lego movie 2 comic con

When such an enjoyable, original hit movie like The LEGO Movie comes along, the inevitable sequel always comes with some worry and skepticism. Thankfully, the marketing for the animated follow-up promised a movie in the same vein as the original with some fun new tangents. But how does The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part really measure up to the first adventure with master builders Emmet (Chris Pratt) and Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks) and the rest of their building block companions? Read More »

leaving neverland early buzz

Leaving Neverland, the documentary investigating Michael Jackson’s years of sexual abuse allegations, premiered at Sundance Friday. The four-hour documentary directed by Dan Reed chronicles the King of Pop’s long-running relationships with two boys, James Safechuck and Wade Robson, during the 1990s. “Now in their 30s, they tell the story of how they were sexually abused by Jackson, and how they came to terms with it years later,” the film’s official synopsis reads.

The documentary premiered amid backlash against the film’s contents and “direct threats” against Reed’s life, causing Park City police to raise security around the Friday screening. However, the protesters reportedly didn’t appear, and Leaving Neverland was shown to a packed audience that gave the documentary and its subjects Safechuck and Robson a standing ovation. Critics who left the screening called it “disturbing,” “exhaustive,” “a devastating, deeply credible piece of filmmaking.”

Read on to see the rest of the Leaving Neverland early buzz.

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the punisher season 2 early buzz

The Punisher season 2 finds itself in an odd place — as one of two survivors of Netflix’s purge of gritty Marvel shows starring streetwise superheroes. So it perhaps has even more to prove with its upcoming second season than the widely acclaimed Jessica Jones, as The Punisher boasts a more widespread fanbase and a protagonist whose mantra puts himself at odds with the current landscape. So how will the second season of The Punisher fare?

The first season of The Punisher was well-received, largely for star Jon Bernthal‘s dedicated growling performance and for the show’s attempts to dig deeper into trauma and vengeance. Now season 2 has been reviewed by some critics, who are evenly divided on whether it’s good or not — seemingly dependent on whether they liked season 1 or not.

See what The Punisher season 2 early buzz is below.

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how to train your dragon 3 reviews

American audiences aren’t going to see How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World until the end of February, but since Australian crowds will be able to see it when it opens in that country on January 3, the first batch of How to Train Your Dragon 3 reviews hit the internet today. Thankfully, it sounds like critics are riding high after witnessing the final adventure of Hiccup and Toothless. Read some excerpts from their reviews below. Read More »

true detective season 3 early buzz

True Detective season 3 comes four years after the second season of the HBO crime anthology series debuted to abysmal reviews, a far cry from the pop culture phenomenon and career renaissance for star Matthew McConaughey that season 1 spawned. Since then, the show has gone from phenomenon to meme, to embarrassment, with the aforementioned McConaughaissance waning just as the anthology series trend begins to fade.

But creator Nic Pizzolatto brings back the HBO crime drama armed with Oscar-winning star Mahershala Ali, who leads a season that critics are calling a return to form. See what critics are saying in our round-up of the True Detective season 3 early buzz.

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worst new tv shows of 2018

In the era of Peak TV, it’s inevitable that you’ll get a few clunkers. And Metacritic is here to tell you exactly what those clunkers were in the year 2018. As the year closes out, the review aggregation website has compiled a list of the worst new TV shows of 2018, based on the aggregate critic scores.

At the top of the list is one of the most controversial shows of the year, which inspired backlash before the series even hit its home streaming platform of Netflix: Insatiable. It turns out, critics weren’t having what Insatiable, or these nine other TV shows, were feeding them.

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holmes and watson reviews

When a studio avoids screening a movie for critics, it’s usually a bad sign. Holmes and Watson, a comedy that reunites the Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly, hit theaters on Christmas Day, and not a single early review surfaced before that. Some committed critics ventured out to catch the flick on the holiday, though, and they clearly were not pleased with what they saw. As a result, the movie is now sitting at an alarming 0% on Rotten Tomatoes.

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Bumblebee Early Buzz

This month brings yet another installment in the Transformers franchise in the form of the spin-off Bumblebee. But if the early buzz is to be believed, this time we have a movie that not only please fans of the original Transformers animated series and movie, but also delivers a story with some character and heart that isn’t overshadowed by director Michael Bay’s signature directorial style and overstuffed plot.

Find out what people are saying in the Bumblebee early buzz round-up below. Read More »

mary poppins returns early buzz

The social media embargo for Mary Poppins Returns has lifted like an otherworldly nanny floating up into the sky, and the early buzz is rolling in. Do critics find the Emily Blunt-starring Mary Poppins sequel magical? Does Lin-Manuel Miranda shine in his first big screen role? Does director Rob Marshall rekindle the spirit of the original? Or is the end result supercalifragilisticexpialistupid? Read the Mary Poppins Returns early buzz below!

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spider-man into the spider-verse reviews

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse looks unlike any Spider-Man movie we’ve seen before — nay, unlike any comic book movie we’ve seen before. The gorgeous animated Spider-Man movie follows Afro-Latino teenager Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) in his big-screen debut, as he embarks on a whirlwind adventure of alternate universes and multi-verse team-ups that sees him crossing paths with multiple spider-heroes like Peter Parker (Jake Johnson) and Spider-Woman (Hailee Steinfeld). But is the movie as good as it looks?

Yes, critics resoundingly say. All that and more. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is drawing universal rave reviews, with critics calling it the best superhero movie of the year and one of the best Spider-Man movies ever.

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