Author: Beth McDonough

Sherlock: The Abominable Bride Offers Minuscule Impact

Overview: Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson travel back to the late 1800s to solve a perplexing case involving a vengeful bride who just won’t stay dead, while Sherlock attempts to face one of his biggest demons once and for all. Distributed by Fathom Events; 2016; PG-13; 110 minutes. My Dear Watson: Fans of the BBC television series Sherlock have been chomping at the bit for more episodes for two whole years, so anticipation for this special event has been, needless, to say, pretty palpable. Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman don their hats and their snarky banter and pick up the spirit of...

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Live Updates of the 73rd Golden Globes Awards Winners

The Golden Globes ceremony is underway at the Beverly Hilton in Hollywood California, and Awards Season is in full swing. If you can’t watch the broadcast, I’ll have live updates of the winners all evening, with a final tally and summary after the ceremony. If you’re using a web browser, follow the tweets of our staff on the right of your screen or follow [twitter-follow username=”WeTalkMovies” scheme=”dark”] on Twitter to see our updates.     Cecil B. DeMille Award: Denzel Washington Film Awards Best Motion Picture – Drama: Carol Mad Max: Fury Road The Revenant Room Spotlight Best Motion...

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2015: The Year in Women

2015 has turned out to be one hell of a year for film all around but particularly in the realm of women in the industry. Although this shouldn’t come as a surprise, anywhere they have been given a chance, women have blown the proverbial roof off the place this year in all aspects of filmmaking. A lot of badass chicks did some really cool stuff in movies in 2015. Not only did women write, direct, and star in some of the best films that were made this year, they also made significant waves in the constant battle toward gender equality,...

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The Force Awakens Puts the Property in Safe Hands

Overview: A new generation meets the old as the battle between the dark side and the light is revived when both sides collide in their search for a missing Luke Skywalker. Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures; 2015; Rated PG-13; 136 minutes. In Abrams We Trust: Ten years have passed since the last release of a new Star Wars film, and fans have been anticipating episode VII with both uninhibited excitement stemming from their unconditional love of the property and hesitant anxiety due to the colossal letdown of the prequels. With J. J. Abrams in the driver’s seat, we can all...

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The 8 Most Badass Lightsaber Moments in Star Wars

Fellow Star Wars fanatics, our day of hopeful victory is almost here, and if you’re anything like me you have been practicing your binge-watching skills with the rest of the chapters in the franchise to prepare. The Force Awakens brings with it a new, likely iconic, menacing lightsaber that set the internet ablaze when it was featured in the first trailer that dropped for the film. Debates have ensued over whether this new saber is badass or bad news for the reputation of the classiest weapon around. So on that note let’s revisit some of the most badass moments the...

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Body Takes a Unique Approach Toward a Deflated Climax

Overview: Three friends looking for entertainment over Christmas vacation find more than they bargained for when they break into a mansion to party and have a deadly encounter with a stranger. Oscillosope Laboratories; 2015; Not Rated; 75 minutes. Pretty Little Liars: The first half of Body, co-directed by Dan Berk and Robert Olsen, showcases a limited amount of originality, unfolding a storyline that treads the familiar ground traveled by ’90s slashers such as I Know What You Did Last Summer, complete with the sexy, bad girl, the wide-eyed innocent one, and the burnout. As is par for the course, they end up somewhere they aren’t...

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Room Is Revelatory

Overview: After spending years locked in a shed in captivity, a young woman and her son strive to adapt to the world that exists outside four walls. A24 Films; 2015; Rated R; 117 Minutes. Out of the Mouth of a Babe: Room was adapted from the book of the same name by Emma Donoghue, who also wrote the screenplay for the film. The novel is narrated by Jack, who has spent his entire life knowing only the world within the shed his mother was locked away in when she was seventeen years old, so we see the world through the eyes of...

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Nasty Baby is an Ambitious Balancing Act

Overview: A nurse and her two gay best friends struggle to conceive a baby together while dealing with daily harassment from their offbeat neighbor. The Orchard; 2015; Rated R; 100 minutes. Three For One Deal: Nasty Baby ambitiously attempts to be three different films, each with its own distinct voice and tone, all at once. A woman, her best friend, and his partner are facing adversity as they try to create their own non-traditional family; an artist struggles to find his own creative voice, and a family is harassed by their neighbor, sparking a dangerous game of back and forth...

