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happy death day marshall The 8 Movies to Watch This Weekend

‘Happy Death Day,’ ‘Marshall’
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‘Happy Death Day’ sends Jessica Rothe on a horror ‘Groundhog Day’ loop, ‘Marshall’ targets adults and Jackie Chan is back with action-thriller ‘The Foreigner.’ On Netflix, filmmaker David Fincher releases his highly anticipated serial killers series ‘Mindhunter.’

Happy Death Day

In theaters


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The Universal horror pic, produced by Jason Blum’s Blumhouse, stars Jessica Rothe as Tree, a college student who relives the day of her murder over and over until she discovers her killer’s identity. Directed by Christopher Landon, the pre-Halloween movie is rated PG-13.

The production only had two days to capture its key scene over and over again. Each time, a carefully choreographed chain of events occurs — a fraternity pledge passes out, a couple gets sprayed with a sprinkler — and Tree soon learns to predict what’s going to happen. And for other parts of the movie, the cast and crew also had to keep track which time loop they were shooting. “The challenge was tracking everything and making sure everything was consistent and was adhering to the rules of a time loop,” says Landon. “We had annoying graphs and charts, but I had written many drafts of the script. I think I ended up writing almost ten drafts. I lived it for a really long time, so I did have a clear, almost baked in knowledge and I felt very comfortable because most of that.”

The Foreigner
In theaters

Jackie Chan stars as a humble businessman whose teenage daughter is killed as a senseless act of politically-motivated terrorism. He is forced into a cat-and-mouse conflict with a British government official (Pierce Brosnan), whose own past may hold clues to the identities of the elusive killers. Martin Campbell directs the STXfilms action-thriller, based on Stephen Leather’s 1992 novel.

To American audiences, Chan is best known as one half of buddy comedies like Rush Hour and Shanghai Noon. But his latest English-language release (his first since 2010’s The Karate Kid) is a departure from what domestic moviegoers are used to seeing from the 63-year-old star. “I’ve been working so hard for all these years in the film business,” he told. “I wanted to prove that I’m a good stunt man, I’m a good stunt coordinator, I’m a good director, I’m a good producer, that I can write. Now, I want them to say, ‘That Jackie, he is a good actor.'”


In limited theaters

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Chadwick Boseman portrays the titular Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court justice in American history. As a young NAACP lawyer, he reluctantly teams with a Jewish attorney (played by Josh Gad) to tackle an oft-forgotten case that helped lay the groundwork for the Civil Rights Movement. Reginald Hudlin directs the Open Road courtroom thriller, which also features Kate Hudson, Dan Stevens, Sterling K. Brown and James Cromwell.

“It’s a courtroom drama, but it’s also kind of a Western,” explains Hudlin of the movie. “Thurgood comes to town, delivers justice, and then he’s got to go to the next town…. And that’s where his name came from: Marshall. It’s his last name, but it’s also who he is.”

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women
In limited theaters

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The superhero origin tale recounts how Harvard psychologist Dr. William Moulton Marston (played by Luke Evans) created the iconic Wonder Woman character in the 1940s. His feminist superhero — who was criticized by censors for her “sexual perversity” — was inspired by two empowered, real-life women: his wife and their lover. Angela Robinson directs the Annapurna biopic, also featuring Rebecca Hall, Bella Heathcote and Connie Britton.

“These three people went through an awful to stay together and to fight the restrictions of society to keep this love pure,” said Evans of the film.


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Andy Serkis directs the true love story between Robin and Diana Cavendish (played by Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy). The young couple refuses to give up when Robin is struck down by polio at the age of 28, becoming confined to a hospital bed and only given a few months to live. Tom Hollander and Hugh Bonneville are also among the cast of the Participant Media and Bleecker Street release.

The film marks Serkis’ directorial debut. “His background as an actor makes it very reassuring — he understands how hard the rhythm of filmmaking is,” Garfield told THR of Serkis. “It’s also a little-known fact that he’s a fine artist — he’s a painter and a drawer, so his abilities with framing and color and creating beautiful imagery was an amazing thing to witness. He can really do it all, and it really didn’t feel like his first film.”

Goodbye Christopher Robin

In limited theaters


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Domhnall Gleeson portrays beloved children’s author creator A.A. Milne, whose son Christopher Robin (played by Will Tilston) inspired the magical world of Winnie the Pooh. The biopic follows the Milne family as they’re swept up in the international success of the books, which bring hope and comfort to England in the wake of WWI. Simon Curtis directs the Fox Searchlight biopic, which also stars Margot Robbie and Kelly Macdonald.

Though the father-son relationship in the film is complicated, Gleeson explained of the author’s bond with his son, “They had a beautiful relationship — they genuinely were good influences on each other’s lives, apart from this one big thing. I was struck by the tragedy and drama of that. It’s about enjoying being around each other while you have the time.”

Friday on Netflix


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David Fincher’s highly anticipated Netflix crime drama releases it full 10-episode season. The 1979-set FBI series, executive produced by Charlize Theron, follows two agents in the serial crime unit, Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany), who set out on a sinister investigative odyssey to discover the brutal answers. Fringe star Anna Torv also stars as psychologist, Wendy.

Based on the 1996 book Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit by John Douglas and Mark Olshaker, the project is the Seven filmmaker’s first series for the streamer since directing episodes on House of Cards. Review compares the tone to Fincher’s 2007 film Zodiac and says it starts off “compelling” and quickly “reveals itself as a suspense series hinging on after-the-fact investigations into the heads and hearts of known murderers.”

White Famous


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Producer and recurring star Jamie Foxx pulls from his own life for this new Showtime comedy with former Saturday Night Live star Jay Pharoah. In his first TV role since leaving the NBC sketch show, Pharoah turns in a “versatile and charismatic lead performance,” according to review.

The comedian plays Floyd, a content stand-up comic who strives to become “white famous” and transcend color, like Eddie Murphy or Will Smith or Foxx, who makes a cameo in the pilot as himself. “The most ridiculous thing is actually in the first episode,” Foxx teased.

october 2017 Blade Runner 2049, BPM, and 24 other movies to see this October

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With the lackluster summer stretch behind us, the fall movie season ahead shows great promise thanks to big-budget blockbusters (Blade Runner 2049, Geostorm) and awards-bound prestige titles (Novitiate, BPM [Beats Per Minute], The Square) alike. Here’s every movie that should be on your radar this October.

Blade Runner 2049

Thirty-five years after Ridley Scott introduced the world to Harrison Ford’s Rick Deckard, the acting veteran — alongside Ryan Gosling, Jared Leto, and Robin Wright — is stepping back into the iconic role with Oscar-nominated Arrival and Sicario director Denis Villeneuve at the helm. “I’m lucky for many reasons that this was my big-budget film, but one of them is that you could see where the money was going,” Gosling previously told. “The sets were so beautiful, and every aesthetic choice was for the cleanest, most efficient, elegant way to communicate story. When [cinematographer] Roger Deakins creates a frame, half your job is done for you.”

