Films of 2018

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Thanks to both LawrenceA & Jakeem, for outing this topic together!  Looking ahead unfortunately for the moviegoing summer of 2018 once again there appears to be few & far between flix that adults may even want to pay & go see, AGAIN

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Worst Movie of the Year? Travolta's 'Gotti' Reviews Earns 0 Percent Score on Rotten Tomatoes

"That the long-gestating crime drama Gotti is a dismal mess comes as no surprise," Glenn Kenny, a New York Times critic and featured reviewer on Rotten Tomatoes, wrote Friday. "What does shock is just how multifaceted a dismal mess it is."

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The box office question of the weekend is how Disney manipulated this weekend’s box office for A Wrinkle in Time and why. This was not a natural occurrence. The trades avoided the issue. Deadline touted it as a win. Did Disney just spend $1.8m to reach the $100m domestic mark?

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"Black Panther" won four awards at the annual MTV Movie and TV Awards, which was taped Saturday night at Santa Monica’s Barker Hangar. MTV televised the event on Monday.
In recent years, the onetime MTV Movie Awards has added television to the mix and also features genderless categories.
"Black Panther" won awards for Best Movie, Best Performance in a Movie (Chadwick Boseman), Best Hero (also Boseman), Best Villain (Michael B. Jordan) and 
Boseman presented his Best Hero award to James Shaw, Jr., who has received international acclaim for his efforts in stopping a gunman during a deadly shooting in April at a Waffle House in Antioch, Tennessee. Four people were killed in the attack. Shaw also created a GoFundMe page to assists the families of victims of the shooting.
"Receiving an award for playing a superhero is amazing. But it's even greater to acknowledge the heroes that we have in real life," Boseman said. "So this (Gold Popcorn trophy) is going to live at your house."
Season 2 of the Netflix drama series "Stranger Things" also picked up four awards: Best Show, Best Performance in a Show (Millie Bobbie Brown), Most Frightened Performance (Noah Schnapp) and Musical Moment.
The awards show was hosted by actress-comedian Tiffany Haddish, who earned Best Comedic Performance honors for her performance in "Girls Trip."
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Boseman presented his Best Hero award to the real-life hero James Shaw, Jr.
The list of winners and nominees is as follows:
BEST MOVIE (Presented by Toyota)
Avengers: Infinity War (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
Black Panther (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures) :ph34r:
Girls Trip (Universal Pictures)
IT (New Line Cinema)
Wonder Woman (Warner Bros. Pictures)
13 Reasons Why (Netflix)
Game of Thrones (HBO)
grown-ish (Freeform)
Riverdale (The CW)
Stranger Things (Netflix) :ph34r:
Chadwick Boseman – Black Panther 
Timothée Chalamet – Call Me by Your Name
Ansel Elgort – Baby Driver
Daisy Ridley – Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Saoirse Ronan – Lady Bird
Millie Bobby Brown – Stranger Things :ph34r:
Darren Criss – The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Katherine Langford – 13 Reasons Why
Issa Rae – Insecure
Maisie Williams – Game of Thrones
Chadwick Boseman (T’Challa/Black Panther) – Black Panther :ph34r:
Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) – Game of Thrones
Gal Gadot (Diana Prince/Wonder Woman) – Wonder Woman
Grant Gustin (Barry Allen/The Flash) – The Flash
Daisy Ridley (Rey) – Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Josh Brolin (Thanos) – Avengers: Infinity War
Adam Driver (Kylo Ren) – Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Michael B. Jordan (N’Jadaka/Erik Killmonger) – Black Panther :ph34r:
Aubrey Plaza (Lenny Busker) – Legion
Bill Skarsgard (Pennywise) – IT
Jane the Virgin – Gina Rodriguez (Jane) and Justin Baldoni (Rafael)
Love, Simon – Nick Robinson (Simon) and Keiynan Lonsdale (Bram) :ph34r:
Ready Player One – Olivia Cooke (Sam) and Tye Sheridan (Wade)
Riverdale – KJ Apa (Archie) and Camila Mendes (Veronica)
Stranger Things – Finn Wolfhard (Mike) and Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven)
Talitha Bateman (Janice) – Annabelle: Creation
Emily Blunt (Evelyn Abbott) – A Quiet Place
Sophia Lillis (Beverly Marsh) – IT
Cristin Milioti (Nanette Cole) – Black Mirror
Noah Schnapp (Will Byers) – Stranger Things :ph34r:
Black Panther – Chadwick Boseman (T’Challa/ Black Panther), Lupita Nyong’o (Nakia), Danai Gurira (Okoye), Letitia Wright (Shuri)
IT – Finn Wolfhard (Richie), Sophia Lillis (Beverly), Jaeden Lieberher (Bill), Jack Dylan Grazer (Eddie), Wyatt Oleff (Stanley), Jeremy Ray Taylor (Ben), Chosen Jacobs (Mike) :ph34r:
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – Dwayne Johnson (Smolder), Kevin Hart (Mouse), Jack Black (Shelly), Karen Gillan (Ruby), Nick Jonas (Seaplane)
Ready Player One – Tye Sheridan (Wade), Olivia Cooke (Samantha), Philip Zhao (Sho), Win Morisaki (Daito), Lena Waithe (Aech)
Stranger Things – Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin), Finn Wolfhard (Mike), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas), Noah Schnapp (Will), Sadie Sink (Max)
Jack Black – Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Tiffany Haddish – Girls Trip :ph34r:
Dan Levy – Schitt’s Creek
Kate McKinnon – SNL
Amy Schumer – I Feel Pretty
Tiffany Haddish (Dina) – Girls Trip
Dacre Montgomery (Billy Hargrove) – Stranger Things
Madelaine Petsch (Cheryl Blossom) – Riverdale :ph34r:
Taika Waititi (Korg) – Thor: Ragnarok
Letitia Wright (Shuri) – Black Panther
Atomic Blonde – Charlize Theron (Lorraine) vs. Daniel Hargrave (Sniper), Greg Rementer (Spotter)
Avengers: Infinity War – Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow), Danai Gurira (Okoye), Elizabeth Olsen (Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch) vs. Carrie **** (Proxima Midnight)
Black Panther – Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther) vs. Winston Duke (M’Baku)
Thor: Ragnarok – Mark Ruffalo (Hulk) vs. Chris Hemsworth (Thor)
Wonder Woman – Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) vs. German Soldiers :ph34r:
Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: A Bad Boy Story
Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated
Gaga: Five Foot Two :ph34r:
Jay-Z’s “Footnotes for 4:44”
The Defiant Ones
Keeping Up with the Kardashians 
Love & Hip Hop
Real Housewives
RuPaul's Drag Race
Vanderpump Rules
Generation Award: Chris Pratt
Trailblazer Award: Lena Waithe
Musical Moment Award: "Stranger Things"

