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Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveriesNEWSLam SuetThis year's Asian Film Awards are most notable for giving beloved Hong Kong character actor (and Johnnie To axiom) Lam Suet the award for Best Supporting Actor (for Trivisa). We were also happy to see that Tsui Hark (still madly inventive with this year's Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back) was given the Lifetime Achievement Award.Chinese actress Li Li-hua has died at the age of 92. While not very well known in the West—except perhaps in the obscure Frank Borzage film China Doll (1958)—Li's work for the Shaw Brothers studio and, later, Golden Harvest, minted many classics, including Li Han-hsiang's The Magnificent Concubine (1962), and Storm Over the Yangtse River (1969), as well as King Hu's The Fate of Lee Khan (1975).For those who aren't able to travel to the Locarno Film Festival but are able to »
There are some Real Housewives moments so indelible to the franchise's history that you only need mention a particular phrase and fans will know exactly what you're referring to and be ready to talk about it at length with you. The Dinner Party From Hell. Scary Island. The Berkshires. The Irish Van Ride From Hell. The Table Flip. And we've got a feeling that after tonight's bonkers episode of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, you'll be able to add Hong Kong to that list. Picking up right where we left off last week, with Erika Girardi and Dorit Kemsley going at it aboard that junk boat, this episode just may have single-handedly resuscitated a season that was near »
Jim Dandy Mar 21, 2017
Supergirl overcomes some soapy plotting with superior chemistry in its latest season 2 episode, Star-Crossed...
This review contains spoilers.
Hi everybody! Jim from Legends Of Tomorrow reviews here, filling in on what is probably the second best DC TV show. Everything Legends does, Supergirl does too, but where Legends keeps things light and fluffy, Supergirl adds in some soapiness and some real world parallels, sometimes to its detriment. Ultimately, Star-Crossed was excellent, only kept from perfection by being a touch on the nose.
The major plot of this episode is Mon-El’s family - his father, Lar Gand (Yes I Know!), played by God’s Not Dead But You’ll Wish You Were’s Kevin Sorbo, and his mother, »
Viewers were introduced to Rihanna’s Marion smack dab in the middle of the action, as she and Sam Loomis (played by Austin Nichols) get it on in the bedroom -- except Marion doesn’t know she’s the other woman when she asks the already-married White Pine Valley real estate developer to marry her. Whoops!
The one time Sam did bring Marion by White Pine Valley was a night spent at the motel -- Bates Motel, to be more »
A young black man meets his white girlfriend’s parents in Jordan Peele’s chilling satire of liberal racism in the Us
Ira Levin, author of Rosemary’s Baby and The Stepford Wives, would have cracked a wry smile at the cackling satire of this chilling “social thriller”, the directorial debut from MadTV alumnus Jordan Peele. When a preppy rich girl takes her African American boyfriend home for the first time, loving harmony turns to creeping discord. Diving deep into the broiling undercurrents of “post-racial” America, Peele’s hybrid creation starts out like a modern reworking of Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, before drifting towards the more brutal territories of Kevin Smith’s Red State or Jeremy Saulnier’s Green Room, via the eerie mysteries of Charles Burnett’s To Sleep With Anger. Beneath the beatific smile of 21st-century liberalism, Get Out finds the still grinning ghoulish skull of »
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
Jordan Peele’s superbly nasty comedy about a black man who meets his white girlfriend’s parents is as pitiless as a surgeon’s scalpel
This fantastically twisted and addictively entertaining horror-satire on the subject of race plays like an Ira Levin rewrite of Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. I can imagine Drew Goddard or Sam Fuller wanting to direct it. In fact, it is written and directed by Jordan Peele, whose recent movie Keanu, which he co-wrote and co-starred with his longtime comedy partner Keegan-Michael Key struck me as a bit lame. And to my embarrassment I knew nothing of their much admired TV work. Well, this is a hypnotically nasty gem.
Related: Jordan Peele on making a hit comedy-horror movie out of America’s racial tensions
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- Peter Bradshaw
Jordan Peele's directorial debut arrives in the UK, and deserves every bit of its success to date. Here's our review...
