实际上，复盘过去几年手游市场的发展不难发现，场面上大多数产品还是以PVE或者PVP等“战斗”玩法作为游戏的核心体验，近年在手游市场上颇具影响力的新品，大多也都是在这个核心思路下，探索更多题材以及玩法的不同组合。 What happens when you die? According to this hit NBC series, you either find yourself in The Good Place — a heavenly paradise, for all eternity — or, you know, the other place *cough* down there. The show stars Kristen Bell as the flawed, yet endearing Eleanor Shellstrop who discovers she s in heaven by mistake. Her attempt to hide in plain sight is consistently put to the test once she s assigned a soulmate. Chidi (William Jackson Harper), a former professor of ethics and philosophy, is that partner. Throughout the series, he, along with new friends Tahani (Jameela Jamil) and Jason (Manny Jacinto), help to keep Eleanor on the straight and narrow. But when it s revealed that The Good Place may not be all that good, Michael (Ted Danson), its architect, throws one challenge after another at the group, only to find himself questioning his own reason of being. For a series that mixes silly visuals with existential themes, The Good Place reveals itself as a celebration of humanity, community, and the enduring notion of progress.Where to watch: Netflix, 4 seasons
Zombie movies, like zombies themselves, always seem to be on the verge of a sluggish, protracted death only for a new filmmaker to come along and revitalize them yet again. Such was the case with Korean director Yeon Sang-ho’s 2016 film Train to Busan, which took its elevator pitch premise (“Zombies on a train!”) and turned it into a stylish, pulse-pounding, heartfelt thriller.Four years on, Yeon is ready to return with a film that as you can see from its title is more than just Train 2. Here’s what we know about Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula so far.There Won’t Be a Zombie Seok-woo(Photo by ©Well Go USA Entertainment)As you can probably guess from its Fast Furious Presents: Hobbs Shaw-like title, Peninsula will be set in the same world as the original movie, but isn’t a traditional sequel. Unfortunately, that means the hero of Train to Busan Yoo Gong’s Seok-woo really did sacrifice himself to save his daughter and won’t be returning either as one of the undead or as a bit of “Surprise! He survived!” plot trickery. Yeon has confirmed that Peninsula follows a wholly separate cast of new characters.The Title Refers to Korea Itself(Photo by ©Well Go USA)In some early interviews, director Yeon explained that in the new film, which is set four years after the original, all government authority in North and South Korea has been decimated, and there’s nothing really left to identify it as the civilizations they once were. So it’s no longer “Korea,” it’s simply “the peninsula.”Yeon Is Going Big(Photo by ©Well Go USA)While the claustrophobia of Train to Busan was a huge reason for its being so terrifyingly effective, Peninsula is aiming for a much larger scale (Yeon has been quoted saying that the scale of Peninsula will make Busan look like a tiny, indie film by comparison).The New Lead is From Busan, but Not From Busan(Photo by ©Well Go USA)Actor Gang Dong-won, who was supposed to make his Hollywood debut in 2019 in a currently shelved Simon West disaster film called Tsunami LA, actually hails from Busan, South Korea in real life (but was not in the first film in this series). In Peninsula, Dong-won plays Jung Seok, a soldier who managed to escape from the “peninsula” only to be ordered to return along with a new group of soldiers on a mysterious retrieval mission.It s Less Sociological Study, More Mad Max(Photo by ©Well Go USA)The original movie featured a cross section of South Korean society, from workaholic salary-man Seok-woo to arrogant and selfish COO Yon-suk to a PTSD-ridden homeless man, all having their everyday lives thrown into chaos when the zombies appear. Yeon has cited films like Land of the Dead, The Road, The Road Warrior, and Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome as main influences on Peninsula, which would indicate a more post-apocalyptic action flick than just zombie invasion horror.And We Mean a Lot more Mad Max, as in Zombie Thunderdome (Photo by ©Well Go USA)One of the first stills released from Peninsula appears to show some kind of fighting arena where survivors are thrown into the octagon against zombies, and the first trailer includes footage that backs up this idea. This also tracks with Yeon’s claims that he is exploring a world in ruin, where society has broken down and there are new, more savage, rules at play. Jung Seok and his fellow soldiers will find their mission jeopardized when they discover a group of survivors in this savage world trying to get off the peninsula.Peninsula Might Feel Timely, but It Won t Address the Origin of the Zombie VirusPeninsula was in the works before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the world, but Yeon claims that people are now seeing the sort of selfishness that leads to the tragedy he explored in Busan. He has teased that any origin or explanation for what caused the zombie outbreak would be fodder for another film. That said, Peninsula is technically the third film in the franchise; Yeon started his career as an animator, and in fact planned on making Train to Busan as an animated film until a producer encouraged him to consider live action. However, Yeon had done an animated film called Seoul Station that was made before Busan but released after, serving as a prequel to that film.Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula does not have an official release date in the US yet, but is expected sometime in Summer 2020.亚博电子游戏网址Join us weekly as Rotten Tomatoes reports on what s indie features are streaming. From promising releases by new voices to experimental efforts from storied filmmakers – or perhaps the next indie darling to go the distance for end-of-year accolades – we will break it all down for you here each week.This week for our Indie Fresh List, we have a time capsule documentary about young Hollywood in the 80s/ 90s, a heart-wrenching drama about the Guatemalan military coup as seen through the eyes of the women who lived through it, and a Certified Fresh horror film that asks what would happen if your dreams turned on you.New This Weekend
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The American Film Institute (AFI) has just announced its official selections of the top 10 movies and TV shows for 2018. Among the film honorees are some recognizable titles with a lot of awards buzz, like The Irishman, 1917, and Marriage Story with genre favorites Knives Out and Jokerjoining their ranks. On the TV side, favorites like Game of Thrones, Veep and The Crown are joined by acclaimed newcomers, Chernobyl and Watchmen. In addition to the 20 honorees, AFI also recognized Parasite and Fleabag with AFI Special Awards, designated for a work of excellence outside the Institute’s criteria for American film and television. Read below for the full list of AFI winners.Top 10 Movies
Disney+ has the potential to utterly change the streaming market. First hinted at several years ago and announced in 2017, Disney s bid to enter the field seemed to spur on its quest to purchase the 20th Century Fox assets and separate itself from Netflix.One potentially important difference, depending on the details, is price: .99. Netflix s lowest tier is available at .99 (one screen at a time with standard definition). Also, at launch, Disney+ will be available to U.S. consumers in a bundle with ad-supported Hulu and ESPN+ for .99 per month, CEO Bob Iger announced in a Walt Disney Company earnings call on August 6 — that is, the same as the mid-tier pricing plan for Netflix (watch on two screens at a time with HD available and video downloads available on two phones or tablets). Netflix s premium plan is priced at .99 per month.Now that the platform will launch in just a few months, the shape of Disney+ at launch is becoming clearer – as is its roadmap for the first few years of its life. With competitive pricing, key feature-film brands, and an impressive library, Disney’s streaming service could become a major competitor to Netflix. And now with Fox in the family, the potential is even bigger. Come take a look at what we know about Disney+ and how it might change your viewing habits in the 2020s.Disney+ s Price and Launch DateStarting November 12, 2019, subscribers can enjoy 7,500 episodes of both current and concluded TV shows (like The Simpsons), 25 original series — including Star Wars series The Mandalorian at launch — 10 original movies and specials, 100 recently-released Disney theatrical films, and 400 movies from Disney’s library for .99 a month (or a yearly price of .99). That price point will definitely make people give Disney+ a try. Then there is the bundle with Hulu and ESPN+ at .99, giving subscribers a whole lot to love about this new streaming service.Consumers can subscribe to Disney+ directly at DisneyPlus.com or via in-app purchase from the following partner platforms and devices (dependent on country):Amazon (Fire TV Devices, Fire TV Edition Smart TVs, and Fire Tablets)Apple (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple TV, and fully integrated with the Apple TV app; customers can subscribe to Disney+ via in-app purchase)Google (Android phones, Android TV devices, Google Chromecast and Chromecast built-in devices)LG Smart TVs with webOSMicrosoft (Xbox One)Samsung Smart TVsSony / Sony Interactive Entertainment (all Android based Sony TVs and PlayStation®4)Roku (Roku® streaming players and Roku TV™ models)For a full list of supported devices visit here.See The Launch List below for the full roster of film and show titles.Disney+ Will Be Home Disney’s Family Programming, Including Pixar Films(Photo by © Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures )The service will focus on the more family-friendly aspects of the Disney empire, including its Pixar Animation Studios films. Other film content includes the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Star Wars movies, and the animated library of the Walt Disney Studio itself. The entire Pixar library,” all “animated Disney classics from the vault,” and more recent features like Moana and Frozen debut on the platform across the first year, Kevin Mayer, Disney chairman of Direct-to-Consumer International, explained at the service’s D23 presentation in August. He also mentioned that movies like Bedknobs and Broomsticks will also be available alongside 5,000 episodes of Disney Channel and Disney Jr. content. And once on the service, this material will be there “permanently,” according to Mayer.The potential here is huge, especially when one considers just how vast Disney’s film and television holdings really are. Beyond the obvious Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, and Disney animation content, there is the wealth of ABC family sitcoms, older archival material from the ’50s and ’60s, and even PG material from 20th Century Fox, including PG-13 Avatar. Not all of it will be available at launch, of course, but the content Disney+ will contain is staggering. So whether your nostalgia compels you to watch That’s So Raven, Malcolm in the Middle, or the odd episode of The Wonder World of Color, Disney+ will eventually have you covered.Meanwhile, Disney’s less family-friendly material will likely find a home at Hulu, which Disney now controls after agreeing to buy Comcast’s stake in the service. Expect the Alien films and classic Fox fare like Dr. Dolittle and Cleopatra to appear on that service before too long.See The Launch List below for the full roster of film and show titles.Disney+ Will Feature at Least Three Star Wars ShowsThe Mandalorian(Photo by Disney+)As streaming services will need “killer app”–style content at launch from now on, Disney+ s first announced exclusive series is The Mandalorian, a stand-alone Star Wars series from Iron Man director Jon Favreau. As he previously revealed, the series will feature all-new characters making their way in the galaxy after the fall of the Empire in Return of the Jedi, but before The First Order’s deadly attack on the New Republic in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Into that milieu, audiences will discover a Mandalorian gunfighter operating on the Outer Rim, where the worries of the New Republic barely exist and violence still forms the rule of law.The Mandalorian will star Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow, Carl Weathers, Omid Abtahi, Werner Herzog, and Nick Nolte, according to StarWars.com’s official announcement. Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels) is directing the first episode (and executive producing alongside Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and Colin Wilson), while other directors will include Deborah Chow (Jessica Jones), Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), Bryce Dallas Howard (Solemates), and Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok).Untitled Obi-Wan Kenobi Series(Photo by Industrial Light & Magic/Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation/Courtesy Everett Collection)In August, multiple outlets reported that Ewan McGregor was in talks to potentially return to the franchise as Obi-Wan Kenobi, reprising his role in a limited series on the streaming service after a potential prequel film about the character fell apart in 2017. The event series could consist of up to six episodes, according to original source StarWarsNews.net. McGregor famously took over the role of Ben Kenobi in the Star Wars prequels from Alec Guinness, who played Luke Skywalker s Jedi mentor in the original trilogy.McGregor appeared on the D23 stage to confirm the rumors with a simple “yes.” The series will be set in a time contemporaneous with the events of Solo: A Star Wars Story, according to a timeline shown during the D23 presentation. We are really close, we have all the scripts written, we are ready to start shooting next year, Kennedy said.(Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)McGregor added that after four years of starts and stops, it was wonderful to finally say he was back.The new series takes place eight years after the events of Revenge of the Sith, where we last saw Obi-Wan delivering the infant Luke Skywalker to his Tatooine homestead, StarWars.com reported.At the end of September, StarWars.com also announced that Deborah Chow, who directed episodes of The Mandalorian, will helm the series.“We really wanted to select a director who is able to explore both the quiet determination and rich mystique of Obi-Wan in a way that folds seamlessly into the Star Wars saga, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy said. Based on her phenomenal work developing our characters in The Mandalorian, I’m absolutely confident Deborah is the right director to tell this story.”The series will be written by Hossein Amini (The Alienist, Drive). Chow, Amini, and McGregor will serve as executive producers alongside Kennedy, Tracey Seaward (The Queen), and John Swartz (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story). Lucasfilm’s Executive Vice President Production Jason McGatlin will serve as co-producer.RELATED: Everything We Know About The Mandalorian Untitled Cassian Andor Series(Photo by Walt Disney Pictures/Lucasfilm)The second series, which has not yet been named, will feature Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’s Diego Luna reprising his role as Rebel spy Cassian Andor. Alan Tudyk will also return as Cassian’s droll droid accomplice K-2SO. Considering the events of Rogue One, the series will be a prequel to that film and chart his earlier operations with the still-growing Rebel Alliance.During the Disney+ presentation at D23, Kennedy referred to the program as a “spy series,” suggesting a certain tone for the production. As it is a prequel to Rogue One, Luna quipped “we’re going to look younger” and said the first season will be “10 hours or more.”The service will also be the exclusive home of Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ seventh season. The animated series was something of a victim of Lucasfilm s transition into the Disney family, but its dedicated fanbase was happy to learn it would continue on Disney+ when executive producer Dave Filoni announced its return at Comic-Con back in 2018. The new season will debut in February 2020.Each show illustrates Disney s dedication to the Star Wars brand and the understanding that programs set in that universe will get people to subscribe.See The Launch List below for the full roster of film and show titles.Avengers Heroes Loki, Scarlet Witch, Vision, Falcon, and Winter Soldier Will Star in Their Own Disney+ Series(Photo by @ Marvel Studios)Marvel Studios will enter the television format for the first time on Disney+ by producing a number of limited series set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And with Marvel Studios CEO Kevin Feige’s promotion to Chief Creative Officer of Marvel, the television and film offerings will be more entwined than ever before. The initial three series developed for the platform are key components of the MCU’s Phase 4 timeline. Additionally, Feige recently clarified characters from the forthcoming She-Hulk, Moon Knight, and Ms. Marvel series will make their way into Marvel movies after they debut on Disney+. As someone once said, “It’s all connected,” and the Disney+ series will be required viewing for Marvel fans.RELATED: 21 Most Memorable Movie Moments: The Snap from Avengers: Infinity War (2018) The Falcon and the Winter SoldierNew concept art from #TheFalconAndTheWinterSoldier from the #DisneyPlus doc Marvel Studios: Expanding the Universe pic.twitter.com/2bbHWw63Uw Rotten Tomatoes (@RottenTomatoes) November 12, 2019The first of these will be The Falcon and the Winter Soldier starring Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan in the title roles. Picking up from the events of Avengers: Endgame, the series will reportedly deal with Sam (Mackie) deciding to pick up the shield and name Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) gave him in the film’s closing moments. Emily VanCamp will return as Sharon Carter, while Daniel Brühl will reprise his role as Zemo, the man who brought down the Avengers in Captain America: Civil War, while Wyatt Russell will play John Walker — the U.S. Agent of Marvel Comics fame.Our first look at Wyatt Russell s character John Walker in #TheFalconAndTheWinterSoldier pic.twitter.com/KHcuVsP3sE— Rotten Tomatoes (@RottenTomatoes) November 12, 2019Will he stoke the flames of unrest around the Falcon’s ascendancy as the new Cap? The series, which began production in the first full week of November 2019, is set to debut in August 2020.WandaVisionNext will be WandaVision with Elizabeth Olsen returning as Wanda Maximoff – aka the Scarlet Witch – and Paul Bettany as Vision. But how can this be? Vision died in Avengers: Infinity War and was not one of the lucky ones revived during the Second Snap. Olsen once said the series will see Wanda and Vision in a “1950s” setting, which suggests the series may be taking its cues from the 2015 Vision comic book series. In that story by Tom King and Gabriel Walta, Vision created his own ideal nuclear family. It goes very wrong. At the D23 presentation, writer Jac Schaeffer said the show will be “half-sitcom” and “half MCU adventure.” A video revealing The Dick Van Dyke Show as a major influence only strengthened the impression that Wanda may be wishing herself into another genre altogether. And whatever Wanda does to make her own idyllic life, a grown up Monica Rambeau (played by Teyonah Parris) will be there to bring her back to the present. At D23, Feige announced Kat Dennings had joined the cast — reprising her role as Thor’s Darcy Lewis — with Randall Park also reprising his role as Ant-Man and the Wasp’s Agent Jimmy Woo. And to accent the sitcom feel, Kathryn Hahn will play the “nosey neighbor” in that laugh track reality. The events of the series will tie directly to the upcoming film Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which will also feature Olsen. The series, reportedly also in production, will arrive on Disney+ in early 2021.(Photo by Walt Disney Pictures)Tom Hiddleston will return as the God of Mischief in the 2021 limited series Loki. The story will follow the Loki who escaped from custody in Endgame with a divergent copy of the Space Stone. It seems he will also get access to time travel as early photos see Loki in a 1970s New York. Divergent timelines are a hell of thing and this will presumably be the series to examine what it means for the MCU going forward. Also, Feige recently mentioned the series will create repercussions that will be felt in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, further strengthening the ties between the Disney+ programs and the films.What If …?Marvel Studios will also provide Disney+ with an animated series. Based on the classic Marvel Comics title What If …?, each animated segment will address a different outcome to key MCU events – probably through the lens of those pesky divergent timelines. As an example, the first episode will ask “What if Peggy Carter took the super solider serum instead of Steve Rogers?” The answer will feature the voice of Hayley Atwell as a super-strong Agent Carter and, presumably, the voice of Evans as a 98-lb Steve who becomes the first Iron Man thanks to Howard Stark. Tying the series together will be Jeffrey Wright as Uatu the Watcher, the host of the What If …? comic book and the viewer’s guide into the strangest of the Marvel series for the streaming service, which will debut in mid 2021.HawkeyeBrand new #Hawkeye concept art from #DisneyPlus s Marvel Studios: Expanding the Universe pic.twitter.com/Ad8KXxO2bi Rotten Tomatoes (@RottenTomatoes) November 12, 2019Jeremy Renner will play Clint Barton once more in Hawkeye. The last of the Phase 4 Disney+ series will see Clint meeting and training a new Hawkeye named Kate Bishop. The part has not yet been cast, but the character is a fan favorite from comic books like Young Avengers and her own Hawkeye comics. It will premiere in 2021.Ms. MarvelBased on the Kamala Khan character created in 2013 by Sana Amanat, Stephen Wacker, G. Willow Wilson, and Adrian Alphona, the series will introduce the popular teen Inhuman to the MCU. And as Feige put it, “You will meet her in her Disney+ series and see her in our films.” A commitment to what Ms. Marvel fans have wanted for ages.Moon KnightThe subject of many rumors during Marvel’s alliance with Netflix, Disney+ will serve as home to a Moon Knight series. As Feige explained, it is an “action adventure series” featuring the Marvel character Mark Specter. “He was left for dead and he may or may not be infused with powers from the moon god,” he explained “Or he might be crazy.”She-HulkBut in a move which thrilled the D23 audience, Feige revealed She-Hulk will join the Disney+ lineup. “Bruce Banner is no longer the only Hulk in the MCU. She’s a Hulk and she’s a lawyer,” Feige said.Disney+ Will Feature a Monsters, Inc. Series, Muppets, New Lizzie McGuire, and Other Series Based on Disney and Fox Properties(Photo by ©Walt Disney Co./Courtesy Everett Collection)Outside of Marvel and Star Wars, Disney+ will rely on some of its best-known properties to entice Disney fans into subscribing. Series based on Monsters Inc. and The Mighty Ducks are both in development. A new version of High School Musical based around one school s production of High School Musical, is also on its way.A new Muppets short-form series, Muppets Now, will see the Jim Henson characters in new, “unscripted” situations.Monsters at Work stars Ben Feldman as a recent graduate of Monsters University — he graduated scareum-cum-laude — who goes to work at Monsters Inc. on the day it switches from scaring kids to making them laugh; a skill set he definitely lacks. Aisha Tyler also stars as his mother.The service will also feature a revived Lizzie McGuire series with Hilary Duff reprising her role from the original Disney Channel series. Lizzie is about to turn 30, but that animated teenager is still bouncing around in her head. Original creator Terri Minsky is also on board.And for fans of Disney history, the service will also feature Ink Paint, a docu-series centered on the women who made many of the Disney animated classics possible with little or no recognition for their work as members of the studio s Ink Paint department. Another untitled docu-series is also in the works.In the realm of features, Disney+ will be the exclusive home of the upcoming Lady and the Tramp live-action remake. Tessa Thompson and Justin Theroux will voice the title roles, with Yvette Nicole Brown, Benedict Wong, and Janelle Monáe set to lend their talents to the production.The service will also revive Touchstone s Sister Act series with a third installment, although, according to Whoopi Goldberg, her participation may be limited to a walk-on cameo as the film takes the concept of a witn
King of the Crop: Aquaman Leaps To The Surface And Pursues The Clouds(Photo by Warner Bros)Aquaman led the way this weekend, grossing more than the next three films combined. It’s .4 million start was the 9th best ever in December (it made another .7 million with Amazon previews last weekend) and yet was still the weakest opening in the DC Universe to date by some margin. That should be expected given the rejection of Justice League which introduced Jason Momoa’s superhero. That film opened to .4 million and finished with 9 million – itself the weakest gross of the Universe. Aquaman would really have to fail with audiences going forward not to reach that amount. The film’s support with critics dropped as the Tomatometer has fallen to 64% after some initial robust reviews from the junket crowd. Aquaman’s worldwide total has risen to over 2 million.Fresh Surprise: Bumblebee Shocks, But Not At Box Office(Photo by Paramount)There is only one number that earns Bumblebee its slot here and it s certainly not its opening weekend. Bumblebee s million start is less than half of what Transformers: The Last Knight opened to. No, the real impressive number is the Tomatometer score: 94%. The total score of the four Michael Bay Transformers sequels combined is just 88%. That’s four films. (The original received a 57%.) Whether or not Bumblebee can continue to draw family audiences in such a crowded season remains to be seen, but even catching The Last Knight’s 0 million means the 5 million production will be relying on its international draw to turn a profit. None of the live-action Transformers films have grossed less than 0 million worldwide.Rotten Returns: Welcome To Marwen! Hello? Seriously, You Can Come In.(Photo by Universal)In a sad turn of events Robert Zemeckis’ current box office status is looking a lot like the beginning of his career, marked by I Wanna Hold Your Hand and Used Cars, before Romancing the Stone and Back to the Future saved him. Countless masterpieces later, the director has fallen on hard times again in ticket sales. Sony opened The Walk wide a week after The Martian. It grossed .7 million and finished with just .1m. Allied was an million production that Brad Pitt did no press for as he was in the middle of his domestic issues with Angelina Jolie. It ended up making just million domestic.This weekend, Universal opened Welcome to Marwen and it, unfortunately, reached new lows for Zemeckis. The film opened in just 1,911 theaters but a ,234 per-theater-average is weak for any release. Critically it is the worst-reviewed film of his career by a margin; What Lies Beneath received a 46%. That is just the fifth rotten score ever for Zemeckis, but the opening was even worse than The Walk with just a .3 million tally.
