Doctor Sleep Review: A Worthy Addition to the Overlook Universe

Mike Flanagan’s adaptation pushes horror boundaries, while paying homage to “The Shining” and Stephen King’s celebrated source material

Just shy of 40 years since Stanley Kubrick’s original, modern horror master Mike Flanagan has taken on the daunting task of following up the iconic 1980 film The Shining while also adapting Stephen King’s ambitious source material. Confused yet?

While the film does have some great ideas when it comes to trying to tackle both these problems, Flanagan trying to pull off this difficult juggling act is where Doctor Sleep becomes the most muddled. Tonally the film ends up a little messy with offering audiences a punch in the face worth of nostalgia for the 1980 film, while also adding in some bizarre fantasy elements featured in the Doctor Sleep novel. On top of this, at a runtime of 152 minutes, the film could have benefitted from a bit of trimming, but by the end, Flanagan offers enough thrills and chills to make the journey worthwhile.

Apart from the slight pacing and tonal issues, Doctor Sleep proves to be one of the better Stephen King adaptations in recent years, due in large part to Flanagan’s knack for blending horror and drama. Backed up by a killer performance by Ewan McGregor and some set pieces that will stick with you long after the film closes, Doctor Sleep ends up having a lot to say about the effects that our parents have on our upbringings.

One other highlight of Doctor Sleep, is it’s willingness to push the boundaries, most notably when it comes to on screen violence. One scene in particular involving a young baseball player is sure to leave audiences a little queasy, while another scene involving a filing cabinet may remind viewers of another Stephen King classic in Gerald’s Game (also adapted by Flanagan).

Surely, Doctor Sleep won’t convince any Shining haters, but for diehard Stephen King fans, and fans of the abstract nightmare that is Stanley Kubrick’s original, Doctor Sleep is a worthy addition to the Overlook universe.

Joaquin Phoenix Makes his Final Debut in the Last Trailer for “Joker”

Looks like IT is not the only terrifying clown who gets his own film this Fall. 

The new trailer for the Warner Bros movie Joker has just been released! Oscar winning actor Joaquin Phoenix plays the role of the ionic villain, known as Arthur Fleck; a struggling comedian in Gotham City who takes care of his sick mother.

After being labelled a failed stand-up comedian and after so many personal letdowns, he breaks down and becomes the notorious cartoon villain we are all familiar with today.

As the trailer comes to a close, Arthur Fleck asks to be introduced as the Joker, and nothing else.

Watch The Joker’s origin story in theatres October 4th!

All Hail Timothée Chalamet in Netflix’ “The King” Trailer!

Looks like Timothée Chalamet will reign over Netflix this fall.

From “Call Me By Your Name”, to call me “The King”, Timothée Chalamet is back and the internet is royally obsessed. But before we dive into the details of this new Netflix original film and the accompanying Twitter reactions, check out the official teaser trailer below!

Director David Michôd has taken on this ambitious Shakespearean Epic in which Chalamet stars as Henry V. The film will follow Henry V’s transformation from Prince Hal to a King, adapting from Shakespeare’s Henriad, as he learns to navigate palace politics and embrace the life he had previously tried to escape.

Not only will this Oscar Nominee be starring in this royal original, but Chalamet has been cast alongside a strong ensemble including Joel Edgerton as Falstaff, Robbert Pattinson as Louis and Lily-Rose Depp as Henry’s wife Catherine. Sean Harris and Ben Mendelsohn will also be starring in the upcoming Netflix film.

“The King” will premiere at the Venice Film Festival September 2nd, before making it’s way to Netflix to dominate our streaming schedules. Before then, check out some of our related videos below!

The Biggest Film & TV Trailers Dropped This Week!

Looking for a list of your next must-see movies and TV series? We’ve got you covered below, with the four biggest trailers to drop this week! We’re talking Netflix originals like “The Irishman” and “Mindhunter” Season 2 , as well as returning BBC favorite “Peaky Blinders” Season 5 and a new black and white psychological horror film “The Lighthouse”, starring none other than our new Batman, Robert Pattinson. Let’s get into these fresh and exciting trailers!

The Irishman (Netflix Original Film)

Take an action packed look at the evolution of the mafia over decades! This week, Netflix released an official teaser for its upcoming mob epic The Irishman, starring Academy Award winner Robert De Niro as mob hitman and World War II vet Frank Sheeran, alongside Al Pacino and Joe Pesci. The movie’s style is in line with classics like Goodfellas and Casino in many ways, through Martin Scorsese’s direction and promises to keep audiences on the edge of their seats (or couch in this case because…Netflix)! 

