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Willem Dafoe says you can't eat your ice cream inside in The Florida Project trailer

I will return on the third day for rent
Aug 14
// Anthony Marzano
It's a dark world out there, no matter how you look at it. There's bills a plenty, and not that much money to go around. The saying "you gotta do, what you gotta do" is more prevalent now than ever before. We've seen a lot of...

Fan film Max Payne Retribution is a love letter to the original game

No Payne, No gain.
Jul 06
// Anthony Marzano
It's been 16 years since Remedy came out with its bullet-time introducing pulp-noir shooter Max Payne and since then the game has turned into a cult-classic, spawning two sequels. The games always wore their noir cinematic...

Alamo Drafthouse to serve Pakistani cuisine for The Big Sick

Here's hoping you don't get Bigly Sick
Jun 15
// Anthony Marzano
Indie darling and all around wonderful microchain Alamo Drafthouse is setting the mood to prepare for the upcoming release of Kumail Nanjiani's semi-autobiographical romcom The Big Sick. To help get movie patrons in the mood ...
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See Dope early and free

Washington DC and Baltimore screenings
Jun 11
// Matthew Razak
Dope came out of Sundance with a ton of good press, and when that happens it means the film is sure to be talked about around Oscar time so make sure you're in the loop. You can grab some passes to what folks are calling...

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Sundance Fave

First trailer for Diary of a Teenage Girl touts accolades

So much brown
May 26
// Matthew Razak
Diary of a Teenage Girl came tearing out of Sundance with a lot of buzz around it. It's an indie coming of age story so that makes a lot of sense since the festival eats that stuff up with a spoon. Judging from the trail...

Katie Holmes in Miss Meadows trailer

It's like a sexy, troubled Charles Bronson
Aug 22
// Matthew Razak
Wait, I'm actually interested in something Katie Holmes is doing? This is... an odd feeling. Yet Miss Meadows actually looks pretty interesting and Holmes playing off her sweet to death persona so she can kill bad guys ...

Trailer for Wild with Reese Witherspoon is surprisingly subdued

Jean-Marc Vallée can take me on a hike anywhere
Jul 10
// Matthew Razak
After the amazing Dallas Buyer's Club I'm pretty much ready for director Jean-Marc Vallée to take me through any biographical film he damn well wants. Thankfully Wild, based on Cheryl Strayed’s me...

Review: Begin Again

Jun 27 // Matthew Razak
Begin AgainDirector: John CarneyRated: RRelease Date: June 27, 2014  [embed]217941:41626:0[/embed] Begin Again is not a new tale unfortunately. In fact the plot initially turned me away from the film as it hints that the emotion, feeling and musical power of Once have been sacrificed here in order to tell a happy message. Dan (Mark Ruffalo) is an alcoholic music producer who has just been kicked out of the record label he founded. On a drunken bender he winds up in a bar where he sees Greta (Keira Knightly) perform and instantly realizes she could be a star. Greta has recently broken up with her boyfriend, Dave (Maroon 5's Adam Levine), after traveling to America with him because he became a big musical star. The two connect as their lives fall apart and decide to put an album together themselves and do it by recording all over the streets of New York. Sadly you can easily tell where the film is going from the start, though thankfully Dan and Greta never become romantically entwined. The characters development is as basic as you can get as they follow the exact lines two people meeting in a movie should. The problem is that this is the plot of a bad romantic comedy and lacks the depth of anything real. Things are just a bit too easy for everyone and where Once felt raw and truthful this feels idealistic and naive by comparison. Don't be mistaken that a film must be sad to be truthful, but the lives of the New Yorkers presented in the movie is the idyllic down on your luck stuff that should be present in lesser films. I say lesser films because Begin Again's music and actors pulls it out of the normal rote material that the plot is. Although never as good as Once's painfully heartbreaking "Falling Slowly" Carney shines again as a songwriter. His music strikes the chords that plot refuses to, hitting emotional beats that would be completely missing if it wasn't there. Knightly delivers surprisingly strong vocals as the main singer and a scene in which her opening song is re-imagined by a drunk Mark Ruffalo is easily the high point of the film.   Ruffalo and Knightly are damn near too charming together, and one of the only parts of the film that rings a bit deeper is their tug of war between romance and friendship. That line plays out far better because the two layer their performances fantastically. Ruffalo's drunken Dan is particularly enjoyable in the first half of the film and Knightly avoids her usual waifishness as she powers through some emotional songs. A lot will probably be said about Levine since he isn't completely terrible, but the singer shows little promise as than a guy who can sing and won't ruin your acting scenes. Anything more complimentary is far over estimating his role in the film. Carney direction is the last piece of the puzzle that makes the film more than its characters and story make it be. That same raw style that was present in Once returns here, and while the idea of recording on the street is the most unoriginal original idea out there it offers Carney the chance to capture New York wonderfully as he films his actors basically rolling around singing. It elevates the already great music into enjoyable to watch music and turns some truly useless moments into at visually pleasing ones. The fact that the story is clearly influenced by his experiences after blowing up for Once doesn't hurt things either. With Begin Again Carney has lost the characters and narrative that made Once such a powerful and stirring movie. However, a fantastic cast, engaging direction and truly good music mean that the movie can elevate itself above its stale story and two-dimensional characters into something else that just can't quite deliver what it really wants to. There's plenty of good to watch here, but this time around Carney's soul seems to be missing. 
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Play it again, John Carney
Director/Writer John Carney is establishing a little nitch for himself in the film industry. A modern take on the backstage musical except now the stage is the studio and the music is far less grandiose. With Once, his academ...