Ryan Reynolds stars in Free Guy, a movie about a video game character who suddenly breaks from his expected monotony to reach his full potential. And as it turns out, it’s also a movie that breaks from expectations to reach its full potential. That’s the consensus from the surprisingly very positive reviews from the new action-comedy, which hits theaters on August 13.While familiar in its premise and the latest movie to capitalize on a studio’s willingness to mash up famous pop culture IP, Free Guy is said to be a lot of fun, with tons of action, laughs, and heart, plus a bunch of surprises that critics aren’t divulging. The only place where reviews really disagree, though, is in where they land on Taika Waititi’s scene-chewing villainous role.Here’s what critics are saying about Free Guy:Is Free Guy more than it seems? “Free Guy is way better than you may have been expecting — in fact, it’s absolutely joyful.” Germain Lussier, io9.com“A very pleasant surprise.” Mark Cassidy, ComicBookMovie.com“Free Guy is surprisingly far more complex than expected.” Robert Daniels, The Playlist“I never expected to see a film that hilariously deals with philosophical conundrums the way The Good Place used to.” Sherin Nicole, idobi.com“One of the summer’s bigger surprises.” Joey Magidson, Awards RadarHow does it compare to other video game movies?“The best-ever video-game movie.” Ian Sandwell, Digital Spy“One of the best video game movies that Hollywood has managed to churn out.” Hoai-Tran Bui, Slashfilm“[One] of the best video game-themed movies in recent memory.” Germain Lussier, io9.com(Photo by 20th Century Studios)Will it appeal to gamers?“It actually understands what makes video games tick.” Hoai-Tran Bui, Slashfilm“There are numerous Easter eggs for gamers to find in the background details and, crucially, it s done with love for the culture, rather than any cynicism.” Ian Sandwell, Digital Spy“Very clearly a movie aimed at young gamers… and for a film aimed at gamers, it seems pretty oblivious to what that audience actually wants in a game.” Rob Hunter, Film School Rejects“When branching off the core story and trying to bring in certain elements, gamers may be less impressed with some of the gag choices.” Aaron Neuwirth, We Live EntertainmentWhat about non-gamers?“While it’s very respectful and true to gaming culture, it’s one of those movies that almost anyone could watch and find enjoyment in.” Germain Lussier, io9.com“If you’re not into video games, I wouldn’t say that’s a hurdle for Free Guy any more than not being into Lego is a hurdle for The Lego Movie.” Matt Goldberg, Collider“Free Guy is fun and visually stunning enough to hold the interest of anyone looking for a literal escape to something far away from the real world.” Catherine Springer, AwardsWatch“Free Guy is nothing if not a movie that wins you over in spite of your better judgment and best defenses.” David Ehrlich, IndieWire(Photo by 20th Century Studios)How is the action?“The film is loaded with wall-to-wall action, albeit the cartoonish kind that makes this solid family entertainment.” Chris Bumbray, JoBlo“The action is used not just to entertain, but to develop characters, which in turn endears them to the audience.” Germain Lussier, io9.comAnd the visuals?“The world-building is incredible… The set design and VFX are impeccable and engaging.” Yolanda Machado, Nerdist“They’re just flashy enough to make the world of Free City seem both fun to live in and kind of real.” Germain Lussier, io9.comWhat about the script?“Incredibly uplifting.” Matt Goldberg, Collider“However predictable, the journey to get there makes up for it by being akin to a rocket ship.” Germain Lussier, io9.com“So much energy has been poured into the creation of Free City that the plot suffered as a result.” Ian Sandwell, Digital Spy“If it sounds complicated, plot-wise, that s because it is, overly so, to the point that the film has to stop a couple of times to explain itself to some extent, although certain plot points remain unexplained, perhaps because the credited screenwriters could not remember the narrative point and/or lost the cocktail napkin on which the script was originally jotted down upon.” Peter Martin, Screen Anarchy“Free Guy is the unfortunate example that fails to add anything new… It neglects to build character and narrative of its own.” Rob Hunter, Film School Rejects(Photo by 20th Century Studios)Is it funny?“One of the funniest movies of the year.” Robert Daniels, The Playlist“Hilarious thanks to a few laugh-out-loud surprises courtesy of the merger between 20th Century Studios and the Walt Disney Company.” Joey Morona, Cleveland Plain DealerBut does it have heart?“It really believes in itself…there’s a real, beating heart beneath all that plastic packaging of Free Guy” Hoai-Tran Bui, Slashfilm“Will make your heart swell and burst.” Joey Morona, Cleveland Plain DealerDoes the r
亚博电子游戏网址 This month’s baker’s dozen of televisual offerings boasts timely, social-conscious comedies and dramas; a pair of reboots of beloved classics; several superhero (and otherwise witchily powered) protagonists; and one of the most engrossing and original cat-and-mouse thrillers of the new millennium. Buckle up, because April’s going to keep you busy!The Twilight Zone 66% (CBS All Access)What it is: A reboot of creator Rod Sterling’s eerie and prescient anthological classic from 1959, now hosted and produced by modern master of horror Jordan Peele (an Oscar winner for Get Out and record-breaker for Us)? All we can say is: Sign us up. Why you should watch it: When it comes to horror series that episodically tackle various social and political matters through a sci-fi and technology-driven lens, Netflix’s Black Mirror has been the buzzy new kid on the block for four seasons strong. But there’s still nothing like the taste of an original, and with Peele at the helm, this Twilight Zone is in more than capable hands. Catch up on the original series then tune in to season 1 of this reboot, which streams on CBS All Access April 1. Where to watch it: Amazon, Google Play, Microsoft, Netflix, VuduCommitment: Approx. 65 hours (for the original first five seasons)The Last O.G. (TBS)What it is: The Last O.G. is a laugh-out-loud comedy series with something to say. Following ex-con Tray (Tracy Morgan) as he readjusts to life in a gentrified Brooklyn after 15 years behind bars, the half-hour is ripe for fish-out-of-water gags while also portraying social matters of the day. Why you should watch it: Is Jordan Peele taking over the world? Apparently — because he’s also got credits this month as the co-creator of this acclaimed comedy series on TBS. Starring a never-better Morgan and Girls Trip breakout-turned-bonafide star Tiffany Haddish as his estranged ex, there’s no reason why the very funny Last O.G. shouldn’t make your binge list this month. Season 2 premieres April 2 on TBS. Where to watch it: Amazon, Google Play, Microsoft, Netflix, VuduCommitment: Approx. 3.5 hours (for the first season)Brockmire 98% (IFC)What it is: After suffering a public meltdown in the aftermath of his wife’s string of affairs, nationally acclaimed sports announcer Jim Brockmire (Hank Azaria) turns to drugs and alcohol to cope. Then one day, 10 years later, he decides to pick himself up, move to a small town, and get back to work calling games for the minor league Morristown Frackers.Why you should watch it: Six-time Emmy winner Azaria is perhaps best known for his voice work on The Simpsons, but it’s always a pleasure to watch him get to work in front of the camera. The laughs still land. To watch his growth through the titular Brockmire’s character arc in the first two seasons is simply great (and easily binge-able) comedic TV — and that’s not to mention the firecracker energy Amanda Peet brings as Azaria’s co-lead. Season 3 premieres April 3.Where to watch it: Amazon, Google Play, Microsoft, VuduCommitment: Approx. 