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12 of the best and 12 of the worst Leonardo DiCaprio movies of all time

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  • Leonardo DiCaprio has become one of Hollywood's most recognizable talents since making his film debut back in 1991.
  • The actor has made memorable appearances in critical hits like "Titanic,""The Departed," and "Inception."
  • However, not all of DiCaprio's roles have been lauded, with some critics panning his films like "The Basketball Diaries" and "Critters 3." 
  • Visit Insider's homepage for more.

During the course of his lengthy career, Leonardo DiCaprio has starred in a broad range of films, from thrillers to romances. 

With countless accolades under his belt, including his long-awaited Academy Award for best actor, the Hollywood veteran has had many iconic performances while on the job — and he's also had a few cinematic missteps. 

Here are 12 of the best and 12 of the worst Leonardo DiCaprio movies, according to critics on Rotten Tomatoes.

Note: All scores were current on the date of publication and are subject to change.

 

DiCaprio was lauded for his strong performance as Frank W. Abagnale Jr. in "Catch Me If You Can" (2002).

Rotten Tomatoes: 95%

The Steven Spielberg film — which was based on the real-life story of the legendary con artist — also featured Tom Hanks as FBI Agent Carl Hanratty, who made it his mission to bring Abagnale Jr. to justice.

Many critics lauded DiCaprio's performance, with critic Stanley Kauffmann of The New Republic writing that "DiCaprio has the breeze and aplomb to keep it all bouncing along."



The actor played the lead Billy Costigan in the cult-favorite film "The Departed" (2006).

Rotten Tomatoes: 91%

In the film, DiCaprio took on the role of an undercover cop as he infiltrated a South Boston criminal organization.

Fellow Hollywood heavyweights like Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, and Martin Sheen also starred in the Martin Scorsese flick.



DiCaprio narrated the 2019 documentary "Ice on Fire" (2019).

Rotten Tomatoes: 90%

In general, critics lauded the actor's narration of the documentary, which is meant to put the climate-change crisis into perspective while also offering hope to viewers.

As critic Brian Lowry wrote for CNN, "A better-than-most film on the topic that gets beyond the dire warnings to contemplating what can actually be done to help turn, or at least significantly curb, the tide."



With one of his earliest roles as Arnie Grape in "What’s Eating Gilbert Grape" (1993), DiCaprio began his film career on a successful note.

Rotten Tomatoes: 90%

Starring opposite Johnny Depp in the 1993 film, DiCaprio earned rave reviews for his role in "What's Eating Gilbert Grape."

Critics called DiCaprio's performance "astonishing" and "enormous," with many praising the young actor for stepping into such a big role. 



"Titanic" (1997) is arguably DiCaprio's most well-known film.

Rotten Tomatoes: 89%

Although the actor has famously said he believes he should have passed up the role of Jack Dawson in favor of appearing "Boogie Nights" (1997), the film itself won 11 Academy Awards including one for best picture.

DiCaprio would later go on to star alongside leading lady Kate Winslet once again in 2008's "Revolutionary Road."



As ideas thief and lead Dom Cobb, DiCaprio enthralled both critics and audiences alike in "Inception" (2010).

Rotten Tomatoes: 87%

Many critics applauded director Christopher Nolan for his inventive storyline and mind-bending plot, calling his film "a spectacular fantasy thriller."

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard, and Ken Watanabe also starred in the 2010 film.



Also in 2010, DiCaprio narrated "Hubble 3D," a NASA film dedicated to looking at the universe through the lens of the Hubble Space Telescope.

Rotten Tomatoes: 87%

Many critics praised the quality and visuals of the film, with many noting that it contains a lot of impressive and beautiful footage. 



DiCaprio received an Academy Award nomination for his role as Calvin Candie in "Django Unchained" (2012).

Rotten Tomatoes: 86%

Starring as the proprietor of an infamous plantation, DiCaprio appeared in the film alongside both Jamie Foxx and Samuel L. Jackson.

The Quentin Tarantino film was generally praised by critics for being an entertaining and emotional crowd-pleaser. 

 



DiCaprio teamed up with Martin Scorsese once again to play Howard Hughes in "The Aviator" (2004).

Rotten Tomatoes: 86%

Acting alongside Cate Blanchett, Kate Beckinsale, John C. Reilly, and Alec Baldwin, the actor brought an eccentric billionaire to life in this 2004 biopic.

Blanchett won an Oscar for playing Katharine Hepburn in the film and DiCaprio was nominated for best actor in a leading role, but he did not win. 



Tarantino's "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" was one of the most-anticipated films of 2019.

Rotten Tomatoes: 85%

This 2019 film starred Margot Robbie, DiCaprio, and Brad Pitt and although it wasn't panned, many critics didn't think it quite lived up to its hype.

As critic Josephine Livingstone wrote for The New Republic, "Don't mistake me: This movie is good. It all depends on how hard you're willing to work to justify its pleasures."



"Marvin's Room" (1996) told the story of two estranged sisters and also starred Meryl Streep, Diane Keaton, and Robert De Niro.

Rotten Tomatoes: 84%

Keaton, Streep, and DiCaprio were all lauded for their powerful leading performances, with critic David Ansen of Newsweek writing, "[Director] Zaks knows enough not to get in the way of his three superb stars, who put on a display of emotional fireworks that is lovely to behold."



DiCaprio took home a long-awaited Academy Award for his role in "The Revenant" (2015).

Rotten Tomatoes: 79%

Based on a true story, the film showed explorer Hugh Glass' struggle to survive in the wilderness while plotting revenge on a member of his hunting team who killed his son. 



Even though "Blood Diamond" (2006) scored DiCaprio an Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of Danny Archer, critics weren't big fans of the film.

Rotten Tomatoes: 63%

Viewers gave the film a 90%, but critics didn't like it nearly as much, with some calling it out for doing a poor job of covering a very real issue.

As critic Fernando F. Croce wrote for CinePassion, "Diamonds may be forever, but 'Blood Diamond' hopefully will only last through the Oscar season."



DiCaprio played Kid in the 1995 Western "The Quick and The Dead," which received mixed reviews.

Rotten Tomatoes: 57%

The post-modern Western also starred Sharon Stone, Gene Hackman, and Russell Crowe.

Although many critics applauded the film for being "fun," some also felt it dragged on a bit too long, noting that it seemed dull by the end. 



Reviews for the thriller "Body of Lies" (2008) were decidedly mediocre, with several critics slamming the film's plot.

Rotten Tomatoes: 55%

The fast-paced espionage thriller starred Russell Crowe and DiCaprio, but most audience members and critics seemed to feel that it fell flat.

It was called out for not having enough of an emotional impact, with critics like Candice Frederick of Reel Talk Online writing that "it was a waste of two talented actors."



Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" (2013) was applauded for its visuals, but the rest of the film appeared to fall flat with viewers.

Rotten Tomatoes: 48%

Based on the F. Scott Fitzgerald book of the same name, this film was widely praised for its stunning visuals, but it was panned overall.

"Just because a film looks like it was dipped in 18-karat gold doesn't mean it's rich in quality," wrote critic Mara Reinstein for Us Weekly.

 



DiCaprio was the lead in "The Basketball Diaries" (1995), a film loosely inspired by a memoir from writer and artist Jim Carroll.

Rotten Tomatoes: 46%

Mark Wahlberg and Jim Carroll himself also appear in the film, which was set against the backdrop of a heroin epidemic.

Although some critics called the film "hard to watch" and "muddled," many applauded a young DiCaprio for his "raw dynamic performance." 



The actor, who played the leading man in the Clint Eastwood-directed "J. Edgar" (2011), was lauded for his performance.

Rotten Tomatoes: 43%

Although DiCaprio got praise for his role, the J. Edgar Hoover biopic — which also starred Armie Hammer, Naomi Watts, Josh Lucas, Judi Dench, and Ed Westwick — was called "muddled" by critics who also dubbed it a "missed opportunity."



DiCaprio had a part as Brandon in the black-and-white Woody Allen film "Celebrity" (1998).

Rotten Tomatoes: 41%

The movie, which examined the country's cultural obsession with celebrities, also starred Kenneth Branagh, Hank Azaria, Judy David, Winona Ryder, Melanie Griffith, and Famke Janssen.

Some critics said the film was technically impressive, but was just too scattered to be enjoyable. 



"Poison Ivy" (1992) was DiCaprio's second film, and he had a small part as "first guy."

Rotten Tomatoes: 36%

Headlined by Drew Barrymore and Sara Gilbert, the 1992 film — although not beloved by critics — was apparently successful enough to spur multiple more "Poison Ivy" installations a few years later. 



DiCaprio played both King Louis XIV and his brother in the "Three Musketeers" epilogue, "The Man in the Iron Mask" (1998).

Rotten Tomatoes: 33%

In "The Man in the Iron Mask," DiCaprio took on the role of two leads— even so, the film fell flat. 

The period piece, which also starred Hollywood heavyweights like Jeremy Irons and John Malkovich, was labeled corny by many critics, with Roger Ebert calling it "just a costume swashbuckler."



"Total Eclipse" (1995) depicted DiCaprio as the young 19th-century French poet Arthur Rimbaud.

Rotten Tomatoes: 25%

In the film, the actor starred opposite Romane Bohringer, who depicted fellow poet and Rimbaud's mentor Paul Verlaine, as they began a forbidden love affair.

Many viewers said that the film didn't do enough to fully illustrate Rimbaud's persona, with critic John A. Nesbit of Old School Reviews writing, "Noble effort to capture Rimbaud's genius, but it fails to take enough risks to get close to the enigmatic poet."

 



"The Beach" (2000), DiCaprio's first major project after "Titanic," was lambasted by viewers.

Rotten Tomatoes: 20%

DiCaprio starred in this action-filled romance film opposite Tilda Swinton and Guillaume Canet.

The film, which is an adaptation of the Alex Garland novel "The Beach," was called "bland" by critics who otherwise praised its cinematography.

 



DiCaprio's film debut in "Critters 3" (1991) received a 0% critic rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Rotten Tomatoes: 0%

In his very first film, which was the third one in the "Critters" franchise, DiCaprio played Josh.

Overall, his first role was a bit of a misstep as critics generally labeled "Critters 3" as "subpar" when it was released in 1991. 

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Every single Robert Pattinson movie, ranked

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  • Robert Pattinson is an actor who first skyrocketed to fame with his role as Edward Cullen in "Twilight" (2008)
  • Insider ranked all of Pattinson's films based on critical scores on Rotten Tomatoes.
  • "Good Time" (2017) and "The Lighthouse" (2019) currently stand as his highest-rated films on Rotten Tomatoes. 
  • However, other films like "Queen of the Desert" (2017) and "Little Ashes" (2009) didn't win over critics. 
  • Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.

Best known for his breakout role as vampire Edward Cullen in "Twilight," Robert Pattinson has since become recognized for his work in independent dramas and comedies.

Although Pattinson has earned praise for many of his post-"Twilight" performances, not all of his films have been a hit with critics. 

Here is every movie in Robert Pattinson's filmography, as ranked by critic scores on Rotten Tomatoes.

Note: All scores were current on the date of publication and are subject to change. Films without critical ratings were not included.

Pattinson's lowest-ranked film is the period drama "Queen of the Desert" (2017).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 18%

Synopsis: Based on a true story, "Queen of the Desert" follows Gertrude Bell (Nicole Kidman) as she leaves life in England behind and travels across the Middle East, forming a love affair with a British officer (James Franco) along the way. 

Robert Pattison appeared as famous archaeologist T.E. Lawrence. 



Pattinson was Salvador Dali in "Little Ashes" (2009).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 24%

Synopsis: In the period drama "Little Ashes," renowned artist Salvador Dali (Robert Pattinson) and poet Frederic García Lorca fall in love in the Pre-Spanish Civil War era.

The two revolutionary men struggle with their love for their country as they delve deeper into their own identities. 



He was lead vampire Edward Cullen in "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1" (2011).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 25%

Synopsis: The first part of a two-part adaptation of the "Breaking Dawn" novel, "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1" centers around Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattinson) as they go from wedded bliss to chaos.

When Bella miraculously gets pregnant, their future child portends consequences they never could have expected. 



The actor was Tyler Hawkins in the drama "Remember Me" (2010).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 27%

Synopsis: In the coming-of-age drama "Remember Me," Pattinson played Tyler Hawkins, a man who struggles to connect with his father (Pierce Brosnan) following a tragic loss.

He finds solace in Ally (Emilie de Ravin) but outward influences threaten the future of their relationship. 



In "Bel Ami" (2012), Pattinson played Georges Duroy.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 27%

Synopsis: "Bel Ami" is a drama about Georges Duroy (Pattinson), a clever traveler who rises through the ranks of Parisian society in the 1890s.

As he goes from extreme poverty to settings of extravagant wealth, Duroy becomes entrenched in a world of lies and seduction. 



Pattinson returned as Edward Cullen in "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" (2009).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 28%

Synopsis: In the second adaptation of the popular "Twilight" book series, "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" begins with Edward (Pattinson) leaving Bella (Stewart) behind in an effort to protect her.

Heartbroken, Bella grows closer to her friend Jacob (Taylor Lautner) only to discover that vampires aren't the only supernatural creatures in their small town of Forks. 



He starred opposite Kristen Stewart again in "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" (2010).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 48%

Synopsis: Upon Edward's return to Forks in "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse," Bella (Stewart) struggles to grapple with her love for him and her burgeoning attraction to Jacob (Lautner).

Amidst the love triangle that develops, Edward and Jacob attempt to put their feelings aside to protect Bella from a group of malevolent vampires. 



Pattinson originated his role as Edward Cullen in "Twilight" (2010).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 49%

Synopsis: In the first "Twilight" film, high schooler Bella Swan (Stewart) transfers to a new school in rainy Forks, Washington, and is immediately drawn to otherworldly student Edward Cullen (Pattinson).

As Bella becomes more certain that Edward is a vampire, her love for him grows as well.  



The actor co-starred with Kristen Stewart once more in "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2" (2012).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 49%

Synopsis: In the final installment in the "Twilight" franchise, Bella acclimates to her new life as a vampire as she and Edward bind together to protect their supernaturally gifted daughter Renesmee, who's very existence catches the unwelcome attention of law-abiding vampires.

With the Cullens' help, Bella does everything possible to protect her family. 



Pattinson played Officer Mandel in "Waiting for the Barbarians" (2019).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 53%

Synopsis: Based on the novel of the same name, "Waiting for the Barbarians" centers around Colonel Joll (Johnny Depp), a magistrate who starts to question his loyalty to his empire as he oversees a colonial town. 

Pattinson portrayed Officer Mandel, a sadistic warrant officer who works for Colonel Joll. 



He was Reese Witherspoon's love interest in the romantic drama "Water for Elephants" (2011).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 60%

Synopsis: Set in the 1930s, the drama "Water for Elephants" follows the romance between veterinary student Jacob (Pattinson) and star circus performer Marlena (Reese Witherspoon). 

Together, the two share affection for an elephant in their traveling circus that falls under their protection. 



In "Maps to the Stars" (2015), he appeared as Jerome Fontana.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 61%

Synopsis: David Cronenberg's dark comedy "Maps to the Stars" tracks the unwieldy fortune of the Weiss family, headed by TV therapist Stafford Weiss (John Cusack). 

Pattinson appeared as Jerome Fontana, a limo driver who forms a friendship with Agatha Weiss (Mia Wasikowska), Stafford's estranged daughter. 



Pattinson played Dennis Stock in the biopic "Life" (2015).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 65%

Synopsis: The drama "Life" shows a snapshot look at James Dean (Dane DeHaan) through the eyes of Dennis Stock (Pattinson), the Life magazine photographer assigned to profile him.

The two men build a budding friendship as James opens up to Dennis about life in Hollywood. 



The actor was Rey in the dystopian film "The Rover" (2014).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 66%

Synopsis: Set 10 years after a devastating global collapse, "Rover" is a science-fiction thriller about a loner named Eric (Guy Pearce) who does his best to survive in a lawless society.

After his car is stolen by thieves, Eric forces Rey (Pattinson) into helping him retrieve his prized possession at any cost. 



He was Eric Parker sci-fi film "Cosmopolis" (2012).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 66%

Synopsis: Before "Maps to the Stars," Pattinson collaborated with director David Cronenberg in the 2012 sci-fi drama "Cosmopolis."

Set in New York City in the near future, the film features Pattinson as Eric Parker, a privileged Wall Street financier whose life is plunged into imminent danger when he sets foot in the real world. 



Pattinson appeared opposite Mia Wasikowska once more in the western "Damsel" (2018).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 69%

Synopsis: "Damsel" is a modern Western with a comedic twist, featuring Pattinson as pioneer Samuel Alabaster, a man traveling across the American Frontier to reunite with his true love Penelope (Mia Wasikowska).

With Parson (David Zellner) by his side, Samuel's journey through the Wild West grows complicated in ways they never could have predicted. 



In the drama "The King" (2019) he was The Dauphin of France.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 70%

Synopsis: The historical drama "The King" tracks the ascension of King Henry V of England (Timothée Chalamet) as he inherits the throne from his deceased father. 

Pattinson appears in the film as the Dauphin of France, an adversary who challenges the young king's seat of power. 



Pattinson re-appeared as Cedric Diggory in "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" (2007).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 78%

Synopsis: In "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," Pattison is credited for his reappearance as Cedric through flashbacks as Harry works through the loss of his friend and fellow student. 

Pattison first appeared in acclaimed "Harry Potter" fantasy series in "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" (2005) as bright young wizard Cedric Diggory. 



Pattinson was Monte in the art-house film "High Life" (2019).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 83%

Synopsis: Set in the distant future, the art-house film "High Life" follows a crew of death-row inmates as their space program unravels at the edge of the galaxy. 

Pattinson held the lead role of Monte, a former prisoner who is soon left on the ship with only his young daughter at his side. 



The actor played Henry Costin in "The Lost City of Z" (2017).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 86%

Synopsis: Based on a true story, the action-drama "The Lost City of Z" delves into the life of British explorer Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam) and his journey into the depths of the Amazon. 

Pattinson appears as military officer Henry Costin, who assists in Percy's quest to procure evidence of an undiscovered civilization. 



