Sequel to the cult kaiju-vs.-jaeger sci-fi movie is just south of soul-killing Throughout the history of its cinematic universe, Marvel Studios has excelled at creating engaging, entertaining diversions, bringing dozens of characters to life in a string of blockbusters that feed into one another, like a cinematic perpetual-motion machine. What it hasn’t done is make movies that feel glanced upon the idea of selling out privacy and freedom in the name of security. But more often than not, the studio’s films are primarily concerned with keeping all the narrative plates spinning on the long march toward the Thanos showdown that will finally start in is different. Not only is it a long-overdue embrace of diversity and representation, it’s a film that actually has something to say — and it’s able to do so without stepping away from the superhero dynamics that make the larger franchise work. It’s gripping, funny, and full of spectacle, but it also feels like a turning point, one where the studio has finally recognized that its movies can be about more than just selling the next installment. In the process, the studio has ended up with one of the most enthralling entries in its entire universe. , where audiences were first introduced to Chadwick Boseman’s Prince T’Challa and his superhero alter ego Black Panther. In the wake of his father’s death, T’Challa returns home to the country of Wakanda, where he will take his father’s place as king. It’s an incredibly advanced country filled with fantastic technological wizardry, but those advancements come courtesy of vibranium, a rare ore found almost exclusively in Wakanda.
Dec 21, 2017. First thing's first Though it features a character named “P. T. Barnum,” “The Greatest Showman” is in no way a factual account of the life of the celebrated 19th-century circus founder and huckster. In fact, you'll have to completely set aside any unsavory stories you may have heard about the real-life Barnum. Dwayne Johnson, Naomie Harris, Joe Manganiello, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Malin Akerman, Jake Lacy, P. Byrne, Marley Shelton, Matt Gerald, Breanne Hill, Jason Liles, Jack Quaid, Demetrius Grosse, Urijah Faber, Will Lee, Bruce Blackshear Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Sam Neill, Elizabeth Mc Govern, Jonathan Banks, Florence Pugh, Dean-Charles Chapman, Shazad Latif, Roland Møller, Letitia Wright, Killian Scott, Clara Lago, Ella-rae Smith, Damson Idris, Andy Nyman, Colin Mc Farlane, Kingsley Ben-Adir Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk, Matthew Rhys, Bradley Whitford, Carrie Coon, Jesse Plemons, David Cross, Jessie Mueller, Alison Brie, Bruce Greenwood, Tracy Letts, Michael Stuhlbarg, Zach Woods Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Williams, Christopher Plummer, Charlie Plummer, Andrew Buchan, Marco Leonardi, Romain Duris, Giuseppe Bonifati, Nicolas Vaporidis, Andrea Piedimonte, Guglielmo Favilla, Charlie Shotwell, Timothy Hutton Hugh Jackman, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Natasha Liu Bordizzo, Natasha Bordizzo, Cameron Seely, Austyn Johnson, Sam Humphrey, Ellis Rubin, Skylar Dunn, Keala Settle, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Paul Sparks, Diahann Carroll Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Michael Cera, Kevin Costner, Chris O'Dowd, Brian d'Arcy James, Brian James, Jeremy Strong, Bill Camp, Graham Greene, Claire Rankin, Michael Kostroff, Jon Bass, J.
Pixar's stunning adventure is an upper for everyone. Read Common Sense Media's Up review, age rating, and parents guide. Josh Bowman, Neil Maskell, Will Houston, Leila Mimmack, Ben Bailey-Smith, Kulvinder Ghir, Sam Fava, Pamela Binns, Christina Wolfe, Rina Takasaki, Paul Reynolds, Jonathan Arkwright, Cameron Jack, Leon Annor, Manpreet Bachu. But that template has been used more and more frequently in recent years, leaving a competent but uninspired exercise like “Level Up” most notable for the sense of déjà vu it generates. A.” through “Run Lola Run,” there are no shortage of genuinely exciting thrillers in which a panicked lone protagonist had a very narrow window of time in which to find an elusive solution to the menace that suddenly threatens their lives and/or those of loved ones. Director/co-scenarist Adam Randall’s first feature sends Josh Bowman of ABC’s long-running intrigue “Revenge” scurrying around London on a mission to save his girlfriend from unknown kidnappers. Admirable as a demonstration of resourcefulness within modest budget confines, and watchable enough, this suspenser nonetheless fails to come up with anything original or memorable in the realms of plotting, atmosphere, or character invention. S., where it opens on 28 screens nationwide (half just one-off showings), “Level Up” looks likelier to attract viewers after its VOD launch a month later. Bowman’s Matt is a shaggy, genial late-20s layabout allegedly working on an app with best mate Joel (Ben Bailey-Smith).
