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‘Gook’ Review: Justin Chon Delivers a Powerfully Unsubtle Drama for Painfully Unsubtle Times

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‘Gook’ Review: Justin Chon Delivers a Powerfully Unsubtle Drama for Painfully Unsubtle Times
Almost certainly the most confrontational film about the Asian-American experience since “Better Luck Tomorrow,” Justin Chon’s “Gook” is about as subtle as a trash can smashing through a pizzeria window, but this isn’t a story for subtle times. Set on April 29, 1992 — the first night of the Los Angeles Riots — it’s not a story about subtle times, either. On the contrary, this messy but lived-in drama is intended for a climate that’s tilted towards hatred and erasure, an environment in which people are forced to scream their voices hoarse just to remind the world of their basic humanity. You don’t call a movie “Gook” because you feel heard.

A frequently angry call to action that’s shot in spare black-and-white (all the better to evoke the scrappy kind of indies that were arriving on the scene back in the “Clerks” era), “Gook” hinges on two normal Korean-American guys.
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Worst WWE segment of the year so far? WWE stars return – WWE Raw, May 29, 2017 review

Oli Davis rounds up the biggest professional wrestling news in his daily WrestleTalk column…

Dean Ambrose & Hardy Boyz beat Miz & Sheamaro

After hyping his non-Extreme Rules Extreme Rules match against Dean Ambrose this Sunday, Miz welcomed Sheamus and Cesaro to Miz TV. All three men ran down Ambrose and the Hardy Boyz until the Lunatic Fringe himself came down to interrupt. Where is this going? There’s only one of you, Dean, and three of them. You’d need two more wrestlers on your side to even the odds, preferably ones that really don’t like Sheamus and Cesaro. I can’t see how you’re getting out of this one!

Yes, Raw opened with yet another obvious in-ring promo set up for a tag match, playas. The Hardys won as they have done since they returned at Wrestlemania, which would usually hint they’re losing on Sunday.

Corey Graves
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Kevin Hart Wants to Be the Oprah of Comedy

Kevin Hart Wants to Be the Oprah of Comedy
Stop trying to get Kevin Hart to eat another french fry!

It was an impulse order. Hart tried to change to a kale salad, only to be sweet-talked into indulging by the waitress at the Matador Room, one of those chic Miami eateries where the walls are alabaster and the trellises adorned with climbing bougainvillea. After inhaling four or five fistfuls of golden fries, Hart insists he’s done. He hands the plate to the bodyguard sitting at a nearby table, but each time the waitress walks by, she plops more savory potatoes in front of him.

“Goddamn, don’t bring them back over here,” Hart cries in mock exasperation. Finally, he grabs a glass of water and dumps it on the fries.

“That’s how you stop yourself,” he declares. Then turning to his bodyguard, Hart points to the bowl of drowning fries and says with a cackle, ‘I watered them up,
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5 Great Films New to Movies On Demand in May 2017, Including ‘Logan,’ ‘Get Out’ and ‘Raw’ — IndieWire on Demand

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5 Great Films New to Movies On Demand in May 2017, Including ‘Logan,’ ‘Get Out’ and ‘Raw’ — IndieWire on Demand
[Editor’s Note: This post is presented in partnership with Movies on Demand. Catch up on the latest films On Demand here.]

Movies on Demand has another month of audience favorites in store, including some of the most popular titles of the year so far. Check out five of our favorite films from the upcoming month below, as well as the full list of great movies available throughout May.

1) “I Am Not Your Negro” (Available May 2)

Raoul Peck’s documentary about the life and work of James Baldwin is a stunning tribute to the writer’s vital work. Even thirty years after his death, Baldwin’s words still cut to the heart of issues confronting American society. With performances of Baldwin’s writing from narrator Samuel L. Jackson, Peck provides a deeply human gateway to understanding the achievements and contributions of a man who still has much to say about how our country understands race.

2) “The Salesman” (Available May 2)

Somewhat lost in the weeks of Oscars aftermath is the recognition of director Asghar Farhadi’s latest film,
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Smackdown hits ratings low, WWE Broken Hardys gimmick update – WrestleTalk News

Oli Davis rounds up the biggest professional wrestling news in his daily WrestleTalk column…

Courtesy of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, more information has come out on the Vince McMahon movie being overseen by Vince McMahon.

Apparently the project was actually shopped around Hollywood last Summer, and was said to be very good, but because WWE weren’t on board, the major studios didn’t want to get involved because of the “inevitable fight over how McMahon would be portrayed.”

This changed when producer Andrew Lazar got McMahon’s blessing, which most likely means the movie will avoid controversy and focus on how incredible and revolutionary Vince was. You’ve been getting in touch with who you think should be cast as McMahon.

