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Review: Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

I can say this about Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk: Ang Lee and his cast have their hearts in the right place. Adapted from Ben Fountain's novel of the same name, the film is constantly trying to remind its viewers about the toll that war...

 
 
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Trailer for Morgan made by IBM AI

Computers just can't get enough of stealing everyone's jobs. They're coming for the trailer creators next as this new trailer for Morgan shows. Somehow IBM's fancy Watson computer analyzed a bunch of horror movies and chose the 10 best...

 
 
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A Darth Vader VR project is in the works

The storytelling potential of VR is pretty fascinating, as I noted with Allumette during the Tribeca Film Festival. A virtual headset can give you this unique feeling of immersion that allows you to interact with the story. If used right, t...

 
 
 
 
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Review: Steve Jobs

I was texting a friend about Steve Jobs over the weekend, the new biopic written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by Danny Boyle. Sorkin thankfully avoided the birth-to-death biopic that we've all seen and grown tired of by now. Instead Jobs' l...

 
 
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Review: Open Windows

Open Windows was the first film I saw during SXSW 2014. I've never covered the festival before, so I had no idea what kind of features I'd end up exposing myself to. Going in I was awkward, tense, but mostly curious. As the film went on to ...

 
 
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First trailer for Jason Reitman's Men, Women & Children

This teaser trailer for Jason Reitman's next film, Men, Women & Children has quite the hook. It's nearly silent, folks are looking at their phones, and people stare blankly into space. While that doesn't make for the most gripping...

 
 
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Why technology shouldn't resurrect the dead

When an actor signs on to commit to a particular film, they don't anticipate that they'll be dead before the contract is up. Hollywood stars are people too, and the grim reaper waits for no one. When an actor passes on, that's it, they're d...

 
 
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New closed-caption glasses for Regal Cinemas

Regal Cinemas plans to have new closed-caption glasses distributed to over 6,000 of their theaters across the country by the end of this month. These new closed-captioning glasses are Sony Entertainment’s Access Glasses. While the Acc...

 
 
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Avatar sequels will have underwater performance capture

You know how the first Avatar was just Dances With Wolves but with blue folks? Avatar 2 (and eventually 3 because money) will be more like another Costner film, Waterworld. In one of those decisions brought on by "hey we have the money...

 
 
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Iron Man editor develops iPad editing app

Dan Lebental, editor of the Iron Man series, apparently misses touching real film while he is editing. So he has been developing an application for the iPad called TouchEdit which will bring us a step back closer to the simpler days of edit...

 
 
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Flix for Short: CodeHackerz

CodeHackerz, by Jonathan Franco, Matthew Levenstein, and Micheal Parks for the Univeristy of Central Florida's Campus MovieFest, is a spoof of all of the terrible "computer hacking" in films from the late 90s-early 2000s. There's not ...

 
 
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Flix for Short: C: 299 792 km/s

C: 299 792 km/s, created by Derek Van Gorder and Otto Stockmeier, was filmed entirely without a green screen, in-camera, with hand made props and sets, and traditional special effects. This makes a "low budget" film about space c...

 
 
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New ILM Avengers reel shows off all of the movie's FX

Did you know The Avengers was nominated for an Oscar for achievement in visual effects? Who saw that coming? While I really hope it gets the Oscar (so we can have a comic book film be an Oscar winner), there is some steep competition. ...

 
 
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GoPro announces HERO3 camera

We don't cover a lot of tech announcements over here in Flixistan (official name of our imaginary country), but this one seemed notable for a number of reasons. GoPro, the makers of fine action cameras, announced an update to their line of ...

 
 
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Flix for Short: True Skin

True Skin, brought to you by Stephan Zlotescu and production company N1ON, is sort of a mix of Deux Ex: Human Revolution and a natural progression of the philosophy behind Gattaca. This awesome short film takes place in a futuris...

 
 
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Flix for Short: Lost Memories

Lost Memories, by Francois Ferracci, is set in Paris eight years in the future. Which also means that in eight years France is getting awesome projection phone dealies and Polaroid cameras will still exist. The premise of this two min...

 
 
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Roger Deakins talks Skyfall and film vs digital

Roger Deakins is one of the most respected cinematographers working today, so when he weighs into the film vs digital debate, it's an opinion worth hearing. Turns out he comes down confidently on the side of digital, which won't please man...

 
 
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A man falls in love with his phone in Spike Jonze's Her

Spike Jonze is back in the realm of making bizarre movies with Her starring Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams. Phoenix plays a writer who buys a "newly developed operating system designed to meet the user's every needs." Then he falls in l...

 
 
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New Apple patent could keep you from theater texting

As I said before, people who text or use their phones in theaters are jerks. I didn't just pay like a billion dollars just to hear about your grandmother's arthritis. Thankfully, that may all change.  Apple had a patent approved just y...

 
 
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No extra charge for 48fps Hobbit screenings

Reactions to footage of Peter Jackson's 48fps version of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey have been distinctly underwhelming so far, although at least moviegoers won't be forced to cough up extra to decide for themselves when the movie rea...

 
 
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Glasses-free 3D movies may come sooner than you think

Do you hate those horrible 3D glasses you need to watch movies in theaters? Of course you do. You're human. They're especially heinous for anyone who tries to wear regular glasses underneath. Have you ever gotten a seat in a theater where t...

