At just 12-years-old, Miguel Rivera is already quite an accomplished guitar player, aspiring to be a world famous musician like his hero the late Ernesto de la Cruz. The only problem is, his family has banned music for many years, and so he can only practise his lifelong passion in secret. When he decides to visit the spirit of Ernesto de la Cruz at his tomb, he is somehow transported to the mythical Land of the Dead after strumming Cruz's magical guitar. Initially terrified, he soon learns the purpose of his journey to the afterlife and he meets a skeletal trickster god named Hector who aids him on his quest to uncover the secrets of Miguel's family's past - and the reason why music has become such a taboo subject.
Directed by the Oscar winning Lee Unkrich ('Toy Story 3', 'Finding Nemo', 'Monsters, Inc.') and Adrian Molina ('The Good Dinosaur') who also wrote the script, 'Coco' is the forthcoming animated adventure from Disney Pixar. Featuring very similar themes to the previously released 2014 animation 'The Book of Life', 'Coco' is also based around the Mexican festival Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead). It will be released in cinemas on November 22nd 2017.
In the second video we get to meet the adorable hairless dog Dante. Just as the little guy thinks he's landed himself a tasty bone for lunch; the bone begins pulling Dante through the streets. Though the force pulling the bone is incredibly strong, Dante will not let go of his tasty prize and it ends up pulling him through markets stores and a cactus patch which leaves the poor pup with a Mexican wrestling mask on and cactus pins all over his body - not that they bother him as Dante still has his mind firmly on food. When the Bone finally comes to rest, Hector the skeleton leans down to restore the bone to his body. At the sight of a skeleton full of bones, Dante's can't help but give Hector's leg a nibble.
Robert 'Bob' Mazur is a federal agent who has been assigned the task of going on an undercover mission to infiltrate Pablo Escobar's drug trafficking business that was rife in 1986. In this film we see Mazur pose as a slick money - laundering business man who can be of benefit to Escobar and his company. Emir Abreu acts as Mazur's sidekick after being teamed together in the staff briefing and they set out to infiltrate the gang by drinking and socialising with them, their main target being that of Roberto Alcaino who is one of Escobar's top lieutenants.
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Benjamin Bratt - Filming of U.S. television show '24: Live Another Day' continues in London. In these scenes, Steve Navarro (Benjamin Bratt) can be seen firing a machine gun at Jack Bauer (Keifer Sutherland), Jack returns fire from behind beer barrels - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 13th May 2014
Benjamin Bratt, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Yvonne Strahovski, Kiefer Sutherland, Kim Raver, William Devane and Tate Donavan - '24 - Live Another Day' UK TV premiere held at Old Billingsgate - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 6th May 2014
Benjamin Bratt, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Yvonne Strahovski, Kiefer Sutherland, William Devane and Colin Salmon - '24 - Live Another Day' UK premiere held at Old Billingsgate Market - Arrivals. - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 6th May 2014
Giles Matthey, Yvonne Strahovski, Benjamin Bratt, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Kiefer Sutherland, Kim Raver, Tate Donovan and Gbenga Akinnagbe - '24: Live Another Day' world premiere - Arrivals - Manhattan, New York, United States - Friday 2nd May 2014
The Conjuring, Warner Brother's summer horror offering, has defeated the likes of R.I.P.D in the US weekend box office.
The Conjuring, opening this weekend, gained $41.5 million. Another lower budget film beat off the likes of R.I.P.D. which, according to reports, cost more than $130 million to make.
Vera Farmiga at the premiere of Bates Motel, L.A.
Warner Brother's haunted house horror, which stars Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel); Lili Taylor (Hemlock Grove); Patrick Wilson (Prometheus) and Ron Livingston (The Time Traveller's Wife), follows two paranormal investigators as they attempt to help The Warrens overcome a malign presence which lurks in their seemingly idyllic country house.
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'Despicable Me 2' reviews have been favourable although most critics have said it lacks originality. The movie is due to be released in US cinemas on Wednesday (3rd July). It has already been released in the UK and has topped the Weekend Box Office.
Despicable Me 2, the sequel to the first 2010 film, is due to be released in cinemas on Wednesday. Early critical reviews have been largely positive. Keith Uhlich of the New York Times said the franchise has improved since the last film and that it is "delights more often than it disappoints".
Steve Carell at the Despicable Me 2 premiere, L.A.
Whilst most of the critics have enjoyed the film there are others who criticised Universal Pictures for its lack of originality. Ryan Gilbey of The Statesman said the film is "a completely redundant follow-up to the perfectly delightful 2010 original". Others have drawn comparisons with Monsters University, claiming Despicable Me 2 "has more laughs in the first 5 minutes" than Monsters managed in 90 (according to Roger Moore of McClatchy-Tribune News Service).
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Can Brad Pitt's World War Z live up to years of hype? We find out this weekend. Also: Edinburgh kicks off, the cast of Despicable Me 2 have a chat and we get trailer overload...
