Posts Tagged ‘DREAMWORKS’

Genre:Drama
Rating:PG-13
U.S. Release date:December 25, 2011

Cast:Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Peter Mullan, Niels Arestrup, Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irvine, Benedict Cumberbatch, Toby Kebbell
Director:Steven Spielberg
Producers:Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy
Executive Producers:Frank Marshall, Revel Guest
Screenplay by:Lee Hall and Richard Curtis
Based on the book by:Michael Morpurgo
and the recent stage play by Nick Stafford, produced by the National Theatre of Great Britain and directed by Tom Morris and Marianne Elliot

DreamWorks Pictures’ “War Horse,” director Steven Spielberg’s epic adventure, is a tale of loyalty, hope and tenacity set against a sweeping canvas of rural England and Europe during the First World War. “War Horse” begins with the remarkable friendship between a horse named Joey and a young man called Albert, who tames and trains him. When they are forcefully parted, the film follows the extraordinary journey of the horse as he moves through the war, changing and inspiring the lives of all those he meets—British cavalry, German soldiers, and a French farmer and his granddaughter—before the story reaches its emotional climax in the heart of No Man’s Land.

The First World War is experienced through the journey of this horse—an odyssey of joy and sorrow, passionate friendship and high adventure. “War Horse” is one of the great stories of friendship and war— a successful book, it was turned into a hugely successful international theatrical hit that is currently on Broadway. It now comes to screen in an epic adaptation by one of the great directors in film history.

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DreamWorks Pictures’ “War Horse,” director Steven Spielberg’s epic adventure, is a tale of loyalty, hope and tenacity set against a sweeping canvas of rural England and Europe during the First World War.

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By: Chris Sweda

Directed by: Jennifer Yuh Nelson

Produced by: Melissa Cobb

Written by: Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger

Starring: Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie Jean-Claude Van Damme, Jackie Chan, Lucy Liu, Seth Rogen David Cross, James Hong, Victor Garber, Michelle Yeoh, Dennis Haysbert, Gary Oldman, Danny McBride

Music by: Hans Zimmer and John Powell

Studio: DreamWorks Animation

Distributed by: Paramount Pictures

Release date: May 26, 2011

Running time: 95 minutes

Rating: GO SEE IT!!

The hilarity and awesomeness of Kung Fu Panda has returned in DreamWorks Kung Fu Panda 2. Po is living his dream as The Dragon Warrior, protecting the Valley of Peace alongside his friends and fellow kung Fu masters;the furious five! Tigress, Monkey, Viper, Mantis, and Crane return to once again fight evil and save the day, But Po’s new life is threatened by the emergence of a formidable villain! Lord Shen (voiced by Gary Oldman),plans to use a secret, unstoppable weapon to conquer China and destroy Kung Fu.

There are some new faces joining Po and his friends.  Master Croc is voiced by Jean-Claude Van Damme (yes I said Jean-Claude Van Damme). He has very little speaking time and most of his words are grunts and three word sentences. Master Oxen, voiced by Dennis Haysbert, follows the whole “stubborn as an ox” persona. Master Thundering Rhino, voiced by Victor Garber,  is the leader of masters council. These characters only show up a few times in the film but play an important role. They are mighty protectors of China that fall to Lord Shen. Another character to note is the Soothsayer, voiced by Michelle Yeoh. She has some great lines in the film, but her main role is helping Po discover his past and who he is.

The overall look and visual elements of the film are stunning compared to the first.  Once again, DreamWorks brings the beauty of China to life with detailed textures, great lush landscapes, and immersive backdrops as creatively if not more than a Disney Feature.  The animators where attentive to detail. Adding  moss to the rocks of this cave scene as well as  plants hanging from the cliff rocks and water falling from the falls.  This detailed artwork is carried though out the film, and brings a definitive view of ancient China to its audience..

The story is solid and keeps the viewer interested in Po’s discovery of who is is and where he came from. The action is just as entertaining as the first movie. The movie score is also enhanced with a little bit of scoring from Hans Zimmer (almost every major movie flick).This film definitely is a family must see and also part of the summer blockbuster movie parade.

Here are some other DreamWorks films you might like;

Kung Fu Panda, Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Furious Five, how to train your dragon, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, Shrek

 

Genre:  Drama

Rating:    TBD

U.S. Release date: August 12, 2011

Cast:  Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Octavia Spencer, Emma Stone

Director:   Tate Taylor

Producers:  Brunson Green, Chris Columbus, Michael Barnathan

Executive Producers: Tate Taylor, Mark Radcliffe, Dean Jones, Nate Berkus, Jennifer Blum, Jeff Skoll, Mohamed Khalef Al Mazrouei                                    

Screenplay by:  Tate Taylor

Based on the novel by:  Kathryn Stockett

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Set in Mississippi during the 1960s, “The Help” stars Emma Stone (star of the breakout hit, “Zombieland”) as Skeeter, a southern society girl who returns from college determined to become a writer, but turns her friends’ lives—and a small Mississippi town—upside down when she decides to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent southern families. Academy Award® nominee Viola Davis (“Eat Pray Love”) stars as Aibileen, Skeeter’s best friend’s housekeeper, who is the first to open up—to the dismay of her friends in the tight-knit black community. Despite Skeeter’s life-long friendships hanging in the balance, she and Aibileen continue their collaboration and soon more women come forward to tell their stories—and as it turns out, they have a lot to say. Along the way, unlikely friendships are forged and a new sisterhood emerges, but not before everyone in town has a thing or two to say themselves when they become unwittingly—and unwillingly—caught up in the changing times.                                                                                                   

Based on one of the most talked about books in years and a #1 New York Times best-selling novel, “The Help is a provocative and inspiring look at what happens when a southern town’s unspoken code of rules and behavior is shattered by three courageous women who strike up an unlikely friendship.