This Week’s movie releases

This Week’s movie releases

FILM: KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE
CAST: COLIN FIRTH, SAMUEL L. JACKSON, MARK STRONG, Taron Egerton, MICHAEL CAINE, SOFIA BOUTELLA, SOPHIE COOKSON
DIRECTOR: MATTHEW VAUGHN

Based upon the acclaimed comic book and directed by Matthew Vaughn (‘Kick-Ass’, ‘X-Men First Class’), ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ tells the story of a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.
When the father of five-year-old Gary “Eggsy” Price sacrifices his life in the line of duty during a classified military exercise, his family is given an unconventional medal – and a phone number they may use only once, should they need a favour of any kind.

Seventeen years later, Eggsy (Taron Egerton) is an unemployed school dropout living a dead-end existence in his mother’s flat. After he is arrested for joyriding, Eggsy uses the medal to secure his release from jail, and finds himself rescued by Harry Hart (Colin Firth), an impeccably suave spy who owes Eggsy’s father his life.
Dismayed to learn of the path Eggsy has taken, yet impressed by his better qualities, Harry offers Eggsy the opportunity to turn his life around by trying out for a position with Harry’s employers: Kingsman, a top-secret independent intelligence organization.
Eggsy must make it through the highly competitive and often perilous series of tests that each prospective new Kingsman agent must pass, while also dealing with the emotional struggle of being a social outcast in an environment where everyone else is well-educated, well-connected and well-mannered.

Meanwhile, Harry is trying to solve the mysterious disappearances of several prominent academics, scientists and entertainers, and hunt down the man he believes to be responsible – Richmond Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson), a tech billionaire and disillusioned eco-campaigner whose desire to save the earth at any cost has led him to devise a scheme that will have devastating consequences for everyone.

With Harry’s help, Eggsy learns to become both a gentleman and a spy – but will he triumph over his rivals for the coveted position at Kingsman?
And can he and Harry discover the truth about Valentine’s ingeniously evil plan in time to stop it?
“The film is a blend of everything I learned from making ‘Lock Stock’, ‘Snatch’, and ‘Layer Cake’, which were gangster movies, as well as my comic book films ‘Kick-Ass’ and ‘X-Men: First Class’,” notes director and co-writer Matthew Vaughn.

Adds co-writer Jane Goldman: “Matthew’s got such a love for the James Bond movies, and ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ is about embracing that genre, while also doing something new with it. Matthew’s been talking about doing a spy movie for years – even back when we were working on [Vaughn’s 2007 fantasy film] ‘Stardust’.”
It was on the set of the genre bending ‘Kick-Ass’ that Vaughn and noted graphic novelist Mark Millar conceived the concept for what would finally become ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’. “We agreed we wanted to explore the origins of an elite spy, but focus on an unlikely candidate,” says Millar.
Millar told Vaughn about a newspaper article he had read about how Terence Young, who directed the first Bond picture ‘Dr No’, had cast Sean Connery against the wishes of 007 author Ian Fleming. Fleming had seen 007 as more of a James Mason or David Niven type. Says Millar: “Young realized he had to turn Connery, this rough Edinburgh guy, into a gentleman, and before they started shooting the film he took him to his tailor, to his favourite restaurants, and basically taught him how to eat, talk, and dress like a gentleman spy.”

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A-scene-from-'Fifty-Shades-FILM: FIFTY SHADES OF GREY
CAST: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan
Director: Sam Taylor-Johnson

When Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson), a literature student, goes to interview the wealthy Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan), as a favour to her roommate Kate Kavanagh, she encounters a beautiful, brilliant and intimidating man.
The innocent and naive Ana started to realize she wants him, despite his enigmatic reserve and advice, she finds herself desperate to get close to him. Not able to resist Ana’s beauty and independent spirit, Christian Grey admits he wants her too, but in his own terms.
Ana hesitates as she discovers the singular tastes of Christian Grey – despite of the embellishments of success, his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family – Grey is consumed by the need to control everything.

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Owen-Wilson-and-Zach-GalifiFILM: YOU ARE HERE
Cast: Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis, Amy Poehler, Laura Ramsey
DIRECTOR: Matthew Weiner

When Steve Dallas (Owen Wilson), a womanizing local weatherman, hears that his off-the-grid best friend Ben Baker (Zach Galifianakis) has lost his estranged father, the two return to Ben’s childhood home to discover Ben has inherited the family fortune leaving the ill-equipped duo to battle Ben’s formidable sister (Amy Poehler) and deal with his father’s gorgeous 25-year-old widow (Laura Ramsey).
Featuring complex performances from iconic comedic actors Wilson, Galifianakis and Poehler, ‘You Are Here’ is an unexpected story about family, friendship, and the people who keep us afloat while facing the compromises of life.

Director Matthew Weiner, who changed the landscape of television with his award winning series ‘Mad Men’, brings his celebrated storytelling techniques to the big screen based on his original screenplay.
“I had reached a point in my life where I was happily married but had lost most of my male friendships. My wife was my best friend and is my best friend but a whole part of my life had disappeared. I started thinking about what holds people together and what that role is of friendship,” explains Weiner about the genesis of the project.

“I realized when I started writing the story, I was writing about a character who was unable to feel. Feelings are part of real life and Steve Dallas (Owen Wilson) has all of this behaviour – whether it’s womanizing, taking drugs, partying, spending too much money – they are all ways to avoid actually dealing with the feelings of life and avoiding the experience of life. The only thing that he has going for him is that he has this friend (played by Galifianakis). These two are so comfortable together that they don’t even need to talk about why they are friends.
“The other theme that went into the story was inspired by my then six-year-old son. I had taken a bite of a chicken leg that was on a platter, and found it was raw so I threw it in the garbage. He looked up at me and said, ‘Daddy, that was a chicken’s whole leg.’ I started to realize that my whole sense of the world has been separated by technology, by adulthood, by dependence on all of these forces that have nothing to do with what I should be able to experience,” adds Weiner.

On the subject of the film’s two main protagonists, Weiner had the following to say: “What’s charming about Owen’s character is that he is selfish, but at least he is admitting that he’s selfish. He’s in a state that he is doing anything he can, not to feel. But he cares about his friend, and his love for his friend and the way that his life is at the beginning of the movie is the part he has to give up.
“Zach’s character is very virtuous, intelligent, an honest person who is filled with a sense of outrage about the way the world is and he wants to change it. He’s a total idealist and you’ve got to love him for that. One of the amazing things that Zach does in this movie is that he is so funny and has so many great comic moments, and then you realize there is something wrong with his character. As you grow to see that, the character realizes that as well and he tries to make a change.”