Wonder Woman Gets Its First Action-Packed TV Spot

Not too long ago, we got the first full-length trailer for the upcoming "Wonder Woman" film from Comic-Con, which made the film look like it was going to be another epic superhero flick filled with action and adventure. However, just in case the full three minutes was a little too much for you to sit through, Warner Bros. has unveiled the first TV spot for the film, condensing what looks to be pretty much all footage from the previous trailer into a minute-long, action-packed extravaganza. While it may not really show anything new, it still does just what it's meant to do, which is to get you revved up for what will hopefully be a massive improvement for the cinematic universe of DC Comics.

Full Lineup for 2016 Venice Film Festival Announced

Hot on the heals of the Toronto International Film Festival announcing its lineup, today we now have the complete lineup of the upcoming Venice Film Festival. For their opening night film, Damien Chazelle's highly-anticipated "La La Land," starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, has been selected, while Antoine Fuqua's "The Magnificent Seven," with Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke, will close the festival. The films to be featured in and out of competition are as follows: COMPETITION Ana Lily Amirpour, The Bad Batch Stephane Brize, Une Vie Damien Chazelle, La La Land Derek Cianfrance, The Light Between Oceans Mariano Cohn, Gaston Duprat, El Ciudadono Ilustre Massimo D’Anolfi, Martina Parenti,

Explore the Visual Effects of Game of Thrones with These Season Six Breakdowns

*Spoiler Warning* This past season, "Game of Thrones" once again dazzled us with its incredible special effects, especially when it came to the spectacular final episode. Just in case you were wondering how such complex shots were put together, a fascinating series of VFX breakdowns has been released by Rising Sun Pictures, detailing the multiple layers that went into every effects shot. In the brief, three-minute video, we see how several of the backgrounds were literally pieced together, in addition to how the explosion at the Great Sept was pulled off. It's a must-watch for any fan of the show, or for anyone who's interested in seeing all of the hard work that goes into creating such amaz

Warcraft Comes to Digital HD September 13th and Blu-ray/DVD September 27th

With the incredible popularity of the "World of Warcraft" games, it was only a matter of time before someone would take advantage of it and try to turn it into a theatrical film. I wouldn't have guessed that that someone would be Duncan Jones, the man behind the films "Moon" and "Source Code," but if someone had to tackle it, I suppose it helps to go with one of the best. That being said, the film was not warmly received, with the critics consensus leaving it a score of 29% (4.2/10) on Rotten Tomatoes and a 32/100 on Metacritic. However, audiences appeared to respond a little better to it, giving it a fair amount of favorable reviews, showing that, while it didn't do well at the box office,

Matt Damon Fights Monsters in the Trailer for Zhang Yimou's The Great Wall

Here's one of the more bizarre trailers of the week. In fact, I had never even heard of this film before today. It's "The Great Wall," from director Zhang Yimou, who has brought us such outstanding martial arts films as "Hero," "House of Flying Daggers," and "Curse of the Golden Flower." But why does "The Great Wall" look particularly bizarre? Well, for one thing, you have Matt Damon of all people defending the iconic structure against a horde of monsters and.... well, do I really need to say more than that? I didn't think so, With a cast that also features Willem Dafoe and Pedro Pascal ("Game of Thrones"), the film looks as though it could be a fun action adventure, though there's also a c

First Trailer for Mel Gibson's Hacksaw Ridge Released

The first trailer for Mel GIbson's "Hacksaw Ridge" has been unveiled, and it looks pretty impressive to say the least. The film tells the story of a medic and conscientious objector (played by Andrew Garfield) during World War II who has to face multiple obstacles due to his refusal to kill, but who eventually gains recognition for the number of lives he bravely saved during battle. After his breakout performance in "The Social Network," Andrew Garfield has only continued to impress with performances in films like "99 Homes" and "The Amazing Spider-Man" films (the latter movies might not have been that good, but he was an excellent Peter Parker), and it looks as though he continues to be in

First Trailer for M. Night Shyamalan's Split Debuts

It's no secret that once-promising writer/director M.Night Shyamalan has been having a lot of trouble coming up with a project to equal those that once made him the talk of the town. It seems like everything he has put out in at least the last decade has been a disaster in one way or another, including "After Earth," "The Last Airbender," "The Happening," and "Lady in the Water." In fact, the last decent project he did, at least in this critic's opinion, was the highly-underrated "The Village" way back in 2004. That being said, a long list of failures hasn't stopped him from continuing to try to return to his glory days, which brings us to his latest project, "Split." The film follows a man

