The new Halloween is a slasher movie with an actual message

Welcome to Cheat Sheet, our brief breakdown-style reviews of festival films, VR previews, and other special event releases. This review comes from the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. It has been revised for the film’s wide theatrical release.Warning: mild spoilers for the Halloween franchi...

Verge | 19.10.2018 11:41:16

MoviePass’ parent company being investigated over fraud concerns

The New York attorney general’s office is launching an investigation into MoviePass’ parent company, Helios and Matheson, over allegedly misleading investors. A person familiar with the investigation confirmed to The Verge that an investigation is underway. The news was first reported by CNBC. The i...

Verge | 17.10.2018 17:23:59

Jason Blum is the latest producer who doesn’t believe women directors exist

Just short of a year ago, Star Wars producer Kathleen Kennedy made headlines around the world when she said, in an interview with Variety, that the franchise hadn’t had a film directed by a woman yet because there wasn’t a woman with the appropriate resume.“We want to make sure that when we bring a ...

Verge | 17.10.2018 16:18:17

Deepfake edits have put Harrison Ford into Solo: A Star Wars Story, for better or for worse

Solo: A Star Wars Story was always going to create waves in the Star Wars community — after all, how could you possible recast a role like Han Solo with anyone else other than Harrison Ford? Well, it turns out that there’s always a way: in this case, using AI-based deepfake techniques to replace Sol...

Verge | 17.10.2018 15:37:39

Gareth Evans on Apostle’s measured, restrained approach to full-blown gore

For a Welsh-born director, Gareth Evans has an odd claim to fame: through a series of movies made in Indonesia, he brought the martial art pencak silat to Westerners’ attention, made a star out of martial artist Iko Uwais, and built a name for himself through brutal, precise action sequences and a m...

Verge | 16.10.2018 11:33:01

New trailers: Aladdin, Pet Sematary, Good Omens, and more

Often when I’m scrolling through movies on Netflix, HBO, or some other streaming service, I feel like I’ve wasted so. much. money. going to movie theaters. Inevitably, everything shows up online and ready to stream, and instead I’ve spent more than $30 for a pair of tickets to go see these same titl...

Verge | 13.10.2018 12:00:01

Netflix’s Apostle takes The Wicker Man to a radical new level

Welcome to Cheat Sheet, our brief breakdown-style reviews of festival films, VR previews, and other special event releases. This review comes from Fantastic Fest.Back in 1973, Robin Hardy completed his shocking cult classic The Wicker Man just in time to see a shakeup at studio British Lion erode al... #netflix

Verge | 12.10.2018 13:00:49

Netflix’s Last Man on the Moon is a perfect bookend for First Man

There are so many streaming options available these days, and so many conflicting recommendations, that it’s hard to see through all the crap you could be watching. Each Friday, The Verge’s Cut the Crap column simplifies the choice by sorting through the overwhelming multitude of movies and TV shows... #netflix

Verge | 12.10.2018 12:05:02

Ryan Coogler has signed on to direct Black Panther sequel

Black Panther director Ryan Coogler has signed on to direct a sequel to the blockbuster film. The Hollywood Reporter says that he has “quietly closed a deal to write and direct the sequel.” Disney and Marvel haven’t officially greenlit a sequel to Black Panther, but it’s almost assured given the fir...

Verge | 12.10.2018 10:04:18

First Man is one of the most intense space movies of all time

Welcome to Cheat Sheet, our brief breakdown-style reviews of festival films, VR previews, and other special event releases. This review comes from the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. It has been updated and reposted for the film’s October 12th wide theatrical release.Over the course of a s...

Verge | 11.10.2018 12:47:28

Guillermo del Toro and Sam Raimi signed to produce shows for new Quibi streaming service

Guillermo del Toro, the Academy Award-winning director of The Shape of Water and Pan’s Labyrinth, and Sam Raimi, the director of the original Spider-Man trilogy, have signed on to produce content for a new streaming service called Quibi, reports Deadline. Del Toro is working on a modern zombie story...

Verge | 11.10.2018 10:55:14

Movie based on viral Zola stripper tweetstorm has a star and director

Back in 2015, just days after Aziah “Zola” Wells went viral with a now-deleted 148-tweet saga about a trip with a fellow stripper to Tampa, Florida, TMZ reported that Hollywood players had approached her about developing the tale as a movie. By early 2016, James Franco had reportedly signed on to pr...

