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Avengers: Endgame Review #2

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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Review: An Exhausting, Rewarding Epic Worth Celebrating

This Avengers: Endgame review will be as spoiler-free as humanly possible. That said, the marketing department for Endgame has done a great job keeping things secret, which makes nearly anything one has to say about the film a potential spoiler. You’ve been warned. “Part of the journey is the end.” So says Tony Stark in Avengers: Endgame, the epic culmination of every Marvel Cinematic Universe entry that’s come before. Do his words ring hollow? Can there ever truly be a sense of an ending in a ...
Tags: Featured Stories Sidebar, Comic Book/Superhero, Features, Movie Reviews, Sequels, Avengers, Avengers: Endgame


Avengers: Endgame Review #1

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Scotch: A Golden Dream

Scotch: A Golden Dream is an hour-and-a-half documentary about the making of Scotch whisky and its many traditions. With views of green pastures, amber liquid, and Scottish activities and outfits, it opens in a relaxing mood and continues in the same style, building layers of knowledge revolving around one particular master of the drink. Finished a couple of years ago, the movie will be available on demand on May 7. (Since I previously watched Neat: The Story of Bourbon, I’m [...]
Tags: Comics, Movie Reviews


The Curse of La Llorona Review #2

BEGIN SLIDESHOW Rating: 4 out of 10 Cast: Linda Cardellini as Anna Tate-Garcia Raymond Cruz as Rafael Olvera Patricia Velásquez as Patricia Alvarez Jaynee-Lynne Kinchen as Samantha Garcia Roman Christou as Chris Garcia Marisol Ramirez as La Llorona Sean Patrick Thomas as Detective Cooper Tony Amendola as Father Perez DeLaRosa Rivera as David Garcia Madeleine McGraw as April Sierra Heuermann as Sam Irene Keng as Donna PB = PB || {}; PB.gptStandAlone = ...
Tags: Movies, Horror, Mexico, Los Angeles, Movie Reviews, Disneyland, Cps, Garcia, Donna, Linda Cardellini, MICHAEL BURGESS, Chaves, Kinchen, ComingSoon, James Wan, La Llorona


“Hail Satan?” Review: A Blasphemous Ball of a Documentary

Future opposition researchers will have a field day with anyone who writes about Penny Lane’s documentary Hail Satan?. So I might as well lean into it and say –  here goes nothing – I was shocked to learn how much I agreed with the Satanic Temple. Not as a religion, to clarify, but as a political movement. Like probably far too many people, I reflexively scoffed and laughed off the antics of the Satanic Temple when seeing their name mentioned in a headline. But as an organization devoted to hol...
Tags: Florida, Movies, Documentary, Russia, America, Features, Movie Reviews, United States, Satanic Temple, Hail Satan, Temple, Lane, Penny Lane, Rick Scott, Nietzsche, Featured Stories Sidebar


High Life Review

Rating: BEGIN SLIDESHOW 6.5 out of 10 Cast: Robert Pattinson as Monte Juliette Binoche as Dr. Dibs André Benjamin as Tcherny Mia Goth as Boyse Agata Buzek as Nansen Lars Eidinger as Chandra Claire Tran as Mink Ewan Mitchell as Ettore Gloria Obianyo as Elektra Scarlett Lindsey as Willow – Baby Jessie Ross as Willow – Teenager PB = PB || {}; PB.gptStandAlone = PB.gptStandAlone || {}; PB.gptAutoRefresh = PB.gptAutoRefresh || {'gptAds':[], 'gptStandAlon...
Tags: Movies, Earth, Movie Reviews, Robert Pattinson, Denis, Darren Aronofsky, Willow, Monte, Binoche, Claire Denis, Monte Juliette Binoche, Dibs André Benjamin, Tcherny Mia Goth, Boyse Agata Buzek, Nansen Lars Eidinger, Chandra Claire Tran


