The fall/winter movie season means that many Oscar hopefuls will be hitting cinemas in order to compete for the grand prize. With an all-star cast and powerful message behind it, Just Mercy has all the ingredients of a potential award winner.
Based on the memoir of the same name by Bryan Stevenson, the film stars Michael B. Jordan as Stevenson as he moves to Alabama to help those wrongly convicted heinous crimes and cannot afford proper representation. He then decides to represent Walter McMillian, a man convicted of killing an 18-year-old girl despite there being evidence that proves his innocence.
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The film follows the trial of McMillian as well as the formation of the Equal Justice Initiative, a non-profit started by Stevenson that provides legal representation for those who may have been denied a fair trial.
Jamie Foxx plays McMillian, while Brie Larson also stars as local advocate Eva Ansley. Tim Blake Nelson and O’Shea Jackson Jr. also star.
Most people are delighted to see Brie Larson star as Captain Marvel in the latest Hollywood superhero blockbuster, viewing it as a win for diversity. However, reports of antisocial behavior at screenings of the film are surfacing around the US. Sources close to Bookstr have provided an exclusive scoop regarding the trolling of Captain Marvel screenings in theaters.
Moviegoer Jenny Lynn Emperador attended a screening the film with her mother, at 3:45pm on Sunday, and described the behavior she witnessed.
“So basically I was at a normal screening of Captain Marvel at San Francisco’s AMC Metreon. Toward the end of the [opening] credits about, a couple of jerks threw their nacho cheese pretty high at the screen. It disrupted the first credit.”
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Emperador’s sympathies went to the employees who had to go out of their way to clean up the mess. “We let the cleaning staff and they had to [postpone] their next showing I guess to clean the cheese. I feel bad for the staff, the cheese was pretty high on the left side of the screen.”
Another attendee of a Captain Marvel screening, Jeremiah Smith, explained,
“I took the family to see Captain Marvel Saturday afternoon at the Cinemark 8 in Chino Hills, near where we live. The screening was pretty full, lots of families with young kids. Right before the trailers started a group of four or five teenage boys, aged thirteen or fourteen sat near the front. They were being rowdy, pushing each other, but they settled down pretty quickly. About fifteen minutes into the film itself though they started yelling, kicking their seats, throwing garbage behind them, and just acting wild. People were shushing them, telling them to leave, but they didn’t listen. After about five minutes an usher escorted them out. They were yelling “Captain Marvel sucks!” but they left.”
“The film rolled on and everyone had a great time,” Smith continued. “I couldn’t say for sure that it was a protest of the film, but it sure felt like it. What other reason would a group of boys have to pay for tickets only to get thrown out? I haven’t talked to anyone at the theater, but I’m tempted to call them to at least express my concern.”
Jami Losurdo, a concerned friend of Emperador and Smith, cautioned potential moviegoers who planned to see the film.
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Captain Marvel was catching heat even before the opening night of Friday, March 8th, when Variety reported that Captain Marvel destroyed the Box Office of $455 Million globally.
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Even before the film premiered, people had made up their minds about it, dismissing it and leaving abusive and derisive comments on the movie’s Rotten Tomatoes page. A Rotten Tomatoes staff member commented on the reviews.
“We are disabling the comment function prior to a movie’s release date. Unfortunately, we have seen an uptick in non-constructive input, sometimes bordering on trolling, which we believe is a disservice to our general readership. We have decided that turning off this feature for now is the best course of action. Don’t worry though, fans will still get to have their say: Once a movie is released, audiences can leave a user rating and comments as they always have.”
This is kind of a fascinating discovery: YouTube seems to have changed the immediate "Brie Larson" search results to News. That pushes up authoritative sources and, in turn, pushes troll or MRA-style video rants pretty far down the page. Here's what it was versus now. pic.twitter.com/ifw9JjXQie
Rotten Tomatoes went as far as to deleting 50,000 ‘reviews’ after receiving 58,000 reviews in one day, according to Comic Book. . Currently, regardless of all the negativity, the film holds an 80% rating on the Tomatometer. Talk about girl power right?
Captain Marvel’s weekend box office was a slam dunk success and powered higher than industry expectations imagined. According CNN Captain Marvel made $153 million, flying much higher than the estimated $130 million analysts speculated it would bring in. The film has brought in $455 million worldwide, which according to Forbesmakes it the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s seventh best opening behind Avengers: Infinity War, The Avengers, Black Panther, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War, and Iron Man 3.
The film also surpassed Wonder Woman’s $103.5 million in 2017, making it the biggest female-led superhero film of all time. The film also gave a much needed jolt in the arm to the box office for 2019, as the movie industry’s box office was down 26% but thanks to Captain Marvel, the totals were up a huge 50%. The film currently sits with a gratifying ‘A’ Cinemascore from audiences and 79% on Rotten Tomatoes.
It remains to be seen how much Captain Marvel will continue to grow but considering how much it has already made in just three days, it’s safe to assume the superhero film will continue to ascend to even greater heights. The film stars Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Lashana Lynch, Ben Mendelsohn, Jude Law, and Goose, the cat. Go check out this film out!
Based on Jeannette Walls’s 2005 memoir with the same name, the award-season-ready adaptation of her eventful upbringing stars Brie Larson (Room, Kong: Skull Island), Woody Harrelson (No Country for Old Men, Now You See Me) and Naomi Watts (The Impossible, Mullholland Drive).
Raised in a dysfunctional family, Jeannette grows up under the inadequate care of an eccentric albeit artistic mother (played by Naomi Watts) and an alcoholic father (played by Woody Harrelson) and scrambles for a living with two other siblings. When sober, Rex is the ideal fatherly figure who teaches his kids to embrace their fears. But when he drank, his charisma disappears and his destructive behavior frightens the family. Despite the instability experienced throughout her childhood, Jeannette comes of age and prospers into a successful young woman working in the journalism industry in New York City.
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The title of the book derives from a promise that the author’s father, Rex Walls, makes throughout her entire childhood. Someday, somehow, he promised to build a glass castle for family members to live in. As he paced around from place to place with blueprints in hand, Jeannette is constantly reminded of this dream that seems so close yet impossible to achieve.
In total, the memoir spent 261 weeks on The New York Times Best Seller list. Near the end of 2007, it had already exceeded 2.7 million in sales. Winner of the Christopher Award and the Books for Better Living award, the book has also been translated into 22 languages.
As the movie nears its release, Walls displays an enthusiastic attitude.
“I hope that in seeing my story, it makes people think about what they’ve been through,” she said to People. “I think that’s the magic of storytelling — if one person is willing to be brave and tell their story, then that allows other people to be honest. I think there’s incredible value in coming to terms with your story, and I hope that the telling of my story will encourage other people to revisit their own.”
Released by Lionsgate, the film will be available in theaters from August 11th. You can watch the movie clip of Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson arm wrestling below.