11 items from 2016
"I don't want to lose my best friend..." Good Deed Entertainment has revealed a trailer for a charming coming-of-age indie comedy titled Growing Up Smith, about a 10-year-old Indian boy living in America. Newcomer Roni Akurati plays Smith Bhatnagar, a likable youngster growing up in America in the late 70s with his Indian family. He falls for the girl next door, and goes all-in chasing her every way he can. The cast includes Brighton Sharbino as his love interest, plus Jason Lee, Anjul Nigam, Hilarie Burton, Poorna Jagannathan, Shoba Narayanan and Jake Busey. This looks adorable and amusing, but doesn't seem like anything to really write home about. But I'm always up for a good coming-of-age film. Give this a shot. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Frank Lotito's Growing Up Smith, direct from YouTube: When an Indian family moves to America in 1979 with the hope of living the American Dream, »
- Alex Billington
Last year, The Walking Dead strained the patience of fans with one ratings gimmick after another. First, there was the incredulous Dumpster incident where Glenn survived (because zombies never go for the face?), then there was Daryl getting shot with his own crossbow. And finally, the coup de grâce, the cliffhanger of “Who did Negan kill?” that gave audiences 202 days to both speculate on the victim’s identity and become desensitized to the inevitability. Things became so dire that HitFix’s own Alan Sepinwall washed his hands of the show completely. Warning: Spoilers From Season 7 Of The Walking Dead Beyond This Point. I was still tentatively on board. The Walking Dead has pulled itself out of bad decisions in the past and after sinking six years into this relationship, I wasn’t willing to walk away just yet. Until after the Season 7 premiere. Now it’s official. I’m breaking up with The Walking Dead. »
- Donna Dickens
Louisa Mellor Sep 30, 2016
As The Walking Dead season 7 premiere edges closer, we look back over some of season 1-6’s best ever moments. Spoilers…
Warning: contains major spoilers for The Walking Dead seasons 1- 6.
The world of The Walking Dead is a cruel one. That’s the lesson its showrunners have impressed upon viewers time and again through six seasons of Walker attacks, bloody beheadings, surprise crossbow bolts to the brain, and—how could we not mention it—bludgeonings by psychopaths wielding barbed-wire-wrapped baseball bats.
That’s why you won’t find much fun in the selection below. The Walking Dead isn’t really a birthday-parties-and-puppies kind of place; it’s more a viscera-and-machine gun sort of deal.
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Bear that in mind as you join us on this tour of the show’s thirteen most unforgettable moments so far...
13. Daryl »
The New York Indian Film Festival (Nyiff) announced the full lineup last night for their 16th year of celebrating independent, art house, alternate, and diaspora films from/about/connected to the Indian subcontinent (May 7 – May 14). Dedicated to bringing these films to a New York audience, the festival will feature 40 screenings (35 narrative, 5 documentary) –all seen for the first time in New York City. In addition, the festival will also feature five programs of short films.
The festival highlights various cinemas of India’s different regions. All the films are subtitled in English and some of the languages this year include Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Telegu, Assamese, Haryanavi and Urdu. This year’s festival will feature a couple of sidebars –Nfdc restored first films of filmmakers and a three-generations sidebar, films of Bimal Roy, Basu Bhattacharya and Aditya Bhattacharya.
The festival’s film lineup includes 2016 National Award winners A Far Afternoon, »
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For the past six weeks, just two movies have dominated at the box office. First it was 20th Century Fox's Deadpool, whose three-week reign at the top was ended by Disney's Zootopia. According to the estimates from Box Office Mojo, the animated comedy has won its third week in a row, fending off two two new releases, Lionsgate's The Divergent Series: Allegiant and Miracles from Heaven. The Divergent Series: Allegiant was projected to come out on top, but its lackluster opening and a strong third week for Zootopia kept Disney's winning streak alive.
The Divergent Series: Allegiant was projected to take in $37 million in its opening weekend, which would normally result in an easy win, but it all depended on how much Zootopia dropped in its third frame. Last weekend, the animated blockbuster only dropped 31.9%, but this weekend, it only dropped 25.9%, passing the $200 million domestic milestone with $201.8 million. It has »
Miracles from Heaven, 2016.
Directed by Patricia Riggen.
A young girl suffering from a rare digestive disorder finds herself miraculously cured after surviving a terrible accident.
