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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 trailer

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 fo

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 Spid

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 . Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more content! What do you think? Will you be going or not going to see  Hotel Artemis ? Will you wait for it to come out on a streaming service? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.  Written by:  Nathanael Molnár Email us your movie questions at:  themovieparadise999@gmail.com Like us on Facebook, and Follow us on Twitter and Instagram  @movieparadise99

The Predator- Trailer 2

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I've always been mildly intrigued by Shane Black 's The Predator . The original Predator  movie is an all time action/sci fi classic, but none of the sequels have been able to recapture what that first film accomplished. I actually didn't mind Predators , but it wasn't nearly as good as the original Arnold Schwarzenegger  film. But with the announcement of the Shane Black-directed sequel, I was intrigued. Black played a role in the first film, so he clearly is passionate about the IP. And he is a talented director. Plus the cast he's assembled, which includes  Sterling K. Brown, Jacob Tremblay, Keegan-Michael Key, Olivia Munn, Boyd Holbrook, and Travante Rhodes , is pretty impressive. So while I haven't had high hopes for the movie, I haven't completely discounted it either. But the first trailer didn't do much to sway me either way. The beginning with Jacob Tremblay was interesting, but everything after that just felt average. So I've been hopi

Go or No Go: Hereditary

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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 the new A24  horror movie, Hereditary . You can read our spoiler free review for the film here . Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more content! What do you think? Will you be going or not going to see Hereditary ? Will you wait for it to come out on a streaming service? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.  Written by:  Nathanael Molnár Email us your movie questions at:  themovieparadise999@gmail.com Like us on Facebook, and Follow us on Twitter and Instagram  @movieparadise99

Spider-Man: Homecoming Sequel Title Revealed to be "Far From Home"

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One of Marvel 's more interesting upcoming films is the Spider-Man: Homecoming  sequel, which is dated for next summer, coming out just a couple of months after Avengers 4 . Considering the events of Avengers: Infinity War , where director Jon Watts  will take the sequel is an interesting question to ponder. We recently learned that Jake Gyllenhaal  is in final negotiations to play the villain Mysterio, which you can read about  here . We also heard that Michael Keaton  will be reprising his role from the first film as the Vulture, which you can read the full details on here . Narratively, it seems like the sequel is really starting to shape up, and whatever questions regarding Spider-Man's fate will certainly be answered in Avengers 4 . One piece of information that has always stuck with me was something Kevin Feige  said a long time ago, that the Homecoming  sequel would take place just minutes after the end of Avengers 4 . This means that not only will the sequel be dea

Hereditary SPOILER-FREE Review

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Run Time : 2 hours, 7 minutes  Rating : R  Directed by : Ari Aster  Starring : Toni Collette, Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro  I haven't really been known to be a big A24  fan. Sometimes they make fantastic films, such as  The Disaster Artist  or Lady Bird . But many times I find they are too artistic and experimental and weird, and it makes for movies that lack real substance, like with  The Killing of a Sacred Deer, A Ghost Story, and It Comes at Night  just to name a few. However, the second I saw the trailer for Hereditary , the fact that it was being made by A24 immediately became inconsequential. The trailer for Hereditary  is easily one of the best trailers of the year. It was shocking, provocative, and riveting. One of the biggest takeaways was hearing a critic say that Hereditary  was this generation's The Exorcist , which is one of my all-time favorite horror movies. Since I saw that first trailer, Hereditary  has been one of my most anticipated films of th

Hotel Artemis SPOILER-FREE Review

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Run Time : 1 hour, 33 minutes  Rating : R  Directed by : Drew Pearce  Starring : Sterling K. Brown, Jodie Foster, Sofia Boutella  What happens when you take a cool, John Wick -inspired story and add a really great cast? Well, you should get a really awesome movie. Emphasis on "should". Ever since I saw the first trailer for Hotel Artemis , I've been really looking forward to it. It has a stacked cast, including Sterling K. Brown, Jodie Foster, Dave Bautista, Sofia Boutella, Charlie Day, and Jeff Goldblum . They are all really good actors, and to have them all together sounded great. The film focuses on a hotel for criminals, run by Foster's character. The plot does sound heavily influenced by John Wick , but never for a second did I think it was actually ripping off John Wick ; I thought it would be inspired by it, and that writer/director Drew Pearce  could offer up a really cool film. Well, I was wrong. I was dead wrong. Hotel Artemis  is a snooze-f

