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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Trailer


After the release of The Force Awakens at the end of 2015, Disney and Lucas films didn't mess around delivering the general public its first announcement/teaser for The Last Jedi back at the start of 2016. Now, well over a year later, we finally get to see some proper footage from the upcoming movie. 

Many of the key cast from Star Wars: The Force Awakens will feature in The Last Jedi including Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron and Adam Driver as Kylo Ren who famously slaughtered his much-loved father in a face to face battle that made for one of the most pivotal scenes in the history of Star Wars.

As ever with new Star Wars releases, the scrip and the story outline is one of Hollywood's most closely guarded secrets and few official details have been released to the public. We do know that the story will pick up where The Force Awakens ended with Rey going off into a mountainous setting to hunt down Luke Skywalker in a bid to train with him and learn his knowledge. 

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Song To Song Trailer


The music scene of Austin, Texas becomes tainted by lust and illict desires as two aspiring songwriters named Faye (Rooney Mara) and BV (Ryan Gosling) become entwined in two overlapping love triangles with a major player in the music business named Cook (Michael Fassbender) - who encourages them to take their music careers further - and a charming waitress (Natalie Portman). As much as their lives are about making it in the industry and becoming world renowned successes, their lives get more complicated by disloyalty, temptation and infatuation with each other, pushing all of them ultimately further away. Can love last when betrayal lies at every corner?

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Benicio Del Toro Strongly Linked With Role In 'Avengers: Infinity War'


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Yet another major name appears to have been added to the already stellar cast for Avengers: Infinity War, with Benicio Del Toro all but confirmed to be reprising his part as The Collector after being spotted in Atlanta, where the Marvel blockbuster is being filmed.

Del Toro has played the character twice already in the Marvel Universe already, appearing in Thor: The Dark World and Guardians of the Galaxy.

An Instagram snap from Atlantan record store Criminal Records appears to show the 49 year old actor shopping there, leading many fans to put two and two together.

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Benicio Del Toro To Star In Shane Black Directed 'Predator' Remake?


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Benicio Del Toro could be set to star in the upcoming remake of 'Predator' according to recent reports which have cited Shane Black as director and given a release date for early 2018. No other cast details have been announced at this time.

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No plot details have been announced as of yet either for this new release from Fox entitled 'The Predator'. 'Guardians of the Galaxy' actor Benicio del Toro may lead the cast in this new tale, which has a script co-written by Fred Dekker ('Star Trek: Enterprise', 'Robocop 3'), and at the helm is Shane Black of 'Lethal Weapon' fame.

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Benicio Del Toro - Benicio del Toro arrives at Los Angeles International (LAX) Airport - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 12th April 2016

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Benicio Del Toro - Celebrities attend 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood. at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, Academy Awards - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 28th February 2016

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Benicio Del Toro - Vanity Fair Oscar Party 2016 held at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 28th February 2016

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Benicio Del Toro - The 88th Annual Academy Awards Arrivals at Academy Awards - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 29th February 2016

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Benicio Del Toro Leads 'Star Wars: Episode VIII' New Cast Announcements


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Exciting 'Star Wars' news! A host of new actors have been announced to join the franchise in the forthcoming movie 'Star Wars: Episode VIII', which has just started shooting today. Their characters are as yet unknown, but we'll no doubt uncover more details in the months to come.

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Benicio Del Toro leads the new announcements, joining the movie following his latest film, Terrence Malick's 'Weightless'. 'The Fault in Our Stars' actress Laura Dern also adds 'Star Wars' to her busy schedule, as she continues to shoot the new 'Twin Peaks' series and the Jennifer Fox drama 'The Tale'. Plus, a new face will be added to the cast: Kelly Marie Tran, who's previously had small TV roles in the likes of 'Ladies Like Us' and 'About a Boy'. She's just finished shooting her first ever feature film, 'XOXO'.

