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Review: The Purge: Anarchy photo
Review: The Purge: Anarchy
by Nick Valdez

The Purge came and went without much fanfare. It had an interesting premise (which spawned the #CrimeDay Twitter game here on Flixist), but wasted it with a by-the-numbers home invasion film. When The Purge: Anarchy was first announced (along with the sentiment that we'd get a new Purge film every year), I was initially against the idea of yet another mediocre franchise getting run into the ground. 

But, Anarchy has something no other Blumhouse Productions film has (the company that's responsible for Paranormal Activity and Insidious): Quality. For once, I found myself okay with getting more of the same series. 

If every Purge film can be as good as Anarchy going forward, then we're in for a hell of a good time. 

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8:00 AM on 07.16.2014

This is why The Raid 2 is like nothing you've ever seen before

This isn't even the most impressive shot in that sequence! There's others that are even more complicated, but what makes it so awesome is that they did it all for real. No digital tricks, just great camera work. Most likely if you've got The Raid 2: Berandal you've seen this already in the making of, but god damn is that impressive. [via Reddit]

Matthew Razak

12:00 PM on 07.15.2014

The Guns of Christmas being directed by Mortal Kombat: Legacy director

You won't believe it, but The Guns of Christmas Past is exactly what it sounds like: an action adaptation of the classic A Christmas Carol. A very loose adaptation. The film has just landed a director in Kevin Tancharoen...

Matthew Razak



NYAFF Review: Firestorm 3D photo
NYAFF Review: Firestorm 3D
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

I wish I’d seen Firestorm 3D a week and a half earlier. In my review of The White Storm, I talked extensively about expectations. The film had been sold as X and turned out to be Y, which was good but not really what I was looking for. I wanted constant bombastic intensity, but instead I got occasional intensity with long stretches of drama. I should have enjoyed that, but my expectations colored everything.

Hoping to keep myself from being disappointed again, I went into Firestorm 3D without expectations. From the name, I obviously made some assumptions about the content, but I wanted to avoid going down the same road. 

And I made the right decision. Others went in with certain expectations and came out disappointed. I came out elated, because Firestorm 3D is exactly what I wanted The White Storm to be.

[For the next month, we will be covering the 2014 New York Asian Film Festival and the Japan-centric Japan Cuts. Click here for more information, and check back here and here for all of the Asian film coverage you can shake a stick at.]

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NYAFF Review: Why Don't You Play in Hell? photo
NYAFF 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.

[For the next month, we will be covering the 2014 New York Asian Film Festival and the Japan-centric Japan Cuts. Click here for more information, and check back here and here for all of the Asian film coverage you can shake a stick at.]

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2:00 PM on 07.07.2014

Here are images of Max Steel, a movie I just found out existed

To be honest, I only chose this story because it reminded me about that one episode of The Simpsons where Homer changed his name to Max Power (He's a man whose name you love to touch...but you mustn't touch), and any chance I...

Nick Valdez



NYAFF Review: The White Storm photo
NYAFF Review: The White Storm
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

Before the screening of As the Light Goes Out, NYAFF co-founder/the world’s greatest salesman Grady Hendrix made a pitch for people to stay for The White Storm, the film that was playing immediately afterward. He described it thusly: “It’s like if you’ve spent your entire life drinking light beer and then someone hits you with a rail of cocaine.”

It’s an evocative image, to be sure, and set my expectations high.

Too high, unfortunately. Despite how big and bombastic The White Storm can be, it falls well short of that promise.

[For the next month, we will be covering the 2014 New York Asian Film Festival and the Japan-centric Japan Cuts. Click here for more information, and check back here and here for all of the Asian film coverage you can shake a stick at.]

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Pacific Rim getting a sequel, more comics and TV show photo
Pacific Rim getting a sequel, more comics and TV show
by Matthew Razak

It seems that Guillermo Del Toro has made everyone's wishes come true and then some. When Pacific Rim failed to be a truly massive hit it was unclear if we'd ever see more, but now according to the above video we'll see a lot more. Del Toro has announced not only a sequel coming in 2017, but also an animated TV show and the continuation of the comic book series. Legendary, the production company behind the films, is evidently pretty confident in the franchise.

I thought Pacific Rim had its flaws, but I'm all about giving it another chance. The action was solid and with a bit better storytelling there could be something really special here. Details are obviously a long way off, but Del Toro already has a script in the works and if this franchise is turning into a universe than we should probably expect some big things. 

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1:00 PM on 06.26.2014

Bruce Willis is a child kidnapper in first trailer for 'The Prince'

Sometimes, an assassin needs to kidnap a rival assassin's daughter to make a point. I mean, we've all been there, right? Okay, maybe not, but the kidnapping of young girls while they're away from home is definitely a popular...

Isabelle Magliari

12:00 PM on 06.26.2014

These new Mad Max: Fury Road images are filthy

Mad Max: Fury Road's production has have been a bumpy road with constant delays, hiccups and whatnot. For example, it's not hitting theaters until next year yet most of the film has been shot since December 2012. But by the l...

