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Review: Diamantino

It can sometimes be easy to dismiss celebrities as shallow and jaded; the gorgeous model who poses in lavish jewelry for a living, or the actor who shows up with a line to collect millions for a car commercial. Diamantino, the gonzo politic...

 
 
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Review: Under the Silver Lake

The fixation with Los Angeles in a lot of films shouldn’t really come as much of a shock. In a city that manufactures dreams and drama, there’s got to be some stories worth telling, right? Hell of an understatement there, van de...

 
 
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Contest: Win a Blu-ray copy of Arrow Video's Terra Formars

Don't bug out with today's contest for a Blu-ray copy of Arrow Video's Terra Formars. You guys know me well enough to know I don't know shit about anime, or manga, or any of that stuff. It's just not my bag. That said, I do like batshi...

 
 
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Sony is making a Settlers of Catan movie

You know who Sony Pictures is. You know the kinds of movies they create. Jack and Jill, Fantastic Four, Pixels, Ghostbusters (2016), The Emoji Movie. This studio has generated some of the worst pieces of film I've ever seen. Now, they'...

 
 
 
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Review: Endless Poetry

In what may be the final years of Alejandro Jodorowsky's life, his work has turned inward and become sentimentally personal. He's exploring his own autobiography, but retelling it in his own odd way. Jodorowsky's previous film, 2013's The D...

 
 
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Review: The Bad Batch

Ana Lily Amirpour's A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night was a sparse yet stunning debut that overflowed with languid cool. So much of Girl Walks gets by on its moody/artsy posturing, which had shades of Jim Jarmusch's early work mixed with an ...

 
 
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Tribeca Capsule Review: November

I want to describe the opening scene of Rainer Sarnet's November because it's absolutely bonkers. There's a sentient creature comprised of three scythes and a cow skull. It moves in a herky-jerky fashion using its scythes as feet and l...

 
 
 
 
 
 

These Inside Llewyn Davis trading cards are kind of the best

The Coen brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis is one of the great, unsung movies of 2013. It's bitter, brilliant, and ignored, which is sort of like its title character, come to think of it. I often think of the movie fondly and sadly. Maybe one d...

 
 
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Review: A Touch of Zen

A Touch of Zen is King Hu's masterpiece, yet unless you're patient and a bit adventurous, it may not be the best introduction to his work. Dragon Inn, his straightforward wuxia classic from 1967, might be a more palatable entry point into K...

 
 
 
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Conspiracy Theory: Back to the Future predicted 9/11, guys

There are plenty of 9/11 conspiracy theories out there, but this one may be one of the strangest. According to a video by Apophenia Productions, the Back to the Future films predicted and warned about 9/11. This elaborate conspiracy even ti...

 
 
 
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Japan Cuts Capsule Review: Strayer's Chronicle

It's hard to make a rip-off of X-Men without hundreds of millions of dollars to back up the production. With a relatively minimal budget, any version of the mutants with superpowers who have to fight other mutants with (better) superpowers ...

 
 
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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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R100 trailer looks sexy, insane, and makes me feel funny

I don't even know what to say about this film that isn't said in the trailer. It looks amazing and sexy and messed up and absolutely right up my alley. Alec reviewed it back in July, and I'm so glad it's coming out in just over a month. Co...

 
 
 
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Fantasia Review: Live (Raivu)

To those who know it, Noboru Iguchi's name brings up a very particular image. In fact, when people with only a tangential knowledge of Japanese cinema, Iguchi's work is probably the first thing they think of. It's exactly the kind of schloc...

 
 
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New trailer and poster for Mad Men creator's Are You Here

Are You Here marks Matthew Weiner's (the creator of popular TV show Mad Men) film directorial debut. And apparently it's a bit of a doozy. Are You Here has a pretty big-name cast, including Zack Galifianakis, Owen Wilson and Amy Poehler, y...

 
 
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Review: Guilty of Romance

I greatly enjoyed Himizu, another 2011 Sion Sono film released last week in NYC theaters, but there was something it lacked that I expected from that sort of film: sex. It had the violence (although it was definitely subdued in comparison t...

 
 
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A look at the 2014 Oscar Nominated Animated Short Films

One easily overlooked part of the flurry of The Academy Awards is the shorts sections. Perhaps they seem less interesting or less consequential due to their bite-size nature, but to me, short films are often all the more accessible and feas...

