Halloween Guide 2017

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No longer limited by the confines of social media postings, critics are unleashing their full reviews of Thor: Ragnarok today and the buzz continues to be very strong. Could this be the best-reviewed entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe yet? Is it at least the funniest? Current champion in the former is still the initial installment, 2008's Iron Man, with its 94% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Within a couple hours of the review embargo being lifted, Ragnarok sits at a very impressive 100%! But things could change by the time the movie's released on November 3 and more formal reactions have been published. For now, here's a breakdown of the first wave of praise and criticisms with the latest MCU blockbuster:   Is this the...
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Awards season has begun! October might sound a little early for year-end awards, but the IFP Gotham Awards, presented by the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), are limited to films directed by a U.S. born or based filmmaker and are "made with an economy of means." So, don't expect any blockbusters to be honored. Obviously, not every movie released during the year is submitted for consideration, but traditionally the nominees are good indicators of films that have enjoyed critical plaudits; often they end up winning Academy Awards as well. Last year, for example, eventual Oscar winner Moonlight received the Best Feature award at the Gothams. That being said, what about this year's crop of award contenders? We'll focus on the Best Feature...
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Laura Dern (above in Twin Peaks) shared a first look at the character she plays in Star Wars: The Last Jedi (below). Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo became friends with Leia Organa in her youth and later began working with the resistance against the First Order. The sequel will open in theaters on December 15. [Instagram via BirthMoviesDeath]   Excited to talk a little Star Wars with my buddy @theellenshow today!! A post shared by @lauradern on Oct 18, 2017 at 9:56am PDT   Powell: Morgan Freeman (Going in Style, above) will portray Colin Powell in a new biographical portrait of the former military leader. Ed Whitworth wrote the screenplay, which takes place during the years that Powell served as U.S. Secretary of...
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Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Mashup of the Day: This fan-made trailer for La La Land 2049 mashes two Ryan Gosling movies perfectly (via ScreenCrush):   Easter Eggs of the Day: We got a new Black Panther trailer, so here's Mr. Sunday Movies with a funny look at its Easter eggs and other things you might have missed:   High School Assembly of the Day: An Arizona high school's dance team performs the greatest homecoming assembly routines ever. Following last year's Pixar-themed pep rally comes this year's The Wizard of Oz extravaganza (via Geekologies):   Vintage Image of the Day: George C. Scott, who was born on this day in 1927, with co-star...
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If one thing is for certain when it comes to the current Marvel Cinematic Universe, it's that everything will change upon the release of both Avengers: Infinity War and its untitled follow-up, currently known as Avengers 4. What the Marvel roster will look like once those films roll out is an uncertainty. Will they kill off beloved characters like Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and the Hulk, or will they instead allow other characters to become, say, the new Captain America, and kill off the personality who originated them. So maybe Cap sticks around, but is no longer played by Chris Evans. Or maybe Captain America dies and is absent from the films for three or four years, and then surprises everyone by making a triumphant return. We've seen both varations play out in...
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Director Bryan Singer (X-Men Apocalypse) shared an amazing new photo of Rami Malek (above in Buster's Mal Heart) as Freddie Mercury (below) and it looks like a snapshot from a concert video of the famed singer during his glory days leading Queen. If those names are not instantly familiar to you, however, we're here to help with a quick catch-up on the movie.   Couldn't help myself and had to post this iPhone pic A post shared by Bryan Singer (@bryanjaysinger) on Oct 16, 2017 at 6:30pm PDT   Who stars? Rami Malek, who broke out big time in TV's Mr. Robot, now in its third season. He's been acting for more than 10 years, building up an impressive resume that includes roles in the Night at the Museum movies, TV...
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All About Nina: Mary Elizabeth Winstead (10 Cloverfield Lane, above) and Common will star in All About Nina. The dark comedy follows a stand-up comedian (Winstead) with a deeply troubled past; now on the verge of stardom, she meets a man (Common) who challenges all her preconceptions. Based on her own original screenplay, Eva Vives (Raising Victor Vargas) will make her directorial debut. The supporting cast includes Beau Bridges, Kate Del Castillo and Chace Crawford. [Deadline]   Lone Wolf and Cub: Andrew Kevin Walker, best known for writing David Fincher's Seven (above), has been tapped to write the screenplay for Lone Wolf and Cub. It's based on a long-running Japanese manga series about a warrior who seeks revenge for the murder of his wife and members of his...
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Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Prank of the Day: Warner Bros. fooled a bunch of people in New York City with a sudden weather change to promote Geostorm (via Geekologie):   Alternate Sequel of the Day: What if Jurassic Park II was much different and starred Bruce Willis along with a returning Samuel L. Jackson? Here's a fake trailer showing the answer by Rich Williamson:   Alternate Endings of the Day: Just in time for today's home video release, here's a funny animated look at how Spider-Man: Homecoming should have ended:   Effects Breakdown of the Day: Speaking of Spider-Man: Homecoming, Imageworks shares how they animated the title superhero...
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  The big news of the day is that the untitled Han Solo film now has a title! The next entry in the Star Wars anthology series is, drumroll please, Solo: A Star Wars Story.   What do you think? It’s simple, it’s to the point and, honestly, what could be a better name for a stand-alone movie? Let’s quickly recap everything we know so far.     Who is playing Han Solo?   The galaxy’s most infamous smuggler will be played by 28-year-old Alden Ehrenreich. He’s been in several films over the last few years, but he really garnered attention as Hobie Doyle in the Coen Brothers’ Hail, Caesar! “Would that it were so simple.” We expect his career to hit lightspeed once the world sees him piloting the...
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Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical Spider-Man: Homecoming (umpteenth superhero-franchise reboot; Tom Holland, Zendaya, Michael Keaton, Bokeem Woodbine, Tyne Daly, Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey Jr.; rated PG-13) Girls Trip (comedy; Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish, Larenz Tate, Mike Colter, Kate Walsh, Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah; rated R) Lady Macbeth (romantic drama; Florence Pugh, Cosmo Jarvis; rated R) Menashe (drama; Menashe Lustig, Ruben Niborski; rated PG) Step (documentary about an inner-city Baltimore dance team...
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