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Seeing Double: ‘Dante’s Peak’ vs ‘Volcano,’ 1997’s Dueling Disaster Movies

(Welcome to Seeing Double, a series where two strangely similar films released around the same time are put head-to-head. This time, we take a timely look at two movies that turn volcanic activity into action/adventure romps for the big screen.) Volcanic eruptions don’t typically get the kind of attention in the US that hurricanes, tornadoes, and sinkholes do as they’re understandably infrequent here in the states. We had Mount St. Helens back in 1980 and then… nothing. The Kilauea volcano on H...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, Washington, US, Los Angeles, Features, Hawaii, James Bond, Tommy Lee Jones, Warren Beatty, Volcano, Harry, Sylvester Stallone, Jackson, Mclaren, Roger Donaldson


‘Fyre’ and ‘Fyre Fraud’: Which One is Better? (And Which One is Less Ethically Compromised?)

It’s been less than two years since the debacle of the Fyre Festival. The proposed event on a Bahamian island was going to showcase major musical acts such as Blink-182 and Major Lazer; it was overseen by, among others, rapper Ja Rule; and it would create a new Coachella or Burning Man for the social-media elite. Of course, the dreams of the festival organizers were revealed to be impossible at best and criminal at worst; when attendees (who had paid an insane amount of money) arrived, they...
Tags: Twitter, Movies, Features, Netflix, Showtime, Parks and Recreation, Smith, Hulu, Dave Chappelle, Billy, Chris Smith, Lazer, Tobias, McFarland, Scott Tobias, U S Attorney for the Southern District of New York


‘Glass’ Spoiler Review: Breaking Down M. Night Shyamalan’s Disastrous Sequel to ‘Unbreakable’ and ‘Split’

“Please enjoy this film that took 19 years to make!” This sentence greeted me as I sat down at a pre-release screening of Glass last week, as the final part of a letter from its writer/producer/director M. Night Shyamalan to the audience. The upshot of the letter was basically, “Please don’t spoil Glass” (which I’m about to do, so…sorry!) but I could not help but latch onto that last sentence as I steeled myself for the crossover between two of Shyamalan’s earlier films, Unbreakable and Spl...
Tags: Movies, Features, Glass, David, Movie Reviews, Sequels, Philadelphia, James McAvoy, Jackson, Sarah Paulson, Samuel L Jackson, David Dunn, Bruce Willis, Joseph, Kevin, Dunn


‘The Kid Who Would Be King’ Review: ‘Attack the Block’ Director Joe Cornish Returns With a Perfectly Fine Family Adventure

An old-fashioned streak of adventure runs throughout The Kid Who Would Be King , a riff on the King Arthur legend gussied up for modern times. It’s a decent enough family film, largely dependent on the charm of its young cast, that manages to be slightly disappointing only if you recognize the name of its writer/director. That would be Joe Cornish, whose directorial debut Attack the Block was a blast of fresh air back in 2011. Inexplicably, it’s taken Cornish the better part of a decade t...
Tags: England, Movies, Features, Movie Reviews, Britain, United Kingdom, Merlin, Patrick Stewart, Alex, Joe Cornish, Andy, King Arthur, Kay, Arthur, Cornish, Lancelot


The 10 Greatest M. Night Shyamalan Scenes

M. Night Shyamalan’s career is, in a lot of ways, riddled with inconsistencies. Most people would tell you that the best films he made are early in his career, even with his recent comeback in working with Blumhouse Productions. But even when the quality of his films is low, you can always find some recognizable elements in his work. To rank the best scenes in Shyamalan’s career, though, you do have to look primarily (but not entirely) at his early work. In honor of his new film, Glass, whi...
Tags: Movies, Features, David, Graham, Philadelphia, James McAvoy, Mel Gibson, Split, David Dunn, Central Park, Bruce Willis, Gibson, Connolly, Dunn, Roger Deakins, Shyamalan


In Its Second Season Premiere, ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Learns How to Have Fun

We’re back in the saddle again! Welcome to Star Trek: Discovery, Season 2, where we have a ton more fun around these parts than last season. In fact, “fun” and “levity” are the themes of this episode, “Brother,” despite its intense undercurrent. The episode follows Michael as she tries to figure out what happened to Spock. Unfortunately, we didn’t meet Spock in person, except in the form an audio recording. However, we did get a lot of clues about what this season will bring. Let’s get into...
Tags: Movies, Star-Trek, Features, Spock, Cbs, Ash, Michael, Trump, Kirk, Hugh, Hiawatha, Pike, Berg, Tilly, Alex Kurtzman, Lorca


