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Movie Review: Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok
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Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok
Director: Taika Waititi
Screenwriter: Eric Pearson, Craig Kyle, Christopher Yost
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Hopkins
Distributor: Walt Disney Studios
Rated PG-13 | 130 Minutes
Release Date: November 5, 2017

Though the Marvel’s Thor franchise has long been considered one of the weakest franchises in the MCU, it is by far the funniest. It never took itself too seriously, as it should considering this is a superhero film dealing with an Asgardian god trying to navigate through human customs and cultures. And perhaps its strength is also its greatest weakness. But its success spawned not only multiple sequels, but Thor’s inclusion in other films like the Avengers and Doctor Strange. So while we know what to expect from a Thor film, it finally took two of them to fully realize what it should have fully embraced.

Taika Waititi‘s Thor: Ragnarok is a fantastic Thor flick from start to finish. Full of humor and action, it is true sequel to the first film by recognizing that it is a Thor film, while being tons of fun, whimsical, humorous, and then some. In a lot of ways, the film is a reinvention of the franchise, using its heavy metal look to give the character a surprising (and in some cases) a much-needed facelift. It can be a bit flawed thanks in part to the threads that are forced to connect itself to the MCU. But since that will always be an element in play for all these films, it doesn’t take away from the fun of it. My full review below.

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‘Molly’s Game’ Trailer: Jessica Chastain Runs The Largest Underground Casino
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Molly's Game

The first trailer for Molly’s Game, the directorial debut of Aaron Sorkin starring Jessica Chastain, has finally arrived.

Based on the tell-all book of the same name, the film sees Chastain as Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who works her way to the top of underground poker game ladder before she is arrested by the FBI and prosecuted for her crimes. The film also stars Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, and Michael Cera. Check out the full trailer below.

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New Trailer For ‘The Dark Tower’ Released
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The Dark Tower Trailer - Man in Black

A new international trailer has been released for The Dark Tower.

The movie, which is an adaptation of the Stephen King book series of the same name, stars Idris Elba (Pacific Rim, Thor) as the gunslinger Roland Deschain and Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club, Interstellar) as the Man in Black. They’re joined on the cast by Tom Taylor (Doctor Foster), Katheryn Winnick (Vikings), Claudia Kim (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Fran Kranz (The Cabin in the Woods), Abbey Lee (Mad Max: Fury Road), and Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen).

Continue below to watch the new trailer for The Dark Tower.

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‘The Dark Tower’: New TV Spots For Stephen King Adaptation Released
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The Dark Tower

Sony Pictures Entertainment has released a trio of TV spots for The Dark Tower, their upcoming adaptation of the Stephen King book series of the same name. The movie stars Idris Elba as the gunslinger Roland Deschain, Matthew McConaughey as the Man in Black, Tom Taylor, Claudia Kim, Fran Kranz, Abbey Lee, and Jackie Earle Haley.

You can read more about the movie, which is set to be released in theaters later this summer, and check out the three TV spots, titled “Man in Black,” “Knight,” and “Earth,” in the videos below.

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Watch Now: First Trailer For ‘The Dark Tower’
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The Dark Tower

The first official trailer for The Dark Tower has been released by Sony Pictures Entertainment.

The movie is an adaptation of the Stephen King book series of the same name, and stars Idris Elba as the gunslinger, Roland Deschain, and Matthew McConaughey as the Man in Black.

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Matthew McConaughey Explains Why He Chose ‘The Dark Tower’ Over ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2’
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Matthew McConaughey as Walter The Dark Tower

Back in October of 2015 it was reported that Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey had turned down a villain role in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. The actor turned down that role in an existing franchise to instead star in the first movie in an ambitious upcoming (hopeful) franchise, The Dark Tower.

McConaughey recently had a lengthy chat with Playboy, in which he discussed many different things. At one point turning down Guardians 2 came up, and the actor explained why he made that decision.

Continue reading to see what he had to say.