Check out the trailer for indie drama Hellion starring Aaron Paul

May 16
// Liz Rugg
Now that Breaking Bad is over, actor Aaron Paul is branching out into the silver screen with Hellion, a tense family drama from indie director Kat Candler. Hellion stars Paul as a father struggling to raise his two young son...

Trailer: Refuge

Mar 21
// Liz Rugg
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...

Independent Spirit Awards nominations have arrived

12 Years a Slave and Nebraska all up in there
Nov 26
// Matthew Razak
It's getting to be that time of year! Awards season is coming upon us and the early nominations award nominations are in. The Independent Spirit Awards are kind of the indy Oscars, but everyone gets drunk and actually has fun...
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Mister & Pete Trailer

Trailer: The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete

Not to be horribly confused with Pete & Pete
Aug 21
// Nick Valdez
The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete may not have received the greatest buzz from the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, but I'm staying relatively optimistic. This newest trailer for the film may paint it as ov...

Flix for (Not So) Short: Clapping for the Wrong Reasons

Will this have you clapping for the wrong reasons, too?
Aug 19
// Geoff Henao
Last month, Donald Glover (Community) released a mysterious trailer without context for a project called Clapping for the Wrong Reasons. Last week, it was revealed that the project was a short film written by Glover and dire...

Review: Coffee Town

Jul 09 // Geoff Henao
[embed]216039:40401:0[/embed] Coffee TownDirector: Brad CopelandRating: N/ARelease Date: July 9, 2013 (VOD) Affected by the economic downturn that took his comfortable office job, Will (Glenn Howerton) found himself employed as a website manager. However, with the freedom that the job brings comes a lack of human interaction, so Will takes residence at a local coffee shop, the titular Coffee Town. While stationing his workplace at the shop comes with its benefits, including free wi-fi, his friends Chad's (Steve Little) and Gino's (Ben Schwartz) ability to visit him daily, and getting a glimpse of his crush, Becca (Adrianne Palicki). However, all good things come with the bad, such as Will's arch-nemesis/barista Sam (Josh Groban). When a plan is proposed to turn Coffee Town into a bistro, threatening Will's comfortable working conditions, he decides to take drastic measures to prevent change from happening. Coffee Town is presented as a modern, Office Space-esque comedy that illustrates how our economy has affected business. It doesn't get preachy by any means, but it definitely touches on the human element of being displaced following the recession. Copeland and the cast buoy this with an outlandish, selfish scheme that helps characterize Will and his friends. However, I would have appreciated more of this emotional slant from Will. There are scenes where he opens up to Becca about why he feels so connected to Coffee Town, and that level of depth could have helped shape the film better. The problem I had with Coffee Town is that it doesn't really take risks. As I alluded to a bit when we posted the first trailer, I hoped the best jokes weren't already shown. Well, as it turns out, they were. CollegeHumor have a tendency to push the envelope, and that's something I wish was utilized more in Coffee Town. Sure, there are a few risque moments, like the hilarious "gay/straight" scene seen in the trailer and a ridiculous fight scene that missed its mark, but I would have liked to seen something more edgy. Maybe it's because of how talented and funny the cast is. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia is one of my favorite shows and Ben Schwartz' Jean-Ralphio is a scene stealer whenever he's on Parks and Recreation, so pairing them together came with a lot of expectations that weren't met. It's understandable that CollegeHumor would want to play it safe for their debut film, but I was just expecting something more grandiose, both in scope and hilarity.
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This coffee's a little decaf.
CollegeHumor has been one of the premiere comedy websites since practically the internet got super popular. Before YouTube, before Twitter, before Facebook, before MySpace, there was CollegeHumor providing some of the best co...

