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Terminator: Genisys to release in IMAX 3D


See every wrinkle in Schwarzenegger's face
Feb 19
// Matthew Razak
Terminator: Genisys is slowly turning things around. After being easily mocked for both its ridiculous name and its ridiculous first look images the film landed with a solid trailer. I'm not actually excited for it yet, ...
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Divergent sequel Insurgent to be in 3D


Other words that end in 'gent'
Oct 28
// Matthew Razak
It's hard to think about anything else than how much Marvel is rocking our faces right now, but remember Lionsgate does enjoy monopolizing the YA movie scene. Hunger Games may be dominant, but Divergent did well too...
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Here's a stunning first look at the CG animated Popeye


Sep 19
// Nick Valdez
If you were at all worried about the state of Genndy Tartakovsky's (the man who brought us Hotel Transylvania, Dexter's Laboratory, and Samurai Jack) take on Popeye, there's no need to worry anymore. Although this first foot...

Review: Argento's Dracula 3D

Oct 02 // Hubert Vigilla
[embed]216528:40739:0[/embed] Argento's Dracula 3DDirector: Dario ArgentoRating: URCountry: Italy / France / SpainRelease Date: October 4th, 2013 (Theatrical, VOD) At the height of his powers, Argento enthusiasts proclaimed that the director could out-Hitchcock Hitchcock. Was it mostly hyperbole? Sure, but the suspense, voyeurism, and style were there in his films, so it's an idea I can at least get behind in spirit. ("Out-De-Palma'd Hitchcock" may be more accurate, but whatever.) Argento's hardly trying these days. Dracula 3D is like the work of James "Birdemic" Nguyen at his very best. Perhaps with this film, Argento has successfully out-Nguyen'd Nguyen. Argento's laziness must have infected most of the cast, who deliver their ADR'd dialogue in stilted English through a goulash of European accents. As Van Helsing, Hauer seems to be reading his lines off cue cards without second takes. Asia Argento appears bored and just doing a favor for dad. Unax Ugalde's take on Jonathan Harker is like Tommy Wiseau doing an impression of Keanu Reeves in Francis Ford Coppola's Dracula movie (on the note of directors fallen from grace). Thomas Kretschmann's Dracula lacks menace and is mostly just there to don plastic fangs probably bought at a Spirit shop. He repeats Bela Lugosi's line about the children of the night line and the music they make. At that moment I realized just how great Tod Browning's Dracula was and how drecky this dreck was. So much about Dracula 3D is bad because it's so unremarkable, as if the movie was made by the anti-Argento. Rather than creative lighting schemes and camera rigs from hell that navigate moody/hallucinatory spaces, this retelling of the Dracula story is told almost entirely in medium shots on bland period sets. Many of the interiors are lit like dental spas rather than castles or cottages -- occasionally warm or cool, superficially inviting, obviously fake. The 3D itself is sub-pop-up book and the overall mood of the piece is as flat as the 3D. The schlock in this movie, however, is as stacked as one of the buxom female leads. Want a giant praying mantis in a vampire flick? Done. Nevermind that the CG is bad for 1998. This is the biggest laugh in a movie full of unintentional laughs. Bosomy vampire honeypot undoes her blouse to seduce Jonathan -- snort. Generic "spooky" music that's chock full o' theremin -- guffaw. Cleavage close-up as a woman throws a crucifix at the camera too fast to make a difference in 3D -- snicker. Bad simulated sex in a barn -- giggle. Here's an actual note I took: "She's either got a mid-thigh vagina or he's hung like a Clydesdale." And yet I don't think the movie works as well as a kitsch marvel in the same way as Troll 2 or The Room. Both of those movies contain some ounce of bizarre sincerity while Dracula 3D mostly feels like a couple tons of meh. All the Van Helsing action in the movie is quick and not all that exciting. There are no drawn out intrigues that test our vampire-hunting hero, nor is there a sense of an epic clash between good and evil. Instead, Hauer throws a punch or gets punched and then kills a baddie in about two or three seconds. Maybe he was only available for a weekend. One scene of low-rent mayhem features two riffs on Argento's better works: the flies from Phenomena, and the bullet through the mouth from The Stendhal Syndrome. Well, to be more accurate, it's like those two movies if they were cheap, uninspired garbage. It just made me wish I was watching Phenomena; it also made me wish Argento was still capable of making movies at least as watchable as Phenomena or The Stendhal Syndrome. Maybe one day Argento will return to form. He's set the bar low enough already, so there's nowhere to go but up. Then again, Dracula 3D is a very low new low. A step up from this film would still be objectively abysmal.
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Former Italian horror maestro Dario Argento has made a crummy SyFy original movie
There was a time when "directed by Dario Argento" meant something wonderful. There'd be wild visual play, inventive deaths, remarkable set pieces, and a memorable score by Goblin (or at least Goblin frontman Claudio Simonetti...