The Conjuring 2 Comes to Digital HD August 30th and Blu-ray/DVD September 13th

One of the biggest surprises at the cinema so far this year was James Wan's follow up to his disappointingly dull "The Conjuring." It was rather shocking because it's extremely rare for a sequel to a bad film to be decent, let alone improve on it in just about every way, but that's just what Wan did with "The Conjuring 2." Here's a snippet from my original review that sums it up: "It’s the rare case of a sequel being not just a little better than the original, but one that is far superior in nearly every way possible. It might not knock your socks off when it comes to originality, but there’s easily enough here to give any horror fan just the kind of treat they’re looking for." Warner Bros.

Preacher: Season One Comes to Blu-ray/DVD October 4th

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has just announced that they will be bringing AMC's "Preacher: Season One" to Blu-ray/DVD on October 4th. The show, based on the comic book series from writer Garth Ennis and artists Steve Dillon and Glenn Fabry, follows a preacher (Dominic Cooper) who embarks on a journey of discovery and revenge following a supernatural event at his church, forcing him into a world populated by a cast of characters from Heaven, Hell, and everywhere in between. The show, developed by Sam Caitlin ("Breaking Bad"), Seth Rogen (""This is the End"), and Evan Goldberg ("Superbad"), has been receiving amazing reviews, with critics calling it a "visually stunning adaption" and "a m

2016 Toronto International Film Festival Lineup Announced

The 41st Toronto International Film Festival is just a little over a month away, and we're excited to announce the list of galas and presentations that will be shown at the upcoming event, which will include Antoine Fuqua's "The Magnificent Seven" as the opening night film and Kelly Fremon's "The Edge of Seventeen" as the closing night film. The amazing lineup is as follows: Galas: Arrival (Denis Villeneuve) Deepwater Horizon (Peter Berg) The Headhunter’s Calling (Mark Williams) The Journey is the Destination (Bronwen Hughes) JT + The Tennessee Kids (Jonathan Demme) LBJ (Rob Reiner) Lion (Garth Davis) Loving (Jeff Nichols) A Monster Calls (J.A. Bayona) Planetarium (Rebecca Zlotowski) Queen o

First Reactions for Jason Bourne Are In

I've always enjoyed the original "Bourne" films. I may not have found them to be particularly great, but they were rather entertaining with their intriguing stories and insane action sequences. There's certainly no doubt that they've been a massive hit with critics and audiences alike, that is, until they made a futile effort to switch the main character for "The Bourne Legacy." Luckily, the lesson was quickly learned, causing the studio to go back to basics (i.e. bringing back Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass). The simply-titled "Jason Bourne" looked like it had everything going for it. Aside from getting the band back together, the trailers made it seem like it would be a fun ride i

Timur Bekmambetov's Ben-Hur Remake Gets a Brief Third Trailer

One of my favorite Best Picture Oscar winners of all time has always been William Wyler's "Ben-Hur," which tells of a Jewish prince who is betrayed by his Roman friend, with the former becoming a slave who eventually returns home to take his revenge. Its epic scope, thrilling story, and incredible production values made it a great film then (taking 11 Oscars in the process), and still make it a stunning experience nearly 60 years later. I suppose that's why it seemed like a prime target for a remake, though it remains questionable as to whether a CGI version of the tale will have nearly the same impact as the practical 1959 film, especially when it comes to the infamous chariot race. We've a

Sing Street: A Great Soundtrack Saves an Overly-Familiar Story (Blu-ray)

The Film: Writer/Director John Carney has been making films for the past 20 years, and yet it wasn’t until his big hit “Once” was released in 2007 that people truly started to notice him. The film was small and sweet, and featured lots of great music that even garnered an Oscar for Best Original Song. Since then, despite continuing to do other features, it appears that only his musical projects have gotten any attention, including the well-received “Begin Again” with Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo, and his most recent effort entitled “Sing Street,” which has been receiving a ton of praise that’s included being called one of the best films of the year thus far by many. In a similar vein to

