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Cliff Curtis, James Cameron , James Napier Robertson - Premiere of Broad Green Pictures' 'The Dark Horse' at The Theatre at Ace Hotel - Arrivals at The Theatre at Ace Hotel - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 30th March 2016

Cliff Curtis, James Cameron and James Napier Robertson
Cliff Curtis, James Cameron and James Napier Robertson
Cliff Curtis and James Napier Robertson
Cliff Curtis, James Cameron and James Napier Robertson
Cliff Curtis and James Napier Robertson
Cliff Curtis, James Cameron and James Napier Robertson

Cliff Curtis - Premiere of AMC's 'Fear The Walking Dead' Season 2 at Cinemark Playa Vista - Arrivals at The Walking Dead - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 29th March 2016

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Kim Dickens and Cliff Curtis
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Cliff Curtis - Premiere of AMC's 'Fear The Walking Dead' Season 2 at Cinemark Playa Vista - Arrivals at The Walking Dead - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 29th March 2016

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Kim Dickens and Cliff Curtis
Kim Dickens and Cliff Curtis

Cliff Curtis - 33rd annual PaleyFest Los Angeles - 'Fear the Walking Dead' at The Dolby Theater at The Dolby Theater - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 19th March 2016

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The Dark Horse Trailer


Genesis "Gen" Potini hasn't had an easy life, he's a Maori living in a relatively remote part of New Zealand who's spent the majority of his adult life going in and out of mental institutions. Living with Bipolar is a huge challenge to Gen but he's just learnt about a new programme that he thinks he can greatly contribute to. 

Living with his brother (a gang member) and his family, Gen is the odd one out in his family, he's speed chess professional and not many people can beat him. When Gen finds that some of the locals have started a chess club, he sees an opportunity to try and straighten out his life and help some of the kids looking to get involved with the club.

As more and more kids become involved, Gen's own nephew is soon drawn in to the club - much to his father's dismay as he knows his son will inevitably become part of the gang to which he belongs too. As the kids gain experience with the game, Gen decides to enrol them in the National Championships. Gen must battle his mental problems and become a figure that his new followers can look up to. 

Risen Trailer


After Jesus of Nazareth is crucified and laid to rest in a sealed tomb by the Romans following wild claims of his being King of the Jews by his followers, it is up to a sceptical Centurion named Clavius to quell subsequent rumours of his rising from death. With talk of his resurrection as the Messiah, Pontius Pilate is facing a possible uprising by angry civilians of Jerusalem, and when it's discovered that his body has gone missing from his grave, Clavius and his assistant Lucius have only a short time to discover what's happened to him, not wishing for the Emperor to return to chaos. They suspect his disciples have stolen the corpse and so order the retrieval of all recently deceased men, but when they get no further to finding him, will they be forced to accept an extraordinary, impossible truth?

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The Dark Horse Review


Very Good

A relentlessly downbeat tone makes this Kiwi drama sometimes hard to watch, but the true story is genuinely involving, with an inspirational kick that never feels pushy. It also offers terrific actor Cliff Curtis the chance to revisit the rough side of New Zealand society that he so memorably depicted 20 years ago in the award-winning Once Were Warriors.

The story takes place in Gisborne, a city on the east coast of the North Island. After being held on a mental ward, Genesis (Curtis) is released into the care of his brother Ariki (Wayne Hapi), a single-dad who is also a veteran member of the Vagrants biker gang. His son Mana (James Rolleston) is about to turn 15, and Ariki insists that he enters the gang's initiation process, overseen by the brutal Mutt (Barry Te Hira), but Mana sees in Genesis a possible escape, following him to a youth chess club run by his old pal Noble (Kirk Torrance) and his wife Sandy (Miriama McDowell). It turns out that as a young man, Genesis was a surprise chess champion, and now he finds a sense of purpose encouraging these young people to play the game. But Ariki is furious about this, and throws Genesis out into the streets.