Release date: Oct. 6
Release type: Wide

The Mountain Between Us 

Kate Winslet, Idris Elba, and an adorable pooch are stranded together amid the frosty wilderness of snow-capped mountain peaks in this disaster-romance from director Hany Abu-Assad.

Release date: Oct. 6
Release type: Wide

My Little Pony

The classic children’s toy line gets the big screen treatment with a little help from Emily Blunt, Liev Schreiber, Uzo Aduba, Kristin Chenoweth, Zoe Saldana, and Sia in this animated family flick.

Release date: Oct. 6
Release type: Wide

The Florida Project

For his sixth feature, Tangerine filmmaker Sean Baker graduates from the gritty streets of Los Angeles to the sun-kissed stretches of central Florida’s tourist traps, which serve as the backdrop for an emotional gut-punch of a movie about a young girl (Brooklynn Prince) living in a motel with her destitute mother (Bria Vinaite) under the watchful eye of their all-seeing property manager, played by Willem Dafoe, whom has received a healthy amount of Oscar buzz for his supporting performance since the film’s debut in Cannes earlier this year.

Release date: Oct. 6
Release type: Limited


Rooney Mara tackles her most complex role yet as a woman staging an icy reunion with an older man (Ben Mendelsohn) she previously formed a sexual bond with as a teenager in first-time director Benedict Andrews’ pitch-perfect adaptation of David Harrower’s stage play Blackbird.

Release date: Oct. 6
Release type: Limited

The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson

Oscar-nominated documentarian David France probes the mysterious death of gay icon Marsha P. Johnson who, alongside Sylvia Rivera, founded the trans activist group Street Transvestites Action Revolutionaries (S.T.A.R.) in New York City’s Greenwich Village before her body was found floating in the Hudson River in 1992.

Release date: Oct. 6
Release type: Netflix streaming

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)

Noah Baumbach’s latest assembles a prestigious cast (Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson) for this dramedy about a fractured family that comes together in celebration of their patriarch. Critics particularly tipped Sandler’s performance as one of the best of his career when the film world-premiered in competition at Cannes in May.

Release date: Oct. 13
Release type: Netflix streaming

The Foreigner

Jackie Chan fronts a riveting action-thriller about a businessman grappling with the death of his daughter at the hands of terrorists — all while playing a cat-and-mouse game with a government official who may know more about her murder than he’s letting on.

Release date: Oct. 13
Release type: Wide

Happy Death Day

Some moments we want to live over and over: a particularly joyous Christmas morning, a wild night with friends — unfortunately for Happy Death Day‘s Tree Gelbman (Mary + Jane‘s Jessica Rothe), she’s trapped in a seemingly never-ending cycle of reliving her own death-by-serial-killer in Disturbia writer Christopher Landon’s comedy-slasher hybrid (which also boasts one of the most amusing trailers of the year).

Release date: Oct. 13
Release type: Wide


Chadwick Boseman stars in this tense biopic about Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, who fights through a career-defining case before making U.S. government history. Kate Hudson, Josh Gad, Dan Stevens, and Emmy-winner Sterling K. Brown costar.

Release date: Oct. 13
Release type: Wide

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

After seven decades without a standalone movie, Wonder Woman blazed a trail for female-fronted superhero stories at the summer box office this year. Now, director Angela Robinson lays the foundation for Diana Prince’s legacy in this tale of psychologist William Moulton Marston, who created the iconic character while balancing complex relationships with the women (Rebecca Hall, Bella Heathcote) in his own life.

Release date: Oct. 13
Release type: Wide


Based on the true story of Robin Cavendish (Andrew Garfield), this biographical drama directed by Andy Serkis follows the disability rights activist throughout his twenties, at the tail end of which he was diagnosed with and subsequently paralyzed by polio, after beginning a romantic relationship with Diana Blacker (Claire Foy), his supportive wife. The film, which premiered in September at the Toronto International Film Festival, was written by Oscar-nominated screenwriter William Nicholson (Gladiator) and framed by three-time Academy Award-winning cinematographer Robert Richardson (Hugo, The Aviator, JFK).

Release date: Oct. 13
Release type: Limited

Goodbye Christopher Robin

The work of A.A. Milne has reached countless readers over the years, and this light biopic (costarring Margot Robbie and Kelly Macdonald) dramatizes the writer’s (Domnhall Gleeson) life as his son inspires the creation of one of the most famous literary characters of all time: Winnie the Pooh.

Release date: Oct. 13
Release type: Limited


Gerard Butler. Catastrophic weather events (Giant tornados! Icicle meteors!) threatening all of humanity. Lots of impressive CGI. Need we say more?

Release date: Oct. 20
Release type: Wide

Only the Brave

An ensemble cast (Taylor Kitsch, Jeff Bridges, Jennifer Connelly, Miles Teller, Andie MacDowell, Josh Brolin) populates a film inspired by real-life firefighters in Prescott, Arizona who battled a June 2013 wildfire, which ultimately took the lives of 19 of its members.

Release date: Oct. 20
Release type: Wide

Same Kind of Different as Me

An international art dealer (Greg Kinnear) is forced to make nice with a vagrant to save his marriage to a woman (Renée Zellweger) whose lofty ambitions reroute the course of the trio’s lives.

Release date: Oct. 20
Release type: Wide

The Snowman

Adapted from Jo Nesbø’s novel of the same name, this icy thriller stars Michael Fassbender as a detective investigating the grim circumstances surrounding the disappearance of a victim upon winter’s first snowfall — which prompts him to speculate the return of the titular, menacing serial killer. “I guess it’s the same thing as with clowns,” Fassbender told us of the project’s premise. “Something that is supposed to bring joy becomes very creepy.”

Release date: Oct. 20
Release type: Wide

Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween

Twelve years after he first brought Madea to the big screen, the drag-tastic character is still going strong in this satirical sequel to last year’s season hit.

Release date: Oct. 20
Release type: Wide

BPM (Beats Per Minute)

Robin Campillo directs a hauntingly gorgeous dramatization of events surrounding the AIDS epidemic in 1990s Paris, where a team of activists known as ACT UP fight for equality and access to medical care during the height of the HIV crisis. The film premiered in competition at Cannes, where it was touted as one of the best films of the festival by film critics.

Release date: Oct. 20
Release type: Limited

The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, and Alicia Silverstone walk into a Yorgos Lanthimos movie… and the results are stunning. With shades of Greek tragedy and the filmmaker’s 2009 drama Dogtooth, The Killing of a Sacred Deer paints a disturbing picture about vitality lost in this haunting meditation on the destruction of the nuclear family, following a surgeon who forms a bond with the son of one of his ill-fated patients, though the boy seemingly plagues the healthy family with a (literally) paralyzing curse.