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See The Wizard of Oz 3D early and free


Washington DC screening
Sep 03
// Matthew Razak
The Wizard of Oz, you say? But I've seen that a bajillion times. Yes, that may be true, but have you seen it in 3D and the big screen all digitally remastered? No, because that would be impossible until now since it was never...
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Wizard of Oz getting 3D re-release


Runs for one week starting Sept. 20
Jun 04
// Matthew Razak
It's hard to imagine how stunning The Wizard of Oz must have been to someone seeing it on the big scree 75 years ago. The incredible color and spectacle weren't really matched back then, but for a modern audience seeing the c...
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Review: Jurassic Park 3D


Like that picture but the dinosaur is farther away
Apr 04
// Matthew Razak
It's in 3D! It's like the Jurassic Park you have at home on DVD or Blu-ray, but with more depth. You also have to wear glasses or else it's just blurry Jurassic Park. Also, the dinosaurs win. At the end there's just a bloody pile of human body parts with the raptors standing over them laugh maniacally. Yea, they learn to open doors and laugh maniacally. 
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Rumor: Dr. No coming to IMAX 3D


No, Mr. Bond. I expect you to re-release
Feb 19
// Matthew Razak
Through a convoluted series of events it appears that James Bond's first on screen adventure, Dr. No, will be receiving a 3D IMAX re-release. Blooding Cool was first hinted to the possibility when the Taiwanese Blu-Ray r...
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Iron Man 3 gets collectible 3D glasses because reasons


I'm still mad my theater didn't have those Hulk glasses
Feb 19
// Nick Valdez
So at this point, I assume you've made your decision on whether or not you're going to see Iron Man 3. If you are, are you going to see it in 3D? If you are, maybe you'll get one of these pairs of glasses (which I assume won'...
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Trailer: Jack the Giant Slayer


FEE FI FO FUM Something looks awful and dumb
Feb 11
// Nick Valdez
This new trailer for Jack the Giant Killer Slayer doesn't look fun at all. It takes the intrinsic whimsy of the original Jack and the Beanstalk fairy tale and turns it into something gritty, and action-y. Sure it's got Obi W...
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Monsters University releases extended preview


Pixar's prequel picks piecemeal bits of Monsters University to show.
Feb 11
// Nathan Hardisty
Pixar have released this new fangled-video guffin containing some new slick footage from the delicious and nutritious Monsters University (June 20). The clip shows cartoon representations of all of Pixar's stuff before ...
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No more 3D Star Wars prequels


Jan 29
// Logan Otremba
So instead of trying to milk more money out of the Star Wars fans, Disney wants to work on “rebooting the franchise” with the new trilogy. Not surprisingly this comes from how underwhelming the box office performa...
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Iron Man 3 gets IMAX 3D release date


Jan 22
// Logan Otremba
So it seems like IMAX 3D is a big thing this year, especially with potentially big blockbuster movies. Another big movie releasing this year, Iron Man 3, will be coming to IMAX 3D. Here’s where it gets a little differen...
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Jurassic Park 3D re-release in IMAX for one week only


Jan 09
// Logan Otremba
Universal Pictures and IMAX have announced today that they will have a one-week run of director Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park in IMAX 3D starting April 5th. This will coincide with Jurassic Park 3D wide release also ...

