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Very Good

Like a mash-up of Alien and Gravity, this ripping sci-fi horror movie is very effective at generating tension and terror. And it helps that an adept cast is on board to give some weight to characters who are rather thinly written. The script, by Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, keeps everything lean and mean, concentrating on the scary stuff while ignoring any thematic depth or topicality. But director Daniel Espinosa (Safe House) keeps it moving briskly.

It's set on board the International Space Station, where a specialised six-person crew is examining new soil samples from Mars. Science officer Hugh (Ariyon Bakare) finds alien life in the dirt, and watches in amazement as the cells grow and cooperate to create an interactive jellyfish-like creature, which schoolchildren on Earth name Calvin. Infectious disease doctors David and Miranda (Jake Gyllenhaal and Rebecca Ferguson) are concerned that this life-form remains contained in the lab. So Captain Kat (Olga Dihovichnaya) and technicians Roy and Sho (Ryan Reynolds and Hiroyuki Sanada) set out to lock things down. But of course, this proves trickier than they thought it would be.

What follows is, unsurprisingly, a stalker slasher movie in which the crew members go down one by one. Calvin is a quick learner, and grows into a seriously menacing creature, complete with the silly addition of a kind of evil digital face. It also gets a few corny point of view camera angles. But mainly Espinosa holds his nerve, maintaining a believable sense of the science and the setting as things get increasingly out of control. Each terrifying set piece is followed by a brief moment of silence in which the characters (and audience) catch their breath. This also allows them to add one back story detail per person, in an attempt to stir up some emotional connection. But it doesn't really matter once the violent mayhem kicks into gear again.

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Rebecca Ferguson Will Not Be Performing At Donald Trump's Inauguration


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Former ‘X Factor’ contestant Rebecca Ferguson has confirmed she will not be performing at Donald Trump’s inauguration later this month, because she is uncomfortable with the song that had been chosen for her.

Last week Ferguson confirmed she had been invited to perform at the ceremony and said she would accept the invitation on the condition that she be allowed to perform Billie Holiday’s ‘Strange Fruit’.

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Rebecca Ferguson at the BBC Music Awards held at the Excel Centre, London, United Kingdom - Monday 12th December 2016

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Life Trailer


On board the International Space Station, a group of astronauts and scientists are risking their lives in order to study various outer worldly scenarios. When the team are sent a pod by an exploration vessel based on a planet Mars, the delivery process is risky but the skilled engineers manage to intercept the pod with little issue.

As the team re-group and begin to investigate the findings of the mission, not one of the crew members expects what has been delivered to them. The team of six unbelievably find that the Mars rover has found a form of life. A primitive large single cell; without expecting to, the team appear to have just proven that life on other planets is possible and they're the first ones to see exactly what it is.

Lead by a British scientist, the team quarantine the sample and begin to culture and nurture it in a bid to discover what the cell is part of. Everyone on the Space Station is overwhelmed and equally intrigued by the discovery and the secrets it holds but as they soon realise, the lifeform is far more dangerous than any of them could ever comprehended and it soon wishes to take over its new host.

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Singer Rebecca Ferguson at the European premiere of Tom Cruise's new movie 'Jack Reacher: Never Go Back' held at Cineworld Leicester Square, London, United Kingdom - Friday 21st October 2016

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Singer Rebecca Ferguson at the UK premiere of Tom Cruise's new movie 'Jack Reacher: Never Go Back' - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 20th October 2016

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Rebecca Ferguson on the red carpet at the 2016 Attitude Awards, London, United Kingdom - Monday 10th October 2016

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Actress Rebecca Ferguson at the world premiere of 'The Girl on the Train' held at Odeon Cinema, Leicester Square, London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 20th September 2016

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Weekend Box Office: ‘Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation’ Makes $56 Million In Opening Weekend


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Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation has topped the U.S. Weekend Box Office (31st July-2nd August). The action film, which was released on 31st July, made $56 million in the U.S. and Canada. The film has made over $40 million more than the other newcomer in the office, Vacation, which comes in at number 2 in the Box Office chart.

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Tom Cruise's 'Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation' A Massive Success On Opening Night


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It looks as though Tom Cruise’s latest action rampage Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation is going to exceed the very good commercial performance expected of it this weekend, with the news that the thriller has made a near-record $20.3 million on its opening Friday (July 31st).

Industry insiders who have been able to access pre-release audience surveys predicted that the latest MI instalment would make approximately $40 million over its opening weekend. However, the Friday figure from nearly 4,000 theaters – doubly impressive for one that didn’t debut on a Wednesday, according to Forbes – has revised studio expectations upwards to as high as $52 million.

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Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation Review

Very Good

Writer-director Christopher McQuarrie brings a dark and gritty tone to this larger-than-life franchise. Along with a constant stream of barbed humour, the film has an enjoyably knotted mystery plot and action set-pieces that feel like they're grounded in the real world. It's a terrific shift into earthy believability for a series of movies that has previously indulged in gleefully incoherent narratives and exaggerated explosive chaos.

