Darren Aronofsky's mother! is gruelling and gruesome. It's a deliberately pretentious art-house movie, cast with some of the biggest stars on the planet. It's horrifying on many levels -- and yet there's something deeply admirable about it. Whatever the opposite of "crowd-pleaser" is, this movie is it.
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Tom Cruise's new film, The Mummy, is essentially a monster movie Iron Man; it's first film in Universal's new cinematic universe of monsters, which will include Frankenstein, the Invisible Man, and other horrors from the studio's rich, historic past. Here's the breakdown of everything The Mummy can tell us about the Dark Universe to come.
Like the ocean it takes place on, the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise has had plenty of ups and downs. These metaphorical seas have been so rough, in fact, that some people don't even remember there was a fourth film in 2011, On Stranger Tides, even though it grossed a billion dollars worldwide. I'm happy to say the fifth film, Dead Men Tell No Tales, is probably the best film in the franchise since the very first movie... even though that's not a particularly high bar.