Dr. Strange, the 14th (!) entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, boasts an impressive and well-pedigreed cast, amazing visuals, and a complete lack of comic-book-required-reading. This sci-fi, fantasy trip is fun, loose, and whip-smart. Benedict Cumberbatch headlines as the titular hero who is shown the powers of the universe (and infinite other universes) and who must gather his strength and new skills to battle Mads Mikkelsen, the third actor to portray Hannibal Lecter who has gone on to star in a Marvel film. Tilda Swinton rocks full-Bowie to play The Ancient One and steals most of her scenes. The action is tight, the effects impressive, and the music even memorable. Check it out. Also, check out Danny's written review HERE.
Academy Award nominee Mark Osborne has adapted Antoine de Saint-Exupery's classic novella The Little Prince into a full-length feature. The movie won the French Cesar for Best Animated Film in 2015 and stars an impressive crew of award-nominated voice actors. Netflix bought the domestic rights and it is billed as a "Netflix original" film. Check out the episode and leave your thoughts below.
Thomas McCarthy rebounds from directing Adam Sandler's The Cobbler by co-writing and directing Spotlight, the story of the Boston Globe's investigation into sexual misconduct and cover ups within the Catholic church in the city of Boston. The movie, which features nearly every working actor in Hollywood, or so it seems, is a solid yarn set in dusty news rooms which may or may not exist anymore.
Listen to this episode to hear the guys discuss:
What they liked:
- The acting, particularly from Michael Keaton and a subdued Liev Schreiber
- The methodical, piece-by-piece assemblage of the facts
What they did not like:
- Rachel McAdams being given nearly nothing to do
- The lack of an antagonist or any danger