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Review: Bad Boys for Life

There is one thing that becomes abundantly clear when watching Bad Boys for Life and that is the simple fact that Michael Bay is one of the best action directors working when he cares about what he's making (when he doesn't it's anothe...

 
 
 
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Review: 1917

You're already aware that 1917 is good. Even if it hadn't just received the Golden Globe for Best Picture - Drama and Best Director there was a lot of evidence to point you in that direction. For one, it comes from one of the best dire...

 
 
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Sony actually has more movies in the top five than Disney

The big news over the weekend was that Frozen 2 became the highest grossing animated movie ever but that was only a sliver of the money made this weekend by Disney and Sony. That's right, a company that isn't Disney made a lot of money...

 
 
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The Best Films of the Decade (That Flixist Reviewed)

When thinking about how to make a list of the best films of the decade it seemed daunting. For one thing the staff has changed dramatically since Flixist started and for another there were just a lot of movies that came out. How could we po...

 
 
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See Just Mercy early and free

We're coming to that time of year when Oscar hopefuls get their wide releases and Just Mercy is one of those films. While folks in NY and LA got to see the movie already it's now rolling out to the rest of us plebeians and you can see ...

 
 
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Rise of the Skywalker drops hard while others jump up

To start, lets be clear about one thing: just like every other Star Wars movie The Rise of Skywalker made a lot of money. It had a stellar Christmas week and even broke some records. However, its second weekend saw a hard drop of 59 percent...

 
 
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Rise of the Skywalker makes a lot but not enough

So Star Wars: Rise of the Skywalker had the third best December weekend ever pulling in $175.5 million. That's nothing to scoff at at all. Disney, who was predicting some low numbers at $165 million is probably not going to scoff at th...

 
 
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To All the Boys I Loved Before sequel gets first trailer

It's not quite clear what's going to happen in the To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You from the first trailer but it's definitely full of teenage romance of one sort or the other. The trailer is a bit of a mess for the sequel. It se...

 
 
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Review: Star Wars: The Rise of the Skywalker

In my review for The Force Awakens I concluded by saying that the film was a strong blend of nostalgia and modernity, mixing our love for the original trilogy with a host of new characters and ideas. My concern then was that Disney would no...

 
 
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Review: 6 Underground

Before 6 Underground released, Netflix dropped an with star Ryan Reynolds proclaiming it to be the most Michael Bay movie ever made. That was a bit hard to believe as Michael Bay hasn't been Michael Bay for years now. The director has eithe...

 
 
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Jumanji's box office takes it to the next level

It still feels like the Jumanji films being smash hit sis some kind of fluke. Films based on board games aren't supposed to be this fun and enjoyable and run away with the box office but with the stellar $60.1 million opening of Jumanji: Th...

 
 
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Review: Jumanji: The Next Level

When the first images for the first Jumanji film (well, the first one in this series, not the Robin Williams one) landed people were distraught. The picture didn't look much like anything good and was replete with nothing but cliches. Turns...

 
 
 
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Thanksgiving makes everyone a winner at the box office

It was a good extended holiday weekend across the board as both Disney and independent movies came to feast at the box office. The big winner, as they always are, is Disney, who had Frozen 2 bring them both a three and five day Thanksg...

 
 
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No one is surprised: Frozen 2 breaks records, makes money

If you had told me when Frozen 2 was announced that it was going to break some box office records and make a lot of money, I would have agreed with you completely because I'm not an idiot. And Frozen 2 did indeed do those things. ...

 
 
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See Dark Water early and free

It's that time of year when movies get real serious and about real serious things. Dark Water is one of those movies and while the buzz around it hasn't been huge it does look enticing. My love for Mark Ruffalo in anything knows no bou...

 
 
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Review: Frozen 2

Sequels to children's films are tricky. There's a balance you have to make between creating a new movie and repeating the stuff that worked for kids. Unlike an adult film's sequel, repetition isn't a bad thing. Kids love more of the same, i...

 
 
 
 
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Newest Trailer for Trolls World Tour delivers plot and music

Trolls turned out to be a really good kids movie when it landed many years ago. It was followed up by a cartoon and a Christmas special but the absence of a sequel meant that parents (like myself) were stuck watching the first movie ov...

 
 
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See Charlies Angels early and free

I don't know if we really need another Charlie's Angels reboot but we're getting one. It looks... generic? I mean, there's nothing really standing out about this. You've got the angels posing and stuff but it doesn't have the tongue-in...

 
 
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Review: Doctor Sleep

Doctor Sleep is a strange thing. Part a sequel to Stanley Kubrick's seminal film The Shining and part an adaptation of Stephen King's seminal book The Shining it sits in an awkward spot. See, the film and the book have drasti...

