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6:00 PM on 09.08.2014

Real Steel 2 in development, but not likely

As a fan and supporter of the first Real Steel I was happy to hear a while back that they were working a sequel. While the movie wasn't perfect it was just enough fun to make it worth your while and I figured that more b...

Matthew Razak


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Review: When the Game Stands Tall photo
Review: When the Game Stands Tall
by Matthew Razak

I'm a sucker for sports movies. You give me a gang of lovable underdogs, a few training montages and a triumphant final game and I'm in your pocket. It's just so easy to get caught up in a sport film even when their bad. They hit all the right points that we love and when done even remotely right you at least feel a little bit of joy when those underdogs win the big game. What I'm saying is that it is really hard to make a sports film that you just stop caring about. 

When the Games Stands Tall does this. Not only does it go on for way longer than it should, but it doesn't grab you in the first place. It's as if the filmmakers had never seen a sports film before. No, check that. It's as if they had never seen any movie before.

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3:10 PM on 08.13.2014

See When the Game Stands Tall early and free

Football is almost here! That's really exciting (if you like football). To get into the mood how about a little sports movie celebrating greatness on the gridiron. When the Game Stands Tall is perfect for that, and we've...

Matthew Razak

4:00 PM on 08.08.2014

Trailer for Mudbloods makes Quidditch awesome

Harry Potter has a huge, huge fandom. Spanning seven books, eight movies (possibly more soon), theme parks, and now a real sport based on the fantasy sport Quidditch. While I never liked the Quidditch sections of the story (...

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 06.17.2014

Flix for Short: O Futebol Classico, a Mickey Mouse short

To celebrate the FIFA World Cup kicking off in Brazil, Disney has crafted a new Mickey Mouse short entirely in Portuguese, O Futebol Classico. It's short, sweet, and funny. You don't even need to know Portuguese to like it!  JOSE CARIOCAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA.  

Nick Valdez

9:50 PM on 05.30.2014

New trailer for whimsical soccer movie This is Not a Ball

Leading up to the 2014 World Cup, (which is taking forever, am I right?) artist Vik Muniz has created the quirky, tongue-in-cheek documentary This is Not a Ball. This is Not a Ball follows Muniz all over the world as he expl...

Liz Rugg



Review: Million Dollar Arm photo
Review: Million Dollar Arm
by Matthew Razak

A feel good sports movie from Disney? I don't think anyone was expecting anything to earth shattering from Million Dollar Arm. Life lessons will be learned. Sports will be played. People will change. It's the kind of thing that Disney has become a pro at, and your enjoyment on Million Dollar Arm will rest entirely on whether or not you're tired of sports movie cliches.

Also, John Hamm is just a damn charming man. Damn charming.

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11:00 AM on 05.14.2014

Kickboxer getting remade with kickass dudes

Normally I'm not fond of remakes or reboots, but when it seems like the newer version might be an improvement over the original, I don't really mind. The original Kickboxer was part of a long line of "Jean Claude Van Damme ki...

Nick Valdez

3:00 PM on 05.05.2014

See Million Dollar Arm early and free

A feel good sports movie from Disney? Sign me up. Summer is full of action and drama, but I want to feel good about something. Home runs and Jon Hamm make me feel good. You too should feel good by grabbing our passes to Milli...

Matthew Razak

11:00 AM on 04.24.2014

First trailer for Ping Pong Summer

By the looks of this first official trailer for Michael Tully's Ping Pong Summer, we're going to get a critical, yet loving look at 80s sports films. Or even 80s films in general. Taking place in 1985, a kid named Rad Miracl...

Nick Valdez



Tribeca Review: Maravilla photo
Tribeca Review: Maravilla
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

One of the most significant differences between a documentary and a film based on a true story is that documentaries can be about things that failed. Documentaries about big events are often started during the setup, and it’s always possible that the subject of the documentary will fail and render the whole thing moot. But even if there won’t be a fictional retelling of the story, that documentary could still see a release.

Even if you hadn’t heard the story, you knew that Miracle was going to end in a win. That’s the whole reason it exists. Maravilla, though? I was less sure… and a lot more excited.

[For the remainder of April, Flixist will be covering the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. Click here for more information and here for all of our coverage.]

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4:00 PM on 04.15.2014

First trailer for Intramural, a sports parody featuring SNL cast members

I'm not the biggest fan of sports movies as they all tend to look the same. But every once in a while, something new comes along and manages to rock the sports genre with its uniqueness. Intramural might make it close to tha...

Nick Valdez

12:57 PM on 04.04.2014

See Draft Day early and free

FOOOOOTBALL! No, wait. DRAFTING PLAYERS TO PLAY FOOTBALL!  It's a testament to how desperate America is when there's no football to be watched that an entire film can be based on the draft, but, I mean, we are reall...

Matthew Razak



Space Jam 2 is [possibly] happening [without LeBron] photo
Space Jam 2 is [possibly] happening [without LeBron]
by Mike Cosimano

[ESPN's Brian Windhorst has made a whole lot of very happy people very sad. Via Twitter, he says that Lebron's sources have completely refuted this and stated that he is not involved in any Space Jam sequel. But while Windhorst's language seemed pretty definitive, nobody from Warner Bros. has actually refuted anything. So... who knows.]

