Star Wars Force Awakens Falcon

Due to the overwhelming amount of CGI visual effects used in the Star Wars prequels, and all the complaining that followed from fans hoping for more practical filmmaking, Lucasfilm and director J.J. Abrams have really been hitting home their use of authentic, real, practical effects for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. They’ve been relying heavily on that message, as seen in the recent Comic Con behind the scenes reel.

But that doesn’t mean Star Wars: The Force Awakens won’t have its fair share of CGI visual effects. Undoubtedly, CG was needed to extend sets, hide puppeteers, and even create entire characters. (Hopefully none are as distracting or invasive as Jar Jar Binks.) However, it sounds like there aren’t a lot of shots in Episode VII that are completely CGI, with no practical effects whatsoever.

Find out how many Star Wars The Force Awakens CGI shots there are after the jump! Read More »

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Batman v Superman IMAX trailer

IMAX is usually a super-sized cinematic format, but in this case it is actually shrinking something a bit. (And not for Ant-Man.)

It hasn’t even been a week since WB premiered the first full-length Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer, but there has been more than enough time to examine that long batch of footage in detail. But if you want a different sort of detailed look at the footage, a slightly shorter, theatrical IMAX edit of the Batman v Superman trailer will be in theaters this weekend — or, if you don’t care about seeing it on a huge screen, you can check it out below. Read More »

Rogue Nation IMAX Preview

Every once in a while the IMAX release of one film will provide an opportunity to do promotion for another. Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, for instance, featured a preview of footage from The Dark Knight Rises when the Tom Cruise thriller came to IMAX theaters in December 2011. Four years later, a new Mission: Impossible film is coming to theaters, and this time you can preview it in IMAX by seeing a different movie. Those who see Terminator Genisys in IMAX theaters will get a five-minute preview of Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. Details below. Read More »

The Walk IMAX release date

Sony is releasing Robert ZemeckisThe Walk early on September 20th 2015 in select IMAX theaters, a couple weeks before the film’s scheduled October 9th 2015 release date. I’ve seen the trailer for this film in IMAX 3D and this definitely seems like one of those rare films that has been envisioned for not only 3D but also IMAX. So releasing the film in IMAX a couple weeks early makes sense.

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Interstellar Tesseract

Even though Christopher Nolan‘s sci-fi drama Interstellar ended up being a fairly divisive piece of cinema last year, it’s hard to deny that the film still left an impression on people. And while we can nitpick the story until we’re blue in the face, one element I think we can all take the time to appreciate is the abundance of practical effects used.

Miniatures and large sets were used surprisingly frequently with digital effects only being used to enhance what Nolan physically shot with a camera. And this is even more impressive when you take a look at how practical and visual effects combined to create what Nolan calls the “Tesseract,” which is the spatial plane where Matthew McConaughey can see across time and dimensions.

Watch the featurette on the Interstellar Tesseract after the jump! Read More »

Jurassic World Raptor Pratt

I got an opportunity to visit Jurassic World last week and lived to tell you about it. After the jump you will find my virtually spoiler-free Jurassic World review, which gives you an idea of what to expect, what was good, and what was not, without spoiling anything that couldn’t otherwise be learned from the marketing.

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Today we have updates on a sequel that definitely isn’t happening, and several more that definitely are. After the jump:

  • Olivia Wilde responds to Tron 3 cancellation
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Everest trailer Jake Gylenhaal

Featuring one of the most impressive casts of the year, director Baltasar Kormákur is ready to take audiences to one of the most frightening and mythic places on the globe: Everest. The new film, which stars Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, Sam Worthington, Keira Knightley, Emily Watson and Jake Gyllenhaal, opens September 18.

Based on true events, Everest tells the story two teams attempt to reach the summit of the mountain in one of the most violent snowstorms ever recorded. Kormákur shot the film in real conditions and IMAX 3D to give the viewer an experience almost as harrowing as the real people. Did he succeed? Check out the first Everest trailer below. Read More »

Tomorrowland poster

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This weekend, the latest Brad Bird movie, Tomorrowland, hits theaters. Bird loves cinema in its purest fashion, so leading up to release he was very careful about what to reveal about the movie. He also did something special for IMAX presentations of the film, presenting it in a larger than normal aspect ratio to really take fans from the real world to the future and Tomorrowland.

From The Iron Giant, to The Incredibles, Ratatouille and Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, we here at /Film are huge Brad Bird fans. We know you are too. So we jumped at the chance to give away a Tomorrowland IMAX one sheet signed by Bird himself. Below. find out how to enter. Read More »