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I’ve Cracked Trailer: Disney’s Christopher Robin!

Disney’s Christopher Robin – Christopher Robin (Ewan McGregor) and Winnie the Pooh (voiced by Jim Cummings).

The adult Christopher Robin has lost his way – and his friends from the Hundred Acre Wood must try to help him rediscover his inner child.

Disney’s Christopher Robin stars Ewan McGregor as Christopher Robin and is directed by Marc Forster.

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FX’s Fargo To Premiere 3rd Season in April!

Season three of Fargo stars Ewan McGregor  as brothers Emmit and Ray Stussy – one the ‘Parking Lot King of Minnesota,’ the other a parole officer living in his brother’s shadow.

Fargo: Season Three also stars Carrie Coon, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and David Thewlis.

The FX series – now shooting in Calgary, Alberta, Canada – will premiere on Wednesday, April 19th.

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Echo Trailer: T2 Trainspotting!


Rent Boy, Spud, Sick Boy and Begbie are still making choices twenty years on, but now those choices include social media, unnamed designer drugs, and, as always, life.

One constant remains – Begbie is still angry.

Danny Boyle’s T2 Trainspotting will arrive in select North American theaters on March 3, 2017 before platforming out beginning March, 10. The new trailer tries a bit too hard to echo the classic Trainspotting trailer of twenty years ago. Check it out after the break.

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Mortdecai Is Mostly Dead!

Mortdecai - Oops!

Once again, Johnny Depp shows his talent for slipping completely into a character. What a shame that this character is almost completely unnoteworthy.

Mortdecai (the movie) wants to be a knowing send up of sixties caper movies, espionage thrillers and, possibly, the superb BBC series Lovejoy. Instead, it’s Johnny Depp plays the worst of Mr. Bean – in a Rolls.

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Slightly Off-Centre Trailer: Mortdecai!

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Johnny Depp’s new film, Mortdecai, follows the very British and slightly dim Charles Mortdecai as he searches for a stolen painting that might have a code to a lost bank account containing Nazi gold. The trailer is amusing in a slightly off-centre manner, but it’s easy to see why it’s been scheduled for the boondocks date of February 6th, 2015.

Of course, one simply never knows. Does one? Check it out after the jump.

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Men Who Stare At Goats Made Me Laugh!

Grant Heslov’s The Men Who Stare at Goats opens with the disclaimer: More of this is true than you would believe. Based on the non-fiction book of the same name, it is a film that looks at the U.S. Armed Forces’ attempts to explore the possibility of using paranormal abilities for war.

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The framing story for the film follows minor league reporter Bob Wilton [Ewan McGregor] as he attempts to find a meaningful story to justify himself to his wife – who has left him for his editor. When he stumbles onto former soldier and “Jedi Warrior” Lyn Cassady [George Clooney], he finds himself in the Kuwait desert on a direct line to the story of the century: the Army trained psychic super-soldiers! Between the moments of the on the-road/buddies part of the movie, Wilton watches Cassady burst a cloud and run into the only boulder in sight – in any direction. And things just get loopier from there.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Angels & Demons: When You Write Of Us – And You Will… Be Gentle

Unlike The Da Vinci Code, I found the Angels & Demons novel to be impenetrable… maybe it was just my mood, but I saw the movie without having read the book. That may have been a positive for the movie.

Angels & Demons

Angels & Demons has a number of things going for it: it’s less convoluted than The Da Vinci Code, which means it’s less clunky, less herky-jerky; Tom Hanks has vastly more chemistry with Ayelet Zurer than he did with Audrey Tautou; the lack of a campy eccentric performance a la Sir Ian McKellan in the The Da Vinci Code is made up by several moments of genuine humor [though, unfortunately, no more wit], and Professor Robert Langdon [Tom Hanks] has foregone his hideous, slicked-back do and gone for a center part that makes him look like a middle-aged Reggie [see: Archie Comics], while, while still odd, is a vast improvement.

The idea of the Catholic Church being under attack by the long underground Illuminati allows for the same kind of mix of fact and fiction that made The Da Vinci Code relatively compelling despite its clunkiness. Placing this attack during the period immediately following the death of the pope is good as it catches the church at its most vulnerable.

The nature of the attack is such that there had to be someone inside the Vatican to make it happen which gives us an intriguing array of possible infiltrators. Is it the Pope’s Camerlengo, Father Patrick McKenna [Ewan McGregor], a youthful priest with a curious tie to the late pontiff; could it be Commander Richter [Stellan Skarsgard] head of the Swiss Guard, who controls the security for the Pope; might it be Cardinal Strauss [Armin Mueller-Stahl], an older Cardinal with great influence – but not one of the four most likely candidates to replace the late pontiff?

Because the threat includes the kidnapping of the four most likely candidates – and the destruction of Vatican City via the releasing of anti-matter, Langdon is joined in his assignment to find the missing cardinals and prevent the explosions by beautiful physicist Vittoria Vetra [Zurer].

Ron Howard’s pacing is much better and his transitions smoother in Angel & Demons – he clearly recognized that The Da Vinci Code was not his best work. Unfortunately, even with all the improvements in this production, it’s still not more than a reasonably solid entertainment that doesn’t really bear repeat viewings. Still it looks much better than its predecessor [Rome being an incredibly beautiful place] and the basic storytelling is decent enough. Which is to say that, unless there’s an audio commentary, I certainly wouldn’t rush out to buy the DVD.

Final Grade: B-