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All Star Wars Movies Ranked By Tomatometer

Flash Gordon meets Hidden Fortress meets Dune, 1977’s Star Wars was formed by George Lucas as an innocent, serial tribute to the entertainment of his formative past. But for everyone else, it was the future, changing the movie culture landscape on every level: How and what gets made, how they’re released, and, yes, how they’re merchandized. A space opera for all ages, Lucas closed out this original trilogy with the biggest twists (Empire Strikes Back) and the cuddliest endgame battle (Return of the Jedi).

Over 20 years later, Lucas returned with the prequel trilogy that went deep into Force mechanics and far towards space politics. And nearly another 20 years after that, the so-called sequel trilogy started up, reuniting old friends and plot devices for the nostalgic blockbuster touchstone The Force Awakens. That was followed by the foundation-shaking Last Jedi, and the action-packed fan service machine The Rise of Skywalker, which is now the second-lowest–rated Star Wars film, according to the Tomatometer.

With the 42-year spanning Skywalker Saga now complete, we’re ranking every movie in the franchise! This means all theatrical releases (including spin-offs like Rogue One and The Clone Wars), but leaving off the TV stuff. Apologies to The Mandalorian. Star Wars Holiday Special, you know what you did. Now, kick back with some blue milk (or green, if you’re watching space carbs) and crank up that holo-phonograph of “Jedi Rocks” because here comes the best Star Wars movies by Tomatometer! Alex Vo

MORE: The complete Skywalker Saga is now on Disney+… Check out the 100 Best Movies on Disney+

#1
Adjusted Score: 103406%
Critics Consensus: Dark, sinister, but ultimately even more involving than A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back defies viewer expectations and takes the series to heightened emotional levels.
Synopsis: The adventure continues in this "Star Wars" sequel. Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher)... [More]
Directed By: Irvin Kershner

#2
Adjusted Score: 111479%
Critics Consensus: Packed with action and populated by both familiar faces and fresh blood, The Force Awakens successfully recalls the series' former glory while injecting it with renewed energy.
Synopsis: Thirty years after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, the galaxy faces a new threat from the evil Kylo Ren... [More]
Directed By: J.J. Abrams

#3
Adjusted Score: 106503%
Critics Consensus: A legendarily expansive and ambitious start to the sci-fi saga, George Lucas opened our eyes to the possibilities of blockbuster filmmaking and things have never been the same.
Synopsis: The Imperial Forces -- under orders from cruel Darth Vader (David Prowse) -- hold Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) hostage, in... [More]
Directed By: George Lucas

#4
#4
Adjusted Score: 127982%
Critics Consensus: Star Wars: The Last Jedi honors the saga's rich legacy while adding some surprising twists -- and delivering all the emotion-rich action fans could hope for.
Synopsis: Luke Skywalker's peaceful and solitary existence gets upended when he encounters Rey, a young woman who shows strong signs of... [More]
Directed By: Rian Johnson

#5
Adjusted Score: 114478%
Critics Consensus: Rogue One draws deep on Star Wars mythology while breaking new narrative and aesthetic ground -- and suggesting a bright blockbuster future for the franchise.
Synopsis: Former scientist Galen Erso lives on a farm with his wife and young daughter, Jyn. His peaceful existence comes crashing... [More]
Directed By: Gareth Edwards

#6
Adjusted Score: 90563%
Critics Consensus: Though failing to reach the cinematic heights of its predecessors, Return of the Jedi remains an entertaining sci-fi adventure and a fitting end to the classic trilogy.
Synopsis: Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) battles horrible Jabba the Hut and cruel Darth Vader to save his comrades in the Rebel... [More]
Directed By: Richard Marquand

#7
Adjusted Score: 92611%
Critics Consensus: With Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, George Lucas brings his second Star Wars trilogy to a suitably thrilling and often poignant -- if still a bit uneven -- conclusion.
Synopsis: It has been three years since the Clone Wars began. Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) and Jedi Knight Anakin... [More]
Directed By: George Lucas

#8
#8
Adjusted Score: 99413%
Critics Consensus: A flawed yet fun and fast-paced space adventure, Solo: A Star Wars Story should satisfy newcomers to the saga as well as longtime fans who check their expectations at the theater door.
Synopsis: Young Han Solo finds adventure when he joins forces with a gang of galactic smugglers and a 190-year-old Wookie named... [More]
Directed By: Ron Howard

#9
Adjusted Score: 74018%
Critics Consensus: Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones benefits from an increased emphasis on thrilling action, although it's undercut by ponderous plot points and underdeveloped characters.
Synopsis: Set ten years after the events of "The Phantom Menace," the Republic continues to be mired in strife and chaos.... [More]
Directed By: George Lucas

#10
Adjusted Score: 84295%
Critics Consensus: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker suffers from a frustrating lack of imagination, but concludes this beloved saga with fan-focused devotion.
Synopsis: When it's discovered that the evil Emperor Palpatine did not die at the hands of Darth Vader, the rebels must... [More]
Directed By: J.J. Abrams

#11
Adjusted Score: 61781%
Critics Consensus: Burdened by exposition and populated with stock characters, The Phantom Menace gets the Star Wars prequels off to a bumpy -- albeit visually dazzling -- start.
Synopsis: Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) is a young apprentice Jedi knight under the tutelage of Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson) ; Anakin... [More]
Directed By: George Lucas

#12
#12
Adjusted Score: 25048%
Critics Consensus: Mechanical animation and a less-than stellar script make The Clone Wars a pale shadow of George Lucas' once great franchise.
Synopsis: As more star systems get swept into the Clone Wars, the valiant Jedi knights struggle to maintain order. Anakin Skywalker... [More]
Directed By: Dave Filoni

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All Samuel L. Jackson Movies Ranked

After a number of character parts and bit roles in a swath of urban dramas at the start of his career, Jackson made his breakthrough statement as the fiery voice of reason in Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing: DJ Mister Señor Love Daddy. Pulling off a character with a name like that should only lead to more success, and sure enough, then came the slapstick comedy (Loaded Weapon 1), a disarming role in Jurassic Park, and the ultimate ’90s character: hitman Jules Winnfield in Pulp Fiction.

From there, Jackson has only cemented his rep as Hollywood’s versatile king of volatile cool, partnering with John McClane (Die Hard With a Vengeance), feelin’ the Force in the Star Wars prequels, starring as the sexy spawn of Shaft, and making his mark in original meme movie Snakes on a Plane.

And as, of course, the linchpin of the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Nick Fury, whose movie appearances (brief or significant) are all included here in the greater interest of the general public, i.e. you’re going to complain if we didn’t. With that said, hold on to your butts for Samuel L. Jackson movies ranked by Tomatometer!

#97

Kite (2014)
0%

#97
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: With the help of her father's ex-partner (Samuel L. Jackson) and a friend (Callan McAuliffe) from her past, an orphaned... [More]
Directed By: Ralph Ziman

#96

Twisted (2004)
1%

#96
Adjusted Score: 6142%
Critics Consensus: An implausible, overheated potboiler that squanders a stellar cast, Twisted is a clichéd, risible whodunit.
Synopsis: Recently promoted and transferred to the homicide division, Inspector Jessica Shepard (Ashley Judd) feels pressure to prove herself -- and... [More]
Directed By: Philip Kaufman

#95
#95
Adjusted Score: 4973%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Waymon (Joseph C. Phillips) has a great job in real estate and a promising future, but he's also trapped in... [More]
Directed By: Kevin Hooks

#94

Sphere (1998)
11%

#94
Adjusted Score: 13229%
Critics Consensus: Sphere features an A-level cast working with B-grade material, with a story seen previously in superior science-fiction films.
Synopsis: When psychologist Norman Goodman (Dustin Hoffman) wrote a report for the government on how to deal with extraterrestrial life forces,... [More]
Directed By: Barry Levinson

#93

Cell (2016)
11%

#93
Adjusted Score: 12892%
Critics Consensus: Shoddily crafted and devoid of suspense, Cell squanders a capable cast and Stephen King's once-prescient source material on a bland rehash of zombie cliches.
Synopsis: A graphic novelist (John Cusack) begins a desperate search for his estranged wife (Clark Sarullo) and son (Ethan Andrew Casto)... [More]
Directed By: Tod Williams

#92

The Spirit (2008)
14%

#92
Adjusted Score: 18362%
Critics Consensus: Though its visuals are unique, The Spirit's plot is almost incomprehensible, the dialogue is ludicrously mannered, and the characters are unmemorable.
Synopsis: Apparently murdered cop Denny Colt (Gabriel Macht) returns as the Spirit, dedicated to protecting Central City from crime. His archenemy,... [More]
Directed By: Frank Miller

#91

Jumper (2008)
15%

#91
Adjusted Score: 21048%
Critics Consensus: Featuring uninvolving characters and loose narrative, Jumper is an erratic action pic with little coherence and lackluster special effects.
Synopsis: Aimless David Rice (Hayden Christensen) has the ability to instantly transport himself to any place he can imagine. He uses... [More]
Directed By: Doug Liman

