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‘Ozark’ Spoilers Review: Jason Bateman’s Netflix Drama is a Stunner From Start to Finish

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[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “Ozark” Season 1. A spoiler-free review is available here.]

Now that’s how you make a thriller.

Anyone burned by the slow stroll to nowhere of recent Netflix dramas had to be pleased with the pins-and-needles tension — and shocking payoffs — of “Ozark,” Jason Bateman’s new original series for the streaming giant. From the first episode to the ending, Season 1 was filled with shocking twists and intense familial strife.

Below, we’ll break down why the near-constant darkness always felt grounded in reality, using big developments in the plot and key scenes throughout the series to illustrate how a horror story still felt relatable — and all the more terrifying for it.

Read More‘Ozark’ Review: Jason Bateman’s Netflix Drama is the Most Brutal Business Lesson You’ll Ever Binge

Premiere – “Sugarwood”

The importance of the premiere episode was its power. While that may go without saying, given the first hour’s overall impact, it’s important to remember how many dramas start slow. »


- Ben Travers

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‘iZombie’ Season 4 Pays Tribute to George Romero With New ‘Cemetery to Table’ Restaurant Named Romero’s

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On a day when “Fear the Walking Dead” and “The Walking Dead” stalked into Comic-Con, at least “iZombie” brought friendlier zombie faces to San Diego.

During the panel for the CW series on Friday, creators Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero-Wright answered questions along with cast members Rose McIver, Malcolm Goodwin, Rahul Kohli, Robert Buckley, David Anders, and Aly Michalka. The show had just wrapped up its third season in which a new world order was declared in the finale.

When last we left Liv (McIver) and her friends, militant zombie leader Chase Graves (Jason Dehiring) had his Fillmore Graves employees taint all the vaccines in Seattle with zombie blood, which created a mass outbreak of zombie-ism. At the same time, news about Seattle becoming a zombie city broke on TV. So zombies are fully out now, no tanning or hair dyeing necessary anymore to pass as human.

Meanwhile, Major (Buckley »


- Hanh Nguyen

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Charlie Sheen’s ‘9/11’ Thriller Looks Like One of the Most Offensive Films Ever Made — Watch

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There are really no words to describe how disgraceful and offensive the trailer is for Charlie Sheen’s “9/11.” We know you shouldn’t necessarily judge an entire movie based on the trailer, but that motto doesn’t apply for a drama that turns the tragedy of September 11, 2001 into a survival thriller and uses the impending collapse of the towers as a ticking-time clock against which your main characters must escape if they want to live.

Sheen’s involvement with such tragedy exploitation is hardly surprising given his career nosedive in recent years, but what exactly co-stars Whoopi Goldberg and Gina Gerhson saw in this material remains to be seen. Movies like “United 93” and “World Trade Center” have used the tragedy of 9/11 to tell real stories of American heroism. Sheen’s “9/11” turns the event into a disaster thriller.

“9/11” is co-written and directed by Martin Guigui, who will hopefully not go »


- Zack Sharf

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‘The Walking Dead’ and ‘Fear The Walking Dead’ Panels Open With Moment of Silence For Dead Stuntman

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Hit AMC series “The Walking Dead” and “Fear the Walking Dead” usually open their annual Comic-Con panels on a celebratory note. But this year, the shows struck a different tone, in light of the recent death of stuntman John Bernecker.

The Walking Dead” panel kicked off solemnly, as executive producer Scott Gimple read a tribute to Bernecker, sharing some of his credits – including “Looper,” “This Is The End,” “The Hunger Games,” “Get Out” and “Logan.”

“John passed away this week after he was injured doing something he loved,” Gimple said, “John was someone beloved in the stunt community. He was living his dream and he helped other people do the same thing.”

Gimple added that the cast and crew “didn’t know if we should do this panel today. But we wanted to be here for you. And we wanted to show you what weve all been working on.” He »


- Michael Schneider

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Review: Hyper-Violent ‘Lowlife’ Is a Messy But Entertaining Tarantino Homage — Fantasia

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Mix the insane violence and weaving vignettes of “Pulp Fiction” with the seedy underbelly of “Breaking Bad,” and you have Ryan Prows’ directorial debut, “Lowlife,” a messy but ultimately interesting look a a group of downtrodden individuals who get mixed up in an organ harvesting scheme.

Lowlife” is broken into four interweaving vignettes that move back and forth through time, slowly revealing different sides to each character, coloring in the story, and tangling them up even tighter into a web of blackmail, deception, kidnapping, and revenge. And the film’s title can certainly be applied to every character in their own right, as each vignette reveals more about their character and the mess they all have found themselves in.