 
 
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Review: Wrong Cops

It hurts me that people think that Quentin Dupieux makes surrealists films. It really does. And it's not just a bunch of hipsters trying to sound smarter than they are. Film critics who really ought to know better have lauded him for his mo...

 
 
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Fantasia Review: The Weight

When The Weight started, I thought for a moment that I was watching the wrong movie. Even though the opening credits were in Korean, I was very clearly not looking at Korea. What I was looking at what actually outside my window: New York Ci...

 
 
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Flixist Discusses Review: Double Xposure

Whenever News Editor Hubert Vigilla and I see a film together, we follow it up with a discussion about what we just saw, what we thought, what it means, whatever. Sometimes, those discussions play out in miniature with our system of reviews...

 
 
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Weird Science getting an edgy remake because reasons

Universal, working with Joel Silver (who produced the original) with a script by Michael Bacall (who wrote the scripts for Project X and 21 Jump Street), is setting out to remake one of the John Hughes saga of badass 80's flicks, Weird Scie...

 
 
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The Cult Club: Funky Forest: First Contact (2005)

[The Cult Club is where Flixist's writers expound the virtues of their favourite underground classics, spanning all nations and genres. It is a monthly series of articles looking at what made those films stand out from the pack, as well ...

 
 
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Scrapped Jurassic Park IV concept art is dinosaur-people

Jurassic Park IV is definitely a thing that is happening, but thank the heavens this concept did not come to fruition. Some years ago John Sayles wrote a script for the next film in the franchise, and as you may or may not re...

 
 
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Review: A Fish

[From September 20th to the 30th, the Korea Society in New York will be hosting a series of screenings called "Yeonghwa: Korean Film Today" at the Museum of Modern Art. Over the week, we will be bringing you reviews of a select number ...

 
 
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Review: Mirage

[From September 20th to the 30th, the Korea Society in New York will be hosting a series of screenings called "Yeonghwa: Korean Film Today" at the Museum of Modern Art. Over the week, we will be bringing you reviews of a select number ...

 
 
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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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Cult director Andrzej Zulawski returns with Dark Matter

In a future installment of The Cult Club, I'll have to write about an Andrzej Żuławski film. Probably Possession or On the Silver Globe. Żuławski is a Polish filmmaker whose movies are bonkers -- jagged, scraggly, unhing...

 
 
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Trailer: Cosmopolis

So the early reports of Cosmopolis out of Cannes painted it as kind of a middle of the road affair, but I'm still super excited. I mean, it's David Cronenberg getting back to some of that classic weirdness I've always loved about his ...

 
 
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French Star Wars burgers look worse than most French food

Really France, really?French fast food restaurant Quick (an apt name, non?) has recently debuted a new line of cheeseburgers based off of the Star Wars franchise - more specifically the recent theatrical release of Star Wars Episode I: The ...

 
 
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Review: The Catechism Cataclysm

I'll be frank with you, I have no idea how to start this review. When you're only given a paragraph or two to quickly set the tone for a movie like this...it's really hard. Like, harder than tying your shoes for the first time. So what I'll...

 
 




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Midway"戦争はつまらない"

 

Primal"Cage v. Jaguar"

 

Official Secrets"For your eyes only"

 

Doctor Sleep"Not The Shining"

 

Red Letter Day"'You were going to kill my daughter... live on the internet!?'"

 

Terminator: Dark Fate"We're fated to get more sequels"

 

Inside Game"A different kind of whistleblower"

 

Marla"IUDEAD on arrival"

 

The Lighthouse"A twisted tale of American horror"

 

Zombieland: Double Tap"New zombies, same jokes"

 

Carmen Sandiego (Season Two)"Sins of the father"

 

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil"EEEEEEEEVIIIIIIIIIIIIL"

 

Trick"Give me something good to stab (and stab and stab)"

 

Metallica: S&M²"Fight Fire With Fire"

 

LFF Harriet"Be free or die"

 

Gemini Man"Does whatever a gemini can"

 

LFF The Aeronauts"Reach for the sky"

 

NYFF Saturday Fiction"Life during wartime"

 

The Addams Family"Just be yourself (but not too much!)"

 

Parasite"Class mobility is a lie"

 

Lucky Day"Luck's run out"

 

LFF Knives Out"Whodounut"

 

LFF Bad Education"Ain't misbehavin"