Lucky number 13 is the name of the game this May. The month features several long-running summer favorites returning to the screen alongside several standouts hoping to avoid the sophomore slump. Catch up on the supernatural with iZombie and Lucifer, the character-driven with Deadwood and Fleabag, and the crime-ridden with Line of Duty and Elementary before new episodes drop in the coming weeks. iZombie 90% (The CW)What it is: A wonderfully original spin on the TV zombie craze started by The Walking Dead, iZombie stars Rose McIver as Olivia Moore, a med student-turned-zombie who helps the Seattle police solve homicides by eating victims’ brains and reliving their memories.Why you should watch it: There’s no limit to the creative turns TV writers can take the simple premise of “zombies exist” — hat tip to the dearly departed Santa Clarita Diet — but as iZombie heads into its fifth and final season, it remains one of the genre s best, most off-kilter examples. Season 5 premieres May 2 on The CW.Where to watch it: Amazon, FandangoNOW, Google Play, Microsoft, Netflix, VuduCommitment: Approx. 42 hours (for the first four seasons)Lucifer 88% (Netflix)What it is: Most people escape their locale to vacation where it’s warm, but where do you vacation when your home is in Hell? Los Angeles, apparently. That’s where our titular antihero Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis) sets his sights, at least, after resigning his post as ruler of the underworld and wanting to spice up his life. Once in LA, he opens up a nightclub and stumbles into becoming a civilian consultant for the LAPD.Why you should watch it: Based on the DC Comics character created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, and Mike Dringenberg, Lucifer Morningstar is a protagonist like we haven’t seen before. Ruler of Hell, sure, but also charismatic as hell (and charming, witty, and handsome), proving himself to be the perfect right-hand man for homicide detective Chloe Decker (Lauren German). (Over the course of three seasons, their beguiling relationship is one of the reasons to stick around, too.) Lucifer was cancelled by Fox last year, but revived by Netflix, which will premiere its fourth season on May 8.Where to watch it: Amazon, FandangoNOW, Google Play, Hulu, Microsoft, Netflix, VuduCommitment: Approx. 42 hours (for the first three seasons)Easy 90% (Netflix)What it is: With Netflix’s romantic comedy series, it’s all in the name. That’s because there’s nothing, well, easy about modern love. Easy’s first two seasons follow an intertwining group of friends and couples living and loving in Chicago.Why you should watch it: The best of television is often character-driven, and Easy gives you plenty of characters to work with. While this Windy City–set series focuses on people and relationships that occasionally overlap, each episode largely stands on its own as a singular meditation on a given couple’s romantic dynamic and exploration of intimacy. And with Drinking Buddies writer-director Joe Swanberg at the helm, the whole thing goes down smoothly (you thought there was going to be another easy joke, didn t you?). Plus, it’s just a hoot to see some of our favorite talents (from Judy Greer to Aubrey Plaza to Dave Franco to Orlando Bloom) pop in for a quick half-hour installment.Where to watch it: NetflixCommitment: Approx. 8 hours (for the first two seasons)Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 95% (ABC)What it is: S.H.I.E.L.D. is the kind of agency you want at your back. Led by fan-favorite Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg, who caused uproar upon his character’s death in 2012’s The Avengers), Marvel Comics’ fictional Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement, and Logistics Division fights the behind-the-scenes battles that the average human wouldn’t dare face (see: Project Centipede and more). It’s wild, it’s crazy, and it’s a heck of a fun time for Marvel superfans.Why you should watch it: Sure, this puzzle piece within the Marvel Cinematic Universe maintains the franchise call-backs and tonally checks all the boxes of what we look for in a Marvel romp, but you don’t have to be a die-hard lover of Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, and co. to fall for S.H.I.E.L.D.’s extraterrestrial adventures and the now-beloved ensemble of characters it has built throughout its 100-plus episodes. Season 6 premieres on ABC May 10. Where to watch it: Amazon, FandangoNow, Google Play, Hulu, Microsoft, Netflix, VuduCommitment: Approx. 