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Yes, 2019 is almost over. We have one more month to get through, and then it’ll be time for a whole new year! But first, how about some new movies? December brings a ton of original Christmas content to Netflix. But it also brings some non-Christmas movies, too. And we’ve rounded them up! Here are the best TV shows and movies coming to Netflix in December 2019.

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Sweetheart Clip - Kiersey Clemons

When Tom Hanks got stranded on an island in Cast Away, all he had to deal with was finding food and shelter. But when Kiersey Clemons gets marooned on an island in the upcoming horror movie Sweetheart, there’s something much more terrifying waiting for her.

Sweetheart finds a young girl forced to reckon with a hungry monster on a deserted island, and a new clip reveals how she starts to make this discovery when she stumbles upon a makeshift graveyard of those who have perished on this island before her. It’s enough to make you fear for your life, especially when all you’ve got is a swimsuit and jean shorts. Watch the Sweetheart clip below. Read More »

Sweetheart Review

J.D. Dillard’s Sweetheart is fierce aquatic horror without any frills. Think Cast Away, but instead of a volleyball companion named “Wilson,” it’s a man-eating sea monster who hunts by moonlight. There’s your plot. A marooned survivor with no immediate escape and her fishman rival. Simplicity can be a beautiful thing, and Dillard’s waterlogged grudge match is one such occasion. Many thanks to Fantastic Fest’s programmers for granting Sweetheart’s alluring intensity one last theatrical screening before Blumhouse releases Dillard’s latest straight to VOD in late October. Read More »

sweetheart trailer

It’s a survival tale we’ve all seen before: lone survivor ends up stranded on an island and is forced to fish, break open coconuts, and scavenge for supplies and shelter. But add in a monster and a magnetic turn by star Kiersey Clemons, and you’ve got a new kind of monster movie. Directed by J.D. Dillard (Sleight), Sweetheart is a Blumhouse horror movie that is coming straight to Digital HD soon. Watch the Sweetheart trailer below.

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(Welcome to The Fantastic Fest Diaries, where we will be chronicling every single movie we see at the United States’ largest genre film festival.)

Welcome to Fantastic Fest 2019, day one. In this entry, Guns Akimbo is Scott Pilgrim for assholes, First Love is the best Takashi Miike film in years, and Sweetheart is a thrilling creature feature.

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Sleight

Sleight hits theaters this week, and I loved this film when I saw it at Sundance last year. A few weeks back I sat down with director J.D. Dillard for an interview. We talk about how he started as a receptionist at J.J. Abrams’ production company Bad Robot, worked on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, plus how the idea of Sleight came about, the fun and horrors of shooting a film on a super small budget, and his filmmaker aspirations. We also geek out over Matt Reeves’ Planet of the Apes reboots and briefly discuss his future projects: a mysterious project set up at Bad Robot, The Fly remake and his upcoming Blumhouse horror/thriller Sweetheart. We also talk about the possibility of a Sleight sequel.

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Kiersey Clemons

Blumhouse quickly acquired J.D. Dillard‘s Sleight coming off the movie’s premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. The movie got rave reactions, including a review from yours truly. A couple weeks later it was announced that Blumhouse would be producing the next film Sweetheart starring Dope star Kiersey Clemons. As with all Blumhouse films, the logline is being kept under wraps, but talking to Dillard in advance of the release of Sleight, I was able to learn some more details.

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The Black List 2013

Most year-end best-of lists consist of things that have already been produced, released, and consumed. But the Black List stands apart in that it’s all about the films that haven’t come out yet. Created by Franklin Leonard and Dino Sijamic, the annual compilation shines a light on the “most liked” unproduced screenplays of each year, as voted on by hundreds of Hollywood executives.

Not all of these films will get made, let alone made well, but the Black List still serves as a good indication of what projects are being buzzed about. Last year’s list included Transcendence and RodhamDjango Unchained and Saving Mr. Banks were among the highlights the year before that. Three out of the last five Best Picture winners were Black List scripts, as were seven of the past twelve screenwriting Oscar winners. Hit the jump to read titles and descriptions for the 72 that made the cut this year.

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