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2:00 PM on 01.16.2015

Taken 4 trailer is here

With the success of Taken 3 (do not listen to Sean it is a terrible movie and a waste of your money) we all have to ask why the hell we keep seeing really bad movies. We also have to expect that despite the third film c...

Matthew Razak



Review: Song of the Sea photo
Review: Song of the Sea
by Megan Porch

Anybody who knows me knows that seals are my favorite animal, so when I started seeing advertisements for Song of the Sea, I knew I had to check it out. Cartoon Saloon had already impressed me with its first feature film, Secret of Kells, so I had a feeling this movie would at least be on par with that one.

Song of the Sea stands out in a 3D obsessed animation industry as an entirely 2D, hand drawn film. It harkens back to older animated films, while still being fresh and unique, and its story is sure to pull on your heartstrings.

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Review: Blackhat photo
Review: Blackhat
by Matthew Razak

I am a big Michael Mann fan. Collateral might be one of my favorite films. The guy just knows how to direct. You can be guaranteed at least one breath taking, though provoking shot in one of his films. This is especially true when he's shooting in a city. The guy just knows how to create an atmosphere that defines whatever city he's in.

Unfortunately for Blackhat a few good camera angles doesn't save it from being anything more than an over written, generic thriller where exposition is the name of the game. Mann can only make a bunch of people looking at computer screens stay interesting for so long. 

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2014's Best Dog in Film photo
2014's Best Dog in Film
by Nick Valdez

As good as the films of 2014 were, you know what was even better? The animals. There were lots of standout roles for animals this year, both real and imaginary. In almost every film I watched, there was some cute dog or cat hanging around just because. 

So I figured why not honor the best one? It was pretty tough, but I decided to choose an animal based on what it means for the film as a whole. So even with all of the dogs and cats of varying importance, only one puppy stood out and actively set the plot of its film in motion. 

Honorable Mentions: That running dog in Godzilla, Digby and the "crazy cute" dog from The Interview, that one cat from The Hunger Games - Mockingjay Part 1, the turtle from Laggies, that one cat from Gone Girl, that one cat from The Grand Budapest Hotel, the horse in the Red Sea from Exodus: Gods and Kings, Rocket Raccoon from Guardians of the Galaxy, Koba/Caesar from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

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2:36 PM on 01.15.2015

Get Hard trailer with Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart is... actually funny

Both Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart can be really funny guys, but the second I heard about Get Hard I figured I'd be driving the other way. It looked like a dumb film playing on all the wrong racial stereotypes just pull l...

Matthew Razak



Here are your 2015 Razzie nominations photo
Here are your 2015 Razzie nominations
by Nick Valdez

To completely offset the Academy Awards nominations from earlier this morning, here we have the opposite end of the spectrum. As usual, the 2015 Razzie noms (narrowed down from the shortlist a bit ago) are really just based on popular opinion. I've seen my fair share of bad films this year, and they're definitely way worse then say Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

But in an unexpected twist, there's a category I particularly enjoy. For the first time, the Razzies are actually acknowledging good performances in the "Redeemer" category. Keanu Reeves, Kristen Stewart, and Ben Affleck are finally past their mistakes. Hit the jump for the nominations. 

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Here are your 2015 Oscar nominees photo
Here are your 2015 Oscar nominees
by Matthew Razak

And we have them! The nominations are in with Birdman and Grand Budapest pulling in the lead with nomination count. A few snubs and a few surprises. How about Whiplash sneaking in for a Best Picture nominations? It totally deserves it, but people were thinking its only nom would be Best Supporting Actor. That's probably the biggest surprise for me.

The biggest snub? No LEGO Movie. Clearly an instance of the Academy not watching a film and simply not voting for it because it was branded. While the other nominations are all great there's no way this would have been snubbed if it wasn't based on a brand. 

