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The Foreigner (Trailer)

The Foreigner (Trailer)

A businessman loses his daughter to a terrorist attack in the UK. Turns out he used to be a soldier (no way!), and starts hounding a British official for information about the terrorists. It’s Taken, but with Jackie Chan. Based on Stephen Leather’s The Chinaman.

Sofia Coppola: The Beguiled

Sofia Coppola: The Beguiled

Whether you think she’s underrated or overrated, we can’t deny Sofia Coppola’s eye for beauty, visual storytelling and willingness to evolve. ScreenPrism explores the filmmaker’s trademarks and how they show up in her movies.

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Tense Movie Moments

Tense Movie Moments

“Suspense isn’t always about delay of the inevitable. It’s also about the anxiety that comes with predicting whether that inevitable will actually come.” CineFix shares its top 10 picks for tensest movie moments, from romance and drama to horror and action.

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm Blu-ray

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm Blu-ray

Better late than never. Warner Bros. will finally be releasing one of the best animated movies ever made in Blu-ray. This release of Batman: Mask of the Phantasm will be in 1080p in both 16:9 and 4:3 formats. Drops this summer.

Goodbye Christopher Robin (Trailer)

Goodbye Christopher Robin (Trailer)

Domhnall Gleeson stars as Winnie-the-Pooh creator A.A. Milne in this creative biography about the author’s family, and how his son inspired him to create a beloved cast of characters. And then the Jedi took everything from him. Premieres 10/13/17.

Shot Caller (Trailer)

Shot Caller (Trailer)

“The fact is, a place like this… forces us to become warriors or victims.” Nicolaj Coster-Waldau plays a businessman who gets sucked into a life of crime when he’s imprisoned for accidentally killing his friend. It’s like Breaking Bad condensed down to 2 hours. Premieres 8/18/17.

Jungle (Trailer)

Jungle (Trailer)

“Let’s go off into the jungle with a complete stranger.” Well said, crazy person. Daniel Radcliffe stars in this adaptation of Yossi Ghinsberg’s eponymous memoir about his experience getting lost and surviving in the Amazon.

Creating Light Amongst the Dark

Creating Light Amongst the Dark

(PG-13: Language) Lessons from the Screenplay wonderfully parallels the journeys of the main characters of True Detective and Se7en to break down arguably the most important aspect of fiction: the character arc.

Brilliant Science Fiction Films

Brilliant Science Fiction Films

(SPOILERS) “Using an exploration of where we might be, to explore where it seems like we’re heading, in order to reveal exactly where we are.” CineFix compiles their favorite sci-fi films. They chose lots of obvious classics, but they also tipped their hat to many modern films.

I Lost the Magic

I Lost the Magic

(Flashing images) “Sometimes the only answer is that it got away from you.” The Royal Ocean Film Society reminds us that everyone – even the ones you look up to – makes enormous mistakes. Then he looks inward and wonders if this very video is one such example.

Edge of Tomorrow vs. All You Need is Kill

Edge of Tomorrow vs. All You Need is Kill

(SPOILERS, Gore) CineFix compares the underrated Edge of Tomorrow aka Live Die Repeat with its manga counterpart All You Need is Kill, which is a more faithful adaptation of the eponymous light novel. The movie cut a lot of corners, but it’s still a great film.

Iron Man: How to Build a Franchise

Iron Man: How to Build a Franchise

In 2008, Marvel gambled on an unfinished script, an unproven director, a controversial actor and a B-list character. It went on to become a stepping stone and a blueprint for success that even Marvel has forgotten to follow. Films&Stuff looks back to Iron Man.

The Philosophy of Logan

The Philosophy of Logan

Logan’s spaghetti Western structure is blatantly obvious, but Wisecrack has a lot more to say about this excellent movie. Watch their video to find out how the film can be seen as a commentary on intellectual property and superhero movies.

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David Lynch: Surrealist of Americana

David Lynch: Surrealist of Americana

“The strange within the familiar, and the reality within the dream.” ScreenPrism’s brief profile of filmmaker David Lynch. Like Stephen King, Lynch loves to expose the dark side of suburban American life. But he’s not out to condemn, only to show.

Title Drops

Title Drops

It must be some kind of a hot tub time machine… Editor Roman Holiday cut together this montage of 150 movie scenes in which characters mention the title of the movie itself. We’re just happy to see our personal favorite made the list.

Murder on the Orient Express (Trailer)

Murder on the Orient Express (Trailer)

Kenneth Branagh (and his incredibly distracting mustache) directs and stars alongside an all-star cast that includes Judi Dench, Willem Dafoe, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer and Daisy Ridley in this adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic mystery novel.

