Aquatic horror is a bit of an underseen sub-genre, but Neasa Hardiman’s Sea Fever shows why we should still be afraid of what lies beneath, as a bizarre creature sneaks on board a trawler on the high seas. This film will remind audiences of such classics as Alien and The Thing while offering a new voice to the creature feature, with an engrossing tale that challenges your assumptions of the unknown. “Sea Fever is a nightmare you can’t take your eyes off of and can’t stop thinking about after it wraps up,” wrote Collider’s critic Perri Nemiroff. () Right after the theatrical release of The Hunt was cancelled, TIFF presented us with an alternative to the Most Dangerous Game sub-genre, one that combines socio-political commentary with sci-fi and horror elements. RogerEbert.com’s Brian Tallerico described Bacarau, which also played the Cannes Film Festival, as “a crazy genre hybrid that exudes the confidence of the people who made it.” The premise is simple: In a near-future Brazilian village where citizens are sold as prey to bloodthirsty foreign hunter (led by cult-cinema legend Udo Kier), a resistance forms in an all-out war that allows the filmmakers to blend genres and blows minds. Psychotropic drugs are involved.Gundala (2019) 83% What if we were to tell you that the next big superhero cinematic universe wasn’t going to be based on American superheroes, but on Indonesian comic books? Writer-director Joko Anwar unleashed a different kind of superhero on the Midnight Madness crowds of Toronto with Gundala, a superhero origin film that infuses standard tropes of the genre with Indonesian legends and martial art fights that will make you cheer. That Shelf critic Victor Stiff says, “From beginning to end, Gundala delivers fast and furious action and rarely stops to take its foot off the gas.”Knives Out (2019) 97% (Photo by Lionsgate)One of the biggest surprises of TIFF was how universally liked Rian Johnson’s murder-mystery Knives Out turned out to be. The star-studded ensemble not only lets Chris Evans play a despicable character fresh off of hanging up the Captain America shield, but spoofs the classic whodunnit genre. What starts as a simple mystery of the murder of a crime novelist evolves into a laugh-out-loud puzzle-box comedy that will keep your mind spinning as you try to figure out what comes next. David Ehrlich writes for IndieWire: “A crackling, devious, and hugely satisfying old-school whodunnit with a modern twist ”. Lionsgate will release Knives Out on Thanksgiving.The Vigil (2019) 90% (Photo by BoulderLight Pictures)The demonic possession genre has long been associated with bibles and priests, but Keith Thomas’s debut feature, The Vigil, takes the genre and roots it in Jewish mythology making for a novel and terrifying horror film. Breakout performer Dave Davis stars as Jakov, a young man abandoning his Orthodox community to embrace the secular life, who finds himself working as a shomer, watching over the body of a recently deceased member of the community who is haunted by an evil presence. The Hollywood Reporter’s Jordan Mintzer writes, “What works is how Thomas transforms Orthodox culture into gory material for a slightly elevated horror flick, with Yakov ultimately turning to Hebrew prayer as his only way out of hell.”The Vast of Night (2019) 92% A throwback to not only the classic sci-fi TV shows of the 50s, like The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits, but also a time when we were still fascinated with the idea of the future and the wonders it could bring, Andrew Patterson’s debut feature The Vast of Night follows two young people seeking the source of a mysterious sound invading their local radio station in a town in New Mexico. TV Guide’s Oliver Whitney writes that the film is “like an old school radio play that fuses the slow-building paranoia of The Twilight Zone and chilling awe and extraterrestrial sightings of Close Encounters of the Third Kind.” This nostalgic sci-fi thriller was picked up by Amazon just before the film’s premiere at TIFF.Synchronic (2019) 79% (Photo by Rustic Films )Filmmaking duo Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead have made a career out of blending different genres to create something entirely new, while also providing emotional stories stuffed with characters we connect with – their 2018 flick, The Endless, is Certified Fresh at 93%. This time they got Anthony Mackie and Jamie Dornan together to play the two friends at the core of a time-bending crime thriller involving two paramedics that get their lives turned upside down by a series of crimes involving a mysterious synthetic drug that lets you experience new realities. Synchronic is the duo’s most dramatic and emotional work yet, but it still delivers a fun and exhilarating experience. Writing for The Playlist, critic Jason Bailey says, “Synchronic can best be described as egghead indie sci-fi, in which the ideas are as exciting as the effects.” This is a sci-fi thriller that will stick with you long after you leave the theater.La llorona (2019) 96% Unlike that other film about the Latin American horror myth, Jayro Bustamante’s La Llorona is 100% rooted in Latin American history and culture, which adds an extra layer of horror to this already chilling tale of an aging general accused of genocide who starts seeing visions of a terrifying ghost haunting his estate. Bustamante blends utilizes stylized cinematography and effective scares that make this the surprise horror hit of the festival. Critic Carlos Aguilar writes for The Wrap that La Llorona is “a purposefully somber cry for amends and acknowledgement permeated in phantasmagoric allure.” This is the type of genre film that proves you can have a strong message while still delivering entertaining thrills and scares.The Platform (2019) 79% Imagine a prison where the cells are vertically stacked, and the only food given to prisoners is lowered down from the highest levels – feeding those on the upper cells but leaving those below violently starving. Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia’s The Platform combines poignant and relevant social commentary about the distribution of wealth and the difficulties of convincing people to do good, with the nasty, wicked horrors of Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer. Writing for Slashfilm, critic Meredith Borders says, “Starvation, cannibalism, heinous violence and no small amount of feces aside, The Platform makes spending time in The Pit a pretty intriguing enterprise.” This is a movie that is as grotesque and shocking as it is surprisingly funny. Netflix will release The Platform at a later date.Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week. 这款手游爆火之后，也是迅速登顶了手游排行榜第一位，不少平台也是纷纷开始召集大神主播，虎牙平台的风小团就是其中的代表之一。风小团作为《哈利波特》手游世界榜前五的玩家，一直以来都受到广大玩家的肯定，他在这款手游上花费大量的时间去研究卡组，也是有着自己独特的游戏理解，并且他因为性格好，直播间环境也是非常和谐，不少玩家也都喜欢把他和其他主播一起组成CP，对此风小团也是不拒绝，由此也能看出他不仅是游戏玩得好，还非常的宠粉。
(Photo by Motion Picture Artwork © 2019 STX Financing, LLC. All Rights Reserved.)In a year in which franchises and reboots are dominating more than ever – and some are sounding the death knell for the traditional mid-budget drama and comedy – Hustlers is looking to buck a trend. It is one of the year s few movies without a 2 at the end of its title (or a 3 or 4, or a colon somewhere in the middle) to be generating serious box office buzz. Much of that has to do with the cast, which puts A-list star power via Jennifer Lopez alongside fresh-off-a-mega-hit It Girl Constance Wu, and peppers in some crowd-drawing names from the music world, with Cardi B and Lizzo along for the ride. And it has to do with the allure of the Hustlers story, a crime caper about a group of strippers who found a smart – and entertaining – way to swindle rich Wall Street types at the time that those same types were crashing the global economy.Directed by Lorene Scafaria (Nick and Nora s Infinite Playlist), Hustlers has sex, violence, money, great dancing, a killer soundtrack, and puts a very high heel on the neck of the 99%. Many are predicting it to be one of 2019 s first genuine surprise hits; the movie s rapturous reception at the Toronto International Film Festival has done nothing to dampen that expectation. A big success would be familiar territory for Wu, who made her first major studio picture last year playing Rachel Chu in the biggest surprise hit of 2018, Crazy Rich Asians. The star of ABC s Fresh Off the Boat – she assures us, unprompted, that she loves the show as much as we do and is happy to be returning to it – says Hustlers has another ingredient that crowds who show up on opening day might be surprised to see: a huge amount of heart. And that s something that may make this Goodfellas-style story of a group of women doing what it takes to get by even bigger than some are expecting.Joel Meares for Rotten Tomatoes: I think a few people who go to this movie are going to be surprised that while Hustlers is about exotic dancers and is set in a strip club, it’s really about relationships – mothers, friends. Do you think people are going to expect that?Constance Wu: Yeah, I completely think that people are not going to expect it. I mean, for me, at the end of the day, this movie is really about friendship, a friendship between these two women [Wu’s Destiny and Jennifer Lopez’s Ramona]. Destiny thinks of Ramona as like an aspiration, a friend and a mentor. And Destiny s own mother abandoned her when she was little. So in that sense, Destiny has been seeking somebody like Ramona her whole life. I really think that that s kind of the story of the movie. It s not about stripping, it s not about robbing men. It s not about who s a hero, who s the villain. Because nobody s truly a hero or a villain. These girls did bad things and men did bad things. We re all just complex human beings. We go a little deeper than just the externals of what everybody thinks a strip club is.(Photo by Motion Picture Artwork © 2019 STX Financing, LLC. All Rights Reserved.)There have been a few high-profile movies that take place within the stripping world, but this seems to be the biggest high-profile one directed and written by a woman, and I think that really shines through. Was working with Lorene and having a female filmmaker overseeing this project one of the draws for you?Oh, for sure. Lorene and I instantly clicked. And I think it was important to have her lens on this movie and her pen, computer – her writing on it! And even Jessica Pressler, the woman who wrote the source material, which was the New York magazine article, to have her point of view. And then the fact that the New York magazine article was written from the perspective of Roselyn Keo, an Asian-American woman. It was really, from start to finish, a project that was centered around