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‘The Call of the Wild’ Review: A Heartfelt Survival Story Buried in a Mush of Uncanny CGI

Most attempts to adapt the works of Jack London to the big screen have, more often than not, resulted in a neutered final product. Chris Sanders‘ live-action/computer-animated adaptation of The Call of the Wild falls firmly in this category. Gone is the savage romance of London’s short novel in all its untamed glory, instead, The Call of the Wild is a Disney-fied The Revenant — though it’s even less a survival film than it is a schmaltzy celebration of that bond between dog and human. At parts,...
Tags: London, Movies, Disney, Movie Reviews, Canada, Ford, Adaptation, Harrison-Ford, 20th Century Fox, Dan Stevens, Sanders, Stevens, Spitz, Jack London, Chris Sanders, Karen Gillan


REVIEW: ONWARD is Pixar’s Step Backwards

It may be bold of me to say, but in my opinion, Pixar has somewhat of a rough track record. I think they succeed pretty… The post REVIEW: ONWARD is Pixar’s Step Backwards appeared first on Zannaland.
Tags: Reviews, Parenting, Movie Reviews, Pixar, Latest News, Movies & Books, Disney Movie News & Reviews


‘Onward’ Review: When It Comes to Pixar, “Okay” Doesn’t Feel Like Enough

It took only a few minutes after I left the Onward screening for a distressing thought to settle in my mind. Rare is the Pixar film that disappoints. Rarer still is the Pixar film that tells a story that arguably could’ve been in live-action, not animation. Considering that the story in question, Onward , has characters including a manticore, centaurs, elves, and sprites, you might think that’s impossible. While Onward is a distinctly colorful animated film, its story feels like a var...
Tags: Coco, Movies, Features, Movie Reviews, Animation, Pixar, Jack Black, Octavia Spencer, Spencer, Ian, Pratt, Julia Louis Dreyfus, Tom Holland, Louis Dreyfus, Monsters University, Disney/Pixar


‘Brahms: The Boy 2’ Review: A Movie So Boring It’s Almost Impressive

No one walks into a movie called Brahms: The Boy 2 expecting a masterpiece, but for the love of Brahms, why is this thing so boring? William Brent Bell‘s follow-up to his mostly okay The Boy has a new group of people being plagued by a tiny antique doll, and expands the mythology, taking it to increasingly silly places. But silly would be fine if The Boy 2 was at least a little bit entertaining. It’s not. The Boy was an atmospheric thriller in which a young woman became convinced a creepy, J...
Tags: Movies, Horror, Features, Movie Reviews, Sequels, Katie-Holmes, Seinfeld, Sean, William Brent Bell, Brahms, Liza, Jude, Ce, Ralph Ineson, Jared Kushner, Featured Stories Sidebar


Edge of the Axe (José Ramón Larraz, 1988)

“Unavailable on home video since the VHS era, Edge of the Axe gets a finely honed Blu-ray presentation from Arrow Video.” Ready my review of this oddball Spanish slasher over at Slant Magazine.
Tags: Movies, Film, Movie Reviews, Blu, José Ramón Larraz, Edge Of The Axe, Slasher Film


Black Angel (Roy William Neill, 1946)

“Black Angel plumbs a world rife with deviousness, desperation, greed, and betrayal, and it gets a solid A/V transfer and set of extras from Arrow Films.” Read my entire review of this little-known noir title over at Slant Magazine.
Tags: Movies, Film, Movie Reviews, Film Noir, Peter Lorre, Black Angel, Dan Duryea, Roy William Neill, Black Angel Roy William Neill


‘Emma.’ Review: An Ultra-Stylish Jane Austen Adaptation as Sharp as Its Punctuation Mark

It’s often overlooked how adept a satirist Jane Austen was, with most adaptations of the English literary icon’s works favoring the swooning romances and feminist themes of her novels. But more than any other past adaptation, barring the wildly underrated and wildly funny Love & Friendship, Emma. captures that tongue-in-cheek and whip-smart tone of Austen’s work. “Emma Woodhouse: handsome, clever, and rich,” the film declares right at the outset, quoting Austen’s opening words of her 1815 no...
Tags: Comedy, Movies, Romance, Features, Movie Reviews, Adaptation, Sharp, Jane Austen, Johnny Flynn, Connor, Bill Nighy, Miranda Hart, Elton, Harriet, Elizabeth, Flynn


