When last seen, the city of Metropolis lies in ruin. General Zod (Michael Shannon) is dead and Krypton’s last known survivor has assumed the role of guardian of Earth. The very presence of Superman (Henry Cavill) answers some of the most elusive questions of our time; however, more arise. What are Superman’s intentions? Can we entrust this alien with our safety? Can you the control the uncontrollable?


The U.S. Congress is very interested in the first question. Senate hearings commence, putting Superman on trial to answer for the collateral damage in the battle against Zod. Public opinion is mixed (as it usually is) and Superman is on the hot seat. Realistically, I’m not sure what this Dog and Pony show hopes to achieve, but it is a Congressional hearing after all. If history is to be believed, there might not be a reason. The second question is of particular interest to billionaire CEO and Gotham City socialite Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck). Superman’s superhuman abilities makes him a threat to all of Mankind, the moment he decides to abuse his power. Wayne wants to neutralize the potential threat before it develops. Killing Superman wouldn’t ensure world peace, but could rebalance the playing field. Neurotic billionaire Alexander “Lex” Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) is only concerned with power. The power that Superman possesses is something that Luthor craves. Always planning, Luthor has plans to assume control of Superman. He who controls the cape, controls the World and world domination is what’s best for business.



If you regularly keep track some of the events that we at Reel Film News cover you’d know that we love our Cons (especially me ;))!  We that said, the Con that typically kicks off my con season is the Chicago Comics & Entertainment Expo (also known as C2E2).  Taking place in the Windy City, this 3-day comic book and pop culture convention is chock full of the awesomeness that fans would expect from their Cons (i.e. exclusives, panels, special guests, etc.).



To open my coverage of this year’s DC Independent Film Festival, I checked out a series-formerly a play-known simply as Districtland.  Following a group of five DC millenials, the show follows these characters as they grapple with the loss of idealism while working, partying, and struggling to find meaning amid the city’s transactional foundations.  Seeing that the show opened the festival, I took the opportunity to catch up-at the opening night afterparty-with series writer, Russell Max Simon, to pick his brain about the show. (more…)


Full House. It was a series that I’m sure many of us remember being apart of our Friday night TV-viewing routine growing up.  Starring characters such as Danny Tanner and his three daughters-D.J., Stephanie, and Michelle, respectfully-as well as “Uncles” Jesse & Joey, the series-since its airing all those years ago-has cemented itself into pop culture.  Now, flash forward more than 20 years later, the then-ABC series will see its sequel series, Fuller House, continue for a second season on Netflix.    (more…)


Eye-in-the-Sky-Movie-Wallpaper-02High above the Arid landscape that is the Eastleigh section of Nairobi, Kenya is an unmanned aerial vehicle. A drone. Equipped with cameras and two hellfire missiles, the drone is in position and ready to strike. Its target: a home where three high-profile terrorists, including a radicalized British national and their newest recruits are getting acquainted. Leading the mission to capture the terrorists is Col. Katherine Powell (Helen Mirren), a high-ranking British Intelligence Officer. Upon identifying the threats, Col. Powell coordinates with local authorities to make the arrests. Before the locals can raid the compound, a startling discovery is made. Apparently the terrorists are beyond pleasantries and have began preparation for a suicide bombing.  (more…)


If corruption were a disease, then the town of Bankipur is in the midst of an epidemic. The local Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) Babloo Pandey (Manav Kaul), a position similar to a member of the U.S. House of Representatives; has the town under his control. Whether directly, through the use of his henchmen, or indirectly through corrupt officers of the police force, MLA Pandey is almost untouchable. Particularly close to MLA Pandey is Bhola Nath “B.N.” Singh (Prakash Jha). Singh lives in the lap of luxury as an overpaid goon, using the law to coerce the poor to give in to Pandey’s demands or be imprisoned on trumped up charges. When Samatha Power and MLA Pandey reach a deal to build a power plant in town, Pandey uses B.N. and the police force to strongarm farmers into selling their land to Pandey or risk jail time.



Starting tomorrow the nations capital will see the return of the DC Independent Film Festival. Launched in 1999 to nurture independent film, the festival stands as the oldest independent film festival in Washington. Not to be undone by its lineup in previous years, the festival will boast cutting edge features, shorts and documentaries on every subject from every country imaginable. (more…)


In London the Prime Minister has mysteriously passed away, making his funeral a can’t miss event for Western leaders. U.S. President Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart) along with Secret Service Director Lynne Jacobs (Angela Bassett) and super-agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) lead the protection detail on the sudden trip to London. Such a high-profile gathering of most of the Western World’s leaders, would make London the safest place to be in the world. However, as Lynne so eloquently proclaims “It’s a TRAP” and terrorists unleash a wave of bombs throughout the city, unsurprisingly at London’s landmarks. President Asher and Banning survive the attack (R.I.P. Lynne) and are on the run in London. U.S. forces are hours away and terrorists are on the loose, hunting for the President. For Mike Banning, his mission is pretty simple: keep the President alive. 


