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‘Shrill’ Review: Hulu’s New Series is More Than Just a Plus-Size Comedy

While staring at an exercise advertisement in a coffee shop, Annie (Aidy Bryant) is confronted by “Toned Tonya,” the woman pictured in the ad. She speaks to Annie in a condescending manner, talking about her weight as if it’s a burden of some sort. “There’s a small person inside of you, dying to get out!” Tonya says with enthusiasm (and unknowing disrespect). Annie’s weight (and the conversation surrounding it) is something that many plus-size women experience. The first two episodes of Hul...
Tags: Comedy, Television, Movies, Features, Annie, Aidy Bryant, Hulu, Thorn, Tonya, Ryan, Bryant, TV Reviews, Featured Stories Sidebar, Shrill, Annie Aidy Bryant, Fran Lolly Adefope

The ‘Toy Story 4’ Trailer Raises Some Terrifying Questions About the Nature of This Universe

When the first teaser trailer for Toy Story 4 arrived, we were introduced to Forky, the latest addition to the roster of characters in the franchise from Pixar Animation. However, unlike the rest of the toys that Bonnie inherited from Andy at the end of Toy Story 3, Forky wasn’t really a toy. He’s a spork that Bonnie made into a toy by adding some googly eyes, wonky pipe cleaner arms, eyebrows and a mouth made from clay, and feet made from a popsicle stick split in two. At first, the introducti...
Tags: Movies, Features, Animation, Sequels, Pixar, Andy, Don, Bonnie, Woody, Sid, Potato Head, Woody Buzz, Disney/Pixar, Family Films, Toy-Story, Featured Stories Sidebar

‘Olympic Dreams’ Review: A Look at Love in the Olympic Village [SXSW]

While on the phone with her coach, Winter Olympics athlete Penelope (Alexi Pappas) rambles about her training and her hopes for the competition. “I hope that I really feel like an olympian when I’m done,” she says with nervous energy. That’s the theme of Olympic Dreams in a nutshell: feeling like an olympian means going for the gold, by any means necessary. In both Penelope and Ezra’s (Nick Kroll) case, it’s their friendship that makes them evaluate what the gold/goal is for them – and ho...
Tags: South Korea, Movies, Drama, Features, Movie Reviews, Nick Kroll, Sxsw, Penelope, Ezra, Pyeongchang, Film Festivals, Pappas, Alexi Pappas, Featured Stories Sidebar, Jeremy Teicher, Olympic Dreams

‘Star Wars Resistance’ Season 1 Was an Exercise in Watching a Slow Burn Achieve an Exhilarating Payoff

(This post contains spoilers for season 1 of Star Wars Resistance.) Like its spiritual animated predecessors, Star Wars Rebels and The Clone Wars, Star Wars Resistance complements the Star Wars movie trilogies. In this case, it’s the Sequel Trilogy, with a tale of underdogs fighting their battles in other corners of the galaxy. This time, creator Dave Filoni and his team tells this story in a lighter cell-shaded palette than other Lucasfilm Animation productions. Resistance beg...
Tags: Television, Movies, Sci-fi, Features, Resistance, Lucasfilm, Force, Kylo Ren, Tam, Jedi, Poe Dameron, Bobby Moynihan, Tovah Feldshuh, Kaz, Star-Wars, Dave Filoni

‘Dawn of the Dead’ at 15: Zack Snyder’s Best Film is the One With Zombies, Not Superheroes

As it pertains to comic book movies, the name Zack Snyder can be a rather contentious one. Snyder’s filmography reads like a wish list of Hollywood adaptations that a reader of Wizard: The Guide to Comics could have only meekly fantasized about back in the 1990s. 300, Watchmen, Man of Steel, Batman v Superman, Justice League. If you fired up Doctor Doom’s time platform and traveled to a convention floor in the past, carrying an envelope with only those five titles credited to the same direct...
Tags: Christopher Nolan, Hollywood, Movies, Milwaukee, Amc, Stephen King, Superman, Disney, Dc Comics, Features, Army, House Of Cards, Stanley Kubrick, Justice League, Danny Boyle, Kubrick

