Marvel Strike Force - Spider-Man

Want to see what’s in store for Arrow, Supergirl and The Flash when all the shows return in January? What is Aquaman‘s Rotten Tomatoes score? How much might Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse make this weekend? What is one fan trying to accomplish with the address AvengersEndgame.com? Want to hear a track from Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse?  All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

the mandalorian

On the December 12, 2018 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor in chief Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film senior writer Ben Pearson and writers Hoai-Tran Bui and Chris Evangelista to talk about the latest movie and tv news, including Netflix, Stargirl, Onward, Female-Led movies, Doctor Strange, Deadpool and in Advice Corner with Chris Evangelista someone needs some help with hot to decide which movie to watch.

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The Evolution of Peter Jackson

Peter Jackson has two new movies out this December, and each represents a vastly different side of the New Zealand cinema titan. Mortal Engines, which Jackson produced and co-wrote, is the kind of giant fantasy blockbuster he has become known for, while They Shall Not Grow Old, his (non-faux) documentary debut, stems from an entirely different part of his sensibilities.

Thus, it’s worth taking a look at how we got here – and how Jackson’s career has changed him as a filmmaker.

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a simple favor blu-ray

A Simple Favor is one of 2018’s most pleasant surprises – a stylish, funny, twisty dark comedy featuring two killer performances from Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick. The Paul Feig-directed flick is now available on digital, and hitting 4K Ultra Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD on December 18, 2018.

To celebrate, we’re giving away a copy of the Simple Favor Blu-ray, along with the vinyl soundtrack.

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New Blu-ray Releases the nun

(Welcome to Not Dead Yet, a feature dedicated to new Blu-ray releases and what special features you should be excited about. Because yes, some of us still like to own physical copies of our movies.)

The year is winding down, the holidays are here, and you’re in need of stocking stuffers. Here, buy every single one of these Blu-rays, and stuff them into various stockings. Problem solved! In this week’s Blu-ray round-up, I bring you the latest entry in The Conjuring universe, Blake Lively wearing some dope suits, Denzel Washington killing lots of people, a horror sequel starring two actors on the cusp of fame, and a splatter-movie classic, now rendered in glorious 4K.

Here are the new Blu-ray releases and their special features you should check out this week and beyond.

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sonic the hedgehog poster

With the arrival of the first poster, we learned that Sonic the Hedgehog has muscles. Now, get an up close and personal look at them in the new Sonic the Hedgehog poster. The poster, which Paramount Pictures has confirmed to us is legit and will only be seen in theaters, shows the beloved video game character looking down at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, while his weirdly muscular legs dangle from the edge.

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Mary Poppins Returns is the cinematic equivalent of a cover band performing a beloved musical act’s hits: it recalls memories of what you loved when you were younger without stepping out of the shadows and working on its own. With Rob Marshall behind the camera, this 54-years-in-waiting sequel could have been a lot worse; of the three films he’s directed for Walt Disney Pictures, this is surprisingly the most tolerable. (Enjoy your pull-quote, Disney marketing!) But Mary Poppins Returns cannot help but serve as a reminder of just how special and irreplaceable the 1964 original is.

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At the end of this week’s Elseworlds, the three-part event unfolding across The Flash, Arrow and Supergirl, The CW’s crossover continuity teased a major event straight out of DC comics. It’s been hinted at ever since The Flash debuted in 2014 and now it’s official: the 1985-86 landmark Crisis on Infinite Earths will finally make its way to screens in the Fall of 2019. What’s more, everything these shows have been doing for the last few years, including and especially this recent event, justifies it in spades.

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Mortal Engines featurette

I sat down last night at the screening of Mortal Engines, and had just about no idea what to expect. Greeted only by a bland, vague tagline and a pair of glaring blue eyes staring out from the screen, I wondered, “What is this movie all about?” The bland, vague tagline should have been enough of a hint. What unfolded once the lights went down was a film so in search of an identity of its own that it simply scavenged from the remnants of other, far more accomplished genre and/or fantasy stories. There are flashes of a smart, sometimes quite sweetly emotional story here, but Mortal Engines is mostly inert and uninspired. It’s a particularly disappointing mix, considering that the screenwriters are none other than Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, and Peter Jackson, who once brought the Lord of the Rings trilogy to life.

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once upon a deadpool review

Once Upon a Deadpool hopes to be a Deadpool for a wider audience during the holiday season, featuring a heavily edited PG-13 version of Deadpool 2. But is there anyone even slightly interested in such an idea? Even with the bonus incentive of a portion of the proceeds going to charity, this last-minute cash-grab fails to justify its existence.

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