Movie :: Rogue One Star Wars (2016)

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (or simply Rogue One) is a 2016 American epic space opera film directed by Gareth Edwards and written by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy, from a story by John Knoll and Gary Whitta. It is the first stand-alone film in the Star Wars Anthology series. Rogue One stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker, and follows Jyn Erso, the daughter of the unwilling designer of the Galactic Empire’s superweapon, the Death Star, and her quest to retrieve his plans for destroying it.

Produced by Lucasfilm and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, the film is chronologically set after the events of Revenge of the Sith and immediately before the events of A New Hope. Principal photography began at Elstree Studios near London during early August 2015 and wrapped in February 2016, with reshoots and additional filming taking place in mid-June 2016. Rogue One premiered in Los Angeles on December 10, 2016, and was released to the rest of the United States on December 16, 2016.

Plot:
Research scientist Galen Erso is in hiding on Lah’mu when Imperial weapons developer Orson Krennic arrives to force Galen to return to work on the unfinished Death Star, a space station-based superweapon capable of destroying entire planets. Galen is taken into custody and his wife Lyra is killed in the ensuing confrontation, but their daughter Jyn escapes and is taken to safety by Rebel extremist Saw Gerrera.

Fifteen years later, pilot Bodhi Rook defects from the Empire, smuggling a holographic message from Galen to Gerrera on the moon of Jedha. Meanwhile, Jyn is freed from Imperial captivity by the Rebels on Wobani, who plan to use her to track down her father. However, General Draven orders Rebel intelligence officer Cassian Andor to kill Galen rather than extract him.

Jyn, Andor, and reprogrammed Imperial droid K-2SO travel to Jedha, where the Empire is mining Kyber crystals to power the superweapon; Gerrera and his partisans are engaged in an armed insurgency against them. With the aid of blind warrior Chirrut Îmwe and mercenary Baze Malbus, Jyn makes contact with Gerrera, who is holding Rook captive. Gerrera shows her the hologram in which her father explains that he has secretly compromised the Death Star’s reactor design, directing them to find the plans at an Imperial high-security data bank on the planet Scarif.

Grand Moff Tarkin meets with Krennic on the Death Star and expresses skepticism about the project and its management. As a demonstration, Krennic uses a low-powered shot to destroy Jedha’s capital and crush the insurgency, forcing Jyn and her group to flee while Gerrera elects to remain behind and die. Tarkin uses security breaches under Krennic’s command as a pretext to take control of the project. Krennic meets with Darth Vader to seek his and Emperor Palpatine’s support, but Vader dismisses his suggestions.

The Rebels track Galen to an Imperial research facility on the planet Eadu, where Cassian chooses not to assassinate Galen. Confronted by Krennic and his troops, Galen admits responsibility for the leaked information. A Rebel bombing raid begins before Jyn can attempt a rescue and Galen dies in his daughter’s arms. The Rebels escape in a stolen Imperial cargo shuttle.

Jyn proposes a plan to steal the Death Star schematics from Scarif, but the Rebel council is split and cannot agree on a plan. Frustrated at their inaction, Jyn, Cassian, K-2SO, Îmwe, Malbus, Rook and several Rebels decide to use the stolen Imperial shuttle to raid the data bank. They arrive on Scarif where Jyn and Cassian disguise themselves as Imperial officers and search for the plans, while the other Rebels mount an attack on the resident Imperial garrison. Rook contacts the Rebel Alliance fleet which soon arrives to take down the shield surrounding the planet. K-2SO is destroyed holding off Stormtroopers, allowing Jyn and Cassian to retrieve the Death Star plans from the data vaults. Rook, Îmwe, Malbus, and most of the Rebel ground troops are killed in the battle. Krennic confronts Jyn, declaring the Empire’s victory. Cassian shoots him, enabling Jyn to transmit the Death Star plans to the Rebel command ship. Tarkin fires the Death Star to destroy the compromised base. Krennic dies in the blast while Jyn and Cassian embrace before being killed by the ensuing shock wave.

As the Rebel fleet retreats, an Imperial fleet led by Vader arrives. He boards the Rebel command ship to retrieve the plans, only to watch a small starship escape with them. Aboard the fleeing ship, Princess Leia declares that the plans will provide hope for the Rebellion.

