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6 Awesome Plot Twists You Would Never Expect

by Kaylen Summers

There is nothing more exciting in a movie than the brilliant misdirection that's thrown right in our face.  Here we are picking out the top ten best movie twists of all time. So there will be some major movie-ruining spoilers ahead. If you haven’t seen anyone of the movies listed below, its okay to skip.  For everyone who's still here,  let's kick it off.

The Time And Place Twist: Planet of the Apes

While the vast majority of twists are aimed to deceive us about either the what or the who, there are a few that mislead us in terms of where and when. Movies like Triangle and The Village gave us similar twists. But none will even come close to the ending of the Planet of the Apes. The idea that they were on Earth the whole time is absolutely brilliant and completely unexpected.  Released in the 60s, this ape twist set the recipe for great movie twists later.

Conspiracy Twist: The Sting

These types of twists are a common element is heist movies. We love this kind of twist because it takes advantage of our own hubris. Just when we think we're ahead of the plot, fully informed, and upon every aspect of the scheme, we realize that we too are being duped. The Sting presents the audience with one such excellent twist from this category. In many ways, we too are similar to Lonnegan in the movie. Without realizing that everything is part of the con, we commit the exact same mistake he does- overbetting our hand.

The Unexpected Bad Guy: Murder on the Orient Express

murderinorientexpress If you've ever watched Scooby-Doo, you'll be familiar with these twists. Though there are many great movies that given us such awesome twists, Murder on the Orient Express threw in an extra twist on top. And for that, it needs to be on the list. Based on the Agatha Christie novel, the movie presents an incredibly complex portrait of 13 strangers suspicious in the murder of Cassidy. While initially, it seems that there is nothing connecting any of the suspects, it emerges that the one thing they have in common is that they all have a reasonable motive. And that's the twist. The killer is not one, but everyone. The perfect coverup for who's guilty was that they're all guilty.

It Was All A Dream: The Wizard of Oz

This is perhaps one of the most controversial and occasionally obnoxious twists commonly found in the film. We’re talking about movies like The Matrix and Source Code that play with the concept of what is real and not. But nothing uses this more brilliantly than the original, the magical and the lovable The Wizard of Oz. Though this plot twist is considered pretty frustrating and lazy writing, In when it seems like something really interesting and subversive is going on, in The Wizard of Oz, the dream world helps Dorothy subconsciously work out her conflicts in a symbolic way.

All In The Protagonist's Head: Fight Club

The twist, of course, comes from detangling the fantasy from the reality. These are films where the audience experiences the delusions alongside their unreliable narrator. There is only one movie that comes to our mind when we read this description and that's Fight Club. Probably one of the most popular twists of the last few decades, Fight Club manages to slip an entire character by us without us noticing. A character who interacts with all kinds of different characters that tend to keep their hallucinations separate.

Identity Mixup: The Empire Strikes Back

Yes! There are movies like Frailty, Matchstick Men and The Crying Game giving as the best of this plot twist. But, none will be as iconic as this one. As far as twists go, The reveal of who is Luke's father is perhaps one of the biggest reveals in movie history. The question is how did they keep it a secret? Well, they lied about it in the script and to just about everybody but Lucas and Hamill, then overdubbed the line later.

Mistaken Identity Twist: Psycho

Don’t get confused with the previous one. This one is entirely different. Instead of realizing we've confused someone for another, we realized they're the exact same person. With some brilliant contenders to fight for the top spot in this category, it's tough to find the best one. However, the Norman Bates reveals in Psycho will always stay remarkable. One would ever expect mild-mannered Norman to actually dress up as his dead mother and kill protagonists weirdly early in the movie. This thriller still messes with our heads when we watch it and for that, it remains one of the best movie plot twists of all time. But, we know that you still have some more awesome movie twists that you want to share with us. Let us know which movie surprised you the most.
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7 Disturbing Movies on Netflix You Will Only Watch Once

by Kaylen Summers

Creepy, violent and adrenalizing- yet, good horror flick is adorned by all. However, there are certain movies that push us even further into darker territories. These disturbing tales may raise your eyebrows at first. But somehow, they are strangely entertaining. If you’re in the mood for these particular thrills, then let’s get started on 7 of the most disturbing movies on Netflix that you will only dare to watch once. 1. The Witch (2015) https://youtu.be/iQXmlf3Sefg 🍅90% ⌛1h 33m You'll either enjoy this one or hate it. Set in the 1630s, The Witch talks about an outcast Puritan family troubled by paranormal activity. If you are willing to give in to the movie's deliberate pacing, then you are in for some unbearable sense of dread. (Plus, you'll surely not be looking at goats the same way again!) 2. Train To Busan (2016) https://youtu.be/pyWuHv2-Abk 🍅93% ⌛1h 58m Fan of gruesome zombie movies?! Then, here is something for you. Train To Busan takes place in a post-apocalyptic South Korea occupied by zombies. In order to reach one of the few territories not affected, a workaholic father and his daughter are on-board a train. However, the journey is not going to be an easy one, as they’ll have to survive the infected passengers, who are looking to munch on their brains. 3. The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016) https://youtu.be/Nf7TA4nKpfg 🍅86% ⌛1h 58m This is one B-movie that is sure to give the creeps. A small-town coroner and his son are performing a routine autopsy on an unidentified female body. However, things take a spooky turn once the examination begins. It seems like the corpse has a series of increasingly disturbing secrets to reveal. But, can you handle it?! 4. Gerald's Game (2017) https://youtu.be/twbGU2CqqQU 🍅91% ⌛1h 43m Gerald’s Game is very simple in its premise. When her husband’s sex game goes wrong, Jessie is left handcuffed to a bed in a remote lake house. Tapping on the basic fears in oneself, this psychological horror movie is about how far a person will go to stay alive. 5. The Babysitter (2017) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qibY77AWlUc 🍅69% ⌛1h 25m Since its release in 2017, this horror-comedy has grown its own cult following. The movie has become extremely popular for its disturbing (yet, oddly entertaining) plot. The team behind the movie is even working on a sequel. Deeply stupid most of the time, it is the movie's sense of finding humor that takes it to the next level. 6. Calibre (2018) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6yaSYAk2KU 🍅94% ⌛1h 25m This isn’t really a horror film. But, there are enough disturbing scenes in this movie to make it one. The movie is a pretty terrifying thriller that sets off when one of the protagonists accidentally shoots a child. In their desperate attempt to hide their crimes, things go downhill fast. 7. The Perfection (2019) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q57D6kF5B1k 🍅73% ⌛1h 30m Try watching the trailer for this movie and figure out what it is all about. No clue, right?! It's better that way. Don’t let anyone else spoil it for you. Because you really need to see this to understand how twisted this tale can be. This is one movie that has literally earned its place on this list.
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6 Reasons Why You’ll Always Love Watching ‘Jurassic Park’

by Kaylen Summers

Franchise after franchise, Hollywood has now become an exhausting  "theme park" of overused CGI and over-the-top action sequences. But before all this, there was a time when we had movies that presented good narratives and just the right amount CGI to back it up. Among such movies, Jurassic Park deserves special recognition for setting up the landscape for all the visual effects we have today. Released over 25 years ago,  Jurassic Park is still worthy of being mentioned as a milestone in the history of world cinema. The movie became the highest-grossing film of all time when it debuted in 1993. The iconic blockbuster from Steven Spielberg is a seamless blend of practical effects, animatronics, and CGI. It is this effective method of film making that makes this work of art truly unique and transcend across time. But is it all just that?! What makes this movie so memorable?! No movie has ever made such an effect on audiences the way Jurassic Park has. Not even its squeals and the squeal-franchise (Jurassic World series) after that. So, we have decided to take a deep dive to find some of the reasons why everyone will always love watching Jurassic Park.

1. Fills You With Nostalgia

Just to clear the confusion. We're not talking about the '90s vibe. We are talking more specifically about how this movie seems to get incorporated with our memories each time we see it. By this time everyone has already seen this movie a billion times. But, the real magic is how this movie lies so close to the memories we made while watching it each time. Yes! Movies like Harry Potter and Toy Story does leave us with some lasting impressions. But, none will ever give that warm fuzzy feeling inside like this one.

2. Effects Still Hold Up

Enough with the emotional side. Now let's talk about the technical bits. We all know how clumsy and outdated the visual effects from the '90s can be. Computer-generated graphics was still at its infant stage. But, that didn't stop movie-makers from experimenting with it whenever possible. But, only a few of them had the foresight to present it for the future. Director Steven Spielberg was one such visionary. Even after decades from its making, Jurrasic Park still holds up in terms of effects. Skillfully mixing CGI and animatronic puppets, the film looks far more technologically-advanced and realistic than any recent blockbusters.

3. Strong Female Characters

Long before Hollywood studios were eager to inject feminist ideologies into their movies, Jurassic Park had better realized, strong female characters. There were no damsels in distress, but only characters like Dr. Ellie Satler kicking ass and teenager Lex Murphy saving the day, by herself, by getting the park's security system back online. Ironically, the franchise failed to follow on these strong representations in its later movies. (Yes! We are definitely talking about the high heels in Jurassic World.)

4. Not All Blockbusters Suck

We currently live in an era where Hollywood movies are just two-hour, CGI-filled explosion factories that eschew the actual narrative in favor of spectacles. Though studios are doing this to maximize their profits overseas, we believe that good content always sells and all you need is just the right amount of CGI to support it (if necessary). Good cinema used to be about good narratives and Jurassic Park is the perfect pick to prove it. The movie has numerous spectacles. But none are incoherent, noise-filled or fast-moving metal-smashing garbage. This keeps the movie more realistic and conjures a graceful suspension of disbelief.

5. Spielberg And Williams At Their Best

Director Steven Spielberg and composer John Williams have a perfect track record of making the best happen whenever they team up. The iconic theme songs from Jaws, E.T and Indiana Jones are exceptional outcomes of this partnership. Yet, no one will argue that their work for Jurassic Park is the best of them all. It is pure harmony between Spielberg's frames and Williams music that help deliver a few of the biggest movie thrills of all time. Williams, we love you for the Star Wars theme. But, this one is magic.

6. Dinosaurs!

The good ones should be saved for the last right?! Jurassic World won't be complete without its soul, the dinosaurs. From mesmerizing us with its spectacular beauty to terrifying us to the edge of our seats, the dinosaurs are the one true element in the movie that we will never grow tired of. It's fair to say that no movie ever made has given as great movie spectacles like raptors stalking the kids in a kitchen or the T-Rex chases a Jeep and being "closer than he appears" in the side mirror. And for that, we will keep watching this movie wonder again and again.
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9 Great Spaghetti Western Movies Of All Times

by Emily Keen

Obsessed with Tarantino’s western revisionist dramas are we? But what laid the inspiration for Tarantino’s widely popular genre might still be unknown to many cinephiles. The template for the current revisionist cinema is borrowed from the works of Spaghetti westerns aficionados. Which you will realize once you watch the great epics of the genre mostly acclaimed to Sergio Leone, the legend of Spaghetti Westerns. If you haven’t broached this group yet, here is what you can start with. Or rather you must start with!    
  1.   Once Upon A Time In The West
 IMDb rating: 8.5/10 Waging in all the classic vices of the genre, Once Upon a Time In The West sits at the pinnacle of the Spaghetti westerns. Well because everything right from Ennio Morricone’s score to the film’s visual impact is extraordinary. From an efficient blend of corruption, injustice and violence spawns a brutally honest tale of the old west. Henry Fonda’s Frank is a sadistic killer hired by a crippled railroad kingpin to seize the property of a prime railroad owner. The attempt of seizing the land goes foul as, after the death of the owner, the property is lawfully transferred to his wife who is now under the protection of Charles Brosnan’s Harmonica. Sergio Leone’s magnum opus is a vicious jumble of alliances and betrayals. Not to mention the riveting performances by Brosnan and Fonda.  The film is without a doubt the best western ever made.
  1.   The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly
the_good_the_bad_and_the_ugly  IMDb rating: 8.8/10 TGTBTU is an epic stemming from the conflict in the wake of the civil war. For the uninitiated, this film is tantamount to the first port of call before making it to others in the genre. The magnificent film brings together three parties to track an allied treasure. The reluctant team-up unleashes a wild skirmish resulting in one of the classic and genius western stories ever made.
  1.   For A Few Dollars More
for-a-few-more-dollars  IMDb rating: 8.3/10 The quintessential tale of western partnership sets a platform for Sergio Leone’s famous trilogy. The movie surpassed its predecessor in every capacity but essentially not the successors. Lee Van Cleef and Clint Eastwood is probably the best onscreen chemistry ever created with a pair of western gunslingers. Topping a fine storyline, as usual, was Morricone’s trademark score. The film’s climax unarguably beats the buildup and is the best pay-off amongst many others in the genre.  
  1.   The Great Silence
the-great-silence  IMDb rating: 7.7/10 Sergio Corbucci manages to create a masterpiece tale with the backdrop of The Great Blizzard of 1899. The elements of a cold disaster worked hand in glove with the cold nature of the protagonist who loses his voice with the brutal assassination of his parents. Hungry for revenge he sets out to bring the killers to justice teaming with Mormon outlaws and a young African American woman. The movie managed to stand out with setup and story painted in stark contrast to its contemporaries. Tarantino’s Hateful Eight contains a eulogy of the opening scene of this film.
  1.   The Big Gundown
the-big-gundown  IMDb rating: 7.4/10 A symbol of American imperialism brewed by Sergio Donati brings out the shady truth of politics that prevailed in the era. Jonathan Corbett(Lee Van Cleef) is a lawman who is presented with a chance to run for Senate for he has displayed an unprecedented mastery of skills at work. But before that, he is assigned with bounty killing of an alleged rapist by the power broker throwing the bone. In pursuit of his bounty, the lawman finally discovers the truth of impacts of political order on the underprivileged and that his target may not be guilty after all. A rather unusual blend of socio-political themes presented to the viewers by some extraordinary performances, The Big Gundown went on to become a classic post many years after release.   
  1.   A Fistful Of Dollars
    IMDb rating: 8.0/10 The beginning of what shall forever remain an iconic trilogy in the history of westerns, A Fistful of Dollars may not be as charged as it’s sequels but deserves special mention for being a Kickstarter to the regime of western spaghetti. The movie follows a tale of a cynical gunman, Joe, who flaunts his ostensible allegiance to two rival gangs but is loyal to none. Clint Eastwood’s performance as Joe is the most iconic role of his career. The story borrows the mold of Kurosawa’s Yojimbo but Leone’s treatment definitely brings out a stunning original that now serves as inspiration itself.    
  1.   Duck, You Sucker! (A Fistful Of Dynamite)
a-fistful-of-dynamite  IMDb rating: 7.7/10 A rather underrated film of Sergio Leone, this happens to be the second film of the Dollar trilogy. In the final act, Leone soars down the focus to a single character. The movie finds its roots in the Mexican revolution of 1910 with a classic transformation of an outlaw to a revolutionary storyline. Although unlike other westerns, the film is less political and more of an emotionally charged affair, navigating the essence of friendship during a volatile phase of Mexican history.
  1.   A Bullet For The General
A-Bullet-for-a-General-Banner  IMDb rating: 7.1/10 Set in the backdrop of the Mexican Revolution the movie follows the life of El Chuncho, a militant turned revolutionary. Guiding his path of transformation is a prisoner of government forces. The film is a poignant account of political drama, deception and conflicts weighed against the power of conscience and trust. With a heartfelt performance by Gian Maria Volontè, the feature is considered one of the best among the genre of Zapata Westerns.
  1.   Django (1966)
Django IMDb rating: 7.3/10 Django is one of the classic western spaghetti films, very much in the Sergio Leone mold. A soldier of the Union Army begins his journey across the south with a coffin. Of course, there is a lot of action along the way when the cowboy hero has to face off against multiple enemies across the Mexican border. Drawing subtle inspiration from A fistful of Dollars, the film explicitly mimics the classic Kurosawa style film making and continues to have a cultural impact years later.
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6 Best Horror Movies on Amazon Prime To Watch This Halloween

by Kaylen Summers

After doing a list of best Halloween movies on Netflix, we know you are dying to hear our list of the best horror flicks on Amazon Prime Video. Everyone knows how complicated the “browse” function on the streaming platform can be at times and at times, finding the right movies for the Halloween season can itself be a super scary thing. Since no one likes to get lost in the infinite streaming scroll, we have decided to bring the cream of the crop to the forefront. Get your popcorn ready for some spooky times, because we have everything from classic Italian Giallo movies to the 1980s slashers. Here is our list for the best horror movies to watch Amazon Prime:

1. Final Exam (1981)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tA4niBgNOWE ⭐4.7/10 ⌛1h 29min Released during the early slasher boom, Final Exam has all the basic ingredients for a  Halloween slasher flick. The movie takes place on a college campus and has some of the memorable idiosyncrasies from the golden era of the genre. The identity of the killer or his motive is never revealed. This adds an extra bone-chilling shiver to the voyeuristic deaths he/she does on-screen. The movie may feel clumsy at times, but it surely pushed the “death-stalks-campus” genre further for future films like Happy Death DayThe House on Sorority Row and Graduation Day.

