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'Logan' Trailer: Wolverine Brings Out the Claws One Last Time | Hollywood Reporter

How do you follow up an acclaimed trailer? Like this.

After dropping a tone-perfect first trailer for Logan in October, Hugh Jackman is bringing out the claws again.

Last month, director James Mangold screened the first 42 minutes of the film for press, and gave opening remarks to introduce it. Here is the trailer and a few highlights from what Mangold revealed about Logan (don't worry, it's spoiler-free).

The movie aims to avoid superhero fatigue…

"There's a slew of films, comic book-themed films, superhero movies, whatever you want to call them, and I for one am feeling kind of an exhaustion watching them, generally. So my concern making one was, not only I want to like what I make — that's a nice thing — but I also want to be excited by what I make," said Mangold. "I wanted to make a film that was built on the drama first."

via www.hollywoodreporter.com



Doctor Strange Confirmed For ‘Thor: Ragnarok’

The mid-credits scene for Doctor Strange suggested that the Sorcerer Supreme would be popping up in Thor: Ragnarok at some point. Chris Hemsworth’s Nordic God was seen in the blockbuster sharing a drink with Benedict Cumberbatch’s superhero, as Doctor Strange agreed to help Thor, who has brought his brother Loki to Earth to search for their father Odin.

This immediately led moviegoers to assume that this scene was either a precursor or a scene from Thor: Ragnarok. Now the official Disney fan club D23, via Cinema Blend, have confirmed that Doctor Strange and Thor will be crossing paths in Ragnarok. In a preview of the 2017 movie slate the website wrote,

“If you need even more intergalactic, world-saving action, Thor: Ragnarok in November brings together Thor, the Hulk, and Doctor Strange to face off against intergalactic baddies both familiar and new.”

via www.inquisitr.com


‘Rogue One’ Box Office Heading for Dominant $160 Million | Variety

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is the king of the U.S. holiday box office with early projections of a $160 million haul over the six-day Dec. 21-26 period — though Disney’s Friday night projections were significantly more conservative.

Disney’s forecast said the six days would top $120 million. Even at that level,

Should the projections pan out, the eighth “Star Wars” movie will hit $350 million by the end of the holiday break, which would be its 11th day of release. Disney had announced Friday morning that “Rogue One” wound up its first week with $221.9 million domestically, including $15 million on Wednesday and $16.7 million on Thursday. Friday’s take was estimated at about $30 million.

via variety.com


'Rogue One' propels Disney to historic $7 billion global box office mark

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has pushed Walt Disney Studios to rare planetary air: It's the first studio to take in more than $7 billion at the box office globally.

After the weekend's box office grosses, including a $290 million global debut for Rogue One, Disney had hit $6.998 billion for the year — $2.7 billion in the U.S. and nearly $4.3 billion internationally, the studio said Monday.

“This historic achievement is possible because all of our film studios are bringing their absolute best to the table, telling great stories of all kinds that resonate with audiences across borders, gender and generations,” said Alan Horn, the studio's chairman, in a statement.

via www.usatoday.com


'Passengers' Review | Hollywood Reporter

The meet-cute between Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt in Passengers isn’t so cute; it touches on messy ethical questions, and matters of life and death. As future-world earthlings en route to another planet, they’re supposed to be in a state of suspended animation, not awake and functioning and falling in love. But things happen when you’re in a sci-fi adventure.

There is, at first, a thrilling what-if in Jon Spaihts’ screenplay, which concocts a sort of Titanic in outer space, with dollops of “Sleeping Beauty” and Gravity thrown into the high-concept mix. Under less shiny, by-the-numbers direction, the story might have soared, or at least been more stirring. Yet while Passengers offers a few shrewd observations about our increasingly tech-enabled, corporatized lives, its heavy-handed mix of life-or-death exigencies and feel-good bromides finally feels like a case of more being less. Whatever the critical consensus, though, the marquee leads are sure to entice moviegoers seeking grown-up action-adventure.

via www.hollywoodreporter.com


'Rogue One' Reviews: Critics Rate the 'Star Wars' Movie | Hollywood Reporter

If, as trailers for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story put it, rebellions are based on hope, then it's possibly true that the same can be said for anticipation for the next movie in the beloved science-fiction franchise. Now, however, the first reviews for Rogue One have hit the internet, giving fans their first chance to see whether or not that hope has been misplaced.

"Action-packed and exciting" is how The Hollywood Reporter chief film critic Todd McCarthy describes the latest installment of Lucasfilm's space opera series.

Praising director Gareth Edwards for "shooting in a more spontaneous-feeling manner than his series predecessors that keeps the energy high and both the actors and the audience on their toes," McCarthy was won over by the Rogue One crew, which he describes as "Ingratiatingly rough and rugged and decked out with a rainbow coalition of actors from all over the world." Alan Tudyk (K-2SO) and Donnie Yen (Chirrut Îmwe) are singled out for their performances.

via www.hollywoodreporter.com


Movie Review: Dr. Strange

Mike Thayer 2016 (2)By Mike Thayer

So my boys and I went to see Dr. Strange over the Thanksgiving holiday.

If you're into the Marvel movies, it's a must see.  If you're not into Marvel movies so much, it's still a good time.

It's a good origin story and actor Benedict Cumberbatch was the perfect choice to play Dr. Strange.  There is dazzling imagery throughout the film with plenty of comic relief one-liners in the script. 

It's not the best Marvel movie, but it is good.

I give Dr. Strange 3 out of 5 stars.

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Movie Review: Hacksaw Ridge

Mike Thayer 2016 (2)By Mike Thayer

I am a war movie fan, a Mel Gibson fan, so when it was announced that Hacksaw Ridge was hitting the theaters, I was looking forward to seeing it.

The movie is based on the true story of Pfc. Desmond Doss, a pacifist combat medic, who refused to carry a weapon during WWII based on religious grounds. 

I can describe this movie in one word:  INTENSE

It starts out as the fairly typical war movie lead in with some romance, almost 'chick-flick' like.......  But it is after all a Mel Gibson directed film.  He doesn't disappoint.  The war/battle scenes were graphic, many times audience members were jumping or gasping. 

If you want to see a real hero in action, about a man who saved 75 lives without firing a shot in the bloodiest battle of WWII, then you MUST see this film.  Telling you much more would create a spoiler alert.....

Director:  Mel Gibson
Genre(s): Biography, Drama, History, Romance, War
Rating: R

Hacksaw Ridge gets 4 out of 5 stars

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