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Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation – Trailer

With the IMF now disbanded and Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) out in the cold, a new threat — called the Syndicate — soon emerges. The Syndicate is a network of highly skilled operatives who are dedicated to establishing a new world order via an escalating series of terrorist attacks.

Daddy’s Home-Trailer

The cast of Other Guys are back again with another comedy flick and it’s all about fatherhood. Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell won’t be partnering up this time around but however will be rivals.

Minions- Review

The huge success of “Despicable Me” (2010) and “Despicable Me 2 (2013) has owed a lot to the mischievous little yellow creatures known as Minions. Thanks to their adorable presences and their often-funny hijinks, they were so popular amongst many kids and adults alike that even their favourite food, bananas, have become synonymous with their characters. So, it comes as no surprise that they are bound to have their own spin-off sooner or later.

Synopsis (Warning: May contain spoilers, duh!)

The Gist of It: ‘Minions’ captures the same zany energy associated with these little yellow creatures that will appeal largely to die-hard fans and kids.

Plot     

The ‘Minions’ story begins at the dawn of time. Starting as single-celled yellow organisms, Minions evolve through the ages perpetually serving the most despicable of masters. Continuously unsuccessful at keeping these masters alive—from T-Rexes to Genghis Khan and Napoleon to Dracula —the Minions find themselves without someone to serve and fall into a deep depression. But one Minion named Kevin has a plan, and he, alongside teenage rebel Stuart and lovable little Bob, ventures out into the world to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow.

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The trio embarks upon a thrilling journey that ultimately leads them to their next potential master, Scarlet Overkill (Sandra Bullock), the world’s first-ever female super-villain, whose goal is to steal the British throne and knock the throne of Queen Elizabeth’s head; Scarlett is ably helped by Herb (Jon Hamm). The Minion trio travel from frigid Antarctica to circa-1960s New York City, ending in mod London, where flower power, hippies, and psychedelic colours are all the rage. The Minion threesome must then face their biggest challenge to date: saving all of Minion-kind from annihilation.

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The brief introduction was interesting, if not cheeky, but it is probably the best bit of the 91 minute movie; the sad thing is, you probably have watched the scenes in the marketing trailers. Throughout the film, there’s a lot of running around, madcap slapstick action, and absurd miscommunication between the three minions and Scarlett and Herb, but it is doubtful if many older viewers will find this amusing. There are, however jokes in there for adults, but they are the most obvious, cheapest gags. This is a film that knows its key audience is the same height as its key characters.

Minions’ animation, however, is both vibrant and colourful with its gleefully energetic characters. ‘Minions’ also manages to slip in a few delightful pop-culture references from the ‘60s era such as Jimi Hendrix’s famous guitar licks and ‘The Beatles’ iconic Abbey Road crossing.

Unfortunately, while the Minions are given a lot of love in this movie, most of the human characters are sadly undermined. With the exception of Jon Hamm as Scarlett’s inventor husband and Jennifer Saunders as Queen Elizabeth II, other notable talents like Michael Keaton and Allison Janney are reduced into forgettable roles that hardly gives us a lasting impression. Even the novelty casting of Sandra Bullock in a rare villain role as Scarlett Overkill is nothing more than a one-dimensional character.

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The plot, meanwhile, is as threadbare as an old t-shirt that’s been re-worn one too many times.

Verdict 

It is evident that this movie is a money milking cash cow when you see stars like Sandra Bullock voicing Scarlet Overkill, Jon Hamm as her inventor hubby and Michael Keaton and Allison Janney as a rather underused bank robbing couple.

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Sounds like a whole lot of fun? For the kids, that’s a guaranteed yes. The misadventures of the minions are funnier than the humour from your average weekend morning cartoons. The minions, needless to say, continue to spout non-sensical blabber, and that should have some viewers chuckling too.

Ultimately, this film doesn’t break any new ground, in terms of animation or storyline, but fulfils its promise as somewhat of a crowd-pleaser.

Rating: 5/10

Favourite Line: Gentlemen do not steal ladies’ crowns!

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Release Date: 18th June, 2015

 

Poltergeist- Review

With recent franchise releases such as “The Conjuring”, “Insidious”, and “Paranormal Activity” stripping the original 1982 “Poltergeist” for parts, will this new 2015 haunted-house chiller raise the bar or never escape the shadow of its predecessor?

Synopsis (Warning: May contain spoilers, duh!)

The Gist of It: When a family’s five-year-old daughter is sucked into the supernatural realm by restless spirits, her hapless parents turn to a team of paranormal investigators to get her back.