Remember waaaaaaaay back in 2012 when our very own Nick Valdez reported on LeBron James wanting to star in a sequel to the greatest film of all time?

Well, do I have good news for you.

Deadline has the exclusive scoop on a Space Jam 2, starring one LeBron James. We don't know much about the plot, or which WB characters will appear, or how this affects the critically acclaimed Barkley series of video games. Hell, we don't even have a director.

What the studio has confirmed is a writer and producer. Sibling team Willie (writer) and Charlie Ebersol (producer) have been tapped to develop the project.

This is quite exciting, but I am still very concerned about the status of the Space Jam theme, as performed by perennial bards, the Quad City DJs. I assume all that and more will be addressed as the project moves forward.

I don't know about you guys, but I can't wait to hear about this from literally everyone I know over the next couple days!

[Via: Deadline]

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10:00 AM on 02.03.2014

Super Bowl TV spot for Draft Day

Draft Day, starring Kevin Costner, isn't a movie made for me, but I can see why it's going to be a big deal. Backed by the NFL as it morphs a sitting room into a stirring drama, Draft Day takes the most important day in a lo...

Nick Valdez

10:38 AM on 12.27.2013

Trailer for Draft Day turns sitting in a room into drama

Draft Day looks like a big, long advertisement for how awesome the NFL and football is. Now, I'm a major football fan, and the draft can beinteresting, but the plot of an entire movie based on it? That sounds like it's ...

Matthew Razak



Review: Grudge Match photo
Review: Grudge Match
by Matthew Razak

Grudge Match is a movie based entirely around getting two old actors (Sylvester Stallone and Robert DeNiro) from two of the greatest boxing movies ever made (Rocky and Raging Bull) back into the ring to punch each other. It really, by all rights, should have been an absolute train wreck. I'm sure you rolled your eyes the second you saw the trailer. No way in hell a cash grab like this is going to be good.

Well, it's that time of year for (minor) holiday miracles. While the theaters are jam packed with Oscar-worthy movies you should really spend your money on, something about Grudge Match actually works. It's not great by any stretch of the imagination, but much like its aging actors, it's surprisingly doesn't fall flat on its face.

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11:00 AM on 12.16.2013

See Grudge Match early and free

Old people boxing? No it's not another Rocky movie, though Stallone is in this as well. It's Grudge Match, which sees not only Stallone returning to the ring, but Robert DeNiro as well. There's going to be a lot of wrinkles. ...

Matthew Razak

11:00 AM on 11.25.2013

Yahoo takes a realistic look at Space Jam

Arguably one of the worse movies starring a professional athlete, Space Jam was something of an ambitious project. Meshing cartoon characters into the physical world while packing as much 90’s pop culture references as...

Michael Jordan



Review: Rush photo
Review: Rush
by Nathan Hardisty

Rush is an odd beast. On paper you'd expect some kind of mechanical, by the books ode to the motorsport with some human drama interspersed. In reality the human drama is on the absolute top of the podium with all the other knick-knack esoteric info all relegated to second fiddle. Rush is a grand love letter not to the motorsport but to the sportsmen. I wondered going into it whether the jargon and lingo would fly over my head but, in reality, a following of the sport isn't necessary in seeing that this is one of the year's best films.

Some of my family are keen petrolheads, with some of them coming along to see the film with me. I didn't need to ask them whether or not it was authentic because just as I taking in this grand tale of human competition I was also been fed a history lesson that might've filled one of my family member's anecdotes. Rush is a film that feels authentic, honest and knows all of its audiences at once. It's really just a damn good... ride.

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8:00 AM on 09.13.2013

First trailer for Grudge Match settles all bar bets

Let's say you're drunk and your drunk nerd friend goes, "Hey, who'd win in a fight between Rocky from the Rocky movies and Jake La Motta from Raging Bull?" Assuming any of that comes out coherently, the two of you get into a...

Nick Valdez



NRH's Weekly Analysis: Senna's human drama photo
NRH's Weekly Analysis: Senna's human drama
by Nathan Hardisty

I'm not a petrolhead. My father is pretty heavy into motorsports, Formula One in particular. I've never been grabbed by it myself but he pointed me towards Senna as an example of exactly what grabs people about the sport. From wrestling to football there seems to be layers of meta-narrative piled on, rivalries and underdog stories, that make it worth watching; more worthwhile than perhaps the sport itself. Formula One is about the pinnacle of engineering meeting the extremes of human reaction and dexterity. It too has its narratives and great tales, and Senna deals with a great human drama than can match any historical flick.

See, Senna does something interesting. I've watched it twice now and I've not been flummoxed by terminology or the technical vocabulary that's associated with such a heavy sport. In finishing it I think I did understand exactly why it grabs people, just like any other sport, it's the drama. Characters and genuine tragedies play out over years and years. You begin to be pulled personally into the mixture, just one of the many viewers to a grander human yarn.

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