Johnny Brayson
Johnny is a freelance writer and comedian who used to live in New York and now lives in Los Angeles. He misses pizza but is trying to get into something called acai bowls.

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'The Beguiled's Origins May Sound Familiar

Sofia Coppola is at it again with an acclaimed film. The writer/director has previously drawn raves for her films The Virgin Suicides, Lost in Translation, and Somewhere, and her newest feature, The B...
By Johnny Brayson

What The Future Of Transformers Movies Looks Like

Over the past decade, the Transformers franchise has morphed from a largely forgotten line of toys from the 1980s into one of the biggest movie franchises of all time. Between 2007's Transformers and ...
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Emily's Disease In 'The Big Sick' Is Super Scary

The Big Sick is pretty unusual for a rom-com in that one half of its romantic pairing spends much of the movie in a coma. But this isn't While You Were Sleeping — the coma isn't played for laughs. It'...
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‘Big Sick’s Origin Is Extraordinary & Relatable

Romantic comedies are a dime a dozen — except when they're not. Every once in a while, a rom-com comes along that breaks the mold and offers an ultra realistic (and funny) look at what it's really lik...
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'The Big Sick' Doesn't Stray Far From The Truth

Comedian Kumail Nanjiani continues his rise to superstardom. After finding success as a standup and as a scene-stealing guest on shows like Portlandia, Nanjiani reached a wider audience in 2014 with h...
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The Transformers Franchise Might Never End

Transformers is without question one of the biggest movie franchises ever. The series began in 2007 with the original Transformers, and since then has earned nearly $4 billion at the worldwide box off...
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‘Rough Night’s Soundtrack Almost Parties Too Hard

Rough Night is hardly your typical "night out" movie. While at first glance the film appears to be your typical raunchy comedy about a group of female friends having a crazy, drunken night, the movie ...
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'47 Meters Down' May Be The Summer's Scariest Film

The word "blockbuster" gets thrown around a lot in relation to summer movies, whether those films have earned that distinction or not. But most agree the term first came into wide use in 1975 thanks t...
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'Cars 3' Soundtrack Features New Takes On Old Hits

Out of all the Pixar films, the Lightning McQueen-led Cars movies have garnered a reputation for their rockin' tunes. The films feature a mix of classic rock and country music; sometimes even blending...
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Maddie Ziegler Dances In ‘Book Of Henry,’ Natch

Maddie Ziegler is known largely as a dancer, thanks to her five-year run on reality show Dance Moms and her appearances as Sia's muse in five of the enigmatic singer's music videos. But now the 14-yea...
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Don't Expect 'Cars 3' To End The Franchise

In recent years, Pixar has really gone all-in when it comes to sequels. Between 1995 and 2015, the studio released a total of just four sequels: Cars 2, Toy Story 2 & 3, and Monsters University. But P...
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'The Book Of Henry's Origin Is A Bit Of A Mystery

The Book of Henry may be the hardest 2017 film to categorize. Just watching the trailer is a roller coaster ride in that the film first appears to be a lighthearted drama about a genius young boy name...
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Tom Cruise's 'Mummy' Character Has A Big Secret

Perhaps a more fitting title for the new The Mummy reboot would have been Tom Cruise, since the actor is without a doubt the main star and focus of the film. Sofia Boutella's titular undead Egyptian i...
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Where To Watch The '90s 'Mummy'

If there's one thing Hollywood loves, it's a good ol' reboot. The next reimagining of a classic franchise to hit theaters will be the revamped The Mummy, which updates the monster tale with state of t...
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‘All Eyez On Me’s Cast Will Make You See Double

In 2015, the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton became one of the biggest surprise hits in years. So it's not surprising that a movie about another hip hop legend, Tupac Shakur, is arriving this yea...
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13 Horrifying True Crime Docs You Haven't Seen

If there's one genre keeping documentary filmmakers in business, it's true crime. The segment has exploded in recent years, with TV series like Making a Murderer, podcasts like Serial, and anything ha...
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Wonder Woman’s Greek Roots Don’t Run That Deep

When it comes to superheroes, Wonder Woman is pretty unique. She has unusual gear, like her Lasso of Truth and Bracelets of Submission, and a wild origin story that involves her being molded from clay...
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Where 'Wonder Woman' Fits In The DCEU Timeline

Wonder Woman is finally here. The iconic female character's first solo superhero movie after roughly ten thousand male-led superhero films has arrived, and it's glorious. But Wonder Woman isn't meant ...
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Wonder Woman’s Bracelets Are Not Jewelry

