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53rd Chicago International Film Festival Capsule Review – Lady Bird (2017)

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In the hands of many other writers, the titular, self-proclaimed Lady Bird – real name Christine McPherson played by renowned Irish actress Saoirse Ronan – would come across as whiny, entitled, and unlikable to the point where the entire film comes crumbling down. Fortunately, Greta Gerwig is unlike most writers, as her directorial debut is a charmer that explores the complex bond between a mother and daughter on the cusp of adulthood.  Greta genuinely understands coming-of-age struggles, whether the problems are serious or inconsequential over-worrying from teenagers. She has a firm grasp on their behavior, some characters do hurtful things; some are unforgivable, while others are due to being young. It’s all relatable and arresting to watch unfold, with a heartwarming closing shot that will make you want to call your Mama and tell her you love her.

Lady Bird screened at the Chicago International Film Festival

In Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig »

- Robert Kojder

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Red Dwarf Xii Episode 2 Review – ‘Siliconia’

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Villordsutch reviews Red Dwarf Xii – Siliconia…

In this week’s episode of Red Dwarf Xii – titled Siliconia – we discover what a world will be like if you continue to ask Siri to rap one too many times, or demand Alexa read out Pi to 152 places (for the sixteenth time) as you walk through the living room or even ask Google to repeatedly Flip a Coin just for the lols.  This week the Boys from the Dwarf discover what it feels like to be mechanoids with heads shaped like novelty condoms.

With Lister, Cat and Rimmer making good use of their mechanoid Kryten, their day is somewhat ruined when the MILFs (Mechanoid Intergalactic Liberation Front) arrive.  These now free mechs wander the universe freeing droids from the oppressive masters and today is Kryten’s day.

The punishment for the non-mechanoids, this being Rimmer, Lister and the Cat, is to be forced »

- Villordsutch

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Watch a clip from tonight’s episode of Arrow – ‘Tribute’

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The CW has revealed a clip from tonight’s second episode of Arrow season six, entitled ‘Tribute’; watch it below…

See Also: Promo for Arrow Season 6 Episode 2 – ‘Tribute’

Anatoly Returns To Star City — Oliver (Stephen Amell) tries to balance being the mayor, the Green Arrow and a father to William (guest star Jack Moore). Anatoly (guest star David Nykl) returns to Star City with a deadly agenda.

See Also: Follow all of our coverage of Arrow here

Arrow season 6 airs on Thursdays on The CW. »

- Amie Cranswick

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Mark Ruffalo to produce and star in HBO’s I Know This Much Is True adaptation

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Mark Ruffalo has a new project lined up with HBO. After its success of their adaptation of Big Little Lies, the network will work on another adaptation, this time on the 1998 novel I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb, Deadline reports. Ruffalo will not only star in the miniseries, but produce it as well.

I Know This Much Is True is an eight-episode miniseries that will be written and directed by Blue Valentine’s Derek Cianfrance. Ruffalo will play dual roles as a pair of twins throughout their lives. The book’s plot is described as “an epic family saga that explores the American identity following the parallel lives of twin brothers Dominick and Thomas Birdsey throughout the latter half of the 20th century.”

No word on when the miniseries will enter production, but this marks Ruffalo’s return to HBO since he starred in and co-executive produced HBO’s The Normal Heart. »

- Ricky Church

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Morgan Freeman to star as Colin Powell in the biopic Powell

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Adam McKay won’t be the only one to tackle the biopic of a U.S. politician, as The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Morgan Freeman will be starring as former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell in the biopic Powell from director Reginald Hudlin.

The script was written by Ed Whitworth and will follow Powell during his time as former U.S. President George W. Bush’s presidency. Powell has an infamous role in the U.S.’ decision to invade Iraq in 2003 by making a presentation to the United Nations that Saddam Hussein was in possession of weapons of mass destruction, an assertion he at first denied and were later proven false. Powell will follow the lead-up to Powell’s Un presentation.

Freeman will also executive produce the film with Hyde Park Entertainment’s Ashok Amritraj and Addison Mehr and Revelations Entertainment’s Kelly Mendelsohn. Meanwhile, Tyler Perry »

- Ricky Church

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Second Opinion – The Death of Stalin (2017)

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The Death of Stalin, 2017.