‘Manta Ray’ is the Kind of Film That Can Lull You to Sleep – But in a Good Way

I think I fell asleep during Manta Ray — the debut feature of Thai cinematographer Phuttiphong Aroonpheng — though I can’t be sure. If that’s a value judgement on the film, it might not be entirely negative. Aroonpheng showed up to address the audience before the film’s New Directors/New Films Festival premiere, at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. He was heavily jetlagged, and ready to nod off. “My film is quite slow,” he said. “Please don’t fall asleep during the screening! I’ll try and s...
Tags: New York, Movies, Features, Movie Reviews, Muslim, Tarkovsky, Manta Ray, Lee Chatametikool, Phuttiphong Aroonpheng, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Weerasethakul, Lou Pepe, Featured Stories Sidebar, Thongchai, Aroonpheng, Kraben Rahu


Hellboy Review

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Tags: Movies, Horror, America, Movie Reviews, Hellboy, Harbour, Ian Mcshane, Logan, Daniel Dae Kim, Merc, Milla Jovovich, Thomas Haden, Mike Mignola, Ren Stimpy, David Harbour, Neil Marshall


‘Little’ Review: A Well-Intentioned Reverse ‘Big’ That Wastes Its Talented Cast

Little plays like a movie created in a boardroom. It’s as if a group of executives who have been on the Internet twice brainstormed the idea for a movie: People love Big, they love Girls Trip, they love Issa Rae, and they love endless references to memes. But put that all together, and you’ve got an incoherent mess of a movie that is barely held together by brightly colored tape and a charismatic cast. Directed by Tina Gordon Chism and produced by the writer of Girls Trip, Little has all the el...
Tags: Comedy, Movies, Features, Movie Reviews, Silicon Valley, Jordan, Universal, Connor, Regina Hall, Hall, Martin, Rae, Little, Issa Rae, Luke James, Marsai Martin


Missing Link Review

Rating: 8 out of 10 Cast: Hugh Jackman as Sir Lionel Frost Zoe Saldana as Adelina Fortnight Zach Galifianakis as Mr. Link/Susan Emma Thompson as the Yeti Elder Stephen Fry as Lord Piggot-Dunceby Timothy Olyphant as Willard Stenk Matt Lucas as Mr. Collick PB = PB || {}; PB.gptStandAlone = PB.gptStandAlone || {}; PB.gptAutoRefresh = PB.gptAutoRefresh || {'gptAds':[], 'gptStandAlone':[]}; googletag.cmd.push(function() { var standAloneSizeMappin...
Tags: England, Hollywood, Movies, Movie Reviews, Hugh Jackman, Stephen Fry, Link, Pacific Northwest, Zach Galifianakis, Butler, Sam Rockwell, Galifianakis, Lionel, Olyphant, Chris Butler, Laika


‘Hellboy’ Review: One of the Worst Comic Book Movies Ever Made

In a word, Hellboy is unpleasant. Other appropriate adjectives to describe this reboot include dreadful, obnoxious, unnecessary, and interminable. Considering the shadow cast by the two Hellboy films written and directed by Guillermo del Toro, it might be easy to presume that this new version simply pales in comparison. Though that’s true, let’s not belabor the point: this Hellboy is quite bad all on its own. There’s no need to compare this to del Toro’s films, because to do so would...
Tags: Hbo, Movies, Features, Netflix, Movie Reviews, Guillermo Del Toro, Hellboy, John Hurt, Harbour, John Carpenter, Marshall, Daniel Dae Kim, Del Toro, Alice Cooper, McShane, Dae Kim


‘Missing Link’ Review: Another Stop-Motion Miracle From Laika

Like the other films from Laika Animation Studios, Missing Link is a breath of fresh air. Laika’s films are all welcome reminders of the value and beauty of art made by hand. The attention to every last detail in a given shot for stop-motion animation is staggering; by that metric, Missing Link is the studio’s most visually accomplished and ambitious film to date. Though its story isn’t as emotionally complex or deep as that of either Kubo and the Two Strings or ParaNorman , Mis...
Tags: London, Movies, Features, Movie Reviews, Animation, Hugh Jackman, Timothy Olyphant, Link, Himalayas, Pixar, Washington State, Frost, Pacific Northwest, Zach Galifianakis, Mike, Butler