2. The Woman in Black (2012)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHenViW-C2s ⭐6.4/10 ⌛1h 35min This modern Hammer Horror film stands unique for producing a traditional ghost story in 2012. With Daniel Radcliffe making his first 'adult' role after the Harry Potter movies, the Victorian-era story tells about a lawyer who travels to the country to negotiate the sale of a house. However, he soon realizes that it is haunted by the spirit of the Woman in Black. If you are a fan of the classic Sam Raimi movie Drag Me to Hell, then this ghost story is your cup of tea.

 3. Frankenstein’s Army (2013)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQRvrR3wIZ0 ⭐5.3/10 ⌛1h 24min Looking for some Indie horror magic?! This found-footage horror is sure to give you the same chills that you felt seeing Paranormal Activity. The story is of a troop of Russian soldiers during WWII. While infiltrating a German compound, they realize that they are actually in the testing grounds of a Frankenstein-descendent mad scientist. The Russian soldiers soon end up fighting for their lives against the undead soldiers.

4. We Are Still Here (2015)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXc_XD4D0wI ⭐5.7/10 ⌛1h 24min We Are Still Here will undoubtedly be the single most terrifying movie to be released back in 2015. Different from the other movies of the genre, this flick begins at the bloodbath itself. Apparently, the director doesn't wait much for baiting or switching and confidently takes us right into the danger.

5. It Comes at Night (2017)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YOYHCBQn9g ⭐6.2/10 ⌛1h 31min Do you remember the movies where most of the important characters die by the end?! It Comes at Night is one such horror movie. Following a mysterious apocalypse, the world is left with only a few survivors. Two such families are forced to share a home in order to survive from the evil outside. The movie touches hearts and is sure to give you painful scares. However, it treats this trauma as a tone poem that is bittersweet down to its bones.

6. Hereditary (2018)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6wWKNij_1M ⭐7.3/10 ⌛2h 7 min This movie takes creepiness to a whole new level. The story is about the Graham family. Following the death of the family's matriarch, her daughter and grandchildren start to realize the cryptic secrets about their ancestry. From there, its a terrifying attempt by them to outrun the sinister fate they have inherited.
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9 Netflix Halloween Movies That Are Super Scary to Watch

by Emily Keen

Halloween is the time for brewing up some hocus pocus with friends and family. But if you do not have much to do this Halloween season, grab some candy corn and Apple cider, get cozy in the blanket and tune in to Netflix. There are some spooky fun horror movies waiting to be discovered. We narrowed down the list with some of the most iconic classic and new horror movies to make your task simpler. Here are nine tales of otherworldly horror for you to enjoy this Halloween season.
  1. Coraline
https://youtu.be/XyUwEO7xelY IMDb rating: 7.7/10 Coraline is a symbolic journey of a young girl who must decide what is right and wrong. The girl subjected to constant invalidation from her parents finds her way into a new world which is an ideal version of her own life. Slipping away into the sparkle of the new world, she fails to understand it could, in fact, be an illusion created to lure and trap her.  
  1. The Ritual
https://youtu.be/Vfugwq2uoa0 IMDb rating: 6.3/10 The usual tale of a sinister creature in the forest story. Four humans have made their way in the woods as a part of college reunion and are relentlessly hunted by an unseen force. With plenty of spooky vibes the horror movie seems perfect for Halloween season.  
  1. The Sixth Sense
the-sixth-sense-movie IMDb rating: 8.1/10 This is the breakout film of M. Night Shyamalan and contains one of the most iconic twists in the history of films. Cole Sear a socially awkward boy has a terrifying ability to communicate with spirits. Malcolm Crowe, a child psychologist steps in to help the child make peace with what is and find ways to put a positive spin to a rather undesired gift.  
  1. I Am The Pretty Thing That Lives in the House
https://youtu.be/NRP-4f_vyrY IMDb rating: 4.5/10 Helen Bloom, a successful ghost story writer decides to live in her country home during the last days of her life. Lily is a young nurse who takes care of Helen. Little does Lily know that the house of the writer has some real horror lurking within. The film directed by Oz Perkins is an immersive and slow burn of horror unfolding onscreen.  
  1. Murder Party
murder-party-movie IMDb rating: 5.9/10 Christopher, an awfully humble man finds an invitation to a Murder party. Without even taking time to consider that it sounds like trouble, he decides to show up only to find out the inviters were not bluffing about the name of the party.  It is, in fact, a group of rogue artists trying to glorify their art through murder to win a grant. Jeremy Saulnier's debut directorial venture is a comical yet relentlessly violent affair.  
  1. The Witch
https://youtu.be/iQXmlf3Sefg IMDb rating: 6.8/10 A witch steals a child from a family in New England and uses it to open some unhealed wounds and disrupt their integrity. The period drama set in the 1630s depicts the destruction of relationships due to evil supernatural forces but more importantly due to forces of doubt and grief native to humanity.  
  1. The Crow
the-crow-movie IMDb rating: 7.6/10 A tale of rebirth for revenge, The Crow charts the life of Eric who is killed along with his fiancée by a group of street thugs. A year later, Eric comes back to life as the Crow infiltrates the gang and brutally brings each one responsible to justice. The film sheds light on the unsettling and evil corners of society.  
  1. Horns
https://youtu.be/xzkNgacIFTA IMDb rating: 6.5/10 The film begins with Daniel Radcliffe’s character being a suspect in the mysterious death of his girlfriend and him waking up one morning with a new set of horns. With the horns grows his wicked humor and ability to influence people to speak out their deepest desires. Based on Joe Hill's novel of the same name, the movie is a tale of revenge, exploring weirdness of the supernatural world.  
  1. The Babysitter
the-babysitter IMDb rating: 6.3/10 A horror comedy that is just right for Halloween mood. A young woman, hired to babysit a boy secretly performs satanic rituals every night the boy is asleep. Until one day the boy defies his usual sleep schedule and walks in on her shenanigans only to strike up a rivalry against a group of handsome but insatiable young adults ready to do anything to fulfill their desires. No matter how old you are. The list has something for everyone. Watch away!
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6 Netflix Movies With Awesome Twist Ending

by Kaylen Summers

It seems fair to say that a good plot-twist in the third act can surely make your movie experience worth it. There is nothing like investing a good 90, 95 minutes in a story and then out of nowhere the ending completely turning everything you saw upside down. These movie moments are so priceless that they become the most lauded and crucial aspect of the film. Take M. Night Shyamalan movies for example. The guy has literally made a living out of making movies with twist endings. But, those are the best ones. End up with one of the worst and you will be wondering why you wasted your time watching it. Thankfully, Netflix has a long list of movies with great twist endings and we have picked 6 of the best ones from them. 

1. The Invitation (2015)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2X7G6p-oNG8 ⌛ 1h 40min  ⭐6.6/10 This movie is brilliant in its ability to conjure two interesting plots into one. The first one terrifies you with a cult performing some dreadful ritual, while the second story is about a man who is driven into the point of a complete mental breakdown because of his past.

2. Devil (2010)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyHGmQuxblk ⌛ 1h 20m  ⭐6.2/10 Produced and written by none other than M. Night Shyamalan, this movie has one hell of a twisted ending. The flick is about a group of people stuck in an elevator together. Soon, they start dying one by one and it becomes obvious that one among them is behind all this. The movie ends with a shocking reveal of who really is the devil among them.

3. Vanilla Sky (2001)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOFHvI5Rob8 ⌛ 2h 17m  ⭐6.9/10 Telling the story of David Aames, a publishing magnate, this flick has Tom Cruise playing the lead role. Aames gets into a car crash and scars his face. The incident forces him into an existential crisis and raises questions about the existing reality of his life. However, all these questions are given a shocking answer with a remarkable plot twist at the end of the movie.

4. Primal Fear (1996)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnmTi7hSjrA ⌛ 2h 10m  ⭐7.7/10 Edward Norton plays the role of a stuttering altar boy in this legal thriller. He is accused of murder. Suffering from multiple personality disorder, he seems to have no knowledge of the murder committed by his alter ego, Roy. Think you know what the twist is?! Then you are definitely in for a surprise.

5. Raw (2016)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JfTnHHm3O8 ⌛ 1h 39m  ⭐7/10 Raw has a straightforward plot about a French cannibal discovering her sexuality (and taste for human flesh). Apparently, that is as straight forward as it can get, as the movie forwards into a more mythological ending. Surely this one is not for the faint of heart.

6. The Village (2004)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7akpZ7wJ3g ⌛ 1h 39m  ⭐6.5/10 Written and directed by the master of plot twists, M. Night Shyamalan, the twist in The Village may sound a little dumb at first. However, you have to hand it to the director for making such an unrepentant big swing in the third act. Watch the movie just for that.
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8 Movies On Hulu That Will Surely Make You Fall In Love

by Kaylen Summers

Whether it's break-up or patch up, we all love watching a good romance unfold on our screen. But, finding these feel-good rom-coms can be a miserable task at times. (Admit it! We all have been there.) However, if you are on Hulu, then there is an extensive collection of romantic flick that can easily connect with your soft side. From classics to little-known favorites, here is a list of the best movie love stories that you can find on Hulu. The next time you're craving for a rom-com, you can simply pick one from the list or binge-watch them all.

Pretty in Pink (1986)

https://youtu.be/y-X5ixDLuhM When it comes to rom-coms, Pretty in Pink is iconic like every other John Hughes movie in the genre. Molly Ringwald plays the role of Andie Walsh, a young teenage girl who is in love with the rich boy Blane. Redefining the concept of teenage lovesickness on film, the core construct of this flick resonates with young audiences even today. If you are looking for some burning teenage love, then Pretty in Pink will be the right one to start from.

Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqiSMAT-tHQ Don't mistake it with the recent miniseries on Hulu. We are definitely talking about the classic one. This romantic comedy is so good that you'll be amazed to know that it is directed by the same person who helmed the Harry Potter and Goblet of Fire movie. Starring Hugh Grant, Four Weddings and a Funeral  tells the story of Charlie, who is uncomfortably busy with four weddings and a funeral. However, among the weirdly big circle of friends present at each event, Charlie keeps on encountering the beautiful American Carrie, played by Andie McDoweel.

Chasing Amy (1997)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BR1mNP_fuo Yes, you heard it right. Back in the '90s, this movie was nicknamed as the "Ben Affleck falls in love with a lesbian" movie. Though the plot is pretty much that, Chasing Amy is more about love than just sexual politics. It explores the male insecurity in finding love and maintaining it and other human emotions. The movie is a wonderfully crafted rom-com with a bittersweet ending.

Sixteen Candles (1984)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcroWRd4BuE John Hughes is back again on the list with the teenage masterpiece Sixteen Candles. More than just a romance, this iconic movie is a coming-of-age comedy flick. However, its core is pure and its ending truly romantic. The movie follows 16-year-old Sam Baker (Molly Ringwald) on her birthday. Her parents have completely forgotten about their daughter's birthday and her crush, Jake Ryan (Michael Schoeffling) doesn't even know she exists.

Let the Right One In (2008)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0mn4iYpYxw This one will surely not be your first choice for a romantic movie on Hulu. However, there is something about Let the Right One In that makes it romantic and sweet from all the other movies. Yes, the flick is about a little boy and a little girl vampire and it's a little spooky at times. But, no one will ever deny how sweet it is for this movie to present the beloved as the ultimate protector for her lover.

Secretary (2002)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgJdbRnCb_A Are all romances about puppy dogs and flowers? This movie says otherwise. From the sexual complexities of dominance and submission to some good old fashioned BDSM, this movie will make you rethink about the generic love stories. Starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, the movie is about Lee Holloway who takes a job as a secretary for E. Edward Grey (James Spader). The two soon embark on an unusual romantic relationship... Oh, wait! Does the plot sound familiar to you? It is because this movie is everything 50 Shades of Grey tried to be- even down to the protagonist with 'Grey' as the second name.

Sense and Sensibility (1993)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1rb_c_t1-s Adapted from the Jane Austen novel of the same name, the 1995 film Sense and Sensibility is filled with talent both on camera and behind. Directed by Oscar-winner Ang Lee, the movie is surprisingly scripted by Emma Thompson. (The same actress who starred in Love Actually and Nanny McPhee.)

