Just Like the Rest of Us: The Noble Humanity of Si...

In the 1967’s mystery thriller, In the Heat of the Night, a prejudiced Police Chief looks Sidney Poitier’s detective, Virgil Tibbs right in the eyes and says, “You’re just like the rest of us, aint’cha.” This statement not only defined Tibbs but much of Sidney Poitier’s early acting career, a career defined by characters who lessened the sentiment that blackness should be equated with “other.” For many blacks, myself included, Sidney Poitier has always been associated with excellence, an example to be passed down by our parents and grandparents. This is skill, they say. This is craft. And they’re not wrong. Refined, dignified, and able to...

Stephen King’s Shared Universe Comes Together in Castle Rock Feb17

Stephen King’s Shared Universe Comes Togethe...

Ever full of surprises, J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot has announced a Castle Rock series coming to Hulu. For those unfamilar with the name, Castle Rock is a fictional town in Maine that serves as home for some of King’s most well known works, including: The Dead Zone, Cujo, The Dark Half, and Needful Things. It’s also mentioned in the majority of King’s other works as well. The teaser makes references to a number of King’s stories and characters including IT, Misery, Salem’s Lot, and The Shawshank Redemption. While those stories take place in other fictional towns of King’s creation (Derry,...

New Ghost in the Shell Trailer Delivers More Cyberpunk Visuals Feb13

New Ghost in the She...

Here’s our second look at Rupert Sanders’ Ghost in the Shell! The visuals and production design for this movie still look absolutely fantastic, which should come as no surprise given the look of his previous film, Snow White and Huntsman. While all the trailer thus far have sold...

The Lego Batman Movie Offers Both Celebration & Satire Feb10

The Lego Batman Movie Offers Both Celebration ...

Overview: When the Joker unleashes a dastardly new plot to destroy Gotham City, the emotionally ill-equipped Batman must learn the value of his relationships with his allies, villains, and the city he’s sworn to protect. Warner Bros.; 2017; Rated PG; 104 minutes. The Brick Knight: In his 78-year history, we’ve seen nearly every variety of tone and take imaginable for the caped-crusader. He’s been a medieval knight, a Cold War revolutionary, a vampire, an alien, a Western hero, and a grounded vigilante, and he’s survived through all of it. Yes, he’s even been George Clooney, and he survived that, too. The elasticity of Batman is largely what...

It’s OK in Chilling It Comes At Night Teaser Feb08

It’s OK in Chilling It Comes At Night Teaser

To say that A24 has been on a roll would be an understatement. Last year, they released what amounted to enough greatness to fill many of our best of the year picks, including two of the best horror movies of the decade with The Witch and Green Room. A24 looks to continue thier tradition of exceptional horror films with release of It Comes at Night, directed by Trey Edward Shults, who brought us last year’s Krisha. Check out the official plot synopsis below: A man (Joel Edgerton) learns that the evil stalking his family home may be only a prelude to horrors that come from within. Secure within a desolate home as an unnatural threat...

John Wick: Chapter 2 is a High Art Action Film of Mythic Proportion Feb08

John Wick: Chapter 2 is a High Art Action Film of ...

Overview: When a former ally forces John Wick to make good on an old debt, he finds himself caught in a whirlwind of repercussions with a bounty on his head. Summit Entertainment; 2017; Rated R; 122 minutes. Working Again: Before we even get to the opening credits and title card for John Wick: Chapter 2, the film quickly dispenses with the plot that any standard action sequel would go for by wrapping up the threads from John Wick. Reclaiming the car that was stolen from him in the first film and dealing with the threat of Viggo’s brother Abram (Peter Stormare), Wick destroys any notion that we’re about to see Chapter 2 play out on the same...

Blaxploitation Corner: A Q&A with Josiah Howa...

Last February, Audiences Everywhere celebrated Black History Month by taking a deep dive into the Blaxploitation movement of the 70s, with a countdown of the 10 best Blaxploitation films, a retrospective on Pam Grier’s career, and an analysis of Blaxploitation’s legacy and impact on film in For a Time We Were There. Within those pieces, I examined a world of black power where crime, justice, stardom, and some of the best soundtracks to ever be featured in motion pictures collided in a way that provided insight into the only black film boom in history, and it’s contemporary influence. This year, I had the pleasure of discussing...

Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn Get Snatched in First Trailer Feb07

Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn Get Snatched in First ...

Here’s our first look at Amy Schumer’s continuing rise to movie stardom in Jonathan Levine’s (50/50, The Night Before) Snatched. Official Synopsis: After her boyfriend dumps her on the eve of their exotic vacation, impetuous dreamer Emily Middleton (Amy Schumer) persuades her ultra-cautious mother, Linda (Goldie Hawn) to travel with her to paradise. Polar opposites, Emily and Linda realize that working through their differences as mother and daughter – in unpredictable, hilarious fashion – is the only way to escape the wildly outrageous jungle adventure they have fallen into. I think by now everyone has an...

