Director Lasse Hallström and screenwriter Simon Beaufoy have created an oddity in Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, an unbalanced yet quite endearing story, which relies a little too heavily on the charisma and talent of stars Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt. Beginning in a very peculiarly endearing manner, the first two acts majorly work despite its unusual premise, as the opening starts off brisk, fun and intriguing but unfortunately completely falls apart, as the final act ruins everything which preceded it.

Adapted from a novel by Paul Torday, the film stars Ewan McGregor as Dr. Alfred Jones, a fisheries scientist who is commissioned by Harriet Chetwode-Talbot (Emily Blunt) – acting on behalf of an obscenely rich Sheikh (Amr Waked) – to introduce salmon into the Yemen river. Of course, this is a ludicrous proposal which would have never be attempted, but…After a series of bad publicity over Britain’s war in Afghanistan, the government — represented by Kristin Scott Thomas’ character, Bridget Maxwell– wants a positive story for Britain’s efforts in the Middle East. Their best idea? To make sure the Salmon Fishing in the Yemen project works.

So Alfred and Harriet take on this major project and, along with the Sheikh, attempt to do the impossible by introducing 10,000 salmon into the very foreign world of the Yemen river. This obviously involves a lot of work and commitment, as Dr. Jones deals with an unhappy marriage, and Harriet must leave behind a new relationship with Capt. Robert Mayers (Tom Mison), a soldier himself. These relationship difficulties are much less interesting throughout than the opening feel of the film, which earning a lot of comparison to the terrific British political satire, In the Loop, as the first act or so is absolutely delightful in its portrayal of the ridiculousness of the situation.

While the romantic aspects of the film are fairly straight-forward, the style and wittiness of the opening feels quite the opposite. Unfortunately, this feeling doesn’t last long, as Beaufoy and Hallström seemingly sabotage the film through a series of unnecessary plot excursions and developments that go nowhere and completely fail to bring anything new the film’s genre landscape. Even the impressive cast seems lost within the mess that is the final act, as the completely uninspired and lazy ending ruins all that preceded it.

While not overly long, running at a rather brisk 111 minutes, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen seems like it is just not running on enough plot or substance to earn its running time. If the filmmakers were able to wrap it up after around 85 minutes and avoid much of the malarky which arises in the final act, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen could have been a peculiar, brisk romantic comedy featuring strong performances. Instead the film sabotages itself by attempting to change directions half-way through by adding in pointless and often painfully bad subplots and narrative devices which never work as planned. Director Lasse Hallström adds his typical unusual style and tastes to the film, which works early on but eventually wears out its welcome, as any potential the film shows soon goes by the wayside for the typical and often pointless subplots and conclusion we come to expect from a romantic comedy.

Grade: C-

Rated: PG-13 (for some violence and sexual content, and brief language.)

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is currently playing in limited release.

Nickelodeon debuts action-packed ‘Legends of the Hidden Temple’ trailer at SDCC

The brand new trailer features tons of nods to the original 90s game show!

4:33 pm EDT, July 23, 2016

Get ready for a serious dose of nostalgia, 90s kids! Nickelodeon just premiered the trailer for the upcoming Legends of the Hidden Temple movie at San Diego Comic-Con and you’re definitely going to want to check it out!

The upcoming made-for-TV movie centers around three siblings who find themselves immersed in the temple after breaking away from a jungle tour. Once inside, they discover all the legends they’ve grown up hearing about the mysterious temple are actually real.

Being trapped in the temple itself may sound cool at the beginning, but the siblings will soon learn that getting out may be tougher than they originally anticipated. They’ll have to follow the map and survive the Temple’s many hidden rooms if they want to make it out unscathed.

Check out the first trailer for Legends of the Hidden Temple below!

Fans of the original game show are sure to recognize quite a few of the most iconic aspects taken from the beloved 90s series. Olmec aside, the first action-packed trailer includes mentions of the steps of knowledge, the shrine of the silver monkey, and more— They’ve even managed to slip in mentions of some of the old teams contestant were able to play on when competing on the original game show!

The upcoming Legends of the Hidden Temple movie reunites Kirk Fogg (original TV how host) and Dee Bradley Baker (original voice of Olmec), and additionally stars Isabela Moner, Colin Critchley, and Jet Jurgensmeyer.

Legends of the Hidden Temple premieres on Nickelodeon in the fall of 2016

What did you think of the first trailer for ’Legends of the Hidden Temple’?

Hot off the heels of the Wonder Woman trailer DC has released our first look at the art for Justice League as well as the first trailer!

It’s a very exciting day to be a DC movies fan! After debuting the Wonder Woman trailer earlier today, DC surprised everyone with the first official Justice League trailer which has been simultaneously released publicly during its debut at San Diego Comic-Con. It should be noted that the video, posted on Director Zack Snyder’s Twitter account, includes a title card at the beginning denoting that this video was made specifically for fans at Comic-Con. “The following footage was prepared by the filmmakers as a special look for fans in attendance at Comic-Con 2016.”

Click full screen, turn up your volume, and get ready for this!


The “trailer” (if that’s what we’re calling it) doesn’t give away much about the plot of the movie, however. It features Bruce Wayne checking in and recruiting Cyborg, Aquaman and The Flash – the three of which weren’t as heavily featured in this year’s Batman V Superman.

One of the more thrilling parts of the video is when Bruce Wayne shows up to meet The Flash and throws a Batarang at him. We get to see the slow motion perspective of The Flash while a Batarang whizzes by his face, with him ultimately realizing who has just appeared before him. Before Bruce even has a second to sell him on joining the Justice League, he’s interrupted. “Stop right there. I’m in,” says The Flash.

After the mixed reviews of Batman V Superman from earlier this year, it looks like Justice League might have taken some notes from the massive success of Deadpool’s light-hearted but serious comic book movie template. It already feels like this ensemble cast will lend itself to making up some ground in terms of likability. Ezra Miller’s The Flash is easily the “you-gotta-love-this-kid” character based on his one scene alone. Meanwhile, Aquaman will appeal to those burly, rugged Wolverine style fans. Both character types were missing from the sometimes confusing Batman V Superman.

Check out the full photo of the Justice League featuring our first detailed looks of The Flash, Cyborg, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and Aquaman together in one place.

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We still have a while before we get to hit theaters for Justice League. The superhero sure-to-be blockbuster is set to hit theaters November 17, 2017.

What did you think of your first look at the upcoming Justice League movie?

WB debuted a new trailer for Wonder Woman on Saturday morning at San Diego Comic-Con.

Gal Gadot and the cast of Wonder Woman introduced the new trailer, which offers a massive new look at the first female-led super hero movie (during this new wave of super hero madness, anyway). Chris Pine’s Steve Trevor and Gadot’s Diana Prince seem to have some great chemistry. And unsurprisingly, Wonder Woman gets up to a lot of ass-kicking in the three minute preview. Perhaps one of the coolest moments is when she fends off a lot of fire power, and one of the funniest moments comes at the end, when Diana equates Steve’s secretary to a slave. Watch below:

The movie is directed by Patty Jenkins, who has clearly done an amazing job bringing Wonder Woman to life with Gadot.

A new poster for Wonder Woman was also released, finally revealing her (colorful!) costume:

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Wonder Woman hits theaters June 2, 2017. The film’s synopsis reads:

Wonder Woman hits movie theaters around the world next summer when Gal Gadot returns as the title character in the epic action adventure from director Patty Jenkins. Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.