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‘Star Wars’: Rian Johnson Says There Will Be “Extensive” Deleted Scenes On ‘The Last Jedi’ DVD

Rian Johnson’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi“ has been released into the world and the bold, daring, sometimes divisive ‘Star Wars’ movie is just destroying at the box office. And while there was the surprise element of the film charting low on the Rotten Tomatoes audience score—some of which may have been trolling—the film earned a glowing […]

Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Age Of Innocence’ & More Coming To Criterion

With Daniel Day-Lewis saying farewell to the acting game after “Phantom Thread,” you might be feeling like an absence in your cinematic life. Well, this spring, The Criterion Collection will help you fill the void. The boutique label has announced their March 2018 titles, and leading the pack is Martin Scorsese‘s “The Age Of Innocence.” […]

Mark Hamill Says ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Was Trying To Mimic The Original Trilogy

Sometimes, you just can’t win. There were those who found “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” too beholden to the original trilogy, while others think “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” strays too far from the core values of the series. Now, Mark Hamill is weighing in on the history of the franchise, and surprisingly, has some […]

Netflix’s ‘Love’ Will End With Season 3

There are a couple shows on the Netflix dial that I’m not actually sure has found an audience. “Flaked” would fall into that category, as would “Love.” The Judd Apatow produced comedy never quite leaped into the pop culture conversation, and while I anecdotally know maybe or two people who have fired it up, the […]

Learn The Origins Of ‘The Last Jedi’s’ Adorable Porgs

Neal Scanlan is the Special Effects Supervisor on Rain Johnson’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” He also served on the same capacity on “Star Wars: Rogue One” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” He’s also an Oscar winner for his work on “Babe.” Oh, and he’s also responsible for bringing the latest popular addition to […]

Guillermo del Toro’s Everyday Objects & Miraculous Contraptions

Beyond his attention to aesthetic detail, filmmaker Guillermo del Toro has a way of imbuing objects with meaning through their relationships with characters. The most minute, diegetic details become part of the story, and play vital roles in the manifestation of character actions and destiny. Nothing in his films are ever done without thoughtful reason […]

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Scoring Lower With Audiences On Rotten Tomatoes

All year long, film culture has been paying way too much attention to Rotten Tomatoes scores. In the end, any site that leads to a reduction of a film to binary terms such as Fresh and Rotten is adding nothing to the conversation around movies. At best, it’s a guide, helping audiences see what the […]

The Essentials: Daniel Day-Lewis’ Best Performances

Daniel Day-Lewis is incomparable. A looming, legendary figure in cinema, whose stature has cemented after five decades of work as one of the greatest actors in the world, and one of all the all-time greats, period, up there with the likes of Laurence Olivier and Marlon Brando. Known for his all-consuming method approach, which includes […]

‘Justice League’ DP Talks Zack Snyder’s Cut & Shooting Superman’s Black Suit

Earlier this month, “Justice League” cinematographer Fabien Wagner let it slip that somewhere along the way, footage was shot of Henry Cavill wearing Superman’s black suit. As nerds know, this is a nod to the “Death & Return of Superman” story arc, with the superhero wearing the black costume following his resurrection. However, when he’s […]

David Ayer Keeps Door Open For ‘Bright’ Sequel

Netflix doesn’t fail very often, but “Bright” sure looks like it’s going to be an expensive mistake for the streaming service. The company’s first original blockbuster, with the budget to match, has been viewed mostly as a curiosity thus far. Certainly, the trailers haven’t made the kind of impression Netflix has been hoping for, with […]