Review: Snyder’s ‘Justice League’ Has Few Bright Spots, Mostly Dim

Justice League Review

Director Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot, Man of Steel, received mostly positive reviews when it released in 2013, but ultimately underperformed at the box office. The second entry in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU), Snyder’s sequel Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, encountered an overwhelmingly negative response from critics and lukewarm audience sentiment, despite making $ 873 million. Similarly, the third film in the franchise, David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, wound up with terrible reviews but still surpassed expectations. Everything changed this year, when Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman received widespread critical acclaim and overwhelming audience support, becoming one of the best-reviewed superhero movies of all time and the highest-grossing superhero origin movie in history. Now, Justice League hopes to ride Wonder Woman’s coattails and deliver a fun, hopeful film that lives up to the legacy of the iconic superhero ›››

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Will Smith in Full Trailer for David Ayer’s Fantasy Action Movie ‘Bright’

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“All of the races are different. Just because they’re different doesn’t mean anybody’s better or worse than anybody.” Netflix has launched the full-length trailer for David Ayer’s fascinating new film Bright – which is a Netflix Original production, starring Will Smith, set in a different world where other creatures like orcs and elves co-exist with humans. It’s also a bit like Training Day, it seems, because Smith plays a cop assigned a partner who’s an orc and he just doesn’t like him. Joel Edgerton co-stars under the make-up as “Nick Jakoby”, and the full cast includes Noomi Rapace, Kenneth Choi, Brad William Henke, Lucy Fry, Edgar Ramírez, Ike Barinholtz, Brandon Larracuente, and Dawn Olivieri. So this actually looks surprisingly damn good, I’m serious. The first half of this trailer starts a bit slow, but when everything kicks in mid-way through – wow. I’m seriously impressed. I really want to see this movie. What about you? ›››

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Live Blog: Netflix Comic-Con Panel Previews Bright and Death Note

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Bright and Death Note are set to be showcased at the Netflix Comic-Con panel

Netflix is previewing both Bright and Death Note during a Hall H panel at the San Diego Comic-Con starting at 3:15pm on Thursday, July 20. You can follow along with our Netflix Comic-Con panel live blog below!

Bright is Suicide Squad director David Ayer‘s next project and will be coming to Netflix in December. The film reteams Ayer with Suicide Squad star Will Smith and is also headlined by Joel Edgerton (The Gift, Exodus: Gods and Kings) and Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Prometheus). Set in an alternate present-day where humans, orcs, elves and fairies have been coexisting since the beginning of time, this action-thriller directed by David Ayer (Suicide Squad, End of Watch, writer of Training Day) follows two cops from very different backgrounds. Ward, a human (Will Smith), and Jakoby, an orc (Joel Edgerton), embark on a routine night patrol that will alter the future of their world as they know it. Battling both their own personal differences as well as an onslaught of enemies, they must work together to protect a young female elf and a thought-to-be-forgotten relic, which in the wrong hands could destroy everything.

Death Note stars Nat Wolff (Paper TownsThe Fault in Our Stars) as Light Turner, Margaret Qualley (The Nice Guys, The Leftovers) as Mia Sutton, Lakeith Stanfield (Straight Outta Compton, Get OutShort Term 12) as “L,” Paul Nakauchi (Alpha and Omega) as Watari, with Shea Whigham (Agent CarterBoardwalk Empire) as James Turner, and Willem Dafoe (The Boondock SaintsSpider-Man) as the voice of Ryuk the Shinigami. Based on the famous Japanese manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, Death Note follows a high school student who comes across a supernatural notebook, realizing it holds within it a great power; if the owner inscribes someone’s name into it while picturing their face, he or she will die. Intoxicated with his new godlike abilities, the young man begins to kill those he deems unworthy of life.

Directed by Adam Wingard (You’re NextThe Guest), Death Note will premiere globally on Netflix August 25.

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New Photos From Netflix’s ‘Bright’ Tease the Fellowship of the LAPD

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I’ve always been fascinated by the world of Warhammer 40K, the tabletop miniatures game where space marines and orcs and dwarves and elves all do battle across the galaxy, hitting traditional fantasy tropes in a science fiction landscape. After all, what happens to that Tolkien-esque fantasy world as the centuries start to fly by? Surely it has to change. Surely it can’t remain stagnant. Surely medieval fantasy has to escape the medieval setting at some point, right?

And that’s why I’m intrigued by Netflix’s upcoming Bright, a modern dar buddy cop movie that just-so-happens to be set in a world where humans, orcs, elves, and fairies have all co-existed for millennia. What does high fantasy look like when it’s brought low, down to the mean streets of Los Angeles? A new batch of images give us a clue.

The photos were released alongside a fake press release, a cute way of cluing us into how much the fantasy world of Bright is like and unlike our own:

Today, the South Central Los Angeles Police Force announced that Nicolas Jakoby, the first ever Orc Police Officer, joined the department solidifying their commitment to diversity and their acceptance of all communities and races.  Jakoby will be partnering with the esteemed Human Officer Scott Ward and providing much needed insight into the Orc community in the Los Angeles area.
“Orcs have been a part of our society for over a millennia and we welcome all who are ready and willing to serve on the force.  Jakoby will be an excellent partner to Ward.”  said Captain Perez.

