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With the rumored timeline of DC Comics releases from Warner Bros. surfacing recently, you might have noticed that the studio didn't have any additional plans for Batman beyond his appearance in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and the assembly of heroes in Justice League. However, it seems like their plan may be just beyond as far as that rumored timeline went. If a new rumor from Latino Review is true (and we probably won't know the real story for years, so take all of this with a grain of salt for the time being), then the studio apparently has their eye on releasing the first new standalone Batman movie starring Ben Affleck in 2019. That's what they're saying. Oh, and it will reportedly simply be titled The Batman.
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Finally, our friends Toothless and Hiccup are back! After a quick four years, DreamWorks Animation returns with How to Train Your Dragon 2, the sequel to the surprise modern classic hit from DWA, How to Train Your Dragon. Jay Baruchel provides the voice for Hiccup, a young Viking who befriends a dragon named Toothless. In this sequel, the Vikings are friends but encounter more foes of dragons as well as some mysterious new friends along the way. Is it better than the first wonderful movie? Could it be that good? Or does it have sequel problems, without as much care as the first one? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on DWA's How to Train Your Dragon 2.
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? They're not 21 anymore. Now showing in theaters is an action comedy sequel to one of the best modern action comedies, 21 Jump Street, an updated big screen take on the 80s TV series. Directors Phil Lord & Chris Miller from the first one take on this sequel, bringing back Channing Tatum & Jonah Hill as Schmidt & Jenko, two undercover cops assigned to investigate a drug ring at a college. There they meet Amber Stevens, Peter Stormare, Wyatt Russell, Jillian Bell and the Lucas Twins, getting into lots and lots of trouble, as expected. How is it? Better than the first? Or no way! If you've seen it, leave a comment below with your own thoughts on Lord & Miller's 22 Jump Street.
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Live. Die. Repeat. Now in theaters everywhere is Doug Liman's adaptation of All You Need is Kill, retitled Edge of Tomorrow, a futuristic action sci-fi about a soldier stuck in a time loop who repeats every invasion day until he can figure out how to stop them. Tom Cruise stars as Cage, with Emily Blunt as Rita, the "Full Metal Bitch", and a supporting cast including Bill Paxton, Kick Gurry, Tony Way, Charlotte Riley, Noah Taylor, Franz Drameh. Is it awesome? Best sci-fi all year so far? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on Edge of Tomorrow.
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "From the guy who brought you Ted." Is it anywhere near as good as Ted? Now playing in theaters is the latest big screen comedy from Seth MacFarlane, who writes, directs and stars in A Million Ways to Die in the West, a parody on westerns. Joining him in the wild west is an excellent cast featuring Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried, Giovanni Ribisi, Neil Patrick Harris, Sarah Silverman and Liam Neeson. So how is it? Best comedy of the summer or waste of time? If you've seen it, leave a comment with your own thoughts on A Million Ways to Die in the West.
This is something we'll probably hear over and over again, at least until Disney (or someone else) gives John Carter of Mars another shot. Canadian actor Taylor Kitsch, who last appeared in Lone Survivor but really hasn't done much since then, spoke to Variety recently (via The Playlist) and at the end chatted briefly about John Carter. I know I'm not the only one who actually enjoyed John Carter and wished there was a sequel, but of course it's unlikely we'll ever see one. In the meantime, we can always start the discussion again with quotes like this until Hollywood takes notice. Kitsch, who plays John Carter, spoke about the sequel's script.
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "All those years wasted fighting each other, Charles." They're back - all of them, the X-Men of old and new, from First Class and the original movies, even director Bryan Singer. Now in theaters is X-Men: Days of Future Past, the latest movie in 20th Century Fox's X-Men franchise following up The Wolverine and X-Men: First Class. Starring everyone: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Nicholas Hoult, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklage, Shawn Ashmore, Omar Sy and others. So how is it? Any good? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on X-Men: Days of Future Past.