6.5 hours (for the first two seasons)Cloak and Dagger 87% (Freeform)What it is: Marvel is at its best when highlighting young heroes who are in over their head while learning the gifts and limits to their newfound superpowers. Cloak Dagger comes with the twist that Tandy Bowen and Tyrone Johnson’s powers — emitting light and engulfing in darkness, respectively — are the yin to the other s yang, inexplicably connected and best when joined together. Their vastly different backgrounds make them unlikely partners, as do their growing feelings for one another. Why you should watch it: The chemistry between leads Tandy (Olivia Holt) and Tyrone (Aubrey Joseph) is the kind of urgent magnetism you can’t look away from — which makes a season 1 binge of this teen-oriented action-drama series go down easy. See what all the buzz is about before season 2 premieres on Freeform April 4. Where to watch it: Amazon, FandangoNow, Google Play, Hulu, VuduCommitment: Approx. 7 hours (for the first season)Chilling Adventures of Sabrina 81% (Netflix)What it is: Based on the beloved Archie comic and from creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, this iteration of Sabrina the Teenage Witch has a dark and spooky twist, charting the titular witch’s (Kiernan Shipka) coming of age as she’s forced to choose between human normalcy and her magic’s haunting lore.Why you should watch it: Who says Halloween can’t come early? Chilling Adventures of Sabrina was a hit out the gate last fall upon its debut, which was followed up by a Christmas special, satiating the appetites of Riverdale fans and the Melissa Joan Hart 90s series alike. Lucky for you, even more chilling adventures await this month. Season 2 premieres April 5.Where to watch: NetflixCommitment: Approx. 11 hours (for the first season)The Tick 95% (Amazon Prime)What it is: Creator Ben Edlund brings beloved comic-book The Tick to Amazon Prime, where his titular hero (here played by Peter Serafinowicz) tries to save his city from the presumed-dead supervillain secretly pulling political strings in the underground: the Terror. Why you should watch it: The Tick finds the perfect blend between superheroic, shoot-’em-up action and silly camp and comedy. Plus, the bromance between Serafinowicz’s hero and his unassuming sidekick, Arthur (Griffin Newman), is one for the books.Where to watch it: AmazonCommitment: Approx. 5 hours (for the first season)The Chi (Showtime)What it is: You’ve never seen Chicago like this. Created by Master of None Emmy winner Lena Waithe, this Showtime series portrays the city’s South Side neighborhood as a tapestry of want and need, violence and love, and altogether human after our central four heroes (played by Jason Mitchell, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, Jacob Latimore, and Alex R. Hibbert) are brought together in unexpected ways after one life- and community-altering event. Why you should watch it: The Chi is an unflinching, authentic, and timely coming-of-age drama boasting some of the best actors and writers — well-known and otherwise — working today. While the series’ namesake city has become a talking point of good and bad on Capitol Hill, it offers a timely look at some of the social and justice issues being debated in that spotlight today while still being nuanced, character-driven entertainment. Season 2 premieres on Showtime April 7.Where to watch it: Amazon, FandangoNow, Google Play, Hulu, VuduCommitment: Approx. 8 hours (for the first season)Killing Eve 89% (BBC America)What it is: From the mind of Fleabag’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Killing Eve is a female-driven cat-and-mouse espionage thriller between a globetrotting assassin, Villanelle (Jodie Comer), and a MI5 security operative, the titular Eve (Sandra Oh).Why you should watch it: There is something so effortlessly watchable and utterly likable about Oh, and the fact that Killing Eve gives her the opportunity to flex that charm (and brains and brawn and sensuality — the list goes on) as a top-billed leading lady is reason enough to watch. The fact that she’s met mark-for-mark by relative newcomer Comer is the reason you’ll stick around for the binge and want more when you’re done. Season 2 premieres on BBC America April 7. Where to watch it: Amazon, Google Play, Hulu, MicrosoftCommitment: Approx. 6 hours (for the first season)Game of Thrones 89% (HBO)What it is: This critical darling and fan-favorite fantasy series needs no introduction. Based on George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire book series, Game of Thrones charts the rise and fall of families and kingdoms in the mythical Westeros as one after another fights for the Iron Throne.Why you should watch it: Over the course of its seven seasons, Game of Thrones has tapped into the cultural zeitgeist, become Monday’s mandatory water-cooler conversation, and stirred national debate on what’s to come for its ensemble of beloved characters. Fan theories abound, so if you’re new to Westeros, stay away from Reddit until you’re all caught up. We promise it’s an adventure you don’t want to miss. Season 8 (its last) premieres on HBO April 14.Where to watch: Amazon, FandangoNOW, Google Play, HBO Now, Microsoft, VuduCommitment: Approx. 65 hours (for the first seven seasons)Bosch 97% (Amazon Prime)What it is: Titus Welliver stars as Harry Bosch, a steely, determined homicide detective keeping watch over the City of Angels in this Amazon Prime original series. Each season follows one major case and strikes the perfect balance between contemporary crime grit and smooth, yesteryear noir.Why you should watch it: Bosch may be the best crime series you’ve never heard of. Change that! Co-creator Eric Ellis Overmyer is a seasoned vet of the genre, with roots planted firmly in the crime genre. Homicide: The Movie and Law Order both earned him Emmy nominations in 2000 and 2002, respectively. He knows his way around the daily dramas of LAPD homicide and proves the perfect collaborator for the source material’s author, Michael Connelly. Season 5 premieres on Amazon Prime April 19.Where to watch: AmazonCommitment: About 30 hours (for the first four seasons)Cobra Kai 93% (YouTube Premium)What it is: Cobra Kai charts the re-opening of The Karate Kid’s infamous Cobra Kai dojo from none other than Johnny Lawrence himself. It makes for a modern-day twist on the classic 1980s film franchise.Why you should watch it: It’s 2018, and nostalgia is the name of the game. Luckily, Cobra Kai, from creator Robert Mark Kamen, has it in spades. Featuring committed performances from Karate Kid original players Ralph Macchio as Daniel and William Zabka as Johnny, this reboot feels as comfortable and entertaining as ever, and it’s further brought to life by an ensemble of young actors finding their own footing in the discipline of karate. Season 2 premieres on YouTube Premium (formerly YouTube Red) April 24.Where to watch it: YouTube PremiumCommitment: Approx. 5 hours (for the first season)The 100 93% (The CW)What it is: Here’s another intelligent, original take on the post-nuclear apocalypse from Jason Rothenberg for the CW. Set 97 years after nuclear war wiped out humanity, the mere thousands remaining survived by escaping on an ark-like spaceship that remained within Earth’s orbit. The twisty caveat? The series’ title represents the 100 juvenile prisoners who, against their will, are forced out of the Ark and back to Earth to learn if it’s habitable. To their surprise, it turns out that some humans lived through the nuclear war from the century prior — and not all of them are ready to befriend the young visitors.Why you should watch it: As is the case with much of the CW’s slate of programming, The 100 is led by an impressive ensemble of young, breakout actors who are made all the more impressive by their series’ meatier material. Plus with an air-tight concept as its foundation, there’s a reason we’ve been coming back for five seasons now. Season 6 premieres April 30.Where to watch it: Amazon, FandangoNow, Google Play, Netflix, Microsoft, VuduCommitment: Approx. 50 hours (for the first five seasons)Thumbnail photo credits: Game of Thrones by Helen Sloane/HBO; Cobra Kai for YouTube Premium; Killing Eve for BBC AMERICA/Sid Gentle Films Ltd.