82 hours (for the first five seasons)Sneaky Pete 96% (Amazon Prime Video)What it is: Longtime character actor and standout supporter Giovanni Ribisi gets top billing as conman Marius who, once out of prison, takes on the identity of his cellmate, Pete. On the run from a cold-blooded mobster, Marius holes up with Pete’s unsuspecting small-town family.Why you should watch it: This Amazon original series from creators David Shore and Bryan Cranston (who also co-stars as the aforementioned mobster, Vince) will sneak up and floor you — and we don’t say that simply as a play on words. Each ensemble member (but especially Ribisi and series breakout Marin Ireland) delivers lived-in and moving dramatic turns with fast-paced scripts that don’t skimp on nuance or character. In other words, Sneaky Pete doesn’t have to con its way onto your must-watch list. Season 3 premieres May 10 on Amazon Prime.Where to watch it: Amazon, FandangoNow, Google Play, Microsoft, VuduCommitment: Approx. 18 hours (for the first two seasons)Line of Duty 96% (Acorn TV)What it is: Netflix’s Bodyguard may have taken the world by storm last year (along with a Golden Globe win for star Richard Madden), but it’s another cop thriller from creator Jed Mercurio that has us itching for more: Line of Duty. Five seasons in, the series remains one of the U.K.’s highest-rated dramas. Line of Duty follows D.S. Steve Arnott after he’s transferred to an anti-corruption unit and is partnered with a brilliant undercover investigator, D.C. Kate Fleming.Why you should watch it: While dry in summary, the performances and procedural dramas here are absolutely astounding — some of the best nail-biters TV has to offer. Season 5 is already acclaimed overseas, but premieres for U.S. audiences May 13 on Acorn TV.Where to watch it: Acorn TV, Amazon, FandangoNow, Google Play, HuluCommitment: Approx. 23 hours (for the first four seasons)Fleabag 100% (Amazon Prime Video)What it is: Well it’s about time! Fleabag’s six-episode first season premiered to critical acclaim back in 2016 — which means we’ve been waiting for quite a while to reacquaint ourselves with creator and star Phoebe Waller-Bridge and her titular and adrift heroine, who is learning to cope with the death of her best friend in varying self-destructive ways while building a life in London. Why you should watch it: Few other creators are as exciting as Fleabag’s Waller-Bridge. The beloved and all-too-short first season of Amazon’s fuss-free comedy is based on the writer and actress’ hit one-woman play of the same name, which just wrapped a sold-out Off-Broadway run after its 2013 debut overseas. Crass, fearless, and heartbreaking in equal measure, the series trumpeted the arrival of a thrilling new creative voice. And now that Waller-Bridge has other hits with Killing Eve and an arc in Star Wars under her belt, she’s going into season 2 of Fleabag as a bonafide international superstar. Do yourself a favor and learn what the buzz is about. Season 2 premieres May 17 on Amazon Prime Video.Where to watch it: AmazonCommitment: Approx. 3 hours (for the first season)Elementary 95% (CBS)What it is: A contemporary (and gender-bending) update on the classic Sherlock Holmes, Elementary is a New York crime procedural starring Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson and Jonny Lee Miller as the iconic Holmes. Watson begins as Holmes’ sober companion (the ex-Scotland Yard consultant is also a recovering drug addict), but as the series progresses, she becomes his apprentice and partner in solving NYPD’s most chin-scratching mysteries.Why you should watch it: Liu is endlessly watchable in just about anything, so her involvement in this Robert Doherty series is reason enough to tune in. But Elementary is more than just a spellbinding leading lady: it s a solid, reliable procedural that puts a clever twist on an old classic. Season 7 premieres May 23 on CBS.Where to watch it: Amazon, FandangoNOW, Google Play, Hulu, Microsoft, VuduCommitment: Approx. 103 hours (for the first six seasons)Vida 100% (Starz)What it is: Set in the rarely depicted neighborhood of East Los Angeles, Vida follows estranged Mexican-American sisters Lyn and Emma Hernandez, who are forced to revisit their childhood home and memories after the sudden death of their mother. Familial secrets and personal growth abounds.Why you should watch it: Shows don’t get much more refreshingly original than Vida, Starz’s half-hour dramedy from showrunner Tanya Saracho. Centering queer, Latinx voices both in front of and behind the camera is a feat in and of itself, but the fact that the series is compellingly alive (and bingeable) is what will keep you sticking around. It’s wonderfully grounded by Melissa Barrera and Mishel Prada as the central reunited sisters. Season 2 premieres May 23 on Starz.Where to watch: Amazon, FandangoNOW, Google Play, Hulu, Microsoft, VuduCommitment: Approx. 