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Alita: Battle Angel (Trailer)

Alita: Battle Angel (Trailer)

“This is just a body. It’s not bad or good – that part’s up to you.” Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, and Mahershala Ali star in this live action adaptation of the cyberpunk manga Battle Angel Alita. It’s about a cyborg who is resurrected and becomes a bounty hunter.

You Were Never Really Here (Trailer)

You Were Never Really Here (Trailer)

A traumatized war veteran makes a living tracking down missing teenagers. Asked to rescue a senator’s daughter, he finds himself unraveling a conspiracy. Joaquin Phoenix stars in this brutal thriller hailed as the spiritual successor to Taxi Driver. Premieres 4/6/18.

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Aladdin: How Can We Be Free?

Aladdin: How Can We Be Free?

“But oh, to be free… to be my own master.” ScreenPrism argues that Aladdin has a nice message about freedom. The heroes each have different kinds of freedom. In the end, they learn that to maximize their own freedom, they should help others be more free as well.

Batman Ninja (Trailer)

Batman Ninja (Trailer)

The Dark Knight is somehow transported to 15th century Japan. To his surprise, he finds medieval versions of some of his enemies and allies waiting for him. From Kill la Kill writer Kazuki Nakashima and Afro Samurai creator Takashi Okazaki comes Batman Samurai Ninja.

2017 Movie Trailer Mashup

2017 Movie Trailer Mashup

(PG-13: Language) We can hardly believe that the year is nearly over. So with that in mind, Sleepy Skunk is back with another glorious year-end roundup of all of the movie trailers he could get his hands on. In all, there are 231 individual movies – good, bad, and ugly.

Hidden Figures & Subplots

Hidden Figures & Subplots

Nearly all movies have smaller stories embedded around and within their main story. Lessons from the Screenplay uses the wonderful biopic Hidden Figures to show how subplots enhance the main plot when executed properly.

Brilliant Movie Sequels

Brilliant Movie Sequels

It’s been a while since CineFix made a list that riled up its fanbase. But here we go. The movie enthusiasts picked their five best film follow ups “of all time”, including direct sequels, reboots and spinoffs. Let’s just think of it as a conversation starter rather than a definitive list.

Retro VHS Night Lights

Retro VHS Night Lights

Etsy store NancysJars makes LED night lights out of old VHS tapes. You can customize the LEDs and the picture. The latter doesn’t have to be from a movie, but if it is the shop will do its best to use a tape of that movie to make the night light. It’s powered by AAA batteries.

Genocidal Organ (Trailer)

Genocidal Organ (Trailer)

(PG-13, Gore) A spy hunts the man behind sudden genocides in poor countries. An animated adaptation of Satoshi Ito’s novel, Genocidal Organ is as ominous, dense and action-packed as Metal Gear Solid. It’s no coincidence – Ito was Hideo Kojima’s friend.

A Study of “So Bad It’s Good” Movies

A Study of “So Bad It’s Good” Movies

Now You See It argues that awful movies entertain us beyond their obliviousness. He points out that the elements found in the Sharknados and The Rooms of the world – unrealistic acting, cheesy dialogue, outdated effects – are also used in good films.

Incredibles 2 (Teaser)

Incredibles 2 (Teaser)

It’s been over 13 years, but Bob Parr and his super-powered family are coming back to the big screen. From the looks of the teaser, it’s Baby Jack-Jack’s time to shine. And unless one of his powers is slowing time, it takes place shortly after the original. Premieres 6/15/18.

Five Brilliant Remakes

Five Brilliant Remakes

Even though they appear to be more prominent these days, movie remakes have actually been around since the days of black and white film. CineFix picks its top five remakes, from shot-for-shot takes to ones that are loosely inspired by obscure films.

The Post (Trailer)

The Post (Trailer)

In 1971, following The New York Times’ lead, the Washington Post published leaked documents about the secret expansion of the Vietnam War. Guess what the White House thought of that. Steven Spielberg’s The Post stars Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks and Bob Odenkirk.

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The Breadwinner (Trailer)

The Breadwinner (Trailer)

Eleven-year-old Parvana and her family live in war-torn Kabul, Afghanistan. When her father is wrongfully arrested, Parvana decides to dress up as a boy to help provide for her family and find her dad, empowered by the stories that he told her. Premieres 11/7/17.

The Allure of Horror VHS Covers

The Allure of Horror VHS Covers

(PG-13, Gore) Streaming video is killing movie posters and covers. But Entertain the Elk argues that that shouldn’t be the case. He uses arresting VHS covers of horror movies to point out the ways that art and captions can convince viewers to give a film a shot.

I, Tonya (Red Band Trailer)

I, Tonya (Red Band Trailer)

(PG-13: Language) Margot Robbie takes on the role of a lifetime as Tonya Harding, the disgraced and disgraceful Olympic figure skater behind one of the biggest sports scandals of all time. Holy crap, Allison Janney is awesome.

Underappreciated Horror Films

Underappreciated Horror Films

Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Alien. The Silence of the Lambs. The Shining. Psycho. CineFix believes that those five are unassailable horror films. But they picked an alternative for each of those classics, so you’ll have something different to watch this Halloween.

Phantom Thread (Trailer)

Phantom Thread (Trailer)

Daniel Day-Lewis is retiring from acting. For his last film, he worked once again with director Paul Thomas Anderson. Phantom Thread is about a renowned dressmaker in 1950’s London. The master of his glamorous life, he meets his match in a strong-willed woman.

Goodbye Uncanny Valley

Goodbye Uncanny Valley

The computer animation scene has enough technology and talent that realism is no longer the ultimate goal. Animator Alan Warburton breaks down some of the ways that commercial, scientific and artistic animators have gone beyond expressing reality.

Journey’s End (Trailer)

Journey’s End (Trailer)

The horror. The waste. An adaptation of R.C. Sherriff’s classic play, Journey’s End tells the tale of a British infantry company in World War I, waiting four days in a dugout for what they knew was a suicide mission against German troops.

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Movies Anywhere

Movies Anywhere

Movies Anywhere gathers your movies from Vudu, iTunes, Google Play, Amazon and Blu-ray download codes into one streaming app. The app is available on iOS, Android, Roku and Chromecast devices. It works with Disney, 20th Century Fox, Universal and Warner Bros. films.

9 Things about Scream

9 Things about Scream

(Gore) Did you know that Scream‘s original title was Scary Movie? And that the Ghostface mask was just some generic off-the-shelf mask that the movie made famous? How about the fact that Ghostface’s phone voice is also Mojo Jojo? All that and more in CineFix’s video.

HISHE: Spider-Man: Homecoming

HISHE: Spider-Man: Homecoming

Spider-Man: Homecoming was a triumphant comeback for Spidey and had a memorable villain. But its plot still has lots of stupid holes in it. Seriously Tony, you could’ve had at least one of your armors guard your cargo plane.

Physical Injuries in Movies

Physical Injuries in Movies

Like a costume or a prop, a character’s physical condition can also be used to give us clues about their fundamental struggles, successes, or transformation. Now You See It drives the point home with examples from Forrest Gump, Bonnie and Clyde and more.

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.

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.

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