Brad Pitt brings empathy and an awards-worthy to a slow burn drama that asks us to care about another man and his daddy issues but ultimately leaves you feeling cold.
In Ad Astra (latin for to the stars and shortened from the usual phrase Per aspera ad astra, or through hardships to the stars), Tommy Lee Jones Clifford McBride has been missing in space for decades after his exploratory project to find intelligent life – the Lima Project – goes offline.
His son Roy (Pitt) is now a celebrated Major in the US space force (his pulse has never gone above 80 bpm even when in danger) and has been asked to travel to Mas to send a message to his father – whom they now believe to still be alive – in the hopes he will respond.
Set in the near future, humanity has expanded to the moon and Mars, although our propensity for warfare, animal testing disputes over land continue even on new planets with a thrilling buggy chase between the US government and space pirates across the dark side of the moon one of the bright spots of this slow, quiet film.
Voiceovers by Pitts McBride give us a glimpse into his psyche and allow us to realise that despite his stoic persona, and ability to seemingly remain level-headed and tight-lipped at all times, there is a storm brewing inside as he battles with not only his fathers sins but his own.
Ad Astra asks us to consider how we atone for these sins of our fathers; as McBride realises his own dad may not have been the hero he believed him to be, he is faced with his own reckoning and the choice to reconcile the man he thought he was with the man he wants to be.
References to God are beautifully littered throughout James Gray and Ethan Gross screenplay – from prayers sent to St Christopher to the belief by Clifford that he is doing Gods work – but at the same time, the script is all so blindingly obvious you cant help but roll your eyes; there is no intelligent life, man will play God no matter the year and we are all we have.
Ad Astra is helped along by Hoyte Van Hoytemas stunning cinematography and Max Richters score (Van Hoytema regularly works with Christopher Nolan which doesnt help comparisons to work such as Interstellar) but although its all very pretty to look at and listen to, it doesnt bring any joy or warmth to the experience.
Small supporting roles from Donald Sutherland, Liv Tyler, Natasha Lyonne and Ruth Negga help to expand McBrides world and remind him – and us – through their small personal tragedies that there is more to life than the one he has chosen.
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Daniel Craig left bruised and bloodied as he films Bond 25, No Time To Die
Retirement is going well for Bond then (Picture: MEGA)
Daniel Craig has been left bruised and bloodi..
Daniel Craig has been left bruised and bloodied on the set of Bond 25, No Time To Die.
Yep, despite retiring to Jamaica at the end of the last film, Spectre, hes definitely no longer living the quiet life.
The James Bond star is currently filming in Matera, a rocky outcrop in southern Italy and has been pictured in the middle of a brutal battle with an opponent that leaves him without a jacket and more than just a little banged up.
Production is steamrolling ahead in the country for the 25th offering of the titular character, this time directed by Cary Fukunaga.
Set pictures from earlier in September showed Craig in the same outfit, and alongside his body double so Bond fans seem to be in store for one heck of an action sequence.
Lea Seydoux has also been pictured on set, with recent pictures showing Craig and Seydoux getting to grips with one another in an intimate scene shot.
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Colin Firth stars in the new trailer of The Secret Garden
The Secret Garden is being made into another film adaptation but this time its more magical and star..
The Secret Garden is being made into another film adaptation but this time its more magical and stars Colin Firth.
What more do you need?
As with any reboot, there will be a new spin on the story and just from the trailer, it seems the garden is ridiculously large.
Frances Hodgson Burnett released the classic book in 1911 and there have been a few adaptations along the way.
The last time the book was adapted for the screen was in 1993 and there was a steampunk update in 2017 but we dont think anyone wants to talk about that.
Maggie Smith and Kate Maberley starred in the 1993 adaptation and did a phenomenal job at keeping to the original book.
However, it seems the new film might be more loosely adapted from the book, as the existence of CGI will be able to make it more exciting for fans, and it has been brought forward to 1947 England, on the eve of Partition in India, and in the aftermath of WW2 in Britain.
The new childrens movie will be introducing a lot of bright young stars who are on the rise.
Dixie Egerickx stars as Mary and she will be joined by Amir Wilson as Dickon and Edan Hayhurst as Colin.
These stars are already doing wonders with acting as Dixie will be appearing in the Game of Thrones sequel and Amir will be seen in the His Dark Material series.
We cant have a ridiculous film being made without some ridiculously celebrated British actors as part of the mix.
Colin Firth (Archibald Crane) and Julie Walters (Mrs Medlock) will be playing the key adult roles, so not to worry, folks, this film will be great.
The Secret Garden hits UK cinemas on 17 April, 2020.
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Old Town Road Music Video Director To Helm House Party Remake At New Line
EXCLUSIVE: After winning an MTV Video Music Award for bringing his vision and humor to the video for..
EXCLUSIVE: After winning an MTV Video Music Award for bringing his vision and humor to the video for Lil Nas Xs remix of “Old Town Road” with Billy Ray Cyrus, director Calmatic is looking to celebrate with a party…a House Party to be specific. The music video director will make his feature directorial debut with the forthcoming reimagining of the comedy classic House Party at New Line Cinema.
The remake from SpringHill Entertainment will be cut from the same cloth as the original 1990 comedy directed by Reginald Hudlin and starring Christopher “Kid” Reid and Christopher “Play” Martin of the rap duo Kid N Play (it was also a dance shown in the pic). The movie, which told the story of a house party to end all house parties, was drenched in 90s hip hop flair and featured Martin Lawrence and Tisha Campbell-Martin before they went on to star in the hit Fox TV series Martin.
The movie became a huge success and spawned two sequels: House Party 2 in 1991 and a third installment in 1994. The movie continued to party on with a direct-to-video sequels House Party 4: Down to the Last Minute in 2001, which did not include any of the original cast. The fifth installment House Party: Tonights the Night was released in 2012 and saw the return of Kid N Play to the franchise.
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