Pattinson first played Cedric Diggory in "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" (2005).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 88%

Synopsis: "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" is the fourth installment in the popular "Harry Potter" fantasy series, focusing on Harry's fourth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Forced to contend in a magical tournament, Harry builds an unexpected friendship with Hufflepuff student and fellow champion Cedric Diggory (Pattinson). 



He was Charles in the drama "Childhood of a Leader" (2016).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 89%

Synopsis: Set in Europe during World War I, "Childhood of a Leader" is a historical drama that centers around Charles (Pattinson), the son of an American diplomat navigating life during wartime.

The dark coming-of-age story allows viewers to see France through Charles' eyes as he witnesses the Treaty of Versailles and the first gasps of fascism in Europe. 



Pattinson played Ephraim Winslow in "The Lighthouse" (2019).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%

Synopsis: Horror film and drama in equal measure, "The Lighthouse" tells the story of two lighthouse keepers: Thomas Wake (Willem Dafoe) and Ephraim Winslow (Pattinson).

The two are driven to madness and delusion as they man their lighthouse post on a remote New England island in the 1890s. 



Pattinson was Connie Nikas in "Good Time" (2017), his best-rated film.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%

Synopsis: In the crime thriller "Good Time," Constantine Nikas (Pattinson) races through the nasty underbelly of New York City's criminal world in an effort to free his younger brother from jail.

As Constantine desperately accrues more money to save his brother, he finds himself putting his own life on the line. 

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Disney Plus: Everything you need to know about Disney's ad-free streaming service launching on November 12

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  • Disney Plus is the on-demand, ad-free streaming service that Disney fans have been waiting for. 
  • Its release date is at 6 a.m. ET on November 12, 2019. The streaming service costs $6.99/month or $69.99/year after a seven-day free trial
  • Subscribers will be able to enjoy TV and series from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and 20th Century Fox. This content includes original programming exclusive to Disney Plus. 

 

A new streaming service is joining the ranks of Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and the many other services jostling for control of your TV. Disney Plus will feature TV and movie content from names we're all well familiar with: Walt Disney Studios and Walt Disney Television. 

Learn more below about how the Disney Plus streaming service works, including what shows and movies will be included, how much it costs, and when it launches. 

What is Disney Plus

Disney Plus is an on-demand, ad-free streaming service created by The Walt Disney Company.

With Disney Plus, subscribers can watch thousands of Disney movies and series from their devices (smart TVs, phones, laptops, tablets, and gaming consoles). The service includes unlimited downloads so you can watch anywhere, anytime. 

Disney Plus content will come from Walt Disney Studios' and Walt Disney Television's biggest names: Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and 20th Century Fox. 

How much does Disney Plus cost? 

Disney Plus costs $6.99 per month, or $69.99 per year ($5.83/month). This low price includes hours of entertainment spanning many different genres and interests, and best of all, it's all ad-free. 

Before you commit to this cost, you get a seven-day free trial. 

Who should sign up for Disney Plus?

Disney Plus is the perfect service for Disney fans, whether they're Marvel geeks or animation aficionados. It's especially suitable for families with children who want to immerse themselves in the vast world of Disney. 

If you're someone who always ends up searching for Disney shows and movies on another streaming service anyway, you might want to consider subscribing to Disney Plus because it holds all that content in one convenient place.  

What shows and movies can I watch on Disney Plus

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In short, all of the Disney shows and movies that have already been released. You can cry through all four "Toy Story" movies, learn about the world around you through a Nat Geo documentary, and satisfy your comedic itch with an episode of "The Simpsons." You'll have access to classics like "Snow White" along with recent hits like "Black Panther." 

Disney Plus will also include all-new, exclusive original programming, such as a "Star Wars" TV series focused on a Mandalorian bounty hunter, a retelling of "Lady and the Tramp" featuring Tessa Thompson and Justin Theroux, and a new perspective on the familiar objects in our lives through "The World According to Jeff Goldblum." The strong lineup of original Disney content alone could make a Disney Plus subscription worth it. 

 

When is the release date for Disney Plus

Disney Plus is launching on November 12, 2019. In the meantime, you can sign up for updates on the Disney Plus preview website. 

What time can you start watching Disney Plus?

It will be available at 6 a.m. ET on November 12. Unless you have an untraditional school or work schedule, you probably won't be able to start watching right away, but it's nice to know Disney Plus content will be ready when you're done with your day. 

How does Disney Plus compare to other streaming services?

While services such as Netflix and Hulu cast a wide net over movie and TV entertainment, Disney Plus is much more focused and narrow in scope by revolving entirely around Disney content. Luckily, it doesn't actually feel that limited since Walt Disney Studios and Walt Disney Television create everything from animated kids' movies to action and sci-fi thrillers. At this point, it's difficult to find someone who isn't a Disney fan in some capacity — with Disney Plus, there's a movie or series for everyone. 

It's a major plus that Disney Plus (for the time being) is launching with zero ads. We don't know whether that will change down the line, or whether it will add tiered ad pricing like some other streaming services, but in the meantime, we always appreciate ad-free streaming. 

At less than $10 a month, it's very affordable compared to major competitors. If you find the Disney content of other streaming services lacking, subscribing to Disney Plus is an affordable way to fix that problem. 

Of all the major streaming services, it's also the most generous in the areas of multiple-device streaming and profile additions. You can stream on up to four devices simultaneously and add up to seven profiles. 

How do I sign up for Disney Plus?

You can sign up on the Disney Plus website.

While you can sign up early, we recommend waiting because a bundled package with Hulu and ESPN+ will only be available once the service officially launches on November 12. This bundle will cost only $12.99 a month for all three services. Individually, the ad-supported version of Hulu is currently $5.99 a month, and ESPN+ is $4.99 a month. If you haven't explored the world of streaming services full yet, the bundle could be the perfect opportunity to do so for a competitive price. 

 

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64 years after James Dean's death, the actor will star in a new movie. Some in Hollywood are horrified but the advances in visual effects could make it commonplace.

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  • James Dean has been cast in an upcoming movie, though he died in 1955.
  • It's the latest chapter in the evolution of visual effects in Hollywood, as one of the most iconic figures in the industry is getting a second act.
  • The directors of the movie, "Finding Jack," told The Hollywood Reporter they will create a full-body CGI of Dean with the help of archival footage and photographs.
  • The filmmakers have approval from Dean's family to do this, but it still has provoked backlash from some big names in Hollywood, like actor Chris Evans.
  • Business Insider looked back at recent milestones in visual effects and de-aging technology to show how the industry got to this point.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

 

It was going to happen sooner or later.

The advancements in computer-generated imagery (CGI) in the last decade have been remarkable for Hollywood. CGI helped expand the storytelling of James Cameron's "Avatar," brought back to the screen characters like Grand Moff Tarkin ("Rogue One: A Star Wars Story") and Rachael Tyrell ("Blade Runner 2049"), and most recently made aging actors look decades younger in movies like "Gemini Man,""The Irishman," and "Terminator: Dark Fate."

Now one of the screen's most iconic actors — who has been dead for over half a century — has been cast in a new movie thanks to the tech.

Last week, it was announced that an upcoming movie titled "Finding Jack" will star James Dean in the secondary lead role. Dean — who found stardom in the 1950s playing roles in movies like "Rebel Without a Cause,""East of Eden," and "Giant"— died in a car crash at the age of 24 in 1955. His death dramatically silenced a career on the rise, but instantly turned Dean into a legend.

"Finding Jack" directors Anton Ernst and Tati Golykh obtained the rights to use Dean's image from the late actor's family, they told The Hollywood Reporter. The movie, which is based on the novel of the same name, is set around the abandonment of over 10,000 military dogs at the end of the Vietnam War. Dean will play a character named Rogan.

The news of Dean's "casting" has led to an uproar of disapproval on social media from fans of the legend and Hollywood heavyweights like actor Chris Evans, who took to Twitter to voice his displeasure. "Maybe we can get a computer to paint us a new Picasso," Evans wrote. "Or write a couple new John Lennon tunes."

Ernst told THR he and Golykh "never intended for this to be a marketing gimmick."

"We searched high and low for the perfect character to portray the role of Rogan, which has some extreme complex character arcs, and after months of research, we decided on James Dean," he told the trade.

Visual effects companies Imagine Engine and MOI Worldwide will team on doing a full-body CGI of Dean with the help of archival footage and photographs. An actor who sounds similar to Dean will do the voice. 

The movie's eyeing a 2020 release on Veterans Day, so it's going to be some time before we see for ourselves how this plays out.

Until then, here's a look back at some of the recent advancements in CGI in just the last few years that brought the industry to this point:

SEE ALSO: 'Midway' $17.5 million opening weekend box office win marks lowest November champ in 20 years

Bringing Tarkin back in "Rogue One" (2016).

One of the biggest surprises in "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" is the appearance of Grand Moff Tarkin, the sinister head of the Death Star in "Star Wars: A New Hope," played then by Peter Cushing (who died in 1994).

To get the character in the story, director Gareth Edwards hired English actor Guy Henry to voice the character. But he did more than that. Henry was on set dressed as Tarkin and did all the scenes as the character. He had motion capture dots all over his face and, before shooting began, put a head cam on, which captured every facial movement he made. In post production, that was all used to paste Cushing's CGI face over Henry's.

The end result is an impressive duplicate of Cushing (there's also a young CGI version of Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia in the movie).



The Rachael cameo in "Blade Runner 2049" (2017).

Toward the end of "Blade Runner 2049," the evil Niander Wallace (Jared Leto) tries to get information out of Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) by offering something special to him. Out of the shadows appears Rachael, the Replicant Deckard fell in love with in the first "Blade Runner" movie. She looks exactly like actress Sean Young looked when she played the role in 1982.

Deckard doesn't fall for Wallace's trick, but the scene is one the audience won't soon forget.

It took a year to pull off that scene. Oscar-winning visual-effects supervisor John Nelson was determined to top everything that had been done before in the realm of de-aging. That involved creating a digital skull, using a body double, and going back to footage of the first "Blade Runner" movie to make sure to capture every unique aspect of Young's face.

The work earned Nelson and his team an Oscar win.



The Marvel Cinematic Universe is no stranger to de-aging.

From "Captain America: Civil War," to the "Ant-Man" movies, to "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2," the MCU is no stranger to working with de-aging tech. But the movie that really knocked it out of the park was "Captain Marvel" earlier this year.

Watching a young Samuel L. Jackson play Nick Fury (with two eyes) was a major milestone for the tech as it never feels overwhelming to watch.



Will Smith versus Will Smith in "Gemini Man" (2019).

The de-aging technology took another leap forward when "Gemini Man" came out this year.

The fight sequences of Will Smith against a younger version of himself are incredible to watch and are even more astounding as it's all shot using a high frame rate, which amplifies any flaw.



In "Terminator: Dark Fate" (2019), John and Sarah Connor show up looking like they did in "Terminator 2."

The "Terminator" franchise has always tried to push the envelope, and with "Dark Fate," the movie opens by showing just how far we've come in the de-aging space.

The movie opens with John and Sarah Connor relaxing at a beachside cantina a year after the events of "Terminator 2: Judgement Day" and their de-aged versions look strikingly similar to how they looked in the 1991 movie.

Director Tim Miller used a process similar to the one used for the Rachael scene in "Blade Runner 2049," with body doubles and the digital skulls of actors Linda Hamilton and Edward Furlong.

 



"The Irishman" (2019) de-aging tech is the best so far.

De-aging tech hit yet another milestone this year with Netflix's "The Irishman."

It is used on the movie's three lead actors — Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci — to make them look decades younger. And it's pulled off so well that there's a certain point in the movie when it no longer feels like you are looking at de-aged versions of the legendary actors.

I can't think of a better compliment than that.

And it seems there are less obstructions for the actors as well. 

Ray Romano told Business Insider that while acting across from De Niro in the movie, sometimes he didn't even notice the motion capture dots on his face.

 



What the technology means for the future of acting:

The reality is James Dean being placed into a current movie is just the start of what could become the new normal in the industry.

With more and more actors having their faces digitally downloaded for visual effects in their current movies, behind the scenes it's likely deals are being discussed so their likenesses can lengthen their careers by decades.

When asked about going through the de-aging process while filming "The Irishman," Robert De Niro told Business Insider with a laugh, "If they can perfect it, I'll be able to work for another 30 years."

We have a feeling that wasn't a joke.



10 of the best and 10 of the worst Netflix original movies of the year, so far

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  • In 2019 Netflix released countless original dramas, comedies, and thrillers to varying critical reception. 
  • The political documentary "Knock Down the House" and drama "Beats" earned high praise from critics. 
  • Other Netflix originals, like the coming-of-age film "The Last Summer" and the comedy "Sextuplets" failed to merit positive reviews. 
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Netflix released dozens of original films in 2019, with some getting better critical reception than others.

Here are 10 of the best and 10 of the worst Netflix original movies of the year.

Note: The scores listed throughout the piece were accurate at the time of publication but are subject to change.

The political documentary "Knock Down the House" was called energizing.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 100%

Summary: In the political documentary "Knock Down the House," director Rachel Lears follows the propulsive rise of four women — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Amy Vilela, Cori Bush, and Paula Jean Swearengin — during a contentious election season. 

Critics admired the energetic nature and riveting message of "Knock Down the House," saying that the documentary transcended political lines. 

"Even if your views don't align with the women in the film, there is something to be admired in all of them," wrote Lana Stanczak for Film Inquiry. "The film will make you consider if you could take on your district's most popular politician."



"Beats" won over critics with its compelling leads.

Rotten Tomatoes score:100%

Summary: In the drama "Beats," a teenage prodigy (Khalil Everage) forms a bond with a security guard (Anthony Anderson) over their love of hip-hop music. Together, the two try to break into the music scene in the South Side of Chicago. 

Critics praised the coming-of-age film for its captivating acting performances, especially from Anderson and Everage. 

Film critic Jeffrey Lyles said that "Beats" is like "stumbling onto a new album and just being able to go along for the ride without ever needing to reach for the skip track button."



Critics called "Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé" show-stopping.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 98%

Summary: "Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé" goes behind-the-scenes for Beyoncé's memorable 2018 Coachella performance.

A mix of live concert footage and enlightening interviews, "Homecoming" is both a documentary and revealing glimpse into the star performer's life. 

Critics praised it for being an artfully crafted and "revelatory" music documentary. 

"If you don't get why Beyoncé is worshipped as a goddess, this glorious pop spectacle — part concert film, part myth-in-the-making — will fix that," wrote MaryAnn Johanson for Flick Filosopher.  "Enormously entertaining, and absolutely landmark."



Reviewers hailed "American Factory" as eye-opening.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 97%

Summary: The Netflix documentary "American Factory" centers around a Chinese billionaire who staffs a new factory in the heart of Ohio with thousands of working-class Americans. A mix of optimism and hope for success gives way to intricate obstacles for the factory. 

Film critics upheld the documentary as a non-biased and fully realized documentary about the nuances of the working-class world. 

"It is, in essence, a scholarly, almost sociological treatment of the material, in a way that broadly speaks to the plight of these blue-collar workers, with an empathy that's personal but not partisan," wrote Brian Lowry for CNN



Critics said Eddie Murphy shined in "Dolemite Is My Name."

Rotten Tomatoes score: 97%

Summary: Based on the life of Rudy Ray Moore (Eddie Murphy) the film "Dolemite Is My Name" traces Moore's career from struggling comedian to larger-than-life character actor as he brings the fictional Dolemite from stage to screen. 

Critics praised the film's take on the blaxploitation era of Hollywood, signaling out Murphy for his career-high performance as Moore. 

"Murphy roars back into the cultural conversation and my heart with his flamboyant, exuberant and spectacularly entertaining performance," praised critic CJ Johnson for Film Mafia. "I could easily take a Netflix series with an episode spent on the production of every one [of Moore's films]."



"See You Yesterday" was praised for its compelling take on grief.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

Summary: In the science-fiction drama "See You Yesterday," tech-minded best friends CJ (Eden Duncan-Smith) and Sebastian (Danté Crichlow) believe they're close to mastering time-traveling technology.

But when CJ's older brother Calvin is killed in an altercation with the police, CJ and Sebastian must use their unfinished time-travel tech to save him before it's too late. 

Reviews for "See You Yesterday" praised its poignant messaging and refreshing take on the science-fiction genre. 

"'See You Yesterday' finds a striking-yet-natural balance between genre concept and a harsh reality that is achingly familiar to the people who have to navigate it every day," wrote AV Club critic Shannon Miller. 



Critics loved the drama "High Flying Bird" for its smart script.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%

Summary: Directed by Steven Soderbergh, the sports drama "High Flying Bird" focuses on agent Ray Burke (André Holland) as he navigates a deal during a pro-basketball lockout. With only three days to pull his deal off, Ray has to stay one step ahead of movers and shakers in the sports industry. 

The drama earned positive reviews for its well-written script and slick editing style. 

"'High Flying Bird; is a heady movie, full of political thought about sport, entertainment, race and power," wrote Jake Coyle for the Associated Press. "Rather than float on production value, it sustains itself on the tension of ideas, exchanged rapid-fire in gleaming office towers."



Critics said the music documentary "Rolling Thunder Revue" is filled with gems.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%

Summary: Equal parts a music documentary and a concert film, "Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese" is a look back at America in the 1970s and Bob Dylan's place within it.

Assembled by director Martin Scorsese, the documentary features never-before-seen footage from an iconic year in music history. 

Critics said "Rolling Thunder Revue" is a thrilling and "unmissable" documentary, even outside of the iconic concert footage. 

"Thanks to some truly priceless moments captured behind the scenes and the beautifully restored picture and sound of the concerts, 'Rolling Thunder Revue' is essential viewing," wrote Third Coast Review critic Steven Prokopy



The documentary "Fyre" garnered critical attention for its take on the disastrous festival event.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

Summary: Both a look back at the deliriously disorganized Fyre music festival as well as a take-down on the missteps of the uber-wealthy, the Netflix documentary "Fyre" seeks to disassemble what led to the failure of Fyre Festival from start to finish. 

Critics called "Fyre" a stirring commentary on the social consequences of fraud and false advertising. 

As Becky Kukla wrote for Digital Fix: "engaging, enraging and utterly absurd — Netflix's "Fyre" festival documentary is an absolute must see." 