Culinary Festival at Armada Town Square 2016 Magelang # Central Java – Indonesia

There’s culinary festival in Armada Town Square. This year’s booming food is Shaved Ice.

Made by Shaved Ice then they give various color of syrup.

Movie :: Underworld Blood Wars (2016)

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Underworld: Blood Wars is a 2016 American action horror film directed by Anna Foerster (in her directorial debut). It is the fifth installment in the Underworld franchise and the sequel to 2012 film Underworld: Awakening, with Kate Beckinsale reprising her role as Selene. The main cast also includes Theo James, Tobias Menzies, Lara Pulver, Peter Andersson, Clementine Nicholson, Bradley James and Charles Dance. Principal photography began on October 19, 2015 in Prague, Czech Republic.

Premise:
Vampire death dealer Selene (Kate Beckinsale) continues her struggle against the Lycan clan and the Vampire faction that betrayed her, with both sides trying to use the blood of her and her daughter to become Vampire-Corvinus hybrids. After hiding her daughter, Selene, David (Theo James) and his father Thomas (Charles Dance), attempt to end the eternal war between Lycans and Vampires, though it may cost Selene her life.

Movie :: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a 2016 fantasy film directed by David Yates and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. A prequel of the Harry Potter film series, the film was produced and written by J. K. Rowling, in her screenwriting debut, and inspired by her book of the same name. The film stars Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander with Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Samantha Morton, Jon Voight, Carmen Ejogo, Ron Perlman and Colin Farrell in supporting roles. It is the first instalment in the Fantastic Beasts series, and the ninth overall in J. K. Rowling’s Wizarding World.

Plot:
In 1926, British wizard Newt Scamander arrives by boat to New York City en route to Arizona. He encounters Mary Lou Barebone, a non-magical woman (“No-Maj” or “muggle”) who heads the New Salem Philanthropic Society, which claims that witches and wizards are real and dangerous. As Newt listens to her speak, a Niffler escapes from his magically-expanded suitcase, which houses multiple magical creatures. As he attempts to capture it, he meets No-Maj cannery worker and aspiring baker Jacob Kowalski and they accidentally swap suitcases. Demoted Auror Tina Goldstein arrests Newt for being an unregistered wizard and takes him to the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA) headquarters, hoping to regain her former position. However, President Seraphina Picquery and Director of the Magical Security Percival Graves dismiss the case. At Jacob’s apartment, several creatures escape from Newt’s suitcase.

Graves approaches Credence Barebone, Mary Lou’s adopted son, and offers to free him from his abusive mother in exchange for his finding the host of an Obscurus, a dark, destructive force inadvertently manifested by young magical children forced to conceal their powers. The force can be unleashed during periods of anger and stress; Graves believes that it has caused several mysterious destructive incidents around the city.
After Tina and Newt find Jacob and the suitcase, Tina takes them to her apartment and introduces them to Queenie, her Legilimens sister. Queenie and Jacob are mutually attracted, though American wizards are forbidden to marry No-Majs or interact with them. Newt takes Jacob inside his magically-expanded suitcase, where Jacob encounters a contained Obscurus that Newt recently extracted from a girl who died. Newt persuades Jacob to help search for the missing creatures. After re-capturing two of the three escaped beasts, they re-enter the suitcase, which Tina takes to MACUSA. Officials arrest them, believing one of Newt’s beasts to be responsible for killing Senator Henry Shaw Jr., and decide to destroy Newt’s suitcase and obliviate Jacob’s memory. Graves interrogates Newt and Tina and accuses Newt of conspiring with the infamous dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald. Newt and Tina are immediately sentenced to death, but they escape and meet up with Queenie and Jacob; the foursome then capture the last of the creatures after receiving a tip from the goblin gangster Gnarlack.

Credence finds a wand under his adopted sister Modesty’s bed. Mary Lou assumes the wand is Credence’s, but Modesty claims it is hers. When she is about to be punished, the Obscurus is unleashed, killing everyone except Modesty and Credence. Graves arrives and dismisses Credence as being a Squib (a non-magical person of wizard ancestry), and refuses to tutor him in magic after they enter Modesty’s biological family’s home. Credence then reveals himself as the host of the Obscurus, the real cause of Shaw’s death, and unleashes it upon the city in a rage.

