Bullying is not limited to kids like Keaton Jones; it happens to adults as well

If you are a parent, a trend follower, or simply someone who is connected to social media, then by now you must have seen the video of Keaton Jones, an 11-year-old American boy from Tennessee, who is seen tearfully addressing his bullies. The video, filmed by his mother, took the internet by storm, with celebrities like Justin Bieber and Chris Evans coming forward in support of Keaton and taking a stand against bullying. Stay strong, Keaton. Don’t let them make you turn cold. I promise it gets better. While those punks at your school are deciding what kind of people they want to ...

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‘Jurassic World: The Fallen Kingdom’– the good, the bad and the Goldblum phenomenon

Dinosaur geeks all over the world held their breaths as the trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom was revealed. Because, let’s face it, Jurassic World may have been a commercial jackpot, but at best, it was merely a better Jurassic Park sequel out there, and not much else. In anticipation, those of us who grew up with the original crossed our fingers as the latest movie in the now legendary franchise dropped the last veil. And it was… okay. There were high points, and there were low points. For the uber-invested, here is everything that worked, and everything else that didn’t. The dinosaurs ...

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Can the biopic ‘The Mercy’ do justice to Donald Crowhurst’s intriguing story of travelling around the world in a boat?

In October 1968, amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst set out to compete in a non-stop, single-handed, round-the-world yacht race. Eight months later, the fascinatingly shocking details of his journey would come to light and end up causing a public sensation. Now, nearly half a century later, his story – just as intriguing today as it was almost 50 years ago – is being brought to the big screen in the upcoming British film The Mercy. The official trailer for the movie shares a few scenes from this drama while shedding light on its overall narrative. Colin Firth portrays the film’s protagonist, a struggling ...

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Mohsin Ali’s Chupan Chupai tackles unemployment with a comical kick, as the trailer leaves viewers in laughing fits

Pakistani cinema, since its true revival in recent years, has recently begun producing films that highlight societal issues – a true indication that an industry is blossoming. Such issues are being written, discussed and filmed in different ways, but it remains tough for filmmakers to create movies that both, tackle serious subject matters, while also remaining satirical and comedic, in order to be appealing to audiences who are looking for a good time.   Chupan Chupai, directed by Mohsin Ali, is one upcoming piece of work which tackles serious issues like unemployment in a comical and relatable manner. The trailer ...

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‘Avengers: Infinity War’ just might be the ultimate superhero crossover

“There was an idea to bring together a group of remarkable people, to see if we could become something more. So when they needed us, we could fight the battles that they never could.” In many ways, the opening line in the new trailer for Avengers: Infinity War pretty much sums up everything the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has been building towards up till now. After 10 years, everything comes full-circle, so to speak. Photo: Giphy The ever-growing threat of the franchise’s big bad Thanos (Josh Brolin) has finally come to the fore and stopping him would ...

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‘12 Strong’ is a cliché post 9/11 war movie glorifying the US military we’ve been seeing for the past 16 years

Remind me again, what year is this? 2017? Well, 16 years on, and Hollywood is still stuck at 9/11. Don’t get me wrong – I believe that the 9/11 attacks are one of the most significant events in modern history. However, I am sick and tired of how Tinseltown has painted the tragedy and its aftermath ever since. While the overtly nauseating patriotism displayed in these movies, and the lack of facts, might do well with the American public, for the rest of us, it’s just another way of how Uncle Sam – in cahoots with the influential Hollywood – wants ...

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With its fresh talent and catchy music, Maan Jao Naa seems like a complete entertainment package

In the last decade or so, we have seen Pakistani cinema seemingly thriving, with TV actors shifting to the larger screen, and directors and producers experimenting with new and innovative ideas as well. Moviegoers are buzzing about at the moment as Aabis Raza’s upcoming Maan Jao Na, which, based on its recently released trailer at least, looks dynamic and diverse in terms of its talent, cinematography and music.   What caught my attention was that a lot of new faces were seen in the movie, with some of the cast being known for their comic roles in our TV dramas. ...

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Did Disney just ruin our childhood with its adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time?

If you read Madeleine L’Engle’s fantasy novel A Wrinkle in Time as a child (or even as an adult for that matter), then chances are that your mind’s eye probably didn’t conjure up an image of Oprah Winfrey in a blonde wig whenever the character of Mrs Which appeared in the story.  And if you were to come up with a fantasy casting for a movie adaptation of the 1962 classic, then once again, blonde Winfrey probably wouldn’t have been the first person you pictured in that role. Photo: IMDb But that somehow is exactly what we’re getting in the ...

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The Disaster Artist: The best movie about the creation of the worst movie ever?

James Franco, star of the 2010 biographical survival drama, 127 Hours, will now be seen as a quirky new character in his upcoming film, The Disaster Artist. Based on Tom Bissell and Gred Sestero’s award-winning book of the same title, James’s latest venture is actually a recapping account of the making of Tommy Wiseau’s 2003 cult classic, The Room. Wiseau’s melodramatic romance is commonly deemed as ‘the worst film ever made’. From the shoddy direction and production, to the script and acting (or lack thereof), every single aspect of the film received negative reviews from critics and viewers alike. It was reported that ...

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Steven Spielberg, Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks and more – everything about ‘The Post’ screams spectacular!

Tinseltown’s fascination with the Vietnam War has manifested itself in many guises over the years. Right down from Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now, all the way up to Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket, with Tom Cruise’s Born On The Fourth Of July and Robin Williams’ Good Morning Vietnam positioned somewhere in between – almost every imaginable genre has been covered by nearly all the major directors and actors. It was thus only appropriate that one of the greatest living filmmakers of our time got in on the action too. With the release of the trailer for The Post, it is now time for Steven Spielberg to traverse the oft-travelled trail from Hanoi to Hollywood. ...

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