FANTASIZING SPOUSE’S DEATH IN “A KIND OF MURDER”

A Kind of Murder

Patrick Wilson, known for the phenomenal and hair-raising “The Conjuring” movies stars anew in the psychological stylish thriller “A Kind of Murder” with Jessica Biel, Haley Bennett and Vincent Kartheiser.

Directed by Andy Goddard, “A Kind of Murder” is based on Patricia Highsmith’s novel “The Blunderer,” set in New York City and trails Walter Stackhouse (Wilson), a rich, successful architect and unhappily married to the beautiful but damaged Clara (Biel).  To take his mind off from Clara, Walter fully embraces his favorite hobby of writing crime stories. His desire to be free of her feeds his obsession with a man suspected of brutally murdering his own wife while lusting after another woman, Ellie (Bennett, “Girl on the Train”).

“A Kind of Murder” follows Highsmith’s series of highly-acclaimed book-to-movie adaptations over the past six decades. Highsmith’s novels have produced numerous successful film adaptations such as Alfred Hitchcock’s “Strangers on a Train,” Anthony Minghella’s “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” and Todd Haynes’ “Carol,” based off Highsmith’s “The Price of Salt.”

An edge-of-your-seat thriller at the heels of Hitchcock’s cinematic path, “A Kind of Murder” brings us deeply into Walter’s psyche as he becomes fascinated by the case of Melchior Kimmel, a bookstore owner in New Jersey suspected of murdering his wife Helen, he begins to imagine what it might be like to murder his own wife. An adaptation of the 1960s suburban thriller, the question on judging a person’s guilty conscience in the death of another also plays a central theme in the movie. When Clara turns up dead, Walter starts to seem increasingly guilty as he finds himself at the unfortunate intersection of a conniving murderer and a resolute cop.

An actor who seems to have a penchant on playing guys with issues, Wilson related from his recent interviews that, “I felt like it was this Highsmith gem that hadn’t yet been translated into an American version. I also loved that it was this slow burn and a psychological thriller that features a problematic hero.”

“I’m tremendously proud of the movie and what everyone did for it, from the cinematography to the production design by Pete (Zumba). It’s a beautifully shot film, so it’s always nice to promote something that you like,” concludes Wilson.

“A Kind of Murder” opens February 15 in cinemas nationwide from OctoArts Films International.  Trailer link: https://goo.gl/CEXtLj

 

A RIVETING TRUE STORY OF A WOMAN’S STRUGGLE IN AND OUT OF MADNESS IN “BRAIN ON FIRE”

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“Brain on Fire” is the astonishing true story of a young woman’s descent into madness in the face of a medical mystery starring Chloe Grace Moretz, Thomas Mann, Carrie-Anne Moss, Richard Armitage, Jenny Slate and Tyler Perry.

Based on the award-winning memoir and a New York Times bestseller, “Brain of Fire” is directed by Gerard Barrett and trails the challenges of Susannah Cahalan (Moretz), a young woman just out of university and living her dreams in New York City. She’s an up-and-coming journalist at the New York Post, and she’s falling in love with a musician named Stephen. When her boss gives her the big assignment that will jumpstart her career, things couldn’t be better.

Soon little things start going wrong. Susannah gets a flu she can’t shake, she forgets things, and she misses deadlines at work. She can hear people talking about her, she’s sure that Stephen has another girlfriend, and she can’t control her body. It soon gets worse; Susannah begins having violent seizures, and her increasingly psychotic behaviour means she must be watched at all times.

After repeated trips to the hospital, a team of doctors can find nothing wrong with her. As Susannah is admitted and spends days, then weeks, in a hospital bed losing her ability to move, talk, even eat, her family is repeatedly told that she is one hundred percent healthy. Her mom Rhona and her dad Tom are at a breaking point, waiting for their daughter to die while being told there is nothing anyone can do to help her.

