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Flixist's best reviewed movies of 2018

2018 has come and gone and while the writers at Flixist are hammering away their best of 2018 lists, it's important to look back on all of the quality titles that came out over the past 365 days. To that end, we've collected together here o...

 
 
 
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NYAFF Review: Tokyo Tribe

My favorite film to play at last year's New York Asian Film Festival was Sion Sono's cinematic love-letter/masterpiece Why Don't You Play in Hell?. It's a spectacular film, and now that it's seen a domestic release, y'all have no excuse not...

 
 
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Kung Fury is finally here and it is everything

I'm just going to leave this here with a hearty recommendations. Usually awesome trailers fleshed out fall flat, but the 30 minute Kung Fury movie is a masterpiece of modern cinema and possibly the only film that will ever hold a candl...

 
 
 
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Review: Reality

I imagine that the script for Reality is caustic. That it antagonizes the reader and makes for something that is even less comprehensible on paper than it is on screen. Rather than following the regular format, it's probably just a wor...

 
 
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The Dark Tower gets new life at Sony

I know, I know. You've heard it all before. Stephen King's massive, world-spanning book series The Dark Tower will be made into a movie or TV series or both and Ron Howard is on board to produce and possibly direct. Well it's back. Son...

 
 
 
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NYAFF Recommendation: Han Gong-Ju

Han Gong-Ju is incredible. It's easily the best film I've seen at the New York Asian Film Festival thus far and among the best I've seen in a long time. It's also extremely depressing, to the point where I'm not sure I can really write abou...

 
 
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Review: The Raid 2: Berandal

I will admit that I have not seen every movie that has ever been made. I have not seen every action film, martial arts film, or even all of the most revered of the action and martial arts films. I’ve seen my fair share, but there are ...

 
 
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Disney planning Cars 3, The Incredibles 2

Although I'm normally not a fan of sequels, I am a fan of Disney/Pixar sequels. You can argue back and forth over whether or not some of their films deserve sequels, but I'm glad they're coming. I'm one of the few people who loves the idea ...

 
 
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First official trailer for Terry Gilliam's Zero Theorem

Although Terry Gilliam's The Zero Theorem made its festival rounds last year, it has yet to get an official domestic release. I'm not going to sit here and try to dissect or front that I know exactly what's going on in the trailer above, b...

 
 
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Frozen's "Let It Go" sung in 25 different languages

No, I'm not sick at all of talking about how much I loved Disney's Frozen (put it on all three of my Top X of 2013 lists this year), so of course I'm using this time to gush again. Here we have a video of Idina Menzel's "Let It Go" (the Os...

 
 
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Japan now has Disney Princess lingerie

Thanks to Japan's Bellemaison boutique, now you too can bibitty boppity boo into some fancy undergarments! Bellemaison has plenty of Disney licensed products, but now they've finally jumped the shark and finally have created something that'...

 
 
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Ellen DeGeneres will be the best Oscar host

Ellen DeGeneres is hosting the 86th Annual Academy Awards next March and it will be the best thing anyone has ever seen. Don't believe me? Watch this promo spot for the show (directed by Paul Feig) as Ellen dances around in a tuxedo. I lov...

 
 
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Frozen's best scene is now available online

At this rate, Frozen is shaping up to be my favorite movie of 2013. If the above clip of Elsa (Idina Menzel) singing the film's stand out single, "Let It Go," doesn't convince you, then I've failed as a person. Although I said in the revie...

 
 
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Frozen had Disney Animation's biggest box office opening

Ever since I walked out of Frozen (while giving it my highest review score ever) I've been on a constant Frozen hype train much to the dismay of my fellow Flixist editors. The film is the best thing Disney has put out in ages and I'm happy ...

 
 
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Newest trailer for Gravity is amazing like the others

I've been willfully trying to avoid trailers for Gravity as I want to watch the film spoiling as few of the amazing visuals as possible. But since I write posts like these, it's pretty much impossible to stay blind. Yet, I want to.  S...

 
 
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Godzilla reboot gets a poster I need in my life already

You think Pacific Rim set a new standard for giant monster movies? Don't you dare forget a new Godzilla is coming out next year. To remind all of you that a potentially badass Godzilla movie exists, here's a poster revealed just before this...

 
 
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NYAFF Review: How to Use Guys with Secret Tips

At last year's NYAFF, it seemed like every other film I saw blew me away. Looking back at the roundup, almost half of the non-Japan Cuts crossover films received Editor's Choice awards from either Hubert or myself, and looking back at that ...

 
 
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Metal Gear artist drew Pacific Rim's Japanese poster

Remember how Hideo Kojima (creator of the Metal Gear Solid and Zone of the Enders franchises) tweeted how much he enjoyed Pacific Rim (Oh yeah, Kanye did too but Im'ma let you finish)? The connections between Guillermo Del Toro's Pacific Ri...

 
 
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So this poster for Sharknado is a thing

What more can I say other than this is a poster for the upcoming made for Syfy movie, Sharknado. It is somehow both the best and worst thing I've ever seen. It seems to be a tornado made out of sharks, or is a tornado that heavily features ...

 
 
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Trailer: Gatchaman

Super Science Ninja Team Gatchaman (or known as Battle of the Planets in the English version) was one of my dad's favorite cartoons. Naturally this meant that I watched a ton of it myself, so I'm very invested in this (although I really ha...

 
 
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Flix for Short: Captain T&T

Captain T&T, written and directed by Christopher and Leizelle Guinness, is one of the best short films you'll see this year. It's about a young boy, Thin Foot, growing up in Trinidad and Tobago (which the T&T stand for) who wants t...

