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8:00 AM on 04.21.2014

Review: Soft in the Head

Every once in a while, I see a movie that feels truly unique, and when that happens I tend to obsess over the process instead of the result. For better or worse, some films are just different, and while I definitely appreciate that difference, sometimes I really just have to wonder why. Soft in the Head is different, and I spent much of the film wondering. I never found an answer.

Alec Kubas-Meyer


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6:00 PM on 04.17.2014

Trailer for Grace Kelly biopic Grace of Monaco shows a beautiful, unhappy princess

"I can be a mother and a wife and hold down two jobs without the people getting too upset, can't I?" The real life 1950s actress Grace Kelly was a pretty interesting lady. She went from a beloved Hollywood princess to real r...

Liz Rugg

5:00 PM on 04.17.2014

Short trailer for Ukrainian protest documentary Maidan teases tension

Ukrainian filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa's newest documentary Maidan will follow in the footsteps of other uprising and protest documentaries and chronicle the events that happened in Maidan Square in Kiev, Ukraine leading up to ...

Liz Rugg

3:00 PM on 04.17.2014

Trailer: The Immigrant

The Immigrant tells the story of Ewa Cybulski, played by Marion Cotillard, a Polish immigrant to America in the 1920s and her struggle to try and forge a life after her sister is refused entry at Ellis Island. Cybulski is lu...

Liz Rugg

9:00 AM on 04.15.2014

Trailer: Maps to the Stars

By now, we all know that there's plenty of reasons for the rich and famous to be miserable. The cost of fame is high, and it can ripple through generations. That looks to be what David Cronenberg's new film Maps to the Stars...

Sean Walsh

2:00 PM on 04.10.2014

First trailer for Sci-Fi drama I Origins looks interesting

I Origins is a new Sci-Fi movie from Another Earth director Mike Cahill. It follows the story of Ian Gray, (Michael Pitt) a scientist who meets and falls in love with a mysterious woman (Astrid Bergès-Frisbey) with st...

Liz Rugg

10:00 AM on 04.03.2014

First trailer for The Drop, starring Tom Hardy, James Gandolfini

The Drop has the unfortunate stigma of being James Gandolfini's final film. Whether or not it's spectacular, there's always going to be a sense of dread watching the film knowing we've lost a man with such potential. Like wi...

Nick Valdez



Review: Sabotage photo
Review: Sabotage
by Matthew Razak

I've been hyping Sabotage since I first heard about it. I'm a huge Arnold Schwarzenegger fan and a huge David Ayers (End of Watch) fan so the two together sounds like sweet, sweet cop action bliss. Ayers is great and melding action and drama while developing actual characters and Schwarzenegger is great at... well... being in action movies. Things looked pretty good.

It was easy to get excited to because the supporting cast was really solid and the trailers actually advertised the film in the right way. Heading in I was certain I was going to have a good time at this movie. You know what? I did. 

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9:00 PM on 03.21.2014

Trailer: Refuge

In Refuge, Krysten Ritter plays a young woman who is struggling to take care of her younger brother and sister after their parents abandoned them when she meets Sam, a boy who may or may not be a good influence on her and he...

Liz Rugg



SXSW Review: Boyhood photo
SXSW Review: Boyhood
by Matthew Razak

12 years of shooting, watching every actor grow older and change along with the times and the styles. That's how long it took for Richard Linklater to create a film  about life (a boy's life to be precise). Many films have of course been made about life -- it's a pretty big topic after all -- but Boyhood has a leg up since Linklater had the incredible patience to allow his actors to grow up while making the film. It seems like a gimmick, but that gimmick is what makes Boyhood so incredibly special.

Of course filming your actors on sporadic days over the course of 12 years (39 days of shooting to be exact) is incredibly risky, especially if your movie doesn't work. What an immense waste of time and who knows what could go wrong. Thankfully Boyhood is not a failure by an stretch of the imagination, but instead an endlessly interesting study on how the banalities of life are the most important moments. 

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SXSW Review: Chef photo
SXSW 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.

