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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.

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.

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.

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The Big Lebowski 4K Blu-ray

The Big Lebowski 4K Blu-ray

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

“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.

Tarantino: Poetry Between the Lines

Tarantino: Poetry Between the Lines

(PG-13: Language, Gore) “I want to be the conductor, and you’re my orchestra.” Now You See It stitched interviews with director Quentin Tarantino about his childhood and influences with footage from movies that inspired specific scenes in his movies.

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Alita: Battle Angel (Trailer 2)

Alita: Battle Angel (Trailer 2)

Our latest look at the film adaptation of the cyberpunk manga Battle Angel Alita. Alita has no memories of her past and a relatively frail body. Just as she starts to discover who she really is, her potential makes her a target for those who want her power.

Fantastic Beasts 2 (Trailer 2)

Fantastic Beasts 2 (Trailer 2)

“Do you think Dumbledore will mourn for you?” Judging by its latest trailer, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald sure is living up to its title. Wondrous creatures, magical abilities and powerful objects whiz by in this exciting trailer.

Glass (Trailer)

Glass (Trailer)

“First name Mister. Last name Glass.” M. Night Shyamalan has – accidentally? – built himself a superhero world. Continuing with the characters from Unbreakable and Split, Glass sees Mr. Glass teaming up with The Beast.

A Simple Favor (Trailer)

A Simple Favor (Trailer)

A housewife meets a seemingly perfect woman with a mysterious past. The woman suddenly disappears, throwing the life of her family and her new “friend” in danger. Starring Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick. From director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, Spy) Premieres 9/14/18.

Robin Hood (Trailer)

Robin Hood (Trailer)

“When do I actually get to, you know, steal?” A former Crusader revolts against the English crown. And learns to shoot arrows backwards in the process. Taron Egerton, Jamie Foxx, Ben Mendelsohn and Jamie Dornan star in this action-packed take on Robin Hood.

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