Directed by Armando Iannucci.

Starring Simon Russell Beale, Steve Buscemi, Jeffrey Tambor, Andrea Riseborough, Jason Isaacs, Paddy Considine, Michael Palin, and Paul Whitehouse.


Follows the Soviet dictator’s last days and depicts the chaos of the regime after his death.

Who knew gulags and mass graves, systematic rape and murder could be so uproarious. Armando Iannucci’s The Death of Stalin is a raucous, fantastically strident, acerbic critique of post-Stalin Russia. Like In The Loop and Veep/The Thick of It, he finds poetry amidst fucks and grandiose insults whilst deftly dismantling power with a Chelsea smile.

There’s a fine line between satire and exploitation and Iannucci treads it with a swaggering confidence. He plays up the hysterics of a Stalin-less Russia but never errs towards exploitation. There is still real tragedy to the action of the power-hungry cabinet, even amidst the laughs.

As Stalin falls ill, »

- Amie Cranswick

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John Turturro and Rupert Everett to star in The Name of the Rose

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Variety is reporting that John Turturro, Rupert Everett and young actor Damian Hardung (The Red Band Society) have been cast in a new TV adaptation of Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose, which is being directed by Giacomo Battiato (L’infiltre).

The film will see Turturro taking on the role of William of Baskerville, the 14th century Franciscan monk who investigates a series of grisly murders. Everett will play the main antagonist, Inquisitor Bernard Gui, while Hardung is portraying William of Baskerville’s apprentice sleuth Adso of Melk.

The eight-episode series is being produced by Matteo Levi and Carlo Degli Esposti, and is slated to begin production in January in Rome. Eco’s 1980 bestseller was previously adapted for the big screen in 1986, with Jean-Jacques Annaud directing Sean Connery as William of Baskerville and Christian Slater as Adso. »

- Gary Collinson

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Is Luke Skywalker evil, Wonder Woman Oscar campaign beings, new Justice League banner and more – Daily News Roundup

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Mark Hamill Address Theories

A new fan theory his kicked around online based on previous posters for Star Wars, which claims that Luke Skywalker will be the villain when it comes to December’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Posing this question to Mark Hamill himself, The Jedi Knight had a rather humorous response. Check it out here.

More Severe

In a new interview with Collider, Josh Brolin has revealed that the sequel to Sicario, known as Soldado, is “more severe” and “much bigger”. Read more here.

Wonder Woman Oscar Campaign

Following 20th Century Fox pushing Logan for Best Picture at next year’s Oscars, Warner Bros. have announced their campaign for Wonder Woman to get some recognition. The studio has put the film forward for fifteen categories, including Best Picture, Best Director (Patty Jenkins) and Best Actress (Gal Gadot). Read more here.

Dark Knight Packs A Punch

In the »

- Luke Owen

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Titan and Games Workshop announce Warhammer 40,000: Deathwatch series

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Titand and Games Workshop have announced their latest collaboration, Warhammer 40,000: Deathwatch, a new four-issue comic book miniseries set in the grim space fantasy Warhammer 40,000 universe and based upon the best-selling standalone Games Workshop boardgame. Check out the cover artwork to the first issue here…

In Titan Comics’ Warhammer 40,000: Deathwatch Issue #1, the Deathwatch team are the best of the best from all Chapters of Space Marines – they alone have the strength of mind and body to battle the alien across the universe, defending humanity from the Xenos that would destroy them! Faced with the destruction of an entire sector, and assailed by hordes of Orks, can the Deathwatch strike team hold the line against impossible odds? 