First Trailer for Sherlock: Season Four Premieres at Comic-Con

I was one of those viewers who was very late getting into BBC's "Sherlock," but when I finally gave it a chance, I blew right through all three seasons that were available at the time in just a couple of weeks. Like everyone else, I was on the edge of my seat at the end of season three's mysterious finale, which left us with the possibility that Holmes' nemesis, Dr. Moriarty, is still alive and ready to cause trouble once again. One thing's for sure, it's certainly made the waiting period between seasons seem even longer this time around. True, we had a kind of placeholder with "The Abominable Bride," which was excellent in its own right, but I think most of us are ready to get back to the m

Star Trek Beyond: A Disappointing Sequel Suffering from a Weak Storyline

In a similar fashion to the new “X-Men” franchise, it was rather miraculous when J.J. Abrams was able to take over the “Star Trek” film series and return it to the glorious heights it once enjoyed in the past. Along with screenwriters Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, the 2009 reboot took the franchise in a bold new direction, which continued in the excellent 2013 follow-up “Star Trek Into Darkness” (co-written by Damon Lindelof). As we come to the third entry in the series, “Star Trek Beyond,” a rather large question mark hangs in the air due to the fact that it is now under the command of a different director (Justin Lin) and different writers (Simon Pegg and Doug Jung). Could a new team pos

Suicide Squad Gets an Amazing Extended Comic-Con Trailer

By far, one of the most anticipated films of 2016 is David Ayer's upcoming "Suicide Squad" (based on characters from DC Comics), which tells of a group of villains thrown together to stop a major threat. There have already been a few trailers that have shown off the amazing cast, which includes Will Smith as Deadshot, Jared Leto as The Joker, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, and Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag, but with just under two weeks to go until the film opens, yet another trailer has dropped at Comic-Con showing us even more new footage and tons of action. I think I speak for most of us here when I say that this film simply can't get here fast enough, so in the meantime, enjoy this new exte

Mind-Bending New Trailer for Marvel's Doctor Strange Premieres at Comic-Con

I have to admit, Doctor Strange is one of those Marvel characters that I know absolutely nothing about. In fact, up until recently, I thought he and Professor Strange (from "Gotham") were the same person. However, after seeing the first trailer, I was somewhat intrigued by the film's interesting look, and became interested in what the film has to offer. A second trailer debuted today at Comic-Con, giving us a lot more new footage that features some very "Inception"-like effects and a lot more of Mads Mikkelsen's villainous Kaecilius. Featuring a cast that also includes Oscar nominees Benedict Cumberbatch (as the titular Strange), Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, and Tilda Swinton, the film

The Thrilling First Trailer for The Flash: Season Three Debuts at Comic-Con

When "The Flash" debuted on The CW a couple of years ago, it was quickly regarded as one of the best superhero adaptations of recent years, and for good reason. It was thrilling, compelling, and offered up an arc that had you coming back for more right away (a feat not many shows are able to pull off nowadays). As the show continued into its season season, it became a little shakier with a few of its superfluous plotlines and a somewhat iffy finale, but it was still highly entertaining and well worth sticking around for. With season three just a couple of months away from starting, anticipation has been high as to what could possibly happen next. When we last left Barry, he had created a bra

First Trailer for Wonder Woman Debuts at Comic-Con

One of the many issues that had plagued "Batman v Superman" was the inclusion of Diana Prince/Wonder Woman as a secondary character who seemed like she had just been thrown in to set up her spot in the upcoming "Justice League" film. This left her character rather poorly developed, but that's all going to change when her very own movie gets released next year. In another of several promotional releases at Comic-Con today, Warner Bros. has dropped the first trailer for "Wonder Woman," featuring Gal Gadot as the titular superhero and Chris Pine (of "Star Trek" fame) as Steve Trevor. The trailer promises an action-packed film (as we usual get with any superhero film), so fans should be rather p

The Epic Teaser for Justice League Has Arrived

After the disastrous "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" landed in theaters with a thud, it put a major dampener on DC's cinematic future. This caused many to question whether or not the upcoming "Justice League" film (which was reduced from two films to one) would have the same issues it had had, including an overly-dark and gloomy nature, in addition to a muddled mess of storylines. Well, to help put some of those fears to rest, the first teaser for the film was unveiled today at Comic-Con, and it certainly looks epic to say the least. We get a good look at several of the characters, including Bruce Wayne/Batman (Ben Affleck), Barry Allen/The Flash (Ezra Miller), Arthur Curry/Aquaman (Jas

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