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How presumptuous is Universal, who haven’t earned an ounce of goodwill with an audience yet, and still has the stones to flash a title sequence announcing Dark Universe, a giant film franchise that begins with “The Mummy.” You can’t fault ambition, but unfortunately for the studio, their confidence that you’ll love the film and want future monster movie installments is only matched by a total unawareness that the picture is a dreadful mess, tonally incoherent, and often unintentionally funny. Continue reading ‘The Mummy’: Gods & Monsters Can’t Save This Dreadful Dark Universe [Review] at The Playlist.

Oh right, “The Mummy.” I honestly keep forgetting this movie is coming, and perhaps Universal senses they need to kick up the awareness, because with just a few weeks to go until it hits cinemas, a new trailer has landed. Tom Cruise plays Ethan Hunt Nick Morton who opens up a tomb he shouldn’t have, gets cursed, and now has to save the world from an ancient evil. Continue reading Tom Cruise Is Cursed In New Trailer For ‘The Mummy’ at The Playlist.

While audiences haven’t always rewarded big, blockbuster properties treating themselves so seriously (hello, DC Films), Universal is rolling those dice for “The Mummy” in their contemporary spin on the classic movie monster. Tom Cruise takes a break from whatever “Mission: Impossible” stunt he’s working on to star in the film about an ancient evil that’s unleashed that he has to stop or else the world will turn to darkness or whatever. Continue reading Tom Cruise Finds Adventure In New International Trailer For ‘The Mummy’ at The Playlist.

Tom Cruise already has one bread and butter franchise with “Mission: Impossible,” but it looks like he might have another, taking the lead in Universal’s first monster movie universe movie with “The Mummy.” And a new trailer highlights its blockbuster ambitions. Directed by Alex Kurtzman, and co-written by Jon Spaihts (“Prometheus“) and longtime Cruise bud Christopher McQuarrie, the film features Sofia Boutella (“Kingsman: The Secret Service,” “Star Trek Beyond“) as the titular monster, whose ancient power is unleashed. Continue reading Ancient Power Is Unleashed In New Trailer For ‘The Mummy’ Starring Tom Cruise at The Playlist.

Armie Hammer is certainly the man of the moment. He’s still riding the buzz of “Call Me By Your Name” from Sundance, which continued into Berlin, where it not only screened for Euro audiences, but Hammer had another movie unspool, “Final Portrait” with Geoffrey Rush. And this spring, the actor will show yet another side with the lean and mean thriller “Mine.” Co-directed by Fabio Guaglione and Fabio Resinaro, this is sort of an interesting twist on a single location movie, with the story following a U.S. Continue reading Armie Hammer Tries Not To Die In The Desert In New Trailer For ‘Mine’ at The Playlist.

So, like it or not, we’re getting a monster movie universe now courtesy of Universal. The studio is bringing their well of classic cinematic monsters back to the big screen, with Marvel-style connectivity. And they’re not holding on back on hiring big guns to get asses in the seats, with Tom Cruise still somewhat unbelievably starring in “The Mummy.” Clearly, the ambition is high for this picture which sees “Kingsman: The Secret Service” star Sofia Boutella playing the titular creature, with Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, Courtney B. Continue reading Tom Cruise Faces ‘The Mummy’ In First Trailer For Universal’s Monster Movie Reboot at The Playlist.

Unfair or not, you can tell a lot about a movie by its marketing campaign….or lack of one. With less than one month to go until its released, Saban Films has finally unveiled the trailer for “Come And Find Me,” which despite featuring “Breaking Bad” star Aaron Paul, has been flying pretty much completely under the radar, without even a cursory film festival bow to get any kind of word out. Continue reading Aaron Paul Goes On A Dangerous Journey In First Trailer For ‘Come And Find Me’ at The Playlist.