The film opens with an Ice agent pulling off a sketchy, solo raid of a cheap motel at night. Crystal (Nicki Micheaux), the motel owner, tries to step in and save »


- Jamie Righetti

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‘Marvel’s Inhumans’: 28 Thoughts We Had While Watching ABC’s Nutso New Trailer

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“Marvel’s Inhumans” is ABC’s next foray into the Marvel Universe, but it’s nothing like “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” or “Agent Carter” (Rip!).

As the title indicates, the majority of the series features a species of beings that were created when aliens started genetic tinkering with the human race when they were just still a primitive species. These Inhumans procreated and developed their own society separate from homo sapiens over millennia, and in present day, they’re ruled by the Royal family, which is where the series comes in.

Read More‘Game of ThronesIwan Rheon Joins ‘Marvel’s Inhumans’ in a ‘Roguish’ Role

ABC released a brand-new trailer for “Inhumans” at Comic-Con on Thursday, and it’s all kinds of crazy. Take a look:

Here are the 28 thoughts we had while watching the trailer:

1. Marvel seriously let the “Iron Fist” showrunner take on another series?! This ought to be interesting. »


- Hanh Nguyen

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Why ‘Master of None’ Leads New Music Supervisor Emmy Race

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The new Music Supervisor category this Emmy season finally honors the supervisor’s creative contribution to narrative storytelling and music aesthetic: Licensing songs that are appropriately iconic and emotionally resonant, while touting some of the hottest new talent.

Here are the nominees: Thomas Golubic (“Better Call Saul” — “Sunk Costs”), Susan Jacobs (“Big Little Lies” — “You Get What You Need”), Manish Raval, Jonathan Leahy, Tom Wolfe (“Girls”— “Goodbye Tour”), Zach Cowie, Kerri Drootin (“Master of None” — “Amarsi Un Po”), and Nora Felder (“Stranger Things” — “Chapter Two: The Weirdo on Maple Street”).

The results included three female supervisors (Jacobs, Drootin, and Felder) and demonstrated the brand power of HBO (“Big Little Lies,” “Girls”) and Netflix (“Master of None,” “Stranger Things”). But in the end, it came down to a battle of dueling playlists.

Better Call Saul” — “Sunk Costs”

In the third season of the “Breaking Bad” prequel, Jimmy (Bob Odenkirk) gets »


- Bill Desowitz

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‘Psych: The Movie’: Shawn and Gus Get Back Into Fist-Bumping Shape For What Could Be the First Of Many Films — Watch

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Shawn and Gus are coming back to TV, so of course they brought pineapples. And they won’t be alone, as “Psych” creator Steve Franks explained at the show’s Comic-Con panel on Friday. Not only will the central cast of the original series be returning for December’s “Psych: The Movie,” Jimmi Simpson will also be joining to reprise his character, Mary Lightly.

James RodayDulé Hill, Corbin Bernson, Maggie Lawson and Kirsten Nelson joined Franks on Friday’s panel to discuss other details of the upcoming TV movie, and also preview the first eight minutes of the film for the crowd, which featured Shawn investigating a new case on the streets of San Francisco.

The most exciting thing? The fact that Franks started working on the movie almost immediately after they finished shooting the series finale, because “I knew it had to be good, because I don’t »


- Steve Greene and Liz Shannon Miller

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‘American Horror Story: Cult’ Teaser: Season 7’s First Look at a Horrifying Clown Hivemind

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American Horror Story” characters have been jailed, shunned, abducted, murdered and attacked with a very specific drill bit apparatus. Looks like Season 7 is out to prove it’s just as scary to get stung.

After Thursday night’s unconventional dramatic reveal that the theme of this year’s season of the FX anthology series would be “Cult,” FX unveiled the first official teaser for the season. This is the frightening, clown-heavy look that folks in San Diego saw projected over the water outside Hilton Bayfront Park.

Read More ‘American Horror Story’ Season 7 Title Is a Frightening Explanation of the 2016 Election

Production is currently underway on “Cult,” which probably explains Thursday’s mysterious water-based activation in lieu of a full Comic-Con panel. Even from afar, “Ahs” creator Ryan Murphy has still been busy breaking news on social media, posting cryptic “Cult” teasers and casting announcements.

Series regulars Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters »


- Steve Greene

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Christopher Nolan Is A Huge ‘Baby Driver’ Fan and Picks Edgar Wright’s Brain — Listen

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Christopher Nolan and Edgar Wright have two of the best movies of the summer in theaters right now, and the only thing better than “Baby Driver” and “Dunkirk” is the bromance shared by the two filmmakers.

Read More: Christopher Nolan: I Won’t Work With Netflix Because Their Film Strategy is ‘Pointless’

Last month, Edgar Wright tweeted out his affection for Nolan’s WWII epic after an advanced screening. “‘Dunkirk’ is a powerful, immersive, intense masterpiece that demands to be seen on the big screen,” he wrote. Now Christopher Nolan is returning the love by sitting down with Wright for the Director’s Guild of America podcast “The Director’s Cut.”

