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(Photo by Syfy; BBC AMERICA; Netflix/Courtesy Everett Collection)The past year has offered 12 TV seasons Certified Fresh at 100% — including The Good Place, Cobra Kai, Vida, and Dear White People — of 110 overall that are Certified Fresh. A voracious TV consumer could simply work their way down the list of every Certified Fresh TV show of 2018, or have a look at Rotten Tomatoes staff picks. Our editorial staff has considered the year in television and curated a list of series that may not have met the criteria for Certified Fresh, but nonetheless have captured our imaginations and earned our recommendation anyway.The Expanse 94%What It Is: In the 23rd century, after colonizing the solar system, humans make first contact with an alien race. But rather than meet face-to-whatever, the interaction occurs via the ancient, extinct race s super-advanced A.I. technology, which humanity struggles to understand, communicate with, and ultimately control.Why You Should Watch It: It s been 10 years since Syfy s Battlestar Galactica remake from Ronald D. Moore (Outlander) went off the air. The series, which topped our list of the 100 best sci-fi series of all time, won worldwide fans through its gritty space-opera storylines about the human struggle with and against intelligent machines. The BSG world felt lived in, and its characters, both human and machine, presented a seemingly viable space-based future.The Expanse, which Amazon dramatically rescued from cancellation this year, is BSG s very worthy successor in offering a similarly complex sci-fi tale with engaging characters and award-worthy production design. It stars Steven Strait, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Dominique Tipper, Cas Anvar, Wes Chatham, Frankie Adams, and Thomas Jane. Why the show hasn t enjoyed the same level of worldwide appeal is one of the series greatest mysteries.Where to Watch: Amazon, Syfy (season 3)Commitment: around 25 hoursPicked By: Debbie Day, TV Features EditorBarry 99%What It Is: In this dry, sometimes unexpectedly somber HBO dark comedy, a professional killer for hire from the Midwest travels to Los Angeles for a hit and stumbles into an acting class, where he not only discovers a community of aspiring actors who welcome him but also begins to imagine a quieter, more normal life.Why You Should Watch It: Thanks to his up-for-anything enthusiasm and easygoing charisma — not to mention his impeccable comedic timing — SNL and Documentary Now alum Bill Hader has earned a sizable fanbase over the years. Those fans were always going to show up for Barry, no matter how good (or bad) it was. Fortunately, the series does a magnificent job balancing Hader s natural boyish charm and his less frequently utilized — but still incredibly effective — proficiency at communicating deep pathos (see: The Skeleton Twins), and he s aided by a stellar ensemble that includes Stephen Root, Anthony Carrigan, Sarah Goldberg, and Henry Winkler in one of his finest roles in years.Barry begins with a funny idea, infuses it with real emotional investment, and tosses in a few Oh, sh ! moments just to keep you on your toes. Hader and Winkler have already taken home Emmys for their efforts, and they re both up for Golden Globes next, so now is as good a time as any to see what all the fuss is about.Where to Watch: HBOGOCommitment: A little over 4.5 hoursPicked by: Ryan Fujitani, Sr. EditorBabylon Berlin What It Is: While investigating a pornography ring, Inspector Gereon Rath (Volker Bruch) discovers a web of conspiracies with huge implications for Germany as a whole.Why You Should Watch It: The idea of the Weimar Republic (the era of German history that spanned from the end of World War I until the rise of the Nazis) has exerted a powerful fascination to this day. It was a time that produced a flowering of artistic expression — from the Bauhaus Movement to The Threepenny Opera, not to mention such cinematic masterworks as The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Nosferatu, Metropolis, and The Blue Angel — and a moment of (relative) tolerance for LGBTQ people. It was also a time of political upheaval, during which a democratic government attempted to hold together a nation struggling with extreme economic insecurity, a time when communists and fascists brawled in the streets. Historians dispute some elements of this narrative as myth, but while Babylon Berlin may be imperfect history, it’s exhilarating entertainment. Its Berlin is all bright neon and dark shadows, decadent parties and sudden outbursts of violence, mysteries and underground plots. We all know the horrible ending to this story, but the characters in Babylon Berlin don’t, and seeing this tumultuous period through the lives of regular people living in the moment gives the whole thing an air of haunting pathos.Where to Watch: NetflixCommitment: Just shy of 16 hoursPicked By: Tim Ryan, Review Curation ManagerKilling Eve 89%What It Is: This badass British spy thriller follows two female leads — MI5 intelligence officer Eve (Sandra Oh) and international assassin Villanelle (Jodie Comer) — who become obsessed with tracking each other down.Why You Should Watch It: There’s a reason Oh is getting finally getting her long-deserved award recognition for this role: She’s phenomenal as a mild-mannered government employee who heads up a task force to find a female assassin (an also-phenomenal Comer), beginning a deadly cat-and-mouse game between the two women. The BBC America series is also frequently incredibly funny, thanks to sharp writing from creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag).Where to Watch: Hulu, Amazon Prime, YouTube, Google Play, iTunesCommitment: About 5.5 hoursPicked By: Jean Bentley, Assistant TV EditorPeaky Blinders 92%What It Is: A raw mob epic set in 1919 Birmingham, England. Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy), a World War I veteran and leader of the “Peaky Blinders” gang, has started the family business of running a bookie service as well as providing local muscle.Why You Should Watch It: This gritty crime drama will keep you glued to your screen as Tommy tries to build his empire and cement his legacy, all while facing the ever-changing landscape of the new century post-WWI. Guns, gambling, influence, politics, and the streets — this show has it all. Great costume and set design lure viewers into 1919 England to experience the region s post-war trauma. See how far Tommy will go to make a buck and gain power and the collateral damage his family must endure because of it. The series did not offer a new season to U.S. audiences in 2018, but with season 5 coming in 2019, now is a perfect time to binge it.Where to watch: NetflixCommitment: About 24 hoursPicked By: Shane Crocker, Motion Graphic DesignerChilling Adventures of Sabrina 81%What It Is: This comic book–adapted Netflix series from the creator of Riverdale is a dark reimagining of the Sabrina, the Teenage Witch story. Half-witch, half-mortal Sabrina (Kiernan Shipka) refuses to sacrifice her human relationships in order to keep her witchy powers and must navigate the boundaries between the mortal and supernatural worlds.Why You Should Watch It: If you’re the kind of witch