Review: Deadpool 2

Starring Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, and Zazie Beetz

Review: Book Club

Starring Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen, Jane Fonda, and Mary Steenburgen

Review: The Seagull

Starring Annette Bening, Saoirse Ronan, and Elisabeth Moss

Review: Solo: A Star Wars Story

Han Gets The Kinetic Origin Story He Deserves But May Not Need

Review: The Yellow Birds

Starring Alden Ehrenreich, Jennifer Aniston, and Tye Sheridan

5/22/2018

Punch Drunk DVDs: 'Red Sparrow', 'Game Night', 'The 15:17 to Paris', And More!


NEW THIS WEEK




Jennifer Lawrence stars in this new thriller as a former Prima ballerina forced to become a Russian special agent after an injury ends her career. Enrolled at a secret school, she is trained to become a Sparrow, a gifted agent trained to use their mind and bodies as weapons. Suddenly, her new cold exterior is compromised by an American CIA agent she’s sent after, who seeks to convince her that he is the only person she can trust.

We Said: “Red Sparrow is at least an attempt to offer the kind of mature espionage film audiences are frequently denied, and overall it's a solid effort for fans of the spy genre. Others expecting more than just a by-the-numbers effort  may find that this Sparrow never soars as high as it should. ” Rating: 3 out of 5






Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams star in this hit new comedy as Max and Annie, a compettive couple who bound over their mutal love of weekly game nights. When Max’s hotshot bother (Kyle Chandler) arranges for a murder mystery party for them and their friends, complete with fake thugs and a kidnapping. Unfortuantely, things take an unexpected turn when they discover that the game might be real, and the gangsters their facing are more than just well-payed actors. The friends soon find themselves in over their heads as each twist in the game leads to another unexpected turn over the course of one chaotic night.

 We Said: “Not all of the jokes score, of course, and the film gets too big for its own good in an oversized finale that would be better off in a different movie. There are also one too many twists for a film the audience probably isn't looking to be fooled by at all. Still, Game Night has the charm and definitely the players to be a real winner for those willing to roll the dice.” Rating: 3.5 out of 5





Clint Eastwood’s latest directorial effort tells the true story of three Americans who stopped a terrorist attack aboard a French train. Using the actual heores to play themselves, Eastwood attempts to capture the intensity of their brave act.

\We Said: “Overall, The 15:17 to Paris is boarder-line unwatchable. It’s awkward, messy, boring, and most of all incompetent. It’s honestly astonishing to see a movie this troubled be released by a big studio like Warner Bros. Mr. Eastwood, it’s really, really time to stop.” Rating: 0.5 out of 5



Donald Glover Is Down With Lando Being Pansexual, Says He'd Return For A Spinoff


I imagine there have been more conversations about Lando Calrissian's sexuality over the last few days than in forty years of Star Wars movies. Co-writer Jonathan Kasdan lit a fuse when he claimed in an interview that Lando was pansexual, that he had a "fluidity" to his sexual appetites. So of course, Donald Glover, who plays Lando in Solo: A Star Wars Story, was going to be asked his opinion the first chance available, and that's exactly what EW did. Here is his response...

“How can you not be pansexual in space? There are so many things to have sex with. I didn’t think that was that weird. Yeah, he’s coming on to everybody. I mean, yeah, whatever. It just didn’t seem that weird to me ‘cause I feel like if you’re in space it’s kind of like, the door is open! It’s like, no, only guys or girls. No, it’s anything. This thing is literally a blob. Are you a man or a woman? Like, who cares? Have good time out here.”

Glover says that Billy Dee Williams, who originated the character and gave him the smooth Colt 45 persona we've come to expect, hinted to him about Lando's possible pansexuality...

“One thing that Billy did say was [Lando] is somebody who goes around and tries everything, and I just didn’t think about it that much,” Glover said. “But I was like, he’s a charming person so I feel like he doesn’t have hard and fast boundaries about everything. But having somebody tell me that, I’m like, okay, cool, makes sense to me. Is it weird that I didn’t think about it that much?”

