maleficent mistress of evil review

To this day, Maleficent remains one of the outliers of the Disney live-action adaptation machine: a visually dazzling revisionist take on Sleeping Beauty that succeeded in being more than just a nostalgic grab bag of recreations of beloved animated moments. All of it was boosted by the strength of Angelina Jolie‘s bewitching turn as the titular Disney villain and a potent, if somewhat clumsily told, sexual assault metaphor. But after the 2014 film finished its retelling of Sleeping Beauty, what else could there be to tell? In Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, fairy genocide and dastardly politicking, apparently.

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is an ambitious sequel that expands the world and once again pushes a socially relevant allegory to the forefront. It’s full of spectacular action sequences and awe-inspiring world building that is designed like a mix of Avatar meets The Dark Crystal. But this lofty sequel sacrifices all the storybook whimsy in favor of political intrigue and dark plots that are far too complicated to be wrapped up by a typical Disney happy ending, and end up landing with a thud.

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At this past summer’s San Diego Comic-Con, filmmaker Destin Daniel Cretton took the stage in Hall H to introduce Simu Liu, the star of his upcoming superhero movie Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, the first Marvel Studios film with an Asian protagonist. The presence of the organization in the film’s title – the Ten Rings, the terrorist group that captured Iron Man in the very first Marvel Cinematic Universe movie – is essentially all we know about the movie up to this point. But in a new interview, Cretton has revealed that the film will be tonally similar to The Matrix, Lilly and Lana Wachowski’s game-changing 1999 sci-fi action masterpiece.

And to ensure that the film feels appropriately Matrix-y, Cretton and Marvel have hired The Matrix cinematographer Bill Pope to shoot Shang-Chi. Read Cretton’s recent comments below.
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The Rocketeer TV series Billy Campbell

A strong case could be made that Disney’s 1991 film The Rocketeer is the best comic book movie Hollywood has ever produced. Director Joe Johnston delivered pitch-perfect execution of the film’s soaring adventure story, sparking the imaginations of a generation and wonderfully capturing the spirit of comic book writer/artist Dave Stevens‘ 1930s-era stories of derring-do. Sadly, the film tanked at the box office (it opened the same weekend as Terminator 2), and a sequel has yet to materialize.

But Disney recognizes the value in that piece of intellectual property – the company is keeping the franchise alive in the form of a new animated series on Disney Junior. And they’ve hired the movie’s leading man, actor Billy Campbell, to lend his voice to the new show. But he won’t be reprising the role of hotshot stunt pilot Cliff Secord in The Rocketeer TV series. Read on to find out who Campbell is playing instead. Read More »

frozen 2 trailer

Elsa is no longer about concealing and not feeling. The Queen of Arendelle is fully embracing her powers in Frozen 2, Disney’s highly anticipated to its 2013 mega-hit Frozen. Disney has released a new Frozen 2 trailer, which shows Elsa letting her hair down (even more), and showing off never-before-seen ice powers. Watch the new Frozen 2 trailer below.

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Star Wars Resistance Season 2 Episode 2 Review

Star Wars Resistance has now certainly sailed into The Last Jedi era.

After a harrowing hyperspace jump away from the First Order clutches, the Colossus is out of the needed hyperfuel to make another space jump to safety. Kazuda Xiono (Christopher Sean) hopes the Resistance base on planet D’Qar can refuel them.

But those who watched The Last Jedi know the Colossus won’t find salvation in the base. Because as The Last Jedi era stipulates, the base is wiped out. Unable to reach Poe Dameron and General Leia Organa, Kaz teams up with the pirates to salvage a derelict Dreadnought for coaxium fuel.

However, Kaz’s previous well-intentioned, but reckless, attempt to contact Tam (Suzie McGrath) came with a huge price, dilemmas, and reckonings.  Read More »

Jungle Cruise Trailer

Following the massive success of the Pirates of the Caribbean series, Disney is looking to another beloved Disney Parks attraction for their live-action films. Jungle Cruise is based on one of the first Disney Parks attractions, which takes passengers on a riverboat cruise through the major rivers of Asia, Africa, and South America. The film will narrow that location down to the Amazon, which serves as the mystical location of the mythic Tree of Life, which Dwayne Johnson‘s riverboat captain and Emily Blunt‘s scientist are searching for in the film directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. Watch the Jungle Cruise trailer below.

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The Mandalorian

The Mandalorian may not hit Disney+ for another month, but you can already pre-order a life-size replica of the trademark helmet worn by the titular bounty hunter in the new Star Wars series. EFX Collectibles has recreated the shimmering helmet that resembles Boba Fett’s headpiece from the original trilogy, just with a metallic paint job, a less damaged surface and the lack of an antenna. Chronicle Collectibles is distributing The Mandalorian helmet replica in the US. Find out how to get it below. Read More »

Admiral Ackbar's Son

Though there have been a few things that certain Star Wars fans have taken issue with in The Last Jedi, one that was a punch to the gut of many was the sudden death of Admiral Ackbar. The Resistance officer was blown into space during the First Order’s attack on our heroes’ base on D’Qar. In their attempt to escape in the ship known as the Raddus, they jumped to hyperspace, only to be tracked down and blasted to smithereens, leaving only General Leia Organa as the sole survivor, thanks to the Force.

However, a new Star Wars comic has revealed that a piece of Admiral Ackbar lives in on the form of his son, Aftab Ackbar, son of Gial. And there’s a chance we might see this character end up appearing in The Rise of Skywalker. Read More »

X-Men cartoon theme song

It’s been 22 years since X-Men (aka X-Men: The Animated Series) went off the air, but arguably the most famous aspect of that show – its stellar opening theme song – is now at the center of a lawsuit that was filed against companies like Marvel, Apple, Amazon, The Walt Disney Company, and more. The suit claims that the iconic instrumental opening rips off the theme song from a 1980s Hungarian TV show called Linda, and you can listen to both songs below to see if you think he has a point. Read More »

Watch Star Wars Resistance Season 2 Episode 1

Last weekend brought the second season premiere of the Disney XD animated series Star Wars Resistance. It also happens to be the final season of the series that has been unfolding concurrently with the events of Star Wars: The Last Jedi and will soon lead up to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. But if you’re one of those people who doesn’t keep up with the show on cable because you cut the cord long ago, you can still watch the first episode, “Into the Unknown,” on YouTube right now for free. Read More »

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