What If…?: Animated Series Depicts A Different MCU

Marvel Studios’ What If…? takes what we know as the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) but delivers the animated action with a twist. The series draws on the Marvel Comics anthology series of the same name. Like the comic series, this is also an anthology series. We revisit key moments of the MCU through the eyes of Marvel newcomer Jeffrey Wright, who voices The Watcher, and see what would happen had characters done A instead of…

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Sundance 2021: How It Ends

How It Ends is the existential comedy-drama (mostly comedy) filmed during the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic that I didn’t know I needed. Liza (Zoe Lister-Jones) is on a mission to get to a party before the end of the world.  Joining her for the day is her younger self (Cailee Spaeny).  Because it is the last day on the planet, people can see her younger self.  This film takes place in some sort of metaphysical reality…

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Saving Mr. Banks Goes Behind The Scenes

Inspired by true events, Saving Mr. Banks is a film that takes us behind the scenes of how Mary Poppins came to the big screen. The art of filmmaking is a painstaking process.  This is something I’ve learned not just through watching bonus features but reading biographies about classic Hollywood.  On paper, there’s nothing inherently wrong with the film.  It’s only when you dig deeper into the actual story where the film has its faults. …

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The Call of the Wild: Buck Will Steal Your Heart

Buck will steal your heart as Jack London’s 1903 short novel, The Call of the Wild, comes to the big screen this weekend. Where prior adaptations have been from the human POV, this is very much Buck’s film.  The St. Bernard/Farm Collie mix, digitally created for the film by way of a St. Bernard/Shepherd mix named Buckley, steals the show regardless of the fact that he’s CGI.  This film takes us on his journey and…

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Godzilla: King of the Monsters arrives on Blu-ray

Godzilla: King of the Monsters, the third installment in Legendary’s Monsterverse, is now available for fans to bring home. The film joins 2014’s Godzilla and 2017’s Kong: Skull Island.  The film teases the next installment as it comes to an end: Godzilla vs. Kong. Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, and Millie Bobby Brown take over in leading roles because neither Aaron Taylor-Johnson or Elizabeth Olsen could return due to scheduling conflicts.  Meanwhile, the film borrows from…

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Godzilla: King of the Monsters Is A Letdown

Godzilla: King of the Monsters may feature more of the titular anti-hero but the sequel’s script could have been stronger. With Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen unable to return due to scheduling conficts, a new family takes over.  Monarch scientists Mark (Kyle Chandler) and Emma Russell (Vera Farmiga) split up as a result of the San Francisco incident.  However, the 2014 incident inspired Emma to revisit the bio-sonar prototype that they previously destroyed.  Emma’s plan…

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Unicorn Store: Brie Larson’s Directorial Debut

Originally premiering in Toronto, Unicorn Store makes for an impressive debut for actress-turned-first-time filmmaker Brie Larson. If you’ve seen Captain Marvel, you already know that Larson commands great chemistry with Samuel L. Jackson.  When you see this film, you know why.  It’s as if the two have them have continued from where they left off.  Clearly, the two of them are not playing Carol Danvers and Nick Fury in this film.  Nor is this a…

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My Fellow Americans: A Presidential Comedy

My Fellow Americans sees a pair of former presidents on the run when the current administration attempts to cover up previous bribes. Both Jack Lemmon and James Garner have the required chemistry for this presidential buddy comedy.  Even though Lemmon’s sparring partner, Walter Matthau, couldn’t do the project because of health reasons, we’re still able to have a fun time.  With the accent that Dan Aykroyd gives to his William Haney, the Canadian actor has…

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TIFF 2018: Destroyer

Destroyer features a strong performance from actress Nicole Kidman but its storytelling decisions might prevent some from truly enjoying the film. LAPD detective Erin Bell (Nicole Kidman) remains haunted by events from years earlier while working undercover.  One day while at the office, Bell becomes the recipient of mail containing dyed money.  She knows then and there that gangster Silas (Toby Kebbell) is back in town.  She’s hell-bent on finding him after what happened years earlier…

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The Darkest Minds: We’ve Seen This Before

The Darkest Minds recycles the gist of what we’ve seen in prior YA dystopian adaptations while ripping off Marvel and others in the process. The film’s prologue, which complete wastes The West Wing alumnus Bradley Whitford’s President Gray, sets up the film.  Children across the country are getting ill.  This mysterious illness is referred to as IAAN (Idiopathic Adolescent Acute Neurodegeneration).  Despite claims to the contrary, not even the CDC can find a cure.  Those…

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