The Unpopular Opinion: ‘Glass’ is a Bold and Brilliant Climax to M. Night Shyamalan’s Superhero Trilogy

(Welcome to The Unpopular Opinion, a series where a writer goes to the defense of a much-maligned film or sets their sights on a movie seemingly beloved by all. In this edition: M. Night Shyamalan‘s critically lambasted Glass is actually good!) Reactions from critics to the Unbreakable trilogy have grown increasingly divisive with each film – not unlike reactions to M. Night Shyamalan’s work as a whole. It was only years later, after the subsequent surge of studio attempts to make “gritty”...
Tags: Movies, America, Features, Glass, David, Seattle, Jude Law, Ryan Murphy, David Dunn, Patricia, Kevin, Elijah, Casey, Shyamalan, Nick Fury, McAvoy


‘Alita: Battle Angel – Passport to Iron City’ Immersive Experience Transports You to a Cyberpunk Dystopia

“I’ve never seen such ‘orrible scrapping in my life.” A man sporting a Hawaiian shirt and a strong Cockney accent berates me for me slow work in the scrapyard, which isn’t really a scrapyard but a small booth filled with piles of metal scrap and hidden clues. Find the most valuable piece of scrap and win the most credits is the game, and it’s easy to get caught up in it. I find a weird, rusty contraption with a plug. “Read the small print on the outlets,” the ethereal long-haired woman in a sil...
Tags: New York, Movies, New York City, Sci-fi, Los Angeles, Events, Features, Austin, Fox, Adaptation, James Cameron, Robert Rodriguez, Gibson, Eric Meyer, Iron City, Williamsburg Brooklyn


‘Close’ Writer/Director Vicky Jewson Found Real-Life Badasses For Her New Netflix Action Movie [Interview]

We already knew Noomi Rapace was badass from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Prometheus and her Netflix films Bright and What Happened to Monday. Now she has to measure up to real life bodyguard Jacquie Davis, the inspiration for her fictional character in Close from writer/director Vicky Jewson. Sam (Rapace) is a prominent bodyguard hired to protect Zoe (Sophie Nelisse), the daughter of a mining company executive. When a kidnapping attempt is made, Sam takes Zoe on the run, taking on all a...
Tags: Movies, Interviews, Michael Bay, Features, Netflix, Close, James Bond, Circuit, Sam, Mossad, Ripley, Ridley, Green Zone, Louise, Bourne, Zoe


Now Stream This: ‘The Commuter’, ‘Ricochet’, ‘Tombstone’, ‘Cat People’, ‘Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion’ and More

(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.) Hello there, streamers. As usual, I’ve gathered together a smorgasbord of movies you can stream right now. The goal of Now Stream This is to offer variety. While the other streaming columns we run here at /Film are usually focused-in on specific genres or styles, Now Stream This likes to keep things loosey-goosey. I want to give you options, becaus...
Tags: Amazon, Lisa Kudrow, Comedy, Hollywood, Movies, Drama, Horror, Washington, Ben Affleck, Western, Malcolm McDowell, Features, Netflix, Thriller, New Orleans, Starz


What ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Borrows From Terry Gilliam’s ‘Brazil’

(Welcome to The Movies That Made Star Wars, a series where we explore the films and television properties that inspired or help us better understand George Lucas’ iconic universe. In this edition: Brazil. ) The 1985 release of Terry Gilliam’s Brazil was nothing short of a miracle. The executives at Universal were so disappointed with Gilliam’s grim vision of the future that they wanted to recut it and give it a happy ending, but Gilliam refused to be beaten down by the system. He fought and...
Tags: Python, Star-Wars, Movies, Reagan, Features, Brazil, Monty Python, Darth Vader, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin, Johnson, Sam, George Lucas, John Williams, Rian Johnson, Lowry


‘Unbreakable’ Was a Superhero Movie Years Ahead of Its Time

The worldwide theatrical release of M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass this week has prompted a rush of appreciation online for Unbreakable, the first in what became a trilogy of superhero films spread out over nineteen years. With its deconstructionist take on superhero mythology, the 2000 flick, starring Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson, anticipated the great wave of 21st-century comic book movies and TV shows grounded in pseudo-realism. Everything from The Dark Knight trilogy to the Marvel Cin...
Tags: Movies, Marvel, Superman, Disney, Features, David, Netflix, Bryan Singer, Jackson, Vox, 20th Century Fox, FX, Joaquin Phoenix, Samuel L Jackson, Bruce Willis, Unbreakable