Verge | 9.10.2018 17:58:48

James Gunn is now writing Suicide Squad 2

James Gunn — the director of the first two Guardians of the Galaxy movies — is moving across the comic store aisle to Marvel’s biggest cinematic superhero rival, DC, to write the script for “the next installment in the Suicide Squad franchise,” according to a report from Polygon.The news comes after...

Verge | 9.10.2018 15:55:24

Netflix buys up New Mexico studio facility for massive new production hub

When Netflix moved into its new Los Angeles headquarters last year, the company made sure it had several sound stages at the ready for any production needs. Now the streaming service is taking things a step further, acquiring ABQ Studios in Albuquerque, New Mexico, as part of a plan to bring as much... #netflix

Verge | 8.10.2018 17:50:21

New York Comic Con 2018 trailer round-up: Aquaman, Star Trek, and more

New York Comic Con wrapped yesterday, and it was a busy few days, with plenty of news about highly-anticipated titles like Daredevil, Star Trek: Discovery, and American Gods. Interestingly, much like with San Diego Comic-Con earlier this year, the big reveals at this year’s NYCC were almost entirely...

Verge | 8.10.2018 11:54:37

9 new trailers you should watch this week

This weekend is New York Comic Con, which means there are a ton of trailers coming out for upcoming series, particularly those starring comic book characters. Stay tuned, because we’ll have plenty on the site, but we’ve also been seeing a bunch of other fun stuff, like recreations from Harry Potter ...

Verge | 6.10.2018 12:00:02

Talking to Master Replicas’ Hal 9000 smart speaker sent chills down my spine

“I’m sorry Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that.”Even with the background hum of New York Comic Con all around us, the iconic voice of Hal 9000 — the sentient computer from the film 2001: A Space Odyssey — made me intensely nervous as its red eye stares back from Master Replicas’ booth on the convention...

Verge | 6.10.2018 9:00:02

In You Might Be the Killer, a Twitter thread expands into a horror-comedy — barely

Welcome to Cheat Sheet, our brief breakdown-style reviews of festival films, VR previews, and other special event releases. This review comes from Austin’s Fantastic Fest.Feature films have been inspired by an awful lot of random things — theme park rides, online fetish ads, plotless rhythm video ga...

Verge | 5.10.2018 15:52:07

Venom is a bizarre and baffling mess

The benefit of adapting any pre-existing intellectual property for the silver screen is that studios always know an audience is waiting. Whether the source material is a book, a video game, or even a line of toys, the logic is straightforward: if somebody liked a story in its original medium, they’l...

Verge | 5.10.2018 13:22:30

New York Comic Con 2018: all the panels, activations, and trailers at this year’s show

All the TV, movies, and cosplayers from this year’s big show This year’s New York Comic Con is upon us. Like San Diego Comic-Con earlier this year, it’s one of the bigger fan gatherings of the year, with tons of panels, trailer reveals, and cosplayers descending on midtown Manhattan. There’s a lot t...

Verge | 5.10.2018 12:55:59

New extended Aquaman trailer shows off over five minutes of underwater action

We’re still a few months away from Aquaman hitting theaters, during New York Comic Con Warner Bros. has just given us our best look yet at the Jason Momoa-led film with a new extended trailer that’s packed with footage from the movie.Clocking in at a hefty five minutes, the trailer gives us a genera...

Verge | 5.10.2018 12:40:11

This weekend, stream Venus, the breakthrough film for Doctor Who’s Thirteenth Doctor

There are so many streaming options available these days, and so many conflicting recommendations, that it’s hard to see through all the crap you could be watching. Each Friday, The Verge’s Cut the Crap column simplifies the choice by sorting through the overwhelming multitude of movies and TV shows...

Verge | 5.10.2018 10:02:01

We have a lot of wild theories about the Dance Dance Revolution movie

According to a recent Variety report, independent American movie studio Stampede (founded by former Warner Bros. president Greg Silverman) has recently struck a deal with video game company Konami to adapt the rhythm game Dance Dance Revolution into a feature film. DDR has no backstory, no storyline...

Verge | 5.10.2018 10:00:04

The Last Jedi Russian troll study shows we still don’t know how to interpret speech online

The intersection of politics, pop culture, and social media is a dangerous place Earlier this week, a researcher at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism released a paper about the online backlash against Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Author Morten Bay had analyzed tweets sent to dir...

Verge | 4.10.2018 13:43:10

New York Comic Con 2018: what to expect at this year’s event

Today marks the start of New York Comic Con. Taking place at the Javits Convention Center in midtown Manhattan, it’s already begun welcoming fans from all over the world to take part. While New York Comic Con isn’t as big as its West Coast cousin San Diego Comic-Con International, it’s still a huge ...