‘Fantasy Island’ Review: Stay Far, Far Away From Blumhouse’s Horror Getaway

Fantasy Island, the late ’70s/early ’80s TV series that made the catchphrase “The plane! The plane!” wildly popular, heads to the big screen thanks to the fright masters at Blumhouse. As is their want, Blumhouse has warped the show into a horror movie – a move that’s not entirely unprecedented. The original show had plenty of supernatural elements – there was even an episode featuring the Devil. And the old adage of “be careful what you wish for” has been exploited time and time again for scary...
Tags: Movies, Horror, Features, Movie Reviews, Michael Pena, Fiji, Patrick, Gwen, Jacobs, Melanie, Fantasy Island, Ryan Hansen, Blumhouse, Roarke, Lucy Hale, Michael Rooker


REVIEW: Look At This PHOTOGRAPH

 There’s a new great romantic classic to watch on Valentine’s Day this year. The Photograph is one I’m excited to review. Regardless of me being… The post REVIEW: Look At This PHOTOGRAPH appeared first on Zannaland.
Tags: Reviews, Parenting, Movie Review, Movie Reviews, Top Stories, Issa Rae, The Photograph, Lakeith Stanfeild, Photograph Movie Review, The Photograph Movie, The Photograph Movie Review


‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Review: An Exhausting Video Game Adaptation With an Identity Crisis

Who is Sonic the Hedgehog for? What is the target audience for a film that wants to take its cues from Deadpool but also family films about the Easter Bunny? Ostensibly, children should want very badly to see this movie adaptation of the long-running Sega video game about an extremely fast blue animal. But Sonic the Hedgehog can’t figure out if its audience is the parents of those children — those of us who grew up with the first iteration of Sonic — or kids themselves. The result is...
Tags: Amazon, Movies, Montana, Earth, Features, Movie Reviews, Jim Carrey, Deadpool, Adam Pally, Ben Schwartz, Sonic the Hedgehog, Paramount Pictures, Sega, Pacific Northwest, Video Game, Parks


Sonic the Hedgehog Review #2

Rating:  BEGIN SLIDESHOW 7.5/10 Cast: Ben Schwartz as Sonic the Hedgehog James Marsden as Tom Wachowski Jim Carrey as Dr. Ivo Robotnik, aka Eggman Tika Sumpter as Maddie Wachowski Adam Pally as Billy Rob Directed by Jeff Fowler Sonic the Hedgehog review #2: Detective Pikachu, Tomb Raider, Resident Evil, Super Mario Bros. The list of film adaptations of video games goes on and sees a range of strong efforts to true crimes against both film and gamer communities, and the latest comes in ...
Tags: Movies, Earth, Movie Reviews, Nintendo, Pokemon, Jim Carrey, Ben Schwartz, Sega, Schwartz, James Marsden, Pikachu, Carrey, ComingSoon, Movie News, Robotnik, Jeff Fowler


‘A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon’ Review: Very Cute and Very Fun, But Still Lesser ‘Shaun the Sheep’

In an era where feature animation often feels as if it’s driven solely by computers, it remains heartening for any fans of the medium that Netflix is supporting artists who are willing to tell animated stories with other methods. Last year, two of the streaming service’s standout films— Klaus and I Lost My Body —utilized hand-drawn styles as much as computer animation, using the art form to craft unique stories. Now, just a few weeks into the new year, we have Netflix’s latest domestic f...
Tags: Movies, Features, Netflix, Movie Reviews, United Kingdom, Spielberg, Aardman, Aardman Animations, Burton, Wallace, Shaun, Klaus, Becher, Bitzer, Harold Lloyd, Mark Burton


‘Birds of Prey’ Video Review – A Fresh, Action-Packed Take on a Classic DC Character

Cathy Yan’s Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) has style to spare. The new film features a quirky and colorful Gotham, a memorable cast of characters, and some pretty impressive hand-to-hand combat. All of it is tied together by Margot Robbie, who commits to this version of Harley Quinn with a zaniness and intensity that is irresistible. Even in moments when the movie doesn’t quite work, you can still feel the love and care that was put into bringing these char...
Tags: Movies, Gotham, Movie Reviews, Harley Quinn, Birds Of Prey, Margot Robbie, Warner Brothers, Video Blog, Harley, Comic Book/Superhero, Action/Adventure, Gotham Check, Hoai Tran Bui, Cathy Yan, Renee Montoya, Melissa Tamminga


