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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.




Cinema Royal Reviews A Really Good Movie About An Epically Bad One

Can there be a really good, perhaps Oscars worthy movie about one of the worst movies ever? And can it be done by James Franco? This week on Cinema Royale I'll be reviewing James Franco's THE DISASTER ARTIST about the making of Tommy Wiseau's bizzare, atrocious THE ROOM! And I'll be saying "Oh hai Hannah Buchdahl" as the co-host of The Cinema Clash joins in on the fun. Plus I'll run down by five favorite "Movies About Movies", and I'll have news on Masters of the Universe, Margot Robbie's...

Duration: 00:53:41

Cinema Royale Tackles Three Awards Season Contenders

It's the second episode of Cinema Royale this week! Who says you don't have anything to give thanks for?? Now, are these movies worth being thankful for? I'll be joine by my homie Chris Bumbray of to review Denzel Washington's legal thriller, ROMAN J. ISRAEL, Esq. That will be followed by Gary Oldman's much talked about performance as Winston Churchill in DARKEST HOUR. And finally, Luca Guadagnino's summer romance, CALL ME BY YOUR NAME! All this plus lots of news on JUSTICE...

Duration: 01:02:03

Stephen Chbosky & RJ Palacio Talk WONDER and the Power of Kindness

WONDER author RJ Palacio and director Stephen Chbosky chose kindness and joined Cinema Royale to talk about their adaptation of the bestselling book. The film stars Jacob Tremblay, Julia Roberts, and Owen Wilson, in the story of 10-year-old Auggie, a boy with facial deformities who is starting his first year of public school.

Duration: 00:24:05

Does JUSTICE LEAGUE Unite the League or Destroy It?

Does JUSTICE LEAGUE unite the League or destroy? Following the success of WONDER WOMAN can Warner Bros. keep the momentum going with JUSTICE LEAGUE? On a very special episode of Cinema Royale, I'll be joined by Matt Razak of and Jeff Lyles of Lyles Movie Files for a spoilery review of the anticipated superhero flick! We'll talk about the film's Rotten Tomatoes score, box office prospects, and of course the future of the DCU!

Duration: 00:47:14

What's Scarier? THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER? Or Woody Harrelson's LBJ Makeup?

Halloween may be behind us but on this week's Cinema Royale we're going to look at one of the most chilling movies of the year. Yorgos Lanthimos' The Killing of a Sacred Deer stars Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, and the creepy Barry Keoghan from Dunkirk. He was creepy then, he's a million times creepier now! Plus, Woody Harrelson dons a ton of freakish makeup as Lyndon Baines Johnson but is LBJ his Oscars role? We'll discuss it with's Chris Bumbray, and we'll talk about whatever...

Duration: 00:46:54

Cinema Royale: Is THOR: RAGNAROK A Marvel Game-Changer?

Waking up from Odin-Sleep just in time for THOR: RAGNAROK! On this episode of Cinema Royale I'll be joined by Jeff Lyles of Lyles' Movie Files to talk about the Asgardian thunder god's third (and best?) solo adventure! With Taika Waititi at the helm this one's expected to be one of Marvel's funniest movies yet, but does it live up to the hype? And what does it mean for the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

Duration: 00:29:54

Middleburg: Greta Gerwig Talks LADY BIRD, Her Directing Influences, And More

I've been busy the last couple of weeks but it hasn't been for nothin'. Last weekend I attended the Middleburg Film Festival for the fifth time in its five-year history, and spent time chatting with Greta Gerwig about her directorial debut, LADY BIRD, starring Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf. The semi-autobiographical film follows a Sacramento girl as she prepares for college and leaving the nest, while dealing with a complicated relationship with her mother. I'm joinied by fellow BFCA...

Duration: 00:23:31

Interview: MARK FELT director Peter Landesman

On a special episode of Cinema Royale, Peter Landesman, writer/director of CONCUSSION, PARKLAND, and the new Watergate drama MARK FELT: THE MAN WHO BROUGHT DOWN THE WHITE HOUSE, talks about Liam Neeson's performance as the infamous Deep Throat!

Duration: 00:14:27

Is BLADE RUNNER 2049 Better Than The Original?

The wait is over! BLADE RUNNER 2049 is here and the reviews have been through the roof, but is it really better than Ridley Scott's 1982 original? Has Denis Villeneuve created a new sci-fi classic? We'll hash it out with's Matt Razak! Plus we'll talk about the state of the Fast & Furious franchise and the feud that has broken out between Dwayne Johnson and Tyrese Gibson. Can Vin Diesel hold everything together? All of this and more on the latest episode of Cinema Royale! Enjoy!

Duration: 01:00:10

Tom Cruise is AMERICAN MADE; Why is DC Films so Dysfunctional?

On the latest episode of Cinema Royale, I'm joined by's Chris Bumbray to review Tom Cruise's latest, AMERICAN MADE, in which he jumps back into the pilot's seat for the first time since TOP GUN! Plus I want to get Chris' thoughts on the new FLATLINERS sequel starring Ellen Page! Finally, I'll take a look at the continuing dysfunction within DC Films as they announce a shift away from movie tie-ins. What was it about WONDER WOMAN that made them change their strategy? And is this a...