Harry Bailey wants Jack Nicholson in full The Departed gangster mode; Mafia Joe 619 has suggested Willem Dafoe; Jrarks and Phillip Bryant are pro-diversity, putting forward Samuel L. Jackson
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New Indie Players Score at the Box Office with ‘Colossal,’ ‘Their Finest,’ and ‘Your Name.’

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Two new indie distributors injected some life into the specialty box office this weekend with two unconventional releases.

Both “Colossal” (Neon Films) and Japanese anime smash “Your Name.” (FUNimation) rode positive reviews to strong box office. With more conventional World War II drama “Their Finest” (Stx), three films from non-establishment distributors show impressive arthouse strength.

Read More: ‘Colossal’ Is the Monster Movie No Studio Would Ever Make, And It’s Teaching Hollywood a Lesson

Jessica Chastain vehicle “The Zookeeper’s Wife,” shaping up to be the biggest specialty release so far this year, justified its initial wider run with a solid second weekend.

At least nine of the new limited releases this week also are available on Video on Demand. The only one to see much traction was “Alive and Kicking” (Magnolia), directed by specialty industry veteran Susan Glatzer, marking an unusual documentary presentation from Blumhouse Productions. The dance movie grossed $9000 in five theaters.
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Horror Highlights: Peter Capaldi to Attend Wizard World Minneapolis, Night Visions Film Fest, Jurassic Games, Home Education, The Alienators

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The "Twelfth Doctor" Peter Capaldi will be in attendance at this year's Wizard World Minneapolis convention. Continue reading for more details on his appearance and the event itself. Also in today's Highlights: Night Visions Film Festival spring 2017 lineup, Jurassic Games production details, and trailers for Home Education and The Alienators.

Peter Capaldi to Appear at Wizard World Minneapolis: Press Release: "Minneapolis, March 30, 2017 – Peter Capaldi, who portrays the Twelfth and current iteration of "The Doctor" on the long-running science fiction series "Doctor Who," will make his Wizard World debut next month when he attends Wizard World Comic Con Minneapolis, May 6-7 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Capaldi will greet fans, pose for photo ops, sign autographs and conduct an interactive fan Q&A during the pop culture extravaganza.

Capaldi has appeared as the title character in the BBC program since being introduced in the 50th Anniversary special, "The Day of the Doctor" and the 2013 Christmas episode,
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New to Hulu in April: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ ‘The Usual Suspects,’ and Many More Film and TV Titles

New to Hulu in April: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ ‘The Usual Suspects,’ and Many More Film and TV Titles
Hulu has announced the new titles that will be available to stream on the platform during the month of April. Leading the pack is the new original series “The Handmaid’s Tale,” based on Margaret Atwood’s classic novel of the same name and starring Elisabeth Moss. The series premieres April 26.

Read More: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Trailer: New Teaser Reminds Us Elisabeth Moss’ Story Is Ours

Also available to stream next month are a handful of modern classics, such as “Robocop,” “Days of Thunder,” “Thelma & Louise,” “The Usual Suspects,” “Election,” “JFK,” and “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” as well as indie favorites like “Short Term 12,” “The Babadook,” “In a World,” and “Hello, My Name is Doris.”

Find the list of all titles coming to Hulu in April below.

April 1

1408 (2007) (*Showtime)

A Horse Tale (2015)

Agent Cody Banks (2003)

Affliction (1998)

Almost Famous (2000)

America’s Sweethearts (2001) (*Showtime)

Bad Company (1995) (*Showtime)

Bangkok Dangerous (2008) (*Showtime
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New to Hulu in April: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ ‘The Usual Suspects,’ and Many More Film and TV Titles

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New to Hulu in April: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ ‘The Usual Suspects,’ and Many More Film and TV Titles
Hulu has announced the new titles that will be available to stream on the platform during the month of April. Leading the pack is the new original series “The Handmaid’s Tale,” based on Margaret Atwood’s classic novel of the same name and starring Elisabeth Moss. The series premieres April 26.

Read More: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Trailer: New Teaser Reminds Us Elisabeth Moss’ Story Is Ours

Also available to stream next month are a handful of modern classics, such as “Robocop,” “Days of Thunder,” “Thelma & Louise,” “The Usual Suspects,” “Election,” “JFK,” and “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” as well as indie favorites like “Short Term 12,” “The Babadook,” “In a World,” and “Hello, My Name is Doris.”

Find the list of all titles coming to Hulu in April below.

