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Hubert Vigilla . Jun 13

Win a $2700 prize pack to see the RiffTrax Live: MST3K Reunion in Minneapolis

The MST3K Reunion show on June 28th promises to be a swell time. It brings together the great bad-movie riffers from the Joel and Mike eras of the show as well as new host Jonah Ray. Tickets for the actual event in Minne...   0

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Hubert Vigilla . Jun 13

Warcraft bombs at the domestic box office but is a hit in China

Universal may have been right to think that Warcraft was a problem movie. No, not because Duncan Jones made Generic Fantasy Film: The Movie. Depending on how you look at it, Warcraft is either a Universal boondoggle or a...   0

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Hubert Vigilla . Jun 06

Watch the trailer for Man vs Snake, which may be this year's King of Kong

King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters was highly entertaining (even though the filmmakers fudged a lot of the facts). Much of that was thanks to the clash of personalities between Billy Mitchell and Steve Wiebe and the obsessiv...   0

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Hubert Vigilla . May 23

They're making a Fruit Ninja movie, may God have mercy on us all

It was bound to happen. After The Angry Birds Movie came out (and did well at the box office), it would only be a matter of time before other time-waster mobile games were turned into feature films. Enter Fruit Ninja. Yes. Th...   0

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Hubert Vigilla . May 23

Farewell Mr. Bunting: Watch SNL spoof Dead Poets Society--seriously, just watch it already

I'm not sure about kids today, but high school students of a certain age always wound up watching Dead Poets Society in English class. Its memorable final scene features a class full of boys bidding a powerful adieu to the ma...   0

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Hubert Vigilla . May 23

The Angry Birds Movie knocks Civil War from top of the box office

Over the weekend we saw The Angry Birds Movie duke it out with Captain America: Civil War (#TeamBird v #TeamCap). #TeamCap believes in personal freedom and accountability in the face of a system that may b...   0

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Hubert Vigilla . May 18

Behind-the-scenes Warcraft footage shows ILM making lifelike orcs

Here at Flixist, we've been both cautiously optimistic and also somewhat skeptical about the Warcraft movie. We like director Duncan Jones a whole lot, but we're still left a little cold about the movie given the various ...   0

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Hubert Vigilla . May 18

Warner Bros. picks Geoff Johns and Jon Berg to oversee DC cinematic universe

While Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has made around $870 million worldwide, it's been considered a disappointment for Warner Bros. By comparison, Captain America: Civil War has already made $957 million worldwide in two ...   0

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Hubert Vigilla . May 17

Thoughts on the documentary Weiner by Josh Kriegman & Elyse Steinberg

Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg's Weiner was one of the must-sees at New Directors/New Films earlier this year. The documentary chronicles the inspiring comeback and catastrophic implosion of Anthony Weiner's 2013 bid to be...   0

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Hubert Vigilla . May 17

DC Entertainment unveils bland brand-new comics and film logo

DC Comics unveiled a brand new logo to coincide with big Rebirth event this summer, which pretty much looks like a mea culpa for that New 52 stuff from a few years ago. The comic is an 80-page one-shot written by Geoff Johns ...   0

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Hubert Vigilla . May 12

Review: High-Rise

High-Rise is a bit all over the place, and it's a bit of a mess, but it also seems to be that way by design--a sort of warped architecture. I'd gone in sort of expecting a vertical version of Bong Joon-Ho's Snowpiercer, but i...   0

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Hubert Vigilla . May 12

Review: The Lobster

I still haven't gotten around to seeing Yorgos Lanthimos' Dogtooth, though I intend to. The blackly surreal 2009 film was nominated for a Best Foreign Film Oscar and drew favorable comparisons to the work of Luis Bunuel ...   0

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Hubert Vigilla . May 11

Captain America: Civil War - #TeamIronMan v #TeamCap and Obama-era foreign intervention

Now that we've all seen Captain America: Civil War, it's about time to open up the #TeamIronMan v #TeamCap debate. On the one hand, you have Iron Man as a guilt-addled pragmatist who feels UN/international oversight is a nece...   0