who wishes Halloween could be a year-long holiday, look no further than Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. This show has plenty of campy magic and glamorous gore, but it’s more than flashy spells and Satanic references. Each of Sabrina’s allies — her aunts, cousin Ambrose, human friends, and demonic frenemies — has their own depth and intrigue, which makes their world colorful and worth a deep investment. It’s ultimately a coming-of-age story: Watching Sabrina come into her own, and change minds to do so, is exciting, empowering, and fun. She makes some big mistakes along the way, but who can blame her? She’s only just learning to play with hellfire.Where to Watch: NetflixCommitment: About 11 hoursPicked By: Sophie-Marie Prime, USC’s Rotten Tomatoes FellowForever 95%What It Is: Maya Rudolph and Fred Armisen star as an ordinary married couple tethered to routine until a freak accident changes everything they thought they knew about themselves and the world.Why You Should Watch It: Much has been written about how Better Call Saul is an ode to the everyday (crime and dubious legal practices notwithstanding). They couldn t be more different, but if you re a fan of BCS, 2018 s Forever will appeal just as well. Created by Alan Yang of Master of None and featuring prolific comedic actors Rudolph and Armisen (do they ever sleep?), the show poses big questions while simultaneously offering tiny details for viewers to chew on long after the final episode of this compact series ends. Avoid spoilers as much as possible before indulging in this series, which somehow marries banality and longing to great effect.Where to Watch: AmazonCommitment: 4 hoursPicked By: Sara Ataiiyan, Review CuratorSchitt's Creek 93%What It Is: Schitt’s Creek is an amalgam of everything that is good and holy about Canadian entertainment.Why You Should Watch It: Led by Eugene Levy, his gorgeous son Dan, and their beautifully thick eyebrows, Schitt’s Creek follows the Rose family, their fall from grace, and their new life in a tiny town surrounded by some of the most wonderful, eccentric, and underrated characters on TV. The series is a rare bird: both funny and heartwarming, while completely insane and totally relatable. In watching, I have laughed so hard I cried, but I have also cried so hard that I had to laugh (specifically, season 4, episode 6). The relationships, the chemistry, the number of wigs Moira owns, Alexis’ vocal fry, and so on — everything about this show is so perfectly curated that you would be hard pressed to find anything else like it on television.Where To Watch: Netflix, Amazon Prime, YouTube, Google Play, iTunes, VuduCommitment: About 20 hoursPicked By: Zoey Moore, Community ManagerManiac 84%What It Is: Loosely based on a Norwegian show of the same name, Cary Joji Fukunaga’s mindtrip of a miniseries delves into the depths of the human mind with humor, heart, and just the right amount of heady conversations to keep you thinking.Why You Should Watch It: It’s the kind of show that can delicately explore the fragile folds that are the human mind and mental health, while still provoking a fully belly laugh (usually followed by a cathartic cry). Between Emma Stone and Jonah Hill’s melancholy chemistry, the singular force of confidently neurotic nature that is Sonoya Mizuno, and Justin Theroux and Sally Field s “special” parent–child relationships (truly something to behold), you feel for each character you meet. For a show about anxiety and depression, it’s refreshingly present. There are no endless flashbacks or flash forwards, even with some of the more cerebral elements. You share moments with the characters as they have them, making for an engaging, emotional viewing experience. Oh, and there are elves, therapy robots, tons of wild accents, unexpected mammals, and a neat retro futuristic feel that’s at once nostalgic and current. It may sound kind of heady, but trust us, it’s worth the trip.Where to Watch: NetflixCommitment: 6.5 hoursPicked By: Haña Lucero-Colin, TV Curation LeadTerrace House: Boys & Girls in the City What It Is: A reality series documenting the real lives of six roommates in Japan.Why You Should Watch It: For those who hate traditional reality TV and want insight into Japanese culture, this is your show. Don’t worry, there’s plenty of love triangles and conflict, but it’s more civilized. It’s the ultimate comfort watch! When you catch up with this season, there’s previous Terrace House series (“Boys and Girls in the City” and “Aloha State”) to enjoy!Where to Watch: NetflixCommitment: There are 42 episodes available from the most recent season, all around 30 to 40 minutes each — and it runs through 52! The time commitment is A LOT, but SO worth it.Picked By: Eileen Rivera, Sr. Director of ProductionHappy! 84%What It Is: Based on the graphic novel of the same name, Nick (Christopher Meloni), a degenerate hit man and ex cop, gets beaten up by mobsters only to wake up in the hospital seeing a cheerful blue unicorn named Happy (Patton Oswalt). Nick learns Happy is the imaginary friend of a kidnapped little girl named Hailey, who is being held captive by a demented Santa Claus. Happy won’t stop bothering Nick until they find Hailey and bring her to safety. Nick’s harsh, aggressive behavior clashes with Happy’s childlike mentality, creating a blend of violent dark humor living in each episode.Why You Should Watch It: Happy! is a solid mix of dark humor and violence — all set in a Christmas-centric world. It is the true opposite of everything we usually watch during the holidays. Through the season Nick gets into trouble with the mob, his former police partner, and his previous romantic partners, but it’s the absurdity of all these scenarios that keep you hooked. One of the most rewarding aspects about the show is the deeper you get, the wilder it becomes, from murderous side characters to a Willy Wonka-type corporate overlord. Happy! is not for the faint of heart and is truly made for fans of antiheroes. The casting is also particularly fun, as Meloni is the polar opposite of his Law Order: SVU character. Think: the crazy cook in Wet Hot American Summer, but darker and more twisted.Where to Watch: Netflix, SyfyCommitment: About 6.5 hoursPicked By: Jason Blagman, AssistantElite 97%What It Is: Rich, sexy Spanish teens clash with working-class students at their elite private school, leading to murder.Why You Should Watch It: Gossip Girl meets Big Little Lies meets Skins meets Cruel Intentions meets The O.C. meets Veronica Mars meets well, basically every single other of the very best teen dramas for this Spanish-language soap-to-end-all-soaps. The eight-episode season features overachieving teens doing teen things like vying for a scholarship, having sex, doing drugs, blackmailing, and murder. The private-school uniforms evoke Gossip Girl, the class clashes evoke The O.C., and the murder-mystery at the center, featuring flash-forwards to the teens being interrogated by police, is very BLL. Elite is addictive and pulpy and will most certainly keep viewers up late trying to figure out who killed [spoiler]. Pro tip: If you don t speak Spanish, Netflix will usually default to the dubbed version. To avoid that travesty, and make sure you select the European