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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…

Uncle Drew SPOILER-FREE Review

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Run Time: 1 hour, 43 minutes Rating: PG-13 Directed by: Charles Stone III Starring: Kyrie Irving, Lil Rey Howery, Shaquille O'Neal 
UNCLE DREEEEEEW... sucks, to put it bluntly. I was never impressed with the trailers for Uncle Drew. I didn't find them to be that funny, and the most important thing when it comes to comedies is that the comedy lands. While I love the game of basketball, I don't follow the NBA, so the fact that all of these NBA players were in the the movie meant nothing to me. I know that is a main reason why this film appeals to people, but for me I couldn't have cared less. The one thing that actually caught my interest was the fact that Lil Rey Howery was playing the lead. He absolutely shined in Get Out, and delivered some much needed comedic relief in that film. So after seeing him in that, I was really excited to see him get a big leading role like this. But that was the only thing I was looking forward to. I went into Uncle Drew not really expecti…

In Preparation For: The Purge

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Release Year: 2013 Rating: R Directed by: James DeMonaco   Starring: Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Max Burkholder 
With The First Purge opening in theaters soon, 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'…

Won't You Be My Neighbor? SPOILER-FREE Review

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Run Time: 1 hour, 34 minutes Rating: PG-13 Directed by: Morgan Neville Starring: Fred Rogers, Joanne Rogers, Betty Aberlin
Every single person who has seen Won't You Be My Neighbor? has come to the same, resounding consensus: the world needs Mister Fred Rogers today more than ever. Prior to this documentary, I knew virtually nothing about Fred Rogers. I knew of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, but I never really watched it as a child. I didn't know anything about the man, or the history or significance of his show. I really only saw this film because everyone was raving about it, and I knew it wasn't something I could miss. The job of a documentary is not just to entertain you, but to also take your knowledge about something and raise it, and that's exactly what Won't You Be My Neighbor? does. I knew essentially nothing about this person other than his name, and my knowledge was transformed. At the same time that director Morgan Neville walks you through who Fred R…

Nerd Round-Up: Marvel Cinematic Universe, Jumanji 3, Wonder Woman 1984

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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.

While Marvel has had a winning formula thus far, something they have been struggling with is diversity in their films. We just had our first black-led Marvel movie in…

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom SPOILER-FREE Review

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Run Time: 2 hours, 8 minutes Rating: PG-13 Directed by: J.A. Bayona  Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rafe Spall 

Life, uh, finds a way... for the fifth time. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is the fifth installment in the Jurassic franchise, and I know many people see the continuation of this series as unnecessary. I liked Jurassic World more than most. I thought the realization of what a real life Jurassic World would look like was just incredible. I found Chris Pratt to be an excellent lead, and I thought it was a fun adventure. It doesn't touch the original Jurassic Park, but I really liked it for what it was. So I've been really interested in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. This one is directed by J.A. Bayona, who I thought did a fantastic job with 2016's A Monster Calls. He proved himself to be an incredibly imaginative director, and I've been fascinated to see what he would bring to Fallen Kingdom. However, the trailers for this film have not really im…

Incredibles 2 SPOILER-FREE Review

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Run Time: 1 hour, 58 minutes Rating: PG Directed by: Brad Bird Starring: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson 
The original Incredibles movie is an all-time classic. It came out in an era when we weren't overly inundated with comic book and superhero movies and, in that sense, it was rather unique. For a kids movie, it was rather adult. It dealt with very mature themes and complex issues, and I think it's that level of sophistication that made The Incredibles what it was. Of course, that's what you get with writer/director Brad Bird. With both The Incredibles and The Iron Giant, Bird makes animated movies that are accessible to kids, but not made exclusively for kids. Bird has really shown that you can make films that kids can watch and enjoy, but they are multilayered and complex with compelling characters and mature themes that will go right over kids' heads. But while The Incredibles was a giant smash success, it has taken fourteen years for a sequel to …

Jared Leto to Star in Daniel Espinosa-Directed Morbius the Living Vampire Film

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While Spider-Man is currently in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Sony has been trying to make a series of films centered around Spider-Man characters just... you know, without Spider-Man. Venom hits theaters this fall, and the jury is still out on that one. The trailers haven't been extraordinary, but its all-star cast and incredible potential keeps me from immediately dismissing it. There is also Silver and Black, which was supposed to come out next year but has been pulled from the release schedule and is being completely reworked. We have also heard rumors of a Kraven the Hunter and a Mysterio movie, though the latter may prove to be tricky as Jake Gyllenhaal has been announced the play the character in the recently titled Spider-Man: Far From Home, which you can read more about here. But another film we heard awhile back that Sony was looking at doing was a Morbius movie, who is a character who has always interested me. I came to know him through the animated Spider-Man series…

Go or No Go: Hotel Artemis

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In this new movie review series, Nathanael Molnár and Rob Giachinta talk about a new film and say whether to go see it, don't go see it, or wait for it to come out on a streaming service. In this installment, they discuss Hotel Artemis. You can read our spoiler-free review of the film here.

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