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Step into the arena with WAFCA film critic Travis Hopson as he and DC's finest take a slightly different look at the latest from Hollywood.

Step into the arena with WAFCA film critic Travis Hopson as he and DC's finest take a slightly different look at the latest from Hollywood.
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Step into the arena with WAFCA film critic Travis Hopson as he and DC's finest take a slightly different look at the latest from Hollywood.

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AVENGERS: ENDGAME Trailer Reaction and Breakdown

12/7/2018
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Holy crap they finally did it! Marvel has unleashed the AVENGERS: ENDGAME trailer on an unsuspecting world of fanboys! Not only did we just find out the movie's title, but the footage we got sets up one climactic clash with Thanos! I'm taking just a few minutes of Cinema Royale time to give my thoughts on the trailer and what to look forward to when the film arrives.

Duration:00:17:52

Interview: RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET Directors On Ralph's Hero Journey

11/23/2018
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RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET directors Rich Moore and Phil Johnston join me to talk about their anticipated Disney sequel, continuing Ralph's hero journey, the creation of Gal Gadot's character, and of course that Disney princesses scene!

Duration:00:19:54

CREED II Interview: Steven Caple Jr. And Florian Munteanu On The ROCKY Legacy

11/21/2018
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'Creed II' director Steven Caple Jr. and star Florian Munteanu join me to talk about the latest chapter in the 'Rocky' saga. What pressure did Caple face stepping in for his friend Ryan Coogler? What does it mean to them to be part of the 'Rocky' family, one of the most beloved and respected franchises in movie history? And how did Florian deal with having to get physical with star Michael B. Jordan without accidentally knocking him out for real?

Duration:00:22:07

Fantastic Beasts, Widows, Green Book, Creed II, and more!

11/20/2018
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It's Thanksgiving week, and like a holiday dinner spread there are a ton of options on the table. I'll be joined by fellow Punch Drunk Critic Mae Abdulbaki for a return to the Wizarding World with FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD! Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali travel the deep south in the buddy comedy, GREEN BOOK, and Viola Davis plans a heist in Steve McQueen's WIDOWS! And you know I can't let the show go by without giving my thoughts on CREED II! All this and more; a show...

Duration:00:51:16

Jason Reitman On Directing Hugh Jackman In 'The Front Runner'

11/18/2018
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'The Front Runner' director Jason Reitman and co-writers Matt Bai and Jay Carson join me to talk about their new political drama, starring Hugh Jackman as scandalized 1988 Presidential hopeful, Gary Hart!

Duration:00:18:02

We're back with SUSPIRIA, BODIED, and BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY!

11/4/2018
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It's been way too long but we are back! Cinema Royale returns with three huge reviews. The first is Luca Guadagninos long-awaited SUSPIRIA remake starring Dakota Johnson and Tilda Swinton! Next up is Joseph Kahn's battle rap flick BODIED that has been spitting fire all over the festival circuit. Finally, it'll be time to stomp our feet to the Queen biopic BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY! All this and more with my buddy Christopher Bumbray of Joblo.com! Tune in for a jam-packed show!

Duration:00:52:01

Superhero Fatigue? Remakes? Do VENOM and A STAR IS BORN Shut The Critics Up?

10/8/2018
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On this week's show, me and fellow PDCer Roxana Hadadi take a look at two important films for this season. Sony's VENOM is the launch of their new cinematic universe but is Tom Hardy's bizarre performance enough for fans? And does its box office success signal an end to the conversation about "superhero fatigue"? Plus, Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga's A STAR IS BORN has a ton of Oscars momentum behind it. Has Cooper found the formula for doing remakes the right way? All this and more, so...

Duration:00:59:51

What's More Deadly? THE PREDATOR? Or Reviews Of LIFE ITSELF?

9/24/2018
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On this week's Cinema Royale, me and Joblo.com's Chris Bumbray talk two of the most controversial films of the month. Shane Black's THE PREDATOR bombed at the box office but was it a worthy entry into the franchise? And Dan Fogelman erupted at critics over the reviews of LIFE ITSELF, but is he just deflecting blame from a bad movie? All that and more, including first looks at Joaquin Phoenix as the JOKER and Henry Cavill's SUPERMAN exit!

Duration:00:52:03

Was The Academy Right To Nix The Oscars' Popular Film Category?

9/9/2018
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On this week's show, I'm joined by Hannah Buchdahl of Blogtalkradio's Cinema Clash podcast to talk about Jennifer Garner's long-awaited (??) return to action flicks with PEPPERMINT! Was the wait worth it? Or is there nothing sweet about this comeback? Plus, the Academy decided to delay the controversial Best Popular Film category, but should it have been introduced in the first place? And will it now be quietly shelved in hopes everybody forgets about it? And where does this decision leave...

Duration:00:45:42

The Success of CRAZY RICH ASIANS, the Failure of MILE 22

8/21/2018
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On this week's Cinema Royale it's a tale of two very different potential blockbusters. Hollywood has been buzzing about CRAZY RICH ASIANS and what it could mean to have the first all-Asian romantic comedy in years be a huge success, but does it actually live up to all of the hype? And what does its box office success this weekend mean? Plus, Mark Wahlberg, Ronda Rousey, and The Raid's Iko Uwais team up for the explosive action flick MILE 22. Is it possible to screw up a cast like that?...