Release date: Oct. 20
Release type: Limited


From the glam-rocking age of 1970s Britain in Velvet Goldmine to the snow-swept city streets of the 1950s-set romance Carol, director Todd Haynes typically shuttles audiences back in time to memorable periods throughout history, and his Cannes competition title Wonderstruck takes his signature affinity for the past to a new level. Seamlessly flitting through multiple periods, the story following a young runaway, Rose (newcomer Millicent Simmonds), who seeks the attention of a beloved idol (longtime Haynes collaborator Julianne Moore) in 1927, while simultaneously chronicling the journey of a boy (Oakes Fegley) searching for his father against the backdrop of 1977 New York City.

Release date: Oct. 20
Release type: Limited

All I See Is You

Blake Lively is a blind woman who regains her sight — to somewhat disastrous results after learning secret truths about her life and family — in this love story directed by World War Z filmmaker Marc Forster.

Release date: Oct. 27
Release type: Wide


The Saw franchise just won’t die, rearing its head yet again in this torture porn genre flick set 10 years after the death of the titular murderous mastermind, in an age where a new killer takes lives of unsuspecting victims using inspiration from Jigsaw’s past crimes.

Release date: Oct. 27
Release type: Wide

Thank You For Your Service

Miles Teller fronts a band of soldiers returning from Iraq, attempting to reintegrate into normal civilian life. Amy Schumer, Haley Bennett, and Keisha Castle-Hughes also star.

Release date: Oct. 27
Release type: Wide


Melissa Leo and Margaret Qualley give arresting performances in Maggie Betts’ Novitiate, a coming-of-age drama set in the 1960s amid the Catholic Church’s Vatican II reformations, when a young postulant questions her faith while enduring the strict rule of her convent’s ruthless Reverend Mother.

Release date: Oct. 27
Release type: Limited

The Square

Ruben Östlund’s Palme d’Or-winning sendup of highbrow art culture finally hits domestic screens with stars Elisabeth Moss, Dominic West, Claes Bang, and Terry Notary in tow.

Release date: Oct. 27
Release type: Limited

James Cameron Kate Winslet 1 Kate Winslet reuniting with James Cameron for Avatar sequelsThe first of the next four movies opens in Dec. 2020, 23 years after their Oscar-winning ‘Titanic’

Kate Winslet and James Cameron are celebrating the upcoming 20th anniversary of Titanic by announcing a reunion of sorts.

EW has confirmed the Oscar-winning actress has joined the filmmaker’s billion-dollar Avatar franchise, which is in “full-tilt production” on the four upcoming sequels.

“Kate and I have been looking for something to do together for 20 years, since our collaboration on Titanic, which was one of the most rewarding of my career,” Cameron told Deadline, which first reported the news. “I can’t wait to see her bring the character of Ronal to life.”

She joins returning cast members Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, and Stephen Lang, plus new additions Cliff Curtis (Fear the Walking Dead) and the young actors who make up the next generation of Na’vi.

“People respond because of the movie’s characters, themes, and emotions — and we have all that again,” producer Jon Landau previously shared with EW. “When the cast read what Jim Cameron wrote [for the sequels], it hit them with even greater resonance than the first movie.”

The first of those four sequels is scheduled for release on Dec. 18, 2020, with the subsequent three arriving Dec. 17, 2021, Dec. 20, 2024, and Dec. 19, 2025.

Winslet can next be seen alongside Idris Elba in The Mountain Between Us, which lands in theaters on Friday. No word yet on her thoughts on Papyrus.

Blade Runner 2049 2 9 classic dystopian future films to see before Blade Runner 2049

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The future – and the horrors it might hold – have long fascinated moviegoers. More often than not, we imagine our future as one overrun by the less noble tendencies of humanity – corruption, greed, tyranny, environmental destruction, and more. Blade Runner 2049 will be the latest entry in that genre, adding more heft and story to the 1982 Ridley Scott film based on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Philip K. Dick’s 1968 novel.

In advance of the release of the highly anticipated Blade Runner 2049, which many hope will answer long-standing questions from the 1982 film, some are likely re-watching the Harrison Ford-led original. While that makes perfect sense, Blade Runner stems from a long legacy of dystopian imaginings and their cinematic renderings. Movies as varied as 2001: A Space Odyssey to the original Planet of the Apes have imagined stark visions for our future. Here are nine classic dystopian science fiction films to check out before you see Blade Runner 2049.

Metropolis (1927)Metropolis 1 9 classic dystopian future films to see before Blade Runner 2049

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 Modern cinema would look vastly different without Metropolis — Fritz Lang’s imagining of a cold future divided between the wealthy who live safe above the city in high-rises and the working people who toil underground. Its highly stylized use of Art Deco designs, matte painting, light, and shadow has influenced the look of countless films from Star Wars to the first Blade Runner. Made in Germany, the film takes up popular communist and socialist ideologies of the time with its central conflict between the rich and the workers who rise up and fight for equality. It also directly interrogates questions of industrialization, manifested in the robot Hel/Maria who stirs dissent and invokes mass murder in her name. Lang later came to Hollywood, employing his distinct German Expressionist style in a series of memorable film noirs, but nothing looms quite as large as Metropolis in terms of reach and influence. For decades, the film was presumed lost in its original form as nearly one-quarter of the footage was missing, but a series of discoveries and restorations have made the film available in nearly its original form.

Available on: Amazon, Google Play 

Things to Come (1936)Things to Come 9 classic dystopian future films to see before Blade Runner 2049

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This obscure British film is based on a 1933 H.G. Wells novel The Shape of Things to Come. Less popular than his earlier science fiction work like The Time Machine and The War of the Worlds, the story focused more on Wells’ outspoken political beliefs for reform, which imagined a centralized economy and meritocracy led by scientists and intellectuals. Wells had a direct hand in production, writing the screenplay. The film is an odd mix of dystopian imaginings and utopian hopes – a second world war (shockingly prescient for 1936) breaks out in 1940 and continues until 1960, at which point the world enters a second Dark Age. In 1970, a pilot named John Cabal (Raymond Massey) arrives in England with tales of a world dominated by technological advancement and global consolidation (eliminating independent nations) — he successfully defeats the tyrannical “Boss” overseeing England. In 2036, a new fight rages between dissidents against technological progress and those who still support an unending quest for knowledge. The film was notable for being one of the first to take inspiration from Metropolis, with a heavy emphasis on futuristic costumes and design (celebrated Gone with the Wind production designer William Cameron Menzies helmed the project).

