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8:00 AM on 11.21.2014

Review: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

The Hunger Games has come a long way. From humble meh-ish beginnings, to a sequel that, well, caught fire in theaters, the films have gotten increasingly better the more comfortable everyone gets with the material. Going into...

Nick Valdez


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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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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

9:00 AM on 11.14.2014

Christoph Waltz joins Bond 24 cast

Think of an actor that you'd like to see as a Bond villain because it's like they were born to play a Bond villain. Was it Christoph Waltz? It should have been. And since you did think of him you'll be excited to hear that Wa...

Matthew Razak

1:00 PM on 11.10.2014

Margot Robbie is our big-screen Harley Quinn in 2016's Suicide Squad

Get your comically large mallets ready, boys and girls! According to their sources, Collider reports that Margot Robbie, one of Flixist's Hottest Babes of 2013, will be donning the red and black unitard of DC's craziest broad...

Sean Walsh



Review: Why Don't You Play in Hell? photo
Review: Why Don't You Play in Hell?
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

Last year, Japan Cuts played Sion Sono's Bad Film, a project filmed back in 1995 but not finished until 2012. In my non-review of the film, I unequivocally called it a masterpiece, and I stand by every word. It is a labor of love that throws caution to the wind in order to just make a freaking movie, everyone and everything else be damned. This is Sion Sono's world and you just have to deal with it.

Why Don't You Play in Hell? is a celebration of that worldview. And it's every bit as brilliant as you could hope.

[This review was original posted as part of our coverage of the 2014 New York Asian Film Festival. It is being reposted to coincide with the film's theatrical release.]

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5:00 PM on 10.31.2014

Here's our first look at Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Did you know there was an adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's novel, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies in the works? It's been in development hell for quite some time with a script that's been written and rewritten many times ov...

Nick Valdez



Review: Drive Hard photo
Review: Drive Hard
by Nick Valdez

There's an entire genre of films built around older men in action films. Whether it was bred from a need for some sort of budding power fantasy or a legitimate strive toward capturing the feel of their halcyon days, this genre has done especially well in the current era of nostalgia the movie going public has found themselves in. 

With the bevy of options in this particular genre available (I can think of five or six films about old men driving fast cars off the top of my head right now), what makes Drive Hard (a film coming out of absolutely nowhere) so special? Drive Hard knows what kind of power fantasy (and in turn, the audience) it wants to be and never once shies from it. 

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3:00 PM on 10.02.2014

Newest trailer for John Wick is a loose cannon

Since this newest trailer for John Wick is quick and dirty, I won't talk about this for long. There are two scenes different from the previous trailer (that mostly prove Willem Dafoe is in this for some reason), and Kea...

Nick Valdez



UPDATE: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sequel releasing to Netflix and theaters simultaneously photo
UPDATE: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sequel releasing to Netflix and theaters simultaneously
by Nick Valdez

UPDATE: According to the good folks at Variety, it looks like Weinstein Company's deal with Netflix has rubbed some theater chains the wrong way. AMC, Regal, Cinemark, and Carmike have all refused to show the sequel. Each theater claims that a theater screen is the best to view the content and not one on smartphones. Check out the whole Variety article for all the little business details, but the important thing to note is these chains have taken a firm stance against day-and-date releases. Interesting stuff. 

Now this is something I didn't see coming. First of all, we have some news on the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Sequel announced a bit ago. It's titled Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend (based on Wang Du Lu's Iron Knight, Silver Vase which in turn inspired the title of my latest rap album, Dairy Queen, Rainbow Carnival) and will release to IMAX theaters in 2015. 

Now onto the crazy part. The sequel is set to release to Netflix Instant at the same time (with the word "exclusive" being thrown around like crazy) thanks to a deal signed by The Weinstein Company and Netflix. Just, wow. If this succeeds (and there're no signs it won't thanks to the current success of simultaneous VOD/Theater releases), just imagine what this could lead to. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend releases August 28, 2015. 

We've got our first look at Donnie Yen and Michelle Yeoh too! So cool.

[via Collider]

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5:00 PM on 09.30.2014

First trailer for Blackhat, starring Chris Hemsworth

Folks, I don't really know what's going on in this first trailer for Blackhat. All I can gauge is Chris Hemsworth's running around trying to not be Thor, it's set in China (maybe?), Viola Davis is there for some reason, some...

Nick Valdez







First Tak3n trailer lacks anything getting taken photo
First Tak3n trailer lacks anything getting taken
by Matthew Razak

After Taken 2 was easily the most disappointing thing to hit movie screens in years (Sean's review is far too kind) and Liam Neeson came out saying he probably wouldn't do another I was pretty happy that we wouldn't be seeing another Taken movie. Way to crush my happiness, world. Above you'll find the trailer for the entirely unnecessary, but awesomely titled, Tak3n.