Plot       

This 2015 remake takes most of its cues from the original film as Eric Bowen (Sam Rockwell) and his wife, Amy (Rosemarie DeWitt), are crippled by the financial impacts of the Great Recession and look to downsize so that they can continue adequately providing for their three kids. They find what they’re looking for in a distressed but affordable home for sale that’s located in a commonplace development full of vacant properties on the outskirts of an Illinois town, where Amy attended university in her youth. Youngest daughter Maddy (Kennedi Clements) is excited to move in following the initial tour after conversing with some new invisible friends who speak to her from a mysterious bedroom closet. Anxiety-prone middle child Griffin (Kyle Catlett) isn’t thrilled to be settling into an attic bedroom, however, where an ominous willow tree looms over the house through a rooftop skylight. Teenage Kendra (Saxon Sharbino) displays visible disaffection with her new situation, preferring to remain in touch with her old life and friends via phone, text and video chat.

On the first night in their new home, while everyone else is asleep, Griffin discovers Maddy talking to the big-screen living room TV as it flashes and emits strange noises. Now Griffin has a good reason to feel worried, especially after noticing objects moving around the house on their own accord and discovering a box full of scary clown dolls stashed in a storage space. His parents just attribute these trepidations to his chronic anxiety, and it isn’t until the next night when they’re out to dinner at a neighbor’s house that they discover some disturbing information regarding their new home that sends them rushing back to check on the kids.

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By the time they arrive, Griffin and Kendra have suffered supernatural attacks and Maddy has vanished completely. At their wit’s end, Amy and Eric decide to seek guidance from Dr. Claire Powell (Jane Adams) from the Department of Paranormal Research at Amy’s former university. Powell agrees to assist, bringing in her staff to wire the Bowen’s home with video cameras and monitoring equipment in search for their missing child. They soon determine that Maddy is able to speak to them through the TV set, but can’t provide any clues to her whereabouts. Powell concludes that the house is under the influence of a malevolent poltergeist that has abducted Maddy, holding her in a shadowy, in-between realm that they will have to access in order to rescue her before she disappears completely.

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Unfortunately, the wrong moves outnumber the right ones, and the attempts that this “Poltergeist” makes to stand on its own merely underscore what the original film did so brilliantly. Whereas the first movie, for example, shocked audiences by setting a haunted-house movie in an otherwise ordinary and normal-seeming suburb, this one lets us know right away that something’s amiss; from the giant power lines nearby to the bones barely buried in the yard to the box of clown dolls in the attic. Yes. A box of clown dolls (As though a discovery like that wouldn’t make a new tenant immediately run screaming).

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Although Rockwell’s character appears capable of holding the Bowens together in the face of financial and personal peril, it’s a rather under-written part that lacks the frequent character tics he’s exploited more memorably in smaller-scale films. DeWitt, who plays Rockwell’s wife, is the predictably supportive emotional core of the family, eventually driven to extremes by her daughter’s predicament. In a substantial role for a young actor, Catlett favorably impresses with his comprehensive grasp of Griffin’s neuroses and his determination to face them head-on in several pivotal scenes.

While this newer remake favored shock value and jump scares, the 2015 “Poltergeist” constructs far more fluid sequences with the camera gliding and hovering over its subjects, reserving the most impactful shots for a concluding sequence that’s, disappointingly, a little feeble.

Verdict         

Even though the 2015 remake wields a series of superb set pieces, such as a creepy tree springing to ankle-grabbing life and even some nail-biting business with a power drill, its sets an impressive standard, but it fails to sustain the tension. And when the original movie’s pint-size spirit medium is replaced by Jared Harris’s smirking Irish psychic, the film takes a turn for the tacky and results in a pointless over-explanation and a feeble climax.

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Poltergeist” plays like the most hurried of remakes, one born with rights ownership and title marketability rather than a burning desire on anyone’s part to do something interesting or provocative with a classic. The 1982 original remains unassailable, even more so when stood side-by-side with its pipsqueak descendant.

Ultimately, the characters may be new and the effects more sophisticated, but the plot remains essentially unchanged; if there were a list of ‘The Best Remakes of Classics’ this film would not be on it.

Rating: 4.5/10

Favourite Line: “They’re here, the lost people.”

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Its unfortunately not all what its hyped up to be.

