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‘Causeway’ Review: Recovering Above the Waves

Causeway (noun): a raised way across wet ground or water.

And yes, I did have to Google what that word meant. After watching the entire film, I had no real idea of what the title represented. But in looking back, even if I had known the word prior to watching, its meaning in relation to the movie wouldn’t have made a bit of sense until I was finished with it.

Lila Neugebauer’s Causeway is about two people who just have their feet above the water line. One misstep and they could both go tumbling into the deep, but together, they balance each other out.

From the outside looking in, the premise of Causeway seems pretty straightforward: Lynsey (Jennifer Lawrence) suffers a traumatic brain injury while serving as an Army engineer in Afghanistan and returns home to New Orleans to recover, though when she returns, she ends up striking up an unlikely friendship with a car mechanic, James (Brian Tyree Henry), who has some trauma of his own.

Leaning more so into the dialogue and less into outside factors that distract, Causeway centers its audience right on the present in the same way that Lynsey has to focus on her recovery.

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While I have no idea what year this film is set in (though I can assume that it’s sometime after 2016 as that’s the year Bud Light gave its logo a little rebranding), it almost doesn’t matter because the message is universal: everyone has flaws, but they shouldn’t always be the defining factor in judging a person.

When Lynsey first arrives at the makeshift rehab facility upon returning home, she’s taken care of by an older health aide, Sharon (Jayne Houdyshell), who realizes later in life that her calling is to help others heal through rehabilitation.

“Frank liked naproxen better than Advil—he had bursitis in his shoulder,” Sharon says. “I got so good at taking care of him, I thought, ‘why can’t I do that for a living?’ So I went back to school and got licensed.”

“What a miserable life,” Lynsey says coldly, though she immediately catches herself and apologizes.

“It’s okay,” Sharon says genuinely. “People say things they don’t mean. Sometimes they can’t remember words. It’ll get easier.”

That easy acceptance from Sharon is at the root of what both Lynsey and (later on) James begin to strive for together, though getting to that place of acceptance is quite a bit easier said than done.

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Causeway is definitely quiet, though as Lynsey trucks on through her recovery, the world around her gets a little bit louder, a little more open.

While Lynsey is more so a shell of herself at the beginning of the film, she slowly but surely settles back into things as time passes on and her recovery continues. She transitions from somber to sunny, and—I have to say—a lot of that credit goes to James, who she meets after her car breaks down back home in New Orleans. He immediately notices the internal hurt inside of her and takes the reigns when it’s obvious that Lynsey has gone through some sort of major trauma.

Stressed out and still struggling after rehab, Lynsey can’t remember her phone number to give to James so that he can call her back about the car repairs—actually, she doesn’t even know it.

“I don’t know my number,” Lynsey says. “I really don’t know my number.”

“Can I see your phone?” James asks. “What I’ma do, is I’ma call me, right? And that way, my number will show up, all right? Simple as that.”

It’s an extremely tiny interaction, but in the way that James speaks to Lynsey at that moment, it’s clear that there’s something else there—it takes someone who’s been hurt to recognize and understand that hurt in others.

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While some might feel that the flaws in this film come through in the tired hours of Lynsey and James aimlessly drinking beer and smoking weed, it’s that empty time of tiny words and togetherness that shows growth isn’t always linear—it can sprout in times of seeming nothingness.

More than anything, Causeway is honest—both in itself as a film and within its characters, who share deep flaws that are tough to accept. But it’s within James acknowledging those flaws for Lynsey (and vice-versa) that they’re both able to come to terms with themselves.

James and Lynsey found themselves in situations where they walked away with a major loss, which is why they were able to understand each other at such a molecular, unconscious level. To them, the future is for change, and the present is for making it to that next day—to that future.

Though the two experienced different types of trauma, together, they can heal together from the wounds, both gaping and invisible, keeping the other from falling off the causeway.

Causeway is currently streaming on AppleTV+.

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Yung Gravy Sits Down With Sean Millea for ‘Please Clap’ Podcast

Sean Millea, host of ONE37pm’s podcast, Please Clap, recently sat down with rapper, Yung Gravy, to talk about everything from rap and stage anxiety to beat samples and…licorice?

Anyway, both have unique personalities in their own right, which definitely made this episode one for the books. As a whole, the podcast pairs Millea with a new guest for each episode, where the two discuss a range of different topics, though most revolve around the world of comedy.

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Given Sean’s comedic background and involvement on the New York City comedy scene, each episode of Please Clap features hilarious stories from both sides of the table. A few of Millea’s other guests have included Noah Snyder, Jamie Wolf, and Sarah Harvard, who are all regulars on the comedy circuit.

Please Clap likes to center around up-and-coming comedians on the scene, and though Yung Gravy isn’t a comedian or even an up-and-coming artist (he’s already well-established in the music world), his music almost always has a comedic side to it. And as a person himself, there’s no denying how genuinely funny Yung Gravy is.

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At one point in the interview, Millea actually ends up pitching one of his own songs to Yung Gravy, which results in a hilarious conversation between the two.

“Just overall, it’s not horrible,” Yung Gravy says. “At first, it was a little suss, but then, it came back in. You know, you added an instrument, bro.”

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Yung Gravy gets pretty deep when discussing how performing and anxiety can become intertwined at times:

“I have anxiety, so it’ll hit on stage—in a lot of situations,” Yung Gravy says. “Weirdly, performing isn’t the primary cause of anxiety lately. When you’re preparing to go on stage, you’re sitting back behind the stage and you hear everybody and you’re nervous as f***. And then you get out there and perform one song and you’re completely comfortable. But getting to that point is always scary.”

In that same vein, Yung Gravy talks about the early days of his career and how it’s shaped up into the form it’s at today:

“I never realized that my voice was unique,” Yung Gravy says. “It was basically like I was good at marketing and branding—I went to school for business and marketing; I started a few little companies that all took off. But I think the rap itself and the flows and everything just came from being a hip-hop fan forever.”