"El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie" renewed love for the original drama series.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 90%

Summary: An epilogue to the "Breaking Bad" television series, "El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie" takes place in the aftermath of the show.

As Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) tries to create a brighter future for himself, he first has to accept his dark past as a former drug dealer. 

Critics showered "El Camino" with praise for reuniting the talents of writer-director Vince Gilligan and the acting power of Paul. 

"Ultimately serves as a coiled and heartfelt tribute to Jesse's powerful trajectory, and Paul's own chemically active, emotionally reactive brilliance in one of our peak TV era's defining series," wrote Robert Abele for The Wrap



Alternatively, critics said "IO" suffered from a weak script and plodding pace.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 31%

Summary: In the science-fiction drama "IO," Sam (Margaret Qualley) is one of the last people left on Earth following a global crisis.

Desperate to save the dying planet from itself, Sam begins to change her mind following a chance encounter with fellow survivor Micah (Anthony Mackie).

Despite Mackie's and Qualley's best attempts to keep the movie afloat, critics blamed poor reviews on "IO's" lagging pace and limp script. 

"A forced romance, lackluster execution, and a tendency to pander to its audience makes 'IO' come up far shorter than it otherwise could have been," said David Fontana for Film Inquiry



Critics likened "Secret Obsession" to a formulaic Lifetime movie.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 31%

Summary: Waking up from a traumatic accident, Jennifer (Brenda Song) can't recall memories from her former life. Thankfully her husband is there to take her home and care for her, but as the days go by Jennifer becomes convinced that someone sinister is watching her every move. 

Critics panned "Secret Obsession" for being formulaic and predictable, but some acquiesced that the film at least seemed self-aware of its failings. 

"This is a pretty bad movie, but it seems to be bad in the way it's meant to be bad,"Linda Holmes said for NPR. "It's cheerfully trashy, and if that's up your alley, have at it."



The drama "Red Sea Diving Resort" fell flat with critics.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 30%

Summary: Loosely based on an inspiring true story, the Netflix drama "Red Sea Diving Resort" follows the harrowing mission of two agents — Ari Kidron (Chris Evans) and Kabede Bimro (Michael Kenneth Williams) — as they smuggle thousands of refugees from Sudan to Israel. 

Critics praised the messaging of the story but felt that it got muddled amongst poor plotting and stiff characters. 

"The Red Sea Diving Resort is built around a narrative with massive potential, but the movie never quite delivers, reducing it to a film that is merely adequate," wrote Natasha Alvar for Cultured Vultures



"The Silence" was called uninventive and charmless.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 30%

Summary: In the science-fiction drama "The Silence," young Ally (Kiernan Shipka) attempts to find safety with her mother and father (Stanley Tucci) as the world is overrun by creatures that hunt their prey by sound. As they wait out the monster invasion, they soon realize the people they're hiding with seek to exploit their daughter, who is deaf. 

"The Silence" earned little praise from critics who felt that the talents of the cast were wasted on a film that lacked creativity. 

"Whether you're a horror fan who enjoys jump scares, gore, monsters, or a sharp social commentary, Netflix movie 'The Silence' will satisfy none," wrote film critic Deirdre Molumby



Critics said the thriller "Rattlesnake" lacked any real thrills.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 29%

Summary: In the suspense thriller "Rattlesnake," Katrina (Carmen Ejogo) drives across the country with her daughter in an effort to strike out on her own and start a new life.

After Katrina's daughter wanders into the desert and is bitten by a venomous rattlesnake, a mysterious woman helps heal the child — but the miracle comes at a steep cost. 

Critics said the film found a slight ounce of redemption through the effort of lead actress Ejogo, but her rousing performance couldn't save the film from being directionless and dull. 

"Ejogo is an undeniably talented actor who has delivered strong turns in genre fare before, but she's adrift here, stuck with a character devoid of specificity and personality," wrote Benjamin Lee for the Guardian



Critics felt "Otherhood" wasted the talent of its lead actresses.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 26%

Summary: In the Netflix comedy-drama "Otherhood," three mothers with adult children decide to take Mother's Day into their own hands after they feel forgotten by their family members. Their spontaneity takes them on a road trip to New York City to forge stronger relationships with their kids. 

Critics noted the presence of notable actresses like Angela Bassett, Patricia Arquette, and Felicity Huffman in "Otherhood" but felt that the film fell short with its script and vision. 

"[W]atching 'Otherhood' leaves audiences feeling secondhand embarrassment, not only for everyone's cringe-worthy behavior on screen but also for these lauded actresses who both starred in and executive produced this subpar film," wrote Kimber Myers for the Los Angeles Times



The family film "Rim of the World" failed to inspire critics.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 25%

Summary: Away at a summer camp, four kids find themselves at the forefront of an alien invasion in the action-adventure film "Rim of the World." The friends realize that the safety of the world is in their hands as they band together to stop a global threat. 

Critics noted that the fare was built for younger audiences, but still felt that "Rim of the World" was lazy in its execution from pre-production to post. 

Felix Vasquez Jr. of Cinema Crazed described the film as a "grating, painfully awful movie that seems to work against everything that makes movies of this ilk so entertaining." 



Critics called "Polar" lurid and poorly directed.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 20%

Summary: In the thriller "Polar," infamous assassin Duncan Vizla (Mads Mikkelsen) finds himself being pulled back into the life of contract killing as he tries to leave that world behind. After his old firm places a bounty on his head, Vizla goes head-to-head with younger assassins who try to take him out. 

Film reviewers criticized "Polar" for being a chaotic, messy film that is nearly unwatchable. 

"'Polar' is almost two hours of sensory overload that attempts to be a slick and gritty thriller but comes off as a brash, cluttered and crude film," wrote Carolyn Mauricette for Cinema Axis



Critics felt "The Last Summer" failed to add anything new to the coming-of-age genre.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 17%

Summary: After graduating from their senior year of high school, a group of teenagers tries to make the most of their last summer before adulthood sets in. As some mend broken hearts, others fall in love for the first time, all while the reality of their futures starts to take hold. 

Overall, critics were unimpressed with the ensemble romantic comedy, citing its lack of charm and originality as its biggest flaws. 

"Netflix's 'The Last Summer' is a hodgepodge of better teen movies, failing to say anything new or poignant about the transitionary period to adulthood," wrote Molly Freeman for Screen Rant



The comedy "Sextuplets" lacked laughs.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 14%

Summary: In the Netflix comedy "Sextuplets," Alan (Marlon Wayans) learns that he was born a sextuplet and sets out on a road trip to find his estranged siblings. As Alan learns more about his brothers and sisters, he learns more about himself as well. 

Some critics were at a loss for words over "Sextuplets," with most panning the film for being humorless and mean-spirited. 

"Why did Netflix make this?" asked film critic Grethe Kemp for City Press. "Who, besides Wayans and director Michael Tiddes, thought this was a good idea? I cannot answer this, dear reader. I may never be able to."

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After a 'loud, clear' backlash, Sonic the Hedgehog got a major redesign for his upcoming film — here's how he looks now

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  • "Sonic the Hedgehog," a new live-action movie starring the world's most popular blue hedgehog, was scheduled to hit theaters this November.
  • The first trailer for the movie sparked major criticism on the internet over the way Sonic looked.
  • The movie's director, Jeff Fowler, responded with a vow to change Sonic's look. "You aren't happy with the design & you want changes. It's going to happen," he wrote on Twitter.
  • After a major redesign, the latest trailer for "Sonic the Hedgehog" reveals a much more cartoonish Sonic — he no longer has humanoid teeth, and he's got his characteristic white gloves on.
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After decades of appearances in video games, cartoons, plush figurines, and all other manner of merchandising, Sonic the Hedgehog is getting his own live-action film.

That film — titled "Sonic the Hedgehog"— was scheduled to arrive this November. But the first trailer for it landed earlier this year, and the reaction was strong to say the least. Strongly negative, that is.

The issue mostly centered on the look of Sonic:

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After years of cartoon depictions of the speedy blue hedgehog, the pseudo-real version of Sonic had some people freaking out. So much so, in fact, that the film's director vowed to change the look of Sonic ahead of the movie's release.

Moreover, the movie was delayed to re-work Sonic's look — it's now scheduled to arrive on February 14, 2020.

Now, six months later, we've got a new trailer with a much, much less weird-looking Sonic.

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Take a look at the latest trailer for "Sonic the Hedgehog" right here:

 

SEE ALSO: 'Final Fantasy' is getting a live-action TV show and Netflix's 'The Witcher' series will debut later this year. Here are 17 other video games being adapted into movies or TV shows.

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13 horror films coming out in 2020 that scary-movie buffs can look forward to

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  • There are a lot of long-anticipated horror films set to come in out in 2020.
  • A quasi-reboot of a horrifying Japanese film, "The Grudge" is making its debut on January 3.
  • February welcomes the thriller "The Invisible Man," which will star Elisabeth Moss and Oliver Jackson-Cohen. 
  • In March, you can see "A Quiet Place 2," which features the work of John Krasinski and Emily Blunt.
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As this very long year finally comes to an end, it's time to look ahead to 2020 and all of the promising horror films it will bring. 

So far, the upcoming year is filled with movies featuring big-name actors, legendary directors, and talented screenwriters.  

Here are 13 highly anticipated horror films that you should have on your radar for 2020. 

"The Grudge"— directed by Nicolas Pesce

Release Date: January 3

This quasi-reboot to the 2004 remake of the 2002 Japanese film (both by Takashi Shimazu) has had a long road to the silver screen.

Early whispers of the project first came back in 2011 when all the internet heard was that Ghost House Pictures was working on the relaunch.

The story is by Jeff Buhler ("Midnight Meat Train") and the screenplay comes from director Nicolas Pesce ("The Eyes of My Mother").

The heavy-hitter is also produced by Sam Raimi ("The Evil Dead") and it stars Andrea Riseborough, John Cho, Betty Gilpin, and horror icon Lin Shaye.



"The Turning"— directed by Floria Sigismondi

Release Date: January 24

A modern take on the 19th-century novel "The Turning of the Screw" by Henry James, "The Turning" is directed by Floria Sigismondi ("The Runaways").

It will star Mackenzie Davis, Finn Wolfhard, and Brooklynn Prince.

It's about an inexperienced nanny who takes a job watching two creepy kids in a huge, spooky house — and the script comes from "The Conjuring" writers Chad and Carey Hayes.

 



"The Lodge"— directed by Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz

Release Date: February 7

Snowed in at an isolated cabin with her fiancé's children, Grace (Riley Keough) has to find a way to navigate the tricky new relationships while also facing off with threats from her dark past in "The Lodge."

Directed by Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz ("Goodnight Mommy"), the film originally premiered at Sundance and was later picked up by Neon.

It was initially set to make its big debut in 2019, but now "The Lodge" is scheduled to release in the United States on February 7.



"The Invisible Man"— directed by Leigh Whannell

Release Date: February 28

A woman is stalked and tormented by her abusive ex, only no one can see him and no one believes that he is still alive.

Putting his spin on a character originally created by H.G. Wells, Leigh Whannell has written and directed "The Invisible Man," which stars Elisabeth Moss and Oliver Jackson-Cohen. 

A tour-de-force in horror for over 15 years, Whannell is known primarily as the architect of the "Saw" and "Insidious" franchises.



"A Quiet Place 2"— directed by John Krasinski

Release Date: March 20

After the first film exceeded expectations at the box office, "A Quiet Place" screenwriters and director John Krasinski decided to return to the silent but deadly world. 

Krasinski is back to direct and Emily Blunt is also returning to reprise her role as Evelyn Abbott, a mother trying to protect her family in a world overrun by large creatures with hypersensitive hearing.

Others reportedly joining the cast include Cillian Murphy and Djimon Hounsou. As with many films on this list, plot details are scarce.

That said, Krasinski has teased that the threat in "A Quiet Place" probably extended well beyond the borders of the Abbott family's property, but we'll have to wait and see just how widespread the chaos is.

Production wrapped on the sequel in September 2019 and the film is scheduled to hit theaters in March.



"Antlers"— directed by Scott Cooper

Release Date: April 17

Keri Russell and Jesse Plemons star in this Guillermo del Toro- and David Goyer-produced supernatural film about a small-town teacher, her sheriff brother, and a creepy local boy (Jeremy T. Thomas) who has something dangerous locked away in his home.

Directed by Scott Cooper ("Crazy Heart,""Hostiles"), the horror film has a well-cut trailer that teases the scares and wide-eyed performances from Russell and Thomas, but doesn't fully reveal the creature.

 



Untitled "Saw" Project —  directed by Darren Lynn Bousman

Release Date: May 15

When news broke that Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures were developing another "Saw" film based on an idea from comedian and actor Chris Rock, some thought it seemed like a joke.

But it's very real — and production wrapped in August 2019.

Direct by Darren Lynn Bousman ("Saw II, III, & IV"), the film will reportedly star Rock as a police detective and Samuel L. Jackson as his father, per Deadline

 



"Candyman"— directed by Nia DaCosta

Release Date: June 12

Described as a "spiritual sequel" to the 1992 movie, the upcoming "Candyman" is produced by Jordan Peele ("Get Out,""Us") and directed by Nia DaCosta ("Little Woods"). Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is set to star in the flick.

The original film and its subsequent sequels were about an urban legend; a murderous ghost with a hook for a hand who would appear if you said his name in the mirror five times.

 



"Last Night in Soho"— directed by Edgar Wright

Release Date: September 25

In an interview with Empire magazine, "Shaun of the Dead" director Edgar Wright said his upcoming psychological horror film "Last Night in Soho" will have some elements of time travel.

Set in 1960s London, the film stars Thomasin McKenzie and Anya Taylor-Joy. The characters share a mysterious link inspired by Wright's obsession with the decade.

"Imagine if you knew everything you know now, and went back," Wright said. "I'm taking a premise whereby you have a character who, in a sort of abstract way, gets to travel in time. And the reality of the decade is maybe not what she imagines."



"Halloween Kills"— directed by David Gordon Green

Release Date: October 16

Director David Gordon Green and his team recently wrapped production on "Halloween Kills," the first of two planned sequels to the 2018 rebootquel "Halloween."

Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, and others are reprising their roles from the 2018 film.

It has also been announced that Anthony Michael Hall is joining the cast as Tommy Doyle and that actress Kyle Richards will be reprising her role as Lindsey Wallace from the original 1978 film.

That said, it seems the filmmakers are keeping the plot details under wraps for long as they can.



"Army of the Dead"— directed by Zack and Deborah Snyder

Release Date: Winter 2020

Zack Snyder ("Justice League") is back in the director's chair after taking a short break from Hollywood in 2017.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Snyders directed and produced a Las Vegas-based zombie-apocalypse film for Netflix called "Army of the Dead."

The film will star Dave Bautista, Ana de la Reguera, and Ella Purnell. The final day of shooting was on October 19, 2019,  but the exact release date for the project has not yet been revealed.

 

 



"Saint Maud"— directed by Rose Glass

Release Date: TBD

A psychological horror about a devout Christian nurse and her cancer-afflicted charge, "Saint Maud" premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 8, 2019, and made its US debut at Fantastic Fest down in Austin, Texas, a week later.

It is the feature-length film debut for Rose Glass and it stars Morfydd Clark as the titular Maud and Jennifer Ehle as the woman in her care that is in need of "saving."

Reactions from festivalgoers were positive, with several reviewers applauding the "unsettling" possession film for its "creeping dread" and its slow-paced, disturbing tone.

Following its debut, "Saint Maud" was acquired for North American distribution by A24. The studio tweeted that the film is "coming in 2020" but has not announced its plans for a theatrical release.



An untitled documentary about the history of queer horror in film — directed by Sam Wineman

Release Date: TBD

The last slot goes to a long-awaited documentary from writer/director Sam Wineman ("The Quiet Room") and the producers of "Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror."

AMC's horror streaming service Shudder announced this past summer that the untitled documentary will explore the history of queer horror in film.

The project is expected to highlight pioneering LGBTQ voices in front of and behind the camera, while also touching on the often problematic subjects, themes, and depictions of queer characters in popular culture.

"Horror has spent a great deal of time telling our stories undercover, both intentionally and unintentionally. In order to fully understand the depth of how and why, you have to unpack the social context of what it is to be queer at the moment in history that coincides with the films themselves. That story is one that is long overdue, and I am honored to have the chance to share it,"Wineman told IndieWire

There is currently no release date set for the film but, according to Shudder, it is expected to premiere in 2020.

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The 56 biggest changes between Disney animated movies and their live-action remakes

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Disney has no less than 20 live-action movies in the works right now. Some appear to be faithful remakes of the original, like the recently released "Lady and the Tramp," while others are diverging from their source material, like the upcoming non-musical reimagining of "Mulan."

But there have been a fair few Disney live-action remakes already, like "Alice in Wonderland,""Beauty and the Beast," and "Cinderella." We took a closer look to find the biggest changes Disney made when turning its animated classics into live-action blockbusters.

Keep scrolling to learn more about Disney's biggest alterations.

"Lady and the Tramp" was part of the initial lineup when Disney Plus went live on November 12. One of the most needed changes was getting rid of the Siamese cats.

In the original, Aunt Sarah comes to dog-sit Lady and brings along her cats Si and Am, who are thinly veiled caricatures of Asian people, from their slanted eyes to their buckteeth to their voices — which were performed by a white woman, Peggy Lee. Their inclusion in the film led to Disney adding a disclaimer, saying that the film has "outdated cultural depictions."

In the 2019 version, the cats are renamed Devon and Rex, and they are a different breed. They also sing a whole new song called "What a Shame."



One of Lady's friends Jock was gender-swapped for the 2019 film and is now voiced by a woman.

In the original movie, Tramp, Jock, Bull, and Trusty are all male, while Lady and Peg are the sole female dogs. Adding Jock to the mix was a good way to even things out.



The cast is more diverse, with Yvette Nicole Brown and Kiersey Clemons taking over previously white characters.

Ken Jeong, Adrian Martinez, Arturo Castro, and Parvesh Cheena are among the people of color with roles in the film, in addition to the voice cast of Tessa Thompson, Janelle Monáe, and Benedict Wong.



Instead of wandering through the zoo, our leading pups jump on a riverboat cruise.

