Category Archives: Film Features

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Why “Beauty and the Beast” and “Legion” Star Dan Stevens Is the Leading Man to Watch

Legion Dan Stevens ExcerptBetween the one-two punch of FX’s Legion and Disney’s juggernaut live-action Beauty and the Beast remake that just opened, British actor Dan Stevens is having a tremendous time of it. Look back on his career, however, and this sudden boom in both his career and the attention heaped onto him, is not much of a surprise.

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Netflix’s New Old Rating System and the End of Movie Criticism

Siskel and Ebert ExcerptNetflix has changed its star rating system to simply a thumbs up or thumbs down. Neil Turitz explains why this unfortunate change is the newest development in the suppression of the movie reviewer.

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Bill Condon’s Baroque-en Vision of “Beauty and the Beast”

beauty and the beast excerptThe reviews are in and while Beauty and the Beast is a charming adaptation, the deliciously ornate presentation highlights just where Bill Condon may have fallen short.

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Yet Another Memo to the Studios About the Movies They’re (Not) Making

atomic-blonde-excerptWomen enjoy going to the movies as much as anyone male does. And yet, studios refuse to acknowledge this, as well as the fact that movies targeted towards women tend to do very well at the box office. It would be nice if the concept of making cheaper, more inclusive films for a wider audience hungry for them wasn’t so alien, Neil Turitz argues, but this seems to be the sad current reality.

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Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine: An Appreciation

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Logan was released in theaters on Friday thus ending the Hugh Jackman’s tenure as Wolverine. Neil Turitz evaluates Jackman’s legacy in the pantheon of great super hero characters and why Logan was the perfect ending to a great run.

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Marian, Queen Arthur, Thor, and the Continuing Rise of the Badass Female Hero

Xena ExcerptIn recent years there have been an increasing number of women playing the leads in action roles. Neil Turitz examines this upswing and say why we should expect to see even more of this in the future.

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Josh Gad to Play Disney’s First Gay Character in “Beauty and the Beast,” But Everything Hinges on What Comes Next

Josh Gad Beauty and the Beast ExcerptJosh Gad will play the first gay Disney character in the upcoming live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast but the real test will be what comes next. It’s one thing to have an established, supporting character be identified as LGBTQ; it’s a completely different thing to have an original lead character identify as gay, bisexual, queer, or otherwise.

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With Two Big Wins in Two Months, Blumhouse and Horror Are Back (Or Are They?)

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Horror has been a genre on the decline but with two very successful horror films already out in 2017, Neil Turitz takes a look at horror’s future prospects and whether or not the success streak can continue.

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Lady Justice Looms Large as EEOC Gears Up for Potential Lawsuit Against Major Studios

Ava DuVernay ExcerptAfter an investigation, the EEOC is preparing for either a settlement or a lawsuit against major studios discriminating against female directors. This is a good thing because if diversity is not achieved or strived for naturally, then it must be demanded without hesitation.

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The Case For “Moonlight” in the Wake of the “La La Land” Ba-Ba-Backlash

moonlight-excerptEveryone seems to be suffering from La La Land fatigue, but it hasn’t necessarily paved the way for Moonlight to take the lead in the Oscar race because everyone is focused on turning their backs on the musical spectacular, so now is the better time than any to give the case of why Moonlight should win…and why it won’t.

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Things Just Ain’t What They Used to Be: Movies Studios from the 90s to Now

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What is up with the lack of original content being produced these days? Neil Turitz takes us back to a time when not every movie was a sequel and looks at how we got to where we are.

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What Becomes of the Ousted Studio Head?

Lynton 3What do former studio heads do after they have been pushed out of their leadership roles? Neil Turitz analyzes the current state of studio execs careers and some potential moves to be made in the near future.

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Why oh Why Do Any Movies Come Out Super Bowl Weekend?

Lego BatmanSuper Bowl weekend always delivers a blow to the box office, with movies taking extreme falls from previous weekends. What’s the formula surrounding this time of year with movie releases and are there any movies that are immune to the damage inflicted by the Super Bowl? There just might be.

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Batfleck Returns, Or Not

Batman Ben Affleck ExcerptNeil Turitz discusses how Ben Affleck stepping down as the director of the upcoming Batman film impacts its potential, the DCEU at large, and Affleck’s career.

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The Academy’s Animation Conundrum

Kubo ExcerptIt’s time for animated films to be allowed onto the Oscar playing field and for bodies like the Academy, which are meant to recognize and award excellence in filmmaking, to give them more consideration beyond simply their designated Best Animated Feature category.

