Cinemaholics

Cinemaholics

Don't know what to watch? Join film critics Jon Negroni and Will Ashton for no-nonsense conversations about the latest films coming to theaters and streaming online. They may not always agree, but one thing's for sure. They're both Cinemaholics.

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August 16, 2022 67 min

The Rehearsal is a new HBO series from the mind of Nathan Fielder, whose Comedy Central show Nathan For Youcontinuously tested the limits of what you can get people to say and do when you put a camera in front of them. Fielder's perhaps twisted mission to break the rules of television has got us wanting to break some rules, too, which is why we're talking about a show this week instead of a movie!

Intro Music: “Cloud Bossa”...

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A star-studded R-rated action comedy blockbuster that isn't a sequel? Or part of a larger franchise? Without superheroes? From David Leitch, the uncredited co-director of John Wick? And Brad Pitt as the lead? Being funny? And you said this isn't from Tarantino? Or Guy Ritchie? You said it's called Bullet Train? Sony made this?! Are you sure this isn't a franchise? Oh, it's based on a book? Does it read the room?...

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What if A24 made a Toy Story movie? It probably wouldn't be too different from their latest indie darling, Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, directed and co-written by Dean Fleischer Camp. Based on Camp's viral YouTube videos from over a decade ago — with Jenny Slate returning to voice Marcel and co-write the screenplay — Marcel the Shell is probably the most millennial movie we've seen lately, but apparently no one else ...

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July 26, 2022 100 min

Hold your horses. Special Guest Adonis Gonzalez rides into the show on the internet equivalent of horseback this week to talk with us about Nope, a new sci-fi horror film directed and written by Jordan Peele. Is it as good as Get Out and Us? We'll have to discuss. Don't worry, we open the show with a spoiler-free conversation about the film, then we play the Rotten Tomatoes Game and finish things out with a special spoiler ...

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Special guest Trisha Ashton joins us for the first time to help us review Where the Crawdads Sing, which is the film adaptation of the bestselling novel by Delia Owens. Trisha doesn't just boast being related to cohost Will Ashton, she is also an expert on the book, so she helps us unpack the differences and expectations between the two formats. The film stars Daisy Edgar-Jones as Kya, a recluse in the Carolina marshes who gets...

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Special guest Bryan Young (/Film, Full of Sith) rainbow bridges their way to the show this week to help us stormbreak new ground on Thor: Love and Thunder, the 29th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and fourth Thor film (amazingly). Chris Hemsworth is still Thor, no surprise there, but we do see the return of some other familiar faces — Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Taika Waititi as Korg, and Jane Foster as...the Mighty Thor?! Pl...

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Special guests Matt Serafini and Chris Sheridan join us for Vol. 2 of this week's episode of Cinemaholics. No, they're not speaking gibberish, they're just tying to contain their excitement for Minions: The Rise of Gru, the Illumination sequel to the Minions movie from 2015, which itself was a prequel within the Despicable Me franchise. Well, our despicable three begin the show with an impromptu discussion of Lightyear,...

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Special guest Aaron Dicer checks in from the podcast equivalent of the Upside Down to talk all things Stranger Things. We open this week’s show with some kitchen table chit chat about the future of podcasting and audio content, then break down our general thoughts on why Stranger Things has been such a cultural phenomenon. With all that out of the way, we finally dig into Season 4 spoiler-free, talk about Vol. 2, and discuss the fu...

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The Cinemaholics are in the building. Metaphorically. We've got two big films to cover this week, starting with Baz Luhrmann's Elvis, a super long, super glam biopic covering the life of the king of rock and roll with Austin Butler and Tom Hanks in lead roles. Next, Scott Derrickson's latest horror in quite a while just came out, and we're answering the call for The Black Phone, which stars Ethan Hawke and is based ...

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It's been a while since we did a "counter programming" episode, covering the three movies released this weekend outside of theaters. We opened the show with a topical discussion about Lightyear's weak box office weekend and the overall direction of streaming releases as alternatives to theatrical event movies. Then we slide into our discussion of Spiderhead, a sci-fi thriller starring Chris Hemsworth and Miles Telle...

