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Movies

I Am Heath Ledger (Trailer)

I Am Heath Ledger (Trailer)

From filmmaker Derik Murray (I Am Chris Farley) comes a documentary about the late actor Heath Ledger. The film features interviews with the actors’ close friends and family as well as footage shot by Ledger himself. Premieres 5/17/17 on Spike. Also coming to Blu-ray.

The Mars Generation (Trailer)

The Mars Generation (Trailer)

This Netflix documentary chronicles the experience of a batch of teenagers at the NASA Space Camp, juxtaposed with interviews with Neil deGrasse Tyson, Elon Musk and other experts regarding the current state of space travel. Premieres 5/5/17.

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The Book of Henry (Trailer)

The Book of Henry (Trailer)

Henry is an incredibly precocious 11-year-old who loves to look after his younger brother and their mother. He ends up asking her to use a sniper rifle against their neighbor, the town’s police chief. Wait what? The Book of Henry is certainly an intriguing film. Drops 6/16/17.

IT (Trailer)

IT (Trailer)

The clown industry’s going to tank (even harder) in 2017. Warner Bros. re-adapts Stephen King’s excellent 1986 horror novel about a malevolent being who takes the form of a clown in order to lure and kill children. Finn Wolfhard stars in Stranger Danger IT.

Brilliant Uses of Silence in Movies

Brilliant Uses of Silence in Movies

CineFix shares its top ten picks for movies that made the best use of silence. Most of the movies are “silent” in that the characters barely speak. But there are also animated musicals, a sign language film, and a movie with a totally silent scene.

A Ghost Story (Trailer)

A Ghost Story (Trailer)

After he dies, a loving husband turns into a ghost, unwilling to leave his and his wife’s home, ignoring the passage of time. Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara and writer-director David Lowery reunite for this “gently devastating” and criticallyacclaimed drama.

Spider-Man: Homecoming (Trailer 2)

Spider-Man: Homecoming (Trailer 2)

“If you’re nothing without this suit, then you shouldn’t have it.” Spider-Man: Homecoming appears to be a reverse origin story: young Peter Parker already has super powers, but not a real reason or appreciation for what it means to be a hero.

Dark Knight Rises: What Went Wrong

Dark Knight Rises: What Went Wrong

Wisecrack convincingly argues that the Nolan brothers bit off way more than they could chew for the Dark Knight trilogy’s finale. Despite being nearly 3 hours long, the movie didn’t have enough time to be both a remake of A Tale of Two Cities and a conclusion to the trilogy.

Three Billboards… (Trailer)

Three Billboards… (Trailer)

(PG-13) Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a comedy drama starring Frances McDormand as a mother who is frustrated with the lack of progress in her daughter’s murder case. She puts up three billboards to rile things up. Directed by Martin McDonagh (In Bruges).

Captain Underpants (Trailer)

Captain Underpants (Trailer)

Kevin Hart, Thomas Middleditch, Ed Helms and Nick Kroll star in this animated adaptation of Dav Pilkey’s beloved children’s novels. It’s about two fourth graders who accidentally turned their mean principal into the non-hero called Captain Underpants.

Come and See: Sight and Sound

Come and See: Sight and Sound

(Gore) Elem Klimov’s Come and See is widely regarded as one of the best war movies ever made. Channel Criswell explains how Klimov broke from the fundamentals of sound and perspective in order to effectively express the mind-breaking brutality of war.

Chess in Films & TV

Chess in Films & TV

(PG-13: Language) “The king stay the king.” In movies and TV shows, a game of chess isn’t just shown to imply that a character is smart. Now You See It points out the many implications and purposes of showing the strategic board game to viewers.

The World of Ralph Bakshi

The World of Ralph Bakshi

(PG-13, Flashing images) “It’s a messy, crude world. And sometimes the best way to show that is to be just as messy and just as crude.” The Royal Ocean Film Society tries to contextualize the work of the controversial animator and filmmaker Ralph Bakshi.

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The Basics of Car Chase Scenes

The Basics of Car Chase Scenes

The Fast & Furious series banks on beautiful cars, beautiful people and beautiful stunts. But it wouldn’t be around if its filmmakers didn’t nail the basics of car chase scenes, which mainly involve giving viewers a consistent direction to contextualize the action.

Barbecue (Trailer)

Barbecue (Trailer)

From the backyards of Central Texas to the deserts of Mongolia, you’ll find people gathering over a fire to cook and eat together. Matthew Saleh and Rose Tucker traveled to 12 different countries to revel in this universal and uniting tradition.

Brilliant Movie Dialogue

Brilliant Movie Dialogue

“Will you marry me? Did he leave you any money? Answer the second question first.” CineFix presents its top picks for the most well-written lines in movies (if not entire movies outright), from ones that ooze character and realism to the slick and verbose.

