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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Josh Young, J.K. Simmons, Erin Mackey and Chuck Cooper - J.K. Simmons visits the cast of Broadway's 'Amazing Grace' backstage at the Nederlander Theatre at Nederlander Theatre, - New York City, New York, United States - Friday 3rd July 2015
With the war between mankind and Skynet drawing to a close, resistance leader John Connor (Jason Clarke) discovers a terrible invention - a time machine. Knowing that the almost defeated Skynet have sent a terminator back in time to kill his own mother and stop the human resistance from forming, Connor has to send his best friend and most trusted lieutenant, Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back in time to protect her. When Reese arrives, Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) is already prepared for the coming storm, as she has been raised since childhood by the machines themselves. A reprogramed Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) has protected her for years, and is not preparing for the ultimate fight against the greatest enemy.
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J.K. Simmons - Celebrities attend 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts with City Hall in Beverly Hills. at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 22nd February 2015
J.K. Simmons - Shots of a variety of stars in the press room at Hollywood's biggest night, the 87th Annual Academy Awards which were held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 23rd February 2015
J.K Simmons could be heading back to the Spider-Man universe.
J.K Simmons, the man who will win the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor at the Academy Awards for Whiplash later this month, says he could reprise his role as Daily Bugle editor J. Jonah Jameson in future Spider-Man movies. The actor's performances in three Spider-Man movies were among the memorable moments of the Raimi era.
J.K Simmons will win the Oscar for best supporting actor for Whiplash
Simmons didn't go into any detail though when asked by Howard Stern on his Sirius XM show whether he would consider reprising the character, the actor said, "I just heard that we.that's a possibility."
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JK Simmons. SNL. It's the perfect weekend entertainment.
If you don’t instantly remember J.K. Simmons’ name and career, don’t feel too bad – with roles like the Farmers insurance guy and the yellow M&M, Simmons’ sharp wit (or face for that matter) don’t immediately spring to mind. But after his SNL monologue from last night, it will.
Despite his surly character, Simmons is kind of the best.
It was Simmons' tyrannical music conductor from Whiplash who came out when he hosted this week's "Saturday Night Live." Whiplash is, of course a music-themed drama about a young drummer (Miles Teller), who enters a conservatory under the tutelage of a tyrannical, perfectionist mentor (Simmons).
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It's hard to think of another film that leaves us quite so out of breath. Adapting his short film, first-time feature filmmaker Damien Chazelle grabs hold of the audience and never lets up, pounding us into submission with an exhilarating pace, blistering performances and never-flagging energy levels. It's an astonishing movie that reminds us of the visceral power of cinema in a story about the tenacity required to make it to the top.
At the centre of the storm is Andrew (Miles Teller), an aspiring drummer who is attending New York's most prestigious and cutthroat conservatory. His goal is to get into the elite jazz band led by Professor Fletcher (J.K. Simmons), whose brutal reputation is well-earned. A demanding, often cruel teacher, he belittles students with vein-popping diatribes. And he seems to have an extra well of bile just for Andrew, who is willing to put up with anything to be in his band. The question is whether Fletcher is trying to break him or push him to achieve even more. If Andrew hopes to survive, he might not be able to maintain a relationship with his new girlfriend Nicole (Melissa Benoist). But maybe it's worth the pain.
This is the blackest comedy imaginable, so harsh that our only response is to laugh bitterly at every hideous insult Fletcher heaps on his young musicians. Chazelle directs the film with such a brisk pace that it sometimes feels difficult to hang on for the ride, and even though some of the plot turns feel rather contrived, it's moving so quickly that we don't have time to worry about that. The entire film charges forward with the rhythms and energy of a powerful jazz riff, and even though it's often terrifying the ride is so much fun that we don't want it to end.
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'Whiplash' is one of the best movies of 2014 - no question.
It is difficult to figure out which is the most accomplished achievement within Whiplash - the tense new drama that deserves to be nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. Is it the fact that this is director Damien Chazelle's debut feature? Is it J.K Williams tour-de-force turn as the terrifying instructor Terence Fletcher, or Miles Teller's stunning lead performance as aspiring jazz drummer Andrew Neyman? Or maybe it's the cinematography talents of Sharone Meir who arguably created one of the most gripping final scenes in movie history.
