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With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
Harold Ramis certainly didn’t invent it, but his Groundhog Day made the narrative loop device a mainstream mainstay, lovingly aped in everything from Source Code to Edge of Tomorrow to 50 First Dates. In Before I Fall, the loop treatment is utilized rather intelligently by director Ry Russo-Young, from Maria Maggenti screenplay adapted from Lauren Oliver‘s novel. – Dan M. (full review)
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“Still Star Crossed”: ABC
Your summer TV watchlist just got longer. Premiere dates have been announced for Shonda Rhimes’ newest show, “Still Star Crossed,” and the second season of Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey’s family drama “Queen Sugar.” “Still Star Crossed” is set to debut May 29 on ABC. “Queen Sugar” will have a two-night premiere June 20 and 21 on Own.
Based on Melinda Taub’s book, “Still Star Crossed” is a continuation of “Romeo and Juliet.” Per Variety, the series will trace the “treachery, palace intrigue, and ill-fated romances of the Montagues and Capulets in the wake of the young lovers’ tragic fate.” Rhimes serves as exec producer alongside Shondaland partner Betsy Beers and Mark Wilding, Michael Goldstein, and Michael Offer. Offer directed the pilot.
“Still Star Crossed” stars Ebonee Noel (“Eye Candy”), Medalion Rahimi (Ry Russo-Young’s “Before I Fall”), Lashana Lynch (“Brotherhood”), Zuleikha Robinson (Mira Nair’s “The Namesake”), Wade Briggs (“Please Like Me”), Torrance Coombs (“Reign”), Sterling Sulieman (“Veep”), and Anthony Head (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”).
Rhimes’ other upcoming TV projects include a cable comedy series based on Luvvie Ajayi’s first book, “I’m Judging You: The Do Better Manual,” and an untitled legal drama for ABC.
Meanwhile, news of “Queen Sugar’s” premiere date was accompanied with information about some of the women directors helming episodes of the new season. According to Deadline, DeMane Davis (“Lift”), Cheryl Dunye (“The Watermelon Woman”), Aurora Guerrero (“Mosquita y Mari”), and Amanda Marsalis (“Echo Park”) have all signed on to direct. Like its inaugural season, the new episodes of “Queen Sugar” will all be directed by women.
The season will reportedly be split into two parts. The first eight eps will air this summer, while the remaining installments will broadcast in the fall. DuVernay is expected to helm the season finale.
Deadline adds that Season 1 of “Queen Sugar” will be released on Hulu April 21. The streaming giant will also be home to future seasons after they’ve been broadcast on Own.
“Queen Sugar” stars Rutina Wesley (“True Blood”), Dawn-Lyen Gardner (“Luke Cage”), and Kofi Siriboe (“Awkward.”) as siblings Nova, Charley, and Ralph Angel, respectively. Based on Natalie Baszile’s novel, the series centers on the Bordelon siblings’ struggle to revive their late father’s Louisiana farm. Its first season finale ranked as the number one cable telecast for women when it aired, delivering 2.76 million total viewers.
DuVernay’s most recent project was “13th,” an Academy Award-nominated documentary examining the U.S. prison system and its racist policies. DuVernay’s adaptation of “A Wrinkle in Time” hits theaters April 6, 2018.
You can catch Winfrey next in the HBO movie “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.” The adaptation of Rebecca Skloot’s nonfiction book premieres April 22.
New Shonda Rhimes Show & Season 2 of “Queen Sugar” Get Premiere Dates was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Rachel Montpelier
McLean’s latest movie The Belko Experiment is actually based on an original idea by James Gunn, who came up with the idea and wrote the script years ago, but got too busy developing Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy to make the movie. He called upon McLean to develop the idea of a group of corporate employees who find themselves in a situation where they need to kill in order to survive the exact reverse of a team-building situation.
John Gallagher, Jr. (10 Cloverfield Lane) plays Mike Milch, a popular employee at the Belko Corporation, whose building in Bogota, Colombia is thrown into disarray when a voice comes over the P.A. telling the 80 employees that they need »
- Edward Douglas
5 reasons to see Before I Fall5 reasons to see Before I FallAdriana Floridia3/13/2017 1:47:00 Pm
Have you seen Before I Fall yet?