Peaky Blinders, Season 5

Okay everyone can breathe now because the first full trailer for the fifth season of Peaky Blinders has finally been released. This British crime drama landed on Netflix with a large bang (we’re talking guns , explosions, even a man on a crucifix..) and fans have been anticipating the fifth season ever since. Who will survive season five? Follow Tommy and the rest of the gang as they exploit the streets of Birmingham once more.

Mindhunter, Season 2 (Netflix Series)

Who’s ready for Season 2 of Netflix’ critically acclaimed murder mystery? The American crime thriller series “Mindhunter” is back with a new trailer. This month, learn how to get inside villains’ minds to solve crime mysteries. Set in the late 1970s, two FBI agents expand on criminal science: follow their story as they dive into the psychology of murder. 

The Lighthouse

To finish the list off, we are wrapping it up with a terrifying tale of two lighthouse keepers working on a New England island in the 1890s. The highly-anticipated Robert Eggers-directed psychological horror trailer features black and white footage of William Dafoe and Robert Pattinson battling solitude and insanity…oh and an octopus. Things take a turn when a woman sinks to the bottom of the ocean, but all questions will be answered when this drama is released this October. If you’re still skeptical about Pattinson’s ability to take on the role of Batman, perhaps this film will change your mind.

The Official Trailer for Zombieland: Double Tap Just Dropped!

“It’s Time to Nut Up, Or Shut Up”

Who’s ready for the ultimate reunion?? Well you’ve had ten years to prepare, but before we dive into the plot details and twitter reactions, check out the brand new and long awaited trailer for “Zombieland: Double Tap”, below!

That’s right, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin, and Woody Harrelson are back and better than ever for this highly anticipated sequel to the beloved 2009 horror-comedy “Zombieland”!

A decade has passed since Tallahassee, Wichita and the rest of the gang fought zombies together, and audiences have been begging for a sequel ever since. Now, we see the gang still toughing it out together, but this time residing in the empty White House. Of course, a second film can only mean more zombies ahead, but this new trailer also reveals that there are humans left alive and thus some fresh characters added to the mix, played by Zoey Deutch, Avan Jogia and Rosario Dawson.

Clearly a sequel under such high demand must have the internet screaming, so check out some of the best reactions so far!

Sony is releasing Zombieland: Double Tap this fall! Academy award nominee Jesse Eisenberg will be there, Abigail Breslin will be there, so will academy award winner Emma Stone… Now the question is, will YOU be there October 11th when the movie hits theatres?  

FULL IT: Chapter Two Trailer Is Here If You Can Handle It

You’ll never be able to go to the circus again…

Attention all coulrophobiacs! Keep your eyes shut and lock your doors; Pennywise is back. Before you float down to our trailer breakdown and fan reactions, check it out!

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That’s right, Muschietti’s 2017 horror reboot of the classic Stephen King novel, that made a new generation terrified of clown giggles and red balloons, is being followed by a sequel. The second trailer for IT: Chapter Two has just been released and Stephen King fans are feeling “Suitably unsettled”.

Just when you thought The Losers Club left Pennywise behind with their childhood, this new trailer brings them back to where it all began, twenty seven years later. 

“You know what they say about Derry- No one who dies here ever really dies” creepily says the shape shifting ghoul, who takes the form of Mrs Kerch in the first teaser.

The monster has survived the kid’s attacks and The Losers Club is suddenly faced with the challenge of taking him on once and for all.

They made an oath and it’s clear from this final trailer that they’re ready to honor it, while Pennywise is ready to greet the Losers Club back to Derry with open arms…and his ghoulish smile. “For 27 years, I dreamt of you.. I craved you.. I missed you!” roars his haunting voice.  Now that the characters are brought back together as adults: will they put an end to IT for good?? 

Will you be cheering on the Losers Club once IT: Chapter 2 hits theatres this September or hiding under your blanket? Either way…Brace yourself for Pennywise’s maniacal laugh to dominate youtube ads and TV screens until then. Check out what fans are saying!

To prepare yourself for what’s coming this September, take a look at our IT videos below!



Everything Coming to Netflix July 2019

I Stream, You Stream, We All Stream for Summer

There’s something about summer i.e. the free time and lack of responsibility we’ve just been blessed with, that makes us want to stream. Inside, surrounded by air conditioning and free to let that auto-play carry you through the day. So if you’d rather be submerged in Netflix’ newest, most exciting titles this July, as opposed to a public swimming pool, keep reading! We listed ALL of the new originals, classic movies and fan favorite TV series’ that Netflix will be welcoming to it’s platform this month. What will be your new favorite watch? Find out below!

