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NYKFF Review: A Hard Day photo
NYKFF Review: A Hard Day
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

Every so often, I see a film and think that the title is a perfect encapsulation of its very existence. If I were to name the film, those are exactly the words I would have chosen. A Hard Day is that exactly, in part because it's a massive understatement. It's a hilariously perfect name because it is a Hard day but isn't just a hard Day. It starts off as a Hard Night, and then it gets to the day... and then there's another night. And then there's a day. And with each new event, you think, "Oh wow... Well, it can't get any worse than that."

And then it gets worse.

[For the next week, we will be covering the 2014 New York Korean Film Festival. For more information, check here. For all of our coverage, click here.]

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Flixgiving: Matt is thankful for The Babadook photo
Flixgiving: Matt is thankful for The Babadook
by Matthew Razak

I can count the number of truly scary horror films I've seen this year on one finger. That's not to say there haven't been other good horror movies, but for a horror buff like myself it takes something special to actually make me scared. Like worried to walk upstairs in a dark house scared. Most people wouldn't be thankful to have nightmares, but the last time a horror movie gave me one was when I was a kid. That is until I watched The Babadook (review coming).

But there are great horror movies coming out every year and while I'm thankful for them I'm not writing entire blogs dedicated to my thanks for them. There's an extra layer of thanks for The Badadook that I'd have towards it even if I hadn't seen it and that's because it's a horror film directed by a woman (Jennifer Kent), which, in case you hadn't noticed, isn't something that comes along very often.

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10:00 AM on 11.20.2014

Trailer for The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death

The Woman in Black was a competently done horror film that offered up some pretty good scares and then went along its way to be mostly forgotten. Or so we thought. Hammer, the production company behind the film, though ...

Matthew Razak

6:00 PM on 11.19.2014

First full trailer for Escobar: Paradise Lost

I'd developed a taste for drug stories growing up, and Pablo Escobar was the subject of a majority of them. A Columbian cocaine juggernaut in the 80s-90s (who most likely inspired the "Columbian drug lord" trope in films tod...

Nick Valdez



NYKFF Review: The Attorney photo
NYKFF Review: The Attorney
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

If you look up stills from The Attorney, you're going to have a wildly inaccurate perception of what the film is supposed to be. Look at the poster. They're happy, right? Below you'll find another image of people being happy. Head to Google, everyone is happy happy happy. You see that and you think, "Is this a lighthearted courtroom drama?" And you'd be forgiven for thinking that, because most of the released images give that impression. I had to go out of my way to find the more other, more somber image below.

The Attorney isn't happy. There's some laughter, especially in the first half of the film, but it's a film about a particularly unpleasant time in recent Korean history, and what initially appears to be that lighthearted drama quickly turns into something very, very dark. 

[For the next week, we will be covering the 2014 New York Korean Film Festival. For more information, check here. For all of our coverage, click here.]

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3:00 PM on 11.19.2014

Interstellar gets prequel comic, ending is explained

Interstellar is the sort of movie that polarized its audience. Some people hated it, other people loved it. I'm in the "loved it" category personally, so I'm enjoying all the speculation about its ending and whether or not it...

Megan Porch

2:00 PM on 11.19.2014

First official trailer for Project Almanac

We've been hearing rumblings of the Michael Bay produced Project Almanac for awhile now. Once titled Welcome to Yesterday, the film is about a bunch of kids futzing around with a time machine leading to all sorts of wacky sh...

Nick Valdez



Flixgiving: Five Movies Alec Is Thankful For photo
Flixgiving: Five Movies Alec Is Thankful For
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

Seeing so many movies means that sometimes it's hard to really appreciate any individual film. Just because I loved Movie X doesn't mean I'll be thinking about it three months later when I've seen Movies Y, Z, Alpha, Beta, Gamma, and Delta, all of which I also loved. There are some that stick with me long after the credits roll, films I still think about years later despite everything that's come between, but they aren't even necessarily the films I want to remember. There are also the films I'm glad I remember, because they made me think or feel in some new or interesting way. Or maybe they were just ludicrously entertaining.

But there's another category: Films I'm actually thankful for having seen. It's not just that I liked or loved them (most of these wouldn't show up on a list of my favorite films), but they stick out as life milestones or, in several cases, movies that have helped me in some measurable way.

All but one of these were seen as part of my duties at Flixist. And in that sense, I have my position here to thank.  So: Thank you Flixist, for everything you've done for me.

And thanks to these five movies, listed in order of when I saw them.

[Happy Flixgiving, everyone! We'll be posting these leading up to the actual Thanksgiving. Click here to see all of the films that our writers are thankful for. What are you thankful for?]

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11:00 AM on 11.19.2014

Chris Pratt to lead Cowboy Ninja Viking Adaptation

It's been a long time coming, but it appears that the Cowboy Ninja Viking adaptation is back on track and what a track it is. The movie has nabbed everyone's favorite action/comedy star Chris Pratt to play the title role...

Matthew Razak

10:00 AM on 11.19.2014

First full trailer for Disney's live action Cinderella

Cinderelly, Cinderelly, look what they've done to you, Cinderelly. But seriously, this is the one live action adaptation I don't understand. It's going to make oodles of money sure, those glass slippers look damn good (but t...

