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9:00 AM on 07.17.2014

UPDATE: First official look at Avengers: Age of Ultron

UPDATE: EW has a new batch of images which include our first real look at the Scarlet Witch/Quicksilver pair. But if Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen are anything like they were in Godzilla weeeeeeeeelllllllll - Nick ...

Matthew Razak

2:00 PM on 07.16.2014

Flix for Short: Duet, a film by former Disney animator Glen Keane

Although you may not know Glen Keane, chances are you recognize his work. He designed characters from famous Disney Animated films like The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and Beauty and the Beast. Although traditional 2D anim...

Nick Valdez

1:00 PM on 07.16.2014

Win passes to see Monty Python Live (Mostly)

Monty Python is getting back together for a one time live show and you can see it! Kind of. The tickets to the show have sold out, but they'll be rebroadcasting it in movie theaters across the country. Here is your chance to ...

Matthew Razak

12:00 PM on 07.16.2014

First teaser trailer for Paradise Lost starring Benecio Del Toro

I was raised to be a huge fan of Benecio Del Toro. My dad loves him because he's one of the first Latino actors to hit the big time, and he wasn't part of the Latin Boom in the mid 90s either (Although that boom did bri...

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 07.16.2014

Here's some cool Dawn of the Planet of the Apes concept art

I really enjoyed Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. It's smart, cool to look at, and I still want to grunt "AAAAAAAAAPESSSSSSSSS" from time to time. It's got its problems (that I've realized in retrospect), but it's a good film ...

Nick Valdez

8:00 AM on 07.16.2014

This is why The Raid 2 is like nothing you've ever seen before

This isn't even the most impressive shot in that sequence! There's others that are even more complicated, but what makes it so awesome is that they did it all for real. No digital tricks, just great camera work. Most likely if you've got The Raid 2: Berandal you've seen this already in the making of, but god damn is that impressive. [via Reddit]

Matthew Razak



NYAFF Review: Aberdeen photo
NYAFF Review: Aberdeen
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

You never know what you’re going to get from a Pang Ho-Cheung film. In 2010, you got an ultraviolent slasher with Dream Home. In 2012, you got uproarious sex comedy Vulgaria. Before and between, you’ve got any other number of genres and genre twists. Each and every Pang Ho-Cheung film is a new and exciting experience.

Aberdeen is no exception. With his latest film, Pang Ho-Cheung takes a stab at the family drama and delivers a beautiful, emotional slice of life.

[For the next month, we will be covering the 2014 New York Asian Film Festival and the Japan-centric Japan Cuts. Click here for more information, and check back here and here for all of the Asian film coverage you can shake a stick at.]

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5:00 PM on 07.15.2014

Roberto Orci leaves Amazing Spider-Man 3

If The Amazing Spider-Man 2's quality left you wondering about the franchise's state of affairs, I'm sure this news may shake that up a bit more. Sony's had huge plans for the films with Venom, Sinister Six spin-offs, an...

Nick Valdez

4:00 PM on 07.15.2014

Disney's Jungle Book picks newcomer for lead

No pressure 10-year-old Neel Sethi, but for your first role ever you're going to have to carry a big budget Disney movie based on a beloved book and animated film. Good luck. Judging from your photo you at least have the comp...

Matthew Razak

3:00 PM on 07.15.2014

Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers movie gets First Class writers

Ever since it was announced, I've been very excited for the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers reboot. Regardless of how it turns out (whether it ends up like Transformers or like Rise of the Planet of the Apes), I know I'm going ...

Nick Valdez

2:00 PM on 07.15.2014

Hellboy 3 definitely isn't happening

After years of endless trying and never giving up, Guillermo del Toro finally gave up on making Hellboy 3 a reality. On a recent Reddit AMA, del Toro admitted the film wasn't happening due to a lack of a studio backing: ...

Nick Valdez





12:00 PM on 07.15.2014

The Guns of Christmas being directed by Mortal Kombat: Legacy director

You won't believe it, but The Guns of Christmas Past is exactly what it sounds like: an action adaptation of the classic A Christmas Carol. A very loose adaptation. The film has just landed a director in Kevin Tancharoen...

Matthew Razak



First full trailer for Disney/Marvel's Big Hero 6 is just adorable photo
First full trailer for Disney/Marvel's Big Hero 6 is just adorable
by Nick Valdez

When I posted the teaser trailer for Disney/Marvel's Big Hero 6 some time ago, I loved how cute the whole thing was. Yet, this first full trailer rings kind of hollow. As it completely relies on that cuteness, more cracks are starting to show. Sure Baymax (Scott Adsit as the squishy robot) will get a lot of chuckles out of me, but nothing else sticks out right now. 

But with this plot (a man in a kabuki mask is attacking their city with nanobots), and the reveal of the other heroes (played by Damon Wayans Jr., Jamie Chung, TJ Miller, and Genesis Rodriguez), I'm hoping there's still something hidden away. 