Now Scream This: ’90s Horror Gems, the Greatest Horror Comedy Ever, and the Best ‘Resident Evil’ Movie

(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: This week on “Now Scream This,” our theme is “Matt’s Really Tired And Needs Something Easy.” Jetlag is for real, and 2019 is already becoming a workload avalanche, so Chris graciously agreed to another freebie selection entry. Thank you, Chris. My sanity and throbbing exhaustion headache are in you...
Tags: Amazon, England, London, Movies, Horror, Features, Jon Stewart, Robert Rodriguez, Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, Alice, Chris, Clea DuVall, Matt, Shaun, Faculty


/Film’s 25 Most Anticipated Movies of 2019

We are at the start of a new year and you know what that means: a whole new year of movies to anticipate. The /Film crew recently sat down, put our heads together, and compiled a list of our top 25 most anticipated movies of 2019. You can see the fruits of our labor below. And before you ask “But wait, why isn’t this movie on the list?”, please note that we recorded our deliberations as we formed this list as a podcast. So the answer you’re looking for is probably in that audio. Note: severa...
Tags: Movies, Justice, Senate, Stephen King, Disney, Dc Comics, Features, Jake Gyllenhaal, Elton John, Tommy Lee Jones, Dean Deblois, Steven Soderbergh, Seth Rogen, John, Alvin Schwartz, Stephen Gammell


How Noomi Rapace Almost Died Filming ‘Close’ (and the Cameras Weren’t Even Rolling) [Interview]

Swedish actor Noomi Rapace went international when the original Swedish productions of the Girl WIth The Dragon Tattoo trilogy caught on around the world. Now she’s been in Hollywood productions like Prometheus, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and three films for Netflix, including this week’s Close. In Close, Rapace plays Sam, a bodyguard for Zoe (Sophie Nelisse), the daughter of a mining company CEO. After saving Zoe from a kidnapping attempt, Sam takes her on the run to protect her fro...
Tags: Europe, New York, Hollywood, Movies, Interviews, Features, Netflix, Close, Morocco, Harry, Sherlock Holmes, Sam, Claire Foy, David Ayer, Scott, Santa Clarita


‘Wayne’ Producers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick on the Value of Pop Culture in Fiction [Interview]

Deadpool screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have a new streaming series premiering on YouTube Premium today, although they did not create Wayne. They are producing the half hour series for creator Shawn Simmons, and YouTube Head of Original Content Susanne Daniels calls the show “Dirty Harry in high school.” Wayne (Mark McKenna) is a teenager heading south to recover his late father’s stolen ’78 Trans Am. Wherever he stops along the way, trouble seems to find Wayne, but he’s resource...
Tags: Florida, Movies, Interviews, Youtube, Boston, Kung Fu, Features, Woody Allen, Larry David, Caribbean, Leon, Tarantino, Wodehouse, Wayne, Jerry, Shawn


The Films of M. Night Shyamalan Revisited: The Twists, the Triumphs, and the Turkeys

Early reviews of Glass, the first big movie of 2019, have mentioned how writer-director M. Night Shyamalan was once seen as the next Alfred Hitchcock or Steven Spielberg . For at least a three-year stretch at the turn of the millennium (five, if you count the two years after Signs, but before The Village), Shyamalan stood as a worthy successor to the throne of populist filmmaking, capable of delivering high-concept thrills in an intimate, character-based way. Maybe the world at large needs re...
Tags: Movies, Tim Burton, Features, Reddit, Manhattan, Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Bruce Willis, James Newton Howard, Times Square, Dunn, Shyamalan, Malcolm, Cole, Alamo Drafthouse, M.-Night-Shyamalan


‘State Like Sleep’ Star Katherine Waterston on Balancing Indies and Blockbusters [Interview]

Over the past decade, actress Katherine Waterston has built up a solid filmography of work that had made her one of the most eclectic and reliable performers around. After years of theater work and taking meaty supporting roles in such films as Michael Clayton (her first film), Taking Woodstock, Robot & Frank (as well as a semi-regular role on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire), she made an impressive showing as Shasta Ray Hepworth in writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson’s 2014 marvel Inherent Vice, whic...
Tags: Hbo, England, New York, Movies, Interviews, Digital, Toronto, Features, Danny Boyle, Steven Soderbergh, Paul Thomas Anderson, Joan Didion, Brussels, Meredith, Jonah Hill, Caribbean