Duration: 00:51:21

Jake Gyllenhaal & Jeff Bauman Talk STRONGER w/ Cinema Royale

Jake Gyllenhaal and Jeff Bauman joined me on Cinema Royale this week to talk about the inspiring new film, STRONGER. The film centers on Bauman and how he became an unlikely heroic figure after his legs were destroyed in the Boston Marathon Bombing. The two talk about becoming fast friends while on the set, Jake's responsibility in tackling such a demanding role, and how Jeff felt seeing his life captured on screen. Tune in and check it out!

Duration: 00:07:21

What's Scarier? IT? Or Getting Fired from STAR WARS: EPISODE IX?

No really, that title is tongue in cheek but also kinda true. Is Pennywise the Clown more terrifying than Lucasfilm's Kathleen Kennedy when she's ready to give some punk ass director the axe? She's been choppin' 'em down a lot lately, something the STAR WARS movies never had to deal with when George Lucas was in charge. So what's the problem? And can it be fixed? Matt Razak of calls in to look at Colin Trevorrow's exist from STAR WARS: EPISODE IX, and to of course to review...

Duration: 01:01:37

Interview: 'Patti Cake$' Star Danielle MacDonald On Finding Her Rap Swagger

On a very special episode of Cinema Royale, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Danielle MacDonald, breakout star of the crowd-pleasing rap drama, PATTI CAKE$. Along with debuting director Geremy Jasper, she talked about walking into the role without knowing much about hip-hop, and what it took for her to gain the confidence needed to spit hot fire like she does in the film. Check it out and enjoy! And be sure to check out PATTI CAKE$ which is in theaters now!

Duration: 00:24:01

Cinema Royale: Avengers do Drama in WIND RIVER and THE GLASS CASTLE

Hopefully there won't be any technical issues like last week, because I'm joined by my homie from up north,'s Chris Bumbray to talk about Taylor Sheridan's WIND RIVER, which stars two..count 'em two, Avengers in Elizabeth Olsen and Jeremy Renner! Ooooooh! Plus, a future Avenger, Brie Larson, stars in biopic, THE GLASS CASTLE, reuniting with her SHORT TERM 12 director! And you how me and Chris do it, we might start talking about a whole rack of other movies while we're at it....

Duration: 00:32:03

Comic-Con! Atomic Blonde! Detroit! Cinema Royale Is Back!

Cinema Royale is back, and I'll be recapping I saw at San Diego Comic-Con with's Wilson Morales, who was my partner in crime on the show floor! We'll fill you in on everything Marvel, Warner Bros., Ready Player One, and more! Plus, Black Reel Awards president Tim Gordon will have a hot take on Kathryn Bigelow's racially-charged drama, Detroit! And we'll also review Charlize Theron's scorching hot Atomic Blonde! Tune in, listen up, and enjoy the show!

Duration: 00:52:31

The Best and Worst Movies of 2017 (So Far) Show!

Can you believe we're already past the halfway point of the year? Crazy, right? While it's definitely flown by it hasn't always been fun, but 2017 has definitely provided us a few gems. This summer has been one of the best in ages, and there are some great films that have flown under the radar. Some stinkers, too, and I'm not going to let those get by unscathed. The reason why I love this show so much, even more than the final "Best of" episode, is looking back and being reminded of where...

Duration: 01:02:20

Summer Movie Explosion! Spider-Man: Homecoming, Baby Driver, Despicable Me 3!

You thought I was kidding last week when I said the next show would be crazy? We've got SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING, BABY DRIVER, DESPICABLE ME 3, and THE BIG SICK all in one jam-packed show! How is that even possible? It's like the summer just decided to tap out all at once and say, "No mas! Here's everything! Just no more blockbusters, please!" Good thing I have Cinema Clash's Hannah Buchdahl around to support me. We'll see how many of these we can get through, and I'll hopefully have time to...

Duration: 01:02:39

Interview: Kumail Nanjiani & Emily V. Gordon Get Personal With The Big Sick

After winning me and many others at Sundance with their charming, deeply personal comedy The Big Sick, Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon have joined Cinema Royale to talk about bringing their story to the big screen. The film chronicles their courtship and the illness that threatened her life, but also brought Kumail closer to her family. It's a great movie, funny, sweet, and heartfelt, one of the year's best. Check out the interview where Kumail and Emily talk (and joke) about what...

Duration: 00:22:53

Interview: Edgar Wright Talks BABY DRIVER, Sequels, and That Awesome Soundtrack

Edgar Wright joined me and my colleague Tim Gordon to talk about his latest film, BABY DRIVER, which has all of us mean ol' critics buzzing! We talked about the film's long road to getting made, how he put together its amazing soundtrack, how he feels about making sequels, and much more!

Duration: 00:25:18

Why Front, We're Going To Trash Transformers: The Last Knight

I think the title pretty much says it all, doesn't it? This episode of Cinema Royale will be dedicated to the crap show that was Transformers: The Last Knight. Julian Lytle will join me in tearing apart Michael Bay's latest, and thankfully, his final, movie in the increasingly awful franchise. Plus, the latest on the Han Solo spinoff movie, and I'll give my honest thoughts on Ron Howard taking over as director! Join me for what should be a fun show!

Duration: 00:57:00

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