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Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw - Review

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The Fast & Furious franchise has been going longer than the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and is still going strong. 2019 brought the franchises very first spinoff in Hobbs & Shaw, a ridiculous action adventure movie that is just pure stupid fun!

The Red Sea Diving Resort - Review

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The latest Netflix film, The Red Sea Diving Resort, attempts to provide a powerful commentary on refugees by taking true events and dramatizing them so they work in a movie. The wonderful cast is the only reason this film makes it to the finish line.

The Boys - Season 1 - Review

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The market is littered with every type of superhero story and comic book adaptation available. You can find one on almost any channel, streaming service or studio that makes pretend for a living. Superhero projects are the modern day western - they come built in with a guaranteed audience.  It used to just be Marvel and DC in the game, but now all types are making their way to a screen. The Boys on Amazon Prime is the latest example of that, and it is unlike anything you've seen in the genre before.

Once Upon A Time... In Hollywood - Review

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Sometimes movies supersede being merely entertainment and become and event. The Avengers films are like that. So areStar Wars movies. But outside of that genre, there are only a handful of "event" films. Quentin Tarantino's movies are "events". His latest, Once Upon A Time... In Hollywood, is an unexpectedly sweet fairy tale that serves as a love story to 1960s Hollywood.

Fancasting THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY TV Show

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The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy is getting a TV series adaptation on Hulu. Hitchhiker's has been adapted to screen before with different results. The last one was a movie in 2005 starring Martin Freeman. The book is one of my favorite books ever, and the story means a lot to me. So I am going to do a fancast of the TV series. Actors who I think would be great as the characters. This is a pipe dream, so I am obviously not expecting this to happen. The only criteria I have is that the people I choose are alive and currently working in the industry. I am only going to do some of the more prominent roles, because casting every character in the series will be tedious.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe - Phase 4 Breakdown

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At San Diego Comic Con this year, Marvel announced their Phase 4 slate. The Infinity Saga ended with Avengers: Endgame, and Phase 3 ended with Spider-Man: Far From Home. So let's talk about what the future holds for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The Lion King - Review

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The Lion King is very special to a lot of people. So the concept of a hyper-realistic CGI remake had people talking. Let's get this out of the way though: Regardless of what you think of this one it doesn't "ruin" the original. The 1994 classic will always stand on its own in a bubble, regardless of what comes after. The sub-par sequels didn't tarnish that film. Neither should this.

Trailer Talk: Ad Astra

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Trailers are a work of art on their own, and sometimes they can be better than the actual movie (see Suicide Squad). But for the most part, trailers do a great job selling the movie they are for. So let's look at a trailer and see what we can glean from it.

Trailer Talk: The Red Sea Diving Resort

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Trailers are a work of art on their own, and sometimes they can be better than the actual movie (see Suicide Squad). But for the most part, trailers do a great job selling the movie they are for. So let's look at a trailer and see what we can glean from it.

Point Blank - Review

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Point Blank reunites Captain America: The Winter Solider stars Anthony Mackie and Frank Grillo for a fun (albeit predictable) action romp. The Netflix original is a story about the lengths people will go for their families and that there is a lot of gray area in being "good" or "bad".

Trailer Talk: The King's Man

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Trailers are a work of art on their own, and sometimes they can be better than the actual movie (see Suicide Squad). But for the most part, trailers do a great job selling the movie they are for. So let's look at a trailer and see what we can glean from it.

Spider-Man: Far From Home - Review

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Spider-Man's second solo outing in the MCU is the first follow up to the massive universe-changing event Avengers: Endgame. The film is bigger in almost every way than Spider-Man: Homecoming, and the shadow of Iron Man looms large. Iron Man gave Far From Home its story, but he also prevented the film from reaching its full potential.

There will be some light spoilers throughout. I suggest not reading until you've seen the film. Bookmark this, and come back later!

Stranger Things - Season 3 - Review

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Netflix is becoming more and more known for their original IP. One of the biggest things to help with that identity was the launch of Stranger Things. The show was an incredible mix of 80s nostalgia, child wonder, and sci-fi horror. The second season, tried some new things with mixed results, but was overall entertaining (review here). The third season got back to basics, which resulted in the strongest season to date.