The Elements of Suspense

The Elements of Suspense

Lessons from the Screenplay uses the script for the opening scene in Inglorious Basterds to explain how suspense works in films. Unlike plot twists, suspense works best when you reveal the twist early, then milk it for as long as you can. And when you’ve cast Christoph Waltz.

Pretending I’m a Superman (Trailer)

Pretending I’m a Superman (Trailer)

The Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater series introduced skateboarding, its music and its lifestyle to a mainstream audience. Former THPS producer Ralph D’Amato is working on a documentary about the series’ origins, featuring interviews with Tony, Rodney Mullen and more.

Hidden Meaning in Doctor Strange

Hidden Meaning in Doctor Strange

(PG-13: Language, Flashing images) “Doctor Strange explores the nature of human consciousness. Especially when you watch it high as sh*t.” The astute ET Garyx Wormuloid sums up the Sorcerer Supreme’s adventure and change of heart.

Breaking Bad – The Movie

Breaking Bad – The Movie

(PG-13, Gore) “It is growth, then decay, then transformation.” A group of fans spent a total of 2 years re-cutting Breaking Bad into a 2-hour movie. It’s not a highlight reel, but a re-configuring that even people who haven’t seen the series can appreciate.

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Small Crimes (Trailer)

Small Crimes (Trailer)

(PG-13) An ex-cop spends 6 years in prison for attempted murder. But back outside, it’s as if time stopped, and he can’t escape from his past mistakes. In short, his life has turned into a Coen Brothers film. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau stars in this Netflix-exclusive comedy. Drops 4/28/17.

Atomic Blonde (Red Band Trailer)

Atomic Blonde (Red Band Trailer)

(PG-13) Charlize Theron kicks large quantities of ass in this action flick about a killer MI6 agent who must take on a city filled with baddies. We’re excited to see stunt coordinator and director David Leitch behind the lens – he co-directed John Wick and is helming Deadpool 2.

Alien: Covenant: Meet Walter

Alien: Covenant: Meet Walter

In case you were wondering why Prometheus‘ android butler David is back and in great shape in Alien: Covenant, he’s not. Meet Walter. He’s one of Westworld’s Weyland-Yutani’s latest synthetic humanoids.

The Void (Trailer)

The Void (Trailer)

(Gore) A cop finds out that the people inside his rural town’s hospital are “transforming into something inhuman.” He and his fellow survivors venture to the hospital’s depths to end the madness. This crowdfunded film is an homage to ’80s horror movies.

Buster’s Mal Heart (Trailer)

Buster’s Mal Heart (Trailer)

Buster is the local crazy guy in a remote mountain town. Like most crazy guys, he used to be one of us, trying to make ends meet. His struggles and a conspiracy buff make him snap. Mr. Robot’s Rami Malek stars in this surreal mystery drama. Premieres 4/28/17.

Hidden Meaning: Beauty and the Beast

Hidden Meaning: Beauty and the Beast

(PG-13: Language) Wisecrack’s extraterrestrial film critic sums up Beauty and the Beast, which has become a beloved classic despite making no sense at all and, against its premise, ultimately teaching kids that they should either be rich or physically attractive to be loved.

Boiler Room: Persuasion & Manipulation

Boiler Room: Persuasion & Manipulation

Sales middleman CostFixed hawks its services with… a movie essay? It’s well done though, and stands on its own. It uses Ben Affleck’s famous speech from Boiler Room to analyze how those with the gift of gab can hook people in using only their words and our desires.

Here’s Looking at You

Here’s Looking at You

While action and visual effects dominate our screens these days, editor Vugar Efendi reminds us that at the core of every great film are its characters, with this wonderful retrospective. Along the way, we were reminded of how many classics we need to go back and watch again.

Wolverine: Logan’s Retrospective

Wolverine: Logan’s Retrospective

YouTuber Yoko Higuchi shares what is surely just one of the thousands of inevitable online tributes to Hugh Jackman and his 17-year stint as Wolverine. Johnny Cash’s cover of Hurt is the slow motion of soundtracks, but if you watched Logan you know that the song is a great fit.

To the Right

To the Right

Wes Anderson loves his horizontal dolly shots, but he’s not the only director to use this technique, as Candice Drouet of Really Dim shows in her latest montage, which features only shots which track from left to right. View the full list of films on Vimeo.

War Machine (Teaser)

War Machine (Teaser)

Brad Pitt stars as a respected US Army general who signs up to lead the NATO forces in Afghanistan. This satirical Netflix exclusive is loosely based on the infamous career of retired general Stanley McChrystal and Michael Hastings’ exposé. Premieres 5/26/17.

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