Amityville: The Awakening made $742 in theaters this weekend

In a way, Amityville: The Awakening got lucky: It’s far from the biggest problem the Weinsteins and their various companies will face this year. But the four-times-delayed 18th entry into the Amityville Horror franchise is still a disaster for Dimension films and The Weinstein Co., earning a mere $742 over its one-day…

A documentary about Trump’s election night offers little beyond shitty memories

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With all due respect to the filmmakers behind it and the varied Americans captured in it, now feels like a terrible time for 11/8/16. Not even a year after Donald Trump was elected—and especially given the tumultuousness of that year—it’s impossible to look at the documentary with any sort of emotional detachment,…

Ragnarok gives Thor the multiple buddy comedies he's always deserved

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Thor, played with a familiar twinkle of jovial regality by Chris Hemsworth, spends the first few minutes of Thor: Ragnarok in chains, hanging sideways in a straitjacket of iron links. Things do not get easier for him. Like Tony Stark in Iron Man 3, the god of thunder will lose his weapon of choice: that mighty hammer…

Allison Williams to play another creepy villain in The Perfection 

For six seasons, Allison Williams’ Marnie was essentially the villain of HBO’s Girls, and Williams embraced her antagonistic talents for a surprise evil turn in Jordan Peele’s Get Out. Now, it looks like she’s going to get another chance to play a creepy baddie in The Perfection, a new horror-thriller from director…

Ahmed Best calls out Andy Serkis for ignoring Jar Jar's contributions to VFX

A lot of Star Wars fans probably wish they could forget Jar Jar Binks, the annoying kid-friendly mascot who stumbled his way through The Phantom Menace and then helped make the Galactic Empire possible by granting emergency political powers to Chancellor Palpatine during the Clone Wars, but he was still a pretty…

Motion Picture Academy grants special Oscar to Alejandro Iñárritu's VR project

The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences rarely hands out the Special Achievement Academy Award, possibly because doing so is an acknowledgement that the medium can change and grow in new and weird ways. It’s exclusively for important or exciting achievements in films that doesn’t specifically relate to an…

Oliver Stone's JFK made me a creepy kid, and now a disappointed adult

Thursday night saw the release of the nigh-mythical JFK Assassination Records, a collection of nearly 3,000 documents related to the president’s 1963 murder that Donald Trump—once more taking credit for something that already existed—ordered released, fulfilling a Congressional mandate made way back in 1992. That…

Jigsaw brings new blood but no new tricks to the Saw series

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Say this for the Saw series of self-mutilating slasher pictures: They get right to it. Most of them open with a victim or victims waking up in a signature horrifically violent trap—no stalking or backstory until later, if at all—and proceed straight into parallel narratives involving a gauntlet of survival traps set…

Selma Blair and Rachel McAdams detail harassment from director James Toback

Over the weekend, The Los Angeles Times published a story on 38 women who came forward with sexual harassment allegations against director James Toback. Now, Selma Blair and Rachel McAdams are speaking out about the sexual harassment they say they experienced from Toback in a piece for Vanity Fair, with Blair…

Cannes winner The Square is a scathingly funny art-world satire from the director of Force Majeure

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Ruben Östlund is a maestro of discomfort, and The Square, which won the Palme D’Or at Cannes earlier this year, might just be his magnum opus: a two-and-a-half-hour cringe comedy about the foibles of supposed high society, unfolding as a daisy chain of exquisitely awkward episodes. Östlund’s last movie, the bleakly…

The Weinstein name will be scrubbed from Wind River, Leap!, and Tulip Fever

According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Weinstein Company will be removing Harvey Weinstein’s name and its own logo from the upcoming home video releases of Wind River, Leap!, and Tulip Fever. This is “highly unusual,” as the story notes, and it’s being done to “allay the concerns of filmmakers” who don’t want their…

Regal theaters to try charging less for unpopular movie tickets

According to a report from Bloomberg (via Entertainment Weekly), Regal Entertainment Group—the second-largest movie theater chain in the country—is planning to test out a new system of “demand-based pricing” in its theaters, which essentially means that tickets for very popular movies might become more expensive while…

Long-delayed horror sequel Amityville: The Awakening is a real snooze

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Honestly, the most alarming thing about Amityville: The Awakening, the long-delayed 18th (!) film in the Amityville Horror series, is the name “Weinstein” splashed all over the opening credits. That’s just one of the ways time has worked against this film, though. It was originally supposed to come out in January…

A former actress says Val Kilmer punched her while she auditioned for The Doors

In a BuzzFeed story, a former actress named Caitlin O’Heaney has accused Val Kilmer of punching her while she was auditioning for The Doors while director Oliver Stone allegedly “just stood there the whole time laughing.” O’Heaney was auditioning for the role of Pamela, Doors frontman Jim Morrison’s girlfriend, and…

Melissa Leo’s superb supporting performance should have been the center of Novitiate

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The 1960s were a confusing time to be a Catholic. Between 1962 and 1965, the Second Vatican Council, informally known as Vatican II, issued a number of declarations and decrees intended to bring the church into the modern era. It was no longer required that Mass be performed in Latin, with the priest facing away from…

Suburbicon’s awkward medley proves that George Clooney is no Coen brother

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George Clooney’s Suburbicon is a mishmash: two incompatible movies—one archly cynical, the other painfully sincere—wedged uncomfortably together. The foundation of the project is a dusted-off screenplay by the Coen brothers, a mordant small-town crime lark they wrote right after their debut, Blood Simple, and then…

31 Halloween streaming options for a creepy night in

Halloween is on a Tuesday this year, creating a bit of a conundrum for the seasonally minded. Even if you’re going out to a party the weekend before, there’s still the day of, when sitting around and watching your regular sitcoms would feel, well… less than festive. And for those for whom navigating a crowd of drunken…

Ben Mendelsohn might play the villain in Captain Marvel

Continuing the trend of hiring slightly over-qualified actors to appear in (typically) one-off villain roles, Marvel is reportedly in talks with Ben Mendelsohn to play the bad guy in Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck’s Captain Marvel movie. That’s according to Variety, which says Mendelsohn will likely be the “main…