chernobyl review

Creator Craig Mazin and director Johan Renck hold a magnifying glass up to one of the worst nuclear disasters in history with Chernobyl. Most adults are aware of the disaster, and likely know the basics. But Chernobyl digs beneath the radiated earth, pulling up alarming truths that often come across as depressingly timely.

Because Chernobyl isn’t just about a disaster on a technical level. It’s about how the stubbornness and willful ignorance of humanity can bring about terrifying results. The end result is not easy to watch – but it is a must-see.

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chernobyl trailer

Just the name “Chernobyl” is enough to evoke a sense of dread. The new HBO miniseries Chernobyl is diving deep into why that dread exists. Written and executive produced by Craig Mazin in The Hangover writer’s first foray into drama, and starring Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgard and Emily WatsonChernobyl is a five-part miniseries that dramatizes the 1986 nuclear disaster that devastated the small, now-abandoned Ukrainian town of Pripyat and released radioactive material across Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine and as far as Scandinavia and western Europe. The new Chernobyl trailer explores the fallout of that explosion, and the dozens of victims that it claimed during and after the fact.

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Chernobyl Trailer

Chernobyl is the most famous nuclear disaster in history, so much that the name itself is used as a moniker to describe any prospective nuclear accident in order to stress the gravity of the situation. Now HBO is giving the 1986 disaster the miniseries treatment with Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgard and Emily Watson starring, and the first Chernobyl trailer has arrived. Read More »

king lear trailer

Anthony Hopkins has appeared in productions of Shakespeare’s work on both stage and screen, and now he’s bringing his talents to a BBC production of King Lear. You can watch the King Lear trailer below.

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little women first look

Little Women is one of the all-time classic American stories, so it makes sense that it’s being adapted into a television series by the…BBC? Well, not that much sense, but the British TV network excels in churning out high-quality period dramas, which bodes well for the new Little Women, especially since it has to live up to the defining  adaptation, the 1994 film starring Winona Ryder, Claire Danes, Kirsten Dunst, and Christian Bale at their ’90s wunderkind peaks.

BBC One and PBS’ Masterpiece’s TV adaptation doesn’t have quite the big-name cast that the 1994 Little Women had, but in the Little Women first look, it seems that they’ve captured the loveliness and charm of the novel.

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Genius Super Bowl spot

We’re only a day away from (hopefully) seeing Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons defeat the New England Patriots. That matchup should make for a great game, and if not, at least we’ll see some commercials to keep us engaged. One ad guaranteed to grab the attention of a few million people is an ad for the National Geographic series Genius, which features Albert Einstein (Geoffrey Rush) playing Lady Gaga’s riveting “Bad Romance” on the violin.

Below, watch the Genius Super Bowl spot.

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genius trailer

If you’re going to cast someone as brilliant as Albert Einstein, Geoffrey Rush, an actor who exudes intelligence and wisdom, isn’t a bad choice. Rush stars in National Geographic’s first scripted series, Genius. The anthology drama will depict world’s greatest innovators, and season one starts with the legendary Noble Prize-winning physicist.

Below, watch the Genius trailer.

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Everest trailer

Mountain climbing on its own can be quite a dangerous activity, but it gets infinitely worse when you decide to climb the highest mountain on the planet. And that’s made abundantly clear in a new international trailer for Everest.

The mountain-climbing drama takes an impressive ensemble cast that includes Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes and Jake Gyllenhaal and hikes them up Mount Everest, which sits at the cruising altitude of a 747 according to the trailer. However, it’s not getting to Everest that proves to be the more dangerous part. It’s getting home.

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Everest featurette

This fall brings the terrifying elements of the highest mountain on the planet to the big screen in the mountain climbing drama Everest starring Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Jake Gyllenhaal and more.

While it would be easy to shoot an entire film like this on a sound stage and use visual effects to complete the scenery, director Baltasar Kormakur (2 Guns, Contraband) wanted the cast to experience the elements firsthand by shooting on location in Nepal on the foothills of Everest, as well as the Italian Alps. Now an Everest featurette shows what that was like for the stars of the film, and you can watch it below. Read More »

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Everest trailer Jake Gylenhaal

Featuring one of the most impressive casts of the year, director Baltasar Kormákur is ready to take audiences to one of the most frightening and mythic places on the globe: Everest. The new film, which stars Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, Sam Worthington, Keira Knightley, Emily Watson and Jake Gyllenhaal, opens September 18.

Based on true events, Everest tells the story two teams attempt to reach the summit of the mountain in one of the most violent snowstorms ever recorded. Kormákur shot the film in real conditions and IMAX 3D to give the viewer an experience almost as harrowing as the real people. Did he succeed? Check out the first Everest trailer below. Read More »