When a small number of critical reviews appeared this week for DC Comics' latest big-budget superhero adventure Suicide Squad, the comics' loyal fanbase rose to their proverbial feet in protest.
They may not have seen the film yet, but they were tired of critics slating their beloved universe after not-so-nice reviews for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice earlier this year. On the aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes, both Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad share a weak 27% favourability rating among critics. So one fan went so far as to set up a petition to shut Rotten Tomatoes down because of the "unjust bad reviews". From Egypt, Abdullah Coldwater says the aim of his petition is to "deliver a message to the critics that there is a lot of people who disagree with their reviews", even though none of the fans had seen the movie yet. Neither had most critics.
Suicide Squad's writer-director David Ayer responded to the kerfuffle by quoting the Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata on Twitter: "I'd rather die on my feet than live on my knees." In a follow-up tweet, Ayer went on to explain: "Zapata quote is my way of saying I love the movie and believe in it. Made it for the fans. Best experience of my life."
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DC Comics' villains team up for an overcrowded action movie that never quite finds its tone. Writer-director David Ayer takes a serious approach to an absurd premise, while the actors inject sparks of bitter humour. But with a thin plot and characters that are only superficially developed, the film struggles to grab hold of the audience. At least there's plenty of whizzy action mayhem.
With everyone worried that the next Superman might turn out to be a terrorist, government agent Amanda (Viola Davis) has a crazy idea to turn the most violent criminals in prison into an elite black ops team. These include gruff marksman Deadshot (Will Smith), mentally unstable sexpot Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), archaeologist-turned-enchantress June (Cara Delevingne), Aussie killer Boomerang (Courtney), fire-maker Diablo (Jay Hernandez), swordswoman Katana (Karen Fukuhara) and man-monster Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje). Each of these psychos has a personal weakness Amanda and team leader Rick (Joel Kinnaman) plan to leverage to keep them under control. Meanwhile, Harley's main squeeze Joker (Jared Leto) is trying to help her escape. Oh, and a meta-human wants to decimate humanity.
Ayer introduces each character with his or her own mini-montage, including snippets of back-story and cameos from the likes of Batman (Ben Affleck). These flashbacks continue throughout the movie, stirring emotion into various characters' decision-making processes. But that's about it as far as depth goes, and the script never imagines anything more original than pining after a lost love, missing a child or feeling guilty about past mistakes. While this adds a bit of interest, it never generates any proper connections, either between the characters or with the audience.
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They're accusing critics of being unfair to all DC movies.
A petition is circling the web right now in support of 'Suicide Squad', campaigning to get review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes taken down for giving DC films 'unjust bad reviews' in the wake of the critics' verdict on David Ayer's hugely anticipated new movie starring Margot Robbie, Jared Leto and Will Smith.
Suicide Squad doesn't do well with the critics
Rotten Tomatoes have calculated the percentage of positive reviews for 'Suicide Squad' at just 35% on their Tomatometer, and while they are to reveal the Audience Score, they say that 98% of website users want to see the movie.
When there's nowhere left to turn, the bad guys might just turn out to be your only option. Amanda Waller is the leader of a task force who keeps on losing members of her team, she comes up with an idea to form a specialised task force formed with some of the most dangerous criminals that are currently in jail.
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The primary Suicide Squad cast is complete. And it's a good one.
Will Smith, Tom Hardy, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney and Cara Delevingne have been announced as the primary cast members for the DC Comics supervillain movie Suicide Squad. Leto is set to play Batman's fearsome rival The Joker, while Smith will play Deadshot. The gang will be helmed by Hardy's Rick Flag.
Will Smith heads the cast for Warner Bros' Suicide Squad movie
Elsewhere, Wolf of Wall Street actress Margot Robbie will play The Joker's accomplice Harley Quinn, whole Jai Courtney will take on the role of Boomerage. British supermodel Delevigne - who was rumored to be playing Quinn after a Halloween post on Instagram - will play Enchantress.
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Brad Pitt's 'Fury' swept aside 'Gone Girl' - though it may struggle to pull in the audiences next weekend.
It was undoubtedly the star pulling power of Brad Pitt that helped David Ayer's World War II drama Fury accelerate past Gone Girl to the top of the box-office this weekend. Pitt and his tank buddies took $23.5 million in ticket sales to finish at No.1, whilst David Fincher's mystery thriller took a creditable $17.8 million to drop to second place.
'Fury' is said to be one of the most violent movies of the year
In third place was Fox's animated feature The Book of Life, which took $17 million, and Disney's Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day took $12 million.
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The movie, which has already been tipped for Oscars 2015, is getting a great round of reviews.
It’s a mixed bag for Brad Pitt’s latest production, Fury, after the tense war movie went on the chopping block of reviewers. The WWII historical drama currently holds a 76% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes and many reviewers have been quick to praise its depth and raw depiction of wartime horrors. At the same time, it’s exactly the type of movie you’d expect to see from Pitt and director David Ayer. As The LA Times’ Kenneth Turan puts it, “the five-person cross-section-of-humanity tank crew headed by Pitt's Sgt. Don Collier, a.k.a. Wardaddy, fits squarely into familiar Hollywood models involving men doing what men have to do because no one's going to do it but them.”
Fury offers a disturbing new take on an old and familiar theme.
Meanwhile, this concern with codes of masculine behavior fits squarely into the preoccupations of filmmaker Ayer, who wrote and directed the LAPD drama End of Watch. The Wall Street Journal’s John Anderson pegs Brad Pitt’s Wardaddy as “violently out-of-type” for the actor.
Almost everybody received a ticket to the New York premiere of 'Fury'. David Ayer, the film's director, snuck in almost unnoticed in the crowds. Jim Parrack, who appears in the film, was also there with his fiancé - 'Hunger Games' actress Leven Rambin.
