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8 Awesome PG13 Movies On Netflix Now

by Kaylen Summers

What exactly is a PG13 rating? According to the guidelines of the Motion Pictures Association of America, PG13 movies are those containing potential material not suitable for children under the age of 13. With that being said, about 60% of the films releasing each year are rated under this category. That itself constitutes a wide bracket of movies to choose from and Netflix has some of the best ones from this huge list.

We have lessened your efforts even further by listing the must-watch PG13 movies available on the streaming platform. So, take your bowl of popcorn and start streaming right away.

Seven Pounds (2008)

This is one of those movies that critics hate so badly, while the audiences adore dearly. Making a deviation from the type of movies he was doing at the time, the movie introduced to the world a deeper, more disciplined actor in Will Smith. Telling the story about guilt and redemption, the movie is about Ben Thomas who sets out to redeem himself from the weight of a secret that was holding him back for far too long. But, things take an unexpected turn as he finds himself in love.

Black Panther (2019)

We all love this one for its ambitious- yet brilliant take on an imaginary hidden society that has found a balance between tradition and technology. Although there are some sloppy parts, this superhero movie has some serious political and cultural undertones. The completely functional plot and its cultural connections make this one more than just excellent.

The Cloverfield Paradox (2018)

This Netflix movie is truly a sci-fi paradox. The movie takes us to a distant future where the planet on the brink of war. Scientists are testing a device to solve an energy crisis. However, they end up opening up a dark alternate reality. If you find concepts about alternate reality fascinating, then this one is your cup of tea.

The Theory of Everything (2014)

Based on the extraordinary life of one of the most brilliant minds we have ever seen, The Theory of Everything is about none other than the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking. His life, his relationship with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde, and his struggles are inspiring and deeply moving.

Collateral Beauty (2016)

After a personal tragedy, a man retreats from life and questions the universe by writing to Love, Time and Death. But, what he didn’t expect was to receive answers for them. He eventually realizes how life interlocked everything and how even loss had meaning and beauty.

Murder Mystery (2019)

There is no doubt that Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler are legends when it comes to comedy.  This latest flick from Netflix has them on a murder mystery. The two play a couple who are on a European vacation to regain the spark in their marriage. However, they somehow end up getting framed for the murder of an elderly billionaire. Will the duo be able to solve the murder and save themselves?!

Okja (2017)

Taking the Cannes Film Festival by storm, this movie tells the tale of a giant, genetically-engineered pig and a plucky young Korean girl who will do whatever it takes to save it. Breath-taking cinematography, huge star cast, and moral tale make this movie worth watching.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)

Edgar Wright is known for his iconic movie-making style and brilliant transitions that he uses. Scott Pilgrim is a 23-year-old Canadian gamer. But, his real ambition is to become a famous rockstar. He eventually falls in love with an American delivery girl named Ramona Flowers. But, in order to date her, he must now defeat her seven evil exes.

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6 Visually Stunning Movies On Netflix

by Kaylen Summers

When it comes to cinema, good visuals play a key role in transcending the narrative further. Movies that can dazzle and entertain are the ones that audiences remember the most. However, not all movies possess this quality. So, we decided to find movies with gorgeous imagery that can transport us somewhere magical.

Here are some movies that are true feasts for your eyes. These awesome visual treats are in this list because they have bursting shots of color, jaw-droppingly beauty, a different perspective of the world or all. Start streaming them one by one and you too will understand.

Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)

⌛1h 48m 🍅72%

The visuals composed by Director Brad Silberling and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubeszki in this movie understand the playful creepiness of the Lemony Snicket books. Lubeszki is known for making stunning visuals in movies like Gravity and Tree of Life. a trio of orphans consistently evades the murderous intentions of their mad uncle (played with full force by Jim Carrey). It’s just a shame we only got one entry.

Chasing Ice (2012)

⌛1h 14m 🍅76%

National Geographic photographer James Balog known for his cover story on climate change and glaciers. It is one of the most popular and well-read piece in the last five years. However, for Balog, working on that story only kick-started a larger and longer-term project was an epic in proportions.

Amelie (2001)

⌛2h 2m 🍅79%

Amélie is an adorable yet painfully shy girl. She devoted to helping others- often spending her entire day as a matchmaker, guardian angel, or all-around do-gooder. However, when she accidentally met with a handsome stranger, she realized that she was falling in love with him. But, she didn’t have the courage to face the music and become the star of her own love story.