In the film, Nicolas Jakoby is played by Joel Edgerton (under heavy prosthetics) while Scott Ward is played by Will Smith. David Ayer, the director of cop movies like End of Watch and blockbusters like Suicide Squad, is behind the camera. This is the kind of line-up you’d expect to see in multiplexes, not on Netflix, but the times, they are a’changin’ and all. It’s weird to note that a not-inexpensive movie starring one of the most famous men in the world had to turn to a streaming service to get made. However, it’s even weirder that a streaming service getting in the Will Smith business doesn’t even seem that strange anymore.

Anyway, the photos show off Smith and Edgerton in action and I’ll say this much: that orc make-up looks so much better under proper lighting than it did in the early set pictures that hit the internet last year. I especially like how the look of the film, also glimpsed in the first teaser trailer, is very much a gritty cop movie…just with orcs and elves.

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Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Edgerton elaborated on how the film blends the mundane and the fantastical, explaining the immense pressure his orc cop faces once he’s on the force:

I am the first orc, under a diversity program, to be allowed into the police force.I’m under investigation already for an incident that involved an orc who should have been apprehended but managed to escape. The feeling is that I looked after my own kind first and neglected to do my job as a result.

Meanwhile, Smith described a scene that, presence of mystical beasts or not, feels like it was torn out of modern headlines:

There’s a great scene where we’re sitting in the car, and the other police officers are beating up an orc. My character asks [Edgerton’s] the question, ‘Are you a cop first or an orc first? You need to decide.’

Bright arrives on Netflix this December. Here’s the official synopsis:

Set in an alternate present-day where humans, orcs, elves and fairies have been coexisting since the beginning of time, this action-thriller directed by David Ayer (Suicide Squad, End of Watch, writer of Training Day) follows two cops from very different backgrounds.  Ward, a human (Will Smith), and Jakoby, an orc (Joel Edgerton), embark on a routine night patrol that will alter the future of their world as they know it.  Battling both their own personal differences as well as an onslaught of enemies, they must work together to protect a young female elf and a thought-to-be-forgotten relic, which in the wrong hands could destroy everything.

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First Trailer for Bright, Starring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton!

First Trailer for Bright, Starring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton!

First trailer for Bright, starring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton!

During the Oscars, Netflix debuted the first trailer for Bright which you can now watch below!

Bright is Suicide Squad director David Ayer’s next project and will be coming to Netflix in December. The film reteams Ayer with Suicide Squad star Will Smith and is also headlined by Joel Edgerton (The Gift, Exodus: Gods and Kings) and Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Prometheus).

Likened to Ayer’s own End of Watch, Bright takes place in a world that blends contemporary reality with a fantasy realm. The story follows an Orc cop (Edgerton) who is partnered with a human cop (Smith). Their ordinary beat takes a decidedly unordinary turn when they wind up coming into the possession of a massively powerful (and highly illegal) weapon: a magic wand.

Lucy Fry is playing the part of Tikka, an elf who has come to have the wand and who has therefore come under the protection of Smith and Edgerton’s characters. Naturally, there are some nefarious villains out there who would love to get their hands on the wand.

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First Teaser Trailer for David Ayer’s Orcs Movie ‘Bright’ with Will Smith

Bright Trailer

“I’m assuming this doesn’t end well.” Netflix premiered a trailer for their upcoming new sci-fi fantasy movie from director David Ayer, who last made Suicide Squad. The project is titled Bright and comes from a screenplay written by Max Landis, of Chronicle and American Ultra. This is the movie you may have heard about where there are orc creatures living among the humans. Will Smith plays a cop in Los Angeles who ends up in the middle of a turf war. The cast includes Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace, Edgar Ramírez, Ike Barinholtz, Brad William Henke, Lucy Fry and Dawn Olivieri. This is just a tease, so they don’t reveal too much yet, but I am definitely curious about this. I want to see more footage. Take a look below. ›››

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Bright Tangerine’s Gorgeous Revolvr Follow Focus is Finally Shipping

The wait is over.

We’ve been drooling over Bright Tangerine’s follow focus since we got our hands on it at NAB 2016. With features that professional camera assistants love like zero play, dual sided gears and the ability to pare down physical profile for tight areas, the Revolvr might be the best follow focus ever designed. From the makers of the popular Misfit Mattebox and Titan Arm, the Revolvr comes in two flavors: the 18mm $ 2,400 studio version and the lightweight 13mm $ 1,600 Revolvr Atom. The product has been delayed a number of times, but according to Bright Tangerine it’s now ready to come off the shelves:

AbelCine gives a comprehensive rundown of all the features and design perks of the Revolvr:

Bright Tangerine has been bringing some of the highest quality products to market since their inception, albeit at a high price. The attention to detail and design refinements in this follow focus are truly impressive and we imagine would impress any professional camera assistant. You can now order directly from Bright Tangerine by registering on their site.

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Watch: Trailer for Carrie Fisher & Debbie Reynolds Doc ‘Bright Lights’

Bright Lights Documentary Trailer

“That’s what’s good about losing your memory – there’s so many surprises.” HBO has unveiled a trailer for the documentary Bright Lights, telling the story of the success and fame of Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds. This doc actually premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last year with an appearance by Carrie Fisher, but in “light of the recent and unexpected deaths”, has taken on a whole new meaning and purpose – to solidify their legacy. The film is described as an “intimate portrait of Hollywood royalty in all its eccentricity”, featuring extensive verite footage and vintage family films. From the looks of it, this will be an emotional yet inspiring look at the lives of two people who were some of the greatest entertainers in history. ›››

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