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Thankfully Light and Fun | Review of ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’

Spider-Man: Homecoming starring Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Jon Favreau, Zendaya, Marisa Tomei & Robert Downey Jr.
Distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing
Image Credit: IMDB

“Peter Parker tries to balance his life as an ordinary high school student in Queens with his superhero alter-ego Spider-Man, and must confront a new menace prowling the skies of New York City.” —IMDB

It took forever to see this movie. You may think that since I work at the theater, I get to see the movies, but that is not the case. I do not get to see the movies when I am working, and after a hard-long weekend, the last thing on my mind is going to the movies. So just keep that in mind the next time you ask the person selling you the tickets if they have seen the movie yet. Continue reading Thankfully Light and Fun | Review of ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’

Marvel’s Best Movie Yet | Review of ‘Captain America: Civil War’

By Cynthia Ayala

Captain America: Civil War starring Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan & Chadwick Boseman
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Image Credit: IMDB

Political interference in the Avengers’ activities causes a rift between former allies Captain America and Iron Man.


This film is without a doubt Marvel’s best film yet. First, let’s applaud the writers here because they took a story and adapted it as best as they could to tie it into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and they were able to do that without tarnishing the story. That right there is fantastic writing. That is spectacular writing and something Warner Bros. and DC could take a page from. This is one of the reason’s Marvel movies are so popular because they bring to life a story and characters while keeping both of those faithful to the original creation. Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. were perfect for their roles. Everyone was perfect for their roles. This is cast who not only understands their characters, but they also understand the character dynamics not just in the story but also regarding each other, and they are friends. Everyone here is friends with someone else, and it is believable not just because they are friends in real like but also because they have such great chemistry with one another.The foundation of the film is solid, and that is the key to a successful movie.
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A Worthy Sequel | Review of ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’

By: Cynthia Ayala

Avengers: Age of Ultron
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

The Avengers are back in this new sequel, facing a villain of one of their own creation: Ultron, created by Ironman to be the ultimate protection. But when Ultron comes to life, he becomes their doom, a monster that will achieve peace by all means possible.

This action packed sequel brings the team together again and introduces other main characters in the Marvel universe: Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver & Vision.
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Robert Downey Jr. Snags Rights To Episode Of BBC’s Black Mirror Series

By:  Nick Venable

Black_Mirror_35685For as long as technology has been around helping humans to live better lives, there have always been naysayers claiming society will doom itself in succumbing to all things technological. It’s a frequent theme of science fiction, where our innermost desires are extended and engorged with greed, eased by the ability to make a machine do our dirty work. Recently, the BBC’s powerfully audacious anthology series Black Mirror, much like The Twilight Zone before it, has taken viewers to the darker side of future tech, where no one manages to come out the victor.

According to Bleeding Cool, Robert Downey Jr. has now snagged the film rights to the Black Mirror episode “The Entire History of You,” though it’s unclear how intensely he’ll be involved. With all of his high-profile acting roles in the past few years, Downey hasn’t really gotten himself into the producer role that a lot of his fellow thespians split their time and talents on.

One of those acting peers was apparently also in the hunt for “The Entire History of You,” with Bleeding Cool reporting that Downey Jr. beat out George Clooney for the rights. Considering the subject matter, Clooney would have probably bogged the plot down with some kind of socio-political angle, instead of the fractured love story it tells.

The episode, written by Jesse Armstrong of the BBC’s P.O.V. comedy Peep Show, takes place in a future where humans have tiny implants that record the person’s entire life, making all memories and events available for playback at any time. Toby Kebbell plays a lawyer who attends a dinner party with his wife (Jodie Whittaker), and finds she may have had a past history with another man (Tom Cullen), and the chip implant plays a big part in unraveling past events.

The second season of the International Emmy-winning series, which was brought to TV by Dead Set creator Charlie Booker, began Monday, February 11, 2013.

Source: Cinema Blend


Iron Man 3 Concept Art Shows A Stunned, Smoking Tony Stark

By: Sean O’Connell

Iron_Man_3_Concept_Art_Shows_Stunned_Smoking_Tony_Stark_1341335605Someone is getting the jump on Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) in this concept art for Iron Man 3, which currently is shooting in Wilmington, N.C. The image was shared with Entertainment Weekly, which says posters made from this shot will be handed out to fans at San Diego Comic-Con beginning next week. But we have it for you above.

Artist Ryan Meinerding is behind the piece, which shows Stark about to possibly do battle with … well, we don’t know yet. The men with machine guns aren’t wearing uniforms we recognize from the Iron Man word yet. And Tony’s only partially in costume, which suggests he’s in a section of his headquarters, where he’d have access to one of the many new suits we’re rumored to see in the upcoming sequel.