Big Hero 6 releases November 7th. 

[via Moviefone]

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3:00 PM on 07.14.2014

Here's the plot of The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies

You might think you know what The Battle of Five Armies is about, but do you really? The Hobbit is only a short children's book after all and yet there's another 2-plus hour long epic coming that takes its plot and ...

Matthew Razak

2:00 PM on 07.14.2014

Ridley Scott producing biblical film based on David

With Noah, a Ben-Hur remake, that Bible miniseries, a film based on Pontius Pilate, and Ridley Scott's own Exodus: Gods and Kings in the pipeline, it seems like big Biblical adaptations are making a comeback. That's pretty co...

Nick Valdez



Fast & Furious 7 has finished filming, here's a super sad note about it photo
Fast & Furious 7 has finished filming, here's a super sad note about it
by Nick Valdez

The Fast & Furious franchise is never going to be the same without Paul Walker. The filming process of the seventh film has been paved with heartache and drama, but at least it's finally over. Knowing that Fast & Furious 7 will sadly have the best box office performance in the franchise, it's good to see these folks take it stride. Here's a note commemorating the completed shooting. 

I'm just going to get this dust out of my eyes. Fast & Furious 7 opens April 3, 2015

[via Facebook]

 

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10:00 AM on 07.14.2014

Box Office Numbers: I Love You, Dr. Zaius!

You've made the right choice America. Unlike China (whose country allowed Transformers: Age of Extinction to become its highest grossing film ever), you went to see the better Summer film. Plus, it has monkeys who also talk s...

Nick Valdez



NYAFF Review: Firestorm 3D photo
NYAFF Review: Firestorm 3D
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

I wish I’d seen Firestorm 3D a week and a half earlier. In my review of The White Storm, I talked extensively about expectations. The film had been sold as X and turned out to be Y, which was good but not really what I was looking for. I wanted constant bombastic intensity, but instead I got occasional intensity with long stretches of drama. I should have enjoyed that, but my expectations colored everything.

Hoping to keep myself from being disappointed again, I went into Firestorm 3D without expectations. From the name, I obviously made some assumptions about the content, but I wanted to avoid going down the same road. 

And I made the right decision. Others went in with certain expectations and came out disappointed. I came out elated, because Firestorm 3D is exactly what I wanted The White Storm to be.

[For the next month, we will be covering the 2014 New York Asian Film Festival and the Japan-centric Japan Cuts. Click here for more information, and check back here and here for all of the Asian film coverage you can shake a stick at.]

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NYAFF Review: Cold Eyes photo
NYAFF Review: Cold Eyes
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

Some of my favorite movies are ones that make me want to go and do something after the lights come up. Some films make me want to travel the world or shave my head or something. Others take professions and make them seem so much cooler than whatever it is I’m doing.

Cold Eyes, for example, made me want to become a spy. Which is sort of weird, because it’s not about spies. It’s about cops.

[For the next month, we will be covering the 2014 New York Asian Film Festival and the Japan-centric Japan Cuts. Click here for more information, and check back here and here for all of the Asian film coverage you can shake a stick at.]

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3:22 PM on 07.11.2014

See Sex Tape early and free

Isn't the Internet hilarious? I hear some people accidentally upload things to it. Wouldn't it be funny to have an entire plot revolving around the mishap be turned into a movie? Actually, yea you could probably find somethin...

Matthew Razak



Review: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes photo
Review: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
by Nick Valdez

When a prequel to Planet of the Apes was first announced, it seemed like yet another cynical cash in. Yet Rise of the Planet of the Apes tried its hardest to prove everyone wrong with top notch visuals, acting, and score. Although its eventual finale made it seem more like a reboot of Harry and the Hendersons than Planet, it was a good step in the right direction despite its problems.

Which is why Dawn of the Planet of the Apes sticks out so much. Could a sequel accomplish what its predecessor didn't? Could it finally live up to the technological advances of the first? It turns out, I had no reason to worry. Dawn far exceeds Rise, and it's the rare sequel that even makes the original film a better experience. 

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes definitely did not make a monkey out of me. 

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NYAFF Review: Silent Witness photo
NYAFF Review: Silent Witness
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

Before the screening of Silent Witness, it was introduced as an example of what mainstream Chinese filmmaking is like in the modern era. Many of the films that play at the New York Asian Film Festival fit into some sort of niche, meaning we get a skewed vision of what Asian cinema is. There are the big films that duke it out with American blockbusters in the big theaters, and either they never hit our shores or they don't show in places that most people see.

If Silent Witness is anything to go by, that's a shame, because Chinese mainstream cinema is alive and well. The quality of its production is undeniable and its narrative is as compelling as anything to come from Hollywood in the past couple of years.

[For the next month, we will be covering the 2014 New York Asian Film Festival and the Japan-centric Japan Cuts. Click here for more information, and check back here and here for all of the Asian film coverage you can shake a stick at.]

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