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But in classic Yung Gravy fashion, he goes back to the funnier side of things, explaining how he might have a pretty touchy diss track coming his way.

“So, Addison Rae’s mom, Sheri—her and I are involved,” Yung Gravy says. “Her ex-husband, Monty, is continually talking s*** about me, and I got a message from a poppin’ producer, who he DM’d, and was like, ‘Yo, I need a beat—I need to make a diss track.’ And I am so, so excited to hear that.”

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‘Andor’ Episode 9 Recap: “Nobody’s Listening!”

Another episode means another day in prison for Cassian Andor (Diego Luna), who’s still being held at the Imperial facility where he’s forced to work for basically an indefinite period of time against his will. With the Empire changing inmates’ sentences with no real rhyme or reason, Andor’s starting to become a bit more fearful as the days go on.

While outwardly, it might not appear as though any cracks are forming at the prison, if you look close enough, they’re just barely starting to appear. Even the smallest of cracks eventually give way to something much larger, and in this case, it looks like there might be a good ‘ole prison uprising in Andor’s future.

Where’s My Get Out of Jail Free Card?
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Having cemented his spot within the group of men he’s working with at the prison, Andor has also been picking up the slack of one of the older members of the squad, who’s been having a tough time physically. Upon noticing his struggles, Kino Loy (Andy Serkis) shortens his prison sentence, giving him just a few more shifts until he’s released. This proves true exactly what was said in the last episode about the Empire holding you hostage until they don’t need you any longer.

Unfortunately for the older man, those last shifts ended up doing him in, as he eventually suffered a stroke and passed away, leaving their team down a man, though more knowledgeable about the Empire in the process.

As Andor and Loy sat in as the medic—without much thought at all—injected the older man with something to put him out of his misery, the two saw up-close just how ruthless the Empire is and how they view everyone as easily replaceable machines.

On top of that, there was some other chatter going around the prison, namely that all of the inmates from unit two-five—which is around 100 men—were fried by the floor, apparently as a result of them “making trouble.”

Between these two events, it finally became obvious to Loy that something really wasn’t right at the prison, and though Andor had badgered him repeatedly to reveal the number of guards on each level to no avail, this time, Loy had a change of heart.

“Never more than 12,” Loy said.

Torture? Say No More
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Dedra Meero is a woman on a mission, and she won’t seem to give up until every stone is left unturned—or until every person with a functioning brain is absolutely fried via torture.

Listen, it was always fairly obvious that Meero was a tough cookie, but it wasn’t until this episode that we really got to see her absolute devotion to the Empire, though even more so, her devotion to being right.

Our girl, Bix Caleen (Adria Arjona), really has her feet held to the fire in this instance, as she’s being forced to choose between protecting Andor and being practically tortured to death. Meero doesn’t give her much time to dilly-dally as a massive metal helmet is promptly strapped to Caleen’s head. And with that, the process ensued.

After being tortured within an inch of her and finally giving Meero the information she needed, the Empire simply threw Caleen onto a nearby mattress and locked her away to suffer alone.

Mothma and Co.
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Mon Mothma has been battling opposition from practically all sides of her life, and as she continues to be talked over during yet another Senate speech, it’s more obvious than ever that others don’t share the same feelings as her.

At home, her daughter, Leida (Bronte Carmichael), is favoring her father once again, though this time it’s in reference to a new dress she recently received and whether or not her parents will approve of it.

“Your father may have an opinion—we’ll see if he lets you wear it,” Mothma says.

“He lets me do anything I want,” Leida says coldly, alluding to the fact that Mothma sucks the fun out of everything.

It turns out, though, that the dress was actually hand-delivered by Vel Sartha (Faye Marsay), who happens to be Mothma’s cousin. The two chat for a bit, though they quickly get to the real meat and potatoes and start diving into some details about the formation of the Rebel Alliance. However, Sartha fails to mention her involvement in the Aldhani mission, which shows that there isn’t total transparency between the two.

Mothma then asks Vel to stay out of the limelight for a bit and to stick to herself, as she’s both worried for her cousin’s safety and concerned if all of their efforts are worth it.

“We’re fighting against the dark,” Vel says. “We’re making something of our lives.”

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Everything We Know About ‘The Last of Us’ TV Series

A landmark production both in its expansive, year-long filming that took place in Canada and within the fact that it’s HBO’s first series based on a video game, The Last of Us is already crushing records—and it hasn’t even aired yet.

HBO Max dropped the first official teaser for the series on September 26, giving us just a little bit more of a glimpse into the show, which features Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey in lead roles. With a ton of new information revealed, we’ve broken down the trailer and everything we’ve heard about the series so far.

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Everything New Revealed in ‘The Last of Us’ Trailer

The trailer kicks off with us tracking Joel (Pedro Pascal) as he walks around a dilapidated post-apocalyptic America. Back at his home, he stares at some text on his wall reading, “when you’re lost in the darkness,” which is written in blood.

We switch over to Ellie (Bella Ramsey), who has chains around her ankles, clearly being held in some sort of specific zone. We fast-forward a little further in the story as Joel is leading Ellie out of where she’s being held, the two forced to remain quiet out of fear of being caught.

Aloud, we hear someone speaking to Joel about Ellie: “This is your chance—our best shot. You keep her alive, and you set everything right. Save who you can save.”

As the trailer continues on, the action intensifies, as Joel’s able to break Ellie out, trekking across various areas in the U.S. together while attempting not to be located by those out to get him.

Who’s on ‘The Last of Us’ Cast?
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Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey will be starring in the main roles of Joel and Ellie, respectively, two very different people who find themselves on the same journey together in the post-apocalyptic United States.