Available on: Filmstruck, Amazon Prime, Vudu, Google Play, Apple

The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)The Day the Earth Stood Still 2 9 classic dystopian future films to see before Blade Runner 2049

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In the wake of World War II and the development of the atom bomb, anxiety over the prospect of nuclear war permeated much of the science fiction of the age. The Day the Earth Stood Still capitalizes on this when a mysterious alien named Klaatu (Michael Rennie) lands on Earth bearing an ominous message: abandon all weapons and live in peace or face obliteration from other forces in the universe. Many surmised Klaatu was a metaphor for Jesus Christ with his sudden arrival on earth and message of peace (he even uses the pseudonym John Carpenter/initials J.C. as a human on Earth). Perhaps even more memorable than Klaatu and his warning is the giant metal robot Gort (played by the extremely tall Grauman’s Chinese Theater doorman Lock Martin), who disintegrates soldiers’ guns in one famous scene and is responsible for policing and keeping peace in the universe. The film also features Oscar winner Patricia Neal and blacklisted character actor Sam Jaffe (playing an Einstein type here and putting his real-life degree in mathematics to good use). The film was remade in 2008 with Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Connelly, but the original 1951 film remains one of the most popular science fiction films ever made.

Available on: Netflix, Starz, Google Play, Vudu, Apple

Forbidden Planet (1956)Forbidden Planet 1 9 classic dystopian future films to see before Blade Runner 2049

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Loosely based on Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Forbidden Planet inspired countless properties in the genre, including the original Star Trek. It was one of the first science fiction films to take place entirely on another planet and feature humans flying a spaceship of their own creation. When a ship lands on Altira IV, crew members led by Leslie Nielsen’s captain discover two sole survivors from a previous expedition there – Morbius (Walter Pidgeon) and his daughter Altaira (Anne Francis) who are strangely reluctant to return to Earth. Their servant Robby the Robot also plays a memorable arc in the proceedings, as one of the first onscreen robots to have a distinct personality and elaborate role as a supporting character, rather than a mere emotionless machine. He was so beloved he’s since appeared in 1957’s The Invisible Boy and 1984’s Gremlins. The film was also notable for its groundbreaking special effects that featured a range of animation from Disney animators in a very rare case of the Walt Disney Company loaning them out to another studio (MGM). As one of the titles mentioned in “Science Fiction Double Feature” in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, it remains a cult classic.

Available on: Fandango, Amazon, Google Play, Vudu, Apple

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)Invasion of the Body Snatchers 9 classic dystopian future films to see before Blade Runner 2049

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This science fiction film capitalized on Cold War suspicions about the “other” and fear of the unsuspecting enemy living in our backyard (hysteria that fed things like McCarthyism and the Hollywood Blacklist). Invasion of the Body Snatchers tells the story of a strange illness that prompts patients to insist to a local doctor that their loved ones are impersonators. The malady is revealed to be caused by aliens already living among humanity, creating what is known as “the pod people” — alien impersonators who have replaced specific individuals in the town. This required the main cast to have full body casts made for an infamous scene where the “pod people” are revealed. Director Don Siegel wanted a more pessimistic conclusion, but the studio pushed for an uplifting ending, resulting in two cuts still being in existence today. The film and its themes of fear of being overrun or hoodwinked by others devoid of humanity and compassion still resonate today – it has been remade three times, most recently in a 2007 version starring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig.

Available on: Amazon Prime, Google Play, Apple 

On the Beach (1959)On the Beach 9 classic dystopian future films to see before Blade Runner 2049

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On the Beach represents a far more sobering and realistic take on a dystopian future than the futuristic, space-age atmosphere of many of the films on this list. Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Fred Astaire, and Anthony Perkins all star in this bleak tale of survivors living in Australia after nuclear warfare has annihilated the planet. Astaire made his non-musical acting debut in the film, while Peck signed on for an opportunity to espouse his pacifist, anti-nuclear views on screen. Stanley Kramer, who became known for his unflinching examination of social and political issues, made a bold statement in only his fourth film behind the camera. Ambivalent in its attitude toward technology that has the power to both aid and destroy mankind, the film represented a far more ambiguous take on the threat of nuclear holocaust and questions about humanity’s role in our own destruction and degradation. It remained one of the most brutally honest films about nuclear devastation until rising paranoia in the 1980s inspired a spate of new movies on the subject.

Available on: DVD

Fahrenheit 451 (1966)Fahrenheit 451 1 9 classic dystopian future films to see before Blade Runner 2049

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Based on Ray Bradbury’s novel of the same name, Fahrenheit 451’s chilling depiction of a future where reading is illegal and all literature is burned remains one of the most horrifying and prescient dystopias ever put onscreen. Bradbury understood the role of controlling information and distributing government-approved jargon in creating a passive populace who are puppets of the media. François Truffaut, one of the visionaries of the French New Wave, took on this book adaptation as his first English language and color film. Oskar Werner portrays Guy Montag, a “fireman” whose job it is to round up and burn books, but who finds himself falling in love with literature and a mysterious book smuggler (played by Julie Christie doing double duty as smuggler Clarisse and Montag’s wife Linda). Many fans of the book disliked Truffaut’s adaptation and its emphasis on visual style over some key aspects of the plot, but it remains a major entry in the evolution of dystopian cinema. What’s more – it helped cement and perpetuate the legacy of the novel, which is set for another film adaptation starring Sofia Boutella (The Mummy) in 2018.

Available on: Amazon, Apple, Google Play

Soylent Green (1973)Soylent Green 1 9 classic dystopian future films to see before Blade Runner 2049

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Set in the year 2022, Soylent Green combined science fiction with police procedural as Charlton Heston’s Detective Thorn investigates the murder of a wealthy businessman (played by Joseph Cotten) in a world beset by environmental disaster and destruction. Most of the population survives on rations from the Soylent Corporation, which ends up playing a key role in Thorn’s investigation. Thorn finds himself drawn into a web of conspiracy and cover-ups that put his life in danger. The film’s final chilling revelation is so jarring and such an unexpected twist that it earned a place on the American Film Institute’s Top 100 movie quotes list. Because much of the world’s problems are caused by overpopulation in the film, the set designer took pains to fill every nook and cranny of the New York City sets with garbage, people, and more, to convey a sense of overcrowding. The author of the novel that inspired the film, Harry Harrison, did not like many of the changes made to the story, but he appreciated that it still hammered home the message that humanity must work to ameliorate pollution and overpopulation.

Available on: Google Play, Vudu, Apple

Logan’s Run (1976)Logan’s Run 9 classic dystopian future films to see before Blade Runner 2049

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In Logan’s Run, the year is 2274 and humanity lives in seeming utopian harmony, where everyone is young and beautiful. But it is secretly a dystopia under strict population control – all individuals must die in a ritualistic ceremony known as the Carrousel when they reach their 30th birthday. Michael York stars as Logan 5, a security guard tasked with hunting those known as “runners” who attempt to escape this fate – along the way he becomes disillusioned with the laws of his society and begins to suspect all is not as it seems. Farrah Fawcett has a brief supporting role – 1976 marked a major year for her with the release of her iconic bathing suit poster (which earned her this movie role) and the beginning of Charlie’s Angels. Logan’s Run bears a lot of similarities to Rick Deckard’s replicant hunting cop in Blade Runner. Set in 2274, the movie sought to warn viewers against a society that only prized youth and beauty, which many felt was a backlash to the 1960s counterculture movement and the rise of youth culture. The film convinced producers that there was a market for more mature science fiction films, paving the way for movies like Blade Runner and even spawning a short-lived Logan’s Run television series.

