Clip: ‘Ad Astra’
“Its objective was to search for advanced extraterrestrial life. The ship disappeared approximately sixteen years into the mission.”
“And the commander was?”
“He was my father, sir.”
“This might come as quite a shock to you. Your father was experimenting with a highly classified material that could threaten our entire solar system. All life would be destroyed. We’re counting on you to find out what’s happening out there.”
“I worry about you. I love you.”
“Please begin your psychological evaluation as best you can. Please describe your current mental and emotional state.”
“I am feeling good, ready to do my job to the best of my abilities.”
“I remain fully committed to the lawful completion of the mission. If necessary, I will destroy the project in its entirety. The earth put hopes in him, and now its fate is on me.”
“We have a job to do. Are you ready?”
In cinemas soon: Ad Astra
An astronaut travels to the outer edges of the solar system to find his father and unravel a mystery that threatens the survival of our planet. He uncovers secrets which challenge the truth of human existence and our place in the cosmos.
The title ‘Ad Astra’ means “to the stars” in Latin. It is often used as a shorter version of “Ad Astra per Aspera” (through hardships to the stars).
Director James Gray has said that this movie will have “the most realistic depiction of space travel that’s been put in a movie”.
The trailer may remind you of 2014’s ‘Interstellar’. That’s because Hoyte Van Hoytema is the cinematographer of both films, and was able to use the knowledge he gained on ‘Interstellar’ in order to bring ‘Ad Astra’ to life.
“There’s a Yeti on my roof.”
“Hey, boy, or girl.”
“Yeah, you’re definitely a boy.”
“I don’t know where you came from.”
“I want my Yeti back!”
“There are people looking for you.”
“Go faster! You can do magic?!”
“This is amazing!”
“This is impossible!”
“I wish dad were here to see this.”
“You did that, Yi.”
“I did that.”
“When Yi sets her mind on something, nothing is impossible.”
In cinemas soon: ‘Abominable’
A magical Yeti must return to his family.
The movie was originally called ‘Everest’ had to eventually be retitled to ‘Abominable’.
This film is the directorial debut for both co-directors Jill Colton and Todd Wilderman.
By some peculiar coincidence, this is the third theatrically released animated film in under a year to feature a Yeti or their distant cousin Bigfoot. The two other are ‘Small Foot’ from Warner Animation Group and Laika’s ‘Missing Link’.
Clip: ‘Ford v Ferrari’
“No. Whatever it is, Shel, no.”
“You’re going to build a car to beat Ferrari with a Ford.”
“And how long..”
“This isn’t the first time Ford Motor’s gone to war. We know how to do more than push paper. Go ahead, Carroll. Go to war.”
“Thank you, sir.”
“Do you think you can beat Ferrari?”
“I could try.”
“We’re lighter, we’re faster. If that don’t work, we’re nastier.”
“We’re going to make history.”
“I was born ready, Mr. Shelby. Hit it.”
In cinemas soon: ‘Ford v Ferrari’
In 1966, American car designer Carroll Shelby and driver Ken Miles struggle to build a revolutionary race car for Ford that can challenge Ferrari during the 24 Hours of Le Mans race.
This is certainly not the first time Christian Bale has drastically changed his appearance for a role. He previously gained a lot of weight for 2018’s Vice, but for this movie Bale had to lose 70 pounds before filming began.
Originally the script was based on the book ‘Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans’, but now uses different source material.
That first version based on the book was going to star Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise in the lead roles.
Clip: ‘Artemis Fowl’
“Our world has never been in more danger. Human greed is what drove us underground all those years ago, to escape from your rapacious appetite. I warn you, boy, you are not prepared for the truth behind what you seek. Now you will believe, Artemis Fowl.”
Coming soon: ‘Artemis Fowl’
In order to rescue his criminal father and restore the family fortune, Artemis Fowl II, and his trusted servant and bodyguard Butler, seek to prove the existence of fairies in hopes of robbing them.
Based on Eoin Colfer’s book series of the same name.
Colfer has said that the story is based on his younger brother Donal, who as a child was “a mischievous mastermind who could get out of any trouble he got into”.
Although the character of Butler is Eurasian in the books, director Kenneth Branagh always envisioned black actor Nonso Anomie in the role, after working with him on the live action ‘Cinderella’.