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The Benghazi Movie 13 Hours Looks Incredible

Thursday, July 30th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

A theatrical depiction of the September 11th attack in Benghazi will land in January. The month doesn’t typically see a lot of competition, which contributed to the commercial success of American Sniper. Watching the trailer, it’s hard to believe this is helmed by Michael Bay. The Transfomers director appears to have muted his trademark bombastic […]

15 Easter Eggs in Marvel’s Ant-Man

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015 - by Duane Lester

If there’s one thing I enjoy more than watching my favorite stories come to life through Marvel Studios’s fantastic movies, it’s watching for the little things, the “Easter Eggs” added to the movie for fanboys like me. Sometimes they are there as foreshadowing, sometimes they are there just as a nod from Marvel to me, […]

From First to Worst: NBC’s “Hannibal” Goes from Broadcast’s Best Crime Drama to a Sick Mess

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015 - by David Forsmark

“Believe me, you don’t want Hannibal Lecter inside your head.” – Jack Crawford, The Silence of the Lambs That sage advice has been ignored by every writer and director to use the character of Hannibal Lecter ever since the huge popularity of Jonathan Demme’s great film and Anthony Hopkins’ Oscar winning portrayal—including Thomas Harris, the […]

Here’s Why You Should Be Watching Amy Schumer

Monday, July 20th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

Amy Schumer’s debut film Trainwreck opened in theaters this past Friday. As the weekend drew to a close, Variety made the bold declaration that Schumer has catapulted onto “Hollywood’s A-list:” “This is the birth of a new film star,” said Phil Contrino, vice president and chief analyst at BoxOffice.com. “She’s going to get tons of […]

Amanda Seyfried Claims She’s Underpaid for Films

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

In an interview with the Sunday Times, actress Amanda Seyfried took aim at so-called wage inequality between men and women. By way of example, she cited her own experience. Variety reports: “A few years ago, on one of my big-budget films, I found I was being paid 10% of what my male co-star was getting, […]

Latest Batman v Superman Trailer Promises Big

Monday, July 13th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

The last week saw this year’s annual San Diego Comic Con, typically a huge event for the unveiling of movie news. There, Warner Bros. dropped a new trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Zack Synder, who previously helmed Man of Steel, returns to direct this follow-up. Trailers don’t always present an accurate portrayal […]

Are You Ready for a Christian Streaming Service?

Friday, July 10th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

If the name Pure Flix rings a bell, it may be in connection with the Christian production company’s standout commercial hit God Is Not Dead. They also have a film in theaters right now, Faith of Our Fathers. Pure Flix has recently jumped into the streaming entertainment space, creating a Netflix-style service featuring “faith and […]

Judgment Day Arrives for Terminator Genisys

Monday, July 6th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

Anticipating the latest installment of the Terminator franchise, I again watched the original. Born from a fever induced nightmare suffered by writer/director James Cameron, the 1984 film follows a machine sent from a dystopian future to murder the mother of an unborn resistance leader. It’s a simple and well-executed concept that plays out like a horror film. Despite its much-imitated conventions and dated style, […]

5 Comedies to Get You Ready for Campaign 2016

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

1. The Distinguished Gentleman There isn’t an Eddie Murphy classic I wouldn’t recommend watching — and by los clasicos, I mean Coming to America, Trading Places, Beverly Hills Cop and even The Golden Child. But The Distinguished Gentleman, in which he plays a con artist who gets elected to Congress solely on name recognition, is […]

Top Gun 2 Will Be Terrible

Monday, June 29th, 2015 - by James Jay Carafano

Word is out that Tom Cruise will reprise his role as the reckless combat-ace Maverick in a Top Gun redo.  This must end badly. Cruise is long past the day when he could deliver a film performance worth watching. Recently, in Edge of Tomorrow  and Oblivion,  he delivered two back-to-back performances that were as lackluster […]

Marvel Studios Clarifies Spider-Man Deal with Sony

Friday, June 26th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

Ever since the improbable news dropped that Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures had struck a deal to include Spider-Man in the ongoing Marvel Cinematic Universe, questions have swirled regarding how the two studios would interact. Who has final say regarding how the character is used? Can we expect other Marvel characters to appear in stand-alone […]

Next Indiana Jones Rumored for Late 2018

Monday, June 22nd, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

It’s a great time for belated sequels and franchise reboots. Jurassic World just finished its second weekend, remaining number one at the box office against Pixar’s newly released Inside Out. The dino adventure flick pulled in another $102 million domestically, adding to its record-breaking half-billion-dollar haul worldwide. Jurassic’s success raises expectation for other franchises, particularly Star […]

