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‘Moonlight’ Dominates IndieWire’s Telluride Film Festival Critics Poll

6 September 2016 7:26 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

With the end of the Telluride Film Festival, we’ve received our first sneak peak at some of the movies bound to keep generating buzz throughout this year’s awards season. Although the Venice Film Festival takes place on a much larger scale at the same time, the more intimate Telluride setting provides a focused window into a handful of new films that arrive there expectations.

And this year, no film benefited from that boost more than Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight,” which easily topped IndieWire’s survey of favorite films from critics and journalists attending this year’s gathering. The longtime Telluride staffer’s second feature (following 2008’s “Medicine For Melancholy”) was produced by A24 and Plan B, which gave the movie strong momentum that reached fruition as soon as the film screened to great acclaim. Among the 17 critics and reporters who voted in this year’s poll, eight singled out »

- Eric Kohn

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‘Ben Hur’ Critical Roundup: Reviews Shrug at Epic Remake

18 August 2016 1:08 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Almost six decades ago, Charlton Heston embodied Ben-Hur, a prince falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother, in the Academy Award-winning blockbuster of the same name. Winning 11 Oscars, including Best Picture, this drama became a classic in cinema history. Now, the epic story of Judah Ben-Hur returns to the big screen in Timur Bekmambetov’ remake. As the helmer takes audiences back to the chariot races, it seems like critics aren’t up for the ride.

IndieWire’s David Ehrlich calls the film “chariots of misfire” and states that “Jesus dies for our cinema sins in this biblical epic.” He also notes that “if each new “Ben-Hur” is a reflection of the time in which it was made, this one may remember 2016 time as a grim time for blockbuster entertainment.”

Read More: ‘Ben-Hur’ Review: Jesus Dies For Our Cinema Sins In This Redeemably Garish Biblical Epic

Owen Gleiberman of Variety »

- Liz Calvario

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‘Suicide Squad’ Fans Launch Petition To Shut Down Rotten Tomatoes In Response To Bad Reviews

3 August 2016 2:36 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

After a slew of negative reviews for “Suicide Squad,” the people have spoken and they want Rotten Tomatoes to be shut down. DC Comics fan Abdullah Coldwater created a Change.org petition, “Shutdown Rotten Tomatoes,” as a way to fight back against critics who have been tarnishing the superhero movie.

“We need this site to be shut down because critics always give The DC Extended Universe movies unjust, bad reviews. And that affects people’s opinion even if it’s a really great movie,” he wrote on the page.

At the time of this publication, the petition has over 16,000 signatures and hopes to reach its goal of 25,000.

Read More: ‘Suicide Squad’ Review: These Heroes May Be Bad, But Their Movie Is Even Worse

While the petition continues to rally up signatures, Coldwater did update the site by writing, “A petition definitely won’t shut down the site. The aim of »

- Liz Calvario

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‘Suicide Squad’ Fans Petition To Shut Down Rotten Tomatoes Over Negative Reviews

3 August 2016 10:47 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Suicide Squad” fans launched a Change.org petition with the intent of shutting down film review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes after the tentpole received a slew of negative reviews from critics.

Abdullah Coldwater, the DC Comics fan who drafted the petition, accused the site of giving “unjust bad reviews” that “affects people’s opinion even if it’s a really great [movie].”

He added, “Critics always give The DC Extended Universe movies unjust bad reviews.”

The petition has received over 13,000 signatures as of this post.

Suicide Squad,” which stars Will Smith, Jared Leto and Margot Robbie and is one of the most highly-anticipated movies of the summer, currently has an approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes of 34 percent.

In comparison recent critical disgrace “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” settled at 27 percent on 344 critiques, whereas Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” garnered a laudatory 90 percent with 320 critics chiming in.

