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Jason Bourne Review

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It's been nine years since Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass collaborated on The Bourne Ultimatum, and now they're back. The plot feels like it was agreed by a committee, as thin as the non-title of this film. Honestly, this franchise offers endless options for titles, and they just decided not to bother this time. So even though the story has a whisper of soap-opera silliness about it (yet another blurred memory comes to light), the film is relentlessly entertaining, building momentum as it surges from dark drama to intense action.

Since finally figuring out who he is, Jason (Damon) has been earning a living as a bare-knuckle boxer on the Greek-Albania border. Then his former cohort Nicky (Julia Stiles) uncovers a new piece in his life puzzle, which allows the CIA's Director Dewey (Tommy Lee Jones) to track them down. As he sends in a ruthless assassin (Vincent Cassel) to get rid of them once and for all, plucky CIA analyst Heather (Alicia Vikander) takes a different approach, determined to bring Jason back into the firm. But he's not coming in without a fight, and as the stakes rise, the chase shifts from Athens to Berlin, London and finally Las Vegas.

As all of this is happening, Dewey is also trying to strong-arm the billionaire founder (Riz Ahmed) of a hot social media platform to allow the CIA to have access to its customers. And he's heading to Vegas as well. This sideplot integrates cleverly with the main narrative, although its message about government overreach is a bit heavy-handed ("Privacy is freedom!"). Still, it adds some kick to the whizzy computer gadgetry that fills this franchise, from tracking devices and tiny earpieces to miraculous hacks.

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Jason Bourne Trailer


Jason Bourne comes as the fifth instalment in the revival of Bourne to our screens where the film sees the return of Matt Damon as the protagonist and its returning director Paul Greengrass. Bourne is a former secret agent who has previously failed to understand his own identity and battles with a constant process of finding out new information about himself. In this sequel Bourne is once again at war with the people that have turned him into the man he is and struggles to cope with the sheer amount of pressure he is put under from the state.

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Jason Bourne - Teaser Trailer


Jason Bourne is used to living in the shadows. Since uncovering the wrongdoings of operation Blackbriar and Treadstone, Bourne has been in hiding, to the outside world Jason Bourne does not exist. Once again finding himself having to surface, Jason Bourne is a hunted man. 

Memories of his past are slowly returning to Bourne but what as his limited allies are quick to remind him, there's a war going on and what Jason might not remember are the things that might be most important. 

Matt Damon returns as Jason Bourne in the fourth film in the series - fifth if including the spin-off The Bourne Legacy. Jason Bourne is directed by Paul Greengrass.

Paul Greengrass Aims To Make Hollywood's True '1984' Adaptation


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For such an influential and powerful novel, Hollywood has always struggled to get on with George Orwell's dystopian tale, Nineteen Eighty-Four. The eighties version with John Hurt as Winston Smith and Richard Burton as O'Brien was solid, though considering its cast, should have been better. 

Captain PhillipsPaul Greengrass and Scott Rudin previously worked on last year's awards hit, Captain Phillips

Now, on the back of a slew of dystopian successes, British director Paul Greengrass believes he can remake the classic story for a modern audience and is in the early stages of developing a new movie.

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Empire Film Awards: James McAvoy, Emma Thompson, 'Gravity,' And 'The Hobbit' Take Home The Silver


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Some of the biggest names in film were out last night for the Jameson Empire Film Awards, which saw the year's biggest and best movies awarded for a storming year in filmmaking. Voted for by the public, the awards presented a somewhat different picture of the last year in film than most of the other big awards ceremonies have done so far.

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It Was An Evening Of Triump For Emma Thompson, Who Was Awarded Best Actress.

Space thriller Gravity and the fantasy sequel The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug were the evening's biggest winners with the former winning Best Film and Best Director for Alfonso Cuarón whilst the latter picked up Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy and Best Male Newcomer for Aiden Turner, AKA Kili. Saving Mr, Banks star Emma Thompson and Filth actor James McAvoy took home the respective male and female acting awards, according to the movie magazine.

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'Captain Phillips' And 'Her' Snaffle Writing Awards


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In a strong indication as to what film might prevail in the writing category come Oscar night, ‘Her’ and ‘Captain Phillips’ were awarded top honours by the Writers Guild last night Saturday, Feb 1, according to Reuters. 

Joaquin Phoenix in HerJoaquin Phoenix excelled in Spike Jonez's 'Her'

Spike Jonez was handed the gong for Best Original Screenplay for his movie, ‘Her’ – a love story set in the not-so-distant future, following a charming-yet-socially awkward Theodor as he develops a relationship with his Operating System, voices by Scarlett Johansson.

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Next Stop, Oscars? Jamie Foxx To Play Martin Luther King In Oliver Stone Biopic


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Jamie Foxx, the actor who won the Academy Award for best actor for his portrayal of Ray Charles, will take on another of America's heroic figures when he plays Martin Luther King in Oliver Stone's green-lit biopic.

Reports in the U.S. suggest that DreamWorks is moving forward with the movie, which already has the backing of King's family as well as the rights to his copyrighted speeches, including I Have A Dream. 

One slight problem is that Paul Greengrass - currently busy promoting his Oscar hope Captain Phillips - has been developing his Martin Luther King movie Memphis for years. The flick, about the great man's final days, started out at Universal before the director clashed with the studio over the big-budget flop Green Zone.

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'Captain Phillips' Is A Biopic Done Right, Say The Critics: Review Round-Up


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Based on the book A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea, the real-life story of when Cpt. Richard Phillip was taken hostage by Somali pirates in 2009, Captain Phillips has emerged as one of the films to see this year.

