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Blu-ray Review: “Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2” Is The Perfect Summer Film

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Set to the backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” continues the team’s adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage.

I’m going to be perfectly honest, I really didn’t care too much for “Guardians of the Galaxy.” I saw it when it originally opened back in 2014 but only viewed it the one time, the movie just didn’t impress me, or appeal to me. Give it three years and with “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” I am giving it a 5-star review. This time around, director James Gunn seems to have settled comfortably into the role of writer and director with much more ease than his first outing. Granted, with the first “Guardians,” the eyes of the world, and that of Marvel, were upon him and that must have been a huge undertaking, especially for a man used to making low-budget horror films such as “Slither” and “Tromeo and Juliet.” Here, he has delivered a non-stop, pulse-pounding, sci-fi epic that will stand tall in the annals of Marvel history, and will set the bar for what has yet to come. The visuals are absolutely eye-popping (even in 2D), the story is way less convoluted than the first one, and each of the central characters receive moments of character development throughout, something not typically traditional for this type of movie.

After the events of the first film, the Guardians are hired by Ayesha (Elizabeth Debicki), the leader of the Sovereign race, to help protect their valuable batteries from an inter-dimensional alien. After completing the task, Gamora (Zoe Saldana) requests that they release her sister Nebula (Karen Gillan), whom they are holding after she herself tried to steal the batteries. After leaving the planet, the team is bewildered when they are followed by a fleet of Sovereign attack ships, only to discover, thanks to Drax (Dave Bautista), that Rocket (Bradley Cooper) stole some batteries for himself. They manage to escape to a nearby planet, seriously damaging their ship in the process but shortly after crash landing, another ship lands, and out step two beings, a female alien named Mantis (Pom Klementieff), and a man who calls himself Ego (Kurt Russell). He also claims to be Peter’s (Chris Pratt) father. Naturally, having left earth in the first film because he didn’t want to watch his mother die, and having never known who his father was, Peter is stunned, and also very wary. To prove himself to them, Ego invites them back to his home planet where Peter, Gamora, and Drax accompany him while Rocket and Baby Groot (Vin Diesel) stay back to look after the ship, and guard Nebula.

When the trio reaches Ego’s planet, he reveals to them that he is actually a god-like Celestial, and has been around for millions of years. He takes whichever form occupies the planet he is on and because Peter is human, he takes the human form that he says his mother fell in love with. As Peter spends more and more time with Ego, Drax and Gamora quickly discover through Mantis, that things are not what they appear and that Ego’s true intentions, are far more sinister. Just in the nick of time, Rocket and Baby Groot arrive, to help thwart Ego’s plans but with Peter under Ego’s spell, the Guardians must fight him with everything they have. Everything just may not be enough!

There is much more humor throughout and each character bickers with each other constantly, like a family, but thankfully, never to the point of ad nauseum. Chris Pratt is charismatic as always and has done well for himself over the past few years, as have the rest of the cast but Dave Bautista, for me, was the absolute scene-stealer herein. With no filter on his mouth, he says the first thing that comes into his mind and for the audience, that is a great thing, and hopefully, for any future outings, it will only progress. And I just have to say, Baby Groot is so damn lovable, he actually brought a tear, maybe two, to my eye. It’s been a very long time since I watched a film that made me want to view it more than once so for that, James Gunn, I thank you. And I’m sure millions of others will too.

Available on 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray & DVD August 22nd

Originally from Dublin, Ireland, James is a Movie Critic and Celebrity Interviewer with over 30 years of experience in the film industry as an Award-Winning Filmmaker.

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Coronavirus: Upcoming Movie Titles That Have Been Delayed

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As “Social Distancing” is rapidly becoming the new norm. Streaming services have ramped up their campaign more than ever for watching cinema in the comfort of your own home. On the other hand, theater has taken a hit. Of all the places in the world to be, sitting in a jam packed theater full of movie goers, isn’t the safest place. Many believe, this will be a catalyst for a movement that was inevitable all along. Which is, sending major blockbuster films, straight to streaming. Some companies have already taken the opportunity to do so, as Blumhouse recently moved ‘The Invisible Man‘ to streaming with a $20 household price tag.