As Easter sneaks up on us, studios begin dropping all of their religion oriented stories into cinemas out of good timing. Some of them take their preachy tone to unbearable levels, while very rarely some present an unbiased look at a narrative. Miracles From Heaven isn’t the Bible thumping “all hail Jesus and his unparalleled generosity” tale it’s marketed as, although the movie is most assuredly aimed at that devoted crowd.
Miracles From Heaven ultimately ends up as one of the more tolerable religious flicks in recent memory for quite a few reasons, with the greatest strength surprisingly being its acting. Veteran actress Jennifer Garner in the distressed, »
- Robert Kojder
Miracles from Heaven means well, and I mean that sincerely. It promises an uplifting, feel-good story about the nobility of paying-it-forward, doing right by your neighbors and the power of faith and adversity against the hardships of the world. And believe it or not, it doesn’t necessarily feel like a gospel lesson in the process.
Unlike its hokey, sermon-heavy evangelical cinematic peers like God’s Not Dead or Heaven is for Real, there’s an honest, hard-wrought underlining integrity to the film earned by respectable performances from Jennifer Garner, Martin Henderson, Kylie Rogers John Carroll Lynch and Eugenio Derbez.
It’s melodramatic at times, sure. In fact, a lot of the time, as its never truly prone to subtlety. But there’s an occasional moment of raw emotional intensity, or genuinely affecting physical turmoil, that doesn’t often feel as cheap or manipulative as you’d think. In the right contexts, »
- Will Ashton
Faith-based films may be on the rise in Hollywood, but for “Miracles From Heaven” star Brighton Sharbino, faith is part of everyday life. “I feel so blessed that I’ve gotten to work on ‘Miracles From Heaven’ and all these amazing films,” the actress told TheWrap’s Stuart Brazell in a recent interview. “Every day is a miracle to me.” The actress stars alongside Jennifer Garner, Martin Henderson and Queen Latifah in Patricia Riggen’s film about a family whose daughter Anna (Kylie Rogers) is miraculously cured of a mysterious disease following a fall from a tree. Sharbino plays Anna’s sister Abby. »
- Reid Nakamura
The very premise of “Miracles From Heaven” offers an argument against its own existence. If there are miracles everywhere we look, who wants to waste time on a movie this middling? Not that faith-based audiences will object to the unapologetic manipulations in such an innocuous slice of inspirational hokum, especially when it’s served up with the utmost sincerity. Instead the frequently fickle crowd should turn out in droves for a pic that’s a spiritual successor in every way to 2014’s sleeper hit “Heaven Is for Real.” This similarly “based on a true story” tale of a child who claims to have visited heaven and lived to share the good news looks perfectly poised for a blessed run at the box office during the same Easter-season window.
- Geoff Berkshire
After a three-week stint atop the box office, 20th Century Fox's Deadpool was finally taken down by Disney's Zootopia earlier this month, which is putting together a solid run of its own. The animated comedy will go up against two new releases, Lionsgate's The Divergent Series: Allegiant and Miracles from Heaven in theaters this weekend, but, unlike the Merc With the Mouth, Zootopia isn't expected to reign supreme for a third week in a row. According to the projections at Pro.BoxOffice.com, The Divergent Series: Allegiant should come out on top in its first weekend in theaters. But perhaps not by a strong margin.
The Divergent Series: Allegiant is projected to take in $37 million in its opening weekend, which would normally result in an easy win, but it all depends on how much Zootopia drops in its third frame. Last weekend, the animated blockbuster only dropped 31.9%, and if it drops that much again, »
Yesterday, Entertainment Weekly revealed six collectible covers for this week's print issue featuring some of your favorite characters from AMC's hit series The Walking Dead. With the show returning to kick off the back half of Season 6 on Sunday, Entertainment Weekly also brought back 11 characters who were killed off throughout the show's six-season run, who all reunited for one epic, yet creepy, photo. If that wasn't enough, the publication also spoke to Steven Yeun regarding the controversy surrounding his character Glenn.
First off, this new photo features Madison Lintz (Sophia), Kyla Kenedy (Mika), Jeryl Prescott (Jacqui), Brighton Sharbino (Lizzie), Chad Coleman (Tyreese), Tyler James Williams (Noah), David Morrissey (The Governor), Emily Kinney (Beth), IronE Singleton (T-Dog), Larry Gilliard Jr. (Bob) and Robin Lord Taylor (Sam). These actors came together back in June, when they all appeared at the Walker Stalker Convention in Orlando, with the photo featuring all of them wearing black, »
11 items from 2016
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