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Terminator Genisys Review


This declining franchise really needed a jolt to the head, but the producers disappointingly opt to play it safe with an unambitious script and child-friendly action. After the OK part 3 (2003's Rise of the Machines) and a weak part 4 (2009's Salvation), this film is unlikely to win new fans or keep the old ones hoping for more. Even though it's made to a high technical standard, the movie feels derivative and safe, avoiding any properly dangerous tension for a series of badly contrived action set-pieces.

It opens in 2029, as plucky rebel John Connor (Jason Clarke) is fighting the world-dominating Skynet machines with the help of his right-hand man Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney). When Skynet sends a Terminator (the young Arnold Schwarzenegger) back to 1984 Los Angeles to kill John's mother Sarah (Emilia Clarke), Kyle follows to rescue her. But he arrives to find the timeline already altered. Sarah had been attacked years earlier, rescued at age 9 and raised by an ageing Terminator she calls Pop (the present-day Arnie). Since everything has changed, Sarah and Kyle decide to jump forward to 2017 San Francisco so they can stop Skynet from taking over the planet with its Genisys operating system. But when they arrive, they realise that there's been even more jiggery-pokery in the timeline.

The way the film wraps in and around the 1984 original is clever, with added intrigue in the fact that Kyle and Sarah haven't yet fallen for each other and conceived John. So when he turns up in San Francisco, there are all sorts of mind-bending possibilities. Alas, the screenwriters can't be bothered to play with them. Instead they structure the film as a series of rambling expository conversations leading to yet another pointless flurry of explosive carnage. Honestly, if Terminators are literally indestructible, why bother trying to defeat them with guns? And yet everyone keeps shooting at them, just making them mad.

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Los Angeles premiere of 'Terminator Genisys'

Courtney B. Vance - Los Angeles premiere of 'Terminator Genisys' held at Dolby Theatre - Arrivals at Dolby Theatre - Hollywood, California, United States - Sunday 28th June 2015

Courtney B. Vance
Courtney B. Vance
Courtney B. Vance

Fox Upfront Presentation 2015

Courtney B. Vance - A host of stars were photographed as they arrived for the FOX 2015 Upfront event which was held at the Wollman Rink in New York City, New York, United States - Monday 11th May 2015

FX Network Bowling Party at Lucky Strike Lanes

Cuba Gooding Jr. and Courtney B Vance - A host of stars were photographed as they arrived for the 2015 FX Bowling Party which was held at Lucky Strike Bowling in New York, United States - Wednesday 22nd April 2015

Cuba Gooding Jr.
Cuba Gooding Jr.

Los Angeles premiere of Disney's 'Cinderella'

Courtney B. Vance - A host of stars were snapped as they attended the premiere of Disney's "Cinderella" The premiere was held at at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 1st March 2015

The 46th NAACP Image Awards - Arrivals

Courtney B. Vance - The 46th NAACP Image Awards presented by TV One at the Pasadena Civic Center - Arrivals at Pasadena Civic Auditorium - Pasadena, California, United States - Saturday 7th February 2015

Courtney B. Vance, Spike Lee, Angela Bassett, Gabrielle Union and Carmen Ejogo
Courtney B. Vance, Spike Lee, Angela Bassett, Gabrielle Union and Carmen Ejogo

Video - Jacob Latimore And Angela Bassett Spotted At 'Black Nativity' NY Premiere - Part 1

Stars of upcoming musical drama 'Black Nativity' Jacob Latimore and Angela Bassett arrive at the New York premiere held at the Apollo Theater. They play a grandson and grandmother who are thrown together amid a major family crisis.

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Kinky Boots Struts To Victory At Tony Awards

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'The Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre' AKA The 67th Annual Tony Awards were held last night (9th June) at NYC's Radio City Music Hall, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris for the fourth time (Barney in How I Met Your Mother).

The evening was a joyous affair as comedy, song, dance, and good showmanship combined to honour the best of the year's musical theatrical productions.

Described as "high-spirited" yet "tender hearted" by USA Today, Kinky Boots took on main rival RSC's Matilda The Musical and came out on a high (heel) to win 'Best Performance By An Actor In A Leading Role In A Musical' (for Billy Porter's performance), 'Best Choreography', 'Best Sound Design Of A Musical', 'Best Original Score (Music And/Or Lyrics) Written For The Theatre' (score by Cyndi Lauper) and, the biggest gong of the night: the coveted 'Best Musical' award.

