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‘The Magicians’ Explores the Repercussions of Saving the World in “Acting Dean”

Just six episodes into the fifth season of The Magicians , and the gang has already saved the world. I suppose that’s a good thing—but what strife or calamity will keep things interesting for the back half of the season?  Turns out, there are plenty of other things that are effed up enough to keep things interesting. For starters, magic is still messed up on Earth—the gang moved the moon to stop Armageddon, but in doing so screwed up spellcasting. Now, every time a magician tries to do magi...
Tags: Television, Movies, Syfy, The Magicians, Earth, Features, Alice, Penny, Charlton, Julia, Margo, Fogg, Eliot, Brakebills, TV Reviews, Fillory

‘Valentine’ is a Fascinating Artifact From the Post-‘Scream’ Horror Landscape

Back when Scream was released in 1996, it revitalized the slasher genre formula with its blend of self-referential humor and genuine scares. Once it became a cultural and box office phenomenon, it ushered in a new era of horror films in a similar vein such as I Know What You Did Last Summer and The Faculty . But then came a slasher pic that was inventive while showcasing the traditional slasher formula. Yet, because it still stuck to tradition and wasn’t entirely in the same vein as...
Tags: Movies, Horror, Features, Jeremy, Kate, Dorothy, Valentine, Paige, Melton, Featured Stories Sidebar, Jeremy Melton, Lily Jessica Cauffiel, Sidney Neve Campbell, Lily Paige, Shelley Because Kate

‘Death Parade’ is Like a Bloodier Anime Version of ‘The Good Place’

(Welcome to Ani-time Ani-where, a regular column dedicated to helping the uninitiated understand and appreciate the world of anime.) In my last post, I wrote that the sports anime genre is home to many great, and at times bizarre shows featuring games big, small, and just plain weird. While  Haikyu!  represents that genre at its purest,  this week we’ll look at one of the stranger, yet equally as beautiful shows about playing games. Two people enter a bar, without knowledge of how they go...
Tags: Movies, Nbc, Earth, Features, Anime, Hulu, Yuri, Ani, Asimov, Death Parade, Featured Stories Sidebar, Haikyu

‘Brahms: The Boy II’ Star Katie Holmes on Being Creeped Out by Brahms and the Communal Experience of Horror [Interview]

This weekend will see Brahms: The Boy II coming to theaters, bringing back the creepy doll with the piercing gaze and the unsettlingly innocent face. This time, Brahms is terrorizing a whole new family by way of a boy named Jude (Christopher Convery), who discovers the doll buried in the woods on the property of the Heelshire Mansion. Jude is suffering from some trauma after a home invasion, and he’s not speaking to his parents Liza and Sean (Katie Holmes and Owain Yeoman). But soon he starts s...
Tags: Movies, Interviews, Horror, Features, Sequels, Katie-Holmes, Stx Entertainment, Don, Holmes, William Brent Bell, Brahms, Liza, Owain Yeoman, Featured Stories Sidebar, Sean Katie Holmes, Brahms: The Boy 2

On Its Tenth Anniversary, ‘Shutter Island’ Remains One of Martin Scorsese’s Unsung Masterpieces

“Why you all wet, baby?” This question takes on eerie resonance throughout Martin Scorsese’s masterful 2010 adaptation of Shutter Island , which turns 10 today. It’s uttered both in flashback and in the present, by different characters with different emotional weight each time. It’s also part of the key to unlocking this film’s strange, disturbing pleasures. At first glance, Shutter Island is centered around a jaw-dropping third-act twist related to its lead character, a sweaty and determ...
Tags: Chuck, Movies, Features, Queens, Leonardo Dicaprio, Scorsese, Paramount Pictures, Edward, Mark Ruffalo, Martin Scorsese, Laeta Kalogridis, Andrew, Kalogridis, DiCaprio, Cawley, Sheehan

‘Better Call Saul’ Showrunner Peter Gould on Season 5 Flashforwards, ‘Breaking Bad’ Cameos, and the Looming Ending [Interview]

For the last two seasons, Peter Gould has taken over as showrunner on  Better Call Saul . While Vince Gilligan wrote and directed El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie , his co-creator Gould has handled the origin story of Saul Goodman, from his early days as Jimmy McGill to his future as Gene Takovic in witness protection in Nebraska. At the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour, AMC announced Better Call Saul was renewed for a sixth and final season. Gould and Gilligan also rev...
Tags: Chuck, Better Call Saul, Vince Gilligan, Television, Movies, Interviews, Amc, Features, Nebraska, DEA, New Mexico, Kim, Bryan Cranston, Albuquerque, Gene, Aaron

