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Review: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day photo
Review: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
by Matthew Razak

To start this will be the only time I am typing the full name of the movie: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. There, got that over with. From here on out we'll be referring to the film as Horrible, No. Everyone else is calling it Alexander so we'll be different.

Horrible, No is quite the surprise as from trailers you probably thought it was a bottom of the barrel adaptation of a classic children's book that Disney just threw a few actors at and dumped into the October slumps. You'd be wrong. While it isn't the most original film out there, it is one of the better family comedies put onto the screen in a while. The jokes may be a bit tired, but there pulled off with such aplomb and pluck that at the end of the day it all turns out good.

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Review: Gone Girl
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

Gone Girl is the book of the moment. Much as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was The Big Thing when David Fincher adapted it for US screens, Gillian Flynn's novel seems to be ubiquitous. Everyone is reading it and talking about it, and those who aren't are certainly aware of its presence.

I expect this is partially because of the David Fincher adaptation. The book was released in 2012, and though it quickly hit the New York Times Best Seller List, I didn't hear about it until the announcement of its cinematic release. I considered reading it, but I never got around to it. (Flixist Editor-in-Chief Matt Razak has been hounding me to do so now, though, so I may pick it up.)

Walking around New York City, posters for the film are unavoidable. This adaptation is a big deal. The Big Book is about to be The Big Movie.

And it's going to get people talking.

[This review was originally posted as part of our coverage of the 52nd New York Film Festival. It has been reposted to coincide with the film's theatrical release.]

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10:00 AM on 10.02.2014

Newest Exodus: Gods and Kings trailer lets the people go

I can't watch help but watch these trailers for Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods and Kings without thinking about all of the other times I've seen this story played out on film. The Ten Commandments, The Prince of Egypt, that one...

Nick Valdez



Review: The Boxtrolls photo
Review: The Boxtrolls
by Nick Valdez

Laika is that rare production company where you absolutely have to pay attention to whatever they put out next. As one of the last few studios that specializes in stop motion animation, their films have garnered a lot of well deserved praise. With such a demanding production, their output is limited to one film every few years, the pressure is on to make every film count. 

The company's last film, ParaNorman, went on to become my favorite animated film of 2012 so I jumped into The Boxtrolls hoping to see some amazing work once again. Thankfully, The Boxtrolls is another hit for Laika...but unfortunately isn't a hit out of the park. 

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First trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice photo
First trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice
by Nick Valdez

Paul Thomas Anderson's upcoming adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's novel Inherent Vice might just be the craziest, and best thing to come out this year. Just by looking at this trailer with its unique style, stupidly talented cast (Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Benecio Del Toro, Reese Witherspoon, Jena Malone, Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterson, and Martin Short!), and it's great feeling vibe overall. 

There might be something sinister underneath, but this is a great first look. Starring Phoenix as a muttonchopped private eye who gets roped into stopping a kidnapping by his ex, I can't wait to see what else lurks. Inherent Vice releases December 12th. 

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Review: The Equalizer
by Nick Valdez

I've been looking forward to The Equalizer for some time. The first trailer I sat down and watched featured a cool new Eminem song, Denzel Washington acting like a vengeful badass again, and couldn't stop boasting how it's from the director of Training Day, Antoine Fuqua. Figured that should've been a red flag. 

Although Fuqua's direction on Training Day was good, it was a great film because it had a good team behind it. Take away that team and you'll find the rest of Fuqua's career: King Arthur, Shooter, and Olympus Has Fallen. But hey, he's finally reunited with Denzel Washington! Washington is a powerhouse, so of course they'd bring their A game, right? 

With how much Washington leisurely strolls from place to place in The Equalizer, it's a shame he never gets anywhere. 

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4:00 PM on 09.25.2014

Newest trailer for Big Hero 6 continues to be adorable

With how each Big Hero 6 trailer focuses on how adorable the main fluffy robot Baymax is, I'm a little worried about the overall film. I'm hoping for a Frozen-esque switcheroo that's mainly to get kid butts in those sea...

Nick Valdez

12:00 PM on 09.23.2014

The Maze Runner getting a sequel because money

With the way Young Adult book films are made these days, production on a sequel has begun before the first film is even released. Thus when a film gets a successful run through the box office (or at the very least, a successf...

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 09.23.2014

Trailer for Kingsman: The Secret Service features old dudes and ass kicking

As the latest Mark Millar comic (with some help by Dave Gibbons) to hit the big screen, Kingsman: The Secret Service actually looks okay thanks to the talent involved. Directed by Michael Vaughn (X-Men: First Class) and star...