Review: Texas Chainsaw 3D

Jan 04 // Sean Walsh
[embed]212859:38836[/embed] Texas Chainsaw 3DDirector: John LuessenhopRating: RRelease Date: January 4, 2013 The film starts immediately where the original ends. Sheriff Hooper (Thom Barry) shows up to the house, demanding that Drayton Sawyer (Bill Moseley) surrender Leatherface (Dan Yeager). Just when things seem like they're going to work out, a bunch of rednecks, led by future town mayor Burt Hartman (Paul Rae), show up and arse things up for all parties involved. After a shoot-out, everybody in the house is dead or dying, and then burned alive. The only survivor is a baby that one of the rednecks steals away as a gift to his infertile wife. Jump ahead eighteen or so years and that baby is now a buxom (and I don't use that term lightly) young woman named Heather (Alexandra Daddario). She finds out that a grandmother she didn't know is dead and she has inherited her place in Texas. So she, along with her awful boyfriend (Trey Songz), awful, slutty best friend (Tania Raymonde), and her awful boyfriend's awful high school buddy (Keram Malicki-Sanchez) decide to take a trip on down to Texas to check out the place. Naturally, Leatherface lives in the basement, and things don't work out well for really anybody involved. Honestly, I don't have much to say about this film. Pretty much everybody in the film after the first five minutes (Bill Moseley, you were missed), save for Leatherface, is at their best, completely generic, and at worst, nearly intolerable. The friendly banter between the main characters is not good by any stretch of the imagination, and that evaporates pretty quickly when people start dying. Dan Yeagar, however, is possibly the best Leatherface since Gunnar Hansen in the original. He isn't overblown or silly, and his hulking frame really does make him scary. If there's another installment of the franchise (chances are good), hopefully he'll be willing to put the mask back on.   The story itself is full of clichés and the first two thirds of the film could just as easily been the first two thirds of Cabin in the Woods. It gets good in the last third, where suddenly it's not every single slasher film ever. The tweest isn't really enough to catapult it into the horror film stratosphere or anything, but by the time the credits rolled, I was looking forward to the next installment. "But Sean," you say, "what about the blood and gore?" Worry not, my little cherub. The film has that in spades. The first kill is nearly as brutal and surprising as the first kill in the original. Leatherface is easily the most brutal slasher in the genre and his aptitude for dispatching awful, paper-thin caricatures is on full display in Texas Chainsaw 3D. In the end, Texas Chainsaw 3D is nothing mind-blowing. I was excited for it, but far more excited for upcoming films like Stoker and Dark Skies. I wasn't expecting much for the film, and the first two thirds of it were really marginal. However, a delightful turnaround in the final act did redeem the film, and it was worthwhile in the end. The gore is fun, the dialogue and characters are terrible (in the way one has come to expect from slashers), and by the time the credits roll, Leatherface has reclaimed his spot on the top of the slasher pile. Oh, and to the surprise of nobody, the 3D is garbage.
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Sharpen your chainsaws, because Leatherface is back!
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise has certainly had its ups and downs. The original film shocked a nation with its brutality when it exploded onto the scene in 1974, but the three that followed were a lot more goofy ...

