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First Trailer for Zach Braff’s Wish I Was Here Lands

9 April 2014 2:23 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

A delightful new trailer for the upcoming comedy Wish I Was Here has come online.

Director Zach Braff’s follow-up to his indie breakout hit Garden State is the story of a thirtysomething man who finds himself at major crossroads, which forces him to examine his life, his career, and his family.

The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January. The Hollywood Reporter‘s Boyd van Hoeij called it, “A more mature work from actor-director-producer Zach Braff that feels like a Garden State for grown-ups.

HitFix‘s Drew McWeeny wrote, “this is the film that he took to Kickstarter, even as people complained about the idea of a millionaire asking people for hand-outs. Beyond that, though, hating “Garden State” has become a cottage industry. The only thing Braff could possibly do to counter all of the naysayers would be to make a genuinely great movie…. which, thankfully, is exactly what he did. »

- Michelle McCue

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Review: 'Marvel's Agents of Shield' - 'Turn, Turn, Turn'

9 April 2014 7:21 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Drew McWeeny has been covering "Marvel's Agents of Shield" for us all season, and like usual he had a thoughtful take on last night's episode. But given both how pivotal and unusual "Turn, Turn, Turn" was, I figured I would check in as well with a review — featuring spoilers for both this episode and "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" — coming up just as soon as I have thoughts on Chachi... As Drew talks about often in his reviews, what Marvel is trying to do with this show in having it interact directly with the movies is pretty much unprecedented. The Picard/Data "Star Trek" films came out when other spin-offs were still on TV, but while there may have been some small bits of crossover (the Defiant from "Deep Space 9" getting damaged by the Borg in "Star Trek: First Contact"), it was never to the extent we got with the »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Tell us what you thought of 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'

4 April 2014 12:41 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The ninth Marvel Studios film to date hits theaters today, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." Like a number of these movies, they probably could have spent more time — quite a lot more time, actually — working on what is a pretty clunky script, front to back. But the movie does what all these movies do (and, eventually, therefore, gain passes from the critical masses): it entertains. I liked it well enough, though not as much as our own Drew McWeeny, and thought it was at least unique in the landscape of all these other films. It's a high octane, grounded ride packed with action, and it has an exciting tease for the next step of the Marvel convergence. If you get around to seeing the film this weekend at the multiplex, chime in with your own thoughts here and be sure to vote in our poll below. »

- Kristopher Tapley

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How much will 'Captain America The Winter Soldier' make at the box office this weekend?

3 April 2014 3:17 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" will no doubt be a box office hero this weekend, but just how much will the Marvel sequel earn? The film -- which features the return of Chris Evans in the title role -- was initially tracking to earn a huge $80 or so in its debut weekend, but with largely positive reviews and buzz indicating that it's one of the best Marvel movies yet, it could rack up even more.  In fact, it's a very distinct possibility that it will even go as high as $100 million this weekend, boosted by showings in pricier 3D and IMAX formats. The current record holder for biggest April debut is Universal’s 2011 sequel “Fast Five,” which opened to $86 million. Opening a week earlier overseas, "Winter Soldier" has already debuted to a big $75.2 million in 32 markets. At home, "Winter" is opening very wide, in some 3,900 theaters across the U.S. »

- Dave Lewis

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Best and Worst of 'Noah'

31 March 2014 1:29 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Darren Aronofsky's highly anticipated epic "Noah" got off to a thunderous start over the weekend taking in $43.7 million at the box office. While critics gave the "it's sort of the biblical story it's sort of not" flick mostly positive reviews, Cinemascore says moviegoers gave it just a C.  Considering how even an average movie will earn an A in Cinemascore's system that's not a great sign for the film's future prospects.  While HitFix's own Drew McWeeny was a fan, the rest of the staff was slightly more mixed on the opus. Sure, the Ark itself was a stunning set piece and there is something remarkable about Aronofsky finally getting a no. 1 movie at the box office, but Noah portrayed as a depressed drunk?  Those strangely CG'd Watchers?  Or, can we talk about Jennifer Connelly's performance?  For more on what we thought were collectively the best and worst of »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Spoiler Alert: 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' takes $75.2 million overseas

