Articles by Ani Bundel Jan 13, 2022

HBO Max's 'Peacemaker' stars John Cena as a very unlikely anti-hero
Ani Bundel

James Gunn was hired by DC Comics and Warner Bros. Pictures to all-but-remake the disastrous 2016 “Suicide Squad” only two years after it’s critical debacle. Gunn’s singular vision also earned him “Peacemaker:” a John Cena-lead HBO Max adventure that includes all the dirty, wacky antics of the film . . .

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2022 Golden Globes winners (and losers) won't be on TV. So what?
Ani Bundel

While #OscarsSoWhite and #TimesUp were affecting change in other parts of the industry, the nominations for the Golden Globes continued to favor white men. This growing drumbeat of scandal forced the HFPA to address critics directly during the 2021 ceremony, vowing to do better. The Golden Globes’ s . . .

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In 'Matrix: Resurrections,' Lana Wachowski reclaims the reboot
Ani Bundel

How do you reboot “The Matrix?” The original film by the Wachowskis was a once-in-a-generation work when it was released in 1999. The sequels that followed, “The Matrix: Reloaded” and “The Matrix: Revolutions,” became bogged down by the franchise’s own pop philosophy intellectualism. The original fi . . .

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Tom Holland shines in new 'Spider-Man: No Way Home'
Ani Bundel

Between Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and Sony’s Spider-Man Universe, 10 titles arrived in the last 12 months. The tenth and final premiere is, fittingly, a crossover film co-produced by both studios: “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” the last installment of the current webslinger trilogy. The c . . .

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'House of Gucci' with stars Lady Gaga and Adam Driver doesn't disappoint — if you want camp
Ani Bundel

“House of Gucci” arrives in theaters Thanksgiving Day stuffed to the gills, a bit like the film industry’s equivalent of a communal turducken. Based on the book “The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed,” by Sara Gay Forden, “House of Gucci” details the true cri . . .

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Hailee Steinfeld in ‘Hawkeye’ on Disney+ makes the Marvel world magical this holiday season
Ani Bundel

“Hawkeye” is the fifth series to debut on Disney+ from the Marvel Cinematic Universe this year, arriving with two episodes streaming just in time for the Thanksgiving holidays. The two characters and their “old school dad/whiz-kid daughter” pairing would work in just about any TV series scenario Mar . . .

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Amazon's 'The Wheel of Time' looks to push fantasy beyond 'Game of Thrones'
Ani Bundel

Amazon’s “The Wheel of Time” feels, at first blush, like just another entry in an already crowded field of series fighting to be the next “Game of Thrones.”The story is relatively straightforward. Despite the simplicity of the overall narrative, at 14 (very long) books, “The Wheel of Time” is the ul . . .

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'Spencer,' the latest Princess Diana movie, is a surprisingly surrealist tragedy
Ani Bundel

“Spencer” opens with the words “A fable based on a true tragedy.” One could argue every story about Diana Spencer is such. “Spencer” opens with the words “A fable based on a true tragedy.” One could argue every story about Diana Spencer is such, from Broadway’s new musical, “Diana,” to the salacious . . .

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HBO's 'Succession' Season 3 features a Roy family out for blood
Ani Bundel

After a two-year gap, HBO’s onetime sleeper hit “Succession” finally debuts its pandemic-delayed third season on Sunday. But though “Succession” may be a bit of a dinosaur, there’s lots of roar left in the old girl yet. Though “Succession” may be a bit of a dinosaur, there’s lots of roar left in the . . .

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Netflix's 'Diana: The Musical' could be Broadway's ticket to a comeback
Ani Bundel

Since the original Broadway musical “Showboat” opened almost 100 years ago, the genre has always thrived on love stories. As a streaming special, “Diana: The Musical” almost works. Even so, Netflix’s newest experiment could be Broadway’s ticket to a comeback. Given this well-documented history, “Dia . . .

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