How Laika Found the ‘Missing Link’ Between CG and Stop-Motion Animation [Set Visit Report]

Stepping into Laika’s Missing Link set is like stepping into a giant dollhouse or wandering into a miniaturized movie studio. Either way, it’s unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. The hybrid animation studio revolutionized the stop-motion game when it debuted its 3D-printed film Coraline in 2009. Since then, the independent stop-motion studio has been steadily innovating with each of its films, earning critical and awards success, and the respect from their peers in the technology fields, alo...
Tags: Cook, Movies, India, Animation, Portland Oregon, Pacific Northwest, Lowry, Zach Galifianakis, Butler, Frankenstein, Kubo, Lionel, Chris Butler, Laika, National Geographic Magazine, Brian McLean

SXSW Days 8 and 9: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ and ‘Pet Sematary’ Offer One of 2019’s Worst Horror Movies and One of the Best

(Welcome to The SXSW Diaries, where we will be chronicling every single movie we see at the Austin-based film festival.) Welcome to SXSW 2019 days eight and nine. In this final edition: The Curse of La Llorona is the worst Conjuring movie yet and Pet Sematary is one of the best Stephen King adaptations ever made. The Curse of La Llorona Although the trailers don’t spell it out, The Curse of La Llorona is set in the Conjuring universe, making it a cousin to Ed and Lorraine Warren, the curs...
Tags: Movies, Stephen King, Features, Austin, Maine, Ed, John Lithgow, Creed, King, Sxsw, Jason Clarke, Don, Annabelle, Film Festivals, Ellie, Amy Seimetz

There’s Something (Cursed) About Harry: The Wizarding World’s Growing Pains Highlight a Franchise in Awkward Transition

(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, political, and opinionated about anything and everything. In this edition: the current state of J.K. Rowling’s beloved universe is…unsteady.) Earlier this year, J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world went to shit. Literally. The Pottermore Twitter account resurfaced an innocuous piece of trivia that described the wizarding world before it had discovered indoor plumbing, in which witches and wizards would use a vanishing spell after they had,...
Tags: Movies, Fantasy, Roald Dahl, Features, Harry-Potter, Harry, Tolkien, Voldemort, Fantastic Beasts, Hermione, Rowling, J K Rowling, Dumbledore, J R R Tolkien, Sistine Chapel, Dursleys

How ‘Wolverine: The Lost Trail’ is Blazing the Trail for the New Medium of Podcast Audio Dramas

In a cramped, soundproofed room, Richard Armitage is ordering a drink. Or rather, he’s ordering a drink as Logan, aka Wolverine, the lead character in the upcoming Marvel and Stitcher podcast drama, Wolverine: The Lost Trail. Standing around a cheap IKEA table and clinking glasses full of water, Armitage and co-star Rodney Henry, who plays a young teen named Marcus Baptiste from New Orleans, read from the scripts on the iPads they have in hand, as if rehearsing for a stage play. Except they do ...
Tags: Movies, Podcasts, Ikea, New Orleans, X-men, Marvel Studios, Richard Armitage, Wolverine, Marcus, Henry, Holmes, Logan, Maureen, Fink, Remy LeBeau, Homer

‘Pet Sematary’ Review: Scary As Hell, and One of the Best Stephen King Adaptations Ever [SXSW]

The best Stephen King adaptations do not adhere rigidly to the author’s text but rather remain true to the general spirit of the work. Think The Shining. Think Misery. Think even the 2017 adaptation of It. These works bear a strong resemblance to the words King used, but also forge their own identities, and tell their own stories – while maintaining the atmosphere King created. Pet Sematary, the latest King adaptation, fits in perfectly with these titles. Directors Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmy...
Tags: Movies, Horror, Boston, Stephen-King, Movie Reviews, Maine, Adaptation, Clarke, Paramount Pictures, King, Remakes, Sxsw, Jason Clarke, Rachel, Louis, Laurence

‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Review: You’d Weep, Too, If This Was Your Movie [SXSW]

The Curse of La Llorona opens in Mexico in 1673, as we meet the weeping woman of the title in her, shall we say, better days. The film introduces us to the Latin American legend, in which a scorned woman drowns her children in a river and then becomes overtaken by grief and guilt. It’s an affecting way to begin a movie. It’s also the last time The Curse of La Llorona works on almost any level. We jump forward 300 years to Los Angeles in 1973, and you might be asking yourself why this movie i...
Tags: Movies, Horror, Mexico, Los Angeles, Features, Movie Reviews, Anna, Warner Brothers, Cruz, Cps, Perez, Patricia, Garcia, Annabelle, Velasquez, Linda Cardellini

Emergency Podcast: Holy Crap, James Gunn Rehired for Guardians of the Galaxy 3!!!!!!!!!!

On the March 15, 2019 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor in Chief Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film senior writer Ben Pearson and writer Hoai-Tran Bui , for an Emergency Episode to discuss the breaking news that James Gunn has been rehired by Disney to direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 , and to discuss a couple bits of latest film and tv news, including, Apple ’s streaming service and Game of Thrones season 8. You can subscribe to /Film Daily on iTunes , Google Podcasts ...
Tags: Apple, Movies, Sci-fi, Disney, Features, Sequels, Guardians Of The Galaxy, James Gunn, Marvel Studios, Ben, Ben Pearson, Comic Book/Superhero, Action/Adventure, Disney/Pixar, Peter Sciretta, Galaxy Vol

‘Captive State’ Co-Writer Erica Beeney Discusses the Influence of History [Interview]

Captive State is a sci-fi thriller that moves like clockwork. Director Rupert Wyatt‘s film always maintains its propulsion without any redundancies or large chunks of tedious exposition. Like the characters trying to start an uprising in a world dominated by aliens, Wyatt and co-writer Erica Beeney always keep their story moving. Compared to other bloated or gigantic alien invasion movies, Captive State is a refreshingly minimalist and stripped down sci-fi movie. Similar to Wyatt’s Rise of the ...
Tags: Movies, Drama, Interviews, Sci-fi, America, John-Goodman, Rupert Wyatt, Mulligan, Focus Features, Goodman, Manchurian Candidate, Wyatt, Screenwriting, Featured Stories Sidebar, Captive State, Erica Beeney

SXSW Days 6 and 7: ‘Stuber’ is a Killer Comedy for Kumail Nanjiani and Dave Bautista and ‘Sword of Trust’ Teams Marc Maron With Director Lynn Shelton

(Welcome to The SXSW Diaries, where we will be chronicling every single movie we see at the Austin-based film festival.) Welcome to SXSW 2019 days six and seven. In this edition: Sword of Trust is more of the same from Lynn Shelton (f0r better or worse), Stuber gets amazing mileage out of Kumail Nanjiani and Dave Bautista, and Mr. Jimmy approaches a weird story from the wrong angle. Sword of Trust Attend enough film festivals or explore the American independent film scene long enough, and...
Tags: Japan, Movies, Alabama, Features, Austin, United States, Sxsw, Page, Jimmy Page, Zeppelin, Shelton, Jimmy, Dowd, Film Festivals, Stu, Marc Maron

Now Stream This: ‘Free Solo’, ‘The Aviator’, ‘Triple Frontier’, ‘Christopher Robin’ and More

(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.) Need something to stream today, this weekend, or even beyond? Good, you’ve come to the right place. This week, we have a nerve-wracking documentary; one of the best Scorsese/DiCaprio collaborations; a bunch of burly men firing guns; some wonderful Gerard Butler trash; a creepy kid; a one-room thriller; a tradionally animated epic; a kind-hearted fa...
Tags: New York, Hollywood, Movies, Drama, Documentary, Horror, Boston, Ben Affleck, Disney, Tom Hanks, Netflix, Egypt, Animation, Adaptation, Leonardo Dicaprio, Scorsese