ian town discover a mysterious film hidden in its basement, they unleash an alluring succubus who gives them a sex education written in blood. (World Premiere)Saint FrancesDirector: Alex ThompsonScreenwriter: Kelly O SullivanCast: Ramona Edith-Williams, Kelly O Sullivan, Lily Mojekwu, Charin Alvarez, Jim True-Frost, Max Lipchitz, Mary Beth Fisher, Francis Guinan, Bradley Grant SmithAt the start of the summer, Bridget has an abortion just as she lands a much-needed job in affluent Evanston, Illinois — nannying a six-year old. (World Premiere)South MountainDirector/Screenwriter: Hilary BrougherCast: Talia Balsam, Scott Cohen, Andrus Nichols, Michael Oberholtzer, Naian Gonzalez, Midori Francis, Macaulee Rusnak Cassaday, Isis Masoud, Violet Rea,Guthrie MassWhen her teenagers head off to camp and her husband abruptly leaves her to begin a new family, Lila is left to her own curious and chaotic devices for a summer in her rural home in the Catskill mountains. (World Premiere)Yes, God, YesDirector/Screenwriter: Karen MaineCast: Natalia Dyer, Timothy Simons, Wolfgang Novogratz, Francesca Reale, Susan Blackwell, Parker Wierling, Alisha Boe, Donna Lynne ChamplinAfter an innocent AOL chat turns racy, a Catholic teenager in the early 2000s discovers masturbating and struggles to suppress her urges in the face of eternal damnation. (World Premiere)DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION(Photo by Waad al-Kateab)Ernie JoeDirector: Jenifer McShaneErnie Joe follows two officers with the San Antonio Police Department mental health unit who are diverting people away from jail and into mental health treatment — one 911 call at a time. (World Premiere)For SamaDirectors: Waad al-Khateab, Edward WattsFor Sama tells the epic story of a young woman’s journey through love, war and motherhood across five years of the uprising in Aleppo, Syria. (World Premiere)Museum TownDirector: Jennifer Trainer, Screenwriters: Noah Bashevkin, Pola Rapaport, Jennifer TrainerFrom the ashes of a deserted factory, an ambitious center for contemporary art has emerged. With MASS MoCA, a familiar story of deindustrialization in a rural American town finds an unconventional route to recovery. (World Premiere)Nothing Fancy: Diana Kennedy (United Kingdom, U.S.)Director: Elizabeth CarrollAward-winning cookbook author, diehard environmentalist and feisty British nonagenarian Diana Kennedy reflects on an unconventional life spent mastering the cuisines of Mexico. (World Premiere)StuffedDirector: Erin DerhamStuffed is a documentary feature film about the surprising world of taxidermy and the passionate artists across the world who see life where others only see death. (World Premiere)(Photo by Jan Balster)TreadDirector: Paul SoletPushed to his breaking point, a master welder in a small town at the foot of the Rocky Mountains quietly fortifies a bulldozer with 30 tons of concrete and steel and seeks to destroy those he believes have wronged him. (World Premiere)Vision PortraitsDirector/Screenwriter: Rodney EvansA feature-length documentary that chronicles the creative paths of blind and visually impaired artists including a photographer (John Dugdale), dancer (Kayla Hamilton), writer (Ryan Knighton) and the film s director, Rodney Evans. (World Premiere)We Are The Radical MonarchsDirector: Linda Goldstein KnowltonMeet the Radical Monarchs, a group of young girls of color at the front lines of social justice. Set in Oakland, the film documents the journey of the group as they form, grow, and earn badges for units like Black Lives Matter and Radical Beauty (World Premiere)Well GroomedDirector/Screenwriter: Rebecca SternWell Groomed travels the humorous, visually stunning world of Competitive Creative Dog Grooming alongside the colorful women transforming their beloved poodles into living sculptures. (World Premiere)Why Can t I Be Me? Around YouDirectors/Screenwriters: Harrod Blank, Sjoerd DijkRusty, a male race enthusiast, decides at 53 to get breasts. His father cuts his pay, his motorcycle friends abandon him and the women he dates all reject him. Rusty pursues her new identity and only hopes to gain acceptance from others. (World Premiere)HEADLINERS(Photo by NEON / VICE)The Beach BumDirector/Screenwriter: Harmony KorineCast: Matthew McConaughey, Snoop Dogg, Isla Fisher, Stefania Lavie Owen, Jimmy Buffett, Zac Efron, Martin LawrenceThe Beach Bum follows the hilarious misadventures of Moondog (Matthew McConaughey), a rebellious rogue who always lives life by his own rules. Co-starring Snoop Dogg, Zac Efron, and Isla Fisher, The Beach Bum is a refreshingly original and subversive. (World Premiere)BooksmartDirector: Olivia WildeScreenwriters: Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins, Susanna Fogel, Katie SilbermanCast: Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein, Jessica Williams, Will Forte, Lisa Kudrow, Jason SudeikisOn the eve of graduating high school, two academic superstars and best friends realize they should have worked less and played more. Determined to not fall short of their peers, the girls set out on a mission to cram four years of fun into one night. (World Premiere)Good BoysDirector: Gene StupnitskyScreenwriters: Lee Eisenberg, Gene Stupnitsky, Beth Stelling, John PhillipsCast: Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. Williams, Brady Noon, Molly Gordon, Midori Francis, Josh CarasThe writers of Superbad and the producers of Sausage Party take on sixth grade in Universal Pictures’ Good Boys, an R-rated comedy about three friends on an epic one-day odyssey of bad decisions. (World Premiere)The HighwaymenDirector: John Lee HancockScreenwriter: John FuscoCast: Kevin Costner, Woody Harrelson, Kathy Bates, Kim DickinsonTexas Ranger Frank Hamer reflects on what made him a great lawman as he comes out of retirement to hunt down Bonnie and Clyde. (World Premiere)Untitled Seth Rogen/ Charlize Theron ComedyDirector: Jonathan LevineScreenwriter: Dan SterlingCast: Seth Rogen, Charlize Theron, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Andy Serkis, June Diane Raphael, Ravi Patel and Alexander SkarsgårdAn ambitious diplomat with a spotless reputation and a hard-partying journalist hilariously redefine “international relations” as they try to keep their red-hot romance under wraps. (World Premiere)UsDirector/Screenwriter: Jordan PeeleCast: Lupita Nyong o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Anna Diop, Evan Alex, Shahadi Wright-Joseph, Madison Curry, Cali SheldonAn original nightmare from Oscar-winner Jordan Peele (Get Out), starring Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke, Us pits an average American family against a terrifying opponent: doppelgängers of themselves. (World Premiere)NARRATIVE SPOTLIGHT(Photo by Nolwen Cifuentes)Adopt a HighwayDirector/Screenwriter: Logan Marshall-GreenCast: Ethan Hawke, Elaine Hendrix, Diana Gaeta Marshall-Green, Betty Gabriel, Mo McRae, Chris Sullivan, Nate Mooney, Christopher Heyerdahl, Anne Marie JohnsonAfter being released from prison following a twenty year sentence for a minor offense, an ex-con must learn to navigate the world while coming to terms with his own life which has moved on — all while caring for an abandoned baby he finds in a dumpster. (World Premiere)The Art of Self-DefenseDirector/Screenwriter: Riley StearnsCast: Jesse Eisenberg, Alessandro Nivola, Imogen PootsThe Art of Self-Defense stars Jesse Eisenberg and is set in the world of karate. Eisenberg plays a man who is attacked on the street and enlists in a local dojo, led by a charismatic Sensei (Nivola), in an effort to learn how to defend himself. (World Premiere)Come As You AreDirector: Richard WongScreenwriter: Erik LinthorstCast: Grant Rosenmeyer, Hayden Szeto, Ravi Patel, Gabourey Sidibe, Janeane Garofalo, C.S. Lee, Jennifer Jelsema, Martha Kuwahara, Delaney Feener, Asta PhilpotThree young men with disabilities embark on a road trip to a brothel in Montreal catering to people with special needs to lose their virginity and embrace their independence. Inspired by a true story and remake of the Belgian film Hasta La Vista. (World Premiere)The Day Shall Come (United Kingdom, U. S.)Director: Chris MorrisScreenwriters: Chris Morris, Jesse ArmstrongCast: Marchánt Davis, Anna Kendrick, Danielle Brooks, Denis O HareAn impoverished preacher who brings hope to the Miami projects is offered cash to save his family from eviction. He has no idea his sponsor works for the FBI who plan to turn him into a criminal by fueling his madcap revolutionary dreams. (World Premiere)(Photo by Carmen Hilbert)Frances FergusonDirector: Bob ByingtonScreenwriter: Scott KingCast: Kaley Wheless, Nick Offerman, Keith Poulson, David KrumholtzA small town s reaction to scandal. (World Premiere)I m Just F*cking With YouDirector: Adam MasonScreenwriters: Gregg Zehenter, Scott BarkanCast: Keir O’Donnell, Hayes MacArthur, Jessica McNameeA young man and his sister endure a night of increasingly frightening practical jokes while spending the night at a secluded motel. (World Premiere)Mother s Little HelpersDirector/Screenwriter: Kestrin PanteraCast: Breeda Wool, Melanie Hutsell, David Giuntoli, Sam Littlefield, Kestrin PanteraWhen Joy Pride, a groovy 70’s burn-out on the caboose of the flower power movement learns she has weeks to live, her estranged children come together to do right by a mother who always did them wrong. (World Premiere)Olympic DreamsDirector: Jeremy Teicher, Screenwriters: Alexi Pappas, Jeremy Teicher, Nick KrollCast: Nick Kroll, Alexi Pappas, Gus Kenworthy, Morgan Schild, Jamie AndersonIn the Athlete Village at the Olympic Winter Games, Penelope (Alexi Pappas), a cross-country skier, befriends Ezra (Nick Kroll), a volunteer dentist, after a disappointing finish in her race. Penelope and Ezra share a special but limited time together. (World Premiere)The Peanut Butter FalconDirectors/Screenwriters: Tyler Nilson, Michael SchwartzCast: Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson, Zack Gottsagen, John Hawkes, Bruce Dern, Thomas Haden Church, Jon Bernthal, Jake The Snake Roberts, Mick FoleyA young man with Down syndrome runs away from the retirement home where he lives to chase his dream of becoming a professional wrestler. (World Premiere)(Photo by Nigel Bluck)Pink WallDirector/Screenwriter: Tom CullenCast: Tatiana Maslany, Jay DuplassSix scenes. Six years. Six moments that shaped the relationship of Jenna and Leon. Pink Wall examines what defines us, the pressures of gender expectations, and our perpetual struggle between life and ambition. (World Premiere)Run This TownDirector/Screenwriter: Ricky TollmanCast: Ben Platt, Nina Dobrev, Mena Massoud, Damian Lewis, Jennifer Ehle, Scott SpeedmanA political aide tries to corral his brash, outspoken boss when a young researcher at a newspaper gets word of a scandal that could make or break both of their careers. (World Premiere)Sword of TrustDirector: Lynn SheltonScreenwriters: Lynn Shelton, Mike O BrienCast: Marc Maron, Jon Bass, Michaela Watkins, Jillian Bell, Toby Huss, Dan Bakkedahl, Tim Paul, Whitmer ThomasA curmudgeonly pawnshop owner and his man-child sidekick team up with an out of town couple to cash in on a family heirloom: a sword believed by alt history conspiracy nuts to be proof that the South won the Civil War. (World Premiere)VillainsDirectors/Screenwriters: Dan Berk, Robert OlsenCast: Bill Skarsgard, Maika Monroe, Kyra Sedgwick, Jeffrey DonovanWhen a pair of amateur criminals break into a suburban home, they stumble upon a dark