Movie Midterm - My Favorite Movies of the First Half of 2019

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The first half of 2019 had some interesting films released, both theatrically and on streaming platforms. There was a 5 or 6 week stretch that I was at the movies every weekend - sometimes twice in the same weekend. Below are my favorite films from the first half of the year. There are 3 honorable mentions, and then my 10 favorite.

Yesterday - Review

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Danny Boyle has made some wonderfully entertaining films. 28 Days Later is one of the greatest zombie movies ever made. Slumdog Millionaire is still poignant a decade later. His latest venture Yesterday was worth paying attention to due to the very interesting premise. What if one struggling musician was the only person on Earth to remember the Beatles?

Toy Story 4 - Review

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It is very rare to see a fully realized trilogy that ends as close to perfect as can be. Toy Story did that with the beautiful, poignant, and emotional Toy Story 3. So it was natural to be skeptical about Toy Story 4's existence. Luckily, most of the fears were unwarranted. Toy Story 4 is a beautiful and worthy entry into the franchise.

Jessica Jones - Season 3 - Review

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The first season Jessica Jones is some of the best television I have ever seen. I've been a fan of the character ever since, in both The Defenders and the second season of Jessica Jones. The third and final season finally aired, and while she got a complete journey, everything else in the season didn't quite land for it being the last hoorah.

Men In Black: International - Review

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Men In Blackused to be king of the summer blockbuster. The franchise has seen diminishing returns since its debut in 1997. The first Will Smith-less entry into the franchise, Men In Black: International is finally here and it gave us something familiar, but not enough new and fresh to warrant an argument for.

Good Omens - Season 1 - Review

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High concept television isn't as hard of a sell it used to be. After all, Game Of Thrones is high concept, and it was one of the most popular shows of all time. Amazon's newest show, Good Omens is deep, complex, joyous and absolutely hilarious thanks to its charming cast, brilliant writing, and strong direction. It is one of the strongest word-to-screen adaptations ever, and if you can buy into the concept, you should experience it ASAP.

Godzilla: King Of The Monsters - Review

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Godzilla is a property that will never go away. It has been around for decades, and will always be in the pop culture lexicon in some way. The latest version, Godzilla: King Of The Monsters shows that the franchise still has a bit more work to do.

Rim Of The World - Review

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This review was originally published on RevengeOfTheFans.com

Netflix’s newest film, Rim of the World is an adventure filled with emotion and excitement. The intrigue, heart, humor and spectacle of the characters are what makes this story tick. The film, written by Zack Stentz and directed by McG, has a Spielbergian sense of adventure, with a John Hughes coming-of-age feel. It’s a throwback to the 80s, with a modern sensibility.

Aladdin - Review

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Another Disney live action remake of one of their animated classics was released this month in the form of Aladdin. While I had my reservations about Guy Ritchie’s live action version, for the most part it was a perfectly entertaining crowd pleaser that did exactly what it was supposed to.

2018-2019 Arrowverse Roundup - Week 28 Review

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Both finales did exactly what they needed to. The Arrowverse is officially over for the summer now. While there were some struggles along the way, the endings were satisfying. There were some surprises, and actually some connective tissue between the two finales as one character appeared in both. You can read my thoughts below, which is more "overall thoughts" than a straight review.

You can read all of this season's Arrowverse reviews right here.

John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum - Review

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There are a few movies each generation that reinvents the genre it is classified in. In 2014, John Wick did that for the action genre. While John Wick: Chapter 2 expanded the mythology of the universe, it was a bit uneven when it came to the balance of storytelling and action. Luckily, John Wick: Chapter 3is perfectly balanced.

2018-2019 Arrowverse Roundup - Week 27 Review

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What a week in the Arrowverse! There were two finales and two penultimate episodes that set up the finales. Lots of things happened, and it looks like the seeds are already planted for the Crisis next season!

You can read all of this season's Arrowverse reviews right here.

Pokemon: Detective Pikachu - Review

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Video game movies do not have a great track record. So when Pokemon: Detective Pikachu was announced as a live action film, I had hesitations. But the movie provides a fun adventure that does some incredible world building for future installments of the franchise. There will be slight spoilers throughout.

