You'll probably need a couple Ralph Breaks The Internet viewings to catch all the Easter eggs

Easter eggs are pretty standard fare in popular entertainment these days, but from the sounds of it, the team behind the Wreck It Ralph sequel, Ralph Breaks The Internet, took the easter egg placement to the next level. As the animation team tells us in our interview, fans may need a couple viewings to catch all the…

Jim Cummings has some advice for the actors voicing The Lion King's new hyenas

Without a doubt, the most buzzed about part of next year’s The Lion King remake is its absolutely stacked cast, headlined by Beyoncé and Donald Glover. Starring alongside them are Florence Kasumba, Keegan-Michael Key, and Eric Andre, replacing Whoopi Goldberg, Cheech Marin, and Jim Cummings as Scar’s trio of hyena…

Steve McQueen’s thrilling heist movie Widows has more on its mind than a big score

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Steve McQueen’s Widows is the type of movie that Hollywood too rarely bankrolls anymore: a mid-budget crackerjack crowdpleaser for adults. McQueen, the British director and video artist who made Hunger, Shame, and 12 Years A Slave, has never applied his muscular, fluid camerawork and ease with performers to a script…

Ralph Breaks The Internet’s animators explain how the Disney princess scene came together

At the D23 Expo last year, Disney announced that every Disney princess, with most of the original voice actors, would be returning to the big-screen in the new Wreck It Ralph movie, Ralph Breaks The Internet. Ahead of the film’s release next week, we sat down with a few behind-the-scenes folks—art director Ami…

Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen on Green Book and the music of Don Shirley

Director Peter Farrelly’s new film Green Book gets its name from The Negro Motorist Green Book, a Jim Crow-era guidebook written by Victor Hugo Green that black Americans could use to know which establishments were safe for them to patronize. The film follows black concert pianist Dr. Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali),…

Disney goes viral with an ambitious, overstuffed Wreck-It Ralph sequel

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There have been relatively few sequels produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation—that is, the flagship Disney cartoon brand, not Pixar or any of their TV divisions—and it’s easy to see why. Disney specializes in happy-ending family entertainment, and producing a follow-up to a beloved all-ages cartoon places the young…

Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne build an Instant Family in a comedy more touching than funny

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Two moments prominently featured in the Instant Family trailer attempt to wring laughs from the image of an anxious foster kid getting violently smacked in the face with a ball. They speak to the worst impulses of writer-director Sean Anders, whose tendency to go for broad slapstick and cheap gags has carried…

Willem Dafoe plays Van Gogh, a man 25 years his junior, in the reductive biopic At Eternity’s Gate

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For the first time since he turned to filmmaking with 1996’s Basquiat, celebrated painter Julian Schnabel (whose other movies include Before Night Falls and The Diving Bell And The Butterfly) has paid tribute to a fellow artist. Unlike Jean-Michel Basquiat, however, Schnabel’s latest subject isn’t exactly someone…

Shoah: Four Sisters extends the legacy of Claude Lanzmann’s essential Holocaust film

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Near the seven-hour mark of Claude Lanzmann’s 550-minute magnum opus Shoah (1985), widely considered the greatest cinematic document of the Jewish Holocaust, a woman credited only as a “survivor of Auschwitz” tells of her harrowing transport to the Nazi death camp. Her name is Ruth Elias, and her story constitutes the…

Chris Pine plays a Scottish Outlaw King in an epic without a sense of purpose

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“We have a spectacle,” announces King Edward (Stephen Dillane) in the middle of both an England-Scotland peace brokering and a long, circling-camera take that opens Outlaw King. This exposition-heavy early scene, which includes in its unbroken shot Robert The Bruce (Chris Pine) sword-dueling with an opponent who…

To no one’s surprise, Jason Mantzoukas was making everyone break on the set of his new movie

Jason Mantzoukas is one of the most reliably funny comedic actors working today, bringing a wide-eyed intensity to every performance. His new film, The Long Dumb Road is apparently no exception. Directed by Hannah Fidell, the film stars Mantzoukas and Tony Revolori as an unlikely pair who wind up on a wild road trip…

Director Carly Ann Stone on The New Romantic and making a movie about sugar babies

Carly Ann Stone’s directorial debut The New Romantic follows a young journalism student who, frustrated with her post-graduation prospects, becomes a sugar baby to a wealthy older man and documents her experience in hopes to win a journalism competition. At the premiere of the film, we spoke with Stone, Jessica…

There's not much magic in the plotty, reference-heavy Fantastic Beasts sequel

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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald wastes no time at all ushering viewers back into the “Wizarding World” of Harry Potter. Those very words, in fact, appear right on the screen, in big letters, floating into view seconds after the Warner Bros. logo—sheening and monochromatic, to tease the stormier nature of…

In horror hybrid Overlord, the only thing worse than a living Nazi is an undead one

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The Nazis generally, and Josef Mengele in particular, committed so many horrific atrocities in real life that amplifying their crimes for fictional purposes feels like overkill. Still, if Quentin Tarantino can revise the circumstances of Hitler’s death for our cathartic amusement, there’s no reason why the…

Carey Mulligan on Wildlife, flawed women, and making respect the new normal

Carey Mulligan isn’t sure how she became what she jokingly calls a “serious, important” actress. “I’m completely not a serious person,” she tells us on the phone from London. Perhaps it was her start in costume dramas like the 2005 version of Pride & Prejudice and the BBC miniseries of Charles Dickens’ Bleak House.…

You’re a dull one, Mr. Grinch—at least in this latest retelling of the classic Seuss tale

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If Walt Disney Animation built its reputation on fairy tales and princesses, is upstart animation house Illumination founded on supervillains? Four of its first eight cartoons are part of the Despicable Me family, detailing the adventures of a bad guy (reformed by his adoption of three girls) and his chattering minions

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