Release Date: 18th June, 2015

 

Aquaman’s Story Revealed

News are buzzing all over the net about Aquaman’s role DC up coming movie such as Suicide Squad, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and primarily Aquaman’s own movie. Aquaman, played by Khal Drogo a.k.a Jason Momoa is still in the shadow how would director James Wan fit it in other DC Comics movie.

So far these are what we know about Aquaman’s story:
1. In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Aquaman is seen held as prisoner in a glass container where we      could see him held against his will.
2.  Amanda Waller a.k.a White Queen who is charge of the Suicide Squad has held Aquaman as her prisoner and she also has in possession is his Triton in her trophy case.amanda waller
3. Aquaman was captured after he fought mutated shark in which it could be King Shark.
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4. Both Aquaman and King Shark are held in the same prison.
king shark5. (Not confirmed news) Possibility that the Joker might sabotage the prison which results in Aquaman’s escape and that is how he returns to the sea.

Aquaman is expected expected to released in 2018 so all this appearance that he has might relate back to the direction of the movie. 

 

Hotel Transylvania 2 – Trailer

Drac’s pack is back for an all-new monster comedy adventure in Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania 2! Everything seems to be changing for the better at Hotel Transylvania…

Dracula’s rigid monster-only hotel policy has finally relaxed, opening up its doors to human guests. But behind closed coffins, Drac is worried that his adorable half-human, half-vampire grandson, Dennis, isn’t showing signs of being a vampire. So while Mavis is busy visiting her human in-laws with Johnny – and in for a major cultural shock of her own – “Vampa” Drac enlists his friends Frank, Murray, Wayne and Griffin to put Dennis through a “monster-in-training” boot camp. But little do they know that Drac’s grumpy and very old, old, old school dad Vlad is about to pay a family visit to the hotel. And when Vlad finds out that his great-grandson is not a pure blood – and humans are now welcome at Hotel Transylvania – things are going to get batty!

Chris Hemsworth is the receptionist in the new Ghostbusters

Paul Feig has announce on Twitter the new cast to the Ghostbusters remake and it’s on the role of the receptionist. Chris Hemsworth will take off from his full time job with the Avengers and will be taking on justice on the phone.

This comes to no surprise as the remake this is gonna be the first all female Ghostbusters. The cast who will be playing the leads are Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones.

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Even so, there are some potential that Bill Murray to do cameo on the movie which start shooting as soon as possible for 2016 release. No news on Chris Hemsworth character so far, just that he is receptionist. Will keep you girls updated.

Poltergeist – Contest(ENDED)

We are giving away premiere tickets to watch Poltergeist. Just answer the questions below and you could be one of the first to watch Poltergeist.

 

Poltergeist is about a family whose suburban home is haunted by evil forces must come together to rescue their youngest daughter after the apparitions take her captive. Scary? We will let you be the judge of that.

Date : 16th June 2015
Time : 9.15 pm
Venue : GSC 1 Utama

Contest ends : 14th June 2015

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Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation Trailer 2

The new mission impossible trailer is here and it’s so far as the same as the previous ones, Ethan Hunt is gonna save the world again.

Insidious: Chapter 3- Review

‘Insidious: Chapter 3’ is a prequel set before the haunting of the Lambert family (‘Insidious: Chapter 1’ and ‘Insidious: Chapter 2’) that reveals how gifted psychic Elise Rainier reluctantly agrees to use her ability to contact the dead, in order to help a teenage girl who has been targeted by a dangerous supernatural entity.

Synopsis (Warning: May contain spoilers, duh!)

The Gist of It: The third instalment to the ‘Insidious’ franchise that goes back in time to explore the origins of the psychic Elise Rainier.

Plot       

Teenager Quinn Brenner (Stefanie Scott) wants to contact her dead mother but is unable to bridge a supernatural gap between the living and the dead. Brenner reaches out to renowned psychic Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) for help who has earned fame as a talented figure who possesses the capabilities to peep into the darker side and connect with those long gone from the face of this world. However, Elise refuses due to traumatic events that she experienced when astro-travelling the world of the dead in search of her recently deceased husband.

Not long after, Quinn starts noticing paranormal events occurring in the house and it becomes the centre of a series of vicious demon attacks. After these paranormal encounters become almost deadly, after Quinn has been seriously injured and left wheelchair bound, Quinn’s father- Sean Brenner (Dermot Mulroney)- returns to psychic Elise and begs her to reconsider her refusal; in the hopes that she will use her abilities to halt the unrelenting attacks by the furious demon that is in search of a body to possess. Elise hesitatingly agrees to help them.

