Aaron Sorkin's The Trial of the Chicago 7

Aaron Sorkin‘s upcoming drama The Trial of the Chicago 7 was meant to be released in theaters this fall by Paramount Pictures. The studio had slated the movie for a limited release on September 25 followed by a wide release on October 16. However, Netflix is now negotiating to acquire the global rights to the movie from Cross Creek Pictures, which would give the streaming service another awards contender.

UPDATE: Deadline reports Netflix has officially picked up global distribution rights for the movie with a $56 million deal. Our original story from June 22, 2020 follows below. Read More »

waiting for the barbarians trailer

Samuel Goldwyn Films has released a trailer for its star-studded period drama Waiting for the Barbarians, based on the the J.M. Coetzee novel of the same name. Mark Rylance, Johnny Depp, and Robert Pattinson star in the historical drama, which marks the English-language debut of Colombian filmmaker Ciro Guerra (Embrace of the Serpent). Watch the Waiting for the Barbarians trailer below.

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Spider-Man Homecoming Video Essay

Nearly a year ago, pre-production on Aaron Sorkin’s long-gestating true story of The Trial of the Chicago 7 was suddenly shut down in order to allow the acclaimed writer some time to work on his Broadway adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird. But a few months later, the movie was getting back together with a stacked cast assembling. Now the movie has added Michael Keaton, and Paramount Pictures has set The Trial of the Chicago 7 release date right at the start of awards season. Find out more below. Read More »

the last planet

Terrence Malick is already at work on his next film, The Last Planet, which finds the acclaimed director telling the story of everyone’s favorite holy carpenter, Jesus H. Christ. And since you usually can’t tell a story about Jesus without Satan popping-up somewhere, it looks like Old Scratch is going to be represented in the film as played by Mark Rylance. But Rylance isn’t just playing one Satan – he’s playing four different versions of the character.

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ready player one spoiler review

(In our Spoiler Reviews, we take a deep dive into a new release and get to the heart of what makes it tick…and every story point is up for discussion. In this entry: Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One.)

Steven Spielberg has spent nearly his entire career proving his critics wrong. When the filmmaker rose to prominence as a blockbuster wunderkind, there was a prevailing sense among critics that Spielberg was little more than a purveyor of harmless, artless pop – not a serious filmmaker. “If there is such a thing as a movie sense — and I think there is, Spielberg really has it,” critic Pauline Kael said. “But he may be so full of it that he doesn’t have much else.” Yet Spielberg did have much else, and he proved it time after time, crafting a lifetime worth of fantastic, heartfelt, downright magical films.

Until now.

It’s taken nearly 44 years, but with Ready Player One, Spielberg has finally proven his critics right. Here, on the heels of The Post – a wonderful, important film that had the 71-year-old filmmaker still firing on all cylinders – Spielberg offers up a muddled, downright hideous catastrophe. It’s official – Ready Player One is Steven Spielberg’s worst film.

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Ready Player One Reviews

Ready Player One premiered at the 2018 South by Southwest Festival to heavy anticipation. Would it be as tacky as the marketing made it appear or would director Steven Spielberg live up to his legendary reputation?

It turns out that fans of the ’80s nostalgia vehicle had nothing to worry about. Movie critics and geek bloggers are over the moon in their praise of Spielberg’s adaptation of the 2011 Ernest Cline novel, calling it a joyous visual spectacle. After the film premiered — with a few technical hiccups — in Austin, Ready Player One received a standing ovation.

Here is what early critics thought of Ready Player One.

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The final Ready Player One trailer here, and it’s overflowing with action and references galore. Steven Spielberg directs this spectacle-laden adaptation of Ernest Cline‘s pop culture extravaganza. It seems like a perfect pairing, but the question remains: will Ready Player One be any good?

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Ready Player One Trailer

Next year, Steven Spielberg is going to bring audiences into an epic nerdland with Ready Player One. His adaptation of Ernest Cline‘s wildly popular novel will have plenty of references, but hopefully, it’ll have a lot more going for it than a trip down nostalgia lane. Considering Ready Player One is a Steven Spielberg film, we have little reason to believe it won’t be.

Below, watch the Ready Player One trailer.

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dunkirk review round up

Dunkirk seemed like a strange choice for Christopher Nolan‘s next feature, since he’s a director known for his abstract sci-fi features and clever plot twists. Box office predictors and audiences didn’t know what to make of the war epic about a relatively obscure (to American audiences) World War II evacuation, with some estimating that it would be his lowest-grossing movie in years.

But if the reviews are anything to go by, Dunkirk may be Nolan’s most stunning achievement yet. Dunkirk is being met by some of the most enthusiastic praise of Nolan’s career — and indeed, many critics are calling it the filmmaker’s best movie so far.

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the bfg featurette

There’s a new Steven Spielberg movie in theaters in less than a month and that is a reason for celebration. Or it should be a reason for celebration. The BFG seems to be flying under the radar, lost in a sea of other big summer releases. And that’s a shame because it certainly looks lovely. Spielberg’s inherent humanity and author Roald Dahl‘s sly wit feel like perfect complements for one another. Plus, how can anyone with good taste not want to see another collaboration between the greatest populist director of all time and the wonderful Mark Rylance, who took home an Oscar earlier this year for Bridge of Spies?

A new featurette about the film focusing on the casting of Rylance as the titular “Big Friendly Giant” has arrived and it only confirms my suspicions that I could listen to Mr. Rylance talk all day long.

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