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‘Ready Player One’ reviews praise Steven Spielberg’s long-awaited Ernest Cline adaptation

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In my write-up of the new extended TV spot for Ready Player One last week, I mentioned how I was staying cautiously optimistic for Steven Spielberg’s highly anticipated (and divisive) Ernest Cline adaptation because, despite loving a lot of what the trailers have to offer, Warner Bros. and their reliance on all of the pop culture references in their marketing campaign for the film have certainly turned me off quite a bit.

Fast forward to today, less than 24 hours after Ready Player One had its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas last night, and my hopes for this film have skyrocketed, though not all of the early reviews for Spielberg’s latest effort are necessarily glowing. At press time, Ready Player One has a 75% on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, with an average rating of 5.6/10.

In his review for IndieWire, critic Eric Kohn writes that Ready Player One eventually “becomes the very thing its characters admire, a preponderance of commercial entertainment smashed together into a singularity of blockbuster chaos,” while Jacob Knight of Birth.Movies.Death adds that the film “is one of the most egregiously set piece-driven slices of pop cinema we’ve seen in a long while.”

As for some of the critics who weren’t all that thrilled with what Ready Player One had to offer, Monica Castillo of The Guardian notes that while “the movie is visually whimsical with its design and neon colors, the weakness of the source material still pokes out,” with Britt Hayes of ScreenCrush describing it as the “cinematic equivalent of a pop-culture mashup tee.”

Ready Player One stars Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, T.J. Miller, Simon Pegg, and Mark Rylance, and will hit theaters on March 29.

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The ‘Uncharted’ movie is probably just one of those things that’s never actually going to get made

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Between Spider-Man parting ways with the Marvel Cinematic Universe and now this new development regarding the long-in-the-works film adaptation of Uncharted, it’s been a pretty eventful and rather unfortunate week for Tom Holland.

Dan Trachtenberg, the fifth director to be attached to Uncharted, has reportedly exited the project for unspecified reasons, though it’s likely it had to do with creative differences or whatever bullshit excuse it is that these studios manage to pull out of their asses whenever a director leaves a high-profile project.

Again, Trachtenberg was not the first, second, third, or fourth director to be attached to be Uncharted, but the FIFTH. David O. Russell, Neil Burger, Seth Gordon, and Shawn Levy were all attached to the project at one point or another but ended up leaving for various different reasons.

On the bright side (?), however, Sony is already looking to lock down a replacement for Trachtenberg and a new director should be in place soon in anticipation of the film’s early 2020 production start.

But, like, let’s be real here for a second; what are the chances of the Uncharted movie actually happening at this point? This is a truly cursed production and if it does actually ever get made, I vow to release my tax returns.

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Adam Driver and Annette Bening work to expose the CIA’s torture program in ‘The Report’ trailer

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Another day, another trailer for a movie starring Adam Driver; a few days after Netflix blessed us with two teasers trailers for Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story, Amazon Studios has released the first trailer Scott Z. Burns’ The Report.

Driver stars here as idealistic staffer Daniel J. Jones, who is tasked by his boss Senator Dianne Feinstein (Annette Bening) to lead an investigation of the CIA’s inhumane Detention and Interrogation Program, which was formed in the wake of 9/11 and used “enhanced interrogation techniques” — that’s government codeword for torture.

“Jones’ relentless pursuit of the truth leads to explosive findings that uncover the lengths to which the nation’s top intelligence agency went to destroy evidence, subvert the law, and hide a brutal secret from the American public,” reads the synopsis.

In addition to Driver and Bening, The Report features one hell of an impressive ensemble cast that includes the likes of Jon Hamm, Sarah Goldberg, Michael C. Hall, Douglas Hodge, Fajer Kaisi, Ted Levine, Jennifer Morrison, Tim Blake Nelson, Linda Powell, Matthew Rhys, T. Ryder Smith, Corey Stoll, and Maura Tierney.

The film premiered at and was purchased out of the Sundance Film Festival in January and currently boasts a 94% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, so it sounds like we’re going to be in for quite a treat when The Report hits theaters on November 15 and Prime Video on November 29.

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Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman & Margot Robbie glare intensely at each other in the ‘Bombshell’ trailer

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Despite taking place entirely in a hot, stuffy elevator and featuring little to no dialogue, the first trailer for Jay Roach’s Fox News drama Bombshell about the downfall of Roger Ailes does a pretty damn good job of showcasing what is likely to be a serious contender this awards season.

Written by Charles Randolph, Bombshell chronicles the inevitable collapse of Ailes’ reign at Fox News, where he served as chairman and CEO up until his resignation in 2016 amid dozens of sexual harassment and abuse allegations from several female employees at the conservative media empire.

Among the many women who accused Ailes of misconduct were former Fox News hosts Megyn Kelly and Gretchen Carlson, who are played here by Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman, respectively, while Margot Robbie plays as a fictional associate producer named Kayla Pospisil.

As if those three stars weren’t enough, the film’s ensemble cast also includes the likes of John Lithgow (who plays Ailes), Allison Janney, Kate McKinnon, Malcolm McDowell, Mark Duplass, Rob Delaney, and Stephen Root.

I don’t know about you, but I dig everything about this trailer (I could literally watch Nicole Kidman, Charlize Theron, and Margot Robbie glaring at each other in an elevator all day) and I’m actually pretty excited to see how Bombshell turns out when it drops in December.

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