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First Trailer for Ant-Man and the Wasp

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While I wouldn’t say it was one of my favorite Marvel movies ever, I found Ant-Man to be rather enjoyable. Paul Rudd was great in the leading role, and I really liked the world director Peyton Reed crafted around the character. The movie doesn’t reach the heights of say Captain America: Civil War or The Avengers, but Ant-Man is a fun little movie in its own right. With that, I’ve been looking forward to seeing Ant-Man and the Wasp. I think Evangeline Lily is a great actor, and I’ve been excited to see her suit up and kick ass with Rudd. And with the added talents of Laurence Fishburne, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Walton Goggins, it looked like Ant-Man and the Wasp had the potential to be just as good as its predecessor, if not even better! However, Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War have somewhat overshadowed it. Those films are coming out sooner, and so it hasn’t made sense for Marvel this movie quite yet. That is, until now. Marvel has now released the first official trailer for An…

The Movie Paradise Nerd Round-Up: January 27th

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Welcome to this week's The Movie Paradise Nerd Round-Up. Essentially what we do here is we take a look at all things nerdy. We break down everything in the world of nerdom, ranging from superheroes to Star Wars and every other geeky thing in between, and analyse the smaller bits of news that weren't big enough stories to necessarily warrant an entire article, but are still significant and important. 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 checking out and 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's Nerd Round-Up.

It is being reported that The Dark Knight Trilogy and Man of Steel composer Hans Zimmer will be returning to comic book movies with X-Men: Dark Phoenix. Zimmer was also just nominated fo…

2018 Oscar Nominations: Biggest Shocks and Surprises

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With the announcement of the Academy Awards nominations (read the full list of nominees here), there always comes upsets and surprises. Films or actors are nominated who many don't think should have been, or films or actors are not nominated who many believe should have been. With other awards such as the SAGs or PGAs, you can get a sense beforehand of which movies will be nominated for an Oscar. However, there are always a few that feel like they're coming completely out of left field. This year, most of the nominations were what we were expecting. Sure, movies I personally liked more such as Baby Driver, Blade Runner 2049, and Detroit didn't take the top nominations I felt they deserved, but there weren't many monumental surprises we didn't see coming. However, there are a couple of ones that I feel are worth mentioning, whether it's because I was surprised that it happened or surprised that it didn't happen. These shocks and surprises are ranked in orde…

The Commuter SPOILER-FREE Review

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Going into The Commuter, I wasn't expecting too much from it. Just from the type of film that it is--a January action movie--I didn't think it would have a brilliant story or great character development or anything like that. With this, I was mainly looking to be entertained. If this movie could deliver on some high-adrenaline action sequences, and effectively engage me in them, then I would be happy. Director Jaume Collet-Serra and Liam Neeson have actually had a couple good collaborations together, mainly Run All Night. That film certainly had good action sequences, but I was equally as invested in the characters and story as well. It rose above being a typical throwaway action movie. However, with The Commuter's release being in January, I didn't think it would end up reaching the levels of a Run All Night. And it doesn't. While The Commuter does have a few entertaining moments, an unrealistic plot and flimsy character development make it hard to become investe…

2018 Academy Award Nominations: The Complete List

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For film fans, the Academy Awards are our Super Bowl. It's the time that we all come together to celebrate the previous year of film. It's one of my favorite times of the year, because the Oscars actually matter. It's monumental if an actor gets an Academy Award, and it changes their career. So it's a very important and special night for us film fans. But today was the day the nominations came out. I'll do an editorial later breaking down the nominations and discussing the snubs and surprises, but right now here's just the list of all the nominees:
Best Picture Call Me By Your Name Darkest Hour Dunkirk Get Out Lady Bird Phantom Thread
The Post The Shape of Water Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Best Lead Actor Timothee Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.
Best Lead Actress Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outsi…

