Cinemaholics Review: Hereditary and Ocean’s 8

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This week, we handed the podcast over to an all-female cast of awesome film lovers to review Hereditary and Ocean’s 8. Kimber Myers hosts this week with special guest Alisha Grauso and newcomer to the pod Candice Frederick, and they kick things off with a lively conversation about the year’s breakout horror hit from A24, plus the spinoff to the Ocean’s 11 franchise starring Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, and many more.

For mini reviews, Kimber and Alisha discuss Upgrade, the sci-fi action darling we did our for our feature review last week, and then Won’t You Be My Neighbor, the Fred Rogers documentary that has been warming the hearts of even the coldest critics.

Question for you: what’s the scariest movie you’ve seen in recent years?

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Cinemaholics Review – Solo: A Star Wars Story

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Special guest Catrina Dennis joins the podcast this week to help us unpack the latest Star Wars anthology prequel, Solo: A Star Wars Story. It’s a movie with just as much drama taking place outside the context of the movie, with production problems galore and an unfolding narrative surrounding its underperformance at the box office as of opening weekend. But as for the movie itself, we chat at length about whether or not it’s simply “fine” or perhaps a bit better than some are giving it credit.

We only did a few mini reviews, but the first one absolutely makes up for it. Maveryke and I go on a tear about 13 Reasons Why Season 2, now on Netflix. Will talks about the new Adult Swim show he can’t stop watching, Joe Pera Talks With You, and I finish things out with my tribute to New Girl in light of its series finale.

Question for you: What should we review next week? AdriftAction PointUpgrade, or something else?

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Cinemaholics Review: Deadpool 2

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The Chronicles of Wade Wilson continue in Deadpool 2, the follow-up to what I once considered a true breath of fresh air for superhero franchises everywhere. Like the original, Deadpool 2 is R-rated, edgy, and almost painfully self-aware, nothing like most comic book flicks today. I certainly got a kick out of the movie, but I don’t think I’m as in love with the concept of this franchise as I was at first sight. To help me unpack my mixed feelings, special guest Brandon Katz from Observer joins the show with regular cohosts Will Ashton and Maveryke Hines.

Question for you: How many times have you seen the first Deadpool, and did you like it more or less the second time?

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Cinemaholics Podcast Review: Tully

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Tully, directed by Jason Reitman and written by Diablo Cody, the duo behind Juno and Young Adult. This new comedy-drama film about motherhood stars Charlize Theron, Mackenzie Davis, Ron Livingston, and Mark Duplass. And it’s definitely one worth watching.

For mini reviews, we covered a pretty diverse list of new releases, many of them on Netflix. There’s John Mulaney’s new comedy special on Netflix, Kid Gorgeous at Radio City, which is already making some headlines for its pervasive political humor. Dear White People just dropped its second season on Netflix, and in this episode I lay out my case for why you should get caught all the way up on this biting, wickedly smart show.

Our guest Abby just watched the new Howard’s End mini series (which is about to hit Amazon streaming), based on the 90s film of the same name. Will saw the new Adam Sandler movie The Week Of on Netflix and calls it the best of the Sandler-Netflix movies (not counting Meyerowitz Stories). And I finished the show out with a mini review for RBG, a new documentary about the life and career of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, which is premiered at Sundance.

Question for you: What should we review and/or talk about on the show next week? There aren’t a lot of major releases, so any ideas are welcome! Next week’s wide releases include Breaking In and The Life of The Party.

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Cinemaholics Review – Avengers: Infinity War

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A whole episode of Cinemaholics dedicated to Avengers: Infinity War? We’re just as surprised as you. It’s one of the biggest event movies of all time, and in every sense of the word, crushing box office records and causing massive debates online about (SPOILERS). Well, that goes for us as well.

Will Ashton and Maveryke Hines joined me this week to do a spoiler-free review of Infinity War, but followed by a massive spoiler section noted in the show notes above. Be wary of spoilers, but be even more wary of my emotions, as things get somewhat “Hulk-y” toward the midpoint of the episode.

Question for you: if you saw Infinity War, let us know what you think of the villain, and who do you think was “right” about the main debate in this episode? Careful for spoilers in the comments!

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Cinemaholics Review: Rampage

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Rampage has been a huge hit at the box office so far (no surprise for a Dwayne Johnson blockbuster), but reviews are about as divided as many expected. Is this the best video game adapted film, so soon after Tomb Raider? If you ask Will Ashton, not so fast. We had a great discussion, but this is a pretty packed episode with other reviews and topics at hand.

I’ve been at San Francisco International Film Festival all week, so I briefly shared my thoughts on a few new movies you might remember from our Sundance episode back in February. I discussed Leave No TraceSorry to Bother YouThe Guardians, and Eighth Grade (which won honors at the festival). Will and I also spent some time explaining the Netflix controversy related to Cannes Film Festival, which poses some big questions for the future of streaming movies and what constitutes as “true” cinema.

For Mini Reviews, we dove into the new Netflix reboot series Lost in Space, plus a few under-the-radar flicks you might want to check out. Paterno just came out on HBO, which stars Al Pacino as the Penn State coach during the final years of his life. I saw You Were Never Really Here, which stars Joaquin Phoenix and is already a contender for my favorite movie of 2018. And we finished with Lean on Pete, a new A24 film from the director of 45 Years.

Question for you: What is the “best” Dwayne Johnson movie?

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Top 5 Most Suspenseful Movies (Anyway, That’s All I Got)

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In honor of the release of A Quiet Place, the ATAIG crew got together to count down their top 5 most suspenseful movies. Suspenseful movies are a very broad, personal, and subjective topic, so our lists ended up being very diverse and indicative of our own sensibilities. There are plenty of obvious choices, but there are also plenty of surprising revelations along the way…

Question for you: What are your favorite suspenseful movies? Also, what tends to get under your skin when it comes to suspense in general?

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