'CAPTAIN MARVEL' Critic First Reactions

'CAPTAIN MARVEL' Critic First Reactions

All aboard this hype train. — CAPTAIN MARVEL’s first industry screening is in the books! Critics hail Marvel’s newest installment as a "unique and fresh" origin story that's “pure joy,” “a great 90s sci-fi vibe,” and “fans of Captain Marvel comics are going to love the movie. Plain and simple.” Perhaps best of all - "Thanos is fucked!"

Lakeith Stanfield and Daniel Kaluuya in talks to star in Ryan Coogler produced 'JESUS WAS MY HOMEBOY'

Lakeith Stanfield and Daniel Kaluuya in talks to star in Ryan Coogler produced 'JESUS WAS MY HOMEBOY'

Sign me up. — In 2013, Ryan Coogler burst onto the scene with his harrowing written/directorial debut - Fruitvale Station. Coogler’s critically acclaimed American bio-drama tells the story of Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan), a young black man who was unjustly shot and killed by a Bay Area Transit officer in Coogler’s back yard of Oakland, California. At the time, Coogler’s future Black Panther collaborator, Forrest Whitaker financed the 26-year-old’s debut. Six successful years later, Coogler now finds himself in Whitaker's seat, producing up-and-coming filmmaker, Shaka King’s bio-drama 'Jesus Was My Homeboy.'

'Alita: Battle Angel' review
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'Alita: Battle Angel' review

What makes Alita so special? It’s the only real question I had going into Robert Rodriguez’s 'Alita: Battle Angel'. My loose knowledge of this Anime/Manga adaptation had me looking towards the likes of 'Akira', 'Ghost in a Shell' and even 'Blade Runner' as I tried to measure expectations. The lengthy development period had me primed for a film dense with messy but ambitious ideas about humanity and identity. But Alita never reaches for such heights. And this disappointed for a second.

Boardwalk Round-Up: Zootopia Isn't Getting Two Sequels, Toy Story 4, and Lee Unkrich

Boardwalk Round-Up: Zootopia Isn't Getting Two Sequels, Toy Story 4, and Lee Unkrich

The Boardwalk Round-Up is back. Disney starts off 2019 with a bang. This is only in month one. We are in store for a wild year. — Earlier this week reports started to float around that Zootopia would be getting two sequels. Not to crush anyone's hopes and dreams but Disney doesn't usually announce two sequels in a row unless it is Star Wars or Marvel. Especially for their animation studio. The reports were started because a voice actor for Zootopia, Tommy Lister revealed Disney had plans for two sequels.

Sebastian Stan replaces Chris Evans in Netflix's evil backwoods thriller 'THE DEVIL ALL THE TIME'

Sebastian Stan replaces Chris Evans in Netflix's evil backwoods thriller 'THE DEVIL ALL THE TIME'

This headline screams love/hate. — With Chris Evans previously committed to star in Neill Blomkamp’s Greenland, Antonio Campos’ The Devil All The Time, Antoine Fuqua’s Infinite, Apple’s streaming series Defending Jacob and Rian Johnson’s Knives Out, you knew it was simply a matter of time until one or two of these projects would eventually fall through.

'Cold Pursuit' review
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'Cold Pursuit' review

So, Liam Neeson dug a deep hole for himself ahead of the release of his latest film ‘Cold Pursuit’. Friends and colleagues have had to assure me that it will all be alright in the end for Neeson, that tanking the publicity for ‘Cold Pursuit’ and admitting to a racist blood lust wouldn’t drown out one of my favorite actors.

'Happy Death Day 2U' Review
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'Happy Death Day 2U' Review

The first Happy Death Day was a pretty neat, if not very low stakes Blumhouse production and kind of the exemplifier of their format. It was a slightly above average, cheap, and brief horror/slasher with a kind of neat twist, i.e. Groundhog Day, but I'm being murdered. There was nothing really exemplary about it, compared to other BH productions that came out that year (Get Out, The Belko Experiment, Creep 2 or Ouija 2) but what it had going for it was a slightly fun black comedy tone, along with a campy but dedicated performance by Jessica Rothe as the heroine and trashy college girl, Tree. If I had reviewed when it came out, I probably would've given it a 2.5-3/5.

'2019 Oscar Nominated Animated Short Films' Review
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'2019 Oscar Nominated Animated Short Films' Review

Here are my takes on this year's five Oscar Nominated Animated Short Films: — “Animal Behaviour” is a Canadian film directed by Alison Snowden and David Fine, who won the Animated Short Oscar in 1995 for “Bob’s Birthday”. “Behaviour” features talking animals in group therapy. It’s a clever concept, though the execution is a little too straightforward. However, enough of the dialogue-based humor and messages work. 3 out of 5 stars.

'High Flying Bird' review
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'High Flying Bird' review

Steven Soderbergh's 'High Flying Bird', produced by Netflix, is among other things a politically charged heist movie. Yes, on the surface it’s a sports drama about the minutia of an NBA lockout and how an agent and a prized client navigate their way through it, but we are working with an incredibly smart and layered screenplay here. Soderbergh and writer Tarell Alvin McCraney prod at ideas having to do with the commodification of sports talent, player agency and the capitalist system that is forced to taste its blood for the first time.

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