U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle is sent to Iraq with only one mission: to protect his brothers-in-arms. His pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and, as stories of his courageous exploits spread, he earns the nickname “Legend.” However, his reputation is also growing behind enemy lines, putting a price on his head and making him a prime target of insurgents. He is also facing a different kind of battle on the home front: striving to be a good husband and father from halfway around the world.
Despite the danger, as well as the toll on his family at home, Chris serves through four harrowing tours of duty in Iraq, personifying the spirit of the SEAL creed to “leave no one behind.” But upon returning to his wife, Taya Renae Kyle (Sienna Miller), and kids, Chris finds that it is the war he can’t leave behind.
Hailee Steinfeld joins Anna Kendrick in the sequel to the 2012 sleeper smash hit Pitch Perfect.
‘The Barden Bellas are back in “Pitch Perfect 2,” the follow-up to summer 2012’s smash hit. The comedy will be helmed by Elizabeth Banks, co-star and producer of “Pitch Perfect,” and produced by Paul Brooks, Max Handelman and Banks. Writer Kay Cannon returns to the team to pen the next chapter.’
The rumour mill was churning as to who director Bryan Singer would cast as younger versions of the X-Men for the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse, but it seems that they have gone ahead and cast their titular villain as Oscar Isaac comes on board to play the one of the X-Men’s deadliest foes.
Isaac landed a career boosting role earlier this year in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and now has landed another major role in the biggest X-Men film to date. The post-credits scene of X-Men: Days Of Future Past gave us a glimpse at a young Apocalypse manipulating objects with telekinesis as the Four Horseman appeared in the background. The new film is set in the 80s and will show us an older version of the villain portrayed by Isaac. Apocalypse is a massive, towering figure in the comics, so it is very likely that Isaac will play a humanoid character who will change in size later with special effects. And as the name indicates, we will see our mutant heroes go up against a literal apocalyptic-sized event.
Variety are reporting that Isaac has been a favourite since the start. Director Bryan Singer and producer/writer Simon Kinberg have emphasised that Apocalypse will deliver a ‘massive spectacle’ which will be ‘even bigger’ than X-Men: Days Of Future Past, serving as the conclusion to the First Class trilogy.
After walking out of a screening of Nightcrawler, I am pretty certain that I have seen one of the best films of 2014. Exploring the psychopathic nature of modern capitalism and business enterprising in a manner to films such as American Psycho dressed in a similar tone to Drive. Jake Gylenhaal takes centre stage in this character driven story with a supporting cast that includes Rene Russo and Bill Paxton in limited supporting roles who serve to draw attention to the main selling points of the film, like pieces of meat hanging on display at the butchers shop. A testament of how our main character – Lou Bloom – views the rest of the world.
Lou Bloom is an eccentric character, ruthless, manipulative and ambitious. He literally and figuratively drives the story through a highway of prospects that he’s always so keenly aware off. This leads him towards various encounters that he cunningly takes advantage of unashamedly and without a shred of remorse. His unapologetic conduct ensures that he fully exploits every moment that you rarely see him in trouble for. He is a living breathing personification of a business enterprise with every word from his mouth sounding like a rehearsed sales pitch or marketing slogan, the most memorable of which is his view that “To win the lottery, you’ve got to make the money to buy a ticket”. Superficially harmless at first glance, it is a chilling insight into ruthless nature of the character.
Largely anti-social, his isolation is only a means to an end which he uses to exploit every encounter he makes, like a machine process playing out accordingly. The effect of which is that in spite of the random nature of his interactions, he is always in control. Like the way he builds leverage to acquire more power over Rene Russo’s character, professionally and sexually. He eventually surpasses and obliterates his competition in Bill Paxton and eliminates a threat presented by his hapless employee played by Riz Ahmed. Each and every one of these relationships, though superficial at best, helps to express the character’s world view.
The movie’s dark tone registers the dark side of ambition, power and consumerism. People are dehumanized to the point of being nothing but meat. This film shares a scary insight into human nature told from the point of a character who as audience we are meant to connect to and in whom we see ourselves, no matter how much we choose to judge him.
At the end of the day it’s just business as usual.
“Into the Woods” is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel—all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them.
Starring Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Johnny Depp, and Tracey Ullman.
Since its announcement last summer, the Rocky spin-off has been gaining lots of momentum at studio MGM with THR reporting that the production is gearing up to start filming in January, with a potential release at the end of 2015.
The film will be directed by Ryan Coogler who will be reuniting with his Fruitvale Station star Michael B. Jordan taking the lead, Sylvester Stallone returning as Rocky Balboa and professional champion boxers, Andre Ward and Tony Bellew in negotiations.
The story will focus on Apollo Creed’s grandson, Adonis (Jordan) who enters the ring under the mentorship of a retired Rocky Balboa. Champion Boxer Bellew is set to play Adonis’ main competitor “Pretty Rick Porter”, while Ward’s role remains unspecified at the moment. It’s probable that we will see an older Rocky who is mentoring the young protege in the hopes that he will not see a repeat of what happened to Apollo Creed.
From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” the third in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien.
“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town.
Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo’s frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. But there are even greater dangers ahead. Unseen by any but the Wizard Gandalf, the great enemy Sauron has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain.
As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide – unite or be destroyed. Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends in the epic Battle of the Five Armies, as the future of Middle-earth hangs in the balance.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt has been confirmed to play Edward Snowden in a film by Oliver Stone about the former NSA agent who blew the whistle on USA’s mass surveillance programs.
Director Stone, whose work includes Oscar-winning Platoon and Born On The Fourth Of The July, has completed a screenplay based on two books – The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man by Luke Harding and Time of the Octopus by Anatoly Kucherena.
Snowden leaked tens of thousands of classified intelligence documents to the media in 2013 exposing the NSA’s methods of gathering data from the Internet activities and phones of millions of ordinary Americans and dozens of world leaders.
The untitled film is set to start production in January in Munich with independent studio Open Road Films to stick in the vein of not having political pressures coming into play along the production.
Gordon-Levitt, most recently directed and starred in Don Jon and is known for films such as Inception and 500 Days Of Summer.
Continuing the global exploits in the unstoppable franchise built on speed, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson lead the returning cast of Fast & Furious 7.
James Wan directs this chapter of the hugely successful series that also welcomes back favorites Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Elsa Pataky and Lucas Black. They are joined by international action stars new to the franchise including Jason Statham, Djimon Hounsou, Tony Jaa, Ronda Rousey and Kurt Russell.
Neal H. Moritz, Vin Diesel and Michael Fottrell return to produce the film written by Chris Morgan.
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