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‘Ford V Ferrari’ Review

by Kaylen Summers

With equal parts character development, burnt rubber, and historical drama, Ford V Ferrari is Hollywood’s high octane tribute to auto racing legends Ken Miles and Carroll Shelby. The movie is directed by James Mangold and features a glorious tale of the true competition between two car companies to build the fastest car. Ironically, the movie runs a sluggish pace at times and struggles hard to reinforce the stakes for everyone involved.

 However, this all-star movie is sure to make you laugh more than expected and even shed a few tears in between.

The movie takes place in 1963. It was then that race car driver Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) decided to start a career in automotive designing and specialty manufacturing due to his health issues. Lee Iacocca (Jon Bernthal), a marketing executive at the Ford Motor Company approaches with a stunning offer.

Sales were declining at Ford and there was a general poor reaction to new Ford cars. In order to revitalize the company’s image, Henry Ford II (Tracy Letts) decided to buy Ferrari, the bankrupt Italian sports car company. However, the owner Enzo Ferrari (Remo Girone) saw this as an insult and loudly shared his low opinion of Henry Ford II. This provoked the arrogant and domineering Ford CEO, and he wanted to beat Ferrari on a public forum at any price.

Shelby was asked to design a Ford car that could beat Ferrari at the grueling twenty-four-hour Le Mans race in France. Previously, it was Ferrari and his racing team, who had been dominating the prestigious competition for years. Shelby takes up the challenge to design the car, but his choice of the primary driver was Ken Miles (Christian Bale). He was a supremely skilled hothead British driver who was flat broke with his devoted wife (Caitriona Balfe) and son (Noah Jupe).

The film explores the characters very deeply. Christian Bale astonishes everyone again with his cockney accent and brash behavior. Matt Damon’s performance appeared graceful and spot-on. But, let not forget to mention the contributions of actors like Tracy Letts and Caitriona Balfe. Their supporting roles catalyzed the story’s successful conveyance.

Another notable aspect of Ford V Ferarri is how the racing scenes were like a breath of fresh exhaust. For those who were flooded with CGI Fast & Furious garbage over the years, this movie is gratifying. CGI effects are obviously present in Ford v Ferrari, but it’s done in a more realistic and convincing way.

Apart from the uneven level of pacing, the movie is masterfully done. It is deservingly a full-throttle awards contender. Ford V Ferarri is undoubtfully one of the best films of the year, and you don’t need to be a gearhead to enjoy this one. 

Do check out this movie before it leaves theaters and let us know what you think about it.

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6 Underground (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

6 Underground (2019) tells the story about 6 billionaires who fake their death. They formed a vigilante squad eventually to take down notorious criminals. Directed by Michael Bay, the film stars Ryan Reynolds, Mélanie Laurent, Dave Franco, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Peyman Maadi, Adria Arjona, Corey Hawkins, and Ben Hardy.

Releasing Date: December 13, 2019

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Spies In Disguise(2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Spies in Disguise animated spy, comedy film which revolves around the characters of super-spy Lance Sterling and scientist Walter Beckett. Walter invents the super-cool gadgets that Lance uses in his mission. However, is not as social as Lance. When events take an unexpected turn, Walter and Lance suddenly have to rely on each other in a whole new way, as Lance must save the world disguised as a pigeon.

Release Date: December 25th

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Little Joe (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Little Joe (2019) follows a single mother named Alice. She is a dedicated senior plant breeder at a corporation engaged in developing a special crimson flower. The plant is said to keep its owner happy. Alice, going against the company’s policies takes her son to see the flower.

Releasing Date: 6 December 2019

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Waves (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Waves (2019) tell the epic emotional journey of a suburban African American family. After suffering a tragic loss, they are set to navigate love, forgiveness, and togetherness. The movie takes place in the vibrant landscape of South Florida. It got its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival.

Releasing Date: 15 November 2019 

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21 Bridges (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

21 Bridges tells the story about an expertly trained NYPD detective named Andre Davis (Chadwick Boseman). A gang of cop killers is on the run. In order to defeat them, Andre puts all of New York City on a lockdown. As the night unfolds, he soon becomes unsure of who to pursue, and who’s in pursuit of him.

Releasing Date: 23 August 2019

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When Will Be The Next Endgame Level MCU Team-Up?! Here Is Your Answer

by Kaylen Summers

Avengers Endgame was a pretty huge conclusion to the 10-year-long saga of Marvel movies. The blockbuster is currently the highest-grossing film of all time and has no intention of leaving the crown behind anytime soon. But if you are expecting another mega movie event from MCU anytime soon, you are mistaken.

It seems like we have to wait another 10 years for such a movie event to happen again. Recently, Marvel Studios executive producer Trinh Tran explained about the time duration for seeing something like Avengers: Endgame again.

There is no doubt that the Infinity Saga wrapped up, with fans stunned and craving for more. With the pressure of the huge success over their head, recreating such an event again in a fresh new way is a huge challenge for Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige and his gang. With that being said, the studios are now focusing only on the development of its Phase 4. Talking about the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Tran had this to say:

“Our focus right now is to make sure that the titles that we’ve released in Phase 4… obviously those stories are going to be new, exciting, different and can connect with the audience like the other movies have been. Over 10 years ago, it’s always been our dream to get to Infinity War and Endgame level. We didn’t know obviously where that was going to go at the start of the studio, but it’s incredible to know that we were able to accomplish that. Now it’d be amazing if we could get to that level 10 years later, so I think it’s a dream to continue doing that and build upon the MCU and the connective tissue that we have.”

Lately, Kevin Feige has been giving out a lot of information about what to expect in Phase 4 and probably Phase 5. With new stories ready to be explored, the MCU is also expanding further to join the small screen on the Disney+ streaming service. But, will Disney+ shows have any connection with the main Cinematic Universe? Trinh Tran had this to say.

“And now with obviously our Disney+ side and the shows and how our characters are venturing into that world and how that’s gonna lead to the future and more franchises and more stories and more properties and their connective tissue to the rest of the MCU, it would be amazing to do something like this 10 years later.”

Though everything seems to be well sorted out from the studio’s part, it seems like we have to wait further to see how well it all turns out. There are also many popular Fox products waiting to be explored by the studio. So hopes are high from the fans’ side.

Will there be an X-Men crossover anytime soon?! Or will be the Fantastic Four movie to happen first?! Tell us what you think about the Marvel’s Phase 4 plans

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Knives Out (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Knives Out (2019) is a modern take on the murder mystery genre, starring  Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, LaKeith Stanfield, and Noah Segan in lead roles. The events of the movie follow the investigation of the suspicious death of a presumably wealthy patriarch Harlem Thrombey, played by Christopher Plummer, on the night of his 85th birthday.

Release Date: 27 November 2019

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The Grudge (2020) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

A young mother kills her family in their own house. The Grudge (2020) tells how a single mother and a detective tries to solve a murder case. However, in the process, they soon realize that the house is cursed. Anyone who enters the house is doomed to die a violent death by a vengeful ghost.

Releasing Date: 2 January 2020

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Joker Takes Over Maleficient’s Collections, Back to Being No. 1

by Emily Keen

Arthur Fleck’s contagious laugh does not seem to be dying any sooner. Joaquin Phoenix’s magnum Opus now stands strong with a global collection of $849 million. The DC movie has toppled Angelina Jolie’s fantasy fiction once again to reclaim it’s top spot this weekend.

According to ‘Deadline’ the Todd Phillip’s Joker rolled in a $18.9 million where as the Disney film brought in $18.5 million. The numbers are close but the fact that Joker has been it its fifth week of release speaks for itself. In the last week, Maleficient 2 brought down the highly acclaimed Phoenix starrer with the collection of $36.9 million. Joker in that weekend stood at $29 Million.

Maleficient: Mistress of Evil’s global earnings as of now are $293.5 million.

This weekend was rather peaceful with studios slowing down releases for the onset of Halloween. In the third place, stood Addams Family with $11.7 million edging out Zombieland: Double Tap which brought in $11.6 million.

Joker’s list of accolades could already bind a compendium and it has them coming. The movie has now officially surpassed Deadpool’s record as the highest grossing R-rated movie. The Ryan Reynold’s film stood at $782.6 million.

Terminator: Dark Fate debuted in cinemas this weekend and made $12.8 million. The numbers might have been a tad disappointing given the hype around the Linda Hamilton starrer. But the movie might soon catch up as there are Holidays coming up in the keys markets of release.

As for Joker, it is still running strong in Europe. This weekend added $47.8 million to Jokers collections from 79 overseas markets. The film is now looking forward to a $950 million worldwide collection.

The film is also the highest grossing WB movie in 14 international markets including Russia, Argentina and Mexico and the biggest DC movie in 34 markets which includes, Holland, Italy, Spain, Russia, India, Argentina and Mexico.

Moreover it has stood at the #1 spot for a 4th weekend in a row in Europe. In Asia, Joker is now the 4th best WB title and the 2nd best of WB movie of all times in Latin America.

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Code 8 (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Code 8 (2019) is a sequel to the 2016 short film of the same name. The movie tells about how people with superhuman abilities are co-existing with normal human beings. However, one desperate young man decides to use his powers to rob. This eventually leads him into a clash with the militarized police force of the city.

Releasing date: October 2019

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Halloween Treat! ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ Returns to Theaters

by Kaylen Summers

This year’s Halloween is getting an extra scary treat from Guillermo del Toro and Andre Ovredal. The two are all set to bring back Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark to more than 1,500 screens in North America this weekend. But this time the movie will take a more family-friendly PG-13 approach with the intention to fill the relative void for horror-loving audiences this Halloween.

The announcement was made by Ovredal on Twitter. He tweeted:

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is back in over 1500 theatres all over North America this weekend and through Halloween! Bring the family, it’s PG-13 scary.”

Grossing almost $95 million in its first outing, the movie did well with critics and audiences alike. This can be seen in its 79 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. With the re-release, the movie is expected to cross the $100 million mark.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is already available on Digital HD and the Blu-ray/DVD and 4K Ultra HD versions are expected to release on November 5 from Lionsgate.

The movie is directed by Andre Ovredal, who is known for his works in Troll Hunter and  The Autopsy of Jane Doe. Guillermo del Toro, whose previous works include Pacific Rim and The Shape of Water produced of the movie. 

The plot of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark revolves around the town of Mill Valley, during the late 1960s. The young Sarah Bellows, belonging to the Bellows family has turned her abused life and disturbing secrets into a series of scary stories. However, it turns out that these tales eventually become the living nightmare for a group of unsuspecting teenage Mill Valley residents.

The horror movie is an actual adaptation from author Alvin Schwartz’s beloved book series. The trilogy includes Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones. Based on real-life folklore and urban legends, the books were initially published between 1981 and 1991.

If you’re looking to watch the movie in theatres this Halloween, here is its trailer for you:

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6 Reasons Why You’ll Always Love Watching ‘Jurassic Park’

by Kaylen Summers

Franchise after franchise, Hollywood has now become an exhausting  “theme park” of overused CGI and over-the-top action sequences. But before all this, there was a time when we had movies that presented good narratives and just the right amount CGI to back it up. Among such movies, Jurassic Park deserves special recognition for setting up the landscape for all the visual effects we have today.

Released over 25 years ago,  Jurassic Park is still worthy of being mentioned as a milestone in the history of world cinema. The movie became the highest-grossing film of all time when it debuted in 1993. The iconic blockbuster from Steven Spielberg is a seamless blend of practical effects, animatronics, and CGI. It is this effective method of film making that makes this work of art truly unique and transcend across time.

But is it all just that?! What makes this movie so memorable?! No movie has ever made such an effect on audiences the way Jurassic Park has. Not even its squeals and the squeal-franchise (Jurassic World series) after that.

So, we have decided to take a deep dive to find some of the reasons why everyone will always love watching Jurassic Park.

1. Fills You With Nostalgia

Just to clear the confusion. We’re not talking about the ’90s vibe. We are talking more specifically about how this movie seems to get incorporated with our memories each time we see it. By this time everyone has already seen this movie a billion times. But, the real magic is how this movie lies so close to the memories we made while watching it each time. Yes! Movies like Harry Potter and Toy Story does leave us with some lasting impressions. But, none will ever give that warm fuzzy feeling inside like this one.

2. Effects Still Hold Up

Enough with the emotional side. Now let’s talk about the technical bits. We all know how clumsy and outdated the visual effects from the ’90s can be. Computer-generated graphics was still at its infant stage. But, that didn’t stop movie-makers from experimenting with it whenever possible. But, only a few of them had the foresight to present it for the future. Director Steven Spielberg was one such visionary. Even after decades from its making, Jurrasic Park still holds up in terms of effects. Skillfully mixing CGI and animatronic puppets, the film looks far more technologically-advanced and realistic than any recent blockbusters.

3. Strong Female Characters

Long before Hollywood studios were eager to inject feminist ideologies into their movies, Jurassic Park had better realized, strong female characters. There were no damsels in distress, but only characters like Dr. Ellie Satler kicking ass and teenager Lex Murphy saving the day, by herself, by getting the park’s security system back online. Ironically, the franchise failed to follow on these strong representations in its later movies. (Yes! We are definitely talking about the high heels in Jurassic World.)

4. Not All Blockbusters Suck

We currently live in an era where Hollywood movies are just two-hour, CGI-filled explosion factories that eschew the actual narrative in favor of spectacles. Though studios are doing this to maximize their profits overseas, we believe that good content always sells and all you need is just the right amount of CGI to support it (if necessary). Good cinema used to be about good narratives and Jurassic Park is the perfect pick to prove it. The movie has numerous spectacles. But none are incoherent, noise-filled or fast-moving metal-smashing garbage. This keeps the movie more realistic and conjures a graceful suspension of disbelief.

5. Spielberg And Williams At Their Best

Director Steven Spielberg and composer John Williams have a perfect track record of making the best happen whenever they team up. The iconic theme songs from Jaws, E.T and Indiana Jones are exceptional outcomes of this partnership. Yet, no one will argue that their work for Jurassic Park is the best of them all. It is pure harmony between Spielberg’s frames and Williams music that help deliver a few of the biggest movie thrills of all time. Williams, we love you for the Star Wars theme. But, this one is magic.

6. Dinosaurs!

The good ones should be saved for the last right?! Jurassic World won’t be complete without its soul, the dinosaurs. From mesmerizing us with its spectacular beauty to terrifying us to the edge of our seats, the dinosaurs are the one true element in the movie that we will never grow tired of.

It’s fair to say that no movie ever made has given as great movie spectacles like raptors stalking the kids in a kitchen or the T-Rex chases a Jeep and being “closer than he appears” in the side mirror. And for that, we will keep watching this movie wonder again and again.

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EXCLUSIVE!! Keanu Reeves To Join Fast & Furious Family?!

by Kaylen Summers

Everyone’s heart-throb, Keanu Reeves is back making headlines again. It seems like the star will be joining the Fast & Furious movie franchise really soon. Fast & Furious is one of the most profitable movie franchises now in  Hollywood that not owned by Disney. Longtime franchise writer Chris Morgan had a recent conversation with the actor about bringing him into the popular movie series. 

A similar discussing had already happened earlier, about Reeves being a part of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson starring spin-off Hobbs & Shaw. Though it never happened, Morgan has high hopes that the beloved actor will make his presence felt in the franchise with full capacity.

Talking about this in a new interview, Morgan had this to say about his potential involvement in the series.

“I sat down with him and we’re talking about. I wanted him to be in the Fast universe for a very long time. We’re just trying to find… the hardest thing is always time and competing schedules and then designing the right thing together. My fervent desire is to bring him into this franchise for sure.”

From what Johnson had told earlier, Reeves was initially expected to play the director of the mysterious techno-terrorist organization ‘Eteon’ in Hobbs & Shaw. However, this particular idea “just didn’t feel right creatively” for Reeves. As fans of the star, it seems fair for us to say that the star does deserve a much bigger presence in the franchise. In the spin-off movie, the character was eventually made off-screen, only speaking out as a faceless voice. The real reason for keeping the character a mystery might be because of the difficulties in finding the right actor for the part.

With that being said, now it is speculated that Reeves could appear in a surprise cameo appearance for the upcoming Fast & Furious 9, set to release next year. Reeves is not new to jumping into other popular long-running franchises. Recently, the actor played a role in the animated sequel Toy Story 4.

Though there is no official word confirming Reeves’ casting, many other popular musicians Cardi B and Ozuna have been recently revealed to be part of the upcoming movie. The newcomers will be joining other big-names like Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Jordana Brewster, Nathalie Emmanuel, Helen Mirren, John Cena, Michael Rooker, and Charlize Theron.

Whether we will be seeing Reeves alongside the Fast & Furious cast or not, the actor will surely be reprising his most popular characters in the upcoming sequels The Matrix 4 and John Wick: Chapter Four.

Fast & Furious 9 is currently slated to release on May 22, 2020, by Univeral Pictures. In the meantime, we will keep you updated on any of Reeves’ possible involvement in the franchise.

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) marks the conclusion to the Skywalker Saga of Star Wars. Rey, Finn and Poe Dameron resume their journey with the power and knowledge of generations behind them. The narrative continues with the surviving Resistance facing off against the First Order again.

Releasing Date: 20 December 2019

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The Lighthouse Review

by Kaylen Summers

Directed and co-written by Robert Eggers, The Lighthouse is dark and not just in its overall color tone. The period psychological thriller is skillfully crafted in grainy black and white to give a unique theater experience.

The movie revolves around a retired timberman Ephraim Winslow, who is on a contract job as a ‘wickie’ for four weeks on an isolated island with a gassy elderly man named Thomas Wake. For Winslow, Wake appears to be a strange and superstitious fellow, going up to the top of the lighthouse at night and stripping nude.

As days pass by, Winslow’s chores increase and he is constantly attacked by a seagull. He eventually kills the bird, even though Wake warned him that it would bring bad luck. From there, Wake becomes paranoid that a storm is destined to attack the island and this causes his psychological descent into insanity. His hallucinations and the terrors caused by it are the real spooks of the movie.

The enthralling performances of Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe are enough to immerse you into the disturbing environment of the narrative. Their performance deserves universal acclaim and is worthy of contending any acting award out there. However, the intensity they had build-up was wasted in a bizarre and somewhat predictable climax.

The movie doesn’t belong in the typical horror movie genre. Yes, there are some dark, horrifying elements present in it. But, The Lighthouse stands much closer to the reality-inversion of psychodrama character studies like Repulsion. In fact, just spending 110 minutes is enough for even us to doubt our sanity.

However, the movie will undoubtfully be marked as Pattinson’s complete transformation into a captivating character actor, which he had already initiated in features like High Life.

In short, The Lighthouse is raw, powerful, and brilliantly cinematic. The mastery of the character’s journey is truly appreciable. Robert Eggers has done a brilliant job in giving his lead actors the platform to show their remarkable talent.

If you are ready to witness some true movie magic, go for this one without any hesitation. The movie may be in black and white, but the art of it is vibrantly colorful.

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Gemini Man’s Abysmal Figures Will Take a Toll On its Production Companies

by Emily Keen

Will Smith’s Gemini Man was trying hard to breathe since two weeks of its release. But looks like the game’s over for the Double Smith feature. The movie rolled in multiple bad reviews from critics and faced tough competition from the highly acclaimed Joker and Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.

But that’s not all with director Ang lee’s directorial venture. The movie took multiple hits of disappointments and this one seems like the last nail in the coffin.

Gemini Man’s failure at the box office is a testament that not even a wildly popular actor and an Oscar-winning director can save a bad script. The story sees Will Smith, squaring off against a young clone of himself (materialized with de-aging tech).

The movie is set to face a whopping loss of $75 million. The movie opened in the domestic market at $20 million. If you think that is worse, the worldwide collection figure will sink your heart.

The action thriller made a modest $118.7 million dollar global collection according to ‘The Hollywood Reporter’. The film still had high hopes from Chinese Markets where it disappointed again with just $21 million over the weekend where Maleficent: Mistress of Evil surprisingly surpassed making $22.4 million.

The loss, however, will be shared by David Ellison’s Skydance Media, Paramount Pictures and the China-based Fosun and Alibaba. The production of the Will Smith starrer cost roughly around $140 million and over $100 million was spared as the marketing budget.

The movie garnered high hopes across demographics for being the trailblazer of de-aging and high frame rate technology.  Paramount and Skydance, however, predicted the current precarious situation when pre-release tracking and reviews showed no signs of positivity.

The VFX packed feature is by Far Lee’s worst project with a 25% score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Paramount and Skydance each invested 35 percent budget in the film. Paramount’s returns, however, will ultimately soar up through distribution minimizing the loss. Fosun and Alibaba have 25 percent and 5 percent stakes respectively as per sources.

Both Paramount and Skydance can still hope for redemption for they have James Cameron’s Terminator: Dark Fate coming to theatres next month.

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Zombieland: Double Tap Review

by Kaylen Summers

After more than a decade, a sequel to the 2009 post-apocalyptic horror zombie comedy film Zombieland is finally here.

The new installment, aptly named Zombieland: Double Tap, brings back the winning formula of the first with some new hilarious additions. Director Ruben Fleischer has successfully delivered a raucous adventure again which is sure to satisfy the eager fan base.

It was in a time when the zombie movie genre went boring as hell that Zombieland first made its much-needed presence felt with a shot of adrenaline and creativity. With the stars of the movie becoming huge stars in the later years, a squeal with the same cast felt almost impossible. However, the original cast returned and the second installment turned out to be worth the 10 years wait.

The movie picks up a decade later with the characters now becoming an irreverent family. The cast does a wonderful job of keeping the humor alive with their wonderful chemistry. The laugh riot got more amplified with the arrival of some new hysterical characters. One such performance that stands out is from the newly added character of Zoey Deutch. She nearly steals the show as the dumb blonde stereotype, Madison. The love triangle between her, Columbus, and Wichita is sure to have you rolling down in waves of laughter.

Penned by Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, and Dave Callaham, the flick gives space for each character to shine. The movie has no dull moments to offer. Though the overall plot is wafer-thin, Double Tap has a graceful, immensely entertaining pace. The narrative is mostly driven by the interaction between the characters. This constant engagement gives the movie no room for downbeats. The movie also has two old school cameo surprises and if you stick around till the end, there is another surprise after the credits.

