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Average User Score: 5.5Jun 19, 2016-War Room is a 2015 American Christian drama film directed by Alex Kendrick and co-written and produced by Stephen Kendrick. War Room is the-War Room is a 2015 American Christian drama film directed by Alex Kendrick and co-written and produced by Stephen Kendrick. War Room is the Kendrick brothers' fifth film project and their first film project through Kendrick Brothers Productions. Provident Films, Affirm Films and TriStar Pictures partnered with the Kendrick brothers to release the film.
-Regarding the title of the film, director Kendrick says "We called it 'War Room' because, like the military, we should seek God for the right strategy before going into combat. By combat, I mean daily issues we face in our culture." The film was released in North American theaters on August 28, 2015, and received generally negative reviews from critics, but became a box office success and a sleeper hit. Regarding War Room's box office performance, CNN said "some might call it a faith-based David versus the secular Goliaths in the entertainment industry".
-Initial plans had the main characters being white; however, Alex began having dreams about a predominantly African-American cast and, believing that God was trying to tell him something, the brothers switched the characters to make it more in line with Alex's dream. Early on, Sony expressed some concerns over a film with a mostly African-American cast produced by a white-led production company, but the brothers stuck to the premise.
-Several characters in the film are African-American and being released only months after the Charleston church shooting, those involved with the film claim to believe that the timing of release is no coincidence. According to director Kendrick, when Affirm Films first saw the film, they claimed, "If this had been told with a different race, it would be a different movie."
-Stallings, who plays a major role in the film, says, "There are many people out there—white and black—who stay with their families and work through their problems. They aren’t thugs or gang leaders. ’War Room’ tells the truth about society by showing the reverse of that stereotype. Racial tension is dangerous and people are dying and a lot of us want to see that stopped. We protest and speak out and tweet out, but this problem is much bigger than human beings. This movie will give people a way to take these problems to the Lord and show them that prayer is the best weapon to fight back."
-War Room has received mostly negative reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a rating of 34%, based on reviews from 32 critics, with an average rating of 4.4/10.Metacritic gives the film a score of 26 out of 100, based on reviews from 11 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".
-The Christian Post praised the film, calling it better than Courageous and Fireproof. According to Crosswalk.com "it comes as good news that War Room is a step up for the Kendricks, who continue to develop as filmmakers." Nick Olszyk of Catholic World Report similarly praised the film, writing it successfully portrayed "prayer... forgiveness, temptation, conversion, and, most importantly, the cosmic struggle between God and the devil that occur in every home and every heart."
-The Los Angeles Times called the film more of a Bible study than anything else and "so heavy on broad pulpit pounding that it’s challenging to get swept away by the story’s message."… Expand
Average User Score: 6.6Jun 18, 2016-Me Before You is a 2016 American-British romantic drama film directed by Thea Sharrock and adapted by Jojo Moyes from her 2012 novel of the-Me Before You is a 2016 American-British romantic drama film directed by Thea Sharrock and adapted by Jojo Moyes from her 2012 novel of the same name. The film stars Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin, Jenna Coleman, Charles Dance, Matthew Lewis, Ben Lloyd-Hughes and Janet McTeer. The film was released on June 3, 2016 in the United States, received mixed reviews and has grossed over $72 million.
-Me Before You has received mixed reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes the film has a rating of 57%, based on 118 reviews, with an average rating is 5.6/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Me Before You benefits from Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin's alluring chemistry, although it isn't enough to compensate for its clumsy treatment of a sensitive subject." On Metacritic the film has a score of 51 out of 100, based on 36 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". On CinemaScore, audiences gave the film an average grade of "A" on an A+ to F scale.
-The film has suffered a backlash from many people in the disabled community due to what they perceive as an underlying message that people with disabilities are a burden on their families and careers, and claim the film promotes the view that people are better off dead than disabled. They view the film as advocating suicide so that their loved ones can "live boldly". The #MeBeforeEuthanasia backlash has been led by celebrities with disabilities such as Liz Carr, Penny Pepper, and Cherylee Houston.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.9Jun 12, 2016-Whiplash is a 2014 American independent drama film written and directed by Damien Chazelle. Starring Miles Teller and J. K. Simmons, the film-Whiplash is a 2014 American independent drama film written and directed by Damien Chazelle. Starring Miles Teller and J. K. Simmons, the film depicts the relationship between an ambitious jazz student (Teller) and an abusive instructor (Simmons). Paul Reiser and Melissa Benoist co-star as the student's father and love interest respectively. The film opened in limited release domestically in the US and Canada on October 10, 2014, gradually expanding to over 500 screens and finally closing after 24 weeks on March 26, 2015. Over this time the film grossed $49 million, against a production budget of $3.3 million.
