WELCOME TO MARWEN is the latest film from director Robert Zemeckis. The film was inspired by Jeff Malmberg’s documentary titled Marwencol, which focused on the life and artist Mark Hogancamp. The film stars Steve Carell (Battle of the Sexes), Leslie Mann (Blockers), Diane Kruger (In the Fade), Merritt Wever (Godless), Janelle Monáe (Moonlight), Eiza González (Baby Driver), Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Leslie Zemeckis (Welcome to Marwen), and Neil Jackson (Nocturnal Animals).
MARY POPPINS RETURNS is the latest film from director Rob Marshall (Chicago) and is a follow-up sequel to the 1964 smash hit, Mary Poppins, which takes place approximately 25 years later. The film stars Emily Blunt (A Quiet Place), Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton), Ben Whishaw (Perfume: The Story of a Murderer), Emily Mortimer (Lars and the Real Girl), and Colin Firth (The King’s Speech), with cameos from Angela Lansbury (Beauty and the Beast), and Dick Van Dyke (Mary Poppins).
Hi again, ghosts and ghouls! I’m glad to be back - today’s going to be in a little bit different of a direction than I’m used to. The film I’m reviewing today isn’t so much a horror film as it is a drama. Looking back on my experience watching this film though, I do understand how horror could kind of be an undertone here, as sometimes the way people react to a tragedy is just as awful as the tragedy itself.
RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET, from directors Phil Johnston and Rich Moore, the writers of Zootopia, is the highly anticipated sequel to 2012’s Wreck It Ralph. The film takes place 6 years after the event of the original and finds Ralph and Vanellope on a new adventure upon their discovery of the internet. The film hosts a slew of A-list voice actors which include John C. Reilly as Ralph, Sarah Silverman as Vanellope, Gal Gadot as Shank and Taraji P. Henson as Yesss.
TEEN TITANS GO! TO THE MOVIES, from directors Aaron Horvath and Peter Rida Michail, takes the beloved Teen Titans Go! TV series and gives it the animated cinematic experience fans have been waiting for. The film stars the original cast from the TV series which includes Scott Menville as Robin, Khary Payton as Cyborg, Tara Strong as Raven, Hynden Walch as Starfire, and Greg Cipes as Beast Boy. Additionally, Will Arnett, Kristen Bell, and Nicolas Cage lend their voices to this superhero infused animated film.
THE GRINCH is the latest from director Yarrow Cheney (The Secret Life of Pets) and Scott Mosier (Free Birds), which brings the classic Dr Seuss story How the Grinch Stole Christmas! to life in Illumination Entertainment’s signature 3D computer animation style. The film features the voices of Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange), Rashida Jones (Parks and Recreation), Angela Lansbury (Mary Poppins Returns), Kenan Thompson (Saturday Night Live!) and performer Pharrell Williams as the Narrator.
All Clara (Mackenzie Foy) wants is a key – a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a box that holds a priceless gift. A golden thread, presented to her at godfather Drosselmeyer’s (Morgan Freeman) annual holiday party, leads her to the coveted key—which promptly disappears into a strange and mysterious parallel world.
I know it is a little too early to tell, and I’m not only saying this for the sake of puns, but I think THE FAVOURITE might be my own personal favourite movie of the year. The performances are incredible and downright shocking, and in my personal opinion, Yorgos Lanthimos can do wrong, ever. THE FAVOURITE only solidifies that opinion furthermore in my brain.
Imagine the immense pressure that must’ve existed for Barry Jenkins after the rampant success of Moonlight. His debut feature film won the Oscar for Best Picture. How does he top that? A lot of people can’t handle the pressure after winning an Oscar, especially early in their careers, but the stress didn’t appear to faze Jenkins, or perhaps he used it to his advantage, because IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK is yet another beautiful understated masterpiece.
I had no idea what to expect when I sat down in the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center for the press and industry screening of Zhangke Jia’s latest film ASH IS THE PUREST WHITE. I went in with an endorsement from a trusted filmmaker friend and that was about it. I was genuinely surprised for the complex, heartbreaking adventure that was set out before me.
Ever since I can possibly remember, I have been obsessed with music just about as much as I am with movies. I didn’t really start to form my own legitimate opinions about music until I was around 16 or 17, and I always daydreamed about how cool it must be to be in a band, especially after reading certain books like Please Kill Me by Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain and Our Band Could Be Your Life by Michael Azzerad.
I remember several months ago, my boyfriend and I were sitting watching movie trailers on Reddit because we are so incredibly cool. The original teaser trailer for FIRST REFORMED was on the list. The trailer was not extremely revealing as to the overall plot of the film but even still, I knew I had to see it.
For as far as we have come as a society, discriminations of all kinds still greatly exist everywhere. Women experience unequal treatment in almost every field, with Hollywood and the film industry continually superseding the rest. The female to male ratio in regards to directing, writing, producing, editing, etc., tips the scale more favorably in the male direction, with female directors comprising of about thirteen percent in Hollywood. The topic of why this perpetuates in the industry is just one of many tackled issues within the new documentary titled, HALF THE PICTURE.
INCREDIBLES 2 is the highly anticipated animated sequel that reunites audiences' with their favorite animated superheroes. The film is written and directed by Brad Bird (The Incredibles) with Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, and Samuel L. Jackson reprising their roles along with some new, animated faces, voiced by Catherine Keener and Bob Odenkirk.
TOMB RAIDER, the lastest film from Roar Uthaug (The Wave), is an action-packed adventure that shows both Lara Croft’s fierce determination, strength, and heart. It’s a film that doesn’t undermine the character of Croft with overly revealing outfits, mansplaining, or useless romantic interludes. Instead it shows how she rises to become the Lara Croft we all have come to love and respect while still showing a vulnerability in her ever increasing strength and badassery. The film stars Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina) as Lara Croft, along with Dominic West (“The Wire”), Walton Goggins (“Justified”), Daniel Wu (“Into the Badlands”), and Kristin Scott Thomas (Darkest Hour).
SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY, from acclaimed director Ron Howard, gives fans the chance to delve deeper into the life of one of their favorite Star Wars characters, Han Solo. The film stars an A-list roster that includes Alden Ehrenreich (Stoker), Woody Harrelson (Zombieland), Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Donald Glover (Atlanta), and Paul Bettany (Avengers: Infinity War).