Shaun of the Dead - Movies Leaving Netflix in February 2019

Even though you should be spending part of this month catching up on the movies you might have missed that ended up nominated for Oscars, you’ll still want to hit up Netflix to check out some movies leaving the streaming service before the end of the month. They include one of the best zombie movies of all-time, the best installment of the Bourne franchise, Kevin Smith‘s career-launching indie, one of Alfonso Cuarón‘s most incredibly made movies, and more. Get the full list of TV shows and movies leaving Netflix in February 2019 below. Read More »

guillermo del toro roma

Guillermo del Toro and Alfonso Cuaron have been famously close-knit friends for decades, but that doesn’t mean that del Toro is going to offer only shallow praise to Cuaron’s magnum opus Roma. Del Toro took to Twitter on Sunday to offer some insightful film criticism that perfectly gets to the heart of why Roma is such a masterclass in storytelling — and makes all film writers jealous that they hadn’t written a full essay about this first.

Spoilers for Roma below.

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Best Long Takes on Film

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, The Hollywood Reporter hosts an in-depth animation roundtable discussion with the filmmakers behind Smallfoot, Incredibles 2 and more. Plus, CineFix revisits and revises their list of the best long takes on film, and John Cena becomes a guidance counselor for high school students on The Ellen Show. Read More »

Best Movies Streaming Right Now November 2018

(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.) 

In this edition of Now Stream This, you’ll find one of the best movies of 2018, a holiday classic that you can watch any time of the year, a prophetic sci-fi film, Jamie Lee Curtis as a rookie cop, an old violin, a kick-ass action movie, an ’80s horror throwback, a true crime documentary, a tale of resurrection, and Liam Neeson wearing a kilt. What a line-up!

These are the best movies streaming right now. Let’s get streaming!

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Thor Ragnarok Featurette

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, take a much closer look at the Easter eggs in the Deadpool 2 teaser trailer. Plus, watch a Thor: Ragnarok featurette showing off the amazing work that Weta Workshop did in creating the various pieces of armor and weapons and watch a video essay examining how Logan and Children of Men treat their protagonists on the path to redemption.

First up, since the footage in the Deadpool 2 trailer goes by so quickly, Mr. Sunday Movies takes a deep dive into all the Easter eggs and details that you might have missed the first time around. There are very small hints of what’s to come in the sequel and several references for the more hardcore fans out there.

Next up, the talented folks at Weta Workshop put together a featurette detailing the work that went into creating the armored wardrobe and weapons for Thor: Ragnarok. This included making armor for the Hulk and a big foam suit for director Taika Waititi to wear on set so he could get into character as the rock warrior Korg.

Finally, Lessons from a Screenplay takes a closer look at Logan and Children of Men, showing how each of the movies features a reluctant hero pressured into a dangerous journey in an environment where there seems to be no hope for the future from the very beginning. By starting the story at what appears to be the end for these characters, the films establish where our characters will end up at the conclusion of the movie.

WAr for the Planet of the Apes

Hollywood loves a good apocalypse. Post-apocalyptic films continue to flourish, and with the way current events seem to be headed, these movies are becoming even more relevant. Be it exciting adventure films or bleak existential reflections, the end of the world is big business for show business. After all, who doesn’t want to see the human race meet its demise at this point?

This week, those damn dirty apes are back for War For the Planet of the Apes, the latest film in the surprisingly excellent reboot of the Planet of the Apes franchise. Once again, humanity inches ever-closer to extinction while intelligent apes claim the planet for themselves. Good for them! In the grand scheme of post-apocalyptic films, it’s not that bad, especially when compared to some other films in a similar vein. In the spirit of this latest cinematic excursion into the aftermath of the end of the world, let’s rank some cinematic post-apocalypses from how tolerable they seem to how devastatingly awful they are. Sounds pleasant! Ever wonder how you might fare in the aftermath of the end of the world? Reading this list is the only way to find out!

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children of men sequel

The end of Alfonso Cuarón’s Children of Men, with its mournful hope like a cinematic gasp for breath, filled me with two conflicting thoughts when I first saw it.  The first, that it absolutely needed a sequel. The second, that no one should ever, ever, ever make a sequel.

We watched Theo Faron (Clive Owen) on his journey through bone-deep apathy to redemptive idealism, but we also watched the world around him, trying to understand how the possibility of a pregnancy could affect an infertile future. The movie was an arrow that never came down, so I wanted to follow it further. But making a sequel would be like playing baseball with a big, already perfect pearl.

So what do you do with a perfect package that also cries out for an extended story? Go to the source material.

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Our Favorite Action Scenes

favorite action scenes

In honor of John Wick: Chapter 2, which hits theaters this week, we are taking a look at our favorite action scenes from movies and television history. But this isn’t just about us, it’s also about you. What did we get right? What did we get wrong? What is your favorite action scene? Leave your picks in the comments below!

/Answers is a weekly feature where all of the /Film writers and podcasters attempt to answer a pop culture related question. Last week, in honor of the Super Bowl, we answered: “What is your favorite sports movie?”

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Top 15 Best Natural Disaster Movies

Best Natural Disaster Movies

This weekend, Dwayne Johnson faces his most deadly big-screen foe yet. After fighting Vin Diesel in Fast Five and Jason Statham in Furious 7, this time The Rock is doing battle with an almost unfathomable earthquake threatening the entire state of California. And in honor of San Andreas, we’re counting down the Top 15 Best Natural Disaster Movies.

Before you start building your own list in your head, however, keep in mind that we’re counting down natural disaster movies. That means you won’t find any movies about monsters attacking cities like Godzilla or Cloverfield. We’ve also chosen to exclude alien invasion flicks that have plenty of destruction like Independence Day and Mars Attacks!, and also transportation or vehicle centric disasters like Titanic or Apollo 13. And finally, movies where a disaster has already struck, like Mad Max or other post-apocalyptic flicks, don’t count either.

Below you’ll find movies featuring volcanoes, fires, tidal waves, epidemics, tornadoes and asteroids. So without further adieu, let’s count down the Top 15 Best Natural Disaster movies after the jump. Read More »

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VOTD: The Films Of Alfonso Cuaron

Alfonso Cuaron films Gravity

What Alfonso Cuaron lacks in quantity of films made, he damn sure makes up for in quality. He’s only made seven movies over almost 25 years but it’s as if he somehow gets exponentially better with each and ever one.

I admit to not knowing much about his first feature, Love in the Time of Hysteria, but it allowed him to two whimsical crowd pleasers, A Little Princess and Great Expectations. From there, he directed the sexy, provacative Y Tu Mama Tambien then switched gears entirely by doing arguably the best (and most influential) Harry Potter film of the series, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. From there, he blew minds with the masterpiece, Children of Men and finally won the Oscar for Best Director for his amazing work on Gravity.

It’s a short but insanely impressive list and below you can relive them all in a tribute to Alfonso Cuaron films. Read More »