With Susannah trapped in a body that continues to deteriorate, her family keeps hoping for someone, anyone, that can solve the mystery. Only when they finally find a doctor determined and curious enough to see her case through can Susannah begin to recover from her bizarre illness and try to get back to the vibrant young woman she was.

Witness an inspiring miracle when “Brain on Fire” opens February 22 in cinemas from Pioneer Films.

KEANU REEVES BEYOND CAR-FU AND GUN-FU BOUNDARIES IN “JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2”

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A surprise hit in 2014, John Wick struck a chord with audiences who yearned to see Keanu Reeves return to full-blown action mode. Earning cult status for its hyper-kinetic take on classic martial arts and gunplay, the film’s global success presented the producers with an inevitable question: What to do for an encore? For Reeves, the answer was clear: more action, a bigger scope and a deeper dive into the title character’s internal struggle.

The story of “John Wick: Chapter 2” is the journey of a complicated hit man struggling to protect the kinder, gentler self he embraced after retiring from the business, but unable to do so because of a debt he has accrued. “John Wick has given a marker to this character Santino, played by Riccardo Scamarcio,” Reeves explains. “According to the rules, if the bearer of the marker comes to you and wants to cash it in and you don’t do what they want, you die. If you kill the bearer of your marker, you die. So John has a problem.”

John Wick: Chapter 2 finds Reeves’ character once again engaging in explosive “Gun-Fu” sequences, which expand martial arts beyond hand-to-hand combat to encompass gunplay. To master the weapons skills required, Reeves trained with champion competitive shooter Taran Butler. “I really enjoyed working with Taran,” says the actor. “It was a great experience to work with such an expert marksman.”

Months of “live-fire” sessions during pre-production helped Reeves hone his shooting skills, as evidenced by a video of Reeves practicing at a rifle range that went viral.  Director Chad Stahelski watched the training pay off once cameras started rolling. “Keanu trained three or four times a week for 10 weeks firing anywhere from 1,000 to 1,500 rounds at each session,” he says. “Once we got him dialed in so precisely with live fire, we took him into the gym with replica weapons and worked out the choreography. By the time we started shooting, Keanu had so much muscle memory he was able to perform the Gun-Fu scenes brilliantly.”

“John Wick: Chapter 2” once again showcases its protagonist’s astonishing skills behind the wheel. The movie kicks off with some unfinished business involving John’s beloved 1969 Mustang, which was stolen in the first movie. “John really wants to get his Mustang back and the bad guys make the mistake of smashing it not long after he recovers it,” explains stunt coordinator Prescott. “This pisses him off and makes him want to kill everybody.”

As he did in the first film, Reeves handles much of the stunt driving himself, including a breakneck reverse 180-degree turn that he learned specifically for the role. “I love the driving,” says the action star. “It was great to get back into the car and get to throw it around a bit. Doing the reverse 180 was new and that was fun, but the 90- and 45-degree turns and the drifting came back pretty quick.”

When it came to portraying vehicular mayhem, director, star and stunt team were assisted by some very realistic looking crash-test dummies. “Their joints move like human joints so we used those to give a sense of realism,” stunt boss Perry says. “We wound up hitting a few people with cars, and we hit a lot of dummies.” The end result? “John Wick 2 is the bigger, meaner, older brother of the first film,” says Perry. “After Chapter 2, if they ever need to kill James Bond, Jason Bourne, and Jack Reacher, John Wick’s the guy to do it.”

“John Wick: Chapter 2” opens February 8 in cinemas from Pioneer Films.

NEW “POWER RANGERS” MOVIE OPENS MARCH 22 IN PHIL. CINEMAS

Trini Yellow Ranger, Zack the Black Ranger, Jason the Red Ranger, Kimberly the Pink Ranger, Billy the Blue Ranger

From the team of  filmmakers who introduced cool young adult blockbuster franchises such as “The Twilight Saga,” “The Fault in Our Stars” and “The Maze Runner,”  producers Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen along with Haim Saban and Brian Casentini bring the latest young adult movie franchise to watch out for – the new “Power Rangers” movie.