Baraka (1992)

⌛1h 36m 🍅83%

Baraka is literally a hypnotic watch. This documentary is paralyzingly stunning and has a global vision. With beautifully shot visuals and perfectly composed music, this work of art captures the essence of life and the relationship between man and nature.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)

⌛2h 41m 🍅76%

The Desolation of Smaug is second in the Hobbit trilogy. The haunting beauty of Gandalf’s adventures is more is action-packed, with some memorable photography. In terms of stunning visuals, this movie belongs to a class of its own. A perfect example of this is the moment that the almighty dragon Smaug is revealed through a shower of ill-gotten gold. It is perhaps one of the best shots of the year.

Skyfall (2012)

⌛2h 23m 🍅71%

This outing of the handsome MI6 spy is the highest-grossing from the entire franchise. It is not just the numbers that make this movie unique. It is arguably one of the very best Bond movies and obviously the most beautiful one. The movie’s brilliant visual language can be seen right from the first shots where 007 emerges from distant blurry shadow into gun-toting clarity. Cinematographer Roger Deakins’ shots are worth enough to be hung on a wall.

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Black Widow (2020) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Black Widow marks the first solo-outing of the character after a decade of being in the Cinematic Universe. The movie will also kick start Phase 4 of MCU. Set as a prequel to the events of Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, the movie is expected to be placed after Captain America: Civil War in the MCU timeline.

Releasing Date: May 1, 2020

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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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6 Most Anticipated Action Movies of 2020

by Kaylen Summers

Welcome to the year that fulfills your patience. 2020 is the year we will see many of the most awaited movies hit the theatre. It’s like we have been waiting forever for these awesome flicks to land in theaters.  However, with so many movies hitting theaters at the same time, there is a chance for you to miss out on the best ones.

Lucky for you, we have prepared a list of awesome upcoming action movies that you will regret not seeing. Mark your calendars for these most anticipated action blockbusters.

The Gentlemen (2019) Trailer

The Gentlemen (2020) is an upcoming movie directed by Guy Ritchie. The movie talks about a British drug lord named Mickey Pearson who has created a highly profitable marijuana empire in London. He is looking to sell off his drug empire to a dynasty of Oklahoma billionaires.

Releasing Date: 24 January 2020

Bad Boys For Life (2020) Trailer

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

The King’s Man (2020) Trailer

Directed and produced by Matthew Vaughn, and written by Karl Gajdusek, The King’s Man is a prequel to the Kingsman film series. The plot of the movie takes place during the early-1900s and describes how the spy agency was formed.

Releasing Date: 14 February 2020

Top Gun: Maverick(2020) Trailer

Top Gun: Maverick is the direct sequel to 1986’s Top Gun. The movie takes place 34 years after the events of the original film. Captain Peter “Maverick” Mitchell is the new flight instructor of Top Gun. He guides Bradley, Goose’s son to become an aviator like his father.

Releasing Date: June 26, 2020

Bloodshot (2020) Trailer

Bloodshot (2020) is the upcoming movie based on the comics from Valiant comics. Ray Garrison is a marine who got murdered along with his wife. However, he was resurrected by a team of scientists with the help of nanotechnology. With the nanobots in his bloodstream, he becomes a superhuman, biotech killing machine – Bloodshot.

Releasing Date:  21 February 2020

Disney’s Jungle Cruise (2020) Trailer

Disney’s Jungle Cruise (2020) is an adventure movie based on the famous theme park ride of the same name. The movie is set in the early 20th century and is about a riverboat captain named Frank who takes a scientist and her brother into the jungle. Their mission is to find the tree of life, which has great healing powers.

Releasing Date: July 24, 2020

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9 Best Netflix Original Movies And Their Trailers

by Kaylen Summers

Scrolling through Netflix to find a good movie can feel like a fruitless task at times. With the seemingly never-ending options, its no wonder why we take so long to find the right flick for the right mood. That’s why Spotflik has put together a list of the best original Netflix movies to start watching right now.
So get your bowl of popcorn and check out these wonderfully crafted tales:

Bandersnatch (2018)

⌛1h 30min⭐3.6 /5
Remember those choose-your-adventure books that you had as a kid? Netflix is bringing back that same experience to their streaming platform with Bandersnatch. With a branching narrative and multiple mind-bending endings, this is one interactive movie that changes its plot every time you watch it.

