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The Latest February Films to Spend your Valentine’s Day!

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COLLIDE

GENRE: Action, Thriller

TEMPO PREDICTION: 3 stars

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When Casey Stein joins a ring of drug smugglers, he discovers himself out of his element when his own employers chase him down a high-speed autobahn.

THE GOSSIP: The original title was “Autobahn.”

DIRECTED BY: Eran Creevy

CAST: Nicholas Hoult, Felicity Jones, Anthony Hopkins

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SPLIT

GENRE: Horror, Thriller

TEMPO PREDICTION: 4 stars

Kevin is a man with 24 distinct personalities, each of which is cut off from the rest. When three teenage girls are kidnapped by one of them, they must figure out which of his personalities can help them escape, and which they have to be wary of.

THE GOSSIP: James McAvoy has played as a character suffering from Multiple Personality Disorder before in a film called Filth (2013).

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DIRECTED BY: M. Night Shyamalan

CAST: James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Haley Lu Richardson

THE SPACE BETWEEN US

GENRE: Adventure, Drama

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TEMPO PREDICTION: 3.5 stars

Gardner Elliot is the first human to be born on Mars. During his very untraditional upbringing, he has only met 14 other people in his life. At the age of 16, he develops an online friendship with a girl from Colorado, giving him a reason to go to Earth and experience everything we take for granted for the first time.

THE GOSSIP: Asa Butterfield has previously starred in another film set in space with Ender’s Game.

DIRECTED BY: Peter Chelsom

CAST: Asa Butterfield, Britt Robertson, Carla Guigino

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Hidden Figures

GENRE: Drama

TEMPO PREDICTION: 4 stars

The space race is on in 1960s America, where a group of 3 women must battle against racial and gender-based prejudice in order to provide NASA with the math they need to launch their first successful space mission.

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DIRECTED BY: Theodore Melfi

CAST: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe

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by Noelle Pope-George

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Pet

This psychological movie stars a man named Seth, bored with his life and disinterested in the daily drawl. He doesn’t have any friends besides the guard at the animal shelter he works at and a german shepherd. On his way home one day, he runs into a woman named Holly, whom he used to go to school with. However, Holly has dark and disturbing tendencies, having taken countless lives seemingly for the fun of it. In his own twisted mind, Seth decides to take matters into his own hands, kidnapping Holly and locking her in a cage in order to “save” her, while preventing her from hurting anyone else. It is within this prison situation that Seth may find more than he bargained for.

Those who find satisfaction in the thrill of moral ambiguity will love this film. The questions it raises are ones that will haunt you for possible days after you watch: Were Seth’s actions justified? Should Holly be judged on her past actions at all? Were both of them monsters, or just acting out on the darker side of their morality? Viewers could find themselves debating this for hours after they watch, or simply sit in stunned silence while they attempt to process the twist ending. Overall, Pet is a must-see for the February batch of films.

Catch it on Blu-Ray: Blair Witch

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A found-footage horror film whose predecessor scared unfortunate moviegoers into throwing up (no, really!), the sequel to The Blair Witch Project throws our protagonists into the very same haunted woods. After James Donahue discovers found footage alluding to the location of his missing sister Heather, he brings his friends Ashley, Peter, and film student Lisa to track down her whereabouts near Burkittsville. Along the way, the crew meet with locals Lane and Talia, who promise to lead them through the woods in exchange for accompanying them on their search. At first, everything goes according to plan, until nightfall brings about disaster, loss, and a potential curse amongst the small group of campers.

Blair Witch follows the same formula as The Blair Witch Project: a slow start to establish the plot and develop the characters, a fluid transition into the emerging problem, and finally, an exciting and fast-paced climax where the real thrills come into play. Whether or not you’ll enjoy this film depends on what you look for: are you someone who prefers story over action, action over story, or a balance of the two? Those who enjoy story and balance will take pleasure in the easy pacing and the ventures of the ending. However, those who prefer to have more action may not harvest the same excitement in this one as they would in a conventional horror film.

 

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10 amazing Fun Facts you probably didn’t know about the making of Star Wars

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Making of Star Wars

In 1977, the world was introduced to the Skywalkers, Darth Vader, Yoda and the rest of the Star Wars universe. Star Wars soon became iconic in popular culture. Its cinematography was light years ahead of its time. The original 1977 movie started with the rebel force acquiring the plans to the Death Star. 39 years after, the force was still strong with its fans who patiently waited to finally discover how the plans of the Death Star was stolen in a standalone movie, Rouge One. Now, this year, Star Wars fans celebrate the 40th anniversary of the world that George Lucas built. Or perhaps, it should be referred to as an empire or a legacy. Here are some behind the scenes facts about the creation of this legacy.

Making of Star Wars

  1. One of George Lucas’s inspirations for Star Wars was old Western movies. Han Solo is actually representative of the cowboy figure in western movies and the cowboy inspiration can be seen in his costume.