Right from the start, our hero Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is an outsider. As he searches for a shady assassin (Sean Harris) and his mythical organisation The Syndicate, Ethan's Impossible Mission Force is being dissolved by the US government. CIA Director Hunley (Alec Baldwin) absorbs the IMF team, but tech genius Benji (Simon Pegg) secretly helps Ethan, enlisting Luther (Ving Rhames) and William (Jeremy Renner) as well. Soon, all three are gallivanting from Vienna to Morocco and back to London, as Ethan works with double or perhaps triple agent Ilsa (Rebecca Ferguson) to prove that The Syndicate exists and stop its nefarious plan.

The film plays out like an edgy James Bond adventure, as Ethan works with a possibly dangerous woman in exotic locations in pursuit of some very shadowy baddies. McQuarrie's script is unusually lucid for this genre, piecing together the various elements expertly, building a genuine sense of tension without ever letting things tip over into overblown silliness. The chase sequences are remarkably rough and unpredictable, avoiding digital trickery to create moments that are jaw-droppingly authentic. As usual, we can tell that Cruise does his own stunts; the opening hanging-from-an-airplane scene is awesome, and a helmet-free motorbike chase looks even more perilous. With the IMF disbanded, it's never quite clear how Ethan funds his one-man operation, but he has a terrific supply of cool gadgets stashed all over Europe.

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Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation Trailer


The IMF (Impossible Mission Force) have been active for years, but it's time has run out. The head of the CIA (Alec Baldwin) informs them that they are to be disbanded, but some people can't actually adjust to that sort of thing. Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) can't let go, and soon discovers that the IMF is actually needed more than ever. The Syndicate - a Rouge Nation - has been steadily growing over the years, and is seen as an anti-IMF. Now, Hunt and his team must engage in their most impossible mission to date, and fight an enemy which, officially, does not exist.

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Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation Trailer


Despite their countless missions, most of which deemed impossible, the IMF is closing down. Considered an irrelevant and archaic group, the government intends to tie off any loose ends - especially Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise). The problem is, Hunt is a veteran, and a tremendous agent of the IMF, and has uncovered a terrifying secret rouge nation, known as The Syndicate. Hunt plans to track down, expose and destroy The Syndicate through any means necessary. To that end, he recruits his old friends and colleges from the IMF, and plans to take the fight to them. Even if the mission is impossible. 

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Hercules Review


Very Good

Far more entertaining than it has any right to be, this is a big, messy blockbuster retelling of the Greek myth that thankfully has a sharp sense of humour and some surprising twists up its sleeve. The cast is also packed with veteran performers who know how to make the most of some eyebrow-raising innuendo, generating intrigue while keeping the audience laughing with them rather than at them.

The premise takes a revisionist approach, grounding the legend of the demigod Hercules (Dwayne Johnson) in real stories that have been exaggerated by his nephew Iolaus (Reece Ritchie), who travels with him as a kind of toga-era marketing expert. Their team of mercenaries includes wryly fatalistic seer Amphiaraus (Ian McShane), quick-witted blade-thrower Autolycus (Rufus Sewell), bow-wielding amazon Atalanta (Ingrid Bolso Berdal) and loyal mute warrior Tydeus (Aksel Hennie). When they're offered a fortune by Lord Cotys (John Hurt) to quell a rebellion, they find themselves in the middle of a massive battle that doesn't go the way they expected. And as events take unforeseen turns, Hercules and his gang have to dig deep to turn the tide in their favour.

Johnson is a natural in the role, so massively pumped up that he looks like he could be popped with a pin. His hulking physique and just enough back-story give the character's reputation some weight, both literally and figuratively, so even if he's not half-god his achievements are still pretty impressive. (There are also plenty of hints that he may turn out to be a god after all.) And the surrounding characters add to this with cleverly written roles that are expertly played by British scene-stealers Hurt, McShane, Sewell, Mullan and Fiennes. McShane is so good that he essentially walks off with the whole movie. But relative newcomers Ritchie, Hennie and Berdal more than hold their own.

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Rebecca Ferguson's Family Members Shot In Drive-By Shooting


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Two members of Rebecca Ferguson's family have been shot in a drive-by shooting in Everton. The singer is said to be "shocked and terrified" by a targeted attack that seriously injured her children's uncle and grandfather on Wednesday evening, according to the Liverpool Echo.

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Karl Dures, 51 and his son Craig Dures, 27, were shot in the leg and face as they stood on the corner of Lance Close. Ms Ferguson - who rose to fame after appearing on The X-Factor - dated Karl's son, also called Karl, and had two children with him. The pair ended their relationship before Ferguson's appearance on the singing show, though the families have remained close.

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Despite their countless missions, most of which deemed impossible, the IMF is closing down. Considered...

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