REVIEW: Kong: Skull Island

Image: Warner Bros.

Chris Luckett

There were many things working against Kong: Skull Island, but the biggest was the simple fact it’s the fourth telling of an incredibly iconic story. Does the world really need another telling of King Kong? Particularly just a dozen years after Peter Jackson already reintroduced the mammoth monkey to the CGI generation, is there anything new to be done with the gigantic gorilla?

Absolutely, it turns out. The truly reimagined Kong: Skull Island somehow finds a whole new way to tell a story most already know too well, subverting almost each expectation in turn and breathing new life into Merian C. Cooper’s behemoth creation.

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CORE STORY: Brie Larson in talks to play Marvel’s first female solo superhero

Photo: NBC

Photo: NBC

Chris Luckett

It’s common after an Oscar-winning dramatic role for an actress to take an superhero-blockbuster role — see: Halle Berry in Catwoman, Charlize Theron in Aeon Flux, or Natalie Portman in Thor — but Brie Larson looks to be making the most of her post-Room clout.

Close sources revealed to Variety that Larson has entered early talks to play Captain Marvel, one of the comic company’s most popular female superheroes, in a self-titled picture within the “Phase 3” arm of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Continue reading

THE 2016 NOMINEES: Best Actress

Photo: A24/Elevation Pictures

Photo: A24/Elevation Pictures

Chris Luckett

There are just three days left until the Oscars. Have you had trouble finding time to catch up on all the nominated movies? Still want to be able to join in the Oscar conversations at work? Look no further than this six-part guide to the major categories. Today, I look at the nominees for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role.

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REVIEW: Don Jon

Photo: Relativity Media

Photo: Relativity Media

Chris Luckett

Generally, first-time writer-directors who began as actors fall into two categories: ones that seem accomplished from the get-go and ones that truly feel like first-time writer-directors. Ben Affleck, Zach Braff, and Robert Redford all managed to dazzle with their very first efforts, for example. Unfortunately, Don Jon is no Gone Baby Gone, Garden State, or Ordinary People

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