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11:00 AM on 09.30.2013

First teaser for The Nut Job is just so darn nutty

The Nut Job is a heist film in which a group of woodland creatures (featuring the voices of Will Arnett, Liam Neeson, Maya Rudolph and Katherine Heigl) want to steal a whole host of nuts. The trailer may seem a bit lackluste...

Nick Valdez

8:00 AM on 09.17.2013

Lucas Black joins Fast & Furious 7, 8 and 9

Lucas Black, who played Sean (the main character) in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, has now signed on as a regular cast member in the next three Fast & Furious movies. Lucas Black returning to the series is a...

Nick Valdez



NRH's Weekly Analysis: Scarface & Heisenberg photo
NRH's Weekly Analysis: Scarface & Heisenberg
by Nathan Hardisty

Scarface doesn't exactly breathe quantum physics theory now does it? It is practically eighties tragedy incorporated complete with synth and cocaine. When I think of Scarface I do think of the setting, the slow dismantlement of Tony Montana's world and the crushing blow of his own creed. He lost the game because he refused to let his last morsel of humanity be swallowed whole by the dark. Yet Tony Montana, by the point he lies dead in his Mansion pool, has changed so much that it bids the question of whether or not we're looking at the same Cuban immigrant or an entirely different person; the violent, coke-a-doodle-doo druglord.

I'm going to apply some pop science to a fairly classic film to try an unearth the truth behind Tony Montana. To what extent does he exactly change in this tragedy of wealth, decay and disturbing reality? Scarface is a display of the corruption of mankind and yet it also unflinchingly dives into darkness when it needs to. We might laugh at Tony's drunkenness but I doubt there's smiles when he's shooting his friends and crying out.

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8:00 PM on 08.30.2013

Kurt Russell in talks for Fast & Furious 7

While we haven't covered it on here, there have been some major casting additions to the seventh film in the Fast & Furious franchise (which could possibly be a 70s revenge thriller). First UFC fighter Ronda Rousey joins ...

Nick Valdez

8:00 AM on 08.21.2013

Second trailer for Getaway gets away with nothing

If Ethan Hawke is the thunder and Selena Gomez is the lightning, does everything come naturally in this second trailer for Getaway? Is their team up meant to be? Regardless of whether or not it actually is, this second trail...

Nick Valdez

11:00 AM on 08.09.2013

Now You See Me conjures up a sequel

You know, Now You See Me wasn't a horrible film, but I didn't think it was as great as all that. I, however, am in the minority (your wish is coming true, Sean) as the movie was one of the surprise hits of the ...

Matthew Razak

12:00 PM on 08.01.2013

David Yates is close to directing a Scarface reboot

Scarface is a double classic already with Howard Hawks' original being a sterling example of pre-code gangster films and Brian DePalma's version perfectly capturing the grandeur of its updated setting. Why the studios wa...

Matthew Razak

12:08 PM on 07.31.2013

American Hustle gets all up in the 70s in first trailer

David O. Russell is back and this time the movie looks a bit more interesting than his overrated Silver Linings Playbook. This is definitely the O. Russel that I recognize, with plenty of drama, style and personality crammed...

Matthew Razak



Brutal, badass first trailer for Donnie Yen's Special ID photo
Brutal, badass first trailer for Donnie Yen's Special ID
by Hubert Vigilla

Martial arts superstar Donnie Yen has been keeping busy. He's got The Monkey King and Iceman 3D coming out soonish, there's the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sequel shooting next year, and there's still talk about Ip Man 3D. On top of all that, there's Special ID, a gritty crime thriller that looks absolutely badass.

Just feast your eyes on this first trailer for Special ID. Rather than rely on cheesy effects shots, thumping music, and too much BWAAAM, Special ID makes an impact through crazy-ass stuntwork and a nice mix of silence and sound. The film will feature fights with Ken Lo (Drunken Master II) and Andy On (The Lost Bladesman, New Police Story), but the highlight will be a battle between Yen and Colin Chou. Yen and Chou's previous one-on-one in Flash Point is easily one of Donnie Yen's best fights.

A teaser poster for Special ID is in the gallery. Special ID will open in China in October. We'll keep you posted on any international release plans.

[via Twitch]

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10:00 AM on 06.10.2013

Trailer: The Frozen Ground

Nic Cage is a detective tracking a serial killer played by John Cusack. In order to find him he enlists the help of one of Cusack's almost victims, the stripper Vanessa Hudgens. Apparently this is based off some sort of true...

Nick Valdez



Review: Violet & Daisy photo
Review: Violet & Daisy
by Hubert Vigilla

There was a point in the mid-to-late 1990s when a bunch of lesser filmmakers tried to make movies like Quentin Tarantino. It was the style of Tarantino -- the pop-culture savvy, the soul music, the violence, the coolness, the ironic detachment -- without any of the understanding of what Tarantino was actually doing. I liken it to kids putting on glasses and thinking they're clever just because of the stupid glasses.

