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Review: Ouija

Nick Valdez, News Editor - Flixist
3 hours ago - 10:00 AM on 10.24.2014
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Ouija, read as "wee jah" and not "wee gee," is the latest in a line of films I can't believe exist. Movies are pretty much made from anything with a recognizable name now. I mean, we're in a post-Battleship world here people, so sky's the limit for potential money makers. What's next? An ultra dramatic adaptation of Operation? A super depressing Life? What about a science fiction take on Mouse Trap? 

But Ouija wants to avoid all of this by attempting to be a horror movie that just so happens to involve a certain toy...sort of like the million other films that feature the game. But the main question here is: Can Ouija mine horror tropes and go beyond its namesake to become a film capable of standing on its on two feet?

Not really, no. 




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Netflix Now: Sorry I Was In A Coma Edition

Nick Valdez, News Editor - Flixist
19 hours ago - 6:00 PM on 10.23.2014
Netflix Now: Sorry I Was In A Coma Edition photo

Earlier this week, a man in the UK was outed for faking several disabilities and coma episodes for two years in order to avoid going to court. I'd like to take this time to say that guy is me and I apologize for my actions. I hope that at least explains why Netflix Now hasn't shown up for a bit. But seriously, the man stole from his Alzheimer's suffering neighbor and is therefore the worst. As for me? I was partying working during New York Comic Con. 

At least Netflix Instant will never go into a coma. Here are some notable additions: A Brony Tale, Cuban Fury, Hours, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Big Ass Spider!, Mudbloods, In A World..., Arrow: Season 2, Little Man, Bad Johnson, Carrie (2013). 

Hit the jump for the list of Netflix Instant additions for the past three weeks along with songs about butts (because I couldn't think of any hilarious coma references, sorry!). 



Flixist's Fall/Winter movie preview that's better than all of everything

Flixist Staff, Editors - Flixist
21 hours ago - 4:00 PM on 10.23.2014
Flixist's Fall/Winter movie preview that's better than all of everything photo

Oh, Fall. How quickly you come, and with you you bring movies that we need to start caring about again. As we close out October we finally start to see the Oscar hopefuls begin to trickle in (not to mention horror classics) and we know that we are once again leaving the movie doldrums. 

But with so much coming how will you know what you really need to see? Trust the editors at Flixist to give you a going guide at what we're really excited for. This isn't the most complete (no Hobbits!) list of films coming out, but damn if we don't want to see these so badly we actually sat down and wrote words about them. OK, we do that all the time about movies, but trust us, these films below are going to be awesome. 



First look at furry Johnny Depp in Into the Woods

Nick Valdez, News Editor - Flixist
22 hours ago - 3:00 PM on 10.23.2014
First look at furry Johnny Depp in Into the Woods photo

As Into the Woods continues to look fantastic with a musical trailer, great outfits, and a bewitching Meryl Streep, here's the first thing that gives me pause. Basically any film that gives Johnny Depp free reign to act like a costumed weirdo (The Lone Ranger, Tusk, Alice in Wonderland) is overshadowed by his boisterous performance. 

But I'm holding out hope that his part isn't as big as I think it is. After the jump you'll find a bunch of images and the inspiration for tons of Halloween 2015 costumes courtesy of Entertainment Weekly. 

[via EW



First teaser trailer for Insidious: Chapter 3

Nick Valdez, News Editor - Flixist
1:00 PM on 10.23.2014

I've never been truly interested in the Insidious series until now. You know why? There's a scene in this teaser where a girl learns her house is haunted through texts...on her T MOBILE SIDEKICK.

Oh my god. Insidious: Chapter 3 releases May 29th next year. Check out the poster in the gallery. 



First official trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron

Nick Valdez, News Editor - Flixist
10:00 PM on 10.22.2014

Well I guess no one has to watch Agents of SHIELD on the 28th anymore. Thanks to a snafu leading to a leaked teaser earlier today (which we didn't post because Flixist doesn't dabble in the dark legal arts), Marvel has gone ahead and officially released the first teaser for the much anticipated Avengers sequel, Age of Ultron

We've got a darker tone, James Spader as the killer robot Ultron, and Marvel's version of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. Oh right, and HULKBUSTER YEEEEEEEEEEEAH. 