3 hours (for the first season)She's Gotta Have It 78% (Netflix)What it is: Spike Lee updated his original 1986 film in series form. She’s Gotta Have It is the story of Brooklyn-based artist Nola Darling and her three lovers — a love life she juggles while navigating her personal life in an ever-gentrifying Brooklyn and ever-shifting social and political climate. Why you should watch it: Talk about a star-making performance: you simply can’t take your eyes off the magnetic DeWanda Wise. While season 1 admittedly goes a bit off the rails with some of its sillier subplots, She s Gotta Have It is a series that packs a timely, sociopolitical punch while laying the drama (and sexiness) on thick. With Lee at the helm and Wise front and center, She’s Gotta Have It is a televisual update that’s an absolutely engrossing joy to watch. Season 2 premieres May 24 on Netflix. Where to watch: NetflixCommitment: About 5 hours (for the first season)Animal Kingdom (TNT)What it is: Based on the 2010 Australian feature film of the same name from writer-director David Michôd, Animal Kingdom reconfigures itself in Southern California and showcases the city’s grittier side through a crime family led by iron-fisted matriarch Janine “Smurf” Cody (Ellen Barkin). Our point of entry is Joshua “J” Cody (Finn Cole), a 17-year-old who’s swept up into the family business after his mother dies of a heroin overdose.Why you should watch it: Ellen Barkin, Ellen Barkin, Ellen Barkin. The series’ thrilling writing and direction, led by creator Jonathan Lisco, is well worth the binge, but Barkin, a Tony and Emmy winner and two-time Golden Globe nominee, brings a conniving richness to Smurf that must be seen to be believed. Season 4 premieres May 28 on TNT.Where to watch: Amazon, FandangoNOW, Google Play, Microsoft, VuduCommitment: Approx. 27 hours (for the first three seasons)Archer 90% (FXX)What it is: Even the sleekest of action-packed espionage thrillers have an air of cartoonish hyperbole to them, but FXX’s Archer does away with that suspension of disbelief by making the whole thing a cartoon to begin with. The half-hour comedy from creator Adam Reed can land a joke as deftly as its titular man-child spy can land a punch, so expect to be thrilled while laughing yourself silly.Why you should watch it: Over nine hit seasons, Archer has never shied away from genre experimentation. Season 8’s Dreamland and last season’s Danger Island were particularly high-concept highlights. Season 10 continues the genre-jumping trend of Archer’s coma-dream with 1999, which sees Archer not as the ass-kicking spy of ISIS we know from earlier incarnations, but a futuristic explorer of space on the M/V Seamus alongside our longstanding favorite characters and the voice actors behind them. While it’s a bottle season and therefore easily accessible to newcomers, we still recommend you catch up on all things Archer that have come before it. That’s where the payoff is! Archer: 1999 premieres May 29 on FXX.Where to watch it: Amazon, FandangoNow, Google Play, Hulu, Microsoft, VuduCommitment: Approx. 38 hours (for the first nine seasons)Deadwood 92% (HBO)What it is: In what is quickly proving to be one of the television events of the year, Deadwood’s long-awaited feature film finale is finally coming to HBO on May 31. The fan-favorite Western from creator David Milch reunites stars Timothy Olyphant as Seth Bullock and Ian McShane as Al Swearengen (along with the majority of the original ensemble) for a bookend installment set 10 years after the events of season 3’s unexpected ending. Why you should watch it: A fascinating, lurid, and original take on the classic Western genre, Deadwood built its devout fan base thanks to its ability to explore the human condition in tandem with the principles of early American society. With a smattering of scene-stealing performances from its expansive cast, it also has the writing, direction, and design to be one of the most gritty and authentic takes on America’s roots to ever hit the small screen. Deadwood: The Movie premieres May 31 on HBO.Where to watch it: Amazon, FandangoNow, Google Play, HBO Now, Hulu, Microsoft, VuduCommitment: Approx. 36 hours (for all three seasons)Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.Thumbnail image photo credit: Matthias Clamer/ABC; Warrick Page/HBO; David Lee/Netflix亚美体育官方网址-新版下载但是英雄联盟手游为了上线，不得不占用端游的资源进行宣传，尤其是在LPL冒泡赛时期，官方组织的明星表演赛，还是官方解说在比赛之前的超长口播，或者各大直播平台进行预约活动，都把英雄联盟手游推到了风口浪尖，宣传已经到位，但游戏无法准时上线，这是一个无法挽回的错误，也是一件无法被玩家原谅的错误。
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7.37.2 4月喜迎More than 30 years after publication, and more than 25 years following the first adaptation, Stephen King’s massive novel It was turned into the highest-grossing horror movie of all time — and with an 86% on the Tomatometer, it’s one of the best-reviewed releases in the genre, as well. It (now known as It: Chapter One) left its sequel with some pretty big shoes to fill — appropriate for a movie about a clown.Can the highly anticipated It: Chapter Two satisfy sky-high expectations? According to many of the first reactions from critics and entertainment journalists on social media, not quite, though it makes a mighty – and scary – effort. For others, though, a set of excellent performances (particularly from Bill Hader), some genuinely creepy set pieces, and a mountain of ambition make the trip back to Derry worthwhile.Here’s what critics are saying about It: Chapter Two:Is this another great IT movie?“It: Chapter Two is awesome…Congrats to everyone that worked on it for a job well done.” Steven Weintraub, Collider
