My Favorite Films of Summer 2017

With an end to the 2017 summer movie season, it’s time to round up my favorite films of this summer.  While I was credentialed for both the Chicago Critics Film Festival, the Fantasia International Film Festival, and remotely covered a few films selected for the Flyover Film Festival, I am not including any of those films unless they’ve been released in theaters, video on demand, or Digital HD. I’ll start with the documentaries.  I’ve seen…

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Summer Winner: Comic Book Movies

Yesterday examined the summer losers.  Today, I’m looking at the summer winners at the box office.  The first winner over the sumer movie season: Comic Book Movies. This summer saw quite a few comic book films: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Wonder Woman, and Spider-Man Homecoming.  Where many studio films suffered over the summer with the critics, these three films were hits with both the critics and fans alike. Through Labor Day weekend, all…

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Patty Jenkins rips James Cameron over Wonder Woman comments

Director James Cameron made the news for some disparaging comments about Wonder Woman.  Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins ripped him in response and rightfully so. Cameron told The Guardian‘s Hadley Freeman: “All of the self-congratulatory back-patting Hollywood’s been doing over Wonder Woman has been so misguided. She’s an objectified icon, and it’s just male Hollywood doing the same old thing! I’m not saying I didn’t like the movie but, to me, it’s a step backwards.…

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Is there trouble brewing for Aquaman?

There’s trouble brewing in the water for Aquaman as the DC Extended Universe can’t seem to catch a break. Rumors have already been swirling around the upcoming Justice League but the water-based Aquaman is reportedly in trouble.  According to The Hollywood Reporter, the water-based shoot has been “super complicated.”  Should we be surprised at this point?  Until I started hearing all the positive buzz, I had had low expectations a few weeks prior to the…

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Trailer: Professor Marston & The Wonder Women

The first trailer for Professor Marston & The Wonder Women was released today. Directed by Angela Robinson, the film stars Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, Bella Heathcote, and Connie Britton. With the success of Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman this summer with actress Gal Gadot starring in the title role, the timing of the biopic couldn’t be better.  Will the biopic be just as successful?  With a late October release, it’s primed for being bait for Awards…

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The Solzy Awards for Film in 2017 So Far

We’ve reached the halfway point of 2017 so that means it’s time to issue the Solzy Awards for Film in 2017 So Far. The two films that really stand out to me at this point in the year are The Big Sick and Baby Driver.  I started writing this article prior to seeing The Beguiled when it opened in Chicago on Friday.  I debated a lot to myself about whether or not I should include…

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Studio Tentpoles are hurting this summer

There’s no denying the power that Rotten Tomatoes has on making or breaking a studio tentpole. This is something that we’ve been seeing at the box office since the summer movie season started.  Studio tentpoles aren’t critic-proof no matter how many times these actors or filmmakers say that it wasn’t made for the critics.  Critics are people, too.  The first thing I ask myself when I start to write a screenplay is whether it’s a…

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Box Office: The Mummy tanks for Universal

Universal Pictures was hoping a reboot of The Mummy starring Tom Cruise would launch their Dark Universe franchise.  Unfortunately for the studio, critics and audiences alike panned the film. Starring Tom Cruise, the Alex Kurtzman-directed film finished this weekend in second place with an estimated $32.2 million at the box office.  In addition to Cruise, the film stars Annabelle Wallis, Sofia Boutella, Jake Johnson, Courtney B. Vance and Russell Crowe.  Taking into account the four…

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Comic Books: Will a Transgender Superhero ever hit the Big Screen?

Are American audiences ready for their first transgender superhero to hit the big screen in a movie adapted from comic books? With the recent release of DC’s Wonder Woman and Marvel’s Black Panther due out next February, this is a question that has been on my mind mostly due to communities that tend to be under-represented in television and film.  I’m a writer myself, mostly with a lot of ideas of television and film but…

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Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins not signed for sequel

It was reported today that Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins has not yet signed on for the film’s sequel. I would expect that this will change soon and also come with a hefty pay raise following the film’s opening weekend.  Wonder Woman is expected to smash Tom Cruise’s The Mummy at the box office this weekend. With actress Gal Gadot playing one of the DC trinity, she has options in her contract for appearing in…

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