The film follows Samantha Kingston, a senior in high school who dies in a car crash after going out to a party with her best friends. However, she mysteriously finds herself re-living her last day over and over again, revealing truths about her relationships and herself that could only come to fruition because of this supernatural occurrence.
We saw the film and found it to be one of the most compelling teen dramas we've seen in a while, and so we're giving you five reasons why you must see Before I Fall in theatres.
- Adriana Floridia
Granted, it may be fair to say that The Sense of an Ending is probably not the type of movie that most Lrm readers would actively seek out, being a pretty serious British drama based on the prize-winning 2011 novel by Julian Barnes.
It stars Oscar winner Jim Broadbent as photographer Tony Webster, who reflects back on his college days in the ‘60s when someone he knew as a child passes away, leaving him a diary that may explain why their friendship fell apart over a pretty woman who came between them named Veronica (played by Scottish actress Freya Mavor from Skins in the past and Oscar nominee Charlotte Rampling in the present).
Sure, The Sense of an Ending may be more of a movie you go to see with your parents, or even grandparents, but what makes the film interesting to film lovers is that it’s the first English »
- Edward Douglas
Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out….but mostly movies.
This Past Weekend:
It was absolutely no surprise that Hugh Jackman’s last Wolverine movie Logan would top the box office, but it actually ended up doing even better than my prediction when actual numbers came in, grossing $88.3 million over the weekend. That makes it the fourth highest X-Movie opening (including Deadpool) but also the biggest R-rated opening for March, defeating 300’s once-impressive $70 million opening. It’s also the fourth highest R-rated opening of all time after Deadpool, The Matrix Reloaded and American Sniper.
- Edward Douglas
The danger of living is lurking at every corner at the start of Katell Quillévéré's medical thriller Heal The Living (Réparer Les Vivants), co-written with Gilles Taurand, based on a novel by Maylis De Kerangal, starring Emmanuelle Seigner, Kool Shen (Catherine Breillat's Abus De Faiblesse with Isabelle Huppert), Tahar Rahim, Gabin Verdet, Théo Choldbi, and Finnegan Oldfield (Thomas Bidegain's Les Cowboys).
I first met Katell Quillévéré when she was presenting her film Suzanne, which stars Sara Forestier, Adèle Haenel, François Damiens, and Paul Hamy. Katell also participated, along with Julie Gayet, Axelle Ropert, Isabelle Giordano, Rebecca Zlotowski, Stacie Passon, Ry Russo-Young, Deborah Kampmeier, and Justine Triet, in activities at the French Institute Alliance Française on International Women’s Day during the 2014 Rendez-Vous with French Cinema in New York. »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Ever since his breakout role in L.A. Confidential twenty years ago, Australian actor Guy Pearce has been able to create prestige for himself with memorable roles in Christopher Nolan’s early film Memento and others. (For instance, he appeared in two recent Best Picture winners in The Hurt Locker and The King’s Speech). More importantly, he's been able to star in a series of fantastic genre films from The Proposition and Animal Kingdom to the Guillermo del Toro-produced Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark and Ridley Scott's Prometheus.
Brimstone, from Dutch filmmaker Martin Koolhoven (Winter in Watime), puts Pearce back in familiar Western territory as The Proposition, playing a very different character, an ultra-pious Dutch preacher known only as “The Reverend” who spends the movie chasing after a young woman, played by Dakota Fanning. There’s a lot more to the story, which is told »
- Edward Douglas
The lagging 2017 box office got a big boost as “Logan” (20th Century Fox), starring Hugh Jackman as Wolverine — the first of three anticipated March juggernauts — opened like a summer franchise blockbuster. The offshoot from the “Wolverine” subset of X-Men movies marks the first R-rating for the storied franchise.
Even better, it wasn’t the only upbeat news this post-Oscars weekend. Hitchcockian thriller “Get Out” (Universal), the Blumhouse sleeper from Jordan Peele, dropped only 22 per cent on its second weekend, which is stunning.
