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Shazam review: A supersized mash-up of two films that just don’t work together

Warner Bros. Pictures superhero movie Shazam! never quite manages to figure out what kind of movie it wants to be, or who it's actually made for, but still offers some entertaining moments. The post Shazam review: A supersized mash-up of two films that just don’t work together appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Shazam review: A supersized mashup of two films that just don’t work together

Warner Bros. Pictures superhero movie Shazam! never quite manages to figure out what kind of movie it wants to be, or who it's actually made for, but still offers some entertaining moments. The post Shazam review: A supersized mashup of two films that just don’t work together appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Movies & TV, Movie Reviews, Shazam


‘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: Featured Stories Sidebar, Disney/Pixar, Family Films, Features, Movie Reviews, Remakes, Dumbo


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: Disney Movie News & Reviews, Disney Parks, Resorts, Entertainment, Guest Authors, Movie Reviews, Movies & Books, Reviews, Top Stories, Disney movies, Dumbo 2019, Dumbo live action, Tim Burton Dumbo


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

Jordan Peele follows up his Oscar-winning 2017 thriller Get Out with a more straightforward horror film in Us, but the film's blunt terror succeeds thanks to fantastic performances from the cast and clever storytelling. The post Us review appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Us review: Jordan Peele makes seeing double singularly terrifying

Jordan Peele follows up his Oscar-winning 2017 thriller Get Out with a more straightforward horror film in Us, but the film's blunt terror succeeds thanks to fantastic performances from the cast and clever storytelling. The post Us review: Jordan Peele makes seeing double singularly terrifying appeared first on Digital Trends.
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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

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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


NEW: Toy Story 4 Full Trailer -But…Do We Need THIS Toy Story?

DisneyPixar just released the newest trailer for Toy Story 4, and unlike our previous short glimpses at new characters, this full trailer reveals the storyline and plot of the fourth Toy Story movie. If you haven’t seen it yet, here it is: So, what did you think? My initial viewing … The post NEW: Toy Story 4 Full Trailer -But…Do We Need THIS Toy Story? appeared first on Zannaland.
Tags: Reviews, Parenting, Entertainment, Movie Reviews, Top Stories, Resorts, Pixar, Disney Parks, Movies & Books, Disney Movie News & Reviews, Toy Story 4, Toy Story 4 trailer


‘Pet Sematary’ Review: Scary As Hell, and One of the Best Stephen King Adaptations Ever [SXSW]

The best Stephen King adaptations do not adhere rigidly to the author’s text but rather remain true to the general spirit of the work. Think The Shining. Think Misery. Think even the 2017 adaptation of It. These works bear a strong resemblance to the words King used, but also forge their own identities, and tell their own stories – while maintaining the atmosphere King created. Pet Sematary, the latest King adaptation, fits in perfectly with these titles. Directors Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmy...
Tags: Movies, Horror, Boston, Stephen-King, Movie Reviews, Maine, Adaptation, Clarke, Paramount Pictures, King, Remakes, Sxsw, Jason Clarke, Rachel, Louis, Laurence


Golden Year: EROS + MASSACRE (Kiju Yoshida, 1969)

Widely considered Yoshida’s masterpiece, Eros + Massacre brings an epic scale to its intimate portrayal of Sakae Osugi (Toshiyuki Hosokawa), a free-love-espousing anarchist who, along with his lover, Noe Ito (Mariko Okada), was murdered by a right-wing militarist faction within the Japanese … Continue reading →
Tags: Movies, Film, Movie Reviews, Yoshida, Kiju Yoshida, Sakae Osugi Toshiyuki Hosokawa, Noe Ito Mariko Okada


‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Review: You’d Weep, Too, If This Was Your Movie [SXSW]

The Curse of La Llorona opens in Mexico in 1673, as we meet the weeping woman of the title in her, shall we say, better days. The film introduces us to the Latin American legend, in which a scorned woman drowns her children in a river and then becomes overtaken by grief and guilt. It’s an affecting way to begin a movie. It’s also the last time The Curse of La Llorona works on almost any level. We jump forward 300 years to Los Angeles in 1973, and you might be asking yourself why this movie i...
Tags: Movies, Horror, Mexico, Los Angeles, Features, Movie Reviews, Anna, Warner Brothers, Cruz, Cps, Perez, Patricia, Garcia, Annabelle, Velasquez, Linda Cardellini


‘Adopt a Highway’ Review: An Honest, Open-Road Ballad About Life’s Unpredictability [SXSW]

