We were blessed with the first official Wonder Woman 1984 trailer this weekend, and it instantly reminded us of how much we loved Patty Jenkins‘ sincere and aspirational vision of the Princess of Themyscira. Gal Gadot returns as Wonder Woman, now a longtime citizen of Earth who has been living amongst and saving humans for nearly 70 years. But the colorful ’80s don’t quite inspire the same excitement in her, and Diana finds herself pining for her first and last love: Steve Trevor (Chris Pine). But to her surprise, Steve suddenly comes back to life, and Diana must make sense of his return while dealing with two new villains, the ambitious businessman Maxwell Lord (Pedro Pascal) and the powerful Cheetah (Kristen Wiig).
Let’s dive into our Wonder Woman 1984 trailer breakdown.
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Kicking off the new year with plenty of profanity and inappropriate behavior will be the new comedy Like a Boss.
Tiffany Haddish and Rose Byrne star in the story of two best friends who start their own cosmetics company but suddenly learn they’re in debt by about half a million dollars. Thankfully, a make-up mogul (Salma Hayek) swoops in to save the day by giving them a buyout offer. But unfortunately, all she wants is to poach their ideas for her own benefit. And that’s when these women go to war. See how that goes in the new red band Like a Boss trailer. Read More »
His Dark Materials gives us our most action-packed episode yet, but one that may not be totally emotionally satisfying to longtime book readers. After ramping up the stakes in last week’s episode, where we saw the horrifying consequences of a child being cut from his daemon, the season-long conflict wraps up a little too neatly in “The Daemon-Cages.”
This is the climax, supposedly, of all the child-kidnapping plots, all the intrigue, all the somber exposition about how daemons are the irreplaceable souls of humans beings. And while the majority of the episode’s plot is the stuff of thrilling prison breaks — whispered schemes, snowballing distractions, and lots of crawling through vents — “The Daemon-Cages” is lacking the soul that made the stakes so high on the page. I’m referring to, of course, the noticeable lack of the titular daemons in this episode. The absence of daemons onscreen isn’t a problem with only this episode — the animal-soul companions of the human characters have shown up sporadically throughout the series, usually to flit through the sky or jump on a box before disappearing again — likely as a result of TV budget constraints. But in an episode that hinges on the viewer noticing daemons and knowing of their importance, the absence of onscreen daemons is more deeply felt than ever. Read More »
After Stephen King’s IT arrived on the big screen with chills and thrills, making it the highest grossing horror movie of all-time, audiences couldn’t wait to see how the story continued. But were they anticipating it enough to sit through a 169-minute movie where half of the adventure doesn’t really payoff and has more laughs than scares? The significantly less impressive box office says no, and honestly, they’re probably better off for it. Find out why in the Honest Trailer for IT Chapter Two below. Read More »
The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, see how animation evolved between the release of Frozen in 2013 and this year’s sequel Frozen 2. Plus, see how a professional dancer and choreographer reviews dance scenes from movies like Save the Last Dance, Chicago, Silver Linings Playbook and others. And finally, listen as Jamie Lee Curtis breaks down her career from Halloween through Knives Out and plenty in between. Read More »
What plot hole created by DC’s Legends of Tomorrow did Crisis on Infinite Earths just fix? What charitable thing did The Snyder Cut campaign pull off? When will Ms. Marvel, Moon Knight and She-Hulk start shooting? What does Mad Max: Fury Road director George Miller think of Martin Scorsese’s comments on Marvel movies? What year did Steve Rogers reunited with Peggy Carter at the end of Avengers: Endgame? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »
Despite J.J. Abrams‘ recent comments praising Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, I still find myself wondering if he plans to tweak anything Johnson established in that film with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. But one thing he definitely will not be changing is the idea that you don’t have to come from a specific bloodline to be able to tap into the Force. Read Abrams’ recent comments below. Read More »
The missing girl. She’s the center of many an American narrative. Yet for Jennifer Reeder, this figure is merely the beginning of a narrative that fades into the background of her film Knives and Skin. The real drama and intrigue of her “genre adjacent” work, as she describes the film, comes from watching how the disappearance of Carolyn Harper spirals outwards and deepens the grief of a small town mired in the quiet misery of suburbia.
Knives and Skin had a long festival run in 2019 from Berlin to Tribeca, Fantasia Festival to Fantastic Fest, and now finally arrives in theaters and on VOD courtesy of IFC Midnight. On the eve of release, I caught up with Reeder to discuss her unique work. Our conversation covered everything from her stylish, colorful aesthetic to the deadpan acting style as well as the heaviness of the material she covers.
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Henry Cavill, Henry Cavill’s wig, and Henry Cavill’s abs all star in The Witcher, Netflix’s new show based on the fantasy book series of the same name. The show drops on the streaming service this month, and ahead of its release, some new featurettes have arrived to introduce us to some of The Witcher characters. Cavill’s Geralt of Rivia is front and center, but you’ll also see videos for Yennefer of Vengerberg, played by Anya Chalotra, and Princess Cirilla, played by Freya Allan.
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Whether or not you’re familiar with the name Tracy Letts, there’s a strong chance that you’ve seen him grace the big and small screen over the years. After all, this actor/playwright has been popping up in some of the most critically acclaimed films of recent years.
Letts appeared in Lady Bird and The Post in 2017. He wrote the plays Bug, Killer Joe, and August: Osage County, all of which were adapted for the big screen. On the small screen, Letts appeared in several episodes of Homeland, Divorce, and The Sinner. And in 2019, you can catch Letts appearing in both Ford v Ferrari and Little Women.
Letts opened up over the phone about his roles in those two 2019 films, what he looks for when reading a screenplay, and his favorite sites in Chicago.
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