For the past two years, CineFix has rounded up some adorable kids to reenact the Best Pictures nominees, and they've done splendidly by acting out scenes from Argo in 2013 and Her in 2014. Now it's 2015, and there's a whole slew of new Oscar nominees to adorably recreate. Kids with fake beards and mustaches by itself is hilarious, but having them act out scenes from The Grand Budapest Hotel and American Sniper makes it even better, especially when the fake baby in the recreation isn't any better than the one used in the real movie. My favorites though are the kid versions of Whiplash and The Imitation Game. ›››
Continue reading Watch: Kids Reenact the 2015 Best Picture Nominees Like 'Whiplash'
From one to another, the adventure continues. In 2014, I was lucky enough to be invited by Fox Searchlight to fly to Berlin to catch the world premiere of Wes Anderson's Grand Budapest Hotel (here's my review). It was an unforgettable experience, and I had a blast attending the Berlin Film Festival, also known as Berlinale, one of the biggest festivals in the world (started in 1951). I am excited to reveal that Berlin asked me to return again this year as a press guest of the festival, meaning they really wanted me to come back and see more films. There was no way I could say no. So only five days after returning from the Sundance Film Festival, I am headed out again onwards to Berlin for yet another film festival. I'm ready, bring on the films. ›››
Continue reading A Tale of Two Winter Film Festivals - From Sundance to Berlinale
If you've been paying attention to movies lately, you know that men are constantly being depicted unfairly as being bumbling idiots or tyrannical villains. When's the last time you saw a movie showing a handsome man as the hero? Meanwhile, women are having all the fun, taking all the meaty roles in Hollywood, winning all the awards, and every single superhero movie out there is taken by a female. Well, this seems to be because of something called "The Frozen Effect," named for the Disney animated film Frozen from 2013 where two sisters take the lead, while the major male roles are relegated to an oafish ice salesman or an awful phony lover. This is a problem, and it's dissected with flawless logic and awareness below. Watch! ›››
Continue reading Did You Know That 'Frozen' is Unfair to Men & Bad for Young Boys?
Towards the beginning of 2015, we learned that Elle Fanning was going to lead Neon Demon, the next film from Drive and Only God Forgives director Nicolas Winding Refn. Now the rest of the cast is filling out as Variety has word from the European Film Market in Berlin that Keanu Reeves and "Mad Men" actress Christina Hendricks (who just happens to star in Drive star Ryan Gosling's directorial debut Lost River) have joined the cast of the film about an aspiring model (Fanning) who is caught in a world of beauty and demise. The film is still trying to get a buyer in the United States, even though production begins in March. ›››
Continue reading Keanu Reeves & More Find Nicolas Winding Refn's 'Neon Demon'
If you've seen Scott Pilgrim vs. the World or Death Proof, then you're likely familiar with the wonderful Mary Elizabeth Winstead. But now she's going to help you get acquainted with her filmmaker husband Riley Stearns as the first trailer for his SXSW selected thriller Faults has just arrived. In the film, Winstead plays a woman under the grip of a mysterious cult called Faults. But her parents hire a man named Ansel Roth (Leland Orser) with a specialty in deprogramming cult members to kidnap and save their daughter from losing her mind. But it won't be easy. This looks original, quirky and intense. Watch! ›››
"You take me to treasure?" The power of movies is on full display in the Sundance selected Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter. Based on a true story, the film follows Rinko Kikuchi as a woman who discovers a VHS copy of Fargo and actually believes there's a briefcase of money still to be discovered buried in the snow in North Dakota. And so begins a beautiful journey from Japan to the United States. A new trailer and poster have just arrived, both showing off plenty of acclaim for this gorgeous little indie. There's even a pull quote from Werner Herzog calling the film "beautiful." This looks like one you'll want to seek out. Watch! ›››
Continue reading Rinko Kikuchi's 'Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter' New Trailer & Poster
It's been over 32 years since the original horror flick Poltergeist hit theaters, and now the remake is poised to his the big screen this summer. Following the first look photos that arrived yesterday, the first trailer has arrived, and it certainly ups the ante when it comes to the paranormal activity on display. There's familiar elements of the original, including the creepy clown doll and the glowing televisions, but there's also some creepy new scares as well, seemingly grabbing from a variety of horror films like Paranormal Activity and Insidious. It doesn't look bad, but it might be a little too busy with everything going on. Watch! ›››
"We don't need any back-up, Blart." Just in case you forgot, this spring sees the return of Kevin James in Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, ensuring that we have plenty of stupid slapstick humor. Now a new trailer has arrived that shows Blart's vacation getting interrupted by a big heist in Las Vegas. And somehow, Blart and a bumbling team of other security guards are the only ones who can stop it. Yes, a guy who runs into a big glass window and gets kicked by a horse is supposed to stop a high-tech criminal. There's no farts in this trailer, but you can rest assured that they're probably saving that for those who will see the actual movie. ›››
Continue reading New 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2' Trailer: Kevin James Has Spidey Senses
Right now, Liza Johnson's historical drama Elvis & Nixon is looking for international buyers at the European Film Market, and that means we get our first look at the film that stars Michael Shannon (Man of Steel) and Kevin Spacey ("House of Cards") as iconic rock musician Elvis Presley and President Richard M. Nixon respectively. The film tells the story of these two American men meeting at the Oval Office when The King asked the president if he could be made a special FBI operative. It's a true story, and one that has never been told on-screen before. Shannon looks weird as Elvis, but I really want to hear him speak. Look! ›››
Continue reading First Look: Michael Shannon and Kevin Spacey Are 'Elvis & Nixon'
The 1950s Japanese manga Astro Boy has seen several anime series adaptations in the 70s and 80s, but the only feature film version to make the big screen was the lackluster 2009 animated adaptation from Imagi Animation. Now it will be Australia's Animal Logic Entertainment, the studio who worked from beginning to end on the animation for The LEGO Movie and also contributed to special effects on The Avengers: Age of Ultron, teaming with Tezuka Productions in Japan to develop a live-action feature adaptation. But as of now there's no director attached to the project, and the writers still need to be found. ›››
Continue reading Live-Action 'Astro Boy' Coming from 'The LEGO Movie' Animators
"This right here takes crazy to a whole 'nother level!" It's time to push this thing into overdrive! After the crazy new TV spot during the Super Bowl, Universal has launched another full-length trailer for James Wan's Furious 7, the latest sequel in the on-going Fast & Furious franchise. This new trailer packs in pretty much everything from the previous trailer and the new TV spot, like that awesome skyscraper shot, and the Pikes Peak drop, and Dwayne Johnson beating people up, and so much more. Starring the late Paul Walker, plus Johnson, Jason Statham, Vin Diesel, Tyrese, Elsa Pataky, Lucas Black, Tony Jaa and Michelle Rodriguez. And yes, there's some Kurt Russell in here, so fire it up now. This looks epic! ›››
Continue reading Watch: New Full-Length Trailer for James Wan's 'Furious 7' Launches