Spanish audio track.Where to Watch: NetflixCommitment: About 8 hoursPicked By: BentleyHappy Valley 98%What It Is: A kind of Fargo for the South of England, Happy Valley focuses on policewoman Catherine Cawood’s (Sarah Lancashire) personal and professional lives in the struggling, drug-ridden town for which the series is named. Each season comes with a different mystery, extended across that season’s six episodes, and while they’re dark and twisted fun, the show’s true focus is Cawood’s past – particularly the rape and murder of her daughter by the convict Tommy Lee Royce (James Norton) – and its refusal to stay buried.Why You Should Watch It: There is a reason Lancashire was at one time Britain’s most highly paid TV actress: her Cawood is one of TV’s great creations. She’s tough as nails at work, and at home, and yet is only ever barely holding it together, and Lancashire’s performance is revelatory for those unfamiliar with her work. She’s as compelling a TV anti-hero as any of the guys you’d find on AMC or HBO. Lancashire is well matched by a supporting cast that includes Siobhan Finneran (Downton Abbey s sinister O’Brien) as her sister Clare, who is coping with sobriety, and James Norton as the menacing Royce, whom anglophiles might recall swooning over in Grantchester and War and Peace, and who is rumored to be in consideration to replace Daniel Craig as James Bond. It can be dour, nasty stuff, but series creator and writer Sally Wainwright infuses it with just enough heart, humor, and quirk – this is small-town-TV-England after all – to make it utterly bingeable. Happy Valley is another Netflix title that didn t release a new season in 2018, but will in 2019, making now a great time to binge.Where to Watch: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Netflix, YouTube, VuduCommitment: 12 hoursPicked by: Joel Meares, Editor-in-ChiefPose 98%What It Is: A look inside the underground ball scene in the 1980s, made famous by the documentary Paris Is Burning, in which competitors from various “houses” walk, dance, and/or perform in drag to win big trophies and bigger boosts social stature.Why You Should Watch It: That Pose is genuinely groundbreaking – it features a largely transgender cast, many of whom have not acted professionally before – was reason enough for many to tune in when the Ryan Murphy series premiered on FX in 2018. That it was genuinely thrilling, romantic, and ultimately moving was the reason most stayed on for all 10 episodes. Murphy’s series plays out like Fame at times, and like an episode of Drag Race at others. Which is to say there is as much new-to-New-York excitable pluckiness as there is shade being thrown around. The ball scenes are dynamically staged, with outrageous costumes (the pilot’s royalty-themed ball is a particular treat), and dangerous levels of fierceness. But what makes Pose something special are its softer moments, away from all that voguing. Moments like when Elektra, played by Dominque Jackson, who was a genuine house “mother” during the 1980s, grapples frankly with whether to undergo sexual reassignment surgery. Or when Billy Porter’s Pray, who hosts the ball nights, keeps bedside vigil for his ailing lover. Porter, nominated for a Golden Globe this year, is a series standout, along with Indya Moore, whose complex relationship with married boy from the ’burbs Stan (Evan Peters) will break your heart.Where to Watch: Amazon, Fandango Now, FX+, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, YouTubeCommitment: 10 hoursPicked by: Meares
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Are the Fast Furious movies critic-proof? Perhaps, but also: many critics love the Fast Furious movies. And going by the first wave of reviews of the latest installment, F9, there are more critics in favor of the property’s further push into ludicrous speed, especially with franchise favorite Justin Lin returning to direct the sequel. There are a few disappointing elements even for the die-hards, though, including the addition of John Cena to the Fast Furious family. But if you’re in the mood for more over-the-top action mixed with a silly, soapy scenario, you’ll be happy to take another ride with Vin Diesel and crew.Here’s what critics are saying about F9:How does F9 compare to the other Fast Furious films?Possibly the fastest and most furious yet. Germain Lussier, io9.comF9 takes The Fast and the Furious to the next level. Fred Topel, Showbiz Cheat SheetThis is, by FAR, the biggest, wildest, gravity-defying-iest Fast Furious installment yet. David Ehrlich, IndieWireF9 returns to the heights of Lin s best Fast Furious franchise films, combining big heart and bigger action while deepening its themes of family. Molly Freeman, Screen RantEven by the standards of a Fast Furious movie, F9 crams a dizzying amount of stuff into its 149-minute run time, and it tears through them at such head-spinning velocity that the dizziness becomes part of the pleasure. Angie Han, MashableA return to form for the series. At least up there with 6 if not close to touching the bombastic grandeur of Five. Kyle Anderson, NerdistIt’s far from a nadir for the brand, but sits comfortably in the bottom five when ranking the films. Eric Eisenberg, Cinema BlendThis latest installment suffers from the inevitable diminishing returns inherent when a franchise constantly tries to top itself. Tim Grierson, Screen International(Photo by ©Universal Pictures)How does it feel to have Justin Lin back in the driver s seat?F9 sees Lin return after two movies away, and I have to say, it’s really good to have him back. Kyle Anderson, NerdistAfter the empty soullessness of Fate of the Furious and the ribald nonsense of Hobbs and Shaw, F9 feels like Lin is pulling the franchise back on track. Hoai-Tran Bui, SlashfilmOnce again, Lin gets the job done not by slamming on the brakes, but rather by speeding things up to such a ridiculous extreme that the velocity starts to hold everything in place. David Ehrlich, IndieWireInstantly you know this film is in the hands of people who get this world. Germain Lussier, io9.comHow is the plot?F9 further pushes The Fast Saga into the realm of unapologetic soap opera, complete with long-lost siblings and ridiculously convoluted resurrections. Scott Mendelson, ForbesIt s simply the vehicle (pun intended) that loosely ties the various action scenes together. Molly Freeman, Screen RantI missed an exchange that explained a key plot point about what the main gizmo, that can destroy the world, even does and I didn’t care. It doesn’t matter. Mike Ryan, UproxxA good portion of the plot, scripted by Daniel Casey, feels cribbed from Furious 7 with some slight alterations It’s rarely a good sign when a franchise needs to go the route of digging up mysterious/long-lost relatives as tired plot devices. Eric Eisenberg, Cinema BlendToo much of what happens in F9 feels stuck in the past. Owen Gleiberman, VarietyLumbering along like a vehicle in need of a tune-up… with an A-to-B plot that’s as laughably lazy as it is simplistic. Jordan Raup, The Film StageThe jolly inventiveness of the action scenes only underlines how painfully corny the drama is by comparison. Tim Grierson, Screen InternationalRyan FujitaniWhat about the action?The effects and stunt