Top 5: Hopes For a Good Movie in September

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It’s tough to contemplate after a summer that was, at best, erratic, but we’re now entering the biggest dead zone in the cinema calendar.  The dog days of summer, late August and September are not traditional fonts of excellent films.  With the exception of Looper a few years ago, I can’t remember the last time a September film factored into any “best of the year” discussion.  Let’s try to remain optimistic (yes, it is completely against my nature, but it’s Friday so I’m prone to fits of shiny thinking).  Here are five films, and their trailers, that may break through the September blues. Continue reading

David Yates

David Yates Will Direct Harry Potter Spin-Off: Fantastic Beasts!

JK Rowling, Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

I have extreme skepticism when it comes to the trilogy JK Rowling is writing spun off of her wafer-thin book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.  She’s never written a screenplay before.  She’s in Harry Potter’s world, but long before most of the characters would have lived.  She HAS to make this Newt Scamander, who will be the protagonist of the series something special.  A very good first step was bringing back David Yates to the Potter-fold.  Yates directed more Potter films than anyone (four).  A good working relationship between Rowling and the director is going to be critical because I have a feeling she’ll be a PRESENCE on the set in the way few screenwriters are.  Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will open November 18, 2016.  Read Variety’s full-take on the return of Yates below. Continue reading


Adrianne Palicki is Joining Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD as Mockingbird!


Mockingbird is a perfect character for Agents of SHIELD.  While she’s cool, she’s not cool enough to merit inclusion in The Avengers.  This will give them a chance to define her, plus she’s Hawkeye’s ex-wife!  Perfect way to get Jeremy Renner on the show a few times.  Plus, I’m obligated to be gleeful anytime someone from Friday Night Lights joins a project I’m following.  Full story from Coming Soon below. Continue reading

Tom Hardy, Locke

Movie Review: Locke (2014)


Ivan Locke (Tom Hardy) gets into his car after a day at work and begins driving north toward London.  It’s about an hour and a quarter drive.  During that drive, which is the entirety of the movie, Locke will have a series of phone conversations that will change his entire life. Continue reading


First Photo From the Set of Ant-Man

Ant-Man, Paul Rudd
Director Peyton Reed started filming Ant-Man yesterday and we already have our first picture from the set.  There’s nothing too dramatic as Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is looking beat-up and ratty, probably pre-ant.

The original Ant-Man, Hank Pym, will be played by Michael Douglas and his daughter, Hope Van Dyne (why did they change it from Janet?), will be played by Evangeline Lilly.  Also returning to the MCU will be Mad Men’s John Slattery who will be playing Howard Stark (I’m supposing in a flashback to Pym’s days).  Slattery last played Tony’s dad in Iron Man 2.  The official synopsis is below.  This one has a lot of skepticism to overcome.  Ant-Man opens July 17, 2015.

Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

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