Meanwhile, Glover says he'd be open to reprising the role in a potential spinoff centered solely on Lando. Lucasfilm's Kathleen Kennedy teased that it would be "next" on the agenda, although that remains up in the air...

“It would always be fun to be Lando again,” Glover said. “I would love to do it again…The movie, I feel like, is wide open. I feel like with the Skywalkers, it’s hard, because it’s almost like the Bible. There’s a story that you have to tell, and the lineage of that family. I feel like out here its like, yeah, we’re just like husters and gamblers and space pirates, essentially, so you can do a lot more and have a lot more fun.”

Solo: A Star Wars Story opens May 25th.

The Internet Isn't Happy With 'Thundercats Roar', But I Don't Really Care


Normally, learning of a new Thundercats cartoon would send me soaring through the roof with excitement. But not so with Cartoon Networks' Thundercats Roar, which fans of the classic '80s cartoon clawing out their eyes in anger. Me, I'm content to just pretend it doesn't exist.

Thundercats debuted in 1985 and centered on Lion-O, Panthro, Tigra, Cheetara, and other feline humanoids as they did battle against the ancient evil Mumm-ra. Lion-O had in his possession the Sword of Omens, which grants the Thundercats their power. Even for a kids' cartoon it was pretty dark and serious, and the animation reflected its tone.

Thundercats Roar, on the other hand, looks like something the creators of Powerpuff Girls shit out during a sleepover. Frankly, it ain't for me and I won't be watching. But you can imagine the Internet is in an uproar over it. You can find a pretty good collection of angry tweets here. Mine won't be one of them. I simply don't care, and recognize that the version I want to see can be found elsewhere. This one ain't for me.

The Thundercats I remember, the cartoon that inspired me to collect the toys as a child and their Pop! Vinyl figures as an adult, still exist. I can watch it whenever I want to, or read the comic books which are done in the style of the original cartoon. That's good enough for me.

For others, Thundercats Roar arrives in 2019. Enjoy.


Zachary Levi Gives Best Look Yet At DC's Live-Action 'Shazam'


There are plenty of set photos from Shazam out there that show star Zachary Levi as the DC Comics hero, but this one comes from the actor himself. Levi posted an Instagram image of himself in costume as part of a promotional campaign at the Licensing Show in Las Vegas.


If Warner Bros. is letting Levi put this image on blast we may see something more official soon. The Chuck star plays Shazam, the powerful superhero who emerges magically when young Billy Batson (Asher Angel) says the magic word, SHAZAM! Levi and Angel are joined in the cast by Mark Strong, Jack Dylan Grazer, Grace Fulton, and more.

Directed by David F. Sandberg, Shazam opens April 5th 2019.

Charlize Theron To Play Megyn Kelly In Film About Roger Ailes' Downfall


When Fox News CEO Roger Ailes resigned in 2016 after allegations of sexual misconduct by numerous employees, it sent a shockwave throughout the TV news business. It also probably sent a cold chill throughout Fox News which has been engulfed by scandals involving its host. Ailes' humiliating fall from grace is about to get the big screen treatment in a new film, and it will have Charlize Theron as his most high-profile target, TV host Megyn Kelly.

Theron will star in the untitled film from Game Change director Jay Roach, based on a script by Charles Randolph, one of the Oscar-winning writers of The Big Short. The women who worked at Fox News during Ailes' tenure will be the focus of the story, so expect depictions of Kelly, Gretchen Carlson, Greta van Susteren, and more. Bill O'Reilly, who was also exposed for his misconduct, will be a character in the film as well as media mogul Rupert Murdoch.

Ailes, who died in 2017, was just the tip of the iceberg for Fox. The top-rated "news" network has shelled out millions in legal fees fighting allegations long after his resignation. Kelly rose through the ranks there, eventually becoming host of the popular show, The Kelly File. She and other women were reportedly pressured to come out on support of Ailes but she refused. She would eventually leave and join NBC as part of The Today Show.

