Posted on Monday, November 7th, 2016 by Angie Han
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 »
Last week brought the first reactions to Doctor Strange after press saw the movie before it hits international markets this coming week. Now the embargo has lifted on full reviews of Marvel’s latest addition to their cinematic universe, providing us with a much more detailed reception from critics.
The full Doctor Strange reviews paint a promising picture full of rich performances, dazzling visuals and some of the best action we’ve ever seen. However, these reviews also dive deeper into the movie’s shortcomings, mainly coming from treading familiar territory as another origin story and putting forth a lead character whose defining characteristics might be a little to close to the Marvel franchise that started this whole universe with Iron Man. But thankfully, Benedict Cumberbatch and director Scott Derrickson keep that from being too frustrating.
Check out some highlights from the Doctor Strange reviews after the jump. Read More »
The first press screenings of Doctor Strange took place on Wednesday night in Los Angeles and New York City. You will have to wait until Sunday for the full Doctor Strange reviews, but you can see a compilation of spoiler-free reactions from Twitter, after the jump.
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This weekend brings Tom Cruise back to the big screen in action star mode again with Jack Reacher: Never Go Back hitting theaters. While the first Jack Reacher movie was a surprise throwback of an action movie with an old school tough guy hero in the lead, it sounds like the follow-up has lost some of the magic that made audiences like the cocky, no nonsense character so much the first time around.
In the first Jack Reacher Never Go Back reviews hitting the web today, it appears most of the blame is being put on director Edward Zwick (The Last Samurai), who doesn’t seem to understand what made the title character special. In addition, the sequel suffers from having a forgettable villain. But at the very least, Tom Cruise is still outstanding, and the action sounds like it’s on solid ground as well.
Read a round-up of Jack Reacher Never Go Back reviews below.
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Last night brought the surprise premiere of Michael Moore in TrumpLand, a film that was put together in seven weeks after staging a one-man-show about the 2016 election at a theater in Wilmington, Ohio, a town known for being on the right side of the aisle. At only 73 minutes, it turns out that this project (which Moore had just finished cutting yesteray morning) isn’t a documentary about Donald Trump, but rather a one-man show that feels more like a commencement speech or stand-up routine featuring Michael Moore explaining why you should vote for Hillary Clinton rather than why you shouldn’t vote for Donald Trump.
So how did it turn out? Find out what the first Michael Moore in TrumpLand reviews have to say. Read More »
Last night brought the world premiere of Ang Lee’s latest film, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. Yesterday we happened to run a featurette exploring director Ang Lee‘s use of new technology that allowed the film to be shot at 120 frames per second (FPS). That’s a significantly higher frame rate than Peter Jackson’s experimental use of 48 FPS for The Hobbit trilogy, and it sounds like the reaction to this format from the first reviews of the movie is even more resistant than to that previous effort.
Most of the criticism from the first Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk reviews are with regards to the distracting presentation (which will end up not matter for general audiences, as we’ll explain at the end). But beyond that, it sounds like the film doesn’t bring anything else potentially groundbreaking to the table, offering another metaphor for our society to deal with in relation to war with some decent performances and occasionally beautiful visuals scattered throughout.
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This weekend brings Gavin O’Connor‘s action thriller The Accountant to theaters, giving us a second round of Ben Affleck action following his debut as the Dark Knight in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The trailer promised an engaging thriller following an assassin under the guise of an accountant who also happens to fall on the autism spectrum. So how did the movie turn out? The consensus seems to be that the movie’s concept and plot are rather ridiculous, but that doesn’t stop the movie from being enjoyable while also garnering comparisons to Batman.
Find out what the first batch of The Accountant reviews have to say after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, September 7th, 2016 by Jack Giroux
Director Pablo Larraín‘s (The Club) Jackie left more than a favorable impression at the Venice Film Festival. Larraín’s English language debut about the first lady Jacqueline Kennedy (Natalie Portman) scored rave reviews, with critics praising the filmmaker’s unconventional approach to the biopic and a potential career best performance from Portman. So far, the reviews are almost nothing but effusive.
Below, check out the early buzz from the first Jackie reviews.
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Luke Cage won’t premiere on Netflix until later this month (Friday, September 30th, 2016) but the first reviews have begun to hit the web. Television press were given access to the first seven episodes (of the 13 episode first season) and the reactions to the first half of the season are overwhelmingly positive.
Some critics are calling this the best Marvel television series produced thus far by the company, while others who liked what they did with Jessica Jones and Daredevil more agree that the new series fit perfectly alongside these other dark Marvel tv adaptations. Also, a lot of love has been given to the music and tone of this new series, which seems to set it apart from everything else Marvel has produced thus far in both television and film.
Hit the jump to read some spoiler-free excerpts from the early Luke Cage reviews.
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There’s some big buzz surrounding another anticipated premiere out of the Venice Film Festival. This time, it’s Mel Gibson‘s return behind the camera for the first time in 10 years that is garnering plenty of attention.
Hacksaw Ridge is a war drama based on the true story of Desmond Doss, a young Seventh Day Adventist who drew criticism from his fellow soldiers for sticking to his Pacifist beliefs and never picking up a weapon during his time serving in the military during World War II. Miraculously, the soldier single-handedly rescued 75 of his wounded brothers in one night, earning him the Medal of Honor. The story paints the portrait of a man who stood by his own beliefs and credited God with his heroic feats, and Mel Gibson doesn’t shy away from a message of faith in the face of adversity.
The first Hacksaw Ridge reviews have arrived from the festival, where the film received a 10-minute standing ovation. While there’s plenty of praise for an astounding performance by Andrew Garfield and some incredible, harrowing battle footage in the vein of Saving Private Ryan, it sounds like the film has problems in its lack of subtlety. Read More »