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‘Critters: A New Binge’ Director on Giving the Crites More Dialogue and Leaning Into Comedy [Interview]

Last year, we interviewed director Jordan Rubin at the winter Television Critics Association press tour when Warner Brothers’ Blue Ribbon Content introduced his new series,  Critters: A New Binge . Today, that series premieres on the Shudder streaming service and we had a chance to catch up with Rubin again. 1986’s Critters was New Line Cinema’s answer to Gremlins . The Crites are evil little furballs who shoot poison quills and are pursued on Earth by bounty hunters with no faces...
Tags: Television, Movies, Interviews, Horror, Syfy, Earth, Features, Chris, Television Critics Association, SFX, Jim Henson, Rubin, Stephen Merchant, Critters, Glenn Williams, Featured Stories Sidebar


The DTV Sequels to ‘Joy Ride’ Should Remain the Road Trips Not Taken

(Welcome to DTV Descent, a series that explores the weird and wild world of direct-to-video sequels to theatrically released movies. In this edition, we hit the road with troublemaking youths and a murderous trucker named Rusty Nails.) If you didn’t know it previously or intuitively, horror movies are the ones most likely to see a direct to video follow-up in the years following a successful theatrical release. Sometimes, though, we get sequels to movies that bombed but later found a cult follo...
Tags: Movies, Features, Canada, Walton Goggins, Las Vegas, Roadkill, Nik, Bobby, Don, Lewis, Melissa, J J Abrams, Levine, Rusty, DON T, Dahl


‘Dragged Across Concrete’ Review: A Nasty, Nihilistic Nightmare Designed to Provoke

S. Craig Zahler has made a name for himself through chaotic nihilism. He specializes in what he has personally described as “hybrid movies” – films that blend several different genres into bloody, angry, sometimes funny stories that defy traditional classification. With Bone Tomahawk and Brawl in Cell Block 99, Zahler has already developed a cult following. Fans who are willing to subscribe to his particular brand of madness. I can’t say I’m one of them. Up until now, I’ve found Zahler’s work t...
Tags: Movies, Drama, Features, Movie Reviews, Thriller, Mel-Gibson, Henry, Gibson, Vince-Vaughn, Vaughn, Michael Jai White, Laurie Holden, Jennifer Carpenter, Zahler, Craig Zahler, Featured Stories Sidebar


Pop Culture Imports: ‘Shoplifters,’ ‘A Separation,’ ‘Kung Fu Hustle,’ and More

(Welcome to Pop Culture Imports, a column that compiles the best foreign movies and TV streaming right now.) One of the best movies of 2018 is streaming now, and it’s got good company in this week’s jam-packed Pop Culture Imports. I’ll admit that I occasionally struggle to populate this column, but not so this week. First, do yourself a favor and Hirokazu Kore-eda’s masterful Palme D’Or winner Shoplifters, then check out the other best foreign movies and TV streaming now, which include the Osca...
Tags: Japan, Florida, Movies, Mexico, Germany, Iran, Features, Stasi, Kung Fu Hustle, Stephen Chow, Hulu, Kramer, Nader, Hirokazu Kore, Looney Tunes, Chow


‘Dragged Across Concrete’ Director S. Craig Zahler Doesn’t Want You Spoiling His Movies [Interview]

With only three movies, writer/director S. Craig Zahler has established quite a voice for himself. The Brawl in Cell Block 99 director’s first three films are wholly uncompromising and polarize audiences in a time when so many filmmakers default to playing it safe. Few people are walking out of Zahler’s violent pictures shrugging their shoulders without a strong opinion, that’s for certain. Zahler’s latest and most accomplished movie, Dragged Across Concrete, stars Vince Vaughn and Mel Gibson i...
Tags: Movies, Interviews, Features, Thriller, Mel-Gibson, Vince-Vaughn, Jennifer Carpenter, Lionsgate Films, Sidney Lumet, Zahler, S. Craig Zahler, Craig Zahler, Featured Stories Sidebar, Dragged Across Concrete, Henry Johns Tory Kittles


‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’ at 15: Don’t Let Your Memory of This Movie Get Deleted