This makes for the second overtly political project being backed and produced by Annapurna Pictures. They are also working on a Dick Cheney biopic from Adam McKay. [THR]

5/21/2018

Halle Berry, Yayan Ruhian, Tiger Chen And More Join 'John Wick: Chapter 3' Cast


Hey, I knock That Hashtag Show a lot for their sketch rumors, but when one hits I gotta give them props. As previously rumored last month, Halle Berry has been confirmed as part of the John Wick: Chapter 3 cast, joining star Keanu Reeves. However, she won't be coming alone.

Reeves is digging into his martial arts background to cast The Raid's awesome Yayan Ruhian and Cecep Arif Rahman, along with Tiger Chen who starred in Reeves' underrated directorial debut film Man of Tai Chi. He also happens to be Reeves's martial arts teacher. The rest of the newcomers include Anjelica Huston (The Royal Tenenbaums), Asia Kate Dillon (Orange is the New Black), Mark Dacascos (Brotherhood of the Wolf), Hiroyuki Sanada (The Wolverine), and Jason Mantzoukas (The League). Ian McShane, Common, Laurence Fishburne, Lance Reddick and Ruby Rose are all coming back, as well.  All of the new characters have colorful names which suggest they are part of some league of assassins. Huston plays The Director, Dillon will play The Adjudicator of the High Table, Dacascos is an assassin known as Zero, and Mantzoukas is the Tick Tock Man.

This film finds Wick on the run with a massive $14M contract out on his life for breaking The Continental's central rule, which is to never kill anyone on hotel grounds. Unfortunately for him, the person he killed was a member of the powerful High Table, who opened the contract that has killers circling to finish him once and for all.

John Wick: Chapter 3 opens May 17th 2019 directed by Chad Stahelski. [THR]

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Michael Keaton To Return As Vulture In 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Sequel


Jake Gyllenhaal's Mysterio won't be the only villain in the Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel. There will be another baddie and he'll be quite the familiar face. Variety reports Michael Keaton will be reprising his role as Adrian Toomes aka Vulture.

This isn't all that surprising. While Peter Parker defeated Toomes and sent him away to prison, the mid-credits scene teased that his story wasn't quite finished. In that scene he rejected another villain, Mac Gargan aka Scorpion, who wanted to know Spider-Man's secret identity. So how does this tie in to Mysterio? Well, Vulture and Mysterio do happen to be charter members of the Sinister Six...

Plus, Keaton is just a terrific actor and who wouldn't want to keep him around as long as possible? There aren't very many great villains in Marvel movies but Vulture is one of the better ones. Keaton was able to give him depth and purpose (His beef was legit, Tony Stark is a douche.) and there are a lot of avenues the character can go down.

This is good news for another reason. You may recall Sony tried to fast forward into production a Sinister Six movie back during the Andrew Garfield days. It was one of their major screwups, plotting multiple franchises before firmly establishing Spidey's own. Bringing back Vulture for a second movie now at least suggests they are taking it slow in introducing one of Spidey's toughest collections of foes.

Sony is also on the lookout for an actress in her 20s to play another female lead (let the speculation begin!), and of course Marisa Tomei, whose Aunt May survived the snap of Thanos' fingers, will be back along with Zendaya as MJ.

Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 opens July 5th 2019.

DC Readers: Attend A Free Early Screening Of 'Action Point' Starring Johnny Knoxville


We're happy to offer our DC readers the chance to attend a free early screening of the new comedy, Action Point, starring Johnny Knoxville in a role that takes him back to his Jackass roots.

SYNOPSIS: Everyone’s favorite daredevil Johnny Knoxville is back to his hilariously painful antics in the upcoming comedy ACTION POINT. Knoxville stars as D.C., the crackpot owner of a low-rent, out-of-control amusement park where the rides are designed with minimum safety for maximum fun. Just as D.C.’s estranged teenage daughter Boogie comes to visit, a corporate mega-park opens nearby and jeopardizes the future of Action Point. To save his beloved theme park and his relationship with his daughter, D.C. and his loony crew of misfits risk everything to pull out all the stops – and stunts – making for another wild ride from the star of BAD GRANDPA and JACKASS.