XX/XY (2002)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmgZSd9TBco That's a pretty awesome title, right?!  XX/XY refers to the two chromosomal pairings that make up women and men respectively. The movie, on the other hand, has nothing to do with genetics. It is about two women and one man who are entangled up together in a turmoil of emotions. Two college roommates, Sam (Maya Stange) and Thea (Kathleen Robertson) have a wild sexual encounter with animator Coles (Mark Ruffalo). Going through their relationship, the movie explores how one treats passion differently in young adulthood and adulthood.
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9 Netflix Movies That Are too NSFW to Watch

by Emily Keen

However progressive, humans are bound to have sweat dripping off their forehead if they have to share a room while a sex scene runs on TV. Especially if it’s with a parent! The feeling of secondhand embarrassment is universal to humanity, no matter what age you are strutting through. So here are a few movies that need to stay strictly off-limits on family get-togethers or even movie nights with friends. Friends too yes! Unless of course, you share a blatant lack of respect for each others privacy.  
  1. The Late Bloomer

  the-late-bloomer Run Time: 90 min | IMDb: 5.2/10 The title marks the late onset of puberty for Peter Newmans who happens to be a sex therapist himself. Tragic? Well just wait until you see how the puberty that is 15 years late to arrive hits him overwhelmingly. All the mood swings and voice cracking happen in just one single month. The movie is strictly not recommended if you find it uncomfortable discussing sex out in the open. Directed by Kevin Pollack and starring Johnny Simmons in the lead role, this movie is a downright horny comedy.  
  1. Below Her Mouth

below-her-mouth-movie Run Time: 94 min | IMDb: 5.5/10 A Lesbian romance that begins with two women discovering their sexual preferences when they meet each other over a weekend. With that begins a highly sensual and defiant tale of love. The scenes are every shade of lust, a lesbian desires in her wildest dreams. They are way too NSFW to be played in a company that does not approve of a generous sexual display. Directed by April Mullen, the not so praise worthy script, is an absolute erotica aimed at teens and night-loners.  
  1. Nymphomaniac Vol I

Nymphomaniac-vol-I Run Time: 117 min | IMDb: 6.9/10 Do we even have to guess after reading the title? Director Lars von Trier made quite a choice of using porn actors as body doubles to film the sex scenes and then using CGI to make it look like they were performed by real actors. The plot follows Joe (played by Charlotte Gainsborough) who is found in a bad shape in an alley. The movie is largely about Joe (a nymphomaniac) recalling the sexual experiences from her youth. With so much sex and extremely kinky stuff going on most of the time, the movie easily earns a safe spot in the list of NSFW movies.  
  1. Immoral Tales

immoral-tales-movie Run Time: 103 min | IMDb: 5.7/10 An anthology that features four stories with a vivid display of sexual desire and its manifestation across the series. But what apparently makes it a bad movie night contender are the silent, background score lacking, erotica-oozing frames. Ever had an uncomfortable experience when an extremely intimate scene pops up when with parents? You even stop breathing hoping they forget you exist in that moment. That's exactly the kind of embarrassment this erotic flick is meant to ensue.  
  1. The Package

the-package-movie Run Time: 94 min | IMDb: 5.5/10 The package seems like a safe way to address the entity they are actually trying to imply here. Wait till you find out what the discretion holds, highly protected in a cooler. Whatever! It's a Penis! Already grossed out? Well then don't watch, because the fate of the penis is way too worse than the hospitalized teen who chops it off with a switchblade. An unfortunate incident unfolds on a  spring break, where one among the group of highly messed up teens incises his tenders and the group safely sends him to the hospital. Only with the wrong package! Could things go more wrong? Yeah! They are already high up the mountains by the time they realize their friend might just pay the price of their carelessness. A dark comedy aimed at saving genitalia, The Package is not for the feeble ones who mellow up jargon with euphemisms.  
  1. The Little Hours

the-little-hours-movie Run Time: 90 min | IMDb: 5.8/10 A young male appears at the door of a convent seeking refuge and projects himself as deaf and mute. One trip of thought and he blows up his cover! Speak of blasphemy and there is a lot going on in this convent full of vulnerable nuns. You might want to pass on this one if you have an aunt who strictly insists on saying “grace” before dinner and Amen after every single thought.  
  1. Love

love-movie Run Time: 135 min | IMDb: 6.1/10 A 3D sexual adventure that will blow your mind with thrice the level of erotica. An artistic sex epic weaved with closely packed sex scenes and visuals of privates up for display,  Gaspar Noé's Love, created quite a buzz at the film festivals. The film is about a couple looking to amplify their sexual experience with a threesome but forget to factor in the emotional chaos it might lead to.  
  1. Blue Is the Warmest Color

blue-is-the-warmest-color Run Time: 180 min | IMDb: 7.8/10 A poignant account of Adele’s romantic experience with a blue-haired woman- Emma!. Self-discovery is the crux of the story and inspiration ensues as Adele blooms in Emma’s presence. The story draws its plot from a novel and is quite a piece of art cinema. It however contains a long and intense scene of graphic sex hindering your desire of experiencing this beautiful tale of Lesbian romance.  
  1. Y Tu Mamá También

Y-Tu-Mamá-También-movie Run Time: 106 min | IMDb: 7.6/10 This art drama directed by Alfonso Cuaron may particularly not be an oasis of vulgarity, but does contain a threesome of electrifying intensity. So definitely not safe to watch at work kind of movie! Cuaron cinema is bound to be a muscular script with underlying subtext. One thing we ought to remember is that art-house directors believe in "No compromises". It is essential to bring out the depth and conviction in each character. And being a coming of age drama, Y Tu Mamá También demands at least some aggressive making out. So the next time you decide to watch any of these movies, be sure to maintain a low profile.
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9 Best Comedies on Amazon Prime Right Now

by Emily Keen

The comedy genre has come a long way in Hollywood. But if you consider Hollywood comedies as just all jokes and no substance then you are wrong. The American cinema is definitely a huge universe with numerous gems conceived down the line of history and waiting to be discovered.  Here is a list of classic comedy features streaming on Amazon prime which are not just funny but also have a solid storyline and underlying messages even.  
  1. The Apartment
https://youtu.be/GX9-5Zxy5us Run Time: 125 min | IMDb: 8.3/10 C.C. Baxter decides to play wingman to his philandering office superiors by lending them his apartment for their illicit affairs just to get into their goodbooks. His trade off seems fair until he finds out that his crush has an affair with his boss and that is just the beginning of Baxter’s miserable yet humorous romantic tragedy.  
  1. Beetlejuice  
https://youtu.be/_srx6WPejXs Run Time: 92 min | IMDb: 7.5/10 A ghost couple is disturbed by the fact that their home is haunted by a conceited human family. Quite a reversal of roles from traditional premise of horror movies, this forms the basis for the humorous tale. Beetlejuice ( Michael Keaton) is the star of the show who is hired by the couple to free themselves from the wrath of the humans. Directed by Tim Burton, the spooky horror is carried substantially by Keaton with his manic performance until the very end.  
  1. The Birdcage 
https://youtu.be/P7FcPlt8hHc Run Time: 117 min | IMDb: 7.1/10 A screwball comedy of the 90s era that portrays Robin Williams as a gay cabaret owner and his partner Nathan Lane as a dragqueen of the night club. The story gains heat when Williams’ son (Val) falls for the daughter of a highly moralist politician and now must introduce both families. And amidst getting Nathan to pose as Val’s mother and the senator trying to protect his reputation of “Man of Values” unfolds a chaos of cosmic proportions.  
  1. The Blues Brothers
https://youtu.be/A-xtJYIwfYo Run Time: 133 min | IMDb: 7.9/10 The film brings to life John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd’s SNL characters “Blue Brothers” to life on big screen. The two of them learn that the orphanage that they grew up in in about to be shut due to back taxes. They gather their old bunch of band members and try to raise money to save the orphanage. A simple plot sizing up the absurd lives of two cynics amidst a lot of chaos and carnage  
  1. Boomerang 
https://youtu.be/Sr60MOJ_fhc Run Time: 117 min | IMDb: 5.5/10 The king of comedy, Eddie Murphy is an executive at an advertising firm and leads a highly exciting life as a professional and a philanderer. This is until his new female boss (Robin Givens) with a similar personality only amplified in magnitude gives him a taste of his own medicine and there begins his comeuppance. Set in the backdrop of misogynistic culture of corporate, the film maker conveys the message of love and Karma in the vein of what can be viewed as a sophisticated parody.  
  1. The Disaster Artist
https://youtu.be/sPSJYXi7BWA Run Time: 104 min | IMDb: 7.4/10 James Franco’s Magnum opus is based on the making of Tom Wiseau’s 2003 fiasco The Room.  Tommy Wiseau (played by James Franco) bumps into Greg Sestero (played by Dave Franco) in an acting class. Greg is bewitched by Tommy’s take on performance art and they both set out on their quest to make a movie. But when Hollywood rejects to take the script he is so passionate about, Tommy decides to make the movie on his own. Made especially for the cult followers of The Room, this movie depicts Wiseau’s megalomaniac craze and undying dedication towards the projects with utmost honesty.  
  1. The Squid and the Whale
https://youtu.be/zaZhnD69vl0 Run Time: 104 min | IMDb: 7.3/10 An indie pop by Noah Baumbach, follows the crumbling marriage of a couple and how it affects their two sons. Both parents are writers but are perceived differently by their children. The father Bernard, is a literary aficionado and the elder son, Walt (Jesse eisenberg) agrees to and respects most of his opinions. Inspired by the father, Walt is quiet a talent at school but takes weird decisions of giving up his love life, because his father apparently is not a big fan of monogamy. The mother on the other hand ihas fallen out of love with Bernard and finds a romantic interest in another man. The younger brother is enjoying his puberty in a very unapproved manner. All in all this a perfect way to explain how dysfunctional relationships raises a relatively better offspring and the cycle continues.  
  1. Wayne’s World
https://youtu.be/OIuhsHpcNAU Run Time: 94 min | IMDb: 7.0/10  A laffaminit spectacle originally conceived from the parody of Saturday Night live TV show. The show is hosted by two young lads who are quite passionate about their choices and are also very much attached to them. They are outsmarted by an ad company that finally tricks them into selling their show for big bucks. The film captures the journey of the two young men through a very predictable but intelligently crafted movie filled with sight gags and smart humor.  
  1. Six Degrees of Separation
https://youtu.be/e4vLgn3yBew Run Time: 112 min | IMDb: 6.8/10 News broke in New York that a few socialites were tricked by a black young man who claimed himself to be the son of Sydney Poitier. This became the premise for a Broadway hit and later was given the film treatment by Fred Schepisi. The protagonist played by Will Smith plays a con man who drops by the door of an upper crust couple and introduces himself as a schoolmate of their children and that he has just been mugged. The couple kindly let him spend the night and he fully uses the opportunity to charm them with anecdotes and his culinary skills. A vibrant drama filled with surprises and sarcastic comedy! So get ready to split your sides with some of the best comical ventures. 
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9 Best Netflix Original Movies So Far

by Emily Keen

In the world of event cinema, finding interesting stories driven by passion and originality is a tough task. But if you have Netflix, you need not sweat it! Some of the most engaging dramas are waiting to be discovered right away.  Here is a list of nine such wonderfully crafted stories:
  1.   Roma (2018)
https://youtu.be/6BS27ngZtxg Run Time: 135 min | IMDb: 7.8/10 This mellow piece of drama shot in pellucid black and white frames follows the life of two women. Sofia, a mother of four and Cleo the maid of their house are walking parallel roads disappointed by the spineless men who left them alone to deal with their plight. Alfonso Cuaron intelligently combines the ingredients of tragedy, comedy, and mystery to brew up a soulful tale of a dysfunctional household in Mexico. And to top that is the extraordinary performance of a tender and stoic Cleo, scaling up the drama to a sheer work of art.  
  1.   Mudbound (2017)
https://youtu.be/vAZWhFI9lLQ Run Time: 134 min | IMDb: 7.4/10 Mudbound is a poetically maneuvered narrative of communal tragedy layered onto the preconceived notions of racism and patriarchy. Set in the aftermath of world war II, the film explores the situation of two families (one black and one white), only to reveal they are implicitly weighed down by common distress- societal norms. This is a deviously crafted melodrama that dares to bare the sublime agony of the browbeaten by the powerful.  And just unlike a mature piece of cinema, it aims at evoking response based on individual perceptions with subtle clues of information hidden in the beats.  
  1.   Happy as Lazzaro (2018)
https://youtu.be/eNEtyax1wH8 Run Time: 128 min | IMDb: 7.6/10 Based on real events in Italy, Happy as Lazzaro is a story of a naïve young man who lives among the sharecroppers on a farm. Another tale of a socially oppressed class of workers being bossed around by their landlords, that introduces you to a perplexing mindset of a boy who despite being exploited with intensive labor, sees his life as idyllic. An engaging buildup waiting to reveal the mysterious cause of the Lazzaro’s happiness, the film will have you puzzled but still wanting to keep wandering in the world created teller.  
  1.   Beasts of No Nation (2015)
https://youtu.be/2xb9Ty-1frw Run Time: 137 min | IMDb: 7.8/10 An uncompromising and emotionally powerful depiction of what war costs humanity! Beasts of No Nation is a poignant tale of a village boy strayed by the men who portray themselves as messiahs and manipulate young minds to commit ruthless crimes disguised as “heroism”. Gauging the depths of a soldier's mind, the movie brings out the truth of the lives of men in uniforms who take pride in unleashing the beasts within.  
  1.   Private Life (2018)
https://youtu.be/J1orjA9Z8g4 Run Time: 123 min | IMDb: 7.3/10 The “Private Life” is a comical venture into the lives of a middle-aged couple who cannot get pregnant owing to an awfully unfortunate status quo of their reproductive system. Truly painful a situation yet a rich premise for a humorous drama, the story explores the frustrations of an impotent couple. Their obsession with bearing a child takes a hard hit at their professional and personal lives until they have a guest who comes as a beacon of hope. A brilliant mix of observations and gags skillfully sprinkled onto the story of two ambitious people bearing the brunt of their choices.  
  1.   The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)
https://youtu.be/_2PyxzSH1HM Run Time: 133 min | IMDb: 7.3/10 An anthology of political nature at large follows six stories for a duration of two hours. With Western revisionism at the heart of the film, the Coen brothers play up almost every element that forms a part of conventional cinema in a few handpicked genres - Gothic mysteries, romance, and slapstick comedy. Amidst abundant violence and killings, the film gallops across the canvas of western legends. A rather intelligently chronicled account highlighting the nihilistic stains in the fabric of civilizational history.  
  1.   On Body and Soul (2017)
https://youtu.be/0UE6IU2mhU8 Run Time: 116 min | IMDb: 7.6/10 A bizarre yet unique plot that unfolds in the backdrop of a slaughterhouse, On Body and Soul is a metaphorical representation of the nature of human thoughts. The story unwinds as two people begin to fall in love with each other and live the experience not in the real world but through a common dream. Yes, therein lies the bizarre part of the story! It is a whimsical depiction of an ostensible world where humans find it okay to chop animals for trade but deep down a part of them, construes the act as horrible.   
  1.   The Meyerowitz Stories (2017)
https://youtu.be/MYzFieit8dI Run Time: 112 min | IMDb: 6.9/10 Harold Meyerowitz is a sculpting artist whose borderline narcissism overrides his instincts as a father. Thanks to this attitude he has managed to raise two sons with malignant thoughts for one another, waiting to explode at any given time. There is also a daughter who does not die for attention and comes across as the sensible one of the lot with her limited yet poignant dialogues. A deviant family drama garnished with Noah Baumbach’s hallmark astringent comedy!  
  1.   The Little Prince (2016)
https://youtu.be/9gARHWfXE40 Run Time: 108 min | IMDb: 7.7/10 Based on Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s 1943 children’s classic, the little prince is an animated composition remixed with instruments of modernism. The story unfolds as a clandestine relationship between a child and her aviator neighbor who introduces the central character of the movie. The little prince from outer space strikes the face of the earth from outer space and falls in love with a high strung rose but ultimately loses his innocence as he grows to accept the ruthless norms of the world.  So what are we waiting for? Switch to Netflix and binge-watch these amazing movies now!
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9 Upcoming Netflix Movies that are Worth Watching

