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4:00 PM on 01.15.2015

2014's Best Dog in Film

As good as the films of 2014 were, you know what was even better? The animals. There were lots of standout roles for animals this year, both real and imaginary. In almost every film I watched, there was some cute dog or cat h...

Nick Valdez

12:00 PM on 01.13.2015

Nick's Top 5 Sequels of 2014

We've seen more sequels released the last few years than we have in a long time. While 2015 seems to continue that trend, last year showed that we shouldn't automatically write off a film just because it's a sequel. I've seen...

Nick Valdez

8:00 PM on 01.10.2015

Review: Taken 3

Taken was great. Taken 2 was...not as good. When I heard that Taken 3 was going to exist, I sighed, because I knew, knew, that I'd feel obligated to finish what I started. So, on Saturday morning, I sat with ticket in ha...

Sean Walsh

10:00 AM on 01.09.2015

First trailer for Run All Night starring Liam Neeson

I don't know about you all, but I miss the super dramatic Liam Neeson. Sure his latest career trend has been awesome, and in reverse as you'd expect a young man to take on a bunch of action films and gradually join Oscar nom...

Nick Valdez

9:25 PM on 01.06.2015

First official trailer for Marvel's Ant-Man

It's been a bumpy road for Marvel's Ant-Man. From former director Edgar Wright publicly leaving the project, to multiple writers tackling rewrites, to multiple cast additions late in production, the odds have certainly been ...

Nick Valdez

4:00 PM on 01.05.2015

Newest Mad Max: Fury Road images are still badass

Damn, son. This continues to be my most anticipated film of 2015. Fury Road rages into theaters May 15th.  [via The Playlist]

Nick Valdez

3:22 PM on 12.30.2014

Stallone working on Rambo 5 next after Creed

While Sylvester Stallone is currently on his way to the city of brotherly love to film Creed, the Rocky spin-off in which Rocky trains Apollo Creed's son to box (just stand there and get punched a lot) he's revealing tha...

Matthew Razak

11:00 AM on 12.30.2014

Jack Ryan sequel a no-go, according to Chris Pine

Sad news for people who like Chris Pine, Tom Clancy, and spy movies in general. According to the star of Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, there won't be a sequel. As he told Moviephone: No. I don’t think it made enough money...

Sean Walsh

12:00 PM on 12.15.2014

First full trailer for The Divergent Series: Insurgent

I liked the first Divergent film enough. Although it's basically a thinly veiled message of "Everyone sucks but me because I'm different," everything was just super cheesy and bad looking enough to work. It's better than the...

Nick Valdez

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 12.12.2014

Marvel's Ant-Man gets official synopsis

From the looks of things, Marvel's Ant-Man is finally settling down after months and months of trouble. Whether or not you like the idea of multiple rewrites, late cast additions, or Edgar Wright leaving a project he helped g...

Nick Valdez

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

11:00 AM on 12.02.2014

Tony Jaa leaves kickboxer to be replaced by Van Damme

Reboots are better when the aging star of the original show up. It's  fact. I think. Maybe not. However, the Kickboxer reboot is definitely made better by he fact that Jean-Claude Van Damme will be showing up in it....

Matthew Razak

8:00 AM on 11.21.2014

Review: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

The Hunger Games has come a long way. From humble meh-ish beginnings, to a sequel that, well, caught fire in theaters, the films have gotten increasingly better the more comfortable everyone gets with the material. Going into...

Nick Valdez

2:00 PM on 11.20.2014

NYKFF Review: A Hard Day

Every so often, I see a film and think that the title is a perfect encapsulation of its very existence. If I were to name the film, those are exactly the words I would have chosen. A Hard Day is that exactly, in par...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

11:00 AM on 11.19.2014

Chris Pratt to lead Cowboy Ninja Viking Adaptation

It's been a long time coming, but it appears that the Cowboy Ninja Viking adaptation is back on track and what a track it is. The movie has nabbed everyone's favorite action/comedy star Chris Pratt to play the title role...

Matthew Razak

9:00 AM on 11.14.2014

Christoph Waltz joins Bond 24 cast

Think of an actor that you'd like to see as a Bond villain because it's like they were born to play a Bond villain. Was it Christoph Waltz? It should have been. And since you did think of him you'll be excited to hear that Wa...

Matthew Razak

1:00 PM on 11.10.2014

Margot Robbie is our big-screen Harley Quinn in 2016's Suicide Squad

Get your comically large mallets ready, boys and girls! According to their sources, Collider reports that Margot Robbie, one of Flixist's Hottest Babes of 2013, will be donning the red and black unitard of DC's craziest broad...

Sean Walsh

10:10 AM on 11.05.2014

Review: Why Don't You Play in Hell?

Last year, Japan Cuts played Sion Sono's Bad Film, a project filmed back in 1995 but not finished until 2012. In my non-review of the film, I unequivocally called it a masterpiece, and I stand by every word. It is a labo...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

5:00 PM on 10.31.2014

Here's our first look at Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Did you know there was an adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's novel, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies in the works? It's been in development hell for quite some time with a script that's been written and rewritten many times ov...

Nick Valdez



Review: Drive Hard photo
Review: Drive Hard
by Nick Valdez

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 genre has done especially well in the current era of nostalgia the movie going public has found themselves in. 

With the bevy of options in this particular genre available (I can think of five or six films about old men driving fast cars off the top of my head right now), what makes Drive Hard (a film coming out of absolutely nowhere) so special? Drive Hard knows what kind of power fantasy (and in turn, the audience) it wants to be and never once shies from it. 

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3:00 PM on 10.02.2014

Newest trailer for John Wick is a loose cannon

Since this newest trailer for John Wick is quick and dirty, I won't talk about this for long. There are two scenes different from the previous trailer (that mostly prove Willem Dafoe is in this for some reason), and Kea...

Nick Valdez