Take The American President, Notting Hill, and Pretty Woman and put them into a blender with some modern political subtext, copious amounts of illegal substances, and a handful of jokes about unfortunately timed erections and you’ll get Jonathan Levine’s Long Shot, a film that’s far more charming, sweet, and hilarious than it sounds.
A daring, but dazzlingly realized reworking of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle is a successful risk that might not be suitable for the youngest of children, but is certainly one of the better and more soulful effects driven blockbusters of the year.
Destined to become an all time classic of the superhero genre and handily the best entry into the behemoth Marvel Cinematic Universe, Black Panther is a patient, intelligent, emotional, and politically loaded film that uses previously established tropes and clichés to brilliant, revolutionary effect.
What happens when the curse of Polio strikes a young man, who has everything to live for, and leaves him …
If Matt Reeves’ War for the Planet of the Apes turns out to be the reported final installment in the prequel-slash-reboot franchise, the series will be going out on its highest note. A thrilling, bold, and intelligent sort of summer blockbuster, Reeves’ second film in the franchise takes huge emotional and narrative risks with material that could have been played for camp value, but is instead embraced as a serious, thoughtful, conflicted reflection on human nature. War for the Planet of the Apes isn’t only the best film of its trilogy, but also an unlikely and refreshing candidate for one of the best films of the year.
Awards season is well under way as the 69th Golden Globe Awards welcomed Hollywood’s top hotshots and A-listers to join together in some collective fist pumping to celebrate the last year in film and television.
Opening at a theatre near you this weekend: humanity has a new threat to fear in the prequel to the famous franchise, Rise of the Planet of the Apes; and Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman star in the unfortunate comedy, The Change-Up.
New arrivals this week on Blu-ray and DVD include: The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy: Extended Edition collection, featuring fifteen discs filled with the movies and special features; Zack Snyder dark action movie, Sucker Punch; plus a look at Season Of The Witch and Barney’s Version.