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9:00 AM on 04.15.2014

Trailer: Maps to the Stars

By now, we all know that there's plenty of reasons for the rich and famous to be miserable. The cost of fame is high, and it can ripple through generations. That looks to be what David Cronenberg's new film Maps to the Stars...

Sean Walsh

2:00 PM on 04.10.2014

First trailer for Sci-Fi drama I Origins looks interesting

I Origins is a new Sci-Fi movie from Another Earth director Mike Cahill. It follows the story of Ian Gray, (Michael Pitt) a scientist who meets and falls in love with a mysterious woman (Astrid Bergès-Frisbey) with st...

Liz Rugg

10:00 AM on 04.03.2014

First trailer for The Drop, starring Tom Hardy, James Gandolfini

The Drop has the unfortunate stigma of being James Gandolfini's final film. Whether or not it's spectacular, there's always going to be a sense of dread watching the film knowing we've lost a man with such potential. Like wi...

Nick Valdez

3:00 PM on 03.28.2014

Review: Sabotage

I've been hyping Sabotage since I first heard about it. I'm a huge Arnold Schwarzenegger fan and a huge David Ayers (End of Watch) fan so the two together sounds like sweet, sweet cop action bliss. Ayers is great and mel...

Matthew Razak

9:00 PM on 03.21.2014

Trailer: Refuge

In Refuge, Krysten Ritter plays a young woman who is struggling to take care of her younger brother and sister after their parents abandoned them when she meets Sam, a boy who may or may not be a good influence on her and he...

Liz Rugg

4:05 PM on 03.09.2014

SXSW Review: Boyhood

12 years of shooting, watching every actor grow older and change along with the times and the styles. That's how long it took for Richard Linklater to create a film  about life (a boy's life to be precise). Many films ha...

Matthew Razak

3:00 PM on 03.08.2014

SXSW Review: Chef

Before attending this year's SXSW, I had no idea Jon Favreau's Chef even existed. Given the nature of my job (as I constantly write about films months, and even years before their official release), it's rare that film goes u...

Nick Valdez

6:00 PM on 03.07.2014

Only Lovers Left Alive trailer: Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston as vampires

Only Lovers Left Alive features Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston as cultured vampire lovers, whose romance has lasted for centuries. They have evolved and become more civilized than the need to kill for blood, but retain a v...

Liz Rugg

10:00 AM on 02.25.2014

Review: Child's Pose

At first glance, Child's Pose is making a political statement about the class divide present in modern day Romania. The narrative of a wealthy family trying to skirt its responsibilities to a poor family is heavily charg...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

5:00 PM on 02.19.2014

An Appreciation of Philip Seymour Hoffman (1967-2014)

[Community Member TheRealMattC wrote an awesome Community Blog about his appreciation and sadness for the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman, and it's full of sentiments shared by a lot of Flixist's staff. For your chance to be fea...

TheRealMattC

4:00 PM on 02.19.2014

A look at the 2014 Oscar Nominated Animated Short Films

One easily overlooked part of the flurry of The Academy Awards is the shorts sections. Perhaps they seem less interesting or less consequential due to their bite-size nature, but to me, short films are often all the more acce...

Liz Rugg

1:00 PM on 02.05.2014

James Franco stars as a troubled actor in Maladies

In Maladies, James Franco plays a semi-washed up soap opera star in the 1960s, appropriately named James. James not only struggles with his floundering career, but with his seemingly failing mind and his fluctuating relation...

Liz Rugg

9:38 AM on 01.30.2014

First trailer for The Fault in Our Stars

The guys behind The Spectacular Now, screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, did something awesome when they took that YA novel and turned it into an amazing movie. Now they're pretty much trying to do...

Matthew Razak

11:30 AM on 01.16.2014

Harvey Weinstein and Meryl Streep taking on NRA

Harvey Weinstein does not like the NRA, and, in my opinion, that's absolutely fine. Maybe you're pro-NRA and that's fine too, but according to Weinstein he's going to be making a movie with Meryl Streep and it is going to des...

Matthew Razak

11:30 AM on 01.08.2014

First image and creepy EW cover for Fincher's Gone Girl

David Fincher directing a movie about a man who is accused of causing the disappearance of his wife on their fifth wedding anniversary? If you didn't already know this was going to be an awesomely dark film then this first im...

Matthew Razak

8:00 AM on 12.24.2013

Review: The Wolf of Wall Street

Sitting down to write this review, I had trouble figuring out the sub header you see above. I normally like to put a joke or pop culture reference there, but I simply can't seem to. The more and more I think about The Wolf of...

Nick Valdez

10:30 AM on 12.17.2013

See The Secret Life of Walter Mitty early and free

Every once in a while we see a movie and like it far more than anyone else does. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is one of those movies. Alec was captured by its charm and hope while other, more cynical critics, were not...

Matthew Razak

2:00 PM on 12.16.2013

See Her or American Hustle early and free

This Wednesday two of the most buzzed about films of the year, Her and American Hustle, will be screening and you have to decide which one you'll want to see. We have passes to both, but what will you choose. Most likely...

Matthew Razak

3:00 PM on 12.12.2013

See The Wolf of Wall Street early and free

After all the editing trouble Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street went through you'd expect it to be at a nice clean running time. Instead it's at nearly three hours, but evidently its three hours of greatness. If ...

Matthew Razak

10:00 AM on 11.21.2013

Flix for Short: Jonas Cuaron's Aningaaq

Gravity is pretty high on a lot of people's Best of 2013 lists, and is expected to get some serious Oscar nominations in the upcoming awards season. Gravity was created by Alfonso Cuaron with his son Jonas Cuaron, and now Jo...

Liz Rugg

10:00 AM on 11.18.2013

See Nebraska early and free

The Oscar buzz around Alexander Payne's Nebraska is starting to heat up (not to mention Hubert loved it) and once awards season rolls around you don't want to be the guy who hasn't seen that indie movie everyone is talki...

Matthew Razak



Review: The Book Thief photo
Review: The Book Thief
by Matthew Razak

It's a dead week for the movies. The biggest thing coming out is Best Man Holiday, and we didn't see that. Instead, since it's opening wide today, we've got a review for The Book Thief, which has the dubious title of "Movie With the Worst Trailer of the Year." That trailer is easily the most desperate Oscar plea ever. "From the studio that brought Life of Pi"? Really?

So clearly The Book Thief, which is based on the book of the same name, is going for some sort of Oscar grab, but you may have noticed it's not really getting much buzz. The reason for that is pretty obvious: it's callous, predictable and not very good.

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