Let’s Talk About the Surprise Third Act of ‘Shazam!’ and What It Means

Superhero movies rarely hide their climaxes this skillfully. Let’s keep it that way. Major  spoilers for Shazam! follow. Based on the trailers, Shazam! seems like “ Big with superheroes,” with the bare presence of a mildly threatening villain, Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Mark Strong). The actual film certainly fits this description, but it keeps secret some of its most alluring aspects, from Sivana’s true nature, to Billy Batson’s (Asher Angel) backstory, to a third-act set piece so utterly del...
Tags: Movies, Superman, Features, Movie Reviews, Warner Brothers, Shazam, Billy, Mary, Freddie, Thaddeus, Comic Book/Superhero, Billy Batson, Thad, Zachary Levi, Darla, Marve


‘Pet Sematary’ Spoiler Review: A Scary New Twist on a Familiar Story

(In our Spoiler Reviews, we take a deep dive into a new release and get to the heart of what makes it tick…and every story point is up for discussion. In this entry: Pet Sematary.) How do you bring Pet Sematary back to life after so many people have grown familiar with its story? Be it through Stephen King‘s classic novel, or Mary Lambert’s 1989 film, audiences tend to know this tale of death and the undead inside and out. In an effort to bring Pet Sematary to a whole new generation, filmmakers...
Tags: Movies, Horror, Boston, Church, Time, Stephen-King, Movie Reviews, Maine, Adaptation, Clarke, Chucky, Charlotte Brontë, John-Lithgow, Creed, King, Ludlow


‘High Life’ Review: Robert Pattinson Gets Weird In Space With Claire Denis

(This review originally ran during our coverage of the Toronto International Film Festival in 2018. High Life is in theaters today.) In High Life, Claire Denis heads to space, and brings Robert Pattinson with her. The result is a strange, surreal, often indecipherable trip into the darkest recess of the galaxy, and beyond. But what does it all mean? Some movies are impossible to decipher. This can often be a feature, not a flaw. Not everything needs to be meticulously broken down and over-ex...
Tags: Movies, Sci-fi, Toronto, Features, Movie Reviews, Robert-Pattinson, Denis, Moody, Monte, Film Festivals, Pattinson, Binoche, Claire Denis, Mia Goth, Featured Stories Sidebar, High Life


‘The Best of Enemies’ Review: A Fascinating True Story Gets a Trite Adaptation

The new true-life drama The Best of Enemies exists in a unique, purgatory-like space. On one hand, the events it depicts are fascinating in their presentation of how potent and visceral the racial divide was (and still is) in parts of our country. On the other hand, at no point is The Best of Enemies remotely cinematic or dramatically interesting. The story being told here is necessary to learn about in 2019, and lead actors Sam Rockwell and Taraji P. Henson are perfectly well-suited to ...
Tags: Movies, Drama, Wikipedia, Features, Movie Reviews, Kkk, Viggo Mortensen, ANN, Durham, Ku Klux Klan, Durham North Carolina, Taraji P Henson, Ellis, Sam Rockwell, Henson, Rockwell


Golden Year: BOY (Nagisha Oshima, 1969)

Nagisa Oshima’s Boy has the “ripped from the headlines” appeal of a timely social-problem film, recounting three months in the life of a struggling family (disabled veteran father, young stepmother, two children) that looks to get ahead by faking car accidents and … Continue reading →
Tags: Movies, Film, Movie Reviews, Nagisa Oshima


‘Missing Link’ Early Buzz: LAIKA Delivers a Visual Feast But Only an Appetizer of a Story

LAIKA is back with another stop-motion animated adventure, Missing Link. But unlike their previous films, this is the first time the protagonist of the movie isn’t a kid. Instead, we follow adventurer Sir Lionel Frost (Hugh Jackman) as he traverses the world in search of mythical and elusive creatures. So it’s wonderful that he runs into the famous Missing Link (Zach Galifianakis), who is in search of other creatures just like him. The first Missing Link reviews have hit the web, and while it s...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, Fantasy, Movie Reviews, Animation, Hugh Jackman, Link, Frost, Aardman, Zach Galifianakis, Indiewire, Susan, Variety, Zoe Saldana, Kubo, Chris Butler


