This year marks the 25th anniversary of the family adventure movie Jumanji. Adapted from the 1981 children’s book of the same name by Chris Van Allsburg, the movie features a board game that brings all the dangers of a jungle into the suburbs. Stampedes, mischievous monkeys, deadly spiders, a relentless hunter, and a grown man sucked into the game 20 years before all wreak havoc on the lives of two young orphans. Now you can bring a Jumanji board game replica home to play yourself. Read More »
Within the war movie genre, the American Civil War hasn’t beget as many classics as World War II or Vietnam. One indisputable classic, however, is Glory, the powerful 1989 film based on a true story about one of the first all-black volunteer regiments in the Union Army. Denzel Washington won his first Oscar for this movie. You may recall the scene where his character, Trip — the defiant slave turned soldier turned AWOL shoe-hunter — tries to keep a stiff upper lip but starts leaking tears as he’s whipped across his back, which already bears the scars of a runaway slave.
This year, at an AFI tribute to Washington, Michael B. Jordan cited those scars as the inspiration for Killmonger’s in Black Panther. Glory is a film where a similar transference of legacy can be felt in the actors’ performances. Bolstered by one of the all-time great film scores (composed by the late James Horner and featuring the Harlem Boys Choir), it’s a movie that seeks to pass the generational torch, putting viewers in touch with the past so that its forgotten sacrifices can help light the way forward to a better tomorrow for all.
Seeing “Old Glory,” the flag, wave in Glory, the film, as Americans fight other Americans on the battlefield at Antietam Creek certainly hits close to home in 2019, when the country feels less united than ever, up a different kind of creek. With HBO’s Watchmen having recently drawn attention to the Tulsa Race Massacre, Glory offers another indelible screen depiction of an important episode in American history. Rewatching it on its thirtieth anniversary, here at the tail end of the 2010s, is an emotional experience: at once humbling and cathartic and inspiring all over again.
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San Diego Comic-Con is right around the corner, and some of the best exclusives for the annual convention come from toy manufacturer NECA. They’ve already revealed a new four-pack of figures from the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies, and now they’re bringing a new Terminator 2: Judgment Day figure to the table that fans have wanted for a long time.
NECA has already released several outstanding action figures from James Cameron’s 1992 Terminator sequel, but today they finally announced that John Connor will be joining the roster as a San Diego Comic-Con 2019 exclusive, and he even comes with the dirt bike that he uses to skip school and speed around Los Angeles. Read More »
The popular Broadway show Guys and Dolls was adapted into a movie in 1950 with Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra in the lead roles, and Hollywood has been trying to remake it for years. Now the rights have been scooped up by TriStar Pictures, who hopes to finally bring the song-filled story of gamblers and dames to the big screen once again.
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Are you sitting down? You better grab a seat, because the intensity of this brand new, piping hot, fresh-off-the-presses A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood photo is going to knock the breath right out of your chest. Steel yourself for what you’re about to see, because director Marielle Heller‘s Mr. Rogers biopic is getting real. Check out star Tom Hanks in action in the photo below. Read More »
The next movie from Phil Lord and Chris Miller will see the duo heading back into the live-action realm after they conquered animation, spawning a multimillion dollar franchise with their surprise hit The LEGO Movie and shepherding last year’s critical darling Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse to possible Oscar success. Lord and Miller’s latest film, a sci-fi feature called The Last Human, has sparked a heated bidding war between several studios that landed them an eight-figure deal with Sony/Tristar.
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It’s been 32 years, but the ’80s cult fantasy movie Labyrinth still has the power of voodoo over us. And just when the thought of a Labyrinth sequel had slipped our minds, director Fede Alvarez is here to remind us of the babe. The long-gestating sequel to the Jim Henson classic is finally starting to come together, Alvarez teased, confirming that a Labyrinth sequel script has been completed.
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Game of Thrones director Matt Shakman was set to make his feature debut with The Phantom Tollbooth movie adaptation, but now animation filmmaker Carlos Saldanha will take his place. Saldanha directed Rio, Ferdinand and one of the Ice Age films, and will make his live-action feature debut with the film adaptation of Norton Juster’s classic children’s book about a boy who travels to a magical land.
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There have been countless adaptations of Peter Pan over the years, but undoubtedly the most beloved take on J.M. Barrie’s classic fantasy is actually a sequel from director Steven Spielberg.
Hook takes the story of Peter Pan and basically forgets about the whole thing. Well, at least it makes it so that Peter Pan himself has forgotten all of his adventures in Neverland, opting to become a stressed out, grumpy business man named Peter Banning played by a totally clean shaven Robin Williams. But when Peter is forced to go back to Neverland to save his kidnapped children from Captain Hook, we get a magical adventure full of child abandonment and neglect, depressed pirates, and perpetual war between adults and kids. You know, a real family film perfect for the Honest Trailers treatment. Read More »
Alex Garland is known for directing heady sci-fi movies like Ex Machina and Annihilation, but his latest project marks a shift in the career of the English filmmaker. TriStar Pictures has acquired the rights to The Toymaker’s Secret, a haunted house script written by Garland that’s being described as “family friendly,” which is not exactly the first thing you think of when you think about his existing movies. Read more about this new film below. Read More »