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#Family... but divided up
Cinematic universes are all the rage thanks to Marvel and their ability to print money with theirs. Universal has been desperate to get their own, but the best thing they have to offer is turning their classic monsters into s...

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Jem and the Holograms made no money so now it's gone

Seriously, it made no money
Nov 10
// Matthew Razak
There are flops and then there are flops. Jem and the Holograms is the latter. It didn't just flop for Universal it broke records while doing it. The movie pulled in just $1.37 million its opening weekend, and could...
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Back to the Future

Stream the Back to the Future trilogy this month on Amazon Prime

Jaws 10 still pending release
Oct 02
// John-Charles Holmes
2015 is a pretty big year for the Back to the Future movies. Not only is it the 30th anniversary of the first film, but its also the year Doc and Marty actually travel to the future, so maybe those damn hoaxes of the DeLorean...
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Pacific Rim

Guillermo del Toro is still dedicated to working on Pacific Rim 2

He won't take "no" for an answer
Sep 18
// John-Charles Holmes
The other day, word got out that the sequel to Pacific Rim 2 was indefinitely put on hold by Universal. The kaiju love letter from director Guillermo del Toro was a fan favorite and box office smash, so the idea of never seei...

Review: Minions

Jul 10 // Nick Valdez
[embed]219629:42476:0[/embed] MinionsDirectors: Pierre Coffin and Kyle BaldaRated: PGRelease Date: July 10, 2015 Before the minions found Gru from the Despicable Me movies, they were a species who've existed since the dawn of time. Attaching themselves to whatever evil creature they could find, they tried to serve as the best henchman they could until their boss' inevitable end. Lost and listless, minions Kevin, Stuart, and Bob set out across the world in order to find a new boss. That search leads them to Scarlet and Herb Overkill (Sandra Bullock and Jon Hamm) the top of the villain food chain who want to steal the Queen of England's crown. All of this, of course, leads to the same kind of yellow tinged shenanigans you know and possibly love.  When this was first announced, I had a few hang ups. I really enjoyed the Despicable Me films, but the minions were always a side bit that I never quite attached to. Originally written into the films in order to make Gru more likable, they're the epitome of easy kids' jokes. Burps, farts, and pure gibberish designed to make kids laugh and provide nothing more than an annoyance for the adults watching the films (which actually have a well crafted narrative of parenthood and coming to grips with sacrificing your dreams in order to support your children's future), so I worried that spinning them off into their own narrative would only highlight their hollow design. And that's kind of true here. Thankfully, there's at least an attempt to give Minions the same amount of heart as the rest of the series.  Once you get used to the long stretches of minion language-less dialogue, there's some nice character development here...but you've got to figure it out for yourself. Kevin, Stuart, and Bob all have some unique personality traits (Kevin is the responsible one, Stuart is the party one, and Bob is the young and cuddly one) but don't go further than the surface level. Geared more toward children than ever, this film is light in both plot and all-ages humor. Thankfully the film is just a breeze, and it's over way before you start thinking about it. At the very least, the main trio is built well enough that you'll emotionally invest in them long enough to follow through the film's short stint. Though I'm sure these minions are reaching a point of diminishing returns (hopefully there's no plan to keep these solo films going) that their shenanigans won't be able to sustain a film on their own much longer. This one's barely held together by the skin of its teeth.  The human cast is fantastic, and they're a breath of fresh air in between all of the shenanigans. Sandra Bullock and Jon Ham completely commit to the film's nutty nature, and both of them need more roles where they're allowed to chew the scenery as goofy bad guys. Bullock seems to enjoy her role the most, but close runner ups are folks like Michael Keaton and Alison Janney who're criminally underutilized. Maybe casting such big names just to give them a bit part is part of the film's slight meta humor. But that might be giving the film too much credit.  At the end of the day, Minions isn't made for you or me, but for the kids. But as I've argued every time I review one of these animated films, it's time to expect better for your kids. Sure not every animated film can, or needs to be, like Pixar, but if we keep paying for things like this they'll keep churning them out for an easy buck.  It's a flavor of the month film that'll definitely be forgotten once the next big cute thing comes along. Minions is not as terrible as I expected, but it's far from great.  But whatever, your kids'll love how cute it is. 
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Papaya banana blah blah
Whether or not you've seen the Despicable Me movies, you definitely know who these little twinkie looking guys are. Perfectly designed to appeal to almost every demographic (a Xanax like shape, a bright and happy yellow, spea...