There’s a world where animals have evolved to a higher level of think, far past their basic instincts. However, animals all over uses their natural abilities to their advantage. Rabbits farm and the King of the Jungle is Mayor. It’s perfectly sufficient to use your natural talents to cement your place in life, but what if you could achieve more? What if you could change your predestined station in life and follow your dreams? Since she was a kit, Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) of Bunnyborrow has always stood up for the little guy, even though she’s pretty tiny herself. While her overprotective parents Bonnie (Bonnie Hunt) and Stu (Don Lake) would rather see Judy join her 237 siblings and maintain the family farm; Judy wants to protect and serve in the Zootopia Police Department.  (more…)


Chiune Sugihara (1900-1986) was a Japanese diplomat in Kaunas, Lithuania from 1939 to Fall 1940. With the Axis invasion imminent, hundreds of displaced Jews from as far as Poland and surrounding areas came to embassies seeking exit visas to leave the country. Travelling without a visa is dangerous enough, but for the scores of displaced Jews, it’s a death sentence. With embassies shuttering their doors, many turn to the Japanese embassy where Chuine Sugihara (Toshiaki Karasawa) faces a humanitarian issue. However, Sugihara has the safety of his wife and children to consider. Sugihara could lose his job and be blacklisted by the Japanese Empire, if he were to defy orders. With Japan’s foreign policy in a state of flux, Sugihara must wait for the order to issue visas. As Sugihara comes to realize what we all know about Japan’s alliances during World War 2, Sugihara takes matters into his own hands.  

Movie Review – Gods of Egypt

February 26, 2016



“…the world of Gods of Egypt never really existed. It is inspired by Egyptian mythology, but it makes no attempt at historical accuracy because that would be pointless — none of the events in the movie ever really happened. It is about as reality-based as Star Wars — which is not real at all …Maybe one day if I get to make further chapters I will reveal the context of the when and where of the story. But one thing is for sure — it is not set in Ancient Egypt at all.”Director Alex Proyas, Forbes Magazine, December 2015 

With that said, I believe there are two schools of thought about Gods of Egypt. You can expect some level of authenticity to the mythology of Ancient Egypt, with some leeway for creative license or, it’s another mindless popcorn flick; whose sole purpose is to kill a few hours with wave after wave of visual effects. Story be damned, things need to go boom. Other that the fact that Egypt is spelled correctly, Gods of Egypt is devoid of a competent plot, character development or historical accuracy. However, what else could I expect from an all white, non-African cast (also there’s Chadwick Boseman)?  (more…)

Movie Review – Triple 9

February 24, 2016





Michael Belmont (Chiwetel Ejiofor) is Ex-Special Forces and indebted to Irina Vlaslov (Kate Winslet), the wife of a Jewish Russian Mob Boss who’s imprisoned back home. Irina promises to pay handsomely if, Michael and his team of corrupt Atlanta detectives can recover items from a bank’s vault. Irina’s sister, Elena (Gal Gadot) has a son with Michael but, Irina has the boy in custody, as an extra incentive for Michael to complete his tasks. With a window of 5 minutes to acquire the package, the team moves quickly; but the apparently their mission isn’t complete in Irina’s eyes. There’s still one major item to be acquired before Michael’s debts are settled. The package sits somewhere inside of a Homeland Security compound. If everything went well, the crew could be in and out in about 15 minutes. Several minutes longer than the average response time for cops to arrive, the only chance of success is to draw all cops to an event, big enough to draw every cop in the city. A triple 9 call.  (more…)


Tomorrow, audiences will be introduced to the latest biopic on the film scene, known simply as RACE.  Directed by Stephen Hopkins, the film follows the real life story of iconic black athlete, Jesse Owens.  As with many biopics, the film not only highlights his many triumphs, but his various challenges/ setbacks as well.  One good example of such a challenge that the then engaged Owens faced was his attraction to socialite, Quincella Nickerson.  While many have speculated (and continue to speculate) that Owens indeed had a relationship with the socialite, it has never really been definitively proven one way or another.  As a result, the prospect has simply been designated as rumors of “were they” or “weren’t they?”  (more…)