As of right now, many of the films scheduled for release and others that were in the process of filming, have now been either delayed or halted indefinitely. Notably, ‘The Batman,’ and ‘Matrix 4’ have both halted production.

Below, is a list of upcoming films that have been delayed via – Los Angeles Times.

“Minions: The Rise of Gru” (Universal)
Original release date: July 3, 2020 (wide)
New date: TBD

“The Painted Bird” (IFC Films)
Original release date: April 17, 2020 (wide)
New date: Summer TBD

“Antebellum” (Lionsgate)
Original release date: April 24, 2020 (wide)
New date: TBD

“Run” (Lionsgate)
Original release date: May 8, 2020 (wide)
New date: TBD

“Spiral” (Lionsgate)
Original release date: May 15, 2020 (wide)
New date: TBD


“Mulan” (Disney)
Original release date: March 27, 2020 (wide)
New date: TBD

“New Mutants” (Fox)
Original release date: April 3, 2020 (wide)
New date: TBD

“Antlers” (Searchlight)
Original release date: April 17, 2020 (wide)
New date: TBD

“The Truth” (IFC)
Original release date: March 20, 2020 (N.Y., L.A.)
New date: Summer 2020, TBD

“The Artist’s Wife” (Strand)
Original release date: April 3, 2020 (N.Y.); April 10, 2020 (L.A.)
New date: TBD

“F9″ (Universal)
Original release date: May 22, 2020 (wide)
New date: April 2, 2021

“A Quiet Place: Part II” (Paramount)
Original release date: March 20, 2020 (wide)
New date: TBD


“Blue Story” (Paramount)
Original release date: March 20, 2020 (limited)
New date: TBD

“The Lovebirds” (Paramount)
Original release date: April 3, 2020 (wide)
New date: TBD

“Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway” (Sony)
Original release date: April 3, 2020 (wide)
New date: Aug. 7, 2020

“Slay the Dragon” (Magnolia)
Original release date: March 13, 2020 (N.Y., L.A.)
New date: April 3, 2020

“No Time to Die” (MGM)
Original release date: April 10, 2020 (wide)
New date: Nov. 25, 2020

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Director Matt Reeves Drops Our Fist Look At The New Batmobile

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“It’s going to allow his character to have an arc so that he can go through a transformation”

In the modern era of cinema, the internet is no stranger to leaks and set photos. Most Directors are faced with the difficult challenge of deciding when and when not to release official photos. Recently, an onslaught of set photos have hit the web, showing the newly re-designed batman look, along with a glimpse of the “Batcycle” and possibly a look at catwoman.

Today, Matt Reeves decided to break the internet, giving us our first look at the new batmobile. Reeves describes ‘The Batman’ as a noir style film, told squarely on the shoulders of the dark knight. It would appear that Reeves is going with a truly grounded approach to the character. A “Year two” Batman, taking on Gotham’s criminal underworld, with a rogues gallery of villains.

“It’s very much a point of view-driven, noir Batman tale,” he said. “It’s told very squarely on his shoulders, and I hope it’s going to be a story that will be thrilling but also emotional. It’s more Batman in his detective mode than we’ve seen in the films. The comics have a history of that. He’s supposed to be the world’s greatest detective, and that’s not necessarily been a part of what the movies have been. I’d love this to be one where when we go on that journey of tracking down the criminals and trying to solve a crime, it’s going to allow his character to have an arc so that he can go through a transformation.”

‘The Batman’ hits theaters June 25, 2021 | Stars: Robert Pattinson, Zoe Kravitz, Colin Farrell, Andy Serkis, Paul Dano, Peter Sarsgaard, Jeffrey Wright 

 

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Jordan Peele Produced ‘Candyman’ Official Trailer – HD Drops Thursday

A hook-handed boogeyman spits out swarms of bees and haunts a housing project in Chicago.

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Genre:

Horror, Thriller

Release Date:

June 12, 2020

Director:

Nia DaCosta

Cast:

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Tony Todd, Teyonah Parris, Colman Domingo, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett

Plot Summary:

A “spiritual sequel” to the 1992 horror film ‘Candyman’ that returns to the now-gentrified Chicago neighborhood where the legend began.

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