Critic’s First Reactions Of BLACK PANTHER Are Overwhelmingly Positive

The first batch of media have seen Marvel's Black Panther, and they absolutely love it. Almost universally, all critics are praising Black Panther for its refreshing spin on the hero genre, the performance of Michael B. Jordan, and lots of other stuff. Take a look at some of the reactions from notable folks around the web:

That's just a handful of the tweets rolling out about this film today. Our review is on the way, and I'm sure Joey will have plenty to say about this film upon its release! Black Panther releases nationwide February 16. 

Haunting Trailer For The Terrifying Horror Thriller HEREDITARY

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One of the best films that I saw at Sundance this year was a horror movie called Hereditary. This is a terrifying and bone-chilling film that will leave audiences in shock. This is seriously a hardcore horror movie. The kind of horror movie that messes with your head, which is what I loved about it. When you walk out of the theater after watching it, the fear will follow you home. You can read my review of the film here.

When Ellen, the matriarch of the Graham family, passes away, her daughter’s family begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry. The more they discover, the more they find themselves trying to outrun the sinister fate they seem to have inherited. Making his feature debut, writer-director Ari Aster unleashes a nightmare vision of a domestic breakdown that exhibits the craft and precision of a nascent auteur, transforming a familial tragedy into something ominous and deeply disquieting, and pushing the horror movie into chilling new terrain with its shattering portrait of heritage gone to hell.

The film was written and directed by first-time filmmaker Ari Aster and it stars Toni Collette, Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro, Ann Dowd and Gabriel Byrne. Hereditary is getting a theatrical release on June 8, 2018.

Marvel Unleashes Incredibly Fun Teaser Trailer For ANT-MAN AND THE WASP!

Marvel has released the first teaser trailer for their upcoming film Ant-Man and The Wasp featuring the first footage of the shrinkable superheroes in action! The trailer is packed full of entertaining, action-packed, and funny humor that fans are sure to enjoy. I thought the first film was great, and this sequel looks like it going to be even more fun! The trailer does a great job of setting the stage for the story and I can't wait to watch it!  

From the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes a new chapter featuring heroes with the astonishing ability to shrink: Ant-Man and The Wasp. In the aftermath of Captain America: Civil War, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a Super Hero and a father. As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) and Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside The Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from their past.

The movie stars Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael DouglasMichael Pena as Luis, David Dastmalchian as Kurt, T.I. as Dave, Randall Park as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Jimmy Woo, Hannah John-Kamen as the Ghost, Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet Van Dyne, the wife of Hank Pym, and Laurence Fishburne as Dr. Bill Foster. 

Ant-Man and the Wasp is set to open in theaters on July 6, 2018. I laso included a poster below.

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J.J. Abrams’ WWII Film OVERLORD is Confirmed to be the Fourth CLOVERFIELD Film and It’s Done Filming

It's been speculated for some time now that the J.J. Abrams-produced film Overlord would be a part of the Cloverfield universe, but now it has been confirmed by sources close to /Film. The film has already completed shooting and the last we heard, Paramount Pictures will be releasing it in October of this year. 

The film stars Wyatt Russell and Jovan Adepo as American paratroopers that are dropped into enemy territory outside of Normandy during the D-Day invasion. It's not until they arrive at their target they realize that they are a part of something more complicated than a simple military operation. They are forced into battle against supernatural forces as part of a Nazi experiment.

Overlord was directed by Julius Avery (Son of a Gun) from a screenplay written by Billy Ray and Mark L. Smith (Captain Phillips and The Revenant), which means the script is going to be really good. 

The third Cloverfield film is Cloverfield Station and there's a possibility that it will end up being a Netflix exclusive. That movie is said to be released in April of 2018. Here are the details on that film:

After a physics experiment with a large hadron accelerator causes the Earth to seemingly vanish completely, the terrified crew of an orbiting American space station is left floating in the middle of now-even-more-empty space. When a European spacecraft appears on their radar, the Americans must determine whether it’s their salvation, or a harbinger of doom.