Written by Black Library superstar and New York Times best-selling author Aaron Dembski-Bowden (The Horus Heresy: The First Heretic), with art by Wagner Reis (Red Sonja), Warhammer 40,000: Deathwatch #1 arrives in stores January »

- Gary Collinson

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Update 9.20.1 arrives for World of Tanks today

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Update 9.20.1 arrives on World of Tanks today and with it comes changes across the British, American and Chinese lines, an overhaul of Personal Missions, improved rewards and Epic Medals and Battle Heroes achievements now provide Bonds.  As always, a video is available below to talk tank commanders through the changes. Watch it below…

With this latest update the British Tank Destroyers from the FV4005 Stage II line have been revised so as to provide a more accessible experience.  British medium tanks from Tiers VIII–X have received stronger front armor to enhance their role as mid-range support vehicles.  The British aren’t the only nation who have had changes made to tanks, American Tier X light tanks also see a boost in stats with an increased firepower and Chinese premium tanks have had some tweaks made after a decline in use.  After feedback from Common Tests the combat parameters of Super Conqueror, »

- Andrew Newton

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Two new posters for All I See Is You starring Blake Lively

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WIth a little over a week to go until the release of All I See Is You, two new posters have arrived online for Marc Forster’s upcoming psychological drama featuring Blake Lively; take a look at the posters here…

See Also: Watch the latest trailer for All I See Is You here

Gina (Blake Lively) and husband James (Jason Clarke) have an almost perfect marriage. After being blinded as a child in a nearly fatal car crash that claimed her parent’s lives, Gina depends on James to be her eyes-a dependence that appears to solidify their passionate relationship. She sees her world in her own vivid imagination with help from James’ descriptions. Despite her disability, the two enjoy a colorful existence in Bangkok, Thailand where James works in insurance and Gina explores life in a foreign country. It seems the only real hardship this loving couple faces is »

- Amie Cranswick

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Video Game Review – Expand

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Calum Petrie reviews Expand…

Expand is not your usual type of game; it lingers somewhere between the simplicity of an early 80’s adventure game and a modern brain teaser. The combination makes for a deliciously addictive mix of basic gameplay complemented by frustrating trial and error, with the fear your controller is not long for this world.

It is easier to explain what Expand is, rather than giving a lot of vague interpretations, so here it goes. Expand is a puzzle game with the most basic and simple concept of all time – you have to get from A to B. That sounds easy enough, does it not?

Well in fact it is, at least for the first few levels, then the challenge of the game comes in and B is the ever moving and changing point on screen that becomes harder and harder to get to with every maze you have to navigate. »

- Calum Petrie

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Western drama The Ballad of Lefty Brown gets a first poster and trailer

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Ahead of its arrival on DirecTV next month, A24 FIlms has released a new poster and trailer for the upcoming western drama The Ballad of Lefty Brown. Written and directed by Jared Moshe, it stars Bill Pullman, Kathy Baker, Jim Caviezel, Joe Anderson, Diego Josef, Tommy Flanagan and Peter Fonda; take a look below…

When cowboy Lefty Brown (Bill Pullman) witnesses the murder of his longtime partner — the newly-elected Senator Edward Johnson (Peter Fonda) — he strikes out to find the killers and avenge his friend’s gruesome death. Tracking the outlaws across the vast and desolate Montana plains, Lefty recruits a young gunslinger, Jeremiah (Diego Josef), and an old friend, a hard-drinking U.S. Marshall (Tommy Flanagan), to help deliver the men to justice.

After a gunfight with the outlaws leaves Jeremiah wounded, Lefty returns home with the names of Johnson’s killers only to find that he is being »

- Amie Cranswick

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DreamWorks announces Trolls Holiday animated special

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DreamWorks has announced that it is reuniting the voice cast of last year’s hit Trolls movie for the animated special Trolls Holiday, which is set to premiere on NBC in November before making its way to DVD and Netflix.

Trolls Holiday continues the story of the Trolls and the Bergens and features the return of voice actors Anna Kendrick as Poppy, Justin Timberlake as Branch and Zooey Deschanel as Bridget. Here’s the official synopsis…

When Poppy, queen of the Trolls, realizes that the Bergens’ calendar has no holidays to celebrate, she enlists Branch and the Snack Pack in a mission to enlighten her best friend Bridget and the rest of the Bergens about the importance of holidays. Can these two mismatched friends find something meaningful to celebrate, even if it’s super tiny?