In a subway tunnel, Newt talks to Credence but is attacked by Graves. Tina, who knows Credence, arrives and attempts to calm him, while Graves tries to convince Credence to listen to him instead. As Credence begins to settle into human form, Picquery arrives with Aurors and decides Credence’s life must be forfeited to keep the existence of magic hidden. The Aurors apparently disintegrate him, but Newt notices a tiny wisp of the Obscurus fleeing. Graves admits to unleashing the Obscurus to expose the magical community to the No-Majs, and angrily claims that MACUSA protects the No-Majs more than themselves. He repels the Aurors but is subdued by one of Newt’s beasts and revealed to be Gellert Grindelwald in disguise. Grindelwald is then taken into custody by MACUSA Aurors.

MACUSA fears it is too late to protect their secret world, but Newt releases his Thunderbird to disperse a potion over the city via a downpour that will erase all New Yorkers’ recent memories. MACUSA wizards repair the destruction, and Jacob reluctantly agrees to let himself be obliviated as well. Queenie kisses Jacob goodbye as the rain erases his memories. Newt departs for Europe, but promises to return and visit Tina once he finishes his book; he also anonymously leaves Jacob a case of Occamy eggshells (made of silver), allowing Jacob to fulfil his dream of opening his own bakery. His breads and pastries are unknowingly inspired by Newt’s creatures, and Queenie visits him in his shop.

2016 Borobudur Marathon 10k Magelang # Central Java – Indonesia

Another Borobudur Marathon 10K Event in 2016, it happened at 20th November 2016.

Website: Borobudur Marathon

Movie :: Doctor Strange (2016)

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Doctor Strange is a 2016 American superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character of the same name, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is the fourteenth film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film is directed by Scott Derrickson, who wrote the film with Jon Spaihts and C. Robert Cargill, and stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Michael Stuhlbarg, Benjamin Bratt, Scott Adkins, Mads Mikkelsen, and Tilda Swinton. In Doctor Strange, surgeon Stephen Strange learns the mystic arts from the Ancient One after a career-ending car accident.

Various incarnations of a Doctor Strange film have been in development since the mid-1980s until Paramount Pictures acquired the film rights in April 2005 on behalf of Marvel Studios. Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer were brought on board in June 2010 to write a screenplay. In June 2014, Derrickson and Spaihts were hired to direct and re-write the film, respectively. Cumberbatch was chosen for the eponymous role in December 2014, necessitating a schedule change to work around his other commitments. This gave Derrickson time to work on the script himself, for which he brought Cargill on to help. The film began principal photography in November 2015 in Nepal before moving to the United Kingdom, and concluded in New York City in April 2016. Filming also occurred in Hong Kong.

Plot:
In Kathmandu, Nepal, the sorcerer Kaecilius and his zealots enter the secret compound Kamar-Taj and murder its librarian, keeper of ancient and mystical texts. They steal a ritual from a book belonging to the Ancient One, a sorcerer who has lived for an unknown time and taught all at Kamar-Taj, including Kaecilius, in the ways of the mystic arts. The Ancient One pursues the traitors, but Kaecilius escapes with the pages and some of his followers.

Stephen Strange, an acclaimed neurosurgeon, loses the use of his hands in a car accident. Fellow surgeon and former lover Christine Palmer tries to help him move on, but Strange, believing he can regain use of his hands, instead uses all his resources pursuing experimental surgeries in vain. After learning of Jonathon Pangborn, a paraplegic who mysteriously was able to walk again, Strange seeks him out, and is directed to Kamar-Taj. There, Strange is taken in by another sorcerer under the Ancient One, Mordo. The Ancient One shows Strange her power, revealing the astral plane and other dimensions such as the Mirror Dimension. Strange begs her to teach him, and she eventually agrees despite his arrogance, which reminds her of Kaecilius.

Strange begins his tutelage under the Ancient One and Mordo, and learns from the ancient books in the library, now presided over by the master Wong. Strange learns that Earth is protected from other dimensions by a spell formed from three buildings called Sanctums, found in New York City, London, and Hong Kong. The task of the sorcerers is to protect the Sanctums, though Pangborn chose to forgo this responsibility in favor of channeling mystical energy into walking again. Strange advances quickly over several months, even secretly reading from the text Kaecilius stole from and learning to bend time with the mystical Eye of Agamotto. Mordo and Wong warn Strange against breaking the laws of nature, comparing his arrogant yearning for power to that of Kaecilius, who believes, after the deaths of his loved ones, that everyone should have eternal life.