Available on: Amazon, Google Play, Vudu, Apple

flatliners How Flatliners Atones for the Gender Sins of the Original

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Ellen Page in 2017’s ‘Flatliners’ (left) and Julia Roberts in 1990’s ‘Flatliners’
In 1990, director Joel Schumacher entered the medical world with his supernatural thriller Flatliners. The story of five medical students who attempt to get a glimpse of the afterlife certainly looked flashy — courtesy of director of photography Jan de Bont — and boasted a discount Brat Pack consisting of post-Lost Boys Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts (her career on fire thanks to Pretty Woman opening months earlier) and Kevin Bacon.

The film was a financial success, despite poor reviews — but from a 2017 lens, is particularly problematic when it comes to issues of gender and race. The newly released remake from Niels Arden Oplev suffers from the lack of de Bont flash (and is also failing with the critics), but it should be praised (sort of) for how it attempts to rectify some of the original film’s grosser examples of misogyny.

It’s hard not to notice the original film’s white American frat boy mentality. Kiefer Sutherland’s Nelson is an alpha male who thinks he’s God and worthy of fame, while William Baldwin’s Joe is an Lothario with a penchant towards secretly recording women he has sex with.

The remake upends this by casting three women, one of whom is African-American (Kiersey Clemons) and another who is of Bulgarian descent (Nina Dobrev). One of it’s leading men, Diego Luna, is Mexican. Meanwhile, the lone white man, James Norton’s Jamie, is presented as the prototypical privileged American male; he’s described as a “trust-fund baby” who dreams of moving to Los Angeles and becoming the “Anderson Cooper of celebrity medicine.”  The diverse ethnic and gender makeup presents a more realistic worldview that doesn’t seem as focused on privilege as the original — there’s more of a sense that these students are where they are through merit.

By not relying solely on men, the remake sidesteps one of the original’s chief sins: it’s treatment of Julia Robert’s Rachel. Rachel in the 1990 iteration isn’t just the only female “invited” to join in the flatlining experiment; she’s practically the only female student in the film’s medical school. Because of this uneven ratio, Rachel becomes a sex object for Nelson and white knight David (Kevin Bacon) to fight over.  And David is intent on protecting Rachel from anything bad because … she’s a female.flatliners 2017 How Flatliners Atones for the Gender Sins of the Original

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Today, it’s hard not to see Flatliners as representative of what author Susan Faludi calls the “backlash” era of films; a from the late ‘80s into the early ‘90s that presented reactionary male opinions against second-wave feminism of the 1960s. In this case, Rachel is little more than a prize for whichever man can save her life. Rachel is such a figurehead character that her very soul is literally put in danger. Unlike the other male characters who are haunted by living people they’ve wronged, Rachel feels guilt over her father’s suicide, an Electra complex personified. It is only through David’s pure love for her that she figures out how to absolve her guilty conscience.

In the remake, it is a woman who instigates the entire flatlining experiment, Ellen Page’s Courtney. Her motivations are emotional, unlike Sutherland’s God-like desire for recognition as a pioneer, and result in real consequences. By putting the plot in the hands of a woman, it ends up avoiding the misogynistic undertones the original film thrives on. In 1990, no one blinks an eye towards the discovery that Baldwin’s Joe is making illicit porn with unsuspecting women, and the film’s happy ending for everyone reminds audiences of the “boys will be boys” mentality we are still trying to overcome in 2017. There are no consequences.

In the new movie, “boys will be boys” is replaced with sexually charged women who, interestingly, are punished by external factors not related to their sexuality. Clemons’ Sophia is able to have sex with a colleague and it’s empowering. Similarly, Dobrev’s Marlo reinvents the Roberts’ character into being an active participant in her own narrative despite the film reiterating that “love can overcome a guilty conscience.”

Unfortunately, the Flatliners remake doesn’t bring everything in line with 2017. Jamie may not be the sexually reprehensible cad that the Baldwin character was, but he is still representative of white male entitlement. The “sin” that haunts him involves a one-night stand and an abortion that, because of his wealth and charm, is easily overcome. He’s able to atone and get the audience back on his side because of a narrative privilege. Conversely, where the original film ended happily with everyone practically laughing by the end, a character’s death comes off like a “pound of flesh” moment wherein only so many women or minorities are allowed to make it out.

Still, the remake is at least a step forward in the more representative landscape in Hollywood, and that says a lot.

call me by your name 1 Call Me By Your Name and 9 more movies and events not to miss at the 2017 New York Film Festival

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 Now in its 55th year, the 2017 New York Film Festival offers adventurous moviegoers a chance to check out some of the most exciting offerings in American and world cinema. Director Richard Linklater (Boyhood, Dazed and Confused) opens the festival on Sept. 28 with the world premiere of his film Last Flag Flying. That then kicks off 17 days of main slate screenings, shorts, sidebars, restorations, post-screening Q&As, talks, and events, providing film lovers with one of the most eclectic lineups in North America.

The festival, which takes place at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, runs through Oct. 15. Tickets and more information can be found at the NYFF homepage and last-minute additions to the schedule, as in years past, are bound to come. Here is Must List for the festival.

The Square

Swedish director Ruben Östlund acquired a huge arthouse fan base three years ago with his existential comedy Force Majeure. His follow up, about an art curator’s new museum exhibition, is a devilish satire that costars The Handmaid’s Tale Emmy winner Elisabeth Moss. Östlund scored the prestigious Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Sept 29 & Oct. 1


BPM (Beats Per Minute)

This ensemble French drama about AIDS activism in the early 1990s has received an ecstatic response from audiences and critics after screening in Cannes and Toronto. With a smart theatrical rollout (the film opens in limited release on Oct 20, right after its NYFF debut), don’t be surprised to see BPM and director Robin Campillo in the 2017 awards conversation. Oct. 8 & 9


Last Flag Flying

Richard Linklater’s comedy-drama road movie focuses on three Vietnam-era Navy vets (Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne) who reunite for the funeral of one of their sons slain in the Iraq War. Sept. 28



Filmmaker Todd Haynes (Safe, Velvet Goldmine, I’m Not There, Carol) makes movies with a style, passion, and aesthetic that matches perfectly with the NYFF’s own mission and taste. Hence, his newest was selected as this year’s festival centerpiece. Wonderstruck is an unlikely collaboration between Haynes and YA author Brian Selznick (Hugo), which nonetheless works on every level alongside the director’s other daring work. Oct. 7


Wonder Wheel

Wonder Wheel Call Me By Your Name and 9 more movies and events not to miss at the 2017 New York Film Festival

Writer-director Woody Allen, now in his 80s but still keeping up his one-movie-per-year exercise, returns to NYFF with this year’s Closing Night Film. Wonder Wheel is set on New York’s Coney Island in the 1950s and stars Kate Winslet, Juno Temple, James Belushi, and Justin Timberlake. Oct 14

Winslet will also participate in a special event on Oct. 13 during which she’ll discuss her whole career.


