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Nick Valdez likes chick flicks, kid flicks, dick flicks, and skin flicks. Also musicals (Glee!). One time, he wrote a 15 page thesis on the training montage's effect on the hero's journey in Rocky. His favorite film is Zoolander or Machete. If he could mix the two and create Zoochete, he would in a heartbeat. One day he wishes to travel across the United States "David Banner" style while dragging around a player piano or that orangutan from Every Which Way But Loose.
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4:00 PM on 10.20.2014

Review: The Book of Life

Although advertisements for The Book of Life really didn't kick in until a few months before its release, I've been eagerly anticipating the film for a bevy of reasons. It's produced by Guillermo Del Toro (thus giving it a pe...

Nick Valdez

12:00 PM on 10.20.2014

First trailer for Ron Howard's In the Heart of the Sea

Based on Nathaniel Phillbrick's book In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex (the Essex's story in turn inspired Herman Melville's Moby Dick), Heart is directed by Ron Howard and stars Chris Hemswort...

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 10.20.2014

Box Office Numbers: Tanks on Tanks on Tanks

Sorry I missed last week's round of Box Office Numbers, folks. I was busy jib jabbering over at New York Comic Con. Good times. During all of that, Dracula Untold and The Judge released to okay numbers, but nothing was able t...

Nick Valdez

8:00 AM on 10.17.2014

Review: Fury

I've been anticipating Fury for quite some time. Writer/Director David Ayer is one of my favorite folks in the industry, and I'm always eager to find out what he's churning out next. From Training Day to The Fast and The...

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2:00 PM on 10.16.2014

Here are several posters for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

"The Defining Chapter" lol  The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has five armies and possibly a battle December 17th.  [via Twitter]

Nick Valdez

12:00 PM on 10.16.2014

Neil Patrick Harris to host the 87th Annual Academy Awards

The Academy Awards are a tough sell every year. Each year their relevance continues to fade as more and more folks rely on word of mouth from social media rather than purchasing their movie ticket or DVD based on how many awa...

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10:00 AM on 10.16.2014

Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 teaser shows off new footage

This newest teaser for The Hunger Games Mockingjay - Part 1 is short (clocking in at barely over a minute), but boy does it work. Showing off Lorde's new single "Yellow Flicker Beat," the teaser reveals what happens when Katniss makes her way back to District 12. Let's just say things are going to get pretty good.  The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 releases November 21st. 

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6:00 PM on 10.15.2014

WB working on Lego Batman spin-off

The LEGO Movie remains one of my favorite films of 2014. It was charming, smart, and parents have told me their kids didn't move an inch during the whole thing (which is a huge deal). One of the breakouts was Will Arnett as B...

Nick Valdez

4:00 PM on 10.15.2014

Red Band trailer for Dear White People finally reveals the story

With every trailer and clip for Dear White People I see, I fall more and more in love with the idea. But until now, we've never had a proper look at the film's plot. Basically, a cartoonishly white fraternity wants to throw ...

Nick Valdez

12:00 PM on 10.15.2014

Check out this cool Bebop and Rocksteady concept art for TMNT

We can argue back and forth all day over whether or not Johnathan Liebesman's take on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was a good film or not, but we all seem to universally agree on how terrible everything looked. Regardless of ...

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 10.15.2014

Newest trailer for Foxcatcher catches feelings

Foxcatcher is probably going to win all of the awards. From great early buzz from the festival circuit, to a cast that all seem to be on point (with Steve Carell leading the way with a terribly disturbing turn), to director ...

Nick Valdez

2:00 PM on 10.10.2014

NYCC: Tomorrowland toy gives another look at the movie

While we've got our first in motion look at Tomorrowland thanks to a New York Comic Con panel yesterday morning (more on that later), the revealed teaser was a small look at what's going on. Thanks to an exclusive toy spotted...

Nick Valdez

12:00 PM on 10.10.2014

NYCC: Thoughts on Disney's Tomorrowland panel

Yesterday morning was the official start of 2014's New York Comic Con. What was originally a press day was opened to the public thanks to the other three days filling up so quickly. We'll have smaller impressions up throughout the weekend, but for now, I'm going to dish out some details regarding the big opening panel: Disney's Tomorrowland.

Nick Valdez

12:00 PM on 10.07.2014

We're getting more Dredd films...sort of

Since Dredd released back in 2012, fans of the character (as well as we here at Flixist) have been chomping at the bit for a sequel. It's one of the rare situations where we enjoyed a film so much, we want more of it rather t...

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 10.07.2014

The Purge 3 happening because money

Usually when I write about sequel announcements, I like to use the title you see above in order to express what little emotion I have. But I'm conflicted here. While The Purge is getting a third entry because The Purge: Anarc...

Nick Valdez

2:00 PM on 10.06.2014

More Twilight films in the works...sort of

With all of the Young Adult properties out there now trying to fill the void Twilight left behind, you figure we'd never hear about the series again. Well, someone out there really wants to explore those films again. Luckily,...

Nick Valdez

12:00 PM on 10.06.2014

Netflix and Adam Sandler are making movies together

With Netflix's latest announcement of exclusively hosting Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon's sequel (and thus making a lot of theater chains so angry they're refusing to show it), and this news, it's safe to say Netflix is gett...

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10:00 AM on 10.06.2014

Box Office Numbers: Ay Gurl

Here's something I didn't expect. Through hype, great actors, and apparently good word of mouth, Gone Girl managed to take the top spot this weekend with $38 million, more than generic horror film Annabelle (which came in clo...

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4:00 PM on 10.03.2014

Netflix Now: Pumpkin Spice Edition

Well folks, it's October. Which means it's time for bad decisions, sexy costumes (I'm going as a sexy Charlie Brown this Halloween), and loads of diabetes. In case you'd somehow forgotten that it's October, every product ever...

Nick Valdez

2:00 PM on 10.03.2014

Review: Drive Hard

There's an entire genre of films built around older men in action films. Whether it was bred from a need for some sort of budding power fantasy or a legitimate strive toward capturing the feel of their halcyon days, this genr...

Nick Valdez

12:00 PM on 10.03.2014

First trailer for Clint Eastwood's American Sniper

So I'm not usually one for military films, but something about this trailer for Clint Eastwood's (who took over when Steven Spielberg left the project) American Sniper. The trailer is just cut so well, I'm hooked and want to...

Nick Valdez

5:00 PM on 10.02.2014

This trailer for Horrible Bosses 2 has more jokes

I've been against Horrible Bosses 2 from the beginning. Comedy sequels rarely work, and if they do it's almost like a miracle. Every trailer I've seen for this film has a few jokes that make me laugh, and a few that rub me t...

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