Kaecilius and his followers use the stolen pages to begin summoning the powerful Dormammu of the Dark Dimension, where time does not exist and all can live forever. This destroys the London Sanctum, and sends Strange from Kamar-Taj to the New York Sanctum. The zealots then attack there, where Strange holds them off with the mystical Cloak of Levitation until Mordo and the Ancient One arrive. Strange and Mordo become disillusioned with the Ancient One after Kaecilius reveals that her long life has come from her own use of Dormammu’s power. Kaecilius mortally wounds the Ancient One, and escapes to Hong Kong. The Ancient One tells Strange that he, too, will have to break the rules, to balance Mordo’s steadfast nature. She then dies, despite the best efforts of Strange and a bewildered Palmer. Strange and Mordo arrive in Hong Kong to find Wong dead and the Sanctum destroyed, with the Dark Dimension already engulfing Earth. Strange uses the Eye to turn back time and save Wong, before creating an infinite time loop inside the Dark Dimension that traps himself and Dormammu in the same moment forever. Strange agrees to break the loop if Dormammu leaves Earth, and the latter takes Kaecilius and the zealots with him.

Disgusted by Strange and the Ancient One’s disregard for the consequences of defying nature, Mordo departs. Strange returns the Eye, which Wong calls an Infinity Stone, to Kamar-Taj, and then takes up residence in the New York Sanctum to continue his studies. In a mid-credits scene, Strange agrees to help Thor, who has brought his brother Loki to Earth to search for their father Odin. In a post-credits scene, Mordo visits Pangborn and steals the energy he uses to walk, stating that Earth has “too many sorcerers”.

Movie :: Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)

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Jack Reacher: Never Go Back is a 2016 American action thriller film directed by Edward Zwick and written by Zwick, Richard Wenk and Marshall Herskovitz. A sequel to 2012 film Jack Reacher, the film stars Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders, Patrick Heusinger, Aldis Hodge, Danika Yarosh and Holt McCallany. The plot follows Reacher going on-the-run with an Army Major who has been framed for espionage.

Plot:
After dismantling a human trafficking ring, former military investigator turned vigilante drifter Jack Reacher returns to his old military headquarters to meet Major Susan Turner, who he has been working with during his travels, only to learn from Colonel Sam Morgan that Turner has been accused of espionage and detained.

Turner’s attorney, Colonel Bob Moorcroft, reveals that there is evidence that Turner is involved in the murders of two soldiers in Afghanistan, but Reacher believes she is being framed. Moorcroft also reveals an old acquaintance of Reacher, Candice Dayton, has filed a paternity suit against him, claiming he’s the biological father of her 15-year-old daughter, Samantha Dayton. Moorcroft is later killed by an unknown assassin.

Reacher reaches out to Samantha, but she rebuffs him, believing he’s after her biological mother due to her past as a drug addict. Reacher is later framed for Moorcroft’s murder and arrested and transported to the prison where Turner is being detained. Assassins arrive to kill her, but Reacher neutralizes them, rescues her and they escape to Morgan’s house, having deduced he’s involved in the conspiracy, to extract information. After they leave, the assassin, revealed to be working with Morgan, kills Morgan and frames Reacher which he learns about from a friend, Sergeant Leach when he asks her to investigate a military contractor.

Reacher and Turner uncover surveillance pictures of Samantha and surmise she’s in danger, arriving at her home to find her foster parents dead and Samantha hiding in the kitchen. Reacher and Turner decide to escort Samantha to Turner’s old private school for protection, but discover that she has her mobile phone with her and the enemy probably knows exactly where they are. They discard the phone and make a quick exit, during which Samantha steals a backpack from one of the students to use the credit cards.

Reacher, Turner and Samantha travel to New Orleans in search of Daniel Prudhomme, the only eyewitness to the murders for which Turner has been framed. They find him in a derelict warehouse filled with drug addicts and learn that Prudhomme is connected to Parasource, a private military organization that is trying to cover up the murders. Reacher contacts Turner’s friend, Captain Anthony Espin, to move Prudhomme into custody, but they are ambushed by assassins and Prudhomme is killed, while Reacher rescues Espin and finds out that the assassins are Parasource contractors. Parasource’s CEO, General James Harkness, then sends his enforcer to capture Samantha after she uses a credit card to order room service.

