Posted on Wednesday, October 26th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
I need Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them to be a good movie. I need it to be a good movie because I adore J.K. Rowling‘s Wizarding World and would love to see more films explore the fringes of this beautifully crafted and meticulously detailed fantasy universe. I also need it to be a good movie because Warner Bros. has pledged to make five of these things and I’d much rather look forward to sequels to a movie I like than dread a franchise built around a dud.
And so far, I’ve liked what I’ve seen from the film, which finds Rowling penning her first screenplay and veteran Harry Potter director David Yates stepping behind the camera once more. How about we all sit down and watch a new TV spot?
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Posted on Monday, October 24th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Doctor Strange is my favorite Marvel comic book character, so I’ve spent the past year-plus in suspense, waiting to see how director Scott Derrickson was going to bring this admittedly (dare I say strange?) odd character to the big screen. A bad Doctor Strange movie would be, for me, about as heartbreaking as a bad movie where Batman and Superman and Wonder Woman team up to fight Doomsday. My soul couldn’t take another hit like that in 2016.
So the first wave of mostly positive reviews have been heartening, to say the very least. With these good vibes firmly in place, how about we check out four new TV spots for the film?
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Posted on Wednesday, October 5th, 2016 by Angie Han
Doctor Strange promises to be Marvel’s trippiest movie ever, and a new promo leans further into its mind-bending weirdness. The latest Doctor Strange TV spot runs in reverse, so that we’re traveling back through time to the start of Strange’s journey. Sprinkled throughout the video are odd, nonsensical bits of dialogue that only reveal themselves when you play it backwards.
The time-traveling nature of the Doctor Strange TV spot seems to add further credence to the theory that the Eye of Agamotto is the Time Stone, the fifth of sixth gems that Thanos needs to complete his Infinity Gauntlet. Watch the Doctor Strange spot below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, October 3rd, 2016 by Angie Han
Despite Edna Mode’s best efforts, capes remain a staple of superhero costuming, popular with everyone from Batman to Thor. Marvel’s newest leading man, Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) sports one as well. But Strange’s is no mere fashion statement. It’s a mystical artifact known as the Cloak of Levitation, and as evidenced in a funny new Doctor Strange TV spot, it’s kind of got a mind of its own. Watch it below. Read More »
We’re a little over a month away from the release of Doctor Strange, and while there are undoubtedly plenty of fans who are excited to see what Marvel Studios has to offer with their latest installment to the Marvel cinematic universe, it feels like the hype isn’t where it should be. I’m not sure if Doctor Strange is too obscure or mystical for fans to latch onto him, but the excitement just doesn’t seem to be there. Hopefully I’m wrong.
In an effort to get the hype machine cranked up a bit, Marvel has released a batch of new Doctor Strange TV spots. There’s a lot of footage shared between them, but there are some glimpses of new footage dispersed between what we’ve already seen. Watch them all below! Read More »
Posted on Friday, September 16th, 2016 by Angie Han
So far, Doctor Strange has released plenty of footage of Benedict Cumberbatch as the title character and Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One, as well as Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Mordo and Mads Mikkelsen as Kaecilius. But what about Wong, played by Benedict Wong? A Doctor Strange international TV spot gives another glimpse at this character.
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Posted on Wednesday, September 14th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Update From Editor Peter Sciretta: ABC has released a longer tv spot showcasing Agents of SHIELD‘s newest Marvel hero: Ghost Rider. See that video and more, after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, September 1st, 2016 by Jacob Hall
I recently caught up with 2014’s Ouija and I was simply bowled over by its badness. My standards are low enough that I enjoyed the (underrated?) but poorly received Annabelle that same year, so that probably says something about the languid, overly lit, predictable, and just plain not scary Ouija. However, the film did well enough at the box office to warrant a sequel and Universal has made a bold move with Ouija: Origin of Evil. Rather than simply churn out another movie in the same mold, they’ve hired a strong director who filmed a screenplay that seemingly has nothing to do with the first movie beyond its title.
You can check out this course correction in a new extended TV spot and it’s remarkable just how different this movie looks from its predecessor.
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Posted on Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016 by Angie Han
In one sense, we’ve been waiting for a new Blair Witch Project sequel for over a decade. The original film came out 17 years ago, and the much-reviled sequel was released 16 years ago. But really, we’ve only known we were waiting for the past few weeks. It wasn’t until last month we even realized another Blair Witch Project movie was happening, when Lionsgate revealed at Comic-Con that Adam Wingard‘s The Woods was actually titled Blair Witch.
Now we’ve only got a few more weeks to wait until the movie’s actual release, which means it’s time for Lionsgate to kick their marketing campaign up to the next level. The first Blair Witch TV spot has been revealed, and you can watch it after the jump. Read More »
A widely released action movie starring Tom Cruise shouldn’t need people rushing to its defense, but I’ve spent the past four years sticking up for Jack Reacher. Christopher McQuarrie’s cinematic take on Lee Child‘s long-running series of novels about a homeless military police veteran who wanders the country solving problems with both his keen wits and his fists is nothing short of fantastic, an old-school, small-scale thriller that feels like it was made for, well, adults. The action is rough and intimate. The central mystery thoroughly engaging. The characters are rich and often very funny. It even features a brilliantly staged, low-key car chase that puts the bombast of most modern blockbusters to shame. Jack Reacher is the real deal.
As we approach the October release date of the sequel, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, I find myself equally excited and trepidatious in equal measure. Cruise is back, but McQuarrie is not, with Edward Zwick now sitting in the director’s chair. Zwick has made good movies and bad movies, but he’s a solid journeyman when paired with the right material. Is a Jack Reacher sequel the right material? Can a new poster and extended TV spot answer that question?
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