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the mummy

Crooked Table Podcast: Episode 52 — Mummy Dearest

In Episode 52 of the Crooked Table Podcast, Robert Yaniz Jr. uncovers director Alex Kurtzman’s new take on The Mummy, starring Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella. The film is, of course, intended to kick off Universal’s monster-centric Dark Universe. We’ll investigate whether The Mummy provides a solid foundation for what’s to come as well as how it stacks up against the 1999 edition, which saw Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz bring the classic tale to the modern age. Also: Rob reviews A24’s latest, director Trey Edward Shults’ It Comes At Night starring Joel Edgerton, and discusses his thoughts on the latest news surrounding X-Men: Dark Phoenix. It’s a jam-packed episode of the Crooked Table Podcast. So let’s get to it before a certain Egyptian princess catches up with us.

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wonder woman

Crooked Table Podcast: Episode 51 — ‘Wonder Woman’: The Future of Comic Book Movies Is Female

In Episode 51 of the Crooked Table Podcast, Robert Yaniz Jr. finally reunites on the show with Kai (along with their infant daughter) to discuss director Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman film starring Gal Gadot and Chris Pine. Will the film finally mark a decisive win for the DC Extended Universe after films like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, or will it prove to be an underwhelming attempt to deliver a successful female-led comic book film? After all, between Supergirl, Catwoman and Elektra, the ladies have had a rough time of it on the big screen. Fingers crossed that Diana Prince’s first solo adventure is worth the wait.

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pirates of the caribbean

Crooked Table Podcast: Episode 49 — ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’: Off the Depp End

In Episode 49 of the Crooked Table Podcast, Robert Yaniz Jr. takes to the high seas for his review of Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. But first he looks back at star Johnny Depp’s most surprising roles with another round of Let’s Talk About SIX. So, is Jack Sparrow better the fifth time around? Listen for yourself. Yo ho, yo ho and all that…

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Snatched

Crooked Table Podcast: Episode 47 — ‘Snatched’ and ‘Death Becomes Her’ Turns 25 (The Goldie Hawn Edition)

In Episode 47 of the Crooked Table Podcast, Robert Yaniz Jr. celebrates the big-screen return of Oscar winner Goldie Hawn and the 25th anniversary of her 1992 black comedy Death Becomes Her, directed by Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Back to the Future) and co-starring Meryl Streep, Bruce Willis and Isabella Rossellini.  Then, it’s on to Hawn’s newest release, which teams the actress with Amy Schumer for director Jonathan Levine’s (50/50, Warm Bodies) R-rated comedy Snatched. Stay Gold(ie)!

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Crooked Table Podcast: Episode 46 — ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ and MCU Sequels Ranked

In Episode 46 of the Crooked Table Podcast, Rob hits the cosmos to review Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel and Kurt Russell. But before evaluating writer/director James Gunn’s film, he looks back on previous sequels in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Will the Guardians deliver a strong follow-up to the 2014 smash hit or hit a sophomore slump? One way to find out…

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