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‘Let Me Make You A Martyr’ Reivew

One of the worst moves you can make to a movie is to mislabel it. In this day, labels matter. And so applying the wrong one can really sink a movie’s ability to get audiences interested. Such is the fate of a movie coming out of this year’s Fantasia and making its way straight to VOD, Let Me Make You A Martyr. This is a movie with a lot of good things going for it, but unfortunately, it’s listed on many sites as a crime movie rather than a thriller. And it is very much a thriller.

Let Me Make You a Martyr is the story of Drew Glass (Sons of Anarchy star Niko Nicotera), an adopted son with a crime boss father (Mark Boone Junior), who returns home to make things right and rescue his adopted sister (Sam Quartin) whom he is in love with. But
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Mother!, The Wicker Man, and All the Other Movies With "F" CinemaScores

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Darren Aronofsky's mother!, with its lowercase title and exclamation point, was always going to push the envelope. The disturbingly vague trailer alone was hint enough that the Jennifer Lawrence-led film was not Hollywood's average horror entry. As a result, many of the scary movie fans who flocked to theaters left disappointed, confused, or a mixture of both. The backlash to the film has been so strong that Paramount actually released a statement defending Aronofsky's "audacious and brave" work. Unfortunately it wasn't enough to keep mother! from pulling in a shockingly bad "F" rating on poll-based website CinemaScore (the worst score that can be given by audiences). Mother! certainly isn't the first movie to land on CinemaScore's "F" list, but until now, the complete list had yet to be published. Vulture set out to discover the full list of titles by speaking to CinemaScore research analyst Harold Mintz. He
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Some love mother! Some don't.

by Murtada

The studio behind mother! has pivoted their second week marketing towards the bad word of mouth that the film has been receiving from moviegoers. They stopped selling it as a home invasion horror thriller and instead decided to embrace how polarizing it is.

Some people love it......some people don’t

It’s a bold move and we like it. What they don’t do though, is mention the F cinemascore that the film recieved. CinemaScore is a company that exit polls moviegoers’ opinions on opening night. They have been storing data since 1986, and in that time only 11 other films received the infamous F. Those so honored include Steven Soderbergh's Solaris (2002) and Andrew Dominik's Killing Them Softly (2012). And make no mistake Darren Aronofsky thinks it's an honor, he told The Frame:

What's interesting about that is, like, how if you walk out of this movie are
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Darren Aronofsky Reacts To ‘F’ CinemaScore For ‘mother!’

History will ultimately determine the merits of Darren Aronofsky‘s divisive “mother!,” but among the many things it will be remembered for, is being one of only 19 movies in history receive an F-grade CinemaScore. Determined by exit polls of moviegoers’ opinions of films on opening night, the movies that have been deemed as failures include terrific pictures like William Friedkin‘s “Bug” and Andrew Dominik‘s “Killing Them Softly,” and interesting efforts like Steven Soderbergh‘s “Solaris.” But yes, there is also trash on there too like the Lindsay Lohan flick “I Know Who Killed Me” and the parody flick “Disaster Movie.” However, Aronofsky believes there’s no way his “mother!” could’ve received any other score.

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Paramount issues statement defending mother!

Simon Brew Sep 19, 2017

It's split audiences. It's bumped at the box office. But Paramount Pictures has come out fighting for Darren Aronofsky's mother!

Few films appear to have split the room as dramatically as Darren Aronofsky’s new movie, mother!, starring Jennifer Lawrence. The film opened in cinemas last weekend, and earned – in the Us – a very low cinemascore of F from audiences. That puts it in the company of movies such as Killing Them Softly, and the remake of Solaris. Not bad films, to be clear, more films that, if they don’t side with them, people tend to outright hate.

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mother! got very good reviews on the whole, and it certainly
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Audiences Hate Jennifer Lawrence's New Movie Mother!

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Audiences Hate Jennifer Lawrence's New Movie Mother!
Moviegoers are having very negative reactions to Jennifer Lawrence's latest movie, Mother!, according to CinemaScore, which currently has the movie at an F rating. The Darren Aronofsky directed movie has been getting trashed by audiences, but praised by critics, leading to a huge divide between audience and critic with the polarized reviews. Could it be that moviegoers are beginning a backlash against Jennifer Lawrence?

Jennifer Lawrence is an acclaimed, Academy Award winning actress who was once the highest paid actress in the world two years ago. The 27-year old actress can pretty much do whatever she wants, but it's beginning to look like her fans do not want to see her in horror movies. 2012's House at the End of the Street was panned by critics and is seen as a commercial failure when compared to Lawrence's other work, which still earned a lot of money and was in
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‘mother!’ Gets an F CinemaScore, Which Could Mean Trouble at the Box Office

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‘mother!’ Gets an F CinemaScore, Which Could Mean Trouble at the Box Office
mother!” has accomplished a rare feat: the dreaded “F” CinemaScore. Darren Aronofsky’s new thriller starring Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem has earned largely positive reviews from critics, but its failing grade suggests that multiplex audiences might not take to its oddity as well — especially given that the film is in nearly 2,400 theaters.

