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Gilliam/Amazon deal

Amazon will help fund and release Terry Gilliam's The Man Who Killed Don Quixote


And a Defective Detective series too?
Jun 10
// Hubert Vigilla
Terry Gilliam's quest to make The Man Who Killed Don Quixote has run into countless stumbling blocks. First chronicled in the 2002 documentary Lost in La Mancha, Gilliam and others have suggested Don Quixote is back on track ...
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Pan Trailer

Newest Pan trailer looks gorgeous


May 19
// Nick Valdez
I'm not sure what to think about yet another reboot/prequel/whatever the hell this is, but Pan looks amazing. It's directed by Joe Wright, it's got a great cast with Hugh Jackman, Rooney Mara, and Garrett Hedlund, and I don't...
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Last Witch Diesel

First trailer for The Last Witch Hunter starring Vin Diesel


Apr 30
// Nick Valdez
To me, Vin Diesel can do no wrong. Regardless of his odder career choices in the past, I've always dug his genuine love for his work. He's a nerdy dude who loves trying out crazier roles and his latest film seems like the cra...

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Boy and Beast

First trailer for Mamoru Hosoda's next anime film, The Boy and The Beast


Apr 23
// Nick Valdez
Mamaro Hosoda's films are always triumphs of animation. Known for Wolf Children, Summer Wars, and even The Digimon Movie, his films have a distinct and flowing art style that's always very pleasing to the eye. On top of that,...
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Live-action Beauty and the Beast has a release date


Emma Thompson and Kevin Kline join the remake set to release in 2017
Mar 17
// Matt Liparota
If Cinderella is anything to go by, Disney has made a good decision in greenlighting live-action adaptations of its own animated classics. Perhaps Cinderella's box office success over the weekend spurred the company to make a...
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20 Star Wars books will set the stage for The Force Awakens


Your library card is gonna get a workout
Mar 11
// Matt Liparota
Now that Disney has obliterated the beloved-by-some Star Wars Expanded Universe – a massive collection of novels and other media chronicling the decades following Return of the Jedi – to clear the way for The Forc...
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Tomorrowland

Newest Tomorrowland Trailer is only a day away


Tomorrow, tomorrow
Mar 09
// Nick Valdez
Brad Bird's upcoming Tomorrowland is Disney's second attempt at turning one of their park attractions into a big film, but unlike the Pirates of the Caribbean series (which is starting work on the fifth one), Tomorrowland lo...
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Disney's BnB

Disney's live action Beauty and the Beast gets its Gaston and Beast


Mar 06
// Nick Valdez
Live action Beauty and the Beast stories are a dime a dozen. Disney hopes you'll forget about all those other ones and support their latest live action take on one of their animated stories. Bill Condon (Chicago, Twilight: Br...
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FFS: Thomas Chaos

Flix for Short: The Life and Death of Tommy Chaos and Stacey Danger


A gorgeous short about love and dinosaurs
Jan 26
// Sean Walsh
This short, shown to me by my awesome new friend Madi, is absolutely sensational. At it's core, it's about two people in love, That core is suronded by all kinds of fun visuals, including dinosaurs, outer space, and submarin...
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Star Wars Spin-Offs

Star Wars standalone testing some awesome female leads


Jan 21
// Nick Valdez
I'm not very interested in the main Star Wars series, but what has gotten my attention are the standalone spin-off films releasing in between the trilogy. With cooler directors, and possibly cooler stories, it's only natural ...
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All is lost

Lost River, Ryan Gosling's directorial debut, not coming to a theater near you


Going straight to VOD
Dec 30
// Alec Kubas-Meyer
Critics didn't particularly like Lost River, Ryan Gosling's directorial debut. It received a critical thrashing when it premiered at Cannes, and that likely played into the newly announced decision to bring the film stra...
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Star Wars: Episode VII

Star Wars: The Force Awakens finally names its characters


Dec 12
// Nick Valdez
Although the first teaser trailer for The Force Awakens was the very definition of tease, people have been scrounging and speculating left and right over the ten shots featured. Well, now we're one step closer to figuring out...
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Star Wars: Episode VII

Stephen Colbert defends Force Awakens' hilarious lightsaber


"It's a menage a sabre."
Dec 03
// Nick Valdez
Did you check out that Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser yet? Then you're one of the many people who looked at that lightsaber and went "huh." Whether or not that was a positive "huh" doesn't matter as loads of folks have ...
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In a galaxy not so far away anymore
It's been a long time coming. When Disney bought out Lucasfilm two years ago and announced their plans for another Star Wars trilogy, we all went into some sort of nerd shock. Whether or not you're a fan of the films, you un...

