Steven Spielberg finds fun, and maybe even a soul, in the pandering pastiche of Ready Player One

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Is it possible for a Hollywood blockbuster to look both soulful and soulless, depending on where the light strikes its gleaming surfaces? Ready Player One, based on the bestseller of the same name, is a pandering, crassly commercial victory of intellectual property law that’s also, in its best moments, grand popcorn…

Two teen girls forge a dark friendship in the tense, blackly comic Thoroughbreds

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Given that it begins, essentially, with two teenage girls studying vocabulary in preparation for the SATs, maybe it’s not such an unfair nitpick to complain that Thoroughbreds should have stuck with its original title. When the film premiered at Sundance some 14 months ago, it went by just Thoroughbred, singular—an…

Just before the end, Bates Motel does right by its most underutilized character

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It would be easy to gloss over just how much time is spent this episode with Emma Decody. After all, Alex Romero comes out swinging in the final act, storming White Pine Bay’s police station and taking Norman Bates hostage, along with his former co-worker. It’s the act of a man intent on accomplishing one last thing,…

Olivia Cooke to play the female lead in Ready Player One

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Olivia Cooke (Me And Earl And The Dying Girl) has been picked for the female lead in Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One. It doesn’t sound like this is officially official yet—as Spielberg hasn’t confirmed anything—but THR seems confident that the ink…

Shortlist for Star Wars: Episode VIII female lead includes Virgin and Orphan

In an exclusive report, The Wrap has revealed that Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: Episode VIII is zeroing in on its female lead. Here’s the requisite disclaimer that it’s still very early in the casting process…blah, blah…be wary of rumors…blah, blah…Disney declined to officially comment…blah, blah. And now that we’ve both…