#90

Cleaner (2007)
17%

#90
Adjusted Score: 9031%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Retired policeman Tom Cutler (Samuel L. Jackson) works as a crime-scene cleaner to support his young daughter. Cutler's quiet life... [More]
Directed By: Renny Harlin

#89

Amos & Andrew (1993)
17%

#89
Adjusted Score: 16009%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When erudite black playwright Andrew Sterling (Samuel L. Jackson) moves to a predominantly white suburb, the buffoonish local police surround... [More]
Directed By: E. Max Frye

#88
#88
Adjusted Score: 21677%
Critics Consensus: Even more absurd and implausible than the first XXX movie, State of the Union is less inspired and technically competent than its predecessor.
Synopsis: When the government finds out that a group of terrorists has infiltrated its ranks, and the group is being trained... [More]
Directed By: Lee Tamahori

#87
#87
Adjusted Score: 25048%
Critics Consensus: Mechanical animation and a less-than stellar script make The Clone Wars a pale shadow of George Lucas' once great franchise.
Synopsis: As more star systems get swept into the Clone Wars, the valiant Jedi knights struggle to maintain order. Anakin Skywalker... [More]
Directed By: Dave Filoni

#86
Adjusted Score: 18654%
Critics Consensus: Loaded Weapon 1 hits all the routine targets with soft squibs, yielding a tired parody that cycles through its laundry list of references with little comedic verve.
Synopsis: This "Lethal Weapon" spoof follows Los Angeles police officers Wes Luger (Samuel L. Jackson) and Jack Colt (Emilio Estevez) as... [More]
Directed By: Gene Quintano

#85

Basic (2003)
21%

#85
Adjusted Score: 25014%
Critics Consensus: Basic gets so needlessly convoluted in its plot twists that the viewer eventually loses interest.
Synopsis: During a special operations training mission in Panama, four U.S. soldiers are killed mysteriously, and their leader, Sgt. Nathan West... [More]
Directed By: John McTiernan

#84

Reasonable Doubt (2014)
22%

#84
Adjusted Score: 9501%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A prosecutor (Dominic Cooper) commits a fatal hit-and-run, then manipulates the case so that the man who was arrested for... [More]
Directed By: Peter P. Croudins

#83

Meeting Evil (2011)
13%

#83
Adjusted Score: 4691%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: An unwitting family man (Luke Wilson) takes a joy ride from hell with an insane killer (Samuel L. Jackson).... [More]
Directed By: Chris Fisher

#82
#82
Adjusted Score: 23832%
Critics Consensus: The ensemble cast works hard, but hammy direction and a script lacking in nuance ruins this movie's noble intentions.
Synopsis: Following a lengthy tour of duty in Iraq, three soldiers find that readjusting to life at home is not as... [More]
Directed By: Irwin Winkler

#81

Freedomland (2006)
23%

#81
Adjusted Score: 29280%
Critics Consensus: Poorly directed and overacted, Freedomland attempts to address sensitive race and class issues but its overzealousness misses the mark.
Synopsis: A mother blames the disappearance of her child on a black man from the projects after she reports a carjacking.... [More]
Directed By: Joe Roth

#80
#80
Adjusted Score: 25967%
Critics Consensus: A well-intentioned but melodramatic look at post-Apartheid South Africa.
Synopsis: An American reporter (Samuel L. Jackson) and an Afrikaans poet (Juliette Binoche) meet and fall in love while covering South... [More]
Directed By: John Boorman

#79

Zambezia (2012)
25%

#79
Adjusted Score: 9283%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Kai (Jeremy Suarez), a high-spirited falcon, travels to the bird city of Zambezia and discovers the truth about his origins.... [More]
Directed By: Wayne Thornley

#78
#78
Adjusted Score: 12619%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Police Detective Jack Friar (Samuel L. Jackson) is searching for a runaway teen when he's taken hostage by a band... [More]
Directed By: Bob Rafelson

#77
Adjusted Score: 35951%
Critics Consensus: Despite the charms of its ensemble, The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard fails to protect the audience from repetitive and tired genre tropes.
Synopsis: The world's most lethal odd couple -- bodyguard Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds) and hitman Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson) --... [More]
Directed By: Patrick Hughes

#76

Barely Lethal (2015)
26%

#76
Adjusted Score: 25600%
Critics Consensus: Just like its underserved protagonist, Barely Lethal is in disguise -- it wants you to think it's smarter than it is but it fails by falling prey to all the clichés it mocks.
Synopsis: Seeking a normal adolescence, a special-operations agent (Hailee Steinfeld) fakes her own death and enrolls in high school as an... [More]
Directed By: Kyle Newman

#75

The Samaritan (2012)
26%

#75
Adjusted Score: 25710%
Critics Consensus: The Samaritan is a ludicrous neo-noir starring a seemingly bored Samuel L. Jackson.
Synopsis: After many years in prison, a former grifter (Samuel L. Jackson) tries to go straight, but the son (Luke Kirby)... [More]
Directed By: David Weaver

#74

The 51st State (2001)
25%

#74
Adjusted Score: 28039%
Critics Consensus: Filled with profanities, Formula 51 is a stylized and incoherent mess that doesn't add up to much.
Synopsis: "The 51st State" is the story of Elmo McElroy (Samuel L. Jackson), a streetwise American master chemist, who heads to... [More]
Directed By: Ronny Yu

#73

Fluke (1995)
25%

#73
Adjusted Score: 13778%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Workaholic Thomas P. Johnson (Matthew Modine) has achieved professional success at the expense of his family life, having neglected his... [More]
Directed By: Carlo Carlei

#72

One Eight Seven (1997)
30%

#72
Adjusted Score: 29270%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When a student writes the police code for homicide, 187, inside a textbook owned by teacher Trevor Garfield (Samuel L.... [More]
Directed By: Kevin Reynolds

#71

Shaft (2019)
34%

#71
Adjusted Score: 40607%
Critics Consensus: Decades removed from the original, this multi-generational Shaft struggles to keep its characters interesting -- or anything other than uncomfortably outdated.
Synopsis: John Shaft Jr. may be an FBI cyber security expert, but to uncover the truth behind his best friend's untimely... [More]
Directed By: Tim Story

#70
#70
Adjusted Score: 51691%
Critics Consensus: The Legend of Tarzan has more on its mind than many movies starring the classic character, but that isn't enough to make up for its generic plot or sluggish pace.
Synopsis: It's been nearly a decade since Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgård), also known as John Clayton III, left Africa to live in... [More]
Directed By: David Yates

#69
#69
Adjusted Score: 39196%
Critics Consensus: The script is unconvincing and the courtroom action is unegaging.
Synopsis: Col. Terry Childers (Samuel L. Jackson) is a 30-year Marine veteran: a decorated officer with combat experience in Vietnam, Beirut... [More]
Directed By: William Friedkin

#68
Adjusted Score: 47797%
Critics Consensus: Spiral: From the Book of Saw suggests an interesting new direction for the Saw franchise, even if the gory sum is rather less than its parts.
Synopsis: A criminal mastermind unleashes a twisted form of justice in Spiral, the terrifying new chapter from the book of Saw.... [More]
Directed By: Darren Lynn Bousman

#67

Oldboy (2013)
39%

#67
Adjusted Score: 45009%
Critics Consensus: Suitably grim and bloody yet disappointingly safe and shallow, Spike Lee's Oldboy remake neither surpasses the original nor adds anything new to its impressive legacy.
Synopsis: Although his life is already in a downward spiral, things get much worse for advertising executive Joe Doucett (Josh Brolin)... [More]
Directed By: Spike Lee

#66

Death to 2020 (2020)
40%

#66
Adjusted Score: 40518%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: 2020: A year so [insert adjective of choice here], even the creators of Black Mirror couldn't make it up... but... [More]
Directed By: Al Campbell, Alice Mathias

#65
#65
Adjusted Score: 60325%
Critics Consensus: The Hitman's Bodyguard coasts on Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds' banter -- but doesn't get enough mileage to power past an overabundance of action-comedy clichés.
Synopsis: The world's top protection agent is called upon to guard the life of his mortal enemy, one of the world's... [More]
Directed By: Patrick Hughes

#64

Lakeview Terrace (2008)
44%

#64
Adjusted Score: 50860%
Critics Consensus: This thriller about a menacing cop wreaking havoc on his neighbors is tense enough but threatens absurdity when it enters into excessive potboiler territory.
Synopsis: An uptight cop (Samuel L. Jackson), the self-appointed watchdog of his neighborhood, strongly disapproves of the interracial newlyweds (Patrick Wilson,... [More]
Directed By: Neil LaBute

#63
Adjusted Score: 55056%
Critics Consensus: xXx: Return of Xander Cage should satisfy fans of the first two installments, but its preponderance of set pieces can't quite make up for a tired storyline that fails to take the franchise -- or action fans -- anywhere new.
Synopsis: After coming out of self-imposed exile, daredevil operative Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) must race against time to recover a sinister... [More]
Directed By: D.J. Caruso

#62
#62
Adjusted Score: 41103%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Boxing promoter the Rev. Fred Sultan (Samuel L. Jackson) decides the best way to revive public interest in his top... [More]
Directed By: Reginald Hudlin