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Benicio Del Toro - EE British Academy Film Awards 2016 (BAFTAs) held at the Royal Opera House - Arrivals at British Academy Film Awards - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 14th February 2016

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Benicio Del Toro - The 69th British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden - Arrivals at Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, British Academy Film Awards - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 14th February 2016

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Benicio Del Toro - EE British Academy Film Awards Nominees Party Arrivals at Kensington Palace at British Academy Film Awards - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 14th February 2016

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Benicio Del Toro - Lancome BAFTA Nominees Party 2016 at Kensington Palace Gardens - Arrivals at BAFTA - London, United Kingdom - Saturday 13th February 2016

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Benicio Del Toro - The Charles Finch & Chanel Pre-BAFTAS Dinner at Annabel's - Outside Arrivals at BAFTAS - London, United Kingdom - Saturday 13th February 2016

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Benicio Del Toro - Lancome BAFTA Nominees Party at Kensington Palace Gardens - Arrivals at BAFTA - London, United Kingdom - Saturday 13th February 2016

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A Perfect Day Review

Very Good

An irreverent comedy in the style of the original M.A.S.H., this wartime romp takes an entertaining look at 24 hours in the life of a group of humanitarian workers in the Balkans in 1995. The film is funny, tense and packed with layers of drama, as Spanish filmmaker Fernando Leon de Aranoa cleverly recreates the setting with striking detail. Since it feels so realistic and is populated with lively characters, the film is thoroughly entertaining, even if it only barely seems to crack the surface.

It opens as aid worker Mambru (Benicio Del Toro) and his local translator Damir (Fedja Stukan) are trying to remove a body from a well so they can clean up the water supply for an isolated village. But their only rope is too frayed to work. Then jaded American colleague B (Tim Robbins) arrives with French rookie Sophie (Melanie Thierry), and as they try to find a rope they are joined by sexy Russian worker Katya (Olga Kurylenko), who has a past with Mambru. But there are constant roadblocks, literally and figuratively, as they try to solve this relatively simple problem. Along the way, they pick up a young orphan (Eldar Residovic) and try to reunite him with his family.

Every situation these people encounter is fraught with chaos, from the absurdities of military regulations to the complexities of local politics to the constant possibility of injury or even death. The filmmaker creates a terrific blackly comical tone that stresses the gallows humour these workers require to survive in an environment where children run around carrying big guns and rules are more important than innocent people's lives. This offbeat tone is engaging, especially with the snappy performances from Del Toro and Robbins as experienced men who know the ropes but insist on playing the game by their own rules. Thierry and Kurylenko are also good in less developed roles as the naive newbie and the steely ex, respectively. And Stukan and Residovic, plus a strong supporting cast, add lots of local colour.

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Benicio Del Toro - 2015 National Board Of Review Gala - Red Carpet arrivals - New York, New York, United States - Tuesday 5th January 2016

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Benicio Del Toro - National Board of Review Gala at Cipriani 42nd.St - Arrivals at Cipriani 42nd.st. - New York City, New York, United States - Tuesday 5th January 2016

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Benicio Del Toro - 19th Annual Hollywood Film Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel, Hollywood Film Awards - Beverly Hills, California, United States - Monday 2nd November 2015

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Benicio Del Toro - 19th Annual Hollywood Film Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel at The Beverly Hilton Hotel, Hollywood Film Awards, Beverly Hilton Hotel - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 1st November 2015

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Benicio Del Toro - Sicario screening and Q&A with Benicio Del Toro at ArcLight Cinemas - Hollywood, California, United States - Friday 2nd October 2015

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Video - Josh Brolin And Benicio Del Toro Greet Each Other At The New York Film Festival Premiere Of 'Inherent Vice' - Part 1


Stars of forthcoming crime comedy 'Inherent Vice' Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin were among the guest arrivals at the movie's premiere held during the 52nd New York Film Festival. The movie follows a detective forced to take on a case more personal in nature than he's used to.

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Guardians Of The Galaxy - Teaser Trailer


Peter Quill is a tenacious pilot who was taken away from his home planet Earth as a child to grow up around alien races. Arrogantly nicknaming himself Star-Lord, he finds himself captured by the evil admiral Ronan's ruthless hunters during the attempted theft of a powerful orb. On his arrest, he meets four other criminal eccentrics: muscle man Drax the Destroyer, who is searching for vengeance after the brutal death of his family; the rebellious cyborg Gamora, whose father is Ronan's boss Thanos; a weapon toting, genetically modified racoon named Rocket with better gun skills than most humans; and, the latter's accomplice, tree man Groot. Soon, the group decide to band together in order to protect their galaxy after discovering what the orb is really about to be used for. 

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Video - Benicio Del Toro Arrives At 'Jimmy P' Premiere At 2013 New York Film Festival


The leading stars of 'Jimmy P: Psychotherapy Of A Plains Indian' Benicio Del Toro and Mathieu Amalric pose on the red carpet at the movie's premiere at the 2013 New York Film Festival alongside director and writer Arnaud Desplechin.

