Part-Time Characters: Stranger Things 2 Review

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We are so sorry we disappeared on you! October was a tough month for us thanks to Hurricane Maria, so it was a lot harder to get together, record, or even upload an episode. But now things are looking up and we’re here with a lengthy review of our favorite Netflix show of the moment, Stranger Things 2.

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Cinemaholics Review: Lady Bird and Murder on the Orient Express

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For the show this week, I’m joined by my regular co-host Will Ashton and special guest Kristen Lopez from Paste Magazine, Film School Rejects, and The Young Folks to review Murder on the Orient Express and Lady Bird, two films that honestly couldn’t be anymore different, but we’ll get to that in the podcast.

We originally recorded the show with Mini Reviews as usual, but sound issues forced us to cut the episode in half (which worked out because the episode had gone on far longer than planned). We’ll do those reviews for CocoLast Flag Flying, and Walking Dead Season 8 next week.

That said, the main show covers two featured reviews at length, no spoilers for either. The first movie is Lady Bird, a wonderful A24 film directed and written by Greta Gerwig that has been topping many “best of 2017” lists already on the minds of critics. It’s yet another Oscar-worthy performance from Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn) complemented by a fantastic cast. Murder on the Orient Express is the second review of the show, directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh as Hercule Poirot in the adaptation of Agatha Christie’s landmark novel. It’s the classic “whodunnit” modernized for 2017, so be sure to manage your expectations if you’re planning on giving this one a shot.

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Cinemaholics Review: Thor: Ragnarok and Stranger Things 2

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I always feel bad about writing the headlines for these because we reviewed a lot more than Thor: Ragnarok and Stranger Things Season 2. We also talked about WonderstruckThe Killing of a Sacred Deer, and Super Mario Odyssey (a game for once!), in addition to the heavy hitters you want to hear about.

On Thor: Ragnarok, we spent some time debating our opinions on the first two Thor movies, followed by a thorough discussion on this new film. Will Ashton and I had the most disagreement over the film, while Maveryke Hines had an opinion somewhere in the middle. As always, it made for a fantastic debate I’ll be curious to revisit in a few months when the dust has settled. For now, I can safely say that director Taika Waititi should be allowed to do whatever film he wants from now until the end of time.

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Cinemaholics Review: Only the Brave and The Snowman

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I’m on the show this week with Will Ashton and Maveryke Hines to talk about Only the Brave, starring Miles Teller, Josh Brolin, Jeff Bridges, Jennifer Connelly, and Taylor Kitsch. Based on the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, this is one of the year’s best surprises. It’s a biographical film about wildfires, sure, but it’s packing some seriously good performances and quite a few gut punches.

We’re also reviewing the less impressive The Snowman, directed by Tomas Alfredson and starring Michael Fassbender and Rebecca Ferguson. Despite being one of our highly anticipated fall films, Snowman left Will Ashton in particular feeling quite…cold. His words.

The rest of our mini reviews this week include a revisit of MINDHUNTER on Netflix, now that Maveryke and I have finished the first season. And Will talks about 1922, a new horror movie on Netflix based on the Stephen King novella.

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Cinemaholics Review: The Florida Project and Happy Death Day

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We actually did more than review The Florida Project and Happy Death Day, but headlines can only be so long. This might be our biggest episode of Cinemaholics yet, with reviews for The ForeignerThe Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) on Netflix, The Babysitter on Netflix, and Mindhunter Season 1 on Netflix. In addition to all of that, I did a special On Tap segment with Alisha Grauso to discuss the Harvey Weinstein scandals and Hollywood’s sexual assault problem.

Needless to say, this is a Cinemaholics you don’t want to miss, especially because The Florida Project is gunning for my favorite film of the year, and from director Sean Baker no less, who also directed the 2015 gem, Tangerine. Keep your eyes on Baker for anything he does next, especially if it’s with A24.

Maveryke Hines and Will Ashton joined me on the show as always, and our reviews for The Foreigner and Happy Death Day were decidedly more divisive, but I wouldn’t have it any other way on this podcast.

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Is ‘Blade Runner 2049’ a Masterpiece? — Cinemaholics

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Blade Runner 2049 is out in theaters, and critics have showered the sci-fi sequel with praise, with many calling it a masterpiece. Unfortunately, this didn’t translate to box office success for the film. It opened with an abysmal $31.5 million domestically, far behind the blockbuster’s reported budget of $150 million. Keep this in mind the next time Hollywood tries to blame Rotten Tomatoes for underperforming weekends.

I reviewed Blade Runner 2049 with Will Ashton and Maveryke Hines this week on the show, and it’s spoiler-free, of course. For those of you itching to hear our spoilery thoughts, check the time stamp above to hear when our spoiler section begins. And as always, we reviewed a few other releases you might want to know about.

Will saw The Mountain Between Us, starring Kate Winslet and Idris Elba. This is a movie I’ve shown no interest in seeing for myself, and Will’s thoughts only confirm that decision. I talked about The Good Place Season 2 with a preface for checking out the first season, which is now on Netflix (newest episodes on Hulu). And Maveryke saw Long Shot on Netflix, a documentary about how a man on death row had his life saved by an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm. Seriously.

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A Short Review of ‘Blade Runner 2049’

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I’m excited to dig into Blade Runner 2049 throughout the entire weekend, notably on the Cinemaholics podcast coming out Sunday. But for now, I’ve written some short, spoiler-free thoughts about the film just a day after seeing it.

In general, I’ve been moving away from the standard film reviews you’ve seen on this site since it launched in 2012, mainly because my long form writing has been dedicated elsewhere. And honestly, I find it just as fun and fulfilling to share my immediate thoughts on a film with all of you on Twitter.

For many of you who don’t use Twitter, however, here’s my take on Blade Runner 2049 and whether or not you should take the time to see it.

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