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Early ‘Doctor Strange’ Reviews: What the Critics Are Saying
The reviews are officially in, answering the question: Can Marvel score another critical smash with “Doctor Strange”?
The early answer looks like yes. While some journalists shared their opinions on Twitter after a few U.S. screenings, full reviews for Marvel’s latest dropped at midnight on Sunday, and they were largely positive. The film holds a 100% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes after first reviews (though it’s worth noting that this is subject to change after more reviews are released).
Definitely regarded as Marvel’s (fittingly) weirdest film to date, critics praised the hypnotic visuals, the origin story of Benedict Cumberbatch’s hero, as well as the performances of Cumberbatch and Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One.
The most common criticism was that “Doctor Strange,” directed by Scott Derrickson, falls within Marvel’s corporate, tried-and-true strategy. Many compared it to the first Iron Man movie — though that film did »
- Alex Stedman
6 Reasons Why ‘Boo! A Madea Halloween’ Slayed at the Box Office
If we’ve learned anything this weekend it’s that mixing Tyler Perry‘s popular Madea character with ghosts is a winning combination. The writer-director-star of “Boo! A Madea Halloween” brought down the box office this weekend with an estimated $27.6 million as his latest installment in the comedy series opened in theaters. The Lionsgate movie blew away initial estimates by roughly $10 million, emerging as the top performer ahead of Paramount’s Tom Cruise vehicle “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” — which was initially expected to debut at No. 1. Also Read: 'Boo! A Madea Halloween' Delivers Box Office Beatdown With $27.6 Million The »
- Meriah Doty
Box Office: ‘Madea Halloween’ Edges Out ‘Jack Reacher 2’ With $27.6 Million
The latest film in the long-running Madea series racked up $27.6 million. Comedian Chris Rock may be entitled to a percentage of the gross. Creator Tyler Perry was inspired to take his pistol-packing grandma trick-or-treating after Rock’s comedian character in 2014’s “Top Five” joked that his latest movie, a passion project about a slave revolt, was going head-to-head at the box office with “Boo! A Madea Halloween.” What was once intended as satire eventually became a seasonally-appropriate reality.
“This isn’t the end of the series, it’s just the beginning,” said Jeff Bock, box office analyst with Exhibitor Relations, who noted that Perry also scored with 2013’s “A Madea Christmas.” “There are so many holidays left. »
- Brent Lang
‘Boo! A Madea Halloween’ Delivers Box Office Beatdown With $27.6 Million
Tyler Perry has proved yet again he knows his audience well as his “Madea” sequel topped the weekend box office with a whopping $27.6 million — the third highest grossing debut of the comedy series — according to Sunday estimates. Lionsgate’s “Boo! A Madea Halloween” had enough momentum to unseat Paramount’s “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back,” which grossed roughly $23 million on its opening. Making $9.4 million on Friday alone, Perry’s “Madea” sequel blew away Lionsgate’s previous opening weekend predictions of mid-teens set earlier in the week, also when trackers had its opening grosses closer to $20 million. Tom Cruise‘s action sequel, »
- Meriah Doty
Tom Hanks on 'SNL': 3 Sketches You Have to See
Tom Hanks returned for his ninth time hosting Saturday Night Live this week. This marked the end of an epic run of four consecutive episodes for the show to kick off the season. While not unprecedented, four in a row is definitely unusual. Last week showed signs of fatigue for the show, so could it rally for this installment?
In short, yes: While not completely strong top-to-bottom, this was more in line with the first two solid episodes of the season rather than last week's slightly off aberration. (Tonight's David »
See 'SNL' Mock Trump's 'Bad Hombres,' 'Nasty Woman' in Third Debate Sketch
Saturday Night Live opened with what was likely (and sadly) the final debate between Alec Baldwin's Donald Trump and Kate McKinnon's Hillary Clinton. For the occasion, host Tom Hanks joined the fun in the role of debate moderator Chris Wallace.
"Welcome to the third and final presidential debate," Hanks' Wallace said. "Tonight is going to be a lot like the third Lord of the Rings movie: You don't really want to watch, but you've come this far."
In the sketch, Baldwin played up Trump's attempt to restrain his »
Antalya: Turkish helmer Yeşim Ustaoğlu on Her Feminist Drama ‘Clair-Obscur’
Antalya, Turkey — Not long after her new movie, “Clair-Obscur,” world premiered in Toronto, an audience member asked the acclaimed Turkish helmer Yeşim Ustaoğlu how the powerful, provocative film would fare back home, at a time of growing conservatism in her country.
Sharing her concern with a packed house after a recent screening in Antalya, the director laughed and shrugged. “I’m showing it here tonight,” she said triumphantly.