Nick Valdez

2:00 PM on 09.22.2014

David Ayer may direct a Suicide Squad movie

David Ayer is one of my favorite folks in the business right now. Although he's only directed a few films (most notably End of Watch and the upcoming WWII tank film, Fury), he's a great screenwriter who's really put in the wo...

Nick Valdez



Review: The Scribbler photo
Review: The Scribbler
by Nick Valdez

When I choose to review a film it's because something about it speaks to me. Whether it's the premise, the setting, the look, or the cast involved, I'm willing to take a chance on pretty much anything if some of those things are there. I chose to review The Scribbler because it happened to have everything on that list: great cast, interesting idea, and it's based on a graphic novel. I'd figure that maybe I'd stumble into something great. 

The Scribbler taught me not to blindly choose films anymore. 

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Review: The Maze Runner photo
Review: The Maze Runner
by Nick Valdez

As  Flixist's resident Young Adult novel correspondent, I've seen lots of forgettable teen films. With studios betting huge fortunes on these films becoming successful franchises (like Twilight and The Hunger Games), most of these series tend to forget they need a suitable first entry to get kids interested in the first place less they flop around and count their chickens before anything hatches like Divergent. 

The Maze Runner is the latest in a long line of hopeful franchises that want to hit the ground running, but it stumbles out the gate. While it looks good, and is acted well enough, there's no cheese at the end of this maze. 

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Deadpool movie actually happening, gets release date  photo
Deadpool movie actually happening, gets release date
by Nick Valdez

Folks, is this real? Is this truly, truly real? It seems 20th Century Fox is finally fulfilling the promise made long ago (which possibly is attributed to the test footage "leak" a while back) with an X-Men spin-off starring Deadpool. 

The film will be directed by Tim Miller, and Ryan Reynolds is still rumored to star but no official deal has been set. There's also no other information as to tone or whether or not the studio is still going with the script written by the Zombieland duo of Rhett Rheese and Paul Wernick, but hey it's gonna be a thing for your eyeballs! 

Deadpool releases February 12, 2016. Here's that test footage, in case you've missed it. 

[via THR]

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9:00 AM on 09.17.2014

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

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...

Sean Walsh

5:00 PM on 09.16.2014

First trailer for Serena reunites Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper

A few years ago, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence shot three films together: Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle, and Susanne Bier's Serena. Although Serena was filmed at the same time as the other two, it's been st...

Nick Valdez

3:00 PM on 09.16.2014

We're getting another I Know What You Did Last Summer

I Know What You Did Last Seventeen Years Ago was a big hit when it first arrived in 1997 during Kevin Williamson's golden age where he wrote scripts for films like Scream and The Faculty. And as such, it did well enough to ge...

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 09.16.2014

Avengers: Age of Ultron gets official synopsis

Now that Avengers: Age of Ultron has wrapped principal photography, hopefully little tidbits will peer out now and then until its release next year. As it's the only Marvel film for awhile, I'm sure we're going to be talking ...

Nick Valdez



The Mockingjay lives in this newest trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 photo
The Mockingjay lives in this newest trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
by Nick Valdez

Looks like a girl, but she's a flame. As Flixist's resident Young Adult book advisor, I love me some Hunger Games (and will always exploit Alicia Keys' once hit single) and I'm glad the newest trailer finally shows off how different the final book in the series is from other copycats out there. 

Watch the trailer. It's so good. This'll probably be the last you can see for awhile before they start spoiling everything too. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 opens November 21st. 

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3:00 PM on 09.12.2014

Alex Kurtzman teases a darker Venom spin-off

It'd be incredibly risky to take a dark tone with a big superhero franchise, but that might be the perfect kick in the pants for The Amazing Spider-Man. And what better character to do it than Venom? After The Amazing Spider-...

Nick Valdez

5:00 PM on 09.09.2014

Robert Downey Jr. says Marvel has no plans for Iron Man 4

While I didn't like Iron Man 3 completely, I did appreciate its brave choices (such as the conclusion of Tony Stark's 4 movie arc). While I suspect the finale to be undone by Avengers: Age of Ultron next year, I hoped that Ma...

Nick Valdez

4:00 PM on 09.05.2014

Trailer for final Rurouni Kenshin film, The Legend Ends

Although we'll never get a proper release here in the states, I can't stop covering the Rurouni Kenshin films. After seeing the first one, I read through the manga it's based off of and I can't wait to see it in action someh...

Nick Valdez

3:00 PM on 09.04.2014

Katniss gives good back in this Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 poster

She's just a girl, but she's on fire. November 21st can't come soon enough. 

Nick Valdez