Despite all the buzz Jennifer Aniston did not make it into the Best Actress category for Cake, but that was a long shot anyway. Probably the category with the biggest "snubs" is best director. Ava DuVernay did not pick one up for Selma and Wes Anderson and Bennett Miller snuck in crowding out the likes of Clint Eastwood and Christopher Nolan. J.K. Simmons has supporting actor locked up by this point, but how the hell does Robert Duvall get nominated for The Judge other than old-timers club? Slow clap for Nightcrawler getting at least a little nod with screenplay, but once again the Academy ignores a host of smaller films that had stellar writing.

What do you think of this year's nominees?

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Rumor: Spider-Man to appear in Avengers: Infinity War photo
Rumor: Spider-Man to appear in Avengers: Infinity War
by Matthew Razak

After Sony was soundly disappointed by The Amazing Spider-Man 2 the company was struggling with what to do with the character. As some leaked documents (that we did not cover) showed they even reached out to Marvel to possibly bring him into the MCU and jointly run the character. Those talks looked like they fell through, but did they?

Latino Review is reporting that they were in fact successful and that Spider-Man will be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2018 with Avengers: Infinity War Part 1. That all makes sense considering the major part Spidey plays in Civil War, which will be the Captain American installment of Phase 3. 

Of course this is all a massive rumor and even if it is true there's millions and millions of dollars involved meaning everything could easily fall apart. Sony won't want to let go easily of its only super hero, but we're pretty sure Marvel is desperate to have him as an Avenger. The Latino Review report goes into some major spoilers about this as well.

Finally, since Marvel will be resetting the character Andrew Garfield will no longer be playing him. Sad for fans of the actor in the role, but I'm not going to lose much sleep.

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2:00 PM on 01.14.2015

Second Chappie trailer has robots and robot accessories

Neill Blomkamp always makes some interesting, if not always entertaining, science fiction, so I'm definitely curious as to where Chappie is headed. It's got ED-209s, Hugh Jackman using his natural accent for once, and Sigour...

Nick Valdez



Nick's Top 10 Movie Music Moments of 2014 photo
Nick's Top 10 Movie Music Moments of 2014
by Nick Valdez

Music plays an integral role in film. Easily ignored, easily forgotten, a film's soundtrack is the little celebrated framework of cinema. But when sound and sight marry into a great scene, you get some of the best moments. Like in 2013, 2014 had a wide array of music. From 70s rock, to dance pop, to Euro trance, jazz, quirky originals, and even a few oddballs. 

To earn a spot on this list a film's got to have a scene that uses its soundtrack so well, I remember it weeks or even months after I've seen it. So let's get to it then, yeah. 

Here are my picks for The Top 10 Movie Music Moments of 2014.

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11:00 AM on 01.14.2015

Avatar sequels get pushed back a year for script work

Avatar exploded on the scene and was a wild success and had people dressing up like giant blue aliens and then... nothing. Well, not actually nothing. We heard we'd be getting three sequels to the film, but James Cameron...

Matthew Razak





10:00 AM on 01.14.2015

Unfriended looks like a made for TV movie, but is coming to theaters anyway

Losing out on a big chance to debut with a neat viral thing, here's the first trailer for Unfriended. A horror film taking place on computer screens, it's about a group of friends on a skype call as they're haunted by t...

Nick Valdez

4:00 PM on 01.13.2015

DGA nominations are in and they like biopics

The Directors Guild of America has announced the directors for 2014 that it thinks did the best job, and man did they make some interesting choices. While Wes Anderson (Grand Budapest Hotel), Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu ...

Matthew Razak



David Fincher and Gillian Flynn teaming up to remake Strangers on a Train photo
David Fincher and Gillian Flynn teaming up to remake Strangers on a Train
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

Here's something pretty cool: David Fincher is directing a remake of Alfred Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train. It is being written by Gone Girl novelist/screenwriter Gillian Flynn. Ben Affleck is involved too.

