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Pacific Rim Uprising (Trailer 2)

Pacific Rim Uprising (Trailer 2)

(PG-13) “Someone let them in. Someone from our world.” The latest trailer for Pacific Rim Uprising shows that our young heroes are thrust reluctantly into their roles when the kaiju unexpectedly return. Premieres 3/23/18.

The Work of Hiromasa Yonebayashi

The Work of Hiromasa Yonebayashi

“Not to pursue reality, but to replicate an impression of emotions.” Channel Criswell pays homage to former Studio Ghibli animator and director Hiromasa “Maro” Yonebayashi. Maro-sama’s work uses the surroundings and objects to reflect a character’s inner state.

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Tomb Raider (Trailer 2)

Tomb Raider (Trailer 2)

The second trailer for the Tomb Raider reboot wants to prove just how faithful it is to the spirit of the video game reboot. In other words, prepare to wince and gasp in what appears to be one long quicktime event. Mash the X button, Lara! Mash!

How Streaming Services Ruin Movies

How Streaming Services Ruin Movies

Just because you’ve got a widescreen doesn’t mean you’re seeing movies the way they were filmed. Many films were shot in an even wider aspect ratio, and streaming services are cutting off the edges to make them fit without black bars. Patrick (H) Willems explains.

Fake Shemps and Rogue Princesses

Fake Shemps and Rogue Princesses

It’s one of our pet peeves – replacing actors in the middle of a TV series or in movie sequels as if nothing happened. Writer Rex Sorgatz takes a look at this Hollywood monkey business, and how digitization could allow actors to keep performing long after they die.

Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far… (Teaser)

Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far… (Teaser)

Joaquin Phoenix plays the late cartoonist John Callahan. A car accident left Callahan a quadriplegic at age 21. Already an avid drinker, he turned to the bottle to save himself. But along the way, he also discovered his talent for making funny cartoons. Premieres 5/11/18.

The Shape of Water VFX Reel

The Shape of Water VFX Reel

(Spoilers) A look at some of the visual effects used in Guillermo Del Toro’s wonderful film, and how VFX artists used green screen, CGI, and other techniques to not only create the amphibian man, but to magically transport viewers in place and time.

Strangely Translated Movie Titles

Strangely Translated Movie Titles

Did you know that Thor: Ragnarok had the awesome title Mighty Thor: Battle Royale in Japan? Abroad in Japan looks at this and 20 other movies which had oddly translated titles, some which worked better than others. We love Phantom Thief Gru and the Moon Theft.

Beirut (Trailer)

Beirut (Trailer)

Jon Hamm stars as a U.S. diplomat in 1982 who gets caught between a rock and a hard place. He’s tasked to negotiate the release of his colleague from the terrorist group that killed his wife, in exchange for the release of a deadly terrorist leader. Premieres 4/13/18.

Red Sparrow (Trailer 2)

Red Sparrow (Trailer 2)

“Every human being is a puzzle of need. You must become the missing piece, and they will tell you everything.” Jennifer Lawrence stars as a Russian spy specializing in seduction and manipulation. Her loyalties are tested when she falls for a CIA agent. Premieres 3/2/18.

Blade Runner 2049: Humanity’s Evolution

Blade Runner 2049: Humanity’s Evolution

(SPOILERS) Jack’s Movie Reviews made this great summary of the underappreciated Blade Runner 2049. He looks at how Joe, Luv, Deckard and the other main characters serve as answers to the movie’s central question: what it means to be human.

Blockers (Trailer)

Blockers (Trailer)

(PG-13: Language) John Cena and Leslie Mann play neighbors who find out that their respective daughters plan to lose their virginity on prom night. They’re willing to do anything to stop that from happening. We dare you to watch this with your family.

The History of Shrinking People

The History of Shrinking People

The movie Downsizing might have come up a little short in both its reviews and box office take, but it did succeed in the VFX department. Here, the film’s effects supervisor Jamie Price walks us through the history of shrinking people down on the big screen.

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The Most Original Films

The Most Original Films

(PG-13, Gore) CineFix picks its top five most innovative and unique films of all time. Whether its technological pioneers, or ones with left field stories, arresting presentations, uniquely cinematic or utterly experimental.

The Open House (Trailer)

The Open House (Trailer)

“Death – it’s like it moves in and never leaves.” After the death of her husband, a woman and her son move in to a relative’s vacation home, which is currently being sold. And there might be a good reason why they’re selling the place. On Netflix starting 1/19/18.

Essential Films Scratch-off Chart

Essential Films Scratch-off Chart

Pop Chart Lab’s scratch-off chart is a great way for cinephiles to check which of the classics they’ve already seen. The poster measures 18″x 24″ and contains tiny posters of 100 great films, including The Best Years of Our Lives, Do the Right Thing and Spirited Away.