Actor Logan Marshall-Green ’s directorial debut Adopt A Highway feels tailor-made for Austin’s South by Southwest Film Festival. It has nothing to do with horror, mind you, despite Blumhouse’s production banner. What could double as an acoustic country ballad whispers a nomad folk tale about one simple task: getting by. Indie bloodlines run through Marshall-Green’s jailhouse poetry without overly romanticized narratives, more appropriately about passing moments than revelations. It’s about mu...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, Drama, America, Austin, Movie Reviews, Ethan Hawke, Anna, Sxsw, Independent, Jason Isbell, Tony, Hawke, Russell, Ella, Blumhouse


‘Body at Brighton Rock’ Review: There’s Nothing To Fear But Fear Itself (And Also Dead Bodies) [SXSW]

With the opening credits of Body at Brighton Rock, writer/director Roxanne Benjamin tells us exactly what kind of movie we’re getting into. A bright yellow, jagged bubble-cursive firmly recalls R.L Stine’s Fear Street series, or any Christopher Pike book published from 1985 to 1999, as fresh-faced park ranger Wendy (Karina Fontes) sprints to work, listening to Oingo Boingo on her headphones. Wendy’s a bit older than YA and Body at Brighton Rock isn’t set in the ‘80s, but there’s a very Pike/Sti...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, Features, Movie Reviews, Thriller, Sxsw, Wendy, Benjamin, Brighton Rock, Oingo Boingo, Stine, Roxanne Benjamin, Body at Brighton Rock, Christopher Pike, Karina Fontes, Brodie Reed


‘Villains’ Review: Home is Where the Horrors Are in This Ferociously Funny Thriller [SXSW]

Dan Berk and Robert Olsen ’s Villains isn’t their first genre rodeo, and it shows. Their feature debut Body ignited their affair with home invasion horror, Stake Land II sucked some serious sequel blood, and their script for Don’t Kill It burst with howlin’ mad body-possession beats. So what makes Villains their most gratifyingly unstable and deliciously dark midnighter yet? Simplicity in casting: Bill Skarsgård and Maika Monroe . Maybe that’s my specific answer, but I’d watch ...
Tags: Florida, Comedy, Movies, Horror, Features, Movie Reviews, Thriller, Kyra Sedgwick, Sxsw, Natural Born Killers, Jules, Robert Olsen, Villains, George, Gloria, Clive


‘Five Feet Apart’ Review: A Romance That Aims For Tears By Sacrificing Everything Else

Haley Lu Richardson has “up-and-coming movie star” written all over her, from her innate charm to her high-wattage smile, which she puts to excellent use in the sappy star-crossed romance Five Feet Apart . Richardson, who established herself with her impressive work in The Edge of Seventeen , Columbus , and Support The Girls , has an undeniable charisma that ensures her performance here is something truly special. The film surrounding Richardson, unfortunately, ends up being so mawki...
Tags: Movies, Drama, Youtube, Features, Movie Reviews, Jane The Virgin, Columbus, Will, Cw, Stella, Richardson, Justin Baldoni, Rafael, Haley Lu Richardson, Sprouse, Featured Stories Sidebar


‘Wonder Park’ Review: A Glorified TV Pilot That Coasts By on Stunning Animation and Sincere Emotions

Sweet and sincere, Wonder Park is a spirited animated film that occasionally manages to elicit that titular feeling of wonder. The Nickelodeon film is a strong testament to the power of imagination that veers into moments of magical realism. But there’s something incomplete to this film. Wonder Park introduces broad caricatures and compelling themes, but doesn’t quite follow through — as if the ride stalled right before the finishing loop-de-loop. This was the moment halfway through Wonder Park...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, Movie Reviews, Animation, Jennifer Garner, Rube Goldberg, Nickelodeon, Gus, Totoro, Ken Jeong, Norbert Leo Butz, Family Films, Jimmy Neutron, Featured Stories Sidebar, Dylan Brown, Brianna Denski


‘Stuber’ Work-In-Progress Screening: Put Kumail Nanjiani and Dave Bautista In Everything, You Cowards [SXSW]

This isn’t quite a review, because what we saw at last night’s SXSW screening of Stuber wasn’t quite a finished film. But the work-in-progress print of Michael Dowse’s action buddy comedy felt finished enough to establish that stars Dave Bautista and Kumail Nanjiani have the best possible comedic chemistry. Listen up, Oscars 2020. Nanjiani plays Stu, a fastidious Uber driver lovesick over his best friend (Betty Gilpin). Bautista is Vic, a detective who’s been zeroing in on a heroin dealer for...
Tags: Comedy, Movies, Movie Reviews, Natalie Morales, Universal, Sxsw, Vic, Stu, Bautista, Stuber, Kumail Nanjiani, Nanjiani, Dave Bautista, Action/Adventure, Mira Sorvino, Michael Dowse


‘The Art of Self-Defense’ Review: Jesse Eisenberg Heads to the Dojo in This Dark, Thoughtful Comedy [SXSW]

