Author: Josh Rosenfield

‘The Fate of the Furious’ Struggles To Keep The Franchise On Track

Overview: A mysterious cyber-terrorist convinces Dom Toretto to turn against his family and aid in her sinister plot. Universal Pictures; 2017; Rated PG-13; 136 minutes. Neutral: The Fast and Furious franchise is getting a little long in the tooth. Now at eight entries, it’s one of the longest-running Hollywood franchises without reboots, remakes, or long breaks between releases. It’s not adapting any pre-existing material, either, and how could it be? These stories can only be told through cinema. The series’ best films revel in that fact, at times seeming to stress the limits of the frame, as if there’s...

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AE’s 2017 Oscars Prediction Showdown

The 89th Academy Awards are coming up this Sunday, and Audiences Everywhere readers know what that means: It’s Oscar predictions showdown time! Josh has seized victory two years in a row. Will the third time be the charm for David? Or will Josh come through with yet another decisive win? Let us know what your picks are and who you think will take the crown this year!   Best Visual Effects Deepwater Horizon Doctor Strange The Jungle Book Kubo and the Two Strings Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Josh Prediction: The Jungle Book – This film was praised almost exclusively for...

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Why Did We Let Mel Gibson Come Back?

Growing up Jewish in New England during the 2000s, your life is punctuated at regular intervals by these little surprises. There’s the first time you learn what the Holocaust was, and you ask your mom why they hated Jews so much, and she doesn’t have an answer. There are uncomfortable afternoons you spend at your friend’s youth group, which he didn’t tell you was a Christian youth group beforehand. Maybe you get to school one day in December and there’s a little manger on your desk, and a patronizing card about “faith” from your classmate’s mom. One year, your...

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Still Looking Out For Us: Shyamalan’s Split & Mental Illness

I knew what we were in for the moment I saw the first trailer for M. Night Shyamalan’s new film Split. Critics have long had it out for Shyamalan. Before the release of The Visit in 2015, I wrote about how the cultural consensus has consistently and willfully misunderstood him as an auteur. The Visit ended up opening to the sort of widespread acclaim that had evaded his work for over a decade. But when I saw Split’s trailer, I was sure it was about to come crashing down again, buckling under the weight of (perhaps not unfair) thinkpieces...

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Live Updates to the 2017 Oscar Nominations

Folks, another year has come and gone, and it’s that time once again for film fans across the world to get mad about the taste of insanely rich people. It’s Oscar season, baby! At 5:18 AM PST this morning, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs will be joined by several previous winners to announce the nominees for the 89th Academy Awards. Stay tuned to Audiences Everywhere for live updates on the nominees! Best Picture Arrival Fences Hacksaw Ridge Hell or High Water Hidden Figures La La Land Lion Manchester by the Sea Moonlight   Best Director Denis Villeneuve, Arrival Mel...

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