secret and two sadistic homeowners who will do anything to keep it from getting out. (World Premiere)The Wall of MexicoDirectors: Zachary Cotler, Magdalena ZyzakScreenwriter: Zachary CotlerCast: Jackson Rathbone, Esai Morales, Marisol Sacramento, Carmela Zumbado, Alex Meneses, Moises Arias, with Mariel Hemingway, and Xander BerkeleyA young white handyman, hired by a wealthy Mexican-American family to upkeep their ranch, finds himself caught between disgruntled locals and the family s outrageously decadent daughters and discovers that something quite unusual is happening at the ranch. (World Premiere)DOCUMENTARY SPOTLIGHTAny One Of UsDirector: Fernando VillenaThrough the inspiring journey of a recovering athlete, Any One of Us offers an unprecedented glimpse into the traumatic world of spinal cord injuries. (World Premiere)AutonomyDirector: Alex HorwitzA feature documentary about the emerging technology of self-driving vehicles and the big questions they raise: what is control and who do we become as we relinquish it to machines? (World Premiere)Bellingcat — Truth in a Post-Truth WorldDirector/Screenwriter: Hans PoolBellingcat — Truth in a Post-Truth World explores the exclusive world of Bellingcat, a highly-skilled and controversial collective of “citizen investigative journalists” dedicated to redefining breaking news in the 21st century. (North American Premiere)BreakthroughDirector/Screenwriter: Bill HaneyBreakthrough tells the story of a renegade, blues-playing, Nobel prize-winning Texas scientist who created a cure for the world’s deadliest disease. Narrated by Woody Harrelson with a country-blues soundtrack. (World Premiere)Building the American DreamDirector: Chelsea HernandezIn Texas, construction workers face the deadliest conditions in the country. Building the American Dream follows three immigrant families who are rising up to seek justice and equality in an industry rife with exploitation. (World Premiere)Community First, A Home for the HomelessDirector: Layton BlaylockCommunity First, A Home for the Homeless is a feature documentary about a totally unique concept for mitigating homelessness. Conceived and created in Austin, Texas, Community First! Village is truly transforming the lives of homeless people. (World Premiere)(Photo by Derek Reich)Human NatureDirector: Adam BoltScreenwriters: Adam Bolt, Regina SobelA once-in-a-lifetime scientific discovery called CRISPR gives us the power to change what it means to be human. Now it’s up to us to decide how far we should go. (World Premiere)I Love You, Now Die: The Commonwealth Vs. Michelle CarterDirector: Erin Lee CarrTeen Michelle Carter s actions shocked a nation — but what really happened behind closed doors? This HBO special showcases the prosecution s point of view and alternately the defense s. Which side do you fall on? (World Premiere)It Started As a JokeDirectors: Julie Smith Clem, Ken DruckermanIt Started As a Joke documents the decade-long run of the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival. The film celebrates Eugene s unique brand of humor and reminds us of the healing properties of comedy – even in the most challenging of life’s circumstances. (World Premiere)Jump ShotDirector: Jacob Ryan HamiltonJump Shot uncovers the inspiring true story of Kenny Sailors, the developer of the modern day jump shot in basketball, and how he defined the game, but why the game never defined him. (World Premiere)Kathy Griffin: A Hell of a StoryDirector: Troy MillerScreenwriter: Kathy GriffinIn her first ever comedy concert film, Comedian Kathy Griffin details the aftermath of lost work and being the subject of a federal investigation following the release of her now infamous photo depicting President Donald J Trump. (World Premiere)(Photo by Charlie Gross)QualifiedDirector: Jenna RickerIn the world of motorsports, the Indianapolis 500 has long been considered the only race. In May 1977, Janet Guthrie — the first woman to attempt Indy — earned herself a spot in the prestigious field of 33. (World Premiere)Red DogDirectors: Casey Pinkston, Luke DickIn the early 1980s, the only family that toddler Luke knew were the strippers, bouncers, and outcasts that made OKC s rowdiest strip club their home. (World Premiere)The River and the WallDirector: Ben MastersFive friends venture into the unknown wilds of the Texas borderlands to document the environment before a wall is built. As the wilderness gives way to the bustling Rio Grande Valley, they encounter the unexpected and enter uncharted emotional waters. (World Premiere)Running with BetoDirector: David ModiglianiFollow Beto O Rourke behind the scenes of his breakaway campaign to unseat Ted Cruz in the US Senate. With intimate access to the candidate, his family and team, the film captures Beto s rise from a virtual unknown to a national political sensation. (World Premiere)Sunset over Mulholland DriveDirector: Uli GaulkeScreenwriters: Uli Gaulke, Marc PitzkeThe vital power of creativity — a behind the scenes look into Hollywood s retirement home. (North American Premiere)VISIONS(Photo by Tim Pipe)Becoming LeslieDirector: Tracy FrazierScreenwriters: Sandra Guardado, Tracy FrazierBecoming Leslie reveals the inner and bizarre world of Leslie Cochran, a cross-dressing homeless misfit who became the most iconic and unlikely civic symbol of Austin, Texas. (World Premiere)The Garden Left BehindDirector: Flavio AlvesScreenwriters: John Rotondo, Flavio AlvesCast: Michael Madsen, Ed Asner, Carlie Guevara, Danny Flaherty, Alex Kruz, Anthony Abdo, Dawn Young, Tamara M. Williams, Miriam Cruz, Brock YurichA Mexican trans woman struggles to build a life for herself as an undocumented immigrant in New York City. (World Premiere)J.R. Bob Dobbs and The Church of the SubGeniusDirector: Sandy K BooneScreenwriters: Sandy K Boone, Jason WehlingThis film explores the underground movement that has galvanized the imaginative, the artistic, the nerdy, even the deranged – to examine the simmering dystopia in their culture, and do absolutely nothing about it except, maybe, poke fun at it all. (World Premiere)JezebelDirector/Screenwriter: Numa PerrierCast: Tiffany Tenille, Numa Perrier, Stephen Barrington, Bobby Field, Brett Gelman, Rockwelle Dortch, Zoe Tyson, Dennis Jaffee, Jessa ZarubicaA true story. In the last days of her mother’s life, 19-year-old Tiffany crashes with five family members in a Las Vegas studio apartment. In order to make ends meet, her sister, a phone sex operator, introduces her to the world of fetish cam girls. (World Premiere)Leave the Bus Through the Broken Window (Hong Kong, U.S.)Director: Andrew HeviaA broken-hearted filmmaker navigates an unfamiliar city, an international art fair and his personal baggage in this intimate, playful and unexpectedly comedic documentary. (World Premiere)(Photo by Robert Rodriguez)One Man Dies a Million Times (Belarus)Director/Screenwriter: Jessica OreckCast: Alyssa Lozovskaya, Maksim BlinovSet in the future, a story about seeds and genetic diversity, about growth and decay, about love and war, and about hunger of all kinds. (World Premiere)Red 11Director: Robert RodriguezScreenwriters: Robert Rodriguez, Racer RodriguezCast: Roby Attal, Lauren Hatfield, Carlos Gallardo, Alejandro Rose Garcia, Rebel Rodriguez, Racer Rodriguez, Eman Esfandi, Steven Brudniak, Brently Heilbron, Pierce Foster BaileyRob, an independent filmmaker, loses his investor’s money only to find out his investors are the Cartel. He checks himself into a medical research facility to pay off his debt, but quickly realizes it won’t be that easy. (World Premiere)Romantic Comedy (United Kingdom)Director: Elizabeth SankeyMusician and writer Elizabeth Sankey investigates the past, present and future of romantic comedies, assisted by a chorus of critics, actors and filmmakers. (World Premiere)SakawaDirector/Screenwriter: Ben AsamoahWhat human story lies behind the phenomenon of ‘internet fraud’? In Sakawa we meet three Ghanaian youngsters who, out of desperation, turn to internet scamming with the help of black magic. (North American Premiere)TitoDirector/Screenwriter: Grace GlowickiCast: Grace Glowicki, Ben PetrieA desperate man seeks refuge from the predators hunting him by befriending a cheerful intruder. (World Premiere)EPISODIC PREMIERESDavid Makes ManShowrunner: Dee Harris-LawrenceScreenwriter: Tarell Alvin McCraneyCast: Akili McDowell, Nathaniel McIntyre, Isaiah Johnson, Ade Chike Torbert, Cayden Williams, Jordan Bolger, Travis Coles, Phylicia Rashad, Alana ArenasA richly layered, deeply personal work about a 14-year-old prodigy from the projects who is haunted by the death of his closest friend. Set in South Florida, the series is inspired by events in McCraney’s own life, exploring childhood trauma and the power of imagination. (World Premiere)NOS4A2Showrunner/Screenwriter: Jami O BrienCast List: Zachary Quinto, Ashleigh Cummings, Jahkara J. Smith, Olafur Olafsson, Virginia Kull, Ebon Moss-BachrachNOS4A2 introduces Vic, a young woman who has a supernatural ability to find lost things. This ability puts her on a collision course with the evil and immortal Charlie Manx, a supernatural villain who feeds off the souls of children. (World Premiere)RamyShowrunner: Bridget BedardScreenwriter: Ramy YoussefCast: Ramy Youssef, Mohammed Amer, Hiam Abbass, Amr Waked, May Calamawy, David Merheje, Laith Nakli, Steve WayRamy, a first generation American Muslim on a spiritual journey, explores the challenges of being caught in between an Egyptian community that thinks life is moral a test, and a millennial generation that thinks life has no consequences. (World Premiere)ShrillShowrunner: Alexandra RushfieldScreenwriters: Alexandra Rushfield, Lindy West and Aidy BryantCast: Aidy Bryant, Lolly Adefope, Luka Jones, Ian Owens, John Cameron MitchellFrom Executive Producers Lorne Michaels and Elizabeth Banks comes Shrill, a comedy series starring Aidy Bryant (Saturday Night Live) as Annie, a fat young woman who wants to change her life — but not her body. Annie is trying to start her career while juggling bad boyfriends, a sick parent, and a perfectionist boss. (World Premiere)What We Do in the ShadowsShowrunners: Jemaine Clement, Paul SimmsScreenplay: Jemaine ClementCast: Matt Berry, Kayvan Novak, Natasia Demetriou, Harvey Guillén, Mark ProkschBased on the feature film of the same name from Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, FX’s new comedy What We Do in the Shadows follows vampire roommates who have lived together for hundreds and hundreds of years. (World Premiere)24 BEATS PER SECOND(Photo by Jacques Cheuiche)Amazônia GrooveDirector/Screenwriter: Bruno MurtinhoLeaving Belem and crossing much of the Para State Amazon region, its towns and riverside villages, Amazônia Groove reveals artists and their traditions, faith and mysticism, music and life that pound in the northern region of Brazil. (North American Premiere)BluebirdDirector: Brian LoschiavoDiscover the origin stories of megastars like Garth Brooks and Taylor Swift while following emerging singer-songwriters as they chase their dreams inside The Bluebird Cafe, Nashville’s accidental landmark that has altered the course of music history. (World Premiere)The Boy Band Con: The Lou Pearlman StoryDirector: Aaron KunkelThe Boy Band Con: The Lou Pearlman Story charts the life and crimes of boy band impresario Lou Pearlman. The film tracks his life from discovering NSYNC and Backstreet Boys, to his perpetration of one of the largest ponzi schemes in US history. (World Premiere)Boy Howdy! The Story of CREEM MagazineDirector: Scott CrawfordScreenwriters: Scott Crawford, Jaan UhelszkiRipping back the curtain on legendary rock rag CREEM Magazine s wild and disruptive newsroom; a dysfunctional band of unruly outsiders who weren’t all that different from the artists they covered. (World Premiere)Brainiac: Transmissions After ZeroDirector: Eric MahoneyThe film explores the seminal 90s band Brainiac from Dayton, OH and its creative force Tim Taylor. Just days before signing a major record contract Taylor was killed in a bizarre auto accident leaving his family and bandmates to pick up the pieces. (World Premiere)Carmine Street GuitarsDirector: Ron MannScreenwriter: Len BlumFive Days in the life of Greenwich Village guitar shop Carmine Street Guitars.