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Episode VII Trailer

UPDATE: Star Wars: The Force Awakens to debut trailer in select theaters Friday


Nov 24
// Nick Valdez
UPDATE: There are 30 theaters showing the trailer according to StarWars.com (which we've listed below). Good luck! Original story follows. Surely the most anticipated trailer for the rest of the year is for Star Wars: Episode...
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Trailer for The Age of Adaline staring a forever-young Blake Lively


Nov 22
// Liz Rugg
In The Age of Adaline, Blake Lively stars as a woman who goes through some kind of magical accident when she is 29, and from then on she cannot age. Adaline must continue to navigate her way through the ever-changing world, ...
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Basically a three hour fight scene
While the previous two Hobbit films have been great I don't think they really lived up to the grandeur of the Lord of the Rings films. However, with this new full length trailer landing for The Hobbit: The Battle o...

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The Hobbit 3 posters

Here are several posters for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies


Oct 16
// Nick Valdez
"The Defining Chapter" lol  The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has five armies and possibly a battle December 17th.  [via Twitter]
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Jupiter Trailer 3

Latest Jupiter Ascending trailer has the plot details


Sep 29
// Nick Valdez
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...
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Last Witch Diesel

Look at Vin Diesel's glorious man beard in The Last Witch Hunter


Sep 23
// Nick Valdez
Just...look at it. The Last Witch Hunter releases sometime next Fall.  [via Facebook, of course]
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Dr. Strange release date

By the Hoary Hosts of Hoggoth! Doctor Strange gets a 2016 release date!


Better polish off your Eye of Agamotto!
Sep 17
// Sean Walsh
Mark your calenders, kiddies! The Sorcerer Supreme himself, Doctor Strange, will be apparating into theaters on July 8th, 2016. Marvel's Master of Mysticism, most likely (re: please, cinema gods) played by Joaquin Phoenix, wi...
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Vin Beardsel

Vin Diesel gets hairy in first Last Witch Hunter image


Sep 05
// Nick Valdez
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 ...
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Bang Bang Baby

First trailer for sci-fi musical Bang Bang Baby starring Jane Levy


Wow, fantastic baby
Sep 02
// Nick Valdez
Bang Bang Baby, has both the best premise and title. Starring Jane Levy (Evil Dead) as a teenager in the 60s who hopes to become a singer before a local chemical plant's waste stars mutating the inhabitants of the town. She ...
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Seventh Son

Trailer for Seventh Son, starring Jeff Bridges as a wizard knight thing


Sep 02
// Nick Valdez
Seventh Son has had nothing but trouble till now. It went into production late 2012 for an intended early 2013 release, was pushed back to October 2013, then early 2014, and after Legendary Pictures split from Warner Bros, i...
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Outcast Trailer

Nicolas Cage and Hayden Christensen are a match made in heaven in this Outcast trailer


Aug 22
// Nick Valdez
What do you get when you cross an actor who can't seem to say no, and an actor who can't afford to say no? You get Outcast, the absolutely insane looking film where Hayden Christensen teams up with a British accent spewing N...
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Here's the plot of The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies


Because the name isn't obvious enough
Jul 14
// Matthew Razak
You might think you know what The Battle of Five Armies is about, but do you really? The Hobbit is only a short children's book after all and yet there's another 2-plus hour long epic coming that takes its plot and ...
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First Trailer: Dracula Untold staring Luke Evans


Jun 27
// Liz Rugg
Think what you will about reviving old franchises, this first trailer for Dracula Untold looks surprisingly cool. I mean, personally I set the bar for these kind of namesake reboots pretty low, but at least this movie seems ...
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Dracula Untold

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


A "bat man," if you will
Jun 17
// Nick Valdez
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...