Review: Missed Connections

May 30 // Geoff Henao
[embed]215755:40158:0[/embed] Missed ConnectionsDirector: Martin SnyderRating: N/ARelease Date: May 7, 2013 on VOD (More information here) Lucy (Mickey Sumner) is getting ready to leave the law firm she works for for a new start in London. In her own words, love isn't luck, it's strategy, and she's attempting to find a man that meets her criteria across the pond. That doesn't bode well for IT man Josh (Jon Abrahams), who's had a crush on Lucy for years. On her final day, Lucy runs into a mysterious Englishman (Jamie Belman) that seemingly fits her type, yet doesn't exchange contact info with him. Her friend turns to the internet to grant her wishes, which Josh and his IT friends intercept. The trio then think up a plan to write various missed connections to lure Lucy out for Josh to romance. If this sounds as creepy and ill-fated as it seems, that's because it is. But hey, we all do crazy things in the name of love, don't we? The general premise is a bit quirky, albeit extremely creepy; then again, aren't most comedies centered around outrageous scenarios? Missed Connections follows a safe rom-com formula of developing a relationship between the boy and girl, but does derive from it by letting the boy and girl "fall in love" before the film ends. However, it uses that to set up a new source of conflict to set up the third act. It's not super innovative, but a good touch. The problem with Missed Connections is that it's not very funny. There are really awkward scenes between Abrahams and Sumner where the film tries to force a laugh out, but it just doesn't work. Could it be a chemistry problem? Maybe. I liked Abrahams energy and would like to see him in more. Sumner was recently in Frances Ha and will be playing Patti Smith in the upcoming CBGB. Missed Connections missed the most important thing in a film: a connection with its audience. Despite some tender moments between Josh and his IT compatriots, Missed Connections felt empty and dead. This is one missed connection you won't mind letting pass.
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Missed more than just connections.
Missed connections serve as the chosen medium for lovelorn, hopeless romantics who believe in fleeting chance encounters in public. I can say this with confidence, because I used to regularly check missed connections on a dai...

