harriet review

Cynthia Erivo was a star the moment she opened her mouth and released a honeyed run of notes in Bad Times at the El Royale. Stealing 2018 in two back-to-back performances of El Royale and the critically acclaimed Widows, it was clear that the Tony-winning British actress was going to conquer the silver screen as well. And she’s got a role worthy of her star power in the rousing biopic Harriet, which follows the life of the slave-turned-abolitionist. Erivo is magnificent in the Kasi Lemmons-directed film, channeling a fiery rage and raw vulnerability in a performance that soars above the generic biopic formula that Harriet unfortunately cannot escape.

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the outsider trailer new

The Stephen King adaptation craze keeps on keepin’ on with The Outsider, a new HBO series base on one of the Master of Horror’s recent novels. The story concerns what appears to be an impossible murder: after a child in a small town is killed, a mountain of evidence points towards one man. The only problem is this suspect’s alibi is airtight, placing him miles away from the scene of the crime. Watch The Outsider trailer below.

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‘Harriet’ Trailer: Cynthia Erivo Becomes a Legend

harriet trailer

Ever since Cynthia Erivo belted a few heavenly notes in Bad Times at the El Royale, she has been a star on the rise. And in Harriet, she is elevated to historical icon status as the abolitionist, Underground Railroad conductor, and Civil War hero Harriet Tubman. Watch the official Harriet trailer below.

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harriet trailer

The extraordinary life of Harriet Tubman gets the biopic treatment in Harriet, a new drama starring Cynthia Erivo as the legendary freedom fighter. Kasi Lemmons, director of Eve’s Bayou, helms the feature, which also stars Leslie Odom Jr., Janelle Monáe, Joe Alwyn, Jennifer Nettles, and Clarke Peters. From the look of the film, it’s the type of emotional drama that garners plenty of attention during awards season. Watch the Harriet trailer below.

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Rip Van Winkle movie

Hollywood has been sleeping on a Rip Van Winkle movie, but it looks like they’re about to get a wake up call.

Cynthia Erivo, who broke out last year in a big way with roles in Steve McQueen’s heist film Widows and Drew Goddard’s period thriller Bad Times at the El Royale, is attached to star in a musical film adaptation of the classic Washington Irving short story. Josh Gad (Frozen, Beauty and the Beast) hatched the idea, and the writer of the upcoming Plastic Man movie is on board to write the screenplay. What a combo!
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bad times at the el royale clip

Bad Times at the El Royale opened in theaters this fall to muted reception. The film had everything going for it: a star-studded cast including Jeff Bridges, Chris Hemsworth, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm, and Cynthia Erivo, a rising director following up his acclaimed debut feature, a seedy neo-noir thriller premise. But audiences didn’t check in for Drew Goddard‘s Bad Times at the El Royale.

Now, before we could finish unpacking why this movie fizzled, Bad Times at the El Royale is making its way to home video. With a digital release already out, 20th Century Fox advertises the upcoming Blu-ray release with an extended Bad Times at the El Royale clip.

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‘Widows’ Clip: Cynthia Erivo Joins the Team

widows clip

Widows kicks-ass, and you should prepare yourself for the film’s marketing to ramp up as the November release date. The action-drama from director Steve McQueen and writer Gillian Flynn assembles a dynamite cast and turns them loose on a mission to pull off a potentially deadly heist. In the Widows clip below, the women at the center of the heist are in desperate need of a driver. Enter scene-stealer Cynthia Erivo, who might just be the solution to their problem.

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Bad Times at the El Royale Review

Drew Goddard’s Bad Times At The El Royale is Tarantino Lite, but not as an insult. Crooked paths collide in the heart of Lake Tahoe’s hospitality crossroads. Drifters clutch onto secrets – in addition to the hotel’s own chequered history – and that’s expected, but buildup material is often more exciting than any elongated payoff. For a twisty border-straddling government conspiracy thriller, Goddard plays it a wee bit safe. Maybe another character stereotype or two could have livened the party up? As is, unsavory room renters are mere vessels for Vietnam war rhetoric and an inevitable gyration by virtue of Chris Hemsworth’s always-unbuttoned Abercrombie model look.

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bad times at the el royale featurette

It’s clear from the trailers so far that Bad Times at the El Royale is going to be loaded with twists and surprises. A new Bad Times at the El Royale plays the mystery factory up considerably, as the cast and crew vaguely talk about how wild and crazy everything is…without giving anything away. Watch the Bad Times at the El Royale featurette below.

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Harriet Tubman Movie

The life of abolitionist Harriet Tubman will be chronicled in Harriet, a new film from Eve’s Bayou director Kasi Lemmons starring Widows‘s Cynthia Erivo. Erivo will be joined by Hamilton‘s Leslie Odom Jr. and Boy Erased‘s Joe Alwyn.

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