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Wax nostalgic, Daniel-san: Karate Kid sequel series Cobra Kai headed to YouTube Red


Ralph Macchio and William Zabka to star
Aug 04
// Hubert Vigilla
Your nostalgia has just crane kicked you in the face. A 10-episode half-hour sequel series to The Karate Kid is coming to YouTube Red, starring Ralph Macchio and William Zabka. There was reportedly a bidding war for the serie...
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Eli Roths Death Wish trailer makes me wish for death


Set your sights on good fortune
Aug 04
// Anthony Marzano
I unabashedly love the Death Wish series. It were hokey, over the top and I have fond memories of watching it with my college roommate one weekend when AMC played them all back to back years ago. So when I heard Eli Roth was ...
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Studios v Rotten Tomatoes

Movie studios fear bad Rotten Tomatoes scores, are trying to thwart the Tomatometer


Attaaaack of the rotten tomatoes!
Aug 02
// Hubert Vigilla
Bad reviews can potentially hurt a movie's box office in the same way that good reviews can potentially get more butts in the seats. As more and more people turn to Rotten Tomatoes to see what the critical consensus is on a m...
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Clint Howard in Han Solo

Clint Howard will have a cameo in the Han Solo standalone movie


Ron Howard is Howarding this up
Aug 02
// Hubert Vigilla
If you haven't heard, the Han Solo standalone movie is sort of a mess. Short version: directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were fired over creative differences several months into production, star Alden Ehrenreich has had iss...
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See Wind River early and free


Washington DC screenings
Aug 02
// Matthew Razak
I'll admit I have next to no knowledge about Wind River. It just hasn't been on my radar, but that doesn't mean it isn't on your radar. It was definitely on some of our staff's radar at the beginning of the year. If it is I'v...
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The Dark Tower is the latest blockbuster to be filled with production problems


This is becoming a thing
Aug 02
// Matthew Razak
Based on reports from some inside sources Variety is reporting that The Dark Tower had a very rock production. This might not come as a surprise since the entire process of bringing Stephen King's book series to any size...
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First trailer for David Fincher's Mindhunter


Serial killering origins
Aug 01
// Anthony Marzano
A while back there was some news floating around that in my very city of Pittsburgh, David Fincher was looking for extras for a new TV show called Mindhunter. Unable to attend but still curious as to what Fincher was up to wh...
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Netflix in debt

Netflix is $20 billion in debt, really shouldn't have gone to grad school


More like DEBTflix, amiright?
Aug 01
// Hubert Vigilla
Netflix remains a juggernaut in terms of movie and TV streaming, with more than 104 million subscribers worldwide and continued stock growth from investors. Yet according to an LA Times piece over the weekend, Netflix is also...
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Avatar sequels underway

Weta Digital starts work on James Cameron's four Avatar sequels (additional delays to come)


What's Na'vi for "shrug"?
Jul 31
// Hubert Vigilla
Best known for their groundbreaking work on The Lord of the Rings and the Planet of the Apes trilogy, Weta Digital announced that they have begun work on James Cameron's four Avatar sequels. There is no word yet on what ...
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Mother! teaser trailer

Darren Aronofsky's Mother! gets a teaser, with a full trailer coming next week


Well... something seems amiss, don't it?
Jul 31
// Hubert Vigilla
Mother!, the new Darren Aronofsky movie, is veiled in secrecy. The film stars Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem, and details about the plot are scant. A disturbing poster for the film came out in May, and there was an effective all-audio teaser that screened with Dunkirk. Now we have our first look at Mother! in this brief teaser, and it looks really intense. Check out the Mother! teaser below.
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See The Dark Tower Early and free


Washington DC screenings
Jul 31
// Matthew Razak
I am so incredibly worried about The Dark Tower. The series of Stephen King books that the film is based on is some of my favorite writing, but this movie doesn't really look much like them. It's got a good cast, but the stud...
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Game of Thrones Season 7 Recap: 'The Queen's Justice'


Cersei hearts Jaime: tell everyone!
Jul 31
// Rick Lash
George RR Martin's sprawling "seven" book fantasy series has long been known as A Song of Fire and Ice and tonight's episode played homage by finally 'bringing fire and ice together' and acknowledging as much throug...
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Who the hell paid for The Emoji Movie?


This is why we can't have nice things
Jul 31
// Matthew Razak
Guys, The Emoji Movie made $25.6 million this weekend. That puts it on track to easily eclipse its $50 million budget, and turn Sony a profit. That more than likely means there will be a sequel. There is a high...