#61
#61
Adjusted Score: 47856%
Critics Consensus: The Caveman's Valentine has an intriguing premise, but the film falls flat under the weight of its ambition.
Synopsis: Romulus (Samuel L. Jackson) is a homeless man who dwells in a cave in one of New York City's parks,... [More]
Directed By: Kasi Lemmons

#60

Soul Men (2008)
45%

#60
Adjusted Score: 47753%
Critics Consensus: Soul Men features lively performances from Bernie Mac and Samuel L. Jackson and some hilarious moments, but ultimately suffers from an unoriginal script.
Synopsis: Louis (Samuel L. Jackson) and Floyd (Bernie Mac) used to be one of the country's top musical duos, until they... [More]
Directed By: Malcolm D. Lee

#59

S.W.A.T. (2003)
48%

#59
Adjusted Score: 53062%
Critics Consensus: A competent, but routine police thriller.
Synopsis: Hondo Harrelson (Samuel L. Jackson) recruits Jim Street (Colin Farrell) to join an elite unit of the Los Angeles Police... [More]
Directed By: Clark Johnson

#58

RoboCop (2014)
48%

#58
Adjusted Score: 57608%
Critics Consensus: While it's far better than it could have been, José Padilha's RoboCop remake fails to offer a significant improvement over the original.
Synopsis: In 2028, OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology. While its drones have long been used by the military... [More]
Directed By: José Padilha

#57

XXX (2002)
48%

#57
Adjusted Score: 54055%
Critics Consensus: It has an endearing lack of seriousness, and Vin Diesel has more than enough muscle for the starring role, but ultimately, XXX is a missed opportunity to breathe new life into the spy thriller genre.
Synopsis: Vin Diesel stars as former extreme sports athlete Xander "XXX" Cage, notorious for his death-defying public stunts. Betting he can... [More]
Directed By: Rob Cohen

#56

Astro Boy (2009)
50%

#56
Adjusted Score: 55592%
Critics Consensus: While it isn't terribly original, and it seems to have a political agenda that may rankle some viewers, Astro Boy boasts enough visual thrills to please its target demographic.
Synopsis: In futuristic Metro City, a brilliant scientist named Tenma builds Astro Boy (Freddie Highmore), a robotic child with superstrength, X-ray... [More]
Directed By: David Bowers

#55
Adjusted Score: 61781%
Critics Consensus: Burdened by exposition and populated with stock characters, The Phantom Menace gets the Star Wars prequels off to a bumpy -- albeit visually dazzling -- start.
Synopsis: Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) is a young apprentice Jedi knight under the tutelage of Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson) ; Anakin... [More]
Directed By: George Lucas

#54

Deep Blue Sea (1999)
60%

#54
Adjusted Score: 63715%
Critics Consensus: Deep Blue Sea is no Jaws, but action fans seeking some toothy action can certainly do -- and almost certainly have done -- far worse for B-movie thrills.
Synopsis: On an island research facility, Dr. Susan McAlester (Saffron Burrows) is harvesting the brain tissue of DNA-altered sharks as a... [More]
Directed By: Renny Harlin

#53
#53
Adjusted Score: 63845%
Critics Consensus: Die Hard with a Vengeance benefits from Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson's barbed interplay, but clatters to a bombastic finish in a vain effort to cover for an overall lack of fresh ideas.
Synopsis: Detective John McClane (Bruce Willis) is now divorced, alcoholic and jobless after getting fired for his reckless behavior and bad... [More]
Directed By: John McTiernan

#52
#52
Adjusted Score: 64770%
Critics Consensus: The Last Full Measure struggles to capture the incidents that inspired it, but ultimately prevails thanks to strong performances in service of a remarkable true story.
Synopsis: Airman William H. Pitsenbarger Jr. is awarded the Medal of Honor for his service and actions on the battlefield.... [More]
Directed By: Todd Robinson

#51
#51
Adjusted Score: 64972%
Critics Consensus: While sluggish in spots, Resurrecting the Champ is a sports/newsroom drama elevated by high-caliber performances by Samuel Jackson, Josh Hartnet, and Alan Alda.
Synopsis: Things are not going well for Erik Kernan (Josh Hartnett). Erik, a sports reporter, is stuck covering the bush leagues... [More]
Directed By: Rod Lurie

#50

Coach Carter (2005)
64%

#50
Adjusted Score: 69209%
Critics Consensus: Even though it's based on a true story, Coach Carter is pretty formulaic stuff, but it's effective and energetic, thanks to a strong central performance from Samuel L. Jackson.
Synopsis: In 1999, Ken Carter (Samuel L. Jackson) returns to his old high school in Richmond, California, to get the basketball... [More]
Directed By: Thomas Carter

#49
Adjusted Score: 80685%
Critics Consensus: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children proves a suitable match for Tim Burton's distinctive style, even if it's on stronger footing as a visual experience than a narrative one.
Synopsis: When his beloved grandfather leaves Jake clues to a mystery that spans different worlds and times, he finds a magical... [More]
Directed By: Tim Burton

#48
Adjusted Score: 74018%
Critics Consensus: Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones benefits from an increased emphasis on thrilling action, although it's undercut by ponderous plot points and underdeveloped characters.
Synopsis: Set ten years after the events of "The Phantom Menace," the Republic continues to be mired in strife and chaos.... [More]
Directed By: George Lucas

#47

Black Snake Moan (2007)
66%

#47
Adjusted Score: 72111%
Critics Consensus: Uninhibited performances, skillful direction, and a killer blues soundtrack elevate Black Snake Moan beyond its outlandish premise.
Synopsis: After her lover (Justin Timberlake) leaves to serve in the military, Rae (Christina Ricci) gives in to her raging libido... [More]
Directed By: Craig Brewer

#46

Shaft (2000)
67%

#46
Adjusted Score: 70014%
Critics Consensus: With a charismatic lead, this new Shaft knows how to push the right buttons.
Synopsis: Crooked cops on the take -- small-time drug lords -- sleazy informers and sadistic rich kids ready to kill ---... [More]
Directed By: John Singleton

#45

Turbo (2013)
67%

#45
Adjusted Score: 70339%
Critics Consensus: It's nowhere near as inventive as its off-the-wall premise might suggest, but Turbo boasts just enough colorful visual thrills and sharp voice acting to recommend as undemanding family-friendly fare.
Synopsis: Turbo (Ryan Reynolds) is a speed-obsessed snail with an unusual dream: to become the world's greatest racer. This odd snail... [More]
Directed By: David Soren

#44

A Time to Kill (1996)
67%

#44
Adjusted Score: 70087%
Critics Consensus: Overlong and superficial, A Time to Kill nonetheless succeeds on the strength of its skillful craftsmanship and top-notch performances.
Synopsis: Carl Lee Hailey (Samuel L. Jackson) is a heartbroken black father who avenges his daughter's brutal rape by shooting the... [More]
Directed By: Joel Schumacher

#43

Kiss of Death (1995)
68%

#43
Adjusted Score: 69076%
Critics Consensus: An outstanding ensemble cast propels Kiss of Death, a noir-ish crime thriller that's slick and big on atmosphere, even if its script may only provide sporadic bursts of tension.
Synopsis: After his time in prison, Jimmy Kilmartin (David Caruso) keeps his head down and provides for his wife and kids,... [More]
Directed By: Barbet Schroeder

#42
#42
Adjusted Score: 75693%
Critics Consensus: Snakes on a Plane lives up to its title, featuring snakes on a plane. It isn't perfect, but then again, it doesn't need to be.
Synopsis: FBI agent Nelville Flynn (Samuel L. Jackson) boards a flight from Hawaii to Los Angeles, escorting a witness to trial.... [More]
Directed By: David R. Ellis

#41
#41
Adjusted Score: 68482%
Critics Consensus: Smart, sharp-witted, and fueled by enjoyably over-the-top action, The Long Kiss Goodnight makes up in impact what it lacks in consistent aim.
Synopsis: Schoolteacher and single mother Samantha Caine (Geena Davis) lives an average suburban life -- until she begins having strange memories... [More]
Directed By: Renny Harlin

#40

Unbreakable (2000)
70%

#40
Adjusted Score: 75414%
Critics Consensus: With a weaker ending, Unbreakable is not as a good as The Sixth Sense. However, it is a quietly suspenseful film that intrigues and engages, taking the audience through unpredictable twists and turns along the way.
Synopsis: David Dunn (Bruce Willis) is the sole survivor of a devastating train wreck. Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson) is a... [More]
Directed By: M. Night Shyamalan

#39

Mo' Better Blues (1990)
71%

#39
Adjusted Score: 71827%
Critics Consensus: Mo' Better Blues is rich with vibrant hues and Denzel Washington's impassioned performance, although its straightforward telling lacks the political punch fans expect from a Spike Lee joint.
Synopsis: Financially irresponsible Giant (Spike Lee) manages a jazz group, but his sax player, Shadow (Wesley Snipes), wants to replace him... [More]
Directed By: Spike Lee

