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Soul Review: The New Pixar Film Coming to Disney+

Pixar films at their best are wildly imaginative, speaking to children and adults alike. On paper, most Pixar films have basic scenarios with complex themes – toys that come to life or the monsters under the bed become surrogates for parenthood; a family of superheroes gives way to themes of isolation, self-worth, and our place …

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Dora and the Lost City of Gold Review

Surely the most dreaded words in all of feature film development must be “it needs a new direction.” [Followed closely by “I have a few notes”]. Not that searching for a new direction is bad, some fantastic films have come from creatives throwing out what came before and in the process re-discovering an original truth. …

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Ready or Not Review: Samara Weaving Shines in This Horror Comedy

The image is compelling; a bride in her wedding dress with a gun in her hands, ammo strapped around her body. You know exactly what you’re in for… or do you? I tried to stay as far away from the original trailer as I could before I watched Ready or Not starring Samara Weaving, Adam …

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Stuber Review: The Kumail Nanjiani and Dave Bautista Action Comedy

Stuber feels almost revolutionary in a summer where every film seems to have earth-shattering stakes and where the simple pleasures of a good belly laugh, and solid chemistry between actors happy to be there seem like the movie staples of a bygone era.  To whip out an old critic’s cliché, they really don’t make them …

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The Lion King Review: Should You Check Out This Disney Remake?

Before I start this The Lion King review, I want to address something so you know where I stand. There has been some discussion online lately about whether or not people are fans of Disney live-action remakes. Though I’ve enjoyed reading both sides, I have loved some and not others. I’m also okay with changes, …

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Midsommar Review: Let the Festivities Begin

It’s difficult not to compare Ari Aster’s Midsommar to his previous film, Hereditary; in both Aster uses grief as an entry point into explorations of horror and despair. In the case of Midsommar, that grief hits directly and quickly as Dani (Florence Pugh) is given some devastating news that destroys her world as she knows it. Her …

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Annabelle Comes Home Review

The great philosopher Tyler Durden once said “the things we possess end up possessing us.” Taking that sort of glib pseudo-philosophy seriously is bound to backfire, but someone has anyway so we may as well grapple with it. The possession under discussion is the haunted doll Annabelle, which has been traveling in search a soul …

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How Mark Hamill Created His Version of Chucky in Child’s Play

During the press conference for the highly-anticipated reboot of Child’s Play, we got to learn how Mark Hamill came to take on the role of the legendary horror figure, Chucky, and what it was like stepping into the big shoes that previous Chucky actor, Brad Dourif, left behind for him to fill. More importantly, we learned …

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We Review Jennifer Aniston, Adam Sandler’s Murder Mystery

The new Netflix film Murder Mystery, starring Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler, is released today. In the film, when a NYC cop (Adam Sandler) finally takes his wife (Jennifer Aniston) on a long promised European trip, a chance meeting on the flight with a mysterious man (Luke Evans) gets them invited to an intimate family gathering …

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Jennifer Aniston, Adam Sandler on Their Netflix Film Murder Mystery

This past week, VitalThrills.com got a chance to check out the premiere and press conference for the upcoming Netflix film, Murder Mystery. On the panel were writer James Vanderbilt, director Kyle Newacheck, Luis Gerardo Mendez Shioli Kutsuna, Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston and Dany Boon. In the film, when a NYC cop (Adam Sandler) finally takes …

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How Will Smith Made Genie His Own in Disney’s Aladdin

During the press conference for the highly-anticipated live-action adaptation of Disney’s Aladdin, we got to learn more about how actor Will Smith approached the role of Genie, especially since Robin Williams’ performance left such a huge mark on Disney animated history. More importantly, we learned how composer Alan Menken’s music helped Smith start acclimating into the …

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Aladdin: How the Song Speechless Ended Up Being the Most Timely

We recently attended the press conference for the upcoming, highly-anticipated live-action remake of Disney’s Aladdin and learned everything about how the world of Aladdin was created, what went into the dance sequences of the film, and how the team behind the remake decided to expand upon the original animated film’s story while still holding onto …

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A Musical About Star Wars Opens Off-Broadway

Star Wars fans received a unique gift for Star Wars Day this year, when A Musical About Star Wars – or Why Star Wars is the Greatest Thing in the Galaxy, Much Much Better than Star Trek opened Off-Broadway in New York City. It’s a double gift for geeks like me to have my fandom collide …

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Missing Link Designs: How Chris Butler’s Work Impacted LAIKA’s Pre-Production

There is no denying that a lot of work goes into creating stop-motion animated films. Just the shooting process alone for a feature-length film can take up to one or two years as a whole team of immensely driven and hard working people come together to painstakingly capture each individual frame. But what exactly goes …

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We’re Going to Have a Long Wait for X-Men in the MCU

On March 20, Disney acquired 21st Century Fox, which includes Twentieth Century Fox, Fox Searchlight Pictures and Fox 2000. The studios together offer diverse and compelling storytelling businesses and are the homes of Avatar, X-Men, Fantastic Four and Deadpool, as well as The Grand Budapest Hotel, Hidden Figures, Gone Girl, The Shape of Water and The Martian. That means that the X-Men, which are part …

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Avengers: Endgame Press Conference Left Seats Open for the Fallen

When the curtain opened on the actors appearing for the Avengers: Endgame press conference, there was an audible gasp. No one had been notified about who was going to be there beforehand. Some characters that turned to dust with the snap of Thanos’ (Josh Brolin) fingers have movies coming out, of course, but who knows …

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Pet Sematary Review: New Chills, Same Sematary

I am a massive Stephen King fan. Pet Sematary is one of my favorite King novels & films. When I heard they were remaking this I had the knee jerk reaction that most of the internet had: “No! Hollywood is remaking yet again another classic instead of coming up with fresh ideas. Nothing is sacred!! …

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How Composer Danny Elfman Made Dumbo Soar

During the first half of the press conference for the highly-anticipated live-action reimagining of Disney‘s Dumbo, we got to learn more about how composer Danny Elfman came to the project. Most importantly, we learned how he created Dumbo’s theme and managed to capture director Tim Burton’s need to hear Dumbo soar in the film’s score. When you …

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How Disney Adapted Dumbo for Today’s Audience

We recently attended the press conference for the highly-anticipated live-action reimagining of Disney‘s Dumbo. The press conference was split into two parts. Attending the first part of the press conference was producer Derek Frey, producer Katterli Frauenfelde, production designer Rick Heinrichs, costume designer Colleen Atwood, composer Danny Elfman, screenwriter Ehren Kruger, and producer Justin Springer. While …

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