Kylo Ren backstory

As excited as we are to see new Star Wars heroes Finn, Rey, and Poe Dameron in action, we’re equally intrigued by The Force Awakens‘ new crop of baddies. Like Adam Driver‘s Kylo Ren, who first got the Internet buzzing when he unleashed that controversial crossguard lightsaber.

The character has been shrouded in mystery for the most part, but today we finally have the opportunity to get to know him much, much better. Director J.J. Abrams and screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan have gone on record to reveal new details about the Kylo Ren backstory. Find out everything we know about the Star Wars 7 villain after the jump. Read More »

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Star Wars The Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens isn’t just looking to conquer the U.S., it wants to dominate the worldwide box office when it opens later this year. So our latest peek at the film comes from the South Korean market, in the form of a new TV spot that reveals a sliver of new footage. Watch the new Star Wars 7 TV spot footage after the jump. Read More »

How Did This Get Made? TOP DOG (An Oral History)

TOP DOG

Note from Editor Peter Sciretta: I am excited to announce a new feature that will be appearing on /Film from Blake J. Harris, who you might know as the writer of the book Console Wars (a book which we’ve featured on the site), soon to be a motion picture produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. Blake’s new feature is a companion to the podcast How Did This Get Made with Paul Scheer, Jason Mantzoukas and June Diane Raphael which focuses on movies so bad they are amazing. Here is Blake’s first column, an oral history of the movie Top Dog.

Chuck Norris + Loveable Pup + Neo-Nazi Terrorists = 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 and cautionary tale lurking somewhere behind the scenes. This is that story for the Chuck Norris anticlassic TOP DOG…

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Marvel movies ranked

Since we’ve had two releases from Marvel Studios this year, there’s been plenty of talk about ranking the movies in the Marvel cinematic universe. But with 20th Century Fox’s reboot of Fantastic Four hitting theaters this weekend (for better or worse), we thought it was a good time to rank all the Marvel movies that exist outside of the MCU, which include Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy, all the X-Men films and more.

Check out all the other non-MCU Marvel movies ranked after the jump! Read More »

bad boys 3 and bad boys 4

Sony has officially announced that they will be releasing Bad Boys 3 in February 2017 and Bad Boys 4 in July 2019. More details after the jump.

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best Mission Impossible action scenes

Brian De Palma‘s first Mission: Impossible film wasn’t packed with action setpieces — there are only three, really, but those three are all top-tier action filmmaking, and one of those three defined the series for years to come. In the two decades since, the series has been tackled by a variety of directors — John Woo, J.J. Abrams, Brad Bird, and now Christopher McQuarrie — each of whom bring a slightly different balance of action and espionage to their respective mix.

Paramount in all the best Mission Impossible setpieces, however, is the physicality of Tom Cruise (and, at times, his co-stars) and a direct simplicity that lets Cruise and many stunt performers shine. We’ve examined the major action concepts in the five films in the series to find the best Mission Impossible action scenes and show-off setpieces. (And, OK, we’ve highlighted a couple of the worst, too.)

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Rogue Nation clip

Any franchise could be forgiven for growing a bit stale after twenty years and five installments, but against all odds the Mission: Impossible series is still going strong. While the new entry directed by Chris McQuarrie may not be an all-time high, it’s another solid entry that equals its predecessors in the stunt department, and features the most engaging new character since Simon Pegg and Philip Seymour Hoffman in III. Read our full Mission Impossible Rogue Nation review after the jump.  Read More »

National Lampoon's Vacation best scenes

This week, a reboot of National Lampoon’s Vacation hit theaters, but without the National Lampoon name attached. Of course, the comedy namesake’s former magazine editor P.J. O’Rourke seems perfectly fine with that, saying in a guest column at THR that the new take on Vacation is “a summer cineplex dump-fill featuring the Hangover wimp dentist as leading man” and judging by the trailer contains “obvious, pitiful, frenetic, stupid raunchiness.” Yeah, he’s not a fan.

Frankly, I found the Vacation reboot to be amusing and enjoyable. It has a bit of a sloppy script as far as story progression is concerned, but there are some very big laughs, a few great running gags, solid references to the original movie, and a fantastic performance from Ed Helms, who channels Chevy Chase and his charming naivete the whole way through.

But I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t find looking back at the original Vacation, and at least one of the sequels, more entertaining. And that’s exactly what I did when I compiled this collection of the 16 Best Scenes from the National Lampoon’s Vacation franchise.

See the whole list of National Lampoon’s Vacation best scenes after the jump! Read More »

13 Hours trailer

Paramount Pictures has released the first trailer for Michael Bay‘s Benghazi movie 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi. Based on the Mitchell Zuckoff‘s book about the dual 2012 attacks on American compounds in Libya, the story involves the attack which saw the loss of four American lives and created a political firestorm that continues to burn even after official inquiries have been handed down. Watch the 13 Hours trailer after the jump. Read More »