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Schindler’s List: 25th Anniversary Release

Schindler’s List: 25th Anniversary Release

Steven Spielberg’s masterpiece Schindler’s List is getting a remastered theatrical release to celebrate its 25th anniversary. It will be shown in theaters in the USA and Canada beginning 12/7/18. There will also be a 4K Blu-ray release soon.

The Conjuring Honest Trailer

The Conjuring Honest Trailer

“Lorraine is a combination of Dr. Strange and Jean Grey, while Ed is… also there.” The Conjuring movies are legit scary, but there’s a lot to laugh about them as well. Screen Junkies points out the franchise’s love for children’s toys, expository dialogue and more.

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Telling a Story with Sound

Telling a Story with Sound

Lessons from the Screenplay looks at how the screenwriters and sound designers created the sounds of A Quiet Place. The writers became creative with the screenplay, while the sound designers avoided extended silence, and used sound to mimic the flow of tension.

I Think We’re Alone Now (Trailer)

I Think We’re Alone Now (Trailer)

“There’s no before. There’s only from now on.” Peter Dinklage plays the only survivor in an apocalyptic event that wiped out his town. To his surprise, a young woman arrives. But she may bring more trouble than hope. I Think We’re Alone Now premieres 9/21/18.

The Front Runner (Trailer)

The Front Runner (Trailer)

Hugh Jackman stars as former American senator Gary Hart, who was a leading presidential candidate in the 1988 elections. But news of his extramarital affair broke, changing political media forever. Also starring Vera Farmiga, J.K. Simmons, Alfred Molina and Bill Burr.

The Other Side of the Wind (Trailer)

The Other Side of the Wind (Trailer)

Orson Welles never completed his final film, The Other Side of the Wind. Some of its crew eventually edited the footage according to Welles notes, and now Netflix has earned the rights to release the result. The film is about an aging director trying to make a comeback film.

A Private War (Trailer)

A Private War (Trailer)

“I hate being in a war zone. But I also feel compelled to see it for myself.” Rosamund Pike stars as the late Marie Colvin, who was a journalist for The Sunday Times and died while on the job. The film is based on the article Marie Colvin’s Private War.

Don’t Underestimate the Audience

Don’t Underestimate the Audience

Lessons from the Screenplay looks at how No Country for Old Men makes us put its story together instead of using dialogue alone. Characters are given depth and the plot is implied through actions, and the film’s progression clues the audience into its moral.

The Grandmaster of Kung-fu Films

The Grandmaster of Kung-fu Films

“Watching a Lau Kar-leung film is similar to watching an illustrated guide or documentation of kung-fu and its philosophy.” The Museum of Modern Art’s La Frances Hui talks about the history of kung-fu films before breaking down the work of legendary filmmaker Lau Kar-leung.

Last Exit to Nowhere Caps

Last Exit to Nowhere Caps
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Movie and TV show merchandise shop Last Exit to Nowhere now offers caps with logos, references to and names from popular films and series such as Aliens, TRON and Stranger Things. They have flexfit caps, trucker caps and snapback caps.

Brilliant Film Scores

Brilliant Film Scores

CineFix presents its top 10 picks for best movie scores. There are ones that are great at setting the mood, ones at expressing or emphasizing ideas, ones at transporting us to a place or time, and the evocative theme song that’s stuck to a character or scene.

Chasing the MacGuffin

Chasing the MacGuffin

Jacob T. Swinney and Fandor dive into the film trope of an object of desire that its characters are searching for, but the audience doesn’t necessarily care about. It can drive motivations and momentum, but as we’ve learned before, MacGuffin’s aren’t always the best plot device.

Outlaw King (Trailer)

Outlaw King (Trailer)

Chris Pine stars as the King of Scots, Robert the Bruce, in Netflix’s action drama film Outlaw King. Robert the Bruce led Scotland to independence from England in the 14th century. Also starring Stephen Dillane (Stannis in Game of Thrones). Premieres 11/9/18.

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You Know It’s a Coen Brothers Film If…

You Know It’s a Coen Brothers Film If…

(Gore) ScreenPrism talks about the trademarks of a Coen Brothers film. It often starts with a crime that goes awry, and eventually punishment gets dealt but in a roundabout manner, with random acts and vile characters as the jury. But it’s not totally hopeless.

Climax (Trailer)

Climax (Trailer)

(PG-13, Flashing Lights) From the twisted mind of director Gaspar Noé (Irreversible, Enter the Void, Love) comes a criticallyacclaimed horror drama. In Climax, documentary-style profiles of young dancers give way to a horrifying party instigated by spiked drinks.

