington with ‘Training Day’ director Antoine Fuqua.
Starring: Denzel Washington, Dan Bilzerian & Chloe Grace Moretz.

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FILM REVIEW:
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It’s a bit of a truism, to put it mildly, to say that Denzel Washington is one of the all-time acting greats and film stars.  But for all of his serious dramatic chops and performances and the many awards to show for them, it is in the seemingly undemanding action programmers like The Equalizer where, to me, he truly proves the singular depths and scope of his talents and presence.  To the credit of screenwriter Richard Wenk and director Antoine Fuqua, they have found the right, refreshing angle for this feature film adaptation of the 1980s CBS series of the same name.

Like that Edward Woodward starring vehicle, Washington plays Robert McCall, a man using the certain skills from his shady past doing the dirty work for a government agency to help the innocent, needy, and or helpless.  But the angle here is one that, if I recall correctly, never was explicitly explored in the original TV show’s four-year run: the superhero-esque origin story of how he was lulled out of a quiet, anonymous, unremarkable, but content post-service existence to become the righteous avenger who solicits his services for free via advertisement.  In a move that may not please those seeking instant action gratification, Wenk and Fuqua take the nature of an origin story very seriously–that is, patiently setting up McCall’s status quo working at a Home Depot-esque warehouse store and how his casual acquaintance with a teen prostitute (Chloe Grace Moretz, effective in a smallish but pivotal role) prompts him back into action.  But even once it reaches that point, the film does not suddenly become all about ass-kicking, with Wenk and Fuqua continuing to organically build the dramatic stakes as the shockwaves from McCall’s actions reverberate through the Russian mob, who send a ruthless enforcer (Marton Csokas, spot-on) on the hunt.

That he takes his time to build dramatic momentum is a measure of the familiarity and faith Fuqua has in his star, who is the primary reason why the character and film remain such a consistently Equalizer-stillcompelling event without wall-to-wall action.  There really isn’t a whole lot to McCall on the page: shady past and requisite regret, strict moral code of justice, a nigh-invulnerable baddest of badasses when push comes to shove.  And this is where having someone like Washington in the lead is invaluable, who not only has such commanding charisma but can convey so much in his stillness and the most subtle of choices.  Training Day fans may bemoan the lack of a big, bellowing “King Kong ain’t got nothin’ on me!” display of histrionic firepower, but Washington’s choice to very rarely ever raise his voice speaks volumes about the character, from his moral code to his self-awareness of the brutality within; to how much conscious effort he has to exert to keep it under control–making those outbursts all the more brutal, frightening, and, honestly, satisfying.

And do Fuqua and Washington ever make the first two-thirds’ carefully built foundation pay off when they finally let loose and blow the roof off the ‘emma effa’ with a terrifically tense, unusually extended climax.  Fuqua knows to make this sequence more than just about the flying bullets and violent ass-and-all-other-parts kicking, for beyond the expected visceral thrills and bone-cracking and -smashing brutality, it is a wonderfully paced and suspenseful cat-and-many-mice standoff  game between McCall and a large crew of bad guys, with that smartly established narrative groundwork and the innate gifts of the star lending gravitas and resonance to the explosive goings-on–and lending that much more satisfaction and excitement, most especially to see where Washington and Fuqua can take this in future instalments.

 

Renaissance 2014 Black Movie Preview

 

By ReBecca Theodore-Vachon
Dec 27, 2013

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2013 was a win-win for Black cinema with both critically acclaimed movies (“12 Years A Slave,” “Fruitvale Station”) and in the box office (“Best Man Holiday,” “The Butler”).  Now that Hollywood has gotten the message that movies with casts of color are indeed profitable, 2014 promises more dramas, romantic comedies and action thrillers for Black moviegoers.

We’ve compiled a list of some of our most anticipated projects for 2014:

“Ride Along” Starring- Kevin Hart, Ice Cube, Tika Sumpter

UK Release Date: 07/03/2014

Fast-talking security guard Ben (Kevin Hart)  joins his cop brother-in-law James (Ice Cube)  on a 24-hour patrol of Atlanta in order to prove himself worthy of marrying Angela (Tika Sumpter), James’ sister.

 

“About Last Night”  Starring- Michael Ealy, Joy Bryant, Regina Hall, Kevin Hart

UK Release Date: 21/03/14

New love for two couples as they journey from the bar to the bedroom and are eventually put to the test in the real world.

 

“Repentance” Starring: Sanaa Lathan, Forest Whitaker, Anthony Mackie, Mike Epps

US Release Date: 02/28/2014

An earnest life-coach/author, Thomas Carter (Anthony Mackie), is mysteriously abducted by a deranged client, (Forest Whitaker) who delves into Thomas’ teachings and uses his spiritual messages of Karma – action and reaction (Vipaka), against him to terrorize him and his family for their past sins.

 

“The Single Moms Club” Starring: Nia Long, Tyler Perry, Amy Smart, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Terry Crews, Cocoa Brown

US Release Date: 03/14/2014

Brought together by a vandalism incident at their children’s school, a group of single mothers from different walks of life bond, and create a support group that helps them find comedy in the obstacles of life.

 

“A Haunted House 2″ Starring: Marlon Wayans, Liana Mendoza, Dave Sheridan, Iva La’Shawn

US Release Date: 03/28/2014

Having exorcised the demons of his ex, Malcolm (Marlon Wayans)  is starting fresh with his new girlfriend (Jaime Pressly) and her two children. After moving into their dream home, however, Malcolm is once again plagued by bizarre paranormal events.

 

“Belle” Starring: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Susan Brown, Tom Coulston

UK Release Date: 13/06/2014

An illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral is raised by her aristocratic great-uncle.

 

“Think Like A Man Too” Starring: Gabrielle Union, Megan Good, Regina Hall, Michael Ealy, Romany Malco, Kevin Hart

Release Date: 19/09/2014

All the couples are back for a wedding in Las Vegas, but plans for a romantic weekend go awry when their various misadventures get them into some compromising situations that threaten to derail the big event.

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“Get On Up” Starring:  Chad Boseman, Tika Sumpter, Octavia Spencer, Viola Davis, Jill Scott

US Release Date: 08/01/2014

A chronicle of James Brown’s rise from extreme poverty to become one of the most influential musicians in history.

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“Addicted” Starring: Sharon Leal, Kat Graham, Boris Kodjoe, William Levy, Tasha Smith, Tyson Beckford

US Release Date: 09/05/2014

Based on Zane’s bestseller, a woman’s sex addiction threatens to ruin her family life.

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“No Good Deed” Starring: Idris Elba, Taraji P. Henson

US Release Date: 09/12/2014

A wife and mother of two (Taraji P. Henson), lives an ideal life that takes a turn when her family is threatened by a stranger who talks his way into her house, claiming car trouble. The unexpected invitation leaves her terrorized and fighting for survival.

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“The Equalizer”
Starring – Denzel Washington, Chloe Grace Moretz, Melissa Leo, Marton Csokas

US Release Date: 09/26/2014

Denzel Washington and “Training Day” director Antoine Fuqua reunite for their second feature. Washington plays a covert operative who, seeking redemption for his dark deeds, quits a CIA-like agency and puts a classified advertisement in the paper that reads simply: “Got a problem? Odds against you? Call the Equalizer”

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“Annie” Starring: Quevanzhane Wallis, Jamie Foxx, Dorian Missick, Cameron Diaz, Tracie Thoms, Rose Byrne

US Release Date: December 19, 2014

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Source: http://theurbandaily.com/2013/12/27/2014-black-movie-preview/
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