An Evening With Ava DuVernay
An Evening With Ava DuVernay Call Me By Your Name and 9 more movies and events not to miss at the 2017 New York Film Festival
The poetic, galvanizing director of Selma, last year’s NYFF opening night film 13th, and Disney’s upcoming A Wrinkle in Time will discuss her career and the state of cinema and the world. Per the festival, “In this special onstage conversation, DuVernay will choose an artist to join her for a wide-ranging discussion.” Date TBD 



His name has become synonymous with a certain sentimentalization in Hollywood films, but HBO’s sprawling documentary about Steven Spielberg offers many more shades of darkness and complexity onto America’s preeminent movie director. Talking heads include Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese. Oct. 5 & 6


Lady Bird

Actress Greta Gerwig directs this affecting drama about a young woman (Saoirse Ronan) coming of age in the early 2000s. Laurie Metcalf and Tracy Letts portray her parents, and Oscar nominee Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea) and Timothée Chalamet (see below) as her high school crushes. Oct. 8 & 9


Call Me By Your Name

André Aciman’s beloved 2007 novel gets a sensuous movie treatment by director Luca Guadagnino (I Am Love, A Bigger Splash). Armie Hammer plays a graduate student who visits the Italian home of a professor (Michael Stuhlbarg) and begins a slowly ripening romance with the professor’s son (Timothée Chalamet). Oct. 3 & 4.



Director Dee Rees (Pariah) joins the ranks of major American filmmakers with this post-World War II drama about one black and one white family in the South. The cast includes Carey Mulligan, Mary J. Blige, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Mitchell, and Jason Clarke. Oct. 12 & 13


kingsman the golden circle 3 How Kingsman: The Golden Circle brought Colin Firth back to life
DF-28050_r – Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, and Pedro Pascal star in Twentieth Century Fox’s “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” also starring Julianne Moore, Channing Tatum, Mark Strong, Elton John, Halle Berry and Jeff Bridges.

Colin Firth had to come back, right?

The question of whether Harry Hart a.k.a. “Galahad” aka “the main reason Kingsman: The Secret Service ruled in the first place” would return didn’t last long. Almost as soon as director Matthew Vaughn has confirmed a sequel to 2014’s insane spy movie riff, there was talk about how Firth could reappear despite his character’s mid-movie demise.

Last year, a poster not-so-subtly suggested that Harry would be back and that maybe he didn’t die outside the church in Kentucky at the hands of Samuel L. Jackson’s Richmond Valentine afterall. “Reports of my death have been greatly, exaggerated,” the poster reads, quoting Mark Twain.

So with Kingsman: The Golden Circle in theaters now, how does Harry make his death-defying return?

Don’t continue reading unless you want the beginning of the new film spoiled.

All good?

That wasn’t a false alarm in The Secret Service. Valentine actually did shoot Harry in the head. What we didn’t see, however, is the Statesmen — Kingsmen’s American counterparts — swooping in to save the day.

Alerted by the killer frequency from Valentine’s phones, the Statesmen dispatch members to the church, which isn’t far from their Kentucky-based distillery HQ. It’s there that they find Harry with a gunshot wound to the head.

Thanks to some techno mumbo-jumbo about a healing gel headwrap with nano-bots, the Statesmen are able to freeze the damage to Harry’s brain before the bullet can kill him. There is a minor side effect, however — temporary amnesia.

But, you know, not too bad considering.

kingsman ninjago 1 In Theaters This Weekend: Reviews of Kingsman: The Golden Circle, The LEGO Ninjago Movie and More

Giles Keyte/Twentieth Century Fox; Courtesy of Warner Bros.
‘Kingsman The Golden Circle’ and ‘The LEGO Ninjago Movie’

The Kingsman spy agents and LEGO toys are back on the big screen in Kingsman: The Golden Circle and The LEGO Ninjago Movie. Anticipated biopics are also hitting theaters this weekend, with Emma Stone and Steve Carell portraying Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, respectively, in Battle of the Sexes and Jake Gyllenhaal as Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman in the drama Stronger.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Halle Berry, Channing Tatum and Jeff Bridges star as the newest crop of American spies to join forces with London’s Kingsman agents Colin Firth, Taron Egerton and Mark Strong to defeat the common enemy. Chief film critic Todd McCarthy seemed content with the sequel based on the Kingsman comic after watching the action flick. He writes in his review that despite the long running time (141 minutes), “this fleet-footed, glibly imaginative international romp stays on its toes and keeps its wits about it most of the time, with entertaining and pointedly U.S.-friendly cast additions that should provide an uptick from the $414 million raked in worldwide by Kingsman: The Secret Service.”

The LEGO Ninjago Movie

Justin Theroux, Fred Armisen, Abbi Jacobson, Olivia Munn, Zach Woods, Jackie Chan, Dave Franco, Kumail Nanjiani and Michael Pena bring the voices of the beloved toys to life based on the TV series of the same name. THR critic John DeFore writes in his review that the film gets the family amusement job done for the kids: “A perfectly adequate family film for kids who love watching things they’ve seen many times before (which is to say, most kids), it offers plenty of chuckles for their parents but nothing approaching the glee of that first Lego Movie.”

Friend Request

The horrors of social media turn a popular college student’s life upside down as her high friend count in Facebook and IRL turns gruesome after she rejects a friend request from a cyberstalker. THR critic Frank Scheck writes that the film starts with promise in exploring technology-based anxieties but “squanders the opportunity to explore them in a meaningful manner by resorting to tired horror movie tropes.” Scheck also warns that although the film is filled with gruesome killings, seeing the words “An unknown error has occurred. Please try again later” will bring on a shudder.

Battle of the Sexes

The Little Miss Sunshine husband-wife directorial team’s latest comedy stars Emma Stone as professional tennis star and equal rights activist Billie Jean King, who agrees to a highly-publicized tennis match against forgotten No. 1 player Bobby Riggs (Carell), who declares he can beat any female professional player. Stone tells THR, that the man vs. woman showdown shines a light on “love, social change and discovering who you are” by focusing on the personal and professional challenges faced along the way, including equal pay, sexist attitudes and King’s struggle to come to terms with her sexuality. McCarthy calls Stone’s real-life character portrayal a “terrific turn,” the directorial effort “finely tuned”and all in all a “sure-fire early fall winer” and “grand human comedy” when describing the film in his review.


