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There Should Be More Superhero Movies Like ‘Ant-Man’

Charmaine Blake

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“We’re in the peak era of superhero movies and superhero movie fatigue.

Ant-Man and the Wasp is a welcome change of pace, just as Ant-Man was in 2015. Despite budget and scale, these movies work best with streamlined plots, astute characters, and a story that doesn’t rely on superpowers and VFX.

The reason Ant-Man was such a tight, successful film is because it wasn’t a superhero movie so much as a heist. It belongs in the conversation with the Ocean’s films as much as it does the Captain America series.

Ant-Man and the Wasp is a family film – about nuclear families, grieving families, broken families, found families. It’s about fighting for the safety of your family, which is as close as most of us will come to saving Earth from Thanos, and feels just as important.

The good news is that Marvel appears to be embracing this film-within-a-film model. 2017 boasted not only Thor: Ragnarok and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, as mentioned above, but the teen comedy Spider-Man: Homecoming and in 2018, the politically subversive drama Black Panther.

It’s easy to break down the elements of these successes: A protagonist (possibly with an origin story), some friends/allies, a love interest, a mission, a risk, a reward. You don’t actually need more if you tie…..”

Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/07/06/ant-man-good-superhero-movie/

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‘Black Panther’ star Chadwick Boseman opens up about Hollywood racism in SAG speech

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“Chadwick Boseman is a superhero, and you’d better believe he gave a speech worthy of a superhero after Black Panther picked up the SAG Award for outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture on Sunday.

“To be young, gifted, and black,” Boseman, who plays the lead role of T’Challa, said to the crowd. “We all know what it’s like to be told that there is not a place for you to be featured — yet you are young, gifted and black. We know what it’s like to be told, to say there’s not a screen for you to be featured on, a stage for you to be featured on. We know what it’s like to be the tail and not the head. We know what it’s like to be beneath and not above.

“And that is what we went to work with every day. Because we knew — not that we would be around during Awards season and that it would make a billion dollars — but we knew that we had something special that we wanted to give the world.”

Read more: https://mashable.com/video/black-panther-chadwick-boseman-sag-awards-speech/

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A complete guide to watching all 53 of the 2019 Oscar-nominated films

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May the bingeing commence!

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Alright, film buffs. It is go time.

“Black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross and The Big Sick‘s Kumail Nanjiani took to the microphone Tuesday morning to announce the official nominees for the 91st Academy Awards. While the races may be tight, one thing is clear: we have got a lot of watching to do before the big show on Feb. 24.

To help you dive into your marathon of 2018 cinematic excellence, we have compiled a list of all 53 nominated films with details on where and when you can watch them within the U.S. Of course, availability is subject to change.

Best picture nominees have been denoted with an asterisks (*) and short film availability has been explained at the end of the post. A quick heads up: As of right now, Showtime, STARZ, and Cinemax have none of the nominated films available — we checked.

Now, get started on that 4,601 minutes (aka a little under 77 hours) of viewing! Oh, yes. We checked that too.

Currently streaming

All of these films are ready to be streamed by you right now. Click a link to go directly to the film’s streaming page. Purchase or rental fees may apply………………………………………………………………………”

Read more: https://mashable.com/article/oscar-nominated-movies-2019-where-to-watch/

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Razzie nominations skewer ‘Fifty Shades Freed,’ ‘Holmes & Watson,’ and the Trumps

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Smile and wave … just smile and wave.

“Entertainment’s most dishonorable honors are back and this time their public shaming is focused on the White House.

Mocking the worst of the worst in last year’s cinema, the 39th Annual Razzie Awards announced their nominees today with President Donald J. Trump notably front and center. Nominated for his “roles” in documentaries Fahrenheit 11/9 and Death of a Nation, Trump is in the running for 2018’s Worst Actor as well as half of 2018’s Worst Screen Combo. (The other half? “His Self Perpetuating Pettiness.”)

Also appearing in Fahrenheit 11/9, First Lady Melania Trump and Counselor for the White House Kellyanne Conway are going head-to-head for Worst Supporting Actress.

In more traditional Razzie fashion, box office flops The Happytime Murders, Holmes & Watson, and Gotti — garnering six nominations a piece — are set to compete against Robin Hood and Winchester for Worst Picture.

The Razzie “winners” are due to be announced Feb. 23. Check out the official announcement as well as a complete list of nominees below.

Worst Picture
Gotti
The Happytime Murders
Holmes & Watson
Robin Hood
Winchester

Worst Actress
Jennifer Garner / Peppermint
Amber Heard / London Fields
Melissa McCarthy / The Happytime Murders and Life of the Party
Helen Mirren / Winchester
Amanda Seyfried / The Clapper ………………………………………………………….”

Read more: https://mashable.com/article/2019-razzie-awards-nominations-list/

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