-Whiplash premiered in competition in the US Dramatic Category at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival on January 16, 2014, as the festival's opening film. Sony Pictures Worldwide acquired the international distribution rights. At the 87th Academy Awards, Whiplash won Best Film Editing, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Supporting Actor for Simmons, and was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture.
-Whiplash received critical acclaim, with Simmons' performance receiving universal praise. The film has a score of 94% on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 256 reviews, with a rating average of 8.6/10. The site's critics consensus states, "Intense, inspiring, and well-acted, Whiplash is a brilliant sophomore effort from director Damien Chazelle and a riveting vehicle for stars J. K. Simmons and Miles Teller." On Metacritic, another review aggregator, the film has a score of 88 out of 100, based on 49 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".
-Forrest Wickman of Slate accused the film of distorting jazz history and promoting a misleading idea of genius, writing." In The New Yorker, Richard Brody argued that "Whiplash honors neither jazz nor cinema". The term "Whiplash backlash" has been used to describe the reaction to the film by those who disliked it.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.2Jun 11, 2016-Warcraft (alternatively known as Warcraft: The Beginning) is a 2016 American fantasy film directed by Duncan Jones and written by Jones,-Warcraft (alternatively known as Warcraft: The Beginning) is a 2016 American fantasy film directed by Duncan Jones and written by Jones, Charles Leavitt and Chris Metzen. It is based on the Warcraft video game series and novels set in the world of Azeroth. The film stars Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper, Toby Kebbell, Ben Schnetzer, Robert Kazinsky and Daniel Wu. The film portrays the initial encounters between the humans and the orcs and takes place in a variety of locations established in the video game series. The film was first announced in 2006 as a project partnership between Legendary Pictures and the game's developer, Blizzard Entertainment.
-Warcraft will premiere in Los Angeles on June 6, 2016 and is set to be released by Universal Pictures in the United States on June 10, 2016. It has received negative reviews from critics and has grossed over $70 million.
-Principal photography began on January 13, 2014 and lasted for four months, finishing on May 23, 2014. Filming took place primarily in Vancouver among other locations. Post-production lasted twenty months. Regarding the use of computer-generated imagery, Jones said, "It's a tool like any other. It can be done well and it can be done **** The best CGI has you forgetting (that) it's CGI, and accepting the visual as whatever it is supposed to be—like props. No one has an issue with props in film, do they?"
-Duncan Jones also faced personal struggles during filming as his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer soon after Jones took over, furthermore his father, David Bowie, also died from cancer late in production. Jones thus summed up the challenge by telling The New York Times. "My film started and ended with cancer".
-Warcraft has received negative reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes the film has a rating of 19%, based on 42 reviews, with an average rating of 4.2/10. On Metacritic, the film has a score of 31 out of 100, based on 13 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews."
-Dave Robinson of Crash Landed meanwhile praised the films depiction of the Orc race and the motion capture performances portrayed by the actors.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.6Jun 11, 2016-The Conjuring 2 (alternatively known as The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist) is a 2016 American supernatural horror film directed by-The Conjuring 2 (alternatively known as The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist) is a 2016 American supernatural horror film directed by James Wan. The film was written by Carey Hayes, Chad Hayes, Wan and David Leslie Johnson. It is the sequel to the film The Conjuring, which was released on July 19, 2013. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga reprise their roles as paranormal investigators and authors Ed and Lorraine Warren. The Warrens travel to the United Kingdom to assist the Hodgson family, who are experiencing poltergeist activity at their Enfield council house in 1977.
-The film was released in the United States on June 10, 2016, by Warner Bros. Pictures.
-Principal photography for The Conjuring 2 began on September 21, 2015, in Los Angeles, California. Due to inexplicable eerie events during production of the first film, a priest from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Santa Fe was brought in to bless the set of the sequel by the film's producers. Production moved to London on November 18, 2015, with filming taking place in and around The Warrington, a pub in the residential district of Maida Vale. On November 22, filming took place at Marylebone station. Filming concluded on December 1, 2015. Production lasted for 50 days, with 40 days filming on sets and locations in Los Angeles, and 10 days on location in London.
