The network that brought us Breaking Bad is now taking a bigger picture look at crime. Where the tale of Walter White was the saga of an individual crime empire, AMC’s McMafia looks at organized crime on a global scale.

Based on the book by Misha Glenny, the TV adaptation from Hossein Amini stars James Norton as a British businessman who becomes drawn into the eastern European and middle Eastern mobs with which his family had been connected in the past. Amini spoke with /Film, along with co-creator James Watkins, who directed all eight episodes of McMafia. McMafia premieres Monday, February 26 on AMC.

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The first season of Star Trek: Discovery has come and gone. So now it’s time to assess the pros and cons of season 1 and figure out how to make the second season even better.

On the whole, I did like this first season; it was a bold, inventive way of approaching the Star Trek franchise and I feel like it completed its mission overall. But there were some weak spots that I hope get addressed as the show evolves. Here are 10 things that I’d like to see in Star Trek: Discovery season 2.

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(Welcome to Pop Culture Imports, a column that compiles the best foreign-language movies and TV shows streaming right now.)

When Netflix’s streaming service first launched, I remember the catalogue was filled to the brim with low-budget foreign flicks — Eurotrash B-movies or Bollywood knock-offs that you would usually watch when you’re browsing for something to fill a lazy Friday night. But times have changed and today, there are more quality foreign movies and TV series available. So many, that it’s almost impossible to keep up.

That’s where this column comes in. Looking for the latest juicy Korean drama? Want to see the latest romance that Bollywood has to offer? Curious about the acclaimed Hungarian film that garnered an Oscar nomination? Or are you just in the mood for some anime? It’s all here. While reading subtitles isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, these films and TV series will make you want to.

And don’t worry, there will be a fair share of Eurotrash B-movies and Bollywood knock-offs, too.

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Black Panther MCU

We’ve written at length about how Ryan Coogler‘s Black Panther is a cinematic force to be reckoned with. It’s a full-fledged box office juggernaut, an inspiring cultural touchstone, and a damn good movie to boot. It also introduces some significant new aspects to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and by the time the film ends, the world will never be the same.

Let’s explore the Black Panther MCU impact and what the movie means for the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe – both from a business perspective and in terms of its narrative storytelling. Read More »

Alex Garland interview

Writer/director Alex Garland set a high bar for himself with Ex Machina, his stellar 2015 directorial debut. That sci-fi movie had a lot on its mind, but his newest film, Annihilation, is far more cerebral. It’s one of the most challenging movies of the year: bold, beautiful, and haunting in a way that occasionally verges on being experimental.

Not long ago, I had the opportunity to sit down with Garland and actor Oscar Isaac, who plays a key role in the film, to talk to them about bringing this story to the big screen. We touched on the film’s behind-the-scenes clashes, whether or not Garland was concerned with audiences being able to keep up with what he’s doing in this movie, Isaac’s approach to his troubled character, and much more. Read our full Oscar Isaac and Alex Garland interview below. Read More »

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Ever since Disney acquired Lucasfilm in 2012, the company has been trying to reinvent the vast, fluid, and beloved Star Wars Expanded Universe. For those of us who loved the EU, it was an upsetting decision, but one that made a whole lot of business sense. Disney is a corporation who likes to control the narrative, so it’s unsurprising that they want to stay on top of the new Star Wars canon.

It’s been six years and Disney has actually done a pretty fantastic job of diversifying and solidifying the greater world of Star Wars outside of the movies, with a huge selection of novels and comics that expand the universe of the new films. It can be a little overwhelming working out where to start, but these fantastic Marvel and IDW comics offer the best possible entry point for the updated Star Wars galaxy.

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black women of black panther

T’Challa has the responsibility to protect his nation as the Black Panther, but protecting right alongside him are the members of the Dora Milaje – the elite, all-female warrior group of Wakanda. Known as “the adored ones,” the Dora have a focused duty to watch over their king and they take that task very seriously.

The Dora serve as the muscle of Wakanda in the comics and there are similar parallels to Black Panther (the film) and its talent behind the talent. As director Ryan Coogler assumed the role as the leader of the production, his own Dora Milaje provided extraordinary skills that brought the film to life. It’s time to celebrate some of these women for their art and give a lesson on their work achievements. These are the women of color who helped bring Black Panther to life.

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(Welcome to The Best Movies You’ve Never Seen, a series that takes a look at slightly more obscure, under-the-radar, or simply under-appreciated movies. In this edition, we celebrate the 9th Annual Women in Horror month with a look at six horror movies you haven’t seen that were directed by women!)

Every month is the right time to celebrate female filmmakers, but those of you who like labels and official designations will be pleased to know that February is Women in Horror Month, It’s the ninth for those of you keeping track, and it’s a good reminder that while there still aren’t enough women making horror movies, there are plenty of great horror movies made by women. Near Dark, Pet Sematary, The Babadook, The Invitation, Prevenge, RavenousA Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, and more all come to mind as known and loved examples.

But as I’m sure you know by now – and as the title of the post suggests – I’m not here to talk about the movies everyone already knows and loves. I’m here to suggest some lesser known titles that you probably haven’t seen despite being well worth your time.

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game night trailer

More than two decades later, David Fincher’s dark thriller The Game now seems almost prescient in its depiction of a company that stages “games” for unwitting participants. There are plenty of outlets for people who just like to play board games or trivia in 2018, but escape rooms and more elaborate interactive murder-mysteries are vastly more common and popular now than they were in the late 1990s.

So the premise of the new dark comedy/thriller Game Night no longer feels quite as fantastical as it might have, even if the movie’s attempt to balance genres doesn’t always quite work in its favor.

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10 Great Best Picture Nominees That Should Have Won

Best Picture Nominees That Should Have Won

On Sunday, March 4, 2018, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will be holding its 90th ceremony. The Oscars are the Super Bowl for cinephiles. Though the true relevance of the ceremony is often questioned, it still carries prestige as the pre-eminent film awards event.

Looking back through nine decades worth of Best Picture nominees, it’s clear there were a number of years where two or more iconic films were up against each other. 1994, for instance, featured an especially sticky three-way grudge match between Forrest Gump, Pulp Fiction, and The Shawshank Redemption (Gump’s gotta go, but Shawshank? Never.) There are other years, however, where one nominated title pops up as a clear cut above the rest, and the fact that it did not win seems like an egregious miscarriage of movie justice. 

You can’t always fault the Academy for its short-sightedness. Time has a way of showing what really matters.

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