The latest “Power Rangers” movie follows five ordinary teens who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove — and the world — is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat. Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so, they will have to overcome their real-life issues and before it’s too late, band together as the Power Rangers.

Directed by Dean Israelite (“Project Almanac”), Saban’s Power Rangers stars Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Becky G, Ludi Lin, featuring Bill Hader, with Bryan Cranston and Elizabeth Banks. The screenplay is by John Gatins (“Kong: Skull Island,” “Real Steel”) from a story by Matt Sazama & Burk Sharpless (“Dracula Untold”) and Michele Mulroney & Kieran Mulroney.

A truly unforgettable 1990s phenomenon, “Power Rangers” became the most-watched children’s television program in the U.S. More than that, it became a cultural hit around the globe.  Now a new feature film based on the show, Saban’s “Power Rangers,” re-envisions the Power Rangers as five ordinary high-school teens who discover they have acquired unique super powers and must join forces to save the world.

The film’s director, Dean Israelite, grew up watching “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” in South Africa. “It became a phenomenon there, just as it did all around the world,” he says. “What I remember most is how empowered the show made you feel. When it emerged that this project was going to re-imagine the show, I was very excited. I knew if I could tap into the feeling of the original it would be an incredible adventure.”

Remaining true to the spirit of the television series has been fundamental to every decision made by the production team, says Israelite. “We are here because of the fans who have sustained the series for over 23 years. It’s imperative that they come out of this movie feeling like we have taken what they love — and we love — about the series and brought it to life in a contemporary way while respecting the mythology.”

“Power Rangers” opens March 22 in cinemas nationwide from Pioneer Films. Trailer link here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-C4qqsgs8w

KEANU REEVES RELOADS GUNS AND AMMO IN “JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2”

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Keanu Reeves suits up and reloads as the legendary and untouchable assassin in “John Wick: Chapter 2” following the 2014 hit of the same title.

Guns and ammos are relit in the high-octane action “John Wick: Chapter 2” where John Wick is brought back from retirement the second time.  After unleashing mayhem on the criminals who killed his dog, retired super assassin John Wick retrieves his beloved 1969 Mustang from the Russian mobsters who stole it, only to be pursued in a spectacular high-speed car chase through crowded New York City streets. Returning home, John’s plans to resume a quiet civilian life are cut short when Italian gangster Santino D’Antonio (Riccardo Scamarcio)  shows up on his doorstep with a gold “marker” compelling him to repay past favors. Ordered by Winston (Ian McShane), kingpin of secret assassin society The Continental, to respect the organization’s ancient code, John reluctantly accepts the assignment to take out Santino’s own sister, Gianna (Claudia Gerini), the ruthless capo atop the Italian Camorra crime syndicate.

Reeves says creating the sequel was a deeply collaborative effort. “John Wick: Chapter 2 started from a script by Derek Kolstad, the writer of the first and second films. Producer Basil Iwanyk, Chad and myself had conversations about what direction we would like the story to go, both before Derek started to write and after he came in with the draft.”

The story of  “John Wick: Chapter 2” is the journey of a complicated hit man struggling to protect the kinder, gentler self he embraced after retiring from the business, but unable to do so because of a debt he has accrued. “John Wick has given a marker to this character Santino, played by Riccardo Scamarcio,” Reeves explains. “According to the rules, if the bearer of the marker comes to you and wants to cash it in and you don’t do what they want, you die. If you kill the bearer of your marker, you die. So John has a problem.”

A man of few words, Wick flips back and forth between two states of mind. “When John Wick fell in love, he was like, ‘I have to stop killing people,’ but when his old life comes back at him, he becomes like the Superman of compartmentalization. In the assassin persona, he doesn’t feel remorse. The difference is that John Wick used to fight for other people. And now John Wick is fighting for his own independence.”

A must-see action film in theatres, “John Wick: Chapter 2” opens in cinemas nationwide on February 8 from Pioneer Films.