‘Devs’ Review: Alex Garland’s Melancholy Sci-Fi Series Will Blow Your Mind (and Might Trigger an Existential Crisis or Two)

When approaching Devs, there’s one rule worth keeping in mind: Pay attention. That may seem like a no-brainer, but more often than not these days, TV viewers tend to only half-watch shows – one eye on the TV, the other on the phone for some live-tweeting. You can certainly try to watch Devs this way, but if you, do be warned: You’ll get lost in the woods, wandering around aimlessly in a futile search for familiar landmarks that never present themselves. Devs is dense – a layered, near-hypnotic ...
Tags: Television, Movies, Sci-fi, Features, Nick Offerman, Hulu, Amaya, Lily, Alex-Garland, Garland, Sonoya Mizuno, Sergei, Offerman, San Franciso, TV Reviews, ` Devs

‘Doctor Who’ Tells a “Haunting” Tale With a Chilling Night With Frankenstein and Frankenstein’s Author

It turns out lightning can strike twice with Doctor Who, which makes an electric return to form with “The Haunting of Villa Diodati.” Last week saw Season 12’s hot streak of episodes come to an end, but Doctor Who resuscitated its high-quality run with a perfect old-fashioned ghost story that pitted Frankenstein’s author against a modern Prometheus of Doctor Who‘s own making. Doctor Who has long delighted in doing on-the-nose tributes to famous literary figures, which range from the good (Charl...
Tags: Television, Movies, Time, Doctor Who, Sci-fi, Earth, Bbc, Features, Guardian, Charles Dickens, PERCY, Jack, Bbc America, Agatha Christie, Byron, Ada Lovelace

Visiting the Set of ‘VFW’, a Fangoria Production Drenched in Blood and Brotherhood

VFW stands for Veterans of Foreign Wars. It is a non-profit veterans service organization comprised of eligible veterans and military service members from the active, guard and reserve forces. Part of their mission is ”to foster camaraderie among United States veterans of overseas conflicts”. Writers Max Brallier and Matthew McArdle along with Director Joe Begos ( The Mind’s Eye, Bliss ) take a blood-spattering approach to brotherhood and camaraderie in their latest feature VFW .  VF...
Tags: Movies, Horror, Iraq, America, Features, Ptsd, United States, Irving, Josh, VFW, Dallas Texas, Williamson, LANG, Tom Williamson, Bill Ted, George A Romero

Exploring the Many Hurdles That Pixar’s ‘Monsters Inc.’ Faced on the Road to the Big Screen

(Infinity and Beyond  is a regular bi-weekly column documenting the 25-year filmography of Pixar Animation Studios, film by film. In today’s column, writer Josh Spiegel highlights Monsters, Inc .) Thursday, November 1, 2001 ought to have been a very exciting day for Pete Docter. The stalwart Pixar animator, writer, and director was just hours away from a true milestone: the first feature film bearing his name as director was going to be released in theaters nationwide. It would be the fourth...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, California, Molly, Disney, America, Features, Wyoming, Arizona, John Goodman, Bill Murray, Dreamworks, Harry Potter, Ariel, Pixar Animation Studios, Walt Disney Animation Studios

Revisiting ‘Return to Oz,’ Disney’s Sequel-to-a-Classic That Haunted Our Nightmares

(Welcome to Out of the Disney Vault, where we explore the unsung gems and forgotten disasters currently streaming on Disney+.) Picture it: a time when the head of Walt Disney Productions said, what if we tried to appeal to more than just families? What if we make a series of boldly innovative films that challenge the notion that we only do one type of film? If that sounds incompatible with the company today, you’d be right, but this was when Ron Miller was in charge during the ‘80s, as he se...
Tags: Featured Stories Sidebar, Disney, Features, Out of the Disney Vault, Return to Oz

‘Hunters’ Review: Al Pacino is Great in an Otherwise Disappointing Series

After Pulp Fiction became something of a phenomenon in 1994, there was a period where producers and filmmakers were practically tripping over themselves to follow its lead. The end result was a steady string of Quentin Tarantino knock-offs – overwritten crime films with “quirky” characters spouting “cool” dialogue. In many ways, Hunters, a new series created by David Weil and debuting soon on Amazon, feels as if it time-traveled to the present from that particular era. By the time a goofy monta...
Tags: Amazon, New York, Movies, America, Features, Meyer, Quentin Tarantino, Al-Pacino, Jonah, Dick Dale, Hunters, LERMAN, Pacino, Greg Austin, David Weil, Lonny

