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Alien: Covenant photo
Alien: Covenant

New image for Alien: Covenant teases new trailer


Most of these people will die
Feb 21
// Matthew Razak
When the first trailer for Alien: Covenant landed I was pretty excited as it looked like a true return to from for the series after the oddness of Prometheus. I mean just check out this new picture; it's basically a smal...
Marvel Phase Three photo
Marvel Phase Three

Watch a rundown of Marvel Phase Three movies up to Avengers: Infinity War


Avengers gradually assembling
Feb 21
// Hubert Vigilla
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is running pretty darn smoothly, all things considered. There are nine MCU films scheduled through 2019, closing out with a new Avengers film that's currently awaiting a title. The other day, Mar...

Review: Logan

Feb 17 // Nick Valdez
[embed]221303:43419:0[/embed] LoganDirector: James MangoldRelease Date: March 3, 2017Rating: R  Logan is both a sequel to 2013's The Wolverine and a ending to the entire X-Men franchise. In the far-ish future of 2029, we find Logan (Hugh Jackman) making his way across El Paso, driving a limo for money. It turns out mutants have essentially gone extinct, and he is only doing odd jobs in order to take care of the now dementia-suffering Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart), who's loss of control over his mind has made him a threat. But one day he's approached by a woman accompanied by a silent girl named Laura (Dafne Keen) who needs help getting to the Canadian border and some place they call an "Eden for mutants." Begrudgingly accepting the task when he sees Laura shares a few similarities with him, revelations come to light as Logan has to come to terms with the man he's become. Logan is dramatically different than the rest of the X-Men films, and that's notably due to its R rating.  While I was initially afraid Deadpool's R rated success would mean Logan was full of extraneous foul language and violence (but without the cheekiness), what is present feels incredibly natural. Like we're actually seeing Wolverine for who he is for the first time, making every other performance seem neutered in comparison. This Logan is older, broken, and incredibly violent. He brutalizes enemies, but it's never portrayed as monstrous as his attacks could be because Jackman fills the role with a much needed humanity. The film always makes a point to note that he never initiates the attacks (unlike the brash Logan seen in, say, the first X-Men). The added caveat of slowly losing his healing abilities also grounds this comic book film in an unprecedented way. For all intents and purposes, Logan is a lonely, introspective character drama. While the character work admittedly will be more effective if you've seen some of the other X-Men films (at least the first one to explain some of the world's elements), it's not completely necessary. The film opens with a scene heartily establishing everything you need to know about this character, and I'll go as far to say it's the best opening scene in the franchise to date.  Logan is full of outstanding performances. While some kitchy turns from Boyd Holbrook's Pierce (a mysterious guy in sunglasses who's chasing after Laura, but Logan's not about that so mentioning his role in the story seems unnecessary), Stephen Merchant's Caliban, and a villain revealed later in the film tend to remind you it's a comic book film, the three central cast members anchor Logan's harsh reality. Hugh Jackman, drawing on his years of experience with the character, puts forth a stellar performance. As mentioned earlier, with the amenities afforded by the film's R rating, Jackman's performance rings more palpable than ever. Like this is the character he's wanted to portray since he signed on to these films all those years ago. His rapport with the sickly Charles is one of the best features in the film as he and Patrick Stewart have developed a mentor/pupil-father/son relationship over the years. Or at least ably portrayed as such. Then there's the young Dafne Keen, who's Laura is defined entirely through her physicality and manages to carve a distinct presence between the two.  Now Logan isn't perfect. One of the film's overlying themes of fighting one's past becomes a little too literal, the tone is so well established the encroaching X-Men talk feels out of place, and some of the dialogue unfortunately I felt I had to forgive under the "comic book film" qualifier, but thinking back on it, these issues didn't bother me as much as I thought they would have. Logan's imperfections lend credibility to the central character's imperfections. The film's problems mirror Logan's distraught sense of self. Is he the colorful hero of years past? Is he the beaten down man who's lost his sense of purpose after years of struggle? There's a distinct push and pull between the two tones as they blend into something not seen before in the genre. In fact, it seems, dare I say realistic?  Above all else, Logan is a film of consequence. It's the first comic book film weighted with actual drama and character work. There's an overwhelming sense of finality and dread permeating throughout making every one of Logan's struggles more tense than the last. If you've followed Wolverine through every one of his adventures, you're sure to be satisfied with Logan. If you haven't, there's still enough tactile emotion here seeping through Logan's ever-worsening wounds to draw you in even slightly.  I don't need to see another X-Men film, or another comic book film ever again. Thanks to Logan, they've become irrelevant. 
Logan Review photo
Brutal, harsh, and absolutely glorious
Logan is a response to a litany of unprecedented events. Comic book films are more popular than ever, the X-Men series is still a viable franchise seventeen years later, Hugh Jackman is still in great health an...