Reacher and Turner, along with Espin, acting on information provided by Prudhomme, intercept a flight of weapons due to enter the country, where they confront Harkness and his men and accuse them of corruption. Upon opening the crates, however, Espin find weapons as declared in the flight manifest. Before Turner can be re-arrested, Reacher opens up one of the weapons crates and discovers that they are filled with opium. They learn that Harkness framed Turner, who had been investigating his activities, for the murders of two soldiers who discovered that Harkness was selling weapons to insurgents and smuggling drugs into the United States. Espin and his men then arrest Harkness, clearing Reacher’s and Turner’s names.

The enforcer and his men locate and chase Samantha through the streets to lure Reacher into a confrontation. Turner kills one of the assassins, whilst Reacher takes out another one on the rooftop. The enforcer captures Samantha and threatens to kill her, but she manages to escape and steal his gun. Reacher then tackles the enforcer onto another rooftop, briefly incapacitating both of them, and they have a vicious fight that culminates with Reacher breaking the enforcer’s arm, leg and neck, before dropping him off the rooftop. Reacher then admits to Samantha he might be her father.

Following Harkness’ arrest, Turner is reinstated in her old position and goes back to her office, where her collegues and Captain Espin all welcome her back. Reacher promises to keep in touch before meeting Samantha at a diner to meet Candice, whom he surmises he will recognize as he remembers everyone he has slept with. Samantha reveals that the waitress that had been serving him is in fact Candice and that Reacher can’t be her father as they didn’t recognize each other. Reacher and Samantha then reluctantly part.

While preparing to leave, a phone rings in Reacher’s pocket and finds Samantha’s phone, which she had slipped on his pocket, with a final goodbye. Reacher smiles as he hitches a ride to the nearest town.

Movie :: The Accountant (2016)

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The Accountant is a 2016 American action thriller film directed by Gavin O’Connor, written by Bill Dubuque and starring Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J. K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal, Jeffrey Tambor and John Lithgow. The film follows a highly-functioning autistic small-town certified public accountant who makes his living uncooking the books of dangerous criminal organizations that are experiencing internal embezzlement.

Plot:
Christian Wolff, a mental calculator, works as a forensic accountant at ZZZ Accounting in Plainfield, Illinois, tracking insider financial deceptions for numerous criminal enterprises brokered to him by a mysterious figure known as “The Voice”, who contacts him by phone. As a child, Christian was diagnosed with high-functioning form of autism and offered an opportunity to live at Harbor Neuroscience Institute in New Hampshire. Although Christian had bonded with Justine, the mute daughter of the institute’s director, his father declined, believing that Christian should overcome the hardships inherent in his condition rather than expect the world to accommodate to them. The pressure of raising a special needs child drove Christian’s mother to abandon him and his younger brother, Braxton, who were left with their father, a decorated military officer who arranged for them to receive extensive training in martial arts and sharpshooting, among other combat skills.

Christian is being pursued by Raymond King, the director of financial crimes for the Treasury Department, who knows Christian by the alias “The Accountant”. King blackmails young analyst Marybeth Medina into helping him identify and arrest the Accountant prior to his retirement, threatening to expose Medina’s unfiled criminal past if she refuses. King’s only leads are Christian’s numerous cover names.

To elude King, the Voice arranges a legal assignment for Christian, auditing state-of-the-art robotics corporation Living Robotics, whose in-house accountant, Dana Cummings, has found suspicious financial discrepancies. The company’s CEO, Lamar Blackburn and his sister and associate Rita Blackburn willingly cooperate with Christian’s investigation, while CFO Ed Chilton dismisses Dana’s findings as a mistake. Christian and Dana work together to discover that $61 million dollars have been embezzled from the company and in the process they build a rapport. Chilton is confronted by a hitman known as “The Assassin”, who threatens to kill both Chilton and his wife and make it look like a home invasion in which his wife would be assaulted, unless Chilton, who is diabetic, self-administers a fatal insulin overdose. Lamar surmises to Christian that Chilton embezzled the money and was driven to suicide out of guilt, and Rita closes the investigation, leaving Christian distraught as he had not completed his study.