-In early July 2015, lead actors Farmiga and Wilson visited Lorraine Warren at the New England Paranormal Research Center in Connecticut in preparation for their roles.
-The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reports an approval rating of 73%, based on 92 reviews, with an average rating of 6.6/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "The Conjuring 2 can't help but lose a bit of its predecessor's chilly sting through familiarity, but what remains is still a superior ghost story told with spine-tingling skill." Metacritic assigned the film a weighted average of 64 out of 100, based on 34 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
-In her review for The Hollywood Reporter, Sheri Linden praised the film, saying: "Three years after The Conjuring rattled the multiplex with old-school horror, director James Wan ups the ante with an excellent sequel." Owen Gleiberman of Variety gave the film a mixed review, writing: "On one level, The Conjuring 2 is just a not-bad megaplex funhouse movie, no more and no less, but on another level it offers its potential fans a helping of reassurance to go along with the fear. If there are ghost demons out there, then God must be out there as well. Audiences, it was long ago proven, will pay to see both." TheWrap's Alonso Duralde gave the film a positive review, stating: "Frightening rarely strikes twice in the same place, despite the efforts of so many horror sequels, but even if The Conjuring 2 doesn't deliver the delightful jolts of its predecessor, it maintains a consistent chill throughout, with a slow and steady dread that creeps up on you over time."
-In a mixed review, Chris Nashawaty of Entertainment Weekly gave the film a B-, writing: "There are some solid scares (Wan is too gifted in the dark art of gotcha manipulation to not make you leap a few times), but there's nothing on par with the first film's brilliant hide-and-clap scene with Lili Taylor." Pete Hammond of Deadline.com wrote that he was "pleasantly surprised" by the sequel and what Wan has accomplished with the film, stating: "Wan knows the tricks of this trade (heightened sound effects, moving furniture, dark corners) but somehow miraculously he really puts a fresh spin on it all here. It's riveting stuff, even if in a familiar cinematic environment." He added: "It is one hell of a movie."
-Director James Wan has said that a third Conjuring film is possible if response to The Conjuring 2 warranted it. He said: "There could be many more (Conjuring) movies because the Warrens have so many stories." Screenwriters Chad and Carey Hayes have also expressed interest in working on a story for another sequel. However, Wan stated that he may not have time to direct a third film because of his commitment to other projects.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.3Jun 11, 2016-Remember is a 2015 Canadian-German drama thriller film directed by Atom Egoyan and written by Benjamin August. Starring Christopher Plummer,-Remember is a 2015 Canadian-German drama thriller film directed by Atom Egoyan and written by Benjamin August. Starring Christopher Plummer, Bruno Ganz, Jürgen Prochnow, Heinz Lieven, Henry Czerny, Dean Norris, and Martin Landau, the film was theatrically released in Canada on October 23, 2015, in Germany on December 31, 2015, and in the United States by A24 on March 11, 2016.
-Remember received positive reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a 71% score based on 78 reviews, with an average rating of 6.4/10. The site's consensus: "Remember risks wandering into exploitative territory, but it's bolstered by some of Egoyan's best latter-day directing and a typically stellar performance from Christopher Plummer". Metacritic reports a 52 out of 100 rating, based on 25 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
-On May 11, 2015, A24 Films acquired distribution rights to the film. Remember was screened in the main competition section of the 72nd Venice International Film Festival on September 10, 2015, and also screened at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. The film was released in Canada on October 23, 2015. The film was released on DirecTV Cinema in the United States on December 17, 2015. The film was originally scheduled to open in the U.S in a limited release on January 15, 2016, but was delayed to February 12. It was then delayed again to March 11, 2016.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.5Jun 10, 2016-The Program (working title Icon) is a 2015 British-French biographical drama film about Lance Armstrong directed by Stephen Frears, starring-The Program (working title Icon) is a 2015 British-French biographical drama film about Lance Armstrong directed by Stephen Frears, starring Ben Foster as Armstrong and Chris O'Dowd as journalist David Walsh.
-The film is based on Walsh's book Seven Deadly Sins. It premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival on 14 September 2015 and was theatrically released in France on 16 September and the United Kingdom on 14 October.