Bird Box (2018)

⌛2h 4min⭐3.3 /5
By this time, you might have heard about this movie through all the memes and jokes online. However, the movie is definitely not something to be laughed at. Set in a post-apocalyptic world, the movie is about its blindfolded characters trying to escape some invisible creatures who can make you suicidal if you see them.

Okja (2017)

⌛2h 2min⭐3.65/5
Taking the Cannes Film Festival by storm, this movie tells the tale of a giant, genetically-engineered pig and a plucky young Korean girl who will do whatever it takes to save it. Breath-taking cinematography, huge star cast, and moral tale make this movie worth watching.

Wheelman (2017)

⌛1h 22min⭐3.2 /5
When it comes to breaking the mold, nothing comes close to this flick. Wheelman is a well-oiled entry into that oddly specific crime subgenre of ‘Stoic Getaway Driver Caught in a Crime Gone Awry’ films. It’s more like Drive, but only with a sloppy car and more guns.

Gerald’s Game (2017)

⌛1h 44min⭐3.3/5
Gerald’s Game is very simple in its premise. When her husband’s sex game goes wrong, Jessie is left handcuffed to a bed in a remote lake house. Tapping on the basic fears in oneself, this horror movie is about how far a person will go to stay alive.

Game Over, Man! (2018)

⌛1h 40min⭐2.7/5
This action-comedy is from the creators of Workaholics paying homage to the classic action film Die Hard. If that isn’t enough reason for you to watch this movie, then you are definitely missing out on a hell lot of fun.

Outlaw King (2018)

⌛2h 2min⭐3.45/5
For anyone who is missing out on the GOT-style bloody medieval times, this one is your pick. Outlaw King has everything from oceans of mud, truckloads of guts and misty, unconsidered nationalism. So what are you waiting for?!

Unicorn Store (2017)

⌛1h 32min⭐2.75/5
First aired at Toronto Film Festival, Unicorn Store marks the directorial debut of Captain Marvel star Brie Larson. The whimsical theme and great performances from some huge stars make this movie instantly adored. Stream it and you too will fall for it.

The Christmas Chronicles (2018)

⌛1h 44min⭐3.55/5
The Christmas Chronicles is a family Christmas adventure film from producer Chris Columbus- the person who made your favorite movies Home Alone and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Watch this one and it will also make it to your favorite list.
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8 Most Creepy Movies of All Time

by Kaylen Summers

Watching a horror thriller is something we all love. But, there are movies that are creepy enough to send a cold chill down our spine. These creative flicks have dedicated themselves to bring out the best creeps of them all.

And who doesn’t like a trip on the creepy side, every now and then? So, here are 8 of the most creepy movies of all time.

A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)

Director: Kim Jee-Woon | Writers: Kim Jee-Woon

A patient gets released from a mental institution and is taken back home to her sister. However, little did she know that she was walking into a chain of disturbing events between her stepmother and the ghosts haunting their house. Everything that happens in their house is connected to a dark past in the family’s history.

You’re Next (2011)

Director: Adam Wingard | Writers: Simon Barrett

The Davison family was on their wedding anniversary getaway. Things took a bad turn as they are attacked by a gang of mysterious killers. But, what their attackers didn’t know was that one of their victims holds a secret talent for fighting back.

Dark Water (2005)

Director: Walter Salles | Writers: Rafael Yglesias

In midst of her divorce proceedings, Dahlia Williams and her daughter Cecelia move into a knackered apartment. With her current financial state, it was all that she could afford. However, from the time they reaches the apartment, a lot of strange things are happening- especially the constant drip from the ceiling in her daughter’s bedroom.

Signs (2002)

Director: M. Night Shyamalan | Writers: M. Night Shyamalan

Mysterious crop circles are seen on a farm and the family living near it is out to find what is causing these strange occurrences. But, they didn’t expect its secret to be something more frightening.

Sleepy Hollow (1999)

Director: Tim Burton | Writers: Andrew Kevin Walker

New York detective Ichabod Crane is out at Sleepy Hollow for investigating a series of mysterious deaths. All the victims in these deaths are found without their heads. The local myth is that the ghost of the legendary Headless Horseman is the culprit behind these murders.

