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The DC Universe Deserves Better than the Marvel Formula

If you haven’t already, please take a moment to examine the image above. It’s a collage photo of three different moments at three different studios that were each chasing a “shared cinematic universe.” On the left, we have the most infamous failure-to-launch story out of the Hollywood of the 2010s: Tom Cruise stands between Johnny Depp and Javier Bardem. Between them were the intended stars of new “Universal Monsters” movies (aka superhero movies in disguise). They were meant to be the Frankenstein Monster, the (new) Mummy, and the Invisible Man of the Dark Universe. On the right of the collage,…
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Why Star Trek 4 Still Hasn’t Happened

Chris Pine was promoting his upcoming movie Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves at San Diego Comic-Con 2022 when Deadline asked him what was happening with a fourth Star Trek movie starring him as Captain Kirk. “I don’t know,” he replied. “I haven’t heard anything about it other than the news.” Pressed about whether he’d even be interested in a fourth voyage aboard the Enterprise, Pine added, “Yeah, of course, I am. If it happens, I think all of us would come back.” The “news” that Pine was referring to, of course, was the surprise announcement by Paramount back in…
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Mack & Rita

When 30-year-old self-proclaimed homebody Mack Martin (Elizabeth Lail) reluctantly joins a Palm Springs bachelorette trip for her best friend Carla (Taylour Paige), her inner 70-year-old is released — literally. The frustrated writer and influencer magically transforms into her future self: “Aunt Rita” (Diane Keaton). Freed from the constraints of other people’s expectations, Rita comes into her own, becoming an unlikely social media sensation and sparking a tentative romance with Mack’s adorable dog-sitter, Jack (Dustin Milligan).Rated: PG-13Release Date: Aug 12, 2022
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Star Wars Finally Reveals the Unseen Consequences of the Original Trilogy’s Biggest Twist

It’s arguably the biggest twist in cinema history. His son defeated, just one false step from falling to the depths of Bespin, Darth Vader reveals the truth. The Dark Lord of the Sith is Luke Skywalker’s father. Star Wars would never be the same. The last few minutes of The Empire Strikes Back begin to unpack how this revelation has completely shattered Luke’s world. All of a sudden, as he escapes Cloud City on the Millennium Falcon, our hero can hear Vader in his thoughts, calling out to him to embrace their family’s dark legacy. He’s already accepted the truth,…
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Prey Revealed the Perfect Template for Future Predator Movies

So Prey has managed to do what five previous attempts at a Predator sequel have failed at. In the process, it not only created a good follow up movie to Predator but also a solid template for creating many, many more Predator movies—if you were so inclined. Yet at the same time, it has also placed hard limits on what future movies can (or should) do with that concept. The Clue is in the Name The concept behind Predator was simple. Arnold Schwarzenegger is one of the biggest, meanest, beefiest mothers in Hollywood movies. The alien Predator’s whole deal is…
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Ted Lasso Star Brett Goldstein Reveals Unexpected Marvel Meeting Details: “Is This a Wind-Up?”

This article contains Thor: Love and Thunder spoilers Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok follow-up Thor: Love and Thunder ended up being a surprisingly divisive movie when it bowed last month, but one thing that most fans agreed on was its perfect casting of Ted Lasso star Brett Goldstein in the film’s post-credits scene. While Love and Thunder largely eschewed the idea of setting up other MCU projects for the most part, and rounded up characters we already knew and loved instead, the fresh casting of Russell Crowe as Zeus led to an opportunity for Marvel to introduce, albeit briefly, a Marvel…
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Summering

During their last days of summer and childhood—the weekend before middle school begins—four girls struggle with the harsh truths of growing up and embark on a mysterious adventure.Rated: PG-13Release Date: Aug 12, 2022
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What Prey Haters Fail to Grasp About the Original Predator Movie

This article contains Prey spoilers. It must be gratifying for filmmakers to know that the Monday after Prey’s premiere on Hulu (and Disney+ in Europe), many were debating whether the Predator prequel should’ve been released in theaters. The quality is certainly good enough with the film generally impressing most critics as demonstrated by its 92 percent “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. A majority of viewers also seem pleased if social media chatter is to be believed. The emerging consensus about this one seems to be that director Dan Trachtenberg and a cast of primarily Indigenous actors knocked it out of…
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Black Panther 2 Hero’s Costume Revealed in Marvel’s Ironheart Set Photos

