Matt Singer is the managing editor and film critic of the website ScreenCrush.com. For five years, he was the on-air host of IFC News on the Independent Film Channel, hosting coverage of film festivals and red carpets around the world. He’s been a frequent contributor to the television shows CBS This Morning Saturday and Ebert Presents At the Movies, and his writing has also appeared in print and online at The Village Voice, The Dissolve, and Indiewire.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger’s new movie is called Maggie. He plays Wade Vogel, a Midwestern farmer (apparently Austria’s in the Midwest somewhere) struggling to survive in the midst of a zombie outbreak. After his daughter (Abigal Breslin) gets bitten it’s only a matter of time before she transforms completely from innocent teenager to bloodthirsty member of the walking dead. So Schwarzenegger must choose whether to abandon his child, protect her from government officials who want to quarantine her, or to kill her himself and end her misery as soon as possible.
At this point, prequels are pretty well played out. They’re frustrating to begin with, since by their very nature they tell backstories instead of stories, and after being inundated with Hollywood prequels for several years in the late 2000s and early ’10s, whatever appetite audiences had for them is long gone. So maybe the future is in postquels; movies set long after the adventures of heroes we know. If so, Mr. Holmes could be the start of a whole new trend.
It’s not too early to start looking ahead to Captain America: Civil War, right? I mean Avengers: Age of Ultron has already been out for five days; that’s soooooo last week. With Marvel it’s always about what comes next. And what comes next (okay after Ant-Man, which is a little disconnected from the main Marvel Cinematic Universe storyline) is Captain America: Civil War, where Chris Evans’ Captain America and Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man will apparently get into a tussle over ... something. Maybe they argue over whether the Hulk and Black Widow should have hooked up in Avengers 2. I don’t know.
Arnold Schwarzenegger doesn’t take himself too seriously.
May the 4th is known throughout the galaxy as Star Wars Day. So it’s the perfect time for this major bit of news, via TheWrap: the second Star Wars “Anthology” film (aka the spinoff films separate from the new trilogy that begins with Star Wars: The Force Awakens) will be an “origin story” for Boba Fett.
With the thoughtless murder of the cutest beagle puppy on the planet, a bunch of Russian mobsters awoke a slumbering giant: John Wick, played by Keanu Reeves, the world’s greatest and Keanuiest assassin. Wick, who’d retired from the hit man life to settle down with his beloved wife (who’s dead now too), destroys his tastefully decorated basement, retrieves a cache of weapons hidden under his floor, and swears revenge on the men who killed his adorable dog. That was the premise of John Wick, last year’s thoroughly satisfying action thriller from directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch.
I know San Andreas is a dark, serious disaster movie about a massive earthquake that decimates most of the West Coast, but c’mon; shouldn’t they have called it That Fault’s A’Rocking? It stars The Rock! It’s the San Andreas fault! It’s rocking! Because the earthquake and he’s Dwayne “The Rock” Johnsyou know what nevermind, let’s just move on.
Through most of Schwarzenegger’s film career, whatever his character’s stated profession — retired army commando, undercover FBI agent, super spy — his unspoken profession was unstoppable murderer. It was his job, and he took pride in it. Pleasure, too; killing was so effortless and uncomplicated for ’80s-era Schwarzenegger that he’d crack jokes while he did it. All that changes in Maggie, in which Schwarzenegger’s character can’t bring himself to kill a single person, one he cares deeply about: His daughter Maggie (Abigail Breslin), who’s been infected with a slow-acting zombie virus.
... honestly, I have no idea who that last guy is. It’s not a particularly high-res image, so I can’t get a read on the actor or the character. When I figure that out, I’ll update the post.
When Josh Trank didn’t show up at his Star Wars Celebration panel about the upcoming “Anthology” spinoff films, you had to wonder if this news was coming: Via an official statement dropped very late on a Friday afternoon, Trank announced he is leaving his Star Wars spinoff.