Review: Atomic Blonde

Jul 28 // Matthew Razak
[embed]221777:43713:0[/embed] Atomic BlondeDirector: David LeitchRelease Date: July 28, 2017Rated: R Atomic Blonde definitely comes from the same school as John Wick. It's director, David Leitch, is a stuntman turned director (he'll be helming Deadpool 2 as well) and it involves a trained killer who is better at their job than anyone else. The kind of action hero who can easily dispatch a group of henchman quickly and easily. From there things are different. Atomic Blonde unfolds in Berlin the week before the wall comes tumbling down. As such it is cram full of double crosses, unreliable narrators, and complex plot points. We find British secret agent Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron) being sent off to Berlin after an important list full of all of Britain's spies falls into a corrupt Russian spy's hands. Lorraine meets up with David Percival (James McAvoy) in Berlin to solve what's happened. Of course no one is what they seem, twists and turns abound, and at one point or another you'll be scratching your head because the plot isn't making sense... yet. Like any good spy thriller (and the graphic novel the film is based on) Atomic Blonde plays its cards close to its chest. And like any bad spy film Atomic Blonde thinks its a bit more clever than it actually is. It lands somewhere in the middle of greats like Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and needlessly complex messes like Mission: Impossible 2. Some of its turns make complete sense, and the film's structure help deliver them wonderfully, while at other points the plot seems forced, with direction only confusing the mess. The best spy films leave you realizing that you could have seen it all along if you'd been paying attention, but Atomic Blonde's story is delivered without enough panache to do this. It all leads to a plot that feels like it has a few too many endings, and not enough actual resolution. Thankfully, almost every other aspect of the film makes up for this. We can start with the fights and the action sequences, which are savage to the point of cruelty. The very first hit in this movie is a man getting a stiletto heel to the neck (a fantastic wink to the bucking of the normal gender of action heroes), and it just gets more brutal from there on out. Every punch, hit, kick, gunshot, crash, slap, and stab feels as painful as it actually is. This isn't James Bond where a ten minute fist fight leaves him looking fresh as daisies. These fights land blows and they leave their combatants gasping for air, staggering around and eventually dead. A positively ferocious stairwell fight scene tumbles into an apartment then out onto a street and then into a car chase, all in "one" camera shot and over the course of 20 minutes or so. It's probably the best action sequence I've seen since The Raid 2. The fights alone make this movie worthwhile. However, Leitch actually has an eye for direction outside of fisticuffs as well. The almost hyper-sexuality of the film is handled in ways that don't feel exploitative thanks to direction that makes everything feel matter of fact, and while the plot is complex and often does no favors to itself he at least keeps the scenes coherent. He may lose the overall picture at times, but from scene to scene things work. There's a wonderfully 80s feel to the way he shoots and lights everything, with a glowing neon color scheme infusing half the film, and dull greys dominating the other so as to visually represent the pull between the crime and drug fueled east with the totalitarianism west. Leitch's direction is a hell of a lot smarter than many are going to give him credit for even if he can't keep the film's story feeling clever. And then there is Theron, who plays her role with a cool, steely iciness that you rarely see in female characters, in or out of action films. Even in brutal fight sequences that have her character bleeding and near death she seems in complete control. There's no questioning her ability to take on even the largest, most "manly" opponent because that's not the character and that's not how Theron plays it. Much like her Imperator Furiosa, Theron imbues her character with an awesome that makes you think not about her sex, but about how much of a badass she is. It helps she did the majority of her own fights as well, and doesn't look out of place doing them. It lets Leitch keep his camera still for the most part instead of cutting constantly to mask inefficiencies in her ability.  Atomic Blonde is definitely worth seeing if that's all you're wondering. It's a great action movie, and a decent enough spy thriller. When it falters the action is there to pick it up even if it sometimes takes a bit of time to get to said action. We may not have a new classic on our hands, but there's 20 straight minutes of action in here that should go down in cinematic history.  
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Charlize Theron can fight
Atomic Blonde looks like one of those scrappy little action flicks that has a slow burn of success. Think of things like John Wick or Taken. Films that succeed because they're cram full of action and their...

