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Back in 2011, Joe Cornish wrote and directed Attack the Block, a fun alien invasion movie set in a rundown London apartment complex that should’ve received a whole lot more attention than it did. Afterwards, Cornish seemed to disappear (though he did co-write Ant-Man and was apparently in the running to direct Star Trek Beyond.)

He’s now returned with The Kid Who Would Be King, a modern take on the King Arthur legend in which a young boy discovers Excalibur, and must raise an army to fight an impending invasion of monsters led by the evil sorceress Morgana (Rebecca Ferguson). Oh… and it stars Patrick Stewart as Merlin the Magician.

I’ll be honest: if this didn’t have Joe Cornish’s name attached to it, I’d probably file it away as something to maybe watch with my kids when it hits Netflix or Redbox. But because Cornish is behind this, my expectations are definitely higher. With Attack the Block, Cornish put some fresh, interesting twists on the alien invasion genre, and maybe he’s done the same here to the children’s fantasy genre.

We’ll find out when The Kid Who Would Be King is released on March 1, 2019.

Mary and the Witch's Flower

Studio Ponoc’s Mary and the Witch’s Flower Carries on Studio Ghibli’s Delightful Legacy (Review)

Mary and the Witch’s Flower could easily be mistaken for a classic Studio Ghibli film, and that’s not a bad thing.
Oct 7, 2018
Netflix Is Traveling to Narnia

Netflix Is Traveling to Narnia

Lewis’ fantasy stories aren’t massive Tolkien-esque epics, and they should be adapted accordingly.
Oct 3, 2018

I always enjoy reading Geoffrey Reiter’s articles on Christ and Pop Culture, and his latest — which looks at Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War through the lens of G.K. Chesterton — is no different. ​“Yes, Thanos the Mad Titan is a maniac. But his madness shows us the true grace of being a sane mystic who can embrace uncertainty. It reminds how grateful we can be that the One who actually holds supreme power seeks only our good in his cosmic order.”

The Endless

The Endless by Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead (Review)

While frequently billed as a horror movie, that term actually undersells this movie.
Sep 27, 2018
Zhang Yimou Returns to Martial Arts Cinema with <em>Shadow</em>

Zhang Yimou Returns to Martial Arts Cinema with Shadow

Shadow had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival and its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Sep 14, 2018
Criterion Releases an Extended Edition of Terrence Malick's <em>The Tree of Life</em>

Criterion Releases an Extended Edition of Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life

The new digitally restored edition includes 50 minutes of additional footage.
Sep 11, 2018
How to See Martial Arts Films

How to See Martial Arts Films

The MoMA explores the career and films of martial arts legend Lau Kar-leung.
Jul 29, 2018
James Gunn's Offensive Tweets and Online Mob Justice

James Gunn’s Offensive Tweets and Online Mob Justice

Are we really OK with operating under the assumption that people can’t change and mature over the years?
Jul 20, 2018
Some Random Reflections Upon Returning to Middle-earth

Some Random Reflections Upon Returning to Middle-earth

After recently introducing our kids to the classic film trilogy, I’ve been thinking about it ever since.
Jul 12, 2018
Your Public Library as a Streaming Service

Your Public Library as a Streaming Service

If you haven’t been to your local library in awhile, then you might be in for a pleasant surprise.
Jul 8, 2018
Nicolas Cage Forges a Battle Axe, Fights a Cult in the Trailer for Panos Cosmatos' <em>Mandy</em>

Nicolas Cage Forges a Battle Axe, Fights a Cult in the Trailer for Panos Cosmatos’ Mandy

A battle axe will definitely come in handy when fighting that dude with the chainsaw.
Jun 27, 2018
I'd Like to See a <em>Star Wars</em> Science/Exploration Movie

I’d Like to See a Star Wars Science/Exploration Movie

Surely the Star Wars universe contains scientists and adventurers who desire to explore the galaxy and its myriad wonders.
Jun 21, 2018
Review Round-Up: Brad Bird's <em>Incredibles 2</em>

Review Round-Up: Brad Bird’s Incredibles 2

While perhaps not as original as its predecessor, Incredibles 2 is a worthy followup.
Jun 13, 2018
Random Nerdery: <em>Batman Ninja</em>, <em>Awaken Akira</em>, <em>Godzilla</em>

Random Nerdery: Batman Ninja, Awaken Akira, Godzilla

A Japanese take on the Caped Crusader, fans pay homage to an iconic anime movie, and the Big G himself comes back to Netflix.
May 5, 2018
Avengers: Infinity War

Random Thoughts About Avengers: Infinity War and the Future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Review)

The Marvel Cinematic Universe reaches an apocalyptic milestone ten years in the making.
May 1, 2018
Yuen Woo-Ping's <em>Iron Monkey</em> Is Finally Getting a Deluxe Release

Yuen Woo-Ping’s Iron Monkey Is Finally Getting a Deluxe Release

This campy cult classic about a martial arts Robin Hood features Donnie Yen and some truly over-the-top action choreography.
Apr 7, 2018
Mute

Duncan Jones’ Mute Is an Interesting Film, It’s Just Not a Good One (Review)

Though it features some interesting visuals, Mute is a significant misstep for the talented director.
Feb 24, 2018
Watch the New Trailer for Luxury Documentary <em>Parallel Love</em>

Watch the New Trailer for Luxury Documentary Parallel Love

Luxury was one of those bands that never really got their due.
Feb 9, 2018