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  1. The sound designer, Ben Burtt collected an extensive library of sounds for the movie. Chewbacca’s growls were actually compiled mostly from the sounds of bears but also from other animals like walruses and lions. Burtt recorded Darth Vader’s breathing sound by breathing inside a scuba divers mask. The combined sounds of an extended elephant call and a car screeching on a wet pavement became the sound of TIE fighter engines.

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  1. Props were often created out of existing objects. The now iconic light saber was created out a flash gun from an old Graflex film camera. Roger Christian utilized a lot of airplane scraps to create a significant amount of the props and set design for Star Wars.

Making of Star Wars

  1. Darth Vader’s mask was assembled out of a Japanese Samurai helmet. It was painted black, and then fitted with the rest of the ensemble which included a part of a world war mask.

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  1. Anthony Daniels who played C-3PO would sometimes be left in his suit when filming wasn’t happening. At the start, he had a lot of cuts for the suit and he purposefully damaged one of C-3PO’s arms to make sure that he got an improvised suit.

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  1. A lot of effort went into filming the different parts of the movie. During the blast scenes, the parts of the props were cut in certain ways called break patterns so that they would break apart in a certain way during the explosion.

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  1. When they were filming in California Redwoods, Chewbacca was told not to go wandering around in costume for the fear of him being mistaken as Bigfoot by hunters.

Making of Star Wars

  1. The Bantha’s in New Hope were actually elephants in costumes

Making of Star Wars

  1. There were no clone trooper costumes as they was created with CGI.

Making of Star Wars

  1. Makeup artist and designer, Stuart Freeborn modeled Yoda’s face based on his own face shape.

 

Images from http://www.starwars.com/

 

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What happens to The Last Jedi (Behind the scenes)?

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Fans of the Star Wars movie franchise are over the moon (or should I say Jedha?) by the release of the behind the scenes video for the eighth episode, The Last Jedi. The official video was posted in the Star Wars YouTube channel on July 15 and already has over 4 million views as of today. After the success of the last two films of the franchise, Episode VII – The Force Awakens and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, fans are ecstatic yet skeptical about the upcoming episode thinking, “How it can possibly even live up to the reputation of the previous ones?”

 

The behind the scenes video included soundbites from the actors who play the intergalactic peace makers in the film. Daisy Ridley who plays the role of the female protagonist Rey said, “Rian (director) has written a story that’s unexpected but right.” She then goes on to say how even though the film is part of a trilogy, it is in itself unique and the audience can expect to be surprised by the twists and new elements in the story.

 

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The video goes on to show different characters of the movie, both old and new. They also showed footage of a few creatures of various kinds and some stunt training that the actors had to go through.

 

Although excitement is primarily felt, fans can’t help but express their grief and longing for their beloved Princess Leia. Carrie Fisher, who played the role of the rebel royalty, passed away last year and has truly left a void in the hearts of the fans. Seeing a few clips of her in the behind the scenes video made a lot of emotions stir, to say the least.

 

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the second movie from the sequel trilogy. The Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in the epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past. The film is set to open in cinemas across the Middle East from December 14.

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Watch the official trailer here.

Watch the behind the scenes video here.

Visit the official Star Wars Facebook page.

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Fans dress up as their favorite Emojis and set a new Guinness World Records™

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Our favorite emojis have come to life on the big screen in the widely-anticipated release of “The Emoji Movie”. As fans from all over the world wait for the showing of the movie in their local cinemas along with the celebration of the 4th annual World Emoji Day (July 17), they have gathered together to set a new Guinness World Records™ title for the “Largest gathering of people dressed as emoji faces simultaneously across multiple venues”. Spanning three different continents, hundreds of fans in Dubai, Moscow, London, Dublin, and Sao Paulo showed up in their set locations dressed as emoji faces inspired by the film’s characters. Additional countries showed enthusiastic support by echoing the effort, with their own emojis participating in similarly themed celebrations; it is estimated that more than 1,000 emojis not associated with the record were in the mix throughout Europe, Asia and South America.

 

 

Emojis have become a necessity for regular texters. Sometimes you just cannot find the words to express how you truly feel, so it’s a good thing that we have emojis that we can turn to instead. From only having the standard colon, dash, and a right parenthesis combination to form a smiley face, we have certainly come a long way that we even have more than one smiley face available at our disposal.  

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Because of the frequency and ease of emoji use, it has also become a language of its own that you aren’t even required to use words at all. Josh Greenstein, President of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution for Sony Pictures Entertainment, said, “Achieving a Guinness World Records title is a testament to the enormous worldwide appeal of emojis.  It’s great to see so many people getting excited for the worldwide release of ‘The Emoji Movie.’”

 

“The Emoji Movie” is about an emoji that simply cannot stick to just one expression and goes on a wild adventure with his emoji friends. It features the voices of T.J. Miller, James Corden, Anna Faris, Maya Rudolph, Steven Wright, Jennifer Coolidge, Jake T. Austin, Christina Aguilera, Sofia Vergara, and Sir Patrick Stewart. The movie is due for release in cinemas across the Middle East on August 10.

 

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Which one is your favorite emoji? Let us know in the comments section below.  

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