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Boundaries SPOILER-FREE Review

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Run Time: 1 hour, 44 minutes Rating: R Directed by: Shana Feste    Starring: Vera Farmiga, Christopher Plummer, Lewis MacDougall 
I didn't know much about Boundaries before I went to go see. I try now to go see a new movie in theaters every Saturday morning, and they usually end up being smaller films rather than the big tent pole blockbusters. And with a cast including Vera Farmiga (The Conjuring), Christopher Plummer (All the Money in the World), and Lewis MacDougall (A Monster Calls), Boundaries seemed too good to pass up. The film centers on a mother and her son as they go on a road trip with her estranged, weed-dealing father. And with that premise you have what seems like a pretty conventional story with some fresh flare to it, and that's exactly what Boundaries is. Narratively, this movie isn't offering up anything new. The story beats are pretty much exactly what you would expect them to be. However, the performances are fantastic, and the chemistry between all the …

SDCC 2018: First Trailer for Godzilla: King of the Monsters

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Godzilla: King of the Monsters is a film I've been patiently waiting to see a trailer for. I liked 2014's Godzilla, but I didn't think it was nearly as good as it could have been. It chose to focus on pointless human characters instead of Godzilla, and the film suffered for it. Now, I actually really enjoyed Kong: Skull Island. It's not a work of art, but I think it's a fun, action-packed monster movie, and it's Skull Island that has made me really excited for 2020's Kong vs. Godzilla. But before we get to that, we have Godzilla: King of the Monsters coming out next year. What has me excited for this one is the inclusion of the classic Godzilla monsters Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah, who were teased in the post credits scene of Skull Island. I'm really looking forward to seeing a modern take on those characters, and to see Godzilla battle it out with them. What has me nervous about King of the Monsters, however, is that it's being directed by Mic…

SDCC 2018: First Trailer for Glass

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Ever since we saw the twist ending of Split, revealing it to actually be part of the world M. Night Shyamalan previously created with Unbreakable, we have all been patiently waiting for Glass. The third film would connect the two previous movies, with Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, James McAvoy, and Anya Taylor-Joy all returning. This is a movie that I have been dying to see. Split was the first Shyamalan film that I've liked pretty much since Unbreakable, and his twist ending was genius. It only worked because of how good of a standalone story Split is, and revealing it to be tied into Unbreakable is like the cherry on top; it makes it even more rich. But with Glass, Shyamalan has a lot on his shoulders. He is tying in two of his most popular movies together, and a lot rides on this. I wasn't a particularity big fan of The Visit, but that was the first movie Shyamalan did that everyone didn't hate. And then he had massive success with Split. So Glass is the third film …

Skyscraper SPOILER-FREE Review

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Run Time: 1 hour, 42 minutes Rating: PG-13 Directed by: Rawson Marshall Thurber Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Neve Campbell, Pablo Schreiber 
Dwayne Johnson has been on a roll lately. Whether you're talking about The Fate of the FuriousBaywatch, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle or Rampage, the Rock has been in just about everything. It doesn't matter if the movies have been terrible and have under performed (Baywatch), or if the films have surprised everyone and have had massive box office success (Jumanji), Johnson has become one of the biggest movie stars on the planet and elevates every film he is in. And things are no different with Skyscraper, his latest outing. Now, I haven't been super on board with Skyscraper. I've been interested really only because it stars the Rock, but that's about it. The trailers haven't really made it out to be anything extraordinary. It looks like Johnson's attempt at Die Hard, which isn't necessarily a bad thing to say. It j…

SDCC 2018: Joaquin Phoenix Joker Movie Titled, Confirmed for Fall 2019

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It was just recently confirmed that the proposed Joker origin movie would be moving forward with Joaquin Phoenix playing the Clown Prince of Crime. War Dogs helmer Todd Phillips is set to direct, with Martin Scorsese producing. You can read more details about that here. I am getting more and more on board with this movie with each passing day. Joaquin Phoenix is a tremendous talent, and he is going to absolutely crush the role. Plus, I love what Phillips did with War Dogs, and I'm really excited to see what he brings to something like this. When the news broke that this film was officially happening, we heard that it would be shooting later this year, so there was speculation that it was being prepped for a late 2019 release date. Well, now we know for sure. At San Diego Comic Con, it was revealed that the film has been set for an October 4, 2019 release date. The movie will also officially be simply titled Joker
Let's start with the title. I like it. It's straight to t…

In Preparation For- The Purge: Anarchy

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Release Year: 2014 Rating: R Directed by: James DeMonaco   Starring: Frank Grillo, Carmen Ejogo, Zoë Soul
With The First Purge now in theaters, I thought I would go back and watch the first three Purge movies. I had never seen them before, and The First Purge's opening gave me a good excuse to finally check them out. I didn't really have very high expectations going in. I hadn't heard the greatest of things about the series, so I was expecting subpar movies. I've always thought that the premise is fantastic. To be completely honest, it doesn't seem like our actual society is very far from enacting something like the Purge, so there is an extra level of scariness accompanying the premise. So, the idea for these movies really resonates with me, and I think there is an incredible amount of potential for some really awesome films. But the impression I've always gotten is that the Purge movies have never really lived up to that potential. I guess I'll be the judg…