Arrival: Examining an Adaptation

Arrival: Examining an Adaptation

(SPOILERS) “The third version of a movie is always found in the editing.” Lessons from the Screenplay uses Arrival to examine the practical and artistic considerations for rewriting a book – or in this case a short story – to fit the big screen.

Logan Lucky (Trailer)

Logan Lucky (Trailer)

Oceans 11, 12, and 13 director Steven Soderbergh returns to the comedy heist genre with this flick about two brothers who orchestrate a robbery during the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 race. Stars two of our faves: Adam Driver and Channing Tatum. And yes, that really is Daniel Craig.

Aki Kaurismäki: Hopeful Cynicism

Aki Kaurismäki: Hopeful Cynicism

(PG-13: Language) Channel Criswell outlines the philosophy of Finnish filmmaker Aki Kaurismäki. Known for his dark and deadpan comedies, Kaurismäki is the anti-Wes Anderson – his movies find humor in the most miserable of conditions.

Wind River (Trailer)

Wind River (Trailer)

“This is the land of ‘you’re on your own.'” Sicario writer Taylor Sheridan makes his directorial debut with another crime thriller. Set in an Indian reservation in Wyoming, Wind River is about a local game tracker and an FBI agent investigating a bizarre death.

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David Fincher: Invisible Details

David Fincher: Invisible Details

(Gore) Kaptainkristian highlights what David Fincher so deftly hides: the director’s extensive use of CGI and other digital effects in his films. From the Winklevoss twins to digitally perfected hair, Fincher stealthily bends reality in service of the story.

Tour de Pharmacy (Teaser)

Tour de Pharmacy (Teaser)

(PG-13: Language) The year is 1982. Pro cycling has become “a hornet’s nest of moral depravity.” Andy Samberg leads a who’s who of celebrities in HBO’s mockumentary about the sport’s doping controversy. Also starring Maya Rudolph, John Cena, Will Forte, and uhm…

Hidden Meaning in Prometheus

Hidden Meaning in Prometheus

(PG-13: Language) Wisecrack’s Garyx Wormuloid sums up the events in the Alien prequel Prometheus, points out its religious references – it’s a prequel to the New Testament! – and proves that even advanced alien species love The Wire.

CineFix’s Best Shots of All Time

CineFix’s Best Shots of All Time

CineFix’s twopart episode about the perspective and staging in film is one of its most educational and well-curated lists. Watch them break down the different kinds of single and group shots, what they can convey, and their prime examples.

The Best of Bad Acting

The Best of Bad Acting

(PG-13: Language) In most cases, actors that chew the scenery just make a bad movie worse. But as this video shows, that’s not always the case. Chodmunch compiled this collection of performances so epically bad, they’re actually good. Oh man! Oh God!

Alien Timeline Recap

Alien Timeline Recap

(PG-13, Gore) IGN sums up the Alien movies in chronological order. Put this way, the movies sound cliché and underwhelming, but it’s a good way to catch up before watching Alien: Covenant. TL;DW: sex is bad, and your kids will kill you.

Some Kind of Connection

Some Kind of Connection

“Time is the story and we are the characters.” The Royal Ocean Film of Society looks back at Michael Apted’s Up Series. Arguably the best reality show ever, its 48-year (and counting) span, grounded perspective and willing cast make for a fragmented mirror of our lives.

The Philosophy of Ghost in the Shell

The Philosophy of Ghost in the Shell

(SPOILERS) “Your effort to remain what you are is what limits you.” Wisecrack argues that the original Ghost in the Shell animated film is a pragmatic view of man’s ultimate relationship with technology, based on the philosophies of G.W.F. Hegel.

Tested at Alien: Covenant’s Set

Tested at Alien: Covenant’s Set

Tested’s Adam Savage has been granted behind-the-scenes access to the set of Ridley Scott’s upcoming Alien: Covenant. In the first episode, he checks out the tunnel and cavern that serve as the Dreadnought’s interior, along with the imposing Space Jockey’s platform.

Hidden Meaning in Arrival

Hidden Meaning in Arrival

(SPOILERS) “Arrival depicts humanity’s response to a profound paradigm shift. Which is also what I call my bowel movements.” An extra sarcastic Garyx Wormuloid expounds on the sci-fi drama Arrival and its themes of time and perspective.

The Little Hours (Red Band Trailer)

The Little Hours (Red Band Trailer)

(PG-13) Writer-director Jeff Baena (Life After Beth) let Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza, Kate Micucci and the rest of the cast flex their improv skills in this anachronistic comedy about repressed nuns in 15th century Italy. Also starring John C. Reilly, Nick Offerman and Fred Armisen.

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