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2:00 PM on 12.12.2014

Star Wars: The Force Awakens finally names its characters

Although the first teaser trailer for The Force Awakens was the very definition of tease, people have been scrounging and speculating left and right over the ten shots featured. Well, now we're one step closer to figuring out...

Nick Valdez

12:00 PM on 12.12.2014

R100 trailer looks sexy, insane, and makes me feel funny

I don't even know what to say about this film that isn't said in the trailer. It looks amazing and sexy and messed up and absolutely right up my alley. Alec reviewed it back in July, and I'm so glad it's coming out in just o...

Sean Walsh



Review: Exodus: Gods and Kings photo
Review: Exodus: Gods and Kings
by Nick Valdez

Folks don't know this about me, but I have a soft spot for biblical stories. Having been raised half Roman Catholic, half who gives a hooey, I have an abundant knowledge of Christian bible quotes and intricacies. Regardless of your beliefs, you have to admit the Bible is full of fantastical, involving stories ripe for big budget adaptations like these. 

It's really the simplicity of it all that makes it entertaining. Bad guys are bad, good guys are unequivocally good, and some invisible force is guiding everyone's decisions. But when that guiding force doesn't know when to reign it in, you get Exodus: Gods and Kings. 

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Review: Inherent Vice photo
Review: Inherent Vice
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

I’m not educated enough to have an intelligent conversation about Inherent Vice. I’m smart enough, but to seriously wrestle with what Paul Thomas Anderson’s adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s book is trying to do and say would require me to have A) Seen more of P. T. Anderson’s films, or B) Read more (read: any) of Pynchon’s books (perhaps even the source material itself), or C) Know more about the era in which the film takes place.

And so it’s taken me well over a week to write this review, because I simply didn’t know what to say. I wanted to deconstruct the film in some meaningful way, but I don’t feel qualified to do so.

What I can do, however, is consider just what it means to see (and generally enjoy) a film that I don’t understand. 

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

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Here are your 2014 Golden Globe nominees photo
Here are your 2014 Golden Globe nominees
by Nick Valdez

Here we go. Awards season has officially begun. The Golden Globes may not seem like a big awards ceremony anymore, but their set of nominees and winners set the stage for the rest of the season. Big winners and nominees here usually are on the fast track to Oscardom. The weirdest part of the nominees this year is, lots of these films have yet to hit wide releases. 

The Theory of Everything, Selma, Boyhood, and The Imitation Game are all making big waves with multiple nominations each, but lots of folks haven't seen them yet. Sure the awards season always screams "insider status," but this year I still haven't seen most of these awards screeners yet. 

Either way, it's good to see The Lego Movie and The Book of Life here. Shout outs to uniqueness. Check out the full list below and tell us what you think got snubbed or shouldn't be there.  

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5:00 PM on 12.11.2014

Stephen Colbert is just the best person

I mean, who else would dress up as Hobbit characters to promote The Battle of the Five Armies or defend funky lightsabers? Truly a king among us.  [via EW]

Nick Valdez

4:00 PM on 12.11.2014

See Night at the Museum 3 early and free

What's that? You enjoy historical figures acting comically? Then we've got a deal for you. Passes to see Night at the Museum 3: The Secret of the Tomb. I know, we just make all your historical dreams come true. How to get them? Clicking a link. Head below and click and you'll have them in no time. Then get there early and you'll be all set to enjoy the show. 

Matthew Razak

3:00 PM on 12.11.2014

This trailer for Hot Tub Time Machine 2 certainly exists

Despite its flaws, Hot Tub Time Machine gained quite the momentum on home video. That's usually how most of these comedy sequels work nowadays. The original is a small hit, gains cult status on home video, then is repeated s...

Nick Valdez

12:00 PM on 12.11.2014

Full trailer for Disney/Pixar's Inside Out is adorable

I've been digging how Pixar has been marketing their upcoming animated project, Inside Out. This latest trailer, like the last, may not feature any of the story, but it's got enough substance to chew on. I will never kn...

Nick Valdez





10:00 AM on 12.11.2014

Trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road has a road...it is furious

You never know quite what you're getting with Mad Max, and Fury Road will deliver that bonkers mentality in spades. With this trailer (and the one released around San Diego Comic-Con) I'm already won over completely. Stunning visuals, comic grit, and we have yet to see Tom Hardy say a word. Calling it early, 2015 Movie of the Year for sure Mad Max: Fury Road opens May 15th next year. 