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On 6/17/2018 at 7:12 PM, jakeem said:

The box office question of the weekend is how Disney manipulated this weekend’s box office for A Wrinkle in Time and why. This was not a natural occurrence. The trades avoided the issue. Deadline touted it as a win. Did Disney just spend $1.8m to reach the $100m domestic mark?

I generally look at the top 20 grossing films or so each week, and I gotta say there's definitely something fishy about the sudden surge for Wrinkle, which had been completely done making money for several weeks already and suddenly gets almost another $2 million in one weekend without any increase in theater count or special re-release promo. I feel pretty strongly this indeed was some studio manipulation just to get that nice round figure.

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Major Releases in July

July 4

Ant-Man and the Wasp - The latest superhero adventure from Marvel Studios is this sequel to 2015's Ant-Man. Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly star as the title duo, with Michael Douglas returning from the first film, joined this time by Laurence Fishburne, Walton Goggins, and Michelle Pfeiffer. The emphasis was on laughs in the first movie, which I enjoyed, so expect more of the same this time around.



The First Purge - Prequel to the violent horror/suspense trilogy about the government establishing one night a year, called "the Purge", during which all violent crimes are legal and law enforcement won't help. As the title suggests, this movie will cover the first such night. Expect a lot of graphic violence and some heavy-handed political allegory. 



July 13

Hotel Transylvania 3 - Third in the series of animated family films about vacationing monsters. In this outing, the various monsters take a cruise. Featuring the voices of Adam Sandler, Kathryn Hahn Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, and many more of Sandler's buddies.



Skyscraper - Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson continues to pummel the screen, this time as a security chief at a newly-opened skyscraper in Hong Kong. Things naturally go badly, and Johnson must rescue friends, co-workers and loved ones from yet another towering inferno. 



July 20

The Equalizer 2 - Denzel Washington returns as the mysterious title character, a highly-trained ex-operative who just wants to be left alone, yet keeps being drawn into others' troubles. This time he's out to solve the murder of an old friend. I liked the first one.



Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again - Sequel to the 2008 all-ABBA musical. In this outing, the people from the first one reunite in Greece as Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) is about to give birth. Also featuring Julie Walters, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgard, Dominic Cooper, Andy Garcia, Cher, and Meryl Streep.



July 27

Mission: Impossible - Fallout - Sixth entry in the action series based on the TV series. Tom Cruise leads the cast as they continue to battle the secret criminal organization revealed in the previous film. Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Rebecca Ferguson, Michelle Monaghan and Alec Baldwin return from the prior movies, this time joined by Angela Bassett, Vanessa Kirby, and Henry Cavill. Expect more painful stunts and a plot that you won't be able to remember 30 minutes after watching. 



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