Over the half hour discussion, Nolan makes it very clear how much he adores Wright’s car chase heist movie. Nolan picks Wright’s brain on everything from incorporating the music into the car chases to what it »


- Zack Sharf

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John Boyega Slams ‘Game of Thrones’ For Lack of Diversity: ‘There Are No Black People’

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John Boyega, who shot to fame with his role as defector Storm Trooper Finn in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” minces no words when discussing Hollywood’s race problem.

“There are no black people on ‘Game of Thrones.’ You don’t see one black person in ‘Lord of the Rings,'” Boyega said in a recent interview with GQ. “I ain’t paying money to always see one type of person on-screen. Because you see different people from different backgrounds, different cultures, every day. Even if you’re a racist, you have to live with that. We can ruffle up some feathers.”

Read More‘Detroit’ New Trailer: Kathryn Bigelow Reminds Us Why She’s One of the Most Gripping Directors

Much has been made of the racial politics of “Game of Thrones” following controversy around this week’s announcement of “Confederate,” the next project from creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. »


- Jude Dry

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‘Arrested Development’ Season Five Will Be a Very Bluth Murder Mystery

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Arrested Development” star Jason Bateman has revealed the fifth season’s plot will revolve around solving the murder of Liza Minelli’s character Lucille Austero, also known as Lucille Two.

“The central spine of that story of is the death of Liza Minnelli’s character, and a bit of whodunit,” Bateman told Entertainment Weekly Radio. “That’s sort of a central thread around which [creator Mitch Hurwitz] is going to braid in all the colorful plot complications that he knows how to do.”

Read More‘Arrested Development’ Will Officially Return To Netflix For Season 5

Fans will recall that the fourth season ended with Lucille’s death, which appeared to be a murder. The show’s first season on Netflix after a long hiatus, the fourth season took a turn by telling each episode from a different character’s perspective, which received mixed reviews. Bateman opened up about the fourth season’s structural issues: »


- Jude Dry

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‘Death Note’: Controversial Netflix Adaptation Gets Mixed Reaction at Comic-Con

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As soon as the “Death Note” movie was announced, controversy came with it.

The Netflix original film drew early ire for relocating the Japan-set story to the United States and casting a largely white group of actors in the main roles. Whitewashing claims have dogged the picture ever since, so it’s no surprise that director Adam Wingard was eager to show the film to fans.

“This has been a long time coming,” Wingard said, speaking before a secret screening of “Death Note” at Comic-Con Thursday night. “I’ve been on this film for a better part of two years. This is a film that’s had a lot of assumptions and expectations built on it, and the best thing we can do at this point is just show you the goddamn movie. I think we’re very proud of the film.”

Read More‘Legion’ Season 2: Noah Hawley Reveals a New Villain, »


- Ben Travers

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‘Game Of Thrones’ Creators on Slavery Backlash in New Series: ‘We Might F*ck It Up, But We Haven’t Yet’

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HBO and “Game Of Thrones” showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss quickly came under fire on Wednesday, July 19 after the announcement of their new television drama series, “Confederate.” The series will imagine an alternate American timeline in which a third Civil War has changed the fabric and landscape of the United States. Per the official announcement, the alternate timeline will include southern states that have successfully seceded from the Union, giving rise to a nation in which slavery remains legal and has evolved into a modern institution.

Read More: ‘Confederate’: Why The ‘Game of Thrones’ Creators’ Next HBO Series Is Already Causing Controversy

The idea that Benioff and Weiss, two white men, would be tackling a series in which “slavery remains legal” caused instant backlash across the internet. High profile writers such as journalist Pilot Viruet and author Roxane Gay sounded off, criticizing HBO for  letting “two white men envision modern day slavery. »


- Zack Sharf

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The 25 Best Documentaries of the 21st Century, from ‘Amy’ to ‘The Act of Killing’

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Non-fiction cinema never stops evolving. From the Actualités of the Lumière brothers to the heavily manipulated ethnographic films of the 1920, from the vérité Americans of the Maysles brothers to the man-on-the-street approach popularized by Michael Moore, documentaries have naturally always been more responsive to their times than any other mode of filmmaking.

Not only do they reveal our world to us, but they shape how we view it, and the early years of the 21st century have proven that to be more true than ever before. On one hand, digital technology has infinitely expanded our range of vision, and some of the modern era’s most essential docs have been shot on consumer-grade equipment like iPhones and GoPro cameras. On the other hand, these tools haven’t just granted us new ways of seeing, they’ve also galvanized our desire to look, which in turn has stoked an unprecedented degree »


- David Ehrlich, Eric Kohn, Kate Erbland and Zack Sharf

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BBC Hits Back at Wage Gap Critics, Saying New ‘Doctor Who’ Will Earn Equal Pay

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The BBC has been accused of sexism after releasing its top stars’ earnings, which revealed a major disparity between the salaries of women and men.