I will say that this looks better than the second, though director Olivier Megaton is the guy who ruined the Transporter series so I don't have that much faith. I suppose they're at least taking it in a bit different direction and hopefully the story won't be as terrible as the last one. The plot seems a bit more cohesive, and hopefully the action actually holds together this time. I think the most important part here is that Neeson is actually a badass, unlike the last film where he just felt old and dumb.

New poster below. 

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2:00 PM on 09.29.2014

Latest Jupiter Ascending trailer has the plot details

Jupiter Ascending may be the most unique science fantasy coming our way. Too bad the trailers don't really paint it in a good light. As the latest film from the Wachowskis, we should expect all kinds of craziness. The visual...

Nick Valdez



Review: The Equalizer photo
Review: The Equalizer
by Nick Valdez

I've been looking forward to The Equalizer for some time. The first trailer I sat down and watched featured a cool new Eminem song, Denzel Washington acting like a vengeful badass again, and couldn't stop boasting how it's from the director of Training Day, Antoine Fuqua. Figured that should've been a red flag. 

Although Fuqua's direction on Training Day was good, it was a great film because it had a good team behind it. Take away that team and you'll find the rest of Fuqua's career: King Arthur, Shooter, and Olympus Has Fallen. But hey, he's finally reunited with Denzel Washington! Washington is a powerhouse, so of course they'd bring their A game, right? 

With how much Washington leisurely strolls from place to place in The Equalizer, it's a shame he never gets anywhere. 

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10:00 AM on 09.23.2014

Trailer for Kingsman: The Secret Service features old dudes and ass kicking

As the latest Mark Millar comic (with some help by Dave Gibbons) to hit the big screen, Kingsman: The Secret Service actually looks okay thanks to the talent involved. Directed by Michael Vaughn (X-Men: First Class) and star...

Nick Valdez

9:00 AM on 09.17.2014

Bond 24 starts shooting in December

I never really get excited for news that a film has started to shoot because it really doesn't affect anything. You don't get reports that books have gone to the publisher or people have started to work on games. You just get...

Matthew Razak



Review: The Guest photo
Review: The Guest
by Nick Valdez

When I saw the first trailer for The Guest I wasn't particularly interested in the film. It looked generic, bland, and seemed like yet another trite thriller that comes out around Halloween for a cheap buck. But like You're Next (written and directed by the same duo of Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett) last year, there's more here than I initially gave it credit for. 

You're Next went on to become one of my favorite films of 2013, and now The Guest joins alongside as my favorite film of 2014 so far. It exceeded my expectations. Fantastic, thrilling, exquisite, nail biting, hilarious, captivating...

There simply aren't enough buzzwords to capture how much I loved The Guest. 

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Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass returning for Bourne photo
Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass returning for Bourne
by Matthew Razak

Remember when Jeremy Renner took over the Jason Bourne franchise and was going to basically do a whole new set of trilogies? Yea. Not so fast. Deadline is confirming a rumor that went around last year that Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass will be returning to the franchise and stealing the Renner sequel's release date of summer 2016. Where the direct sequel to The Bourne Legacy is still in the works with director Justin Lin helming it appears it won't get released until after Damon's Bourne 5

Now this isn't all bad. Evidently Universal is hoping they can expand the franchise and have characters from both films crossing over with each other developing a Marvel-like universe on a smaller scale and with less spandex. 

I wasn't particularly enthused by Renner's turn in the franchise so I'm happy to see both Damon and Greengrass return. Hopefully this means so awesome Renner/Damon action in the future. 

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12:00 PM on 09.15.2014

First trailer for John Wick starring Keanu Reeves and a puppy

John Wick has no right looking as interesting as it does. Revenge thrillers are always hit or miss. You take an aging actor, and send him out to kill some dudes. Sometimes it's goofy fun (Man of Fire), sometimes it's goofy f...

Nick Valdez



Review: The Pirates photo
Review: The Pirates
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

Every so often, a film comes along that completely shatters your expectations. You think you've got it figured out and then it throws a curveball. Then another. Then five more. Soon you realize you can't figure the film out and you have to just let it happen, because even hazarding a guess at what happens next will just make you look silly. It's rare for something so consistently bizarre to be released, and even rarer for it to be a blockbuster, even a foreign one.

But The Pirates is one of those films. And I'm still reeling from the impact.

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2:00 PM on 09.05.2014

Vin Diesel gets hairy in first Last Witch Hunter image

From Vin Trieesel to Vin Beardsel, Vin Diesel is always working on some kind of project. And as natural for the one man PR firm, we've got our first look at his next big film The Last Witch Hunter from his Facebook page with ...

Nick Valdez

1:00 PM on 09.03.2014

Underworld reboot in the works for some reason

Underworld: Awakening released over two years ago, so it's natural that there'd be talk of the next film in the series (since it also earned the most in the franchise). Awakening seemed to introduce new characters capable of ...

Nick Valdez