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First teaser for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 is cooler than you'd expect photo
First teaser for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 is cooler than you'd expect
by Nick Valdez

Rather than go for the conventional teaser trailer that we run on the site everyday, our first look at The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 is much better than I expected. A unique twist on the viral propaganda campaign the film has been running for the last few months, here we have a message from President Snow (Donald Sutherland) explaining why The Capitol is so important. 

If you've read the books, you understand why Snow's with a certain guest in the video. If you haven't then you're going to have so many questions. A cool delivery with a teased mystery? That's the perfect way to make teaser trailers, folks. More please. 

Expect a more conventional trailer to pop up soon given that we're five months away from the film's release. I liked Catching Fire enough, so I can't wait for more. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 releases November 21st. 

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2:00 PM on 06.23.2014

Check out these slick Hunger Games propaganda posters

Although we've been particularly focused on another set of sequels lately, to remind everyone that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part I releases later this year, we have a set of super slick propaganda posters featuring "The ...

Nick Valdez

4:00 PM on 06.18.2014

Check out this cool Edge of Tomorrow concept art

I haven't seen Edge of Tomorrow for myself (maybe I'll see it tomorrow), but I've read the book and the adaptation sounds great according to Matt's recent review. If this concept art done by Kevin Jenkins is anything to go by...

Nick Valdez



Review: How to Train Your Dragon 2 photo
Review: How to Train Your Dragon 2
by Nick Valdez

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 story (that was nuanced enough for adults and respected kids' intelligence), good looking visuals, a great voice cast, and it managed all of this while being cute as a button. 

Good thing its sequel, How to Train Your Dragon 2, keeps the momentum going as it raises the bar for sequels going forward. With how prevalent inadequate sequels/prequels/reboots have been in Hollywood lately, I'd forgive you for fearing Dragon 2 would suffer the same fate. Luckily, we don't have to worry about that one bit. Cheap little throwaways are not going to cut it anymore. 

We've got a contender for Best Animated Film of 2014 right here folks. 

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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

12:00 PM on 06.03.2014

First trailer for This Is Where I Leave You features star-studded cast

Based on a novel by Johnathan Tropper, This is Where I Leave You features a cast that's probably going to make this the can't miss film of the year: Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, Rose Byrne, Kathryn Hahn, Timoth...

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 06.03.2014

Heaven is missing Nic Cage in this first trailer for Left Behind

I know I'm supposed to be a professional, but it's very hard keeping a straight face when I see something like this. Looking at this first trailer for Left Behind, based off the popular book line and stars Nicolas Cage and.....

Nick Valdez

2:00 PM on 05.26.2014

Character posters for The Giver feature my boo, Taylor Swift

Although Taylor Swift said we'd never ever ever get back together, I'm still clinging on to hope because she's just the best person. As an example of this, she's in the upcoming film based on The Giver. Although the first tra...

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 05.16.2014

First images of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

I've been a little hesitant toward the next film in the Hunger Games series ever since it was announced Mockingjay would be split into two parts. Mockingjay is my favorite in the trilogy (the first half anyway, go figure...

Nick Valdez

9:00 AM on 04.30.2014

Spielberg will direct a Big Friendly Giant movie

You ever hear one of those ideas that just sounds like a real slam dunk from top to bottom? Well, here's another one of those. Steven Spielberg (one of the great American filmmakers) is bringing Roald Dahl's (one of the all-t...

Mike Cosimano

3:00 PM on 04.25.2014

Goosebumps movie gets a synopsis and it sounds fantastic

Finally out of its development hell, the film based on R.L. Stine's children's horror novel series, Goosebumps, has finally begun production. Although we had the great TV show on Saturday mornings years back (is it still on N...

Nick Valdez





1:00 PM on 04.25.2014

Teaser poster and images for next Ghibli film, When Marnie Was There

While I'm not the most well versed Studio Ghibli fan at Flixist, even someone with little knowledge like myself can't deny how beautiful their films are. Based on the book by Joan G. Robinson, and handled by The Secret World ...

Nick Valdez

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



First official trailer for David Fincher's Gone Girl photo
First official trailer for David Fincher's Gone Girl
by Jonathan Wray

The first trailer for David Fincher's highly anticipated adaptation of Gillian Flinn's 2012 novel Gone Girl has finally appeared online. Starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl tells the story of the search for Amy Dunne, who has gone missing on their fifth anniversary. One of the prime suspects is her own husband, Nick Dunne.

