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King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword – Releasing 12 May 2017

Acclaimed filmmaker Guy Ritchie brings his dynamic style to the epic fantasy action adventure “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.” Starring Charlie Hunnam in the title role, the film is an iconoclastic take on the classic Excalibur myth, tracing Arthur’s journey from the streets to the throne.

When the child Arthur’s father is murdered, Vortigern (Jude Law), Arthur’s uncle, seizes the crown. Robbed of his birth right and with no idea who he truly is, Arthur comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, his life is turned upside down and he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy…whether he likes it or not.

Starring with Hunnam (FX’s “Sons of Anarchy”) and Oscar nominee Law (“Cold Mountain,” “The Talented Mr. Ripley”) are Astrid Bergès-Frisbey (“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”) as Mage; Oscar nominee Djimon Hounsou (“Blood Diamond,” “In America”) as Bedivere; Aidan Gillen (HBO’s “Game of Thrones”) as Goosefat Bill; and Eric Bana (“Star Trek”) as Arthur’s father, King Uther Pendragon.

Guy Ritchie (“The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,” the “Sherlock Holmes” films) directed the film from a screenplay is by Joby Harold (“Awake”) and Guy Ritchie & Lionel Wigram, story by David Dobkin (“The Judge”) and Joby Harold. The film is produced by Oscar winner Akiva Goldsman (“A Beautiful Mind,” “I Am Legend”), Joby Harold, Tory Tunnell (“Awake,” “Holy Rollers”), and “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” and “Sherlock Holmes” producers Steve Clark-Hall, Guy Ritchie and Lionel Wigram. David Dobkin and Bruce Berman are executive producers.

Ritchie’s behind-the-scenes creative team included two-time Oscar-nominated director of photography John Mathieson (“Gladiator,” “The Phantom of the Opera”), Oscar-nominated production designer Gemma Jackson (“Finding Neverland”), editor James Herbert (“The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,” “Edge of Tomorrow”), costume designer Annie Symons (Masterpiece Theater’s “Great Expectations”), makeup and hair designer Christine Blundell (“Mr. Turner,” the “Sherlock Holmes” films), and Oscar-nominated VFX Supervisor Nick Davis (“The Dark Knight”). The music is by Daniel Pemberton (“The Man from U.N.C.L.E.”).

Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, a Weed Road/Safehouse Pictures Production, a Ritchie/Wigram Production, a Guy Ritchie film, “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.”

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HBO’s Big Little Lies Starts Tomorrow, 22 February 2017 On M-Net Channel 101

A subversive, seven-episode miniseries with an ensemble cast that includes Oscar winners Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon, may just become your new series addiction. Starting tomorrow, Wednesday 22 February at 20:30 on M-Net channel 101 on DStv, Big Little Lies is a darkly comedic drama exploring a tale of murder and mischief-while unravelling society’s myth of perfection and the contradictions that exist beneath the idealised pretence of marriage, sex, parenting and friendship.

Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley on Big Little Lies

Told through the eyes of three mothers, nothing is quite as it seems in the peaceful seaside town of Monterey, California. Beautiful homes, doting moms, successful husbands and adorable children are all the picture-perfect factors for an ideal life. But when a single event threatens this delicate, masterpiece façade and secrets and betrayals are ousted, everyone quickly becomes divided, causing conflicts between the haves and the have-nots, compromises between husbands and wives, parents and children, and friends and neighbours.

In a town fuelled by rumours, no one will emerge unscathed.

The stellar, ensemble cast comprises of Reese Witherspoon (Oscar®, Golden Globe and SAG Award winner, Walk the Line); Nicole Kidman (Oscar® winner, The Hours; Golden Globe winner, Moulin Rouge) Shailene Woodley (Golden Globe and SAG Award nominee, The Descendants); Laura Dern (Oscar® nominee, Wild; Golden Globe winner, Enlightened); Zoë Kravitz (Mad Max: Fury Road, Divergent); Alexander Skarsgård (The Legend of Tarzan, True Blood); Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation); James Tupper (Revenge); and Jeffrey Nordling (24, Desperate Housewives).

