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Netflix Now: Year End, Rear End Edition

Nick Valdez, News Editor - Flixist
8:00 PM on 12.19.2014
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As the last Netflix Now before the end of the year, I'd like to say it's been a good run. Although 2014 could've been a better year, I've had a lot of fun myself. Met a bunch of cool people, went to some cool places, ate some really good donuts, and you folks are still reading what I write. A win in all my books, really. 

And if you're going to be lonely while I'm gone, Netflix Instant is here to keep you company. Notables include: Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, American Horror Story: Coven, A Haunted House 2, Cam2Cam, Drive Hard, Pee-Wee's Playhouse, and Sharknado 2. Like I did last time, I'll be back with this feature in January featuring a several weeks long list of additions. Have a good holiday and see you next year!

Hit the jump for the full list of Netflix Instant additions for the week along with my favorite videos from the past year. 




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Newest trailer for American Sniper is American

Nick Valdez, News Editor - Flixist
2:00 PM on 12.19.2014

I'm not usually one for these "America" films, but Clint Eastwood has proven time and time again he's good at deconstructing the jingoistic nature of the country. I've been gripped by American Sniper ever since its first trailer, so I'm glad the newest trailer doesn't let up. Bradley Cooper stars as U.S Navy Seal Chris Kyle, a sniper credited with over 100 kills in Iraq. 

There looks to be quite a bit of ambiguity (though early reviews argue otherwise) regarding Kyle's sens of self, and Cooper might hit it out of the park given the right material. Then again, it's extremely easy to flop in the delivery. We'll see. American Sniper gets a limited releases Christmas Day, with a wide release January 16th. 



First trailer for Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter

Nick Valdez, News Editor - Flixist
11:00 AM on 12.19.2014

After missing my chance to see it during SXSW earlier this year, Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter has been on my most anticipated list for quite some time. Based on the urban legend of a girl who mistook the movie Fargo for a true story, Kumiko stars Rinko Kikuchi (otherwise known as the one good aspect of Pacific Rim) as a girl who's searching North Dakota for the treasure buried at that film's end. 

This trailer only makes me want it more. Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter releases March 13th next year. 

[via Yahoo] 



Review: Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

Matthew Razak, Editor-in-Chief - Flixist
9:00 AM on 12.19.2014
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I don't think anyone thought we'd be seeing a franchise born when Night at the Museum first hit. The movie was plenty fun and surprisingly creative with a solid message that really didn't need to be revisited. Then it was, and it was OK. And now it is yet again with Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.

Of course overshadowing almost all of this is the fact that Secret of the Tomb will be the last time we get to see Robin Williams on the big screen in a new movie. This is his last role to hit theaters and for that, no matter what the quality of the film is, we should be thankful. One more chance to see him work his magic is well worth watching any film.



Review: Annie

Nick Valdez, News Editor - Flixist
8:00 AM on 12.19.2014
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Remakes are always at a disadvantage. Regardless of the final product's quality, it will always be compared to the film it's adapting. Remakes usually are stuck with two options: Either pay homage to the original and make fans happy or create something brand new and remake a film in name only. It's sort of a damned if you, damned if you don't situation. 

Either path you choose will rub someone, somewhere the wrong way. In a situation where you can't possibly win, it's totally understandable how Annie tries to have as much fun as it can as it attempts to blend both new and old.

But in trying to please everyone, Annie pleases none. 



First trailer for True Story starring James Franco and Jonah Hill

Nick Valdez, News Editor - Flixist
4:00 PM on 12.18.2014

When you hear James Franco and Jonah Hill are starring in a movie together chances are some cheap comedy comes to mind. But beside their comedic talents, they're terrific actors capable of leading any drama (see Palo Alto or 127 Hours for more James Franco action). They're a part of True Story, a film based on New York Times journo Michael Finkel (Hill) as he forms a bond with an accused murdered Christian Longo (Franco). 

Since this is the truest story of all true stories, I can't wait to see what comes of this. It's quite a great first impression. True Story will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, but will be available for everyone April 10th next year.

