xXx: Return of Xander Cage (alternatively known as xXx: Reactivated and pronounced “Triple X”) is an upcoming 2017 American action film directed by D. J. Caruso, produced by Vin Diesel, Joe Roth, Jeff Kirschenbaum, and Samantha Vincent, and written by F. Scott Frazier and Chad St. John. It stars Diesel, Donnie Yen, Deepika Padukone, Samuel L. Jackson, Tony Jaa, Nina Dobrev, Ruby Rose, Rory McCann, Kris Wu, and Ariadna Gutiérrez. It is intended to be the third film in the xXx franchise, and thereby a sequel to both the 2002 film xXx and the 2005 film xXx: State of the Union, though more directly with the first film. Unlike the previous films, which were distributed by Columbia Pictures, Return of Xander Cage will be released by Paramount Pictures on January 20, 2017, in 2D, RealD 3D and IMAX 3D.
This will also mark the first film produced by Revolution Studios in nine years since 2007’s The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep.
Director : D.J. Caruso Writers : F. Scott Frazier, Rich Wilkes (based on characters created by) Stars : Deepika Padukone, Donnie Yen, Vin Diesel
Genre : Action, Adventure, Thriller.
Release : 18 January 2017 France – 24 February 2017 Poland
Extreme athlete turned government operative Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) comes out of self-imposed exile, thought to be long dead, and is set on a collision course with deadly alpha warrior Xiang (Donnie Yen) and his team in a race to recover a sinister and seemingly unstoppable weapon known as Pandora’s Box. Recruiting an all-new group of thrill-seeking cohorts, Xander finds himself enmeshed in a deadly conspiracy that points to collusion at the highest levels of world governments.
Sleepless is an upcoming American action thriller film directed by Baran bo Odar, written by Andrea Berloff and starring Jamie Foxx and T.I. as a pair of corrupt Las Vegas cops who search for one of their kidnapped sons. Michelle Monaghan, Dermot Mulroney, David Harbour, Gabrielle Union, and Scoot McNairy also star.
Director : Baran bo Odar Writers : Andrea Berloff , Frédéric Jardin Stars : Michelle Monaghan, Jamie Foxx, Dermot Mulroney
Genre : Action, Crime, Thriller
Release : 12 January 2017 Portugal – 9 March 2017 Germany
A remake of the French thriller Sleepless Night, the film is scheduled to be released on January 13, 2017 in the United States.
“A cop with a connection to the criminal underworld scours a nightclub in search of his kidnapped son.”
Director : Chris Wedge Writers : Derek Connolly (screenplay), Matthew Robinson Stars : Jane Levy, Lucas Till, Rob Lowe
Genre : Action, Adventure, Animation
Release : 21 December 2016 France – 28 April 2017 Sweden
Monster Trucks is an upcoming 2016 American 3D live-action/computer-animated action comedy film produced by Paramount Animation, Nickelodeon Movies and Disruption Entertainment. It is directed by Chris Wedge and written by Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger, Derek Connolly and Matthew Robinson. The film stars Lucas Till, Jane Levy, Amy Ryan, Rob Lowe, Danny Glover, Barry Pepper, and Holt McCallany. This was the final film worked on by Jon Polito’s before his death on September 1, 2016.
“Looking for any way to get away from the life and town he was born into, Tripp (Lucas Till), a high school senior, builds a Monster Truck from bits and pieces of scrapped cars. After an accident at a nearby oil-drilling site displaces a strange and subterranean creature with a taste and a talent for speed, Tripp may have just found the key to getting out of town and a most unlikely friend.”
Director : Anna Foerster Writers : Cory Goodman, Kyle Ward Stars : Kate Beckinsale, Theo James, Lara Pulver
Genre : Action, Horror
Release : 24 December 2016 Georgia – 13 January 2017 Ireland
Underworld: Blood Wars is a 2016 action horror film directed by Anna Foerster and written by Cory Goodman. It is the fifth installment in the Underworld franchise and the sequel to 2012 film Underworld: Awakening, with Kate Beckinsale reprising her role as Selene. The main cast also includes Theo James, Tobias Menzies, Lara Pulver, Peter Andersson, Clementine Nicholson, Bradley James, and Charles Dance. Principal photography began on October 19, 2015 in Prague, Czech Republic.
