Hollywood loves a good comeback; few people deserve one more than Brendan Fraser. While it's true Fraser was never a mega movie star in the same realm as your Brad Pitts or Tom Cruises, he was a consistent staple of late 90s and early 00s cinema in films like The Mummy, Gods and Monsters, and the wildly underrated Blast From the Past. His disappearance from the limelight due to mental and physical health issues and an industry that seemingly turned its back on him was deeply disappointing. With...

It's been more than 90 years since Lewis Milestone's film adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque's iconic novel All Quiet on the Western Front. It still stands as one of the best war movies ever made and among the most deserving Best Picture winners of all time. The film's anti-war sentiment was so powerful, it was denounced by Adolf Hitler and ultimately outlawed in Germany. It was a landmark moment in the early days of cinema that has stood the test of time. As brilliant as Milestone's work may be, it's...

In 2019, writer-director Rian Johnson stole the show at the Toronto International Film Festival with Knives Out, one of the year's most deliriously entertaining surprises that soon became a sleeper box office smash. Johnson revived the lagging whodunit genre and earned a massive (and deserved) payday when Netflix came courting for the rights to two sequels to the tune of more than $400 million. Three years and one global pandemic later and the time has arrived for the return of Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) in Glass Onion: A Knives...

In 2008, writer/director Martin McDonagh announced his arrival in a major way with the delicious black comedy caper In Bruges. As far as directorial debuts go, it's up there with the best. The film also proved quirky indie films were where Colin Farrell truly belonged, particularly after a series of disappointing big-budget blockbusters (remember Alexander?). The pairing of Farrell and veteran character actor Brendan Gleeson was a match made in heaven and fans of this modern cult classic have been clamouring for a reunion ever since. Their prayers have...

A new film starring the ever-reliable Viola Davis is always cause for celebration (and awards season murmurs). And, as expected, she's delivered the goods yet again with another commanding performance in the rousing crowd-pleaser The Woman King. Get ready to hear Davis' name a lot this season. She's coming for her fifth Oscar nomination. An old-fashioned blockbuster in the same wheelhouse as films like Gladiator, Spartacus, and Braveheart, The Woman King stands taller by virtue of offering a Black female-led narrative we simply haven't seen before. Equally a thrilling historical...

We've all experienced eating a meal across from an insufferable "foodie" at some point in recent times. You know the type. The ones who use words like "fusion," "umami," and "artisanal" to sound uber-knowledgable in the world of fine dining. They're as quick to pull out their phone and snap an Insta-worthy pic of the dish in front of them as they are to praise a chef for their bold use of bizarre ingredients once more likely to be found on the back of a dog food packet....

A story about a gay man with commitment issues is hardly groundbreaking narrative fodder. Still, it is a damn near revelation when it's at the forefront of a theatrical release from a major studio. That's the history-making background of Bros, the first gay romantic comedy from a mainstream distributor to feature an almost-exclusively LGBTQ+ cast and starring and co-written by an openly gay man. Yes, it's taken a bloody long time to arrive at this point. Too long, in fact. Thankfully, the film is an absolute triumph. Hysterically amusing...

It's the simplest films that often hit you the hardest. It's what occurs when a filmmaker is confident enough to trust the power of the written word and the strength of their cast to create something special. There's no gimmick or twist. Just an impeccably crafted screenplay delivered by actors at the top of their craft and a director who knows how to get the best out of them. That's precisely the case with Sarah Polley's Women Talking; a raw, intimate, and utterly compelling chamber piece you won't...

For all intents and purposes, the Predator franchise was dead. For decades, many have tried earnestly to recapture the magic of the 1987 original. Every sequel and reboot has paled in comparison to what John McTiernan created 35 years ago. The final nail in this saga's coffin appeared to arrive in 2018 with Shane Black's surprisingly god-awful The Predator. But the folks at 20th Century Studios refused to let the alien beast rest in peace. Shockingly, it's proved to be the right decision. Enter director Dan Trachtenberg and screenwriter...

After 28 films over the last 14 years, it's highly likely you've made up your mind on the Marvel Cinematic Universe by now. For those still completely on board with the most successful film franchise in cinema history (and, judging by the staggering box office returns of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, that's a lot of you), it's time for film #29 and the second of three MCU titles in 2022. For better or worse, Thor: Love and Thunder follows a very similar formula to that of...

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