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Ant-Man And the Wasp: Is Bigger And Better Than The Original

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One of the great things about the Marvel Cinematic Universe is that with such a wide breadth of characters and diversity of filmmakers, each individual entry in the larger world is given a certain amount of leeway to be its own thing, and perhaps more importantly, to have its own voice.

In Ant-Man and The Wasp, a direct follow-up to the character’s origin story film from 2015, Scott Lang (the always-affable Paul Rudd) is under house arrest after having been captured in Germany following the events of another Marvel movie, “Captain America: Civil War,” in which Ant-Man had a small role– or was it a big one? Lang is now on the outs with his partners in shrinkage Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly of “Lost”) and Dr. Hank Pym (the legendary Michael Douglas), but has reconnected with his daughter (Abby Ryder Fortson), his ex-wife (Judy Greer), and her now probably-overly-affectionate new husband (Bobby Cannavale).

Meanwhile, Pym and his daughter Van Dyne are searching for their long-lost wife/mother Janet (Michelle Pfeiffer)– the original Wasp– who has been trapped in the Quantum Realm after having shrunk too far down during a mission in the 1980s. To further this cause, Hope has taken up the flying Wasp alter-ego and is setting up a tech trade with a somewhat cartoonish weapons dealer / mob boss played by the excellent Walton Goggins of “The Shield” and “Justified.” Despite his sizable talent, Goggins’ role was the movie’s one major sticking point for me, as he mostly functioned as a one-dimensional foil, showing up whenever the overarching plan needed a monkey wrench thrown in.

The film’s other major villain, known as “Ghost,” is a damaged young woman with a mysterious past and eerie powers (Hannah John-Kamen of “Ready Player One”) who also wants access to the Quantum Realm for reasons I’ll let you discover on your own. Additional supporting characters include Dr. Bill Foster, an old colleague of Pym’s played by Laurence Fishburne (“The Matrix”) and the returning ex-con trio of fast-talking Luis (Michael Peña), Russian-accented Kurt (David Dastmalchian), and straight man Dave (Tip “T.I.” Harris). Of this group, Peña undoubtedly steals the show, and the movie’s most laugh-out-loud scene belongs to him and him alone.

Ant-Man and the Wasp’s greatest strength is its unique brand of humor. As a good portion of the humor derives from Scott’s daughter Cassie, the film is more child-friendly than many other MCU movies, yet the humor is not juvenile. As in Ant-Man, director Peyton Reed expands the humor from the MCU’s typical witty quips to an additional strong sense of quirky visual humor. The film is edited in a stylistic way to emphasize the humor and excitement, especially in the changing sizes.

Ant-Man and the Wasp highlights the MCU’s commitment to unique directorial visions. The film, in both story and style, is like no other in the MCU, yet comfortably feels a part of the same world. The humor and story create a momentum that allows the film to feel fun from start to finish.

 

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Final Trailer For DC’s ‘Aquaman’ Has Arrived

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Jason Momoa sets out on an epic quest for the Trident of Atlantis in the second Aquaman trailer.

“From Warner Bros. Pictures and director, James Wan comes an action-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, “Aquaman”, starring Jason Momoa in the title role. The film reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime — one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be … a king.”

Wan spoke about his vision for the popular DC character.

“It’s going to look very different, it will feel very different, aesthetically, tonally, story-wise, it’s my own take. It’s a much more a traditional action-adventure quest movie…Aquaman has been the joke of the comic book world, but the more I thought about it, the more I thought how cool that would be. Let’s take the character everybody makes fun of and do something really interesting with him.”

Aquaman will be in theaters December 21.

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Logic Is Set To Write A Movie JJ Abrams

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Logic is ready for the next stage of his career.

The Maryland rapper announced his upcoming project with legendary producer/director J.J. Abrams on Twitter.

“I cannot express my excitement nor my gratitude to @jjabramsofficial and everyone at for believing in me as an actor and writer. I am so excited to move into this next step of creativity in my career! Aaaahhhhhh this is gonna be so epic!!!”, wrote Logic.

Logic hinted at working on movie earlier this year. The 29-year-old spoke about it on the red carpet during the  2018 Grammy Awards.

“Yeah, well there’s a lot of things that are going on right now, which is awesome,” Logic said at the time. “I just finished my first novel. I started the second one. I just wrote and finished a movie that I’m really excited to star in now. I’ve been working really hard. It’s been amazing.”

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The Stakes Are High In The First Trailer For ‘The Informer’

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Aviron Pictures has released the first trailer for their upcoming thriller The Informer.

In the film, honorably discharged Special Ops soldier Pete Koslow’s (Joel Kinnaman) world is turned upside-down when he is jailed after a fight to protect his wife (Ana de Armas). He’s given a chance for early release by becoming an informant for the FBI (Academy Award nominees Rosamund Pike and Clive Owen) and using his covert skills in an operation to take down The General, the most powerful crime boss in New York. But when the FBI sting meant to finally earn Koslow his freedom results in the death of an undercover NYPD cop, Koslow finds himself caught in the crossfire between the mob and the FBI. The General insists Koslow takes the heat and sends him back to prison to spearhead a drug operation from inside, and the FBI affirms that going back to jail to do The General’s bidding is the only way for Koslow to keep his deal with them alive.

The Informer hits theaters March 22, 2019. Joel Kinnaman stars with Rosamund Pike, Clive Owen, Common, and Ana de Armas.

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