Fifty Shades of Grey sequel will need new director and writers

It was the best of times, it was the blurst of times
Mar 26
// John-Charles Holmes
Despite being a massive box office success, many audiences who saw Fifty Shades of Grey earlier this year were surprisingly disappointed with how tame the film was compared to the books. Original author E. L. James also repor...
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Fifty Shades of Green

Fifty Shades of Grey stars want fifty shades of green

Mar 11
// Nick Valdez
Although Fifty Shades of Grey had the worst staying power imaginable, as it dropped over 70% in box office sales its second weekend out which meant that word of mouth was deservedly awful, it still made $550 million worldwide...
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Jem Movie

Newest Jem and the Holograms movie image is truly, truly, truly outrageous

Mar 02
// Nick Valdez
Coming out of absolutely nowhere comes my most anticipated project in some time. After Universal announced that Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe Retaliation/Step Up) is adapting the popular children's cartoon about a kickass girl band an...

Neighbors renews its lease

Sequel will arrive in 2016
Feb 06
// Jonathan Wray
Neighbors had, to me, one of the most memorable, laugh-out-loud trailers in recent memory. Unfortunately, and perhaps personally, the film didn't deliver quite as many laughs. The general public seems to disagree, howeve...

Super Bowl TV Spot for Minions

Feb 03
// Jonathan Wray
They're baaaaaaack! Or, rather, they're here, since Minions serves as a prequel. Arguably the best characters in the Despicable Me franchise finally have their own film, and I couldn't be more excited. In Minions, ...
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Jurassic World's first trailer was underwhelming for a number of reasons. As cool as a raptor gang was, the CG wasn't quite there yet and the tone of the trailer couldn't decide if it was supposed to be intentionally goofy o...

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Steve Jobs

Universal's Steve Jobs film gets official title and cast

Jan 28
// Nick Valdez
This Steve Jobs biopic has been through the ringer. After years of director changes, big stars (Christian Bale) joining and leaving the film, and Sony dropping the project after budget concerns, Steve Jobs (the film's now off...

Universal Monsters reboots to be action, not horror

Nov 17
// Matthew Razak
In case you missed Dracula Untold and haven't been paying attention at all to what Universal is doing with its monster films, this may be surprising news: the Universal Monsters Universe that the studio is creating will ...
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Fast and Furi-YES

Rumor: Justin Lin returning for Fast & Furious finale?

Nov 13
// Nick Valdez
I've reached a crossroads. Writing so much about the Fast and the Furious franchise makes me feel like such a hypocrite. Take the first trailer for Furious 7, for instance. Here I am celebrating a series' seventh installment ...

Untitled Universal Monster Universe pic scheduled for 2017

Stop trying to make UMU happen. It's not going to happen
Nov 05
// Matthew Razak
Universal doesn't have any comic books to create a cohesive universe out of, but since doing that seems to be a way to make lots of money (at least if you're as good at it as Marvel is) that isn't going to stop them. With rec...

Dracula Untold reshoots tie it into Universal's monster universe

Not everything has to end up in a team up movie, Hollywood
Oct 02
// Matthew Razak
Universal's monster movies may have actually been the forerunner to the modern "cinematic universe" trend we're seeing thanks to Marvel as they often crossed over with each other and had stylistic similarities, but that doesn...
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Scarface remake in the works, Tony is now Mexican

"This is the tale of Tony Montana! Cubano flame with the Miami nuts!"
Mar 25
// Nick Valdez
Growing up, my dad brought me to quite a few Lowrider car shows. They're different from your average car show because they're certainly skewed toward a certain demographic. And that demographic loved themselves some Scarface....
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Universal sets release dates for Pitch Perfect 2, others