If you are looking for a great fun-filled entertainer, do see this movie in the theaters. It’s worth it!

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Charile’s Angels (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Charlies Angels (2019) reboots the 2000 action-comedy. A young systems engineer blows the whistle on a dangerous technology. Now, the Charles Angels are on the run to prevent it from falling into the wrong hands. They will risk their lives to protect us.

Release Date: November 15, 2019 (United States)

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Truth Revealed! Here Is Why Martin Scorsese Doesn’t Do Director’s Cuts

by Kaylen Summers

Martin Scorsese is famous for the brilliant movies he had made over the ages. The original works from the iconic director are a fine example of this directorship and visually vibrant storytelling abilities. But, have you ever wondered why we never got any director’s cut of his movies?

Apparently, it seems like Scorsese believes that the director’s cut of a movie is the one that moviegoers experience in the theater. He believes that some directors go back to their already released movies as if the product is not finished yet. He states:

“The director’s cut is the film that’s released – unless it’s been taken away from the director by the financiers and the studio. The (director) has made their decisions based on the process they were going through at the time. There could be money issues, there could be somebody that dies (while making) the picture, the studio changes heads and the next person hates it. Sometimes (a director says), ‘I wish I could go back and put it all back together.’ All these things happen… But I do think once the die is cast, you have to go with it and say, ‘That’s the movie I made under those circumstances.”

Obviously, no studio head will be asking Scorsese to rethink his work. However, that’s not the case for other directors who will have to suck it up and let studio interferes ruin their original visions. Talking about the issue, the director had this to say:

“It’s an interesting thing. We would have loved to see an extended version of a number of films in the past where scenes were cut out. Now (those scenes were) cut out from the director’s cut, not from the rough cut. There’s a big difference. (Sometimes to) capitalize on (a film’s popularity) and exploit it they say, ‘This is the director’s cut.’ You should take a look at Sam Peckinpah’s Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid.

I saw the full version a few days before it opened at a meeting and it was two hours and 20 minutes or so. Then MGM released their version and it was 90 minutes. We all said, ‘Oh no, it was a masterpiece,’ and wished it could be saved. The editor saved a copy and what you see now is what we saw in that meeting. That is the director’s cut. And if the editor said there were another 20 minutes that Peckinpah wanted to keep in there, I would have loved to see those 20 minutes. So I understand the idea of an audience wanting to be entertained for another 20 minutes in that world.”

Unfortunately, the term “director’s cut” is often misused as marketing term these days. Corporate studios are looking to capitalize on the audiences’ love for the craft and want audiences to go out and buy the digital or Blu-ray copy of their favorite movies.

It was in an interview for the promotion of his upcoming film, The Irishman that Martin Scorsese spoke about releasing director’s cuts. His upcoming film is already over three hours long, so we are definitely not expecting a four-hour-long director’s cut for it.

The Irishman is scheduled for a limited theatrical release on November 1, 2019, and will be available on Netflix from November 27, 2019.

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Bombshell (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Bombshell (2019) is the upcoming American drama based on the sexual harassment allegations against Fox News founder Roger Ailes. Three female employees at the news network are set to take on the toxic male culture. This eventually leads to the downfall of media mogul Roger Ailes.

Releasing Date: December 20, 2019

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6 Best Horror Movies on Amazon Prime To Watch This Halloween

by Kaylen Summers

After doing a list of best Halloween movies on Netflix, we know you are dying to hear our list of the best horror flicks on Amazon Prime Video. Everyone knows how complicated the “browse” function on the streaming platform can be at times and at times, finding the right movies for the Halloween season can itself be a super scary thing.

Since no one likes to get lost in the infinite streaming scroll, we have decided to bring the cream of the crop to the forefront. Get your popcorn ready for some spooky times, because we have everything from classic Italian Giallo movies to the 1980s slashers.

Here is our list for the best horror movies to watch Amazon Prime:

1. Final Exam (1981)

⭐4.7/10 ⌛1h 29min

Released during the early slasher boom, Final Exam has all the basic ingredients for a  Halloween slasher flick. The movie takes place on a college campus and has some of the memorable idiosyncrasies from the golden era of the genre. The identity of the killer or his motive is never revealed. This adds an extra bone-chilling shiver to the voyeuristic deaths he/she does on-screen. The movie may feel clumsy at times, but it surely pushed the “death-stalks-campus” genre further for future films like Happy Death DayThe House on Sorority Row and Graduation Day.

2. The Woman in Black (2012)

⭐6.4/10 ⌛1h 35min

This modern Hammer Horror film stands unique for producing a traditional ghost story in 2012. With Daniel Radcliffe making his first ‘adult’ role after the Harry Potter movies, the Victorian-era story tells about a lawyer who travels to the country to negotiate the sale of a house. However, he soon realizes that it is haunted by the spirit of the Woman in Black. If you are a fan of the classic Sam Raimi movie Drag Me to Hell, then this ghost story is your cup of tea.

 3. Frankenstein’s Army (2013)

⭐5.3/10 ⌛1h 24min

Looking for some Indie horror magic?! This found-footage horror is sure to give you the same chills that you felt seeing Paranormal Activity. The story is of a troop of Russian soldiers during WWII. While infiltrating a German compound, they realize that they are actually in the testing grounds of a Frankenstein-descendent mad scientist. The Russian soldiers soon end up fighting for their lives against the undead soldiers.

4. We Are Still Here (2015)

⭐5.7/10 ⌛1h 24min

We Are Still Here will undoubtedly be the single most terrifying movie to be released back in 2015. Different from the other movies of the genre, this flick begins at the bloodbath itself. Apparently, the director doesn’t wait much for baiting or switching and confidently takes us right into the danger.

5. It Comes at Night (2017)

⭐6.2/10 ⌛1h 31min

Do you remember the movies where most of the important characters die by the end?! It Comes at Night is one such horror movie. Following a mysterious apocalypse, the world is left with only a few survivors. Two such families are forced to share a home in order to survive from the evil outside. The movie touches hearts and is sure to give you painful scares. However, it treats this trauma as a tone poem that is bittersweet down to its bones.

6. Hereditary (2018)

⭐7.3/10 ⌛2h 7 min

This movie takes creepiness to a whole new level. The story is about the Graham family. Following the death of the family’s matriarch, her daughter and grandchildren start to realize the cryptic secrets about their ancestry. From there, its a terrifying attempt by them to outrun the sinister fate they have inherited.

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Aladdin Officially Beats Avengers: Endgame

by Emily Keen

Aladdin has officially steered past the theatrical run of Avengers: Endgame. It released on May 24th and has now completed 143 days on the big screen.

Avengers: Endgame sure stays the highest-grossing movie of the times beating James Cameron’s Avatar with a worldwide collection of $2.79 billion. Aladdin’s collections stand at $1.05 billion.

In his interview with comicbook.com Aladdin producer, Dan Lin said

“I mean, we’re just so fortunate we got Will,” Lin said. “As has been publicized, he passed at first and then he thought about it some more. I think Jaden [Smith] may have influenced him, and encouraged his role in this movie, but that’s the only way that you can cast this movie, which is with the biggest movie star in the world. And it’s a role that is so complex because it requires singing and dancing, high expectations, it requires comedy, it requires drama. It really requires kind of the full skill set of an actor, and he pulled it off. And how he did that was he made it really personal. I think that’s the number one overarching theme that everyone brought the movie. They made this movie by bringing their personality to it.”

“And so Will Smith, if you look closely at the Genie, is influenced by what he did so well in Hitch and what he did so well with Fresh Prince,” the producer continued. “This is a hip hop genie and so it’s very specific to Will. No other actor could have done this the way he did, in the same way no other actor could have done the genie the way Robin Williams did. They are so iconic and so the way Will interpreted the Genie was to make an iconic character that only he can play that is very true to himself. And that’s what really excited us and allowed us to differentiate and stand out from the previous Aladdin movie.”

As of Thursday Aladdin was still being played across 105 screens in the United States. Whereas Endgame is available digitally and also on physical home media. It is Disney’s one of five movies to hit the 1 billion mark in 2019 alongside The Lion King, Captain Marvel, Toy Story 4 and of course the showstopper of the Year Endgame.  And that is not all! Disney still holds two more cards up its sleeve before it ends the year with a bang. Frozen 2 open in Theatres in November and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is set to hit the screens at Christmas. The predecessors of both features are members of the $1 billion club.

Stay tuned to Spotflik for more updates on movies.

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Terminator: Dark Fate Run Time Beats Most Movies of the Franchise!

by Emily Keen

Terminator: Dark Fate is one the second-longest movie among the entire series. The Dark Fate plot has apparently altered the timelines neglecting the events of Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Terminator Salvation and Terminator Genisys.

Dark Fate sees a destructive humanoid (Gabriel Luna), sent from the future to kill a young woman Dani Ramos (Natalia Reyes), much similar to the plot of the first installment of the series. The new Terminator model is Rev-9 and is capable of separating itself in two autonomous units. And just like in the original movie, there is also a soldier from the future sent to protect Dani from the murderous cyborg- Grace (Mackenzie Davis). Arnold Schwarzenegger will reprise his role as Carl who now lives peacefully with the humans. Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor is also back at being the hardcore gunslinger.

BBFC announced that the movie has a runtime of 128 minutes.

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The James Cameron production instead is a direct sequel to Terminator 2: Judgment Day. We see what Cameron did there! It looks like he had a different vision for how the franchise would progress since the second installment and that looked nothing like the two movies that came after.

Director Tim Miller has teased a powerful ending to this highly anticipated follow up. There is some overwhelming nostalgia about to hit the fans.

He said in his statement

“I think it’s hugely emotional, and I’m not making this up when I tell you I just watched the ending again this morning because I was showing someone, and I cried. I still cry almost every time. It’s really powerful at the end and I think it’s a testament to the story, but also what the actors brought to it.”

Arnold Schwarzenegger is also very happy with the film. He said: “I haven’t seen action and emotion like this since the second movie. It feels new again.”

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Under Miller’s direction, Dark Fate seems to be redeeming itself by going back to the roots after the last two installments wandered off. And with a runtime of over 2 hours, the film is not compromising on any aspect of the narrative by keeping it tight. The audience can experience high voltage action made of blazing guns and human-robot face-offs for a good two hours.

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Joker Has made it Among the Top 10 IMDb Movies

by Emily Keen

The audience around the world has clearly defied all the arguments of the film content inciting violence and helped Joker sit in the top tier of IMDb movies. 

Joker follows the life of Arthur Fleck who is disenfranchised by the society where he tries to spread laughter as a clown. His frustration grows into untamed lunacy that takes the path of heinous crimes. 

The fact that Joker is a comic book adaptation and still managed to grab a position in the list definitely seems like an achievement. But will it be okay to dismiss the spirited and purposeful experience it created just like any other art house cinema? How Todd Phillips was able to narrate a gritty story that sourced from the poster selling world of DC universe is something to reckon with.

The origin story of Batman’s arch-nemesis has no connection with the DCEU’s timeline whatsoever. Hence just tossing the movie into the segment of comics would be not entirely fair to this masterpiece.

The movie is a downright classic that explores the cultural imagination of times with such precision. There has been enough discussion around the potential of its content to trigger criminal minds. Despite the film only intending to reflect on the pervasion of the evil in society.

Joker currently stands at the ninth position in the IMDb top 10 list. But let’s not rejoice just yet as, there have been instances where a film entered the high ranks soon after release and then fell away in months to come.

It is not easy to maintain the rank in the top 10 given the number of factors that influence the ratings. But having said that we hope it does maintain the ranking because, well, it deserves it!

Philipps’ imagination clearly seems to have resonated with the masses and the flocking audience is a clear indication of its success. 

The clown prince of crime currently shares the space with Shawshank Redemption, Both Godfathers, Pulp Fiction and it’s dear enemy- The Dark Knight.

The R-rated film is on its way to hit the $300 million worldwide collections.  DC’s previous installments have performed quite poorly at the box office. The Arthur Fleck lunacy has made up for all the low points DC had with the last few features. 

Joker is currently playing in cinemas near you. Go watch the movie if you haven’t yet! 

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Richard Jewell (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Based on true events, Richard Jewell tells the story of the security guard who got wrongfully framed for the Olympic bombing of 1996. Initially, Jewell was hailed as the hero for saving people’s lives. However, the media and FBI soon turned the table and he ended up as the prime suspect.

Releasing Date: December 13th, 2019

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You Wont Believe Who Showed Up In The Red Band Trailer Of Zombieland: Doubletap

by Emily Keen

It is only a few days ahead of Zombieland: Doubetap’s release and the news of a familiar face making return has surfaced. Apparently Bill Murray who was famously killed in the last installment of the zombie romp is not dead after all.

The latest Red Band Trailer of the movie dropped in a few hours ago and it clearly shows the actor alive and well.

Murray’s appearance in the first film was a cameo where he tries to prank-scare Columbus as a Zombie and gets shot to death. As terrible as his backfiring fate sounds, it may not be that worst after all. The shot of the actor in the latest trailer is proof.

In the trailer we can see Murray being asked in an interview:

“What made you do it? And don’t say the script.”

To which he answers – “Can this be just between us? Drugs cost money.”

The sequel happens almost a decade after the first installment. All the four leads along with the Director and writers have reprised their roles. Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin are returning are back at poking fun and hunting the zombies. Joining them on their quest of saving the world are Rosario Dawson, Luke Wilson, Zoey Deutch, Thomas Middleditch and Avan Jogia.

The Sequel is written by Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, and David Callaham.

The first movie had a huge cultural impact and fans were hoping for a sequel to happen just years after the first movie. Considering the cult following director Ruben Fleischer was high on the idea of maintaining the standards of the script.

He said

“We all have so much love for the original. So, we held ourselves to a really high standard as far as making sure that, if we were going to make a sequel, that it be at least as good, if not better, than the original.”

The Venom director has apparently taken the zombie calamity to a whole new level. In the original, the four slayers had to deal with zombies alone. But now they will be seen battling a whole new species of evolved zombies along with some painful family drama.

Zombieland: Doubletap opens in theatres October 18 and we can’t wait to savor the vicious assortment of the living and dead once again.

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6 Underground (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

6 Underground (2019) tells the story about 6 billionaires who fake their death. They formed a vigilante squad eventually to take down notorious criminals. Directed by Michael Bay, the film stars Ryan Reynolds, Mélanie Laurent, Dave Franco, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Peyman Maadi, Adria Arjona, Corey Hawkins, and Ben Hardy.

Releasing Date: December 13, 2019

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1917 (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

1917 tells the story of two young British soldiers, Schofield (George MacKay) and Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman). During World War I, they are given an impossible mission. They must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers.

Releasing Date: 25 December 2019

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Joker’s Demonic Dance Moves are a Box Office hit!

by Emily Keen

Joker’s infectious energy is spreading onto tomato meter with the ratings being as unstable as the protagonist’s state of mind. But that is not stopping the audience from pouring in at the international screenings of the highly anticipated DC villain origin story.

The dark drama stands tall in Korea with a staggering collection of $2.25 million. It opened at $846,000 in Indonesia and $170,000 in Belgium. By the end of the week, it should have spanned 73 markets worldwide. The Batman villain solo flick opened in Hong Kong, Italy and Russia on Thursday. Predictions suggest it could bring in close to $60 million from the international collections.

Sony’s Venom currently holds the October records at the North American Box office with a collection of $80.3 million. The Joaquin Phoenix starrer began its run in the region Thursday night and is expected to surpass Venom in terms of October collections.

To top the crazy fan following the DC anti-hero has in India, the opening, fortunately, clashed with a public holiday pitching in a whopping $900,000.

Joker has clearly beaten DC’s recent releases including Shazam, Wonder Woman and Aquaman in terms of collection and reviews! But the list of accomplishments for the Warner Bros.’ R-rated romp does not end there. The movie received an eight-minute-long standing ovation at the Venice Film Festival before it won the prestigious Golden Lion.

The Long-range tracking report by BoxOffice Media’s chief analyst Shawn Robbins suggests in all probability, the movie could be the first-ever $100 million+ opener in October history.

The plot covers the origin story of DC’s rogue villain Arthur Fleck whose mental instability snowballs into a mayhem causing homicide mania. Joaquin Phoenix nails the character to its core and the concerns about the film sparking real-life violence are a testament to his skills.

The Oscar-baiting psychopath memoir directed by Todd Philips with Scott Silver’s screenplay also stars Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Bill Camp and Marc Maron in important roles.

Theatres across U.S. have been kept strictly under the guard of Law enforcement agencies post numerous threats of violence doing rounds on social media. But so far no slump of interest has been noted even with the film drawing concerns of distress. Although the film was aimed at a diehard DC fan base, the movie has interests piqued across demographics.

The cultural impact created by Heath Ledger’s Joker is unmatchable. Possibly it is this impact that is also driving the audience to step out and experience the genesis of this hysteric/historic character.

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Watch Out! Your Joker Social Media Posts Might Be Under FBI Monitoring.

by Kaylen Summers

DC movies may not always be blockbusters. But when they do, they will definitely do it with a bang (literally!).

As Todd Phillips’ Joker is all set to release this weekend, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into any potential threats at the screenings. Over the past few months, the movie had become the center of the debate for its violence implications. Many officials and critics are concerned that the movie could drive people with the same mind frame to carry out acts of violence, just like the fictional character onscreen.

Talking about the concern, the FBI had this to say in a statement: “While our standard practice is to not comment on specific intelligence products, the FBI is in touch with our law enforcement and private sector partners about the online posts. As always, we encourage the public to remain vigilant and to promptly report suspicious activity to law enforcement.”

Adding fuel to the fire, the FBI also revealed that they have found “disturbing and very specific chatter in the dark web” regarding the Joker screenings. The chatter apparently is a bunch of trolls trying to throw dirt on to the movie. 

In addition to this, it seems like the Iowa National Guard is on the lookout for “potential active shooter threats” during the upcoming movie screenings. Unfortunately, the warnings appear to pretty serious as “credible sources indicate a known extremist group may be behind the threat.”

However, the Joker actor Joaquin Phoenix and director Todd Phillips argue that the movie is not going to push anyone into acts of violence.

The government looking out for any suspicious behavior and ensuring the safety of moviegoers appreciatable. Even theaters have taken extra steps by beefing up their security prior to the screenings. Whatever happens, we will have to wait and see if the movie’s opening collection will get to be affected by all these warnings and increased security.

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Abominable (2019) Review: This Is NOT Your Happy-Go-Lucky Kid Flick

by Kaylen Summers

After Smallfoot and Missing Link, here is another CGI adventure about the mythical Himalayan creature. But, if you are looking for one of those fun-filled animation movies, then you are in for a somber ride. The movie does have a handful of humorous moments, but overall it trends in a pretty serious tone.

Taking place in Shanghai, China, Abominable has a young girl named Yi as the central character. Voiced by Chloe Bennet, Yi is struggling to come in terms with the recent death of her father and grieves by playing her father’s violin on the roof of her apartment building. It is here that she eventually meets the Yeti. Escaping from the capture of the crotchety Mr. Burnish (Eddie Izzard), the frightened Yeti (Joseph Izzo) is hiding from a famous doctor (Sarah Paulson) and an army of goons who are out to recover the beast.

Slowing down considerably to establish the characters, the movie only picks up its pace as Yi decides to help the Yeti return back home to Mount Everest. From there Yi’s cross country adventure with her basketball playing neighbor, Peng (Albert Tsai), and his social media addicted older cousin, Jin (Tenzing Norgay Trainor) takes the movie into its ‘feel-good’ half. And eventually (like every other tale) Yi learns to accept the loss of her father and appreciate the love of others.

It is appreciatable how the makers of this flick gave much attention to the depth of its story. The heroine of the story is too complex for an animated feature. The existential quest of the heroine is the core of the whole movie. Her inability to grieve is brilliantly equated to the challenge of her journey. However, any person who is buying tickets for a normal animation feature will get a little bored with the unexpected drama. Luckily, with some stunning animation and a remarkable score, the movie was saved from being a total drag.

Abominable, even though an animation feature with a cute fluffy creature, is not something that your children would consider watching. The deeper, thoughtful philosophy is mostly for mature audiences than little ones. With that being said, the movie is watchable and good for recommending to someone who is down and facing challenges in their life.

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We Finally Know The Secret Behind C-3PO’s Red Eyes

by Emily Keen

Disney is leaving no chance to mess with the minds of Star Wars followers by revealing clips of questionable nature from The Rise of Skywalker. Daisy Ridley’s Rey, wielding a double-bladed red lightsaber has drawn assumptions that she has fraternized with the enemy. And then another speculation of a good character gone dark seeded from the footage of C-3PO flaunting ominous red eyes.

Plausible explanations behind the red oozing out of C-3PO ‘s peekers are that either he has been swayed or that he is probably a sith. But a recent update about a new character helped us connect the dots.

A Droidsmith of diminutive stature with talents of cosmic proportions – Babu Frik!

Here is how Starwars.com stylized the persona and fervors of the new alien:

“The tiny Anzellan droidsmith, first glimpsed in toy form during the Triple Force Friday livestream event, works among the Spice Runners of Kijimi and can reprogram or modify virtually any droid — regardless of the security measures protecting its systems.”

Have a look at the pint-sized droid technician in live-action:

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Now size up and focus on the part that says “can reprogram or modify virtually any droid”.

Babu Frik is clearly the only one with the powers and talent to mess up with the protocol fixated droid created by Annakin Skywalker. That’s all we needed to understand why C-3PO is shooting red daggers in the trailer. Now we are not quite sure, who Babu Frik swears his allegiance to, but guessing from the part that says “Spice Runners of Kimji” it will not be wrong to assume he operates for Resistance.

The very first disclosure about Babu Frik came in September. The classic toy unveiling the furry coated droid master happened at the Triple Force Friday Preview event. Although not much has been revealed about Babu’s role in the franchise sequel. We can’t help but think if it is because he could do something important to the story.

It’s hard to clearly decipher the arcs of the final chapter looking at the skillfully edited trailers. They are only flashing glimpses from the movie without projecting a clear idea of the plot. All we can do is interpret these glimpses to get the bigger picture. However, it’s only fair to maintain the mysterious aura given this is the final chapter of the Skywalker Trilogy.

After all, it’s just a few months ahead of release and fans deserve this period of excitement.

The Rise of Skywalker opens in theatres on December 20, 2019.