women and it was by and about women and told through the point of view of an Asian-American woman. That is really rare actually.My acting coach at one point commented, and he said, like, Hey, how come there are no men of substance in this movie? The men are just, like, there. And I was like, Yeah. And it doesn t mean we don t love men. Obviously, men have got great stories. But I said to my acting coach, Oh yeah, because it was not about them.” But that happens with women a lot, too. There are a lot of movies where the women are just there to be a prop, or they re just there to serve the story and not to have their own story. And the fact that it was so unusual that my acting coach had to pay attention, like, noticed it – that says something not about our movie but about our culture and the lack of this type of story and these types of roles.(Photo by Motion Picture Artwork © 2019 STX Financing, LLC. All Rights Reserved.)You mentioned it s about friendship and that really is the heart of it. And it seems so genuine, this bond that these women have, in particular that you and Jennifer/ Destiny and Ramona have. What did you guys do to establish that chemistry, because it sort of rang off the screen as so authentic.I think, at least from my perspective, I just really love and admire Jen so much, like naturally. And the more I got to know her, the more I just truly loved her. Because yeah, Jen is an icon, but when you get to know her, she s really down to earth. She has her sister on set with her, her kids come sometimes, her mom s there. She is a family person, and we just talked like girls. We just really enjoyed each other as people. It s interesting, because everyone s like, Oh how did you develop this chemistry? It s not like we did speed dating or something; it was like any friendship. It was a natural evolution from time spent with somebody that you love and admire. And also, Jen, by nature, is a very caring person, and this is only my second studio movie ever that I ve ever done, and she s done so many. So somebody like that really caring about me and nurturing me and just wanting to do whatever she could to make me feel comfortable, it meant a lot to me.Was there anything that you were surprised to discover that you had in common with Jennifer Lopez when you got to know her?Yeah. We were talking about some of our high school boyfriends. We had similar kinds of stories about that.The other thing that comes through when watching is how much fun some of the scenes in this movie must have been to shoot. I m thinking specifically about the Christmas morning party and the scene where all the girls get on stage together when a major celeb comes into the club. The Christmas scene was really fun just because we all love each other on that set, and we were just free and silly and whatever. And then also the Cardi and Jennifer pole dancing and lap dancing scene is so fun because we were improvising. The [celebrity] scene… it was super fun, but to be honest, physically it was a little hard to keep your balance on the stage with so many bodies around you. A lot of that scene, it was super fun, but a lot of it I m thinking like, Don t fall over, don t fall over. And there are takes, which obviously they didn t use, where I fell over because of those heels!(Photo by Motion Picture Artwork © 2019 STX Financing, LLC. All Rights Reserved.)Those heels are amazing. Was it intimidating to perform not just with J-Lo, who s known for her dance background, but also with so many of the others who had significant dancing experience?I don t know if scary is the right word for it, necessarily. It was really inspiring how good Jen was. Like in that scene where she dances to “Criminal,” I just wanted to stand up and cheer. It was just so amazing. But I will say that I was very relieved that my character was not supposed to be super great at dancing. So that kind of let me off the hook, in a way. Because Jen s character teaches Destiny how to get better at dancing. It works for the character is what I would say, and it was just inspiring to be able to work with women who had dance training and are incredible athletes.We said people might be surprised when they come into this movie: What do you want them to leave with?I want people to leave this movie caring about these characters and caring about them as people, as friends, and as women who are trying to make the best of a world that hasn t always been fair to them, and they re still figuring it out. Empathy and care is what I hope people get out of it. And fun I want people to laugh.Hustlers is in theaters September 13, 2019.亚博app手机下载What Men Want (2019) 41% Generally speaking, romantic comedies are so formulaic that it usually takes something really out of the ordinary to stand out. Back in 2001, Nancy Meyers achieved great box office success less so with critics with the high-concept comedy What Women Want, which explored what would happen if an egocentric man were suddenly gifted with the ability to read the minds of women. That movie also benefited from a talented cast that included Helent Hunt, Marisa Tomei, Alan Alda, and a pre-controversy Mel Gibson. Fast forward to 2019, and we now have a gender-swapped version of the tale starring Taraji P. Henson as a female sports agent who, suddenly able to read men s thoughts, uses her newfound power to rise in her career and learn a few lessons about the opposite sex. Critics so far have responded to What Men Want about the same as they did to the original film, saying that its leads and lighthearted story are l