Oct 1, 2008. Read the Empire review of Up. Find out everything you need to know about the film from the world's biggest movie destination. David White, John Corbett, Shane Harper, Ted Mc Ginley, Jennifer Taylor, Tatum O'Neal, Gregory Williams, Mike Manning, Samantha Boscarino, Shwayze Null, Jennifer Cipolla, Cissy Houston, Benjamin Onyango, David Maldonado Taraji P. Henson, Taraji Henson, Tika Sumpter, Danielle Nicolet, Crystle Stewart, Ptosha Storey, Ajiona Alexus, Jazmyn Simon, Antonio Madison, Lyriq Bent, Katie Carpenter, Shavon Kirksey, Racquel John, Jason Vail, Bresha Webb, Jay Hunter, Kendrick Cross, Nelson Estévez Charlie Day, John Boyega, Rinko Kikuchi, Burn Gorman, Max Zhang, Rahart Adams, Karan Brar, Lily Ji, Shyrley Rodriguez, Ivanna Sakhno, Wesley Wong, Scott Eastwood, Cailee Spaeny, Jing Tian, Levi Meaden, Adria Arjona, Nick Tarabay Ed Helms, Owen Wilson, J.
It's pretty heavy subject matter, Pixar handles it, like they do everything they touch, incredibly well, but it doesn't make it any less sad to have the material threaded throughout much of the movie you're reminded of it, but I suppose it's up to one's own interpretation of loss and how to place it in your life that perhaps will have. If there's a list of great computer animation movies of all time, Pixar would dominate most of the top positions. Great story, great voice talent, great timing, great for all ages. It'd be hard to pick just one above another and perhaps another viewing of Up may be in order to figure out where I'd place it among so much stellar work. Up is by far the most emotional human drama of any Pixar movies thus far, very heavy, so much so if you're looking for pure fun with some jaw-dropping chase and/or thematic scenes and no downer moments, Up may not be for you. I saw it in a packed theatre of about a 65% adult, 35% adult split audience and it's the only time I can remember being in ANY animated movie where there was sniffles and watery eyes, and that was within the first 10 minutes of the movie.
Nov 10, 2009. Never mind that this is an animated "kids' movie." This is the philosophical stuff of Pixar's Up. For you see, Carl Fredricksen had just such a dream. He and his beloved wife, Ellie, planned one day to visit Paradise Falls, a mysterious locale in South America filled with cliffs and waterfalls and adventure. “There’s boring, there’s bad, and then there’s Bright, a movie so profoundly awful that Republicans will probably try to pass it into law over Christmas break. From the director of Suicide Squad and the writer of Victor Frankenstein comes a fresh slice of hell that somehow represents new lows for them both — a dull and painfully derivative ordeal that often feels like it was made just to put those earlier misfires into perspective.”“One of the cops is Will Smith, as a regular, cynical officer called Ward, and the other is his partner Jakoby, the do-gooder played by Edgerton, in mottled make-up that makes him look like a kissing cousin to some minor Star Trek species. Edgerton, as he regularly has been, is the best thing about the movie. He finds a way to navigate the cops’ quippy-quippy relationship while forging a distinct personality… Thoroughly conventional as it might be, their dynamic is some kind of life-raft for an audience to cling on to. It’s just a life-raft struggling to stay intact in a gloopy and incessant flow of molten lava.”“Bright is the best Netflix original movie to date, and it absolutely deserves to be seen on the big screen, though don’t let that stop you from watching it home, as End of Watch director David Ayer’s welcome return to the cop-movie genre — following a disastrous wrong turn into Suicide Squad territory, of which we will say no more — fills an intense, grown-up movie niche that Hollywood once did so well, but has since replaced with formula-driven product.”“In theory, a modern-day fantasy setting sounds like a perfect franchise starter, and with better execution, it could’ve made for a launchpad to all sorts of sequels and spinoffs.