Here's something kind of weird: It's not being called Strangers on a Train. In fact, it doesn't take place on a train at all. It takes place on a plane. Well, two planes, actually. So, it's Strangers on a Plane, which sounds dumb as hell. Fortunately, it's not actually called that (they're just going with Strangers), but it still sounds like an idea that could easily become dumb as hell. 

That said, I'm also totally fascinated by the idea. I don't actually understand how it's going to work, and the little tidbits given in the Deadline story pose more questions than they answer, but I'm already sold. I like remakes that adapt source material to the modern age, and while people still do use trains in 2015, I'm not going to question this particular creative team without a whole lot more information. They proved themselves with Gone Girl, and Fincher's proved himself numerous times before. If anyone is going to do justice to Hitchcock's work, I think it'll be them.

[Via Deadline]

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1:00 PM on 01.13.2015

First trailer for Spy brings Melissa McCarthy and Paul Feig back again

Melissa McCarth and Paul Feig are like bestest comedy buddies, and their efforts turn out pretty solid as Bridesmaids and The Heat (Nick was too harsh) can attest to. The pair are pairing up again for a spy sp...

Matthew Razak



Nick's Top 5 Sequels of 2014 photo
Nick's Top 5 Sequels of 2014
by Nick Valdez

We've seen more sequels released the last few years than we have in a long time. While 2015 seems to continue that trend, last year showed that we shouldn't automatically write off a film just because it's a sequel. I've seen so many good sequels last year that it was finally time to designate an entire list to them. Sure I could write about 2014's best actors or scenes, but I think it's important to celebrate a sequel that gets it right. 

Since we're going to get so many more from here on out, let's hope that future sequels will be as good as the five presented here. 

Without further ado, here are my picks for The Top 5 Sequels of 2014. 

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10:00 AM on 01.13.2015

Newest Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer is better than the first

This may technically be a TV spot that debuted during, um, sports(?), but it's long enough and full of new footage so I'm going to go ahead and say this is the second trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron. It's much more balan...

Nick Valdez

4:00 PM on 01.12.2015

See The Wedding Ringer early and free

Some folks find Kevin Hart hilarious. I find him modestly amusing depending on the film, but if you find him hilarious then you should grab these tickets to The Wedding Ringer because then you can see him and laugh. Pret...

Matthew Razak

3:00 PM on 01.12.2015

Box Office Numbers: Taken Too Far

Wow, folks really like them some Taken. Even if it's the third film in the franchise and Neeson is way too old to be doing any of this, it still rakes in quite a large sum. Making over $40 million last weekend, it blew everyt...

Nick Valdez

1:00 PM on 01.12.2015

Beetlejuice 2 will take place in the now, will bring back Keaton

Seth Grahame-Smith, the man who brought us Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, has confirmed that his script for the Beetlejuice sequel will take place in the present-day, will star Michael Keaton reprising his titular role, and...

Sean Walsh



Nick's Top 5 Animated Movies of 2014 photo
Nick's Top 5 Animated Movies of 2014
by Nick Valdez

2014 was a pretty good year for animated films. But unlike the year before, which featured a huge Disney film with headlining women and lots of family friendly features, 2014 was a complete boy's club. While there were a few small steps here and there (women in these films were characterized a bit better and given more autonomy), it's nothing revolutionary. But despite the testosterone, animated films were pretty great last year (but I do hope for more varied voices in 2015). 

2014 treated animation with the respect it deserves. Cartoons aren't just for throwaway comedies (although some did try to squeeze through), and the five films here were the best examples of studios allowing animated films to explore different kinds of narrative opportunities. While the list won't feature some of the smaller releases (because they haven't released near me) like Song of the Sea and When Marnie Was There, I'm pretty confident that this list is set in my mind. 

Here are my choices for the Top Five Animated Films of 2014. 

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11:04 AM on 01.12.2015

See American Sniper early and free

I thought American Sniper missed its target (sorry) a bit, but there is no doubt that the film is both powerful and well made. If you're into that kind of thing then you probably want some passes to see it... tonight. Ye...

Matthew Razak