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Independence Day: Resurgence Review

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Two decades is a long time to wait for a sequel, especially one starring much of the original cast. (The record may go to the 32 years between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens.) But clearly filmmakers Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin have long wanted to follow up their 1996 blockbuster hit Independence Day. The result is a big, fast sci-fi action thriller that lacks both the original movie's enjoyably raucous tone and its break-out star Will Smith.

After the events of 20 years ago, America has taken alien technology to heart, improving transportation and military defence, including creating a base on the moon to keep an eye out for returning tentacled baddies. Then an orb-shape ship appears, followed by a new mothership so large that it spans the entire Atlantic Ocean. President Lanford (Sela Ward) turns to the surviving heroes of the previous invasion for help: scientific expert David (Jeff Goldblum), former president Whitmore (Bill Pullman) and mad genius Brakish (Brent Spiner). Meanwhile, a young team of next-generation pilots dives into the fray, including Dylan (Jesse T. Usher playing Will Smith's now-grown son), Jake (Liam Hemsworth), Patricia (Maika Monroe as Whitmore's daughter and Jake's fiancee) and Charlie (Travis Tope).

The film is assembled in standard disaster movie style, quickly introducing characters and their personal little melodramas before throwing them into the mad chaos of this new invasion. Emmerich is an expert at this structure, using it to hugely entertaining effect from Independence Day to Godzilla, The Day After Tomorrow, 2014 and White House Down. So it's odd that this film feels so lifeless by comparison. The story rushes past at a breathless pace that never allows the characters or events to gain any real traction with the audience. The only sharp wit on hand this time comes from throwaway one-liners apparently improvised by Goldblum. And the action feels eerily derivative, rehashed from Emmerich's filmography with added elements from Star Wars and Apocalypse Now.

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William Fichtner , Kymberly Kalil - Independence Day: Resurgence Los Angeles Premiere held at the TCL Chinese Theatre at TCL Chinese Theatre - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 21st June 2016

William Fichtner and Kymberly Kalil
William Fichtner and Kymberly Kalil

Kymberly Kalil , William Fichtner - Premiere of 20th Century Fox's 'Independence Day: Resurgence' - Arrivals at Hollywood - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 20th June 2016

Kymberly Kalil and William Fichtner
Kymberly Kalil and William Fichtner
Kymberly Kalil and William Fichtner
Kymberly Kalil and William Fichtner
Kymberly Kalil and William Fichtner

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Out Of The Shadows Trailer


Donatello, Leonardo, Michelangelo and Raphael are back in full force and ready to protect their beloved home town of Manhattan, this time the brothers are equipped with their fully loaded Tartaruga wagon and nothing will stop them from fighting the bad guys they face, in their own words: "We're just four brothers who hate bullies and love this city."

Once again the team is joined by the feisty April O'Neil and this time the Turtles mission is bigger than ever. When a mad scientist by the name of Dr. Baxter Stockman, creates a new form of mutagen, chaos is released all over the city in part due Shredder's two new henchmen, Bebop & Rocksteady and a much bigger mechanical Alien invasion which will see the turtles step out of the shadows and take the spotlight to save their city.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows will be released 16 June 2016 and was once again directed by Dave Green.

Independence Day: Resurgence - Teaser Trailer


Everyone knows the tale of David Levinson and Captain Steven Hiller, the two men at the forefront of the last Alien invasion. Since that last fateful day, Levinson has worked tirelessly to protect the world and strengthen it from alien attacks, even using the technology they discovered on board the alien spaceship to counter their possible attack methods.

When the people of Earth learn that Aliens are on their way back to our planet, there's automatic hysteria and a hope that the newly installed space defences will help counter the attack. Whatever stringent plans David develops he, more than anyone, realises that it will probably not be enough to protect us.

Independence Day: Resurgence takes place twenty years after the original movie and sees many of the cast taking up the same role again. The film is directed by Roland Emmerich (known for The Day After Tomorrow, Godzilla and the first Independence Day movie.)

William Fichtner - Photographs from the American Film Institute Film Festival and a screening of 'The Homesman' in Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 12th November 2014

William Fichtner
William Fichtner

William Fichtner - 'The Lookalike' LA Premiere - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 6th November 2014

William Fichtner
William Fichtner

The Homesman Trailer


George Briggs is a claim jumper who has only ever known a dishonest life. When he finds himself in serious trouble (sat astride an impatient horse with his hands bound behind his back and a noose around his neck tied to a branch), he starts to think this could finally be the end for him. That is until he is found by a lone woman with a wagon named Mary Bee Cuddy who agrees to free him from his plight in exchange for a favour. Living alone, she is struggling to carry out an important personal mission; she wants to take three insane women from Nebraska to Iowa now that their husbands can now longer cope with them. Thus, she asks Briggs to help her on the dangerous five week journey and, despite his serious reservations, he agrees to act as her aide and protector against the brutalities they may face along the way.