Jake Gyllenhaal and Tatiana Maslany channel how the Boston Marathon bombings affected one particular victim, his girlfriend, family and friends, as the tragic event leaves Jeff Bauman (Gyllenhaal) a double amputee with life-changing injuries and a long physical and emotional road to recovery. THR critic Deborah Young says the bottom line is that the film is “solid, straightforward and touching.”

Victoria & Abdul

Queen Victoria’s unlikely real-life relationship with Indian servant Abdul Karim during her final years is explored in the comedy-drama where Judi Dench reprises her role as the queen from Mrs. Brown (1997). According to THR critic David Rooney, “the sizable constituency that turns out for glossy period drama of this kind will embrace the sumptuously appointed Victoria & Abdul as a moving account of an isolated old woman finding joy and lightness in her final years. The fact that it’s graced by another unimpeachable performance from Dench should only sweeten the deal for the Focus Features release.”

Bobbi Jene

The best documentary winner at this year’s Tribeca film festival chronicles the life of dancer Bobbi Jene Smith, who spent a decade with Israel’s Batsheva Dance Company.

Elizabeth Blue

The film brings awareness to schizophrenia as it follows a young woman who is released from a mental hospital and returns to live with her boyfriend in their L.A. apartment. Scheck writes, “Despite Anna Schafer’s gripping performance in the lead role, this deeply personal effort is too narratively sluggish to sustain attention.”


Viewers join Kirsten Dunst on an emotional rollercoaster as the actress portrays a medical marijuana dispensary worker whose cannabis experience mixes with her feelings of loss (due to her mother’s death), causing her to explore a state of paranoia and isolation. The feature is the directorial debut from L.A.’s designer sister duo Kate and Laura Mulleavy — co-founders of the fashion label Rodarte — who took the helm to direct and dress longtime friend Dunst, whom Kate says was the first actress to wear their clothing back during her Spider-Man 2 days.

emmys1 Emmy Awards 2017: The winners list
LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 17: Cast and crew of ‘Big Little Lies’ accept the Outstanding Limited Series award onstage during the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)

The Handmaid’s Tale, Big Little Lies, Atlanta, and Veep were among the big winners at Sunday’s 69th annual Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony.

The Emmy winners list included six honors for Hulu’s Handmaid’s Tale, including the coveted Best Drama Series trophy. HBO’s Big Little Lies won five total, including Best Limited Series, while Veep nabbed Best Comedy series.

With 22 nods, Westworld tied Saturday Night Live for the most nominated show this year, though it didn’t end up winning any statues at Sunday’s show. (It picked up a few during the Creative Arts Emmys last weekend, though.) Saturday Night Live, however, won six awards, including Best Variety Sketch Series.

Master of None‘s Lena Waithe made history by being the first black woman to win a writing Emmy, while Atlanta‘s Donald Glover is the first black director to win an Emmy for directing a comedy series. This Is Us star Sterling K. Brown became the first black actor to win the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series award since 1998, when Andre Braugher won for his performance on NBC’s Homicide: Life on the Street. 

Other notable achievements included Julia Louis-Dreyfus winning her sixth consecutive Emmy for Veep, and Elisabeth Moss winning her first ever Emmy for her starring role on The Handmaid’s Tale after being nominated six times before for Top of the Lake and Mad Men. 

See the full list of winners below.

Best Drama Series

The Handmaid’s Tale (WINNER)
Better Call Saul

The Crown
House of Cards
Stranger Things
This Is Us

Best Comedy Series


Master of None
Modern Family
Silicon Valley
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Best Limited Series

Big Little Lies (WINNER)
Feud: Bette and Joan
The Night Of

Best Actress in a Drama Series

Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale (WINNER)
Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder
Claire Foy, The Crown
Keri Russell, The Americans
Evan Rachel Wood, Westworld
Robin Wright, House of Cards

Best Actor in a Drama Series

Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us (WINNER)
Anthony Hopkins, Westworld
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Matthew Rhys, The Americans
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
Milo Ventimiglia, This Is Us

Best Actress in a Comedy Series

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep (WINNER)
Pamela Adlon, Better Things 
Jane Fonda, Grace and Frankie
Allison Janney, Mom
Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish
Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie

Best Actor in a Comedy Series

Donald Glover, Atlanta (WINNER)
Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
Aziz Ansari, Master of None
Zach Galifianakis, Baskets
William H. Macy, Shameless
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

Best TV Movie

Black Mirror: San Junipero (WINNER)
Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Sherlock: The Lying Detective
The Wizard of Lies

Best Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie

Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies (WINNER)
Carrie Coon, Fargo
Felicity Huffman, American Crime
Jessica Lange, Feud: Bette and Joan
Susan Sarandon, Feud: Bette and Joan
Reese Witherspoon, Big Little Lies

Best Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie

Riz Ahmed, The Night Of  (WINNER)
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: The Lying Detective
Robert DeNiro, The Wizard of Lies
Ewan McGregor, Fargo
Geoffrey Rush, Genius
John Turturro, The Night Of

Best Directing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special

Jean-Marc Vallee, Big Little Lies (WINNER)
Noah Hawley, Fargo
Ryan Murphy, Feud: Bette & Joan
Ron Howard, Genius
James Marsh, The Night Of
Steve Zaillian, The Night Of

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama

Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale (WINNER)
Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black
Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things
Chrissy Metz, This Is Us
Thandie Newton, Westworld
Samira Wiley, The Handmaid’s Tale

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

John Lithgow, The Crown (WINNER)
Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul
Ron Cephas Jones, This Is Us
David Harbour, Stranger Things
Michael Kelly, House of Cards
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
Jeffrey Wright, Westworld

Best Directing for a Drama Series

Reed Morano, The Handmaid’s Tale (WINNER)
Vince Gilligan, Better Call Saul 
Stephen Daldry, The Crown
Kate Dennis, The Handmaid’s Tale
Lesli Linka Glatter, Homeland
The Duffer Brothers, Stranger Things
Jonathan Nolan, Westworld 

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live (WINNER)
Vanessa Bayer, Saturday Night Live
Anna Chlumsky, Veep
Kathryn Hahn, Transparent
Leslie Jones, Saturday Night Live
Judith Light, Transparent

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Alec Baldwin, Saturday Night Live (WINNER)
Louie Anderson, Baskets
Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Tony Hale, Veep
Matt Walsh, Veep

Best Directing for a Comedy Series

Donald Glover, Atlanta (WINNER)
Jamie Babbit, Silicon Valley
Morgan Sackett, Veep
David Mandel, Veep
Dale Stern, Veep

Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie

Laura Dern, Big Little Lies (WINNER)
Judy Davis, Feud: Bette and Joan
Jackie Hoffman, Feud: Bette and Joan
Regina King, American Crime
Michelle Pfeiffer, The Wizard of Lies
Shailene Woodley, Big Little Lies

Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie

Alexander Skarsgard, Big Little Lies  (WINNER)
Bill Camp, The Night Of
Alfred Molina, Feud: Bette and Joan
David Thewlis, Fargo
Stanley Tucci, Feud: Bette and Joan
Michael K. Williams, The Night Of

Best Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special

Charlie Brooker, Black Mirror: San Junipero (WINNER)
David E. Kelley, Big Little Lies
Noah Hawley, Fargo
Ryan Murphy, Feud: Bette and Joan
Jaffe Cohen, Michael Zam & Ryan Murphy, Feud: Bette and Joan
Richard Price & Steven Zaillian, The Night Of

Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series*

Alexis Bledel, The Handmaid’s Tale (WINNER)
Cicely Tyson, How to Get Away With Murder
Laverne Cox, Orange Is the New Black
Shannon Purser, Stranger Things
Alison Wright, The Americans
Ann Dowd, The Leftovers

Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series*

Gerald McRaney, This Is Us (WINNER)
Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline
BD Wong, Mr. Robot
Hank Azaria, Ray Donovan
Brian Tyree Henry, This Is Us
Denis O’Hare, This Is Us

Best Writing for a Drama Series

Bruce Miller, The Handmaid’s Tale (WINNER)
Joel Fields, Joe Weisberg, The Americans
Gordon Smith, Better Call Saul
Peter Morgan, The Crown
The Duffer Brothers, Stranger Things
Lisa Joy, Jonathan Nolan, Westworld

Best Writing for a Comedy Series

Aziz Ansari, Lena Waithe, Master of None (WINNER)
Donald Glover, Atlanta
Stephen Glover, Atlanta
Alec Berg, Silicon Valley
Billy Kimball, Veep
David Mandel, Veep

Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series*

Melissa McCarthy, Saturday Night Live (WINNER)
Wanda Sykes, Black-ish
Carrie Fisher, Catastrophe
Becky Ann Baker, Girls
Angela Bassett, Master of None
Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live

Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series*

Dave Chappelle, Saturday Night Live (WINNER)
Matthew Rhys, Girls
Riz Ahmed, Girls
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Saturday Night Live
Tom Hanks, Saturday Night Live
Hugh Laurie, Veep

Best Reality-Competition Program

The Voice (WINNER)
The Amazing Race 

American Ninja Warrior
Project Runway
RuPaul’s Drag Race
Top Chef

Best Variety Talk Series

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (WINNER)
Full Frontal With Samantha Bee 

Jimmy Kimmel Live
The Late Late Show With James Corden
The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
Real Time With Bill Maher

Best Writing for a Variety Series

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (WINNER)
Full Frontal With Samantha Bee
Late Night With Seth Meyers
The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
Saturday Night Live

Best Directing for a Variety Series

Don Roy King, Saturday Night Live (WINNER)
Derek Waters & Jeremy Konner, Drunk History 
Andy Fisher, Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Paul Pennolino, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Jim Hoskinson, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Best Variety Sketch Series

Saturday Night Live (WINNER)
Billy on the Street
Documentary Now!
Drunk History
Tracy Ullman’s Show

Best Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program*

Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg, Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party
Gordon Ramsay, MasterChef Junior
Alec Baldwin, Match Game
Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, Project Runway
RuPaul Charles, RuPaul’s Drag Race (WINNER)
W. Kamau Bell, United Shades of America With W. Kamau Bell

mother In Theaters This Weekend: Reviews of mother!, American Assassin and More

‘Relentless, ridiculous, occasionally panic-inducing’: Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem in Mother! Photograph: Niko Tavernise/Paramount Pictures

Thrillers are headed to theaters this weekend with the releases of mother! and American Assassin. Also hitting the big screen are documentaries spotlighting creatives including A-list footwear designer Manolo Blahnik.

Read on to find out what The Hollywood Reporter‘s critics are saying about the weekend’s new offerings (as well as which film will likely top the weekend’s box office).


Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Michelle Pfeiffer and Ed Harris star in Darren Aronofsky’s horror tale THR‘s critic calls a Rosemary’s Baby for current times. Lawrence and Bardem play a married couple whose relationship and tranquil existence is tested when unexpected guests arrive at their home. Chief film critic Todd McCarthy writes in his review that the film, “grabs your attention and eventually soars well over the top to make the bold concluding statement that, for some creators, art is more important than life.” He adds that mother! “pulls you in with its intriguing central dramatic situation and pushes you out with some mightily far-fetched plot contrivances.” Aronofsky tells THR his film continually shifts gears until it ends. “No matter how much you read about it, nothing will spoil you for the experience.”

American Assassin

Dylan O’Brien, Michael Keaton, Sanaa Lathan and Taylor Kitsch star in the politically charged action thriller full of gun fights, helicopter’s and car chases as a Cold War veteran-turned counter-terrorism operative (O’Brien) teams up with his CIA trainer (Keaton) to take on a former American agent who plans on starting a global war. The film is based on Vince Flynn’s novel of the same name. THR critic Sheri Linden writes in her review: “Built for action, like its title character, the movie packs a muscular, bloody punch, but mainly it’s a well-oiled diversion.” Read the full review here.

Brad’s Status

Ben Stiller stars as an anxious father accompanying his gifted teenage son on a tour of New England colleges. Reviews editor Jon Frosch calls the film a “droll and affecting male-midlife-crisis comedy,” and notes the film is along the lines of writer-director Mike White’s previous screenplays Chuck & Buck, The Good Girl and Beatriz at Dinner — all squirm-inducing portraits of people stumbling, and sometimes sliding toward madness — in their quest for meaning. Read the full review here.

Extraordinary Ordinary People

Alan Govenar’s doc takes viewers on a music-fueled journey, spotlighting the “extraordinary, ordinary” talented singers, dancers and artists who have been awarded the National Heritage Fellowship for their impact on American culture. The film’s timely release comes when the future of the National Endowment for the Arts is in danger. According to THR critic John DeFore, the bottom line is that the film is, “a dazzling array of talent presented in a very modestly made doc.”

Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards

Famed shoe designer to the stars Manolo Blahnik is getting the big screen treatment in a new documentary. Featuring appearances/interviews by Rihanna, Iman, Naomi Campbell, Rupert Everett, Isaac Mizrahi, Andre Leon Talley and more, Manolo explores how the designer went from making shoes out of candy wrappers for lizards in his family’s garden to making custom shoes for A-listers, thanks to HBO’s Sex and the City. Linden writes in her review that the doc, directed by Blahnik’s friend and former New Yorker fashion director Michael Roberts, is “frustratingly fawning.”