unlimited movie subscription plan

Things have been relatively quiet in the movie subscription world lately, but today is the day that changes. On the heels of AMC Stubs A-List’s announcement earlier this morning, Sinemia has unveiled a brand new unlimited movie subscription plan that will cost $29.99 per month. The company has been offering unlimited plans to customers in Europe for years, and it sounds like they’ve landed on a sustainable price point to keep that model alive for U.S. audiences. Get all the details about the new plan below.
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War on Motion Smoothing

The War on Motion Smoothing has been raging for years, and while many Hollywood directors have spoken out against the consumer TV set before, the fight may finally be approaching its end.

High-profile directors Christopher Nolan and Paul Thomas Anderson have reached out to television manufacturers to ensure that audiences at home are able to see films presented as closely as possible to the director’s original intention, and a new “reference mode” will implement the results of a new director’s survey. Read More »

kingdom hearts vr

Kingdom Hearts fans know how to wait. They’ve probably played the waiting game for longer than they’ve played any of the Kingdom Hearts games, so these next few months until the release of Kingdom Hearts 3 should be a piece of cake after we’ve already waited 13 years. It’s fine. It’s totally fine.

But wait! Before you go crazy waiting for Kingdom Hearts 3 to hit shelves on January 25, 2019, the wait for any and all Kingdom Hearts content will be a tiny bit shorter thanks to a Kingdom Hearts VR experience debuting on the PlayStation VR this holiday season. It’ll be a perfect way to bide the time while we wait to play with Baymax and the heroes of Big Hero 6, who were just teased in the latest Kingdom Hearts 3 gameplay trailer.

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youtube logo

Have you ever emerged bleary-eyed after going down a YouTube rabbit hole, looked up at the clock, and wondered, “How much time did I just spend watching all of those videos?” Now YouTube is rolling out a new tool that will make it easy for you to answer that question. But prepare yourselves, because you may not like what you discover. Read More »

rotten tomatoes

Since the first movie reviews were published, film criticism has largely been dominated by men – specifically white men. But times are changing, and review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes is taking new steps to ensure that a variety of diverse voices will factor into its all-powerful Tomatometer rating system. Read about the site’s new changes below. Read More »

imax vr experience centre

IMAX VR was supposed to change the face of cinema. When IMAX opened its ground-breaking virtual reality centers in several cities around the world last year, the film community was abuzz with excitement. Would this change movie-going as we know it? Could we finally live our dreams of fighting alongside John Wick?

A year later, it seems like the answer is: probably not. IMAX has closed down two of its VR centers in New York and Shanghai, leaving the future of IMAX VR in question.

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Thanos visual effects

Update: This piece has been updated in an attempt to clarify the work done by Digital Domain and Weta Digital. You can find out more below, and our original article follows.

13 visual effects vendors collaborated to make 18 digital characters for Avengers: Infinity War, and Josh Brolin‘s villainous Thanos is the most important of them all. The entire movie hinges on that performance, and if you don’t buy him as a living, breathing character, Marvel would have had their own Steppenwolf problem to deal with. Thankfully, Thanos ended up being one of the best CGI villains in cinema history – thanks in large part to the hard-working team at VFX company Digital Domain.

To promote the superhero sequel’s home video release, /Film was invited to take a tour of the company’s L.A. facility and learn the steps they took to bring the Mad Titan to life. I brought a couple of cameras along and put together an in-depth video about how the Thanos visual effects were created and incorporated into the movie.

This goes far beyond those videos that simply show a scene with one VFX layer at a time added into the final version. This is detailed stuff, and I hope you check it out below. Read More »

NewTV

Any time a start-up manages to raise $1 billion in the entertainment space, it’s worth raising an eyebrow. But when that same company’s investors include every single major Hollywood movie studio and a tech giant like the Chinese company Alibaba (which is worth over $500 billion and is one of the 10 biggest companies in the world), it’s really worth paying attention.

Enter NewTV, the working title for a new media company that “brings together the best of Silicon Valley and Hollywood to create the first entertainment platform built for easy, on-the-go mobile viewing, allowing today’s leading studios and creative talent to tell original stories in an entirely new way.” Buzzwords aside, what does that actually mean? Read More »

Netflix Calibrated Mode

Historically, television manufacturers have not cared about the intentions of filmmakers when it comes to how movies and TV shows are displayed on different TV models. In fact, with the introduction of the dreaded motion smoothing effect, they’ve been actively degrading the quality of the consumer’s experience in relation to how directors and cinematographers want people to watch their work.

But perhaps the tide is finally turning, because Sony has announced that its new top-of-the-line TVs will come with a setting called “Netflix Calibrated Mode” which will make Netflix content look as close as possible to how it would on a professional reference monitor.
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Netflix user reviews

Say goodbye to Netflix user reviews, because the streaming service has announced that it will obliterate all of them from the site next month. Read more about Netflix’s latest change below.
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