Review: How to Train Your Dragon 2

Jun 12 // Nick Valdez
[embed]217856:41587:0[/embed] How to Train Your Dragon 2Director: Dean DeBloisRated: PGRelease Date: June 13, 2014  How to Train Your Dragon 2 takes place five years after the events of the original (and don't worry if you haven't seen the original, the plot is helpfully explained in a few sentences) as Hiccup (Jay Baruchel), now a 20 year old man, is in line to become the next chief of Berk. But even if his father, Stoic (Gerard Butler), wants him to take over, Hiccup is unsure of himself and during his travels stumbles on to a den of dragons watched over by a mysterious woman (Cate Blanchett) from Hiccup's past. When dragon tamer and madman, Drago Bloodfist (Djimon Hounsou), threatens Berk with an enslaved dragon army, it's up to Hiccup and his ragtag group of friends to save the day.  To coincide with Hiccup's older age (he's no longer an awkward teen), I'm sure you can grasp from the synopsis that Dragon 2 is a far darker film than the original. In a nice touch, the bright and expressive colors of the original have been dimmed a bit (but not so much as to lose personality) to reflect the film's tonal changes. But it's not all grim either as there a brief hints of levity throughout. But with a more mature tone, however, the film also alienates much of the series' original intended audience. Those kids led into the series with Toothless' cutesy antics will get some of that here, but it's been pushed to the wayside.  With this decisive maturity, Dragon 2 is free to explore grander themes. There are lots of conflicting ideologies (complete with philosophical debates between the virtues of war and peace), yet at the same time, Hiccup is both trying to find a peace within himself and with the world as adults threaten to ruin it. In fact, there is an underlying message within the film (sometimes bluntly stated) that the old world needs to die in order for the new reign to take over. Although the scenes overflow with action, it's all just a physical manifestation of Hiccup's inner turmoil. As he questions what kind of leader he could be, the audience is shown examples of the two extremes he's trying to avoid (the overbearing dictator and the motherly diplomat). But even if you don't catch any of these themes under the surface, there is still plenty to enjoy.  How to Train Your Dragon 2 is absolutely gorgeous. Although the world's colors have been dimmed, beauty has not been sacrificed. From wonderfully animated flight scenes, to crisp landscape shots, and to believable animal movements (Toothless and another dragon have a hilarious conversation in movements as they bob their heads a lot). The cast is still in fine form too as Hiccup's friends provide much of the film's humor (the best gag involving all of them fighting over the one single female in the group). Djimon Hounsou is a great villain whose booming voice provided the right amount of intensity, Gerard Butler is fabulously stoic as Stoic (and yes, that's a grammar joke the film makes), and Cate Blanchett is a worthy addition. The only problems lie with America Fererra and Craig Ferguson whose voices don't really fit (Ferguson's just there to yell jokes). Jay Baruchel, however, hits the mark as his delivery still has an awkward tone but he's steadied enough to show growth.  All in all, How to Train Your Dragon 2 is one of the best films I've seen this year. It's captivating, striking, and every other buzzword a critic like me gets to use from time to time. It absolutely deserves it. It's not a perfect film by any means (as children will no longer enjoy it, some of the jokes are a little too hokey), but it's enjoyable and it's over before you even begin to pick apart the faults. It's the perfect Summer film.  One last thing, I saw Dragon 2 in 3D. Given the lackluster nature of most 3D films, I never explicitly mention this in any of my reviews, but with Dragon 2 I'll make an exception. It uses 3D so well, I'd go as far to say you're missing out if you see it without that third dimension. 
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Roaring good time
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 stor...

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Star Wars Spin-Offs

Josh Trank to also direct standalone Star Wars film


Jun 05
// Nick Valdez
He might not have made it on Alec's recent list of dream Star Wars spin-off directors, but honestly, who even saw this coming? Josh Trank (Chronicle, and Fox's upcoming reboot of Fantastic Four) has now been tapped to direct...

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