Creep (2004)

Director: Christopher Smith | Writers: Christopher Smith

A woman is trapped in one of the dark London subway stations. To make matters worse, she is being followed by potential attackers. The only way she can survive is by heading into the unknown maze of tunnels beneath the city’s streets. But, will she survive there?!

The Eye (2002)

Director: Oxide Pang Chun, Danny Pang | Writers: Oxide Pang Chun, Danny Pang, Jojo Hui Yuet-Chun

A blind concert violinist gets vision back by undergoing a cornea transplant. However, she soon realizes that her new eyes have the ability to see ghosts. To understand more about what she is going through, she sets out to find the cornea’s former host. What awaits her is something truly disturbing?

Hostel (2006)

Director: Eli Roth | Writers: Eli Roth

Three backpackers are on their way to a Slovakian city. They are looking to meet their hedonistic expectations. But they have no idea what was awaiting them.

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Why is ‘Rushmore’ movie everyone’s favorite?

by Kaylen Summers

Crammed with great movie moments, Wes Anderson’s Rushmore is a darkly inspiring comedy. Released in early 1999, the movie still manages to be funny, wistful, smart, dark, poignant, and irreverent without ever being cynical.

The main plot of the movie is about an eccentric teenager named Max Fischer and his friendship with rich industrialist Herman Blume and their love in common for elementary school teacher Rosemary Cross. 

The movie introduced to the world Wes Anderson’s unique brand of whimsical comedy. However, it isn’t his feature directorial debut. Earlier in 1996, he released Bottle Rocket, which was his first major Hollywood movie. With Rushmore, Wes Anderson kicked off his collaborations with talented actors like Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman.

Critic and Wes Anderson specialist Matt Zoller-Seitz, says: “There are few perfect movies. This is one of them.”

How this movie was able to set a strong emotional bond with its audience?!

Firstly, it is because of the cast. Bill Murray’s take on the self-made millionaire industrialist Herman Bloom is memorable in every sense. He is mean, selfish and bullying. But at the same time, he is also kind, warm and generous with his time and money. His comic timing and slapstick performance are as brilliant as it can get. That’s enough right there to know that this is a great film. Let’s not forget Jason Schwartzman. He is perfect as the young boy, Max who we simultaneously adore and pity.

However, Rushmore is more than just brilliant casting. The movie is about the relationship between Max and Bloom that drives the drama forward. They go from love to hate, and back again. Anyone who watches the movie will easily get hooked with the 15-year-old boy and the 50-year-old man competing for the affection of Ms. Cross.

Rushmore is a film of these small, beautifully observed touches. It is slight and silly, and occasionally a little mannered.

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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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Eddie Murphy To Reprise His Classic Character For Next Movie

by Kaylen Summers

It seems like Eddie Murphy will be bringing back a lot of his classic characters to mark his Hollywood return. Recently, after announcing a sequel to his Coming to America, the actor is preparing to reprise yet another classic character of his. If everything goes well, we will be seeing Axel Foley from the Beverly Hills Cop series back on the big screen again. Originally playing the character in all three previous installment, the upcoming Beverly Hills Cop 4 will see Murphy in the character after 25 years.

It was in a recent interview that Murphy revealed his very next film project after Coming 2 America. The actor was promoting his Netflix movie Dolemite Is My Name. Talking about the next Beverly Hills Cop sequel, he said:

“Yeah, that’s what we’re doing after Coming 2 America. We’re doing Beverly Hills Cop. Then the plan is to get back on stage and do stand-up. That’s what I’ll be doing mostly, is stand-up, and Beverly Hills Cop will be like – I keep saying it, these movies and Saturday Night Live is kind of like, I’m looking at it as a bookend. If I decide I just want to stay on the couch forever, I’d ended [my movie career] on a funny note.”

Premiering in 1984, Beverly Hills Cop was directed by Martin Brest and was one of Murphy’s first blockbuster hits. Earning $234 million domestically, the movie had Eddie Murphy playing the role of a Detroit cop who is seeking vengeance in Beverly Hills for the murder of his friend. Judge Reinhold, John Ashton, Lisa Eilbacher, Ronny Cox, and Jonathan Banks are the other stars of the movie. Even if you are not familiar with this movie and its sequels, you will surely remember its iconic theme song composed by Harold Faltermeyer.