Roma (Teaser)

Roma (Teaser)

From writer and director Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity, Children of Men) comes a Netflix film that’s close to his heart. Shot entirely in black and white, Roma follows a year in the life of a family in 1970’s Mexico, based on the filmmaker’s memories of growing up there.

Deal: Streamza Torrenting

Deal: Streamza Torrenting
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Torrenting may be a great way to find content online, but it’s not exactly the safest way – unless you’re using Streamza. With Streamza, you can torrent large torrents fast, securely, and without downloading any additional programs. Save up to 94% in The Awesomer Shop.

Why Sci-Fi Loves Dystopias

Why Sci-Fi Loves Dystopias

There are obvious reasons why works of science fiction are often set in dystopian scenarios. The setting makes for struggle, and magnifies our present problems and fears. But CineFix adds that it also gives us hope that love and kindness are the solutions.

Green Book (Trailer)

Green Book (Trailer)

Set in 1962, the Green Book sees an Italian-American bouncer from the Bronx driving a world class black pianist on a risky journey across the Deep South. Peter Farrelly directed this comedy drama starring Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen. Premieres 11/21/18.

Avengers: Infinity War Honest Trailer

Avengers: Infinity War Honest Trailer

Screen Junkies finally takes on the mega movie of the year, and they only needed one part to do it. Watch and look back on Avengers: Infinity War, a movie about Thanos the color-changing rock collector, who’s also on a quest to erase blockbuster movie franchises.

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You Know It’s Spike Lee If…

You Know It’s Spike Lee If…

(PG-13) “Waaaake Up!” It’s set in Brooklyn, the scenes and language are vibrant and colorful, there’s a shot where the characters glide, oh and Spike Lee’s in it. But there’s more to Lee’s films than that. So what else is in a Spike Lee joint? ScreenPrism breaks it down.

Marvel IMAX Film Festival

Marvel IMAX Film Festival

Marvel is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its movie studio by releasing all of its 20 Marvel Cinematic Universe films so far in IMAX theaters. The film festival will take place from 8/30/18 to 9/6/18, and will include three films never before seen in IMAX.

Characters without Character Arcs

Characters without Character Arcs

In most movies, the protagonist changes either for better or for worse. But it doesn’t mean that a character who hasn’t “learned his lesson” or “evolved” will be boring. Just Write shows how a staunch believer can still be an interesting and inspiring character.

Slaughterhouse Rulez (Trailer)

Slaughterhouse Rulez (Trailer)

Simon Pegg reunites with his Cornetto Trilogy buddy Nick Frost in this monster comedy. In Slaughterhouse Rulez, Pegg plays a substitute teacher at an elite boarding school. Mayhem unfolds when a mysterious sinkhole appears on school grounds. Premieres 10/31/18.

Zion (Trailer)

Zion (Trailer)

Zion Clark was born without legs. As a child, he was put up for adoption and bounced from foster home to foster home growing up. But he fell in love with wrestling and used that as his outlet. This documentary follows his story in high school. Premieres 8/10/18 on Netflix.

The Big Lebowski 4K Blu-ray

The Big Lebowski 4K Blu-ray
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The Coen Brothers’ comedy masterpiece The Big Lebowski turned 20 this year. To celebrate, Universal is releasing a 4K ultra HD version on Blu-ray. There’s also a limited edition with a mini bowling bag and ball pen holder, cardigan disc cover, and a teensy rug. Drops 10/16/18.

Mission: Impossible: The Perfect Heist

Mission: Impossible: The Perfect Heist

Lessons from the Screenplay looks at two Mission: Impossible movies to show how they’re well laid out heist films. A large part of the movies lead up to a tense heist. Even though we know that the heroes are going to succeed, we’re still excited by it.

Venom (Trailer 2)

Venom (Trailer 2)

Our first look at Venom had people wanting more of the alien symbiote. The second trailer does just that – perhaps too much. Watch it to see Eddie Brock team up with his bloodthirsty friend, and a surprising hint of levity that was also not evident in the first trailer.

Slightly Wrong T-Shirts

Slightly Wrong T-Shirts
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“Pro Tip: Insist the quote is 100% accurate.” Such is the advice of the folks behind Slightlywrong, which makes t-shirts featuring movie and TV titles and quotes that are intentionally misspelled or misquoted.

Cut Throat City (Trailer)

Cut Throat City (Trailer)

Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA directs an action drama heist film set in New Orleans in 2005. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, four childhood friends turn to a local gangster for employment. They are asked to pull a robbery, but the job goes badly. Premieres 2019.

What They Had (Trailer)

What They Had (Trailer)

A woman is called by her brother to go back home because of their mother’s dementia. But their dad wants their mom to stay at home. Hilary Swank, Michael Shannon, Robert Forster, and Blythe Danner star in this family drama. Premieres 10/2018.

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