Review: The History of Future Folk

May 30 // Liz Rugg
[embed]215722:40163:0[/embed] The History of Future FolkDirector: John Mitchell, Jeremy Kipp WalkerRating: NRRelease Date: May 31, 2013 The History of Future Folk begins with a father telling his daughter a story about how an alien from the planet Hondo was sent to earth to destroy humans so that the Hondonians could take over their planet for themselves, since an asteroid was barreling towards Hondo and they needed a new place to live. But the alien was stopped in his tracks when he heard music for the first time. There is no music on Hondo, and the alien was absolutely captivated and decided that he had to save both of the planets somehow instead. That back story is told in the first few minutes and then we realize that the father telling the story actually is the alien - the revered Hondonian -- General Trius. Gen. Trius, also known by his Earth name, Bill, appears to live a quiet, life in Earth's Brooklyn with his wife and young daughter. He works as a groundskeeper at a space research facility outside of New York and moonlights as a folk musician at a small bar where he preforms in his Hondonian soldier outfit and uses his real identity as an alien as a comedy act. Bill's seemingly quiet life is abruptly disrupted when another Hondonian soldier, named Kevin, crash lands on Earth. Kevin is sent to release the deadly weapon and destroy the human race in Bill's place, but Kevin is a bit bumbling, and with Bill's help he soon understands why music and humans are so special. General Trius and The Mighty Kevin then join forces to save both Earth and Hondo. The History of Future Folk is extremely charming for a number of reasons. Firstly, it plays its oddball premise with an entirely straight face. Even though there are a number of things in the movie which feel very low-production; costumes, the fact that you never see other planets, space travel, there is a sense of continuity in that. The movie never tires to get all Icarus on itself, it doesn't overstep its bounds. It feels cohesive in that way and actually uses its sort of low production value to its advantage in the juxtaposition of its wacky characters and ideas in a modern day, realistic Brooklyn setting. Secondly, and perhaps most adorably, Future Folk shows a clear love of music. A major part of the strength of this movie is its wonderful script and how many different themes it brings together. Future Folk could have been a simple story about aliens being sent to destroy Earth and then not wanting to, and that would've been alright. But it's when the movie underlines everything with a completely unabashed, joyous discovery of music that it really tugs at your heart. The History of Future Folk is not perfect, though. While it is undeniably cute and works well for what it does, it never really becomes totally outstanding. While it's a very enjoyable experience, ultimately I think it will be a bit forgettable. There just isn't quite enough polish or punch to really push Future Folk to the next level, but it's hard to exactly define what it's missing. The interactions between Bill and his wife's character, Holly, also felt forced and bland, especially when compared to the unlikely pair of Kevin and his love interest Carmen, who have the fiery passion of a thousand blazing suns. The awkwardness in Bill and Holly's relationship unfortunately held me back from believing in them as a couple. Holly is supposed to be one of the main reasons Bill stayed on Earth, I mean he married her and had a kid with her! There just wasn't enough development to drive it home that he loved her and needed to save his family as well as the rest of the world. All in all though, I really enjoyed watching The History of Future Folk. It's cute, fun, and never takes itself too seriously, which is really what the Alien Folk Duo Sci-Fi Action Romance Comedy Musical genre is all about. Hondo!
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Acoustical Alien Music
The History of Future Folk is about the origins of the universe's only alien bluegrass folk duo, and how they discovered and fell in love with Earth's music. It's charming, adventurous, and a ton of fun. I mean when's the las...


Trailer: LICKS

May 17
// Geoff Henao
Directed by newcomer Jonathan Singer-Vine, LICKS debuted at this year's SXSW. While Hubert, Matt, and I didn't get a chance to catch it, the film received some good acclaim. LICKS is about a young Oakland resi...

New poster for indie adventure The History of Future Folk

May 03
// Liz Rugg
Yesterday we brought you the first trailer for the upcoming Indie sci-fi romance comedy The History of Future Folk, and today we have a brand new poster for it! The poster itself is actually a bit underwhelming, it features t...

Trailer: Girl Most Likely

May 03
// Liz Rugg
Kristen Wiig doesn't appear to be resting on her Bridesmaids laurels too much. Instead of pumping out a Bridesmaids sequel immediately following the movie's success, Wiig has been using her new-found leverage to work on some...

Flix for Short: Hybrids

May 01
// Geoff Henao
Hybrids, written and directed by Patrick Kalyn, is a science-fiction/action short about an ex-soldier, Dakota (Daniella Evangelista), seeking vengeance for the death of her young daughter. In this short teaser for a longer f...

Trailer: Prince Avalanche

Apr 26
// Liz Rugg
Prince Avalanche starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch was one of Matt's favorite films from this year's SXSW Film Festival, though when Hubert saw it recently at the Tribeca Film Festival he thought it was somewhat predictabl...