Based in Las Vegas, CinemaScore surveys audiences every weekend to gauge their reactions to new movies and see what effect that might have on box-office returns; ballots have six questions. Other movies to earn the rare distinction are Steven Soderbergh’s “Solaris” remake, Andrew Dominik’s “Killing Them Softly,” William Friedkin’s “Bug,” and “I Know Who Killed Me” — so not exactly crowd-pleasers.

Still, it might not be so bad.
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Five Things You Didn’t Know about Scoot McNairy

John Marcus “Scoot” McNairy is an American actor and producer that’s been in Hollywood since his twenties and despite having no formal training has managed to amass a good deal of fame while making his name known to the world. He’s been in films such as Monsters, Argo, and the little known film Killing Them Softly alongside Brad Pitt. He’s not the greatest actor or celebrity to ever hit the scene as of yet, but it’s fair to say that he’s still plugging along and just needs the right venue to become a megastar. Here are a few things you

Five Things You Didn’t Know about Scoot McNairy
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New to Streaming: ‘Alien: Covenant,’ ‘Shin Godzilla,’ ‘Adaptation,’ ‘Slack Bay,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Adaptation (Spike Jonze)

It’s almost depressing to rewatch Adaptation in 2016, because it’s a reminder of how strong an actor Nicolas Cage is when he actually invests himself in good projects. It was soon after this that his career went off the rails, but he’s remarkably impressive here, playing the dual roles of Charlie Kaufman and his fictional twin brother, Donald. As much a mind-fuck as any other Kaufman screenplay,
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An Appreciation of Sam Shepard: A Countercultural Playwright Who Became, as an Actor, an Ironic Icon

An Appreciation of Sam Shepard: A Countercultural Playwright Who Became, as an Actor, an Ironic Icon
There’s a grand irony to the life and career of Sam Shepard, who died Thursday at 73, that couldn’t have been lost on him. In the late ’60s and early ’70s, when he was first coming up as a playwright, he was part of a shaggy experimental New York theater scene, a kind of loose downtown collective that emerged from the dead flowers of the counterculture and grew into something else: a hazy ’70s druggie/poet garden of indolent creativity. It was an off-Broadway, off-kilter, semi-off-the-grid scene that sprouted up through the cracks of what had been hippie culture and would soon become punk.

Shepard wrote his plays with a wild-dog discursive freedom that would have been unimaginable before the ’60s, and his fabled romantic affair with a singer-poet named Patti Smith seemed baptized in a kind of bohemian purity. At that point, he’d already begun to flirt with Hollywood, though
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In memoriam: writer and actor Sam Shepard

Tony Sokol Aug 1, 2017

Sam Shepard has sadly passed at the age of 73. We bid farewell to a great playwright, author and actor.

Playwright, author, and actor Sam Shepard, who spearheaded the Off Broadway movement, and starred in such films as The Right Stuff, Mud and Midnight Special, died on the 27th of July, the theatre public relations firm Boneau/Bryan-Brown announced. Shepard was 73 years old. Known for such plays as Buried Child, which won the Pulitzer Prize for drama, Curse Of The Starving Class and A Lie Of The Mind, Shepard’s 1969 science fiction play The Unseen Hand influenced Richard O'Brien's stage musical The Rocky Horror Show.

Shepard wrote 44 plays as well as books of short stories and essays. Besides his 1979 work Buried Child, his plays, True West and Fool For Love were also nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. 11 of Shepard’s plays won Obie Awards including Chicago and
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Brad Pitt’s Top 7 Performances

Brad Pitt is one of the most confident actors of this day and he’s well known for a long list of memorable parts, like the extreme killer in Killing them Softly, the hardened eccentric living on the edge of society in Fight Club, and the frustrated father in Tree of Life. He’s a brilliant actor, he takes on the role of different characters exceptionally well, and that’s why he’s continually cast in more top-notch films. Below are seven of Pitt’s top acting performances, and fittingly enough one of them is in the film Se7en.