“I want to be what intimidates me.” Riley Stearns (Faults) returns to SXSW with a super dark, incisive comedy that asks at what point in the process of toughening up and besting our bullies do we become precisely what we fear. The Art of Self-Defense follows Casey (Jesse Eisenberg), a nervous little accountant who tiptoes through life trying not to offend anyone. He’s the kind of unobjectionable wimp who passes his free time by listening to French lesson books on tape and jerking it to photocop...
Tags: Comedy, Movies, Features, Movie Reviews, Anna, Imogen Poots, Jesse Eisenberg, Sxsw, Fight Club, Casey, Eisenberg, Poots, Film Festivals, Stearns, Fincher, Marla


‘The Highwaymen’ Review: Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson Take Aim, But Their Movie Misses the Target [SXSW]

John Lee Hancock ’s The Highwaymen is a poster child for Netflix Originals when it comes to noting how “unparalleled creative freedom” isn’t always beneficial. Cinematography paints an early 1900s Texas frontier where Wild West lawlessness gets a Tommy Gun upgrade, and performances are as prolific as the names attached, but oh how dusty a biographical drama that cannot sustain over 120 minutes. Breathless prairies with Dust Bowl destitution become repetitive; characters over explained after w...
Tags: Texas, Movies, Drama, America, Features, Netflix, Movie Reviews, Arkansas, Ford, Iowa, Woody Harrelson, Louisiana, Texas Rangers, Sxsw, Kevin Costner, Bonnie And Clyde


‘Good Boys’ Review: Humor and Heart Headline This Maturely Childish Riot [SXSW]

There is, despite countless American Pie and Road Trip spin-offs arguing otherwise, an art to shaping R-rated comedies. Rawdog raunchiness and “F-bombs” alone don’t equate to laugh-a-minute genius. Take a movie like Good Boys . Gene Stupnitsky ’s hilarious adolescent comicality boasts heart, message, and humor in the precisely right places. Lesser creators would’ve leaned heavily on cursing “tweens” thinking with their pre-pubescent naughty parts, yet Stupnitsky and co-writer Lee Eis...
Tags: Comedy, Hollywood, Movies, Movie Reviews, Universal, Thor, Lucas, Sxsw, Max, Soren, Jacob Tremblay, Will-forte, Ralph, BAGGER, Eisenberg, Lee Eisenberg


‘Snatchers’ Review: This Horror Comedy is Far Funnier Than It Is Terrifying [SXSW]

Which is more terrifying: keeping up your high school status, or childbirth? Directors/writers  Stephen Cedars and Benji Kleiman honor both painstaking enterprises in their furiously entertaining hor(ror)monal romp,  Snatchers . Initial parallels to 2007’s Teeth fade quickly as the film splices Mean Girls DNA with Critters or Gremlins, or most appropriately, Slither . This is the kind of maternal midnighter that uproariously decapitates a gynecologist and coins the phrase “vag-cann...
Tags: Comedy, Movies, Horror, Mexico, Sci-fi, Movie Reviews, Kate, Edgar Wright, Sxsw, Joseph Kahn, Sara, Hayley, Ryan Phillippe, Kiana, Skyler, Kleiman


‘Girl on the Third Floor’ Review: This Fixer Upper Has Ghostly Occupants [SXSW]

When grandma stitched you that decorative “Home Is Where The Heart Is” pillow, she didn’t mean it literally (a physical, beating organ), but Travis Stevens ’ Girl On The Third Floor is architectural horror that ponders otherwise. If these walls could talk, what secrets they’d spill – or better yet, imprison. Stevens’ haunting deconstruction splits no hairs between sins of the past and sins of today, as some desecrated buildings have endured too much tragedy worth keeping quiet. It’s a homeo...
Tags: Movies, Horror, Chicago, Movie Reviews, Facetime, Sarah, Sxsw, Liz, Don, Brooks, Cooper, Annabelle, Stevens, Sarah Brooks, Third Floor, Cm Punk


‘Booksmart’ Review: Olivia Wilde’s Directorial Debut is a Hilarious, Female-Driven Coming-of-Age Comedy [SXSW]

Having an internal crisis, high schooler Molly turns to to her classmate and exclaims “You guys don’t care about school!” To which she snidely responds “We just don’t only care about school.” What happens when your whole worldview shifts and you discover the choices you made for yourself were not the only viable options? For two teen girls who are quickly approaching graduation, they discover that the fun of their teenage years has almost slipped out of their hands – and they have one n...
Tags: Comedy, Movies, Molly, Features, Movie Reviews, Olivia Wilde, Sxsw, Amy, Beanie Feldstein, Wilde, Film Festivals, Feldstein, Kaitlyn Dever, Greg Mottola, Featured Stories Sidebar, Booksmart



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