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New IT reboot Pennywise sewer artwork is full of $#!+


Dec 28
// Rick Lash
Because Christmas is over, Entertainment Weekly debuted some exclusive new artwork from next year's IT reboot/remake, and boy is it special. The highly anticipated reboot will be the first original take on Stephen King's...

Review: Why Him?

Dec 25 // Rick Lash
[embed]221153:43291:0[/embed] Why Him?Director: John HamburgRelease Date: December 23, 2016Rating: R Why Him? is the story of a wholesome Midwest family from Michigan comprised of a well-regarded father Ned Fleming (Brian Cranston) who runs a printing business, his loving wife Barb Fleming (Megan Mullally), and their clean-cut son Scotty Fleming (Griffin Gluck) who clearly idolizes his father. It turns out there’s also a sister, Stephanie Fleming (Zoey Deutch), but she’s in college in California, and apparently the family hasn’t used phones, the internet, Snapchat, Skype, Facetime, Messenger, or beam-me-over technology to keep in touch during the span she’s been away. It’s true that the Rocky Mountains are still a cool, inhospitable, Donner-party producing, block to human travel and communication. It turns out that things aren’t so hot for this all-American family: the family printing business is in the red, and Dad doesn’t know what to do facing the challenges of a changing world and evolving print needs for his traditional client-base. Enter an, apparently, rare video phone call from said cutoff daughter and the testy revelation that she has a boyfriend (James Franco). Oh, and by the way Mom, Pops, and Junior: could you all forego any existing Christmas plans and fly to California to meet my boyfriend? Obviously, they can, or else we wouldn’t have much of a movie. California. A foreign land to a family from Michigan. Filled with strange peoples with stranger cultural habits. Or that seems to be the message of the film. Writer-Director John Hamburg, perhaps best known for I Love You Man (a solid comedy pairing with Jason Segal and Paul Rudd from 2009) teamed with Johan Hill to pen this one: and it shows. The movie is filled with a veritable thesaurus for the f-bomb, as well as references to obscure (and not so obscure) sexual practices--hallmarks of the Shat Pack (Hill, Seth Rogen, Franco, Michael Cera, Segal, Jay Baruchel, and the rest of the amorphous gang that comprises this group of miscreants that would make Cranston’s Ned Fleming cringe, especially if any of them were to date his daughter. It doesn’t matter if they’re rich, incredibly rich, live in a mansion nestled into private acreage, or run their own business: if they have tattoos and swear (“cuss”) frequently, they’re not good enough for you or your daughter. And thus begins the purported conflict of the movie. It doesn’t matter that Deucht’s Stephanie is bright, levelheaded, and apparently not prone to poor judgement; daddy knows best—and every fiber of his mid-west being is saying no to this California tech hippy. But to me, the premise seems as outdated as the beliefs espoused by Ned. Lots of people have tattoos these days, dare I say even in Michigan, and swearing is is the new Oxford English. The fact that this father is so opposed to this man he’s just met, primarily to either evidence A (poor judgement in the face of genuine excitement—if you’ve seen the trailers, you know Franco has a tattoo of the Fleming Christmas card done on his back) or evidence B (he’s sleeping with his daughter and therefore cannot be any good) does not ring true. That’s the true problem with the film: it’s hollow, as its premises are loosely constructed anachronisms that might have been more applicable a decade ago. Who in the printing business, in this day and age, could be caught unaware of the shifting landscape and needs of their clientele? The Office was dealing with this same fact for much of the prescribed decade earlier. Given these issues of authenticity and realism, there are laughs to be found. But these are the forced, awkward laughs that come from watching a son suddenly subjected to viewing an explicit love scene with his mother. It’s the forced awkward laughter that’s more cringe inducement by baby head cresting a vagina vis-à-vis Knocked Up. This awkward humor is reinforced by a score that is largely absent; large swaths of film are destroyed in conversational silence. When music does happen, it is conspicuous and perhaps feels forced (the one notable exception being a party designed to further emphasize the generational gap at work here. Humor that does work is found in unexpected twists like cameos and extended cameos from Adam Devine and Keegan-Michael Key. Or in the Siri-wannabe Kaley Cuoco voice that lives in the airspace of Franco’s mansion. This could have been done to better success, and I’d expect word of mouth box office results to confirm as much, especially given the level of talent featured in the film.
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Why me?
Sometimes questions shouldn't be begged in the titles of pieces lacking the substance to back up or even fully answer the suggested question. Why Him? Falls victim to this trope. Why him? Why me? Why see this movie?  