‘Emma.’ Review: An Ultra-Stylish Jane Austen Adaptation as Sharp as Its Punctuation Mark

It’s often overlooked how adept a satirist Jane Austen was, with most adaptations of the English literary icon’s works favoring the swooning romances and feminist themes of her novels. But more than any other past adaptation, barring the wildly underrated and wildly funny Love & Friendship, Emma. captures that tongue-in-cheek and whip-smart tone of Austen’s work. “Emma Woodhouse: handsome, clever, and rich,” the film declares right at the outset, quoting Austen’s opening words of her 1815 no...
Tags: Comedy, Movies, Romance, Features, Movie Reviews, Adaptation, Sharp, Jane Austen, Johnny Flynn, Connor, Bill Nighy, Miranda Hart, Elton, Harriet, Elizabeth, Flynn

Paul Feig on the ‘Last Christmas’ Twist, Playing With Genre, And How ‘Freaks and Geeks’ is the Template for ‘Dark Army’ [Interview]

Paul Feig was not happy that the internet guessed the twist in Last Christmas. But sometimes, in the words of the great George Michael, you gotta have faith. Of course, there was a chance that someone would guess the premise of Last Christmas, which takes its inspiration from the Wham! song of the same name, but that Feig was “not pleased” that audiences wouldn’t get the chance to be blown away as he was when he read Emma Thompson’s script. “I was just really emotional when I read it. It really...
Tags: Comedy, London, Movies, Romance, Interviews, Digital, Britain, Paul Feig, Emma Thompson, Kate, George Michael, Emilia Clarke, Brexit, Emma, Emily, Feig

‘The Lodge’ Directors Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala on Building Atmosphere and Referencing ‘Jack Frost’ [Interview]

Filmmakers Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala know how to let a movie get under an audience’s skin. Even the simplest of their shots, such as Riley Keough scratching her knees, elicit discomfort. They maintain that mood of dread throughout the their newest film, The Lodge, their followup to Goodnight Mommy. Their latest is a chilly head trip of a horror movie about bottled-up emotions exploding into fear, terror, and mystery. It’s an unsettling experience best seen blind. “This movie lingers long...
Tags: Movies, Interviews, Horror, America, Features, Austria, David Lynch, Michael Keaton, Sergio, Riley Keough, Franz, Severin, Fiala, Jack Frost, Veronika, Severin Fiala

‘Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made’ Director Tom McCarthy on Following ‘Spotlight’ With a Disney Family Movie [Interview]

Just when you think you have Oscar-winner Tom McCarthy figured out, he goes and follows Spotlight with a film for Disney+ about a kid who thinks of himself as a hard-boiled detective whose best friend is a polar bear. It may surprise you to know that McCarthy’s latest film, Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made is delightful. The main character takes himself very seriously and the film has a lot of fun playing around with that while building an entertaining mystery for him to solve. The Re...
Tags: Movies, Interviews, Disney, Features, Netflix, Paris, Pasadena, Mccarthy, Robert Redford, Tom, Timmy, Steph, Sean, Marty, Tom McCarthy, Redford

The Clock Tower: Love Was in the Air Throughout the Arrowverse This Week

(Welcome to The Clock Tower , where we’ll break down the goings on of the The CW network’s Arrowverse. We’ll touch on things like themes , cultural impact, lead-ins to major events, ships, and more every week! Warning: this Clock Tower is filled with spoilers . Proceed at your own risk.) What’s Valentine’s Day without a little murder? Love is in the air in the Arrowverse this week, but more than a few people are going to lose their lives while they’re looking for love. Though it’s still...
Tags: Television, Movies, Features, The Cw, Harry, Batwoman, Frost, Barry, Cw, Iris, Ava, Ray Palmer, Allegra, Marie Antoinette, Freddy, Charlie

Let’s Celebrate the Best Unconventional Romantic Leading Men

Throughout cinema, there have been many kinds of leading men. Some are the charming prince types that sweep us off our feet, while others are the bad boys that we know are no good (but maybe have a heart of gold?). There’s a leading man for all seasons. But there is a specific group of actors that have gone unrecognized in the ways of pulling viewers’ heartstrings – men who don’t fit so cleanly in those established templates. Here, we’ll examine the talented gents that need to be recognized for...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, Star Trek, Features, Paris, Jim Carrey, Steve Carell, William, Michael Sheen, Halle Berry, Jack Black, Hellboy, Jack Lemmon, Black, Selma Blair, Marcus

‘The Assistant’ Director Kitty Green on the Banality of Evil in #MeToo Workplace Drama [Interview]