As movie theaters remain closed and studios continue to shuffle their schedules around accordingly, events like San Diego Comic-Con and the Telluride Film Festival have likewise made adjustments to their normal operating protocol to highlight upcoming films and keep fans informed. On August 22, the good folks at Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment will join the fray with a 24-hour streaming event called DC FanDome, hoping to capture the attention stay-at-home audiences with exclusive previews of their upcoming films, TV series, games, and comics.Like Comic-Con@Home, DC FanDome will be entirely free and online, and it will be broadcast in nine languages, with panels packed with talent, exclusive sneak peeks, exciting announcements, and more, but it s going to be a little difficult to navigate if you don t know what you re looking for. With that in mind, here s what you ll need to know before you check out DC FanDome.8/19 UPDATE: DC Entertainment has just announced that the schedule has changed for DC FanDome, effectively splitting the event across two dates. Now, only the Hall of Heroes panels (see below for more info) will be broadcast on Saturday, August 22, and the 8-hour block of programming will repeat two more times over the course of the 24-hour period. After that, the rest of the virtual experience (WatchVerse, InsiderVerse, YouVerse, FunVerse, and KidsVerse) will stream online on Saturday, September 12. During the latter, viewers will also be able to create their own curated schedule (see here). Otherwise, the rest of the info below is still correct.When does it start, and how can I watch it?You will be able to stream it live starting at 10am PT on August 22. Most viewers can access it via www.DCFanDome.com, but families with younger viewers can also check out www.DCKidsFanDome.com for more kid-friendly content.Will it cost me money?No, DC FanDome is entirely free. However, there will be a shop section where you will be able to browse various products and collectibles for sale.
Olivia Wilde s directorial debut, Booksmart, is being called one of the best high-school movies of the decade – a Superbad meets Lady Bird laugh-fest that sees two studious types making up for years of good behavior with one night of craziness. The movie blew audiences at South by Southwest away when it premiered there in March, and is currently at 100% on the Tomatometer. But how well do the people who made Booksmart know the high school movies their new movie is being so favorably compared to? We put them to the test with a special edition of our game, Name the Review. Wilde and costars Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever each read reviews of famous teen and high school movies aloud, and then guess which movies the reviews were for. How did they fare? Let s just say it wasn t a straight-As situation.Booksmart is in theaters May 24, 2019Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.
Despite having the lowest Tomatometer score (74%) of the Wizarding World (aka Harry Potter) franchise, spinoff prequel Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is still Certified Fresh and the brand has maintained a positive 83% average. Unfortunately, that’s about to take a dip if the first reviews of the sequel Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald are any indication.With a mixed 55% score out of the gate, the new movie is said to be too convoluted, with too many characters, and all in service of the next movie rather than the installment at hand. Still, if you’re a fan of the franchise, you should be satisfied with all the usual magic, as well as the return of a Professor Dumbledore in younger form.Here’s what critics are saying about the movie:How does it compare to the previous film?A huge step up from the middling Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Caryn James, Hollywood ReporterRowling has improved upon the first Fantastic Beasts film by fleshing out her characters in a way that’s engaging. David Griffin, IGNThe Crimes of Grindelwald takes the first installment and improves upon it tenfold. Ashley Menzel, We Live EntertainmentSo far, so good but there’s a counterpoint?It’s less a necessary new chapter in this ongoing story than… an affordable multiplex alternative to whisking the whole family off to the Wizarding World area of Universal Studios. A.A. Dowd, AV ClubAs it turns out, the true crime of Grindelwald was wasting the audience’s time. Karen Han, Polygon[It’s] the noisiest, most rhythmless, and least coherent entry in the Wizarding World saga since Alfonso Cuarón first gave the franchise its sea legs in 2004. Andrew Barker, VarietyWhat always made the Harry Potter