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‘Flower’ Review: Zoey Deutch Shines In a Highly Atypical Coming-of-Age Tale

“Nobody’s going anywhere until we see this guy molest somebody.” It’s not often a film introduces its female teen protagonist in the final throes of fellating an officer of the law, but Erica’s (Zoey Deutch) a firm believer in doing what you like. Of course, she’s also after cash money, and with the aid of […]

The Great Big Irish Actors Appreciation Post

One small island. Lots of acting talent. Between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, the so-called Emerald Isle is home to less than 6.6 million people. Considering the worldwide population is inching its way towards 7.5 billion people, that would make it seem like the Irish only represent about 0.09% of the world’s population. […]

What My Experience With Cancer Helped Me Understand About ‘Annihilation’

A deeply personal story about the relentlessness of mutating cells and what Alex Garland’s Annihilation gets right about cancer. There was a small bump on my left flank. It was red and circular. I thought it was from a bug bite. Harmless. Nothing to fret over. Time passed. The bump grew in size. I poked and […]

6 Perfect Shots From ‘Flower’ Director Max Winkler

Filmmaker Max Winkler shows us 6 of his favorite Perfect Shots and talks about how they inspired the look of his new film, Flower. You know what kind of person really loves to celebrate the beautiful language of cinema? Filmmakers. Alongside everyday fans, filmmakers are some of the most likely people you’ll see engaging in film […]

‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Pits Old Testament Against New Testament

Eleven weeks into our MCU rewatch, and peace in our time is left in the hands of Tony Stark and Bruce Banner’s warring robot babies. Tony Stark bears the weight of the world on his shoulders. At least that’s what his delusions of grandeur would have him believe. He’s not Atlas. He’s just a mad […]

Amma Asante is Hitting the Big Leagues with a Cold War Thriller

The British director is a thoughtful pick for this real-life drama. One of the UK’s most promising up-and-coming directors is finally hitting the big leagues with a Cold War drama. Deadline reports that A United Kingdom director Amma Asante is set to helm a Ben August-penned adaptation of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David E. Hoffman’s “The Billion Dollar Spy.” Hoffman’s […]

‘Midnight in Paris’ and the Allure of Hate Watching

Why keep watching the movies we hate? What is the purpose of the film critic? Why do some aspire to a life of watching and writing about film? The answer, I think, is pretty simple: to make the case for the movies we love. Despite the negative connotation of the word, critics are best remembered […]

New ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Trailer Shatters the Cosmos

Thanos snaps his fingers and Earth’s Mightiest come calling. The end is near for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Thanos finally collects every MCU McGuffin into one sparkly glove and sets about wiping out half the universe. The Guardians of the Galaxy understand the potential of his threat, but Tony and the gang have some catching up […]

Ava DuVernay Will Direct ‘The New Gods’ for DC’s Extending Universe

The ‘Wrinkle in Time’ director’s next movie is bound to be another epic spectacle. Game-changing filmmaker Ava DuVernay proved her blockbuster mettle with A Wrinkle in Time. Although reception of the film has been tepid from some, DuVernay’s ambitious storytelling in the movie is still absolutely laudable. Even just as a book adaptation, Wrinkle is a […]

James Mangold’s ‘The Force’ Will Be a ‘Logan’ Reunion

Scott Frank is now working on the adaptation of Don Winslow’s best-selling novel. James Mangold‘s next directorial project is an adaptation of Don Winslow‘s novel about the blurring of crime and justice in New York City. A cop realizes he might be the baddie but still feels an obligation to help his city out of […]