“The next installment in the blockbuster franchise, UNDERWORLD: BLOOD WARS follows Vampire death dealer, Selene (Kate Beckinsale) as she fends off brutal attacks from both the Lycan clan and the Vampire faction that betrayed her. With her only allies, David (Theo James) and his father Thomas (Charles Dance), she must stop the eternal war between Lycans and Vampires, even if it means she has to make the ultimate sacrifice.”
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Selene’s on the run from Lycans and Vampires. She’s sent her daughter away, to keep her from harms reach. The Lycans are coordinating under a new leadership and piloting to rid the world of Vampires once and for all. Most of the remaining coven decide to give amnesty to Selene in return for training the young recruits. However some of the members of the Coven aren’t as forthcoming, as they start piloting against her. If you’re expecting a pulp fiction story line filled with meticulous details and roaring effects than you are in the wrong theater. This is where you will witness Vampires Tearing through flesh and Werewolves shedding new skin. The biggest problem in this franchise is the gaps in the story lines, Particularly Michael’s, I can understand if the actor doesn’t wish to return. But if that is the case, wouldn’t it be rational to give an explanation to what happened to his character. If nothing else, Kill him off and put Selene into a frenzy. Leaving such an important story line unanswered is a blunder on the writers behalf.
Assassin’s Creed (2016) Reviews. When Callum Lynch explores the memories of his ancestor Aguilar and gains the skills of a Master Assassin, he discovers he is a descendant of the secret Assassins society.
Director: Justin Kurzel
Writers: Michael Lesslie, Adam Cooper
Stars: Marion Cotillard, Michael Fassbender, Essie Davis
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Parents need to know that Assassin’s Creed is based on the wildly popular video game by the same name (and its sequels). The games are known for their cinematic quality and intense violence, so expect the movie to follow in their footsteps. As in the games, historical fiction meets science fiction when a descendant of a secret medieval society called the Assassins uses revolutionary technology to access genetic memories and live out his ancestors’ adventures. In this case, former criminal Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) is recruited to unlock the memories of an Assassin during the Spanish Inquisition so the society can gain the necessary skills to take down their enemies, the Templar Order, in present day. The popularity of the game series will likely attract teens and tweens to the movie, but it could well be too violent for younger viewers.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Reviews, The Best Reviews. The Rebellion makes a risky move to steal the plans to the Death Star, setting up the epic saga to follow.
Director: Gareth Edwards
Writers: Chris Weitz, Tony Gilroy
Stars: Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Ben Mendelsoh
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According to Latino Review, Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation director Christopher McQuarrie was recently brought in to do a two-week pass on the Rogue One script. There’s no word about when in the process McQuarrie might have tackled the screenplay, but with his busy schedule as of late, doing promotion on a major movie and getting it ready for release, it could have been tricky to fit in. Still, this is only good news.
Though he has been working more as a director in the last few years, with Rogue Nation last summer and Jack Reacher in 2012, screenwriting is where he’s made his bones. He first rose to prominence with the Oscar-winning The Usual Suspects, but he also wrote Rogue Nation, adapted Reacher, and penned Edge of Tomorrow, among other projects. The idea of him taking a pass at Rogue One is something that has us very excited around these parts. He’s great at delivering big popcorn blockbusters that don’t skimp on the grit, character, humor, or intelligence. Those are all things we want out of a Star Wars movie.
Rogue One has been filming now for a while, but the writer situation has been a bit of a revolving door. Gary Whitta handed in the original draft then bowed out. Simon Kinberg was rumored to be taking over, rumors that were quashed when Chris Weitz (Cinderella) was brought on board to give it a polish. If LR’s sources are correct, and McQuarrie did go over the script, with just two weeks it probably wasn’t a massive overhaul, but more of tightening things up and beefing up certain elements.