films so entrancing was its wonder. But that wonder, once portrayed through the eyes of children, is nowhere to be found. Robert Daniels, 812filmreviews(Photo by Warner Bros. Pictures)How is the magical spectacle?There s nothing particularly impressive about the CGI feats in the film run-of-the-mill where modern blockbusters are concerned. Karen Han, PolygonMore so than even the last film…The Crimes of Grindelwald has tons of incredible magic effects, dazzling new sets, and adorable (and terrifying) new beasts. Germain Lussier, io9So the beasts are still fantastic?The beasts are the best thing about the movie. Karen Han, PolygonMostly, I got the sense that the creators regretted saddling themselves with the animal theme. Angie Han, MashableBut is there too much going on?The Crimes of Grindelwald throws an awful lot at the screen during this clotted two-hour-plus diversion. Manohla Dargis, New York TimesThere are a lot of moving parts in this film, and too many of them are moving without purpose. Tasha Robinson, The VerveRowling has included so many different characters and sub-plots that the narrative momentum is sometimes lost. Geoffrey Macnab, The IndependentThe Crimes of Grindelwald probably had enough plot to drive a four-hour mini-series. William Bibbiani, The Wrap(Photo by Warner Bros. Pictures)Does it move the franchise forward? At almost every turn, it weaves in broad strokes created only to set up the next movie… The Crimes of Grindelwald doesn’t care about the movie you are watching. Germain Lussier, io9Just like the first one, it still feels like set-up for bigger pay-offs down the line, without the satisfying cliffhanger qualities of, say, The Empire Strikes Back. Ian Freer, Empire MagazineWill we enjoy the familiar characters?Our returning heroes feel less familiar than they did when they were introduced in the last film, thanks to a rash of baffling decisions. Angie Han, MashableWhen [Newt] is allowed to lead this second story, it’s as whimsical and good-hearted as any in the franchise. Kate Erbland, IndieWireNewt remains one of the most distinctive heroes in blockbuster cinema. William Bibbiani, The WrapThe best of the bunch, once again, is the illicit muggle-mage coupling of Jacob and Queenie, who burst into the film’s early stages like an enchanted Tim Curry and Bernadette Peters. Andrew Barker, VarietyQueenie and Jacob often seem to be starring in a different, potentially more interesting movie. Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times(Photo by Warner Bros. Pictures)Are there any great newcomers?Of the newer characters, the only real standout is Leta Lestrange, played by the effortlessly compelling Zoe Kravitz. Angie Han, MashableZoë Kravitz as Leta is pretty fantastic and I love where they go with her character in the film. Ashley Menzel, We Live EntertainmentHow is Jude Law as Dumbledore?Jude Law captures the quick wit, easy charm and cloying inscrutability of the character. William Bibbiani, The WrapWisely, Law doesn’t try to channel Michael Gambon or Richard Harris… he gives the character the calm, warmth and understanding that has made him such a beloved figure. Caryn James, Hollywood ReporterIs Johnny Depp a problem?For all of the controversy surrounding Johnny Depp s casting, it s strange just how underutilized he is. Eric Eisenberg, Cinema BlendDepp is also supremely average as Grindewald. He simply mails it in. Robert Daniels, 812filmreviewsJohnny Depp is instantly captivating as the titular villain and damn creepy, too. David Griffin, IGNHis portrayal of Grindelwald rekindles memories of his old mentor, Vincent Price. Geoffrey Macnab, The IndependentJohnny Depp is fine, if you can forget about his ugly personal life. Angie Han, MashableRyan FujitaniIs this movie just for the fans?It s a movie built special for aficionados of the Wizarding World. Eric Eisenberg, Cinema BlendIt’s hard to imagine anyone but hardcore Potterheads getting emotionally involved in this film’s convoluted plotting and ancestral reveals. Tasha Robinson, The VerveRowling seems to be playing to the fans in the thinnest way possible, building in stories that require foreknowledge to appreciate them fully. Kate Erbland, IndieWireThe Crimes of Grindelwald is enough to make J.K. Rowling fans weep in frustration, provided they can even keep their eyes open. Justin Chang, Los Angeles TimesWill we walk out anticipating part three?The twisty plot leads to an explosive climax…including a jaw-dropper for the Potter faithful that’ll have them clamoring for the threequel. Brian Truitt, USA TodayThe Crimes of Grindelwald is rich and intriguing fare that will leave viewers impatient for the next sequel. Geoffrey Macnab, The IndependentIt’s hard not to worry about the franchise heading in a similar direction. Andrew Barker, VarietyFantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald opens everywhere on Friday, November 16. Read all the reviews for it here.
