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3:00 PM on 09.23.2014

William Shatner has a role in Star Trek 3 if he wants it

Rumors are coming in that screenplay for the third Star Trek film may have a crucial part for William Shatner that will reteam him with Leonard Nemoy. Evidently the part is a pretty integral part of the film and thus won...

Matthew Razak

6:00 PM on 09.15.2014

See The Maze Runner early and free

Young adult dystopian science fiction! Can't get enough of it can you? Then hop right up and grab passes for The Maze Runner, yet another film where the future is bleak and teenagers are going to save the day. Actually this o...

Matthew Razak

3:00 PM on 09.15.2014

Obi Wan Kenobi rumored to be getting a Star Wars spin-off

We've pretty much heard a spin-off rumor for every character that exists in the Star Wars universe. We know they're coming and we know the directors of some, but they're still shrouded in mystery, thus more rumors. The n...

Matthew Razak

10:00 AM on 09.12.2014

First trailer for alien abduction horror film Extraterrestrial

Now that Halloween is a few weeks away, we're going to get a deluge of trailers for horror films. I'll try and highlight only the most interesting, but to be honest I picked this one because it reminded me of that sweet Katy...

Nick Valdez

12:00 PM on 09.09.2014

Terminator: Genisys already has sequels because future money

The next installment in ever rebooting Terminator franchise, Genisys (I still can't believe I have to spell in like that), is on a quick track for a 2015 release even if we've seen literally nothing at this point. Despite thi...

Nick Valdez

5:00 PM on 09.03.2014

Flix for Short: Manly

Adventure Time writer and storyboard artist Jesse Moynihan teamed up with his brother Justin Moynihan to create this awesome Cartoon Hangover short film; Manly. In the short we meet Manly, the daughter of the emperor god of ...

Liz Rugg

5:00 PM on 09.02.2014

Trailer: Monsters - Dark Continent

I have to be honest: I haven't seen Gareth Edwards' Monster. I did, however, interview him wayyyyyyyyyyy back when Flixist was just a little baby website, and he was a super cool dude. The man very clearly loves monster movi...

Sean Walsh

2:00 PM on 09.02.2014

First trailer for sci-fi musical Bang Bang Baby starring Jane Levy

Bang Bang Baby, has both the best premise and title. Starring Jane Levy (Evil Dead) as a teenager in the 60s who hopes to become a singer before a local chemical plant's waste stars mutating the inhabitants of the town. She ...

Nick Valdez

3:00 PM on 08.26.2014

Blade Runner 2 script is finished, brings back Harrison Ford

We've been hearing about the Blade Runner sequel for nigh on forever now, but it looks like one giant hurdle has been leaped: the screenplay is finished. Ridley Scott told EW as much while also telling them that it was "...

Matthew Razak

2:00 PM on 08.22.2014

First trailer for Young Ones starring Michael Shannon

To be honest, I wouldn't normally pay attention to a film like Young Ones if it weren't for the cast. Young Ones stars Michael Shannon and Nicholas Hoult in a post-apocalyptic wasteland where water has become scarce, and sec...

Nick Valdez

2:00 PM on 08.21.2014

First trailer for Automata features Antonio Banderas and some robots are there too

You ever watch I, Robot and wonder to yourself "Man, if only this movie had more Antonio Banderas?" Then you should really paying attention to Automata. Taking place 30 years in the future, Automata is in the cusp of a ...

Nick Valdez

11:00 AM on 08.20.2014

Getting to know Zero Theorem's characters

Like my profound sub-header there? It felt necessary with all this talk of nothing in these new Zero Theorum character posters that just landed to celebrate the film's release on iTunes yesterday. If you're into Terry Gi...

Matthew Razak

3:18 PM on 08.12.2014

Marvel moving forward with Inhumans

With Guardians of the Galaxy a record breaking hit, Marvel is feeling pretty damn good about their ability to take lesser known characters and turn them into awesome. That means that the long-ago-teased The Inhumans...

Matthew Razak

10:00 AM on 07.31.2014

Comic-Con trailer for Interstellar

With Matthew McConaughey's recent upswing, I've been more inclined to pay attention to his projects. One such project is Christopher Nolan's Interstellar. A science fiction film about wormholes and future corn, who knows wha...