What we know of Rogue One makes is sound unlike most Star Wars movies that have come before. First off, it’s a side story that doesn’t really figure in to the main Episode saga. There is also going to be less of an emphasis on the Force, which likely won’t have much of a presence at all. It has also been described as a gritty war movie, which is certainly something new for the franchise, and right in McQuarrie’s wheelhouse.
Set between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, the plot of the Gareth Edward-directed movie, as we understand it, revolves around the theft of the plans for the first Death Star. We’ve got a glimpse at the cast, which includes Felicity Jones, Donnie Yen, Diego Luna, Mads Mikkelsen, Forest Whitaker, Ben Mendelsohn, Alan Tudyk, and Riz Ahmed, and though there have been rumors of everything from bounty hunters to Darth Vader, most of the details are still under wraps.
Filming right now, Star Wars: Rogue One is scheduled for release December 16, 2016
The movie reviews for Max Steel (2016) – The adventures of teenager Max McGrath and alien companion Steel, who must harness and combine their tremendous new powers to evolve into the turbo-charged superhero Max Steel.
When teenage Max McGrath discovers his body can generate the universe’s most powerful energy, he must bond with the only being able to contain it – a mysterious techno-organic extraterrestrial named Steel. United as the superhero Max Steel, the two friends must combat an alien menace and unlock the secrets of their past.
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Parents need to know that Max Steel is based on a cartoon series and a Mattel action figure. This origin story tells how a 16-year-old boy named Max and a “techno-organic” alien named Steel symbiotically join to form one being with superhuman strength. Apart, neither can survive, but together they can defeat the threat chasing them. Confusing? Slightly. But expect tweens and young teens familiar with the animated series to be interested in this sci-fi thriller.
Kids’ TV shows are always talking about the importance of imagination. That’s odd, because kids’ TV shows are often so unimaginative. Probably the worst offenders are sci-fi and superhero cartoons, which are content to recycle visuals, premises and plots from previous cartoons, which cribbed them from somewhat more original works intended for adults.
Disney XD’s new animated series “Max Steel” is a good example of this type of creativity-challenged show. Cobbled together from ready-made sources with no apparent interest in coming up with a fresh twist or a new slant, it fails to make much of an impression, either positive or negative. The creaky computer-generated animation doesn’t help.
Premiering next Monday, March 25, at 4 p.m., “Max Steel” is a reboot of an animated series that aired in the States from 2000 to 2002. The new version is about a teenager named Max McGrath (voiced by Andrew Francis), who moves to a new town and is immediately bullied by a kid named Butch (Brian Drummond) on his first day of school. He’s helped out by a pretty girl named Sydney (Sarah Edmonson) and a nerd named Kirby (Richard Ian Cox).
While fleeing Butch and his gang on his bicycle, Max discovers that he has super strength. The subsequent fight releases a burst of energy that’s detected by the boss (Mark Oliver) at Trans Human Industries, who wears a Darth Vader-like respirator.
Max’s uncle Forge Ferrus, who has been following him, takes Max to the offices of N-Tek, a secret organization founded by Uncle Ferrus, as well as by Max’s father and a man named Miles Dredd, both of whom died in an accident while Max’s father was investigating an energy form known as TURBO.
It turns out that Max can produce his own TURBO, which the big bad boss at Trans Human Industries needs to survive. When Max’s uncle puts him into a chamber designed to stabilize his energy, it instead produces an overload of power. Suddenly, a ” techno-organic bioparasitic warrior” thingamajig named Steel activates and forms a cyborg with Max, with Steel in control.
Most of these story elements — the new school, a bully surprised by hidden powers, the dead scientist father, the shadowy mentor — are so overused that the writers of this series might have assumed they were obligatory and thus didn’t feel they were being lazy.
The same probably goes for the show’s look. As in so much sci-fi of the last 35 years, the design of the futuristic hardware borrows heavily from the original “Star Wars” movies.
Max’s banter with Steel might remind older viewers of the interplay between Michael and KITT on another late-20th-century pop-culture landmark, “Knight Rider.”
The computer animation is adequate for action scenes, but close-ups and wide shots of people doing simple things like walking are bizarrely artificial. Kids are going to recognize that the show is cheaping out.
