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Marvel and Funko have released a short called Spellbound, starring the God of Mischief, Loki; Spider-Man, and Iron Man.

Enjoy.


#Loki #IronMan #SpiderMan #Spellbound

Marvel has released the second trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which comes out in May.

If nothing else this trailer proves that once babies are out of their pot and mobile, they’re extremely dangerous.

#GuardiansOfTheGalaxy #GotGVol2

Passengers Trailer #2

Sony has released the second trailer for the upcoming sci-fi thriller Passengers with Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence.

The film will be released Dec. 21 in the U.S.

#Passengers #ChrisPratt #JenniferLawrence

There’s a new trailer for Rogue One out.  Looks like droid K-2SO (voiced by Firefly’s Alan Tudyk) may be the breakout star of this one.

Tickets go on sale in the U.S. on Monday for a Dec. 16th release.


#StarWars #RogueOne

Just got to see Marvel’s Doctor Strange today, so I’m going to give you my take in a pretty spoiler-free kind of way.

If you’re a fan of the Marvel superhero movies, this ranks up there with the best of them.  In case you don’t know the backstory, Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) is a hotshot neurosurgeon whose hands are badly damaged in a car accident.  Unable to get them healed in the U.S., he travels to Nepal to search out a mystical healer.  Little does he know the “healer” is a sorcerer, The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton).  She is, in fact, the current Sorcerer Supreme.

The Ancient One takes Strange and teaches him the mystic arts, along with Baron Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and Wong (Benedict Wong).  Just in time, it turns out, for villain Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen) and some of his followers to make some mayhem on behalf of an even bigger bad.

My favorite character in this movie, outside of Strange himself, may just be The Cloak of Levitation.  If you see the movie you’ll understand.

As you can imagine for a film about the mystic arts, the special effects folks had a massive amount of work on this one.  Some critics have called the film “trippy,” and all I can say is, don’t go to see this if you’re a) drunk, b) are having vertigo, or c) get sick on roller coasters.

Do stick around for the credits.  There are two extra scenes, and yes, you’ll have to sit all the way through the credits for the final one, but it will be worth it.

Worth a full price admission if you can’t get into a matinee.

#DoctorStrange #BenedictCumberbatch

The Mel Gibson/Danny Glover Lethal Weapon films are classics, so when I saw Fox was doing a television series I wasn’t sure I wanted to try it or would like it.  I was wrong.  This and Designated Survivor are the only new shows on my DVR list, and of the two I always try to watch Weapon live and I’ll catch up Survivor on DVR.

Is the series as good as the films?  I’d say it’s about 85% as good, but you’re talking putting together an hour long show every week, instead of a two-hour film in three months.  I can tell you the best thing about the series in two words: Clayne.Crawford.  Crawford takes on the role of batshit crazy, suicidal cop Martin Riggs.  Damon Wayans is Roger Murtaugh, Riggs’ older partner.  When he’s partnered up with Riggs it doesn’t take long for him to figure out that arrangement could be just as dangerous for his longevity as the heart attack he just recovered from.

I hadn’t seen Crawford in anything before Weapon, but if you want you can still catch him in the Sundance Channel’s series Rectify.  He is very impressive as Riggs, which is not an easy role.  One minute he’s making jokes and pulling stunts, and the next he’s reminded of his pregnant wife who died in a car crash, and the pain he’s feeling comes like a punch in the gut.  He has the comic chops to go toe to toe with Wayans, who is great at the comedy but is not Crawford’s equal in the drama department.  Nonetheless these two have great chemistry on screen.

The supporting cast includes Jordana Brewster (The Fast and The Furious) as an LAPD psychiatrist and an excellent Keesha Sharp as Roger’s lawyer wife Trish.

There’s a serious amount of action, car crashes and general mayhem in each episode, which tells me Fox is spending some bucks on it.  They’ve ordered a more-or-less full series of episodes (18), so here’s hoping the show will get a second season renewal.

