fate of the furious early buzz

UPDATE: We have added a new video review courtesy from our own Peter Sciretta and Collider’s Steven Weintraub.

While CinemaCon is technically the place where movie studios entice theater owners and other industry professionals with trailers and footage from their upcoming movies, sometimes they go all-in. Last night, Disney screened Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales nearly two months early. And today, Universal surprised attendees with a screening of The Fate of the Furious, offering the assembled crowd a first look at the eighth film in the long-lived (and somehow, still good) Fast and Furious series.

Our own Peter Sciretta was in attendance, so you can find his reaction as well as responses from other critics below.

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a wrinkle in time movie

If you’re not following director Ava DuVernay on Twitter, you’re missing out – few filmmakers are as generous and enlightening on their social media. The extraordinarily talented director of Selma and 13th just wrapped production on her big-budget adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s science fiction adventure A Wrinkle in Time and she took to Twitter to celebrate, honoring her cast and crew while sharing a whole bunch of A Wrinkle In Time movie photos from the set.

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the predator cast

Last month, filming on The Predator commenced and director Shane Black revealed our first look at the cast. It was a impressive line-up of folks – this could be the most talented group of people to ever get picked off one-by-one by a powerful alien who intends to mount their skulls on the wall of its spaceship.

Now, Black has shared another image from the set and it features a few actors who weren’t present for the initial group photograph. Specifically, it offers our first look at the characters played by Thomas Jane and Alfie Allen.

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jurassic world 2 first look

Jurassic World 2 started rolling cameras last month after assembling a murderer’s row of cool character actors to back up Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, and all of those dinosaurs. The new film doesn’t even a title yet, but we do have a first look courtesy of director J.A. Bayona, revealing a mysterious little girl and a room full of dinosaurs.

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hellboy 3

UPDATE: Hellboy creator Mike Mignola has spoken about what went down and why there won’t be a third Hellboy movie. We have added his statement to the article below.

Everyone fought the good fight, but the war is over: according to director Guillermo del Toro, Hellboy 3 is officially dead and not going to happen. And that’s that.

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the predator cast

The original 1987 Predator is one of those movies that I can’t stop watching once I see a frame of it. If John McTiernan’s action/horror/science fiction classic is on a screen near me, I will be drawn into its gravitational pull. There’s a special power in how it builds an atmosphere of macho excess before quickly nicking the whole thing, taking deranged pleasure in watching an ensemble of tough guys get completely obliterated for by an alien for two hours.

So while the Predator itself is important in a Predator movie, its victims are even more important. So when director Shane Black (of The Nice Guys and Iron Man 3 fame) reveals the cast of the latest sequel, we should take note. Are we going to like these people enough to watch them get blown to pieces by an extraterrestrial menace that sees them as nothing more than trophies to be mounted on a spaceship wall?

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Fantastic Beasts questions

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is in theaters now and it’s pretty good! J.K. Rowling‘s latest addition to the wizarding world she meticulously designed with her Harry Potter stories is slight but undeniably charming. While I’m still not sure how she and director David Yates plan to squeeze four more movies out of these characters, it felt good to be back in this familiar world, albeit in a different time period and an ocean away.

And now that the film is out and real people have had the chance to see it, Rowling took to Twitter to answer questions about the film and drop a few small hints about what to expect from future films.

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Suicide Squad Reshoots

Here are the facts. First, Suicide Squad recently underwent a series of reshoots that were reportedly extensive and expensive. Second, reshoots aren’t inherently a bad thing, as they allow filmmakers to make good movies great and pick up shots and moments that they didn’t realize they needed until they were in the editing room. The number of decent movies that go back for reshoots to tighten something up vastly outnumber the movies that go back for reshoots because they’re dumpster fires.

But the Suicide Squad reshoots have been very interesting because of the various whys circulating for their existence. Now, director David Ayer has chimed in, making these already dark waters a little murkier.

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batman v superman reactions

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice held its official world premiere last night and as you’d expect, reactions to the film began to trickle out on social media shortly after the credits rolled. While the film quietly screened for select critics earlier that weekend and will continue to screen over the coming days, official reactions from writers and their outlets are under a strict embargo – what we’re looking at here are reactions from normal folks, fanboys, and fangirls who managed to see director Zack Snyder‘s new movie before most of the world.

So feel free to treat these reactions as you see fit. Are these honest reactions from average people looking to have a good time at the movies or overblown reactions from people who were caught up in the excitement of a premiere? In either case, the response has been overwhelmingly positive. At least on Twitter.

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everybody wants some early buzz

Richard Linklater is one of those filmmakers who just sneaks up on you when you least suspect it. He doesn’t command a loud and unruly fanbase. His films tend to be low key, sometimes flying under the radar altogether. And yet, he’s a true chameleon, a director capable of sliding between genres and juggling tones like tea others. His personal stamp may be subtle, but it is always evident – no one knows how make movies about hanging out, about conversation, better than Linklater.

His latest film, Everybody Wants Some, is set to premiere at the SXSW Film Festival later this week and I fully intend to be there (look for a review this weekend). However, the film has also screened for critics, who were allowed to tweet about it. So far, the reactions have been glowing.

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