After an Oscars season throughout which the question of race in cinema was never far from commentators’ lips, up steps the unlikely figure of a horror-comedy to smash the Us box office with a hotter take than the rest. Get Out, Jordan Peele’s feature debut, somehow manages to be that rarest of things – an unpredictable horror film, and a gleefully sharp satire all at once. Gone are horror’s default targets: young girls aren’t punished for promiscuity or men for scepticism. Get Out doesn’t read like an attack, but more a good-natured entreaty for earnest white liberals to have a word with themselves.
It has a point. We’re pretty lame. There is a tendency among the white intelligentsia to congratulate ourselves on our progressive credentials: »
Wrestler-turned-actor John Cena will receive the CinemaCon Action Star of the Year Award, the organization announced Monday. Cena, who broke out in a featured role in Amy Schumer’s 2015 comedy “Trainwreck,” next stars in Doug Liman’s Iraq War drama “The Wall,” which is due in theaters May 12. He will be presented with his award at the CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards ceremony on March 30 to kick off the annual convention of The National Association of Theatre Owners at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Also Read: Guess Who WWE Superstar John Cena Wants to Slime at Nickelodeon's Kids Choice Awards? »
- Thom Geier
Get Out review by Kat Hughes, March 2017.
Get Out review
Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and Rose (Allison Williams) have been dating for a while and it’s time for Chris to meet the parents. In addition to the usual nerves, Chris is worried that Rose’s upper class parents will have an issue with their beloved Caucasian daughter bringing home an African American beau. Things start out well enough with Rose’s parents fully embracing Chris, but it seems that something isn’t quite right in suburbia.
Jordan Peele, who starred in last year’s brilliant Keanu, directs this time around, showing a Lot of talent. Peele replicates what made Keanu so magic, by mixing comedy into a genre that doesn’t usually have it. Keanu brought the laughs into the action world »
- Kat Hughes
Every famous parent in Hollywood brought their little entourage out Saturday for the Nickelodeon “Kids’ Choice Awards.” USC’s Galen Center in Los Angeles was filled with screaming kids, neon shirts and A-list stars as host WWE Superstar John Cena got his slime on. For all the messy memorable moments that were broadcast live on Nickelodeon, there was even more brightly-colored action going on that you could only see with orange carpet access and a seat inside the stadium. Fortunately, TheWrap had both. Also Read: Guess Who WWE Superstar John Cena Wants to Slime at Nickelodeon's Kids Choice Awards? Check out »
- Debbie Emery
The flagship BBC television series, Doctor Who has created some iconic villains during the course of its half century of storytelling – and a number of them have become instantly recognizable as arch-nemeses of the courageous Time Lord. The Daleks, for example, are now so famous that they even appeared in The Lego Batman Movie.
Few are as utterly terrifying as the Cybermen, however, and they have now been confirmed as the formidable foe squaring up to the Twelfth Doctor in the final episodes of the upcoming tenth season. This is a significant development, because it coincides with the departure of the showrunner, Steven Moffat, and the Doctor himself, Peter Capaldi.
Guess who's back!
It's the original Mondasian Cybermen, returning for eps 11 & 12 of the new series!https://t.co/F6G9YQrVCb#DoctorWho pic.twitter.com/fOchIo4KaY
— Doctor Who Official (@bbcdoctorwho) March 6, 2017
The Cybermen have been bugging the titular »
- Sarah Myles
Author: Jon Lyus
It was with a degree of sadness (and a small dose of surprise) that we met the news that Peter Capaldi announced he was leaving Doctor Who. The actor’s take on the role has been an uneven affair, though some of the greatest hours of television the show has produced has been with Capaldi in the lead.
We have twelve further episodes of the 13th Doctor to enjoy. Details of the final season for Capaldi (and showrunner Steven Moffat) have been scant thus far. We have Pearl Mackie’s introduction as Bill, our latest companion, and a lingering return for Matt Lucas’s Nardole. The trailer for season Ten of the show did offer up some clues as to what’s to come however today we have confirmation of a few old »
- Jon Lyus
Spine-tingling suspense is supposed to leave you breathless, uncertain of what's coming next.
Bates Motel Season 5 Episode 3 achieved that over and over again, as an insane game of cat and mouse began with Chick holding the cheese, urging Norman and Mother to make moves they'd find difficult without his presence.
If only we could leap onto one of the many time machines currently available on the telly to find out what in Hades is coming next.
