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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.




CAPTAIN MARVEL To The Rescue! The Suicide Squad reboot! #SnyderCut, and More!

Was there any doubt what we'd be talking about on this week's show? But is CAPTAIN MARVEL the hero audiences want to see save the day? Is Marvel's first solo female lead all that it deserves to be? I'll be joined by Jeff Lyles of Lyles' Movie Files and Mae Abdulbaki to break it all down. Plus, James Gunn's THE SUICIDE SQUAD is shaping up to be something entirely different; Marvel's BLACK WIDOW is casting up, and there's a #SnyderCut out there, ya'll!


The Obligatory Oscar Predictions Episode!

It's time to turn the page on the movie year of 2018 with tonight's Academy Awards! And as always, I'm contractually obligated to provide my picks for this year's Oscars. Or at least it feels like I am! Of the eight movies nominated for Best Picture, who has the best shot at winning? Will it be Alfonso Cuaron's ROMA? Will Marvel's BLACK PANTHER crack the vibranium ceiling? Or will it be a dark horse like THE FAVOURITE or Spike Lee's BLACKKKLANSMAN? How awesome would his speech be if he came...



On this week's Cinema Royale, I'm joined by's Chris Bumbray to review James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez's long-awaited ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL! Were the years of technical tweaking worth it? And should you see it in IMAX? Plus, the WWE's biggest film ever hits theaters in Paige biopic FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY! All of this plus news on the Oscars fixing yet another mistake, and my quick takes on ISN'T IT ROMANTIC and HAPPY DEATH DAY 2U! Tune in for another jam-packed show!


Everything is Awesome? Reviews Of The LEGO Movie 2 and a Sundance Recap!

After being away far too long, I've returned from Park City and that means Cinema Royale is back, too! I've enlisted some expert help in recapping the best of the Sundance Film Festival from Awards Circuit's Karen Peterson. Plus, is The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part still awesome or what? And how does What Men Want hold up compared to Mel Gibson's What Women Want? All this and more on a special return episode of Cinema Royale!


Barry Jenkins And Kiki Layne On James Baldwin's IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK

Two years after his groundbreaking Best Picture winner, MOONLIGHT, Barry Jenkins returns with a challenging adaptation of James Baldwin's 1974 book, IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK. Set in 1970s Harlem, the story follows Tish (Kiki Layne) and Fonny (Stephan James), two young lovers who see their future together torn apart when he is falsely accused of rape. Jenkins and Layne joined me to talk about the making of IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK, the challenge in adapting Baldwin's poetic words into...


BUMBLEBEE, AQUAMAN, And More On The Busiest Movie Weekend Of The Year!

It's the busiest movie weekend of the year! We've been waiting to see how this one would play out all year long, and now it's BUMBLEBEE squaring off with AQUAMAN squaring off with MARY POPPINS RETURNS squaring off with VICE squaring off with WELCOME TO MARWEN! We've got reviews of them all so tune in to find out which are worth seeing this holiday weekend!


AVENGERS: ENDGAME Trailer Reaction and Breakdown

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.


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

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!


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

'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?


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

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...


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

'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!



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! Tune in for a jam-packed show!


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

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 tune...


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

On this week's Cinema Royale, me and'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!


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

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...


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

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? Can't...


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

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?'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 idea...


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

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 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?...


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

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!


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

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!