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A Week In Movies: Stars Shine At Comic-Con, Coogan Launches Alpha Papa, More Gravity Thrills


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Comic-Con in San Diego last weekend featured a staggering array of star power presenting their upcoming superhero movies. Chris Evans and Scarlett wound up the fans while talking about Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Benicio Del Toro and Djimon Hounsou were on hand to chat about Marvel's interstellar epic Guardians of the Galaxy. Tom Hiddleston talked up Thor: The Dark World. And the enormous cast of X-men: Days of Future Past turned up, including acting veterans Ian McKellen and Patrick StewartWatch Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson talk 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' at Comic-Con, or see Djimon Hounsou and Benicio Del Toro discuss 'Guardians of the Galaxy' at Comic-Con. Check out the video of Tom Hiddleston talking about 'Thor: The Dark World' at Comic-Con and see Ian Mckellen and Patrick Stewart getting a little sentimental during 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' Comic-Con Q&A.

In addition, Hugh Jackman and James Mangold continued their globe-hopping press tour, arriving in San Diego to discuss their new X-men movie The Wolverine, the Japan-set adventure that arrives in US and UK cinemas this weekend. Watch 'The Wolverine Press conference here, click to view the 'The Wolverine' trailer or read our The Wolverine Review.

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Video - Djimon Hounsou And Benicio Del Toro Excited To Be At Comic-Con For 'Guardians Of The Galaxy'


Djimon Hounsou and Benicio Del Toro talk about their promotional trip to Comic-Con in San Diego in a red carpet interview about their new movie 'Guardians of the Galaxy' from which a clip was played during a special exclusive presentation.

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Guardians Of The Galaxy: Is Chris Pratt The Next Big Hollywood Star?


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Chris Pratt, the 34-year-old actor who has bagged himself some pretty tasty roles in recent years, is bulking up for his role in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie. Pratt is the latest movie star to undergo a dramatic physical transformation and posted his progress in an Instragram photo this week.

It's not the first time the Parks and Recreation actor has changed weight for a movie role - he sported a hugely toned physique for his role as a member of Seal Team Six in Kathyn Bigelow's Osama Bin Laden movie 'Zero Dark Thirty' last year.

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Gravity Space Thriller Due To Land At Venice Film Festival Opening [Trailer]


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It's a festival of firsts for Spanish filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón: not only will his chilling new space thriller Gravity be the first 3D picture to open Venice, but it'll be the first time a Cuarón film will screen out of competition.

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Alfonso Cuaron Will Debut Gravity At The Venice Film Festival's Lido.

Gravity will take basic human fears and instincts into space as two astronauts - George Clooney and Sandra Bullock - are conducting a routine spacewalk when an unthinkable scenario strikes leaving the pair left floating in orbit after a meteor shower causes damage to their space station. It's the kind of primal fear exploited in Open Water (2003); two humans stranded helpless with imminent danger and slim chances of survival. In the terrifying isolation of space the characters' morals are tested meaning the film will follow the more psychological line seen in 2009's Moon as opposed to the action and explosion of space blockbusters such as Armageddon (1998).

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Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy Gets Major Cast Update, Including Benicio Del Toro, Glenn Close & Karen Gillan


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The next major Marvel franchise to make the leap from printed page to the big screen will be the slightly unknown series Guardians of the Galaxy, which is expected to hit cinemas in 2014. Whilst the comic series might not be as popular as say Spider Man or The Avengers, the cast line-up is littered with acting talent that is frankly out of this world adn to be honest, we're struggling to hide our excitement for it.

The latest edition to the cast was announced on Monday (June 3) by Deadline, with Oscar-winner Benicio Del Toro apparently signing a 'multi-movie' deal with Marvel and Disney that will see him become a regular in the Marvel Movie Universe. His role has not been specified, however a number of other cast members have had their roles revealed, including fellow newcomer to the cast Glenn Close, who was chosen to portray one of the heads of the intergalactic space patrol the film/comic centres around, the Nova Corp (most likely Xandarian Worldmind).

Last week also saw the announcement that Doctor Who star Karen Gillan will be taking on the role of one of the film's major villains, with first announced cast-member Lee Pace taking on the second villain spot. John C. Reilly has also been announced as a cast member, with Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Michael Rooker also lined up to take on roles within the Nova Corp. As most of the characters are alien species though, there's a good chance that many of these actor will be getting the Mark Ruffalo CGI-treatment and have their features changed to fit in with comics. As long as it works as well as it did for Hulk, we say go for it.