But why is the piece of armor on his arm smoking? Is it malfunctioning? Are we going to see a potential new delivery method for the Iron Man armor, similar to the suitcase suit in Iron Man 2 or the remote-controlled, body-fitting suit Stark unveiled in The Avengers?

No clue. At least, not yet. It is interesting how Downey Jr. simply is Stark at this point. I hardly remember what the character looked like in the pages of the various Iron Man titles prior to the actor being introduced as cinema’s modern Stark. They are forever joined at this point.

And Stark might forever be joined to his armor in Shane Black’s sequel. As we’re learned, Iron Man 3 will follow the Extremis storyline, where Stark injects himself with a serum that bonds his signature armor to his body. That could be what we’re seeing here. We’ll no doubt hear a lot more about Iron Man 3 when Marvel hosts its Comic-Con panel next Saturday. We’ll report back everything we hear. In the meantime, what are your thoughts on the concept art?

Source: Cinema Blend

Stay Through The Very End Of The Avengers For A Scene Almost No One Has Seen

By: Katey Rich

Most of the critics didn’t get to see it at their advance screenings, but moviegoers will be treated to an extra dose of The Avengers this weekend just when they think they’ve seen everything. You probably know by now to stay through the credits for any Marvel movie, since that’s where they toss in the Easter Eggs that set up what’s to come– Thor’s hammer at the end of Iron Man 2, the Avengers teaser after Captain America, etc. And if you stick around through the animated, fancy credits at the end of The Avengers, you’ll see what all the critics have already seen– and what I’d be crazy to spoil right here. But if you stick around, watch all the credits roll on the black screen, wait until they’re sweeping the theater– that’s when you’ll see something really special, according to Chris Campbell, who caught a screening that included one last scene:

Stay_Through_The_Very_End_The_Avengers_For_Scene_Almost_One_Has_Seen_1335970044What’s the scene? You’re definitely going to have to find out for yourself, and let us know if it is in fact the extra scene that Robert Downey Jr. said they were filming in Los Angeles a few weeks ago. Of course, there’s bound to be somewhere else on the Internet willing to spoil it, so feel free to Google away and find out the answer if that suits you. But there’s so much delight to be had in The Avengers in its actual running time– why would you deny yourself the pleasure of one last surprise before leaving the theater? I’m already itching to see The Avengers again, and while I wouldn’t normally brave the opening weekend crowds to see a movie a second time, I might be tempted just to solve the mystery of this bonus scene that’s got everybody talking.

If you’ve seen this extra scene as well, please resist the urge to spoil it in the comments. The Avengers is coming to theaters this Friday in such a glow of happiness, optimism, and sheer movie-loving joy that spoilers are against the entire spirit of the thing, don’t you think?

Source: Cinema Blend

Jessica Chastain Up For Iron Man 3 Role As A Quick-Witted Scientist

By: Katey Rich

Jessica Chastain Up For Iron Man 3 Role As A Quick-Witted Scientist image

Jessica Chastain was undeniably one of the biggest breakout stars of 2011, with roles in a series of prestigious and generally great films that culminated in her Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for The Help. But her resume thus far lacks the kind of giant blockbuster that makes you a household name– and that’s an oversight she seems ready to fix. According to Deadline the actress is likely to take on a part in Iron Man 3, playing a “sexy scientist” who matches wits with Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark.

She had been the first choice for the role but was having trouble making her schedule work, forcing the studio to look into Diane Kruger, Gemma Arterton and Isla Fisher– among others, presumably– as replacements. But her schedule, which includes Kathryn Bigelow’s Osama bin Laden movie, seems to have cleared up to allow for the iron Man 3 shoots, which gets started imminently in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Chastain’s casting, of course, is just part of a recent flurry of news about the project, in which we learned Ben Kingsley would be playing the villain and Guy Pearce would be stepping in to play an expert geneticist. My guess is that Chastain’s and Pearce’s characters are somehow working together, perhaps on the Extremis serum that leads to the conflict in this story, but if you’re looking for more comic book expertise on which character Chastain might be playing, I’m not the person to ask. Feel free to speculate in the comments, though, and if you somehow still don’t know who Chastain is, well, that’s not going to last long.

