Khalid Rafi

Khalid Rafi

The author enjoys writing and is passionate about Pakistan Cricket. He tweets @TheKhalidRafi (twitter.com/TheKhalidRafi)

Will redesigning Sonic the Hedgehog fix what looks like a terrible adaptation?

When it comes to video game adaptations, it has to be said that Hollywood has failed miserably at cracking the code. For some reason, the producers and money men in Tinseltown can’t seem to understand what it takes to take a narrative that has been very successful with a particular video game and make it work as a feature length film. The list of bad video game adaptations has gotten pretty long at this point, with several big screen adaptations already in the pipeline. By the looks of it, the list may only get a little longer with the ...

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Gemini Man: The ultimate face-off of Smith vs Smith

After back-to-back critical failures like Suicide Squad, Collateral Beauty and Bright, Will Smith’s success has been on the decline for the first time in a long time. However, the trailer for his upcoming film, Gemini Man, serves as a reminder that you can never keep a good man down. Directed by Ang Lee, the sci-fi thriller which sees 50-year-old Smith face off against a 23-year-old clone version of himself (something made possible thanks to the magic of digital de-ageing). The internationally renowned director has previously directed films such as Brokeback Mountain and Life of Pi, both of which won him an Oscar ...

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Will The Rise of Skywalker offer a fitting conclusion to the Star Wars saga?

The ninth and final instalment in the Star Wars series, The Rise of Skywalker has pretty much everyone hyped and excited about how the decades-long saga will finally conclude. JJ Abrams, who also directed The Force Awakens, returns to the director’s chair, with much of the same cast from the previous film returning as well. The surprise release of the first teaser only adds to the intrigue surrounding the film and teases a few ominous warnings along the way. The trailer opens to some cryptic voice-over narration by Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), “We’ve passed on all we know. A thousand generations live ...

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Mysterious and spooky: The Adams Family is coming back, oozing with nostalgia

Created as a single-panel comic for the New Yorker Magazine in the 1930’s, The Addams Family – which follows the story of an odd-ball family and their equally odd-ball antics – has left a significant footprint on American comedy. First through the wildly popular television (TV) show from the 1960’s, and then through the rebooted movie series from the 1990’s which renewed the franchise’s popularity. In between, The Addams Family was also a hit Saturday morning cartoon show. Now, a couple decades on, The Addams Family returns to the big screen once again, this time in the form of ...

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As far as Stephen King adaptations go, Pet Sematary is certainly one of the better ones

Stephen King’s legacy as one of the best, as well as one of the most popular horror novelists is perhaps best attributed to the fact that no novelist in history has had more of his books adapted into movies. King’s greatest strength is perhaps his uncomplicated style of storytelling. While there are often underlying layers to his work, the narrative directness of his stories makes them tailor-made for the big screen. Pet Sematary however, which serves as the 35th time one of King’s books has made it to the big screen, has a special place even in King’s vast oeuvre. Worried by ...

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Knock knock! Annabelle is coming home and things are about to get real scary

Following the Marvel path, The Conjuring universe has grown steadily over the last six years through both, the increasing returns that most films in the franchise have delivered and in stature through the critical acclaim that the first two Conjuring movies received. Now five movies in, the franchise is showing no signs of slowing down with a third Conjuring film already set for 2020. But before that, we’re getting another Annabelle movie. And this one promises to be much different than its predecessors. Photo: IMDb Annabelle Comes Home, which will serve as the sixth film in the ...

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Just like Elton John, Rocketman is more of a musical fantasy than a conventional biopic

The success of Bohemian Rhapsody seems to have opened the door for biopics about famous rock stars, and the subject of the upcoming film Rocketman is certainly someone who fits the bill. For decades, Elton John has captured the hearts of millions with his flamboyant style and beautiful voice, so it’s only fitting that he finally gets a biopic of his own. The first trailer, which released recently, charts the transformational journey of the singer from a shy piano-playing wunderkind named Reginald Dwight, to an icon of pop and glam rock. The trailer picks up from his childhood, when he ...

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Once Upon A Time in Hollywood, there was Tarantino, DiCaprio and Pitt

Hollywood 1969 sets the stage for the latest film from visionary director Quentin Tarantino. The penultimate film of Tarantino’s career, Once Upon A Time in Hollywood turns back the clock to the summer of ‘69, a time when Hollywood was both nearing the end of its Golden Era and about to be engulfed in the hysteria of the gruesome Manson Family murders. With the industry nearing radical change and the Manson family bubbling in the background, aging Western TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) go about their business, trying their best ...

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After Get Out, Us proves to be much more than just a gripping horror movie

With just his first film, Get Out, Jordan Peele established himself as one of the most unique voices in Hollywood and a story-teller of many talents. Peele offered not just a great horror-comedy but also a film with enduring social commentary and critique that many hailed as being deeply relevant to race relations in America. Given the massive critical and commercial acclaim that Get Out garnered, as well as the lasting impact it will likely have on pop culture in years to come, there were always going to be high expectations from Peele’s sophomore effort Us. Lupita Nyong’o stars as Adelaide Wilson. ...

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The Art of Self-Defence: A diamond in the rough

Ever so often we find ourselves utterly enchanted by a film we know so little about. That diamond in the rough or that under seen Indie gem turns out to be one of the best movies we have seen in months and suddenly we question why we knew so little about that very movie. The upcoming film The Art of Self-Defence seems very much in the same wheelhouse. The movie stars Jesse Eisenberg as a timid man, trying to learn to protect himself in the wake of a seemingly random but violent beating. The first teaser gives scant details regarding the plot ...

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