 
 
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Obviously The Hobbit in 48FPS is having a limited release

This shouldn't surprise anyone with even a small amount of technical know-how. Part one of The Hobbit will only be releasing in its new-fangled 48FPS (or HFR as they're now calling it) in a very select number of theaters across the world. T...

 
 
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IMAX, 35mm, The Dark Knight Rises, and you

Four years ago I went to the local IMAX theater to see The Dark Knight. It was the first mainstream film shot partially in IMAX, and I knew I couldn't see it any other way. And it completely blew me away. I'd seen documentaries about Everes...

 
 
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Martin Scorsese abandons film for digital

We're at it at last. The final death throws of the physical medium known as film. With every passing day another nail is hammered into celluloid's coffin as the steady whir of a theater projector in the back of the theater fades from our au...

 
 
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Proof of concept for IRIS tech from Man of Tai Chi

By now we've all heard tales of the humility and warmth of the otherwise bitterly attractive Keanu Reeves, so I feel a personal hope that his authorial and directorial debut, Man of Tai Chi, turns out well and finally gives him something t...

 
 
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The Hobbit in 48 fps looks like crap; I told you so

Now, this is where I'd usually gloat and jump up and down saying "HAHAHAHA! I TOLD YOU SO!" But I'm beyond that (and already did that this morning). During CinemaCon, Warner Bros. showcased some "beautiful" 48 fps footage of The Hobbit, whe...

 
 
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Regal Entertainment and Sony bring subtitle glasses

Subtitle glasses in movie theaters are a concept that isn't exactly new, but weren't used practically until just recently. Now, Sony and Regal Entertainment Group have partnered to bring their Access Glasses to "practically all" of Regal's ...

 
 
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Film vs. Digital: Why everyone loses

If you follow me outside of Flixist, you no doubt saw an article I linked to yesterday from LA Weekly. The article detailed the decline of widespread industry use of 35mm film and forcing digital into the lives of flimmakers everywhere. At ...

 
 
 
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Star Trek 2 may be shot in IMAX, definitely not in 3D

If there is a trend in filmmaking that I can get behind, it's the decision to shoot using IMAX cameras. When dealing with the size of film stock, bigger is absolutely better. I remember the opening scene of The Dark Knight, where the bank r...

 
 
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ARRI, Panavision, Aaton to cease film camera production

This really breaks my heart. Today, ARRI, Panavision, and Aaton, the three biggest manufacturers of film motion picture cameras, have announced that they will stop making film cameras and focus entirely on digital. Head honchos of those com...

 
 
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Sony acquiring film rights to Steve Jobs' life story

How long is it socially appropriate to wait after a significant public figure dies until you buy the movie rights to their life? According to Sony - about five seconds. The company announced last Friday that they had moved in to acquire the...

 
 
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Citizen Kane blu-ray looks impressive

I'm such a sucker for good transfers on blu-rays, especially of classic movies. I'm also really interested in film preservation. So naturally, the fact that the Citizen Kane blu-ray will be struck off the original nitrate print gets me...

 
 
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Sony brings CinemaNow to Playstation 3

Sony, just moments ago, announced that CinemaNow, a movie streaming service along the lines of Netflix, will be coming to the Playstation 3 very soon. How soon? Well, Playstation CEO Jack Tretton didn't say, but I'll update this post with m...

 
 
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Flix for Short: I Am Sitting In A Video Room

Flix for Short is Flixist's way of showing off awesome short films we find around the web. Do you have a favorite short you saw? Why not tell us about it in our Community Blogs? We'd love to see what short films you can m...

 
 
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The Hobbit to be ultra smooth, shot in 48fps

My mother recently got a new Samsung high-def TV, so of course I was the one tapped to set it up right. It came with an option, "auto motion plus," that was turned on be default. A selling point of the system, it messed with the frame rate ...

 
 




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The Snowman"When you try your best but you don't succeed"

 

Wonderstruck"When the might of artifice meets the disappointing limitations of realism"

 

The Foreigner"Jackie Chan has a certain set of skills, too"

 

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)"Damaged people, decent people, dysfunctional families"

 

NYFF Lady Bird"Fly, birdy, fly"

 

The Mountain Between Us"Why didn't they eat the dog?"

 

My Little Pony: The Movie"Straight to the glue factory"

 

Blade Runner 2049"Does Hollywood dream of electric reboots?"

 

Cult of Chucky"Don't cults require followers?"

 

NYFF Zama"Strange and without category, Lucrecia Martel's return to filmmaking is the best and most idiosyncratic movie of 2017"

 

Jeepers Creepers 3"Where does he get those wonderful toys?"

 

Battle of the Sexes"A back and forth volley never settling on a tone"

 

NYFF Thelma"Everything you need and more"

 

American Made"Sex, drugs, and Tom Cruise"

 

NYFF Last Flag Flying"Richard Linklater standing at attention, but not at ease or at rest"

 

Preacher (Season 2)"Adapting the unadaptable"

 

Mother!"Mother of god this is pretentious"

 

American Assassin"American Ass"

 

It"Stephen King's scariest adaptation to date"

 

Good Time"Robert Pattinson: Vampire, no more"

 

Logan Lucky"No relation to Wolverine"

 

The Defenders (Season 1)"Masters of karate and friendship "

 
 
 
 
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