The movie is being directed by Julis Onah (The Girl Is In Trouble) and it stars Mbatha-RawDavid Oyelewo, John Krasinski, Chris O'Dowd, Daniel Bruhl, Ziyi Zhang, and Elizabeth Debicki

Overlord is said to have a release date of October 26th, 2018. Are you excited about the expansion of this Cloverfield universe?

Everything You Need to Know for CIVILIZATION VI: RISE AND FALL (Part 2)

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A few weeks ago, I caught you up to speed with everything we knew about the upcoming expansion for Civilization VI. The expansion is titled Civilization VI: Rise and Fall and since the last post there has been a lot of additional information for us to go over including two new civilizations, so let’s get started.

Wonders

There are new World Wonders for the game including Amundsen-Scott Research Station, Casa de Contratación, St. Basil’s Cathedral, Statue of Liberty, Taj Mahal, Temple of Artemis, Matterhorn, Eye of the Sahara, and Kilwa Kisiwani.

Amundsen-Scott Research Station

This Wonder will give you a bonus to your Science and Production in all cities, extra Great Scientist points per turn, and extra yields in the city it’s built in for Snow Hill tiles. Time to build in the Arctic I guess.

Casa de Contratación

This is an important Wonder if you’re using Governors. It grants Governor Promotions, Great Merchant Points per turn, and extra Production, Faith, and Gold to any of your cities that have a Governor!

St. Basil’s Cathedral

The city this Wonder is built in will double its religious tourism, gain additional food, production, and culture on tundra tiles, plus the Cathedral has additional Relic Slots for even more Tourism output.

Statue of Liberty

Lady Liberty will provide you with bonus settlers for quick expansion. She’ll also provide bonus Loyalty to nearby cities to keep them from rebelling against you.

Taj Mahal

This beautiful piece of art will give you a bonus to your Era Score for each Historic Moment you earn during the rest of the game. That gives you a huge chance to get Golden Ages, and an even bigger shot of getting a Heroic Age if you slip into a Dark Age.

Kilwa Kisiwani

This one is for all you City State lovers out there. You will gain bonus envoys to City States and a boost to what City States give you while you are their Suzerain.

In addition to World Wonders, we have been told there will be new Natural Wonders as well.

Units

Supply Convoy

Modern Era support unit. It grants +1 Movement to adjacent units. As an upgrade from the Medic, it has an additional +2 movement to get to the action quicker.

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Pike & Shot

Renaisssance Era anti-cavalry unit. It has strong Melee Strength and upgrades from the Pikeman.

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Drone

Atomic Era support unit. It grants additional range to your bombarding units and upgrades from the Observation Balloon. The drone has +1 movement over its predecessor.

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Civilizations

Scotland – Robert the Bruce

The Scots will have the Scottish Enlightenment ability which boosts your Science and Production yields in cities that are happy. Campuses and Industrial Zones will also provide more Great Scientist and Great Engineer points. For their unique improvement, we get to hit some balls at the Golf Course. This improvement boosts your Gold, ups your Culture if it’s next to a City Center and/or Entertainment Districts, and provides an Amenity. The Highlander will fight for freedom as the unique unit of the Scots. It replaces the Ranger recon unit and gains bonuses when fighting on hills or in forests. Robert himself has the ability Bannockburn. With this he can declare a War of Liberation which gives a boost to his units’ movement and a boost to his cities’ production the first few turns.

Georgia – Tamar

The country of Georgia makes their Civilization debut with the ability Strength in Unity. This provides a second bonus when you get a Golden Age. The Tsikh replaces Renaissance Walls as Georgia’s unique building and they are cheaper while providing Faith. Georgia’s unique unit it Khevsureti which is great in hill combat. Not only does it gain a Combat bonus while on hills, it can ignore the movement penalties from the hills as well. Glory of the World, Kingdom, and Faith is Tamar’s ability. This longwinded ability allows Tamar to gain Faith for the first few turns after declaring a Protectorate War. It also gives her additional Envoys for City States of her majority religion.
 