Come to Daddy Review

Rating: 9/10 Cast: Elijah Wood as Norval Stephen McHattie as Gordon Garfield Wilson as Ronald Plum Michael Smiley as Jethro Martin Donovan as David Madeleine Sami as Gladys Ona Grauer as Precious Directed by Ant Timpson Come to Daddy review: Films based around family reunions very rarely get the horror twist, choosing to stick closer to dysfunctional comedy or moving drama rather than thrills or chills, but Ant Timpson and Toby Harvard had other ideas and brought Elijah Wood along for the r...
Tags: Movies, Horror, Los Angeles, Movie Reviews, Harvard, Elton John, Timpson, Elijah Wood, Wood, Toby Harvard, Movie News, Norval, McHattie, Ant Timpson, Norval Greenwood, Norval Stephen McHattie


‘Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made’ Review: A Weird and Delightful Detective Movie For Kids [Sundance 2020]

The best part about an indie movie becoming a critical or commercial hit is watching what the filmmaker does next. Do they take that success and use it to helm a big-budget blockbuster? Do they follow up with another personal film? If you’re Academy Award-winning writer/director Tom McCarthy, you take the success of the hard-hitting Spotlight and make a detective noir movie for kids co-starring a 1500-pound “pet” polar bear. The result, Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made is a delightful...
Tags: Movies, Disney, Features, Movie Reviews, Sherlock Holmes, Portland Oregon, Mccarthy, Sundance, Timmy, Pete, Tom McCarthy, Oakes, Film Festivals, Pastis, Masanobu Takayanagi, Family Films


‘Birds of Prey’ Review: Girls Just Wanna Have Fun in This Stylish, Hilarious and Satisfying DC Superhero Movie

Birds of Prey just wants to have fun, and damn to hell anyone who won’t let it. A pulpy, kaleidoscopic funhouse ride that feels simultaneously high-stakes and low-stakes all at once, Birds of Prey is as cheeky, irreverent, and erratic as its central character, Harley Quinn — to both its benefit and its detriment. But mostly, it’s having too much of a blast to notice. Margot Robbie‘s breakout character from Suicide Squad finally gets a movie all to her own, and despite its title, Birds of Pre...
Tags: Movies, Gotham, Movie Reviews, Marilyn Monroe, Suicide Squad, Harley Quinn, Birds Of Prey, Margot Robbie, Warner Brothers, Harley, McGregor, Cassandra, Messina, Robbie, Yan, Winstead


‘Boys State’ Review: This Stunning Documentary is One of the Best Films You’ll See This Year [Sundance 2020]

One attends a festival in hopes of finding a film that leaves you giddy with how good it is, seeking always for that thrill gained from a sense of discovery, uncovering that gem before it gets to be seen by a larger group of people. It’s almost like a drug, where you take hit after hit of cinema just waiting for one to fully give you that rush.  This is one of those movies you spend days and days just hoping to uncover. Boys State follows a bunch of high-strung Texan teens as they head to ...
Tags: Movies, Documentary, America, Features, Austin, Movie Reviews, Bernie Sanders, American Legion, Robert, Steven, Sundance, Capitol, Ben, Film Festivals, John Hughes, Stephen Miller


‘The Last Shift’ Review: This Fast Food Drama Bites Off More Than It Can Chew [Sundance 2020]

A good performance from Richard Jenkins can’t save The Last Shift, a languid fast food drama that has aspirations of exploring class and race in middle America, but lacks the tools to effectively do so. Documentary filmmaker Andrew Cohn makes the jump to narrative features here, telling the story of a fast food veteran tasked with training a new hire who possesses a wildly different outlook on life. It has the setup of a heartwarming story in which two mismatched men forge a begrudging respect ...
Tags: Florida, Movies, Drama, America, Features, Movie Reviews, Richard Jenkins, Independent, Sundance, Jenkins, Stanley, Albion Michigan, Todd Phillips, Ed O'Neill, Featured Stories Sidebar, Jevon


‘Sylvie’s Love’ Review: A Sexy, Simmering Romance Starring Tessa Thompson and Rising Star Nnamdi Asomugha [Sundance 2020]

Hollywood’s Golden Age is full of grand, sweeping love stories, but that era of cinema history didn’t exactly provide an equal playing field for filmmakers and actors of color. So Sylvie’s Love, writer/director Eugene Ashe’s new grand, sweeping love story, feels less like a pure homage than him making a movie that should have existed back then but was never given the chance. The result is an exquisite piece of old-school filmmaking, one in which star-crossed lovers and rain-soaked streets and a...
Tags: New York, Hollywood, Movies, Romance, Drama, New York City, NFL, Features, Movie Reviews, Korea, Tessa Thompson, Lucy, Thompson, Robert, Sundance, Lacy


