house of cards season 4 trailer

The results are in. House of Cards season 4 hit Netflix at exactly 12:01 AM Pacific time this morning, and the critics have now weighed in with their thoughts on the latest batch of episodes. Overall, the consensus is that House of Cards has re-embraced its soap opera roots, and is all the better for it. Robin Wright is getting particular praise for her turn as Claire, who finds herself at odds with husband Frank, and some of the new additions to the cast (including Ellen Burstyn and Cicely Tyson) have drawn positive notice as well.

On the flip side, it sounds like House of Cards hasn’t suddenly gotten more real-world political just because 2016 is an election year. Those hoping showrunner Beau Willimon will use his final season with the series to comment on the craziness of the current race for the White House will probably be disappointed, although those who just want to escape into drama and scandal and intrigue may find plenty to enjoy. Read a round-up of House of Cards season 4 reviews below.  Read More »

Fuller House teaser

The original Full House was never really that good. It was cheesy and corny, relied heavily on catchphrases and cutesy kid mugging, and never touched any topic that couldn’t be wrapped up in 22 minutes. So what are we to make of Fuller House, its 21-years-later sequel premiering this week at Netflix? If it successfully recaptures the spirit of the original, it’s going to be sentimental and mushy. But is that a bad thing, really, when that’s exactly what audiences want out of this property?

That’s the question a lot of critics are grappling with in the first Fuller House reviews. No one is arguing that this is great TV, really, but some are satisfied with its recreation of that classic Full House formula, sickly-sweet as it is, while others suggest Fuller House needs something more to justify its existence. Read the first Fuller House reviews below.  Read More »

Kate Winslet in Triple 9

What do you get when you combine John Hillcoat, the talented director of Lawless and The Road; an A-list ensemble cast that includes Woody HarrelsonCasey AffleckChiwetel Ejiofor, and Kate Winslet; and more dirty-cop tropes than you can shake a stick at? The answer is Triple 9, a gritty crime thriller that lands in theaters next weekend. The Black List script by Matt Cook centers on a group of corrupt officers blackmailed by the mob into pulling off an insane heist. They decide the only way to pull it off is to kill one of their own, but suffice it to say things don’t go as planned.

Open Road Films has come in just under the wire with one last Triple 9 trailer, just as the first Triple 9 reviews have hit the web. Watch the latest promo, and find out what the critics are saying about Hillcoat’s caper, after the jump.  Read More »

Zootopia reviews

Walt Disney Animation Studios has been on a roll in recent years, with a list of films that includes Wreck-It Ralph, Tangled, Big Hero 6, Frozen and the short films Feast and Paperman. Many people would say that the Burbank-based animation studio has been turning out more consistently great films than their Emmerville brother Pixar. Their latest film Zootopia from directors Byron Howard and Rich Moore (Bolt, Tangled) is set to hit theaters in the US in March 2016, and the first trade reviews have begun to hit online as the film is being released early in international markets (under the alternate title Zootropolis).

Does Disney Animation have another hit on their hands or will this be their Good Dinosaur? Find out as we take a look at the early Zootopia reviews through spoiler-free excerpts, after the jump.

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Zoolander 2 trailer

Ben Stiller had been trying to make Zoolander 2 for years. Originally going to be directed by the film’s co-writer and co-star, Justin Theroux, Stiller returned to the director’s chair for the comedy sequel. It’s been almost 15 years since the first movie, so we have to ask: is there still an appetite for these characters? After all these years apart from Derek (Ben Stiller) and Hansel (Owen Wilson), are they still funny?

Find out what critics are saying about the film below.

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DEADPOOL

It took seven years, thousands of noisy fans, an unusually persistent leading man, and some fortunately leaked footage to get Deadpool from his inauspicious big-screen debut in X-Men Origins: Wolverine to his own solo feature. Based on the marketing, it’s already pretty clear that this latest iteration of the Merc with a Mouth is much more faithful to the spirit of the comics than the last one was. But does that make him worth all the time, money, blood, sweat, and tears that have been poured into this film?

The first Deadpool reviews hit the web over the weekend, and you long-suffering fans can breathe a sigh of relief. While his gleefully profane, unapologetically juvenile sense of humor hasn’t proved to be everyone’s cup of tea, by and large the critics are digging this R-rated take on the superhero genre. We’ll have much, much more to say about the film in the comic days and weeks, but in the meantime, see a Deadpool review roundup after the jump. Read More »

deadpool early buzz

There’s a reason it took so much time and effort for the Deadpool movie to come together – this character is a tough sell to anyone who doesn’t drop too much money at their local comic book retailer every Wednesday. Although popular amongst the initiated, he’s far from a household name and his oddball combination of goofy humor and extreme violence is a hard left turn from traditional cinematic super-heroics. We won’t know for a few more weeks whether or not ordinary people will embrace an R-rated superhero movie starring a character who is essentially a murderous, red-suited Bugs Bunny who has already been banned in China.

But do know this: Deadpool has screened early in Los Angeles and New York City and the response from fans has been very positive so far. We know this because they took to Twitter to express their enthusiasm with exclamation points and emojis.

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Norm of the North

People sometimes talk about “the critics” as if they were a single monolithic entity, as in “the critics love Carol” or “the critics hate Paul Blart.” In truth, though, it’s uncommon for critics to reach unanimous consensus on much of anything. Film criticism is highly subjective by its very nature, which means even the most gorgeously wrought masterpieces will leave some viewers unmoved, while even the most lazily slapped together dreck will tickle a few people in the right spots.

Uncommon, that is, but not unheard of. There are rare occasions where the film reviewers will rise up as one to give a film a perfect 0% score on Rotten Tomatoes. In 2016, the first film to achieve that dubious distinction is Norm of the North, Lionsgate’s animated adventure about a polar bear (voiced by Rob Schneider) trying to stop real estate development in the Arctic.  Read More »

x-files trailer

Will the upcoming six episodes of The X-Files bring the series’ back to its former glory? The last time we saw Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) was in The X-Files: I Want to be Believe — a major disappointment back in 2008. After rumblings of another film, they decided to bring the characters back to the small screen, and according to the early reactions, the new mini-season gets off to a rough start.

After the jump, read reviews for the upcoming premiere.

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We always had high hopes for Captain America: Civil War, but that first trailer blew even those out of the water. It had big action moments and even bigger emotional ones, and a cast of characters that’d be the envy of any Avengers movie. At this point, it might be a challenge for the actual movie to live up to its own marketing material.

But if Marvel man James Gunn is to be believed, Civil War is more than up to the task. In a fan Q&A, the Guardians of the Galaxy director gushed about the new superhero adventure, calling it “one of the best Marvel movies ever” and Tom Holland‘s Spider-Man “off-the-charts awesome.” Read the Civil War James Gunn comments after the jump.  Read More »