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Trick (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Trick (2019 ) introduced a new serial killer to Hollywood. Going by the same name as the movie, the serial killer Trick is terrorizing a small town. The story unfolds as a no-nonsense detective tries to track down the scary murderer. Directed by Patrick Lussier, the movie is penned by Todd Farmer and Patrick Lussier.

Releasing Date: 18 October 2019

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Is Mysterio Is STILL ALIVE?! Check Out This Awesome Fan Theory

by Kaylen Summers

We all have seen the fate of Jake Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio in the last Marvel movie, Spiderman: Far From Home. Though the fabulous villain fooled us for a moment with his inter-dimensional back story, all his illusions eventually came to an end. Or did it?!

Now a popular fan theory is suggesting that the character is pretty much alive and well. The theory advocates that it is because of this that Jake Gyllenhaal has refused to answer any questions of a possible return in the future movies.

Though it may sound over-the-top at first, it is possible. Over his long comic-book history, Mysterio is known for pulling out stunts like this and even faking his own death. One of the strongest reasons to believe that he did the same in his movie debut comes from how he got enough time to set up Peter Parker and reveal his true identity publicly. The cliffhanger was perfect in setting up the sequel. However, it does leave behind a major plothole regarding how Mysterio was able to pull off such a great scheme in his last minutes, and that too in a short interval of time.

According to the theory, Mysterio created the video after his battle with Peter Parker and fooling him that he is actually dead. Considering the amount of work that has gone in the mid-credits ‘news video’, it’s safe to assume that this could actually be true. And there is plenty of evidence to prove that too. So, lets put our Sherlock hat on and analyze them one by one.

EVIDENCE #1: Really Bad Timing.

The post-credit news-clip has Parker ordering the drones for execution. Though it was actually meant for disabling all the drones, our evil mastermind tweaked it to look as if spidey is the bad guy. However, in the original course of the movie, this actual scene happens after Mysterio is down struggling for his life. Anyone who does a side-by-side comparison of both scenes can easily understand the change in actors’ positions and timing.

EVIDENCE #2: The Suit.

The news clip shows the Spidey baddie in his suit. But, in the original sequence of the movie, he was just wearing his motion-tracking suit. Yes! Anyone can easily argue that it might be his team doing all the Vfx work. But why should anyone in his team bother to such an extent if there is no one to lead them?! Not to mention how rude Beck was with his teammates.

EVIDENCE #3: Here Is Some Nerdy Science Stuff.

When a person dies or loses consciousness, their pupil muscles become released and they are fully dilated.  But in the scene where we see Mysterio laying motionless, this is never shown as he is both alive & conscious.

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EVIDENCE #4: Who The Hell Would Make  Such A Video When They Hit With Bullets And Dying ?!

(That doesn’t need any explanation!)

But, does this all really mean that Beck faked his own death?! Although it is really fun to think that the fake death is all part of a great contingency plan by Quentin Beck and his team, there is not much official back up to really hold this theory up.

If it did turn out to true, we would be really happy to see Jake Gyllenhaal back onscreen as Mysterio again in any of the future Spiderman films. But, at this point in time, there is no chance of it happening anytime soon.

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Wounds (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Wounds (2019) tells a mysterious psychological tale. It all begins when a bartender in New Orleans picks up a phone that he finds at his bar. The content he sees on the phone is so disturbing is psychologically tampered by it. Soon he began to realize several disturbing and inexplicable events are beginning to happen his life and he cannot stop them.

Releasing Date: October 18, 2019

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This Is What The Rock Thinks About Vin Diesel’s Support For ‘Hobbs & Shaw’

by Kaylen Summers

The feud between Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel is well known. However, it seems like this nasty fight between the stars has finally come to an end. Recently, Fast and Furious spin-off Hobbs & Shaw made over $752 million globally. Celebrating the victory lap, Johnson posted a video on social media thanking all those who supported Hobbs & Shaw to become a success at the box office. The actor didn’t forget to give a shout out to Diesel and teased his return back to the main franchise soon. Vin Diesel is currently working on Fast and Furious 9 and it was reported that Dwayne Johnson will not be a part of the movie because of his busy schedule with the spin-off.

The feud between two action juggernauts dates long back to when Hobbs & Shaw was officially announced. Diesel and the Fast and Furious crew were against the idea and they have even expressed it publicly, leading to a full-on feud. Now that Johnson is okay giving a shout-out to Diesel, it seems like things are finally settled down between them.

Here is what Johnson had this to say: “Lastly, but not least, I want to thank brother Vin (Diesel) for your support of Hobbs & Shaw. I saw your post and I appreciate it… As you know, and what a wild ride this is and what a wild ride this has been, 10 years ago when you and I spoke, you invited me into the Fast and Furious family. I’m grateful for that invite. And as you know, my goal was always, all these years, to come into the Fast & Furious world and help elevate the franchise in any way that I possibly could. And of course, all roads lead to one thing. I’ll be seeing you soon, Toretto.”

We hope that the two actors have gone through some personal growth during the past few years and have settled their disputes. Though we won’t see the ‘family’ together in the next installment, hopes are on  Fast and Furious 10 to bring the gang back together.

With that being said, another major feud among the Fast stars is between Tyrese Gibson and Dwayne Johnson. If all goes well, maybe we will see them finally settle it out too. While we wait for that, you can check out Johnson’s Instagram video below:

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Abominable Dominates the Weekend Box Office; But How?!

by Kaylen Summers

This weekend, it was the animated family movie Abominable which took the top position at the box office. Grossing in a $20.8 million cume domestically, the movie picked up an additional $10 million overseas, making a grand total to $30.8 million.

Directed by Jill Culton. the movie is the first animated Hollywood studio project to have a woman credited as the main director and writer. With the box office success over this past weekend, it is obvious that Culton is definitely celebrating.

In the second position is Downton Abbey, which previously occupied the top position. Continuation of the popular TV series, the movie earned $14.5 million and made $107.1 million globally. Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu starrer Hustlers secured the third position this weekend with a total earning of $11.4 million, with over $95 million collected globally.

Bringing in $10.4 million, Andres Muschietti’s IT Chapter Two is seated at the fourth position. Though the horror sequel didn’t make much impression compared to the first installment, it did manage to collect $417 million globally and doesn’t seem like stopping anytime soon.

The critically acclaimed Ad Astra earned $10.1 million and took the fifth spot this weekend. With Brad Pitt in the lead role, the movie opened to positive reviews last week.

Sylvester Stallone’s Rambo: Last Blood seems to fall down to number six this weekend with an $8.5 million cume. The long-awaited sequel was expected to be a front runner at the box office. However, with the negative feedback from critics and fans, marching back up the charts seems to be an impossible task at the moment. 

Other movies in the top ten include the Judie Garland biopic, Judy at number seven and Good Boys at number eight. The comedy flick currently brought in a global grand total of $104 million. Disney’s Lion King still reins the box office with its ninth position and action thriller Angel Has Fallen at the tenth.

Here is the list of all the top ten movies  of the weekend according to Box Office Mojo:

1. Abominable

2. Downton Abbey

3. Hustlers

4. IT Chapter Two

5. Ad Astra

6. Rambo: Last Blood

7. Judy

8. Good Boys

9. The Lion King

10. Angel Has Fallen

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New Footage Reveals Harley In Roller Derby Costume

by Kaylen Summers

DC’s Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is tuning up to be a flick worth waiting for. Though a full trailer for the next year’s movie is yet to arrive, the filmmakers have spared no time in teasing us with sneak-peaks here and there. From a short Comic-con footage to a theater-only teaser released alongside IT Chapter Two, the makers are not shy to show off their works whenever they can. The latest addition to this comes from a video from WarnerMedia’s (the parent company of Warner Bros. and DC) YouTube page.

The new footage gives us a glimpse of Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn at a roller derby.

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You can watch the full video below:

It may be the last place you will expect a new look for the movie, but we are so awestruck with Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn that we’ll take whatever we can get. The short portion shows Birds of Prey director Cathy Yan working with actress Margot Robbie in full roller derby costume.

With her pigtails going through her helmet and a great roller derby outfit, the scene will surely have some of the fun and heart of Whip It combined with the ridiculousness of Rollerball.

Lately, Actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead remarked that the film will be really weird when compared with other comic book movies. The first poster released supports this description to the most as well.

With the tone of the movie already made familiar with the audiences, Birds of Prey is expected to have fair reception when it arrives in theaters on February 7.

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Will This Marvel Star Appear In Kevin Feige’s Star Wars Movie?!

by Kaylen Summers

We have heard about character crossovers and shared universes. But, now it seems like Disney is doing a talent crossover backstage. As it turns out, Marvel’s Kevin Feige is going to develop a Star Wars movie for Disney and rumors say that Captain Marvel star Brie Larson will appear in the leading role.

It was on Wednesday that Feige announced that he will be teaming up with Kathleen Kennedy on a new Star Wars movie. Though Larson has officially not confirmed on any of the rumors, fans have reasons to believe that Feige is eyeing her for a role. Recently, the actress got invited to the opening of Stars Wars Galaxy Edge in Disneyland. Moreover, she also seems to be talking a lot about the franchise lately.

If that doesn’t make you suspicious enough, Feige himself has admitted that there will be a “major actor” appearing for his Star Wars movie. Given that the Marvel movies are chartbusters at the moment, it’s fair to speculate that the director will pull out a top name from his cinematic universe, and chances of it being Captian Marvel is really high. Though her fans of Larson’s are totally on board with the idea, her critics are not happy with it.

After the release of Captain Marvel, Larson became more popular among casual moviegoers. The movie was the 21st entry into the MCU and has Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Dimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, and Lashana Lynch with Larson. Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, the movie grossed over a billion dollars at the box office and become one of the highest-earning comic book movies of all time.

However, if Feige is thinking to go for another big name who has not yet to appear in the MCU, then fans are cheering John Wick star Keanu Reeves. Only time will tell whether Fiegie will make the right decision in casting and work his magic again on another franchise. Tell then, all we can do is keep our fingers crossed and wait.

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Knives Out (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Knives Out (2019) is a modern take on the murder mystery genre, starring  Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, LaKeith Stanfield, and Noah Segan in lead roles. The events of the movie follow the investigation of the suspicious death of a presumably wealthy patriarch Harlem Thrombey, played by Christopher Plummer, on the night of his 85th birthday.

Release Date: 27 November 2019

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Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Terminator Dark Fate (2019) follows the story of the franchise 27 years after the events of Terminator 2: Judgment Day. In order to terminate Dani Ramos and hybrid cyborg human protector, a new modified liquid metal Terminator is sent from the future by Skynet. However, as going gets tough, Sarah Connor comes to their aid, as well as the original Terminator.

Releasing Date: November 1, 2019

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Spies In Disguise(2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Spies in Disguise animated spy, comedy film which revolves around the characters of super-spy Lance Sterling and scientist Walter Beckett. Walter invents the super-cool gadgets that Lance uses in his mission. However, is not as social as Lance. When events take an unexpected turn, Walter and Lance suddenly have to rely on each other in a whole new way, as Lance must save the world disguised as a pigeon.

Release Date: December 25th

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This Is How Marvel Stars Reacted To Spider-Man’s MCU Return

by Kaylen Summers

Spiderman has been in the talks for a long time now, following the closing of the Sony-Disney deal. With Sony, officially announcing their slate for the future Spiderman movies, it seemed like nothing was going to turn things around. However, recent reports reveal that our friendly neighborhood web-slinger is not leaving the MCU after all.

Both studios have finally come to can agreement the character stay in the shared universe for some more time. Yet, for how many more movies or time period is still unknown.

That being said, we are super excited to hear the news and it seems like we are not alone. Some of the Marvel stars have also expressed their happiness on Spidey’s return and top of the list is none other than Tom Holland. The Spiderman actor too it to his instagram with a short clip from Leonardo DiCaprio’s Wolf of Wall Street.

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Though Holland’s perfect reaction to the reunion news was really impressive, it was Spider-Man: Far From Home star Zendaya who was first to post her reaction on social media. Posted a gif of a dancing Spider-Man, her reaction summed up the way how a lot of fans felt.

Hulk star Mark Ruffalo also had a pretty snappy response to Holland’s social media, saying: “Back in a snap! Had a feeling we would see you again.”

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Though fans and stars are happy to hear the news, we all know that Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige is the happiest person of them all. Spiderman’s departure from the MCU would have been a pretty big blow to the MCU at the moment.

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Primal (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Primal (2019) tells the story of a big-game hunter for zoos who has booked passage on a Greek shipping freighter. In the same freighter, there is also a rare white Jaguar from Amazon and other exotic animals. A political assassin being extradited to the U.S in secret escapes on the second day of the journey and releases the captive animals, leading to total chaos on the ship.

Releasing Date: November 8, 2019

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Jurassic World 3 To Bring Back These Stars From The Original Trilogy

by Kaylen Summers

Fans of the original Jurrasic Park trilogy have finally got a good reason to cheer for. Ever since the franchise was soft-rebooted into the Jurassic World trilogy, the movies did nothing much to serve its fans. However, things are surely taking a turn for the better as Universal Pictures is officially bringing back the original Jurassic Park trio- Laura Dern, Sam Neill, and Jeff Goldblum. The move will see the original trilogy linking up with the current sequel trilogy, starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard.

But this is not the first time that the franchise tried to establish such connections. In the franchise’s previous installment- Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Goldblum made a brief appearance as the smooth-talking chaotician Dr. Ian Malcolm. Neill and Dern haven’t been seen in these films since 2001’s Jurassic Park III, in which Neill’s Dr. Alan Grant took center stage and Dern’s Dr. Ellie Sattler appeared in a handful of scenes.

Recently, Dern expressed her excitement to return back to the franchise. It was during a fan screening of the newly released Jurassic World short film: Battle at Big Rock that the actress announced her return to the franchise. Dern, Neill, and Goldblum were first seen together in Jurassic Park in 1993. The movie spawned a worldwide franchise over the past 25 years the trio was never seen together in their original roles. With the upcoming installment, it will be fun to watch the new crew and the old crew working together to fight the huge creatures.

Director Colin Trevorrow will be returning to helm threequel, after sitting down the second one. He will also be penning the screenplay with Emily Carmichael (Pacific Rim Uprising, The Black Hole). Steven Spielberg and Trevorrow will also be returning as executive producer of the new film.

Picking up where the last film left off, Jurassic World 3 will see the dinosaurs living among humans. The Battle at Big Rock short gives us a glimpse of the world where dinosaurs are now living in our world. Though it featured a light-hearted approach, the movie will be taking a much serious look at the dire world-threatening situation. It is obvious that Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) and Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) won’t be able to save the world by themselves. So, it makes sense why they would eventually turn to the original Jurassic Park dino crisis team for support.

Jurassic World 3 is expected to hit theaters on June 11, 2021.

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Uncut Gems (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Uncut Gems (2019) tells the story of a jewelry dealer to the rich and famous.  His merchandise is taken from one of his top sellers and girlfriend to pay his debts. Now, he must find a way to turn the merchandise as well as pay off his debts.

Releasing Date: 13 December 2019

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Ford V Ferrari (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Ford V Ferrari (2019) is about American automotive designer Carroll Shelby and fearless British race car driver Ken Miles. Together there are on a battle with corporate interference, the laws of physics and their own egos to build Ford a motor vehicle that can beat Ferrari on the track.

Releasing Date: 15 November 2019

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Fractured (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Fractured (2019) tells the story about a family who is on a road trip when the daughter gets hurt in an accident and rushed to the nearest emergency room. However, things turn spooky as the daughter and the wife goes missing and the hospital shows no record of them ever being there.

Releasing Date: 22 September 2019

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Downton Abbey Beats Rambo & Ad Astra at the Box Office

by Kaylen Summers

The weekend box office saw Downton Abbey easily swooping in and taking the number one spot. The flick is a continuation of the popular TV series of the same name. With much of its original cast returning to appear on the big screen, the movie earned over $31 million and dominated this weekend. The movie also marks the biggest opening of all time for Focus Features.

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The royal period drama was penned by series creator Julian Fellowes and directed by Michael Engler. The cast includes most of the stars from the TV show, like Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Michelle Dockery, and Maggie Smith.

The popular British TV show’s big-screen adaptation easily surpassed bigger competitors like Ad Astra and Rambo: Last Blood. Even though Ad Astra has Brad Pitt in the lead role, the movie was only able to perform just above expectations. Making it to the second position, the movie earned $19.2 million over the weekend. But, that’s not the case for the Rambo movie.

It was expected that the movie will be the highest-grossing installment in the franchise. But, the predicted frontrunner fell below expectations and was only able to scrounge up $19 million. The early negative reviews have surely affected its opening weekend performance, including the Rambo creator David Morrell, who remarked that he was “embarrassed” to have his name attached to it. While the numbers can change over the coming weeks, it looks like the war-weary soldier has to settle with the third position for now.

The rest of this weekend’s numbers are the following:

  1. Downton Abbey
  2. Ad Astra
  3. Rambo: Last Blood
  4. IT Chapter Two
  5. Hustlers
  6. The Lion King
  7. Good Boys
  8. Angel Has Fallen
  9. Overcomer
  10. Hobbs & Shaw
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John Wick 3 Becomes Lionsgate’s Best-Selling Home Release In 5 Years

by Kaylen Summers

It seems like the interest in John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum is not going to settle down any time soon. The movie recently got released on home video and has become Lionsgate’s best home release in five years.

Ever since its release in 2014, the action franchise led by Keanu Reeves has created its own fan-base and it seems to be increasing after each new installment. The threequel, which is more critically acclaimed and packed with stunning action sequences, collected over $170 million domestically and $320 million worldwide this summer. That is nearly double of what the prior movie had made.

Recent box office reports show that David Leitch’s Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw will soon crawl past John Wick’s $171 million cume in the domestic box office. However, the third John Wick movie is already a buzzy hit and now has set its sights on the post-theatrical business. The movie has already broken a studio record for the most electronic sell-through titles (EST) in just one week.

Till date, the movie has sold over three million units as DVD, Blu-ray, 4K HD, EST and Video on Demand rentals. It marks Lionsgate’s biggest-selling release in the past five years, since Jennifer Lawrence’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I back in August of 2015. However, it is nothing compared to the acclaimed threequel that vastly overperformed in theaters and is now over-performing in-home release as well.

As the interest in the franchise is growing exponentially, Lionsgate is set to develop the John Wick brand further by capitalizing on the opportunity. They are already working on a spinoff TV show based on ‘The Continental’ and the inevitable John Wick: Chapter 4  will be hitting theaters in 2021. Reeves will reprise the role of the assassin, with Chad Stahelski back on director’s chair. In the meantime, fans can to stay to the universe through John Wick 3‘s home release.

It is obvious that the flick will outperform much bigger financial hits like Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 and become one of the studio’s biggest franchises. The third installment is currently the studios’ sixth highest-grossing release of all-time and by far their biggest release of the year. With more to come from the franchise, we will be seeing more records been broken along with bones onscreen.

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Netflix’s Bright 2 gets Delayed

by Kaylen Summers

Blending fantasy and inner-city strife, David Ayer’s Netflix film Bright was fresh, exciting and socially conscious. Though the movie received mixed responses from critics, the casual Netflix viewers saw the film to be solid in conveying its themes and world-building ideas.

The fantasy- crime flick had a heavily-hyped release and was instantly one of Netflix’s most popular movies. The insane number of viewers it pulled in and huge number of positive responses from audiences was enough to encourage Netflix to order a sequel. However, although a second installment was already pretty much guaranteed, it seems like we will have to wait even longer to see the movie go into production.

The reason for this sudden delay in production is primarily due to the schedule of Will Smith. The 2017 Bright was an urban-fantasy movie set in a world where fantasy creatures such as orcs, elves, dwarves, and centaurs live alongside humans. Smith plays the role of a bigoted human police officer who has no other choice but to partner with the first orc to ever wear a badge. The two accidentally find a magic wand and the elf girl who wields it. From there, they are together on a fight to prevent the wand and girl from falling into the hands of a doomsday cult, other criminals and corrupt cops.

Here is the trailer for the first Bright:

The movie was made in a budget of $90,000,000 and was the most expensive original film produced by the streaming platform then. The mashup of genres explored by the flick was welcomed by the audiences with delight and racked up over 11 million views in its first weekend alone. Unfortunately, the critics were unimpressed by the poor worldbuilding efforts and derivative crime plot that got covered up in the superficial fantasy equivalents. The film also failed to properly explore the underlying allegory of racism. This didn’t stop the movie from getting an 84% Rotten Tomatoes score with nearly 20,000 ratings.

With no timetable currently available on the film’s production, exact date to when we will get a sequel is yet to be known.

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Mark Hamill Wants A Child’s Play Sequel After Watching This Video

by Kaylen Summers

Everyone knows that no doll is more terrifying than Chucky. And if you are someone who is suffering from Pediophobia (it means extreme fear of dolls), you definitely don’t want to see the latest Child’s Play reboot.

Voiced by Mark Hamill, the actor best known for playing Luke Skywalker in Star Wars, the movie saw the return of Chucky back to the silver screen. Calling back at the movie, Hamill recently shared on Twitter an adorable video of a dog dressed up as the spooky doll. It is so cute that even folks with Pediophobia will enjoy it.

Showing his approval for the Child’s Play costume, Hamill joked that it was a clever way to bring attention back to the franchise and that was how he wanted the franchise to return. The actor is true! Who doesn’t love a cute doggy video to light up their day?

Based on characters created by Don Mancini, the new Child’s Play was directed by Lars Klevberg and written by Tyler Burton Smith. The film has Aubrey Plaza as Karen, Gabriel Bateman as Andy, and Bryan Tyree Henry as Detective Mike Norris, in addition to the voice of Chucky by Hamill.

Though there is no official confirmation that Hamill’s take on Chucky will continue with a sequel. But, considering the numbers. there is still some hope out there. Released alongside Toy Story 4, Lars Klevberg’s retelling of the horror classic made only $29 million during its box office run. However, it was a good run considering that the movie made on a production budget of $10 million.

Unfortunately, when it comes to big-screen Chucky movies, the 2019 release is on the low end in terms of earnings. Not to mention the middle-of-the-road reviews and a 64% Fresh Rotten Tomatoes score that movie got from critics and fans.

Child’s Play will be available on Blu-ray and DVD from September 24th onwards.