Mel Gibson Suicide Squad? photo
Mel Gibson Suicide Squad?

Mel Gibson among the directors courted for Suicide Squad sequel


Also Jonathan Levine and Ruben Fleischer
Feb 15
// Hubert Vigilla
While Suicide Squad didn't set critics on fire, it looks like a sequel is coming because we can't have nice things. Warner Bros. is hoping to keep the DCEU alive with its misfit band of killers and criminals, and they're...

Thor: Ragnarok photo
Thor: Ragnarok

Thor: Ragnarok concept art reveals Gladiator Hulk and new villain Hela


Some more Thor for your core
Feb 14
// Nick Valdez
It seems the Doctor Strange home video release is going to pack in quite a bit of goodies. Along with both "Team Thor" shorts, it's also sharing our first peek into Thor: Ragnarok. This concept art revealed during a video tea...
Avengers: Infinity War photo
Avengers: Infinity War

Avengers: Infinity War promo video teases start of production, Guardians of the Galaxy team-up


Some Avengers assembly required
Feb 12
// Hubert Vigilla
Avengers: Infinity War and its untitled sequel started filming on January 23, 2017. We won't see the finished films until May 18, 2018 and May 3, 2019, respectively, but Marvel Studios released a new promotional video ab...
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Feige: Thanos is kinda the 'main character' of 'Avengers: Infinity War'


Bring in the baddies
Feb 08
// Matt Liparota
For 14 movies (and counting), the Marvel Cinematic Universe has focused almost solely on its heroes, with the villains playing second banana. That might soon change. In an interview with Collider, Marvel Studios president Kev...
World War Z 2 photo
World War Z 2

David Fincher may still direct Paramount's delayed World War Z sequel


The ball is in Paramount's court
Feb 08
// Hubert Vigilla
Paramount Pictures recently killed off the Friday the 13th reboot and delayed World War Z 2: The Zquel. As they figure out how to rework and retool World War Z 2 for a potential 2018 or 2019 release, there are rumors that Dav...
Paramount nixes movies photo
Paramount nixes movies

Paramount nixes Friday the 13th reboot and World War Z sequel from release calendar


Ka-ka-ka-ka... kill-kill-kill-kill...
Feb 07
// Hubert Vigilla
If you were looking forward to the Friday the 13th reboot and World War Z 2 (aka A World War Zequel), you're going to have to wait a bit longer. You may be waiting indefinitely. Paramount Pictures has removed both of these fi...
Fate of the SB spot photo
Fate of the SB spot

Fate of the Furious gets a furious Super Bowl spot


Furiously bad
Feb 05
// Nick Valdez
Furious 7 was such a huge disappointment to me, I can't bear the thought of the series continuing further. I know some folks enjoyed it, and some are excited for the next film in the series but I'm kind of over it.  This...
Logan SB spot photo
Logan SB spot

Logan gets a damn good Super Bowl spot


A victory lap already
Feb 05
// Nick Valdez
Logan has basically been a master class as to how to generate hype from trailers. Although we've seen most of the same footage -- this Super Bowl spot does include a few seconds of new stuff -- I'm pretty sure each time we see it it's been effective.  I'm seeing Logan in a few weeks, and I can't wait to see how it turns out.  Logan opens March 3rd. 
Pirates 5 photo
Pirates 5

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Super Bowl spot tells some tales


Not a dead series though
Feb 05
// Nick Valdez
I'm not sure who asked for another Pirates film, but I'm kind of glad they did? For some reason, it might be the Johnny Cash song in the trailer, but this Super Bowl spot really works for me.  I mean, until Orlando Bloom pops up anyway. No need to remind me he used to be in these movies.   Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales opens May 26th. 
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Wahlburger with cheese
The first Transformers: The Last Knight trailer was a complete mess. Those hoping new footage would somehow make sense of it (me) are going to be gravely disappointed. The Super Bowl spot clears up one thing, Optimus is clear...

