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Adventurous Kids Time Travel in a Short Film That Amblin Would Be Proud Of

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Why Watch? Milo is a young boy who’s constantly working out the kinks. His garage boycave is a wonderland of Diy science equipment cobbled together using the best electronics of 1988, but his inventions never work quite right. That might be a good thing, though, because his ideas are ridiculous. His most recent absurd concept? A Reverse Microwave that doesn’t so much make food instantly cold as it sends things back in time. You might even mislabel it “a time machine.” This short film from writer/director William Whirity is fantastically endearing. A perfect representation of the kinds of childhood adventures that canvased 1980s filmmaking from Joe Dante to Amblin. Milo (played with lisping energy by Charlie Bazzell) is a really cool geek who deals with bullies, finances his inventions with a cheating scam and even has his own adorable catch phrases. From the thrilling score to the tension of a teacher’s footfalls down the »

- Scott Beggs

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Pixar’s ‘Lava’ Trailer: You’ll Believe a Volcano Can Sing

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It’s still nearly a year away, but Pixar wants you to meet the smiling earth pimple who will sing his way into your heart. Lava will play in front of Inside Out in June 2015, and it features two volcanoes in love. If IMDb is to be trusted, it also takes place over millions of years (most likely lived in land-bound, cloud-envying frustration). On its own, the teaser trailer is sweet and lightweight with some excellent time-lapse-aping visuals, but as yet another sign of Pixar’s return to originality and experimentation, it’s also a mountain-sized sigh of relief. Uku (singing in Kuana Torres Kahele‘s unmistakable voice) sings a song that’s essentially “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” with different lyrics that still have the same wishful meaning. He wants someone to wrap his foliage-covered arms around. Check it out for yourself: Obviously looking to an unmovable object as the source of longing provides a lot of »

- Scott Beggs

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Tiff 2014: Your Guide to the 13 Most Anticipated Films of the Festival

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This Labor Day, we are laboring over exactly one thing: our schedule for this week’s Toronto International Film Festival. The annual Canadian embarrassment of riches kicks off this Thursday, and we’re in the middle of a mad dash to make sure our schedules and plans allow for viewings of everything we want to see. It’s not easy — in fact, with a slate as stacked as Tiff’s, it’s actually impossible — but we’re dead-set on cramming each day with top-tier talent, Oscar contenders and a few smaller features that just might break out once they unspool during Toronto’s best film event. But what are the true can’t-miss features? We think we may have some idea. What will be lining up for at this year’s Tiff? Why, the same stuff you should be lining up for, too. 99 Homes Lauded director Ramin Bahrani tends to be hit or miss around these parts »

- Kate Erbland

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16 Good Movies to Stream on Netflix This September

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From the very start, the thesis of this monthly column has been that there’s plenty of great stuff always being added to Netflix, if you just dig for it a little. While we still stand by that statement, it’s also true that the last few weeks worth of new additions have felt a little light—not quite up to the standards of recent months. N ot to worry though, as we’ve still been able to sort through the rubble and find 16 good movies to stream that all range from being worth your time to downright exceptional, so we should all be able to survive until the next big title dump. As always, click on the movie’s title to be taken to its Netflix page. Pick of the Month: Blue Ruin (2013) Most revenge movies are escapist stories that deal in a black and white, eye for an eye morality and feature over-the-top protagonists who »

- Nathan Adams

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What Did You Watch This Weekend?

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The Weekend Watch is an open thread where you can share what you’ve recently watched, offer suggestions on movies and TV shows we should check out (or warnings about stuff to avoid) and discover queue-filling goodies from other Fsr readers. The comments section awaits. I’ll get the ball rolling with the movies/TV my eyeballs took in this weekend. Prom Night is a Canadian slasher film from 1980 that tried to capitalize on the “theme” craze of films like Halloween, Friday the 13th and Mad Magazine’s sadly never produced Arbor Day, but not even the presence of Jamie Lee Curtis can make it all that worthwhile. The pacing is mostly to blame as it takes far too long for the killings to start — something that would be forgivable if the earlier time was spent giving depth to the characters — and once they do even the deaths are stretched out to ridiculous lengths. Curtis »

- Rob Hunter

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‘Rosewater’ Trailer Highlights Jon Stewart’s Slightly More Serious Side

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When Jon Stewart first announced he was taking time off to write and direct a feature film the expectation was for some kind of comedy. Sure it would probably be smart and most likely woven through with political or social commentary, but the main narrative would surely be something goofy. Happily that wasn’t what Stewart was interested in pursuing though and instead took up a far greater challenge. Maziar Bahari is an Iranian-born journalist who was arrested in Tehran while covering the elections and subsequent riots for Newsweek. His jail time lasted several months and included both physical and emotional torture, and the story Stewart wanted to tell on film is the one Bahari told in his memoir, “Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity and Survival.” It’s an alternately engaging, terrifying and inspiring story, and while that’s enough of a reason to bring it to the screen Stewart »

- Rob Hunter

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Required Reading: What Summer Got Wrong and Docs That Changed Course

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The best movie culture writing from around the internet-o-sphere. There will be a quiz later. Just leave a tab open for us, will ya? “What This Summer’s Blockbusters Got Wrong (And Right)” — Kate Erbland at ScreenCrush debates with herself about blockbuster problems ranging from kind of stupid to truly moronic. Will next year’s summer movies benefit from the lessons? Probably not. “Love Isn’t Dead: How Indie Films Became the Future of Rom-Coms” — Also from Kate (this time writing for Vanity Fair — she’s everywhere, people), a look at an orphaned genre that’s been adopted outside the studio system. “The genre itself certainly isn’t dead—even a brief perusal of the Web site Box Office Mojo turns up 15 2014 releases that are ostensibly classified as “romantic comedies,” but it’s no longer the playground of big studios looking to make some money by tossing together two bankable stars and calling it a day. That »

- Scott Beggs

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