Dunkirk: The Silent Film

Dunkirk: The Silent Film

(SPOILERS) Dunkirk is already an exercise in minimalism. But Like Stories of Old wanted to push the boundaries and see if it could work as a traditional and short silent film. The soundtrack and speed are jarring at first, but the result does feel like a complete film.

Mom and Dad (Trailer)

Mom and Dad (Trailer)

“They brought you into this world. Now they’ll take you out.” The world turns to chaos for 24 hours because of a global mass hysteria where parents start murdering their own children. Nicolas Cage stars in the Home Alone for millennials.

Cinema Tribute 2017

Cinema Tribute 2017

Celebrate some of the best and brightest films of the year with this excellent supercut from CLS Videos. The reel features great movies like Blade Runner 2049, Get Out, Baby Driver, and The Shape of Water, backed by a duo of great tracks by musicians Sparks and Nena.

Why Love Never Works out in Star Wars

Why Love Never Works out in Star Wars

ScreenPrism talks about the reasons why romantic couples never last long in the Star Wars films. Whether it’s because the characters are too busy, noble or narcissistic, it seems the Force doesn’t want lovers to last.

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All the Money in the World (Trailer 2)

All the Money in the World (Trailer 2)

“Everything has a price. The great struggle in life is coming to grips with what that price is.” Nope, that’s not Frank Underwood. And it’s not Kevin Spacey as oil tycoon Jean Paul Getty anymore. Christopher Plummer replaced the fallen star in Ridley Scott’s reshot biopic.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi’s Title Explained

Star Wars: The Last Jedi’s Title Explained

(SPOILERS) Star Wars: The Last Jedi has several major themes. But ScreenPrism argues that it has two main subjects that are implied in its title. One is the demystification of the past, and the other is the meritocracy of greatness.

Christopher Nolan 4K HDR Blu-ray Set

Christopher Nolan 4K HDR Blu-ray Set

This Blu-ray box set features Christopher Nolan’s last seven movies – The Prestige, the three Dark Knight films, Inception, Interstellar, and Dunkirk – remastered in 4K with HDR support. It also comes with discs for 1080p versions of the films as well as bonus features.

The Story of the Rocky Theme Song

The Story of the Rocky Theme Song

“What in god’s name is anybody gonna write to that?” Singer-songwriter Carol Connors spoke with Academy Originals about how they came up with Gonna Fly Now, the theme song for Rocky that has become inseparable with the movie and its famed museum steps scene.

Brilliant Movie Adaptations

Brilliant Movie Adaptations

More and more movies are being adapted from other forms of art, whether they be novels, plays or comic books. CineFix presents some of the best adaptations before picking its top five. And yes, Charlie Kaufman’s meta-adaptation makes the cut.

Sicario 2: Soldado (Trailer)

Sicario 2: Soldado (Trailer)

“No rules this time.” Oscar winners Josh Brolin and Benicio del Toro reprise their roles in the sequel to the tense Sicario. When drug cartels begin trafficking terrorists across the US-Mexico border, the American government unleashes mercenaries to fight back.

How MacGuffins Can Ruin Movies

How MacGuffins Can Ruin Movies

The Mother Box. The Ark of the Covenant. R2-D2. These are examples of a MacGuffin – something that the characters in a movie worry about but for which the audience doesn’t care, at least not at first. Just Write outlines five ways that it can be used to good effect.

The 15:17 to Paris (Trailer)

The 15:17 to Paris (Trailer)

Directed by Clint Eastwood, The 15:17 to Paris is an adaptation of a book about the 2015 Thalys train attack, in which three Americans risked their lives to subdue a gunman who opened fire in their train. Those same heroes star as themselves in the movie.

The Before Trilogy: Conversations

The Before Trilogy: Conversations

(PG-13: Language) The Royal Ocean Film Society credits the success of Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and Before Midnight to director Richard Linklater’s willingness to have a conversation with stars Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy on how best to flesh out the characters.

Into the Spider-Verse (Teaser)

Into the Spider-Verse (Teaser)

Miles Morales makes his way to the big screen in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. The computer animated film is based on the 2014 Spider-Verse comic books, where Spider-Men from different universes teamed up to stop a powerful villain. Premieres 12/25/18.

6 Brilliant Movie Shots

6 Brilliant Movie Shots

Video cameras move in six basic ways: pan, tilt, roll, push (or pull), track and crane. They can be combined, performed at different speeds, and cut into each other. But each one is rich enough on its own. CineFix presents its picks for the best use of each basic movement.

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