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In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Dwayne Johnson shares a behind-the-scenes Hobbs and Shaw image
  • Another behind-the-scenes look at Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
  • A new poster for Mission: Impossible – Fallout
  • Get a behind-the-scenes look at that Doom reboot
  • Casting news for the Rabid remake
  • The Deadpool 2 cast plays a game on GMA

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solo review

After a troubled production, Solo: A Star Wars Story is here. The good news: the behind-the-scenes woes weren’t enough to sink the film and create a mess. The bad news: that doesn’t necessarily mean everything in Solo runs as smoothly as it should.

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Solo A Star Wars Story reviews

Solo: A Star Wars Story is about to land in theaters after a highly-publicized and turbulent flight, and if you’ll allow me to belabor the metaphor, it sounds as if director Ron Howard managed to pull this particular spaceship out of a potentially disastrous nosedive and smooth things out in a satisfying way.

The Solo A Star Wars Story reviews are in, and despite the fact that exactly no one asked for a Han Solo origin film, critics are largely pleased with the latest entry in this franchise. Read excerpts from a handful of reviews below.
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Solo Behind the Scenes Video

Solo: A Star Wars Story is almost upon us. The buzz is good, the anticipation is high, and a cool new video has arrived to highlight the unique look of the film. Thanks to cinematographer Bradford YoungSolo looks different than most Star Wars films. Watch the Solo behind the scenes video below.

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nightflyers teaser

When George R.R. Martin‘s 1980 novella Nightflyers got its first feature film adaptation in 1987, the sci-fi film was the height of camp: low-budget, self-indulgent, and just plain weird. And though the cable network Syfy has a fair share of shows that embody exactly that kind of camp, its Nightflyers adaptation couldn’t be further from that description. The creepy, bloody, and freaky Nightflyers teaser gives us a glimpse of the serious and brooding Syfy take that Martin’s science-fiction horror story deserves.

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New Blu-ray Releases Black Panther

(Welcome to Not Dead Yet, a feature dedicated to new Blu-ray releases and what special features you should be excited about. Because yes, some of us still like to own physical copies of our movies.)

It’s time to round-up the best Blu-ray’s available right now, and in the immediate future. This week’s biggest release is, of course, Black Panther. Beyond that, we have an early look at the impending Blu-ray release of Annihilation. Also: Scream! Factory’s It’s Alive box set, and Shout Select’s Blu-ray release of David Lynch’s Wild and Heart.

Here are the new Blu-ray releases and their special features you should check out this week, and beyond.

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Warwick Davis Solo Cameo - Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

We’re still a little over a week away from Solo: A Star Wars Story hitting theaters. But since the film played the Cannes Film Festival, there have been some screenings a bit earlier in advance than usual, and that means some interesting details are coming to light. We’re not going to dive into any of the spoilers from the movie just yet, but we do have one intriguing detail that even the most hardcore Star Wars fans wouldn’t realize upon their first viewing of Solo.

Warwick Davis first appeared in the Star Wars saga as Wicket the Ewok in Return of the Jedi and since then he’s had little cameo roles in The Phantom Menace, The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi and Rogue One (seen above). We already knew the actor was also appearing in Solo: A Star Wars Story as well, but now we know who he’s playing, and it appears to be one of the characters he portrayed in one of the previous Star Wars films. Read More »

The Matrix Reloaded Defense

(Welcome to The Unpopular Opinion, a series where a writer goes to the defense of a much-maligned film or sets their sights on a movie seemingly beloved by all. In this edition: we go to bat for The Matrix Reloaded on its 15th anniversary.)

If the burden of a sequel is to equal or better its predecessor, then few movie sequels have inherited as great a burden as The Matrix Reloaded did when it first hit theaters 15 years ago today on May 15, 2003.

The first Matrix movie gripped the public imagination, tapping into something deep in the collective unconscious. Steeped in grandeur, a sense of pre-millennial purpose, it was a motion picture that wielded the same kind of myth-making mojo as the original Star Wars trilogy. If anything, back in 1999, The Matrix was more Star Wars than Star Wars, as evinced by how widely it overshadowed The Phantom Menace that year as a cultural phenomenon.

The Matrix Reloaded’s legacy as a sequel is such that it and The Matrix Revolutions often get lumped together as inferior specimens. In terms of simple storytelling effectiveness — the lucidity of their dream-weaving as movie machines — both films are inferior to the smooth-running high-concept engine that was the first Matrix. But while the law of diminishing returns is at play in The Matrix trilogy and Reloaded does show signs of the impending system failure that Revolutions would bring about, it actually manages, despite its infamous cave rave scene, to expand the series mythology in new and interesting ways. A decade and a half later, the film’s dismantling of the oosen One narrative set up in The Matrix gives it a different but no less intriguing pull, one that takes to the freeway and attempts to broaden the viewer’s perspective on reality in a manner that now seems ahead of its time.

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Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom Dinosaur Featurette

In case you haven’t heard, today is National Dinosaur Day. Really, it’s just of those hollow “holidays” used for marketing purposes, so it makes sense that Universal Pictures is taking advantage of this opportunity to tout all the dinosaurs that will be on display in this summer’s sequel Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

A new Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom dinosaur featurette has surfaced online featuring a bunch of new footage from the movie with dinosaurs we haven’t seen on the big screen before. Not only does the featurette promise more dinosaurs than we’ve seen in any other Jurassic Park movie to date, but it shows us the impressive animatronics used to bring them to life in certain scenes. Read More »

SW Bits Bigger Luke

In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Lando Calrissian calls out the whiteness of Star Wars on SNL
  • Reddit rumors suggest Episode IX will take from Knights of the Old Republic
  • The “Bigger Luke” theory continues to ruin lives
  • Lucasfilm gets sued for using Sabacc to advertise Solo: A Star Wars Story
  • And much, much more!

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