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Matthew Razak is the Editor-in-Chief here at Flixist meaning he get to take credit for all this awesome even though its really the rest of the amazing staff that gets it done. He started as a community member back in the early days of Destructoid and bugged his way into writing for the site while being the Managing Editor over at That VideoGame Blog. He was also writing as a film critic for a local newspaper in the DC area and for Examiner.com. Finally after seven years of thinking silently to himself why the Modern Method network doesn't have a movie site he told Niero that we should start one. At the same time Fronz had been telling him to start a movie site too. The two of them teamed up with Niero's go ahead and now we have Flixist.

Matthew is totally open to any movie of any genre, but his wheelhouse is horror, action and James Bond. Doesn't sound too respectable but he's also got a fancy film degree from Vassar College and he's a member of the Washington Area Film Critics Society so that makes him semi-official in some capacity. He just really like movies and hopes that's enough to let you trust his opinion on them slightly.

He get asked these questions a lot when he tells people he writes for a movie blog, so:

Favorite movie: Evil Dead 2

Favorite franchise: Bond

OK, Favorite Bond movie: From Russia With Love

Movie You Should See Right Now: Midnight in Paris

Movies You Should See You Haven't: 16 Blocks, Lucky Number Slevin, Superman Returns (but watch it as an homage to the first two films and not as a movie, it's genius that way), Singing in the Rain (I know you haven't seen it), Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.

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9:00 AM on 12.19.2014

Review: Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

I don't think anyone thought we'd be seeing a franchise born when Night at the Museum first hit. The movie was plenty fun and surprisingly creative with a solid message that really didn't need to be revisited. Then it was, an...

Matthew Razak

1:41 PM on 12.18.2014

Paramount bans screenings of Team America: World Police

After yesterday's news that The Interview (why?) would no longer be releasing on December 25 (if ever) many smaller theaters announced that they would instead be screening Team America: World Police, which, as we all rem...

Matthew Razak

1:00 PM on 12.18.2014

See Selma early and free

I didn't think anything was going to topple my best movie pick of Boyhood this year, but Selma comes dangerously close. Our review isn't up yet as it hasn't opened yet, but you will want to see this one early. Get these ...

Matthew Razak

1:42 PM on 12.17.2014

UPDATE: The Interview basically dead as major chains yank it

[UPDATE: In response to the mass cancelations by theaters, Sony has officially halted the film's release. The language of the statement implies that it will come out eventually, but there's no indication of when that mig...

Matthew Razak

9:00 AM on 12.17.2014

Review: The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies

When Peter Jackson announced that he'd be stretching The Hobbit into three movies I was a bit wary, but excited. While the book itself could have easily been put into one, maybe two, films there's enough lore in the worl...

Matthew Razak

8:30 PM on 12.16.2014

UPDATE: Sony hackers threaten attack, Sony allowing theaters to pull The Interview

UPDATE: We've passed the point of beating around the bush. This has gone from hacking some emails to threatening full out violence against people who would consider seeing some damn movie. Sony has taken the next step and is ...

Matthew Razak

11:00 AM on 12.16.2014

First posters for Pixels chomp and blast their way in

Pixels is a strange beast. I'm not sure I should be excited for it or worried about it. In the plus column it is about defending the earth from aliens who have mistakenly assumed our old school videogames are declaration...

Matthew Razak

4:00 PM on 12.15.2014

Critics Choice Awards release their nominations

The big boys are rolling in. We got the nominations for the Golden Globes the other day, with a few surprises and now the Critics Choice Awards have released theirs. The CCA have been growing in popularity since they started ...

Matthew Razak

3:00 PM on 12.15.2014

See The Gambler early and free

Early buzz on The Gambler has some Oscar hopes tied to it, but the film didn't get the push and so the nominations didn't really come. That doesn't mean that the film will be bad, though. In fact it looks pretty damn ste...

Matthew Razak

5:00 PM on 12.12.2014

First trailer for Sean Penn's new film The Gunman

Sean Penn is getting up there in years and what is an aging star to do these days? Make an action movie of course. Thanks to a slew of hits from aging stars it appears we're getting another one hitting the screen with The Gu...

Matthew Razak

4:00 PM on 12.11.2014

See Night at the Museum 3 early and free

What's that? You enjoy historical figures acting comically? Then we've got a deal for you. Passes to see Night at the Museum 3: The Secret of the Tomb. I know, we just make all your historical dreams come true. How to get them? Clicking a link. Head below and click and you'll have them in no time. Then get there early and you'll be all set to enjoy the show. 

Matthew Razak

1:07 PM on 12.10.2014

First trailer for The Little Prince floats in

It's only 2014, but judging from this international trailer for The Little Prince, we're already calling the year's best animated film. This is our first look at the adaptation of the childern's classic, and I suppose it's a...

Matthew Razak

12:15 PM on 12.10.2014

See Annie early and free

THE SUN'LL COME OUT TOMORROW! BETCHA BOTTOM DOLLAR! Oh sorry, I suppose you came here not to sing along with me and instead to get your passes to see Annie, which is fine, I suppose. You sure you don't want to sing? It'll be ...

Matthew Razak

3:00 PM on 12.09.2014

It Follows sets up atmosphere with French trailer

I haven't been to enough festivals this year to have caught It Follows yet, which is a shame because it's being mentioned in the same breath as The Badabook when talking about horror films. The trailer above doesn'...

Matthew Razak

11:00 AM on 12.09.2014

See the Imitation Game early and free

It's Oscar season and while Benedict Cumberbatch's performance in The Imitation Game is actually losing steam as we roll into the end of the year it is still a site to behold, and behold it you shall. We have passes to a...

Matthew Razak

4:00 PM on 12.08.2014

Japan's Godzilla to return as Toho announces new film

Big news (get it?) out of Japan today as Toho, the wonderful folks behind every Godzilla film that used large rubber suits has announced they will be bringing the giant lizard back once again. This will be the first non-...

Matthew Razak

1:00 PM on 12.08.2014

See Exodus: God and Kings early and free

So you want to see a biblical epic with white people starring in the roles of Egyptians? I can do that for you. Exodus: Gods and Kings might not be heating up with hot buzz, but it still could be awesome. That's why you'...

Matthew Razak

10:38 AM on 12.08.2014

Washington Area Film Critics Association announces award winners

The Washington Area Film Critics Association, of which I am a card carrying member, has delivered it's award winners once again this year. I voted of course and I think this year is one of the first where I've overwhelming ag...

Matthew Razak

3:00 PM on 12.05.2014

Cary Fukunaga to start It adaptation next summer

A new film adaptation of Stephen King's It has been bouncing around for a while now with director Cary Fukunaga attached. It hasn't really gotten off the ground, though, but now, possibly because Fukunaga is so cool nowa...

Matthew Razak

2:00 PM on 12.05.2014

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sequel lands director

I think we were all a bit surprised that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was (1) not that bad and (2) a massive hit. Thanks to those to facts a sequel was pretty much announced right away and director Jonathan Liebesma...

Matthew Razak

7:18 AM on 12.04.2014

Bond 24 titled Spectre, cast and teaser poster revealed

If you woke up super early this morning (or live in the UK where it wasn't super early) you were treated to some damn exciting news. Bond 24 is now officially titled Specter. In a big press event at Pinewood studios the ...

Matthew Razak

3:00 PM on 12.03.2014

The Crow remake bags new director

Need some brooding 90s superhero-like goth stuff? The Crow, which, lets be honest, wasn't that great movie, is being remade and now it has a brand new director. Replacing J. Javier Gutierrez, who originally replaced ...

Matthew Razak