Promo below:

#LethalWeapon #LethalWeaponFox

 

Doctor Strange Reviews

With 14 reviews in, Marvel’s Doctor Strange is showing a 100% on the Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer!

The critics are actually liking it, although a few are saying it’s too much like Iron Man.  By and large, though, they are loving the casting, the visuals and the soundtrack.  Below are links to some of the reviews.  SPOILER NOTE: some of these may contain varying levels of spoilers, so read at your own risk.

Collider – includes a video review

ComicBook.com

/Film

IGN

For SNL fans, Benedict Cumberbatch will be hosting on November 5th.

Here in the U.S. we have to wait until Friday, November 4th for general release.

#DoctorStrange #BenedictCumberbatch

We have quite a wait ahead of us for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (May 5th, 2017, to be exact), but we now have our first teaser trailer (and poster).

Poster here.

Wait… have Yondu and Nebula joined the Guardians??

Trailer below.  Don’t miss baby Groot at the end.

#GuardiansOfTheGalaxy #GOTG #ChrisPratt #GOTGVol2

Paula Hawkins’ book The Girl On The Train was a big hit.  When a friend of mine wanted to go see a movie we decided on this one.  She has not read the book, but I have.

I’ll try to put minimal spoilers in this review for those who have not read the book nor seen the film.

Short version: If you liked the book you’ll probably like the film, as it stays pretty faithful to what’s in there.  If you didn’t read or didn’t like the book, you may ask yourself what all the fuss was about.

The plot revolves around three women and two men.  Rachel (Emily Blunt) is an alcoholic whose marriage dissolved over her inability to get out from under her addiction, and her husband Tom’s affair with Anna (Rebecca Ferguson).  Anna is now Tom’s wife and mother to their baby daughter.  Anna and Tom (Justin Theroux) live in the same house he and Rachel did, which is a few doors down the street from Scott (Luke Evans) and Megan (Haley Bennett).  Scott and Megan (outwardly, at least) have a happy marriage.

Rachel spies on both couples while taking the train to and from New York in the morning and evening as the tracks run right behind her old street.  Her drinking having cost her her job, she’s still commuting to the city so as to hide her unemployment status from her roommate.  From the train she spies on Anna and Tom, whose story she knows, and projects onto Scott and Megan her fantasy of a perfect marriage despite not knowing either party.

Then one day she sees Megan with another man, and is irrationally shaken when she realizes the idyllic marriage she sees from the train may not be so idyllic after all.  When Megan goes missing the mystery of what happened to her begins, and Rachel gets involved, believing what she knows about Megan and the other man she saw her with could help Scott and the police find her.  The problem is that Rachel is so frequently drunk that she blacks out and her memory is very spotty.  She’s often unable to determine what is the distortion from an alcohol binge and what’s real.

That’s about as much as I can say without giving the rest of the story away.  I will say that as a mystery it’s not very good story.  There are a couple of red herrings thrown in, but they’re less mysterious here in the film than they were in the book, and so they’re less effective.  The audience has no real way to figure out who the culprit is until toward the very end, and it just feels a little bit disappointing that it wasn’t a more clever solution.

A couple of things that are jarring — the location is inexplicably changed from London to New York.  Some of the actors (Luke Evans for one) do American accents, but Emily Blunt maintains her English accent.  Megan’s psychiatrist, Kamal Abdic, who is evidently supposed to be Middle Eastern, is played by Edgar Ramirez, and I could swear that at one point he’s speaking Spanish to Rachel.  I’d have to see it again to be sure, but that makes no sense whatsoever.

If you’ve read the book and loved it, you will probably love the movie.  If, like me, you’re in the “meh” category on the book, seeing the film won’t change your mind, but if you have a couple of extra hours and are looking for an excuse not to clean, go only if it’s at a matinee price.  Otherwise, I’d advise seeing Sully instead, or better yet, rent the much, much better Gone Girl.

Below is a trailer.  One warning: if you’re not a fan of sex scenes or nudity, this movie may not be for you.