Source: Cinema Blend

New Avengers Featurette Explains Black Widow’s Expanded Role On The Team

By: Sean O’Connell

New Avengers Featurette Explains Black Widow's Expanded Role On The Team image

In the grand scheme of things, Black Widow isn’t a household name like Iron Man, Captain America or Thor. But Scarlett Johansson certainly has name recognition (and facial recognition), so it’s no real surprise that Marvel Studios is rolling out a character featurette with The Avengers on the horizon to alert audiences – primarily female ticket buyers – that there’s a lady hero they can get behind in this potentially-testosterone-laden blockbuster. This new Black Widow clip comes to us exclusively from E! Online. Click here to view it on their Web page (it auto-plays, annoyingly).

Most of the film footage in the featurette has popped up in TV spots and trailers. But we also get fresh insight from Johansson as well as her Iron Man 2 co-star Robert Downey Jr. That’s right, Widow first appeared as a supporting player in Jon Favreau’s second Iron Man film, though it always was the intention to elevate her to a team player in Joss Whedon’s The Avengers. From the looks of it, she helps S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) and director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) recruit the team.

Again, this clip basically exists to let people know that ScarJo has a meaty part in The Avengers, and that it’s not the sausage factory non-geeks might be fearing.The Avengers will dominate the movie-going universe on May 4.

Source: Cinema Blend

Guy Pearce Joins Iron Man 3 As Geneticist Aldrich Killian

Author: Katey Rich

Guy Pearce Joins Iron Man 3 As Geneticist Aldrich Killian imageBetween his standout starring role in the B-movie Lockout and his upcoming part in the ensemble of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, Guy Pearce is having a great year in the spotlight. Now he seems to be making sure that winning streak continues into 2013. Variety reports that Pearce is close to singing on to Iron Man 3, the superhero sequel in which he’d play the geneticist Aldrich Killian, who in the comics at least was responsible for inventing the Extremis serum, which both terrorists and Iron Man used to make themselves more powerful.

We already knew that Iron Man 3 would draw from the “Extremis” arc from the comics, and that Ben Kingsley’s villain character will be responsible for spreading a virus through the use of nanobots. The Variety report doesn’t exactly name Pearce as a villain, but presumably he’ll be on Tony Stark’s bad side once his invention starts being used for evil, though if Iron Man also gets to benefit from Extremis he might be an important ally. I imagine Marvel will shy away from calling Killian a “villain” either way just to avoid comparisons to the bad-guy-stuffed Iron Man 2, which had so many foes for Tony Stark to face that I tend to forget Sam Rockwell was even in the damn thing.

Production on Iron Man 3 begins very soon in and around Wilmington, North Carolina, all rushing so that it can make its May 3, 2013 release date. With Shane Black on board as writer-director but Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle and Scarlett Johansson all returning, the third film seems to have a good mix of old and new that might help us move on from the disappointing second film. And at this point, Guy Pearce is on such a hot streak that his addition to the cast is an automatic plus.

SOURCE: cinemablend.com

Ron Livingston Joins Michelle Monaghan In Fort Bliss


The first thing that comes to mind when most people think of Ron Livingston is Office Space, where he memorably played smug slacker Peter Gibbons who rebels against office politics and bosses in general with a guffaw-inducing indifference. With noteworthy turns in such heralded productions as Swingers,Adaptation. and Sex and the City, Livingston is generally regarded as a comedic actor even though he’s won the most critical acclaim for his supporting role in the World War II miniseries Band of Brothers. Perhaps this is what has drawn him to Fort Bliss, an indie drama wherein Variety reports he will co-star opposite the striking but generally underused Michelle Monaghan.

The follow-up to writer-director Claudia Myers’ feature debut Kettle of Fish, Fort Bliss will center on a soldier (Monaghan) who struggles to rebuild her relationship with her 5-year-old son after returning from a long tour of duty in the war in Afghanistan. The trade didn’t detail what role Livingston might play, but it seems likely he could portray the father to the boy, and by extension possibly Monaghan’s onscreen husband.

Now some might ding the project for having a similar setup as the recent drama,Return, which starred Linda Cardellini as a soldier dealing with an emotionally troubling homecoming. However, with so many service men and women returning from our wars abroad, it seems to me there are plenty of stories to tell and many points of view worthy of exploring. So I’m interested to see what Myers has up her sleeve.

Plus, Monaghan is an actress I haven’t been able to get enough of since Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. She proved a sharp comedy partner to Robert Downey Jr. there, then followed it up with a layered and compelling performance in 2007’s Gone Baby Gone. How she’s stayed a supporting player—often stuck in thankless girlfriend roles—since then is beyond me. Ultimately, Monaghan and Livingston are well-matched pair to tackle this tricky material, and both have something to prove, which could make Fort Bliss an incredible drama as well as a major moment for each.