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Drew McWeeny and Roth Cornet dive into the big week in movies. First up, they examine the truth in Jesse Eisenberg’s scathing satire of film critics and bloggers in The New Yorker. They then dive into “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” and “The Night Before.” Finally, it’s the best of the film critic swag! Take a look in the player above or below and let us know what you think here or on Twitter. Drew: @DrewAtHitFix Roth: @RothCornet »
- Roth Cornet
Katniss ends up posterized and Falcon helps Seth Rogen vomit in church: do these sound like good ideas? Oh, yes. The truth is, if you can, you should see both. Drew McWeeny and Roth Cornet take a look at this weekend’s big movie openings. “The Night Before” and “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” and unpack what’s worth your time and why. Take a look in the player above or below and chat with us here or on Twitter: Roth: @RothCornet Drew: @DrewAtHitFix »
- Roth Cornet
We sit down with “A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story” director and producer Sara Hirsh Bordo to talk about what it took for her to take a leap of faith and direct her first documentary, the story of a young woman who took what could have been a soul shattering event and turned it into the fuel to create positive change in the world as an anti-bullying advocate. Lizzie is genuinely remarkable and Sara's work is tremendous. She is a true inspiration to us, so please do check out her organization Women Rising and the film at I’m With Lizzie. Take a look in the player above or below and please do watch "A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story," you'll be glad that you did. Take a look at Drew McWeeny's moving review here. »
- Roth Cornet
Is it possible to be objective with stars this big? Drew McWeeny and Roth Cornet take a look at Angelina Jolie Pitt’s latest directorial effort, “By the Sea,” and discuss whether the negative critical response is warranted or is in part due to the stature of that stars involved. From there we do a deep dive on the merits of “The Flash.” Take a look in the player above or below and chat with us here or on Twitter. Roth: @RothCornet Drew: @DrewAtHitfix »
- Roth Cornet
“Fargo.” “Minority Report.” “Limitless.” “Scream.” “Ash vs. Evil Dead.” The list of movies that are now TV shows is getting longer. Here’s the movie you can add to that list today: “Snowpiercer.” The dystopian film is getting the small screen treatment, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed. This brings “Snowpiercer” further around the world just like its eponymous train. The story started as a French graphic novel called “Le Transperceneige” published in 1982. The movie was produced by South Korean company Cj Entertainment and directed by Bong Joon-Ho (his first English-language film). It was released in South Korea in summer 2013 and in the U.S. in June 2014. Now the TV series is being developed by American company Tomorrow Studios, which also produces NBC’s “Aquarius.” Set to pen the script for the project is Josh Friedman, writer of the Steven Spielberg “War of the Worlds” film and “The Sarah Connor Chronicles. »
- Emily Rome
The latest in the James Bond franchise, “Spectre,” opened this weekend to a mixed critical response. Let's talk about why. Here, Drew McWeeny and Roth Cornet engage in a full spoiler-cast on the film, to hone in on how where the franchise has gone with this installment, and where it may go from here. Take a look in the video player above or below, and chat with us here or on Twitter: Roth: @RothCornet Drew: @DrewAtHitFix »
- Roth Cornet
Here Drew McWeeny and Roth Cornet dive into all that the “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” trailer got right, and allay any potential concerns about the film. From there we dive into a discussion of films that you absolutely should watch…but only once, as they may leave you in a vomitus faint. Finally, we try to unravel the mystery of why Vin Diesel only has one monstrously successful franchise to date, and how Hollywood could be using this charming actor more effectively. Take a look in the player above or below and chat with us here or on Twitter: Roth: @RothCornet Drew: @DrewAtHitfix »
- Roth Cornet
Let's get one thing straight before we begin. Bill Murray is the King. There are better actors. There are people who have better filmographies. There are even funnier people, although not many. But Bill Murray is, all things, considered, the King. I've dedicated much of the last 45 years working this out scientifically, and I am prepared to finally share the findings with you, free of charge, right here at HitFix. Ostensibly, we're doing this because of this weekend's release of "Rock The Kasbah," but that's just an excuse. The truth is that it's important that we rank all 55 of Bill Murray's film performances, with a special focus on the top 25. We are not including his television work here. There are films on this list we have not seen, but not many. We decided to leave those films unranked, so here is that list: Unranked "The Hat Act" "Pass The Buck: Expo '74 »
