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The most exciting blockbusters of 2018

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Starting our series of the years most anticipated films, we look forward to Black Panther changing the superhero script, disaster movies that will hit hard and the return of the Incredibles, Deadpool and Mary Poppins

Ant-Man and the Wasp

Paul Rudds Ant-Man was easily Marvels funniest movie until Thor Ragnarok came along. Can the reformed thief along with headlining co-star Evangeline Lilly steal back the title?

Aquaman

After bringing some tattooed brawn to Justice League, Jason Momoa gets his own submersible vehicle as the amphibious hero sucked into a saga of royal succession down in Atlantis.

Avengers: Infinity War

After 18 movies of build-up, Marvels ultimate moonshot: a superhero-stuffed epic where dozens of action figures join forces to counter deep purple space-despot Thanos (Josh Brolin).

Black Panther

Before Infinity War, a side-trip to Marvels dazzling afrofuturistic kingdom of Wakanda, where Chadwick Bosemans charismatic warrior king TChalla faces enemies inside and out.

Deadpool 2

The snarky motormouth returns for more foul-mouthed, absurdly violent shoot-em-up action, finding himself at loggerheads with grumpy time-sliding cyborg Cable (the busy Josh Brolin).

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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald cast from Jude to Johnny. Photograph: Courtesy of Warner Bros. Picture/PA

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

JK Rowlings Potter prequel series set in the world of muggles relocates to 1920s Paris, as Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) pursues Johnny Depps diabolical (and, for many, controversial) dark wizard.

Incredibles 2

Up, up and nappy: Mr Incredible adjusts to life as a stay-at-home dad in charge of a superpowered baby in Brad Birds belated sequel to the much-loved 2004 Pixar original.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard return to the trashed Jurassic World attraction to try and save the dinosaurs before a volcanic eruption makes everyone extinct.

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Mary Poppins, played by Emily Blunt, will return to the Banks home. Photograph: Jay Maidment

Mary Poppins Returns

Disneys recycling initiative continues with Emily Blunt picking up the magical carpet bag of the original supernanny to help her now all-grown-up charges reconnect with their own kids.

Mission: Impossible 6

Plot details of Tom Cruises next mission in the superior spy franchise may be top secret but one piece of valuable intel has leaked out: Henry Cavill will be rocking a mighty moustache.

Pacific Rim: Uprising

John Boyega heads up a new generation of Jaeger pilots in this welcome sequel to the enjoyably bombastic giant-robot-versus-giant-monsters battle royale.

Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2

After the original animated hit imagined the secret life of retro arcade game characters, the sequel lets the charmingly clumsy Ralph (voiced by John C Reilly) loose on the modern internet.

Rampage

Also inspired by a vintage arcade game, this disaster movie sees suspiciously ripped primatologist Dwayne Johnson tackle giant mutated animals attacking cities across the US.

Ready Player One

Somewhere beneath the avalanche of pop-culture references in the dazzling trailers for Steven Spielbergs sci-fi epic is an old-fashioned treasure hunt story. If anyone can find it, he can.

Solo: A Star Wars Story

A portrait of the (con) artist as a young Han? The Star Wars spin-off focusing on everyones favourite space smuggler will hope to transcend its troubled production.

Tomb Raider

Bow selector: Alicia Vikander leads this gritty reboot of the video game franchise as a young Lara Croft improvising weapons and fighting for survival on a desert island.

Venom

Spider-Mans dark twin last glimpsed in the unloved Spider-Man 3 gets his own movie, with Tom Hardy playing a man possessed by shapeshifting black alien goo.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix

After 2016s patchy Apocalypse, the long-running mutant franchise tries to get back on track with a 1990s-set instalment where mega-telepath Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) goes goth.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/dec/26/the-most-exciting-blockbusters-of-2018

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Cantina Talk: No, Kathleen Kennedy Isn’t Leaving Lucasfilm

Charmaine Blake

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“Stick a fork in it: Solo: A Star Wars Story is pretty much officially a flop. Its performance hasn’t improved since its unimpressive debut and shows no sign of getting a boost. Moreover, judging from the fallout, the movie had more of an impact amongst conspiracy theorists than anyone else. Want proof? Read on.

Is Kathleen Kennedy Leaving Lucasfilm?

The Source: Random online gossipmongers

Probability of Accuracy: Not even slightly true.

The Real Deal: Lets start with something thats quite clearly wishful thinking on the part of a number of Star Wars fans: For the last couple of weeks, there have been rumors that Kathleen Kennedy is stepping down as Lucasfilm president, with Marvels Kevin Feige being named as her potential replacement. This is, to be blunt, complete and utter banthawash. (Look, we’re trying to keep it clean and on-topic.) Yes, Solo: A Star Wars Story underperformed, but thats just one failure after three of the most successful movies in recent memory, and Solo had extenuating circumstancesnamely, losing its original directors, which forced a reshoot of pretty much the entire movie. The idea that Kennedy would be forced to step down after thator that fans need to speak up to save her jobis ridiculous, and betrays…..”