Alongside them will be Gabriel Luna, who’s taking on the role of Joel’s younger brother, Tommy, as well as Anna Torv, who’s portraying a local smuggler named Tess, and Merle Dandridge as Marlene, a leader of a resistance group named the Fireflies.

Melanie Lynskey, Murray Bartlett, Nick Offerman, Nico Parker, Storm Reid, Jeffrey Pierce, Lamar Johnson, Keivonn Woodward, Graham Greene, and Elaine Miles have all been cast in supporting roles, as well.

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What Is ‘The Last of Us’ About?

Based on the video game of the same name, the new HBO Max series is set 20 years following the fall of modern civilization in the United States. One of the survivors, Joel (Pedro Pascal), is forced to travel across the country with Ellie (Bella Ramsey), a 14-year-old girl who is immune from the virus that has nearly caused the end of the human race.

The series is both written and produced by Neil Druckmann and Craig Mazin.

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Where Was ‘The Last of Us’ Filmed?

The filming spanned over a year in Alberta, Canada, specifically in High River, Fort Macleod, Canmore, the Alberta Legislature Building, Mount Royal University, the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, Stampede Park, and Rice Howard Way.

In addition, filming took place at Waterton Lakes National Park, Okotoks, the Calgary Airport Trail, Kensington, Victoria Park, Calgary Courts Centre, and Olds.

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What’s the Release Date for ‘The Last of Us’?

The Last of Us series will premiere on January 15th, 2023. Similar to other HBO series like House of the Dragon, new episodes will drop weekly on HBO Max.

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‘The White Lotus’ Season 2: The Funniest Lines So Far

Warning: Spoilers for The White Lotus Season 2, Episode 1

What happens when you combine a woman who loves a good macaroon, two frenemy couples, and an 80-year-old man who dabbles in sexual harassment? Well, you get The White Lotus Season 2.

Even though the show is still currently setting the scene for its second season, there has been absolutely zero hesitation regarding the writing of the show. Okay, maybe the writers need to spread the love a little more when it comes to the characters aside from Jennifer Coolidge’s Tanya McQuoid, but hey, I’m not complaining: I’ll listen to her babble on about fancy desserts and blind nuns any day.

Save for Coolidge and Jon Gries, we’ve got an entirely new cast for the season, with the latter two picking up with their Season 1 characters of Tanya and Greg Hunt. The only difference? The pair is married now.

Yeah.

And honestly, she deserves better—like, Belinda (Natasha Rothwell) better.

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Following the same structure as the first season, we’re following five different narratives, which consist of three groups of guests, the management staff, and those native to Sicily, Italy, which is where the hotel is located.

First up, we have Daphne (Meghann Fahy) and Cameron Sullivan (Theo James), who are vacationing with their friends, Harper and Ethan Spiller, though the Spillers (mostly Harper) have a dim view of the Sullivans.

As mentioned before, Tanya and Greg are attempting to spend a romantic vacation together, though Tanya brought her assistant, Portia (Haley Lu Richardson), along, and Greg is too distracted with work phone calls.

Three generations of Di Grassos are also staying at the hotel, which includes patriarch, Bert (F. Murray Abraham), his son, Dominic (Michael Imperioli), and his grandson, Albie (Adam DiMarco).

Behind the scenes at The White Lotus, Valentina (Sabrina Impacciatore) is running a tight ship, attempting to keep track of two local Sicilians, Mia (Beatrice Grannò) and Lucia (Simona Tabasco), who are running a bit of an independent business on the hotel’s premises.

So, without further ado, these are the funniest lines we’ve heard so far from The White Lotus Season 2. And yes, half of them are from Tanya.

Tanya McQuoid-Hunt (Jennifer Coolidge)
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“I was told that the cheese here was made by a blind nun in a basement.”

“You’re gonna have to get lost.”

“What macaroons?”

“I was seeing all of these faces of men with these very effeminate hairstyles, and then I saw you and your eyes were like shark eyes.”

“I must’ve been dissociating.”

“I really did only eat three!”

Greg Hunt (Jon Gries)
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“You ate all the macaroons, didn’t you?”

“It’s hot out—I got swamp crotch.”

Daphne Sullivan (Meghann Fahy)
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“Honestly, Cam and I don’t even watch the news anymore.”

“I love a good binge.”

Harper Spiller (Aubrey Plaza)
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“They don’t vote, Ethan.”

“Really? You guys don’t take sleeping pills?”

“Is that what happens when you’re rich for too long? Your brain just atrophies?”

Cameron Sullivan (Theo James)
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“Like, I’m just so over the whole news cycle, you know?”

The White Lotus Season 2 airs on HBO every Sunday at 9 p.m. EST.

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‘Wendell and Wild’ Review: Mild With a Side of Wild

For a film titled Wendell and Wild, the eponymous characters really take a back seat in this tale that’s actually about a 13-year-old girl forced to face her past through the ever-moving shadows on her wall.

The stop-motion animation itself—especially at the very beginning—provides a wow factor that immediately sucks you in. However, as the film chugs along, it fades a bit into the background, leaving us with a sometimes predictable plot and an adorable goat (more on that later).

Despite that, Henry Selick’s newest flick is still a solidly fun and spooky watch, though if you were expecting something a little deeper and more profound, you might need to fill that void elsewhere. But not everything has to be so profound, right? After all, what’s wrong with just having a good time?

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Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele voice the characters of Wendell and Wild, two demon brothers who reside in the nostril of their father, Buffalo Belzer (Ving Rhames), who also happens to be some sort of demon lord. They live a fairly monotonous life, venturing out to the top of their father’s head each day to install hair plugs to keep him looking fresh.

On the living side of things, we’re quickly introduced to Kat Elliot (Lyric Ross), whose traumatic past ultimately became responsible for her present, as she finds herself at a new Catholic school as part of a program that places children from juvenile detention into schools.