‘Gretel and Hansel’ Review: A Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

A brooding, beautiful, mystical bedtime story, Gretel and Hansel has been delegated to a release in the dead days of January, but deserves better. Oz Perkins‘s mystical, occult-heavy take on the classic folktale from the Brothers Grimm has so much style, and so many bold ideas, that it seems destined to become a cult classic someday – the type of film people find years from now and ask, “Why the hell haven’t I heard of this before?” Perkins, who co-wrote the script with Rob Hayes, takes the ...
Tags: Movies, Horror, Features, Movie Reviews, Brothers Grimm, Gretel, Perkins, Francisco Goya, Hansel, Andrew Wyeth, Holda, Krige, Featured Stories Sidebar, Oz Perkins, Sophia Lillis, Sophia Lillis Lillis


‘Palm Springs’ Review: The Lonely Island Scores With a Hilarious Time Loop Rom-Com [Sundance 2020]

Historically, when The Lonely Island (the comedy trio of Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone, and Andy Samberg) makes movies, those movies don’t perform well at the box office but eventually become cult hits. That may be about to change with Palm Springs, a Groundhog Day-style rom-com which has “mainstream hit” written all over it. The film, which is produced by The Lonely Island and directed by Max Barbakow, stars Samberg and Cristin Milioti (How I Met Your Mother) and is among the most commercial a...
Tags: Comedy, Movies, Features, Movie Reviews, Bill Murray, Tom Cruise, Ryan Reynolds, Hulu, Sarah, Palm Springs, Sundance, Cristin Milioti, Lonely Island, Andy-Samberg, J K Simmons, Samberg


‘Wendy’ Review: ‘Peter Pan’ Gets Yet Another Update, This Time From the Director of ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ [Sundance 2020]

Filmmakers just can’t stop returning to the world of Peter Pan. The story of the boy who never grew up holds sway over seemingly everyone, from Walt Disney, to Steven Spielberg, to Joe Wright, and beyond. The latest to tackle to the tale is Benh Zeitlin, director of Beasts of the Southern Wild. That 2012 indie was once acclaimed, but has since fallen out of favor. Zeitlin’s return, Wendy, is more of the same, for better or worse. If you enjoyed and still enjoy Beasts, you’ll probably find somet...
Tags: Florida, Movies, France, Features, Movie Reviews, Peter Pan, Steven Spielberg, Walt Disney, Spike Jonze, Peter, Sundance, Wendy, Zeitlin, Sean Baker, Dan Romer, Ce


‘Amulet’ Review: Atmosphere Can’t Save This Utter Bore [Sundance 2020]

Amulet is the type of film where you spend more time noticing the production design than you do giving a shit about the story. A painfully slow slog, this horror film from Romola Garai has plenty of good ideas and a few neat creature effects, but that’s not enough to salvage things. Some may come away thrilled with Amulet‘s big finish, which sends a message folks can get behind – especially in this day and age. But that doesn’t excuse the rest of the movie. Lonely immigrant and former soldie...
Tags: London, Movies, Horror, Features, Movie Reviews, Imelda Staunton, Sundance, Don, Magda, Amulet, Ce, Romola Garai, Featured Stories Sidebar, Garai, Juri, Tomaz


‘Omniboat’ Review: This Boat-Centric Miami Anthology Comedy Defies Nearly All Description [Sundance 2020]

Omniboat: A Fast Boat Fantasia is the wildest movie of Sundance 2020, and maybe the most outlandish film at the festival since Daniel Radcliffe played a farting corpse in 2016’s Swiss Army Man. Unsurprisingly, Daniels (the directing duo responsible for that endearingly odd gem) are also partially responsible for Omniboat, an anthology-style love letter to the city of Miami as seen through the eyes – or rather, the windshield – of a rip-roarin’ speedboat. Not convinced yet? How about this: in th...
Tags: Featured Stories Sidebar, Comedy, Features, Independent, Movie Reviews, Sundance, Adam Pally, Casey Wilson, Daniels, Finn Wolfhard, Mel Rodriguez, Omniboat: A Fast Boat Fantasia, Phil Lord, Robert-Redford


‘McMillions’ Review: The Great McDonald’s Monopoly Con Gets a Funny, Shocking Documentary [Sundance 2020]