Professor Frink says: A recommendation for the kiddies: Lego Masters. Delightful. I watch it with my son. I enjoy the colors and shapes and the cajoink, cajink, cachiving of little pieces fitting together. About the Series: Hosted by Will Arnett, the show pits Lego enthusiasts against each other in a competition that starts with a single Lego brick and infinite possibilities and concludes with mind-blowing builds that will surely both inspire legions of loyal Lego followers and capture the imagination of new fans.Stream now on Hulu.World Athletics YouTube ChannelJim Brockmire says: [I m] just bereft without sports, so I want to recommend, on YouTube, got the World Athletics mix. On the World Athletics channel, you get the beautiful Olympic track and field events called by great BBC announcers. I couldn t have done it better myself. Beats what I m doing: just wandering around the house, deciding what I would and wouldn t use as toilet paper. About: Official account of World Athletics, formerly the IAAF. Home of all things running, jumping, throwing and walking.Stream past events now on YouTube. Looking for more great shows and movies to binge? Head to Rotten Tomatoes Binge Central.Thumbnail images: Andrew Toth/Getty Images; Jan Thijs/Amazon Prime Video; United Artists/courtesy Everett Collection; Netflix; Drew Herrmann/FOX; World Athletics/YouTube
亚美体育官方网址-新版下载 Going on nearly 20 years, the X-Men movie franchise has had many ups and downs. Now, with the release of Dark Phoenix, critics are declaring it the lowest of the low, and the Tomatometer score certainly affirms the dishonor. While some reviews claim it’s not really the worst X-Men sequel yet, even the most positive takes are far from excited. If this is the conclusion of what began back in 2000, it’s possibly a more disappointing series finale than anything on TV. Still, there’s reportedly some decent action, if that’s enough for you to finish out its run.Here’s what critics are saying about Dark Phoenix:Is this really the worst X-Men movie?The worst chapter of its long-running main series. Eric Eisenberg, CinemaBlendIt may very well be the worst X-Men movie ever made. Jordan Ruimy, World of ReelIt s more focused and less bloated than Apocalypse. Ian Sandwell, Digital SpyA tiny bit better than the worst X-Men films! Todd Gilchrist, Birth.Movies.Death.Dark Phoenix IS GOOD!… It’s more distinguishable and bares the identity of an X-Men movie that plays like a long episode of the animated series. Rendy Jones, Rendy Reviews(Photo by 20th Century Fox)Is it at least better than The Last Stand?The film is marginally better than the previous telling of the Phoenix saga. Jim Vejvoda, IGN[Kinberg] makes up for the single worst X-Men film… Chris Claremont and John Byrne would be proud. Danielle Solzman, Solzy at the Movies[Simon Kinberg] is a more sensual and intuitive filmmaker than Brett Ratner. Owen Gleiberman, VarietyWhile Dark Phoenix may have fewer embarrassing missteps than Ratner’s 2006 disaster, it replaces that embarrassment with something that feels devoid of personality. Kambole Campbell, Little White LiesMaybe X-Men: The Last Stand wasn’t an accurate adaptation of the Dark Phoenix comics, but at least it was a fun celebration of an ensemble of characters. Fred Topel, We Live EntertainmentWill die-hard X-Men fans enjoy it?Dark Phoenix is not the movie for fans of the comic book series. It’s arguable if Dark Phoenix is the film for hardcore fans of the franchise that’s existed in one form or another since 2000. Jeffrey Lyles, Lyles Movie FilesIt’s as though the audience is expected to be grateful that they are seeing most of the classic line-up of characters, without exploring what makes them interesting. Kambole Campbell, Little White LiesThis final Fox X-Men film also has a number of Easter eggs for comic fans… there’s also a cameo by writer Chris Claremont. Scott Chitwood, ComingSoon.net(Photo by 20th Century Fox)Is it a satisfying franchise finale, at least?Compared with the conclusions of other major franchises — the most recent being Avengers: Endgame — this one seems distinctly minor league. Todd McCarthy, Hollywood ReporterThis X-Men outing feels more like an afterthought than a climax. Larushka Ivan-Zadeh, MetroWith this final installment, the franchise goes out with a resounding thud. Katie Walsh, Tribune News ServiceDark Phoenix makes for a satisfying conclusion to the X-Men series. Danielle Solzman, Solzy at the MoviesUltimately a movie that understands its status as a farewell to characters who have thrilled audiences for two decades… It’s a fitting final chapter. Tom Beasley, Flickering MythHow is Sophie Turner?For Game of Thrones fans, it is tempting to imagine Turner as the all-powerful being she deserves to be…Dark Phoenix just doesn’t do [her] justice. Katie Walsh, Tribune News ServiceIf she deserved better than Game of Thrones finally gave her, she deserves even better here. Justin Chang, Los Angeles TimesTurner puts in the work, but the writing and sloppy direction does little to underpin the performance. Radheyan Simonpillai, NOW TorontoThe pleasure of Dark Phoenix is watching her emerge from the wreckage. Owen Gleiberman, Variety(Photo by 20th Century Fox)Is there a strong feminist message?It’s the women in this one who do most of the heavy lifting, and the film rises to another level because of it. Lisa Johnson Mandell, AtHomeInHollywood.comDark Phoenix takes blockbuster gender politics a step further… to forge an allegory of the rise of