Aug 10, 2009. Pixar isn't infallible. Sometimes it's important to remind ourselves that. Cars was formula-brand fare. And, truth be told, after its spellbinding first half hour, Wall-E went strictly downhill. But then, along comes a film like Up, a film so fantastically buoyant, so soaring and so universal, that it's hard to check the. If you were a kid in the 1960s or ‘70s, perhaps even as late as the ‘90s, and your parents took a newspaper, you probably saw that paper as a grown-up thing. This was where adults went to get important and trustworthy information about the world. Therefore, newspapers would always be there—for them to die was unimaginable. The unimaginable has nearly happened, and we’ve all heard the reason: The old model of advertising is unsustainable in the age of the Internet, or some variation thereof. But none of that explains away the need for what reporters do.
Feb 16, 2018. Throughout the history of its cinematic universe, Marvel Studios has excelled at creating engaging, entertaining diversions, bringing dozens of characters to life in a string of blockbusters that feed into one another, like a cinematic perpetual-motion machine. What it hasn't done is make movies that feel. Despite A-list actors and experienced filmmakers taking their lead, each has received negative reviews and some very mixed online chatter. A day before reaching the streaming service, a minimal number of reviews for the Jared Leto-led yakuza movie has landed. As you may have expected, critics have not taken well to the movie, many taking issue with director Martin Zandvliet’s choice to focus almost entirely on Leto’s controversial ‘outsider’ character. “You probably don’t need a critic to tell you that , a tragically real crime drama in which Jared Leto plays a silent but violent enforcer for the Yakuza in post-war Japan, is 100 per cent percent horrendous,” writes David Ehrlich of Indie Wire, scoring the movie D. The review further criticises the narrative choice of focussing almost entirely on the Western lead rather than Kiyoshi, “a lifelong gangster who can’t exist beyond the underworld ecosystem.” “The more this film begs to be told from the inside out, the more Zandvliet shoots it from the outside in. It’s enough to make you wish he hadn’t shot it at all,” Ehrlich concludes. share similar criticisms, concluding in their two-star review: “In the end, Zandvliet's decision to place a white man at the center of his narrative only to attempt to examine larger issues that don't involve him leave too often feeling rudderless, stuck servicing the story of its dull American outsider and leaving the cultural issues it's actually interested in only superficially explored.” In their C- review, the ’s Mike D'Angelo says the movie is “beat for beat, one of the most tediously generic yakuza stories imaginable.” Vandvliet notes that even without the controversial casting of Leto, the movie would be “every bit as bland even without him front and centre, carefully voiding his face of all expression in a failed effort to embody a stoic badass.” also criticise the movie’s apparent generic plot, saying: “The film might be a functional crime drama but it’s an incredibly unremarkable one.” The publication awarded 4.9 out of 10. Perhaps the most scathing review, though, comes from one star.
Dec 28, 2013. The company rarely puts a foot wrong and makes the whole process look so easy. Its hits include Toy Story, Monsters Inc, and the sublime Ratatouille. The roll-call of achievement continues with Up, a film of such innate charm and ingenuity that it instantly feels like a family favourite. Up has wit and warmth. Virtual soldiers of fortune sit comfortably on their plushy, safely-indoor couches, while screaming obscenities and egotistical insults into a headset microphone. It takes a movie like , except Randall’s dangerous trajectory lacks any gameplay meat on its proverbial bones. Bad might turn to worse, but never in an adrenaline-pumping, action-ready kind of way. Josh Bowman stars as the slacker-happy Matt, who spends most of his days playing video games and getting piss drunk. His girlfriend Anna (Leila Mimmack) wishes her unmotivated boyfriend would leave the couch one day, but we must be careful what we wish for. On this particular day, Matt finds masked men in his apartment who rig a device to his body.
