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Book Review: "The Art & Making of Independence Day: Resurgence"

With a second-place finish in its opening weekend to “Finding Dory,” a lower opening frame than the original did in 1996 dollars ($41 million vs. $50 million), and less critical support (34% on Rotten Tomatoes vs. 62% for he original), one has to consider Roland Emmerich’s “Independence Day: Resurgence” something of a disappointment. Show More Summary

A Beautiful Movie About Farting: The Daniels on “Swiss Army Man”

Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, the directing duo that goes by the name “The Daniels,” nabbed some of the most divisive headlines out of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival after the premiere of their comedy “Swiss Army Man,” which just opened in...Show More Summary

The Political Idealism of Gary Ross

Who is America’s most successful political filmmaker? While most would argue divisive names like Spike Lee or Michael Moore, I’m going to nominate Gary Ross. You know his films: “Big,” “Dave,” “Pleasantville,” “Seabiscuit,” “The Hunger Games” and now “Free State of Jones,” which opened last Friday. Show More Summary

Vintage Feminism: Young Helen Mirren Shuts Down Sexist Asshat

2 days agoFilm / Film Reviews : Pajiba

Today, Helen Mirren is an esteemed international star so bright and burning that she calls her own casting shots. She's an Oscar winner and fashion icon, admired both for her dramatic chops and sensual style. But back in 1975, Mirre...

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1. "Aziz Ansari: Why Trump Makes Me Scared for My Family": Essential commentary from the "Master of None" creator at The New York Times. “Xenophobic rhetoric was central to Mr. Trump’s campaign long before the attack in Orlando. This...Show More Summary

We Finally Have an Answer to Our 'Game of Thrones' Magical Teleporter Questions

2 days agoFilm / Film Reviews : Pajiba

Game of Thrones fans, you're definitely not alone if you've spent pretty much every season so far wondering just how it is that Littlefinger manages to move across oceans and continents with the wave of a, well, finger, and...

Rory Gilmore and Michelle Obama Got Together to Talk About Books, And Yes This Is a Safe Space to Fan Out Like Crazy

2 days agoFilm / Film Reviews : Pajiba

When it comes to education/nutrition/feminism/general fantastic PSAs and cool pop culture cameos, Michelle Obama has spent the last near-decade owning the game. And yet somehow, with this new video, well... I can't exactly say she's outdone herself, because where...

Folks Were Not Pleased with 'The Daily Show' Tweet on the SCOTUS’ Abortion Ruling

2 days agoFilm / Film Reviews : Pajiba

It's not that their intentions weren't in the right place, but as is sometimes the case when it comes to The Daily Show, their attempts at humor are misguided and tone deaf. Whoever operates their Twitter account might consider running...

Surprise Shark Week is a Mixed Blessing

2 days agoFilm / Film Reviews : Pajiba

US Olympic Trials: Swimming on NBC at 8:00pm ET. It's an Olympics year, so it's time for us to all develop very strong opinions about mostly obscure sports for about two months and then forget them for another four years....

Winona Ryder Deftly Navigated the Johnny Depp Conversation

2 days agoFilm / Film Reviews : Pajiba

Janelle Monae is the fanciest, dreamiest Beetlejuice. (Go Fug Yourself) Winona Ryder was asked about her relationship with Johnny Depp, and found herself in the impossible position of having to tell her own story without discrediting Amber Heard. The...

Game of Thrones Completes The Greatest Season Of Television Ever

2 days agoFilm / Film Reviews : Pajiba

Spoilers up through the sixth season of Game of Thrones. How about the fact that this is actually happening? Rest in Peace: -- King Tommen Baratheon -- Queen Margaery Baratheon -- Ser Loras Tyrell -- Mace Tyrell, Lord of Highgarden....

National Science Fiction Museum Convention This Weekend

2 days agoFilm / Film Reviews : Pajiba

Do you remember what ComicCon was before it got ginormous with the Marvel and Disney infiltration? Before the story became about showing trailers all day in Hall H? There were all these little discussion panels, like an academic conference for...

More Bad News for Trump Is Great News for America!

2 days agoFilm / Film Reviews : Pajiba

Covering the Donald Trump campaign used to be so depressing. He was winning primaries, and no matter what stupid shit came out of his day-glo yapper, his polling numbers never dropped. But now? I know there are a lot of...

Pajiba 10 For Your Consideration: The Devilish Grin And Sinful Dance Of Sam Rockwell

2 days agoFilm / Film Reviews : Pajiba

The world is a strange and scary place. Climate change threatens to engulf us all. The people of Britain and the United States, tired of being left behind by an uncaring, neoliberal capitalist world order, have, respectively, voted to leave...

Odin Quincannon Makes a Considerable Contribution to the Weirdness of This Week's 'Preacher'

2 days agoFilm / Film Reviews : Pajiba

The Story So Far: THE COWBOY (a.k.a. The Saint Of Killers who won't be referred to as such until the end of the season, I'm guessing) -- The best and most fascinating part of the episode, in which the story...

Justin Timberlake Done Fcked Up Now

2 days agoFilm / Film Reviews : Pajiba

Whether or not you watched the 2016 BET Awards last night (and if you didn't, it's possibly because you were one of the VERY angry parents who hated that it was being aired on Nickelodeon, where children could possibly see...

Why 'Orange Is The New Black's Cliffhanger Was Bullsht

2 days agoFilm / Film Reviews : Pajiba

Last week, Netflix dropped season four of Orange Is The New Black. Fans rejoiced over the return of compelling criminals Red, Taystee, Nichols, and Sophia (too name a few). Then fans wept over a certain soul-crushing spoiler. A review of...

Where Have You Seen the Restrictive Abortion Law SCOTUS Just Struck Down Before?

2 days agoFilm / Film Reviews : Pajiba

This morning, in a victory to pro-choice advocates, the Supreme Court struck down an overly restrictive abortion law in Texas with a 5-3 decision. Stephen Breyer wrote the opinion, and he was joined by the swing vote, Justice Anthony Kennedy,...

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