Till then, here is the trailer for Child’s Play:

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Avengers: Endgame Ends It’s Box Office Run

by Kaylen Summers

Disney is surely having a wonderful year as the Mouse House now owns most of the successful franchises in Hollywood. Disney-owned Marvel Studios proved this fact again , as it recently broke some huge box office records with its blockbuster Avengers: Endgame. The movie saw Marvel’s revolutionary approach of cinematic world-building coming to an epic culmination. 

With a total box office time of 20 weeks and 140 days, Avengers: Endgame closed its domestic release on September 12. In this phenomenal period of time, the Russo brothers’ three-hour galactic epic surpassed James Cameron’s Avatar to become the highest-grossing film of all time.

Now, with a massive initial box office presence and a ‘record-breaking’ re-release (literally!), it seems like the movie of the year is finally ready to rest from its box office run.

Cameron’s sci-fi adventure rolled in a $2,789,679,794 worldwide, over a decade ago. However, with a total collection of $2,796,274,401, Endgame finally overtook the throne with grace and style. This is an incredible feat, even though the difference is only about a $6.5 million.

Just below this list is another James Cameron movie Titanic with $2,187,463,944, followed by $2,068,223,624 for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War comes fifth with $2,048,359,754. Movies like Jurassic WorldThe Lion King (2019), and Marvel’s The Avengers are also in the worldwide list occupying the sixth, seventh and eighth position respectively.

With Disney finally deciding to take Endgame out of theaters, it won’t be long before we see the movie running in the home video department. However, the move comes with a price. Though it broke most box office records, it looks like Endgame will have to finally settle for second place in the all-time domestic box office. Apparently, the force is still with Star Wars: The Force Awakens on that one.

Of course, Endgame is just one of the incredibly victorious flicks from for Marvel Studios. After 17 weeks in theaters, Captain Marvel collected $1.128 billion, while Spider-Man: Far From Home brought home another $1.28 billion.

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Zombieland: Double Tap is R-Rated. Here is Why!

by Emily Keen

Zombieland: Double Tap is releasing a decade after its first installment and word is out that it will be R-rated. The Motion Picture Association of America has officially set boundaries which only adults can cross. Children below the age of 17 will need to be accompanied by an adult.

The zombieland sequel apparently contains a lot more gore and violence and to top that, some drug abuse and sexual content as well.

A zombie romp is naturally expected to have a lot of violence and blood in the frame. And the added dose of drugs and explicit content got the movie an R-rating as per the report given out by Film Ratings.

For those of you looking forward to a brutal crusade Zombieland: Double Tap sounds just about right! The first installment with a PG-13 rating was a howling success. And now with the sequel stamped R, the franchise only assures to keep up with the intensity of viciousness. Good thing they did not crank down the element of gore to extend its reach. How can they possibly take away the mojo?

The sequel was in talks soon after the release of the first movie. But it took almost a decade to materialize. Ruben Fleischer resumed his position as a director owing to which he had to take a rain check on Venom 2. The project was finally handed over to Andy Serkis for. Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick returned as scriptwriters and were supported by David Callaham.

Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson, and Abigail Breslin will reprise their roles on screen. 10 years is quite a gap but seems like the cast gets along just fine. We hope that reflects in their onscreen chemistry. And lest we forget to mention, Bill Murray will be back in action in the Double Tap along with Dan Aykroyd. Zoey Deutch, Thomas Middledtch, Luke Wilson, Rosario Dawson, and Avan Jogia are some of the latest additions to the crew.

The movie will hit the screens on October 18. so get ready for a cold and crude zombie adventure.

 

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9 Upcoming Netflix Movies that are Worth Watching

by Emily Keen

Netflix has an interesting lot of cinema coming up in the days ahead. Here is a sneak peek into few of the must-watch upcoming features you definitely don’t want to miss. Have a look.

 

  1. Between Two Ferns: The Movie

An ill-tempered Zach G is defamed when Will Farrel projects a clip of his celebrity interview TV show as a laughing stock on Funny or Die. Zach decides to redeem himself and hits the road to shoot more high profile interviews with Hollywood stars. Directed by Scott Aukerman, the movie bifurcates from the genre of mainstream comedies with a special touch of Galifianakis comedy. Between Two Ferns is originally a web talk show of similar nature as shown in the movie. Galifianakis has famous guests from various sectors and asks insulting questions to the interviewees who return the gesture in their responses.

Release Date: September 20

 

        2. In the Shadow of the Moon

A mysterious serial killer resurfaces every nine years and a Philadelphia police officer, Thomas Lockhart (Boyd Holbrook) is downright determined to find him. But the case facts fall beyond the confines of science and Lockhart is pushed over the edge by the obsession. The psychological thriller is directed by Jim Mickle and also stars Michael C. Hall and Cleopatra Coleman in very important roles.

Release Date: September 27

 

  1. El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

El Camino picks up where the hit AMC TV series Breaking Bad left off in its last season. The TV series revolves around Walter White a chemistry professor with terminal lung cancer, who gets involved in a local drug trade to pay off his debts along with his student Jesse Pinkman. In the climax of the last season, Jesse makes a run from the captivity of neo-nazis who want him to formulate meth. The plot of El Camino builds up with Jesse coming to terms with his past and make choices for building a decent future for himself.

Release Date: October 11

 

  1. The King 

Roughly drawing inspiration from Shakespeare’s Henriad, The King is a period drama. A headstrong prince inherits the throne upon the death of his father and must take charge of an ongoing war and chaos threatening the kingdom. The King stars Timothee Chalamet, Joel Edgerton and Robert Pattinson in important roles.

Release Date: November 1

 

  1. The Laundromat

Meryl Streep’s pleasant vacation unexpectedly turns into a quest to unravel an insurance scam. As more layers start coming off she learns of the involvement of Panama City law firm and their efforts directed towards nourishing the wealth of their rich clients. The founding partners (played by Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas) through their incessant charm and expertise in shell companies and offshore accounts help the rich grow more wealth. Ellen Martin (Meryl Streep) being a commoner naturally bears the brunt of tax evasion, bribery and other such treachery lurking in the financial framework of the world.

Release Date: October 18

 

  1. Dolemite Is My Name

Post numerous failed stand up gigs an epiphany changes Rudy Moore’s life as an artist. He assumes a new stage identity borrowed from the legends of Los Angeles streets- Dolomite. Bizarrely written scripts full of obscene legends and a pimpish outfit to go with it makes him a sensation in the world of comedy. But now he wants more than that. His dream now takes the shape of a movie about Blaxploitation. Through countless hurdles and challenges from rivals, the movie is finally materialized and turns out to be a smashing hit at the box office.

Release Date: October 25

 

  1. American Son

American Son is a drama following a mysterious disappearance of the Kendra Ellis-Connor’s son (Jamal). Estranged from her husband, a single mother Kendra rushes to the police to report the absence of her son. But in the light of timeframes governing the reporting of missing cases and typical patterns exhibited by youth behavior, the police officer refuses to dive in to investigate the case right away. Kendra’s husband, an FBI agent finally shows up and adds to her already miserable situation with misdirected emotions and futile arguments. The investigative feature seasoned with race politics is based on a Broadway play of the same name.

Release Date: November 1

 

  1. The Forest of Love

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Director Sion Sono builds another of his typical scripts around a cold-hearted protagonist. The story explores the depth of darkness in the human mind. Jo Murata with his manipulative charisma convinces a group of filmmakers that his patchy relationship would form a good arc for their film. As the journey of filmmaking begins, it becomes hard to tell reality from lies. Gruesome and equally shocking acts follow as the limits of humanity are tested.

Release Date: October 11

 

  1. The Two Popes

Set in the backdrop of the Vatican city, the movie explores the events from the life of Pope Benedict and his unusual retirement in the vein of light-hearted humor. The movie though based on the critical event in the history of Papal supremacy maintains a breezy tone giving the viewers a glimpse into the personal conversations that happened between Pope Benedict (played by Anthony Hopkins) and Cardinal Bergoglio (played by Johnathan Pryce). Directed by Fernando Meirelles with Anthony McCarten as a screenwriter, The Two Popes comes across as a bold attempt to deconstruct the life of a Vatican supreme beyond what the world can see.

Release Date: December 20

Make sure to check out Spotflik for updates as more films are announced.

 

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Dark Waters (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Dark Waters (2019) tells the story about a corporate defense attorney who takes on an environmental lawsuit against a chemical company. The company has a long history of pollution and the attorney soon uncovers its connection with a string of mysterious deaths.

Releasing Date: November 22, 2019

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Real Reason Why Jojo Rabbit Director Taika Waititi Decided To Play Hitler

by Kaylen Summers

Fans of Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok will not have trouble recognizing director Taika Waititi. The maker of best Thor movie so far is coming back again, but this time with his new comedy-drama Jojo Rabbit. Teaming up with Fox Searchlight, the comedy is set in Nazi Germany and playing the role of an imaginary Adolf Hitler will be the director himself.

In a recent interview at the Toronto International Film Festival, Waititi opened up about donning the infamous mustache. The director confessed that he was feeling “very nervous” about playing the Nazi dictator on screen.

“It wasn’t my intention at all writing the script and it was actually something Fox Searchlight encouraged me to do. They encouraged me to play the role and I felt very nervous about that. But then I thought, ‘you know what? Once in a generation, an actor comes along who sort of changes the game…”

When asked about the hardest part in playing Hitler, Waititi replied: “Just that he’s so ugly.” If you think that he is referring to the Nazi leader’s internal ugliness, then you are wrong. It turns out that Waititi had to shave his real mustache to wear a fake version of Hitler’s distinctive facial hair.

“I didn’t feel comfortable growing one and walking around town on my days off.”

You can’t blame him for that. The young actor Roman Griffin Davis who played the titular Jojo Rabbit was startled to see his director and co-star dressed as Hitler for the first time.

“The first time I saw Taika in costume, I cried. He didn’t do anything, I just cried. It was a shocking thing,” the actor explained.

Initially, the movie received a mixed reaction with a less-than-desirable 62% on Rotten Tomatoes. However, with more reviews, the rating soon increased to a more favorable 73%.

Bringing in his signature style of humor and pathos, the director’s Jojo Rabbit is a World War II satire that follows a lonely German boy, Jojo(Roman Griffin Davis). His world views are turned upside down when he discovers his single mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a young girl (Thomasin McKenzie) in her attic. With only his thick-witted imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler (Taika Waititi) to guide him, Jojo must find ways to confront his naive patriotism.”

Waititi is not new to dressing up as odd characters. Over the years we have seen Waititi appear on the screen as a vampire, a giant, and even a friendly rock monster. There are also rumors that he will be appearing in some semblance of costume for the upcoming James Gunn Suicide Squad movie.

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Goldfinch Falls at the First Hurdle

by Emily Keen

Time is hard for Dramas and Goldfinch figures have proved it. Where Jennifer Lopez’s thriller romp Hustlers swept a clean victory in its opening week, Goldfinch had the worst recorded opening numbers. The movie had a wide release across 2,542 screens. As per Box Office Mojo, the movie had the sixth worst opening for a debuting movie on almost over 2500 screens. It grossed at a weekend estimate of $2,640,000.

Dramas do find it hard to soar even with an impressive cast ensemble like Nicole Kidman, Sarah Paulson, Finn Wolfhard, Ansel Elgort and Jeffrey Wright. An R rated one for that matter! The feature and could not impress the audience and hence lost the last ray of hope too- Verbal advocates!

Goldfinch is a feature adaptation of a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Donna Tartt. The movie opened at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival days before its theatrical run. It could not impress the folks there either.

Goldfinch directed by John Crowley and written by Peter Straughan follows the life of a boy who loses his mother and how that shapes his life as an adult. The script swings across different timelines showcasing events from growing years of the protagonist’s life. It is intense and 150 minutes long. It at least needs a gripping plot to glue the minds swayed by the fad of event movies. It lacked the major element that is needed to survive in the theatrical marketplace of times.

The film has earned a 25% rating on the tomatometer from critics and a 74% fresh rating from only 674 users. It is not a shock since very few people show up at multiplexes intending to witness a soulful drama.

This is a third Warner Bros. of the month movie which saw a straight-up flatliner in the opening weekend. The movie has an IMDb average of 6.3 out of 10.

Goldfinch was set to make an opening figure of $5M-$8M. But the predictions dropped to a shocking $3M since it mostly ran for empty theatres.   It stood at #8 on the September 13-15 weekend box office chart. Amazon streaming is the only option the movie is left with to redeem itself.

It comes with a serious lesson for art-house dramas too. A festival opening might not be the best way to hype up a literary feature adaptation. Although many would argue, the deviation from the arcs of novel and poor handling of script caused it to crash hard.

Stay tuned to Spotflik for more movie updates.

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Spider-Man: Far From Home Beats Captain Marvel; Becomes 3rd Biggest Film in 2019

by Kaylen Summers

It seems like 2019 is the year fro Disney, as yet another film from it’s Marvel roaster is making its way to the top of the charts. Recent box office numbers are revealing that Spider-Man: Far From Home has surpassed the number three spot held by Captain Marvel for a while. In addition to that, the movie is also now the 8th highest-grossing film the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

So far, the Spider-Man sequel has earned $1,128,276,196 worldwide, overtaking Captain Marvel’s total gross of $1,128,274,794 worldwide. However, when it comes to domestic sales, it still stands tall at $426,829,839. In the second place, there is The Lion King which has made $533,992,775 domestically and $1,616,992,775 worldwide. Of course, these numbers are nothing compared with Avengers: Endgame, which still remains as the top-grossing movie of all time with $858,373,000 earned domestically and $2,796,274,401 worldwide.

With the numbers laid out like this, there is no doubt that Disney is easily the strongest brand in all of the entertainment. However, given the recent split between Sony and Disney, this may get particularly magnified for the future entries in the Spider-Man franchise.

Spider-Man: Far From Home features Tom Holland (Spider-Man/Peter Parker), Zendaya (MJ), and Jake Gyllenhaal (Mysterio) in the lead roles. Marisa Tomei (Aunt May), Jacob Batalon (Ned), Jon Favreau (Happy Hogan), Tony Revolori (Flash Thompson), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), and Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill) are the other stars of the movie.

The movie is the next chapter to Marvel’s Spider-Man series and the sequel to Spiderman: Homecoming. Our friendly neighborhood web-slinger is on a European vacation with his best friends Ned, MJ, and the rest of the gang. However, all plans turn upside down as he agrees to help Nick Fury uncover the mystery of the elemental creature attacking and creating havoc across the continent.

Other top spot earned of 2019 include Toy Story 4 ($432,395,259 domestic, $$1,057,895,259 worldwide) at the fourth spot and Aladdin at number five ($355,088,567 domestic, $1,046,920,888 worldwide). Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw ($168,317,320 domestic, $740,917,320 worldwide) has made it to the sixth place and is so far the only non-Disney owned property in the list.

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Ad Astra Review

by Kaylen Summers

To put it in a nutshell, Ad Astra is more of an Interstellar version of Apocalypse Now, with the scope of 2001: A Space Odyssey, telling the story in the tone and inner monologues of a stereotypical Terrence Malick drama.

There is no doubt that James Gray is successful in presenting a visually dazzling and thematically rich outer-space action drama. But, it will not be complete without Brad Pitt’s starring performance.

The movie shows Pitt as Astronaut Roy McBride, a mystery man to most who know him. He is on a covert mission to save the world by talking up the seemingly impossible task of finding his astronaut dad (Tommy Lee Jones). His dad is thought to have died 16 years ago while working on an old mission to find alien life. Realizing that his dad is still alive, now Roy must defeat space pirates, combat some space primates, and sneak onto a ship to Neptune to finally get him back. Well, like every other movie hero, he does all of this deftly without breaking much of a sweat. (James Bond in space?!)

While space-exploration themed movies like Gravity, Interstellar and Martian focus on the protagonist’s struggle to return back home, Ad Astra is relief in its core plot and theme. Rather than being just a journey across the universe, the movie is a rumination on loneliness under the guise of a space mission. It is about self-discovery and of course, there is the ‘save the planet from spontaneous electric storms’ part.

To put it in short “Ad Astra” isn’t for everyone. Yes! there are many moments in the movie that are sure to set you off on an existential quest of your own. And if you’re a fan of Pitt, this is definitely a must-watch performance for you from him. However, what makes the movie really beautiful is how it makes you want to reach out to loved ones that you haven’t talked to in a while.

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Countdown (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Countdown  tells the story of a young nurse (Elizabeth Lail) who downloads an app that claims to predict exactly when a person is going to die. It tells her she only has three days to live. From there, she is on the run to save her life before time runs out and death closing in.

Releasing Date: October 25, 2019

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[MUST WATCH] You Don’t Want To Miss This Jurassic World Short Film

by Kaylen Summers

Jurassic Park fans just got a new reason to cheer. Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow has recently released an all-new short film he directed and wrote with Emily Carmichael. Titled Battle at Big Rock, the 8-minute short takes place one year after the events of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom in Big Rock National Park. The short reveals how the dinosaurs are now living in our world. The plot follows a family of four who encounters with these wild animals and fights for their survival.

The short stars André Holland, Natalie Martinez, Melody Hurd and Pierson Salvador and the cinematography is done by Larry Fong and a background score by Amie Doherty. The director is back to direct Jurassic World 3, after his unfortunate his Star Wars 9 firing. He will co-write the script with Emily Carmichael and will executive produce the movie with Steven Spielberg.

Though it may look like Colin Trevorrow is heading in for Jurassic World 3, it will take more time than we expect to see the final film in the Jurassic World trilogy. Till then we just have to settle with this surprise short.

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Will Iron Man Make A Cameo In Black Widow Movie?!

by Kaylen Summers

Finally, after a decade of being in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Black Widow is finally getting her own standalone movie. However, there is more to cheer about the upcoming Marvel flick than just that. Recent reports are revealing that Robert Downey Jr. will most probably be making a cameo in the movie as everyone’s favorite billionaire, Tony Stark.

Scarlett Johansson will be reprising her role as Black Widow, with David Harbour suiting up as Russia’s version of Captain America, Red Guardian. Rachel Weisz and Florence Pugh will also appear in the movie as other Black Widow agents. Taskmaster will be the main villain of the story. With his ability to quickly observe and copy any person’s fighting style, he is meant to become a formidable foe for Black Widow.

Not much information about Downey Jr.’s return is mentioned by the studios, which makes fans wonder whether if it will be just Marvel reusing their old clips or an actual cameo. It won’t be a surprise if Marvel is using old footage instead of filming a new scene. They have already done it many times in the past. The continuing tradition of a Stan Lee cameo in every Marvel movie even after the legendary comic-book creator’s death is a perfect example for this.

If in fact, he is reprising the role, then it’s most likely be for just a cameo or a very minor role. The Black Widow footage screened at Comic-Con used a clip of Tony from Civil War, warning Natasha “They’re coming for you,” before leading into new footage from the film. The footage also revealed the time period of the movie to be when she was hiding from the United Nations. So, there is a possibility that she may seek out Tony’s help or at least contact him during the course of the movie.

Whatever the reason for Downey Jr. potentially reprising his role, it will surely be awesome to see Stark back on-screen on more time. Unfortunately, we will have to wait some more time before anything official is be announced publicly.

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Alternate Iron Man Post-Credits Scene Reveals Mutants & Radioactive Spider References

by Kaylen Summers

Its seems like Avengers: Endgame only kicked things into gear. Though the recent Comic-Con and D23 announcements point ot new adventures,  it seems like Kevin Feige is not finished with Phase 4 yet. Recently at the Saturn Awards, the studio boss revealed a never-before-seen Iron Man alternate post-credit scene.

Marvel Studios is surely one of the most successful movie studios in all of Hollywood now. But, the journey to reach there looked far when the Marvel Cinematic Universe kicked off in 2008. Their first film was a fight against all odds as it was based around what many believed to be a C-list Marvel character (Ironman)  and directed by a then unproven director, Jon Favreau. Even Robert Downey Jr. at the time was viewed as a risk due to his problems in his personal life.

From there, the MCU has evolved further and better without many of their biggest characters. With the live-action rights of characters sold off to film studios in the ’80s, it was only recently that Fox’s characters returned back under Marvel Studios thanks to the Disney-Fox deal. Sony and Marvel Studios also had agreed to work together to make Spidey part of the MCU (The deal, however, came to an end, recently), while Universal’s deal has made a Hulk solo film complicated. However, the newly revealed alternate version of Iron Man’s post-credits scene teased all of these universes long before it was all interlinked.

The deleted alternate post-credits scene from Iron Man, which has been sitting in the Marvel Studios vault for eleven years now, is part of the upcoming Infinity Saga box set. Revealing the clip, Feige said, “We pulled some things out of that vault that we said, ‘We’ll never show to anybody. Put it away. We’re bringing them out. We’re putting them on this disc.”

Here is what Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury had to say in the scene: “As if gamma accidents, radioactive bug bites, and assorted mutants weren’t enough, I have to deal with a spoiled brat, who doesn’t play well with others, who wants to keep all his toys to himself.”

The “gamma accidents” is a reference to how Hulk got his powers, while the “radioactive bug bites” is a friendly nod to Spider-Man, who at the time was nowhere near the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But, the real reason why the clip got replaced might be because of the “assorted mutants” reference. The X-Men and Mutants were owned by Fox, and Marvel was not allowed to make any references to them in their films. Whatever the reason may be, the clip is a perfect example of how keen Kevin Feige’s vision was for the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

More unreleased contents are expected, as The Infinity Saga box set is expected to release towards Christmas 2019.

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The Aeronauts (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

The Aeronauts (2019) is a biographical adventure film that tells the story about headstrong scientist James Glaisher and wealthy young widow Amelia Wren. Set in 1862, the two are on a balloon expedition to fly higher than anyone in history. The movie is written and directed by Tom Harper and stars Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne in the lead roles.

Releasing Date: December 6, 2019

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Just Mercy (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Just Mercy (2019) tells the story about young lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Jordan) and his history-making battle for justice. The movie tells the true story of Walter McMillian, who with the help of Stevenson appeals his conviction for the notorious murder of an 18-year-old girl.

Releasing Date: December 25, 2019

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The Kitchen (2019) Review

by Kaylen Summers

The American gangster movie genre is popular for its morally challenging convections. With its giddy whiplash through the attraction-repulsion cycle, each gangster movie gets viewers hopped up on power fantasies, adrenaline, and the rush of taboo fantasy. The Kitchen follows the same recipe that audiences have seen countless times.

