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Logan Review

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Hugh Jackman returns to his signature role one last time (so he says), reuniting with filmmaker James Mangold, who also directed 2013's The Wolverine. But this doesn't feel like any other X-Men movie; it strikes a sombre, gritty tone from the start to take the audience on a dark and rather brutal road trip. So while it feels rather long and repetitive, the movie also has a strong emotional kick.

It's set in the year 2029, when mutants have been wiped off the planet, and no new ones have been born for years. Hiding out in a drunken haze as a Texas limo driver, Logan aka Wolverine (Jackman) has stashed Charles aka Professor X (Patrick Stewart) across the border in Mexico, watched over by albino caretaker Caliban (Stephen Merchant). Then a nurse (Elizabeth Rodriguez) appears asking for Logan's help to transport the young Laura (Dafne Keen) to North Dakota. And Laura clearly has a genetic connection with Logan. It also turns out that she has escaped from a Mexico City hospital, so as Logan, Charles and Laura hit the road, the ruthless henchman Pierce (Boyd Holbrook) and sinister Dr Rice (Richard E. Grant) are hot on their trail.

Mangold holds all of this in careful control, never tipping over into the usual whiz-bang Hollywood superhero action chaos (the violence is especially grisly). The story moves at a steady pace that adds an involving note of desperation to each sequence. This also makes the movie feel a bit repetitive and even wheel-spinning at times. Since the baddies are able to stay right on the heroes' heels, it's clear that even a nicely offhandedly sojourn with a farmer (Eriq La Salle) and his family will be short-lived. But the gnawing intensity, while never quite building into proper suspense, gets deep under the skin as it fleshes out the characters.

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Hugh Jackman with James Mangold and Patrick Stewart at the 67th International Berlin Film Festival (Berlinale) photocall and press conference for Logan held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel - Berlin, Germany - Friday 17th February 2017

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Hugh Jackman
James Mangold, Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman and Dafne Keen
James Mangold, Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman and Dafne Keen
James Mangold, Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman and Dafne Keen

Fox Announces, 'Wolverine,' 'Fantastic Four' Sequels, Plus Mystery Project


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Fox has scheduled three more upcoming Marvel movie dates so that the studios can keep continually churning out new superhero movies in the years ahead. The new films - a Wolverine and a Fantastic Four sequel and a mystery Marvel project - are plotted for release from 2017 and onwards. The next Wolverine is set for March 3, 2017, the Fantastic Four sequel is pencilled in for July 14, 2017, and the last one is due to arrive on July 13, 2018, according to Variety.

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Fox Have Plotted A Release Date For The Next 'Wolverine' Movie, For 2017.

Whilst details on the latter two projects are a lot more vague, it was announced last November that Hugh Jackman will be returning to the role of the iconic mutant for a follow-up to 2013's franchise-boosting The Wolverine alongside director James Mangold.

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'The Wolverine' Dominates Box-Office: But Did You Stay For The Easter Egg?


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So James Mangold's The Wolverine, starring Hugh Jackman, wasn't really that bad in the end. There was brief couple of days when Rotten Tomatoes was filling up with a flurry of bad reviews for the X-Men movie, though the heavyweight critics gave Jackman and company the benefit of the doubt.

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During its opening weekend at the box-office, the movie took a modest $55 million (despite estimates of $80 million) though pulled in $86.1 million internationally to comfortably recoup its budget. In other words, from now on everything that The Wolverine pulls in at the cinema and on DVD and BluRay is pure profit. In other, other, words - it's all been a rather big success.

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X-Men's 'The Wolverine' Opens Moderately In U.S, HUGE Abroad


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The Hugh Jackman X-Men movieThe Wolverine did huge business overseas on its opening weekend, comfortably making back its budget.

The WolverineHugh Jackman as 'The Wolverine' in James Mangold's Movie

The superhero picture set in Japan opened bigger than any previous X-Men movie abroad, making $86.1 million internationally to add to a modest $55 million domestically. The 20th Century Fox project certainly cannot be considered a flop in the U.S - it still earned the No.1 spot - though it made $10 million less than expected. 

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Video - Hugh Jackman And James Mangold Discuss 'The Wolverine' At Comic-Con - Part 1


Hugh Jackman and director James Mangold talk about making the movie 'The Wolverine' at a Comic-Con press conference ahead of the film's release.

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The Wolverine - TV Spot


Logan is the mutant Wolverine who, along with a skeleton of adamantium, retractable claws and heightened senses, possesses a healing power that renders him ageless and immortal. To most, this would be a gift, but to Logan it is the biggest curse he could possibly suffer following the death of his beloved Jean Grey and his isolation from other mutants. He is visited by Mariko Yashida who takes him to Japan where her employer insists on repaying him for saving his life many years ago. Logan is offered the chance to surrender his life-saving powers in order for him to live out his life and take comfort in its natural end but, when it comes down to it, it may not have the consequences he hoped for as he is once again deceived and forced to fight to defend the name of the X-Men. Only this time, his chances are running out.