- Drew McWeeny
Paramount Pictures released their new horror/thriller movie, "Paranormal Activity 6: The Ghost Dimension," into theaters this weekend, and all the major, top movie critics have turned in their reviews. It looks like hardly any of them liked it with an overall 32 score out of a possible 100 across 7 reviews at the Metacritic.com site. The film stars: Chris J. Murray, Brit Shaw, Ivy George, Dan Gill, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Chloe Csengary, Jessica Tyler Brown and Don McManon. We've posted comments from a couple of the critics,below. Drew McWeeny from Hitfix, gave it a 58 grade,saying: "To the bitter end, the series manages to wring some fun, solid scares out of something other invading something utterly familiar." Andrew Barker from Variety, gave it a terrible 30 score. He stated: "There may well be new and novel ways to spark audience shivers from not-so-bright homeowners inexplicably using their cameraphones to check out bumps in the night, »
- Andre Braddox
Drew McWeeny and Roth Cornet weigh in on the Daniel Craig controversy and what it says about the current entertainment coverage culture. Also, we look at the state of Marvel’s updated slate and talk about two of this weekend’s most interesting films, “Steve Jobs” and “The Final Girls.” Take a look at our thoughts in the video player above or below and let us know what you think here or on Twitter: Drew: @DrewAtHitfix Roth: @RothCornet »
- Roth Cornet
Troubling news, or rumors, regarding the status of Marvel Studios' Inhumans adaptation had made the rounds yesterday. Supposedly, the long-discussed project had been removed from its 2019 release slot and from Marvel's Phase Three slate altogether due to the recent split between the movie studio and Marvel Entertainment CEO Ike Perlmutter, who still controls the TV division. And the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. show has been establishing the Inhumans concept over the course of three seasons. However, as many predicted based on the source, this delay rumor is totally false. At least according to two credible sources, HitFix's Drew McWeeny and Birth.Movies.Death's Devin Faraci, who both indicate that Black Bolt and his Inhuman Royal Family are still coming to theaters as previously announced. Faraci took to Twitter to reveal that he spoke with one of his Marvel sources who told him that "If Inhumans was canceled, no one would »
Drew McWeeny joins us today to offer his take on what the new season of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. means for the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe. We then move on to a chat on “Sicario” and “ The Martian.” Finally, we have some recommendations for movies to watch on streaming. Take a look in the video above or below and chat with us on Twitter! Drew: @DrewAtHitfix Roth: @RothCornet »
- Roth Cornet
It was at his intro to Sion Sono's Tokyo Tribe at last year's Fantastic Fest that HitFix's Drew McWeeny put it best: "You are all my tribe," he said to the packed auditorium, and the sentiment was apparent even before the crowd erupted in of approval and applause. There really is no film festival quite like Alamo Drafthouse's Fantastic Fest - about to kick off its 11th year. There is no program like the one put together every year by Drafthouse and Fantastic Fest founder Tim League and his selection crew. There is no, and I stress this, No crowd like a Fantastic Fest crowd, and the kinship felt among those who have attended and keep returning is undeniable. There's just something about Fantastic Fest. "It's my Christmas," I have often heard Junkfood Cinema's Brian Salisbury say. The 2015 Fantastic Fest, running from September 24th-October 1st, will be the 9th »
- Jeremy Kirk
The 2015 Telluride Film Festival slate is always officially announced the day before the annual Labor Day fest kicks off. Of course, the dirty little secret that anyone in Hollywood in the know pretty much already knows what major films are going to screen there. Plus, the premiere designations from both the Toronto and New York Film Festivals, which occur immediately afterward, usually give it a way. Telluride has now become the premiere showcase in the race for Best Picture. Six out of the last seven winners ("The Hurt Locker" being the lone exception) either premiered or screened in the picturesque Colorado town. Fox Searchlight's "Birdman" played there immediately following its Venice debut and "12 Years A Slave," "Argo," "Slumdog Millionaire" and "The King's Speech" all premiered at Telluride. The sixth winner, "The Artist," was the toast of Cannes before heading to Telluride. Needless to say, if you're a betting man or »
- Gregory Ellwood
