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3:00 PM on 01.26.2015

Dreamworks Animation cuts 500 jobs, reveals new release slate

Back when Dreamworks Animation needed to compete with Disney, they stopped making films in 2D (even if those films are some of the greats) and churned out ten Shreks to a very successful box office performance each time. Basi...

Nick Valdez


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Mistwalker's mobile-RPG Terra Battle has surpassed 1.5 million downloads worldwide

Unlock new "adventurers" from iconic Final Fantasy character designer Yoshitaka Amano and a new scenario from Yasumi Matsuno, designer of Final Fantasy XII. Also, Terra Battle received the highly anticipated online co-op mode update that allows players to work together to clear stages and adds summons to the battlefield. More Info.




12:00 PM on 01.26.2015

Flix for Short: The Life and Death of Tommy Chaos and Stacey Danger

This short, shown to me by my awesome new friend Madi, is absolutely sensational. At it's core, it's about two people in love, That core is suronded by all kinds of fun visuals, including dinosaurs, outer space, and submarin...

Sean Walsh

10:00 AM on 01.26.2015

Box Office Numbers: American Boy

You ever see Steven Universe? It's the best cartoon you're not watching yet. The reason I bring this up is one of the characters, Garnet, is actually voiced by Estelle who sings the song the title of this week's Box Office Nu...

Nick Valdez

5:00 PM on 01.23.2015

The Star Trek films have a lot of lens flares

According to these videos from editor Dylan Browne, there are quite a few lens flares in the first two Star Trek films. Around 1500 of them apparently. In other Star Trek news, Simon Pegg is co-writing the third film with Doug Jung (Dark Blue) with Justin Lin still signed on to direct. Only good can come of this, right?  Or at the very least, more lens flares!  [via /Film]

Nick Valdez

12:00 PM on 01.23.2015

X-Men: Apocalypse gets its new Cyclops, Jean Grey, and Storm

After X: Men Days of Future Past sorted the X-Men series out, it's time to move forward...by moving backward again. Set to take place in the 80s and following the returning cast from the First Class (along with Hugh Jackman i...

Nick Valdez

11:00 AM on 01.23.2015

Review: The Boy Next Door

I'm not actually sure who I'm writing this review for. Anyone whose seen the trailers for The Boy Next Door has undoubtedly made their made up about it. It's a trashy stalker film with Jennifer Lopez seducing a teenager ...

Matthew Razak

10:00 AM on 01.23.2015

First teaser trailer for Dead Rising: Watchtower

For a film based off the cheesy Dead Rising videogames going straight to Sony's Crackle streaming service, this doesn't look that bad. Doesn't have enough Frank West covering wars though. Dead Rising: Watchtower is available March 27th. 

Nick Valdez

9:00 AM on 01.23.2015

Write for Flixist and become the ruler of the world

Hello. Are you enjoying yourself here? Do you think that you'd like to have a bigger role than just reading about movies at Flixist? Do you want to write about movies at Flixist? Then now is your chance. We're looking for a f...

Matthew Razak

4:00 PM on 01.22.2015

Review: R100

Thanks to R100, we know the proper recipe for a shirt: 24 hours in a slow-cooker, with red wine sauce, celery and carrots. Not because the film involves shirt eating (not directly at least), but because it forced Twitch found...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

2:00 PM on 01.22.2015

Netflix Now: Resolution Edition

Wow, it's been a while so sorry about that. Anyhoo, since it's a long list I'll get right to it after a few things. I'll try and make this bi-weekly from now on to avoid all of this, and thank you for reading this list time a...

Nick Valdez

1:00 PM on 01.22.2015

Matt's Top 15 Movies of 2014

As a person who gets to attend press screenings for almost every major and minor release out there I get to see way too many movies. You're thinking that sounds awesome, but it can be a horrible burden. Do you know how many b...

Matthew Razak





12:00 PM on 01.22.2015

Steven Spielberg's version of American Sniper sounds a bit better

When it comes to American Sniper, I've found over the last few days that it's better to tread water when criticizing. It's a shame, but I've been hit by quite a few slurs from folks that are taking the film to heart. But desp...

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 01.22.2015

Megan's Top 15 Movies of 2014

2014 was a pretty great year for movies, so coming up with a year end list was pretty tough for me. Originally I thought I'd just do top 5, and then top 10... but no. It had to be top 15 because I saw so many awesome films last year, and it just wouldn't be fair to ignore the movies in the 11 through 15 slots.  So let's get the ball rolling...  