Nick Valdez

5:00 PM on 11.18.2014

Here's "I Am Groot" in 15 different languages

ICH BIN GROOT  [via Disney]

Nick Valdez





3:00 PM on 11.18.2014

UPDATE: First character clip and posters for Inside Out

UPDATE: The posters for Joy, Anger, Disgust, and Fear have been added to the gallery. I don't know whose idea it was to cast Lewis Black as Anger, but give them a medal. Original story below!  Pixar's Inside Out is...

Matthew Razak



Flixgiving: Five Movies Nick is Thankful For photo
Flixgiving: Five Movies Nick is Thankful For
by Nick Valdez

This time of year always has me thinking about how great life is. Sure it's not the best, but to breathe, eat, love, and squat every day is truly an invisible blessing. I also start thinking about how great movies are, and I'm thankful for just having them around. Even if a film comes out worse than you'd hope, it's still a marvel that it came to fruition. 

To celebrate the coming holiday, we here at Flixist decided to let you in on what we're thankful for. Each of the films we'll discuss over the next week have touched us in some way and we're glad they exist. 

Now in my case these aren't the best films (and will definitely call my overall taste into question), but they're some of my favorites. These are films I've watched over, and over again because I couldn't imagine a life without them. 

[Happy Flixgiving, everyone! We'll be posting these leading up to the actual Thanksgiving. Click here to see all of the films that our writers are thankful for.]

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First full trailer for The Peanuts Movie is full of Christmas cheer photo
First full trailer for The Peanuts Movie is full of Christmas cheer
by Matthew Razak

After our first tease of the new look for the Peanuts in The Peanuts Movie it was hard not to get pretty excited and now that we have a full blown trailer landing (reportedly leaked by Snoopy) it is even harder. This could be a silent film and I'd watch it simply to see such a creative animation style on the screen. 

Basically this trailer is silent since it focuses on Snoopy and Woodstock as they both celebrate Christmas with the iconic Peanuts music playing. Then it's off to a Red Baron chase and more stunning animation. Of course this all means no plot is given, but considering it will be released on November 6, 2015 it may have some holiday stuff going on. My only concern is that it still feels like a Peanuts holiday special and not like an updated take on them. 

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5:00 PM on 11.17.2014

First trailer for The Cobbler, starring Adam Sandler

Adam Sandler signs on for so many films for the money, it's hard to parse whether or not he's in that one winning film he gets every couple of years. It's clear that he's got talent, but it's a shame to see him go down such ...

Nick Valdez

3:00 PM on 11.17.2014

Universal Monsters reboots to be action, not horror

In case you missed Dracula Untold and haven't been paying attention at all to what Universal is doing with its monster films, this may be surprising news: the Universal Monsters Universe that the studio is creating will ...

Matthew Razak

1:00 PM on 11.17.2014

Captain America: Civil War casts Daniel Bruhl

As if I wasn't already excited about Captain America: Civil War, the announcement of Daniel Bruhl joining the cast just makes things even more awesome. Bruhl starred alongside Brad Pitt and Christoph Waltz in Quentin Tarantin...

Megan Porch

12:00 PM on 11.17.2014

These new Peanuts images are the cutest thing ever

We're going to get a big screen version of Charlie Brown and the rest of Charles Schulz's Peanuts gang in a little under a year from now, so what better way to celebrate the holiday than with some new images? If you were worr...

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 11.17.2014

Box Office Numbers: Dumb Ways to Die

It seems Dumb and Dumber To performed better than I expected despite it not being very good. Taking first place with $38 million, it seems curiosity over the twenty years in development sequel won the day. Big Hero 6 took sec...

Nick Valdez

4:00 PM on 11.14.2014

Here comes the South Asian International Film Festival

As is often the case, it's a festival of festivals here in New York. And if you're particularly fond of Indian and/or Pakistani films, this is probably the one you've been waiting for. The South Asian International Film Festi...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

2:00 PM on 11.14.2014

Newest trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey will see you now

So I had to find out about this teaser from my mom. Premiering during last night's Scandal on ABC, my mother felt the need to contact me to ask if I had any more info on it. While I don't want to see my mother that way (as I...

Nick Valdez



Review: The Homesman photo
Review: The Homesman
by Megan Porch

Life in the early days of pioneer life was harsh and unforgiving. The loneliness and desperation to make things work was enough to drive people to either do anything they could, or go mad trying. The glimpses of frontier life in Tommy Lee Jones' new film, The Homesman, are honestly terrifying to imagine.

The story focuses on Mary Bee Cuddy (played by Hilary Swank), a woman who lives alone in a small pioneer town, who volunteers to take three women who've lost their minds back to a city where they can be taken care of. Each of the women's husbands are supposedly incapable of caring for them, though as the story goes on, the truth about these men becomes more and more awful.

Cuddy finds help in the form of a man named George Briggs (Tommy Lee Jones), and the two of them set off across the frontier with nothing but the three women, a wagon, some horses, and two guns.

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