teams all deserve gold stars. Alonso Duralde, The WrapA lot of the road stunts do look quite real, where I assume a lot of actual stunt work was done, as opposed to Dom fighting a CGI submarine. Mike Ryan, UproxxI appreciated a return to more primal car chases this time out after the over-the-top madness of Furious 6 (a tank!) and Furious 8 (a submarine!). Scott Mendelson, ForbesIt’s pretty damn enjoyable to watch a car swing around on a cable off of a cliff. Eric Eisenberg, Cinema BlendThere’s a fair share of wit on display as well, in particular during a couple of set pieces which make giddy good use of high-powered magnets. Tim Grierson, Screen InternationalOne scene toward the end [is] guaranteed to make your jaw drop at the gloriously brain-dead chutzpah of it all. David Ehrlich, IndieWireWhile the ideas in F9 s big third-act action scene are bigger than any other Fast Furious movie, the sequence itself doesn t feel quite as epic as past films. Molly Freeman, Screen RantThe movie also has a lot of hand-to-hand combat — too much of it, I would say — that happens aboard speeding vehicles. Owen Gleiberman, VarietyComes across as borrowed, not only from past iterations but other action films as well, with two separate Christopher Nolan set pieces coming to mind. Jordan Raup, The Film Stage(Photo by ©Universal Pictures)Do they really go to space?If seeing two wise-cracking dudes in bright yellow scuba suits rocketing into outer space in a Pontiac Fiero doesn’t sound the least bit appealing, then you’re probably not a fan of the Fast Furious franchise. Courtney Howard, Fresh FictionIt lives up to the hype and then some. Germain Lussier, io9.comWould you believe me if I said that aspect is one of the lesser ridiculous things to take place in this film? Aaron Neuwirth, We Live EntertainmentReally, the less said about that, the better. Suffice it to say that the car jumping from skyscraper to skyscraper to skyscraper in Furious 7 was a lot more fun. John DeFore, Hollywood ReporterYou might smile at the lunkheadedness of the whole enterprise — that is, if you’re feeling generous. Joshua Rothkopf, Empire MagazineDoes F9 ever go too far over the top?This is a movie that sling-shots so far past self-parody that it loops all the way back to something real. David Ehrlich, IndieWireF9 reaches heights of absurdity that break through into the transcendent. Angie Han, MashableThe most ludicrous and unwieldy of the films so far. It transcends parody… I might go so far as to say F9 is a comedy. Hoai-Tran Bui, SlashfilmPerhaps what’s most fascinating is the deeper intelligence mixed into the ridiculousness. Courtney Howard, Fresh FictionAs long as these movies keep their earnest, fun, ’90s action movie tone, there is no ridiculous plot point these movies could come up with I wouldn’t believe. Mike Ryan, UproxxFor a series with a main character who routinely urges his buddies to trust in math and physics because Numbers Don’t Lie, Fast really insults any viewer who feels the same way. John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter(Photo by ©Universal Pictures)Do the women get enough of the action?The women do get some of the better moments in the movie. Rodriguez is still quite a badass after 20 years, and even Dom’s sister, played by Jordana Brewster, gets more into the action than we’ve ever seen before. Edward Douglas, Below the LineWatching Michelle Rodriguez drive over landmines faster than they can explode beneath her motorcycle feels like snorting nitrous straight from the tank after a year of being forced to pretend that movies are even remotely the same at home. David Ehrlich, IndieWireThere s a positively delightful sequence that finally gets Helen Mirren s Queenie Shaw in the driver s seat of a chase scene. Molly Freeman, Screen RantThis is a movie about men and brothers and men and fathers and men and cars, and sisters can just jump to the back of the line, apparently. Alonso Duralde, The WrapHow is the addition of John Cena to the franchise?If there’s a piece that doesn’t fit, it’s Cena… As the brooding, bitter baby brother, he’s a glowering wet blanket, and no fun whatsoever. Alonso Duralde, The WrapA disappointing use of John Cena, who has to put a lid on all of his charisma so that he can seem like a relative of Vin Diesel’s. Eric Eisenberg, Cinema BlendThe charm Cena showed in Blockers and Trainwreck does not blip on the radar here, lest it interfere with Diesel’s signature, leaden acting style. John DeFore, Hollywood ReporterThe chemistry between Cena and Diesel is so non-existent that it’s almost impossible to buy into the central emotional (if that’s what you can call it) thrust of the movie. Hoai-Tran Bui, Slashfilm(Photo by ©Universal Pictures)What about the reappearance of Sung Kang s Han?Even in his brief scenes (Lin lovingly reintroduces the character in the coolest way possible), Kang reminds us of why Han was an instant fan-favorite — radiating charisma and likability. Hoai-Tran Bui, SlashfilmThe script hardly does him justice (Sung Kang is still the coolest, and manages to survive the human plot device he’s forced to bring with him). David Ehrlich, IndieWireWhile Sung Kang makes the most of his limited time onscreen (my audience cheered practically every time he appeared), it s hard not to expect more after all this time. Angie Han, MashableBringing Han back to life works as pure fan service, but it also undercuts the emotional impact of his passing. Eric Eisenberg, Cinema BlendSad to say but if all of Han’s story was cut, F9 would probably have been a more compact, tighter, faster-paced movie. Germain Lussier, io9.comIs there a lot of fan service?It has moments fans have always wanted to see, moments we never thought we’d see, action to spare, and dives deeper emotionally than any other installment. Germain Lussier, io9.comA lot of the movie feels crowdsourced, and that’s fine in a way. Give the fans what they want, and they’re the ones who demanded Letty be alive. Fred Topel, Showbiz Cheat SheetSome of this fan service ends up feeling forced, as does one action sequence that satisfies a desire many Fast And Furious aficionados have long harbored about where the sequels might go. Tim Grierson, Screen International(Photo by ©Universal Pictures)Does the franchise seem to be on the right path?There’s still plenty of gas in the tank of this franchise. Germain Lussier, io9.comThere’s assuredly plenty of gas left in the tank. Courtney Howard, Fresh FictionFor the first time in a long time it feels like it’s drifting in the right direction. David Ehrlich, IndieWireFast Furious 9 feels like a rejuvenation. Joshua Rothkopf, Empire MagazineAs fast and furious as F9 races along, it can’t quite outrun the impression that these films are losing some of their freshness. Tim Grierson, Screen InternationalThe series no longer has any dramatic stakes and no longer even pretends to adhere to the consequences of its onscreen stories. Scott Mendelson, ForbesThis humdrum antepenultimate adventure leaves one convinced those steering the series don’t have a firm grasp on where it’s heading. Jordan Raup, The Film StageI’m not 100% sure that even the most diehard fans will want much more of the Fast Saga with everything thrown at them in this one. Edward Douglas, Below the LineFast and Furious is clearly running on fumes and in desperate need of a pit stop, if not a full overhaul. James Marsh, South China Morning PostF9 releases in theaters on June 25, 2021.On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.