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List of theaters w/ the Star Trek Into Darkness prologue


IMAX theaters where you can see the nine-minute preview
Dec 07
// Hubert Vigilla
We had our first taste of Star Trek Into Darkness this week, but we'll be getting much more next week. A nine-minute prologue for the film is attached to IMAX screenings of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. (Non-IMAX Hobbit ...
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Dreamworks to lose $50M for Rise of the Guardians failure


Dec 05
// Nick Valdez
Regardless of having to only compete with Wreck It-Ralph for children's attention, Rise of the Guardians had a weak opening weekend, losing out to Twilight 5. This paltry performance apparently didn't get any better since, ac...
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Independence Day not being re-released in 3D after all


Grounded
Nov 21
// Xander Markham
With sequels reportedly on the way, Fox has surprisingly opted to shelve a 3D re-release of 1996 alien invasion blockbuster Independence Day, which had been set for release on July 3rd 2013. No word has been given on any reas...
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Trailer: Jurassic Park 3-D


Hold onto your butts
Nov 08
// Thor Latham
Yesterday we were given the poster, and today we get the trailer. I probably find all of this irrationally exciting considering that the promos are for a movie that's twenty years old, but I really am genuinely&nbs...
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Man of Steel will release in IMAX and 3D because money


Nov 08
// Nick Valdez
I wish there was more I could say about the situation, but the headline pretty much says it all. Man of Steel, with its "naturalism" and rubber toy Zod, will release in IMAX, 3D, 2D, Smell-O-Vision, Vita-Scope, and Laserdisc ...
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Official poster for 3D re-release of Jurassic Park


It'll be like Jeff Goldblum is coming right at you!
Nov 07
// Thor Latham
Look, I know 3D and re-releases are a racket that Hollywood runs and the rest of us just go along with it unwillingly like the fools we are, but I want to be honest with you guys about this: I am seriously excited about seein...
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These new Rise of the Guardians posters are not that bad


Nov 07
// Nick Valdez
Dreamworks Animation has just dropped a couple of "new" character poster images for the upcoming Rise of the Guardians releasing in a few weeks. These posters are essentially the same as the posters release some time ago ...
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Trailer: Escape From Planet Earth


Welcome to Earf.
Nov 07
// Nick Valdez
The weirdest thing about this trailer for Escape From Planet Earth had to have been the product placement. For one, one of the scenes revolves around Gary (the alien guy played by Rob Corddry (!)) getting a brain freeze ...
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Trailer: Despicable Me 2


Nov 02
// Nick Valdez
Take at look at the first teaser for Despicable Me 2 which focuses all on the little yellow Minion guys (who're getting their own film too). It premiered around Halloween, so you have a nice tribute to that in this short vid...
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Trailer: G.I. Joe: Retaliation


Nov 02
// Nick Valdez
This new international trailer for G.I. Joe: Retaliation is basically the first two trailers edited together without the awesome White Stripes or Jay-Z songs. It's like totes serious this time, fo' real. We do get one new sc...
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Trailer: Tarzan 3D


Tarzan, King of the Baby Face
Oct 08
// Nick Valdez
Once you get past the German, since Tarzan 3D is releasing internationally in 2013 and does not yet have a domestic release date (with good reason), you get some really bad looking motion capture animation. Tarzan jaggedly c...
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New Silent Hill: Revelation TV spot


Oct 02
// Thor Latham
Before I share my opinion in regards to this TV spot, I have to disclose that I consider myself a pretty serious Silent Hill fan. I've played all of the games, read the comics (bleh), researched the mythology and symbolism, ...
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It's a funny thing when a director states their distaste for the 3D element find in so many of today's films, because I've never heard anyone, with one exception, say that they want to have their film in 3D. So it was wi...