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Hubert Vigilla . May 10

The red band Swiss Army Man trailer has Daniel Radcliffe as a farting corpse with a boner

The first trailer for Swiss Army Man was a zany delight. Paul Dano is saved from suicide and loneliness by a body washed ashore played by Daniel Radcliffe. Yet he is no mere corpse. Nay, Harry Potter is a magic farting corpse...   0

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Hubert Vigilla . May 09

Review: Dragon Inn

While King Hu's 1971 epic A Touch of Zen is his towering masterpiece, his earlier film Dragon Inn may be the best entry point into the director's work. This 1967 adventure is one of the essential early martial arts ...   0

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Hubert Vigilla . May 03

Review: Eva Hesse

Almost every creative work is inescapably autobiographical. We can't get outside ourselves, so whatever's been experienced finds expression in the work, whether consciously or unconsciously. Even formal attempts to divest the...   0

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Hubert Vigilla . Apr 30

Director Seth Grahame-Smith runs from Flash movie over creative differences

Looks like the DC cinematic universe has run into a problem, and we don't mean the box office slowdown for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Director Seth Grahame-Smith has dashed from The Flash over creative differences, which leaves star Ezra Miller stranded at the starting line.   0

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Hubert Vigilla . Apr 30

Sega's Shinobi will get the cinematic treatment because ninjas = money

The 1980s were a boom period for being a ninja. There were tons of ninja movies, loads of ninja games, and almost everywhere you went, people were going to college to major in Ninjutsu. (Full disclosure: I majored in Philosop...   0

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Hubert Vigilla . Apr 28

Alicia Vikander cast as Lara Croft in the Tomb Raider reboot

Alicia Vikander has been cast as the new Lara Croft for the Tomb Raider reboot, which starts a fine tradition of casting Academy Award winners in the role. Angelina Jolie won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Girl, Interrup...   0

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Hubert Vigilla . Apr 28

Review: The Family Fang

All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way... well, unless you're an unhappy family in a movie, in which case you're pretty much alike. Distant/absent parents. A dictatorial patriarch. A stran...   0

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Hubert Vigilla . Apr 26

Live-action short film does the first board of Donkey Kong

The first board of Donkey Kong is easily recognizable. It may be on the same iconic level as the Pac-Man maze and 1-1 from Super Mario Bros. It's the stuff of playgrounds, construction sites, and obstacle courses, and Banks h...   0

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Hubert Vigilla . Apr 26

Latest Captain America: Civil War TV spot has an eensy-weensy bit of new Spider-Man footage

The last Captain America: Civil War trailer let the cat out of the bag: yes, Spider-Man is in the movie. The latest TV spot has just an eensy-weensy bit more of Spidey in action, doing whatever a carefully negotiated shared i...   0

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Hubert Vigilla . Apr 26

College Humor's Why Bernie Sanders Is Actually Winning accurately recreates delegate discussion with people who #FeelTheBern

If this year's Democratic primary has reaffirmed one truth, it's that smart people will believe dumb things as long as these things confirm their biases. Full disclosure: I say this as someone who voted for Bernie Sanders in ...   0

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Hubert Vigilla . Apr 25

Tribeca Review: The Banksy Job

There are cock and bull stories and there are shaggy dog stories and there are complete piss-takes. The Banksy Job is kind of a mix of all three. At its center is a Bansky obsessive who goes by the artsy sobriquet AK47. His r...   0

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Hubert Vigilla . Apr 25

Tribeca Capsule Review: The Last Laugh

As I've gotten older, I've noticed more conversations and thinkpieces about what topics are off-limits for comedians, such as racist jokes, jokes about rape, jokes about The Holocaust, and so on. This might stray into a large...   0

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Hubert Vigilla . Apr 22

Review: A Touch of Zen

A Touch of Zen is King Hu's masterpiece, yet unless you're patient and a bit adventurous, it may not be the best introduction to his work. Dragon Inn, his straightforward wuxia classic from 1967, might be a more palatable ent...   0

