Matt Singer is the managing editor and film critic of the website ScreenCrush.com. For five years, he was the on-air host of IFC News on the Independent Film Channel, hosting coverage of film festivals and red carpets around the world. He’s been a frequent contributor to the television shows CBS This Morning Saturday and Ebert Presents At the Movies, and his writing has also appeared in print and online at The Village Voice, The Dissolve, and Indiewire.
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If you were a fan of Prisoners or Enemy, here’s a movie you’ve got to have your radar: Sicario, the latest from director Denis Villeneuve.
The good movies are supposed to come out in the second half of the year. January through June, that’s the dumping ground; the crap that was so toxic it had to get buried in the winter, followed by the empty-headed excitement of summer blockbuster season.
Emma Stone is, in fact, afraid of no ghosts. Or maybe it’s more accurate to say she’s afraid of remakes of no ghosts. Because the actress has revealed that Paul Feig wanted her for his upcoming reboot/remake/rewhatever of Ivan Reitman’s Ghostbusters. And she also revealed that she turned Feig down.
Disney and Pixar invited a bunch of journalists to a screening room in New York City earlier today for an hourlong presentation about the film, its characters, and about Sohn himself, who discussed his life story and his journey from film nerd to full-fledged Pixar director. Here are a few notes from the event:
These Marvel movies are so damn secretive, even their stars don’t know whether they’re in them or not.
The decidedly low-fi horror series Paranormal Activity franchise is getting a major technological upgrade next year. Via press release, Paramount announced they’re turning their long-running found-footage series into a virtual reality game; Paranormal Activity VR is coming in 2016 “for all major head-mounted displays including HTC Vive, Sony’s Project Morpheus, Oculus Rift; PC; mobile; and consoles, including Xbox One and PlayStation 4.”
It’s been at least five years since the last great Pixar film (or more, depending on your feelings about Toy Story 3). In the interim, they produced a series of sequels — some quite entertaining, but few as transcendently beautiful as the original concepts that turned the studio into the most dependable brand in all of Hollywood. Their latest effort, Inside Out, isn’t just a return to form; it surpasses almost all of their previous classics. It is, from start to finish, one of the best films Pixar has ever made.
There’s a certain point in every season of The Bachelorette, where everyone involved begins to go completely insane. Maybe it’s the lack of access to cell phones and the internet, or being cut off from loved ones or normal day-to-day life. Maybe prolonged exposure to the air in extremely luxurious hotels causes acute brain death. But every year it happens; guys just start to snap. On this season, that breaking point came in episode 6. Multiple dudes lost their minds simultaneously on national television. The whole episode was this GIF of Mr. Spock looking really uncomfortable for two hours.
Jurassic World now holds the record for the biggest opening weekend in movie history, with over $208 million in the U.S. and $500 million worldwide in just three days of release. After more than a decade since the last sequel, Jurassic Park fans were clamoring for more dinosaur action. Director Colin Trevorrow gave them exactly what they wanted.
When viewers head to the theater to watch Jurassic World this weekend, they’ll find a movie that transports them, almost literally, back to the first Jurassic Park. Colin Trevorrow’s new film is a sequel to Steven Spielberg’s 1993 original — and only that film. In an interview with ScreenCrush, when Trevorrow was asked about whether his movie pretended The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park III never happened, Trevorrow explained, “Our film is just more of a direct sequel to the original Jurassic Park.” He made a similar comment to Yahoo! Movies; he told them the earlier sequels “aren’t being written out of continuity so much as placed to the side, as they both unfolded on a different island.”