In the original, Lady receives help taking off her muzzle from a friendly beaver in the zoo. The zoo and the beaver don't make an appearance in the 2019 update — though there is a sweet nod to Lady's helper with a statue.



Tramp gets a sad back story, and it's revealed his family left him once they had a baby.

It's revealed that Tramp has firsthand experience with a baby edging out a pet — he was abandoned once his owners had a baby of their own.

In the 1955 film, it's never made clear where Tramp came from.



The Dears' baby is a daughter named Lulu, not an unnamed son.

We never learn the name of the Dears' baby in the original, but he's referred to as a little boy. Lulu is more of a character in the 2019 film — at least she got a name.

You can read about more of the changes here.



Another of Disney's latest remakes is the 2019 update of "The Lion King," which was originally released in 1994.

One of the biggest changes is that many pivotal scenes from the animated version that focused on the lions' faces were shot from behind, since photo-realistic lions can't emote as much.

Since the animated movie was just that — animated — the writers and animators were at liberty to include colors, expressions, and more human-like behavior that would be harder to achieve in the real savanna.



Specifically, "I Just Can't Wait to Be King" has a much more muted color palate.

Check out the original version from the 1994 movie to see exactly what we mean. With the commitment to realism, it's simply impossible to include some of the magical touches from the animated movie.

Also, the song doesn't end with Simba and Nala escaping Zazu after he gets smushed by a rhino. Instead, he gets distracted by some bugs.



While there are three hyenas in both versions, the 2019 update replaces Banzai and Ed with new hyenas Kamari and Azizi, who are much more intimidating.

There was a conscious choice by director Jon Favreau to turn the hyenas into a menacing presence in the film, rather than just comic relief. They're not as subservient to Scar as they were originally, and barely have any respect for him, unlike the sycophantic hyenas in the animated film.



Speaking of the hyenas, Shenzi gets more of a backstory and apparently had a years-long beef with Nala.

The two face off in the climactic battle between Simba and Scar as well. Their problems go all the way back to Nala's childhood.



Instead of just being power-hungry, it's revealed that Scar was in love with Sarabi, his brother's queen, the whole time.

As the real "Lion King" heads know, there was originally a scene in the 1994 version that depicted Scar attempting to make Nala his queen, which is a bit creepy and was thankfully deleted.

The 2019 movie puts a twist on this, and reveals that Scar has been harboring resentment towards Mufasa and Sarabi this whole time as Sarabi chose Mufasa over him. After Scar takes over as king, he offers to make Sarabi his queen, which she staunchly refuses.



Scar's big villain moment, the song "Be Prepared," is more of a speech set to music.

"Be Prepared" is one of the all-time great villain songs in the Disney canon, so needless to say fans were excited for Chiwetel Ejiofor's take on the song. Many viewers were disappointed when the song was changed from a giant, belted number complete with Scar sneering at the hyenas and dramatic steam blasting around him to a speech set to music. Ejiofor barely sings until the last line.



Zazu spends most of the latter half of the animated movie held captive in a cage. In the new version, he's never captured and continues to give Sarabi updates.

Frankly, this helps to explain why Zazu was ever Mufasa's majordomo, since he was just a lame stickler for rules in the original. 2019 Zazu directly defies orders, continues to give Sarabi morning reports, and regularly evades getting captured by the hyenas. He also gets to be part of the final battle.



Nala gets to battle Shenzi, actively goes out looking for someone to stop Scar, and is an all-around fierce warrior.

Essentially, Nala gets a lot more to do than just be the catalyst for Simba's quest to reclaim his kingdom.

In the original, Nala is sent out by a desperate Scar to try and find food for the pride. In the 2019 film, Nala is forced to flee after she is open about her disapproval of Scar, and goes out looking for someone to take down the evil king. She's a much more proactive character.



Timon and Pumbaa don't live alone in the jungle. Instead, there are plenty of other creatures that live amongst them — all of which are afraid of Simba.

Even though Simba swears off meat and sticks to an insect-based diet, the other jungle-dwellers are still skittish around him, only enforcing that Simba doesn't belong here with them. The animated movie makes it seem like Simba leaves behind a jungle oasis to return home.



"The Lion Sleeps Tonight" is a real musical number, not just a short scene.

In both versions, the song is cut short by Nala discovering Timon and Pumbaa and terrifying them. But the 2019 scene is extended, and includes the rest of the jungle joining in on the sing-along. It's one of the funniest moments in the film.

You can read about more of the changes here.



In the 2019 remake of "Aladdin," one of the biggest changes was to Princess Jasmine's character. She got to sing her own song, and her character was given more ambition than getting married for love — she wanted to become the first female sultan of Agrabah.

Even in the 1992 original, Jasmine has more autonomy than the average Disney princess. She's sassy, and frequently turns down handsome princes. She sees through Aladdin's "Prince Ali" disguise relatively quickly, and isn't afraid to stand up to the movie's villain, Jafar.

She gets even more to do in the live-action version. She gets to shine performing her new song, "Speechless," and instead of wanting to marry a man, she simply wants to become sultan herself. Jasmine also gets a new friend and a more detailed back story.

 



She also gets more of a backstory: We learn that Jasmine's mother was murdered. Originally, her mother's fate was more ambiguous.

In both versions of "Aladdin," Jasmine's mother has died prior to the events of the movie. Her death is never explained in the animated version, and isn't talked about much.

In the 2019 movie, Jasmine's mother's memory hangs over the film. Her father won't let her outside because her mother was murdered — though that's never fleshed out, either— and Jasmine wears a bracelet to keep her close.

Jafar also repeatedly talks about invading Jasmine's mother's homeland, which is never named or discussed in the animated version.



A brand new character is introduced in the new version: a handmaiden named Dalia, played by Nasim Pedrad.

Jasmine specifically states in the animated movie that her only friend is her tiger, Rajah. Thankfully, in the 2019 version she gets a human confidante in Dalia, her handmaiden who encourages her to give Aladdin a chance. She also provides some genuine comic relief — and has a special bond with the Genie.



One of Dalia's main narrative functions is to provide the Genie with a love interest.

The framing device of 2019's "Aladdin" is the human version of Genie telling the story of himself, Aladdin, Jasmine, and, as we find out, Dalia, to their children. In the original, the Genie longs to be free and make his own decisions, but this Genie specifically longs to be human and quickly develops feeling for Dalia.



Jafar also gets more of a back story, and viewers are told that he grew up a "street rat," much like Aladdin.

Aladdin's nemesis, Jafar, has just one goal in the animated movie: to become sultan and gain power. It's not clear why — he's just power hungry. The live-action Jafar is revealed to have some deep-seated insecurities about his less-than-regal upbringing. He rose through the ranks, from petty thief to second-in-command, a title that he despises.

His villainous actions come from a place of wanting to prove the world wrong about his past, and a tyrannical need to become the most powerful being in the universe.



A new character, Prince Anders, is introduced. The choice to cast Billy Magnussen was controversial.

Prince Anders doesn't exist at all in the 1992 animated movie, but he takes the place of another one of Jasmine's suitors, Prince Achmed. Magnussen's prince is, to put it lightly, a complete doofus.

People were unhappy with the addition of Anders, a white man, to a movie that takes place in the Middle East.



Will Smith's take on the Genie involves more rapping.

In addition to brand-new song "Speechless," some of the original classic songs got updated lyrics was well as raps, to better suit 2019 and Smith's skillset as a rapper, not a belter like Robin Williams.

In "Friend Like Me" and "Prince Ali," the Genie gets to flex his skills as an MC, and sings more kid-friendly lyrics in "Arabian Nights."



There's a mid-movie Bollywood-style dance break in which Mena Massoud gets to show off his dance skills — and another dance party at the end.

Neither of these big dance numbers exist in the original. The first one takes place while Aladdin is still in his Prince Ali persona, and trying to woo Jasmine. The second is at the end, after Aladdin and Jasmine are married.

You can read about more of the changes here.



In 2017's "Beauty and the Beast," Disney featured its first gay character, LeFou, though his sexuality was not discussed in the animated classic.

LeFou's "exclusively gay moment" in "Beauty and the Beast" consisted of him dancing with another man at the end of the film, when everyone gets their happy ending.

This was a departure from the animated movie in which — while LeFou seems to have a crush on the villainous hunk Gaston — his sexuality is never made entirely clear.

 



Also in "Beauty and the Beast," there's an addition of a magical book that can take the reader anywhere they want to go — and it gives Belle's mother a much-need back story.

The magical book lets Belle — and viewers — visit her first home in Paris, when she was just a baby. She learns that her father moved her to her "provincial life" after her adventurous mother died of the plague. 

Belle's mother is barely mentioned in the 1991 film, and it's never explained why Belle and her father live in such a small town, which clearly makes Belle miserable.



Belle's not just a voracious reader in the live-action version, she's an inventor as well.

Not content to just sit and read like her animated counterpart, 2017's Belle is also an inventor, and frequently creates gadgets to help her with her daily chores. However, this make her even more of an outsider in her community.



2017's "Beauty and the Beast" also features an entirely new character, Maestro Cadenza the harpsichord.

Cadenza, in his human form, is married to the wardrobe, a character from the animated movie.

You can read about more of the changes here.



The 2016 version of "The Jungle Book" has a few key differences to the 1967 original, the main one being that it isn't a musical.

The 2016 version manages to include "Bare Necessities,""Trust In Me," and "I Wanna Be Like You," but the vocals are decidedly more natural and less polished than in the original.

Director Jon Favreau explained on Twitter that the songs were taken out because "[I] wanted to include enough music to satisfy people who grew up [with the 1967] film, but not make it a musical or betray action tone."



Sinister snake Kaa was played by a woman, Scarlett Johansson, in 2016, unlike the original Kaa played by Sterling Holloway, a man.

"The original film was a little male-heavy so we changed the character of Kaa,"said director Jon Favreau.



In the original King Louie was an orangutan, but to make the film more geographically accurate he was changed to the now-extinct Gigantopithecus.

He's still just as obsessed with figuring out how to make fire, though. And Christopher Walken gets to perform a much darker version of Louie's song, "I Wanna Be Like You."



The original version ends with Mowgli leaving the jungle to live amongst humans, while the 2016 movie keeps him with the animals, probably to set up the upcoming sequel.

Mowgli ends the 1967 version leaving the jungle behind to live with his own kind: humans. However, to keep the possibility of a sequel open, in the live-action remake Mowgli defeats terrifying tiger Shere Khan, and continues to live in the jungle with his animal family.

This gambit worked — a "Jungle Book" sequel is in the works.



The remake of "Cinderella" gave Prince Charming a name: Kit.

His only name is in the 1950 original is Prince Charming. He received a big upgrade in the 2015 remake by getting a real name: Kit.



In the remake, Cinderella and Prince Charming also meet before the ball, in the woods.

In the original, the Prince and Cinderella first meet at the ball, when she's all dolled up and wearing her famous glass slippers.

In the 2015 version, the two meet in the woods while they're both pretending to be other people — Kit says he is a palace apprentice, and Cinderella essentially doesn't reveal anything about herself. It gives their love story some much needed back story, so it makes sense for Kit to persuade his father to let him essentially stalk every girl in the kingdom by making them try on a shoe.



The Grand Duke, in the 2015 version, teams up with Cinderella's evil stepmother to keep Cinderella and Kit apart.

The Grand Duke is a minor character in the original, whose only purpose is to help the Prince find Cinderella.

He has ulterior motives in the 2015 version, however. It comes to light that he already promised Kit to another princess, so Kit's new love interest really throws a wrench into his plans. Lady Tremaine overhears his predicament and offers to smash Cinderella's remaining slipper — if she can be made a countess.



Lady Tremaine, the evil stepmother, also gets a tragic back story of her own.

In the 1950 animated classic, Lady Tremaine hates Cinderella because she's jealous of her — and that's about it.

In the 2015 remake, she reveals an intriguing backstory: that she loved her first husband, who died, and then married Cinderella's widowed father to support her two daughters. She then had to compete with the ghost of Cinderella's mother, to once again be left to support three daughters when her second husband dies.



We get to meet Cinderella's mother in the live-action version, and see how she instilled her values into Cinderella.

Cinderella's mother is barely even discussed in the 1950 original, but in the 2015 version she can be seen telling Cinderella to "Have courage and be kind"—  something Cinderella takes to heart for the rest of her life.



Another big difference? There are no talking mice like Gus and Jaq in the 2015 version of "Cinderella."

The mice are in the movie, they just don't speak to Cinderella and help her create a dress. They're simply there to get transformed into coachmen by the Fairy Godmother.



And finally, the new version of "Cinderella" isn't a musical, which means no iconic songs like "A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes" and "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo."

Screenwriter Chris Weitz explained that the reason there's no music in the remake is because he simply couldn't fit it in. He told ScreenRant, "I don't know how to write that kind of thing really, and I think that that's something that for me, it's much easier to do that with an animated film."



The biggest change to "Sleeping Beauty" in "Maleficent" is, of course, changing Maleficent from villain to sympathetic hero.

Maleficent, in the the 1959 version, is just a one-dimensional villain. The only thing that happens to her to make her evil is not getting invited to Princess Aurora's christening — which is enough to get her to curse Aurora to die at age 16.

In "Maleficent," the titular character has a history with Aurora's father, King Stefan, whom she was in love with. Clearly, their love doesn't work out, and Maleficent spends the rest of her life nursing that heartbreak.

However, she grows to care for Aurora and even tries to reverse her own spell to no avail.



In the new version, it's also Maleficent's true love's kiss that breaks the spell, not Prince Philip.

In "Maleficent," the traditional love interest Prince Philip tries to awaken Aurora with true love's kiss, but is unsuccessful. It's Maleficent's motherly devotion to Aurora that breaks the sleeping curse and wakes her up.



Princess Aurora is taken in by three fairies in both "Sleeping Beauty" and "Maleficent," but their names are different.

In "Sleeping Beauty," the bumbling, well-meaning fairies are named Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather. "Maleficent" changes them to Knotgrass, Thistlewit, and Flittle, and makes them even more incompetent, demonstrating that Maleficent was behind Aurora's childcare all along.



"Maleficent" is also not a musical, though Lana Del Rey was enlisted to record a track from "Sleeping Beauty" for the soundtrack.

"Once Upon a Dream" is an iconic song in the Disney canon, which is why it was chosen to be included on the "Maleficent" soundtrack. But the movie itself isn't a musical like its predecessor was.



The 2010 version of "Alice in Wonderland" has a few new characters, including Anne Hathaway's White Queen.

The White Queen is a character from the sequel to the original "Alice in Wonderland" book, called "Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There," written by Lewis Carroll in 1871.

This White Queen is similar to her book counterpart in name only, and doesn't even appear in the 1951 movie.



The Red Queen from the 2010 movie is an amalgam of the Queen of Hearts from "Alice in Wonderland" and the Red Queen from "Through the Looking Glass"— the original 1951 version is just the Queen of Hearts.

While Helena Bonham Carter's Red Queen from the 2010 remake is called the Red Queen, her personality is taken directly from the Queen of Hearts from the 1951 animated version, down to her penchant of cutting off people's heads.

The only thing she has in common with her book counterpart is her relationship to the White Queen, a figure that doesn't appear in the animated version at all.



Alice's main objective in the 2010 movie is to defeat the Jabberwocky, a creature that doesn't appear in the animated film at all.

The Jabberwocky is another creature that appears in Caroll's books, but never makes an appearance in the 1951 original film. Alice's main objective, in that movie, is to escape Wonderland and make it back home.

She has more of a hero's journey in the Tim Burton remake, and slays the Jabberwocky to save Wonderland and all of its residents.



There's no Unbirthday Party in the 2010 film.

The Unbirthday Party is one of the most beloved scenes from the original 1951 movie, in which the Mad Hatter, the March Hare, and the Dormouse are celebrating their "unbirthdays"— any day that's not your birthday. It's cut out completely from the 2010 movie.



Alice is aged up considerably for the live-action remake.

The original Alice is a young girl, whereas the live-action Alice is 19 years old and attempting to escape an arranged marriage.



And the Mad Hatter gets more of a back story in the live-action version, ultimately becoming a close friend of Alice's.

Johnny Depp's Mad Hatter is much more sympathetic than the original Mad Hatter, who is just there to annoy Alice when she attempts to speak.

The new Mad Hatter works alongside the other creatures of Wonderland to help Alice on her quest to defeat the Jabberwocky and the Red Queen, a plot that doesn't exist in the 1951 movie. We learn that he has a family in the sequel, "Alice Through the Looking Glass."



And like so many of its live-action brethren, 2010's "Alice in Wonderland" is not a musical.

Count out "The Unbirthday Song" and "All in the Golden Afternoon."



The "101 Dalmatians" remake keeps most of the plot the same, except that it changes the time period it takes place in from the '50s to the '90s.

"One Hundred and One Dalmatians," the original movie from 1961, is based on the 1956 novel of the same name. The 1996 remake keeps the general plot the same, but does bring Anita, Roger, and Cruella into the '90s, with Roger being a video game designer instead of a musician.



While the animals are the main characters of "101 Dalmatians," they don't speak at all in the remake.

The dogs are still a huge part of the remake, they just don't get to speak and express themselves like their animated counterparts do.



The 2019 live-action version of "Dumbo" changed almost everything from the original, especially by removing Timothy Q. Mouse.

This fast-talking mouse is completely left out of the movie, even though he's Dumbo's closest pal in the 1941 film. There are no talking animals at all in the 2019 version.



In a positive change, the remake leaves out the problematic Jim Crow character.

Jim Crow laws were designed to enforce segregation in the South following the end of the Civil War, and were enforced until the mid '60s. In other words, these laws were firmly in place when Disney decided to include a black crow, called Jim Crow, voiced by white actor Cliff Edwards, in its 1941 original. He was not missed from the 2019 version.



Another welcome change was the removal of the downright terrifying pink elephant scene.

In the original movie, Dumbo, a child, drinks so much alcohol that he hallucinates pink elephants tormenting him. Kids the world over were scarred by this frightening scene. 



The additions of Holt, Max Medici, Vandevere, Milly, Joe, and all the other humans were new.

There were almost no human characters in the original "Dumbo," besides the unseen ringmaster.