Zach Braff launches Kickstarter for Wish I Was Here

Apr 24
// Matthew Razak
OK, who had Zach Braff in the office pool for "Next Person to Launch A Kickstarter After Veronica Mars Did So Well?" Bob, was it you? I could have sworn someone put Zach Braff down. Well, whoever did you win the money because...
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Thoughts on twohundredfiftysixcolors

But not 256 thoughts
Apr 18
// Geoff Henao
twohundredfiftysixcolors is hard to discuss without any outside exposition. It's not a "film" so much as it is a collection of thousands of GIFs played back to back in a somewhat loose progression with no sound, no ...

A playful poster for Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing

Apr 12
// Liz Rugg
I feel like "playful" is a pretty good way to describe director Joss Whedon's newest movie, a Shakespeare adaptation called Much Ado About Nothing. Even though it's coming from one of the most fiercely loved directors of our ...

Trailer: An Oversimplification of Her Beauty

Apr 11
// Liz Rugg
An Oversimplification of Her Beauty is a gorgeous looking indie film by Terence Nance that has been running the festival circuit under the radar for the past year, and I don't really understand why. The film looks visually s...

Trailer: Before Midnight

Mar 29
// Liz Rugg
The third installment in Richard Linklater's series of movies -- which include indie darlings Before Sunrise and Before Sunset -- Before Midnight finds characters Celine and Jesse (played by Julie Deply and Ethan Hawke) in t...

Trailer: Mood Indigo

Mar 12
// Liz Rugg
Mood Indigo (titled L'Écume des Jours or "Froth on the Daydream" in French) is director Michel Gondry's newest dealings with love and loss. With such previous heavy-hitters as Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and...

SXSW Review: Good Night

Mar 11 // Geoff Henao
[embed]215038:39770:0[/embed] Good NightDirector: Sean GallagherRating: N/ARelease Date: March 11, 2013 (SXSW) Leigh (Adriene Mishler) is throwing a party with her best friends to seemingly celebrate her 29th birthday. However, once all of the guests arrive, she and her husband, Winston (Jonny Mars), drop a bombshell on their friends: She decides to not continue treatment on her leukemia that has recently returned from remission. The rest of the night is spent analyzing how the news affects every individual at the party, and how such news can create or exasperate pre-existing strains amongst the friends. In attempting to "celebrate" Leigh's life with a party, the friends inevitably are forced to face the troubles existing their own lives, which range from the responsibilities of parenthood to facing the prospect of an affair. Each minor subplot are interesting and fleshed-out enough so as to not have them feel lazily tacked on for the sake of "character development." Rather, they feel full and complete, making the supporting characters feel just as developed as the main characters. However, the bread and butter of the film is the relationship between Leigh and Winston and their ability (or inability) to deal with the situation staring directly back at them. Told through flashbacks, Gallagher was able to cleverly weave his way through the relationship from the prospect of their promising future to the dwindling and trying strength that they find themselves six years after the initial diagnosis. Such scenes are buoyed by Mars' and Mishler's comfort and trust in one another's performances. With what is arguably a simple premise ("What would you do if you found out your loved one was dying?"), Gallagher was able to use that simple plot to dig deeper into his characters' lives and pull out emotional frustrations that become larger and visible due to such news. Good Night is just as much a collection of character analyses as it is a narrative focusing on how far we would go in the name of love.
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Tomorrow is never guaranteed.
[From March 9th - 17th, Flixist will be providing coverage from South by Southwest 2013 in Austin, TX.  Prepare yourselves for reviews, interviews, features, photos, videos, and all types of shenanigans!] How w...


Trailer: Much Ado About Nothing

Whedonites and Shakespeare fans rejoice!
Mar 08
// Liz Rugg
After director Joss Whedon's mega block-buster The Avengers last year, he decided to tone it down a bit for his next project. It's a bit of a palate cleanser - Much Ado About Nothing is an adaption of the classic Shakespeare...

International Spring Breakers posters will get you amped

Feb 07
// Liz Rugg
Amped in the pants still counts as amped. These new international posters for wildcard indie director Harmony Korine's new movie Spring Breakers have appeared online and seem to reinforce the idea that Spring Breakers will be...

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