Movie Mixtape: 6 Movies to See After You See ‘Glass’

The first act of The Incredibles is still the fairest portrayal of what superhero home life would look like. The flurry of domestic bliss and panic mirrors a lot of families with young children, but there’s an additional anxious hum to the rhythm of their lives. That fear of being caught, of suppressing who they are for the “greater good” of a fearful, misinformed larger society imbues every choice they make. Yet it’s only one family. One view on what it might be like for a very small group of ...
Tags: Vince Gilligan, Movies, Jack Nicholson, Superman, Features, Glass, Iron Man, Meryl Streep, Batman, Dc, Will Smith, James Gunn, Smith, Jason Bateman, Goldie Hawn, Mcclane


The 50 Greatest Movie Moments of 2018

In the cold doldrums of January, with the multiplexes still mostly dormant, there’s only one thing for movie fans to do: look back at the previous year. And that’s what the /Film staff spent much of the past week doing as we assembled to create a list of the 50 greatest movie moments of 2018. First, we debated and argued and fought for which movie moments belonged on the list (all recorded in podcast form for your listening pleasure) and then we voted on the order. The result? A list of 50 scen...
Tags: Movies, Features, Nicole Kidman, Steve McQueen, Paul Feig, Eddie, Dakota Johnson, Mcqueen, Alice, Bay, Tom, Anne, Stephanie, Kendrick, Emily, Hardy


‘Stan and Ollie’ Star John C. Reilly on Vanishing Under Make-Up and Making Hard Comedy Look Easy [Interview]

When /Film last spoke with John C. Reilly, it was for the recent alternative western The Sisters Brothers, in which he co-starred opposite Joaquin Phoenix. At the end of that interview, Reilly did briefly discuss the narrower focus of his current film, the Laurel & Hardy biopic Stan & Ollie, which centers on a months-long tour the comedy team took throughout Great Britain and Ireland, transforming some of the classic bits (and some newly written ones) into live routines for the stage. By all a...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, Interviews, Mexico, Wikipedia, Germany, Features, Ireland, Italy, John, Joaquin Phoenix, Dick, Steve, Oliver, Steve Coogan, Great Britain


‘Stan and Ollie’ Star Steve Coogan on Bringing the Iconic Comedy Duo to Life [Interview]

There are few things more satisfying than having modern-day actors pay worthy tribute to their legendary predecessors, and the easily lovable biopic Stan & Ollie, from director Jon S. Baird, is almost nothing but that, with Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly (along with some awards-worthy makeup) portraying arguably the greatest comedy duo in film history, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. The movie documents a period in the later years of their career, during which the two are having less success...
Tags: Europe, England, Hollywood, Movies, Greece, Drama, Interviews, Nike, Features, United Kingdom, Rob, Pope, John, Shirley, Steve-Coogan, Alan Partridge


The Elusive Persona of Angela Lansbury: From ‘Gaslight’ to ‘Mary Poppins Returns’

(Welcome to Role Call, where we examine two performances from an actor – their first defining role and their most recent/last – to get a sense of who they are.) You’re gonna be thinking of Murder, She Wrote while reading this. That’s okay. It’s only natural. The grandmotherly Columbo dominated Dame Angela Lansbury‘s persona so strongly that a certain generation of viewers can’t imagine her as anything but a cardigan-wearing bicycle enthusiast whom death follows like a puppy. After more than a d...
Tags: Movies, Disney, Features, Maine, Oscar, Angela Lansbury, Belle, Eureka, Jessica Fletcher, Nancy, Dick Van Dyke, Julie Andrews, Arthur, Mary Poppins, Ingrid Bergman, Bergman


Beyond Bollywood: The 10 Best Indian Films You Missed in 2018

There are, on average, nearly 2,000 new Indian films each year — about three times the American output. The mainstream Hindi film industry (or “Bollywood”) is a small contributor to that figure, though it usually receives the most attention in both Western and Indian media. Given the vast array of languages, cultures and perspectives across the nation — rather than a single massive entity, India has dozens of parallel film industries differentiated by language — there exists a fascinating cine...
Tags: Movies, India, Nigeria, America, Features, Venice, Shakespeare, Mumbai, New Delhi, Shah, Ama, Samuel, Philip, Assam, Arjun, Shay


