Movie Review: GLASS

GLASS movie poster | ©2019 Universal Pictures/Blumhouse

Rating: PG-13 Stars: James McAvoy, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, Sarah Paulson, Anya Taylor-Joy, Spencer Treat Clark, Charlayne Woodard Writer: M. Night Shyamalan Director: M. Night Shyamalan Distributor: Universal Release Date: January 18, 2019 GLASS is the third in writer/director M. Night Shyamalan’s trilogy about men with unusual abilities. This began with 2000’s UNBREAKABLE, which starred Bruce Willis as David Dunn, a seemingly ordinary security guard who discovers that he’s nearly indestructible after surviving a train crash. In the course of figuring out who he is and what he should do, David befriends Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson). Elijah has […]Read On »

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Movie Review: ATOMIC BLONDE

ATOMIC BLONDE | © 2017 Focus Features

Rating: R Stars: Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman, Eddie Marsan, Sofia Boutella, Toby Jones, James Faulkner, Bill Skarsgard Writer: Kurt Johnstad, based on the Oni Press graphic novel series THE COLDEST CITY by Antony Johnston and Sam Hart Director: David Leitch Distributor: Focus Features Release Date: July 28, 2017 ATOMIC BLONDE looks absolutely amazing. Director David Leitch, who comes from a stunt background and did some sequences on JOHN WICK (and is scheduled to do DEADPOOL 2) knows how to make his actors, his settings, his colors and his shapes all breathtaking from one shot to the next. There […]Read On »

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Movie Review: VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN

VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN movie poster | ©2015 20th Century Fox

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, James McAvoy, Jessica Brown Findlay, Andrew Scott, Freddie Fox Writer: Max Landis, screen story by Max Landis, based on Mary Shelley’s novel FRANKENSTEIN Director: Paul McGuigan Distributor: 20th Century Fox Release Date (theatrical): November 25, 2015 “You all know the story,” Igor (Daniel Radcliffe) observes in voiceover just as VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN begins. Well, in this version, scripted by Max Landis and directed by Paul McGuigan, we do and we don’t. As promised, there’s an eponymous mad genius (James McAvoy) and eventually a lightning storm and a monster. However, this is the story told from Igor’s […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ELEANOR RIGBY: THEM

THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ELEANOR RIGBY: THEM | ©2014 The Weinstein Company

Rating: R Stars: Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Nina Arianda, Viola Davis, Bill Hader, Ciaran Hinds, Isabelle Huppert, William Hurt, Jess Weixler Writer: Ned Benson Director: Ned Benson Distributor: The Weinstein Co. Release Date: September 12, 2014 There are in fact three different versions of THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ELEANOR RIGBY: THEM, the 123-minute edition being released Friday, September 12, and HER and HIM, two other cuts that incorporate portions of THEM. Together, HER and HIM run a total of 210 minutes; these will be released in New York and Los Angeles on October 10. All three ELEANOR RIGBY films deal with […]Read On »

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Movie Review: X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

X-MEN - DAYS OF FUTURE PAST poster | ©2014 Fox/Marvel

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Halle Berry, Nicholas Hoult, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Peter Dinklage, Shawn Ashmore. Omar Sy, Evan Peters Writer: Simon Kinberg, story by Jane Goldman & Simon Kinberg & Matthew Vaughn Director: Bryan Singer Distributor: 20th Century Fox Release Date: May 23, 2014 If you’re going to make an installment of a film franchise that potentially erases the continuity of previous endeavors, X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST demonstrates how to do it with not only style but real urgency. Don’t just randomly drop time travelers into the […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: ARTHUR CHRISTMAS director Sarah Smith finds a new spirit of Christmas

Arthur in ARTHUR CHRISTMAS | ©2011 Sony Pictures Animation/Aardman Animation

Finding a new take on the familiar Santa Claus adventures is a formidable task, but writer-director Sarah Smith and co-writer Peter Baynham were up for the challenge with the new animated film ARTHUR CHRISTMAS. A CGI co-production between Aardman Animation and Sony Pictures Animation, the story follows wayward Santa Claus offspring Arthur – a well-to-do nebbish who believes in the true spirit of Christmas, but will sadly never be next in line for the Santa job with his much more together older brother Steve – who has completely streamlined the Santa operation for dear old Santa dad with a state-of-the-art […]Read On »

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Movie Review: ARTHUR CHRISTMAS

ARTHUR CHRISTMAS Movie Poster | ©2011 Sony Pictures

Rating: PG Stars (voices): James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy, Ashley Jensen, Imelda Staunton Writers: Peter Baynham & Sarah Smith Director: Sarah Smith Distributor: Columbia Pictures Release Date: November 23, 2011 Some fantasy subgenres are so populous that they have arguably outgrown the designation of “sub”: the lovelorn vampire, the quest through mystical lands, the zombie apocalypse. Add to this list (and check it twice) the genre of Santa having gift delivery issues on Christmas Eve. The newest iteration of this last is ARTHUR CHRISTMAS, the first 3D CGI animation (as opposed to stop-motion Claymation) offering from Aardman, […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Yes, DEADPOOL will still happen with Ryan Reynolds in the lead

Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool in X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE | ©2009 20th Century Fox

While speaking about the new X-MEN: FIRST CLASS Blu-ray and DVD hitting stores this Friday, September 9, ASSIGNMENT X spoke with producer Lauren Shuler-Donner about the franchise (click here for the full interview) and the status of THE WOLVERINE sequel (click here). We also asked her about the status of the DEADPOOL spin-off film set to star Ryan Reynolds who just came off another superhero film THE GREEN LANTERN this summer. Although brief, here’s what she had to say. ASSIGNMENT X: Is DEADPOOL still happening? LAUREN SHULER-DONNER: Yes. AX: And it’s still with Ryan Reynolds. SHULER-DONNER: Yes, with Ryan Reynolds. […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: The current scoop on THE WOLVERINE sequel starring Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman in X MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE | ©2009 20th Century Fox

While speaking about the new X-MEN: FIRST CLASS Blu-ray hitting stores this Friday, September 9, ASSIGNMENT X spoke with producer Lauren Shuler-Donner about the franchise (click here for the full interview) and the status of the DEADPOOL movie (click here). We also asked her about the status of WOLVERINE 2 aka THE WOLVERINE to be directed by James Mangold. The talk was brief, but here’s what she had to say. ASSIGNMENT X: What’s the status of the new WOLVERINE movie? LAUREN SHULER-DONNER: We’re still working on that and moving forward. AX: Will it be the Japan storyline? SHULER-DONNER: Yes it […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: X-MEN: FIRST CLASS sequel and Blu-ray talk from producer Lauren Shuler-Donner

X-MEN-FIRST CLASS Blu-ray | ©2011 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

At a press event on the 20th Century Fox lot today, producer Lauren Shuler-Donner presided over a presentation of all the special features to be found on the new X-MEN: FIRST CLASS Blu-ray hitting stories this Friday, September 9. The bonus content includes the expected deleted and extended scenes and making-of featurettes on making the prequel/reboot to the X-MEN franchise. Additionally, the Blu-ray also includes 10 free digital X-MEN comic books and an interactive feature that takes you inside the mutant tracker system Cerebro. ASSIGNMENT X had the opportunity to briefly speak with Shuler-Donner after the presentation in this exclusive […]Read On »

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