power rangers suits

I’m approaching director Dean Israelite‘s upcoming big screen Power Rangers movie from the perspective of someone who is the right age to have watched the original Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers series in its earliest incarnation but bears no actual, lasting love for the series. I recognize the iconography and know more about it than I wish I did (kids are such sponges, huh?), but I can’t say I’m particularly excited about a new version. I have no emotional stake in this one.

So when I shrug and say “The new Power Rangers suits have been revealed and they look totally fine and perfectly adequate and more than get the job done,” you can judge me based on my particular perspective.

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hologram king

Tom Hanks stars in a movie currently in theaters, but you might not be able to tell judging by the absence of advertising, much less critical buzz, for A Hologram for the King. Tom Tykwer‘s gentle (and often lovely) adaptation of Dave Egger‘s novel of the same name was recently released into a few hundred theaters, and it was met with somewhat mixed reviews and an underwhelming opening weekend at the box office, even by its own modest standards.

How exactly does a movie that stars Tom Hanks manage to fly so far under the radar for the general public? Is the film simply not commercial enough? Maybe, but whatever the case, it’s still a little disheartening to see a fine drama with a name like Hanks attached to it fail to reach a wide audience.

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cafe society trailer

Like clockwork, another Woody Allen movie has peeked its head over the horizon. It’s an annual tradition at this point: the legendary filmmaker always arrives with another movie and each of them feels like another bold shout of “I’m not dead yet!” at the dark, gaping and empty void that encircled his comedy and drama for the past fifty or so years. After all, you have to go back to 1981 to find a year that didn’t feature the release of a new Allen film. A year without a new Woody Allen movie is the year Woody Allen kicks the bucket.

The trailer for Café Society, his latest movie, has arrived and, well, it looks like another late-period Woody Allen movie. By now, you probably know whether or not this is your thing.

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Elizabeth Banks Rita Repulsa

Earlier this year, the first image from the reboot of Power Rangers arrived, showing off the new teenagers who will be endowed with an ancient power that will allow them to protect their city from a ruthless villain hellbent on conquering Earth. We didn’t get to see our new heroes in their power suits. Instead, they were posing for an image that easily could have been a Hollister ad.

But now we finally have an idea of the style this Power Rangers reboot will be aiming for, with a first look photo of Pitch Perfect and The Hunger Games star Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa. The original version of the villain can be seen above, but the new Rita Repulsa looks much different, like a grimy version of Poison Ivy or a new alien from the saucy Species franchise.

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Now You See Me 3

Even though Now You See Me 2 isn’t hitting theaters until this summer, that’s not stopping Lionsgate from getting another sequel in the magician heist franchise ready to go. Lionsgate has set the first sequel’s director, Jon M. Chu, to return to direct Now You See Me 3. Get more details on the film’s development after the jump. Read More »

highlander reboot update

The Huntsman: Winter’s War wasn’t originally going to be Cedric Nicolas-Troyan‘s feature directorial debut. The former visual-effects supervisor and second-unit director on Snow White and the Huntsman was first set to direct the Highlander reboot, which, over the years, has had plenty of directors and talent involved that have come and gone.

Nicolas-Troyan confirmed with us he’s still attached to the film. Learn more about the Highlander reboot below.

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blood father trailer

Gather around, children, and let me tell you the tale of a man named Mel Gibson. Some of you may not know this, but once upon a time, Mr. Gibson was one of the biggest and most beloved movie stars in the world, capable of headlining bloody action movies and goofy romantic comedies while making it all look effortless. So young ones, when you hear the older folk speak kindly of this actor and Oscar-winning director, know that our affection for him was cultivated before he started getting arrested for drunk driving, spewing anti-Semitic comments, getting slapped with restraining orders following domestic abuse allegations, and generally burning down his career.

But Gibson’s dark and checkered past may serve him well in Blood Father, where he plays a total screw-up who must pull himself up by his bootstraps to save his daughter from vicious drug dealers. Watching this older, more grizzled, and infinitely more troubled Gibson embark on a private war against his child’s tormenters in this new trailer seems to carry some actual weight.

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It’s no secret Bret Easton Ellis isn’t a big fan of the movie American Psycho. The author considers the satire a perfectly fine film, but as an adaptation of his own work, he finds it deeply flawed. For many reasons, Ellis considered the book unable to be adapted.

Mary Harron‘s film has gained a considerable following since its theatrical release, but as any fan of American Psycho knows, she wasn’t the only director ever involved in the project. Below, Ellis discusses the script he once wrote for David Cronenberg (Dead Ringers), which the director wasn’t particularly fond of.

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john wick chapter 2 synopsis

My love for John Wick is unapologetic and pure. It knows no boundaries. Keanu Reeves‘ 2014 revenge film is a perfectly crafted breath of fresh air, an action film that actually cares about its action, a thriller that takes its time to let you love its characters, and a totally gonzo portrait of a fascinating and fantastical criminal underworld that puts most cinematic world-building to shame. So yes, I’m pumped that professional assassin/criminal boogeyman John Wick is being plucked out of semi-retirement for another bloody adventure where every bullet finds a head and every bone gets a clean breaking. And Reeves certainly seems ready, too.

Thanks to a newly released official synopsis, we now have an idea of what Mr. Wick will be up to in John Wick: Chapter Two. Spoiler alert: he won’t be avenging a murdered puppy this time around.

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