These 10 series are just the thing to bring you from winter to spring this March, whether you are craving wars between gods, unlikely romantic comedies, badly behaved rich folk, or the corrupt getting their due. Catch our monthly binge guide below.American Gods 77% (Starz)What it is: The gods are out to play — and out for blood — in this cult favorite series on Starz. Based on the fantasy novel of the same name by Neil Gaiman, American Gods follows recently released convict Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle), who’s employed by the mysterious Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane) as a bodyguard. Diving into a world of dark magic and gods new and old, it is soon revealed that Mr. Wednesday is on a mission to unite the Old Gods against the rise of the New. Why you should watch it: Few series are quite as engrossingly strange and ambitious as American Gods, and that’s what has us hooked. It s a timely commentary on the world we live in today but set against the backdrop of a dark and lurid fantasy epic. Season 2 premieres March 10. Where to watch it: Amazon, FandangoNow, Google Play, Hulu, Microsoft, VuduCommitment: Approx. 8 hoursCatastrophe 98% (Amazon Prime)What it is: Here’s a romantic comedy squarely for adults. Amazon’s very funny London-set Catastrophe shows what happens when a no-strings-attached week of sex between a visiting American businessman (Rob Delaney) and an Irish schoolteacher (Sharon Horgan) turns into an unexpected pregnancy, a move overseas, and a proposal. And that’s just in the first episode.Why you should watch it: Co-creators and stars Horgan and Delaney perfectly blend comedy and heart in their utterly original spin on the classic sitcom. Plus, their airtight scripts full of rat-a-tat-tat dialogue are about as joyously quippy and naturalistic as they come. (Judging from the pair’s famous Twitter accounts, that comes as little surprise.) And did we mention the late, great Carrie Fisher co-stars? The fourth and final season premieres March 15. Where to watch it: AmazonCommitment: About 8.5 hoursThe Good Fight 95% (CBS All Access)What it is: Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski) gets the leading lady treatment with CBS All Access’ hit spin-off of The Good Wife. Set one year after the events of that acclaimed series’ finale (and picking up on the morning of President Donald Trump’s inauguration), The Good Fight follows Lockhart after she’s forced out of her own firm and teams up with goddaughter Maia Rindell (Game of Thrones’ Rose Leslie) and The Good Wife s Lucca Quinn (Cush Jumbo).Why you should watch it: Sure, if you loved The Good Wife, you’ll love The Good Fight — but believe it or not, Baranski is even more astounding here and finds exciting new shades to the beloved Diane Lockhart. Season 3 premieres March 14.Where to watch it: Amazon, CBS All Access, FandangoNow, Google Play, Microsoft, VuduCommitment: Approx. 19.5 hoursQueer Eye 93% (Netflix)What it is: The early aughts’ hit, boundary-pushing reality series Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, gets a makeover of its own with this charming, three-time Emmy-winning reboot on Netflix. Why you should watch it: If any other series captured the world’s collective heart over the last year like Queer Eye did, we haven’t heard of it. Yes, its main hook lies in the fashionable, fabulous, and heartwarming makeovers the Queer Eye guys give Georgia men (and the occasional woman), but you’ll stick around for the playful banter and true, deep friendship between the main cast of industry experts. It all packs a surprisingly emotional punch, so stock up on tissues! Season 3 premieres March 15. Where to watch it: NetflixCommitment: Approx. 12 hoursBillions 89% (Showtime)What it is: Showtime’s Billions dramatizes the high-stakes world of Wall Street when Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti), a U.S. attorney, sets his sights on bringing down hedge fund manager Bobby Axelrod (Homeland s Damian Lewis) for insider trading and other illegal proclivities. Talk about one-percenters.Why you should watch it: Giamatti has built a career on playing the everyman, and here, he’s fighting for him. The actor s turn as the hard-hitting U.S. attorney would be reason alone to watch (scenes of surprise BDSM and all), but Billions also boasts a timely, engrossing premise and firecracker performances from Lewis, Maggie Siff, Condola Rashad, and a bevy of other supporters that meet Giamatti mark for mark. Season 4 premieres March 17.Where to watch it: Amazon, FandangoNow, Google Play, Hulu, VuduCommitment: Approx. 36 hoursJane The Virgin 100% (The CW)What it is: It comes as no surprise that a series as sprawling and ambitious as Jane the Virgin has taken on many forms over the last four seasons, but the family-driven hourlong series begins when Jane, the titular character, is accidentally artificially inseminated. Why you should watch it: More than just a star-making vehicle for the incomparable Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin is a dramedy like no other, rolling out bits of magical realism, vital cultural representation, female empowerment, and plenty of charm. It’s a series that wears its heart on its sleeve, and we can’t wait to see what its final installment has in store. Season 5 premieres March 27. Where to watch it: Amazon, FandangoNow, Google Play, Microsoft, Netflix, VuduCommitment: Approx. 57 hoursHappy! 84% (Syfy)What it is: A small-screen adaptation of Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson’s graphic novel of the same name, Happy! follows a crooked, alcoholic cop-turned-hitman Nick Sax (Christopher Meloni) who inexplicably begins seeing his kidnapped daughter’s imaginary friend: a blue winged horse named Happy (voiced by Patton Oswalt). Together, they set out on a mission to find a Santa-dressed kidnapper on-the-loose.Why you should watch it: “Happy” is one word for it, another is “weird.” Other words for it are “transporting,” or “hallucinogenic,” or “wild” — all meant in the best way. Unlike just about anything else on TV, Happy! demands your attention and promises a crazy ride. Season 2 premieres March 27. Where to watch it: Amazon, FandangoNow, Google Play, Microsoft, Netflix, VuduCommitment: Approx. 6 hoursSanta Clarita Diet 89% (Netflix)What it is: We’ve seen the modern-day American layperson satirized to no end on the small screen, but we’ve never seen them with zombies. That’s where Santa Clarita Diet comes in. Sheila (Drew Barrymore) and Joel Hammond (Timothy Olyphant) are happily married real-estate agents living in the titular Californian town when Sheila unexpectedly becomes a bloodthirsty, flesh-craving, card-carrying member of the living dead. Why you should watch it: Any excuse to watch Barrymore is A-OK in our book, but it’s even better when it’s a series as unique, fun, and — pardon the pun — biting as Santa Clarita Diet. Driven by its central mystery as much as it is its core cast of characters, it’s a suburban satire for all, not just fans of The Walking Dead. Season 3 premieres March 29. Where to watch it: NetflixCommitment: Approx. 