DC is on a roll with another critical hit, if the first reactions to Birds of Prey on social media are any indication. The comic book movie premiered Wednesday and squashed any concern that the all-women antihero team-up could be as disappointing as Suicide Squad. Margot Robbie stood out in that DCEU entry as Harley Quinn, and now she gets to wow audiences again, this time in a better adaptation, one that will reportedly have fans begging for more.Here’s what critics are saying about Birds of Prey in the first round-up of social reactions:So, how is it?Birds of Prey is f king spectacular and a huge five stars from me. Millicent Thomas, Screen QueensBirds of Prey is an absolute blast and undeniably fun live wire jolt of adrenaline. Delightfully devilish and deliriously wicked, this irreverent, rule-breaking riot delivers a contact high. Courtney Howard, Fresh FictionAbsolutely BLOWN AWAY! Kristen Lopez, FanSidedBirds of Prey is a solid breakup movie with a soundtrack that slaps…we get a rare glimpse into the rich inner life of a female supervillain (and it actually delivers on what was promised in the trailer). Alison Foreman, MashableBirds of Prey is a totally campy and brutal carnival ride; a colorful, chaotic and cheeky blast. Katie Walsh, Tribune News ServiceA rockin’ kick ass good time! Griffin Schiller, The PlaylistIt s a bonkers bananas crime comedy and a genuine party movie. Scott Mendelson, ForbesSo it s one of the better DC movies?I’m happy to report that it s my favorite modern DC movie yet. Like Shazam!, it carves its own path with totally unique aesthetic, action, and tone. Michael Rougeau, GameSpotThis looks and feels so different than any other superhero movie I’ve seen (and I feel like many will say it’s what they wish Suicide Squad had been in execution). Full credit to Cathy Yan for that, it’s clear they had a lot of fun making something so different. Terri Schwartz, IGNLeagues better than Suicide Squad. Alison Foreman, MashableAs opposed to Suicide Squad, the story, characters and themes are confidently carried through by Cathy Yan’s terrific direction. Griffin Schiller, The Playlist(Photo by Warner Bros. Pictures)Is this the movie Margot Robbie s Harley deserves?Margot Robbie completely sells the incredibly choreographed fight sequences and their gleeful brutality. Terri Schwartz, IGNRobbie is excellent. Germain Lussier, io9It’s a terrific, vicious vehicle for Margot Robbie. Sean O Connell, Cinema BlendMargot Robbie is on top-form, Harley has never been quirkier and more lovable. Ben Rolph, Discussing FilmIt s at its best when going full Harley-vision, and Margot Robbie is clearly having a blast. Eric Eisenberg, Cinema BlendWhat about the rest of the cast?The chemistry amongst the cast was great. Dorian Parks, Geeks of ColorRobbie, Smollett, Winstead, Perez and Basco are perfection. Courtney Howard, Fresh FictionIt’s truly an ensemble with every woman bringing it (Rosie and Jurnee are my faves tho). Yolanda Machado, The WrapJurnee Smollett-Bell steals the show! Kristen Lopez, FanSidedMary Elizabeth Winstead s Huntress is the not-so-secret MVP. Angie Han, MashableEveryone is having a blast but Mary Elizabeth Winstead plays Huntress like a supporting character from The Tick. It rocks. Scott Mendelson, Forbes(Photo by Warner Bros. Pictures)Is there an spinoff potential?If Birds of Prey told me anything, it’s that we need a whole lot more Canary and Huntress! They are great but there’s a lot left on the bone! Brandon Davis, ComicBook.comI would love to see more Black Canary and Huntress in the future. Dorian Parks, Geeks of ColorI loved all these ladies and am looking forward to the sequel/spin-off. Scott Menzel, We Live EntertainmentDoes it have worthy villains?COULD NOT get enough of McGregor’s Black Mask; hysterical, eccentric, and deliciously pathetic. Griffin Schiller, The PlaylistEwan McGregor is so sinister and often hilarious. Brandon Davis, ComicBook.comEwan McGregor is on a different frequency, but wildly entertains! Sean O Connell, Cinema BlendFYC: Ewan MacGregor, Best Supporting Actor. Katie Walsh, Tribune News ServiceAdd Chris Messina chewing every piece of scenery in sight!! Jason Guerrasio, Business InsiderI would like to send a lil prayer of thanks for the costume, makeup, and hair people responsible for Chris Messina s entire situation here because wow yes thank you. Angie Han, MashableThe villains are delicious. Jill Pantozzi, io9(Photo by Warner Bros. Pictures)How s the action?Action sequences are capably choreographed, shot and assembled, showing off an invigorating stunt spectacular, spotlighting women as individuals and as a team. Courtney Howard, Fresh FictionIt is worth seeing Birds of Prey for the kick ass action and the Funhouse Fight Scene, alone. Sean O Connell, Cinema BlendThe fight scenes are phenomenal. Jill Pantozzi, io9Has the best choreographed fight sequences I ve seen in a superhero movie. Rosie Knight, IGNSome of the most inventive, bone-crunching