by Emily Keen

Netflix has an interesting lot of cinema coming up in the days ahead. Here is a sneak peek into few of the must-watch upcoming features you definitely don't want to miss. Have a look.  
  1. Between Two Ferns: The Movie
https://youtu.be/OjljgkCQv5c An ill-tempered Zach G is defamed when Will Farrel projects a clip of his celebrity interview TV show as a laughing stock on Funny or Die. Zach decides to redeem himself and hits the road to shoot more high profile interviews with Hollywood stars. Directed by Scott Aukerman, the movie bifurcates from the genre of mainstream comedies with a special touch of Galifianakis comedy. Between Two Ferns is originally a web talk show of similar nature as shown in the movie. Galifianakis has famous guests from various sectors and asks insulting questions to the interviewees who return the gesture in their responses. Release Date: September 20           2. In the Shadow of the Moon https://youtu.be/lJ3_biTbeRM A mysterious serial killer resurfaces every nine years and a Philadelphia police officer, Thomas Lockhart (Boyd Holbrook) is downright determined to find him. But the case facts fall beyond the confines of science and Lockhart is pushed over the edge by the obsession. The psychological thriller is directed by Jim Mickle and also stars Michael C. Hall and Cleopatra Coleman in very important roles. Release Date: September 27  
  1. El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie
https://youtu.be/lZKqMVPlDg8 El Camino picks up where the hit AMC TV series Breaking Bad left off in its last season. The TV series revolves around Walter White a chemistry professor with terminal lung cancer, who gets involved in a local drug trade to pay off his debts along with his student Jesse Pinkman. In the climax of the last season, Jesse makes a run from the captivity of neo-nazis who want him to formulate meth. The plot of El Camino builds up with Jesse coming to terms with his past and make choices for building a decent future for himself. Release Date: October 11  
  1. The King 
https://youtu.be/yMJnsTx-TBg Roughly drawing inspiration from Shakespeare’s Henriad, The King is a period drama. A headstrong prince inherits the throne upon the death of his father and must take charge of an ongoing war and chaos threatening the kingdom. The King stars Timothee Chalamet, Joel Edgerton and Robert Pattinson in important roles. Release Date: November 1  
  1. The Laundromat
https://youtu.be/wuBRcfe4bSo Meryl Streep’s pleasant vacation unexpectedly turns into a quest to unravel an insurance scam. As more layers start coming off she learns of the involvement of Panama City law firm and their efforts directed towards nourishing the wealth of their rich clients. The founding partners (played by Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas) through their incessant charm and expertise in shell companies and offshore accounts help the rich grow more wealth. Ellen Martin (Meryl Streep) being a commoner naturally bears the brunt of tax evasion, bribery and other such treachery lurking in the financial framework of the world. Release Date: October 18  
  1. Dolemite Is My Name
https://youtu.be/Ws1YIKsuTjQ Post numerous failed stand up gigs an epiphany changes Rudy Moore’s life as an artist. He assumes a new stage identity borrowed from the legends of Los Angeles streets- Dolomite. Bizarrely written scripts full of obscene legends and a pimpish outfit to go with it makes him a sensation in the world of comedy. But now he wants more than that. His dream now takes the shape of a movie about Blaxploitation. Through countless hurdles and challenges from rivals, the movie is finally materialized and turns out to be a smashing hit at the box office. Release Date: October 25  
  1. American Son
https://youtu.be/xLEYnzs2G2Y American Son is a drama following a mysterious disappearance of the Kendra Ellis-Connor’s son (Jamal). Estranged from her husband, a single mother Kendra rushes to the police to report the absence of her son. But in the light of timeframes governing the reporting of missing cases and typical patterns exhibited by youth behavior, the police officer refuses to dive in to investigate the case right away. Kendra’s husband, an FBI agent finally shows up and adds to her already miserable situation with misdirected emotions and futile arguments. The investigative feature seasoned with race politics is based on a Broadway play of the same name. Release Date: November 1  
  1. The Forest of Love
the-forest-of-love-movie Director Sion Sono builds another of his typical scripts around a cold-hearted protagonist. The story explores the depth of darkness in the human mind. Jo Murata with his manipulative charisma convinces a group of filmmakers that his patchy relationship would form a good arc for their film. As the journey of filmmaking begins, it becomes hard to tell reality from lies. Gruesome and equally shocking acts follow as the limits of humanity are tested. Release Date: October 11  
  1. The Two Popes
https://youtu.be/BeqdEuZcN5k Set in the backdrop of the Vatican city, the movie explores the events from the life of Pope Benedict and his unusual retirement in the vein of light-hearted humor. The movie though based on the critical event in the history of Papal supremacy maintains a breezy tone giving the viewers a glimpse into the personal conversations that happened between Pope Benedict (played by Anthony Hopkins) and Cardinal Bergoglio (played by Johnathan Pryce). Directed by Fernando Meirelles with Anthony McCarten as a screenwriter, The Two Popes comes across as a bold attempt to deconstruct the life of a Vatican supreme beyond what the world can see. Release Date: December 20 Make sure to check out Spotflik for updates as more films are announced.  
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6 Must Watch Heist Movies On Netflix Right Now

by Kaylen Summers

When you think about, almost all the Hollywood heist movies have the same, simple yet effective winning formula. There will be a priceless McGuffin, a crack team of smooth criminals and a plan that can’t fail. We all know that something is going to go wrong. Yet, our heroes will always turn things around and win by the end of the day. But, don't mistake these movies with the typical crime genre ones. These fun-packed action-adventures are a shout-out-loud to the American dream- work really hard for one night, and set for life. As much as you love these movies, we also know that you love sitting back on your recliner, munching on some popcorn and watching them on Netflix. So, we have brought the best of both worlds down to you. Here are the must-watch heist movies that you can stream on Netflix right now.

Snatch (2000)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ni4tEtuTccc Run Time: 103 min | IMDb: 8.3/10 Made in his iconic film making style, this crime comedy from Guy Ritchie is a fun British jaunt starring Brad Pitt and Jason Statham. While one part of the plot follows the diamond thief Benicio del Toro, the other part is about the small-time boxing promoter played by Statham. del Toro is looking to sell his stolen goods to some double-crossing gangsters. On the other hand, Statham is on the run from a ruthless drug lord who loves to torture.

Son of a Gun (2014)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9Bf9JkRwzU Run Time: 108 min | IMDb: 6.5/10 A group of inmates is planning on breaking out of prison and pulling off an elaborate gold heist. Starring Ewan McGregor, Brenton Thwaites, and Alicia Vikander star, this Australian crime drama may sound simple on paper. But, hides some awesome plot twists if you stick around enough. Thwaites plays JR who is a young criminal jailed for six months for a minor crime. It is there that he meets Lynch (McGregor) a conman who saves JR’s life. In return, he asks for JR's help to break out of prison. Though the two eventually partners to sell millions in gold bars, the real story unfolds as JR tries to figure out who he can trust and who’s out to betray him.

Hell or High Water (2016)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQoqsKoJVDw Run Time: 102 min | IMDb: 7.6/10 This neo-Western crime thriller tells about a pair of brothers who are out robbing banks to save their family’s property. Toby struggling to live right because of the inherited debt. His brother Tanner is an ex-con and this jeopardizes the two men on their jobs. With no other options, the boys are left with going on a spree of bank robberies. Even though the aging town sheriff tries to bring them to justice, they escape with the help of the locals who hate the bank. Gritty and unapologetic, the tale brings back a forgotten America with some brilliant performances from Chris Pine, Ben Foster, and Jeff Bridges.

Wheelman (2017)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6hODbsUE7Y Run Time: 88 min | IMDb: 6.4/10 If you are a fan Baby Driver, then you will understand that being a getaway driver is not an easy job. Wheelman tells such a story of a getaway driver figuring out who betrayed him after a busted bank robbery. The ex-con agreed to chauffeur the bank heist to pay back his debts. Unfortunately, things took a horrible turn and he got a mysterious call telling him to leave his accomplices and fork over the money. If you are looking for some action-packed neo-noir on Netflix, you’ll have a damn good time watching this one.

The Hurricane Heist (2018)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqkIiQQwPuw Run Time: 103 min | IMDb: 5/10 The Hurricane Heist is everything that its title says. The movie revolves around a group of thieves who are planning to pull off a massive robbery of the U.S. Treasury’s Mint supply in Alabama. However, what makes this heist nearly impossible is that there is a major category 5 hurricane on the loose, threatening the area. Get you bowl of popcorn and buckle up! Because there are gonna be guns, cars, money and a monstrous hurricane-all in the same movie.

Triple Frontier (2019)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fo3yRLLrXQA Run Time: 125 min | IMDb: 6.5/10 This heist thriller is a new big-budget action flick from Netflix, starring Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, Garrett Hedlund, and Pedro Pascal. These Hollywood hunks play a group former special-ops bros who reunite to take down an infamous cartel kingpin. However, during their assignment, they steal his profits, pushing them into a plot that is sure to keep you on the edge of your seats. If you are a fan of multiple plot twists and some high stakes action, then this one is for you.
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Must-Watch Movies This Holiday Season

by Kaylen Summers

Summer is still underway and the box office is crowded with tentpole movies like Hobbs & Shaw and The Lion King. Yet we couldn't help ourselves from taking a peek at the holiday line-up. Yeah! We know it a little too early to get a full glimpse of the entire holiday slate. But, from what is announced so far, the holiday season this year is going to be really merry for all the cinephiles out there. With that being said, here is the list for the must-watch movies releasing this holiday season. Ho... Ho... Ho... (Sorry!)

A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood 

https://youtu.be/-VLEPhfEN2M Hearing just anything about this movie is enough to warm our hearts. A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood is a real-life story based on the affable friendship between the journalist Tom Junod and television star Fred Rogers. The two meet as a part of the journalist's assignment to profile the famous TV host. However, the events changed his life by giving him a cordial friendship with Rogers. Releasing Date: 22 November 2019


https://youtu.be/UcmZN0Mbl04 Not all movies for the holiday season will be merry-spirited. Some can be grim and bleak in theme. 1917 is one such movie. It tells the story of two young British soldiers, Schofield (George MacKay) and Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman). During World War I, they are given an impossible mission. They must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers. Releasing Date: 25 December 2019


https://youtu.be/U_O8DN1CY_E Here is a musical to enjoy the holiday spirit. Cats (2019) is a British-American musical fantasy film based on the musical of the same name. The plot of the movie takes place over the course of a single night. A tribe of cats called the 'Jellicles' make what is known as 'the Jellicle choice'. The choice will decide which cat will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new life. Releasing Date: December 20, 2019

Jumanji: The Next Level

https://youtu.be/rBxcF-r9Ibs Wait! Is it Jumanji 3 or Jumanji 2?!  Let's just call it Jumanji: The Next Level for now. A direct sequel to the 2017 movie, this installment of the franchise tells the story of four students playing a magical video game. The rules are pretty much the same as that of the prequel. They are drawn to the jungle world of Jumanji, where they are trapped as their avatars. To return to the real world, they must finish the game. Releasing  Date: December 13, 2019 More movies await us for the holiday season. Check out this space again for more updates on that.
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7 Most Iconic Star Wars Characters That You Often Forget

by Kaylen Summers

The Star Wars Universe is perhaps the best thing to come out of Hollywood over the decades.  George Lucas’ story of a young man, an evil Empire, and a galaxy far, far away has captured the imaginations of a generation who grew up on that original trilogy, and later the younger viewers with its prequels, sequels and other canonical spin-offs. The Star Wars stories are vast and teeming with characters. With room for even more characters to fill, it is normal for anyone to miss out on some of their iconic characters. From the greatest Jedis and Jabba sidekicks to loyal ‘bots and extraterrestrial louts, there are many cool characters that we often forget.  However, we have taken it upon ourselves to freshen up your memories. Here is the list for the 13 most iconic Star Wars characters we often forget. May the force be with you, always!!

Lando Calrissian

starwars-lando Don't underestimate Lando by his silk shirt, the matching cape, and the easy smile. This smooth-talking smuggler changed from being a get-rich-quick schemer to a selfless leader in the fight against the Empire. The character portrayed by Billy Dee Williams in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. However, Donald Glover played the younger version of the character in the standalone Han Solo Star Wars movie.


c-3p0 star wars Built by the heroic Jedi Anakin Skywalker, C-3PO is a droid programmed for etiquette and protocol. He is fluent in over seven million forms of communication and a constant companion to astromech R2-D2. Over the year, this metal worrywart has been involved in many great Star Wars battles and has become an inevitable part of the Star Wars Saga.

Obi-Wan KenobiObi-Wan-Kenobi

How the hell did he end up in this list, right?! Well, it seems like some people forget him a lot too. Obi-Wan Kenobi is a Jedi Knight who personifies the patience, wisdom, and discipline required to harness the Force. This legendary Jedi Master trained Anakin Skywalker, served as a general in the Republic Army during the Clone Wars, and guided Luke Skywalker as a mentor.

Darth Maul

darth-maul-star-wars A man of few words, Darth Maul is a deadly, agile Sith Lord trained by the evil Darth Sidious. When it comes lightsabers, this guy literally broke the mould and introduced the double-bladed weapon into the Star Wars universe. Now you know where Kylo Ren in The Force Awakens got the inspiration for his cross-sword beam. But jokes apart, Darth is one evil dude you don't want to mess around with. George Lucas has described the big bad of The Phantom Menace as “a figure from one of his darkest nightmares.”


r2d2 Appearing in nine of the ten Star Wars films to date, R2-D2 has been a major character of the franchise. The droid robot was a brave and trustful companion to many including C-3PO, Padmé Amidala, Anakin Skywalker, Leia Organa, Luke Skywalker, and even Obi-Wan Kenobi.


chewbacca-star-wars Nicknamed "Chewie", Chewbacca is a tall, hirsute biped and intelligent species from the planet Kashyyyk. Over the years we have seen him do everything from being an engineer, warrior, slave, smuggler to even a rebel hero. But, he is best known to Star Wars fans as a loyal friend and first mate of Han Solo. He also serves as co-pilot on Solo's spaceship, the Millennium Falcon.