'Fury' should comfortably top the box-office this weekend, but there's a couple of other releases that may be worth your hard earned cash.
It's safe to assume we all imagined Fury would probably be better than it is. Brad Pitt - playing a sort of version of his Inglorious Basterds character - teaming up with David Ayer, one of the world's most exciting directors, for a World War II epic. What's not to like? Well, it appears Ayer, who also penned the script, left too many clichés in there and not nearly enough drama.
This isn't a bad movie by any stretch - in fact, it's a pretty good war movie. It just won't trouble the Oscars voters. Fury cost around $68 million to produce and should take around $25 million from 3,155 locations this weekend.
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Wardaddy is an army sergeant with years of experience in the horrors and victories of war. He's one of the most effective and most courageous war heroes America has to offer and, now commanding a Sherman tank named Fury with a group of just five soldiers, he must lead his men into a highly risky operation right on their enemies' doorstep. Not only has he and his boys got the threat of serious outnumbering ahead of them, but Wardaddy also has to tutor a terrified new recruit named Norman Ellison, who's less than okay with shooting down hundreds of men in a vehicle he has never used before. It's all about having each other's backs and keeping everyone motivated to keep on fighting, but when a platoon of three-hundred German soldiers strike out, it doesn't look like that will be enough to keep them alive.
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As a bonding exercise Brad & Shia were left to their own devices in the English woods.
Actors Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf have spent some man-to-man time in an English woodland as a rather unique bonding exercise dreamed up by David Ayer, director of the WWII movie they're currently filming, reveals a source speaking to Us Magazine.
Brad & Others Were Left To Fend For Themselves In The English Woods.
The actors were also joined by other members of the Fury cast who will play a close-knot group of soldiers in the upcoming movie, including Logan Lerman, 21, Jon Bernthal, 37, and Kevin Vance. "They play soldiers in the same World War II troop and the director wanted to make sure they bonded. So he dropped them in the wilderness - without their cellphones!" said the source.
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Jake Gyllenhaal’s ‘End of Watch’ came from nowhere to top the U.S box office, though it was another disappointing week for the movie industry. The Los Angeles cop tale – also starring Michael Pena debuted with $13.2 million to finish at No.1, according to the Associated Press.
Gyllenhaal’s latest movie had been neck-and-neck with Jennifer Lawrence’s horror film ‘House of the End of the Street’ and Clint Eastwood’s ‘Trouble With the Curve’, though powered ahead on Sunday. Eastwood’s recent appearance at the Republican National Convention probably did little to help the baseball flick’s chances – his speech was roundly mocked online, though the film also received lukewarm reviews, at best. The box office result is great news for Gyllenhaal, director David Ayer and Open Road Films, who made the police drama for just $7 million. It follows two Los Angeles Police Department officers who work in South Central L.A and was lauded by critics. The New York Times called it, “a muscular, maddening exploitation movie embellished with art-house style and anchored by solid performances.”
Despite End Of Watch’s success, the U.S. box office continues to slow dramatically. To put the latest figures into perspective – on the same weekend in 2010, George Clooney’s ‘The American’ also took $13 million, though it was only good enough for sixth place.
Two loyal LA police officers Taylor and Zavala patrol the city's streets arresting drug dealers and gang members, protecting each other's backs and each other's families. The story is told through a series of amateur film footage apparently from police officers, criminals, civilians and surveillance cameras to provide a uniquely accurate depiction of the city's dangers and its cops.
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Alcoholic police detective Todd Ludlow (Keanu Reeves) has just finished wrapping up a notorious kidnapping case when Captain Jack Wander (Forest Whittaker) gives him the bad news. His ex-partner Terrence Washington (Terry Crews) is talking to Internal Affairs, and bureau head Captain James Biggs (Hugh Laurie) is looking to take Ludlow down. Before he can intimidate his former friend into not snitching, a pair of gang bangers kill him. Desperate to clear his own name in the death, Ludlow begins to investigate. Soon, he's linking the crime to a couple of local drug dealers who seem incapable of committing the hit. With Wander on his side and Biggs on his back, it will take all the street savvy he has to solve the case -- that is, if someone doesn't try and permanently stop him too.
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U-571 takes the Das Boot path, starring a dozen of the sweatiest men in Hollywood (the makeup department working overtime on this one), all led by everyone's favorite naked bongo player, Matthew McConaughey. Loosely based on real events, U-571 involves a WWII mission to capture a German Enigma encryption device from a sinking German submarine adrift in the middle of the Atlantic. Skipper Bill Paxton and his 2nd in charge McConaughey hop to the task, dressing up their wreck of a sub to look just like a German U-boat. One guy on the crew speaks German, so there shouldn't be a problem in posing as a rescue ship, right?
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Unfortunately for Perry, it's April 1992, and not a very good time to be an arrogant, white LAPD officer. The Rodney King trial has set L.A. on the precipice of Armageddon, and the verdict - to be announced imminently - has become the focal point for a metropolis simmering with class and racial tension. Perry, however, has more pressing matters to worry about. His partner, a wet-behind-the-ears rookie named Bobby Keough (played with baby-faced blankness by ex-Felicity hunk Scott Speedman), has screwed up an arrest, and Perry - always looking to back up a fellow brother in blue - has killed the defenseless perp (with Keough's gun) rather than letting him escape. The film begins with both officers knee-deep into lying their way through an eight-hour inquiry, since Perry has decided that his incompetent protégé should take the heat for the killing anyway. As far as Perry is concerned, one's first shooting inquiry is a right of passage - a baptism into an immoral system that's primarily sworn to protect and serve its own members.
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