A documentary that will try to explain Eyes Wide Shut is in the works

Stanley Kubrick movies are usually widely beloved and critically acclaimed, but they’re also occasionally weird and confusing. Eyes Wide Shut in particular is famously weird and confusing, and now filmmaker Tony Zierra—the director behind Filmworker, which is about Kubrick’s assistant Leon Vitali—has told Variety that…

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Creep 2 is smarter, funnier, and more engaging than the original

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Let’s make something clear up front: Creep 2 is not a scary movie. Despite a plot that concerns a serial killer and the unsuspecting woman who answers his Craigslist ad and drives to his remote home in the woods, there is nothing about the film that would inspire much in the way of goosebumps. (A few small jump scares…

Félicité boldly subverts screenwriting basics, with a great performance on top

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Screenwriting manuals and workshops frequently suggest three key questions to be asked when crafting a story: 1) What does the protagonist want? 2) What’s in the protagonist’s way? 3) What happens if the protagonist doesn’t get it? Generally speaking, that third question is hypothetical—it represents the threat, which…

Nightmare On Elm Street’s Robert Englund is no longer afraid of snakes, but cops still freak him out

“Good. I’m sick of answering questions about how long my makeup takes,” Robert Englund says upon being told that we’re going to do a different kind of interview. Not that Englund isn’t grateful for the fame that playing Freddy Krueger in the Nightmare On Elm Street series has brought him over the past four decades;…

The writer of American Sniper explores PTSD again in honorable, uninspired Thank You For Your Service

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Many of the best parts of Clint Eastwood’s uneven American Sniper had to do with its hero’s jittery, uncomfortable reintegration into stateside life between tours of duty in Iraq. So it makes sense that Sniper screenwriter Jason Hall would make his directorial debut on Thank You For Your Service, another movie based…

Blake Lively tries to bring clarity to the overly stylized All I See Is You

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Did Green Lantern permanently cure Blake Lively of any interest in paycheck blockbusters? For someone who got famous on a CW teen soap, Lively has shown an eagerness to make movies for adults, taking supporting roles in films like Café Society, The Town, and Savages; even her recent summer movie feels more elemental…

Anthology of anthologies: The best segments from horror omnibus films

Like Dracula or Jason Voorhees or any other monster too profitable to stay dead forever, the horror anthology film always rises from the grave. It was probably 1945’s Dead Of Night that first popularized these loose assemblages of campfire tales. In the decades since, the genre has repeatedly come back into vogue: in…

Harvey Weinstein's former assistant breaks NDA to discuss history of allegations

In an interview with The Financial Times (via The Hollywood Reporter), a woman who used to work as Harvey Weinstein’s assistant at Miramax’s London office several years ago has broken a non-disclosure agreement she signed so she could discuss a supposed history of cover-ups that have prevented Weinstein staffers from…

Michael Bay is producing a totally badass Dora The Explorer movie

Michael Bay has already proven that he’s extremely good at translating beloved cartoons into virtually unrecognizable movies, and since he’s already worked his magic with Transformers and those Ninja Turtles films he produced, Bay has now set his sights on disappointing a slightly younger generation. According to The…

Here's what's coming to (and leaving from) HBO Now in November

Thanksgiving aside, November is typically a month of transition. It’s too late for scary movies and too early for holiday movies, but also it’s kind of a perfect time for both scary movies and holiday movies. HBO is kind of embracing this for its HBO Go and HBO Now services in November, bringing subscribers one of the…

George Clooney doesn’t expect his new movie to change your mind

The new George Clooney-directed film Suburbicon takes place in an idyllic 1950s suburb where a family man (Matt Damon) stages a home invasion to get rid of his wife (Julianne Moore), but—shockingly—things go awry. The movie contrasts the façade of 1950s suburbia with weightier themes like social inequality and racism.…

Weekend Box Office: It’s Madea’s world, we’re all just getting slapped upside the head in it

Eight films in (11 if you count cameos and an animated movie from a couple years ago), the Madea series is still slapping the competition upside its foolish, back-talking head. Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween, a hastily conceived sequel to last year’s seasonally (un)scary variation, topped the box office with a…

David Fincher says he wouldn't be able to handle making a Star Wars movie

David Fincher is a reasonably acclaimed director who could probably get any kind of gig he wants, but lately he’s been trying to make it very clearly that he absolutely does not want some gigs. Specifically, Fincher doesn’t want to make Marvel or Star Wars movies, telling The Financial Times recently (via Collider)…

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Giving Leatherface a sad backstory is the dumbest direction yet for the Chain Saw series

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One of the great, blood-freezing moments in all of horror is Leatherface’s first appearance in the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre. It’s so sudden, so unexpected, so nightmarishly casual. Some poor, dumb teen pokes his head into the wrong farmhouse, turns a corner into a doorway, and there he is: hulking,…

Boo 2! A Madea Halloween doesn’t even deserve its own exclamation point

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The grim reaper needs to fire his agent. Though the humanoid manifestation of death has drawn acclaim for minor yet memorable roles in such fine films as The Seventh Seal and Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, he’s now been reduced to slumming it with a cameo in Boo 2! A Madea Halloween, a sequel so wholly anodyne that it…

The ridiculous Geostorm gives new meaning to the term "disaster movie"

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In the tradition of KFC’s Famous Bowl—famously described by Patton Oswalt as “a failure pile”—comes Geostorm, which attempts to be every possible apocalyptic weather-based disaster movie at once. Set just a few years from now, it imagines that the world’s nations have collaborated to build a vast system of satellites…

Margot Robbie says the truth is bullshit in this teaser for I, Tonya 

In Suicide Squad, Margot Robbie played a frequently misunderstood woman with blonde hair who gets into trouble because of her association with a man, and she’s taking on a similar role in this trailer for I, Tonya. Robbie stars as the eponymous Tonya—a.k.a. disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding—and while this trailer…