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Thelma and Louise – 1991

Brad Pitt plays a smooth talking robber in his brief role as J.D. in Thelma and Louise. Sure he eventually robs Thelma after getting her to fall in love with him, but up until that point he’s highly charismatic, and manages to
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Cannes 2017. Through a Genre Darkly—Lynne Ramsay's "You Were Never Really Here"

Screening at the very end of the Cannes Film Festival's competition, and rumored to have been finished the very week of its premiere, Scottish director Lynne Ramsay’s adaptation of Jonathan Ames’s novel You Were Never Really Here is a genre film so fiercely empathetic and brutally honed that its harsh impulse seems precariously mysterious. A bearded, dark-eyed Joaquin Phoenix plays a New York mercenary hired through shady means to retrieve lost girls and sex slaves, something he does with brute efficiently in baggy jeans and bulky hoody, armed only with a store-bought hammer and singular purpose. Quick flashes of traumatic memories—a technique so anarchronistic as to seem surprisingly lazy—detail the scars of the man’s psyche, damaged from abuse as a child and time both in the military and FBI—pain that rears itself in multiple flirtations with suicide throughout the picture. Utilizing his skillset for a dark but righteous purpose,
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Widows (2018): Garret Dillahunt Joins Crime Drama

Garret Dillahunt Joins The Cast Of Steve McQueen’s Widows Killing Them Softly actor Garret Dillahunt has been cast in a role in the upcoming female-led crime caper Widows. Known primarily for his roles in television, Dillahunt is familiar to audiences as the title character’s grandfather Burt Chance on Fox‘s Raising Hope. Additionally, he [...]

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Tom Hardy Wants You to Buy Cell Phones (and He Looks Very Good Doing It) — Watch

Tom Hardy Wants You to Buy Cell Phones (and He Looks Very Good Doing It) — Watch
As “The Dark Knight Rises” and “Mad Max: Fury Road” have taught us, Tom Hardy isn’t necessarily the easiest guy to understand.

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So while you might think Hardy wouldn’t be the ideal choice to be a commercial spokesperson, he actually turns in his most audible work to date in a new series of Sky Mobile commercials. If the British telecommunication company is hoping Hardy’s handsome looks will inspire people to buy a cell phone or two, consider their mission accomplished. We’d buy a dozen if were in the U.K.

Hardy recently wrapped the debut season of “Taboo” on FX, which will be back for Season 2 most likely in 2018. News recently broke he’d be leading the upcoming Navy Seal war drama “War Party,” directed by
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Recommended Discs & Deals: ‘Silence,’ ‘Blow-Up,’ ’20th Century Women,’ and More

Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.

20th Century Women (Mike Mills)

That emotional profundity most directors try to build to across an entire film? Mike Mills achieves it in every scene of 20th Century Women. There’s such a debilitating warmness to both the vibrant aesthetic and construction of its dynamic characters as Mills quickly soothes one into his story that you’re all the more caught off-guard as the flurry of emotional wallops are presented. Without ever hitting a tonal misstep, Mills’ latest
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Recommended Discs & Deals: ‘Being There,’ ‘Fire at Sea,’ ‘Multiple Maniacs,’ and More

Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.

Being There (Hal Ashby)

On paper, there’s an implausibility to the central conceit of Being There that could have resulted in a four-quadrant studio comedy forgotten soon after its release. However, with Hal Ashby’s delicate touch — bringing Jerzy Kosiński and Robert C. Jones‘ adaptation to life — and Peter Sellers‘ innocent deadpan delivery, this 1979 film is a carefully observed look at how those we interact with can offer an introspective mirror into our own lives. “There’s so much left to do,
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Tom Hardy and Ridley Scott team up for real-life military drama War Party

Killing Them Softly’s Andrew Dominik will direct the Scott-produced Netflix project, which will star Hardy as a decorated Navy Seal

Tom Hardy and Ridley Scott are pairing up for a Navy Seal drama, funded by Netflix.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, War Party will star Hardy, with Scott’s company, Scott Free Productions, handling production. Andrew Dominik, best known for The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and Killing Them Softly, will co-write and direct. Plot details are under wraps but the film will be based on real-life events, with Hardy playing a decorated Us Navy Seal.

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Tom Hardy and Ridley Scott team up for real-life military drama War Party

Killing Them Softly’s Andrew Dominik will direct the Scott-produced Netflix project, which will star Hardy as a decorated Navy Seal

Tom Hardy and Ridley Scott are pairing up for a Navy Seal drama, funded by Netflix.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, War Party will star Hardy, with Scott’s company, Scott Free Productions, handling production. Andrew Dominik, best known for The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and Killing Them Softly, will co-write and direct. Plot details are under wraps but the film will be based on real-life events, with Hardy playing a decorated Us Navy Seal.

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Tom Hardy To Star In Andrew Dominik’s ‘War Party’

If there’s one thing we could use more of, it’s films by Andrew Dominik. The director took seven years between “Chopper” and “The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford,” another five until the underrated “Killing Them Softly,” and four more until last year’s gorgeous and shattering documentary, “One More Time With Feeling.” However, it looks like that trend of shorter gaps between movies could be continuing.

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