Ant-Man and the Wasp SPOILER-FREE Review

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Run Time: 1 hour, 58 minutes Rating: PG-13 Directed by: Peyton Reed    Starring: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lily, Michael Douglas 
How do you follow up the shocking gut-punch that is Avengers: Infinity War? With a lighthearted, standalone comedy like Ant-Man and the Wasp, naturally. Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) has always been an interesting character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He is one of the more absurd heroes, and yet Marvel found a way to make him appealing back in 2015. Paul Rudd is excellent as the character, and he brings something to the universe that nobody else really does. Ant-Man was a good film, and I liked it very much. I don't think it's one of Marvel's best, but it's a solid movie that I definitely enjoyed. So I've been looking forward to the sequel. With Evangeline Lily now suited up right alongside Rudd as the Wasp, I thought that this one had the potential to exceed the first film. I have to see Ant-Man again, but I do think I still like that one more t…

Ocean's Eight SPOILER-FREE Review

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Run Time: 1 hour, 50 minutes Rating: PG-13Directed by: Gary RossStarring: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway
My interest level in Ocean's Eight has never been to the same degree as other people's. I have never seen the original Ocean's trilogy. I hear they are fantastic movies, and I definitely want to check them out at some point, but I have yet to see them. So without that built-in appreciation for the series, Ocean's Eight looked like just another movie to me. And that's not to say it looked bad at all; the trailers really impressed me. But I never really viewed it as the next installment in a beloved franchise like many others did. What stood out to me about this film was the cast. You have some incredible heavy-hitters in the ensemble, including Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, and Rihanna. It truly is an impressive cast, and that is what caught my eye the most. I also really like heis…

Nerd Round-Up: Shazam, RoboCop Returns, Black Widow

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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.

It is being reported that Blood Diamond and Guardians of the Galaxy actor Djimon Hounsou has been cast to play the Wizard in Shazam. In the comic books, the Wizard is…

Joker Origin Movie Moving Forward With Joaquin Phoenix as the Clown Prince of Crime

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It's been almost a year since we first heard that War Dogs director Todd Phillips will be helming a Joker origin story that will be separate from the current DC Cinematic Universe, with Martin Scorsese producing. You can read the initial report here. I think the idea for this project is fascinating. Telling a story about the Joker that doesn't have to tie into the current universe gives the filmmakers an incredible amount of freedom. Plus, with every comic book movie belonging to a cinematic universe, we don't have too many truly stand-alone stories, and this would give Warner Bros. an opportunity to try something different. So from the beginning I've been incredibly intrigued by the prospect of this movie. However, DC announces five new movies a day, and only a couple of them have actually come to fruition. There was no way to know if this Joker movie would ever actually come to pass. Well, it's now official. The Joker origin movie is coming, and will be filming …

Nerd Round-Up: Star Wars Episode IX, John Wick 3, Hobbs and Shaw

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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.

It is being reported that Mission: Impossible III and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes actor Keri Russell is in talks for an undisclosed role in Star Wars Episode IX. A…

Sicario: Day of the Soldado SPOILER-FREE Review

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Run Time: 2 hours, 2 minutes Rating: R Directed by: Stefano Sollima   Starring: Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Isabela Moner 
I remember when I first heard that a Sicario sequel was coming, focused entirely on Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin but without Emily Blunt or director Denis Villeneuve involved, I wasn't sure what to think. I like Sicario a great deal, but I don't think it's Villeneuve's best film. Even with that, Villeneuve's direction and Blunt's performance really helps sell that movie. Sure, Del Toro and Brolin gave excellent supporting performances, but could a whole film be built around just them and could it work just as well? Even without an answer to that question, we now have Sicario: Day of the Soldado. While I wasn't on board initially, the first trailer really changed my tune. It was riveting and intense, and it really got my blood pumping. None of the other trailers have lived up to that first one, so my excitement for Day of the Solda…

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Crosses $1 Billion Dollars Worldwide

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Jurassic World blew away everyone's expectations when it broke the (then) record for the biggest opening weekend at the box office, raking in $208 million dollars domestically. It went on to make $1.6 billion dollars worldwide, and currently sits as the fifth highest grossing film of all time. So when Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom was set to come out, we all knew that, even though it wouldn't be as big as the first one, it was still going to be a massive movie. It opened to $150 million, which may seem like a big dive from the first film, but it is still a considerable amount of money considering it was coming off the $180 million debut of Incredibles 2 the previous weekend. I really like Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. If you don't like the direction of these new movies, you probably won't enjoy this one. But I'm a fan of these films, and I think Fallen Kingdom is a nice addition to the franchise. You can read our full, spoiler-free review here. And now comes the…