Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 test screening score

Crank up the hype machine: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is shaping up to be an even bigger crowdpleaser than the first one, at least if test audiences are to be believed. The James Gunn-directed Marvel sequel has scored a perfect 100 in an early test screening — an extremely rare feat and the highest ever number for a Marvel movie. However, there are a few caveats. More about the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 test screening score below. Read More »

The LEGO Batman Movie Reviews

In just a few days, we’ll get to see if The LEGO Batman Movie lives up to the hype and continues the inspired style and imagination of The LEGO Movie that introduced us to this brilliant version of Batman voiced by Will Arnett. This past weekend the first press screenings rolled out, and the reviews were available online later in the day.

The LEGO Batman Movie reviews are overwhelmingly positive, though some point out that it’s not quite on par with The LEGO Movie. One of the more common claims though is that this is one of the best Batman movies ever made, including some talk about how its creators understand Batman infinitely better as a character than those driving the DC Expanded Universe.

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Monster Trucks early buzz

Nearly three years after it started shooting, Monster Trucks is finally getting ready to pull into theaters. And while we’d normally say something hopeful here about the possibility of it being worth the wait, the truth is that expectations for this movie couldn’t be lower. Not only is Paramount Pictures dumping it in the doldrums of January here in the U.S., it’s already taken a $115 million writedown on the film. So the question here isn’t so much “is Monster Trucks any good?” as “okay, but how bad is it really?”

Well, the first reviews are rolling in, and the answer seems to be… well, find out for yourself. Get the Monster Trucks early buzz below.  Read More »

Live by Night

On paper, Live By Night has all the markings of an awards contender. It’s directed by Ben Affleck, whose Gone Baby GoneThe Town, and Argo were all very well received, and it’s based on a novel by Dennis Lehane, whose works have also inspired The DropShutter IslandMystic River, and the aformentioned Gone Baby Gone. But the buzz has been curiously muted on this one, even as we get right into the thick of prestige-pic season.

Until now, that is. The first reviews of Live By Night are in, days ahead of the film’s Christmas Day rollout. Find out what the critics had to say about Live By Night below.

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Assassin's Creed - Marion Cotillard and Michael Fassbender

Just because Hollywood has arguably never made a good video game adaptation does not mean they will never make one, and Assassin’s Creed certainly has better pedigree than most. It’s got a promising director (Justin KurzelMacbeth) and a prestigious cast more in line with an Oscar-nominated Shakespeare drama than a big-budget blockbuster (including Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, who starred in Kurzel’s Macbeth). The source material is incredibly popular, and has the kind of look that people describe as “cinematic.” Plus, the early trailers have been full of exciting Spanish Inquisition-era action. So is this it? Is this the movie that finally breaks the video game curse? Well, the first reviews are in, so you can find out what the critics think after the jump.

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Passengers Reviews

Just a few days before Christmas, the sci-fi adventure romance Passengers will hit screens, putting Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence at the center of a story that feels like Titanic in space. While we’ll have to wait a little longer to see this one, some members of the press have already seen the movie ahead of time, and the first Passengers reviews have started to hit the web.

While both Pratt and Lawrence get acclaim for their performances, the consensus seems to be that their talents are wasted on a movie that never quite reaches its full potential, seemingly because director Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game) doesn’t really know how to keep Jon Spaihts‘ script (which made the Black List years ago) as interesting as it should be on screen.

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Rogue One Early Buzz

Last night, the world premiere of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hit Los Angeles, and even though the embargo on full reviews won’t be lifted until December 13th, the first reactions from those attending the star-studded debut of the movie (including our own Peter Sciretta) have hit the web. The result is tons of praise, many saying that it exceeded their already high expectations with incredible action and some brand new memorable characters that Star Wars fans are going to fall in love with.

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Rogue One Footage Reactions

This weekend, our own Jacob Hall went to Skywalker Ranch for a special press event showing 28 minutes of footage from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. You can check out his full, spoiler-free reaction over here. But since there were several more reporters and critics on hand, we thought we’d provide you a variety of reactions after the footage screened.

The Rogue One footage reactions have plenty of praise across the board with many praising the action and loving the new droid K-2SO. There’s also plenty of confirmation that there is no opening crawl, as we already heard. And director Gareth Edwards has been paying attention to the early buzz, and he reacts to the good word of mouth coming from this sneak preview.

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silence early buzz

Martin Scorsese has been working on Silence for literally decades now, and in just a few weeks we’ll finally get to see the fruits of his labor. Unless, that is, you’re one of the few lucky critics who’ve already had the chance to watch it. Yup, Silence has begun screening, and the first reactions are now rolling in. Get the Silence early buzz below. Read More »

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Fantastic Beasts early buzz

It’s easy to understand why Warner Bros. wanted to make Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The Harry Potter movies were basically a license to print money. Done right, a spinoff could be the perfect way to keep the dough rolling in — and in fact, early box office tracking suggests this film is poised to do just that.

But the more relevant question for fans, of course, is whether the film can really conjure up that old Harry Potter magic again. Those who’ve been following this franchise for years have high hopes for this return to the wizarding world. So does it deliver? Does it deliver enough to justify the fact that Warner Bros. has a total of five films planned already? The first reactions to the film are in, and the good news is that they’re looking pretty upbeat. Get the Fantastic Beasts early buzz below.  Read More »