And Lionsgate, fresh off eight wins from “La La Land” and “Hacksaw Ridge” on Oscar night, returned with the surprisingly strong faith-based “The Shack,” starring “Hidden Figures” Oscar-nominee and Saturday Night Live host Octavia Spencer.
The post-Oscar results were mixed to positive, as two of the top category winners are already available for home viewing. “Moonlight” (streaming and available on DVD/Blu-Ray) had both the widest break »
- Tom Brueggemann
Fox’s Wolverine film posted $33.1 million on Friday from 4,071 locations, raising its three-day estimate to over $80 million. To become the largest opening on 2017 so far, the movie need only top “The Lego Batman Movie’s” $53 million launch.
“Logan” follows an aged Wolverine who is attempting to hide from the world until a mysterious mutant played by Dafne Keen arrives to send him on one final journey. “Logan” cost $97 million to produce, and is the widest domestic opening ever for an R-rated film. Critics are praising the film — it currently has a 94% on Rotten Tomatoes. James Mangold directed the film, which Jackman has said will be his last as Wolverine. Patrick Stewart, Richard E. Grant, Boyd Holbrook and Stephen Merchant also star.
Berlin Film Review: ‘Logan’
- Seth Kelley
Ry Russo-Young‘s “Before I Fall” really caught people by surprise at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Usually the term Ya (Young Adult) gets a bad rap from filmgoers, but “Before I Fall” draws on various film influences and makes them seem fresh.
Based on Lauren Oliver’s book of the same name, “Before I Fall” tells the story of Samantha Kingston (Zoey Deutch), a popular and beautiful high-school girl completely oblivious to the good fortunes she has in her life.
- Jordan Ruimy
At first glance, Before I Fall seems to be another movie about teen life in high school a la Mean Girls, but as the film progresses it has more in common with Groundhog Day and It’S A Wonderful Life. Before I Fall stars Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage and director Ry Russo-Young discuss their approach to their characters.
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Director Ry Russo-Young forgot to feel the pressure. The Sundance ingénue's latest feature, Before I Fall, is an adaptation of the best-selling Y.A. novel about a somewhat reluctant high school mean girl, Samantha (Zoey Deutch), who meets her early demise in a car wreck, only to wake up the next day...and the next day and the next day on a seemingly endless loop.
Despite tween fans' rabid protection of their most beloved books and the fact that they can live in her Twitter mentions for the rest of time, Russo-Young isn't fazed -- or wasn't. "Uhh, you're freaking me out!" she joked during a recent call with Et, before explaining, "I actually took great comfort in the fact that I could look online and see what fans connected to about the book, what lines they were holding dear to their hearts, what moved them. Then those things, to me, were like, 'I »
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In Before I Fall, Zoey Deutch stars as a popular high-school girl who finds herself reliving the last day of her life over and again. Though the role in Ry Russo-Young’s adaptation of Lauren Oliver's young-adult novel challenged her as an actor, it also brought back unpleasant preteen memories.
“My middle school experience would be equated to that of hell — it was horrible, it was really horrible,” she recalls to The Hollywood Reporter. “But this movie shined a light on something I had a difficult time understanding: the people who bullied me were most likely bullied as »
- Ashley Lee
Imagine having to relive the same day for an undisclosed period of time. Now imagine if that day was filled with snotty, self-obsessed, failed Mean Girls prototypes. Cringing yet? Then you’ll loooove Before I Fall, a Ya adaption that misrepresents the easiest of messages. Themes are simple – be excellent to one another! Except in order to do so, characters must first act like morally reprehensible, astonishingly plastic high school stereotypes. Because, redemption? Except director Ry Russo-Young resets the same day ad nauseum, so what’s to say characters change based on one freaky Friday? And then there’s – sorry, wait. I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s start small.
Wow – what the hell did I just watch?