women that’s sharply compelling in its renegade/victim edge. Owen Gleiberman, VarietyIf Dark Phoenix was intended as a feminist statement, it plays out more like a male fear at women seizing power and wreaking havoc. Larushka Ivan-Zadeh, MetroHow is the rest of the cast?The excellent acting… is better than the Disney-run Marvel Cinematic Universe. Johnny Oleksinski, New York PostJames McAvoy is probably the standout… Jennifer Lawrence and Michael Fassbender, meanwhile, are practically checking their watches. Eric Eisenberg, CinemaBlendPerhaps the most affecting work is by Hoult as Hank, who etches a journey from loss to rage as the effects of Jean’s unravelling hit hard. Ian Freer, Empire MagazineDoes it have a villain problem?It’s a character so immensely boring that it doesn’t really deserve mention in the basic plot description of the film. Eric Eisenberg, CinemaBlendChastain is excellent as always, but her character is so underwritten that you’d be hard-pressed to remember its name. David Ehrlich, IndieWireChastain puts on an icy performance as the baddie… but the movie doesn’t seem to know what to do with her. Radheyan Simonpillai, NOW TorontoOne of the film’s biggest missed opportunities is its handling of the villains… with Chastain delivering a flat performance as a one-dimensional super-powered baddie. Jim Vejvoda, IGN(Photo by 20th Century Fox)What about the good parts?Kinberg actually puts together some very well done fight scenes. The film’s signature sequence on a train showcases the X-Men’s powers in a way we haven’t seen on the big screen in a long time. Jeffrey Lyles, Lyles Movie FilesOne diverting action sequence, set aboard a fast-moving train and goosed by an enjoyably bombastic Hans Zimmer score. Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times[It has] what may very well be the best on-screen train fight since Captain America: The First Avenger. Danielle Solzman, Solzy at the MoviesThere aren’t many action scenes in Dark Phoenix, but the few that there are end up being somewhat entertaining. Scott Chitwood, ComingSoon.netThe light-show effects have a mid-’90s fanciful cheesiness, and I dug them for that reason. Owen Gleiberman, VarietyThere’s a refreshing simplicity to Dark Phoenix at a time when superhero movies are becoming increasingly complex. Tom Beasley, Flickering MythAre we just ready for the X-Men to join the MCU?Now the legacy of the X-Men will pass into a new set of hands, and hopefully it will rise, like a certain mythological bird, again. Don Kaye, Den of GeekAs Disney and Marvel Studios take the reins, I hope they embrace the stakes, humanity and scrappiness of these special characters. Johnny Oleksinski, New York PostWhile the MCU may prove better… the property itself deservedly needs a good long rest before the X-Men return to the screen. Jim Vejvoda, IGNDark Phoenix opens in theaters June 7, 2019.
From its curiously involved narrator (James Brolin) to its leading protagonist, human-deer Hybrid child Gus (Christian Convery), Sweet Tooth surprised viewers with its mix of post-apocalyptic dread, boy s adventure, and the brightly-colored hope of a world slowly repairing itself.At only eight episodes, the series — based on the comic book by Jeff Lemire — left us on something of a cliffhanger, but enough of the characters and stories have converged to give us some idea of where the program will go next.Rot (Photo by Touchstone courtesy Everett Collection)Filmmakers like Cameron Crowe, John Hughes, and Bob Clark may make us think the 1980s were the true renaissance of movies made for and about teens, but let’s not discount the 1990s – specifically one year in particular: 1999.Depending on your definition of teen movie, there were up to 19 films in this genre released that year, according to Phillip Iscove, the television writer and co-host of the all-things-1999-movies podcast, Podcast Like It’s 1999. Even more important, Iscove says, is that teen rom-coms like 10 Things I Hate About You and She s All That, black comedies like Jawbreaker and Cruel Intentions, and coming-of-age films like The Wood and American Pie still resonate with those who grew up in and around that era because “there’s a universality that they’re trying to hit.”But why this year in particular? Surprisingly, it’s not just because one of them featured Heath Ledger singing in the high school bleachers.The Clueless and Romeo + Juliet Effect(Photo by Paramount courtesy Everett Collection)Before we dive into the year of 1999, let’s act like Alicia Silverstone’s Cher Horowitz from Clueless and totally pause at the mid-‘90s. Writer-director Amy Heckerling adapted that 1996 film from Jane Austen’s classic novel, Emma, replacing Regency-era British aristocracy with a posh Beverly Hills high school while star Silverstone kicked the dumb blonde trope out with last season’s fashions. A year before this, Baz Lurhmann’s flashy Romeo + Juliet set the Bard’s famous play about star-crossed teen lovers in a gritty, steamy beach city and made male lead Leonardo DiCaprio a teen heartthrob (his female counterpart, Claire Danes, was already known to younger audiences thanks to her cult TV show, My So-Called Life).So it shouldn’t be a surprise that, by the time greenlights, casting, and production turnarounds were through, we’d land in 1999 with 10 Things I Hate About You, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s marital comedy The Taming of the Shrew about elaborate scheming to marry off one daughter in order to gain access to another; She’s All That, which is rooted in George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, a play about teaching a lowly flower salesgirl how to pass in high society; and Cruel Intentions, which is based on Les Liaisons dangereuses, Pierre Choderlos de Laclos’s novel about bored socialites who break hearts for sport.