Curtis brings layers of intelligence and tenacity to Genesis, revealing him as a troubled man determined to maintain his mental health by finding something positive to focus on. He may now be sleeping rough in the park, but he refuses to give up. And his growing connection with Mana provides a further glimmer of hope for both of them. Opposite him, Rolleston is superb as a young man straining against the bleak future his father has mapped out for him. So while everything in their lives feels sometimes oppressively grim, their relationship gives the film an underlying sense of promise.

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Last Knights Trailer


Commander Raiden (Clive Owen) of the seventh rank is a skilled and gifted soldier, who rose from bloody battle during the Great Wars with an unwavering loyalty for his ageing but resolutely brave master Bartok (Morgan Freeman), despite the latter having been dishonoured and shamed by the corrupt ruler for publicly standing up for the rights of his enslaved people. After his brutal execution, all those firmly loyal to Bartok - led by Raiden - seek to avenge him in the only way they know how, with Bartok's warning of their ruler's merciless intentions strongly in mind. Raiden will lead them into the ultimate battle, in spite of their small numbers, having made far too many sacrifices in their lifetime. As his rebellion unfolds, he begins to understand that, despite what the rule claims, no honourable man can ever be 'dishonoured'; it is something inborn, and something worth fighting for.

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Cliff Curtis - A variety of stars were photographed on the red carpet as they attended the Producers Guild of America's 26th Awards ceremony which was held at Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 24th January 2015

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Cliff Curtis Takes The Lead In AMC's 'The Walking Dead' Spin-Off


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Producers of the Walking Dead spin-off have cast TV actor Cliff Curtis in the lead role. The actor's previous credits include Gang Related, Missing and Body of Proof and he joins Frank Dillane and Alycia Debnam Carey in the companion series.

Cliff CurtisCliff Curtis, the new star of the Walking Dead spin-off, carrying a couple o'pizzas

Character details are being kept under wraps though Curtis is likely to play Sean Cabrera - described only as a "good man." We already know that AMC's show will feature completely new characters from The Walking Dead, as well as different settings.

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A Thousand Words Trailer


Jack McCall is a literary agent who has a way with words. He knows just what to say to use any situation to his advantage. For example: after joining a long queue at his favourite coffee shop, Jack became impatient and faked an emergency phone call in order to get himself to the front.

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Colombiana Review


OK
This preposterously overwrought revenge thriller is entertaining simply because it so rarely pauses for breath. It makes virtually no sense if you think about it, and the writing and direction are mostly incoherent. But it's also guilty good fun.

In Colombia, feisty 9-year-old Cataleya (Stenberg) witnesses her parents' massacre of by Marco (Molla), henchman the drug kingpin Luis (Benites). Years layer (now Saldana) she's in Chicago, where she's been raised by her uncle (Curtis) to be a stealthy assassin. Now she's trying to draw Marco and Luis out of protective CIA custody by leaving clues at each murder scene. And it seems to be working. With an FBI agent (James) on her trail and a boyfriend (Vartan) who knows nothing, she's playing a dangerous game.

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Crossing Over Review


Good
Crash meets Babel in this multi-strand Los Angeles immigration drama. The film is well-made and benefits from a very strong cast, but it's both overly worthy and rather pushy about its perspective.

Immigration cop Max (Ford) clearly has compassion for the illegals he rounds up with partner Hamid (Curtis), a naturalised citizen from Iran. But visa official Cole (Liotta) is exploiting the desperation of a wannabe Aussie actress (Eve), while her British friend (Sturgess) finds a loophole in the law. Meanwhile, Cole's wife (Judd) is an immigration lawyer trying to help a 15-year-old Bangladeshi girl (Bishil) picked up by the FBI on suspicion of terrorism due to a school project. And Yong (Chon) is a Korean teen caught up with an Asian gang.

There are several other storylines, and each touches on a specific aspect of immigration, with a range of ethnicities, visa situations and personal issues, all of which come up against the rigid rule of law. Even harsher are FBI tactics that throw out rights such as privacy, free speech and the presumption of innocence, not to mention simple human decency. But then, their paranoia is echoed by people on the streets and in the classrooms.

