The Captain America: Civil War trailer was unleashed last night, and now that we’ve watched the teaser a few times we’re ready to assess the damages. Hit the jump to find out what we learned as we breakdown the details of the first trailer.

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15 Movies to Be Thankful For This Year

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Come Thursday, many of us, like many of you, will find ourselves around a dinner table with our distant relatives, reflecting on what we’re grateful for in our lives. But before we get to that, we thought we’d take a moment to think about the films we’re thankful for this year.

This isn’t a list of our favorite films of the year, or the best films of the year (though some of them are that, too). These are the films that surprised us, that gave us something we didn’t even know we needed, that seemingly willed themselves into being against all odds, or that just made us really, really happy. After the jump, join us in looking back at the movies to be thankful for in 2015, and then hit the comments to let us know which films you’re grateful for.

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Captain America Civil War trailer

This is the week for counting your blessings, so here’s one more thing to give thanks for around the dinner table. Marvel Studios has debuted the very first trailer for Captain America: Civil War, starring Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Sebastian StanAnthony Mackie, Scarlett Johansson, and like half the Marvel Cinematic Universe. There’s even a new friend, Black Panther, played by Chadwick Boseman. Check it out after the jump.  Read More »

Brian Helgeland interview

Set in the 1960s, Brian Helgeland‘s Legend opens with East London gangsters Ronnie and Reggie Kray already at the top of the food chain, avoiding the typical rise-and-fall structure we see in most biopics. Everyone knows the gangsters, and not just because they’re two bulky, hard-hitting twins. Everyone loves Reggie, a charming, friendly face with a sense of panache. His brother, Ronnie, however, is less popular. The hulk of a man is a bit mad and doesn’t share his brother’s good looks or smarts.

Both twins are played by actor Tom Hardy (Mad Max: Fury Road). A dual performance is tricky for a variety of reasons. Even if Hardy delivered a simply good performance, it might not have been enough to prevent an audience from focusing on the gimmick of two Tom Hardys in a scene together. But Hardy is fantastic in Legend because he’s serving the story, not showing off his acting or technical trickery.

Helgeland credits Hardy and his director of photography, Dick Pope (Mr. Turner), for making the two performances disappear into the story. But of course, Helgeland also deserves recognition for pulling off such a feat. The director made seemingly minor but vital decisions to make an audience believe Hardy in both roles.

Here’s our Brian Helgeland interview, in which he discusses brotherhood, Tom Hardy’s performance, the American mafia, and recreating the 1960s.  Read More »

Fargo season 3

We are more than halfway through the second season of Fargo, and FX has already announced they will be bringing their limited series back for a third season. So far the first two seasons of the dramatic television series have shared very few connections aside from locations and a few characters at very different times in their lives. So what might Fargo season 3 bring? Lets speculate.
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Montclair Film Festival Presents Celebrity Nerd-Off: Stephen Colbert & J.J. Abrams

As you may have heard by now, J.J. Abrams completed the mix of Star Wars: The Force Awakens at 2:38 AM Saturday morning, leaving, according to him, just six small (but important) tasks to be done. But instead of celebrating by, say, downing an entire bottle of champagne and then curling up for a nice, long, well-deserved nap, Abrams hopped on a plane to New Jersey, where he engaged in a “Celebrity Nerd-Off” with Star Wars superfan Stephen Colbert in support of the Montclair Film Festival.

For an hour and a half, Colbert interviewed Abrams about his beginnings, his career, and of course, Star Wars. After the jump, find out what we learned.  Read More »

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The Night Before

The Wackness wasn’t Jonathan Levine‘s directorial debut, but it was the first film we saw from him. Following the long-delayed All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, Levine wrote and directed the coming-of-age film set in the early ’90s. The Wackness was packed with music of its time, with no shortage of Biggie songs, and lots of old classics, such as Donovan’s “Season of the Witch.” Levine’s love for music, and his knack for using music to tell a story, rang loud and clear in The Wackness.

Over the years he’s continued to use music rather effectively. As famous as some of the songs are in his films, they never distract from the emotional or comedic beats they’re serving. The Wackness, 50/50Warm Bodies, and the director’s newest film, The Night Before, are packed with great tunes. Levine’s Christmas comedy features plenty of cheerful holiday music, but there are also some modern hits that play a major part in the story. There’s a Miley Cyrus performance, for example, that is more than a cameo.

At the junket for The Night Before — which stars Seth Rogen (Steve Jobs), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (50/50), and Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker) — we decided to discuss with Levine his love for music and why he chose certain songs over the course of his career. Read our Jonathan Levine interview after the jump.  Read More »

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A couple great Star Wars articles were published online today by Empire Magazine and Wired Magazine, one about planning the future of the Star Wars universe and the other featuring comments from Andy Serkis about how his character Supreme Leader Snoke fits into Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Hit the jump to read everything we learned from these two new pieces, alongside our thoughts, insights and commentary.

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Space Vampires + Nudity – Coherent Plot = How Did This Get Made?!?!

Nobody sets out to make a bad movie. But the truth is, it happens all the time. And every time it does, there’s a fun misadventure or cautionary tale that led to its creation. This is that story for the 1985 summer shlock buster Lifeforce.

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