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  Watch Video Three and a half weeks into my own personal coronavirus quarantine, with theaters shuttered and tentpole box office debuts being pushed a year or more into the future, including ripple effects forcing major Marvel releases in...   read
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  Watch Video I cast a level 3 chill out spell to cool the nerd jets. Hear me, brethren, Slay the Dragon is not that sort of film. It has very little to do with dragons, and nothing to do with slaying. To be clear, not a single soul i...   read
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  Watch Video It's been nearly six years since two grown men decided to impersonate cops and have a good time in Let's Be Cops, so in some ways we're vastly overdue for a real police officer to hit up a strip club with a 12-year-old sidek...   read
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[UPDATE: Within the past hour, Regal announced that it was closing all of its theaters indefinitely.] In the wake of the lowest box office weekend in two decades and in the looming shadow of continuing (and worsening) co...   read

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Review: The Hunt

  Watch Video Rich people do a lot. Money opens many doors. They get away with a lot too. I get that. Ever had to fight a traffic ticket? Notice the line of lawyers at the bar who always get to deal with the judge first. They don't even wa...   read
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  Watch Video Showtime's Penny Dreadful ran for three seasons from 2014 - 2016 and was a terrific gothic horror anthology that revolved around many of the classic monster archetypes and characters like Dracula, the wolf man, Dr. Fran...   read

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It doesn't take a black flame candle lit by a virgin on the eve of a full moon to know that Hocus Pocus 2 is a thing and that it's headed straight for the boiling cauldron of goat offal that is Disney+. But it may take one to...   read
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  Watch Video Antiquarian books. It gets the blood boiling, that phrase. Now add some ‘rare’ to the equation. Molten magma. Is this the thought that got director D.W. Young invested in creating a film about booksellers—th...   read
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  Watch Video Eoin Colfer brought child prodigy turned criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl to readers everywhere in 2001 with the release of Artemis Fowl. Seven books later, and Disney has seemingly undone much of what made this series work ...   read
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Last we heard about the purported Indian Jones 5, its production had been delayed again, and it's release date pushed from July 10, 2019 to July 9, 2021, apparently for good reason, for those of you keeping track of dates. It...   read
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Jurassic World 3 isn't due in theaters for well over a year, but we're starting to get more details as we draw closer to its June 11, 2021 release date. Principle filming began yesterday. We've long known that series stars Ch...   read

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Expect the world's first vertical format, or portrait mode, film out sometime in 2021. Titled, V2. Escape From Hell, the feature is presumably about a population of people condemned to watch all movies in vertical format...   read
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Biopics, like anything else, can be hit or miss. Having an interesting subject is no guarantee either. Interesting people can be victimized by bad direction, hack writing, and poor editing just like anything else. When it com...   read
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  Watch Video Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of one Harley Quinn) has a marketing problem and it’s a simple one. It’s got a stupid title that means nothing and that very few people understand. Logic dictates th...   read
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Another year of cinema has passed, which means it's time for our second annual Golden Cages awards, the only end-of-the-year awards program featuring everyone's favorite actor as a screaming statuette! For the two weeks ...   read
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  Watch Video The fifth film in Illumination's Despicable Me franchise, Minions: The Rise of Gru releases July 3, 2020. The boys at behind the boys in yellow opted to drop for a :30 second spot during Sunday's Super Bowl, but thought the m...   read
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  Watch Video The Fast and the Furious 9, aka F9, aka The Fast Saga, aka Family Forever, aka Family Meal Time 9 has a new trailer. If you've seen a Fast film, you probably have a sense for what's coming, or then again, probably not. Previo...   read

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The only things more popular in Hollywood filmmaking than sequels are franchise sequels and right now studios are desperately trying to ring out every bit of depleted IP juice from every long-dead franchise they can. They've ...   read
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It's 'official,' Bill Murray is returning to the Ghostbusters franchise as Peter Venkman. Murray first portrayed the ignoble pseudo-scientist-turned-paranormal-pest-exterminator over 35 years ago in 1984, last donning the fam...   read
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Just two short years ago, Warner Bros. Pictures released Justice League. Then it made buttloads of money on Aquaman, a mediocre, if not adequate and boldly colorful film. Then it forgot it made Justice League, or Batman v Sup...   read
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Get ready to see a lot more of Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane's perfect smile. He just inked a 5-year deal worth an estimated $200 million with NBCUniversal, the new content banner than encompasses Universal Tel...   read
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In today's not news news, Warner Bros. confirmed Fantastic Beasts 3, the third installment in the Harry Potter spinoff series, will being production in the spring of 2020. Originally, production was set to begin in July ...   read

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[Editor’s note: this piece contains spoilers relating to Dark Phoenix] Marvel/Disney is pushing Dark Phoenix hard. It’s not their film in that they didn’t make it, but they own it now, and they’re goin...   read
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Review: Aladdin

  Watch Video Apprehension, noun: anxiety or fear that something bad or unpleasant will happen. Disney’s original Aladdin is iconic. Robin Williams, in voice only, gave arguably his most memorable (and best) performance ever. Gilbert...   read
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Review: Long Shot

  Watch Video Things started on a high note at the SXSW 2019 premiere of the Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen headliner comedy Long Shot. Upon entry to the Paramount theater, staff distributed free drink vouchers. It was either a semi-t...   read
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Here we are, at the precipice of the season 8 premiere and the first new episode of Game of Thrones since August 27, 201 and the fervor is at an all-time high. Unlike some television series, GOT’s ratings...   read
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Review: Ploey

  Watch Video I must confess, I may be a terrible parent. I conducted an experiment on my kids.  It wasn’t intended as an experiment, but it was one all the same and, as with any experiment, the results may be positive or n...   read
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[Editor's note: SPOILERS for season 9 of The Walking Dead ahead] Despite steadily declining ratings, The Walking Dead Universe isn't going anywhere. It was announced today that The Walking Dead will get a third seri...   read
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Well, they sort of proclaimed it in Black Panther when Marvel told Kendrick Lamar to write a song about how they'll get "all of the stars." Seems they weren't joking. Marvel's latest catch is none other Maleficent hersel...   read
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The machine don't sleep, and to that point, some new one-sheets were released for Spider-Man: Far From Home. Captain Marvel's been out for two and a half weeks and Avengers: Endgame is due out in one month, but Marvel (a...   read
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About Rick Lashone of us since 4:40 PM on 03.17.2016

Passionate about the world, the human experience, and how they co-exist.

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