fight sequences in the superhero genre to date. Laura Prudom, IGNI’m pretty sure if you took the total amount of action sequences versus total screen time, this would be one of the highest percentages of action in the modern comic book movie era? Someone do the math for me later please. Terri Schwartz, IGNHow does it look in general?Cathy Yan is a genius… Loved how Yan builds her masterful mayhem with visual gags and colorful aesthetics. Courtney Howard, Fresh FictionCathy Yan and DP Matthew Libatique create a visually distinct and luscious film that s badass, funny and provocative. Kristen Lopez, FanSidedCathy Yan created a Gotham that I can t wait to revisit. Yolanda Machado, The WrapCathy Yan s direction manages to feel intimate and thoughtful whilst also offering up the mile a minute madness that Harley and co. need. Rosie Knight, IGNWell-made, shot with beautiful colour and overall, a sleek piece of grand entertainment. Ben Rolph, Discussing Film(Photo by Warner Bros. Pictures)What other movies does it compare to?The only fair comparison for Birds of Prey, if you want one, is Deadpool. They have a lot in common, especially their use of fourth-wall breaking and R-Ratings! Brandon Davis, ComicBook.comIt’s DC’s Deadpool with a dash of Tarantino. Griffin Schiller, The PlaylistKinda plays like a Guy Ritchie gangster movie. Scott Mendelson, ForbesThe action reminded me a lot of John Wick. Dorian Parks, Geeks of ColorDoes it earn its R rating?It’s sooooooooooooo R rated. Sean O Connell, Cinema BlendIt’s VERY violent in places and there are a couple of quite dark scenes (also lots of f-bombs). Clarisse Loughrey, IndependentCathy Yan has created a music infused celebration of female badassery. Scott Menzel, We Live EntertainmentFINALLY!!!! Who actually kicks ass with long ass hair flinging around? Extra cheers for Yan and Hodson for putting that in knowing this is how women would do it!!… If the DCEU doesn t hand everything over to women now, they are clearly out of their minds. Yolanda Machado, The Wrap(Photo by Warner Bros. Pictures)OK, so let s hear about its problems.Uneven tone and pacing… The girls at their best together, and they re not together enough. Angie Han, MashableLulls a bit in the middle and is a little on the slight side definitely errs on the side of style over substance but the little character moments make it sparkle. Hoai-Tran Bui, SlashfilmThe pacing isn t always fantastic (and at 1hr 40min some of it still dragged), but it s worth a watch. Alison Foreman, MashableBirds of Prey isn t a Birds of Prey movie so much as it s a Harley Quinn movie featuring Birds of Prey, and that creates issues story-wise and in fleshing out characters. Eric Eisenberg, Cinema BlendAt times the style can be a bit too abrasive, pacing a bit jolty, and it does feel like it’s balancing two movies (Harley Quinn and Birds of Prey). Griffin Schiller, The PlaylistIt’s tamer than expected and the basic story can get lost in the complex setups but it works more often than not. Germain Lussier, io9Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of one Harley Quinn) opens on February 7.
(Photo by FX, ABC, Netflix, HBO, The CW, BBC America)80 Top Shows to Binge for Black History MonthFor Black History Month, Rotten Tomatoes has rounded up the most bingeable Black-led TV and streaming shows across every genre.In comedy, we have modern sketch, sitcom, and variety series that tackle all aspects of Black American life: HBO s Insecure, IFC s Sherman s Showcase, and Comedy Central s Key Peele, for example. We also included classic sitcoms that remain some of the best examples of the genre, like The Jeffersons, 227, Living Single, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Moesha, and Martin.The list, produced in conjunction with our corporate chapter of the Black Employee Network, also includes critically-hailed dramas, like When They See Us, The Chi, and British titles Luther and Top Boy. There are titles from celebrated creators (Donald Glover s Atlanta, Steve McQueen s Small Axe film anthology, and Michaela Coel s I May Destroy You); award-show standouts (Watchmen, Euphoria, and Pose); and shows with seasons that are Certified Fresh at 100% (David Makes Man, A Black Lady Sketch Show, and P-Valley).While you ve probably seen many of the excellent titles on this list, there s no time like the present to start another binge or to make room on your streaming queue for a show you haven t discovered yet.Be sure to also catch some of the new premieres coming in February, including The Equalizer, starring Queen Latifah; Young Rock, based on the early days of action superstar Dwayne Johnson; Kenan Thompson s new NBC comedy, Kenan; FX docuseries Hip Hop Uncovered; and Netflix drama Ginny Georgia and reality series Buried by the Bernards.Related: Black History Month TV Calendar 2021We ll add more to this list as new shows become bingeable. Did we leave off one of your favorites in our list? Let us know in the comments.
