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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.




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 on...


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.


Cinema Royale's Best Movies Of 2017 Show

Well, 2017 was quite a thing, wasn't it? I mean, thank goodness it's over because 2018 has to be less crazy, right? The one thing we can all agree on is what the best movies of the year were. Right? RIGHT!?!? Of course there will be no agreement here, but I'm going to countdown my 10 favorite movies of 2017 anyway! I may even do the entire top 20 if it doesn't take too long! Will your favorite movie make the cut? If not, feel free to hit up the Cinema Royale Facebook page and tell me what...



Before Santa comes barreling illegally down the chimney, Cinema Royale has a couple of gifts of its own under the tree.'s Susan Wloszczyna joins me so we can perform a duet review of PITCH PERFECT 3! Then we do our due dilligence and review Steven Spielberg's THE POST because they'll murder us here in DC if we don't. Plus I'll give my thoughts on the reactions to STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI and Netflix's fantasy cop thriller BRIGHT starring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton. Some...


The STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI (mostly) Spoiler Free Review Show!

Christmas has come early! STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI is here and we've got a lot to talk about! I'll be joined by's Matt Razak to spoil EVERYTHING!!!! Okay no, we won't. Seriously, we will try not to ruin anything in our extreme excitement to talk Star Wars. No promises! I mean, that thing Kylo Ren does is sick! That lightsaber fight is just....whoa!!! We can't wait to tell you about them! But we won't!


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...


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...


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.


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!


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...


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?


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...


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!


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!


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...


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!


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...


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!


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