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CinemaCon 2018: A Quiet Place Sequel is in Development

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**SPOILERS for A Quiet Place**
One of the best horror films in years is A Quiet Place, which took everyone by surprise when it debuted earlier this month. The John Krasinski-directed film opened to mass praise, with many hailing it as a new horror classic. I loved the movie, and it's one of my favorites of the year so far. What Krasinski accomplishes with the film is just staggering, from the narrative he crafts to the sophistication of the technical elements. It's just a fantastic movie, and everyone should go out and see it. You can read our full review here. If you did not see the warning above, I'll reiterate now: I will be getting into spoilers for A Quiet Place, so if you haven't seen the movie yet, stop reading here. The film leaves itself open for more story to tell. The final shot is Emily Blunt cocking her gun as several monsters head towards the house. By definition, the ending is left open. However, I never wanted a sequel. The story they told is everything…

Isle of Dogs SPOILER-FREE Review

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Run Time: 1 hour, 41 minutes Rating: PG-13Directed by: Wes AndersonStarring: Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Edward Norton
To be completely honest with you, I hadn't seen any Wes Anderson movies leading up to Isle of Dogs. So, in preparation, I watched The Grand Budapest Hotel and Fantastic Mr. Fox in order to get acclimated with his style. And I'm glad I did, because it certainly helped me appreciate Isle of Dogs more. The film looks at a futuristic Japan where, after a dog virus breaks out, Mayor Kobayashi (Kunichi Nomura) signs a law forcing infected dogs to be sent to a distant island to fend for themselves. There, we follow a pack of dogs led by Chief (Bryan Cranston) as they try to help a young boy named Atari (Koyu Rankin), who crash lands on the island, find his pet dog. Seeing Fantastic Mr. Fox beforehand (literally the night before) definitely helped, as it prepared me for Anderson's stop motion animation style. And I actually found myself liking Isle of Dogs even m…

Rampage SPOILER-FREE Review

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Run Time: 1 hour, 47 minutes Rating: PG-13Directed by: Brad PeytonStarring: Dwayne Johnson, Naomie Harris, Jeffrey Dean Morgan
When three animals become supersized beasts, what do you do? You call Dwayne Johnson, the only other supersized beast who can stop them. Rampage is based off of an old-school arcade game, and it seems like a strange choice for a movie. What kind of story can you tell around a game that really only involves giant monsters fighting each other? But leave it to the powers at Hollywood to find a way to make it a big blockbuster motion picture in order to suck the money out of the audience's wallets. At least, that's how I saw Rampage going in. Nobody was asking for a Rampage movie. When you talk about the most desired video game movie adaptations, you hear names like The Last of Us or Uncharted, not necessarily Rampage. My hopes were never too high for this movie. I love the Rock, but he doesn't always make the best movies. For every surprise hit he has…

CinemaCon 2018: Venom- Trailer 2

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Venom has been a roller coaster of expectations for me. When Sony first announced they were doing a Venom movie, I wasn't that interested. However, then they brought on a stellar cast including Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Woody Harrelson, and Jenny Slate. With that, my anticipation for Venom began to grow rapidly. It ended up becoming my fourth most anticipated movie of 2018, and I was expecting that the film would ultimately take everyone by surprise and be fantastic. But then the first trailer dropped, and I hated it. The entire trailer was building up to Venom, and there wasn't any Venom in it! I don't know how a Venom trailer without any Venom got past Sony and was put online, but that's what happened. After that trailer, my faith in the movie was majorly shaken. It's to the point where I think whether or not Venom will be any good is a coin toss. I've been looking forward to seeing a new trailer. Hopefully, Sony can get me back on board, and a…

Deadpool 2- Trailer 3

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With all the attention on Avengers: Infinity War right now, it's strange to think that Deadpool 2 comes just a couple weeks after it. In fact, the film comes out just a month from yesterday. This is one I've been waiting for since the end credits rolled for the first Deadpool. That film was such a breath of fresh air for the comic book genre. It spoofed the genre in so many ways, while also being raunchy, funny, and action-packed. It took everyone by surprise, not just with how good it was, but also by how well it did at the box office. It made $783 million dollars at the worldwide box office, which is insane for a low budget, R-rated movie about a (then) obscure comic book character. So, needless to say, it was a win across the board. And I think the sequel will be even better. I may sound crazy for saying that, but everything is pointing to Deadpool 2 being better than the first one. I could be completely dead wrong on that, but right now that's what I'm thinking go…

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom- Trailer 3

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While I loved the first Jurassic World, I haven't been super enthusiastic for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. I've definitely been looking forward to it; it was on my top ten list for my most anticipated films of the year. But I haven't been counting down the days to it in the same way I have been for other summer releases, like Avengers: Infinity War or Deadpool 2. I thought the first trailer for Fallen Kingdom was okay at best, as I didn't think it was the best way to introduce us to the movie. I liked the Super Bowl trailer they put out far better. And now, with just a couple months left until the movie hits theaters, we are getting our third and final trailer for Fallen Kingdom. With this trailer, I'm looking to get a better sense of the story. We have gotten pieces of it with the previous trailers, but not enough to see how it all comes together. I also want to see the movie will fuse the action and horror together. The first trailer emphasized the action, wh…

WATCH: Ready Player One SPOILER Discussion

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Panelists Connor Murphy and Matt Smith, and host Nathanael Molnár, go in depth talking about Ready Player One. There will be spoilers. If you have not seen the film yet, you can check out our spoiler-free review here instead.