 
 
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See The Good Liar early and free

Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen in a move sparring off against each other. Not sold yet? What if it's a twisting, turning crime thriller full of con mean and notes of noir? Yea, you're there. I know you are. The Good Liar looks like some...

 
 
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See Honeyboy early and free and with free booze

Look, Honey Boy looks good. It feels like the first step in Shia Labeouf actually making something out of his career again. I think you'll have a good time watching it. However, the real seller on this giveaway is the fact that they'll...

 
 
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See Ford v Ferrari early and free

Fast cars and loud mouths. Sounds like fun and that's what Ford v Ferrari is full of. Along with a great casts and a story that'll uplift your heart. Honestly, this looks like one of the more charming films of the holiday season and might a...

 
 
 
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See Doctor Sleep early and free

Sequels to stand alone classics are almost never a good idea but we're getting one yet again with Doctor Sleep, a sequel to The Shining. In fairness, this one is actually based on a sequel that Stephen King wrote to his novel and so has som...

 
 
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How well do you know movie history?

I like to think I know a lot about movie history having studied it and been writing about it for nearly 15 years. Yet when I play Storyline I realize just how little I know about the numbers behind film.  Storyline is a web-based game ...

 
 
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Rick and Morty, South Park find a new home on HBO Max

If you're trying to make a splash in the world of adult animation grabbing the historical rights to two of televisions biggest animated shows is a good way to do it. At their event yesterday, Warner Media announced that both Rick and Morty&...

 
 
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CW is launching another Arrowverse show, Superman and Lois

The Arroverse may have lost the show that lanuched it this season but it feels like they're going to make up for it by throwing anything and everything against a wall and seeing what sticks. After news that a Green Arrow/Canaries series was...

 
 
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Joker reclaims the number one spot on a dead weekend

Joker has already claimed the best global box office for an R-rated film ever but it wanted one last number one weekend before it (probably) begins its slow fall out of the top ten given the slate of films beginning to land in the buil...

 
 
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See Motherless Brooklyn early and free

Motherless Brooklyn looks like Oscar-bait gone wrong. I mean it could be interesting and Edward Norton is a good actor but everything about it looks like its trying too hard at every step of the way. However, maybe you like crime thrillers ...

 
 
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Review: Zombieland: Double Tap

Ten years ago, when the zombie craze was at its peak a little Zom-Com called Zombieland came out and help invent the entire genre of Zom-Com. The film, which at the time starred some of Hollywood's biggest up-and-comers, was smart, cle...

 
 
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Bombshell drops its first blonde hair-filled trailer

Bombshell dropped its teaser trailer a few months ago and it was on fire. Now, the first full trailer for the movie has landed and it doesn't drop the ball either, making nice use of the song "Bad Guy" and delivering some good looks at the...

 
 
 
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See Zombieland: Double Tap early and free

It's been ten years but the sequel fans have been clamoring for (well, those fans that are left) is finally here. Zombieland: Double Tap hits theaters soon but you can see it before anyone else since we've got some passes. Since the or...

 
 
 
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See The Addams Family early and free

Well, you're never going to get better than the live-action The Addams Family but since they're going animated with this one why not check it out? That's right, the Addams Family is back in pog animated form. I'll admit, this one looks...

 
 


About Matthew Razakone of us since 2:16 AM on 02.17.2011

Matthew Razak is the Editor-in-Chief here at Flixist, meaning he gets to take credit for all this awesome even though its really the rest of the amazing staff that gets it done. He started as a community member back in the early days of Destructoid and bugged his way into writing for the site while being the Managing Editor over at That VideoGame Blog. He was also writing as a film critic for a local newspaper in the DC area and for Examiner.com. Finally after seven years of thinking silently to himself why the Modern Method network doesn't have a movie site he told Niero that we should start one. At the same time Fronz had been telling him to start a movie site too. The two of them teamed up with Niero's go ahead and now we have Flixist.

Matthew is totally open to any movie of any genre, but his wheelhouse is horror, action and James Bond. Doesn't sound too respectable but he's also got a fancy film degree from Vassar College and he's a member of the Washington Area Film Critics Society so that makes him semi-official in some capacity. He just really like movies and hopes that's enough to let you trust his opinion on them slightly.

He get asked these questions a lot when he tells people he writes for a movie blog, so:

Favorite movie: Evil Dead 2

Favorite franchise: Bond

OK, Favorite Bond movie: From Russia With Love

Movie You Should See Right Now: Midnight in Paris

Movies You Should See You Haven't: 16 Blocks, Lucky Number Slevin, Superman Returns (but watch it as an homage to the first two films and not as a movie, it's genius that way), Singing in the Rain (I know you haven't seen it), Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.

If you want to know the movies you have to see to get Flixist head here.
 
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