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If only yours were this good ...
The grand holiday tradition happens on a yearly basis. You gather your friends and loved ones. You pop open a bottle of wine. You silence your phone, sit back, and hope that this year’s Christmas comedy is as good as th...

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John Wick 2 has a new trailer with sexy Keanu Reeves


Dec 20
// Rick Lash
Gone are the days when February meant godawful movies of low budget and little critical fanfare, welcome are the days when February heralds the release of just ridiculous 'certain-set-of-skills' action movies and (*Golden Glo...

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story promised to be what the seven other Star Wars films had not: a movie about ordinary people in the Star Wars universe. Promise delivered. But if you’re worried that ordinary people means an o...

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Hugh Jackman got jacked, took pay cut to get R rating for Logan


Dec 13
// Rick Lash
At a screening for upcoming titles, Fox showed attendees the first 40 minutes of its March releases Logan, the third and final standalone Wolverine film starring Hugh Jackman (purportedly in his last playing of the role). Aft...
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Duck Tales teaser promises summer 2017 return


Dec 08
// Rick Lash
Long live the king. Move over Aflac Duck, there's a new (old) richest duck in town. Sure Scrooge McDuck has been on hiatus since 1990, but the nostalgia effect is in full force for children of the 80s and 90s and as such cont...
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Justice League Dark, the animated, R-rated feature has a trailer


Nov 16
// Rick Lash
So the dirty is this: another straight to DVD market animated film from Warner Brothers DC Universe, following the success of Batman: The Killing Joke is ready for release and there's a brand new trailer to tell you about it....
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Jack Reacher: Never Go Back should have gone back to the formula that made the original Jack Reacher work. Audiences, only familiar with the character through the first movie (and not the Lee Childs book series) may find...

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Assassin's Creed and Michael Fassbender get a second official trailer


Oct 19
// Rick Lash
20th Century Fox just dropped oodles and caboodles of parkour in its latest trailer for Assassisn's Creed which bows December 21, 2016. In our first helping of Assassin's Creed trailer goodness, released on May 12, we also go...
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Every clip of Tom Cruise running in a movie, EVER


Oct 18
// Rick Lash
Maybe it’s a coincidence that Burger Fiction published this Tom Cruise running compilation a week befoe Jack Reacher: Never Go Back drops in theaters, maybe not. But I definitely got a targeted Reacher ad when I played ...
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John Wick 2 has a new poster with sexy Keanu Reeves


Sep 22
// Rick Lash
Here at Flixist, we appreciate the fine art of releasing one sheet teaser posters featuring an aging star hinting at everything (read: being incredibly vague) to come. Usually, this specific genre involves said aging actor gr...
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Jumanji 2 first look with The Rock, Jack Black, Kevin Hart & Tombraider


Sep 21
// Rick Lash
Kevin Hart posted an exclusive first look image from the set of Jumanji 2 and the internet quickly ate it up. Not because diminutive Kevin is bite-sized (he is), but because amongst the characters wearing practical jungle att...
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Jack Reacher: Never Go Back has new poster with less back


Sep 09
// Rick Lash
When last we heard from Tom Cruise, aka Jack Reacher, he had just released an itty bitty trailer to further whet our already dripping appetites for the impending release of the next adaptation of the Lee Child's series. Along...
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Kate Beckinsale, Underworld vampire, can't die, new Blood Wars trailer


Sep 09
// Rick Lash
"Impossible," to quote the trailer's final spoken word. Yes. I too thought they were referring to the reality of this trailer or the implication that there was indeed another Underworld movie coming soon to theaters, or comin...
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2016 summer box office total is 3rd best, ever


Hollywood stands up straight, no slump here
Sep 07
// Rick Lash
Man do I want to blame this loss on The Huntsman: Winter's War, but I can't, seeing as the official summer box office runs from the first Friday in May through Labor Day, meaning Winter's War (and its lifeless box office...
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HBO's Westworld gets a new trailer


Aug 31
// Rick Lash
Perhaps you've been feeling the fantasy blues on HBO of late. Game of Thrones been off the air for over two full months. True Blood for over two years. Maybe you've been hankering for some HBO-flavored western, and gosh darni...