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ys. “Whenever I take on any character, I go through hours and hours of research before I even hit a rehearsal or a set. I can show you notebooks of every decision I ve made about William s backstory: What he likes to eat, how he sleeps, what s his sign, how does he like sex, how often does he have it, does he have it? I make every decision for every single character.” Cabrini-Green itself was also crucial to his performance. The film was shot largely on location, and seeing the boarded-up windows, the patchwork of weeds and broken fences, you can almost feel the living memory of police brutality, trauma, and death. “From the moment I stepped on that soil, there s something about abandoned buildings, and filming in these abandoned spaces – there are ghosts there,” he explains. “Especially if you know the history of the Cabrini-Green projects and the people who inhabited it. You know this land is now being gentrified because it s actually the most auspicious land in the city. It was once redlined to be just for disenfranchised people of color. You re looking at America when you re standing there.”With experience as a playwright (penning SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical, Lights Out: Nat King Cole, and more), Domingo has plans to adapt his plays into shorts and feature-length films. “I have one piece that I ve been quietly working on in animation that hopefully I ll talk about soon,” he reveals, along with plans for directing. “I’ve just agreed to be a part of an experience playing a legend. I won t tell you who, but he s a musical legend. That is one of my greatest inspirations.” For now, he hopes Candyman, which taps the chords of gentrification, Black Lives Matter, and the valuation of Black-made art, becomes a driver for important and urgent conversations. “After all, [the movie] is entertainment, but it s not the entertainment where you can just walk out, go get your car keys, and head home. You want to unpack so many things. It s going to be like a great album. You may not understand every song, but some songs are going to hit hard, and you won t be able to get them out of your mind.”Candyman is in theaters from Friday, August 28, 2021. On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.
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5.27.5 9月喜迎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.
Amazon Prime Video is restocking big time in the month of June. The latest movies, new Amazon Original series, and other new releases coming to the streaming giant include movies Knives Out, Crawl, and Child s Play, as well as season 1 of Amazon Original series El Presidente and Amazon Original special Gina Brillon: The Floor Is Lava. Read on if you re looking for a worthy binge, starting with a few titles to look out for at the top.HIGHLIGHTS
(Photo by Merrick Morton/HBO)Fans of Perry Mason the character may find themselves confused by the first few episodes of Perry Mason, the new HBO limited series. The gritty new show is less a “reboot,” or even a “re-imagining,” than a total overhaul of the character created by author Erle Stanley Gardner and immortalized on the small screen by Raymond Burr in the 1950s-60s TV series and later TV films. The famously sharp criminal defense lawyer isn’t even a lawyer as the HBO series opens in L.A. in 1931; instead, played by Emmy winner Matthew Rhys, he is a private investigator more comfortable sneaking into Hollywood starlets’ homes to snap scandalous photographs than he is in a courtroom.HBO’s Mason will eventually suit up and stand before the jury as the series progresses, but even then, this Mason is a different beast. Where the lawyer of the novels and beloved TV show was a mostly blank slate, Rhys’s Mason is a WWI veteran struggling with a crisis of faith, a battle to hold onto his family’s farm, and a drinking problem. (The series is set during the tail-end of Prohibition, but no one is adhering to the laws of the day.) Rhys, who joined the project after co-executive producer Robert Downey Jr. pulled out of the lead role, says it’s these “cracks” in the character that drew him in. “Life serves up plenty of cracks,” Rhys told Rotten Tomatoes, “and that’s where my interest certainly lies.”While the new series may not look much like a traditional Perry Mason series, it does bear the signatures of a traditional HBO prestige drama. It is a single serialized story, lavishly produced, and packed with scene-stealing performances from some big names: Rhys is already earning acclaim as the brooding P.I.