‘Star Wars Resistance’ Art Director Amy Beth Christenson on Building Colossus [Interview]

From the first episode of Star Wars Resistance , I knew I was falling in love with the Colossus, one of the finest locations in the Star Wars universe. The Colossus is simple in concept: an isolated refueling station on a water planet, a speck from space. Yet it is inhabited by characters, an economy, colorful ships, a culture of racing, and a thriving community of humans, aliens, and droids. With an eye-catching light palette, Resistance offers something different from previous Lucas...
Tags: Television, Movies, Interviews, Sci-fi, Star Trek, Features, Ireland, Animation, Lucasfilm, Disney Channel, Tam, George, Yeager, Bill George, Christenson, Jim Moore

‘Star Wars Resistance’ Art Director Amy Beth Christenson on Building the Colossus [Interview]

From the first episode of Star Wars Resistance , I knew I was falling in love with the Colossus, one of the finest locations in the Star Wars universe. The Colossus is simple in concept: an isolated refueling station on a water planet, a speck from space. Yet it is inhabited by characters, an economy, colorful ships, a culture of racing, and a thriving community of humans, aliens, and droids. With an eye-catching light palette, Resistance offers something different from previous Lucas...
Tags: Television, Movies, Interviews, Sci-fi, Star Trek, Features, Ireland, Animation, Lucasfilm, Disney Channel, Tam, George, Yeager, Bill George, Christenson, Jim Moore

‘The Magicians’ Presents Big Questions in “Home Improvement”

Several characters in “Home Improvement,” the title of this week’s funnier-than-normal episode of The Magicians , deal with some concept of home. First, there’s Fen, who does whatever she can for her homeland, even if that that means undergoing back-breaking yard work for the supposed prophet in her dreams. There’s also Alice, who must visit her mother to cast a location spell for Zelda, the Librarian who has her own home-related desire to find her daughter in the mirror realm. And then there...
Tags: Television, Movies, Fantasy, The Magicians, Features, Adaptation, Modesto, Zelda, Samantha, Carol, Alice, Josh, Harold, Pete, Julia, Margo

‘Villains’ Review: Home is Where the Horrors Are in This Ferociously Funny Thriller [SXSW]

Dan Berk and Robert Olsen ’s Villains isn’t their first genre rodeo, and it shows. Their feature debut Body ignited their affair with home invasion horror, Stake Land II sucked some serious sequel blood, and their script for Don’t Kill It burst with howlin’ mad body-possession beats. So what makes Villains their most gratifyingly unstable and deliciously dark midnighter yet? Simplicity in casting: Bill Skarsgård and Maika Monroe . Maybe that’s my specific answer, but I’d watch ...
Tags: Florida, Comedy, Movies, Horror, Features, Movie Reviews, Thriller, Kyra Sedgwick, Sxsw, Natural Born Killers, Jules, Robert Olsen, Villains, George, Gloria, Clive

‘Five Feet Apart’ Review: A Romance That Aims For Tears By Sacrificing Everything Else

Haley Lu Richardson has “up-and-coming movie star” written all over her, from her innate charm to her high-wattage smile, which she puts to excellent use in the sappy star-crossed romance Five Feet Apart . Richardson, who established herself with her impressive work in The Edge of Seventeen , Columbus , and Support The Girls , has an undeniable charisma that ensures her performance here is something truly special. The film surrounding Richardson, unfortunately, ends up being so mawki...
Tags: Movies, Drama, Youtube, Features, Movie Reviews, Jane The Virgin, Columbus, Will, Cw, Stella, Richardson, Justin Baldoni, Rafael, Haley Lu Richardson, Sprouse, Featured Stories Sidebar

‘Wonder Park’ Review: A Glorified TV Pilot That Coasts By on Stunning Animation and Sincere Emotions