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'Frozen II' is a worthy sequel with breathtaking animation and a song as catchy as 'Let It Go'

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  • "Frozen II" is visually stunning and features some great songs, including one that will be as addictive as "Let It Go" from the first movie.
  • Though the sequel is guilty of repeating some of the hallmarks from the first movie, its strength is how it once more preaches individuality.
  • The US box office, which has endured a string of flops since "Joker," badly needs a movie like this to hit theaters.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

 

Six years after Walt Disney Animation Studios released the generation-defining movie "Frozen," the sequel is here and lives up to the incredibly large hype that's surrounding it.

Elsa (Idina Menzel), Anna (Kristen Bell), Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), and Olaf (Josh Gad) all return for "Frozen II" (opening in theaters November 22), which takes place three years after the events of the first movie.

Things are peaceful in Arendelle as the fall season has begun to hit the kingdom. Kristoff and Anna are trying to get their footing as a couple, which makes Kristoff's plans to propose marriage to her all the more challenging. And Olaf is still soaking in that warm sun. But for Elsa, there's something going on that only she seems to notice. Only she can hear a recurring sound coming from the north. It sounds like a woman singing a high note. Then one evening a fierce wind storm blows through Arendelle, which frightens everyone and makes the trolls fear that the kingdom could be in danger. This motivates Elsa, Anna, Kristoff (with Sven), and Olaf to set out to the north to figure out what was the cause of the storm — and also find the origin of that sound Elsa keeps hearing.

All of this is needed for the story to move forward, but it's the dullest part of the movie.

There are a couple of fun jokes and songs at this point, but "Frozen II" hits its groove when the gang finds the enchanted forest that will bring the answers they are seeking. As often happens in a sequel, the lead characters eventually split up and have to embark on their own journeys. And that's when the movie really becomes great.

Frozen 2 Disney2There's Kristoff finally getting his own solo song, which has an 1980s ballad sound (it's performed by Weezer in the end credits). Anna once more goes through some exciting events to show her love for her sister (including encountering giants made out of rocks). But it's Elsa's journey that is the most enjoyable to watch as she searches for the mysterious sound.

In one sequence, Elsa wrangles a horse made of water and rides it over waves. It's stunning to watch. Then there's her solo song, "Into the Unknown," which is "Let It Go"-level addictive. It's another hit from songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, who wrote "Let It Go" for the first "Frozen" and "Remember Me" for "Coco" (both won Oscars for best original song).

"Frozen II" has more musical numbers than the first movie, and there's nothing wrong with that, as most are well done and don't pull you out of the story. And then there's the animation itself, which is elevated from the first movie. The style is still the same from the first, but little things like facial expressions and picture sharpness are advanced.

Does the sequel try to capitalize on inside jokes and themes from the first movie? Absolutely. Its major flaw is that it thinks it has to remind the audience that there was a previous movie. But there's one thing "Frozen II" doubles down on from the first and I'm happy it did: its firm stance on individuality.

Like we know from the first movie, Anna — and especially Elsa — don't need anyone to lean on. They are driven by their own wants and needs. But the movie's directors, Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee (who also made "Frozen"), really drive that home even more in the sequel. They are clearly aware the power this movie has on young people, especially young women and LGBTQIA+, and are using it to make the point that in life you can go out and make your own path regardless what anyone else thinks (or wants).

It can't be understated how badly the domestic box office needs a movie like this to hit theaters. Since the incredible success of "Joker," there has been one dull release after another. Disney once more needs to come to the rescue to get us out of a box office funk.

 

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The director of 'Ford v Ferrari' on how he convinced a studio to take a chance on his big-budget drama and what effect the Disney-Fox merger had

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  • "Ford v Ferrari" director James Mangold talked to Business Insider about the challenges of making a drama (even one set in the race-car world) within the studio system.
  • The project lingered unmade for years, even with Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt attached, because the budget was over $100 million. Mangold explained the ways he got it down to $90 million.
  • Mangold also explained why he needed to use real race cars, not CGI, to pull off the movie's thrilling race scenes.
  • The movie was made by Fox before the studio was bought by Disney, but Mangold said the merger has not affected the movie's release and that Disney is fully behind it. 
  • "Ford v Ferrari" opens in theaters on Friday.
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In an era when anything made by the studio system that's not a superhero movie, or sequel, has everyone involved in cold sweats about its box-office performance, director James Mangold seems quite comfortable.

Sitting relaxed on a couch in a suite at the Ritz-Carlton in downtown Toronto, he's hours away from premiering his latest movie at the Toronto International Film Festival, "Ford v Ferrari," which is certainly not a sequel or superhero flick. It's also a movie made by Fox, which has had a weak release slate since Disney took over the studio.

In short: there's a lot riding on this movie.

But Mangold (coming off the success of his last movie, "Logan") couldn't be more enthusiastic about it. The story of two race-car drivers (played by Matt Damon and Christian Bale), who have been enlisted by the Ford Motor Company to build a car that will beat Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966, is one he's been chasing for years. Now he's getting the full support of Disney, he says, to get it out to audiences (and likely some Oscar campaigning for the movie, too).

Mangold believes "Ford v Ferrari" (in theaters November 15) has what audiences are craving: A strong story about characters you'll be invested in with perfectly placed action. It's the kind of movie he says he plans to continue to make within the studio system, despite the conventional thought that these projects are all but extinct at the studios — especially Disney.

Business Insider spoke to Mangold about what got "Ford v Ferrari" made after years of false starts by others (even Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt), the need to have real cars in the race scenes instead of doing them in CGI, and why his dramatic-heavy movies are still a good fit at the studio level.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

Jason Guerrasio: So this is a movie that has quite a history, even Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt attached couldn't get it made.

James Mangold: People have been trying to tell this story for a while. And to make a movie about racing is to make an expensive movie. 

Guerrasio: You can't do it on the cheap. 

Mangold: If you're making a movie that's a period film about period cars and racing around period tracks, it's not going to be cheap. So instantly you have the burden of how expensive is this movie? And is there an audience to justify it? I was tracking this from before I even did the first Wolverine movie. It was actually before Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt were involved. 

Guerrasio: And what grabbed you about the story?

Mangold: The script was bouncing around and the story was voluminous. If you think our movie is epic now, it was even more epic then. It featured a lot more with Ferrari in Italy and the loss of his son. There were several more Le Mans races through the movie, not just at the end. One of the changes I made to the script, among many, was taking out one of the Le Mans races completely. That took $7 million off the budget right there. I think one of the things the studio ran into in the past with this project is they were always coming in at too high of a price. This movie was a three-digit budget. I had to get it under $100 million and we got it down to $90 million. 

Guerrasio: Even with Matt Damon and Christian Bale attached?

Mangold: We got it down before they came on because we had to get it to something manageable. It worked out that I had just made a hit movie for Fox with "Logan" and the Patty Hearst movie I was working on had fallen apart. 

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Guerrasio: But what made you so determined to make this movie?

Mangold: If you're a film fan who got introduced to my work through the Wolverine movies I have made, you would think of me as maybe an action director. But I think my bread and butter are the movies I came up doing: "Walk the Line,""Girl, Interrupted,""3:10 to Yuma," which are essentially —

Guerrasio: Please, let's not leave out "Cop Land." That is getting the resurgence it so deserves.

Mangold: Yes. And what all these have in common is they are dramatic pictures. Part of what I bring to the movies I make, and it's also a lesson I've learned from people as diverse as Hitchcock or John Ford, is you don't need a lot of action, you just need the right action. Movies have tended recently, particularly summer movies or tentpole movies, to lean into the action as the only entrée. You are here for sensory overload. 

Guerrasio: I couldn't agree more. 

Mangold: So one of my ideas was these characters were so fabulous: Ken Miles (played by Christian Bale) is such a unique character, and the story of Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon), and even Henry Ford II (Tracy Letts), searching for something to lift a slumping company. There's this rule I heard once that every seven minutes some big s--t has to go down in a script. I don't think an audience needs it to be action that's the big s--t. I think it can be dramatic. Things falling apart for a character in a scene. 

Guerrasio: Or a scene of a dad sitting with his son on a runway strip and talking about the art of racing, which is a moving moment in this movie. 

Mangold: Yes, but also the son is watching his father and is worried about losing him. It's loaded with this sense of foreboding in that what these men do is so dangerous that every moment they spend with their loved ones is so precious. 

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Guerrasio: However, there is a moment toward the end of this movie, and I'm not going to give it away, but a climactic moment that happens in a unique way that audiences don't usually see in an underdog-makes-good story. Did that scare you at all? That this moment might not live up to the the dramatic buildup you're doing?

Mangold: It was the only reason I made the movie. The only reason I chased this story was because I think audiences have gotten bored, frankly, with the kind of underdog, David-versus-Goliath story. What these characters are forced to live with is having to bend, having to move on and live the next chapter of their lives. It's incredible how much more powerful the action becomes when you're emotionally attached to the people in the action, and if there's anything I tried to bring to this material, it was trying to step back from the "car porn" as the main attraction of the movie and allow these really unique characters to step to the foreground. 

Guerrasio: Well, speaking of "car porn," did you do the race scenes all CGI or use real cars?

Mangold: It was our desire to make something that felt like you were there and as un-CG as possible. The first goal was to lean into real cars. Out of the thousands of shots in the movie, there are maybe two where there is a digital car dropped in. And obviously we put in the crowds with digital effects. We couldn't afford 20,000 people for audience shots. That's what more of our effects budget was: set extensions and crowd filling. We wanted the car stuff to be real because no matter where we have gotten with technology, there's nothing more real than real.

ford v ferrari 3 foxFor the few times we did stuff on a stage with this movie, we realized there was no way to make the car vibrate the way it does when you mount a camera on a car going 150 miles per hour. If you try to fake it, you spend more time trying to make it look real than you should. 

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Guerrasio: "Ford v Ferrari" was made at a studio that no longer is its own entity. When Fox was bought by Disney, did you feel you got lucky? I mean, do you think a movie like this gets made at a traditional studio looking at what is now left?

Mangold: I hope so. If you take everyone at their word, yes. And I will say, Disney loves this movie. They are supporting this movie hard. This is a great example of what they hope to see from Fox. It's the kind of movie Disney hasn't made so it does expand their portfolio.

When you make a movie like this as an executive there is tremendous upside but huge downside. When you make an original film and it doesn't work and someone says "Why did you make it?" you can only say, "Because I believed in the filmmaker." That's thin ice. So a lot of credit has to be given to Emma Watts at Fox. 

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Guerrasio: But the current landscape of the studio system, today, is it still attractive to you for the kind of stories you want to tell?

Mangold: I think so. There are either two things you can do as a filmmaker. You can try to expand the universe of the independent film, which many filmmakers are doing and it involves Netflix or other streaming services — other ways to devise financing. Or you have to find a way to get the system to work for you. Right now, and this is not because I have any wisdom but because I have a great relationship with the studios, that's the angle I'm playing. At the moment I find a wall, I'll go in another direction. The truth is I haven't found an interest yet in terms of a movie or a property to develop that Fox and the new Fox/Disney haven't been supportive of. So I think they are looking for new ideas. I think that a lot of it comes along with the fact that they trust me and that I have the audience in mind. The greatest fear for them is a filmmaker who has an ambivalence or hostility toward the audience. That you are making the movie for — [Pause.]

Guerrasio: For you.

Mangold: Well, I am making it for me, but I am also a big believer that if you're only showing movies to the people who already agree with the point of view of the picture, you're not expanding any minds. I think the studio knows I think that way and it gives them a confidence that while I don't consider myself a sellout, or trying to cheapen my message, I am trying to reach people. I don't think there's any shame in that.

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10 of the best and 10 of the worst Danny DeVito movies of all time

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  • Danny DeVito is an actor best known for movies like "Matilda" (1996) and his recurring role on FX's "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia." 
  • DeVito has earned critical acclaim for numerous performances, like his role in the crime drama "L.A. Confidential" (1997). 
  • Other films DeVito has starred in, such as "Look Who's Talking Now" (1993) and "Head Office" (1986), didn't get as much love from critics. 
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Although he's mostly known for his comedic work on FX's "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia,"Danny DeVito has proven himself as a film actor with an impressive range.

With an extensive career that spans nearly 50 years, DeVito's work has been met with varying degrees of critical reception.

Here are 10 of the best and 10 of the worst films in DeVito's filmography, according to critical scores on Rotten Tomatoes.

Note: All scores were current on the date of publication and are subject to change.

Danny DeVito's best film is "L.A. Confidential" (1997).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 99%

Summary: Set in Los Angeles during the early 1950s, the dramatic thriller "L.A. Confidential" explores the dark side of the police force in the Hollywood hills.

As Dudley Smith (James Cromwell) heads the corrupt LAPD, Bud White (Russell Crowe) struggles to hide his violent side, and Sid Hudgeons (DeVito) gets rich off of Hollywood scandals. 

Critics hailed "L.A. Confidential" as a thrilling film noir with a compelling central cast. 

As critic Jay Boyar of the Orlando Sentinel wrote: "Spicy and boiling-hot, this sensational early-'50s crime drama is a morality play disguised as pulp fiction — a sprawling saga of corruption and redemption set against a flashy West Coast backdrop."



DeVito played Martini in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" (1975).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%

Summary: In the stirring drama "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," Randle McMurphy (Jack Nicholson) pleads insanity to avoid jail time and is shipped off to a mental hospital.

Shocked by the oppressive nature of the asylum, McMurphy grows close to his fellow inmates, including Chief Bromden (Will Sampson), Billy (Brad Dourif) and Martini (DeVito). 

Largely regarded by critics as a classic film in the world of cinema, reviews point to the movie's effortless direction and the talents of the cast assembled on screen. 

"With 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest,' Forman takes his rightful place as one of our most creative young directors," wrote Arthur Knight for The Hollywood Reporter. "His casting is inspired, his sense of milieu is assured, and he could probably wring Academy Award performances from a stone."



He was Sam Stone in "Ruthless People" (1986).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%

Summary: The comedy "Ruthless People" centers around Barbara (Bette Midler), a rich woman who is kidnapped and held for ransom by two amateur criminals (Judge Reinhold and Helen Slater).

Barbara's bitter husband Sam (DeVito) refuses to pay up, causing Barbara to bond with her captors. 

Despite the broad comedic nature of "Ruthless People," critics found the film endearing and well-crafted. 

"Occasionally crude and tasteless, 'Ruthless People' is a comedy with a vitriolic twist," wrote critic Candice Russell of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. "It's a comedy about people who love to hate, with actors who make it worth seeing."



The actor performed in, directed, and narrated "Matilda" (1996).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 90%

Summary: Raised amongst a volatile family that discourages her from learning and growing, Matilda Wormwood (Mara Wilson) realizes at a young age that she has supernatural abilities. Despite her parents' (Rhea Perlman and DeVito) attempts to squash her curiosity, Matilda uses her intelligence to help others. 

Critics had heaps of praise for the family film "Matilda," which was directed and narrated by DeVito. 

Film critic Roger Ebert wrote: "'Matilda' doesn't condescend to children, it doesn't sentimentalize, and as a result it feels heartfelt and sincere. It's funny, too."



In "Get Shorty" (1995) DeVito played Martin Weir.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 87%

Summary: In the comedy "Get Shorty," mobster Chili Palmer (John Travolta) travels to Los Angeles to collect a debt and he finds that the Hollywood industry doesn't differ too much from the world he knows in the mafia.

Along the way, Palmer's life becomes entangled with that of famous actor Martin Weir (DeVito) and gambler Leo Devoe (David Paymer). 

Reviews heralded the comedy "Get Shorty" as massively entertaining and inventive. 

"How cool can a mere movie be? A perfect cast and great script, based on a hilariously witty best seller, are key elements," wrote David Hunter for The Hollywood Reporter. "When you add a talented director and let the magic of Hollywood take over, the result is 'Get Shorty.'"



He was Ralph in the adventure film "Romancing the Stone" (1984).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 86%

Summary: The adventure comedy "Romancing the Stone" tells the story of famed novelist Joan Wilder (Kathleen Turner) as she ventures into a dangerous jungle in the hopes of rescuing her sister from art dealers (Zack Norman and DeVito).

Teaming up with exotic animal smuggler Jack T. Colton (Michael Douglas), Joan tries to save her sister and seek out a hidden treasure before it's too late. 

"Romancing the Stone" was praised by critics for its fun, thrilling plot and the chemistry of its leads. 

"In this cracking jungle-set treasure hunt, director Robert Zemeckis spices up a deliberately old-fashioned matinée adventure with tongue-in-cheek gags, unpredictably clever touches and top-of-the-range action," wrote Alan Jones in his review for Radio Times.



In "War of the Roses" (1989) DeVito played lawyer Gavin D'Amato.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 85%

Summary: In the comedy "War of the Roses," divorce lawyer Gavin D'Amato (DeVito) sits down with a prospective client and relays the tale of his last big case involving Oliver (Michael Douglas) and Barbara Rose (Kathleen Turner). As D'Amato tells the story, he reveals how the turbulent divorce proceedings between the Roses escalated out of control. 

Critics lauded the distinctive narrative style of "War of the Roses," which was also directed by DeVito. 

"Greatly amusing, but its lasting achievement is DeVito's atmospheric authority, shaping a genuine filmmaking triumph in style and mood that deserves a standing ovation," wrote film critic Orndorf



The actor voiced Phil in the Disney classic "Hercules" (1997).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 84%

Summary: In Disney's animated film"Hercules," the young titular hero (Tate Donovan) is a god raised alongside humans.

As he sets out in search of a path and seeks to prove himself as a hero, Hercules is taken under the wing of gutsy satyr Philotes (DeVito). 

Critics praised "Hercules" for infusing mythology and humor in a likable family film. 

"Kids will love Hercules," wrote film critic Carol Buckland for CNN. "It's fast-paced, it's funny, and it has a very positive message. Adults will enjoy it as well, thanks to its animated artistry and sly wit."



In "Terms of Endearment" (1983) DeVito was Vernon Dalhart.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 84%

Summary: A drama with comedic notes, "Terms of Endearment" traces the lives of two women — Aurora (Shirley MacLaine) and Emma Greenaway (Debra Winger) — across three decades.

