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Michael B. Jordan Slams Racist "Internet Trolls" Who Are Angry About His Fantastic Four Casting As Johnny Storm

22 hours ago | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Michael B. Jordan is calling out the haters once and for all. The actor addressed the racist "Internet trolls" that are angry over his Fantastic Four casting in an Entertainment Weekly post, which was published on Friday, May 22. The Parenthood alum -- who received praise for his work in the 2013 award-winning drama Fruitvale Station -- plays Johnny Storm in the action sci-fi, which is a caucasian and blue-eyed character in the original Marvel comic books. "I didn't want to be ignorant about what people were saying. [...] »


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Cannes Film Review: ‘Two Friends’

1 hour ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Some bigscreen love stories leave you wondering what the central couple saw in each other in the first place, but not “Two Friends.” From the opening shot of Louis Garrel’s rowdy, passion-fueled directorial debut, audiences fall for Golshifteh Farahani, who manages to find a moment of private ecstasy in the shower of the women’s prison where she’s serving time for an unclear crime. So, when it comes to deciphering the chemistry of this improbable love triangle, the mystery centers instead on the bond between its title characters, the two friends played by Garrel and Vincent Macaigne. How did this pair of mismatched personalities ever come to be pals? And why, after a history of betrayals, would a sentimental guy still trust the player who swooped in and shagged all his past obsessions? French cinema seems uniquely suited to such paradoxes, and its adherents should appreciate what Garrel does with that dynamic, »


- Peter Debruge

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Cannes Film Review: ‘I Am a Soldier’

3 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

When a certain school of social realism is dutifully imitated, what degree of authenticity remains? That’s a question prompted by Laurent Lariviere’s diverting but derivative debut feature “I Am a Soldier,” a well-acted, well-mounted but indistinctly textured study in working-class female ennui. Seemingly in thrall to the work of Belgium’s Dardenne brothers, yet with an individual socioeconomic geography that never quite comes into focus, this tale of a disenfranchised young woman who falls into the dog-trafficking racket — with inevitably harsh consequences — works most admirably as a grimy change of pace for French star Louise Bourgoin. Thriller and romantic comedy leanings, however, ultimately chip away at the believability of this Un Certain Regard entry; commercially, “Soldier” is unlikely to see much action on foreign soil.

The grinding social impact of latter-day European austerity measures is oppressively felt in “I Am a Soldier,” even if Lariviere’s screenplay never »


- Guy Lodge

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‘Tomorrowland’ Nosing Out ‘Pitch Perfect’ For No. 1; ‘Mad Max’ Holds Strong; ‘Ultron’ To Cross $400M – Box Office Saturday

3 hours ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

3rd Update, Saturday 11:00 Pm:  Tomorrowland grossed around $11.7M to $12M today compared to Pitch Perfect 2‘s estimated $10.7M to $11M to push the musical comedy away from the No. 1 position for both the 3-day and 4-day weekend. Sunday will be another strong moviegoing day because of the Memorial Day holiday. If the trajectory holds, odds are that Disney’s sci-fi extravaganza will gross anywhere between $32M and $33M for the 3-day compared to PP2‘s estimated $29M to… »


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Orphan Black Recap: “Certain Agony of the Battlefield”

7 hours ago | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Behold - answers! Orphan Black has gotten away with posing a significant amount of questions, one, because they’re all especially intriguing and, two, because the main players are so wildly likable and engaging, but I’ve got to say, it’s nice to finally get some answers, and ones that take the narrative a significant step forward nonetheless. We begin at the Castor military compound - but it’s empty. It’s easy to figure out that Sarah’s dreaming as she chases Kira around the facility and then winds up in a room where she sees Rudy’s blood being transferred into her own body. Even though Sarah soon snaps out of it and wakes up in her cell, she quickly comes to realize it really happened. Virginia pumped her full of Castor blood. Meanwhile, Paul’s in Arlington meeting with his contact who’s played by Tom Barnett and credited as “Benchman. »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Review: 'Orphan Black' Season 3, Episode 6, 'Certain Agony of the Battlefield': In Which We Say Goodbye

7 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Previously: Review: 'Orphan Black' Season 3, Episode 5, 'Scarred By Many Past Frustrations': Twins, Reunited Cloning Around Following last week's installment, which served as a bridge episode, this week's mother of an offering more than made up for 305 in terms of story and execution. In it, Sarah and Paul were reunited one final time before the latter exited in one of the most explosive scenes of the series to date. Meanwhile, the rest of the episode was punctured with dream sequences and other supporting characters attempts to come to the rescue, especially where Sarah's friends and family were concerned. Really, it was about time. Science Class As was alluded to last week, the Castor clones are indeed spreading their disease to the general population through sexual intercourse. Thanks to Cosima's research on Gracie we also learned that one of the effects of the illness is infertility, an issue that's often »


- Amber Dowling

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Cannes Film Review: ‘Masaan’

8 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Anurag Kashyap’s assistant on “Gangs of Wasseypur” delivers a muddled feature debut with the narratively challenged “Masaan,” a heartfelt yet overambitious tale of class and gender inequality in contempo India. Set on the Ganges in the holy city of Benares, the pic (alternately titled “Fly Away Solo”) attempts to weave together two separate stories of people struggling to overcome societal pressures, but helmer Neeraj Ghaywan hasn’t found ways to overcome script and editing weaknesses, resulting in a disappointing drama that’s unable to realize the potential of the one truly interesting character. “Masaan” may fill a few slots at fests looking for indie Indie fare, though French co-production coin is unlikely to result in more than a limited Gallic release.

The pity is that Devi (Richa Chadda) is a fascinating figure who’d be far better served with a film of her own. She’s a university student, »


- Jay Weissberg

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Cannes: Will ‘The Assassin’ Slay the Competition?

9 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Given the number of films in competition (19), the correspondingly infinite number of possible award/talent configurations, and the sheer impossibility of guessing at the individual and collective tastes of nine jurors, predicting the major award winners at the Cannes Film Festival is obviously a fool’s errand — and one that our critics on the Croisette have gladly undertaken.

Guy Lodge

Palme d’Or: “The Assassin.” Word on the street — and among British bookies — is that my own favorite film of the fest, Yorgos Lanthimos’ high-wire relationship fantasy “The Lobster,” is the one to beat, though whether that’s based on honest hearsay or a projection of the Coen brothers’ taste for dryer-than-dust comedy, I can’t say. As much as it would thrill me to see such a singular combination of concept-y formalism and perverse heart-tugging take the prize, I have a hard time seeing it as the unifying consensus »


- Guy Lodge and Justin Chang

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