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Benicio Del Toro Picked Up For 'Lead Role' In Guardians Of The Galaxy


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Benicio Del Toro is the latest actor, and one of the biggest names so far, to be handed a role on the upcoming Marvel movie adaption Guardians of the Galaxy. The Oscar-winner's participation in the film was announced on Monday via Deadline.

The James Gunn-directed film is the latest Marvel franchise to make the move to the big screen, and already boasts a cast that includes Parks and Recreation star Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker and John C. Reilly. It was announced last week, also by Deadline, that Glenn Close has also been chosen to appear in the film as a senior official in the Nova Corp, whilst Doctor Who's Karen Gillan will be portraying one of the film's villains. Del Toro's role is unspecified, although the actor has apparently been given a multi-film contract and is therefore expected to have a significant role in the film.

Marvel's insistance of mixing new and seasoned actors in their films is a tried and tested method, and one that has worked much to the advantage of films like Thor and The Avengers. It goes to show how seriously Disney and Marvel are taking the film, which is a wholly positive thing given how much it differs from previous films released by the studio being that GotG consists of characters largely unknown by the vast majority of audiences.

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Hot Tickets! US Movie Releases: Jessica Chastain Stars In Creepy Thriller 'Mama,' Arnie Makes A Comeback In 'The Last Stand,' Mark Wahlberg's 'Broken City' Is A Doozy


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With Jessica Chastain nominated for an Oscar for her role in Zero Dark Thirty. Her presence in Mama, alone, should be enough to generate interest in Guillermo Del Toro’s latest supernatural thriller. Anyone expecting a Zero Dark Thirty-style action drama, though, will be sorely disappointed. And possibly a little scared.

Chastain plays the role of Annabel, a woman who welcomes her partner’s abandoned nieces into her home. They are traumatised and clearly disturbed. Annabel seems unsure whether or not she’s ready to look after them. Little does she know, however, that she’s opened the doors of her home to more than just the two young girls, who disappeared the day that their mother was murdered by their father. More of a psychological horror than a guts-n-gore kind of movie, del Toro knows exactly how to get inside the viewer’s mind and linger there, with his superb use of special effects and the kind of suspense tactics that will require the surgical removal of your fingers from the cinema seat by the time the movie’s over.

“Mama succeeds in scaring the wits out of us and leaving some lingering, deeply creepy images ...” Richard Roeper – Chicago Sun-Times 

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Savages Review


Bad

Oliver Stone takes a stab at returning to a nastier, more edgy filmmaking style, but simply can't escape his moralising ways. Indeed, this film looks great, with whizzy camerawork and kinetic editing, and a willingness to travel to some very dark places. So it's even more annoying that it's all such a cop out. Not only are the plot and characters undermined by half-hearted preachiness, but the film has an appallingly trite voice-over narration plus a climactic plot point that feels like a cheat.

The story opens with a scene of domestic bliss, as sexy beach babe O (Lively) cuddles with her hunky ex-military boyfriend Chon (Kitsch) in their spectacular seaside home in Orange County. Then Ben (Taylor) arrives home - he's Chon's best friend and O's other boyfriend, a tree-hugging scientist who has created the perfect marijuana plant. They've made their fortune as local drug dealers, and now a Mexican cartel wants in on the action. They're visited by a goon (Bichir) who makes them an offer they can't refuse. So when they Chon and Ben say no, the cartel henchman Lado (Del Toro) kidnaps O to whip boys in line. But they go into action mode instead. Calling the shots is cartel boss Elena (Hayek). And there's also a Federal agent (Travolta) working everyone against each other.

The plot has promise, and the film starts well, with sun-drenched photography and some strong character-establishing scenes with Kitsch, Johnson and Lively. But once we learn each one's main trait (Chon's tough tenacity, Ben's peace-loving passion and O's annoying stupidity), the script abandons them completely. We never have a clue why Chon and Ben would fall for O, let alone risk their lives to rescue her. We never know why Lado is such a cold-hearted brute. And we can't understand how Travolta's character has survived this long. The only person we enjoy watching is the scene-chewing Hayek, who seems to be the only actor having any fun.

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Hands Off! Salma Hayek Wows Oliver Stone At ‘Savages’ Photo-call


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Salma Hayek certainly stole the spotlight at a London photo-call for her new movie ‘Savages’ this week. The actress wore a hugely revealing dress, leading director Oliver Stone to jokingly try cop a feel of the star.

