Since novelist Dan Brown wrote a new thriller featuring the symbologist Robert Langdon, Tom Hanks and director Ron Howard have reteamed to bring it to the big screen. But this second sequel to The Da Vinci Code feels like a pale imitation of the original. Gone are the clever, fake-academic revelations and rather wacky action antics, and in their place are clues that feel utterly irrelevant, accompanied by fights and chases that are incoherent.
At least it opens well, with Langdon (Hanks) waking up in a Florence hospital without a clue how he got to Italy. Then when a sexy cop (Ana Ularu) tries to kill him, Robert's hot doctor Sienna (Felicity Jones) helps him escape. She also has an unusual knowledge of antiquities, so she travels with him to figure out why he's being chased by the police, an army of World Health Organisation officials (led by Sidse Babett Knudsen), a man (Omar Sy) leading a team of violent goons and a shady businessman (Irrfan Khan). Robert traces all of these shenanigans to the recently deceased billionaire anarchist Bertrand (Ben Foster), who was plotting to release a virus that would kill off half of mankind to halt overpopulation. Is his plan still going forward? Can Robert stop it in time? The next clues are in Venice and then Istanbul.
The settings are gorgeous, and Howard knows how to use them to pack the film with old world elegance. But while David Koepp's script keeps the mayhem moving along whether or not it makes any sense, Howard directs everything at a glacial pace. So it looks like Hanks is in danger of falling asleep at any time, even in the middle of a car chase. There's also the problem that the central premise is utterly preposterous: if you're planning a terrorist attack that will kill four billion people, would you take the time to set it up as an elaborate scavenger hunt? And it doesn't help that everyone in the movie seems untrustworthy. The script sorts the good from the bad as it goes along, but it never matters.
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Sicario screenwriter Taylor Sheridan delivers another fiercely intelligent, engaging story that maintains high suspense while grappling meaningfully with some very big topics. Set in present-day America, it's a story for today's social climate, but it feels like a classic Western in the way a pair of desperado bank robbers are pursued by a sly detective. It's also beautifully directed and skilfully acted to pull the audience all the way in.
In rural Texas, Tanner (Ben Foster) has just been released from prison when he agrees to help his brother Toby (Chris Pine) stage a series of small bank robberies to earn enough cash to guarantee a future for Toby's sons. Their mother has only recently died, and both are feeling a sense of pointlessness about life, willing to risk everything for a shot at something. But while Toby plans the heists carefully, Tanner is a hothead who continually attracts attention. Sure enough, Ranger Marcus (Jeff Bridges) catches their scent, working with his loyal but sarcastic partner Alberto (Gil Birmingham) to try to get one step ahead of the crimes. And since he's not looking forward to his impending retirement, Marcus is in no hurry.
Thankfully, director David Mackenzie (Starred Up) is in no hurry either, steadily building the suspense with each step in the story, keeping the focus tightly on the characters. This means that several scenes are breathlessly intense. There are so many intriguing things going on here that the film nearly bursts with resonance, from the old-versus-new world themes to the economic reality that has put Toby in this mess to begin with, and the corporate greed that's offering him a way out. Pine and Foster are perfectly cast in these roles, and both deliver layered performances that suggest at a more complex back-story than the one we learn. Opposite them, Bridges is the picture of calm, a terrific role that he seems to glide through effortlessly. But this is a carefully gauged performance that nails the tricky balance between tenacity, intelligence and grit.
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Ben Foster has been cast in 'Hostiles' alongside Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike and West Studi.
Ben Foster has been cast in 'Hostiles'.
The 35-year-old American actor is set to star alongside Christian Bale, 42, in Scott Cooper's tale, which is set in 1892, and follows the story of an army captain who is forced to escort a dying Cheyenne war chief to his tribal land.
The forthcoming production will be just the second time the pair have worked together, after co-starring together in the 2007 blockbuster '3:10 to Yuma'.
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Based on the iconic strategy game, this fantasy battle epic will appeal mainly to either the gamers themselves or audiences that love wildly detailed fantasy worlds. Everyone else will probably feel a bit lost when faced with the stream of confusing names, spells and magical phenomena that fill every scene. It looks terrific, and is directed with plenty of energy and personality. But it feels both overcrowded and superficial.
With their home world Draenor dying, the orcs need to travel through a portal to the human realm Azeroth to find more life force to steal. One orc chieftan, Durotan (Toby Kebbell), is having doubts about this murderous plan, and thinks peace with humans might be a better option. His rival chief Blackhand (Clancy Brown) and the cackling orc shaman Gul-dan (Daniel Wu) disagree, and set a massacre in motion. Preparing for the attack, human King Llane (Dominic Cooper) turns for help to his top knight Lothar (Travis Fimmel), sorcerer Medivh (Ben Foster) and apprentice wizard Khadgar (Ben Schnetzer). Then they meet outcast half-caste Garona (Paula Patton), and she offers another way to take on the invaders.
For the uninitiated, the elaborate mythology is so detailed that it blurs together into something rather incomprehensible. Director Duncan Jones doesn't have time to explain everything, so he charges ahead and just lets the dialogue overflow with references that may or may not be needed to work out what's happening. The film leaps from one strikingly staged battle to another, all cleverly designed to mix digital animation with gothic costumes. It looks pretty amazing in 3D, but the only characters who emerge with any depth are Durotan and Garona, nicely played by Kebbell and Patton under mounds of effects, makeup, fur and teeth.