Comic-to-Film Primer: Iron Fist (Updated with Offi...

Marvel’s partnership with Netflix has created a nice little block within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, one where the heroes are a bit more tormented, the villains are far more complicated, and everyone’s developed a bit of an outsider complex in the face of urban decay. The final corner of this block is easily the strangest of them all, an outsider even among a group of outsiders like Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage. He is Danny Rand, the Iron Fist. Doctor Strange introduced us to a world of mystic arts within the MCU, and Iron Fist will take us even further as we witness Danny Rand channel mystical kung fu powers and earn his...

Super Bowl 51 TV Spot Roundup Feb05

Super Bowl 51 TV Spot Roundup

We’re going to be live-updating the TV spots from tonight’s Super Bowl LI! A few studios have already jumped the gun (we’ll call it pre-gaming) but the rest should steadily roll-out during the game. So relax movie fans; get up, stretch, and walk around during the commerical breaks. We’ve got you covered! Baywatch A Cure For Wellness The Fate of the Furious Logan Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Guaridans of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Transformers: The Last Knight Life John Wick Chapter 2 Ghost in the Shell TV The Handmaid’s Tale Stranger Things Featured Image: Paramount...

10 Directors We Would Love To See Take Over The Batman Jan31

10 Directors We Would Love To See Take Over The Ba...

With yesterday’s unfortunate news that Ben Affleck will no longer sit in the director’s chair for The Batman, the search is on for a new filmmaker to take over WB’s biggest property. While the loss of Affleck is a definite disappointment, there are far too many talented directors out there for fans to fall into the trap of doom and gloom for the still novel DCEU. The trick will be finding a director who can bring a distinguishable style and visual flair to the film, while still working within the interlocked set-up of a cinematic universe. Directors David Fincher and Darren Aronofksy have been names that fans have tossed around for nearly...

Live Updates of the 2017 SAG Awards Jan29

Live Updates of the 2017 SAG Awards

Awards season rolls on with the presentation of the 23rd annual SAG Awards, in which a collection of Hollywood’s most elite actors, performers, and journalists vote to determine the best performances in film and television of the year. We’ll be live updating the awards, so keep refreshing that page! Movies Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge Ryan Gosling, La La Land Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic Denzel Washington, Fences Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role Amy Adams, Arrival Emily Blunt, The Girl on the Train...

It’s Morphin Time in New Power Rangers Trailer Jan19

It’s Morphin Time in New Power Rangers Trail...

The gang’s all suited up and ready for action in the latest Power Rangers trailer! Despite the first teaser, and reports from various outlets, Power Rangers doesn’t appear to be going to “dark and gritty” reboot angle at all despite taking some obvious cues from Chronicle, a film that inspired director Dean Israelite’s previous film as well (Project Almanac). If anything, it looks pretty close to the cheesiness of the television series, but with better special effects. While I grew up during the show’s highest point of popularity and saw a couple of the movies, I was never invested in the property, so I...

Claws Are Out in Latest Logan Trailer Jan19

Claws Are Out in Latest Logan Trailer

After the exceptional teaser trailer for Logan that was released earlier, we really didn’t need another trailer. But now that we have one, it’s looking more and more likely that the film will finally live up to the promise fans have patiently waited for, capping off sixteen years of Hugh Jackman’s run as the character. An R-rated, sad, bloody, post-Apocalyptic western may be a far-cry from last winter’s Deadpool, but we wouldn’t be surprised if Fox has a similar sized hit on their hands with Logan. And here’s the Red-band trailer for Logan, with more fucks to give: I think Logan may end up being one of...

Live by Night is a Frustrating Misstep Jan12

Live by Night is a F...

Overview: Based on Dennis Lehane’s novel, Live by Night follows a bandit who, through a series of unfortunate circumstances, rises as a successful crime boss during the Prohibition era. Warner Bros. Pictures; 2016; Rated R; 129 minutes. Sleep by Day: The opening narration, mumbled by Ben...

5 David Bowie Songs That Should Be Movies Jan10

5 David Bowie Songs That Should Be Movies

There’s really no need for an introduction or for us to tell you how powerful David Bowie’s music is, how it stretched across generations and electrified all of our odd bits and ultimately made us feel more alive in our strangeness. We’ve spent the better part of a year celebrating his eternal greatness and re-listening to his music, a gift which has aided so many of us in our quest to put words down on the page and twist our imagination in new ways until they become reality. To celebrate David Bowie’s creativity and genius, we’ve decided to pay tribute to him through the best way we know how: a melding of our love of music and movies. Here...

Fences is a Performance Powerhouse With Questionable Follow-Through Jan09

Fences is a Performance Powerhouse With Questionab...