Photographs published on the Mail Online website show the Oscar-winning director getting a little too touch-feely with Hayek as the stars posed on the red carpet at London’s Mandarin Oriental hotel. The 46-year-old actress seemed to laugh off the unwanted attention, and Stone has been happily married to his wife Sun-Jung Jung since 1997! To be fair to the legendary auteur, Hayek was looking stunning in a fitted aubergine and teal dress, with a trim belt, accentuating her famous curves. The brunette star – who is married to the French multi-billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault – was joined by co-stars Benicio Del Toro and John Travolta, who both looked pretty dapper.

Blake Lively – another star of the new violent drama – skipped the promotional duties as she has begun work on Gossip Girl in New York. The actress recently tied the knot with Ryan Reynolds in a secret South Carolina ceremony.


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Best friends, volleyball partners and entrepreneurs Ben and Chon run a marijuana business on Laguna Beach in California together with their mutual girlfriend Ophelia. Ben takes nearly all of the violence out of the cannabis industry, however, ex-Navy SEAL and mercenary Chon is on hand whenever force is necessary. The tight-knit trio aim to work together to produce the best home-grown weed in the world. It doesn't take long for the ruthless Mexican Baja Cartel to discover them and request a business partnership. On the friends' refusal, the cold-blooded head of the Cartel Elena and her enforcer Lado kidnap Ophelia, knowing she is the friends' weakness, which causes Ben and Chon to wage war against the brutal gang. With the help of an unwilling dirty DEA agent, the friends are prepared to do absolutely anything to get their lover back.

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Somewhere Review


Very Good
With a premise that's extremely similar to Lost in Translation, Coppola again takes an atmospheric look at celebrity that's heavier on internal mood than actual plot. But this film's more intriguing than engaging.

Johnny Marco (Dorff) is a top movie star who lives in Hollywood's secluded Chateau Marmont. He's promoting his action movie, Berlin Agenda, with his costar (Monaghan) while preparing for his next project. And he's also taking care of his 11-year-old daughter Cleo (Fanning). Their life consists mainly of sitting around, travelling to Italy for a junket and then to Las Vegas for Cleo's summer camp. All of which gives Johnny a chance to seduce various women and ponder his own existence.

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Johnny Marco is content living the rock'n'roll dream, he lives at Chateau Marmont, is entertained by lots of ladies, his bathroom cabinets are filled with a selection of pills and he drives his Ferrari without much concern. He's one of the bad boys of Hollywood and the press love it.

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The Wolfman Review


OK
This B-movie made on an epic budget is so over-the-top that the earlier you start giggling the better. Even though it's played dead straight, it's an old-style monster romp that couldn't be any more camp if it tried.

American-raised actor Lawrence (Del Toro) returns to his family manor on an English moor, where his wild-haired father Sir John (Hopkins) lives with his Sikh servant (Malik). Lawrence discovers that his brother has just been killed in the woods by a vicious creature, which later wounds him as well, turning him into a werewolf. And on the first full moon, he finds himself on the hunt as well as chased by a Scotland Yard detective (Weaving). But maybe a gypsy woman (Chaplin) and his brother's ex-fiancee (Blunt) hold the key to his salvation.

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Che Review


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Benicio Del Toro dons the insurrectionist garb and machetes his way through jungles and mud as the revolutionary icon Ernesto "Che" Guevara in Steven Soderbergh's massive biographical homage. Del Toro pulls out all the stops in portraying the revolutionary icon and, if anything, Che is a tribute to Del Toro's perseverance. But Soderbergh's version of Che is too good to be true: Movie Che is a towering idealist who just keeps on coming, but he lacks any sense of character. He is heartless, all computer chips and wires inside. He's the Revolutionator.

Soderbergh's relentlessly uncommercial enterprise logs in at 268 minutes and is split into two parts. Part One charts Che's involvement with Fidel Castro in overthrowing Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista, concentrating on the popular grassroots campaign that began with 80 peasants. Part Two jumps to Guevara's final revolutionary sprint, the failed uprising in Bolivia, the antithesis of the Cuban campaign, where the Bolivian peasants abandon him and betray him to the Bolivian army. Che is then hunted down like a junkyard dog and murdered.

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Things We Lost In The Fire Review


Good
Complicated and raw, Things We Lost in the Fire observes those we lean on in times of loss. Because the story attracted acclaimed Danish director Susanne Bier, we assume that fate's cruel nature plays a part in the narrative -- Bier loves to burrow under the skin of suffering characters whose lives are destroyed by chance.