A fourth installment was initially announced in the mid-1990s, but never got fully materialized. In 2006, the studio again went forward to produce the movie, but that too ended up in development hell. The spin-off of the movie was even attempted by CBS with Brandon T. Jackson as Axel Foley’s son, Aaron. Though a pilot episode was filmed in 2013, it also failed to pick up.

No information on production or release dates is currently available. Yet, the news itself that we are finally getting the Beverly Hills Cop 4 is enough to get us excited.

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The King’s Man (2020) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Directed and produced by Matthew Vaughn, and written by Karl Gajdusek, The King’s Man is a prequel to the Kingsman film series. The plot of the movie takes place during the early-1900s and describes how the spy agency was formed.

Releasing Date: 14 February 2020

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Fantastic Beasts 3: Eddie Redmayne’s Update Comes as a Relief!

by Emily Keen

Post the not so successful second installment, Warner Bros is definitely not willing to take chances with the third sequel of Fantastic Beasts. And why not? It’s a lore that connects generations and has got to keep up with the reputation. So the initial filming schedule of summer 2019 has been pushed ahead into the summer of 2020 giving J.K. Rowling a fair amount of time to rework the script.

When asked about Fantastic Beasts 3 at the Toronto Film Festival Eddie Redmayne told ET the script is still being worked on. It is appeasing to hear that the makers are not taking the emotions of the cult for granted. The word coming from Newt Scamander himself testifies to the fact that there are efforts made to maneuver the arcs of the script to take the franchise in the right direction.

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling will be planning for five movies of the Franchise. Crimes of Grindelwald script invited a solid criticism from many fans. Executive of Warner Bros., Kevin Tsujihara himself admitted that the sequel was not up to the mark.

He also assured the audience that J.K. Rowling was revising the draft of the upcoming movie.

“The second film didn’t perform as well as the first, but I think we know what we need to do to get the third film hopefully even better than the first one. And J.K. Rowling is really working hard now on that third script, and we’re going to get it right. She has an incredible vision of where she wants to go with this that is incredibly exciting. The hardest part of the franchise is you have such a big core fan base. That fan base really knows the lore and they want to go deep into these characters. But what you don’t want to do is intimidate people. You want to be able to create a stand-alone movie that’s enjoyable for someone who isn’t steeped in the lore.”

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hit the screens in November 2016 and the second installment opened in November 2018. To keep up with the two-year timeline, the third movie was slated to release in November 2020. But since The Crimes of Grindelwald did not land well, the makers thought it was best to take time and introspect.

Finally, November 12, 2021, was locked in for the release of Fantastic Beasts 3.

The franchise now bears the pressure of redeeming itself. And with a cliffhanger as major as the mysterious Dumbledore family tree, J.K. Rowling has a lot of explanation to do in the third movie. The stakes are high and the job is well, tremendous! It would only be wise to spend time than regret.

 

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It’s Official! Andy Serkis is Directing Venom 2

by Emily Keen

Andy Serkis will be calling the shots for the sequel to ‘Sony-MCU’s’antihero antic – Venom 2. Serkis took to his Instagram to validate the news of him stepping into the MCU film franchise as the helmer.

Venom (2018) is a ‘Sony pictures’ powered venture and a spin-off from Marvel’s Spiderman franchise. Starring Tom Hardy, the movie was poorly acclaimed for a mechanical build-up of a storyline and squeezing in untimely humor. Although critics slammed this movie left and right, nothing stopped it from bringing in a massive 856.1 million USD. Hardy’s acting chops did a major save to a sloppy script then. As for the sequel, he will be writing the script himself, in addition to starring in it.

Serkis at ‘TCA’ press tour revealed that Hardy has already begun working on the script along with screenwriter Kelly Marcel. He said, “Tom is very involved with the writing with Kelly Marcel of the new story, so it’s very much centered around their take”.

He went on to express his excitement of finally being able to work with Hardy. “I’ve known Tom for many years and I have always admired him hugely as an actor and producer. We’ve always wanted to work together directly. I am deeply excited to work with Tom Hardy and to work with all the great actors who are involved in it. It’s a fantastic franchise. I am really honored to have been asked to direct it and it feels like it’s a very contemporary story. I think it’s going to be hopefully an extraordinary piece of cinema” he added.