After being greeted by three new classmates who are seemingly perfect, along with their pet goat that actually is perfect, Kat feels like the odd one out, though later, she meets Raul (Sam Zelaya), another classmate, who eventually makes her feel slightly better about the arrangement.

Kat’s still haunted by the death of her parents, which she feels fully responsible for, as it was her scream in the back of her parents’ car that led them to crash into and off a bridge. Being the only survivor, she’s had to live with an intense guilt that’s turned into simmering anger over the years. To Kat, the only thing that could ever heal her would be if her parents were to miraculously rise from the dead—and it turns out that Wendell and Wild have a plan to make that happen.

Well, sort of.

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While outwardly, the main plots of the film center around Wendell and Wild and Kat finessing a way to get what they really desire, through their journeys to reach those very things, they realize that all that glitters is not gold.

In that sense, Wendell and Wild is a bit of a lesson in learning how to cope and live with your “demons” instead of searching for a quick way to temporarily cure them. And while that message is nice and all, it’s also a little predictable given the events that go down in the film as Kat desperately tries to resurrect her parents from the dead.

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Part of me wishes that the film had focused on the main plots of Kat and the duo of Wendell and Wild instead of throwing in sub-plots that didn’t add much aside from clogging up the two main stories that we were actually interested in.

Sure, it’s a shame that the town of Rust Bank is dilapidated and burnt down, but it just wasn’t necessary to get into the nitty gritty of that and how an ill-intentioned company wants to come in and overhaul the city. I mean, we’ve got dead skeletons coming out the wazoo—there are much larger problems in Rust Bank right now.

All in all, if you head into this film with extremely high expectations simply because of Coraline, you might be a little let down. But if you’re more of a newbie to the world of Henry Selick, Wendell and Wild is certainly a solid introduction to his repertoire of stop-motion films. The animation in this film is sometimes so clever that it hurts, from Wendell and Wild tunneling their way out of the underworld in the same vein as a tabletop maze to the perfect simplicity of the crackling, swaying radiator in Kat’s room.

Basically, if you’re in need of some spooky vibes, this film will definitely satiate that.

Wendell and Wild is currently streaming on Netflix.

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Earth’s Mightiest Heroes: Who Is the Most Powerful Avenger of All Time?

What’s more powerful: a human rocket or a giant, green brick wall? The truth is, the answer to that question is actually pretty complicated.

Listen, the Avengers is practically a revolving door of the latest and greatest superheroes in the Marvel universe, which means that whittling down that list and arriving at the most powerful Avenger isn’t exactly the easiest of tasks to be given. Some people might go with the more obvious choices like Thor and Captain America, but there are always those who’ll trend towards someone a bit more off the beaten path. You know, like the almighty Squirrel Girl, who—yes—was a member of the Avengers at one point.

Despite the arguments that are bound to ensue, we’ve gathered up 20 of the strongest Marvel superheroes worthy of being crowned the most powerful Avenger of all time.

20. Star-Lord
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Real Name: Peter Quill

Notable Movies: Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Best Power: Superhuman durability

Aside from having a cool mask and dual blasters, what else can Star-Lord actually do? Okay, maybe that’s a little harsh: he was able to survive the energy of the Power Stone and is capable of surviving in space, but compared to the other Avengers on this list, he doesn’t quite stand up to their powers.

19. Valkyrie
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Real Name: Brunnhilde

Notable Movies: Thor: Love and Thunder, Avengers: Endgame

Best Power: Superhuman strength

First off, Valkyrie rides a pegasus, so she automatically gets extra points for that slay. Aside from that, she holds many of the same powers that Thor does, though at a slightly lesser level; however, once she snatches up Zeus’ thunderbolt, her strength takes on an entirely new meaning.

18. Falcon
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Real Name: Sam Wilson

Notable Movies/TV Shows: The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Endgame

Best Power: Master of flight

Falcon’s one of those superheroes who can constantly be depended on to swoop in at the last possible moment to save the day: in other words, he probably holds the record number of assists in all of Avengers history.

17. Winter Soldier
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Real Name: Bucky Barnes

Notable Movies/TV Shows: Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Endgame

Best Power: Master assassin

Bucky Barnes might not actually have any superhuman abilities, but when it comes to heavy artillery and sheer force, the Winter Soldier’s got you covered. And being Captain America’s right-hand man, the two basically become unstoppable when fighting together.

While Bucky Barnes isn’t the most powerful Avenger of all time, he’s certainly the coolest.

16. Hawkeye
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Real Name: Clint Barton

Notable Movies/TV Shows: Hawkeye, The Avengers, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Endgame

Best Power: Master archer

Like the Winter Soldier, Hawkeye also doesn’t possess any superhuman powers, but what he lacks in that department he more than makes up for in his archery abilities. A detail-oriented fighter with his senses always on high alert, Clint Barton is ready at a moment’s notice to take out whoever’s coming around the corner.

15. Wasp
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Real Name: Janet Van Dyne

Notable Movies: Ant-Man and the Wasp, Ant-Man, Avengers: Endgame

Best Power: Shrinking in size

Ant-Man’s partner in crime, Wasp, is just as ferocious as he is, though with slightly different capabilities. She can shrink down just like Ant-Man can, though being that her name is the Wasp, it only makes sense that she can fly and sting just like the insect.

14. Shang-Chi
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Real Name: Shang-Chi

Notable Movies: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Best Power: Master of the martial arts

Even without the power of the Ten Rings, Shang-Chi proves his strength in his outstanding martial art skills, though those rings definitely up the ante. He can use them in a variety of different ways, including as projectiles and transportation, while also giving him superhuman strength and stamina.

13. Black Widow
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Real Name: Natasha Romanoff

Notable Movies: Black Widow, Iron Man 2, Captain America: Civil War, The Avengers, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame

Best Power: Stealth/related spy skills

Ethan Hunt, watch out: you’ve got competition, and her name is Black Widow. Okay, her name is Natasha Romanoff, but that doesn’t have the same ring that Black Widow does. Basically, she’s got stealth running through her veins and can knock you out without even knowing you were knocked out.

