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10:00 AM on 12.24.2014

Review: Unbroken

Unbroken is the first film directed by Angelina Jolie. That alone has given it a lot of hype, but it's easy to understand why it would be pushing at Oscars anyway. It's base on the true story of a WWII hero and Oscar jus...

Matthew Razak

Review: Fury photo
Review: Fury
by Nick Valdez

I've been anticipating Fury for quite some time. Writer/Director David Ayer is one of my favorite folks in the industry, and I'm always eager to find out what he's churning out next. From Training Day to The Fast and The Furious, Ayer's writing is always top notch. Though recently he's taken up the directing duties himself (resulting in one of 2012's best films, End of Watch) I was a bit worried after his most recent effort, Sabotage, released to middling reviews earlier this year. 

Looks like Fury drew all of his real focus. Fury debuted its first trailer with a bang, and has never let go. Tragic, hilarious, and full of more acting chops than you can shake a stick at, Fury is f**king fierce. 

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3:58 PM on 10.08.2014

See Fury early and free

Looking for a World War II movie with tanks starring Brad Pitt? That's an oddly specific thing to be looking for, but you've come to the right place as we've got passes to Fury. The film looks to at least be like a spot of fu...

Matthew Razak

5:00 PM on 09.08.2014

International trailer for Fury has a few kinks

I've been all for David Ayer's Fury since its inception. Ayer's track record is great, it's got a great cast (highlighted by Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf), and I like tanks on tanks on tanks. But with this newest international...

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 06.25.2014

First official trailer for Fury, starring Brad Pitt

David Ayer is one of my favorite writer/directors. From Training Day, The Fast and Furious, to End of Watch, he's always impressed me with his smaller dialogue moments around hefty action scenes. Looks like we'll be getting ...

Nick Valdez

5:00 PM on 05.05.2014

New images of David Ayer's Fury look pretty cool

David Ayer's Schwarzenegger starring Sabotage may have been a well intentioned misfire, but I still have faith in his upcoming WWII tank project, Fury. It's filled to the brim with talented folks (Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf...

Nick Valdez

Review: The Monuments Men photo
Review: The Monuments Men
by Matthew Razak

When monuments men was delayed from award season to a early February release it didn't cause too much concern. The line that the film wasn't quite ready seemed plausible, since there's no way a film with this cast, taking place in WWII and featuring Nazis (Nazis make movies better, see: Indian Jones trilogy) could really be all that bad. It would be a nice break from the January doldrums, right?

Not so much. The Monuments Men is a movie in need of a story, which is odd because the true story its telling should be story enough. The problem is it isn't, and no manner of Hollywood fluff to make the true story more "true" is really going to save it. What could is a bunch of banter between some of the best bantering actors in the business. Yea, not so much with that either.  

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11:00 AM on 01.31.2014

See Monuments Men early and free

I think we've all been waiting very patiently for The Monuments Men to come out ever since it was delayed back in December. The cast is awesome, the story is true and it's a WWII movie to boot. There's a reason ever...

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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9:00 AM on 11.11.2013

See The Book Thief early and free

Sick and tired of World War II movies? Then we don't have just the ticket for you. However, if you want to see the film that produced the cheesiest trailer of the entire year then we do! The Book Thief is screening tomor...

Matthew Razak

10:00 AM on 10.23.2013

The Monuments Men delayed to 2014

The extremely charming The Monuments Men, directed by George Clooney, is unfortunately going to be pushed from its December 18th release date to sometime in 2014 (missing out on Oscar season). According to The LA Times, Georg...

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 09.19.2013

First image from WWII tank film Fury rolls in

David Ayer's Fury is a WWII movie about a group of soldiers who take their tank Fury behind enemy lines in a deadly mission. In other words it sounds like it could be awesome, and judging from the first official photo, Tweete...

Matthew Razak

11:00 AM on 08.15.2013

The Wind Rises delivers new trailer and controversy

With Studio Ghibli's The Wind Rises sitting at number one for four weeks running in Japan, and what's sure to be a successful festival tour picking up with the Venice Film Festival one would believe that everything was ...

Matthew Razak

Interview: Richard Raaphorst (Frankenstein's Army) photo
Interview: Richard Raaphorst (Frankenstein's Army)
by Hubert Vigilla

Even though I had issues with the found-footage aspect of Frankenstein's Army, there's a great anarchic imagination in the film, and it belongs to director Richard Raaphorst. I had a chance to sit down and talk with Raaphorst the other weekend during the Tribeca Film Festival and was immediately struck by just how thoughtful he was about his creative impulses and influences. One surprise early on in our conversation involved the origins of Frankenstein's Army, which have their roots in the Fight Club soundtrack.

At the end of the interview, Raaphost teased the possibility of a second Frankenstein's Army (which I'm not against despite my issues with the first film) as well as two new biological horror projects which sound absolutely bonkers/awesome. Whether his next film involves zombie-robots of the Third Reich or not, I can't wait to see what comes from Raaphost next.

[This interview was originally posted as part of our 2013 Tribeca Film Festival coverage. It has been reposted to coincide with the theatrical and VOD release of Frankenstein's Army.]

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8:00 AM on 02.26.2013

Coen Brothers to rewrite Angelina Jolie's Unbroken

Angelina Jolie has enlisted Joel and Ethan Coen to rewrite her WWII drama Unbroken. The film is adapted from Laura Hillenbrand's 2010 book of the same name that chronicles the life of WWII POW Lou Zamperini. According to The ...

Hubert Vigilla

Interview: Terrance Howard, David Oyelowo, Roscoe Brown photo
Interview: Terrance Howard, David Oyelowo, Roscoe Brown
by Matthew Razak

Earlier today I brought you the first part of our interview with a large chunk of the people involved in Red Tails. Now I return bearing more talks of WWII, heroism, planes. This time, however, we have a new set of character with actors Terrance Howard and David Oyelow joining Tuskegee airman Dr. Roscoe Brown to discuss the film.

We get to chat about pretending to be in a plane, making a film that impresses a WWII hero and just how to maintain ones majestic composure at all times. If there's any ever man you could explain that last part I'm pretty sure it's Terrance Howard. I've got a bit of a man crush on him now.

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10:00 AM on 01.19.2012

Interview pt. 1: Red Tails: director and Cuba Gooding Jr.

This past weekend I got the chance to sit down and talk with not only members of the cast of the upcoming WWII film Red Tails, but also its director and one of the famous Tuskegee airmen that the film is based on. Below you'l...

Matthew Razak

8:11 PM on 10.15.2011

NYCC: Two new Red Tails clips

If I wasn't excited for Red Tails before (I was) I am now. At NYCC the producers, a member of the Tuskegee Airmen and two of the film's cast walked us through making the film. They laid down some pretty interesting stuff, esp...

Matthew Razak