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'Birdman' Review: Madness Meets Artistry in This Ambitious Movie

Posted By Jason Gorber on Oct 24th 2014 11:42AM
"Birdman" is the latest film from "21 Grams" and "Babel" director Alejandro González Iñárritu. Actually, that might not be the real title of the movie, as journalists received the following message prior to the screening: "Please use the film's full title, "Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance," the first time the film is mentioned in an article. " Meanwhile, on... read more

10 Reasons You Need to Just Go and See 'John Wick' Already

Posted By Drew Taylor on October 10, 2014
Last month, we attended Fantastic Fest, a film festival held in Austin, Texas, that is, to use a scientific term, totally bonkers. It's a place where new and incredibly weird genre movies play and are instantly eaten up (or harshly rejected) by geeky audiences. It's the kind of film festival that celebrates movies that contain (among other things) fountains of blood, animal cruelty, and...

'The Book of Life' Review: Macabre Cartoon Almost Gets There

Posted By Jason Gorber on October 10, 2014
"The Book of Life" is a colourful, slightly macabre animated story that draws from Mexican culture and aesthetic style. Told as a story-within-a-story, this is a straight-up fairy tale that sees the protagonist go on a traditional heroic quest, with visits to the underworld, battles with raging beasts, and overcoming family expectations. For a film that has significant events that take place...

10 Things You Need to Know About Michael Keaton's Big Comeback Movie, 'Birdman'

Posted By Drew Taylor on October 10, 2014
Michael Keaton is perhaps best known for playing Batman in a pair of Tim Burton-directed superhero movies, whose visionary tone has set the standard for the genre until this day. And now he's stepping back into the superhero suit (sort of) for "Birdman," the latest film from "Babel" director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. "Birdman" tells the story of an actor who has been immortalized in a series...

10 Things You Need to Know About 'Fury'

Posted By Drew Taylor on October 10, 2014
War is hell. This much we know is true. It's also the fodder for prestige action movies like "Fury," about a small team of men who pilot and maneuver the titular tank in the waning days of World War II, where Hitler's Germany acted like a scared and wounded dog -- all teeth and matted fur and ferocious intent. Brad Pitt leads the platoon, which is stocked handily with fine actors like Jon...

10 Things You Should Know About Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Inherent Vice'

Posted By Drew Taylor on October 10, 2014
We're entering the final week of the New York Film Festival, and as such, the big centerpiece film has been unveiled: the world premiere of Paul Thomas Anderson's sprawling comic crime saga "Inherent Vice." As far as premieres go, this is one of the more hotly anticipated ones -- the movie doesn't open until December and besides a handful of stills and a recently revealed teaser trailer, virtually...

10 Things You Need to Know About 'Annabelle'

Posted By Drew Taylor on October 10, 2014
Last year's "The Conjuring" was something of an anomaly; a major studio horror movie that was rated R just for being so insanely scary. And what's more was the fact that people showed up, making tons of money on a minuscule budget. So, of course, with a movie of that size making that much of a profit, what was once a wonderful one-off has evolved, rather quickly, into its own little franchise. ...

The Biggest Movies at Fantastic Fest 2014, Ranked From Best to Worst

Posted By Drew Taylor on October 10, 2014
Every year in Austin, Texas, the Alamo Drafthouse holds Fantastic Fest, a celebration of all things wild, weird, and wonderful in worldwide genre cinema. Most of these movies feature one or more of the following: animal cruelty, full-frontal nudity, fountains of blood and some kind of weird Japanese business. (If it's missing one or more of these elements, then it was probably admitted by...

10 Things You Should Know About 'Gone Girl'

Posted By Drew Taylor on September 09, 2014
A couple of nights ago, the New York Film Festival kicked off at Lincoln Center, with a starry, splashy premiere – "Gone Girl," the long-awaited adaptation of Gillian Flynn's best-selling mystery (there were more than 3.5 million copies in print in the first year the book was published). Everyone was there, including stars Ben Affleck (who took some good-natured ribbing about his upcoming...

5 Things Every Parent Needs to Know About 'The Maze Runner'

Posted By Sandie Angulo Chen on September 09, 2014
"The Maze Runner" is the latest young adult dystopian adaptation to entice audiences with promises of thrills and brave teens overcoming impossible odds. Based on James Dashner's 2009 page-turner, the story is like "Lord of the Flies" meets "The Hunger Games": Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) wakes up in an elevator that takes him to a strange world of captivity called the Glade. None of the guys who...

'The Equalizer' Review: 10 Things You Need to Know About the Denzel Washington Thriller

Posted By Drew Taylor on September 09, 2014
When you think of the Toronto International Film Festival, you probably thing of highbrow arty fare, impenetrable foreign movies, and the kind of creatively functional, feel-good crowd-pleasers that transcend the festival circuit and go on to make lots of money and win lots of Oscars. And then there's "The Equalizer," Sony's big-screen, Denzel Washington-led adaptation of the '80s crime show,...

