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Review: The Favourite

Recently, I was listening to Paulo Coelho, author of The Alchemist, talk about the kinds of stories out there in the world. He said there are only four: a love story between two people, a love story between three people, the quest for ...

 
 
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Ridley Scott is currently working on a sequel to Gladiator

Gladiator was one of those seminal films that if you were the right age and saw it at the right time has stuck in your mind since then. I was both at the right and at the right time so the movie for me is one of my favorites from direc...

 
 
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Missing Timeless? Catch the Spanish show that it ripped off

If you're one of the thousands of fans eagerly anticipating whether NBC's show, Timeless, would be renewed or canceled -- for the second time, mind you -- then no doubt you're also looking for another series to watch. Something that scratch...

 
 
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The Terror Season 1 Recap: 'Punished As a Boy'

[Editor's Note: Before we say anything, this recap will obviously go into detail about this episode of The Terror, so there are going to be a ton of SPOILERS. Beginning now.] Interesting episode title, isn't it? What exactly do they me...

 
 
 
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NYFF Review: Zama

Zama is a novelistic film, but not because it's an adaptation of a 1956 Argentinian novel by Antonio di Benedetto. Watching Zama creates a feeling that's similar to reading. The shots are so carefully composed, the sound design so meti...

 
 
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We finally get our first look at the Waco TV miniseries

The 90's were a turbulent time in domestic American history. Between the Unabomber's final packages, the Ruby Ridge standoff and the Olympic Park bombing it was a chaotic and bloody period. One of the biggest domestic tragedies was the ATF/...

 
 
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Great Wall director speaks up about White Washing

Last week the first trailer for The Great Wall dropped, and as it was a movie about China with its lead being not Chinese cries of white washing went up. And it is, of course, white washing. It would make a lot more sense to have a ful...

 
 
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Review: Bridge of Spies

Watching Bridge of Spies, I realized almost immediately the difference between a beautiful film and a handsome film. Steven Spielberg's latest movie is handsome. It's cleanly shot, polished, glossy, with impeccable acting in almost every sc...

 
 
 
 
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Review: Selma

There's something to be said for perfect timing. Would Selma be one of the best movies of the year if it had released in January? Yes. But coming out now makes it a true masterpiece of its time. As we try to wrap our heads around Eric ...

 
 
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Review: Exodus: Gods and Kings

Folks don't know this about me, but I have a soft spot for biblical stories. Having been raised half Roman Catholic, half who gives a hooey, I have an abundant knowledge of Christian bible quotes and intricacies. Regardless of your beliefs,...

 
 
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New images for Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods and Kings

We've seen a scant few images from Ridley Scott's upcoming Exodus: Gods and Kings (that's a new full title by the way), which stars Christian Bale as Moses and Joel Edgerton as Pharo Ramses. Nothing says Egypt like two white guys. Grea...

 
 
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New images of David Ayer's Fury look pretty cool

David Ayer's Schwarzenegger starring Sabotage may have been a well intentioned misfire, but I still have faith in his upcoming WWII tank project, Fury. It's filled to the brim with talented folks (Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Michael Pena)...

 
 
 
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Trailer: The Immigrant

The Immigrant tells the story of Ewa Cybulski, played by Marion Cotillard, a Polish immigrant to America in the 1920s and her struggle to try and forge a life after her sister is refused entry at Ellis Island. Cybulski is lured into a life...

 
 
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First Hercules trailer lets us know exactly who it's about

I've already dubbed the first Hercules that came this year as the worst movie of the year (a crown it still holds), but the second Hercules movie, Hercules, I have much higher hopes for, especially after this trailer. Whereas that oth...

 
 
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Review: Pompeii

I'm all for a mixing of genres. Comedy/horror? Golden. Dramatic comedy? Awesome. Sci-fi/action? Great. It usually works for the best. You get a little of one thing you like and then a bit of another. Pompeii is what happens when genre ...

 
 
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First trailer for Cesar Chavez, starring Michael Pena

Latinos don't have a lot of widely accepted historical icons. While we have our own, few have their names reach outside the Latino community. For example, Cesar Chavez was a farm worker in the 60s who organized a strike. When those strikes...

 
 
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NYFF Review: The Missing Picture

At last year's New York Asian Film Festival I saw a documentary called Golden Slumbers, which focused on the lost cinema of Cambodia. The Khmer Rouge had destroyed cinema houses and film negatives throughout the country, wiping out an entir...

 
 
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First image from WWII tank film Fury rolls in

David Ayer's Fury is a WWII movie about a group of soldiers who take their tank Fury behind enemy lines in a deadly mission. In other words it sounds like it could be awesome, and judging from the first official photo, Tweeted last night by...

 
 
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Second trailer for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

I'm not a guy who's instantly drawn to biopics or films with Idris Elba in them, so I'm a little weary of the upcoming Nelson Mandela biopic, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. It may be one of the Flixist staff's most anticipated films o...

 
 
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First trailer for JFK assassination film, Parkland

Following up on the poster and images released a few days ago, the first trailer for Parkland takes us inside Parkland Hospital during JFK's assassination. Sure the assassination has been mined to death before, but I'm hoping that a d...

 
 
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Review: Lee Daniels' The Butler

Lee Daniels is known to be an envelope pusher, for better (Precious) or for worse (The Paperboy). When it was announced that he'd be the director for a "based on a true story" film about White House butler Eugene Allen it was easy to raise ...

