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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“Inferno” Trailer

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

The Academy Awards 2014

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Best Picture

Winner: 12 Years a Slave

Other nominees: American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Gravity, Her, Nebraska, Philomena, The Wolf of Wall Street

Well, there are hardly any surprises here, with virtually every film commentator predicting ‘12 Years a Slave’s win. It is easy to see why there was hardly any competition at all in this category, too. With greatest respect and admiration for other nominated films, ‘12 Years a Slave’ just stands out in terms of its artistic merit and, most importantly, the impact it produces. I don’t mind if ‘Gravity’ sweeps every award out there, as long as the Best Picture goes to its most deserved contender. Arguably, ’12 Years a Slave’ is the only film in the category to which you can comfortably assign the word ‘masterpiece’. It is a great achievement for everyone involved in the production of this film, especially for its director, Steve McQueen.

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Dan Brown’s Inferno: Tom Hanks to return in 2015 film

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Tom Hanks will reprise his role as Robert Langdon for the film version of Dan Brown’s latest bestseller, Inferno, due to be released in December 2015.

By Alice Vincent, Entertainment writer, online (17 July 2013)

Dan Brown’s Inferno was only released in May, but already plans for a movie version of the book are shaping up.

Tom Hanks will reprise the role of Robert Langdon, the Harvard symbologist and main character of Dan Brown’s series of bestselling books. The Inferno film will be directed by Ron Howard, the director of 2006’s The Da Vinci Code and its sequel, Angels and Demons (2009). It is expected that the film will be released in December 2015, according to film industry website Deadline.

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Oscars 2012: Is Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close the worst best picture nominee ever?

 

“Stephen Daldry’s post-9/11 drama is almost universally reviled, but the Academy has a history of nominating some dreadful films for the top prize, and often ignoring future classic. If there is to be a prize for the best picture at this year’s Oscars, then why not one for the worst? To make a great film is difficult and therefore worthy of honour. But to make a bad film that gulls the voters into thinking it’s great is no mean feat either. It may not be noble, but you have to admire the chutzpah.

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