frozen 2 early buzz

Disney heads into the unknown with Frozen II, its first theatrical sequel to one of its biggest hits. Before Frozen II, most of the beloved Disney animated movies would receive at least one direct-to-video sequel or maybe a TV spin-off. But the incredible success of 2013’s Frozen almost necessitated a sequel that could once again tap into Elsa-mania with the help of brand new songs by Oscar-winning songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez and the return of Idina Menzel‘s soaring vocals. And, according to critics who got the chance to see the highly anticipated sequel early, that’s exactly where Frozen II succeeds.

Critics praised the dazzling visuals and the undeniably catchy songs of the new film, but questioned whether Frozen II needs to exist at all — aside from being a surefire box office hit. See what critics are saying in the Frozen 2 early buzz below.

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The Knight Before Christmas trailer

Maybe Vanessa Hudgens accidentally signed her soul away in a contract with Netflix that requires her to star in at least one cheesy Christmas movie per year. Or maybe we’ve got ourselves a new Queen of Christmas who just wants to spend her holidays frolicking with handsome foreign men, one of which may be displaced in time. Whatever the case, more power to her. As the aforementioned time-displaced British knight says in Hudgens’ new Netflix Christmas movie The Knight Before Christmas, maybe she is a witch. Watch The Knight Before Christmas trailer below.

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the unsound movie

 David F. Sandberg is set to make a return to the horror genre with The Unsound, a horror film that Netflix has acquired in a heated bidding war. Based on the BOOM! Studios graphic novel by Cullen Bunn and Jack T. ColeThe Unsound movie follows a psychiatrist who returns to the insane asylum where her mother once worked and is now a patient. Read More »

friendsgiving movie

As long as there are an infinite number of holidays, there will always be holiday ensemble comedies. But Friendsgiving one might be one that we can give thanks for. Produced by Ben Stiller and starring an all-star cast of comedians that includes Malin Akerman, Kat Dennings, Chelsea Peretti, Christine Taylor, Jane Seymour, and more, Friendsgiving has just been picked up by Saban Films with a planned theatrical release for long after Thanksgiving. But hey, being thankful is a year-round experience.

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scoob first look

Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Incorporated gang have an all-new paint job. The team of intrepid teenage mystery solvers and their beloved talking dog have gotten a new 3D animated makeover with Scoob!, a Warner Animated movie set to kick off the Hanna-Barbera Cinematic Universe. See the Scoob first look images below.

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star wars kabuki

The Star Wars franchise has long worn its Japanese influences on its sleeves. From the kimono-like robes of its Jedi, to the pseudo-Japanese names, to the Akira Kurosawa homages, as well as the roots of the Force in Eastern mysticism and philosophies, Lucas owes a lot to the country. For further proof, George Lucas initially wanted to cast longtime Kurosawa collaborator Toshiro Mifune as Obi-Wan Kenobi.

So it’s fitting that Star Wars will come full circle and turn all that Japanese narrative subtext into text. An official Star Wars kabuki adaptation is in the works, with the stage play set to premiere in Tokyo later this month.

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his dark materials season trailer

His Dark Materials got off to a strong, albeit imperfect, start last night, dropping viewers right into the alternate world where human souls take on the form of animals and James McAvoy is a bad uncle. While the first episode was comprised of a lot of Dafne Keen‘s bull-headed protagonist Lyra Belacqua running on rooftops and foreshadowing things to come, the rest of the first season of His Dark Materials looks to be packed with plot and action.

HBO has released a new His Dark Materials trailer teasing the weeks ahead of the first season, which adapts the first book in Philip Pullman’s beloved fantasy trilogy. But as we see in the intriguing new His Dark Materials season trailer, there are plenty of hints to events even further down the line.

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jumanji reverse the curse

No one seems to have a good time in the Jumanji movies — they tend to be accidentally sucked into the mystical game and have to fight to escape. But the upcoming Jumanji: Reverse the Curse VR attraction allows you to actually play the game as it is meant to be enjoyed, without dealing with all those above dangers or the untold body horror of being stuck in another person.

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martin scorsese marvel movies

It’s been 84 years since Martin Scorsese lit the internet on fire with his less-than-glowing words about Marvel movies. After weeks of superhero fans whipping themselves into a frenzy over what “cinema” entails, and outlets cycling through every auteur they can find to comment on the outrage, the legendary filmmaker is stepping back into the conversation. Scorsese published an essay in The New York Times explaining exactly what he means when he declares that Marvel movies aren’t cinema, and why the dominance of superhero movies could threaten the very face of the industry.

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bad boys for life trailer

Will Smith and Martin Lawrence pledged to be bad boys for life, but that’s a hard promise to keep when retirement is waiting just around the corner. “It’s time we be Good Men,” Lawrence tells Smith in the new trailer for Bad Boys for Lifethe long-awaited third entry in the outsized action series. “Who wants to sing that song?” Smith responds belligerently. Touché.

Watch the Bad Boys For Life trailer below.

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