As they grapple with love and loss, Aurora finds herself pursued by various suitors, including Garrett Breedlove (Jack Nicholson) and Vernon Dalhart (DeVito). 

"Terms of Endearment" was reviewed as a fully realized drama that hit home with well-earned dramatic turns. 

Variety reporter James Harwood wrote: "Brooks' dialog is wonderful throughout and all the characters carry off their assignments beautifully, even down to Danny De Vito and Norman Bennett as MacLaine's other suffering suitors."



He played Deck Shifflet in the legal drama "The Rainmaker" (1997).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 83%

Summary: "The Rainmaker" is a drama centered around a plucky law-school graduate Rudy Baylor (Matt Damon) who takes on a legal battle with an insurance company on behalf of a young woman (Claire Danes) whose son is battling cancer.

With the help of Deck Shifflet (DeVito) the two set up a practice and attempt to form a strong defense. 

Critics praised "The Rainmaker" as an intelligent and nuanced legal drama with genuine heart. 

As Jack Matthews wrote for the Los Angeles Times: "Coppola has infused 'The Rainmaker' with enough humor, character, honest emotion and storytelling style to make it one of the year's most entertaining movies."



On the other end of the spectrum, he was Wayne in the comedy "The Oh in Ohio" (2006).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 22%

Summary: In the comedy "The Oh in Ohio," married couple Priscilla (Parker Posey) and Jack (Paul Rudd) experience sexual frustration in their marriage and seek satisfaction from other people. While Jack takes interest in one of his students (Mischa Barton), Priscilla finds comfort in Wayne the pool guy (DeVito). 

"The Oh in Ohio" was met with poor reception, with critics calling the comedy lifeless. 

"The script, which was co-written by director Billy Kent, has the forced 'raciness' of a mid-'70s dinner-theater sex comedy," wrote critic Eleanor Ringel Cater for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution



DeVito had a small role in "The World's Greatest Lover" (1977).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 17%

Summary: Set in the 1920s, "The World's Greatest Lover" is a comedy about a movie producer (Dom DeLuise) who is looking to cast an actor to portray Rudolph Valentino. Eager to prove himself, amateur actor Rudy Valentine (Gene Wilder) auditions for the part.

DeVito appeared in a small role as the assistant director on the fictional movie set. 

Critics wrote that "The World's Greatest Lover" came across as too silly and lacked consistency. 

"Despite Gene Wilder's undeniable personality, his work as an actor results inferior when he's directing himself," wrote Jesús Fernández Santos for El Pais. "His parodies lose rhythm and the structure of the script at times results confusing."



He played Al in the romantic comedy "When in Rome" (2010).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 17%

Summary: In the romantic comedy "When in Rome," Beth (Kristen Bell) swipes coins from a wishing fountain in Italy and finds herself being pursued by the very men who threw those coins in.

A few of her hopeful suitors include Gale (Dax Shepard), Antonio (Will Arnett), and Al (DeVito). 

Critics felt that "When in Rome" failed to introduce anything new to the well-trodden romantic-comedy genre. 

"'When in Rome' never delves deep into anything, but whisks us through the conventions of romantic comedies so quickly there's barely time to groan," wrote Sarah Sluis for Film Journal International



In "Hotel Noir" (2012) he appeared as Eugene Portland.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 13%

Summary: Set in 1950s Hollywood, "Hotel Noir" is a dramatic thriller about a detective who checks into a hotel to wait for his adversaries to catch up with him.

As various people come and go — like Hanna Click (Carla Gugino) and Eugene Portland (DeVito) — the story surrounding his fate begins to unravel.

"Hotel Noir" was met with raised eyebrows from critics, who were unsure how a film with such an impressive cast could yield a weak narrative. 

Time Out critic David Fear wrote: "You never lose the nagging sense that you're simply watching a high-school drama club's production of '40s fatalism chic."



DeVito was Grover Cleaver in "Screwed" (2000).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 13%

Summary: The broad comedy "Screwed" features Willard Fillmore (Norm MacDonald) as a chauffeur who tries to get back at his boss Mrs. Crock (Elaine Stritch) by stealing her treasured dog.

When things get out of hand, the police suspect that Willard himself has been kidnapped. In an attempt to throw off the police, Willard asks for mortician Grover Cleaver (DeVito) to help him find a dead body that can pass as him. 

Critics felt that the low production value of "Screwed" made it feel like a second-rate television movie more than a feature film.

Despite giving a negative review, critic Stephen Holden was at least won over by DeVito's performance in the film. "Danny DeVito is the only cast member who succeeds in making something out of the movie's nothing of a screenplay,"Holden wrote for the New York Times



In "Renaissance Man" (1994) the actor played Bill Rago.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 12%

Summary: In the comedy "Renaissance Man," DeVito stars as Bill Rago, a new teacher who tries to connect with the soldiers in his literacy class who have been deemed unteachable.

Tasked with only six weeks to teach them English and literature, Rago does his best to inspire his unconventional students. 

"Renaissance Man" was received as a pandering comedy with manipulative messaging by a majority of critics. 

However, The Washington Post critic Hal Hinson found a sliver of redemption in the film by praising DeVito's involvement.

"As strange as it sounds, DeVito's performance is about the only aspect of the film that isn't wholly fraudulent, if only because his typical feisty abrasiveness protects him from sinking to the level of Marshall's mawkishness," wrote Hinson. 



He played Max Fairbanks in "What's the Worst That Could Happen?" (2001).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 10%

Summary: Based on a novel, the crime comedy "What's the Worst That Could Happen?" tells the story of Kevin Caffery (Martin Lawrence), a thief who attempts to break into the mansion of Max Fairbanks (DeVito). After Max calls the police on Kevin and personally affronts him, Kevin vows to stop at nothing to get back at the billionaire. 

Critics largely panned "What's the Worst That Could Happen?" as incoherent, humorless, and forgettable. 

"The film isn't just lightweight, it's weightless," wrote Movie Metropolis critic John Puccio. "You don't forget it two minutes later; you forget it before it's over."



DeVito was Buddy Hall in "Deck the Halls" (2006).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 6%

Summary: In the comedy "Deck the Halls," the holiday season falls upon a suburban neighborhood, inciting an unexpected decoration battle between neighbors Steve Finch (Matthew Broderick) and Buddy Hall (DeVito).

As the escalating antics get out of hand, jealousy and rage get the better of the two men and threaten to spoil their Christmas cheer. 

Any pleasure critics derived from the film was wrought from unintentional humor, with many critics calling "Deck the Halls" messy and overstuffed holiday fare. 

"'My stupidity astounds me!' chortles Danny DeVito in 'Deck the Halls,' a line that pretty much sums up this tale of warring neighbours with very different ideas about celebrating Christmas,"joked Neil Smith in his review for the BBC



He played Stedman in the comedy "Head Office" (1986).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 0%

Summary: The satirical black comedy "Head Office" focuses on Jack Issel (Judge Reinhold), a recent graduate from business school who stakes his claim within a large industrial company. As he climbs the corporate ladder he shakes hands and butts heads with Jane (Jane Seymour), Helms (Eddie Albert), and Stedman (DeVito). 

The comedy "Head Office" was raked through the coals by film critics who called it empty and lazily written. 

"The structure here is a bit like '50s social comedies but there's no satirical force, just chutzpah and energy," wrote Michael Wilmington for the Los Angeles Times. "The movie confuses iconoclasm with wit, and bile with guts; it's mostly thin and mean-spirited."



"Look Who's Talking Now" (1993) earned also a 0%.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 0%

Summary: The third installment in the "Look Who's Talking" series, this comedy centers around two dogs with the ability to talk: Rocks (DeVito) and Daphne (Diane Keaton).

The two canines have to take action when the lives of their owners (John Travolta and Kirstie Alley) are put in danger. 

Critics felt "Look Who's Talking Now" was an unnecessary sequel with low-brow humor from a franchise that already wrung out its potential in earlier films. 

"Most of the way this is pretty cheesy stuff, too stupid for adults and too vulgar for children," wrote Chris Hicks for the Deseret News. "And it's even worse when it goes for cheap sentiment."

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'Ford v Ferrari' trounces 'Charlie's Angels' to dominate the weekend box office with a strong $31 million opening

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  • Disney/Fox's "Ford v Ferrari" won the domestic box office this weekend with an estimated $31 million.
  • It's the second-straight weekend that an original movie topped the box office.
  • Sony's "Charlie's Angels" was a major disappointment as it only took in $8.6 million (the studio projected it to earn between $12 million and $13 million).
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Original movies have been showing their might of late at the multiplex.

Last weekend Lionsgate's "Midway" surprised the industry by winning the domestic box office (but with a $18 million opening it was the lowest November release champ in 20 years), and now the Fox/Disney release, "Ford v Ferrari," took home the top prize this weekend.

The movie brought in an estimated $31 million, a strong start for a $90 million race car movie. The global take for the movie was $52 million.

Following a 92% score on Rotten Tomatoes and award season hype surrounding its lead actors (Matt Damon and Christian Bale), director (James Mangold), and its beautiful cinematography (lensed by Phedon Papamichael), "Ford v Ferrari" just needed the grown-up audience to show up. And they certainly did.

Friday's $10.9 million take was fueled by males over 25, who made up close to half of the audience on the movie's first full day in release, according to Deadline.

It's a much-needed win for Fox, which made the movie before the Disney/Fox merger and is one of the few from the big studio to find success since Disney took the wheel (indie shingle, Fox Searchlight, has had several successes since the merger).

When Business Insider spoke to Mangold before he premiered the movie at the Toronto International Film Festival, he said Disney was fully backing the movie and added that he believes it's a type of title Disney wants Fox to release more of.

"It's the kind of movie Disney hasn't made, so it does expand their portfolio,"Mangold said.

If this is the formula by Disney going forward for Fox — big budget movies catered to the 30-and-over crowd — it also potentially makes the studio a more consistent contender for Oscar glory, which historically is a rarity outside of its animation output.

The other big release of the weekend, Sony's "Charlie's Angels," had a disastrous opening.

Trying to relaunch the franchise following its successful transition from TV to movies in the early 2000s thanks to stars Drew Barrymore, Lucy Lu, and Cameron Diaz, this new "Angels" enlisted the talents of Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska (with Elizabeth Banks directing). But it did not excite anyone as the movie only brought in $8.6 million. Sony was projecting a $12 million to $13 million opening on over 3,400 screens.

It seems "Angels" suffered the same fate as "Terminator: Dark Fate." Audiences can sniff out a tired franchise from a mile away and with so many content options to choose from these days they are going to ignore anything they don't have to spend money on.

Disney will certainly repeat as champs next weekend as it opens the much anticipated "Frozen II."

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Box office highlights:

  • "Midway" came in second place with a $8.7 million take. It now has a global total of over $53 million.  
  • Warner Bros./New Line's "The Good Liar" had a weak opening, only taking in $5.6 million domestically on 2,400 screens.
  • "Joker" is the first R-rated movie to cross $1 billion at the worldwide box office, as it hit the milestone on Friday.

 

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9 free Amazon Prime Video perks you probably didn't know about — all of which are free if you have a Prime membership

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  • Prime Video is one of the best perks of having an Amazon Prime membership.
  • It houses thousands of movies and TV shows that can be streamed and downloaded for free, as well as titles that can be rented for a brief time period or purchased for permanent access.
  • It also has lesser-known features that can make it more valuable to you, like the opportunity to share access with another adult, accessibility options, and behind-the-scenes factoids that show up while you watch in real time.

 

Amazon's lightning-fast Prime shipping is great, but I'd wager I use Prime Video about three times as often throughout the course of a year. Find me at home in my pajamas, barreling through the latest season of "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" or rewatching "Fleabag."

And, aside from the very obvious perks of free, streamable TV shows and movies on Prime Video, there are a few other features worth knowing about — from parental controls to à la carte network subscriptions to built-in cinematic trivia and fun facts. Below, you can find a few of the lesser-known perks that go along with Prime Video.

If you don't already have an Amazon Prime membership, and access to Prime Video by extension, you can sign up for a free 30-day trial here

Download movies and TV shows for offline viewing

Never spend another underground subway ride or transatlantic flight stuck in streaming purgatory, wondering what happened in the next episode of "Fleabag."

You can download Prime Video titles for offline viewing as long as you have the Prime Video app for iOS or Android or a Fire tablet.

For eligible movies, select the download arrow (same as the one shown above). To download a full TV season, hit the middle downward arrow button at the very top of the page. To download specific individual episodes, hit the identical down arrow next to the specific episode you want to download. 

How long you have to watch your download before it expires depends on the content, and some of it may be locked geographically — meaning you may not be able to watch some content overseas, even with a VPN service. Though, you could theoretically keep your device on airplane mode to circumvent that.

 



Use Amazon Household to share your membership

To share your Amazon Prime benefits with another adult — including Prime Video access — create an Amazon Household and opt to add another adult with an email invitation or sign in together.  



Use the X-Ray feature to instantly get behind-the-scenes trivia

Amazon owns IMDB, and Prime Video uses its X-Ray integration to offer you instant access to cast information, featured music, and trivia about the show or movie you're watching while you're watching it. You can also use it to skip to specific scenes

If you want to dig into its other features, it also offers character backstories, behind-the-scenes photos, bonus video content, and more. To access it, just tap the screen or click up on the remote while the video is playing.



Set up parental controls

You can set up parental controls that require a pin entry to bypass viewing or purchase restrictions you've set on the account. Here's how to set up a Prime Video Pin.

Amazon Fire TV devices, Fire tablets, Fire phone, and Microsoft Xbox 360 all have their own parental controls settings, so you'll need to manage them directly on the device. 



Create your own alternate cable subscription with Amazon Channels

Everyone with a Prime membership can access Amazon Prime channels through Prime Video and the Prime Video app. Essentially, you can create your own custom, a la carte cable with subscriptions to only the channels you truly watch — like Showtime, HBO, Starz, CBS All Access, Cinemax and others. If you're not sure if it's for you, take advantage of its free week-long trials of the major channels. 



Regain some semblance of self control by turning off Auto Play

Ever started an episode and ended up binge-watching a full season thanks to episodes automatically loading up every time you finish another? Turn off Auto Play to make it easier to stop after a single episode. 

To turn off Auto Play, go into Video Settings, click the Playback tab, and select "off" for Auto Play.

 



Get access to more free content by creating an IMDb Freedive account

IMDb Freedive is IMDb's free streaming video channel within the US, which gives you access to TV shows and movies including older classics like the "Heroes" series and movies such as "Memento" and "The Illusionist." The service is supported by advertisements, though, so prepare for some commercials. 

You can create an account to watch for free with IMDb, Amazon, Facebook, or Google. It'll also show up as a viewing option if you search something like "Memento" on Prime Video



Make use of accessibility features

Many Prime Video titles include subtitles, alternative tracks, audio descriptions, or a combination of these features. The range of supported features will ultimately depend on which device you're using. To find them, click on the icon that looks like a rectangular dialogue bubble.



Rate the videos you've watched to improve your Prime Video recommendations

Want better Prime Video recommendations generated by Amazon? Take a few minutes to rate the titles you've watched by going into your settings and clicking on Watch History. 

If you don't already have an Amazon Prime membership, and access to Prime Video by extension, you can sign up for a free 30-day trial here



Disney's new streaming service bafflingly leaves out 2 key features that everyone uses on Netflix (DIS, NFLX)

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  • Disney Plus, the Mickey Mouse company's answer to Netflix, finally went live last week.
  • One of the most disappointing aspects of the service is that you can't see what movies or shows you've started or finished. This makes it difficult to know which episode of a show you're on, for example.
  • Disney told Business Insider it would launch a "continue watching" feature soon, but there's no timetable yet.
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After years of anticipation, Disney last week finally released its streaming service, Disney Plus.

Disney Plus features movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, "Star Wars," and National Geographic. I personally love it: It has a strong foundation with lots of rewatchable older movies and shows, as well as the promise of new Disney Plus originals on the horizon, like the already excellent series "The Mandalorian."

There's just one glaring issue I've found so far: There's no way to see which movies or shows you've started, or finished.

On Netflix, Disney Plus' main competition, it's easy to know this stuff. Netflix offers two carousels toward the top of your home screen, called "continue watching" and "watch it again," so it's easy to see what you've started and finished.

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Disney told Business Insider that it would continually refine its product and that a "continue watching" feature would launch shortly. Still, we have no idea when it's coming, or whether viewers will also have the ability to see what they've finished watching.

These are odd omissions for a major streaming service not to have at launch, but given that they're simple software tweaks, it's all fixable. Hopefully we see these changes sooner rather than later.

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'Ford v Ferrari' cinematographer on how he pulled off the thrilling race scenes with real cars and why he always turns down Marvel movies

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  • The "Ford v Ferrari" cinematographer Phedon Papamichael talked to Business Insider about shooting the movie with real cars.
  • Only one car was made through CGI, he said.
  • Thirty cars were built from scratch and could go up to speeds of 90 to 100 mph.
  • Papamichael said he's fortunate these kinds of authentic movies are still being made because he could never work on a Marvel movie (though he's been offered them) because he "wouldn't be inspired by them," he said.
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Warning: Spoiler below if you haven't seen "Ford v Ferrari."

In an era when CGI is getting so advanced that one movie is bringing back James Dean from the dead to star in it, the cinematographer Phedon Papamichael is relieved there are still some filmmakers working today who like to tell stories with real-life things.

Known for his numerous collaborations with Alexander Payne (he was nominated for an Oscar for his crisp black-and-white photography in Payne's "Nebraska") and James Mangold, Papamichael's latest work with the latter director had audiences on the edges of their seats over the weekend. 

"Ford v Ferrari" rode critical acclaim and award-season buzz to win the domestic box office over the weekend with a $31 million haul. That's quite a feat for a movie catered to the 30-and-over crowd. 

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The movie, based on a true story, follows the car designer Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) and the driver Ken Miles (Christian Bale) as they try to build a car for Ford that's fast enough to beat Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966.

To tell the against-all-odds story, there are many car-racing sequences, and according to Papamichael, he and Mangold were in complete agreement on how they would be shot: using real cars. 

"I think it's very important to put the audience in the point-of-view of the driver," Papamichael told Business Insider hours before the movie had its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. 