(Photo by HBO)Despite stirring speechifying by the Seven Kingdom s newly crowned despot, her death at the hands of the man she loved, and a dragon s moving lament, Game of Thrones went out with a whimper, according to critics. Season 8, Episode 6: "The Iron Throne" 47% is not the worst episode of the series, but it is in the bottom three based on the first reviews of the series finale.With this final entry, the season s current score is well below the 75% score needed to be Certified Fresh, marking the first season in the series history that will not receive the honor. The season is, in fact, now Rotten (updated May 23), which is just stunning given the series track record.Here s what critics had to say about the episode.It Was the Best of Finales (Photo by HBO) It s almost impossible to imagine it ending any other way. — Steve Greene, indieWire After showing us a nightmare for eight seasons, Game of Thrones finally dares to dream of spring. — Sean T. Collins, Rolling Stone A stupendous end that the series deserved. — Mikel Zorrilla, Espinof The series finale, proved largely satisfying after eight seasons of incredible drama. — Todd Gilchrist, Birth.Movies.Death. Read more: Game of Thrones’ Series Finale Best Moments: Breaking the Wheel and a Dragon’s ChoiceIt Was the Worst of Finales(Photo by HBO) As a fan of the TV show, I felt battered into submission. This season has been the same story over and over again: a lot of tin-eared writing trying to justify some of the most drastic story developments imaginable, as quickly as possible. — David Sims, The Atlantic Game of Thrones has lulled us into believing that its women would end up in charge. In the end, it s only Sansa, by sheer force of will, who wears a lesser crown. The wheel hasn t broken; the patriarchy is still alive and well in Westeros. — Anne Cohen, Refinery29 The kindest thing I can say about the Games of Thrones series finale is that it might have satisfied Plato. — Judy Berman, TIME Magazine Gotta say this episode felt more like a season finale than the series finale it was, if only because this last season seemed so isolated from what went before. — Glen Weldon, NPR It s hardly an exit cry of triumph. — Steve Johnson, Chicago TribuneHow Was the Writing and Pacing of the Final Episode?(Photo by HBO) The ending got rushed to the point of a fantasy even greater than the story told given all we had grown to know and love over six seasons (or seven, depending on your view) got torn asunder in the space of six episodes. — Carissa Pavlica, TV Fanatic I liked this episode, and at times I thought it was truly brilliant But the lords and ladies of Westeros picked a new king in five minutes, when we ve spent eight seasons fighting a bloody war over who would sit on the Iron Throne. — Erik Kain, Forbes It was hacky; it was cliched. Every character left standing received a saccharine coda. It was all too simple, too clean, even with a major death and a surprise contender for the Iron Throne. Closure is one thing, but pandering is entirely another. — Kelly Lawler, USA TodayOne second from every episode of Game of Thrones. pic.twitter.com/rFz2CFLwBx Andy Kelly (@ultrabrilliant) May 20, 2019 Like most of Season 8, it felt like a Wikipedia summary more than a full story being told, with only Arya, Sansa, Sam, and Brienne getting endings I can halfway believe. — Gina Carbone,CinemaBlend But the pacing and the hurry to get to the finish line are not the only issues. There are large, gaping holes in the fabric of logic that one just cannot ignore anymore. — Soumya Srivastava, Hindustan Times In dramatic terms, it may have resolved itself with something like indecent haste. But thematically, it made perfect sense. — Karl Quinn, The Age (Australia) In this last season there was too little surprise, too many high-dollar digital theatrics, and less drive to really drill down into the essence of what made Westeros a place where so many people wanted to spend their Sunday nights. — Hillary Kelly, New York Magazine/VultureRead more: Game of Thrones’ Final Season Is Officially Its Worst, According to the TomatometerWho Were the MVPs?(Photo by HBO) That finale was a mixed bag for me. I m not sure how much it made ACTUAL SENSE in terms of how we ve seen this world to work, but Jon ending up back at the Wall with Ghost actually felt to me like one of the best endings for his character. — Huw Fullerton, Radio Times Wow. Drogon understood more about the geopolitical power struggle and human weakness than I would ve thought he did. — Kimberly Roots, TV Line Bran was the king of least resistance, with the added bonus of some superpowers that definitely are real, but which are dubiously useful at best. — Kathryn VanArendonk, New York Magazine/VultureRead more: All Game of Thrones Episodes, Ranked by TomatometerFinal Verdict?(Photo by (Helen Sloan/HBO) This was a largely satisfying conclusion. One could quibble over a couple of plot points, and argue about the reassertion of the show s regressive gender politics. But a piece of entertainment as complex as this was always going to involve some compromise. — Nick Curtis, London Evening Standard Over all, though, it was a solid and largely satisfying wrap-up to one of the most exciting and enthralling TV series ever. — Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times So, yeah, it all worked out in the end, really. Was it perfect? No, because it couldn t be. Was it enough to course-correct some of the more truncated story decisions from this season? Yes, I believe it was. — Tim Goodman, Hollywood Reporter(Photo by HBO) Because the Game of Thrones finale is really a bunch of different endings rolled into one. All the outcomes combined add up to a finale that s sort of bittersweet, just as author George R.R. Martin has been saying all these years. — James Hibberd, Entertainment Weekly After showing us a nightmare for eight seasons, Game of Thrones finally dares to dream of spring. — Sean T. Collins, Rolling Stone It s not quite the dream of spring we might ve hoped for, but it s not a disaster either. And now our watch has ended. — Laura Prudom, IGN MoviesDid you agree with the critics? Tell us in the comments!Game of Thrones season 8 is available to stream on demand, on HBO Go, and on HBO Now.