-Screenwriter John Hodge has said that he primarily based his screenplay on Seven Deadly Sins, in addition to other journalism and affidavits from cyclists. Hodge says he ruled out using Armstrong's own accounts of his behavior during this period, and that scenes shown from Armstrong's perspective are fiction.
-Lee Pace joined the cast in November 2013. Dustin Hoffman joined the cast in December 2013.
-To better understand his role, Foster took performance enhancing drugs while shooting the film.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.6Jun 8, 2016-A War (Danish: Krigen) is a 2015 Danish war drama film written and directed by Tobias Lindholm, and starring Pilou Asbæk and Søren Malling.-A War (Danish: Krigen) is a 2015 Danish war drama film written and directed by Tobias Lindholm, and starring Pilou Asbæk and Søren Malling. It tells the story of a Danish military company in Afghanistan that is fighting the Taliban while trying to protect the civilians, and how the commander is accused of having committed a war crime. The film was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards.
-The film was produced by Nordisk Film with support from DR TV and received eight million Danish kroner from the Danish Film Institute. Filming took place in Copenhagen, in Konya, Turkey and in Almeria, Spain. It ended in January 2015. With the exception of the main characters, the soldiers are played by actual Danish soldiers who had served in Afghanistan.
-A War received critical acclaim. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a 90% "Certified Fresh" score based on 72 reviews, with an average rating of 7.7/10. The site's consensus states: "Tense, intelligent, and refreshingly low-key, A War is part frontline thriller, part courtroom drama -- and eminently effective in both regards." Metacritic reports an 81 out of 100 rating based on 29 critics, indicating "universal acclaim". Olly Richards from Empire magazine gave the film four out of five stars saying "It’s a riveting, complex film that asks one simple question: what do you do when there’s no right answer?"., while Clayton Dillard from Slant Magazine gave it a mixed review: two out of four stars saying "Tobias Lindholm stages his claims through cluncky dramaturgical scenarios, with the seams exposed at every turn."… Expand
Average User Score: 6.6Jun 8, 2016-Money Monster is a 2016 American thriller film directed by Jodie Foster and written by Alan Di Fiore, Jim Kouf and Jamie Linden. The film-Money Monster is a 2016 American thriller film directed by Jodie Foster and written by Alan Di Fiore, Jim Kouf and Jamie Linden. The film stars George Clooney (who also co-produced) as Lee Gates, a TV personality who advises his audience on commerce and Wall Street, and who is forcefully interrogated by Kyle Budwell (Jack O'Connell), a grief-stricken bankrupt viewer who lost his money after a previous tip; the film also stars Julia Roberts, Dominic West, Giancarlo Esposito and Caitriona Balfe.
-Principal photography began on February 27, 2015 in New York City. The film was released by Sony Pictures Entertainment through TriStar Pictures on May 13, 2016, received mixed reviews from critics and has grossed over $66 million.
-Money Monster has received mixed reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 54%, based on 196 reviews, with an average rating of 5.9/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Money Monster's strong cast and solidly written story ride a timely wave of socioeconomic anger that's powerful enough to overcome an occasionally muddled approach to its worthy themes." On Metacritic, the film has a score of 55 out of 100, based on 44 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B+" on an A+ to F scale.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.7May 29, 2016-The Boy (previously known as The Inhabitant) is a 2016 American-Canadian psychological horror film directed by William Brent Bell and written-The Boy (previously known as The Inhabitant) is a 2016 American-Canadian psychological horror film directed by William Brent Bell and written by Stacey Delay. The film stars Lauren Cohan and Rupert Evans. Filming began on March 10, 2015, in Victoria, British Columbia. The film was released by STX Entertainment on January 22, 2016.
-On March 10, 2015, principal photography on The Boy officially begun in Victoria, British Columbia, at Craigdarroch Castle, announced by the studios.
-On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 28%, based on 46 reviews, with an average rating of 4.3/10. Metacritic gives the film a score of 42 out of 100, based on 10 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B–" on an A+ to F scale. Joe Leydon criticised the average story line in Variety.com and commented that "Despite game efforts by the cast, this tepid horror opus is never scary enough to overcome its silly premise." A reviewer for RogerEbert.com wrote that a "moody atmosphere and committed performances can’t conceal the fact that this is one dumb flick."
-Film where some elements from other films recognizable slightly forward and that leave you specific more or less in the tenterhooks about its outcome.… Expand