Exquisitely sculpted, Downton Abbey’s homecoming vows to be a spectacular

Downton Abbey lovers who were distressed when the award-winning drama ended after six years of broadcast, it’s time to rejoice! The disrupting wait is over – the hugely admired British historical period drama is back as a full-length feature film. Not many period pieces work well, but some that do create history. Downton Abbey is one such example of a show that gripped its audience for a decade, and everyone mourned its end in 2015. But it’s time to revisit the walls of the castle and reunite with our favourite characters.   Given the level of interest shown by fans who wanted more of ...

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We thought Big Little Lies couldn’t get any better! Enters Meryl Streep for season 2

Two years after the misadventures of the Monterey Five earned Big Little Lies massive critical acclaim, the series is all set to return to HBO for a second season this summer, with a cast that now includes yet another Oscar winner. Meryl Streep has joined the star-studded ensemble that already features Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Zoe Kravitz and Laura Dern, and we are clearly about to experience, yet again, just how interesting and compelling strong, powerful women can be in leading roles. Photo: Screenshot Photo: Screenshot The drama, based on the novel of the same name ...

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Stunning and sinister, ‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’ will be no fairy tale

The teaser trailer of the upcoming film, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil has been released by Walt Disney Studios, and is a sequel to the 2014 dark fantasy movie, Maleficent. The prequel, which was a massive hit, retold the classic Sleeping Beauty story from the antagonist’s perspective, where the dark witch’s character was given redeeming qualities as opposed to the original version of the 1959 Disney classic. Photo: Walt Disney Motion Pictures Photo: Walt Disney Motion Pictures In the film, Maleficent curses Aurora to fall into a deep slumber on her 16th birthday, but this is ...

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The TV host has apologised to Nasir Khan Jan. Now it’s your turn, Pakistan

The easy part is over. We must now find our own reflection in Muhammad Shueb’s behaviour and apologise for our own classist and chauvinistic worldview. In a recent viral interview, Shueb, who is a television anchor, berated internet sensation Nasir Khan Jan for his “vulgar” videos. The interview was conducted in an insufferably prudish and invasive manner, inviting comparisons to Maya Khan’s moral posse many years ago. Shueb brought up a video of Jan dancing in a bathroom towel, saying that, “For you it could be entertainment. For me, it’s not!” As Shueb made this declaration, it’s quite possible that he heard in ...

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Horror that cuts deep: It Chapter Two promises a very scary and fitting end

After the unprecedented success of It, which took in over $700 million worldwide, the hype surrounding It Chapter Two – which was always in the offing – only grew stronger. In a day and age where good horror movies are few and far between, this does not come as a surprise. Like the second section of the famed Stephen King novel, It Chapter Two is also set 28 years after the events of the previous film, with the members of the ‘Losers’ Club’ returning as adults to their hometown of Derry, Maine, ready to confront the evil Pennywise (who has reappeared) one last ...

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Can ‘Far From Home’ help fans move on from the trauma caused by Endgame?

With Avengers: Endgame busy decimating its cinematic competition and destroying box office records in the process, Marvel has unveiled the trailer for its next big screen adventure, Spider-Man: Far From Home. The clip gives us a very brief peek at the upcoming film, which serves as the 23rd instalment in the most successful franchise in movie history. *Spoiler alert: both the trailer and this article contain Endgame spoilers, so if you have not yet seen it, proceed with caution!* Set after the events of Endgame, the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s (MCU) second Spider-Man episode – following 2017’s Homecoming – explores its titular ...

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Will Blinded by the Light make us fall in love with Bruce Springsteen all over again?

Of late, the international film industry seems very enamoured with projects based on the lives, music, and/or impact of some of the world’s greatest musicians. The (otherwise disappointing) Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody just won Rami Malek an Oscar earlier this year. The Elton John biographical musical Rocketman is set to arrive in cinemas soon. Yesterday – the Danny Boyle directed comedy about a musician who proceeds to take credit for The Beatles’ songs after finding himself in a world where he is the only one who remembers the Fab Four – is also awaiting its summer release. Also inspired by the world of music is Blinded ...

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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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Can Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston’s comedic chemistry save Netflix’s Murder Mystery?

Based on his long list of frequent collaborators, it is only logical to surmise that it must be fun to work with Adam Sandler. But while everyone may have a great time making films with him, the end results aren’t always as much fun to watch as they may have been to make, which explains why the critical reception for most of Sandler’s films has been mixed, if not altogether negative. Still, there have been a number of Sandler movies such as Punch-Drunk Love, Reign Over Me, Funny People, and the more recent The Meyerowitz Stories, that have managed ...

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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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