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My Body is Ready: Updates on the ‘Dune’ Remake

Adaptations don’t come much more cursed than Dune. Cult monseigneur Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Icarus-like attempt is survived by a spectacular documentary. David Lynch’s studio-meddled 1984 adaptation was, in his own words: “75% nightmare.” And lest we forget: in the year 2000 there was the Sci-Fi Channel miniseries that garnered a sequel starring James McAvoy. And lo: in […]

Prepare Yourself For The Year of Finn Wolfhard

If you, like me, have been desperately awaiting news of Stranger Things’ third season since pretty much the day the second season aired, you’ve probably already seen the date announcement teaser that dropped at the stroke of midnight earlier this week, ringing in the new year Hawkins-style. While Stranger Things 3 is certainly worth getting […]

17 LGBTQ+ Movies To Look Out For In 2019

One of the biggest takeaways from Filmland in 2018 was just how much of a great year it was for LGBTQ+ cinema. After all, 2018 will go down in history as the year Love, Simon — the first studio teen comedy to be told from a queer point of view — was released. Not only […]

‘A Series Of Unfortunate Events’ is 2019’s Surprise Guide to Fighting Corruption

There’s a moment in the second season of Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events that puts to bed any lingering notion you may have had that what you’re watching is light and uncomplicated children’s entertainment. In a maxim that serves as an unofficial mission statement for the allegorical series’ tragic, righteous final season, librarian Olivia […]

98 Movies Directed by Women to Look Forward to in 2019

If 98 features seem like a lot, the truth is it isn’t, not when compared to the number of movies released overall. And for this year’s list, I’ve pulled in VOD and Netflix releases as well as a lot of TBD and Sundance Film Festival titles that might not actually make their IMDb-stamped deadline. I […]

These Fine Actors Are Directing Movies in 2019

Audiences and critics alike have long been fascinated with the concept of the actor stepping behind the camera to write or direct. Considering how instrumental star appeal is to cinema, that’s not surprising; when a familiar face opts for invisibility and moves behind the camera, they seem to offer us the chance to achieve a […]

6 Filmmaking Tips From Susanne Bier

Danish director Susanne Bier came of age as a filmmaker in the 1990s alongside the Dogme 95 movement with peers including Lars von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg. Bier explored a range of interests including art and architecture before going on to pursue film school in her early twenties, and she has never looked back, directing […]

Drop What You’re Doing and Watch ‘Luther’

In the script for the first episode of Neil Cross’s noir crime drama Luther, John Luther is described as “implacable” with “eyes that burn with lunacy and murder.” Of all the actors who come to mind upon hearing this description Idris Elba, the famously charismatic British actor/DJ most recently crowned Sexiest Man Alive, would probably […]

The 52 Most Anticipated Movies of 2019

We’re all about celebrating great movies, and in addition to our recent Best of 2018 year-end coverage, you’ll often see us exploring our love for older films too. That doesn’t mean, though, that we don’t like to look forward with excitement and high expectations for movies yet to come. Several hundred films will be released […]

Every Episode Of ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Ranked

I’m biased when it comes to Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Why? Because the Nine-Nine served my old neighborhood. October 2013. My soon-to-be-wife and I packed up our very fortunate lives in Austin to chase our dreams in New York City. Our sights were set on Brooklyn, but in transition, we settled on a small sublet in Harlem […]