November 20, 2014
Jennifer Lawrence's 10 Best Movies
In the last five years, Jennifer Lawrence has gone from sitcom star to Oscar-winning thespian and integral component of two top-grossing film franchises -- not to mention the sort of celebrity whose goofy, down-to-earth persona makes her irresistible to meme makers and late-night talk show booking agents. She has a lot to celebrate, in other words, and with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 arriving in theaters this weekend, we decided now would be a perfect time to pay tribute to some of the brighter critical highlights from a filmography that?s only getting started. Watch your step, because it's time to Total Recall Jennifer Lawrence style!
May 22, 2013
Comic Book Movies You Can Watch Online
Comic book movies are all the rage these days, and every year we see more of them hitting theaters than before. Whether you're into quirky indie comics (Ghost World, American Splendor), superhero action titles (The Dark Knight, The Avengers), graphic novels (300, Persepolis), or even manga (Oldboy), there's probably a big screen adaptation on this list for you. Click through to find out what's available to watch online right now.
November 30, 2012
Weekly Ketchup: Familiar Names Return for X-Men: Days of Future Past
This week's Ketchup includes movie development news stories for such films as Disney's live action Cinderella, a remake of Flight of the Navigator, a Marvin Gaye biopic, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, and the sixth movie based upon Marvel's X-Men comic book characters. There's also new roles for George Clooney, Charlize Theron, and Reese Witherspoon.
July 13, 2012
Weekly Ketchup: Michael Fassbender Joins Assassin's Creed
There are lots of events that take place in a given year of Hollywood movie news, but few result in quite the news-filled entries of The Weekly Ketchup as does the mid-July gathering at the San Diego Comic-Con. Especially, that is, if your interest lies in the areas of movies based on video games and comic book super heroes. Included in the mix this week are movies based on the video game franchises Assassin's Creed, Deus Ex, God of War, and the Marvel superheroes Daredevil, Fantastic Four, and The Wolverine.
September 6, 2011
RT on DVD & Blu-Ray: X-Men: First Class and Hanna
If you love television, this is a good week on home video for you: box sets for Breaking Bad, Community, Fringe, The Office, Parks and Recreation, and more dropped today. But for those of you looking for your favorite movies, this isn't a bad week so much as one simply lacking a large selection. Almost all the films we cover in today's column are Fresh, but outside of what we've got here, there isn't a whole lot more to cover. What did we decide not to cover? New Blu-rays of Dressed to Kill (we've already got DePalma on the list), The Hills Have Eyes (same with Craven), Hellraiser II, The Caine Mutiny (though Bogie is admittedly awesome in it), and United 93. What did we choose to cover? Read on to find out!
June 6, 2011
Marvel Movie Madness! Part 13: X-Men: First Class
Matt: After a disappointing descent into mediocrity (X-Men: The Last Stand, and Wolverine), Marvel's mutant heroes make a triumphant return to the big screen with a prequel that tells the story of how the band got together back in the day. Now, if you're like me and grew up reading The Uncanny X-Men, you won't like the liberties taken here with which mutants were actually in this "First Class." But I'm willing to let that pass because this movie is mostly pretty fun. The action is thrilling, the cast is (mostly) great, and the story works pretty well.
June 6, 2011
Box Office Guru Wrapup: X-Men Is First Class
This weekend Fox rebooted its mutant super hero franchise and scored a top spot launch with the comic book pic X-Men: First Class which stood as the frame's only new wide release. The PG-13 film debuted to an estimated $56M over the weekend from 3,641 theaters for a solid $15,380 average. It was in line with other Marvel super hero films of the same type, most notably 2008's reboot The Incredible Hulk which debuted to $55.4M in June of that summer. Both followed films that were widely disliked and featured new directors, cast, and storylines in hopes of winning back fans.
June 2, 2011
Critics Consensus: X-Men: First Class is Certified Fresh
This week at the movies, we've only got one wide release: the hotly-anticipated origin story of everyone's favorite mutants (X-Men: First Class, starring James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender). What do the critics have to say? Sometimes, when a franchise starts drifting toward mediocrity, it's best to start again from the top. That certainly seems to be the case with X-Men: First Class; critics call this origin story a visually stunning, action-packed popcorn flick with excellent performances and a smarter-than-average script. And in indieland, Submarine, a coming-of-age dramedy about a young man trying to save his parents' marriage and find love for himself, is Certified Fresh.
June 1, 2011
Total Recall: James McAvoy's Best Movies
Since breaking into the film business in the mid-1990s, James McAvoy has collected a pile of positive reviews and award nominations, and he's done it while dividing his time between thoughtful independent fare (like The Last King of Scotland) and big-budget blockbusters (such as Wanted). But all that was merely a prelude for this weekend, when McAvoy suits up as the mighty (and decidedly wheelchair-free) Charles Xavier in X-Men: First Class. With a starring role in one of the summer's most highly anticipated films under his belt, we thought it was about time to take a look at some of the brightest spots in McAvoy's filmography, Total Recall style. Let's get started!
May 31, 2011
Top 10 Movie Mutants
Mutants: for good and for and for evil, terror and wisdom, metaphor and good old fashioned gross-out, movies have seen them in all shapes, sizes and skin conditions. The most famous, arguably, are Marvel's X-Men, who've enjoyed four big screen incarnations and an enduring place in the popular mind. This week, the gifted outsiders return in X-Men: First Class, Matthew Vaughn's anticipated prequel that takes the series' characters back to their origins. To celebrate, we've put together a list of 10 of movies' most memorable mutants -- so kick back in the teleportation chamber, pass the radioactive goo... and enjoy.
May 24, 2011
The Blockbuster Goes Retro
Judging from the retro plots of "Super 8," "Cowboys & Aliens," "Captain America," and "X-Men: First Class," this is a pretty backward-looking summer. Slate asks: What gives?
February 17, 2011
January Jones Unknown Interview
In a new interview, January Jones discusses her work on "Unknown," and tells you why you should be excited for "X-Men: First Class."
February 16, 2011
It's Matthew Vaughn's Golden Age
Matthew Vaughn plans to stay in the superhero vein for his next proposed project, "The Golden Age," about a superhero retirement home.
January 24, 2011
Matthew Vaughn X-Men Interview
In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, "X-Men: First Class" director Matthew Vaughn described his film as "X-Men meets Bond, with a little 'Thirteen Days' thrown in for good measure."
December 13, 2010
X-Men: First Class Synopsis Posted
Wondering how in the world Fox is going to fit all those cast members into "X-Men: First Class"? You can get an early clue with this just-released synopsis.
August 18, 2010
January Jones Joins X-Men: First Class
The ever-expanding cast of "X-Men: First Class" continues to grow, with Bill Milner (young Magneto), Zoe Kravitz (Angel), and January Jones (Emma Frost) making the latest additions.
August 16, 2010
Two More for X-Men: First Class
The cast for "X-Men: First Class" continues to fill out, with Rose Byrne and Jason Flemying in talks to play Moira MacTaggert and Nightcrawler's father, respectively.