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June 17, 2022 69 min

Special guest and honorary space ranger Charlie Ridgely joins use on the show for a review of Lightyear, the latest Pixar movie and first one to hit theaters since Onward in March 2020. Does the movie go to infinity, or is this franchise beyond its previous luck? Chris Evans stars as the voice of Buzz in this pseudo-origin story of the movie character that inspired the toy, and don't worry, we'll try to explain it.

Intro Mu...

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What, you expect us to just review Jurassic World Dominion without spending half the episode talking about the other movies instead? In addition to our ranking of the Jurassic Park film franchise and review of the latest film from Colin Trevorrow, we discuss Adam Sandler's latest Happy Madison film on Netflix, Hustle, a basketball dramedy with professional basketball players in it.

Intro Music: “Generic” by bennya, One million ...

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Somehow, David Cronenberg returned. Along with Viggo Mortensen, Léa Seydoux, Kristen Stewart, and plenty other lovable weirdos in this near-future body horror where "surgery is the new sex." Don't worry, we'll get to that. After premiering at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival, critics and audiences are definitely trying to process Cronenberg's latest sci-fi drama, and so are we. Is it this year's Titane? Does it...

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June 3, 2022 101 min

We have the need for Tom Cruise. Or at least a Tom Cruise Mission: Impossible movie with a Top Gun soundtrack. That's right, we're reviewing Top Gun: Maverick this week, which is a legacy sequel to the 1986 nostalgia classic. We open the show discussing why it's flying high in terms of box office and critical reviews. Speaking of which, we also talk about Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers, a new Disney+ hybrid animat...

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Yes, all men. And by that we mean yes, all we talk about in this episode is Men, a new A24 folk horror from Alex Garland, director and writer of Ex Machina and Annihilation. Starring Jessie Buckley and Rory Kinnear(s), Men has everyone of all genders turning their heads...in the theater to ask the person behind them WTF they're watching. In addition to our review of the film, we discuss some of the general critical reception to...

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Special guest Cory Woodroof fittingly sits in the third chair this week for our review of On the Count of Three, a dark...buddy comedy? No, that's not quite right. But it is an indie dramedy (maybe?) directed by Jerrod Carmichael in his feature debut. He also stars with Christopher Abbot in this Sundance favorite about two friends who decide today will be the last day of their lives. The film also stars Tiffany Haddish, J. B. S...

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The first big MCU movie of 2022 is here, and we exist in a universe where we talk about it. After some quick box office catchup, we discuss the highs and lows of recent Marvel movies (and the Disney+ shows) before digging into Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, a sequel to the 2016 film, but also an "event" Marvel movie with crossover characters like Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and of course Benedict Cumbe...

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Martin Campbell directed a new movie starring Liam Neeson, and we definitely watched it. Right? Anyway, let's talk about the fascinating career of Liam Neeson post-Taken, then dive into the unpredictable filmography of Martin Campbell, who directed Jon's favorite movie of all time, among...other movies. Finally, we review a movie called...called...oh, it's on the tip of our tongues. Guy Pearce is also in this movie, we&...

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Special guest Dan Murrell joins us this week for the triumphant return of our Summer Movie Preview! We try our best to predict the box office fortunes (or misfortunes?) of the biggest movies to come, from Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Thor: Love and Thunder to Jurassic World Dominion and Lightyear. And that new Minions movie. And Nope. And Black Phone and Bullet Train and so many more! We also pinpoint the movies ...

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Special guest Clint Worthington—Founder/EIC of The Spool and host of the Travolta/Cage podcast—joins us for the first time, and trust us, we need a Nick Cage expert for this episode. That's right, we're reviewing The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, which surprisingly isn't the Will Ashton biopic stuck in development hell. No, this is a high-concept meta comedy action movie starring Nicolas Cage as a fictionalized v...

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