Trolls Holiday will air on NBC on Friday November 24th, before hitting DVD and Digital »

- Gary Collinson

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Funko goes 8-Bit with horror-themed Pop! Vinyl figures

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Funko has revealed its new line of 8-bit horror Pop! Movies vinyl figures which includes the iconic slashers Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees (along with Nes versions!) as well as the Xenomorph from Alien; check them out below…

Some of your favorite classic horror characters are now 8-Bit Pop! Vinyl! This series features the nightmare serial killer Freddy Krueger – complete with iconic sweater and bladed glove, and the silent killing machine Jason Voorhees. Rounding out the series, from the Alien Franchise; Alien! Don’t forget exclusives! At GameStop, find Nes versions of Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees! Alien featured with blood splatter is a Previews Exclusive! Collect them all this Winter! »

- Amie Cranswick

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Sicario sequel Soldado is “more severe” and “much bigger” according to Josh Brolin

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Josh Brolin has revealed that the sequel to Sicario, known as Soldado, is “more severe” and “much bigger”.

Sicario, directed by Denis Villeneuve, was a big hit with critics upon its release in 2015, garnering a metacritic score of 82. Villeneuve has since gone on to direct notable films like Arrival and this year’s Blade Runner 2049.

Villeneuve won’t be returning for the Sicario sequel, however, directing responsibilities for Soldado have fallen to Stefano Sollima (Gomorrah) with Taylor Sheridan writing the script.

One of the actors returning for the sequel, Josh Brolin, seems pretty excited by the feature, telling Collider the following in a recent interview:

“You know what? That movie, honestly, I’ll just tell you really quick, when I first saw it I was like, ‘Okay, it’s a good movie and I think we need to trim some things. We need to do this, and this, and that to it. »

- Samuel Brace

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Netflix’s fastest binge-watched shows revealed

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We now know the fastest binge-watched original shows on Netflix.

Netflix has unquestionably changed the way we consume our TV content, no longer are we content with waiting week to week for a new episode of our favourite shows, now we aren’t even content with waiting one day — with many racing to see who can finish a new show.

The rise of binge watching can be largely attributed to Netflix and helped along by their ever increasing library of original and revived series.

Netflix is pretty secretive about which of their products are being viewed the most, but in a moment of transparency, the streaming giant has released a list of its fastest binge-watched shows.

The results are pretty interesting, and surprising, which you can see below:

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Fuller House The Ranch Marvel’s The Defenders The Seven Deadly Sins Trailer Park Boys »

- Samuel Brace

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Mark Hamill addresses fan theory that Luke Skywalker is evil in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

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Throughout the marketing campaign for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, there have been several pointers hinting at a turn to the Dark Side for Luke Skywalker; there’s the red theme, the lighting on his face on the theatrical poster, the fact a new IMAX theater standee has him alongside Kylo Ren, General Hux and Captain Phasma, and even comments from Mark Hamill himself stating that “anything is possible”.

Well, we now have a new fan theory pointing towards an evil Luke Skywalker based upon the posters for the previous Star Wars movies, which have a villain looming in the background – much like Luke Skywalker is in The Last Jedi poster…

Well, Hamill has now taken to Twitter to offer a humorous respsonse to the theory, stating that Luke has always been a villain “from a certain point of view”…

News Flash for all you "Villains Looming at the Back »

- Gary Collinson

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Justice League gets a new banner and concept art

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Following a new poster for Justice League

earlier today [check it out here], we now have a new banner for the DC superhero team up along with three pieces of concept art featuring Batman (Ben Affleck), Commissioner Gordon (J.K. Simmons), The Flash (Ezra Miller), and Cyborg (Ray Fisher); take a look below…

See Also: Ben Affleck on what Joss Whedon has brought to Justice League

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

Justice League »

- Amie Cranswick

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 concept art features Stan Lee’s meeting with the Watchers

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Character designer Michael Kutsche has revealed a piece of concept art from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 which gives us a look at the early keyframe and character/costume design work for Stan Lee’s cameo scene featuring the Marvel legend meeting The Watchers; check it out here…

See Also: Early Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 concept art shows an alternate Ego design

See Also: Stan Lee meets a pre-cgi Watcher in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 behind-the-scenes photo

Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid »

- Amie Cranswick

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