If anyone has what it takes to step into Idris Elba’s footsteps, it might be John Boyega.
Pacific Rim uprising has the Star Wars actor playing the son of Stacker Pentecost, Elba’s apocalypse-canceling hero from the first film.
Young Jake doesn’t particularly want anything to do with his father’s legacy – but when the sea monsters come charging in again, he’s moved to rise to the occasion.
It remains to be seen whether young Jake will be successful in fending off the creatures (spoiler alert: he will, because these movies never end with the total destruction of mankind).
But based on the trailer, we can say that he seems almost as good at inspirational speeches as his daddy was. And if there’s one thing we’ve learned from the movies, it’s that there’s no problem a good inspirational speech can’t fix.
Pacific Rim Uprising is in theaters March 23.
The movie Gotti Earns a 0% score from Rotten Tomatoes
The reviews are in for the mobster movie Gotti which profiles the life of notorious crime boss John Gotti. Following the laundry list of excellent mob movies this should be an easy win, but Gotti‘s reviews are apparently the only entertaining thing about it.
The movie currently has a 0 percent Tomatometer score on Rotten Tomatoes. That’s right, zero.
Tomatometer ratings are based on “the percentage of professional critic reviews that are positive for a given film or television show,” provided there are at least five reviews. Personally, I didn’t even know a 0 was possible.
Among the 18 approved “Tomato Critics,” not one gave Gotti a positive, or “fresh,” review, though we should note that the audience score is currently at 82 percent, with an average rating of 4.1 out of 5 from 6,678 reviews at the time this story was published
Regardless, here are some of the best snippets from the reviews.
1. “He may have been a murderer, but even Gotti deserved better than this.”
– Brian Tallerico for RogerEgbert.com
2. “There’s not really a story here. It’s more a series of recognizable scenes from any number of gangster movies…”
-Mark Dujsik for MarkReviewsMovies.com
3.”Gotti ends up feeling like a kitschy assemblage of other directors’ ideas.”
-Gary Thompson for Philly.com
3. There are 44 credited producers on the picture (good. lord.), and not one person had the nerve to question just what kind of derivative, borderline nonsensical film was being made.
-Brian Orndorf for Blue-Ray.com
4. You don’t put the “Theme From ‘Shaft’” in a movie that is not “Shaft.” Come on.
– Glenn Kenny for the New York Times
5. “… the picture is a chaotic assemblage of short, disconnected scenes interrupted by snippets of archival footage, bits of narration and even moments when Travolta breaks the fourth wall by talking directly into the camera.”
– Frank Swietek for One Guy’s Opinion
6. “While Travolta has his moments, the woefully uneven film too often settles for mobster stereotypes rather than providing meaningful insight into its subject.”
– Todd Jorgenson for Cinemalogue
7. “John Travolta and E from Entourage turn infamous mob boss Gotti into a scowling bore.”
– Mike D’Angelo AVClub
(Writer’s note: This is just the headline, but OMG what a headline.)
8. “… the vibrant, rap-infused score by Pitbull, which features three solo tracks by the popular artist, doesn’t quite jibe with the movie’s general style and tone.”
– Gary Goldstein for the Los Angeles Times
9. “…Gotti is a connect-the-dots disaster — the don’s greatest hits, so to speak — without discernible theme or cohesive narrative.”
-Franke Lovece for Newsday
10.”[Director Kevin] Connolly’s in too much of a rush to get somewhere and doesn’t seem to know what that destination is.”
– Chris Nashawaty for Entertainment Weekly
Let’s talk about the shocking ending of ‘Hereditary’
“Let’s pore over the details of Hereditary like it’s an overdue art project based on our tragic lives.
Warning: Major spoilers ahead for Hereditary.
Hereditary is the kind of film you need to sit with.
It’s not just that it has a lot of shocking twists, though it does, or that the scares linger in your psyche, though they do. It’s also that Hereditary is dense with details that only reveal themselves upon closer examination and careful thought… or at least a deep dive into an explainer like this one.
Here’s everything you missed in Hereditary.
1. Yes, King Paimon is real
And people really do worship him.
To be clear, Paimon is “real” in the sense that he was not invented by writer-director Ari Aster for this film. Whether you think he’s actually, literally real depends on whether you believe demons and spirits are real. For what it’s worth, mentions of Paimon go back centuries – he’s even included in the 17th century grimoire Lesser Key of Solomon.
“I’m not tied in any way to the occult, so the research was disturbing, but I knew that I had to go there and I knew that I wanted the ritual elements of the film, which are held at a distance and you only get pieces of them, I knew I wanted them to be rooted in something real,” he said to Thrillist. “I was lead to witchcraft manuals that are instructing people on how to cast spells and this and that.”
2. Charlie has never really been Charlie
From the moment we meet her, it’s obvious there’s something off about Charlie. What exactly that is takes a while to reveal itself.
Early in the film, Annie (Toni Collette) explains that when her son Peter was born, she kept him away from her mother, Ellen. When her daughter Charlie was born, though, Annie relented and “gave” her to Ellen. Ellen…..”
Heart Rate Challenge for the Horror Movie Hereditary!
This is your face watching “Hereditary”
“People are losing their shit over Hereditary — and we mean that almost literally.
We knew we were in for a ride after the jaded film critics of Sundance called the A24 film the “.” Now, people are even asking “can a movie be too scary?”
As horror lovers, we say never to that question. But A24 is known for bringing some of the most riveting and unique horror in recent memory to the screen, like 2016’s much-adored The Witch.
So they tested this hypothesis on Hereditary by tracking the heart rates of 20 participants during promotional screenings of the movie at eleven different….”
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