Stories about Cate Blanchett

The Hidden World is the perfect bow to wrap up the How to Train Your Dragon trilogy

“You are the reason to go on living. I need to try this and be on my own. We’ll always be friends but keep our distance. We’ll be together from afar, forever.” The final part of the How To Train Your Dragon trilogy is not only about the affectionate anecdote of Hiccup and Toothless but also a moving hasta la vista to the deeply expressive three-quel of homo sapiens and fire-breathers living in a utopian realm. How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is a warm, lively, coming of age tale that illustrates the whole story as passionately and creatively as its predecessors did. ...

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Darker and drearier, ‘Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle’ lacks its bare necessities

Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle, the latest live-action cinematic take on Rudyard Kipling’s story of a boy raised by wolves is a peculiar beast. It’s the old familiar tale but with a dark, gory spin. Mowgli (Rohan Chand), an orphaned infant, grows up in an Indian jungle after being rescued by the panther Bagheera (Christian Bale) and adopted by a family of wolves. The pack offers him protection from Sher Khan (Benedict Cumberbatch), a fierce tiger who killed the child’s parents and now wants to devour the man cub as well. The young boy is mentored by the bear Baloo (Andy ...

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Given its stellar cast, Ocean’s 8 is not the masterpiece one would expect

While Hollywood has always been very fond of remakes and spinoffs, it has more recently developed a fascination with female-centred continuations of beloved cinematic adventures and established franchises. From the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot to the upcoming The Expendabelles, The Hustle and The Rocketeers, several female-led reimagining are bringing old tales back to the big screen with a new twist. An example of this phenomenon currently in cinemas is, of course, the much-talked-about Ocean’s 8, the all-female spin-off from Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s trilogy. The action-comedy is centred on the character of Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) – the younger sister of the (probably) late Danny Ocean – who is trying to pull off ...

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Can Mowgli surpass The Jungle Book’s success?

Why? That is probably the first thing you’ll wonder when you think about the upcoming film Mowgli, yet another adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, which comes just two years after Disney gave its 1967 animated classic a live action remake. Why are we getting another The Jungle Book movie so soon after the previous one? It’s a phenomenon we’ve seen time and again: twin films – two similar but separate projects developed at the same time by two different studios. That is certainly what has happened in this case as well. And it’s the massive success of Jon Favreau’s 2016 take on the fantasy ...

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Sorry George Clooney, but no one carries out a diamond heist better than women, and Ocean’s 8 proves just that

Sixteen years ago, Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s 11 wowed audiences by offering a slick, stylish and entertaining new take on the crime-caper/heist genre. The movie had a star-studded cast led by George Clooney as the smooth-talking Danny Ocean, while also featuring the likes of Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Julia Roberts and Andy Garcia, among others. The film went on to spawn two sequels (Ocean’s 12 and Ocean’s 13) and received both critical and commercial acclaim with the trilogy itself grossing over a billion dollars worldwide. Sixteen years later, Ocean’s 8 attempts to do something similar but with a strictly feminine twist, with some of the biggest female actresses ...

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8 reasons why ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ is the best Thor movie by far, edging towards surpassing ‘The Avengers’ even

Years ago, when we heard there was going to be another Thor movie, our reaction was eerily similar to this: Photo: Giphy The film’s trailer however, proved all the doubters, including us, wrong. Directed by Taika Waititi, Thor: Ragnarok looked unlike any other Marvel movie we had seen before – and we’ve quite literally seen them all. The trailer had us hyped for the movie, and – take our word for it – the final product does not disappoint. The response to the sequel has been fantastic so far, and here’s why we feel this is one of the strongest ...

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Why are female celebrities asked shallow and personal questions but the men are asked professional ones?

I’m not going to lie, I’m a fan of red-carpet events. The pretty dresses, the sparkly jewellery, the glitz, the glamour, the hair and makeup – I love it all. Does that make me a bad feminist? I really hope not. I wholeheartedly believe in a woman’s right and choice to celebrate her looks, her body and her sexuality. But at the same time, it also sets me off when the media reduces a woman to merely that – just a pretty face. At the trailer launch for her upcoming film, Mahira Khan was questioned by a few reporters regarding those controversial pictures with Ranbir Kapoor. ...

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Carol: A heartening romance

The following is a short movie review. Carol (2015) is a melodrama set in the 1950s (adapted from the novel The Price of Salt) where Therese (Rooney Mara) is an aspiring photographer who falls in love with an older, more sophisticated woman named Carol (Cate Blanchett). Within the mist of a difficult divorce process with her husband, Carol and Therese embark on a journey across the West, trying to find answers in a world gone array. On paper, this might seem like a film one had seen countless times before, but it is Todd Haynes’s impeccable attention to detail and dialogue that ...

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Cinderella: When magic and dreams turn into reality

The newest adaption of Cinderella is doing well so far because its “twist” is that it has no twist. It delivers the story that we are all well aware of all in a refreshingly simple and touching manner, thus distancing itself from the recent slew of angst ridden fairy tale adaptations such as Into the Woods and Maleficent. Directed by Kenneth Branagh – who previously directed Thor – manages to lay the emphasis on creating a magical journey for the viewers, with the addition of resplendent gowns and grand sets certainly making it a visual delight. Newcomer Lily James adds sincerity to her role as Cinderella, and coupled with Richard Madden’s charming portrayal ...

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Leaving The Hobbit 3 with teary-eyes and a sense of closure

The Battle of the Five Armies is the latest iteration in The Hobbit series; it concludes the journey of the Company of Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) and Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) which began from The Shire in the first part of the movie trilogy, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, in a spectacular but saddening note. The director and co-writer, Peter Jackson has a lot riding on this movie. Not only does this movie have to stand on its own as a pure entertainment chartbuster for the casual moviegoers, but with regards to the larger JRR Tolkien’s fictional world and its devoted, almost cult-like fan base, ...

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