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I’m sure you’re aware of this, but professional film critics get to attend early screenings of films so they can do their reviews and (hopefully) generate pre-release buzz for a film. You may also have gathered from our podcast that it is possible for members of the general public to attend pre-release screenings of movies, as well.

What you may not know is that, if a screening is designated as being for the public only, critics can’t attend at all. One of the reasons for this is what is called a “Review Embargo,” which means members of the “professional” media cannot publish their reviews until after a certain time, often a day or two prior to the actual opening of the film.

Ryan, my partner-in-crime here at the Visually Stunning Movie Podcast, being a professional, actual, for real and for true critic, one recognized by the various studios as being worthy of them paying to fly him to New York City, LA, or even London, to screen a movie and do interviews with the principals involved, can’t attend certain pre-screenings. Literally. They won’t let him in the door.

I, being a “not-professional” critic, can attend any screening I can get my paws on a ticket for. And I can publish my thoughts about that film any time I want. Ain’t no embargo on my opinion. Nope.

Now, do I hope to one day be considered “professional” media, the recipient of all the rights and privileges thereof (obligatory A Christmas Story reference… sorry.)? You bet.

But right now, that isn’t the case.

On a completely unrelated note, tonight I’m going to see the new Ryan Reynolds/Samuel L. Jackson film, The Hitman’s Bodyguard.

Completely unrelated.

I’m just sayin’.

Wonder Woman – First Reactions

Hey, all! Mark and Jason here with our first reactions on

Wonder Woman

Ryan got us into a screening tonight (which we really appreciate, by the way), and we had to share our very first thoughts.

Tomorrow night, we’ll be recording our full review with all three of us, which is good, since we’ll have had a little time to process this and maybe be a little more objective, but hopefully this will give you an idea of what’s ahead.

Have a look:

Ghost in the Shell

Hey, all! This time out we’re going to talk about the new

Scarlett Johansson

sci-fi film,

Ghost in the Shell

This film has been the subject of some controversy surrounding the “whitewashing” of the cast, as well as the fact that some folks questioned the need to make a live-action version of this classic anime at all.

What do we think about all this?

Tune in and find out.

Hell or High Water

Ryan and I are going to take a look back at one of his favorite movies of 2016, and one which I recently–finally–got around to seeing:

Hell or High Water

Released in the middle of August, and starring Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine, and Ben Foster, the film has only grossed around $38 million at the box office, but managed to nab FOUR Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor.

So let’s talk about this critical, yet not box-office destroying, gem of a movie.