July 1st

Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1974)
Astro Boy
Caddyshack
Caddyshack 2
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 
(2005)
Cheech & Chong’s Up in Smoke
Cloverfield
Designated Survivor: 60 Days 
(Netflix Original Series)
Disney’s Race to Witch Mountain
Frozen River
Inkheart
Katherine Ryan: Glitter Room 
(Netflix Original)
Kill the Irishman

Lady in the Water
Little Monsters
Mean Dreams
Mean Streets
Megamind
Nights in Rodanthe
Paul Blart: Mall Cop
Philadelphia
Rain Man
Road House
Room on the Broom
Scream 3
Starsky & Hutch
Swiped
Swordfish
Taxi Driver
The Accountant of Auschwitz
The American
The Book of Eli
The Brothers Grimm
The Hangover
The Pink Panther
The Pink Panther 2
War Against Women
Who’s That Knocking at My Door?

July 2nd

Bangkok Love Stories: Objects of Affection (Netflix Original Series)

Bangkok Love Stories: Plead (Netflix Original Series)

Good Witch Season 4

July 3rd

The Last Czars (Netflix Original Series)

Yummy Mummies Season 2 (Netflix Original Series)

July 4th

Stranger Things Season 3 (Netflix Original Series)

Kakegurui Season 2

July 5th

In The Dark Season 1

July 6th

Free Rein Season 3 (Netflix Original Series)

The Iron Lady

Sicilian Ghost Story

July 9th

Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns

July 10th

Grand Designs Season 10

Grand Designs Season 15

Family Reunion (Netflix Original Series)

July 11th

Cities of Last Things (Netflix Original)

July 12th

3Below: Tales of Arcadia: Part 2 (Netflix Original Series)

4 latas (Netflix Original)

Blown Away (Netflix Original Series)

Bonus Family Season 3

Extreme Engagement (Netflix Original Reality Series)

Kidnapping Stella (Netflix Original)

Point Blank (Netflix Original)

Taco Chronicles (Netflix Original Docuseries)

True tunes: Songs (Netflix Original Series)

July 13th

The Angel

July 16th

The Break-Up

Frankenstein’s monster, monster Frankenstein

July 17th

Pinky Malinky: Part 3 (Netflix Original Series)

July 18th

Secret Obsession (Netflix Original)

July 19th

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee: New 2019: Freshly Brewed (Netflix Original Series)

The Epic Tales of Captain Under Pants Season 3

Last Chance U: INDY: Part 2 (Netflix Original Series)

SAINT SEYA: Knights of the Zodiac (Netflix Anime)

Typewriter (Netflix Original Series)

Inglourious Basterds

Queer Eye Season 4 (Netflix Original Series)

July 24th

The Great Hack (Netflix Original)

July 25th

Another Life (Netflix Original Series)

Workin’ Moms Season 2 (Netflix Original Series)

July 26th

Boi (Netflix Original)

Girls With Balls (Netflix Original)

My First Love Season 2 (Netflix Original Series)

Orange Is the New Black Season 7 (Netflix Original Series)

The Son (Netflix Original)

The Worst Witch Season 3 (Netflix Original Series)

Sugar Rush Season 2 (Netflix Original Series)

July 29th

The Croods

July 30th

Whitney Cummings: Can I Touch It? (Netflix Original Stand-Up Special)

Kengan Ashura: Part 1 (Netflix Anime)

The Letdown (Netflix Original Series)

The Red Sea Diving Resort (Netflix Original)

For more details about the most anticipated titles on this list like “Stranger Things” Season 3, “Queer Eye” Season 4 and “Orange is the New Black” season 7 and to find out which Netflix titles are leaving the platform this month, check out our list of Best Releases Coming to Netflix in July 2019!

New “Doctor Sleep” Teaser: “The Shining” Sequel That Stephen King Actually Wants

Here’s Danny!

Almost 40 years have passed since Stephen King’s most notoriously terrifying novel, “The Shining”, hit the big screen and although it was met with some disapproval, the film is a classic and the source material is still one of the most cherished masterpieces of horror to-date. Today’s a big day for fear fanatics, because the first teaser trailer for “Doctor Sleep”, the highly anticipated sequel, is finally here! This time we’re following an adult Danny Torrence (Ewan McGregor) in the aftermath of his haunted childhood, and who better to tackle the themes of trauma, recovery and terror than “The Haunting of Hill House” director Mike Flanagan. Check it out, below!

“Doctor Sleep” will depart slightly from the events of Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining”, given Stephen King’s public criticism of the film, and will instead stand as a more direct sequel to King’s 1977 novel. In terms of the plot, this primary teaser sees Danny searching for answers about his unique premonitions and abilities, called “the shining”. Although years have gone by since the harrowing events that took place at the Overlook Hotel in Colorado, Danny is clearly still dealing with the aftermath and finds himself connected to a young girl with similar powers.

With “The Shining” references galore and source material as strong as it gets, we can only imagine the terror that awaits us. “Doctor Sleep” hits theatres this November, so to prepare yourself, check out what Twitter is saying about today’s teaser!