#38

Iron Man 2 (2010)
72%

#38
Adjusted Score: 83586%
Critics Consensus: It isn't quite the breath of fresh air that Iron Man was, but this sequel comes close with solid performances and an action-packed plot.
Synopsis: With the world now aware that he is Iron Man, billionaire inventor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) faces pressure from... [More]
Directed By: Jon Favreau

#37

The Red Violin (1998)
74%

#37
Adjusted Score: 74559%
Critics Consensus: A symphony of storytelling whose lulls lead to satisfying crescendos, The Red Violin weaves a centuries-long saga with the journey of a single instrument.
Synopsis: The intricate history of a beautiful antique violin is traced from its creation in Cremona, Italy, in 1681, where a... [More]
Directed By: François Girard

#36

The Negotiator (1998)
74%

#36
Adjusted Score: 75473%
Critics Consensus: The Negotiator's battle of wits doesn't wholly justify its excessive length, but confident direction by F. Gary Gray and formidable performances makes this a situation audiences won't mind being hostage to.
Synopsis: Danny Roman (Samuel L. Jackson) is considered the best police hostage negotiator in Chicago. After a friend warns him that... [More]
Directed By: F. Gary Gray

#35
#35
Adjusted Score: 88412%
Critics Consensus: The Hateful Eight offers another well-aimed round from Quentin Tarantino's signature blend of action, humor, and over-the-top violence -- all while demonstrating an even stronger grip on his filmmaking craft.
Synopsis: While racing toward the town of Red Rock in post-Civil War Wyoming, bounty hunter John "The Hangman" Ruth (Kurt Russell)... [More]
Directed By: Quentin Tarantino

#34
Adjusted Score: 85114%
Critics Consensus: Stylish, subversive, and above all fun, Kingsman: The Secret Service finds director Matthew Vaughn sending up the spy genre with gleeful abandon.
Synopsis: Gary "Eggsy" Unwin (Taron Egerton), whose late father secretly worked for a spy organization, lives in a South London housing... [More]
Directed By: Matthew Vaughn

#33
#33
Adjusted Score: 105423%
Critics Consensus: Offering exhilarating eye candy, solid acting, and a fast-paced story, Kong: Skull Island earns its spot in the movie monster's mythos without ever matching up to the classic original.
Synopsis: Scientists, soldiers and adventurers unite to explore a mythical, uncharted island in the Pacific Ocean. Cut off from everything they... [More]
Directed By: Jordan Vogt-Roberts

#32
#32
Adjusted Score: 91281%
Critics Consensus: Exuberant and eye-popping, Avengers: Age of Ultron serves as an overstuffed but mostly satisfying sequel, reuniting its predecessor's unwieldy cast with a few new additions and a worthy foe.
Synopsis: When Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) jump-starts a dormant peacekeeping program, things go terribly awry, forcing him, Thor (Chris Hemsworth),... [More]
Directed By: Joss Whedon

#31

Changing Lanes (2002)
77%

#31
Adjusted Score: 81984%
Critics Consensus: Though some may find its conclusion unsatisfying, Changing Lanes is a tense, well-crafted exploration of meaty ethical dilemmas.
Synopsis: A rush-hour fender-bender on New York City's crowded FDR Drive, under most circumstances, wouldn't set off a chain reaction that... [More]
Directed By: Roger Michell

#30

Thor (2011)
77%

#30
Adjusted Score: 89270%
Critics Consensus: A dazzling blockbuster that tempers its sweeping scope with wit, humor, and human drama, Thor is mighty Marvel entertainment.
Synopsis: As the son of Odin (Anthony Hopkins), king of the Norse gods, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) will soon inherit the throne... [More]
Directed By: Kenneth Branagh

#29

Big Game (2014)
78%

#29
Adjusted Score: 80068%
Critics Consensus: Big Game's enthusiastic throwback vibe will appeal to fans of low-budget '80s action movies, but co-writer/director Jalmari Helander adds a level of smarts and skill that make it more than just an homage.
Synopsis: The U.S. president (Samuel L. Jackson) must rely on a 13-year-old boy (Onni Tommila) to get him out alive after... [More]
Directed By: Jalmari Helander

#28

Mother and Child (2009)
78%

#28
Adjusted Score: 82787%
Critics Consensus: Though it occasionally veers into unnecessary melodrama, Mother and Child benefits from a stellar cast and writer-director Rodrigo Garcia's finely detailed, bravely unsentimental script.
Synopsis: The lives of three women have a commonality: adoption. Karen (Annette Bening) is a physical therapist who regrets that, as... [More]
Directed By: Rodrigo Garcia

#27

The Other Guys (2010)
78%

#27
Adjusted Score: 86368%
Critics Consensus: A clever parody of cop-buddy action-comedies, The Other Guys delivers several impressive action set pieces and lots of big laughs, thanks to the assured comic chemistry between Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg.
Synopsis: Unlike their heroic counterparts on the force, desk-bound NYPD detectives Gamble (Will Ferrell) and Hoitz (Mark Wahlberg) garner no headlines... [More]
Directed By: Adam McKay

#26

Captain Marvel (2019)
79%

#26
Adjusted Score: 113039%
Critics Consensus: Packed with action, humor, and visual thrills, Captain Marvel introduces the MCU's latest hero with an origin story that makes effective use of the franchise's signature formula.
Synopsis: Captain Marvel is an extraterrestrial Kree warrior who finds herself caught in the middle of an intergalactic battle between her... [More]
Directed By: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck

#25

1408 (2007)
79%

#25
Adjusted Score: 86707%
Critics Consensus: Relying on psychological tension rather than overt violence and gore, 1408 is a genuinely creepy thriller with a strong lead performance by John Cusack.
Synopsis: Mike Enslin (John Cusack) is a successful author who enjoys worldwide acclaim debunking supernatural phenomena -- before he checks into... [More]
Directed By: Mikael Hafstrom

#24

The Banker (2020)
78%

#24
Adjusted Score: 82998%
Critics Consensus: The Banker's timid approach to dramatizing its fact-based story is often outweighed by the trio of strong performances at its core.
Synopsis: In the 1960s, two entrepreneurs hatch an ingenious business plan to fight for housing integration and equal access to the... [More]
Directed By: George Nolfi

#23
Adjusted Score: 90413%
Critics Consensus: With plenty of pulpy action, a pleasantly retro vibe, and a handful of fine performances, Captain America is solidly old-fashioned blockbuster entertainment.
Synopsis: It is 1941 and the world is in the throes of war. Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) wants to do his... [More]
Directed By: Joe Johnston

#22
Adjusted Score: 92611%
Critics Consensus: With Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, George Lucas brings his second Star Wars trilogy to a suitably thrilling and often poignant -- if still a bit uneven -- conclusion.
Synopsis: It has been three years since the Clone Wars began. Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) and Jedi Knight Anakin... [More]
Directed By: George Lucas

#21

Hard Eight (1996)
81%

#21
Adjusted Score: 83408%
Critics Consensus: An absorbing showcase for Philip Baker Hall, Paul Thomason Anderson's feature debut is a gamble that pays off handsomely.
Synopsis: A stranger (Philip Baker Hall) mentors a young Reno gambler (John C. Reilly) who weds a hooker (Gwyneth Paltrow) and... [More]
Directed By: Paul Thomas Anderson

#20

Trees Lounge (1996)
81%

#20
Adjusted Score: 80838%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Long Island loser Tommy (Steve Buscemi) is a hopeless alcoholic who loses his job for stealing from his boss, Rob... [More]
Directed By: Steve Buscemi

#19

Jungle Fever (1991)
81%

#19
Adjusted Score: 84098%
Critics Consensus: Jungle Fever finds Spike Lee tackling timely sociopolitical themes in typically provocative style, even if the result is sometimes ambitious to a fault.
Synopsis: A married black lawyer named Flipper (Wesley Snipes) begins an affair with Angie (Annabella Sciorra), his white secretary. When the... [More]
Directed By: Spike Lee

#18

Eve's Bayou (1997)
83%

#18
Adjusted Score: 85102%
Critics Consensus: Eve's Bayou marks a striking feature debut for director Kasi Lemmons, layering terrific performances and Southern mysticism into a measured meditation on disillusionment and forgiveness.
Synopsis: Over the course of a long, hot Louisiana summer, a 10-year-old black girl, Eve Batiste (Jurnee Smollett), discovers that her... [More]
Directed By: Kasi Lemmons

#17

Chi-Raq (2015)
82%

#17
Adjusted Score: 91314%
Critics Consensus: Chi-Raq is as urgently topical and satisfyingly ambitious as it is wildly uneven -- and it contains some of Spike Lee's smartest, sharpest, and all-around entertaining late-period work.
Synopsis: The girlfriend (Teyonah Parris) of a Chicago gang leader (Nick Cannon) persuades other frustrated women to abstain from sex until... [More]
Directed By: Spike Lee

#16
#16
Adjusted Score: 87153%
Critics Consensus: Told with grit and verve by the Hughes brothers in their feature debut, Menace II Society is a gangland epic that breathes with authenticity while steeped in style.
Synopsis: After growing up in the gang lifestyle of the Los Angeles projects, 18-year-old Caine Lawson (Tyrin Turner) wants a way... [More]