(Photo by Herman Nijhof courtesy of New Zealand Film Commission)The Chills: The Triumph and Tragedy of Martin PhillippsDirector: Julia Parnell, Rob CurryNew Zealand music genius Martin Phillipps fights his creative demons, conquers the music world, inspires a generation, and then retreats into depression, addiction and anonymity. (World Premiere)David Crosby: Remember My NameDirector: A.J. EatonDavid Crosby reflects on his life of music stardom, while forging new paths to relevancy at his age of 77 in this deeply personal documentary. (World Premiere)Everybody s EverythingDirectors: Sebastian Jones, Ramez SilyanEverybody’s Everything is the story of artist Lil Peep (Gustav Ahr) from his birth in Long Island and meteoric rise as a genre blending pop star style icon, to his death due to an accidental opioid overdose in Arizona at just 21 years of age. (World Premiere)The Gift: The Journey of Johnny CashDirector: Thom ZimnyScreenwriter: Warren ZanesJohnny Cash stands among the giants of 20th century American life. But his story remains tangled in mystery and myth. This documentary brings Cash the man out from behind the legend. (World Premiere)Mr. JimmyDirector: Peter Michael DowdDowd Akio Sakurai has dedicated his life to honoring Jimmy Page. For 30 years he recreated vintage Zeppelin concerts note-for-note in small Tokyo clubs. Moving to L.A. to pursue his tribute dream, cultures clash and Akio s idyllic vision meets reality. (World Premiere)Nothing Stays The Same: The Story of The Saxon PubDirector: Jeff SandmannScreenwriters: Jeff Sandmann, Jeffrey Brown, Lisa Kay PfannenstielNothing Stays the Same celebrates the last 30 years of live music in Austin, while also examining the challenges faced by musicians and music venues in one of the fastest-growing cities in the country, all through the lens of the legendary Saxon Pub. (World Premiere)(Photo by Courtesy of Nothing Stays The Same: The Story of The Saxon Pub)Show Me The Picture: The Story of Jim MarshallDirector: Alfred George BaileyJim Marshall was a maverick with a camera. An outsider who captured the heights of Rock’N’Roll music and the seismic changes of an era, from the Beatles and Jimi Hendrix, to the civil rights movements and some of the most iconic moments of the 60s. (World Premiere)Strange NegotiationsDirector: Brandon VedderA documentary exploring the existential, artistic and family life of musician and former evangelical, David Bazan (Pedro The Lion), set against America’s own crisis of faith highlighted during the 2016 presidential election. (World Premiere)Teen SpiritDirector/Screenwriter: Max MinghellaCast: Elle FanningThe film follows Violet, a shy teenager who enters an international singing competition with the help of an unlikely mentor. Driven by a pop-fueled soundtrack, Teen Spirit is a visceral and stylish spin on the Cinderella story. (U.S. Premiere)Who Let The Dogs OutDirector: Brent HodgeScreenwriters: Brent Hodge, John Diemer, Jasleen KaurThe origin story of the smash hit Who Let the Dogs Out goes back further than anyone could have imagined; steeped in legal battles, female empowerment and artist integrity, which beckons the question: will we ever know who let the dogs out? (World Premiere)Wild RoseDirector: Tom HarperScreenwriter: Nicole TaylorCast: Jessie Buckley, Julie Walters, Sophie OkonedoA musician from Glasgow dreams of becoming a Nashville star. (U.S. Premiere)GLOBALAleksiDirector/Screenwriter: Barbara VekarićCast: Tihana Lazović, Goran Marković, Sebastian Cavazza, Nataša Janjić, Jason Mann, Aljoša Vučović, Neda Arnerić, Leon LučevA character piece about funny and troubled girl in her 20s, forced to move back in with her overbearing family. (North American Premiere)AuroraDirector/Screenwriter: Miia TervoCast: Mimosa Willamo, Amir Escandari, Oona Airola, Hannu-Pekka Björkman, Miitta SorvaliAurora, a commitment-phobic party animal, meets Iranian Amir one night at a hot-dog stand in Lapland. Amir is running from death and Aurora is running from love. They need each other in order to finally stop running. (North American Premiere)Being ImpossibleDirector: Patricia OrtegaScreenwriters: Patricia Ortega, Enmanuel ChávezA young woman discovers she was submitted to several surgeries to correct her intersexual body as a baby. She has to find her own self outside gender binaries. (North American Premiere)Cachada: The OpportunityDirector/Screenwriter: Marlén ViñayoFive Salvadoran saleswomen want to take their cruel life stories to the stage. During the rehearsal process of their play, they’ll discover themselves as victims and victimizers in a cycle of violence that has plagued their families for generations. (World Premiere)Days of the WhaleDirector/Screenwriter: Catalina Arroyave RestrepoCast: Laura Tobón, David Escallón, Carlos Fonnegra, Christian Tappan, Julián Giraldo, Natalia Castaño, Margarita RestrepoTwo young graffiti artists of Medellín defy a criminal gang when they decide to paint the mural of a whale over a threat written in a wall. (World Premiere)La Mala NocheDirector/Screenwriter: Gabriela CalvacheCast: Nöelle Schönwald, Cristian Mercado, Jaime Tamariz, Ariana FreireShe is the perfect woman until she decides to be free. (World Premiere)VaiDirectors: Nicole Whippy, ‘Ofa-Ki-Levuka Guttenbeil-Likiliki, Matasila Freshwater, Amberley Jo Aumua, Mīria George, Marina Alofagia McCartney, Dianna Fuemana, Becs ArahangaVai is a portmanteau feature film by nine Polynesian directors and filmed on seven different pacific islands. It is about the journey of empowerment through culture, over the lifetime of one woman, Vai. (World Premiere)X YDirector: Anna OdellScreenwriters: Anna Odell, Jakob BeckmanCast: Anna Odell, Mikael Persbrandt, Trine Dyrholm, Vera Vitali, Shanti Roney, Sofie Gråbøl, Jens Albinus, Thure LindhardtSwedish director and visual artist, Anna Odell (The Reunion), conducts a social experiment in which she aims to challenge the gender roles that men and women have in the society of today. (North American Premiere)SPECIAL EVENTS(Photo by Kurt Volk)How Rednecks Saved Hollywood with Joe Bob BriggsDirector/Screenwriter: Joe Bob BriggsAmerica s drive-in movie critic uses 200 video clips and photos to tell the 500-year history of the American redneck in a multimedia comedy performance.Love, Death RobotsShowrunners: David Fincher, Tim Miller, Josh Donen, Jennifer MillerLove, Death Robots, an animated anthology series presented by Tim Miller and David Fincher, is a genre orgy of Not-Suitable-For-Mainstream shorts. (World Premiere)Followed by extended Q A with with Tim Miller and David Fincher.Ra: Path of the Sun GodDirector: Lesley KeenAustin based electronic and experimental label Holodeck Records is partnering with Austin Film Society for a special live re-score screening of the 1990 animated film Ra: Path of the Sun God, a beautiful re-telling of one of Ancient Egypt s most famous myths.Rebel Without A Crew: Filmmaking Master Class with Robert RodriguezJoin Robert Rodriguez as he gives a master-class in micro-budget guerilla filmmaking, featuring behind the scenes moments from his new ,000 film, RED 11. The event will be followed by the World Premiere of RED 11.Shangri-LaDirectors: Morgan Neville, Jeff MalmbergAn intimate look at the creative process through the lens of legendary music producer Rick Rubin.True StoriesDirector: David ByrneScreenwriters: Stephen Tobolowsky, Beth Henley, David ByrneDavid Byrne s 1986 musical comedy, inspired by theater director Robert Wilson, tabloid newspapers, and filmmakers Robert Altman and Federico Fellini, remains a unique artistic vision that celebrates the singular citizens of a fictional Texas town. David Byrne will appear in-person for Q A following a screening of new 4K restoration. Female superheroes have been around almost as long as the genre itself, with Wonder Woman paving the way for a diverse group of characters as far back as the 1940s. On television, she also established a foothold alongside characters like The Mighty Isis and Electra Woman in the 1970s. Unfortunately, as superheroes disappeared from television in the 1980s, so too did these initial, beloved characters. With the big expansion of superhero television in the 21st Century, female superheroes returned, and it is nearly impossible to think of a series without a key superpowered woman in the cast. Granted, very few headline a series currently, there is only one female-led superhero show but their contributions often keep their shows running.But who are the best on television right now? And is it their abilities, life experience, or strength of will that makes them great? Here are seven of the greatest female superheroes on television right now who prove it is a combination of all three factors that sets them apart from the rest.Supergirl Supergirl 90%(Photo by Jordon Nuttall/The CW)Debut in Comics: Action Comics #252Abilities: flight, super strength, super speed, invulnerability, heat vision, x-ray vision, super hearingCertainly the most powerful of the female superheroes on television, Kara Danvers (Melissa Benoist) also boasts the most diverse set of abilities. On a physical level, she can dish it out easily, but Kara’s most important power is often her sense of hope and empathy. She never wants to get into a brawl – in fact, she prefers to avoid it – and would rather make a foe her ally. This sometimes works out, as when Livewire (Brit Morgan) helped out on Kara’s mission to Fort Roz last year. And other times, as with season 3 nemesis Reign (Odette Annable), Kara s appeals may fail to warm an evil heart, which forces a fight. Nonetheless, Kara s opponents often mistake her hope as a weakness instead of the bedrock of her strengths.Syd Barrett Legion 91%(Photo by Prashant Gupta/FX)Debut in Comics: n/aAbilities: body switchingLet’s face it, Syd (Rachel Keller) has not had an easy go of it on FX’s Legion. When we meet her, she lives in extreme isolation, thanks to her cruel mutant ability – any skin-to-skin contact will see her consciousness transferred to the body of the person touching her. Nonetheless, she manages to find some semblance of a life with the people at Summerland and David Haller (Dan Stevens). Then he disappears for a year. During that time, she learns to control her ability as the Summerland group ally with Division 3, the government agency previously engaged in hunting them. And once David resurfaces and she learns his role in the coming apocalypse, she resolves to either heal him or kill him. David escalates things by trying to restore their previous love affair and assaulting her, but despite the complete betrayal, Syd bounces back and rededicates herself to the one action guaranteed to save the world. That resiliency, especially