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10:00 AM on 03.27.2014

Second trailer for the Wachowski's Jupiter Ascending

The first trailer for the Wachowski's Jupiter Ascending left a weird impression on me. It looked good, sounded good, but ultimately seemed hollow. It just felt like something was missing within all of the glitz and glamour o...

Nick Valdez


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5:00 PM on 03.18.2014

Star Wars: Episode VII to take place 30 years after original saga

Along with the incredible bombshell dropped earlier today, Bob Iger dished out some nifty Star Wars: Episode VII news during the Disney shareholder's meeting. While we should expect the real big news (such as casting, and plo...

Nick Valdez

12:00 PM on 03.03.2014

International trailer for Jupiter Ascending

The first trailer for the Wachowski's Jupiter Ascending came and went with little fanfare, but it at least showed off some promise. Can you believe this year we'll get a Summer blockbuster that isn't spawned off an existing ...

Nick Valdez

10:34 AM on 02.20.2014

Vin Diesel's The Last Witch Hunter lives again

Back in September of 2012 we got word that ol' deep voice, Vin Diesel, was jumping into a new film called The Last Witch Hunter. The movie would be directed by Breck Eisner (The Crazies) and be about a guy (Diesel) killing wi...

Matthew Razak

8:00 AM on 01.20.2014

Star Wars VII script complete, Jesse Plemons in talks

There are a LOT of Star Wars: Episode VII rumors floating around. From script problems, to crazy actor castings, to story points and so on. We here at Flixist don't want to clog you guys with all of that mumbo jumbo, and will...

Nick Valdez



Fox bringing Magic: The Gathering card game to big screen photo
Fox bringing Magic: The Gathering card game to big screen
by Matthew Razak

Being an ex-Magic: The Gathering player I can tell you that its best element is its deep and intrinsic plot. No, seriously, there's a pretty impressive world created behind the card game that you can dive into, it's just not what most people see. The fact that story isn't at the forefront of the brand won't stop Fox from making a movie about it, though, as they've wrapped up the film rights to the card game. 

Simon Kinberg, who runs X-Men and Fantastic Four for the studio, will be producing with an eye to turn the property into an epic franchise with multiple movies. This is clearly a play to capitalize off the success of not only "toy" movies, but also find a replacement fantasy series once Hollywood has exhausted Lord of the Rings (if they do let that die after The Hobbit). With work getting underway pretty quickly on the project we'll probably still see World of Warcraft hit theaters first, which could still some thunder.

The real question is how many card quotes (or flavor texts, as they're known) can they cram into the movie? I always liked this one.

[via Variety]

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Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug photo
Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
by Matthew Razak

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey blew me away when I caught it in theaters and I gave it an appropriately high score because of that. It was truly stunning and another epic coming from Peter Jackson, but upon re-watching it the complaints I had with the film stood out even more, especially the fact that the film's plot was stretched pretty thin to make the movie the length it was. It just felt like padding for the book's plot.

The Desolation of Smaug does not have this issue. Mostly because the book's plot is what feels like the additive this time. Yes, it hits its key points, but the stretched feeling is gone because the movie isn't stretching anything. If you're a fan of Jackson's prolific Middle Earth than you're going to be a fan of this movie. If you came to see the original story of The Hobbit unfold then you'll like about 20 minutes. 

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8:00 AM on 11.12.2013

Disney having Star Wars: Episode VII open casting calls

Although news broke for Star Wars: Episode VII's casting calls hit a bit ago, those casting calls were limited to a small amount of cities (including Chicago and Austin!). Now Disney, has completely expanded that casting call...

Nick Valdez

1:00 PM on 11.08.2013

Star Wars: Episode VII gets dated, Tomorrowland delayed

After some noted rumblings behind the scenes (which we didn't get to cover here, unfortunately, because sometimes the Star Wars rumor mill is staggering) with Michael Arndt exiting and JJ Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan taking ove...

Nick Valdez

8:00 AM on 11.05.2013

Third trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

This newest trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is a bit different from the previous one. The footage is mostly the same (maybe two or three different scenes), but the dialogue is cut much differently. There are ...

Nick Valdez

2:00 PM on 11.04.2013

New I, Frankenstein poster involves everything ever

I'm not so sure about I, Frankenstein. It looks really ridiculous, it's from some people who were somehow involved with Underworld and it stars Aaron Eckhart so it has those things going for it, but man could it easily suck. ...

