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Feature : BHOPAL: A PRAYER FOR RAIN

 

Coming to theatres November 14, 2014

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Set in December 1984, BHOPAL: A PRAYER FOR RAIN is based on true events when a devastating pesticide leak in Madhya Pradesh, central India, killed thousands of people.

Starring Martin Sheen, Mischa Barton, Kal Penn and a powerful ensemble cast, “Bhopal A Prayer For Rain” is an epic, ‘whodunnit’ that exposes the shocking events that led to the biggest man made industrial disaster in history, in which as many as 10,000 people were killed in one night and for those that did survive, the tragedy had just begun.

Dilip, a rickshaw driver in Bhopal, India, lands himself a job at the Union Carbide plant. It is a chance to prove his worth to his family and pull them out of poverty. The job is tough with long hours; everyone is desperate to hold on to their pay cheque and so Dilip keeps quiet when he notices managers at the plant ignoring safety standards.

Dilip’s long time friend, Motwani, a tabloid journalist knows that Bhopal residents complain of the constant stench in the air and wake up at night choking from the gas. He is on a mission to expose what he believes is a deadly time bomb ticking away in his home town. He feels as if no one will listen but when he meets feisty American journalist, Eva, he sees a ray of hope and persuades her to confront Carbide executive Warren Anderson.

Filmed in India, Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain traces the lives of those living in Bhopal during the lead-up to what is still the world’s biggest chemical disaster through to its tragic aftermath, which continues to have a major impact on peoples’ lives today. The film is produced by Sahara Movie Studios and Rising Star Entertainment both of whom have been committed to the project since inception.

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Feature : Insidious Chapter 3

Coming to theaters May 29, 2015

The newest chapter in the terrifying horror series is written and directed by franchise co-creator Leigh Whannell. This chilling prequel, set before the haunting of the Lambert family, reveals how gifted psychic Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) reluctantly agrees to use her ability to contact the dead in order to help a teenage girl (Stefanie Scott) who has been targeted by a dangerous supernatural entity.

Check out these cool behind the scenes pictures!

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Feature : NightCrawler

Coming to theaters October 31, 2014

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NIGHTCRAWLER is a pulse-pounding thriller set in the nocturnal underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Lou Bloom, a driven young man desperate for work who discovers the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism. Finding a group of freelance camera crews who film crashes, fires, murder and other mayhem, Lou muscles into the cut-throat, dangerous realm of nightcrawling — where each police siren wail equals a possible windfall and victims are converted into dollars and cents. Aided by Rene Russo as Nina, a veteran of the blood-sport that is local TV news, Lou blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story. 

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Feature : Hollows Grove

In HOLLOWS GROVE, a young filmmaker, Harold Maxwell, is doing a behind-the-scenes documentary on his ghost hunting reality show friends, the Spirit and Paranormal Investigation Team, (S.P.I.T.), as they prepare for their next assignment. Harold and the S.P.I.T crew head out to film an old, abandoned and supposedly haunted orphanage, Hollows Grove. Soon after arriving at the orphanage the team begins to realize that what they thought would be a routine investigation is turning in to a nightmare from which they cannot escape.

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Feature : Plot for Peace

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In PLOT FOR PEACE, the protagonists of this high-risk venture – African heads of state, battle-tested generals, international diplomats, secret operatives, and anti-apartheid icons such as Winnie Mandela and Thabo Mbeki – recount the true story of how the front line states brought an end to apartheid and Ollivier’s remarkable hidden contributions to this historic transformation. Ollivierunwinds the documentary’s narrative thread inside the labyrinth of Southern Africa. He is the lens through which PLOT FOR PEACE finds its focus and leads us through a rugged landscape of moral dilemmas. To Mbeki and militants for transparency, Ollivier was a sanctions buster, a secret go-between, a French spy. For Winnie Mandela and Mozambique’s former President Chissano, Ollivier was a trusted friend and a man of bold vision. Ollivier received high honors from both the last stalwart of apartheid, P.W. Botha and the first president of the new South Africa, Nelson Mandela.

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Feature : THE BABADOOK

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Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia (Essie Davis) is at a loss. She struggles to discipline her ‘out of control’ 6 year-old, Samuel (Noah Wiseman), a son she finds impossible to love. Samuel’s dreams are plagued by a monster he believes is coming to kill them both.When a disturbing storybook called ‘The Babadook’turns up at their house, Samuel is convinced that the Babadook is the creature he’s been dreaming about. His hallucinations spiral out of control, he becomes more unpredictable and violent. Amelia, genuinely frightened by her son’s behaviour, is forced to medicate him.But when Amelia begins to see glimpses of a sinister presence all around her, it slowly dawns on her that the thing Samuel has been warning her about may be real.THE BABADOOK is a psychological thriller in the tradition of Polanski’s classic domestic horrors (Rosemary’s Baby, The Tenant, Repulsion).Using her award winning short horror Monster as a springboard, writer/director Jennifer Kent developed the script for her feature film debut at the Binger Lab in Amsterdam with assistance from SCREEN NSW and SCREEN AUSTRALIA.

 

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Jimi: All Is By My Side – Film Review LAFF

Jimi: All Is By My Side
Viewed at the Los Angeles Film Festival 2014

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Running Time: 118 Minutes
Release Date: September 3, 2014

Breakdown: This film explores the origins of Jimi Hendrix’s career from the time he was discovered up until the Monterey Pop Festival.

The Plot: Jimi plays his guitar while trying to balance his love life and budding career.

Performances: On a few occasion, Andre Benjamin brings Jimi to life.  However, most of the time he makes the legend look like an idiot.  Nonetheless, please note, Hayley Atwell plays an interesting Kathy Etchingham.

Highlights: At times, you will laugh at the relationship dramas and the Sgt. Pepper performance is decent.

Drawbacks:  The director, John Ridley was unable to obtain the rights to Jimi’s music.  Thus, no Jimi songs make the film which is 75% of The Experience.  And the overall directing and visuals were weak.  But more importantly, the research for which the storyline and characters are based is very suspect and inaccurate.

Keeping It Real: A rock and roll biopic film is suppose to bang from start to finish.  And if you can not get the rights to the film, just don’t make the film unless you are going to bring forth new information about the artist.

If you are not a Jimi Hendrix fan, do not go watch this film.  It will confuse you on how Jimi became a Legend.  Save your money and watch this clip:

And if you are a Jimi Hendrix, fan don’t go see it.  It will break your heart.  Instead, watch this clip and just imagine the possibilities of what a good Jimi Hendrix biopic could be:

Overall Grade: D+

 

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Two Night Stand – Film Review

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Running time: 86 minutes
Release Date: September 26, 2014

Breakdown:  A man and a woman meet over the internet and have a very awkward one night stand.  However, when they awakened the next morning, they find themselves snowed in by one of Manhattan’s worst blizzards.

Plot:  It is a highly creative and well written romantic comedy that will make you smile, think and feel completely embarrassed for the main characters.

Performances:  Megan played by Analeigh Tipton and Alec played by Miles Teller are very convincing and humorous in their roles.  And Kid Cudi, our favorite rapper/singer/actor delivers a very sober and straight forward, “I am that dude” performance.

Highlights:  This film is Breakfast Club witty with modern day awkwardness.

Drawbacks:  The believability of some of the third act antics.

Overall Grade = A-

Go see this film.  It is a fresh, throwback that gives indie films a good rep.

By Velo

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LAFF – John Singleton & Negritude – By David “Money Train” Watts

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Money Train breaks down the conversation between John Singleton and Elvis Mitchell at the 2014 LA Film Festival.  Click Here to read the Article.

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