[via Yahoo]



Paramount bans screenings of Team America: World Police

Matthew Razak, Editor-in-Chief - Flixist
1:41 PM on 12.18.2014
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After yesterday's news that The Interview (why?) would no longer be releasing on December 25 (if ever) many smaller theaters announced that they would instead be screening Team America: World Police, which, as we all remember, features plenty of making fun of Korean leaders. It looks like terrorism will win again as the threats from Korea have Paramount contacting the theaters and telling them not to screen it. The Alamo Drafthouse in Texas, Capitol Theater in Cleveland, and Plaza Atlanta in Atlanta have all been contacted and told not to show the film.

Look, I'm all for public safety and despite it feeling really bad I can see why they cancelled The Interview. This, however, is just plain infuriating. No threats have been made and an act of solidarity to not kowtow to threats is now being squashed. This is basically saying we should all hide in our homes and teaching those that might threaten us again that this shit works.  

[via The Daily Beast]



See Selma early and free

Matthew Razak, Editor-in-Chief - Flixist
1:00 PM on 12.18.2014
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I didn't think anything was going to topple my best movie pick of Boyhood this year, but Selma comes dangerously close. Our review isn't up yet as it hasn't opened yet, but you will want to see this one early. Get these passes.

You can click the link below and print them out. Then head to the theater and get there early. Once you come out -- emotionally drained -- tell us what you thought. 



Review: After the Fall

Sean Walsh, Associate Editor - Flixist
12:00 PM on 12.18.2014
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Every now and then, I opt to review a movie I know next to nothing about. Pretty much all I knew about After the Fall was that it had Wes Bentley of American Beauty, The Hunger Games, and most recently, American Horror Story fame turning to crime in order to support his family. The movie poster features him with a gun in front of a giant American flag backdrop with the tagline "Desperate Times Call For Desperate Measures," so I was expecting a big action flick full of explosions that moved at a break-neck pace.

I got something else entirely, and you know what? It wasn't half-bad.



The last couple of days have been crazy, so here's Chris Pratt with a dinosaur

Nick Valdez, News Editor - Flixist
12:00 PM on 12.18.2014
The last couple of days have been crazy, so here's Chris Pratt with a dinosaur photo

I don't know how good Jurassic World is going to be, but thank Jebus it exists. 

[via Twitter]



Gore Verbinski's Pyongyang canceled after Sony hack

Jonathan Wray, Editor - Flixist
9:00 AM on 12.18.2014
Gore Verbinski's Pyongyang canceled after Sony hack photo

There are certain times in your life that you just sit down, hunch over, and bury your face in your hands. This is one of those times.

Fresh in the wake of the Sony/North Korea debacle over The Interview, New Regency has went ahead and pulled the plug on Pyongyang, an upcoming film that was set to star Agent Michael Scarn Steve Carrell. The film was set to be based on the graphic novel by Guy Delisle. In the novel, Delisle spends two months living in Pyongyang, equipped with only cigarettes, alcohol, George Orwell's "1984", and an Aphex Twin CD.

As correctly predicted by some, the cancellation of The Interview sets an extremely dangerous precedent, and we're already seeing the fallout. We may see an entire genre of international/political films ignored in the future, and there has to be some screenwriters in Hollywood furiously editing scripts right now. So much for 2014 ending quietly.

[via BusinessInsider]







Why did it have to be The Interview?

Alec Kubas-Meyer, Reviews & Features Editor - Flixist
5:20 PM on 12.17.2014
Why did it have to be The Interview? photo

The Interview is the most important film of 2014. 

Does that sentence depress anyone else? It really should, because it's undoubtedly true. The film that will have the greatest impact on the world at large is not Boyhood or Selma or even The Raid 2; it's the newest comedy from Seth Rogen and James Franco.

To be clear, I loved This Is The End, and though I'm not a huge fan of Seth Rogen's laugh I think he's a talented writer/actor. And I like James Franco too. I have no problem with either of them. But I wouldn't follow either of them to the ends of the earth. I don't like their work so much that I would be willing to put myself in any sort of danger to support their work.

So why did it have to be The Interview that was asking me to do exactly that?