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Matt's five best movies of the year you didn't go to see

I'll admit it. Most years I'm pretty in line with everyone else's opinions of the best movies. I like to pretend I'm super original and trendy and can pick out those indie classics that no one else watched because I'm so with it, but I'm no...

 
 
 
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See The Kid Who Would Be King early and free

The King Who Would Be King marks the return of Joe Cornish to the director's chair for the first time since Attack the Block, and it also marks the return of those kinds of movies where kids go on unsupervised adventures to save the wo...

 
 
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Netflix's prices are going to go up again

It hasn't been that long since Netflix raised the price of their streaming service but the insanely successful carrier, hot off winning multiple awards and praise for Roma, is about to do it again. The service announced today that prices fo...

 
 
 
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Aaron Sorkin wants a The Social Network sequel

When David Fincher's The Social Network landed Facebook was still the cream of the social media crop, growing ever bigger and just embracing its money-making promise. It was still a sordid story but the films focus was really on its cr...

 
 
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Aquaman is the first DCEU film to top $1 billion globally

This weekend Aquaman may not have grabbed the number one spot as it lost out to The Upside in its fourth week, but the folks at WB and DC are probably still very happy as they've finally cracked the $1 billion mark with a superher...

 
 
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We may be getting a Baby Shark movie

For anyone alive with children "Baby Shark" is a song that will never ever ever leave your head. Its catchy beat and easy dance has captured the minds of children everywhere and burrowed deep into their cerebral cortexes so that they beg to...

 
 
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Review: The Upside

As the years go on I'm actually starting to appreciate January more. Every movie gets a bit of a break during January because of lowered expectations and a universal need to stop watching depressing dramas and overblown action movies. There...

 
 
 
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Kid-friendly Star Trek cartoon in development

Alex Kurtzman, he who controls all of Star Trek, dropped some Trek news during an interview with THR. One of the nuggets was that there isn't one but two animated Star Trek shows coming. The first, Star Trek: Lower Decks, from the...

 
 
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With no competition, Aquaman tops Box Office again

Is Aquaman going to be this year's Jumanji? The latter film held on to the top ten box office so long it seemed like it never went away thanks to being enjoyable and having no competition. Aquaman is doing much the same for much the sa...

 
 
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A night of actual surprises at the Golden Globes

Most years the awards season is pretty predictable. There's the one or two nominations that surprise folks but they never actually win. The frontrunners are the frontrunners because they win. Well, last night the Golden Globes actually...

 
 
 
 
 
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See The Upside early and free

Ready to feel good in the new year? How about a little bit of those comedies where two people with different backgrounds learn important life lessons by bonding with each other? Sure, The Upside looks about as original as an over-used ...

 
 
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Deadpool cartoon may still be happening but no Donald Glover

Donald Glover's Deadpool cartoon would have been amazing. Sure, we didn't see anything of it aside from a test and Glover's hilarious takedown of its cancellation but I can guarantee it would have been the best. Sadly, we don't get nice thi...

 
 
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Aquaman rules the box office again as Bumblebee holds strong

DC and WB have to be celebrating as they finally have a second superhero film that didn't plummet dramatically in its sophomore weekend. Aquaman pulled in $51.5 million, for a dip of only -23.5 percent. That's the smallest dip a DCEU film h...

 
 
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Review: Stan & Ollie

For some reason, I grew up watching a good amount of Laurel and Hardie comedies. Now, this wasn't as pervasive as Abbott and Castello, but I knew my classic vaudeville double acts pretty well as a young lad. That's probably not true for mos...

 
 
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The Kid Who Would Be King drops new trailer and posters

I don't know anyone who is turbo excited about The Kid Who Would Be King, but I'm getting a fun vibe from it that a lot of movies lack these days. The kind of kids movie that is just enjoyable to watch and leaves you feeling happy. Somethi...

 
 
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Finally a good look at the final Nic Cage Superman costume

Superman Lives is probably the most famous movie never made. Born of the mind of Kevin Smith and set to star Nicholas Cage with Tim Burton directing, the entire thing has gone on to reach legendary status in the realm of filmdom. Stories of...

 
 
 
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Review: Bumblebee

Michael Bay lost it somewhere along the way. Sure, he was always grandiose and absurd, but his action held together and his movies were fun. Look back at any of his classics and they are still exactly that. At one point, he was a good actio...

 
 
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First trailer for Hellboy reboot loves you Mony Mony

After a bit of wait and a lot of hand-wringing over limited glimpses, we now have an in-motion look at Hellboy, and it definitely features Hellboy, which I would argue is a good start. The trailer doesn't give us much of a hint of the plot...

 
 
 
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Spider-Man, Spider-Man. Does whatever box office hits can.

It was a huge weekend for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, as the film debuted to the largest animated opening ever recorded in December with $35.4 million. That's clearly nothing to scoff at, and also means another win for Marvel propert...

 
 
 
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Review: Mary Poppins Returns

We're in an era of sequels and remakes, and with 2018 being the biggest box office year in the history of cinema we're going to be getting plenty more. If a studio can bring something old and beloved back they're probably going to do it. It...

 
 
 
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Netflix's second season of Punisher will land in January

The writing is on the wall for the Netflix's Marvel shows, but that doesn't mean that the ones that were in production before the great culling began won't be coming out. Both Punisher and Jessica Jones still have seasons coming,...

 
 
 
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See Second Act early and free

Sometimes good movies come out, and sometimes Second Act comes out.  Look, I haven't seen the movie yet so it could be a big, wonderful surprise that just lights up the comedy world this holiday season, but it sure doesn't look li...

 
 
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Godzilla: King of the Monsters trailer revels in monsters

I'm sure there's some other stuff going on in Godzilla: King of Monsters because WB is building out a whole cinematic universe thing and that requires humans to be in it and their underlying Monarch subplot to continue, but man does this m...

 
 
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See Vice early and free

Vice is definitely one of the best movies of the year. It's both darkly comical (in that you can only laugh at how depressing it is), and wonderfully made. Christian Bale's Dick Cheney has to be seen to be believed, and the r...

 
 
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Slow weekend is slow for the box office

We're in a small calm before the holiday box office storm right now as the big release of Thanksgiving get some time to breather before the onslaught of Christmas releases starts to bear down upon us. With nothing but a re-release of Schind...

 
 
 
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Review: Mowgli

When it was announced years ago that Andy Serkis (yes, that Andy Serkis) would be making a film based off of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book it looked like we'd get two major blockbusters going head to head as Disney had their v...

 
 
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Vice leads Golden Globes nominations with six

Just this Monday the Washington Area Film Critics Associations, of which I am a member, dropped their awards but now it's time to really start talking about the bigwigs. The Hollywood Foreign Press has released the nominations for the Golde...

 
 


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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