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5:00 PM on 08.20.2014

Trailer for Open Windows features windows, they're possibly open

Open Windows is a film that probably could've been much better. It's got a lot of promise with a talented cast (Sasha Grey and Elijah Wood) and director (Nacho Vigalondo), but it falls apart toward the finale. It was the fir...

Nick Valdez


Updated! Panel details revealed:

Hironobu Sakaguchi Reflection: Past, Present, Future of RPGs

The father of Final Fantasy, Hironobu Sakaguchi, has announced his PAX Prime 2014 panel where he will discuss his history developing role-playing games, along with revealing more about his new RPG, Terra Battle. Find out more info at PAX Prime website.






NYAFF Review: Cold Eyes photo
NYAFF Review: Cold Eyes
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

Some of my favorite movies are ones that make me want to go and do something after the lights come up. Some films make me want to travel the world or shave my head or something. Others take professions and make them seem so much cooler than whatever it is I’m doing.

Cold Eyes, for example, made me want to become a spy. Which is sort of weird, because it’s not about spies. It’s about cops.

[For the next month, we will be covering the 2014 New York Asian Film Festival and the Japan-centric Japan Cuts. Click here for more information, and check back here and here for all of the Asian film coverage you can shake a stick at.]

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Review: Beneath photo
Review: Beneath
by Nick Valdez

Coal mining is a scarily dangerous profession. Our need for crude energies leads thousands of people to risk their lives every day mining for energy. It's a wonder that with such harsh conditions, it's taken this long for a film to capitalize on that setting's natural creepiness. Now we finally have one in Beneath, a film inspired by a true story of several miners getting trapped in a mine. 

Eschewing traditional horror and instead developing a surprising psychological thriller, Beneath is a unique take on paranoia, isolation, and suffocation. It's just too bad you don't really care what happens to any of these people. 

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11:00 AM on 06.25.2014

WarGames does the director and writer thing for almost real this time

WarGames never really stood out to me when I originally saw it back in the day, but its a considered a classic and any 80s classic that exists must get a remake. Thus we've had a new one on the dock for a few years now. ...

Matthew Razak

7:00 PM on 06.20.2014

New trailer for Norwegian adventure movie Ragnarok

Ragnarok is the story of archeologist Sigurd Svenden, a man who has always been enthralled with the Oseberg Viking ship, which contains a mysterious engraving in runes that says "Man knows little." When one of his archeology...

Liz Rugg



Review: Coherence photo
Review: Coherence
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

Coherence is part of a genre that will be heretofore referred to as "subtle sci-fi." Mention sci-fi to anyone and they'll think of Star Wars or Star Trek first. And they'll think of those films because that's what we've been bred to believe sci-fi is. These are worlds unlike our own, whether they're far in the future or a way in the past. They may feature people who look like us, but their characters don't really live like us. They're surrounded by robots and aliens and guns that shoot lasers. They're the things we imagine our technology will be capable of.

What people won't think of is Coherence, even though it's firmly entrenched in that genre. They won't think about it because the world of Coherence is the same one you and I am writing in and the same one you are reading in. There's no special technology, nothing that distinguishes their world from ours. Everything feels real not just on a dramatic level but on a visceral level. You believe that these people are in this position, and you wonder if maybejust maybeit could happen to you.

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11:00 AM on 06.16.2014

Idris Elba breaks into a nice lady's home in 'No Good Deed' trailer

You know the classic story: convict charms woman into letting him into her home, woman is terrorized, convict plays lovingly with woman's daughter while woman screams in fear. It's a tale as old as time! And what happens in ...

Isabelle Magliari

4:00 PM on 06.07.2014

Trailer for horror flick Beneath feels claustrophobic

In Beneath, a long-time coal miner played by Jaff Fahey decides to take his environmentalist lawyer daughter, played by Kelly Noonan with him for a trip into the mines for his last day on the job. Of course, things soon go a...

Liz Rugg

4:00 PM on 06.03.2014

First trailer for A Walk Among the Tombstones, starring Liam Neeson

Based on Lawrence Block's series of novels, A Walk Among the Tombstones stars Liam Neeson as an ex-cop who...wait, do I even need to finish this? Liam Neeson plays an ex-cop in this movie and that's more than enough to keep me interested. I mean, it's Liam Neesons! A Walk Among the Tombstones hits theaters September 19th.   

