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Cryptic Trailer: Terence Malik’s Knight of Cups!

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The first trailer for Terence Malik’s Knight of Cups is here! And, yes, it’s as bewildering as ever.

Knight of Cups’ world premiere will be at the Berlin Film Festival in February, It will be released in North America later in 2015.

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First Look: Fox’s First Trailer for Rise of the Planet of the Apes!

Pierre Boulle’s famous novel, Monkey Planet, gave rise to a franchise that just would not go away – spawning Planet of the Apes, its theatrical sequels and the Tim Burton remake [and a related videogame]; a live-action, primetime TV series and an animated Saturday morning series. So, why on earth would anyone think yet another attempt to make something out of the concept would be a good idea?

Unlikely as it seems, the trailer for Rise of the Planet of the Apes actually looks pretty good – intriguing, even – and sufficiently different to be worth a look.

Movies: Production Round-Up Week of 6.25.10

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Since it’s officially “Summer Blockbuster’ season, let’s start out by taking a look at what’s already in the theaters before we take a look at what’s currently in production.

Top five movies at the box office right now are:

1. Toy Story 3 – Tom Hanks, Tim Allen

2. Grown Ups – Adam Sandler, Salma Hayek, Kevin James

3. Knight and Day – Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Peter Sarsgaard

4. The Karate Kid – Jackie Chan, Jaden Smith, Taraji P. Henson

5. The A-Team – Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Sharlto Copley

Judging by these box office results, Tom Cruise and Jackie Chan are both getting the stuffing kicked out of them by a bunch of beloved Toys. Out of these five movies, I’ve seen Knight and Day, The Karate Kid and The A-Team. The Karate Kid reboot left me wondering why they bothered. Other than an absolutely powerhouse performance by Jaden Smith, and I firmly believe he is going to be a huge star for a long time to come, I found the reboot to be tedious and without the storytelling power of the original. I like Jackie Chan, but have to be honest and say I found him to be dull and lifeless in this movie.  On the other hand, I thoroughly enjoyed both the A-Team and Knight and Day. Finding both movies to be satisfying action adventures to while away a hot summer afternoon with.

Now, onto the in production news.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Slumdog Millionaire – Can 20,000,000 Rupees Buy Happiness?

Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire tells a pretty basic rags-to-riches tale that has oddly charming and wrenchingly violent sidetracks. It begins when Jamal Malik’s [Dev Patel] hot streak on the Indian version of Who Wants To Be a Millionaire culminates in a ten million rupee total before he is taken away by police on charges of fraud/cheating. They use all kinds of methods of torture but he insists he knew the answers.

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As the Police Inspector [Irrfan Khan] and Jamal watch a tape of his performance on the show, Jamal tells the Inspector how his childhood experiences taught him the answers to questions ranging from an individual cricketer’s record to knowing the name of the star of a certain film. As Jamal tells his story, we watch as he, his brother Salim, and a girl named Latika come out of the slums of Mumbai. While Jamal has always been a good kid, Salim [Madhur Mittal] has chosen another, easier path – and he loses touch with both of them.

Slumdog Millionaire’s cinematography crackles with energy and lays out the slums of Mumbai without apology – the poverty, the race violence, the criminal activity. It is a place with a veneer charm that isn’t quite enough to cover its grimy underbelly. Jamal’s path to the famous quiz show is fraught with all kinds of perils, spiritually as well as physically – and when he does well on the show, the immediate question has to be, how can a call centre assistant – “a chai wallah” – possibly possess all this specific knowledge? But Jamal isn’t putting his hard won street education to work for the money – he’s hoping that Latika [Freida Pinto] will see him and find her way to him. Love, he hopes, will conquer all.

This may be Danny Boyle’s finest film. The characters are engaging – even while they’re conning their way along – and smart [as Taj Mahal tour guides, for example, they improvise all kinds of material to give their tourists the “real” story]. Somehow, though, as the boys grow up, Salim becomes a professional criminal while Jamal, well, he gets tea for the people in the call centre. Latika, however, comes through even more dire circumstances as a prostitute and then the mistress of Salim’s boss.

Slumdog Millionaire is one of those movies that energize its audience. It’s all about hope and staying true to oneself, no matter what trials one must overcome. Like Beat Takeshi’s The Blind Swordsman Zatoichi, Boyle gives us a bonus burst of energy over the closing credits as the crowd in the train station breaks into a Bollywood song and dance number that encapsulates the joy of the film.

Final Grade: A+