Nick Valdez

12:00 PM on 07.22.2014

First trailer for Predestination, starring Ethan Hawke

The Spierig brothers' Predestination was a complete surprise when I saw it during SXSW. With a nice twist on science fiction, the lead up to the finale was entertaining. Based on Robert A. Heinlein's "All You Zombies," Prede...

Nick Valdez

1:32 PM on 06.30.2014

See Earth to Echo early and free

Want a bit of child-like wonder and delight to lead into your Fourth of July weekend? Earth to Echo seems to be channeling some E.T. vibe with its childhood adventure. The last effort in this sub-genre was the fanta...

Matthew Razak

2:30 PM on 06.27.2014

First Trailer: Dracula Untold staring Luke Evans

Think what you will about reviving old franchises, this first trailer for Dracula Untold looks surprisingly cool. I mean, personally I set the bar for these kind of namesake reboots pretty low, but at least this movie seems ...

Liz Rugg

9:45 AM on 06.27.2014

Pacific Rim getting a sequel, more comics and TV show

It seems that Guillermo Del Toro has made everyone's wishes come true and then some. When Pacific Rim failed to be a truly massive hit it was unclear if we'd ever see more, but now according to the above video we'll see...

Matthew Razak

7:00 PM on 06.25.2014

Review: Snowpiercer

Snowpiercer has been among my most anticipated films for the past several years. Every time we did a preview of what's upcoming, Snowpiercer has been on there in some capacity. When it got its Korean release last ye...

Alec Kubas-Meyer



Rian Johnson writing and directing Star Wars: Ep. VIII photo
Rian Johnson writing and directing Star Wars: Ep. VIII
by Matthew Razak

Some big news coming out of the Star Wars camp today as it has been announced that Looper director Rian Johnson will be writing and directing Star Wars: Episode VIII and writing Episode IX. Most likely Abrams will return to direct Episode IX and this will give him the gap and time to do it. 

Unless you wanted Abrams to direct all the films this is nothing but good news. Johnson is an incredible director and an even better story teller. Having him pen the screenplays is possibly the best news this franchise has had since the 80s. I can't see a situation where he doesn't knock it out of the park. Directing is a good call too. Though this will be his first truly effects heavy film his work on Looper showed us he can handle sci-fi with the best of them. 

[via The Wrap]

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Review Companion: An analysis of Coherence's characters and plot photo
Review Companion: An analysis of Coherence's characters and plot
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

This is not a review, not really. We posted our official review of Coherence yesterday, but it's a review that says a lot about the film while also saying nothing. And it had to be that way, because any serious discussion of the plot will inevitably ruin the film's central conceit, something that is best left as a surprise. You can still enjoy Coherence after it's been spoiled, but I wouldn't want to put something in that position just because they wanted to know if it's worth watching.

(It is.)

And you should see it before some less considerate critic ruins it for you. Once you've done that, come back here and read the rest of this, or read it now if you don't care about spoilers. But either way, I'm writing under the assumption that you have read (or at least skimmed) the full review. This will be focusing on different things. It is a companion after all, not a replacement.

It's also the first time we've ever done something like this. So if you have any thoughts on this, please let me know.

And with that: SPOILER ALERT.

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Review: Coherence photo
Review: Coherence
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

Coherence is part of a genre that will be heretofore referred to as "subtle sci-fi." Mention sci-fi to anyone and they'll think of Star Wars or Star Trek first. And they'll think of those films because that's what we've been bred to believe sci-fi is. These are worlds unlike our own, whether they're far in the future or a way in the past. They may feature people who look like us, but their characters don't really live like us. They're surrounded by robots and aliens and guns that shoot lasers. They're the things we imagine our technology will be capable of.

What people won't think of is Coherence, even though it's firmly entrenched in that genre. They won't think about it because the world of Coherence is the same one you and I am writing in and the same one you are reading in. There's no special technology, nothing that distinguishes their world from ours. Everything feels real not just on a dramatic level but on a visceral level. You believe that these people are in this position, and you wonder if maybejust maybeit could happen to you.

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