Review: Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

Jan 27 // Nick Valdez
[embed]221227:43368:0[/embed] Resident Evil: The Final ChapterDirector: Paul W.S. AndersonRelease Date: January 27, 2017Rating: R Much like previous entries in this series (a technique unique to this and the Saw series, hilariously enough), Final Chapter begins immediately after the events of the previous film, 2012's Retribution. After a failed attack on the Umbrella Corporation in Washington D.C. -- causing the deaths of all but one of the remaining characters from the video game series -- leaves Alice (Milla Jovovich) alone and broken, she learns of a cure to the T-Virus locked within the corporation's base from the first film. But with only 48 hours until the last settlements of humanity are wiped out, Alice is forced to race against time and face villains from her past like Dr. Isaacs (Iain Glen) last seen in the third film, Extinction. Also Ali Larter shows up.  Final Chapter is an aggressively busy film. The camera is constantly in motion. Whether it's shaky cam during dialogue, quick cuts of the same fight scene from different angles, or zoom-ins to Jovovich's face, the camera is rarely still, if ever. Coupled with sound mixing making everything about ten times louder than it needs to be (making the numerous jump scares in the film's opening much more abrasive than they should be), and the film has a high barrier to entry to those outside of its fan base. Sure it may be ridiculous to assume a person would watch Final Chapter before any of the other films, but I could only assume those without background knowledge of the series would be completely lost. With only a brief primer outlining the series thus far at the opening, there's not much to latch onto since the story is too bare bones to stand out beyond its technical mayhem.  But while the film is a technical mess, and its story is spread too thin to work anywhere else, somehow Final Chapter's bits of awfulness coalesce into a workable package. It's the "so bad it's good" film conundrum the series has found itself in the past, and pockets of that occasionally pop up here. The film hits such a height of ridiculousness at certain points, I didn't really know how to react to it. While Final Chapter is indeed taking itself seriously, its punctuated by fun, action film choices. Triple barreled shotguns, rivers of fire, and even fan service like the return of the series famous laser grid. It may all be incredibly juvenile, but I still appreciate seeing Milla tear up the joint. This film reminded me how well the Resident Evil series has focused action films around a female lead, and how much better these films are when Jovovich is clearly enjoying her work.  As for everyone else involved, I couldn't say the same. While there are other actors in this film, I couldn't say there were any real characters. The Final Chapter has such a brisk pace, there's no room for development for other characters than Alice. The Alice-focused narrative works for Jovovich's performance, but lowers the film's stakes and tension. Characters fight and die, but there's little reason to care about any of it. The only performances worth noting beyond Jovovich are Ali Larter's and Iain Glen's because they've nailed down the strange seriousness they need to deliver their lines. And since I'll probably never get the chance to mention this again, I just want to declare how much I've missed Ali Larter. Seeing her in Final Chapter reminded me how much I loved seeing her on-screen. There may not be any more Resident Evil films in the works (presumably), but I hope she pops up somewhere. Same for Jovovich, too.  Your mileage will vary with Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. If you've never seen the Resident Evil films, don't bother. If you're slightly interested in it because the newest Resident Evil game piqued you curiousity, don't bother. If you've watched the other films but only slightly curious to see how the series ends, you're better off waiting a while until you can watch it a home with a bunch of drinking buddies.  But for those of you who absolutely love the Resident Evil films, and there are some of you out there, you won't get a better ending than this. Final Chapter is passionately, crazily built for you, and you won't get the same care anywhere else.  Sadly, however, this film was released to everyone. 
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At least it's the last one
The Resident Evil films have always been a special kind of terrible. While not great films in their own right, each film is part of a larger ambitious tale further spurned on by both fan and creator devotion. Each one might n...

Star Wars: The Last Jedi photo
Kylo Ren = The Shogun of Space Harlem
It's official, ladies and gents. Star Wars Episode VIII from wirter/director Rian Johnson is titled The Last Jedi. One might have expected this to be the name of the the third film in the new trilogy, following the naming con...

Logan Trailer photo
I'm so ready for this
We were all stricken by the first Logan trailer for its gritty setting, somber tone, and older Logan, and it looks like the second trailer delivers that even more so. The third, and final, Wolverine film follows Logan as he s...

Leia in Episode IX? photo
Leia in Episode IX?

