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5:00 PM on 01.23.2015

The Star Trek films have a lot of lens flares

According to these videos from editor Dylan Browne, there are quite a few lens flares in the first two Star Trek films. Around 1500 of them apparently. In other Star Trek news, Simon Pegg is co-writing the third film with Doug Jung (Dark Blue) with Justin Lin still signed on to direct. Only good can come of this, right?  Or at the very least, more lens flares!  [via /Film]

Nick Valdez


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Megan's Top 15 Movies of 2014 photo
Megan's Top 15 Movies of 2014
by Megan Porch

2014 was a pretty great year for movies, so coming up with a year end list was pretty tough for me. Originally I thought I'd just do top 5, and then top 10... but no. It had to be top 15 because I saw so many awesome films last year, and it just wouldn't be fair to ignore the movies in the 11 through 15 slots. 

So let's get the ball rolling...

 

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4:00 PM on 01.21.2015

Star Wars standalone testing some awesome female leads

I'm not very interested in the main Star Wars series, but what has gotten my attention are the standalone spin-off films releasing in between the trilogy. With cooler directors, and possibly cooler stories, it's only natural ...

Nick Valdez



Nick's Top 15 Movies of 2014 photo
Nick's Top 15 Movies of 2014
by Nick Valdez

It was the best of films, it was the blurst of films. Hey everyone I'm Nick Valdez, News Editor here for Flixist and you've probably seen my name on a good chunk of the stuff written here. If not, then I'll tell you a bit about myself. I like movies, songs about butts, and pink frosted donuts. I'm going to get a tattoo of a mix of all three of those things someday. 

Oh but you're here for this list. I've reviewed 51 films this year, and that's way more than I've ever done for the site before. That also means I've been way more involved in 2014 films than in past years so this list has been particularly tough. So, I guess let's get to it then. 

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2:00 PM on 01.14.2015

Second Chappie trailer has robots and robot accessories

Neill Blomkamp always makes some interesting, if not always entertaining, science fiction, so I'm definitely curious as to where Chappie is headed. It's got ED-209s, Hugh Jackman using his natural accent for once, and Sigour...

Nick Valdez

11:00 AM on 01.14.2015

Avatar sequels get pushed back a year for script work

Avatar exploded on the scene and was a wild success and had people dressing up like giant blue aliens and then... nothing. Well, not actually nothing. We heard we'd be getting three sequels to the film, but James Cameron...

Matthew Razak



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Review: Predestination
by Nick Valdez

Predestination is one of those festival films that you have no idea exists but, when you finally see it, you wonder where it's been your entire life. I'm not the biggest time travel movie fan, nor do I really enjoy science fiction in general, but Predestination uses its premise to rise above the usual trappings of the genre and creates a film which is a lot smarter than I initially gave it credit for. 

I mean, it was pitched to me as "Minority Report with Ethan Hawke" and it's much, much better than that. 

[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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4:00 PM on 12.23.2014

Justin Lin to direct Star Trek 3

If you're one of many people, like myself and the rest of the Flixist staff, then you're anxiously awaiting the next installment of the Fast & Furious franchise, Furious 7. That's all thanks to the work of Justin Lin, and...

Nick Valdez

2:00 PM on 12.12.2014

Star Wars: The Force Awakens finally names its characters

Although the first teaser trailer for The Force Awakens was the very definition of tease, people have been scrounging and speculating left and right over the ten shots featured. Well, now we're one step closer to figuring out...

Nick Valdez



First official trailer for Terminator: Genisys photo
First official trailer for Terminator: Genisys
by Nick Valdez

UPDATE: The newest poster has been added to the gallery! I'm digging it. 

We here at Flixist have been going back and forth over whether or not we're anticipating Terminator: Genisys. For every positive move the fifthquel seemed to make (like explaining how Schwarzenegger can be so old and still be a killer robot), we get a cast full of scrunch faces and a horrible sounding story. 

But despite the awful title, I'm still holding out hope because I remember long ago, when the sun was shining. I'm a sucker for Arnold Schwarzenegger, and like a fine wine, he's honing his skills with age. But then again, I remember feeling the same way before Terminator 3 made boob robots a thing. 

Terminator: Genesis  Genisys stands up and starts showing just where our lives are going July 1st next year (sha sha!).

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5:00 PM on 12.01.2014

20th Century Fox greenlights Independence Day sequel

After an extended period of will-they-or-won't-they, it looks like they've finally made a decision. 20th Century Fox has finally given the Independence Day sequel the green light! As of right now, there's nobody off...