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'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Premiere Hits Los Angeles [Pictures]


Megan Fox Michael Bay Will Arnett William Fichtner Alan Ritchson Johnny Knoxville

The stars of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot were out in full force on Sunday 3 August for the film’s premiere in Los Angeles. Megan Fox, who plays intrepid reporter April O’Neil, stepped on to the red carpet with her fellow co-stars Will Arnett, William Fichtner, Alan Ritchson and Johnny Knoxville, as well as the film’s producer, Michael Bay.

Megan Fox
Megan Fox wows at the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles premiere

The Jonathan Liebesman-directed action movie was screened at the Regency Village Theatre where Fox and her co-stars stopped to pose with fans and for a whole cast line up picture.

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William Fichtner - 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Los Angeles premiere - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 3rd August 2014

William Fichtner
William Fichtner
William Fichtner
William Fichtner

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Trailer


Some years ago, four baby turtles were discovered in a puddle of radioactive ooze in a sewer by a rat named Splinter. Adopting them as his own, he gave them the names of the four most influential Italian painters: Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael, and the humanoid reptiles grew up learning the art of ninjitsu from their rodentine sensei. Defiant defenders of New York City, they must band together to fight against the merciless Foot Clan; a gang of vicious criminals led by city samurai The Shredder. Meanwhile, an aspiring reporter named April is following the turtles, but with no-one likely to believe her story the city residents have little hope left for peace in their crime ravaged home. Determined to restore humanity to the town, April joines the turtles in their fight - though not even Splinter is strong enough to take on their latest enemy.

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'The Homesman': Cannes 2014 Reviews Are Mostly Positive


Tommy Lee Jones Hilary Swank Meryl Streep Hailee Steinfeld William Fichtner

‘The Homesman’ is the latest film to face the critics at Cannes 2014, which has thrown out some modern classics (like ‘Mr Turner) and some true stinkers (like ‘Grace of Monaco).

The Homesman

Starring Tommy Lee Jones, Hilary Swank, Hailee Steinfeld, William Fichtner and Meryl Streep and helmed by Lee Jones in his fourth directorial effort, ‘The Homesman’ hasn’t reached one end of the critical spectrum or another, pleasing most critics but failing to excite others. This reaction has accumulated a fairly healthy 67% aggregate score on Rotten Tomatoes. 

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Extended Teaser Trailer


April O’Neil is a fearless news reporter whose job to land stories is all the more dangerous in this day and age as the city of New York is overcome with crime, suffering and destruction. The law enforcers of the city are unequipped to deal with the level of power that the top villains of the streets wield, those being The Shredder and his brutal Foot Clan. There is still one last hope for the town though with the arrival of four mutant brothers (Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo and Donatello); laboratory guinea pigs (well, turtles) that found themselves living in their sewer for most of their lives while being trained in the art of ninjitsu by their rodentine sensei Splinter. They have now surfaced to defend the human race against The Shredder and April is determined to gain the exclusive story on their existence alongside her trusty cameraman Vernon Fenwick. Question is, is she ready to face such formidable creatures?

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Grab Your First Slice Of 'The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' [Trailer + Pictures]


Michael Bay William Fichtner Megan Fox Will Arnett Noel Fisher

Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo and Donatello and their sensei, Master Splinter are all back from the depths of your childhood TV set to make it big on the silver screen.

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The Michael Bay-produced reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has finally got its first trailer, giving us a chance to see how the motion-captured turtles look compared to their traditionally animated/live-action predecessors. And they look kind sinister.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Teaser Trailer


In a city rife with crime and destruction, there's danger at every turn and suffering in every corner. The real authority of New York is The Shredder and his violent Foot Clan, whose power supersedes both police and politics. The only hope for restoring safety to the streets comes in the form of four mutant brothers, created in a laboratory many years ago and who have now found their way out of the sewers. A plucky newspaper reporter named April O'Neil is determined to land an exclusive story on the arrival of these martial art heroes alongside her cameraman Vernon Fenwick, but on being faced directly with these teenage mutant ninja turtles, she doesn't feel as brave as she first appears. However, if she wants to save the city from total obliteration, she and the masked mutants (Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo and Donatello) must team up and fight against Shredder and his formidable Clan.

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Independence Day: Resurgence Movie Review

Independence Day: Resurgence Movie Review

Two decades is a long time to wait for a sequel, especially one starring much...

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Out Of The Shadows Trailer

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Out Of The Shadows Trailer

Donatello, Leonardo, Michelangelo and Raphael are back in full force and ready to protect their...

Independence Day: Resurgence - Teaser Trailer

Independence Day: Resurgence - Teaser Trailer

Everyone knows the tale of David Levinson and Captain Steven Hiller, the two men at...

The Homesman Trailer

The Homesman Trailer

George Briggs is a claim jumper who has only ever known a dishonest life. When...

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Trailer

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Trailer

Some years ago, four baby turtles were discovered in a puddle of radioactive ooze in...

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Trailer

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Trailer

April O’Neil is a fearless news reporter whose job to land stories is all the...

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Trailer

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In a city rife with crime and destruction, there's danger at every turn and suffering...

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