-cum-lawyer; John Lithgow shines as his boss and mentor; and Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany plays evangelical preacher – and potential heretic – Sister Alice, whose church becomes increasingly entwined with the series’ central case of a mother being tried for the kidnapping and murder of her baby boy.Gotham standout Chris Chalk is on hand too as a reimagined Paul Drake, a P.I. in the novels, here a Black beat cop torn between his loyalty to a corrupt institution that both employs and spurns him, and Mason’s pursuit of true justice. Chalk’s character and plotline, navigating racism both explicit and systemic – almost 100 years ago – feels disarmingly relevant as the series premieres to a nation protesting police brutality against Black Americans.Ahead of the series’ first episode, Rhys spoke with Rotten Tomatoes about the connection between Perry Mason and the moment we’re in, why “HBO-ifying” the famous lawyer was the best approach for a modern reboot, and whether he would ever return to the role that won him an Emmy, Russian spy Phillip Jennings on FX s The Americans.Joel Meares for Rotten Tomatoes: I was reading an interview you gave the New York Times where you had said that your first reaction to hearing that they were rebooting Perry Mason was: Oh God, why? Can you talk a little bit about that reaction, and tell us what it was that changed your mind?Matthew Rhys: Yeah, it s a relatively simple answer in that I got this message from my agent saying, I want to talk to you about a remake of Perry Mason. And then I thought, God, why do you want to remake Perry Mason? [I was] thinking it would just be some generic, weekly, case-solved, man-in-a-good-suit… not much depth was my imagining of it. You know what I mean? All great justice, or a servant of justice, et cetera. Then when he got back to me, he said, Actually HBO want to make it,” and I went Oh, it s not going to be a remake, because HBO will HBO-ify it. Then when I went and met with team Downey [Susan Downey and Robert Downey Jr., wife-and-husband co-executive producers], the producers on it and the writers, it was very apparent very quickly that this wasn t a remake, but a re-imagining, and a redefining of who I think we believe Perry Mason is.(Photo by HBO)Mason’s been such a blank canvas in so many other iterations. Here, as you say, he’s been “HBO-ified”: he s divorced, he s drinking, he s having a crisis of faith, he was in the Great War. Why the decision to fill in the blanks? And why did the team feel modern audiences would be drawn to this version of Perry Mason?Rhys: When I met with the writers, they said, Look, our hope is that we’ve loaded this guy s bases and that he s cracked. You know, that s what they were interested in portraying and that s certainly part of the large attraction for me – seeing someone with some very real universal issues that you can relate to. Like I said, I wasn t interested in the great servant of justice. I liked how fallible he was, how kind of gray his life is. It s not that it s depressing, but it s certainly not black and white. He lives in the cracks.All of the elements they heaped upon him, I think there s a foundation, so they come from some very real places. Certainly, his time as a veteran and through the war has informed enormously who he is when we find him. His family, both his own immediate family and his generational family problems, on top of everything else, there were just a number of things I could relate to, or I could see that would be interesting to watch and certainly play.We don’t get the Mason that I think some audiences might be expecting – the clever, inspirational trial attorney – until later in the series. And there is one sequence which really stands out, when you really give us old-school Perry Mason with a big courtroom reveal, but it s kind of a bait-and-switch. Was that fun to play? To have a moment where you could be the heroic lawyer, even if it wasn t necessarily truly happening in the narrative? Rhys: Yes, I loved how the whole project was approached. We had to be careful because we were working with Erle Stanley Gardner s estate. It wasn t just carte blanche, you couldn t be willy-nilly and say, We want to give you this, this, and this. Things have to be okayed, and they were as game for it as everyone else, which was refreshing. But yeah, there was a sense of mischief in that you knew there s a certain generation of people probably tuning in hoping to see one thing and going, Oh, well, I wasn t expecting that. And there was an element, possibly, a smug element of the inside joke going, Everyone might be expecting this, but we re not going to do it. There was fun to that as well.(Photo by Merrick Morton/HBO)It s impossible to talk about this show without talking about the time that it s premiering in – this is a show in which police violence, corruption, and racism is front and center. Was Ferguson and the Black Lives Matter movement alive in the conversation as you guys were developing this series, working out the plot and who the characters would be?Rhys: Not as specific as you ve outlined and certainly not as specific as what we re seeing at the moment. They re age-old issues that they were interested in showing. There s a number of reasons. I know Robert Downey Jr was interested in – and certainly with Paul Drake (Chris Chalk) – creating these outsiders who were kind of unified by that element. Los Angeles was always going to play a very interesting character in this piece. And at that time, there was this incredible thing happening where Black policemen were deployed to police their Black neighborhoods, but with White jurisdictions or White suspects, they didn t have the same equality as their White counterparts. So, it was this incredibly interesting, if incredibly fraught, time. Certainly nothing new, but sadly something that is still relevant in this day and age. That was something they did want to bring to the forefront.Pivoting a little bit, I wanted to talk about Sister Alice (Tatiana Maslany) and Perry s relationship with her. But first of all, I just want to know how exhausted Tatiana was after delivering her incredibly lively sermons? I watched her thinking, Holy s t, I hope she only had to do one take. Rhys: I don t know how she did that physically. The funeral scene was like two days – she did that sermon to 400 extras and she did not drop in any way in intention, clarity, focus, energy. It was like a feat of endurance to do that for two 14-hour days straight. I don t know how she did it. It s a testament to her.