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Hanks and his Somali co-stars have received praise for their performances

Critics have heaped praise on the film, a smart and intense thriller that is anchored by the superb performance from the lead actor, Tom Hanks. The film is a multi-faceted account of the hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates in 2009. Director Paul Greengrass has a history of working on thrillers, and like his film United 93, he has once again made a real story come back to life through his concentrated filmmaking style. The film is much more than a hostage drama too, as Greengrass also explores the affects of globalisation, which draws the Somalians to piracy in the first place, and develops an engaging yet unstable relationship between Hank's Phillips and Barkhad Abdi's pirate captain Muse.

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So Far, It's Been Smooth Sailing For Tom Hanks' Intense Biographical Thriller "Captain Phillips"


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Far from taking it easy his diabetes diagnoses, Tom Hanks is in the midst of promoting his upcoming action thriller, Captain Phillips. The Paul Greengrass directed film tells the story of Captain Richard Phillips, a merchant sailor, who was taken hostage by Somali Pirates during the Maersk Alabama hijacking in 2009.

Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips Screening At London BFI Festival
Hanks looked sharp as usual at the film's gala screening at the London BFI Festival.

Check out more pictures from the gala screening here.

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Tom Hanks Rules Out Any Future "Weight Gain Roles" Following Diabetes Diagnosis


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During a recent appearance on CBS's The Late Show with David Letterman, Tom Hanks appeared as a guest and had a totally unexpected announcement for the host and audience; that he is suffering from type 2 diabetes. Appearing on the show to promote his new film, Captain Phillips, Hanks made the film wait second as he immediately began to tell Letterman about his current battle against type 2 diabetes.

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Hanks during a scene in the upcoming hostage film

"I went to the doctor and he said 'You know those high blood sugar numbers you've been dealing with since you were 36? Well, you've graduated. You've got type 2 diabetes, young man,'" said the star of A League of Their Own and Castaway. Both of these Hanks films have something in common, and that is that they required the double Oscar-winner to either gain or lose a considerable amount of weight, a requirement he says he can no longer commit to in any future potential role.

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A Week In Movies: Big Films Hit Britain, New York Premieres For Hanks And The Coens, Statham Fights Back


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James McAvoy in Filth

Two big British films hit UK cinemas this week. After storming the Scottish box office last weekend and garnering rave reviews across the board, Filth arrives in the rest of the country this week. Based on the novel by Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting), the Edinburgh black comedy stars  in a career-redefining role as a deeply nasty cop. Read our 'Filth' review here.

Meanwhile, Saoirse Ronan stars in the introspective thriller How I Live Now, set in a present-day Britain that's engulfed in war. Opening in the UK this weekend and in America next month, the film is directed by Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland), and the cast includes rising stars George MacKay (Hunky Dory) and Tom Holland (The Impossible). We gave the film 4/5 you can read the 'How I Live Now' review here.

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Video - Tom Hanks Admits 'Captain Phillips' Was 'Stressful' In Red Carpet Premiere Interview


The cast and crew of biopic thriller 'Captain Phillips' discuss the realistic nature of the heart-stopping flick on the red carpet at the US premiere. Among them were stars Tom Hanks, Faysal Ahmed and Barkhad Abdi, as well as director Paul Greengrass, producer Michael De Luca and screenwriter Billy Ray.

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Real Life Pirates Of The Caribbean In Tom Hanks Starring 'Captain Phillips' [Trailer]


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He was held hostage by Somali pirates four years, in what was one of the most highest profile incidents of piracy in centuries, so it's natural that of course Hollywood have gone and made a film on the brush with death that Captain Richard Phillips had in 2009 when his freight vessel was boarded by an armed gang and he was subsequently held hostage.

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Tom Hanks has been entrusted with the role of Phillips, who selflessly attempts to sacrifice himself for his crew by being taken hostage himself. The bulk of the film has been adapted from the book 'A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea' by the real Richard Phillips and Stephan Tatty, who recounted their survival tale.

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Captain Phillips Trailer


Captain Richard Phillips never dreamed that his venture on board the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama cargo ship would turn into a perilous hostage situation when a savage group of seafaring Somali criminals sped towards the vast but markedly unarmed vessel in a bid to seize control of the goods on board. When the brave Captain was held at gunpoint in the first case of piracy in two centuries in 2009, he did everything within his power to ensure the safety of his crew while heroically risking his own life.

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Bloody Sunday Review


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A nonviolent protest march in Derry, Northern Ireland escalates into a bloodbath on January 30, 1972. Alas, this event is best known within the American pop culture lexicon as U2's sanctimonious rock ballad, "Sunday Bloody Sunday" (which makes a grating appearance during the closing credits, after a movie that has nearly no music in it whatsoever). If nothing else, the new film Bloody Sunday directed by Paul Greengrass (The Theory of Flight) should be able to get a sense of the tensions that arose that fateful day between Irish protesters and British paratroopers. Told in a minute-by-minute documentary style, the story recreates the events of that morning switching back and forth between the British and Irish perspective.

It's a compelling idea, with handheld digital cameras swooping around the actors as the Derry citizens prepare for the march. It has the lived-in quality of any rally you've ever been to, with stressed-out volunteers trying to coordinate the herd. The performances are naturalistic and unshowy, with a committed performance by James Nesbitt as Protestant activist Ivan Cooper (whose everyman mug and receding hairline make him a believably workaday hero). There's a surprising lack of self-righteousness in the proceedings, for the most part fairly handling the British officers and soldiers caught up in gung-ho tension and resentment for being there in the first place. And the Irish aren't given a halo, with IRA thugs working their way through the crowd and stupid kid hooligans throwing stones during the "peaceful" march.

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