Unfortunately for Quinn, the entity which has been masquerading as her mother is waiting to possess her body and will stop at nothing to get it; with Quinn’s encounters with the demon becoming more and more violent. In fact, it becomes clear that the entity has nothing other than malevolence on its mind; and after being the cause of an accident that causes Quinn to break her legs, the entity makes its presence even more obvious by appearing in full horrifying form in Quinn’s bedroom and subsequently dragging her out of bed or off her wheelchair to his lair in the apartment upstairs.

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Gives the game “Hide n Seek” a whole new creepy meaning.

From this point onward, the real horror and drama begins.

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Like the first chapter, ‘Insidious: Chapter 3’ uses a hapless protagonist to draw in the audience’s sympathies; and whereas that person was the young boy Dalton who lay in a coma while his soul was imprisoned in the Further, this time around it is the wheelchair-bound Quinn whose life we fear for here. Taking over Patrick Wilson’s role of the helpless parent here is Delmot Mulroney, who depends on Quinn to look after her younger brother Alex (Tate Berney) and is left struggling to come to terms with both the death of his wife and the supernatural events that are afflicting his family. Unlike Wilson’s character, however, Sean Brenner isn’t gifted or cursed (depending on which way you look at it) to enter into the Further, instead ‘Insidious: Chapter 3’ gives him the honour of being the one who first makes the connection between Quinn’s hauntings and the abandoned apartment unit directly above theirs.

"There, there my child. All I want is your soul."

“There, there my child. All I want is your soul.”

Even as an origin story of sorts for Elise, ‘Insidious: Chapter 3’ falls a little short. Yes, it does explain just who the old woman that was terrorising Josh Lambert (or Patrick Wilson’s character). Yes, it also explains just how Elise came to form a professional relationship with Specs (Whannell) and Tucker (Angus Sampson), the two gadgets-savvy ghostbusters who were seen in the first chapter assisting Elise and in the second avenging her death. But yet, neither of these backstories add anything more substantial, or potentially interesting, to the ‘Insidious’ mythology.

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“Pssst, its time for school honey.”

Perhaps the most damning critique of ‘Insidious: Chapter 3’ is how it really is no more than a dull retread of Wan’s superior entries. ‘Insidious: Chapter 3’s vision of the Further isn’t much scarier than a haunted house in an amusement park, and it doesn’t get much more imaginative than that. ‘Insidious: Chapter 3’ s so-called finale is in fact a sequence that was much better executed by Wan in the first chapter; for example, when Elise calls for a séance together with the rest of the members of the afflicted’s family and journeys into the Further in order to rescue the soul of the living trapped by one of the dead. It is one thing to remain faithful to an artistic vision already articulated, and quite another to reproduce it shoddily; unfortunately, ‘Insidious: Chapter 3’ happens to do more of the latter and too little of the former.

Verdict              

Honestly, there isn’t anything novel that ‘Insidious: Chapter 3’ conjures up that we haven’t already seen; or seen better of in the first two James Wan-directed chapters. Indeed, those who are well acquainted with Wan’s brand of horror will know that he is a master of choreographed tension; which was largely why Chapters One and Two were so edge-of-your-seat gripping. Unfortunately, this instalment of the ‘Insidious’ franchise displays no such faculty with it relying largely on soundtrack cues to get a jolt out of the audience. Whereas its predecessors were masterclasses in dread and suspense, this latest chapter hardly gets under your skin at all, lacking in the sort of carefully choreographed sequences which Wan excelled in.

A prime example of the type of suspense Wan would have used.

A prime example of the type of suspense Wan would have used.

If this chapter is anything to go by, the ‘Insidious’ franchise should have stopped at the last chapter; not only does it feel dull and repetitive, especially if you’ve seen its predecessors, ‘Insidious: Chapter 3’ isn’t at any point genuinely scary. It relies less on a careful build-up of tension to get the most out of a moment and more on bursting that moment in our faces with a loud shriek or music cue. It doesn’t quite take the franchise forward; instead, one may even argue that it moves it backward both literally and metaphorically- a shadow of what the first two chapters were. If you’re a fan, we’d advise you to not get your hopes up, for there is only disappointment waiting in this part of the Further.

Ultimately, it is little more than a dull and uninspired retreat of the first two chapters where instead of venturing further into the ‘Insidious’ franchise, it takes a step backwards into mediocrity.

Rating: 5/10

Favourite Line: “You have to be careful, if you call out to one of the dead, all of them can hear you.”

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“And this kids, is why you should always chew before you swallow.”

Release Date: 4th June, 2015