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'Escape to Victory' Reboot Set To Capitalize on America's Huge World Cup Following


Michael Caine Sylvester Stallone Doug Liman

‘Escape to Victory’ – or simply ‘Victory’ in U.S – captured two emotive subjects for Americans: war and sport. And now a remake is set to do the same, as Americans take soccer in to their hearts like never before with the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Pele Escape to VictoryPele starred in 'Escape to Victory' [Photo: Getty images, credit: Stuart C. Wilson]

The original, starring Michael Caine and Sylvester Stallone, saw the Nazi's arrogance manifest in a Germany v P.O.W football match, with the controlling force assuming it had the game won – an opportunity to embarrass those they had living under horrible conditions.

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Tom Cruise at the 'Edge of Tomorrow' photocall in Osaka, Japan

Doug Liman and Tom Cruise - Tom Cruise at the 'Edge of Tomorrow' photocall in Osaka, Japan - Osaka, Osaka, Japan - Thursday 26th June 2014

Doug Liman and Tom Cruise
Doug Liman and Tom Cruise
Doug Liman, Tom Cruise and Erwin Stoff
Doug Liman and Tom Cruise

'Edge Of Tomorrow' May Be Recycled, But It's Not Rubbish


Tom Cruise Emily Blunt Brendan Gleeson Doug Liman

Fancy an action blockbuster this weekend? Doug Liman's hotly anticipated new sci-fi action epic Edge of Tomorrow finally sees its US release today and is set for a monster opening. Well, the critical winds are certainly blowing in the right direction: the film is unabashedly action-packed but complements its meat-headedness with moral dilemmas and a disturbing view of the future of humanity.

Tom Cruise takes the lead in this military sci-fi movie, playing a man reliving his death in battle against an alien force over and over again. Cruise plays Lt. Col. Bill Cage and co-star Emily Blunt is Special Forces soldier Rita Vrataski in this exciting new alien combat thriller.

Adapted by Screenwriter Dante Harper, Edge of Tomorrow is based on Hiroshi Sakurazaka's Japanese light novel All You Need Is Kill which combines a mind-boggling time loop scenario - think Groundhog Day crossed with Source Code - with heart-racing action scenes, evoking Cruise's own Oblivion and Matt Damon's Elysium.

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The world premiere of 'The Edge Of Tomorrow'

Doug Liman - The world premiere of 'The Edge Of Tomorrow' at The IMAX London - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 28th May 2014

New York Premiere of 'Edge Of Tomorrow' - Arrivals

Erwin Stoff, Doug Liman, Emily Blunt and Tom Cruise - New York Premiere of 'Edge Of Tomorrow' at AMC Loews Lincoln Square - Arrivals - New York City, New York, United States - Wednesday 28th May 2014

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Premiere of 'Edge Of Tomorrow' - Arrivals

Doug Liman, Emily Blunt and Tom Cruise - Premiere of 'Edge Of Tomorrow' at AMC Loews Lincoln Square - Arrivals - New York City, New York, United States - Wednesday 28th May 2014

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World premiere of 'Edge Of Tomorrow' - Arrivals

Doug Liman - World premiere of 'Edge Of Tomorrow' held at the BFI IMAX - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 28th May 2013

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Edge Of Tomorrow Trailer


Major William Cage is a soldier who is thrust into an impossible battle when the world is taking over by an advanced and brutal army of aliens called Mimics. He teams up with feisty Special Forces soldier Rita Vrataski but, unsurprisingly, they and the rest of the military force attacking the intergalactic threat are almost immediately wiped out. However, Cage wakes up and finds himself back to where he started having just been recruited, with the deadly battle still ahead of them. When he later dies again in a different way and subsequently re-awakens, he realises that this day will be on a loop presenting him with a unique opportunity to grow stronger and more able to defeat the global enemy with the help of Vrataski as each day passes by.

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Tom Cruise Dons A Robot Suit And Sprints Through Fire In First Peek At 'All You Need Is Kill'


Tom Cruise Emily Blunt Doug Liman Katie Holmes

Tom Cruise looks ready for action as the first still of the upcoming movie All You Need Is Kill was released today, showing Cruise sprinting through a fiery explosion in a futuristic robot exoskeleton.

The film, being filmed in the UK over the summer, sees Cruise star as Lt. Col. Bill Cage, a soldier fighting in a war with aliens who finds himself caught in a time loop of his last day in the battle, honing his skills with each repetition.