#15
#15
Adjusted Score: 93138%
Critics Consensus: Kill Bill: Volume 2 adds extra plot and dialogue to the action-heavy exploits of its predecessor, while still managing to deliver a suitably hard-hitting sequel.
Synopsis: The Bride (Uma Thurman) picks up where she left off in volume one with her quest to finish the hit... [More]
Directed By: Quentin Tarantino

#14
#14
Adjusted Score: 92961%
Critics Consensus: Kill Bill is admittedly little more than a stylish revenge thriller -- albeit one that benefits from a wildly inventive surfeit of style.
Synopsis: A former assassin, known simply as The Bride (Uma Thurman), wakes from a coma four years after her jealous ex-lover... [More]
Directed By: Quentin Tarantino

#13
#13
Adjusted Score: 115738%
Critics Consensus: Avengers: Infinity War ably juggles a dizzying array of MCU heroes in the fight against their gravest threat yet, and the result is a thrilling, emotionally resonant blockbuster that (mostly) realizes its gargantuan ambitions.
Synopsis: Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and the rest of the Avengers unite to battle their most powerful enemy yet --... [More]
Directed By: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

#12

Jackie Brown (1997)
86%

#12
Adjusted Score: 91144%
Critics Consensus: Although somewhat lackadaisical in pace, Jackie Brown proves to be an effective star-vehicle for Pam Grier while offering the usual Tarantino wit and charm.
Synopsis: When flight attendant Jackie Brown (Pam Grier) is busted smuggling money for her arms dealer boss, Ordell Robbie (Samuel L.... [More]
Directed By: Quentin Tarantino

#11

Django Unchained (2012)
86%

#11
Adjusted Score: 99414%
Critics Consensus: Bold, bloody, and stylistically daring, Django Unchained is another incendiary masterpiece from Quentin Tarantino.
Synopsis: Two years before the Civil War, Django (Jamie Foxx), a slave, finds himself accompanying an unorthodox German bounty hunter named... [More]
Directed By: Quentin Tarantino

#10

Fresh (1994)
88%

#10
Adjusted Score: 87624%
Critics Consensus: Well cast and sharply directed, Fresh serves as an attention-getting calling card for writer-director Boaz Yakin as well as a gripping urban drama.
Synopsis: Fresh (Sean Nelson) is a 12-year-old drug dealer who finds himself trapped in a web of poverty, corruption and racial... [More]
Directed By: Boaz Yakin

#9
Adjusted Score: 102833%
Critics Consensus: Suspenseful and politically astute, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a superior entry in the Avengers canon and is sure to thrill Marvel diehards.
Synopsis: After the cataclysmic events in New York with his fellow Avengers, Steve Rogers, aka Captain America (Chris Evans), lives in... [More]
Directed By: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

#8
Adjusted Score: 119085%
Critics Consensus: A breezily unpredictable blend of teen romance and superhero action, Spider-Man: Far from Home stylishly sets the stage for the next era of the MCU.
Synopsis: Peter Parker's relaxing European vacation takes an unexpected turn when Nick Fury shows up in his hotel room to recruit... [More]
Directed By: Jon Watts

#7
#7
Adjusted Score: 106786%
Critics Consensus: Thanks to a script that emphasizes its heroes' humanity and a wealth of superpowered set pieces, The Avengers lives up to its hype and raises the bar for Marvel at the movies.
Synopsis: When Thor's evil brother, Loki (Tom Hiddleston), gains access to the unlimited power of the energy cube called the Tesseract,... [More]
Directed By: Joss Whedon

#6

Jurassic Park (1993)
92%

#6
Adjusted Score: 102555%
Critics Consensus: Jurassic Park is a spectacle of special effects and life-like animatronics, with some of Spielberg's best sequences of sustained awe and sheer terror since Jaws.
Synopsis: In Steven Spielberg's massive blockbuster, paleontologists Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) and mathematician Ian Malcolm (Jeff... [More]
Directed By: Steven Spielberg

#5

Pulp Fiction (1994)
92%

#5
Adjusted Score: 98184%
Critics Consensus: One of the most influential films of the 1990s, Pulp Fiction is a delirious post-modern mix of neo-noir thrills, pitch-black humor, and pop-culture touchstones.
Synopsis: Vincent Vega (John Travolta) and Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson) are hitmen with a penchant for philosophical discussions. In this... [More]
Directed By: Quentin Tarantino

#4

True Romance (1993)
93%

#4
Adjusted Score: 97577%
Critics Consensus: Fueled by Quentin Tarantino's savvy screenplay and a gallery of oddball performances, Tony Scott's True Romance is a funny and violent action jaunt in the best sense.
Synopsis: A comic-book nerd and Elvis fanatic Clarence (Christian Slater) and a prostitute named Alabama (Patricia Arquette) fall in love. Clarence... [More]
Directed By: Tony Scott

#3
#3
Adjusted Score: 100155%
Critics Consensus: Smart, vibrant, and urgent without being didactic, Do the Right Thing is one of Spike Lee's most fully realized efforts -- and one of the most important films of the 1980s.
Synopsis: Salvatore "Sal" Fragione (Danny Aiello) is the Italian owner of a pizzeria in Brooklyn. A neighborhood local, Buggin' Out (Giancarlo... [More]
Directed By: Spike Lee

#2

Incredibles 2 (2018)
93%

#2
Adjusted Score: 117300%
Critics Consensus: Incredibles 2 reunites Pixar's family crimefighting team for a long-awaited follow-up that may not quite live up to the original, but comes close enough to earn its name.
Synopsis: Telecommunications guru Winston Deavor enlists Elastigirl to fight crime and make the public fall in love with superheroes once again.... [More]
Directed By: Brad Bird

#1

The Incredibles (2004)
97%

#1
Adjusted Score: 107390%
Critics Consensus: Bringing loads of wit and tons of fun to the animated superhero genre, The Incredibles easily lives up to its name.
Synopsis: In this lauded Pixar animated film, married superheroes Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) and Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) are forced to... [More]
Directed By: Brad Bird

Screencap of Cyberpunk 2077 video game, which stars Keanu Reeves as NPC Johnny Silverhand (CD Projekt Red)

(Photo by CD Projekt Red)

Every year in late spring, gamers and press from around the globe converge on the Los Angeles Convention Center to get a sneak peek of the latest and greatest video games being revealed at the Electronic Entertainment Expo.

For E3 2019 this week, heavy hitters Microsoft, Nintendo, and Ubisoft broke out the big guns for their latest projects, but a number of movie- and TV-based games have emerged as some of the week’s most promising prospects. Game developers no doubt hope to score the same sort of critical acclaim as last year’s Marvel’s Spider-Man.

Here are 10 of those pop culture–centric projects — and two honorable mentions — that already have our thumbs twitching in anticipation!


STRANGER THINGS 3: THE VIDEO GAME

Developer: BonusXP
Publisher: En Masse Entertainment
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC
Release Date: July 4

Following their ravenous consumption of new Stranger Things episodes this summer, fans can dive deeper into the sci-fi horror series’ third season in a new game releasing day and date with the show. Featuring a charmingly retro visual style, complete with a pixel-perfect Sheriff Hopper, as well as solo and co-op play, Stranger Things 3: The Video Game invites fans to solve puzzles, battle supernatural baddies, and uncover Hawkins’ — and the Upside Down’s — darkest secrets.


MARVEL ULTIMATE ALLIANCE 3: THE BLACK ORDER

Developer: Koei Tecmo Games, Team NINJA
Publisher: Nintendo
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
Release Date: July 19

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order easily earns its title, as it allows players to assemble teams of iconic characters from all corners of the Marvel Universe. Playing solo — or as part of a four-player super-team — fans can choose from nearly 40 characters, from the Avengers and Fantastic Four to the X-Men and Guardians of the Galaxy. Dynamic action-RPG gameplay, a gorgeous visual presentation, and an original Thanos-thwarting tale round out this fan-pleasing package.


BLAIR WITCH

Developer: Bloober Team
Publisher: Lionsgate Games
Platforms: Xbox One, PC
Release Date: August 30

The future of the Blair Witch franchise might be in limbo, but the cult-favorite film series’ faithful followers can return to the Black Hills Forest this summer. A story-driven, psychological horror entry from the team behind the nerve-fraying Layers of Fear games, Blair Witch weaves a fresh, frightening tale, complete with shaky camcorder footage, atmospheric environments, and the sort of imagery that will take up permanent residence in your nightmares.


STAR WARS JEDI: FALLEN ORDER

Developer: Respawn Entertainment
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Release Date: November 15

Gaming’s latest take on the galaxy far, far away puts players in the role of Cal Kestis, a Padawan on the run from the Empire’s Jedi-hunting Inquisitors. Set shortly after the events of Episode III, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is a single-player, story-driven action-adventure featuring familiar faces from both the light and dark sides, dynamic lightsaber combat, Stormtrooper-crushing Force powers, and an adorable companion droid that could top BB-8 on the cuteness scale.