Big Little Lies is also executive produced by Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and David E. Kelley, creator of Ally McBeal and The Practice.

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Morgan (DVD) : Review

Film

Morgan, modified organism. A stark look at what is possible when mankind starts editing the human genome. Morgan takes us to a time and place where a corporate risk-management consultant, Lee Weathers (Kate Mara – The Martian, Transcendence), is tasked with determining whether or not an artificially created humanoid should be terminated or not.

Lee is put up against all the scientists at a secret facility. Scientists who have an attachment not only to this being, Morgan (Anya Taylor-Joy) but to the time and work they have put in to this project.

As a film, Morgan is an interesting mix of “what could be”, presenting a warning to humankind to be careful where they meddle. And it is a mix of science fiction and horror, thriller and drama. While there is plenty of science to behold, the story does not forget the human side, with human traits being demonstrated by a being created artificially, and monstrous traits displayed by some of the humans. There is a unique balance at play, swaying power from one side to the other, as the story unfolds.

With tension about in a plot that carries a few simple twists, there are great performances delivered by the ensemble of talented cast. One is left just slightly unsure of what might happen next, up to the point of the great climactic reveal at the stories end.

Entertaining, and thought provoking, Morgan does conjure up some nostalgia to other films such as Species and Splice, although this is more grounded in the human condition than life from another world.

An enthralling ride, Morgan is a leader in its genre, coming from master filmmakers, and talented actors, it is certainly one to see, and is sure to be enjoyed by a very large audience.

Disc

Over all, the disc is of a decent quality, both technically and as far as the film and bonus content go.

Morgan is available now, to purchase on disc, in South Africa.

Video

Video is encoded at a high bitrate, with no visible artefacts on screen. Colours are vibrant, with no colour bleed. Details remain good in dark scenes.

Those with the relevant hardware and software can scale up to a larger or higher resolution screen, should they wish.

Audio

Audio is encoded at a high average bitrate, with clear dialogue via the centre speaker, and ample use of the surround channels to further draw the viewer in to the on-screen action and expand that environment.

Navigation

Navigation is simple, and easy to follow. The main menu has a motion background with accompanying music

Bonus Features

Modified Organism: The Science Behind Morgan – A feature that gives valuable insight in to the world that could create Morgan. How far mankind has come, with insight from Ridley Scott from a filmmaker’s perspective, and testimony from experts in the field of the genome.

It’s refreshing to see the science the fiction of the film is based on, explained in a brief way to give some additional context to the story, whether viewed before or after the main feature.

Deleted Scenes – A selection of deleted scenes, with an option to have commentary by Luke Scott. The commentary provides some context to the scenes, and why they did not make final cut.

Loom (Short Film) – A film by Ridley Scott, with optional commentary, starring Giovanni Ribisi (A Million Ways To Die In The West) and Jellybean Howie. Loom tells a story of a dystopian time, where a technician at a plant where meat is grown from food proteins decides to create his own project, soon to be found out.

Loom is in a similar vein to Morgan, looking at possible uses, good or bad, of mankind’s knowledge of genetic meddling. Being filmed in association with Red Camera and Red Studios, the visuals are spectacular. Coupled with a tightly spun story, great set design and some really talented acting, this is a great addition to the theme of the entire disc.

Feature Commentary By Luke Scott – Offering some insight in to the making of the film, and some creative and artistic choices made during the making, this commentary is sure to appeal to fans and filmmakers alike with its insight and information.

Gallery – A series of stills images from the film, with several manual and automatic navigation options.

Trailers – These include a teaser trailer and the theatrical trailer for the film.

 

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dvd / blu-ray Review

Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween (DVD) : Review

Film

Another in the series of movies from Tyler Perry. On this outing, Madea winds up in the middle of things when she spends Halloween fending off a bunch of supernatural spectres when asked to keep an eye on some teens who are too eager to get out and party.

Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween falls somewhere in the no-man’s land between a silly children’s movie and a teen / adult story. It’s silly, and not in a good way, with adults overacting and pushing stereotypes. And while that might appeal to very young children, it contains enough adult content, reference and innuendo to be aimed at adults. The most likely target audience are those who are old enough, yet still act like kids.

As far as story goes, the plot is simple and serves merely to set up situations where the characters can act, or overact, in a silly manner. The dialogue on its own is excruciating, feeling so forced in an attempt to project character, personality, or coolness.

There are no scares in the film either, so older audiences shouldn’t expect any of the normal Halloween creeps, yet the younger audience are likely going to become bored all too quickly.

With so many of these films being slated in the reviews of both critics and the public, it’s a wonder how they ever get funding for more. Yet, they seem to be produced on a regular enough basis that one has to wonder how big an audience they actually have, and worry about said audience. This film is simply an insult to one’s intelligence, and the best Halloween advice to be given is to simply avoid this nonsense at all costs. Anyone would to a lot better with almost any other film in this genre, so save yourself the trouble.

Disc

Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween is available now, to purchase on disc, in South Africa.

Video

Video is encoded at a decent bitrate. There are no visible artefacts on screen, with rich colours, and no colour bleed.

Viewers with the relevant hardware or software, who wish to scale up to a larger or higher resolution screen, should be able to do so.

Audio

Audio is encoded at a high average bitrate, with clear dialogue (even with the silly way the actors talk). There is not much user of the surround channels, but given the nature of this type of story, that is to be expected.

Navigation

Navigation is simple, with a static background image on the main menu, and some music.

There are options for a chapter selection, with sub-menus that contain chapter numbers and colour, motion thumbnails. There is also an audio selection sub-menu, allowing one to choose between 5.1 and 2.0 soundtracks.

Bonus Features

There are no bonus features, except for trailers for Hoender Met Die Rooi Skoene, Jou Romeo and Ballerina.

These can be fast forward, or skipped.

 

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The House – Releases 7 July 2017

After Scott and Kate Johansen (Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler) lose their daughter Alex’s college fund, they become desperate to earn it back so she can pursue her dream of attending a university. With the help of their neighbour Frank (Jason Mantzoukas), they decide to start an illegal casino in the basement of his house.

The comedy “The House” also stars Nick Kroll (“Vacation,” TV’s “Kroll Show”), Allison Tolman (TV’s “Fargo”), Michaela Watkins (TV’s “Transparent”), Ryan Simpkins (“Arcadia”), Jessie Ennis (TV’s “Veep” and “Better Call Saul”), Rob Huebel (“Horrible Bosses 2,” TV’s “Transparent”), Cedric Yarbrough (TV’s “Reno 911!”) and Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner (“The Town,” “The Hurt Locker,” “Arrival”).

Andrew Jay Cohen makes his feature film directorial debut with “The House.” The script was written by Brendan O’Brien and Cohen, whose previous collaborations include the hit comedies “Neighbors” and “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising.” “The House” is produced by Nathan Kahane, Joe Drake, Brendan O’Brien, Andrew Jay Cohen, Jessica Elbaum, Will Ferrell and Adam McKay. The executive producers are Marc S. Fischer, Chris Henchy, Spencer Wong, Toby Emmerich, Richard Brener, Michael Disco, and Bruce Berman.

The creative filmmaking team includes director of photography Jas Shelton (“Keanu,” “Jeff, Who Lives at Home”), production designer Clayton Hartley (“Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues,” “We’re the Millers”), editors Evan Henke (“The Interview”) and Mike Sale (“Central Intelligence”), and costume designer Christopher Oroza (“Hollywood Adventures”). Music is by Andrew Feltenstein and John Nau.

A New Line Cinema presentation, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, a Gary Sanchez/Good Universe Production, the film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.

THE HOUSE releases in South Africa on the 7th July 2017