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3:00 PM on 08.01.2014

Review: Behaving Badly

If you've followed my reviews here on Flixist, you'll realize that I'm particularly drawn to smaller VOD projects in between the big releases for any bevy of reasons. Whether it's because it features pretty ladies, pretty gen...

Nick Valdez


12:00 PM on 07.31.2014

First teaser trailer for Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

While I've never been drawn to the Night at the Museum series myself, I know a lot of people who enjoy them. They're a harmless set of films where Robin Williams gets to dress as a convincing Teddy Roosevelt, and there are a...

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 07.30.2014

First official trailer for Kevin Smith's Tusk

Regardless of our opinions on Kevin Smith here at Flixist, we always seem to find ourselves talking about him. It's because he's managed to turn his few successes into a huge marketing juggernaut with the "Askewniverse," pod...

Nick Valdez

1:00 PM on 07.25.2014

First Red Band trailer for Hot Tub Time Machine 2

Hot Tub Time Machine is an acquired taste. By that I mean it's not particularly funny or interesting, yet folks seem attached to it anyhow. Now that John Cusack has dropped out (I guess once he realized the film really isn't...

Nick Valdez

3:00 PM on 07.24.2014

Trailer for The Fluffy Movie starring Gabriel Iglesias

Gabriel Iglesias is a smart guy. Turning his nickname, size, and attire into a multimedia empire, his next comedic special, The Fluffy Movie, is heading to theaters tomorrow. In the same vein as comedians like Kevin Hart, th...

Nick Valdez

4:00 PM on 07.23.2014

UPDATE: First images of Goosebumps starring Jack Black

UPDATE: We've gotten more images! Most importantly, we have our first look at Slappy the Puppet, one of the standouts from the Goosebumps universe. Other than that, I have no idea what the other monsters are although one look...

Nick Valdez

2:00 PM on 07.23.2014

Full trailer for Dear White People is still pretty funny

The first teaser (and it's title) for Dear White People managed to catch our attention here at Flixist due to its biting jokes and intelligent race commentary. It looks like that trend continues with this full trailer. With ...

Nick Valdez

12:00 PM on 07.23.2014

Pixels gets images, also cameos from Pac-Man and Donkey Kong

Pixels, a full fledged film adapted from Patrick Jean's short film of the same name, is about a group of folks who are asked to fight an invasion of videogame characters when they mistake arcade machines as an act of war. Dir...

Nick Valdez

3:22 PM on 07.11.2014

See Sex Tape early and free

Isn't the Internet hilarious? I hear some people accidentally upload things to it. Wouldn't it be funny to have an entire plot revolving around the mishap be turned into a movie? Actually, yea you could probably find somethin...

Matthew Razak

3:45 PM on 07.07.2014

See And So It Goes early and free

I think we can all agree that we like Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton and so putting them together in a charming comedy should work out pretty well. This has been done in And So It Goes (assuming it is actually charming...

Matthew Razak



NYAFF Review: Fuku-chan of FukuFuku Flats photo
NYAFF Review: Fuku-chan of FukuFuku Flats
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

Japanese comedies have a reputation for being wild and crazy.

Let me rephrase that, Japanese movies have a reputation for being wild and crazy. And there's truth to that argument. Japanese films are on the whole weirder than those from other countries. Their comedies are particularly noteworthy, and some truly bizarre films have come out of that country recently. (In fact, we'll have reviews of two of them later this week).

But Fuku-chan of FukuFuku Flats is an exception to that rule. While it has some of that Japanese weirdness, it lacks the over-the-top insanity you might expect. Before the screening, someone in the audience said that he expected it to be NYAFF's sleeper hit.

I think he was completely right.

[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: Tammy photo
Review: Tammy
by Matthew Razak

Tammy is a film you really want to be good. An almost entirely female led cast in a raunchy comedy is still a rarity despite Bridesmaids showing us all it can be done successfully. This is the kind of movie we need to diversify the comedy scene and give us something else than Judd Apatow and Wayans brothers films.

That is it would be the kind of movie if it was any good at all. Unfortunately Tammy is a complete and total mess of a film devoid of much humor and suffering from even less character development. If you name your film after its lead character she better be damn interesting and Tammy is not. 