What do you think? What did you like about Ready Player One? What didn't you like about the film? What were your overall thoughts on the movie? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below. 
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Nerd Round-Up: Atomic Blonde 2, It: Chapter Two, Batgirl

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Welcome to this week's Nerd Round-Up. Essentially what we do here is we take a look at all things circulating in the world of nerdom. We break down these down, anything ranging from superheroes to Star Wars, and every other geek-centric thing in between. We analyze the smaller bits of news that weren't big enough stories to necessarily warrant an entire article, but are still significant and important and worthy of discussing. Perhaps it's casting news, a contract detail, a set image, or something else that's more on the minor side, but is still definitely worth talking about. This is a time and place for all of us unabashed nerds to come together and talk about the things that we love so much in the movie-sphere. So, without further ado, let's get started with this week installment of Nerd Round-Up.

Charlize Theron has confirmed that a sequel to last year's Atomic Blonde is in the works. I really liked the first film a lot. I thought it was a brutal, fun actio…

Incredibles 2- Trailer 2

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The Incredibles certainly made an impression on me as a kid. As a child who grew up loving comic books and superheroes, The Incredibles came out at the perfect time. It's such a fun movie, but it also has a lot of deep and mature themes that I didn't come to fully understand nor appreciate until later in life. In many ways, it was a commentary on a genre of filmmaking that hadn't yet hit its prominence. But now we are entirely inundated with comic book movies, and, with the current climate, now actually becomes the best time to make an Incredibles 2. I would have preferred the sequel had taken place in real time, with it jumping fourteen years in the future, and with the kids all grown up and the parents significantly older. But Brad Bird decided it was best for the movie to pick up right where the original left off (literally), and I trust his judgment. More than anything else, I'm just excited to finally go back to this world. It is so ripe for new material and new m…

Opening This Weekend: Rampage, Truth or Dare

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With every new weekend comes more new movies to go see in the theaters. The movie theater is easily the best place to see a film. As good as your setup may be at home, nothing will ever come close to the magic of the movie theater. And getting to go see a movie on a Friday or Saturday night after a long hard week is simply euphoric. Now, not every movie that opens in theaters is a winner. We've all been tricked by a film that we thought would be good and it ended up being horrible. On the flip side, we've also all avoided a movie that we thought looked bad but it ended up being really good. It's tricky to know exactly what to see and what not to see. So, in this new weekly series, I break down what new movies are opening in theaters, what the critics are saying about them, and I state whether or not I think they are worth seeing. On that note, let's look at what's opening this weekend. 
Rampage- 3,950 Theaters

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Score: 52%
Directed by: Brad Peyt…

A Quiet Place SPOILER-FREE Review

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Run Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes Rating: PG-13Directed by: John KrasinskiStarring: Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Millicent Simmonds
If they hear you, they hunt you. That is the tagline that was on every poster, and in every trailer, for A Quiet Place. And it is an incredibly effective tagline. It's succinct, and it gets the point across. Directed by and starring The Office star John Krasinski, A Quiet Place focuses on a family surviving in a world without sound. In order to hide from monsters, they must remain completely silent. However, as happens in most horror movies, something happens to attract the attention of these monsters, and shit goes down. Ever since I saw the first trailer, I have been incredibly excited for this movie. We've seen Krasinski direct in the past, yes, but this looked like something completely out of his wheelhouse. If he could deliver on this, then Krasinski would establish himself as a brilliant up-and-coming director. The film also stars his wife, Emily…

Solo: A Star Wars Story- Trailer 2

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As much of a Star Wars fan as I am, I have not been that excited for Solo: A Star Wars Story. I wasn't interested in the idea of Disney doing a Han Solo origin film to begin with, and the whole director upheaval with Phil Lord and Chris Miller certainly didn't help ease my worries. Yes, Ron Howard is a great director, but I haven't been entirely sure that he would be able to salvage everything. At this point, I'm don't know if Solo will be a success for Disney. It seems like the whole production has been a mess, and the budget has gone through the roof. So a lot of importance was put on the first trailer in order to convince people that Solo will be worth their time, and I thought they blew it. The trailer wasn't awful or anything, but I found it to be subpar. And considering the fact that they needed to absolutely wow people in order to sell Solo, I thought it failed in that sense. But I've been waiting for a new trailer to hopefully get me excited for th…

Dwayne Johnson May Not Star in Fast and Furious 9

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What breathed life back into the Fast and Furious franchise was the inclusion of Dwayne Johnson. The franchise wasn't doing so well, but by bringing on the Rock and switching the focus of the series from car racing to being larger-than-life blockbusters, Fast Five became the series' resurgence. I still contend Fast Five is the best one they've done so far, though Furious 7 does come close. The last installment, The Fate of the Furious, was somewhat underwhelming. It wasn't a bad movie, but I didn't find it to be quite as good as some of the previous movies. And with Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray at the helm, I was hoping for the best. You can read our review here. But during the production of The Fate of the Furious, tensions between Johnson and the series' star and producer Vin Diesel came to light. While no true specifics surfaced, we learned that the two were not getting along at all, causing a massive rift within the franchise. For a while i…

Opening This Weekend: A Quiet Place, Blockers, The Miracle Season

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With every new weekend comes more new movies to go see in the theaters. The movie theater is easily the best place to see a film. As good as your setup may be at home, nothing will ever come close to the magic of the movie theater. And getting to go see a movie on a Friday or Saturday night after a long hard week is simply euphoric. Now, not every movie that opens in theaters is a winner. We've all been tricked by a film that we thought would be good and it ended up being horrible. On the flip side, we've also all avoided a movie that we thought looked bad but it ended up being really good. It's tricky to know exactly what to see and what not to see. So, in this new weekly series, I break down what new movies are opening in theaters, what the critics are saying about them, and I state whether or not I think they are worth seeing. On that note, let's look at what's opening this weekend. 
A Quiet Place- 3,490 Theaters

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Score: 99%
Directed by: Joh…