[From March 7th - 15th, Flixist will be providing coverage from South by Southwest 2014 in Austin, TX.  Prepare yourselves for reviews, interviews, features, photos, videos, and all types of shenanigans!]

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6:00 PM on 03.07.2014

Only Lovers Left Alive trailer: Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston as vampires

Only Lovers Left Alive features Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston as cultured vampire lovers, whose romance has lasted for centuries. They have evolved and become more civilized than the need to kill for blood, but retain a v...

Liz Rugg



Review: Child's Pose photo
Review: Child's Pose
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

At first glance, Child's Pose is making a political statement about the class divide present in modern day Romania. The narrative of a wealthy family trying to skirt its responsibilities to a poor family is heavily charged, and for much of the film's first half, I expected to open this review with some statement about how wealth and connections in the modern age can literally let people get away with murder. 

But then things changed. The class thing became less important, and the story became a whole lot more personal, because Child's Pose isn't really a film about how much power the wealthy hold over the poor. It's about the depths of motherly love.

Or rather, motherly obsession.

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5:00 PM on 02.19.2014

An Appreciation of Philip Seymour Hoffman (1967-2014)

[Community Member TheRealMattC wrote an awesome Community Blog about his appreciation and sadness for the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman, and it's full of sentiments shared by a lot of Flixist's staff. For your chance to be fea...

TheRealMattC

4:00 PM on 02.19.2014

A look at the 2014 Oscar Nominated Animated Short Films

One easily overlooked part of the flurry of The Academy Awards is the shorts sections. Perhaps they seem less interesting or less consequential due to their bite-size nature, but to me, short films are often all the more acce...

Liz Rugg

1:00 PM on 02.05.2014

James Franco stars as a troubled actor in Maladies

In Maladies, James Franco plays a semi-washed up soap opera star in the 1960s, appropriately named James. James not only struggles with his floundering career, but with his seemingly failing mind and his fluctuating relation...

Liz Rugg

9:38 AM on 01.30.2014

First trailer for The Fault in Our Stars

The guys behind The Spectacular Now, screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, did something awesome when they took that YA novel and turned it into an amazing movie. Now they're pretty much trying to do...

Matthew Razak

11:30 AM on 01.16.2014

Harvey Weinstein and Meryl Streep taking on NRA

Harvey Weinstein does not like the NRA, and, in my opinion, that's absolutely fine. Maybe you're pro-NRA and that's fine too, but according to Weinstein he's going to be making a movie with Meryl Streep and it is going to des...

Matthew Razak

11:30 AM on 01.08.2014

First image and creepy EW cover for Fincher's Gone Girl

David Fincher directing a movie about a man who is accused of causing the disappearance of his wife on their fifth wedding anniversary? If you didn't already know this was going to be an awesomely dark film then this first im...

Matthew Razak



Review: The Wolf of Wall Street photo
Review: The Wolf of Wall Street
by Nick Valdez

Sitting down to write this review, I had trouble figuring out the sub header you see above. I normally like to put a joke or pop culture reference there, but I simply can't seem to. The more and more I think about The Wolf of Wall Street, the more a word like "F**k" becomes an appropriate descriptor for Martin Scorsese's latest. It's just beyond polite conversation. 

The film has managed to stick with me days after I had seen it for myself. In what seems to be both Scorsese and DiCaprio's finest, WOWS is a great way to end your 2013. It's got a few issues sure, but most of those can be brushed under the rug.  The Wolf of Wall Street is gripping, gratuitous, overloaded with expletives, overzealous, sexually charged, hilarious, enticing, kookoo bananas, and even a little disgusting. 

But most importantly, The Wolf of Wall Street is f**king magnificent. 

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10:30 AM on 12.17.2013

See The Secret Life of Walter Mitty early and free

Every once in a while we see a movie and like it far more than anyone else does. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is one of those movies. Alec was captured by its charm and hope while other, more cynical critics, were not...

Matthew Razak

2:00 PM on 12.16.2013

See Her or American Hustle early and free

This Wednesday two of the most buzzed about films of the year, Her and American Hustle, will be screening and you have to decide which one you'll want to see. We have passes to both, but what will you choose. Most likely...

Matthew Razak