Adapted from the DC Vertigo graphic novel by Ollie Masters and Ming Doyle, the premise gives a female viewpoint to the popular, machismo infused gangster flick. However, don’t expect Goodfellas from these girls, as most of the vacuous plot is utterly predictable. It is refreshing to see women as the crime bosses, but a gender swap alone cannot make a good movie.

Produced by New Line Cinema and DC Films, and distributed by Warner Bros, the movie is set in the late seventies when the Irish mob ran the unions, protection, and loansharking rackets of New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen. After three local heavies: Jimmy (Brian d’Arcy James), Rob (Jeremy Walsh) and Kevin (James Badge Dale) are arrested for their strong-arm tactics, their wives sink into poverty and desperation. Though begged for a raise in their scant allowance they are ridiculed and rebuked. One of them even gets racially subjugated because she is the only black woman amongst the Irish. Thus, the women decide to take over their husbands’ business and enlist a cold-blooded killer (Domhnall Gleeson) to back them up.

The movie marks the directorial debut of screenwriter Andrea Berloff (Straight Outta Compton). Telling the femme-centric story of women taking the reins, the movie is constructed around three strong actresses-Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish and Elisabeth Moss. However, it fails when it comes to characters and settings, as they are so overblown that they look more like caricatures. Adding that to the generic gangster plot, The Kitchen feels more trudged than visceral.

Most crime dramas pay more attention to detailed character exposition. This nuance is lost somewhere in the heavy-handed and obvious plot of the movie. But, the overall empowerment theme should be celebrated, though it sometimes becomes contrived with its megaphone delivery.

In short, if you are a fan of hard-R rated movies, then The Kitchen might be your cup of tea. There is plenty of onscreen violence, swearing, and adult themes. With extremely graphical headshots and chopped up bodies, the movie works better as a pulp action film with girl power.

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Crazy Rich Asians 2: Writer Leaves After Pay Disparity Dispute

by Kaylen Summers

One more example is here to prove that Hollywood is still a hostile place for women- especially if you are of color. Recently, Crazy Rich Asians co-screenwriter Adele Lim found out that her fellow co-writer, Peter Chiarelli, a white man was earning 9 to 10 times more than her.

Adele Lim is a veteran TV writer who debuted into feature films with Crazy Rich Asians. The rom-com turned out to be a massive hit grossing $238 million globally and Lim has since signed a deal with Disney Animation and is working on Raya and the Last Dragon.

With such a huge success in the bag, it obvious that Warner Bros, would be more than willing to work on a sequel to the movie. Thus the work for Crazy Rich Asians 2 began and the writers of the first installment were back to pen it. However, it turned out that Peter Chiarelli, a more seasoned screenwriter, was offered between $800,000 and $1,000,000, while Lim was offered only around $110,000 for her work on the sequel.

Though the studio felt it to be a fair, industry-standard rate based on experience, Lim believes that her pay should be much closer to her co-writer.

Here’s what Lim had to say: “Pete has been nothing but incredibly gracious, but what I make shouldn’t be dependent on the generosity of the white-guy writer. If I couldn’t get pay equity after CRA, I can’t imagine what it would be like for anyone else, given that the standard for how much you’re worth is having established quotes from previous movies, which women of color would never have been [hired for]. There’s no realistic way to achieve true equity that way.”

The messy pay dispute has put Warner Bros. in a significant snag with Crazy Rich Asians 2. With Adele Lim no longer involved with the sequel, the studio will have a hard time finding the perfect substitute to bring back the magic. However, it seems like that alone cannot save this planned trilogy from production hell, as there are some scheduling issues with the in-demand cast. Hope it gets fixed once the scripting gets all sorted out.

Crazy Rich Asians is based on the 2013 novel of the same name by Kevin Kwan. The novel follows a young Asian American woman who meets her boyfriend’s parents, who are one of the richest families in Singapore. The lead is played by Constance Wu with Henry Golding as her fiancé. Michelle Yeoh plays the role of her future mother-in-law.

The upcoming sequels will be based on the next two books in Kwan’s trilogy — 2015’s “China Rich Girlfriend” and 2017’s “Rich People Problems.” With so many issues surrounding the project, the studio has not set any release dates for the sequels.

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Bad Boys For Life (2020) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Bad Boys For Life (2020) will see the return of old-school cops Mike Lowery and Marcus Burnett. The two are now part of a newly created elite team from the Miami police department called AMMO. They will be teaming up to take down Armando Armas, the ruthless leader of a Miami drug cartel.

Releasing Date: 17 January 2020

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Itsy Bitsy (2019) Review

by Kaylen Summers

If you have a deadly fear for spiders, then Itsy Bitsy is sure to creep you out. Taking its base from folklore and spinning a web of spider induced nightmares, the movie will bound you to a good watching time.

Directed by Micah Gallo, this low budget indie movie follows a young, single mother of two and her struggles with parenting and drug addiction. While she is taking up a new job as a private nurse to an antique appraiser, little did she know that her family is being stalked and terrorized by an ancient evil entity in the form of a giant, flesh-munching spider. Though it sounds a little too dark, Itsy Bitsy is actually a pleasant surprise for those who have seen giant spider movies like Eight Legged Freaks and Spiders 3D.

In a traditional scene, Itsy Bitsy is definitely not an indie horror movie we have seen so far. For those who are eagerly anticipating the movie’s death scenes, it will be a downside as the movie follows a Spielberg/Jaws approach and takes longer for its evil spider madness to begin. Putting its human characters to the front and center, the movie tries to focus more on drama, as the bulk of the movie’s screen time is used to explore Kara’s drug addiction, the obvious PTSD, and their family relationships. Though there are several creepy moments and effective jump scares, the drama isn’t quite strong enough to sustain the bulk of the runtime.

Though the movie is only his debut as a director, Micah Gallo’s extensive background with visual effects (Hatchet, The Innkeepers) has paid off in creating a convincing onscreen spider monster. The perfect combination of some effective practical effects, Vfx, and makeup effects have made the spider more believable than anyone would expect.

The movie is well shot and looks more like a big-budgeted feature than it is. The spider effects stand out us the true star of the movie above all. The director handled the monstrous creature with terror-filled precision and gruesome effects, making it enough to instill arachnophobia in even the toughest of viewers. Though the scenes that feature the spider are fairly sparse, the movie warrants a watch for creature effects alone. The same cannot be said about the Spencer family as the emotional pull is lost somewhere in-between.

The post-credit of the movie teases a potential bigger-scaled sequel looks more promising than this. Before you go and watch the movie here is the trailer for the movie. You can also find similar movies from our smart movie recommendations app 

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Between Two Ferns: The Movie (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Featuring cameos from a long list of celebrities, Between Two Ferns: The Movie is based on the famous internet talk show of the same name. The movie chronicles the road trip by Zach Galifianakis and his oddball crew to complete a
series of high-profile celebrity interviews.

Releasing Date: 20 September 2019

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Superman Star Henry Cavil Excited For Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker

by Kaylen Summers

Apparently, we are not the only ones looking forward to seeing the clown prince of Gotham in action. Recently, the Superman actor Henry Cavill revealed that he too is anxious to see Joaquin Phoenix onscreen as the iconic Batman villain Joker.

Recently, DC’s Chief Creative Officer Jim Lee took his first impression about the Joker movie to Instagram. Lee revealed that the movie will have a lot for fans to analyze when all the dust settles.

Lee’s first impression of the Joker movie is as follows: “Director Todd Phillips’ Joker is intense, raw and soulful. He’s talked about how his take on the Joker is not beholden to the character’s comic book roots. That said, there’s absolutely nothing in this film incongruous with our understanding of who the Joker is. If anything, Joaquin Phoenix’s mesmerizing and unsettling turn as the Joker gives us a deep and fully realized look into one of our favorite villains, and I’m sure elements will be embraced going forward in our ongoing, ever-evolving mythology. That’s what powerful, compelling stories do. And without a doubt-long time, DC fans will be spending a lot of time unpacking the many story revelations and questions this harrowing cautionary tale raises.”

Replying to Lee’s Post was none other than Henry Cavill, who simply said, “Can’t wait to see this!!”

Directed by Todd Phillips, the movie got debuted at The Venice Film Festival and received an 8-minute standing ovation from an enraptured audience. With numerous positive reviews pouring in from critics, there is no doubt Phoenix will be a worthy contender for this year’s Oscars.

The actor admits that a lot changed for him during the production of the movie as his attitude towards Arthur Fleck evolved.

“Throughout the course of shooting it felt like every day we were discovering new parts of his personality, up until the very last day” he says, “It was his struggle to find happiness and to feel connected and to feel warmth and love and that’s the part of the character I was interested in. He was so many different things to me. Who he was in the first few weeks of shooting was completely different than who he was in the end. He was constantly evolving. I’ve never had an experience like this. The more unpredictable and looser we left it, the more exciting it was.”

It looks like Cavill has to wait a little longer like the rest of us, as Joker is all set to hit theaters by October 4th.

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The Irishman: De Niro Recreates Iconic ‘Goodfellas’ Scene to Test De-Aging CGI

by Kaylen Summers

A lot of surprises awaits fans as Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman is finally arriving in cinemas and on Netflix. The film will feature the iconic cast of Robert De Niro, Al Pachino and Joe Pesci in a multiple-decade-spanning mob story, with the help of extensive, revolutionary de-aging CGI.

Scorsese is known for pushing the boundaries of cinema. However, telling a story of characters from their 20s to 80s is a huge swing for even him. It is in this predicament that the filmmaker looked into his own past before starting the work.

According to Industrial Light & Magic’s Pablo Helman: “We made a little set that looked a little like the original film, and then Bob got going. He did his monologues and soliloquies and different expressions. ‘Get rid of the fur coat! Get rid of the Cadillac!’ Then he went through a series of computer processes.”

Scorsese and the others recreated an old scene from the original Goodfellas to check how effective the de-aged tech will be. It was only after watching the de-aged version and the original scene back-to-back that they decided that the approach would work for the film.

“We made a little set that looked a little like the original film, and then [De Niro] got going,” Scorsese explained, “He did his monologues and soliloquies and different expressions… Then he went through a series of computer processes”.

The Irishman marks the ninth time Scorsese and De Niro collaborating. It was in 1995’s Casino that the filmmaker and his trusted muse worked together the last time. The movie also pairs De Niro with his fellow crime-cinema icons Al Pacino and Joe Pesci in the cast. The three actors have worked together before, with Pacino and De Niro previously working for Heat, and De Niro and Pesci sharing screen for Scorsese’s Raging Bull, Goodfellas, and Casino.

The story for The Irishman is adapted from Charles Brandt’s book I Heard You Paint Houses by Oscar-winner Steve Zaillian (Schindler’s ListGangs of New York). It chronicles the life of hitman Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran through his days of being a young WWII veteran to his career as a hired gun for the Bufalino crime family and involvement in the disappearance of labor leader Jimmy Hoffa (Pacino).

Though there is no doubt that the movie will be another cult classic, the production budget for the effect and de-aging De Niro and his costars was more than $159 million. This, in turn, made it Scorsese’s most expensive film to date. Either way, Netflix seems to be happy with how things turned out. With the movie premiering at the New York Film Festival, we will be seeing it in select theaters for a few weeks in November and then on the streaming service.

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Lion King Beats Avengers; Becomes 7th Biggest Movie of All Time

by Kaylen Summers

For all those people who are saying that Disney doesn’t know how to churn out a hit at the box office: Please step back!! Over the weekend, the studio has yet again made its dominance felt.

Disney’s The Lion King opened up to be one of the most grossing movies to come from the House of Mouse. The latest live-action addition is still continuing its reign at the box office, and recent reports are revealing that it is surpassing The Avengers to become the seventh highest-grossing movie of all time. Yes! Simba has beaten Earth’s mightiest heroes which is nothing shy of impressive, to say the very least of it.

Directed by Jon Favreau, Disney’s reimaging of its classic animated film features the voices of Donald Glover, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Billy Eichner, John Kani, John Oliver, Alfre Woodard, Florence Kasumba, Eric André, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Keegan-Michael Key, JD McCrary, and James Earl Jones.

With the Labor Day weekend behind us, The Lion King has now grossed in a total of more than $1.56 billion globally. The huge returns owe its share to the $523.5 million in domestic ticket sales and a stellar $1.04 billion from international markets. Previously, it was Marvel’s The Avengers who held the record position by nabbing around $1.51 billion when it was released in 2012. 

The Lion King also managed to bump down Black Panther ($1.34 billion) from its position in the all-time top ten. If the movie continues to shine well at the box office, then there is a chance that it could overtake Jurassic World ($1.67 billion) from the sixth position. However, going any higher than that would be a tough task, as the fifth spot is safe in the hands of Avengers: Infinity War with a whopping $2.04 billion in the collection box. It is obvious that Simba’s roar wouldn’t have that much strength to reach there.

Apart from the numbers, this accomplishment shows how much the Mouse House defies expectations. Disney knows the winning formula to churn out content that audiences want to see. While every other studio struggled this summer, Disney dominated the box office again, giving hit after hit. This milestone is only one among the long list of achievements for Disney. The studio currently occupies six of the top 10 spots on the highest-grossing movie list and nine of the top 15 spots.

With already five movies released, they are also having a record-breaking year. Avengers: EndgameThe Lion KingCaptain MarvelToy Story 4 and Aladdin have all grossed at least $1 billion at the box office, making Disney the most money earned studio in a calendar year. But, they are not going to settle down with that. Big releases such as Maleficent: Mistress of EvilFrozen 2 and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker are already lined up and they are sure to have a great shot at taking in $10 billion or more before 2020. Now, it seems like Disney’s only competition at the box office is itself.

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Tall Girl ( 2019)- Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Tall Girl is a Netflix film that tells the story of the tallest girl in high school falling in love with a handsome foreign exchange student. Eventually, she gets entangled in a surprising love triangle, making her realize that she more than just her insecurities.

Releasing Date: 13 September 2019

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‘Ready or Not’-Review

by Kaylen Summers

With most of the blockbusters gone, the end of summer is a pretty awkward time for Hollywood. It is during this time that studios normally drop movies that they aren’t quite sure what to do with. However, this year things got a little different with movies like Tyler Gillett’s Ready or Not appearing on the big screen.

This deliciously diabolical sophomore feature gives the audience a little bit of black comedy, horror movie, thriller and possibly even an action movie. But, don’t underestimate it as 25% of four different genres. Ready or Not is 100% all of them at once.

From wedding cake stuffed with razor blades to blowing up the chapel, the low-budget movie is packed with plenty of subversive pleasure.  Though at first, the premise might seem similar to Richard Connell’s The Most Dangerous Game, the movie is a real winner in how it is capable of achieving deep cultural critique with superficial diversion

SPOILERS AHEAD!! The plot revolves around Grace (Samara Weaving) who is getting married into the wealthy Le Domas family. The family’s wealth comes from making games- everything from cards, to board, to professional sports. According to the family tradition, the new member of the family should play a game on their wedding night. Well, it’s obvious that it is not going to be a game of checkers or chess. It is when Grace pulled the “Hide And Seek” card from a special puzzle box that she knew that in this game the seekers are armed, and the one who is hiding ends up dead if found.

Set up like a thriller, Ready or Not is keen on breaking away from the basic plot cliches with some ghoulish alterations. Even as Grace runs for her life from her crazed in-laws, the film sticks to its black humor and has some great laugh-out-loud hilarious jokes. The movie also avoids the usual plotline of the rich hunting for kicks. The Le Domas family does it because of what they fear will happen if they don’t. Such elements of such superstitions brew the possibility of the supernatural, as Grace struggles through scorching confrontations, deadly mishaps, and gleeful violence that can make any horror movie lover cheer!

Any review of Ready or Not will remain incomplete without talking about Samara Weaving’s performance in the movie. The Australian actress gave what can be legitimately termed as a “star-making performance”. Weaving can be seen nearly in every scene and there are a fair number of them which she spends alone. However, the actress gracefully took the narrative on her shoulders and moved it forward in ease and style.

The movie is 95 minutes long and is a relief considering a season full of features well over two hours in length. The script by Guy Busick and Ryan Murphy is perfectly paced, with everything serving the unbroken tension built up by the plot.

For a movie made at such a low-budget, Ready or Not deserves not to be missed and to be seen on the big screen.

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‘Rambo: Last Blood’ Looks For Franchise Best Box Office Opening

by Kaylen Summers

Sylvester Stallone’s Rambo is returning for one last mission in Lionsgate and Millennium’s Rambo: Last Blood and the makers of the movie are hoping to make it a memorable one. The movie’s far projections are indicating that it could be the best debut in all of the franchise.

From what is known, the film is expected to open between $21 and $24 million over its first three days. If it is able to hit that bar following its release on September 20th, it will surpass all of the previous installments from the cult-classic franchise.

But, that’s only the best-case scenario. Even if make it to the lower end of that spectrum, it can still take the top spot amongst all Rambo films. Previously, it was Rambo: First Blood II that held the first spot, by bringing in a $20.1 million when it was released in 1985. 2008’s Rambo comes second in the list with $18.2 million, followed by 1988’s Rambo III, which brought in $13 million. The original First Blood, released in takes the last spot with $6.6 million.

At the box-office, the upcoming Rambo movie will be battling it out against the Brad Pitt astronaut film Ad Astra and Downton Abbey. However, the chances for both of these movies challenging Rambo’s supremacy over the weekend is questionable. The Brad Pitt starrer is currently pegged for a $17.5 to $19 million opening and Downton Abbey is looking to gross between $15 and $16 million. It seems like Rambo’s return is not for nothing.

Directed by Adrian Grunberg (Get the Gringo), the movie is penned by Stallone himself with Matthew Cirulnick (South Beach, Absentia). Picking up where 2008’s Rambo ended. Last Blood has Sly’s title character visiting his estranged father at his horse farm in Arizona. As he settled into a quiet life after his father’s passing, he is thrown back to action when a friend’s daughter is kidnapped by the dangerous Mexican cartel led by the cruel Hugo Martinez (Sergio Peris-Mencheta).

Rambo: Last Blood will hit theaters on September 20. 

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‘The Irishman’ To Have A 210 Minutes Long Runtime

by Kaylen Summers

Yep! You heard it right. Martin Scorsese’s star-studded The Irishman will clock in a bum-numbing three hours and thirty minutes. Even though the movie is inching closer to its November release, not much has yet been revealed to about the flick. However, the newly disclosed details about the movie’s runtime will surely give fans a heads-up before its official release.

When compared with other ‘long runtime movies’, The Irishman is less than Gone With The Wind (238 minutes), Once Upon A Time In America (229 minutes) and Lawrence of Arabia (216 minutes). However, it is nine minutes longer than Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King and 10 minutes than The Godfather: Part II.

It was only last month that the film’s first trailer got released, featuring the first glimpse of a de-aged Robert De Niro. Even though we haven’t heard much about the movie since then, it is obvious now that the film has an incredibly impressive cast including De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci. It’s also one of Scorsese’s priciest films yet, with a reported budget of $160 million (£130m).

Though the movie gets its premiere at the New York Film Festival on 27 September, it will only be available briefly in cinemas in the UK from 8 November. However, from 27 November onwards, the movie will begin streaming on Netflix.

Here is the official trailer for The Irishman:

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Prey (2019) Trailer

by Emily Keen

Prey (from Hyde Park Entertainment, ImageNation, and Blumhouse Productions) is a terrifying thriller which follows two youngsters trying to escape the wrath of a mysterious force that lurks deep in the jungle. The movie features Logan Miller, Kristine Froseth in the lead roles.

Release Date: 27 September 2019

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Lucy in The Sky (2019) Trailer

by Emily Keen

Lucy (played by Natalie Portman) is a female astronaut, moved by her first experience in space and on returning back to earth, sees her world as small and loses grip with reality. Directed by Noah Hawley, the plot unravels as Lucy tries to make it back into space amidst personal and professional challenges that arise due to her obsession.

Release Date: 20 September 2019

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How Crawl Redefines The Indie Movie Culture?

by Emily Keen

The usual tradition of a blockbuster studded summer faded this year. The season saw high budget films gauging the depths of the valleys while a different kind of horror-thriller cruised its way out. Crawl was the latest addition to a roaster of cheap thrill horror cinema. But unlike other indies, this one has a major studio back-up.

Florida is under a category 5 hurricane alert. After numerous failed attempts to reach out to her father, Hayley Keller(University of Florida swimming champion) decides to drive past the impending hazard to check in on him. The way to her childhood home passes through an alligator farm. This is where the audience gets a glimpse into the horror that lay cloaked under a dank natural disaster. She comes home to find her father bruised and trapped in the cellar, a “Crawlspace” of some sort. For the most part of the film, the action builds up in this very region of the house.

As the hurricane reins its fury, the house starts flooding and brings in a swarm of bloodthirsty alligators. The digital fruition of these bone-crushing jaws looks awfully real and earns the film its brownie points. Fun fact, the movie lacks environmental simulation and is primarily shot in a real space calibrated to align with the appearance of a disaster struck home. Hayley (played by Kaya Scodelario) is invariably seen dragging herself through a concoction of black muck even with gruesome gator bites. The script plays up with its highly interactive make-believe sets.

The film flaunts well-schemed attempts of failed rescue only to force in a few humans into the mouths of giants and fuel the uncertainty of survival for the central characters. Director Alexandre Aja creates spikes of panic with dysfunctional items like torches and phones. Kudos to the screenwriters for having appeased the audience with enough scenes of the bloodthirsty giants crunching away human carcasses and scaling the situation of the protagonists!

Even though the plot at large has essentially nothing new to offer, the script lifts off on a fresh note. It is a rather mediocre premise treating the audience with sporadic jolts of thrill. The director succeeds in creating moments of nail-biting tension and sequences which say Don’t Breathe (just to blow Sam Raimi’s trumpet who co-produced the film along with Aja and Craig Flores).

Amidst the mayhem caused by the water and the creatures, the skin-deep script is forced to flex dry emotional substance. The tension fades off for a while as the element of sentimental past kicks in.  The father-daughter duo tries to address issues from the past, which seem like an unruly attempt to mollycoddle a script aimed at inducing raw fear. Although even with a clichéd and redundant emotional angle, the scenes are well gauged to suit the lead actors’ clean and convincing performance.