Boba Fett

boba_fett He is the most feared bounty hunter in the Star Wars franchise. Wearing his iconic customized Mandalorian armor and deadly weaponry, Boba Fett first appeared in Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980), in which he was hired by Darth Vader to capture Han Solo. The prequel film Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002) establishes his origin as a clone of bounty hunter Jango Fett who raised him as his son.
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7 Upcoming Movies That Are Worth Waiting For

by Kaylen Summers

The war between franchise movies and original movies are changing how people watch movies. With the box office being flooded with over-the-top tentpole movies, don't get the impression that your movie dates are ruined. Thankfully, there are plenty of movies to look forward to. Here are a few of them:


https://youtu.be/ZlW9yhUKlkQ Zombieland: Double Tap is the sequel to the 2009 Zombieland. The movie stars Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin, and Bill Murray all reprising their roles from the first film. They are joined by an additional cast consisting of Rosario Dawson, Zoey Deutch, Luke Wilson, Thomas Middleditch, Avan Jogia, and Dan Aykroyd. Releasing Date: October 18, 2019


https://youtu.be/6orc_lHvJKY Gemini Man tells the story of Henry Brogan, who is an elite assassin. He becomes the target of a mysterious assassin who can predict his every move. However, he soon realizes that the man who's trying to kill him is a younger, faster, cloned version of himself. Releasing Date: 4 October 2019


https://youtu.be/VTqd4yNFuSw Jojo Rabbit is an upcoming dark comedy-drama film written and directed by Taika Waititi. Lonely German boy Jojo "Rabbit" Betzler (Roman Griffin Davis) discovers that his single mother Rosie (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a young Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) in their attic. Now with the help of his idiotic imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler (Taika Waititi), he must confront his blind nationalism. Releasing Date: October 18, 2019


https://youtu.be/qaZoSTG10lw 21 Bridges tells the story about an expertly trained NYPD detective named Andre Davis (Chadwick Boseman). A gang of cop killers is on the run. In order to defeat them, Andre puts all of New York City on a lockdown. As the night unfolds, he becomes unsure of who to pursue, and who's in pursuit of him. Releasing Date: 23 August 2019


https://youtu.be/l4AQchYSxwc Angel Has Fallen (2019) tells the story about Secret Service agent Mike Banning. He is accused of a failed assassination attempt on the U.S. President Allan Trumbull. In order to clear his name and find the real threat to the president, Banning escapes from his captors. He soon turns to unlikely allies to help save the country from imminent danger. Releasing Date: 23 August 2019


https://youtu.be/VHI_TemTawM Set in the View Askewniverse, Jay And Silent Bob Reboot brings back the Jersey boys- Jay and Silent Bob. They are on a mission to stop a brand new reboot of their old "Bluntman & Chronic Movie" that they hated so much. The movie is a tongue-in-cheek satire that pokes fun at the movie business's recent re-do obsession. Releasing Date: 15 October 2019


https://youtu.be/1Expe7hf6MU The Irishman is the upcoming biographical crime film based on the book I Heard You Paint Houses. The movie focuses on Frank Sheeran, a mob hitman, and World War II vet. He is involved with the Bufalino crime family and plays a key role in the disappearance of labor leader Jimmy Hoffa, his longtime friend. Releasing Date: September 27, 2019 (NYFF)
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7 Best Plot Twists Of All Time

by Kaylen Summers

Everyone loves a good plot twist. Surprise endings and crazy plot twists were always an integral part of a great movie. Filmmakers like M. Night Shyamalan has made a career out of plot twists.  In fact, it has now reached a point where whenever a new flick from the director is out, people are just sitting there waiting for the plot twist to happen. However, bringing a good surprise twist to the silver-screen is harder than it looks. We have seen enough plot twists fail and ruin movies many times in the past.  Obviously, that begs the questions of what the best plot twists are. So, we are counting down on the 7 most surprising plot twists of all time.

7. Gone Girl (2014)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-_-1nJf8Vg Directed by David Fincher and written by Gillian Flynn, this psychological thriller is based on the popular novel of the same name. The movie is filled with plot twists one after the other. After realizing that her husband Nick was cheating on her, Amy planned her disappearance to make it look like Nick killed her. Later, when she decides to return home to Nick, she seduces and then murders an old ex-boyfriend to make it look like he kidnapped her. To make sure that Nick stays with her, she also gets artificially inseminated with Nick's semen. Darn! That's too much plot twists in a single film!!

6. The Departed (2006)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4O3x5BH18E   Blink and you will miss this one. Directed by Martin Scorsese and written by William Monahan, the movie tells the story of Billy Costigan goes undercover within the Irish mob to implicate sadistic boss Frank Costello. Meanwhile, Staff Sergeant Colin Sullivan, a dirty cop secretly doing Costello's bidding, tries to hunt out the "rat." However, when Costigan finally takes Sullivan down, he is shot in the head at a blink-of-the-eye moment, leaving the audience in shock.

5. Fight Club (1999)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtRKdVHc-cE The movie was not well received at the box office or with critics when it was first released. However, it has since become a cult classic because of its demented plot and a mind-boggling plot twist. The flick is about the unnamed narrator and his new friend, Tyler Durden, creating a "fight club" that turns into a national movement. Later, it was revealed that the narrator was suffering from dissociative identity disorder -he and Tyler Durden are the same person. The movie is directed by David Fincher.

4. Shutter Island (2010)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDGldPitxic This Martin Scorsese 2010 neo-noir psychological thriller film had a truly memorable plot twist at it's ending. The plot of the movie revolves around a US Marshal named Teddy Daniels who attempts to track down an escaped mental patient, Rachel Solando. But, later it turns out that Daniels is actually Andrew Laeddis. He was detained at the mental hospital for murdering his wife (Rachel) after she killed their three children. The whole search for Rachel is a mere "game" devised to shake him from his insanity.

3. The Prestige (2006)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijXruSzfGEc Christopher Nolan never seizes to surprise us with his truly one of a kind storytelling skills. But, his The Prestige had more than just skillful movie making. The plot twist of the movie as mesmerizing as the prestige of a magic show. Robert Angier and Alfred Borden are rival magicians attempting to outdo one another in a quest for the perfect illusion. The movie reveals in the end that was actually two people—twins, to be exact. This helped him pull off so many of his tricks. Meanwhile, Angier copied his tricks by cloning himself with the help of Nikola Tesla and killing his clones after each trick.

2. The Sixth Sense (1999)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VG9AGf66tXM M. Night Shyamalan is the king when it comes to plot twist and it all began with his debut feature film, The Sixth Sense. The protagonist of the movie, Dr. Malcolm Crowe,  is a child psychologist. After a home invasion, he returns to work by attempting to help a young boy who sees the dead. However, he along with the audience realizes that he too is dead.  The film established Shyamalan as a writer and director and introduced the cinema public to his affinity for surprise endings.

1. The Usual Suspects (1995)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiXdPolca5w No list about plot twists will be complete without mentioning The Usual Suspects. This 1995 neo-noir mystery film was directed by Bryan Singer and follows the interrogation of Roger "Verbal" Kint, a small-time con man. He tells the interrogator a convoluted story of events about mysterious crime lord known as Keyser Söze. Söze controlled him and his associates during their heist. It is only after the police let Kint go, that they realize he's actually Söze.
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7 Best Slasher Movies Of All Time

by Kaylen Summers

You can make fun of it all you want, but the truth is that everyone loves a good slasher movie. It has everything that a movie lover whats- dumb teenagers who always take the wrong decisions, a masked psychopath, lots of blood, violence, and nudity. Okay, maybe it doesn't have all the things that a moviegoer wants. But still, these movies can really get you 'hooked'. With that in mind, we like to share with you seven of the best teen slasher movies around.

7. Scream (1996)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWm_mkbdpCA Director: Wes Craven Stars: Neve Campbell, David Arquette, Courteney Cox, Rose McGowan, Matthew Lillard, Skeet Ulrich, Jamie Kennedy, Drew Barrymore, Henry Winkler For many reasons, this slasher film is beloved to fans. The movie literally took the template of then-dead genre and made it into a cult-following blockbuster. The flick unleashed a masked killer onto a band of unsuspecting youngsters, and the best part is that they all know how slasher movies work. These teases made the movie more relatable and gave audiences a memorable movie experience- though we cannot say the same for the movies that came later in the Scream franchise.

6. Deep Red (1975)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apdrNHcLUd8 Director: Dario Argento Stars: David Hemmings, Daria Nicolodi, Macha Meril, Clara Calamai, Gabriele Lavia, Eros Pagni, Giuliana Calandra Originally titled as Profondo Rosso, the flick can be considered as the pinnacle of Italian Giallo films, a sub-genre of the slasher films. The movie marvels in its technical elements, death scenes, and all-encompassing greatness. The plot follows a pianist who witnesses the death of a psychic through an apartment window and then teams up with a reporter to solve the crime.

5. Alice, Sweet Alice (1976)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_CHiI1V4gE Director: Alfred Sole Stars: Linda Miller, Brooke Shields, Niles McMaster, Alphonso DeNoble, Gary Allen, Lillian Roth Directed by Alfred Sole,  Alice, Sweet Alice is surely the creepiest movie in this list. Set in the 1960s, the film breaks many taboos including killing a 9-year-old child and then setting the girl’s 12-year-old sister Alice as the prime suspect. The movie is a prolonged psychological game of whether Alice is the one behind all this or not.

4. Peeping Tom (1960)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAqEn6JS-oM Director: Michael Powell Stars: Carl Boehm, Moira Shearer, Anna Massey, Maxine Audley, Pamela Green, Brenda Bruce, Miles Malleson The movie follows an aspiring filmmaker who murders young women, trying to capture their last moments on his camera. The violence, sexual content, and voyeuristic themes in the movie were too much for the audience of that time to handle. In fact, the film's reviews were so harsh that the director Michael Powell didn't direct another film. However, the flick developed its own cult following and critical appraisal decades later.

3. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCVh4lBfW-c Director: Wes Craven Stars: Heather Langenkamp, Robert Englund, Johnny Depp, John Saxon, Ronee Blakley, Amanda Wyss, Jsu Garcia For many reasons, Freddy Krueger is the most iconic slasher movie character ever. Played by Robert Englund, the child molester turned knife-glove-wearing dreamland serial killer revived interest back to the genre with the introduction a key new element: the supernatural. Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street is truly one of the most successful slasher film franchises of all time.

2. Black Christmas (1974)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6JuJHmVsh4 Director: Bob Clark Stars: Olivia Hussey, Margot Kidder, Keir Dullea, John Saxon, Marian Waldman, Andrea Martin, Art Hindle The concept of a killer making threatening phone calls was not something original to Wes Craven's Scream. This was just the actor paying homage to a much iconic slasher movie, Bob Clark's Black Christmas. The story follows a group of sorority sisters who receive threatening phone calls during the Christmas season. They are eventually stalked and murdered by a deranged killer.

1. Halloween (1978)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHuOtLTQ_1I Director: John Carpenter Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasance, P.J. Soles, Nancy Kyes, Charles Cypher Among all the movies in this list, Halloween will be the one with the least bloodshed. The movie revolves around a serial killer Michael Myers who stalks and kills teenage babysitters on Halloween night, fifteen years after he murdered his teenage sister. Though the movie had many sequels and reboots, none came even close to the original 1978 flick.
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[UPDATED] Fast And Furious 9 Cast List

by Kaylen Summers

The Fast and Furious franchise is returning this year with a spin-off movie featuring Dwayne Johnson’s Luke Hobbs and Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw. Titled as Fast and Furious presents: Hobbs & Shaw, we still haven’t gotten a confirmation that the plot of the story will be tying up to the story of the main franchise. For that, we need to wait a little further for the upcoming installment of the franchise, Fast and Furious 9.  The movie has already started production, and if all goes well, it will be hitting theatres in less than a year. The movie is less likely to have Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham, as they were busy with their own movie. However, brief cameos are expected. Whatever the case may be, there is a solid line-up awaiting for fans, according to what's been announced so far. Let take a look under the hood then: Vin Diesel vin-diesel-furious-8 There is no Fast and Furious with Vin Diesel. The actor has been in all the Fast and Furious movies except of course 2 Fast 2 Furious (and most probably Hobbs & Shaw). With Dominic realizing that he has a Son, the events of the next movie are more likely to be on the emotional side of the character. Michelle Rodriguezmichelle ff9 Though she stared in not as many movies in the franchise as Vin Diesel, she can be considered as the second most important character and the main female lead. Bringing to life the character of Letty Ortiz, Rodriguez will be a part of the upcoming movie and also, reportedly, in talks for an all women spin-off in the near future. Tyrese Gibson tyrese-ff9 First making his appearance in 2 Fast 2 Furious, the character of Roman Pearce is more like the comic relief to the franchise. But don’t underestimate him- for he is known for both his driving skills and his ability to talk his way through anything. With the recent feud between Tyrese and Dwayne Johnson still lingering in the air, it will be a relief for him that he won’t be sharing the screen with Johnson in the new movie. Ludacris ludacris ff9 Starting off as a small-time street racer in Miami, Tej Parker is now part of the ‘family’ as he provides them with all the new tech they need for their missions. Hopefully, the actor will be continuing his duties to the ‘family’ in Fast and Furious 9 as well. Nathalie Emmanuel nathalie-emmanuel-ramsey Joining the franchise in Furious 7, Ramsey is the newest member to join the crew. The character was rescued from the villains who kidnapped her because she created God’s Eye. Ramsey is now using her hacking skills to help the team in their missions, though we still don’t know much about her past. Jordana Brewster Jordana Brewster ff9 One of the most unexpected castings in Fast and Furious 9 is that of Jordana Brewster. With Brian O’Connor leaving behind his crew to focus more on raising his kids, Furious 7 gives an honorable farewell to the late actor Paul Walker. However, with Mia Toretto returning, fans have their fingers crossed for a special cameo from Brian O’Connor (of course with the help of Paul’s brothers and some nifty CGI). John Cena john cena ff9 John Cena is focusing more on his acting career recently, being part of huge franchises like Transformers. However, no details about his addition to the Fast and Furious franchise is revealed. All fans got was the reveal that his character is going to be “badass”. Finn Cole Finn Cole ff9 Similar to John Cena’s character no information about Finn Cole’s role in the movie is revealed yet. Cole is known for his television roles including Michael Gray in Peaky Blinders and Joshua Cody in Animal Kingdom. Anna Sawai Anna Sawai ff9 Anna Sawai is not that much of a famous star when compared to the others. Fans might recognize her for her brief appearance in 2009’s Ninja Assassin and BBC Two/Netflix drama Giri/Haji. Let’s hope that Fast and Furious 9 will give her the break she deserves. More cast will be announced soon, and we will be keeping this list updated. Feel free to come back and check it out.
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7 Spider-man Movie Performances That Sucked

by Kaylen Summers

There is no doubt that Spider-man is phenomenally popular with its comic-books and animated shows. However, when it comes to movies, Hollywood has a way of screwing things up for the friendly neighborhood Spider-man. From poor character casting to weak plot points, the modern Spiderman cinematic franchise has seen it all. If that was not enough, the frequent reboots did its share of damage until Marvel finally took over. But, some worse performances are still worth mentioning. Here are the top  7 of those Spider-man movie performances that sucked.