in the world of Legion, is a superpower in its own right.Black Canary Arrow 86%(Photo by Dean Buscher/The CW Network)Debut in Comics: Flash Comics #86 (as Dinah Drake)Abilities: sonic cry, advanced combat trainingDinah Drake’s (Juliana Harkavy) sonic cry certainly came in handy when Team Arrow needed a new member to replace the deceased Black Canary, Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy). She also proved a worthy opponent to Laurel s villainous Earth-2 counterpart, Black Siren (also Cassidy). But even if she was not a meta, Dinah would certainly be worthy to stand alongside the team as an accomplished fighter. With her staff, she’s almost unstoppable. She also has superb strength of character, as exemplified by her willingness to work with Black Siren – now pretending to be the Earth-1 Laurel and operating as the Star City District Attorney – and even moving past her culpability in the death of Dinah’s ex-boyfriend Vincent (Johann Urb). That strength takes on many forms, even as recently as this week’s episode, in which she finally admitted to the team that she can no longer use her cry. Though reluctant, her willingness to share illustrates her continued growth and is yet another reason why she will continue to be the Canary long after Team Arrow disintegrates as noted in the 2040 flash-forwards.Polaris The Gifted 79%(Photo by Ryan Green/Fox)Debut in Comics:The X-Men #49Abilities: magnetic manipulationSure, Lorna Dane (Emma Dumont) may have spent most of the second season of The Gifted allied with the very questionable Inner Circle, but her willingness to admit her mistake in this regard puts her back on the right side, even if she stayed away from the remaining Mutant Underground characters. From the series first moments, Lorna was portrayed as one of the most powerful mutants around, thanks to an ability that can stop bullets, open fences, and even bring down an entire airplane, killing all of its passengers. That last point certainly set up a heel-turn, but as the show’s second year progressed, Lorna saw the downside of her actions and the horrifying real intent of Inner Circle’s plan to create a mutant homeland. Nonetheless, she acknowledged her errors and resolved to make amends. That resiliency is part of what makes Lorna one of the most interesting characters on the show, and doubly so as she remains strong while combating a chronic mental illness. Should the show continue in the Disney era of X-Men properties, it will be interesting to see how she juggles the roles of hero and mother. She would probably say they are the same thing.Killer Frost The Flash 89%(Photo by Dean Buscher/The CW)Debut in Comics: Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear Man #19 (as Caitlin Snow)Abilities: ice generation and manipulationThis is a strange one, as Killer Frost is traditionally a villain. But The Flash took her on a curious journey as viewers discovered she is a distinct personality from her host, Dr. Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker) – one dedicated to protecting Caitlin above all other concerns. Nonetheless, the pull toward selfish acts and quick answers was strong (see her alliance with Savitar in season 3), but as she and Caitlin learned to share one body, Frost also learned empathy. And then, she was seemingly gone for a time, and the absence affected Caitlin and the fans more acutely than anyone could predict. She eventually resurfaced with a resolve to be more of a team player she s a far cry from the woman who walked away from Team Flash at the end of season 3. Meanwhile, in the current season, her powers prove uniquely effective against Cicada (Chris Klein) as she is immune to his power-dampening dagger. It s a good thing she decided to work with the group, otherwise their few successes against the meta serial killer would not have been possible.Elasti-Woman Doom Patrol 97%(Photo by DC Universe)Debut in Comics: My Greatest Adventure #80 (as Elasti-Girl)Abilities: limited shape changing and mass exchangeRita Farr (April Bowlby) is a ways from admitting this to herself, but she has the strength to lead a superhero team even one as dysfunctional as a the Doom Patrol. On a purely physical level, she must have Supergirl levels of strength to maintain her human form. When out of control, she is a giant rolling mass capable of occupying an entire city block. Keeping that form in check requires tons of strength, to say nothing of mental fortitude. Sure, she still slips from time to time with so much of her power devoted to retaining her idealized shape, the slightest emotional upset can weaken her resolve but that’s the real challenge she faces in the first season of the show: accepting those mistakes as part of her path to becoming a strong and capable woman. Along the way, she might even figure out how to use her gelatinous form to stretch like her comic book counterpart. At that point, she will be more formidable than even Jane (Diane Guerrero) or Robotman (Brendan Fraser).Zari Tomaz DC's Legends of Tomorrow 89%(Photo by Dean Buscher/The CW)Debut in Comics: Shazam! #25 (as The Mighty Isis)Abilities: air manipulationWhen Zari (Tala Ashe) first joined the Waverider crew, she was sarcastic, reluctant to engage, and more of a hindrance to the mission than an asset. In short, she was a Legend in the making. She abused the ship’s food replication system to snack endlessly and played video games constantly in lieu of getting to know anybody. Nonetheless, she would also call out the other Legends for being slackers, and after getting caught in a time loop, she learned to care about them. She also began to involve herself in the mission, particularly once the group discovered the Air Totem that generates her abilities was tied to their opponent, the time demon Mallus. By the point the Legends found the other totems and unified them into a giant Cuddle Me Beebo doll to fight Mallus, she was definitely a member of the team. In the most recent season, Zari has continued to grow, taking on more responsibilities and even mentoring new recruit Charlie (Maisie Richardson-Sellers). Well, mentoring after a fashion. And while she continues to grow as a hero or as much of a hero as a Legend can be she still finds time to snack.Like this? 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Fresh off their expected Best International Feature nomination and the unexpected but well-deserved Best Director nomination for director Thomas Vinterberg at the Academy Awards, Another Round is back on our list this week as our spotlight pick. We re offering a subtle reminder for those who have yet to watch the dark comedy that will leave you smiling drunkenly through your tears. Mads Mikkelsen turns in a hilarious and tragic performance in what Lewis Knight of the Daily Mirror calls “a riotous and thoughtful study of alcohol consumption that balances comedy and character study, anchored by a versatile lead performance from a top-form Mads Mikkelsen.” We recently sat down with Vinterberg to talk about the film, the drunken boot camp they held, and the incredible dancing scene.Jacqueline Coley for Rotten Tomatoes: Mads is just incredible in the film. Can you talk about casting him and how he signed on?Thomas Vinterberg: Mads and I first talked about the idea in 2013. Back then, it was intended to be a tribute to alcohol, but the story wasn’t really formed yet. Mads was intrigued. He was a part of this film from the beginning. In fact, I had those four actors in mind since the early stages of writing. I tend to like that way of working, where I write my scripts for specific actors. It has become a bit more difficult because they’ve gotten rich and more famous, and now want to read a script before they attach. But in this case, actually, Mads and the three others all attached very early in the process, without a script. Their characters were called their respective names right up until the shooting draft.How do you direct people to be drunk? Is there an audition process? Do you need to know about their drinking history prior to signing on?Vinterberg: These four actors are all friends of mine. I’ve known them for years, and we’ve had drinks on various occasions. It’s really difficult for actors to play drunk and do it convincingly, especially capturing the nuanced changes in manner and physicality that accompanies their characters’ escalating inebriation over the course of the film. Prior to the shoot, we watched a lot of YouTube videos of drunk people, and we did some alcohol rehearsals, like a booze boot camp, or whatever you want to call it, in order to figure out the specific behavior of these specific actors at these specific levels of intake. We filmed it, and we had fun with it, but it was also a lot of hard work. As in most cases, where you see something that works naturally on-screen, it’s a result of a lot of hard work.How do you calibrate that? Did they have a BAC number on the call sheet?Vinterberg: No BAC on the call sheet, but a pretty specific idea about how to move forward with each level of inebriation. Once we had the boot camp and had a feel of the different levels and their corresponding actions, we knew where we were heading. We also improvised a bit, of course, in order for it to feel more believable, because sometimes the realistic levels would seem too low for their onscreen behavior.Let s talk about Mads drunkenly dancing on the pier. How did you do it?Vinterberg: Knowing that Mads was a dancer, and knowing that I was making a movie about inspiration and ecstasy and breaking free of your normal, repetitious patterns, I felt it was kind of called for, that he should be dancing at the end. Though, we were all very cautious about it. Particularly Tobias Lindholm and Mads were afraid it would become cliché. We had a dance choreographer for the dance moves, but I, together with Mads, choreographed the to-ing and fro-ing to make it look real. It needed to look like a slice of life. Which is also why the dance is not pitch-perfect. After some hesitation, towards the very end, he lets go entirely. Everyone was so great in that moment. And Mads, of course, in particular, is absolutely outstanding, dancing alone, with no dance-doubles or anything. And yet still behind this cathartic weightless moment, there is this shadow, a sense of this deep tragedy.The film has global appeal. Is that because alcohol (which is thought of differently around the world) is a catalyst, not the crux?Vinterberg: You are right. The film is supposed to be about more than just drinking, of course. Spirit means more than alcohol and is embedded in the “inspiration” too. My wife, who is
亚博电子游戏网址 When the children s cartoon Avatar: The Last Airbender aired on Nickelodeon from 2005 to 2008, it was unlike anything kids or adults had ever seen. The show was praised for its art direction, soundtrack, cultural references, humor, and most importantly, its themes, as Avatar was not afraid to explore concepts rarely touched on in youth entertainment. And now, with the show arriving on Netflix after what feels like a 100-year sleep, it is about to be introduced to a whole new audience while simultaneously reminding hardcore fans what made it so special. And to go along with the show s reemergence into the pop culture mainstream, Rotten Tomatoes’ Mark Ellis is delivering five titles you may have missed that tackle many of the same themes, have similar animation styles, and contain characters that follow a similar journey.