Verge | 4.10.2018 13:10:50

The Verge fall 2018 movie guide

The annual shift to shorter days and colder weather also signals a regular shift in the cinematic landscape. In the summer, studios aim their biggest, loudest blockbusters at kids who are out of school and families who are looking to get out of the sun long enough to watch some explosive action. But...

Verge | 4.10.2018 9:00:01

MoviePass subscribers aren’t going to the movies, and that’s what MoviePass wants

MoviePass subscribers have had a tough go of it over the last six months, with the service changing terms, dropping unlimited moviegoing, limiting access to first-run movies, and in at least once instance, going offline completely because it ran out of money. The myriad changes have removed most of ...

Verge | 3.10.2018 16:28:33

On Netflix’s complicated Hold the Dark shoot, gratitude was the hardest part

To hear director Jeremy Saulnier and writer Macon Blair tell it, their Netflix movie Hold the Dark was both their easiest project to sell, and their most difficult to shoot. Saulnier and Blair grew up together, and have worked together throughout their careers. Blair produced Saulnier’s first three ... #netflix

Verge | 3.10.2018 14:22:35

Bot makers loved The Last Jedi discourse so much they decided to politically influence it

When it arrived in theaters last year, writer-director Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi was greeted with an immediate backlash from a specific corner of its audience. As Vox’s Todd VanDerWerff pointed out in December, the criticism seemed to come from a few different angles: some felt the fil...

Verge | 2.10.2018 18:43:13

The second Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse trailer features six Spideys

Back in June, we got the first look at Sony’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, the upcoming Spidey film that’s already shaping up to be one of the most visually ambitious animated movies of the year. We learned it would feature a seasoned Peter Parker (voiced by Jake Johnson) crossing over into th...

Verge | 2.10.2018 12:11:06

Everything coming to Netflix, Amazon Prime, and HBO Now in October

October is nearly here, so it’s time to think about Halloween, and streaming services are doing their best to offer up a selection of the spooky, supernatural, and suspenseful. Netflix is leading the way with a number of original movies and TV shows coming to subscribers over the course of the month... #netflix #amazon #hbo

Verge | 30.9.2018 9:00:02

9 new trailers you should watch this week

I’m not a huge fan of superhero movies, but some get so much buzz and seem to do things so differently — like Black Panther or Guardians of the Galaxy — that I’m compelled to check them out. That got me to watch Logan the other week, which is one of the only X-Men movies I’ve seen.And it’s kind of w...

Verge | 29.9.2018 13:00:01

MoviePass is now forcing former users to opt out of new plan or risk being charged

The latest attempt from struggling theater subscription service MoviePass to retain its dwindling user base comes in the form of yet another change to its monthly plan. This time, however, the company is automatically enrolling lapsed former subscribers into its service, saying its choosing those us...

Verge | 28.9.2018 19:27:03

This Pulp Fiction-Brett Kavanaugh mashup is a perfect end to a horrible week

I don’t know about you, but for me, this week was bad. It was really bad! Truly, there’s nothing quite like working on the internet, covering internet news, all while the internet insists on reminding you, every single minute of your day, just how enthusiastic the people running your country are abo...

Verge | 28.9.2018 18:57:24

For sweaty palms and white knuckles, watch Free Solo in theaters and Meru on Netflix

There are so many streaming options available these days, and so many conflicting recommendations, that it’s hard to see through all the crap you could be watching. Each Friday, The Verge’s Cut the Crap column simplifies the choice by sorting through the overwhelming multitude of movies and TV shows... #netflix

Verge | 28.9.2018 11:51:46

Star Wars voice actress mocks Christine Blasey Ford’s voice during Kavanaugh testimony

As the hearing has unfolded today at the Senate Judiciary Committee with Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testifying that she is “one hundred percent” certain that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in high school, the response from many women to the systematic gaslighting of the ...

Verge | 27.9.2018 17:28:24

In the first Dark Phoenix trailer, Jean Grey burns the world to the ground

The first trailer for Dark Phoenix, the next installment in the X-Men saga, aired last night during The Late Late Show with James Corden. Where previous iterations of Jean Grey’s story painted her as being overtaken and controlled by her formidable telekinetic powers, it’s looking like this new stor...

Verge | 27.9.2018 9:49:39

Oculus teases Star Wars: Vader Immortal, a VR experience coming in 2019

Back in 2016, Industrial Light & Magic’s xLab team announced that it was working with writer David S. Goyer to create a VR experience starring Darth Vader. And at this year’s Oculus Connect conference, the company showed off the first trailer for the finished product, now a three-part series cal...

