Posted on Monday, January 23rd, 2017 by Jacob Hall
Whenever we talk about the Golden Raspberry Awards, alternatively known as the Razzies and A Cheap Exercise in Snark That Doesn’t Actually Go After the Worst Movies of the Year But Rather the Most Obvious Punching Bags, it’s important to remember that these “awards” are the worst. With that said, Zoolander 2 and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice led the 2017 Razzie nominations.
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Posted on Monday, January 2nd, 2017 by Angie Han
By now, you probably have a pretty good idea of which films critics loved most in 2016, and an objectively accurate idea of which films did best at the box office in 2016. And it shouldn’t be much longer before we get a sense of how all the awards races are shaping up. So how about the folks who kind of like watching movies, but not enough to actually pay for them? Which films topped the illegal downloading charts in 2016? Find out the most pirated movies of 2016 below. Read More »
Believe it or not, Independence Day: Resurgence was a movie that was released in theaters this past summer. I don’t know if it’s because the election has made this year feel longer than ever, or if the sequel what just that forgettable, but it’s probably a combination of both. Thankfully, Honest Trailers is here to give some value to the sequel by completely skewering it, mostly for the fact that it’s so awful, despite taking 20 years to finally get made.
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Posted on Friday, July 15th, 2016 by Angie Han
This summer has served up all sorts of expensive, extravagant spectacles. We’ve traveled to far-flung fantasy realms, battled ghouls and ghosts of every stripe, witnessed multiple animals endangering human lives by driving trucks, and cheered on more superhero-on-superhero pileups than you can shake a supernaturally powered scepter at. One thing we haven’t gotten a lot of, though? LGBTQ characters. Instead, what we have seen are a number of characters like Ghostbusters‘ Jillian Holtzmann, who slink right up to the edge, but then stop just short of coming out.
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In this edition of Sequel Bits:
- Michael Bay welcomes Laura Haddock to the Transformers: The Last Knight set as a new billboard appears in Times Square.
- A new Jason Bourne featurette explores a gigantic car chase sequence.
- Dave Franco would like to make Now You See Me 3, of course.
- Check out the stuff that was cut from Independence Day: Resurgence.
- The shot-on-Snapchat Sickhouse is getting a sequel.
- Star Trek Beyond gets a new featurette and an IMAX poster.
- Rian Johnson shares another new images from the Star Wars: Episode 8 set.
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Last week, I bought my ticket and settled in for Independence Day: Resurgence with some trepidation. After all, the publicity machine had been silent and there were no really screenings for critics. The belated sequel to director Roland Emmerich‘s 1996 alien invasion film was opening in theaters showcasing all of the telltale signs of stinker. The only thing missing was literal smell lines wafting out of the poster in the lobby.
And then the credits began to roll and I was pleasantly surprised. I liked Independence Day: Resurgence! I had a good time with it! I thought it was a worthy follow-up to the original, a film that I’m embarrassed to enjoy as much as I do! So I opened up Twitter to share this pleasant news with the world and quickly learned that I was very much alone. The rest of the world, including my /Film colleagues, thought the film was a big pile of irredeemable junk, an all-time stinker, a disaster, of epic proportions. I tell this anecdote to make it clear that I wasn’t reacting to the initial round of negative responses. I’m not just being a contrarian for the sake of it. I reached this humiliating opinion on my own, thank you very much.
A $200 million movie shouldn’t need a defense. This isn’t a misunderstood future classic or an indie in need of championing, But damn it all: I enjoyed Independence Day: Resurgence and there is no way I’m going to march into the future without going on the record. So follow my down this path – I will hold my head up high and try to justify being that guy who likes this movie.
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Independence Day: Resurgence only just hit theaters yesterday, but even before audiences were able to check it out for themselves, we knew this sequel would at least hint at the possibility of another movie to follow. Now director Roland Emmerich has confirmed as much, and he even teases that Independence Day 3 will feature an “intergalactic journey” for some of the characters. However, in order to talk about that sequel, we’ll have to dive into some Independence Day: Resurgence spoilers. So if you haven’t seen the sequel yet, beware of everything after the jump. Read More »
When Independence Day hit theaters in 1996, it brought the spectacle of global destruction, exciting action, some decent laughs, and an ensemble of memorable characters with nary a huge movie star in sight. Twenty years later, Independence Day: Resurgence attempts to deliver all that again. But despite a plot point out of left field that shifts the sequel away from a simple retread of the original and toward an absolute bonkers, universe-expanding set-up for a sequel, this follow-up falls flat and lacks any of the heart, charm, efficiency and exhilaration that makes the first one entertaining to this day.
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Posted on Tuesday, June 21st, 2016 by Angie Han
A few days ago news broke that Independence Day: Resurgence would not screen for critics until Friday — the morning after the film hits theaters for the general public. That did not seem to bode well for the movie. Generally speaking, if a studio is working that hard to keep critics from reviewing a movie, it’s because they expect the reviews will be terrible.
But those reports were only half true. While American critics won’t see Independence Day: Resurgence until Friday, journalists in other countries have already seen the film. The first reviews have started to trickle out, and you can get the Independence Day: Resurgence buzz below. Read More »
With just a few days until Independence Day: Resurgence hits theaters, we still don’t know how good this sequel is going to be. As we reported over the weekend, the only screening being made available to press and critics will be on Friday morning, about 15 hours after the general public is able to see the movie at Thursday night preview screenings around the country. That either means the movie isn’t very good, there’s a secret they don’t want spoiled, or since their confidence in X-Men: Apocalypse backfired, they’re just being more cautious. We’ll find out later this week.
But one thing we do know now is how Brent Spiner was able to return as the eccentric Dr. Okun after appearing to meet his demise in the original Independence Day. A new video from Earth Space Defense profiles the Area 51 scientist as one of the heroes of The War of ’96, and part of the video reveals what happened to Dr. Okun after being attacked by one of the aliens and used as a communication vessel to speak with President Whitmore.
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