The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

In a time when science is considered opinion and a political game piece, it’s heartwarming to find a film that celebrates ingenuity inspired by a love of science and learning. Marking the directorial debut from actor Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave, Children of Men, Doctor Strange), The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is the true life story of 13-year-old William Kamkwamba (newcomer Maxwell Simba), who lives with his family in the African nation of Malawi. He’s a good student in his village’s private school, but when land issues and no rain lead to a poor harvest and eventually famine, William is forced to drop out of school because his family can no longer afford to send him.

After doing the necessary research using book “borrowed” from the school library, William approaches his father (played by the director, who also adapted Kamkwamba’s book) with the idea of building the windmill in order to power and irrigation system that the village could use to kick start growing again. His father is initially resistant, but after watching many villagers starving to death (with many others opting to leave or selling their land to the corrupt government), he agrees to let the boy try his experiment with the help of many of the locals.

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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind review

Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave, Doctor Strange) wrote, directed, and stars in The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, a testament to the power of education and science and a movie that feels like a revolutionary act in 2019 America. As world leaders continue to ignore climate change, Ejiofor’s movie provides a sliver of hope through a true story of resilience and ingenuity in the face of overwhelming odds. Read More »

the boy who harnessed the wind trailer

Chiwetel Ejiofor makes his feature directorial debut with The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, the inspiring true story of a 13-year-old boy who develops a method to, as the title says, “harness the wind” to bring water to his famine-struck village in Malawi. See The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind trailer below.

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Maleficent 2 cast

Production has finally begun on Disney’s Maleficent 2, the long-awaited sequel to the Sleeping Beauty remake starring Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning. With this production start news comes confirmation that Michelle Pfeiffer has officially joined the cast, along with other new casting announcements.

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doctor strange 2 villain

Marvel Studios seems to be setting up Doctor Strange to be one of the new leaders of the Avengers, so it’s a little — forgive me — strange that a Doctor Strange sequel has yet to be confirmed. But while things don’t look so good for him in the trailers for Avengers: Infinity War, it’s still likely that Stephen Strange will return to fight another day.

That’s what Doctor Strange screenwriter C. Robert Cargill is thinking as he lays out his plans for the Doctor Strange 2 villain and story.
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come sunday trailer

At first glance, Come Sunday is nothing we haven’t seen before out of Hollywood. There’s a tormented man in a position of authority, a deeply religious story about a church community, and a powerful performance from an underrated actor. But little did you know, Come Sunday is actually the beginning of a burgeoning new genre of films: podcast adaptations.

That’s right, Come Sunday is one of the first prolific films to be adapted from a podcast. And it won’t be the last.

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Justice League Dark Concept Art

While the union of the Justice League only just happened on the big screen for the first time last month, their darker, fantasy counterparts from Justice League Dark have been in development for years. The project has gone through several directors, including Guillermo del Toro a little while back and most recently Edge of Tomorrow helmer Doug Liman, but it’s currently without a director as a new script from Housebound scribe Gerard Johnstone is being written right now. However, as we wait to see what happens with the DC Comics property, we can imagine what it might have been like if another filmmaker ended up getting hired for the job.

Joseph Kahn is best known for directing music videos for the likes of Taylor Swift, Eminem, Katy Perry and Britney Spears. More recently he directed the acclaimed rap battle indie film Bodied, but at one point, Kahn was in the running to director Justice League Dark, and he recently revealed some of the concept art that was part of his pitch.

Check out the Justice League Dark concept art revealed by Joseph Kahn below. Read More »

Mary Magdalene trailer

Rooney Mara and her best friend Jesus are about to hit theaters together in Mary Magdalene, a new film from Lion director Garth Davis. Mara plays the Biblical heroine who committed her life to following Jesus Christ, played here by Mara’s real-life boyfriend Joaquin Phoenix. The first Mary Magdalene trailer has just arrived to give us a taste of the holy drama to come.

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Sherlock Gnomes trailer

What have we done to deserve Sherlock Gnomes? You know what? Don’t answer that. Gnomeo & Juliet, a very real movie about sentient garden gnomes, was apparently a big enough hit to warrant a sequel. That sequel? Why Sherlock Gnomes, of course! Finally, lawn ornaments and detective work have been combined into a candy color nightmare, and you can share in the nightmare by watching the new Sherlock Gnomes trailer!

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The Lion King cast Scar

The cast of Iron Man director Jon Favreau‘s new take on Disney’s The Lion King keeps getting better and better. 12 Years a Slave and Doctor Strange star Chiwetel Ejiofor is currently in talks to provide the voice of Scar, Mufasa’s villainous brother who takes over the kingdom during Simba’s absence.
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