Gods of Egypt caused such an uproar, the director was forced to apologize. But it’s just the latest in a long line of movies where characters of color are played by white actors. Movies that should have known better. Just look at how many films have fallen into this trap just since the turn of the millennium.
You know that moment. The moment in a movie that you geek out over as soon as you walk out of the theater. The one that gives you goosebumps, or makes you whisper “Holy crap” as it’s happening. Those are the “wow” moments, and we’ve collected the best ones from 2015.
First, the good news: 2015 was a fantastic year at the movies. There were great original stories, sequels done right, adaptations that match their source material and more. But for every great movie, there’s a ton of bad ones too. Here’s our picks for the best and worst science fiction and fantasy films of 2015.
Seriously. Did you ever have a ridiculously good-looking friend who was also brilliant and talented, but they made some really bad choices and threw it all away? Victor Frankenstein is like that. This movie has so much going for it, and just fritters it away, like a goddamn frittering machine.
Pan was kind of a letdown in general. But the Peter Pan origins movie does have one totally bonkers moment that’s worth checking out—when Hugh Jackman leads all the captive boys in a singalong of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” Hear it for yourself!
Hollywood has a few failure modes when it tries to adapt classic fairytales and fantasy stories for the umpteenth time. And one of the main ones is, “Let’s tell the origin story that’s never been told before.” Pan is the latest fantasy prequel to show why this is a bad idea.
There are new rumors about who’s replacing Daniel Craig as James Bond. A familiar mutant face won’t be showing up in Gambit. Robbie Amell wants a Batman Beyond film. Doctor Who casts a bizarre vocal cameo. Plus, new details on the online Walking Dead spinoff, and a new look at Agents of SHIELD’s new ride. So Many…
Emily Blunt once again denies any involvement in Captain Marvel. Brad Bird offers an update on Incredibles 2. Jenna Coleman may be exiting Doctor Who. Plus, new looks at Agents of SHIELD and Ash vs. Evil Dead, plus when Agent Carter is returning. Spoilers Get!
The summer movie season is over—but the biggest films of the year are still to come. This fall’s movies include some of the most long-awaited titles in history, but also some smaller films that could become instant classics. Here are the 30 movies you need to know about in the last four months of 2015.
Get another teasing look at Neil Blomkamp’s Alien movie. Lego Batman casts its Boy Wonder. The Flash casts a wrestling star as a supervillain. Plus, how Grimm’s next season will change the series, an animated teaser for X-Files’ return, and footage from The Expanse, Fantastic Four and more. Behold, Spoilers!
The first trailer for Joe Wright’s Pan focused pretty hard on the characters and the relationship between Hook and Peter. This one doesn’t add much new to our understanding of the plot, but, man, is Neverland gorgeous.
Joe Wright’s Peter Pan prequel has been moved from a summer release date to October 9, 2015. Which is probably for the best, since the summer movie season is pretty cluttered.
James Gunn talks about the importance of fathers in Guardians of the Galaxy 2. Read the entire alleged cast-list of The Force Awakens, and see more Age of Ultron pictures. Plus Orphan Black hints, clips from Outlander and Vampire Diaries, and a familiar face returns to Agents of Shield. Spoilers!
Plus watch two new clips from Avengers 2, and read Joss Whedon's explanation of why this movie is a very personal project. And find out what's up with Black Panther and Inhumans. Another star joins the live-action Beauty and the Beast. Plus Arrow and The Flash tease the CW's spinoff show. To Me, My Spoilers!
Edward James Olmos talks Agents of SHIELD. Check out some new Age of Ultron footage, plus a brief tease for Ant-Man. Stan Lee is making a new superhero series for UK TV. Plus, teasers for what's ahead on The Flash, iZombie and Gotham. Spoilers, Assemble!
Get an insider's look at the big fight in Batman v. Superman. And a possible glimpse of Max von Sydow's Star Wars character. One star is eager to return in Amazing Spider-Man 3. Plus fresh looks at Mad Max: Fury Road, Jupiter Ascending, and Pan. Spoilers now!
Plus find out how Spectre will use its large budget and new location. Roberto Orci shoots down a Star Trek rumor. Andy Mientus talks about his awesome Pied Piper costume for The Flash. The Scream series will remake a famous moment. And a ton of information on Once Upon a Times' villainous plans. Spoilers now!
Hollywood loves an Origin story - we're constantly getting remakes and reboots so we can re-experience them, we're even mining as many characters as we can for origin tales, as per the crazy trailer for Pan we saw yesterday. It can be a tiring trend sometimes, but why do we yearn to learn where our heroes start?
Since everybody's freaking out about the Jurassic World trailer, almost no one's paying attention to the first trailer for Joe Wright's strange Peter Pan prequel movie. I don't know if that's good or bad, because Pan looks incredibly weird.
The Japanese trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past is kind of awesome. Tom Hiddleston is a sharp-dressed man on the set of del Toro's Crimson Peak. Amanda Seyfried joins the cast of Pan. Can Skye save Ward on Agents of SHIELD? Plus, Jennifer Garner's making a supernatural "feuding families" show. Spoilers now!