JUMANJI: THE VIDEO GAME

Developer: Funsolve
Publisher: Outright Games
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC
Release Date: November 15

Landing ahead of the holiday season’s highly-anticipated Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle sequel comes a new game based on the family-friendly franchise. Embracing the action, humor, and exotic environments of the films, the game features four-player co-op (both online and local) and a delightfully stylized take on the films’ colorful cast of characters.


THE WALKING DEAD ONSLAUGHT

Developer: Survios
Publisher: Survios
Platforms: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, PlayStation VR
Release Date: Fall 2019

Given virtual reality’s immersion-ratcheting nature, it’s not surprising so many game developers have leveraged the tech to scare the pants off players. The Walking Dead Onslaught aims to up the ante in this regard, putting brave fans face-to-rotting-face with the franchise’s brain-craving foes. Sporting visceral combat — supported by a “progressive dismemberment system” — and a new story, the game also puts players in the boots of their favorite survivors from the AMC series.


THE DARK CRYSTAL: AGE OF RESISTANCE TACTICS

Developer: BonusXP
Publisher: En Masse Entertainment
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC
Release Date: 2019

The Dark Crystal renaissance continues with a new game based on the cult-favorite film’s 10-episode prequel series set to hit Netflix this summer, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. Dubbed Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics, the title combines strategy-focused combat with deep role-playing game elements, all brought to life by a charming visual presentation that should please fans of the original Jim Henson– and Frank Oz–directed film.


CYBERPUNK 2077

Developer: CD Projekt Red
Publisher: CD Projekt
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Release Date: April 16, 2020

Cyberpunk 2077 doesn’t find its genesis in film and TV, but the title scores whoa! points for hiring thespian  Keanu Reeves to anchor the game. Reeves plays rocker Johnny Silverhand, a high-profile NPC who personifies the malware infecting the biochip in the player’s character. The Matrix trilogy star, just off Certified Fresh hit John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, is soon to appear in 2020 film Bill & Ted Face the Music. Plus, CD Projekt Red is the company behind the hugely popular Witcher video game series, which is being turned into a Netflix show starring Henry Cavill (Justice League).


Read Also: “Upcoming Video Game Movies and TV Adaptations”


MARVEL’S AVENGERS

Developer: Crystal Dynamics, Eidos Montreal
Publisher: Square Enix
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Release Date: May 15, 2020

Avengers Endgame has come and gone, but Marvel fans will get to reassemble Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in this ambitious action-adventure from the folks behind the rebooted Tomb Raider franchise. Whether saving the day solo or teaming up online with a co-op crew of four, players will unleash the skills and powers of Captain America, Black Widow, Iron Man, and the Hulk in a brand new, cinematic story that further expands on Marvel’s rich universe.


LEGO STAR WARS: THE SKYWALKER SAGA

Developer: TT Games
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC
Release Date: 2020
The enormously popular and prolific LEGO video game series kicked off with 2005’s LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game. That legacy now comes full-circle with the sprawling Skywalker Saga, a collection of nine brick-based games from a galaxy far, far away. On top of revisiting previously released entries based on Episodes 1-7, the Death Star–sized compilation — which will allow fans to begin the story at any point — brings The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker to block-y life for the first time.


JOHN WICK HEX

Developer: Bithell Games
Publisher: Lionsgate Games, Good Shepherd Entertainment
Platforms: PC, (conoles TBA)
Release Date: TBA

If you were expecting a game based on the blockbuster John Wick franchise to be a brainless, button-mashing shooter, you’d be wrong. Dead wrong. A brilliant blend of gun-fu action and strategy, John Wick Hex will have players plan every trigger-pull behind each precision shot, just as the Baba Yaga would. Toss in a stylized visual presentation and universe-expanding story and this smart shooter is right on target. Players are the titular assassin, played by Keanu Reeves in the film franchise (no word on his participation here).


ELDEN RING

Developer: FromSoftware
Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Release Date: TBA

Another title not based on an existing film or TV property, this dark fantasy entry deserves a mention for George R.R. Martin’s involvement. A brand-new universe created by Game of Thrones mastermind Martin and From Software’s Hidetaka Miyazaki (Dark Souls, Bloodborne, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice) Elden Ring has the potential to be a pretty big deal. At the very least, it gives Martin’ fans — patiently waiting for his next book and/or suffering withdrawals from HBO’s GoT conclusion — something new to obsess over.


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Star Wars is more than just a movie – it’s a way of life, a religion, a merchandising empire, and, yep, pieces of artwork we pay exorbitant amounts for to shellac on our walls. This week’s gallery explores some of the the amazing Star Wars posters throughout the decades.

The Star Wars movies aren’t just about swooping space battles, cool-looking aliens, and beloved droids, but let’s be honest — a large part of the saga’s immense appeal has always rested on its awesome special effects. We decided to go back to the beginning and take a look at just a few of the many ways in which Star Wars‘ visual thrills helped redefine special effects — and whether or not you’re a fan, this list makes it clear that our modern moviegoing experience owes a number of debts to what happened in George Lucas’ long-ago, faraway galaxy.


Dykstraflex

Dykstraflex

(Photo by Lucasfilm Ltd.)

Much has been made in recent years of George Lucas’ oft-stated wish to return to “experimental films” after making his Star Wars fortune, but from a technical standpoint, Lucas’ popcorn space opera was one of the more experimental efforts in modern moviemaking — and the Dykstraflex might be the best example of how he used a small army of talented outsiders to create the technology needed to suit his vision. A computer-controlled motion camera apparatus that piggybacked old VistaVision cameras onto an ungainly array of hardwired circuits, the Dykstraflex — named for lead developer John Dykstra, who worked alongside a team that included engineers Alvah J. Miller and Jerry Jeffress — allowed Lucas the ability to precisely replicate the repeated camera movements necessary to create Star Wars’ eye-popping space battles, while adding an incredible (and previously unattainable) freedom of movement along multiple visual axes. While enabling a crucial component of the movie’s signature aesthetic, Dykstraflex also acted as a gateway into far greater innovations by serving as the first major project out of Lucas’ next business venture: Industrial Light & Magic.


3-D computer animation

Star-Wars-3d

Through ILM, Lucas would ultimately become indirectly responsible for ushering in the CG era that’s essentially revolutionized special effects in general — and although computer graphics were already starting to come into their own before he took us long, long ago to a galaxy far, far away, it was Star Wars that gave audiences their first extended look at 3D wireframe animation in action. Of course, it all looks fairly quaint now, but at the time, the sequence — glimpsed during the scene showing Rebel pilots getting some last-minute training before their attack on the Death Star — was thoroughly state-of-the-art, and added to the movie’s futuristic feel while showing sci-fi fans early advances in technology already brought to bear on 1973’s Westworld and its sequel, 1976’s Futureworld. It would take years for computers to fully harness the FX power we take for granted today, but by the end of the ‘70s, computer-generated images had already started popping up in a wider array of sci-fi movies (including The Black Hole and Alien), and in the ‘80s, the CGI revolution really got rolling — largely through the efforts of Industrial Light & Magic engineers.


Go Motion

Star-Wars-Tauntaun

(Photo by Lucasfilm Ltd.)

Early stop-motion animation gave film fans some of their most thrilling glimpses of the fantastic and otherworldly during the pre-CG era, but those sequences also always had an unnatural, herky-jerky feel — something animators attempted to combat for decades by artificially adding motion blur through a variety of methods that ran the gamut from smearing petroleum jelly on the lens to simply bumping their models before capturing a shot. None of the above were good enough for Lucas, and when mapping out the Tauntaun sequence and Hoth battle in The Empire Strikes Back, ILM engineers developed go motion — a technique that uses computer-controlled rod puppets captured during multiple passes with the camera in order to create a facsimile of natural movement. Practical stop-motion would shortly be supplanted by CGI, but go motion helped build a bridge to the modern effects era; in fact, Steven Spielberg contemplated using it for Jurassic Park before opting to gamble on the newer technology instead.


THX

We tend to think about the visual side of things when we talk about Star Wars or Industrial Light & Magic, but George Lucas’ original trilogy also brought us an important audio innovation: THX, the quality assurance system that was introduced for Return of the Jedi and has since become an industry-wide standard for studios striving to offer audiences a listening experience as close as possible to the filmmaker’s vision. It’s easy to be cynical about physical modifications alleged to improve your night out at the movies, but in THX’s case, there’s actually a lot going on; in order to obtain certification, theaters undergo a top-to-bottom acoustic optimization that includes everything from a floating floor to baffled walls and a perforated screen. When you see the THX logo come up on the screen, you know you’re in for a meticulously recreated audio experience — starting with that trademark “Deep Note” audio logo that plays along with it.


The Blue Screen

Star-Wars---Blue-Screen

(Photo by Lucasfilm Ltd.)