12. War Machine
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Real Name: James Rhodes

Notable Movies: Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Iron Man 3, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame

Best Power: Energy blasts

While James Rhodes’ War Machine suit is very similar to that of Iron Man, we do have to remember that the man under the Iron Man suit has a genius-level intellect and has been at it for a bit longer than Rhodes has. But that’s not to dismiss War Machine, as he’s a major force to be reckoned with out on the field and in the sky.

11. Ant-Man
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Real Name: Scott Lang

Notable Movies: Ant-Man, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Endgame

Best Power: Shrinking/growing in size

People like to dismiss Ant-Man because they believe all he can do is shrink down to the size of an ant, but in reality, his abilities span much further than that. Scott Lang can also reverse that power and grow massively, making it easy for him to literally stomp out his enemies like he would an ant. Alright, maybe that wasn’t the best analogy.

10. Captain America
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Real Name: Steve Rogers

Notable Movies: Captain America: The First Avenger, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame

Best Power: Superhuman strength

Okay, okay: don’t hate me for putting Captain America halfway down this list, but if we’re really here to rank the Avengers by sheer power and force, our good buddy, Steve Rogers, just doesn’t measure up to people like the Hulk, Captain Marvel, and Thor. He’s got a pretty cool shield, though.

9. Spider-Man
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Real Name: Peter Parker

Notable Movies: Spider-Man, The Amazing Spider-Man, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Spider-Man: Far From Home, Spider-Man: No Way Home, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame

Best Power: Spider-senses

While Spider-Man might be one of the most beloved Avengers of all time, he’s not the absolute strongest of the bunch, though I’d have to say that being ranked at number nine of a practically endless amount of Avengers is pretty darn good.

8. Black Panther
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Real Name: T’Challa

Notable Movies: Black Panther, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame

Best Power: Super-soldier powers

Not only is Black Panther himself expertly trained in combat, but after Shuri constructed him a Vibranium suit that harnessed kinetic energy, it made T’Challa practically unstoppable. And yes, that’s on top of already having the Super-soldier powers constantly coursing through his body.

7. Iron Man
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Real Name: Tony Stark

Notable Movies: Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Iron Man 3, Spider-Man: Homecoming, The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame

Best Power: Genius intellect

Yeah, you put a human genius in a technologically-enhanced suit and see what happens.

While Captain America is technically the leader of the Avengers, everyone knows that Iron Man is the real brain in charge of the operation. His suit is extremely powerful, allowing him to fly at wild speeds and fire off massive energy blasts, but behind the scenes, Tony Stark is doing just as much work as Iron Man.

6. Vision
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Real Name: Vision

Notable Movies/TV Shows: WandaVision, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Avengers: Infinity War, Captain America: Civil War

Best Power: Superhuman intelligence/the Mind Stone

Given that Vision literally has the Mind Stone engrained in his head, it’s obvious why this Avenger is as powerful as he is. Though technically a robot, Vision is a gentle and kind being, more interested in the cause for peace than in using his powers willy-nilly.

5. Doctor Strange
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Real Name: Stephen Strange

Notable Movies: Doctor Strange, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Thor: Ragnarok, Spider-Man: No Way Home, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame

Best Power: Conjuring spells

A former surgeon who can cast spells? Yeah, this Stephen Strange dude is really playing God over here.

Doctor Strange has a multitude of different abilities, which all center around him being a sorcerer of the mystic arts, including astral projection, telepathy, teleportation, time manipulation, creating shields, conjuring objects, and sending off energy blasts. And if that wasn’t enough, he also can’t be killed, which easily puts him in the running for being the most powerful Avenger.

4. Hulk
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Real Name: Bruce Banner

Notable Movies/TV Shows: She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, The Incredible Hulk, Captain America: Civil War, The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame

Best Power: Superhuman strength

Just look at him.

3. Thor
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Real Name: Thor Odinson

Notable Movies: Thor, Thor: The Dark World, Thor: Ragnarok, Thor: Love and Thunder, Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame

Best Power: God-like strength

Whether it be fighting alongside Mjölnir or Stormbreaker, Thor’s strength is indisputable, though it’s his gentle heart that creates the perfect balance of a superhero. Oh, and he’s the God of Thunder, so there’s that.

2. Captain Marvel
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Real Name: Carol Danvers

Notable Movies: Captain Marvel, Avengers: Endgame

Best Power: Cosmic physiology

Listen, if it weren’t for the following contender, Carol Danvers would 100% be the most powerful Avenger of all time—she’s a freaking human rocket, for God’s sake. I know some people like to argue that Avengers like Thor or the Hulk should be placed above her when it comes to power rankings, but can either of those characters tear down from space to Earth at the speed of light and shoot out energy blasts at an entire field of foes?

Yeah, exactly.

1. The Scarlet Witch
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Real Name: Wanda Maximoff

Notable Movies/TV Shows: WandaVision, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame

Best Power: Energy manipulation

Yes, the Scarlet Witch is the most powerful Avenger of all time.

Even aside from the absolutely monstrous display of power that she showed in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Wanda Maximoff was always a major force to be reckoned with in the Marvel universe. Her powers are completely unmatched, as she’s able to use telekinesis, manipulate energy, and pop in and out of people’s consciousness while reading their minds at the same time.

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‘Andor’ Episode 8 Recap: “Narkina 5”

Forget Locked Up Abroad—how about Locked Up In Space?

With Cassian Andor en route to some sort of horrific Imperial prison after being charged with appearing to be associated with the Rebellion, he really doesn’t know what he’s getting into. Having been able to fly under the radar and dodge consequences in the past, he’s in for a bit of surprise when he realizes just what his six-year imprisonment will entail.