7. Chris Zylka - Flash Thompson

flash-the-amazing-spiderman This empty-headed, tight-shirted jock played by Chris Zylka was meant as an antithesis to show Peter what he shouldn’t become.  But the model-turned-actor was not able to bring any nuance to the character other than being just a teenage bully. Considering what the MCU is doing with their version of the character, it is definitely on the makers part that they were not able to bring depth to the character. As a result, the character ended up as just another forgettable part of a forgettable reboot. 6. Paul Giamatti- Aleksei Sytsevich/Rhino rhino It seems like everything associated with The Amazing Spiderman is disappointing. From tons of CGI to a very little screen-time, Giamatti didn’t even get a chance to bring the character to life. The whole character design was underdeveloped and so weak that it was never enough to establish the character. Though the filmmakers may have had intentions to develop the character further in the sequel, it was canceled, and we were left with a awful performance. 5. Topher Grace - Eddie Brock/Venom Topher Grace - Eddie Brock-Venom Well, what happened to Topher Grace was something not entirely his fault. He was let down by his director who didn't really want him and a studio desperate to get his character in there no matter what. The result was the most notorious missteps in comic-book movie history presented before a bunch of fans who were so eager to see venom for the first time on screen. The rest is history. 4.Bryce Dallas Howard - Gwen Stacy Gwen The one good thing about The Amazing Spiderman is how it gave us the most successful movie representation of Gwen Stacy. Emma Stone rocked as the character, giving us some heart touching moments in the end. However, there was this earlier version of Gwen that we don’t even remember anymore. The character played by Bryce Dallas Howard was forced to spend screentime opposite Tobey Maguire and it ended up as forgettable for the audience. 3. James Franco - Harry Osborn James Franco - Harry Osborn James Franco is never a bad actor. He had given a broad spectrum of performances very different roles in the past few years. But, the actor had a tough time playing the underdeveloped screen version of Harry Osborn in Raimi's Spider-man. Just when you thought that the character was getting the arc it deserved, the makers forcefully push him into becoming the next Globin -that too in an already busy movie. 2. Dane DeHaan - Harry Osborn Dane-Dehaan -Osborn It’s Harry Osborn again and this time its Dane DeHaan playing the iconic character/villain. The flaws in the character design were too recognizable for everyone. The narrative set for the character was serious. However, the character and his transformation into Green-Goblin appeared very comical. Add that to the out-of-place acting by the actor and it gave us a lame performance in total. 1. Jamie Foxx - Electro Jamie Foxx - Electro Everyone will admit that Jamie Foxx was never a good casting decision to play Electro. It is obvious that the makers of The Amazing Spiderman movies were desperate to bring in new characters to the screen. But, the rush took the best of them as they had a really awful script and poor character design. Jamie Foxx cast as electro is a perfect example for this. The character was written so poorly that even his transition into supervillainy makes no sense at all. 
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5 Best Disney Animated Movies That Everyone Forgot

by Kaylen Summers

It’s unarguable that Disney is one of the most powerful studios in Hollywood right now. The entertainment conglomerate has come a long way from the ‘Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio’ of 1923. But, it’s not the mass media empire or superhero blockbusters that made them reach this pinnacle in the entertainment industry. The cornerstone of the studios will always be the famous animated features that the company had produced over the years. But are all their animated features as popular as the Lion King or Frozen? Nope! Like every other major production houses, Disney also has some long-forgotten darlings in its closet. These animated movies are not exactly box office failures. It's just that their successors were iconic blockbusters that people eventually forgot them.  Curious to know which all are those unfortunate movies?! Here are the 5 best Disney animated movies that everyone forgot.

1.The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gzz2Ly_fPuw You probably wouldn't have heard about this movie, as it was released decades ago. Produced by Walt Disney Productions and released by RKO Radio Pictures, the package-film consists of two segments. The first is based on the 1908 children's novel ‘The Wind in the Willows’ by Scottish author Kenneth Grahame, and the second is based on the 1820 short story ‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’ by American author Washington Irving. The film is the 11th Disney animated feature film and the last of the studio's package film era of the 1940s.

2.The Rescuers (1977)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyBdOsu1k8g This adventure-themed film is the 23rd animated feature from Disney. The film is about the Rescue Aid Society, an international ‘mouse’ organization headquartered in New York City dedicated to helping abduction victims around the world at large. Due to the film's success, a sequel titled The Rescuers Down Under was released in 1990, which made this film the first Disney animated film to have a sequel. Sadly, the sequel also got forgotten too!

3. Oliver & Company (1988)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64lqQKG6KAA Based on the classic Charles Dickens novel ‘Oliver Twist’, this animated feature is about Oliver the homeless kitten who joins a gang of dogs for surviving in the streets. It is the 27th Disney animated feature film and was directed by George Scribner. Released on the same day as The Land Before Time, Oliver & Company was a box office success. However, the movie received mixed reviews from film critics.

4.The Aristocats (1970)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDVcX6ymF7c This animated romantic adventure musical comedy film is based on a story by Tom McGowan and Tom Rowe. The movie revolves around a family of aristocratic cats who form an alliance with an alley cat to helps them from their butler who has kidnapped them. Originally intended as a two-part live-action episode for "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color", it was Walt Disney who suggested that the project would be more suitable for an animated feature. 5. The Great Mouse Detective (1986) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5taMQ6Sjag Directed by the team of  Burny Mattinson, David Michener, John Musker, and Ron Clements, the movie is based on the children's book series ‘Basil of Baker Street’ by Eve Titus. It is heavily inspired by Sherlock Holmes and revolves around a heroic mouse who consciously imitates the detective. The flick was also called as The Adventures of the Great Mouse Detective for its 1992 theatrical re-release and Basil the Great Mouse Detective in some countries.  
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Finally, Every Movie From The Alien Franchise Ranked

by Kaylen Summers

No one has ever explored the concept of life outside Earth better than the makers of sci-fi/horror movies. Their blockbusters exploit our fears and fascinations for the vast unexplored space even today. Among them, the Alien franchise still continues to scare audiences even almost four decades after its first appearance. The terrifying killing machine that director Ridley Scott introduced in the 1979 masterpiece, kickstarted the franchise that is sure to make a cold chill run down our spines. With an entire universe of its one, containing sequels, spinoff, and crossovers, how do you line-up this whole iconic sci-fi/horror franchise? Don’t worry! That's what we are here for. Here are our picks for the best to the worst movies in the Alien franchise.

Alien vs. Predator: Requiem (2007)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrTXTb03Ixc Well, you know how it works. This list needs to include all the movie from the franchise. So, here goes. It’s the second installment of the Alien vs. Predator crossover and is such a disappointment to the entire mainstream sci-fi/horror genre. With poor dialogue and bad visuals, the movie earns nothing more than a B-movie status. Directed by Colin and Greg Strause in their directorial debut, the film stars Steven Pasquale, Reiko Aylesworth, John Ortiz, Johnny Lewis, and Ariel Gade. Set immediately after the events of the previous film, the film begins with a Predator ship crashing into a forest outside of Gunnison, Colorado, where an Alien-Predator hybrid known as the Predalien escapes and makes its way to the nearby small town. A skilled veteran Predator is dispatched to kill the Predalien, as the townspeople try to survive the ensuing carnage.

Alien vs. Predator (2004)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDMa68ptp2w It's hard for any fan to accept Alien vs. Predators crossover spinoffs as something even remotely related to its individual franchises. In fact, it is more like a lazy attempt by the movie studios to put together an ‘Alien Movie Universe’. Written and directed by Paul W. S. Anderson, science fiction action film included Sanaa Lathan, Raoul Bova, Lance Henriksen and Ewen Bremner as their main cast. It is the first installment of the Alien vs. Predator franchise, adapting a crossover that brings together the eponymous creatures of the Alien and Predator series.

Alien: Resurrection (1997)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qJjiq72WOo True to its title, the movie begins with a group of scientists resurrecting Ripley after she makes a suicidal free-fall into the molten metal in Aliens 3. They mix her DNA with that of the alien Queen giving her enhanced strength, agility, acidic blood, a telepathic connection with xenomorphs. Set in 2379, the movie is the fourth installment of the series, directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, written by Joss Whedon, and starring Sigourney Weaver and Winona Ryder. With repetitive ideas and skin-deep superficiality, not even the return of Weaver is enough to save this movie from being the third worst of the entire franchise.

Alien 3 (1992)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUTaNMJJBa8 The third installment of the Aliens had everything wrong from troubled production, studio interference to claustrophobic deadlines. The movie’s tagline promised "3 times the suspense, 3 times the danger, 3 times the terror," but failed to deliver on any of those. Set in 2179, the movie begins with Ripley crash-landing on Fiorina "Fury" 161, a planet colonized by rage-filled convicts. Here she has to overcome not only the extraterrestrials but the humans too. With Sigourney Weaver reprising her role as Ellen Ripley, the movie was directed by David Fincher.  Charles Dance, Brian Glover, Charles S. Dutton, Ralph Brown, Paul McGann, Danny Webb, Lance Henriksen, Holt McCallany, Pete Postlethwaite, and Danielle Edmond form the main cast of the movie. The movie has such a bad time in production that Fincher even decided to quit Hollywood. But lucky for us, he decided to stick around to give us the iconic movie Se7en later.

Alien: Covenant (2017)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svnAD0TApb8 Directed and produced by Ridley Scott, the film is a sequel to Prometheus (2012) and is the second installment in the Alien prequel series and the sixth installment overall in the Alien film series. The movie opens to a colonization spacecraft carrying 2,000 colonists and 1,140 human embryos moving towards Origae-6. However, their Captain dies and the newly-promoted one decides to divert the ship to a nearby planet which appears eminently more habitable than Origae-6. What awaited them there was some gruesome body-bursting xenomorphs and a terrifying breed known as neomorphs.  Despite the senseless character decisions and body-horror fanatics, it is disappointing to see the movie unceremoniously killing off its women protagonist Shaw and Daniels, considering how the franchise gave birth to one of cinema's iconic action heroines in Ripley. 

Prometheus (2012)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHcHYisZFLU The best thing about Prometheus is how its storyline retcons Alien vs. Predator. Admit it! We are all glad that it's done and over. The movie follows two archaeologists Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green), who discover a star map that contains an "invitation" from an alien species who created life on Earth. Directed by Ridley Scott, the movie stars by Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Logan Marshall-Green, and Charlize Theron. The movie ambitiously attempts and to some extent succeed in flushing out the repetitive, alien-shooting nature of Alien 3 and Resurrection.

Aliens (1986)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSHAgmGR-Ig Set in 2179, Aliens features Riley 57 years after her escape from the alien-infested Nostromo. Director James Cameron makes the perfect sequel to Scott’s vision, by taking the xenomorphs from the shadows into the forefront of alien-splattering action. Starring Sigourney Weaver, the film follows Ripley returning to the moon where her crew encounters the hostile Alien creature, accompanied by a unit of space marines. The movie was a blockbuster and was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including a Best Actress nomination for Sigourney Weaver.

Alien (1979)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=097uj1HjkbM Nothing can beat the original! Directed by Ridley Scott and written by Dan O'Bannon, the original Alien movie follows the crew of the commercial space tug Nostromo encountering the Alien, a deadly and aggressive extraterrestrial set loose on the ship. The film stars Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm, and Yaphet Kotto.  Ridley Scott set the blueprint for the Hollywood sci-fi/ horror genre by elevating the most unnerving elements of horror to a new, chilling level. There is no doubt in saying that this was the movie that started it all. The success of Alien spawned the franchise of films, novels, comic books, video games, and toys. It still remains as the best Alien movie ever made. 
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Long Live Rom-Com! Top 5 romantic comedies of 2019 (So Far)

by Kaylen Summers

Hollywood production houses are focusing more on building cinematic universes and as a result, genres like romantic comedies are facing extinction. With critics keeping a close eye on women representation in these movies, it's no wonder why these studios don’t want to get their hands dirty. However, 2019 did produce a good share of carefully crafted rom-coms thanks to the enormous success of Crazy Rich Asians. Here are the top 5 of those rom-coms that are worth watching.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hld-7oBn3Rk This original teen rom-com from Netflix has Noah Centineo playing the role of a high-schooler who decides to raise money for college by posing as a stand-in boyfriend for girls in need. The film is based on the novel 'The Stand-In' by Steve Bloom and is directed by Chris Nelson. For those of who adored Centineo for his role in To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, this is your chance to see him in his romantic lead performance. Other important cast members of the movie include Laura Marano, Camila Mendes, Odiseas Georgiadis, and Matt Walsh.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_j5hwooOHVE A gender-flipped remake of the 1988 film Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (which is itself a remake of the 1964 film Bedtime Story), The Hustle is directed by Chris Addison with Anne Hathaway and  Rebel Wilson in the lead role. The film follows two rival con artists trying to drive each other out of town. Initially titled as “Nasty Women”, the makers of the movie decided to go with a more ‘critics-friendly’ title instead. Whatever the case may be, this mystery-shrouded rom-com is sure to tickle your funny bones.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHBcWHY9lN4 Rom-coms of 2019 are working hard to break away from its classic mould of cliches and they are really serious about it. While What Men Want saw the perfect black representation in the genre so far,  Always Be My Maybe tells the romantic story of an Asian couple. From director Nahnatchka Khan, the movie tells the story about two childhood sweethearts whose vastly different socioeconomic situations drive them apart as adults, even as they simultaneously find themselves falling in love. If that’s not a reason for you to watch this rom-com,  then here is one for you: Keanu Reeves is in it too!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeoLiTirRp4 Directed by Adam Shankman, What Men Want is an American romantic comedy film starring  Taraji P. Henson, Aldis Hodge, Richard Roundtree, Wendi McLendon-Covey, and Tracy Morgan. Shankman is famous for his rom-coms including A Walk to Remember. A gender-swapped remake of the 2000 film What Women Wants, the plot follows a woman who, after drinking a potent concoction given by a shaman, gains the ability to hear men's inner thoughts.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZwgoVmILQU Isn’t It Romantic is not just your normal rom-com flick. Its all the romantic comedies combined. The movie is an American satirical rom-com film directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson with Rebel Wilson, Liam Hemsworth, Adam DeVine, and Priyanka Chopra in the lead roles. Rebel Wilson plays a cynical Australian architect living in NYC, who gets knocked out during a mugging and wakes up in a parallel universe where everything plays out like it would in a PG-13 rom-com.
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My Top Ten Most Anticipated Movies of 2019