30 March 2014 2:24 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The next big Marvel Studios blockbuster doesn't hit theaters in the U.S. until Friday, but much of the rest of the world enjoyed "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" this weekend. The Russo Brothers' thriller opened to a superb $75.2 million in 32 markets. That's significantly less than the $109 million "Thor: The Dark World" earned in 28 markets the weekend before its domestic release last November.  However, "Captain America: The First Avenger" took in just $193.9 million overall in 2011.  That means Marvel and Walt Disney Studios are no doubt salivating on how much of an "Avengers"-boost "The Winter Soldier" will find outside the U.S.  Especially after this $75 million debut.  For comparison's sake, "The Dark World" made $176.1 million more outside the U.S. than the first "Thor" did, a very big jump for a sequel. Expected to open in over 3,900 theaters, "The Winter Soldier" is currently polling at a $80 million plus debut this weekend. »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Alternate poster for 'Afflicted' released

28 March 2014 7:48 PM, PDT | MoreHorror | See recent MoreHorror news »

An alternate poster for the film much buzzed about film Afflicted has been created by Matt Ryan Tobin. Check out a larger version below the official movie details.

About Afflicted

Written, Directed by, and Starring Derek Lee and Clif Prowse

This terrifying horror thriller follows two best friends who set out on the trip of a lifetime around the world. Their journey, documented every step of the way, soon takes a dark and unexpected turn after an encounter with a beautiful woman in Paris leaves one of them mysteriously afflicted. Winner: Best Picture (Horror), Best Screenplay (Horror), Best Director (Horror) at Fantastic Fest, and recipient of awards of recognition from the Toronto International Film Festival and the Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival. Afflicted is one of the most suspenseful and original action horror debuts in a generation.

“…Undeniably Impressive…”

- Mike Periera, Bloody Disgusting

“...Guaranteed to have you gasping and jumping out of your seat. »

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Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo and Adam Levine get musical in 'Begin Again' trailer

28 March 2014 9:56 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The Weinstein Company can be very eager to change to change a film's title after its festival premiere -- sometimes with more necessity than others. "Can a Song Save Your Life?," however, is such a tooth-rottingly twee title that they were probably right to ditch it, even if "Begin Again" isn't the most inspired replacement. Anyway, that's what John Carney's musical dramedy will henceforth be known as, with the first official trailer for the summer release landing today. Carney, of course, made a splash seven years ago with the shoestring-budgeted Irish busker romance "Once," which recently made our list of Fox Searchlight's finest releases. For his follow-up, he's sticking with the theme of musicians' professional and personal troubles, though on a grander, glossier scale, starring Keira Knightley as an independent singer-songwriter in Manhattan who catches the eye (and ear) of Mark Ruffalo's down-and-out A&R man. Maroon 5 »

- Guy Lodge

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Jodorowsky’s Dune

28 March 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Jodorowsky’s Dune

Directed by: Frank Pavich


Running Time: 1 hr 45 mins

Rating: PG-13

Release Date: March 28, 2014

Plot: The story of cult filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky trying to make a science-fiction epic in a time pre-Star Wars.

Who’S It For? Knowledge of Jodorowsky’s work isn’t necessary, this is for movie fans of all levels.


Should Alejandro Jodorowsky have been able to direct his psychedelic adaptation of Frank Herbert’s “Dune”, the results would’ve been less of our planet compared to films like Blade Runner or “Star Wars“. Prismatic spacecrafts and golden landscapes would have filled Jodorowsky’s mad canvas, as created by stargazing designers like Jean Giraud and H.R. Giger. A famous actor/director, pleasantly plump in his later years, would have floated through the air, while another renowned artist shares his expensive cameo time with the image of a flaming giraffe. Inspired by the »

- Nick Allen

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Get your fill of senseless violence with first trailer for 'The Purge: Anarchy'

27 March 2014 7:59 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Are you ready for the sequel to the film that our own Drew McWeeny described as a "violent, brainless mess"? Well, here you are, then. I've reached a point in my life where I have a serious moral problem with the idea of marketing violence to young people (not to mention to the rest of us), and this first trailer for "The Purge: Anarchy" is a great (read: horrible) example of what I'm talking about. "In five seconds, you will experience...anarchy," says Ominous Voiceover Man to kick things off, and boy, he wasn't kidding. What follows is 2 1/2 unrelenting minutes of people being run over by cars, people being machine-gunned, women being dragged by their hair down hallways and all manner of other horrifyingly violent acts. To be clear: I don't have a problem with the depiction of violence in films. What I have a problem with is that violence »

- Chris Eggertsen

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Russell Crowe slams 'Noah' critics: It's 'bordering on absolute stupidity'

