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Movies

Black Panther (Trailer)

Black Panther (Trailer)

“You get to decide what kind of king you are going to be.” With his father’s tragic and sudden passing, T’Challa finds himself inundated with a ruler’s duties. Unfortunately for him, things are about to get much, much worse. Iron Ninja Batman premieres 2/16/18.

Logan & Children of Men

Logan & Children of Men

(PG-13: Language) “The end is in the beginning.” Logan and Children of Men have very similar plots. But Lessons from the Screenplay points out that both movies also have nicely set up character arcs, and a literal journey that externalizes their change of heart.

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The New Mutants (Trailer)

The New Mutants (Trailer)

Five teenage mutants – Magik, Wolfsbane, Cannonball, Sunspot and Mirage – try to escape from a secret facility. Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams and Stranger Things’ Charlie Heaton star in this horror take on Marvel’s New Mutants. Premieres 4/13/18. More on IGN.

Five Classic Horror Tropes

Five Classic Horror Tropes

(PG-13: Language, Gore) CineFix summon the Halloween spirit by listing some of the most popular horror movie tropes as well as some stellar examples. There’s the classic location, the person whom you just know is going to make it until the end, and… behind you!

CGI & Storytelling in Animated Films

CGI & Storytelling in Animated Films

Just Write compares the stories of Disney’s 2D films with 3D successors from Pixar and DreamWorks, then points out how 3D animation contributed to that change. We’re not entirely convinced of his thesis, but his comparison is food for thought.

JANE (Trailer)

JANE (Trailer)

Brett Morgen’s critically-acclaimed documentary about chimpanzee expert Dame Jane Goodall. JANE is based on over 100 hours of footage shot by Goodall’s ex-husband Hugo van Lawick, and is narrated by the scientist herself. Premieres 10/20/17.

Justice League (Trailer 3)

Justice League (Trailer 3)

Still reeling from the loss of Superman, the world finds itself invaded by an otherworldly army that brings death, destruction, black and orange. DC Comics and Warner Bros. show that Ragnarok isn’t exclusive to Marvel in the latest trailer for Justice League.

Why Movie Poster Names Don’t Line Up

Why Movie Poster Names Don’t Line Up

Most movie posters don’t have the actors’ names aligned with their images. Movie geek austinmcconell explains that the placement of the two elements are determined separately. One is determined by an actor’s star power, the other by marketing.

Kart Kids

Kart Kids

Nowness presents an excerpt from Christopher Kippenberger’s upcoming documentary Kart Kids. The film, which Kippenberger has been shooting for the past decade, follows three kids in Germany’s go-kart racing scene. We can’t wait to see more of it.

Wonder Wheel (Trailer)

Wonder Wheel (Trailer)

Set in the 1950’s, Woody Allen’s latest film follows four people working in a Coney Island amusement park. The color grading is a bit too vibrant, but we’re still looking forward to it. Starring Kate Winslet, Justin Timberlake, Jim Belushi and Juno Temple. Premieres 12/1/17.

BingeClock

BingeClock

Want to know how long it will take to binge watch an entire series? BingeClock has data for over 8,000 TV shows to help figure out how much time you need. They also offer a similar capability for planning movie marathons. It ain’t the prettiest website, but it’s really useful.

Ten Great Cinematographers

Ten Great Cinematographers

CineFix picks its top 10 cinematographers of all time. The next time you praise a movie’s lighting, camera movement, framing, coloring or even mood, know that it’s not just because of the director, set designer or cameramen. It’s the cinematographer at work.

Rushmore: A Young Wes Anderson

Rushmore: A Young Wes Anderson

ScreenPrism treats Wes Anderson’s breakout film Rushmore as the director’s coming-of-age. The movie sees the debut of Anderson’s dollhouse aesthetic – albeit raw and less ornate – and penchant for indie music, while the story and theme are lifted from his life.

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HBO: Spielberg (Trailer)

HBO: Spielberg (Trailer)

“I realized that this is what I was gonna do, what I was going to die trying.” HBO and critically-acclaimed producer Susan Lacy (American Masters) present “an intimate portrait” of one of the most talented and prolific directors of all time – Steven Spielberg. Premieres 10/7/17.

Annihilation (Teaser)

Annihilation (Teaser)

A biologist joins the latest expedition into a bizarre disaster zone to find out what happened to her husband, who was sent there in the previous expedition. Alex Garland (Ex Machina, 28 Days Later, Sunshine) directs Natalie Portman and Oscar Isaac in this sci-fi mystery.

Blade Runner: Future Noir

Blade Runner: Future Noir

“There are no choices.” Blade Runner draws us in with memorable visuals of a dystopian future. But at its core, it’s a noir film. Lessons from the Screenplay lists the three key elements of noir and how they manifest in Ridley Scott’s classic.