by Utkarsh Bansal

2019, at first glance, looks like an orgy of reboots, remakes and sequels. I say give it a second look. Sure, there are ten superhero movies releasing this year, three of them in the same month. Disney is making at least five movies bound to make more than a billion dollars worldwide (see top image). And three of its upcoming movies are remakes of animated classics translated faithfully to live action and CGI images. However, look beyond them, look between their release dates, and you will find a treasure trove of movies with intriguing premises, stellar casts, and fimmakers with unique voices. And that is not even counting movies we don't yet know about, movies by yet to be known filmmakers that come out of nowhere and take over film festivals. In assembling this list, I first made a larger list of all the films I was really excited for, then cut down as many as I could, making some painful edits along the way. That still left me with a 20 movies long list. Looking at a list of movies hitting theatres (or in one case, Netflix), I just felt this deep happiness, for even though some of them won't live up to their promise, there's just such a wealth of brilliance, and variety of brilliance ahead of us that whatever does end up working will be enough to make every Friday special. It's truly a treat for fans of all flavours of film. Instead of describing each film in detail, I'll highlight the key elements that make these films worth looking forward to, or rather that have me personally excited to see them. It's also evenly balanced between blockbusters and auteur cinema, which I promise is not by design. 2019 just happens to be evenly balanced. 10. The Irishman What it is: Netflix original crime drama. Highlights:
  1. Directed by Martin Scorsese.
  2. All-star cast of crime veterans Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci and Harvey Keitel.
  3. Oh I'm not done listing the cast, there's still Anna Paquin, Bobby Canavale, Ray Romano and Jesse Plemons.
  4. Cutting edge de-aging VFX from Industrial Light and Magic.
Release Date: TBA 9. Toy Story 4 What it is: The toys adjust to life without Andy in the fourth installment, directed by Josh Cooley. Highlights:
  1. Pixar has proven adept at making sequels, with the Incredibles and Toy Story franchises.
  2. The return of Tom Hanks as Woody as well as the entire lovable ensemble.
  3. That beautiful, beautiful teaser with perfectly chosen music.
Release Date: June 21 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDXYRzerjzU   8. Bulbul Can Sing What it is: Indian, specifically, Assamese coming-of-age drama. Highlights:
  1. Directed by Rima Das, who made one of the most moving films of 2018, Village Rockstars.
  2. Addresses the emerging sexualities of adolescent girls, a rarity in Indian cinema.
  3. Deals with LGBTQ issues, a rarity in Indian cinema.
  4. Has already garnered strong reviews at film festivals.
Release Date: TBA 7. Captain Marvel What it is: Superhero space movie set in the 90s, directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. Highlights:
  1. That classic reliability that comes from the directors and the franchise both having a good track record.
  2. The lead, Brie Larson, one of the finest actors working today.
  3. A chance to get to know a younger Fury, as well as the big screen return of Agent Coulson!
  4. The movie's place as an essential segue from Avengers: Infinity War to Avengers: Endgame.
Release Date: March 8 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1BCujX3pw8   6. Gloria Bell What it is: A spirited middle-aged woman dances and loves and lives life to the fullest. Highlights:
  1. That spirited middle-aged woman? Julianne Moore. I'm already sold.
  2. Director Sebastián Lelio is on a roll with 2017's A Fantastic Woman and 2018's Disobedience.
  3. With those two films focusing on a trans woman and a lesbian couple, Lelio has proven himself a genius at telling stories of women on the fringe of norms of acceptability.
  4. Rave reviews from festivals, unsurprising for an A24 production.
Release Date: March 8 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCwCdQK2Qss   5. Star Wars: Episode IX What it is: Culmination of the Rey trilogy that started with The Force Awakens. Highlights:
  1. J. J. Abrams returns as director, which is good news since even those of us who enjoyed The Last Jedi did not always love it the way we loved The Force Awakens.
  2. There is a lot of potential for exploration of what it means to be a Jedi knight here, because of where The Last Jedi left off.
  3. Final goodbye to General Leia.
Release Date: December 20 4. Where'd You Go, Bernadette? What it is: A quirky dramedy adapted from a novel. Highlights:
  1. Richard Linklater is one of the finest directors alive, and has been knocking it out of the park this decade with Bernie, Before Midnight, Boyhood, Everybody Wants Some and Last Flag Flying.
  2. Stars Cate Blanchett. Hearing Linklater dialogue from her is bound to be a treat.
  3. The trailer looks great, and it's based on a book I've heard great things about.
Release Date: March 22 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Em1onUCArxs   3. Spider-Man: Far From Home What it is: Globe-trotting Spidey adventure directed by Jon Watts. Highlights:
  1. Sequel to the spectacular Spider-Man: Homecoming, starring the amazing Tom Holland.
  2. The villain, Mysterio, is portrayed by the ultimate Jake Gyllenhaal.
  3. Seeing the state of the world after the events of Endgame.
  4. It gets bumped many spots higher because of my extreme Spider-Man bias. I love this character, especially in this incarnation.
Release Date: July 5 2. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood What it is: Period drama about an actor and his stunt double, set in 1969 Los Angeles. Highlights:
  1. Directed by Quentin Tarantino.
  2. The actor and his stunt double are played by Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt respectively.
  3. Cast also includes Margot Robbie, Al Pacino, Bruce Dern, Tim Roth and Michael Madsen among others.
Release Date: July 26 1. Avengers: Endgame What it is: You know what it is. Highlights:
  1. It is, as Tony Stark would put it, "The end of the path I started us on." The 11-year path.
  2. Directed by The Russo Brothers, the finest directors in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  3. It's also supposedly the conclusion to a 3-movie arc for the Hulk that started with Thor: Ragnarok.
  4. Return to the core Avengers roster.
  5. Hawkeye is back! But as Ronin!
  6. How will they unsnap the snap?
  7. Who will die in the process? (This time for good.)
  8. Perhaps most importantly, as the trailer indicates, we can expect a very emotional story for Tony.
  9. Part of the journey is the end.
Release Date: April 26 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hA6hldpSTF8   Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful 2019! I know I will.
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The Top 10 Best Movies of 2018

by Utkarsh Bansal

So a lot happened in 2018. Like, even without leaving the domain of film, a hell of a lot happened. Documentaries became cool. Netflix started pumping out awards-worthy dramas one after the other. Netflix also released an interactive science fiction film, with plans to use the format for more films in the future. Superhero movies started to look very different than they ever have, with the black-dominated cast of Black Panther and the diverse Spider-people inhabiting a uniquely animated world in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. James Gunn got fired from Mervel's Guardians of the Galaxy and quickly hopped on board DC's Guardians wannabe franchise Suicide Squad. And now, as we find ourselves in the thick of awards season, we find a foreign language film in serious contention to win Best Picture at the Oscars, which would be an unprecedented achievement. The landscape of cinema looks remarkably different now from what it looked like a year ago. In the midst of all this, my own experience of the movies of 2018 was that, while there were many movies that were excellent in very different ways, there were fewer outright masterpieces than I've seen in the last few years. Granted, there are quite a few remarkable movies I've been unable to watch, that I'll be catching up on before the Oscars. But even so, it's difficult to call 2018 either a better or worse year for film overall than 2017, because I really don't know if I'd rather see many excellent movies or a few that are practically perfect in every way. Here are the best movies released in 2018 that I have seen so far: 10. Support the Girls https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gp-8oB53P7k Films are often built around a central character facing one big challenge, and the ways they try to overcome it. With Support the Girls, director Andrew Bujalski reminds us that sometimes the biggest challenge is to get through the day. And once we're completely engaged in the story of one fateful day in the life of Lisa (played with admirable depth by Regina Hall) and the day-to-day problems that just keep piling on her, we get to the most enthralling aspect of the film: women helping each other stay afloat, keeping each other sane. It's a glorious celebration of female friendship, and that lands it a spot on this list. 9. Black Panther https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjDjIWPwcPU I wrestled with this choice a lot. I'm still fighting myself over it. Ever since it released to an outpouring of love back in February, much of the conversation around it has focused on its flaws. And yes, it's flawed. And yes, I could easily have replaced it with Incredibles 2 or Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, both exhilarating superhero adventures. I suppose my final decision came down to the feeling the movie left me with, and after the big, CGI-heavy, disconnected battle, Black Panther used its closing minutes to give its villain an emotional gut-punch of a moment, and closed out its hero's arc showing his growth in action in a way that resonated. That's the kind of catharsis I'm always looking for in movies, and rarely find. 8. Village Rockstars https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTov2nVgXaU The best thing about movies about little kids is that they tend to have the biggest dreams. In Indian filmmaker Rima Das's Village Rockstars, a girl living in poverty in a remote Assamese village dreams of owning and playing a guitar. An antidote to poverty porn, the film is realistic about how insanely difficult such a goal is for her, and in general about how difficult life is in that village for financial, social and natural reasons, but chooses to focus on the good, the fun, the hopeful. Its unsentimental optimism is infectious, and its impeccable technical quality on a miniscule budget heralds Rima Das (who wrote, directed, produced, shot and edited this movie) as a creator to watch. 7. Shirkers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3wPWCj2L6I I'm not a documentary person. Usually. But there's nothing usual about Sandi Tan's Netflix original Shirkers. The story of a film she made decades ago (also called Shirkers), and the reasons it could never be finished, Shirkers beautifully captures both what goes into making a movie and what it takes out of you. We see from the clips of the original Shirkers in this movie that it was a quirky, hipster, arthouse film with a strong sense of creative identity. Sandi Tan's unique sensibilities shine through just as much in the documentary. And most impressive of all, she manages to shine a light on herself as well, laying bare her flaws for the world to see. One can only hope she gets back into directing fiction. 6. First Man https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSoRx87OO6k The last two films Damien Chazelle directed, Whiplash and La La Land, landed in most top 10 lists for their respective years. As far as I'm concerned, no matter how good 2019 ends up being, those two movies each deserve a spot in top 10 lists for the decade. So of course First Man doesn't live up to their lofty standard, and of course that's not a bad thing. This is an unconventional biopic, one that tailors its style and tone to its subject, Neil Armstrong: passionate and energetic and focused when on the job, low-key and muted at home. Ryan Gosling perfectly conveys Armstrong's inner turmoil without overt displays of emotion, and his lack of energy is more than made up for by the fiery Claire Foy. And the moon landing is one of the best scenes I saw all year, in any movie. The word "exhilarating" was coined just so it could eventually be used to describe my feeling watching this. 5. A Star is Born https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSbzyEJ8X9E Exhilaration is also what it feels like when you see a nervous Ally (Lady Gaga) first take the stage and, gradually getting lost in her music and her love, own the stage. First time director Bradley Cooper plays up the drama in every scene, extracting every ounce of emotion from the audience, and it doesn't feel manipulative because the relationship we find ourselves invested in is so delicately constructed in front of our eyes, through moments big and small. The romance is born of the music, and the music in turn comes from their love, which makes this the perfect story for the musical treatment. By the time the film hit the crescendo, I found myself spent. 4. Searching https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Ro9ebQxEOY Aneesh Chaganty's feature debut is a perfect example of a film where form trumps content and that's not a bad thing, because the content is still solid. A whodunit thriller that we observe entirely through digital screens, Searching has its foundations in a well-constructed mystery with unpredictable twists and interesting characters portrayed by skilled actors, especially John Cho as the father of a missing girl. On this solid foundation, Chaganty has constructed a complex, layered maze of computer interfaces, where the different operating systems and softwares we see aren't merely plot devices, instead the way they're used becomes a part of the film's central theme of interpersonal communication. Near the end, the film essentially turns into a crowdpleaser, which ends up being a good thing, because we've already been put through such a ringer that catharsis, in plot and in character growth, is appreciated. 3. Mission: Impossible - Fallout https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wb49-oV0F78 While this is easily one of the best movies of the year, that's not even the most important conversation it's a part of. What it is is one of the greatest action movies ever made, up there with The Raid: Redemption and Mad Max: Fury Road. It's a celebration of what mainstream blockbuster cinema can do. One, it has an unabashedly heroic hero, who really does want nothing more than to save lives and accomplish missions. Two, it has a crew of characters whose dynamic with each other has the kind of wit and heart that makes you want to just watch them banter or bicker when you know they could be out there kicking ass. Three, it flows. The rhythm established between plot twists, emotional pauses and action set-pieces is the kind of thing that makes Christopher McQuarrie the ultimate action director. But fourth and most important is just how insane the situations are that Tom Cruise finds himself in. The bike chase is exemplary of how bike chases in movies should be done. The bathroom brawl is the pinnacle of hand-to-hand combat, at least in Hollywood. And the HALO jump is so crazy and unprecedented, you're not left asking what action filmmakers can learn from this, you find yourself asking, how is Tom Cruise still alive? 2. The Tale https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXpYsr3AL4U Because it didn't get a theatrical release and was exclusive to HBO, Jennifer Fox's autobiographical character study largely went unnoticed by the film fan community. Laura Dern plays Jenny Fox, a documentarian who, in her late 40s, realises that what she considered an innocent relationship she had as a teenager with an older man might have been worse than she remembered. More importantly, it was very different from how she had remembered it. The movie digs into the unreliability of memory in truly unsettling ways, made all the more powerful by the fact that it's a true story. Also worthy of applause is Isabelle Nélisse as young Jenny, who has to act in some extremely uncomfortable scenes. The film left me shaken and unsettled. 1. Roma https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BS27ngZtxg I said there weren't many cinematic masterpieces this year, but I didn't say there were none. Alfonso Cuarón already proved himself to be a master of cinematic storytelling with Gravity, but with Roma, he has cemented his position as among the greatest directors of the 21st century. Not since 2011's A Separation have I seen a movie that so perfectly captures the rhythms of day-to-day life, the joys and challenges. Its sound design immerses you into its 1970s Mexico setting before you're even past the opening shot. And the slow initial build up pays off when, in its later scenes, it pulls the rug out from under us, and shatters its audience's hearts. There are movies like Bohemian Rhapsody and First Man where I think of wrecking ball moments and immediately come up with the Live Aid performance and the moon landing respectively. With Roma, a few different scenes jump to mind, and I get choked up just thinking about them. It's impossible not to fall in love with the protagonist Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio), and even though this is clearly not the kind of movie that gets a sequel, I can't help but wish I could get to live more of her life with her.   What were your favourite films of 2018? Was it a good year for film in your opinion? Are you excited for 2019? Either way, happy new year! May we get more great films.
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Top 10 Best Trailers from SDCC 2018

by Utkarsh Bansal

Once upon a time, the annual San Diego Comic Con was an event that celebrated comic books. Today, it still does that, but the focus has shifted to what most geeks really care about: movies and TV. And every year, the biggest moments in the convention are the reveals of new trailers that get us all buzzing. Now, we did get a trailer for the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody right before the Con, and one for Alita: Battle Angel right after, but this post is about the 10 best trailers revealed during the Con itself.