Verge | 26.9.2018 14:35:51

Films like The House With a Clock In Its Walls are poisonous to kids’ cinema

Film is an expressive medium — at least as flexible as books are, in terms of the potential for variety and nuance. So how to explain the way cinema processes so many diverse, nuanced books into generic, nearly identical hunks of cookie-cutter product? And the problem seems particularly pronounced w...

Verge | 23.9.2018 13:51:09

Destroyer is a guilt-ridden detective story made by one incredible director

Welcome to Cheat Sheet, our brief breakdown-style reviews of festival films, VR previews, and other special event releases. This review comes from the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival.Tackling the leap from directing low-budget indies to tentpole features is no easy feat, and Hollywood has a...

Verge | 22.9.2018 15:11:01

10 new trailers you should watch this week

Something you see a lot in action movies is an opening sequence that jumps straight into some kind of chase or mission, in an attempt to kick things off with a bang. But too often, these sequences can end up kind of dull — if you don’t know the character very well, or have any idea what’s going on, ...

Verge | 22.9.2018 12:00:01

For more kid-friendly horror like The House with a Clock in Its Walls, stream The Gate

There are so many streaming options available these days, and so many conflicting recommendations, that it’s hard to see through all the crap you could be watching. Each Friday, The Verge’s Cut the Crap column simplifies the choice by sorting through the overwhelming multitude of movies and TV shows...

Verge | 21.9.2018 16:01:24

Assassination Nation is a vicious, cathartic horror film about misogyny

Welcome to Cheat Sheet, our brief breakdown-style reviews of festival films, VR previews, and other special event releases. This review comes from the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.In October of last year, just days after several women accused producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, his frequent ...

Verge | 21.9.2018 12:01:22

Michael B. Jordan will star in a new Tom Clancy film series

The Tom Clancy character Jack Ryan has found a new home on television recently thanks to Amazon Prime and John Krasinski. But according to Variety, Paramount Pictures will be focusing on a different character for a new film series — and Black Panther’s Michael B. Jordan is set to star.Paramount is d...

Verge | 20.9.2018 16:37:45

Disney CEO Bob Iger: expect a ‘slowdown’ for the Star Wars franchise

Since Disney purchased Lucasfilm in 2012, it’s gone all out to revitalize the science fiction franchise. But after Solo’s box office numbers came in well under its astronomical expectations, it seems that Disney is going to ease up a bit on the franchise. Disney CEO Bob Iger told The Hollywood Repor... #disney

Verge | 20.9.2018 14:05:49

The latest trailer for Ralph Breaks the Internet Rickrolls us all

Disney has released a new trailer for Ralph Breaks the Internet, its sequel to 2012’s Wreck-It Ralph. (It seems to have streamlined its awkward original title by dropping “Wreck-It Ralph 2.”) Earlier clips gave us a feel for the conceit and jokes of the new film, but the newest one reveals a bit mor...

Verge | 20.9.2018 10:43:14

True Detective’s Fukunaga set to helm 25th Bond film

Cary Joji Fukunaga will direct the next James Bond film, the 25th in the series. The news comes via a Tweet that also announced a release date of February 14th, 2020. The unamed movie will star Daniel Craig and start filming in March next year. Fukunaga is best known for directing the first (aka, th...

Verge | 20.9.2018 5:57:01

Black Panther director Ryan Coogler is joining LeBron James’ Space Jam

Black Panther director Ryan Coogler has more than a few projects on his plate, and he’s just signed up for another: he’s producing the upcoming Space Jam sequel starring LeBron James.The original Space Jam was a live-action / animation hybrid that came out in 1996. It featured Michael Jordan, as him...

Verge | 19.9.2018 17:45:21

Lessons from TIFF on the next year in film

This year, the Toronto International Film Festival ran from September 6th through the 16th — 10 days of public screenings, industry events, symposiums and lectures, red carpets, and nighttime parties. That may not sound like much, but over the course of those 10 days, TIFF hosted more than 200 films...

Verge | 19.9.2018 13:06:13

The anti-Google documentary “The Creepy Line” is a conspiratorial new playbook for right-wing tech backlash

Are internet platforms suppressing speech and hurting civic culture? Google’s critics could build a case for this claim on a censorship-friendly search app for Chinese citizens, YouTube’s confusing demonetization of news-heavy YouTube channels, or Google’s work on military AI. Critics of Facebook co...

Verge | 19.9.2018 12:40:58