Christopher Nolan stuck to his guns and insisted that Tenet would play in theaters, and Warner Bros. had a hell of a time trying to figure out the best way to respect Nolan s wishes. Disney s live-action remake of Mulan, however, chose not to follow suit, opting instead to premiere on the Disney+ streaming service for a premium fee. This is, of course, the latest in the Mouse House s efforts to reimagine some of their most beloved animated classics as live-action films, and unlike some of their recent attempts, Mulan is impressing the critics so far. Liu Yifei stars in the title role as a young woman who dresses as a man in order to represent her family in the Chinese imperial army, and the reviews say she offers a charismatic performance that holds the film together. They also say the action choreography is fantastic, the visuals are stunning, and the choice to eschew the original film s musical elements in favor of a more grounded action-drama results in a more mature film. The youngest viewers may not find Niki Caro s film as compelling, but you can always throw on the colorful animated original for them.Available on Disney+ for .99 on September 4; available to all Disney+ subscribers on December 4.
Spider-Man: Far From Home swung into theaters ahead of the July 4 holiday, ready to snatch up tons of cash and extend the MCU following the events of Infinity War and Endgame. Critics are liking what they see in this second solo(ish) outing for Tom Holland s Peter Parker; the movie is Certified Fresh at 92% on the Tomatometer right now, with reviews throwing praise at Holland, Zendaya, and MCU newcomer Jake Gyllenhaal, as well as the movie s twisty plot and its abundance of big laughs. But is it the best Spider-Man movie we ve seen? That s a hard call with Spider-Man 2 still lingering in people s memories, and last year s Into the Spider-Verse raising the bar of what s possible in animation. This week our RT Aftershow panel – host Mark Ellis, Geek Bomb s Maude Garett, and critics Scott Mantz and Joelle Monique – weighs in on that question, along with what they thought of Mysterio, the movie s many surprises, and where the MCU could be headed next. Watch about and let us know what you thought of Spider-Man: Far From Home in the comments. (Careful: The video contains major spoilers for Spider-Man: Far From Home.)Spider-Man: Far From Home is in theaters now.Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.