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10. Aquaman

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDkg3h8PCVU[/embed] After the lackluster financial performance of last year's Justice League, Warner Bros is hoping that James Wan's (The Conjuring, Furious 7) Aquaman can be the movie that rights the ship for their DC movies. Now I'm in the minority when I say I'm not a fan of Wan's work, and this trailer didn't particularly help with my excitement for this movie. So many one-liners are stuffed into Arthur Curry's (Jason Momoa, Game of Thrones) mouth, it feels less like a superhero movie and more like Fast & Furious. That said, what did impress me was the epic scope of Atlantis mixed with a personal core conflict. While I am looking forward to the movie, it will release on December 21, the same weekend as Mary Poppins and Welcome to Marwen, so it will have to do something really special in order to stand out.

9. Star Wars: The Clone Wars

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RI7WyhWZkzk[/embed] The beloved animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars ended years ago without being able to wrap up its plot, leaving many fans dissatisfied. Now, to the delight of many, the series will get the conclusion fans have been clamouring for, and this trailer gives a good feeling for what it will look like. While I appreciate the rousing music and was impressed by the opening shot with the row of Stormtrooper helmets, the reason the trailer places this low on the list is that just like the previous seasons, the art style and the animation simply do not look very good.

8. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvFybpmyB9E[/embed] When I saw David Yates's 2016 movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, my reaction was much the same as my reaction to this trailer: it's good, I just wish it was great. The movie managed to recreate the awe and wonder we associate with the magical world, but fell short when it came to the lead characters played by Eddie Redmayne and crew. Newt Scamander and his three friends are simply not as interesting to follow as Harry, Ron and Hermione were, and that's the soul of the world Rowling has created. Fortunately, the sequel has two advantages. First, we see Newt's time at Hogwarts, which led to the best moments in the trailer. And second, we have here two characters far more interesting than any of the leads, Jude Law as Albus Dumbledore and the controversial Johnny Depp as the dark wizard Grindelwald. While I don't expect much depth from the moral conflict of "should muggles be ruled over by wizards and witches?", I do expect depth in the characterisation of Dumbledore and his relationship with Grindelwald.

7. Disenchantment

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gp_RnJcb8Ig[/embed] Matt Groening, beloved creator of The Simpsons and Futurama, returns with his third satirical animated comedy, Disenchanted. The Netflix series follows a princess who, just like Princess Merida in Brave, chooses to escape the plan society has for her, and goes off an a fantastical adventure with her magical companions. I honestly don't have much to say about this trailer. This is a comedy, its purpose is to make me laugh: the trailer made me laugh. The first 10 episodes will drop on Netflix on August 17, and I will be there to watch them.

6. Godzilla: King of the Monsters


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Gareth Edwards's 2014 monster movie Godzilla was not received well, and for good reason. While the scenes featuring the titular creature were appropriately epic, far too much time was spent with an uninteresting human lead played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson. The sequel, directed by Michael Dougherty (Trick 'r Treat), seems to realise this, as the focus seems to be shifted to the monsters themselves. The human characters, played by Millie Bobby Brown, Sally Hawkins and Vera Farmiga seem a tad more interesting than last time, but who cares when you've got Godzilla encountering the three-headed dragon Ghidorah? I particularly loved how the trailer balanced the terror of these monsters with their beauty and their majesty. Done right, this could be something special. But even otherwise, it'll at least be a fun kaiju movie.

5. Iron Fist

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMtrmDhI1LQ This very short teaser impresses the hell out of me. Everything wrong with season 1 seems to have been fixed, and this looks like the Iron Fist we've always wanted to see. During the events of The Defenders, Danny grew as a person through his interactions with Matt Murdock, and when he showed up in one episode of Luke Cage season 2, people loved this mature version of him. This teaser, in addition to having terrific action, shows us that improved Danny, a street level hero committed to protecting Hell's Kitchen.

4. Shazam!

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=go6GEIrcvFY[/embed] This trailer is absolutely delightful. Not only is it great to see a kid who fights bullies rewarded with superpowers, there's something very exciting about the idea of teaming up a superhero with a kid who loves superheroes. Zachary Levi is charming as hell in his portrayal of a child in the body of an adult, and his banter with his best friend is endearing. I have little hope for Aquaman, but this really could turn the tides for DC, especially since it's followed by two movies that both also look like they could be good, Wonder Woman 1984 and Joker.

3. Young Justice: Outsiders

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4G5ID_3K6U[/embed] Like The Clone Wars, Young Justice is another beloved animated series that ended way too soon. It left us fans with a cliffhanger that was frustrating because the show had been going so well! Clearly, I'm very invested in this story, and might not be completely unbiased in evaluating the trailer, but to me it represented the best of what I love about the first two seasons, the smooth animation and complex relationships. This is easily my most anticipated TV series of 2018, and the trailer lived up to the hype.

2. Glass


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I had no idea why I was so excited for Glass. I thought Unbreakable was good, Split was better, but I didn't exactly fall in love with either film. This trailer made it clear: I'm excited for Glass because of the potential for greatness, not the likelihood of it. There's already so much to explore in the interaction between a super-strong guy, a super-smart guy, and, well, whatever James McAvoy is, and the addition of Sarah Paulson just makes it more interesting. The trailer knew to tease just the right questions, like what is Anya Taylor-Joy saying to James McAvoy and why? If done right, this will complete M. Night Shyamalan's resurgence.

1. The Dragon Prince

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HWcff0YEPM Look, Avatar: The Last Airbender is not just the greatest animated series I have ever seen, it's one of my favourite TV shows ever. The Dragon Prince, the new Netflix series from Aaron Ehasz, who was the head writer on Avatar: The Last Airbender, looks like it has all the elements that made it a great story. It's an epic fantasy with humour, action and magic, and some of the shots in the trailer are truly breathtaking, especially the dragon at the end. Moreover, the medieval setting looks good too, and opens up the potential for complex political storylines. Most importantly, though, I just can't wait to get lost in the vast fantasy world and learn the rules for how magic works here. So what about you? Which trailers were your favourite? Which movies and series are you most excited for?

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Top 5 Must Have Android Apps For Movie Lovers

by Vikram Sinha

If you're a movie lover, you know that true movie experience doesn't ends with the movie itself. It's a journey that takes you through all the intricacies of the film. And we've happily compiled a list of apps that will help you in your journey to explore and enjoy movies to the fullest.
Note: None of these apps let you stream or download any content.

All Movie Information

The Internet Movie Database (aka IMDb) tops our list, and why should't it? IMDb is world's most popular and authoritative source for movies, TV, and celebrity content. Just watched a movie that left you in awe? or saw an actor that you want to know more about? no matter the situation, if it's about movies, IMDb has got your back. Get it on Google Play

Movie Reviews and Booking

Going to movies has never been this easier. With Flixster you can browse the latest movies in theaters near you. Stay up to date with movie news and get the latest Rotten Tomatoes tomatometer scores and movie reviews from critics. You can also book tickets and connect with Google Maps for assisted driving directions to the theater. What more can we ask? Get it on Google Play

Movie Trivia Quiz for Movie Lovers

Spotflik: Hollywood Movie Trivia Quiz & Trailers So you think you're a movie buff? think again! Spotflik is a fun, free, fantastic movie trivia quiz app for all who love the magic of cinema. It is perhaps the most challenging trivia game related to movies. We are just hooked to this game. Spotflik maintains a leaderboard that is updated every hour. Apart from the game, this app also offers facts and behind the scenes updates for your favourite movies, which you can share with your friends on any social platform. This app has an awesome "Latest Trailers" section where you can watch the trailers of upcoming movies. It's a full package for movie lovers. You should try this fun app. Get it on Google Play

Theater Utilities

You're in the middle of the most interesting scene in the movie but you gotta leave cause your bladder can't take it anymore! Don't let your next movie experience be like this. Download RunPee - an app that tells you the best time(s) to run and pee, without missing the best scenes. Now you can gulp as much soda as you want without any worries. The built-in timer will alert you, by discreet vibration, when a peetime is coming, so you don't have to worry about bothering the people around you in the theater. RunPee also tells you what you'll be missing while you're gone. Get it on Google Play

Movie Collection and Watchlist

If you have a large movie collection, you know that sometimes it gets difficult to track all those movies. My Movies understand this problem, it allows you to catalog your entire collection of movies and TV series. It's a handy app for movie lovers which also offers you to create a list of movies that you want to watch or have already watched. Get it on Google Play That's it! These are the only apps that you need to be called a proper movie buff.
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The Best of the First Half of 2018 in Film

by Utkarsh Bansal

The Oscars only happen once every year, and in this internet age, who has the patience for that? Surely we consume enough content every 6 months to warrant some awards-like recognition! Well, whether we do or not, here are my picks for the best that 2018 has given us so far in movies. BEST SCORE The Runners-up: Jonny Greenwood's score was brilliant as expected in You Were Never Really Here, just months after he received his first Oscar nomination for his work on Phantom Thread. And since I'm covering so few categories, I've included sound design in the score category. This means that Geoff Barrow and Ben Salisbury's score for Annihilation, Colin Stetson's score for Hereditary and Marco Beltrami's (The Hurt Locker, 3:10 to Yuma) score for A Quiet Place are all runners up for the haunting atmosphere they created in tandem with the impeccable sound design. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5EZ_orX51I The Winner: Ludwig Göransson's score for Black Panther is at times thrilling, at times inspiring, and consistently innovative. It adds to the identity of Wakanda, and adds to the larger-than-life, epic feel of the movie. The Killmonger theme, in particular, is one that many including me will be listening to for years. BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY The Runners-up: Just like I used Best Score to generally talk about which movies sounded the best, I want to use Best Cinematography to highlight the movies that looked the best this year, so while I will only name the DPs, this also involves production design and visual effects to a large extent. Revenge, shot by Robrecht Heyvaert, looks amazing, and completely immerses us in its desert setting through both sound and visuals. Much of the strength of Ready Player One, shot by Janusz Kaminski, lies in how dynamic its action sequences felt, largely due to the giddy camera movements. Bradford Young of Arrival fame shot Solo: A Star Wars Story, a movie that is worth watching for its colourful settings and exciting flight scenes, regardless of whether you find the story engaging. And Rachel Morrison followed up her brilliant work on Mudbound with some very innovative shots in Black Panther, successfully capturing the grand and the personal. The Winner: Rob Hardy shot the 2015 thriller Ex Machina and the upcoming Mission: Impossible - Fallout, but in between the two, he shot the most visually arresting movie I've seen in a while - Annihilation. Even when it's just showing us a scene of people talking to each other, the camera refuses to let us look away, but when it takes us to otherworldly, dreamlike locales, any given frame of this movie can be sold as a work of art. [caption id="attachment_1386" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny, Natalie Portman and Jennifer Jason Leigh in Annihilation from Paramount Pictures and Skydance.[/caption]   BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE The Runners-up: Three of my favourite supporting roles this year have come from child actors. Milly Shapiro made complete detachment as creepy as it can be in Hereditary. Isabelle Nélisse did something incredible with her portrayal of a little girl dealing with unfamiliar, difficult circumstances. And Millicent Simmonds brought courage and heart, childishness and maturity to her character Regan, a deaf girl caught in the midst of both an apocalypse and a challenging relationship with her father. On the adult side of things, Robert Downey Jr was as heartbreakingly good as he has ever been, following up heavy performances in Civil War and Homecoming with one that really conveyed just how much weight this man feels on his shoulders. The Winner: Speaking of heartbreaking performances in the MCU, Michael B Jordan as Killmonger in Black Panther made many of us cry over a villain. His was a tragic journey, and the performance was the perfect balance of making us hate what he was doing while still feeling for him, wishing things could have been different. BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE The Runners-up: Just like Michael B Jordan in Black Panther, Josh Brolin broke hearts in Avengers: Infinity War. He took a performance with the madness and determination we expected, and infused it with a profound sadness we did not. Speaking of madness, Joaquin Phoenix was out of this world in You Were Never Really Here, and perfectly sold moments where he was in pain and we felt for him, as well as moments where we're completely detached and intrigued as to what's going through this man's head. Laura Dern in The Tale played a woman who went through a wider array of emotions in a few days than most of us do in a lifetime. While her plight was one that could bring us to tears anyway, her performance of her denial, her low points and her brief moments of relief made us connect with her on another level altogether. And Emily Blunt not only sold the terror of living in the post-apocalyptic world of A Quiet Place, she also convinced us of her character's inner strength and resolve. In addition, hers was an intensely physical performance, where like her, we want to scream whenever she goes through those painful scenes, but we're simply too scared to do so.   The Winner: Toni Collette in Hereditary combined peak horror acting with peak dramatic acting. When she's terrified of the things happening around her, she does it as well as you expect from a lead in a horror movie. But much more effective and haunting are the scenes where you're not terrified for her as much as you're terrified of her. Hereditary portrays a family fraught with tension, and as much as you feel for her character, sometimes you just don't want to get on her wrong side. This is one performance that I consider the best not so much because it's real, but simply for how powerful and memorable it is. BEST PICTURE The Runners-up: So 2018 hasn't exactly been a great year for mainstream movies so far. Remember March, when of the 5 weekends, each with a major release, only one ended up not being a complete disappointment? The good news is that while other genres may have been lagging, one reliably entertaining genre gave us one hit after another: superheroes. Ryan Coogler's Black Panther was a family feud of epic proportions. It took large, weighty themes, and weaved them into a thrilling, beautifully shot action movie while also managing to introduce us to a completely new culture. The Russo brother did something truly unprecedented with Avengers: Infinity War, and built on the investment we already had in a dozen characters to give us emotional gutpunches that we'll be talking about for years, while also introducing us to one of the most emotionally complex supervillains we've seen. With Incredibles 2, Brad Bird somehow managed to live up to expectations built up over 14 years, and delivered not just the fun family adventure we expected, but one of the best straight-up action movies in a while. My one non-superhero runner up pick is John Krasinski's A Quiet Place, a horror movie that used the most effective tool horror movies have at their disposal, sound, more effectively than it it ever has been before. It certainly doesn't hurt that the family it focused on was one we grew to deeply care for. The Winner: It makes me very sad that, in all probability, you know little to nothing about The Tale. It's an autobiographical HBO movie directed by Jennifer Fox that stars Laura Dern as Fox. Fox has to confront her past, relive her darkest experiences, and accept the truth about what she's actually been through as opposed to the stories she's told herself. Beyond sheer dramatic weight, what makes this movie special is how it manages to put us in Jennifer's shoes. While flashbacks are usually used in movies to give us as incontrovertible a version of the past as what we have for the present, the flashbacks here are memories, and function as such. What makes this even more riveting is the fact that Jennifer isn't simply reliving her memories, she's interacting with them, sifting through them, leading to some of the most chilling scenes I have seen this year. If this wasn't a TV movie, I would've predicted a Best Picture nomination. As it is, I still hope it wins a few Emmys. It deserves them. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXpYsr3AL4U What are your favourites from the year so far? What are you most excited for from the rest of 2018? The Viola Davis thriller Widows? The Neil Armstrong biopic First Man? Perhaps a blockbuster like Ant-Man and the Wasp or the new Mission: Impossible? Or is it that Alfonso Cuaron movie we know nothing about? Whatever it is, I expect we'll see many more great films in the second half of 2018 than we have so far.
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