 
 
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Check out the 10ft Robocop statue going up in Detroit

Just when you think the world couldn't get any more awesome, we finally have pictures of the glorious statue of Robocop that's going to be placed in the city of Detroit. Detroit is were the original movie takes place and thus, justly, a pet...

 
 
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Flix for Short: Waste

Waste, directed by Anton Groves, has to be one of the best short films I have seen in awhile. At first I had no idea where the story was going (a man lives obliviously with loads of papercraft monsters ad he goes through life wasting thing...

 
 
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Trailer: An Oversimplification of Her Beauty

An Oversimplification of Her Beauty is a gorgeous looking indie film by Terence Nance that has been running the festival circuit under the radar for the past year, and I don't really understand why. The film looks visually stunning, and th...

 
 
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Monster University got in touch with me today

It's not everyday you get word from your old alma mater, but today I came home and found myself with a newsletter, decal and letter from the dean of The School of Scaring at Monster University. Ahhh, I remember my days fondly now. Learning ...

 
 
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Update: Veronica Mars movie Kickstarter a dream come true

Update: And it's been funded. The goal of $2 million was reached in just 10 hours and as of this writing has been surpassed by $542,221. The Kickstarter broke a record by reaching $1 million in under four-and-a-half hours. Of course you ca...

 
 
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These BAFTA Best Film posters are beautiful

Here we have a bunch of posters created by illustrator Jonathan Burton for this year's British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards, and they are pretty wonderful. Each poster features one of the Best Film nominees, Argo, Les Miserabl...

 
 
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Gallery 1988 & Olly Moss create incredible Oscars poster

The Academy appears to be getting a little bit more hip this year! For their annual Oscars poster, the Academy actually approached the up and coming pop-culture gurus at Gallery 1988 to create an official "85th Anniversary" poster for the O...

 
 
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The Criterion Collection is 50% off at Barnes and Noble

For the past 10 months, I have been holding onto $100 worth of Barnes & Noble gift cards. They've been sitting near my desk, beckoning me. "Wait," I've been telling them. "Soon it will be November 5th." Last year, we let you know about ...

 
 
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First look at Jamie Foxx in White House Down

I had no idea that White House Down existed until just now, but am now completely in love with it. I have a weakness for really silly high concepts and this one sounds glorious: a Secret Service agent has to protect the President after the ...

 
 
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Behind the scenes video: The faces of ParaNorman

We all know somewhere in the back of our heads that stop motion animation takes an insane amount of work, but it isn't until you see behind the scenes things like the above video that you really begin to understand just how much work featu...

 
 
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First look at Sly Stallone and Arnie in The Tomb

It's Expendables week at Flixist and we'll be choc-a-block with features related to geriatric actioners up until the full review on Friday. The movie promises an expanded role for Arnold Schwarzenegger, although those waiting for a true two...

 
 
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Flix for Short: 'Taken' with a Real Dad

Remember that cool looking trailer for Taken 2? This is ten times better than that. Actually, Taken with a Real Dad is better than the Taken franchise will ever be. The awesome people over at Captain Hippo took the semi-badass, semi-r...

 
 
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Emma Stone is starring in Cameron Crowe's 'Deep Tiki'

This can only be good news, if not the greatest news of all time. Cameron Crowe, writer/director of masterpieces Almost Famous and Say Anything, has reworked the script for his seriously delayed Deep Tiki (from 2008) and development has sta...

 
 
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Watch the hard work it takes to make Paranorman look good

I am unabashedly supportive of Laika's Paranorman. When it comes out in three weeks (August 17th!), I'm wrangling up a huge group of people to see it with me. To further prove that Paranorman will be the greatest thing since toasted b...

 
 
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Melies' remastered Trip to the Moon to screen in Chicago

Georges Méliès' unequivocal masterpiece A Trip to the Moon was recently remastered and the new version now has completely hand-painted color as well as a soundtrack by the French atmospheric band Air. At the time, we were unsu...

 
 
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All of Rear Window in a single shot

Now that was just plain cool. Jeff Deason, who I now proclaim to be amazingly awesome, stitched together every rear window shot from Hitchcock's Rear Window and was able to make a time lapse short of the entire film's events playing out in...

 
 




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Koko-di Koko-da"Groundhog Day for grieving parents"

 

Rambo: Last Blood"Rambome Alone"

 

Loro"Sympathy for the Devil"

 

Hustlers"Hustle 'n bustle"

 

The Goldfinch"The real deal or fool's gold?"

 

Promare"BURN TO THE GROUND"

 

One Cut of the Dead"Heart-felt brain munching"

 

IT Chapter Two"But are there vomiting turtles?"

 

Satanic Panic"Always tip your drivers"

 

The Peanut Butter Falcon"Who doesn't like Mark Twain?"

 

Artik"The evils of murder and whiskey"

 

Clownado"Cyclownin' around"

 

Ready or Not"Let's play a game"

 

Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus"PHASE TWOOOOOOOOOOOOO"

 

The Amazing Johnathan Documentary"The man, the meth, the legerdemain"

 

Where'd You Go, Bernadette"Eh, she'll come back eventually"

 

Good Boys"Kissing party"

 

Driven"John DeLorean's shattered dream "

 

Long Gone By"Moral conundrum with ice cream "

 

Millennium Actress"A classic revived"

 

The Art of Racing in the Rain"No paws, all wheels"

 

The Kitchen"Half-cooked"

 

Dora and the Lost City of Gold"Can you say "mediocre?""

 
 
 
 
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