Review: The Emoji Movie

Jul 28 // Drew Stuart
The Emoji Movie tells the tale of Gene, a 'meh' emoji who unbeknownst to his fellow emoji's in Textopolis, can experience more than one emotion. Unfortunately, when he's called upon to make his 'meh' face at the users request, he freaks out and makes the wrong face. Gene is then forced out of Textopolis, and embarks on a quest with his buddy Hi-5 and hacker Jailbreak to become normal like all the other emoji's. The setup is trite from the very beginning, and becomes more mundane the further along the story progresses. You already know all of the beats; our characters form a plan to solve their problems, the villain sends a force to stop them, they clash, one of the characters gets separated from them, the main character decides to rescue them instead of heading straight for their goal, blah blah blah. I could go on, but it's honestly not necessary; if you've seen a kids movie in the last 20 years, then you've seen The Emoji Movie. I've heard some people say that The Emoji Movie borrows steals lot of ideas from Inside Out, and that's just not true. Emoji also rips several ideas from Toy Story, The Lego Movie, and even Shrek. Situations are recreated almost verbatim from these movies, only serving to bore and annoy the audience even further. And it's not like Emoji needs any help with that; the humor and is so atrocious that I almost feel guilty calling this film a comedy. Here's what the 'comedy' amounts to; emoji's simply calling each other by their emoji names, or acting slightly different to each other depending on what emoji they are. That's really it. There's no humor that's so bad it becomes funny, or dialogue that you can ridicule. I didn't hear a single laugh from any of the children in the theater. Nothing. This movie is shamelessly hackneyed and vapid; it cannot be laughed at because it can't understand that it's being made fun of. It is impervious to snide criticism and witty retorts. All you can do is embrace The Emoji Movie, before shoving a pillow into its face. Without comedy, and without plot, the element that is thrust into the forefront of the viewers minds is the concept. And if you'd like me to elaborate on that, now's the time where I'd like to inform all the passengers along for today's flight that, as the title entails, this is in fact a review for The Emoji Movie, and you should be well aware by now that the concept is, on it's face, a bad one. I understand the motive behind it; The Lego Movie made more dough than a Three-Star michelin bakery, and Sony wants a piece of that pie, but it isn't gonna happen with something like Emoji's. The reason being that kids and adults alike adore Legos for their inherent creativity and playful, easy design, which incidentally lends itself incredibly well to a kids movie based around the theme of creativity and being yourself. The other reason being that no one cares about emoji's. Trying to make an emoji movie is such a blatant consumerism-driven cash-grab that I'm astounded Sony had the balls to even try it. Hell, in the opening narration, the movie acknowledges that emoji's only exist because people suck, specifically because they're lazy and don't want to type out their complete thoughts in a text message. So why would anyone even consider making a movie like this? I don't know. The point is, the concept of an emoji-based movie sucks.  Now, here's a weird bit of criticism I never thought I would have to say aloud: Did the entire cast phone in their performances? Sure, you might know that T.J. Miller, Steven Wright and Patrick Stewart were coaxed into this movie, but did you know that, *ahem*, Anna Faris, James Corden, Maya Rudolph, Jennifer Coolidge, Christina Aguilera, Sofia Vergara and more lend their voices to this project? No? Neither did I, until I glimpsed the cast list as I sulked out of the theater. Why do none of these people sound like themselves? Why even hire them if their voices are that unrecognizable? I just don't know. On top of the terrible plot, the terrible concept, and the terrible acting, all of the sensory elements in this movie suck too. The animation lacks any style or visual flair, (as is to be expected) but worse is how little detail there is in the animation. There are points where characters look blurry or unfinished, and nearly all of the backgrounds are painfully copied and pasted as needed. You can see this quite plainly if you compare the trailers to the movie; there are scenes in the trailer that occur in other settings in the final cut of the movie. It feels borderline amateur. Even worse has got to be the music. You'd think that Sony with all of it's music rights would plug today's pop-radio garbage into The Emoji Movie, but that's not the case. Instead, they plugged 2012's pop-radio garbage into The Emoji Movie. Did Sony not believe in this movie either? Why does this exist? Why am I here? You don't need me to tell you this movie is terrible. Just look at it. Some asshole at Sony actually thought this would be a good idea, and somehow convinced a bunch of other assholes to make this putrid movie. The Emoji Movie was farted into existence for the express purpose of seeing if they could do it. And now we all have to sit in its stink. 
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To live is to suffer
You know, for the longest time I thought that this movie was a joke. Something invented by film producers to have a laugh. A prank that writers bounced around, but never dared to seriously consider, lest their career be stamp...

