Pick Up the Pieces: Leonardo DiCaprio is The Revenant

Alejandro González Iñarritu is the most versatile director of our time. After the highly complex Birdman, which reflects on media and show business in a self-referential way, he surprises the public with a...

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Attack of the Nerds: Fanboys Makes a Joyride out of Looking Forward to Star Wars

Remember when, back in 1999, the Star Wars hype was almost as huge, if not even bigger, than this year? After an absence of more than a decade and a half, the saga...

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25. 12. 2015
Finn (John Boyega), Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew), and Han Solo (Harrison Ford, from left to right) are in the hands of the Stormtroopers once again.

A New Chapter: J.J. Abrams Introduces the Next Generation to Star Wars: The Force Awakens

‘Once upon a time, in a galaxy far, far away…’ Every part of the Star Wars franchise begins with that fairy tale opening and John Williams’s trademark fanfare, and each time, the diehard...

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29. 12. 2014
Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman, front), Gandalf the Gray (Ian McKellen, center), and the Dwarves await the Orcs.

Fight the Good Fight: Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, or the End of an Era

Although fans and critics alike haven’t been completely satisfied with the results, the first two parts of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy have been among the biggest-grossing movies in recent years. One of...

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30. 10. 2014
Caesar (Andy Serkis) doesn't like what he sees.

Shock the Monkey: Matt Reeves Brings Us the Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

French novelist Pierre Boulle’s alternative universe in which apes rule the planet has long fascinated Hollywood. It spawned five movies between 1968 and 1974, a TV series, plus a remake in the early...

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31. 07. 2014
Captain James T. Kirk (Chris Pine, right) and his First Officer Spock (Zachary Quinto, left) meet their archenemy Khan Noonian Singh (Benedict Cumberbatch, center).

Journey Into Space: Reawakening the Giant in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek: Into Darkness

In 2009, the Star Trek reboot by J.J. Abrams clearly divided the devout ‘trekkies.’ The picture shed a different light on several beloved characters from the original television and movie series – including...

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29. 01. 2014
Machete Cortez (Danny Trejo) shoots his way through Mexico, Texas - and even into outer space.

Fun in Space: Robert Rodriguez’s Machete Kills Not Only in This World

There were times when Machete was but a bloodthirsty creature from one of the many fake trailers for the Grindhouse double-dip of Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof and Planet Terror by his old friend...

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29. 12. 2013
Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) is scored of the prospects.

Flash For Fantasy: Returning to Middle-Earth in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug

Upon its late 2012 release, the first The Hobbit movie by Peter Jackson, An Unexpected Journey, was greeted by rather mixed reviews. Still, fans of the Kiwi director and of Middle Earth creator...

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School’s Out: John Hughes’s Cool Way to Skip Classes in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

When John Hughes died of a heart attack at age 59 in 2009, the filmmaking world lost one of its true greats in the comedy realm. His biggest box-office smashes as a writer...

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23. 04. 2013
Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) saves the day.

Man on a Mission: The Post-Apocalyptic Tom Cruise of Joseph Kosinski’s Oblivion

There once was a time when science-fiction films were innovative and ahead of their time. Back then, even B-movies could attract audiences because they had something to say, despite their overall trashy appearance....

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Danger Zone: Science-Fiction and Metaphysics in Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker

Apart from legendary Battleship Potemkin genius Sergei Eisenstein, Andrei Tarkovsky is arguably Russia’s most renowned movie director from the Soviet era. The son of famous poet Arseni Tarkovsky polarizes, however. Opinions on him...

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27. 03. 2013
Operation 'Y' & Shurik's Other Adventures

Children of the Revolution: Slapstick, Soviet-style in Leonid Gaidai’s Operation ‘Y’ & Shurik’s Other Adventures

Operation ‘Y’ And Shurik’s Other Adventures (1965) is one of the cult comedies from that time virtually every Russian knows. Other than having a fun time, what can we can learn about life...

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30. 01. 2013
The returning Gollum (Andy Serkis) isn't too sure yet what to make of The Hobbit.

Misty Mountain Hop: Middle-earth Revisited in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Fans have been clamoring for it for almost a decade, through numerous delays, changes in the director’s chair, and alterations in the general concept. Pan’s Labyrinth mastermind Guillermo del Toro wanted to shoot...

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Falling into Infinity: The Bottom Line on the Indie Epic Cloud Atlas by Tom Tykwer and the Wachowskis

A big-budget independent movie based on a novel considered to be ‘unfilmable’ – that sounds like a recipe for disaster, doesn’t it? Three renowned directors still made the daring choice to tackle David...

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The Spy Who Came in from the Cold: James Bond’s Impressive Comeback in Sam Mendes’s Skyfall

To the sounds of energetic percussive music, James Bond tracks down a villain on the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. All of a sudden, a Jeep manned by a female British agent picks him...

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