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Kingsman: The Secret Service- Sequel Title Revealed

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One of my favorite films of 2015 was Kingsman: The Secret Service. It was fun, innovative, and it put an original spin on classic spy films. It was a very enjoyable movie to watch, and, of course, it had the now famous church scene. Ever since its release, fans have been clamoring for a sequel. For a while, a sequel was confirmed and we even had a summer of 2017 release date. It was still unknown whether (spoiler) would return for the second, since he died in the first film. But the real question was Matthew Vaughn. That was the make or break it for this film, whether he would return to direct or not. Even though it is still not confirmed whether he will return (still hoping!), we do have more movement on the project, in the form of a title.
The official title for the sequel will be Kingsman: The Golden Circle. I'm not really sure what it necessarily means, but it's a cool sounding title. I keep getting it confused in my head with that movie The Golden Compass, but that's…

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice SPOILER-FREE Review

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How could you not be excited for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice? The trailers we've been watching for the past year have hyped this movie up to be the film of the century! For the first time ever, DC's most iconic superheroes Batman and Superman would be on screen together, and duke it out. How could Batman take on Superman? Why are they fighting? How does Wonder Woman and Doomsday fit into this? How will they set up the Justice League? These are all questions people had going into the movie. I was actually lucky to see the movie a couple days late, because the overtly negative critical ratings allowed me to check my expectations. They went from through-the-roof to normal excitement, which was the best thing I could have done in preparation for this film. Going in with my lowered expectations, I was interested to see what the movie brought to the table. Batman v. Superman has a lot of cool ideas and moments, but suffers from a lacking script and disjointed editing. 
Eigh…

Wonder Woman- First Look at Amazonian Armor and Themyscira Design

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Despite the negative reviews coming out of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, one resounding positive is Gal Gadot's performance as Wonder Woman. Many are now drawing their interest to her stand-alone film, which is due out next year. And we know very little about it. It does take place during World War I, and we will be learning a lot about the Amazons, and their homeland of Themyscira. This will also be the start of several stand-alone superhero epics, which will come before and after next year's Justice League film, which will unite all of DC's heroes. After Suicide Squad in August, Wonder Woman is the next movie in line.
With all the focus on DC for Batman v. Superman, Entertainment Weekly has released a new image from Wonder Woman, revealing the landscape of Themyscira, the Amazonian armor as well as Gal Gadot, Connie Neilsen, Robin Wright and Lisa Loven Kongsli all in costume. 

I really like the look of this. The armor bares a strong resemblance to the battle armo…

X-Men: Apocalypse- Trailer 2

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X-Men: Apocalypse seems to be one of the comic book movies that is slipping through the cracks. With so many coming out this year, it's easy to forget about a few of them. But there is a lot to be looking forward to with Apocalypse. It's the culmination of the entire X-Men franchise, as well as it introduces one of the most popular and powerful X-Men antagonists with the titular Apocalypse, played by Oscar Isaac. The first teaser trailer was really good! It gave us a taste of what to expect from this film, without spoiling too much. We got to see our villain, as well as James McAvoy's Professor X (finally) with a bald head. I really liked the teaser trailer, but with the film coming out in just a couple months, it was time for another one. And now we have it.

I really liked this trailer. It captured the same feel as the teaser, but it expanded upon it. We got to see a lot more of Apocalypse, and they've changed his voice. I'm glad they did, because he didn't so…

The Movie Paradise Nerd Round-Up: March 19th

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In this editorial series, I will be doing a weekly collection of all things nerdy. Some of the article will be a wrap-up of some movie news, perhaps casting rumors or images; stuff that doesn't necessarily warrant an entire article but are still important. Then the rest will be different geek culture items, such as memes or videos. I will try my best to post these every Saturday. So let's get our hands nerdy (okay, that was terrible) and check out the geek picks of this week.
The News



A while ago, a Lobo movie was on the table, with Dwayne Johnson supposedly attached to play the Rob Zombie-lookalike alien bounty hunter. However, it was killed and Johnson was announced to be playing Black Adam in Shazam. The possibility of Lobo being in the DC Cinematic Universe has been in limbo for sometime now, but now it looks like it's back on the table. It has been confirmed that Wonder Woman writer Jason Fuchs will be writing a screenplay for a Lobo movie. After the success of Deadpo…

