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ROLE PLAY Interview w/ Kaley Cuoco & David Oyelowo

“Emma (Kaley Cuoco) has a wonderful husband and two kids in the suburbs of New Jersey. She also has a secret life as an assassin for hire, a secret that her husband Dave (David Oyelowo) discovers when the couple decide to spice up their marriage with a little role play.”

I got a chance to speak with the amazingly talented and super fun Kaley Cuoco and David Oyelowo about their new action comedy, “Role Play”. Before the interview started Kaley gave me the best compliment and from there it was just lots of laughs. But there’s even more hilarity in their new movie.

Be sure to watch “Role Play” when it’s available to stream on Prime Video January 12.

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SPY KIDS: ARMAGEDDON Interview w/ Robert Rodriguez

In the newest SPY KIDS movie, “the children of the world’s greatest secret agents unwittingly help a powerful game developer unleash a computer virus that gives him control of all technology, leading them to become spies themselves to save their parents and the world.”

I got a chance to speak with the legendary director, Robert Rodriguez to talk about the film, making it with his son, family, and so much more! Watch the full interview and the movie when it streams on Netflix on September 22, 2023.

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Movie Review: “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One”

Tom Cruise returns as Ethan Hunt, an IMF agent with a new mission to track down a dangerous weapon before it falls into the wrong hands. Here’s a review of “Mission Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One”.

“Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One” opens in theaters July 12, 2023.

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Movie Review: “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny”

This week I review “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny”. After 15 years, Harrison Ford returns as everyone’s favorite archeologist for one last adventure. Did the film provide the closure fans have been wanting? Watch my review and find out!

“Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” opens in theaters June 30, 2023.

Rating: B

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Movie Review: “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3”

After so many Marvel misses, this one might be their first hit in a while. This week in Feature Flix, I share my thoughts on the highly anticipated third installment of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3”.

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” opens in theaters May 5

Rating: A

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MAFIA MAMMA Interview w/ Toni Collette, Sophia Nomvete, Monica Bellucci, & Catherine Hardwicke

This week I have a fun interview for the new crime comedy, “Mafia Mamma”. Toni Collette stars as a suburban mom who becomes head of the family business left to her by her recently deceased grandfather. The good news? The business is in the beautiful city of Rome, Italy. The bad news? It’s the Mafia. I sat down with the stars, Toni Collette, Sophia Nomvete, Monica Bellucci, and director Catherine Hardwicke.

“Mafia Mamma” is currently playing in theaters.

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Movie Review: “Shazam! Fury of the Gods”

This week I review DC’s “Shazam! Fury of the Gods”. The film stars Zachary Levi as a young teen who can transform to an adult superhero. The first film was hit, but is this sequel a miss? Watch my full review to find out!

“Shazam! Fury of the Gods” is currently playing in theaters.

Rating: D+

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Movie Review: “Ant-Man & The Wasp: Quantumania”

This week I review the third installment of the Ant-Man franchise, “Ant-Man & The Wasp: Quantumania”. Was it a hit or a miss? Find out in my ICTN review video below!

“Ant-Man & The Wasp: Quantumania” is currently playing in theaters.

Rating: B-

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Top 10 Best Films of 2022

10. The Black Phone

At first glance, “The Black Phone” could come off as a “ripped from the headlines” Lifetime movie. In actuality, the film is a familiar story about a child kidnapper/serial killer that unfolds in a completely unnerving and original way! It also features an incredible and disturbingly eerie performance by Ethan Hawke.

9. I Want You Back

When I watched this film back in February, I knew it would be in my top 10. Not just because I love the genre, but because this one felt reminiscent of some of my favorite 90’s romcoms. The film follows Emma (Jenny Slate) and Peter (Charlie Day) after they have both been dumped by their significant others. They bond over their losses and decide to work together to get their exes back. “I Want You Back” has a refreshing and hilarious screenplay that shines even brighter through Slate and Day’s chemistry.

8. Hustle

Less is more when it comes to the brilliance that is “Hustle”. Adam Sandler plays a basketball scout whose goal is to become a coach. In the midst of that journey, he stumbles upon a talented baller in Spain. They connect as two underdogs trying to prove themselves worthy of coming out on top. This is just one of those movies that excels through incredible performances and it’s a feel-good story. It’s easily my favorite performance by Sandler to date. “Hustle” is the hidden gem of 2022 that I hope everyone was able to find.

7. The Woman King

Based on true events, “The Woman King” is the remarkable story of the Agojie, the all-female unit of warriors who protected the African Kingdom of Dahomey in the 1800s. The women are fierce warriors with unbelievable fighting skills. From its opening scene, the film hooks you in, and keeps you enthralled with exciting action sequences and a thrilling journey. It’s an inspiring and powerful movie.