“Max Steel” is debuting in connection with a revamped line of action figures. Perhaps if it were intended to stand alone, its creators might have tried to provide something new.
Deepwater Horizon (2016) Movie Review Based on the true events that occurred on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010, the story chronicles the courage of those who worked on the Deepwater Horizon and the extreme moments of bravery and survival in the face of what would become one of the biggest man-made disasters in world history. There’s an argument to be made that films and TV shows based on harrowing, true-life tragedies serve as a form of collective cultural catharsis. They can bring order to chaos, give context to horror, and provide a general framework that allows us to move on. With the rise of modern long-form documentaries, reexamining old tragedies can even be used as a lens to examine larger, deep-seated cultural issues.
And then sometimes it’s just all about good old-fashioned rubbernecking.
Deepwater Horizon, the new film from director Peter Berg (Lone Survivor), is the story of the catastrophic explosion that rocked the offshore oil rig in 2010, leaving 11 members of its crew dead and causing one of the worst ecological disasters in the history of the United States. It’s an effective piece of action filmmaking: loud, raucous, and filled with some gripping moments of real dread. But it’s also a film without a purpose, one that seems to delight in destruction and death just for the thrill of it.
Mark Wahlberg plays Mike Williams, chief electronics technician on the Deepwater Horizon, who has the kind of impossibly precocious daughter and perfect wife (Kate Hudson) that you only see in movies about people who are about to find themselves in mortal danger. Mike’s a stand-up guy, whose focus on safety and doing the right thing is only matched by his boss, Mr. Jimmy (Kurt Russell at his most affable).
When they arrive on the rig for a three-week tour, Mike and Mr. Jimmy learn that a safety procedure had recently been ignored due to the intervention of Vidrine and Kaluza, two executives from the oil company BP. (The execs are played by John Malkovich and Brad “Buddy Garrity” Leland, so you know they’re heartless scumbags the minute they show up on screen.) With the Deepwater Horizon already behind schedule, Vidrine is anxious to get the well back up and running, and talks Mr. Jimmy into ignoring a few vital warning signs to speed things along — which leads to the catastrophic accident that took down the rig in real life.
The film is based on “Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hours,” an exhaustive article from The New York Times about the incident, and Wahlberg, Malkovich, and nearly the entire rest of the cast are all playing actual people that were there on that fateful day. But that doesn’t stop Deepwater Horizon from playing things as big as it possibly can, whether it’s Vidrine’s villainy or Mr. Jimmy’s aw-shucks sainthood. But nobody ever saw The Towering Inferno or The Poseidon Adventure for the nuanced character work, and Deepwater Horizon leans into that even as the requirements of the booming disaster movie it wants to be seem somewhat at odds with the solemnity of the actual subject matter.
Deepwater Horizon expertly handles the slow build up to the disaster, making complex machinery understandable, and imbuing things like pressure levels and kill lines with a kind of talismanic power. The film’s best moments come as the audience, knowing full well what kind of movie they’re watching, witness bad decisions being made one after the other. The tension builds, and the only thing that’s unclear is just exactly how the inevitable catastrophe will finally strike. When it does, it’s almost as if the movie cracks its knuckles and rolls up its sleeves: now watch this.
Berg delivers on that promise as the film barrels through a series of set pieces that seem to destroy the oil rig one piece at a time. When the movie takes moments to pull back from the chaos, the visuals are harrowing: a fire-strewn hellscape of burning metal slowly closing in on the 115 survivors as they desperately try to find a way to get off the rig. But just as often Berg shoots his action in a combination of close-ups and insert shots, the camera bouncing from moment to moment. It lends a chaotic and claustrophobic feel to many sequences — particularly as Wahlberg looks for survivors inside the rig after the massive explosion — but other times it’s incomprehensible, obscuring what character the audience is even looking at, and forcing them to rely on the pounding score to understand whether something good or bad is about to happen on-screen.