Meanwhile, Medina realizes Christian’s cover identities, including his current name, are all famous mathematicians. Tracking the Accountant based on facial recognition, she is directed to a recording of a shootout in which several members of the Gambino crime family were killed. Analysing the recording, Medina is able to isolate Christian’s voice, determining that Christian is muttering the nursery rhyme Solomon Grundy to himself, a behavior consistent with autism spectrum disorder. The trail leads her to the modest accounting office that Christian uses as a cover, dividing his profits through the other four cash-only businesses in his block, and she learns that Christian has written off hefty tax returns with donations to the Harbor Neuroscience Institute.

Christian and Dana are targeted for assassination, but Christian is able to neutralize his pursuers and rescue Dana. While hiding, they find out that the embezzled money was reinvested in affiliated companies, raising Living Robotics’ stocks. Concluding that Rita is behind everything, Christian goes to her house only to find her dead at the hands of the Assassin, who escapes just as Christian is arriving, exposing Lamar as the true mastermind.

King and Medina arrive at Christian’s house and find evidence that he is the Accountant. King reveals that Christian was arrested after an incident at his remarried mother’s funeral that led to his father’s death, taking a bullet meant for Christian. In jail, Christian was mentored by Francis Silverberg, a former accountant and fixer for the Gambino crime family, before being recruited as an informer for the United States government. Silverberg was later released and then tortured to death by the Gambino family, which led to Christian escaping to exact revenge on the people responsible.

King confides to Medina that he was present at the shootout and that Christian spared his life after questioning him about being a “good father”, after which King was contacted by the Voice and provided with evidence compiled by Christian on criminals who violated his moral code, helping him rise to his position of director. King reveals that the investigation on the Accountant was a test for Medina, who has been selected to replace King after his retirement as the Voice’s contact within the Treasury Department.

Christian assaults Lamar’s mansion, which is protected by an army of mercenaries led by the Assassin. During the resulting shootout, the Assassin recognizes the nursery rhyme that Christian is muttering to himself and confronts him, revealing himself to be Christian’s brother Braxton, with whom Christian had a falling-out after their father’s death. After a brutal fight, the two come to terms, and Braxton stands aside as Christian kills Lamar. The Voice later relays Christian’s evidence on Lamar’s criminal activities to Medina, who has accepted King’s offer and dismantles Living Robotics. Christian then bids farewell to Dana and leaves to find Braxton, while at the Harbor Neuroscience Institute, an adult Justine continues to monitor him with a cutting-edge super-powered computer purchased by Christian, revealing herself to be the Voice.

Movie :: Miss Peregrine’s: Home for Peculiar Children (2016)

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is a 2016 American fantasy film directed by Tim Burton, and written by Jane Goldman, based on the 2011 novel of the same name by Ransom Riggs. The film stars Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Chris O’Dowd, Allison Janney, Rupert Everett, Terence Stamp, Ella Purnell, Judi Dench and Samuel L. Jackson.

Plot:
For years, Abraham “Abe” Portman (Terence Stamp) has told stories to his teen-aged grandson, Jacob “Jake” Portman (Asa Butterfield) about his childhood battling gruesome monsters and spending part of the war years living at “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”, located off the coast of Wales. The adolescent residents of the home, along with their headmistress, Miss Alma Peregrine (Eva Green), possess unique abilities and are known as “Peculiars.”

When Jake receives a frantic phone call from his grandfather, he and his supervisor, Shelly (O-Lan Jones) rush to his grandfather’s home. They arrive to find the house trashed. In the woods behind the house, Jake finds his dying grandfather, without eyes, who frantically tells Jake to find “the bird, the loop and September 3, 1943”. As Jake looks up he sees a gigantic creature creeping up behind Shelly. She turns and shoots her pistol into thin air at Jake’s warning.

Jake begins seeing Dr. Golan (Allison Janney), a psychiatrist, who says it is not unnatural for Jake to hallucinate about the horrific creatures from his grandfather’s stories as a result of his grief. At his surprise birthday party, Jake’s Aunt Susie (Jennifer Jarackas) gives him his grandfather’s gift: a book containing a letter from Miss Peregrine from two years earlier.