Given Aja’s record as a successful indie filmmaker, Crawl was not screened at as many press events as it should have been. Where everyone was expecting Disney’s The Lion King remake to be the show stopper, Crawl did surprisingly well for a modest independent horror feature. Though the script draws several parallels with earlier releases in the league, the presentation is acute and effectively served.

All in all, Crawl has progressively perfected the conventional theme of man vs monster with appallingly realistic CGI and gallant performances from the leads.

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GO! (2019) Trailer

by Emily Keen

Jack (William Lodder) is obsessed with Go-Kart racing but must learn to control his recklessness on the track. GO! unfolds as an aspiring engineer, Mandy (Anastasia Bampos), best mate Colin (Darius Amarfio-Jefferson) and mysterious mentor, Patrick (Richard Roxburgh) come together to help him win the National Go Kart Championship.

Release Date: 16 January 2020

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Jexi (2019) Trailer

by Emily Keen

Jexi depicts the life of young Phil who finds a sounding board in his virtual assistant which soon turns out to be his worst nightmare The comedy feature is written and directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore. It stars Adam DeVine, Alexandra Shipp, Michael Peña, Rose Byrne, Justin Hartley, Wanda Sykes, Ron Funches, and Charlyne Yi.  The movie

Releasing Date: 11 October 2019

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The Sound of Silence (2019) Trailer

by Emily Keen

 

A successful house tuner helps his clients by calibrating the sound of their homes to match their moods until he comes across a client whose problems lie beyond the scope of his skills. The film is directed by Michael Tyburski and stars Peter Sarsgaard in the lead role.

Release Date: 13 September 2019

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Bombshell (2019) Trailer

by Emily Keen

Bombshell follows the lives of three women who bring down Fox News Channel boss, Roger Ailes. The movie stars Margo Robbie, Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman in the lead roles and is directed by Jay Roach.

Release Date: December 2019

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Corporate Animals (2019) Trailer

by Emily Keen

 

A tale of a corporate team-building trip gone wrong starring Demi Moore as a megalomaniac CEO, Corporate Animals builds up as a catastrophe strikes the people aboard. Now bonding is not a choice but more of a distraction they all need.

Release Date: 20 September 2019

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The Opening Weekend for Gemini Man Looks Tough

by Emily Keen

Will Smith’s Gemini Man is set to release in October 2019 and ‘Box office Pro’ has predicted its numbers for the opening weekend. The Sci-Fi thriller brings in a unique concept to the genre with Ang Lee calling Action!

The script sees Will Smith as an executioner wanting to give away his career as a killer and stumbling upon a clone of his younger self. The young doppelganger is blessed with a potentially toxic ability to predict his thoughts and actions.

Though the doubled up Smith factor looks like a selling point it may not turn out to be one of Will’s career highlights. Per ‘Box Office Pro’ the opening weekend will bring in between $25-30 million. That makes it join the pack of other moderate hits that Smith has had like Bad Boys II, Hitch, and I, Robot.

What does not really look in its favor is the time of its release. The movie releases one week after DC’s Joker. If the Joaquin Phoenix starrer works up its magic over mature audiences it could be bad news for Gemini Man.

Squaring off directly against Gemini Man in the same weekend is the animated feature The Addams Family. The film is expected to open somewhere in between $16-$21 million and is meant for a younger audience. Yes! It does not sound like much of a competition for a Will Smith fan-base, fascinated by movies like I Am Legend and Enemy of the State.

Another reason is the idea of the plot being drawn in from the trailers. Visually the pic draws in vibes similar to Looper and other movies in the “man vs self” genre. This could act against its success in the initial phase of release. Word of mouth could save some losses if the script out-does the impact of the movies it is being judged against.

Aladdin proved to be the highest point of Will Smith’s career. The movie came out in a time when it seemed like his presence was not enough to get an audience pouring in. Although Aladdin was more of a brand success, Smith’s portrayal of Genie was acclaimed by the audiences at large.

Speaking of Gemini Man, the nerdy buffs do have more to look forward to than just the faces and story. The surreal moment of having a de-aged Smith head-to-head his older self is a technological marvel to watch out for. And just like Ang Lee’s last venture Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, this film has a frame rate of 120 FPS. Not much of attention magnet, the format had invited concerns of diminishing cinematic experience owing to overtly realistic visuals.

Gemini Man is set for release on October 11. It is definitely untimely to predict its success rate without watching what it has in store. The audience’s perception without a doubt remains a major factor in powering up its numbers.

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Marriage Story (2019) Trailer

by Emily Keen

Marriage Story is a comedy-drama feature directed by Noah Baumbach and starring Adam Driver, Scarlet Johansson, Ray Liotta, Alan Alda, Laura Dern, Merritt Wever, and Azhy Robertson. The story revolves around a couple – a stage director and his actor wife, who go through a crippling divorce that pushes them to the extremity in personal and professional lives.

Releasing Date: 29 August 2019

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Spiderman: Far From Home to Re-release with Extended Cut

by Emily Keen

Spiderman: Far from home will sling back to the theatres on August 29 with a full scale extended cut.

The extended version will be showcased in IMAX and other large formats in select areas. The web-slinger re-release promises four minutes of brand new action sequences that will get fans pouring in for the second time.

The sequel starring Tom Holland proved a major success on Sony’s watch. The Sony/Marvel spin-off opened locally on 2nd July and went on to be the biggest success in Sony’s 95-year-old history. It is now officially Sony’s highest-grossing exclusively owned project beating Skyfall, as ‘Deadline’ reported this morning. It is also the only non-Disney movie to hit $1B this year.

It’s been three weeks since the film smashed a record of worldwide collection and Sony decides to role the dice one last time for the Labor Day weekend.

Far from home has Spidey coming to terms with the death of his mentor while trying to stick to his old reputation of a friendly neighborhood Spiderman. It is just heartwarming to see a kid who just had a battle of universal scale coming back to his old awkward form. Just as his life is starting to spell normal another other-worldly threat looms in. And there begins a battle that will in true sense determine his worth as an avenger.

The selling point remains to be Holland’s adorable Peter Parker. Him wanting to pour his heart to his love interest (Zendaya) and then messing up his love story for his duties as a superhero is phenomenally portrayed.

With the forever likable Holland and eagle-eyed Fury watching his six, they throw in more charm with Gyllenhaal as Mysterio. He picks up the thread dropped by Tony Stark, taking up as Parker’s new mentor. What else would a winning Spiderman script look like?

And the re-release! Well, that just looks like a success party where fans get to savor up the experience with extra spice.

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‘Doctor Doom’ Script Is Ready. Noah Hawley Waiting For Feige’s Call.

by Kaylen Summers

With Disney’s $71.3 billion mergers with Fox earlier this year, the future of franchises like X-men and Fantastic Four remains in a lot of uncertainty. It’s obvious that the final decision is up to Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, who teased a possible reboot of Fox’s Marvel properties during the studio’s presentation at San Diego Comic-Con this year.

Now, Legion creator Noah Hawley reveals that Feige recently asked him if he was still working on Doctor Doom. Even though Hawley was ready to read the final script to him, Feige didn’t call him back afterward. Talking about the incident, Hawley had this to say:

“I mean, where it stands is now that the movie is done and Legion is done and I’ve taken a little time off because someone told me there was this word ‘vacation,’ which means you don’t work, which sounded really interesting to me. But you know, I need to circle back to them and announce that I would love to make it and figure out if that’s something that is possible.

“Whether or not they already have a plan in place for what to do with those characters or whether they’re open to my kind of vision for what to do with those characters. But it’s sort of on me right now to go push them, which I will do as soon as I come up for air.”

In the comics, Dr. Doom is the arch-rival of the Fantastic Four. Giving supervillains their own solo movie is not something that Marvel usually do. Though Warner Bros’ DC (Suicide Squad, Joker) and Sony (Venom) have successfully attempted such runs with their baddies, we don’t think that Disney’s child-friendly approach will be happy with the idea.

Besides that, Feige’s primary focus (if he is planning on doing anything with the newly acquired properties) will most probably be on integrating X-men into the existing Marvel Cinematic Universe. That sounds more practical in every sense than a standalone supervillain movie. However, let’s hope the best for Hawley to make his Doctor Doom come alive on the big screen.

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A Hidden Life (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

A Hidden Life tells the story of an Austrian farmer named Franz Jägerstätter. He refuses to fight for the Nazis during World War II. For this, he faces threats of execution for treason. However, his faith remains unwavering and his love for his family helped to keep his spirit alive.

Releasing Date: 13 December 2019

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Bautista To Star In Undercover Thriller ‘Traphouse’

by Kaylen Summers

Dave Bautista is marking his name on the Hollywood map with some of the most anticipated projects lined up for release. The latest addition to his already busy slate is the new action thriller movie Traphouse.

The movie will see the former WWE star and his longtime manager Jonathan Meisner’s Dream Bros Entertainment reteaming with Signature Films. The two production houses worked previously on Final Score last year, which starred Bautista and Pierce Brosnan.

Talking about the movie, Bautista had this to say: “Traphouse is a project that we’ve been working on for years. We’re thrilled to be working with Marc and his team at Signature to bring [Traphouse] to life, and in Gary, we’ve found the perfect writer to infuse our original fast-paced action movie with tons of heart.”

Fast & Furious creator Gary Scott Thompson will be penning the script for the undercover spy thriller. Thompson is known for his scripts for 88 Minutes and TV’s Last Vegas. The upcoming movie follows an undercover DEA agent and his partner who embark on a cat and mouse game with their own rebellious teenagers. The teens have been robbing from a dangerous cartel, using their parents’ tactics and top-secret intel.

Over the years, Bautista moved from playing brief appearances- like in Smallville and Chuck, to key roles in movies like The Man With the Iron Fists and Riddick. However, it was with his performance as Drax in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, that the actor became part of the big-budget Hollywood.

The actor is now part of other franchises including films like Blade Runner 2049, Escape Plan, Hotel Artemis and 2019’s Stuber alongside Kumail Nanjiani.

Traphouse is slated to release next year.

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Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Dolemite Is My Name is the biographical comedy film about comedian, musician, singer, actor, and producer Rudy Ray Moore. The movie is set to tell the story of how Moore crafted the Dolemite persona when he entered the world of comedy. Eddie Murphy will be portraying the legend onscreen.

Releasing Date: September 2019

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Mary (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Mary tells the story of a family who is longing to refresh their family spirit. They buy an old boat and starts sailing in isolated waters. However, they soon realize certain unusual occurrences happening within the boat. As days pass, they are revealed to a terrifying truth behind the happenings.

Releasing Date: 11 October 2019

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Low Tide (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Low Tide tells the story about teenager Alan and his younger brother. They find a bag of coins on a dead man’s island home. Even though they hide it from their friends, one of them grows suspicious and eventually finds out about it. Now, the violently unpredictable friend is willing to do anything to get the coins all for himself.

Releasing Date: 4 October 2019

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The Fanatic (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

The Fanatic tells the story about Moose. He is a rabid movie fan who is obsessed with his favorite celebrity action hero, Hunter Dunbar. When he gets cheated on an opportunity to meet Hunter, he turns to stalk the celebrity to get the attention he feels he deserves. What started off as a harmless act, eventually turns into life-threatening.

Releasing Date: 30 August 2019

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Why Amanda Seyfried Turned Down To Play Gamora In Guardians Franchise?

by Kaylen Summers

After the devastating events of Avengers: Endgame, you will be a fool to not know ‘who Gamora is’. Unless of course, you are friends with this guy!

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The green-skinned step-daughter of Thanos is an integral part of the MCU and one of the main members of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise. With Zoe Saldana acing the role as Gamora, its obvious that Marvel did a pretty good job at casting the right person, right?! But, it now turns out that the studio had someone else in their mind before Saldana.

During a recent interview, the Mamma mia! star, Amanda Seyfried revealed that she could have been Gamora in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies. The actress stated: “I turned down one [superhero role] once and they haven’t called back since. And it was a big’un. I don’t regret it because I didn’t want to be green for six months out of every year. They tell beautiful stories through superheroes, and my daughter’s now really obsessed with superheroes now, and part of me wishes I’d done it, but the other part of me is like ‘I had a life to live’ and I don’t think I would’ve been happy.”

The actress is currently promoting her new movie The Art of Racing in the Rain, which hit theaters this weekend. You can check out the full interview clip from the MTV International YouTube channel below.

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Honey Boy (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Honey Boy (2019) is an upcoming American drama film that tells the story about a young actor trying to reconcile with his father. He had a troubled childhood and the event of the movie shows how it, in turn, later affects the relationship between him and his father.

Releasing Date: 8 November 2019

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Dictionary.com Roasts Disney’s ‘Home Alone’ Remake

by Kaylen Summers

From talking teapots to kingdoms far, far away, Disney is known for bringing out the most imaginative narratives ever. The never-ending tales from the House of Mouse have always been dear to many generations and still holds a warm place in our hearts.

However, the studio is recently obsessed with remakes. We are not just alone talking about the live-action retelling of old classics. Disney, with its upcoming streaming service, has announced the remake of hit movies like Home Alone, A Night at the Museum, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and Cheaper by the Dozen. If you think that your childhood just got ruined, then you are not alone.  Dictionary.com is one among the many who feels the same way.

It was only recently that Disney CEO Bob Iger announced that the studio will be working on “reimagining” Home Alone and other fan favorites. The new versions will be produced for the upcoming Disney+ streaming service.

Properties like Home Alone initially belonged to Fox Studios. However, with Disney’s $71 billion acquisition of the company’s assets, they are legally free to do anything they want with these memorable hits, including ruining the perfectly-made original movies with remakes, reboots, or spinoffs.

While some of us were grumbling in dislike to the announcement, ‘Dictionary.com’ took it to their twitter page and roast the Hollywood giant with their popular ‘Word of The Day’ hashtag. Here is the tweet:

From what is known,  Home Alone will be the only movie to get “reimagined” for now. Meanwhile, spin-0ffs of the movies like Night at the Museum, Cheaper by the Dozen and Diary of a Wimpy Kid are reported to be produced.

Though Disney+ will be launching this November, we are still not aware of who will be staring and directing in the new Home Alone or other remakes/spin-offs. Let’s just hope that it will not be a total “blasphemy” after all.

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The Day Shall Come (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

The Day Shall Come is a movie that ridicules real-life FBI sting operations. Moses (Marchant Davis) is a bankrupt leader of a small religious commune in Miami. Kendra Glack (Anna Kendrick) is an FBI Agent who wants to look good in front of her boss. For this, she anonymously offers cash to Moses to save his family from eviction. Her original plan, however, is to turn him into a criminal by fuelling his odd revolutionary dreams.

Releasing Date: 27 September 2019

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Haunt (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Haunt comes from the writers of A Quiet Place.  The plot of the movie is about a group of friends who visits a haunted house on Halloween. However, things soon go out of their control as they are forced to face their deepest nightmares.

Releasing Date: 22 August 2019

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‘Happy Death Day’ Director Is Back To Direct For BlumHouse Again

by Kaylen Summers

Let’s all admit that Happy Death Day and Happy Death Day 2U  were two refreshing hits that we never expected from BlumHouse. Directed by Christopher Landon, the movies made quite a buzz at the box-office and became favorites for both movie fans and critics. However, neither BlumHouse or Netflix wanted to go for a threequel. Thus the fate of the Happy Death Day trilogy was left uncertain with just two installments.

Earlier this summer, Landon himself confirmed on Twitter that there will be no third installment.

Now, it seems like Landon is back working for the studio again. But it will be for another horror flick. Jason Blum of Blumhouse will also be a part of this secret horror movie project as a producer. Not many details about the movie are known as of now. Although, there are rumors that the movie is about a killer wreaking havoc in a small town. Sounds familiar? Yes!! It’s another slasher film. But don’t worry. Since it’s Landon, we can expect some fresh narrative.

His previous two films were also slasher films. But they stood out as rare gems from the production house for their novel narrative style and slant towards humor. That does not mean Landon is just about humor alone. Before debuting as a director, he began his career as a writer, co-writing Disturbia and later working on the screenplays for the second, third, and fourth Paranormal Activity movies. He made his debut as directer later with Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones and caught the attention of audiences with the 2015 zombie comedy movie Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse. This guy really knows what he is doing!

With that being said, we sure are waiting to see how the new slasher from the director will be like. Some say that it is going to be a reboot of Scream. But, right now we are happy that he is back in action with BlumHouse.

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Must-Watch Movies This Holiday Season

by Kaylen Summers

Summer is still underway and the box office is crowded with tentpole movies like Hobbs & Shaw and The Lion King. Yet we couldn’t help ourselves from taking a peek at the holiday line-up. Yeah! We know it a little too early to get a full glimpse of the entire holiday slate. But, from what is announced so far, the holiday season this year is going to be really merry for all the cinephiles out there.

With that being said, here is the list for the must-watch movies releasing this holiday season.

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A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood 

Hearing just anything about this movie is enough to warm our hearts. A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood is a real-life story based on the affable friendship between the journalist Tom Junod and television star Fred Rogers. The two meet as a part of the journalist’s assignment to profile the famous TV host. However, the events changed his life by giving him a cordial friendship with Rogers.

Releasing Date: 22 November 2019

1917

Not all movies for the holiday season will be merry-spirited. Some can be grim and bleak in theme. 1917 is one such movie. It tells the story of two young British soldiers, Schofield (George MacKay) and Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman). During World War I, they are given an impossible mission. They must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers.

Releasing Date: 25 December 2019

Cats

Here is a musical to enjoy the holiday spirit. Cats (2019) is a British-American musical fantasy film based on the musical of the same name. The plot of the movie takes place over the course of a single night. A tribe of cats called the ‘Jellicles’ make what is known as ‘the Jellicle choice’. The choice will decide which cat will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new life.

Releasing Date: December 20, 2019

Jumanji: The Next Level

Wait! Is it Jumanji 3 or Jumanji 2?!  Let’s just call it Jumanji: The Next Level for now. A direct sequel to the 2017 movie, this installment of the franchise tells the story of four students playing a magical video game. The rules are pretty much the same as that of the prequel. They are drawn to the jungle world of Jumanji, where they are trapped as their avatars. To return to the real world, they must finish the game.

Releasing  Date: December 13, 2019

More movies await us for the holiday season. Check out this space again for more updates on that.

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Clowns in cinema hall?! ‘It: chapter 2’ promotional events go wild

by Kaylen Summers

Americans! Get your clown suits on for the September Alamo Drafthouse It chapter 2 screening event.  The cinema chain is hosting a special screening only for people dressed as clowns.

So, if you aren’t creeped out by the clown on screen, the one besides you will definitely make your blood go cold. That’s right! They dare you to walk out without acquiring coulrophobia!

Alamo Drafthouse has a really impressive take on promotional events. But seems like this time they have taken it to a whole new level.

The audience need not replicate pennywise head to toe. Few strokes of white paint on the face, a red foam ball nose, oversized trousers and you are good to go.

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11 American cities are in for this spine chilling drive of 2 hours 45 minutes. Yes! Andy Muschetti has revealed the epic runtime of the movie.

The makers are not letting their British fans down either. “It Chapter 2: The Vaults Experience” is a smothering underground journey into Pennywise’s world.

11000 square feet of London’s unused railway tunnels are being prepped for a downright heebie-jeebies ride.

The event is said to bring to life some of the epic sets from the movie. A highly interactive experience where the fans will totally feel like a part of ‘The Losers Club’. It’s free of charge and open to the public.

August 31st, save the date. And watch out, he could be anywhere!

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Kevin Hart Bags the Buddy Comedy Remake Project: ‘Uptown Saturday Night’

by Kaylen Summers

The word is out and official! Kevin Hart has bet his acting skills on Uptown Saturday Night –one of the classic buddy comedies of the 70s. The delightful comic flick directed by Sidney Poitier who also starred in it back then, will now have Rick Famuyiwa in the director’s chair.

The story revolves around two friends who somehow wander into a nightclub full of underworld criminals. The plot unfolds as they are mugged of multiple items through the night amongst which is a lottery ticket, the one thing they try to reclaim the remainder of this hilariously written action-comedy.

The remake will be handled in the gloves of Warner Bros. which is also the studio to prep the original movie. Kenya Barris is done writing the most recent draft and is also set to co-produce the venture. Will Smith with production company #Overbrook, and Hart and John Cheng through their production house #Hartbeat are the other producers.

Hart definitely seems to be the smart choice to be the protagonist for the remake. But we are still unclear on the choice of actor to play his buddy. Although with Famuyiwa directing and Barris on the writer’s table, we already have our hopes of “a fresh spin to the classic” pretty high.

Uptown Saturday Night is just another addition to Kevin’s exciting galore of movies in the pipeline. The actor is all set for the release of Jumanji sequel this December. Speaking of remakes, Hart has also cleared his dates to recreate the magic of an 80s’ “vacation-gone-wrong narrative” – The Great Outdoors.

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The Hunt (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

The Hunt is about twelve strangers waking up in a clearing. They don’t know where they are, or how they got there. These strangers were actually brought to be ‘hunted’ by a wealthy class of people. The movie is based on a dark internet conspiracy theory.

Releasing Date: September 27, 2019

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Sextuplets (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Sextuplets tells the story of father-to-be Alan. Realizing that he was born a sextuplet, he decides to find the rest of his family. Eventually, he finds his newfound brother Russell. From there both of them are set on a hilarious journey to reunite with his long-lost family.

Releasing Date: August 16, 2019

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M. Night Shyamalan To Make His First Marvel Movie?

by Kaylen Summers

It is easy for anyone to recognize a good M. Night Shyamalan movie. The director has made a name for himself in Hollywood from his famous plot-twists movie-endings. But that is not what fans are talking about right now? Everyone wants to know how good his way of story-telling will be in one of the most profitable Hollywood movie franchises. Yes! You heard it right. We are talking about Shyamalan directing an MCU movie.

There is no doubt that the director is a fan of comic books. His “Eastrail 177” trilogy is a good proof for that. The loose series of superhero-themed movies encompasses 2000’s Unbreakable, 2017’s Split and 2019’s Glass. When asked if Marvel Studios were to reach out, Shyamalan said: “We’ve talked a couple of times. All good. I love what they do. They’re amazing.”

