Oscar snubs, a Road House remake, and much more from a busy week at the movies

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The biggest snubs and surprises from the 2024 Oscar nominations

Charles Melton in May December, Margot Robbie in Barbie, Leonardo DiCaprio in Killers Of The Flower Moon, Teo Yoo and Greta Lee in Past Lives
Charles Melton in May December, Margot Robbie in Barbie, Leonardo DiCaprio in Killers Of The Flower Moon, Teo Yoo and Greta Lee in Past Lives

Try as they might, the Academy Awards will never get it 100 percent right. The 2024 list of nominees, which Zazie Beetz and Jack Quaid announced this morning in Los Angeles, was full of plenty of the usual suspects; huge hits Oppenheimer and Barbie earned 13 and nine nominations, respectively, while critical darlings Poor Things and Killers Of The Flower Moon earned 11 and 10 nominations. Across acting, directing, and screenplay categories, however, there were some pleasant surprises and some fairly upsetting snubs. Read More

Pain don’t hurt, but Jake Gyllenhaal’s Road House remake trailer might

Jake Gyllenhaal
Jake Gyllenhaal

Jake Gyllenhaal wants you to be nice to his remake of Road House—until it’s time to not be nice. The trailer for Gyllenhaal’s MMA-inspired spin on Rowdy Herrington’s late-80s classic, Road House, is finally here. Judging by the intensity with which Gyllenhaal bulked up for the role as an ex-UFC middleweight fighter, 2024’s Road House promises a visceral action comedy far removed from Swayze’s contemplative warrior. But that was a different throat-ripping good time, as influenced by pro wrestling as this is by MMA. Read More




Where to stream all of the 2024 Oscar nominees, including Oppenheimer, Barbie, and Killers Of The Flower Moon

Clockwise from top left: Poor Things (Searchlight Pictures), The Zone Of Interest (A24), Napoleon (Apple TV+), Barbie (Warner Bros.), Oppenheimer (Universal Pictures)
Clockwise from top left: Poor Things (Searchlight Pictures), The Zone Of Interest (A24), Napoleon (Apple TV+), Barbie (Warner Bros.), Oppenheimer (Universal Pictures)

The final stretch of awards season is here, so how many of the Oscar-nominated films have you seen? If the answer is “not enough,” or you just feel like hosting your own Barbenheimer double feature at home, we’ve got you covered. Between the many streaming platforms, video-on-demand services, and good old-fashioned physical media, there are plenty of opportunities to catch up on the nominees. Some of these films are even still playing in theaters, so you can see them on the big screen, just as the filmmakers (well, mainly Christopher Nolan) intended. Read More

20 great (and 5 not-so-great) sophomore films from famed directors

Clockwise from bottom left: Pulp Fiction (Miramax Films/Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images), Jaws (Universal Studios/Courtesy of Getty Images), The Terminator (Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
Clockwise from bottom left: Pulp Fiction (Miramax Films/Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images), Jaws (Universal Studios/Courtesy of Getty Images), The Terminator (Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)

The only thing more challenging for a director than making a splash with their first feature film is avoiding the “sophomore slump” with their second. If their debut movie is a massive success, both creatively and financially, audiences and critics wrap very high (some would say too high) expectations around whatever may come next. Or they want that film to walk the exact edge of their wish list and deliver an experience just as good or better. Read More

Ranking the Best Picture nominees for the 2024 Oscars

Barbie (Warner Bros.), Oppenheimer (Universal Pictures), Poor Things (Searchlight Pictures), Killers Of The Flower Moon (Apple TV+)
Barbie (Warner Bros.), Oppenheimer (Universal Pictures), Poor Things (Searchlight Pictures), Killers Of The Flower Moon (Apple TV+)

When the 96th annual Academy Award nominations were announced today, the biggest surprise was that there weren’t any really big surprises. With 13 nominations to its name, it may seem like Oppenheimer is set to dominate the awards, as it has all season. But the Academy is still the Academy and, to borrow a phrase from the world of sports, that’s why they play the game (or in this case, count the votes). Even the most inevitable winners can lose steam as the ceremony looms closer. Remember 2016, when La La Land earned a record-tying 14 nominations and then went on to lose Best Picture to Moonlight? Read More

15 years later, it’s still easy to see how Taken redefined the action genre

Liam Neeson in Taken
Liam Neeson in Taken

French director Pierre Morel’s Taken came out in U.S. theaters 15 years ago this month, meaning we’ve been able to intermittently enjoy a decade and a half of star Liam Neeson’s attempts to just do Taken again, and again and again and again. And why shouldn’t he? Taken made $200 million past its budget and rebuilt Neeson’s career, and if the premise of “older guy you wouldn’t expect to be an action star” was good in 2009 when he was in his 50s, then it only gets better as he gets older. Read More

Godzilla Minus One/Minus Color and the rise of the de-colorized version

Clockwise from top left: Minami Hamabe in Gozdilla Minus One/Minus Color, Harrison Ford in Raiders Of The Lost Ark, and Charlize Theron in Mad Max: Fury Road - Black & Chrome.
Clockwise from top left: Minami Hamabe in Gozdilla Minus One/Minus Color, Harrison Ford in Raiders Of The Lost Ark, and Charlize Theron in Mad Max: Fury Road - Black & Chrome.

Godzilla Minus One returns to theaters this weekend minus one important element: Color. Godzilla Minus One/Minus Color, a black-and-white version of the king lizard’s biggest Japanese movie ever, makes this old-fashioned blockbuster feel more like the era it mimics. For one week, the monster stomps into multiplexes with an Oscar nomination and the gravitas that comes with a black-and-white cut. It isn’t alone. Read More

Thank God, Dev Patel directed a movie where he gets to be a hot action star

Dev Patel in Monkey Man
Dev Patel in Monkey Man

If there’s one thing we can all agree on, the culture needs more Dev Patel. For years, audiences have been fancasting Patel in all sorts of projects (please, Dev Patel rom-com… save us Dev Patel rom-com!), but it turns out Patel has been busy casting himself. He’s starring in his own directorial debut, Monkey Man, which premieres in theaters April 5. On Friday, we got our first look at the Jordan Peele-produced action thriller in the form of a first trailer. Read More