It’s a little over two years following the culture-shifting reporting that sparked the #MeToo movement, and we’ve finally gotten the first truly great movie about the culture in need of dismantling. Kitty Green’s The Assistant follows a single day in the life of Julia Garner’s Jane, a new employee working for a Harvey Weinstein-like bullying boss. We inhabit her state of mind not through what she says or thinks but rather through what she does – primarily, dreary office tasks. But through the s...
Tags: Movies, Interviews, Features, Green, Noah, Harvey Weinstein, Seth Macfarlane, Cannes, Gus Van Sant, Julia, Jane, Weinstein, Patrick Wilson, Julia Garner, JonBenét, Patsy Ramsey

‘Downhill’ Directors Nat Faxon and Jim Rash on Why They Remade ‘Force Majeure’ and Directing Comedy Legends [Interview]

Filmmakers Nat Faxon and Jim Rash took some time out of their schedule to sit down with /Film for a phone interview to talk about their new film, Downhill. Downhill premiered at the Eccles Theater during the first weekend of the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. The film is the the English-language remake of the Swedish dark comedy Force Majeure. In addition to directing the film, Faxon and Rash co-wrote the script with Jesse Armstrong. Downhill marks their return to Sundance for the first time sinc...
Tags: Movies, Interviews, Features, Fox, Will Ferrell, Will, Julia, Julia Louis Dreyfus, Eccles Theater, Faxon, Jim Rash, Jesse Armstrong, Featured Stories Sidebar, Nat Faxon, Jesse Armstrong Downhill, Alexander Payne Searchlight Pictures

The Best South Korean Films You’ve Never Seen

(Welcome to The Best Movies You’ve Never Seen, a series that takes a look at slightly more obscure, under-the-radar, or simply under-appreciated movies. This week we celebrate Bong Joon Ho’s big win at the Academy Awards with his masterpiece ‘Parasite’ by looking back at some lesser known gems from South Korea.) History was made recently when a non-English language film won Best Picture at the Oscars for the very first time. Parasite absolutely deserves the honor, but even better, the win is mo...
Tags: South Korea, Hollywood, Movies, Earth, Features, Moss, Lee, Jeong, Gavin O Connor, Yong, CHOI, Lee Myung, Bong Joon Ho, Seoul Station, Kim Sung, Ryoo Seung

‘Fantasy Island’ Review: Stay Far, Far Away From Blumhouse’s Horror Getaway

Fantasy Island, the late ’70s/early ’80s TV series that made the catchphrase “The plane! The plane!” wildly popular, heads to the big screen thanks to the fright masters at Blumhouse. As is their want, Blumhouse has warped the show into a horror movie – a move that’s not entirely unprecedented. The original show had plenty of supernatural elements – there was even an episode featuring the Devil. And the old adage of “be careful what you wish for” has been exploited time and time again for scary...
Tags: Movies, Horror, Features, Movie Reviews, Michael Pena, Fiji, Patrick, Gwen, Jacobs, Melanie, Fantasy Island, Ryan Hansen, Blumhouse, Roarke, Lucy Hale, Michael Rooker

Now Scream This: The Best Horror Movies to Watch on Valentine’s Day

(Welcome to Now Scream This, a column where horror experts Chris Evangelista and Matt Donato tell you what scary, spooky, and spine-tingling movies are streaming and where you can watch them.) Matt: If you’re venturing out to the cinema this Valentine’s Day weekend and can catch a screening of After Midnight, I urge you to do just that (or watch it on VOD). Between all the other obvious date night choices – looking at you Sonic The Hedgehog – none understand the beauty of love and complexity of...
Tags: Amazon, Movies, Horror, Features, Rex, Tammy, Hulu, Paul Walker, Chris, Benson, Matt, Walker, Richards, Denise Richards, Toby, Micah

10 Truly Great Movie Kisses That Deserve More Love

There have been quite a few memorable smooches throughout cinematic history. From the kiss that left us on the edge of our seat to the ones that made us melt, particular kisses continue to make us dream. But (as is the case with most artistic things), there have been a few swoon-worthy moments of emotion that have gone under-appreciated within the movie fan community. It’s Valentine’s Day, so it seems only fitting to give some much-needed-shout outs to a select few. So grab your favorite box of...
Tags: Movies, Robin Williams, Disney, Star Trek, Features, Egypt, Nick Offerman, Sam, Skye, Joe, Marcus, Val Kilmer, Robert, Billy Wilder, Tony Curtis, Rose