First Trailer for Ben-Hur

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I have to admit it: I have never seen the original Ben-Hur. I know! Blasphemy for a film fan, right? Well, I'll get around to it someday. So I didn't necessarily share the outrage that many fans of classic cinema had when a remake was announced. I was indifferent to it. The original was made in 1959. I don't think it's "too soon". But like I said, I was indifferent. The casting of Tobey Kebbell and Morgan Freeman interested me but I had honestly forgotten that the film was coming out this year until the trailer dropped online. I played it not really having many expectations, but I did have an open mind to the film. 
I'm sorry, but this film looks like a generic, garbage CGI-fest. Maybe the original Ben-Hur came first with these themes, but the idea of a rivalry between two brothers leading to them fighting in battle isn't original. I got vibes of Gladiator throughout the whole trailer. I will admit that Kebbell looks really good, and I would watch it…

The Witch SPOILER-FREE Review

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I was really late to The Witch party. I didn't get to see it until it had been in theaters for a while, and even then it's taken me a while to write this review. But this is a movie worth reviewing, so I'm forcing myself not to let it slip through the cracks. Going into this movie, I was optimistic. A few of my friends had seen it, and they thought it was really good. I had also seen that it got great reviews on Rotten Tomatoes (it stands at an 89%). Now, I'm not a particular fan of horror movies. I personally prefer psychological thrillers instead. Truly good horror movies all have another element to it that makes it not purely horror. There's an engaging story, good acting and a deeper message that makes it more worthwhile and profound than ordinary slasher/jump-scare sh*t fests that pollute the theaters nowadays. So I walked into The Witch with expectations that it would be a horror film I enjoy. It does meet these expectations, even if parts do fall flat and d…

First Trailer for Sausage Party (REDBAND)

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(**Warning: Contains Strong Language**)
Cursing hot dogs isn't the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the words "sausage party". But that's exactly what we're getting from Seth Rogen and his gang, in their R-rated animated feature due this summer. I was very much looking forward to seeing this trailer. Rogen works best when he's with his whole team, and that's what he has for this film. Plus, the animation factor made this project especially interesting. It's great that they're now trying to branch out from their usual type of film. What are they going to do next? A superhero movie? (Oops, sorry Seth. I forgot about The Green Hornet) Regardless, I was excited to see a trailer for Sausage Party, and now we have one. 
I really like how this trailer was set up. It was constructed to be a trailer for an animated kids movie, until the horror element was played and the swearing began. That turn was hilarious, and the trailer went on from …

10 Cloverfield Lane SPOILER-FREE Review

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10 Cloverfield Lane popped out of nowhere a couple months ago, dropping a trailer for this mysterious Cloverfield quasi-sequel. There was no word that a sequel was even in development, and then bam! A trailer drops and the movie is suddenly coming out in two months. Since then, fans have done nothing but speculate. How does this film tie in to Cloverfield? Was it really filmed as a sequel, or are they just playing it up with the marketing? What the hell is this movie? These were all questions I had going into the film. I also had a genuine interest in the movie itself. John Goodman looked fantastic, and it seemed like a really interesting premise. So I didn't walk into the film entirely because it was related to Cloverfield. And that will the movie's downfall for some fans, as it has virtually no ties to Cloverfield. But it works out for the best, as 10 Cloverfield Lane is a far better film than its supposed original.

The film centers on Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), wh…

The Movie Paradise Nerd Round-Up: March 12th

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In this editorial series, I will be doing a weekly collection of all things nerdy. Some of the article will be a wrap-up of some movie news, perhaps casting rumors or images; stuff that doesn't necessarily warrant an entire article but are still important. Then the rest will be different geek culture items, such as memes or videos. I will try my best to post these every Saturday. So let's get our hands nerdy (okay, that was terrible) and check out the geek picks of this week.
The News



It was announced this week that Oscar winner J.K. Simmons will be playing Commissioner Gordon in the upcoming Justice League Part One, and going forward in the DC Cinematic Universe. Simmons famously (or shall we say, infamously) played J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy, and won his Oscar for Whiplash. He is an incredible talent. He wasn't necessarily my first pick for the role, but I know he is a tremendous actor. I am sure he will do the character justice (no pun intend…

