New Trailer for TIFF15’s ‘Every Thing Will Be Fine’

(Written for Filmoria)

Set to make its North American premiere at TIFF 2015 in a few weeks time, the first trailer for Wim Wenders’ drama Every Thing Will Be Fine has been released this week.

The trailer and the plot synopsis for this are both pretty spoiler-filled since the events of the film are centred around quite a pivotal moment, so if you’d like to know as little as possible, then I’ll just tell you that the film will screen at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival this September, and it certainly looks worth the watch when it finally hits our cinema screens.

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Film Review: This Is The End

Directed by Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen, This Is The End stars a cast ensemble who, playing themselves, are faced with the apocalypse. While attending a party at James Franco‘s house, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, and Craig Robinson, find themselves trapped after a series of strange events. As the world starts to unravel outside and supplies begin to run low, the six friends are forced to face their fate and the true meaning of redemption, as the threat of being sent straight to hell for their sins begin to tear their friendships apart.

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DVD Review: Spring Breakers

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Directed by Harmony Korine, Spring Breakers follows four college girls (Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, and Rachel Korine) hungry for adventure, who, in order to fund their spring break vacation, land in jail after robbing a restaurant. Bailed out by rapper “Alien” (James Franco), a drug and arms dealer who wants them to do some dirty work, promising to provide the girls with all the thrills and excitement they could hope for. But how far are the girls willing to go to experience a spring break they will never forget?

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Film Review: Oz The Great and Powerful

(Published in the April edition of Sage)

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Discovering the origins of L. Frank Baum‘s classic children’s novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and a sort-of prequel to the classic 1939 film of the same name, Oz: The Great and Powerful follows a small-time magician (James Franco) who arrives in an enchanted land ruled by three witches – Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams). Directed by Sam Raimi, the film focuses on how the Wizard arrived in Oz and became the ruler. But will he be a good man or a great one?

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Some Of The Wonderful Things He Does: Oz The Great And Powerful Images & Trailer

(Written for Lost In The Multiplex)

A new trailer and several new images have been released for Sam Raimi’s upcoming fantasy adventure, Oz: The Great And Powerful, this week, and they are certainly very impressive.

Discovering the origins of L. Frank Baum‘s classic children’s novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the film is a prequel to his work, looking at how the Wizard arrived in Oz and became the ruler.

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New Trailer for ‘Oz The Great and Powerful’, Comic-Con Say It Looks Outstanding

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The first trailer for Sam Raimi’s Oz: The Great and Powerful has been released this week, as The Disney panel at Comic-Con presented an exclusive promo reel for the film at this year’s convention.

Discovering the origins of L. Frank Baum‘s classic children’s novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the film is a prequel to his work, looking at how the Wizard arrived in Oz and became the ruler.

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Aziz Ansari Joins Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s ‘The Apocalypse’

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Continuing his run with the Apatow crowd, Aziz Ansari is the latest to join the cast of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg‘s upcoming epic comedy, The Apocalypse.

Written and directed by Rogen and Goldberg with co-writer Jason Stone, The Apocalypse follows two guys who take on the end of the world. Formerly known as Jay and Seth vs. The Apocalypse, confirmed cast members already include Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson and James Franco, all of whom will play themselves.

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Did I Miss Something? A Wizard Of Oz Re-Telling With a Very Decent Cast?

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Whilst the news was announced earlier this month, over at the Multiplex we are yet to report on the news of Sam Raimi‘s re-telling of the classic Wizard Of Oz adventure.

When Perez Hilton posted what is apparently the first look at the make-up for a flying monkey in the latest re-imagining of L. Frank Baum’s classic children’s novel, see below for the image, the news didn’t appeal to my interests until, only this week, I saw the cast list.

Scheduled for an 8th March, 2013 release, the fantasy adventure, which has been titled Oz The Great and Powerful, stars James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams, Zach Braff, Joey King and Bruce Campbell.

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Film Review: Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes

(Read this in my publication In Retrospect – Issue 1)

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Directed by Rupert Wyatt, The Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes is the prequel to The Planet Of The Apes phenomenon that was first published as a novel in 1963 by Pierre Boulle. ‘La Planète des Singes‘ was first translated as Monkey Planet, but was later reissued to tie into the film franchise that the novel inspired. The first film adaptation was released in 1968 and starred Charlton Heston, which was then remade in 2001 starring Mark Wahlberg. This latest instalment explains the uprising of the apes, telling the story of how they escaped captivity and gained their intelligence, and how they managed to take over humanity when their only purpose was as test subjects to help save it.

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Film Review: Your Highness

(Published on Rushes Online Film Magazine)

Your Highness is a tale of chivalry with a twist; a hilarious comedy full of perverted mythical creatures, half-naked women and a vast amount of sexual innuendos. Danny McBride and James Franco team up in an epic comedy adventure set in a fantasy world of knights and wizards. The two play sibling Princes, Thadeous (McBride) and Fabious (Franco), who are sent on a quest to save their land and rescue Belladonna (Zooey Deschanel), Fabious’ soon-to-be-wife who has been kidnapped by the evil wizard Leezar (Justin Theroux).

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Film Review: 127 Hours

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Based on a true story, 127 Hours is written and directed by Danny Boyle, following Aron Ralston (James Franco), a mountain climber canyoneering alone in the Blue John Canyon in Utah. After meeting two girls on his journey, Kristi (Kate Mara) and Megan (Amber Tamblyn), Aron becomes trapped immovably under a boulder, too far into the canyon for anybody to hear his echoing pleas of help. Without telling anybody where he has gone for the weekend, Aron is equipped only with his self-confidence and a cheap pocketknife that is too blunt to cut through anything of use. Desperately low on water and out of food, Aron must resort to stomach-churning measures in order to survive, doing all he can to relieve himself from the boulder that is slowly taking away his life.

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