They Have Sneakers in Space?
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Following Andor’s sentencing, he’s immediately led around like some sort of lost horse through the depths of the Empire prison system, which ultimately spits him out onto a ship that brings him and a few others to a base named Narkina 5.

Upon landing, the group is met by some Imperial higher-ups donning massive, colorful sneakers reminiscent of Reebok pumps. Instead of regular incarceration, the group will be performing various tasks for the Empire, which, if done efficiently, won’t result in them being mass-electrocuted. Though upon receiving that information, the group is electrocuted via some sort of implanted chip as a glimpse of what’s to come, which sends the group seizing onto the ground.

Andor is then brought into some sort of basement holding area where he’s met by his new boss, Kino Loy (Andy Serkis), as well as the entire group on Floor 5 that he’ll be working with. After being assigned to Table 5, Andor just stares blankly at the complicated-looking tasks that he’ll be getting into, which resembles a classic assembly line.

After their shift, the groups head to their respective cells, and though there are no doors on each cell, the floor outside basically becomes an electric death trap overnight. In essence, one step out of that cell and you’re dead, which is why Loy advises against sleepwalking.

Though Andor slowly gets into the groove of things (improving his working speed, getting used to the food, etc.) and starts to feel a little bit more comfortable, there are always days when he’s reminded me of how dire the situation he’s in actually is. You know, like when one inmate decides to end it all by stepping onto the main floor outside of their cells simply because he can’t take it any longer.

With no end to his term in sight as prison sentences are currently being doubled and tripled, at some point, Andor’s got to figure out how to get out of this hellscape. After all, one of his prison mates did warn him never to look at the amount of time he has left in his imprisonment.

“Double, triple—it doesn’t matter,” his prison mate says. “You’re here ’til they don’t want you. Understand?”

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Basically, Dedra Meero’s (Denise Gough) facial expression is always indicative of what state the Empire is currently in, and given that her expression is usually that of grave anger and annoyance, it’s safe to say that the Empire isn’t too pleased with how things are playing out right now.

Because of that, they’ve decided to crank things up a notch, which means doubling everyone’s prison sentence, including Andor’s.

Meero is still hot on the trail for the person who stole the Imperial Starpath unit, and though she won’t admit that she’s obsessed with the case, her summoning of Syril Karn (Kyle Soller) says differently.

Though she berates and questions him for his obsession with locating Andor as he has submitted multiple requests about the investigation, Meero seems to be secretly gathering up all this data for her own gain in the long run.

After a long-winded conversation with Karn, Meero eventually heads off to Ferrix to question other local residents with knowledge of Andor, basically kidnapping the townspeople from their own homes without a warrant.

Finally, Meero gets to one of Andor’s closest friends, a woman whom we haven’t heard from in quite a bit of time: Bix Caleen (Adria Arjona). However, the episode ends before we’re able to hear their conversation.

Mon Mothma: Senator and Serial Party-Thrower
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If we’re being honest, Mon Mothma’s (Genevieve O’Reilly) main arc for this entire series has just been her throwing lavish parties at her home and exchanging angry looks at her husband. Okay, okay, maybe she’s also secretly plotting the Rebellion, but it’s all under the guise of being a serial party planner.

The Real Housewives of Coruscant, anyone?

Anyway, her old buddy, Tay Kolma (Ben Miles), is back for this bash, which her husband doesn’t seem too pleased about. She lets him in on the secret that she has 400,000 credits just sitting around from the mission, but before they can talk about it further, her husband butts in once again and cuts them off.

We finally get to see a bit more of what our old buddy, Luthen Rael (Stellan Skarsgård), has been up to while Andor was away on his mission, which, outwardly, has consisted of fake-selling historical artifacts to Mothma. Internally, though, Rael has been attempting to figure out what his next move is with the Rebellion, and as he can’t seem to locate Andor, he reaches out to a familiar face from Rogue One: Saw Gerrera (Forest Whittaker).

Rael meets up with Gerrera and gives him a mission: to meet Anto Kreegyr, a man who has been “probing the Imperial power station at Spellhaus,” which ultimately resulted in him finding a weakness in their defenses. Given this, he wants Gerrera to work alongside Kreegyr and make more headway in that Rebel cause.

As Gerrera isn’t too happy about the arrangement, he turns Luthen down, even with the reward of some pretty helpful spare parts on the line. Despite that, I’m betting that Gerrera will have a change of heart down the line.

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Hollywood’s Biggest Earners: Who Is the Highest Grossing Actor of All Time?

It turns out, if you were named Chris or Tom, there’s a pretttttty high chance that you’re on this list.

But before we get into anything, let’s make something clear: being among the highest-grossing actors of all time doesn’t necessarily mean you’re the greatest actor of all time—they’re two completely different things. And while there is definitely some overlap, the types of movies that are able to make enormous amounts of money are largely blockbuster hits, not indie films or dramas with limited releases.

But that’s also not to say that the following 10 actors are bad, either—it’s just a different way of measuring success in the industry. There’s something about the sheer talent of this group that enables most of them to seamlessly shift from blockbuster hit to serious drama without so much as a blink of an eye.

Figures came from The Numbers as well as sites like IMDb and Statista.

10. Harrison Ford – $4,051,252,757
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Most Well-Known Movies: Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Blade Runner, Witness

Awards:

-AFI Lifetime Achievement Award

-Cecil B. DeMille Award (Golden Globe Awards)

Nominations: Academy Awards (1), Golden Globe Awards (4), BAFTA Awards (1)

The oldest of the bunch, clocking in as the number 1o highest-grossing actor of all time, is none other than our beloved Harrison Ford.

Not only is he both Indiana Jones and Han Solo, but it turns out that he can also rock a teal scarf pretty well (evidence above). In that same vein, he’s been able to equally dominate both action and drama roles over the years, from his OG days in Raiders of the Lost Ark and A New Hope to darker tales like Witness.