In this instance, suburban father and all-around good guy Brian (David Duchovny) heads to the store to grab ice cream for wife Audrey (Halle Berry) and their two children. In the parking lot, he encounters a distraught husband beating the tar out of his defenseless spouse. Brian intervenes, and the Good Samaritan is rewarded with a fatal bullet to the chest.

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Licence To Kill Review


Bad
Timothy Dalton's second (and final) Bond outing is mainly memorable for nothing in the film itself. The title, Licence to Kill, was a change from the original Bond story, Licence Revoked, when it was revealed that a large percentage of Americans didn't know what "revoked" meant. And then there was the issue of whether to spell the first word "licence" or "license." Ultimately less was said about the film, which is one of the least successful Bond movies ever at the box office, especially in adjusted dollars. The problem? The story isn't very Bond-like: He leaves MI-6 for most of the film to avenge best bud Felix Leiter's death at the hands of a drug kingpin while canoodling with Carey Lowell, a poor Bond girl choice if ever there was one. A cameo by Wayne Newton pushes the film into full-on kitsch, and many feared the series was dead after Licence's poor showing. It would be six years until the next film, GoldenEye, the longest period without a Bond release since the series began in 1963.

Aka License to Kill.

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The Way Of The Gun Review


Good
In case you're utterly dense and stupid (and some of my hate mail indicates that if you're reading this, you just might be), know that with a title like The Way of the Gun you are getting yourself into a very, very violent film. I do not mean a couple of cap guns and a blood pack under someone's shirt. I mean more shots fired per foot of film this side of a Rambo movie. Bring your earplugs.

This is not to say that violence can't be stylish or clever. Movies like Pulp Fiction have proven that a gun can be poetry. Or it can just be a gun. Writer/director Christopher McQuarrie (best known for writing The Usual Suspects; Gun is his directorial debut) has set out to make a Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid for the millennium. From its all-bad-guys cast (except for the girl) to the arch, black comedy to a south of the border shootout, the homage is pretty sincere. Too bad it didn't quite work out.

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21 Grams Review


Extraordinary
Following the funeral of his son-in-law, a father empathizes with his daughter by relating how he moved past the death of his wife, her mother. He reassures her that in spite of the hard times ahead, "life goes on." She retorts, "That's a lie. Life doesn't go on."

Welcome to everyone's life. Death is a ubiquitous occurrence, dumped upon us daily by CNN and more occasionally - yet still inevitably - in our own intimate moments. But when death strikes our lives, it invariably shatters our psyches and changes us for the darker, no matter how we try to prepare to accept it.

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Sin City Review


Excellent
You typically have to maintain low expectations for a comic book movie. For every Spider-Man, you get a bunch of Elektras and Daredevils. So really, what can you expect from one with a huge, B-list cast and three directors?

Surprise! Sin City is a mega-violent, highly potent vial of noir crack. And judging from the riotous burst of applause at the end of our screening, one that's destined to be a Matrix-style mass-cult classic.

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Breakfast With Hunter Review


Very Good
"Breakfast" for Hunter S. Thompson means a tray full of uneaten food and a large glass of ice filled with Chivas Regal.

With the meal out of the way, we can sit down to the rest of this documentary, a rough and unpolished chronicle of a few years in Thompson's life, roughly 1996-1998, during the planning and making of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Director Wayne Ewing must be great friends with the notorious writer, as he appears to have unhindered access to the minutiae of Hunter's life. In addition to the various meetings (lots of honorary dinners, lots of speeches in his honor, a handful of public appearances), we go behind the scenes -- most notably to bear witness to his squabbles with Repo Man director Alex Cox, the original director of Fear and Loathing, who wants to have a cartoon opening to the movie.

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Traffic Review


Weak

"Traffic" is a socially and politically grandstanding soap opera about the narcotics trade and the futility of the "war on drugs." It's a film about how that war is propagated by bureaucratic demagogues in the United States government, not because they think they can stem the flow of illegal substances but because they think saying they want to is a way to win elections.

OK. Point taken.

"Traffic" is also gritty and realistic feat of cinematic logistics, following no less than 15 major characters (and more than 50 speaking parts) through several complex, well-acted storylines about all sides of the drug trade -- from kingpins to cops to policy wonks to addicts. So my hat is off to the picture's ever-brilliant director, Steven Soderbergh ("Erin Brockovich"), who certainly does a fine juggling act, involving the audience in every story on a personal level.

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Benicio Del Toro

Date of birth

19th February, 1967

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