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Review: Halloween

Like all slasher franchises Halloween has had its ups and downs over the years. Sure there's something to appreciate in even the worst of the eight original films and two Rob Zombie reboots, but it's hard to argue that the fr...

 
 
 
 
 
 
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See Beautiful Boy early and free

We've got a last minute screening for you so you can cry for two hours tonight! OK, that doesn't sound like that much fun, but Beautiful Boy looks like the prolific tear-jerker of the holiday season, and it's good to have a nice cry ev...

 
 
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Venom is a bona fide hit as it outperforms again

The big question last week was whether or not Venom's above-expectation box office would carry over to next week. Predictions were for a pretty solid drop considering the poor reviews and only OK audience reception. Those predictions w...

 
 
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Review: Apostle

Gareth Evans (not to be confused with the also talented Gareth Edwards) is easily one of the best action directors working. The Raid and The Raid 2 are, to put it simply, action masterpieces. His use of space, innov...

 
 
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See Halloween early and free

Halloween is back... in pog form! No, OK, it's just back in classic form. With the return of Jamie Lee Curtis and functioning as a direct sequel to the first movie the newest edition of Halloween actually looks scary as hell....

 
 
 
 
 
 
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See First Man early and free

Oscar season is quickly approaching and one of the first big contenders to hit screens (after A Star is Born) will be First Man. Full of the kind of true American story that makes your health swell with pride, and most likely stunning perfo...

 
 
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Review: Bad Times at the El Royale

Genre deconstruction is awesome when done right. When it's done wrong it comes across as trite, like the filmmaker doesn't actually understand the very genre they want to take apart. However, when it's done right you get films that help def...

 
 
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Review: Venom

It is really easy to tear Venom apart. There are a myriad of issues with it from casting to screenplay to plotting to... well, everything. Superhero movies have come a long way in the past ten years, and Venom feels like...

 
 
 
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Review: Wobble Palace

This review was originally posted as part of our SXSW coverage.  Wobble Palace, as you may guess if you know director Eugene Kotlyarenko's other work, is a bit uncomfortable, a bit weird, and insanely satirical. It's almost fantastical...

 
 
 
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Rambo V starts filming and is apparently a western

First Blood was not a movie meant to have four sequels. The original Rambo movie was more of a character study with a heavy focus on PTSD, America after the war, and a striking performance from Stallone. Then the rest of the movies hap...

 
 
 
 
 
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Gambit movie will have a romantic/sex comedy vibe

Look, I know that comic book movie news often takes little quotes and blows them out of proportion, and maybe this information from Gambit producer Simon Kinberg is just that, so I'm going to start by letting his quote speak ...

 
 
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Review: Smallfoot

The fact that's there's a Tod Browning's Freaks reference in Smallfoot doesn't really say all that much about the movie. It's not actually crammed full of clever comedy for adults, or secretly hiding darker themes than w...

 
 
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Second trailer for Creed II lands all the right punches

When we learned that Creed II would be about Ivan Drago's son challenging Adonis Creed's son to rematch I rolled my eyes so hard I got bruises like Rock after a match. That kind of plot sounded straight out of the later Rock...

 
 
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James Wan will produce a Train to Busan remake

I have yet to see the Korean film Train to Busan, but it's in my pile of "must watch" movies as the idea of a bunch of people stuck on a train during a zombie outbreak is pretty awesome, and there must be a reason it was an internation...

 
 
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The Raid 3 is most likely not happening ever

The Raid and The Raid 2 are masterpieces. Literal masterpieces. They are some of the best action of any kind you will see ever. Director Gareth Evans should be directing everything. It's a crime he's not involved with some superhe...

 
 
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Kingsman 3 is officially happening, release date announced

The first Kingsman was a fresh smack in the face to James Bond films. Taking everything that was fantastic about the comic book and reflecting it on screen in smart and creative ways that highlighted Matthew Vaughn's screenplay an...

 
 
 
 
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See The Sisters Brothers early and free

I am not so sure what to make of The Sisters Brothers. I know I love westerns, and I like some comedy in them, but I can't tell if this one is going to work or not. It just seems weird. That actually makes me want to see it even more, thoug...

 
 
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Review: The House with the Clock in Its Walls

You know what a lot of kids movies lack these days (I ask while waving my cane in the air at a cloud)? Charm. There's some amazing stuff going on for sure, but that certain "charming" characteristic is often missing. Maybe it's because chil...

 
 
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Kevin Feige and Marvel will oversee the X-Men movies

I think we all knew this was coming, though I've got a strong argument for why it shouldn't, but Bob Iger, Disney's CEO, confirmed in an interview with THR that the X-Men will be housed under the Marvel umbrella once the Fox merger goes thr...

 
 
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Star Wars is going to slow the hell down for a little bit

Every comment section.  Every single one. If the article is even tangentially related to Star Wars then the entire comment section turns into a debate on the franchise. The one thing that seems nearly unanimous in all these "...

 
 
 
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Marvel's marvelous Captain Marvel trailer is a marvel

Well, Marvel waited. They held their cards to their chest and they didn't give us even a whiff of Captain Marvel until the first looks last week, but now it's here. The damn trailer for Captain Marvel has finally arrive...

 
 
 
 
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Neil Purvis and Robert Wade rehired for Bond screenplay

The next Bond film is floundering hard after Danny Boyle turned in a screenplay that the producers disliked so much he quit the production. And when you're scared and alone with no plan for the future what do you do? You return to some...

 
 


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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