April 1

1408 (2007) (*Showtime)

A Horse Tale (2015)

Agent Cody Banks (2003)

Affliction (1998)

Almost Famous (2000)

America’s Sweethearts (2001) (*Showtime)

Bad Company (1995) (*Showtime)

Bangkok Dangerous (2008) (*Showtime
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Newswire: Here’s what’s coming to Amazon Prime in April

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April is an exciting time over at Amazon Prime. Not only do we get a new season of Catastrophe, the service is making some of our favorite movies of last year available. Now you’ll be able to watch the likes of The Handmaiden and American Honey, both of which ended up on The A.V. Club’s best of 2016 list, from the comfort of your home. Additionally, Anna Biller’s The Love Witch—which we called “a nuanced statement on gender relations whose morals are as flexible as its formal qualities are rigid”—will also drop, although if you can you should seek out a 35mm screening of that one. Elsewhere, Amazon is unveiling another set of Bosch episodes, and a docuseries about Hugh Hefner called American Playboy.

Available April 1

Almost Famous

Chaplin (1992)

Days Of Thunder

Eddie Murphy Raw

Election (1999)

Ella Enchanted

Kiss The Girls ...
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Box Office: ‘Kong: Skull Island’ Rules With Mighty $61 Million Debut

Box Office: ‘Kong: Skull Island’ Rules With Mighty $61 Million Debut
Kong: Skull Island” emerged victorious after a battle of the beasts that pitted the giant ape movie against the Wolverine’s last stand. Cresting a wave of good reviews, “Kong: Skull Island” topped the domestic box office, racking up a mighty $61 million. That handily beat estimates, which had “Kong: Skull Island” debuting to between $45 million and $50 million.

King Kong’s roar didn’t totally drown out Wolverine’s berserker rage. In its second weekend, Fox’s “Logan” dropped 58% to $37.8 million, pushing its stateside total to $152.6 million. The R-rated comic book adventure is Hugh Jackman’s swan song as Wolverine after nearly two decades playing the X-Men team member.

Kong: Skull Island” gets bragging rights for topping expectations, but the film isn’t out of the woods yet. It cost a hefty $185 million to produce, which means that it will need to be a hit overseas if Legendary and Warner Bros.,
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‘Kong: Skull Island’ Will Battle ‘Logan’ To Be King of the Box Office

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‘Kong: Skull Island’ Will Battle ‘Logan’ To Be King of the Box Office
With $88 million last weekend, “Logan” (20th Century Fox) made the case for a March box office rebound. “Kong: Skull Island” (Universal) should maintain that momentum, though not at quite the same level.

With a production cost of $190 million (double the “Logan” pricetag), “Kong” will need major worldwide appeal to justify the expense. Produced by the now-Chinese-owned Legendary Pictures, who are coming off the shaky “The Great Wall,” the new film ticks all the boxes for a hit.

It’s a massive production, familiar enough for traction but still fresh (particularly for foreign viewers), and sufficiently similar to other hits (see: “Jurassic Park” franchise). And, there’s enough intelligence in the directing and acting talent to suggest a good critical reaction. The director is Jordan Vogt-Roberts, who made his debut at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival with “The Kings of Summer;” the cast includes Tom Hiddleston, Oscar-winner Brie Larson, John C. Reilly,
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The Weekend Warrior 3/10/17: Kong: Skull Island, Brimstone, Canners

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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.

The bigger surprise was how well Jordan Peele’s thriller Get Out held up in its second weekend, not only because it was going up against Logan, but also because high-profile horror films tend
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10 Best Movies to See in March: Wolverine's Last Stand, 'Kong' Reboot and More

10 Best Movies to See in March: Wolverine's Last Stand, 'Kong' Reboot and More
Blockbuster season starts earlier and earlier every year – in 2017, we have made it three whole days into March before those studio tentpoles start to break ground. Heavy hitters Logan, Kong: Skull Island, Power Rangers and Ghost in the Shell will get the blockbuster year off to a roaring start. Meanwhile, those in search of smaller-scale entertainment can enjoy Terence Malick's latest dreamy drama, a cannibalism flick with a reputation that precedes it and a festival favorite featuring a career-best performance from Kristen Stewart. Here's what you need to see over the next month.
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Top 10 Box Office Takeaways: Ben Affleck’s ‘The Accountant’ and Kevin Hart Score

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Top 10 Box Office Takeaways: Ben Affleck’s ‘The Accountant’ and Kevin Hart Score
This weekend brought some welcome news: Ben Affleck’s latest, “The Accountant” (Warner Bros.), came in better than expected. And though “Kevin Hart: What Now?” (Universal) grossed only about half as much, they both did well compared to their cost.

But the overall box office continues to lag against 2015’s peak record numbers, dominated by such fourth-quarter entries as “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” a Bond film and the final “Hunger Games.” It’s hard to imagine that 2016 totals can beat them, even with Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” in early November, J.K. Rowling’s latest “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” from Warners and Disney’s “Moana” closer to Thanksgiving.