2018-2019 Arrowverse Roundup - Week 26 Review

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This week had hallucinations of old friends, humans being superhuman, a trip to hell, and a real plan revealed. The end of the seasons are near, with penultimate and finale episodes happening next week. So this week had a set up for those.

You can read all of this season's Arrowverse reviews right here.

2018-2019 Arrowverse Roundup - Week 25 Review

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This week had a lot of interesting things happen in each episode that aired. The tail end of the seasons always have big things happen. Each episode had something unique going for it. You can read about it in more detail below.

You can read all of this season's Arrowverse reviews right here.

2018-2019 Arrowverse Roundup - Week 24 Review

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Just a few short thoughts for each episode this week. Sorry it isn't longer. But all four shows had a lot going for them as they are gearing up for their finales within the next month.

You can read all of this season's Arrowverse reviews right here.

Avengers: Endgame - Review

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It is a rare feat when a movie turns into an event before it is even released. It is even rarer for that movie to be filled with fan service from beginning to end and still be mostly satisfying. Avengers: Endgamedoes just that. It wraps up 11 years of storytellng, and still secures the franchises future for many years to come. There are some vague spoilers throughout, and while I appreciate your click, I urge you to NOT read this until after you've seen the movie.

2018-2019 Arrowverse Roundup - Week 23 Review

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Arrow and The Flash both returned this week, and both had pretty big episodes paired along side Legends of Tomorrow. There was a return of an old friend, the face off against an old enemy, some new foes, a musical, and sex dreams. The Arrowverse is a wild, wacky, sad, exciting place.

You can read all of this season's Arrowverse reviews right here.

2018-2019 Arrowverse Roundup - Week 22 Review

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The Legends were the only ones on an adventure in the Arrowverse this week. The most ridiculous show on TV was flying solo. Next week, it will have some company. But for now, that is all you will find here.

You can read all of this season's Arrowverse reviews right here.

2018-2019 Arrowverse Roundup - Week 21 Review

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Well, a lot of the Earth-One CW heroes are on spring break, but Earth-38 is still going strong. There was also a Legendary return this week. The slate was emptier than usual, but we still had character growth, surprises, fallout, and secrets revealed.

You can read all of this season's Arrowverse reviews right here.

2018-2019 Arrowverse Roundup - Week 20 Review

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Just Supergirl and Arrow this week. Both had their merits, and demerits. Character performances were the highlights, with story coming in second. The Arrowverse is gearing up to end their seasons soon, and the stories are reflecting that.


You can read all of this season's Arrowverse* reviews right here.

*Yes, I know Black Lightningis not in the Arrowverse officially. But neither was Supergirl...until it was. I am including it here for convenience sake.

Shazam! - Review

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Earlier this month, Marvel brought Captain Marvel to the big screen. Now DC brings their Captain Marvel (rechristened "Shazam" by DC, and many other names by characters in this movie) to the big screen. It is a film that is heavy on the humor, has a lot of heart, but doesn't quite land emotionally.

2018-2019 Arrowverse Roundup - Week 19 Review

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This week we had a future set episode, secrets revealed, a finale, and one of DC's most iconic characters come to the Arrowverse. Quick thoughts this week, but you can read them all below.


You can read all of this season's Arrowverse* reviews right here.

*Yes, I know Black Lightningis not in the Arrowverse officially. But neither was Supergirl...until it was. I am including it here for convenience sake.

2018-2019 Arrowverse Roundup - Week 18 Review

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This week we had a serious cliffhanger, an inevitable showdown, a team back to basics, and big season-changing reveal. This is the last time we will have this exact line up in a long time (maybe ever). You can read my reviews of the 4 shows below.

You can read all of this season's Arrowverse* reviews right here.

*Yes, I know Black Lightningis not in the Arrowverse officially. But neither was Supergirl...until it was. I am including it here for convenience sake.

Captain Marvel - Review

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Marvel's first standalone female superhero has finally arrived. Captain Marvel is a nostalgic 90's romp that is maybe too familiar for its own good. There is a lot to love in the movie, but not a lot of new, groundbreaking events to set it apart from the rest of the universe that has been building since 2008.

There will be minor spoilers ahead.