The Upside and the Downside of ‘The Upside’: An Analysis From a Disabled Writer

Putting it bluntly, it’s difficult to get excited anytime Hollywood wants to trot out a narrative on disabilities nowadays, especially as someone born and living with Muscular Dystrophy Type 2. They are stubbornly set on staying the feel-good course without necessarily saying anything meaningful or relevant. If you thought Green Book had nothing but safe and obvious observations, tackling race relations with the force of bopping someone on the head with your finger, well, the disabled community...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, Features, Nicole Kidman, Paris, Clint Eastwood, Dell, Kevin Hart, Hitler, Bryan Cranston, Philip, Phillip, Daniel Day Lewis, Christy Brown, Featured Stories Sidebar, Chloe Zhao


Hidden Streams: Werner Herzog, Paul Schrader, and Other Streaming Gems

(Welcome to Hidden Streams , a column focused on the best older movies available to stream on your favorite services, including Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and more.) The death of FilmStruck might make it harder for cinephiles to dig those older hidden gems out of the overwhelming piles of streaming titles. From lesser-known classics to cult favorites, we’ve put together a handy guide to some of the best older films you can stream on the various platforms. In this edition of Hidden Streams, yo...
Tags: Amazon, England, Texas, Movies, Abc, California, Features, David Bowie, Giorgio Moroder, Quentin Tarantino, Seattle, Jay, Denver, Antoine, Alice, Bell


‘The Car: Road to Revenge’ Isn’t Quite the Sequel You’re Expecting

(Welcome to DTV Descent, a series that explores the weird and wild world of direct-to-video sequels to theatrically released movies. In this edition, we take a road trip with a stylized sequel to a cult favorite horror flick.) Some sequels feel like no-brainers while others make no sense at all, and then you have something like The Car: Road to Revenge… which hits both of those extremes at ninety miles per hour. On the one hand, 1977’s The Car is a fun little horror romp about a killer car mowi...
Tags: Movies, Los Angeles, Features, Bulgaria, Peru, Rainer, Brolin, James Brolin, Adam Ant, Ronny Cox, Michael Tabb, G J Echternkamp, Matt Yamashita, Featured Stories Sidebar, Elliot Silverstein, Lincoln Continental Mark III


‘New Year, New You’ Review: Sophia Takal Takes on Internet Celebrity Culture for Hulu’s ‘Into the Dark’

Blumhouse’s 2019 starts by taking one companywide step forward with their latest Into The Dark chapter. After critical reports identified a striking gender differential between The House Of Toby’s horror director hires, after Jason Blum’s interesting-at-best response, Sophia Takal becomes the brand’s first female filmmaker (*on a horror title*) with New Year, New You. In this entry: Instagram celebrity culture roasted on a spit and stuffed with false personality rage that mocks the charades so...
Tags: Google, Movies, Features, Movie Reviews, Silicon Valley, Hulu, Jason Blum, New Year New You, Jim Jones, Danielle, Alexis, Chloe, Blumhouse, Kayla, Chaikin, Sophia Takal


Small-Screen Stream: ‘Atlanta,’ ‘Black Mirror’ and Other Streaming Series to Catch Up on in the New Year

(Welcome to Small-Screen Stream, a feature where we share the best television shows streaming and where you can watch them.) It’s a brand new year and the slates are wiped clean – which means it’s time to start playing catch-up with TV-watching once again! The endless viewing cycle never ends, but streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu make it easy to sit back, light up the screen, and get lost in a new series. I, for one, spent my holidays watching nothing but junk-food TV, s...
Tags: Amazon, Movies, Nbc, Massachusetts, New York City, Tim Burton, Atlanta, Georgia, Amazon Prime, Bbc, Features, Netflix, Ireland, Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, Seth Rogen


‘Replicas’ Review: An Early Frontrunner For the Most Bizarre Bad Movie of 2019

In case you were curious, Replicas is a Christmas movie. You may find that fact, or the fact that multiple scenes in this sci-fi thriller reference the holiday season or literally take place at a Christmas tree-shopping site in Puerto Rico, superfluous or inexplicable. Perhaps I’ve buried the lede, because you see, Replicas itself is quite inexplicable. Here, we have the first wide-release contender of 2019 for the title of Most Utterly Bizarre Film of the Year. There’s no sane metric un...
Tags: Movies, Sci-fi, Features, Movie Reviews, Chad, John, Ed, William, Spielberg, Keanu Reeves, Steven Spielberg, Thomas Middleditch, Puerto Rico, Replicas, Reeves, John Wick



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