26 March 2014 7:54 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"Noah" star Russell Crowe isn't a fan of your assumptions. "We've had probably over a year now of very harsh criticism from a bunch of people who have put their name and stamp on an opinion that's not even based on the movie or seeing the movie," said the actor, addressing critics of the Darren Aronofsky epic during an interview on Wednesday's "Good Morning America." "Just an assumption of what it could be or how bad it could be or how wrong it could be in their eyes, which I think quite frankly is bordering on absolute stupidity. Because now, I think, people are seeing the movie and they're realizing how respectful it is and how potent it is." Luckily none of the aforementioned condemnations came directly from the Vatican, where Crowe last week had the opportunity to meet with Pope Francis after two previous failed attempts. His impression of »

- Chris Eggertsen

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Universal shows first 'Fast and Furious 7' footage with Paul Walker and 'Minions'

25 March 2014 2:15 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Las Vegas - 2013 was the biggest year at the box office for Universal Pictures. They had surprise hits like "The Purge," the studio's highest grossing individual movie ever with "Despicable Me 2," and "Fast and Furious 6" opened to a staggering $97.3 million. The year also ended on a sad note, however, with the unexpected passing of "Fast and Furious" star Paul Walker during a production break from the seventh installment of the franchise. The sequel was pushed from its 2014 to 2015 release date to deal with re-shoots necessitated by Walker's death and many wondered how the studio would position the action blockbuster at its 2014 CinemaCon presentation to the world's theater owners. They ended up taking the ultra conservative approach and stuck to business. The footage from "Fast and Furious 7" finds Dominic (Vin Diesel), Brian (Walker) and their crew in the middle of another adventure. What the job is this time around wasn't clear from the preview, »

- Gregory Ellwood

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'Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s' Ming-Na on why she freaked after seeing 'Captain America 2'

24 March 2014 6:59 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Yesterday, as a part of PaleyFest, there was a panel for "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.."  Gregory Ellwood caught up with Ming-Na Wen at the event to talk about the show and its place in the larger Marvel universe. As you undoubtedly know, Marvel expanded its entertainment reach this past fall with the introduction of "S.H.I.E.L.D." on ABC and quite overtly the series ties into the larger Marvel cinematic universe (or McU, if you prefer) we've seen on the big screen.  When "Thor: The Dark World" came out, there was a crossover episode; recently Jaimie Alexander just reprised her role as Lady Sif for the TV series; and now with "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" hitting theaters in less than two weeks, it is clear that we can expect to see more of these ties. In fact, as Ming-Na put it, »

- Josh Lasser

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10 things we learned at the 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Paleyfest panel

23 March 2014 8:07 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Hollywood - It may have been a PaleyFest for ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," but there was a ton of Captain America swag being worn in the Dolby Theater Sunday afternoon.  That was actually quite appropriate considering how much the events in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," opening April 4, affect "MAoS." The television show has done its best to tie into the larger Marvel cinematic universe with one episode focusing on the repercussion of "Thor: The Dark World" in November, a very impressive guest appearance by Lady Sif (Jamie Alexander) earlier this month and a cameo by none other than Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) in October. Things will become even more interesting after what transpires in Marvel's latest big screen effort. Enjoying the packed audience were stars Clark Gregg (Agent Phil Coulson), Ming-Na Wen (Agent Melinda May), Elizabeth Henstridge (Jemma Simmons), Iain De Caestecker (Leo Fitz), Brett Dalton (Agent »

- Gregory Ellwood

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'Divergent' Family Review: 5 Things Every Parent Should Know About the Dystopic Blockbuster

21 March 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Veronica Roth's dystopian thriller "Divergent" s the latest Ya best-seller to get the page-to-screen treatment. The movie chronicles life in a post-apocalyptic Chicago, where society is broken into five segregated factions: the Abnegation (known for their selflessness) run the government, the Amity (known for their kindness), handle agriculture; the Candor (known for their honesty) run the justice system; the Dauntless (known for their bravery) are in charge of security; and the Erudite (known for their intelligence) are researchers, professors, and doctors. Academy Award nominee Shailene Woodley ("The Descendants") stars as Tris Prior, an Abnegation-born teen who decides to join the Dauntless faction during a rite-of-passage choosing ceremony. Her choice immediately changes her life, as society believes in a "faction before blood" motto. But in order to prove herself worthy to fully join Dauntless, Tris must survive a vicious initiation while also figuring out her feelings for her mysterious instructor »