In other words, the film is packed with thought-provoking material; it's vitally important simply because filmmaker Kramer is airing such complex issues. The Bangladeshi family is the most involving story, with a lovely, understated performance by Bishil as a girl whose whole life comes undone because she dares to think deeply. This story could have supported the whole film, and sometimes sits at odds with Sturgess' more comical tale, Eve and Liotta's sordid encounters, or Curtis' increasingly disturbing journey.

The entire cast gives offhanded, natural performances that hold our interest.

Ford is good as the everyman, brushing against the various plots. Despite the insipid Mark Isham score, there are some seriously powerful emotional scenes along the way, although a couple of strands get lost in the shuffle, disappearing for long stretches and only coming back to fit into the final tidy mosaic. Ultimately, Kramer strains to make it gel together, but we still hear his cry for understanding and compassion in a world filled with bigotry and ignorance.

Push Review


Weak
In the first minute of Push, a character utters a line that's all but verbatim: "Save the cheerleader; save the world." With the film's unapologetic intent to lift freely from Heroes and its progenitor X-Men firmly established, we're then treated to virtually nothing new in the ordinary-folks-with-extraordinary-abilities subgenre.

Opening credit narration explains that there exist people born with special powers they don't necessarily want, and since the '40s an entity called Division has been trying to round them up and turn them into super-soldiers. There are a handful of abilities, and if you have one, you get a catchy name. Watchers can see the future. Pushers can put thoughts in your head. Sniffers can find out what you've been up to by smelling your stuff (really). And so on.

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10,000 B.C. Review


Weak
You'd think that with mammoths, saber-tooth tigers, and large, screeching birds you wouldn't need much more to deliver an entertaining romp through yester-epoch, but 10,000 B.C. proves that merely having an exotic setting as your premise won't get you over a mundane plot and more mundane characters.

The film begins with a blue-eyed girl coming to live with a clan of "manuk" (that's "mammoth" to you and me) hunters after her tribe is wiped out by what appear to be the bad guys from Conan the Barbarian. The tribe elder (Mona Hammond) declares that this girl is part of some prophecy while the son of the tribe's #1 hunter looks on.

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The Dark Horse Trailer

The Dark Horse Trailer

Genesis "Gen" Potini hasn't had an easy life, he's a Maori living in a relatively...

Risen Trailer

Risen Trailer

After Jesus of Nazareth is crucified and laid to rest in a sealed tomb by...

The Dark Horse Movie Review

The Dark Horse Movie Review

A relentlessly downbeat tone makes this Kiwi drama sometimes hard to watch, but the true...

Last Knights Trailer

Last Knights Trailer

Commander Raiden (Clive Owen) of the seventh rank is a skilled and gifted soldier, who...

A Thousand Words Trailer

A Thousand Words Trailer

Jack McCall is a literary agent who has a way with words. He knows just...

Colombiana Movie Review

Colombiana Movie Review

This preposterously overwrought revenge thriller is entertaining simply because it so rarely pauses for breath....

The Last Airbender Trailer

The Last Airbender Trailer

Watch the trailer for The Last AirbenderAir, Water, Earth and Fire the four elements that...

Push Movie Review

Push Movie Review

In the first minute of Push, a character utters a line that's all but verbatim:...

10,000 B.C. Movie Review

10,000 B.C. Movie Review

You'd think that with mammoths, saber-tooth tigers, and large, screeching birds you wouldn't need much...

Sunshine (2007) Movie Review

Sunshine (2007) Movie Review

Danny Boyle could make watching paint dry compelling. From the frenzy of Trainspotting to the...

Eagle Vs Shark Movie Review

Eagle Vs Shark Movie Review

The only measure of a comedy is whether you laughed, and how hard. As comedies...

Fracture Movie Review

Fracture Movie Review

It is hardly a reassuring sign when one of the more interesting things in a...

Runaway Jury Movie Review

Runaway Jury Movie Review

It's a sunny weekday in beautiful New Orleans as a middle-aged, white-collar businessman arrives at...

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