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Review: A Million Ways to Die in the West
by Nick Valdez

Seth MacFarlane's directorial debut, Ted, was a welcome surprise. It was a mix of a charming friendship, un-ironic love of the 80s, and gratuitous amount of raunchy humor. Like the best episodes of MacFarlane's Family Guy, it managed a fine balance between all of those things to provide a high quality product. With his sophomore effort, A Million Ways to Die in the West, I was hoping things would be a little less, well, sophomoric. 

A Million Ways starts strong, but as it continues, it feels like a million years as joke after joke is thrown out with hopes that one of them works. As jokes continually fail, and extraneous scenes pile onto the film's near two hour run, I soon realized I'd rather die in a million different ways than continue watching this juvenile mess.

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12:00 PM on 05.28.2014

H. Jon Benjamin voiced HAL 9000 and it's the best thing

As part of the late night show, Last Night Basement, H. Jon Benjamin (Bob's Burgers, Archer, other good things) dubbed over a bit of HAL 9000's (from 2001: A Space Odyssey)  voice. Turns out it's something I've wanted all along.  [Last Night Basement, via io9]

Nick Valdez



Review: Blended photo
Review: Blended
by Matthew Razak

Blended is Drew Barrymore and Adama Sandler's third movie together after The Wedding Singer and  50 First Dates. Evidently that's a thing now. Like they make a romantic comedy of sorts with each other every ten years. Because it's a thing we're supposed to think fondly of their return to the big screen.

The problem is that after Grown Ups and Grown Ups 2 it is physically impossible to think of Adam Sandler fondly anymore. He has spent and and all good will he's built up previously and now any movie starring him should be an instant red flag of suck. With the bar set so incredibly low is it actually a good thing to say that Blended is surprisingly not the worst movie ever? No, I suppose that's still a bad thing.

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5:00 PM on 05.16.2014

Seth MacFarlane's A Million Ways To Die In The West has an 8-bit game you can play

A Million Ways To Die In The West, Seth MacFarlane's upcoming Western comedy movie, now has an 8-bit videogame counterpart online at Adult Swim. Perhaps capitalizing on the nostalgically easy-to-die-in games of the 80's 8-bit...

Liz Rugg

4:00 PM on 05.15.2014

See Blended early and free

Ready to see Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore back on screen together despite the fact that their careers have trended towards worse and worse films? Yea, me neither. But maybe they're reuniting can spark some of the old magic...

Matthew Razak



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Review: Don Peyote
by Nick Valdez

Whenever someone mentions Dan Fogler, I'm suddenly interested. He's a comedic dynamo who always seems to choose interesting or niche projects. Directing his second film since 2009, Fogler displays acting ability that he really hasn't be able to show off yet. With Don Peyote's strange, but cool tale, Fogler has a grand spectrum of insanity.

It's just a shame that the rest of the film falls apart. 

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2:00 PM on 05.09.2014

Flix for Short: Johnny Express

The year is 2150. Johnny is a great delivery man. He is however, incredibly lazy. All Johnny wants is to sleep in his automated space delivery ship. All he has to do is deliver the packages he's sent. However, his deliveries...

Liz Rugg



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Review: Chef
by Nick Valdez

Before attending this year's SXSW, I had no idea Jon Favreau's Chef even existed. Given the nature of my job (as I constantly write about films months, and even years before their official release), it's rare that film goes under my radar. But when that happens (and a film goes oddly without any kind of promotion) it raises some flags. To be blunt, the films with the least promotion usually have something to hide. 

But why was Favreau's Chef so concerned? As SXSW 2014's big opening film, there was a lot of pressure to deliver, and it sort of did. It's like a greasy sandwich made with love. You know it's bad for you, but it's got a lot of corazón.

[This review was originally posted as part of our coverage of South by Southwest 2014. It is being reposted to coincide with the film's wide release.]

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Review: Neighbors
by Nick Valdez

I had completely written off Neighbors. Coming off of Seth Rogen's last starring role in This is the End, the first trailer for Neighbors underwhelmed me. I've gotten used to Rogen acting, writing, and directing his own films so I was a little concerned when Rogen placed himself in someone else's film. Was his lack of major involvement going to impact the overall quality of the film? Should you expect less because Rogen didn't write a lot of it himself? 

Thankfully not. Even with some groan inducers, Neighbors is a little smart. It just needs to reign it in a bit. 