After discovering that his grandfather’s stories may be real, Jake and his father, Franklin (Chris O’Dowd), travel to Wales. Jake explores the island and finds an old house that was destroyed during a World War II Luftwaffe raid. As he explores, the Peculiar Children from Abe’s stories greet him. Jake flees the cave he had entered. Back at the hotel, the people are now dressed in 1940s clothing. They accuse Jake of being a German spy and start to fight him when plates and cups start flying around, allowing the Peculiar Children to help Jake escape. It turned out the dishes were actually thrown by one of the Peculiar Children he met earlier, an undressed invisible Millard Nuggins (Cameron King).
They take him to Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, where Miss Peregrine greets him. She explains that they live in within a time loop permanently set to September 3, 1943. Jake learns a super-strong child named Victor Buntley (Louis Davinson) lived at the home until he was killed by a monstrous creature known as a Hollowgast, or “Hollow”, creatures that are led by Mr. Barron (Samuel L. Jackson), a Wight. Barron and his Wight and Hollow minions are kidnaping the guardians of Peculiar Children, known as “Ymbrynes”, such as Miss Peregrine, from their time loops so they can consume their childrens’ eyes in hopes of regaining their humanity. Jake discovers that he is a Peculiar; one of the few people who can see Hollows–an ability shared by his grandfather. At the end of the day, Jake and Emma Bloom (Ella Purnell), a light-as-a-feather aerokinetic teenager who can manipulate air and create liquid bubbles and who is Abe’s love interest, walks him to the time loop cave just as another Ymbryne, Miss Avocet (Judi Dench) in her avocet bird form, flies into them. Emma takes her to the children’s home to be nursed back to health.

After Jake is accused of massacring a blind old man on a wheelchair (which, he also lost his eyes), he flees to the cave. An ornithologist (Rupert Everett) follows him, and transforms into Dr. Golan, then reveals himself to be Mr. Barron. He was trying to get information about Miss Peregrine from Abe, but his Hollow minion killed Abe before he could answer. Barron forcibly escorts Jake to the children’s home, where he demands that Miss Peregrine return to his loop with him in her peregrine falcon form. Fearing for the safety of her children, she does as told, leaving Miss Avocet behind to care for the Peculiar Children. The children learn that a Hollow is on its way for their eyeballs and begin barricading their home. As they arm themselves, Miss Avocet is killed by the invading Hollow. The children escape the Hollow just as the bombing raid arrives. The bomb kills the Hollow and destroys the house, closing the time loop. Now stuck in this present time, Emma guides Jack and the children to a sunken cruise liner, where they formulate a plan to rescue Miss Peregrine and the other Ymbrynes from Mr. Barron and his minions. Emma raises the ship to the surface, and the children set sail for the time loop (that Miss Avocet created) where Barron’s lair is located—a seaside carnival in Blackpool, England half a year before the present. As the children enter the loop (risking to be aged or death if their twenty-four hour loop expires in this time period), they use their peculiarities in an epic battle to subdue the Hollows, and also Mr. Clark (Jack Brady) and Mr. Archer (Philip Philmar) (two of the Wights), as the children are joined by an undead skeleton army from the ship led by necromancer Enoch O’Connor (Finlay MacMillan).

They then go into the circus ring, where Barron and his remaining Wights are waiting for the Hollows and the rest of them to return. While the kids fend them off, Jake and Emma rush off to rescue the Ymbrynes. Emma holds off Barron with a gust of wind she keeps blowing towards him, giving Jake a chance to free the Ymbrynes. Emma runs out of breath just as Enoch and his longtime love interest pyrokinetic Olive Abroholos Elephanta, arrive. They find the door busted in, and rush in to find two Jakes–one of whom is Barron in disguise. As they argue who is the real Jake, Enoch is willing to shoot them both. The real Jake mockingly says that he has an ability he has but which Barron lacks. As the last Hollow approaches them and Barron realizes too late what was happening, the Hollow kills Barron before being itself killed by Jake. As the children finish off Barron’s remaining henchmen, Miss Peregrine and the Ymbrynes are freed. The children bid goodbye to Jake, who promises to find them once again after returning home.