10 hoursBarry 99% (HBO)What it is: Bill Hader stars as Barry Berman, a Midwestern hitman who, when traveling to Los Angeles for a job, unexpectedly takes an acting class and considers a career change.Why you should watch it: Henry Winkler is gifted the kind of late-career role that the Happy Days TV veteran has long deserved in washed-up acting coach Gene Cousineau. (And he’s got the Emmy to prove it!) That in itself is reason enough to tune into Barry, but then there s the title character himself. Hader has never been better as the hitman-turned-aspiring actor: circumstantially funny as a fish out of water, boasting leading-man gravitas as a morally torn hero, and even exuding an unexpected sex appeal as a kickass former Marine. Season 2 premieres March 31.Where to watch it: Amazon, FandangoNow, Google Play, HBO Now, VuduCommitment: Approx. 4 hoursVeep 93% (HBO)What it is: Selina Meyer is an anti-heroine for the ages as a former senator and now Vice President of the United States who curses like a sailor and handles the things her predecessor never bothered to attend to.Why you should watch it: There are few comedic performances as decorated as Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ turn in HBO and creator Armando Iannucci’s Veep (a record-tying five Emmy wins for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for the same role, to be exact). But still, she and the series seem to get better year after year. While Veep started out as a hilarious satire of the goings-on in our country’s capitol, it’s proven over the last few seasons to be more of a premonitory look at what’s to come in the West Wing — making it as relevant and darkly funny as ever. The seventh and final season premieres March 31. Where to watch it: Amazon, FandangoNow, Google Play, HBO Now, Microsoft, VuduCommitment: About 29 hoursThumbnail photo courtesy Patrick Ecclesine/CBS; Isabella Vosmikova/HBO; Jan Thijs/Starz/Fremantle
James Wan’s Aquaman may have started with the lowest opening ever in the DC Universe, but seven days later, it is looking more like Michael Phelps than some lowly dog paddler. The film is entering very exclusive territory this weekend just as two more December releases join the 0 million club by the time the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve. That makes 32 for 2018 with at least two more films still hoping to surpass last year’s (and 2014’s) total of 33 to become second only to 2013’s 35 0 million-plus films. That record may come up short, but Hollywood has shot past its previous ticket sales record (.37 billion in 2016) and is now eyeing a billion year at the box office.King of the Crop: Aquaman Joins Impressive Club of December Releases(Photo by Jasin Boland/ ™ & © DC Comics)After its first weekend, Aquaman was million behind Justice League. After weekend two it is now million ahead and climbing. How high? Quite actually. Because as of this Sunday, Wan’s film is now the sixth highest grossing December release after 10 days, behind five little films: Star Wars trio The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, and Rogue One, as well as Avatar and Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. All seven December films to have made 0 million by this point have reached the 0 million mark, and Aquaman is million ahead of The Two Towers. Peter Jackson’s film opened on a Wednesday, so that pace will tighten over the next couple of days. But Return of the King made .8 million in its second weekend and ended with 9.7 million. Aquaman grossed .5 million and is likely looking at a final gross in that vicinity, which would surpass both Suicide Squad and Batman v Superman for second highest grossing feature film in the DC Universe behind Wonder Woman. With 8 million worldwide, it is the seventh highest grossing film of 2018 and will be passing Mission: Impossible – Fallout and Venom soon with its eye then on a billion dollars.Fresh Surprise: WWI Documentary Out-Performs New Releases(Photo by Warner Bros. Pictures)Speaking of Peter Jackson, his WWI 3D documentary, They Shall Not Grow Old, has become one of the top-grossing documentaries of the year. After just two nights. Fathom Events held special single-night screenings on December 17, when it broke the company’s record with .3 million, and then again this past Thursday, when it broke it again with another .37 million. That was more than this week’s openers, Holmes Watson and Vice, grossed on Thursday with a full day of screenings. With .7 million in two nights it has made nearly as much as partisan documentaries, Death of a Nation (with a 0% Tomatometer score) from pardoned felon Dinesh D’Souza (.88 million) and Michael Moore’s Fahrehheit 11/9 (.35 million). Warner Bros. will open the film in a few cities on January 11, and you can expect it to rise from the seventh highest grossing documentary of 2018 into the top five – and maybe even higher.Rotten Returns: Holmes Watson (aka the Anti-Aquaman)(Photo by Columbia Pictures)Holmes Watson opened in theaters without being screened for critics. Hey, Disney did the same thing for Christmas opener, Tombstone, back in the day, too. How bad could it be? Well, it is currently just the third wide-release of the year to score lower than 10% on the Tomatometer after Slender Man and Death of a Nation’s golden doughnut of 0%. That is where Holmes was with its initial set of reviews, but folks were already in the midst of paying good money to see it on Christmas Day. Around .4 million and 24 hours later, some were already calling it a “commercial flop” on Twitter despite the fact that only four of 23 films to open on Christmas to more than million failed to reach million.That still would not have been enough to cover its million budget in domestic dollars, but it’s not like it was Mortal Engines or Welcome to Marwen this month; however, Holmes Watson’s audience numbers have been scaling down to its current Rotten Tomatoes score of 9%. Though .7 million after its first six days still has it pacing for somewhere between -60 million, its numbers are diminishing at the pace of Aliens Vs. Predator – Requiem, which finished with just .7 million after it opened on Christmas. So it will depend on international audiences to determine whether the film is “a commercial flop” or not.The Top Ten and Beyond: Poppins Bumblebee To Join 0 Million Club Soon(Photo by Walt Disney Studios)Mary Poppins Returns just missed becoming the 26th film opening in December to reach 0 million in its first 12 days; though it will do so on New Year’s Eve. Of the films in its 12-day company that had between million to 7 million at this point, Poppins’ -million weekend is second only to Daddy’s Home’s .2 million. (Poppins is likely to fly past Daddy’s Home’s 0 million.) The next crop of films above them (sans Marley Me) are all 0 million grossers. So as long as Rob Marshall’s film maintains its current pace it should rise high enough to be one of the three highest grossing films of the season.Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse did join the 0 million club this weekend. At 3.6 million it is in the company of Catch Me If You Can, Les Miserables (2012), Into the Woods, True Grit (2010), and Unbroken, but its third weekend of .3 million surpasses all of theirs, suggesting the film is headed for north of 0 million — an estimate that could continue to rise with the word-of-mouth it is receiving.Bumblebee, with another million this weekend, is also headed for 0 million like every other film from December to have million after 10 days. Clint Eastwood’s The Mule, on the other hand, took 17 days to hit the million mark, but it is not out of the running to become the 34th film of 2018 to reach 0 million. For a film that needs around 0 million to break even, million seems to be the worst-case domestic scenario at this moment. As it is pretty closely aligned with the 0.7 million–grossing The Pelican Brief, there is still a possibility this will be Clint’s sixth film as a director to reach that height.While Holmes and Watson was grossing .4 million on Christmas Day, Adam McKay’s award hopeful, Vice, was gathering up .7 million and a 64% score on the Tomatometer. It has made million in its first six days and eyes somewhere around million final domestic gross, but is already Annapurna’s highest grossing film to date surpassing this summer’s Sundance pickup, Sorry To Bother You. Ralph Breaks the Internet has fallen behind the pace of last year’s Coco, but is still million ahead of Tangled, which keeps 0 million very much in the picture. It only takes Ralph and Poppins to break the single-year record of most films to reach the milestone in any year. A 0 million final gross may be out of reach for Illumination’s The Grinch, but its 6 million makes it undoubtedly one of the biggest hits of the season, even while it could end up being the company’s third-lowest grossing film to date; albeit one with still over 0 million in profit.Beyond the Top Ten you will find both The Favourite (.2 million) and Mary Queen of Scots ( million) doing decent business in less than 850 theaters each. Both continue to do better than Robert Zemeckis’ Welcome to Marwen, which has grossed .7 million. There are still seven films this year further in the red than Marwen (including Ralph Breaks the Internet), though it is still little comfort being among the 10 biggest financial losers of 2018.In further limited release news, we have the three best per-theater-averages of the week: The Ruth Bader Ginsburg drama, On the Basis of Sex (74%) averaged ,909 this weekend and has made .5 million in 33 theaters since Christmas. Destroyer (76%) has been in three theaters since Christmas and has made 5,661. It averaged ,491 this weekend. Then there is Stan Ollie (89%), which opened on Friday in five theaters, averaging ,935 for a total of ,674. Aquaman had the fourth best average with ,497, and Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk was fifth, adding 60 theaters (for a total of 65). It averaged ,686 and has grossed nearly million.This Time Last Year: The Last Jedi Held Off Jumanji for the Last Time(Photo by Walt Disney Pictures)Star Wars: The Last Jedi maintained the top spot for a third straight week (and passed the 0 million mark), though Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle closed the gap with a .5 million-to- million showdown. Christmas day openers, All the Money in the World and Molly’s Game made .7 million and .3 million, respectively, in their first full week of release. Steven Spielberg’s The Post and Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread led the per-theater-average list with ,342 (nine theaters) and ,124 (four theaters). The Top Ten films grossed a total of 3.3 million over the weekend, which included New Year’s Eve, and they averaged 65.1% on the Tomatometer. This year’s Top Ten grossed 3.1 million and averaged 65.6%.On the Vine: There Is No Escape From Horror in 2019(Photo by Columbia Pictures)The new year kicks off with horror about domains from which there appears to be no safe room, though do not expect to see a Tomatometer score for either until later in the week. The PG-13 Escape Room with Taylor Russell, Deborah Ann Woll, and Tyler Labine should get a score just before it opens. Then Eli, from the director of Sinister II, will get reviews from critics brave enough to check out the tale of a boy with auto-immune issues stuck in a dangerous home when it opens on Friday.The Full Top 10: December 28-30Aquaman .5 million (8.7 million total)Mary Poppins Returns .0 million (.9 million total)Bumblebee – .5 mi
Everyone is talking about Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom for one reason above all: the Netflix Original features the final performance by Chadwick Boseman, who shockingly died of cancer over the summer. And as the first reviews arrive for the biographical drama, based on August Wilson’s 1982 play of the same name, Boseman continues to receive the majority of attention, mostly in the form of praise for his last work. But there are other reasons to look forward to the movie, including Viola Davis’ performance as the titular “Mother of the Blues” as well as Wilson’s powerful writing and some unforgettable moments as directed by George C. Wolfe.Here’s what critics are saying about Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom:Let’s get right to it: How is Boseman’s final performance?Boseman is a revelation. Fionnuala Halligan, Screen InternationalOn a whole other level here… Watching him in this film is an absolutely hypnotic experience. Joey Magidson, Awards RadarBoseman’s performance really is the stuff of acting legend…[he] will make you feel like screen actors rarely are able to do. J. Don Birnam, Splash ReportThe confidence and composure of the icons he has played before has melted away into a kind of nervous insecurity we’ve never seen in the actor. Peter Debruge, VarietyThere are times where you have to remind yourself to breathe watching his performance. Matt Goldberg, ColliderMa Rainey is a hilarious film, and Boseman, through his coy smile, and displaying his full range, is equally hilarious in it. Robert Daniels, IGN MoviesWhat a glorious performance to go out on. Peter Bradshaw, GuardianIt’s no stretch to say his last performance may be his finest. Odie Henderson, RogerEbert.com(Photo by David Lee/Netflix)Does Boseman’s death cast a shadow over the achievement?We should have been just getting started with him. Sadly, this will have to stand as the crowning performance of his career. Joey Magidson, Awards RadarChadwick Boseman s astonishingly dynamic and charismatic performance reminds us of a promising future that can no longer come to pass. I can hardly think of a more fitting final act for his career than this. Shane Slater, Film ActuallyIt’s an Oscar-worthy performance in what should have been a long career filled with Oscars. Matt Goldberg, ColliderMa Rainey’s Black Bottom is such a difficult movie to watch. While watching, it’s impossible not to face facts: this is it… turns out Boseman did have one last gift for us. Mike Ryan, UproxxBoseman would cast a huge shadow over the film even if he hadn’t tragically passed away earlier this year at the age of 43. Alonso Duralde, The WrapEven if Boseman were alive, his name would still certainly be on the shortlist for an Oscar nomination. Gabriella Geisinger, Digital SpyHow is Viola Davis?Davis as