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12:00 PM on 07.01.2014

Flix for Short: The Gunfighter, a western with Nick Offerman as the narrator

From director Eric Kissack and writer Kevin Tenglin comes The Gunfighter, a short western where a man walks into a saloon and soon everyone can hear the narration of the film. It's short, hilarious, and definitely worth a watch.  So much infidelity.  [via Short of the Week]

Nick Valdez

4:00 PM on 06.27.2014

Flix for Short: Butter Ya'Self (NSFW)

Presenting: Butter Ya'Self, a stop-motion animation of food rapping about food. You're welcome. Butter Ya'Self was created by a bunch of people at CalArts, but specifically by Julian Petschek. The characters are all voiced b...

Liz Rugg

3:00 PM on 06.27.2014

Watch: two new featurettes for Obvious Child are obviously adorable

Look guys, I'm not a huge rom-com kind of girl. They're usually too saccharine and unreal for me. Obvious Child, however, looks more my speed. Written and directed by Gillian Robespierre, Obvious Child stars the adorable and...

Liz Rugg



NYAFF Review: Golden Chickensss photo
NYAFF Review: Golden Chickensss
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

In a world wracked by reboot culture, the decision to sequelize the Golden Chicken franchise is an interesting one. The first film and its sequel were released in 2002 and 2003 respectively, and then the series went dark. But eleven years later, a new director decided to revisit the protagonist as she has aged and changed. With an almost entirely new cast of characters, it feels like a different film than its predecessors. Like Kam, cinema has changed in the last eleven years. 

And maybe that’s the brilliance of making a sequel now. How better to really grapple with the idea of aging and a loss of place than to revive an old franchise with its lead intact? Even if that franchise is a raunchy sex comedy following the adventures of a prostitute.

[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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6:00 PM on 06.20.2014

Trailer for Frank starring Michael Fassbender is goofy fun

Frank tells the story of a young musician named Jon who joins a group of eccentric musicians, lead by the enigmatic Frank, a man who makes music purely for the joy of creating ... and who wears a giant fake head all the time...

Liz Rugg



Review: 22 Jump Street photo
Review: 22 Jump Street
by Matthew Razak

Despite being proven horribly wrong when 21 Jump Street film came out and it turned out to be hilarious instead of horrible I was once again a doubter when news hit that 22 Jump Street was coming along. The first one worked and here comes the obligatory sequel that will just recap all the old jokes and ruin it was my line of thinking.

Sometimes it's good to be wrong... twice. I suppose I shouldn't have been so suspect with basically the entire creative team returning for the film, but how was I supposed to know they'd actually make a comedy sequel that was both different from the original and smart in its own way. It's not something movie studios usually do, but both Jump Street films have proven that the series (please let there be more) is all about pointing out or expectations and then destroying them.

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5:00 PM on 06.12.2014

Teaser trailer for The Interview, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco

James Franco and Seth Rogen are the peanut butter and jelly of the film world; they just work so well together. And their dynamic duo-ness holds up strong in the first teaser for their upcoming and undoubtably hilarious come...

Isabelle Magliari

2:00 PM on 06.12.2014

First trailer and poster for Birdman with Michael Keaton

Birdman might not be the Birdman movie we've all always needed, but damn if it doesn't look like the Birdman movie we deserve. A surreal comedy about a washed up action hero trying to mount a Broadway comeback that star...

Matthew Razak



First official trailer for Dumb and Dumber To photo
First official trailer for Dumb and Dumber To
by Nick Valdez

Dumb and Dumber To has been a long time coming. So long, in fact, it doesn't even fit in with Hollywood's current comedic mindset. While this first trailer for the long in development hell sequel isn't perfect by any means (and verges on annoying), it's extremely reminiscent of a time Jim Carrey was funny. And by the looks of some of gags, we may get to experience that again. 

Dumb and Dumber To dumbs it down November 14th. 

[via The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon]

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6:00 PM on 06.07.2014

New trailer and poster for Mad Men creator's Are You Here

Are You Here marks Matthew Weiner's (the creator of popular TV show Mad Men) film directorial debut. And apparently it's a bit of a doozy. Are You Here has a pretty big-name cast, including Zack Galifianakis, Owen Wilson and...

Liz Rugg