It’s still undeniably engaging, but between the caricatured leads and the shaky-cam action, it starts to become unclear what story Deepwater Horizon really wants to tell. It’s not quite the heroism-and-bravery tale the trailers promise, and it’s not a nuanced look at people dealing with the aftermath of tragedy, either. As the film falls in love with its geysers of fire and multiple catastrophes, it’s hard to escape the feeling that on some level, Deepwater Horizon is just trying to appeal to our base desire to watch bad things happen to people, without any larger message or purpose — the cinematic equivalent of slowing down on the freeway to check out a car crash.
That would be fine if we were talking about a film about the end of the world or some other fictional scenario, but Deepwater Horizon traffics on the fact that it is based on an actual tragedy. (The end credits even feature a photo roll-call of the 11 people that lost their lives on the rig.) That framing almost demands it offer something more substantive than simply re-creating a series of events. Not using it to make a point about the economic and regulatory forces that allowed the tragedy to occur makes the whole thing feel somewhat hollow and cynical, like manipulation masquerading as good will. There’s no question that Deepwater Horizon delivers thrills, but you may feel awfully empty afterward.
Movie The Magnificent Seven (2016) Reviews The plot of Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven should sound incredibly familiar to anyone who has seen John Sturges’ 1960 original (or the film that he was remaking himself, Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai). It’s the Old West, and the town of Rose Creek is being squeezed by a bloodthirsty industrialist named Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard, chewing scenery with fervor). After Bogue guns down her husband, Emma Cullen (Haley Bennett, The Equalizer) vows to find a group of gunmen that will defend the town.
First up is Sam Chisolm (Denzel Washington), a “duly sworn warrant officer” that’s been traveling around taking out various outlaws. After agreeing to defend Rose Creek, Chisolm starts gathering up his seven, including a loud-mouthed gambler named Farady (Chris Pratt), former Confederate sharpshooter Goodnight (Ethan Hawke), knife expert Billy Rocks (Byung-Hun Lee), and an outlaw named Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo). From there it’s off to Rose Creek to train the townsfolk and prepare for their last stand. Movie The Magnificent Seven (2016) at below
Given Fuqua’s action-heavy filmography, it would be easy to assume this would be a souped-up, modern take on the genre, but it’s clear early on that the filmmaker is interested in making a proper Western, with all of the stylistic and genre flourishes that entails. Chisolm is introduced as a mysterious silhouette, bathed in lens flare and myth. Fuqua favors bold, widescreen compositions that recall cinema’s past rather than its hyperkinetic present. And while there is plenty of action and fighting in the film, there’s a reliance on stunt work and practical effects that lends a sense of rough-and-tumble danger to the scenes. They may be callbacks, sure, but they’re so refreshing — and executed with such flair — that Fuqua’s film is ultimately a reminder of why the genre was once so wildly popular in the first place.
Director Antoine Fuqua brings his modern vision to a classic story in The Magnificent Seven. With the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue, the desperate townspeople employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns. As they prepare the town for the violent showdown that they know is coming, these seven mercenaries find themselves fighting for more than money.
The weakest link, surprisingly, is one of the movie’s biggest stars: Chris Pratt. The actor has blown up since he made the leap to leading man in Guardians of the Galaxy, and his charisma continues to be undeniable. But Farady comes off as strangely anachronistic in Magnificent Seven. It’s not that he’s not an entertaining character; he just seems like he’s an entertaining character from an entirely different movie, as if Star-Lord grabbed a vest and revolver and headed on over. The rest of the cast are all able to grab small character moments or comedic beats while staying within the larger framework of the film — Vincent D’Onofrio’s warbling voice as a reclusive trapper is one particular high point — making Farady awkwardly stand out until the last would-be zinger.
The Magnificent Seven 2016 Reviews – The industrialist Bartholomew bug reigns supreme on the small city of Rose Creek. To put an end to the despotism of the businessman, the inhabitants, desperate, committed seven outlaws, bounty hunters, players and hired killers – Sam Chisolm, Josh Farraday, Goodnight Robicheaux, Jack Horne, Billy Rocks, Vasquez, and Red Harvest. As they prepare for what promises to be a confrontation without mercy, these seven mercenaries become aware that they are fighting for much more than money…