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What Is Going on in 'Madame Web?'

The critical flaw that deflates Madame Web is its lack of consistent tension. An urgency to protect these teenagers drives Webb to help a trio of people she initially believes are just strangers. Sims is a powerful man and they need protecting! However, on two different occasions, after this problem is established, Webb nonchalantly leaves the trio behind on their own so she can discover fragments of her backstory. One of those trips even involves our hero traveling outside of the country for a week! It’s hard to buy Sims as a threat if Webb feels comfortable leaving his targets unprotected in the forest for hours at a time.

Save for that one humorous sequence leaning on Johnson's best assets as an actor, Madame Web's attempts to flesh out its characters suffer from the same silted lines and awkwardly inhuman performances that plagued its prologue. Stan Lee once proclaimed that the creative impetus for Spider-Man in the first place was to put a teenager just like the reader into the world of superhero mayhem. Madame Web runs counter to that ethos with its batch of characters who never come off as authentic. They’re unrecognizably human individuals getting into antics that have no concrete emotional grounding. Good luck getting invested in anything on-screen.

The COLOR Purple 

The Color Purple tells the story of Celie (Whoopi Goldberg), a young woman growing up in an environment full of abuse and disappointment, particularly exacerbated by her being forcibly separated from the person she loves the most, her younger sister Nettie (Akosua Harris). After the novel became a massive success, Walker was given the offer to make it into a film by producers Jon Peters and Peter Gruber, and she was hesitant to do so, suspicious of how Hollywood tended to portray women and people of color. But after consulting with some of her female friends, who convinced her that the best way to ensure a satisfactory depiction would be to "work within the system." She became a creative consultant on the film, which included approval of the director and script, coaching the actors on how to deliver certain lines, aiding in the casting of actors, and ensuring that "fifty percent of the production team...would be African American, female, or 'people of the Third World.'” She was also instrumental in getting Whoopi Goldberg her big break, as Goldberg fought to get the role and Walker and Spielberg approved her after seeing her stand-up performance (the most infamous joke being a scenario where E.T. gets arrested for having marijuana). Credit can't fully go to her though, as producer Quincy Jones was the one who got Spielberg on board to direct and campaigned for a then-unknown Oprah Winfrey for the pivotal role of Sofia, a close ally of Celie's.

As for the film itself, while it has shown its age—most notably in the nuances of how some of the social politics have dated—is still an expertly made film. Spielberg's touch with actors is on point, and every actor's performance is wonderful, particularly Goldberg, in a role that showcases the incredible range she has, and makes it hard to fathom she didn't win the Oscar for it. Allen Daviau's cinematography makes itself expressive without being intrusive, using slow push-ins and diverse angles at just the right times, across several different moods.


The story of Wonka is not fully known. The film will be a prequel giving us more information on Willy’s backstory and how he become a world-famous chocolatier. Still, until we get a teaser trailer, we don’t have much to go on.

Willy Wonka will be played by none other than Timothée Chalamet. The young actor is coming off an outstanding 2021 where he starred as Paul Atreides in (Dune: Part One), Zeffirelli (The French Dispatch), and Quentin (Don’t Look Up). Initially, Warner Bros. was also interested in Tom Holland for the role of Wonka but ultimately landed on Chalamet. Follow castmember Keegan-Michael Key has praised Chalamet's performance, saying:

Willy Wonka is an odd yet creative genius. The character first appeared in the novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and its sequel, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator. The candy maker is an enigma to those around him, constantly using his quirky and outside-of-the-box thinking to build his brand. Wonka is a supporting character as he looks for a successor for his chocolate factory.

Priscilla Full Movie

There are few American cultural icons as revered and recognizable as Elvis Presley. The bona fide legend took over the States and the world with his music and charisma, leaving such lasting impressions that his legends continue. We saw an example of that last year, as Elvis Mania took over the world once again with the release of Baz Luhrmann's Oscar-nominated film, Elvis. The film was a massive success for Warner Bros. Discovery. Also, it helped launch the career of its star Austin Butler, who collected several awards and nominations for his committed performance. This year, it's the turn for Sofia Coppola to tell her version of the Elvis story; as expected, she has a distinct take on the subject.