- Sandie Angulo Chen

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‘Jodorowsky’s Dune’ is essential viewing for any true cinephile

19 March 2014 4:57 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Jodorowsky’s Dune

Directed by Frank Pavich

USA, 2013

Alejandro Jodorowsky, Michel Seydoux, Frank Herbert, Chris Foss, H.R. Giger, Moebius, Magma, Pink Floyd, Dan O’Bannon, David Carradine, Mick Jagger, Amanda Lear, Orson Welles, and Salvador Dali. Yes, that’s quite an array of figures, isn’t it? Frank Pavich’s historically illuminating and expertly constructed documentary on one of the greatest films never made, Jodorowsky’s Dune, screened at the Toronto International Film Festival today. It’s no mean feat to win over a gaggle of cynical jaded hacks but that’s exactly what was achieved with this post-mortem on the omnipresent lack of originality among Hollywood executives, a impenetrable wall of financiers who crushed the dreams of one the industry’s most idiosyncratically original postwar shamans. After a whistle-stop tour of Jodorowsky’s phantasmagorical curriculum vitae—he’s a Mexican surrealist provocateur par excellence, the twisted psycho-nautical genius behind »

- John

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Godzilla Reboot Screens Terrifying New Footage At SXSW

12 March 2014 7:30 AM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Godzilla fans scanning the screening schedule at this year.s South By Southwest Film Festival had to realize that Tuesday had potential to deliver a double-feature of Kaiju goodies. The fest programmed a vintage screening of the 1954 Gojira -- the movie that started it all . for Tuesday. And reboot director Gareth Edwards was always scheduled to conduct a Q-and-a following the screening. How much would he reveal about this summer.s Godzilla film? And would he arrive in Austin with new footage tucked under his arm? Can you guess what happened? As we reported, Mondo created a special poster for Edwards. SXSW presentation, which turned out to include a complete scene from his Godzilla reboot, with proper score accompaniment from composer Alexandre Desplat. Sadly, we left Austin before we could attend the SXSW Q-and-a, but reactions to the new Godzilla scene have been flooding the Web this morning. Drew McWeeny »

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Win a VIP ticket to party 'From Dusk Till Dawn' in Austin this weekend

6 March 2014 8:29 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

If you're going to be in Austin this coming weekend, what do you have planned for Saturday night? Keep in mind that the city is going to positively brimming over with options, since it'll be smack dab in the middle of the opening weekend mayhem for SXSW, and as always, it's also spring break for Ut and it's a party city to begin with. I'd like to invite you to take a chance and try to win VIP passes to a party that HitFix is happy to be co-presenting this year. We're taking over Red 7 in downtown and transforming it into the Titty Twister to help celebrate the launch of both the El Rey Network and their first original series, "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series." Ten lucky winners, plus one guest for each of them, will be able to join us at the VIP portion of the evening. To enter, »

- Drew McWeeny

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Ralph Fiennes on what makes a Wes Anderson movie and being 'twinned' with the director

6 March 2014 7:05 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Some directors have incredibly distinct styles – you can tell when a movie is by them almost immediately.  One director for whom this is unquestionably true is Wes Anderson.  His latest film, “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” opens in limited release this Friday and true to form for Anderson, the cast is incredibly large and full of very familiar faces. I recently had the opportunity to sit down and talk with some of them including the film’s lead, Ralph Fiennes. Despite Anderson’s movies having a unique sensibility, Fiennes told me that as an actor, his preparation for an Anderson film is “Not anything different from normal, initially.”  He then added that “On the set, that’s probably where one would be closer to the thing that makes a Wes Anderson movie a Wes Anderson movie.”  As you can watch in the interview, it deals with camera placement, framing, and directing »

- Josh Lasser

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Superpowers go very wrong in trailer for upcoming horror film 'Afflicted'

4 March 2014 11:14 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Prepare to be infected by "Afflicted." The found footage festival favorite is heading to theaters soon, and a new trailer promises some clever, low-budget thrills and chills that seems to combine the superhero hijinks of Josh Trank's "Chronicle" with the gross-out disease horror found in David Cronenberg's body of work.  Two pals (Derek Lee and Cliff Prowse -- who also co-wrote and co-directed) embark on a fun-filled Euro trip, only for one of them to be mysteriously infected with some sort of fatal superhuman powers after encountering a beautiful woman in Paris (Baya Rehaz). Watch the trailer here: Read Drew McWeeny's review of the film here. "Afflicted" opens April 4. »

- Dave Lewis

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