Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

We may not be getting a new Harry Potter book written by J.K. Rowling anytime soon, but the next best thing has arrived in the form of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. However, is the wizarding world as interesting without any of the signature Harry Potter characters at the center of the story?

The short answer is not exactly, but that doesn’t mean this isn’t a thoroughly entertaining extension of the magical franchise, one with just enough wonder to get by, some captivating performances (despite underwhelming characters), and the promise of a build-up to something absolutely epic. Get some extended thoughts on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them after the jump, and chime in with your own reaction in the comments, but beware of MAJOR SPOILERS for the movie from here on out. Read More »

Doctor Strange - Benedict Cumberbatch

Marvel’s Doctor Strange is now in theaters, marking the 14th film in the Marvel cinematic universe, and the first in a hopeful new franchise for the comic book movie studio. With the title character, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, already confirmed to make a return in The Avengers: Infinity War, it’s safe to assume that we’re going see more of the superhero. But will fans want that?

Doctor Strange is on par to make at least $75 million this weekend, maybe as much as $85 million, but does Marvel’s new franchise deliver the goods? The answer is yes, but it still has some shortcomings that keep it from being truly great. The good news is that it lays the groundwork for a promising new character in the Marvel cinematic universe, accompanied by some mesmerizing visuals and action.

After the jump, read our thoughts on Doctor Strange and sound off in the comments with your own, but beware of MAJOR SPOILERS from here on out. You’ve been warned! Read More »

‘Jason Bourne’ – What Did You Think?

Jason Bourne

2007’s The Bourne Ultimatum brought Jason Bourne’s saga to a tidy conclusion, but left the door open for a potential return just in case. Nine years later, Universal has finally convinced Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass to fling that door open and reveal exactly what our favorite amnesiac spy has been up to. The answer? Brooding, boxing, and still not knowing a whole lot about his past.

The film is clearly intended a course correction after 2012’s The Bourne Legacy, which tried to replace Jason Bourne with a new hero played by Jeremy Renner. Jason Bourne was going to restore the franchise to its former glory, by reuniting two of the men that had mad the original trilogy so beloved. At the same time, the changing times would thrust Bourne into “an austerity-riddled Europe and in a post-Snowden world,” as Damon put it. So, did the reunion of Greengrass and Damon do the trick? Is Jason Bourne a thrilling first chapter, or a limp, belated epilogue? Join us after the jump to let us know what you thought, but be warned that MAJOR SPOILERS lie ahead and in the comments.  Read More »

‘Finding Dory’ – What Did You Think?

Finding Dory what did you think

Pixar’s 17th feature film, Finding Dory, is a sequel to its fifth, Finding Nemo. In the world of the movie, only a few months have passed, but in real life it’s been about 13 years since we last dipped below the ocean with Nemo, Marlin, and Dory. Is the magic still there?

If you ask the critics, the answer seems to be “yes”: Finding Dory currently has a 90something rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and our own Peter Sciretta was a big fan. If you ask moviegoers, the answer is also “yes”: Finding Dory is projected to break the all-time opening weekend record for an animated film. But we’re asking you. What did you think of Finding Dory? Join us below for a discussion of Pixar’s latest animated adventure. Be warned that SPOILERS are ahead and in the comments.  Read More »

captain america civil war

Here we are: the second gigantic superhero movie showdown of 2016 is finally upon us. Captain America: Civil War is finally in theaters everywhere and the early response has been generally positive. Somehow, we’re thirteen movies deep into the Marvel Cinematic Universe and these movies somehow still feel fresh.

But here’s the important question: what did you think? If you haven’t seen the movie yet, feel free to read Ethan Anderton’s spoiler-free review. If you have seen it, check out Jack Giroux’s chat with screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely about two scenes that were deleted from the film. We have more Civil War stories planned for the coming days (including a big spoiler-filled look at the entire film), but consider this your space to chat about the movie and politely debate what you like and don’t like.

We’ll run down a few talking points below, so spoilers lurk ahead! And if you haven’t seen the movie yet, you should definitely stay out of the comments because there are MAJOR SPOILERS ahead in the post and in the comments. Consider yourself warned.

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Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice trailer

If you ask Lex Luthor, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is no ordinary spectacle. According to him, “it’s the greatest gladiator match in the history of the world!” But Lex is a villain, and villains aren’t generally people you want to take at their word. So now that the film has officially dropped into theaters and the dust has settled, it’s time for us to ask the big question. Batman v Superman: what did you think?

On the one hand, there’s no denying this is a huge cinematic event. Two of the most iconic characters of all time, going head-to-head in battle? With help from the single most famous female superhero of all time, making her cinematic live-action debut? Warner Bros. certainly isn’t holding back with its efforts to build its DC Cinematic Universe, and that alone might be reason enough to shell out for this movie. (And Peter makes the argument that if you’re going to see it, it’s worth investing a few extra bucks for the IMAX ticket.)

On the other, there’s a difference between a big movie and a good one, and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is a mixed bag. As usual, MAJOR SPOILERS FOLLOW below the jump and in the comments.  Read More »

10 Cloverfield Lane spoilers discussion

Two months ago, it was revealed Dan Trachtenberg‘s directorial debut was a “spiritual” sequel to Cloverfield. The audience I saw 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi with were left both confused and excited by the trailer‘s title card. The question all along — well, actually just for the past two months — has been: how much of a sequel is this movie? Now we know. Kind of.

Please note that spoilers are encouraged in the comments section for this post. If you have not seen 10 Cloverfield Lane, we encourage you to return once you have.

FINAL WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD AND IN THE COMMENTS.

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DEADPOOL

It’s kind of a miracle that Deadpool even exists, after its titular character was nearly ruined by X-Men Origins: Wolverine. But this weekend, fans will finally have another chance to check out this Marvel Comics creation in an incarnation that’s much closer to the spirit of the original character.

Fox basically cut the budget of this film down to the bone, but despite this, I found the film to be a blast. Did it work for you? Was the plot too thin or just right? Did Deadpool’s schtick wear you out? Did the new X-Men characters make an impression?

See my video review after the jump, and this week, you can submit your own using a new video platform called Jogg (Disclosure: I’m a consultant for them). Just hit the “Reply” button below and upload a video from the web or mobile – we’ll publish our favorites.
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‘Ant-Man’ – What Did You Think?

Ant-Man water in bath tub

It’s been years in the making, over a decade in truth, but Marvel’s Ant-Man is on the big screen this weekend. Kickstarted by Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish in 2003 and ultimately directed by Peyton Reed with Paul Rudd starring, the film acts as the final chapter in Marvel’s “phase two” of universe building. In fact, the film is something like an intermission for the great forward push in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with connections to recent films, but also a structure and tone that is more akin to Iron Man than anything else.

Now that you’ve had a chance to see the film, we’d love to hear what you thought. Sound off on the highs and lows of Ant-Man in the comments below, where spoilers are encouraged. Read More »

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‘Terminator: Genisys’ – What Did You Think?

Terminator Genisys set visit

This week brings the first Terminator film since 2009, and the first Terminator film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger since 2003. Directed by Alan Taylor, Terminator: Genisys builds on the storylines from earlier Terminator movies, while simultaneously setting course for a completely new direction.

The story jumps between time periods and alternate timelines, as John Connor (Jason Clarke) sends Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke). When he arrives, however, he discovers the past is nothing like he expected. For one thing, this version of Sarah was raised by a T-800 (Schwarzenegger) who’s already informed her of her fate. Read More »