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Out Now 348: Aquaman & Bumblebee

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This week's Out Now with Aaron and Abe features robots and Atlanteans in disguise and da seas. Aaron and Abe are joined by Alan Aguilera and Jordan Grout for an episode covering one crazy franchise that’s restarting fresh, and one crazy movie saving a fairly rotten franchise. The group go over AquamanandBumblebee, which provides plenty to converse about, along with more movie chatter. Among topics covered, we have a fun round of Know Everybody (5:38), Out Now Quickies™ (9:20), some Trailer Talk for Us (20:27) and Men In Black: International (25:41), the main reviews (32:08) and (1:00:10), a Game (1:35:33), and Out Now Feedback (1:40:44). We then wrap things up (1:54:15) and have some bloopers (2:25:20) following this week's closeout song. So now, if you've got an hour or so to kill…
You can also find links to the episode at AudioBoomor Spotify. Subscribe via iTunes HERE

Weekly Recap: Vice, Stan & Ollie, Cold War & More!

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Vice was one of a few movies to hit theaters on Christmas, and certainly the most notable. The divisive biopic has a stunning transformation from Christian Bale but lacks more to make it more than an exercise in pointing fingers. Stan & Olliefinally hit a limited number of theaters as well and it's certainly enjoyable. You also have plenty of big movies still in wide release to check out. Plus, be sure to start checking out the various top ten lists I'm putting together. Lastly, there are a couple of great podcasts that everyone is sure to enjoy. Thanks for reading and listening!
In Theaters Now:
Vice - https://weliveentertainment.com/welivefilm/review-vice-splashy-fun-yet-muddled-depressing/ (Decent, but what's new here?)
Stan & Ollie - https://weliveentertainment.com/welivefilm/review-stan-ollie-thicker-water/ (A delightful biopic)
Cold War - https://weliveentertainment.com/welivefilm/review-no-cracks-cold-war/ (Spectacular, in limited release)
Aquaman - https://weliveen…

Out Now Bonus: Mary Poppins Returns

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This week's Out Now with Aaron and Abe will help the medicine go down. Aaron is joined by his girlfriend, the lovely Ana Bosch, to discuss Mary Poppins Returns, the musical sequel that’s been 54 years in the making. This extended conversation allows the couple to take a deep into what they thought about the film, the music, and the magic. Among topics covered, we have a fun round of Know Everybody (3:20), Out Now Quickies™ (7:34), main review (13:55). We then wrap things up briefly (1:03:00) before this week's closeout song. So now, if you've got an hour or so to kill…
You can also find links to the episode at AudioBoomor Spotify. Subscribe via iTunes HERE

Out Now Commentary: Tombstone (1993)

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It’s the final Out Now with Aaron and Abe commentary track of the year, will this one be your huckleberry? Well, you’re a daisy if you listen, as the guys decided to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Tombstone. Aaron is joined by Brandon Peters, Jim Dietz, and Ben Konowitz for a look back at the Kurt Russell-Val Kilmer two-hander, and they have plenty to talk about. Listen as they have plenty of fun going over just how well this Hollywood western stacks up to the films it pays tribute to, let alone the time period it is based on. Also enjoy plenty of thoughts about the cast, the construction of the movie, some big tangents, and so much more.So now, if you’ve got an hour to kill…
You can also find links to the episode at AudioBoomor Spotify.  Subscribe via iTunes HERE

Weekly Recap: Aquaman, Bumblebee, Mary Poppins, Welcome To Marwen, and More!

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Who is ready for a blockbuster holiday season? Aquaman, Bumblebee, and Mary Poppins serve as a triple threat for moviegoers, and they are all varying degrees of good. And that's not all, Welcome to Marwen is also around, but even better are the smaller films going into wider release, plus, I have an early review for Vice ready as well. That's not all! Plenty of home releases are up this week, and I have reviews for those, as well as a top ten list (the first of many) for the best Blu-ray releases of the year. There are also some bonus posts I have available, and of course, this week's podcast covering Roma and Spider-Verse. Enjoy and thanks for reading!
In Theaters Now:
Aquaman - https://weliveentertainment.com/welivefilm/review-outlandish-aquaman-now-part-world/ (Yep, this is what a big-budget Aquaman movie looks like)
Bumblebee - https://weliveentertainment.com/welivefilm/review-bumblebee-great-transformers-story/ (The best Transformers movie)
Mary Poppins Returns - https://we…

Out Now 347: Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse & Roma

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This week's Out Now with Aaron and Abe features some spectacular stories. Aaron and Abe are joined by Scott Mendelson and Luke Thompson to go over Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Roma. Between the animated superhero film and the prestige Netflix release, there is plenty to go over in these extended conversations, not to mention the other new releases. Among topics covered, we have a fun round of Know Everybody (4:33), Out Now Quickies™ (9:12), some Trailer Talk for Brightburn (27:02), the main reviews (34:50) and (1:18:01), a quick game (1:40:52) and Out Now Feedback (1:51:33). We then wrap things up (2:11:37) and have some bloopers (2:23:42) following this week's closeout song. So now, if you've got an hour or so to kill…
You can also find links to the episode at AudioBoomor Spotify.  Subscribe via iTunes HERE

Weekly Recap: Spider-Man, Mortal Engines, Beale Street, Roma & More!