The Top Ten (+1)

1. The Accountant (Warner Bros.) New – Cinemascore: A; Metacritic: 51; Est. budget: $45 million

$24,715,000 in 3,332 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $7,417; Cumulative: $24,715,000

2. Kevin Hart: What Now? (Universal) New – Cinemascore: A- ; Metacritic: 61; Est. budget: $10 million

$11,894,000 in 2,568 theaters; PTA:
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Box Office: ‘The Accountant’ to Dominate ‘Kevin Hart’ With $23 Million Weekend

Box Office: ‘The Accountant’ to Dominate ‘Kevin Hart’ With $23 Million Weekend
Ben Affleck’s action-thriller “The Accountant” is heading for an easy victory this weekend in the $23 million range at 3,222 North American locations, early estimates showed Friday.

The opening of comedy concert film “Kevin Hart: What Now?” is in a battle for second place in the $10 million to $13 million range at 2,568 sites. And science-fiction adventure “Max Steel,” based on Mattel’s line of action figures, is launching dismally in the $2 million range at 2,034 locations.

The Accountant” appears to be over-performing recent forecasts, which pegged it in the $18 million to $20 million range. One early estimate gave it an opening day in the $9 million to $10 million range, which could push the Warner Bros. title past $25 million but the studio cautioned it’s likely to come in closer to $20 million.

The Accountant” took in $1.4 million in Thursday night previews, just above the figure for 2014’s thriller “Gone Girl,” which starred Rosamund Pike and
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Box Office: Ben Affleck’s ‘Accountant’ Nearly Doubles ‘Kevin Hart: What Now?’ on Thursday Night

Box Office: Ben Affleck’s ‘Accountant’ Nearly Doubles ‘Kevin Hart: What Now?’ on Thursday Night
Ben Affleck’s action-thriller “The Accountant” has tallied a solid $1.4 million in Thursday night preview showings.

That easily topped Universal’s comedy-concert movie “Kevin Hart: What Now?” which opened with $739,000 at 2,054 screens on Thursday night showings that started at 7 p.m.

The preview number for “The Accountant” came in above the 2014 figure for the thriller “Gone Girl,” which starred Rosamund Pike and Affleck and opened with $1.3 million on Thursday night on its way to a $37.5 million first weekend. “The Accountant” is expected to top a mild box office with roughly $18 million to $20 million when it debuts in 3,332 locations.

The Warner Bros. release, which cost about $40 million to produce, follows a small town certified public accountant who makes his living cooking the books for criminal organizations. “The Accountant” is directed by Gavin O’Connor from a script by Bill Dubuque. Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal, Jeffrey Tambor and John Lithgow also star.
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Kevin Hart: What Now? – Review

How long since there’s been a comedian who regularly opens stand-up films theatrically? Larry the Cable Guy, Chris Rock, etc serve up sets on HBO, but when it comes to actually driving to the multiplex and paying to see a comic on the big screen, you have to go back almost 30 years to Eddie Murphy Raw and Richard Pryor before that. Kevin Hart’s sporadically funny new concert film Kevin Hart What Now? is his third to play theaters in the past five years. It was filmed in his home town of Philadelphia before a sold-out audience of 50,000 at Philly’s Lincoln Financial Field. Hart’s actual set lasts about 75 minutes, but this feature is padded out with a casino-set opening that spoofs 007 and Denzel Washington’s counting scene in The Equalizer. Halle Barry, Ed Helms, and Don Cheadle all join Hart for this mostly pointless prologue.

Hart steers
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Kevin Hart: What Now? Review

At their best, comedians serve as modern-day philosophers, shaping the culture by reflecting it back at audiences with just the right balance of truth and humor. It’s why the work of people like George Carlin and Richard Pryor has sustained such lasting appeal for decades. Their comedy isn’t so much a series of jokes as it is a social commentary on issues like sex, politics, and religion, all of which are at the very core of who we are as individuals and as a society. However, not all comedians aim for such lofty goals with their material, opting instead for a more observational, story-based approach. This is precisely what moviegoers are in for with Kevin Hart: What Now?

While Hart’s comedy might not dig as deep as his aforementioned forefathers, this new concert film – the comedian’s third such big-screen release after 2011’s Laugh at My
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North American Briefs: Ewan McGregor to receive Britannia Humanitarian Award

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North American Briefs: Ewan McGregor to receive Britannia Humanitarian Award
The Scottish star, who unveiled the world premiere of his feature directorial American Pastoral in Toronto, will collect the honour at BAFTA La’s awards show on October 28.

The Britannia Humanitarian Award is presented to someone “who has used the art form of the moving image or their position in the entertainment industry to create positive social change, and actively shine a light on important humanitarian issues.”

McGregor has worked with Unicef to help children in conflict zones in Iraq and Syria.

As previously announced, Ang Lee will collect the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing, Samuel L. Jackson the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment, and Ricky Gervais the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy.

McGregor recently wrapped production on Trainspotting 2, in which he reprises his role as Renton opposite Jonny Lee Miller, Ewen Bremner and Robert Carlyle. Sony will release the film on February 3, 2017.

Several audience members
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