Pop Culture Imports: Where to Stream Four-Time Oscar Winner Bong Joon-Ho’s Favorite Films

(Welcome to Pop Culture Imports, a column that compiles the best foreign movies and TV streaming right now.) We live in a world where Parasite is a Best Picture winner, and where every publication has been quick to recommend dozens of other South Korean films to watch now that audiences have suddenly accepted subtitles. Well, as the column that has long been advocating for subtitled movies, I’m here to shake things up a bit. I won’t be recommending the best South Korean films to check out if Pa...
Tags: South Korea, Japan, Movies, France, Cure, Francois Truffaut, Alexander, Bong, Ingmar Bergman, Hitchcock, Uppsala Sweden, Bong Joon, Holden Caulfield, Gilbert Grape, Kim Ki, Truffaut

‘Birds of Prey’ Producer Sue Kroll on Me Too, Reshoots, and Sequel Possibilities [Interview]

Producer Sue Kroll has been with Birds of Prey from the very beginning. Since it was just an idea in star Margot Robbie‘s head while she was originating her breakout character Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad. Since director Cathy Yan came to Kroll and fellow producer Bryan Unkeless with a vision of a wild, bombastic, and unabashedly fun girl gang movie. “There was something very raw about it, very visceral,” Kroll said of the sizzle reel that Yan showed to her and Unkeless. That visceral tone was...
Tags: Movies, Interviews, Chad, Harley Quinn, Black Canary, Huntress, Birds Of Prey, Margot Robbie, Ewan McGregor, Warner Brothers, Harley, Margot, Cass, Cathy, Yan, Sue Kroll

The ‘Star Wars: Resistance’ Post-Mortem: Breaking Down What Worked and What Did Not in the Underrated Series

The Disney XD animated Star Wars Resistance requires patience in ways that frustrated while also marveled. Even when it literally launched into the stars in season two, its tests its own range without really transcending it. There are times where Resistance , set before and during The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, takes the path of least resistance. But it is not inherently negative if Resistance had breezier aims than other LucasFilm animated productions than Clone Wars ...
Tags: Star-Wars, Movies, Disney, Features, Resistance, Lucasfilm, Kylo Ren, Leia Organa, Tam, Imperial, Kel, Phasma, Poe Dameron, Yeager, Jace, Kaz

New on Blu-ray: ‘Parasite’, ‘Roma’, ‘Doctor Sleep’, ‘Shutter Island’, ‘The House that Jack Built’, and More

Brace yourselves, my friends – this week’s Blu-ray column is packed. There are so many movies here that you probably want to block out your entire day just to read this. Go ahead, clear your calendar. Call in sick from work. Lock all your doors, draw the blinds, and feast your eyes. These are the new Blu-ray releases you should check out this week. Parasite Fresh off its triumphant run at the Oscars, Parasite is now available on Blu-ray, and it’s just as special as you’ve heard it is. I...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, Mexico, New York City, Kodak, Features, Netflix, House, Alfonso Cuarón, Leonardo Dicaprio, Stanley Kubrick, Lars von Trier, Spike Lee, Scorsese, Kubrick, Jack

‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Review: An Exhausting Video Game Adaptation With an Identity Crisis

Who is Sonic the Hedgehog for? What is the target audience for a film that wants to take its cues from Deadpool but also family films about the Easter Bunny? Ostensibly, children should want very badly to see this movie adaptation of the long-running Sega video game about an extremely fast blue animal. But Sonic the Hedgehog can’t figure out if its audience is the parents of those children — those of us who grew up with the first iteration of Sonic — or kids themselves. The result is...
Tags: Amazon, Movies, Montana, Earth, Features, Movie Reviews, Jim Carrey, Deadpool, Adam Pally, Ben Schwartz, Sonic the Hedgehog, Paramount Pictures, Sega, Pacific Northwest, Video Game, Parks

‘The Magicians’ Offers a Gripping Double Feature With “Apocalypse? Now?!” and “Oops! I Did It Again”

Last night The Magicians gave us the gift of a two-parter, back-to-back episodes to entertain us and save us from the indignity of biting our nails while we waiting for days to find out how the cliffhanger at the end of “Apocalypse? Now?!” turns out.  And what a cliffhanger it was—the gang in attempt to stop the harmonic convergence ends up accidently destroying the moon and setting Earth up for complete annihilation. How did the gang mess up so badly? They were sleep deprived, for one thi...
Tags: Elon Musk, Television, Movies, The Magicians, Features, Elon, Josh, Todd, Charlton, Marina, Margo, Quentin, Eliot, Hale Appleman, Kady, TV Reviews

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