Posted on Friday, July 29th, 2016 by Angie Han
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 »
Posted on Friday, June 17th, 2016 by Angie Han
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 »
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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Posted on Sunday, March 27th, 2016 by Angie Han
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 »
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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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Posted on Friday, February 12th, 2016 by David Chen
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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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 »
Posted on Thursday, July 2nd, 2015 by Angie Han
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 »
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We haven’t done one of these in a while, but what better occasion that a sequel 22 years in the making. Sure, Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park had two sequels in between now and then but, Jurassic World is kind of the sequel we always wanted. John Hammond’s vision of a dinosaur theme park has finally been realized. Tourists from all over the world fly to Isla Nublar, off the coast of Costa Rica, to see creatures that went extinct millions and millions of year ago. This was the dream and now we get to see it on the big screen.
Directed by Colin Trevorrow, starring Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson and more, Jurassic World is a polarizing film. You can read two different reactions to it right here on the site. Peter loved the movie and I liked it too, though we had varying levels of issues. You can also read David’s critical analysis of the movie, an interview with the director, and later this weekend, some other interviews as well. Then, on Monday, we’ll have some discussion of a potential sequel. Call us your one-stop Jurassic World content gift shop.
The only thing missing is you. What did you think of this highly anticipated sequel? Discuss full on Jurassic World spoilers below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, November 7th, 2014 by Angie Han
There’s a moment in Inception when one character encourages another to “dream a little bigger, darling.” Well, it certainly looks like Nolan took that advice to heart with Interstellar. Nolan’s first post-Batman movie is stunningly ambitious, even by his usual bold standards.
Matthew McConaughey leads the sci-fi epic as an astronaut who travels deep into space in a last-ditch effort to save the human race. That includes his beloved kids Murph and Tom, whom he has to leave behind on their dying farm. Anne Hathaway, Wes Bentley, and David Gyasi play the other astronauts on the journey with him. Michael Caine is the NASA guy leading the charge down on Earth.
Interstellar is a mind-bender of a journey that makes most of Nolan’s other films look tame in comparison. He clearly has big things to say about the importance of science, the experience of parenthood, the nature of humanity and the value of love. That last bit turns out to be especially unusual, since Nolan tends to be a cerebral, even chilly director. Emotions are not thought to be his strong suit, at least on film.
So there’s no question Nolan is aiming high. But does he hit his mark? This is your space to discuss all that and more. Spoilers are not just tolerated but actively encouraged.
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