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The Influence of Chinese Money in Hollywood (Final Part)

hollywood china 1The conclusion in our four part series on Chinese investment in Hollywood addresses whether or not it is wise for Hollywood filmmakers to continue taking overseas money to finance their projects.

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The Internet Voices Their Theories on “Star Wars VIII” Title

star wars the last jedi excerptWe’re not even a month into the new year but we’ve already had calls for the trailer for Star Wars: Episode VIII, not due out until this December. Yesterday, Disney and LucasFilms gave the public their first taste of what to expect with the official title: Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Naturally, the internet exploded with excitement and theories on what the title could possibly mean.

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2017 Oscar Nominations: Top 10 Takeaways, from Diversity and “Deadpool” to the Terrible Treatment of Tom Hanks

Deadpool ExcerptThe Oscar nominations were unveiled Tuesday morning and things went pretty much as expected, with Lionsgate’s lovely musical La La Land leading the field with a record-tying 14 nominations. There were still some snubs and surprises, so here are the top 10 takeaways from the Academy’s big announcement.

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A Guide to the 2017 Razzies, from the DC Movie Universe to Robert De Niro’s Career Low

Batman v Superman ExcerptAwards season means two things — Oscars nominations for most of the fall films, and Razzie nominations for most of the summer movies. Sure enough, the nominees for the 37th Annual Golden Raspberry Awards were announced Monday, and it’s a doozy of a lineup, folks!

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Don’t Bet Against Megan Ellison’s Big Move Into Distribution With Annapurna

Ellison excerpt Megan Ellison has made a name for herself in film with multiple Oscar nominations and several prestige pictures coming out of her production house, Annapurna Pictures. What does Annapurna Pictures move towards becoming a full on distributor mean for the company, Ellison, and the types of films they are making?

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The Influence of Chinese Money in Hollywood (Part Three)

hollywood china 1 Chinese investment in Hollywood could cause more harm than benefits in the film industry.

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The Floundering of The Founder

founder excerpt With strong central performances The Founder should have been an awards season contender but with a January dump and little fanfare the project looks to be forgotten. Neil Turitz examines what went wrong.

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The Deadpool Oscar Consternation

DeadpoolDeadpool was one of the best pictures of the year, but will the Academy deter from their usual practice of voting for award-bait drama films and nominate this wisecracking superhero flick? And if it does, will it mean anything to the larger landscape of blockbusters and the Oscars?

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The Influence of Chinese Money in Hollywood (Part Two)

hollywood china 1 Neil Turitz looks to examine whether or not the investment of Chinese money good for the film industry. In the second part of this new series, he explores the benefits to Chinese money and influence staking a claim in Hollywood and its business.

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Spoiler Culture, and the Spoilers Who Spoil It

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Spoilers are hard to avoid in our internet culture, but that does not mean you shouldn’t try to keep some plot points secret. In this day and age, consideration for others shouldn’t be an endangered concept and yet that seems like the case more often than not.

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Look Out for 2017, There’s Plenty of Bad Stuff Ahead

excerptAll the things you can skip, ignore, or otherwise pass up in the coming months of 2017. A look at some of the potholes and unfortunate entries on the road ahead, a sort of heads up for the 2017 equivalents of your Ben-Hurs, your Collateral Beautys, your Jack Reacher: Never Go Backs, your Alice Through the Looking Glasses.

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The Influence of Chinese Money in Hollywood (Part One)

china excerpt The film industry in China is growing and growing which is leading to an increasing demand of high quality film entertainment in the world’s most populous country. Over the next weeks, we’ll delve into this recent development and what it means for the future of Hollywood.

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The Tracking Board’s State of the Race: A Look at this Year’s Top Oscar Contenders

Academy-Awards-Statues*UPDATED* We’re less than two weeks away from the Academy Awards and with five wins at this year’s BAFTA Awards, La La Land still remains the Oscar favorite. Surprisingly, it’s biggest competitor, Moonlight didn’t nab any trophies at the ceremony, while a couple of other surprises have thrown things off course in some categories.

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The Tracking Board’s 11 Most Anticipated Films of 2017

Beauty and the Beast ExcerptAs the year comes to an end, it’s time to look ahead — at the movies of 2017. From superheroes (always) to the magic of Disney and secret service agents, next year is already shaping up to be a good one at the movies.

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On the Importance of These Year-End Best Script Lists

neil excerpt Hit, Black, Blood, Brit, etc.. These year-end lists are important to the writers on them, the agents representing them, and the industry executives reading them but what do they really mean to those who end up on them?

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