This will be the tenth film directed by David Fincher, whose credits include Panic Room, Se7en, The Game, Fight Club, The Social Network, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Trent Reznor will team up with David Fincher for the third time to score the film. He previously partnered with Fincher to score The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Social Network.

There's a very short list of directors that I trust to turn whatever they're given into gold, and David Fincher's name is on that list. Fincher plans to deviate from the book, including giving the story a brand new ending. Did Nick Dunne kill his wife? Find out in theaters on October 3rd.

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8:00 AM on 04.14.2014

Second How to Train Your Dragon 2 trailer spoils dragons

Much like the first full trailer for How to Train Your Dragon 2, this second trailer continues to spoil a lot of the movie. But rather than spoil the entirety of the film's plot, we only get a bit of it. It's a shame because...

Nick Valdez

4:00 PM on 04.11.2014

'Allegiant' will be two movies; coming 2016 and 2017

As Flixist's Official Divergent Correspondent™, it's my actual job to stay on top of all the hot Divergent news. That doesn't mean I have to actually care about this nonsense, though. And I'm willing to bet you don't ca...

Mike Cosimano



Review: Divergent photo
Review: Divergent
by Nick Valdez

Back before the final Twilight film hit theaters, I wrote up an article in which I discussed whether or not certain Young Adult book films would be the "next big thing." My initial outlook for Divergent looked good, but that was way before The Hunger Games became stupidly popular. Sure it's hard to compare the two franchises, but in true post-apocalyptic fashion, one can't survive as long as the other does. 

In order to succeed, in order to distinguish itself in a growing sea of teen books, movies, and same looking franchises, Divergent needs to diverge enough from the norm to stand out. Too bad we have to wait for a sequel to see if that happens. 

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Graphic Novel Review: Snowpiercer Vol 2: The Explorers photo
Graphic Novel Review: Snowpiercer Vol 2: The Explorers
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

In France, Le Transperceneige was released as three volumes: L'échappe (The Escape), in 1984; L'arpenteur (The Surveyor), in 1999; and La traversée (The Crossing), in 2000. In the space between the first volume's release and the second, writer Jacques Lob passed away, and when it was time to bring the story back, his duties were taken by Benjamin Legrand. 

In 2014, there are only two volumes being released, but they tell the entire story. The Surveyor and The Crossing, which were part of the same story (one taking place long after The Escape), have been combined, making each of Titan's volumes functionally complete. It also means that The Explorers is a bit longer, and as such it carries a $5 premium over The Escape.

But The Explorers is also better than The Escape, so I'd say the extra cost is justified.

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4:00 PM on 03.18.2014

First trailer for 'The Maze Runner' is intense

The first trailer for the film adaptation of James Dashner's The Maze Runner has succeeded in making me curious about an upcoming film/ book trilogy that I didn't know existed until a few hours ago. This intense tr...

Isabelle Magliari



SXSW Review: Joe photo
SXSW Review: Joe
by Nick Valdez

Before my screening of Joe, I wondered what kind of Nicolas Cage I'd be subject to for its duration. As good of an actor as he is, he has had a varied career. From "the bees" to voodoo make up in Ghost Rider, you never quite know what you're going to get from the man. Color me surprised when Joe forces Cage to subdue the "Rage Cage" and promptly deliver one of the finest performances of his career. 

Joe came out of nowhere to completely surprise me. It's going to be a film I remember for quite a while. It's definitely going to end up on lots of "Best of 2014" lists. 

[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: Predestination photo
SXSW Review: Predestination
by Nick Valdez

Predestination is one of those festival films that you have no idea exists but, when you finally see it, you wonder where it's been your entire life. I'm not the biggest time travel movie fan, nor do I really enjoy science fiction in general, but Predestination uses its premise to rise above the usual trappings of the genre and creates a film which is a lot smarter than I initially gave it credit for. 

I mean, it was pitched to me as "Minority Report with Ethan Hawke" and it's much, much better than that. 

[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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2:00 PM on 02.03.2014

Super Bowl TV spot for The Monuments Men

Releasing later this week (since it was delayed from its intended release last December) is George Clooney's The Monuments Men, and I couldn't be more excited about it. It's filled to the brim with an amazing cast, hearkens ...

Nick Valdez