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How to Do a Plot Twist

How to Do a Plot Twist

Now You See It suggests how you can tell if a plot twist is good: watch or read the story again and see if you still enjoy it. Because unlike reality, fiction has to make sense. Instead of being a complete tangent, the twist has to fit in with the rest of the tale.

Last Flag Flying (Trailer)

Last Flag Flying (Trailer)

From director Richard Linklater comes a comedy-drama about war veterans. Steve Carell plays an ex-Navy corps medic who asks two former Marines (Bryan Cranston and Laurence Fishburne) to go with him to his son’s funeral. At least that was the plan. Premieres 11/1/17.

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Apocalypse Now Now (Teaser)

Apocalypse Now Now (Teaser)

Director Michael Matthews’ short film will drag us into a deep, dark alternate underbelly of Cape Town, South Africa filled with supernatural forces, monsters, and government conspiracies. Based on the novel by Charlie Human, the film dops on Short of the Week on 8/29/17.

Unrest (Trailer)

Unrest (Trailer)

Jennifer Brea was an avid traveler and academic. Then she was struck with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – a mysterious disorder that is only recently being taken seriously. With no cure or even sympathy in sight, she reached out to fellow victims to raise awareness about CFS.

The Killing of a Sacred Deer (Trailer)

The Killing of a Sacred Deer (Trailer)

A boy gives a surgeon a horrifying choice: the man must sacrifice one of his family members or they will all meet a slow and painful death. From Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster) comes a psychological horror film that critics have dubbed deeply unsettling but exquisitely made.

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MoviePass is a monthly subscription service that lets US residents watch up to one movie per day in a theater. It recently lowered its monthly fee to just $10. The problem? You have to sign up first to see if there’s a supported theater in your area. And AMC wants out of the deal.

Molly’s Game (Trailer)

Molly’s Game (Trailer)

For 8 years, Molly Bloom ran illegal high-stakes poker games for rich and powerful people, including Hollywood celebrities and gangsters. Writer Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut stars Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba and Kevin Costner. Premieres 11/22/17.

The Meyerowitz Stories (Teaser)

The Meyerowitz Stories (Teaser)

From Noah Baumbach (Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou) comes a film about fathers and sons. Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller and Dustin Hoffman star in the critically acclaimed comedy-drama hailed as “the best Netflix original film to date.” Drops 10/13/17.

How to Make a Blockbuster Trailer

How to Make a Blockbuster Trailer

Movie trailer these days are so ridiculously formulaic. We’d love to see them handed over to the guys who make title sequences instead. In the meantime, we’re all equally qualified to make trailers, thanks to this easy to follow instructional parody from Auralnauts.

The Death of Stalin (Trailer)

The Death of Stalin (Trailer)

(PG-13) Jeffrey Tambor, Steve Buscemi, Jason Isaacs, and Rupert Friend star in this satire from Veep creator Armando Iannucci. Based on the graphic novel, The Death of Stalin is about the grim but comical power struggle that erupted following the Soviet leader’s death in 1953.

How IMAX Film Projectors Work

How IMAX Film Projectors Work

Watching movies in a true IMAX theater can be an overwhelmingly amazing experience. Projectionist John Ruddock shows us that preparing the expensive equipment can also be intense. There’s a surprising amount of manual setup involved in playing a 70mm IMAX film.

Brilliant Western Films

Brilliant Western Films

Before Master Chief, before Superman, there was the cowboy. CineFix presents its picks for the best Western films of all time. You probably won’t agree with the list, but it’s a great reminder of the genre’s timeless relevance and appeal.

Mother! (Trailer)

Mother! (Trailer)

Jennifer Lawrence plays a content wife whose life takes a horrifying turn when an older couple moves in with her and her husband. That’s just about all we know about Darren Aronofsky’s upcoming film, but the trailer has us very intrigued. And very creeped out.

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Reasons to Use POV Shots

Reasons to Use POV Shots

“The more removed the point of view is from our own, the more fascinating it is.” ScreenPrism enumerates the different meanings or purposes of the point of view shot. It can both reveal and conceal, excite and horrify, and empower and constrict.

The Wiseguy Behind Goodfellas

The Wiseguy Behind Goodfellas

…or rather, the wiseguys behind Goodfellas. The Film Theorists share trivia not only about the real Henry Hill – the mobster that Ray Liotta portrayed in the film – but also how the other actors were cast, and how they sought inspiration for their roles.

Marjorie Prime (Trailer)

Marjorie Prime (Trailer)

“She’s nicer to that thing than she is to me.” In this drama set in the future, Jon Hamm stars as an inquisitive hologram of Walter, an old woman’s late husband. Day by day, he learns to be more like Walter. Or rather, the Walter that his wife remembers. Premieres 8/18/17.