Facebook Owns Neal Brennan's Face in This 'The Congress' Trailer Review (VIDEO)

Posted By Moviefone Staff on August 08, 2014
It's the weekend, and you're looking forward to going to the movies, but you don't know which one you're going to see. Luckily for you, Neal Brennan, comedian and host of SundanceTV's "The Approval Matrix" (inspired by the New York magazine feature of the same name), is here to help alleviate your indecisive agony. Here, he evens the playing field and reviews the trailer for the sci-fi drama...

Neal Brennan Will Not Go Spelunking With You After This 'As Above, So Below' Trailer Review (VIDEO)

Posted By Moviefone Staff on August 08, 2014
It's the weekend, and you're looking forward to going to the movies, but you don't know which one you're going to see. Luckily for you, Neal Brennan, comedian and host of SundanceTV's "The Approval Matrix" (inspired by the New York magazine feature of the same name), is here to help alleviate your indecisive agony. Here, he evens the playing field and reviews the trailer for the subterranean...

Neal Brennan Gets Frank in His 'Frank' Trailer Review (VIDEO)

Posted By Moviefone Staff on August 08, 2014
It's the weekend, and you're looking forward to going to the movies, but you don't know which one you're going to see. Luckily for you, Neal Brennan, comedian and host of SundanceTV's "The Approval Matrix" (inspired by the New York magazine feature of the same name), is here to help alleviate your indecisive agony. Here, he evens the playing field and reviews the trailer for eccentric indie...

'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For' Review: Ranking All the Reasons to Kill

Posted By Rick Mele on August 08, 2014
Once again co-directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller, "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For," the visually striking follow-up to the 2005 hit, gets even more eyeball-popping the second time around -- literally, sure, but also because this time it's in 3D. Acting as both a sequel or prequel depending on the story, the second "Sin City" follows a handful of storylines (some old, some created for...

The 7 Greatest HBO Shows of All Time (PHOTOS)

Posted By Corey Teich on August 08, 2014
It's difficult for millennials to remember a time when HBO wasn't the king of Sunday night television programming. Over the years we have dutifully devoured everything that the channel has had to offer: from despicable villains to likable anti-heroes, from medieval kings to 1920s mobsters. In a few short days we say goodbye to one of our most beloved HBO shows: "True Blood." For the past...

'If I Stay' Review: 10 Things You Need to Know About the Weepy Romance

Posted By Sandie Angulo Chen on August 08, 2014
Yes, "If I Stay" is yet another teen romance based on a young adult book. I will disclose that I read and loved Gayle Forman's best-selling book about a brilliant young cellist faced with the ultimate life-and-death decision after her entire family is involved in a devastating car accident. Mia Hall (Chloe Moretz in her first romantic lead role) is an invisible spirit watching over her...

Neal Brennan Discusses Cup Size in His 'When the Game Stands Tall' Trailer Review (VIDEO)

Posted By Jonny Black on August 08, 2014
It's the weekend, and you're looking forward to going to the movies, but you don't know which one you're going to see. Luckily for you, Neal Brennan, comedian and host of SundanceTV's "The Approval Matrix" (inspired by the New York magazine feature of the same name), is here to help alleviate your indecisive agony. Here, he evens the playing field and reviews the trailer for the docudrama "When...

'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For' Review: 10 Things You Need to Know About the Comic-Book Sequel

Posted By Drew Taylor on September 09, 2014
If you have forgotten a little bit about "Sin City," we can't blame you. The original film came out way back in 2005, before the onslaught of comic book adaptations, when a time of 1:1 approximations and largely computer-generated backgrounds were something to behold. Since then, we take these things for granted. Not that there's been anything like "Sin City" in the 10 years since it's been...

Neal Brennan Won't Eat the Mystery Meat in His 'The One I Love' Trailer Review (VIDEO)

Posted By Moviefone Staff on August 08, 2014
It's almost the weekend, and you're looking forward to going to the movies, but you don't know which one you're going to see. Luckily for you, Neal Brennan, comedian and host of SundanceTV's "The Approval Matrix" (inspired by the New York magazine feature of the same name), is here to help alleviate your indecisive agony. Here, he evens the playing field and reviews the trailer for the R-rated...

'The Expendables 3' Review: 10 Things You Should Know About the Macho Sequel

Posted By Drew Taylor on August 08, 2014
Ah, "The Expendables" franchise. Much like the actors who star in the movie -- it just won't die. Every couple of years we're #blessed with one of these movies, which feature a bunch of past-their-prime action stars, many of whom were vastly more popular 30 years ago, embroiled in some kind of scenario where they have to fire round after round of high powered weapon while cracking wise and...

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