Lucasfilm to discuss Star Wars and Leia plans following Carrie Fisher's death


How will the story change?
Jan 06
// Hubert Vigilla
While people continue to mourn Carrie Fisher's passing, Lucasfilm now has to address a major question about Star Wars moving forward. What happens to Leia in this franchise? How will they rework their original plans? Lucasfil...
Rogue One: A Fan Story photo
Rogue One: A Fan Story

Diego Luna shares a Star Wars fan's Rogue One story about race, accents, and representation


Why representation matters
Jan 06
// Hubert Vigilla
One of the most notable aspects of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was its multi-racial cast. This resulted in a dumb attempt at boycotting the film (not the first time this has happened). We can mock the racists and rubes all w...
Rings Trailer photo
Rings Trailer

Newest trailer for Rings reminds you it exists


'Cause I got a really big team'
Jan 05
// Nick Valdez
Naturally when a film gets hit with numerous delays it's easy to assume the final product is subpar. Couple that with a bump from last October to February, and Rings already has a lot working against it. It's a sequel no one ...
Child's Play photo
Child's Play

There's a new Child's Play in the works for some reason


For Blu-ray and DVD
Jan 05
// Nick Valdez
For those not too in the know, the Child's Play series has been keeping a single story alive for 30 years now. For some reason I don't completely comprehend, Chucky has been a horror icon to many and a joke to more. But regar...
Strange, Thor, Hulk photo
Strange, Thor, Hulk

Doctor Strange officially joins Thor and Hulk for Thor: Ragnarok


Post-credit sequence now confirmed
Jan 03
// Hubert Vigilla
We're learning more about Thor: Ragnarok in trickles and dribbles and other words that may be associated with bladder control issues later in life. Directed by Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows, Hunt for the Wilderpeop...
Anticipated 2017 films photo
Anticipated 2017 films

Star Wars: Episode VIII is Fandango's most anticipated movie of 2017


Sequels, splosions, and dollar signs
Dec 30
// Hubert Vigilla
Fandango held a poll asking what are people's most anticipated movies of 2017. No surprises, Star Wars: Episode VIII topped the list. Rian Johnson is riding the wave of hype from The Force Awakens and Rogue One, and there wil...
Logan trailer in LEGO photo
Logan trailer in LEGO

Watch the trailer for Logan recreated with LEGO


Johnny Cash's "Hurt" cover with LEGOs
Dec 27
// Hubert Vigilla
The trailer for Logan really impressed me. If Hugh Jackman's last ride as Wolverine is a post-apocalyptic road movie western, I am all for that. Better it's something distinctly non-X-Men-looking rather than some dumb, rote X...
Assassin's Creed trilogy? photo
Assassin's Creed trilogy?

Michael Fassbender says there's an entire Assassin's Creed film trilogy mapped out


Whether or not we'll see it, though...
Dec 26
// Hubert Vigilla
The reviews for Assassin's Creed have been about as lackluster as the box office. Since opening on December 21st, the film has only earned about $11.2 million. It came in fifth place for the Christmas weekend, beaten by Why H...
Alien: Covenant photo
Uh...Merry Christmas?
If you can spare a few minutes away from your family today, you should check out the first Red Band trailer for Alien: Covenant. Ridley Scott's Prometheus wasn't received too well, so it looks like Scott wants to rectify that...

xXx motorcycle jet skis photo
xXx motorcycle jet skis

Watch Vin Diesel & Donnie Yen go full Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in xXx: Return of Xander Cage


Our fine 4-fendered bro to the exXxtreme
Dec 22
// Hubert Vigilla
I don't know if I'm necessarily excited about the release of xXx: Return of Xander Cage. There's something really goofy and fun about The Fate of the Furious, but xXx is not the same sort of franchise with the same fond feeli...
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John Wick 2 has a new trailer with sexy Keanu Reeves


Dec 20
// Rick Lash
Gone are the days when February meant godawful movies of low budget and little critical fanfare, welcome are the days when February heralds the release of just ridiculous 'certain-set-of-skills' action movies and (*Golden Glo...
Star Wars: Rogue One photo
Star Wars: Rogue One

A Rogue One actor has option for second film in their contract (SPOILERS)


Any idea how this will work?
Dec 19
// Hubert Vigilla
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was pretty darn phenomenal. Despite worries about extensive reshoots, the movie is in the upper tier of Star Wars films, better than The Force Awakens and easily in the franchise's top three. Whil...
Assassin's Creed sequel photo
Assassin's Creed sequel

Director Justin Kurzel would like the Assassin's Creed sequel to be a Cold War noir


A 20th century Assassin's Creed
Dec 14
// Hubert Vigilla
The first Assassin's Creed isn't out yet, but already there's speculation about a potential sequel. Such is the case with franchise-launching movies. If director Justin Kurzel had his druthers, he'd like to bring the story fr...
Honest Trailers: ESB photo
Honest Trailers: ESB

Honest Trailers loves The Empire Strikes Back just as much as you


The fawning is strong with this one
Dec 13
// Hubert Vigilla
Official reviews are trickling out for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and they are generally positive and mixed-positive. Most are not as enthusiastic as the geek-outs following the Rogue One world premiere, but that's to be e...

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