The film, set for a 2014 release, is being directed by Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity), and will also star Brit golden girl Emily Blunt and Bill Paxton, who will portray the hard-as-nails platoon leader. It will be one of six films that Cruise is said to be starring in since his well pulicised split from ex-wife Katie Holmes, including an updated version of the story of Van Helsing, another instalment of the Mission Impossible series and even a rumoured appearance in the announced Top Gun sequel.

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Fair Game Review


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This provocative, fascinating true story is told with so much righteous rage that the politics overwhelm the personal drama. Terrific acting and a sharp, brainy script hold our interest, but we never properly feel the emotional punch.

Valerie Plame (Watts) is a high-level CIA operative juggling teams in a variety of locations. In the wake of 9/11, her focus is on investigating Saddam Hussein's nuclear weapons programme. Her husband, Joe Wilson (Penn), is the expert sent to Niger to investigate uranium rumours, but he finds no evidence.

And this is backed up by Valerie's discoveries from scientists in Iraq. So when Joe hears George W Bush lying in a State of the Union address, he writes a rebuttal. Enraged, Bush administration official Scooter Libby (Andrews) releases Valerie's identity.

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The Bourne Ultimatum Review


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There are actually three screenwriters credited for The Bourne Ultimatum, though it's hard to imagine what exactly they all did to earn their paycheck. "You don't remember anything, do you?" "It's Bourne." "It ends here." [insert car chase] That doesn't mean that this third installment of the popular shaky-cam travelogue spy thriller series doesn't deliver all that it's intended to, and occasionally more, it just means that you're more likely to hear barked-out commands or the sound of squealing tires and shattering glass than two or more actors exchanging full sentences as part of a conversation. This is a film that asks exactly how much traditional storytelling structure can you cleave away and still have a coherent and engaging piece of work? The answer: Nearly all of it.

Coming off last year's abysmally underrated United 93, director Paul Greengrass thankfully returns for his second film in the series about the titular amnesiac CIA-trained assassin (Matt Damon) with identity issues. Although the resulting film is not nearly up to the hard-to-match bar set by the preceding film, The Bourne Supremacy, it's hard to imagine any other director currently working who would be able to keep the relentless pace delivered by Ultimatum. Unfortunately, it's also all too easy to see that the filmmakers and Damon are coasting when they could be soaring.

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The Bourne Identity Review


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Last year, Christopher Nolan took memory loss to a new level with his masterful thriller Memento, in which the hero tattoos notes on his body to help him cope with his condition. This year, the amnesiac champion of The Bourne Identity uses brains and brawn as a means of sorting out his memory loss. Doug Liman directs Identity with the same degree of creativity as he demonstrated with Swingers and Go, despite some reportedly epic studio and script squabbles. This time, however, he works on a much grander scale.

The Bourne Identity is based upon Robert Ludlum's famous series of spy thrillers about the elusive and extra-human Jason Bourne. Matt Damon plays Bourne, a spy who survives a shipwreck in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea but does not remember his identity or past. Implanted in his back are a series of bullets and a capsule containing an account number for a safety deposit box in Zurich. Once inside the box, he uncovers a supply of passport identities, money, and weapons - which only adds to his confusion.

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Cry_wolf Review


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AOL Instant Messenger has denied me the following screennames on the basis that someone else has them: "Bicker4," "PhantomK678," "GrizzMan," "Korgon27," "Giglifan2," and "PandaBear." Besides the heartbreak that I suffered because I couldn't express my love for Bic Lighters, this denial led me to a very generic name that I have only stuck with out of laziness. So, the fact that the killer in Jeff Wadlow's Cry_Wolf simply got the screenname "Wolf" without a number or extra letter attached sticks out as inaccurate in a film already full to the brim with improbability and inconsistencies.

The movie concerns a group of bored, privileged high school students at a private school. This particular group has a love for games about lying, which they come together to play once a week. All is hunky dory in their group until their ringleader Dodger (Lindy Booth) brings in an outsider named Owen (Julian Morris), a British newbie who got kicked out of his last school for drug possession and for getting a bit too close to the headmaster's daughter. In a flash of creativity, the group cooks up one big lie for the entire school to fall into, involving the murder of a local townie. The lie is simple: A serial killer called The Wolf is terrorizing campus and will strike again when the full moon is out. Suddenly, strange messages show up, people's rooms are wrecked, and people are running for their lives away from a person dressed to fit the description of The Wolf.

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