By now, the trailers for Logan (in theaters March 3) have made it very clear that this is not a typical superhero movie. Quiet and despairing, light on special effects and heavy on character drama, the third Wolverine solo film looks to be a drastic departure from previous X-Men films, not to mention the Marvel and DC Comics films that dominate the genre. At a December press event last year, I previewed the first 40 minutes of Logan, and I can tell you that superhero films are never going to be the same.
“I got in character and I never got out again — and really, I’ve tried everything.” — Carrie Fisher on ‘Good Morning America,’ 2015
The many dimensions of Doctor Strange contain plenty of juicy roles. Unfortunately, Rachel McAdams didn’t get one of them. The Oscar-nominated actress plays Dr. Christine Palmer, a colleague and ex-girlfriend of surgeon Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch). Like too many superhero girlfriends before her, Christine exists only to help and nurture the main character’s journey from self-centered Dude With Potential to self-actualized Dude Who Saves the Universe. ...
"Ouija: Origin of Evil," the well-reviewed prequel to 2014’s micro-budget horror hit "Ouija," is the latest film to explore the dangers of communicating with the spirit world through a plastic planchette. But the Ouija board wasn’t always the stuff of cinematic nightmares. It used to be a fun activity for families or couples who were curious about the unknown.
The much-anticipated adaptation of the novel The Girl on the Train, starring Emily Blunt, hits theaters on Oct. 7. Here's what two NYC commuters think about it.
Taking a second look at Brangelina's 'By the Sea,' the quiet 2015 drama she directed and both starred in, about a couple in crisis, in light of their real-life split
Thirty-second promos to tease a trailer release, once associated with YA franchises, have become strategy for genres from R-rated comedies to Oscar-bait indie films
Fans weren't so keen on an American star taking on the role of London 30-something Bridget Jones. But Renée Zellweger proved them wrong.
William Wyler was frustrated with the character arc. Why would childhood friends suddenly have such a falling out? Vidal, an expert on ancient Rome, had an idea.
As the 2016 Rio Games kick off tonight, we thought we’d take a look back at the British director Danny Boyle's pop-culture-inspired Olympic lovefest in 2012.
Finding Dory became an easy decision. Not only had Lyla become a disciple of the memory-challenged Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) from repeated viewings of Finding Nemo, but I had gotten to see an early preview of the film’s first act a couple months back and it made me confident that Lyla would also be a lucky one when it came to her first movie.
The first teaser trailer for Disney’s new animated musical Moana has been released online, and it’s a little short on… Moana. The film’s titular heroine is a Polynesian princess (voiced by native Hawaiian teenager Auli'i Cravalho, in her film debut) who journeys across the sea to find a legendary island, with the help of demi-god Maui (voiced by Dwayne Johnson). When the film opens in November, Moana will be the newest Disney princess and is expected to be absorbed into the multibillion-dollar Disney Princess franchise.
In a podcast last week, as he was offering his critique of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, inveterate comic nerd Kevin Smith noted something about the performance of Ben Affleck as the Caped Crusader: “He moved the way that Batman moves and fights … [it was] the best cinematic presentation of Batman fighting you’ve ever seen in a movie. It looked like the video game, almost.” Smith was onto something with that tossed-off remark, something that explains the polarized reaction to film. Batman v Superman is more relatable as a video game.
When Star Wars: A New Hope premiered in theaters in 1977, many a jaw dropped at the groundbreaking space adventure. The moment that really jolted audiences — the one that showed them they lived in creator George Lucas’s world now — was an early scene set in a drinking hole on the remote planet of Tatooine, populated by a wild assortment of aliens. The Mos Eisley Cantina, introduced by Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi as a “wretched hive of scum and villainy,” has been capturing the imaginations of fans for nearly 40 years — fans like director J.J. ...
Jennifer Lawrence in ‘Mockingjay — Part 2’ (Lionsgate) Warning: Some big ‘Mockingjay — Part 2’ spoilers ahead In The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, there’s a very brief scene in which Effie (Elizabeth Banks) and Haymitch (Woody Harrelson) share a sweet goodbye kiss. There was no prior indication of a romance, and it could have been purely a tender moment between friends — but at the showing I attended, there was a visceral buzz in the theater as the audience wondered, “Wait, do those two have a thing?” The irony: no such jolt accompanied any of the scenes between Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and her love-triangle partners Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and Gale (Liam Hemsworth). Although those potential romances are hugely significant in the Hunger Games saga, the films have a notable lack of sexual tension.
Kathy Bates prepares to break James Caan’s ankles in the 1990 film ‘Misery’ (Photo: Everett Collection) If you’ve seen the horror film Misery, which opened 25 years ago this November, chances are one scene is burned into your brain: the moment when Annie Wilkes breaks the ankles of bedridden novelist Paul Sheldon with a sledgehammer. It’s the most memorable and disturbing moment of the 1990 film, based on a Stephen King novel — and yet, from the moment Misery went into production, the hobbling scene was incredibly divisive, costing the film a director and several potential stars. Based on existing reporting and new interviews, here’s an in-depth look at how Misery’s scariest moment came to be, complete with rare behind-the-scenes photos.
This year, a surprising baby name appeared for the first time on the Social Security Administration’s annual list of the top 1,000 baby names in the United States. “Anakin” made its chart debut at #957, the name having been bestowed on exactly 218 baby boys in 2014. Granted, Anakin hovers near the bottom of the boys’ list, with nowhere near the popularity of Top-10 names like Jacob, Liam and Noah. But its appearance is noteworthy, because Anakin didn’t exist as a name until George Lucas invented it for Star Wars. Its one and only cultural association is the character Anakin Skywalker, the father of Luke Skywalker and a once promising Jedi knight who became the evil Darth Vader.
The film, created by then-unknown writer-directors Jay and Mark Duplass, was modest in both budget and conceit: Costing a mere $15,000 to make, The Puffy Chair tracks two brothers (including one played by Mark Duplass) who embark on a road trip with an old recliner from Brooklyn to Atlanta with their girlfriends. A raggedy film whose low budget made use of then-emerging digital production equipment — and forced the Duplass brothers to recruit girlfriends and friends as cast members, paying them a mere $100 a day — The Puffy Chair was about as indie as it gets.