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Ernie Hudson is Set to Co-Star in NBC’s BAD BOYS Spinoff Series

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Ernie Hudson (GhostbustersGrace & Frankie) is set to co-star opposite Gabrielle Union in NBC’s upcoming Bad Boys spinoff series. I like Ernie Hudson and it's great to see him land another good gig! 

The project centers on Special Agent Syd Burnett, who is a character that Union played in 2003’s Bad Boys II. In the series, she moves from Miami to Los Angeles for a fresh new start with the LAPD.

Free-spirited former DEA agent Burnett has a fresh start in her new job as an LAPD detective. She’s partnered with Nancy McKenna, a working mom who can’t help but look at Syd’s freedom with some grass-is-greener envy. These two have totally different lifestyles and approaches, but they both are at the top of their fields in this action-packed, character-driven procedural.

Ernie Hudson will play Joseph Burnett, Union’s father in the series, which is being produced by Bad Boys producer Jerry Bruckheimer. I've enjoyed the Bad Boys film franchise and I hope this series will end up being just as action-packed an entertaining. 

Source: Deadline

Robert Kirkman is Producing a Film Adaptation of the Fantasy Comic Series BIRTHRIGHT

Universal Pictures is set to produce a feature film adaptation of Joshua Williamson and Andrei Bressan’s fantasy comic book series, Birthright. The creator of The Walking Dead, Robert Kirkman is set to produce the film and they've hired Despicable Me writers Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio to write the script of the film. This is a brief description of the comic:

For the Rhodes family, losing their son was the most devastating thing that could have occurred…but it couldn’t prepare them for what happened when he returned.

Here's a more detailed description of the story thanks to Adventures in Poor Taste:

One day while playing ball with his dad, a young boy named Mikey disappeared in the woods. Nothing could be found of him and the family became fractured as a result: The father, Aaron, became suspected of killing his son and fell into a deep depression. The mother, Wendy, began to believe it and divorced Aaron. Finally, their remaining son, Brennen, was just caught up in the middle.

A year later the family is called in to speak with the FBI. The lead agent on the case has found a new lead: a suspect who looks like he stepped out a fantasy novel (and acts just like a character from one as well) has been brought in for questioning. All evidence, despite how crazy it seems, point to this mysterious man having their long lost son in captivity. But what happened to Mikey while he was gone? What world did he enter; what did he learn there; and most importantly, what did he bring back with him?

This is actually a really cool premise that could seriously make for a great film! When talking about the project, Williamson had this to say in a statement:

“Birthright is a giant fantasy epic but at its core it’s a story about family, and I’m really excited that a creative team who values those same storytelling elements will be adapting Birthright. Andrei and I have put so much of ourselves into developing the Birthright comic and we know that Cinco, Ken, and the entire Skybound team will do the same as they adapt it for the big screen. I’ve been a big fan of Universal ever since I was a kid, and I’ll lose it when I see the Universal logo in front of the Birthright movie.”

It'll be interesting to see who they bring on to direct the film and how the story will be brought to life. There's no doubt it will be filled by some crazy cool visuals. 

Source: Bleeding Cool

Sundance Review: Paul Rudd is Recruited to Be an Assassin in THE CATCHER WAS A SPY

Paul Rudd takes on one of the most dramatic roles in his career in his upcoming film The Catcher Was a Spy. I’m a big fan of Paul Rudd and he always tends to make interesting and good films with humor. This movie is definitely a departure from what we are used to seeing from Rudd, but he does a great job in it.

The movie is set during World War II and Rudd plays a major league baseball player named Moe Berg, who was a catcher for the Red Sox. It based on the true story of how he was recruited by the government to assassinate a German scientist named Werner Heisenberg (Mark Strong) who the government believes is developing an atomic weapon for Nazi Germany and they want to stop him. 

Before Moe Berg was recruited by the Office of Security Services (the precursor to the CIA), he was a catcher, a Jewish Ivy League graduate who spoke nine languages and was also a regular guest on a popular TV quiz show. 