Matthew Razak





3:00 PM on 10.02.2013

Legend of Conan pushes forward with screenwriter

There's been little movement on The Legend of Conan since we all heard, and we're slightly bemused by the fact, that Arnold Schwarzenegger was returning to the role that made him famous.  Now the movie finally has a...

Matthew Razak

7:00 PM on 09.23.2013

Terry Gilliam on the Time Bandits sequel that never was

This week sees the release of Very Naughty Boys: The Amazing True Story of HandMade Films by Robert Sellers, published by Titan Books. Started by the late George Harrison, the British production company was responsible for Mo...

Hubert Vigilla

1:00 PM on 08.16.2013

See The Mortal Instruments early and free

Evidently this one is kind of a big deal. I have no background on it since I haven't read a young adult novel since Hunger Games and I'm not really planning to jump into it. Suffice to say mythical angel teenagers fight ...

Matthew Razak

1:00 PM on 07.30.2013

See Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters early and free

I didn't see the original Percy Jackson film, but I can compare the trailers for it to the trailers for Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters and does this second one look about 100 times better. I'm sure Percy Jackson fans are...

Matthew Razak



Review: A Werewolf Boy photo
Review: A Werewolf Boy
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

Werewolves are kind of dumb. They're an amalgamation of two great flavors (wolves and people) that don't go great together. The most telling moment of any werewolf film is the moment of transformation, but the question is never "Woah, how awesome is this going to be?" It's "How stupid is this one going to look?" This isn't always a problem, especially if the werewolf aspect is downplayed, but it is rare that the transformation sequence, especially a modern one punctuated by ridiculous amounts of CG, adds much to the film. It's just another checkbox to fill.

So I don't like werewolves, and it took me until halfway through A Werewolf Boy to realize it. Fortunately, the name is a misnomer, and the film isn't really about a werewolf. In fact, it has more in common with Truffaut's The Wild Child than it does Waggner's The Wolf Man. It's like the feral, Korean offspring of those films, and it works surprisingly well.

[The 2013 New York Asian Film Festival not have enough Korean films for you? Korean Movie Night NY returns tomorrow night, June 25th, at 7:00 PM at the Tribeca Cinemas with A Werewolf Boy. It's free. More information can be found here.]

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Trailer: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug photo
Trailer: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
by Matthew Razak

While The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey didn't necessarily blow everyone away (I liked it, Hubert not as much) that doesn't mean we can't be excited for the next entry in the series. Here we get our first look at The Desolation of Smaug, in which you actually see Smaug at the end so if you were trying to keep that a surprise don't watch. 

Otherwise you'll not some classic scenes from the book, and more notably lots of scenes that aren't in the book. The film is clearly playing out a lot more Lord of the Rings development than the book ever had as the first one did. However, this looks even more extensive with the inclusion of Legolas and a bunch of other stuff that applies more to the latter trilogy. Here's hoping that the flaws of the first film are fixed up in the second and we get a true classic.

Also, some images you're sure to like if you like images of things from Middle Earth. 

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6:00 PM on 05.20.2013

Peter Jackson's Hobbit back in production for pick ups

It's been a little while since we last heard about the next two Hobbit movies, The Desolation of Smaug and There and Back Again. Even though I had some issues with The Hobbit: An unexpected Journey (Matt, like the majority of...

Hubert Vigilla

10:00 AM on 05.13.2013

Film adaptation of Clive Barker's Thief of Always back on

Clive Barker was my favorite author in middle school and high school, and he remains a fond favorite to this day. After 20 years in development hell, his first children's book, The Thief of Always, may finally become a film. ...

Hubert Vigilla

6:00 PM on 05.08.2013

New Dungeons & Dragons movie

Warner Bros. is set to develop a feature film franchise revolving around the fantasy role-playing tabletop game, Dungeons & Dragons. And before you ask, yes there was a previous Dungeons & Dragons that was made back i...

Logan Otremba

2:00 PM on 05.03.2013

Trailer: Kiss of the Damned

Kiss of the Damned is yet another sexy vampire movie, who's characters much choose between romantic passion and bloodlust. In Kiss of the Damned, the lovely vampiress Djuna succumbs to the advances of human Paolo and soon he...

Liz Rugg

7:00 PM on 03.18.2013

Hansel & Gretel sequel already in the works

In the age of instant sequels and reboots, there is usually only one factor that influences the future of a film franchise, and it's those greenbacks y'all. Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters saw mediocre results domestically, ...

Thor Latham