Pitch Perfect 2, Del Toro's Crimson Peak, and more
Jan 31
// Nick Valdez
Hot off the heels of announcing Elizabeth Banks as the director for the upcoming Pitch Perfect sequel, Universal has announced a slew of release dates over the next two years. Here in attendance is Guillermo Del Toro's Crimso...
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Mo Riddick Mo Problems

Vin Diesel says Universal wants more Riddick

The one man PR machine works his magic again
Jan 29
// Nick Valdez
Although Riddick completely flopped at the box office despite Vin Diesel leveraging his own house to make it a reality, like Dredd (Riddick's brother in R rated but ignored glory), it has found its place on home video. On his...
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Pitch Perfect 2

Elizabeth Banks to direct Pitch Perfect 2

Jan 28
// Nick Valdez
Pitch Perfect was a splendid surprise back when it released in 2012. It's funny (but not exactly brilliant), has cool women that do cool things, and the music's pretty fly ("Cups" ended being one of 2013's biggest singles). I...

Universal announces another Grinch remake

Also Despicable Me 3 but come on, THERE'S ANOTHER GRINCH REMAKE
Jan 17
// Mike Cosimano
God has forsaken us. The people behind the horrendous Lorax remake (Which Flixist's own Matthew Razak liked, but what does he know) are making a new film based on Dr. Seuss' classic holiday children's book. Whose idea was thi...
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Fast and Furi-YES

Fast & Furious 7 getting rewrites to honor Paul Walker

O'Conner still owes us a ten second car.
Dec 13
// Nick Valdez
Now that Fast & Furious 7 has officially halted its production for the time being to properly get its bearings after losing Paul Walker, Universal is still in the midst of a very confusing situation. One of the many optio...

Part of sales of Fast & Furious 6 going to charity

Dec 04
// Matthew Razak
Since the death of Paul Walker things have been very up in the air with Fast & Furious 7, but Universal is stepping up and creating some good out of it. A percentage of the sales from Fast & Furious 6's Blu-ray/D...
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Legendary likes Universal, so they put a ring on it.
Legendary Pictures has left Warner Bros (their deal produced such hits as The Dark Knight trilogy, Man of Steel, and The Hangover trilogy) since their deal expired last June. There was an attempt to re-negotiate, but that fel...


Cabin in the Woods to be theme park attraction

Prepare to scare yourself all over again in reality!
Jul 01
// Logan Otremba
First of all, if you haven't seen Cabin in the Woods, go and do so now. There may be some potentially very small minor spoilers, but mostly having to do with locations. You have been warned! Universal Orlando wants to create ...
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Pitch Perfect aca-sequel

Pitch Perfect sequel planned for 2015

Let's remix this business a second time.
Apr 16
// Nick Valdez
Pitch Perfect flourished like wildfire from seemingly out of nowhere. I loved it for what it was and still sort of catch myself watching it from time to time. It featured a nice cast of almost nobodies (not including Anna Ken...
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Trailer: The Purge

Apr 04
// Nick Valdez
The Purge takes place in some kind of future where the government makes all sorts of crime legal for one night (12 hours) a year. This "purge" apparently makes America better by reducing crime rates and unemployment somehow....

Trailer: Despicable Me 2

Never seen a more appropriate use of Eminem's "Without Me"
Mar 19
// Nick Valdez
With this new trailer for Universal's Despicable Me 2 we're finally given a plot. You know how Gru became kind of a good guy at the end of the first one? That's going to change here. He's been recruited by the Anti-Vill...

Oblivion and Wall-E Trailer mash up

Mar 07
// Logan Otremba
So what would happen if you combined a science fiction film from Disney/Pixar and combined it with another science fiction film from Universal? Well you would have a mash up of Wall-E and Oblivion and their respective tr...

Oblivion IMAX early release cancelled

Mar 05
// Logan Otremba
Universal Pictures really loves their movies to be released on IMAX. The month of April was rather busy for them with their release of Jurassic Park 3D in IMAX 3D for one week starting April 5th. Then Oblivion starring Tom Cr...

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