Ma Rainey's Black Bottom trailer

The Oscar buzz is coming in hot for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, George C. Wolfe‘s adaptation of the classic August Wilson play which stars Viola Davis and, most notably, Chadwick Boseman in his final film role. And what a swan song for Boseman the movie is, according to early buzz for the highly anticipated Netflix film.

Critics are calling Boseman’s turn in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom as “magical” and “the best he’s ever been on-screen.” The raves come after weeks of growing awards buzz for both Boseman and Davis, both of whom Netflix are preparing big Oscar campaigns around. It sounds like it’s well-deserved for both acting titans, who will appear in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom on Netflix in December.

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hillbilly elegy reviews

In 2016, J.D. Vance published his memoir Hillbilly Elegy, which became a nationwide sensation after the election of Donald Trump, with media pundits scrambling to understand Trump’s influence over the rust belt states, or “Trump country,” as it was dubbed. Four years and one Trump presidential election loss later, Ron Howard‘s adaptation of Hillbilly Elegy hits Netflix and the Oscar contender circuit, complete with transformative scenery-chewing performances from Oscar nominees Glenn Close and Amy Adams. Maybe it was the ill timing, or the blatant Oscar bait, but Hillbilly Elegy has not been well-received by critics in their recently released reviews.

See our round-up of Hillbilly Elegy reviews and early buzz below.

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soul early buzz

Pixar has set a high bar for itself ever since it launched with its all-time cinematic classic Toy Story. And the animation studio has continued to raise the bar ever since, releasing its share of masterworks, and its share of films that are…less so. But thankfully, it seems like Pixar’s latest highly anticipated release, Soul, falls in the former category. Making its worldwide premiere at the BFI London Film Festival ahead of its December release on Disney+, Soul is being called one of Pixar’s most ambitiously existential and finest films yet.

See what critics have to say about the film in our Soul review round-up.

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tenet reviews

Tenet is finally here!

Well, not here, in the United States. But here, in the wider world – a world which handled the coronavirus pandemic much more responsibly than we have and therefore deserves nice things as a reward.

But is this new Christopher Nolan spy thriller good enough to be considered a reward? Or, after months of build up and an exhausting meta-narrative about this being the only film that can possibly save movie theaters from oblivion, does the whole thing collapse under the weight of unrealistic expectations? Here’s a roundup of Tenet reviews (including ours!) to give you a sense of what critics are saying.  Read More »

mulan early buzz

Let’s get down to business: what did critics think of Mulan? Well, their praise for Niki Caro‘s live-action remake of the beloved 1998 animated classic is as swift as a coursing river, with many calling it one of the best Disney live-action remakes yet.

Here are the Mulan early buzz reactions.

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a quiet place part 2 early buzz

The buzz for A Quiet Place Part II has been far from quiet, with horror fans and non-horror fans alike anticipating John Krasinski‘s follow-up to his 2018 surprise hit. And it seems like that buzz will only get louder based on the universally positive early reactions to A Quiet Place Part II.

A few select critics and fans got to see an early screening of the highly anticipated sequel to A Quiet Place, which brings back Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, and Noah Jupe as the battered Abbott family, on the move to find new shelter after doing battle with the monsters that track their prey through sound. They’re joined in the new film by Djimon Honsou and Cillian Murphy, with the latter’s performance in particular being praised by critics. Simmonds is also being hailed as a breakout, with some dubbing her the “new Ripley.”

See the A Quiet Place Part 2 early buzz reactions below.

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onward early buzz

Just being an animated film from Pixar is a vote of confidence, with audiences holding the studio’s movies to the highest of standards. But could Pixar’s latest film, the fantasy-comedy Onward, live up to those standards? According to the Onward early buzz, opinions are mixed.

The first reactions to Onward are out, and while some are enchanted with the Tom Holland and Chris Pratt-starring road trip adventure movie about two elf brothers on a quest to resurrect their dead father for a day, others aren’t convinced that Onward has that special Pixar magic.

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Boss Level

Have you heard of Boss Level? It wouldn’t be surprising if you haven’t because it’s a movie produced by the now-defunct MoviePass that doesn’t yet have a release date. But this is an action-packed new movie from Smokin’ Aces and The Grey director Joe Carnahan that follows Frank Grillo as a retired special forces veteran trapped in a never-ending time loop resulting in his death every day. Instead of taking this scenario lying down, this guy has developed an incredible mastery of his skills as a soldier and how to utilize the world around him. It certainly sounds interesting and there’s a little bit of early buzz that indicates this movie is a hell of a lot of fun. Read More »

birds of prey early reactions

Birds of Prey has had its premiere in London, and several critics were on hand to witness the latest bit of R-rated DC mayhem. The overall consensus: it’s sure as hell better than Suicide Squad, but that’s not saying much. But the most common reaction is that the film is fun, with great action and some fun performances. That said, more than a few people have problems with the movie’s pacing. See the Birds of Prey early reactions below.

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the rise of skywalker early buzz

J.J. AbramsStar Wars: The Rise of Skywalker had its world premiere in Hollywood tonight, and while full reviews won’t arrive until just after midnight on the morning of December 18, the first social media reactions from the premiere are now online.

Does Abrams bring the Skywalker saga to a satisfying conclusion? How does the movie compare to The Last Jedi? Read on to learn what the first wave of critics are saying. Read More »