Yet another movie not screened for critics?


Studio Briefing says Tyler Perry‘s The Family That Preys “was not screened for critics“, but if that’s the case, how was The Screengrab able to post a review of a “screener” it received two days ago? And while Variety didn’t post its own review until a few hours after the film opened today — something they normally do when they haven’t had a chance to even see the film until opening day — this particular review was apparently based on a screening that took place weeks ago, on August 18. So while it’s common for Tyler Perry movies to shun the critics in general, there would seem to be some exceptions to that rule here. For what it’s worth, I can’t comment on the presence or absence of any local, Vancouver- area screenings, because the film isn’t even opening here. The only Canadian cities getting it are Toronto, Halifax and Windsor.

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his film column, which won multiple awards from the Evangelical Press Association, the Canadian Church Press and the Fellowship of Christian Newspapers, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005).


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