The 2019 Sundance Film Festival has come to an end — but not before shaping the next year in movies. While Hollywood’s release calendar is fully loaded with anticipated blockbusters, horror sequels, Marvel epics, and end-of-the-year awards bait, Sundance offered a slew of alternatives that big name distributors will unroll throughout the year. With the streaming wars in full swing, and the big studios sticking to what they know, this year’s festival became a land grab for small- to mid-budget comedies, dramas, and documentaries that could go on to be the next Sorry to Bother You, Won’t You Be My Neighbor? or Hereditary. Amazon was the big winner of the festival, shelling out over $40 million to acquire Mindy Kaling’s Late Night, The Report, Brittany Runs a Marathon and Honey Boy. HBO made deals to acquire the Richard Wright adaptation, Native Son, and Share, a tense, high school drama which won multiple accolades at Sundance’s awards ceremony. … [Read more...] about The best movies we saw at Sundance 2019
Coming of age movies on hulu
The sheer number of great movies that came out in 2018 is overwhelming — Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk, Lee Chang-dong’s Burning, the Coen brothers’ The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, just to name a few — so you’d be forgiven for missing a few key films along the way. If you need a place to start when it comes to catching up before Oscar season kicks in (or you just want to start 2019 off with a bang), we’ve got you covered. Featuring everything from superhero movies to documentaries, from friendly bears to international super spies, here are the very best movies of 2018. BURNING A sense of frustration suffuses every part of Lee Chang-dong’s hypnotic adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s short story “Barn Burning.” Focusing on would-be writer Lee Jong-su (Yoo Ah-in), who finds his listlessness interrupted first by the appearance of his childhood friend Hae-mi (Jeon Jong-seo), and then her charismatic friend, Ben … [Read more...] about The best movies of 2018
Avengers: Infinity War. Black Panther. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Incredibles 2. Venom. Mission: Impossible – Fallout. Deadpool 2. Ant-Man and the Wasp. When it comes to worldwide box office, the eight highest grossing movies of the year were all franchise movies, further cementing the trend for studios to put the majority of their eggs into just a few gargantuan baskets that cost anything from $150m to $350m to weave.For some years now, the decline of mid-budget, character-driven dramas has rightly been bemoaned. Even in the high-concept 1980s, Tom Cruise, the world’s biggest movie star, frequently appeared in knotty dramas like The Color of Money, Rain Man, and Born on the Fourth of July. It’s hard to imagine such a thing now, with 2018 doubling down on the ethos that size does matter.Love film?Subscribe to Total Film magazine and get your film fix every month with a digital or print version of the mag delivered straight to you door“Franchise movies have … [Read more...] about Movie 2018 Year in Review: Superheroes rule the multiplex, but will Netflix save mid-budget movies?
As new companies and new streaming platforms enter the competitive TV space, there’s an overwhelming amount of episodic storytelling happening every day. To help sort through it all, we’ve put together a list of the best new TV shows that premiered in 2018, from breakout hits like Killing Eve and Barry to shows you may have missed, including Joe Pera Talks With You and The Terror. No matter what kind of show you’re looking for — comedy, drama, something in between — we’ve got you covered. A Very English Scandal In a landscape in which news about the very nature of news is king, A Very English Scandal is particularly potent. The series takes a scandal from 1970s Britain and, while not quite rehabilitating its subjects, sheds some new light on them in lieu of the ridicule the case garnered when it first broke. When Jeremy Thorpe (played here by Hugh Grant) was accused of the attempted murder Norman Scott (Ben Whishaw), a scandal erupted not just from … [Read more...] about The best new TV shows of 2018
A wise uncle once said, “With great power comes great responsibility.” A wise Polygon employee once said, “With great time on your hands, comes great responsibility to pore over Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every available streaming movie platform to remind people what’s worth their time.” Fair enough. We’ve heeded the call. While it doesn’t take a Brainiac to log on and check Netflix’s offerings, finding something of note, or knowing where your favorite movies can actually be found, can feel like leaping a tall building in a single bound. Allow us to flex our super strength and recommend some comic-book movies you’ll want to watch, rewatch, or play in the background as you futz around on your computer. Nothing says multitasking productivity like the sound of Tony Stark grunting. Here’s what you can watch right now: Atomic Blonde (2017) Available to stream on HBO Now and HBO Go Based on Antony Johnston’s graphic novel The … [Read more...] about 19 comic-book movies you can now stream on Netflix, HBO & more