The screening takes place on Thursday, May 31st at 7:00pm at AMC Tysons Corner. If you'd like to attend, simply register at the Gofobo ticketing site here and download one pass good for you and a guest. Please remember that having passes does not guarantee entry and you'll need to arrive early to ensure receiving a seat. Enjoy the show!

Action Point opens June 1st.

It Only Took 4 Years But Here Is 'The Lego Movie' Sequel's Official Title


It's taken four years and a few delays, but The Lego Movie 2 is a real thing and it now has an official title. The film's official Twitter account has revealed the title to be...wait for it...The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part.  I guess that's a pun but...eh, whatever. It's a title and it works.

The original movie opened in 2014 and at the time nobody thought it would matter much. Actually, we all thought it would suck for obvious reasons. However, Phil Lord and Chris Miller gave us one of the most inventive and joyful animated movie experiences in a long time, earning over $460M and numerous accolades. Warner Bros. knew they had something special on their hands and almost immediately confirmed a sequel, while launch an entire franchise of Lego films. We've already seen two of them, The Lego Batman Movie and The Lego Ninjago Movie, with differing degrees of success.

The sequel has been tough to piece together, though, and details are few. Lord and Miller wrote the first script draft, with Matt Fogel doing the most recent screenplay. Mike Mitchell (Trolls) is set to direct, with Lord and Miller helping out as producers. Chris Pratt and Elizabeth Banks are back as Emmet and Wyldstyle, while Tiffany Haddish has joined in an unspecified role. Expect to see a ton of comic book and movie cameos, just as in the first movie. Maybe they can get Haddish to voice one of DC Comics' prominent African-American female heroes? Like....ummmmm.....just gimme a sec.....wow this is hard...

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part opens February 9th 2019.


'City Of Lies' Trailer: Only Johnny Depp Can Solve Biggie And Tupac's Murders


Here's one thing I know; when I think of the one man who can finally solve the murders of Tupac and Biggie the first name that comes to mind is Johnny Depp. It almost sounds like a piece from The Onion, but Depp really is starring in a movie that delves into the hip-hop legends' deaths, titled City of Lies, and the trailer for it has arrived. Try to take it seriously because it might be pretty good despite how it looks.

First of all, the film is directed by Brad Furman who was behind The Lincoln Lawyer aka the film that kicked off the McConnaissance. Um, he also directed Runner Runner so don't get too excited he can jumpstart Depp's flagging career. Depp plays real-life former LAPD detective Russell Poole who teamed up with a journalist to investigate the long-unsolved murders of Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur. The case has been open for more than two decades and while there are many suspects nobody has been charged or convicted.

Somehow the trailer looks of a lesser quality than the USA Network series Unsolved which is exploring the same territory and even features Poole as a character played by Jimmi Simpson. In some respects the grittiness works, especially when backed by the sounds of the Norious B.I.G., but it's less effective when the dour Grindelwald-looking Depp is on screen alongside Forest Whitaker.  Here's the official synopsis:

Based on the true story of one of the most notorious and unsolved cases in recent time, CITY OF LIES is a provocative thriller revealing a never-before-seen look at the infamous murder of The Notorious B.I.G. shortly following the death of Tupac. L.A.P.D. detective Russell Poole (Johnny Depp) has spent years trying to solve his biggest case, but after two decades, the investigation remains open. “Jack” Jackson (Forest Whitaker), a reporter desperate to save his reputation and career, is determined to find out why. In search of the truth, the two team up and unravel a growing web of institutional corruption and lies. Relentless in their hunt, these two determined men threaten to uncover the conspiracy and crack the foundation of the L.A.P.D. and an entire city.

City of Lies opens September 7th and co-stars Neil Brown Jr., Rockmond Dunbar, and Shea Whigham.