Captain America: Civil War- Trailer 2

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It's here! The second trailer for Captain America: Civil War is here! I really liked the first trailer, but it was a teaser. We didn't get much more than just a brief glance at the film. But now we have a full length trailer, and it is awesome. The best parts of the previous trailer are more fleshed out and even better in this one. We get a much better sense of what these heroes are fighting for. We didn't get that really with the last trailer, and this one made it more clear. We got a more extended look at Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther, and exactly how he and the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) fit into the film. The action is highlighted, and this looks to be some of the best fight choreography of a Marvel film to date, perhaps rivaling Captain America: The Winter Soldier
What stole this trailer was the emotion of it. There was power in the fighting, as we saw Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) damaged and conflicted over how to do the right thing. We saw Cap (Chris Eva…

Zootopia SPOILER-FREE Review

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I went into Zootopia with modest expectations. I had heard fantastic things about the film (it currently sits at a 99% on Rotten Tomatoes), but I don't like a lot of kids films. Pixar, however, has cracked the code to making films that are very adult in story and themes, but are still accessible to children. I absolutely loved last year's Inside Out. But the other animation studios haven't had quite the same track record. But knowing people were loving this film, made by Disney animation, I went in with an open mind. And I do have to say, I was surprised with how much I liked this film. Zootopia isn't a perfect movie, but it is funny and exhilarating, and has a very relevant and important social message.

Zootopia focuses on a bunny named Judy Hops (Ginnifer Goodwin), who dreams of being a police officer in the animal metropolis of Zootopia. However, no bunny has ever been a cop, and even her parents tell her all she can truly be is a carrot farmer. But Hops persists an…

First Trailer for Ghostbusters

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I have been very interested in this Ghostbusters reboot for some time. I am not a Ghostbusters fanatic, but I enjoy the original film. It's very good. But the idea of an all-female reboot intrigued me, especially with the team behind it. Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon play the central team, with Chris Hemsworth as their secretary. The movie is directed by Paul Feig who has had tremendous success with some of these teammates in films like Bridesmaids and The Heat. I have been anxiously awaiting a trailer, because I have high hopes for this film. I think it has the possibility to be very successful, so I have been excited to watch a trailer. And now we have one.

I'm mixed on this trailer. On one hand, it recaptured the feel and essence of the original film. The technology looks the same, the goo, the ghosts. It feels the same. And like I said, I love the cast. The problem for me is that the comedy fell flat. I'm hoping that the humor in this …

The Movie Paradise Nerd Round-Up: March 5th

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In this editorial series, I will be doing a weekly collection of all things nerdy. Some of the article will be a wrap-up of some movie news, perhaps casting rumors or images; stuff that doesn't necessarily warrant an entire article but are still important. Then the rest will be different geek culture items, such as memes or videos. I will try my best to post these every Saturday. So let's get our hands nerdy (okay, that was terrible) and check out the geek picks of this week.
The News



With news that there would be an R-rated director's cut of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (read about that here), a big question has been what the difference will be between the theatrical cut and the "ultimate edition". Well now we know one distinct difference. According to reports, actress Jena Malone has been cut from the theatrical cut of the film, but will be in the extended cut. However, we still don't know who she will be playing. Director Zack Snyder was quick to di…

Finding Dory- Trailer 2

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Over the years, Pixar has had so many great hits. From Toy Story to Monsters, Inc., it seems like almost every single on of their films has been regarded as one of the best animated films of all time. And Finding Nemo is no exception. It is a beautiful film about love, family and determination. It is filled with great humor which is delivered by a great voice cast. It's a heartwarming film that does touch on some dark and heavy subjects in such a great way. So when I heard that a sequel, to be called Finding Dory, was in the works, I was mixed. On one hand, it's a story that could definitely be continued while it simultaneously seemed like a cash-grab. I've been reserving judgment for a trailer, which we now have.
I'm not really considering the previous teaser trailer, because we got barely anything from it. This is the first true trailer. And I'm still mixed on it. The animation is as beautiful as ever, and it picks right up where the first one left off in 2003. …

Top 5 Favorite Moments From: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

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This is the eighth installment of this editorial series where I basically take a movie and pick my personal five favorite scenes from that movie. Then, you can go into the comments and say why you either agree or disagree with me. For this article, I will be doing One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Warning- there are spoilers!

(Make sure to check out our other "Top 5 Favorite Moments From" for The Dark Knight Rises, The Matrix, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Avengers, The Shawshank Redemption, The Wolverine and Swingers- all right here)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
#5 Scream Therapy

It's pretty obvious from the very beginning of this movie that everyone in the mental hospital is crazy. But it really isn't until the scenes where they sit around for "group therapy" that the craziness truly comes out. We get to see highlights from each of the characters, and learn what really makes them tick. With this particular group therapy session, Cheswick (S…