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Author: J. Don Birnam

FILM REVIEW: DESPICABLE ME 3 An Admirable Third Entry Full of Unruly Laughs

The formerly evil Gru (Steve Carrell) returns for the third installment of the successful Illumination Entertainment franchise Despicable Me, in what is a growing but still fresh and entertaining comedic series that will probably see at least one more entry after what I expect will be more applause for Despicable Me 3. When we last saw Gru and his army of properly-named Minions, those pesky cute little yellow pills that speak a combination of romance language gibberish, Gru had wed the do-gooder Lucy (Kristin Wiig) and become a family man. At the start of this film, a sort of midlife crisis...

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T.J. Miller Talks Possible Weasel & Dopinder Arc For DEADPOOL 2

Deadpool star T.J. Miller recently told Screen Rant that his character in the upcoming sequel, Weasel, may have a storyline together with Karan Soni’s character, the taxi driver Dopinder. Deadpool 2 began shooting last month, after the phenomenal success last year of the movie about the so-called “Merc with a Mouth.” Although both actors were in the original film, their stories did not overlap in any way. Since then, however the two appeared in the star-studded Office Christmas Party together, and are now apparently working on a story-line for the upcoming film. Miller said: “We’re shooting in August and...

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Ben Affleck in Talks for THE ACCOUNTANT Sequel

Deadline is reporting that Warner Bros. is closed to inking a deal with Ben Affleck for him to return as the titular character in the action/crime thriller The Accountant. Director Gavin O’Connor is also in talks to return behind the camera, as is the screenwriter Bill Dubuque. Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead) is putatively also being considered and his character would likely join the cast and story down the line. (The following paragraph spoils details of the original Accountant film) The movie centers on a gifted mathematician, a highly functioning autistic man whose clients are dangerous criminals, and follows...

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Caesar crossing the Rubicon signaled a point of no return, figuratively and literally, for the future of the Roman Empire. In War for the Planet of the Apes, when head ape Caesar crosses the threshold from benevolence into vengeance, it is not his people but our own species that may be in peril. The third and purportedly last of the Planet of the Apes origin stories, perhaps the best of the bunch, focuses on this tortured transformation, even if not always to impressive results. Matt Reeves, who directed the prior film and who is slated to direct The Batman,...

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FILM REVIEW: You’ll Want to Eat Up Netflix Movie OKJA

Korean director Bong Joon Ho wowed international audiences with his dystopian, absurdist 2013 thriller Snowpiercer, in which he commented on the stratification of society into class as well as on the destruction of the planet. Bong is back, now tackling the food industry, our obsession with celebrity, and the inhumane treatment of animals, all in his upcoming Netflix film Okja. In the film, Bong once more teams up with Snowpiercer villainess Tilda Swinton, who, in yet another brilliant turn, portrays the comically evil Lucy Mirando, CEO of the troubled Mirando food corporation, as she embarks on a public image...

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