‘CinemAddicts’ Podcast Review ‘The Blackcoat’s Daughter’ And ‘Live Cargo’

FEBRUARYIf you’re a fan of Mad Men actress Kiernan Shipka and Scream Queen’s Emma Roberts, then this week’s episode of CinemAddicts is worth checking out.

Kat (Shipka) is a teenager who is left alone at school while most of the other students have just left for vacation. Rose (Lucy Boynton), a fellow student, is also left behind but for different reasons. When a strange force influences Kat, the lives of the people at the school as well as Rose are immediately threatened. Emma Roberts is Joan, a troubled woman who is determined to get to Kat’s school at any cost. Directed by Oz Perkins, The Blackcoat’s Daughter is an atmospheric thriller that’s filled with a memorable final act. As Kat, Shipka proves she can anchor her own movie, and she, along with Boynton and Roberts, are very good in the film.

Directed by Logan Sandler, Live Cargo centers on Nadine and Lewis (Dree Hemingway and Lakeith Stanfield), a grieving couple who travel to a remote Bahamian island for a bit of comfort. Roy (The Wire’s Robert Wisdom) is the island mayor who’s had a big influence on Nadine’s life. He also attempts to serve as a surrogate parent to a homeless teenager named Myron (Sam Dillon). Unfortunately Myron is seduced into the human trafficking operation that’s being conducted by a criminal named Doughboy (Leonard Earl Howze). Shot in black and white, the picture is powered by a memorable performance from Wisdom and Dillon. Live Cargo initially had a release date of March 31, but this week it was pushed back to April 7.

Last but definitely not least, we also talk about the 15th anniversary release of Donnie Darko. Arrow Films spearheaded a 4K restoration of the film which was supervised by Donnie Darko filmmaker Richard Kelly. Check out this week’s episode of CinemAddicts below!!




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‘Wreck-It Ralph 2’ Breaks The Internet With 2018 Release

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The 2012 animated smash Wreck-It Ralph is finally getting a sequel, as Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 hits the silver screen March 9, 2018. The news was announced at CinemaCon. Jack McBrayer and Jane Lynch are among the actors who are returning to the roster with leads John C. Reilly (Ralph) and Sarah Silverman (Vanellope).

The project also reteams the film’s original director Rich Moore and scribe Phil Johnston to the project (both Moore and Johnston collaborated on last year’s Disney hit Zootopia).

Wreck-It Ralph was a loving homage to 8-bit gaming, and now its sequel is taking video games to an entirely different level. “To take these characters we love and have them enter the enormous world of the internet has given us so much to explore,” said Moore. “Our production team has been hard at work designing a world that takes something we all think we know – the internet – but shows it in a whole new, imaginative way.”

The Oscar nominated film was named Best Animated Feature by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, and expectations are definitely high with Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2.

Are you excited for the sequel, or was one film dealing with Ralph’s gaming universe enough? Feel free to comment below!


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Bitsie Tulloch Recounts Memorable Last Day On ‘Grimm’

NUP_174897_2160.JPGActress Bitsie Tulloch’s experience on Grimm was a profound one, as she’s engaged to series co-star David Giuntoli. The show, which ran for six seasons, was a successful one, and Tulloch reflected on what made the program resonate with viewers.

“There’s something to me about the format of a fairy tale where you have this protagonist overcoming the odds and you have all these fantastical creatures,” said Tulloch. “That’s just really fun and it’s nice to get lost in an other worldly aspect. I also think it’s one of those shows that was successful internationally. It’s one of those shows that’s not easily lost in translation and countries all over the world has loved it because it’s relatable and you really feel like this could happen.”

After a few stops and starts, Bitsie Tulloch’s last day on the set of Grimm was a memorable one, as she prepared a speech thanking the production’s hard working cast and crew. Click on the media bar to hear Tulloch talk about her final day on Grimm:

Grimm’s series finale airs Friday, March 31 on NBC (8/7c).

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Tom Holland Brings “Youthful” Spirit To ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’

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Thanks to his scene stealing work as the friendly neighborhood webslinger in Captain America: Civil War, Tom Holland’s star is on the rise. Expect that star to climb even bigger heights with the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming.

“This is a very different take on Spider-Man,” said Holland, whose previous credits include The Impossible and Wolf Hall. “This is something we haven’t seen before. I’m obviously a lot younger so we can really play on the youthful side of the character. We’ve seen the soldier. We’ve seen the billionaire. We’ve seen the god. And now it’s time to see the kid. It’s fun to see what would happen if you gave a 15-year-old super powers and I think what would happen is he’d have a pretty great time.”

The actor was recently at Sony Pictures’ CinemaCon to talk about playing Peter Parker. Click on the media bar to hear Tom Holland’s take on the enduring popularity of Spider-Man.


Spider-Man: Homecoming, co-starring Michael Keaton as the Vulture, opens nationwide July 7.

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Jenny Slate Displays Dramatic Chops With ‘Gifted’ Challenge

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Directed by Marc Webb (The Amazing Spider-Man), Gifted centers on Mary (Mckenna Grace), a seven-year-old who is a mathematical genius. Though education wise Mary deserves the best schooling as possible, her concerned and loving uncle Frank (Chris Evans) is also a proponent of giving her the most normal childhood as possible.

The picture co-stars Jenny Slate, an actress who’s best known for her scene stealing comedic chops (as witnessed by the first rate 2014 feature Obvious Child). With Gifted, Slate plays a straight laced and focused teacher, so comedy wasn’t in the cards for this gratifying role.

“That’s the ultimate challenge is to lean on what you know works,” said Slate. “She’s sturdy and she’s not showcasing herself in any way. She sees herself as a facilitator and as someone who speaks the truth. Those are very simple things that need to be respected. And I’m usually called upon to be a more ‘character-y’ type of person and I really gravitated towards this character because she’s straightforward. She’s whole. She’s self-possessed. It’s very old-fashioned and clean and fresh to make education your first priority.”

Click on the media bar below to hear Slate talk about playing a teacher and working with kids on Gifted.




Gifted opens in select cities April 7 and opens nationwide April 21.

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