“Random thoughts for Valentine’s Day 2004. Today is a holiday invented by greeting card companies to make people feel like crap.” Those are the first spoken lines in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Jim Carrey’s voice is laced with melancholy and wry humor as he lets us in on the internal monologue of his character, Joel Barish. It’s a far cry from the sassy voice that launched him to movie stardom ten years earlier in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. Yet there’s a whole contingent of movie...
Tags: Movies, Features, John Malkovich, Jim Carrey, Elijah Wood, Kirsten Dunst, Jack White, Cameron Crowe, Charlie Kaufman, Mary, Joel, Snyder, Clementine, Winslet, Truman, New York With


‘Jezebel’ Review: A Sexy and Strange Middle-Finger to Stereotypes and Tropes [SXSW]

Sabrina is talking to someone on the phone in the first scene of Jezebel . She’s hard at work as a phone sex operator, moaning in her husky voice to really sell her performance. What makes the scene jarring is realizing her younger sister Tiffany is wide awake nearby, hearing everything. Thus begins a film that explores financial independence and sex work from the lens of a young Black woman to great effect. Based on a true story set in Las Vegas in 1998, Jezebel centers Tiffany (...
Tags: Movies, Features, Movie Reviews, Las Vegas, Jezebel, Sxsw, Tiffany, Film Festivals, Sabrina, Featured Stories Sidebar, Numa Perrier, Tiffany Tiffany Tenille, Tiffany Tenille


New Blu-ray Releases: ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’, ‘Aquaman’, ‘Mary Poppins Returns’, ‘Willard’

In our latest Blu-ray round-up, we have two of the best superhero movies from last year, a well-intentioned but slightly forgettable Disney musical sequel, and Crispin Glover chilling out and freaking out with his some rats. These are the new Blu-ray releases and their special features you should check out this week and beyond. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse “Anyone can wear the mask. You can wear the mask. If you didn’t know that before, I hope you do now.” With that bit of dialogue...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, Horror, Nicole Kidman, Animation, Meryl Streep, Rob Marshall, Angela Lansbury, Musical, Stan Lee, Emily Blunt, Aquaman, Jason Momoa, Dick Van Dyke, Remakes, Sicily


‘Stranger Things’ Season 3 Trailer Breakdown: The Upside (Down) of a Teenage Wasteland

It’s the first day of spring, which means summer is right around the corner. And you know what that means: Stranger Things is back. The third season of the hit Netflix series just debuted its official trailer, giving us a glimpse of a summer of big changes for the kids of Hawkins, Indiana. Aside from the obvious first trappings of puberty, the gang’s dynamic is shifting as romance is in the air and fireworks are flying. But greater changes are afoot in Hawkins, as a new morally corrupt Mayor Kl...
Tags: Television, Movies, Dart, Horror, Sci-fi, Netflix, Steve, Lucas, Hopper, Maya, Billy, Mike, Jonathan, Erica, Hawkins, Joyce


‘Extra Ordinary’ Review: A Sweet Irish Rom-Com With Paranormal Activity [SXSW]

Mike Ahern and Edna Loughman ’s Extra Ordinary comes together as the tonal lovechild of Jared Hess and Taika Waititi , playfully mocking horror beats instead of unleashing them. It’s more a cutesy rom-com with expelled ectoplasm goo than completionist horror dive into Drag Me To Hell territory, but when subdued haunting gags land, laughs project with ease. Expect dry Irish wit, flamboyant musicians selling their souls for another hit record, and home appliances that wave at you. Quite ...
Tags: Comedy, Movies, Horror, Features, Movie Reviews, Christian, Sarah, Sxsw, Lucifer, Rose, Will Forte, Martin, Claudia, Higgins, Taika Waititi, Film Festivals


Why ‘Channel Zero’ and ‘The Act’ Showrunner Nick Antosca Never Wants to Direct [Interview]

American Crime Story proved that true crime could be addicting television, and each season could tell a complete new story. Hulu’s new series The Act is about to tell you a more recent true crime story. Season one is about Gypsy Rose Blanchard (Joey King), whose mother Dee Dee (Patricia Arquette) was committing Munchausen’s Syndrome by Proxy, keeping her daughter sick so she could keep taking care of her. Gypsy eventually found a man online, Nick Godejohn to kill Dee Dee so she could esc...
Tags: Hbo, Television, Movies, Interviews, Syfy, Features, Fox, Chucky, Hulu, American Crime Story, NICK, Hannibal, Gypsy, Michelle, Bryan, Dean


‘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


‘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