Wednesday, February 10, 2016

POSTED: Friday, January 29, 2016, 12:00 AM
Filed Under: Movies
Derek Zoolander and Hansel walk the runway at the Valentino Fashion Show during Paris Fashion Week at Espace Ephemere Tuileries on March 10, 2015 in Paris, France. (Le Segretain/Getty Images For Paramount Pictures)

If superhero fatigue is real - no, not Ant-man or Iron Man getting all tired from flying around punching bad guys, but audiences wearying of costumed crimefighters altogether - this is the season that will put that to the test. DC icons Superman and Batman kick the multiplex invasion off in March with the megabudget Dawn of Justice, joined in the Zack Snyder-directed slugfest by the superheroine with the bulletproof bracelets and Lasso of Truth, Ms. Wonder Woman.

A little more than a month later, Marvel's Captain America shows up with his deadly shield and his deadpan shtick, joined by a legion of fellow, and fractious Avengers. Late in May, another superpowered spawn from the pages of Marvel's Silver Age, the X-Men, return with the latest installment in the franchise.

Speaking of which, in Deadpool, opening Feb. 12, Ryan Reynolds (already a superhero veteran with 2011's Green Lantern), gets the lead in the X-Men spinoff.

POSTED: Tuesday, January 26, 2016, 11:40 AM
A scene from "10 Cloverfield Lane." (Screenshot via YouTube)

The internet was all abuzz last week when the trailer for 10 Cloverfield Lane, the sorta-sequel to 2008's Cloverfield, was released with no warning. The trailer features Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman and Wilmington, Del.'s own John Gallagher Jr. (The Newsroom) hiding out in a bunker as something presumably horrible happens outside. The movie hits theaters March 11.

The guy at the helm of 10 Cloverfield Lane isn't Matt Reeves, who heralded the first low budget installment to the screen, but Dan Trachtenberg, a Philly native and Temple grad (class of '03). JJ Abrams, who produced the original Cloverfield, told Collider 10 Cloverfield Lane is a "blood relative" of the original found footage monster flick.

POSTED: Thursday, January 14, 2016, 9:36 AM
Filed Under: Movies
Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa in "Creed." (Barry Wetcher / Warner Bros. Pictures )

The Revenant, the grizzly frontier saga starring Leonardo DiCaprio as a bent-on-revenge, back-from-the-dead fur trapper, led the pack with a dozen nominations as the contenders for the 88th Academy Awards were announced Thursday in Beverly Hills.

Right behind the violent wilderness adventure were two more epic tales of survival: the postapocalyptic feminist action pic Mad Max: Fury Road, with 10 nominations, and The Martian, starring Matt Damon as an astronaut stranded on the Red Planet, with seven shots at the statuette.

POSTED: Wednesday, December 23, 2015, 4:57 PM
Jennifer Lawrence in a scene from the film, "Joy." (Twentieth Century Fox via AP)

Going to the movies on Christmas used to be the domain of the Jews and other cinema-loving non-Christians. But the theaters are filling up with people of all faiths on Christmas Day.

So after you open up your presents, or before you order up your Chinese food, here's a guide to what's playing in local theaters.


POSTED: Sunday, November 22, 2015, 9:13 AM
Filed Under: Movies

Philadelphia Inquirer film critic Steve Rea gave "Creed" 4 stars, calling it a knockout and said it's not inconceivable to imagine the latest installment of the 'Rocky' franchise in the running for Best Picture when Oscar nominations are announced early next year.

In anticipation of the film's Wednesday release, here are Rea's ratings for all six of the previous 'Rocky' films.

More coverage: 

POSTED: Sunday, November 8, 2015, 12:32 PM
Filed Under: Movies
Daisy Ridley as Rey in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." (Disney)

After a new "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" trailer premiered during halftime of the Sunday Night Football game between the Eagles and the Giants, director J.J. Abrams said it would be the last before film’s premiere in December.

“The next thing is really going to be the movie,” said Abrams. “They’re be commercials, but no more trailers.”

As promised, the first official TV spot premiered online today, shared by the official Twitter account, a first for a major motion picture release:

POSTED: Monday, November 2, 2015, 12:27 PM
Filed Under: Movies
Pulitizer Prize winner Buzz Bissinger (left) called out Michael Moore's new film as "slanted" during a Q&A at the Prince Theater during the Philadelphia Film Festival. (CBS / Getty Images)

Polarizing filmmaker Michael Moore was in town Friday night to close out the 24th annual Philadelphia Film Festival with a screening of his documentary “Where to Invade Next” when he was interrupted by an audience member during a Q&A.

That audience member: Buzz Bissinger the local Pulitzer prize-winning reporter and author. Bissinger was seated in the front row as a guest of a friend when he interrupted with a 10-minute outburst, alleging Moore used a “slanted” handling of gay rights in Tunisia in the film.

“I think he’s very clever, but he’s not a documentarian,” Bissinger said in a phone interview Sunday. “He’s very manipulative and as a result, his films are very biased.”  

POSTED: Wednesday, October 28, 2015, 1:21 PM
Writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan attends the New York premiere of 'The Visit' at Regal Cinemas Union Square on September 8, 2015 in New York City. (Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)

With M. Night Shyamalan’s latest release, The Visit, officially a hit, Universal Pictures has announced the local filmmaker’s next Philadelphia-filmed project with Split, which will see a Jan. 20, 2017 release.

Described by Deadline as a “supernatural suspense thriller,” Split will serve as another collaboration between Shyamalan, Universal and Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum. Previously, that group joined together for The Visit, which was filmed on a $5 million budget and generated nearly $90 million worldwide.

Stars signed up for the project so far include James McAvoy of X-Men: Days of Future Past and The Happening’s Betty Buckley, as well as Jessica Sula, Haley Lu Richardson, and Anya Taylor Joy.

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