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3:20 PM on 03.18.2015

Selma returning to theaters this weekend with BOGO deal

Did you miss Selma when it was in theaters? You shouldn't have because it was probably the best film of the year and because it's important historically. Basically you're a bad person if you did. However, redemption awai...

Matthew Razak

4:00 PM on 03.17.2015

See Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs in first poster for Steve Jobs

This is some fantastic viral advertising here. The upcoming Danny Boyle directed Steve Jobs biopic has cropped up with a vintage poster showing Michael Fassbender selling Apple's NeXT computers. Clever, marketing people. Clev...

Matthew Razak

5:00 PM on 02.09.2015

First trailer for N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton

I'm normally not a fan of biopics as they're usually hokey, but this first Red Band trailer for N.W.A.'s biopic Straight Outta Compton looks much better than other other ones out right now. It doesn't seem cheesy like those ...

Nick Valdez

3:00 PM on 01.28.2015

Universal's Steve Jobs film gets official title and cast

This Steve Jobs biopic has been through the ringer. After years of director changes, big stars (Christian Bale) joining and leaving the film, and Sony dropping the project after budget concerns, Steve Jobs (the film's now off...

Nick Valdez

12:00 PM on 01.22.2015

Steven Spielberg's version of American Sniper sounds a bit better

When it comes to American Sniper, I've found over the last few days that it's better to tread water when criticizing. It's a shame, but I've been hit by quite a few slurs from folks that are taking the film to heart. But desp...

Nick Valdez

Review: The Theory of Everything photo
Review: The Theory of Everything
by Megan Porch

Every year, there is at least one biographic film about someone who accomplished great things in his or her life, whether it's something artistic, scientific, or otherwise. This year's biopic of note is The Theory of Everything, which tells the story of Professor Stephen Hawking and his ex-wife, Jane Hawking.

Based on Jane Hawking's book, Traveling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen, the film touches a bit on Hawking's work as a scientist, but focuses more on his relationship with Jane and how things change as their relationship and his disease begin to develop. It is an intimate series of moments of their lives together.

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5:00 PM on 08.28.2014

Trailer: Foxcatcher

Yay, a new Foxcatcher trailer! Is anybody as excited for this film as I am? Between my love of Channing Tatum, Steve Carrell, and Mark Ruffalo, the dreary atmosphere, and incredibly intense subject matter, I am ecstatic for ...

Sean Walsh

4:00 PM on 07.08.2014

First look at Don Cheadle as Miles Davis in Miles Ahead

Here we have it. After ten years of Don Cheadle trying to make Miles Davis movie happen we get our first look at the actor in character. I know nothing about jazz but I could listen to Miles Davis for all eternity. The image also comes with a confirmed title of Miles Ahead, and features one hell of jheri-curled mullet.  I'm glad that style went out of fashion. 

Matthew Razak

5:00 PM on 07.03.2014

First trailer for Jimi: All Is By My Side - Jimi Hendrix biopic

Jimi Hendrix is one of the indisputable legends of rock and roll, and now his iconic life will get the movie treatment it deserves. Starring OutKast's Andre Benjamin (Andre 3000), Jimi: All Is By My Side will focus on a sing...

Liz Rugg

12:00 PM on 04.22.2014

Danny Boyle in talks for Leonardo DiCaprio led Steve Jobs film

Well, we had Jobs, which was kind of the quick cash in on the whole Steve Jobs biography thing, but it's time for the big guns to come out. Sony pictures has been whipping up fervor over its adaptation of the popular biograph...

Matthew Razak

6:00 PM on 04.17.2014

Trailer for Grace Kelly biopic Grace of Monaco shows a beautiful, unhappy princess

"I can be a mother and a wife and hold down two jobs without the people getting too upset, can't I?" The real life 1950s actress Grace Kelly was a pretty interesting lady. She went from a beloved Hollywood princess to real r...

Liz Rugg

1:00 PM on 04.10.2014

Errol Flynn biopic The Last of Robin Hood's distribution rights acquired, new poster debuts

Errol Flynn is an interesting character, almost the archetypical devil-may-care 1940's Hollywood playboy, whose life fell to tatters once his shinning celebrity star began to wane. The Last of Robin Hood is a biopic about Fly...

Liz Rugg

Flixclusive SXSW Interview: Michael Pena, America Ferrera, Gabriel Mann (Cesar Chavez) photo
Flixclusive SXSW Interview: Michael Pena, America Ferrera, Gabriel Mann (Cesar Chavez)
by Nick Valdez

My final interview of SXSW was a three on one with Michael Pena, America Ferrera, and Gabriel Mann. I had just seen the screening for Cesar Chavez the night before, and we were all kind of pumped to talk about the movie. Just by talking to these three for the short time I had, I could tell they were excited about their project and excited to celebrate Cesar Chavez's life. 

During my short time with them we talked about the amount of pressure Cesar Chavez has on it because its the first, the kind of mindset you need to be in order to strike, and how Chavez is the first real step for the Latino community. 