(Photo by Merrick Morton/HBO)When people watch the first couple of episodes, they may start to think, Who is this person? What is the connection? Because there are kind of parallel plots happening. Without giving the plot away, how would you describe their emotional and experiential connection? What’s drawing these two characters to circle each other?Rhys: I think they recognize in each other a number of things. They re kind of caught in their own set of circumstances, looking out. They ve had a number of impositions placed upon them, constraints in a way. And, ultimately, they re very free-thinking, strong-willed people. Mason s stance on religion – possibly brought about from his own family upbringing but definitely because of the war – where he s kind of lost his religion, he views any kind of structured religion with great suspicion. So he is very wary of her. He very plainly says to her, God left me in France. And thus begins, like you said, the circling, this cat-and-mouse where he s kind of going, I think I ve got your card lady. And she s kind of going, Oh if only you knew the half of it. They re just very intrigued with each other, which I think is great. That is very often skirted, we had a very few scenes together. So that always keeps you dangling.One of the other great relationships Perry has is with John Lithgow s E.B. Jonathan, his boss and mentor. Had you worked with John before? Were you a fan?Rhys: No, no, never worked with him. Huge fan, though, even from Footloose. I remember thinking, When was it I first saw John Lithgow? And I m like, Oh my god, Footloose. And he s like an icon now. You realize why [he s an icon] when he comes on set, because he s such a pro, in a Herculean scale. He comes on, he s got all these ideas, he’s so prepared. He s the real deal. I was awestruck when I saw him. It took me a moment to go, Oh my god. I m talking, sharing a screen with John Lithgow. It was a great moment.(Photo by Merrick Morton/HBO)You kind of get to impersonate him later in the series. Did you workshop that with him? Has he seen it?Rhys: I don t think he s seen it – I hope he hasn t seen it. And I was worried because I came to love the man dearly and the last thing you want to do is create any kind of offense. So that worried me a bit. I watched so many YouTubes of him and went, Oh god, I hope this doesn t offend.” But we ll see You’ve said you didn’t go back to read the source material or watch the original series starring Raymond Burr. Why did you approach it that way?Rhys: I ve done some book adaptations in the past and what I always do, I read the book and then I tend to bring things from the book into the script that script doesn t necessarily hold up, warrant, or justify. So this time I was like I m going to leave the books alone. I m going to stick purely to the script.” So that s the Bible, that s the linear point. So that there s no other influence.And I know with my own self, if I was to start watching any Raymond Burr, whether I was aware of it or not, I would have unconsciously or subconsciously probably started imitating or stealing or mimicking or bringing something. Then if you found out, that would be embarrassing. So I didn t want any influences. I just wanted to kind of build him boots-up on my own.(Photo by Patrick Harbron/FX/Everett Collection)Finally, Rotten Tomatoes users are huge fans of The Americans. Is Phillip Jennings a character you would ever revisit either in a film or some other adaptation that continued his story?Rhys: Oh my God, I would revisit Phillip in a heartbeat. One of the simple facts is there s so much foundation work gone in now. Whenever you picked him up, it would be just be so incredibly interesting. Whether you see them in Russia, whether you see them come back to try and find Henry, there s so much that you could mine from how it was left. I would do it in a heartbeat.Is there a storyline you d be most interested in pursuing, or a period that you d be most interested in going to for Phillip?Rhys: Yes. One of the things I thought was just heartbreaking, and Joe Weisberg the creator said something interesting [about this], is that there has to be a cost to what they ve done. As much as we created antiheroes, there has to be a cost to what they ve done. And the greatest cost is abandoning, leaving their children, which as a kind of new father, I just found incomprehensible. So I think as we joined Phillip, what he would want is to see his children again. And the coming down of the Berlin Wall, I wonder if that would be a kind of good kickstarter for him to try and find Paige and Henry again. And then have a shootout with Stan or something.OK, but no more U2 or you ll break me again. That was too much.Rhys: I know, I can t listen to that song the same any more.Perry Mason airs Sundays on HBO from June 21, 2020.