Overview: Based on August Wilson’s Pulitzer-Prize winning play, Fences examines the struggles of an aging black man in the 1950s as he tries to provide for his family, while his personal failures isolate him. Paramount Pictures; 2016; Rated PG-13; 139 minutes. August Personage: We’d be hard pressed to find a writer who so exquisitely captured the voices of black Americans during the 20th century like August Wilson. Wilson’s works carry blackness within their very punctuation, each break, stammer, or interruption illuminating a great soul of humanity, each one beautiful, damaged, and as individually complex as the laws, regulations, and...

Live Updates of the 74th Annual Golden Globes Jan08

Live Updates of the 74th Annual Golden Globes

At the Beverly Hilton in Hollywood California, Jimmy Fallon is now opening the Golden Globes ceremony with his opening musical intro and monologue and Awards Season is in full swing. Golden Globe awards are handed out for both film and television by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA). The HFPA consists of roughly 90 members and has been awarding the Globes since 1943. Make sure you refresh the page, as Audiences Everywhere will have live updates of the nominations as they are announced and a recap after they are finish. If you can’t watch the broadcast, I’ll have live updates of the winners all evening, with a final tally and...

Star of the Year: Mahershala Ali Dec29

Star of the Year: Mahershala Ali

There are no such thing as small parts, only small actors. Whether or not there’s absolute veracity to that statement, no one lends credence to the notion more than Mahershala Ali. I first noticed Mahershala Ali in Derek Cianfrance’s The Place Beyond the Pines. The role, Kofi Kancam, was small. And as the new boyfriend to Eva Mendes’ Romina Gutierrez, his presence placed him in direct contention with Ryan Gosling’s Luke Glanton, the character we’re supposed to root for in a measured sort of way. Kofi could have easily been a throwaway character, an interloper to the damaged romance between Romina and Luke. Yet Mahershala refused to play the...

7 Best Movie Posters of 2016 Dec29

7 Best Movie Posters...

Dare I say that this year gave me hope, that both studio and indie movie posters are getting better. Of course there were a few duds and a couple of underwhelming examples, but we may be on an upward trend when it comes to rediscovering the artistry of movie marketing. Here are the seven best...

7 Best Movie Trailers of 2016 Dec29

7 Best Movie Trailers of 2016

It’s been a great year for movies, and next year promises to be equally great, if not more so. To celebrate we’re taking a look at the seven best movie trailers of 2016. These are the ads to displayed artistry in their marketing, clever musical selections, editing, style, and ultimately and made us excited for the films they showcased. Here are our picks! Alien: Covenant – Official Trailer (20th Century Fox) While it doesn’t deliver the same electricity as the all-time great trailer for Prometheus, the trailer for Alien: Covenant goes for more of a horror atmosphere than an overt science-fiction one. In many ways, this is...

Richard Newby’s Top 10 Films of 2016 Dec26

Richard Newby’s Top 10 Films of 2016

If you follow me on social media or read my writing then you probably know my tastes in film, and as such, my Top 10 shouldn’t come as a surprise. What is surprising, or at least interesting, is that in putting this list together I realized that each of these films encompass who I was this year. These are stories of grief, of hope, of trying to find sense in a currently nonsensical world, and each ultimately stories that display a commitment to life, as messy as it may sometimes be. Of all the top 10 lists I’ve made, I’m not sure I’ve managed to get one that so completely defined who I am as a film lover and as a person until this year....

No One Can Hear You Scream in Alien: Covenant Trailer Dec25

No One Can Hear You Scream in Alien: Covenant Trai...

20th Century Fox has released the trailer to Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenent, which will bring the world of Prometheus closer to that of the 1979 film, and launch a new trilogy with Scott at the helm. We hear that Scott is going full on horror with this installment, so if your breathing gets shallow and your chest gets tight, remember, it’s just a chestburster. Alien: Covenant arrives on May 19th, 2017. Featured Image: 20th Century...

John Wick: Chapter 2 Trailer Has Us Thinking He’s Back Dec19

John Wick: Chapter 2...

The surprise hit of 2014, returns with a second chapter, and more gun-fu. Here’s the trailer for John Wick: Chapter 2. Admittedly, I’m not the biggest fan of John Wick, outside of the Red Circle club scene, but John Wick: Chapter 2 looks wider in its scope, and will hopefully...

Deckard’s Back in Blade Runner 2049 Teaser Dec19

Deckard’s Back in Blade Runner 2049 Teaser

The film we never thought would happen now has a teaser trailer. Welcome to the world of Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049. Blade Runner is my favorite movie, so yeah, my heart is soaring right now. Just that little snippet of footage looks fantastic. Deckard’s opening narration tugs on the nostalgia strings, and Villeneuve’s direction showcases clear parallels to Ridley Scott’s. But the true star of this trailer is Roger Deakins cinematography. The orange and yellow hues that make up most of the trailer are a far cry from the blue and gray dreariness of L.A., but no less exquisitely shot. If anyone is able to...