 
 
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First look and poster for JFK film Parkland

We haven't done much reporting on Parkland because there hasn't been much to report on. The film has been pretty quiet, but with the release of a few pictures and a new poster our interest has been piqued. The movie takes place in the ...

 
 
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A clip from The Act of Killing on history's winners

The Act of Killing is one of my picks for best films of 2013. It's a disturbing and yet fascinating documentary in which Indonesian death squad members are asked to make their own narrative film that dramatizes their actions during the com...

 
 
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Japan Cuts Review: The Floating Castle

There's inherent drama in stories about impossible odds, and some of the better one involve samurais in Feudal Japan. In Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai, it was the title band against a horde of bandits (I think it's 40 to 50, off the t...

 
 
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Idris Elba's Mandela biopic gets a fancy trailer

I'm surprised there's not been a full-blown 'biopic' until now. We've had our TV movies and Invictus, but Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom seems to be the first proper Mandela effort. It stars Idris Elba, who looks uncannily like Nels, a...

 
 
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Review: The Great Gatsby

First off, if you don't understand that sub-header than you need to crack F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby open and give it a read. If you're like me you haven't touched the thing since high school and it's well worth a re-read now th...

 
 
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Cleopatra getting 50th anniversary re-releases

Cleopatra, the epic film known as much for its off screen issues as it was for its grandeur, is turning 50 this year and 20th Century Fox isn't about to miss out on the opportunity to celebrate it. They've remastered the original theat...

 
 
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Trailer: The Grandmaster

Wong Kar-Wai's The Grandmaster has been stuck in production and post-production h-e-double-hockey-sticks for about three years now. While we can hardly say at this point whether or not the movie will be worth the wait, we can at least be e...

 
 
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Trailer: Byzantium

Continuing popular culture's seemingly never satisfied fascination with vampires - Neil Jordan, the creator of Interview with a Vampire, brings us the heady, red shifted Byzantium. The story follows a mother and daughter pair of vampires w...

 
 
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Review: 42

Just to make it clear, it's nearly impossible not to enjoy 42 in some way. It's a sports movie about civil rights involving the holy grail of sports movie sports, baseball. Seriously, no other sport lends itself to drama like baseball ...

 
 
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Spielberg developing Kubrick's Napoleon as miniseries

Napoleon was supposed to be Stanley Kubrick's follow-up to 2001: A Space Odyssey. The movie almost happened. Extensive research was done, costumes were made, the screenplay was written, locations were scouted, names were thrown around for t...

 
 
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Flixist Awards 2012: Best Actor

This year's Best Actor category had some fairly strong competition, between Daniel Day-Lewis' beloved portrayal of Abraham Lincoln, Denzel Washington's troubled airline pilot in Flight and Joaquin Phoenix's hauntingly disturbed character in...

 
 
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Coen Brothers to rewrite Angelina Jolie's Unbroken

Angelina Jolie has enlisted Joel and Ethan Coen to rewrite her WWII drama Unbroken. The film is adapted from Laura Hillenbrand's 2010 book of the same name that chronicles the life of WWII POW Lou Zamperini. According to The Hollywood Repor...

 
 
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Lincoln passes the 13th amendment. Again. Sort of.

This is history. It's not reporting on set about Megan Fox's tits or new photos from Channing Tatum's butthole salon, but this is important. Steven Spielberg's Lincoln apparently caused Mississippi to finally ratify the 13th amendment,...

 
 
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Review: No

[This review was originally posted as part of our 2012 New York Film Festival coverage. It has been reposted to coincide with the theatrical release of No.] Sometimes I'm glad I don't live in a swing state. If I did, I'd have to endure an e...

 
 
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Trailer: 42

42 tells the story of the first black American man to play in major league baseball; Jackie Robinson. Judging by the trailer, 42 will focus on a lot of the racism and bigotry that Robinson had to overcome, and how he eventually became a na...

 
 




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Mowgli"Uncanny jungle valley"

 

Anna and the Apocalypse"We've reached uber niche!"

 

The Favourite"Probably not a pun, but it should be--it's my favorite"

 

Ralph Breaks the Internet"The deepest piece of media that also has the floss dance"

 

Creed II"Creed : Creed II :: Rocky : Rocky II"

 

Robin Hood"For the last time, arrows are not bullets"

 

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindewald "Doesn't break the mold, just dusts it off for more"

 

Instant Family"I'm not crying! You're crying!"

 

Widows"Viola Davis = fire"

 

They Shall Not Grow Old"Every bit as remarkable as expected"

 

The Long Dumb Road"Not quite long and only a little dumb"

 

Overlord"Cloverlord"

 

The Girl in the Spider's Web"Great 'Girl,' lame 'Spider's Web'"

 

The Grinch"Stink, Stank, Stunk"

 

The Other Side of the Wind"Orson Welles' "final" film is an angry, sloppy, salvaged ego trip"

 

Bohemian Rhapsody"Traveling at the speed of light"

 

The Great Buster"Proof that silent movies never get old"

 

Monster Party"Cause the party don't stop until -- wait, it does stop."

 

Mid90s"A pretty good coming-of-age movie that you've probably seen before"

 

Castlevania (Season 2)"Let us go out this night for exposition"

 

Johnny English Strikes Again"Atkinson is a load-bearing actor"

 

All Creatures Here Below" And the Most Disturbing Movie goes to..."

 

Suspiria"An arthouse overhaul of Dario Argento's 1977 classic that will enrage and alienate audiences (but I liked it... I think?)"

 

Blessed Are the Children"Won't someone think of the children?"

 
 
 
 
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