“Clueless was proof-of-concept that there’s an audience [for modern adaptations of classic works] if it’s done well,” says Neil Landau, a screenwriter and professor at UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. “Adults who greenlight movies love when it’s source material. It doesn’t feel as frivolous. I think the young people see them because of the canon and the things you study in high school.”Plus, he says, these works were in the public domain and therefore cheap to get licensing rights.Independents Studios + DVD Sales = Boffo Profits(Photo by Paramount courtesy Everett Collection)It’s also important to remember what was going on in the industry itself at that time. She’s All That was distributed by Miramax when it still was the hip younger sibling brought in to spice up Disney. 10 Things I Hate About You was distributed by Touchstone Pictures, which is also part of Disney. American Pie was produced by Summit when it was still considered an independent studio. Then there’s MTV Films, which, Iscove reminds us, had an ambitious slate in 1999 that included Varsity Blues, Election, 200 Cigarettes, and The Wood – all movies for or about teens and young adults that were released in July or earlier of that year. He says, nowadays, companies like Annapurna Pictures (Everybody Wants Some!!) and A24 (The Bling Ring, Eighth Grade) excel at distributing and producing these films, but it’s not all they do.Part of this is because we’ve since changed how we look for these types of movies. Tim Gray, the senior vice president and awards editor at Variety, says his trade magazine wrote in 1998 that “DVD players were expected to hit 1.4 million in 1999.” He says that number may sound like small potatoes, but it was a strong indicator that the public was willing to commit to a new technology – especially since he says Variety also ran an advertisement around that time saying that “it would be a billion industry within a decade.” Since teen movies were still cheap to make, Gray says that “indie companies were emboldened by that idea” of DVD viewership the way that video cassette players in the 1980s made Hollywood realize that there was still business to be had once a film left theaters.Iscove argues that the desire for teens to see themselves on screen hasn’t changed – just how they find them may have evolved. We all know what “Netflix and chill” is code for, but think of the success of films like To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before and Alex Strangelove and realize that the kids may want to watch something on streaming channels too.White Male Humor Still Dominated(Photo by Universal Pictures courtesy Everett Collection)The late ‘90s was still a time when white, male, heteronormative bro-culture dominated, especially since the (mostly male) development executives who were green-lighting these films had themselves been raised on now-questionable films like Porky’s and Risky Business. While there are exceptions – Jawbreaker, Election this was an era where teen boys were straight, cis-gender, and supposed to treat sex like a conquest (see: Cruel Intentions and American Pie) and where teen girls were supposed to be OK with prettying themselves up and potentially dumbing themselves down in the name of popularity (see: 10 Things I Hate About You and She’s All That). Oftentimes, these kids were white, suburban, and entitled. When the idea of sexual assault is brought up, such as Julia Stiles’ Katarina’s reveal toward the end of 10 Things, it’s done in an almost blink-and-you’ll-miss-it way.“It was the beginning of the ending of an era,” says UCLA’s Landau of this period when “virginity is a rite of passage for boys. For girls, it was filled with shame and stigma.” He says this only influenced mainstream views, as chances are girls and young women were going with boys in their age brackets to see these movies either in groups or on dates.However, these norms have evolved considerably since 1999. Director Kay Cannon’s summer 2018 hit Blockers threw the double-standard that girls can’t own their own sexuality in our faces. Some of the biggest successes to come out of the recent South by Southwest film festival were Booksmart and Snatchers, which mock the finger-wagging trope of “good girls don’t do that.” As for films about boys and sex? Another hit from SXSW was Good Boys, which still has rauchy humor but – as the trailer reminds us – features boys from a much more innocent age.We may never get another year as robust with movies that cater specifically to the teen audience as we did in 1999, and we may never again get teen movies quite like the ones we saw that year. But thanks to films like Blockers, like Eighth Grade, like The Spectacular Now, Dope, The Edge of Seventeen, Sing Street, and Lady Bird, we can rest assured that the genre is in good hands, and the adolescents of today won t lack for entertainment that speaks to them on a personal level too.Check out our list of every 1999 teen movie ranked here. What were your favorites? Tell us in the comments!Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.
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