Cinemaholics Review: Crazy Rich Asians, Disenchantment, Alpha, Mile 22

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On the show this week, we have a wide range of films and shows to cover, starting with Crazy Rich Asians, the crowd-pleasing event of the summer as Will Ashton puts it. Maveryke Hines also joins this week to help us review Disenchantment Season 1 on Netflix, AlphaMile 22, and a Netflix gem of a movie called To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.

Our Q&A Episode is rapidly approaching. Send us all your movie-related questions and otherwise, either in the comments below or via email: cinemaholicspodcast@gmail.com.

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Cinemaholics Review: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

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This week on Cinemaholics, I’m joined by special guest Jake Holland and my co-host Will Ashton to review Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Is the “fallen kingdom” in question the state of the Jurassic Park franchise at this point? Well, according to the box office, definitely not. We had a great conversation about the series as a whole and leading up to this new film from J.A. Bayona, and we’ve even included a brief section for spoilers (with fair warning of course).

We opened this week’s show with some Off-Topics, including a rundown of Incredibles 2 breaking all kinds of box office records, plus how Solo: A Star Wars Story‘s utter failure at the box office has reportedly led to Disney and Lucasfilm putting future standalone Star Wars movies on hold. We also get into a fascinating segment about Gotti, which includes everything from a marketing campaign targeted at film critics to some seriously shady number crunching going on at Rotten Tomatoes. You’ll have to hear this one to believe it.

Last, we get into Mini Reviews as usual, but only a few this week. I give my thoughts on Luke Cage Season 2, which just dropped on Netflix, as well as the new romantic comedy Set It Up. And Will finally saw Thoroughbreds, one of my favorites of 2018.

Question for you: Aside from the original, which is your favorite Jurassic Park movie?

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Cinemaholics Podcast Review: UPGRADE

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Last week, we asked you (the listener) which movie we should do for our featured review. And it turns out Upgrade was the clear winner, and we couldn’t be more thankful. Upgrade turned out to be a blast of a movie with plenty for us to discuss. If you haven’t checked out this sci-fi action horror from Blumhouse (and director Leigh Whannell, one of the minds behind the Saw and Insidious franchises), consider giving our spoiler-free review a listen and seeing this one for yourself.

In addition to our main review, we opened the podcast this week with our reactions to Solo: A Star Wars Story getting trounced in the box office, plus my recent experience at Pixar Fest, a seasonal celebration of all things Pixar at Disneyland in California. And as always, we did some mini reviews, which include Adrift (the movie we almost did for our featured review), Disobedience (an indie gem), The Tale (an HBO film that premiered at Sundance), and Arrested Development Season 5 (on Netflix).

If you’re not sure what to check out in theaters next week, stay tuned for our Coming Soon segment, where we briefly discuss what’s about to release. And next week, we’re giving the entire show over to a guest cast to review Ocean’s 8. For more info on that, be sure to listen to our Off-Topics segment at the top of the show.

Question for You: should Star Wars make more spinoffs of characters we’ve already seen? Why or why not?

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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 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: 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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Cinemaholics Review: Ready Player One

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Ready Player One. It’s the movie people can’t stop talking about, one way or another. Half consider it an enjoyable romp worthy of Steven Spielberg, and the other half considers it a hellscape of boredom, maybe even bad intentions. Hyperbole aside, I sat with Will Ashton and Maveryke Hines to discuss the new film, highlighting its strengths, weaknesses, and comparisons to the source material.

But that’s not all. For Mini Reviews this week, Will and I finally chatted about Barry, the new show on HBO starring Bill Hader. This pivoted into a discussion about Alex Inc., a somewhat similar new show (circumstantially) starring Zach Braff. From there, we ended up talking about Scrubs for a solid 10 minutes, and you know what? I’m glad we did. The rest of the show contained a bizarre personal story about James Acaster and his new Netflix comedy special Repertoire, followed by a brief review of Best F(r)iends, a new movie starring Greg Sestero and Tommy Wiseau of The Room fame.

Question for you: Which Steven Spielberg movie sums up his talent as a filmmaker in your mind?

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