[This review was originally posted as part of our coverage of South by Southwest 2014. It is being reposted to coincide with the film's wide release.]

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6:00 PM on 05.08.2014

First trailer for Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Badad Day

At some point in my past I'm pretty sure I read Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day because I'm pretty sure every child on earth has to in order to grow up, but damned if I remember it. So I have...

Matthew Razak

1:00 PM on 05.08.2014

New international trailer for 22 Jump Street

The fact that I'm laughing harder at the internet's slew of 22 Jump Street trailers than I ever did at any 21 Jump Street trailers gives me hope that this sequel will be as good, if not better, than the original fi...

Isabelle Magliari





3:00 PM on 05.07.2014

Second trailer for Tammy, starring Melissa McCarthy

I really, really want to love this trailer for Tammy, but I can't find it in my heart to do so. It's got everything I'm supposed to love: Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, PIE, but I've just been let down by McC...

Nick Valdez



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Review: The Other Woman
by Matthew Razak

The Other Woman is a raunchy comedy that wants to be taken emotionally seriously while promoting the fact that woman are awesome and can easily take the lead in any kind of film. It basically wants to be Bridesmaids, but unlike that modern comedy classic it instead comes off as crass and completely insulting to the very female characters it wants to glorify. Falling quickly into tropes, stereotypes and comic cliches it veers dangerously into trouble as its attempt at female empowerment turns into the worst case of justice porn this side of a serial killer getting killed at the end of a horror film. 

It's a despicable film that clearly has no idea what it's doing as it contradicts its own themes constantly throughout its entire run, eventually landing in a big puddle of false feminism that would set the movement back years if anyone actually cared about the movie. Oh, and there's a pooping scene. Because when you're not actually funny you always run to poop. 

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11:00 AM on 04.24.2014

First trailer for Ping Pong Summer

By the looks of this first official trailer for Michael Tully's Ping Pong Summer, we're going to get a critical, yet loving look at 80s sports films. Or even 80s films in general. Taking place in 1985, a kid named Rad Miracl...

Nick Valdez

10:34 AM on 04.22.2014

The Grand Seduction gets its first trailer

I'm a big fan of Taylor Kitsch and of charming comedies so putting the two together gets a big thumbs up from me. That's the gist of The Grand Seduction, which finds Kitsch as a doctor who comes to a small town for a month, ...

Matthew Razak

11:30 AM on 04.17.2014

See The Other Woman and get some free wine too

Ladies (you are out there, right?). We've got deal for you tonight. A screening and some wine. You'll get to see The Other Woman and enjoy some fine glasses of Butterfly Kiss wine. Sounds like a pretty good night. Guys i...

Matthew Razak

4:00 PM on 04.16.2014

First trailer for Obvious Child, starring Jenny Slate

Obvious Child is one of the films I regret missing out on during SXSW. It stars Jenny Slate, in her first starring role (though she's played numerous, fabulous supporting roles), as a comedienne who's life takes an unexpecte...

Nick Valdez

12:00 PM on 04.16.2014

See A Haunted House 2 early and free

Want to see A Haunted House 2? Well then you're entirely different from me, but considering the first one made enough money to get a sequel some of you are out there and we're glad to give you some passes to it. I'm sure it w...

Matthew Razak

11:00 AM on 04.16.2014

Red Band trailer for Walk of Shame, starring Elizabeth Banks

As Flixist's News Editor, I've seen so many trailers they eventually start bleeding into each other. Premises start sounding the same, jokes sound the same, and then things stop being entertaining. And then there's Walk of S...

Nick Valdez

4:00 PM on 04.15.2014

First trailer for Intramural, a sports parody featuring SNL cast members

I'm not the biggest fan of sports movies as they all tend to look the same. But every once in a while, something new comes along and manages to rock the sports genre with its uniqueness. Intramural might make it close to tha...

Nick Valdez

9:00 AM on 04.11.2014

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler team up again for The Nest

In a move that should end world conflict and have people dancing in the street out of sheer happiness, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are teaming up for Universal's The Nest. The film will follow Foehler and Fey as they return home...

Jonathan Wray

9:59 AM on 04.10.2014

New red ban trailer for 22 Jump Street

It shouldn't be too much of a surprise that the sequel to the hilarious 21 Jump Street will be crammed full of cuss words and other R-rated antics, but just in case you were worried here is a red band trailer confirming...

Matthew Razak