Read more: https://www.wired.com/story/cantina-talk-62/

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The movie Gotti Earns a 0% score from Rotten Tomatoes

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The reviews are in for the mobster movie Gotti which profiles the life of notorious crime boss John Gotti. Following the laundry list of excellent mob movies this should be an easy win, but Gotti‘s reviews are apparently the only entertaining thing about it.

The movie currently has a 0 percent Tomatometer score on Rotten Tomatoes. That’s right, zero.

Tomatometer ratings are based on “the percentage of professional critic reviews that are positive for a given film or television show,” provided there are at least five reviews. Personally, I didn’t even know a 0 was possible. 

Among the 18 approved “Tomato Critics,” not one gave Gotti a positive, or “fresh,” review, though we should note that the audience score is currently at 82 percent, with an average rating of 4.1 out of 5 from 6,678 reviews at the time this story was published

Regardless, here are some of the best snippets from the reviews. 

1. “He may have been a murderer, but even Gotti deserved better than this.”

 – Brian Tallerico for RogerEgbert.com

2. “There’s not really a story here. It’s more a series of recognizable scenes from any number of gangster movies…” 

-Mark Dujsik for MarkReviewsMovies.com

3.”Gotti ends up feeling like a kitschy assemblage of other directors’ ideas.”

-Gary Thompson for Philly.com

3. There are 44 credited producers on the picture (good. lord.), and not one person had the nerve to question just what kind of derivative, borderline nonsensical film was being made.

-Brian Orndorf for Blue-Ray.com

4.  You don’t put the “Theme From ‘Shaft’” in a movie that is not “Shaft.” Come on.

– Glenn Kenny for the New York Times

5. “… the picture is a chaotic assemblage of short, disconnected scenes interrupted by snippets of archival footage, bits of narration and even moments when Travolta breaks the fourth wall by talking directly into the camera.” 

– Frank Swietek for One Guy’s Opinion

6. “While Travolta has his moments, the woefully uneven film too often settles for mobster stereotypes rather than providing meaningful insight into its subject.” 

– Todd Jorgenson for Cinemalogue

7. “John Travolta and E from Entourage turn infamous mob boss Gotti into a scowling bore.”

– Mike D’Angelo AVClub

(Writer’s note: This is just the headline, but OMG what a headline.)

8.  “… the vibrant, rap-infused score by Pitbull, which features three solo tracks by the popular artist, doesn’t quite jibe with the movie’s general style and tone.”

 – Gary Goldstein for the Los Angeles Times

9. “…Gotti is a connect-the-dots disaster — the don’s greatest hits, so to speak — without discernible theme or cohesive narrative.”

-Franke Lovece for Newsday

10.”[Director Kevin] Connolly’s in too much of a rush to get somewhere and doesn’t seem to know what that destination is.” 

– Chris Nashawaty for Entertainment Weekly

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Let’s talk about the shocking ending of ‘Hereditary’

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“Let’s pore over the details of Hereditary like it’s an overdue art project based on our tragic lives.

Warning: Major spoilers ahead for Hereditary.

Hereditary is the kind of film you need to sit with.

It’s not just that it has a lot of shocking twists, though it does, or that the scares linger in your psyche, though they do. It’s also that Hereditary is dense with details that only reveal themselves upon closer examination and careful thought… or at least a deep dive into an explainer like this one.

Here’s everything you missed in Hereditary.

1. Yes, King Paimon is real

And people really do worship him.

To be clear, Paimon is “real” in the sense that he was not invented by writer-director Ari Aster for this film. Whether you think he’s actually, literally real depends on whether you believe demons and spirits are real. For what it’s worth, mentions of Paimon go back centuries – he’s even included in the 17th century grimoire Lesser Key of Solomon.

“I’m not tied in any way to the occult, so the research was disturbing, but I knew that I had to go there and I knew that I wanted the ritual elements of the film, which are held at a distance and you only get pieces of them, I knew I wanted them to be rooted in something real,” he said to Thrillist. “I was lead to witchcraft manuals that are instructing people on how to cast spells and this and that.”

2. Charlie has never really been Charlie

From the moment we meet her, it’s obvious there’s something off about Charlie. What exactly that is takes a while to reveal itself.

Early in the film, Annie (Toni Collette) explains that when her son Peter was born, she kept him away from her mother, Ellen. When her daughter Charlie was born, though, Annie relented and “gave” her to Ellen. Ellen…..”

Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/06/14/hereditary-ending-explained-everything-you-missed/

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