REVIEW: Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Walt Disney Pictures has developed an immensely lucrative franchise in recent years adapting and recycling its classic animated features into live-action films. Following in the footsteps of Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent, Cinderella and The Jungle Book comes perhaps the most ambitious of them all: a live-action take on Beauty and the Beast, one of the ...

“I am the saint of blasphemy” | The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)

Note: a German translation of this essay is available at Un Cahier Du Cinema. Thank you to Stefan C. Limbrunner for producing the translation. In 1988 the Martin Scorsese Biblical drama The Last Temptation of Christ was released by Universal Pictures under a storm of protest. There were calls for the film to be banned, and ...

REVIEW: Terra Formars (2016)

In the 26th century, an attempt to terraform Mars for Earth's overcrowded human population has led to a planet with a breathable atmosphere but an infestation of cockroaches. A varied crew of criminals and desperate civilians undertake special genetic engineering to make them better suited to exterminating the insects. On their arrival on Mars, however, ...

REVIEW: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007)

With Lord Cutler Beckett (Tom Hollander) now controlling the Flying Dutchman and its monstrous captain Davy Jones (Bill Nighy), the age of piracy seems set to violently end. That is, unless the united pirate lords - including Sao Feng (Chow Yun-Fat), the recently resurrected Hector Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) and the recently deceased Jack Sparrow (Johnny ...

REVIEW: Unforgiven (2013)

In late 19th century Hokkaido two brothers disfigure a local sex worker. When the local sheriff Ichizo Oishi (Koichi Sato) refuses to punish the men with more than a fine, the local sex workers band together to offer a bounty of their own on the two brothers' lives. Among the bounty hunters who ride into ...

REVIEW: Kong: Skull Island (2017)

As the Vietnam War ends, satellite photography reveals the location of the mythical Skull Island - an isolated ecosystem cut off from the world by a circle of severe thunderstorms. Tracker James Conrad (Tom Hiddleston) and war photographer Mason Weaver (Brie Larson) are hired to join a US army expedition to the island, alongside the ...

REVIEW: Far and Away (1992)

Joseph Donnelly (Tom Cruise) is an Irish farmer whose family home is burned on the orders of his landlord Daniel Christie. His attempt to murder Christie ends in failure when he is stabbed in the leg by Christie's headstrong daughter Shannon (Nicole Kidman). Before he can be executed for his crime, Joseph is rescued by ...

REVIEW: The Rock (1996)

When a group of rogue US marines, led by Brigadier General Frank Hummel (Ed Harris), steal a consignment of nerve gas and take control of Alcatraz Island, an emergency response team is hurriedly assembled. Advising the team are two unlikely partners: FBI chemical weapons expert Stanley Goodspeed (Nicolas Cage) and John Mason (Sean Connery) - ...

REVIEW: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006)

When the East India Trading Company arrives and takes over Port Royal, Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) are forced to track down Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) and force him to give them his enchanted compass. Sparrow, however, is busy running from Davy Jones (Bill Nighy) - the supernatural ferryman of ...

REVIEW: The Huntsman: Winter’s War (2016)

Seven years after escaping the Ice Queen Freya (Emily Blunt) and after helping to defeat the wicked Queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron), the huntsman Eric (Chris Hemsworth) is dispatched on a new quest when Ravenna's magic mirror is stolen. Eric's hunt to retrieve it brings him face-to-face with Sara (Jessica Chastain) - a wife he thought ...

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