Three years ago, writer-director Justin Simien’s Dear White People premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to near-universal acclaim from critics, who lauded the film’s mix of satire and social commentary as it focused on black culture and identity at a fictional Ivy League college. But Simien wasn’t done yet, and he’s spent the past past few years retooling Dear White People as a television series, which recently made its debut on Netflix.
Alien: Covenant is the direct sequel to the mostly critically maligned franchise prequel Prometheus. While initially I aggressively despised Prometheus like most critics, since its release I’ve slowly started to appreciate the prequel’s bold and unconventional approach to its huge scale science-fiction story. The philosophical ideas presented were fascinating and unique and every shot in the film is quite stunning, despite the tonal mess – especially in the awful third act.
Get Out is the best reviewed movie of 2017 on Rotten Tomatoes to date. This dark and unsettling break-out hit is deeply relevant to modern-day topics, captivating audiences with thrilling conflicts and danger at every turn. From the mind of Jordan Peele, the first African-American writer/director to cross $100 million at the box office with his debut film, Get Out arrives on Digital HD on May 9, 2017 and on Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on May 23, 2017 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
In June 2015 residents of Springfield, Missouri were shocked by the stabbing death of Dee Dee Blanchard, a woman well-known to locals as the caring mother of a 17-year-old daughter suffering from muscular dystrophy, leukemia, and a string of other illnesses that had left her confined to a wheelchair. Even more astonishing was the news that came a few days later, when authorities announced that Dee’s Dee’s daughter Gypsy Rose and her boyfriend had been arrested for the murder.
Sylvester Stallone electrified moviegoers with the 1976 classic Rocky, but few people realize the tale of an ordinary guy stepping into the ring with the heavyweight champion was inspired by real-life events, when a New Jersey prizefighter named Chuck Wepner shocked the world by going toe-to-toe with Muhammad Ali for fifteen grueling rounds. And although Wepner didn’t quite “go the distance” like his big screen avatar – he lost the bout via TKO with mere seconds left in the final round – his underdog story turned him into a hometown hero.
With the massive popularity enjoyed by HBO’s medieval fantasy saga Game of Thrones, a gritty reboot of the Arthurian legend was bound to come along sooner or later, and Warner Bros. made the seemingly inspired choice to tap Guy Ritchie for the job. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword reimagines the once and future monarch (Charlie Hunnam) as a smirking, streetwise hustler, the sort of rogue that would feel right at home in one of the gangster flicks that make up Ritchie’s most revered material, and this idea works far better than you might think.
We got our first look at Blade Runner 2049 back in December, when an all-too-brief teaser trailer reintroduced audiences to Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), the character he played more than 30 years ago in Ridley Scott’s original neon-soaked sci-fi tale. Now it’s time to meet his younger counterpart, Officer K (Ryan Gosling) in the film’s first full-length trailer.
Adapted from the bestselling novel by Dutch author Herman Koch, The Dinner opens with ex-history teacher Paul (Steve Coogan) trying to negotiate his way out of a scheduled dinner with his older brother, a Congressman (Richard Gere) campaigning for the governor’s seat. Paul’s wife Claire (Laura Linney) is having none of it, as there’s an important family matter that needs to be discussed involving a horrific act perpetrated by their teenage son and the Congressman’s two boys.
Marvel is preparing to kick off one of their biggest years as a studio to date this week with the theatrical release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Picking up just a few months after the events of the first Guardians, the sequel follows the characters as they try and escape the wrath of some vengeful ex-clients, and Peter Quill’s life is thrown into disarray when his biological father shows up, promising to have answers to all of his son’s questions.
Guardians of the Galaxy was one of Marvel’s biggest risks, and also arguably its largest creative success to date. Director James Gunn’s mixture of emotion, humor, and that amazing 70’s era soundtrack had audiences surprised and delighted, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 aims to show that the first film wasn’t just a fluke with a bigger, more colorful sequel that doesn’t surpass the original, but is a more than worthy follow-up.