‘House Party’ 2023 Struggles to Keep the Party Going

Written by Jamal Olori & Stephen Glover and directed by Calmatic, House Party tells the story of two freshly fired house cleaners — club promoting best friends, Damon and Kevin — as they decide to host the most exclusive party in California at LeBron James’ exclusive mansion, the site of their last cleaning job. While the film does deliver on its premise it isn’t until the later half that it comes into its own.

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NOC Review: ‘Plane’ is Just Plain Offensive

January is often said to be a dumping ground for studios to release their pretty terrible films. And in some cases you’ll see a movie like M3GAN and be pleasantly surprised when it’s actually quite good. But then a movie like Plane comes along that’s just so horribly offensive and, simply put, bad, that it reinforces the stereotype of this being the month for garbage movies.

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‘Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania’ Trailer Goes Deeper into the Quantum Realm

For a Marvel Comics superhero who had a small start in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he’s had some pretty big adventures, some of which had an impact on the larger MCU. No longer the epilogue to the Avengers epics, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) aka Ant-Man and Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) aka The Wasp are the opening act to Phase 5, where they will take fans into the mysterious Quantum Realm in Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania.

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Dylan Sprayberry and Khylin Rhambo Reflect on Their Friendship, Fans, and ‘Teen Wolf’

MTV’s Teen Wolf premiered back in 2011 and ran for six seasons, ending in 2017. Dylan Sprayberry and Khylin Rhambo joined the series as Liam Dunbar and Mason Hewitt in season four. They will both be reprising their roles in Teen Wolf: The Movie, which begins streaming Thursday, January 26 on Paramount+.

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‘The Harvest’ Trailer Shines Light on a Hmong Family and Community

It is exciting to see so many Asian Americans being celebrated in film and television lately. With films like Everything Everywhere All At Once, The Farewell and television series like The CW’s Kung Fu and Disney+’s American Born Chinese, Asian Americans are finally getting some visibility, but those films highlight Chinese Americans — which is also great, but limited for other Asians, including South and Southeast Asians.

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New Trailer for ‘Plane’ Lands Online

It’s certainly the magical post-Christmas time of year where only the best tongue-in-cheek, high concept movies arrive in theaters. In addition to getting the trailer for Evil Dead Rise today and dropping our review for M3GAN, the fun continues with the new trailer for Plane starring Gerard Butler, Mike Colter, Yoson An, Daniella Pineda, and Remi Adeleke.

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The ‘Evil Dead Rise’ with a New Trailer and Poster

The Deadites are coming back! We now have an official trailer and poster for Evil Dead Rise. And for the second reboot of this classic film series, Raimi is passing down the Necronomicon over to director Lee Cronin. And the results look sickly terrifying!

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NOC Review: ‘M3GAN’ is a Hilarious Horror Hoot

Oh man. I haven’t laughed this hard in a theater in a long time! I once said in my review for James Wan’s Malignant, that sometimes you don’t know which “Wan” you’re going to get: “serious Conjuring Wan” or “silly Dead Silence Wan.”

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NOC Review: ‘The Fabelmans’ is Fine

It’s award season, which means every studio is going to tout their maudlin batch of contenders that qualify as “cinema” all over town. Trying to get voters to desperately nominate them for every award, while name-dropping the who’s-who of bait-worthy talent — all while every self-important and self-proclaimed “cinephile” pretends to preach about the difference between true “art” and “garbage” as if they invented the concept of “film” and are the authorities between what “real filmmaking” is and isn’t.

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‘The Hater’ Has an Earnest Heart

The election of Donald Trump in 2016 showed that real life had become more like a season of television than ever before. Two years into Joe Biden’s presidency — and in the aftermath of the January 6 insurrection — our identity as citizens in this country has become increasingly fragmented from each other. What is best for our communities has fallen to the wayside as it has become harder to find common ground. So when The Hater — written, directed and acted by the multi-talented Joey Ally — finally ended and credits began to roll, I finally realized what had been missing in so many other pieces of media about politics in the world of Fake News and political team sports. 

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Thoughts and Reactions to Watching ‘John Wick’ For the First Time

In 2019, in the midst of the Keanussance, I watched and documented my thoughts and reactions to watching The Matrix for the first time. Over two years later, in the lead-up to the release of The Matrix Resurrections, I watched and reacted to its sequels and anime anthology film as well. Now I am doing so once again, but this time for a different franchise.

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Surviving ‘Babylon’ Unscathed with Star Jovan Adepo

Babylon, the latest epic from Whiplash director Damien Chazelle, tackles many issues about the golden era of Hollywood. Chief among them are issues dealing with blackface and the horrible way people of color, even celebrities, were treated within the industry.

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‘Hot Blooded: Once upon a Time’ is Intriguing But Disjointed

How much are you willing to pay to become king? Is the price of having wealth, power, or respect worth the pain or death it brings? Hot Blooded: Once Upon A TIme In Korea succeeds in tackling these themes, as well as the perpetual cycle of violence, with a poetic focus that left me intrigued with what it was trying to say, even though I’m not sure if it was clear enough.

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Discussing Old Hollywood with ‘Babylon’ Breakout Star Diego Calva

This Friday, the world is going to remember the name Diego Calva when they witness Babylon; the latest from Whiplash director, Damien Chazelle. The potential awards contender is slated to hit theaters around the globe and features some really terrific performances from Margot Robbie, Jean Smart, Jovan Adepo, Li Jun Li, and many others.

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‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ VFX Artists on Creating Realistic Water in a CG World

When Avatar first came out in 2009, it used cutting-edge VFX technology to bring the jungle world of Pandora to life. The alien flora and fauna and the indigenous 10-foot-tall blue-skinned Na’vi looked so real. Even more so when watching it in 3D. More than a decade later, director James Cameron gives audiences a reason to revisit Pandora with the highly anticipated sequel Avatar: The Way of Water. The sequel explores new territories and utilizes newer natural elements like water. The latter of which has never been done before.

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The First Trailer for ‘Oppenheimer’ is Here

Written and directed by Christopher Nolan, Oppenheimer is an IMAX-shot epic thriller based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird and the late Martin J. Sherwin.

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NOC Review: ‘Babylon’ is a Vulgar, Messy, and Compelling Cinematic Cacophony

I’ll tell you this. You’re not going to find a more insane movie this holiday season than Babylon. From its opening minutes, the glitz and glamour of 1920s Hollywood is utterly shattered as the film showers its viewers and characters in filth. I kid you not, there’s at least three to four scenes in those opening minutes alone where… bodily fluids… are expelled at or on various characters (which by the way continues sporadically throughout the movie).

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James Gunn to Write ‘Superman’ Movie Without Henry Cavill

Well, ain’t that some shit. Barely a month after announcing his return as Superman on Instagram, Henry Cavill took to the social media platform once again. This time, though, it was to announce the opposite.

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Watch the Official Teaser Trailer for ‘Scream VI’

Get ready, Scream VI is bringing back franchise favorites Melissa Barrera, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Mason Gooding, Jenna Ortega, Hayden Panettiere, and Courteney Cox! The film is set to release in theaters on March 10, 2023, but before the year comes to an end, a teaser trailer and poster have just been shared to excite fans.

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