Horror legend Wes Craven has died at the age of 76. What will we do without him? He was a creative giant who also had a reputation for being one of the sweetest, most thoughtful gents in the business. It's difficult to know how to pay adequate tribute to such a legendary figure, but highlighting some of his most horrifying movie moments is a good start. Over four decades, Craven directed some of the scariest scenes in cinema history, from the queasy 1972 cult classic "The Last House on the Left" to his mainstream breakthrough "A Nightmare on Elm Street" to his latter days as the helmer of the post-modern slasher "Scream" and its attendant sequels. After checking out my list, be sure and watch our tribute video to the late, great filmmaker above, and check out Drew McWeeney's remembrance of Craven here. Let us know what your favorite Craven movie moment was in the comments. »
- Chris Eggertsen
After the initial slate for the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival was announced last month there were many observers, including this pundit, who wondered of the annual September event had once again lost the battle of premieres to its Fall festival cousins. While debuting Ridley Scott's "The Martian," Jean Marc Valle's "Demolition" and Michael Moore's "Where Do We Invade Next" is nothing to sneeze at the fact some of the most anticipated films of the year are heading to Venice and Telluride first has to be a bit disheartening. Especially when it's your 40th anniversary. Never fear fans of the Great White North, Toronto always seems to land some eyebrow raising last minute additions and this year is no different. Today Tiff announced that David Gordon Green's "Our Brand Is Crisis" with Sandra Bullock, Marc Abraham's "I Saw The Light" with Tom Hiddleston, Catherine Hardwicke's "Miss You Already »
- Gregory Ellwood
Near the beginning of this entire Fantastic Four debacle, the studio stated that despite all of the negative reviews and fan backlash towards the movie, they were committed to the characters and still planned to forge ahead with a sequel. Of course, that was before the film began to flop at the box office!
Most of us felt a poor showing financially wound be the final nail in the coffin, but HitFix’s Drew McWeeny is now reporting that Fox still plans to move forward with a follow up flick.
Everything I’ve heard would indicate that the studio will move forward with a “Fantastic Four” sequel. It may not make that original 2017 date, but they’re definitely planning to make it.
McWeeny also seems to come firmly down on the studio’s side of things here, claiming Fox made every effort to accommodate director Josh Trank and back his »
- Mark Cassidy
For better or worse, 20th Century Fox is still moving ahead with Fantastic Four 2. That.s what all the latest intel is telling us, and we just have to accept it, no matter how big of a flop the first film was. With the stage already set, it seems as though the sequel will pose its own set of challenges to whomever directs it. Hitfix recently published an analysis of the entire Fantastical situation, claiming that the sequel was happening. According to their sources, a few details were confirmed: (1) Fantastic Four 2 is still in the works, (2) it may not make its original release date of June 9, 2017, and (3) this is Trank.s world that we.re living in. Drew McWeeny wrote: The next filmmaker in is going to start from a difficult position, and they're going to have to work hard to create their own movie while starting with »
I felt really bad giving Fantastic Four the review that I posted last week, but it really wasn’t that great was it? It’s surprising that Fox are still pushing ahead with a Fantastic Four 2 despite the fact that it looks like it will be writing off around $60 million for the first movie.
The Hollywood Reporter are reporting that the loss is a given as the film made $26 million domestically its opening weekend, and cost around $120 million to produce. It made around $59 million worldwide over the same time frame. The 2005 version of the Fantastic Four made over double that in its opening weekend.
Insiders are reporting that despite the huge loss, which isn’t a patch on Disney’s 2012 disaster John Carter Of Mars, which lost around $200 million, Fox is determined to make a go of the franchise.
“Everything I’ve heard would indicate that the studio will »
- Paul Heath
In case you've been living under a rock, the new “Fantastic Four” movie isn’t doing too hot. Our own critic — Drew McWeeny — found it mediocre at best, which is almost the nicest thing you can find to say about Fox’s third attempt at capturing the essence of this superhero team. As of this writing, the film as an abysmal Rotten Tomatoes score: Of course, everyone involved seemed to have been bracing for impact. When Miles Teller (Mr. Fantastic) is using talking points like “These films don't do well with critics,” that's a veritable canary in a coal mine. But no one expected director Josh Trank to do this: A year ago I had a fantastic version of this. And it would've recieved great reviews. You’ll probably never see it. That’s reality though. — Josh Trank (@joshuatrank) August 7, 2015 Talk about backpedaling. You can almost hear the cartoonish screech »
- Donna Dickens
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