Jason Guerrasio, provided by Published 5:00 pm CDT, Tuesday, April 23, 2019 Disney "Avengers: Endgame" may be three hours, but it never feels long, as the action and fun plot keep the story moving. The movie also surprisingly has a lot of humor in it, following the dramatic ending of "Avengers: Infinity War." It may be hard to believe, but "Endgame" is a better movie than "Infinity War." Visit BusinessInsider.com for more stories. Directors Anthony and Joe Russo have pulled off a rare feat in today's franchise-heavy Hollywood. The brothers didn't just make a stellar movie to close a franchise (or "phase," as it pertains to the Marvel Cinematic Universe), but made a better movie than the penultimate entry. "Avengers: Infinity War," also directed by the Russos, is great because it gives the movie that follows incredible stakes. I mean, the villain turns some of the biggest stars in the franchise into dust. Can't wait to see the next movie! But in the past, that formula … [Read more...] about ‘Avengers: Endgame’ is a mix of a heist movie and revenge tale that is even better than ‘Infinity War’
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Watch more in iWant or TFC.tv Move over, Marvel. We’ve got a hilarious new superhero in town. I didn’t know much of the backstory of the Captain Marvel Shazam character before watching Shazam!, the new DCU movie by David F. Sandberg. I did watch the old cartoon with the Marvel family,and was deep into the old Justice League International series by Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis. The Superman-Captain Marvel fight in Mark Waid/Alex Ross' Kingdom Come is an all-timer. No matter though, "Shazam!" is a movie that works well even without any knowledge of Captain Marvel Shazam’s backstory. With a few minor quibbles, "Shazam!" is, hands down, the funniest superhero movie in the DC stable, unafraid to poke fun at its own universe, and shows that Marvel isn’t the only game in town. After the screening, the enthusiastic crowd gave it the loudest applause I’ve ever heard for a DC movie. It was certainly well deserved. A big part of … [Read more...] about Review: ‘Shazam!’ is DC’s funniest movie, but is it too scary for kids?
With more and more TV shows coming out, critics are important in figuring out what TV is worth spending our time on. Sometimes, critics don’t have the nicest things to say about TV shows. These are the funniest and most intense TV reviews by critics. TV reviews can feel like a necessity at a time when more shows are being made than ever before. Critics provide a valuable service to viewers who are overwhelmed by choices amid the growing TV arms race. But just as the way we watch television has evolved, so has the way we write and think about it. The Hollywood Reporter’s Tim Goodman has written extensively on how TV criticism has been affected by changes in viewing patterns and argues that with appointment-viewing essentially dead, “the best role a critic can play in 2018 and beyond is a curator.” For Goodman, that means reviews are “evergreen” and shouldn’t be rigidly tied to date-specific events like pilots, premieres, and finales. … [Read more...] about 50 of the funniest, most searing TV reviews ever written
Julie Hinds Detroit Free Press Published 9:32 AM EST Jan 9, 2019 "Bird Box" has become a cultural phenomenon since its Dec. 21 release on Netflix. Why? One word. Blindfolds. The horror film starring Sandra Bullock details what life would be like if you had to wear blindfolds to survive a mysterious presence that is lethal to everyone who looks at it. Netflix says 45 million subscribers around the world watched "Bird Box" (which is based on a novel by metro Detroit writer Josh Malerman) within seven days of its arrival. Now the streaming site's numbers are being backed up by Nielsen, which estimates 26 million Americans saw "Bird Box" during that time range. There are viral "Bird Box" memes and social media-spawned "Bird Box" challenges that Netflix is warning people not to attempt (because filming yourself trying to do tasks with your eyes covered is one way to wind up in an emergency room). Yet blindfolds … [Read more...] about From ‘Bird Box’ to ‘Star Wars,’ here are greatest movie blindfolds
The stock market is tanking, debt levels are rising, China is locked in a trade war with the United States and economics sage Alan Greenspan recently warned investors to run for cover. No wonder people fear there’s a recession coming.“When you see all this market volatility, it’s a sign that a lot of people who think very hard about these things and have a lot of money on the line are worried that things are slowing down,” said Charles Ballard, professor of economics at Michigan State University.If investors’ fears are justified, then the decade of economic growth the world has been enjoying could soon come to an end, leading to significant job losses, a capital crunch and a whole lot of pain.RELATED: 25 top-earning Christmas movies of all time 25 PHOTOS 25 top-earning Christmas movies of all time See Gallery 25 top-earning Christmas movies of all time 25. ‘A Christmas Story’: $20.61 Million One of the most … [Read more...] about Recession fears grip Hollywood: Can the movie biz survive a downturn?