Tag: Film

Spike Lee To Direct Film Inspired By Hip-Hop And Shakespeare

From She’s Gotta Have It to BlacKkKlansman, film director and producer Spike Lee is known for bringing powerful films to the big screen. For one of his latest projects, Lee will put his own spin on Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, Deadline reported. The film—dubbed Prince of Cats—is inspired by a novel penned by author Ronald […]

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What’s the Point of ‘Charlie’s Angels’ Without Sam Rockwell Dancing?

The thing about vaping is there’s no way it ever looks sexy, whether it’s the small puff emitted from Juuls or the bloated clouds from more intense “rigs.” It looks neutral at best, and stupid at worst. The thing about smoking, however, is that despite all of its awful health risks, it really, unfortunately, can […]

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The Redesigned Sonic the Hedgehog Somehow Actually Looks Good

Back in April, Paramount dropped the first trailer for the upcoming live-action Sonic the Hedgehog movie and… good lord, it did not go over well. This was not the adorable, chili dog-fueled video game beast we all thought we knew. The movie’s Sonic was a strange, hyperreal CGI monstrosity even worse than Will Smith’s genie: […]

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11-Year-Old Actor Evan Alex Is Writing His Own Horror Film

Black youngsters are making boss moves in the entertainment industry. Earlier this year, actress Marsai Martin became the youngest executive producer in Hollywood history. 11-year-old Us star Evan Alex recently announced that he’s in the process of writing a script for a horror film, the Hollywood Reporter reported. Alex shared the news at an annual […]

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Despite Controversies, Cynthia Erivo as Harriet Tubman Proves to Be a Winner at Box Office

There’s a famous quote that has been attributed — perhaps falsely — to Harriet Tubman through the years about how she would’ve been able to free many more slaves only if they realized they were actually enslaved. Or something like that. I bring that up to say that despite some racially-charged, micro-aggressive attitudes (by some […]

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Joaquin Phoenix Is Already Talking About a ‘Joker’ Sequel

Say what you will about Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker movie, but the thing is an undeniable hit. It has inspired incredible parodies and terrible fan pilgrimages and some bizarre sexual awakenings, and is already the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time. It will likely earn Phoenix at least a Best Actor nomination for his magnetic performance, […]

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‘Mister America’ Is Trump’s Most Scathing Satire Without Even Mentioning His Name

Mister America, the first feature film in the medium-hopping On Cinema universe—Adult Swim’s movie review show that does everything but review movies—doesn’t ask its audience what they want. Instead, it tells us what America is. It is a portrait of two lonely men locked in a world of delusion and codependence, offering a darkly comic […]

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The Final ‘Star Wars’ Trailer Is Here and It’s Incredible

On Monday, Disney debuted the last full trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker during Monday Night Football—and the two-and-a-half-minute thing is just about everything you’d want from a Star Wars trailer. An intro that mirrors that iconic Phantom Menace trailer opening shot! The Millennium Falcon lining up for space battle! Rey jumping on […]

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JoJo Rabbit’s Satire Fail

Paul Verhoeven’s 1997 military sci-fi film Starship Troopers—about an interstellar war between a league of human soldiers from Earth and an extraterrestrial race of arachnid-like invaders—ends on a sour note. After the human army detains the “Brain Bug” (a sort-of insectoid central intelligence that controls the teeming alien armies), the human Colonel Carl Jenkins (Neil […]

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Behind Every Film Production Is a Mess of Environmental Wreckage

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom didn’t make much of an impression with critics, but the $300 million blockbuster represented an immense undertaking. Preproduction started in 2015 and included the film’s writer taking a cross-country road trip to hash out story details and a four-week working trip in Barcelona, where director J.A. Bayona and production designer Andy […]

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‘The Lighthouse’ Director Robert Eggers on Making the Most Bonkers Film of 2019

Robert Eggers’s 2015 feature debut, The Witch, was a haunting, unceasingly dour film that, along with Hereditary a few years later, solidified A24’s grasp on a new kind of horror movie—one built around atmosphere and slow-burning dread instead of jump scares and the occasional shot of someone popping an eyeball out with a blowtorch or […]

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Disney’s ‘Jungle Cruise’ Movie Looks Fully Unhinged

Here we go again, everybody. Disney has already tried and tried to wring film franchises out of amusement park IP, and it has inexplicably succeeded at least once. Now, the company wants to do it again—by putting the Rock on a magical boat trip for some reason. The first trailer for Disney’s upcoming movie based […]

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In ‘Parasite,’ Food Is a Violent Weapon of Class Struggle

Bread splattered with blood, meat hacked apart forcefully, the soft fuzz shaved from the curve of a peach: Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite is a food movie—but it’s not likely to make you hungry. Instead, Parasite keeps you on edge, wondering what violence food will become a part of next. The dark and twisty brainchild of filmmaker […]

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