Movie Review – Race

February 17, 2016

Race-2016You already know the story of former Olympian James Cleveland “Jesse” Owens. He lived a life after the Olympics, but all anyone can remember is his fateful turn at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany. The film, however starts in the beginning, where Owens (Stephan James) leaves his parent’s cramped Cleveland home, for Columbus, Ohio and Thee Ohio State University. When Owens’ family left segregated, rural Alabama to resettle in the north; the thought was that the North was more tolerant, more accepting of migrant Blacks from the south. Compared to Alabama this was true, but Jesse still experienced resistance in school. Through it all, he managed to obliterate the competition on the way to the Olympic Games. If, they were to be held of course. Rumours about bigotry and internment of Jews in Europe began too big to ignore. Ironically the U.S. Olympic Committee threatened to boycott the games over the alleged anti semitism. Avery Brundage (Jeremy Irons) of the American Olympic Committee was sent to Berlin to investigate the claims.  (more…)


Heir to a billion dollar Vegas casino empire, Ray Easler (Michael Madsen) has to hide a truckload of silver and cash in the desert before his enemies and the government comes to collect. He entrusts Matt Duvall (John Palladino) with burying the goods, but Matt has eyes for ex-stripper, turned Ray’s housewife Kim Davis (Shayla Beesley). Only two in the world know this buried treasure, deep beneath the Las Vegas suburbs, but when the nihilistic Ray is found dead on a mattress in his mansion; the spotlight gets turned on our  lovers, Kim and Matt.


Movie Review – Deadpool

February 11, 2016


I had my doubts. Usually February is a dumping ground for films unworthy of both award or blockbuster status. We’re beginning the closest thing to an offseason for Hollywood and 2016 looks typically dismal. My skepticism of Marvel Comics & 20th Century Fox’s Deadpool goes far beyond its release date. As a spin-off of the X-Men franchise, Deadpool has some pretty big shoes to fill, especially as a lesser known property. However, anyone that’s moderately familiar with ‘The Merc with the Mouth’ should be as concerned as I am that Fox could ruin this franchise in a similar fashion to ‘The Fantastic Four’. So what is it then? Did Fox sacrifice story for profits, or did they alienate a portion of the audience by making the ‘R’ rated film Deadpool needs to be. Or, is Deadpool not good enough to hang with the boys of Summer, in this increasingly crowded field of superhero films?

But first… (more…)


Ah, Valentine’s Day. Our annual government sanctioned festival of love, very loosely based on Christian liturgy; is upon us. The film How to be Single suggests, that there is a defiant bunch of misanthropes who celebrate their independence, free from Hallmark holidays and other mandated acts of amorousness. I guess I misunderstood the title How to be Single, due to the film spending most of its time trying to find Mr. Right.  (more…)

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(left to right) Lee Majors and Ted Raimi joining cast of Starz’ ASH VS. EVIL DEAD.

Ever wonder about Ash’s earlier days? Well, it appears that the 2nd season of Starz’ ASH vs. EVIL DEAD may touch on the character’s past as they cast Lee Majors and Ted Raimi to play his dad and childhood best friend, respectively, in the upcoming 2nd season!  Check out the press release from Starz below…  (more…)


Hot off the heals of their announcement yesterday, McFarlane Toys has announced today that they are partnering with video game giant, Titanfall.  Check out the press release below… (more…)


Just announced today by McFarlene Toys, a line of collectible construction sets will be made based on the game, FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY’S.  Check out the press release below… (more…)


Working as a Hollywood ‘Fixer’ is a thankless but necessary job. For Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin) solving every problem involving Capitol Studios, is all in a day’s work. The big production on set is “Hail, Caesar”, starring Baird Whitlock (George Clooney). The sword and sandals epic (akin to Ben-Hur) that is eerily similar to the 2016 Sony release ‘Risen’, is nearly finished. The final scene, where Baird gives his final monologue remains to be shot and Baird is nowhere to be found. Abducted by a group known only as ‘The Future’, Mannix must produce a ransom of $100k. That’s only the beginnings of his troubles. 


Movie Review – The Choice

February 3, 2016


Life is but an unending series of choices. Some are more important than others and some are absolute no-brainers. For Travis Shaw (Benjamin Walker) he’ll have to make the most important choice of his life. It will impact his life and those around him forever. There’s neither a right nor wrong answer to his dilemma, only the best case scenario; but more on that later. The story starts off with Gabby Holland (Teresa Palmer) and her acclimation to her new home in the sleepy coastal town of Beaufort, North Carolina. Gabby, a nurse is Travis’ new neighbor and they don’t exactly hit it off. But eventually opposites attract and the two develop a relationship. However, Teresa has a problem, her boyfriend, Dr. Ryan McCarthy (Tom Welling) who’s a doctor at Teresa’s job. Teresa has a choice to make. Should she ignore her growing feelings for Travis and stay with Ryan, or should she leave her perfectly fine relationship with Ryan for Travis? Back to Travis for a second; his decision is a major plot development and discussing it now would ruin the movie.