Though visual effects can pretty much recreate anything these days, there's nothing like the real thing — and you can feel it when watching Miles get behind the wheel in this movie.  

To pull off the race sequences, Papamichael said 30 cars were built from scratch. Many of them were able to drive as fast as 90 to 100 mph with cameras strapped to them. So there was very little faking. From the vibrations the drivers felt from driving cars at high speeds to the reaction of the actor Tracy Letts, who plays Henry Ford II in the movie, when he's being whipped around by Damon's Shelby in a car on the test track, it's all authentic.

"That's all real," Papamichael said of the Henry Ford II scene, for which the actors were placed in a rig with an interior made to look like a Ford race car (the person really driving the car is in front of the rig, off camera). "We had them do two takes, but the first take was perfect, to be honest."

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And to execute the thrilling scenes in pit row at La Mans, Papamichael said it was all shot on a 200-yard set.

"We had to coordinate all those cars taking off at the pits," he said. "We only had four or five takes, and some cars would stall, like a real race. It was a great challenge but also a great achievement."

In the entire movie, only one car was created through CGI (the rest of the visual effects in the movie were to place crowds at the races), Papamichael said.

"The CGI car is in the shot where we come in from high in the sky down to the car," he said. "Everything else are real cars."

The cinematographer said making a movie like "Ford v Ferrari" was what still excites him to continue in the business. He gets offered to shoot Marvel movies all the time but always declines, he said.

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"I wouldn't be inspired by them," he said. "I don't want to be on a stage with blue screen for weeks and weeks at a time. It's not interesting to me."

What interests him is chasing a shot that seems impossible. His favorite in "Ford v Ferrari" is one he didn't think was going to work out: The long shot of Miles' tragic final test drive at the end of the movie barely made it in the can.

"That was the Honda test track out in Mojave, but out of necessity, we only had one day, and we were losing the light, and I was like, 'Let's just jump in.' We literally had one round on that track. We were just winging it and it came out beautiful," he said. "Sometimes you have to get lucky."

"Ford v Ferrari" is playing in theaters.

SEE ALSO: The director of "Ford v Ferrari" on how he convinced a studio to take a chance on his big-budget drama and what effect the Disney-Fox merger had

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13 of the best and 13 of the worst movies of the decade, according to audiences

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From comedies to thrillers, a lot of films have made their debut over the past decade, but not all of them have been a hit with viewers. 

Here are some of the best and worst movies of the 2010s based on audience scores from Rotten Tomatoes.

 

Although critics had mixed reviews about the 2019 Harriet Tubman biopic, "Harriet" scored big with viewers.

Audience Score: 97%

Reviewers called the American-history film, which starred Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., Janelle Monae, and Joe Alwyn, "riveting" and "inspiring."



"Maleficent: Mistress of Evil," Disney's 2019 live-action sequel to the 2014 re-telling, was beloved by viewers.

Audience Score: 95%

Although the Angelina Jolie-led fairytale about the "Sleeping Beauty" villain didn't impress critics, who gave the film only a 40% on Rotten Tomatoes, audiences loved it.

Reviewers praised the film's visuals and special effects as well as its overall storyline.



"Spider-Man: Far From Home" was a hit with most viewers.

Audience Score: 95%

With Tom Holland, Zendaya, and Samuel L. Jackson as its leads, "Spider-Man: Far From Home" managed to impress both critics and audiences as a hybrid between superhero action and teen romance. 

Many praised the 2019 film's fresh storyline and smart dialogue.



The live-action reboot "Aladdin" was a flop with critics but it managed to enthrall viewers.

Audience Score: 94%

Although many felt that the film didn't top the original from 1992, one viewer called this remake "one of the biggest surprises of the year" because of its "impressive" musical numbers and effects.

Many also said they loved that Will Smith was cast as Genie.

 



The 2018 documentary about the life of Fred Rogers won over viewers.

Audience Score: 94%

The film explored the TV personality Mr. Rogers' background and his approach to educating and entertaining children.

Reviews of "Won't You Be My Neighbor" were overwhelmingly positive, with one audience member calling the film "honest, stirring, and emotional."



Both critics and audiences lauded Pixar's 2017 animated film "Coco."

Audience Score: 94%

The flick tells the story of a musically gifted boy who learns about his family while exploring the Land of the Dead.

One reviewer called the movie "an extravagant tale of culture and ambition that's exemplary in all aspects," praising its soundtrack, colorful visuals, and heartfelt storyline.



Critics weren't impressed by "Black and Blue," but audiences praised the film's suspenseful storyline.

Audience Score: 94%

Alongside Tyrese Gibson, Naomie Harris played a new cop who accidentally captures footage of corrupt cops murdering a drug dealer.

Many praised the fast-paced plot of the 2019 film, saying it kept them on the edge of their seats. 



Damien Chazelle's "Whiplash" was applauded for its riveting storytelling.

Audience Score: 94%

This fast-paced film from 2014 about what it takes to become a master drummer received praise for its premise and its impressive leads, Miles Teller and JK Simmons.



The 2015 film "Spotlight" was lauded for the way it depicted a real-life investigation.

Audience Score: 93%

The intense drama told the true story of the Boston Globe's harrowing investigation into one of the biggest and most trusted institutions in the world. 

"Perfectly executed praise of the power of the press," one viewer wrote, praising Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, and Stanley Tucci for their acting chops. "A stellar cast and flawless direction make for an engaging and highly entertaining result."



Marvel was praised for its first "Guardians of the Galaxy" film, which starred Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana.

Audience Score: 92%

"Guardians of the Galaxy" is a space-adventure film about a bounty hunter (Chris Pratt) who steals a mysterious orb. 

Many viewers were impressed with how the 2014 Marvel film balanced humor, action, and adventure. It even got a sequel and it currently has a third movie in the works. 



"The King's Speech" is one of the rare films that is beloved by both critics and audiences.

Audience Score: 92%

The 2010 period drama is all about Bertie (Colin Firth), a royal who becomes a king and must overcome a debilitating speech impediment with the help of a quirky instructor. 

The movie picked up a best picture Oscar and audiences praised it as a "true masterwork of modern cinema."



Disney's "Big Hero 6" touched audiences with its impressive animation and heartwarming storyline.

Audience Score: 91%

Many viewers noted that the 2014 film about a robotics prodigy felt different than some of Disney's other recent offerings in the best way.

They applauded its "astonishingly beautiful" animation and its plentiful heartwarming moments.



Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" was popular with viewers.

Audience Score: 91%

The 2012 film tells the story of a freed slave's journey to save his wife from a plantation owner.

Audiences praised the performances of Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Samuel L. Jackson, saying the film is "stylish, deliciously violent, and is not afraid to go far in some places."



On the other hand, viewers lambasted the final installment of the "Human Centipede" trilogy.

Audience Score: 11%

"The Human Centipede III (Final Sequence)," a gross horror film about people who are trying to connect humans together, was not the first of its kind but many audience members are glad it's likely the last. 

The 2015 comedic horror flick saw the return of Dieter Laser and Laurence R. Harvey and it was ripped apart by audiences, with one viewer calling it the "vilest piece of garbage ever."



The 2015 film "United Passions" was criticized for how it detailed the history of the FIFA World Cup.

Audience Score: 11%

This film about the history of the FIFA World Cup was a flop with viewers. Several audience members called it the "worst movie" they'd ever seen, with many calling it "dull" and "unwatchable."



Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez starred in the 2012 flop "Dark Tide."

Audience Score: 15%

The film tells the story of a former shark whisperer's attempts to get past an attack that happened on her watch. 

Reviewers weren't impressed with the plot or lack of action in this flick. 

 

 



The 2014 Bollywood movie "Humshakals" tells the story of three friends who cause confusion wherever they go.

Audience Score: 16%

This Bollywood comedy about lookalikes and their antics wasn't a hit with audiences. 

One viewer called the movie "interrogation-room torture material" and another said it was an "absolute profane piece of cinema."



Reviewers and critics alike revealed that they were very disappointed with "The Disappointments Room."

Audience Score: 17%

With Kate Beckinsale and Mel Raido as its leads, the 2016 thriller about a secret room lived up to its title, with viewers lambasting the nonexistent storyline and lack of character development.



The Kevin Bacon and Radha Mitchell-led horror movie "The Darkness" was criticized for not being scary enough.

Audience Score: 19%

One reviewer wrote that the 2016 horror film about a family that accidentally brings a dark force home with them "lacks scares, thrills, and any plot at all."



"Piranha 3DD" was critiqued as even more un-watchable than its 2010 predecessor.

Audience Score: 22%

The 2012 movie about flesh-eating fish failed to win over audiences even though it had a celebrity cameo from David Hasselhoff.

Audience members criticized the flick's gratuitous nudity, lackluster dialogue, and extreme gore.



"The Devil Inside" is another horror movie that didn't live up to audience expectations.

Audience Score: 22%

The 2012 mockumentary-style film follows a woman who is possessed by demons during an exorcism.

Viewers weren't impressed with the premise and were especially bothered that the film didn't have an official ending — instead, it concluded with a link to a website telling them to "Read up on the case."



Starring Kate Upton and Alexandra Daddario, "The Layover" disappointed audiences.

Audience Score: 22%

The film about two best friends falling for the same guy during an airport layover was a flop with audiences. 

Many roasted the rom-com for its unfunny jokes and unromantic plotline and one reviewer even called the comedy "one of the worst films of 2017." 



Dax Shepard's directorial debut "Brother's Justice" was panned by critics and audiences.

Audience Score: 23%

The 2011 film, which follows a comedian's journey to be a big martial-arts star and document it with the help of his friends, was panned as a "mockumentary of staggering incompetence."



The Bruce Willis-led 2016 film "Precious Cargo" was ripped apart by most viewers.

Audience Score: 23%

The crime thriller about a boss hunting down a thief who disappointed him was ripped apart by critics and audiences who felt it had a poorly done script and a ridiculous plot. 

 

 



"Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star" starred Nick Swardson, Christina Ricci, and Don Johnson.

Audience Score: 24%

The 2011 film tells the story of a grocery bagger who becomes convinced that his mission in life is to become a porn star.

Some reviewers called it "garbage" and many said it wasn't very funny. Critics even gave it a 0% score on Rotten Tomatoes. 

 



Despite its star-studded cast, "Movie 43" was a flop with both audiences and critics.

Audience Score: 24%

Even having Kate Winslet, Emma Stone, Gerard Butler, Hugh Jackman, Uma Thurman, Naomi Watts, Richard Gere, and many more A-listers on board couldn't save this 2013 ensemble comedy.

As one reviewer wrote, "It's hard to believe that so many first-rate stars could be involved in such a distasteful compilation of bad taste stories, which are so exceedingly gross and offensive."

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16 of Disney's remakes of its animated classics, ranked

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  • Disney continues remaking its beloved classics for new generations and there's no sign of slowing down anytime soon. 
  • How do critics feel about them? Insider ranked Disney's remakes according to critics' reviews.
  • 2010's "Alice Through the Looking Glass" has the worst reviews, while 2016's "The Jungle Book" is beloved.
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Disney remakes of its classics films are the norm now, but they started back in the '90s with "The Jungle Book."

They have since evolved into more CGI enhanced films like 2010's "Alice in Wonderland" and 2017's "Beauty and the Beast." Most recently, the Mouse House released a remake of "Lady and the Tramp" on its streaming service, Disney Plus.

Responses to the remakes have varied greatly. At the bottom of the scale are some of Disney's older remakes like "102 Dalmatians." Jon Favreau's take on "The Jungle Book" stunned viewers for its technological achievements on screen. Keep reading to see how Disney's remakes rank from worst to best, according to critics' scores on Rotten Tomatoes.

Angélica Acevedo contributed to a previous version of this story.

16. "Alice Through the Looking Glass" was visually stunning, but the story, which centered around the Mad Hatter, was underwhelming.

Synopsis: "Alice returns to the whimsical world of Wonderland and travels back in time to help the Mad Hatter."

Rotten Tomatoes score: 30%



15. In 2000's "102 Dalmatians," Cruella de Vill tries to steal even more Dalmatian puppies than before.

Synopsis: "Cruella de Vil gets out of prison and goes after the puppies once more."

Rotten Tomatoes score: 31%



14. 1996's "101 Dalmatians" gave us an enjoyable performance from Glenn Close, but not much else that made the remake stand out.

Synopsis: "An evil high-fashion designer plots to steal Dalmatian puppies in order to make an extravagant fur coat, but instead creates an extravagant mess."

Rotten Tomatoes score: 42%



13. Angelina Jolie reprised her role as the iconic Disney villain in "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil."

Synopsis: "Maleficent and her goddaughter Aurora begin to question the complex family ties that bind them as they are pulled in different directions by impending nuptials, unexpected allies, and dark new forces at play."

Rotten Tomatoes score: 40%

You can read our review of "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil" here



12. 2019's "Dumbo" was charming, but the addition of extra characters made the film lose its focus a bit on the main star.

Synopsis: "A young elephant, whose oversized ears enable him to fly, helps save a struggling circus, but when the circus plans a new venture, Dumbo and his friends discover dark secrets beneath its shiny veneer."

Rotten Tomatoes score: 47%



11. Tim Burton brought us to a magical world in 2010's "Alice in Wonderland" that received mix reviews.

Synopsis: "Nineteen-year-old Alice returns to the magical world from her childhood adventure, where she reunites with her old friends and learns of her true destiny: To end the Red Queen's reign of terror."

Rotten Tomatoes score: 51%



10. Disney used photo-real technology to bring "The Lion King" to life. Not everyone was a fan of the realistic look.

Synopsis: "After the murder of his father, a young lion prince flees his kingdom only to learn the true meaning of responsibility and bravery."

Rotten Tomatoes score: 53%

Read more: Stop calling Disney's 'Lion King' remake a live-action movie — it's anything but



9. Disney gave a twist to its 1959 animated movie, "Sleeping Beauty," by making the princess' villain the main character in 2014's "Maleficent."

Synopsis: "A vengeful fairy is driven to curse an infant princess, only to discover that the child may be the one person who can restore peace to their troubled land."

Rotten Tomatoes score: 54%



8. Will Smith starred as the Genie in the live-action remake of "Aladdin," which fans and critics applauded for giving Jasmine a larger role.

Synopsis: "A kind-hearted street urchin and a power-hungry Grand Vizier vie for a magic lamp that has the power to make their deepest wishes come true."

Rotten Tomatoes score: 57%

Read more: Here's what the cast of Disney's live-action 'Aladdin' looks like in real life



7. The "Lady and the Tramp" remake debuted on Disney Plus at launch in November 2019 with some smart changes.

Synopsis: "CGI and live-action re-imagining of the 1955 Disney classic."

Rotten Tomatoes score: 63%

Read more: 21 of the biggest differences between the 'Lady and the Tramp' remake and the animated movie



6. In 2017, Disney released "Beauty and the Beast," which gave a fresh perspective and new songs to the classic.

Synopsis: "A selfish prince is cursed to become a monster for the rest of his life, unless he learns to fall in love with a beautiful young woman he keeps prisoner."

Rotten Tomatoes score: 71%



5. 2018's "Christopher Robin" gave us an adorable friendship between Ewan McGregor and the silly old bear.

Synopsis: "A working-class family man, Christopher Robin, encounters his childhood friend Winnie the Pooh, who helps him to rediscover the joys of life."

Rotten Tomatoes score: 73%



4. Disney's first live-action remake, 1994's "The Jungle Book," is one of its best-reviewed.

Synopsis: "Rudyard Kipling's classic tale of Mowgli, the orphaned jungle boy raised by wolves, and how he becomes king of the jungle."

Rotten Tomatoes score: 79%



3. The success and popularity of 2015's "Cinderella" helped kick off even more live-action Disney remakes.

Synopsis: "When her father unexpectedly dies, young Ella finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother and her scheming stepsisters. Never one to give up hope, Ella's fortunes begin to change after meeting a dashing stranger."

Rotten Tomatoes score: 85%



2. Critics and fans alike agreed that "Pete's Dragon" was a sweet update to the 1977 movie.

Synopsis: "The adventures of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliot, who just so happens to be a dragon."

Rotten Tomatoes score: 88%



1. Critics and audiences alike were enchanted by director Jon Favreau's take on "The Jungle Book."

Synopsis: "After a threat from the tiger Shere Khan forces him to flee the jungle, a man-cub named Mowgli embarks on a journey of self discovery with the help of panther Bagheera and free-spirited bear Baloo."

Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%



What 21 actors took from movie sets

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  • Though it's not always easy to take things from a movie set without getting caught, many famous actors have managed to take props home from sets to keep as mementos.
  • For example, Robert Downey Jr. said he took home a giant letter "A" from the "Avengers" set.
  • Emma Watson said she took a few things from the set of "Harry Potter."
  • Jennifer Lawrence said she took home Katniss' leather jacket and boots from the "Hunger Games" set.
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Considering how much time they spend on set, it's no surprise that actors make a lot of memories while filming movies. And so, it's not surprising that some stars want to take home a few mementos to symbolize their time spent portraying a certain character.

Movie studios typically own the props that help make movies magical so it's not exactly easy for actors to swipe things from set. But sometimes stars find a way to take home some impressive or strange props.

Here are some actors who took props home from their movie sets.

Reese Witherspoon's contract for "Legally Blonde 2" allowed her to take home a huge wardrobe.

In an interview on "The Graham Norton Show," Reese Witherspoon said she brought home her entire wardrobe from "Legally Blonde 2: Red, White, and Blonde."

She added that keeping the wardrobe was part of her contract and that the looks included 77 pairs of designer Jimmy Choo shoes. 

Witherspoon explained that she hasn't worn any of the items since she brought them home. 

"I've never touched them [since] and then on the 15th anniversary I took them all out of storage and tried them all on," Witherspoon said. "Some of them fit, some of them didn't, and then I, yeah, I showed them all to my daughter and it was really cool."



Adam Driver has some props from his time filming "Star Wars."

Actor Adam Driver, who played Kylo Ren in "Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker," said he brought home "a lot of stuff" from the movie set.  

During an interview on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," Driver said he has a box containing his lightsaber and that he took his costume from the set, with permission. 

 



Zac Efron said he has taken a few things from a wide variety of his movie roles.

In an interview with BBC Radio 1, Efron said he's taken a few things from movies he's been in.