Shazam! Review #2

Rating: 8 / 10 Cast: Zachary Levi as Shazam Djimon Hounsou as The Wizard Michelle Borth Mark Strong as Dr. Thaddeus Sivana Dylan Grazer as Freddy Freeman Asher Angel as Billy Batson Marta Milans as Rosa Vasquez Grace Fulton as Mary Bromfield Cooper Andrews as Victor Vasquez Natalia Safran as Mrs. Sivana Evan Marsh as Burke Breyer Ava Preston as Lillian Price Andi Osho as Ms. Glover Ian Chen as Eugene Choi Faithe Herman as Darla Dudley Caroline Palmer as Billy’s Mom Lotta Losten as Lynn Crosby...
Tags: Movies, Dwayne Johnson, Superman, Movie Reviews, Batman, Warner Bros, Levi, Mark Strong, Shazam, Billy, Freddy, Simone, Vasquez, Christopher Reeve, ComingSoon, Billy Batson


REVIEW: Burton’s Dumbo Soars Higher than Ever

From the first scene of the film, where a familiar score introduces itself while we see a newer, updated Casey Jr., I knew everything was going to be okay. The post REVIEW: Burton’s Dumbo Soars Higher than Ever appeared first on Zannaland.
Tags: Reviews, Parenting, Entertainment, Movie Reviews, Top Stories, Resorts, Burton, Disney Parks, Movies & Books, Guest Authors, Disney Movies, Disney Movie News & Reviews, Casey Jr, Dumbo 2019, Dumbo live action, Tim Burton Dumbo


‘Dumbo’ Review: Tim Burton’s Remake Fails to Take Flight

Some stories are best left as they are. This is a fairly unavoidable takeaway from Tim Burton’s unnecessary live-action/CG remake of the Disney animated classic Dumbo . Though not remotely as noxious and garish as his 2010 version of Alice in Wonderland , Burton has not solved the puzzle of figuring out a halfway decent creative reason for this film to exist. An A-list cast, high budget, and all the other trappings of a modern blockbuster can’t get this thing off the ground. Much of t...
Tags: Movies, Tim Burton, Disney, Features, Movie Reviews, Colin Farrell, Batman, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Alice, Remakes, David Lowery, Burton, Keaton, Farrell, Pete


Shazam! Review

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Tags: Movies, Tom Hanks, Movie Reviews, Batman, Levi, Steven Spielberg, Shazam, Billy, Freddy, Frederick, Sandberg, Vasquez, Billy Batson, Zachary Levi, Amblin Entertainment, Darren Lemke


‘Shazam!’ Review: Hilarity and Heart Make This Throwback Superhero Movie a Breath of Fresh Air

There’s a moment for every superhero movie fan where something clicks. Whether it’s when we pick up a comic book, flip to a superhero TV show, or watch a superhero movie for the first time, it’s the magic of experiencing something greater, weirder, and just generally more than us. The entirety of Shazam! is like that magical moment. A raucous, charming kid adventure that is a delight to behold from start to finish, Shazam! feels like a throwback both to ’80s comedies and to the superhero movies...
Tags: Movies, Superman, Features, Movie Reviews, Batman, Levi, Warner Brothers, Mark Strong, Shazam, Billy, Freddie, Sam Raimi, Raimi, Comic Book/Superhero, Zachary Levi, David Sandberg


Us Review #2

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Tags: Movies, Pink Floyd, Movie Reviews, Woody Allen, Duke, Wilson, Moss, Lupita Nyong, Gabriel, Gabe, Peele, Dostoevsky, Jordan Peele, Lynchian, ComingSoon, Stanislaw Lem


‘Dragged Across Concrete’ Review: A Nasty, Nihilistic Nightmare Designed to Provoke

