With zombies and sequels losing popularity, is Zombieland 2 a smart move?

There was a time a few years ago when zombies were all the rage. From The Walking Dead to World War Z, it looked like Hollywood was desperate to cash in on the audience’s love for those slow, meandering creatures. Zombieland rode that wave of zombie interest very well back in 2009 and helped to further bolster the growing resumes of future A-listers Emma Stone and Jesse Eisenberg in a film where Woody Harrelson was the most well-known actor (not counting that brilliant surprise cameo by Bill Murray). But the fever has died down since and zombies no longer capture ...

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Top Gun was a cultural phenomenon – can Maverick even come close?

For moviegoers of this generation, it’s hard to underscore just how big of a cultural phenomenon Top Gun was when it came out in 1986. In many ways, it still is; evident by how people endlessly give reference to it and its characters, or how nostalgic they get at the sound of its smash-hits such as Take My Breath Away and Danger Zone. Top Gun’s success, however, is attributed most to the fact that it was the ultimate high-concept film for that era: a striking and easily communicable plot-line starring the number one heartthrob of the time in the lead ...

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The King’s Man: Grounded and grittier while preserving the original essence

Hollywood has got a knack for milking every franchise as much as possible and the same is happening with its Kingsman franchise. The latest entry is not a sequel but a prequel, titled The King’s Man, with its trailer released just recently. I had come across Kingsman: The Secret Service accidentally a couple of months after its release and had ended up watching the movie with my eyes glued to the screen the entire time. The stylised action sequences, the over-the-top plot along with the brilliant performances of Colin Firth and Taron Edgerton, were definitely the highlights of the movie. The movie was ...

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Mulan: More serious, less playful than the original

Most of Disney’s live-action adaptations have been fairly loyal to their animated counterparts, but it looks like the studio might be going in a dramatically different direction with its upcoming revisit to Mulan. Directed by New Zealand filmmaker Niki Caro and starring Chinese-American actress Liu Yifei in the titular role, the remake appears to have a more serious, less playful tone than its predecessor. The story is based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, the daughter of an ailing warrior who disguises herself as a man and takes her father’s place in the army. The teaser trailer suggests that this could ...

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Will Charlie’s Angels 2.0 fall before they even fly?

Hollywood really seems to have taken the 3R’s of conservation – reduce, reuse, recycle – to heart and has been busy reducing creativity, reusing plots, and recycling projects through its plethora of remakes, reboots, and revisits. Clearly everything must return to the screen in one form or another, which must be why we are now getting another Charlie’s Angels reboot. The standalone sequel sees a new cast pick up the crime-fighting baton as the newest recruits of the agency, headed by the unseen and mysterious Charlie Townsend. The current set of Angels include fierce spy Sabina (Kristen Stewart), brainy former MI6 agent Jane (Ella ...

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In conversation with President Arif Alvi: ‘Pakistan’s fourth industrial revolution is here’

Dr Arif Alvi is an acquired taste. He isn’t your typical flash in the pan Pakistani politician who rides his 1,000-watt charisma to answer difficult questions. Instead, Alvi is that rare Pakistani leader whose substance overwhelms his style. He quotes ideas from Plato, Maulana Maududi, Karl Marx and Thomas Piketty with equal ease. Even if you’re a resident of his former constituency in Karachi’s Defence area, you might not know that he was shot twice while protesting against Ayub Khan’s military rule. I got the opportunity to interview the president over Eid at the Governor’s House in Karachi. We had ...

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Good Boys has Seth Rogen written all over it and will leave you in a laughing fit

I watched Superbad, starring Jonah Hill and Michael Cera, when I was just a teenager and I remember laughing my way throughout the film. And now the same writers, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, are bringing another hilarious venture: Good Boys. The movie stars Jacob Tremblay as Max, Brady Noon as Thor, and Keith L Williams as Lucas, as three sixth graders who are invited to a kissing party but have no idea how to kiss a girl. And in order to learn the art of kissing, they end up making some terrible decisions which later gets them involved with drugs, ultimately pushing ...

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Frozen II: Prepare to be enchanted by some more musical magic this winter

Just when we finally managed to get ‘Let It Go’ out of our heads, Disney has decided to unleash another instalment of Frozen, and the trailer for the upcoming sequel suggests that the past isn’t quite in the past anymore. History, in fact, appears to be of some importance in Frozen II, the much anticipated sequel that continues the tale of Queen Elsa (Idina Menzel) and Princess Anna (Kristen Bell), the feisty sisters from the Kingdom of Arendelle who won our hearts in 2013 when the original adventure – which was inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale ‘The Snow Queen’ – ...

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Rambo: Last Blood seems like a fitting end to a much-loved, explosive series

The Rambo series holds a special place in the heart of movie-lovers (particularly those who grew up in the 80’s) which is perhaps something modern audiences will never be able to fully grasp. Looking at the Rambo offerings now, you wouldn’t be remiss to think of them as the barely scripted, cartoonishly-violent and dated action movies that they are. How dated you ask? Well, one of them is set during the Soviet-Afghan war and involves Rambo going to Afghanistan to train the mujahedeen. Despite three sequels that got gradually worse with each instalment though, the appeal of seeing a jacked Sylvester ...

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Why are people hating on Batwoman before it’s even released?

Batwoman is all set to join the CW superhero family with her own show later this year, and the whole thing has somehow become way more controversial than it should be. Australian actress Ruby Rose stars as the protagonist Kate Kane, Bruce Wayne’s cousin, who takes over Batman’s mantle to protect Gotham as a vigilante. A quest to save her kidnapped girlfriend spurs the street fighter to don Batman’s very long cape (The Incredibles’ Edna would clearly be disappointed) and fight for justice. Photo: IMDb Seemingly the show is as overly dramatic as everything else in the Arrowverse, ...

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