He said he took his board shorts from "Baywatch," his basketball jersey from "High School Musical," and the belt he wore as Link Larkin in "Hairspray." He said he sometimes still wears the belt.



Ashley Tisdale said she took her character's entire "High School Musical" wardrobe.

In 2018, Ashley Tisdale, who played Sharpay Evans in "High School Musical," told BuzzFeed that she took her character's entire wardrobe from the first film.

"A lot of our clothes are in hall of fames and they didn't have Sharpay's stuff and Disney tried so hard to get the clothes from me and I was like 'No, this is mine," she told BuzzFeed. "So yeah, they don't have any of the clothes from the first movie. I do." 



Jennifer Lawrence said she took home Katniss' leather jacket and boots from the "Hunger Games" set.

From 2012 to 2015, Jennifer Lawrence portrayed literary hero Katniss Everdeen in the "Hunger Games" film series. Katniss was skilled at both hunting and archery and was rarely seen on screen without her brown leather jacket and boots.

In an E! News interview from the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con, Lawrence was asked if she took anything home from the final film set and responded, "I have the leather jacket the leather hunting jacket and my leather hunting boots."

Read More: 12 surprising things you probably didn't know about 'The Hunger Games'



Robert Downey Jr. said he has the giant Avenger's "A" from the "Avengers: Age of Ultron" set.

The expansive Marvel Cinematic Universe can be traced back to its humble beginnings with "Iron Man" (2008), so it makes sense that Iron Man himself (Robert Downey Jr.) would want a piece of Avengers history.

"On Age of Ultron, there was a massive Avengers 'A' outside the Avengers center. I have it," Downey said during a "Jimmy Kimmel Live" interview for "Captain America: Civil War" in 2016.



Chris Hemsworth said he took home multiple copies of Thor's hammer.

During a 2018 interview about "Thor: Ragnarok," Jimmy Kimmel asked Chris Hemsworth, who plays Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, if he got to take Thor's famed hammer Mjolnir home.

Hemsworth replied that he actually took "a few ... about five." When Kimmel questioned where he keeps all of them Hemsworth said, "One's next to the toilet, one's on a mantelpiece somewhere."



Chadwick Boseman said he took Kimoyo beads from the set of "Black Panther."

In a 2018 Jimmy Kimmel Live interview for "Avengers: Infinity War," Kimmel asked the cast if they had kept any mementos from the Marvel sets.

"I kept the beads, the Kimoyo beads," Chadwick Boseman said. "I have them on right now."

Boseman wore the Kimoyo beads, an accessory made from Wakandan technology when he played King T'Challa in "Black Panther." 



Sir Ian McKellen said he took golden coins and a house key to Bag End from "Lord of the Rings."

Acclaimed British actor Sir Ian McKellen notably portrayed the wizard Gandalf in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy and the subsequent "Hobbit" films.

In an "Ask Me Anything" thread on Reddit in 2016, McKellen wrote that he took some gold coins from the lair where the dragon in the film was hiding.

McKellen also wrote that he managed to take home the "front door key to Bag End, which I know [director] Peter Jackson is looking for, but will never find."



Robert Pattinson said he took a few pairs of Edward Cullen's underwear from the "Twilight" set.

Per CBS New York, at a 2012 press junket for "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2,"Robert Pattinson (who played the sulky vampire Edward Cullen) said he took home a few pairs of underwear from the movie set. 

"I took a lot of underwear to be honest. I did that on all the movies," Pattinson said. "They have the best underwear and I have no idea where they get it from. I use it every day."



Kristen Stewart said she took home some rings from the "Twilight" series.

In a 2012 interview with People, Kristen Stewart said she's taken several of her character's rings from the set of the "Twilight" movies.

In particular, she said she took a moon ring from Bella's mother and the diamond-studded engagement ring Edward proposed to Bella with.

The rings "are really, really extremely important to me," Stewart said in the interview. "I love those things."

 



Gabrielle Union said she still has her "Bring It On" cheerleading uniform hanging in her closet.

In the 2000 comedy "Bring it On" Gabrielle Union played Isis, a young high-school student who led the East Compton Clovers cheer squad. Union's green cheer outfit, striped with accents of orange and yellow, has become synonymous with the movie itself.

In an interview with People Style in 2017, Union said that she still has the cheer outfit in her closet, though she doesn't wear it. 



Daniel Radcliffe said he took home two pairs of Harry Potter's glasses.

Daniel Radcliffe, who portrayed Harry Potter in the notable fantasy franchise that spanned eight films, said he took home two pairs of glasses from set — one from the first film, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," and another from the seventh, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1."

In an interview with Daily Mail in 2011 Radcliffe said, "The ones from the first film are absolutely tiny now, but they are very sweet. They are all lens-less as well. There was rarely ever any glass in the actual glasses because of filming problems with reflections."



In 2011, the late Alan Rickman said he took home Severus Snape's wand.

The late Alan Rickman played the grim Severus Snape throughout the entire "Harry Potter" series. In a 2011 interview with HitFix, Rickman said he kept Severus Snape's wand.



Emma Watson said she snagged Hermione's cloak, wand, and Time-Turner from the "Harry Potter" set.

Emma Watson, who portrayed the highly intelligent witch Hermione Granger in all eight "Harry Potter" films, said she took home several things from the set that reminded her of her time as a Hogwarts student.

"I took my wand, I took my Time-Turner, and I took a cloak," Watson said in her interview with Time for Kids in 2010.



Rupert Grint said he snagged a memento from Harry Potter's old house and also tried to take a costly dragon egg.

Rather than simply taking glasses or a wand, Rupert Grint said he and his co-stars who played George and Fred Weasley attempted to steal a golden dragon egg from the set of "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire."

"I took the golden egg that was in the fourth film — a dragon egg. Apparently, it was worth a few thousand dollars. I put it in a pillowcase, it was with James [and] Oliver, it was a joint effort. But they tracked it down and got it off us," Grint, who played Harry's best friend Ron Weasley, told BBC Newsbeat in 2010,

In regards to a prop that Grint successfully took home, he told the Daily Mail in 2011 that he got the "number 4" from 4 Privet Drive, the house where Harry was raised by his aunt and uncle.

"Well, I kind of stole [it], I suppose," Grint told the publication. "That's quite a nice thing to keep."



Simon Pegg said he took a Starfleet badge from "Star Trek: Into Darkness" but said he'd bring it back.

Per Female First's reports, at a press conference for 2013's "Star Trek Into Darkness," Simon Pegg talked about how difficult it was to take anything from the set of the "Star Trek" reboot in 2009.

Apparently, security was more relaxed on the set of the sequel because Pegg said he was able to take a Starfleet badge home when he reprised his role as Scotty.

"It was on my costume when I got back to my trailer and it's a beautiful little brass thing," Pegg said. "And I put it in my bag."

Pegg then turned to the film's director J.J. Abrams and joked, "Yeah! What are you gonna do?" before promising Abrams he would bring it back in for the next film.



Taron Egerton said he took a neon sign from the "Rocketman" set.

In a 2019 interview with British GQ, Taron Egerton (who played famed musician Elton John) said he took the neon Troubadour sign from one of the film's concert stages.

"[It] is obviously really cool and is exactly as it is in the club in LA, which I visited after the shot," Egerton said in the interview.

He said Richard Madden, his co-star in the film, told him to take it and put it in his kitchen. Egerton did. He said it's still there today. 

 



Kimberly J. Brown said she has lots of things from the set of "Halloweentown."

In a YouTube video with Manny Gutierrez, actress Kimberly J. Brown shared that she took a lot of things from the "Halloweentown" (1998) set. 

The actress said she took the titular book from the film and that Disney gave her the puppet that was Kalabar's bat assistant.

"I also have Marnie's purple cloak and hat from the second and third 'Halloweentown' movies," she said in the video.

She said she also has Marnie's little broom from the second movie.  



Timothée Chalamet said he has a helmet and a chain from "The King."

While working on the 2019 film "The King," Timothée Chalamet told BBC Radio 1 that he got to keep a few things from the set, although he regrets not trying to take home a big sword.

He grabbed the "thick, metal helmet" and a period chain with a "contemporary feel to it" instead. 



Julie Andrews kept a pair of shoes from "Mary Poppins."

While on "The Graham Norton Show," actress Julie Andrews said she took home a pair of shoes from "Mary Poppins." She said the pair of kicks now serve as doorstops in her home. 



Every single Katherine Heigl movie, ranked

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Katherine Heigl Movies

  • Katherine Heigl is best known for her role on the television show "Grey's Anatomy" and for her work in romantic comedies like "27 Dresses" (2008).
  • Insider ranked all of Heigl's films based on critical scores on Rotten Tomatoes.
  • "King of the Hill" (1993) and "Knocked Up" (2007) currently stand as her highest-rated films on Rotten Tomatoes. 
  • However, other films like "Caffeine" (2007) and "One For the Money" (2012) received low scores from critics across the board. 
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Katherine Heigl is known for her former role on ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" and for her work in romantic comedies throughout the early 2000s. 

And although she's been in a few hits, not every film she's been in has been well-received by critics. 

Here is every movie in Katherine Heigl's filmography, ranked by critic scores on Rotten Tomatoes.

Note: All scores were current on the date of publication and are subject to change. Documentaries and films without critical ratings were not included.

Heigl's lowest-ranked film is "Caffeine" (2007).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 0%

Synopsis: The comedy "Caffeine" hones in on the comings and goings of patrons at the Black Cat Cafe in London and their interconnected relationships.

Katherine Heigl played Laura, the ex-girlfriend of one patron (Andrew Lee Potts) and the blind date of another (Daz Crawford). 



She played Stephanie Plum in "One for the Money" (2012).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 2%

Synopsis: The comedic thriller "One for the Money" tells the story of Stephanie Plum (Heigl), a woman who starts working for her cousin's bail-bonding company in a last-ditch effort to make extra cash.

Despite her lack of experience, Stephanie goes after the company's most elusive bail-jumper: a murder suspect (Jason O'Mara) who also happens to be her former high-school sweetheart. 



In "Home Sweet Hell" (2015) she played Mona.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 5%

Synopsis: "Home Sweet Hell" is a dark comedy starring Patrick Wilson and Heigl as Don and Mona Champagne, a suburban couple with a seemingly idyllic marriage.

When an outside party seeks to extort them, Mona goes to great lengths to keep her perfect life intact. 



Heigl was Lyla in "The Big Wedding" (2013).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 7%

Synopsis: In the romantic comedy, "The Big Wedding" two families do their best to survive a wedding weekend for the sake of the happy couple Missy (Amanda Seyfried) and Alejandro (Ben Barnes).

In the film, Heigl played Alejandro's recently divorced sister Lyla.



She was Laura in the ensemble comedy "New Year's Eve" (2011).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 7%

Synopsis: "New Year's Eve" is an ensemble comedy that takes place in New York City on the last few hours of New Year's Eve.

Starring alongside stars like Halle Berry, Jessica Biel, Robert De Niro, and Zac Efron, Heigl played Laura, the ex-girlfriend of musician Daniel Jensen (Jon Bon Jovi). 



The actress played the lead in "Killers" (2010).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 10%

Synopsis: In the action-comedy "Killers," Jen Kornfeldt (Heigl) believes that she's married the man of her dreams (Ashton Kutcher) until he reveals that he's been leading a double life as an international spy.

As their marriage hangs in the balance, Jen is forced to go along for the ride when they're placed in their enemies' crosshairs.  



Heigl was Shelley Fisher in "Valentine" (2001).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 11%

Synopsis: Based on the novel of the same name, the horror-thriller "Valentine" follows Marley Shelton and her tight-knit group of friends as they're picked off one by one by a mysterious killer. 

Heigl played one of Marley's friends whose name is at the top of the murderer's list. 



Heigl played Karly Hert in the comedic drama "Side Effects" (2005).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 11%

Synopsis: Both a comedy and a drama, "Side Effects" is a semi-autobiographical film that stars Heigl as Karly Hert, a pharmaceutical rep who excels at her work even as she questions her company's morals.

To complicate matters, she falls in love with Zach (Lucian McAfee) who challenges her to choose between money and morality. 



Heigl voiced Andie in "The Nut Job" (2014).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 12%

Synopsis: The animated family film "The Nut Job" tells the story of an ambitious squirrel named Surly (Will Arnett), who recruits the help of his furry friends in pulling off an elaborate heist at a nut store. 

Heigl voiced Andie, a compassionate squirrel who tries to keep a cool head even as Surly's plans go off the rails. 



She was Gerard Butler's love interest in "The Ugly Truth" (2009).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 14%

Synopsis: In the romantic comedy "The Ugly Truth," brilliant-minded television executive Abby (Heigl) butts heads with new morning anchor Mike (Gerard Butler) over the right way to capture a man's heart.

But when Abby takes Mike's suggestions and starts changing the way she approaches dating, she finds herself falling for Mike instead.



The actress played Nicole in "My Father, the Hero" (1994).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 14%

Synopsis: Based on a French comedy, "My Father, the Hero" follows estranged father Andre (Gerard Depardieu) as he tries to reconnect with his daughter Nicole (Heigl) after years apart.

 



Heigl returned as Andie in "The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature" (2017).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 15%

Synopsis: The animated sequel "The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature" picks up where its predecessor left off, with Surly and his friends devastated to learn that the mayor of Oaktown plans to destroy their beloved park and put an amusement park in its place. 

Heigl returned as Andie for the sequel, recruited once more by Surly in helping their friends pull of a ludicrous plan. 



She starred alongside Alexis Bledel in "Jenny's Wedding" (2015).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 25%

Synopsis: In the dramatic comedy "Jenny's Wedding," Jenny (Heigl) finally comes out to her conservative family as gay, revealing that the woman (Alexis Bledel) they once thought was her roommate is actually her partner.

As her parents come to terms with her sexuality, Jenny becomes more certain that her fiancée is the love of her life. 



Heigl played Tessa Connover in the thriller "Unforgettable" (2017).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 26%

Synopsis: In the domestic thriller "Unforgettable," Tessa Connover (Heigl) struggles to accept that her marriage with her ex-husband David (Geoff Stults) has really come to an end.

When David proposes to Julia (Rosario Dawson) Tessa becomes consumed with jealousy and obsesses over Julia's new place in their family. 



She was a new parent in "Life as We Know It" (2010).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 29%

Synopsis: "Life as We Know It" is a dramatic comedy about Holly Berenson (Heigl) and Eric Messer (Josh Duhamel), two people who can hardly stand to be in the same room together.

When their best friends die in a tragic accident, Holly and Eric have to step up and take care of their godchild as they slip into new roles as respective parents. 



Heigl played Sarah Ryback in the action film "Under Siege 2: Dark Territory" (1995).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 37%

Synopsis: In the action-adventure film "Under Siege 2: Dark Territory," CIA agent Casey Ryback (Steven Seagal) races against time to stop arms terrorist Travis Dane (Eric Bogosian) from issuing a threat of global proportions. 

Heigl starred alongside Seagal as Casey's niece Sarah Ryback, who is accompanying him on his train when it is hijacked by Dane. 



She appeared opposite Johnny Knoxville in "The Ringer" (2005).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 40%

Synopsis: After an accident leaves Steve (Johnny Knoxville) heavily in debt, he is pressured by his sleazy uncle to con a well-meaning organization. 

Despite their ludicrous scheme, Steve tries to retain a shred of morality all while staying in the good graces of his crush Lynn (Heigl) who works at the organization as a volunteer. 



She was the lead in the romantic comedy "27 Dresses" (2008).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 40%

Synopsis: "27 Dresses"is a romantic comedy about Jane (Heigl) who is always a bridesmaid, never the bride.

After a lifetime of helping her friends find their perfect match, her co-worker Casey (Judy Greer) and new flame Kevin (James Marsden) help Jane realize that it's time to put herself first for once. 



In "Bride of Chucky" (1998) Heigl played Jade.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 46%

Synopsis: Another entry in the "Child's Play" horror franchise, "Bride of Chucky" revisits the story of Chucky (Brad Dourif) a serial killer who uses an amulet to possess the body of a doll.

Chucky kills his ex-girlfriend (Jennifer Tilly) and puts her spirit in a bridal doll so that together they can possess and frame unsuspecting Jade (Heigl) for their crimes. 



The actress was Arlene in the comedy "100 Girls" (2000).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 60%

Synopsis: In the comedy "100 Girls," college freshman Matthew (Jonathan Tucker) has a spontaneous love affair with a woman when they get stuck in the same elevator during a power outage. Waking up the next morning alone, Matthew is determined to track down the woman who captured his heart.

Heigl appeared as Arlene, one of the many women Matthew meets as he searches for "the one."



In "Jackie & Ryan" (2015) she played Jackie Laurel.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 62%

Synopsis: In the musical drama "Jackie & Ryan," former singer Jackie (Heigl) and roaming musician Ryan (Ben Barnes) find their lives thrown together after a car accident.

As Ryan struggles with his own personal grief and Jackie grapples with the possibility of losing her daughter in a custody battle, the two find comfort in each other. 



Heigl was Kathryn in "That Night" (1993).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 67%

Synopsis: The romantic drama "That Night," is set in Long Island in the 1970s. It follows Alice Bloom (Eliza Dushku) and her adoration for her troubled neighbor Sheryl (Juliette Lewis). Unmoored by her father's death, a pregnant, grieving Sheryl leans on Alice for support. 

"That Night" was Heigl's first credited role in a film — she played Alice's young friend Kathryn.



She was Alison Scott in the comedy "Knocked Up" (2007).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 90%

Synopsis: In the Judd Apatow comedy "Knocked Up," Alison (Heigl) and Ben (Seth Rogen) have a fun one-night stand and go their separate ways. But when Alison shows up two months later to reveal that she's pregnant, Ben surprises himself by agreeing to help her raise their child. 



The actress had a small role as Christina in the drama "King of the Hill" (1993).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%

Synopsis: Based on the memoir by A.E. Hotchner, the Steven Soderbergh drama "King of the Hill" centers around 12-year-old Aaron (Jesse Bradford) coming of age during the trying economic times of the 1930s.

Heigl had a small role in "King of the Hill" as Christina Sebastian, Aaron's wealthy classmate. 

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