EVIL DEAD RISE hits theaters this weekend and writer director Lee Cronin is another example of why more films should be made for fans, by fans. Lee grew up in Dublin and in many interviews spoke about how his family would watch horror films when he was growing up. His story would continue with him being forced to flee once an intense scene would come up on the tv screen but as he would remove himself from seeing the scene, he would instead observe the reaction of his family. Those reactions are what he aims to recreate for the fans of his films. In a way, he continues to make movies for his family.
EVIL DEAD movies are one of his favorites and its clear to see that while watching the latest installment. There’s so much attention to detail and tons of lore both referred to and that he builds on, yet Cronin is also able to incorporate horror elements modern day audiences are sure to appreciate. It’s a film school textbook on making a genuine horror film and the studio is primed to expand on this franchise.
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EVIL DEAD RISE in theaters April 21.
The Bad News Bears meets Long Beach California in MGM’s ‘The Underdoggs’
A formula that has worked many times in the past, but this film doesn’t shy away from it, it embraces it. The Underdoggs features Snoop Dogg and comedian Mike Epps in a “laugh-out-loud-near-parody of other youth sports team with a less than ideal role model” movie. You won’t be surprised to learn that this film is also Rated R and deservingly so. In the first frame of the film, you are welcomed with a sort of welcome ad that sets the tone right away that you wouldn’t bring your 8-year-old to see this.
Snoop as Jaycen “Two Js” Jennings is intriguing. The legendary rapper is mostly mild tempered or laid back when he appears in interviews or other movies. In The Underdoggs he spends most of his time cursing out children which sounds less appealing than it actually is. Most of the humor from his character comes from berating other characters, whether it be the kids on the team or veteran comedian Mike Epps.
Mike falls directly into the role he’s been playing since Friday After Next as Day-Day. I half expected Ice Cube to make some kind of appearance in this film, but it doesn’t happen. The story is quite familiar, but you are never too comfortable with the on-goings on screen. The shenanigans of the kids, the banter between Snoop and Epps, or Andrew Schultz as the insufferable Chip Collins is enough to keep you on your heels or the floor laughing. The Underdoggs is now streaming on Prime Video and if you sit down to watch it, don’t bring your 8-year-old or your momma.
Synopsis: Jaycen “Two Js” Jennings (Snoop Dogg) is a washed-up ex-professional football star who has hit rock bottom. When Jaycen is sentenced to community service coaching the Underdoggs, an unruly pee-wee football team in his hometown of Long Beach, California, he sees it as an opportunity to rebuild his public image and turn his life around. As Jaycen works to transform the foul-mouthed Underdoggs into top-notch champions, he reconnects with his past, including an old flame and few of his ex-teammates and rediscovers his love of the game.
Kumail and cast bring the laughs in the hilarious ‘Migration’
Ted aka Steady is back with a new review and this time its Illumination Entertainment’s Migration.
This holiday season, Illumination, creators of the blockbuster Minions, Despicable Me, Sing and The Secret Life of Pets comedies, invites you to take flight into the thrill of the unknown with a funny, feathered family vacation like no other in the action-packed new original comedy, Migration.
The Mallard family is in a bit of rut. While dad Mack is content to keep his family safe paddling around their New England Pond forever, mom Pam is eager to shake things up and show their kids—teen son Dax and duckling daughter Gwen—the whole wide world. After a migrating duck family alights on their pond with thrilling tales of far-flung places, Pam persuades Mack to embark on a family trip, via New York City, to tropical Jamaica.
As the Mallards make their way South for the winter, their well-laid plans quickly go awry. The experience will inspire them to expand their horizons, open themselves up to new friends and accomplish more than they ever thought possible, while teaching them more about each other—and themselves—than they ever imagined.
Cast: Kumail Nanjiani, Elizabeth Banks, Awkwafina, Keegan-Michael Key, David Mitchell, Carol Kane, Caspar Jennings, Tresi Gazal and Danny DeVito.
‘Trolls Band Together’ Rocks the Stage This Weekend – Movie Review
Steady and JC caught an early screening for Trolls Band Together and were taken back to the boy band craze of the 90s and 2000s. Hear their take on the new film and let us know what you think about the movie in the comments below.
This holiday season, get ready for an action-packed, all-star, rainbow-colored family reunion like no other as Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake return for the new chapter in DreamWorks Animation’s blockbuster musical franchise: Trolls Band Together.
After two films of true friendship and relentless flirting, Poppy (Anna Kendrick) and Branch (Justin Timberlake) are now officially, finally, a couple (#broppy)! As they grow closer, Poppy discovers that Branch has a secret past. He was once part of her favorite boyband phenomenon, BroZone, with his four brothers: Floyd (Golden Globe nominated electropop sensation Troye Sivan), John Dory (Eric André; Sing 2), Spruce (Grammy winner Daveed Diggs; Hamilton) and Clay (Grammy winner Kid Cudi; Don’t Look Up). BroZone disbanded when Branch was still a baby, as did the family, and Branch hasn’t seen his brothers since.
But when Branch’s bro Floyd is kidnapped for his musical talents by a pair of nefarious pop-star villains—Velvet (Emmy winner Amy Schumer; Trainwreck) and Veneer (Grammy winner and Tony nominee Andrew Rannells; The Book of Mormon)—Branch and Poppy embark on a harrowing and emotional journey to reunite the other brothers and rescue Floyd from a fate even worse than pop-culture obscurity.
Featuring Trolls’ signature psychedelic joy-bomb of new and classic pop hits, Trolls Band Together stars a dazzling cast of musical superstars and comedic powerhouses as new franchise characters, including four-time Grammy nominee and Latin Grammy winner Camila Cabello (Cinderella) as Viva; Zosia Mamet (The Flight Attendant) as Crimp; and 12-time Emmy winning drag icon RuPaul Charles as Miss Maxine.
The returning cast includes Grammy, Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Zooey Deschanel as Bridget; Christopher Mintz-Plasse as Gristle, the Icona Pop duo Aino Jawo and Caroline Hjelt as Satin and Chenille, Grammy winner Anderson .Paak as Prince D, comedian Ron Funches as Cooper, SAG nominee Kunal Nayyar as Guy Diamond and Emmy winning Saturday Night Live legend Kenan Thompson as Tiny Diamond.
Trolls Band Together is steered by returning director Walt Dohrn and producer Gina Shay, and is co-directed by Tim Heitz (head of story, Trolls World Tour). DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls films—2016’s Trolls and 2020’s Trolls World Tour—have sung and danced their way to record-breaking success, earning an Oscar® nomination for Best Original Song and fuelingone of the largest and most beloved entertainment brands in the world.
Genre: Animated Action-Comedy
Cast: Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Camila Cabello, Eric André, Amy Schumer, Andrew Rannells, Troye Sivan, Daveed Diggs, Kid Cudi, Zosia Mamet, Zooey Deschanel, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, RuPaul Charles, Aino Jawo, Caroline Hjelt, Kenan Thompson, Anderson .Paak, Kunal Nayyar, Ron Funches
Director: Walt Dohrn
Co-Director: Tim Heitz
Producer: Gina Shay
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