(Photo by Caitlin Cronenberg, © Entertainment One/courtesy Everett Collection)All Robert Pattinson Movies, Ranked By TomatometerRobert Pattinson on the Twilight series press circuits would occasionally mock the movies he was out there supposedly promoting, suggesting two things: (1) maybe this new on the scene IT boy was actually a genuine person, and (2) he had made enough money by New Moon to never work in this town again. Many young actors careers have been crushed under the weight of the very things that made them famous. And unemployment post-Twilight was a very real threat for Pattinson: Would he only be remembered as that pasty sparkling vegetarian vampire?As Twilight wound down, Pattinson threw himself before the arthouse gods, who guided him to challenging directors like David Cronenberg (Cosmopolis, Maps to the Stars), Anton Corbijn (Life), Werner Herzog (Queen of the Desert), and David Michôd (The Rover). And though none of those movies represented their respective director s best work, and in the case of Herzog it was actually his worst, they showcased Pattinson as a dedicated performer and, especially in dystopian western The Rover, a sometimes unpredictable and savage one.And then in 2017 he put out Good Time, just to show you sometimes all you need is that one movie to turn your image around. As with the Safdie brothers later Uncut Gems, Good Time assaults the senses while building a central emphatic and engaging character defined by constant frantic action. Pattinson came out as the indie hero of that year, and having James Gray s The Lost City of Z release around the same time didn t hurt, either. A strong 2019 continued that trend with Claire Denis High Life and Robert Eggers The Lighthouse.His latest film was Netflix thriller The Devil All the Time, opposite Tom Holland. And currently a dark night falls upon Pattinson s career as he takes on the mantle of Bruce Wayne in Matt Reeves The Batman, which is scheduled for an October 21, 2021 release. Before that swings into theaters, take a look at all Robert Pattinson movies, ranked by Tomatometer!
Have you revealed what you would do #FortheThrone yet? HBO s marketing campaign for the final season of Game of Thrones is in full swing. Next up: beer #ForTheThrone. The series is also getting a making of documentary as a digestif for its final season. Plus, Killing Eve slays the BAFTA TV nominations, but some argue that the BBC America original doesn t meet the criteria to be eligible for all 14 of its nominations. And another Sex and the City? Really?TOP STORYGame of Thrones Season 8 Is Getting a Documentary(Photo by Helen Sloan/HBO)HBO will offer a behind-the-scenes-look at filming of the final season of Game of Thrones with a two-hour documentary later this year, titled Game of Thrones: The Last Watch. The film traces the making of the series’ upcoming eighth season, and is set to air May 26, one week after the series final season finishes airing. Directed by British filmmaker Jeanie Finlay, The Last Watch promises “unprecedented access” while the cast and crew “contend with extreme weather, punishing deadlines and an ever-excited fandom hungry for spoilers,” according to HBO. Game of Thrones showrunner D. B. Weiss, producer Bernadette Caulfield, and writer David Benioff are executive producers on the documentary. The Last Watch will be available on HBO NOW, HBO GO, and HBO On Demand on May 26.In other Thrones brand-extension news, Brewery Ommegang and HBO Licensing Retail will release the latest Game of Thrones beer nationwide in early April. Called For the Throne, the 9.5% ABV golden ale is co-fermented with pinot grigio and viognier grape juices and then bottle conditioned with Champagne yeast. For the Throne joins the four other Game of Thrones beers Ommegang has available, including Queen of the Seven Kingdoms (a blend of sour and blonde ales), Mother of Dragons (smoked porter and kriek ale blend), King in the North (a barrel-aged imperial stout), and Hand of the Queen (a barleywine ale). Find out where to purchase on the brewery s site. Let the #HoldMyBeer #ForTheThrone memes begin.The beer is just one part of HBO s #ForTheThrone campaign, which includes outdoor events, social media emojis, a Quest for the Throne worldwide hunt for Iron Throne locations, a partnership with the American Red Cross to Bleed for the Throne, and an art collection of inspired by props, from swords to fashion, from the show.And, as Tyrion might remind us, don t forget the wine Killing Eve Tops BAFTA TV Nominations — But With a Hitch(Photo by BBC America)Killing Eve and A Very English Scandal led the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) 