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Known as a launch pad for fright flicks, sci-fi adventures, thrillers, intense dramas and all types of weird comedies from the U.S. and abroad, Fantastic Fest kicks off tonight in Austin, Texas. Here’s a preview of what’s on tap.   The Wild, the West, the Women, the Rap Battle Let’s start with several international stunners that we have seen and can recommend highly.   The Square Visually striking and profoundly unsettling, The Square is an act of provocation masquerading as an art house drama. Christian is a museum curator in Sweden who is preoccupied with preparing a new exhibition of modern art. One morning he loses his watch, wallet and cufflinks, which leads him on a wild pursuit to retrieve his possessions. Instead, events soon spiral out of…Read More

Back in June, we heard that there had been a changing of the guard in the world of new Star Wars movies. Directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller left the Han Solo spin-off movie and were replaced by Ron Howard. Actor turned filmmaker Howard directed his first movie, Grand Theft Auto, 40 years ago and he’s helmed more than three dozen titles since then. Even though he’s a member of an older generation than Lord and Miller, Howard has been quite adept at using social media to keep his fans apprised of his current productions for some time now. After he started his latest job, Howard shared a photo of young Chewbacca, teased the Galactic Empire and shared on-set photos of actors Donald Glover and Paul Bettany. Frankly, however, that’s only the tip of the…Read More

Deeper: Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman, above) is in early talks to join Deeper. Bradley Cooper is already set to star as a disgraced former astronaut who ends up in a fight with mysterious forces in a very deep, newly-discovered oceanic trench. Max Landis (American Ultra) wrote the original script and Kornel Mundruczo (White God) will direct. [Deadline]   New Mutants: In a new interview, 20th Century Fox chairman and CEO Stacey Snider (above) compares X-Men spin-off movie New Mutants to both The Breakfast Club and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest: “It’s like watching mutants go through adolescence and they have no impulse control, so they’re dangerous. The only solution is to put them in a Breakfast Club detention / Cuckoo’s Nest institutional…Read More

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Behind the Scenes Video of the Day: You’ve seen the new trailer for Lara Croft, now see how Alicia Vikander became the iconic video game character:   Fake Behind the Scenes Movie of the Day: The Lego Ninjago Movie also has a new behind the scenes feature, as if it was all really filmed rather than computer-animated:   Remade Scene of the Day: Speaking of Lego, here’s one of the most memorable scenes from IT is recreated in Lego care of Huxley Berg Studios:   Mashup of the Day: Speaking of IT, when you’re with friends you can defeat Pennywise the clown, just as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles do in this…Read More

Earlier this year, Jordan Peele (Get Out) was under consideration to direct Warner Bros.’ Akira, the long-brewing live-action adaptation of the Japanese manga series about a biker gang and psychic powers. The series was adapted into an animated movie in 1988 (above). Instead, Peele signed a two-year deal with Universal, leaving the helming opportunity open. Now Taika Waititi is in negotiations to direct the project, according to Deadline. Waititi directed Thor: Ragnarok and we’ve heard glowing reports about the upcoming superhero adventure. In the past, directors like Justin Lin, the Hughes Brothers and Jaume Collet-Serra have been under consideration, while actors such as Dane DeHaan, Michael Pitt, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Ken Watanabe and Helena…Read More

Movies have the wonderful ability to bring favorite characters back to life. Even many years later, it was nothing but pure joy when we saw Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) board the Millennium Falcon in Star Wars: The Force Awaken…

Charlatan: Matt Damon (Suburbicon, above) will star as a doctor turned con man in Charlatan. It’s based on a book by Pope Brock, first published in 2008, that told the true story of a medical doctor in Kansas who fooled his patients into believing he had found a cure for impotence. Brian Koppelman and David Levien (Ocean’s Thirteen) will write the screenplay. [Variety]   The Croods 2: A sequel to The Croods (above) has now set a theatrical release date. The Croods 2 will once again feature a prehistoric family as they grapple with a new challenge: another family. Returning members of the voice cast include Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, Cloris Leachman and Clark Duke. Leslie Mann will lend her vocal talents as well. Look for the…Read More

In a screen career that began in 2002, Academy Award winner Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl) has already appeared in a wide variety of roles, including supporting performances in the action movies The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and Jason Bourne. Her role in the upcoming Tomb Raider, however, will likely see her reach a much higher level of worldwide stardom. Based on the popular video game series, the first trailer for the big-screen adaptation has now been released. In it, she shows her action chops as a young bike courier who finally decides to investigate the disapperance of her father some years before. Watch the first trailer below.   Directed by: Roar Uthaug. The Norwegian director received critical acclaim for The Wave, a modern-day disaster thriller. He’s…Read More

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Fan Theory of the Day: Remember all the times Marty McFly dies in the Back to the Future movies? Cracked presents a theory that it’s all there in the background:   Fan-Made Poster of the Day: Vin Diesel shared this fan-made poster for Avengers: Infinity War, which is from a series of downer fan art that you can see at Geek Tyrant.   Have a Groot weekend… A post shared by Vin Diesel (@vindiesel) on Sep 15, 2017 at 11:04pm PDT     Movie Takedown of the Day: Wonder Woman is good and important but not without flaws, which Honest Trailers makes sure to lasso up for our enjoyment:   Movie Trivia…Read More

Our resident VOD expert tells you what’s new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical Wonder Woman (superhero action-adventure; Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright; rated PG-13) The Big Sick (romantic comedy; Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan; rated R) The Hero (comedy-drama; Sam Elliott, Laura Prepon; rated R) Past Life (action-drama; Nelly Tagar, Joy Rieger; not rated) The Women’s Balcony (comedy-drama; Orna Banai, Itzik Cohen; not rated) Killing Gunther (action-comedy; Arnold Schwarzenegger, Cobie Smulder; pretheatrical title available 9/22; rated…Read More