the farewell review

(This review originally ran during our coverage of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. The Farewell hits theaters on July 12, 2019.)

In 2018, rapper and actress Awkwafina broke out in a big way, delivering memorable turns in Ocean’s 8 and Crazy Rich Asians. Those two particular performances were indeed enjoyable and fun, but they also bordered on schtick – the actress was very much playing characters; individuals that felt cooked up primarily in the minds of screenwriters. In Lulu Wang‘s lovely, melancholy The Farewell, Awkwafina breaks out in a much bigger way with her first major role, creating a wholly realistic character, and revealing a talent for dramatic acting that you may not have realized she possessed. It’s an incredible performance.

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one night in miami director

Oscar winner Regina King is set to make her feature film directorial debut with the adaptation of Kemp Powers‘ play One Night in MiamiKing will be taking on a script by Powers, who is adapting his own debut play based on the real lives of Cassius Clay, Malcolm X, Sam Cooke, and Jim Brown.

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David Fincher's next movie

After five years away from making movies, director David Fincher has finally lined up his next feature film. After flirting with Paramount’s World War Z 2 only for that project to ultimately fall apart, Fincher is now heading to Netflix to direct a biopic of Herman J. Mankiewicz, the co-writer of films like Citizen Kane and an uncredited writer on The Wizard of Oz. Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight) will star, and Fincher’s own father wrote the screenplay. Here’s what we know about the new film.

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The Handmaid's Tale Unfit Review

June’s (Elisabeth Moss) quote, “It’s an acquired taste seeing others in pain,” sums up frequent reservations about the increasingly tortuous content of The Handmaid’s Tale, particularly in an age where bodily autonomy in the USA is more fraught. “Unfit” examines how pain can drive the heart to commit callousness. However, the episode is marred by the show’s white woman-centricity, with June (and her fellow white-dominated Handmaid sisters aside from Janine) tormenting a black female character of prominence, Ofmatthew/Natalie (Ashleigh LaThrop) in this case. 

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The Woman in the Window Delayed

Disney is still sifting through the movies they acquired in the purchase of 20th Century Fox. While some projects, like Wes Ball’s adaptation of the fantasy adventure The Mouse Guard, have been set aside by the House of Mouse, others are in the midst of moving towards a release. However, one of those projects need to be retooled a bit before it’s ready for audiences.

The Woman in the Window is an adaptation of A.J. Finn’s best-selling novel of the same name that Fox 2000 had been working on before Disney bought Fox. The film is an adult thriller directed by Joe Wright (Atonement) and starring Amy Adams that had been positioned as a possible awards contender with a release set for this fall. But apparently early test screenings confused audiences too much, and now the movie will undergo reshoots to make the central mystery easier to understand. But that means Fox/Disney have opted to delay The Woman in the Window until 2020. Read More »

Quentin Tarantino Podcast

Quentin Tarantino is in publicity overdrive for his upcoming Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. The famous filmmaker (and film fan) owns the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles, and he’s programmed a line-up of movies that served as inspiration for his latest opus. To help promote both the new movie and the July programming at the New Bev, Tarantino joined the Pure Cinema Podcast and talked for nearly three hours.

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The Lion King TV Spot

The Lion King remake is less than two weeks away from hitting theaters. It’s bound to be another huge hit around the world for Walt Disney Pictures, but for those who may be on the fence about checking it out, a new clip has arrived with some hilarity supplied by the dynamic duo Timon and Pumbaa, who are voiced by Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen this time. Watch The Lion King clip below. Read More »

Mulan Trailer

Disney’s remake of Aladdin just recently crossed the $900 million mark at the worldwide box office, making it only the sixth live-action Disney film to cross that major milestone. So there’s no better time to keep the hype train going than by teasing the next remake of one of their beloved animated classics.

Mulan is based on the 1998 feature animated action adventure inspired by one of China’s most popular folktales. The film follows a young woman who masquerades as a man to take her father’s place in the Imperial Army, and now that story is getting the live-action reboot treatment. However, don’t expect the musical part of the original movie to make a comeback this time.

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Cobra Kai comic book

The YouTube Premium original series Cobra Kai has been continuing a story that first got underway back in 1984 with The Karate Kid, depicting the ongoing rivalry between Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) and Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) decades after they clashed as teenagers. Daniel was the protagonist of that original movie and Johnny was depicted as a villain, but what if the story is more complicated than that?

A new Cobra Kai comic book intends to explore that question by giving Johnny Lawrence his own Maleficent moment, retelling the events of The Karate Kid through his eyes instead of Daniel’s. Learn more about the upcoming comic below. Read More »

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the informer trailer

Earlier this year, a Joel Kinnaman-starring crime thriller directed by Italian filmmaker Andrea Di Stefano was set to hit theaters before it was quietly pushed back. But with a new August release date set, a second The Informer trailer teases the story of a tortured ex-military man played by Kinnaman who is caught in the crosshairs of a battle between the mob, the NYPD, and the FBI as he seeks to escape to save his family. Watch the latest The Informer trailer below.

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