Sweet and sincere, Wonder Park is a spirited animated film that occasionally manages to elicit that titular feeling of wonder. The Nickelodeon film is a strong testament to the power of imagination that veers into moments of magical realism. But there’s something incomplete to this film. Wonder Park introduces broad caricatures and compelling themes, but doesn’t quite follow through — as if the ride stalled right before the finishing loop-de-loop. This was the moment halfway through Wonder Park...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, Movie Reviews, Animation, Jennifer Garner, Rube Goldberg, Nickelodeon, Gus, Totoro, Ken Jeong, Norbert Leo Butz, Family Films, Jimmy Neutron, Featured Stories Sidebar, Dylan Brown, Brianna Denski

‘Splash’ at 35: This Tom Hanks Sex Comedy Was a Huge Turning Point for Disney

(Welcome to The Disney Discourse, a recurring feature where Josh Spiegel discusses the latest in Disney news. He goes deep on everything from the animated classics to the theme parks to live-action franchises.) 1984 was a transitional period for Hollywood. You don’t have to be deep in the weeds of film history to know this is the year when the MPAA introduced the PG-13 rating, a response to frustrated parents who felt that the PG-rated films Gremlins and Indiana Jones and the Temple of D...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, Fifty Shades Of Grey, Tim Burton, Disney, Features, Tom-Hanks, Oliver Stone, Mpaa, Walt Disney Company, Lincoln, Shakespeare, Splash, Indiana Jones, Steven Spielberg, Tron

SXSW Day 5: ‘Villains’ is Your New Favorite Comedic Thriller, ‘Olympic Dreams’ Puts an Indie Drama in an Incredible Location, and ‘The Peanut Butter Falcon’ is an Unlikely Winner

(Welcome to The SXSW Diaries, where we will be chronicling every single movie we see at the Austin-based film festival.) Welcome to SXSW 2019 day five. In this edition: Villains recalls the best of the early Coen brothers, Olympic Dreams is a standard story set in an extraordinary location, and The Peanut Butter Falcon is a quirky but winning blend of comedy and drama. Villains Sometimes, all a movie needs is one house, a handful of characters, and an escalating series of bad choices. In ...
Tags: Florida, Movies, Features, Austin, Nick Kroll, Tokyo, Mark Twain, Richard Linklater, Kyra Sedgwick, Dakota Johnson, Bill Paxton, Sxsw, Robert Olsen, Villains, Monroe, Tyler

‘The Art of Self-Defense’ Review: Jesse Eisenberg Heads to the Dojo in This Dark, Thoughtful Comedy [SXSW]

“I want to be what intimidates me.” Riley Stearns (Faults) returns to SXSW with a super dark, incisive comedy that asks at what point in the process of toughening up and besting our bullies do we become precisely what we fear. The Art of Self-Defense follows Casey (Jesse Eisenberg), a nervous little accountant who tiptoes through life trying not to offend anyone. He’s the kind of unobjectionable wimp who passes his free time by listening to French lesson books on tape and jerking it to photocop...
Tags: Comedy, Movies, Features, Movie Reviews, Anna, Imogen Poots, Jesse Eisenberg, Sxsw, Fight Club, Casey, Eisenberg, Poots, Film Festivals, Stearns, Fincher, Marla

‘The Highwaymen’ Review: Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson Take Aim, But Their Movie Misses the Target [SXSW]

John Lee Hancock ’s The Highwaymen is a poster child for Netflix Originals when it comes to noting how “unparalleled creative freedom” isn’t always beneficial. Cinematography paints an early 1900s Texas frontier where Wild West lawlessness gets a Tommy Gun upgrade, and performances are as prolific as the names attached, but oh how dusty a biographical drama that cannot sustain over 120 minutes. Breathless prairies with Dust Bowl destitution become repetitive; characters over explained after w...
Tags: Texas, Movies, Drama, America, Features, Netflix, Movie Reviews, Arkansas, Ford, Iowa, Woody Harrelson, Louisiana, Texas Rangers, Sxsw, Kevin Costner, Bonnie And Clyde

