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Judi Dench Cats

Oscar-winning actress Judi Dench is the latest performer to join the cast of Tom Hooper‘s Cats movie musical. She’ll play a gender-swapped version of the Jellicle cats’ leader, Old Deuteronomy. She also has some interesting history with this show that makes her casting here seem like a nice “full circle” moment in her impressive career.  Read More »

Conceptually, Legends of Tomorrow is… odd. Its first season brings together supporting heroes and villains from The Flash and Arrow and sends them tumbling through time, including (but not limited to) petty thieves Heatwave and Captain Cold (Dominic Purcell and Wentworth Miller of Prison Break, playing off each other in deliciously operatic fashion), scientist Martin Stein (Victor Garber) and car mechanic Jefferson ‘Jax’ Jackson (Franz Drameh), who combine to form a single, flame-headed nuclear superhero F.I.R.E.S.T.O.R.M., undead assassin The White Canary (Caity Lotz), John Constantine (Matt Ryan; yes, that John Constantine) and boyscout superhero Ray Palmer/The Atom, played by none other than Brandon Routh of Superman Returns.

Full disclosure: the first season leaves a lot to be desired. It’s a messy, dour collection of decent-to-good character moments focusing on an underwhelming villain, Vandal Savage (Casper Crump, who performs admirably) on the heels of two equally underwhelming heroes, Hawkman (Falk Hentschel) and Hawk-Girl (Ciara Renée), but the reason I’m keen to write about Legends is because its second season is functionally a soft reboot. The show changes up its structure entirely, leaning hard in to the inherent ridiculousness of inept superheroes given the ability to travel anywhere in history. I mean, why wouldn’t they go hang out with J.R.R. Tolkien during World War I?

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I know this much is true series

Get ready for two Ruffalos for the price of one. Mark Ruffalo will headline HBO’s I Know This Much Is True series, a six-episode limited series based on Wally Lamb’s novel. The Place Beyond the Pines director Derek Cianfrance will write, executive produce and direct the series, which joins the recent HBO trend of adapting novels into miniseries events.

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halloween ending explained

Halloween is now playing everywhere, and there’s a good chance many of you went out and saw it at a Thursday night screening. So let’s talk about the ending, shall we? This goes without saying, but if you haven’t seen David Gordon Green‘s Halloween yet, and want to remain spoiler-free, you should get the heck out of here, because here come some big spoilers. Our Halloween ending discussion continues below.

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Creed II featurette

The Rocky movies have always been about legacy. Sylvester Stallone‘s underdog boxer didn’t think he was going to win in his first bout with Apollo Creed back in the original movie – he just wanted to “go the distance” to prove he could hang in there with the best of ’em. 2015’s Creed was about legacy too, but in a different way: legacy was a burden in that film, a shadow from which Michael B. Jordan‘s Adonis needed to step out to establish himself as a boxer in his own right.

Surprise, surprise: the theme of legacy returns again in Creed II, with Adonis not only facing off against the son of Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren), but doing so as a new parent. Plus, in a more meta sense, new director Steven Caple Jr. has the franchise’s legacy to contend with as he tries to fill the shoes of previous director Ryan Coogler. Watch a new Creed II featurette below.
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jungle cruise release date

Jungle Cruise, Disney’s upcoming film adaptation of one of their classic theme park rides, has been delayed. The Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt vehicle was first slated to hit theaters on October 11, 2019, but will now arrive on July 24, 2020. Read More »

Global cinema lives at the New York Film Festival. The recently concluded 56th edition ran two straight weeks (four, if you’re press) at the prestigious Lincoln Center, offering everything from experimental shorts to director talks to virtual reality films, though, as one might expect, the wide array of features is undoubtedly a central highlight. I’ve been attending the festival for five years running, and having caught a good majority of the 2018 slate— 27 films, the most I’ve seen at any festival — I can safely say it’s one of the best lineups I’ve ever had the pleasure of experiencing.

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daredevil cast

As Daredevil makes its way toward our Netflix screens today, the Marvel Netflix show announced a last bit of casting news to get us hyped for its third season. The Daredevil cast features Irish actor Peter Halpin as the older brother of Elden Henson’s Foggy Nelson, a new addition to the mythology of the Marvel Comics superhero.

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the guilty review

Denmark’s 2019 Oscar entry is the kind of genre film that doesn’t normally make it through the Academy’s gates, but it’s a taut thriller with enough dramatic heft that it may prove to be an exception. High-concept thrillers are often written in reverse, with stories extrapolated (if not merely tacked on) to premises-as-a-selling points. I’d be willing to wager that the screenplay for The Guilty, written by director Gustav Möller along with Emil Nygaard Albertsen, was conceived much the same way, though that’s hardly a point against it. Its premise is undoubtedly its driving force; set in a police dispatch center, the film takes place in real time within four stationary walls, as officer Asger Holm (Jakob Cedergren) monitors a journey by car. The plot could easily have functioned independently of the story being told, but it goes from being interesting to downright riveting once injected with a tale about — you guessed it — guilt.

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escape room trailer

Escape Rooms are all the rage these days, with friend groups, work colleagues, and family members all flocking to a game that forces them to be stuck in a room together. But what if that immersive game suddenly turns deadly? That’s what the psychological horror film Escape Room asks, and you can watch the new trailer below.

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