To familiarize yourself with the events that inspired this recreation, check out our pick of the Top 10 Differences Between The Shining Book and Movie!

Frozen 2 Official Trailer Takes Elsa Into the Unknown

If the dark and intense teaser for “Frozen 2” caught you off guard, don’t hold your breath waiting for the cheerful and bright “Frozen” bliss we’ve come to expect, because Disney just released the “Frozen 2” full-length official trailer and the fierce mood is here to stay. Check it out!

Expanding on the events of the teaser, the trailer begins with Elsa struggling to combat some pretty treacherous waves, after which she meets a mysterious water horse that is said to be a spirit called the Nokk.

From there, we follow Elsa, Anna, Olaf and Kristoff as they venture North, among playful, magical and mystifying creatures and beyond Arendelle, to the unknown. This journey will hopefully bring them answers regarding Elsa’s powers, but not without impending danger, sisterly support and of course, some new songs that will get stuck in your head; whether you like it or not.

Frozen 2” hits theatres in November, so until then check out how fans are reacting to this new trailer!

Make sure to check out our pick of the 10 things we NEED to see in “Frozen 2”, below!

Top 10 Most Purchased Amazon Items Under $30

These Products Are In Their Prime

Although it forever beats searching for AAA batteries in a department store during rush-hour, shopping on Amazon can still be intimidating because you don’t always know what to expect. Luckily, Amazon tags their most purchased items as “Best Sellers” and we’ve made your life even easier by putting together a list of 10 of these items from various categories that are under $30. Some products will surprise you, but clearly they’re crowd favorites! So keep reading if buying inexpensive and trusted products is your thing!

Note: We hope you like the products we recommend! Just so you know, WatchMojo may collect a share of sales from the links on this page.

10. Ailun Screen Protector for iPhone

We’re starting things off with a tried-and-true classic, because as “smart” as they may be, the Achilles heel of all mobile devices is concrete…or wood…or ceramic…sometimes ice…okay most surfaces. But luckily Amazon’s got all of our phones’ backs with these protective screens for under $6!

9. Unfreedom of the Press

Everyone’s always looking for a new book to read and apparently, New York Times bestselling author, FOX News star and radio host, Mark R. Levin’s “Unfreedom of the Press” is the one to reach for (or click for). Looks like the American free press is a hot topic right now.

8. Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote

It’s no surprise that one of Amazon’s top sellers is an accessory to their popular voice-activated Alexa system. This streaming media player and Alexa remote duo allows you to control and launch content onto your TV, hands-free and currently for $10 off! Hey Alexa, not too shabby!

7. L.O.L. Surprise! Glam Glitter Series Doll with 7 Surprises

This doll kit may seem like a strange item to have withheld a spot on Amazon’s list of best-selling toys for so long, but I mean there ARE 7 surprises included inside like secret message stickers, outfits, fashion accessories, and 7 glam glitter dolls!!! Okay…maybe it’s not for everyone. Or according to Amazon, maybe it is!

6. Orgain Organic Plant Based Protein Powder

Standing strong in the #1 spot for Grocery & Food best-sellers, with over 6,000 reviews, low net carbs, no Dairy, absolutely no gluten, not an ounce of lactose, none of that added sugar nonsense and not a single GMO in sight…it’s Orgain Protein!

5. GRECERELLE Women’s Maxi Dresses

Not only is this a “Casual Loose Pocket Long Dress Short Sleeve Split Maxi Dress”, but there are literally 30 other colors and patterns for you to choose from. With versatility like that, it’s no wonder this minimalistic garment is the #1 best seller in clothing, shoes & jewelry across Amazon.com.

4. Buzzed

This drinking game, designed for ages 21+, has been a top seller under “Toys & Games” and promises to “Get You and Your Friends Tipsy!” With cards that prompt the group to drink such as “Drink if you ever studied abroad in Europe and “it totally changed your life””, Buzzed is light-hearted and clearly a hit.

3. PlayStation Store Gift Card

These items are pretty self-explanatory, but since they take up all three top spots on Amazon’s best-selling video game products list, they’re clearly worth mentioning.

2. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

A hit at the box office and a hit online, “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” stands strong as the #1 best-selling item for Movies & TV on Amazon and with the title of Academy Award winner for Best Animated Feature, is anyone really surprised?

1. Wyze Cam 1080p HD Indoor Wireless Smart Home Camera

Amazon users are evidently a protective bunch, seeing as this home security camera that live streams in 1080p full HD direct to your phone is the #1 best-seller in the camera & photo category. Safety and reassurance for less than $30? Sounds like a wyze decision.

Which of these various Amazon products would you buy? Or have you already!?!

For more strange, interesting and useful Amazon products, make sure to check out our pick of the Top 20 “Shark Tank” Inventions Popular on Amazon, below!