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Nick Valdez likes chick flicks, kid flicks, dick flicks, and skin flicks. Also musicals (Glee!). One time, he wrote a 15 page thesis on the training montage's effect on the hero's journey in Rocky. His favorite film is Zoolander or Machete. If he could mix the two and create Zoochete, he would in a heartbeat. One day he wishes to travel across the United States "David Banner" style while dragging around a player piano or that orangutan from Every Which Way But Loose.
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8:00 AM on 11.21.2014

Review: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

The Hunger Games has come a long way. From humble meh-ish beginnings, to a sequel that, well, caught fire in theaters, the films have gotten increasingly better the more comfortable everyone gets with the material. Going into...

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3:00 PM on 11.20.2014

First official trailer for Pitch Perfect 2

I once wrote an article on why making a sequel to Pitch Perfect, one of the most charming films of 2012, was a bad idea. The first is kind of dumb, Glee isn't the juggernaut it was a few years ago, but through all of that, I...

Nick Valdez

6:00 PM on 11.19.2014

First full trailer for Escobar: Paradise Lost

I'd developed a taste for drug stories growing up, and Pablo Escobar was the subject of a majority of them. A Columbian cocaine juggernaut in the 80s-90s (who most likely inspired the "Columbian drug lord" trope in films tod...

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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...

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10:00 AM on 11.19.2014

First full trailer for Disney's live action Cinderella

Cinderelly, Cinderelly, look what they've done to you, Cinderelly. But seriously, this is the one live action adaptation I don't understand. It's going to make oodles of money sure, those glass slippers look damn good (but t...

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5:00 PM on 11.18.2014

Here's "I Am Groot" in 15 different languages

ICH BIN GROOT  [via Disney]

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12:00 PM on 11.18.2014

Flixgiving: Five Movies Nick is Thankful For

This time of year always has me thinking about how great life is. Sure it's not the best, but to breathe, eat, love, and squat every day is truly an invisible blessing. I also start thinking about how great movies are, and I'...

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5:00 PM on 11.17.2014

First trailer for The Cobbler, starring Adam Sandler

Adam Sandler signs on for so many films for the money, it's hard to parse whether or not he's in that one winning film he gets every couple of years. It's clear that he's got talent, but it's a shame to see him go down such ...

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12:00 PM on 11.17.2014

These new Peanuts images are the cutest thing ever

We're going to get a big screen version of Charlie Brown and the rest of Charles Schulz's Peanuts gang in a little under a year from now, so what better way to celebrate the holiday than with some new images? If you were worr...

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10:00 AM on 11.17.2014

Box Office Numbers: Dumb Ways to Die

It seems Dumb and Dumber To performed better than I expected despite it not being very good. Taking first place with $38 million, it seems curiosity over the twenty years in development sequel won the day. Big Hero 6 took sec...

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2:00 PM on 11.14.2014

Newest trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey will see you now

So I had to find out about this teaser from my mom. Premiering during last night's Scandal on ABC, my mother felt the need to contact me to ask if I had any more info on it. While I don't want to see my mother that way (as I...

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10:00 AM on 11.14.2014

First official trailer for Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2

WHO DID THIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIS?????????

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8:00 AM on 11.14.2014

Review: Dumb and Dumber To

Twenty years is a long, long time. I was five years old when Dumb and Dumber first hit theaters in 1994, so the madcap antics of Harry and Lloyd appealed to me. Fart jokes, sex jokes I was not yet old enough to comprehend com...

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4:00 PM on 11.13.2014

Netflix Now: Taylor Swift is Still My Boo Edition

It seems we've come full circle. One of the first Netflix Now articles I ever wrote was "Taylor Swift is My Boo," and I'm glad I get to mention her here again. Her latest album, 1989, released a bit back and it's pretty good....

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2:00 PM on 11.13.2014

Rumor: Justin Lin returning for Fast & Furious finale?

I've reached a crossroads. Writing so much about the Fast and the Furious franchise makes me feel like such a hypocrite. Take the first trailer for Furious 7, for instance. Here I am celebrating a series' seventh installment ...

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10:00 AM on 11.13.2014

First official teaser trailer for The Divergent Series: Insurgent

Despite some hangups, I liked Divergent. It's got an interesting world and the cast was well put together, but the whole thing was just stuck in cement. Pace was mishandled, the world was skipped over in favor of two ho...

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4:00 PM on 11.12.2014

Insidious: Chapter 3 and The Conjuring 2 get new release dates

Hey, do you like horror movies? Did you see the latest Conjuring spin-off Annabelle and liked it? Then boy do I have news for the two of you. The Conjuring 2 and Insidious: Chapter 3 have new release dates! Did you see that t...

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1:00 PM on 11.12.2014

Trailer for Mortdecai features another "wacky" Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp may have a long career of play cartoony weirdos, but it seems like these days he can't accept a job unless a role is draped in more oddness than you could shake a stick at. The latest cartoon he's involved in is ...

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10:00 AM on 11.12.2014

Rumor: Sony is coming up with a bunch of random Spider-Man movie ideas

We like to steer clear of most rumors here on Flixist because if we told you all about each one, we'd be writing about outlandish stuff every day. But Sony's discussing so many crazy Spider-Man movies, we gotta talk about 'em...

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1:00 PM on 11.11.2014

Help fund an Iron Sky sequel, Iron Sky: The Coming Race

Iron Sky is one of those movies that's made with the craziest ideas possible (Moon Nazis try to take over the world in 2018), but it never quite worked out. It's earned quite the following regardless, and has since spawned a...

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10:00 AM on 11.11.2014

Doctor Doom's going to be quite different in The Fantastic Four movie

With the deluge of comic book films coming our way the rest of this (sigh) decade, anything that'll make one film stand out from the rest is good. Fox's newest Fantastic Four reboot has been getting quite a lot of attention a...

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4:00 PM on 11.10.2014

We're getting another Joe Dirt for some reason

You know when you come across some news and suddenly feel like you've stumbled across the worst idea ever? I'm sure I'm supposed to be feeling that right now, but I'm can't shake how stupidly happy I am this exists. Sony's Cr...

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