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IMAX to back away from 3D movies


More like 3Sucks, right?
Jul 27
// Matthew Razak
I'm not a 3D movie hater. I think in the right hands 3D can make an incredibly movie. In fact I know it can. The sad thing is that directors don't usually film for 3D. They just shoot a 2D movie with 3D cameras. There's no us...
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First full trailer for IT makes it really hard to write a story about it without the pronoun it


Thank goodness for italics
Jul 27
// Matthew Razak
IT is finally here. Or the remake of it is finally here. Stephen King's classic horror story already had a TV version that made us all insanely afraid of clowns (or at least Tim Curry dressed up as a clown), but now...
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Darth Vader may appear in the Han Solo movie


*sigh*
Jul 26
// Drew Stuart
You know about the Han Solo movie, right? The one that seemed like a joke at first, until Disney announced the casting. The one that got Chris Miller and Phil Lord to direct, only to fire them at the end of production because...
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James Cameron is looking to launch a new Terminator trilogy


I'll be back... again and again and agia
Jul 26
// Matthew Razak
So the Terminator franchise reboot hasn't gone as planned... either time. Obviously the franchise is still considered a moneymaker for whatever reason, but no one seems to be able to get a successful film out of it anymo...
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Wonder Woman 2 release date confirmed


Electric Boogaloo coming December 2019
Jul 26
// Anthony Marzano
In a sneaky press release on Tuesday evening DC executives confirmed that Wonder Woman 2 is slated for release on December 13th, 2019. They also confirmed what everyone already knew, that Gal Gadot was coming back for the lea...
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Matt Groening's animated comedy Disenchantment greenlit by Netflix


With Blackjack! And Hookers!
Jul 25
// Drew Stuart
Matt Groening, you beautiful bastard. You've given us The Simpsons, Futurama (my favorite cartoon ever) and soon, a new animated comedy called Disenchantment. As of today, Netflix has green-lit 20 episodes of the new Mat...
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Henry Cavill's mustache will need to be digitally removed for Justice League reshoots


Oh, they're also costing a crap ton
Jul 25
// Matthew Razak
Jusitce League came out of SDCC looking pretty rosy all things considered. There was a great new poster and a new trailer, and everyone cheered really loudly. But let's all please remember who we're talking about he...

The Next Bond film is slated for 2019

Jul 25 // Drew Stuart
That leaves the director. Who should needs to direct this film? Well, if you've been paying attention to Matt, you know that Christopher Nolan would be a dream come true, though getting Nolan to sign on for Craig's final film seems easier said than done to both of us. Nolan isn't a director who waits for a film to come to him, and while he's certainly not afraid to helm a franchise (just look at his Batman trilogy,) reserving him for the films would likely take some planning ahead. Still, I've no doubt that whoever directs this next Bond film will be talented, willing and able to deliver an excellent movie.  [via Twitter]
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'Craig' open a cold one with the boys
There's been some confusion lately over the role of James Bond; who will play him, and most of all, when he'll reappear on the silver screen. With things slowly taking shape behind the scenes, us fans have been left most...

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Comic-Con 2017 trailer roundup


TRAILERS! TRAILERS! TRAILERS!
Jul 24
// Anthony Marzano
What a weekend its been, while nothing really overly exciting and brand new was announced at San Diego Comic-Con there was a ton of trailers from previously announced TV and movies. So to cure your Monday blues we at Flixist have compiled all of the trailers that we reported on as well as a few that slipped through the cracks...for you.
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Bodies are starting to pile up in our first peek at Westworld's second season


Doesn't look like anything to me
Jul 24
// Matt Liparota
HBO's Westworld was one of the network's biggest hits of 2016; the sci-fi Western debauchery simulator inspired more theorizing and hot takery than any show since perhaps Game of Thrones. So it's no surprise that the show was...
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A Dwayne Johnson-less Shazam is next planned DCU movie


Rock still cooking up some Black Adam
Jul 24
// Anthony Marzano
In somewhat sad news coming out of San Diego Comic Con we have learned that Shazam's movie will fill the previous gap year of 2019 for the DCU, but it will not have everyone's favorite wrestler turned-actor Dwayne Johnson. No...
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Star Trek: Discovery's SDCC trailer is full of drama


And yet another ship getting destroyed
Jul 24
// Matthew Razak
I really wish that CBS would put out a trailer or something that made me feel confident in exactly what Star Trek: Discovery is. Am I supposed to be watching something from the original Trek universe or not? They say it'...
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Do we really all hate franchises and sequels?


Box office recap
Jul 24
// Matthew Razak
Here's a fun fact: Dunkirk is the first number one opening for a non-franchise movie of the summer. Every other weekend during this summer has been led by a movie that is either a sequel or part of a major franchise...

