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Blame black women for Nate Parker’s mediocrity

Kathleen Posted by Kathleen at October 14, 2016 13:59:05 October 14, 2016 13:59:05
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The Birth of a Nation opened last weekend to OK numbers and less than favourable reviews. If you haven’t heard, black women are to blame for the mediocre opening of a mediocre movie. To recap, this is the film written by, directed by and starring alleged rapist Nate Parker. Some self-identified black feminists (including me) wrote about their conflicted feelings about the film Full Story

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Can we stop worrying about Rogue One?

Sarah Posted by Sarah at October 13, 2016 15:50:14 October 13, 2016 15:50:14
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A new trailer for Rogue One just came out and goddamn it’s good. Between some pretty incredible visuals—that fallen Jedi monument legit gave me a chill—to the haunting variation on the famous theme, to the rousing rebellion story it’s laying out, this looks like a damn good movie. Full Story

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Amber Heard as Mrs. Aquaman

Sarah Posted by Sarah at October 12, 2016 18:19:54 October 12, 2016 18:19:54

Her name is Mera but there’s no reason for you to know that yet. Today IGN released the first look at Amber Heard in costume as Aquaman’s wife and queen, Mera—which makes me think a new trailer is coming which will show Mera in action—and it is isn’t horrible. In fact, I quite like it. Full Story

Welcome back, Mr. Wick

Sarah Posted by Sarah at October 12, 2016 15:39:34 October 12, 2016 15:39:34
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New York Comic Con happened over the weekend, and while not quite as big as San Diego it is still good for new trailers. This year, there was only one I cared about, by a pretty huge margin—the teaser trailer for John Wick: Chapter 2. Lainey has talked about John Wick, I’ve talked about John Wick—at this point, you’re either on the John Wick train or you’re not, and if you’re not, what the f*ck is wrong with you, seriously. Full Story

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Yes, Annette Bening deserves all that Oscar buzz for 20th Century Women

Joanna Posted by Joanna at October 12, 2016 14:40:36 October 12, 2016 14:40:36
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Sight unseen, Annette Bening was hailed as a Best Actress contender (and possible frontrunner) for her work in 20th Century Women, which premiered on Saturday at the New York Film Festival. The same hype followed Viola Davis for her work in Fences, and coincidentally, the trailers for both of these films dropped on the same day last month Full Story

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The Jack Reacher promotional strategy

Lainey Posted by Lainey at October 12, 2016 14:07:47 October 12, 2016 14:07:47
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Tom Cruise’s Jack Reacher sequel opens next week. Which isn’t too far away. And I feel like it’s been pretty quiet, as Tom Cruise promotional tours go. Normally, when Tom Cruise is promoting a movie, you can’t avoid him jumping out of airplanes and hitting 8 cities in 10 hours, or something equally insane. Full Story

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Nate Parker’s The Birth of a Nation

Sarah Posted by Sarah at October 11, 2016 14:18:07 October 11, 2016 14:18:07
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At this point there is no separating art from artist in the case of Nate Parker and The Birth of a Nation, his debut feature film as a writer and director. He also stars in the movie and produced it, so this is unquestionably his movie. Full Story

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Emily Blunt in The Girl on the Train

Sarah Posted by Sarah at October 7, 2016 20:29:02 October 7, 2016 20:29:02
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Did you like Gone Girl? Didn’t you think Amazing Amy was just THE WORST, but also kind of cool? Do you like mysteries but not like, actually hard to solve or uncomfortable ones, but where the people you want to have done it, did it, and you don’t actually have to think too much about it afterward? Like didn’t Gone Girl kind of make you a little uncomfortable, with the way that Nick seemed to get off on Amy’s cruelty, and the suggestion that suburban wholesomeness is a psychopath’s best camouflage? Wouldn’t you have liked it just a little more if everyone just said what a skank Amy was and Nick actually left her? If you answered “yes” to one or more of these questions, then have I got the movie for you! The Girl on the Train is adapted from Paula Hawkins’ best-seller by Erin Cressida Wilson (Secretary, Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus), and directed by Tate Taylor (The Help). Full Story

Matthew McConaughey is touching a tiger

Sarah Posted by Sarah at October 7, 2016 16:38:17 October 7, 2016 16:38:17
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Matthew McConaughey has fallen into making two kinds of movies: 1) Serious award-baity fare, and 2) whatever the hell he was doing in Wolf of Wall Street. The first trailer for his new movie, Gold, was released yesterday and it definitely looks like it’s from the second category. Full Story

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