It was interesting seeing Rudd in such a different role, but he owned it and ws really quite charming. He fit this character so well and I wonder if we’ll start seeing him do more dramatic stuff like this after this movie is released. 

I do have to say that the movie was pretty slow and kind of a dull political thriller, but there were certain aspects of the story and the life of this man that kept me interested.

The film is based on Nicholas Dawidoff’s 1994 biography, The Catcher Was a Spy and the script was adapted by Robert Rodat (Saving Private Ryan). Ben Lewin (The Sessions) directed the film. The movie also stars Jeff Daniels and Guy Pearce as seasoned spies and Paul Giamatti as a Dutch physicist. 

If you want to see Paul Rudd doing some different from anything that he's done before, watch him go from a baseball player to a spy hired to assassinate at German scientist in The Catcher Was a Spy.
 

Creepy Fun Trailer For THE RITUAL Features a Group of Friends Who Will Regret Walking Into a Forest of Norse Legend

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Another day, another movie about a group of friends that venture into the woods where awful and nightmarish things await them. Yeah, these kinds of movie are a dime a dozen, but this one actually looks really good! Netflix produced the film and after watching this trailer, I can't wait to check it out.

It's movies like this that make going camping and exploring in strange mysterious woods and other places so exciting! You think I'm joking, but I love exploring stuff like this in real life! If I came across woods like this with crazy markings on the trees I'd be the first to run in and starting exploring. I haven't been killed by any creatures or anything yet, so that's a plus!

The Ritual was directed by David Bruckner, who helmed segments in the horror films SouthboundV/H/S, and The Signal.

Reuniting after the tragic death of their best mate, four old friends from university set out to hike through the Scandinavian wilderness. But a wrong turn leads them into the dark and mysterious forests of Norse legend, where an ancient evil still exists and stalks them at every turn. 

The Ritual is based on a 2011 British horror novel by Adam Nevill and stars Rafe SpallArsher AliRobert James-Collier, and Sam Troughton.

The Ritual arrives on Netflix February 9, 2018. 

Full Trailer For The Fake CROCODILE DUNDEE Sequel Includes Margot Robbie, Russell Crowe, and More!

A new full trailer has been released for the wonderfully entertaining fake Crocodile Dundee sequel, Dundee: The Son of a Legend Returns Home. The trailer introduces us to the fully loaded impressive cast which includes Danny McBride, Chris Hemsworth, Hugh Jackman, Margot Robbie, Russell Crowe, Isla Fisher, Ruby Rose, Liam Hemsworth, Jessica Mauboy and Luke Bracey.

The marketing behind this elaborate Crocodile Dundee Super Bowl ad for Australian Tourism is bloody brilliant! It sucks that this isn't a real movie, but it's still extremely entertaining! I know I've enjoyed everything that I've seen from it so far! 

Crocodile Dundee is back. Well, actually, he’s missing in the Outback. And the only person who might be able to find him is the loudmouthed American son no one knew he had. Introducing Danny McBride as Brian Dundee. This son of a legend is forced to channel his Aussie roots as he embarks on the ultimate adventure in the land down under. It’s time to live up to the family name. Unlike his father, Brian grew up a true city kid. But that won’t stop him from picking up his dad’s oversized knife and launching into the Australian outback, completely unprepared for what lies ahead.

 

Hemsworth takes on the role of Wally Jr., the son of Dundee’s business partner Walter “Wally” Reilly, who was played by John Meillon in the first two films, and Russell Crowe is obviously the villain J.P. Steele. Hugh Jackman plays the Prime Minister, Robbie plays Lil’ Donk, Crowe plays J.P. Steele, Isla Fisher plays Dr. Clark, Ruby Rose plays Chief Jackson, Liam Hemsworth plays Wes Windsong, Jessica Mauboy plays Miss Thompson and Luke Bracey is the Cricket Legend.

Enjoy the new trailer!