Hollywood is currently experiencing a trend of obsession with screenplay and writing. Studio reps gather a bunch of writers and screenwriters to pitch in ideas for a movie before they grab the best ones. This happens mostly in case of franchises.

We really can’t wait to see how the Marcel-Hardy team-up works for Venom 2. Recent reports state the deal between Serkis and Sony was closed earlier this week and the shoot shall begin by fall.

This is Serkis’ third attempt as a director, the first two being Breathe(2017) and Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle(2018). Andy Serkis is known for his legendary performance in the Lord of Rings Trilogy as Gollum. He is known as the wizard of motion-capture performance and is also incredibly CG savvy.  This is what conveniently bagged him this role as a director for Venom 2!

He got a knack of direction while sharing second unit direction role with Peter Jackson for the Hobbit trilogy. He has performances like Snoke in Star Wars and Klaw in Marvel’s Black Panther to his credits.

It is only left for us to see if his charm can turn around Venom’s dreary reputation among critics!

Sony has still not spilled the beans on the release date of Venom 2. Although there are reports of an MCU sequel hitting screens in the October of 2020! Could be the last piece of the puzzle we are looking for.

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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.

brightburn sequel

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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Christopher Robin Review

by Utkarsh Bansal

Full disclosure: I did not grow up watching or reading about Winnie the Pooh. In fact, my only exposure to Milne’s world so far has been through the 2011 Disney animated movie. Jim Cummings, who was terrific as the voice of Pooh and Tigger in that movie, reprises both roles in Marc Forster’s Christopher Robin. That’s about all the two movies have in common. Just like its titular character, the movie also seems to have lost something special, something childlike.
As a child, Christopher Robin used to spend his playtime in the Hundred Acre Wood, with his stuffed toy pals Pooh, Eeyore, Piglet and others. Pooh is a bear who cares only about honey and his friends, Piglet is scared of things, and Eeyore is depressed. Their adventures always involve the animals being silly and getting themselves into trouble, and Christopher saving them. However, as he grows up, supposedly too old to be playing with stuffed animals, he has to say goodbye to his friends. As an adult, played by Ewan McGregor, he loses sight of the things that are important in life, friends, family, fun, and devotes himself to a dull, thankless job. One day, Pooh crosses over from the Wood to the human world, and craziness ensues as the animals try to save Christopher from unhappiness.

The movie, while pleasant, falls short of the potential of that premise. Mark Osborne’s The Little Prince is another movie that dealt with the idea that growing up should not mean we forget what it’s like to be a child, and why happiness matters more than our day-to-day routine. In fact, this is a fairly common theme in children’s movies. This means that in order to be anything more than just pleasant, the film must either put a new spin on it or simply cover its lack of originality up with charm and manic energy.

Christopher Robin, however, is as by-the-numbers as it gets. Mark Gatiss plays the boss who just won’t give Christopher a break. Hayley Atwell plays the wife who just wishes he would be around more. As talented as these actors are, they can’t help their characters rise above the shallow writing, leading to characters as one-dimensional as the stuffed animals. And as adorable as Pooh is, whenever Jim Cummings uses that deep voice of his to deliver what’s supposed to be a wise, philosophical observation, what comes out is trite.

Christopher Robin. (Ewan McGregor) with his long time friend Winnie the Pooh in Disney’s live-action adventure CHRISTOPHER ROBIN.

When the movie works best is when Christopher is having fun with his friends, reconnecting with his fun side. Even that aspect of the movie isn’t perfect, since at times it feels like Forster is more interested in telling us that his characters are having fun than in just letting us live the moment. That said, it is always, at the very least, endearing, in large part due to Ewan McGregor’s performance. He takes a tried-and-tested mold, the adult who has lost touch with his inner child, and infuses it with heart and energy. Because of this, even when Christopher is being his dull self, McGregor has an arresting screen presence, keeping us engaged in his story.

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The 2011 animated Winnie the Pooh is an exuberant celebration of childhood, and stylistically unique. It’s the perfect film to get younger kids hooked on movies. Christopher Robin is a tired, somber return to that world, and while it’s an entertaining ride for both kids and adults, it’s not particularly memorable for either. I recommend watching it, but only if you’re so invested in these characters that your enjoyment of it gets a boost from nostalgia.

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