Dhaka, June 29 (UNB) - Annabelle Comes Home movie review: As Annabelle Comes Home drags on and on without turning up the chill factor, you wonder whether Gary Dauberman, directing for the first time but a well-settled collaborator in Conjuring films, has run out of scares, reports The Indian Express.
Cast: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, McKenna Grace, Madison Iseman, Katie Sarife, Michael Cimino
Director: Gary Dauberman
Rating: 2 stars
A child who sees dead people. Now, that there is a premise that established M Night Shyamalan in Hollywood. In Annabelle Comes Home, that child, Judy (Grace), is just another screaming face in the Conjuring universe’s expanding horror universe. Apart from Judy’s budding psychic abilities, this film also has three teenagers who are credible both at acting stupidly as well as being sweetly sentimental. However, even that doesn’t matter before the maniacally smiling doll Annabelle, which has now got a third film outing.
The films begins with the Warrens, Ed (Wilson) and Lorraine (Farmiga), getting Annabelle home, despite having pointed out that the doll is a “conduit” for spirits as well as pure evil who must remain locked inside a glass case, that has been blessed by a priest, in a room that has a similar “holy barrier of protection”. The room has other of Warrens’ various collections, gathered over the years while fighting demons and witchcraft.
A year later, while the Warrens are out, the friend of a babysitter looking after their daughter, Judy, lets Annabelle out. As things start happening around the house — things that go thud, glasses that topple over, doors that rattle loudly, mist that rolls in, music that plays on own, people who emerge suddenly — neither Judy, nor her babysitter Mary Ellen (Iseman), nor her babysitter’s friend Danielle (Sarife), think of the most obvious answer. You know, the room below with strange things.
At first, this is a treat, for being a departure from horror films that can’t let a chance pass from the word go. One also hopes the film will go somewhere with the rather clever idea of staging this horror episode in the Warrens’ own home. But, as Annabelle Comes Home drags on and on without turning up the chill factor, you wonder whether Dauberman, directing for the first time but a well-settled collaborator in Conjuring films, has run out of scares. Only in the last 20 minutes or so does the film seem to realise how much time has passed, and goes on to pack in a series of bizarre attacks while avoiding any real damage.
The most disturbing aspect of the film isn’t even talked about. Which parents, that too psychics, leave their young daughter alone in a house full of evil, with a teenage babysitter, and not call back to check?
An easy answer is that Judy is around for a reason — all the better to keep Annabelle alive.
Dhaka, June 29 (UNB) - Disney on Friday released a special Hindi trailer of The Lion King and Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan can be seen in his element, perfectly voicing Mufasa, the wise King of the Pride Lands. The video has aptly been titled “Rise Of The King – Shah Rukh Khan”, reports The Indian Express.
The dialogue he is recording in a dubbing room is a life lesson Mufasa is giving to his son Simba before his death, to not succumb to the hardships of life and imbibe all leadership qualities to protect his tribe.
“Simba main hamesha tumhare saath hoon aur hamesha tumhare saath rahunga. Bas yaad rakhna tum kaun ho. Ek sachcha raja!” Shah Rukh says as shots from the film play on the screen.
Shah Rukh Khan had recently tweeted his excitement of being part of The Lion King. He wrote, “Glad to be a part of this journey… a timeless film. Voicing it in Hindi with my own Simba. The last time we did a film was around 15 years ago and it was ‘Incredible’ and this time around its even more fun. Hope everyone enjoys it 19th July onwards. #TheLionKing”
SRK’s elder son Aryan Khan will lend his voice to the primary character Simba, the crown prince who gets exiled by his uncle Scar.
The Lion King is Disney’s upcoming live-action remake of the animated musical classic by the same name. Several talented actors have come together to dub for its Hindi version including Ashish Vidyarthi (Scar), Shreyas Talpade (Timon), Sanjay Mishra (Pumbaa) and the legendary Asrani (Zazu).
The Lion King is directed by Jon Favreau and is based on a screenplay penned by Jeff Nathanson.
It releases in India on July 19, 2019 in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.
Dhaka, JUne 29 (UNB)- British actor Henry Cavill, best known for playing Superman in DC Extended Universe, has joined the cast of Enola Holmes, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Cavill will play the iconic fictional London detective Sherlock Holmes in the film, reports The Indian Express.
However, the focus of the movie will be Sherlock and his brother Mycroft Holmes’ younger sister Enola Holmes. Stranger Things and Godzilla: King of the Monsters star Millie Bobby Brown will be seen in the titular role of the 14-year-old sleuth. Helena Bonham Carter will play the mother of Holmes siblings.
Legendary Pictures is the production house behind Enola Holmes. The film will be based on The Enola Holmes Mysteries by American author Nancy Springer. Harry Bradbeer, the BAFTA-winning director known for Fleabag, is helming the movie.
British screenwriter Jack Thorne has written the script. According to THR, it is about a missing teen whose father has been murdered.
Henry Cavill was last seen on the big screen alongside Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible – Fallout. He played the role of Superman in 2017’s Justice League.
It is not confirmed whether he will make a comeback in the role or not. After the film’s failure, Warner Bros and DC Films have decided to move away from the cinematic universe that was created to house all DC characters on the big screen.