Suicide Squad” has received »

- Lamarco McClendon

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‘Suicide Squad’ Critical Roundup: Reviewers Disappointed With The ‘All Flash, No Fun’ Supervillain Action Flick

2 August 2016 11:27 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The highly-anticipated and amped-up action flick “Suicide Squad” will be arriving in theaters this Friday, August 5. The Warner Bros. and DC Comics film follows a team of dangerous, incarcerated supervillains who are recruited for a top-secret mission. Starring Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie and a slew of other talented actors, the first reviews are really in and it’s not looking too good for the David Ayer-directed flick. 

IndieWire’s David Ehrlich gave the film a D+, writing in his review that “these heroes may be bad, but their movie is even worse.” He states, “‘Suicide Squad’ never has the courage of its convictions — it doesn’t own anything. At best, Ayer rents some pre-existing pop iconography and charges us $15 to watch him take it around the block for a spin. Forget the ‘Worst. Heroes. Ever.’ These guys don’t even know how to be bad.”

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- Liz Calvario

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The Early Reviews For Suicide Squad Are In...And They're Not Good

2 August 2016 11:05 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Update: You can hear the impressions from Lrm founder and editor-in-chief Kellvin Chavez in the new episode of Los Fanboys, embedded below!

A whole lot seems to be riding on Suicide Squad. We've said it here multiple times on the site, on Los Fanboys Podcast, and we're not the only ones. Say what you will about Batman v Superman, but as far as the general public is concerned, that flick left a whole lot to be desired for a lot of fans. In the face of that film's super-serious tone, we had the first official trailer for Suicide Squad, which was set to the Queen song "Bohemian Rhapsody." 

Immediately, the story about the DC Extended Universe began to change. Maybe it wouldn't be so serious and terrible after all. Now, all of a sudden, Suicide Squad wasn't just a movie; Suicide Squad was the counterpoint to everything Batman  v Superman »

- Joseph Medina

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‘Ghostbusters’ Review Roundup: Critics Generally Positive On Female-Led Blockbuster

11 July 2016 8:03 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Riding a wave of high expectations and faux-outrage from male zealots who don’t like their childhoods infected by cooties, “Ghostbusters” has finally opened in theaters and the reviews are generally positive, albeit with more than a few caveats. Following a ghost invasion of Manhattan, paranormal enthusiasts Erin Gilbert and Abby Yates (Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy), nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon), and subway worker Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones) all band together to stop the otherworldly threat.

IndieWire‘s own Eric Kohn gave the film a mixed review, praising the film as an “explicitly feminist reworking of the popular franchise” with a crackerjack cast, but also said that the film marinates in old ides rather than new ones: “As ghostly occurrences grow more frequent and the Ghostbusters face down a series of CGI baddies around town, neither Robert Yeoman »

- Vikram Murthi

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First "Ghostbusters" Reboot Reviews Are In

10 July 2016 11:05 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The review embargo has lifted for Sony's "Ghostbusters" reboot and so far the reaction has been fairly consistent - a little tepid, neither gushingly good or aggressively bad. Much of the criticism isn't levelled at the cast or director, but the overall film itself with complaints of lacking any innovation and being too slavish to the original. As a result it never seems to escape its shadow.

That said, there's also been praise for some of the scares and key character moments, and the film is doing well on the aggregate review sites - 76% on Rotten Tomatoes and 67% on Metacritic at this point in time. Not great, but good scores nonetheless.

Interestingly there's a good mix of female reviewers out there tackling the topic to try and provide a more balanced perspective than we usually get with Summer tentpoles. Here's just some of the sample quotes below:

"While both funnier »

- Garth Franklin

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Beyoncé Recalls a Time When High-End Labels Wouldn't Dress the "Four Black, Country, Curvy Girls" of Destiny's Child