Megan Porch

4:00 PM on 01.21.2015

Star Wars standalone testing some awesome female leads

I'm not very interested in the main Star Wars series, but what has gotten my attention are the standalone spin-off films releasing in between the trilogy. With cooler directors, and possibly cooler stories, it's only natural ...

Nick Valdez

2:00 PM on 01.21.2015

UPDATE: Snow White and the Huntsman sequel loses Frank Darabont, gains Emily Blunt

UPDATE: Universal has already found a replacement in second-unit director and VFX specialist Cedric Nicolas-Troyan. He helped on the first film and is also set to direct the upcoming Highlander reboot. Well alright. ...

Nick Valdez

12:00 PM on 01.21.2015

See Black or White early and free

Ready for some family friendly films about race? Then Black or White is your ticket. Forget Selma and grab a free pass to the true movie of the moment. Obviously I'm being sarcastic, but Black or White does see...

Matthew Razak

3:00 PM on 01.20.2015

World War Z sequel staring with a clean slate

We here at Flixist actually dug World War Z despite it's horrible third act, which was rewritten and abandoned many of the book's themes to give us a happy ending. Despite all the troubles the movie had it still came out...

Matthew Razak

1:00 PM on 01.20.2015

First trailer for DC's direct to video Batman vs. Robin

Ever since the animated Justice League specials committed to the New 52 continuity (after The Flashpoint Paradox), they haven't been very good. I don't know what's to blame for that either. Is it the comics themselves? Is it...

Nick Valdez

2:00 PM on 01.19.2015

Ouija 2 is happening because money

It may not have been a good film, or even entertaining, but Ouija is going to get a sequel on top of its already bare bones story because it made near $85 million dollars from its slim $5 million dollar budget.  In an in...

Nick Valdez



Amazon is getting into the moviemaking business photo
Amazon is getting into the moviemaking business
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

When Netflix announced that it was developing Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2, there was a lot of surprise. Netflix has been hitting original television programming pretty hardcore (and striking gold on several occasions, I might add), but this was a major step forward. The decision to release it day-and-date in theaters and on Netflix was a bold move, if nothing else, and many theaters revolted.

Amazon, which has just announced its own plans to release original films under its Amazon Studios banner, will not be putting up a fight. The films that they release (twelve "prestige" movies per year, they say) will be theatrical releases originally but wind up on Prime Instant Video 30-60 days afterwards. Considering how much longer it usually takes for films to end up on these services, it's something, but I would love it if Amazon took a stand alongside Netflix to fight the big theater chains.

Regardless, this is an interesting move, and it will be fascinating to see what comes of it. Promising the equivalent of a movie every month is some serious commitment, and that will be a pretty massive undertaking, even assuming that each film will be reasonably low budget (which is probably (but not definitely) a fair assumption). The man heading things up is Ted Hope, whose company produced Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (which is pretty funny, if you think about it). And while he has apparently won a whole bunch of producing awards at Sundance, I expect he'll have a bit less creative control when he's overseeing so many projects simultaneously.

Either way, this is definitely a positive. More studios putting out original movies can never be a bad thing, and whether the films ultimately end up being "prestige" quality, I am interested in seeing what the company can come up with.

Full press release below.

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10:00 AM on 01.19.2015

Box Office Numbers: American Money

Well, Selma was obliterated during the MLK holiday weekend. I don't like it as much as some folks, but...that doesn't seem right. Instead, American Sniper made over $90 million dollars. A film that actively, and unironically,...

Nick Valdez



Alec's Top 15 Movies of 2014 photo
Alec's Top 15 Movies of 2014
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

While I was binge-watching films at the end of last year and the beginning of this one to figure out where everything would stand on my official TOP MOVIES OF 2014 list, I noticed something odd: So many of the films I saw in 2014 reminded me of films I saw in 2013. Sometimes that was because they were by the same directors or shot by the same cinematographers. Sometimes it was just because they affected me in similar ways or dealt with similar themes. But when it came time to sit down and do this, I thought, "Hey... why not look at the best films of 2014 as it compares to 2013?" And so I did that, with each film on this list corresponding to a film on last year's list.

As such, the numbering of this list doesn't quite reflect my feelings (my favorite film of the year is only number 2 on this list), and several of my favorites were knocked off my slightly less deserving films, but I did it to make a point. And it's not like these lists really matter anyway.

So without further ado, we proudly present the "Best Films of 2013: 2014 Edition."

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