Set on the familiar countryside estate, the Bennett family live a simple life. Mrs. Bennett worries about the wellness of her five daughters Elizabeth, Jane, Mary, Catherine and Lydia. Getting older by the second, the Bennett siblings are approaching the marrying age, which usually means a financial gain for the Bennett’s. Mr. Bennett is equally concerned for his daughters. While the social elite train and study in Japan, China is a cost-effective solution and the Bennett girls have trained hard in the Orient. But, training for what? Well, the zombie apocalypse, of course. In one scene the girls don their best wares for an upcoming ball. There’s an equal amount of tightening and fastening of corsets and garters, along with sharpening of knives and polishing of muskets; making the girls truly as dangerous as they are pretty.  (more…)

Ms Marvel Vol 1

Considered by many to be the “Cannes of Comics,” this past weekend Ms Marvel Volume 1: No Normal won the award for “Best Series” at the Angouleme International Film Festival.  Check out the press release below: (more…)


Created by Steve Wozniak, the 1st Annual Silicon Valley Comic Con has generated a lot of buzz thanks to promise of marrying the worlds of both technology and entertainment all under one gigantic roof.  Now, as the event quickly approaches (roughly a month and a half away from now), they’ve announced their first wave of guests!  Curious to see what’s in store attendees come March?  Then check out the press release below! (more…)


After an unnecessarily long exposition, we finally meet the ill-fated SS Pendleton, a battered Type T2-SE-A1 tanker; off the Massachusetts coast, south of Cape Cod. The Pendleton was en route to Boston from New Orléans until. A sudden lurch then am loud explosion ripped the boat in half. The bow drifted more to the south and the stern, with its 33 men remained afloat in tormented seas, but quick thinking from the crew delayed the inevitable. The stern of the Pendleton had power, but was taking on more water than it could pump out; with only a few hours of buoyancy left, The Finest Hours is an overly dramatic (at times) account of the rescue attempt of those men. (more…)

Black Sails Season 3

Ray Stevenson as Edward ‘Blackbeard’ Teach in BLACK SAILS

Not long ago I had a opportunity to catch up with star Ray Stevenson (mind you, it was over the phone) to chat about his turn as the iconic pirate known as Blackbeard on the STARZ‘ series, Black Sails.  Far from being a stranger to playing iconic roles (having played The Punisher in PUNISHER: WAR ZONE) or being apart of critically-acclaimed shows (such as HBO‘s Rome or Showtime‘s Dexter),  I asked the actor what it was like to be a newcomer to already running STARZ‘ series as well as what it was like to take on a character that already been portrayed many time before.  (more…)

the others

In an instant, The Others appeared. Their origin, motives, even their appearance remains a mystery. The world watch the lone spaceship circumnavigate the planet, only to hover over a suburban Ohio town. A high school Junior and otherwise pretty average kid Cassie Sullivan (Chloë Moretz), survival meant gym class. As the story starts in medias res, Cassie now survives with a scavenged M4 rifle, a few bottles of water and protein bars from abandoned gas stations. The remnants of her humanity remain in her diary, as Cassie faces danger at every turn.  (more…)


In a week Jason Kelly (Zac Efron) and his fiancée Meredith (Julianne Hough) will finally tie the knot. Meredith may be a bit controlling, but wedding planning is serious business and Jason isn’t much help. Once an aspiring photographer, Jason is now an uptight lawyer at his father’s (Dermot Mulroney) practice. Jason’s life (according to his father) is finally taking shape until his grandmother dies. The film starts after the funeral where life goes on for Jason, as he and Meredith are finalizing their wedding plans. Jason’s grandfather Dick (Robert De Niro) is in mourning wants to go to a special vacation spot where he and his wife went over the last 40 years. What seems like a chance for Jason to bond with his grandfather, Dick has other ideas. Allegedly, Grandma’s dying wish, was for Dick to go out and find love again. As a horny septuagenarian, Dick will settle for lust and worry about love later. For Jason, surviving the weekend with his horny grandpa in tow won’t be as easy as it seems.


WJFF 2016

Marking its 26th year, the Washington Jewish Film Festival has announced its festival lineup!  Check out the press release below for details… (more…)

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