The Post SPOILER-FREE Review

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Ever since I first heard this film was going into production, I have been incredibly excited to see The Post. You have one of the greatest filmmakers of all time in Steven Spielberg directing, with two of the greatest actors to ever grace the screen in Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks leading the film. Add the fact that the story surrounds a war between the free press and the White House during the Nixon era, an incredibly timely issue, and you have all the makings for one of the greatest films of the year. Plus, I really enjoy these kinds of investigative journalism movies, such as All the President's Men and Spotlight. And from the looks of the trailers, it seemed as if The Post could be right up there with them. There was so much potential for this movie to be a riveting drama with a topical message, and I went into it with incredibly high expectations. And, for the most part, The Post met them. While the first act is sort of slow, once we get into the meat of the story, The Post st…

Molly's Game SPOILER-FREE Review

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Aaron Sorkin is my favorite working writer today. His films are written with such care and craft, as well as with such intelligence and sophistication. He writes dialogue like no one else can, and has a strong handle on how to effectively tell a story. With Molly's Game, Sorkin makes his directorial debut, and I have been fascinated to see what he can do behind the camera. And the whole idea of Molly's Game just sounded fascinating. I am an avid poker player, so I am always interested in seeing movies that involve the game. But the best poker movies are the ones that can use the game as a backdrop and can tell a compelling story independent of it, such as what Casino Royale did. A poker movie has to also appeal to non-poker players, which is an interesting line to walk. I was very curious to see what Sorkin could do with Molly's Game, and he shows that he has a fantastic command of the camera as a director. He delivers on a pulsating, entertaining movie led by a strong sto…

X-Men- Deadpool 2 Moves Up Release Date; The New Mutants Pushes to 2019

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In the wake of the Disney/Fox merger, which sees all of Fox's film division, including the X-Men, go to Disney, three X-Men related properties are set to come out this year. The New Mutants, the long in development Josh Boone project, is hitting theaters on April 13th. Deadpool 2 comes out on June 1st, with X-Men: Dark Phoenix releasing on November 2nd. This is the first time a single studio has put out three comic book movies in one year. Marvel technically did last year, but I don't really count that since Spider-Man: Homecoming was a joint effort by both Marvel and Sony. So with The New Mutants, Deadpool 2, and X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Fox is set to release three major films in one year. And this could be the end of the X-Men universe as we know it, since Disney has shown interest in rebooting the franchise and incorporating it into their already established Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, new release dates have been issued to some of Fox's 2018 releases, shaking thing…

The Movie Paradise Nerd Round-Up: January 13th

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Welcome to this week's The Movie Paradise Nerd Round-Up. Essentially what we do here is we take a look at all things nerdy. We break down everything in the world of nerdom, ranging from superheroes to Star Wars and every other geeky thing in between, and analyse the smaller bits of news that weren't big enough stories to necessarily warrant an entire article, but are still significant and important. 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 checking out and 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's Nerd Round-Up.

Gore Verbinski, who is the fourth director to have been attached to the project, has now left Gambit. Frankly, this doesn't come as much of a surprise. Like I said, he is the fourth d…

I, Tonya SPOILER-FREE Review

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I, Tonya has been touted as being an awards favorite for some time now, and with that buzz I became very excited to see the film. With a lot of these Oscar movies, I try to avoid the trailers as much as I can. But usually, with the giant blockbusters, avoiding trailers is nearly impossible. However, with something such as an I, Tonya, it's actually rather manageable. Out of all the times I've been to the theater and have sat through countless trailers, I think I only ever saw a trailer play for this movie once, and that's it. I wasn't overly familiar with the true life event either, so I went into the movie rather blind. And I do think that is the best way to see I, Tonya. It is electrifying and surprisingly hilarious, giving you everything you want in a movie from laughs to thrills to chills in this (sometimes emotional) roller coaster.  
Ice skater Tonya Harding's (Margot Robbie) methods for competition are brought into question when her ex-husband (Sebastian Sta…