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10+ Years Later: Can THE MUMMY RETURNS Withstand The Test Of Time?

When I saw Stephen Sommers' fun creature feature Deep Rising, back in 1998, I immediately added him to the list of directors to keep an eye on. That was because I had an absolute blast with the film, warts and...

Destroy All Monsters: That's Fine, There Never Should Have Been A HAN SOLO Movie Anyway

I'll get my biases out of the way right at the top: I think, and always have thought, that a Han Solo prequel movie is a terrible idea. There's the Patton Oswalt joke where he filibusters his way through the...

AnarchyVision: CARS 3, ROUGH NIGHT, MEGAN LEAVEY

There have been better weeks to watch films for a living, but such is life sometimes. In this edition, I look at Cars 3, the rough Rough Night and a film about a dog....

Have Your Say: What's Your Favorite Soundtrack Score?

For the last eight-or-so months, Matt Schrader's Score: A Film Music Documentary has been shown at festivals worldwide, and has won itself a nice set of awards while travelling. Last week it got a limited theatrical release by Gravitas Ventures...

Our Favorite Faces Of Anthony Hopkins

This week, Earth gets invaded by Michael Bay's fifth Transformers film, a 3D extravaganza clocking in on a relatively succinct 148 minutes. Seriously, I thought Michael would go for the full three hours this time! Regardless of how much sarcasm...

Pretty Packaging: PRISON SCHOOL Provides Peeks At Perversity

Japanese animation can be decidedly frown-worthy at times. There are of course the infamous hardcore porn series, which are called "hentai" (meaning "pervert" or "perverse"), but for audiences who are grossed-out by those there is a wide selection of softcore...

70s Rewind: ORCA, The Beached Whale of Killer Shark Movies

In the aftermath of Jaws, many cinematic imitators swam into shore, but few could compare to Orca. Steven Spielberg's first blockbuster benefited from terrific advance publicity. Peter Benchley's novel, first published in February 1974, became an instant bestseller, casting a...

Destroy All Monsters: In Light of WONDER WOMAN, It's Time To Reconsider 1984's SUPERGIRL

"Squirt? Squirt." - Peter O'Toole as Zaltar in Supergirl (1984) Wonder Woman continues to dominate the box office both domestically and abroad, adding a disproportionately low second-weekend drop (for this genre, the best since Batman Begins) to its list of...

AnarchyVision: THE MUMMY, IT COMES AT NIGHT, CHURCHILL

In my latest report, I talk about a trio of movies that opened this past weekend, including one blockbuster misfire, one mismarketed genre piece, and a flawed yet somewhat fascinating take on a political hero. Watch the video below. ...

Have Your Say: There Need To Be More Anime Series For Grown-ups

If you're a regular reader of the "Pretty Packaging" articles, or indeed this "Have Your Say" series, it won't come as a surprise that I'm a huge fan of Japanese animation. Indeed, ever since I saw Otomo Katsuhiro's Akira I've...

Notes on Streaming: HOUSE OF CARDS Falls Flat

Have you checked out the new season of House of Cards on Netflix? Yeesh! Or maybe it's just me. House of Cards, anchored by Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright as an ambitious political couple who prize power above all else,...

Our Favorite Faces Of Bruce Willis

This week, Once Upon a Time in Venice sees its release. It's an action-comedy by Robb and Mark Cullen, with an impressive cast which includes John Goodman, Jason Momoa, Famke Janssen and Bruce Willis. Which brings us to Bruce Willis,...

10+ Years Later: PRINCESS MONONOKE, So Much More Than "The STAR WARS of Animated Features"

Blurbs are a strange thing. Always intended to get a certain hype going, they can easily help set up false expectations, intentionally or not. And so, while Roger Ebert was spot on when he placed My Neighbor Totoro in the...

Have Your Say: Let's Get Incredibly Sexist For A Moment...

Earlier today, as I was browsing through reviews, I started to wonder if anyone actually had anything BAD to say about Wonder Woman. I mean, it's a superhero film, so there's got to be some critics who dislike it, right?...

AnarchyVision: WONDER WOMAN, ABACUS, DRONE

Besides the (fine) entry to the comic book canon, a look at Steve James' Abacus and the Sean Bean flick Drone....

Our Favorite Faces Of Connie Nielsen

Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman conquered this weekend's box office charts, lasso-ing the hearts of fans and critics alike. Our James Marsh had nothing but kind words for the feature, and studio Warner Brothers finally have their flagpole title to proudly...

Cannes 2017 Dispatch: NEXT VR Round Up

To call the Cannes Film Festival one of the most elitist film festivals on the calendar is not an unfair assessment. This is doubly true when it came to this year's first ever VR entry into the official program. It...

70s Rewind: SUPERMAN, When Heroes Only Had to Be Super ... And Men

"You'll believe a man can fly." Belief was a big deal for movies and me in late 1977. Sure, Star Wars rebooted space opera, but that was a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Close Encounters of...

AnarchyVision: Cannes 2017 Press Conference Interviews

Out of any major film festival, the Cannes press conference is the one to go to. In a place where glamour rules and access to some of the stars requires running quite a gauntlet, it's in the press conference that...

Cannes 2017 Dispatch: A Tour of the Marché

It's been a long while since we last explored the wacky posters on display at Cannes. Amazingly enough, some of those same 2012 posters are still hanging around. But the annual wander through the labyrinthine halls of the Marché du...