Duration:01:02:36

Taking a Dive with THE MEG, Spike Lee's BLACKKKLANSMAN, and The Oscars!

8/13/2018
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Jason Statham needs a MUCH bigger boat! On this week's show we'll take a look at his prehistoric shark flick, THE MEG! Plus, a review of Spike Lee's racially-charged blaxploitation comedy, BLACKKKLANSMAN! Is this a return to form for the director of DO THE RIGHT THING and MALCOLM X? Flixist.com's Matt Razak joins me to talk about those films, plus we'll take a look at the Academy Awards and their controversial new change, adding a Popular Film category! What's the point? Is this a good...

Duration:01:02:30

Cinema Royale Returns with CHRISTOPHER ROBIN, THE SPY WHO DUMPED ME, and More!

8/5/2018
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And we are back!! After taking a break to head to San Diego Comic-Con and deal with some other nagging concerns, Cinema Royale returns and of course there's another Disney film waiting to be reviewed. But first I'll fill you in on where I've been and why the show has been away for so long. My Comic-Con roomie Wilson Morales of Blackfilm.com will then join me to talk Disney's live-action Winnie the Pooh film, CHRISTOPHER ROBIN! China may not care about the Hundred Acre Wood but should you?...

Duration:01:06:00

Interview: SORRY TO BOTHER YOU Director Boots Riley On Breaking Into Hollywood

7/9/2018
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The Coup frontman and SORRY TO BOTHER YOU director Boots Riley talks about his debut film, the influences behind it, and the politics of breaking into Hollywood!

Duration:00:22:12

Does ANT-MAN & THE WASP Mean Big Things For Marvel's Future?

7/8/2018
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Marvel's stranglehold on the summer continues with the tiniest Avengers of all, ANT-MAN & THE WASP! Following on the heels of the tremendous and vitally important INFINITY WAR, can Marvel's comedic sequel possibly compare? I'll be joined by Jeff Lyles of Lyles' Movie Files to talk about it and the future of the MCU! Plus, there's big news on Scarlett Johansson's latest controversy, and the impact toxic fandom is having on today's best filmmakers!

Duration:01:02:34

Going Off the Grid with LEAVE NO TRACE and SICARIO: DAY OF THE SOLDADO

7/1/2018
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On this week's Cinema Royale it's all about two movies that arrive on opposite ends of the anticipation scale. First up, SICARIO: DAY OF THE SOLDADO is the sequel to 2015's intense film that nobody thought had more story to tell. Can Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro live up to the original and possibly build a franchise? Next is LEAVE NO TRACE starring Ben Foster and newcomer Thomasin McKenzie. Fans of Debra Granik have been waiting eight long years since her last film, WINTER'S BONE. Was...

Duration:01:07:00

Ben Foster and Thomasin McKenzie Talk Debra Granik's LEAVE NO TRACE

6/30/2018
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Cinema Royale is joined by Ben Foster and Thomasin McKenzie to talk about LEAVE NO TRACE, the first film by Debra Granik since 2010's WINTER'S BONE. The film, which already has McKenzie being compared to Jennifer Lawrence, centers on a war veteran suffering from PTSD, and his daughter who have been living off the grid in the forests of Portland. When they are discovered by the authorities, it forces them to reintegrate into a society that is unfamiliar.

Duration:00:27:16

Has The JURASSIC WORLD Kingdom Fallen? Plus Comic-Con, Star Wars Spinoffs, More

6/24/2018
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On this week's Cinema Royale, Blackfilm.com's WIlson Morales joins in to talk JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM and if the Jurassic period is indeed over. With San Diego Comic-Con right around the corner we'll talk about what to expect at Hall H, the Chris Hardwick controversy, and more! Plus news on the Star Wars spinoffs, The Last Jedi fan remake, Chloe Moretz on Kick-Ass 3, and directors for the Black Widow movie.

Duration:01:01:21

Interview with A KID LIKE JAKE Director Silas Howard

6/19/2018
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Cinema Royale is joined by director Silas Howard who talks about his new film A Kid Like Jake starring Jim Parsons, Claire Danes, and Octavia Spencer. The film follows a Brooklyn couple whose preschool aged son is showing signs of gender nonconformity. Howard talks about what drew him to the film, his career as a trans filmmaker and how the industry has changed since LGBTQ movies have grown in prominence.

Duration:00:17:53

Criminals Take Over In Both OCEAN's 8 and HOTEL Artemis

6/10/2018
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This week belongs to the villains as Cinema Royale takes a look at two movies centerd on criminals. The first is the anticipated all-female Ocean's 8 with Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, and a costume budget bigger than any Avengers movie! Then, Jodie Foster and Dave Bautista lead another all-star cast in Drew Pearce's Hotel Artemis, where the bad guys come to get all patched up. Hannhah Buchdahl of Cinema Clash and Punch Drunk Critics' own Julian Lytle join me to dive in into...

Duration:01:02:34

Interview: Barry Keoghan Talks Heist Film AMERICAN ANIMALS

6/8/2018
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Barry Keoghan joins Cinema Royale to talk about his starring role in American Animals, the new heist movie from writer/director Bart Layton that blurs the line between fact and fiction.

Duration:00:10:05