On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 98% based on 288 reviews, with an average rating of 8.7/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "An exciting, funny, and poignant adventure, Up offers an impeccably crafted story told with wit and arranged with depth, as well as yet another. Sounds like a shortcut to sugar shock, snap out of it. Pandering to ninnies is not on the agenda for this latest landmark in Pixar animation. With Pete Docter and Bob Peterson sharing the directing and writing, in 3-D, which dims the color a bit, but the dimensions that count are in the movie's mind and heart. A young Depression-era boy named Carl goes to the movies and watches a newsreel about Charles Muntz (a complex portrait in voice by the great Christopher Plummer), an explorer who takes off for South America in a dirigible to track a giant bird at Paradise Falls. He meets an exciting, motor-mouthed girl, Ellie, who shares his feelings. They grow up, marry and grow old without fulfilling their dreams of children or adventure. achieves literal liftoff when the widowed Carl (eloquently growled by Ed Asner) takes the balloons he used to sell pre-retirement, ties them to his house and takes off for Paradise Falls. He doesn't know he has a stowaway, eight-year-old Russell (voiced by Jordan Nagai).
May 28, 2009. Up sees the world as real, full of life and pain. Some theaters are showing Up in 3-D, which dims the color a bit, but the dimensions that count are in the movie's mind and heart. The opening sequence is touched by genius. A young Depression-era boy named Carl goes to the movies and watches a. Sounds like a shortcut to sugar shock, snap out of it. Pandering to ninnies is not on the agenda for this latest landmark in Pixar animation. With Pete Docter and Bob Peterson sharing the directing and writing, in 3-D, which dims the color a bit, but the dimensions that count are in the movie's mind and heart. A young Depression-era boy named Carl goes to the movies and watches a newsreel about Charles Muntz (a complex portrait in voice by the great Christopher Plummer), an explorer who takes off for South America in a dirigible to track a giant bird at Paradise Falls. He meets an exciting, motor-mouthed girl, Ellie, who shares his feelings. They grow up, marry and grow old without fulfilling their dreams of children or adventure. achieves literal liftoff when the widowed Carl (eloquently growled by Ed Asner) takes the balloons he used to sell pre-retirement, ties them to his house and takes off for Paradise Falls. He doesn't know he has a stowaway, eight-year-old Russell (voiced by Jordan Nagai). And he doesn't know the perils of his journey will include Muntz's pack of attack dogs with electronic collars that enable them to talk. The movie is wonderfully funny and touching (props to the gawky hero of a bird Russell names Kevin), but what's really exhilarating are the risks it takes, all set to Michael Giacchino's ardent, award-caliber score.
Jun 23, 2017. Pixar's 2009 family film "UP" shows that not only can they make us cry uncontrollably in the first ten minutes of a film, but also that sentimentality and lo. Direction: Bob Peterson and Pete Docter Cert U, 101 mins Nobody makes animated features with as much tender loving care and craftsmanship as Pixar. The company rarely puts a foot wrong and makes the whole process look so easy. Its hits include Toy Story, Monsters Inc, and the sublime Ratatouille. The roll-call of achievement continues with Up, a film of such innate charm and ingenuity that it instantly feels like a family favourite. Up has wit and warmth, wonderful storytelling, winning characterisations and a palette of bright and beautiful colours.
Jan 31, 2018. The movie franchise "Step Up" comes to a computer near you with 10 episodes of dance and drama on YouTube Red. Give the folks at Pixar this (and, while you do, give them anything else they want too): They appreciate the cinematic virtue of showing over telling. The studio has produced quite a few sharp, wordless shorts over the years, and the nearly mute opening act of last year's Wall-E was utterly sublime. Up, the studio's latest marvel, continues the trend with an early four-minute musical montage that encapsulates 50 years of two lives lived together, and lived to the end. It's a heartwarming, heartbreaking sequence: If there's been a more moving scene in a film so far this year, I can't recall it. The lives in question are those of Carl and Ellie Fredricksen, childhood chums and co-adventurers, teenage sweethearts, and loving husband and wife for half a century.
Sep 1, 2017. Three big releases in cinemas this weekend crime comedy Logan Lucky, gripping true story Detroit and Tom Cruise taking to the skies again in American Made. Logan Lucky **** Never say never again. How fitting that a Bond movie title should sum up 007 fan Steven Soderbergh's return to cinemas a. Sometimes we build our dreams like snowmen, in the morning glint of February. We build them high, snow upon snow upon snow, until they tower over our heads and seem to stand like glistening stone. But then the spring starts its work, diminishing our gleaming dreams drop by drop. They disappear in tiny rivulets of ice-cold water, by imperceptible inches, until all that's left is a ring of greener grass. Never mind that this is an animated "kids' movie." This is the philosophical stuff of Pixar's .