Coppola's Priscilla is based on Priscilla Presley's memoir Elvis and Me, recounting their romance and time together as a couple. Coppola's illustrious career has been characterized by her exploration of controversial characters, unorthodox relationships, and stories that are not just centered around female characters but are truly feminine in their philosophy and aesthetic. Given her filmography, the Academy Award-nominated director, known for films such as Lost in Translation, The Virgin Suicides, and Marie Antoinette, is perhaps the best candidate to bring the Elvis and Priscilla story to the big screens. If the prospects of Sofia Coppola's take on the Presleys intrigue you, read further to find out everything we know about Priscilla.

The Nun II

The next addition to The Conjuring Universe is headed to theaters and fans of the horror franchise can’t wait to see what terror the demon Valak has in store for them next. Part of the dark world created by horror hero James Wan, The Nun II has been long awaited, and five years after the release of the first The Nun film, audiences are eager to see what haunt the demon is headed to next. In the first Nun film, audiences followed Sister Irene and Father Burke as they investigated the death of a nun in Saint Cartha’s monastery in Romania. 

Things weren’t what they seemed within the walls of the Abbey, and Sister Irene faced off against the demon who escaped banishment by possessing unsuspecting delivery man Maurice. With the second film picking up four years later, audiences will have to wait and see what horrors the demon will cause while residing in its new vessel.

Warner Bros released the official trailer for The Nun II on July 6, 2023. The trailer will also play before showings of Insidious: The Red Door. The trailer teases that the sequel to the Conjuring spin-off will feature plenty of scares, and will bring a new story to the demonic nun Valak. A teaser trailer was shown exclusively in theaters in early June 2023, in front of select screenings of The Boogeyman. On August 7, we got a new teaser for The Nun II, which you can see below:

Episode 9

Before One Piece was a live-action series on Netflix, it was (and still is) a long-running anime. Before it was an anime, it was (and still is) an even longer-running Manga series. There are always expectations that come paired with adaptations, but pair two sets of expectations, each from groups of fans that could very well have spent 25+ years invested in a story and a set of characters, and the task feels damn near thankless. Fortunately, Netflix's take on Eiichiro Oda's world of adventure and piracy stands tall on its own as the kind of nostalgic, swashbuckling adventure we don't see enough of these days.

Adapting the East Blue Arc of the Manga, One Piece follows Monkey D. Luffy (Iñaki Godoy) a young man who has long dreamed of a life of piracy, who is finally ready to take to the seas and become King of the Pirates by finding the legendary One Piece treasure, hidden somewhere in the Grand Line — the most dangerous stretch of ocean in the world, which has claimed the life of many a pirate. Many are skeptical, trying to dissuade him from his chosen course by pointing out that pirates are usually the bad guys. But Luffy grew up under the mentorship of Captain Shanks (Peter Gadiot) and his crew, who seem to be the only decent pirates on the seas, so his perspective might be a tad off.

The Equalizer 3

The transition from television series to film franchise is one that, on occasion, works perfectly. Throughout the years we have seen several successful TV shows turned into even more successful big-screen behemoths, with the likes of 21 Jump Street and The Simpsons receiving Hollywood adaptations. One such series is the 1980s spy-thriller The Equalizer, originally co-created by Michael Sloan and Richard Lindheim. 

The series was a huge hit in its day but, after ending in August 1989, there were plenty of empty years for fans of the show to yearn for its appearance on their screens once again. Alas, nearly 30 years later, the announcement was made that a Hollywood adaptation was in the works, with the 2014 film of the same name written by Richard Wenk and directed by Antoine Fuqua. The movie starred Denzel Washington (Training Day) in the lead role, with his portrayal of Robert McCall becoming one of his most iconic characters. So, with such a great reaction to the first movie from both lovers of the source material and new fans alike, it was a no-brainer for executives to commission a sequel. With the sequel also managing to capture the attention and love of a plethora of fans, a third installment of the franchise was announced, with that film expected to release later this year. So, with that in mind, here is everything we know about The Equalizer 3 so far.