Movie Review: Captain Marvel – Does It Go Higher? Further? Faster?

Captain Marvel
March 8, 2019

Captain Marvel is the start of a new chapter for the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). It’s inevitable that we’re going to lose some of the major players at the conclusion of Avengers: End Game. Prepare yourself! Captain Marvel had the hard task of delivering the promise of an exciting future. So did it live up to the hype?

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Movie News: The 91st Academy Awards – And the Nominees Are …

The 91st Academy Awards
2019 Nominations
January 22, 2019

Early this morning, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (the “Academy”) announced its nominations for the 91st Annual Academy Awards. You know them better as the Oscars. The awards ceremony, which will be held on Sunday, February 24, 2019 at the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center, honor those movies that were released in 2018.

The nominations were announced live from the Academy’s headquarters in Beverly Hills by  Kumail Nanjiani and Tracee Ellis Ross.

Kumail Nanjiani (left) and Tracee Ellis Ross announce the nominees for the 91st Annual Academy Awards in Beverly Hills, on Tuesday, January 22, 2019.

We have posted the “Big Categories” below along with PCR’s picks (not necessarily what we think will win). If Sound Mixing really floats your boat, you can head here for a handy dandy one sheet on ALL of the nominees.

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Movie News: John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum – First Look Trailer and Posters

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum
Movie Trailer
January 17, 2019

As promised a couple of days ago, Lionsgate dropped the first long trailer for the much anticipated, John Wick: Chapter 3. The third movie in the cult favorite franchise premieres on May 17, 2019. This is the first in the series to have a subtitle, “Parabellum.”

“If you want peace, prepare for war.”

We’ve got the trailer below as well as the official movie poster and movie stills published on the film’s website.

The third installment features Keanu Reeves returning to the titular role of John Wick, the reluctant master assassin that wanted out but keeps getting pulled back in. From the trailer, it looks like the core cast of Ian McShane, Laurence Fishburne, and Lance Reddick are all returning for the new movie. Big name newcomers to the cast include, Halle Berry (as “Sofia”), Jason Mantzoukas (as “Tick Tock Man), and Anjelica Huston (as “The Director”).

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Movie News: BAFTA – 2019 EE British Academy Film Awards Nominees

2019 EE British Academy
Film Awards Nominees

January 9, 2019

Earlier today, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) announced the nominations for the EE British Academy Film Awards in 2019.

The official press release announced that “The Favourite is nominated in 12 categories. Bohemian RhapsodyFirst Man, Roma and A Star Is Born each have seven nominations; Vice has six, BlacKkKlansman has five, and Cold War and Green Book have four each. Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Mary Poppins Returns, Mary Queen of Scots and Stan & Ollie have three nominations each.”

See below for a selection of the BAFTA categories with pictures of our winner pick for the category. Click here to see the entire list of 2019 nominees.

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Movie News: PCR’s Top 5 Favorite Movies of 2018!

PopCultureReview’s Top 5 Favorite Movies of 2018
Best of 2018 Lists
December 17, 2018

It’s the time of the year when people start thinking about the year that (almost) was and what their favorite things were (and not so favorite if you’re so inclined). PopCultureReview is not immune from these musings.

Over the next few days, we’ll be rolling out our “Best Of 2018” Lists and we are starting with our five favorite movies of 2018. Why five? Well, it really stems from the TV list which I need to physically restrain myself from adding all the ones I love. Three seems too little and ten, too many.  

Now, remember, these are not necessarily the five BEST movies of 2018, but rather, our Top Five Favorite.

So, here is the list of PopCultureReview’s top five favorite movies … after the jump! 

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Movie News: Avengers: Endgame – First Trailer and Poster

Avengers: Endgame
December 7, 2018

This morning, the Russo Brothers, directors of Avengers: Infinity War, released the trailer (and hence title) for the upcoming Avengers 4 on their Twitter account.

The movie, titled Avengers: Endgame, will release on Friday, April 26, 2019.

In a week that already dropped the latest trailer for Captain Marvel, this trailer was one of the most hotly awaited items in the superhero universe. It comes about a week later than the same type of trailer we waited for last year for Avengers: Infinity War.

Official Avengers: Endgame Poster (Photo: Marvel)

The trailer … after the jump.

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TV News: 76th Annual Golden Globes – And the Nominees Are …

76th Annual Golden Globe Awards
December 6, 2018

This morning, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced its nominees for the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards. The announcement was made live from the Beverly Hilton, Beverly Hills. A new award was added by the HFPA “in recognition of major contributions to television.”

The telecast will be hosted by Sandra Oh (“Killing Eve“) and Andy Samberg (“Brooklyn Nine Nine“) and will air on NBC on Sunday, January 6, 2019 at 8pm (ET)/ 5pm (PT).  The Nominees in the 25 categories … after the jump!

(Photo by: NBC)

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Movie Recap: The 25 Days of Hallmark

“Life lies at the end of your comfort zone.” I KNOW I heard that somewhere. For all I know, that’s the slogan for some low-fare airline promising cheap vacations in paradise… or maybe I saw it online about a Zumba class? Or trying to get someone to go back to school? I mean, I could probably google it- it’s a good line. But I’m already making myself write this series of articles so even if it was Hillary Rodham Clinton herself, it’s not REALLY making this task I’ve arbitrarily set myself any easier.

You don’t know me … probably, but I’m a huge fan of Broadway- especially of one Ms. Patti Murin- star of Broadway’s Frozen, lover of dogs, Tweeter of all things Bachelor/Bachelorette (which I have never watched), and, most recently- Obsessor of all things Hallmark Christmas movies.

Photo: The Hallmark Channel/Crown Media Family Networks

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Obituary: Stan Lee

Stan Lee
November 12, 2018

Stan Lee, the man whose name and likeness is synonymous with Marvel and comic book superheroes the world over, passed away earlier today at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 95.

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Movie Review: The Greatest Showman – “Something Sensational”

The Greatest Showman

A few nights ago, in the middle of a random chat with two good friends, Kayla  and Beth (@kfink12 and @randombeth, respectively – follow them on Twitter, they’re awesome), it came out that I had not seen The Greatest Showman. I missed it in the theaters because … life, and I hadn’t watched it online yet. I was vaguely familiar with “This Is Me” and the soundtrack in general but mostly, no idea. On their recommendation, I rented and it was hooked in seconds. I was enamored with this fucking movie from that first Thump and I am so happy that I listened to them, its made my life better.

The Greatest Showman is officially described as a drama/romance but really its musical fantasy; an hour and forty five minute escapist adventure where you will be enveloped in visual and aural spectacle with only a few chances to catch your breath.  “They don’t understand but they will.”  The eponymous Greatest Showman, one Phineas T. Barnum, say this line to one of the curiosities he is recruiting for his show but it works as well for a summary of the film as a whole.

Before the movie begins, you think you’re going to get some goofy songs and Wolverine in old-timey clothes. What you actually get, though, is a life experience that will stay with you.  This is not hyperbole.  The Greatest Showman is going to work its way into your heart and mind and take up toe tapping residence there. My advice? Just give in, its worth the surrender.

Released on December 20, 2017, The Greatest Showman comes from first time director Michael Gracey and writers, Jenny Bicks and Bill Condon (Chicago, Dreamgirls). The music and lyrics for the impressive soundtrack come from current “it” boys, by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul (La La Land) while Ashley Wallen provided the immense choreography.  On the acting front, Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Zendaya, Keala Settle, and Rebecca Ferguson lead a sprawling cast that spend almost two hours singing, dancing, and emoting their ways into your heart. 

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