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Hell or High Water is an American heist crime film which follows the journey of two brothers Toby (Chris Pine) and Tanner (Ben Foster) on a bank-robbing mission in order to save their West Texas family farm. This film, directed by David Mackenzie, sees the brothers calculate a series of robberies on banks in order to raise a sum of cash that they need in order to ensure their family farm's security.
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Azeroth is a beautiful and civilized kingdom, it's human inhabitants are goverend by their much loved king, King Llane Wrynn. When a mysterious porthole is opened up between Azeroth and the orc world of Draenor, the civilians of Azeroth are left fearing for their life. The Orcs face extinction from their old world and the humans know they will bring destruction of their own should they find a home in Azeroth.
As war spreads across the land, the king seeks advisal from his most powerful knights to decide what action to take to protect the capital. The king is dubious about the Orcs abilities, they huge creatures but are known more for their brutish ways than their intelligence. Anduin Lothar is the kings highest knight and feels there's a far deeper problem than first thought. Anudin and a small group of fighters must find a way to put an end to the battle before their land is lost for good.
Warcraft: The Beginning is based Blizzard Entertainment's online role-playing game and features some of the characters seen in the games.
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Ben Foster is notoriously immersive when it comes to preparing for his roles.
Foster transformed his entire physique to play Lance Armstrong in Stephen Frears' new biopic The Program. And Foster admits that he didn't know much about the cyclist beforehand. "I knew he was the greatest at one point, and I knew he was considered a liar," Foster says. "but I had no preconceptions. On one hand, he's a lying doper who tricked the world. On the other, he's a young man who faced cancer. It changes you. And when you go to war it changes you. That's what Lance did: he went to war with his body. That shifts your consciousness."
Foster was determined to tell Armstrong's story as accurately as possible, without judgement. "He's a smart man," Foster says. "He said, 'I can do some good with this,' and raised half a billion for cancer research! We just don't like him because he was Jesus Christ on a bicycle. We're mad he came back from the dead, saved the sick and then turned out to be full of s**t. And we're punishing him because he didn't apologise in the way we'd like."
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The real trailer comes later this week.
War is coming. At least, that's what the first teaser for the upcoming 'Warcraft' film would have us believe. Don't get too excited though; this new trailer for the live-action epic gives virtually nothing away and is pretty much over in the blink of an eye.
The war is on! Humans and orcs battle in Azeroth
Never fear, though, because you won't have long to wait for the real trailer as it is set to arrive on Friday in all its glory (November 6th 2015). So far, all we know is that the film involves some long-haired, sword-wielding warriors riding giant eagles across sprawling, majestic seaside kingdoms, while being attacked by enormous, man-eating wolves in poor weather conditions and somehow finding themselves in possession of rather anachronistic weaponry. All of this you could've guessed if you are fan of the online role-playing game 'World Of Warcraft'.
Travis Fimmel is set to lead the cast in one of the most epic films of 2016. Warcraft: The Beginning is based on Blizzard Entertainment's hugely successful computer game. Warcraft: The Beginning is being directed by Duncan Jones (The son of David Bowie who previously directed Moon starring Sam Rockwell)
Warcraft: The Beginning is a live action film released in 3-D by Universal & Legendary Pictures.
The full trailer will launch November 6 2015
A whooshing pace and snappy dialogue help bring this true story to life, tracing the triumphant and scandalous career of cyclist Lance Armstrong. And the energetic approach helps bring out several layers in Armstrong's perspective, exploring why a top sportsman would cheat to win. It also features a steely performance from Ben Foster that captures Armstrong's physicality and personality, but not in the usual ways.
When he was 25, Armstrong (Foster) was already a star, but his career was cut short in 1996 by advanced testicular cancer. After recovering, he retrained himself as a long-distance cyclist and launched a global cancer charity, then went on to win seven Tour de France titles. His friend, Irish journalist David Walsh (Chris O'Dowd) noticed that his improvement was too good to be true, and continually challenged him to be honest about his work with controversial doctor Michele Ferari (Guillaume Canet). Armstrong defended his name in court, but years later the truth came out that throughout his career he had been systematically cheating with banned drugs and blood-cleansing processes. The truth came out in 2010, but he didn't admit the deception until an interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2013.
Since this was so thoroughly reported in the media, and finely detailed in Alex Gibney's acclaimed documentary The Armstrong Lie, there aren't any surprises in this movie. And despite being based on Walsh's book Seven Deadly Sins, the film takes Armstrong's perspective, trying to get under his skin to reveal his motivation. John Hodge's screenplay is insightful, building some strong dramatic suspense along the way, and the film is sharply well-directed by Stephen Frears, a filmmaker better known for softer movies (like Philomena and The Queen). But he guides Foster to a strikingly physical performance that's sweaty and aggressive, and also darkly internalised. Stand-outs in the supporting cast include Jesse Plemons as a fellow cyclist haunted by his conscience and Denis Menochet as Armstrong's team manager.
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Robin Wright and Ben Foster - The Weinstein Company & Netflix 2014 Golden Globes After Party held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 12th January 2014
Ben Foster, HBO and Six Feet Under Thursday 10th April 2008 Ben Foster (center) from the HBO series Six Feet Under visits Stew & de' Adre Aziza from the new Broadway musical Passing Strange at the Belasco Theatre.
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