I don't know what your thoughts were after watching, but here were mine:
Did that really happen? What just happened? I want more! Oh my God!!!
The action felt so intimate not only in that few characters were involved, but the material was moving beyond measure.
Reactions were all over the map, from being overjoyed at seeing Caleb alive, to wonder at how Chick was manipulating the situation with Norman's insanity so brilliantly, »
- Carissa Pavlica
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When a scientific expedition to an uncharted island awakens titanic forces of nature, a mission of discovery becomes an explosive war between monster and man. Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, John Goodman and John C. Reilly star in a thrilling and original »
- Oli Davis
While Jordan Peele is a lifelong fan of horror movies, he knows that not everyone shares his enthusiasm for the genre which more often than not contain blood and guts and death and calculated scare tactics. With his directorial debut Get Out, however, which is a hit with critics and at the box office, he set out to make a horror movie that would be accessible to everyone — even those who don’t typically enjoy the genre.
“One thing I love about the reactions, I’ve got a lot of people saying, ‘I don’t like scary movies but I’m into this, »
- Kara Warner
“Get Out,” the low-budget horror hit that dominated the weekend box office, proves that it pays to be fiscally prudent and creatively risky. The story of a black man who finds himself preyed upon by liberal white suburbanites is a “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” for our racially polarized time. It’s a film that uses scares as social commentary.
Writer and director Jordan Peele, previously best known for his work on Comedy Central’s “Key & Peele,” never expected a studio to greenlight his project. At a time of #blacklivesmatter and Trump, that kind of subversion just seemed too hot to handle.
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Peele said that when he told producers that he had a cool pitch, he would always add, “The caveat is: No one will make this movie.’” Most studios would greet any non-superhero related proposal these days with a hard pass, »
- Brent Lang
Of late, Bollywood celebrities have come out in support of a certain bariatric surgery patient Eman Ahmad who hails from Egypt. Eman, known as the world’s heaviest woman, requires Rs. 1 crore for the surgery and she has been receiving extensive support from this part of the Indian film fraternity. Eman Ahmad is admitted atRead More
- Bollywood Hungama News Network
Get Out is making waves for its smart, socially conscious, and straight-up terrifying storyline. Earning a coveted 100 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, the movie has already won over critics, but if you're too scared to see it, we understand. The elevator pitch: a young black man agrees to meet his girlfriend's parents for the first time over a weekend at their secluded estate. When he gets there, he finds himself surrounded by white people, and the only black people nearby seem to have been brainwashed. The brainchild of writer/director Jordan Peele, Get Out has been aptly described as "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner meets The Stepford Wives." Ready for some spoilers? Let's go. The minute Chris (Black Mirror's Daniel Kaluuya) pulls up to Rose's (Allison Williams) childhood home, he can sense that something isn't right. Her parents, Missy (Catherine Keener) and Dean (Bradley Whitford), are overly welcoming, and »
- Maggie Pehanick
Chicago – When he got his chance, writer/director Jordan Peele (“Key & Peele”) completely understood what he had to do – combine his skewered hilarity, love of horror movies and true social conscience, and put them all into one great movie. Ladies and germs, “Get Out.”
The title is a riff on an old Eddie Murphy routine, as in, “a black man would never stay in the ‘Amityville Horror’ house, they would ‘tip out the door’ as soon as they heard the house say, ‘Get Out!’” Peele combines this with a “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” (50th Anniversary) vibe, as a African American photographer meets his white girlfriend’s upper middle class parents. Through the brilliant filter of Mr. P, the whole atmosphere of the film is so funny, so chilling and so knowing that it joins the rare company of the horror film that actually means something. If you »
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The first few months of the year seem to be prime territory for the studios to unleash new horror flicks. Perhaps the thinking is to get out of the way of most of the action blockbusters of the Spring/Summer and steer clear of those serious “message” prestige films near the end of the year. Well, maybe this “chiller” could be close to the later category. It’s got lotsa’ scares and some not-so-subtle bits of social commentary, a message horror flick. But it’s really not something new to ‘sinister cinema”. Many interpret the vampire legend as a commentary on female sexuality while others see zombie stories as metaphors for the struggle in the class system (the walking dead as the lower classes rising up to consume…). Perhaps the most famous example of this “mixing” is 1956’s iconic Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (and its three remakes), which some »
- Jim Batts
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