According to the pay data, which the broadcaster released for the first time in its history, only one third of top-paid stars are women, and a small fraction are non-white. The numbers revealed that the highest-paid male celebrity, BBC Radio host Chris Evans, earned at least four times as much as the highest-paid woman, “Strictly Come Dancing” host Claudia Winkleman.

Read More‘Doctor Who’: Jodie Whittaker Casting Complaints Prompt BBC Response: ‘The Doctor Is an Alien’

It was a stark contrast from the week’s earlier news that “Broadchurch” star Jodie Whittaker would follow Peter Capaldi as the next “Doctor Who,” the first time a woman had landed the beloved role. Many were wondering if Whittaker would suffer the same fate as the network’s other female stars. »


- Jude Dry

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Why ‘Dunkirk’ Is Leading the Oscar Race (Screen Talk Episode 157) — IndieWire’s Movie Podcast

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Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” was shrouded in secrecy for months, but now there’s no denying it: Critics love this intense WWII epic, which is maximized for 70mm IMAX technology in all big screen glory.

It’s a sweeping period drama filled with memorable action sequences and a gripping survival story, exactly the kind of ingredients that would suggest it’s Oscar bound. But Nolan has never had it easy with the Academy; despite multiple wins for his films in the past, he has never been nominated in the Best Director category. What is it about “Dunkirk” that might finally break that curse?

Read More‘Dunkirk’ Review: Christopher Nolan’s Monumental War Epic Is The Best Film He’s Ever Made

The answer to that question is the essence of this week’s Screen Talk, as Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson scrutinize every aspect of Nolan’s latest achievement to »


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Christopher Nolan Explains Why ‘Dunkirk’ Is His Most Personal Film Yet

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When the “Dunkirk” promotional whirlwind brought Christopher Nolan to New York in late July, he was visibly jetlagged after flying in from France the night before: He’d just presented “Dunkirk” in the film’s titular city. In Nolan’s rapid-fire depiction of the rescue operation for some 400,000 Allied forces stranded on in the seaside region in 1940, the men fighting for survival on the beach, in the water, and in claustrophobic fighter planes come across as heroic figures. They embody a spirit of survival that transcends the loss they’ve suffered at the hands of the enemy.

But that’s not how the French see it.

“The events are viewed very differently in France,” Nolan said in an interview. “For them, it was this appalling defeat — that the victory of the British fight within it, how that was able to continue the war, is kind of lost in French culture. »


- Eric Kohn

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Will Smith Agrees You Should Be Watching Christopher Nolan Movies in Theaters and Not on Netflix

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The vigorous debate between Netflix and theatrical releases came to Comic-Con last night as the streaming giant brought their upcoming action-fantasy tentpole “Bright” to the San Diego convention. Director David Ayer was joined by cast members Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace and more, but it was Smith who naturally stole the spotlight. The actor cautiously played both sides of the debate, praising Netflix for their creative freedom and saluting the experience that only a theater can provide.

Read More: Will Smith on Netflix: ‘They Give You Money and Let You Make the Movie You Want to Make’

Smith was asked about whether he agreed or not with Christopher Nolan’s Netflix comments from earlier this week. In an interview with IndieWire, the “Dunkirk” director criticized Netflix’s distribution model, saying, “Netflix has a bizarre aversion to supporting theatrical films. They have this mindless policy of everything having to be simultaneously streamed and released, »


- Zack Sharf

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‘Dunkirk’ Soundtrack: Stream Hans Zimmer’s Most Intense Christopher Nolan Score Yet — Listen

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Now that “Dunkirk” is out, so is its soundtrack. Hans Zimmer’s sixth collaboration with Christopher Nolan doesn’t come with a giant red button, but it does have the intensity of a ticking time bomb to match the film’s World War II drama. Listen to the soundtrack on Spotify here.

Read More‘Dunkirk’ and the 70mm Experience: Why The Unlikely Comeback of the Big-Screen Format Has Hollywood’s Attention

Lorne Balfe, Andrew Kawczynski, and Steve Mazzaro are credited with providing additional music. Here’s the tracklist:

“The Mole” (5:35) “We Need Our Army Back” (6:28) “Shivering Soldier” (2:52) “Supermarine” (8:03) “The Tide” (3:48) “Regimental Brothers” (5:04) “Impulse” (2:36) “Home” (6:02) “The Oil” (6:10) “Variation 15 (Dunkirk)” (5:51) “End Titles (Dunkirk)” (7:12)

Zimmer previously collaborated with Nolan on “Batman Begins,” “The Dark Knight,” “Inception,” “The Dark Knight Rises,” and “Interstellar.” “Dunkirk” is now in theaters.

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- Michael Nordine

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