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First official trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron photo
First official trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron
by Nick Valdez

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. 

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Review Companion: An analysis of theatre and cinema in Alejandro Iñárritu's Birdman photo
Review Companion: An analysis of theatre and cinema in Alejandro Iñárritu's Birdman
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

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.]

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2:00 PM on 10.22.2014

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

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. ...

Nick Valdez

1:00 PM on 10.22.2014

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

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 ...

Matthew Razak

12:00 PM on 10.22.2014

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

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 pe...

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 10.22.2014

First trailer for Madea's Tough Love

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.)

Nick Valdez

5:00 PM on 10.21.2014

James Wan returning for The Conjuring 2

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 ou...

Matthew Razak

3:00 PM on 10.21.2014

Judge Dredd Superfiend gets first teaser

While we may all be chomping at the bit for a return of Karl Urban's Judge Dredd, I think we were happy to hear about the film's producer Adi Shankar taking the character further through a mini-series like he did with The Pu...

Matthew Razak

2:00 PM on 10.21.2014

Saw producers are ready for more Saw

How many Saw films were there? It seems like twenty were crammed into the franchise's six year run (2004-2010), but now producers Mark Burg and Oren Koules feel like a four-six year break is long enough for people to want mor...

Nick Valdez

1:00 PM on 10.21.2014

Guardians of the Galaxy revives the cassette tape

Guardians of the Galaxy, which had one of the best soundtracks in recent memory and was he biggest hit of 2014 (domestically), will have its soundtrack released on cassette tape. The soundtrack, which features amazing artists...

Jonathan Wray

12:00 PM on 10.21.2014

Rob Riggle is Frank f**king West

Remember when I told you all that a movie based on the Dead Rising videogame series was in the works for Sony's Crackle digital service? Yeah, I wasn't thrilled about the concept either, but proving movies work in mysterious ...

Nick Valdez





10:00 AM on 10.21.2014

Disney's Moana gets synopsis and new release date

When we'd last heard about Disney's next animated (possibly princess) film, Moana, it was working in the same style as their gorgeous Paperman short and was debuting in 2018. Looks like production has sped up over the la...

Nick Valdez



Review: The Book of Life photo
Review: The Book of Life
by Nick Valdez

Although advertisements for The Book of Life really didn't kick in until a few months before its release, I've been eagerly anticipating the film for a bevy of reasons. It's produced by Guillermo Del Toro (thus giving it a pedigree), it's directed by Jorge Gutierrez (who once created one of my favorite Nickelodeon cartoons, El Tigre), and it's one of the few mainstream accepted films celebrating Mexican culture. In fact, I'm having a hard time picturing a Latino animated film in recent years (The Road to El Dorado is the only one I can think of, really). 

So with all of that on the line, how does The Book of Life handle the pressure? It's got to deliver an entertaining children's film, it's got to educate folks on the Mesoamerican holiday Dia de Muertos, and it has to do all of this while making sure it has a competent story of its own. Thankfully, The Book of Life maintains some of its balance during this trapeze act of remarkable proportions.  

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3:00 PM on 10.20.2014

More John Carter movies could be in the works

John Carter was one of the biggest cinematic flops in recent history and heads rolled at Disney after it floundered out of the start gate. It was too bad because it was actually an entertaining piece of science fiction a...

Matthew Razak

2:00 PM on 10.20.2014

My Little Ponies coming to the big screen

I have actually never watched an episode of the new My Little Ponies, but man are they popular. Like, scarily so. Who knows that it is. Well, I'm sure I could find plenty of fans who could tell me what it is, but that's not t...

Matthew Razak

12:00 PM on 10.20.2014

First trailer for Ron Howard's In the Heart of the Sea

Based on Nathaniel Phillbrick's book In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex (the Essex's story in turn inspired Herman Melville's Moby Dick), Heart is directed by Ron Howard and stars Chris Hemswort...

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 10.20.2014

Box Office Numbers: Tanks on Tanks on Tanks

Sorry I missed last week's round of Box Office Numbers, folks. I was busy jib jabbering over at New York Comic Con. Good times. During all of that, Dracula Untold and The Judge released to okay numbers, but nothing was able t...

Nick Valdez



Interview: Adam Saunders, producer and CEO of Footprint Features photo
Interview: Adam Saunders, producer and CEO of Footprint Features
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

The role of a producer has always been kind of opaque to me. I just fundamentally get what directors do, cinematographers do, writers, etc., but "Producer" is such a broad term and encompasses so many things. For that reasons, I've tended to shie away from talking to them, because I just didn't really get it. But I got the chance to talk to producer Adam Saunders, CEO of Footprint Features, and I got a bit more of a glimpse into the day-to-day work of what is really a crucial role on set.

So that was pretty cool. And talking to him was cool in general. He's a fast-talker and ridiculously enthusiastic, both of which are pretty good traits for a producer to have.

It's worth noting that this interview was actually conducted a little while ago, during the media blitz for the release of Footprint's most recent film, About Alex. The content of the interview itself is not particularly time sensitive, though, so what he said then certainly still applies now.

Let's get to it!

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Review: Fury photo
Review: Fury
by Nick Valdez

I've been anticipating Fury for quite some time. Writer/Director David Ayer is one of my favorite folks in the industry, and I'm always eager to find out what he's churning out next. From Training Day to The Fast and The Furious, Ayer's writing is always top notch. Though recently he's taken up the directing duties himself (resulting in one of 2012's best films, End of Watch) I was a bit worried after his most recent effort, Sabotage, released to middling reviews earlier this year. 

Looks like Fury drew all of his real focus. Fury debuted its first trailer with a bang, and has never let go. Tragic, hilarious, and full of more acting chops than you can shake a stick at, Fury is f**king fierce. 

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Review: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) photo
Review: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

You should see Birdman. In fact, you need to see Birdman. Alejandro González Iñárritu’s film is something truly special, and were it not for the fact that Boyhood finally saw its release, it would undoubtedly be the most fascinating thing to come out this year (and, really, in recent memory). Every single facet of it can be the start of its own overly-long review. And for that reason, this review is going to be split into two parts. This is the main review, and in the coming days I’ll be following it up with a more analytical (though still generally spoiler free) Review Companion piece.

If you know nothing about Birdman, you should just go see it. Close your laptop, turn off your phone, stop whatever it is you are doing and just get to the nearest theater where it’s playing. Going in blind isn’t really necessary here, but there’s no reason not to either. I went in knowing only that it was not an adaptation of Harvey Birdman (spoiler), and that made it especially fascinating for me. But to be honest, the things that I found fascinating probably won’t be the things you find fascinating. Really, there is so freaking much to talk about in this movie.

So let’s get into it. 

[This film was seen as part of our coverage of the 52nd New York Film Festival. It is being posted to coincide with the film's limited theatrical release]

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2:00 PM on 10.16.2014

Here are several posters for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

"The Defining Chapter" lol  The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has five armies and possibly a battle December 17th.  [via Twitter]

Nick Valdez

1:00 PM on 10.16.2014

First poster for Jurassic World

With Jurassic World now being truly and imminently a thing that we will be able to watch with our eyes a poster has arrived via the film's director. It might be the least original, yet still functional poster ever. Clear...

Matthew Razak