Review: Hell or High Water

Aug 22 // Rick Lash
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Hollywood is a strange place. It bombards you with marketing materials 24/7, always promising the next best, biggest and brightest, only to deliver on best and/or brightest with less regularity than a really good Major League...

Review: Sausage Party

Aug 13 // Rick Lash
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Do I want to start eating dirt? Perhaps, as an individual who already entertains questions on whether or not I’m morally comfortable (in spite of a true appreciation for) eating meat, I should have more deeply considere...

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We came for Phelps gold. We stayed for Star Wars gold. Or was it the other way around? For some, I'm sure it was. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story stole the evening from a series of memorable 2016 Rio Summer Olympics moments by f...

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Brad Pitt wants David Fincher back ... for World War Z sequel


Aug 11
// Rick Lash
Ever since World War Z blew audiences away back in 2013 (read: made $540 million at the worldwide box office) the people have been clamoring for a sequel (read: its producers have been dying to milk a sequel for all its worth...
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Jack Reacher: Never Go Back gets an even shorter trailer


Start the Tom Cruise height jokes now!
Aug 11
// Rick Lash
Possibly owing to the 24-hour news coverage of the Olympics, Paramount has released a new and improved (read: less to watch) spot for Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. It's basically a condensed, possibly less powerful version of ...
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M. Night Shyamalan's Split trailer with James McAvoy being what the kids call creepy


Jul 29
// Rick Lash
James McAvoy in a dress. Twist! Sold! Twist-master M. Night Shyamalan is back and if you didn't expect to see this twist coming, neither did we. Split, releasing in theaters January 20, 2017, tells the tale of "Kevin," a char...
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Mandy Moore shark thriller 47 Meters Down gets theatrical run


Didn't Blake Lively just do this? YES.
Jul 27
// Rick Lash
Bob and Harvey Weinstein may have just made the biggest tactical error of all time: selling the North American theatrical distribution rights for Mandy Moore's "survival adventure" 47 Meters Down from their Dimension Films to...
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DC Universe's Suicide Squad breaks out new extended trailer at San Diego Comic-Con


Margot Robbie's butt breaks out of pants
Jul 25
// Rick Lash
Suicide Squad is ramping up promotions as we near its August 5 release date. As part of that effort, Warner brothers unleashed a new three minute-plus trailer featuring increased roles for several characters (notably, Will Sm...
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Kurt Russell joins Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 cast as Star-Lord's father


Kurt Russell in, Escape from the Galaxy!
Jul 24
// Rick Lash
So the twist in 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy was the reveal by Yondu and gang that they didn't just kidnap Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord, aka Chris Pratt, they were hired by his father to do so. It wasn't exactly explosively r...
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Watch Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them San Diego Comic-Con trailer


Stupify! New Harry Potter, muggles!
Jul 24
// Rick Lash
With lesser Potter works seemingly growing on trees of late (plays, illustrated editions of the existing books, Daniel Radcliffe as some kind of magic zombie with a boner) we were due for something more serious from a franchi...
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Watch the Walking Dead Season 7 Trailer from San Diego Comic-Con


That's right, we're your saviors ...
Jul 24
// Rick Lash
When last we saw our friends (aka the most unfortunate human beings ever) during the finale of AMC's The Walking Dead way back on April 3, we were left in what some in the industry like to call ... a cliffhanger. Someone...
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San Diego Comic-Con reveals Hulk gladiator Armor from Thor: Ragnarok


Jul 23
// Rick Lash
Instagram is blowing up with pictures from Marvel, Marvel employees, and San Diego Comic-Con attendees. One such gem: gladiator armor that the Hulk will wear in 2017's Thor: Ragnarok (November 3). While plot details of Thor: ...
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Divergent Series final chapter, Ascendant, going straight to TV


And Hell, if we're lucky ...
Jul 21
// Rick Lash
Remember back in May when Allegiant bowed to a $29 million opening weekend and the CEO of Lionsgate (the Dream Team behind the Divergent series films) said, "Yeah, our movie is the worst"? Me neither, but it happened! Well, n...

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