mamma mia here we go again reviews

No one was clamoring for a sequel to 2008’s Mamma Mia, the smash-hit jukebox musical based on the popular Broadway play. It was campy, kitschy, and just the right thing to put on in the background as you drank rosé and and reminisced of the glory days of ABBA. And yet, 10 years later, here comes a sequel as dazzling and dedicated to joy as the first one was. And critics say that it could melt our cold, cynical hearts.

The Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again reviews are here and, despite a healthy heaping of cynicism from the critics going into the films, they found themselves tapping their feet to the music. It’s a silly, solid sequel that just may be what we need in these trying times.

See what critics are saying in their Mamma Mia Here We Go Again reviews below.

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First Reformed Trailer

A24 has become one of those names that always has your attention. We sometimes don’t hear about their movies much until the trailers start rolling in, and then we’re totally on board. And that’s exactly how we feel about their forthcoming release from Paul Schrader, best known for writing Taxi Driver and directing a slew of dark and often deranged thrillers.

First Reformed follows Ethan Hawke as a priest who is becoming more and more disillusioned with humanity as his congregation dwindles and the world around him becomes more and more troubling. The clergyman suddenly finds himself taking matters into his own hands as he grows impatient waiting for God to do something. Read More »

mamma mia tv spot

Cher takes the spotlight (or perhaps the moonlight) in the latest Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again TV spot. And it sure does feel good to see the smoky-voiced diva on the silver screen again after taking an seven-year hiatus away from the film industry…even if she’s only here to sing a cover of ABBA’s “Fernando.”

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gringo trailer

Titling your movie after a slur is always a gamble, but casting award-winning actors in your marijuana black comedy may be even more so.

Gringo stars David Oyelowo in his most broad comedic performance yet, playing a mild-mannered businessman who is tasked with delivering a formula for a new weed pill to a lab in Mexico. But because of the shady dealings of his superiors, played by Charlize Theron and Joel Edgerton, he gets kidnapped by a Mexican drug cartel and finds himself tangled in a web of drug conspiracies, mercenaries, and the DEA — and hey, isn’t that Sharlto Copley? But this is a comedy, so Oyelowo has to scream hysterically the entire time.

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The Clapper trailer

Ed Helms hasn’t quite been able to parlay his success on The Office onto the big screen, but perhaps his new film The Clapper will change that. The quirky romantic comedy has Helms playing a professional infomercial audience member who finds himself smitten with a gas station attendant played by Amanda Seyfried. Their romance is challenged, however, when a late night talk show host turns Helms’ world upside down. The Clapper trailer awaits you below.

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First Reformed Review

We’ve quietly entered a renaissance of master American filmmakers tackling religious subjects with the gravity, dignity and seriousness they deserve. Add Paul Schrader’s latest movie First Reformed to a growing list of modern masterpieces on faith through hardship that includes Martin Scorsese’s Silence, Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life, the Coen Brothers’ A Serious Man and James Gray’s The Immigrant.

Read our full First Reformed review from TIFF below. Read More »

the last word trailer

Next month Mark Pellington returns to the Sundance Film Festival. The last time the filmmaker attended the fest, he brought I Melt With You with him. That aggressive and bleak drama didn’t receive the warmest of receptions, but it had its fans at the time. Pelling’s new film, The Last Word, looks like a far more accessible movie, and it stars Shirley MacClaine and Amanda Seyfried.

Below, watch The Last Word trailer.

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Tracy Morgan the Clapper

Tracy Morgan is currently in talks to reunite with Son of No One writer-director, Dito Montiel. Montiel is working on an adaptation of his own novel, Eddie Krumble Is the Clapper, a project that has already enlisted Ed Helms and Amanda Seyfried. Morgan, if the filmmakers can work around his schedule, might join The Clapper cast.

Learn more about the project below.

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the clapper cast

There is something eminently watchable about Ed Helms, who has spent a significant portion of his career suffering onscreen for our amusement. With his role as a regular correspondent on The Daily Show, her perfected the act of playing a buffoon lacking any and all self-awareness. In The Office, he elevated his oblivious blowhard persona to the next level, often facing all sorts of painful repercussions for his actions. And then he appeared in the new Vacation and the Hangover sequels, which is punishment enough for ten comedians.

Now, he’s looking to play another sad-sack punching bag in The Clapper, which will team him up with Amanda Seyfried and writer/director Dito Montiel.

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Amanda Seyfried in While We're Young

Two more are entering Twin Peaks. Amanda Seyfried and Balthazar Getty have just signed on for Showtime’s revival of the ’90s mystery series, joining returning star Kyle MacLachlan. Get details on the Twin Peaks Amanda Seyfried and Balthazar Getty casting after the jump.

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