on the basis of sex review

There’s a scene in almost every teen TV drama where the teacher describes the theme of the episode that will come to pass over the next 45 minutes. The majority of On the Basis of Sex is like that.

The Ruth Bader Ginsburg biopic stars Felicity Jones as the trailblazing lawyer who later becomes one of our foremost Supreme Court justices and only the second female Supreme Court justice in history. But On the Basis of Sex focuses on Ginsburg’s first landmark case that launched her career as the premiere advocate against gender discrimination. Which would be fine if that were actually the case. Instead, the first half-hour of the film plays like a checklist of Ginsburg’s early life, peppered with winking moments to the time period’s retrograde perspective on women. Ruth enters Harvard and shoots to the top of her class: Check. Ruth balances raising a child and caring for a cancer-stricken husband (Armie Hammer) with her studies: Check. Ruth literally does everything her husband Martin does, backwards and in heels, and still gets denied a career as a lawyer: Check.

All throughout her struggles, Ruth maintains her noble disposition and perfectly coiffed hair, simply raising her chin at the injustices with the implied knowledge that she is destined for greater things. For the first half-hour of the film, On the Basis of Sex is too caught up in its label as an important film, breathlessly recounting the life story of an icon of female empowerment while a soaring score briskly carries the story along and fills in its gaps. But if you skip that first half-hour, you may find a powerful and affecting film.

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Lady and the Tramp Remake Cast - Janelle Monae

The cast of Disney’s live-action remake of Lady and the Tramp already has Tessa Thompson and Justin Theroux on board to voice the titular dogs in the tale of canine romance from two different side of the tracks. But over the past few months, the cast has filled out with even more impressive talent, and one more name has just signed on in a key supporting role.

Janelle Monáe, who co-starred in Hidden Figures and had a supporting role in the Best Picture winner Moonlight, will voice a dog named Peg. If you don’t remember that character from the original movie, we’ve got everything you need to know below. Read More »

maniac teaser

Emma Stone and Jonah Hill play two strangers who find a world-traversing connection in Cary Fukunaga‘s mind-bending Netflix series, Maniac. But how do they come to meet at the mysterious pharmaceutical trial that throws them into a surreal journey through alternate universes?

A new Maniac teaser suggests that this infomercial for the depression treatment facility, Neberdine Pharmaceutical Biotech, is what attracted all these volunteers. But with Justin Theroux, Sonoya Mizuno, and Rome Kanda‘s doctors delivering a stilted promise to cure people of all their mental ailments in the informercial, it’s a miracle that this facility with a mouthful of a name got any volunteers at all.

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maniac early buzz

True Detective visionary Cary Fukunaga, Oscar winner Emma Stone, and Oscar nominee Jonah Hill seems like a dream team that could turn any collaboration into a smash success. But unfortunately, it seems that their darkly comic sci-fi series, Maniac, is more of a mixed bag.

Based on the Norwegian TV series of the same name, Maniac is a Netflix miniseries directed by Fukunaga and starring Stone and Hill as two strangers who meet an experimental drug trial and end up navigating a slew of vibrant alternate realities in their minds. Throw any of those elements into a blender, and it would seem like you would have a surefire hit. But the Maniac early buzz, while glowing about Stone’s performance, seems to suggest that this is the problem — the miniseries feels like a blended mess of tones and stories.

Here is what critics are saying about Maniac.

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maniac teaser

Despite several trailers dropping for Cary Fukunaga‘s highly anticipated Netflix miniseries, Maniac remains very much a mystery. We know that it features two former Superbad stars and that it’s about as different from Superbad as could be. And that Emma Stone and Jonah Hill play two strangers struggling with mental illness who meet at a pharmaceutical drug trial that will supposedly solve all their problems — only to be sent on a wild adventure through a shared mind-verse.

The new Maniac teaser gives us a greater glimpse at the cosmic connection between Stone’s Annie and Hill’s Owen, who can’t stop meeting in each of the imagined worlds that the drug trial lands them in.

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Black Panther Villain Video Essay

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, a video essay explores how director Ryan Coogler created an empathetic villain for Marvel’s Black Panther. Plus, check out some of the coolest movie props that were on display at San Diego Comic-Con, and listen as Mila Kunis and Justin Theroux answer the web’s most searched questions about them. Read More »

lady and the tramp cast

Kiersey Clemons must love dogs for her next role. The Hearts Beat Loud actress is circling a role in Disney’s live-action Lady and the Tramp as one of the remake’s few human characters.

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lady and the tramp remake

Disney is still making that live-action Lady and the Tramp remake, and they’ve finally announced the first cast members: Justin Theroux will voice the Tramp himself, while Ashley Jensen will provide the voice of Scottish Terrier Jackie (named Jock in the original animated film). Unlike other recent live-action Disney remakes, Lady and the Tramp is being groomed for Disney’s upcoming streaming service.

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the spy who dumped me clip

The Spy Who Dumped Me may not be the most buzzed-about movie of the summer, but the comedy looks like it could be a lot of fun. In a new Spy Who Dumped Me clip, stars Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon hop in a cab to get away from some gun-toting guys on motorcycles. Action and jokes about smoking meth follow. Watch the Spy Who Dumped Me clip below.

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the spy who dumped me trailer

Kate McKinnon and Mila Kunis are best friends caught up in a dangerous spy game in the very funny The Spy Who Dumped Me trailer. This action-comedy looks to use McKinnon and Kunis’ individual comic stylings to great effect, and throws in a heavy dose of action to boot. Watch the trailer below.

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