9. Chris Evans – $4,089,027,125
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Most Well-Known Movies: Fantastic Four, Avengers, Captain America, Knives Out

Awards:

-MTV Movie and TV Awards (Best Fight – TK)

-People’s Choice Award (Favorite Action Movie Actor – TK)

Nominations: Critics’ Choice Movie Awards (2), MTV Movie and TV Awards (6), People’s Choice Awards (5)

Though Chris Evans tends to lean towards the more blockbuster-y flicks that launched him into success, he’s also proven time and time again that he’s just as capable in more toned-down films like Knives Out. And no, his chunky sweater wasn’t the only incredible part of his performance in that film.

8. Bradley Cooper – $4,298,061,989
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Most Well-Known Movies: The Hangover, Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle, Guardians of the Galaxy, A Star Is Born

Awards:

-BAFTA Film Awards (Best Film Music – A Star Is Born)

-SAG Awards (Outstanding Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture – American Hustle)

-Grammy Awards (Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media – A Star Is Born)

Nominations: Academy Awards (9), Golden Globe Awards (6), BAFTA Film Awards (8), Grammy Awards (3), Tony Awards (1)

If anyone absolutely dominated the 2010s, it was Bradley Cooper. For him, it was just one absolute hit after the next, starting with Silver Linings Playbook in 2012 and ending with the massive success that was A Star Is Born, which he both wrote, directed, and starred in.

7. Chris Hemsworth – $4,302,827,492
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Most Well-Known Movies: Thor, Avengers, The Cabin in the Woods, Rush

Awards:

-People’s Choice Awards (Favorite Action Movie Actor – The Avengers and Snow White and the Huntsman), (Favorite Action Movie Actor – Avengers: Age of Ultron and In the Heart of the Sea), (Favorite Comedic Movie Actor – Ghostbusters), (The Action Movie Star 2020 – Extraction)

-MTV Movie Awards (Best Fight – The Avengers)

Nominations: BAFTA (1), People’s Choice Awards (11), Critics’ Choice Awards (1)

The seventh highest-grossing actor of all time is our favorite Asgardian, Chris Hemsworth.

While he started off on a bit of a different foot in films like Star Trek, that blinding, blockbuster light practically found him in no time, as he first appeared as Thor in the aptly titled film from 2011, Thor.

6. Chris Pratt – $4,327,057,132
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Most Well-Known TV Shows/Movies: Parks and Recreation, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers, Jurassic World

Awards:

-MTV Movie Awards (Best Action Performance – Jurassic World)

Nominations: MTV Movie Awards (7)

It’s sort of wild to think that Chris Pratt got his start on Parks and Recreation as the lazy shoe-shiner, Andy Dwyer, considering what a complete left turn his entire career took after rebranding himself as an action star with Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic World.

5. Tom Cruise – $4,677,151,213
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Most Well-Known Movies: Risky Business, Top Gun, Rain Man, A Few Good Men, Born on the Fourth of July, The Firm, Jerry Maguire, Mission: Impossible, War of the Worlds, Top Gun: Maverick

Awards:

-Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film (British Academy Brittania Awards)

-Honorary Palme d’Or for Achievement in Film (Cannes Film Festival)

-Golden Globe Awards (Best Actor, Motion Picture Drama – Born on the Fourth of July), (Best Actor, Motion Picture Musical or Comedy – Jerry Maguire), Best Supporting Actor, Motion Picture – Magnolia).

*Cruise returned the three Golden Globes that he won because of the controversies surrounding the awards show.

Nominations: Academy Awards (3), BAFTA (1), Golden Globe Awards (7), SAG Awards (3)

Halfway through the list, Tom Cruise clocks in as the fifth highest-grossing actor of all time.

With the absolute smash hit that became Top Gun: Maverick, Tom Cruise proved that he’s unstoppable both on and off the screen, performing basically all of his own stunts for the movies he’s in. And yes, that included flying a real F/A 18F plane for the Top Gun sequel.

4. Tom Hanks – $5,065,897,608
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Most Well-Known Movies: Big, Forrest Gump, Cast Away, Saving Private Ryan, A League of Their Own, Sleepless in Seattle, You’ve Got Mail, The Post, Captain Phillips, Toy Story

Awards:

-AFI Lifetime Achievement Award

-Kennedy Center Honors

-Presidential Medal of Freedom

-French Legion of Honor

-Cecil B. DeMille Award (Golden Globe Awards)

-Academy Awards (Best Actor – Philadelphia), (Best Actor – Forrest Gump)

-Emmy Awards (Oustanding Limited Series – From the Earth to the Moon), (Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Television Movie or Special – Band of Brothers), (Outstanding Limited Series – Band of Brothers), (Outstanding Limited Series – John Adams), (Outstanding Limited Series – The Pacific), (Outstanding Limited Series – Game Change), (Outstanding Limited Series – Olive Kitteridge)

-Golden Globe Awards (Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy – Big), (Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama – Philadelphia), (Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama – Forrest Gump), (Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama – Cast Away)

-SAG Awards (Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role in a Motion Picture – Forrest Gump), (Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture – Apollo 13)

Nominations: Academy Awards (6), BAFTA Awards (5), Emmy Awards (10), Golden Globe Awards (10), SAG Awards (7), Tony Awards (1)

If the novel that the above list of awards is isn’t proof enough that Tom Hanks is one of the greatest actors of our generation, then I’m not sure what is. There’s not a decade of his life where he didn’t have a successful film premiering, from his beginnings with Big and Forrest Grump, to rom-com classics like You’ve Got Mail, all the way to serious dramas like The Post and Saving Private Ryan.