Interview: Kevin Feige Talks ‘Captain Marvel’ Spoilers, The Future of Goose, Stan Lee’s Tribute, and Disney+ TV Shows

A couple of weeks ago, I got an opportunity to chat with Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige about Captain Marvel. We discussed the Avengers: Infinity War after credits scene, if Captain Marvel was originally supposed to appear in that movie, how Carol’s powers won’t break the MCU, Stan Lee‘s tribute and cameo, the whereabouts of Goose, why Nick Fury hasn’t used the pager before Infinity War, and the upcoming live-action Marvel television series for Disney+. Peter: Hello. Kevin Feige: You hav...
Tags: Movies, Interview, Interviews, New York City, Disney, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Disneyland, Stan Lee, Ben Mendelsohn, Marvel Studios, Tom Hiddleston, Goose, Avengers: Infinity War, Russo brothers, Carol

‘Dumbo’ Has Hidden Easter Eggs for the Original Movie, Disney Parks, and Tim Burton Himself

Since the animated musical Dumbo hit theaters in 1941, the lovable, big-eared elephant has become an iconic Disney mascot, as recognizable as Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck. That can be partially attributed to Dumbo’s outsized presence at Disney Parks, with the Dumbo the Flying Elephant ride becoming a longtime hallmark of Disneyland, Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, Tokyo Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, and Hong Kong Disneyland. But the original 1941 animated film also holds a special place in Di...
Tags: Movies, Fantasy, Tim-Burton, Disney, Adaptation, Disneyland, Michael Keaton, Walt Disney, Springer, Hong Kong Disneyland, Mickey Mouse, Burton, Frey, Tim, Disneyland Walt Disney World, Atwood

SXSW 2019 Day 4: ‘Good Boys’ is the Most Innocent Filthy Comedy Ever, ‘NOS4A2’ is a Creepy and Emotional Adaptation, and ‘Extra Ordinary’ Puts the Natural in Supernatural

Welcome to The SXSW Diaries, where we will be chronicling every single movie we see at the Austin-based film festival.) Welcome to SXSW 2019 day four. In this edition: Extra Ordinary humorously explores the mundanity of the supernatural, NOS4A2 brings Joe Hill‘s novel to chilling life, and Good Boys is a perfectly innocent but somehow totally filthy comedy. Extra Ordinary What if the work of exorcising restless spirits was actually…well, kind of boring? That’s the fun hook at the center o...
Tags: Movies, Stephen King, America, Features, Austin, Williams, Ron Burgundy, New England, Sxsw, Joe Hill, Will Forte, Hill, Cummings, Brien, Locke, Higgins

How ‘Dumbo’ Used Real-Life Circus Performers to Ground the Heightened Experience

“The unique thing about making a movie is making a sort of circus anyway,” Dumbo producer Justin Springer told us and a group of journalists on the set visit to the Disney live-action movie. But Dumbo takes that circus to a whole new level. The Tim Burton-directed movie has a fantastical bent to it, a “storybook” approach to 1919 that’s seen in the anachronistic elements and the lavish settings. But there’s still a more grounded feeling to Dumbo that Burton and producers Springer and Frey wante...
Tags: Movies, Fantasy, Tim-Burton, Danny DeVito, Springer, Burton, Frey, Tim, Medici, Dumbo, Disney/Pixar, Family Films, Featured Stories Sidebar, Justin Springer, Derek Frey, Michael Keaton Dreamland

Exclusive: Marvel Studios Producing ‘What If’ TV Series For Disney+

We have exclusively learned that Marvel Studios will be producing a new television series for the Disney+ streaming service based on the popular What If comic book series. The new animated show will be overseen by Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios, but the stories will not be canon in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Hit the jump to learn more about the What If TV series. What If TV Series Coming To Disney+ Like the comics, this animated anthology series will provide stories that explore how th...
Tags: Television, Movies, Disney, Features, Iron Man, Thor, Thanos, Hulu, Avengers, Marvel Studios, Tom Hiddleston, Captain America, Wolverine, Phoenix, Jessica Jones, Loki

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