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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.

When Jake Johnson met director Joe Swanberg for the first time, he had no idea that this meeting would start, what has so far been, a fruitful and highly creative actor-director partnership.The fact that “Drinking Buddies” turned out to be their first movie helped a lot. The 2011 film, starring Johnson, Anna Kendrick and Olivia Wilde, has become the blueprint example of how good Swanberg’s style can be when everything just clicks. Continue reading Jake Johnson Talks ‘Win It All,’ His Scorsese/De Niro Relationship With Joe Swanberg, And More at The Playlist.

Joe Swanberg is an indie filmmaker in a renaissance period. Yes, he helped create mumblecore with filmmakers like Mark Duplass, Andrew Bujalski, Lynn Shelton and Aaron Katz, but Swanberg has arguably veered the least away from his improvised roots. In fact, unlike say, The Duplass Brothers, who (largely) tightly scripted their excellent HBO show, “Togetherness,” Swanberg has mostly kept his loose methodology. Continue reading Joe Swanberg Talks ‘Win It All,’ ‘Easy’ & His Fruitful Creative Collaboration With Jake Johnson 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.

From “Nights and Weekends” to “Happy Christmas” and “Drinking Buddies,” mumblecore master Joe Swanberg has shown a distinctive talent for infusing dazzling humanity and humor into simple stories. With his latest SXSW entry, “Win It All,” he does this in the tale of a lovable, low-grade degenerate whose offered an unusual opportunity to conquer his gambling addiction when thousands of dollars are dropped on his door step. Continue reading Joe Swanberg Gambles On A Lovable Loser’s Redemption With ‘Win It All’ Starring Jake Johnson [SXSW Review] at The Playlist.

Jake Johnson and Joe Swanberg seem to have a pretty good thing going. The actor has starred in the director’s “Drinking Buddies” and “Digging For Fire,” the filmmaker’s TV series “Easy,” and now his next feature, “Win It All.” Joined by Aislinn Derbez, Keegan-Michael Key, and Joe Lo Truglio, the film follows a gambler whose greedy ways find him much deeper in trouble than he’s prepared to handle. Continue reading Jake Johnson Is Ready To ‘Win It All’ In First Trailer For Joe Swanberg’s New Film 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.