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4:00 PM on 03.30.2014

Review: Divergent

Back before the final Twilight film hit theaters, I wrote up an article in which I discussed whether or not certain Young Adult book films would be the "next big thing." My initial outlook for Divergent looked good, but that ...

Nick Valdez


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4:00 PM on 03.18.2014

First trailer for 'The Maze Runner' is intense

The first trailer for the film adaptation of James Dashner's The Maze Runner has succeeded in making me curious about an upcoming film/ book trilogy that I didn't know existed until a few hours ago. This intense tr...

Isabelle Magliari

11:00 AM on 01.23.2014

First Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I poster is on fire

It feels like The Hunger Games: Catching Fire came out just yesterday. With the final book in the series, Mockingjay, being split into two parts, expect one final push for The Hunger Games. Although The Hunger Games: Moc...

Nick Valdez

12:00 PM on 12.12.2013

Nick's Flixmas: I'll Be Home For Christmas

Because it was on Netflix and I needed a film to fill the gap between now and the Twelve Days of Nick's Flixmas (which will officially start on the 14th since I'm considering Christmas Day as a part of this rather than end it...

Nick Valdez



Review: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire photo
Review: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
by Nick Valdez

I'm a pretty big fan of The Hunger Games series of books. I tore through them in a day and while Catching Fire isn't my favorite in the series, it does have the most intriguing setups in the trilogy. The production for Catching Fire has notably gone through a bit of trouble with its change of directors (now helmed by Francis Lawrence), and most fans (including myself) were worried about the nature of the adaptation given the original Hunger Games film had a fair share of problems. 

The trailers for Catching Fire showed a film that seemed to learn from its predecessor's mistakes (less shaky cam footage, more balanced use of color, Phillip Seymour Hoffman joined the cast), so does the final product hold up to the potential of the series? Is The Hunger Games: Catching Fire hotter than a fantasy or is it filled with catastrophe? Read on for the answer!

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8:00 AM on 11.18.2013

First trailer for Justin Bieber documentary, Believe

In a spiritual sequel to Justin Bieber's Never Say Never documentary, Believe, oh wait Justin Bieber's Believe sorry, this documentary catalogs the sad and terrible life of the fallen teen idol. Wait, little girls still like...

Nick Valdez

8:00 AM on 11.14.2013

Second trailer for Divergent diverges from the norm

Awhile back I wrote an article claiming that Divergent was going to be "the next big teen thing." Ever since the Twilight Saga ended, there's been a notable void in the box office landscape for a romantic thriller for teens....

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 11.04.2013

Second Vampire Academy trailer is pretty much the same

Vampire Academy (dropping the Blood Sisters subtitle) is pretty much a movie made for me. It's got cute girls that are really cute vampires, it's adapted from the book by the same writer who wrote Heathers (which is one of t...

Nick Valdez



Final Trailer for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire photo
Final Trailer for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
by Nick Valdez

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire already looks much better than its predecessor. It's got a nice mix of orange and blues, less shaky cam, Phillip Seymour Hoffman plays a bad guy, and Jennifer Lawrence is so hot right now. Now we have the final trailer for the film, and how does it look? 

Well the same, really. It just spoils a lot of the film's bigger points from the book (but you wouldn't know that if you've only seen the movies, so that's probably cool). Basically, it's nice and short, but if you didn't want to see the film, the final trailer's not going to convince. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire sets the world on fire November 22nd. 

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10:00 AM on 09.11.2013

Flix for Short: Noah

Noah debuted as part of the Toronto International Film Festival this year and garnered plenty of buzz as a creative short. It's easy to see why as it's go a great gimmick that the entire film's plot plays out over the m...

Matthew Razak



First trailer for Divergent, the next big teen thing  photo
First trailer for Divergent, the next big teen thing
by Nick Valdez

In case you missed MTV's Video Music awards on Sunday, know you didn't miss much. Justin Timberlake did a thing with four old guys, Kevin Hart flailed his arms and legs around, and Lady Gaga went to the beach or something. What happened beforehand (during the pre-show), was the reveal of the first trailer for Divergent, the next Young Adult book adaptation starring Shailene Woodley. 

Divergent is about a future society in which folks are separated into tribes (each with their own distinct characteristic or ability, like courage and what have you) when they hit a certain age. Shailene Woodley plays Tris, a girl who's referred to as a Divergent because she has the innate ability to fit into more than one tribe. And then some folks want to hurt her. While most folks will claim Divergent is setting up to be the next Hunger Games, I think differently. 

