X-Men: Apocalypse Embraces the Weird May27

X-Men: Apocalypse Embraces the Weird

Overview: 10 years of peace between humans and mutants is threatened when the world’s first mutant, Apocalypse, re-emerges in 1983, gathering a small following of mutants who can alter the course of the world and the very idea of superpowers. 20th Century Fox; 2016; Rated PG-13; 144 minutes. Take on Me: From X-Men: Apocalypse’s Egypt-set cold open, it’s clear that Bryan Singer is entering new territory and that he’s no longer bound to the style of  the 2000’s X-Men films. Simply put, Bryan Singer is getting weirder. And this sixteen-year-old franchise couldn’t be better for it. 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past showed the first signs of...

The Flash Season 2: An Entertaining Successor Stumbles Into Its Endgame May27

The Flash Season 2: ...

Overview: The Flash features universe-hopping shenanigans, a giant shark man, and a disappointing endgame. 2015-2016; TV-PG; CW; 23 episodes. *Note: This article features spoilers for Flash and one big one for Legends of Tomorrow* The first season of The Flash is a feat of superhero...

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What We’re Watching: #aewww Venture Bros: Operation P.R.O.M aka the best episode of television ever made — Sean W. Fallon (@Equiatic_Bind) May 16, 2016 I watched The Revenant again last night. Visually arresting, but still brutal. #aewww pic.twitter.com/q9azvuKyoZ #AEwww with one of my...

7 Actors to Replace Daniel Craig as James Bond May26

7 Actors to Replace Daniel Craig as James Bond

If the early reports are to be believed, Daniel Craig will be passing on the mantel of 007 to a new actor. Really, this shouldn’t come as a surprise given Craig’s statements during the press tour for Spectre. But who can blame the guy? Craig has had one of the best runs as the character, and at 48 it’s not surprising that he doesn’t want to spend his days jumping from trains or wading through frigid waters. But the great thing about Bond is that the character always returns, and we at AE have some inspired picks for a fitting replacement. We kept casting ideas open, with the caveat that the actor filling Bond’s shoes has to hail from the UK...

Film Criticism: Civil War & Dawn of Civility May26

Film Criticism: Civil War & Dawn of Civility

Doesn’t matter what the press says. Doesn’t matter what the politicians or the mobs say. Doesn’t matter if the whole country decides that something wrong is something right. This nation was founded on one principle above all else: the requirement that we stand up for what we believe, no matter the odds or the consequences. When the mob and the press and the whole world tell you to move, your job is to plant yourself like a tree beside the river of truth, and tell the whole world — “No, you move.” This iconic Captain America comic speech is paraphrased in Captain America: Civil War, laying out the motivations...

Don’t Go Breakin’ My Art: Ryan Gosling’s 5 Best Performances May25

Don’t Go Breakin’ My Art: Ryan Gosling...

Hollywood has an interesting history of heartthrobs. For an actor to find his way into a category defined by Cary Grant, George Clooney, Leonardo DiCaprio, Idris Elba, Gregory Peck, Denzel Washington, etc. requires a level of attractiveness and a knack for picking attractive roles that appeal to big with audiences. However, all those aforementioned leading men were eventually able to grow out of those images to make fascinatingly diverse filmographies. Then there’s Ryan Gosling, who just can’t seem to cleanly shake away from his roles like Noah Calhoun in The Notebook or Jacob Palmer in Crazy, Stupid, Love. His portrayal of Noah launched...

Bite is a Minor but Efficient Creature Feature May25

Bite is a Minor but ...

Overview: A young woman undergoes a startling transformation after receiving a bug bite during her bachelorette vacation. Shout! Factory Films; 2015; NR; 90 minutes. Video Nasty: From Gregor Samsa to Seth Brundle, we’ve encountered our share of memorable human to insect transformations. Chad...

The Family Fang Gets More Right Than Not May25

The Family Fang Gets...

Overview: When Caleb and Camille Fang, performance artists known for their shocking and elaborate public hoaxes, go missing, their children, Baxter and Annie, must investigate the disappearance and come face to face with their own troubled pasts. Red Crown Productions; 2016; 107 Minutes. What...

AE’s Do the Right Funding: May 2016

For May, we’re bringing back our Do the Right Funding series to highlight a few film projects that we feel deserve support. This month’s selections include a narrative short, a feature length documentary, and an ambitious adaptation of a fan favorite writer. Project One: A Juliet, A Margot Format: Short Film Goal: £1,250 GBP Who Are They: Writer/Director Scout Stuart and Producer Sophie Broadgate are filmmakers who met while at Manchester School of Art. The former has made several celebrated short films and was paired with Director Hong Khaou as part of BFI Flare Mentorship Scheme and the latter’s work can be seen on her...

Star Trek: Beyond Furious Expectations May24

Star Trek: Beyond Furious Expectations

A new Star Trek trailer was released over the weekend and it was glorious. I loved the teaser because it looked like it brought back the old school fun of the series (you bet your ass TOS would have had Kirk doing motorcycle stunts if they had the budget for it). I love this new trailer because it reminds us what Star Trek is really about. It’s a family aboard a space ship exploring the final frontier in the pursuit of spreading equality and knowledge with other cultures across the galaxy. The criticisms lobbied at the Trek movies after 09 entail them shying away from these quintessential aspects of the Trek universe. I can’t blame them....

Beauty and the Beast Teaser Invites You to Revisit a Classic May23

Beauty and the Beast...

Disney has been on a roll (at least financially) with its past four live-action re-imaginings of its animated classics; Alice in Wonderland (2010), Maleficent, Cinderella (2015), and The Jungle Book (2016) have all made a big hit at the box office. And two of those films are good! After...