Out of all the effects innovations that came out of Star Wars, it’s the original’s quantum leap in bluescreen composite shot technology that might be the most important. Developed in the ‘50s by effects pioneer Petro Vlahos, bluescreen allowed filmmakers to exert a finer degree of control while combining separately shot footage of actors and backgrounds, resulting in a picture whose comparatively seamless realism dwarfed the capabilities of the often hokey rear-projection standard — but still wasn’t quite up to snuff in terms of pulling off the sort of brilliantly crisp matte imagery seen in Star Wars’ space battles. Lucas’ team compensated in any number of ways, overhauling the process by fashioning a portable transmission screen and wiring direct-current fluorescent tubes that could light their models without flickering. The striking results proved that special effects — theretofore often treated as an afterthought and forced to fight for a small slice of a picture’s budget — could actually help drive blockbuster grosses. For better and for worse, that spark ignited the effects wars that largely define our tentpole-driven era.

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Intro

The wait is over! After a long 10-year hiatus, Star Wars hit theaters once again this weekend, bringing back a more mature version of the beloved original characters — like General Leia, Han Solo and Chewbacca — and introducing a whole new generation of characters.  With so many new faces joining both the First Order and the Resistance, we ask you: Who couldn’t you get enough of in The Force Awakens? Vote for your favorite on the poll below, and tell us in the comments section what you see them facing in the upcoming episodes.


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Grae Drake plays a stellar game of “Star Wars or Florida?” with the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, including Harrison Ford, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Gwendoline Christie, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong’o, and director J.J. Abrams. Play along, and see how many you get right!


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This latest unboxing video is all about Chewbacca! First up, Grae Drake and Matt Atchity unbox the Hasbro Chewbacca Electronic Mask. After that, they take on the very interactive Furbacca toy (also from Hasbro). It’s a Wookiee Party at Rotten Tomatoes! (Brought to you by Duracell Quantum.)


There are a lot of great toys to put on your list this holiday season, and we’re here to give you the lowdown on some of our favorites.  This week, Rotten Tomatoes’ own Grae Drake and Matt Atchity take a look at one of the coolest Star Wars toys on the market; Hasbro’s Black Series Luke Skywalker Force FX Lightsaber. (Brought to you by Duracell Quantum.)


 

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With the release of the new Star Wars TV spot, and the Japanese trailer that shares much of the same footage, we still have more questions than answers about what we’ll see when The Force Awakens hits theaters in December. Virtually every shot has generated a flury of Internet fan theories — some plausible, others not so much. We’re not going to indulge in the temptation to speculate, lest we stumble into spoiler territory, but we will share several of the big questions we have, based on what we’ve seen so far.


Question #1

Have Han and Chewie been away from the Millennium Falcon?

In the first teaser, we see shots of the Falcon flying over Jakku, but in the second teaser, we hear Han Solo say “Chewie… we’re home.”  That line, coupled with the shot that shows Han and Chewbacca with weapons drawn inside the Falcon, leads us to believe that the two scoundrels may have been away from the Falcon for a considerable period of time.  Otherwise, why would they be flashing heat on their own ship? And what could have possibly separated Han from his beloved craft?

 

Question #2

Why does Finn leave the First Order?

In the very first teaser, we see Finn in Stormtrooper armor, but without a helmet. In the second teaser, we see an armored but unmasked Finn looking traumatized. Was there some horrifying event that drove him from the First Order?

 

Question #3

Is Rey related to Han and/or Leia?  Or Luke?

There are a fair amount of clues about family across a few of the trailers.  In the second teaser, we hear Luke talking about how the force runs strong in his family.  That line is lifted out of Return of the Jedi, but we’re clearly supposed to be thinking about family in that teaser.  In the Japanese trailer, we hear Rey talking about waiting for her family, and then in that new 30-second TV spot, we also hear another character (likely Maz Kanata, played by Lupita Nyong’o) saying “I have lived long enough to see the same eyes in different people,” while cutting between Rey and Han, strongly implying some kind of familial relationship between the two characters.

 

Question #4

Where’s Luke Skywalker?

We’ve yet to see Mark Hamill’s face in any of the trailers.  The closest hint we’ve seen is a shot in the second teaser of a hooded figure with a mechanical right hand reaching out to R2-D2.  Luke has worn a hood as a Jedi, he’s got a mechanical hand, and he’s been seen with R2-D2, but that isn’t really proof. We’ve heard Luke’s dialogue in that same teaser, but that’s audio that has been pulled from Return of the Jedi. The Comic-Con behind-the-scenes footage is partially narrated by Mark Hamill, and we see him (out of costume) on set in that video, but that’s all we know. We don’t know why we’re not seeing Luke’s face in any of the trailers — or any of the posters, for that matter — and his absence is probably the biggest mystery around the film at this point.


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Check out our 10 favorite series alien characters who have graced the screen, big and small, in the Star Wars universe!


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Disney has released the official poster for Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens. It features Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher, along with R2D2, C-3P0, and BB-8. (Fun fact: each Stormtrooper on this poster is actually a famous person cameo, ranging from Daniel Craig to Patton Oswalt to the hologram of Lawrence Welk.) Check out the poster below, before Monday’s drop of an all-new trailer:

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Your favorite characters from comic books, movies, TV shows, and video games are walking the floors of the Javits Center in New York City this weekend, and you can check them out right here. Scroll down for the best costumes of NYCC 2015.


This week’s Ketchup covers seven days from the world of film development news, telling us about what movies are being made by whom, starring whom, etc. Included in the mix this time are titles like Captain America: Civil War and Star Wars Anthology 2, biopics about Jimi Hendrix and Karl Rove, and new roles for Kevin James, Natalie Portman, and Daniel Radcliffe.


 This Week’s Top Story

SECOND STAR WARS ANTHOLOGY TO BE BOBA FETT ORIGIN TALE


Every Friday afternoon, the Weekly Ketchup recaps the top stories of the week before. The downside, however, is that sometimes the week’s biggest story actually breaks after the Weekly Ketchup is published. Such was the case last Friday when the news broke that Josh Trank, the director of Chronicle and this summer’s Fantastic Four, had dropped out of directing the second Star Wars Anthology film. At first glance, this might not seem like such a big deal, but it was certainly received with much speculation by the Internet and social media in general, as such talk quickly spread online. This story from The Hollywood Reporter recapped much of what reportedly happened behind the scenes at both 20th Century Fox and Lucasfilm that led up to Trank’s departure from the Star Wars project. This project was also confirmed this week to be a Boba Fett origin story, which raised some eyebrows since a good part of George Lucas’ prequels already seemed to be devoted to telling that story (or at least, when the bounty hunter was a little kid). Presumably, the second Star Wars Anthology film, if it remains a Boba Fett origin story, will tell a much later adventure in the bounty hunter’s development. The second Star Wars Anthology film is scheduled for sometime in 2018, after Star Wars: The Force Awakens (12/18/15), Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One (12/16/16), and Star Wars Episode VIII (title likely to change) (5/26/17).


Fresh Developments This Week

1 PAUL GREENGRASS TO DIRECT OFFICIAL JIMI HENDRIX BIOPIC


Last year saw the release of Jimi: All is By My Side, from director John Ridley, but the movie was arguably handicapped by the lack of any songs that Jimi Hendrix actually wrote, such as “Purple Haze,” “If 6 was 9,” or “Foxy Lady.” The reason for that was that the estate of the famed, influential rock guitarist did not reach an agreement with Ridley’s film, holding out for a film that they officially approved. Well, the news broke this week that exactly such an agreement appears to have been made. Acclaimed director Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips, United 93, The Bourne Ultimatum) is now in negotiations with Legendary Pictures to direct a Jimi Hendrix biopic. Legendary has hired screenwriter Scott Silver to start work on the biopic, following his work on the The Fighter and the quasi-Eminem-biopic 8 Mile. The expectation is that the time needed to perfect the script will line up for the Jimi Hendrix project to be Greengrass’ next film after his planned return to the Bourne franchise, which has been scheduled for July 29, 2016.


2 NATALIE PORTMAN JOINS EX MACHINA DIRECTOR IN ANNIHILATION


The science fiction film Ex Machina is one of 2015’s most critically acclaimed genre films, with a Certified Fresh Tomatometer score of 91%. Screenwriter Alex Garland, who made his directorial debut with Ex Machina, isn’t resting on his laurels, as he is already preparing for his next project, which will again be a science fiction film. Natalie Portman is now in early talks with Paramount Pictures to take the lead role in Annihilation, which will be adapted from a novel of the same title by Jeff VanderMeer. Annihilation will tell the story of a team of scientists who venture into a secret zone in the United States where the laws of nature do not apply. The role of Portman’s costar is reportedly being pursued by such actresses as Julianne Moore and Tilda Swinton, but no deals will be made until after Portman signs on for sure. Filming of Annihilation is tentatively expected to start sometime in 2016. (Breaking News: Natalie Portman has also signed with Focus Features to play the young Ruth Bader Ginsberg in the equal rights drama On the Basis of Sex.)