Stanford Breeds Psychos

Friday, June 19th, 2015 - by James Jay Carafano

Both famous and infamous, a 1971 Stanford University experiment recreated the conditions of prison life with volunteers role-playing both inmates and guards. Shockingly, but perhaps not unsurprisingly, when the guards were allowed to brutalize the prisoners things pretty much spun out of control. After six days they had to shut the whole thing down before […]

First Set Photos from All-Female Ghostbusters

Friday, June 19th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

Production is underway on the long-awaited reboot of the Ghostbusters franchise. Bridesmaids director Paul Feig heads the project, bringing along his alumni performers Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy. Saturday Night Live’s Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones round out the cast. Collider got their hands on an unofficial plot synopsis: Wiig and McCarthy play a pair […]

Dan Aykroyd Praises All-Female Ghostbusters Reboot

Thursday, June 18th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

In case you missed it, Bridesmaids director Paul Feig will be rebooting the Ghostbusters franchise with an all female cast. The film will star Bridesmaids alum Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig, alongside Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon. Original Ghostbuster Dan Aykroyd recently sat down with Spinoff Online to discuss the project. He had high praise: Yeah, […]

5 Dinosaur Movies Better than ‘Jurassic World’

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015 - by James Jay Carafano

Jurassic World is setting world records for the biggest box office movie opening ever.  One reviewer called it “big dumb fun.”  No wonder audiences are flocking to the film like interns to free donuts. Good creature-features have always been a healthy cash cow for filmmakers. Before Chris Pratt took on the role of dinosaur whisperer, the silver […]

Jurassic World Review: Big Dumb Fun

Monday, June 15th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

Warning: Some plot details from Jurassic World will be disclosed. Believe it or not, it has been 22 years since Jurassic Park premiered in theaters. For many, that film stands as a landmark cinematic experience. Never before had computer-generated characters been so convincingly portrayed on-screen. The technology manifest in Jurassic Park went on to reshape the […]

Why It’s Hot to Rag on Jurassic Park, Chris Pratt and Sexism in Hollywood

Thursday, June 11th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

So, some so-called feminist wrote a “scathing” review of Jurassic World in the Daily Beast, accusing the film of being overtly sexist because it features a corporate bitch who discovers her mothering instinct in the midst of rescuing her two nephews from an onslaught of wild dinosaurs. Let’s make one thing clear: If that woman existed in […]

Six Great Moments from Monty Python’s Life of Brian

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

I know some label Monty Python’s Life of Brian offensive. I’m an Irish-Catholic journalist, so pretty much nothing on the R-rated spectrum is offensive. But on the charge of blasphemy, I’ve never seen the movie as mocking Jesus. When scene arrives where Brian accidentally loses his sandal, and the chasing crowd takes it as a […]

Fifty Shades Scribe Hasn’t Seen the Film

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

How bad does your experience making a film have to be for you to skip seeing the finished product? Ask Kelly Marcel, the screenwriter who penned the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey. From Variety: Marcel opened up about her thoughts on the film’s sexual content and her role in the film’s production on Bret Easton Ellis’ […]

James Cameron Endorses Terminator: Genisys

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

Filmmaker James Cameron, who began his blockbuster career with 1984′s The Terminator, has taken the unprecedented step of endorsing a sequel which he had nothing to do with. “I wasn’t involved in the making of the film,” Cameron says in the clip above, describing his experience sitting down to preview the forthcoming Terminator: Genisys with […]

Warner Bros. Chief on Dark Tone of Batman v Superman

Thursday, June 4th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

The Hollywood Reporter interviewed Warner Bros. film chief Greg Silverman on a broad range of topics related to the studio’s transition from one set of established franchises to an emerging set. Silverman addressed concerns that the forthcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will be “too dark,” raised by some in the wake of the […]

Seven Sci-Fi Heroines from Silent Films to Mad Max

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015 - by James Jay Carafano

Lately, from Caitlyn Jenner’s new Twitter account to Charlize Theron’s road-rage character  in the new Mad Max film, Americans seem obsessed with gender-bending. But Theron’s sci-fi feminist heroine isn’t all that groundbreaking. And, that’s business as usual for the movie business. Hollywood heroines are the last to catch on. Here are seven films that make […]

Fresh Star Wars Rumors: Boba Fett, Han Solo, Yoda All Getting Origin Flicks

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

Ever since it was first announced that Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm would result in a slew of new Star Wars movies, speculation has swirled around planned stand-alone films. Star Wars: The Force Awakens debuts near Christmas this year. The first stand-alone film called Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One, which will reportedly focus on a group […]