Jonathan Wray







First official teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens photo
First official teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens
by Nick Valdez

It's been a long time coming. When Disney bought out Lucasfilm two years ago and announced their plans for another Star Wars trilogy, we all went into some sort of nerd shock. Whether or not you're a fan of the films, you understand the kind of weight the Star Wars name has. And whether you like it or not, this (official, not one of the many fan videos surging around social media as of this writing) first trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens sets the tone for the next decade.

With J.J. Abrams directing, a huge and notable cast joining the effort (including John Boyega and Oscar Isaac), and the original tripod of Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford returning, the seventh entry is surely going to reign supreme for years to come.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens releases December 18th, 2015. What do you think? 

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Flixgiving: Five Movies Megan is Thankful for photo
Flixgiving: Five Movies Megan is Thankful for
by Megan Porch

Ah yes, Thanksgiving. Normally, during this holiday I'm at my parents' house and I get to eat all sorts of delicious things my mom makes (although I hated all of it when I was little and kept insisting when I was grown up I'd just order pizza). Now, I don't even like pizza and instead of eating turkey on Thursday, I'll be working.

Luckily, thanks to my dual monitor set up, I can watch movies while I'm working. I've always loved going to the theater with my friends and my family. Movies are a huge part of my life, and some of them really have shaped who I am. So for Flixgiving, I thought I'd share five movies that helped make me who I am, and inspire me creatively.

It's insanely hard to narrow it down to just five movies, but here goes...

[Happy Flixgiving, everyone! We'll be posting these leading up to the actual Thanksgiving. Click here to see all of the films our writers are thankful for.]

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4:00 PM on 11.24.2014

First look at Arnold as the T-800 in Terminator Genysis

So far Terminator: Genysis hasn't done anything to inspire much confidence. First there was the stupid name and then the stupid images from the first look. Thanks to the fact that expectations are so far at rock bottom f...

Matthew Razak

3:00 PM on 11.24.2014

UPDATE: Star Wars: The Force Awakens to debut trailer in select theaters Friday

UPDATE: There are 30 theaters showing the trailer according to StarWars.com (which we've listed below). Good luck! Original story follows. Surely the most anticipated trailer for the rest of the year is for Star Wars: Episode...

Nick Valdez

3:00 PM on 11.19.2014

Interstellar gets prequel comic, ending is explained

Interstellar is the sort of movie that polarized its audience. Some people hated it, other people loved it. I'm in the "loved it" category personally, so I'm enjoying all the speculation about its ending and whether or not it...

Megan Porch

2:00 PM on 11.19.2014

First official trailer for Project Almanac

We've been hearing rumblings of the Michael Bay produced Project Almanac for awhile now. Once titled Welcome to Yesterday, the film is about a bunch of kids futzing around with a time machine leading to all sorts of wacky sh...

Nick Valdez



Star Wars: Episode VII gets official title photo
Star Wars: Episode VII gets official title
by Megan Porch

This morning, the official twitter for Star Wars revealed that Episode VII's principal photography finished shooting... and they also threw in a graphic that contains the film's subtitle.

The Force Awakens leaves me with a lot of questions. Was the Force taking a nap? Did it just not want to be bothered after all the drama surrounding the Skywalker family? Are midichlorians still a thing?

I guess we'll just have to see the movie to find out.

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1:00 PM on 11.04.2014

Trailer for Neill Blomkamp's Chappie debuts

This morning, the first trailer for Chappie was released, following yesterday's reveal of the movie's poster. I'm a huge fan of Neill Blomkamp's work, so I'm pretty excited about this film. Chappie is a story of the first ro...

Megan Porch

5:00 PM on 11.03.2014

Ridley Scott to produce '2001: A Space Odyssey' sequel, '3001: The Final Odyssey'

Renowned curator of all-around quality content, SyFy, has ordered a mini-series adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke’s 3001: The Final Odyssey, to be adapted by Stuart Beattie (Pirates of the Caribbean, G.I. Jo...

Sean Walsh

10:00 AM on 10.30.2014

UPDATE: First look at Terminator: Genisys and its horrible plot

UPDATE: We've gotten some more images of the super angry/squinty EW shoot, and I...yeah I have nothing for this. Check them out in the gallery.  I think we all could see this coming when they named the film Terminator Ge...

Matthew Razak

3:00 PM on 10.20.2014

More John Carter movies could be in the works

John Carter was one of the biggest cinematic flops in recent history and heads rolled at Disney after it floundered out of the start gate. It was too bad because it was actually an entertaining piece of science fiction a...

Matthew Razak