A while back I wrote an article claiming that Divergent will be the next Twilight (basically, a big deal). And I still stand by that. It's produced by Summit Entertainment (the same company as Twilight), it has an attractive premise (as well as cast), and I hope it's message of "differences aren't bad" hits with audiences. I guess we'll see when Divergent hits theaters March 21st next year. 

[via MTV]

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4:00 PM on 08.16.2013

First trailer for How I Live Now, starring Soairse Ronan

How I Live Now is an upcoming adaptation of a book of the same name. The story's about Daisy (Soairse Ronan, who's so hot in the teen book world right now) who's sent to England to live with her relatives. She falls in love ...

Nick Valdez

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

12:00 PM on 08.16.2013

Vampires are still cool in Vampire Academy Trailer

At this rate there won't be anymore young adult novels to adapt to the big screen. Vampire Academy:Blood Sisters does seem a bit special in that totally nondescript way since it looks like a cross between Harry Potter a...

Matthew Razak

1:00 PM on 07.21.2013

Second Hunger Games: Catching Fire trailer is hungry

When the first teaser for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire premiered during the MTV Movie Awards, I was pleased with what I had seen. A notable bump in narrative quality, camerawork, and just all around coolness. Does the sec...

Nick Valdez



Should kids be allowed into R-rated movies? photo
Should kids be allowed into R-rated movies?
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

Sorry we're a day late, folks, but festival season has officially kicked off and that makes scheduling everything else much more difficult. Next week we should be back on track. To make up for our lateness, we've got a fuller cast than usual as the Flixist staff considers whether or not kids/teens should be allowed to see R-rated films (especially in a theater setting). Fittingly, this is our first video that be rater R for language (because the way our rating system treats coarse language is ridiculous). I don't know that you'd want to be blasting this in work or around your children anyway, but I guess that makes this more not-safe-for-work than your average video of Flixist's talking heads. 

Anyways, now that you've heard what we thought, what do you think? Should parents be allowed to bring their terrible children into a theater and ruin your experience or should they be locked in a padded room until they're 17 to keep them away from the cinematic filth that undermines our society's moral standing? Let us know in the comments below!

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11:00 AM on 05.31.2013

Trailer: Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

Here's the second trailer for Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, which saw fit to change its title to coincide with the changing of its release date (releasing August 7th rather than the 16th), and it's pretty much the sam...

Nick Valdez



Trailer: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire photo
Trailer: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
by Nick Valdez

I took a bullet for all of you. Tonight (or last night depending on when you see this) I watched through the MTV Movie Awards (and its multiple Ted nominations for some reason) just so I could grab this teaser for all of you. Should I have? Maybe not, but I'm super excited for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

The sequel leads off right where the first film ends. Katniss and Peeta are currently in a Victory Tour across the 12 Districts until the 75th Hunger Games (known as the Quarter Quell) forces them to re-compete against past champions. The teaser looks brilliant. Phillip Seymour Hoffman gets a few lines (which automatically makes it better), not a hint of shakycam in sight, and somewhere along the line the sequel seems to have fixed the narrative problems the first had. Can't wait until November 22nd. I threw a couple of new images in the gallery below. Check those out as well. 

[via Hunger Games Explorer]

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9:00 AM on 04.05.2013

Trailer: Carrie

Now we finally have our first, full look at Carrie following that teaser from a few months back (before Carrie was bumped back to October 18th) and it definitely delivers. Although it shares more than a fair share visual con...

Nick Valdez

1:00 PM on 04.02.2013

Trailer: Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters

How exactly does the Percy Jackson series replace Uma Thurman as Medusa? With Stanley Tucci as Dionysus and Nathan Fillion as Hermes of course! Sure there are other folks here too, as the cast reunites for the second film, b...

Nick Valdez

12:00 PM on 03.15.2013

Trailer: Something in the Air

Something in the Air is the newest tale from director Olivier Assayas. Assayas is well-known for his 2010 TV mini-series Carlos, which told the tale of revolutionary/terrorist Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, also known ...

Liz Rugg

11:00 AM on 03.13.2013

Maggie Q and Zoe Kravitz join the cast of Divergent

Now that Twilight is fading into the obscure and Hunger Games is a beast all of its own, it's time for a new series of films to fill that tweensie void. And that series is Divergent. I talked about this awhile back explaining...

Nick Valdez