3. Scarlett Johansson – $5,289,001,669
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Most Well-Known Movies: The Horse Whisperer, Lost in Translation, Her, Marriage Story, Iron Man 2, Avengers, Black Widow

Awards:

-BAFTA Awards (Best Actress in a Leading Role – Lost in Translation)

-Tony Awards (Best Featured Actress in a Play – A View from the Bridge)

Nominations: Academy Awards (2), BAFTA Awards (4), Golden Globe Awards (5), SAG Awards (3), Tony Awards (1)

The only actor on this list with a Tony Award win, Scarlett Johansson is a total chameleon, capable of perfectly transforming herself into a multitude of different characters, from the big-screen Black Widow to Nicole Barber in the Netflix film, Marriage Story. Her time on Broadway served her well, allowing her to seamlessly adapt from character to character even further.

2. Robert Downey Jr. – $5,474,166,329
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Most Well-Known TV Shows/Movies: Ally McBeal, Chaplin, Tropic Thunder, Sherlock Holmes, Iron Man, Avengers, Spider-Man: Homecoming

Awards:

-BAFTA Awards (Best Actor in a Leading Role – Chaplin)

-Golden Globe Awards (Special Award for Ensemble – Short Cuts), (Best Supporting Actor, Series, Miniseries, or Television Film – Ally McBeal), (Best Actor, Motion Picture Musical or Comedy – Sherlock Holmes)

-SAG Awards (Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series – Ally McBeal)

Nominations: Academy Awards (2), BAFTA Awards (2), Golden Globe Awards (5), Emmy Awards (1), SAG Awards (3)

Okay, we’re almost there: the second highest-grossing actor of all time is none other than our beloved Tony Stark: Robert Downey Jr.

Though he left the Marvel Extended Universe (MCU) with a bang in 2019, there’s no denying this man’s staying power when it comes to film. Robert Downey Jr. has been on the scene since 1970, hitting his first major strides in the 1980s and ’90s and again in the late 2000s with the major success of Iron Man, which snowballed into something that no one ever could have imagined.

1. Samuel L. Jackson – $5,718,504,196
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Most Well-Known Movies: Coming to America, Goodfellas, Die Hard with a Vengeance, Jurassic Park, School Daze, Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained, The Incredibles, Star Wars, Iron Man, Avengers, Captain America

Awards:

-Honorary Academy Award (Academy Awards)

-BAFTA Awards (Best Film Actor in a Supporting Role – Pulp Fiction)

-Independent Spirit Awards (Best Male Lead in a Feature Film – Pulp Fiction), (Best First Feature Film – Eve’s Bayou)

-Cannes Film Festival (Award for Best Actor – Jungle Fever)

-Berlin International Film Festival (Silver Bear for Best Actor – Jackie Brown)

Nominations: Academy Awards (1), BAFTA Awards (1), Golden Globe Awards (2), Independent Spirit Awards (4), SAG Awards (1), Cannes Film Festival (1), Berlin International Film Festival (1)

Is there anyone more deserving of being the highest-grossing actor of all time other than Samuel L. Jackson?

Jackson has had the sort of career that everyone dreams of: a perfect balance of passion projects, blockbuster smash hits, and serious dramas to balance it all out. For someone who’s appeared in every possible genre and has been watched by audiences of all ages, there wasn’t a person in the theater who didn’t lose it when Frozone (Jackson) slid onto the screen during Incredibles 2.

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‘Raymond and Ray’ Review: A Film That Digs Its Own Grave

Like their dead father, half-brothers Raymond (Ewan McGregor) and Ray (Ethan Hawke) are both equally devoid of life and energy, making it tough for Raymond & Ray to get any sort of a running start on the plot, which was pretty meager in the first place.

Also, there’s something about a story revolving around two men with the same name that just pisses me off.

Anyway, the premise is this: two half-brothers reunite (though not particularly gracefully) after their father, Harris (Tom Bower), dies, and given that he wasn’t a great father in the first place, the two slog through the few loose ends that need to be tied up before putting him into the ground. And I do mean that literally, as their father left them with the absurd task of digging his grave by way of shovel, meaning that about half of the entire film is just Hawke and McGregor shoveling up a bunch of dirt.

Listen, plenty of movies are successful in fully centering around dialogue, but pulling that off is a lot easier said than done. For one, the dialogue has to actually be compelling enough to power through the fact that the movie isn’t relying on outside factors to carry it to the finish line, and this one just doesn’t have the oomph factor to make that happen.

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Hawke is the only real saving grace of the film, and that’s not to say that McGregor was bad, but his performance could only go so far, given the absolute boring and stiff nature of the character he was playing. It’s no fault of McGregor’s that his dialogue was particularly dry and robotic, I suppose, in a way, it played into the personality of Raymond; you know, the type who still wears his phone secured to his belt.

Hawke’s Ray has a certain swagger to him, a devout trumpet player who’s a bit rougher around the edges and somehow attracts every woman in his path, while McGregor’s Raymond rocks the classic FiDi navy vest and plaid shirt combo while trying to appear calm and in control at all times, though he’s far from it.

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We’re also introduced to Lucia (Maribel Verdú) and Kiera (Sophie Okonedo), the former of whom was in a relationship with Harris just before he passed and the latter who was Harris’ nurse.

It turns out that basically everyone else aside from Raymond and Ray revered Harris, including Lucia, Kiera, his lawyer, the funeral director, his three other sons, and his spiritual guide, Reverend West (Vondie Curtis-Hall).

Raymond and Ray were also completely unaware that they had three other half-brothers until they all showed up to help dig their father’s grave, resulting in a small, awkward family reunion. Two of the half-brothers turned out to be professional acrobats, so literally, in the midst of digging up their father’s plot, the two broke out into formation and put on an acrobatic act to raise everyone’s spirits.

Yeah, it was weird.

While Lucia and Kiera did add a bit of intrigue to the movie as both Raymond and Ray were able to connect with them, everyone else was pretty bland, and after having spent what seemed like an eternity with these people, I was basically ready to call it a day on this film with almost an entire hour left.