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Our Brand is Crisis Offers Timely Satire

Overview: An unstable political campaign strategist faces both her personal demons and her toughest competitor when she is compelled to make a resurgence from retirement for a presidential election in Bolivia. Warner Bros. Pictures; 2015; Rated R; 107 minutes. Calamity Jane: I can think of no other actor who could have pulled off the role of Jane Bodine and still manage to create a character that can be taken seriously. Sandra Bullock’s balance of quirks, that spawn both from the moral qualms she has with the ethics of her work and the levels of her mental instability, require a level of...

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Everything I Know About Love I Learned from Spice Girls Lyrics

As if 2000 wasn’t a difficult enough year, with starting a brand new century and recovering from the irrational Y2K fear. While my parents were still looking for all the money they had hidden under their mattresses, I was drying my pubescent tears with my Emma Bunton beach towel over the devastation that was the imminent breakup of The Spice Girls. Although Ginger Spice (Geri Halliwell) abruptly left the group in 1998, it wasn’t until November 20, 2000 when Mel C. announced that she too was going her own way when the group’s destruction seemed inevitable. And inevitable it...

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The Real Kryptonite of Unbreakable 15 Years Later

I recently rewatched Unbreakable with my girlfriend in preparation for the film’s 15th anniversary, and it was my third viewing but her first. After the movie ended, she looked over at me and said, “The Sixth Sense was way better,” which in turn led to at least a ten minute discussion about The Sixth Sense, the quality of the fear it evokes in its viewers, and how well it holds up on repeat viewing. This was followed by a significantly more brief conversation about her indifference over Unbreakable and my admission that it didn’t have as much of an impact on me as it did the first time...

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5 More Halloween Movies for Kids and Cowards

As Halloween quickly approaches, and a bountiful number of horror fans prep by viewing marathon sessions of classic scream-inducing films like Halloween, The Exorcist, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, some of us are much happier on our couches sipping on our pumpkin spice lattes and trembling with fear over the trick-or-treater who shows up wearing the mask from Scream. I’m here to tell you that you’re not alone, and you too, can still enjoy Halloween with the best of them. So here is the second edition of Halloween Movies for Kids and Cowards: Hotel Transylvania With a sequel currently in theaters, it’s only...

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Beth Reynolds Talks Pan On InSession Film

I had the honor of joining the gentlemen of InSession Film to discuss director Joe Wright’s latest. Although we generally agreed that Pan was a colossal disappointment, both Levi Miller’s performance as Peter Pan and John Powell’s score made the journey bearable for some of us. The uneven pacing, lack of character development, the perplexing presence of music by Nirvana and the Ramones, and the miscast supporting roles all gave us plenty to discuss. Our chat is mostly spoiler-free, so head on over and have a...

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Pan Offers Too Much of Too Little

Overview: Peter is kidnapped by pirates and taken to Neverland to work under the rule of the ghastly Blackbeard, only to discover he is the chosen one meant to help the natives to protect the fairies and save Neverland from destruction. Warner Bros. Pictures; 2015; Rated PG; 111 Minutes. Over And Under: Director Joe Wright, known for films like Atonement and Anna Karenina, injects an overwhelming amount of camp and exaggeration to this disjointed backstory of the boy who flies and never wants to grow up. Pan overdoes it in every way possible: it’s overacted by most of its supporting cast, it’s over-saturated with CGI, and...

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The Martian Is Marvelous

Overview: When a brutal storm hits Mars during a NASA mission, a group of astronauts are forced to abandon the planet and leave behind one of their own when he is presumed dead. 20th Century Fox; 2015; PG-13; 141 Minutes. Mars Attacks: The free publicity The Martian has garnered this week due to the well-timed discovery of water on Mars is sure to have Ridley Scott and crew even more gleeful over the release of The Martian, the film based on the debut novel by Andy Weir. Fans of Weir’s book may have been skeptical over the idea of Scott’s position in the...

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