For most MCU fans, the trailer for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever was both a relief and a revelation. Not only did it assure fans that the film would handle the untimely death of star Chadwick Boseman with respect and dignity, but it also gave us glimpses of new characters entering the MCU. Antagonist Namor the Sub-Mariner (Tenoch Huerta) may be the most notable of these new additions, but we also saw Dominique Thorne as super genius Riri Williams. In her two scenes in the trailer, we see Williams greeting Shuri in a Wakandan lab, and later pounding a heart-shaped emblem…
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Michael Keaton Confesses Real Reason for Batman Return

After 30 years, Batman is ready to return. Sure, we’ve had more Batmen than ever before, from Ben Affleck’s grizzled Superman stomper to Robert Pattinson’s emo rich boy to George Clooney playing Batman as a handsome movie star who looks and sounds just like George Clooney. And then there’s that wiry guy from Batman and Batman Returns, the guy who sat around Wayne Manor waiting for the Bat-signal to shine. Few actors have left a more definitive mark on the Dark Knight like Michael Keaton. When Keaton’s Bruce Wayne told Viki Vale that his life was “complex,” audiences believed it.…
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Girl Picture

Best friends Mimmi and Rönkkö have each other’s backs, always. They want to live adventurous lives, loaded with experiences and passion. Emma, on the contrary, has given her whole life to figure skating. Nothing gets between her and success. But when the girls meet, life opens new paths, and they all rocket in new directions. While Mimmi and Emma experience the earth moving effects of first love, Rönkkö is on a quest to find pleasure.Rated: Not RatedRelease Date: Aug 12, 2022
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Predator Movies Ranked from Worst to Best

Like many a horror franchise, Predator has seen its share of ups and downs over the years. Some entries in the series are considered classics, and others are notorious pieces of trash. A few of them could even be deigned unwatchable. The latest movie in the franchise, Prey, is on Hulu now, so we thought we’d see how it stacks up against the rest of the franchise. Is it possible that Prey or one of the other sequels could lay claim to the throne as the ultimate Predator movie? Read on to find out! 7. Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007)…
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DC Finally Admits Its Plan to Copy the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Ever since Marvel Comics launched in the early 1960s, they have been rivals with the older, more established DC. When DC introduced the Justice League, Marvel created the Fantastic Four. When Marvel did a major crossover with Secret Wars, DC followed with Crisis on Infinite Earths. The X-Men copied the Doom Patrol (or vice versa), Swamp Thing copied Man-Thing (or vice versa), and so on. For that reason, no one should be surprised that the newly-installed head of Warner Bros, David Zaslav, would want to emulate Disney’s triumph with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Many studios have tried to launch their…
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Emily the Criminal

Emily (Aubrey Plaza) is saddled with student debt and locked out of the job market due to a minor criminal record. Desperate for income, she takes a shady gig as a “dummy shopper,” buying goods with stolen credit cards supplied by a handsome and charismatic middleman named Youcef (Theo Rossi). Faced with a series of dead-end job interviews, Emily soon finds herself seduced by the quick cash and illicit thrills of black-market capitalism, and increasingly interested in her mentor Youcef. Together, they hatch a plan to bring their business to the next level in Los Angeles.Rated: Not RatedRelease Date: Aug…
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Is Bullet Train Guilty of Whitewashing?

This Bullet Train article contains some spoilers. Bullet Train comes barreling into theaters loaded with a heaping helping of gratuitous violence. This is no surprise from director David Leitch, who began his career as a stuntman, specifically Brad Pitt’s stuntman. Consequently, Leitch is a master at delivering action and ultra-violence on a grand scale. The title reflects this and its setting, with the Shinkansen, a 50+ year old network of high-speed railways, colloquially known as the “bullet train” in Japan. Since it began, there has not been a single passenger fatality or injury on board these lines due to either derailments…
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