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Review: Cesar Chavez photo
Review: Cesar Chavez
by Nick Valdez

There is a lot riding on Diego Luna's Cesar Chavez to succeed. Latinos aren't exactly given a lot of representation in fiction, and if there's one man, one figurehead we can rally behind, it's the activist Cesar Chavez. As other biopics for figureheads like Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., and Nelson Mandela have come and gone, it's a shame that it's taken this long to get a biopic for Chavez.

With all of the Latino representation in the recent Academy Awards, now seems like the best time for a Latino-centric hero as film culture finally becomes more accepting of a demographic that's increasing rapidly. While this first, important step forward stumbles a bit, I hope it's the beginning of a brighter future. 

[This review was originally posted as part of our coverage of South by Southwest 2014. It is being reposted to coincide with the film's wide release.]

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3:00 PM on 01.22.2014

First trailer for Cesar Chavez, starring Michael Pena

Latinos don't have a lot of widely accepted historical icons. While we have our own, few have their names reach outside the Latino community. For example, Cesar Chavez was a farm worker in the 60s who organized a strike. Whe...

Nick Valdez

11:00 AM on 11.22.2013

J.R.R. Tolkien film in the works

With basically anything that has the name J.R.R. Tolkien attached to it printing money and a pretty interesting life story it's easy to see why a J.R.R. Tolkien biopic is in the works. The creator of Middle Earth will be join...

Matthew Razak

11:57 AM on 11.14.2013

Don Cheadle to star as Miles Davis... finally

Don Cheadle's Miles Davis movie has been bouncing around for a long time now. The not-a-biopic biopic just couldn't land on its feet. However, Kill the Trumpet Player is finally moving forward as BiFrost pictures picks i...

Matthew Razak

8:00 AM on 10.24.2013

Tom Hardy to play Elton John in Rocketman

I'm not sure Elton John could ever be considered handsome no matter what stage of his career we're talking about so the casting of Tom Hard as the legendary singer is a bit of a head scratcher. Word has come down that Rocket ...

Matthew Razak

Review: Ip Man: The Final Fight photo
Review: Ip Man: The Final Fight
by Hubert Vigilla

In the review for The Legend Is Born: Ip Man, I mentioned how the character of Yip Man seems to be turning into the new Wong Fei-Hung. Here's a real-life historical figure who's suddenly become an idealized version of the real-life historical figure on the big screen.

Countless actors have played Wong Fei-Hung -- Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Gordon Liu, Vincent Zhao, Kwan Tak Hing -- but in an odd way, they weren't really playing Wong Fei-Hung. The actors played themselves in Wong Fei-Hung garb. Think of actors playing Abraham Lincoln, who are really just giving their interpretation of Abraham Lincoln.

What's interesting with The Final Fight is the stunt casting. Rather than a martial artist playing Yip Man, it's the venerable Hong Kong actor Anthony Wong. The result, as Steve over at Unseen Films said to me a couple days ago, is the human side of Yip Man, or maybe it's the human side of Anthony Wong wearing a Yip Man costume.

[This review was originally posted as part of our 2013 New York Asian Film Festival coverage. It has been reposted to coincide with the limited theatrical release of the film.]

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1:00 PM on 09.12.2013

Second trailer for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

I'm not a guy who's instantly drawn to biopics or films with Idris Elba in them, so I'm a little weary of the upcoming Nelson Mandela biopic, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. It may be one of the Flixist staff's most anti...

Nick Valdez

Review: The Grandmaster photo
Review: The Grandmaster
by Hubert Vigilla

While Donnie Yen kicked off the Ip Man craze back in 2008, you could argue that Wong Kar Wai was partially responsible. Wong had announced his own Ip Man film prior to the Yen picture even being conceived, but it took ages to finally complete it. That years-long production was arduous. Wong's go-to actor Tony Leung, who doesn't have a martial arts background, had to learn Wing Chun in order to play Ip Man; he broke his arm twice, once during training and another time while filming. Actress Zhang Ziyi spent six grueling months, 12 hours a day, learning Bagua-style (Baguazhang) so she could fight like a true master.

In the interim, Donnie Yen put out two Ip Man films (with a 3D sequel still in the works), Herman Yau did two of his own (The Legend is Born: Ip Man and Ip Man: The Final Fight), and there was also an Ip Man television series.

Each Ip Man project presents an aspect of the real-life Ip Man. The Yen films offered Ip Man as a badass, and The Final Fight presented the human side of Ip Man via Anthony Wong's performance. I think The Grandmaster presents the mythic, poetic, and metaphorical version of Ip Man. Wong's created a glorious vision of the philosophy of the martial arts, but it's a vision that seems to have been obscured by the 22 minutes of cuts in The Weinstein Company's US release of the film.

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7:00 PM on 07.30.2013

Paul Schrader & Spike Lee may do Clarence Thomas film

I unfortunately couldn't get to the world premiere of Paul Schrader's new (and quite possibly schlocky) film The Canyons, starring Lindsay Lohan and written by Bret Easton Ellis. The Dissolve reports that during the discussio...

Hubert Vigilla