You never know who you'll meet on the Croisette. That's the joy of it. Every year I come to the Cannes Film Festival I always make new friends. While I'm just as anxious to catch up with old friends and colleagues I've been attending with for years, it's just as exciting to meet new ones. A few days ago while at the festival, I stopped to grab a lunch at a small cafe near the flat we are staying in. I had just finished a few screenings, was incredibly hungry and tired, and stopped in by myself. It was there I met two friends who inspired me to write about them, and this is only just the start. I could tell so many more stories about all the people here.
"Une Invitation, S'il vous plaît!" Those who frequent the Palais day in, and day out, at the Cannes Film Festival are unquestionably aware of the ticket seekers found outside of the entrance. They're there every day, from morning to midnight, requesting "one ticket, please (and thank you)". "Une" just means "one", and an invitation is the name for the ticket at the festival. S'il vous plaît, often abbreviated "S.V.P." on the signs, means "please" in French. After years of encountering, interacting with, and admiring these dedicate moviegoers, and their increasingly impressive signage, once again inspired by Ebert I've decided to write a tribute to them. If you've ever wondered how to get a ticket in to a Cannes screening this is the trick to learn.
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "You have no idea what's coming..." It's time. The King of Monsters has returned to the big screen. In theaters all over the world is Godzilla, directed by Gareth Edwards (of Monsters before), a reboot of the classic Toho giant radioactive lizard monster. Starring in the disaster action epic is Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, David Strathairn and Ken Watanabe. But is it any good? Does it live up to the original 1954 Gojira? Is it a modern monster movie done right, or not? Once you've seen it, post a comment below with your own thoughts on Godzilla.
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Starting from scratch never tasted so good. Now playing in select theaters is the new Jon Favreau film titled Chef, written, directed by & starring Favreau. The story is inspired by his own indie to Hollywood struggle about a chef who goes back to his roots in Miami and starts a food truck. Co-starring with Favreau are John Leguizamo, Emjay Anthony, Scarlett Johansson, Sofía Vergara, Dustin Hoffman & Oliver Platt as the critic (ssss). Is it any good? One of Favreau's best or worst? If you've seen it, leave a comment below with your thoughts on Jon Favreau's Chef.
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "You called about your neighbors?" Now playing in theaters everywhere - the new comedy Neighbors, directed by Nick Stoller (of Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him to the Greek and The Five-Year Engagement previously) starring Seth Rogen & Rose Byrne and their baby vs Zac Efron & Dave Franco, with Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Carla Gallo thrown in there, too. It's about what happens when a nice couple with a newborn baby suddenly receive new neighbors - a wild fraternity house. It looks wild, but does it deliver? Were all the best jokes in the trailers? Is it any good? Once you've seen it, leave a comment below with your own thoughts on Nick Stoller's Neighbors.
Will piracy every go away? Probably not. But the industry is still fighting it every way they can. The way to win the battle, however, is to appeal to the audience's demands and to answer their questions - about why it's so hard to see a film, why they should not just pirate it and wait, and why/how a $10 movie ticket goes a long way in supporting the industry. Horror filmmaker Ti West (The Roost, The House of the Devil, The Innkeepers) has taken a stand, writing updated notes this week surrounding the release of his latest, the cult thriller The Sacrament, which just hit VOD ahead of a theatrical release. He writes very smart replies to tough questions with good explanations behind why there's not much they can do about all these problems.
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "Look out, here comes the Spider-Man!" He's back - your friendly neighborhood Spidey in his bug-eye mask, red & blue suit, swinging through the streets of New York. In theaters everywhere all over the world is Marvel's The Amazing Spider-Man 2, directed again by Marc Webb (of 500 Days of Summer), starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Dane DeHaan, Jamie Foxx, Sally Field, Felicity Jones, Colm Feore and plenty others. Yes, we get some new villains like Electro and Rhino, but it's all about Peter & Gwen in this sequel. So how is it? Better than the first or much worse? Once you've seen it, post a comment below with your thoughts on The Amazing Spider-Man 2.