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This is the first of two packed weeks that encompass the holiday movie season releases. Finally opening for all to enjoy is Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, a terrific new vision for the franchise. Mortal Engines unleashes its ambitious visuals into theaters as well. If Beale Street Could Talk is in limited release, and many more are now able to see Vox Lux, The Favourite, as well as Roma via Netflix. I even have several early reviews up for multiple upcoming releases to be excited about. There are a few home releases to both steer clear of and be okay with as well. A few other extra articles to keep track of as well. Look out for the start of top ten lists coming next week, but for now, be sure to enjoy this week's podcast. Thanks for reading and listening!

Out Now Bonus: 2018 Netflix Fall Showcase

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This week's Out Now with Aaron and Abe takes on a streaming giant. Aaron and Abe are joined by Adam Gentry to discuss some recent Netflix releases, including Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle and Private Life, but mainly The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. Plenty to cover in addition to the reviews as well, as it’s another packed show. Among topics covered, we have a fun round of Know Everybody (5:07), Out Now Quickies™ (16:34), some Trailer Talk for Avengers: Endgame (27:33), the main reviews for Buster Scruggs (34:30), Mowgli (1:10:58), and Private Life (1:19:51), Games (1:23:45), and Out Now Feedback (1:30:55). We then wrap things up (1:38:02) and have some bloopers (1:44:56) following this week's closeout song. So now, if you've got an hour or so to kill…
You can also find links to the episode at AudioBoomor Spotify.  Subscribe via iTunes HERE

Winners Announced For The 2nd Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society Awards

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society is pleased to announce the winners of their 2nd Annual LAOFCS Awards. Fox’s The Hate U Give leads this year’s winners with a total of four awards including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay. Bo Burnham’s Eighth Grade will take home Best Independent Film, Best First Feature, and Best Performance by an Actress 23 and Under for Elsie Fisher.
The Best Actor at this year’s ceremony will be Rami Malek for his incredible performance as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody while Toni Collette will receive Best Actress for her brilliant yet terrifying performance in A24’s Hereditary. 
Spike Lee’s BlacKklansmanwins Best Male Director while Lynne Ramsey’s You Were Never Really Here wins Best Female Director. Netflix and Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma cleaned up the Best Foreign Film category as well as Best Cinematography.
Other big winners include Fox Searchlight’s The Favourite which won two awards: Best Comedy and Best Cast. Para…

Weekly Recap: Vox Lux, Ben Is Back, Schindler's List & More!

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So in addition to the new look for the blog, why not enjoy my reviews for the several new releases this week, including Vox Lux and Ben Is Back. There's is a lot to like about both of these movies, so I hope everyone looks for them when they expand. I also put together an extended thoughts post on Schindler's Lists that is also back in theaters this week. Early reviews are still here as well, as well as the nominations for the LAOCFS 2nd Awards. New home releases all have their reviews too. Lastly, be sure to enjoy this week's packed podcast episode.

In Theaters Now:
Vox Lux - https://weliveentertainment.com/welivefilm/review-vox-lux-presents-haunting-look-modern-celebrity/ (A wild take on modern celebrity stardom, in limited release)
Ben Is Back - https://weliveentertainment.com/welivefilm/review-julia-roberts-delivers-ben-back-lucas-hedges-great/ (A strong character drama, in limited release)
Schindler's List: 25th Anniversary - https://www.thecodeiszeek.com/2018/12/brief-…

Brief Thoughts: ‘Schindler’s List’ 25 Years Later

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I really enjoy putting my reviews together.  I honestly wish I could delve deeper into certain movies, but alas, I get incredibly busy and can sometimes only deal with films to a briefer extent than I would prefer.  This is why I write these occasional "Brief Thoughts" posts on movies I have seen, as I want to at least offer some of my own perspective on them.  They may not be as polished, but I can at least get my opinions out there. This extended edition of "Brief Thoughts" features feelings on Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.

Out Now 346: Green Book & Burning

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This week's Out Now with Aaron and Abe features cultural differences, old and Korean. Aaron and Abe discuss the road trip comedy-drama, Green Book, and the South Korean mystery, Burning. Helping the guys are special appearances from Scott Menzel and Terence Johnson. Plenty to cover in addition to the reviews as well, as it’s another packed show. Among topics covered, we have a fun round of Know Everybody (3:10), Out Now Quickies™ (4:50), some Trailer Talk for Welcome to Marwen (11:45), the main reviews (18:33) and (48:30), and Out Now Feedback (1:08:37). We then wrap things up (1:36:22) and have some bloopers (1:50:36) following this week's closeout song. So now, if you've got an hour or so to kill…
You can also find links to the episode at AudioBoomor Spotify.  Subscribe via iTunes HERE

The Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society Announces Its 2nd Year Nominations

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(Los Angeles, CA – December 3rd, 2018) – The Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society (LAOFCS) is pleased to announce that their 2nd Annual Awards Ceremony will be held on January 9th, 2019, at the Taglyan Complex in Los Angeles.
Fox Searchlight’s The Favourite and Marvel/Disney’s Black Panther top the nominations list with ten nominations each, while WB’s A Star is Born earns nine, and Focus Features’ BlacKkKlansman earns eight. Bo Burnham’s Eighth Grade is quickly becoming the little indie that could this award season as it scores six nominations. Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk was also well-received by the members of the LAOFCS as the film scored a total of five nominations including Best Supporting Actress.

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