7 June 2016 4:34 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Beyoncé will always be in fashion. The "Hold Up" singer made a surprise appearance at the Cfda Awards in New York City Monday. With Jay Z, Blue Ivy Carter, Tina Knowles and Richard Lawson in the audience, Cfda president Diane Von Furstenberg presented Beyoncé with the Fashion Icon award. The diva—who rarely walks a red carpet or gives interview—used her time on stage to reflect on the beginning of Destiny's Child's and to honor fashion designers who aren't afraid to take risks. "I feel so much love and I feel so proud. As long as I can remember, fashion has been part of my life. Its effect on me actually started before I was born. Many of you guys don't know this, but »

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Cannes's Latest Booing Victims

20 May 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

It wouldn't be Cannes without the reports of boos from the always feisty crowd. While reviews and early word from the festival's first days were mostly positive, the jeers are just starting to begin. This year's unluckiest victims have been Personal Shopper and The Neon Demon.

If the reported response to The Neon Demon is to be believed, it may be one for future Cannes lore. The most vocal detractors were hurling obscenities at the screen and many responses were repulsed by the film's more twisted, violent elements and shallow veneer. But the question remains: What else did they expect from a Nicolas Winding Refn horror film? Perhaps the boos themselves could have been expected as well, given the reaction to his previous effort Only God Forgives.

Personal Shopper reunites director Olivier Assayas with his Clouds of Sils Maria star Kristen Stewart as an assistant suffering from ghostly visitations. Its »

- Chris Feil

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Beyoncé's Mom Tina Knowles-Lawson Says Lemonade Is About the 'Healing Process' After Betrayal

9 May 2016 4:45 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Like mother, like daughter. In a new interview, Beyoncé's mom Tina Knowles-Lawson opens up about her daughter's new album Lemonade and how it relates to her own life as well. "It could be about anyone's marriage," she tells ABC13 in Houston. "I think that everybody at one time or another has been betrayed and lied to and it's about the pain and it's about the healing process and it's about how do you get past that and move on." In 2011, Knowles-Lawson went through a divorce from Mathew Knowles and leaned on their children - Beyoncé, 34, and Solange, 29 - to get through the tough time. »

- Melody Chiu, @chiumelo

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Beyoncé's Mom Tina Knowles-Lawson Says Lemonade Is About the 'Healing Process' After Betrayal

9 May 2016 4:45 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Like mother, like daughter. In a new interview, Beyoncé's mom Tina Knowles-Lawson opens up about her daughter's new album Lemonade and how it relates to her own life as well. "It could be about anyone's marriage," she tells ABC13 in Houston. "I think that everybody at one time or another has been betrayed and lied to and it's about the pain and it's about the healing process and it's about how do you get past that and move on." In 2011, Knowles-Lawson went through a divorce from Mathew Knowles and leaned on their children - Beyoncé, 34, and Solange, 29 - to get through the tough time. »

- Melody Chiu, @chiumelo

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Saints & Sinners: Preview the Bounce TV Series' March 6 Debut

29 February 2016 2:59 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Season one of Bounce TV's new Saints & Sinners TV series premieres Sunday, March 6, 2016, at 9:00pm Et/Pt. Watch a preview, below. Bounce says, "Shot on location in Atlanta, Saints & Sinners centers around the pursuit of power, intertwined with greed, deception, corruption and murder – all set against the backdrop of a large southern church."

The Saints & Sinners cast includes: Vanessa Bell Calloway, Christian Keyes, Keith Robinson, Clifton Powell, Gloria Reuben, J.D. Williams, Jasmine Burke, Afemo Omilami, and Richard Lawson.

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- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Beyoncé Reunites with Destiny's Child at Kelly Rowland's Birthday Bash - and the 'Independent Women' Jump Into the Photo Booth!