3 DANIEL RADCLIFFE AND DANE DEHAAN TO REUNITE IN POLITICAL TRUE STORY YOUNG AMERICANS


Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan costarred together in the 2013 true story drama about a murder case that happened in the midst of the burgeoning beat poetry and literature movement of New York City in the 1940s. Now, both actors are teaming up again with Kill Your Darlings director John Krokidas for another film based on true stories. Their next subjects, however, will be quite different from the likes of Ginsberg, Burroughs, and Kerouac. Dane DeHaan will play the young Karl Rove and Daniel Radcliffe will play the young Lee Atwater in Young Americans (previously titled College Republicans). The movie will tell the story of a cross-country road trip that the two took together in the 1970s when Karl Rove was running for president of the national College Republicans organization. Amanda Seyfried will costar as another young political type who “who secretly threatens to beat the boys at their own game.” Lee Atwater went on to become the chairman of the Republican National Committee, and Karl Rove‘s many accomplishments have included serving as Deputy Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush. In other news of independent films based on the true stories of future politicians, the leads in the indie romance Southside with You have been cast. Parker Sawyers, who had small roles in Zero Dark Thirty and Kick-Ass 2, and Tika Sumpter (from TV’s Gossip Girl and One Life to Live) have been cast as the young Barack Obama and Michelle Robinson in the film set in Chicago during the late 1980s. Southside with You will be the directorial debut of screenwriter Richard Tanne.


4 ROSAMUND PIKE AND DAVID OYELOWO TO STAR IN TRUE ROMANCE A UNITED KINGDOM


Two different movies were announced this week that are based upon true stories involving interracial romance. One of these projects is A United Kingdom, which will tell the true story of Prince Seretse Kharma of Botswana, who became an internationally controversial figure in the 1940s when he married Ruth Williams, a British white woman. David Oyelowo (Selma, Lincoln) has been attached to star as the prince for a while, and this week, he was joined by English actress Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl), who is now in talks to play Ruth Williams. The couple’s son, Ian Kharma, is now the president of Botswana. A United Kingdom is currently seeking a director, and the hope is for filming to start by late 2015. The other similarly-themed romance that made the news this week is called Loving, taking its title from the influential 1967 civil rights case Loving vs Virginia. Joel Edgerton (Warrior, Exodus: Gods and Kings) and Ruth Negga (Raina from TV’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) have been cast as a Virginia couple who were arrested and sentenced to a year in prison for committing the “crime” of interracial marriage. Loving will be the next film for acclaimed director Jeff Nichols, after this fall’s science fiction film Midnight Special. His previous films have included Shotgun Stories, Take Shelter, and Mud.


5 THIS WEEK IN MARVEL: CIVIL WAR CAST EXPLODES, SPIDER-MAN DIRECTORS SHORTLIST, MORE


With so many “big, Big, BIG” films in development at Marvel, nearly every week sees multiple stories from the studio. Filming started yesterday on Captain America: Civil War, and so that film had several casting stories this week, mostly involving actors who will be reprising their characters from previous films. It’s frankly probably easier at this point to start focusing on which Marvel characters will not be in Captain America: Civil War (of the Avengers, that appears to be just Hulk and Thor right now). The latest actors to be confirmed for Captain America: Civil War include Paul Bettany (The Vision), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), Paul Rudd (Ant-Man), William Hurt (General Ross), and Emily VanCamp (Sharon Carter, AKA Agent 13). A completely new addition this week is Martin Freeman (The Hobbit), whose character is being kept secret for now (you can check out my speculation here). There was also a story this week about the shortlist of directors that Sony is considering for the Spider-Man reboot, and the emphasis seemed to be on comedy/indie directors. The list reportedly includes Jonathan Levine (50/50, Warm Bodies), Ted Melfi (St. Vincent), Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect), Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite), and the team of John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein, who have the reboot of Vacation coming this summer. Finally, Tom Hardy was quoted this week as saying that he would like to play The Punisher (Frank Castle) for Marvel, but of course, the problem with that is that right now, we don’t know if Marvel plans on doing anything with the Punisher anytime soon. Of course, knowing that Tom Hardy wants the job could make it happen…


6 LOUIS C.K. AND CHRISTOPH WALTZ ARE BOTH DOING THE DIRECTING/STARRING… THING


A memorable sight gag in L.A. Story involved a seemingly conscious traffic sign, which at one point displayed, “WHAT I REALLY WANT TO DO IS DIRECT.” If L.A. Story was remade (or we should say, when it’s remade), the sign might also specify that it wants to direct, write, star, edit, and provide the craft services. Two different stories emerged this week about actors who are planning on becoming directing/starring multi-hyphenates. First off, in the “Louis C.K. directed Pootie Tang?” category is the star of FX’s hit series Louie, the comedian Louis C.K., who has already been a multi-hyphenate for much of his career. Louis C.K. will write, direct, and star in a movie called I’m a Cop, about a volunteer police officer who decides to become a full-time “real” officer following the death of his mother, a highly decorated retired officer herself. Next up, we have Austrian actor Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds, Big Eyes), who will be making his feature film directorial debut with an adaptation of a true crime story called The Worst Marriage in Georgetown. The movie will be adapted from this story in The New York Times Magazine about a murder case involving a man married to a wealthy woman much, much, much older (44 years) than him. The script for The Worst Marriage in Georgetown was adapted by screenwriter David Auburn (Proof, The Lake House).


7 THE NEW PENNYWISE THE CLOWN HAS BEEN CAST IN IT (PARTS 1 AND 2)


There’s something of a growing mini-wave of remakes of movies or shows that prominently featured Tim Curry. A few months ago, we had the remake of Annie, and FOX TV has announced plans for a TV movie remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and Hasbro is developing a remake of Clue. We’re still waiting to hear who the new Dr. Frank-n-Furter will be, but this week, we learned who will be wearing the spooky clown makeup of Pennywise in the remake(s) of Stephen King’s IT. And it’s not someone that most people probably ever could have predicted. That’s because Will Poulter is best known for his role in the comedy We’re the Millers (though Poulter was also in Son of Rambow, The Maze Runner, and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader). Will Poulter is also significantly younger (22) than Tim Curry was in 1990 when the ABC mini-series was first made (Curry was 44). Of course, if there’s any role where age probably doesn’t matter a whole lot, it’s one where the actor is basically playing a demon with a face covered with clown makeup. New Line Cinema is producing this adaptation of Stephen King’s massive 1,138 page novel as two separate movies, dividing the story into halves based on the ages of the characters (first as children, and then as reunited adults). Both parts of IT will be directed by Cary Fukunaga, who made his debut with Sin Nombre, and is best known for directing season 1 of HBO’s True Detective. Will Poulter won the role of Pennywise through an audition, after Fukunaga and New Line Cinema had first considered older actors like Ben Mendelsohn (Animal Kingdom) and Mark Rylance, who is currently working with Steven Spielberg as the title character in 2016’s The BFG. New Line Cinema hasn’t yet announced a release date for IT Part 1, but it’s speculated that it could be one of the untitled horror films New Line has announced for 2016.


Rotten Ideas of the Week

2 KEVIN JAMES AND THE TRUE MEMOIRS OF AN INTERNATIONAL ASSASSIN


Now that Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 is wrapped and in theaters (to an extremely Rotten Tomatometer score of just 6%), Kevin James is preparing for his next “comedy.” James has signed to star in the spy comedy The True Memoirs of an International Assassin, as “a mild-mannered accountant and would-be author who is mistaken for a killer-for-hire when his fictional novel about an international assassin is published as a true story.” The True Memoirs of an International Assassin will be directed by Jeff Wadlow, who has previously directed three movies, none of which received Tomatometer scores above 30% (Cry Wolf, Never Back Down, and Kick-Ass 2). If there’s a bright side to this story, it’s that back in 2009, the script by Jeff Morris made it to the Black List of Unproduced Screenplays, in the same year that The Social Network was #2 on the list, Prisoners was #4, and Cedar Rapids was #5. The (continuing) bad news? The True Memoirs of an International Assassin was indeed on the list, but way, way, way down the list… at #68.


1 MARLON WAYANS SPOOFS AGAIN WITH FIFTY SHADES OF BLACK


If there’s a 21st century successor to the legacy of prolific spoof star Leslie Nielsen (R.I.P. 1926-2010), it might just end up being Marlon Wayans. Wayans’ list of spoof movies has thus far included Don’t Be a Menace to South Central…, Scary Movie, Scary Movie 2, Dance Flick, A Haunted House, and A Haunted House 2. The bad news is that in the last 20 years, Marlon Wayans has only starred in two movies with Fresh ratings, and neither (Requiem for a Dream and The Heat) was a spoof comedy. This week, we learned that Marlon Wayans is teaming up once again with the director and producer behind the two Haunted House movies for another spoof movie, based on one of this year’s early hits. Wayans, producer Rick Alvarez, and director Mike Tiddes are the creative trio behind Fifty Shades of Black, a spoof of the E.L. James novel and movie, Fifty Shades of Grey. About the project, Wayans said, “Sex and comedy go hand-in-hand, and I’m looking forward to having fun with this project. It’s amazing when a film of this caliber comes along begging to be made fun of. I’m really happy to be doing what I love with people I love to do it with. That double entendre was intentional.” You know what they say about jokes that you have to explain… Fifty Shades of Black is aiming for a theatrical release in early 2016.