Carrying on from events in 2006's 'X-Men: The Last Stand', 'The Wolverine' returns in a more intense and testing story than ever before. It is the sequel to the 'X-Men' film series based on the Marvel comic books by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller and has been directed by James Mangold ('Girl, Interrupted', 'Walk the Line', 'Cop Land') who also co-wrote the screenplay with Mark Bomback ('Total Recall', 'Die Hard 4.0'), Scott Frank ('Minority Report', 'Marley & Me') and Christopher McQuarrie ('The Usual Suspects', 'The Tourist'). It will come to UK cinemas everywhere on July 15th 2013.

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Hugh Jackman Cuts Back On Stunts After ‘Wolverine’ On-Set Accident


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Hugh Jackman says he is cutting back on the amount of movie stunts he performs himself after a nasty accident on the set of his upcoming summer blockbuster The Wolverine.

The Australian actor who earned an Oscar nomination for Les Miserables feared he had broken his neck during a scene in which his character swings out of a train carriage. Though his injuries weren’t severe, it was enough to concern wife Deborra-lee Furness who made him reassess the amount of dangerous work he performs himself.

“In the film, there's a scene where I swing from inside to outside a train and my neck got caught. I thought I had broken it.

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James Mangold - 'The Wolverine' U.K. film premiere held at the Empire Leicester Aquare - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 16th July 2013

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James Mangold, Hugh Jackman and Famke Janssen - 'The Wolverine' press conference at The Manderin Oriental Hotel - New York, NY, United States - Friday 12th July 2013

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James Mangold and Hugh Jackman
James Mangold, Hugh Jackman and Famke Janssen

Turning Japanese: 'The Wolverine' Sees Hugh Jackman In Asia (Trailer)


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The latest trailer for James Mangold's The Wolverine will be a feast for the eyes to Marvel fans eagerly anticipating their latest slice of Hugh Jackman action. Set in modern-day Japan, the movie sees Jackman's character encounter a considerable enemy from his past who will ultimately impact on his future.  After alienating himself from his X-Men peers and being forced to kill his true love Jean Grey, the Wolverine is feeling a little down on his luck, so much so that he abandons his superhero identity.

However, when Logan is approached by Mariko Yashida who takes him to Asia, he enters yet another battle to the death. It's the sequel to the X-Men film series based on the Marvel comic books by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller and roughly follows the timeline of events since 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand. 

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The Wolverine - Teaser Trailer


Logan's mutant ability to survive almost anything is beginning to take its toll. After alienating himself from his X-Men peers and being forced to kill the love of his life Jean Grey to save everyone else, he feels he has nothing left to live for. Immortality has become a curse, so much so that even the most dangerous of proposals to make him mortal are tempting. He attempts to abandon his Wolverine identity, but he is approached by Mariko Yashida who takes him to Japan where her employer, who is on his death bed, wants to repay him for saving his life by offering him a cure for his mutant powers. However, as he enters into yet another battle to the death, it becomes obvious that his newfound vulnerability is a force to be reckoned with as, while eternal life forced him to face the emotional trauma of the past, mortality forces him to face the biggest torment of his life as the limits of his body and soul are truly tested. 

'The Wolverine' is a sequel to the 'X-Men' film series based on the Marvel comic books by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller and follows the timeline of events from 2006's 'X-Men: The Last Stand'. It has been directed by James Mangold ('Girl, Interrupted', 'Walk the Line', 'Cop Land') who co-wrote the script alongside Mark Bomback ('Total Recall', 'Die Hard 4.0'), Scott Frank ('Minority Report', 'Marley & Me') and Christopher McQuarrie ('The Usual Suspects', 'The Tourist'). See this stunning superhero action flick as it hits cinemas on July 26th 2013.

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James Mangold & Wife Thursday 22nd July 2010

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James Mangold and Wife

James Mangold and The Music Sunday 9th December 2007 Hollywood Life Magazine's 7th Annual Breakthrough of the Year Awards held at the Music Box - Arrivals Hollywood, California

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James Mangold and The Music
James Mangold and The Music

Oliver & Company Review


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Disney's animated version of Dickens' Oliver Twist, Oliver & Company, is a true oddity in the Disney canon. For starters, the animation style is completely different from anything else in its repertoire. Obviously inspired by Ralph Bakshi (of Felix the Cat fame), the movie features garish perspectives, serious abuse of zoom (in almost every scene), and an attempt at urban grittiness which Walt Disney never knew in his entire life.

And yet here it is, Oliver & Company, wherein an orphaned kitten falls in with a crowd of dogs-cum-hustlers, only to end up adopted into a rich girl's house. A kidnappng and rescue plot (pushing the boundaries of the G rating) ensues -- ironically, it's the best part of the movie.

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