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Review: DARKEST HOUR Illuminates Wartime Anarchy in the UK

It’s often observed that moviemaking, large scale moviemaking in particular, is akin to orchestrating a war. That’s not to belittle or demean the very real horror and cost of true war; in filmmaking the severity of casualties don’t usually stem...

Have Your Say: Crisis On Infinite Universes

Fans of super-hero films sure will not have experienced a shortage of them in the past decade. Ever since Marvel's massively successful Avengers film, their "Cinematic Universe" has been a purring engine, raking in cash for Disney in jaw-dropping amounts...

AFI Fest 2017 Dispatch: Metaphysial Masterworks and Nerve-Jangling Debuts

AFI Fest closed out their 2017 edition last Thursday in Los Angeles with a star-studded showing of the Jessica Chastain starring Molly's Game, written and directed by Aaron Sorkin. And while the American Film Instituite certainly likes their gala premieres...

Notes on Streaming: THE PUNISHER, Geysers of Blood, Torture and Violence

After sampling The Punisher, Marvel's latest small-screen series, I shared my reaction on social media: "Unrelenting brutality of Frank Castle + extreme bloodshed through 3 eps. is wearisome." Boy, was I wrong -- I vastly underestimated the capacity for torture...

Our Favorite Faces Of Jeremy Irons

This weekend saw the arrival of Zack Snyder's and Joss Whedon's Justice League, and while Pierce Conran mentioned in his review that the film is overstuffed, he also noted that it "...manages to stand its ground as reasonable popcorn entertainment."...

70s Rewind: Disney's THE RESCUERS, Fun for Kids, Diverting for Adults Too

The theatrical release of Pixar's Coco, distributed by Disney, prompted me to watch The Rescuers (1977), a hand-drawn animated artifact that, it turns out, holds up quite well. As many children of my generation did, I grew up in the...

Criterion in February 2018: LIVING DEAD, LAMBS, GALLOWS and More

A fascinating lineup will be on tap from the Criterion Collection in February 2018. Widely available in horribly-presented public domain versions for years, a new 4K restoration of George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead will be rolled out,...

Review: In Overstuffed JUSTICE LEAGUE, More Proves Less For DC Team Up

DC's first superhero team-up extravaganza has arrived, and while an improvement on last year's much-derided Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, Justice League suffers from many of the same problems that have plagued the DC Extended Universe. The two-hour running time is...

Our Favorite Faces Of Michelle Pfeiffer

This weekend, Kenneth Branagh's Murder on the Orient Express arrived on schedule in North America, and was welcomed by audiences despite lukewarm reviews. In part this will have been because the train was a star-studded vehicle indeed, with a cast...

SyFy Announces Cast For DEADLY CLASS Pilot

SyFy's adaptation of Rick Remender and Wes Craig's comic series Deadly Class has a cast. The Avengers directors Joe and Anthony Russo are executive producing a pilot.    Co-created by Remender and Miles Feldsott, the pilot Deadly Class follows...

STAR WARS: Rian Johnson to Develop New Trilogy And News on Live Action Series

We are going to double dip here because two bits of news about the Star Wars universe came out today that will be of importance to fans of the franchise.    Of the utmost importance was the announcement that The...

AFI Fest 2017 Preview: 8 Top Picks at Hollywood's Top Fest

It's time once again for the big Hollywood festival that is AFI Fest to roll back into the crazy Hollywood & Highland complex for a week of awards movies and awesome indie and international cinema. Like always, the festival is...

Have Your Say: What's Your Favorite Whodunnit?

While North America will have to wait until Friday, Kenneth Branagh's adaptation of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express is currently already in cinemas across the United Kingdom and Ireland. It's not exactly the first time someone tackled this...

Our Favorite Faces Of Idris Elba

Last Friday, Taika Waititi's Thor: Ragnarok landed in North American cinemas, and its thunder could be heard at box offices all over the globe. It's always nice to see an "indie" director we like to not just survive Hollywood, but...

Morbido 2017 Review: LA QUINCEANERA, Luchagore's Action Web Series Packs Emotional Punches

Alejandra Santos is about to turn 15 years old. She is becoming a woman and so it is time for her coming of age ceremony, the Quinceanera, a Latin American tradition. Alejandra is troubled though because her father is nowhere...

Have Your Say: The Voice

One of the many non-human characters in Thor: Ragnarok is the Balrog-esque fire demon Surtur, seen here playing with The Hulk. Surtur doesn't just punch, stab and spit fire though: he actually has some lines in the script. And those...

Our Favorite Faces Of Jeff Goldblum

Last weekend saw the premiere of Taika Waititi's Thor: Ragnarok in cinemas across the world, and this week will mark its arrival in North America. It's Marvel's standard release strategy now to give Europe the earlier peek, whenever they feel...

Review: THOR: RAGNAROK Brings Color and Joy to the End of the World

The many films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (henceforth called the MCU) have all opted for either of two strategies. Number one is to follow a thriller path, and try to edge a title towards the realms of realism and...

10+ Years Later: THE GOLDEN COMPASS, a Failed Footnote in Fantasy Adaptations

Released at the end of 2007, The Golden Compass aimed to become the third jewel in a crown of mega-grossing 21st century fantasy adaptations, following The Lord of the Rings and The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe. The first...

Have Your Say: What's Your Favorite Disaster Movie?

Dean Devlin's Geostorm is currently in cinemas, and while it isn't really making big waves at the box office, it does bring the thrills and stars you expect from a disaster flick. Disaster films are an odd bunch though. It's...