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The Mummy Is the Best Part of The Mummy!

SOFIA BOUTELLA as Ahmanet – “The Mummy.” Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures.

The Mummy – the first entry in what Universal Pictures is calling Dark Universe – gives the new universe a pretty shaky start.

Despite Alex Kurtzman showing some skill at juggling character and plot arcs, and keeping things moving forward at a good pace, he can’t overcome the clunky script (six writers involved at story and script levels), lack of genuinely witty banter and a horrendous misuse of Tom Cruise.

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It Takes a Monster Trailer: The Mummy!

SOFIA BOUTELLA is  “The Mummy.” Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures

The Mummy is the first in what Universal hopes to build into a universe based on the studio’s classic monsters.

Nick Morton (Tom Cruise) is killed in a plane crash but wakes up in the morgue seemingly unscathed. He learns that he has been marked by the ultimate evil.

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The Fate Of The Furious Lacks A Not So Little Something!

The Fate of the Furious – Dom’s Cuban street race – Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures

There’s a Paul Walker-sized hole in the middle of The Fate of the Furious that the creative team and cast try to gloss over with bigger and more ridiculous stunts than ever before.

The addition of Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw as a member of the team, and Scott Eastwood as Mr. Nobody’s new aide help, but the loss of Walker – whose Brian O’Conner was the series’ real heart – cannot be completely overcome.

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First Look Photo: Jurassic World 2!

Colin Trevorrow – director of Jurassic World and co-write the script for the upcoming sequel – has released the first photo from Jurassic World 2 and it is intriguing.

Reminiscent of the study of original Jurassic Park creator Professor John Hammond, the photo features a girl standing, back to us, looking at the skeleton of a triceratops – with what look skeletons of velociraptors flank the Big T in the middle.

Who is the girl, we have to ask – is she descended from Hammond? Does she have a connection to Jurassic World’d Owen and Claire?

Hopefully, we’ll find out before the film premieres on June 22nd, 2018.

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The Great Wall: Great Movie? No! Great Fun? Yes!

Global superstar MATT DAMON is William Garin in Legendary’s “The Great Wall.” Directed by Zhang Yimou (“Hero,” “House of Flying Daggers”) Universal Pictures.

Zhang Yimou’s The Great Wall is the first Chinese big budget movie that is targeted at a global audience. It has a number of Chinese stars and one major American star and tells a story that brings East and West cultures together in an uncomfortable co-operation against a foe that, should it feed enough, could put the entire world at risk.

With The Great Wall Zhang Yimou has become, in essence, the Chinese Cecil B. DeMille. He’s constructed an epic adventure with a cast of thousands. If the plot and dialogue aren’t always brilliant, the scale of the story and the action definitely make up for that – and it looks amazing!

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Hot Damn! Girls Trip Has a Red Band Trailer!

A few days ago, we posted a trailer for a movie called Girls Trip – the tale of four women going on a vacation trip together and getting into all kinds of mischief.

It was an okay trailer – there were a few laughs – but, truth to tell, it felt a little weak. Turns out, that’s because it was a heavily cut/censored trailer for an R-rated comedy.

The red band trailer was released today and it is like the sun came out. Bear in mind that the following trailer is very NSFW.

Girls Trip will be in theaters on July 17th.

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A Dog’s Purpose Is Heartwarming Hokum!

Ethan (BRYCE GHEISAR) plays with BAILEY in “A Dog’s Purpose.” Photo by Joe Lederer/Courtesy of Universal Pictures.

Based on a novel by W. Bruce Cameron (who co-wrote the script), A Dog’s Purpose is at least a three-hankie film. Heartstrings are plucked and the story of a reincarnating dog comes full circle for an old-fashioned Hollywood happy ending – and despite being hokum, it works beautifully.

It’s just a shame that the trailers contain a lot of the film’s most important moments – including one of the big ones in the final moments.

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Split – Shyamalan’s Best Since Unbreakable!

SPLIT – (L to R) Casey (ANYA TAYLOR-JOY), Claire (HAYLEY LU RICHARDSON), Marcia (JESSICA SULA) and Hedwig (JAMES McAVOY). Photo by John Baer/Courtesy of Universal Pictures.

It’s been a long while since M. Night Shyamalan has produced a movie that’s as good as Split – just over sixteen years, in fact (since Unbreakable).

He’s come close before – sixteen months ago, he almost did it with the fatally flawed The Visit – but he’s finally put it all together in this tale of three high school girls’ kidnapping by a man suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID).

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