All the Money in the World (Trailer)

All the Money in the World (Trailer)

From the late 50’s to the early 70’s, oil tycoon Jean Paul Getty was one of the richest men in the world. Like most rich men, he was frugal to a fault. In 1973, his then teenage grandson was kidnapped for ransom. Guess what J. Paul said.

Tomb Raider (Trailer)

Tomb Raider (Trailer)

Alicia Vikander steps into Lara Croft’s battered tank top, jeans and boots. Coming in 2018, Tomb Raider is based on the video game’s awesome 2013 reboot. So we’re expecting to see Lara receive Jackie Chan levels of pain. With no saves and reloads.

Red Sparrow (Trailer)

Red Sparrow (Trailer)

(PG-13) Hot on the heels of Atomic Blonde comes Red Sparrow. Based on Jason Matthews’ eponymous spy novel, the movie stars Jennifer Lawrence as one of the products of a Russian program that trains girls to become wily and seductive secret agents.

Brilliant & Memorable Movie Props

Brilliant & Memorable Movie Props

(PG-13: Language) “Your father wanted you to have this when you were old enough…” A tool. A gag. A clue. CineFix presents its top 10 movie props of all time, be they extremely effective on their own or fully supported by the film itself. And no, the top pick isn’t Rosebud.

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Film Color Palettes

Film Color Palettes

The unique YouTube channel Film Color Palettes compiles scenes from visually compelling movies, and then proceeds to break down the images into collections of color swatches. It’s a neat resource for designers and artists, though it could use more videos. (Thanks Lane!)

The Commuter (Trailer)

The Commuter (Trailer)

An office worker’s usual commute turns exciting and then sinister when a stranger offers him a large amount of money to spot a hidden passenger on the train. Crooks just won’t stop messing with Liam Neeson, and even he’s getting tired of it.

The Disaster Artist (Trailer)

The Disaster Artist (Trailer)

(PG-13) “It’s not gonna happen for you. Not in a million years!” “…but after that?” Get a good look at James Franco’s comedy drama about what is widely considered the worst movie ever made. The line between ambition and delusion can sometimes be tricky to pin down.

What’s in a Darren Aronofsky Film?

What’s in a Darren Aronofsky Film?

(PG-13, Flashing lights) Director Darren Aronofsky has an incredibly consistent filmography. It’s not only in terms of his movies’ quality, but also in the themes that he chooses to tackle and visualize: ambition, fantasies, and the gap between parents and children.

The Current War (Trailer)

The Current War (Trailer)

Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Thomas Edison in The Current War. It’s based on the War of Currents – the competition between Edison and George Westinghouse to dominate the United States’ electricity grid. Also starring Michael Shannon and Nicholas Hoult.

Thor: Ragnarok Trailer Spoof

Thor: Ragnarok Trailer Spoof

“Is there anyone who isn’t worthy of this horrible hammer?!” ArtSpear Entertainment makes the god of thunder even dumber than he is in this nicely animated spoof of the Thor: Ragnarok trailer. It’s still not as funny as the fact that we paid to see Thor 2 though.

Dunkey Reviews The Shining

Dunkey Reviews The Shining

(PG-13: Language) Videogamedunkey casts his analytical eye on his favorite horror film, The Shining. It’s a movie that needs no further introduction. But until every single human being has watched it, we think it qualifies as underappreciated.

Blade of the Immortal (Trailer)

Blade of the Immortal (Trailer)

(Gore) “There is a man, somewhere in Edo, who will never die.” From highly prolific director Takashi Miike comes a live action adaptation of Blade of the Immortal. It’s about Manji, a samurai who’s been denied death – but not pain! – until he kills 1000 evil men.

Filming the Unfilmable

Filming the Unfilmable

(SPOILERS) CineFix’s latest compilation features five wonderfully finessed scenes that effectively use camera movement, sound, blocking and more to express emotions, foreshadowing and other intangible concepts and states.

Tom Cruise: Characters, Scenes & Films

Tom Cruise: Characters, Scenes & Films

“I wanna have fat hands and I wanna dance.” Tom Cruise sat down with BBC Radio 1 to talk about some of his funniest scenes, his favorite fight sequences, the movies that blow his mind and more.

Memento: Telling a Story in Reverse

Memento: Telling a Story in Reverse

Seventeen years ago, Christopher and Jonathan Nolan bamboozled us with their breakout film, Memento. If the film’s alternating backward and forward stories still puzzle you, imagine the mental gymnastics that the Nolan brothers had to go through to bring it to life.

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