Movie Review: KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE

KINGSMAN THE GOLDEN CIRCLE movie poster | ©2017 20th Century Fox

Rating: R Stars: Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Pedro Pascal, Halle Berry, Sir Elton John, Channing Tatum, Bruce Greenwood, Emily Watson, Jeff Bridges Writers: Jane Goldman & Matthew Vaughn, based on the comic book THE SECRET SERVICE by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons Director: Matthew Vaughn Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Release Date: September 22, 2017  KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE is a follow-up to 2015’s KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE. Like its predecessor, KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE is based on THE SECRET SERVICE comic book series by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons, and is again directed by Matthew Vaughn, […]Read On »

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Movie Review: MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN

MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN movie poster | ©2016 20th Century Fox

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Samuel L. Jackson, Chris O’Dowd, Terence Stamp, Ella Purnell, Finlay MacMillan, Lauren McCrostie Writer: Jane Goldman, based on the novel by Ransom Riggs Director: Tim Burton Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Release Date: September 30, 2016 To the terms “super,” “powered,” “mutant,” “meta-human,” “Inhuman” and “magical,” we can now add “peculiar.” In MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN is has the same meaning as those other words popularized by the likes of DC, Marvel and especially the HARRY POTTER franchise. MISS PEREGRINE doesn’t have the consistent sense of wonder that HARRY managed to achieve, […]Read On »

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Movie Review: KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE

KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE | © 2015 Twentieth Century Fox

Rating: R Stars: Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Strong, Sofia Boutella, Sophie Cookson, Michael Caine Writers: Jane Goldman & Matthew Vaughn, based on the comic book THE SECRET SERVICE by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons Director: Matthew Vaughn Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Release Date: February 13, 2015 It’s hard to know how to quantify KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE. Based on THE SECRET SERVICE comic book series by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons, the movie starts off as a James Bondian superspy adventure, with big action, big violence and upper-class English people who can use strong language 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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Blu-ray Review: THE WOMAN IN BLACK

THE WOMAN IN BLACK Blu-ray | ©2012 Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Ciaran Hinds, Janet McTeer Writer: Jane Goldman, based on the novel by Susan Hill Director: James Watkins Suggested Retail Price: $35.99 (Blu-ray), $30.99 (DVD) It’s hard to craft an old fashioned ghost story in a world where found footage films seem to be the only thing pulling horror fans into theaters. Thank goodness for THE WOMAN IN BLACK, the latest attempt at the classic Hammer Films label to bring back the vibe and tone of their 1960s heyday. They’ve found great material with the James Goldman script based on the novel by Susan Hill. It’s […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE WOMAN IN BLACK

THE WOMAN IN BLACK movie poster | ©2012 CBS Films

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Ciaran Hinds, Janet McTeer Writer: Jane Goldman, based on the novel by Susan Hill Director: James Watkins Distributor: CBS Films Release Date: February 3, 2012 For those who have a fondness for old-school Hammer horror films, and even for those who have no idea what those are but just like spooky period ghost stories, THE WOMAN IN BLACK is a treat. This isn’t just an homage – Hammer is listed in the credits as one of the production companies. If this is how they’re going to return to the big screen, a big “Welcome back!” […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE DEBT

THE DEBT movie poster | ©2011 Focus Features

Rating: R Stars: Helen Mirren, Tom Wilkinson, Ciaran Hinds, Jessica Chastain, Marton Czokas, Sam Worthington, Jesper Christensen, Romi Aboulafia Writers: Matthew Vaughn & Jane Goldman and Peter Straughan, based on the Israeli film HA-HOV written by Assaf Bernstein & Ido Rosenblum Director: John Madden Distributor: Focus Features/Miramax Release Date: September 2, 2011 Based on the 2007 Israeli film HA-HOV, THE DEBT moves fluidly between two timelines over thirty years apart. In 1997, Rachel Singer (Helen Mirren) and her ex-husband Stephan Gold (Tom Wilkinson) are jointly proud of their daughter Sarah (Romi Aboulafia), who has written a book about their heroic […]Read On »

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Composer Interview: Henry Jackman marks the spot for X-MEN: FIRST CLASS

Composer Henry Jackman | ©2011 Henry Jackman

As cool as it is to have your music pumping the extra kick-ass mile into the hugely enjoyable antics of non-powered, wannabe superheroes, there’s nothing quite like getting your musical mutant on by graduating to the big leagues of X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, a score that marks a huge evolution for composer Henry Jackman. Starting his career as an innovator in England’s electronica world, Jackman’s equally impressive string arrangements for album producer Trevor Horn drew the attention of Hans Zimmer, a composer with the Magneto-like powers of irresistibly pulling in promising talent to his lair at Remote Control. It wasn’t long […]Read On »

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Comics Vs. Movies: Riptide of X-MEN: FIRST CLASS – Things You Need to Know

Alex Gonzalez in X-MEN: FIRST CLASS | ©2011 20th Century Fox

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS is now in theaters! Many of you might read this series of editorials before you see the movie, and some after, but be warned there are some spoilerish elements in play. Basically, our idea was to create a series of character guides to the main players of FIRST CLASS, to give people a bit of a working knowledge of where the characters in the movie have their comic book origins, and how those origins compare to their big screen counterparts. This is a taste of the comics for those who haven’t spent their lives reading and archiving […]Read On »

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Comics Vs. Movies: Moira MacTaggert of X-MEN: FIRST CLASS – Things You Need to Know

Rose Byrne in X-MEN FIRST CLASS | ©2011 20th Century Fox

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS is now in theatres! Many of you might read this series of editorials before you see the movie, and some after, but be warned there are some spoilerish elements in play. Basically, our idea was to create a series of character guides to the main players of FIRST CLASS, to give people a bit of a working knowledge of where the characters in the movie have their comic book origins, and how those origins compare to their big screen counterparts. This is a taste of the comics for those who haven’t spent their lives reading and archiving […]Read On »

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