Filming on Brad Pitt's apocalyptic zombie epic World War Z started two years ago in Britain and Malta, and audiences are finally getting to see the results this weekend. Critics are being hard on the film, but the box office will have the last word.
The Edinburgh International Film Festival kicked off this week with the premiere of Breathe In, the new drama from Drake Doremus (Like Crazy), who walked the red carpet with star Felicity Jones. There will be nearly 150 new movies screened in Edinburgh over the next 10 days, along with parties every night with the filmmakers and stars.
Benjamin Bratt talks about being the 'cool dad', playing Eduardo and the inner love story of 'Despicable Me 2' in his latest promo interview on the movie in which he plays the extroverted Latino dancer Eduardo.
'I've never been the cool dad in my kids' eyes, I've just been dad, but now we're talking world-class cool because I'm in one of their favourite movie franchises', Benjamin says with a smug smile. He also mentions that he even shares similarities with his character. 'He's got a larger than life personality, very, very latin in the sense that he's exuberant, quick to hug and to laugh and, of course, to dance', he explains. 'I share qualities with Eduardo, not on that scale of course, but I have a zest for life, I fancy.' He says that the sequel is all about love this time, rather than solely evil deeds: 'What we find in the sequel is that Gru is on the hunt for love. And the prime candidate might be right in front of his eyes.'
When a young man named Jason accidentally and unwittingly gets caught up in drug dealing with a gang, he faces a mandatory minimum sentence of up to 10 years after being wrongly arrested for the crime. His father is a strong believer of his innocence and will do everything in his power to have his son let off. He visits a lawyer who says that he can be granted his liberty if he acts as an informant in the gang and help the police make arrests. However, Jason is too frightened after his ordeal and his father asks instead if he can be the one to go undercover. He does so and uses his construction business to find a manual labourer who may have contacts to the criminal world and be able to offer him an introduction. With the offer of help, he is soon ranked highly in the mob which increases his chances of collecting information, but puts his own life and the lives of his wife and young child at immense risk. Just how far will he go to protect his son from wrongful imprisonment?
'Snitch' is based on the PBS Frontline documentary of the same name which details the increase in the use of informants to reduce prison sentences. It has been directed by Ric Roman Waugh ('In the Shadows', 'Felon') who co-wrote it with Justin Haythe ('The Clearing', 'Revolutionary Road') and is set for release on February 22nd 2013.
Director: Ric Roman Waugh
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Like a comically deranged Twilight Zone episode, this colourful animated feature underscores its fantastical story with some intriguingly serious issues. But it never gets preachy, and a stream of warped humour will keep adults chuckling all the way through.
Geeky inventor Flint (voiced by Hader) has finally created something that will make him famous: a machine that makes food from water. When it's inadvertently catapulted into the clouds, it starts raining cheeseburgers, much to everyone's delight. Now famous, he remotely programmes the machine to rain everything from ice cream to spaghetti and meatballs. While Flint's mono-browed dad (Caan) doesn't really get him, the greedy mayor (Campbell) wants a piece of his success. Meanwhile, Flint meets weather reporter Sam (Faris), who might actually understand him.
Filmmakers Lord and Miller somehow manage to keep the film utterly silly, with outrageous visual flourishes and zany comical asides, while maintaining a sharp intelligence beneath the surface. As a result, grown-ups will probably find the film funnier than kids, who will be entranced by the visual antics and miss the sophisticated wit. And they quietly hide the serious subtext as well, including a knowing look at celebrity and pointed comments on how tricky it is for people to truly communicate.
But all of this is mere icing on the cake, as it were, for a film that's raucous, nonstop fun. Images of food falling from the sky are pure dreamlike fantasy, especially when Flint's machine overheats and produces oversized culinary delights that look utterly delicious even as they flatten the houses they land on. Of course, this gives the screenwriters plenty of running gags and punning opportunities, which the talented vocal cast run wild with.
Even side characters like Mr T's supercop and Bratt's Guatemalan cameraman get terrific moments along the way, while Flint's relationship with his dad has a surprising resonance. And along the way, there are some superb sequences that combine goofy humour with awkward emotion plus a hint of unhinged weirdness (such as the Jell-O palace). And as global chaos threatens to erupt, along with Mt Leftovers, the film develops into a hysterical disaster movie satire that's brilliantly animated and, for once, makes full use of 3D to throw everything right into our faces.
The facts are these: In 1945, as the American army is pushing back the Japanese in the Philippines, Tokyo has issued an order to exterminate every prisoner of war, an order enthusiastically carried out in the beginning of the film, which recreates an episode in which 150 U.S. POWs were covered in gasoline and set on fire. The Americans know that as they advance, the Japanese will do the same thing at every camp they get close to, and that the American Sixth Army is only days away from the camp at Cabanatuan, with over 500 prisoners - a starving and miserable bunch who survived the Bataan Death March and three years of privation only to face murder just as their fellow soldiers approach. So a team of 121 soldiers, mostly inexperienced Rangers, are ordered to sneak 30 miles behind Japanese lines and liberate Cabanatuan. It's a jury-rigged, rag-tag sort of mission, with the soldiers knowing it's a suicide detail, but also knowing they couldn't stand not to try.
