Category Archives: Film Features

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After “Justice League,” Zack Snyder’s “Last Photograph” Is Worth More Than a Thousand Words to His Career

Justice LeagueThe embattled filmmaker is at a career crossroads following Justice League‘s disappointing opening weekend, making his next movie that much more important in the eyes of the industry.

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Richard Linklater Flies the Flag For a Sequel… That Isn’t Really a Sequel (Interview)

LinklaterLFFTNBryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne and Steve Carell star in the road dramedy about three military men off to bury one of their sons who was killed in the Iraq War.

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Actor Woody Harrelson is Killing It This Year

WoodyHarrelsonTNThe Emmy-winning, Oscar-nominated actor appeared in five very different movies this year, creating interesting and very different characters for each movie.

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Under the Radar: Stuff to Watch Over Thanksgiving

callmebyyournameTNRecapping some of the movies worth catching up on over Thanksgiving either in theaters or on screeners.

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“My Friend Dahmer” Director Marc Meyers on the Coming-of-Age of a Serial Killer (Interview)

MyFriendDahmerTNThe high school drama stars Ross Lynch as Dahmer during his senior year in high school, setting the stage for the murderer he would become.

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Rian Johnson Represents the Future of “Star Wars,” and a Brand New Model for Hollywood Franchises

Rian Johnson“I really like the idea of giving a single, skilled filmmaker the opportunity to oversee a story of this scale. It almost feels like a television-inspired take on things, but on the big screen it’s downright revolutionary, and it gives me hope that this could become an industry-wide trend,” writes Neil Turitz.

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It’s Too Early to Say R.I.P. Dark Universe, But Changes Are Necessary for Universal to Move Forward

Dark Universe“Universal needs to do whatever it takes to keep Bill Condon onboard to direct Bride of Frankenstein and take the time to get the script right before moving forward with someone like Jennifer Lawrence, Scarlett Johansson or Emma Stone in the title role,” writes Neil Turitz.

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Brett Ratner Allegations Complicate RatPac’s Relationship With Warner Bros. and the Release of “Justice League”

Thanks to his friendship with Australian billionaire James Packer, Ratner shifted from Hack Director into Big Time Producer over the past decade, but now his legacy hangs in the balance along with a $450 million co-financing deal.

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How “The Square” Creates High-Art for the YouTube Generation

Ruben Ostlund’s look at the contemporary art world combines every out-of-touch Gen X-er with the emotionally blank attitudes of Xennials for a complex and fascinating journey.

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Doc Filmmaker Joe Berlinger on “Intent to Destroy” and his Ted Bundy Drama with Zac Efron

The doc about the Armenian genocide is latest from Oscar-nominated filmmaker who returns to narrative features for the first time in 17 years.

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A Halloween Special: Life Lessons We Can Learn From the Use of Candy in Movies

When M&Ms manufacturer Mars turned down Steven Spielberg’s “E.T.,” the Hershey Company stepped in to make movie history with Reese’s Pieces

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Marc Forster on Making the More Personal Independent Drama “All I See is You” (Interview)

AllISeeIsYouBlakeTNBlake Lively and Jason Clarke star in the moody character-based film that shows off another side of the “World War Z” filmmaker.

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13 of the Best Horror Movie Twists of the 00’s

It’s Halloween season and what better way to celebrate than to take a look at the most shocking moments on the big screen in recent memory.

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Star Power Isn’t What It Used to Be, Especially with Horror Movies

happydeathday1TN“It” and “Happy Death Day” are doing much better this season than movies with big name stars. What gives?

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90’s Films That Inspired the Call-Out Culture of Fourth Wave Feminism

“These films helped [women], even if it was simply to tell our subconscious that it’s ok to feel dissatisfied and want change,” writes Sabrina Cognata.

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Ruben Östlund Addresses the Monkey in the Room in His Dark Comedy “The Square” (Interview)

rubenostlundTNSweden’s Oscar entry already won the Palme D’Or at Cannes, and U.S. audiences will finally have a chance to see it after a lengthy festival run.

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What’s on the Table if The Weinstein Company Sells or Closes Up Shop?

A look at all the movies in development, production or post-production at the company, which is reeling from the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

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Will Real World Events Change What Hits the Big Screen?

It’s clear that external forces are affecting the decision-making process of those who decide which films get made and which do not. Some things are scarier to those in charge than others, but are these executives being too sensitive about the wrong things?

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Like It or Not, It’s Time to Start Taking Stock of the Oscar Race

Neil Turitz takes a deep look at where the start of Oscar season using only six words.

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Taran Killam on Making “Killing Gunther” with Arnold Schwarzenegger (Interview)

KillingGuntherTaranKillamTNThe former “Saturday Night Live” cast member writes and directs the action-comedy.

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Alexandre Philippe Explains How Doc “78/52” Delves So Deeply into Hitchcock’s “Psycho” Shower Scene

7852interviewTNFeaturing interviews with Guillermo del Toro, Elijah Wood, Peter Bogdanovich, Danny Elfman and a couple surprise guests.

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Simon Curtis Explores the History of Winnie the Pooh in “Goodbye Christopher Robin”

ChristopherRobinTN The director of My Week with Marilyn and Woman in Gold tells the story of A.A. Milne’s creation of the literary character with Domhnall Gleason, Margot Robbie, and newcomer Will Tilston.

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The Mystique of Cruising: The Characteristics That Make Tom Cruise A Star

tc shades What is it about Tom Cruise that makes you want to go see his movies? Despite struggling domestic box offices, the world has very loudly shouted, we want more Cruise! Except no one has been able to pinpoint exactly what it is we want; we just know we want it.

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Filmmaker Angela Robinson Returns with Her Portrait of Wonder Woman Creator Professor William Marston

AngelaRobinsonTNThe prolific television director, producer (“The L Word”) takes on a passion project in telling the story of “Professor Marston & the Wonder Women,” starring Luke Evans and Rebecca Hall.

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7 Sequels Audiences Would Love to See

While Blade Runner 2049 won raves from critics, the film underperformed in its opening weekend. As studios are determined to stick with franchises, here are seven sequels that could succeed in continuing their original stories and wooing audiences.

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Complex, Tangled Continuity Can Often Be the Undoing of a Potential Franchise Film

batmanvsupermanTNMovies that expect the viewer to have watched previous movies or read previous source material are likely hurting themselves as opposed to fresh new takes on popular characters.

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Is Doug Liman the Most Underrated Filmmaker Working in Hollywood Right Now?

DougLimanTNWith his new film “American Made” and previous one “The Wall,” Liman proves he’s able to do much more than big-budget studio action movies, so why is he rarely the first name mentioned for big-budget tentpole movies?

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Career Therapist: Shouldn’t Rachel Weisz Be More Visible?

RachelWeiszTNThe Oscar-winning actor has been making lower-profile indies the past few years, but shouldn’t she be looking at making something that will remind the general populace what a great actor she is? Or at least movies that might get seen?

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Hindsight Might Be 20/20, But In This Case, Foresight Is 2020

Is planning so far in advance for franchise release dates ultimately hurting studio films? Neil Turitz takes a look at the tentpole movies from Universal, Marvel, and DC that are driving Hollywood’s future.

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11 Best Animated Films That Aren’t From Disney/Pixar

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In honor of My Little Pony: The Movie releasing this weekend April decided to rank her personal favorite animated films, not from Disney or Pixar.

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