Avengers: Age of Ultron releases May 1, 2015. 



Review Companion: An analysis of theatre and cinema in Alejandro Iñárritu's Birdman

Alec Kubas-Meyer, Reviews & Features Editor - Flixist
4:00 PM on 10.22.2014
Review Companion: An analysis of theatre and cinema in Alejandro Iñárritu's Birdman photo

I love Birdman. A lot. If you don’t believe me, go look at my ludicrously positive review. Even if you do believe me, you should do so anyway, because this is a companion (and not a replacement) to that piece.

But unlike my last review companion, this is nearly spoiler-free. I’m going to talk about the (not-secret) magic trick that the film pulls, but if you know what that trick is, then you can read this and still go into it feeling untainted. But if you have the chance to see it before reading, why would you be doing anything else with your time? It’s an incredible film, and easily one of the best to come out this year (or, really, any year).

But I made a conscious decision to avoid talking about Birdman’s cinematography in the review, which meant that I had to hold back at least two-thirds of what I had to say about the film (and what its cinematography means in the bigger picture of both theatre and film). Here are the other two-thirds:

[This film was seen as part of our coverage of the 52nd New York Film Festival.]



Red Band teaser for The Gambler is a big f**k you

Nick Valdez, News Editor - Flixist
2:00 PM on 10.22.2014

I don't really know what's going on in this first teaser for The Gambler (featuring a slimmed down Mark Wahlberg), but I dig it. Most films that deliver an expletive spouting John Goodman are pretty much winners in my book. Since this is just a teaser, there isn't much going on in terms of stuff to judge but looking at this great cast gives me hope. 

I'm sure the actual theatrical trailer will be interesting as well. The Gambler gets a limited release December 19th and opens wide January 2 next year. 



Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer to premiere during Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Matthew Razak, Editor-in-Chief - Flixist
1:00 PM on 10.22.2014
Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer to premiere during Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. photo

Look we were all there. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. kind of sucked for the first chunk of the season. The Winter Solider happened and damn did it get good. The second season is good too, but if you haven't gotten back on the bandwagon here's an excuse. The first trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron will be shown during the show on October 28.

We're not really big on promoting a promotion, but this one is kind of a big deal so we're running with it. Time to boot up Hulu and catch up on your Marvel television.

[via ComicBook.com]



First trailer for Act of Killing follow up The Look of Silence

Nick Valdez, News Editor - Flixist
12:00 PM on 10.22.2014

Joshua Oppenheimer's Indonesian genocide documentary The Act of Killing was one of the best films of 2013. It was unique in that it forced those who bragged about their killings to reenact them and see it from a different perspective. This trailer is for the companion film The Look of Silence, which focuses on the victims of those attacks rather than the attackers. 

There doesn't seem to be as much nuance as the previous film, but the directness will give the story a fresh angle. The Look of Silence hits sometime next year. 



First trailer for Madea's Tough Love

Nick Valdez, News Editor - Flixist
10:00 AM on 10.22.2014

Tyler Perry Presents Tyler Perry in Tyler Perry's Madea's Tough Love: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor. 

(Madea's Tough Love releases on VOD January 20th next year.)







James Wan returning for The Conjuring 2

Matthew Razak, Editor-in-Chief - Flixist
5:00 PM on 10.21.2014
James Wan returning for The Conjuring 2 photo

In case you missed the news The Conjuring 2 was delayed until 2016 instead of having a 2015 release date. That was kind of weird because Annabelle did really well at the box office so you'd think they'd want more out there so they can make more money. It is no longer weird because it turns out they did it so that director James Wan could return for the sequel. 

Actually it still is weird, but for different reasons. Wan had stated that Conjuring and Insidious 2 were his last horror films ever so unless they're drastically changing the genre of The Conjuring 2 that seems to be have been a lie. I wonder how big a pile of money they drove up to his door. It also may mean he is not going to return to Fast and Furious after the seventh film. All very odd. Maybe he's coming back for more Saw?

[via Deadline]