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Shadow Dancer Review
  Watch Video Following in the footsteps of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Shadow Dancer is an absorbing period thriller about divided loyalties, instability in the British intelligence services, and the personal cost of political turmoil. Dir...   read
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Sightseers Review
  Watch Video In a year where Great Britain has been celebrated by its Queen's jubilee, a successful Olympics and the fiftieth anniversary of its greatest cinematic icon, there's something gleefully appropriate about the year's final sho...   read
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Our first look at Star Trek Into Darkness will be arriving as a nine-minute preview ahead of IMAX showings of The Hobbit, but for now we'll have to make do with a poster which is ostensibly new, but bears a striking resemblan...   read
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  Watch Video [This review was originally posted in October to coincide with the UK release of Killing Them Softly. It has been reposted to coincide with the US release of the film.] Killing Them Softly currently holds a 95% 'Fresh' rating...   read
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  Watch Video In a directors' roundtable interview for Hollywood Reporter, Quentin Tarantino has admitted that he's already planning his eventual retirement from movie directing. The reason? In his view, the move to digital projection has...   read

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I'm going to assume everyone who wanted to see The Dark Knight Rises has seen it by now, so won't be skirting around spoilers - as though the headline hadn't given everything away already. At the end of the movie, Christian B...   read

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With sequels reportedly on the way, Fox has surprisingly opted to shelve a 3D re-release of 1996 alien invasion blockbuster Independence Day, which had been set for release on July 3rd 2013. No word has been given on any reas...   read

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Kathryn Bigelow's follow-up to the Oscar-winning The Hurt Locker just under a month away from its US release and a new poster and set of images have been released for your perusal. The movie stars the ubiquitous Jessica Chast...   read
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  Watch Video [This review was originally posted in September to coincide with the UK release of Anna Karenina. It has been reposted to coincide with the US release of the film.] After a run of trying-too-hard Oscarbait pictures, Joe Wrigh...   read
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Legendary make-up and prosthetic artist Rick Baker is to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame, recognising his iconic body of work over a career spanning more than forty years. While make-up artists are rarely recogni...   read

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Anne Hathaway is soon to grace our screens as Fantine in Les Misérables, while Steven Spielberg's biopic Lincoln is currently partying on, dudes, in New York and LA cinemas ahead of its nationwide release this Friday. ...   read

Skyfall Review

Review: Skyfall

  Watch Video [This review was originally posted last month for the UK release of Skyfall and as a finale to our Across the Bond series. It has been reposted to coincide with the US release of the film.] This review will be spoiler-free, ...   read
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A long-standing joke about creatively soulless Hollywood executives has a young buck standing up and proposing a sequel to the 1942 Humphrey Bogart/Ingrid Bergman classic, Casablanca. Inevitably, that joke is now threatening ...   read

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Aaron Paul's award-winning run as the endearingly foul-mouthed meth dealer Jesse Pinkman on Breaking Bad is soon to come to an end, and in the meantime he has been earning rave reviews for his movie role alongside Mary Liz Wi...   read

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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 Presi...   read

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Brosnan's third Bond movie has compelling villains, a more complex and character-driven plot, but also Denise Richards as a nuclear physicist. Such miscalculations unfortunately undermine the whole movie, and both Matt and I ...   read
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  Watch Video Running at a touch over an hour and a half, some might suspect Everything Or Nothing to be a glorified DVD extra given undue prominence and a limited UK release due to 2012 being the character's 50th anniversary year. The un...   read
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Everyone loves R-Patz and K-Stew, correct? Him with his stupid hair and shiny face, her with her grumbly countenance and sloppy posture. Truly, 'tis a love story for the ages, except for when she cheated on him with a forty-y...   read

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Octopussy frequently gets dismissed because of its name, but is actually one of the strongest movies of the Moore era. Bond gets a complex and sensibly aged loved interest, the villain is as charismatic as he is cunning, ther...   read
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When bonkers Danish auteur Lars von Trier announced his intention to film a pornographic drama featuring genuine sex scenes and provocatively titled Nymphomaniac, plenty of people were wondering whether any vaguely respectabl...   read

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Not satisfied with dominating the book charts, E.L. James' Fifty Shades Of Grey is set to firmly assert itself onto the big screen with a movie adaptation. Lord knows how Universal are going to sneak a story about S&M pas...   read

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Remember that time you read about Battleship, Monopoly and Stretch Armstrong being picked up for movie adaptations and snorted 'Yeah, when are they getting started on Hungry Hungry Hippos? Amiright?!' Hollywood just called your bluff, b*tch. [via LA Times]   read

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Princess Bride author William Goldman has admitted that he'd love to write a sequel to his most beloved creation, adapted into an imminently quotable movie in 1987, but has absolutely no clue how he'd go about it. The quote c...   read

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Have you noticed it's Bond Month here at Flixist? If you haven't, you need to check in with our Across The Bond feature pronto, unless you want to miss some shamelessly nerdy reflections on the series by Matt Razak and myself...   read

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Director Richard Kelly hasn't exactly enjoyed a prosperous career since his breakout hit Donnie Darko met with widespread acclaim and pseudo-philosophical ramblings on high school campuses everywhere. His director's cut of th...   read

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Zombieland and Gangster Squad director Ruben Fleischer is reportedly attached to the on-again-off-again movie adaptation of arcade classic Spy Hunter, in which the player is given a tricked out spy car and tasked with blowing...   read

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Period dramas are ten a penny these days, as someone from a period drama might say, so you need a writer or director with an interesting voice to put a witty spin on the exhausted genre. Even so, finding the right balance bet...   read

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  Watch Video Matt and I are ridiculously devoted Bond nerds, so expect extensive coverage of the fifty-year old series in the build-up to Flixist's Skyfall review next month. You'll hear more about that very soon, but in the meantime, th...   read

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Review: Dredd

  Watch Video Many of the greatest pre-millennial action movies had a roughness to them which has been steadily smoothed out of the genre over the past ten years by inflated budgets and risk-averse studios. Len Wiseman's Total Recall re...   read
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47 Ronin was already something of an oddity, being a 3D adaptation of an 18th century Japanese folk tale, which just so happened to star Keanu Reeves alongside an otherwise Japanese cast. The news that director Carl Rinsch ma...   read

 

About Xander Markhamone of us since 3:35 AM on 02.17.2011

Living just outside London, I represent Flixist’s entire UK branch. My film obsession manifested itself during a childhood spent watching Bond movies, Italian Westerns and all things samurai. In my spare time, I am an aspiring spy fiction novelist, run a blog doing TV and game reviews and occasionally freelance for Destructoid. I like everything Bond, most things Nintendo, plus crumpets, labradors, hammocks and nuns. Not necessarily in that order.

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