2019 awards nominations with 14 and 12 nominations, respectively. Patrick Melrose received six, while Bodyguard and The Little Drummer Girl each received five, BAFTA announced on Thursday. See all of the nominees on BAFTA s site here.British media reports note, however, that the spy comedy from Phoebe Waller-Bridge, which stars Jodie Comer as assassin Villanelle and Sandra Oh as MI5 officer Eve Posner, violates the awards rules that state that to be eligible, a series must have had the worldwide premiere in the UK and a UK broadcaster must have primary control over it. Killing Eve was commissioned by BBC America, however, which is co-owned by the BBC and U.S. cable network AMC. Killing Eve should only be eligible in the international series category, according to one interpretation of the rules.The Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards ceremony will be held at the Royal Festival Hall on Sunday, May 12, with the British Academy Television Craft Awards taking place two weeks earlier on Sunday, April 18 at The Brewery, London.Another Sex and the City Sequel?(Photo by Warner Bros.)There might be another Sex and the City sequel after all — but it’s headed to the small screen. According to Deadline, Paramount Television has acquired the rights to SATC author Candace Bushnell’s latest book, Is There Still Sex in the City?, that examines love and dating after 50. Bushnell will write a pilot script and executive produce alongside Liza Chasin and Robyn Meisinger. The most recent effort in the franchise, CW series The Carrie Diaries, starred AnnaSophia Robb, focused on a teenage Carrie Bradshaw, and was canceled after two seasons.Pose Picks Patti(Photo by FX)Pose executive Producer Ryan Murphy announced at PaleyFest last weekend that there will be a “time leap” between seasons 1 and 2 of the FX series about the New York City ball scene. While season 1 is set in the 1980s, season 2 will pick up in the 1990s on “the day Madonna releases ‘Vogue,’” Murphy teased.After the success of Pose producer Janet Mock’s directorial debut, the Billy Porter–fronted episode “Love is the Message,” the writer will return to direct this coming season (and, of course, will continue to write throughout the season as well).Murphy teased that Tony Award winner Patti LuPone would be “coming to play with us in a couple weeks,” when she will share several scenes with Blanca (MJ Rodriguez). Season 1 guest star Sandra Bernhard has been promoted to series regular for season 2.Jussie Smollett UpdateAll charges against Empire star Jussie Smollett were dropped after the actor was accused of faking a hate crime he reported in January. According to reports, the charges were dropped as a part of a settlement that included the actor participating in community service and the forfeiture of his ,000 bond.CONFIRMED: As part of settlement with Cook County SAO, #JussieSmolett performed combined 16 hours of community service at Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr’s @RPCoalition. Included critiquing students in broadcast center, working in bookstore, and talking to visitors. @fox32news Dakarai Turner (@Dakarai_Turner) March 26, 2019The actor s troubles aren t over, however, as the prosecution s decision to a deal with the actor has sparked widespread criticism about special treatment for a celebrity. The FBI and Department of Justice were even called upon to review the matter. One insider tied to Empire told Deadline, “Things are so unclear and there is a feeling that this isn’t over, that there’s more to come.” The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is also reportedly working with law enforcement to investigate a hate-filled letter that the actor received on the set of the Fox drama. If it is discovered that the letter was sent by the actor to himself, he could face 5-20 years of jail time.Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who has been critical of the deal prosecutors agreed to in the attack, is sending Smollett a bill for 0,000 for police overtime.In the meantime, the actor is nominated for the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series NAACP Image Award to be presented on Saturday. The ceremony will air live on TV One at 9 p.m. EDT.Homeland’s Family Reunion and More Casting News(Photo by Showtime)Hugh Dancy is set to join real-life wife Claire Danes for the eighth and final season of Danes’ award-winning series Homeland. He’ll play John Zabel, a savvy Washington consultant who joins the White House as a new foreign-policy advisor to the president and a formidable opponent to Saul (Mandy Patinkin). Per Showtime, the final season of the series will fin