The Secret Life of Pets teaser (2)

Everyone claims to know their pets — their likes, their dislikes, their habits and personality quirks — but do we really? Or are we just projecting our own ideas and preferences onto a bunch of unamused creatures? Universal’s upcoming The Secret Life of Pets posits that there’s a lot more to these animals than we might suspect. Maybe they have feelings we don’t understand. Maybe they actually get up to all kinds of forbidden mischief while we’re out. Maybe they’re quietly plotting to get their revenge on us, the unsuspecting suckers.

The latest The Secret Life of Pets teaser helps us get to know, really know, one of these pets, a bunny named Snowball voiced by Kevin Hart (who, as we’ve already discussed, is Universal’s favorite star this year). Watch it after the jump.  Read More »

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2016 oscar snubs

The 2016 Oscar nominations are here and you know what that means: it’s time to start complaining!

To be fair, this year’s nominees gave us a lot to cheer about. Mad Max: Fury Road (/Film’s favorite movie of 2015) walked away with a stunning ten nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director. Other favorites, like Brooklyn, Spotlight, The Martian, and even Bridge of Spies racked up nods. As with any Oscar year, there was just as much to love as there was to hate.

So let’s give into our hate. And our confusion. And and our total bafflement. Because it wouldn’t be the Oscars without a bunch of big, weird surprises throwing everyone off track and inspiring furious debates about how wrong the Academy is on a yearly basis. Let’s run down the biggest snubs of the year.

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anomalisa interview

Anomalisa is one of those once-in-a-lifetime movies. It’s a singular experience, a stop-motion animated drama that slowly reveals why it could have only been told in this style. Simultaneously bleak and brutally honest and genuinely hilarious, directors Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson have made a movie that touches a nerve. Anomalisa is a stunningly made movie about ordinary people, a visual treat set in the most mundane setting imaginable, and a story that asks you to discover empathy for characters who are painfully human… despite being 3D-printed puppets. As of this morning, it is now an Oscar nominee for for Best Animated Film.

Since it topped my list of the best films released in 2015, I was thrilled to speak with Kaufman and Johnson as Anomalisa expands into more theaters this week. You can read the complete interview, and watch a new featurette delving into the making of the film, below.

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Neighbors

Nicholas Stoller was on a panel for the second season of The Carmichael Show on NBC for the Television Critics Association. After the panel, I spoke with Stoller one-on-one for updates on his many movie projects, including the comedy sequels Zoolander 2 and Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, and the animated feature StorksRead More »

Pixar's Classic Movie References

The movies of Pixar Animation are known for having little easter eggs that reference the other movies from the animation studio. However, they’re also chock full of references, homages and tributes to other classic movies. Some are more obvious, such as Rex seen in the sideview mirrors of the Barbie Corvette in Toy Story 2, just like the T. rex in the original Jurassic Park. But others you may have never noticed before. And if you’re curious about the dozens of classic movie references in the Pixar movies, a video has assembled a ton of them for your perusal. Read More »

slashfilm top 15 of 2015 header

The /Film team has spent the first week of 2016 saying goodbye to 2015 in the best way possible – by assembling our personal top 10 films of the year lists. Each of these lists represents one writer’s specific viewpoint, celebrating the movies that matter the most to them. These lists are, by their very nature, deeply personal.

But what would a year-end list representing the entire site as a whole look like? Could we take these personal lists and merge them into one uber-list that reflects our combined tastes?

That’s what we set out to discover. Blood was spilled. Tears were shed. Numbers were crunched. But we did it. This is the official, mathematically proven /Film Top 15 Films of 2015.

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2016 BAFTA nominations

For those who follow and obsess over the Hollywood awards season, the British Academy Film Awards are often a breath of fresh air. Or a surprising curveball. A bucket of water to face. Seeing how the film tastes across the Atlantic diverge and converge with American opinions is often fascinating. Plus, the BAFTAs set aside a few categories to focus exclusively on British films and filmmakers, which always allows for some very interesting, very surprising films to step into the spotlight.

And this year’s nominations pretty good! While many of the nominations align with the current Oscar buzz, there are just enough surprises to make this interesting. You can peruse the complete list of the 2016 BAFTA nominations below.

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Sanjay's Super Team

No one is better than Pixar at making grown-ups cry. They’re so good at it, in fact, that they don’t even necessarily need dialogue or a feature-length running time to bring on the sniffles. Sometimes, a few minutes of brightly colored animation is all it takes to get the eyes stinging with tears.

That was definitely the case for me with Sanjay’s Super Team, which premiered last fall in front of The Good Dinosaur. The seven-minute animation follows a boy whose Saturday morning cartoon-watching is interrupted when his father insists he join him in meditation. The boy is initially annoyed and bored, but some superpowered friends help him come to a better understanding of his father.

The premise is a simple one, but it sets up an intensely personal piece of work — it’s based on the real experiences of its director, Sanjay Patel — and it feels like one. In a new Sanjay’s Super Team featurette, Patel explains what the movie means to him, and shows us his father’s emotional reaction to the film. Watch it after the jump.  Read More »

Justin Timberlake, Los Angeles Times, December 10, 2013

Hollywood’s been rooting around in your old childhood toybox again, and this time they’ve dug up your forgotten troll collection. You remember trolls, right? Those pug-nosed plastic dolls with the bright big furry hair? Well, they’re getting their own movie from DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox later this year, and today we have a first look at its star-studded cast (including Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake) and the characters they’ll be voicing.  Read More »