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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Posted on Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 by Jack Giroux
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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Posted on Monday, February 8th, 2016 by Angie Han
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 »
Posted on Tuesday, January 19th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
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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Posted on Tuesday, January 19th, 2016 by Angie Han
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 »
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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Posted on Thursday, December 31st, 2015 by Angie Han
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 »
I didn’t get to sleep last night because I got sucked into binge watching Netflix’s Making of a Murderer documentary miniseries. I guess thats the new “my dog ate my homework”? If you’re not watching that series, you should check it out ASAP (and learn a lesson from me and begin watching earlier in the day, because you won’t be able to stop). While I don’t expect American Crime Story to be as gripping of an experience as Making of a Murderer, but during that show’s court sequences I began to get excited about Ryan Murphy‘s new FX series.
American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson is set to premiere on FX in February, and the first reactions have begun to appear online. Fox has sent out screeners for journalists to binge over the holiday break, and the early buzz is pretty high. The limited series re-examines the infamous O.J. Simpson trial told from the perspective of the lawyers, exploring “the chaotic behind-the-scenes dealings and maneuvering on both sides of the court, and how a combination of prosecution overconfidence, defense shrewdness, and the LAPD’s history with the city’s African-American community gave a jury what it needed: reasonable doubt.” The show stars Cuba Gooding Jr. as O.J. Simpson and John Travolta as defense attorney Robert Shapiro. Hit the jump to see the first tweets in our American Crime Story early buzz roundup.
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The world premiere of JJ Abrams‘ Star Wars: The Force Awakens happened last night in Hollywood California at an unprecedented gala that took over the three big theaters on Hollywood Blvd: El Capitan, The Dolby Theatre and The TCL Chinese Theatre. While full on reviews are embargoed until Wednesday morning at 12:01am, guests in attendance at the premiere were allowed to tweet their brief reactions. After the jump you can find the first First Awakens reactions from the premiere screening.
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Posted on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015 by Angie Han
There are only four weeks left in 2015, but those four weeks contain some of the most highly anticipated releases of the year. And no, we’re not just talking about Star Wars. The Hateful Eight is due out on December 25, and though they’re probably not technically supposed to be talking about it right now, critics have already started raving about Quentin Tarantino‘s latest. Get the Hateful Eight early buzz after the jump. Read More »