Henry Cavill will also play the lead role in The Witcher, a series that is inspired by the book series of the same name by Polish fantasy author Andrzej Sapkowski. Sapkowski’s book series has also spawned an insanely popular series of games of the same name.
Dhaka, June 29 (UNB)- HBO’s Game of Thrones will make its last appearance at San-Deigo Comic-Con. The network itself confirmed this, according to TVLine. The insanely popular fantasy TV show ended on May 19 this year after an eight season run that began in 2011, reports The Indian Express.
HBO also revealed who will represent the show at the San-Deigo Comic-Con panel. Cast members including Jacob Anderson, John Bradley, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Liam Cunningham, Nathalie Emmanuel, Iain Glen, Conleth Hill, Maisie Williams and Isaac Hempstead Wright will attend San Diego Comic-Con 2019. Showrunners David Benioff and DB Weiss will also be present at the event.
There is no mention of Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke, Sophie Turner, Gwendoline Christie and so on. Nor is it known whether George RR Martin, the author of the book series on which the show is based, will make an appearance.
The panel will be held in Hall H, which is reserved for the most popular shows and movies at the event. Last year, Warner Bros, which is skipping the event this year, showcased the trailers for Shazam!, Aquaman, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and Godzilla: King of the Monsters at the venue. This year, there will probably be no new DC announcements.
Marvel Studios is expected to dominate the event this year. There have been reports on many new original franchises within the MCU (like Black Widow and The Eternals) and the continuation of franchises like the Guardians of the Galaxy and Doctor Strange.
The final season of Game of Thrones has been its most divisive to date. It has been criticised for not giving a satisfying send-off to the story and diverging from the character and story arcs.
New York, June 29 (AP/UNB) - Peter Parker might be forgiven for craving a vacation as “Spider-Man: Far From Home” begins. After an emotional and strenuous last few movies with the Avengers, a break sounds nice. “I didn’t think I had to save the world this summer,” he complains.
But, you know the drill: With great power comes great responsibility. So it’s just a matter of time before Parker’s European school trip is interrupted by mayhem that requires a webslinger. We’re just glad the filmmakers didn’t also take a vacation as well.
In this ambitious and ultimately successful sequel to “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” Parker trades New York’s Coney Island and the Staten Island ferry for such iconic cities as Venice, Berlin, London and Prague. Seeing him swing from ancient bell towers instead of Manhattan skyscrapers is weirdly thrilling.
The first half of ”Spider-Man: Far From Home ” could stand alone — Parker juggles trying to romance the tough-but-vulnerable MJ (the always welcome Zendaya) while also fighting giant monsters beside a ragtag group of superheroes. Perhaps it’s a little underwhelming, but it’s solid. Just stick around: Things get positively bizarre in the second half as the film shifts up a few gears, turning into a kind of commentary on filmmaking illusion itself. It goes from sunny pop to acid jazz, from “Saved By the Bell” to “The Matrix.”
Speaking of school, viewers who haven’t yet seen “Avengers: Endgame” have some homework to do before watching Tom Holland pull on the red-and-blue suit this time. “Far From Home” takes place immediately after the meta-conclusion of all 22 films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and assumes you know what happened. Plus, it might be a school night, but don’t even think about leaving the theater before catching the two post-film codas.
Director Jon Watts returns, adding to the great work he did in the first film, and screenwriters Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, who helped write “Homecoming,” make their own homecoming. So does Jon Favreau playing Happy Hogan, Marisa Tomei as Aunt May and Jacob Batalon as Parker’s best pal, who this time ditches the nerdiness to show off a man-of-the-world Ned.
Borrowed from elsewhere in the Marvel Universe are Cobie Smulders as S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Maria Hill and a snarling Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury. Spider-Man gets to play this time with a pair of high-tech eyeglasses that are an advanced tactical intelligence system, much like he interacted last time with his suit’s computer, Karen. (Alas, no cameo this time from Stan Lee, the Marvel icon who died in 2018).
Jake Gyllenhaal, who has proven to be an actor of tremendous range, is a newcomer to the superhero genre but proves a comfortable fit despite being asked to wear one of Marvel’s oddest costumes. As Mysterio, he dons a huge cape, Roman Empire breastplate, giant gauntlets and a big glass bubble over his face like an upside-down goldfish bowl. But as Will Smith might say, Gyllenhaal makes this look good.
Credit to him and costume designer Anna B. Sheppard, who has concocted four Spider-Man suits, including a “stealth” one that gets him the nickname Night Monkey in Europe. And the trippy visual effects that stun in the second half connect not to the first film but to “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” — a huge complement since that one was animated.
But let’s be honest: The thing keeping this together is Holland. He is utterly endearing as a goofy, insecure now-16-year-old hero with a cracked cellphone and who often makes things worse, apologizing along the way. Holland’s aw-shucks naiveté is a 1950-ish throwback even though he is firmly in 2019 — taking selfies while in the air and having to be reminded to not text and swing at the same time. He is indeed a Spidey for Generation Z and its fitting that he hits the reset button for Marvel.
“Spider-Man: Far From Home,” a Sony Pictures release, is rated PG-13 for “sci-fi action violence, some language and brief suggestive comments.” Running time: 127 minutes. Three stars out of four.