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Movie Review: Prey Director: Dan Trachtenberg
Screenwriter: Dan Trachtenberg, Patrick Aison
Starring: Amber Midthunder, Dakota Beavers, Dane DiLiegro, Stormee Kipp, Michelle Thrush
Runtime: 1 hour 39 minutes
Synopsis: The origin story of the Predator in the world of the Comanche Nation 300 years ago. Naru, a skilled female warrior, fights to protect her tribe against one of the first highly-evolved Predators to land on Earth.

Prey does something that is very rare: It is the prequel to a cult classic that is released decades later that turns out to be....really really good. Prey is the best Predator film out of all the Predator films. And that's not a "grading on a curve score". This film is really good on it's own and then gets an added bonus for being a Predator film. There are so many things to love about this film. It does a great job of balancing homage with telling its own story without compromising the characters and development. It also turns the Predator back into the scary, unstoppable Boogieman that loves the challenge of the hunt. Add in the respect for indigenous culture and the cast and this is a top tier film that everyone should fire up in Hulu as soon as they can.

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Movie Review: Prey Director: Dan Trachtenberg
Screenwriter: Dan Trachtenberg, Patrick Aison
Starring: Amber Midthunder, Dakota Beavers, Dane DiLiegro, Stormee Kipp, Michelle Thrush
Runtime: 1 hour 39 minutes
Synopsis: The origin story of the Predator in the world of the Comanche Nation 300 years ago. Naru, a skilled female warrior, fights to protect her tribe against one of the first highly-evolved Predators to land on Earth.

Prey does something that is very rare: It is the prequel to a cult classic that is released decades later that turns out to be....really really good. Prey is the best Predator film out of all the Predator films. And that's not a "grading on a curve score". This film is really good on it's own and then gets an added bonus for being a Predator film. There are so many things to love about this film. It does a great job of balancing homage with telling its own story without compromising the characters and development. It also turns the Predator back into the scary, unstoppable Boogieman that loves the challenge of the hunt. Add in the respect for indigenous culture and the cast and this is a top tier film that everyone should fire up in Hulu as soon as they can.

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Vengeance Review Vengeance follows journalist Ben Manalowitz (B.J. Novak), a self-indulgent writer for the New Yorker, desperate to find an angle that'll let him successfully pivot into podcasting. After a late night call leads him to Texas, and the funeral of Abby Shaw (Loi Tipton) a past hook-up, Ben allows himself to get roped into investigating her death - by her distraught brother Ty (Boyd Holbrook) - in the hopes he can mold the experience into a true-crime show. As writer, director, and star, B. J. Novack leads an eclectic ensemble in surprisingly entertaining a dark comedy with a finely honed satirical edge.
The movie's cold opening almost guarantees you won't like Ben. His personality's mostly just vibes and pretentious assumptions. He's never bothered to learn how to be his authentic self. When people try to point out that his detachment holds him back, it goes in one ear, and out the other. So, once he's out of comfort zone, Ben doesn't know how to relate. And his belief that it's everyone else who's out of step leads to hilarious smack downs, rude awakenings, and emotional life lessons. Thankfully, Novack does more than just take potshots at the obsessively ambitious and emotionally disengaged. He's crafted a constantly engaging narrative to mix with his metaphors. Vengeance is both a fish-out-of-water comedy and an intriguing mystery. Along the way, you'll laugh, cringe, and wonder how many times he can miss seeing what's right in front of him. 
By turning the true-crime angle into the framing device Novack creates a way to naturally take his lead's worldview with a grain of salt. From the outset, he shapes each character's arc to simultaneously embody and combat people's preconceived notions about one another. Just as soon as you think you know what someone thinks or how they'll behave, Novack throws a curveball. Every passing encounter designed to pull the picture slowly (but not too slowly) into focus. There's never a moment when the cast can phone it in. The film's quips, slick dialogue and surprisingly impactful monologue showcases how the impulse to treat people as caricatures results in squandered moments to connect with one another on a real level. 
In a time where it's commonplace to listen with half an ear and keep both eyes trained on a phone, Vengeance pushes its main character onto a path that demands his whole attention.  B. J. Novack makes his directorial debut in full creative control and taking some big swings. Don't be surprised if between the laughs, you end up doing some serious self-refection before all's said and done. 
Listen as Ro and Kriss review Vengeance and discuss why its off-kilter story and tight ensemble performances hit just the right note. 
Vengeance opens in theaters July 29, 2022