Review: Resident Evil: Retribution 3D

Sep 14 // Sean Walsh
[embed]210667:38406[/embed] Resident Evil: Retribution 3DDirector: Paul W. S. AndersonRelease Date: September 14th, 2012Rating: R Retribution picks up directly where Afterlife left off, then drops us right into a new situation after Alice (Milla Jovovich, for those living under a rock) is knocked into the water. She wakes up in a new life as a suburban housewife, married to Carlos (Oded Fehr, who met his end during Extinction), and mother to a cute little deaf girl. Suddenly there's zombies everywhere and you wonder if Paul W.S. Anderson used his CG powers to Sara Paxton in the remake of Dawn of the Dead with his wife. Then she wakes up in an Umbrella facility, and a bunch of characters from the games show up to spring her at the behest of Wesker. The Red Queen, Umbrella's security system from the first film, has taken over, and will throw all manner of 'biohazards' at the gang to stop them from escaping. Will a bunch of underdeveloped fanservice characters and the one returning character from the last film (Boris Kodjoe) be enough to help Alice reach the surface with her life and limbs intact? The biggest problem with this film is there is almost no character development whatsoever. The only character that gets any sort of development is Alice's 'daughter,' played by Aryana Engineer, and she was easily the best part of the movie. Two new characters show up with Leon (Johann Urb) and Barry (Kevin Durand), but we don't even learn the Spanish dude's name (aside from a split second listing on a monitor) before he is unceremoniously murdered by Russian zombies. The other guy doesn't last much longer. Speaking of Leon and Barry, and Ada (Li Bingbing) for that matter, if we didn't play the video games (and I'm guessing that there's a fair amount of the audience who didn't) we are given no reason to care whether they live or die. If we did play the games, we'll likely take issue with their lack of character development. It's just kind of like, "Oh, there's some people from the game I played. Sort of." And I think, even more than Barry, the biggest wasted potential in the film was 'good' Rain (Michelle Rodriguez). I was genuinely intrigued by the dual performances in this film, but Rodriguez's vegan, anti-gun pillar of the community had her light snuffed out before anything could really be done with her. Oh, and Jill's (Sienna Guillory) back, and has that device on her chest still that only those who played the games would recognize! But she makes a pretty good main bad guy, and by that I mean she fills out the latex body suit very nicely. So, the character development sucks. That's pretty clear. You know what doesn't suck? The action. It was dumb as hell and most of it made no sense, especially if you haven't played the games. Why are the Axemen so hard to kill? Why are the Russian zombies smart enough to use guns? Why is that Licker is gosh darn big? I started to get really, really frustrated with these things until I realized that Paul W. S. Anderson has embraced Dada. He's making anti-art. It's bewildering for sure, and hard to take seriously, but once I stopped asking "Why?" and started asking "Why not?", the movie became much more enjoyable. The underground testing facility setup gives them the opportunity to show us fights in Times Square, Tokyo, Moscow, and the suburbs. There's lots of variety and you know what? It works well enough. The last three films are mostly large, sprawling outdoor affairs, and even though they're in the simulated outdoors in this one, it still has that suffocating feeling because you know they're trapped underwater and there's a bomb set to go off in less than an hour. The last fight is actually really awesome once you stop caring about logic and sense and things like "Why didn't they just rip off that stupid metal spider an hour and a half ago?" One thing I can say with absolute certainty is that this film is better than the last one. It was by no means 'good,' but it made me want to club baby seals far less than Afterlife did. If you shut your brain off and enjoy chainsaw-wielding Russian zombies, it's pretty okay. The ending will really knock your socks off, too. I can say with far less irony than I could two years ago that I can't wait for the next one. Oh, and before I forget, all the 3D did was make me roll my eyes and the IMAX sound makes the shrill torture-noise they use on Alice really unpleasant for all involved. Still, it was pretty cool seeing the double Axeman fight on an IMAX screen.
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A fairly mind-breaking descent into schlock, but not without a certain charm
A little more than two years ago, about a month before Flixist went live for the first time, I wrote a review for Resident Evil: Afterlife. You can read it here. For those of you who don't want to read it, I will summari...

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Guillermo del Toro forced to do Pacific Rim 3D conversion


Sep 13
// Hubert Vigilla
Warner Bros. has forced Guillermo del Toro to do a 3D conversion of Pacific Rim, which comes out next summer. A 3D conversion of the film was not del Toro's original intention. First Showing cited the following excerpt from C...

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