When it comes to DC superheroes, Wonder Woman is sort of like a mix between Superman and Batman. Whereas Superman relies solely on his superpowers to fight crime, and Batman depends wholly on his gadg...
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The ‘Wonder Woman’ Sequel Has Lots To Explore

Wonder Woman is almost here, and its arrival will hopefully usher in a new era where female-led superhero movies are no longer considered rare. Marvel already has plans in place to debut it's first fe...
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'Rogue One's Sequel Is Basically 'A New Hope'

With Rogue One set to expand the Star Wars universe, fans are wondering just what the franchise's first anthology movie really means. Does this mean that Jyn Erso and company are going to become the n...
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Don't Count On Seeing Star Wars On Netflix

Hollywood is a lot smaller than it used to be. Judging by this year's record-setting box office performance, you may disagree with that statement, but I'm talking about the companies that control Holl...
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11 Holiday Movie Gems You're Missing On Netflix

During the holiday season, most people tend to watch the same movies every year. Whether it be It's a Wonderful Life or Elf or National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, family traditions often play a big...
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Jackie Kennedy's Real White House Tour Was A Hit

Given the current political climate in the United States (and the current President-elect), it's hard to imagine a time when Americans actually looked to its First Family for inspiration. But in the n...
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The Best '80s Holiday Movies To Spread Good Cheer

I'm not ashamed to say that I'm a big fan of '80s movies. I routinely will preach my belief that the decade churned out the most entertaining movies in history to anyone who will listen, regardless of...
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'Miss Sloane' Is Based On A Real Person... Sort Of

Is there a more vilified figure in American politics today than the dreaded lobbyist? Most often thought of as highly-connected sellouts using their clients' wealth to influence policy that favors Big...
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The 13 Most Star-Studded Christmas Movies Ever

There are almost too many Christmas movies to count. More than any other holiday by far, Christmas has captured Hollywood's imagination, resulting in more Christmas movies than you can shake a candy c...
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'Incarnate' Proves 'Tis The Season To Be Scary

While December is usually reserved for holiday movies and Oscar bait (and starting last year, Star Wars movies), there remains another type of film that seemingly never goes out of fashion: Horror fil...
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Here's When The Next Star Wars Movie Comes Out

The dust has barely settled from Star Wars: The Force Awakens' record-breaking run at the box office, and yet it's already time for a new Star Wars movie to blast into theaters. Rogue One, the franchi...
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Every Thanksgiving Movie On Netflix

When it comes to holiday movies, Thanksgiving doesn't have a lot to brag about. It's just not really a movie-type of holiday. Most people prefer to watch parades, football, or Friends reruns after the...
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The True Story Behind 'Lion' Doesn't Sound Real

It's officially Oscar movie season, and one new film that's getting a lot of awards buzz is Garth Davis' Lion. The film stars Dev Patel, who rose to fame playing the lead in 2009's Best Picture winner...
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The 13 Best Christmas Movies On Netflix

Back when I was growing up in the '90s, the Christmas season was filled with movies and specials to watch that would put me in the holiday mood. The trouble was, in order to watch them I would have to...
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The Maui Of Legend Has Quite The Resume

In Disney's newest animated film, Moana, the titular Polynesian princess is joined in her quest by a literal god. Voiced by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, the god Maui is quite the imposing figure. Larger...
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Here's Where You Can Hear The 'Moana' Soundtrack

In 2013, after struggling to find its way with its animated films during the first decade of the new millennium, Disney returned to the Broadway-musical style films that defined the Disney Renaissance...
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'Edge of Seventeen' Feels Like Real Life

Is there anything more awkward than teenage youth? The period of life that's defined by puberty, high school, and the struggle to figure out one's identity is portrayed with stunning accuracy in the n...
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The Worst Of 'Back To The Future 2' Is Now Reality

A lot of people, myself included, were completely and utterly shocked that Donald Trump was elected as the next president of the United States on Nov. 8. The most offensive presidential candidate in h...
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What To Watch On Election Night If You're Stressed

It's finally here. Election Night 2016. After what seemed like years of non-stop media coverage and mudslinging between presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, America finally votes ...
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Photos Of The Real 'Loving' Couple Are Inspiring

The title of the new film Loving can be taken a couple of different ways. On the surface, it's a film about an interracial couple who are very much in love with each other. But Loving also ironically ...
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Dormammu Brings The Pain In 'Doctor Strange'

Doctor Strange is the most powerful hero to ever arrive on the scene in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With abilities that let him travel across dimensions, mess with time, and alter reality itself, h...
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7 Doctor Strange Comics To Read Before The Movie

Doctor Strange has nearly arrived in theaters, bringing with it the worlds of magic, mysticism, and alternate realities to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Due to the type of hero he is, i.e. a magician...
By Johnny Brayson