Zoey Deutch stars as Samantha Kingston, a privileged suburban teenager who takes life for granted. Her squad of betches live it up like queen bees, kissing the hottest boys and attending the raddest parties. »
- Matt Donato
Having been 20 years since Bart Freundlich made his feature debut, The Myth of Fingerprints, the filmmaker hasn’t exactly built his reputation based on being prolific or any sort of auteur, although his eighth movie Wolves may be his best one yet, maybe because it’s so different from his earlier ones.
It stars Taylor John-Smith (Cruel Intentions) as Anthony, the hot-shot basketball star of his private New York Catholic school, something his mother (Carla Gugino) hopes will get him into Cornell on a scholarship. The only thing holding Anthony back is his shaky relationship with his English professor father Lee (Michael Shannon), an abusive alcoholic and chronic gambler whose growing gambling debts are starting to cause problems for the whole family.
As things continue to get worse, Anthony finds a new mentor in a street ball player who calls himself Socrates (John Douglas Thompson) who forces the young man to make some tough decisions. »
- Edward Douglas
The premise of Groundhog Day, as well as some of its plot points and lessons are recycled for the chick-lit tear-jerker Before I Fall. Zoey Deutch plays Sam, a high schooler forced to relive the same day again and again but the new film has a more somber tone than the beloved Harold Ramis/Bill Murray classic, since what sets in motion Sam’s string of “daily do-overs” is her own death.
Sam is a 17-year-old girl who has it all: beauty, popularity, jock boyfriend Rob (Kian Lawley), a loving and wealthy family, and a trio of mean beauties as best friends (Halston Sage, Cynthy Wu, and Medalion Rahimi). Valentine’s Day is shaping up to be another perfect day in Sam’s perfect life. She plans to lose her virginity to Rob that night and has many roses get delivered to her in class, including one from Kent (Logan Miller »
- Tom Stockman
Bill Murray may not be around to wisecrack, but Zoey Deutch (“Why Him?”) shows plenty of versatile, captivating teen turmoil in the “Groundhog Day”-like scenario that is “Before I Fall,” the latest beloved Ya novel to get the glossy big screen treatment. With a construct that has a popular high schooler mysteriously reliving the same turbulent and invariably tragic day over and over, director Ry Russo-Young (“You Won’t Miss Me”) and screenwriter Maria Maggenti (adapting Lauren Oliver’s book) find plenty of sincere emotion and stylish suspense amidst the melodrama and expected platitudes. Though it’s decidedly a Hollywood product in its. »
- Robert Abele
It’s not déjà vu. You have seen this movie before. Once upon a time, it went by the name Groundhog Day and starred Bill Murray as a weatherman stuck repeating the same day over and over and over again. It had jokes. Really good ones. You have probably seen this movie again since. Three years ago, it featured Tom Cruise dying a lot. And there was that time when it was a teen sex comedy. (You probably didn’t watch it that time. Very few did.) This week, it goes by a new title, borrowed—along with its new plot, which is really just the old plot but for teenagers—from a Ya novel. Before I Fall, directed by Ry Russo-Young (Nobody Walks), doesn’t have many jokes. It sure as hell doesn’t have Bill Murray. All it really does have is the answer to a question few »
- A.A. Dowd
With “Logan,” 20th Century Fox seems to have done it again. The new Wolverine sequel is the second Marvel project with an R-rating — and, like Fox’s 2016 Marvel hit “Deadpool,” it will be the first blockbuster opener of the year.
“Logan,” starring Hugh Jackman in his most familiar role as the X-Men character, premiered at the recent Berlin Film Festival, received excellent reviews (currently 93% on Rotten Tomatoes), and is directed by James Mangold. In addition to directing “Wolverine” in 2013, Mangold came out of the indie world (his 1995 debut, “Heavy,” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was acquired by Miramax) and later directed best-actress Oscar winners in “Girl, Interrupted” and “Walk the Line.”
The two most recent “X-Men” films opened on a Memorial Day weekend, to $91 million (2014) and $66 million (2016). The first and second standalone “Wolverine” movies had initial weekends of $85 million (2009) and $53 million (2013), respectively. All had the then-standard PG-13 rating for Marvel Comics films. »
- Tom Brueggemann
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