In PROUD MARY, Taraji P. Henson plays a hitwoman whose life and career is turned upside down when a professional hit goes very wrong. In both its story and look, MARY harkens back to 1970s blaxploitation cinema, when for the first time African-American women took center stage in a genre dominated by men. Here are a few classic examples from the era, and some later movies inspired by that first generation of sisters who did it for themselves.
New Year's: A time to look back, and to look forward. In the movies, New Year's has been a time for romantic pursuits, dramatic life changes, risky bets, and even big money heists. Let's countown to 2018 with these ten films that set their stories on the last night of the year.
In Paul Thomas Anderson's PHANTOM THREAD, Daniel Day-Lewis plays a renowned dressmaker whose fastidious life is disrupted by a young, strong-willed woman who becomes his muse and lover. With its glittering surfaces, big personalities, and high drama, the world of fashion is an irresistible subject for Hollywood, no matter who--or what--is in style.
Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks star in Steven Spielberg's THE POST, which tells the story of the battle The Washington Post fought against the Nixon Administration to publish secret documents known as The Pentagon Papers. Crusading journalists have been the subject of movies since the Silent Era, and Hollywood's view hasn't always been flattering. Here are ten films--some, like THE POST, based on real events--with stories that went from fit to print to fit to film.
The Skywalker Saga continues with THE LAST JEDI, the eagerly-awaited next chapter in the new STAR WARS trilogy. Second installments to classic films are a tricky proposition, and JEDI has even more to live up to since THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK is considered one of the greatest sequels ever made. Here are some other "Chapter Twos" that broke the mold by equaling, and in many ways surpassing, the original films that inspired them.
In Guillermo del Toro’s THE SHAPE OF WATER, Sally Hawkins plays a lonely, mute woman who works as a janitor in a top secret government lab. It’s there she meets and befriends a strange being who seems to be half-man, half-amphibian. WATER draws upon decades of classic films about relationships between people and what society considers “monsters”, here are some memorable examples of the genre.
In THE DISASTER ARTIST, James Franco directs and stars as cult hero Tommy Wiseau, whose indy film THE ROOM became a midnight movie phenomenon, if for all the wrong reasons. Hollywood can be a brutal place for those who dream big, and not everyone gets a happy ending. Grab a spoon and enjoy these tales of people trying to make it in this business we call Show.
Winston Churchill is having a moment. In DARKEST HOUR, Gary Oldman disappears into the role of the great statesman as he prepares his country for war. Earlier in the year Brian Cox took on the role in CHURCHILL, while on the small screen John Lithgow essays the part on Netflix's THE CROWN. While one of the most titanic figures of the 20th Century, filmmakers are making sure he is just as iconic in the 21st.
Ever since Batman hit the big screen in 1943, comic book fans have been waiting to see their favorite DC Comics heroes all together in one movie--and that moment is finally here with the release of JUSTICE LEAGUE! The Dark Knight Detective, the Man of Steel, and the Amazing Amazon have all had their shot(s) at cinematic stardom, and now it’s Aquaman, The Flash, and Cyborg’s turn!
A new version of Agatha Christie’s MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS steams into the box office, boasting an all-star cast and lavish production design. Christie is hailed as the best-selling author of all time, with adaptations of her mystery novels dating all the way back to 1928. Here are ten movies based on her work, where murder may be most foul, but is always a lot of fun.