Miles Teller [L] and JK Simmons [R] deliver sensational performances in Whiplash
Whiplash tells the story of a young musician who begins a single-minded pursuit to rise to the top of the world's greatest music conservatory, before taking on the role. He is accepted into the school's top band by Fletcher - an instructor whose reputation precedes him. However, Andrew's passion to achieve perfection spirals into disaster as his ruthless teacher attempts to push him beyond his means.
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'The Imitation Game' and 'The Theory Of Everything' stars among the 26th annual festival's honourees.
The 2015 Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards saw accolades going to some very well-deserved movies from the last year - with some even more well-deserved individuals picking them up.
Unsurprisingly, the Ensemble Cast Award went to the actors from 'The Imitation Game'; a movie depicting the era-defining career of codebreaker Alan Turing during World War II and his subsequent arrest for being homosexual. It stars Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role, with the likes of Allen Leech, Matthew Beard and Alex Lawther - the latter of whom plays Turing's younger self. Directed by the BAFTA nominated Morten Tyldum, the movie has already been nominated for five Golden Globes, and it definitely looks to be in line for an Academy Award.
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Mankind has been all but wiped out. When Skynet became self-aware, it launched tactical nuclear strikes against the human race, with an army of robots finishing off the last few survivors. John Connor (Jason Clarke) leads the resistance, and the robots know this. In order to stop the war against mankind, the machines send one of themselves back in time to kill his mother, Sarah (Emilia Clarke). With Sarah Connor being a well-documented pacifist, she stands no chance of survival, leading to Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) travelling back in time to save her. But he arrives in a very different world to what he expected. Sarah Connor is a well-trained killing machine, capable of defending herself. Reese was not the first person, or thing, to travel back in time to rescue her.
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There's a fundamental flaw to this multi-strand social media-themed drama: it's told completely from the perspective of older people who are fearful about the possibilities, rather than the generation for whom electronic communication is the norm. It's well-made by director Jason Reitman (age 36) and his cowriter Erin Cressida Wilson (50) from the novel by Chad Kultgen (38), but it kind of misses the point that this is the future of human interaction. So younger (or more switched-on) viewers won't buy the cautionary message.
IR's set in Austin, Texas, where Rachel and Don (Rosemarie DeWitt and Adam Sandler) are each so focussed on finding space outside their marriage that they don't notice that their teen son Chris (Travis Tope) is hanging out with self-proclaimed slutty cheerleader Hannah (Olivia Crocicchia). Her best friend Allison (Elena Kamporis) is starving herself to be like her, spurred on by her mother (Judy Greer), who is doing everything she can to make Allison a star. Meanwhile, Patricia (Jennifer Garner) is desperate to control how her daughter Brandy (Kaitkyn Dever) uses small-screens, especially worried about her growing friendship with Tim (Ansel Elgort), whose father (Dean Norris) is annoyed that he has quit the school football team.
Oddly, the film seems to adopt the adults' fears as its central tone: the internet and mobile phone communications are potentially dangerous, addictive and isolating. But this makes the film feel more like a sermon than a set of intertwined stories. A far more interesting approach would be to explore how communication and relationships are shifting due to the influence of online media. Indeed, the generational aspects to the films various plotlines are the most compelling elements, with clashing points of view between grown-ups and kids. But audience members who believe that mobile phones and social media sites are the future will struggle with the way Reitman presents them as inherently troublesome.
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'Whiplash' features an astonishing and disturbing performance from JK Simmons.
Forget Boyhood, Birdman and Foxcatcher. Actually, don't forget those. They're all really, really good. But Whiplash is the movie we're going to talk about. Whiplash. You're going to want to remember that.
Miles Teller is generating buzz for his performance in 'Whiplash'
It stars former teen star Miles Teller as Andrew Neyman, an ambitious young jazz drummer who hungers to become one of the greats. After meeting tutor Terence Fletcher - an instructor known for his revered but terrifying methods - Andrew joins a bad but his passion to achieve perfection spirals into obsession, all under the gaze of his ruthless teacher.
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