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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.




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!



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...


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

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.


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

On this week's Cinema Royale,'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.


Interview with A KID LIKE JAKE Director Silas Howard

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.


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

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...


Interview: Barry Keoghan Talks Heist Film AMERICAN ANIMALS

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.


UPGRADE Director Leigh Whannell Talks His Wild Sci-Fi Revenge Flick

Ten years have passed since the first time I interviewed director Leigh Whannell, for a little horror film you may have heard of called SAW. Now he's back and more enthusiastic as I've ever seen him for his new movie, UPGRADE, a wild sci-fi revenge flick starring Logan Marshall-Green. Whannell talks with me about finally getting to make a movie to call his own, working with the geniuses at Blumhouse, and much more!


Cinema Royale Talks 'Solo', 'First Reformed', And If Star Wars Fatigue Is Here

It's another Star Wars weekend as Solo: A Star Wars Story flies into theaters. I won't be flying solo on this review, though, as my homie Chris Bumbray of and The Beard and the Bald podcast joins in to talk about the anticipated prequel. Plus we'll look at Paul Schrader's latest, First Reformed, starring Ethan Hawke as a priest suffering through a crisis of faith. Finally we'll take a look at Danny Boyle agreeing to diect Bond 25, James Mangold directing a Boba Fett movie, Jake...


Legendary Director Paul Schrader Talks FIRST REFORMED and Spirituality in Film

Paul Schrader, the legendary writer of Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, and others returns to his dark roots with First Reformed. Starring Ethan Hawke as a priest experiencing a crisis of faith, the film finds Schrader at his most challenging and controversial, but also at his best. Schrader took a few minutes to talk with me for an episode of Cinema Royale, and discusses the decades-long path to bringing First Reformed to the screen. He also talks about spirituality, his many cinematic influences,...


Is DEADPOOL 2 a Cut Above the Original? Plus, Snake Eyes and Star Wars Spinoffs!

Ryan Reynolds is back and suited up for DEADPOOL 2, the anticipated sequel to the highest-grossing R-rated comic book movie ever. But can this one top the bullet-riddled bloodsoaked heights of the original? And will there be a DEADPOOL 3 or just an X-FORCE movie? I'll be joined by Jeff Lyles of Lyles' Movie Files to talk about Deadpool's future on the big screen. Plus we'll delve into rumors of a Lando Calrissian spinoff from SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY, a long-rumored Obi-Wan Kenobi flick, and...


Cinema Royale Grades Melissa McCarthy's LIFE OF THE PARTY

After a welcome post-Infinity War break, Cinema Royale is back with a review of Melissa McCarthy's new comedy, LIFE OF THE PARTY! Hannah Buchdahl of the Cinema Clash podcast joins me to give the film a passing grade, or send it to detention with some of McCarthy's other comedies. Plus, I'll talk BILL & TED 3, new casting on Quentin Tarantino's ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD, a GI JOE spinoff movie, CAPTAIN MARVEL casting, the live-action STAR WARS TV series, and more


The Spoiler Free AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR Review Special!

"Dread it! Run from it! Destiny still arrives!" It's Avengers Day!!! Later tonight millions will be flocking into theaters for the long-awaited AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR! I've seen it, and so have my guests Jeffrey Lyles of Lyles' Movie Files and Matt Razak of Flixist, and we're going to talk about everything that worked, which heroes stood out, which ones didn't, what worked, what bombed, but we won't spoil anything! We promise! Well, except that one thing. Just kidding. No, really. No...