“Indignation” Trailer

Previews: “Queen of Katwe”, “Sully” and “The Light between Oceans”

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“…in chess, the small one can become the big one…” (from the trailer “Queen of Katwe”)

Story: The movie is the upcoming Disney-produced drama based on the real story of Phiona Mutesi (played by the newcomer Madina Nalwanga), a 10-year old Ugandan chess prodigy, who, against all odds, becomes a Woman Candidate Master after World Chess Olympiads. Brought up in the slums of Katwe, an area in the city of Kampala, Uganda, young Phiona endures a daily routine of trying to survive when she discovers a game named “chess”, which turns her life upside down. Encouraged and supported by her mother (Lupita Nyong’o) and couch (David Oyelowo), Phiona quickly becomes a young chess sensation in her country, participating in international competitions abroad.

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“Money Monster” Review

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Money Monster (2016) 

Money Monster” is Jodie Foster’s latest feature film starring Julia Roberts and George Clooney and centering on TV presenter Lee Gates (George Clooney) who is taken hostage on the set of his financial TV show “Money Monster”. Alongside his TV crew, including producer Patty Fenn (Julia Roberts), Gates’ role becomes to decipher strange demands of a hostage-taker (Jack O’Connell), while keeping his crew alive. However, while the hostage-taking is taking place, the attention rapidly shifts from an individual bad action of upstaging and threatening a TV crew to a more global, fundamental and inherent flaw of a financial services institution.

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What Hollywood’s Addiction to The Hero’s Journey is Doing to the Broadway Musical

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“Too many musicals are being made from films!” we cry.

But I don’t think the number of films becoming musicals is the real problem. If we want vibrant, innovative musicals, I think there’s a worse problem headed our way, assuming it’s not here already. Are you already familiar with the history of writing manuals for the screen, intentional and un-? You might like to skip this next bit. Otherwise, behold:


1949 – Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces is published. Campbell compares myths from many different cultures and eras, and finds they have so much in common that they constitute what he calls a monomyth . Here’s what Campbell wrote:

“A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power…

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“Inferno” Trailer

The trailer to “Inferno“…or, perhaps more accurately: the whole movie in 2 minutes and 23 seconds…

“The Revenant” by Tarkovsky

“The Conjuring 2” Review

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The Conjuring 2 (2016)

<<This review may contain implicit spoilers>>

13 November 1974: the killing by Ronald DeFeo Jr. of his family in Amityvile, New York. This is one of the most known investigative cases of Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga), a famous couple of paranormal investigators. However, this time the event takes place three years after, in 1977, in the London Borough of Enfield, UK: a working-class family is plagued by the mysterious happenings in their house: tappings, strange voices, broken toys, flying objects…and, young Janet Hodgson (11) (Madison Wolfe), unwittingly becoming the “focus” of their home’s evil spirit. Basing the film on a true story and being supported by a very talented cast, director James Wan once again shows that he is the director to be reckoned with when it comes to the modern film industry’s traditional horror genre.

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