Violet & Daisy fits right into that Tarantino-wannabe milieu, though it also borrows a lot from The Professional and those early, energetic films of Robert Rodriguez. It's 14 years late to the 90s, however, which makes the entire movie especially inept. Violet & Daisy is one of those special films that annoyed me to no end because it thinks it's so clever and seems to pat itself on the back the entire time. An unlikable smugness just plain pervades the entire film.

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12:00 PM on 06.06.2013

Trailer: Runner Runner

Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck can pretty much do whatever the hell they want in Hollywood. Timberlake is insanely popular after the release of his new album and Affleck couldn't be hotter after Argo. Runner Runner i...

Matthew Razak

11:00 AM on 06.05.2013

Trailer: The Family

In Luc Besson's The Family, Robert DeNiro returns to one of his best forms - a mobster trying to stay out of trouble, and failing. The movie centers around DeNiro's character and his tough-as-nails family; his wife played by...

Liz Rugg



BFF Review: Black Out photo
BFF Review: Black Out
by Hubert Vigilla

Two things struck me when the opening credits of Black Out came on: 1) there was a lot of style and flash in a good way, and 2) the festival's digital copy was low res. As the text appeared, so did fuzzy squares and breaks in the image. This would happen throughout the film, and at times it reminded me of watching a low-quality full screen YouTube video.

I was afraid this visual noise would be too distracting, but it's a testament to director Arne Toonen that Black Out held my interest despite this. Even though it's filled with nods to Quentin Tarantino and early Guy Ritchie, Black Out has an energetic, madcap personality of its own that's defined by a goofy comic velocity.

[For the next two weeks, we will be covering the 2013 Brooklyn Film Festival, which runs from May 31st to June 9th. Check back with us for reviews of features, documentaries, and shorts playing at the fest. For more information and a full schedule, visit brooklynfilmfestival.org.]

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4:00 PM on 05.14.2013

Crime is happening in new Robocop set photos

I normally don't like talking about set photos since things normally look a lot better in post production, but for these Robocop reboot images I'll make an exception (it's probably because that Max guy isn't a thing anym...

Nick Valdez



Tribeca Capsule Review: Northwest photo
Tribeca Capsule Review: Northwest
by Hubert Vigilla

In some ways Northwest could be written off as another movie about how crime doesn't pay. There's an escalation of criminal activity, there's the brief taste of a modest sweet life, there's the tragic inflation of egos, and there's a sense that the lives of our protagonists were doomed from the start. Things were going to be bad for this poor Danish family regardless, so the events of the film just accelerated the process of inevitable bad ends.

And yet Northwest transcends the trap of being just another crime film. There's something raw to what happens in every scene, from the performances to the look of the film. The handheld photography situates the viewer right in the muck of what's going on, which made me think about episodes of Cops, or like these people were being tailed by an invisible news crew.

[For the next few weeks, Flixist will be covering the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, which runs April 17-28 in New York City. Check with us daily for reviews, interviews, features, and news from the festival. For all of our coverage, go here.]

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10:00 AM on 04.12.2013

Trailer: Now You See Me

Now You See Me is basically the story of David Copperfield...if Copperfield robbed banks and used extravagant technology (although we really don't know too much about him now, do we?). A group of street magicians suddenly ga...

Nick Valdez

9:00 AM on 04.11.2013

Flixistentialism 14 - Snail

On this week's episode of Flixistentialism ... we come up with rap names, we fantasize about what we would do in the universe of the upcoming movie The Purge (AKA Crime Day), we rate girls in terms of pizza and Geoff unveils how he "does" sex like a snail.

Andres Bolivar

3:00 PM on 03.27.2013

Check out this new clip from Danny Boyle's Trance

Due out in only a few days on April 5th, here's a new clip from Danny Boyle's mind bending art-heist caper Trance. Starring James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel, and Rosario Dawson, the film follows McAvoy, who is suffering from amn...

Thor Latham

1:00 PM on 03.27.2013

Trailer: Pain & Gain (Red Band)

As someone who has never been a fan of Michael Bay, I've had to continually admit that his upcoming film Pain & Gain is looking like the first film from the director that I am actually excited to see. His other film...

Thor Latham

1:00 PM on 03.11.2013

New clip from The Place Beyond The Pines

If the earlier trailer is anything to go by, The Place Beyond The Pines is definitely going to be a moody, emotional drama centered around a man who sets out to rob a bank to take care of his newly born son. It looks as...

Thor Latham



Review: Stand Up Guys photo
Review: Stand Up Guys
by Hubert Vigilla

Sometimes I take for granted the idea of earning moments. If a filmmaker wants you to feel something, he or she needs to make you feel it without taking shortcuts. It's all about effort and honesty, because earning moments means that those moments don't feel forced (or worse, manipulative) when they arrive. You're too lost in the story to notice the machinery that got you there.

Watching Stand Up Guys made me realize why earning moments is so important. The movie shifts between high comedy and life-or-death drama multiple times. It wants you to ponder friendship, age, love, death, and loneliness while also making you laugh at a few boner jokes. This is a tricky balance.

The problem: nothing in Stand Up Guys is earned.

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