Nick Valdez



Enter to win Transformers: Age of Extinction toys and hats! photo
Enter to win Transformers: Age of Extinction toys and hats!
by Liz Rugg

Hello dear readers, today we've got a pretty cool contest opportunity for you! To coincide with the film's theatrical release this week, we have some awesome Transformers: Age of Extinction Hasbro toys to give away to two (2) lucky readers! We have one Optimus Prime Transformers robot toy and one Crosshairs Transformers robot toy to give away. And we even love you so much that we're throwing in one Western Star Transformers: Age of Extinction Limited Edition Hat for each winner. Basically, if you're a fan of Transformers, you don't want to miss this!

All you have to do to enter to win is comment below with either your favorite memory of a Transformers toy you had as a kid (or adult) or comment below and let us know which Transformers toy you always wished you had! Pretty simple, right? The contest is open to the Continental United States only and it will end Friday, July 11th. One entry per person, one entry per household. Check out below for some images of the toys and hats too!
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10:00 AM on 06.26.2014

UPDATE: Shane Black to direct Predator reboot

UPDATE: Speaking with Collider, Shane Black considers his upcoming Predator as more of a sequel than a reboot:  As far as Fred and I are concerned anyway,” Black said, adding “Why start over, when you’...

Nick Valdez

3:00 PM on 06.24.2014

Trailer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles delivers Splinter

I had been holding out hope on the Michael Bay produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles even when the design got all weird and the last trailer wasn't too exciting. This new trailer, however, puts the nail in the coffin. I...

Matthew Razak

10:00 AM on 06.24.2014

Second trailer for The Purge: Anarchy has crimes in it

Although I don't really like The Purge because it never focused on cool crimes like eating zoo animals or naked jaywalking*, it's got a wonderful premise that's ripe for stories. And it looks like The Purge: Anarchy is going...

Nick Valdez

9:00 AM on 06.23.2014

See Transformers: Age of Extinction early and free

Been wishing that you could see giant robots turn into dinosaurs, but were tired of having to see Shia LeBuffy in order to see any sort of action like that? Have we got the solution for you. Transformers: Age of Extinction is...

Matthew Razak

7:00 PM on 06.20.2014

New trailer for Norwegian adventure movie Ragnarok

Ragnarok is the story of archeologist Sigurd Svenden, a man who has always been enthralled with the Oseberg Viking ship, which contains a mysterious engraving in runes that says "Man knows little." When one of his archeology...

Liz Rugg

3:00 PM on 06.17.2014

New trailer for The Expendables 3 gets the blood pumping

Been wondering if The Expendables 3 would have explosions and fight scenes and action? That's a dumb thing to wonder since it's The Expendables, but this trailer fully confirms that those things exist along wi...

Matthew Razak

12:00 PM on 06.17.2014

Here are two posters for Dracula Untold featuring a man of bats

Dracula Untold, formerly (and awfully) titled Dracula: Year Zero, has debuted two new posters for you to compare to Batman. I don't really understand why we need an origin film for Dracula, or why someone would ask for o...

Nick Valdez



Review: How to Train Your Dragon 2 photo
Review: How to Train Your Dragon 2
by Nick Valdez

Dreamworks' How to Train Your Dragon was refreshing. Setting new standards for book adaptations and animated films, Dragon somehow was everything you look for in an entertaining kid's movie. It had a tight hero's journey story (that was nuanced enough for adults and respected kids' intelligence), good looking visuals, a great voice cast, and it managed all of this while being cute as a button. 

Good thing its sequel, How to Train Your Dragon 2, keeps the momentum going as it raises the bar for sequels going forward. With how prevalent inadequate sequels/prequels/reboots have been in Hollywood lately, I'd forgive you for fearing Dragon 2 would suffer the same fate. Luckily, we don't have to worry about that one bit. Cheap little throwaways are not going to cut it anymore. 

We've got a contender for Best Animated Film of 2014 right here folks. 

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3:16 PM on 06.09.2014

Del Toro writing Pacific Rim 2 right now

At ATX this weekend Guiellermo Del Toro made fans of his Pacific Rim a little excited as he announced that he's working on the sequel's with The Incredible Hulk writer Zak Penn script as if he already had funding fo...

Matthew Razak

2:00 PM on 06.03.2014

HERCULES STILL YELLING ABOUT WHO HE IS IN NEW TRAILER

I AM HERCULEEEEEESSSSSS! GOD THIS MOVIE LOOKS SO TERRIBLY AWESOMELY SUPERBLY BAD. MUST TYPE IN ALL CAPS TO EXPRESS IT. HERCULES RELEASES ON JULY 25. 

Matthew Razak

10:00 AM on 06.03.2014

Heaven is missing Nic Cage in this first trailer for Left Behind

I know I'm supposed to be a professional, but it's very hard keeping a straight face when I see something like this. Looking at this first trailer for Left Behind, based off the popular book line and stars Nicolas Cage and.....

Nick Valdez