Review: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Jul 24 // Drew Stuart
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is, once boiled down, a sci-fi adventure. The story is set in the 28th century, where humanity has created a gigantic metropolis in space known as Alpha. Over hundreds of years, aliens from all over the galaxy have come there to thrive and prosper, creating a cornucopia of cultures that mingle with each other every day. Alpha is home to everyone, and the heart of Valerian is exploring this strange world with our main characters, the titular Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and his partner Laureline (Cara Delevigne). The problem with Valerian is how they explore it. The plot has our two agents racing against time to stop an ever-expanding radiation zone at Alpha's core, but that sense of urgency is seldom felt in the actual plot. There are chases, sure, but they have no tension. There's a mystery, but if you're paying attention even slightly, you'll know exactly where the story is going after 20 minutes. The driving point of the plot is supposed to be mystery, but it completely deflates once the movie starts rolling. The best aspect of Valerian is the world, and I'm sure that sentiment will be shared amongst anyone who sees this movie, whether they thought it was good or bad. There's a scene early on that depicts the genesis and growth of Alpha, and is one of my favorite intros of 2017. It's humorous and magical, friendly and dazzling. The various creatures and aliens on Alpha are diverse and interesting, taking that nuanced world-building from Star Wars and executing it with style. Yet, that's about all that Valerian seems to get right. Nearly every other aspect is fundamentally flawed, and I wish that were an exaggeration. Take our leading actors for example. Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevigne have both given their worst performances in their careers in Valerian. No, I'm not exaggerating. DeHaan is in no way a believable federal agent, and his gruff mumbling throughout the film makes the whole thing feel like a fan-film. He's painted as a ladies man at the beginning of Valerian and I nearly burst out laughing when Delevigne referred to him as a 'lady killer'. It's like pointing to a turd and calling it Toblerone; good for a laugh, but I'll be damned if you try and get me to swallow it. I just couldn't stomach the blatant wish-fulfillment when the lead is far from being suave or charismatic in the slightest. Delevigne has never actually given a good performance on film before, but in Valerian her acting stands out as particularly cardboard-esque. Seriously, look at any of these images I have in this review and behold the only face she makes on camera. What makes these performances even worse is that Valerian and Laureline are supposed to be attracted to each other, and they seem anything but. Their interactions are stiff and stale, and even the dialogue they share is poorly written. Kids might be able to get behind these characters, but if you have a fully developed brain then you're in for a sore experience. As I mentioned earlier, the plot is also all over the place. It's flimsy and dull, failing to interest the viewer in the central mystery presented likely due to how obvious the outcome is. The film opens by almost completely explaining the events that are 'revealed' later on at the climax of Valerian, and yet pretends like the audience didn't see what happened. This, combined with some clumsy foreshadowing and telegraphing by the villain spell out the plot for the rest of the film, leaving little to enjoy besides the beautifully designed world. And, call me crazy, but Valerian seems to know this, considering that it takes significant breaks from the plot for trivial side-stories. There's a point midway through where the film drops the little momentum it had to rescue Laureline from some bumbling space creatures. This sequence is pretty to look at, and has moments of fun sprinkled here and there, but serves no purpose whatsoever. In the end, this section of the movie only makes it more painful once our heroes return to the story at hand. Look, I don't hate Valerian. It's a beautiful film, with amazing CG and a set-piece or two that are fun on the surface level. The world it's set in is captivating and unique, something that is so rare today in Hollywood. But no movie has ever become great just by looking good; the plot, the dialogue, the characters need to be written well so the films stunning display can create synergy between the narrative and the visuals. This is how a great sci-fi adventure film is made, and it's something that Besson has completely forgotten how to do with Valerian. Visuals are in service to the writing, and Besson put the cart in front of the horse on this one. The image of Alpha floating in space, filled with interesting creatures and civilizations is incredible, but with a couple of boring humans taking up most of the runtime, you'd be better off watching the trailer and moving on.
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Such a well polished turd.
Luc Besson may not be a household name, but ask any fan of film who he is and you’ll be swept into a drawn-out lauding of his movies. Besson directed both The Fifth Element and Leon: The Professional, both of which foun...

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Game of Thrones Season 7 Recap: 'Stormborn'


Please, try not to scream.
Jul 23
// Rick Lash
HBO has been running it's mouth all week about how big its Game of Thrones season 7 premiere was. How big? Well, I'll have to show you? *Unzips notes* 16.1 million viewers watched the premiere, night of, through live outlets ...

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