Nick Valdez



Sony's hack, Flixist, and you photo
Sony's hack, Flixist, and you
by Nick Valdez

We here at Flixist appreciate that while you can get your movie news fix from anywhere, you lovingly come back to us. We'd like to thank you for your readership wholeheartedly. Without you all, there's a good chance we'd be talking about the latest Marvel movie in some abandoned alley somewhere while writing "I love dogs" on the walls. 

But from time to time, we come across some bits of news that we're conflicted about discussing with you all. As Flixist's News Editor, I'd like to clarify our stance on these things. 

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1:07 PM on 12.10.2014

First trailer for The Little Prince floats in

It's only 2014, but judging from this international trailer for The Little Prince, we're already calling the year's best animated film. This is our first look at the adaptation of the childern's classic, and I suppose it's a...

Matthew Razak

12:15 PM on 12.10.2014

See Annie early and free

THE SUN'LL COME OUT TOMORROW! BETCHA BOTTOM DOLLAR! Oh sorry, I suppose you came here not to sing along with me and instead to get your passes to see Annie, which is fine, I suppose. You sure you don't want to sing? It'll be ...

Matthew Razak

10:00 AM on 12.10.2014

Trailer for White God features the dogpocalypse

Remember those awesome Homeward Bound movies? White God is nothing like that. Imagine the worst possible outcome for that film (and throw in Lady and the Tramp for good measure) and you've got what looks and sounds like a gr...

Nick Valdez

3:00 PM on 12.09.2014

It Follows sets up atmosphere with French trailer

I haven't been to enough festivals this year to have caught It Follows yet, which is a shame because it's being mentioned in the same breath as The Badabook when talking about horror films. The trailer above doesn'...

Matthew Razak

1:00 PM on 12.09.2014

First trailer for San Andreas starring Dwayne Johnson and earthquakes

Dwayne Johnson has been shaking up the film world for a few years now, but outside of Disney and few disappointing missteps, he has yet to find a breakout lead role. Hoping to remedy this is San Andreas, the Californian disa...

Nick Valdez

12:00 PM on 12.09.2014

First trailer for The Walk starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Films based on a true stories are always hit or miss, but I'm holding out some hope for Robert Zemeckis' latest project The Walk, based on Philippe Petit (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) tightrope walk between the World Trade Center's...

Nick Valdez

11:00 AM on 12.09.2014

See the Imitation Game early and free

It's Oscar season and while Benedict Cumberbatch's performance in The Imitation Game is actually losing steam as we roll into the end of the year it is still a site to behold, and behold it you shall. We have passes to a...

Matthew Razak

10:00 AM on 12.09.2014

Box Office Numbers: Burnin For You

For the third (?) week in a row, Mockingjay- Part 1 has taken the top box office spot (with $22 million) as it's still burning for you. The Penguins hold their own with $10 million, and Horrible Bosses 2 surprisingly rounds o...

Nick Valdez

4:00 PM on 12.08.2014

Japan's Godzilla to return as Toho announces new film

Big news (get it?) out of Japan today as Toho, the wonderful folks behind every Godzilla film that used large rubber suits has announced they will be bringing the giant lizard back once again. This will be the first non-...

Matthew Razak





1:00 PM on 12.08.2014

See Exodus: God and Kings early and free

So you want to see a biblical epic with white people starring in the roles of Egyptians? I can do that for you. Exodus: Gods and Kings might not be heating up with hot buzz, but it still could be awesome. That's why you'...

Matthew Razak



Washington Area Film Critics Association announces award winners photo
Washington Area Film Critics Association announces award winners
by Matthew Razak

The Washington Area Film Critics Association, of which I am a card carrying member, has delivered it's award winners once again this year. I voted of course and I think this year is one of the first where I've overwhelming agreed with the majority of wins. Boyhood grabbed best picture and best director, which is definitely what should. Even if you hated the movie for some random reason it was a triumph in film making and deserves it for that. As you can expect Richard Linklater winning best director was a given as well.

Aside from that J.K. Simmons as best support actor for Whiplash is a fantastic win as well as is Michael Keaton in Birdman, though David Oyelowo's performance in Selma was truly inspirational. I do disagree with Juliane Moore in Still Alice pull in best actress as I thought Rosamund Pike should have grabbed that for Gone Girl. Oh, well the awards can't always be right like I am. 

See the full winners and nominees below and check out all the nominees here.

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