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Blu-ray Review: ‘The Jungle Book’ (2016)
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The Jungle Book Mowgli and Baloo

The Jungle Book
Blu-ray | DVD | Digital HD
Director: Jon Favreau
Screenwriter: Justin Marks
Cast: Neel Sethi, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o, Scarlett Johansson, Giancarlo Esposito, Christopher Walken
Distributor: Walt Disney Studios
Rated PG | 106 Minutes
Release Date: August 30, 2016

Disney had ushered in a new phase of storytelling by reimagining their animated classics and turning them into joyous live-action iterations that pay respect to the source material and their animated predecessor. It’s not as though director Jon Favreau‘s The Jungle Book is just some generic retelling of the 1967 animated film; it’s something that utilizes nostalgia and then enhances the story with crisp photoreal CGI technology that draws in the audiences into that world. As soon as The Jungle Book starts, you sense all of that as it opens with an animated version of the traditional Disney castle opening sequence then transitions into the vibrant CGI world you can almost feel. From there it’s an immersive adventure about a boy finding his place in his pack, as well as in the dangerous settings of the jungle, where an enemy doesn’t feel he belongs.

I reviewed the film in length back in April when it was released in theaters, so you can read that here, where you’ll see I found it very enjoyable. Below you can check out a review of the bonus features that are available on both the Blu-ray and Digital HD release. These extras include “The Jungle Book Reimagined,” “I Am Mowgli,” “King Louie’s Temple: Layer By Layer,” and feature-length Audio Commentary.

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Movie Review: Star Trek Beyond: A Sequel That Truly Soars
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Star Trek Beyond
Director: Justin Lin
Screenwriters: Simon Pegg and Doug Jung
Cast: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Idris Elba, and Sofia Boutella
Distributor: Paramount Pictures
Rated PG-13 | 120 minutes
Release Date: July 22, 2016

It’s been three years since we last left Captain James Tiberius Kirk and his young, hip, sexy rebooted USS Enterprise crew sifting through the charred rubble of the embarrassingly-flawed and intelligence-insulting Star Trek Into Darkness. When the first J.J. Abrams-directed Star Trek feature was released in 2009, it thrilled me as both a lover of well-executed blockbuster entertainment and someone who has grown up enjoying the adventures of Kirk, Spock, McCoy, and company because its creative and commercial success ensured that future generations would have their own Enterprise to follow into the cinematic cosmos. Into Darkness pretty much undid every detectable trace of that progress in the span of a mere two hours.

The thought of the sequels that would inevitably follow filled me with the sort of trepidation one often experiences as they prepare to enter an old house that has been abandoned since the previous owners were horribly murdered twenty years ago….

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‘Star Trek Beyond’ Final Trailer: It’s Going To Be So Much Fun
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Star Trek Beyond

There are only a few more days left until the release of Star Trek Beyond, and Paramount is pulling out all the stops to make sure that you go and see this film. If we are to base our reactions from critics who’ve already saw it last week, Beyond looks to be an improvement if not the best film of the franchise since it got rebooted back in 2009. But just in case you still aren’t sure whether or not to see it, the studio has released one final short trailer that puts an emphasis on how much fun you will have.

Check out the final trailer here below.

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First Look: Matthew McConaughey In ‘The Dark Tower’ As The Man In Black
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Matthew McConaughey as Walter The Dark Tower

Coverage of the big-screen adaptation of Stephen King‘s The Dark Tower doesn’t just stop at Idris Elba. Where there is a hero, there must also be a villain, and the villain of Nikolaj Arcel‘s film is known as Walter or The Man In Black, and is played by Matthew McConaughey

Below is the first look at McConaughey in the film, along the actor’s thoughts on the character from his interview with EW for their cover story. The actor speaks as though the antagonist really isn’t a villain, but rather someone who is sent who “exposes hypocrisies.” But he also gets into the film’s mystical aspects.

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