'Life Itself' Review
The relationship drama “Life Itself” comes from writer/director Dan Fogelman, the creator of NBC’s emotionally-charged relationship drama "This Is Us". That hit show focusses on a diverse, complex family and their even more diverse and complex storylines that all connect and intertwine in very particular ways. In promoting “Life Itself”, Fogelman has stated that this film is “very different” from "This Is Us".
Marvel Studios' Captain Marvel Trailer
Melissa McCarthy is the perfect Lee Israel in 'Can You Ever Forgive Me?' (TIFF review)
Lee Israel was a bestselling author before she decided to make forgery her next profession. A job that suited her very well. Almost too well. — As Melissa McCarthy is perfectly cast as the washed-up writer Lee Israel, it's hard to imagine Julianne Moore was about to play her back in 2015. While Moore was at TIFF with her less than impressive role in 'Gloria Bell', Melissa McCarthy nails this dramatic performance, never overdoing it, but not dodging the occasional humor either.
Trailer: Dan Stevens and Michael Sheen star in Gareth Evans revenge thriller 'Apostle'
It’s hard not to get excited at the prospect of a Gareth Evans helmed revenge thriller starring Dan Stevens as a man who must save his sister (played by Sing Street’s Lucy Boynton) from a religious cult led by Michael Sheen.
'Mary Poppins Returns' First Trailer
Disney has released the magical first trailer for “Mary Poppins Returns” — Disney’s exclusive trailer features Emily Blunt as the titular nanny who has returned after a family tragedy strikes the now adult age Banks children, Jane (Emily Mortimer) and Michael Banks (Ben Winshaw).
'Mary Poppins Returns' Trailer
Here’s Your First Look At Joaquin Phoenix As Arthur Fleck aka the ‘Joker’
No one is laughing at this clown prince of crime aka Arthur Fleck. — Director Todd Phillips shared the sobering first pic of the man who is destined become the Dark Knight’s greatest adversary. The pic captioned, “Arthur” features Phoenix dressed down in army green looking every bit as a man who has been disregarded by society.
'The Predator' Review
Yes, 'The Predator' is a bit of a mess. Given Shane Black’s involvement, it pains me to admit this. It scores points for being a passable piece of counter-programming following months of largely PG-13 fare. But that's not enough to match my high expectations.
'White Boy Rick' Review
It's the kind of story you hear once or twice a year. Someone is plucked from their everyday life and, overnight, becomes a movie star. Richie Merritt was a 15-year-old Baltimore high school student with no resume - acting or otherwise. On a casting search, director Yann Demange chose Merritt to play the title character in his film “White Boy Rick”. But not even that story can top the one presented in this '80s true-life crime drama.
Bond 25: Screenwriting duo reportedly set to return
"Bond 25" saga continues. — A new report out of the Daily Mail UK speculates Eon (Everything or Nothing) Productions has brought back series writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade to polish a script they originally drafted long before MGM and EON’s “bromance with Danny Boyle and John Hodge began.”
'The Predator' Review
These days I rarely go into a big-budget, franchise film knowing next to nothing about what I'm about to see. However, I was able to avoid all the trailers and promotion for “The Predator” and went into this reboot cold. And I’ve never watched any of the old installments - from the ’87 original with ARNOLD (the year 1987 is referenced heavily in this one), to the Danny Glover sequel, “vs. Alien” battles and 2010’s “Predators” with Adrien Brody.
Nicole Kidman goes on the hunt in her most gritty role yet - 'Destroyer' (TIFF review)
Nicole Kidman undergoes one of her most drastic transformations yet as the miserable LAPD officer Erin Bell, seeking revenge for something that happened many, many years ago.
The Nun - Movie Review
Real catholic nuns are more intimidating than this one. Here’s my take on The Nun, the latest installment in the Conjuring Universe. — The Nun is directed by Corin Hardy and is the fifth installment, also known as the third prequel, in Warner Bros’ Conjuring Universe. Taking place in a 1952 Romania, a nun in training and a priest with a haunted past are assigned to investigate the death of a young nun in the Vatican. Spooky things begin to happen to them and we have a horror movie.