 

#TheGirlOnTheTrain

The third trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has been released and is below.

Our favorite heavy breathing, black masked character makes an appearance.  The events in the film occur before those of the original 1977 one.

The film premieres on December 16th in the U.S. and the U.K.  It stars Felicity Jones and Mads Mikkelsen.

#RogueOne #StarWars

AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire is a great show with inexplicably horrible ratings.  The third season just ended, but despite the ratings AMC has announced they will give it a fourth and final season.

The show centers around Joe MacMillan (Lee Pace), Gordon Clark (Scoot McNairy), Donna Clark (Kerry Bishe) and Cameron Howe (Mackenzie Davis).  All of the first two seasons and most of the current third one is set in the late 1980’s, when personal computing innovation was taking off and something called the Internet was a twinkle in the eye of an idea man like Joe.  It’s not just a show about computers, though, for those who are worried it might be for computer geeks only.  It’s also about the lives and relationships of the four main characters, how they intertwine and separate, only to come back together again… or not.

The final two episodes oddly fast-forward four years from the end of episode eight into the early 1990’s, so be prepared for some major changes to have taken place in those four years if you’re catching up.

We’ll keep an eye out for season four.

#HaltAndCatchFire #LeePace

Marvel has launched Hero Acts, a campaign to benefit Save The Children, a charity to help children who are the victims of natural disasters, are at risk,  need medical attention or an education.  The charity works in 120 countries, including the United States.

If you upload a photo of yourself (or someone else) posing as your favorite Marvel character to marvelstudiosheroacts.com, Marvel will donate $5 to the charity from now until the end of the year.

Introducing the initiative in the video below is Doctor Strange himself, sometimes known as Benedict Cumberbatch, along with Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans and other Marvel actors.  Don’t miss the ending!

#DoctorStrange #BenedictCumberbatch #HeroActs #MarvelStudios #SaveTheChildren

Marvel has released a 30-second teaser for Doctor Strange with some new scenes.  Wish this one was longer, but hopefully we’ll get another full-length one now that we’re less than a month out from release.

#DoctorStrange #BenedictCumberbatch

Empire Magazine’s website is showing off their new Doctor Strange covers, one of which is shown on this post.  These are for the November issue.

empirecover_nov2016They also have a couple of images from the film, one with Benedict and Rachel McAdams, and another with Mads Mikkelsen.

There’s a persistent rumor that Doctor Strange will show up in Avengers: Infinity War/Film and other sites are putting two and two together from some comments Cumberbatch made.  No official confirmation from Marvel… at least not yet.

In the U.K. Doctor Strange will be released on October 25th.  In the U.S. it will be November 4th.

On to Sherlock news.  The BBC has released two of the three episode titles for the upcoming fourth series.  They are: The Six Thatchers and The Lying Detective.  As noted in the article, The Six Thatchers appears to be a reference to the Arthur Conan Doyle story The Six Napoleons, and The Lying Detective may be The Adventure of the Dying Detective in disguise.

The BBC will be showing the series beginning sometime in January.  Let’s cross our fingers that PBS Masterpiece will be showing it stateside at the same time.

#Sherlock #DoctorStrange #BenedictCumberbatch #Martin Freeman

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Poldark Returns to PBS

BBC’s Poldark returns to PBS’ Masterpiece beginning tonight for series 2.  It will be a special two-hour premiere starting at 8pm ET, followed each Sunday through November 27th beginning at 9pm ET.  Official website here.

As this series open Ross (Aidan Turner) has been accused of murder and is heading to jail.  Things are looking bleak for our hero and his love Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson), thanks to villain George Warleggan (Jack Farthing)!

Never fear, though – if you had any doubts, it looks like Ross will cheat the hangman as series 3 has already begun filming.  Digital Spy has the low-down on that here.  In that series there will be a plethora of new characters as they continue down the list of author Winston Graham’s novels.

Here’s a short trailer for series 2:


#Poldark #AidanTurner #PBSMasterpiece #PoldarkPBS

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