As Jake returns to Florida in the present world, his grandfather is alive and well. Jake relates his adventures to Abe. Abe gives Jake the same book gifted to him earlier. Inside, Jake discovers international currency and maps of time loops all over the world. His grandfather instructs him to travel through as many international loops as he needs to locate the Peculiar Children. As he rejoins them on the ship, Miss Peregrine (in her peregrine falcon form) follows them in their ship as they look for another time loop.

Movie :: The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

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The Secret Life of Pets is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated adventure comedy film produced by Illumination Entertainment. It is directed by Chris Renaud and co-directed by Yarrow Cheney and written by Brian Lynch, Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio. The film stars Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Steve Coogan, Ellie Kemper, Bobby Moynihan, Lake Bell, Dana Carvey, Hannibal Buress, Jenny Slate, and Albert Brooks.

Plot:
A Jack Russell Terrier named Max lives with his owner Katie in a Manhattan apartment. While she is at work during the day, he hangs out with other pets in the building: tabby cat Chloe, pug Mel, dachshund Buddy, and budgerigar Sweetpea. One day, Katie adopts Duke, a large and shaggy dog from the pound, leaving Max jealous because of her larger focus on Duke. Enraged by Max’s attitude towards him, Duke tries to abandon Max in an alley, but they are both attacked by a gang of alley cats led by Sphynx cat Ozone. The cats remove both dogs’ collars and leave them to be caught by Animal Control. Duke fears that he will be put down if he goes back to the pound.

They are rescued by a rabbit named Snowball, the leader of “The Flushed Pets” – a gang of sewer-dwelling animals who hate humans because their owners abandoned and mistreated them. After Max and Duke pretend to despise humans as much as they do, the Flushed Pets invite them to join. Before they can prove their loyalty by allowing a one-fanged viper to bite them, Snowball learns from the cats that Max and Duke are domesticated. The two dogs escape the sewers and board a ferry to Brooklyn, inadvertently killing the viper in the process; Snowball vows to kill them and leads the Flushed Pets after them.

Gidget, a white Pomeranian who has a crush on Max, discovers that he is missing and recruits a vicious red-tailed hawk named Tiberius to locate him. After looking over the city for Max, Tiberius returns carrying Ozone, whom Gidget coerces into telling what he knows about the dogs. Gidget and Tiberius then enlist Mel, Buddy, Chloe, guinea pig Norman, Sweetpea, and a paralyzed old basset hound named Pops to begin searching Manhattan. The group encounters Snowball, who vows to kill them as well, and Norman is captured as the rest of Gidget’s team flees.
In Brooklyn, Max and Duke begin to get along with each other and raid a sausage factory for food. Duke tells Max about his previous owner, Fred, an elderly man who adopted him as a puppy and loved to spend time with him. One day, Duke got lost while chasing a butterfly and was picked up by Animal Control, but Fred never came to claim him. Max convinces him to visit Fred’s house in a nearby neighborhood, confident that Fred will still love him. When they arrive, though, they learn from a resident cat named Reginald that Fred has died. Resentful and angry, Duke accuses Max of attempting to get rid of him and barks at the new homeowners, who just return to their “own” house, who call Animal Control. The handlers catch Max, but Duke interferes long enough for him to escape and ends up being captured instead.

While trying to rescue Duke as he follows the Animal Control van, Max is attacked by Snowball and his comrades. However, Snowball’s gang are captured, and Snowball decides to help Max rescue them. They drive and crash a city bus into the van on the Brooklyn Bridge, stopping traffic. The Flushed Pets arrive and corner Max, unaware of his partnership with Snowball, but Gidget and her team save him. The van rolls away; the captured Flushed Pets escape, but the van falls into the East River with Max and Duke inside. Max is unable to get the keys to Duke’s cage, so Snowball jumps into the river to retrieve them, allowing Max and Duke to escape the sinking van.

The entire group return to the apartment by taxi. Max expresses his appreciation and infatuation toward Gidget, who returns with affection. Snowball and the Flushed Pets then come up with a new plan to annihilate all humans, but Snowball is then adopted by a little girl named Molly. At first, Snowball resists, but gives in to her sweetness and lets himself be adopted by her. The remaining Flushed Pets return to the sewers, the other pets return and embrace their owners, and Max and Duke finally reunite with Katie, sparking a true friendship.