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Hubert Vigilla . Apr 21

Review: A Hologram for the King

And you may find yourself sitting in a press screening for A Hologram for the KingAnd you may find yourself wondering if Tom Hanks can pull off another mid-life crisisAnd you may find yourself wondering if you should have rea...   0

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Hubert Vigilla . Apr 19

Tribeca Review: My Scientology Movie

Louis Theroux won me over many years ago with the show Weird Weekends. In each episode, Theroux embedded himself in a subculture and use his extreme mild-mannered niceness to disarm his subjects. He'd hang out with porn stars...   0

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Hubert Vigilla . Apr 19

Tribeca Review: Equals

Any society that appears outwardly utopian is really just a nicely packaged dystopia. The orgiastic bacchanal of Logan's Run was really just an ugly form of institutionalized ignorance and population control. Gattaca was a st...   0

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Hubert Vigilla . Apr 19

BioShock's Ken Levine making an interactive Twilight Zone movie

BioShock director Ken Levine is teaming with Interlude to explore the intersection of gaming and film: his next stop is The Twilight Zone. According to Wired, Levine and Interlude are finalizing their deal to use the tropes a...   0

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Hubert Vigilla . Apr 18

Tribeca Review: National Bird

One of the most memorable passages in Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five involves World War II played in reverse. Bombers flying backwards rebuild cities, and the dead become high school students and babies, and everything r...   0

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Hubert Vigilla . Apr 18

New trailer for The Angry Birds Movie is a decent excuse to reuse this Sean Penn image

Last time we reported about The Angry Birds Movie, we mentioned that Sean Penn will be grunting alongside the rest of the cast as a big red bird. The Sean Penn bird is in this new trailer for The Angry Birds Movie, which feat...   0

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Hubert Vigilla . Apr 17

Tribeca Review: After Spring

The Syrian Civil War has led to a humanitarian crisis that's only getting worse. As of now, roughly 4.6 million Syrians have left the country, many of whom have fled to neighboring Jordan, Turkey, and Lebanon, with others fle...   0

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Hubert Vigilla . Apr 14

Tribeca: Allumette showcases the game-changing potential of immersive VR storytelling

Watching Allumette is almost like watching a Pixar movie as an immersive theater experience, but even that description seems to sell the film short. It's difficult to describe VR storytelling without using familiar contexts. ...   0

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Hubert Vigilla . Apr 11

The Boss edges out Batman v Superman at the box office

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice would inevitably drop to second place at the box office--such is the law of diminishing returns--yet who would have predicted that Melissa McCarthy's The Boss would knock the boys out? The B...   0

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Hubert Vigilla . Apr 08

Watch a clip and behind-the-scenes music video for Hardcore Henry (NSFW)

Hardcore Henry is now out in theaters, a live-action blood-drenched movie done in the style of an FPS game. In case you were wondering how the action unfolds in a given scene (hint: it's violent!), STX Entertainment put out a...   0

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Hubert Vigilla . Apr 08

New character posters for the Warcraft movie are shiny at sunset (or sunrise)

I'm still pretty ambivalent about Duncan Jones' Warcraft. Jones gets goodwill for Moon, obviously, but the various trailers and promos for the film seem a bit flat and bland. Maybe that's just the nature of some trailers in g...   0

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Hubert Vigilla . Apr 08

Kickstarter: The RiffTrax Live MST3K Reunion Show adds new stretch goals in final hours

As we noted earlier in the week, the RiffTrax Live MST3K reunion show has been successfully funded on Kickstarter. Bringing together Joel-era and Mike-era casts as well as new host Jonah Ray, the reunion show will take place ...   0

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Hubert Vigilla . Apr 07

Sean Penn lends his voice to The Angry Birds Movie

Sean Penn has joined the cast of The Angry Birds Movie. I never thought I'd write that sentence in my life, but here we are. I never thought I'd eat breakfast cereal for dinner either, but my Tuesday evenings can be strange a...   0

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Hubert Vigilla . Apr 06

Sluggish Batman v Superman may lead to fewer Warner Bros releases, more franchises

Even though Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has crossed the $700 million mark worldwide, analysts have suggested that the film could be a box office disappointment regardless. The movie's budget and marketing costs mean th...   0




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