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While it would be awesome to see the director do an MCU movie, it doesn’t look like M. Night Shyamalan will be working on anything soon. However, Shyamalan is a huge fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

“The first Iron Man was excellent. Excellent”, he explains, “I remember meeting (director Jon Favreau) at a party once and I told him, you know, I went over to him specifically, I just said, ‘I thought you did something really, really deft, this grounded humor and the way Robert (Downey Jr.) really brought this flavor.’ Of course, that became the Marvel brand, that type of humor. But at that time when I saw it, I was super taken because it was really super grounded. Even to this day, I still find it the most grounded of the MCU.”

Even though Phase 4 is only set to start next year, rumors about Phase 5 is already underway. Keanu Reeves’ name is popping up a lot lately and we are sure to get some names from the Phase 4 slate in Phase 5 as well. Mahershala Ali starring in Blade, the Fantastic Four, and X-Men are some of such projects expected.

Even if Shyamalan doesn’t end up doing an MCU movie, at least we’ve still got his own take on the superhero genre to enjoy.

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Good Boys (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Good Boys is about 2-year-old Max and his best friends Lucas and Thor. Max is invited to his first kissing party. He turns to his buddies for help. To somehow understand girls, he uses his father’s drone to spy on the teenage girls next door. But loses the drone instead. So, the boys skip school and hatch a plan to retrieve it before Max’s dad can figure out what happened.

Releasing Date: 14 August 2019

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Ready or Not (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Ready Or Not tells the story of Grace who is happy as she is about to marry the man of her dreams. The marriage is taking place at his family’s luxurious estate. But things turn upside-down as her new in-laws hunt her with guns, crossbows and other weapons. She must keep herself safe from them till midnight.

Releasing Date: 21 August 2019

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1917 (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

1917 tells the story of two young British soldiers, Schofield (George MacKay) and Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman). During World War I, they are given an impossible mission. They must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers.

Releasing Date: 25 December 2019

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Bruce Lee’s Daughter Disheartened By Her Father’s Portrayal In ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’

by Kaylen Summers

Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood may have been a smash at the box office. However, it seems like not everyone is happy with it. The daughter of Bruce Lee has criticized Tarantino’s depiction of her father in his new film. Though the actor Mike Moh’s performance as martial arts legend Bruce Lee was praised by many, what provoked Lee’s daughter was how her father was represented in the movie.

In a particular scene in the movie, the actor is seen challenging Brad Pitt’s stuntman character Cliff Booth to an on-set fight. The events take place during the filming The Green Hornet TV series. Lee is talking to the bystanders about how he could take on Cassius Clay, aka Muhammad Ali, in a fight. Cliff disagrees with his boasting and the two exchanges insult. But, it doesn’t end there. The two eventually decides to go for a best two-out-of-three fight. Lee wins the first and Tooth wins the second. However, they were not able to complete the third round.

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Talking about the scene, Shannon Lee had this to say in a recent interview: “I can understand all the reasoning behind what is portrayed in the movie. I understand that the two characters are antiheroes and this is sort of like a rage fantasy of what would happen… and they’re portraying a period of time that clearly had a lot of racism and exclusion. I understand they want to make the Brad Pitt character this super bad-ass who could beat up Bruce Lee. But they didn’t need to treat him in the way that white Hollywood did when he was alive.”

Shannon explains further by saying how her father had to work “triple hard” among the white actors to reach his position in the industry.

“Here, he’s the one with all the puffery and he’s the one challenging Brad Pitt. Which is not how he was,” she continues, “What I’m interested in is raising the consciousness of who Bruce Lee was as a human being and how he lived his life. All of that was flushed down the toilet in this portrayal, and made my father into this arrogant punching bag.”

Bruce Lee is considered one of the most iconic legends of all time. With notable works like Enter the Dragon and Game of Death, the actor had made a name for himself in Hollywood. Shannon’s comments may make some critics rethink about the whole movie. Meanwhile, Tarantino has not yet responded to her comments.

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7 Upcoming Movies That Are Worth Waiting For

by Kaylen Summers

The war between franchise movies and original movies are changing how people watch movies. With the box office being flooded with over-the-top tentpole movies, don’t get the impression that your movie dates are ruined. Thankfully, there are plenty of movies to look forward to. Here are a few of them:

ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP

Zombieland: Double Tap is the sequel to the 2009 Zombieland. The movie stars Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin, and Bill Murray all reprising their roles from the first film. They are joined by an additional cast consisting of Rosario Dawson, Zoey Deutch, Luke Wilson, Thomas Middleditch, Avan Jogia, and Dan Aykroyd.

Releasing Date: October 18, 2019

GEMINI MAN

Gemini Man tells the story of Henry Brogan, who is an elite assassin. He becomes the target of a mysterious assassin who can predict his every move. However, he soon realizes that the man who’s trying to kill him is a younger, faster, cloned version of himself.

Releasing Date: 4 October 2019

JOJO RABBIT

Jojo Rabbit is an upcoming dark comedy-drama film written and directed by Taika Waititi. Lonely German boy Jojo “Rabbit” Betzler (Roman Griffin Davis) discovers that his single mother Rosie (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a young Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) in their attic. Now with the help of his idiotic imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler (Taika Waititi), he must confront his blind nationalism.

Releasing Date: October 18, 2019

21 BRIDGES

21 Bridges tells the story about an expertly trained NYPD detective named Andre Davis (Chadwick Boseman). A gang of cop killers is on the run. In order to defeat them, Andre puts all of New York City on a lockdown. As the night unfolds, he becomes unsure of who to pursue, and who’s in pursuit of him.

Releasing Date: 23 August 2019

ANGEL HAS FALLEN

Angel Has Fallen (2019) tells the story about Secret Service agent Mike Banning. He is accused of a failed assassination attempt on the U.S. President Allan Trumbull. In order to clear his name and find the real threat to the president, Banning escapes from his captors. He soon turns to unlikely allies to help save the country from imminent danger.

Releasing Date: 23 August 2019

JAY AND SILENT BOB REBOOT

Set in the View Askewniverse, Jay And Silent Bob Reboot brings back the Jersey boys- Jay and Silent Bob. They are on a mission to stop a brand new reboot of their old “Bluntman & Chronic Movie” that they hated so much. The movie is a tongue-in-cheek satire that pokes fun at the movie business’s recent re-do obsession.

Releasing Date: 15 October 2019

THE IRISHMAN

The Irishman is the upcoming biographical crime film based on the book I Heard You Paint Houses. The movie focuses on Frank Sheeran, a mob hitman, and World War II vet. He is involved with the Bufalino crime family and plays a key role in the disappearance of labor leader Jimmy Hoffa, his longtime friend.

Releasing Date: September 27, 2019 (NYFF)

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The Lighthouse (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

The Lighthouse is the 2019 black-and-white psychological horror film directed by Robert Eggers. It features Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson as two lighthouse keepers who are faced with loneliness, friendship and their fears. They soon start to lose their sanity and become threatened by their worst nightmares.

Releasing Date: October 18, 2019

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The Irishman (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

The Irishman is the upcoming biographical crime film based on the book I Heard You Paint Houses. The movie focuses on Frank Sheeran, a mob hitman, and World War II vet. He is involved with the Bufalino crime family and plays a key role in the disappearance of labor leader Jimmy Hoffa, his longtime friend.

Releasing Date: November 1

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‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Writer Promises Justice For Han

by Kaylen Summers

For Fast & Furious fans, Han is not someone who can easily be forgotten. During the events of the third film in the franchise, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, the character played by Sung Kang was killed off.

The character became a fan-favorite that the makers of the franchise made him stick around by setting the subsequent films prior to those events. But the timeline finally caught up to Tokyo Drift at the end of Fast & Furious 6. Han dies in the movie in a terrible car crash and it was finally revealed that Deckard Shaw is the one who is responsible for Han’s death, as retribution for his brother Owen (Luke Evans). This made him the most personal villain yet for Furious Seven.

However, in the upcoming spin-off movie Hobbs & Shaw, Dwayne Johnson’s Hobbs has to form an unlikely alliance with Jason Statham’s villain Shaw, leading the character to have a redemption story. It is obvious that the character will soon become part of the “family” as well. Unfortunately, some fans are not so willing to forgive Shaw for murdering their favorite character. They soon started the “Justice for Han” campaign online and it seems like makers are also aware of it too.

“I love ‘justice for Han’. Sung Kang is a great friend, and Han is a character that I adore”, says the Fast & Furious writer, Chris Morgan, “I would say that the super-arc for Deckard Shaw is going to be one of the most interesting, cool, rewarding character arcs in the franchise. Justice for Han is owed. It’s something we have discussed for a very long time and want to give the right due to. I think the audience will be satisfied and should know it’s coming. There’s a line in Hobbs & Shaw that is right before the battle in Samoa where Shaw says to his sister, ‘There’s things I’ve done that I have to make amends for.’ That line was specifically written and put in there just to let everyone know that he is talking about Han, it is on his mind. It tortures him, and he’s going to get to it.”

The ninth installment of the franchise is already underway, with Justin Lin back in the director’s chair. But, it doesn’t seem like Deckard Shaw will be back for this one. With the writer promising a satisfying arc, we hope that a Fast & Furious 10 will have answers for our questions.

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The Goldfinch (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Based on the 2013 novel of the same name, The Goldfinch tells the story of Theodore Decker. When he was 13 years old, his mother was killed in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The tragedy changed the course of his life and led him into the world of art forgery.

Releasing Date: 13 September 2019

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Angel Has Fallen (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Angel Has Fallen (2019) tells the story about Secret Service agent Mike Banning. He is accused of a failed assassination attempt on the U.S. President Allan Trumbull. In order to clear his name and find the real threat to the president, Banning escapes from his captors. He soon turns to unlikely allies to help save the country from imminent danger.

Releasing Date: 23 August 2019

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Good Guy Or Bad Guy?! Rock Reveals Black Adam’s Character Arc

by Kaylen Summers

When Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was first announced to play Black Adam, it was unclear on how things would be proceeding with him and the character. The wrestler-turned-actor is not known for playing bad guys. Considering the fact that he has become one of the most bankable stars on the planet, it is obvious that the star and his team will not be settling for a one-and-done villain.

During a recent interview on behalf of his new movie Hobbs & Shaw, Dwayne Johnson talked about Black Adam’s solo movie before meeting up with Zachary Levi’s Shazam. Johnson said, “Black Adam, how he starts, he starts off as a villain. Then, he becomes an anti-hero. And then he might become a hero or we might not. ”

In addition to that, producer Hiram Garcia told that they are considering Jaume Collet-Serra (The Jungle Cruise) for directing the movie. Story details in the script are being hammered out and the studio is ready to go.

“Well, you’re going to meet a character who’s going through a journey. And I think the idea is, look, we know the root of obviously Black Adam. He was created as a villain. And through the love of the fans and through some great writers and storytellers, he evolved into an antihero,” she explained, “The antihero is a character that we always loved and that we responded to. But we understand that there’s been many aspects to Black Adam through him. But ultimately this is a guy who he does have a moral compass as skewed as it may be. And ultimately he is a guy that everything has always been driven by his family and what happens to them. And he is never opposed to unleashing hell when you cross him. So I think when you add in those elements of that DNA, those are things we’re very aware of.”

Dwayne Johnson will be appearing next in the Netflix thriller Red Notice. If things are going smooth with the actor and Warner Bros., there is a chance that Black Adam will be going into shooting sometime in 2020, after Red Notice.

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Martin Scorsese‘s ‘The Irishman’ To Premiere At NYFF. See First Look Images

by Kaylen Summers

From Taxi Driver to Goodfellas, director Martin Scorsese is known for his crime-filled epics. The latest addition to the list will be the highly anticipated The Irishman which will have its world premiere at this year’s New York Film Festival.

The movie reunites Scorsese with Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci, and will also mark his first collaboration with Al Pacino. What else do we do to be excited, right? Well, there is more. The movie will also feature a younger version of actors with de-aging VFX from ‘Industrial Light and Magic’ and cinephiles had been aching to know how it looks. Fortunately, the makers have finally decided to release a first look from the movie. Though they are still putting the finishing touch on extensive VFX work for the movie, the newly released first look images look sleek.

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First Look- The Irishman

The two images released feature Pacino’s Jimmy Hoffa and De Niro’s Frank Sheeran. The Irishman will also star Harvey Keitel, Bobby Cannavale, Anna Paquin, Ray Romano, and Jesse Plemons. The movie is all set to premiere at the end of September. However,  there is no release date set for theaters or Netflix at this time.

Talking about the movie premiere at the New York Film Festival, Martin Scorsese said: “It’s an incredible honor that The Irishman has been selected as the Opening Night of the New York Film Festival. I greatly admire the bold and visionary selections that the festival presents to audiences year after year. The festival is critical to bringing awareness to cinema from around the world. I am grateful to have the opportunity to premiere my new picture in New York alongside my wonderful cast and crew.”

The movie is based on true events and is adapted from the book I Hear You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt.  Academy Award-winning screenwriter Steven Zaillian will be penning the script. According to the New York Film Festival, The Irishman is a “richly textured epic of American crime, a dense, complex story told with astonishing fluidity.”

With that being said, we can’t wait to see the movie soon and are hoping for a trailer from the movie soon before the premiere. Don’t worry! We will make sure that you won’t be missing any of the action.

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Tarantino Gets His Best Opening Weekend With ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’

by Kaylen Summers

It was obvious Tarantino never stood a chance of surpassing the family-friendly The Lion King at the box office. However, the actor did score his career-best opening weekend with his latest film, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.

Starring Brad Pitt, Leo DiCaprio, and Margot Robbie, the film earned $40 million in its first weekend, topping Tarantino’s personal best weekend opener, 2009’s Inglourious Basterds, which gathered $38 million in its opening weekend. However, it was not enough to take down Disney’s Lion King reboot to win this weekend’s number one spot at the box office.

Nine films into his career, Tarantino remains one of the few directors who can generate a blockbuster opening with an original film. Starring two of the industry’s biggest box-office draws, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt,  the movie travels back to 1969 to visit the movie industry undergoing changes in with cultural tides. DiCaprio, who plays a fading television star, and Mr. Pitt, his longtime stunt man, and best friend, navigate the shifting terrain.

With Sony spending more than $90 million to produce the film, the reviews have mostly been positive for the director’s R-rated look at the golden age of Hollywood. The movie even scored an 85 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. However, they would not be enough for it to get a break-even success. The film does have a long way to go for that and with this pace, everyone is hopeful that the movie will surpass Tarantino’s all-time record of $165 million from Django Unchained.

With only one tentpole picture remaining this summer (Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw), Once Upon a Time in Hollywood should have plenty of room to stretch its legs through August. Till then, you can check out the rest of this weekend’s numbers:

1 The Lion King
2 Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
3 Spider-Man: Far from Home
4 Toy Story 4
5 Crawl
6 Yesterday
7 Aladdin
8 Stuber
9 Annabelle Comes Home
10 The Farewell

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21 Bridges (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

21 Bridges tells the story about an expertly trained NYPD detective named Andre Davis (Chadwick Boseman). A gang of cop killers is on the run. In order to defeat them, Andre puts all of New York City on a lockdown. As the night unfolds, he soon becomes unsure of who to pursue, and who’s in pursuit of him.

Releasing Date: 23 August 2019

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Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman 1984 Reshoots. DC Fans In Fear.

by Kaylen Summers

Reshoots are normal. But when you hear a DC movie is getting reshoots, it is inevitable to expect the worse. Warner Bros. have a pretty solid track record of ruining DC movies with their reshoots, and we have plenty of examples to prove it.

Now, the Wonder Woman sequel, Wonder Woman 1984, is reportedly back in London for reshoots and fans seems seriously nervous about it.

Production on Gal Gadot Wonder Woman 1984 commenced in the summer of 2018 and wrapped in late December of the same year, and the fans were eagerly awaiting the sequel to the record-breaking first film. However, director Patty Jenkins pushed the movie to from a November 2019 release to June 2020. She wanted to have a June release same as the first movie which opened in June 2017.

With no other official details announced about the reshoot, fans are speculating many theories. Some are even believing that the reshoots are in order to incorporate a new Batman and Superman replacing that of Ben Affleck’s and Henry Cavill’s from the existing DCEU.

There is no doubt that the Wonder Woman movie is the only consistent movie from the  DCEU (Worlds of DC) so far. Though Aquaman and Shazam! were also box-office hits from the studio, the future of these movies is still unknown. In addition, the studio recently announced that it is changing strategies from focusing on a shared universe of stories to more standalone films tied to the directors’ vision. Considering that, a new soft reboot with Wonder Woman seems far fetched.

In any way, all questions will be answered with the release of Wonder Woman 1984- starring Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wigg, Pedro Pascal, Natasha Rothwell, Ravi Patel, Gabriella Wilde, Connie Nielson, and Robin Wright.

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Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ Crosses $1 Billion at Worldwide Box Office

by Kaylen Summers

After Sony’s Spiderman: Far From Home, Disney’s live-action Aladdin remake blasted past the $1 billion mark at the global box office. The movie marks the fifth Disney-branded live-action release to do so, alongside Beauty and the Beast, Alice in Wonderland, and the second and fourth Pirates of the Caribbean films.

Directed by Guy Ritchie, the movie is a remake of the original 1992 animated movie and stars Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Will Smith as the Genie, Naomi Scott as Jasmine and Marwan Kenzari as Jafar.

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Aladdin gave star Will Smith and director Guy Ritchie entry to the billion-dollar club for the first time. Earlier this month, Smith thanked his fans for making Aladdin the highest-grossing film of his career. the actor said: “To be in this game as long as I’ve been in this game, and to have my biggest movie at this point in my career, I just want to say thank you.”

Ritchie shared a video on Instagram thanking his “enthusiastic and creative” cast for making it one of his most successful films ever.

Massoud, who portrayed Aladdin in the film, also posted a celebratory video online on Friday, in which the actor said: “I told people six months ago that I thought Aladdin would hit a billion. I got laughed at quite a bit, I got dismissed but I believed in what we were showing people and the heart and soul that we put into the film and what the film represents… I’m really glad to say that we’re officially the most ethnically diverse cast to ever lead a film to the billion-dollar club.”

Aladdin opened with $117 million over the Memorial Day back in May.  The movie collected $343.1 million domestically and $656.2 million internationally, led by $98.8 million in Japan, $81.4 million in Korea, $53.3 million in China and $45.3 million in the UK.

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Gemini Man (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Gemini Man tells the story of Henry Brogan, who is an elite assassin. He becomes the target of a mysterious assassin who can predict his every move. However, he soon realizes that the man who’s trying to kill him is a younger, faster, cloned version of himself.

Releasing Date: 4 October 2019

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HARRIET (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Harriet tells the story based on the iconic American abolitionist and political activist, Harriet Tubman. The movies tell how she escaped from slavery. She led dangerous missions to liberate hundreds of slaves through the Underground Railroad.

Releasing Date: 1 November 2019

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Jennifer Lawrence To Star In True Crime Thriller ‘Mob Girl’

by Kaylen Summers

Jennifer Lawrence is going to be a mob girl!

The Oscar-winning actress is set to star in the on-screen adaptation of Teresa Carpenter’s 1992 true-crime book “Mob Girl.” Academy Award winner Paolo Sorrentino has been tapped to direct the adaptation with Angelina Burnett (Halt and Catch Fire, The Americans) writing the script. In addition to starring in the movie, Lawrence is also producing the movie alongside Justine Polsky through their production company, Excellent Cadaver. Sorrentino will also produce the project alongside Wildside’s Lorenzo Mieli.

The 28-year-old actress will be playing Arlyne Brickman, a mob wife who becomes a police informant against the powerful Columbo crime family. Brickman who was raised amongst racketeers on the Lower East Side of Manhattan becomes attracted to the mob lifestyle. She eventually becomes romantically involved with “wiseguys” and ultimately turns into an informant against the Columbo crime family.

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This film will be the first project under the recently announced, first-look film deal between Excellent Cadaver and Makeready. Taking about the project, Makeready head Brad Weston said: “Seeing this story from a woman’s point of view is a fresh and exciting approach to telling a classic mob story. We could not imagine a more perfect team of stellar filmmakers, with Jennifer starring in a tour de force role and Paolo at the helm, to bring Arlyne’s strength and unique perspective to life on screen.”

Jennifer Lawrence was talking a break from acting and the last time we saw her on-screen was in last year’s Red Sparrow. She did appear in Dark Phoenix. But technically the movie already wrapped production back in 2017. However, the actress is back on track, lining up her next slate with several intriguing projects. Currently, she is starring in another production on A24’s “Untitled Soldier Film,” with director and first-time filmmaker Lila Neugebauer.

Carpenter’s Mob Girl: A Woman’s Life in the Underworld was released in back in 1991 and was later awarded the Pulitzer Prize. The release date for this film adaptation of the work is yet to be announced.

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Jojo Rabbit (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Jojo Rabbit is an upcoming dark comedy-drama film written and directed by Taika Waititi. Lonely German boy Jojo “Rabbit” Betzler (Roman Griffin Davis) discovers that his single mother Rosie (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a young Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) in their attic. Now with the help of his idiotic imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler (Taika Waititi), he must confront his blind nationalism.

Releasing Date: October 18, 2019

 

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Jay And Silent Bob Reboot (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Set in the View Askewniverse, Jay And Silent Bob Reboot brings back the Jersey boys- Jay and Silent Bob. They are on a mission to stop a brand new reboot of their old “Bluntman & Chronic Movie” that they hated so much. The movie is a tongue-in-cheek satire that pokes fun at the movie business’s recent re-do obsession.

Releasing Date: 15 October 2019

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Kill Bill 3: Tarantino & Uma Thurman In Talks For His Last Film?!

by Kaylen Summers

Quentin Tarantino is currently busy with the promotion of his upcoming movie Once Up On A Time In Hollywood. Though fans are super excited to see another Tarantino flick onscreen soon, they are also a little worried too. Why?! Because the Director himself had declared earlier that he would be quitting movie direction after his tenth movie. With the upcoming movie being his ninth one, it’s obvious to wonder whether he will throw in the towel or continue making awesome motion pictures.

