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Movie Review: The Nutcracker and The Four Realms
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THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
Director: Lasse Hallström and Joe Johnston
Writers: Ashleigh Powell, Tom McCarthy
Cast: Mackenzie Foy, Jayden Fowora-Knight, Keira Knightley, Eugenio Derbez, Matthew Macfadyen, Richard E. Grant, Misty Copeland, Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman
Studio: Walt Disney Studios
Rated PG | 99 Minutes
Release Date: November 2, 2018

The story of the Nutcracker may be a celebrated piece of a holiday tradition, but it is one that remains unknown to me. I only know it from the Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “Waltz of the Flowers,” the ballerina dancing, nutcracker soldiers, and a mouse king. However, plot-wise and its storied history is something that I am very unfamiliar with. So rather than have a very conventional adaptation of the short story and dance production, Lasse Hallström and Joe Johnston took a very different approach to The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, Disney’s take on the classic Christmas story.

They managed to modernize the classic Christmas story by embedding female empowerment and diversity into the story. While changing things to be more of a reflection of the current times isn’t anything new nowadays, we have to consider the storied history behind something like The Nutcracker, where there weren’t ballerina sequences or roles for ballerina dancers like Misty Copeland. Now we can see a film with a more diverse cast that will hopefully pave the way for more stories to be told like this. Check out my full review below.

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‘The Nutcracker and The Four Realms’ Trailer: “The Legend You Know Has A Dark Side”
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The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

Walt Disney Studios has released the final trailer for directors Lasse Hallstrom and Joe Johnston‘s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. The film is a CGI re-imagining of the classic E.T.A. Hoffmann fairy tale The Nutcracker and the Mouse King and the Tchaikovsky ballet based on it.

In it, Clara (Mackenzie Foy) journeys into a parallel world of snowflakes, flowers, sweets, and the Fourth Realm, home to the tyrant Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren). Clara is the key to bringing forth peace within these four realms. Also starring is Keira Knightley, Jayden Fowora-Knight, Eugenio Derbez, Matthew Macfadyen, Richard E. Grant, Misty Copeland, and Morgan Freeman. Check out the final trailer for the film below.

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‘Doctor Who’ Star Matt Smith Joins ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’
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Matt Smith Doctor Who Christmas Special 2013 The Time Of The Doctor

The cast of Star Wars: Episode IX continues to grow more impressive with each and every new announcement.

Following the casting of LOST star Dominic Monaghan comes reports that Doctor Who star Matt Smith will be joining the highly anticipated sequel for a key role. More on the story below.

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‘LOST’ Star Dominic Monaghan Joins ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’
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Dominic Monaghan To Star In Star Wars: Episode IX

Production for Star Wars: Episode IX is already in full swing, but the film is still adding new actors to the cast. LOST actor Dominic Monaghan is the latest addition to the cast. He joins other newcomers, including Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, and Keri Russell. More on the story below.

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‘The Nutcracker and The Four Realms’ Trailer: Disney’s Retelling Of A Christmas Classic
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THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS

You know it’s Christmas when you start to hear that all-too-familiar Nutcracker theme. And since it’s never too early for Christmas, Disney is giving us a peek at what’s under their tree in the form of a brand new trailer for The Nutcracker and The Four Realms. The film is a big-budget retelling of the classic tale of a girl who stumbles upon a magical world of sugar plum fairies, toy soldiers, mice, and fantasy. What sort of adventure waits for Clara (Mackenzie Foy) when she enters this world and can she save it from the evil Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren)? Let’s unlock the key and see.

Check out the latest trailer as well as the new poster and images here below.

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‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ Cast Announced: Carrie Fisher To Appear Using Previous ‘The Force Awakens’ Footage
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Star Wars Title Logo

Disney and Lucasfilm have announced the official cast that will appear in Star Wars: Episode IX. And there may be a few surprises for some fans. In addition to the expected return of Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, and Kelly Marie Tran, Mark Hamill and Anthony Daniels have been tapped to reprise their iconic roles. But perhaps the biggest surprise of them all is that Carrie Fisher will appear via older unused footage from The Force Awakens. More on the story below.

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Blu-Ray Review: Warlock Collection (Vestron Video Collector’s Series)
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The Warlock Collection (Vestron Video Collector's Series) Blu-Ray Review

Warlock Collection
Blu-ray (Vestron Video Collector’s Series)
Directors: Steve Miner, Anthony Hickox, Eric Freiser
Writers: David Twohy, Kevin Rock, Bruce Eisen, Eric Freiser
Cast: Julian Sands, Lori Singer, Richard E. Grant, Mary Woronov, Chris Young, Paula Marshall, Joanna Pacula, Bruce Payne, Ashley Laurence, Boti Bliss, Angel Boris, Rick Hearst
Distributor: Lionsgate
Rated R | 295 Minutes
Release Date: July 25, 2017

In the Warlock series, a 17th-century warlock (a man who practices witchcraft) is transported to the 20th century, where he looks to end all of creation, because of Satan and stuff. For the first time, the horror-fantasy series is available on Blu-ray from Lionsgate’s Vestron Video Collector’s Series label. The two-disc set includes all three films, restored and remastered, plus never-before-seen special features.

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Red Band Trailer For ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ Starring Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson Released
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The Hitman's Bodyguard

A red band trailer has been released for The Hitman’s Bodyguard, an upcoming comedy starring Ryan Reynolds as a bodyguard hired to protect an assassin played by Samuel L. Jackson. Also starring is Gary Oldman and Salma Hayek.

You can read more about the movie and watch the trailer below. But again…this is a red band trailer for a movie starring Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds. Proceed with caution, currently employed people.

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Movie Review: Logan
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Logan Wolverine movie

Logan
Written by Scott Frank, James Mangold, Michael Green
Directed by James Mangold
Starring Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Richard E. Grant, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant
20th Century Fox
Release date: March 3, 2017

For some it’s Batman, for other’s Spider-Man. For me, it’s always been Wolverine. For more than two-thirds of my life, the crazed Canadian with berserker rage, healing powers, and adamantium-coated claws has been MY hero. I’m a die-hard fan of the University of Michigan for no other reason than their team name. I am constantly drawn to anti-hero characters in both film and literature. And I have a penchant for growing scruffy beards and calling people “bub”… okay, that last part is a stretch, I called my grandmother “Bub.” I am such a Wolverine fan, that I convinced myself that X-Men Origins: Wolverine was good the first time I saw it. Talk about denial! Last night, I took my son and nephew to see Logan, a late show on an opening Friday. Me, there like a fanboy wearing my Wolverine #1 comic book t-shirt. All I can say is that when your expectations for a film are at a fever pitch, and the film not only lives up to, but surpasses them, it is a truly special feeling.

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‘Logan’s Dark Tone Worried 20th Century Fox Execs
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Wolverine Logan

At some point, the X-Men franchise needed to take a gamble. On the surface, Deadpool was risky. But the film turned out to be such a huge success, it gave Twentieth Century Fox the confidence they needed to approve of James Mangold‘s Logan, the first R-rated Wolverine film to be released theatrically. Releasing a third installment of the Wolverine franchise was always a part of the studio’s plan. So in order to give Hugh Jackman a proper send-off, Mangold wanted the film to be deeply personal. Based on what we have seen throughout the marketing campaign, it looks like he accomplished that goal.

But that isn’t to say that the new direction didn’t worry studio execs. In fact, some were concerned about the film’s tonal shift. More on the story below.

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