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‘Pacific Rim Uprising’ Fails Guillermo del Toro’s Original Monster Mash [Review]

Opening nearly five years ago in 2013, Guillermo del Toro‘s “Pacific Rim” was far from a cultural milestone upon release. Handsomely produced with del Toro’s obsessive attention to detail, the Kaiju monster mash movie eluded both mainstream success and widespread critical approval. The Mexican director’s film had its diehard fans (myself included), but the mishmash of […]

‘Wildling’ Trailer: Bel Powley Goes Horror In The Diary of a Teenage Werewolf

Any good coming of age story needs a great hook to differentiate it from the sea of coming of age movies. So, what separates the upcoming film “Wildling” from the bunch? It’s a horror movie about a girl who may or may not be a werewolf. Sign me up, immediately. The film premiered at SXSW […]

‘The Devil And Father Amorth’ Trailer: William Friedkin Revisits ‘The Exorcist’

It’s been a few years since William Friedkin released his last film, 2011’s underrated “Killer Joe,” but the famous director is back at with a new documentary “The Devil and Father Amorth,” which just released its first trailer today. The film follows Friedkin as he meets with a church-approved exorcist. Here’s the official synopsis: “In […]

Simon Pegg Downplays Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Star Trek’ Movie; Says It Might Not Be Rated R

You never know where you stand with reports in Hollywood occasionally. Sometimes, the trades make a mountain out of molehills, other times, actors and filmmakers have to try and back peddle a little when news hits the world prematurely. Take Quentin Tarantino‘s mooted “Star Trek” project, an allegedly R-Rated one that. Tarantino is not shy […]

Burt Reynolds Turned Down ‘Boogie Nights’ Seven Times And Wanted To Hit Paul Thomas Anderson

Depending on your age, legendary actor Burt Reynolds is known to you for probably one of two things. If you’re old enough, you remember how cool Reynolds was, starring in “Smokey and the Bandit,” “The Longest Yard,” and “Deliverance.” However, if you’re on the younger side of things, you probably remember him as porn filmmaker […]

‘A Vigilante:’ Abuse Survivor Olivia Wilde Seeks Bloody Retribution [SXSW Review]

Revenge fantasy in cinema will never go out of style, but in a more sensitive age, vigilante films without a thoughtful touch can meet their own swift and merciless end. Take Eli Roth‘s neo-conservative wet dream remake of “Death Wish,” recently savaged by audiences and critics for its soulless, unthinking vengeance. The masculine, gung-ho individualism […]

Michael B. Jordan Set To Produce (And Probably Star) In WWII Action Film, ‘The Liberators’

While Michael B. Jordan keeps riding the high of “Black Panther” (which is still #1 at the box office after 5 weeks), the actor doesn’t seem to want to rest on his laurels. He’s currently in the middle of production of “Creed 2,” and apparently, his company, Outlier Society Productions, is hard at work with […]

‘The Crown’ Producers Apologize To Claire Foy And Matt Smith About Pay Controversy

Recently it was brought to everyone’s attention, from some producers of the show, no less, that Claire Foy was paid less per episode than her co-star Matt Smith on the award-winning series “The Crown.” When the beans were spilled, producers chalked the pay gap up to Matt Smith having a bigger draw than Foy due […]

‘Tag’ Trailer: Ed Helms And Jon Hamm Can’t Touch Jeremy Renner

With new movie adaptations of “Tomb Raider” and “Rampage” both on the horizon, it seems appropriate that Warner Bros. Pictures is also coming out with a film inspired by that game we used to play whenever our parents told us to quit staring at that damn screen and go play outside for a while. The […]

New ‘Sicario 2: Day Of The Soldado’ Trailer: Benicio Del Toro Starts A War

Right before he became the internet’s go-to director for thought-provoking science fiction with films like “Arrival“and “Blade Runner 2049,” Denis Villeneuve delivered the critically acclaimed crime thriller “Sicario.” That film starred Emily Blunt as an FBI agent who gets embroiled in the U.S./Mexico drug war. It also marked the first entry in screenwriter Taylor Sheridan’s unofficial […]