The Mummy Trailer Offers a New Twist On An Old Story Dec05

The Mummy Trailer Offers a New Twist On An Old Sto...

When they announced they were remaking The Mummy again I wasn’t hugely surprised. When they announced that the cast would be led by Tom Cruise I was massively surprised. Cruise is arguably still the biggest star in the world and The Mummy seems pretty small fry, but once it was announced he was in it along with Russell Crowe (as Dr. Henry Jekyll) Courtney B. Vance, Sofia Boutella (Star Trek Beyond) and Peaky Blinders‘ Annabelle Willis, then suddenly this jumped up into my most anticipated movies for 2017. The trailer offers something new from the cheesy period piece Mummy movies made by Stephen Sommers and Rob Cohen, with the...

Weekly Clickables: Star Trek & Star Wars Hist...

In this week’s Weekly Clickables, we have a couple haunting trailers, a couple items relating to Star Wars and Star Trek history, and a piece about the coming together of two Virginia Tech alumni to make a film about understanding and embracing gender identity. First, a trailer for Hideo Kojima’s new video game Death Stranding, which leaves you needing to play this game if only to understand the premise. Next, a Star Trek IV writer on how Eddie Murphy almost was a part of the film, courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter. An oral history of the 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special, which was a thing. A story about two Virginia Tech alumni reconnecting...

Run the Tide Struggles to Find a Point Dec05

Run the Tide Struggl...

Overview: When their abusive, junkie mother is released from prison, a young man named Ray kidnaps his younger brother for a road trip to Santa Cruz. Orion Pictures; 2016; Rated PG-13; 100 minutes. Oops: It was director Soham Mehta’s bad luck that I watched Clint Eastwood’s masterful A...

Manchester by the Sea Is An Operatic Ode to Melancholy Dec05

Manchester by the Se...

Overview: A man wracked with a personal grief of his own is forced to care for his teenage nephew following the death of his brother. Roadside Attractions; 2016; Rated R; 137 minutes. Working Class Blues: At the heart of director Kenneth Lonergan’s stunning followup to the critically...

Podcasts of the Week: 12/04/16 Dec04

Podcasts of the Week...

Podcasts are awesome (especially From First to Last) and each week sees brand new, fantastic shows appearing, demanding to be fed into your ears. How do you decide what to listen to and what to ignore? Not to worry; Audiences Everywhere has you covered. Each week we’ll give our picks for the...

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Trailer Promises a New Awesome Mix Dec03

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Trailer Promises a ...

Our Saturday nights just got better with the arrival of the trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2! Set to Sweet’s “Fox on the Run,” Guardians vol. 2 promises more of everything we loved about the first film. It looks like James Gunn is firing on all cylinders both in terms of the script and direction, with the jokes and set pieces coming in fast and hard. What might be most impressive about the trailer is how beautiful new DP Henry Braham’s cinematography looks. Disney’s other big space opera franchise may be back in the mix for the Guardians second outing, but Gunn’s unique vision promises that...

“If I fight, you fight”: Rocky Balboa ...

When I was growing up, I knew about Rocky. That’s to say – I knew of Rocky. I’d seen the poster, I knew that Sylvester Stallone was a movie star, I knew that at some point he shouted “Adrian!” Like most that haven’t sat down and watched any of the Rocky series, I felt like I already knew the story – and in a way, I did. It is a fairly straightforward underdog story in a lot of ways, which makes it hard to convince non-believers of its worth. The language that Rocky himself uses is simplistic, but the melodrama of the series’ middle casts a shadow over what is otherwise a nuanced, delicate character study. Before Creed was released,...

Monster Fest 2016: The Greasy Strangler Dec02

Monster Fest 2016: T...

Overview: A father and son fight over the same woman while the city is stalked by the Greasy Strangler. FilmRise; 2016; Rated R; 93 minutes I Don’t Get It: I don’t know why this movie exists. I don’t know what it’s trying to say. I can’t imagine the two writers felt that this was a story that...

AE Monthly Book Club: December 2016 – Aristo...

As we move into December, we also move into winter which means that we are already looking forward to the warmer summer months. So instead of cowing to the season, we’ve chose a book that’s sure to recall summer memories. For December we are going to be reading Benjamin Alire Sáenz’s coming-of-age young adult novel, Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets of the Universe. Released in 2012, it follows two Mexican-American teenage boys who become friends and must navigate their increasingly complicated feelings for one another. The publisher’s description reads: Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who...

2016 NYFCC Awards: La La Land Wins Best Film Dec01

2016 NYFCC Awards: La La Land Wins Best Film

The New York Film Critics Circle announced their award winners this morning. Founded in 1935, The NYFCC is comprised of film critics from New York City’s most esteemed newspapers and magazines. Members include critics from The New Yorker, The Village Voice, Time, Indiewire, and Rolling Stone. The NYFCC Awards have consistently been considered the earliest indicators of the films and talents that will likely be nominated for Academy Awards in January. Voting began this morning in New York and results were tweeted out as the decisions were made. Best Film: La La Land Best Director: Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) Best Actor: Casey Affleck...

La La Land Leads the 2016 Critics’ Choice Nominations Dec01

La La Land Leads the 2016 Critics’ Choice No...

The 22nd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards were announced this morning, as voted upon by the Broadcast Film Critics Association. Damien Chazelle’s musical La La Land led the pack with 12 nominations and Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight followed with 10 nominations, making it all the more likely that these two films will be major Oscar contenders. Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival also recieved 10 nominations, leaving us hopeful that Arrival and star Amy Adams will recieve plenty more love as Awards seasons continues. But it wasn’t all prestige as the BFCA also gave some love to celebrated genre films The Witch, 10 Cloverfield...

Monster Fest 2016: Safe Neighborhood Is The Perfect Movie to Go Into Blind Dec01

Monster Fest 2016: Safe Neighborhood Is The Perfec...

Overview: A babysitter and a 12 year old face an unusual home invasion during the Christmas season. Storm Vision Entertainment; 2016; Not Rated; 85 minutes. Twist: Safe Neighborhood is a tough movie to review because of the twist that occurs at the end of the first act. It is such a good twist that the only way to review it is to talk around it and be as vague as possible. Safe Neighborhood is ostensibly the story of a 17-year old babysitter, Ashley, played by Olivia Dejonge (The Visit), who is tasked with babysitting 12-year old Lucas, played by Levi Miller (Pan). Lucas is lovestruck with the older girl and, as she is leaving for college...

The Love Witch Is A Throwback Genre Tale For The Ages Dec01

The Love Witch Is A Throwback Genre Tale For The A...

Overview: A young witch named Elaine is hellbent on finding a man to love her, making use of her many spells and potions to get the job done. Oscilloscope Laboratories; 2016; Not Rated; 120 minutes. Love Magic: If there is an immediate takeaway from The Love Witch, it’s that Anna Biller has directed the hell out of her latest feature. Stylish to a fault, every inch of each frame in The Love Witch employs a striking Technicolor pastiche that calls to mind early genre filmmaking at its finest. Yes, Biller (who was not only the film’s writer, director, editor, and composer but also designed each set and costume) wears her influences on her...