most foreign language film Oscar wins

The nominees for the 89th Academy Awards were announced last week, and we’re in for a few more weeks of campaigning until the ceremony hands out Oscars to the winners on February 26.

Leading up the ceremony there will be plenty of awards chatter, but since we don’t dive too deep into the race, we thought it might be fun to dive into some Oscar trivia from years past every now and then. Today an infographic helps us take a look at which foreign country is the “best” at the Oscars. More specifically, which country is the best at winning Best Foreign Language Film? Find out after the jump Read More »

Russian Guardians Trailer

There are plenty of blockbuster comic book movies coming out of Hollywood every year, but as we teased last year, Russia has put together their own assembly of superheroes for the big screen.

Guardians (or Zashchitniki as it’s called in Russia) follows a team of four superpowered individuals (each representing different nationalities of the Soviet Union) who were once part of an organization called Patriot during the Cold War. Since then they’ve been in hiding, forced to hide their identities, but when a new threat emerges, they must return to action. With the film coming to Russian theaters next month, one final trailer shows off the blockbuster action that’s in store.

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Railroad Tigers Trailer - jackie Chan

Sadly, Jackie Chan hasn’t really been churning out much work to theaters in the United States in recent years. Though the Hong Kong action star rose quickly to fame thanks to movies like Rush Hour and Shanghai Noon, the quality of his American movies quickly declined and his incredible stunt work just wasn’t enough to keep audiences interested.

However, with the development of the Shanghai Noon sequel Shanghai Dawn back in development and the possibility of Rush Hour 4 not entirely out of the question, it seems Jackie Chan could have a comeback with US audiences soon. In the meantime, we’ll get a chance to check out Jackie Chan’s Hong Kong action comedy Railroad Tigers with a release in the US planned for early next year.

Watch the Railroad Tigers trailer after the jump. Read More »

shin godzilla review

What is Shin Godzilla?

Known as Godzilla: Resurgence in Japan, it is the 29th Godzilla movie produced by the legendary production company Toho. It is directed by Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi and no connection whatsoever to Gareth Edwards’ 2014 film or the giant monster universe Warner Bros. is currently building.

But that doesn’t really answer the question, because Shin Godzilla isn’t what many viewers think it will be. So, what is Shin Godzilla? That’s a difficult question to answer because Anno and Higuchi have really made four movies in one package and each one is fascinating and frustrating and genuinely revealing about what this iconic, and wholly Japanese, series actually represents in the year 2016.

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extended Guardians trailer

Next year, we’ll see an original superhero pic titled Guardians (foreign title “Zaschitniki”) from Russia and director Sarik Andreasyan‘s (American Heist) about a team of Soviet superheroes. This group of heroes includes a man who can levitate rocks, a deadly teleporter who uses two scythes (pictured above), a woman who can become invisible and manipulate water, and a beefy bear-man with a huge gun. We saw a trailer for Guardians last month, but another preview was recently released.

Below, watch the new Guardians trailer and other footage from the film.

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Headshot review

Iko Uwais may not be a household name in the U.S. just yet, but among fans of a certain type of action movie he’s a superstar. The Indonesian actor and martial artist burst onto the scene with Merantau and had an even bigger breakthrough in The Raid. Headshot, from directors Timo Tjahjanto and Kimo Stamboel (collectively known as the Mo brothers, though they are not actual brothers), has Uwais doing what he does best — kicking ass and taking names — with spectacularly entertaining results.  Read More »

Shin Godzilla Trailer

Godzilla already made a comeback in the United States with director Gareth Edwards taking a stab at the king of monsters. But now the creators of Godzilla are giving him a revival of their own with Shin Godzilla, formerly known as Godzilla: Resurgence.

FUNimation is bringing the Japanese sci-fi flick to the United States for a limited engagement, opting to keep the original Japanese title. And when you see the Shin Godzilla trailer, you’ll see that this is a Japanese Godzilla movie through and through, however, there does appear to be a slight touch of Cloverfield in there as well. Watch below! Read More »

Alfonso Cuarón directing Gravity - new Alfonso Cuarón movie

Children of Men/Gravity filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón has found his new film project, slated to begin shooting in Mexico this fall. Hit the jump to learn more about the new Alfonso Cuaron movie.
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Headshot Trailer - Iko Uwais

Two of the very best action films of the past decade are undoubtedly The Raid and The Raid 2: Berandal. The films deliver some of the most fast-paced, hard-hitting, perfectly choreographed action in recent memory, and while director Gareth Evans is responsible for bringing it all together, leading man Iko Uwais deserves plenty of credit for pulling off his own fight scenes and stunts. And now he’s back in what promises to be another brutal action flick, albeit with a derivative story.

Headshot is premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival this week, and the first trailer for the Indonesian action flick has just arrived online. If you loved the action in The Raid franchise, then you’ll definitely want to check this one out. Watch the Headshot trailer after the jump. Read More »

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2016 fall movie preview

This 2016 fall movie preview was written by Jacob Hall and Jack Giroux.

The summer is over and the days are getting shorter and the weather is getting milder and (fingers crossed) the movies are going to start getting better. The next four months offer an embarrassment of cinematic riches, with new films from Martin Scorsese, Damien Chazelle, Tim Burton, Gareth Edwards, Paul Verhoeven, Mel Gibson, Robert Zemeckis, Park Chan-Wook, Terrence Malick, J.A. Bayona, Jeff Nichols, Ang Lee, Denis Villeneuve, Kenneth Lonergan, and other filmmakers of note waiting in the wings.

We’ve narrowed down the list of must-see movies to 32 titles and have ranked them from “We really want to see this!” to “We will push you out of the way at a sprint to see this!”

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