IT (Trailer 2)

IT (Trailer 2)

Our latest peek at the remake of IT isn’t shy about showing Pennywise, as well as the terrifying the things that await The Losers Club, the foolishly brave kids who want to take him on. Man, we regret watching that with headphones on.

Brad’s Status (Trailer)

Brad’s Status (Trailer)

“Oh that’s right you have your little thing. Oh a that is a cool thing that you’ve got. That is good stuff.” Ben Stiller plays a dad who goes on a tour with his son to scout colleges. He meets his more successful colleagues and starts having a mid-life crisis. Premieres 9/15/17.

The Snowman (Trailer)

The Snowman (Trailer)

An elite detective goes up against a serial killer called the Snowman, who strikes only on the first day of snow and marks his crime scenes with snowmen. Michael Fassbender, J.K. Simmons and Charlotte Gainsbourg star in this adaptation of Jo Nesbø’s novel.

Justice League (Trailer 2)

Justice League (Trailer 2)

Wonder Woman leads the charge, the Flash is too young for this sh*t and Aquaman does the Bryce Harper move in our latest look at Zack Snyder’s Justice League. We’re not sure why they still look up to Superman after Dawn of Justice though.

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Thor: Ragnarok (Trailer)

Thor: Ragnarok (Trailer)

“What were you the god of again?” Thor, the Hulk and another familiar face must team up to stop Hela, the goddess of death, from destroying all of Asgard. At least they got snazzy haircuts before all hell breaks loose.

Bright (Trailer)

Bright (Trailer)

“We’re not in a prophecy. We’re in a stolen Toyota Corolla.” Netflix’s upcoming exclusive movie is set in an alternate present in which humans share the world with fairies, elves and other fantasy creatures. Starring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton. Premieres 12/22/17.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (Trailer 2)

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (Trailer 2)

“Manners. Maketh. Man.” The latest trailer for the Kingsman sequel teases even more action and gizmos, like a high tech lasso and a suitcase grenade launcher. Fox also released a short cartoon showing Archer invading the Kingsman office.

The Art of Mondo

The Art of Mondo
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Mondo’s upcoming art book is a back catalog of its highly sought-after movie posters. The book includes prints of Olly Moss’ posters for the Star Wars trilogy, Francesco Francavilla’s Clash of the Titans piece, Laurent Durieux’s subtle Jaws poster and many more.

The Shape of Water (Trailer)

The Shape of Water (Trailer)

From filmmaker Guillermo del Toro comes an original story about an unusual love. Set in 1963, The Shape of Water is about a mute cleaning lady who befriends an amphibious creature that’s being held captive by the government. Premieres 12/8/17.

Christopher Nolan’s Filmography

Christopher Nolan’s Filmography

ScreenPrism briefly analyzes Christopher Nolan’s diverse filmography. His movies are often morally ambiguous stories revolving around someone with multiple personas, but it seems he has taken a more positive turn beginning with Interstellar.

Alpha (Trailer)

Alpha (Trailer)

Set in Europe during the Ice Age roughly 20,000 years ago, Alpha is an epic adventure about the very first good boy. Both injured and left for dead, a young man and a wolf come to rely on each other and try to make their way back home before winter. Premieres 3/2/18.

The Disaster Artist (Teaser)

The Disaster Artist (Teaser)

(PG-13: Language) James Franco stars and directs in this wellreceived comedy. It’s about Tommy Wiseau and his film The Room, a movie so bad that it broke the scale and has become a cult classic. Based on the eponymous memoir co-authored by The Room actor Greg Sestero.

A Wrinkle in Time (Teaser)

A Wrinkle in Time (Teaser)

“There is such a thing as a tesseract.” A girl and her new friends must confront evil itself to save her father in this adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s classic fantasy novel. Starring Oprah Winfrey, Chris Pine, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling. Premieres 3/9/18.

Hidden Meaning in Clueless

Hidden Meaning in Clueless

(PG-13) Wisecrack’s Garyx Wormuloid looks back at an Earthling cult classic: Amy Heckerling’s sweet and smart teen movie Clueless. He enumerates Cher Horowitz’s epiphanies while poking fun at the movie’s heavy-handed foreshadowing.

Science Fiction of Social Fears

Science Fiction of Social Fears

“The human way is violence and death.” Like other excellent examples of fantasy and science fiction, the Planet of the Apes movies urge us to look inward. ScreenPrism points out how the franchise’s movies served as signs of their times.

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