6. Bros

Finally, a good romcom was shown in theaters this year! It’s crazy to think that “Bros” is the first romantic comedy about two men falling in love to be produced by a mainstream studio. It’s long overdue. But, if we had to wait this long, I’m glad we put it in the hands of Billy Eichner (Co-Writer) and Nick Stoller (Director/Co-Writer). In addition to the film’s historic romantic storyline, the movie also features and entirely LGBTQ+ cast. And it’s entertaining to watch some of those characters poke fun at their own current political identities. “Bros” goes beyond the surface level romcom with its conversation about the importance of LGBTQ+ historical figures.

5. Vengeance

B.J. Novak’s directorial debut is a dark comedy thriller about a podcaster who travels from New York to West Texas to investigate the death of a girl he was hooking up with. I may be bias, being from Texas, but anyone can relate to this story. It’s a hilarious satire about politics, media and technology. Novak is a tour de force, providing a sharp and witty script with a valuable message about how we “connect” with people. “Vengeance” is an original “whodunit” with a shocking and unforgettable ending.

4. Fresh

Mimi Cave’s debut feature goes from rom-com to a dark, provocative horror. Audiences may think they’ve seen this story before, but it hasn’t been told quite like this. For starters, the film features a Grade-A cast. Sebastian Stan’s character is unlike anything he’s played before. And Daisy Edgar-Jones gives an unforgettable performance, as she brings a whole new level to the “damsel turns badass” story arc. The film’s images range from picturesque to beautifully grotesque. “Fresh” delivers the whole package. It’s a deliciously, twisted horror/comedy that leaves you craving more.

3. The Menu

The best original screenplay award should go to “The Menu”. Talk about a brilliant script! This was one that audiences didn’t really know what they were walking into, but should have left very satisfied. In the film, a couple (Anya Taylor-Joy and Nicholas Hoult) travels to a coastal island to eat at an exclusive restaurant where the chef (Ralph Fiennes) has prepared a lavish menu, with some shocking surprises. As the story unfolds, we find this is an exploration of the toxic relationship between art, artist and consumer. Are we still making the art that we were passionate about for ourselves or have we become sell outs? “The Menu” is a clever and delectable story.

2. The Batman

“The Batman” is one of the best Batman movies since “The Dark Knight”. I was hesitant when Robert Pattinson was cast, but he nails it with a brooding Bruce Wayne in his 20’s. The entire cast is fantastic, especially, the quick-witted Zoe Kravitz as probably the most realistic Cat woman, and a stunning, unrecognizable Colin Farrell as Penguin, and of course, a chilling Paul Dano as The Riddler. In this story, citizens know Batman’s name, but don’t quite know his full potential. However, when The Riddler, sadistically begins to murder key political figures and dirty cops in Gotham, Batman is pulled into the investigation to uncover the city’s hidden corruption and his family’s involvement. The film’s dark and gritty atmosphere paired with Matt Reeves’ alluring shots heightens the thrills and suspense during this enthralling murder mystery.

1. Top Gun: Maverick

My number one had to go to my favorite cinematic experience this year. This film had no business being as good as it was. But I am so happy to say it pulled off a sequel rarity in being better than the original. In “Top Gun: Maverick”, Pete Mitchell aka Maverick (Tom Cruise), has been serving as one the Navy’s top aviators for more than 30 years. He is ordered to return to “Top Gun” and instruct the new class of fighter pilots. Only problem, that class includes his late best friend, Goose’s son, Bradley (Miles Teller), who has unresolved issues with Maverick. What director Joseph Kosinski did here is no easy feat. He managed to take the good of the original film and elevate the story and special effects to new heights. The script is sharp, with a perfect combination of nostalgia and modern day. The acting is top notch, as these characters are portrayed with more emotion and vulnerability, and the flight sequences are heart pounding thrills.

The Rest of the Best:

11. Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

12. Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio

13. The Good Nurse

14. Women Talking

15. Bodies, Bodies, Bodies

16. Bullet Train

17. Everything Everywhere All at Once

18. The Whale

19. The Fabelmans

20. Senior Year

Top 5 Worst Films of 2022

5. Jurassic World: Dominon – You bring everyone back for a messy story about giant locusts?

4. Firestarter (2022) – Not even Zac Efron could make this reboot worth it.

3. They/Them – Such a great idea with poor delivery and some of the worst acting.

2. Pinocchio (2022) – A lazy remake with poor graphics and the most annoying Pinocchio.

1. Halloween Ends – I didn’t think it could get any worse than the last film, but then this monstrosity was made. Barely any Michael Myers and too much unwanted romance.

Trevor’s Top 10

10. Thor: Love and Thunder
9. The Black Phone
8. Fresh
7. Bullet Train
6. The Whale
5. Everything Everywhere All At Once
4. The Menu
3. Vengeance
2. The Batman
1. Top Gun: Maverick

Movie Review: “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”

This week I review the highly anticipated sequel to the critically acclaimed “Black Panther.” Find out if I think “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” holds up to the original.

“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” is currently playing in theaters.

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