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Recent rumors were that Tarantino was going to direct an R-rated Star Trek movie. Whether that happens or not is another topic worth discussion. But now the director has confirmed that he is in talks with Uma Thurman for a threequel to the original Kill Bill. He explained:

“Me and Uma have talked about it recently, frankly, to tell you the truth. I have thought about it a little further. We were talking about it literally last week. If any of my movies were going to spring from my other movies, it would be a third Kill Bill.”

If the movie is to happen after Star Trek, then there is a chance Tarantino is rethinking about his retirement plan. However, it is also said that he does have some TV ideas lined up based on Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Does that mean Tarantino will be moving to the Television after his movie retirement? This is what the director said about it:

“I think when it comes to theatrical movies, I’ve come to the end of the road. I see myself writing film books and starting to write theatre, so I’ll still be creative. I just think I’ve given all I have to give to movies.”

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Whatever the case may be, everyone is eager to see Uma Thurman reprise the role of  The Bride.  The first two parts didn’t give much about her character- other than what we know from the villains who are out to kill her. A third installment will possibly be giving us more about her back story. Consider that the whole plot came to an end with the sequel, further plot development for a third movie is a challenge that we all want to see Tarantino face.

Meanwhile, we can be happy that Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is hitting theaters on July 26th. The movie has been receiving a positive early response from critics who have seen early screenings.

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Hustlers (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Hustlers (2019) is based on New York magazine’s 2015 article “The Hustlers at Scores” by Jessica Pressler. In the movie, a group of strippers robs money from their Wall Street clients using their credit cards. The movie is written and directed by Lorene Scafaria and stars Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart, Lizzo, and Cardi B.

Releasing Date: September 13, 2019

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IT Chapter Two (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

IT Chapter Two is the sequel to IT. The movie takes place 27 years after the events of the first movie. The members of the Losers’ Club are all grown up and drifted apart from each other. However, with the evil clown Pennywise returning to torment them, they must reunite once again.

Releasing Date: 5 September 2019

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Playing With Fire (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Playing With Fire is a family comedy film, in which a group of firefighters rescues three rambunctious kids from a fire. But, without a proper guardian to take them over the crew of rugged fighters are forced to keep the kids under their custody.

Releasing Date: 8 November 2019

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Cats (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Cats (2019) is a British-American musical fantasy film based on the musical of the same name. The plot of the movie takes place over the course of a single night. A tribe of cats called the ‘Jellicles’ make what is known as ‘the Jellicle choice’. The choice will decide which cat will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new life.

Releasing Date: December 20, 2019

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Ad Astra (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Ad Astra tells the story about Astronaut Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) travels through the lawless solar system to find his missing father. His journey will uncover secrets that challenge the nature of human existence and help understand our place in the cosmos.

Releasing Date: September 20, 2019

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‘Terminator: Dark Fate’: T-800 will be “Very Different” From What You Expect

by Kaylen Summers

The uneven Terminator franchise is finally hitting the refresh button with the upcoming Terminator: Dark Fate movie. Director James Cameron will be returning to the franchise as a producer. Cameron was not involved in any of the movies after Judgement Day (and you know what happened after that!). The new movie directed by Deadpool director David Miller will be ignoring all the movies after Judgement Day, setting a different timeline.

Linda Hamilton will be reprising her iconic role as Sarah Connor and this time also she will be facing off some nasty robots. In the movie, Gabriel Luna plays a super-advanced evil Terminator, while Mackenzie Davis is Grace, a human-machine hybrid who teams up with Sarah. But that’s not all, Miller recently dropped some more info regarding the movie, teasing that Arnold’s character in the movie will be very different from the T-800 we know.

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“There’s this new future because of what Sarah did at the end of Terminator 2, and it’s worse than ever,” he said, “And that gives us the opportunity for these new characters. Gabriel comes from something that is not Skynet, but it’s like Skynet. And Mackenzie comes from something that Kyle Reese and the Resistance did. I tried to keep Gabriel a bit grounded while still interesting; I feel his new weapons and abilities are right for our times but not so ridiculous that it just turns into a visual effects super-fest.

“And the same with Mackenzie’s character — I really liked her origin story. We did an early writer’s room and Joe Abercrombie came up with her as this super-soldier from the future, but it comes at a cost to be one of these people. They’re the first people to die, they’re the shock troops who protect the rest of humanity, and her readiness to sacrifice is a really interesting way to come at a character.”

Though Arnold was featured in the movie’s trailer, nothing much was revealed about his character. He was shown in a cabin in the woods greeting Sarah Connor, Natalia Reyes’ Dani Ramos, and Mackenzie Davis’ Grace. Finally, Miller gave us a little more about the character, saying: “I don’t think people will be ready for what Arnold has become either, because it’s very different.”

With San Diego Comic-Con underway, fans are expecting a new trailer and perhaps more clarification on what to expect from the new movie. Whatever the case may be, all questions will be answered when Terminator: Dark Fate finally opens in theaters on November 1.

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The Kitchen (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

The Kitchen is a crime- thriller movie based on the Vertigo comic book miniseries of the same name. In the movie, three mobsters are sent to prison by the FBI. Their housewives, however, took over the Irish mafia’s matters into their own hands. They eventually became Hell Kitchen’s most feared mobsters.

Releasing Date: 8 August 2019

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The Hunt (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

The Hunt is an action horror film directed by Craig Zobel. The plot of the movie is about twelve strangers waking up in a clearing. They don’t know where they are, or how they got there. These strangers were actually brought to be ‘hunted’ by a wealthy class of people.

Releasing Date: September 27, 2019

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Idris Elba Requested To Remove James Bond Joke From ‘Hobbs & Shaw’

by Kaylen Summers

The Fast & Furious franchise is expanding into a universe of its own, with the release of the upcoming spin-off, Hobbs & Shaw. Picking up directly after the events of The Fate of the Furious, the movie teams up federal agent Luke Hobbs (Johnson) and former SAS operative turned mercenary Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham). The movie also introduces Idris Elba into the franchise as the villain Brixton and he is donning the role with swag.

The recently released movie trailer shows Elba spreading his arms out wide and declaring, “I’m black Superman.” Though the moment was an instant hit with fans, it turns out that the scene was not originally scripted that way. On an interview with Variety  Magazine, Dwayne Johnson told that the line was originally supposed to mention James Bond rather than Superman, but Elba personally nixed it. Elba thought that it was “too close to what everybody’s talking about.”

 

 

The Brit Actor was referring to how fans have been lobbying for Idris Elba to take over from Daniel Craig as the next James Bond. The actor has repeatedly denied any rumors becoming the next Bond, saying:  “You just get disheartened when you get people from a generational point of view going, ‘It can’t be.’ And it really turns out to be the color of my skin. And then if I get it and it didn’t work, or it did work, would it be because of the color of my skin? That’s a difficult position to put myself into when I don’t need to.” In such a situation, it’s no wonder why Elba wanted the joke to be removed from the movie.

Whatever the case may be, ‘the black Superman’ quip did hit the mark and Johnson says that it was all his idea: “Everyone loves ‘the black Superman’ line. Everyone’s taking credit for it – Idris, our director, our producers, I’m sure, Jason [Statham]…[but] I came up with that. I said, ‘What about the black Superman?’’ And everyone’s like, ‘Great!’ [But] now everyone takes credit.”

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw will be in theaters on August 2.

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Taron Egerton To Take Over The Role Of Wolverine?!

by Kaylen Summers

Rumors are once again on the rise and this time it’s about MCU’s Wolverine. Recently, it was rumored that the Rocketman star Taron Egerton is considered as a candidate to become the next Wolverine.

The actor had already presented some of the best movies this year. His jaw-dropping performance as Elton John in the biopic Rocketman is expected to be nominated for a Best Actor Oscar. Egerton is also set to appear in Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance on Netflix later this year. If given the chance, the actor could be giving us a different version of Wolverine in the MCU.

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The role was made famous by Hugh Jackman, who played Wolverine for nearly 16 years. Eventually, he decided t0 leave the role and gave his final performance as the clawed superhero in Logan. With Disney acquiring Fox, it is now up to Disney to decide who to play the character again on screen, replacing Hugh Jackman. However, there has been no announcement from the company regarding what they would do with the newly acquired X-men and Fantastic Four property.

When asked about the rumor on a British morning radio show, Egerton said: “That one I think is just a rumor. As far as I’m aware it’s unfounded. I don’t know if I’m quite grisly enough. I mean if the people at Marvel think I am then great, let’s go. But I think there are probably better candidates. But I would love to be involved with that world somewhere.”

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Of course, the actor’s comments sound reasonable. Marvel usually sign its talent to long-term contracts and this has stopped many A-list actors from taking up roles from the cinematic franchise. Other than that, fans really want to see Jackman reprise the role, though the actor has no desire to go on playing it. Many of the fans also have choices on who they want to see as Wolverine next if Jackman is not back- Keanu Reeves and Tom Hardy the favorites among them. It is pretty obvious that Marvel will not be taking a decision that could upset their fans.

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Ode To Joy (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Ode To Joy tells the story a man with narcolepsy is activated when he’s happy. so, he is on the run to find ways to not be happy, even if that includes not falling in love. The movie is a hilarious and touching look at what happens when we stop being afraid and let ourselves truly live.

Releasing Date: Aug 9, 2019

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Steven Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’: First Look Of Ariana DeBose As Anita Revealed

by Kaylen Summers

Hollywood has found a new trend in reimagining the musicals onto the big screen. The latest addition to the list is Steven Spielberg himself, who is busy with his upcoming adaptation of the classic Broadway musical, West Side Story.

The production of the movie is already underway and recently 20th Century Fox released a first look image of actress Ariana DeBose in the role of Anita.

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The actress first became a recognizable figure by being the contestant of on “So You Think You Can Dance.” She later turned to Broadway shows such as “Motown the Musical,” “Pippin,” “Hamilton” and “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical.”

The new Spielberg film will feature DeBose as Anita, the girlfriend of Bernardo, the leader of the Puerto Rican gang the Sharks who are at odds with the white American gang the Jets. The flick is said to be a direct adaptation of the original Broadway musical of the same name, not a remake of the Robert Wise-directed 1961 film. Spielberg is directing and producing the film, while the script is written by Tony Kushner. He previously scripted two other Steven Spielberg projects: Munich and Lincoln.

Other stars of the movie include Ansel Elgort (Tony), Rachel Zegler (Maria), Ana Isabelle (Rosalia), Corey Stoll (Lieutenant Schrank), Brian d’Arcy James (Officer Krupke) and Curtiss Cook (Abe).

The movie is expected to hit theatres on December 18, 2020.

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The Good Liar( 2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

The Good Liar (2019) tells the story about a seasoned conman, Roy Courtnay. He meets Betty McLeish, a well-to-do widow, online. Roy orchestrates his latest scheme against her. However, he eventually finds himself caring about her.

Releasing Date: 14 November 2019

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Dark Universe: Oliver Jackson-Cohen Replaces Johnny Deep As Invisible Man

by Kaylen Summers

Universal Studios had everything planned out to set up a Dark Universe featuring all the classic monsters. It began with The Mummy starring Tom Cruise as a mummy, Sofia Boutella as an additional mummy and Russell Crowe as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The idea was to introduce individual classic monsters in their own standalone movies and bring them together later in a  bigger crossover movie.

 

With Marvel getting all the spotlight for their cinematic universe, Universal Studios was a little too desperate to get in the action. The result was an awful flick. Fans were left with neither a good Tom Cruise action movie nor a decent Mummy movie. The next Dark Universe movie after The Mummy was supposed to be Bill Condon’s Bride of Frankenstein, followed by Johnny Depp’s reboot of the Invisible Man. Though the studio had already cast many A-list actors, the failure of the first movie put the entire line-up on halt and eventually the actors left the franchise.

However, recent reports reveal that the studio is looking for a comeback by recasting the Invisible Man with The Haunting of Hill House‘s Oliver Jackson-Cohen.  The actor has played opposite some major big-screen talents like Dwayne Johnson and Chris Evans. But, this will be his biggest project yet- that too in a leading role.

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The movie will go into production this month with Elizabeth Moss, Aldis Hodge, and Storm Reid, reportedly joining the list of casts.

The Invisible Man was set to be a part of the Dark Universe. But, there is no announcement yet whether the new movie with Oliver Jackson-Cohen will be a part of the universe or not. But, if the movie turns out to do well at the box office, it is obvious that the studio will be giving Dark Universe one more swing- considering all the effort they had put into it. The success of the movie can also bring possible sequels even if the studio decides not to go for a cinematic universe again.

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Power Rangers To Reboot Without The 2017 Cast

by Kaylen Summers

We will be getting another Power Rangers movie and this time there is going to be a different set of rangers. The 2017 movie starred a pre-Stranger Things Dacre Montgomery and a pre-Charlie’s Angels Naomi Scott. Receiving a critical failure, the movie turned out to a commercial flop at the box office.

While doing a Reddit AMA to promote Stranger Things Season 3, it was Dacre Montgomery who revealed that there will be another Power Rangers movie coming up. However, the actor confirmed that the actor and the rest of the old cast will not be returning for the new flick.

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“I think there is a movie in the works but it’s not with me and the cast,” he stated, “so yes but not with us.”

Dacre Montgomery is currently playing Billy Hargrove in Netflix’s Stranger Things. He portrayed the role of Jason (the Red Ranger) in the 2017 flick with Naomi Scott’s Kimberly Hart (the Pink Ranger), RJ Cyler’s Billy Cranston (the Blue Ranger), Becky G’s Trini Kwan (the Yellow Ranger) and Ludi Lin’s Zack Taylor (the Black Ranger). The movie also had Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa, Bryan Cranston as Zordon and Bill Hader as Alpha 5.

It was only last year that Hasbro purchased the Power Rangers franchise. The talks for another Power Rangers movie being made resumed since then and in August 2018, the company acknowledged that it did see “tremendous potential” for the property. With the actor confirming that there will be a possible reboot ahead, fans are eager for more news about the movie.

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Queen & Slim (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Directed by Melina Matsoukas, Queen & Slim tells the story of two individuals who meet on a first date. While returning, they are pulled over by an overzealous white police officer, who becomes violent with them. Retaliating, Slim grabs the officer’s gun and shoots him. Now, both of them are on the run to save their lives.

Releasing Date: November 27, 2019

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Critics Unhappy?! Lion King Rotten Tomatoes Score Revealed

by Kaylen Summers

Disney’s new live-action film remake, The Lion King is gearing up for worldwide release in a week and the House of Mouse is already busy with the final lap of its promotional activities. However, things are not looking bright.

The movie was premiered in Hollywood on July 9  for critics and as the initial reviews are pouring in, Tomatometer had revealed the movie’s rating to be only 58%. According to the website’s rating system, a film has to get at least 60% to be ‘fresh’.  This means that the new version is downright ‘Rotten’. The assessment was taken from 89 reviews (so far) consisting of 52 Fresh reviews and 38 Rotten rankings (so far). The 1992 original animated feature had a Tomatometer reading of 93% coming from 127 reviews.

This is not the first time that Disney’s live-action remakes are having a rough patch with the critics. The over-dependence on CGI  and not story-telling is one of the recurring element for most Disney movies of the recent age. As a result, these live-action movies get less critical appraisal than it deserves. Recent examples are Dumbo and Aladdin, which got only 46% and 57% ratings respectively on Rotten Tomatoes.

But can critical reviews and ratings alone be enough to say The Lion King is going to be bad? After all, it all depends on how well the movie will perform at the box office. And Disney had already proved it’s the real king in that.  Dumbo, which was made at a $170 million production budget, brought in around $352 million worldwide. Guy Ritchie’s  Aladdin is at a current total of $925.3 million worldwide on a $183 million budget. So, its “Hakuna Matata” for Disney no matter what.

Whatever the case may be, within just a week’s time we will get to experience the movie and know it for ourselves.

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‘Wolf Of Wall Street’ Producer Arrested For Laundering $248 Million

by Kaylen Summers

Hollywood producer Riza Aziz, who is the stepson of former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak, was arrested in by Malaysia’s Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) on suspicion of money laundering.

The Wolf of Wall Street Producer is facing more than 40 money laundering charges and is accused of embezzling $681m from the state fund 1MDB, short for 1Malaysia Development Berhad. His wife is also charged with money laundering and tax evasion.

Investigators say that some of the money was used to fund the Martin Scorsese hit Wolf of Wall Street and other films from his production company, Red Granite. The movie got a Golden Globe for Best Actor and Leonardo DiCaprio thanked Riza in his acceptance speech.

Last year the company paid $60 million to the US Department of Justice to settle civil claims linked to the scandal. The involvement of Dicarpi with the scandal money is still unknown. However, DiCaprio did hand over $10 million worth of assets to US authorities that were believed to be acquired with illicit funds. These included a $3.2 million Pablo Picasso painting, a $9 million Jean-Michel Basquiat collage, and the Oscar given to Marlon Brando for On the Waterfront. The statue was worth around $600,000 and was given to the actor as a lavish birthday present.

Currently, Riza is on bail and asked to appear before the court for further proceedings. Though he has denied all charges of intentional wrongdoing, if found guilty he could spend up to five years in prison.

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A Sequel For ‘Brightburn’?! Or A New Cinematic Universe?!

by Kaylen Summers

Being released alongside Guy Ritchie’s Aladdin, it was not a surprise when David Yarovesky’s Brightburn quickly fell off the charts. In fact, the movie made headlines with a 70.5 percent drop in its second weekend. But, considering the reported $6 million budget before publicity and marketing, the movie did make a handsome profit. This makes us wonder whether there will be a possible sequel to this horror take on the Superman storyline.

Microbudget movies like Bightburn don’t need a lot of ticket sales to be in the black. It is for this reason that we are recently seeing many such movies getting a sequel. With a global box office return of  $31.8 million, a sequel for Brightburn is considerable by Sony/Screen Gems.

However, the producer, James Gunn seems to have his hands full for the next few years with the upcoming blockbusters from both Marvel and DC. In his personal Instagram page, Gunn stated: “I think I’m tied up for the next few years with Suicide Squad and then Guardians, but we’re talking about the sequel”. But later, this comment was seen deleted. Feeling suspicious? Yeah, we too.

Whatever the case may be, Brightburn ends with the possibility for future sequels and even a cinematic universe. At the end of the movie, the film suggests that the villainous Brandon Breyer (Jackson Dunn) isn’t the only individual on Earth destructive superpowers. You know what that means, right? The studio can follow-up on the current storyline and introduce new characters in a possible sequel. Or better yet, they can create standalone movies featuring dark versions of known superheroes and build a new cinematic universe. With such a universe/franchise not tied up to any comic-book company, the makers will have no problem in bringing together a vampire Batman and monster Hulk together on the movie screen. Hopefully, it will be the least we will ever see of a shared universe.

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As acknowledged by James Gunn, however, exactly when such a project could get off the ground is a significant question mark. Gunn was all set and ready to go for the third installment of his Guardians of the Galaxy trilogy when he got fired by Disney. The writer/director was then hired by Warner Bros. to do a soft reboot of their Suicide Squad. The word reached Disney and they hired him back. Now, Gunn has two big budget movies lined-up from two big production houses. It will definitely take a while for him to think of anything else in between.

Did you enjoy watching Brightburn? Do you want to see a horror superhero universe? Let us know your thoughts.

 

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Jumanji: The Next Level- Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

JUMANJI: THE NEXT LEVEL tells the story of four students playing a magical video game. They are drawn to the jungle world of Jumanji, where they are trapped as their avatars. To return to the real world, they must finish the game.

Release Date: December 13 (United States)

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Long Live Rom-Com! Top 5 romantic comedies of 2019 (So Far)

by Kaylen Summers

Hollywood production houses are focusing more on building cinematic universes and as a result, genres like romantic comedies are facing extinction. With critics keeping a close eye on women representation in these movies, it’s no wonder why these studios don’t want to get their hands dirty. However, 2019 did produce a good share of carefully crafted rom-coms thanks to the enormous success of Crazy Rich Asians. Here are the top 5 of those rom-coms that are worth watching.

5. THE PERFECT DATE

This original teen rom-com from Netflix has Noah Centineo playing the role of a high-schooler who decides to raise money for college by posing as a stand-in boyfriend for girls in need. The film is based on the novel ‘The Stand-In’ by Steve Bloom and is directed by Chris Nelson. For those of who adored Centineo for his role in To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, this is your chance to see him in his romantic lead performance. Other important cast members of the movie include Laura Marano, Camila Mendes, Odiseas Georgiadis, and Matt Walsh.

4. THE HUSTLE

A gender-flipped remake of the 1988 film Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (which is itself a remake of the 1964 film Bedtime Story), The Hustle is directed by Chris Addison with Anne Hathaway and  Rebel Wilson in the lead role. The film follows two rival con artists trying to drive each other out of town. Initially titled as “Nasty Women”, the makers of the movie decided to go with a more ‘critics-friendly’ title instead. Whatever the case may be, this mystery-shrouded rom-com is sure to tickle your funny bones.

3. ALWAYS BE MY MAYBE

Rom-coms of 2019 are working hard to break away from its classic mould of cliches and they are really serious about it. While What Men Want saw the perfect black representation in the genre so far,  Always Be My Maybe tells the romantic story of an Asian couple. From director Nahnatchka Khan, the movie tells the story about two childhood sweethearts whose vastly different socioeconomic situations drive them apart as adults, even as they simultaneously find themselves falling in love. If that’s not a reason for you to watch this rom-com,  then here is one for you: Keanu Reeves is in it too!

2. WHAT MEN WANTS

Directed by Adam Shankman, What Men Want is an American romantic comedy film starring  Taraji P. Henson, Aldis Hodge, Richard Roundtree, Wendi McLendon-Covey, and Tracy Morgan. Shankman is famous for his rom-coms including A Walk to Remember. A gender-swapped remake of the 2000 film What Women Wants, the plot follows a woman who, after drinking a potent concoction given by a shaman, gains the ability to hear men’s inner thoughts.

1. ISN’T IT ROMANTIC

Isn’t It Romantic is not just your normal rom-com flick. Its all the romantic comedies combined. The movie is an American satirical rom-com film directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson with Rebel Wilson, Liam Hemsworth, Adam DeVine, and Priyanka Chopra in the lead roles. Rebel Wilson plays a cynical Australian architect living in NYC, who gets knocked out during a mugging and wakes up in a parallel universe where everything plays out like it would in a PG-13 rom-com.

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