Over the course of a career that saw her emerge two decades ago as part of a new wave of pioneering Turkish filmmakers, Ustaoğlu has been a pugnacious presence in local cinema, unafraid to use politically charged themes as the backdrop for her intense interpersonal dramas.
Her second, groundbreaking feature, “Journey to the Sun,” examined Turkey’s explosive Kurdish conflict through the tragic story of two friends; four years later, she explored the fate of Turkey’s Greek minority during World War »
- Christopher Vourlias
Cinépolis Supplies 4Dx to 12 Additional Sites in U.S., India, Spain and across Latin America
Confirming 4D immersive cinema as part of the global expansion plan of one of the world’s biggest exhibition groups, Mexico’s Cinépolis has pacted with Korea’s Cj 4Dplex to install its 4Dx system at least 12 additional sites in the U.S., India, Spain, and across Latin America.
The new U.S. screens opening are at Carlsbad, north of San Diego, and Los Angeles County’s Pico Rivera. Though more extended in Asia and Latin America, 4Dx is a growing phenomenon with “Hardcore Henry” producers announcing last month “We Kill Death,” which they call the first film to be made exclusively for 4Dx and Screen X formats.
Three other upcoming Cinépolis sites included in the new deal, all set to open in 2016, are in Mexico, Chile and Spain.
4Dx equips auditoriums with motion-based seating synchronised with over 20 different effects taking in vibration, water, wind, snow, lighting and scents.
- John Hopewell
[Watch] ‘Westworld’ episode 3 recap: ‘The Stray’ baffles and dazzles as it sets up new mysteries
In this edition of our weekly “Westworld” recap video (watch above), Gold Derby editor and host Matt Noble was joined by contributing writer Amanda Spears and I to revisit episode 3, “The Stray,” directed by Neil Marshall and written by Daniel T. Thomsen & Lisa Joy. Sign up to get Gold Derby’s free newsletter with experts’ latest predictions and breaking news […] »
- Rob Licuria
Watch Every Sketch From Tom Hanks’ Return To ‘SNL’ (Videos)
Tom Hanks has returned to “Saturday Night Live” to host for the ninth time, and he definitely didn’t disappoint. Here are the best moments from the October 22 episode. As if the cold open would be about anything else. Kate McKinnon and Alec Baldwin were back to mock the final presidential debate, but this time they were joined by Hanks, who played Fox News’ Chris Wallace. Hanks then spent his opening monologue using his role as America’s Dad/the spiritual successor to Mister Rogers to give a heart-to-heart chat with our nation about how it’s “a lot gayer than it used to be. »
- Jeremy Fuster
Morelia: Omar Deneb Juarez Prepping Debut Feature
Omar Deneb Juarez, whose taut drama ‘El Ocaso de Juan’ (“Juan’s Sundown”) vies for a prize among the shorts in competition, is gearing up to make his first feature. Meanwhile, he is prepping his fourth short, “Una Cancion para Maria,” a father and daughter drama within the context of a road movie. “This next short is my most ambitious so a lot depends on how it turns out before I work on my debut feature,” he said. Still untitled, he sees his feature as a possible composite of the past shorts he’s made.
He was only 12 years old when he saw Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s breakout hit “Amores Perros” and knew from that day on that he wanted to become a filmmaker. “It remains my favorite film to this day,” he said. Now 26, he also cites Alfonso Cuaron’s “Y tu mama tambien” as his all-time favorite road movie. »
- Anna Marie de la Fuente
‘Doctor Strange’ Reaction: One Of Marvel’s Best Origin Movies (Video)
The embargo on reviews has lifted and we, TheWrap’s Umberto Gonzalez and Beatrice Verhoeven, can give you our thoughts on Marvel’s “Doctor Strange.” In general, early reviews seem to be praising the performances of Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange, Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One, and Mads Mikkelsen as the villain, as well as the visual effects. We both mutually agree that seems to be the case. “Doctor Strange” follows the story of talented neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange who, after a tragic car accident, must put ego aside and learn the secrets of a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions. »
- Umberto Gonzalez and Beatrice Verhoeven
‘Doctor Strange’ Review: Benedict Cumberbatch Brings a Little Magic to the Marvel Universe
Doctor Strange has always operated in the trippier corners of Marvel Comics; while other superheroes were foiling bank robbers or repelling interplanetary conquerors, the good doctor was slipping between dimensions, battling mystical forces up to and including Eternity itself. He was cornball enough to pepper his speech with oaths like “By the Hoary Hosts of Hoggath!” but you definitely would not want to find yourself on the business end of one of his powerful spells. “Doctor Strange,” the latest movie in the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe, casts a few impressive spells of its own, not the least of which is. »
- Alonso Duralde
Film Review: ‘Doctor Strange’
Although Marvel Studios’ “Doctor Strange” offers very few insights into the childhood of its main character, applying what we know about bullying on American schoolyards, it’s safe to assume it wasn’t easy growing up with a name like Stephen Strange. Perhaps that explains the complex that has driven Strange (that rare superhero who keeps his name after acquiring his incredible new powers) to become such an arrogant New York neurosurgeon, flaunting his skills at work and his Lamborghini Huracán outside the office.