S. Craig Zahler has made a name for himself through chaotic nihilism. He specializes in what he has personally described as “hybrid movies” – films that blend several different genres into bloody, angry, sometimes funny stories that defy traditional classification. With Bone Tomahawk and Brawl in Cell Block 99, Zahler has already developed a cult following. Fans who are willing to subscribe to his particular brand of madness. I can’t say I’m one of them. Up until now, I’ve found Zahler’s work t...
Tags: Movies, Drama, Features, Movie Reviews, Thriller, Mel-Gibson, Henry, Gibson, Vince-Vaughn, Vaughn, Michael Jai White, Laurie Holden, Jennifer Carpenter, Zahler, Craig Zahler, Featured Stories Sidebar


Us Review

Rating: 9 / 10 Cast: Lupita Nyong’o as Adelaide Wilson / Red Winston Duke as Gabe Wilson / Abraham Elisabeth Moss as Kitty Tyler Tim Heidecker as Josh Tyler Shahadi Wright Joseph as Zora Wilson / Umbrae Evan Alex as Jason Wilson / Pluto Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Russel Thomas Anna Diop as Rayne Thomas Cali Sheldon as Becca Tyler Noelle Sheldon as Lindsey Tyler Madison Curry as Young Adelaide Wilson / Young Red PB = PB || {}; PB.gptStandAlone = PB.gptStandAlon...
Tags: Movies, Horror, Movie Reviews, Adelaide, Quentin Tarantino, Duke, Lupita Nyong, Nyong, Gabe, Peele, Jordan Peele, Winston Duke, Evan Alex, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Adelaide Wilson Red Winston Duke, Gabe Wilson Abraham Elisabeth Moss


‘Jezebel’ Review: A Sexy and Strange Middle-Finger to Stereotypes and Tropes [SXSW]

Sabrina is talking to someone on the phone in the first scene of Jezebel . She’s hard at work as a phone sex operator, moaning in her husky voice to really sell her performance. What makes the scene jarring is realizing her younger sister Tiffany is wide awake nearby, hearing everything. Thus begins a film that explores financial independence and sex work from the lens of a young Black woman to great effect. Based on a true story set in Las Vegas in 1998, Jezebel centers Tiffany (...
Tags: Movies, Features, Movie Reviews, Las Vegas, Jezebel, Sxsw, Tiffany, Film Festivals, Sabrina, Featured Stories Sidebar, Numa Perrier, Tiffany Tiffany Tenille, Tiffany Tenille


‘Extra Ordinary’ Review: A Sweet Irish Rom-Com With Paranormal Activity [SXSW]

Mike Ahern and Edna Loughman ’s Extra Ordinary comes together as the tonal lovechild of Jared Hess and Taika Waititi , playfully mocking horror beats instead of unleashing them. It’s more a cutesy rom-com with expelled ectoplasm goo than completionist horror dive into Drag Me To Hell territory, but when subdued haunting gags land, laughs project with ease. Expect dry Irish wit, flamboyant musicians selling their souls for another hit record, and home appliances that wave at you. Quite ...
Tags: Comedy, Movies, Horror, Features, Movie Reviews, Christian, Sarah, Sxsw, Lucifer, Rose, Will Forte, Martin, Claudia, Higgins, Taika Waititi, Film Festivals


‘Olympic Dreams’ Review: A Look at Love in the Olympic Village [SXSW]

While on the phone with her coach, Winter Olympics athlete Penelope (Alexi Pappas) rambles about her training and her hopes for the competition. “I hope that I really feel like an olympian when I’m done,” she says with nervous energy. That’s the theme of Olympic Dreams in a nutshell: feeling like an olympian means going for the gold, by any means necessary. In both Penelope and Ezra’s (Nick Kroll) case, it’s their friendship that makes them evaluate what the gold/goal is for them – and ho...
Tags: South Korea, Movies, Drama, Features, Movie Reviews, Nick Kroll, Sxsw, Penelope, Ezra, Pyeongchang, Film Festivals, Pappas, Alexi Pappas, Featured Stories Sidebar, Jeremy Teicher, Olympic Dreams



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