the titular Ma Rainey gives one of the performances of her career. Gabriella Geisinger, Digital SpyIt is one of the best performances of Davis’ career — a career already filled with many such depictions. J. Don Birnam, Splash ReportThe most engrossing, inspired transformation of her career. Eric Kohn, IndieWireHer performance is both otherworldly and all too human. Oliver Jones, ObserverIt’s a delectably grand performance. Odie Henderson, RogerEbert.comAs Ma Rainey, Davis confirms how wide-ranging her talent is. Fionnuala Halligan, Screen InternationalRyan FujitaniIs the rest of the cast good?The supporting cast deserves acclaim for their work. Matt Goldberg, ColliderWhile Boseman and Davis are the stars, don’t sleep on Colman Domingo and Glynn Turman, who are excellent in their supporting parts. Joey Magidson, Awards RadarDomingo gives the character a quiet authority that is essential to the band dynamic and elevates not just Boseman but Davis performance as well. Jason Guerrasio, InsiderMuch will be made of Boseman and Davis’ work here, but Turman’s excellent work is also worthy of notice. Odie Henderson, RogerEbert.comThe great Glynn Turman. This is the supporting performance that will get the awards attention… This is Turman’s moment even more than it is Boseman’s. Roger Friedman, Showbiz 411How is the film as an adaptation?You can feel the full force of Wilson’s play barrel down from the stage and into your living room. Oliver Jones, ObserverThis Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom feels not just adapted but accelerated, as if it were racing to meet the deadline its own characters keep putting off. Justin Chang, Los Angeles TimesRuben Santiago-Hudson, who adapted the play for the screen, honors Wilson’s eloquent and vernacular dialogue, which includes moments of wit. Caryn James, BBC.comTaking a play and turning it into a film has inherent challenges… The ability it shows to overcome that potential challenge makes it a superior work to the already well done Fences. Joey Magidson, Awards RadarWolfe and screenwriter Ruben Santiago-Hudson have put the play into the movie, rather than vice versa. Eric Kohn, IndieWire(Photo by David Lee/Netflix)Does it transcend its stage play origins?Ma Rainey feels fresh as a film. Fionnuala Halligan, Screen InternationalWhile you can feel the stage origins, over time, that stuff kind of dissipates when the performances are so good. Matt Goldberg, ColliderThere is a static quality to some of the back and forth, but… the contained staginess of the movie comes off as welcome, intimate and, in the hands of these boldly empathetic performers, quite thrilling. Oliver Jones, Observer[Santiago-Hudson] and Wolfe do what they can to open up the play but the movie still remains, in a good way, stagey. There’s no way around it. Roger Friedman, Showbiz 411The characters move through space as if they were blocked for the stage, and it s slightly distracting to watch. Gabriella Geisinger, Digital SpyWilson’s dialogue is very written sounding, very theatrical, and it almost feels like the entire ensemble are acting on a podium rather than attempting to deliver a legitimate feature film. Jordan Ruimy, World of ReelHow does the film look?Right away, it was hard not to notice how striking the imagery of this film is throughout. Aaron Neuwirth, We Live EntertainmentTobias Schilesser, who typically shoots action or showy movies alongside the likes of Peter Berg and Bill Condon, delivers a radiant cinematography. J. Don Birnam, Splash ReportTobias A. Schliesser’s vibrant cinematography works wonders in up close, but has a flatter quality in some of the interstitial moments between the big set pieces. Eric Kohn, IndieWire(Photo by David Lee/Netflix)Are there any criticisms?Despite being the titular character, Ma Rainey doesn’t feel like the protagonist, which is disappointing given that this film provides a rare look into Black American queer history. Flora Spencer Grant, Little White LiesThe film lacks a definitive center to ground its strengths… [It] gets so caught up in its busy dialogue-driven sequences that the purpose behind them can often feel quite thin. Matt Conway, Battle Royale With CheeseThe film sometimes fails to keep your attention, to keep you engaged in the act of watching. Gabriella Geisinger, Digital SpyDoes it feel timely?Even though Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is set over 90 years ago, it feels unsettlingly timely in the way that all historical films which deal with racism will until these issues are meaningfully addressed. Flora Spencer Grant, Little White LiesIt’s a story of Black lives and Black music in the early 20th century that has lost little of its significance in the 21st. Justin Chang, Los Angeles TimesNavigating an entertainment system that’s rigged against people of colour, ownership over one’s art, and knowing your worth are all things that Black artists still grapple with today. Amon Warmann, Empire Magazine(Photo by David Lee/Netflix)How is the ending?Wilson does not write happy plays, and this one ends on a note that sounds like the weary sigh on a sad trombone. Peter Debruge, VarietyIf you feel a sorrowful pit in your stomach at the conclusion of the proceedings, you will have Boseman’s characterization of Wilson’s heartbreaking character to thank for it. J. Don Birnam, Splash ReportThe climactic act of violence has been staged in oddly stilted terms, though the emotion resonates because of its wider context… [It’s] one of the great cinematic moments of the year. Eric Kohn, IndieWireMa Rainey s Black Bottom premieres on Netflix on Friday, December 18, 2020.On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News. The Role: Ma Rainey, the Mother of the Blues and leader of her band. The groundbreaking musician and LGBTQ icon was once dubbed the ugliest woman in show business, and with the aid of false teeth, horsehair wigs, elaborate gowns, and a fat suit, Oscar winner Viola Davis gave life to the woman whose voice would have hundreds queuing up for hours just hear her croon or catch a glimpse of her on stage. Davis embodied not just Rainey s presence on stage but also her steadfast determination not to allow anyone to diminish or dismiss her worth.The Odds: Currently, there isn t a clear frontrunner for Best Actress. Andra Day won the Golden Globe, Carey Mulligan took home the Critics Choice, and Frances McDormand won the BAFTA, but we are giving Viola Davis win at the SAG Awards the most weight and believe she will be our likely winner. This is fitting as her pedigree and previous Oscar nomination warrant it, and her only win was for a Supporting Role; she is more than overdue to win for a lead turn.Andra Day
百人牛牛娱乐棋牌 Joel Meares for Rotten Tomatoes: I’ve always found the setup for the Boss Baby movies totally surreal – this corporation run by babies – so when I knew you were in the second one, I thought, That makes perfect sense. Because you’ve sort of mastered the corner of surreal comedy in your work. It was such a perfect fit. I’m wondering, what was your reaction to the first movie and this bizarre concept about where babies come from? Amy Sedaris: I know! I remember watching it with my god kids, before I did Boss Baby 2, back in the day, but I don t think I th