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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.




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...


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!


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...


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,...


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...


Cinema Royale Talks Amy Schumer's I FEEL PRETTY, THE RIDER, And More!

On this week's Cinema Royale, I'm joined by Hannah Buchdahl, one half of the Cinema Clash podcast right here on Critical: The Movie Critics Network. We'll take a look at Amy Schumer's new comedy I FEEL PRETTY and if it's deserving of all the backlash it's been getting. Plus, Hannah will talk about the acclaimed drama THE RIDER because I still haven't seen it for reasons I'll talk about later. Plus, news on Vin Diesel developing XXX 4, a new BIRDS OF PREY movie starring Margot Robbie as...


Interview with RAMPAGE Mo-cap Actor Jason Liles on Playing Dwayne Johnson's Pal

On a special episode, Cinema Royale talks with Jason Liles, stunt performer and motion capture actor on his role as George the gorilla in RAMPAGE, the new action film starring Dwayne Johnson. Liles talks about his career, the extensive training he received from legends Andy Serkis and Terry Notary, and much more.


Cinema Royale Goes To A QUIET PLACE, Talks BLOCKERS, TERMINATOR 6 & More

On this week's Cinema Royale we'll take a look at two big films that already have people buzzing. First up is John Krasinski's A QUIET PLACE, a horror that has everybody too spooked to say a word. Plus, the teen sex comedy BLOCKERS may be one of the funniest movies of 2018, but is it as sex positive as it wants to be? We'll be joined by my homie Wilson Morales of to talk about both movies, plus the TERMINATOR 6 delay, Dwayne Johnson's FAST & FURIOUS future, and more!


Cinema Royale Gets Nostalgic With READY PLAYER ONE

On this week's show, me and Matt Razak of will dive into the Oasis and review Steven Spielberg's READY PLAYER ONE! Is too much turning back the clock a bad thing? Can Spielberg capture the magic of Ernest Cline's geeky pop culture novel? Plus, we'll look at the hilarious controversy surrounding Donald Glover's cancelled DEADPOOL series, Colin Trevorrow returning for JURASSIC WORLD 3, and what the Hell is really going on with those NEW MUTANTS reshoots! Tune in for another great...


Uprising with the PACIFIC RIM Sequel, ISLE OF DOGS, Nate Parker's Return & more!

On this week's show I'll be joined by my northern buddy Chris Bumbray of Joblo.clom and The Beard and the Bald podcast to review PACIFIC RIM UPRISING! Does the these giant robots need retooling without Guillermo Del Toro? Or is John Boyega enough to pilot this sequel to greatness? Chris will also hang around to talk about the TOMB RAIDER reboot and if it's the start of a new franchise or a dud. Plus, my review of Wes Anderson's ISLE OF DOGS, Zoey Deutch in FLOWER, and more! We'll also talk...


A WRINKLE IN TIME, Bailee Madison Interview, BLACK PANTHER an Oscar Winner?

There's so much going on this episode I don't know if I can fit it all in! I'll be joined fellow PDCer Roxana Hadadi to talk A WRINLKE IN TIME, Ava DuVernay's anticipated adaptation of the classic children's book. Does it live up to the hype? I have a feeling we won't see eye to eye on this one! Later, we'll talk about Disney's BLACK PANTHER, which has now earned over $1B and is rumored to be getting a Best Picture Oscars campaign! Does it have a chance to win? Or will it be another...


The Obligatory Oscars Prediction Show!

It's the time of year when everybody you know is asking you, "So who is going to win Best Picture"? I'm as sick of it as you are, but it all ends this weekend with the 10hr+ Academy Awards. And before that happens I might as well answer the question, right? So here are my picks for every movie that will win in the categories anybody cares about. Not only that, but I've got something to say about Netflix and how they should never be allowed another prestige movie with Oscars potential....


Wakanda Forever!

I've just returned from my second trip to Wakanda, and now I think it's a good time to talk BLACK PANTHER! I'll be joined by my buddy, fellow WAFCA and BFCA member, and president of the Black Reel Awards, Tim Gordon, to talk about Marvel's first major film in years to feature a black superhero. We'll talk about the film and the potential cultural impact, as well, and whether we should cool our heels on that a little bit. Plus, it's just good that I finally get to talk about BLACK PANTHER...


Sundance Recap! Nicolas Cage Talks MANDY straight from Park City!

Not so fresh from Park City and recovered from a week long bout of the Sundance Flu, I can finally get back to the business of Cinema Royale! And on a week where the only new movie was Helen Mirren's WINCHESTER, which they didn't even bother to screen for us, it's as good a time as any to recap the best from Sundance! My home Chris Bumbray of will be joining me because he's the only guy I know who sees and reviews more Sundance movies than me. We'll discuss whether there were any...


Packing Up For Park City: Sundance 2018 Preview Time!

With the 2018 Sundance Film Festival right around the corner, it's time for me and's Chris Bumbray to rap about all of the movies that you'll be talking about for the rest of the year. Except we'll have seen them mad early. After freezing our asses off under tents. Plus we'll review PADDINGTON 2 and the return of the world's most lovable bear! And the not-so-lovable Liam Neeson is back and in trouble again, this time in THE COMMUTER!


Paul McGuigan Talks Annette Bening In FILM STARS DON'T DIE IN LIVERPOOL

As we get deeper into awards season now is the perfect time to talk with film director Paul McGuigan about his latest, FILM STARS DON'T DIE IN LIVERPOOL, which finds Annette Bening in possible Oscar-contending form again. She plays Hollywood star and Oscar winner Gloria Grahame, with Jamie Bell as her young lover Peter Turner, who cares for her in the final months of her life.