Nick Valdez

2:00 PM on 05.27.2014

First trailer for The Equalizer, starring Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington has been on a string of misses lately. I'm not sure if it's because he's past his prime, or can't seem to hone in on the right material anymore, but I've been waiting for something that can bring the big ma...

Nick Valdez

8:00 AM on 05.20.2014

Alfonso Cuarón's Forsaken is a prequel of sorts to Gravity

Want to get your new movie attention at Cannes outside of the fact that it's being made by Alfonso Cuarón and his son Jonas? Do everything you can to connect it to last year's smash hit Gravity including calling a preq...

Matthew Razak





3:00 PM on 05.09.2014

James Franco and Kate Hudson star in trailer for Good People

In Good People, James Franco and Kate Hudson play an American couple who move to England with dreams of having a home and starting a family. When they fall on hard times financially, the sudden death of a neighbor and subseq...

Liz Rugg

12:00 PM on 05.07.2014

Paul Verhoeven looking to direct Oh...

We haven't heard much out of Paul Verhoeven in a long time. The boundary pushing director hasn't made a full film since Black Book in 2006 and his short film Tricked barely got any play outside of his Dutch homeland...

Matthew Razak

11:00 AM on 04.15.2014

First trailer for A Most Wanted Man, starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman

A Most Wanted Man looks to be a great film that is going to fly under a lot of folks' radars. It's got everything you want. It's based on a novel, it's a spy thriller, and it stars Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Willem Dafoe, and ...

Nick Valdez

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

7:00 PM on 04.02.2014

First trailer for Scarlett Johansson's 'Lucy' is amazing

Luc Besson's (The Fifth Element) upcoming action thriller Lucy has it all; Scarlett Johansson kicking serious ass, telekinesis, explosions, designer drugs, superhuman strength, and Scarlett Johansson kicking serious ass. Did...

Isabelle Magliari

7:00 PM on 04.01.2014

Scarlett Johansson looks badass in first 'Lucy' image.

In director Luc Besson's upcoming action thriller Lucy, Scarlett Johansson stars as a drug-mule turned telekinetic kill machine by way of designer drugs, and if that doesn't sound awesome then I don't know what does...

Isabelle Magliari



SXSW Review: Open Windows photo
SXSW Review: Open Windows
by Nick Valdez

Open Windows was the first film I saw during SXSW 2014. I've never covered the festival before, so I had no idea what kind of features I'd end up exposing myself to. Going in I was awkward, tense, but mostly curious. As the film went on to elaborate and explore on the very nature of exposure itself, I found myself more entranced with the premise of Open Windows more so than its execution. 

But how much credit should a film get for my introspection? Tons actually. While Open Windows fumbles in a few areas, it's finely creepy, strangely arousing, but most importantly, it's compelling. 

[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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SXSW Review: 13 Sins photo
SXSW Review: 13 Sins
by Matthew Razak

13 Sins was the headliner for SXSW's midnight screeners. Those are the late night horror/thriller films that everyone stays up late to check out. As such I figured it was going to be something a bit special. Hell, it had Ron Perlman in it. That instantly makes it something special. It was also a remake of a pretty taught Thai film that delivered on tension and creativity.

Sadly 13 Sins only thinks it's special. With a storyline that's been played out too often and not enough fresh ideas to play it out again. Caught somewhere between a thriller and a slasher its identity gets lost in its own weird game of trying to surprise the audience. 

From March 7th - 16th, 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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11:00 AM on 02.25.2014

Point Break remake lands Luke Bracey

Point Break is being pointlessly remade soon, and we already know that Gerard Butler will be taking over the role of Bodhi that Patrick Swayze previously tackled. That left Keuanu Reeves's role of Johnny Utah (god, were ...

Matthew Razak

10:11 AM on 02.18.2014

First trailer for Locke brings Tom Hardy into a car

If you were paying attention to Sundance you probably heard about Locke, which stars Tom Hardy as a man driving around in a car making phone calls. Riveting, right? Well, according to everyone and their mother, yes, yes it i...

Matthew Razak

12:00 PM on 12.20.2013

Two teasers for Transcendence, starring Johnny Depp

I have no idea why Transcendence (starring Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman) hasn't been on my radar until now. The film sounds perfect for me. It's a science fiction thriller in which Dr. Caster (Johnny Depp) attempts to buil...

Nick Valdez