While Wonder Woman 1984 never quite lives up to its groundbreaking predecessor, it is still thrilling entertainment in its own right. Before I get started with the rest of my review: there is a mid-credits scene. Press screeners did not include any scene after the credits. This is the most important thing to know going into the film. I want to get this out of the way right now: I am judging the film on…"Wonder Woman 1984 Is Thrilling Entertainment"
Wonder Woman 1984 will either get an early streaming release on HBO Max or be postponed yet again until summer 2021. We all saw the writing on the wall. Would Warner Bros. be able to stick the landing or have to postpone again? Listen, I love the theatrical experience. One always expects to this this kind of film on the big screen. We are in a global pandemic. Studios have make a big decision in…"Wonder Woman 1984 to HBO Max or Summer 2021"
With an end to the 2017 summer movie season, it’s time to round up my favorite films of this summer. While I was credentialed for both the Chicago Critics Film Festival, the Fantasia International Film Festival, and remotely covered a few films selected for the Flyover Film Festival, I am not including any of those films unless they’ve been released in theaters, video on demand, or Digital HD. I’ll start with the documentaries. I’ve seen…"My Favorite Films of Summer 2017"
Yesterday examined the summer losers. Today, I’m looking at the summer winners at the box office. The first winner over the sumer movie season: Comic Book Movies. This summer saw quite a few comic book films: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Wonder Woman, and Spider-Man Homecoming. Where many studio films suffered over the summer with the critics, these three films were hits with both the critics and fans alike. Through Labor Day weekend, all…"Summer Winner: Comic Book Movies"
Director James Cameron made the news for some disparaging comments about Wonder Woman. Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins ripped him in response and rightfully so. Cameron told The Guardian‘s Hadley Freeman: “All of the self-congratulatory back-patting Hollywood’s been doing over Wonder Woman has been so misguided. She’s an objectified icon, and it’s just male Hollywood doing the same old thing! I’m not saying I didn’t like the movie but, to me, it’s a step backwards.…"Patty Jenkins rips James Cameron over Wonder Woman comments"
There’s trouble brewing in the water for Aquaman as the DC Extended Universe can’t seem to catch a break. Rumors have already been swirling around the upcoming Justice League but the water-based Aquaman is reportedly in trouble. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the water-based shoot has been “super complicated.” Should we be surprised at this point? Until I started hearing all the positive buzz, I had had low expectations a few weeks prior to the…"Is there trouble brewing for Aquaman?"
The first trailer for Professor Marston & The Wonder Women was released today. Directed by Angela Robinson, the film stars Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, Bella Heathcote, and Connie Britton. With the success of Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman this summer with actress Gal Gadot starring in the title role, the timing of the biopic couldn’t be better. Will the biopic be just as successful? With a late October release, it’s primed for being bait for Awards…"Trailer: Professor Marston & The Wonder Women"
We’ve reached the halfway point of 2017 so that means it’s time to issue the Solzy Awards for Film in 2017 So Far. The two films that really stand out to me at this point in the year are The Big Sick and Baby Driver. I started writing this article prior to seeing The Beguiled when it opened in Chicago on Friday. I debated a lot to myself about whether or not I should include…"The Solzy Awards for Film in 2017 So Far"
There’s no denying the power that Rotten Tomatoes has on making or breaking a studio tentpole. This is something that we’ve been seeing at the box office since the summer movie season started. Studio tentpoles aren’t critic-proof no matter how many times these actors or filmmakers say that it wasn’t made for the critics. Critics are people, too. The first thing I ask myself when I start to write a screenplay is whether it’s a…"Studio Tentpoles are hurting this summer"
Universal Pictures was hoping a reboot of The Mummy starring Tom Cruise would launch their Dark Universe franchise. Unfortunately for the studio, critics and audiences alike panned the film. Starring Tom Cruise, the Alex Kurtzman-directed film finished this weekend in second place with an estimated $32.2 million at the box office. In addition to Cruise, the film stars Annabelle Wallis, Sofia Boutella, Jake Johnson, Courtney B. Vance and Russell Crowe. Taking into account the four…"Box Office: The Mummy tanks for Universal"