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As parents Audrey and Mike Cobb, Tilda Swinton and Vincent D'Onofrio seem an odd choice, but it's an absolutely perfect one. Director Mike Mills may not have the best ear for story or subject matter (the source novel by Walter Kirn, should likely have been left on the unfilmed backlist) but he's dead-on when it comes to tone and casting. A pair of tired out working-class adults in a small Northwest town who can't quite accept being grownups, they have their two boys call them by their first names. Everything around them betrays this hope, of course, with Audrey working night shifts as a nurse at a celebrity drug treatment clinic just to catch a glimpse of an addict TV star she's got a girlish crush on, and Mike as the beaten-down manager of a sporting goods store unable to forget that but for an injury he could have gone pro.
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Simply put, Walter (Kevin Bacon) is back in town after serving a 12-year stretch for molesting young girls. He gets a job at a lumberyard where the manager (David Alan Grier, in a rare yet welcome stab at dramatic acting) makes it clear that he only hired Walter due to a family favor. Antisocial to a fault, Walter goes about his work with sullen determination, retreating to his depressing apartment to share the occasional beer with his brother-in-law, Carlos (Benjamin Bratt), the only family member who will even speak to him. Walter goes to a therapist who tries, without much success, to get him to dig a little deeper and to deal with his problem. In the meantime, Walter tries not to stare at the pre-teen schoolgirls who ride the bus he takes to work, and stares sullenly out his window at the schoolyard across the street ("the only landlord in town who'll take my money" he remarks to Carlos's bafflement at his suspicious choice of living quarters).
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The question driving Abandon is who abandoned who? Did charismatic but manipulative Embry (Charlie Hunnam) leave his clingy college sweetheart, Katie (Katie Holmes, who probably would get confused if she and her character didn't share a first name), or is it the other way around? And is Embry alive and kicking on a European jaunt, or dead, as a sleazy, washed-up detective (Benjamin Bratt) believes but can't prove?
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Indeed, Red Planet makes for a far better film than Mission to Mars. While that's not saying a whole lot (since Mission currently ranks as the worst movie I've seen all year) Red Planet is at least competently constructed and mildly engaging, so long as you put aside the sappy melodramatics. Of course, this isn't that easy to do.
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Fortunately, The Next Best Thing covers very different ground than Affection. Unfortunately, that ground turns out to be providing a platform for Madonna to sing, to show off her yoga skills, and To Show You How Much She Can E-Mote During Her Di-A-Logue, all while affecting a slight (yet very pretentious) British accent. Get outta the way, people, Madonna's gonna act!!! And it isn't going to be pretty. (See also: Evita.)
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Benjamin Bratt is provocative in the role of Miguel Piñero, the troubled and disillusioned force behind the notable work Short Eyes, produced during one of Piñero's incarceration stints in the mid '70s. Bratt effectively exudes the pain and anger that transcends some posturing material, with a portrayal as lyrical as the throbbing beat of the movie's Latin-induced soundtrack. While the propensity for audiences to get caught up in Piñero's wayward world of instability is almost inevitable, the movie follows an uncharted path by trying to reinforce the demons without really being perceptive about Piñero's undeniable skill as a writer. The cliché about creative minds who become consumed by their art is almost a manipulation here. The film is valiant in the way it strides for that redemptive note as it tries to make us accept (and understand) his premature death of cirrhosis in 1988.
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If the whole crew that made "Miss Congeniality" -- writer, director, stars, everybody -- were to get together for another movie, one with a less idiotic plot than a tomboy FBI agent going undercover at a beauty pageant, I'd be gung ho to see it.
The level of talent and the amount of good humor that goes to waste in this gimmicky, so-stupid-it-stops-being-funny star vehicle is phenomenal.
Sandra Bullock is said star, and her screwball (bordering on Lucille Ball) performance as a clodhopping, quarrelsome, graceless lout of a foible-prone FBI agent would be comic gold if the boat anchor of a story weren't dragging it down.
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Homogenized, sterilized and clearly revised by test-audience scoring, "The Next Best Thing" is a disingenuous, emotionally deficient comedy-drama about an earthy yoga teacher who has a baby with a gay friend after a night of booze-fueled accidental amour.
Starring mismatched Madonna and Rupert Everett as the atypical parents who decide to live as a family and raise their son together, there is a core of sincerity in the script that is lead to slaughter by the studio's desire to pat itself on the back for being edgy without losing ticket sales to the lowest common denominator crowd.
The story starts well enough, with our unusual couple commiserating over failed relationships by getting hammered on margaritas one evening, then waking up the next day in a compromising position. Next thing they know, Abbie (Madonna) is knocked up, Robert (Everett) embraces the responsible daddy role, and they move in together -- much to the amazement of friends and family.
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"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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