Cut from the same mold as playboys Tony Stark (Iron Man) and Bruce Wayne (Batman), Strange easily might have become world’s most insufferable superhero. But instead, it’s the very fact of this deeply insecure and wildly overcompensating character’s determination to prove himself — coupled with the setback by which texting while driving cripples his hands and very nearly derails him of that ambition — that »
- Peter Debruge
'Doctor Strange': Film Review
A '60s cult figure stuck on the periphery of the Marvel Comics universe for 50 years finally spins into orbit to command the world's attention in Doctor Strange, an engaging, smartly cast and sporadically eye-popping addition to the studio's bulging portfolio. Determined, among other things, to top Christopher Nolan at his own game when it comes to folding, bending and upending famous cityscapes to eye-popping effect, this action movie ostensibly rooted in the mind-expanding tenets of Eastern mysticism is different enough to establish a solid niche alongside the blockbuster combine's established money machines. You'd normally expect to
- Todd McCarthy
‘SNL': Watch Tom Hanks Impersonate ‘Inferno’ Director Ron Howard on ‘America’s Funniest Pets’ (Video)
Closing out his ninth appearance as the host of “Saturday Night Live,” actor Tom Hanks donned the baseball cap and garb of Hanks’ long-time friend, “Inferno” director Ron Howard. “Hey, it’s me, Ron Howard,” began Hanks, with the his brand of Richie Cunningham-style enthusiasm. “How cool is that, huh? You’re probably asking yourself: why in the heck am I hosting a pet bloopers show? Very simple. Pet bloopers just make me giggle! Other than that they’re a pain in the ass.” You can watch the full sketch at the top of this post. .@TomHanks as #RonHoward = ???????? #HanksOnSNL https://t. »
- Catrina Dennis
Check Out Tom Hanks Giving ‘SNL’ Opening Monologue as America’s Dad (Video)
Tom Hanks returned to “SNL” for the ninth time this week, and his opening monologue came in the form of a talk with his metaphorical son: America. Hanks, reflecting on the current political tension and social media of our age, sat down to address the audience, clad in a knit sweater, as though it were his teenage son moving into adolescence. You can watch the full speech up above. “Hey buddy. There’s my big growing nation. How ya’ doin’, champ?” Hanks started, then went on to talk about how America is changing, how it’s complexion is “getting a little darker, »
- Catrina Dennis
'SNL': Tom Hanks Goes Head-to-Head with Alec Baldwin as 'Sully' and Almost Wins "Black Jeopardy"
Tom Hanks returned to his role as the real-life hero Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger on Saturday Night Live with the help of frequent guest star Alec Baldwin, who played Captain Doug Hubbard, a man whose presence posed a major threat. As Sully was positioned in the captain's seat, he soon learned that he was in fact not the one in command for the flight. Hubbard appeared and announced, "I think I'm in that seat" to which Sully replies "What's that? The captain's chair?" Once it was clear that there has been a mistake, Sully radioed in for confirmation and reminded the operators,
- Ezinne Ukoha
Watch Leslie Jones Lay It All Out There In ‘SNL’ Rant about Hacked Nudes (Video)
With the topic of conversation on “SNL” Weekend Update floating over to the never-ending discussion of WikiLeaks’ proliferation of hacked Hillary Clinton emails, Leslie Jones took the stage to talk about her own past experience with being hacked and having her nude selfies popping up all over the internet. “I am very comfortable with who I am. I am an open book. I keep my porn in a folder labeled, ‘porn’,” Jones said. “If you wanna see Leslie Jones naked, just ask!” You can check out the full video above. This summer, Jones was was the subject of a cyber attack, »
- Catrina Dennis
At&T-Time Warner Deal: Jeff Bewkes Stays For Now, Peter Chernin Not Expected to Replace Him
Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes is expected to stay on through the close of the company’s acquisition by At&T and is unlikely to be replaced by former Fox top executive Peter Chernin, the companies made clear on Saturday after news of the mega merger broke. In a conference call with reporters, At&T Chairman Randall Stephenson said that maintaining continuity of the top talent at Time Warner was a major factor in the desire to acquire the company. Also Read: What At&T, Time Warner Deal Means for Content Amid a Flood of Distribution “I made it clear »
- Sharon Waxman
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