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Movie Review: Nope Director: Jordan Peele
Screenwriter: Jordan Peele
Starring: Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, Brandon Perea, Steven Yeun, Michael Wincott
Runtime: 2 hour 10 minutes
Synopsis: The residents of a lonely gulch in inland California bear witness to an uncanny and chilling discovery.
Jordan Peele's latest film, Nope, will probably be his most polarizing with audiences but that's a good thing. The reason being is that Peele seems to really enjoy proving that he really has no lane that he's staying in and he's going to continue to make ambitious films that are never exactly what you might think the film will be after watching the trailers. Peele's MO is to inject blackness into situations that folks might not initially think about. With Nope you basically get black cowboys, UFOs and then commentary around the modern idea of getting famous/rich by any means necessary. Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer have a great chemistry as brother and sister and are surrounded by a cast that is also very solid.
Where this film might lose people is first with the editing. In typical Peele fashion, he purposely cuts between some scenes in awkward, weird ways to mess with the audience. Peele is king of showing something in his movies that seems completely unrelated but requires the audience to make the connections because he's not going to just flat out say it himself. The second thing that might be jarring for folks is that this film leans into some of that "high strangeness" that isn't typical for mainstream audiences and might honestly just be too weird for some audiences.
Overall, Nope is another win for Peele. It shows that he refuses to be pigeonholed into a particular lane and that he views all of horror as his bag. Peele has always been very good with visuals and audio and Nope is probably one of his best in that category. This is definitely one of those films that warrants a second viewing, especially if the first viewing left you a bit lukewarm.



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Movie Review: Thor Love and Thunder Director: Taika Waititi
Screenwriter: Taika Waititi, Jennifer Kaytin Robinson
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, Tessa Thompson, Taika Waititi, Russell Crowe
Runtime: 2 hour 5 minutes
Synopsis: Thor enlists the help of Valkyrie, Korg and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster to fight Gorr the God Butcher, who intends to make the gods extinct.

Kriss, Ro and Brandon are back to talk the fourth Thor film in the MCU, Thor Love and Thunder. This film is very much a product of its director Taika Waititi. If you had a problem with Thor Ragnorok then you'll probably have a problem with this film and how it blends humor with some really dark themes. Waititi's take on Thor has been to take the God of Thunder and show how much tragedy he's gone through and frame it in humor on the surface and pain and sadness underneath. Christian Bale's Gorr is straight out of a horror film and also is a character built off of sadness and tragedy.
Listen as we talk about what works and what doesn't work for this latest MCU film.

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Movie Review: Minions The Rise of Gru Director: Kyle Balda, Brad Ableson, Jonathan del Val
Screenwriter: Matthew Fogel, Brian Lynch
Starring: Steve Carell, Pierre Coffin, Alan Arkin, Taraji P. Henson, Michelle Yeoh, Julie Andrews, Russell Brand, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren, Danny Trejo, Lucy Lawless
Runtime: 1 hour 27 minutes
Synopsis: The untold story of one twelve-year-old's dream to become the world's greatest supervillain.

Kriss & Ro talk about the latest film in the Despicable Me/Minions series, Minions: The Rise of Gru. Overall this movie does what it needs to do. It's entertaining enough for kids and is serviceable enough for adults. It is becoming clear that this franchise is starting to run out of runway. One of the biggest disappointments with this movie is the underutilization of the cast. There are some actors that are used for some of the villains that could have really been used better to play on the 80's time period. There's also some cring moments surrounding some Asian characters and themes that just seem like they were clunky and lazy. Again, the movie isn't bad but it's starting to feel like the studio is trying to capture the magic of the first film and keeps getting further and further away.

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Movie Review: The Black Phone Director: Scott Derrickson
Screenwriter: Scott Derrickson, C. Robert Cargill, Joe Hill (short story The Black Phone)
Starring: Mason Thames, Madeleine McGraw, Ethan Hawke, Jeremy Davies, James Ransom, Miguel Cazarez Mora, E. Roger Mitchell, Troy Rudeseal
Runtime: 1 hour 42 minutes
Synopsis: After being abducted by a child killer and locked in a soundproof basement, a 13-year-old boy starts receiving calls on a disconnected phone from the killer's previous victims.