First Trailer for Creed II

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In 2015, Creed  took everyone by surprise. The Rocky  franchise had run its course, and now a spin-off film about Apollo Creed's ( Carl Weathers ) son is coming out? It seemed a little bit desperate. However, when Creed  hit, it hit hard. Michael B. Jordan  was absolutely fantastic. While he was already on my radar for Chronicle and Fruitvale Station , Creed  just further showed what Jordan was capable of. Sylvester Stallone  was so good that he was nominated for an Oscar  for Best Supporting Actor that year. And Ryan Coogler  once again proved just how talented of a director he truly is. After Creed , Coogler went on to direct Jordan once again in this year's Black Panther , and it was because of Black Panther  that Coogler didn't direct Creed II . Instead, Steven Caple Jr.  was brought on to direct, which did make me nervous. Caple Jr. has only directed one feature film, The Land , which I have never seen nor really even heard about. So while I've been excited to

First Look at Aquaman; Trailer to Debut at San Diego Comic Con

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After Justice League  crashed and burned at the box office in November, all eyes have turned to Aquaman , which is coming out just over a year after the failed team-up film. Can the James Wan  ( The Conjuring ) directed movie revive the DC Cinematic Universe , and put it back on the right track before Shazam  and Wonder Woman 1984  (read about that here ) hit theaters? I hope so. I love James Wan as a director, and I think he is an excellent fit for something like Aquaman . He is a creative force, and you need someone like that when constructing entire underwater worlds. Similarly to how Wonder Woman  was isolated from the rest of the DC Cinematic Universe because it was set during World War I, Aquaman  is also isolated because it takes place underwater. You can tell a complete story without feeling the need to reference or set up any other movies in the universe, and that's exactly what DC  needs right now! But since Justice League 's release, where Jason Momoa  made his

Wonder Woman 2 Title Confirmed; Chris Pine Set to Return

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The fate of the DC Cinematic Universe  has been up in the air since Justice League  bombed at the box office. This was supposed to be DC's The Avengers , and it ended up losing them money instead of being a giant hit. You can read more about that  here . However, even with that uncertainty, they have moved forward with Wonder Woman 2 , since the first one is their only true critical hit. I really liked Wonder Woman . It did have its shortcomings, but I thought that Patty Jenkins  put together a great film, and I've been game for a sequel ever since. You can read my review for the movie  here . I would have preferred that Warner Bros.  reboot the DC Cinematic Universe, but with Aquaman, Shazam , and now Wonder Woman 2  on the horizon, that doesn't seem likely. A little while ago, Jenkins confirmed the sequel would take place in the 1980's, tweeting the image above of "WW84". The original worked so well set during World War I, as it isolated itself from the

Go or No Go: Adrift

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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 the new  Shailene Woodley  survival movie, Adrift . Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more content! What do you think? Will you be going or not going to see  Adrift ? Will you wait for it to come out on a streaming service? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.  Written by:  Nathanael Molnár Email us your movie questions at:  themovieparadise999@gmail.com Like us on Facebook, and Follow us on Twitter and Instagram  @movieparadise99

Avengers: Infinity War Crosses $2 Billion Dollars Worldwide

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We have been saying ever since Avengers: Infinity War  was merely a concept that it had a strong chance at joining the two billion dollar club. However, that was always going to be a tall feat. The highest grossing Marvel Cinematic Universe  movie to date was The Avengers , which made $1.5 billion dollars. So Infinity War  would have to not only beat the highest grossing MCU film, but it would also have to make an additional five hundred million on top of it. While the idea of Infinity War  crossing two billion seems easy enough, the reality of it has proven to be challenging. It crossed one billion no problem, which you can read the details on  here . And it certainly helped that the movie is really good, and everyone has liked it. You can read our spoiler-free review for Infinity War   here , as well as watch our spoiler discussion on YouTube  here . But as more and more movies have opened in theaters to compete with it, such as Deadpool 2  and Solo: A Star Wars Story , Infinity