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Video - Sigourney Weaver, Uma Therman and Ashlee Simpson Arrive For The 2013 American Ballet Theatre Spring Gala

The Opening Night 2013 Spring Gala for the American Ballet Theatre in New York was a glamorous affair with stars the likes of Sigourney Weaver, Uma Therman and Ashlee Simpson taking to the red carpet in all their sophisticated charm.

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Joyful Noise Review

Life-affirming to the point of distraction, this comedy is so warm and cosy that it never even approaches believability. If only writer-director Graff had injected the film with half as much earthy energy as he puts into the terrific musical numbers. And let the cast out of the box.

At a down-home church in Pacashau, Georgia, GG (Parton) is peeved when she's not offered the job after her choir-director father (a brief Kris Kristofferson cameo) dies. The new leader is her rival Vi Rose (Latifah), who plans to win the upcoming regional competition with pure gospel. To further stir things up, GG's bad-boy grandson Randy (Jordan) is back in town, and he's smitten with Vi Rose's 16-year-old daughter Olivia (Palmer).

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The Divide Review

High-energy production values and kinetic physicality draw us into this scrappy end-of-the-world thriller. But it isn't long before the plot and characters have nowhere left to go but down to the depths of human depravity. And by the end it's impossible to see the point.

As missiles rain down on New York City, nine people take refuge in their building's basement. After the dust settles, contamination-suited goons burst in and grab a young girl (Thickson) from her hysterical mother (Arquette), then clearly intend to kill the adults. After a rebellion, they are instead sealed in the basement. Soon a hierarchy develops around building repairman Mickey (Biehn) and his stash of supplies. Then the increasingly menacing Josh (Ventimiglia) and his mercurial friend Bobby (Eklund) take control. Meanwhile, Eva (German) is carefully treading the middle ground.

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Final Destination 5 Review

This film series has a fairly inescapable formula, but the filmmakers find a couple of ways to breathe new life into this fifth chapter. Of course, the main point is to keep us laughing even as things get increasingly gruesome. And they certainly do that.

On a corporate outing, Sam (D'Agosto) has a horrific premonition that a suspension bridge will collapse. He escapes the doomed bus with six colleagues and their annoying boss (Koechner), but Death isn't letting them get away that easily. Soon they start dying in complicated freak accidents. A federal agent (Vance) questions Sam ("That looks premeditated to me!"), while a coroner (Todd) says they can escape if someone dies in their place. So while Sam tries to get his ex (Bell) back, his friend Peter (Fisher) looks for a way out.

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Cookie's Fortune Review

Quick: Name Robert Altman's last movie.

Nope, it's not Short Cuts. It's not The Player. It was The Gingerbread Man. Before that it was Kansas City. And before that, Ready to Wear. It's been six years since Altman's last decent picture. And he's got a lot to redeem himself for.

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The Hunt for Red October Review

If any film in Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan series stands out as the best (or even a truly great movie), it's The Hunt for Red October. It was Clancy's first book starring the unlikely hero and the only film to star Alec Baldwin as Ryan. Baldwin does a great job here -- portraying Ryan not as a gung-ho commando, as Harrison Ford would interpret the role, or as a know-it-all brat, as Ben Affleck would shamefully turn in down the line.

Baldwin is perfect, but his sparring partner, Sean Connery, is even better. As a Russian sub captain defecting to the U.S. -- and bringing his titular, silent sub with him -- Connery turns in yet another memorable performance, full of ballsy gusto and cocksureness. Supporting players run the gamut from Sam Neill to James Earl Jones (the only real fixture in the Jack Ryan cycle) to Tim Curry.

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Space Cowboys Review

The good news about Space Cowboys is that Clint Eastwood proves to be a skilled comedic director. The bad news is that only the first half of the movie is a comedy - the second half is a sloppy attempt at a heart-pounding, Apollo 13ish, mission-gone-haywire space drama that's vague, oversimplified and unbelievable. There's a gem of an entertaining movie somewhere in there, but it's never fully realized.

The plot is solid high concept. If you did a double-take when you first heard that John Glenn would return to space, you'll love the basic premise of Ken Kaufman's and Howard Klausner's script - four daring, old Air Force codgers weasel their way back into NASA's space shuttle program to attempt an equipment repair mission that only they know how to perform. Our movie visions of strapping, young astronauts (Dennis Quaid, Bill Paxton, Ben Affleck, to name a few) are smashed once we see an aging James Garner pull on an airtight suit.

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