SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Hello movie maniacs. Brand new releases slated for Springfield are Aquaman (Warner Bros.) which is a DC extended universe where Arthur Curry learns that he is the heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, and must step forward to lead his people and be a hero to the world. Jason Momoa stars and admitted to playing pranks on all of his fellow cast members during filming except for Nicole Kidman. Kidman attended her first comic-con this year especially to promote this film. This is her second comic book role, as she was Bruce Wayne’s love in 1995’s Batman Forever.
Mary Poppins Returns (Walt Disney Studios), decades after her original visit, the magical nanny returns to help the Banks through a difficult time in their lives. Emily Blunt is the quirky nanny this time. The ultra talented Lin-Manuel Miranda and Meryl Street are alongside. This update by the amazing Rob Marshal is released 54 years after the 1964 original, setting a new record as the longest gap between a live-action film and a sequel. Julie Andrews turned down a cameo appearance as the balloon lady, fearing that it would be too distracting, she really wanted this to be Emily’s moment. How classy!
And also out, Bumblebee (Paramount Pictures). On the run in the year of 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small California beach town. This is not a sequel, but a spin-off based on the popular autobot Bumblebee, as well as a prequel tale to the Transformers films. This is also the the first live-action Transformers that Michael Bay did not direct, but he did stay on board as producer.
Tops at the box is Spider-Man into the Spider-Verse and right behind it is Clint Eastwood’s The Mule.
Brand new on on blu-ray this week is Venom (Columbia Pictures). When a man acquires the powers of a symbiote, he will have to release his alter-ego “venom” to save his life. I love Tom Hardy and the movie is fine, didn’t change my life or anything.
Also, A House With a Clock in its Walls (Universal Pictures). A young orphan aids his magical uncle in locating a clock with the power to bring about the end of the world. Jack Black and Cate Blanchet star.
And, A Simple Favor (Lionsgate). A single mother with a parenting vlog befriends a secretive upper-class woman who has a child at the same elementary school and, she goes missing. This is based on a popular book. It stars Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively. I had fun watching this movie with its twists and turns and quirks.
Of course, I’m still trying to catch up viewing all of my movie screeners not on the big screen here in Springfield yet before I cast my final ballot for the Critics’ Choice Awards. I’ll be at the show and on the red carpet on January 13th. See nominations at criticschoice.com.
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That’s a look at your buzz for this week. See you next time!