We got the whole Movie Trailer Review gang back together to discuss the latest from director Scott Derrickson, The Black Phone. Blumhouse has been on a bit of a slide with some really questionable films as of late. Their last series of Welcome to the Blumhouse films on Amazon Prime Video were absolutely atrocious. And who could forget what happened when we all got together last time to discuss the travesty that was the Firestarter remake. So coming into The Black Phone, one couldn't blame audiences if they were a little apprehensive. Thankfully, The Black Phone
A lot of things work for this movie. First, Scott Derrickson really knows how to capture horror elements in this film. It's a trend across all of his films but it really stands out in this one. The camera angles, sound editing, framing and everything comes together to really draw the audience into the situations in this film. It also helps that the cast is outstanding. Ethan Hawke has been on a tear lately with the characters and range he's been portraying in movies this year. He's perfectly cast as "The Grabber". He does a lot of "eye acting" that pairs very well with the various masks he wears. But it's not just him. This film has a really solid cast of young actors with Mason Thomas and Madeleine McGraw that pair off extremely well with the adults in this film.
The Black Phone has a mix of Stranger Things with your typical Horror Thriller that works very well for it. It can be dumb at times and even predictable but it's done in a way that feels like it pays off in the end so the audiences will enjoy it.

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Movie Review: Elvis Director: Baz Luhrmann
Screenwriter: Baz Luhrmannn, Sam Bromell, Craig Pearce
Starring: Austin Butler, Tom Hanks, Olivia DeJonge, Helen Thomson, Kelvin Harrison Jr.
Runtime: 2 hour 39 minutes
Synopsis: From his childhood in Tupelo, Mississippi to his rise to stardom starting in Memphis, Tennessee and his conquering of Las Vegas, Nevada, Elvis Presley becomes the first rock 'n roll star and changes the world with his music.
Ro is joined by Kriss and she talks about what worked and what didn't for the latest from Baz Luhrmann. This film is a mixed bag in terms of what it brings for telling the story of Elvis. It's interesting what parts and roads they do go down and which ones they avoid all together. The cast is really the standout with Austin Butler nailing the role of Elvis. This film is more about Tom Hank's Tom Parker and he does a great job in his role as well. The cast lives up to expectations, unfortunately the story just doesn't.



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Movie Review: Lightyear Director: Angus MacLane
Screenwriter: Angus MacLane, Matthew Aldrich, Jason Headley
Starring: Chris Evans, Keke Palmer, Peter Sohn, Taika Waititi, Dale Soules, James Brolinn, Uzo Aduba
Runtime: 1 hour 40 minutes
Synopsis: While spending years attempting to return home, marooned Space Ranger Buzz Lightyear encounters an army of ruthless robots commanded by Zurg who are attempting to steal his fuel source.
Kriss and Ro review the latest from Pixar, Lightyear, a new movie in the Toy Story world of films. While the film doesn't break new ground, it's one of those films where it's good and entertaining enough for the whole family. fBecause it's from Pixar, its competition is really itself. Coming off of Toy Story 4, this might not be up to that level but it's also more aimed at building up a new generation of fans in this world. There's a lot here to like and it's also sets up nicely for continuing the adventures of the Space Rangers in future movies.
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Movie Review: Jurassic World Dominion Director: Colin Trevorrow
Screenwriter: Colin Trevorrow, Emily Carmichael, Derek Connolly
Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Laura Dern, Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum, DeWanda Wise, Mamoudou Athie
Runtime: 2 hour 26 minutes
Synopsis: Four years after the destruction of Isla Nublar, dinosaurs now live--and hunt--alongside humans all over the world. This fragile balance will reshape the future and determine, once and for all, whether human beings are to remain the apex predators on a planet they now share with history's most fearsome creatures in a new Era.
The 1993 Jurassic Park was a classic. It revolutionize the blend of CGI and practical effects. It had a story based in science that . Unfortunately after the success of that movie, the franchise had been nothing more than expensive tech demos. That's especially true of the Jurassic World trilogy of films with each one getting progressively worse. These films are ridiculous. Utterly ridiculous with things that make absolutely no sense. Like how did large dinosaurs repopulate the entire world after a handful escaped an auction in the last film? Look, we get it. Sometimes ridiculous nonsense films are enjoyable (Hi Fast & Furious series). But it's really hard to turn your brain off for a ridiculous film that doesn't think it's ridiculous. Director Colin Trevorrow is no doubt trying to make a serious film with a coherent storyline which makes the ridiculousness of this film not a feature but clearly a bug.
Look, if folks just want to see some dinosaurs then that's fine. You could cut out the few and far between horror-like scenes and put them on Youtube and get your fix. When the film does that, it works. The problem is, it's full of humans your don't care about in a story that doesn't make any sense. That's par for the course at this point. What makes Jurassic World Dominion even more egregious is the blatant and heavy handed nostalgia scenes it goes for. There are times when this film will have a character from the original Jurassic Park say or do something exactly like they did it in that movie but it doesn't land because it's such a hollow attempt.
Jurassic World Dominion is the Matrix Resurrections of Jurassic Park films. This is a series that should die and not be brought back.


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