22 February 2016 9:35 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Kelly Rowland's 35th birthday party was "Jumpin', Jumpin'"! That's because the celebration doubled as a Destiny's Child reunion with Rowland's bandmates Beyoncé and Michelle Williams. Sure, the ladies have been busy pursuing their solo careers, but judging by their adorable photo booth snaps, you'd never guess their bond has changed since they got "Bootylicious" in 2001. Rowland shared a handful of images via Instagram on Sunday, showing the musicians striking poses together and Rowland getting cute with Williams. #Happybdaytome A photo posted by kellyrowland (@kellyrowland) on Feb 21, 2016 at 3:55am Pst Beyoncé's mom Tina Knowles Lawson also got in on the fun, »

- Nick Maslow, @nickmaslow

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Beyoncé Reunites with Destiny's Child at Kelly Rowland's Birthday Bash - and the 'Independent Women' Jump Into the Photo Booth!

22 February 2016 9:35 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Kelly Rowland's 35th birthday party was "Jumpin', Jumpin'"! That's because the celebration doubled as a Destiny's Child reunion with Rowland's bandmates Beyoncé and Michelle Williams. Sure, the ladies have been busy pursuing their solo careers, but judging by their adorable photo booth snaps, you'd never guess their bond has changed since they got "Bootylicious" in 2001. Rowland shared a handful of images via Instagram on Sunday, showing the musicians striking poses together and Rowland getting cute with Williams. #Happybdaytome A photo posted by kellyrowland (@kellyrowland) on Feb 21, 2016 at 3:55am Pst Beyoncé's mom Tina Knowles Lawson also got in on the fun, »

- Nick Maslow, @nickmaslow

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Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson: Controversial Casting Adds Fuel to Hollywood’s Diversity Debate

27 January 2016 11:38 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

With the entertainment industry currently embroiled in a debate over the lack of diversity in film, UK pay TV network Sky Arts may have picked the wrong time to announce that British actor Joseph Fiennes will play pop icon Michael Jackson in a new half-hour comedy special.

The project, “Elizabeth, Michael and Marlon,” will center around an unlikely road trip that Jackson and friends Elizabeth Taylor (Stockard Channing) and Marlon Brando (Brian Cox) allegedly took from New York to Ohio in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001.

In a statement regarding Fiennes’ casting, Sky Arts said, “‘Elizabeth, Michael and Marlon’ is a Sky Arts comedy which takes a light-hearted look at a reportedly true event; Joseph Fiennes is cast as Michael Jackson. It is part of a series of comedies about unlikely stories from arts and cultural history. Sky Arts gives producers the creative freedom to cast roles as they wish, »

- Variety Staff

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Daily | Sundance + Berlin 2016 | Andrew Neel’s Goat

25 January 2016 11:46 AM, PST | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

"Brutal and harrowing as it is, there is something deeply sympathetic and sorrowful at work in director Andrew Neel’s frat hazing drama Goat," finds Vanity Fair's Richard Lawson. "Neel illustrates a world of homosocial bonding that is fueled by insecurity and anger, but he weaves in an affecting thread of pathos—we feel sorry for these boys as much as we revile them." The new feature starring Ben Schnetzer, Nick Jonas, Gus Halper, Danny Flaherty, Virginia Gardner, Jake Picking, Brock Yurich, Will Pullen, Austin Lyon, Eric Staves, Jamar Jackson and producer James Franco, is competing at Sundance—and we're gathering reviews. » - David Hudson »

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Golden Globe Arrivals

10 January 2016 4:19 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

07:00 The 73rd Annual Golden Globes are here. And we're seated and not yet drunk, far from the Beverly Hilton (NYC to be precise).  I'm getting a late start. I blame pizza cravings. As I sat down with half of a pizza in my mouth -- I don't play around! -- Svelte Kirsten Dunst in autoerotic black (damn girl) was talking about her recent diet to plump up a bit for Fargo "you know... bread and cheese". Dear reader it's like I was on TV and she was making fun of me from home, the cheese dribbling down my chin.

07:08 Earlier on the TV we also learned that Alicia Vikander went sky-diving (okay) that maybe don't surprise Jamie Lee Curtis with a question about her mother's Golden Globe win for Psycho  ("you know... my mom's been gone a long time... we're moving forward... I'm happy to be here representing »

- NATHANIEL R

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