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Movie Review: Ghost in the Shell (2017) *What a Beautiful Mess*

Scarlett Johansson, Ghost in the Shell

Ghost in the Shell is a visually stunning film with cutting-edge F/X that will, ultimately, bore you senseless.  Between Scarlett Johansson and the art direction, there’s a lot of beautiful things to look at, but it can’t save a dull and awkward script from making a hash of an anime classic.  There are, by the way, about 16 different “this shell is hollow” jokes that I passed up because-honestly-after sitting through this I’m suffering from sensory overload and intellectual underwhelm (it’s a thing). Continue reading Movie Review: Ghost in the Shell (2017) *What a Beautiful Mess*

In Theaters This Week (3/31/2017): Ghost in the Shell, The Zookeeper’s Wife, Boss Baby

Jessica Chastain, The Zookeper's Wife

Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week.  MARCH MOVIE MADNESS ends after five weeks of major releases with two anticipated adaptations and the Alec Baldwin baby film.  Yep.  That one. Continue reading In Theaters This Week (3/31/2017): Ghost in the Shell, The Zookeeper’s Wife, Boss Baby

Trailer Time: Ghost in the Shell Trailer #2 (2017) *Or Possibly the Whole Film in 2:30*

The second full trailer for next month’s Ghost in the Shell is out, and-as someone who has little to no history with the anime series it’s based on-I feel like it’s intriguing and visually stunning.  I also feel like this trailer is one of those that makes you feel like I have already seen the entire movie.  However, Killing Time has an official policy on Scarlett Johansson movies than involves onesies, so I’ll be there when the film opens on March 31, 2017.  It’s policy.  What can I do?
Scarlett Johanssen, Ghost in the Shell


Top 10: Trailers for 2017 Movies


Welcome to a brand-new year of movie watching!  Yes, there are still plenty of 2016 releases to view and review as we move toward Oscar season (and I can promise you there will be more reviews than there have been of late, my apologies for that), but it’s always exciting to stand at the beginning of the new year and look at what’s upcoming.  I thought the best way to do that was to highlight the ten best trailers for 2017 movies released thus far.  These are mostly for first-half releases, and some films just missed the list so here’s just a taste of what’s coming in 2017 that isn’t on the list: Star Wars Episode VIII, Justice League, John Wick Chapter 2, The Circle, Alien: Covenant, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, The Mummy, Spider-Man Homecoming, The Dark Tower, Creed 2, It, Thor: Ragnarok, Murder on the Orient Express, and many more. So get ready for the ride; it’s going to be a heck of a year! Continue reading Top 10: Trailers for 2017 Movies

Trailer Time: Ghost in the Shell Trailer #1 (2017) *Visually Stunning Anime Adaptation*

The first full trailer for Ghost in the Shell has been released, and whatever you think about the controversy surrounding the film, you can’t deny the visuals are total eye candy.  I think Kate Beckinsale’s leather onesie in the Underworld films just got one-upped.  If you’re not familiar, Ghost in the Shell is a classic anime series that Hollywood has long  sought to bring to the screen.  The controversy that’s dogged the movie has to do with “whitewashing”, or the casting of white actors in roles clearly not Caucasian.  For example Scarlett Johanssen is playing “Major Moto Kusanagi”.  Aside from the fact that I already told you this was an anime adaptation, I think you can probably see what has some fans up in arms about her casting.  At some point, though, they’re going to have to accept that this is the GITS movie they’re getting and decide whether it’s true to the series, ScarJo or no.  I’m not well-versed enough in the source material to be a judge myself, but the trailer looks pretty stunning if nothing else from a stylistic standpoint.  Ghost in the Shell is one of the movies that’s going to make March 2017 the most hotly contested March in the history of film.  GITS is scheduled for a March 31, 2017 release.
Scarlett Johanssen, Ghost in the Shell