2018-2019 Arrowverse Roundup - Week 17 Review

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This week had space travel, big changes for characters, standoffs, and baffling character decisions. This is the first full slate (sans Legends) that we have had in a while. Read below to see how each episode stacked up!

You can read all of this season's Arrowverse* reviews right here.

*Yes, I know Black Lightningis not in the Arrowverse officially. But neither was Supergirl...until it was. I am including it here for convenience sake.

Paddleton - Review

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A lot of "dealing with cancer" movies focuses solely on the person with cancer. What makes Paddleton great is that it is also about how it can impact the people who love the person with cancer. Paddleton stars Mark Duplass and Ray Romano as friends and neighbors. When Michael (Duplass) gets cancer, he decides to take a cocktail that will end his life.
That premise provides much of the emotional depth that the film has. Paddleton really shines during the "road trip" portion of the movie. There is humor to be found, but seeing how strong the relationship between two plutonic male friends is, provides a refreshing angle not often seen. The Shawshank Redemption and Trainspotting are the only two that really come to mind. Whereas if you think of female-friend movies, there are dozens of them. That alone makes Paddleton worth seeking out.
Movies that make you think, or contemplate things, always resonate better than ones that don't. If you had incurable cancer, would y…

2018-2019 Arrowverse Roundup - Week 16 Review

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Supergirl is flying solo this week, so that is all that you will find below. It was a pretty big episode though. A lot of set ups for things to come.

You can read all of this season's Arrowverse reviews right here.

2018-2019 Arrowverse Roundup - Week 15 Review

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This week, we had a series regular leave, a long time villain get more powerful, and a director who is used to timey wimey stories lay out another strong one. There will be a short hiatus after this week for some of the shows, so you'll have time to catch up if you haven't!

You can read all of this season's Arrowverse* reviews right here.

*Yes, I know Black Lightningis not in the Arrowverse officially. But neither was Supergirl...until it was. I am including it here for convenience sake.


The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part - Review

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The Lego Movie was one of the most delightful surprises of 2014. A film that seemed like a giant commercial on the surface, turned out to be a sweet, funny, poignant masterpiece. The follow-up, The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part doubles down on the premise of the first. It gives more of the same, which in this case is a positive.

2018-2019 Arrowverse Roundup - Week 14 Review

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Supergirl took the week off to watch the Super Bowl, but the other 3 shows gave us anniversaries, documentaries, heists, funerals, ambushes, and reunions. Some really great stuff was in store for us this week, which you can read about below.

You can read all of this season's Arrowverse* reviews right here.

*Yes, I know Black Lightningis not in the Arrowverse officially. But neither was Supergirl...until it was. I am including it here for convenience sake.

2018-2019 Arrowverse Roundup - Week 13 Review

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This week we had road trips, revelations, closure, death, and some Inception type stuff. There were lots of dramatic character moments, and some humor to boot. You can read all about it below!

You can read all of this season's Arrowverse* reviews right here.

*Yes, I know Black Lightningis not in the Arrowverse officially. But neither was Supergirl...until it was. I am including it here for convenience sake.

2018-2019 Arrowverse Roundup - Week 12 Review

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The Arrowverse is properly back now! Last week saw the return of The Flash but we have Arrow, and Supergirl returning as well. This week also marked the return of Black Lightning and that corner of the DC universe! All 4 episodes had things to love! Read my reviews below for more!

You can read all of this season's Arrowverse* reviews right here.

*Yes, I know Black Lightningis not in the Arrowverse officially. But neither was Supergirl...until it was. I am including it here for convenience sake.

The Punisher - Season 2 - Review

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Frank Castle's second solo outing just hit Netflix, and if one thing is abundantly clear, it is that he will never know peace. The second season tried to do something a bit different, but still fell into the same troublesome tropes that previous Marvel seasons have.

Glass - Review

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Glass is the culmination of a 19 year story. It was a trilogy that no one saw coming after Unbreakable and Split. M. Night Shyamalan is a bold filmmaker, and even if his stories don't resonate with everybody, there is no denying that he goes all out every time.

There will be spoilers throughout.

2018-2019 Arrowverse Roundup - Week 11 Review

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The Arrowverse is back! The Flash flew solo this week, as the first one to welcome us to 2019. There were some familiar tropes to superhero fans in this episode, but hopefully with a different outcome.