the first purge

Oh, boy. They went there.

The first poster for The First Purge, the fourth film in the series and a prequel set years before the events of part one, has arrived and it’s…well, just look at it. This series has always worn its politics on its blood-soaked sleeve, but this is just active trolling.

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hereditary trailer

When a new horror movie invites immediate comparisons from critics to The Witch and Kill List, it has my attention. So Ari Aster‘s Hereditary had my complete and undivided attention the moment in premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. But now that the first trailer for this film arrived, it has all of my attention and then some. The festival buzz suggests that this is an early contender for the best horror movie of 2018 and this footage does nothing to convince me otherwise.

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Black Panther

Black Panther is /Film’s second most anticipated movie of 2018, so you bet we’re watching the early critical reactions like a panther stalks its prey. Or like how Black Panther stalks those who threaten the safety and security of Wakanda, the advanced African nation he rules over and protects.

While the review embargo remains in effect, the social media embargo on reactions to Ryan Coogler‘s superhero adventure has fallen and yes, that means the first wave of Black Panther buzz has arrived.

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Michael Haneke TV Show

After 44 years of work, director Michael Haneke has mastered the art of making you feel drained and defeated over the course of an agonizing two-hour movie. And I mean that as high praise! The director of Funny GamesCaché, Amour, and The White Ribbon is the master of feel-bad cinema, telling stories that are generally free of hope and easy answers…and are made all the more powerful for it.

Now, the 75-year old German filmmaker is looking to make you feel a lingering sense of dread in the pit of your stomach for a much longer period of time. He’s bringing his skill sets to television with a new show titled Kelvin’s Book.

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movies sold at sundance

As the first major film festival of the year, Sundance is ground zero for distributors discovering some of the gems that will populate film release schedules throughout the rest of the year. Here is our list of movies sold at Sundance 2018 so far, which should be coming to theaters, VOD, and streaming services in the near future.

In this update: The Sentence, The Tale, and Sorry to Bother You.

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the shining sequel

When It made $700 million worldwide last year, one thing was immediately clear: we are going to start seeing a lot more Stephen King adaptations in the years ahead. And we were already seeing quite a few, as 2017 also saw the release of The Dark Tower (bad!), 1922 (good!), and Gerald’s Game (very, very good!). Now, the director of the latter is taking a plunge back into the master of modern horror’s work with an adaptation of Doctor Sleep, the sequel to King’s The Shining.

Mike Flanagan has signed on to direct the film adaptation of the 2013 novel, which is both good and bad news. On one hand, Doctor Sleep isn’t especially good. But on the other, Flanagan is one of the most talented people making horror movies these days and everything he does should be on genre fans’ radar.

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mission impossible fallout

Someday, Tom Cruise will do what all humans eventually get around to doing and shuffle off this mortal coil. But the ongoing existence of the Mission: Impossible movies suggest that he’s made a pact with Death itself and will outlive most human beings. How else can you explain him continuing to stare mortality in the face, put his hands on his hips, and laugh in the general direction of God himself?

A new look at a Mission: Impossible – Fallout stunt is the latest reminder that Tom Cruise fears not death nor dismemberment nor bodily harm of any kind. The rest of us can only stare at this image and wince because there’s no way we’d survive this shit.

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mamma mia here we go again trailer

You probably know right away if you’re the target audience for a Mamma Mia sequel. And that audience is pretty big: the 2008 original made $609 million worldwide, so a follow-up feels like a license to print money and please the fans. So here we are, 10 years later, with the original cast reunited to once again sing ABBA songs and look pretty and get involved in drama that’s soapy enough to warm your heart but pleasant enough to not get that heart racing too hard.

The new Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again trailer looks like more of the same, now split across two timelines. And yeah, it’s probably going to make a ton of money.

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dundee

I’ll be perfectly honest: they had me going for a second.

When the first trailer for Dundee: The Son of a Legend Returns Home arrived last week, the internet let out a collective “Whaaaaaa-?” and proceeded to wonder if this Crocodile Dundee sequel, about the long lost American son of Paul Hogan’s iconic Australian hero (played by Danny McBride), was actually real. It couldn’t be! And now, it’s become increasingly clear that it’s all a big gag, the first step in a marketing campaign for Australian tourism that will air during the Super Bowl.

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The Biggest 2018 Oscar Snubs and Surprises

biggest Oscar Snubs 2018

The Academy Awards can be a source of great joy and great misery for movie fans. On one hand, it’s fun to watch your favorite movies get celebrated by the industry that spawned them, to see incredible artists awarded with golden statuettes. On the other, it’s an opportunity to moan and groan because the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences just doesn’t get it and failed to nominated the truly deserving movies and/or performers. It’s a struggle!

The 2018 Academy Award nominations are no different. While many of the categories went exactly as predicted, there were plenty of twists and turns. People who weren’t in the conversation are suddenly present. Movies that felt like sure things have been left out in the cold. These are the biggest Oscar snubs and surprises of 2018.

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