McDonald’s made a killing with their Monopoly games – simply peel a card off a box of fries or a sweating cup of soda and you could be a winner! But there was a catch – a catch that McDonald’s wasn’t even aware of. While everyday ordinary people were able to win themselves free burgers, the higher prizes – fancy cars and bundles of money – had a weird way of going towards a group of interconnected people. Because someone on the inside had found a way to game the system, and pull off one a super...
Tags: Hbo, Hollywood, Movies, Documentary, Fbi, Movie Reviews, Jacksonville Florida, Sundance, McDonald, Matthews, Jerry, Ce, Gennaro, Featured Stories Sidebar, Tim Robinson, FBI Matthews


‘Horse Girl’ Review: Alison Brie Gets Paranoid in this Strange, Unclassifiable Comedy-Drama-Thriller [Sundance 2020]

How do you even begin to talk about Horse Girl? The new Netflix film from director Jeff Baena, co-written by Baena and star Alison Brie, dares you to classify it. It exists in its own little world, blending genres with surprisingly strong results. What starts off seeming like a quirky rom-com quickly morphs into something far more disturbing, and strange. Sarah (Brie), the titular Horse Girl, is almost painfully shy. Soft-spoken, hiding behind her bangs, she’s overly polite and pleasant to e...
Tags: Movies, Features, Netflix, Movie Reviews, Sarah, Sundance, Molly Shannon, Jeff Baena, Ce, Debby Ryan, Alison Brie, Paul Reiser, Baena, John Reynolds, Toby Huss, Featured Stories Sidebar


‘The Nest’ Review: Jude Law and Carrie Coon Star in a Smoldering Drama [Sundance 2020]

In 2011, writer/director Sean Durkin left his mark on the Sundance Film Festival with Martha Marcy May Marlene, an intense cult drama that introduced the world to Elizabeth Olsen and won Durkin the festival’s U.S. Dramatic Directing Award. It’s been nine years since he’s made a movie, but he hasn’t missed a beat. Durkin has finally returned with his second feature, The Nest, which turns his focus to money – more specifically, one man’s desire for it and the chances he’ll take to get it. It’s ...
Tags: London, Movies, Drama, White House, Features, Movie Reviews, Jude-Law, Elizabeth Olsen, Sundance, Rory, Allison, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Durkin, O'hara, Coon, Sean Durkin


‘The Nowhere Inn’ Review: St. Vincent and Carrie Brownstein Tackle the Surreal Side of Fame [Sundance 2020]

On stage, St. Vincent is sexy, mysterious, and seemingly all-powerful. Offstage, though, she’s Annie Clark – and Annie Clark is a bit of a boring nerd. Or so says The Nowhere Inn, a surreal meta-comedy about fame – and what we demand from the famous people we idolize. Framed as both a faux documentary and a narrative film, The Nowhere Inn finds Clark’s best friend Carrie Brownstein, of Sleater-Kinney and Portlandia fame, setting out to make a documentary about St. Vincent on tour. But as Clark ...
Tags: Hollywood, Texas, Movies, Features, Movie Reviews, Nintendo, St. Vincent, Carrie Brownstein, Portlandia, David Lynch, Dakota Johnson, Vincent, Sundance, Annie Clark, Clark, Sleater Kinney


House by the Cemetery (Lucio Fulci, 1981)

“The House by the Cemetery remains prime real estate for horror film aficionados.” Read my entire review of Blue Underground’s luscious new 3-Disc Blu-ray upgrade over at Slant Magazine.
Tags: Movies, Film, Movie Reviews, House, Lucio Fulci, House By The Cemetery, Catriona MacColl


‘Downhill’ Review: ‘Force Majeure’ Gets a Watered-Down, Mostly Amusing American Remake [Sundance 2020]

If you watched Ruben Östlund’s uncomfortable dark comedy Force Majeure and thought, “This is good, but it would be better if it was nicer and more watered-down,” you’re in luck. Downhill is exactly that – a remake that is more or less the same movie as its original – with most of what made the original so special tactfully removed. That’s not to say Downhill is bad – it’s not. It’s perfectly fine. And anyone watching it who hasn’t seen Force Majeure beforehand might find even more to love. But ...
Tags: Movies, Billie, Features, Movie Reviews, Remakes, Downhill, Sundance, Ferrell, Pete, Austrian Alps, Ruben Ostlund, Ce, Louis Dreyfus, Will-Ferrell, Miranda Otto, Julia Louis-Dreyfus



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