Aaron Paul joins the cast of Westworld season 3
Jesse Pinkman is headed to Westworld!!? Yeah science fiction! — In somewhat surprising casting news, we have learned Breaking Bad alum - Aaron Paul - has joined the cast of HBO's Emmy-winning series Westworld.
Exploring David Lynch: Mulholland Drive
No piece of art has ever had as profound an impact on my life than Mulholland Dr. I say, in a very literal way, that Mulholland Dr. changed my life. — I had never looked at cinema as an art form before, I actually had hardly looked at cinema before. I grew up in a single parent home with a childhood filled with independence and responsibility. Needless to say, there was no time for films or television. I was that person on the other side of mouth open stares hearing "how have you never seen (insert film name here)" I don't begrudge my childhood, I read a lot and enjoyed time with my friends, started working at a young age and never thought about movies much. I was always out of the pop culture loop all the way through high school. I worked more than full-time in politics before college which led me to start my undergraduate work when I was 20. I took enough credits to need a signature from an academic advisor and in all the hustle of meetings and trying to gain approval for taking on so many hours I had forgotten even signing up for what I thought the most inconsequential class would be: Introduction to Film Studies.
'The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina' First Trailer
Netflix's dark coming-of-age story stars Mad Men darling Kiernan Shipka as Sabrina Spellman - half-witch half-mortal teenager - who is about to embark on her education as a sorceress now that she is turning sweet sixteen!
Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali take a great road trip in 'Green Book' (TIFF review)
With 'Green Book' director Peter Farrelly goes solo and makes his most dramatic film yet. And as it turns out, it might be his best one too. — We follow Tony Lip (Viggo Mortensen), a bouncer from New York, after the nightclub he's been working is closed down. Needing the money he hears of a gig, driving around a doctor. That can't be too bad, he naturally thinks, without actually giving it another thought. But as it turns out, this will be the trip of a lifetime, one he'll always remember, that'll develop a lifelong friendship and be turned into a movie 50 years later.
Report: Henry Cavill Possibly Exiting DCEU, Warner Bros. Shifts Focus to 'Supergirl'
Henry Cavill assumed the iconic role of Superman back in Zack Snyder's Man of Steel. — Cavill has starred as Superman in Batman v. Superman and Justice League. Warner recently tried to get Cavill to cameo in Shazam!. Which stars Zachary Levi and will be in theaters April 5, 2019. The door is now supposedly closing on other super hero appearances.
Production is underway for 'Just Mercy' starring Michael B. Jordan, Brie Larson, and Jamie Foxx
It's realistic to believe 'Just Mercy' could land Michael B. Jordan his second Oscar nom (I’m pretending Fruitvale Station was his first). — In the spirit of loving everything Michael B. Jordan stands for (I make no apologies), I thought I'd pass along another reminder reinforcing just how awesome Mr. Jordan is, and more notably, a reminder that production for his next feature film is currently underway.
Jason Blum talks 'Halloween' sequel and plans for 'Scream' and 'I Know What You Did Last Summer' revivals
Can you name one Hollywood producer from this 21st century whose meteoric rise parallels that of Jason Blum’s? — In less than ten years, Blum’s production company - Blumhouse Productions - has churned out 75 films grossing over $3.4 BILLION dollars against an astonishing $329 million dollar accumulated budget! High yield returns aside, Blumhouse has also earned producer-cred having backed Damien Chazelle and Jordan Peele's Academy Award-winners Whiplash and Get Out. So when 21st Century’s master genre producer speaks, we listen.
'Moonlight' director Barry Jenkins' new film 'If Beale Street Could Talk' is a mesmerizing tragic romance (TIFF review)
It seems like only yesterday we were stunned by 'Moonlight' at the 2016 edition of TIFF. It might be the best film I ever saw at my couple of years here at the festival. But Barry Jenkins' new film 'If Beale Street Could Talk' is every bit as captivating as his Oscar winning film of 2016.
Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges deal with addiction in 'Ben is Back' (TIFF review)
Julia Roberts joins breakout star Lucas Hedges ('Manchester by the Sea', 'Lady Bird') in this painful drama about a mother struggling with her addicted son.